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Basin boat ramp
may damage boat
Boaters are being urged to
avoid using the boat ramp
located in the back basin at
the Okee-Tantie Marina and
S The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) said
due to low lake levels, use of
the back ramp could damage
a boat. Also, it's doubtful that
the lake level is high enough
to allow a boat to leave the
basin and enter the lake.
The sheriff's office did say,
however, that airboaters can
still safely use the ramp.
Boaters are urged to either
use the main ramps at Okee-
Tantie, or the ramps at Scott
Driver Memorial Park.
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many calories they consume
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in a food diary.
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online calorie trackers is
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conscious people to gain
control of what they eat with
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"It's amazing how fast you
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strict track of his calorie con-
sumption and exercise habits
after suffering a heart attack
last year. He lost 26 pounds in
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The placing of these wreaths honoring our wartime dead were part of the Memorial Day
Program held at Veterans' Park.
Community honors fallen heroes
By Pete Gawda
in keeping with communi-. -*
ties all around the country, peo- .
ple in Okeechobee decked out
in their patriotic colors, military
and service organization caps
and huddled in the shade of the
oak trees in Veterans' Park to
honor America's fallen heroes.
The guest speaker was Rev-
erend Al Jaquilh, who served as
a hospital corpsman in Viet
Nam and is currently pastor of ......
First Baptist Church of Basinger
and a behavior specialist with - .-
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He listed the number ofcasu-
alties for all our country's wars
beginning vith World War I and
including the Gulf War with 147 .
battle deaths. As of today, he -
said there were 2,466 fatalities in .
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all combat deaths as 651,008.
He referred to the numbers
as "staggering." However, he ._
said the figures were more than
"Each number represents a
son, a daughter, a mother or a As part of the Memorial Day program held in Veterans'
: .Park, bugler Bill Kinner of VFW Post 10539 plays 'Taps' in
See Heros Page 2 memory of his fallen comrades.
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Veteran loves the military
By Audrey Blackwell
U.S. Army veteran Frank Bass,
89, still has most of his uniform
from his days as a Specialist Five
in the Corps of Engineers, but the
cap was missing this Memorial
Day, May 29.
He spoke from his room at the
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
and said the cap was missing and
some of his pins, so he would not
wear the uniform.
"I refuse to dishonor the uni-
form. It's not all there," he said
emphatically, wearing regular
civilian clothes. For him, it is bet-
ter to not wear a uniform at all
than to be seen in an incomplete
one. And he should know. He
spent 20 years in the army.
Mr. Bass is one of many veter-
ans honored on Memorial Day,
along with today's active military
men and women caught up in
fighting freedom missions in the
The 20 years Mr. Bass served
were not consecutive. He holds
two honorable discharges: one in
June 1954, and. one in March
1963. He was drafted in January
1942 and went to the Pacific the-
ater before finishing high school,
shortly after the Japanese
bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7,
1941. He was honorably dis-
charged in 1946.
Following his first discharge,
he said he belonged to the "52/20
club" $20 of unemployment for
52 weeks. He said he got tired of
that, so went back to the army
and stayed until he was dis-
He received a Commendation
Medal as a Specialist Five, Corps
of Engineers, for meritorious
service between Nov. 13, 1963
and May 31, 1965; however, he
does not recall the exact reason
for the medal.
His role was that of cook for
several different army units, usu-
-ally in a tent for a mess hall, but
sometimes in a building, he said.
He never encountered face-to-
face combat, but did carry a rifle
and pistol. He had been in Japan
near where the U.S. dropped the
bomb on Hiroshima.
"I understood, the unit I was
with was planning and training to
invade Japan. But then they
signed the treaty on the Battleship
Missouri," he said.
The Japanese signed a surren-
der agreement to the U.S. on
Sept. 2, 1945 aboard the "Mighty
Mo," which the naval vessel was
Mr. Bass spent some time in
Germany during the cold war,
and had also gone to Korea dur-
ing the Korean Conflict.
While in Germany, he met the
love of his life Frieda. They mar-
ried in March 1958, twice once
under German law and once
under American law. He brought
her back to the states and they set
up housekeeping in Ft. Benning,
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Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Frank Bass, a veteran of World War II, is surrounded by
reflections of an entity that he loves: the U.S. Army. He
shares his story on Memorial Day, May 29, from his room
at Okeechobee Health Care Facility. On the wall behind Mr.
Bass, who held terms of Indefinite enlistment, are two cer-
tificates of honorable discharge and one for meritorious
service. He holds the Commendation Medal received
between 1963 and 1965.
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Survey will help with stormwater plan
OKEECHOBEE The City of Okeechobee and Okeechobee Coun-
ty are jointly involved in preparing a stormwater master plan to deal
with the overall drainage situation in the county, and they need your
Residents are being asked to fill out a simple six-question form
describing drainage problems with which they are familiar. Additional
comments can be added.
The forms can be picked up at Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third
Ave.; the Okeechobee County Annex, 499 N. W. Fifth Ave.; and, the
South Florida Water Management District, Okeechobee Service Center
at 205 N. Parrott Ave., Suite 201. /
Completed forms can be returned to the above locations or e-
mailed to www.co.okeechobee.fl.us. The deadline for submission of
S forms is June 15.
