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Favre will
return to Packers
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The
Green Bay Packers haven't
reeled in any big-time free
agents, but that didn't prevent
them from pulling off their
S biggest offseason move of all:
Convincing Brett Favre to
return.
"The Green Bay Packers
are very pleased that Brett has
come to this'decision, and
look forward to a successful
2006 season," Packers gener-
al manager Ted Thompson
said in a statement, confirm-
ing a report by ESPN Tuesday
night that Favre had told the
team he was returning.
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Final projects
slated for students
The Student Council at
North Elementary School will
be sponsoring one final service
project for this school year.
They will be sending letters
and care packages to soldiers.
The Student Council would like
all of the students at North Ele-
mentary to participate by
donating all the kids' meal toys
from fast food restaurants.
They will be including them in
the care packages to be distrib-
uted by the soldiers to the chil-
dren of Iraq. We will start col-
lecting the toys on April 24
through May 17. The Student
Council will be shipping them
on May 26, as well as letters,
and the care packages.


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April: Child abuse prevention month


Food tips


for parents
(AP) Dinner from
scratch? For working parents,
it's often a challenge simply to
get home from the office and
the day-care pickup before 7
p.m.
It's easy to see why some
families rely on processed and
prepared foods that take two
minutes to microwave, and
boast colors and flavors
designed to please finicky
young eaters.
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Drought Index
Current: 528
Source: Florida Division
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Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

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

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O.eechobee News/Audrey Blackwel
Dorothy Rucks stands near a portrait of a beautiful registered Morgan show horse
named Anneigh Superfine that once belonged to her stepmother, a woman she now
calls mom. After years of abuse at the hands of her mother and stepfather, Mrs. Rucks
stands strong and speaks out to help other children of abuse.

Woman finds hope despite abuse


By Audrey Blackwell She sat in a chair at her
Okeechobee News kitchen table and spoke openly,
clearly and with the wisdom of a
For some, the path to maturity woman far more. mature than
is a slow, methodical route that her 24 years.
traverses through a routine child- "My goal is that someone out
hood, adolescence and adult- there reads my story and comes
hood. For others, it comes with a forth to talk about the abuse they
flurry with crude awakenings are living with, or that I touch
that force a steely resolve to someone's life who wants to
always fend for oneself. help children who are being
Dorothy Rucks is one who abused," Mrs. Rucks said.
grew up in a hurry battling the Mrs. Rucks grew up on a farm
negative effects of physical in Okeechobee, the oldest of
abuse from her mother and sex- three children. At 6 years old, her
ual abuse of a stepfather. She stepfather began sexually abus-
said she wants to tell her story so ing her, she said. The abuse last-
that others who suffer abuse will ed until she was 12 when her
know there is hope for the stepfather wouldn't let her go to
abused child. And there is heal- church and someone called an
ing. aunt who burst through the door
April is Child Abuse Preven- with a shotgun in hand and res-
tion Month, and Mrs. Rucks cued her.
chose this time to share her Later, she stood before a
story. judge and told him all the horrif-


ic things she had endured. Her
stepfather didn't deny anything,
according to Mrs. Rucks.
She said her stepfather
lunged at her in the courtroom
and she climbed under the
judge's bench, trembling in fear.
But she found comfort when
they took him away to prison for
a seven-year sentence the
longest the judge could order
because of.her age. The judge
tacked on 27 years probation for
the man who served four years
and now lives in Zephyrhills.
Her mother was not arrested
at the time, and Mrs. Rucks said
if arrested now her mother prob-
ably would spend time in jail.
Had Mrs. Rucks come for-
ward when she was younger
and the man gone to trial, he
would have ended up with a
See Hope- Page 2


Fate of shell



pit uncertain


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
After a lengthy debate Tues-
day night, the Okeechobee
County Board of Adjustments
and Appeals approved proposed
development plans for Oscar
Daniel's shell pit at the end of
S.W 67th Drive.
However, they failed to
approve the proposed trans-
portation route that would use
S.W 67th Drive to haul excavat-
ed material from the mine.
Therefore, in effect, Mr.
Daniel cannot operate his mine
because he does not have an
approved route to haul excavat-
ed material.
The four other routine items
on the agenda passed wiih little
comment.
At their November meeting,
the board approved Mr. Daniel's
request for a special exception to


allow for shell rock mining oper-
ations in an agriculture zoned
area with the stipulation that
S.W 67th Drive not be used for
ingress and egress to the mine.
However, the site plan techni-
cal review committee then deter-
mined that S.W. 67th Drive could
be considered a collector road-
way, and was appropriate for the
transport of excavated material.
Nevertheless, the committee
set four conditions on the use of
S.W 67th Drive.
The first condition was that
the hauling of excavated materi-
al be limited to Monday through
Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The committee also placed a
limit of 2,000 tons per day to be
hauled on the road. They further"
recommended that the southern
end of S.W 67th Drive be
See Pit-Page 2


City planners



approve



small lot size


By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
City planners approved four
variances, a small scale future
land use map amendment and a
zoning change at their meeting
Tuesday night.
The City of Okeechobee
Board of Adjustment met first
and discussed at great length
whether to approve a single
family home to be built on a lot
that is smaller than required by
land development regulations.


Ernest and Ella Whaley own
three lots on S.W Third Avenue
and live in a house on the center
lot. They deeded over one of the
lots to their son Randy and he
wants to build a house at 1416
S.W. Third Ave. The problem
discussed by board members is
that the lot is 6,650 sq. ft., rather
than the currently required
10,000 sq. ft. Also, the lot has a
50-foot frontage area rather than
See Planners Page 2


Public can help solve crimes


By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
Treasure Coast Crime Stop-
pers program director, Ken Wil-
son told Rotary Club members
that Crime Stoppers is a non-
profit agency covering a four-
county area.
"As more people move south,
many and more varied types of
crimes will occur, putting the
general public at risk," he said.
The guest speaker further
stated that the program has
proven itself as an effective tool
to help solve crimes.
Mr. Wilson gave club mem-
bers and guests a brief history of
the Crime Stoppers program. He
said it actually began in 1976 in
Albuquerque, N.M., after the
robbery and fatal shooting of a
convenience store clerk. The
investigating officer was dis-
turbed over the lack of local con-
cern for who might have com-
mitted the crime. He made a
plea to residents and business


owners and offered a reward for
anonymous information. Shortly
after word spread, a citizen
offered information and police
were able to apprehend a sus-
pect.
The police in the area began
using the same strategy in other
unsolved cases with promising
results.
The program idea spread to
other areas and on to other
states. Mr. Wilson stated that
there are currently over 1,200
Crime Stopper programs across
the United States and many
more showing up in other coun-
tries.
There are 27 Crime Stoppers
programs across Florida that are
working in cooperation with law
enforcement agencies to solve
crimes with anonymous tips
from citizens.
"Treasure Coast Crime Stop-
pers program works with 14 law
local enforcement agencies and
also with the FBI, DEA and the
U.S. Marshals," he said.


He said that the program
gives the public a chance to par-
ticipate in solving crimes in their
own communities.
"When a call comes in about
a crime, the information given is
substantiated by investigative
agencies and a cash reward
amount is decided upon by the
Crime Stoppers board," he stat-
ed.
Mr. Wilson said that through
the program, many citizens find
it gratifying to assist in helping to
keep their communities safe
while they maintain their
anonymity. He said that callers
prQvide law enforcement agen-
cies with "pieces of a puzzle"
that help to bring together the
facts of many otherwise
unsolved crimes.
"Callers are only referred to as
"tipsters" providing them with
anonymity creating a safe envi-
ronment to anyone having infor-
mation about a crime," he said.
He added that calls cannot be
See Program Page 2


Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers directQ ,,Wilson:(left) is
presented with a small gift by Rotary blub president Lonnie
Kirsch. Mr. Wilson spoke to Rotary Club members about the
Crime Stoppers program at Tuesday's club meeting.


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News Briefs


Rep. Harris keynote
speaker at dinner
OKEECHOBEE The Repub-
lican Party of Okeechobee will
hold its annual Lincoln Day Din-
ner 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


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longer sentence. But she didn't.
She was too afraid.
And that is why she wants to
tell kids who are being abused to
tell someone about it and ask for
help. And if they end up being
removed from their home, there is
a system out there to help them, a
better one than what she dealt
with, she said, noting that now
many child molesters go to prison
for life.
"My life is good now, but it is
because I choose to live that way. I
am one who beat all the odds,"
she said boldly.
And she wants to give back to
the community that helped her.
"One way to get help is to help
others. All I know is to give some-
thing back, especially to teens. Sta-
tistics show they never get over it
(being abused)," she said.
Mrs. Rucks credits the system
for helping to bring her through
some really tough times. Those
who helped her the most include a
victim's advocate through the


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traced.
He went on to say that tipsters
are assigned a code. After the infor-
mation given has been validated,
callers are instructed to provide
their code to a designated contact
person at an undisclosed location


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.

School board to
discuss grants
OKEECHOBEE In conjunc-
tion with the Community Collab-
orative Council meeting, the
Okeechobee County School
Board will be discussing several


sheriff's office, counselors and
social workers, a foster parent she.
still really loves, her now deceased
father and stepmother who helped
her in her late teens, and, most of
all, she said, the Lord.
What also helps is sharing her
story with others. She wrote a story
about it for a college class at Indian
River Community College, and she
gave a speech on the topic at the
courthouse in the past.
Mrs. Rucks is the oldest of three
children. When she was 3 her
brother aged 1I and her sister 9
months her parents divorced
and her mother took a boyfriend.
They lived in a travel trailer and she
said her mother stole something
and was arrested and put in jail for
a week. She didn't tell anyone she
had the children.
She said the boyfriend starved
the kids, burned them with ciga-
rettes, and he and his friends
shocked them with electrical
wiring. A lady knew about the situ-
ation and called social services,
and that was Mrs. Rucks' introduc-
tion to the foster care system.
"At that time, they didn't do
background checks and I was sex-
ually abused in foster care. Who


where they receive their reward in
cash.
The guest speaker stated that
during the 2004-2005 fiscal year,
more than 24,000 tips were
received and over 3,700 arrests
were made from information
given.
The program's director told the
group that the value of rewards
during the same time frame
amounted to more than $680,000,


grants for the 2006-07 school
year.
The meeting will be held in
the school board office, 700 S.W.
Second Ave., on Tuesday, May
23, at 10 a.m.
Grants include: IDEA, Part B-
Individual Disabilities Education
Act; IDEA Part B-Preschool; Title
I-Migrant delinquent and home-
less children; Title II-Teacher and
Principal Training Recruiting
Fund; Math and Science Partner-
ships; Enhancing Education
through Technology Entitle-


said that was supposed to hap-
pen?" she asked rhetorically.
She said her mom married the
first guy who came along and sexu-
al abuse started with him when she
was 6. At another point, her moth-
er ran out and left the kids and
someone started a fire that ended
up burning her brother pretty badly
and has left him scarred. The kids
were taken away again, but Mrs.
Rucks said the foster care system
kept giving the kids back to the par-
ents.
Her brother and sister thrived at
Real Life Children's Ranch and
then moved to Alabama with their
mother. Mrs. Rucks was in and out
of foster homes until she turned 16.
It was then she found her dad and
went to live with him and her step-
mother.
In her story, Mrs. Rucks wrote
that she always felt unloved and
unwanted and was desperate for
guidance. She couldn't understand
why she had to go through such
horrible events and thought she
would be stuck forever. But when
she was 8 years old, she started
going to church with a neighbor
girl and learning about the Lord.
"Going to church was the only


with just over $519,000 being
claimed by tipsters. He said that
funding for rewards come by way
of private donations, fundraisers
and program funding from the
Attorney General's Office.
In other Rotary Club business,
Mike Costopoulos told fellow club
members that Rotarians can sub-
mit a proposal for change to the
club's council on legislation. He
said that the council meets every


ment; Title Ill-English Language
Acquisition, Language Enhance-
ment and Academic Achieve-
ment Act; Title IV Safe and Drug
Free Schools and 21 Century
Community Learning Centers;
Title V Innovative Programs;
and, Title VI-Rural and Low
Income School Programs.

