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Vol. 97 No. 124 Thursday, May 4,2006 504 Plus tax


NES prepares for
'Fairytale Showdown'
Third grade
Third graders are busy
learning as many details as they
can about the fairy tales we are -
studying. Just one missed
answer can make a difference
in the Fairy Tale Showdown.
Parents need to be asking their
third grader about these fairy
tales and planning a costume
around: a favorite character,
The Fairy Tale Showdown is
Thursday, May 11.
Mrs. Van Deman's class is
busy studying rocks and fossils.
The dinosaur bone fossil we
have is most interesting. Thank
you, Robert Alejandro, for shar-
ing your rock collection with
us. ,

Suarez to
compete in meet
Bryan Suarez is a sopho-
more at Okeechobee High
School who, in two short years,
is already making a name for
himself in high school track
and field.
Suarez will travel to Winter
Park High School this Friday to
compete in the 3A state track
meet after qualifying in the
3200-meter run at the regional
meet held last Wednesday at
Boyd Anderson High School in
Lauderdale Lake.
Suarez had competed in the
4x800-meter relay and the
1600-meter run earlier in the
day before running in the 3200-
meter run.

Spray flu vaccine
may work better
Sprayins flu vaccine into the
- '6oses olabies arid preschool-
ers offers significantly more
protection than shots, says one
of the largest comparisons of
flu inoculations ever per-
The study was presented
Monday at a child-health meet-
ing, found the spray vaccine
was 55 percent more effective
than traditional flu shots when
given to nearly 8,000 children
under age5.
The nasal spray FluMist, the
only flu vaccine made of lj e but
weakened influenza virus, now
is sold only for children 5 and
older. Manufacturer Medlm-
mune Inc., which funded the
new research, plans to seek gov-
emrnment approval to sell FluMist
foryounger children aswell.
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Drought Index
Current: 555
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

13.37 feet

Lake level
14.75 feet
South Florida
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea


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Dike danger appalls Foley

By Audrey Blackwell
.Okeechobee News
Rep. Mark Foley said he was
appalled when he heard the
recent information that the Her-
bert Hoover dike surrounding
Lake Okeechobee now poses a
"grave and imminent danger,"
according .to a report recently
released by an independent
panel of engineers.
According to an article in the
May 3 "Okeechobee News," the

78-page report addresses only
the integrity of the dike and not
environmental concerns. In the
report, the engineers call for a
three-step intervention to include
the following:
detect failure conditions;
respond with personnel;
provide materials, equip-
ment and mitigation to stabilize
Concerns with the design
process call for modifications,

improvements, and more
involvement with South Florida
Water Management District
(SFWMD) for technical expertise
and financing, the report said.
A few months ago, engineers
with the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neets had told the Florida con-
gressman that the lake and dike
were fine.
"The report took me by sur-
prise," Rep. Foley said during a
telephone interview on Wednes-
day, May 3.

Green Market: Opposed by park owners

David Hamrick, co-administrator of the Hamrick Trust, relays an historical account of
Flagler Park to the Okeechobee City Council at the council's May 2 meeting. The trust
and the city are at odds about the definition of free public use of the parks and hashed
out ideas during the meeting without a resolution. Representatives from the trust and
the city will meet in the next few months to come to an agreement.

Flagler Park use sparks debate

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
Discussion about the public-
use ofFlagler Park is back on the
front burner for the Okeechobee
City Council, and council mem-
bers debated the issue at their
meeting Tuesday, May 2 with
David Hamrick, co-administrator
of the Hamrick Trust, which
owns the parks.
Triggered by the inception of
the Green Market, under the
umbrella of Okeechobee Main
Street, a 501(c) 3 non-profit,
organization, a difference of
opinion arose about the use of
the park when for-profit vendors
were allowed to use it for such
an event as a farmer's market.
Representatives of the city
and the trust met in January to
discuss the definition of "free and
public use" of the parks, as speci-
fied by the trust, and their philo-
sophical differences. At that time,
they decided to let the informa-
tion settle and agreed to come
back together at thle end of the
market's season to resolve the
issue. The market ended on April

Mr. Hamrick told the council
that "controversy seemed to
arise %when there should be
none." He said he wvas distressed
when he read that the city attor-
ney had said the city owns title
and trust of the park. However,
John Cook, ci attorney, said the
city never claimed to have title to
the park.
The city has an easement to
use the parks, but no legal title of
the property had ever been deed-,
ed to the city or accepted by the
city since the time of the pur-
chase of the land in 1914 by the
Okeechobee Compan%, accord-
ing to Mr. Hamrick.
The Okeechobee Company
went bankrupt during the Great
Depression. In 19-147, Mr. Ham-
rick's father Col. R.E. Hamrick
and his wife Annie purchased
the assets of the former Okee-
chobee Company, which includ-
ed the property that makes up
Flagler Park, according to a story
in the Nov. 9, 2005 "Okeechobee
"They allowed public use of
the parks, streets and alleys, but
did not give up title to the proper-
ty," the article said.

Col. Hamrick set up the trust
and indicated a wish to preserve
Flaglei Park for public use.
"Perhaps my father made a
mistake in 1947 by not putting
something in writing on what is
fiee and public use of the park,"
Mr Hamrick said
Discussion turned to the use
of the park by the Chamber of
Commerce for the annual Speck-
led Perce Festival. Mr. Hamrick,
said the Chamber got permission
from his father for the festival,
and added that the Chamber
should only charge a small fee to
cover expenses such as trash col-
lection and cleanup.
"It was never intended as a
source of income for the Cham-
ber," he said.
Mr. Hamrick said that once an
event like the farmer's market
gets its foot in the door, it could
continue and would only be a
matter of time before someone
would approach the council to
use the park for a gambling casi-
no. He said there should be a
cooperative agreement between
See Debate Page 2

He added that he had been-
talking with pioneer families in
the south Lake Okeechobee area
who are concerned with the
upcoming hurricane season.
"They look at the dike in their
backyards and ask, 'Can we have
a Katrina on our hands?' Now,
independent experts say we
could have a complete failure of
the dike and that tells me one of
two things. Either we have not
been provided with adequate
data or we haven't been receiv-

ing warnings about the structural
integrity of the dike. Both options
. are unacceptable," he said:
Rep. Foley said he. thinks
SFWMD asked for the independ-
ent study because of its own con-
cerns about the dike. He said it is
a very comprehensive report.
We have provided money in
the budget to maintain the dike,
but more is needed to do more

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Music teacher

released from

county jail

Statute of
has expired

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Molestation charges filed
against a former Yearling Mid-
dle School music teacher were
dropped Wednesday after-
noon, according to Assistant
State Attorney Ashley Albright.
Shanando Jackson w\as to
be released from the Okee-
chobee County Jail late
Wednesday afternoon.
The 30-year-old teacher was.
arrested April 20 on charges of

sexual battery on a child-famil-
ial or custodial authority, lewd
and lascivi-
ous battery
and lewd
and lascivi-
ous or inde-
cent act.
"We have
to dismiss all
because the
statute of Shanando
limitations Jackson
has run out,"
said Mr. Albright. "I just found
out today at a state attorney
hearing with the victim and the

See Charges -Page 2

City council

OKs childcare

center rezoning

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
City council members
approved several land use
issues, set final public hearing
dates, and set their summer
schedule at their meeting Tues-
day, May 2.
The council removed from
the table and approved Ordi-
nance 934, which was the
change in the future land use
map for A Child's World Child-
care and Preschool. They are
planning to expand the child-
care center.
During the public hearing,
Pat Hickman, with the Early

Learning Coalition, told council
members she supports the day-
care's expansion plans. She
said there is a shortage of child-
care places in Okeechobee and
that there is a waiting list of
more than 250 children to get
into A Child's World.
The application for a
change in the land use map
from single family to multi-fam-
ily was tabled in February to
give the company time to
address concerns with traffic
flow and parking for an
expanded site. Those concerns
were addressed and the city's
See Rezoning Page 2

Checkoff explained to producers
By Audrey Blackwell ble assessment on imported Checkoff program helps them ODUCERSV
Okeechobee News beef and beef products. States sell their products to consumers.
retain up to 50 cents on the dol- Brad Phares, cattle producer
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Area cattle producers got a
little more insight on the use of
Beef Checkoff dollars during a
demonstration Tuesday, May 2
at the Okeechobee Livestock
Holly Branecky, of Colorado
Springs, Colo., drove a Beefmo-
bile (a van decorated with vari-
ous cuts of beef painted on it) to
Okeechobee while touring the
nation on behalf of the national
Beef Board. She is employed by
National Livestock Producers
Association to promote the Beef
Checkoff program.
The Beef Checkoff program
was established as part of the
1985 Farm Bill. The Checkoff
assesses $1 per head on the sale
of live domestic and imported
cattle, in addition to a compara-

lar and forward the other 50
cents per head to the Cattle-
men's Beef Promotion and
Research Board, which adminis-
ters the national Checkoff pro-
gram, subject to USDA approval.
"A lot of producers have
questions about where Check-
off dollars are invested, and I
explain to them the areas of
investment," Ms. Branecky said.
Those areas include market-
ing and advertising with the
"Beef: It's What's for Dinner,"
slogan, as well as research, edu-
cation and new product devel-
opment. One new beef product
that hit grocery store shelves is
the packaged heat and serve pot
She said a lot of local produc-
ers were excited to discover the

at Peace Ranch/LocKett Division
and chairman of the Florida Cat-
tlemen's Association's member-
ship committee, assisted Ms.
Branecky answering producer
questions. He said there has
been a recent change in the
mindset of cattlemen that helps
them see the long range picture.
"We're not just raising cattle,
we're raising beef. And not just
in the U.S., but in the global
economy," Mr. Phares said.
A recent press release from
the national Beef Board predict-
ed a "near perfect storm of mar-
ket forces this summer" that
could cause the U.S. beef indus-
try to experience higher costs
and lower prices along with
See Beef-Page 2

Holly Branecky (left), of Colorado, shows Brad Phares, cattle
producer at Peace Ranch, Lockett Division, the national Beef
Board's 2005 annual report on Tuesday, May 2 at the Okee-
chobee Livestock Auction. Mr. Phares is chairman of the Flori-
da Cattlemen's Association's membership committee. Ms. Bra-
necky is a Beefmobile Wrangler for National Livestock Pro-
ducers Association on tour to promote the Beef Checkoff pro-
gram to cattle producers.

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Holly Branecky, a Beefmobile Wrangler for the National Livestock Producers Association,
promotes the national Beef Checkoff program to cattle producers at the Okeechobee Live-
stock Auction on Tuesday, May 2. She is from Colorado and stopped in Okeechobee while
touring the nation for the national Beef Board and National Cattlemen's Beef Association.
The checkoff assesses $1 per head on live domestic and imported cattle, and puts a com-
parable assessment on imported beef and beef products, which are used for beef market-
ing, research and education.


