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Vol. 97 No. 111 Friday, April 21, 2006 50 Plus tax


Senate OKs limits
on stun gun use
Police would be required to take
special training and abide by
new restrictions on the use of
dart-firing stun guns under a bill
passed Thursday by the Senate.
The bill would limit use of
the weapons that deliver a
high-voltage electrical jolt to sit-
uations in which arrest sus-
pects or others in custody resist
an officer, either passively or
Even in those cases, stun
guns could be used only if the
subject has the apparent ability
to physically threaten the officer
or others or is preparing or
attempting to flee. The restric-
tions also would apply to cor-
rectional and probation officers.
/ "Once we get the policies in,
we're not going to have folks
going around willy-nilly and
stun-gun folks," said the bill's
sponsor, Sen. Steve Wise, R-

NES students
enjoy activities
Miss Hudson's and Mrs.
Raulerson's class are "hopping
along" towards the end of the
year. They are finishing their
last 2 letters, Q and U. The class
is having fun with all of Miss
Hudson's quilts. They will be
making an ABC quilt to cele-
brate Q.
Page 3

Tennis team
wins Districts
The Lady Brahman tennis
team stormed into Halpatiokee
Park in Stuart with a 15-3 regu-
lar season record to compete in
the District 3A, Division 14 high
school tennis championships
and returned to Okeechobee
with the first team district title in
many years. They also brought
back two individual champi-
onships in singles competition
and a doubles team champi-
Freshman sensation Kari
Berger received a bye in the first
round of competition. She
then marched through the
remainder of the tournament
defeating her Martin County
opponent 2-6 6 6-0 before
stepping onto the court to meet
her South Fork opponent in the
district finals. Berger showed
no mercy in capturing the sin-
gles championship 6-2, 6-0.

Drought Index
Current: 519
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

13.92 feet

Lake level
Last Year:
15.12 feet
South Florida
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea


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Comics . . . . . .9
Community Events .. .4
Crossword... ....10
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Opinion . . . . . .4
Speak Out . . . . .4
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Ex-music teacher is arrested

Shanando Jackson
charged with
sexual battery

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A former music teacher in the
Okeechobee County school sys-
tem was arrested late Wednes-
day in Highlands County, and
accused of sexually molesting a
student in her band class at Year-

ling Middle School.
Shanando Ashley Jackson, 30,
was booked into the Okee-
chobee County Jail Thursday,
. April 20, on charges of sexual
battery on a child familial or
custodial authority, lewd and las-
civious battery and lewd and las-
civious or indecent act. Her total
bond was set at $100,000.
The familial or custodial
authority classification is an
enhancement of the sexual bat-
tery on a child charge because
Jackson was a teacher at the time

of the alleged
taught music
and band at
Yearling Mid-
dle School
from 1998
until 2004. She
then taught
band at Hill- Shanando
Gustat Middle Jackson
School in
Sebring during the 2004-05
school year. As of newspaper

deadline, her current employ-
ment status was unknown.
According to Lieutenant
William Markham, of the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's' Office
(OCSO), the alleged offense all
occurred while Jackson was at
Yearling Middle School (YMS).
Some of the alleged offenses
took place in .the YMS band
room, while others were com-
mitted at the victim's home. He
went on to say the alleged acts
continued for several years.
The victim was 13 years old

when the alleged offenses began.
Lt. Markham said the victim
suffered no physical injuries.
The investigation began Feb.
10 and culminated April 19 when
OCSO Detective Ted Van Deman
arrested Jackson in Highlands
She was then booked into the
Highlands County Jail, and
brought to Okeechobee the next
See Arrest Page 2

Teen indicted

on murder,

arson charges

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee County
grand jury late Wednesday
indicted an
chobee teen
on two
counts of ;
first-degree -
murder with.
a firearm
and one
count of
arson. Mark Anthony
The true Alvarez
bill means if
Mark Anthony Alvarez, 17, is
found guilty of those charges in
a court of law he will spend the
rest of his life in jail.

"First degree murder carries
a mandatory life sentence,"
said State Attorney Ashley
Albright, who will be prosecut-
ing the case.
He added that premedita-
tion is one .of the criteria that
must be met to substantiate a
charge of first-degree murder.
Mr. Albright said because
Alvarez, of a Northeast Eighth
Way address, is a juvenile, he
cannot be given the death sen-
"It cannot be a death penal-,4eause he was not 18
at the time of the (alleged)
crime," said Mr. Albright in an
earlier interview.
Alvarez was arrested Mon-
See Arson Page 2

Local FCAT

scores improve

over last year's

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee schools lag
behind the state average in
FCAT writing according to
scores released on Thursday,
April 20.
Writing scores were
released for fourth, eighth and
10th graders statewide. Even
though some scores in Okee-
chobee have improved since
last year both at individual
schools and districtwide the
improvements have failed to

keep pace with the statewide
combined writing scores that
improved two-tenths of a point
in the fourth grade and eight
grades and one-tenth of a point
in the 10th grade.
Districtwide, the fourth
grade combined writing
improved from 3.5 last year to
3.6 this year. However, the
statewide average went from
3.7 last year to 3.9 this year.
Fourth graders at Central
Elementary School scored 3.8
See FCAT Page 2

By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
The mission statement
hangs in plain view on the wall
of the conference room in the
administration building of the
Eckerd Youth Development
Center (EYDC) and reads: "To
provide humane care and evi-
dence based treatment that
teaches youth to live responsi-
It proclaims the philoso-
phies that Troy Hoppes, the
facility's new superintendent,
has for the future of the youth
treatment center.
Mr. Hoppes and staff hosted
Thursday's Chamber of Com-
merce Coffee Klatch business
social. Local Chamber mem-
bers gathered at the Adminis-
tration Center where Mr.
Hoppes introduced his admin-
istrative staff including Alice
Sparks, finance director, and
newly-hired assistant superin-
tendent Ivan Tate.

The center's superintend-
ent told his guests that the level
eight facility is home to more
than 140 male youths between
the ages of 14.and 21 who
have been adjudicated and,
sent to the center for treat-
ment. He said that the more
than 170 full-time support staff
members begin working with
each youth from the moment
they come to the center with
assessments in the treatment-
focused program.
He said the program fosters
rehabilitation through voca-
tional training and education.
He went on to say that transi-
tional clients participating in
the center's culinary arts pro-
gram prepared breakfast foods
including baked quiche, fresh
muffins, fruits, juice and coffee
for the event.
Additionally, the program
emphasizes social skills that
hold clients accountable for
their actions, teaches respect
for themselves and for others

and encourages youths to
examine the, impact that their
particular behaviors have on
other individuals and on the
communities in which they
Mrs. Sparks told the group
that the center also focuses on
family involvement. She said
that family members of clients
are highly encouraged to stay
"Families are encouraged to
be involved in the treatment
program. We help many fami-
lies to stay involved by assist-
ing them with travel expenses
to encourage continuous fami-
ly involvement," she said.
Mrs. Sparks continued by
telling Chamber members that
95 percent of the funding for
the program comes from the
Department of Juvenile Justice
contract, and the remaining
amount is funded through
fundraisers and the Eckerd

OSCO offers crime prevention tips

By D. Hamilton would help to provide more
Okeechobee News protection and peace of mind
for homeowners.
Okeechobee County Sher- "Deterrents are anything
iff's Office (OCSO) Deputy that would make it more diffi-
Corporal Keith Stripling .spoke cult and time consuming for
at Tuesday's Rotary Club meet- the perpetrator," he said.
ing about ways to keep their He added that by installing
home and property safer from sturdy doors with double cylin-
would-be burglars. der deadbolts, burglars will
SCpl. Stripling urged club think twice before spending a
members to keep bushes and lengthy amount of time before
shrubs used in landscaping cut they go somewhere else.
down to 2 feet or less to avoid Cpl. Stripling went on to say
providing hiding places. He that delaying entry is many
told the group to make use of- times enough to stop burglars
lighting around the outside of in their tracks and send them
homes, preferably that which looking for an easier target.
works with motion sensors as "Detection is another of the
a deterrent. three Ds that will help protect
"Crime prevention is the act homes and properties," he
of stopping a crime before it said.
can happen," said Cpl Further, he .provided a few
Stripling. cost-effective tips to detect
He gave club members intruders including a barking
some tips on preventing dog, alarm system and a
crimes including use of 'the neighborhood watch. He said
three Ds.' The guest speaker neighborhood watches are a
explained that the three 'Ds' good deterrent because those
deterrents, delay and detection who live in a community will

know if there are strangers in
the area.
Cpl. Stripling offered the
group the opportunity to con-
tact the OSCO for a free resi-
dential or commercial security
survey. Local residents and
business owners can call (863)
763-3117 to schedule an
appointment for the survey.
In closing, Cpl. Stripling
announced that the Florida
Department of Transportation
(FDOT) has provided 101 car
seats that can be installed at
the OCSO at a cost of $15 each
for anyone who cannot afford
to purchase one. Also, parents
can bring their existing child
safety restraints to the OCSO to
have them inspected on Mon-
day and Tuesday from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m.
For information, contact the
OCSO at (863) 763-3117.
Rotary Club meetings are
held every Tuesday at noon at
Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott

Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Deputy Corporal Keith
Stripling accepts a thank you token from Rotary Club president
Lonnie Kirsch. Cpl. Stripling gave club members some tips on
how to keep their homes and property safe from burglary.

EYDC: Improving the future, one child at a time

S ......... ,, .-OkeechoDee News/D. Hamilton
Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce president Darrell Donnelly (left) and Brenda O'Con-
nor, chamber executive director, introduced hosts of the April Coffee Klatch business
social. Troy Hoppes, superintendent of Eckerd Youth Development Center (center), Ivan
Tate, assistant superintendent, and Alice Sparks, the center's financial director, gave
Chamber members an overview of programs and services provided by the center.