Survey will help business community
OKEECHOBEE The Economic Restructuring Committee of
Okeechobee Main Street has designed a survey to.be used to identify
the needs of the business community.
Committee members will be delivering the forms to business own-
ers located in the downtown local planning area,(LPA), which is the
target district for data input. Businesses outside the LPA are urged to
Survey results will be used to assist the committee in prioritizing
projects that will help the business community direct issues of concern
to the proper authorities.
Survey forms are available at the Main Street website www.main-
Sstreetokeechobee.com; or, by contacting Executive Director Lydia
r L*,. Jean Williams at (863) 357-MAIN.
Business cards needed
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee County Board of County Com-
missioners is compiling a collection of material, including business
cards, to be placed in a time capsule in front of the new Okeechobee
County Judicial Center.
The deadline for submitting business cards is June 1.
Those interested in participating can mail their business cards to the
Okeechobee County Administrator's Office, Room 106, Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 106 N.W Second St., Okeechobee, Fla. 34974; or,
take them to Vicki Smith in the county administrator's office.
Homebuyer classes held each week
OKEECHOBEE The LISDA, rural housing service, can now loan
up to $172,632 lor housing mortgages for very low and low-income
For prequalification for this loan, call (863) 763-3345 to reserve your
seat for one of our homebuyer classes.
Classes are held on Wednesdays, starting at 9 a.m.
Okeechobee New/Pete Gawda
Lawrence Feldman, a Korean War veteran, and his wife
Helen were among the many who came out to Veterans' Park
for the annual Memorial Day program.
Veterans' Park was ablaze with flags of all descriptions as
part of the annual Memorial Day Program.
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husband or wife."
He mentioned by name sever-
al Florida military personnel who
gave the ultimate sacrifice.
"How will they be remem-
bered?" he asked.
"They were fighting so their
,mothers and wives could walk
the streets safely," he said.
"They wanted their children to
Mentioning some of the
unwelcome changes taking place
in this country, he stated there
were so many things we can say
and do to honor their memory.
He referred to the call for a
moment of silence at 3 p.m. local
time Memorial Day across the
"We must maintain America
as the kind of country they died
for," he concluded.
A rifle salute to veterans was
fired by the Okeechobee High
School Junior Reserve- Office
Training Corps (J.R.O.T.C.) und
Navy veteran Tom Milton and wife Julia came out to Veter-
ans' Park on Memorial Day to honor his fallen shipmates.-
the command of Butch Fields of
American Legion Post 64.
Members of the rifle squad
were: Jonathan Johnson, Nicole
Hedrick, Benjamin Smith, Josh
Christian, Gary Bobst, Michael
Martin, Roger Woodruff, and
Bugler Bill Kinner of VFW Post
10539 played taps in honor of his
Herb Nix was recognized as
the oldest active VFW member
who has participated in post activ-
ities for 63 years.
The New Ground Trio consist-
ing of Rickey Smith, Gerald Turner
and Randy Whipple provided
music. They entertained the
crowd before and after the serv-
ice with gospel songs and sang
the 'National Anthem' and 'God
Bless America' during the pro-
Bea Briney led the crowd in
the 'Pledge of Allegiance.'
The invocation and the bene-
diction were offered by Donald E.
Kovacs, assistant: chaplain- of
VFW Post 64.
.. The purpose of the meeting
was suimmed ip by what was
printed on the back of the day's
program: "Memorial Day is about
celebrating all people, all of our
ancestors and forefathers who
have created the world we live in
today, who have paved the long
road we walk down into the
future. It is a day to celebrate and
thank all these people who died
to create what we have today..
Memorial Day is also a tribute to
honor the people who embodied
the dreams and the passionate
fire of an entire country."
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S- Ga., where he was stationed.
They were married for 41 years,
* ,- he said, before she passed away
After he left the service, he got
St a job at the Florida School for
Boys in Okeechobee where he
worked for a while. Then he
worked for South.Florida Water
Management District spraying
plants from an air boat. He has a
brother and sister living in Florida.
While Mr. Bass admits that
Memorial Day is a special day, and
he recalls that everybody was a
friend in the service, Veteran's
Day, Nov. 11, means more to him.
