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Okeechobee News


Vol. 97 No. 122 Tuesday, May 2,2006


Inside
Limbaugh signs
deal to end case
WEST PALM BEACH (AP)
- Rush Limbaugh declared
victory Monday in his long-run-
ning fight to clear his name
after signing a deal with prose-
cutors that will dismiss a pre-
scription fraud charge against
him in 18 months if he com-
plies with the terms.
Under the deal filed Mon-
day, Limbaugh cannot own a
gun, must submit to random
drug tests and has to continue
treatment for his acknowl-
edged addiction to painkillers.
But he didn't have to admit guilt
and he continued to proclaim
his innocence on his radio
show.


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FAU gets nursing
program support
PORT ST. LUCIE Florida
Atlantic University has received
two gifts totaling $450,000 that
are earmarked for Christine E.
Lynn College of Nursing pro-
grams on FAU's Treasure Coast
campus. The gifts were estab-
lished by three Treasure Coast
hospitals, the St. Lucie Medical
Center, Lawnwood Regional
Medical Center and Heart Insti-
tute and Raulerson Hospital.
The hospitals are part of HCA
Health Services of Florida Inc.
Page 3

Volleyball team
advances in match
Five Big Lake teams finished
either first or second in their
respective pool at the AAU
(Amateur Athletic Union)
Regional Championships on
Saturday, April 22 and
advanced to the Sunday, April
23 Gold Division elirninaion
play.
The 10's and 12-1 teams
both advanced all the way to
the championship match
before losing tough matches
and finishing second in their
divisions.
The 10's dropped a tough
match to Gainesville in pool
play to finish second in pool
and advance to the Gold round
on Sunday. Two wins over OVA
(26-24, 25-22) and Gulf Coast
(20-25, 25-22, 15-6) set up a
championship match against
Cape Coast that turned out to
be a thriller. After dropping the
first game 25-20, Big Lake got
things going, taking the second
game 25-23 and trading points
throughout the third and decid-
ing game before falling 16-14.
Sports, Page 5

Drought Index
Current: 547
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

13.83 feet


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

Index


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Comics ............8
Community Events ... .4
Crossword .......... 9
Obituaries .......... .3
Opinion ............ 4
Speak Out .......... 4
Sports ............. 5
TV ...............10
Weather ............ 2
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By Loma Jablonski and
Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
Between 300 and 500 protes-
tors took to the streets of Okee-
chobee Monday afternoon to have
their voices heard as part of a
nationwide protest of pending
immigration law changes.
They chanted "Si Se Puede"
which means "It can be done" as
they circled Flagler Park over and
over again carrying signs, as well as
American and Mexican flags.
They were protesting House
Resolution 4437, passed by the
U.S. House of Representatives and
waiting passage by the Senate,
which would make illegal immi-
grant status a felony rather than a
misdemeanor.
The protest march was sched-
uled to take place at noon to corre-
spond with most people's lunch
time, but actually began sooner
than that as more and more sup-
porters arrived.
March organizers Millie Interi-
ano and Jovita Hernandez rallied
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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A former mobile home deal-
er in Okeechobee has once
again been
placed
behind bars
when he.
was arrested
last week at a
mobile
home deal-
ership in
Sebastian.
Michael Michael
A \r iIJun-1, Varnuni
'5. Clewis-
ton, has been charged with 30
counts of grand theft and one
count of organized scheme to


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Students, workers demonstrate


An estimated 1,034
Hispanic students
missed school May 1

By Audrey Blackwell
and Lomarn Jablonski
Okeechobee News
A large number of students in
the Okeechobee Public School
District and many laborers took
the day off Monday, May 1, to join
a nationwide protest against pro-


posed changes in U.S. immigra-
tion laws.
An estimated 300 to 400 peo-
ple gathered Monday in Flagler
Park in Okeechobee to march
peacefully and protest the pro-
posed law.
Changes in the laws would
make illegal immigrant status a
felony rather than a misdemi
and carry stiffer penalties. F,
Resolution 4437 was passe
the U.S. House of Represents
recently and awaits passage
the Senate.


Ken Kenworthy, director of
Career and Technical Education
for the school district, said dis-
trictwide about 66 percent of the
Hispanic population was absent
on Monday, which equates to
1,034 Hispanic students.
The students are considered to
have an unexcused absenteeism
,less they bring in a valid note
m their parents. If the absence
seemed valid, the student will
able to make up the work. If
absence remains unexcused,
i, will have to take a '0' for the


day's work, Mr. Kenworthy said.
A poll of the schools within the
district found the following statis-
tics for student attendance on May
1:
e North Elementary --163
absent (usually 40-50 absent)
South Elementary 91
absent (usually 24-25 absent)
Central Elementary 200
estimated absent (five out in each
classroom, 40 rooms)
Everglades Elementary -183
absent (usually 45 absent)
Seminole Elementary 171


absent (16 unexcused week of
4/24/06)
Yearling Middle School 272
absent (usually 40-50 absent)
Osceola Middle School 178
absent (usually 40-50 absent)
Freshman Campus 129
absent (27 unexcused week of
4/24/06)
New Endeavor High School
- statistics not available by news-
paper deadline
Okeechobee High School -
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defraud. He was booked into the
Indian River County Jail Friday,
April 28, under a bond of
$1,239,500. He was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail
Monday afternoon, May. 1.
Varnum was arrested by
Florida Highway Patrol Trooper
Lieutenant Michael E. Sheehan.
Varnum was working as a sales-
man at Whispering Palms Man-
ufactured Home Community on
U.S. 1 in Sebastian. Accompany-
ing Lt. Sheehan was Detective
John Zeigler of the Okeechobee
Or, Pli,,: Department (OCPD).
Vauinum is the former sale,
manager for Taylor Creek Mobile
Homes in Okeechobee. Prior to
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Over 500 people marched around Flagler Park Monday
afternoon as part of a nationwide protest over pending
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mobile home fire late Monday afternoon in Oasis Village
Mobile Home Park on U.S. 441 S.E. Neighbors in the area
stated that they heard at least two small explosions
before smoke came billowing out of the burning home.
An Oasis Village resident stated that the occupant of the
home had just gotten home and parked their car in the
garage. The resident stated that the occupant of the
home came running outside after the first explosion. As
of newspaper deadline, no names had been released and
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Juan Aguilar (third from right), a 27-year resident of Florida. was at the protest march
with many of his family. He has 15 children and numerous grandchildren including a
daughter serving in the U.S. Army.

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308 absent (127 unexcused week
of 4/24/06)
Several local employers also
had workers that didn't show up
for work on Monday.
Charlie's Tree & Lawn Service
had 18 employees out of 25 absent
from work. Most of the employees
are Hispanic and just a few came
to work, said a company represen-
tative..
All employees, of Mom's
Kitchen came to work, and the
same was true for Larson's Dairy.
Five of 10 to 12 workers in the cit-
rus division of Williamson Cattle
Company showed up for work on
Monday. No employees. showed
up for work at the Wash Mart and it
was closed for the day.
Scott's Quality Cleaning has
three Hispanic employees. Two
were. absent on Monday and the
third one was scheduled to go into
work in the afternoon and was
expected to show up.
Local hotels also had a short-
age of workers Monday due to the
demonstration. The Holiday Inn
managers met with their staff on
Friday, April 28, and many said
they would not be in on Monday.
Two went to work and seven were
absent. Employees were absent
from Budget Inn and Best Western
motels, too. Four-out-of-five
employees did not show up for
work Monday at the Pier II Resort.
Chris Shirley, manager of Labor
Finders of Okeechobee ,was all
abuzz Monday morning, May 1,
talking from the field where he
was helping find replacement
workers for many of those who
tbok the dayoff.
Work sites that took on replace-
mentworkers through Labor Find-
ers were mostly in the construc-
tion trades and service industry,
according to Mr. Shirley, rather
than in agriculture as one might-
expect. He said he spent the week-
end recruiting former employees
and letting them know they would
be needed on Monday.
"Agriculture labor is huge in our
Sebring office, and there has been
almost no loss of Hispanic work-
ers reported there. There is a mix
of legal and illegal workers there,
but, for the most part, the workers
said they need the money and will
not boycott," he said.


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supporters by word of mouth; fly-
ers posted in Mexican food stores
and via Spanish radio stations.
"We decided we would support
the cause today and called radio
stations and spread the news by
word of mouth. We want to be
heard," said Mrs. Interiano. "We
want people to understand that
most of us are immigrants, not just
Latinos. People came over from
Italy and France and other coun-
tries through Ellis Island; we are all
descendants of foreigners."
When asked about whether
immigrants should be allowed to
be here illegally, she said "Everyone
needs an opportunity. That is why
they are here. They can't afford to
work in their own country. And
they are not just from Mexico. They
are here from other countries like El
Salvador, Haiti and Cuba."
Mrs. Interiano said she believes
in dual citizenship for immigrants.
Her husband is from El Salvador
and also has American citizenship.
Mrs. Interiano works for Florida
Community Health Center which
cares for a big Hispanic popula-
tion. She said that her employer
was OK with her taking the day off
for the demonstration.
"I believe they should be able to
come here and have work permit
so they are able to work. They sup-
port our economy," she said of the
immigrants. "If they were not here,
we would not have people to work
our vegetables and our dairies. A


Mr. Shirley continued to say that
on Monday there was a significant
increased need for workers from
most of his regular customers.
"Many felt they were put over a
barrel and hired other workers to
fill in. One of our biggest clients
needed 30 to 50 people Monday,
and their entire service came to a
standstill. We found replacement
workers for them. We do not have
to depend on one demographic in
Okeechobee," he said.
According to Mr. Shirley, Okee-
chobee is a stand-up community
where people step up to the plate
in a crisis to help out. He said there
were shortages in garbage collec-
tion and general construction. One
large home construction company
is 50 percent Hispanic and 50 per-
cent Caucasian, and the Hispanics
took off causing the company to
close down, he explained. The
workers lost $100 or $200 a day in
wages and the company lost serv-
ices.
Mr. Shirley said he doesn't think
the company owner can legally
fire the employees who didn't
show up, but he can lower them
down on the totem pole.
In summary, what Mr. Shirley
said he saw on Monday was the
non-immigrant population of
Okeechobee stepping up to the
plate and filling in for immigrant
workers who took the day off in
protest.
"They were proud to go to
work and smiling, and some of
them were Hispanic," he said.
A lot of Hispanic workers
showed up for work on Monday.
Ollie Birts, assistant manager of
Wal-Mart, said only. a couple had
taken the davoff but couldn't say if
it was to boycott. She said they had
quite a few Hispanic workers who
reported to work on May 1.
Bill Casian, director of public
relations at Raulerson Hospital,
said all ol their workers came in as
scheduled.
"As far as we know, wve are not
aware of anyone who has not
shown up for that reason (boy-
cott)," he said.
Okeechobee City Administrator
Brian Whitehall said all of their