EYDC hosts chamber business social

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News Briefs

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

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.

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

Loans help replace storm-damaged homes
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee Non-Profit Housing, Inc. has
received $500,000 for the HOME Again Loan Program, which helps
homeowners with replacement of their hurricane damaged or
destroyed homes.
The HOME Again Program will help applicants who meet the fol-
lowing criteria:
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 insurance
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
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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in expository writing, an improve-
ment over last year's 3.6. Howev-
er, in narrative writing, they
dropped from 3.4 to 3.0. The
combined writing score at Central
remained was 3.5, the same as
last year.
Everglades Elementary School
fourth graders showed a similar
trend in expository and narrative
writing. While they showed an
improvement of six-tenths of a
point from 3.1 to 3.7 in expository
wiring, the narrative writing score
dropped from 3.4 to 3.0 However,
the combined writing score for
Everglades' fourth graders rose

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from 3.2 to 3.4.
Of the county's elementary
schools, both North and South
elementary schools shared hon-
ors for the highest combined writ-
ing score at 3.7
Fourth graders at North
improved three-tenths of a point
from last year 3.6 to 3.9 in
expository writing while they
dropped from 3.5 to 3.4 in narra-
tive writing.
Fourth grade writers at Semi-
nole maintained the same exposi-
tory score as last year, 3.8. How-
ever, in narrative writing they
dropped form 3.5 to 3.2. Their
combined score dropped from
3.6 to 3.5.
South Elementary School
fourth graders improved their

expository writing score from last
year's 3.6 tothe current 3.8. Nar-
rative writing scores stayed the
same at 3.6, while the combined
score rose from 3.6 to 3.7.
Districtwide, eight graders had
a combined score average of 3.8
while the state wide average is 4.0
Osceola Middle School eighth
graders dropped from 4.0 to 3. 8
in expository writing. Conversely,
they improved their persuasive
writing score from 3.8 to 4.0.
Their combined score was 3.9,
the same as last year's.
This year's expository writing
scores for eighth graders at Year-
ling Middle School remained the
same as last year's 3.7 Howev-
er, they went from 3.4 to 3.8 in
persuasive writing. In addition,

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they showed an increase in com-
bined score from 3.6 to 3.8.
Scores for 10th graders at
Okeechobee High School aver-
aged out as they improved from
3.5 to 3.6 in expository wring and
decreased from 3.7 to 3.5 in per-
suasive writing. Their combined
score remained the same as last
year's-3.6 ,
The statewide combined score
is 3.9.
Assistant Superintendent of
Schools Lee Dixon said it was too
early to determine the reason for
higher and lower scores. Howev-
er, he said the scores would be
analyzed and used in formulating
school improvement plans for
next school year.

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day, April 3, in connection with
the deaths of Curtis Wayne Ten-
ney, 18, and Elizabeth Ann John-
son, 19. He is being held in the
Okeechobee County Jail without
The two young adults were
found dead Sunday, Jan. 8, in Miss
Johnson's 2004 Ford Mustang
convertible. They had reportedly
been shot, and the car had been
razed by fire. The charred
remains of the car were found at
the end of N.E. 11th Street, which
is just off of N.E. 70th Avenue.
Due to the conditions of the
bodies, it took the Medical Exam-
iner's Office six days to identify
them. Mr. Tenney and Miss John-
son were identified by their dental


Continued From Page 1
While teaching at' YMS, Jack-
son was building a strong pro-
gram. So strong, the YMS band
received a superior rating at a dis-
trict contest,
"We hated to see her go at the
time," said Lee Dixon, assistant
superintendent of schools in
Okeechobee County. "She was
building a pretty good program
and we had no reason for any sus-
According to Jackson's per-
sonnel file, she was a very effec-
tive teacher and was highly
regarded by her supervisors.
"She was enthusiastic and
hard working, and she got the
kids out in the public to perform,"

,When Alvarez was originally
arrested by Detective Sergeant T.J.
Brock and Detective Shane Alt-
man of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), he was
charged with two counts of first-
degree murder. Following his
arrest, he was taken to the St.
Lucie Juvenile Detention Center.
However, the state amended
those charges to second-degree
murder and then charged Alvarez
as an adult. He was returned to
the Okeechobee County Jail on
Tuesday, April 4.
Mr. Albright said the state can
only file charges of second-degree
murder, but that a grand jury
could indict the Okeechobee'teen
on first-degree murder charges.
The prosecutor said the grand
jury was convened on March 19.
He said the law requires that the

said Mr. Dixon.
And, as it is for many teachers
and school instructors, Jackson
would often meet with her music
students on a one-on-one basis.
"It's not just band directors,
but guidance counselors even
coaches. Saying they never meet
one-on-one it's just hard to
imagine operating like that," Mr.
Dixon added.
Mr. Dixon said there was noth-
ing in Jackson's background to
suggest that there would be a
problem with her being around
children. He said a thorough
background check was done and
Jackson was even fingerprinted
prior to her being hired in 1998.
In fact, one of her music pro-
fessors at Valdosta State University
in Valdosta, Ga., gave Jackson a
glowing recommendation. He
described her as "a very fine lady

grand jury be made up of 21 peo-
ple, and a minimum of 15 must
be present, to have a quorum.
And, at least 12 have to vote in
favor of the case presented by the
Mr. Albright said the grand jury
is a secretive procedure done pri-
marily to allow jurors to meet and
hear witnesses without fear of
'"It is the policy of our office to
extend an invitation to the
defense to attend if they desire,"
he added.
However, Mr. Albright could
not comment on whether the
defense attended the grand jury
He said now the preparation
for trial will begin and that it could
take as long as two years., before
the case ever goes to trial.
Alvarez was originally arrested

on March 8 by OCSO Deputy
Michael Hazellief on a juvenile
take-and-hold warrant that
charged him with violation of pro-
bation on the misdemeanor
charges of loitering and prowling,
obstruction and criminal mis-
Those charges stemmed from
Alvarez's April 2005 arrest by
OCSO Deputy Corporal Jack Nash
for allegedly spray painting the
entrance wall to the Basswood
As Deputy Hazellief tried to
arrest the juvenile, Alvarez report-
edly pushed him away and fled
on foot: Alvarez was, arrested
about 15 minutes later, some five
blocks away.
Alvarez was then charged with
battery on a law enforcement offi-
cer and resisting arrest with vio-

who has a bright future. (She) cator in charge of the workforce
would make a great employee." program), George Jackson (OHS
Jackson graduated from Val- assistant principal and of no rela-
dosta State in 1998 with a 3.46 tion) and Mike Radebaugh (day to
GPA. day coordinator of the program
"There's nothing to say that and a teacher) conducted an
she would do something like investigation but could find no
this," said Mr. Dixon. "There's just probable cause to continue the
nothing to indicate this would investigation. Shanando Jackson
happen. denied the allegations, as did two
"You look for hiring negligence other students who were with
on one end, then supervisory her.
negligence. But because of this, A call to the deputy director of
we will do a more thorough inter- schools in Highlands County for
nal review of if it happened, and comment on the music teacher's
why," he added. background was not returned as
In 2001, two students accused of newspaper deadline.
Jackson of taking some items
from classrooms at Okeechobee This case is still under investi-
High School during a summer nation.
workforce development pro- Calls for comment to Brooks
gram. However, Mr. Dixon County High School in Quitman,
along with Jim Kirk (director of Ga., where Jackson did her stu-
vocational education and the edu- dent teaching were unsuccessful.


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make Easter crafts

Miss Hudson's and Mrs.
Raulerson's class are "hopping
along" towards the end of the
year. They are finishing their last
2 letters, Q and U.
The class is having
fun with all of
Miss Hudson's
quilts. They will
be making an ABC' .
quilt to celebrate Q.
Miss Gable's enjoyed making
rabbits and eggs to decorate for
Easter. They frosted a bunny
cake and enjoyed their egg hunt,
sponsored by the Student Coun-

Miss Johnson's class has
been busy learning their last let-
ter, "U." Although it is our last
letter, keep practicing at home.
Miss Johnson's homeroom
made Easter baskets for the egg
hunt last week.
Ms. Harvey's reading group
was under the umbrella for letter
"U." We have also been blend-
ing and doing an excellent job of
it! Ms. Harvey's homeroom
made Easter pictures for the hol-

3FAU and campus partners to

FAU and campus partners to host celebration

Atlantic University's College of
Education and FAU's Treasure
Coast Campus Corporate Partners
will host a "Celebration of Excel-
lence in Beginning Teaching" on
Saturday, April 29 from 8:30 a.m.

-until 2:30 p.m. at FAU's Treasure
Coast Campus, Port St. Lucie.
The keynote speaker for the
event will be Kerri Ann
Walukiewicz '95, the 2005 Florida
Department of Education Bur-
dines/Macy's Teacher of the Year

and member of the FAU Alumni
Hall of Fame. Presentations will
also be made by graduates of
FAU's Accelerated Induction into
Teaching Program,. recipients of
the Outstanding First-Year Teach-
ing Awards in St. Lucie County and

FAU alumni who have been
named Teachers of the Year in their
respective schools and counties.
For more information or to
R.S.VP., contact Dr. Mary Lou
Goldberg at (772) 873-3352 or

Academy of Finance

hosts free seminar

In line with celebrating Finan-
cial Literacy month, the Acade-,
my of Finance will be hosting a
free seminar to the public, on
Tuesday, April 25 from 5:30 until
7:30 p.m. at the Freshman Cam-
pus Auditorium. The topic of the
seminar will be "Establishing
Good Credit" as it relates to the
purchase of new/existing
;, homes. Alex Marques of Big
( Lake National Bank and Lori
Mixon of the Tucker Group will
be conducting the presentations
on how to establish/maintain
good credit and how good credit

affects the home purchasing
process. Door prizes will be
given and refreshments will be
available. This seminar will be
invaluable, especially with our
escalating home prices. It is for
everybody, regardless of your
financial/credit situation. We are
looking for a solid group of
attendees and would like to con-
tinue offering these types of sem-
inars for the future. Thank you
Sfor the support of the Okee-
chobee High School Academy of

Submitted to the Okeechobee News
Students of the week
Everglades Elementary School is pleased to announce
the names of students of the week for the second week of
April including: Robert Futch, Ricky Lopez, Marshall
Abney, and David Jennings, all kindergarten students.
First grade students named are: Nina Nunez, Marie Esh-
leman, Craig Parrish, Amparo Aguleria, and Gail Spark-
man. Second grade students named are: Erica Shirey,
Josie Brewster, Alex Hernandez, Kyla Andrews, and
Christian Serrano. Students from third grade are: Michael
Nicoll, Johnny Smith, Jacalyn Sutton, Trey Howard, San-
dra Luviano, Paul Jackson and Sandro Fernandez. Fourth
grade students Ashley Murray and Amos Shirey were
named as well as Scott Gabor, Carissa Quesada, Khadija
Franklin and Kyle Burkhardt from the fifth grade. Congrat-
ulations to our many outstanding students.