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OMS presents achievement awards
Submitted to the Okeechobee News
Flanagan earns degree
Carolyn L. Flanagan earned her masters degree in edu-
cation administration, and graduated from Lynn Universi-
ty, May 10, in Boca Raton. Miss Flanagan attended Okee-
chobee County schools and graduated from Okee-
chobee High School in 1988. She is currently an English
teacher at Deerfield Beach High School. She is the
daughter of Tica Preisler of Okeechobee.
aubmittea to Keecnooee News/Bill DIIacK
Future mabler welder
The Tulsa Welding School-Master Welder scholarship
was awarded to Brent Hill (left) by Bill R. Black (right)
during Okeechobee High School's annual Scholarship
Early Learning Coalition
seeks new directors
The Early Learning Coalition of
Indian River, Martin and Okee-
chobee Counties Inc. (ELCIRMOC)
is seeking members from the pri-
vate business sector to join its'
Board of Directors. '
A monthly meeting commit-
ment and interest in.early child-
hood education, quality child care
programs and a desire to get chil-
dren to where they need to be at an
early age, are some of the charac-
teristics that are expected of mem-
bers of our board.
n In addition, private sector busi-
ness members must reside in Flori-
da and must be one of the follow-
ing individuals associated with a
private sector business entity con-
ducting business in the coalition's
1. An owner having at least a 1
a-percent ownership interest in the
2. The chief executive or operat-
ing officer of the business entity;
3. A business executive or
employee of the business entity
who is at the management level or
higher with optimum policymak-
ing or hiring authority for the busi-
ness entity; or
4. An individual who previously
met one of the criteria in 1-3, but
who is retired from the business
Furthermore, the individual, the
individual's relatives, and the busi-
ness entity must not have a sub-
stantial financial interest in the
design or delivery of the Voluntary
Pre-kindergarten Education Pro-
gram or the coalition's school
If you are interested in becom-
ing a member of the ELCIRMOC
please contact your local chamber
of commerce as listed below:
Indian River County Chamber
of Commerce at (772) 567-3491;
Stuart/Martin County Chamber of
Commerce at (772) 287-1088; or,
the Okeechobee County Chamber
of Commerce at (863) 763-6464
George Harrison "Junior" Mills,
age 87 of Okeechobee, died Friday,
May 26, 2006 at Raulerson Hospi-
tal. He had been a resident since
1952, and is the son of G.H. and
Johnnie Belle Mills. Mr. Mills is a
member of the Florida Cracker
Horse Association, and worked
many years at the Okeechobee
Livestock Market. He has worked
all over the state of Florida as well
as his international travel with cat-
tle, and was well known for the
making of handmade buckskin
cow whips. Mr. Mills was a good
story teller because he lived each
and every one of his stories as well
as sharing his experiences of the
outdoors, hunting, camping, being
a cowboy, and his love of the good
Master. His family is also proud and
honored that he will be remem-
bered as one of the last cracker
Mr. Mills, was preceded in death
by his' grandsons, Brock W. Wood-
son, Kevin L. Mills, and his great
grand-daughter Jourdan LeeAnn
Mr. Mills is survived by his wife
of 63 years, Betty Mills of Okee-
chobee; two sons, Calvin "Buddy"
Mills (Jessica), Darrel "Kent" Mills
(Patty) all of Okeechobee; four
daughters, Cheryl Woodson
(Jerome) of French Camp, Miss.,
Ernestine (Bill) Caldwell of Okee-
chobee, Marge Chandler (David)
of Vero Beach, and "Marthy" Faye
SParson (Chuck) of Okeechobee.
He is also survived by 15 grandchil-
dren, 26 great grandchildren, four
Grady Mills of Zolpho Springs, and
nephew Ronald DeLoach of Jack-
The family will receive friends
Thursday, June 1, 2006 at .11 a.m.
until 1 p.m. at the Okeethobee
Agri-Civic Center, with services
beginning at 1 p.m. Interment will
follow at Basinger Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to Hospice of Okee-
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Crema-
Congratulations to all Osceola
Middle School award winning stu-
dents for this year. We will miss
our eighth graders as they attend
the Freshman Campus next year.
Best of luck to all of the students
who will be a part of Okeechobee
High School in the coming school
Students awarded for straight
As for all three years are: Megan
Clements and Kayla Goode.
Honor Roll awards were pre-
sented to eighth grade students for
making honor roll for all three
years are: Paige Arnold, Libby
Barker, Justin Hoover, Chelsie
Houston, Lionel Jones, Myranda
McAllister, Erin Moore, Kenny
Murphy, Sarah Murrow, Maria
Ruiz, Ximena Sanchez, Evan
Schwartz, Michelle Spears; and
Perfect Attendance for all 3
years: Paige Arnold, Josh McCall,
and Jennifer Schwartz. Both Paige
and Jennifer have had perfect
attendance since the first grade.