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that, he owned Central Homes of
Okeechobee, Inc., which filed for
bankruptcy in May of 2004.
He was arrested in March of '05
by the FHP on warrants from Okee-
chobee County that charged him
with grand theft and tax fraud of
over $20,000 but less than $100,000.
He was also arrested in June of 2004
on a charge of uttering a forged
instrument. He went to trial and
was acquitted of that charge by
Judge Robert Makemson..
Since Varnum's latest arrest, a
weary Detective Zeigler has been in
the process of contacting the 30 vic-
tims to tell them that Varnum's been
arrested and now they need to set a
date to meet with the state attorney.
"It's been exhausting," said the
detective of the two-year investiga-
tion. "I haven't been able to find
him in the last two years. We heard
he was in Vero Beach, Punta
Gorda, Sebastian and a couple of
other places. FHP finally got a
break and found him."
According to State Attorney
Ryan Butler, FHP was the original
investigating agency when the ini-
tial complaint was filed in 2003.
FHP has jurisdiction since mobile
home licenses are regulated by the
Department of Motor Vehicles.
Simply put, the OCPD detective
indicated complaints were filed
' against Varnum alleging fraud and
grand theft. Detective Zeigler said
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chase, accept multiple deposits
from customers without ordering
or delivering their mobile or modu-
lar home.
He said the losses sustained by
the 30 victims are over $940,000.
And to some, the money they lost
was everything they had.
"Some of the victims have had
to move in with their sons or
daughters to survive financially,"
said Detective Zeigler.
Hewent on to say if anything
comes of this case, he hopes it is
better regulation in the mobile
home industry. One regulation he
hopes to see isthat when someone
orders a home, their money is
placed into an escrow account.
"There's no provision by law to
keep customers' funds in escrow
accounts. The industry doesn't
require that," he continued. "Many
of the victims thought their money
was protected.
"There have been a lot of tears
cried in this office," added Detec-
tive Zeigler as he recalled talking to
victims in his OCPD office, where
boxes upon boxes marked "Var-
num" are stacked on his desk.
By Monday afternoon, Detective
Zeigler said he had contacted about
half of the victims and told them
that Vamrnum was under arrest.
"A lot of them are ecstatic. I had
one lady tell me she loved me," he
said with a smile. "They're looking
for dosure in all of this. They want
to put this behind them."
Neither Detective Zeigler nor
Mr. Butler knew if Varnum has an
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lot of American workers do not do
orange picking the way they do it."
Ms. Hernandez said the prob-
lem came up when the govern-
ment said they want to treat all ille-
gal immigrants as felons.
"That is not fair. You have felons
who are rapists and worse crimi-
nals. What stirred us is to catego-
rize these people as felons, when
all they are trying to do is support a
family," she said.
When asked what they hope to
achieve with the peaceful demon-
stration, Ms. Hernandez said: "I
hope Congress and legislators
open their eyes and realize that
immigrants are more than they
expect. The U.S. is a rich country.
The money reads 'In God We
Trust,' and that doesn't mean just
trust for those born in the country."
Lupe Sanchez held an American
flag in one hand and video recorder
in the other as she walked for the
rights of illegal immigrants. She was
videotaping the peaceful demonstra-
tion for her father, who was working
in the sugar cane fields. Her father
had once been an illegal immigrant
and.now has American citizenship.
Her mother doesn't speak English
and is afraid to go to school to study
English and take courses that would
lead to her citizenship.
Ms. Sanchez, a college student,
is a citizen and is proud of her
father. She said she believes illegal
immigrants should be allowed to
come here and work, but they
should work toward citizenship.
She said it is OK for them to come
here illegally, because "what other
choice do they have."
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those participating in the march.
The 27-year-old resident of Okee-
chobee came to the United States
from Mexico in 1965. He relocated
to Okeechobee in 1979.
"I'm feeling really good about
this march," he said. "When I
came here in 1979 there were very
few Mexican people in town.
When I got to go to a store and
bumped into them, I was very
happy. Now there are many hard-
working people here."
Mr. Aguilar feels very strongly
about the United States. His eyes
filled with tears as he said, "This is
my second country. I will always
love Mexico, but I also love the
United States for what it has done
for me. I have 15 children and many
grandchildren. This country has
been very good to me. My daughter
Sandra is in the U. S. Army sta-
tioned in Germany. She has served
in the Army for the past four years."
Clarissa Medrano was present
with several of her friends.
"This makes me feel proud that
all in the Mexican community are
coming together for their voices to
be heard," she said. "Without us,
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would not get done."
As passing traffic honked and
drivers yelled out to them, the pro-
testors continued to peacefully cir-
cle the park.
Mrs. Interiano said that she heard
that a senator or representative
would come to the demonstration
around 4 p.m. and the crowdwanted
to be therewhen he or she arrived.
Okeechobee Chief of Police
Denny Davis said that he did not
think there was enough time for a
legislator to plan to attend and that
he barely had time to prepare for
the demonstration, which he
described as "peaceful."
Chief Davis and City Administra-
tor Brian Whitehall learned of the
demonstration last week and,
according to Mr. Whitehall, agreed
that since the parks were for public
use, a permit would not be needed.
"As long as they do not start
activities for merchandizing food
and goods, a permit is not need-
ed," Mr. Whitehall said.
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Correction

There was an error in the Thursday, April 27, issue of the Okee-
chobee News in an article appearing under the headline "Fate of shell
pit uncertain." Planning board member Pam Newcomer abstained
from voting on the shell pit issue. The article erroneously stated that
she abstained because she lives on S.W. 67th Drive. The reason Ms.
Newcomer abstained was that her property adjoins Mr. Daniel's
property. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this error.


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

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

School board to discuss grants
OKEECHOBEE In conjunction with the Community Collab-
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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.
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 Partnerships; Enhancing Education
through Technology Entitlement; Title Ill-English Language
Acquisition, Language Enhancement and AcademicAchieve-
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.

Benefit set up for Smalls family
OKEECHOBEE -- An account has been established at Big Lake
National Bank to help the Smalls family.
Mrs. Smalls and her three children were killed in an automo-
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Harper, Jessica Delgado, Josh Wall, Byron Bird, Jarrett Rodriguez, Trisha Ruiz, Regino
Garcia, Kyle Mullins, Edrick Neal, Tyler Fairtrace, Payton Byrd, Brittany Mitrot, Lindsey
Tomaszewski, Parker Thomas, Ashalee Dreher, Kristin Higgins, Mose Bailey, Brittany
Duran. Paige Rivero, Gianan Loschiavo, Haley Yates, Alexis Torres, Maribel Hernandez,
Tatyana Futch and Austin Campbell.


The following South Elementary students were chosen as Terrific kids for the week of April
13 including: Jacob Whittier, Shalynn Luck, Kaylee Facente, Alexis Alicea, Anselmo Garcia,
Josue Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Baron Stuart, Audriana Garcia, Aleaha Buenaventura, Nathan
Center, Krista Brown, Terrence Boswell, Daniel Willet, Shadman Karim, Chelsea Parramore,
Ruth Palcious, Lizzie Buck, Dakota Steele, Elisia Garcia, Josh Ferris, Levi Summerford,
Alma Bucio, Delfina Garcia, Lauren Hazellief, Casey Lewis, Jenna Kissam, D.J. Washington,
Anthony Abdelquader, Katelynn Schaeffer, Austin McDaniel and Kara Wilson.


South Elementary is pleased to announce the names of the following students chosen as
'Terrific kids' for the week of April 21 including: Anthony Richards, Raymond McMillan,
Brenda Aguilar, Jonathan Buck, Bias Aguilar, Jose Jaimes, Jacob McKee, Tanner Smith,
Colton Smith, Marissa Janes, Zachary Hudson, Kora Chapman, Noemi Chavez. Daniel
Robles, Connor Clements, Danyelle Sheffield, Ashley Baggett, Kyle Sarros, Drake Clay,
Jack Radebaugh, Scarlett Viers, Ashley Parker, Damien Snowball and Alexis Restituyo.


South Elementary School is pleased to announce the names of students who were cho-
sen as "Terrific Kids' for the week of April 24. The following students are appreciated and
congratulated for giving their best: Colton Goggans, Imah Campbell, Richard Brooker,
Rachel Helfinstine, Justice Kee, Chandler Pearce, Savannah Wilson, Kevin Schick, Court-
ney McCreary, Jordan Hickman, Daniel Estrada, Alexis Lightsey, Coltin Blackwell, Tyler
Byerly, Isabelle Sheldon, Adaacha Harper, Laneah Dutcher, Bethany Stuart, Albertine Wil-
son, Michael Russell, Daniel Estey, Sierra Taylor, Jenna Wolff and Austin Campbell.


FAU campus receives nursing program support Arrest Report


PORT ST. LUCIE Florida
Atlantic Ltniuersity has received
two gifts totaling $450,000 that
are earmarked loi Christine'E.
Lynn College of Nursing pro-
grams on FALl's Treasure Coast
campus. The gilts were estab-
lished by three Treasure Coast
hospitals, the St. Lucie Medical
Center, Lawn\wood Regional
Medical Center and Heart insti-
tute and Raulerson Hospital.
The hospitals are part of HCA
Health Services of Florida Inc.
Launching a partnership
between FALI and the three hos-


pitals, the gifts have been
designed to address the Trea-
sure Coast's significant nursing
shortage. As one of the premier
programs in the country, the
Christine E. Lynn College of
Nursing is helping to build a
strong healthcare workforce on
the Treasure Coast by educating
future nurses. As part of this col-
laboration, FAU nursing stu-
dents will participate in clinical
rotations at one of the three
named hospitals.
The first gift will provide
funding for two faculty appoint-


merits 'within"the college of
nursing on the Treasure Coast
campus. As outlined in the gift
agreement, each appointment
will be for a period of two) years,
beginning in July 2006. The sec-
ond gift will establish the "Trea-
sure Coast Nursing Scholars"
fund. This fund will enable FALU
to award 20 scholarships to eli-
gible degree-seeking, upper-
level nursing students on the
Treasure Coast.
"This most generous gift will
have a transformative impact
upon the Treasure Coast com-


munity," said Dr Anne Boykin,
dean of the Christine E. Lynn
College of Nursing. "\'ilh schol-
arship opportunities available to
deserving students and two new
faculty members, the Christine
E. Lynn College of Nursing will
grow alongside this rapidly
developing region. We wish to
thank our partner hospitals as
lhe\ join us in bringing our nurs-
es to the forefront of caring."
For more information, con-
tact Annie Boehning, director of
development, Treasure Coast
campus at .772h 873-33-40.