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Learning first hand
As part of Career Day, Thursday, April 20, at Central Ele-
mentary School, Okeechobee County Deputy Sheriff
Madonna Arnold explains what is involved in a career in
law enforcement and demonstrates the use of handcuffs
to a first grade class,

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Les McGee, a firefighter/EMT with the City of Okee-
chobee Fire Department, shows a kindergarten class,
how firemen open a fire hydrant. His demonstration was
part of Career Day that was held at the school on Thurs-
day, April 20. Students saw demonstrations and heard
presentations from various business and professional

Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Classmate trio
Soon-to-be-classmates, Mixtli Gonzalez, Brisely Garcia
and Abileny Garcia keep each other company while
their parents fill out necessary forms for their kinder-
garten registration at Seminole Elementary School on
Tuesday. All three girls were enjoying books during
their wait.


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Donna J. Shaw.
Donna J. Shaw, age 62, of
Okeechobee, died March 22 at
Raulerson Hospital. Mrs. Shaw
was born Nov. 19, 1943 in Wal-
honding, Ohio to Donis "Jack"
and Alice (Kohl) Hagans. She
retired from
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'Shaw came to
from West
Lafayette, Ohio
in 1984. She
was of the Donna
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Faith. She was
a member of the VFW Post 9528
Auxiliary BHR and avid former
member of the Buckhead Ridge
Volunteer Fire Department and
Auxiliary. She married James
"Jake" M. Shaw in 1984.

Mrs. Shaw was preceded in
death by her brothers,. Densil
Dean Hagans and James Hagans
and her sister, Leota Marie Brick-
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band, James "Jake Shaw; three
sons, Craig Allen (Julie) Border of
W Lafayette, Ohio, Brian James
(Melissa) Border of W Lafayette,
Ohio, and Jeffery Donald (Helen)
Border of Plainfield, Ohio; her
daughter, Angela Kay Border of
Fresno, Ohio; her brothers, Darrel
"Pat" (Linda) Hagans, of Bladen-
burge, Ohio, Richard (Rhonda)
Hagans of Cambridge, Ohio and
sister, Sue McKee Carol of Cosh,
Ohio; nine grandchildren; and
four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be
held at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 23,
2006 at VFW Post 9528 in Buck-
head Ridge.
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to the loving care of Bass Okee-
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Turning the tables
Usually at meetings of the Okeechobee County School
Board, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Cooper
presents awards to outstanding students. However, at
the April 13 board meeting Dr. Cooper was presented
with an award by a student. Matthew Walker, right, a
tenth grader at Okeechobee High School served as a
page/messenger for the state legislature. In apprecia-
tion of Dr. Cooper's services, Matthew presented Dr.
Cooper, left, with a photograph of the entire group of

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Community Events

Early Learning Coalition to meet
Early Learning Coalition of Martin and Okeechobee counties will
meet Wednesday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at the One Stop Career Center, 2401
S. 29th St., North Portable, in Fort Pierce. The executive committee will
meet following the coalition meeting.
Main Street board nominations sought
Faye Huffman will be accepting nominations for all board posi-
tions on the Okeechobee Main Street until April 26. For information,
contact Ms. Huffman at (863) 697-2054.
Sorority plans Founders Day celebration
The annual Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Founder's Day will be held
April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200 S.W.
Second St. All members of the local Beta Sigma Phi chapters will
come together to honor the founder and some outstanding women
in the community. For information, call Linda at (863) 467-1070.
First Aid class is offered
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First Aid Basics class will be given at the American Red Cross, 323
North Parrott Ave., on Thursday, April 27, from 6 until 9 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2488.
CCC to host guest speakers
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on
Tuesday, April 25, at 10 am. in the boardroom of the Okeechobee
County School Board office, 700 S.W. Second Avenue. The purpose
of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collabo-
rate 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 informa-
tion, call (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.
Free memory loss screenings offered
The Visiting Nurses Association, 208 S.E. Park St., will host free
memory loss screenings on Friday, April 28, from 11 a.m. until 2:30
p.m. Appointments are needed for the screenings, and the screenings
are open to any age group. The screening will be completed by the St.
Mary's memory disorder staff and immediate results will be given.
For information, call Donna True at (800) 861-7826 ext. 1 or (772)
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
Community Center on U.S. 98. The purpose of meeting is to provide
an opportunity .for South Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD) to meet with community members that'are interested in
using the restored Kissimmee River Valley region for public use and
recreation. Learn about the Kissimmee River Restoration Project and
the recreational opportunities available for you on SFWMD lands.

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Upcoming Events

Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday except the first Friday of
the month for an open discussion meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead
Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For infor-
mation, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
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.
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
becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800)
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.
AA.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 pro-
mote 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

A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles meets every Saturday at 7:30 am., 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
questions contact Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841, Holly Stew-
art at (863) 610-1251, or Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257.

AA 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.

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 ori-
entation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in Okee-
chobee. 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.

Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Beef
.O'Brady's Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to
the public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St. '
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m: at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863)
467-2321.. .
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863)
763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
call (863) 357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys
old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, con-
tact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.

Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facil-
itator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Gra-
ham as the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.}
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. Itwill be a closed discussion.
Farmer's Market every Thursday from 4 until 7:30 p.m. in Flagler
Park. For information, call (863) 357-MAIN; (863) 763-2225; or, (863)
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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 Cen-
sus, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863)
.763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at
Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863)
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.
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.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863)
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups meetat 6 p.m. For information, call
(863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-
2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at
7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
.312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893
days, or (863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might
need this group, please pass the word.

Community Events

OHS Drama Club staging musical
The Okeechobee High School Drama Club will present the musi-
cal "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

Juvenile Justice Council will meet
The Okeechobee Juvenile Justice Council will conduct their
monthly meeting Friday, April 21, at noon in the meeting room at Beef
O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to
enhance prevention and intervention of at-risk youth in 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.

Benefit planned for Larry Schrader
A benefit for Larry Schrader will be held Saturday, April 22, at
Butch's Fish Camp, 4870 U.S. 441 S.E., beginning at 2 p.m. There will
be prize giveaways, 50/50 drawing, food and music. A barbecue
chicken dinner with baked beans, potato salad and dinner roll will be
available for a donation of $6 each.

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 am. 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, presi-
dent 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 serv-
ice 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 Ministries and Real Life Children's;

Brandon Kelly benefit planned
TRC and Boy Scout Troop 911 will hold a benefit carwash Satur-
day, April 22, from 10 am. 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 Okeechobee ARC on Sat-
urday, April 22, at Wal-Mart, Publix and U-Save from 10 am. until 2

DuPuls hosting Earth Day celebration
Celebrate Earth Day this year at DuPuis Management Area on Sat-
urday, April 22, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The guest speaker will be
Rick Householder, senior geographer from the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD). He will give a simple lesson on how
to use your GPS. A treasure hunt will follow his presentation, so bring
your own GPS to play. Enjoy live native wildlife presentations by the
Treasure Coast Wildlife Center. You'll also be able to learn all about
the bald eagles at DuPuis through presentation and video with Dr.
Dale Hipson of the Audubon's Eagle Watch Program. Food, snacks
and drinks will be available to purchase through the Boy Scouts, or
you can pack your own picnic lunch. For more information, call the
SFWMD at 800-432-2045, ex. 3339. DuPuis is located about 7 miles
west of the S.R. 710 on U.S. 76 (Kanner Hwy.) junction, and 3 miles
east of Port Mayaca, Enter at the Visitors Center, Gate #5.

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

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

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.

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.
Martha's House honors Victim's Rights Week
Martha's House will host a dinner in honor of National Crime Vic-
tim's Rights Week at the Okeechobee County Civic Center, U.S. 98 N.,
on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. Dr. Brenda Garma will be the keynote
speaker. There is no charge for the dinner. For information, contact
Martha's House at (863) 763-2893, or (863) 763-0202.
Collaborative council will meet
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting Tues-
day, April 25, at 10 a.m. in the boardroom of the Okeechobee County
School Board at 700 S.W. Second Avenue. For information call
Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000 ext. 257.