Student who earned Honor
Roll for the entire school year are:
Heather Abner, Lacy. Altman,
Paige Arnold, Joey Barletto, Sere-
na Bohn, Ashtyn Brown, Wendoly
Castaneda, Catrina Clyne, Yahara
Cordova, Taylor Douglas, Shenor-
ro Edwards, Amber Fessl, Areli
Garcia, Kyle George, Sidney Golli-
her, Tonia Gray, Lindsey Hart, Kara
Harwas, Ashleigh Hiler, Chelsie
Houston, Nickey Ingram, Jessica
Jimenez, Trent Johnson, Sam
Kenworthy, Robert Lange, Kyle
Lunt, Emma Marshall, Allyson
Matthews, Ciarra McCullough,,
Krista McGee, Megan McNabb,
Mishal Mehta, Fernando Men-
doza, Alex Ming, Erin Moore, Ken-
neth Murphy, Buoy O'Hara, Reid
Otersen, Emily Pickering, Austin
Pluskot, Alyssa Power, Christo-
pher Province, Kayla Raulerson,
Marie Renfranz, Carma Rowlett,
Tiffany Rowlett, Maria Ruiz, Oscar
Ruiz, Carmen Schaefer, Evan
Schwartz, Maranda Serrano,
-Savannah Simpson, Jaisa Sinclair,
Michelle Spears, Andrea Stark,
Katarina Suarez, Chad Sutton,
Whitney Sweet, Ria Thomas, Siara
Trofibio, Carissa Tyson, Sara Wal-
lace, Jesssyca Williams, Courtney
. Students earning a 4.0 GPA all
year included: Libby Barker,
Jaiden Barnhart, Megan Clements,
Michael Cornell, Jennifer Corwin,
Melissa Floyd, Kyle Foster, Kayla
Goode, Lauren Halliday, Judd Har-
ris, Justin Hoover, Jeri Hughey,
Luke Joles, Benjamin Kiebalsa,
Josh McCall, Myranda McAllister,
Sarah Murrow, Katherine Raga-
mat, Jason Rucks, Ximena
Sanchez, Chad Sutton, Elizabeth
Turner and Kathleen Turner.
Principal Awards were present-
ed to: Pauline Aguilar, Yessica
Albarran, Ashleigh Allen, Marina
Almazan, Paige Arnold, Regina
Ball, Lauren Barber, Libby Barker,
Kayla Born, Tony Bowers, Norma
Bustos, Kendra Cardin, Edgar
Calderon, Ruselie Calvillo, Laura'
Campos, Kendra Carden, Jocelyn
Cardenas, Alex Castilleja, Yahara
Cordova, Mindy Dowler, Raybon
Durrance, Shenorro Edwards,
William Ellis, Caycee Fitzwater,
Mellisa Floyd, Kyle Foster, Carmen
Fraser, Brittney Freeman, Areli
Garcia, Ana Gomez, Kayla Goode,
Tonia Gray, Lauren Halliday,
Megan Harper, Lindsey Hart, Ana-
Maria Hernandez, Jackeline Her-
nandez, Ashleigh Hiler, Andrianai
Hilliard, Taylor Holden, Justin
Hoover, Jeri Hughey, Savannah
Hunter, Nickey Ingram, Jessica
Jimenez, Victoria Johnson, Ben-
jamin KielbalsaErica Kelly, Jayce
Kuipers, Hector Lopez, Juan
Lugo, Allyson Matthews, Myranda
McAllister, Josh McCall, Danae
McCune, Justin McDeavitt,
Chelsea McNabb, Megan McN-
abb, Anastasiya Medvedeva,
Mishal Mehta, Kaitlin Miles, Alex
Ming, Amanda Moore, Kenneth
Murphy, Sarah Murrow, Ali Nunez,
Bouy O'Hara, Carlos Pacheco,
Kayedee parrish, Alexus Peaden,
Destiny Pellom, Crystal Perez,
Samantha Perry, Emily Pickering,
Walter Pistatelli, Alyssa Power,
Jeshua Power, Christopher
Province, Amanda Rathbun, Cody
Raulerson, Kayla Raulerson, Marie
Refranz, Nettira Ridley, Amy
Rivero, Carma Rowlett, Tiffany
Rowlett, Jason Rucks, Mafia Riuiz,
Amanda Rumbaugh, Ximena
Sanchez, Christina Shank, TaDar-
rell Smith, Andrea Stark, Katarina
Suarez, Chad Sutton, Derek
Thomas, Ria Thomas, Fabiola
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Presidential Academic Excel-
lence Awards were presented to:
Libby Barker, Megan Clements,
Kayla Goode, Justin Hoover,
Chelsie Hoover, Lionel Jones,
Myranda McAllister, Erin Moore,
Kenny Murphy, Sarah Murrow,
Maria Ruiz, Ximena Sanchez,
Evan Schwartz, Michelle Spears
and Kathleen Turner.
Ambassadors of the Osceola
Middle School are: Heather Abner,
Lacy Altman, Lois Billie, Brittany
Bush, Allison Chandler, Yahara
Cordova, Jennifer Corwin, Sidney
Golliher, Megan Harper, Judd Har-
.ris, Sarah Hawthorne, Vicki
Hawthorne, Jessica Luna, Martin
Macias, Allyson Matthews, Jordan,
Maynard, Krista McGee, Megan
McNabb, Tyler Platt, Dean Raden-
baugh, Jennifer Ranftle, Kristin
Roberts, Jason Rucks, Araceli
Sanchez, Evan Schwartz, Andrea
Stark, Sara Wallace, Alyssa Welch,
Jessyca Williams and Quinton
Each year the American Legion
sponsors these very prestigious
awards, recognizing the top eight
grade students in eight major cate-
gories. The eight grade teachers
selected these students from the
entire body of eighth grade stu-
dents, and they extend their spe-
cial congratulations to the stu-
dents selected. Those students
are: outstanding boy, Justin
Hoover, outstanding girl, Fabiola
Valeriano, citizenship Crystal
Perez, music, Joshua McCall, ora-
torical Austin Pluskot, scholastic,
Ximena Sanchez, Americanism,
Kenneth Murphy, Essay, Michelle
Spears, athletic boy, Lionel Jones,
athletic girl, Kayla Goode.