Obituaries


James Ricky
Schneider
*. Jaarnes
Rick Schnei- d
under, age 32,
died suddenly
Sin an autorr o-
bile accident
on Tuesday,

He %\as born
in Lake \Vorth
S and was a resi- James Rickey
dent of Okee- Schneider
chobee Coun-
S t. Mr Schneider \ as employed
bI Omni \\Wste Services, Inc.
and co-owner together with his
w ife at Lance's Treehouse Bou-t
tique andsa successful facilities
and lanitorial management firm
in.Okeechobee. Mr. Schneider
was an avid horseman, who
loved raising Paso Fino horses,
boating, fishing and exotic
motorcycles. He was looking
for% ard to the birth of his first
child (a girl) which is expected
in September of this year. -
'He is survived by: his loving
wife, Mary Ann (LaMariana)
Schneider and loving stepson,
Lance Nipper of Okeechobee.
He is also survived by his loving
parents Janice (Wellman) Car
roll and Charles Carroll of
Chiefland; his sister, Linda
Brown of Chiefland; his brother,
John Wilkinson and sister-in-
%law, Sandy Wilkinson of Okee,-
chobee. He will be missed
tremendously by his in-laws,
Vincent La Mariana of Okee-
chobee and Marianne LaMari-
ana of Palm Beach Gardens,
three brothers' in-law and two
sisters' in-law.
In lieu of flowers, if you.wish,
memorial contributions for their
,child may be made to the James
R. Schneider Memorial Fund at


the First Bank of Indiantown,
205 E. Park St., Okeechobee,
Fla. 34972-(or) the James R.
Schneider Benefit Memorial
Fund at Big Lake National Bank,
500 N. Parrott Avenue, Okee-
chobee, Fla. 34972.
The entire family would like
to extend a heartfelt thanks to
his employer, the medical sup-
port team who arrived on the
scene, FHP, sheriff's depart-
ment, Father Hugh Duffy, Pastor,
All County Funeral Home and
Crematory for their extraordi-
nary public service, and our lo\-
ing friends who shared the sad-
dest day of our lives. May God
bless.
Funeral services -were held
Monday, May 1, at 11 a.m., by
Father Hugh Duffy, Pastor at
Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
located at 901 S.W. Sixth Street,
Okeechobee. Mr. Schneider was
laid to rest following the service
at Evergreen Cemetery located
at N.E. 39th Street, in Okee-
chobee. -
Arrangements are being han-
- died by All County Funeral
Home and Crematory, 1107
Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, Fla.

Willard William Lix
Willard William Lix, age 74,
of Buckhead Ridge, died April
29, 2006 at home. Mr. Lix was
born July 15, 1931 in Patton, Mo.
to Cecilia and William Lix. He
had lived in Buckhead Ridge
since 1983 previously residing in
Hidden Valley, Mo. Mr. Lix
proudly served our country in
the U.S. Army and retired from
the Army Corps of Engineers in
1979.
Mr. Lix was preceded in
death by his wife, Geraldene in
1998 and granddaughter Molly
in 2004. Mr. Lix is survived by his
sons, William Lix of Scott City,


Mo, De\WVayne Lix of Benton,
Mo.; daughters Linda Shank of
Buckhead Ridge, and Jean-
nenne Sanborn of Buckhead
Ridge; 10 grandchildren and six
great-grandchildren, his brother,
Geroid Lix of Jackson, Mo.
Funeral ser% ices will be held
at Amick-Bernell Funeral Home
in Scott City, Mo Interment will
be at Cape Girardeau Memorial
park., .
In lieu of flowers memorial
contributions may be made to :
Make a Wish Foundation, 3550
North Central Avenue, Suite 300,
Phoenix, Arizona 85012-2127 or
Hope Hospice 9470 Healthpark
Circle, Fort Myers, Florida 3.3908.
All arrangements are entrust-
;ed to the long care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory.

Patrick Allen Jones
Patrick Allen Jones of Okee-
chobee, age 38, died April 30,
'2006 in Wauchula. He was born
June 20, 1967 in Fort Lauderdale
and was -a resident of, Okee-


chobee since 1975. He was a
member of the Seminole Bible
Baptist Church. He graduated
frorn Okeechobee High School
in 1985.
He is survived by his wile of
eight years, Annette Jones of
Brighton; son Tallbird Richard
Pewco of Brighton; his sisters,
Rita (Jonathan) McCabe of
Brighton, Carla iTravis True-
blood' Gopher of Lakeland. He
is also survived by his mother,
Louise Gopher and her compan-
ion Marvin Osceola of Brighton:
his nephews, Michael and Erik
Garcia both of Brighton; his
Aunt Addie Osceola of Brighton:
and his two grandmothers,
Happy Jones and Shule Jones,
In addition, he leaves behind a
host of cousins and friends.
Graveside services will be
held at Ortona Cemetery,
Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 11
a.m. Rev. Howard Micco and
Rev. Bill Brumberg will officiate.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
matory.


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The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges b\ the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
'Office (OCSOl, the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPDi,
the Florida Highwa. Patrol ITHPi,
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWCI or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Tracy Howard Hatfield, 45.
40lth Terrace N, St Petersburg, wvas
arrested April 17 by the Pinellas
County Sheriff's Office on an Okee-,
chobee County warrant charging
him with driving under the influ-.
ence with priors. His bond w\as set-
at $10,000
Ruperto Ascencion, 27, S.
29th St., Fort Pierce, was arrested
April 21 by the St. Lucie County
Sheriff's Office on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with
violation of probation driving
without a %alid driver's license, and
Siolalion of probation driving
under the influence His bond was
setat$750.
Pamela Payette, 49, S.W 15th
Way, Okeechobee, was arrested
April 26 by Deputy P. Massung on a
charge of failure to appear- driving'
under the influence. Her bond was
set at $5,000.
Keithen Trumainus Dennard,,
27, Roosevelt St, Belle Glade, was
-arrested April 26 by Deputy Ken-
neth Sarros on a felony charge of
possession of cocaine, and misde-
meanor charges of driving while
license suspended with knowl-
edge, resisting an officer without
violence and criminal mischief. His,
bondwassetat$13,000.
Earl Chance Pitt, 25,. was


arrested April 26 b\ Deputy Sam
Thomas on a %wariani charging
him with burglary oA a dwelling
and grand thelt auto. His bond was
set at $22,500. .- a
Crstal NI Bankstor, 25, N \\'
12th Terrace, Okeechobee; was
arrested April 26 by Deputy J Akins
on an Okeechobee. County war-
rant charging her %with making a
false insurance claim and grand
thell. Her bond \\ as set at $5,i:t)0
Russell \V Cari, 22. N.E Ninth
\\a\, (Okeechobee, was arrested
April 26 by Deputy Greg Pop.\-ich
on a felonN charge of driving -\ ile
license suspended habitual
olfender. His bond was set at
$2,500.
Leron Jefferson Parramore,
42, S:E. 27th St., Okeechobee,was
arrested April 26 by Tom Puglis
from the State of Florida Depart-
ment of Financial Services on a
felony charge of regulation of pro-
fessional and occupations con-
tracting (contracting without a
license). His bond was set at
$2,500.
.* Michael L. Watson, 25, N.W
12th St., Okeechobee, was arrested
April 26 by Detective James Cooper
from the State of Florida Depart-
ment of Financial Services on a
charge of failure to secure payment
of (\ worker's) ,compensation. His
bond was set at $2,500. ,
This column lists arrests and not
convictions, unless otherwise stat-
ed. Anyone listed here who is later
found innocent or has had the
charges against them dropped is
welcome to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be con-
firmed and printed.


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Comments will be published in the newspaper as space permits.
SPEED LIMIT: I'd like to know why on Sundays the church on N.W.
Ninth Street puts a speed limit.sign for,15 miles per hour during their
Sunday services. Iwas unaware that church folks could put a speed limit.
sign up when they wanted to. Isn't that the responsibility of the DOT?.
Why do they want you to slow down by the church on Sunday? The
speed limit before the railroad crossing says 25 mph and its there 24
hours a day, seven days a week. So if I want to put a 15 mph sign out by
my church only for church services, is that OK?. (Editor's Note: lt-e con-
tacted the Okeechobee City Police Department with your question and
were told that a long time ago churches used to do this. If you would
like to do this at your church, you will need to go before the Okee-
chobee City Council and ask their permission. Also. signs changing the
speed limit like this can only be done on ciry streets.)

FROST: For the people that read Speak Out, I saw frost right here in
Okeechobee on April 28,1928.

FIRE EXTINGUISHER: This is for the people that have fire extinguish-
ers in their house. I had a fire the other day in my house and tried to use
the extinguisher. It did not work. I called the company and they say you
should check them every month. Press them down on the top to see if
they work. If they don't, throw them out. So people that have fire extin-
guishers in their house, if they don't work go buy a new.one because if
you don't and you have a fire in your house, your house will burn down.

HOME DEPOT: I was wondering why we don't get a Home Depot in
here? They have been saying for the past five years a Home Depot was
coming in here. They say there are not enough people. There are
enough people, and with gas prices high now we can't drive out of town
.to get our shopping done. Please get us a Home Depot here. When it
.wants to come, let it come.

GARBAGE: In reference to the Waste Management garbage pick-up
on the Viking property in Okeechobee County: I would love to know
who's brilliant idea it was to have one garbage site to dump your
garbage on 25 square miles of property which is bigger than Treasure
Island and Whispering Pines put together. (Editor's Note: From what
we ve been told, the decision came about after meetings between
Waste Management. Okeechobee County and some property owners
at the Viking.)

NATIONALANTHEM: This is to all the Hispanics in my country. How
dare you try to change my National Anthem. You do not want to
become an American citizen. You just want all of the perks that come
with being an American citizen. If you have a problem with your coun-
try, you need to go back there and protest to your government to
improve conditions in your country. Don't try to change my National
-Anthem.

ANTHEM: I am calling about the Speak Out Sunday paper about
Mexicans. They need to stop talking about the Mexicans. They need to
do something else. They are not trying to change the anthem they are
just trying for all the people to understand what it is because a lot of Mex-
icans do not understand English. That's why they are doing it. They need
to leave Mexican and Hispanic people alone.

CONTRACTORS: I heard the county has a senior citizen lask force
that helps people that get ripped off by contractors after the hurricanes
or disasters at home, by charging you large amounts because you have
insurance. I called the senior center and they knew nothing about.it.
Could you publish in the paper who you can contact about-the task
force because I don't think people should be ripping off senior, citizens.
(Editor's Note: We don't know of any task force ihat specifically deals:
with contractors. However, if you have had a problem you should con-
tact local law enforcement. If you live in the city, call (863. 763-5521. It
vou live in the county, call (863) 763.3117.)

PROTEST: In regard to the immigrant walkout, all of these immi-
grants have walked out before they walked out of their o\%n country.
So this is not the first time that they walked out of a country If they
would have protested, walked out and made as much noise in their own
country as they have made in our country maybe things would be liv-
able and they would have stayed there. They could treat their country
like they treated our country and get everything free from their govern-
ment like they do ours. Plus, the Mexican government wants them to
make it legal to have possession of small amounts of drugs. How many
people will be bringing these small amounts of drugs to our country
now that we have opened our borders. They don't want to protest at
home, they just want to bring drugs across the border.

WALK-OUT: I am proud to be a Florida cracker. I just want you
to know thai maybe we should take a look at the Hispanics wilh
their walkout. If the citizens of this fine country and even this state
would take a workday in the work week, don't go to stores, restau-
rants, movies, schools or buy gas. Maybe we could learn from this
immigration walk-out.

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Upcoming Events

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., at 8 p.m.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863) 763-
-6510 or.(863) 467-5261.
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 invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information,
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 meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Patrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a mem-
6er is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-
6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths
to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys
old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact
Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.

Wednesday
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W.
Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facilitator.
There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as
the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American
Legion Post #64. 510 S.E. Second St. The Jaycees would like to wel-
come all energetic young people between the ages of 21 and 39, who
are interested in working towards the betterment of our community. For
information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399.
A.A meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building, 1600
S.W. Second Ave., from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. For information, call (863)
763-1191.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
The Disabled American Veterans meet at 12:30 p.m. at V.F.W. Post
#4423, 300 N.W. 34th St. All service-connected veterans are invited.
For information, call Keith at (863) 357-1335.