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Lady Brahman tennis team wins Districts

Lady Brahmans
produce three

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Lady Brahman tennis
team stormed into Halpatiokee
Park in Stuart with a 15-3 regular
season record to,compete in the
District 3A, Division 14 high
school tennis championships and
returned to Okeechobee with the

first team district title in many
years. They also brought back
two individual championships in
singles competition and a dou-
bles team championship
Freshman sensation Kari Berg-
er received a bye in the first round
of competition. She .then
marched through the remainder
of the tournament defeating her
Martin County opponent 2-6, 6-0,
6-0 before stepping onto the court
to meet her South Fork opponent
in the district finals. Berger
showed no mercy in capturing

the singles championship 6-2, 6-0.
The next Lady Brahman to
capture a singles championship
was Rina Boswell. Boswell also
had a bye in the first round. She
dispatched her South Fork oppo-
nent 6-1, 6-1 before putting away
her Martin County counter-part 6-
3, 6-2 for the singles title.
In doubles competition, Lady
Brahman coach Daryl Roehm
teamed Berger up with court vet-
eran Jamie Fadley. The Lady Brah-
mans proved unstoppable. After
receiving a bye in the first round,

they won the next round against
the duo from Sebastian River 6-0,
6-3 advancing them to the finals
against Martin County. In the
finals, they defeated Martin Coun-
ty 7-5, 6-1 to claim the doubles
When team points were added
up at the end of the afternoon, the
Lady Brahmans were on top with
14 points, followed by Martin
County with 11 and South Fork
with 9, giving the Lady Brahmans
their first district title in recent his-

OHS tennis team ends season on high note

The Brahman tennis team
took on the Clewiston Tigers on
Thursday, April 13. Both, the
boys' and girls' teams came
away with 7-0 victories.
The individual results were as
Boys' singles: Corey White
(Okee.) def. Josh Ingram (Cl.) 6-
3, 6-4; Bobby Spelts (Okee.) def.
Raymond Guerra (Cl.) 4-6, 6-2,

6-2: Logan Perry (Okee.) def.
James Hainley (Cl.) 6-1, 7-6 (7-
I); Elj Cabansay (Okee.) def.
Joey Reyes (Cl.) 6-1, 7-5 and
Bhavesh Patel (Okee.) def.
Krunal Pael (CI.) 6-1, 6-4.
Boys' doubles: White and
Perry (Okee.) def. Ingram &
Guerra (Cl.) 8-3; Spelts and
Cabansay (Okee.) def. Hainley
and Reyes (Cl.) 8-1.

The boys finished their regu-.
lar season with a 5-12 record.
Girls' singles: Catherine Span-
gler (Okee.) def. Aura Reyes
(Cl.) 6-3, 6-4; Jamie Fadley
(Okee.) def. Mallory Pittman
(Cl.) 6-1, 6-1; Kari Berger
(Okee.) def. Ameilia Guitterez
(Cl.) 6-1, 6-0'; Rina Boswell
(Okee.) def. Yolanda Rodriguez
(Cl.) 6-2, 6-2 and Brooke Raga-

mat (Okee.) def. Jayneka McCal-
ty (Cl.) 6-1, 6-1.
.Girls' doubles: Spangler and
Boswell (Okee.) def. Reyes and
Guiterrez (Cl.) 6-1, 6-2; Fadley
and Berger (Okee.) def. Pittman
and Rodriguez (Cl.) 6-2, 6-0.
The girls' team finished their
regular season with a 15-3

Submitted to Okeechobee News/Daryl Roehm
Brahman head baseball coach Dylan Tedders (left) present-
ed Chris Cyr (right) with the Okeechobee News/Publix Super
Market's male Athlete of the Month award for the month of

Cyr named male

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Rachel Lowe (left) received the Okeechobee News/Publix
Super Market's March female Athlete of the Month Award
from Brahman softball coach Kim Hargraves (right).

Lowe receives female

Athlete of Month award

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Lady Brahman softball player
Rachel Lowe was recently select-
ed as the Okeechobee News/Pub-
lix Super Market's female Athlete
of the Month for March. She was
nominated by her coach Kim Har-.
graves for hei 'achievements dur-
ing the month of March and .
selected by the varsity coaches at
the most recent coaches meeting.
Lowe carried a 569 batting
average with a 7-2 win/loss record
for the month with a .91 ERA and
49 strikeouts.
"Rachel is a very versatile play-
er who has an extraordinary abili-
ty to play the game of softball. She
is a very valuable asset to Okee-
chobee High School softball,".
stated Lady Brahman head soft-I

ball coach Kim Hargraves.
Lowe is a junior who has been
playing softball for the past three
years for the Lady Brahmans and
seven years total.
Honors are nothing new for
Ms. Lowe. She was selected as
pitcher of the year in 2004 and;
2005.'a" a- ,o ti
SIn addition to athletics Ms.,
Lo\e is an honor roll student:
with a 3.33 grade point average.
She is also a member of the Beta
Club, National Honor Society and:
Student Council junior class rep-
Ms. Lowe future plans are still
undecided. She would like to
either attend a Division I college
to major in sports medicine or
become a dental hygienist.
She is the daughter of Rob and
Lori Lowe.

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Sports Briefs

PopWarner grid sign-ups slated
Pop Warner football and cheerleading sign-ups will take place at the
Okeechobee Sports Complex on May 6, May 20, June 10, June 24, July 1
andJulyl5fromlOa.m.until2p.m. ,
; The registritioi fee is $75. In order to registeryou must bring the child's'
last report card, a current year physical from your doctor and a copy of the
child's birth certificate.
For information, call co-presidents James'Shockley at (863) 634-3482 or
Albion Crowell at (863) 697-2576.
Chobee Starz tryouts planned
The Chobee Starz competitive cheerleading squad is planning to hold
tryouts for next season. Therewill be meeting on April 25 at 6:15 p.m. at
the Okeechobee Skate Park, by the picnic tables, located on Fourth Street
near the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Offie. All interested parents and
childrenwhowill be in grades 3 through 9 next year should attend. Practice
will be May 1, May 2, and May 4 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Tryouls will take
place on Friday, May 5 from 6 until 9 p.m. Coaches are needed. If you love
kids and have cheerleading or gymnastic background, we need you.
Summer play camp registrations slated
Sign-ups for the Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment's 2006 summer play camps will begin Monday, May 1, at 8 a.m. at the.
department's new office at the Okeechobee County Sports Complex, 640
N.W27thLane.. .
Enrollment is limited and slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served
Campers must be 6 to 12 years of age.
Camps will operate Monday through Friday, June 12 through July 28,
except for Tuesday, July 4. Camp hours will be from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30
p.m. Camp locations are: the Douglas Brown Community Center, the
Okeechobee Civic Center and Central Elementary School.
The regular camp fee is $50 per week, per participant, plus fees for field
trips and special activities. Special rates have been set at $25 per week for a
child on the reduced school lunch program, and $10 per week for a child
on the free school lunch program within the Okeechobee County school
system for the 2005-06 schoolyear.
A letter of participation from Okeechobee County school food service.
must be presented at the time of registration in order to qualify for these
special rates.
Camp fees include lunch and an afternoon snack for each camper.
Extended hours of 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. will be available at
both the Civic Center and Central Elementary for an additional fee of $10
perweek, per student.

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By Loma Jablonski
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Senior pitcher Chris Cyr was
recently named as the March
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market's male Athlete of the
Month at a meeting of all of the
coaches at Okeechobee High
Cyr received the a.ard for win-
ning four games in the month of
March and striking out 56 in 37
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The four-year letterman in
baseball and football has already
signed to receive a scholarship to
play for Miami-Dade Community
"Chris has continued to
improve with every start," stated
Brahman head baseball coach
Dylan Tedders. .
As a senior recipient of this
award, Cyr is now eligible for Ath-
lete of the Year honors in May.
Cyr is the son of Richard and
Debbie Cyr.

Okeechobee anglers sweep

Istokpoga bass tourney

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Last weekend proved to be
profitable for anglers from
Okeechobee. Three local fish-
ermen, Mark Hester, Larry
Wright and Justin Schwier took
the top three spots at the Wave
Worms' HT3 Prb Bass Tour tour-
nament on Lake Istokpoga last
Saturday .proving that they
could fish on places other than
the big lake.
Hester, known locally as
"Rat Boy", brought home first
' place honors and a check for
$2,400 for his 16.62 lb. catch.
Long-lime angler and pro
guide Larry Wright's 14.76 Ibs.
earned him second place and a
$1,200 check.
Close behind in third place
was Justin Schwier with 14.28-

Ibs. He collected $950 plus an
additional $750 for having the
big fish of the tourney. The
lunker weighed 8.34 lbs.
Finishing in the money at
sixth place was another Okee-
chobee angler. Tim Arnold
brought 11.96 lbs. to the scale
,to pick iup the win and earn
Seventy-seven boats com-
peted in the sixth event of the
tour with 21 other anglers being
turned away due to ineligibility
based on new tour rules. The
tour's next stop will be Lake
Kissimmee, launching from
Camp Mack. According to tour
director Pat Malone, he antici-.
pates a full field of 100 boats for
this event. For information,
contact Mr. Malone at (352)'

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Rebuilding funds flow at steady clip

ORLANDO In the six
months since Hurricane Wilma
hit South Florida, more than
$760 million in public assistance
funds has been dispersed
throughout communities affect-
ed by that storm, contributing to
a total of $1 billion in public
assistance funds that has
reached city, county and state
applicants for recovery from the
2005 storms, officials from the
Department of Homeland Secu-
rity's Federal Emergency Man-
agement Agency (FEMA) and
Florida's State Emergency
Response Team (SERT)
announced today.
"The typical life-cycle of any
disaster involves a quick
response to provide for basic
needs, followed by long-term,
large-scale public assistance
funding to help city and county
governments get back on their
feet," said Scott R. Morris,
FEMA's director of Long-Term
Recovery in Florida. "That large-
scale effort is well underway
throughout the areas impacted
Through the public assis-
tance. program, FEMA grants
state and local governments and
eligible nonprofit agencies funds
to repair or replace damaged
roads and bridges, water control
facilities, public buildings and
their contents, publicly owned
utilities and parks and recreation
areas. It also includes funds for
emergency services and eligible
debris-removal costs related to
the disaster.