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oversupplies of competing pro-
teins, including pork and poultry.
The release said that one reason
for increased poultry in the mar-
ketplace would be due, in part, to
increased poultry supply resulting
from international avian flu fears.
This event has "quickly cost the
domestic: poultry industry as
,much as .two-thirds of its export
market," the April 28 release said.
Mr. Phares said there are a lot

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extensive work," he said.
One option the congressman
supports is lowering the lake level
to about 11 feet. By so doing, he,
said it would not only be a safer
situation during hurricane sea-
son, but it would also create a bet-
ter environment for fishing stock.
"It benefits tourism and the
ecology if we clean up the lake,
and it will cause less leakage to
the estuaries that can benefit
coastal residents," he said.
While the report addresses the
entire 143-mile length of the dike
that stretches around the lake,
Rep. Foley said it is pretty conclu-
sive that the most problematic
part of the dike is a 68-plus mile
area largely in the south part of
the lake. Water crested to about
19 feet after last hurricane season

Continued From Page 1
detective. There's no way we can
touch her."
According to Florida state
statutes, "If the victim of a viola-
tion ... is under the age of 16, the
applicable period of limitation, if
any, does not begin to run until the
victim has reached the age of 16."
"The statute of limitations in
effect during the relevant time
frames tolled the three-year
reporting requirement until the
victim's 16th birthday, effectively
allowing prosecution of any sexu-
al offense reported prior to a vic-
tim's 19th birthday," said Mr.

Continued From Page 1
planning consultant, Jim LaRue,
was satisfied with the results of a
study the company conducted.
The council later approved the
rezoning petition on first reading
for A Child's World to change the
designation from residential sin-
gle family-one to residential multi-
ple family and setting the date of
May 16 for a final public hearing.
Council members approved
the first reading of Ordinance 947
and set the final public hearing
date of May 16 for the General
Employees' and the Okeechobee

of questions and the impact of the
avian flu is unknown at this time.
"There is not a good consensus
on how the avian flu will affect us.
But we have our eyes open to it
and will get a better understand-
ing of it in the future. It is too early
to tell," he said. .
The cattle market has been
moving in a high cycle of late,
according to Mr. Phares, and will
probably cycle downward a bit.
He said the price of beef is up as is
consumer confidence, so it is
bound to go down.
"Like any market, the cattle

and there was structural damage
to the dike south of the lake.
"There is a stronger concern at
the south end of the lake, but I
would not give any assurance to.
people living anywhere around
the lake. There could be a prob-
lem at either end. It depends on
which way the winds blow and
ho1 much \ after is involved. That
is why Governor Bush is asking
for an emergency preparedness
model," he said.
Because of the large number
of storms that have crossed the
state in the last two years, the gov-
ernor is very concerned and is
asking communities to develop
an evacuation plan that spells out
how they would evacuate people
if they know a storm is coming.
According to Rep. Foley, this is
done routinely with the barrier
"Now we're asking communi-
ties around the lake to do the
same thing. We want to protect

Albright. "The victim did not
report the crime until Feb. 10,
2006, one year and 284 days
after the expiration of the statute
of limitations in this case."
In her statement to Detective
Ted Van Deman of the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) the accuser stated that
the alleged offenses started to
occur when she was 13 years old.
Detective Van Deman arrested
Ms. Jackson in Highlands County.
Mr. Albright said his office
could possibly proceed with
charges if someone came forward
that was either younger than this
accuser, or if there is a later
Ms. Jackson taught music and
band at YMS from 1998 until 2004.

Utility Authority Employees'
Retirement System.
Also approved on first reading
was Ordinance 948 on the Police
Officers' Pension Trust Fund. May
16 was set as the final public hear-
ing date.
Ordinance 949 regarding the
Firefighters' Pension Trust Fund
was approved by the council and
May 16 was set as the final public
hearing date.
The first reading was approved
and a final public hearing date of
June 6 was set for the alley rl,,i-qg
application submitted by Brad
Goodbread for the east-west alley
between Northeast 11th Street
and Northeast 12th Street and

market moves in cycles," he said.
He attributed a lot of the mar-
ket's success to the Checkoff pro-
gram, which he said helped to
generate a lot of demand for beef
The topic of inflation is big on
the minds of state and national
beef council members, according
to Mr. Phares.
'"As we look to the future, our
Checkoff program has not kept up
with inflation," he said, adding
that the state and national boards
will be looking at the issue in com-
ing months.

people from flooding that could
cause damage to life."
Rep. Foley said he does not
want to alarm people unneces-
sarily, but he knows what a
tragedy like Katrina can do.
He said, "Properly informing
people on evacuation is a job all
of us are doing and we all are
looking at long-term solutions."
Stockpiling filled sandbags
would not be an option in the
event the dike gives way because,
according to the congressman,'
the way the wall is built, if the dike
breaches there is no way to use
sandbag materials.
"It would be like dominoes; a
break in one area can cause a cat-
astrophic failure of the entire
dike," he said.
However, a cement dike
would be a better alternative and
one being considered. State offi-
cials are attempting to change the
category from a dike to a dam so
that cement could be used.

She then taught band at Hill-Gus-
tat Middle School in Sebring dur-
ing the 2004-05 school year.
While at YMS, she built a
strong band program. The YMS
band began to excel to the point
that it received a superior rating at
a district contest.
"We hated to see her go at the
time," said Lee Dixon, assistant
superintendent of schools in
Okeechobee County shortly after
Ms. Jackson's arrest. "She was
building a pretty good program."
According to her personnel file,
she was a very effective teacher
and was highly regarded by her
Ms. Jackson graduated from
Valdosta State in Valdosta, Ga., in
1998 with a 3.46 GPA.

North Parrott Avenue and North-
east Third Avenue.-
The council approved chang-
ing Mike O'Connor's term for the
Citizen Boards from April 30,2009
to April 30, 2008.
When setting the summer
schedule of council meetings,
council members learned that
they are required to meet twice in
June, on June 6 and June 20, to
act on rezoning applications that
were submitted in April. Normal-
ly, the council meets once in June
and July. They will meet once in
July, on July 18. They will meet
twice in August as regularly
scheduled, on August 1 and
August 15.

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the trust and the city council on
public use of the park.
"I do not expect to spend the
rest of my years arguing about
something that has already been
decided," he said.
Councilman Dowling Watford
asked Mr. Hamrick if someone
owns property if they should pay
taxes on it.
"I get a tax bill on property I
own," Mr. Watford said.
Mr. Hamrick responded that the
property was not put on the tax
rolls because it is used for public
"If it is no longer used for public
use, we would pay the tax," Mr.
Hamrick said.
He added that the city was
offered a dedication of the property
and refused it (years ago), and now
the city only owns the property
where city hall and the fire depart-
ment sit, and two other little pieces
of property.
Mr. Watford sought clarity about
the issue from Mr. Hamrick and
stated that the reason the city has
been able to use the parks is
because the Hamrick Trust has not
said its use was wrong and didn't
take it back. But when the city
allowed renting space and some-
one to make money off it, it
became a problem.
Again Mr. Hamrick said his dad
made a mistake and should have
made an agreement with the city
council on the use.
Mr. Watford asked: "If the
Chamber uses the park for a festi-
val, that is OK?"
Mr. Hamrick said: "They can
make enough money to get reim-
bursed for out-of-pocket expenses."
Mr. Watford said he had trouble
understanding the difference when
Main Street wanted to use it for a
Green Market because Main Street
does not make any money off of it,
only enough to cover their expens-
es. He said he thinks they all'under-
stand that they can't let a commer-
cial business build in the park, like
a gas station.
"Things have changed," Mr.
Watford said. He added, "When
your dad bought the property, no
one dreamed someone would
want an art. show or a farmer's
market in the park. Most every city
has green markets and art festivals
now. It's a common thing."
Mr. Hamrick said "Okeechobee is
unique. We don'twant them (parks)
to becomevenues for sales."
Terry Burroughs, treasurer of
Main Street, explained the purpose
of Main Street and what it is trying
to accomplish for the city. The
organization recently invested
$3,000 in trash cans for the down-
town area.
Maureen Burroughs, president of
Main Street, talked about the positive
comments she has heard about the
Green Market and how fortunate the
city is to have the parks.
"From the public's perspective,
they do not care who does what in
the park. The festival was wonder-
ful. The public just likes to come
downtown and enjoy the park.
There is not a whole lot to do in
Okeechobee, and we would go to
Ft. Pierce and Stuart to do those
things," she said.
Mr. Watford said one option is
that the city continues to do what it
wants, but that is a big risk because
it could end up in court and the city
could lose the use of the parks for
the people. He said he was hopeful
that if it did come to that, the Ham-
rick Trust would meet with them to
work out an agreement.
Michael Hamrick, David Ham-
rick's son and attorney, said he thinks
it is better to come to an agreement
before itwould come to that.
"Let's agree now so we don't
have to go that route," he said.
David Hamrick said the trustees
and family have never been unrea-
sonable, but do not expect people
to go to the park and make money
for their own profit.
Councilman Lowry Markham
said he thinks there should be
ongoing discussions between the
two parties and they should come
up with guidelines for public use of
the parks.
"I don't think anyone wants to
take away the parks. But we need
guidelines," he said.
After nearly two hours of dis-
cussion, the council decided that
Mayor James Kirk, City Administra-
tor Brian Whitehall, and City Attor-
ney John Cook would meet with
the Hamrick's and work out an
agreement on what constitutes
public use of the park, how much
agencies should charge vendors
during festivals and public events,
and if out-of-town vendors should
be allowed to participate in such

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FHP seeks help with fatality crash
INDIANTOWN The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is looking for
witnesses to a fatal crash that occurred March 18 at 8:45 p.m. on S.R.
714 at Fox Brown Road.
Anyone who has information about this crash should contact Cor-
poral Mike Lanam at 800-356-8921, ext. 225.
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 Collabora-
tive Council meeting, the Okeechobee County School Board will be
discussing several grants for the 2006-07 schoolyear.
The meeting will be held in the school board office, 700 S.W. Sec-
ond 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 homeless chil-
dren; Title II-Teacher and Principal Training Recruiting Fund; Math and
Science Partnerships; Enhancing Education through Technology Enti-
tlement; Title III-English Language Acquisition, Language Enhance-
ment and Academic Achievement Act; Title IV Safe and Drug Free
Schools and 21 Century Community Learning Centers; Title V Innova-
tive 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 con-

Loans help replace storm-damaged homes
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee Non-Profit Housing, Inc. has
received $500,000 for the HOME Again Loan Program, which helps
homeowners with replacement of their hurricane damaged or
destroyed homes.
The HOME Again Program will help applicants who meet the fol-
lowing criteria:
You owned your home in Okeechobee County and it was your
primary residence during hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004.
You have been unable to fix your home due to a lack of insurance
or other assistance.
Your gross household income is at or below the following levels:
one person in the household $24,000; two persons $27,650;
three persons $31,100; four persons $34,550; five persons -
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IRCC offering teacher certification program Arrest Report

Implementing solutions to
the critical teacher shortage,
Indian River Community College
will offer its Educator Prepara-
tion Institute this summer, an
accelerated teacher certification
program for those who hold a
Bachelor's degree in a field
other than teaching. Interested
Treasure Coast residents are
invited to a free information ses-
sion about the program on
Thursday, May 4 at 6 p.m. in
room BIll at the IRCC Dixon
Hendry Campus in Okeechobee,
located at 2229 N.W. Ninth
Participants who complete
the competency-based prepara-
tion program are eligible for
employment as a classroom
teacher, and the Educator Prepa-
ration Institute (EPI) also helps
participants prepare for teacher
certification. The program has