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.
Tantie Quilters meet.every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day 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.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of.
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412 N.W.
Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 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.
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 rela-
tionships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m., For
information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck
at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202; /
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be
available there from 9 a.m. until noon. ,
Free Adult Basic Educatlon/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will meet
from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. For
information, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRA will meet at
7:30 p.m. at Teen Town, 305 N.W. Second St. Anyone interested may
attend. For information, comact Frank Coker at (863) 467-1941.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family caregivers
and is facilitated by Enid Boutnrn, M.S.W. of Hospice of Okeechobee,
and Laura Zel, L.C.S.W. of the Area Agency on Aging. The meeting is.
from 2 until 3 p.m. at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information or to reserve
your place in the group, call (863) 467-2321. Free respite care is avail-
able for your loved one while you are in group at Dunklin Assisted Liv-
ing/Adult Day Care, 407 N.W. Second Ave. For information about
respite care, call Lou at (863) 763-4524.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is wel-
come to join. 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 at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-2321.


Community Events

OHS yearbooks go on sale
The 2006 Brahman Yearbook will be here soon. If you have not
purchased a yearbook and would like to reserve a copy, you can do
so May 1-5 during both lunches in the OHS Journalism room (1410).
The cost of the book is $45. Checks should be made payable to OHS.
You will be able to pick up your book on May 11 during both lunches
in the Journalism room.

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 Center. The meeting
will be held Tuesday, May 2, at 11 am. 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.

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 Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 until 9 p.m. at 1400 Sea-
way Dr. in Fort Pierce. Pre-registration is suggested. The two-part pro-
gram 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.

Early Learning Coalition to meet
The executive committee of the Early Learning Coalition of Indian
River, Martin, and Okeechobee counties, Inc., will meet Thursday,
May 4, at 1:30 p.m. at 22415 S. 29th St. in Fort Pierce. For information,
call (772) 489-8120.

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 infor-
mation 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 Court-
house, 304 N.W. Second St., at noon. Everyone is invited as area min-
isters will lead prayers for national, state and local leaders

Denny Hollinger benefit planned
.Former Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) deputy Denny
Hollinger was recently. diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). A
benefit will be held Friday, May 5, from 10:30 until 2 p.m. across from
the OCSO, 504 N.W Fifth Ave., at the Citizens on Patrol (COP) building.
Dinners will be sold and will consist of roast beef, potato salad, green
beans and rolls for $6 each. For delivery, call the COP Volunteer Pro-
gram at (863) 634-1476, (863) 634-5801 or (863) 634-5819.

Hospice hosting yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale on Friday, May 5, and
Saturday, May 6, from 8 am. until 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the
Hospice of Okeechobee big blue Volunteer House, located at the cor-
ner of S.E. Fourth Street and Third Ave. next to the Hospice Resi-
dence. 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 Sat-
urday, May 6, at 10 am. at the St. Lucie Village Town Hall, located at
the comer of Old Dixie and SI. 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. .,,

Substance abuse group to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will meet Tuesday,
May 9, at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene Fellowship Hall,
425 S.W. 28th Street. Agenda items will include the 2006 Assessment
Team Report, grant opportunities and funding, as well as short and
long term goals. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for lunch byFri-
day, May 5. For information, call Mary at (863) 634-6403: or, email
mwjohns@ictransnel.com

'77 class reunion being planned
The class of 1977 is planning their Io 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 meet-
ing will start at 6:30 p.m. For information, call Karen Williamson Lar-
son at (863) 763-5101; Cindy Bennett Hortman at (863) 697-9817; or,
ToniBennett 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
information, 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 Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St.

Agency on Aging meeting slated
The Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast,
Inc., will meet Monday, May 15, at9 a.m. in the Area Agency board
room, 1764 N. Congress Ave., Suite 201, in West Palm Beach. For
information, call Heather Newsome at (561) 684-5885.
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.
YQu do not have to be a member of AARP or have AARP auto insur-
ance. 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.
DJ. Bryan. For information, contact her at (863)763-0351.

Main Street plans mixer
The Main Street Mixer will be held Thursday, May 18, from 5 until 7
p.m. at The Dust Collector, 118 S.E. Park St. Jimmy Scott Osceolawill
present his paintings.


Community Events


Benefit planned for 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 dinner 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 am. 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.

Youth summer camp planned
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Camp will host its annual summer


camp for children between the ages of 7 and 12 during the month of
June. Camp dates are: June 5-9; June 12-16; June 19-23; and, June 26-30.
The cost is $100 per camper, and campers should provide their own
snacks and lunch. For information, contact Sue Arnold at (863) 763-4630.

Reunion planned for '60s classes
There will be a '60s reunion at the KOA Convention Center, 4276
US. 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.







The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, May 2, 2006


Submitted to Okeechobee News/George May
The Big Lake Juniors 10 and Under volleyball team finished second in the AAU (Amateur
Athletic Union) Regionals held recently in Orlando. Team members are: (front row, left to
right) Lexi Stripling, Harlie Elliot, Apple Nunez, Megan Hargraves, Brianna Nunez and
Cheyenne Nunez; (back row, left to right) Coach Karen Cotton, Kyla Conrad, Selena Bow-
man, Delaney Osceola, Rachel Bryan, Sarah Hurst, Airi Nunez and Assistant Coach David
Nunez. Not pictured are Markita Skeen and Tiffany Bowers.


The 14 and Under team of the Big Lake Juniors finished fifth in the 37-team division of the
AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Regional Championship volleyball tournament held in Orlan-
do. Team members were: (front row, left to right) Vanessa Bowman, Savannah Asmussen, Ali
Nunez, Naomi Stevens, Brittany Freeman and Coach Bruce Conrad; (back row left, to right)
Farah Elhindi, Andrea Eddings, Robbi Erwin, Le Anna Cotton and Paige Arnold.


Big Lake Juniors stand out in regional competition


Five Big Lake teams finished
either first or second in their respec-
tive pool at the AAU (Amateur Ath-
letic Union) Regional Champi-
onships on Saturday, April 22 and
advanced to the Sunday, April 23
Gold Division elimination play.
The 10's and 12-1 teams both
advanced all the way to the cham-
pionship match before losing
tough matches and finishing sec-
ond in their divisions.


The 10's dropped a tough match
to Gainesville in pool play to finish
second in pool and advance to the
Gold round on Sunday. Two wins
over OVA (26-24, 25-22) and Gulf
Coast (20-25, 25-22, 15-6) set up a
championship match against Cape
Coast that turned out to be a thriller.
After dropping the first game 25-20,
Big Lake got things going, taking the
second game 25-23 and trading
points throughout the third and


deciding game before falling 16-14.
"This is the first year Big Lake
has fielded a 10 & under team and
they set a standard for future 10's
that will be hard to beat," stated
George May, Big Lake director.
The Big Lake 12-1 breezed
through pool play undefeated with
victories over Southwest Sunset,
TVA and OVA. Consecutive wins on
Sunday in the Gold Division playoffs
over Treasure Coast Blue (25-21, 19-


25, 15-3) and Gainesville Gold (22-
25, 25-19, 15-7) set up what looked
like an impossible final against
Gainesville Black, a team coming off
a huge USAV National Qualifier win
in Atlanta. The 12-1 team hung
tough. After dropping the first game
13-25, things got interesting as the
two teams slugged it out in the sec-
ond game. The lead went back and
forth with neither team able to pull
away. It wasn't your typical 12 &


under match. There were too many
highlights and impressive rallies to
single out just a few. Hard hits,
blocks and spectacular digs were
the rule rather than the exception.
The game stayed close until the last
few points when Gainesville eased
ahead to claim the title 25-21. It was
a worthy end to a great season for
the 12-I's.
The 14's finished fifth in the 37-
team 14 and under division. Their


run to the quarter finals was espe-
cially impressive since they were
playing without two starters who
failed to make the trip.
The 15-1 headed into pool play
hoping to reverse a recent trend of
early bracket play losses, but lost a
heart-breaking match to
Gainesville 34-32,25-21.
The 15-Sebring and 15-1 teams
finished fifth and ninth respectively
out of 32 teams in the 15 division.


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Submitted to Okeechobee News/Missie Peaden
Florida Junior Rodeo Association
Members of the Florida Junior Rodeo Association have been competing throughout the
state hoping to capture the title of Florida State Champion. Members of the team are:
(front row, left to right), Lexi Peaden and Gabriele Carden; (back row, left to right), Kayla
Davis, Shelby Carden, Nat Stratton and Maci Culligan. Not pictured is Jessie Cofield.
Three members of the team have qualified to compete in the Florida Junior Rodeo Asso-
ciation State Finals to be held in Okeechobee on Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m. and Saturday,
May 6, at 2 p.m. at the Agri-Civic Center on State Road 70. Shelby Carden will compete in
pole bending; Maci Culligan will compete in goat tying and team roping and Lexi Peaden
will test her skills in pole bending and goat tying.

Sports Briefs


Jr. Rodeo State Finals
takes place on May 5,6
The Florida Junior Rodeo Asso-
ciation will host the State Finals on
Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m., and Satur-
day, May 6, at 2 p.m., at the Agri-
Civic Center on State Road 70.
Three Okeechobee youngsters
will compete for the state champi-
onship in pole bending, goat tying
and team roping. The public is
invited to attend.
Baseball competition
takes place on May 6
The Pepsi pitch, hit and run
competition is the official skills
competition of major league base-
ball. This annual event, hosted by
the Okeechobee County Parks and
Recreation, will take place on Sat-
urday, May 6 from 9 a.m. until 1
p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Sports Complex Baseball Field #4,
N.W. 27th Lane. The competition
is for children ages 7-14 (age is


determined as of July 17). Boys of the event. For information con-
and girls will compete together. tacts Parks & Recreation at (863)
Registration will take place the day 763-6950.



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Should you be vaccinated for the mumps? Health Briefs


The mumps are back.
A childhood disease we
thought was just an unpleasant
memory is back in the news as
cases of mumps turn up in the
Midwest.
I was among the last of my
generation to have suffered
through the mumps. The vac-
cine was not yet available when
I entered school.
Mumps, as I remember it,
came with fever, nausea and dif-
ficulty swallowing. I also
remember having the mumps
on both sides of my face. This
not only accounted for the diffi-
culty swallowing, but also made
it difficult to talk.
I also recall that because I
caught mumps during the sum-
mer, I didn't even have the bene-
fit of missing school!
It is possible to have mumps
on only one side of your face.:
And if you only have it on one
side, it is possible to have it
again on the other;side.


A
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Life


with Katrina Elsken
Recently in the news doctors
confirmed that it is possible to
have the mumps twice, making
the announcement as if this was
a new discovery. When I was a
child, this was common knowl-
edge. We all knew people who
had the mumps twice. So while
it was more painful and mis-
erable to have it on both
sides at the same time, at least
those who had the "double" ver-
sion knew they only had to suf-
fer through it once.
The new cases of mumps
indicate that vaccines might not
be completely effective, or per-


haps not effective in all people.
More boosters might be needed
to maintain protection.
Since most of the new cases,
are among young adults, there is
a theory that an additional
booster shot should be given to
college students. College stu-
dents apparently are more at
risk because they live in close
quarters.
What does this mean to you?
Talk to your doctor. If you never
had the mumps, or if you only
had it on one side, your doctor
might recommend a booster
shot.
Of course the immunization
shots themselves carry some
risk. Mumps can be more seri-
ous for adults than for children.
There is a particular risk for adult
men mumps can cause sterili-
ty. The elderly and those persons
whose immunize systems are
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Parenting classes
are offered.
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will be presenting par-
enting education classes. All preg-
nant 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.