For the 2005 hurricane sea-
son, FEMA reimburses.the appli-
cant 75 percent of the eligible
cost. The state and/or applying
agency cover the rest of the cost.
All levels of government have
a role in getting the grant money
to the applicant for public assis-
tance projects. For every appli-
cant, a team with one FEMA
member and one state member
shepherds the applicant's proj-
ect or projects through the
process. The state is the grants
manager and local officials must
take an active role by requesting
approved grant money from the
"Public assistance projects
rebuild local resources that
touch the daily lives of all Floridi-
ans," said Craig Fugate, director
of Florida Division of Emergency
Management. "We applaud the
ongoing commitment by the
state team arid our federal part-
ners to help Florida communi-
ties recover."
Throughout the area affected
by Wilma, more than 5,000 pub-
lic assistance projects totaling
$760 million have been funded
so far, representing more than 80
percent of the estimated federal
share of the Wilma recovery
effort for city and county appli-
cants. For overall hurricane sea-
son 2005 recovery, more than $1
billion in public assistance funds
has reached Florida. This covers
more than 8,400 projects and
includes the responses to Hurri-
canes Dennis and Wilma, and
also Katrina and Rita, where they

Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Honoring water conservation
Missie Barletto with South Florida Water Management
District, accepts a proclamation from Okeechobee Mayor
James Kirk in honor of April as Water Conservation Month
at the April 18 city council meeting.

impacted Florida. ford. "The FEMA personnel we
Recovery officials credited have been working with have
improvements made to the pub- been very experienced, coopera-
lic assistance process for the tive and helpful."
swift pace of recovery. In May Along with state and federal
2005, FEMA opened a Long- improvements, Safford credits
Term Recovery Office (LTRO) in the spreadsheet tools his office
Orlando in response to Florida's developed to track city property
historic 2004 hurricane season. damage with helping speed the
Its primary purpose was to take damage wth he speed the
the lessons learned following the reimbursement process.
2004 season -- the greatest In 2005; FEMA returned to the
mobilization of response and practice of writing projects
recovery resources in FEMA's based on estimates to ensure
history before Hurricane Katrina that local governments have
- and drive change in hurricane- access to the federal resources
recovery efforts. It sought to they need as quickly as possible.
streamline the massive push to This helps local governments
meet the needs of Florida com- meet their budget commit-
munities after the 2004 storms ments.
and to establish an effective Besides providing a frame-
blueprint for future hurricane work for the 2005 hurricane sea-
recovery efforts. son and beyond, the opening of
Creation of the LTRO resulted son and beyond hastened the of
in a shift toward using long-term the LTRO greatly hastened the
personnel, rather than tempo- speed wth which public assis-
rary employees. This was partic- tance projects from the 2004
ularly helpful in the area of pub- storms were approved, as well.
lic assistance, as it gave local and Average dollars sent per day to
state officials permanent go-to state and local governments in
contacts to help them through Florida for public assistance in
the process. And with billions of the wake of the 2004 hurricanes
dollars in disaster assistance at more than tripled after the LTRO
stake, the SERT created, with opened in May. To date, FEMA
FEMA's funding, an online solu- has sent more than $2.2 billion
tion -- -- to Florida for more than 28,400
that allows local, county and public-assistance projects relat-
state officials to track their pupublied to public-assistance projects relat-he
assistance applications. ed o the rebuilding after the
Delray Beach Finance Direc- 2004 storms.
tor Joseph Safford is a big sup- FEMA recovery officials
porter of the Web site. stressed that they will be in Flori-
"It's an excellent tool to keep da for as long as it takes to fund
everything organized," said Saf- every eligible expense.

Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Civil Wa** History Month
Ernest Rhodes (left) accepts a proclamation naming April as
Florida Civil War History Month from Okeechobee Mayor
James Kirk at the city council meeting on Tuesday, April 18.

Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Saum receives service award
City of Okeechobee Police Detective Bill Saum (left)
receives a 25-year service award from Mayor James
Kirk at the city council meeting on April 18. Mr. Saum
thanked five people for their support throughout his
career: former Chief of Police Larry Mobley, who
gave him his first stripe; city council members who
kept him around; former Chief of Police Buck Far-
renkopf; current Chief of Police Denny Davis; and,
most of all, Gail, "the best cop's wife one could
have," he said.

Grants available to

end pet overpopulation

Florida Animal Friend Inc., a
statewide organization that
raises funds through the sale of
the spay/neuter license plate,
announced that grant funding is
now available to animal rescue
groups, humane societies and
city, county or tribal govern-
ments with budgets for animal
In Florida, hundreds of thou-
sands of dogs and cats are
killed each year because of pet
overpopulation. Florida Animal
Friend, Inc. was formed solely
for the purpose of ending pet
overpopulation through the
sale of the specialty license
plate. The Spay/Neuter License
Plate is available for purchase
at any county license tag office
or through each county's tax
collector's office for $25 above
regular renewal fee. One hun-
dred percent 'of the proceeds
will be used toward
spay/ne6ter programs. More
than 6,000 plates have been
sold since its inception last year.

Grants will be awarded to
groups and agencies that
increase cat and dog steriliza-
tion above the existing baseline
including: programs for pets in
low-income families, target dif-
ficult animal overpopulation
sources, feral cat sterilization
programs, progr".m, providing
spay/neuter services where
none currently exist and neuter-
before-adoption programs.
Total funds available for dis-
tribution are dependent upon
proceeds from the sales of the
Florida Animal Friend
Spay/Neuter license plate
through June 30, 2006. It is
anticipated that over $170,000
will be given out in the first
round of grants.
Organizations interested in
funding can download the
Florida Animal Friend grant
application at www.floridaani-
malfriend:com. The first round
of applications are due by May
30, 2006. For additional infor-
mation contact Florida Animal
Friend at 954.316.8621.

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Other Area News

More jobs may be coinig to Clewiston

By Bill Fabian
Special to the Okeechobee News
CLEWISTON Representatives
from City Mattress, a quickly growing
mattress retailer and home furnishing
company, have expressed to the city of
Clewiston a desire to build a 54,000-
square-foot manufacturing plant on a
10-acre site in Clewiston.
Clewiston city commissioners
unveiled the company's preliminary
plans to the public at the regular meet-
ing on April 17, at which time they
were scheduled to initiate an econom-
ic incentive program that would pro-
vide up to more than $1.7 million in
incentives for City build a
facility within the city limits. However,
the commission tabled the program in
the absence of City Manager Wendell
Johnson, who was out of town on
Still, the commission released
details of the mattress retailer's pro-
posal to build a manufacturing plant
to produce mattress and bedding
products to be marketed under the
City Mattress brand name.

According to a business profile
provided to city commissioners, City
Mattress currently has seven retail
showrooms in Florida on both coasts,
in addition to multiple stores in the
NewYorkState area.
The target site, located in what is
known as the "Commerce Park" a
proposed future site of a number of
incoming businesses is located in
large open areas south of Aztec
Avenue, east of the Clewiston Golf
Course and extending towards
Olympia Street. The Commerce Park
includes large portions of the dosed
Clewiston airport, at which city public
works services temporarily placed
large volumes of organic storm debris
after Hurricane Wilma. The large
mounds of debris, which were
reduced to mulch, have since been
The proposed facilityisto cover five
acres, with a 54,000-square-foot struc-
ture to house the mattress production
and storage operations. Also, 4,000-
square feet have been designatedfor
administrative space. The estimated
price of the facility is projected to be $5

to $6 million.
Preliminary proposals indicate that
the facility would employ up to 30 at
"start up" in mid-2007. By the time the
facility reaches full operation, it could
bring up to 100 local jobs by 2010.
According to the mattress company,
various jobs may include industrial
sewing machine operators, forklift
operators, and administrative posi-
tions. The company predicts median
salary range of $15 per hour.
City Mattress is considering a num-
ber of alternative sites, but Clewiston
city commissioners are prepared to
consider offering the companyalucra-
tive deal that would provide a potential
value of $1.74 million in incentives,
which include a land acquisition
incentive in which the proposed five-
acre site estimated to be worth
$400,000 at market value once devel-
oped would be conveyed to City
Mattress "at no cost."
The incentive package also
includes a proposed county tax break,
which could provide ad valorem tax
exemption for the mattress company
for up to 10 years. The proposed

exemption would only be for county
"general revenue fund" portions of ad
valorem taxes, according to the city. A
report to the City Commission indicat-
ed that City Mattress's initial $6 million
investment, creation of 50 new jobs,
and eventually 100 new jobs at full
capacitywould dictate the value of the
tax break at approximately $54,000
In terms of infrastructure and
newly imposed impact fees, City Mat-
tress and the city of Clewiston would
be eligible to apply for an Economic
Development Block Grant of
$700,000, as well as a State Rural Infra-
structure Fund Grant of $210,000 "to
fund all water, sewer, and road access
needs for the manufacturing plant"
No official city policy has yet been
enacted in anticipation of City Mat-
tress, but the commission will consid-
er adopting the incentives package to
encourage the manufacturer to come
to Clewiston. The commission will
hold public hearings for the proposal
at its regular meeting in May..

SO changes perception of law enforcement

By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Special to the Okeechobee News
PAHOKEE By Mayor J.P. Sass-
er's account, the Pahokee Police
Department was the perfect picture
of corruption. During a stretch of a
few months' time, the city commis-
sion played the role of audience to
an average of two or three com-
plaints about its police department
at each of its city meetings.
Residents became angry. They
wanted a handful of the officers out
of the police force for conduct they
said was unprofessional, irrational
and disrespectful.
Something needed to be
changed, the commission decided,
and the council eventually dis-
solved its police department, sign-
ing over law enforcement service
to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's
Office. Just over a full month into
that agreement, city officials say
they are pleasantly surprised at the
"I have heard many, many com-
pliments and zero complaints since
you took over," Commissioner
Gary McEntire, a teacher at Paho-
kee Middle/Senior High School,
told visiting sheriff office represen-
tatives at the city's April 12 meeting.