"The IRCC professors are former classroom
teachers, and they give you the benefit of their
practical experience as well as the theoretical
knowledge. The EPI gave me the tools I use
every day in the classroom."
Tommy White, Former Green Beret

attracted many adult students
who plan to change careers. For-
mer Green Beret Tommy White,
58, is the Institute's first fully cer-
tified teacher.
"The program is priceless,"
White said. "It got me where I
wanted to be in my career in an
informative and challenging
way. I can tell others who have a
Bachelor's degree that this is a
great way to launch a teaching
career. The IRCC professors are
former classroom teachers, and
they give you the benefit of their

practical experience as well as
the theoretical knowledge. The
EPI gave me the tools I use every
day in the classroom."
White is currently teaching
American History International
Baccalaureate, World History
Honors, and tenth and eleventh
grade World History at Lincoln
Park Academy in Fort Pierce.
The accelerated courses in
the Educator Preparation Insti-
tute will begin June 5. Students
can attend for seven weeks, in
Monday through Friday sessions,

during the summer or can
choose the Saturday-only pro-
gram that continues throughout
the year. The Saturday program
is especially popular with busi-
ness people who want to
change careers.
The IRCC Educator Prepara-
tion Institute has proved so suc-
cessful it is being used as a pro-
totype program around the state
and is modeled on IRCC's Bridge
to Teaching program that has
placed 45 new teachers in Trea-
sure Coast schools.
Representatives from the
Okeechobee school district will
attend the May 4 information
session to provide additional
county-specific information.
To find out more about the
May 4 information session or
about the Educator Preparation
Institute, contact (863) 462-

IRCC announces 2006 spring graduates

Indian River Community Col-
lege (IRCC) is pleased to
announce the names of graduates
for the spring 2006 semester.
Okeechobee County gradu-
ates with an Associate in Applied
Science Degree are: Terry White
Auriemma, Robbie B. Causey, Kyli
P. O'Berry, Maynard M. Patterson,
John William Smith and Bruce
Duane Watford. Students who
applied for graduation after April
27, 2006 are not included in this'
Graduates with an Associate in
Science Degree 2006, graduates
are: Roberta Joice Baker, Stephen
Todd Briney, Amanda Janine Bur-
ton, James Glen Chastain, Julia
Pauline Drude, Michelle Joeleen
Elliott, Charles Daniel Green,
Justin David Hazellief, Tiffany'
Christine Jones, Sarah Abigail
Keith-Garcia, Jennifer Lynne

Kihn, Tricia Lee Kirksey, Judy Ann
LaFlam, Jennifer Faith Lawlis,
Michael J. Maxwell, Christine J.
McBride, Vianka R. Padgett, Elisa
Lee Ann Prevatt, Martina Martinez
Rodriguez, Russell J. Ryan, Kath-
leen W. Shatto, Selycette D. Smith,
Jacob L. Stevens, Verna Carol
Szentmartoni, Amanda Day Viera,
Jennifer E. Wanless,Tina M.
Weaver, and Sandra S. White. Stu-
dents who applied for graduation
after April 27, 2006 are not includ-
ed in this list.
Those graduating with an
Associate in Arts Degree included:
Chauna Rene Aguilar, Maria.
Ines Aguilar, Eduarda Arellano-
Anselmo, Ryan Thomas Bailey,
Jared Elton Boney, John Patrick
Brennan, Sarah E. Bryant, Kristy
Lynn Chen, Jamie L. Connelly,
Rachel Cortez, Stephany K.
DuPree, Mary Rebecca Edenfield,

Michelle Joeleen E-lliott, Julie
Anna Espy, Jennifer Rena Fowler,
John Reed Gailfoil Jr., Eric
Arellano Garza, Angela M.
Hodges, Vernon Allan Hughes,
James David Jablonski, Shannon.
Marie Johnson, Wendi Snow
Juarez, Ryan Thomas Kamphuis,
Nichole Marie Kane, Johanna
Enrico Kenworthy, Jimmy H. Kid-
Rachael R. Laskey, Melissa
Elaine Leitner, Jessica Ann Lowe,
.Janeth Indira Macedo, Mari-
alouisa Marcella McGough, Randi
Lyn McMillan, Maria De La Luz
Medrano, George Edward Menenr-
dez II, Alyson Renee Miller, Cathy
Ann Molano
Christina Marie Morgan, Krys-
tal Alexandria Mossel, Anibal Bor-
rero Mull, Alice Willis Murphy,
Reynaldo C. Navarro, Rebekah
Elizabeth Pearce, Rodney Dale

Ritchey, Jenna R. Rogers, Kelly
Morgan Rogers, Ashley Aaron
Ronkko, Sorrel Leigh Rossetti,
Mary Frances Sapp, Debra Janeen
Serrano, Cody Vance, Shirley
Zena, Elizabethann Simmons,
Anayeli Soli, Jason Brandon Stan-
ley, Laura J. Staton, Lesley Anne
Stevens, Elizabeth Ann Suggs,Car-
los Talavera, Sandra Mann
Thompson, Diane C. Timmer-
man, Dolores Garcia Torres, Car-
rie Ann Ungureit, Marlerie Vega,
Angela Lynn Villalpando, Alicia
Patrice Welch, Nancy Ann Whid-
den, Andrea Nichole Williams,
Kari Elena Williams, Alyssa Anne
Willie, Joey L. Willis, Melinda E.
Wooley, and Cheryl Ann Hill Wor-
low. Students who applied for
graduation after April 27, 2006 are
not included in this list.

Students prepare for 'Fairytale Showdown'

Third grade
Third graders are busy learn-
ing as many details as they can
about the fairy tales we are
studying. Just one missed
answer can make a difference in
the Fairy Tale Showdown. Par-
ents need to be asking-their third
grader about these fairy tales
and planning a costume around
a favorite character. The Fairy

Tale Showdown is Thursday,
May 11.
Mrs. Van Deman's class is
busy studying rocks and fossils.
The dinosaur bone fossil we
have is most interesting. Thank
you, Robert Alejandro, for shar-
ing your rock collection with us.
Mrs. Whitlock's students are
also working hard to earn AR
points. Congratulations to Kristal
Vega, in Mrs. Whitlock's class

with 83 points. We have also
been studying our Nations flag
and all the past flags that were
part of Florida's history.
Mrs. Dennison's class has
been writing letters and address-
ing envelopes. We will be mail-
ing our letters May 2 on our trip
to the Post Office. We are also
still working to'master All of our
multiplication, facts. Each stu-
dent will earn an ice cream sun-

dae when he/she masters his/her
multiplication facts. Keep .prac-
ticing those facts at home.
Mrs. Suarez' class has been
reviewing their multiplication
facts. Parents please review with
them at home. Soon we will 'be
starting our unit on Hawaii and
learning facts before \v-e have a

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), the Okeechobee City
Police Department (OCPD), the
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion ,Commission (FWC) or the
Department of Corrections (DOC).
Gary Gene Miller, 21, N.E. 51st
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested
April 27 by Detective Richard Dur-
fee on charges of grand theft and
defrauding a pawn broker. His
bond was set at $5,000.
Gumercindo Martinez, Jr., 29,
N.W First St., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 27 by Deputy Rusty
Hartsfield on misdemeanor charges
of resisting an officer without vio-
lence and two counts of domestic
battery. His bond on those charges
was set at $15,000. He was also
arrested by Deputy Paul Jackson on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with the felony of fail-
ure to appear burglary of a
dwelling and a misdemeanor
charge of failure to appear crimi-
nal mischief under $200. His bond
on those charges was set at $51,000.
-On April 28, Martinez was arrested
by Deputy Corporal Sarah Green on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of pro-
bation battery. He is being held
without bond on that charge.
Nasario Martinez Hernandez,
28, was arrested April 27 by the
OCPD on a charge of aggravated
battery with a deadly weapon. His
bond \'%as set at $20,000.
Kristen Cleridenin, 24, Okee-
chobee, was arrested April 28 by
Deputy Corporal J. Royal on an
Okeechobee County charging her
with violation of probation for-
-gerv and liolaticin of probation -
Jtlering a loiged insutument. She is
being held without btnd.
Enrique Urbina, 24, N.W First.

St., Okeechobee, was arrested
April 28 by Corporal Deputy J.
Royal on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with failure
to redeliver leased property. His
bond was set at $2,500.
Fay Allen Phillips, 49, Okee-
chobee, was arrested April 29 by
Deputy Kenneth Sarros on a charge
of driving under the influence and
driving while license suspended
with knowledge. Her bond was set
at $1,500.
Jyrone Lurripkins, 18, Clare
St., Tallahassee, was arrested April
29 by Deputy Sergeant William
Garrison on a charge of aggravated
battery. His bond was set at $5,000.
Kris Jordan Williams, 18,
Fowler Ave., Tampa, was arrested
April 29 by Deputy Sgt. William
Garrison on a charge of battery on
a detained person. His bond was
set at $5,000.
James Jay Perdue, 23, S.E. 23rd
Court, Okeechobee, was arrested
April 29 by Deputy Cpl. Jack Nash on
a felony charge of driving while
license suspended habitual offend-
er, and misdemeanor charges of
driving under the influence and pos-
session of drug paraphernalia. His
Lori A. Kerce, 35, S.E. Fourth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
April 30 by the OCPD on a charge of
aggravated battery on a pregnant
person. She was released on her
own recognizance.
Ronald L. Campbell, 38, S.W
Fourth Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 30 by Deputy P. Hardin
on a charge of third-degree grand
theft; His bond was set at $5,000.
This column lists arrests and not
convictions, unless otherwise stated.
Anyone listed here who is later found
innocent or has had the charges
against them dropped is welcome to
infr'i m this rie\\ paper. The informa-
tion \ill be corfir med and printed

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Comments will be published in the newspaper as space permits.
PROTEST: I, as an American citizen have heartburn over the school
board having an issue over where to draw the line when it comes to an
absence being excused or unexcused. I did keep my daughter home
from school, not to stay home and watch television but to be part of
the protest at the park. Like a lot of you, who may be of Caucasian
descent, if you look back to your roots you may find out that you're not
from here either. If the caller states that Mexicans turned their backs on
Mexico, than I guess all the other immigrants that came here before
the Mexicans, did the same. We are all in search for the same thing -
a better way of living. I called the school the day my daughter was
absent to notify them as a parent I felt it was my duty, but it was still
counted as unexcused. How are we going to show our children to
stand up for something they believe in; or show them that as citizens
they do make a difference; or, that one day their vote will count for
something? It may be the one vote to make that big difference in elect-
ing a new president or the passing of a bill. I just feel that the children
that were kept home May 1 should be excused as citizens they were
just exercising their freedom of speech. This is not just a Mexican
issue, but includes people of all nations.

RR CROSSING: If you're sick and tired of the rough railroad cross-
ings on 15-A and 15-B, call CSX railroad at 1-800-232-0144. The 15-A
crossing number is 628070D/S.E. 86th Blvd.

SENIORS: In regard to the Speak Out column about seniors getting
ripped off, there is an organization called Seniors versus Crime. The
office is located at 212 S Parrott Ave. You can call (863) 763-6064 and
ask for Keith.

LANGUAGES: If I go to Mexico, I'll learn to speak Spanish. I will live
by their rules and laws the same for France or any other country.
God Bless America. Learn English, speak English and pay your taxes
like the rest of us Americans.

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Community Events

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.

Denny Holerger benefit planned
Former Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) deputy
Denny Holerger was recently diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's
Disease). A benefit will be held Friday, May 12, from 10:30 until 2
p.m. across from the OCSO, 504 N.W. Fifth Ave., in the open lot by
the Sheriffs department. Dinners will be sold and will consist of
Boston butt, potato salad, green beans and rolls for $6 each. Deliv-
eries will be made by the COP Volunteer Program. Call Carolyn at
(863) 634-1476, (863) 634-5801 or (863) 634-5819.
Bikers ride for Pregnancy Center
Motorcycle riders will meet at the Pregnancy Resource Center,
1505 S. Parrott Ave., Saturday, May 13, at 8 a.m. to ride for the Preg-
nancy Resource Center. The bike ride will be 160 miles around
Lake Okeechobee. For information call Gene at (863) 634-1723,
Debbie at (863) 634-6252 or Sam at (863) 634-8980. All funds will
be donated to the Pregnancy Resource Center that helps young
mothers in crisis.