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 information or to sign up
for the class, call (863) 763-2488.


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The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
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organization, is now available to
offer free pregnancy testing to
girls and women of all ages. We
offer free and confidential preg-.
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referrals for a free ultrasound, par-
enting classes and abstinence
education. Operating hours are
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University Hospital in Seattle and at the Medical University of South
Carolina in Charleston.

The same caring physicians you have trusted for over 10 years are
pleased to announce the opening of their new location in Okeechobee.
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we give our patients the best chance to beat cancer.
Our State-of-the-Art Treatments Include:
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Mammosite Breast Cancer Therapy
High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR)
3-D Ultrasound Image Guided Therapy
CT/MRI Fusion Technology

Our courtesy van transportation and second opinions at no cost to you
ensure that Okeechobee Cancer Center will treat you with the care and
respect you deserve.

Now Accepting New Patients

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301 N.E. 19th Drive Okeechobee, FL
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At the Movies
S The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Friday, April 28,
through Thursday, May4, are as fol-
lows:
Theatre I -"RV" (PG-13) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Satur-
day and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tues-
day, 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 9p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre Ill "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 and9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; chil-
dren 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

Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart, 701 S.W Sixth St.,
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in mar-
tial arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on. Tues-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from 6
until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from
11 .a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Coast Guard Auxiliary
will make house calls
Did you know. the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary makes house
calls? They will come to your home
to discuss the required safety
equipment needed on your boat.
This service is free. You will receive
a cordial, informative and confi-
dential boat inspection. A vessel
safety check decal will be placed
on boats that meet all the require-
ments. Call (863) 467-3085 to
arrange a boat check.

Club will
care for ferrets
The Okeechobee Ferret Club
and Rescue will take in unwanted, .
abandoned and injured lerrets. For
information, call (86.3) 763-4.1333.

Equipment available '
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walk-
ers, portable' toilets, crutches,
canes, etc. Anyone requiring the
use of such equipment is welcome
to stop by the post and pick out
what they need. There is no charge
and anyone is welcome. This is not
restricted to veterans. Call the Post
at (863) 763-2950.

Volunteers wanted
for hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a differ-
ence in the lives of others? Rauler-
son Hospital Auxiliary has many
opportunities of service for adults
seeking volunteer work. Volunteer
as little as four hours a week or as
many as 20 hours. Morning, after-
noon, and evening shifts are avail-
able. Many opportunities currently
exist. Please contact the lobby desk
at Raulerson Hospital for a Volun-
teer Application. For information,
call (863) 763-2151, ext. 3312. The
hospital's Volunteen Program
(ages 14-17) begins in June.

Items needed
by wildlife center
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center, 14895 N.W. 30th Terrace, is
seeking paper towels, old large
towels, blankets, old kennels, a
push lawnmower, gardening uten-
sils and laundry detergent. Anyone
wishing to donate any of the above
items is asked to call (863) 763-
4630.

Rescue accepts
unwanted horses
Horse Heaven Rescue in St.
Lucie County takes in all unwanted
horses. If you can't keep them,
donate them by calling (772) 467-
0400. For information, ask for
Karen.


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


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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share. a ride 115
.CaJrdof Thanks. 120
In Memorlam 125
Foud 130
Lost 135
Glra Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
S[1ecial Notices 155
900 Numbers 160


Babysitter"Needed, 2 children,
2-4 yrs. of age, avail, any-
time, preferably in home.
Refssreq'd (863)697-2066

BIG SET OF KEYS ON 4/16 AT
CITY BOAT RAMP.
(863)675-8828
DOG- Found on Drive In Rd.
Wk/end of 4/28th Small Ter-
Srier. Please
call(863)357-1350
SET OF KEYS: # of keys on
Lg. ring found with Master
Lock.. Found in vie. of Padgett
II Store. (863)467-2072
How do you flnd a Job hi
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the las-


Cat, grey & white, female, 13
yrs. old, scar on lip,
(863)261-4166
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
DOBERMAN, black & tan,
John Deere collar, vic. of NW
50th & 441. REWARD!
(954)326-2083
RED BONE, female, 12 weeks
old, on 4/17/06, vic. of Bet-
ter Acres. (863)467-1211


CORGI- to good loving home,
female, spayed, hsebroke,
needs lots of love
(863)228-7230
CURR & PIT MIX- 7 weeks.
Give away to good homes.
(863)675-2844
FREE GERMAN SHEPHERD
PUPPIES great watchdogs,
all shots. (863)983-5597
Kittens, 3 males, 2 females,
very adorable, litter trained, 6
wks. old, to good home only.
(863)634-9245
PIT BULL MIX- male, brindle,
free to good home.
(863)675-4697 LaBelle


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Caploymentl 772-370-1779

A/C SERVICE TECH/INSTALLER
Dependable, Clean DL, DFW,
Good pay, Benefits, 401K.
(863)763-8391
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All shifts. $7/hr and up.
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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
Full Time-Part Time
Several Positions Available
Ft. Drum Area
(863)467-6377
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HEAVY EQUIPMENT
OPERATORS
Exp. only need apply.
Scrapers, Loaders,
Dozers, ADT, Articulate
Dump Trucks, etc. Palm
Beach, Martin &
Okeechobee Counties.
DFWP, EOE
Call (800)537-3031 for
info or fax resume to
(561)799-5650


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 Sales
Interstate Brands Corp.,
home ol Twinkles and
Merita Bread needs
ROUTE SALES DRIVERS.
Sell & deliver to estblsd.
accts. HS dip./equiv. &
Class A/B license req. Pror
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
Minorities, women, all other
encouraged to apply.

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er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad in the classi-
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Local cleaning
company seeking
SFULLTIME/PART TIME
.,' ;employees. GOOD PAY.
3 Shifts, 3:30pm-11pm,
ji 4-11pm, 5-11pm. Mon. -
Fri., 1 Sat. per mo. day-
time. Must have valid FL
SDL, trans. to & from
work, no criminal record.
For Application call
f 863-763-0902
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SUNCOAST MENTAL
HEALTH CENTERS
Masters level Counselor/
Social Worker & Bachelors
level Case Manager needed
for Okeechobee to work
with children and adolescents.
Flexible FT/PT, bi-lingual a
plus.
Fax resume to 863-763-9898.

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go? It can go even faster
when you sell it in the
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Be a good team player,
Be able to handle pressure
Have computer skills
The Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement '
A unique work environment
where employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Life and Disability Insurance
401(K) Retirement Plan
Generous time off program


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DRIVER

NEEDED

Class A & B CDL Required.
Benefits Available.
Apply at
Walpole Feed &
Supply

2595 NW 8th Street


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

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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
B ach. Grab a job in the lane with Ft. Drum Citgo
mm 184 FL. Turnpike. 863-763-9383 DFWP

GED Instructor


F The Florida Civil Commitment Center is privately
| operated secure residential behavioral health
facility serving adult sexual offenders who have
been relapsed from prison. We are located in
Arcadia (DeSoto County) an hour Southeast of
Bradenton. Instructor need to administer onsite
GED program. Experience teaching adults with
learning disabilities & literacy difficulties prefe-
rable. Competitive salary & benefits package.
Email resume to Kathy King at Liberty Healthcare:
kathy@libertyhealth.com. EOE.


PLUMBER
Brighton Reservation

HS diploma/GED. Valid FL
Drivers License. 3-5 yrs.
plumbing experience. Able to
lift 50+ lbs. Fax resume 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



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

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

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

Driver needed for
medical office, part time,
Okeechobee area. Fax
resumes to 772-460-7927.


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APPLY IN PERSON
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MEDICAL SECRETARY
Urgently needed, atlraclive
pay and benelils offered.
Call (863)467-9400 or
fax resume to
(863)467-8708



OFFICE ASSISTANT
penpence a MUST. Drop oh
resume at 105 SW 3rd Ave
Labor Faderi
-- SECRETARY/BOOKKEEPER
25 hrn OuicKbooks, Works.
typing & grammar skills a
must 863-76.33736


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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation '315.-


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




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


Merchandise



Afr CondIftones 505
Antiques 510
Appliane ': 515
App= inc; rt, 520
Beauty Supplies 25
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazine535
Building Materials540
Bosineis Euipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
CWna, Glassware, Etc, 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles ` 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linenr& Fabrcs595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood :. 605
Furniture .', 610
Fu'rs 615
Health & Reiductng
Equipment 620
Heatn g Equipmentt
Supplies 625-
Household Items 630"
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medial Items. '550
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment ... 665
Pets/Supplies/
S4irvices. 670
phot p # 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
To & Games. 730
V R 735
Wanted to Buy 740





AIR CONDITIONER 5 Ion.
hardly used. A is $800 Call
Sieve (239)564-2173 La-
Belle


AMERICAN OAK DRESSER-
1800's. Excelieni condition
$500 or best oufer
18631675-4201
Headboard & footboard with
rails $5015611704-3690
WHISKEY BARRELS (2) -
Aboul 100 years old $1200
or best owner lor both or will
sep (8631634-5821


FREEZER, Chest Type, Small,
Runs good $75.
t863)634-5402
REFRIGERATOR, 15 cu fN,
$100. (863)357-1517 all
6pm
REFRIGERATOR- bottom
liee:er, white. exc cond,
$250 cash 1863)357-3026
.REFRIGERATOR, Whirlpool,
asking $100.
(863)357-0690
WASHER.& DRYER Whirl-
pool, matching set, great-for
shop/mud room. $100i/oth.
(863)675-2404 after 5pm.