The difference between today and
year ago, he said, is notable.
For Mayor Sasser, one of the.
most vocal critics of the police
department, the current situation
reinforces the commission's deci-
sion to enter into its agreement
with the sheriff's office. At the time
of its consideration, the mayor said
the agreement would dispel the
negative perception that the
department had been labeled with.
Last week, the mayor said it
had. "It's wonderful. It's absolutely
wonderful," he said of the sheriff's
office presence in the area. Accord-
ing to the mayor, the commission
has yet to hear a single formal com-
plaint about the new law enforce-
ment department in the city.
"When they are interacting with
people on the street, they're treat-
ing them with respect," he said.
"It's nice for the residents not to be
talked down to."
The mayor warns that the hon-
eymoon may not last very long, as
the sheriff's office prepares to crack
down on some of the more prob-
lematic streets in the city includ-
ing taking to streets that are
plagued by a higher crime rate than
other sections of the city. Narcotics
,,use .aPd sale is-a-common sight on.

those streets at night.
Even then, he trusts the sheriff's
office to do a good job,
The historical problem with
local law enforcement agencies,
especially local police depart-
ments, some say could be chiefly
attributed to local cities' inability to
pay the higher wages that larger
agencies pay. The result is a work-
force that some of its critics view as
being comprised largely of either
young officers without any previ-
ous experience or old officers with
problematic backgrounds who
are often rejected everywhere else.
In Pahokee, the police depart-
ment was rocked again and again
by scandals each time losing
more of its credibility with its own
citizens. Problems started several
years ago when the chief of police
and his second in command,
resigned amid'a growing scandal
involving the sale of firearms from
the station's evidence room, and
other charges. The sheriff's office
stepped in to continue patrolling
the streets while investigators
pored over the details of the case.
Last year, some of the officers
were accused of threatening city
officials with their lives on Internet
chat rooms and on Web sites. The

same officers were consistently sin-
gled out by residents at city meet-
ings for alleged misconduct while
on the job.
For city officials, the transfer of
police services has produced a big
difference from the problems of
only six months ago.
Former Chief of Police James
Blackford, now a lieutenant with
the sheriff's office and in command
of the Pahokee sub-station, said the
department has access to 14
deputies on any given day. Accord-
ing to the lieutenant, the new
deputies are acclimating well to
their new environment.
"The transition is going as
smoothly as it can go," he said last
week. "Right now we have better
coverage than we had in the last
year and a half."
Pahokee resident Royal York
also seems to have noticed a
change. Mr. York said he watches
the new officers while they are out
patrolling the streets and appreci-
ates their professionalism.
"They're articulate. They're well
groomed. They take pride in their
uniform. They're courteous. And
there's a communication with
them now," Mr. York said. .,

Glades County Arrest Report

The following individuals were,
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUi) charges by the
Glades County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), the Seminole Police
Department (SPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the Depart-
ment of Corrections (DOC).
Juliana Ramos, 31, LaBelle,
was arrested April 9 by Detective
Richard Jones on charges of aggra-

vated assault and crimes against a
person that could cause death. Her
bond Was set at $35,000.
Hardi Driggers, 23, Lakeport,
was arrested April 9 by Deputy
Richard Ermeri on charges of driv-
ing under the influence, refusal to
accept citation and criminal mis-
chief. His bond was set at $4,000.
Michael Knotec, 53, LaBelle,
was arrested April 15 by Sergeant
Don Salo on charges of battery and
false imprisonment. His bond was

set at $2,000.
Gerald Peterson, 43, Moore
Haven, was arrested April 15 by
Deputy Jason Griner on charges of
burglary and petit theft. His bond
was set at $26,000.
Ariel Sanchez, 19, Clewiston,
was arrested April 15 by Deputy
Jason Griner on charges of posses-
sion of cocaine, possession of mar-
ijuana under 20 grams and smug-
gling contraband into a detention
facility. His bond was set at $5,500.
Lenson Jones, 52, Moore

Haven, was arrested April 15 by
Deputy Steven McKinley on a
charge of aggravated assault
(domestic violence). He .was
released on his own recognizance.
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.

Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Visionary student
Kim Treadway (right) waits while son, Joel Treadway
Is busy with his vision screening during kindergarten
registration. Seminole Elementary hosted its annual
kindergarten round-up on Tuesday with many parents
visiting the school to prepare for the upcoming
school year.

Glades County Round-up

Shelter operations training scheduled
A shelter operations training has been set for April 29, from 9
a.m. until 2 p.m. The training will be given by ARC and is intended
for those who have worked or would like to work in a shelter. The
training is available for anyone who wants it. If anyone is interested,
or would like additional information, they can contact Erica, at (863)

CREW needs volunteers
The Community Rebuilding Ecumenical Workforce CREW of
Hendry and Glades Counties is seeking volunteers to assist residents
with repairs and continued clean-up efforts in the aftermath of Hur-
ricane Wilma. Carpenters, electricians, plumbers, drywall installers
and other trades skills are needed as well as anyone willing to lend a
hand! For more information, e-mail
or phone (863) 0983-4316 or (863) 946-1457.

CREW seeks donations
The Community Rebuilding Ecumenical Workforce CREW of
Hendry and Glades Counties is seeking donations of building mate-
rials and supplies, including lumber, nails, drywall, to assist resi-
dents with repairs and continued clean up efforts in the aftermath of
Hurricane Wilma. Donations, including monetary contributions,
are tax deductible. For more information, e-mail CREW headquar-
ters or phone (863) 983-4316 or (863) 946-1457.

Smoking cessation classes offered
Heart To Heart will be offering free smoking cessation classes
beginning Aug. 31, at 5 p.m., at the Hendry County Health Depart-
ment, 1140 Pratt Blvd., LaBelle, Florida 33975. The class is a seven-
week course that will meet on Wednesdays. If you have any ques-
tions please call Lasheba at 674-4056 Ext. 128. .

Free services to help elders" '
Center for Independent Living will be doing outreach on a regu-
lar basis at the Moore Haven, Clewiston, and LaBelle sites between
the hours of noon until 2:30 p.m. Young an contact Tera or Linda at
the Center for Independent Living at (941) 766-8333 in Charlotte
County to find out the days that they will be available in those areas.

Economic Council meetings slated
The Glades County Economic Development Council normally
meets the first Monday of the month at 6:15 p.m. in the conference
room at Glades Electric Cooperative. If you are not a member,
please contact the EDC about joining. If you are a member, please
plan to attend the meetings. As the Main Street effort, and other ini-
tiatives move forward, we will need a host of knowledgeable volun-
teers to serve on various committees and we encourage your partic-


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Therapy Subacute Care
Long Term Care
In-Patient & Outpatient Care
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(863) 763-2306
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Port St. Lucia: (772) 335-3550
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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, April
21, through Thursday, April 27,
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 "Larry The Cable
Guy" (PG-13} Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day 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
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-


Narconon helps
with drug addiction
Do you need help with drug
addiction? If so, call Narconon at

You can be a
volunteer mentor
Help encourage a middle or
high school student to reach his
or her full potential and become
a volunteer mentor for the Presi-
dent's Challenge to SOAR/Take
Stock in Children Scholarship
program. It's a proven life-chang-
ing program that provides four-
year college scholarships to
deserving sixth and ninth graders
in local communities. The inern-
tor meets with the student one
hour per week at his/her school.
Volunteer opportunities are avail-
able in Indian River, Martin, St.
Lucie and Okeechobee counties.
Please call the Indian River Com-
munity College Foundation at
(772) 462-4786.

Halfway House -"
looks for volunteers-
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House, 800 N.E.72nd Circle N., is
looking for volunteers to work
with our adolescent boys. If you
have any free time or talents you
would like to share, call Jordan
Bernay at (863) 357-0047.

Consumer credit
counseling offered
If debt threatens you, talk with
your creditors about developing a
revised payment schedule or call
Consumer Credit Counseling Ser-
vice for a free and confidential
appointment. For information,
call (561) 434-2544 or (800) 330-

Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church
Lending Library at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second. St. Entertain or educate
yourself, using 486. audiocas-
settes, including audio books,
plus Christian romances and 575
videos. Prepare a paper on com-
parative religion, a book report,
programs for men, women or
children, a craft project or a Sun-
day school lesson. We use the
Dewey Decimal System, the
same as school and public
libraries. As a private library we
can and do preview our media.
Currently, the library is staffed
Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30
p.m., and Wednesday evening
from 6 until 8 p.m. Contact Doris
S Entry at (863) 467-1548.

Free adult GED
classes are offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave.,

English as second language class-
es, Monday -Wednesday from 9
a.m. until noon, adult basic edu-
cation/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, Eng-
lish as a second language classes,
Monday through Wednesday,
from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.; Ever-
glades Elementary, 3725 S.E.
Eighth St., English as a second
language classes, Tuesday and
Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.

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CHIHUAHUA, Male, Small,
Brown & 1 dirty white fiber-
glass Canoe. Missing
863-675-1497 Muse Area
FAMILY DOGS- 2 dogs at N.
Elem Soccer Field, 1 brindle
bulldog/Cur mix, 1 red Cur
dog white on chest. Dogs
have brand "H" on hips
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Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

CAREGIVER- For elderly gen-
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Also Management
Opportunities Available
Also Taking applications
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863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips
For Infants & Toddlers
Call Wendy at Faith Academy
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Experienced only apply
PipeLayers, Tailmen, Loader
Operator, For underground
pipe company.
Asst. Kitchen Manager &
Experienced Cooks for local
restaurant. Apply in person @
Lightsey's Restaurant
on Friday from 10am-12pm
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Quickbooks and Microsoft
office. Fax resume
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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 All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

Computer Based. Up to 501bs
lifting required. 863-357-0798

Need for local farm

For a Busy Child Care Center
863-467-5588 orfax
resume to 863-467-7560
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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

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Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street


The Okeechobee News is seeking an Ad
Services Team Member. This is a part time
position that could lead to full time
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:
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
The .Okeechobee News Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

Okeechobee News

The Okeechobee News is currently seeking an
,energetic, self-motivated FULL TIME circulation
The right applicant must have:
Class D CDL
Cash Handling Experience
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
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Good attendance record. Prior
exp. working with children.
Background check req'd. HS
diploma or GED (+). Salary
negotiable with benefits.
Fax resume/application to:

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

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Team incentives based on performance(potential $.75 an hour)
1.35/ Hour weekend shift differential
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We offer a competitive benefit package-Medical, Dental, Paid
Holidays, Vacation, Stock Purchase Plan, 401k and much more.