For information or to provide
input, please plan on attending
the meeting or call Cathleen
Blair at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255,
for grant contacts.


way to get away from the horrible
acts of abuse at my house. I soon
realized it was very peaceful and
safe at church. It was a feeling I had
never experienced before. It was
something new, and I liked it," she
wrote in her story titled "It takes a
long time to grow an old friend."
Her maturity has brought a new
understanding of her mother, who
she said loved her but was young
and just did not know how to raise
children. Now her mother visits her
from time to time, but is never
alone with her two young boys.
One foster mother taught her to be
independent, and she resolved to
always learn something from her
past.
"I know what kind of a mother I
want to be," she said.
Mrs. Rucks said she had a life-
time of hurt and wants anyone
being abused to be encouraged to
come forward.
"My message is that the system
has changed. They will put an
abuser in jail. They protected me.
And this is a wake up for the gov-
ernment and Department of Chil-
dren and Families to put out more
restrictive laws on predators," she
said.


three years to review and rule on
possible submitted change pro-
posals.
Mr. Costopoulos stated that
there are over 500 councils world-
wide with each district having a
club representing one vote.
Rotary Club meetings are held
every Tuesday at noon at Beef
O'Brady's Restaurant, 608 S. Par-
rottAve.


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the required 75 feet.
Board member Devin Maxwell
said he doesn't want to set prece-
dence in cases where lots sizes are
too small according to current land
development regulations (LDR).
However, board chairman
William Ledferd said when the lots
were originally sold, the size was
OK and they were grandfathered in
with the recent LDRs. His perspec-
tive was that even though there
was a change of ownership when
the parents gave the property to
their son, the property is still in the
same family.
"Lot sizes can be down to 40
feet if deeded before the LDRs
were written," Mr. Ledferd said.
Mr. Ledferd explained that there
are about a dozen lots remaining
and the board wouldn't want all of
them to be approved at a smaller
size. Any transactions now would
be after the LDRs have been put in
place and lot sizes would have to
follow the current code. The board
approved the variance.
Randy Whaley said he is grate-
ful for the approval. He said he
needed 10 feet on each side of the
house and he picked out a house
to build that would have 13 feet on
either side. He is ready to begin
building the house.
The board of adjustments
approved a variance for Ted Kelch-
ner, owner of K Builders, Inc., at
1306 S.W Second Ave. to allow an
enclosed storage building within a
light commercial zoning district.
James LaRue, city planning
consultant, recommended


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watered down to prevent dust and
be paved within one year. In addi-
tion, they wanted a drainage ease-
ment to be formally recorded that
would provide for drainage and
maintenance along the drainage
feature that extends into the Daniel
property from the S.W. 21st Park-
way/S.W. 67th Drive area.
Board member Joey Hoover
noted that S.W. 67th Drive is not
wide enough to be considered a
collector road. He said the road
was constructed to sell residential
lots.
County Planning Official Bill
Royce replied that many collector
roads in the county do not meet
current standards for a collector
road. He stated that the site plan
review committee said the road
functions as a collector road. He
named several roads that are desig-
nated collector roads but do not
meet today's criteria.
Mr. Hoover questioned how the
use of S.W. 67th Drive would affect
surrounding property.
Board member Jeff Sumner
stated that S.W. 67th Drive was plat-


approval of the variance on the
condition that the storage is
restricted for owner use only.
The board removed from the
table a variance request from
Malissa Morgan on behalf of A
Child's World Childcare and
Preschool. The request sought to
expand the facility on the property
at 702 and 704 S.W. Seventh Ave.
According to Mr. LaRue, the
measure could be approved con-
tingent upon approval of the small
scale future land use map amend-
ment and rezoning that the plan-
ners would consider in meetings
immediately following the board of
adjustment.
As requested when the item
was tabled previously, Ms. Morgan
submitted a conceptual site plan
for the expansion and a prelimi-
nary traffic impact assessment con-
ducted by LBFH, Inc. Consulting
Civil Engineers. The calculations
were based on data provided in the
Institute of Traffic Engineers trip
generation manual and noted that
peak hour volumes equate to one
full vehicle trip (entering and exit-
ing) every 2.25 minutes. A com-
ment in the report said that it is not
believed that this volume will cre-
ate a significant impact on adjacent
streets.
The board approved the vari-
ance for A Child's World.
Finally, the board approved a
variance for Robert Dudley, appli-
cant on behalf of property owner
Park Tire Land Revocable Trust, to
allow mechanical and repair serv-
ices within a heavy commercial
zoning district. He plans to put in a
Firestone Service Center at 415 E.N.
Park St.
Board members discussed at
length the problem with a possible


ted as a residential street for a sub-
division. He asked how the 2,000-
ton limit could be monitored.
Mr. Royce conceded that there is
no way the limit could be moni-
tored. As to the hours of operation,
Mr. Royce said that they could only
be monitored by complaints.
Steve Dobbs, engineer with the
firm of Rudd Jones, P. E. & Associ-
ates, represented Mr. Daniel and
contended that S.W. 67th drive
functions as a collector road. He
said his client requested the weight
limit but does not intend to give a
drainage easement. He talked of a
flowage easement but said his
client did not want to get tied to
water going a certain way.
Mr. Dobbs said water currently
drains into the shell pit and then
into Limpkin Creek.
Robert Gorman, attorney for Mr.
Daniel, said that Mr. Daniel wants a
flowage easement because he
wants to reserve the opportunity to
change the drainage route to
accommodate future growth.
Wesley Harvin, a lawyer repre-
senting S.W. 67th Drive residents,
requested the matter be tabled for
60 days in order for him to do a
study and give the board a detailed
report. He said the determination


negative traffic impact at the site,
which is just east of McDonald's
Restaurant.
Alternate board member Epi-
fanio Juarez pointed out a traffic
problem with cars entering
McDonald's from S.R. 70 E. and
exiting onto S.R. 70 E. He raised a
concern that with traffic at another
business next door, there could be
an even greater traffic problem. He
said there is no left turn lane on
S.R. 70 at that point.
Board member Douglas McCoy
said there could be a problem with
traffic depending on how the vehi-
cles are lined up and added that the
board has to think of the best use of
the property. He said he realizes
there is a problem with the way
traffic comes and goes in and out
of McDonald's, but there is nothing
they can do about it now.
"It could be worse. It could be a
Blockbuster Video and have the
number of cars that come and go
there in 15 minutes instead of in an
hour for car service," Mr. McCoy
said.
The board approved the peti-
tion for Mr. Dudley subject to rec-
ommendations outlined by Mr.
LaRue as follows:
Parking is to be provided for
customers and employees. A site
plan illustrating this must be
approved by the city engineer and
the technical review committee.
* e No body work or heavy
engine repair will be done at the
site.
Landscaping is to be included
as part of the site plan.
Later, Mr. Juarez said that they
can require vehicles enter in one
direction and leave in another, as
some board members suggested.
The Land Planning Agency


of a collector road was very impor-
tant. He said his clients have meas-
ured the road and that it is 20 feet
wide, and not the 24 feet required
for a collector road.
Mr. Hoover expressed a desire
to see the minutes of the site review
committee to see their definition of
a collector road.
Mr. Sumner said he was disap-
pointed that legal counsel had
been secured at such a late date to
ask for due process. He said the
board needs to give the applicant
due process.
"I'm tired at looking at this," he
stated.
"That road will not hold up,"
board member Ted Kelchner stat-
ed, referring to the number of
trucks that would be allowed to use
the road under the recommended
proposal.
Dr. Randall Mims, a resident of
SW. 67th Drive, concurred that the
road would not hold up under that
many trucks. He also noted the
absence of turn lanes on S.R. 70W,
and added that there is no caution
light at the intersection of S.R. 70W.
and S.W. 67th Drive.
The motion to approve the
development plan but reject the
transportation route was 4-0, with


approved changing the future land
use designation from single family
to multifamily for A Child's World
Childcare and Preschool.
Pat Hickman, resource coordi-
nator for Okeechobee, Indian River
and Martin counties, spoke in sup-
port of the expansion. She told
board members that the commu-
nity is suffering from a lack of ade-
quate and affordable child care
facilities, and that she believes
expanding A Child's World would
help alleviate the situation.
"On an assessment scale, we're
higher than other facilities in the
area," she said.
Misti Vickers, a parent, said that
as a parent getting back into the
workforce, it is "scary" trying to
find adequate childcare.
She said that at A Child's World,
"they are just wonderful. They are
for the kids."
Not one board member voted
against the issue.
The agency considered amend-
ing Section 90, Division 6, of the
commercial professional and
office district regarding permitted
uses to broaden the truck weight
limitation and assigned the review
to Mr. LaRue.
Mr. LaRue said he would meet
with John Cook, city attorney, and
come up with a recommendation
about either changing the ordi-
nance or deleting the weight
restriction from the ordinance.
The Planning Board met next
and approved the rezoning petition
from Ms. Morgan for the expansion
of A Child's World Childcare and
Preschool to change zoning from
residential single family-one to resi-
dential multiple family.


board member Pam Newcomer
abstaining since she lives on S.W.
67th Drive.
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recourses he can bring the mat-
ter back to the planning board at a
future date or he can appeal the
board's decision to the county
commissioners.
In other matters, the board con-
sidered John Holliday's request to
install a used 1984 doublewide
manufactured home in a residen-
tial mixed zoning district on S.E.
25th Street. In spite of a petition
signed by 16 neighbors expressing
concern about the age of the unit,
the board gave their unanimous
approval to the request.
Pier II Resorts was granted a
special exception to allow for rental
boats and guide service in a com-
mercial zoning district.
John and Virginia Obel were
granted a variance to allow a
garage to be built with a 5.5-foot
side setback instead of the required
8-foot setback on their S.E. 20th
Terrace property.
A setback variance was also
granted to Wallace Chamber that
allows him to build a screened
enclosure on his S.W. 16th proper-
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Wet faces
North Elementary first grade students, Courtney Oliver (left) and Victoria Greer take a
moment to wipe the water from their faces before dipping back down under water. Both
girls were part of the group swim lessons given at the Okeechobee Sports Complex pool
on Wednesday.