Agency on Aging meeting slated
The Area Agerincy on Aging of Palm Beach and the Treasure
Coast, Inc., will meet Monday, May 15, at 9 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. You do not have to be a member of AARP or have
AARP auto insurance. All seniors 55 and over are invited. Consult
your auto insurance agent for your three-year discount upon com-
pletion of class. The class is scheduled for two, four-hour days. The
instructor will be Mrs. D.J. Bryan. For information, contact her at
(863) 763-0351.

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Waste Management Community Outreach

Center will relieve

By Jenny Stewart
Garbage collection in the
Viking Subdivision turned a new
leaf this past Friday. That day
marked the opening of the Viking
Convenience Center for garbage
collection. At 6 a.m., site atten-
dant Christina Foisey unlocked
the gates to the facility and wel-
comed residents to utilize the
new center. Lambert and other
residents expressed hope that
with the opening of the new cen-
ter, the roadways will soon be lit-
ter free.
Garbage collection in Viking
has always been a unique chal-
lenge due to the soft, unpaved pri-
vate-dirt roads. Garbage trucks
cannot access homes on such
roads. Prior to the Viking Conve-
nience Center, residents hauled
their garbage out to the paved
roads, which run like a horseshoe
shape around the subdivision.
There were a few problems

with this method of garbage col-
lection. Often animals would tear
open garbage bags and create lit-
ter along the roadside. Also, peo-
ple would illegally dump items
such as construction and demoli-
tion debris, tires, batteries, used
oil and paint along the roadside.
Waste Management is not con-
tracted to pick up such material.
These situations resulted in an
ongoing aesthetic and environ-
mental headache for the Viking
The Viking Convenience Cen-
ter immediately addresses these
problems. It is a gated center that
houses large roll-off dumpsters
for residents' waste. With the
cooperation of all Viking residents
it will prevent dangerous garbage
and messy litter from lining their
Residents are able to dispose
of their household waste, bulky
items (sofas, mattresses) and
appliances during the Center's
convenient operating hours of 6
a.m. until 6 p.m. on Fridays, Satur-
days, Sundays and Mondays. Site
attendant Christina Foisey will
manage the Center and ensure its

Upcoming Events

Tantle 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-
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)
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 Education/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, contact Frank Coker at (863) 467-1941.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family caregivers
and is facilitated by Enid Boutrin, M.S.W. of Hospice of Okeechobee,
and Laura Zel, L.C.S.W. of the Area Agency on Aging. The meeting is
from 2 until 3 p.m. at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information or to reserve
your place in the group, call (863) 467-2321. Free respite care is 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 2 p.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.

Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All
persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becom-
ing a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what we are
all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center,
located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978
or Juana at 471-9795.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Nar-anonHelps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a
more normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she has
stopped using. We meet every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863) 467-9833.
Narcotics Anonymous meets and will have a guest speaker and
also an open discussion meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information,
call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.

Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is
an organization of descendants of those who won our freedom in the
American Revolution and promote pride in America. They will hold their
monthly meeting on the first Saturday of each month. The next meeting
will be Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Oakview Baptist Church,
Building B, 677 S.W. 32nd St. If you are interested, we welcome your
visit. For information, contact Kenna Noon at (863) 763-2815 or (863)
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Okeechobee Chapter DAR will meet at 10 a.m. at the Oakview
Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St., October through May. An invitation
to attend is extended to anyone eligible for membership in NSDAR. For
information call secretary Kenna Noonan at (863) 763-2815, or registrar
Donna Webster at (863) 763-7056.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles meets every Saturday at 7:30 a.m.,
at the Nazarene Church, 425 S.W. 28th St., and leaves for ride at 8 a.m.,
weather permitting. For information on the ride for the week or any
questions contact Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841, Holly Stewart
at (863) 610-1251, or Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257.

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Submitted photo/Waste Management
Carlon Lambert is among the first Viking residents to use the
new Viking Convenience Center.
clean and professional appear- tearing fines will be issued to viola-
ance. tors.

Regular' roadside garbage
pick-up will occur once more on
Friday, May 5. After that date, the
Viking Convenience Center will
be the only method residents
should use to dispose of their
garbage. Illegal dumping and lit-

The Viking Convenience Cen-
ter is a way residents can enjoy
the beauty that the Viking area
has to offer. With full participation
from all Viking residents, road-
ways will again look clean, natu-
ral and beautiful.

Community Events

OHS yearbooks are 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 until May 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.

Early Learning Coalition to meet
The executive committee of the Early Learning Coalition of Indi-
an River, Martin, and Okeechobee counties, Inc., will meet Thurs-
day, May 4, at 1:30 p.m. at 22415 S. 29th St. in Fort Pierce. For infor-
mation, 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 information or to sign up for the class, call (863) 763-2488.

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

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

Benefit planned for Don Pettigrew /
A benefit will be held for Don Pettigrew on Saturday, May 6,
from noon until 6 p.m. at Style Studios on S.R. 70 E. The benefit will
include giveaways, a barbecue and a car and bike wash. Mr. Petti-
grew was in a head-on collision in March. All proceeds from the
benefit will help pay for his medical bills and medications. For
information, contact Donna Cheney at (863) 634-0057.
Talk show deals with the homeless
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday, May
6, at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcast at 1 and 6 p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM
and 100.3 FM. The guest will be Louise Hubbard, executive direc-
tor of the Treasure Coast Homeless Services Council, Inc. The topic
will be the homeless population. For information, contact the
Homeless Resource Center at (772) 778-4234 or the Treasure Coast
Homeless Services Council at (772) 567-7790.

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

Raulerson will host Blood Mobile
Florida's Blood Centers Blood Mobile will be at Raulerson Hos-
pital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., Tuesday, May 9, from 9 until 11 a.m. All
donors will receive a T-shirt, 50 percent off Medieval Times and a
$10 Publix gift card. All blood types are needed.

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 Assess-
ment Team Report, grant opportunities and funding, as well as
short and long term goals. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for
lunch by Friday, May 5. For information, call Mary at (863) 634-
6403; or, email
'77 class reunion being planned
The class of 1977 is planning their to 30-year reunion. All mem-
bers of the class of 1977 will meet Tuesday, May 9, at the Brahma
Bull Restaurant, 2405 S.R. 441 S.E. Dinner will be at 6 p.m. and the
meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. For information, call Karen
Williamson Larson at (863) 763-5101; Cindy Bennett Hortman at
(863) 697-9817; or, Toni Bennett Doyle at (863) 634-9491.

Healthy Start board will meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet Wednesday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. in their office at
575 S.W. 28th St., which is in the New Endeavor High School build-
ing. The meeting is open to the public. For information, contact
executive director Kay Begin at (863) 462-5877.

Advisory and provider meeting set
The Okeechobee County Advisory and Provider meeting will be
held Wednesday, May 10, at 12:30 at the Okeechobee Health
Department, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave.

A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, Healthy Start board to m
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
(A.A.) open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church The board of directors of the Ok
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St. tion will meet Wednesday, May 10, a
For information, call Kay Begin at (86
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A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 NW-a, Sco-qd St -h pwi- The mnnthl ..lblw meeting of
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Brahman track star competes in State meet Sports Briefs

Bryan Suarez is a sophomore
at Okeechobee High School
who, in two short years, is
already making a name for him-
self in high school track and
Suarez will travel to Winter
Park High School this Friday to
compete in the 3A state track
meet after qualifying in the 3200-
meter run at the regional meet
held last Wednesday at Boyd
Anderson High School in Laud-
erdale Lake.
Suarez had competed in the
4x800-meter relay and the 1600-
meter run earlier in the day
before running in the 3200-
meter run.
"After his two races he was a
little down with himself. He real-
ly wanted to go to state in the
1600-meter run but finished in
sixth place with only the top four
going on to state competition,"
explained Lady Brahman track
and field coach Lacey Osuldsen.
"It was a really close race with
six runners within a ten second
gap. Bryan ran his best time in
the 1600-meter by running a
time of 4:30. The top runner in
the event was Mike Burke from
West Boca with a time of 4:20."
"Bryan knew that it all came
down to the final 3200-meter
race if he wanted to go to state.
Bryan has a strong, steady pace
and gets better the further he
goes," stated Coach Osuldsen.


P.I.G.S. I Paue
April 25: First place-Bruce
Syjud. Second place-Ida Curtis.
Last place-Randy Ketcherside.
Closest to pin-(2) Bruce Syjud, (8)
Randy Ketcherside, (11) George
Goudy and (17) Sunni Adams.
April 26: First place-Harry
White. Second place-Randy
Ketcherside. Last place- Bill
McCoy. Closest to pin-(2) Kenny
Curran, (8) Joe Albrechta, (11)
John Nickelson and (17) No one.
April 28: First place-Ben Burde-
shaw. Second place-Kenny Cur-
ran. Last place-Ida Curtis. Closest
to pin-(2) Vinnie Malone, (8)
George Goudy, (11) Randy Ketch-
erside and (17) Mike Yucknic.

"He started out with a large pack
of runners. He went on to take
the lead only a few laps into the
race. He battled back and forth
with Brian Ramos of Ft. Laud-
erdale. Both of the runners did-
n't want to give up the lead, so
they battled back and forth tak-
ing the lead from each other for
most of the race."
In the last lap and a half,
Suarez started to slip into fifth
place which would eliminate
him from state competition. In
the last 200 meters of the race
Suarez reached down and came
up with a huge surge of energy
to push him back into third
place, qualifying him for the
state meet and tying his best
time of 9:59.
"Bryan has done a tremen-
dous job this season. He has
really grown as a runner from
last year to this year," stated
Coach Osuldsen. "Bryan is only
a sophomore and has proven
that he is going to be the one to
beat in the next two years. Up
until the regional race the only
runner to have beaten him in the
3200 during the month of April
was senior Matt Hensley from
Lincoln Park Academy. Hensley
ran last weekend in the 2A state
track meet and took fourth in the
3200-meter run. Bryan is cur-
rently ranked 12th in the state. It
will be a close race with only
three runners running under

PI- I .
Submirled Io Okeechobee News.'Lacey Osulisen
Okeechobee High School track star Bryan Suarez (left) is
congratulated by Lady Brahman track and field coach Lacey
Osuldsen following his third place finish in regional compe-
tition. Suarez will now take on the best in the state when he
travels to Winter park High School Friday for the state meet.

9:50. There are 13 others run-
ning between 9:50 and 10:08.
Bryan will need to go out strong
and not get blocked in by any of
those runners. He has gotten
better and better with each race
and this competition will really

push him to run his best time
Suarez has already made it to
state this year in cross-country
with a 13th place overall in the

Men's softball
tournament planned
A Men's softball tournament
with all tournament proceeds
going to the Okeechobee High
School softball program will take
place Saturday, June 3, and Sun-
day, June 4, at the Okeechobee
softball complex across from Year-
ling Middle School.
The cost of this tournament is
$300 per team.
The tournament will use ISA
rules with unlimited home runs.
First place will pay $600; second
place will pay $400; and, third
place will pay $200. There will be a
home run derby, and giveaways
throughout the day.
For information contact Kim
Hargraves at (863) 634-6322, or
Rob Lowe at (863) 634-2694.

Summer play camp
registrations slated-
Sign-ups for the Okeechobee
County Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment's 2006 summer play camps
will begin Monday, May 1, at8 a.m. at
the department's new office at the
Okeechobee County Sports Com-
plex, 640 N.W 27th Lane.
Enrollment is limited and slots
will be filled on a first-come, first-
served basis.
Campers must be 6 to 12 years
of age.
Camps will operate Monday
through Friday, June 12 through
July 28, except for Tuesday, July 4.