Wal-Mart Distribution Center is located off Exit 126 Midway Rd. Go
East, at 1st red light turn Left on to Glades Cut Off RD. Take 1st left
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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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Attention college students:
Looking for a summer job? In-
ternships are 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

Must have
knowledge in
Walpole Feed
& Supply
Hwy. 98 North

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

The Clewiston News, Glades
County Democrat and The Sun
newspapers are looking for
writers and photographers,
part or full time, to cover local
events. If you are enjoy attend-
ing community events and
aren't shy about asking ques-
tions, this could be the job for
you. Interested applicants
should mail resume, writing
samples and references to

Join an the people who
say, "I sold It In the clas-

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

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 mail re-
sume, writing samples and ref-
erences to:

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

P/T Maternal Care Case
Management Position
$1 0/hour, High School
diploma required,
Fax Resume: 863-462-5878
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:


Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

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garage? Advertise your
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Currently has an opening for
View the job announcements and apply online
For assistance with the People First website, you may contact
the applicant customer service at 1-877-562-7287,
TTY users call 1-s66-221-0268.
Job closing date is close of business April 28, 2006
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The Seminole Tribe of FL is looking for
Kindergarten Teachers (PT Summer)
FL certified for Kindergarten, BS Early
Childhood Ed. Valid FL Dr. License.
Fax resume to:
(954)893-8856 or call
(954)989-6840 Ext. 1314


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415.
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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

*Seamless Aluminum
Lic, # 0CSL2732-01

How do you find a Job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

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


makes you a more informed
and Interesting person. No
wonder newspaper readers
ore more successfully

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


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
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 & 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
Medcal Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
Rs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

A/C WALL UNITS- 2, 5000
BTU's, Works well, $130. or
will separate.
3.5 ton package unit w/ heat,
new in box
$1250 (954)309-8659
room, $175.

BARBER CHAIR, Antique, Mfg.
by Emil J. Padair Co. Pat #
1594408-1594409. Good
cond. $800 (863)697-0328

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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
Solid Wood. Very nice. $55
HIDE-A-BED: Queen, Green &
White w/matching chairs.
Good condition. $125.
MEXICAN BAR Light green
wood w/ overhead stem
glass holder. $150.
QUEEN BED- light wood, Sea-
ly Post matt, dresser w/mir-
ror, chest, 2 nite stands
$1300 (863)763-9410

ROCKER- Solid, Walnut, Fold-
ing. Seat 141/2", Back 19",
Padded seat & back $50.

$50, (863)675-2404 after
Sz. "Philco". Runs very good.
Keep your beer / soda ice
cold. $60 (863)467-9877
freezer, white, exc cond,
$250 cash (863)357-3026
cf, Frost free. glass sliding
shelves, 18 mo old, $200
863)635-5826 Frostproof
cu ft, $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

Heavy Duty, Metal. $220.

1-9X2X13.5FT, 1
9x2X15.5FT, 5 2X2X8FT Up-
rights $150 (863)467-8830
Type. Fits opening 211/2 x
531/. $50. (863)675-5929
21" Marble, w/sink & faucet.
$30. (863)763-8548.
w/handles & hinges, 1 pr
24x20, 5pr 32x20, 1 pr
32x28, $45 (863)763-1997;
PLYWOOD- Hurricane Ready
various sizes, full and half
sheets, with 3/4 -1/4, $200
takes all (863)467-8681
assembled walls & 4x8x10
roof panels.- $500.
(772)579-1322 Okee.
SHUTTERS, Heav, Heavy, Wooden,
4 panels. 171/2x61. $50.
"Smith Corona". Coronamatic
2500. Excellent condition. $65
neg. (863)467-9877
WINDOWS (6) aluminum
crank outs 29.5W x 52"L
with screen, $25

STEPS, w/rail 3 risers, $30.

BABY CRIB- Brand new, no
mattress. $40.

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

Deck, 1992 over 3000 mint
cond., $45 (863)697-8547
Merry Wanderer, Apple Tree
Boy, Just Resting (handle
broke) $225 (863)801-3344
1041 Sets) asking $2500

Win XP + lots of programs
& games. $175.
LAPTOP- 15", Absolute the top
of the line Durabook. Military

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
good shape. $100
$60. (863)763-0486 After
$25. (863)467-9228
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

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.

COMBO SET Ryobi 18v, drill,
circular saw, recip. saw, 2
batts chrgr, & more. Like
new. $100 (863)467-0668
4500 watt, 8.5 hp, 120/240
volt, 142 hrs. $450

RECLINER- Barca Lounger,
Retail $900. Like new. Wood
arms & side. Light tan.
$200. (863)763-0582
RECLINER- Lazy Boy, Mauve.
Like new. $60.
(763)763-0486 after6pm
ing, cream w/black bkgrd.
5'x2', $100 for both.
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
w/mattress. White. $40 or
best offer. (863)467-8723
WALL UNIT Cherry wood,
has curved glass doors. paid
$1500 sold .$400

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

w/surrounding diamonds,
$500 (863)675-7105 or
EARRINGS Ladies, Peacock
design. Hand made in Hong
Kong 24K, 100yr old. $450
neg. (863)634-9620 Okee

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

CELL PHONE, Nokia: Hardly
used w/manual. $50.
very little. Like new $100.

ig bag and electric hook up,
(1200 or best offer
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.
PIANO: SAMICK, White, w/
Bench & music. $500. or
best offer. 863-763-0867

CHINCHILLAS 2 males, 2 fe-
males. $75 each.
AKC, 8 wks. old. Ready to go
w/health certificates. 1 Female,
5 Males. $625.863-674-0474
DACHSHUND, Male, 6 months
old. Indoor Dog. Pure Bred.
$375. For more info. please
call (863)763-3349
PUPPIES, AKC, $350. each.
playpen on top. Good condi-
tion $85. (863)357-0037
RABBIT- Rex, week, Female
$10. (863)675-4981 Labelle

Ions. Like New, only used 6
months. $50. (863)763-8146

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
Garage/ Outdoors. Holds Bas-
ket Balls, Baseballs / Bats. Etc.
$20 (863)634-5038

per tuner car stereo, $150
863)763-7036 or
863)697-8906 Paul orJen

Model R15, Excellent condi-
tion. $55. (863)675-3944

Deere 440, w/shuttle, $200

BAY MARE 8 yrs. old. Thor-
oughbred, rides good, up to
date on shots, loads, clips.
$2500 neg. (863)509-3446
PAINT MARE- 4-5yr old, green
broke. Sweet disposition.
$1000 or best offer.
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

of 5' fencing, (2) 6' gates,
some poles. $100 Must take
all. (863)357-6315
of 4ft. w/ (2) 3ft. gates and
approx. 12 poles. $100 must
take all. (863)634-0465

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

HOGS (3) domestic, ready to
butcher. $450 for all or will
separate. (863)467-6960.



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

Immediately, Newly furnished,
New carpet. Pool, Tennis &
Boat dock. 1 br, 1ba, $800
+ util. Annual lease
215-359-7779. Really Nicel

3/2 also 3/1 avail, new cond.,
Ig yards, good neighborhoods,
B.H.R.- CBS, 2br, 2ba, 2 car
gar. New carpet Tile, Kit. w/2
boat cover slip $1400. mo +
1st & sec. 863-467-7562
OKEE., 2br, 2ba, Lg Family rm.
on water. Community pool
$1000. 1st, Last & Sec.
863-655-9352 or 381-6937

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.
MIG WELDER, Hobart 175,
with cart, exc. cond., $400.
WELDER, Hobart: 49 hrs. on
Hobbs Meter. $2500.

AWNINGS, will remove,
(863)824-2248 ask for Kurt
ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891
Used, 4 cyl. Preferred. Call
Bob (863)467-1046
WANTED- Used trailer for 2Oft
Pontoon boat, In good cond.
reasonably priced


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

Real Estate

Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State-.
Poperty Sale 1055
PRea la tilon1060
Rna Eptate ntd 1065
Ri~gortProperty -
Safle 1070
Wmi6 h6 4e Space 1075
WgferH'ont Property 1080

Five acre fenced property on
paved road. Energy efficient
poured concrete construc-
tion. 2BR/2BA, 1 tar garage
w/porch & heated spa. Lg.
pond,, steel outbuildings
w/workshop & 2 fenced pas-
tures. Hurricane shutters
incl., $439,900. Sellers will
look at all offers! Call Vicky
Yatsko, Monarch Realty
Group. (772)485-5222
J & S ESTATES-11 yr old
frame house 2BR/2BA, w/gar.
500 sq ft Wreck room, Pool,
steam cabinet, sauna cabinet
Treadmill & weight equip
$155,000 Broker protected.
(772)597-6158 or
OKEE: 3br, 1ba, New roof. Re-
modeled. 225 SE 16th Ave.
$199,000. Seller Will Pay
Closing Cost 954-410-5427
2 Ba. Homes of Merit. Has
carport. Nice quiet area. Call
for more info. (719)325-9595
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used Items i
the class1leds