Buddy reach
Children in the first grade at North Elementary School had their chance at the Sports
Complex pool on Wednesday morning. Students had to stretch and reach out for their
swim buddies while holding their breath underwater.


Final projects slated for NES students


Submitted by Aubrey
Robertson

The Student Council will be
sponsoring one final service
project for this school year. They
will be sending letters and care
packages to soldiers. The Stu-
dent Council would like all of the
students at North Elementary to
participate by donating all the
kids' meal toys from fast 'food
restaurants. They will be includ-
ing them in the care packages to
be distributed by the soldiers to
the children of Iraq. We will start
collecting the toys on April 24
through May 17. The Student
Council will be shipping them


on May 26, as well as letters, and
the care packages.
Our last 'service project was
the Soup Kitchen. The students
of North Elementary raised
$337.69. Some Student Council
Members stood at the door of
the school and held pots to put
the money in.
The school will be swimming
for P.E., starting April 24. Don't


forget to bring a swimsuit and
towel on your swim days.
Also, don't forget the.Second
Annual Survivor Challenge will
take place on Saturday, April 29.
All of the fun will begin at 9 a.m.
Our Talent Show will be on
Friday, April 28. There are 22
great acts!
We are still having our School
Store, which opens at 7:50 a.m.
and closes at 8:10 a.m. It is open
Monday Thursday. We have
pencils, pens, notebooks, and
more. We always have fun at
North Elementary School!

Second grade
In Mrs. Hall's second grade


class, students are mastering
measurement, using the metric
system. The children are chal-
lenging parents and siblings with
take-home games to reinforce
the skills.
Reading students enjoyed
writing this week with a how-to
paragraph. Their favorite part
was sinking their teeth into the
delicious sandwich they created.
Mrs. Murray's class learned
about taking care of Earth during
the week of April 17, to prepare
for' Earth Day on April 22. We
learned about "Reduce, Reuse,
and Recycle." We took bags out
to the playground and collected
trash. We wish everyone would,
"Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute!"


Parents may pay for state insurance for preschool


TALLAHASSEE (AP) Fami-
lies who aren't eligible for the
state's KidCare program but still
can't get insurance for their
child aged 1-4 would be able to
pay a full premium to-get cover-,
age through the state-run insur-
ance program under a bill a
House panel approved Tuesday.
KidCare provides subsidized
health insurance for children in
families with incomes below a


certain level.
But the KidCare program also
allows parents who make too
much money to qualify or are
otherwise ineligible to pay a full
premium and still enroll their
child in the Healthy Kids insur-
ance program, which covers
children aged 5 to 18.
But another KidCare program
called MediKids, for children
aged 1 to 4, currently doesn't


allow full-pay enrollment.
The bill (HB 241), approved
unanimously Tuesday by the
House Health and Families
Council, would direct KidCare to
.begin enrolling, children,aged 1
to 4 from ineligible families who
want to pay the full premium
starting in July.
Supporters of the change said
some families were able to get
insurance for their children over


age 5, but not their young
dren because of the police)

The bill, sponsored b
Shelly -Vana, D-West
Beach, rqw, Ieads to the
floor.

Because the m
requires parents to pay a
um, the bill carries no inc
cost for the state.


Obituaries


James Elona Willis
James Elona Willis, age 72, for-
merly of Fort Pierce and Okee-
chobee, died April 24, 2006, in
Butner, N.C. He was born July 19,
1933, in Tahlequah, Okla. He
served in the
U.S. Army dur-
ing the Korean
Conflict.
Mr.cWillis is
preceded in
death by: his
wife, Barbara
Ann Willis;
parents, Almus
and .Florence James Elona
Willis; broth- Willis
ers, John,
Daniel, Robert William; and, sis-
ter, Cynthia Jackson.
He is survived by: sons, Terry
James (Avilea) Willis of Fort
Pierce, Rodney L. (Laura) Willis
of Port St. Lucie, Dean (Dawn)
Willis of Okeechobee, Almus
(Patsy) Willis, of Fort Pierce,
Justin (Kimberly) Willis of Fort
Pierce, and Wayland Willis and
his longtime girlfriend Kimberly
Williams, both of Fort Pierce;
daughter, Belinda Willis of Sum-
merfield; brothers, Ted (Naomi)
Willis of Tahlequah, Okla., Jess
Willis of Okeechobee, Delbert
(Mary) Willis of Kansas, Mo.; sis-


ters, Dora Rogers of Portland,
Ore.; Lillie (Audory) Lanier of
Morriston, Ann Surls of Okee-
chobee, and Mandy (Mosco)
Gilman of Okeechobee; 27 grand-
children; and, 16 great-grandchil-
dren.
The family will receive friends
on Friday, April 28, 2006, from 5
until 7 p.m. at the-Church of God,
301 N.E. Fourth Ave.
Services will be held at the
Church of God, on Saturday, April
29, 2006, at 11 a.m., with inter-
ment following at Evergreen
Cemetery. Rev. Larry Kilgore will
officiate.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


Billie Miles
Billie Miles, age 84, of Okee-
chobee, died April 23, 2006, at
Hospice of Stuart. Mrs. Miles was
born Nov. 10, 1921, in Bradley
Junction to William and Rachael
Bethea. She was a homemaker
and lifetime resident of Okee-
chobee. Mrs. Miles was a mem-
ber of the First Baptist Church of
Okeechobee.
Mrs. Miles was preceded in
death by: her husband, Howard
Miles in 2005.,


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She is survived by: sons, Gary
(Cathy) Miles of Okeechobee,
William Miles of Lakeland,
Michael (Gloria) Miles and Stan-
ley Miles of Okeechobee; daugh-
ter, Becky (Jim) Croslyn of Okee-
chobee; nine grandchildren; eight
great grandchildren; one great-
great-grandchild; and, one sister,
Eva Goins of Okeechobee.
Visitation and funeral services
were held on Wednesday, April
26, at Bass Okeechobee Chapel.
Interment was at Evergreen
Cemetery..
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.


Jack Wayne Phelps
Jack Wayne Phelps, age 66, of
Okeechobee, died April 25, 2006,
at Raulerson Hospital. He was


born April 28, 1939, in
chobee. He was a gradi
Okeechobee High School
20 years in the U.S. Air For
returned to Okeechobee i


He was an avid amateur radio
operator and also enjoyed
remote control airplanes.
He is preceded in death by:
son, Larry Little; brother, Earl;
and, sister Millie.
. Mr. Phelps is survived by: his
wife of 18 years, Lillie Phelps of
Okeechobee; son, Kenneth
(Lisa) Phelps of Starkville, Mich.;
daughter, Terrie (James) Creecy
of Columbus, Mich.; ten grand-
children; and, brother, Gene
(Bonnie) Phelps of Okeechobee.
Graveside services will be
held Friday, April 28, 2006, at 10
a.m., at the Fort Drum Cemetery.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.


Submitted to the Okeechobee News
Jack Cowen will serve on the national board of directors for
Alpha Gamma Rho.

UF student to serve on

agriculture fraternity board


rs GAINESVILLE- A University of
Florida student has been selected
*er chil- to serve on the national board of
y. directors for Alpha Gamma Rho
agriculture fraternity.
y Rep. Okeechobee native Jack
Palm Cowen, junior mpjonring in agri-
House cultural and biological engineering
S at UF's Institfife of Food and Agri-
cultural Sciences, is one of four
undergraduate directors named to
measure the board in March. He began serv-
premi- ing a one-year term of office April 1.
creased "I'm honored to be selected to
serve on the board, and it's great to
have an opportunity to give back to
the fraternity that has helped me so
much," said Cowen, who is also
the current president of UF's Alpha
Gamma Rho chapter.
Okee- On the board, Cowen will help
uate of represent the fraternity's under-
1, spent graduate members. He will attend
ce, and national meetings and is eligible to
n 1978. serve on task forces and commit-


tees.
Cowen was the only UF student
named to the:board this year. In the
selection process, each of the fra-
ternity's 67 chapters nationwide
was invited to nominate one mem-
ber -who displayed ;outstanding
leadership skills. Once nominated,
Cowen submitted an application
and letters of recommendation; he
was selected for the position by
permanent members of the board.
After graduating next May,
Cowen plans to pursue a career in
land and water resources engineer-
ing. He has been a member of
Alpha Gamma Rho for three years;
his brother Jake, an animal science
senior, is also a member.
The Cowen family has deep
roots at UF Jack's mother, father
and grandfather all earned degrees
in agricultural disciplines; his father
is also an Alpha Gamma Rho
member.


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TRAFFIC COUNTS: We are wondering why Okeechobee County
does not do the traffic count during the season why they do it out of
season. We are trying to understand as residents of the county why
these counts are done out of season.
(Editor's Note: According to the Florida Department of Trans-
portation (FDOT), they take traffic counts on state roads in the fall
an.d they do it about every two years. FDOT engineers have a for-
mula by which they can produce an average daily traffic count.
While there is more traffic in the winter season and less during the
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likely start doing their own traffic counts on county roads.)

DEBRIS: You see all these appliances lying on the side of the road
and when you call Waste Management they say that they have sus-
pended all their pickups on that type of stuff. My only question is
that when hurricane season starts again, where is all this stuff going
to be sitting?
(Editor's Note: We've spoken with Waste Management several
times about this issue. The company did not contract with the
county to remove hurricane debris. Instead, the county entered into
a contract with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
to handle this task. A deadline was set in December of 2005 for
storm debris to be placed along the road so that it would be picked
up. Apparently, many people missed that deadline and now the
debris is still lying next to the road. Waste Management will
remove the material but for a price. If you call them they will give
you an estimate on how much it will cost to have them remove the
debris. Since the deadline has passed, it's up to property owner to
take care of the debris by either calling Waste Management or haul-
ing it to the landfill themselves.)

TRASH: I live on S.W. Tenth Avenue and the garbage people
throw dumpsters all over the place, or they take it next door to the
neighbors. I called out there but it doesn't do any good. We pay a lot
of money for garbage service, but you don't get any information out
of anybody out there anymore.
(Editor's Note: We spoke with Waste Management about your
concerns and they would like to speak with you. You can call Waste
Management at (863) 763-4818 and ask for Chris. He said he would
handle your problem personally.)

HAIRCUTS: I hear in Okeechobee there are a number of shops
and salons that are refusing to do certain haircuts for Hispanics and
children.under 3 years old. As a haircutter in Okeechobee County, it
is against the law to refuse service to anyone unless they are inebri-
ated or stoned,on drugs. Otherwise you cannot deny them service.
So all of you people that are being denied this service, you can file a
discrimination lawsuit. You have the right to do so. No one has the
right to refuse your child's service for a haircut.

VANDALS: On Monday, April 24, someone vandalized the mar-
quis in front of Osceola Middle School. They might not realize that
this sign was paid for, in part, by fundraising efforts of the students
who work hard to raise any money they can get to better the school.
The vandal(s) should be ashamed and embarrassed to call them-
selves part of Okeechobee's community. If they, are caught, they
should be held responsible for their actions. The sign was doused
with a flammable liquid and set on fire, so it was not an accident
and not a mistake. These types of pranks are not acceptable in this
town. If anyone knows anything about this crime, please contact the
school or the sheriff's office immediately.