Camp hours will be from 8:30 a.m.
until 4:30 p.m. Camp locations are:
the Douglas Brown Community
Center, the Okeechobee Civic Cen-
ter and Central Elementary School.
The regular camp fee is $50 per
week, per participant, plus fees for
field trips and special activities.
Special rates have been set at $25
per week for a child on the reduced
school lunch program, and $10 per
week for a child on the free school
lunch program within the Okee-
chobee County school system for
the 2005-06 school year.
A letter of participation from
Okeechobee County school food
service must be presented at the
time of registration in order to qual-
ify for these special rates.
Camp fees include lunch and
an afternoon snack for each
Extended hours of 7:30-8:30
a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. will be
available at both the Civic Center
and Central Elementary for an
additional fee of $10 per week, per

Agri-women's group
skeet shoot is planned
The Florida Agri-women have
announced that their inaugural
skeet shoot event will take place
May 13 at Quail Creek Plantation,
1907 N.E. 224th St.
Station sponsorships and single
shooter tickets are available.
For information, call Dianne
Spann at (863) 634-3327.

Sports Briefs

Jr. Rodeo Finals
slated for May 5-6
The Florida Junior Rodeo
Association will host the State
Finals on Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m.
and Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m., at
the Okeechobee County Agri-
Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E.
Three Okeechobee young-
sters will compete for the state
championship in pole bending,
goat tying and team roping.
The public is invited.

Baseball competition
takes place on May 6
The Pepsi pitch, hit and run the. official skills
competition of major league
baseball. This annual event,
hosted by the Okeechobee

County Parks and Recreation,
will take place Saturday, 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 chil-
dren ages 7-14. Age is deter-
mined as of July 17. Boys and
girls will compete together.
Registration will take place
the day of the event.
For information, contact the
Parks & Recreation at (863) 763-

Fundraiser benefits
OHS volleyball teams
The public is invited to dine at
the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700
S. Parrott Ave., on Thursday, May
11, from 5 until 8 p.m. to help

raise money for the Okeechobee
High School volleyball teams.
Members of the teams will be
waiting tables to raise money for
summer camp. Members of the
squads will get to keep all their
tips just ask the cashier which
tables are being served by OHS
volleyball players.

Tennis fundraiser
planned for May 20
The third annual Okeechobee
Junior tennis fundraiser will take
place Saturday, May 20, at the
Okeechobee Sports Complex.
Check-in time is 8:45 a.m. at
the tennis courts. The event will
start at 9 a.m.
The deadline for registration
is Thursday, May 18. The. cost of
singles competition is $10 per

play which includes a T-shirt,
lunch, balls and awards. Checks
should be made payable to
Okeechobee High School.
For information, contact Dave
Ellis at (863) 763-4518 or (863)

Pop Warner grid
sign-ups slated
Pop Warner football and
cheerleading sign-ups will take
place at the Okeechobee Sports
Complex on May 20, June 10,
June 24, July 1 and July 15 from
10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The registration fee is $75. In
order to register you must bring
the child's last report card, a cur-
rent year physical from your doc-
tor and a copy of the child"s birth

For information, call co-presi-
dents James Shockley at (863)
634-3482 or Albion Crowell at
(863) 697-2576.

Contractors Assoc.
plans fishing tourney
The Okeechobee Contractors
Association will sponsor a bass
fishing tournament on May 20 at
the Okee-Tantie Marina with all
proceeds going toward youth
oriented projects.
The registration fee is $120
per boat (teams of two). There
will be over $3,000 in cash and
prizes paid to the top six places.
There will also be a big fish
For information contact John
at (863) 634-7446, or Lisa at
(863) 697-6541.

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8 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, May 4, 2006

SService Club Briefs

Submitted to Okeechobee News
War hero Joseph Maxwell
"Max" Cleland, Vietnam Vet-
eran and Georgia Senator
will be speaking at the Veter-
ans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
Post 10539, Wednesday, May
17th at 1:45 p.m.

War hero

to speak at

VFW Post

Joseph Maxwell "Max" Cle-
land, Vietnam Veteran and
Georgia Senator will be speak-
ing at the Veterans of Foreign
Wars (VFW) Post 10539,
Wednesday, May 17th at 1:45
p.m. This is a wonderful oppor-
tunity to hear from a great war
hero. Light refreshments will be
The following was taken
from the biographical directory
of the United States Congress:
Cleland, Joseph Maxwell
(Max), a Senator from Georgia;
born in Atlanta, Ga., Aug. 24,
1942; grew up in Lithonia and
graduated from Lithonia High
School 1960; graduated from
Stetson University, DeLand,
1964; received a Master's degree
from Emory University 1968;
served in the U.S. Army, attain-
ing the rank of captain 1965-
1968; wounded in combat in
Vietnam; member of the Geor-
gia state senate 1971-1975;
unsuccessful candidate for lieu-
tenant governor 1974; consult-
ant to Senate Committee on Vet-
erans Affairs 1975, professional
Senate staff member 1975-1977;
appointed administrator of Unit-
ed States Veterans Administra-
tion by President Jimmy Carter
in 1977, and served until 1981;
Georgia Secretary of State 1982-
1996; elected as a Democrat to
the United States Senate in 1996,
and served from Jan. 7, 1997 to
Jan. 3, 2003; unsuccessful candi-
date for reelection in 2002.


The next reunion for the
crewrnembers from the USS
Schofield (DEG/FFG-3) will be held
May 4-7, 2006, in Reno, Nev. If you
served aboard this ship, please
contact Jack Knoblock as soon as
possible. Address: 370 Warm Lake
Rd, Cascade, Ind. 83611; Phone -
208-382-3771, E-mail: knoblock- Web:
The former crewmen of the
USS Tarawa (CV/CVA/CVS-40) will
be holding their next reunion May
3-7, 2006, in Albuquerque, N.M. If
you served on the USS Tarawa,
please contact Charlie Huck at 2842
Old Evansville Rd, New Harmony
Ind. 47631. Phone: 812-682-4219.
The former crewmen of the
USS Tarawa (LHA-1) will be holding
their next reunion May 3-7, 2006, in
Albuquerque, N.M. If you served on
the USS Tarawa LHA-1, please con-
tact HMCM Bill Poindexter USN Ret,
620 Fig Ave, Chula Vista Calif. 91910;
email: poindexterl Web:
The crewmembers from the
USS Wabash (AOR-5) are getting
together for their next reunion May
25-28, 2006, in Branson, Mo. If you
served aboard the Wabash, please
get in touch with Harold Anderson at
9479 Lake Canyon Rd, Santee Calif.
92071. Phone: 619-562-4696. E-mail:; Ship's Web:; Reunion

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

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

Eagles Aeries #4137
Every Tuesday and Thursday:
bingo at 1 p.m. Food will be avail-
able for a donation.
Every second Tuesday:
spaghetti dinner with salad and
garlic bread from 5 until 7 p.m. for
a $3.50 donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. un lpod YAH be available.
EveryThursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m. : :.
First and third Thursday: Aux-
iliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. Cooked to order
for a $12 donation. Music will be by
Jimmy Harper.
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast cooked to order from 9 until 11
a.m. for $5 donation.
Call the AERIES for other
events at (863) 763-2552.

Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
(863) 763-6580.
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regular
Wednesday: bingo will be at 7
p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from 2
p.m. until?

Masonic Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Bucky Yoder
at (863) 467-7342 or Matt Buxton at
(863) 357-9992.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.

Chapter #128
The Order of the Easter Star has

many fun activities planned on the
first and third Tuesday of each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact W.M. Margaret at (863)

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W in Buckhead Ridge. The lodge's
phone number is (863) 763-2250.
Wednesday and Friday night
meals will be served from 5 until
7:15 p.m. Call the Lodge at (863)
763-2250 for the menu.
Thursday and Saturday is
karaoke night starting at 7 p.m. Fri-
day at 8 p.m.
Friday night at 7:30 p.m. there
will be music for dancing. Call to
see who is playing.
Saturday night meals will be
served starting at 7 p.m. Call for the
Sunday, May 14: Memorial
Service for the members lost this
year. Please bring a covered dish.
Monday, May 15: members
bring a brown bag dinner for your
family lodge meeting.
Tuesday, May 16: Moose
membership meeting. All mem-
bers should attend.
Sunday May 21: Jail and Bail
Benefit for Glades County K-9 Unit
at 1 p.m. Karaoke by David Lee

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W 36th
St. in Okeechobee. For information
and meal menus, call the Lodge at
(863) 763-4954.
Breakfast will be served from 9
until 11 a.m. at the Moose Patio on
the second Sunday of every month.
Meals will be served on
Wednesday and Fridays from 5
until 7:15 p.m.; and from 6 until?
on Saturday.
There will be music for danc-
ing each Friday and Saturday night
starting at 7 p.m.
Each Thursday will be
karaoke night.
VFW Post #4423
The post is open noon until 9 p.m.
Monday through Sunday. Events at
this post are seasonable you should
call (863) 763-0818 for information or
visit the lodge 300 N.W. 34th St. You
may write the post at P.O. Box 1137,
Okeechobee, Fla., 34972.
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
Every Wednesday during the
season karaoke will be held from 5
until 9 p.m.
Every Friday: bingo starts at 1

p.m for n irnilir, .i, l L'. l ,1wi fol-
lowed by karai *ki .rily.i i
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at I
p.m. Karaoke will be from 5 p.m.
Sunday: a dinner will be avail-
able from 2 until 5 p.m., and will be
followed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting at 11 a.m.

VFWPost #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from
noon until 8 p.m., Monday through
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, Men's Auxiliary or AmVets
- there will be music.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10a.m. The main
meeting is on the fourth Saturday.
For information contact Com-
mander Johnnie H. Patent at (863)
All games and special events

are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at 1
p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is available,
courtesy of the Ladies Auxiliary.
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing will start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
Okeechobee Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday of
each month at 8 p.m. For informa-
tion, call the club at (863) 763-
3378, Kip at (863) 610-6659, or
Keith at (863) 634-2682.



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

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Volunteers for
elderly are needed
The Long-Term Care
Ombudsman Council is seeking
* volunteers to serve as advocates
for residents of nursing homes
and assisted living facilities. Vol-
unteers are specially trained and
certified to investigate and
resolve resident complaints and
to carry out inspections of facili-
ties. Licensed social workers,
pharmacists, elder law attor-
neys, physicians, nurses and oth-
ers with a sincere interest in the
elderly are urged to apply. Call
Linda Slattery at (772) 595-1385.

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

Vaccine for ..
rabies required
The Florida State Animal Law
828.30 Rabies vaccination of
dogs, cats and ferrets. Okee-
chobee County Ordinance Sec.
10-111, Vaccination against
rabies required and Okeechobee
City Ordinance 4-26, vaccina-
tions. All dogs, cats and ferrets 4
months and older must be vacci-
nated once a year by a licensed
veterinarian against rabies with a
United States Government
approved vaccine. Animal
licenses are purchased at the
Animal Control facility with
proof of current rabies vaccina-
tion. For information, call Ani-
mal Control at (863) 357-3225.

Volunteers needed
at the art center
Volunteers are needed to vol-
unteer time at Raulerson Art and
Cultural Center, Inc., to help with
ceramics for days or evenings.
Raulerson Art and Cultural Cen-
ter is a non-profit organization
and proceeds will go towards
local art scholarships. For infor-
mation, call Kelly Raulerson at
(863) 357-1199.