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WASHER & DRYER- 6 mo)
old, like new $400
18631467-6030
WASHER & DRYER, Good
condition. $150
(8631447-2130
Washer/Dryer, stack sel,
$150 (863)357-1517 al3
6pm



COFFEE POT- 10 'up Farber
Ware like new $20
(863j467-8681
GARBAGE COMPACTOR- Kenr
more. used very uhiel ,great
condition, $100
(863)763-74 37


BICYCLE, black, low under. ve-
lour seal, dual pipes 144
spoke wneels exc. cond
$150 (863)467-2573



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



BATHROOM VANITY TOP -
31" Marble, sell shaped.
w/sink & laurel $30.
(863)763-8548.
DOORS. INTERIOR. 14) For
Mobile Home Good i'ondilion
$100 ior all, will ep.
1863)447-2130
KITCH. CAB DOORS- oak
w/handies & hinges 1 pr
24t20. 5pr 32:.20 ipr
32/28, $45 (8631763-1997
ROOF SHINGLES- 11 packs.
$150 will separtle
(863)467-1120
STORM WINDOW PANELS,
24 gage- (41 33' 161 34",
12).40. (11 69 Like new
100 forall (863)946-1692
WINDOWS (6) aluminumri
(rank outs 29 5W 52"L
with screen. $25
(863)763-1997



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


BABY CRIB- Brand new, no
mattress $40
(863)675-7105
JEEPS: 2 Batery Operaied 1
Wrangler & 1 Eniorcer Jr.
Need baneries $40 for born
(863)697-0845


CLOTHES, Little Girls, si:e
6.8 Designer 50 iiems. All
for $500 or will sell sep
(8631467-4253
SCRUBS- 15 lop SomR pants
Size small $50
(863)697-8084


ELVIS RECORD & SOUVENIR
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.,
old Rare items. $1000 all or
besi otter. 863-824-3358



HP Compaq Presario Win.
XP, 17" monitor; keyboard,
mouse & speakers. Exc.
cond. $375 (863)763-6342


CAPTAINS BED- with 6 draw-
ers, $250 (863)261-1117
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
ENTER CENTER- Rattan, ask-
ing $150 (863)674-0963
ETAGERE- China 4 shelf, ask-
ing $1 50; very nice
(863)674-0963


FUTON BUNK BED, w/malch.
ing desk. Full 3Z bonom &
single sz on lop 8" mares.
1225 (8631357.3863
MEXICAN BAR Light green
woc'd wi overhead stem
glass older. 1$150
15611704-3690
RECLINER LOVESEAT- Like
new, Leather Pd $.1500 Will
irade Ior rnice Dbl Bed & Gold
Chain. 863-35-2233 ODee
SHELVING UNITS 2 match-
Ing. cream /w/wack Okgrd.
5''. '$100 lor bolh.
(863)674-0098
Sleeper-Sofa- Oueen. Castro
Conver.ible & 7-ft couch
$250 Will separali
LaBelle 239-822-5955
SOFA- lull lengin, ligh colors
Used only 3 monins Like new,
Reduce to10 $225 Please call
863-467-0671)
SOFA & LOVESEAT 6 mins
oi10 Pd $2ij00 asking
$1500 or Dest oiler
1863.1634.5821 nll iAv.
lifte .: ,
TODDLER BED, Craco S1roller.
girl cliotres 72 + pc., $80
lor all. 18631697-0845
TODDLER SLEIGH BED -
wirmanre:s While. $40 or
best oler i863.467-8723
Okeecriobee
WRITING DESK, 17i"4 j"
$75 1863li63-8943
ask ior Tracy


38 CAL Stainless sleel, 5
snot revolver, 2" barrel cus-
tomer grips like new, $395
l8r,3)467-6696
SIG SAUER P226 9MM- case
wHIh 3 clips. $550
(863l69 7-9(160



BOWFLEX EXTREME, mint
corind w/ail accessories,
$800.|(2390324-2335


DIAMOND RING- 1/2 Ci
w/surrounding diamonds,
$500 (863)675-7'105 or
(863)673-5023
NECKLACE, KINGMAN Tur-
quoise. Squash Blossom
w/Bear Claws. Very unique
$2400neg (8611467-8161


BED FRAME. Maitress &
Spring Full size. Greal con-
dilion $75 (8631467-4649


LIFT CHAIR- Pride Great con-
dllion $l 75. Firm
1863)635.3540
POWER CHAIR- Jel 3, Fairly
new, Works.i .ireail E'celieni
Sondllion 400
(863)467-8094


ARCADE GAMES, (2), $1100
will .sE ll separately.
(863)357-2773
BEER KEG FRIDGE, $50
(863)7-8548
HOUSE PLANS, for a 3br, 2ba,
Ready to pull permit. Asking
$2000 or best offer.
863-634-3164 : .
PENS & PENCILS (2) asking
$15 (863)634-1374



KEYBOARD, Electronic,
Yamaha. Has legs. $200.
(863)946-3822
Organ, Hammond Model 134,
Composer Series, w/bench
& instruction books, $130.
(863)357-0465


CANARY, beautiful, yellow,
$60. (863)357-3639

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale in the classi-
fieds and make your
clean uo a breezel


CAT- Cute gray with white
iarkingi 3yrs old INeuiered
& declawed To Good Home
Only 50 186 31634-3841
CHINCHILLAS 2 males, 2 Ie-
males $75 each,
18631634-8118
DOBERMAN PUPS- AKC,
Mealii Cell. Sholts, Tails, De-
cl/wed. Parenrii on premises
Free Family Tree '$650 -$750
(863 467-5400
DONKEY- lyrold male, $100
1561 644.5418 or
(954)465-6614
GERMAN SHEPHERD- lemale,
spayed, 3yrs Old, nuome must
have lenced yard $50
18631357-3026
PARROT CAGE- While w/
playpen on top ,Good condal
lion 185: 1863)357-0037
Okee,:nobee
PITBULL PUPPIES, UKC Reg.,
4 wks Ready i0 901 Large
Red No-ed. 863-634-5364 at-
ler 4 pm Ior detail
RED'NOSE PIT PUPS-'-Win
papers 8wks old Ready Io
go to good riomes $400
(863|801-1236
SOCIETY FINCH- Brown &
white Good loser parents
$18(863)357-3639



Double Sink, Stlanless steel,
33" 22", w/all hardware
hoses & garbage disposal.
560 neg (863)763-6216



SOLAR PANELS- 7, large
Make your own healing pool
system 1175 or will separ-
ale 1239)394-7005



CAR AMPLIFIER Kenwood,
900 wall ima, $120
(8631824-0776
SUBWOOFER 15" MA Audio
in sealed or ported bo,.
$120 (863)824-0776


TRUSSED ANTENNA- 70 I 10
i sections, with base, mast
h warwre. $400 or best
offtter.-(863)675-4201- ,


COLEMAN POWERMATE
GENERATOR 5-6.000 wan
surge, used 1 week, $500
1863)692-2229
GENERATOR Homelile LRX
4500 wan 85 rp, 120/240
volt,' 142 nrs $450
l863|763-5613
GENERATOR- Coleman Pow-
ermale 2500w, 5hp Briggs
& Siralon end New condo .
tion$200 8631763-1501
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
MIG WELDER, Hobart 175,
with cart, exc. cond., $400.
(863)357-5754
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
Wanted: Slide In Pickup
Camper, (863)234-9595

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


I- I No


IND. PARTS TRACTOR- John
Deere 440, w/shutlie $200
i863i357-3981
TRACTOR- Ferguson, 1951
e,(c condo, w/new bush hog
$4500 or besi oiler
l863l763-3679'697-3t08
ff6Hoe J 084

APHA PAINT MARE 6 yrs.
E'.perienced rider only.
Sweel t, pretty :.1500
18631258-3838
BAY MARE 8 yrs old. Thor-
ougnbred, rides good. up to
date on shnos. loads, clips
$2500 neg. 1863)509-3446
QUARTER HORSE REG PINTO
GELDING- 14yrs old, 15.2.
greal disposilion. gentle. kid
sale $18001863)763-4257
REG. APR GELDING 14vrs
Kid sale but also a good ride
tor beginner to adv. adult.
$1500 18631638-4006
SADDLE, 15", lan roughout,
new rawhide slirups & new
WeaverSrarlCinrh $200
(772|263-l178



CHAIN LINK FENCING 265'
oi 5' lencinrg i2 6' gaLes
some poles $100 Musl take
all 1863)357-6315
CHAIN LINK FENCING 751t
of 4h( wi 12) 3t gales and
appro.'. 12 poles $100lmus
Take a. 1863)634-0465



LAWN TRAILER: New. 3.4 FI,
Siainless Steel w/Bai1oon
Tires $150 (863)357-5754
PATIO CHAIRS (4) Wroughl
Iron. $50 lor all
(863)946-3822
RIDING LAWN MOWER-
Cralisman LT 1000 42' cul
A 6boul6r n.s, -P,..Asnqg
$750'18631697-3212
RIDING MOWER- 6 mos old.
asking $800 18631467-6030
RIDING MOWER, Cralitsman.
38" Cul Automatic, 12',
Koniler engine $450 irm
1863)763-3451
SNAPPER 30'- rear engine.
$600 (863)517-2077 La-
Belle
TURF ROLLER- 411, asking
$100 (8631357-3981


Rentals

a gIg RENT

Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial.
Property 915
Condos/.
Townhouses 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



LARGE 1BR: $750 + utLl..
Isirro + sec.anri
LARGE Efficiency $500 +
utiI 1stmo +sec Both in
town, on water. No pels lion
Smnk. Env 863-634-0322


NEW EXECUTIVE SUITES
Available Approx. 6/1/06
West Side of New Courlhouse
Call Judy (863)467-0831
Office Building, approx. 1600
sq. ft.. avail, now, Call Judy
(8631467-0831



Commercial Building for
lease, approx. 7,000 sq. ft.,
Sup to 30 parking spaces, 4
Bathrooms, $3000 mo.,
8951 Hwy. 78 West.
877-878-7275.


CBS, Southwest Section, 712
SW 15th St., 2/1, tile firs.,
$850 mo., $2000 to move
in. (863)634-0512
NEW HOME: 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba.,
Tile Liv. Rm., No HOA. $1295.
mo. Lawrence Associates.
1-800-543-2495



Professional Office space for
rent, HWY 441 North, Approx
1200 sq ft. For more info
Call (863)763-6496
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people


I Specili I


lot w/your own lit dock, 1
owner, To many extras. Only
$64,900. Call Gayla
715-891-1476 or Beth
352-274-0598


Mobile Homes

AHtll JB


Agriculture



Christinma ees 745
Farm Equlp t 8Q5
Firm Fee- .d4' 816
Fir .Poduc 820;
Farm Services
Offered** 825
Farm Supplies/
* Services Wanted 830.
Fertilizer 835
Horses . 840
' Landscaping
I Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Uvestock : 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers "865


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

Real Estate



Busiiness-Plaoes -
Sale 1005
Commercial .
property Sale 1010
Coaios/
Townhouses Sals1015
Farms- Sale 14020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property- Sale .1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House -.1050
Out of State
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale : '1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property .1080







Professional
office
condominiums on
N.W. 5th Street.
Why rent when
you can own.
1,000 sq. ft. to 7,600 sq ft.
Pre-Construction
Prices

305-778-4444


BASSWOOD: 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba,
1 Car Garage 863)467-2894
Full detailsi @ ht'/nome.
Pai tlink neti,-dmnrince
CHARMING 2 Story, 3 Bdrm.,
2'. 8a 1786 Sq. 1 Localed in
Downtown OKee. $225.750
Carol Thomas Really
863-946-0505 or
863-228-0221,
carolvrnhomasiallty
iSyvahoo.coiTI
Five acre lenced proper ry orn
paved road Energy efilcleni
poured corncrele consiruc-
lion 2BR/2BA. 1 car garage
w/porcn & healed spa Lg.
pond, sleel ou uldings
w/workshop & 2 lenced pas-
lures. Hurricane snutlers
incl., $439,900. Sellers will
look at all offers' Call Vicky
Yaliko. Monarch Really
Group. 17721485-5222
J & S ESTATES- 11 yr ola
irame house 2BR/2BA, w/par.
500 sq II Rec. room, Pool,
Sie3m cabiriel Sauu tabineal
-Treadmill.& Weight equip
,$155,000 Broker prolecied.
(7721597-6158 or
1954)801-6158
KING'S BAY 2BR, 2BA
wlappl., new a! access to
clubhouse, pool & tennis
$150,000 8631467-4446
NEW 3/2/2 in Everglades Es
tales Qualily Buil Screen
Porch Sprinklers, Alarm Sys
Central vac Granite Kiichen
Gas or Elecinc. $249.000.
863-634-3313/863-634-6024
NEWLY REMODELED: 3,
Bdrm 2 Ba., Garage, In ire
ciry. Large yard $1000 mo.
1863)781-1317i634-1554
R-BAR ESTATES: 4/2/2 CBS
Home, 3346 sq.11 3.77 acres
w/in ground pool & pond. Ask-
ing $498,000. (863)467-9937
REDUCED $4500 Under Ap-
praisal 3bf, lba, wiPool. Re-
modeled. Must See inside
$1 76,000 863-697-8654


OKEE. 5 ac on Airpark Strip,
Paved road in Cul-De-Sac 5
Bay gar W/well. pump, lank
Lg nouse pad 8 driveway.
Fenced / X-lenced Pond,
Beauliul neighborhood
$243.950. 561-222-9204


LOTS FOR SALE
Starting at $35,000.
Quidel 63 +- acres on pnvale
2+ acres Deep lake.
Near Lake OKeechobee
access Lakeport, FL
863-946-0307



Mountain Property! Interested
in buying property in the Blue
Ridge Mountains ol NC? Call
Active Really today ai
(800)979-5556 or visit our
website at www.ActiveReal-
t tyNC.com.