TRASH PICK UP: We are being charged on our taxes to have trash
picked up at our curbs. Now we are told we can take it to a conven-
ience center. If we have to take it there, they should take it off our
taxes.
(Editor's Note: The convenience center at the Viking was set up
to help property owners by giving them a place to put their trash
other than along side the road. Many property owners were com-
plaining that they put their trash by the road and before Waste
Management could pick it up animals would get into it and then
loose debris would be blown about the area. To try and rectify the
situation, Waste Management met with Coquina officials and some
Viking property owners and they arrived at a solution, which was
to set up the convenience center. The center is open Friday through
Monday, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., which gives property owners
time to place their trash in dumpsters at the center. Waste Manage-
ment then picks up the debris and takes it to the landfill.)

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Upcoming Events

Thursday
Farmer's Market every Thursday from 4 until 7:30 p.m. In Flagler
Park. For information, call (863) 357-MAIN; (863) 763-2225; or, (863)
697-3110.
Tantle Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call 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) 467-
0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m.
at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us
or ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-
4923, for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fel-
lowship 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)
357-6257.
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 meet at 6 p.m. For information, call
(863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-
2893 or (863) 763-0202.
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.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the
One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives
will be available from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is
welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an.
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call (863) 467-2321.
Gunowners of Okeechobee will meet at 7 p.m. at the American
Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. All interested parties are invited. For
information, contact Merv Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell
at (863) 467-9461.


Friday
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday except the first Friday
of the month for an open discussion meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buck-
head Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For
information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited.
All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800)
932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist i
Church, 200 N.W.Second St. Itwill be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
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 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 Juanaat471-9795.
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 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863) 467-9833.


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


Sunday
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. This will be an open step meeting.
(A.A.) open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.


Monday
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace Luther-
an Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, contact David Fox at
(863)763-3296.


Tuesday
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Beef O'Brady's Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863)
467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at8 p.m.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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. Any-
one interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.


Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will
go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public Is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For infor-
mation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For Informa-
tion, call (863) 357-0297.
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 meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863)
763-6076.


Community Events

Advisory board will meet
Community Services Grant/Treasure Coast Community
Action Agency advisory board will meet Thursday, April 27, at 2
p.m. at 437 N. Seventh St. in Fort. Pierce. For information, call
Kim at (863) 462-5180.


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


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


Healthy Start planning baby shower
A baby shower for Healthy Start clients will be held Friday,
April 28, at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second Ave. Healthy
Start is still requesting donations of baby items for the shower
including clothing, toys, diaper bags, and safety items. If you
can help, call (863) 462-5877.


CCC to host guest speakers
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee
County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly
meeting on Tuesday, April 28, at 10 a.m. in the boardroom of
the Okeechobee County School Board office, 700 S.W. Second
Avenue. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community
to identify issues, collaborate and share information regarding
services for children and their families. The guest speaker will
be Tammy Jansen with the Boy Scouts, and Christina Kaiser
from United for Families. For information, call (86,3) 462-5000,
ext. 257.


Free memory loss screenings offered
The Visiting Nurses Association, 208 S.E. Park St., will host
free memory loss screenings on Friday, April 28, from 11 a.m.
until 2:30 p.m. Appointments are needed for the screenings,,
and the screenings are open to any age group.. The screening
will be completed by the St. Mary's memory disorder staff and'
immediate results will be given. For information, call Donna
True at (800) 861-7826 ext. 1 or (772) 285-6291.


Immigration reform is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
April 29, starting at 7:30 a.m. It will be re-broadcast at 1 and 6
p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will
Gina Castro, supervising attorney Florida Immigrant Advocacy
Center in the Fort Pierce office. The topic will be immigration
reform. For information, contact the Florida Immigrant Advo-
cacy Center at (772) 489-4660.


Glades Co. Historical Soeietyto mir
The Glades County Historical Society will meet Saturday,
April 29, at noon at the home of Anne Deuschle., 800 Riverside
Drive, in Moore Haven. For information, call (863) 946-0974.


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 ioon:.
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 mem-
bers 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.


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


5th Sunday Celebration planned
The 5th Sunday Celebration will be held Sunday, April 30, at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., begin-
ning at 6:30 p.m. There will be music from the First United
Methodist Church Praise Team, the Okeechobee Community
Choir and the First United Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir.
There will also be scripture readings and prayers by local rmin-
isters and a sermon delivered by Reverend Frank Adams of
Abundant Blessings Assembly of God Church. For information,
call (863) 763-4021.


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 encour-
aged to attend and enjoy the fellowship with their friends. Call
Breedie Mae Thomas at (863) 763-3579, or Altal Lee Barber
(863) 634-9735.


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


Meeting for veterans planned
All veterans and family members are invited to a town hall
meeting being hosted by the West Palm Beach VA Medical Cen-
ter. The meeting will be held Tuesday, May 2, at 11 a.m. at the
Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. For information,
call the Okeechobee County Veterans' Service Officer Betsy
Grinslade at (863) 763-8124.


Early Learning panel to meet
The executive committee of the Early Learning Coalition of
Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will meet Tues-
day, May 2, at 2 p.m. at the One Stop Career Center, 2401 S. 29th
St., North Portable, in Fort Pierce.


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Pop Warner grid
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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 and
July 15 from 10 a.m. until 2
p.m.
The registration fee is $75. In
order to register you must bring
the child's last report card, a
current year physical from your
doctor and a copy of the child's
birth certificate.
For information, call co-
presidents James Shockley at
(863) 634-3482 or Albion Crow-


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plans fishing tourney
The Okeechobee Contractors
Association will sponsor a bass
fishing tournament on May 20 at
the Okee-Tantie Marina with all
proceeds going toward youth ori-
ented projects. The registration
fee is $120 per boat (teams of
two). There will be over $3,000 in
cash and prizes paid to the top six
places. There will also be a big
fish award. For information con-
tact John at (863) 634-7446 or Lisa
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Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Jumping hoops
Anthony Richards jumps through hoops in a "Super
Slalom" event during South Elementary School's annual
Field Day on Friday, April 21.


Tips to keep kids active


By The Associated Press
(AP) What parents can do
to expand exercise opportunities
for kids, in and out of school:
At school:
*Work with your parent-
teacher association to raise
money for sports equipment.
*Speak up about the impor-
tance of recess and physical edu-
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*Encourage your child to
take part in team sports or athlet-
ic programs, whether sponsored
by the school, the local YMCA or
other recreational groups.
*Talk to your child's teachers
about planning five-minute fit-
ness breaks for aerobic activities,
such as jumping jacks.
*Volunteer to help with phys-
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your child's school.
*Forrnm a "walking school-
bus" and volunteer to walk
groups of students to school.
*Ask school leaders to
include information about the
importance of physical activity in
the curriculum and in newslet-
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*Team up with other parents
to form an early-morning or
after-school club for walking,
biking or running.
*Participate in Walk to,
School Day with your children
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underway. Reach out to the
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can provide ideas and materials.
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as hiking, swimming and skiing.
*Use the stairs rather than
the elevator when at the mall or
when running errands.
*Get pedometers and have a
contest to see who takes the
most steps in a given week.
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family out for an after-dinner
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gardening or shoveling snow, as
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Service Club Briefs


American Legion Post
#64
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and spe-
cials. Monday, Thursday and Fri-
day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos served from
11 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday
from noon until 8 p.m.; Sunday
from I until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and
on Thursday evenings beginning
at 6 p.m., for members and
guests.
The second Wednesday of
each month is our birthday party
starting at 4 p.m.; bring a cov-
ered dish.
The third Sunday of each
month we have a steak dinner
with the Sons of the American
Legion from 3 until 6 p.m. for a
$9 donation. There will be enter-
tainment from 3 until 7 p.m.
The Legion lounge is open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1
p.m.
Bingo is held every Satur-
day and Sunday night starting at
6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
There is entertainment in
our lounge every Saturday night
starting at 4 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday,
Tuesday and Thursday.
Euchre will be on Monday
and Wednesday from 6 p.m.
Everyone is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St.
For information, call (863) 763-
2950.

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meeting
on the first Saturday of the
month at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S. 78
W., at 10 a.m. Applications for
new members are available. Call
Ray Disney at (863) 357-2138, or
Don South at (863) 763-8954.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Every Tuesday and Thurs-
day: bingo at 1 p.m. Food will be
available for a donation.
Every second Tuesday:
spaghetti dinner with salad and
garlic bread from 5 until 7 p.m.
for a $3.50 donation.


Wednesday: bar bingo
from 4 p.m. until? Food will be
available.
Every Thursday: washer
toss at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. Cooked to
order for a $12 donation. Music
will be by Jimmy Harper.
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.
Call the AERIES for other
events at (863) 763-2552.

Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
(863) 763-6580.
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regu-
lar meeting.
Wednesday: bingo will. be
at 7 p.m. The public is invited.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Refresh-
ments will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and enter-
tainment starting at 6 p.m. Mem-
bers and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo
from 2 p.m. until?
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge
#237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is' located at 107 N.W.
Fifth Ave. For information about
the club and events, call Bucky
Yoder at (863) 467-7342 or Matt
Buxton at (863) 357-9992.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second
and fourth Mondays of each
month starting at 7:30 p.m.,

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

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
'The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
lodge's phone number is (863)
763-2250.
Wednesday and Friday


night meals will be served from
5 until 7:15 p.m. Call the Lodge
at (863) 763-2250 for the menu.
Thursday and Saturday is
karaoke night starting at 7 p.m.
Friday night and Saturday
night starting at 7 p.m. there will
be music for dancing. Call to see
who is playing.
Saturday, April 29, at 3 p.m.
Installation of new officers.
Bring a covered dish roast
beef will be provided. Music will
be karaoke by Sandy at 8 p.m.
Saturday night meals will
be served starting at 6 p.m. Call
for the menu.
Each Sunday of April break-
fast will be served from 9 until 11
a.m., with many items being
offered.

Moose Family Center
#1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W
36th St. in Okeechobee. For
information and meal menus,
call the Lodge at (863) 763-4954.
Breakfast will be served
from 9 until 11 a.m. at the Moose
Patio on the second Sunday of
every month.
Meals will be served on
Wednesday and Fridays from 5
until 7:15 p.m.; and from 6 until?
on Saturday.
There will be music forn
dancing each Friday and Satur-
day night starting at 7 p.m.
Each Thursday will be
karaoke night.

VFW Post #4423
The post is open noon until 9
p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Events at this post are season-
able you should call (863) 763-
0818 for information or visit the
lodge 300 N.W. 34th St. You may
write the post at P.O. Box 1137,
Okeechobee, Fla., 34972.
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is
welcome.
Every Wednesday during
the season karaoke will be held
from 5 until 9 p.m.
Every Friday: bingo starts at
1 p.m. for members and guests
followed by karaoke starting at 5
p.m.
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at
1 p.m. Karaoke will be from 5
p.m. until?
Sunday: a dinner will be
available from 2 until 5 p.m., and
will be followed by karaoke at 5
p.m.
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will be a post meeting at 11 a.m.