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

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

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 HUmes

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LaBelle, 80, 24x56, 3br, 2ba
In Great shape. New Kit.
cabinets & floor.$10,000
MOBILE HOME: '91 4/2 Wind
Zone. Fixer upper. Must be
moved. For more info. $5500
or best offer. (863)228-6822

OKEECHOBEE- 2/1, In town,
new tile/carpet 1st, last,
sec, $800/mo.
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1- Brand
new, tile throughout,
$1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
2ba, No pets, $1100 + sec
dep, refs, (863)781-1317 or
TAYLOR CRK. IS., Lg 3br, 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

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

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PARK MODEL -furnished
8X35, W/2 tip outs, center
tip out closed in, 8x35
screen room, Adult Pk, Van-
tage Oak, Lot 83, $6000

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


Boats 3005
. Camper/RVs 3010
Jet Skise 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Misceasaus 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

AIR BOAT, 4 cyl., Lycoming,
Runs good. $5000.
(561)248-0616 Okeechobee.
Challenger exc shape
needs motor & seats. $800.
ask for Nick 863-697-8108:
PONTOON BOAT-. 20ft, trlr
incid, 60HP Yamaha, new.
CD, ready to fish, $5000 neg

1986, 27', exc. cond., $900.
MOTORHOMES, (2), not run-
ning but good drive train,
You Haul. $100 will sell sep-
arately. (863)465-6248
Ft., Lg. refdg. 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
Fll It faster. Sll It oon-
mp In theclasufleds

Adult Park, Fifth Wheel, w/ad-
dition, screened porch, reno-
vated, Taylor Creek, seawall,
dock, shed, furnished.

OB MOTOR- 225HR Evinrude,
long shaft, $1400
2002 55 Ibs. thrust. Excellent
shape. $300. or best offer.
(863)801-1620 -
651D thrust, w/foot controls,
never used still In box, $350
neg (561)744-9031

HONDA 400R '00, 4 cycle Dirt
Bike, Never raced. Excellent
shape. Many extra's! $3100 or
best offer. 863-801-1620
MINI CHOPPER- really good
cond, paid $800 asking
$500 (863)673-1877
YAMAHA TTR125, 2001, off
road, excel. cond. $1300

GO KART Scorpion, 2 seater,
roll bars, great shape, $600
firm. (863)634-8828 days or
(863)763-4132 eve's.
80cc, Mint cond. $1499
2005, Under warrantee.
$1700 or best offer.

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


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or best offer. (863)467-1484
Ask for Llnda or leave mess.
runs good, needs body work,
$1000 or best offer
TRY '98, 62K mis. Good con-
dition. 1 Owner. Book=$6850
Asking $5800.863-467-1301

V6, auto, good shape, needs
transmission, $400.
MAZDA MIATA, '01, red, 23k
ml.,, $15,500.
Sa/c, V6, auto, nice in & out,
good tires, $3000 neg.
NISSAN 300TX 1990, Asking
$4000 or best offer.
Low mi, Leather, Loaded. All
power, Prem. wheels, Spoil-
er $9500. (863)697-2906
runs good, 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
SATURN SC1 1995 $3500 &
CHEVY NOVA 1977 w/New
Motor & Trans. $6000. Call
(863)634-3797 for more info.
and Int. in good cond, Engine
needs work, Good for parts.
$300 (863)673-0645
TOYOTA CAMRY, '95, needs
work or good for parts, body
in good cond., $300 or best
offer. (863)673-0645

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

BRONCO, 4x4, 1978, orig.
owner, $2495

FORD F150 1986- Made for
Offroadl 300, w/30/12V1/15's
& extra set of tires & rims
$1200 neg. (863)673-5995
JEEP CJ5 1973, 4x4, V8.
Original condition. $8000.

CLUB CAR, '03, new condi-
tion, windshield, curtains,
fans, $2500. (863)697-1350
or (863)763-2063
EZ GO, '97, 3 wheeler, good
cond, good batt & charger
$750 (863)697-1350 or
GOLF CART- Club car, electric,
reen w/ top no charger,
1095 (863)675-1472

CAR DOLLY, '04, like new,
used 2 times, $875 or best
offer (863)697-9704
FORD F150 '79- 351 Windsor,
engine good for rebuild,
Bood trans, body rough,
300 (863)675-2759
Blown trans. New tires, cold
a/c, new exhaust, p/w,
cruise. $500 (239)368-6771
parts. You tow. $300 firm.
(863)467-1484 Ask for
Linda or leave mess.
POSI DIFF 8.5" GM, $150 or
best offer. Call
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
TIRES, (4), Dunlop GT Qualifi-
er, P255/70/R15, $100.

TIRES- (4) brand new
7.00-15LT. Power Kings
Mud Tires, $200 firm
a Geo Metro. $150 or best
offer. (863)735-1753
TOW BAR- Stowmaster, Used
on a Saturn, Can be adapted
to any vehicle. $150.
7004R, $300 or best offer.
Call (863) 467-8856

CAMPER TOP- For a Ford
F-150. in Great cond. It is
not the aluminum type.
$250. (863)674-0825 LaBelle
DODGE 1500, '03, auto, a/c,
tow pkg., 27k mi., $17,500.
FORD PU '90- 302 eng, needs
minor work, $700 or best of-
fer (863)673-1625 LaBelle
4.3 V6, Cold A/C. $1500 or
best offer. (863)697-8136
GMC SONOMA PU, '92, 6 cyl.,
auto, cold a/c, economical &
well maintained; $2450.
TONNEAU COVER- Hinged, for
full size PU, short box, $150
TOYOTA-'87, 2WD, 4 cyl, Au-
to, A/C, Excellent condition
$2500. (863)632-9166

Tilt Whi., Cruise w/tow pkg. &
Luggage rack Very dependable
Runs good, cold a/c. $2000
or best offer. (863)467-8723

w/3' dove tail, tandem axle,
electric brakes. $1500.
EQUIP TRLR- 20ft, 5th wheel,
ramps, tool box, 8 x 14.5
tires, 2 axle, $2200

Runs Great. Dependable.
Asking $800.
VAN 1993, Excellent transpor-
tation. Very cold A/C. Asking
$2000 neg. (863)357-6847

Public Notices

6tgu Public 5- 00

A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ng, Inc. Lot at a419 Southwest 2nd
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 5th day of May 2006
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid tow-
ing and storage. Year, Make, Model &
Vln's as follows:
1991 Maroon Chevrolet Blazer
199B Black Chevrolet Camaro
1996 White Chevrolet Cavalier
Terms of sale are cash,.and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bd. All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold .In "AS IS" with no
129207 ON 4/21/06
Find It aster. Sell It soon-
er In the classileds

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
on Tuesday, May 2, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall,
55 SE 3rdAve., Oleechobee, FL conduct a PUBUC.HEARING on and thereafter
consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 934: AN ORDI-
The ordinance is regarding Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Appli-
cation No. 06-004-SSA submitted by Malssa Morgan on behalf of property own-
ers A Child's Wodrld Chlldcare and Preschool, Inc. The request is to change the
Future Land Use designation from Single Family (SF) to Mua-Family (MF) for
property located at 702 and 704 Southwest 7th Avenue. Legal description: Lots 4
to 6 of Block 251, First Addifion to Okeechobee, Plat Book 1, Page 11, Public
Records, Okeechobee, County, lorida and is approximately 0.688 acress.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing.
The proposed Ordinance may be Inspected in its entirety by members of the pub-
lic in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri,
8am-4:30pm, except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for
such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be
based. City Clerk tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of
the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamlotea no later than two (2) working days
rior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call
DD 1-800-222-3448voice or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
Lane Gamlotea, CMC, CIlY CLERK
129358 ON 4/21/06

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Community Events

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 toattend 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 informa-
tion, call Mickie Slayton at (863) 467-6654.

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

Hospice hosting yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobeewill hold ayard sale on Friday, May 5, and Sat-
urday, May 6, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the Hospice
of Okeechobee big blue Volunteer House, located at the corner of S.E.
Fourth Street and Third Ave. next to the Hospice Residence. All proceeds
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 cor-
ner of Old Dixie and St Lucie Blvd. A revival will be held May 4 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 Restaurant,
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) 634-9491.

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 County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St.

Reunion planned for '60s classes
There will be a '60s reunion at the KOA Convention Center, 4276 U.S.
441 S., from 6 p.m. until midnight on June 24. There willbe a special trib-
ute 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 Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce office at 55 S. ParrottAve. Donations 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.

Groups planning Halloween celebration
Okeechobee Main Street, in conjunction with the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, Okeechobee City Police Department, Okeechobee Board
of County Commissioners, Okeechobee-City Council and the Okee-
chobee 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 director for Okee-
chobee Main Street Inc., at
Please provide a contact name and phone number. If you are interested in
making a monetary or prize donation, please call (863) 634-9491.

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.

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.

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 call Pat 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:

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

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

CAP looking for senior members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Aux-
iliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Composite
Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and cadets
are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18
are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit and 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
member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Opera-
tions Center, (863) 763-3212.

Stocks mixed as high oil prices cause inflation fears

By Ellen Simon
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) Stocks
were mixed Thursday after earn-
ings reports from General
Motors Corp. and Merck Co. Inc.
pushed the Dow Jones industrial
average up smartly while the
Nasdaq composite sagged along
with eBay Inc.
Dow component General
Motors' stock gained, 10 percent
after the automaker reported its
sixth straight quarterly loss but
record revenues. Drugmaker
Merck & Co., also a Dow compo-
nent, reported an 11 percent

jump in first-quarter profit.
In economic news, new
applications for unemployment
benefits dropped by 10,000 to
303,000, according to the Labor
Department. The figure was the
best showing since the begin-
ning of April, suggesting the
labor market is maintaining
decent momentum, but reviving
the fear of wage inflation.
Oil futures retreated from
record highs. A barrel of light
crude hit a record high of $72.49
in trading on the New York Mer-
cantile Exchange before falling
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