Directors Award for Band was
presented to Joshua McCall.
Effort Recipients are: Gaby
Aguilar, Yessica Albarran, Tyler
Baker, Joey Barletto, Jaiden Barn-
hart, Cody Bigelow, Jessica
Branam, LaShanti Brown, Brittany
Bush, Jocelyn Cardenas, Dwight
Chandler, Cesar Chavez, .martin
Cortez, Macy Cox, Cassie Damos,
Shelby Davis, Anthony Delgado,
Mindy Dowler, Farah Elhindi, Mar-
shall,- Eng, .Serafin Espinoza,
Gabriel Esquivel, Samantha
Flecia, Billy Foley, Leilana Galvan,
Rebecca Hair, AnaMaria Hernan-
dez, Jackeline Hernandez, Kasey
Hill, Andrainna Hilliard, Jessica
Jimenez, Victoria Hohnson, Jessic
Julian, Niki Koedam, Amanda
Lamberti, Charles Lang, Josh Lea,
Hector Lopez, Danae McCune,
Fernando Mendoza, Kaitlin Miles,
Uriel Monjaras, Chance Murphy,
Carlos Pacheco, Kevin Pineda,
Walter Piscatelli, Chad Pitt,
Danielle' Racine, Cody Raulerson,
Samantha Rexroad, Arthur Smith,
Adrian Valdez, Charles Wilson,
and Jess Wolff. .
FCAT Achievement Awards for
6.0 on FCAT writing test is Ethan
Kersey, Myranda McAllister, Sarah
Murrow, and Michelle Spears.
Hero Award winners were
Libby Barker.and Justin Hoover.
Migrant Award Recipients were
presented at the awards ceremo-
ny rather than in a separate district
level ceremony. Those students
recognized were: .
Outstanding students, Gabriela
Aguilar, Pauline Aguilar, Jessica
Branam, Ruselie Calvillo, Jocelyn
Cardenas, Angelica Chavez, Edith
Garcia, Isvan Gomez, Noemi Pala-
cios, Araceli Sanchez, and Marcos
Honor students were: Mriana
Almazan, Brenda Baltazar, Laura'
Campos, Gladys Castaneda, Wen-
doly Castaneda, Yahara Cordova,
Areli Garcia Carla Garcia, Edith
Garcia, and Ana Maria Hernandez.
Special Recognition award
winners were: Francisco Arellano,
Estefany Arzate, Maria Baltazar,
Ingrid Carranza, Areli Garcia, Ana
Godinez, Martin Godinez, Javier
Gomez, Ana Laura Hernandez,
Griselda Hernandez, Jackeline
Hernandez, Yanet Hernandez,
Jaime Jimenez, Angel Lee, Hector
Lopez, Zenaida Orozco, Nancy
Rodriguez, Benito Yanez, Ruby
Most improved Migrant Award
winners were: Estfany Arzate,
Ricardo Bustos, Ingrid Carranza,
Jose Luis Escamilla, Noemi Pala-
cios, Fernando Sanchez, Jessica
Torres, Erik Velez and Abel Yanez.
State Sciene Fair winners were:
Wesley Mims, Katie Walker that
attended last year, also and Austin
Pluskot placed third in the Junior
Division, Engineering category.
Student Council students were:
Jocelyn Cardenas, Samantha Gon-
zalez, Justin Hoover, Ali Nunez,
Blake Shapiro, Katarina Suarez
and Audrey Turbeville.
Council: Every year Okeechobee
County school superintendent, Dr.
Cooper works with a group of stu-
dents representing each second-
ary school in the district to discuss
issues the students feel are perti-
nent to the district. The members
who represented OMS are: Austin
Pluskot and Courtney Wilson.