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buck-
head Ridge. For information, call
(863) 467-2882. Post hours are
from noon until 8 p.m., Monday
through Sunday.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner, Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets there will be music.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
able.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and
rolls will be served from 5:30
until 7 p.m. for a $10 donation.
Dancing immediately follows
the dinner.
Post meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturday
of the month beginning at 10
a.m. The main meeting is on the
fourth Saturday. t
For information contact Com-
mander Johnnie H. Patent at
(863) 467-2882.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regula-
tion-size pool table.

VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at
1 p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Aux-
iliary.
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
dancing.
Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing will start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.

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


Community Events

Be a hero; help the Red Cross
Heroes for the American Red Cross is a grassroots campaign in which
local business people, school groups, church groups, civic clubs and indi-
viduals pledge to raise $1,000 through any legal means they choose for
the local Red Cross chapter. This year, the Okeechobee County Branch
has set its sights on raising $25,000 during the campaign which runs
throughout the month of May. The funds will be used to support such Red
Cross services in Okeechobee County as disaster relief, assistance for fire
victims, emergency military communications, first aid, CPR training and
disaster preparedness for the community. If you would like to become a
hero by raising or donating $1,000 for the Okeechobee County Red Cross,
call Debbie Riddle, branch manager, at (863) 763-2488.
Children's Ranch plans yard sales
The Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777. U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard sales
every Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Funds from the sales
help support activities for the children. Usable donations are always
accepted and should be taken to the ranch on U.S. 441 S.E. Pick-up serv-
ice is not available. For information, contact Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two to
three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday through
Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also looking for avol-
unteer to become the director and a board member of The Clothes Clos-
et. The volunteer should communicate well with the public and should
be able to seek support from city and county officials, business execu-
tives and other organizations. Work days and hours are flexible, Call
(863) 634-2306 for information.






The Okeechobee News, Thursday, April 27, 2006


At the Movies

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


Briefs

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-
changing program that provides
fouryear.college scholarships to
deserving sixth and ninth
graders in :local communities.
The mentor meets with the stu-
dent one hour per week at
hisiher school. Volunteer oppor-
tunities are available in Indian
River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okee-
chobee counties. Please call the
Indian River Community College
Foundation at (772) 462-4786.


Halfway House
looks for volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House, 800 N.E.72nd Circle N., is
lQoking for volunteers to work
w'r -ouo'adqglescentbo\s. ll'ou
have any free'lime 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 devel-
oping a revised payment sched-
ule or call Consumer Credit
Counseling Service for a free and
confidential appointment. For
information, call (561) 434-2544
or (800) 330-2227.


Church offers
lending library
I 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. Con-
tact Doris 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 Eng-
lish as a second language classes
at these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.,


English as second language
classes, Monday -Wednesday
from' 9 a.m. until noon, adult
basic education/GED, Monday
through Thursday from 8 a.m.
until 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8
a.m. until 4 p.m.;One-Stop, 123
S.W. Park St., adult basic educa-
tion/GED, Monday through Fri-
day, from 8 a.m. until noon;
Yearling Middle School, 925,
N.W. 23 Lane, English as a sec-
ond language classes, Monday
through Wednesday, from 5:30
until 8:30 p.m.; Everglades Ele-
mentar., 3725 S.E. Eighth St.,
English as a second language
classes, Tuesday and Thursday
from 6 until 8 p.m.


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Found 130
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Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160


BIG SET OF KEYS ON 4/16 AT
CITY BOAT RAMP.
(863)675-8828
SET OF KEYS: # of keys on
Lg. ring found with Master
Lock.. Found in vic. of Padgett
II Store. (863)467-2072


CHIHUAHUA, Male, Small,
Brown & 1 dirty white fiber-
glass Canoe. Missing
863-675-1497 Muse Area
DACHSHUND, Leopard Color,
Black & Grey Spots. Unique
looking. Male. Vic. of 15A &
15B. Reward. (863)697-1421
FAMILY DOGS- 2 dogs at N.
Elem Soccer Field, 1 brindle
,u :'li, i" ur mix, 1 red Cur
dog white on chest. Dogs
have brand "H" on hips
(863)467-0245
RED BONE, female, 12 weeks
old, on 4/17/06, vic. of
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BEAGLES (2) to good home,
must have fenced yard,
spayed, good w/kids & other
animals (863)634-2191
CORGI- to good loving home,
female, spayed, hsebroke,
needs lots of love
(863)228-7230
DOG- small female, mixed
breed, spayed, hsebrk, good
w/kids & other animals,
(772)215-5810
PIT BULL MIX- male, brindle,
free to good home.
(863)675-4697 LaBelle
WATER FILTER includes large
outside pump. Free, you
haul. (863)467-9228
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Sun., 4/30, 8am til 2pm,
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are and employee of the
emergency of this hospital in
January 1969, please con-
tact Dwain Tucker
(310)822-4774



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Employment
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
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A/C SERVICE TECH/INSTALLER
w/Min.3 yrs.exp.
Dependable, Clean DL, DFW,
Good pay, Benefits, 401K.
Also taking appl's for Helpers
(863)763-8391.




ASSISTANT
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AM & PM

Apply Within
1111 S, Parrot Ave,

BABCOCK & MORE
Opening for F/T Sales Person,
Apply In person @512WN
Park St. No phone calls pis.
COOK: Needed for childcare
center. Call (863)467-5588
or stop by Tender Care
@604SW5thrSt.
DAIRY FOREMAN:
Exp./Bilingual Preferred
House, Phone, Lights
Provided. Call
634-1758 or 634-1756
EQUIPMENT OPERATOR
Dickerson needs experienced
Loader/Trackhoe Operator.
M/F/V/D. EOE
DRUG TEST REQ'D
Call 772-429-4465
IMMEDIATE OPENING
For experienced Cook.
Call Sandy @ Ranchers
Restaurant. (863)763-8115


FARM RANCH MECHANIC
General repairs for farm equip.
including heavy equip. Exp
with tools, Valid drivers li-
cense. Drug Free Work
Place. (863)634-9446
HELP WANTED
Cashiers &
Medical Billing Clerks.
Apply in person only @
Okeechobee Discount Drugs
203 SW Park St.
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Indlantown
HELP WANTED
HANDYMAN
CONSTRUCTION
LANDSCAPING
POOL MAINTENANCE
GOLF COURSE MAINT.
Call Mr. Lonny Griggs,
800-523-1630
Extension 131
IMMEDIATE OPENING
OKEECHOBEE SURVEY OFFICE
Survey Crew Chief
Hourly pay range $20-$25/hr.
40+ hours/week. Must have
valid D.L. and transportation.
Call 863-357-6688
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
FISHING GUIDE WANTED:
Must have own bass boat.
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips
LEAD POSITION AVAILABLE
For Infants & Toddlers
Call Wendy at Faith Academy
PreSchool (863)763-8800
Route Slea
Interstate Brands Corp
home of Twinkles and
Merlta Bread needs
ROUTE SALES DRIVERS.
Sell &.deliver to estblsd.
acts. HS dlp./equlv. &
Class A/B license req. Prior
R/S exp. a plus. Great pay
and benefits. Drug Free
workplace. Apply in person
Okeechobee
One Stop Career Ctr,
209 SW Park St
or fax resume
407-843-4559, EEOC/AAE
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encouraged to apply.

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Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street


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company seeking
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Have good people skills
Be a team player
Be organized
Be able to handle pressure
Be a self-managed individual
Be able to handle deadlines
Have previous sales experience with a
proven track record
Desire to be successful
Be able to work flexible hours
Knowledge in:
Photoshop
Quark or Pagemaker
Adobe Acrobat
The Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay based on experience
Generous time off program
The Okeechobee News Is An Equal Opportunity Employer







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energetic, self-motivated FULL TIME circulation
assistant.
The right applicant must have:
Class D CDL
Cash Handling Experience
References
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Benefits Package
Generous time off program
The Dailv Okeechobee Nes Is An Eaqal Opvortunity Employer


BUS MONITOR

Seminole
Brighton
Reservation


Good attendance record. Prior
exp. working with children.
Background check req'd. HS
diploma or GED (+). Salary
negotiable with benefits.
Fax resume/application to:
954-967-3477


ACCOUNTS PAYABLE CLERK
BRIGHTON RESERVATION
High School Diploma or GED
minimum one (1) year exp.
Accounting exp., invoices/
purchase orders, knowledge
of MS Excel & Word. Excellent
phone & Customer service skills.
Data entry exp. Fax resume
or application to:
(954)967-3477



Night Shift
Ft. Drum Citgo needs overnight staff for the ser-
vice station on Florida's Turnpike. Applicants
must have a clan motor vehicle record. Benefits
include; higher pay for night shift, gas reim-
bursement, paid tolls, health insurance vaca-
tions, 401K and a pleasant work environment.
We will train all work responsibilities. Advance-
ment opportunities are available for people who
show initiative. South of Yeehaw Jct., we are ac-
cessible from Ft. Pierce, Okeechobee and Vero
Beach. Grab a job in the lane with Ft. Drum Citgo
mm 184 FL. Turnpike. 863-763-9383 DFWP


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



PART-TIME MAINTENANCE
HELP NEEDED: Saturday &
Sunday a must. Contact
Barbara at (863)763-4114

Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tx .Preparation 315





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before responding or send-
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long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
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we may not be aware eof the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Carse Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435




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

M & D CONTRACTING
*Siding
*Soffit
*Fascia
*Seamless Aluminum
Gutters
1-800-893-8933
Lie. # OCSL2732-01



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



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


Empoyen
Medical


Emplymen


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


Emplomen


Empoyen


KINDERGARTEN
TEACHER
(Temp. P/T)

(Brighton Reservation)

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


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens a Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
I Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Ibols 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




A/C WALL UNITS- 2, 5000
BTU's, Works well, $130. or
will separate.
(863)612-0992
AIR CONDITIONER 5 ton,
hardly used. As is. $800 Call
Steve (239)564-2173 La-
Belle


AMERICAN OAK DRESSER-
1800's, Excellent condition,
$500. or best offer.
(863)675-4201
BARBER CHAIR, Antique, Mfg.
by Emil J. Padair Co. Pat #
1594408-1594409. Good
cond. $800 (863)697-0328


*ROCKER- Solid, Walnut, Fold-
ing. Seat 14W'/", Back 19",
Padded seat & back $50.
(863)946-1896
WHISKEY BARRELS (2) -
About 100 years old. $1200
or best offer for both or will
sep.(863)634-5821


FREEZER, Chest Type, Small,
Runs good. $75.
(863)634-5402
REFRIGERATOR- bottom
freezer, white, exc cond,
$250 cash (863)357-3026
REFRIGERATOR Kenmore 14
cf, Frost free. glass sliding
shelves, 18 mo old, $200
863)635-5826 Frostproof
SMALL FREEZER- Kenmore, 5
cu ft, $100 (863)946-3822
WASHER & DRYER- 6 mos
old, like new, $400
.(863)467-6030