BUCKHEAD RIDGE, Best spot
across from The Locks. 2br,
2ba Palm Harbor DW. Like
new, Furnished, Sleeps 7,
Pool, Restaurant, Land-
scaped on beautiful rented


READING A
NEWSPAPER
HELPS YOU
UNDERSTAND
THE WORLD
AROUND YOU. &


OKEECHOBEE- Waterfront
Beautiful, Adult Community,
2/1.5, fully fum., exc cond.,
$795/mo. Avail May 1st
or for sale @ $85,000.
(561)202-7702


Buckhead Ridge, Furnished
2BR/1BA on 8th Street.
Large FL room, c/a, heat,
nice landscaping Non'-
smoker adults, no pets
W/caDle lawn service and
washer. $800/mrrth. plus sec
(317)339-6205
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES-
DW MH 2br. 2 5ba, Lake
access. Doc ,. Sea Wall Fully
furnished FL Rm & Lg
screened porch CrAir & Heal
W/D. D/W, 1100/mo + 1st,
last& sec 8631467-8005 or
e-mail whelwooxSstrato net



GRANDMA'S GROVE in
LaBelle. 5th Wneei RV Mobile
Home w/Flond3 room at-
rached. $7500 (239)303-0741
or email dwill98SPartnlink net
NORTH OF OKEE. 2BR, 2BA,
Addit 12'x36' Carpoil, On
Kissimmee River, boal
docks. Motor home parking,
Storage parking Fisherman
dream. Quite area Maini.
$80 mo $85 0010 Call Glen
or Pal 863-467-4016 or
357-0305
OKEE. 12'x36' 1 Bdrm 1 Ba
10'40' FL Room. 14'x24 car-
port, Hot tub, New Kithen.en .-
celleri Landscaping. Adult
Park LOI rent $184.
$18.000 Neg (8631357-0060
OLDER: 12x64, 2 BR, 1 Ba. w,'
sned. @ KnoNs Landing Adull
RV Park LOt 2. Avail now
$2500 Firm (330)398-2757

Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehidei/ATVs 3035



AIR BOAT-10', Fioerglass null.
65hp Conterental + 2 e',ra
motors & hub Like new Wood
prop $3500 863-673-1963
BASS BOAT, 2000, 283 Sira-
tus Vindlicaior w, 175 hp Jorn-
son Tournament Ripged.
$11,500 Day 863-697-1356
or Evening 863-763-2957
georoene34974,'avahoo corn
HOUSEBOAT
66ft, Paddle Wreel.
Repo, sacrifice $8000.
(406)628-2181 in LaBelle.
JOHN BOAT- 14', Complete
warn 9.8hp Eviirude out-
board motor $700
(863)675-0129
Lower Unit tor older Mercury
Motor, good snape, $200, qr.,
besi hner i8636b75:-6738
PONTOON, 24', 90ripJoni-
son, br irn ltop, no Irailer,
ready to fish or cruise. $3000
or best orier. 1863)634-3107
or 18631634-5471
email rmaii605i.aol.com
PONTOON- 28', 50rip Jonrin-
son, New deckdcarpei. Greal
cond $3200. (863)467-1720
matimcdamnia otm3aii.0om
PROCRAFT '78- 17 140HP
Mercury w'Irailer, 4 seater,
very tfail $2200 neg Cail
Nick, 863-697-8108
Smoker Craft, 16', iiii raiser.
iroliing motor. 35rip Merc.,
ready io lish, $1800
(8631467-7428
Sprint Bass Boat, 93, 18' 3
long, fiberglass 175 Manner
'94 model. 3 pedestal seals
& 1 bench 401D thrust iroll
mir., runs perlec. $5500.
(863)357-2219


CAMPER/TRAVEL TRAILER,
22 Fl, Dual Axel w/Air Condi-
lioning. $2500 or best otter
(863)763-8828
COLEMAN SUNVALLEY 1982.
A/C & Awning Both New 04).
propane s5ove, pressure water
pump. $1400. (863)467-7905
FLAGSTAFF- '05 Lie weight,
27'. Loaded,. No road mi.
New $21,300 Sacrifice for
$16,500 610-1036
Jayco,'05, 30', $14.000 05
Cavalier 32'. $9,000 '05 Pu-
ma, pull out, 30'. $15,000.
Excellent Condition.
877-878-7275
RV, '05 for rent, 30', clean,
large, all furnished, adult
community, rent from $550
mo., no pets.
877-878-7275.
RV Lots for Rent, $200 mo.,
adult community, coin laun-
dry, clubhouse, bath/show-
ers, 877-878-7275.
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, 16 Ft.,
Shasta 1959, Show Condi-
tion. Very cute! $2500 or
best offer. (863)467-8161
TRAVEL TRAILER- '95, Salem,
5th Wheel, Exc. cond. Very
clean. $5000 863-763.7727
)r 772-263-1803
TRAVEL TRAILER TIRES (3)
ST225-75R15 0 Raled Good
tread Look new $150 for all,
will sep (863)467-6696
WINNEBAGO '85- Motor
home, 26', V8, sips 8, very
goodcond. 62K, 11 0000 or
best offer(772)284-1194



MARINER, 1993 175HP 25"
lower unil. runs greal.
$2200 Call 863-697-6095


DIRT/STREET BIKE: DA AR
200 CC 2006. Appro, 500
rrils RedWilie color Asking
$1500 (8631763-1424
HONDA 400R '00.4 cycle Dirt
Bike Never raced E',cellenri
snape Many eira's' $31(10 or
besi owner 863-801-1620
HONDA CMX 250, 2003 e.
cellerit condition $18,i10
(863)517-2077 La Belle
MINI CHOPPER- really good
cord, paid $800 a3k'ing
1500186316;73-1877
SCOOTER- 04 Honda Elile 80
Excellent condailon 1300 mi
Red. $i, 00 (863)763-6646
YAMAHA 1000 VIRAGO. '84
$3000 irm.863)357-3T 73
YAMAHA ROADSTER 1600
2002, 26K mrils, Excelleint con-
dition w/iera s $5 500 ui
Des oiler Call 863-763-1380
or 863-447-0127 or email
canzachsam@hormail corn
YAMAHA TTR125,. 2001 ott
road e'cel. cornd $1300
(863)763-4982
YAMAHA ZUMA SCOOTER
2005, under warranlee
$1700 or best o ler
18631801-1620



ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new. 10 no. (its John Oeere
Gaior or Kawasah Mule tever
ran. $900 1663.692-223
GO KART -Scorpion. 2 .vader
roll bars great snape, $600
lirm 86316]34 8328 days or
(863)163-4i32 eve's
KAZUMA 250 E '03- as.ino
$,1200 or esil oiler
18631 57-4744anier 6pm
SUZUKI LT 80 4 wneeler
runs good very good corn
cve.rsied] lire. $650
86i6J)-67-696

Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport UtilNity 4055
Tractor "iralers 4060
UtNhity Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



BUICK SKYLARK '87 $750
cr best offer (863(467-1484
Ask 101ot Linda or leave mess
CADILLAC '92- hign miles.
very good cord. $2000
(772)284-1194
CHEVY. CELEBRITY '89- 4dr,
runs good, needs body work,
$1000 or best offer
(863)983-9 80
CHEVY NOVA '76, Runs good.
Needs a paint job. $2500.
Call Ramon (239)503-5131
CHRYSLER NEW YORKER '87,
318 engine. Real good running
condition. Only asking $500.
(863)612-0657/612-5413
FORD TAURUS 1994:
O Runs well. Only $500
r (8.63)467-2894
JAGUAR '02 X-type, great
condition, 33,200k, loaded,
w/rims. Needs tires. $18,000
neg. (239)462-2678 Felda
LINCOLN CONTINENTAL '91 -
V6, auto, good shape, needs
transmission, $400.
(239)657-4348
OLDS INTRIGUE GLS- '2000,
Low mi, Leather, Loaded. All
power, Prem. wheels, Spoil-
er $9500. (863)697-2906








Okeechobee NewsTuesd 2006


NISSAN STANZA 1985, Cherry
condition. Runs good for 20
year old car. $1200 cash.
(561)358-6307
OLDSMOBILE ALERO 1999,
Low mileage. Excellent condi-
tion. $8000. (863)467-4603
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
Join al the plieople who
sMy,1 soM It h thecl as-
sillftds."