Warrior Award: The Warrior
award is named after our school
mascot is.presented to students
who try to the best of his or her
potential, demonstrate good
behavior and attitude; is helpful to
adults and fellow students and
who truly deserve the title "War-
Guadalupe Almazan, Paige
Arnold, Tyler Baker, Regina Ball,
Natasha Bayless, Tony Bowers,
LaShanti Brown, Dulce Cardoso,
Wendoly' Castaoeda, Jimmy
Cooper, Yahara Cordova, Mchael
Cornell, Chris Cutler, Taydra Del-
Prete, Kristy Duarte, Billy Foley,
Edith Garcia, Brittany Haas, Lau-
ren. Halliday, Jazmine Harper,
Sarah Hawthorne, AnaMarie Her-
nandez, Griselda Hernandez,
Jackeline Hernandez, Jonathan
Hernandez, Karli Hotkamp, Justin
Hoover, Jessica Jimenez, Lionel
Jones, Ethan KErse Alexander
King, Jessica. Luna,'-Kyle Lunt,
Samantha Magee, Jordan May-
nard, Myranda McAllister, Emily
McCullough, Justin McDeavitt,
Chelsea McNabb, Fernando Men-
doza, Alex Ming, Ali Nunez, Buoy
O'Hara, Christian Parker, Taylor
Parker, Blake Peirick, Brittany
Pethybridge, Emily Pickering,
Chris Province, Cody Raulerson,
Karli Rowell, Jared Sadler,
Stephen Schoonmaker, Evan
Schwartz, devon Scurry, Christina
Shank, TaDarrell Smith, Chad Sut-
ton, Kathleen Turner and Court-
Subject Awards were present-
ed to the following students: Agri-
culture: Billy Foley; Band: Amber
Fessl; Critical Thinking Kayla
Born, Taylor Douglas, Jackeline
Hernandez, Megan McNabb,
Travis Schooley, and Adam Tewks-
Language Arts: Regina Ball,
Raybon Durrance,. Sarah
Hawthorne, Lacosta Jolly, Sarah
Murrow, Amanda Rathbun, Marie
Renfranz, Oscar Ruiz, and Cassan-
Subject awards for Math were
presented to: Michelle Spears, Ser-
ena Bohn, Stevie Brantley, Megan
Clements, Agustin Gomez, Kara
Harwas, Kyle Lunt, Buoy O'Hara
and Julie Perry. In Media, Maria
Rodriguez was presented an
award in recognition.
In Music, the award was pre-
sented to Julie Perry. The PE
award was presented to both
Dylan McCloskey, Nicholas
In Reading awards were pre-
sented to: Heather Abner, Michael
Cornell, Isvan Gomez, Ethan
Kersey, Charles Padgett, Blake
Peirick, Destiny Pellom, Whitney
Sweet, Johanna Trimble and Israel
Awards in Science were pre-
sented to. Robert Cory, Sidney
Goliher, Lindsey Hart. Luke Jules.
Benjamin Kielbasa, Mishal Mehta
and Kayla Raulerson.
-Social Studies: Lauren Halliday,
Brittany Houston, Jessica Luna,
Katherine Ragamat, Araceli
Sanchez, Jaisa Sinclair, and Siara
In Technology, Luke Joles was
presented an award for his efforts.
GED classes offered
Indian River Corimmunity Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes at
these locations- Dixonr Hendry
Center, 2229 N.\\ Ninth Ave.,
English as second language class-
es, Monday and Wednesday from
9 a.m. until noon, adult basic edu-
cation/GED, Monday through
Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8:30
p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until
4 p.m. One-Stop, 123 S.W. Park
St., adult basic education/GED,
Monday through Friday, from 8
a.m. until noon; Yearling Middle
School, 925, N.W. 23 Lane, Eng-
lish as a second language classes,
Monday -Wednesday 5:30 until
8:30 p.m.; Everglades Elementary,
3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a
second language classes, Tuesday
and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.
The Law Offices of
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Practicing in the areas of
Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and
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3o Beth CIilkerson
Valedictorian Class of 2006
Congratulations on all you have accomplished.
There is no limit to your future.
We love you and are extremely proud of you.
Mom, Dad, Jennifer, Jeanie & Joy
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MEMORIAL DAY: I'm appalled to see that businesses are open on a
day that we need to memorialize our veterans. I think it's ridiculous and
GATORS: I was reading in the Okeechobee News Speak Out several
weeks ago, that FWC stated that in the state of Florida there is between
one and two million alligators. Now isn't that ridiculous? I mean they
can't get a better count than that. Between one and two million? Now
actually they don't know how many alligators are in the state of Florida.
It seems like this gets worse and worse, someone with a thimble full of
brains should take over this organization and find out what's going on.
CANALS: I live in Taylor Creek Isles, and in the canal behind my
house, it is covered with grass. I know the county has a grant. Could
someone please see what happened to this money and if they are going
to be cleaning the canals?
GETA LIFE: In response to the person that keeps complaining about
the junkyard, on Park Avenue. Maybe you should get a life. Is this all you
have to do with your life. Complain? Can you find something more con-
structive to do with your time? Get a life people, Okeechobee is grow-
ing and I am sure you people can do much more with your time then
worry about what that man does.
EDUCATION: Are you aware of any locally recognized public aware-
ness programs that attempt to educate residents from the potential
dangers associated with alligators? I have not come across any. I have
heard a fair amount of unusually aggressive alligator behaviors occur-
ring in Florida lately and I have been concerned for the general safety of
those in our area, especially our children. I realize that the media tends
to over sensationalize events when they become newsworthy however,
I thought it may be a good idea to establish an alligator awareness pro-
gram, before we have to regret not having one in place. My preference
would be towards the end of the school year, which I believe coincides
with the alligator mating season.
MEMORIAL DAY: I think it is wonderful that the Boy Scouts go out to
the cemetery and put flags on the veterans' graves for Memorial Day. I
believe American Legion supplies the flags. While they are decorating
the graves, the boys learn about the real meaning of Memorial Day. But
it makes me sad that so many of the children in this community have no
idea what Memorial Day is all about. When you go to the ceremony in
the park, you don't see many parents bringing their children. I wish
today's parents would take more time to think about what they are
teaching their children, and what they are neglecting to teach them.