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



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



ATTIC STAIRS: Pull Down
Type. Fits opening 211/ x
53/2. $50. (863)675-5929
KITCH. CAB DOORS- oak
w/handles & hinges, 1 pr
24x20, 5pr 32x20, 1pr
32x28, $45 (863)763-1997
ROOF SHINGLES- 10 packs,
$150. will separate-.
(863)467-1120
SCREEN ROOM MATERIAL- W
assembled walls & 4x8x10
roof panels. $500.
(772)579-1322 Okee.
SHUTTERS, Heavy, Wooden,
4 panels. 17y2x61. $50.
(863)675-5929
WINDOWS (6) aluminum
crank outs 29.5W x 52"L
with screen, $25
(863)763-1997



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


BABY CRIB- Brand new, no
mattress. $40.
(863)675-7105


JEEPS: 2 Battery Operated, 1
Wrangler & 1 Enforcer Jr.
Need batteries. $40 for both.
(863)697-0845


CLOTHES, Little Girls, size.
6-8, Designer. 50 items. All
for $500 or will sell sep.
(863)467-4253


M.I. HUMMEL FIGURINES -
Merry Wanderer, Apple Tree
Boy, Just Resting (handle
broke) $225 (863)801-3344
SALT- n PEPPER SHAKERS
1041 Sets) asking $2500
863)801-4949



COMPUTER SYSTEM, Dell,
Win XP + lots of programs
& games. $175.
(863)843-0158
HP Compaq Presarlo Win.
XP, 17" monitor, keyboard,
mouse & speakers. Exc.
cond. $375 (863)763-6342
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
CAPTAINS BED- with 6 draw-
ers, $250 (863)261-1117
DINING ROOM SET: 4 pc.
$25. (863)467-9228
DINING ROOM SET- Pecan ta-
ble w/3 leafs, seats 4-10, 6
chairs, buffet & hutch. $600.
(239)822-5955 LaBelle
DRESSER Large, 9 drawers.
Antique handles, exc. cond.
Hard wood. $30
(863)763-3830/697-6507
DRESSER w/24x36 Mirror.
$10. (863)467-8681
D/RM TABLE- Claw foot, leaf,
4 chairs, China cab. hutch
$175. 863-635-0843 or
803-417-7959
ENTER CENTER- Rattan, ask-
ing $150 (863)674-0963
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER-
Bush, for 32" tv. Like new.
$125. (863)697-6077
ETAGERE- China 4 shelf, ask-
ing $150, very nice
(863)674-0963
FUTON BUNK BED, w/match-
ing desk. Full sz bottom &
single sz on top. 8" mattress.
$225. (863)357-3863
HIDE-A-BED: Queen, Green &
White w/matching chairs.
Good condition. $125.
(863)763-0867
MEXICAN BAR Light green
wood w/ overhead stem
glass holder. $150.
(561)704-3690
QUEEN BED- light wood, Sea-
ly Post matt, dresser w/mir-
ror, chest, 2 nite stands
$1300 (863)763-9410
RECLINER LOVESEAT- Like
new, Leather, Pd $1500 Will
trade for nice Dbl. Bed & Gold
Chain. 863-357-2233 Okee.
SHELVING UNITS 2 match-
ing, cream w/black bkgrd.
5'x2', $100 for both.
(863)674-0098.
SOFA- full length, light colors.
Used only 3 months. Like new!
Reduce to $225. Please call
863-467-0670
SOFA & LOVESEAT 6 mths.
old. Pd. $2000, asking
$1500 or best offer.
(863)634-5821 call any-
time.
TODDLER BED, Graco Stroller,
girls clothes, 72+ pcs., $80
for all. (863)697-0845
TODDLER SLEIGH BED -
w/mattress. White. $40 or
best offer. (863)467-8723
Okeechobee
WALL UNIT Cherry wood,
has curved glass doors. paid
$1500 sell $350 or best of-
fer (954)448-8253
WRITING DESK, 17"x43"
$75. (863)763-8943
ask for Tracy



GOLF CAR: YAMAHA 1996 36
Volt, charger Included. Good
condition. Asking $1000.
(863)763-1424


38 CAL Stainless steel, 5
shot revolver, 2" barrel, cus-
tomer grips, like new, $395
(863)467-6696
T/C ARMS SUPER CONT. 14"
Bull barrel 35 cal. Bushnell
Phantom 2.5 scope $400.
(863)763-4961


DIAMOND RING- 1/2 ct,
w/surrounding diamonds,
$500 (863)675-7105 or

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BLOOD PRESSURE MONI-
TOR- Digital, Wrist, Brand
new. Never been used.
$39.99 (863)467-1120
LIFT CHAIR, Good condition.
$350. (863)801-4949
LIFT CHAIR- Pride. Great con-
dition $375. Firm
(863)635-3540
POWER CHAIR- Jet 3, Fairly
new, Works great. Excellent
condition $400.
(863)467-8094


ARCADE GAMES, (2), $1100
will sell separately.
(863)357-2773
DE-HUMIDIFIER- '99, Used
very little. Like new $100.
(863)467-1110
PENS & PENCILS (2) asking
$15 (863)634-1374


ENGLEHARDT BASS- stand,
gig bag and electric hook up,
1200 or best offer
(863)635-5826
Organ, Hammond Model 134,
Composer Series, w/bench
& instruction books, $130.
(863)357-0465
PIANO: SAMICK, White, w/
Bench & music. $500. or
best offer. 863-763-0867


CANARY, beautiful, yellow,
$60. (863)357-3639
CAT- Cute, gray with white
markings. 3yrs old Neutered
& declawed. To Good Home
Only $50. (863)634-3841
CHINCHILLAS 2 males, 2 fe-
males. $75 each.
(863)634-8118
CHOCOLATE LAB PUPPIES,
AKC, 8 wks. old. Ready to go
w/health certificates. 1 Female,
5 Males. $625.863-674-0474
DOBERMAN PUPPIES- AKC,
Parents on premised.
$650.-$750. (863)467-5400
DONKEY- lyr old, male, $100
(56-1)644-5418 or
(954)465-6614
GERMAN SHEPHERD- female,
spayed, 3yrs old, home must
have fenced yard $50
(863)357-3026.
GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS:
AKC, 4 male, 1 fem., 1st shots
& wormed, bik/tan, parents on
prem., $500. (863)447-6619
PARROT CAGE- White w/
playpen on top. Good condi-
tion $85. (863)357-0037
Okeechobee


POOL TABLE- 8', Full size pool
table, great cond. Burgundy
felt, Pool sticks, Many ac-
cess. $675. neg. 634-2094



CAR AMPLIFIER Kenwood,
900 watt max. $120
(863)824-0776
SUBWOOFER 15" MA Audio
in sealed or ported box.
$120 (863)824-0776


FLAT SCREEN TV 32" JVC
Model AV-32F475, 1 yr old,
perfect condition. $325 Must
Sell. (863)697-6077
TOSHIBA- 31" w/remote Pd.
$1000. Asking $175. or trade
for Gold chain of equal value.
(863)634-9620 Okee area
TRUSSED ANTENNA- 70 ft, 10
ft sections, with base, mast
& hardware. $400. or best
offer. (863)675-4201


COLEMAN POWERMATE
GENERATOR 5-6,000 watt
surge, used 1 week, $500
(863)692-2229
COMBO SET Ryobi 18v, drill,
circular saw, recip. saw, 2
bats, chrgr, & more. Like
new. $100 (863)467-0668
GENERATOR Homelite LRX
4500 watt, 8.5 hp, 120/240
volt, 142 hrs. $450
(863)763-5613
GENERATORS- Honda,
1-3100w & 1-1500w $525.
Firm. 863-763-7950 or
863-634-8474
JACK To pull engines, good
condition. $80
(239)657-4348 Immokalee
SCROLL SAW, 16". $75
(863)467-6797
VARIOUS ASSORTMENT OF
TOOLS- Hand tools, Ladder,
Yard tools & morel Take all
for $150.(863)635-0474
WELDER, Hobart: 49 hrs. on
Hobbs Meter. $2500.
(863)357-4595


NEW COIN COLLECTOR want-
ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891

Agriculture


IND. PARTS TRACTOR- John
Deere 440, w/shuttle, $200
(863)357-3981
TRACTOR- Ferguson, 1951,
exc cond., w/new bush hog,
$4500 or best offer,
(863)763-3679/697-3108


APHA PAINT MARE 6 yrs.
Experienced rider only.
Sweet & pretty. $1500
(863)258-3838
BAY MARE 8 yrs. old. Thor-
oughbred, rides good, up to
date on shots, loads, clips.
$2500 neg. (863)509-3446
PAINT MARE- 4-5w old, green
broke. Sweet disposition.
$1000 or best offer.
(863)763-2379
QUARTER HORSE REG PINTO
GELDING- 14yrs old, 15.2,
great disposition, gentle, kid
safe $1800 (863)763-4257


REG. APP. GELDING 14yrs.
Kid safe but also a good ride
for beginner to adv. adult.
$1500 (863)638-4006



CHAIN LINK FENCING 265'
of 5' fencing, (2) 6' gates,
some poles. $100 Must take
all. (863)357-6315
CHAIN LINK FENCING 75ft.
of 4ft. w/ (2) 3ft. gates and
approx. 12 poles. $100 must
take all. (863)634-0465



LAWN TRAILER: New, 3x4 Ft.,
Stainless Steel .w/Balloon
Tires. $150. (863)357-5754
MTD CLASSIC- 46" cut, needs
lower deck & battery, $100
(863)763-4982
RIDING MOWER- 6 mos old,
asking $800 (863)467-6030
RIDING MOWER, Craftsman,
38" Cut, Automatic, 121%
Kohler engine. $450 firm.
(863)763-3451
RIDING MOWER, TORO,
Wheel Horse, 44" cut, $650
(863)612-1018
RIDING MOWER- Yardman,
42", with 15HP Kohler mtr,
$225 (863)675-0548
SNAPPER 30"- rear engine,
$600 (863)517-2077 La-
Belle
TURF ROLLER- 4ft, asking
$100(863)357-3981

Rentals




Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
lbwnhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate ,950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



APTS. 2BR/1BA, $800 mo.,
1st, last & $400 sec. dep. to
move in. Call (863)763-9225
or stop by 406 SW 2nd St
EFFICIENCY: Off Hwy. 70.
Fully furnished w/util., dishes,
linen, etc. $800 mo. + 1st,
last & sec. (863)801-4949
FURNISHED 1 BEDROOM:
ON WATER $450. mo:
includes electric. $300 sec.
863-824-8718/813-426-5152
.FURNISHED APT- On Water.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between 9-4
pn'daily (863)357-2044
OKEECHOBEE, BHR: Large 2
Bdrm., Newly remodeled apt.
w/large screen room & utility
room in duplex home. Large
yard on scenic private lake.
$800 mo. + 1st last & $400
sec. dep. (863)467-2784
kaejnextel@msn.com



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


3/2 also 3/1 avall,.new cond.,
Ig yards, good neighborhoods,
$1400 & $1300/mo.
(561)723-2226
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 or381-6937