Ad Litem program
needs volunteers
This year, hundreds of kids on
the Treasure Coast will be
abused, neglected or aban-
doned. If you have as little as two
hours per week, then you can
help. Guardian Ad Litem volun-
teers are needed to speak up for
these children. Training for new
volunteers will be held in your
area soon. Volunteers are need-
ed in St. Lucie, Indian River, Mar-
tin and Okeechobee counties.
Call the Guardian Ad Litem pro-
gram at (772) 785-5804 for infor-
mation and an application. Just
two hours of your time each
week will make a difference in
the lives of these children.

Foster parents
desperately needed
Okeechobee is in desperate
need of people willing to provide
foster children a normal family
life with nutritious meals, good
daily care and a stimulating envi-
ronment. Foster parents may be
married, divorced or single.
Their most important character-
istic is that they are caring indi-
viduals who understand the
problems and needs of foster
children. Please contact Karissa
Richards at 1-(800) 403-9311.



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2-4 yrs. of age, avail, any-
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DOG- Found on Drive In Rd.
Wk/end of 4/28th Small Ter-
rier. Please
SET OF KEYS: # of keys on
Lg. ring found with Master
Lock.. Found in vic. of Padgett
II Store. (863)467-2072

1/4/06 on the Lake Okeecho-
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/Jaycee Park 863-357-0448
ZIPPO LIGHTER, engraved,
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50th & 441. REWARD!
DOG, Min. Schnauzer, light
gray female, "Abby", was in
car accident on SR 80.
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DOGS, Neutered male chihua-
hua & female beagle in Muse
area. (863)674-0874 or
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old, on 4/17/06, vic. of Bet-
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Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

A Hi-tech company needs:
w/good hardware,
computer & Internet skills.
Pick up application
@100 SW 15th St. or
Fax resume to 863-467-0816
w/Min. 3 yrs. exp.
Dependable, Clean DL, DFW,
Good pay, Benefits, 401 K.
Also taking apple's for Helpers
8pm-8am in Okeechobee area.
Serious inquires call Elaine
All shifts. $7/hr and up.
Also Management
Opportunities Available
Also Taking applications
for Subway at
2398 Hwy 70 West
Call 772-370-1779
Full Time Part Time
Several Positions Available
Ft. Drum Area

Exp. only need apply.
Scrapers, Loaders,
Dozers, ADT, Articulate
Dump Trucks, etc. Palm
Beach, Martin &
Okeechobee Counties.
Call (800)537-3031 for
info or fax resume to
F/T, Apply in person at Pier II
2200 SE Hwy 441
Must have own bass boat.
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips
For Infants & Toddlers
Call Wendy at Faith Academy
PreSchool (863)763-8800
@ Feed Mill
Experienced Diesel Mechanic
Experience on Semi Tractor
Trailers a plus; Benefits avail.
Apply at: Syfrett Feed Co.,
3079 NW 8th St., Okbudlobee
Masters level Counselor/
Social Worker & Bachelors
level Case Manager needed
for Okeechobee to work
with children and adolescents.
Flexible FT/PT, bi-lingual a
Fax resume to 863-763-9898.

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Outside Sales Consultant.
The right applicant will:
Be enthusiastic
Be inquisitive'
Be service oriented; .
Be highly motivated
Be a self-managed individual
Be well organized
Preferably have previous sales experience
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
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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, 401 K and a pleasant work environment.
We will train all work responsibilities. Advance-
ment opportunities are available for people who
show initiative. South of Yeehaw Jct., we are ac-
cessible from Ft. Pierce, Okeechobee and Vero
Beach. Grab a job in the lane with Ft. Drum Citgo
mm 184 FL. Turnpike. 863-763-9383 DFWP

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

2595 NW 8th Street

The Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA)
is a unique, well established, non-profit organization
that provides quality child care and education for
migrant and rural low income children in 20 counties
within the State of Florida.
RCMA seeks highly motivated individuals who
possess a BA in Early Childhood Education or Special
Education or Nursing with an emphasis in pediatrics
and child development to be responsible for a full
range of education and health services for infant/tod-
dler, and preschool children. Bilingual in Eng-
lish/Spanish a plus. RCMA offers an excellent benefit
package that usually surpasses other child care insti-
tutions. Competitive pay range between $13.00 up to
$19.50 an hour depending on experience.
Send resume to: Lynn Bowen at
or to the LaBelle Area Office
551 W. Cowboy Way, LaBelle, FL 33975.
Deadline: May 15, 2006

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Utility Operator / Mechanic
Southern Gardens Citrus Processing Corporation has
immediate opening for a utility operator/mechanic with
3 to 5 years experience working with utility systems
including portable water, steam, compressed air,
ammonia refrigeration, and waste water systems.
Ability to pass PFT fit test and respiratory physical.
Also needMechanic with experience in pneumatics,
hydraulics, screw conveyors, pump repair and welding.
High school or equivalent, shift work and weekends
required. Good pay, bonus, 401 K, benefits, and over-
Contact HR Dep. @ 863-902-4133, fax 863-902-4315
or dmelton(

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time *,.RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

A r Local cleaning
company seeking
employees GOODPA,
3 Shifts, 3:30pm-11lpm,
4-11pm, 5-11pm. Mon. -
4 Fri., 1 Sat. per mo. day-
time. Must have valid FL
i DL, trans. to & from
work, no criminal record.
For Application call
Must have Class A CDL
We have Benefits, Paid
Vacation, Paid Insurance &
Bonuses. Home every night
Apply at: Syfrett Feed Co.,
3079 NW 8th Street, Okee
How do you fid a Job In
today's competitive
market? In the enploy-
mont section of tha cls-
Thime to clean out the
attic, basement amnd/op
umaage? Advertise your
yard saWe In the classl-
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clean on a breezol

Do-It-Yourself Ideas

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

Energetic, Personable Medical
Assistant Needed. Full Time
in busy medical office. Exp.
necessary. Fax CV to

Experience a MUST. Drop off
resume at 105 SW 3rd Ave
Labor Finders
25 hrs Quickbooks, Works,
typing & grammar skills a
must 863-763-3736


Finance Sevices
Wyman "Pitt" Pittman
Ventrell Bouie
Credit Repair
Tax Services Notary
Faest Reliable
812 E. North Park St.
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Steve (239)564-2173 La-
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BICYCLE, black, low rider, ve-
lour seat, dual pipes, 144
spoke wheels, exc. cond.,
$150. (863)467-2573

31" Marble, shell shaped,
w/sink & faucet. $30.
Mobile Home. Good condition.
$100 for all, will sep.
White, 3 shelves, towel bar,
mirrored door. 30" x 16".
$1 0/both. (863)763-4098
ROOF SHINGLES- 10 packs,
$150. will separate.
SHUTTERS- Decorators, Vinyl.
1-pr 12"x24" 2 pr 12"x48", 2
or 14"x49", Needs paint $25.
for all (863)763-1997
24 gage: (4) 33", (6) 34",
12) 40", (1) 69". Like new.
$100 for all. (863)946-1692
WINDOWS (6) aluminum
crank outs 29.5W x 52"L
with screen, All for $25

BABY CRIB- Brand new, no
mattress. $40.
JEEPS: 2 Battery Operated, 1
Wrangler & 1 Enforcer Jr.
Need batteries. $40 for both.

CLOTHES, Little Girls, size.
6-8, Designer. 50 items. All
for $500 or will sell sep.
SCRUBS- 15 top, Some pants
Size small $50.

COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $1000 all or
best offer.. 863-824-3358
PLATES 12, '94 Betty Boop,
Danberry Mint, America's
Sweetheart, mint cond.,
$300. (772)342-1967
1041 Sets) asking $2500

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

BED SET- Queen, Comforter.
Matching pair shams. Beige
background w/floral. $50.

chest of drawers, dresser,
hutch & mirror. $300
CAPTAINS BED- with 6 draw-
ers, $250 (863)261-1117
DRESSER Large, 9 drawers.
Antique handles, exc. cond.
Hard wood. $30
ENTER CENTER- Rattan, ask-
ing $150 (863)674-0963
Armoire style. $400
ETAGERE- China 4 shelf, ask-
ing $150, very nice
LOVESEAT, beige, cloth,
$125. (863)763-5011
MEXICAN BAR Light green
wood w/ overhead stem
glass holder. $150.
new, Leather, Pd $1500 Will
trade for nice Day Bed & Gold
Chain. 863-357-2233 Okee.

5-piece place settings for 9
& 8 matching glasses. Blue
& white. $35 (863)763-8149

w/surrounding diamonds,
$500 (863)675-7105 or
quoise, Squash Blossom
w/Bear Claws. Very unique.
$2400 neg. (863)467-8161

BED FRAME, Mattress&
Spring. Full size. Great con-
dition $75. (863)467-4649

LIFT CHAIR, Good condition.
$350. (863)801-4949
LIFT CHAIR- Pride. Great con-
dition $375. Firm
WINCH LIFT power operated
for mobility chair. Like new,
$400/best offer.

ARCADE GAMES, (2), $1100
will sell separately.
HOUSE PLANS, for a 3br, 2ba,
Ready topull permit Asking
$2000 or best offer.
PENS & PENCILS (2) asking
$15 (863)634-1374

GUITAR- Bentley, 6 string,
With hard case. A-1 condi-
tion. $150(863)635-3382
KEYBOARD, Electronic,
Yamaha. Has legs. $200.

DESK, Large, oak. $100 or
best offer. (863)467-6943
OFFICE CHAIR, $75 or best
offer. (863)467-6943

CANARY, beautiful, yellow,
$60. (863)357-3639
CAT- Cute, gray with white
markings. 3yrs old Neutered
& declawed. To Good Home
Only! $50. (863)634-3841
Champion Bloodlines. $500.
Call (336)909-0740 or email:
Health Cert., Shots, Tails, De-
clawed. Parents on premises.
Free Family Tree. $650.-$750.
(863)467.5400 - -
DONKEY- lyr old, male, $100
(561)644-L148 .1r,8
(954)465-6614 .
spayed, 3yrs old, home must
have fenced yard $50
Male w/cage. $160
4 wks. Ready to go! Large,
Red Nosed. 863-634-5364 af-
ter 4pm for details.
papers 8wks old. Ready to
go to good homes. $400.
white Good foster parents.

Double Sink, Stainless steel,
33" x 22", wall hardware,
hoses & garbage disposal.
$60 neg. (863)763-6216

SOLAR PANELS- 7, large,
Make your own heating pool
system $175. or will separ-
ate (239)394-7005

1-3100w & 1-1500w $525.
Firm. 863-763-7950 or
MIG WELDER, Hobart 175,
with cart exc. cond., $400.
SCROLL SAW, 16". $75
TOOLS- Hand tools, Ladder,
Yard tools & more! Take all
for $150.(863)635-0474

RC1 O & TRUCK T-Max, 4x4,
Gas Power. 2 motors & extras!
$350 will sep. 863-304-5573

ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891
Wanted: Slide In Pickup
Camper, (863)234-9595


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TRACTOR- Ferguson, 1951,
exc cond., w/new bush hog,
aSweet & Gpretty. $1 500
i(863)258-3838 8.

GELDING, very spirited
BAY MARE 8 yrs. old. Thor-

TRACTOR- Fergusonod, up1951, to
date onshd., w/n loads, clips.