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


BRONCO II '89 New trans. 4
good tires & battery. 60k since
rebuilt engine. $1750
(863)805-8789
CHEVY TRUCK '96- 4x4,
$2500 or best offer
(863)467-2139
DODGE DAKOTA PICKUP
2005, 4x4 wall the goodies!
3,700 mIs. Excellent gas mile-
age. $21,900.863-467-7340
FORD BRONCO '95- 4x4,
$2500 or best offer
(863)467-2139
JEEP CJ5 1973, 4x4, V8.
Original conditiondition. $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 CAR: YAMAHA 1996 36
Volt, charger included. Good
condition. Asking $1000.
(863)763-1424


Yj -.-
-,I


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
BEDLINER for full size Ford
Pick up Truck, excel. $100
or best offer (863)763-6747
CAR DOLLY, '04, like new,
used 2 times, $875 or best
offer (863)697-9704
DRIVE ON RAMP- you must
remove and haul $125
(863)467-4328.
ENGINE & TRANS- '97 Toyota
Corrola 1.8, runs good cond.
[ow miles, $600
(772)216-9002
ENGINE, 3208 Caterpillar,
Like new. (Ran in truck for
only 20 min.) $2500.'
863-673-5852 / 612-5413
PONTIAC STRAIGHT 8 FLAT-
HEAD, engine & transmis-
sion, $1200. (863)467-4328


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.
POWER PROGRAMMER, Bully
Dog Super Chip. For '03 & '04
Dodge Cummins Diesel. $350
or best offer. (863)634-7856
RIMS, (4) 16" Aluminum,
w/covers for '99 and up
Ford, 8 lug. $125
(863)763-6216
TIRES- 275/45/20" 20 64 Ea-
gle/Chrome rims/spinners
paid $2500 asking $1500
firm (863)634-8511 eve only
TIRES- (4) brand new
7.00-15LT. Power Kings
Mud Tires, $200 firm
(863)634-1545


DODGE RAM 1500 '95, Needs
some work, has new tires &
front body work. $2000
(239)872-0295


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 sellI $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 F250, '86, runs great,
new tires, a/c, $1800.
(561)202-4136 Okeechobee
FORD RANGER XLP 88, 5sp,
runs & looks good, $1700.
(863)763-6747.
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
ISUZU HOMBRE, '96, 4 cyl., 5
spd., very good cond., a/c,
anti-lock brakes, $2500 firm.
(239)324-2335


JEEP CHEROKEE PIONEER'86
Runs good, cold a/c. $2000
or best offer. (863)467-8723
Okeechobee


EQUIP TRLR- 20ft, Goose
Neck, ramps, tool box, 8 x
14.5 tires, 2 axle, $2200
(863)697-9704


CHEVY 2500- '87, cold air, 1
owner. Runs good $1150.
863)674-0837 or
863-673-0782 LeBelle
CHEVY LUMINA 1990 VAN,
Runs good. Needs body work.
$900 or best offer.
(863)357-1430
DODGE CARAVAN 2005, Less
than 10K. Like new. Asking
$13,500. (863)697-8106 or
QUANDARY_1999@YAH00.COM
DODGE GRAND CARAVAN
99 Some damage/mech.
probs., am/fm/cd, p/I,.p/w,
aWc. $600 (863)763-0920
DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SE,
'97, power everything, cold-
a/c, $1800 or best offer.
(863)697-8227


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

Public Notices


LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow-
ing Service storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972 on May 10, 2006, at
9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Statute
713.78 for unpaid towing and storage
charges. Year, make, model and vin
are asfollows.
"1989 CHEVY PU
VIN1 GCFK24KBKE155512
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. Seller reserves the
rig ht of final bid. ALL SALES ARE FI-
NAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE
Said automobiles will be sold In "As Is'
conditionwithno guarantee's.
131966 ON 5/2/2006o


NOTICE FOR PROCUREMENT OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICES -
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) CONSTRUCTION MANAGER
Pursuant to Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, the State of Florida's Consultants
Competitive Negotiations Act, and the State Requirements for Educational Fa-
cilities (SREF), the District Board of Trustees of Indian River Community College
will consider the contracting of a CONSTRUCTION MANAGER (CM) for providing
professional services forthefollowing construction project:
CONSTRUCTION OF THE WIAMSON CONFERPNWE ENTER
TOBE LOCATEDATTHE IRCC IXN ENORY CAMPUS
2229 N.W TH AVENUE OKEECHOBEE FL 34972
The projectvwill consisttof
tn drkSe~valpMem of a uantesd Ma9 dim (BMP),linaUcnsflcone r
services.
Business entities Interested in providing construction management services to Indian
River Community College (IRCC) ere'hereby notified that their Statement of
Qualifications for providing the required services must be recived y the d e
of 2:00 .m local time Tuesday May 16 2006 in theJRCC FatIties
Office a 3209 Virginia Avenue Building 'S' Room 233 Fort Pierce lorida
34981-5596.
Instructions for completion and submission of the Construction Management State-
ment of Qualifications may be obtained at the IRCC Facilities Planning Office,
3209 Virginia Avenue, Building "S', Room 233, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981-5596;
or preferred to e-mal yor request to oivev(@kci.edu; or by calling the.-Faciities
Office at 772-462-7360.
IRCC reserves the right to waive any Informality Inthe selection process and to re-
ject any or all Statements of Qualifications. .
128293 0N4/25;5/2,9/06,


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Community Events


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.

Children's Ranch closes yard sale
Real Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale is closed for the summer. We are
no longer accepting donations. Thank you for helping to make this year a
success. For information, call Rosie at (863) 763-4242.

Yard sale to benefit 4-H Club
The Bits and Spurs 4-H Club will hold a yard sale on Saturday, April 29,
from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot in front of the Brahman Movie The-
ater. Books, clothing, toys, appliances and much more will be on sale to
help the 4-H club programs.

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 Western
Wear, Elite Title,-Gilbert Chevrolet, Lakeshore Marine, Don's Appliance,
Riverside National Bank, Quail Creek Plantation and Hospice of Okee-
chobee. Only 1,500 tickets will be sold. Drawing will be held on July 4. For
information, call Theresa Davis at (863) 467-2321.

Fundraiser benefits burn center
Tickets for a 2006 Cadillac CTS that will be given away at 7 p.m. on
Dec. 15 at the Amara Shrine Center are now available at the Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce office at 55 S. Parrott Ave. Donations for
the benefit are not tax deductible For information, contact the Chamber
of Commerce at (863) 763-6464. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go t10
Shriner's programs.

Church changes its name,
Parrott Avenue Christian Church is now known as the Westside Chris-
tian Church of Okeechobee, and is located at 8082 S.R. 70 W. The minis-
ter is Richard Barker and the Associate Minister is Willard Delaney. Sun-
day 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 Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office, Okeechobee City Police Department, Okeechobee
Board of County Commissioners, Okeechobee City Council and the
Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, are organizing an alternative to
door-to-door Trick-or-Treating. If your group or organization would like
to be a part of this community-wide Halloween alternative to be held
downtown in the park areas please e-mail Toni Doyle, promotions direc-
tor for Okeechobee Main Street Inc., at promotion@mainstreetokee-
chobee.com. Please provide a contact name and phone number. If you
are interested in making a monetary or prize donation, please call (863)
634-9491.

Upthegrove family reunion planned
The Upthegrove family reunion is being planned and will be held in
Fort Pierce. If you are a member of the Upthegrove family in Okee-
chobee, please 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 11:30a.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.

eOrnament 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 fdr 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.

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
individuals 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 througbtiot theafonth of May. The funds will be used to support
such Red Cross services in Okeechobee County as disaster relief,-assis-
tance 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.

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.

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

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


Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell

Pogo locomotion

Nicholas Flood entertains a crowd of students at North
Elementary School on Friday, April 28, with hopping loco-
motion on a Pogo stick.


Cracker country boys

Josh Keese (left) prepares to break balloons in the hands
of Tucker Wise during a whip cracking demonstration at
North Elementary School Friday, April 28. The boys show
fellow classmates how the cracker cowboys did in days
' gone by.


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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Celebrating National Nurses Week
These registered nurses from the outpatient surgery department at Raulerson Hospital
wore fatigues and decorated their department to resemble a MASH unit. They are, left to
right, front row, Melissa Jones and Karey Mewbourn, second row, Bobbet Ibay, Tammie
Hilliard, Melanie Giles, Tonya Tubbs, Cris Mills and Michele Coleman. The blackboard
behind them honors military nurses. They are gathered around two COWs (Computers on
wheels) that have been dressed in military uniforms.


UKeecroDee News/Pete uawaa
Camouflage COWs
These COWS (Computers on Wheels) were decorated to go
along with the MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) theme
that the outpatient surgery department at Raulerson Hospital
adopted to celebrate National Nurses Week, May 1-5.




Community L-inks Indiaviduol Voices '


May 1-5

is National

Nurses Week
When you need help or hope,
when you need advice, strength,
knowledge or care, w hen you are in
need of a friend, we're there. WE'RE
AMERICA'S NURSES! Nursing takes
a lot of knowledge. However,
knowledge alone does not make a
nurse. It takes understanding and
compassion. It takes commitment
to people that you're meeting for
the very first time. It takes a cool
head and a warm heart. And it takes
a deep and unending capacity for
care. It takes a special person to be a
nurse and it's a special feeling to
be part of the proudest tradition in
health care. Take a look at us and
see what today's nurse is all about.
Join with health care professionals
across the country as Raulerson
Hospital celebrates National Nurs-
es' Week, May 1-5.


Submitted to Okeechobee News
The VNA Board of Directors, from left to right, Nicholas lanotti, Fred Johnston, Peter Day-
ton, Patricia Crow, Greg Wheeler, Kevin Kenney, Lev Evans and Donald Crow, show off the
new mobile health clinic, Florence.


VNA has new mobile health clinic


OKEECHOBEE The Visiting
Nurse Association of Florida, Inc.
has wheels! The VNA's new mobile
health clinic will be traveling the
state of Florida to provide health
screenings to the public. The
mobile clinic is named Florence in
honor of Florence Nightingale, the
founder of modern nursing.
The 38-foot mobile clinic,
equipped with a waiting room and
examination room, will be staffed
by a nurse practitioner and medical
assistant and will provide local
communities and civic organiza-


lions with access to multiple health
services, such as medical screen-
ings, flu vaccines and other health-
related information.
"V 'e are thrilled to be able to
bring this service to the communi-
ty," said Donald Crowv, chiel execu-
live officer of the VNA. "Keep a
look out for 'Florence' around
town."
Established in 1976, the VNA is
a non-profit, community-based
healthcare agency offering com-
plete home health services includ-
ing skilled nursing, physical Lhera-


py, occupational therapy, speech
therapy, nutritional counseling,
medical social work and home
health aides. Care is provided to
patients regardless of age, sex,
race, creed, disease process or abil-
ity to pay, as funds will allow. The
VNA is the leader in home health
care innovations. For more infor-
mation about the mobile health
clinic and its upcoming location
schedule, please call (772) 286-
18-14 or visit the Web site at
vwwv.vnTaflorida.org.


VNA enhances branch manager's role


The Visiting Nurse Association
of Florida, Inc. recently appointed
Diane Wood,
registered
nurse, as the
branch manag-
er for Polk,
Hillsborough,
Manatee, Sara-
sota, Charlotte
and Okee-
chobee coun-
ties. Wood's Diane
increase in
responsibility Wood
includes the
Manatee, Sarasota and Charloltte
offices. As the branch manager,
Wood is responsible for overseeing
each branch to ensure the best


possible care is delivered to
patients.
Even though \\bod's role in the
organization has increased, one of
her main priorities is continuing to
serve the highest-quality of home-
care to the Ojkeechobee communi-
ty, which is where she began II
years ago as a nurse with the VNA.
Since then, \\Wood has worked her
way up to the branch manager
position for six out of the I I VNA of
Florida offices.
"We are fortunate to have such
a dedicated and hard-wvorking
employee such as Diane," said
Paul Quinn, vice president of the
VNA. "Diane is a tremendous asset
to our organization, and I know
she \ill continue to run the Okee-


chobee office to its fullest potential
while maintaining operations in
her other offices."
Established in 1976, the VNA of
Florida is a non-profit, community-
based healthcare agency offering
complete home health services
including skilled nursing, physical
therapy, occupational therapy,
speech therapy, nutritional coun-
seling, medical social work and
home health aides. Care is provid-
ed to patients regardless of age,
sex, race, creed, disease process or
ability to pay, as funds will allow.
The VNA is the leader in home
health care innovations. For more
information about the VNA, please
call (772) 286-1844 or visit the Web
site at wwvw.vnaflorida.org.


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