Professional Office space for
rent, HWY 441 North, Approx
Call (863)763-6496


ROOM FOR RENT:
Private entrance, $75 per wk.
(863)357-2930

Real Estate

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CITY: 2BR, iBA 1106 NW 3rd
St. Wood Frame Home. City
Water & Sewer. $47,000.
Cash. (863)467-8038
OKEECHOBEE- SW area, 4br,
3ba, w/bonus/office, 2900
sf, new roof, new ext paint,
1/2 acre, asking $384,000.
Visit FSBO.com
(863)697-1725


Five acre fenced property on
paved road. Energy efficient
poured concrete construc-
tion. 2BR/2BA, 1 car 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. Rec. room, Pool,
Steam cabinet, Sauna cabinet
Treadmill & Weight equip
$155,000. Broker protected.
(772)597-6158 or
954)801-6158
NEWLY REMODELED: 3
Bdrm., 2 Ba., Garage, In the
city. Large yard. $1000. mo.
(863)781-1317/634-1554
OKEE. REDUCED PRICE
$144,900. Convert SWMH
2br 2ba New roof & paint on
private lake Only minutes
from lake Okee. Bring offers
Call Levi Von Zamft
(561)262-1302
Keller Williams Realty
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES
BY OWNER
Spacious House on Captive
Lake, 3BR, 2BA, Dock,
Utility Bldg.,
$159,500 or Best
Reasonable Offer.
Inspection Sat- Sun 10-5
Home will be sold Sunday
Nightto HIGHEST BIDDER
(863)467-0128




40 ACRES- Near town, High
ground w/ road frontage &
electric available. Great buy
at $575,000. Call Tom
772-529-9064
OKEE. 5 ac on Airpark Strip,
Paved road. in Cul-De-Sac 5
Bay gar. W/well, pump, tank.
*Lg house pad & driveway.
Fenced / X-fenced. Pond,
Beautiful neighborhood
$243,950.561-222-9204



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

Mobile Homes



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



LaBelle, '80, 24x56, 3br, 2ba
In Great shiape.New Kit.
cabinets'& floor.$10,000
(863)675-3665
MOBILE HOME: '91 4/2 Wind
Zone. Fixer upper. Must be
moved. For more info. $5500
or best offer. (863)228-6822
OKEE. 12'x36' 1 Bdrm., 1 Ba,
10'x40' FL Room, 14'x24' car-
port, Hot tub, New Kitchen, Ex-
cellent Landscaping, Adult
Park. Lot rent. $184.,
$18,000. Neg. (863)357-0060
PARK MODEL -furnished
8X35, W/2 tip outs, center
tip out closed in, 8x35
screen room, Adult Pk, Van-
tage Oak, Lot 83, $6000
(863)763-7613

Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marina Miscellaneous 325
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles,'ATVs 3035



FIBERGLASS BOAT- 16', older
Challenger2 exc shape
needs motor & seats. $800.
ask for Nick 863-697-8108
JOHN BOAT- 14', Complete
with 9.Bhp Evinrude out-
board. motor $700.
(863)675-0129
Lower Unit for older Mercury
Motor, good shape, $200 or
best offer (863)675-6738
PONTOON, 24', 90hp John-
son, bimini top, no trailer,
ready to fish or cruise, $3000
or best offer. (863)634-3107
or (863)634-5471
mail: rman605@aol.com.
PONTOON BOAT- 2Oft, trir
incld, 60HP Yamaha, new
CD, ready to fish, $5000 neg
(863)467-7073
Sprint Bass Boat, '93, 18' 3"
long, fiberglass, 175 Mariner
'94 model, 3 pedestal seats
& 1 bench, 40lb. thrust troll.
mtr., runs perfect, $5500.
(863)357-2219
B~ffiBHRB I I


CAMPER/TRAILER, Mallard,
1986, 27', exc. cond., $900.
(305)853-0298
CAMPER/TRAVEL TRAILER,
22 Ft., Dual Axel w/Air Condi-
tioning. $2500 or best offer.
(863)763-8828
FLAGSTAFF- '05 Lite weight,
27', Loaded, No road mi.
New $21,300. Sacrifice for
$16,500.610-1036
Sunline, '05 T2499, 0 trip
miles, exc. cond., $19,000
or best offer. (863)357-2891
after 3pm
Toyota Motorhome, '81, 4
cyl., new tires, only 44k orig.
mi., $2500 firm.
(863)763-2034
TRAVEL TRAILER TIRES (3)
ST225-75R15 D Rated. Good
tread. Look new. $150 for all,
will sep. (863)467-6696


DRIVER

NEEDED








12 Okeechobee News, Thursday, April 27, 2006


MARINER, 1993 175HP 25"
lower unit, runs great,
$2200. Call 863-697-6095.
TROLLING MOTOR- Minnkota,
651b thrust, w/foot controls,
never used still In box, $350
neg (561)744-9031


DIRT/STREET BIKE: DAKAR
22 CC 2006, Approx. 500
mls. Red/White color. Asking
$1500 (863)763-1424
HONDA 400R '00, 4 cycle Dirt
Bike, Never raced. Excellent
shape. Many extra'sl $3100 or
best offer. 863-801-1620
HONDA CMX 250, 2003, ex-
cellent condition $1800
(863)517-2077 La Belle
MINI CHOPPER- really good
cond, paid $800 asking
$500 (863)673-1877
SCOOTER- '04 Honda Elite 80,
Excellent condition. 1300 mi.
Red, $1700 (863)763-6646
YAMAHA TTR125, 2001, off
road, excel, cond. $1300
(863)763-4982
YAMAHA ZUMA SCOOTER
2005, Under warrantee.
$1700 or best offer.
(863)801-1620

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



ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
Gator or Kawasaki Mule. Never
ran.. $900. (863)692-2229.
KAZUMA 250 E, '03- asking
$1200 or best offer
(863)357-4744 after 6pmr
SUZUKI LT 80, 4 wheeler,
runs good, very good cond.,
oversized tires, $650.
(863)467-6964


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


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4019
Clasuio Care 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Traetor Trallers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



BUICK SKYLARK '87 $750
or best offer. (863)467-1484
Ask for Linda or leave mess.
CADILLAC '92- high miles,.
very good cond, $2000
(772)284-1194
CHEVY CELEBRITY '89- 4dr,
runs good, needs body work,
$1000 or best offer
(863)983-9780
JAGUAR '02 X-type, great
condition, 33,200k, loaded,
w/rims. Needs tires. $18,000
neg. (239)462-2678 Felda
MAZDA MIATA, '01, red, 23k
ml.,, $15,500.
(863)467-1298
MERCURY COUGAR, '92, cold
a/c, V6, auto, nice in & out,
-good tires, $3000 neg.
863)610-1239
NISSAN 300TX 1990, Asking
$4000 or best offer.
(863)673-1877




NISSAN STANZA 1985, Cherry
condition. Runs good for 20
year old car. $1200 cash.
(561)358-6307
OLDS INTRIGUE GLS-'2000,
Low mi, Leather, Loaded. All
power, Prem. wheels, Spoil-
er $9500. (863)697-2906
OLDSMOBILE ALERO 1999,
Low mileage. Excellent condi-
tion. $8000. (863)467-4603


I Puli Notice


PT CRUISER- '02, 5 spd, CD,
Tape, Radio, fog lamps,
cruise, AC, Silver, $8400
(863)599-2556
SATURN SC1 1995 $3500 &
CHEVY NOVA 1977 w/New
Motor & Trans. $6000. Call
(863)634-3797 for more Info.
TOYOTA CAMRY '87 Body
and Int. In good cond. Engine
needs work. Good for parts.
$300 (863)673-0645
VOLKSWAGON JETTA, '86, 4
cyl, auto, good tires, cold
a/c, $1500 or best offer.
(863)763-9592


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


CADILLAC FLEETWOOD 1959,
New mufflers, Battery, Tune
Up. Exc. cond. Beautiful car.
$8500 863-357-7214 after 5p



BRONCO, 4x4, 1978, orig.
owner, $2495
(863)612-1018
BRONCO II '89 New trahs. 4
good tires & battery, 60k.since
rebuilt engine. $1750
(863)805-8789
CHEVY TRUCK '96- 4x4,
$2500 or best offer
(863)467-2139
FORD BRONCO '95- 4x4,
$2500 or best offer
(863)467-2139
JEEP CJ5 1973, 4x4, V8.
Original condition. $8000.
(863)357-4595


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


GOLF CART- Club Car, lights,
curtains, hi speed, $1600
(772)332-6623


BED RAILS NASTA Stainless
polished, fit Chevy Silverado
short bed 99-current. New in
box. $100 (863)697-0328
CAR DOLLY, '04, like new,
used 2 times, $875 or best
offer (863)697-9704
ENGINE & TRANS- '97 Toyota
Corrola 1.8, runs good cond.
low miles, $600
(772)216-9002
ENGINE, 3208 Caterpillar,
Like new. (Ran In truck for
only 20 min.) $2500.
863-673-5852/612-5413
MITSUBISHI EXPO '94 -
Blown trans. New tires, cold
a/c, new exhaust, p/w,
cruise. $500 (239)368-6771
PONTIAC SUNBIRD '92 For
parts. You tow. $300 firm.
(863)467-1484 Ask for
Linda or leave mess.
POSI DIFF 8.5" GM, $150 or
best offer. Call
(863)467-8856.
TIRES- 275/45/20" 20 64 Ea-
gle/Chrome rims/spinners
paid $2500 asking $1500
rm (863)634-8511 eve only
TIRES, (4), Dunlop GT Qualifi-
er, P255/70/R15, $100.
(863)357-2829
TIRES- (4) brand new
7.00-15LT. Power Kings
Mud Tires, $200 firm
(863)634-1545
TOW BAR & BASE PLATE: For
a Geo Metro. $150 or best
offer. (863)735-1753
TOW BAR- Stowmaster, Used
on a Saturn, Can be adapted
to any vehicle. $150.
(863)763-6757
TRANSMISSION Rebuilt
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 RAM 25001997, Ext.
Cab w/Cummins diesel. Long
bed w/goose neck hitch.
$5995 (863)673-0648


FORD F150 '87 Runs good.
Need to sell) $900 or best
offer. Call Deanne anytime.
(863)634-5143
FORD F-250 '84 Diesel.
Manual trans. Good work
truck. Needs minor work.
$800 neg. (863)228-0580
FORD XLT F150 '92- 2 wh
drive, long bed, AC works ,
$2500 (863)634-7574
GMC SHORT BED '74 Good
cond, Needs motor & trans-
mission. Good Cab, bed, in-
terior,$1,500 772)519-3979
GMC SONOMA PU, '92, 6 cyl.,
auto, cold a/c, economical &
well maintained, $2450.
863-484-0110..
TOYOTA-.'87, 2WD, 4 cyl, Au-
to, A/C, Excellent condition
$2500. (863)632-9166


GMC YUKON '02- fully loaded,
59K, $14,000,
(863)467-8690
JEEP CHEROKEE PIONEER '86
Runs good, cold a/c. $2000
or best offer. (863)467-8723
Okeechobee