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April Brown (Yates) benefit will be June 24
A memorial benefit has been scheduled for April Brown (Yates)
on Saturday, June 24, from noon until 4 p.m. at Good Spirits, 245
U.S. 441 S.E. Spaghetti dinners will be $5 per plate. There will also
be a live band, karaoke and an auction to help raise funds for funer-
al expenses. A trust fund has been set up at Big Lake National Bank.
For information, call April Selph at (863) 447-1141.
Realtors host benefit links tourney
The Okeechobee County Board of Realtors will host their annual
golf tournament on Saturday, June 24, at 8 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. Proceeds will benefit the Okeechobee High
School Scholarship Fund and Habitat for Humanity. The Board of
Realtors is looking for teams, sponsors and anyone interested in
donating a door prize. Call J.D. Mixon for details at (863) 763-0999.
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 tribute for Johnny Mack Kinsaul If you are a member of a,
class from 1960-1969 you are invited to attend. For information, call
(863) 763-6464 or (863) 763-8865.
Class of'77 Class plans 30th reunion
The Class of 1977 is planning their 30 class reunion. A meeting is
scheduled for Tuesday, June 27 at R.J. Gators, at 6 p.m. If you are a
class of 1977 alumni or know of any classmates, please attend this
meeting. For information call Cindi Bennett Hortman (863) 697-
9817, Karen Williamson Larson at (863) 763-5101 or Toni Bennett
Doyle at (863) 634-9491.
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Letter to the Editor
On May 12th, a benefit was
held on my behalf and I want to
thank from the bottom of my
heart the fine friends who helped
with the benefit.
When I retired and moved to
Okeechobee, it was for two main
reasons, the fishing and the
friendly people who live here. The
people who live here made their
friendliness well known and I sin-
cerely thank the folks who partici-
pated in making the benefit a total
success, we sold every meal and I
received many donations.
Special thanks to County Com-
missioner Gene Woods who
spearheaded and cooked, Com-
missioner John Abney who
cooked and helped in other ways,
Commissioner Elvi Posey who
cooked and provided moral sup-
port, and Commissioner Ray
Domer for his spiritual support.
Special thanks also to David
Hazellief, a great cook and
A special thanks also to Sheriff
Paul May and Chief Deputy Noel
Stephen for their help and sup-
plies they provided. We are fortu-
nate to have two lawmen of their
caliber and caring to lead law
enforcement in our county. To the
members of the Citizens Observa-
tion patrol "COP" for their help in
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Beef
O'Brady's Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the
public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St. ,j
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. In Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, con-
tact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to
life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old
time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Dr.
Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W.
Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facilitator.
There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the
facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.
A.A. meeting meets from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meeting meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. This will be a closed discussion.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building, 1600
S.W. Second Ave., from 7 until 8 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
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 Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public
are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask
questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-4923 for
SCowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-
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 infor-
mation, call Hugh.Lambertat (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 available for your
loved one. while you are in group at Dunklin Assisted Living/Adult Day
Care, 407 N.W. Second Ave. For information about respite care, call Lou
at (863) 763-4524.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thurs-
day at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is welcome to
join. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportu-
nity for caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas.
The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information,
call (863) 467-2321.
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 Ohlie 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, locat-
ed 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. atthe Buckhead Ridge Christ-
ian Church, 3 Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863)
634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
every aspect of the benefit.
The volunteers once again
showed that they are a great asset
to this county, and God Bless
them for giving of their time to
help the citizens of Okeechobee
County. My sincerest thanks also
go -to Bill Sherman "property
appraiser", Brenda O'Conner
Chamber of Commerce Billy
Dean, Ellen, and WOKC staff, The
Okeechobee News, longtime
friend Jimmy Kicliter from, Ft.
Pierce, members of the Okee-
chobee county sheriff's Office,
good friends Bill and Evelyn
Seabold, mother, Lola, daughter
Jennifer, son Scott and daughter-
in-law Shonna, and again thank
you to all the fine folks from Okee-
chobee for their caring and con-
cern and I hope I left no one out.
Above all, I thank my dear wife,
Carolyn who set up the benefit
and co-ordinate all the activities.
Few can say they have the greatest
and most loving wife in the world,
but I have the best and thank her
from all my heart for all she does
each and every day.
My sincerest and heart felt
thank you again to all the fine
people of Okeechobee. Should
anyone wish to make any further
donations, they make contact the
Chamber of Commerce at (863)
763-6464, and 'Thank You' again,
Okeechobee. May God bless you
Women's ministry plan fashion show
Women's Ministry of Resurrection Life Church, 1803 S.W. Third
Ave., will host a "GLitz and Glam" fashion show and luncheon on
Saturday, June 3, from 11:30 a.m. until 2.p.m. The cost is $15 per
person and tickets must be purchased in advance. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-7770.
Vacation Bible School planned
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church will hold their Vacation
Bible School from June 5 through June 9 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The theme for this years' event will be 'Boomerang Bonanza.'