(863)2500 neg. (863)509-3446
HORSE, 8 yrs. old Gelding
GELDINGhors, very spirited,s.

beautiful, $900 or best offer.)633-3649
REG.BAY MARE 8 GELDINyrs. old. Thor-
oughbred, riKid safe but also a good, uride to
date on shgerts, loads, c idulps.
$2500 neg.(863)09-3446
HORSE, y 15", tan roughoutlding

oonew rawhide stirrups & newkd
MWeaverSnmartCinch. $200
best offer(239)633-36491178
Kid safe buent also a good riden-
for beginner to adv. adult.
$100 (863)63 -414006

oeRSma Cih. $200 must

On mre, 1 yrs. old, 1aint-
ord nors l, rw/oasad .Trn

oIrn $50 or all.
aox 12 poles. $10amdut.
e all. (863)6384-0465
ODE 15m's tiasI lanos- Et-

Craftsman LT 1000. 42" cut.
LAWN TRAILER: New, 3x4 Ft.,

PATIO CHA IRS (4) Wroughtld

$750. (863(697-3212

BASSWOOD: 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba.,
1 Car Garage. (863)467-2894
Full details @ hto://lome.\-dmprince
CHARMING 2 Story, 3 Bdrm.,
21/2 Ba. 1786 sq. ft. Located in
Downtown Okee. $225,750.
Carol Thomas Realty
863-946-0505 or
Five acre fenced property on
paved road. Energy efficient
poured concrete construc-
tion. 2BR/2BA, 1 car garage
w/porch & heated spa. Lg.
pond, steel outbuildings
w/workshop & 2 fenced pas-
tures. Hurricane shutters
incl., $439,900. Sellers will
look at all offers! Call Vicky
Yatsko, Monarch Realty
Group. (772)485-5222
J & S ESTATES- 11 yr old
frame house 2BR/2BA, w/gar.
500 sq ft. Rec. room, Pool,
Steam cabinet, Sauna cabinet
Treadmill & Weight equip
$155,000. Broker protected.
(772)597-6158 or
w/aool., new a/c, access to

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

CBS, Southwest Section, 712
SW 15th St., 2/1, tile firs.,
$850 mo., $2000 to move
in. (863)634-0512
NE OKEE. CITY, 2br, 2ba,
Shed, Carport. Pets welcome
$900. mo. + Sec. Ref &
cr/cks req. (863)763-7545
NEW HOME: 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba.,
Tile Liv. Rm., No HOA. $1295.
mo. Lawrence Associates.
OKEECHOBEE, 3 Bedroom 2
Bath, 2 car garage. Available
immediately 863-763-4330

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

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sate 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots- Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
roperty I- Sale 1065
Property InspectionlOO
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070.
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

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across from The Locks. 2br,
2ba Palm Harbor DW. Like
new, Furnished, Sleeps 7,
Pool, Restaurant, Land-
scaped on beautiful rented
lot w/your own lit dock 1
owner, To many extras. Only
$64,900. Call Gayla
715-891-1476 or Beth

Mobile Homes

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

Buckhead Ridge, Furnished
2BR-/1BA on 8th Street.
Large FL room, c/a, heat,
nice landscaping. Non-
smoker adults, no pets.
W/cable, lawn service and
washer. $800/mth. plus sec.
828 Hwy 441 SE. 3-1br SW
for rent $900 mo. Incl util.
OKEE. 2br 2ba '88, S/W 90'x
120' lot $80,000 or $900
mo. rent.
863-697-3306 467-8464
OKEECHOBEE- Waterfront
Beautiful, Adult Community,
2/1.5, fully furn., exc cond.,
$795/mo. Avail May 1st
or for sale @ $85,000.

LaBelle. 5th Wheel RV Mobile
Home w/Florida room at-
tached. $7500 (239)303-0741
or email
Addit. 12'x36', Carport, On
Kissimmee River, boat
docks, Motor home parking,
Storage parking Fisherman
dream. Quite area. Maint.
$80 mo. $85,000 Call Glen
or Pat 863-467-4016 or

OLDER: 12x64, 2 BR, 1 Ba. w/
shed. @ Knotts Landing Adult
RV Park. Lot 2. Avail. now.
$2500 Firm. (330)398-2757


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

AIR BOAT-10', Fiberglass hull,
65hp Contenental + 2 extra
motors & hub Like new Wood
prop $3500. 863-673-1963
BASS BOAT, 2000, 283 Stra-
tus Vindicator w/175 hp John-
son. Tournament Rigged.
$11,500. Day 863-697-1356
or Evening 863-763-2957
CANOE, Excellent Condition.
Fiberglass, 14 Ft., Made Cana-
da. $200. (863)763-8872
66ft, Paddle Wheel,
Repo, sacrifice $8000.
(406)628-2181 in LaBelle.

JOHN BOAT- 14', Complete
with 9.8hp Evinrude out-
board. motor $700.
Lower Unit for older Mercury
Motor, good shape, $200 or
best offer (863)675-6738
PONTOON, 24', 90hp John-
son, bimini top, no trailer,
ready to fish or cruise, $3000
or best offer. (863)634-3107
or (863)634-5471
PONTOON- 28', 50hp John-
son, New deck/carpet. Great
cond. $3200. (863)467-1720
PROCRAFT '78- 17' 140HP
Mercury w/trailer, 4 seater,
very fast. $2200 neg. Call
Nick, 863-697-8108
Smoker Craft, 16', tilt trailer,
trolling motor, 35hp Merc.,
ready to fish, $1800.
Sprint Bass Boat, '93, 18' 3"
long, fiberglass, 175 Mariner
'94 model, 3 pedestal seats
& 1 bench, 401b. thrust troll.
mtr., runs perfect, $5500.

22 Ft., Dual Axel w/Alr Condi-
tioning. $2500 or best offer.
(863) 763-8828
NA/C & Awning (Both New '04),
propane stove, pressure water
pump. $1400. (863)467-7905
Jayco,'05, 30', $14,000. '05
Cavalier, 32', $9,000.'05 Pu-
ma, pull out, 30', $15,000.
Excellent Condition.
RV, '05 for rent, 30', clean,
large, all furnished, adult
community, rent from $550
mo., no pets.
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
4 cyl., new tires, only 34k
orig. mi., $2500 firm.
Shasta 1959, Show Condi-
tion. Very cute! $2500 or
best offer. (863)467-8161
5th Wheel, Exc. cood. Very
clean, $5000 863-763-7727
or 772-263-1803
ST225-75R15 D Rated. Good
tread. Look new. $150 for all,
will sep. (863)467-6696
WINNEBAGO '85- Motor
home, 26', V8, sips 8, very
good cond, 62K, $10,000 or
best offer (772)284-1194

MARINER, 1993 175HR 254
lower unit, runs great,
$2200. Call 863-697-6095.

HONDA 40OR '00, 4 cycle Dirt
Bike, Never raced. Excellent
shape. Many extra's! $3100 or
best offer. 863-801-1620
HONDA CMX 250, 2003, ex-
cellent condition $1800
(863)517-2077 La Belle
HONDA MAGNA 1985, 700
CC's, 6 Spd., Runs great!
$2000. or best offer.
MINI CHOPPER- really good
cond, paid $800 asking
$500 (863)673-1877
SCOOTER- '04 Honda Elite 80,
Excellent condition. 1300 mi.
Red, $1700 (863)763-6646
YAMAHA 1000 VIRAGO, '84,
$3000 firm. (863)357-3773

2002, 26K mis., Excellent con-
dition w/extra's. $5,500 or
best offer. Call 863-763-1380
or 863-447-0127 or email
2005, Under warrantee.
$1700 or best offer.

new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
Gator or Kawasaki Mule. Never
ran. $900. (863)692-2229.
GO KART Scorpion, 2 seater,
roll bars, great shape, $600
frm. 863)634-8828 days or
(863)763-4132 eve's.
KAWASAKI MULE, '00, good
cond., runs good, $2200.
SUZUKI LT 80, 4 wheeler,
runs good, very good cond.,
oversized tires, $650.
YAMAHA PW80, '93 runs
good, $400.


ACURA '88, White, less than
50,000 miles, needs minor
repair. $400 (863)467-0644
CADILLAC '92- high miles,
very good condo, $2000
CHEVY BELAIR-'60, 2 dr Hard
Top, 283 eng. Runs & Looks
Great. $7500. or best offer.
Immaculate & Runs Wonder-
ful. $2250. (865)963-9683
CHEVY NOVA '76, Runs good.
Needs a paint job. $2500.
Call Ramon (239)503-5131
318 engine. Real good running
condition. Only asking $500.
Runs well. Only $500
JAGUAR '02 X-type, great
condition,,33,200k, loaded,
'W/rims. Needs tires. $18,000
neg. (239)462-2678 Felda
V6, auto, good shape, needs
transmission, $400.
Super deal, great gas mile-
age. $2500 (863)763-8149
or (863)610-0270

NISSAN STANZA 1985, Cherry
condition. Runs good for 20
year old car. $1200 cash.
Low ml, Leather, Loaded. All
power, Prem. wheels, Spoil-
er $9500. (863)697-2906
$800 or best offer.

and int. In good cond. Engine
needs work. Good for parts.
$300 (863)673-0645
'90, V6, $1750.

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

BRONCO II '89 New trans. 4
good tires & battery. 60k since
rebuilt engine. $1750
CHEVY TRUCK '96- 4x4,
$2500 or best offer
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

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
Volt, charger Included. Good
condition. Asking $1000.
GOLF CART- Club Car, lights,
curtains, hi speed, $1600
Golf Carts, (2), electric, w/2
chargers, run good, body in
bad shape, $900 for both
will sell sep. (863)697-8259

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
Chevy truck bare cab and
short bed. 1985 with title.
$150 (772)359-2923 or
DRIVE ON RAMP- you must
remove and haul $125
ENGINE & TRANS- '97 Toyota
Corrola 1.8, runs good cond.
low miles, $600
ENGINE, 3208 Caterpillar,
Like new. (Ran in truck for
only 20 min.) $2500.
ENGINE, 3208 Caterpillar,
Remanufactured. Like new.
$2500. (863)673-5852 or
Heads and four barrel intake
for small block Chevy. $150
HEAD, engine & transmis-
sion, $1200. (863)467-4328
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
TIRES- 275/45/20" 20 64 Ea-
gle/Chrome rims/spinners
paid $2500 asking $1500
firm (863)634-8511 eve only
TRUCK CAP, Fiberglass, Fits
Ford F150 Ext. cab. Arizona
Desert w/tinted glass & sliding
window. $395. 863-467-5260

DODGE RAM 1500 '95, Needs
some work, has new tires &
front body work. $2000
DODGE RAM 25001997, Ext.
Cab w/Cummins diesel. Long
bed w/goose neck hitch.
$5995 (863)673-0648
FORD F100, '83, auto, air,
300ci, new tires, two-tone
blue, $1500. (863)697-3306
FORD F150 '87 Runs good.
Need to sell! $900 or best
offer. Call Deanne anytime.
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, $1 800.
(561)202-4136 Okeechobee
runs & looks good, $1700.
FORD XLT F150 '92- 2 wh
drive, long bed, AC works ,
$2500 (863)634-7574
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.

EQUIP TRLR- 20ft, Goose
Neck, ramps, tool box, 8 x
14.5 tires, 2 axle, $2200
SEMI TRAILER For storage,
45'. You move. $300

How fast can your car
go? It can go even tater
when you sel It In the
clah les.

CHEVY 2500- '87, cold air, 1
owner. Runs good $1150.
(863)674-0837 or
63-673-0782 LeBelle
Runs good. Needs body work.
$900 or best offer.
DODGE 250 RAM 1992, Con-
version Van, TV, Playstation,
VCR, A/C. Runs excellent.
$2500 Firm. 863-634-8854
than 10K. Like new. Asking
$13,500. (863)697-8106 or
.' 99 Some damage/mech.
probs., am/fm/cd, p/I, p/w,
a/c. $600 (863)763-0920
'97, power everything, cold
a/c, $1800 or best offer.