CAR HAULER TRAILER- 16',
w/3' dove tall, tandem axle,
electric brakes. $1500.
(863)673-0920
DUMP CART: 10 cubic feet.
$25. (863)763-0215
EQUIP TRLR- 20ft, Goose
Neck, ramps, tool box, 8 x
14.5 tires, 2 axle, $2200
(863)697-9704
UTILITY TRAILER, 4 Ft. W x 9
Ft. L. $200. (863)763-0215


CHEVY 2500-'87, cold air, 1
owner. Runs good $1150.
863)674-0837 or
63-673-0782 LeBelle
DODGE CARAVAN 2005, Less
than 10K. Like new. Asking
$13,500. (863)697-1806 or
QUANDARY 1999@YAHOO.COM
DODGE GRAND CARAVAN
' 99 Some damage/mech.
probs., am/fm/cd, p/I, p/w,
a/c. $600 (863)763-0920


FORD F150 CONVERSION
VAN 1993, Excellent transpor-
tation. Very cold A/C. Asking
$2000 neg. (863)357-6847


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



IN'THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
FILE NO.: 2005-CP-292
IN RE: ESTATE OF
DEIDRA DUNSON, a minor
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
DEIDRA DUNSON, deceased, whose
date of death was February 15, 2004
and whose Social Secudty Number is
591-55-3654, Is pending n the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
Is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972. The names'and ad-
drses of the personal representative
and the personal representative's attor-
ney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims of demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice is required to be
served must file their claims with this
court WITHIN THEATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A-COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
Other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate must
file their claims with this court WITHIN
3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE OF DEATH IS
-BARRED.
irn .l.i i I iaut hl.il, 'ii" ri. ri.:,l,:
iz ApI .l ':. ii' .
Personal Representative:
Shelby Dunson
2043 N.E. 7th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Attomey for Personal Representative:
Gerald Lefebvre, Esquire
Florida Bar No.: 0219681
1910 South Parrott Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
863) 763-3333
305720 N 4/27;5/4/06
The classilleds are the
most successful sales-
person In town.


I Pb ic No ice


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2005-CA-412
JUAN SOLORZANO and
YOLANOO SOLORZANO, his wife,
Plaintiffs,
vs.
CASPER REUTEBUCH, HEATHER JEAN
RICH, EDWARD JAMES RICH, and
MARY LEE FIETS,
Defendants
AMENDED NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: HEATHER JEAN RICH, EDWARD
JAMES RICH, the unknown heirs, devi-
sees or legatees of MARY L. FIETS,
deceased, and all other parties claim-
ing to have any right, title or Interest in
the subject rea property.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion to quiet title to the following de-
scribed real property in Okeechobee
County, Florida, to-wit:
Lots 9 and 10, Block 35, OKEECHOBEE
PARK, according to the plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 1, pages 28 and
35, public records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
AND
Lot 14, Block 26, SUBDIVISION OF A
PORTION OF "OKEECHOBEE PARK"
according to the plat thereof recorded
in Plat Book 1, page 28, public records
of Okeechobee County, Florida.
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to It on TOM W.
CONELY, III, of CONELY & CONELY,
PA. whose address Is Post Office
Drawer 1367, Okeechobee, FLorida
34973, and file the original with the
Clerk of the above sled Court on or
before May 14, 2006; otherwise a
judgment may be entered against you
for the relief demand n the Com-
plaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of said
Court on April 6,2006.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of Said Court
By:/S/Carol White
Deputy Clerk
127794 ON 4/13,20,27;5/4/06
PUBLIC NOTICE
Big Lake Auto Sales will hold public auc-
tion on Monday, May 1st @ 9AM at
1107Hwy441 S.E.
Vehicles to be auctioned
1991 Chevy Caprice
Vin #1G1BL53E6MR133473
130671 ON 4/27/06


Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
the classifieds.
One man's trash Is anoth-.
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classi-
fleds.

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classi-
feds and make your
clean un a breeze


Community Events


Boating skills program offered
USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 58, Fort Pierce, will host a boating skills and
seamanship program on Wednesday, May 3. The program will be held
on Monday and Wednesdays from 7 until 9 p.m. at 1400 Seaway Dr. in
Fort Pierce. Pre-registration is suggested. The two-part program will
cover seven chapters in May and will include five additional chapters in
June. This two-month program is the last until fall. For information or to
register, contact Ron Lancour (772) 429-8621.


Red Cross offering first-aid class
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch is offering a basic
first-aid class to be held Thursday, May 4, from 6 until 9 p.m. For informa-
tion or to sign up for the class, call (863) 763-2488.


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 Okeechobee will hold a yard 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.


Healthy Start board to meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will
meet Wednesday, May 10, at 11:30 am at 575 S.W 28th St. For informa-
tion, call Kay Begin at (863) 462-5877.


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.


Driver safety course offered
An AARP Driver Safety Course will be held at The Gathering, 1735 S.W.
24th Ave., on Saturday, May 13, and Saturday, May 20, from 8 a.m. until
12:30 p.m. Tuition is $10 and must be paid by check only. Please call to
sign up for class. This is the last class until September. You do not have to
be a member of AARP or have AARP auto insurance. All seniors 55 and
over are invited. Consult your auto insurance agent for your three-year
discount upon completion of class. The class is scheduled for two, four-
hour days. The instructor will be Mrs. D.J. Bryan. For information, contact
her at (863) 763-0351.


Barbecue benefits burn victim
Barbecue chicken dinners will be sold Friday, May 19, at 504 N.E. Sixth
Ave. for Jennifer Bussey, who was severely burned. Dinners can be either
picked up or delivered between 11 a.m. until, 1 p.m. Tickets cost $7 a din-
ner and can be purchased at the First Baptist Church office, 401 S.W.
Fourth St., or by calling Shannon Lightsey at (863) 634-7214.


School board to discuss grants
In conjunction with the Community Collaborative Council meeting,
the Okeechobee County School Board will be discussing several grants
for the 2006-07 school year. The meeting will be held in the School Board
Office, 700 S.W Second Ave., on Tuesday, May 23, at 10 a.m. For informa-


tion or to provide input, please plan on attending the meeting or call
Cathleen Blair at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255, for grant contacts.


Reunion planned for '60s classes
There will be a '60s reunion at the KOA Convention Center, 4276
U.S. 441 S., from 6 p.m. until midnight on June 24. There will be a spe-
cial tribute for Johnny Mack Kinsaul If you are a member of a class 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
furnish 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.


Help with electric bills available
Okeechobee Senior Services has limited funds through the EAHEAP
program for help with electric bills for seniors 60 and over. Call Kim
Senna at (863) 462-5180, for information.


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


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


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


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


Upthegrove family reunion planned
The Upthegrove family reunion is being planned and will be held
in Fort Pierce. If you are a member of the Upthegrove family in Okee-
chobee, please 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:
ohsl987reunion@hotmail.com


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


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


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


Class of '97 plans reunion
Anyone interested in helping out with planning of the Okeechobee
High School Class of 1997 reunion is asked to e-mail
OHS_97 reunion@yahoo.com.


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


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


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


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


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


BID SOLICITATION NOTICE
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Bartow, Florida
April 18,2006
Advertisemet No. 1
CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
Sealed bids will be received until 2:00 RM. (Barlow Local Time) on Thrsday, May
18, 2006 at the District Office, State of Florida Department of Transportaion, 801
North Broadway Ave., Barow, Florida 33830 for the following work. Bids received
will be opened and publicly read aloud in the Mufit-Purpose Conference Room.
Sealed bids may be mailed and must be received pdor to bid opening ito State of
Floda Department of Transportation, 801 North Broadway Ave., Alto: District
Contracts MS 1-18, Bartow, Florida 3830. If the bid amount is greater than
$250 000.00 on construction projects, the Contractor must be pre-qualifIed as re-
quired by Florida Statute 337.14(1) and Rule Chapter 14-22.
.....NOTE-
Proposal Forms will not be issued after 2:00 PM. (Bartow Local Time) on Wednes-
day, May 17, 2006. Plan holders list will not be issued after 5:00 pm on Friday,
May 12,2006.
NOTICE TO BIDDERS: YOU MAY OBTAIN PLANS, SPECIAL PROVISIONS AND/OR
BID DOCUMENTS BY FAXING A FAX ORDER FORM TO (863) 534-7172. THIS
FORM MAY BE DOWNLOADED AT WWWDOTSTATE FL US/CONTRACTSADMI-
NISTRATIONDISTRICT1 NEW BIDDERS ORIENTATION MEETING HAS BEEN
SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, MAY 9,2006 AT 2:00 RM.
(CONTRACT NO. E1F55-RO) COUNTIES Highlands and Okeechobee: FINANCIAL
PROJECT NO 421126-1-72-01 Work consists of clearing and grubbing, tre trim-
ming and removal. (Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER:
Gary Burnett, (863 36-6104 garybumett@dot state l us BUDGET AMOUNT
$100,000.00. NO CHARGE FORPLANS AND SPECS.
(CONTRACT NO. E1F56-RO) COUNTY Okeechobee: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
421127-1-72-01 Work consists of spot shoulder repair, seed and sod. (Approx
365 Calendar Days) NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Gary Burnett,
(863) 306-6104 ary.burnettdot state I us BUDGET AMOUNT $90,000.00.
NO CHARGE FOR PLANS AND SPECS
(CONTRACT NO. E1FS7-RO) COUNTIES Manatee and Sarasota: FINANCIAL PRO-
JECT NO 421124-1-72-01 & 421123-1-72-01 Work consists of herbicide strip
application on the primary system. (Approx 365 Calendar Days) NOTE: PRO-
JECT MANAGER: Art Hall, (863) 35-7312 arthurhallIdat state fiu s BUDGET
AMOUNT $135,000.00. NO CHARGE FOR PLANS AND SPECS.
(CONTRACT NO. E1F58-RO) COUNTY District Wide: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
421144-1-72-01 Work consists of install/repair fencing fro storm water retention
ponds. (Approx 365 Calendar Days) NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Rob Dwyer,
(863) 519-2762.robert dwyerrdot state fl us MAXIMUM BUDGET AMOUNT
$150,000.00. NO CHARGEFOR PLANS AND SPECS.
(CONTRACT NO. E1F60O-RO) COUNTIES Desoto & Hardee: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
414933-1-72-01 & 414934-1-72-01 Work consists of tree trimming and stump
removal, (Approx 365 Calendar Days) NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Bobby Car-
roll, (863)993-4634 bobby carrollldot state if us BUDGET AMOUNT
$100,000.00 NOrCHARGE FOR PLANS AND SPECS.
Orders for these documents should be directed to the District Contracts Administra-
tor, District Contracts Office, Mail Station 1-18, Florida Department of Transporta-
tion, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, Florida 33830, or PO Box 1249, Bartow,
Florida 33831, Phope: (863)519-2559. Checks should be made payable to the
State of Florida Department of Transportation. No refund will be made. The right
is reserved to reject any or all bids.
Cheryl Sanchnious
District Contracts Administrator
128466 ON/CGS 4/27;5/4/06


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