Public Notices

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Public notice is hereby given that Feru-
son Towing will sell at Public Auction
free from all prior liens, the following
vehicles that remaining unclaimed in
storage with charges unpaid, pursuant
to Florida Statutes 713.78, to the high-
est bidder at 12065 Lakeshore Drive,
Canal PL, FL 33438.
1991 FORD 4 DOOR
Vin # 1FAPP14J2MW397285 (UNK)
Sale Date: May 15, 2006 @9: A
132315ON 5/4,5,6/2006

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

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida
Statutes, the following applications) for permit have been re-
ceived for projects) in Okeechobee County:

98 Investments, 12390 Hwy 70 West, Okeechobee, FL 34972,
has submitted Application 060404-4 for an Everglades Agri-
cultural Area Works of the District Permit for 5747.80 acres
of improved pasture lands discharging into C-38 Pool D
(S-65D). The project is located in Section 1, Township 36
south, Range33 East.
New Okeechobee LLC, 2050 40th Ave, Ste 10, Vero Beach, FL
32960, has submitted Application 060321-6 for an Environ-
mental Resource Permit for 57.8 acres of residential lands.
The water will be discharged to a master system and the pro-
ject is located in Section 33, Township 37 South, Range 35
Okeechobee VWS Ventures LLC (Okeechobee VWS Ventures)
2333 Brickell Ave, Ste D-1, Miami, FL 33129, has submitted
Application 060330-4 for an Environmental Resource Permit
for 398.8 acres of residential lands. The water will be dis-
charged to a master system and the project is located in Sec-
tions 5,6, Township 36 South, Range 36 East.

Interested persons may comment upon the application or sub-
mit a written request for a copy of the staff report containing
proposed agency action regarding the application by writing
to the South Florida Water Management District, Attn: Envi-
ronmental Resource Reulation, PO Box 24680, West Palm
Beach, FL 33416-4680, but such comments or requests
must be received by 5:00 PM within 21 days from the date of
No further public notice will be provided regarding this applica-
tion. A copy of the staff report must be requested in order to
remain advised of further proceedings. Substantially affected
persons are entitled to request an administrative hearing re-
garding the proposed agency action by submitting a writterr
request there for after reviewing the staff report.
132342 ON 5/4/2006

AFFECTED RULES: 40E-1.021, 40E-1.5095, 40D1.511, 40E-1.603, 40E-1.6058,
40E-1.6065, 40E-1.6105, 40E-1.6107, 40E-1.615, 40E-4.021, 40E-4.091,
40E-4.101, 40E-4.321, 40E-4.381, 40E-61.020, 40E-61.031, 40E-61.042,
SUMMARY: The proposed rule amendments will accommodate notice, delivery and
receipt of documents through electronic media.
TIME AND DATE OF HEARINGS: 9:00 a.m., June 14,2006
LOCATION: South Florida Water Management District Headquarters, B-1 Auditori-
um, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406. For further informa-
tion please contact Ronda Wise, 1-800-432-2045, extension 6500, or
(561) 662-6500, email:, or for procedural issues, Jan Sluth,
Paralegal, 1-800-432-2045, extension 6299, or (561) 682-6299, email: Appeals of any South Florida Water Management District
Board decision require a record of the proceedings. Affected persons are advised
that it may be necessary for them to ensure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceeding is made including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is
to he based. Persons with disabiltes or handicaps who need assistance may
contact the South Florida Water Management District Clerk's Office at
(561) 682-2087 at least two business days in advance to make appropriate ar-
130403 ON/CGS 5/4/06

FILE NO.: 2005-CP-292
The administration of the estate of
DEIDRA DUNSON, deceased, whose
date of death was February 15, 2004
and whose Social Security Number Is
591-55-3654. is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 N.W. 3rd Str eet, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal representative
and the personal representative's attor-
ney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims of demands
against decedents estate on whom a
copy of this notice Is required to be
served must file their claims with this
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedents estate must
file their claims with this court WITHIN
The date of first publication of this notice
Is April 27, 2006.
Personal Representative:
Shelby Dunson
2043 N.E. 7th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Attomey for Personal Representative:
Gerald Lefebvre, Esquire
Florida Bar No.: 0219681
1910 South Parrott Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34974
(863) 763-3333
30572 ON 4/27;5/4/06

CASE NO. 2005-CA-412
JAMES RICH, the unknown heirs, devi-
sees or legatees of MARY L. FIETS,
deceased, and all other parties claim-
ing to have any right, title or interest in
the subject rea property.
ion to quiet ie to the following de-
scribed real property in Okeechobee
County, Florida, to-wit:
Lots 9 and 10, Block 35, OKEECHOBEE
PARK, according to the plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 1, pages 28 and
35, public records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
Lot 14, Block 26, SUBDIViSION OF A
according to the plat thereof recorded
in Plat Book 1, page 28, public records
of Okeechobee County, Florida.
has been Biled against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, If any, to it on TOM W.
PA., whose address is Post Office
Drawer 1367, Okeechobee, FLorida
34973, and file the original with the
Clerk of the above sled Court on or
before May 14, 2006; otherwise a
judgment may be entered against you
for the reliefdemaned In the Com-
W&NESS my hand and the seal Of said
Court on April 6,2006.
Clerk of Said Court
By: /S/ Carol White
Deputy Clerk
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FInd It ate. SM It sen-
er I t he clasadfleds

Bartow, Florida
Advertisement No.1
Sealed bids will be received until 2:00 RM. (Bartow Local Time) on Thursday, May
18, 2006 at the District Office, State of Florida Department of Transportation, 801
North Broadway Ave., Bartow, Ronda 33830 for the following work. Bids received
will be opened and publicly read aloud in the Mult-Purpose Conference Room.
Sealed bids may be mailed and must be received prior to bid opening to State of
Florida Department of Transportation. 801 North Broadway Ave., Ai: District
Contracts MS 1-18, Bartow, Florida 33830. If the bid amount Is greater than
$250,000.00 on construonn projects, the Contractor must be pe-qualified as re-
quired by Florida Statute 337.14(1) and Rule Chapter 14-22.
Proposal Forms will not be issued after 2:00 RM. (Bartow Local Time) on Wednes-
day, May 17, 2006. Plan holders list will not be issued after 5:00 pm on Friday,
May 12,2006.
(CONTRACT NO. E1F55-RO) COUNTIES Highlands and Okeechobee: FINANCIAL
PROJECT NO 421126-1-72-01 Work consists of clearing end grubbing, tree trim-
ming and removal. (Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER:
Gary Bume 863) 3866104 gary.bumettdt state fl us BUDGET AMOUNT
421127-1-72-01 Work consists of spot shoulder repair, seed and sod. (Approx
365 Calendar Days) NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Gary Burnett,
(863) 386-6104 gary.bumettdot state fl us BUDGET AMOUNT $90,000.00.
JECT NO 421124-1-72-01 & 421123-1-72-01 Work consists of herbicide strip
application on the primary system. (Approx 365 Calendar Days) NOTE: PRO-
JECT MANAGER: Art Hall, (863)35g-7312 .arthurhallodot state fl us BUDGET
421144-1-72-01 Work consists of InstaiPrepair fencing fro storm water retention
ponds. (Approx 365 Calendar Days) NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Rob Dwyer,
(863) 519-2762 robert dwyert state fl us MAXIMUM BUDGET AMOUNT
414933-1-72-01 & 414934-1-72-01 Work consists of tree trimming and stump
removal. (Approx 365 Calendar Days) NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: BobbyCar-
roll, (863)993-4634 bobby carrollldot state fn us BUDGET AMOUNT
Orders for these documents should be directed to the District Contracts Administra-
tor, District Contracts Office, Mall Station 1-18, Florida Department of Transporta-
tion, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, Florida 33830, or PO Box 1249, Bartow,
Florida 33831, Phone: (863) 519-2559. Checks should be made payable to the
State of Florida Department of Transportation. No refund will be made. The right
is reserved to reject any or all bids.
Cheryl Sanchious
District Contracts Administrator
128466 ON/CGS 4/27;5/4/06

The Okeechobee Utility Authority will receive Sealed Bids forth purpose of pur-
chasing at least one of the following items.
One Ton Regular Cab Truck with utility body -140" wheel base
One 3/4 Ton Extended Cab truck Standard wheel base
One Compact Pickup Truck
Dual Electric (VFD) drive Pumps, Skid Mounted
Mini- Excavator w/Dual Axle Trailer
Detailed specifications are available upon request from the office of the Executive Di-
rector, at 100 SW 5th Avenue, Phone Number 863-763-9460, Fax Number
863-763-9036. The OUA reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive
formalities in any bid wherever such rejection or waiver is determined to be in the
best interest of the OUA.
The Sealed Bids must be delivered to the Executive Director, Okeechobee Utility Au-
thority, 100 SW 5th Avenue, on or before the 3:00 PM on May 22,2006
John F. Hayford
Executive Director
132380 ON 5/4,5,6,7,8,9,10/2006



Community Events

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 Osceola will
present his paintings.

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 din-
ner and can be purchased at the First Baptist Church office, 401 S.W.
Fourth St., or by calling Shannon Lightsey at (863) 634-7214.

Interviews slated for new director
The executive committee of the Early Learning Coalition of Indian
River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will be holding interviews for an
executive director on Monday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m. at the One Stop
Career Center, 2401 S. 29th St. North Portable, in Fort Pierce.

School board to discuss grants
In conjunction with the Community Collaborative Council meeting,
the Okeechobee County School Board will be discussing several grants
for the 2006-07 school year. The meeting will be held in the School Board
Office, 700 S.W Second Ave., on Tuesday, May 23, at 10 a.m. For informa-
tion or to provide input, please plan on attending the meeting or call
Cathleen Blair at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255, for grant contacts.

Learning group panel to meet
The finance operations committee of the Early Learning Coalition will
meet May 24, at 10 a.m. at the One Stop Career Center, 2401 S. 29th St.,
North Portable, in Fort Pierce.

Early Learning group to meet
A full coalition meeting is planned for the Early Learning Coalition of
Martin and Okeechobee counties, Inc., on May 24, at 1 p.m. at the One
Stop Career Center, 2401 S. 29th St., North Portable, in Fort Pierce.

Lake Denton Camp dates slated
Summer camp is back at Lake Denton Camp in Avon Park. Camp for
grades six through eight will be held June 18-24. Reduced rates are avail-
able if registered by May 28. For grades nine through 12 camp is July 16-
22. Reduced rates are available if registered before June 15. The camp for
grades two through five will be July 23-27, and reduced rates are available
if registered before July 1. Call Pam at (863) 634-9280, or the camp at

(863) 453-3627 for information and an application.

Coalition committee will meet
The executive committee of the Early Learning Coalition of Indian
River, Martin, and Okeechobee counties will meet Wednesday, May 24,
immediately following the coalition meeting at One Stop Career Center,
2401 S. 29th St., North Portable, in Fort Pierce.

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 U.S.
441 S., from 6 p.m. until midnight on June 24. There will be a special trib-
ute for Johnny Mack Kinsaul If you are a member of a class from 1960-
1969 you are invited to attend. For information, call (863) 763-6464 or
(863) 763-8865.

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

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

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 ayard 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
Sennaat (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 to
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- Please provide a contact name and phone number. If you
are interested in making a monetary or prize donation, please call (863)

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