There will be classes for all ages. For information, call (863) 763-
Summer Swim Lessons scheduled
Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation is offering swim-
ming lessons Monday through Thursday. There will be three ses-
sions, June 5 -15, June 19-June 29 and July 3- July 13. The cost is
$30 per session (there is a $5 discount for a second child). Class
times are from 8: a.m. until 8:45, 9:30 a.m. 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Payment is due upon registration. Call the Sports Complex Pool at
(863) 467-7667. Registrations end May 31. The sports complex is
located at 640 N.W. 27 Lane.
Youth summer camp planned
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Camp will host its annual sum-
mer 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.
Healthy Start group will meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet Wednesday, June 7 at 11:30 a.m. in their office at 575
S.W. 28th St. their office is located in the New Endeavors High
School building. The meeting is open to the public. The Healthy
Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsi-
ble for planning and implementing services for pregnant women
and infants. For information, contact Executive Director Kay Begin
at (863) 462-5877.
Hospice hosting yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will be host a yard sale on Friday, June
9, and Saturday, June 10, from 8 a.m. until 2, p.m. The sale will be
held at the Hospice of Okeechobee big blue Volunteer House
located at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and Third Avenue. All
proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee. All yard sale dona-
tions are accepted at this location.
Peace Lutheran yard sale scheduled
Thrivent of Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23 Lane, will hold
a yard sale, Saturday, June 10 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the PLC
Mr. and Miss Firecracker pageant planned
The Okeechobee County Fire Rescue Volunteers will sponsor
their annual Mr. and Miss Firecracker beauty pageant on Saturday,
June 17 at the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. We will have
the same coordinators as in the past, Donnie Arnold (863) 634-
6464 or Darlene Stokes (863) 763-3430. This contest is open to
Okeechobee residents only. Deadline to enter will be Sunday June
11 at 5 p.m. Applications can be picked up at Kids Corner/Outpost,
Bridgette Waldau Studio Graphic Design, Carolyn's Coiffures and
the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce.
Church hosting Bible school
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
host their annual vacation Bible school June 12-16 from 5 until 8
p.m. This year's theme is Treasure Seekers, exploring God's prom-
ises. A nursery will be provided for helpers and those taking part in
the adult class. Dinner will also be provided. For information, call
Benefit golf tournament planned
A benefit golf tournament for Danny Allison will be held Satur-
day, June 17, at the Okeechobee Golf & Country Club. The tourna-
ment will get under way at 8 a.m. Tournament format will be a
four-person scramble, make your own team. The entry fee will
include green fees, prizes and a barbecue. Proceeds from the tour-
nament will help defray medical expenses incurred by Mr. Allison.
For information or to enter, call (863) 763-1921, ext. 11. The dead-
line for paid entries is Saturday, June 10.
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 available if registered by May 28. For grades nine
through 12 camp is July 16- 22. Reduced rates are available if regis-
tered 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.
Church schedules Bible school
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W32nd St., will host their Vaca-
tion Bible School June 19-23 from 6 until 9 p.m. This year's topic is
Artic Edge, Where Adventure Meets Courage. Classes will be from
age 3 to adult. A class for the deaf will also be available. Child care
for 2 and under will be provided for parents attending VBS. A kick-
off event is scheduled for June 17 from 9 until 11:30 a.m. Registra-
tion forms may be downloaded at www.oakviewbaptist.org, or
picked up at the church office. For information, call (863) 763-
Book discussion group
The Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group will meet
next Thursday, June 22 at 7 p.m. The book to be read and dis-
cussed is 'Persuasion' by Jane Austen. This will be the last meeting
for the season. The next meeting will be in September. The library
is located at 206 S.W Second St. For more information call Jan
Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.
Free memory loss screenings offered
The Visiting Nurses Association, 208 S.E. Park St., will offer free
memory loss screenings on Friday, June 23, from 11 a.m. until 2:30
p.m. Appointments are needed. To schedule an appointment, call
Donna True at 800-861-7826 or (772) 285-6291.
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Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski Gregg Norling and Andre Eggelletion took second place at
John Burke (right) accepted the $1,500 first place check the first Okee-Tantie Team Trail tournament of the season
from tourney announcer and Trail owner Mike Blocher (left) Sunday at Okee-Tantie Marina. They took home a check for
following Sunday's Okee-Tantie Team Trail bass tournament. $700 for their 27.93 lb. catch. They also received and addi-
He and partner Val Osinski (not pictured) brought 28.83 Ibs. tional $330 for having the big fish of the tournament. It
to the scale for the win. weighed 8.95 Ibs.
Burke and Osinski take Team Tail tourney
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John Burke and Val Osinski
fought the heat and less than ideal
lake conditions to bring 28.83 lbs.
to the scale Sunday afternoon at
the Okee-Tantie Marina to capture
first place and a check for $1,500
in the Okee-Tantie Team Trail
tourney. Their bag of fish also
included an 8.95 lb. lunker that
earned them an additional $330
big fish award.
Forty-seven competitors hit the
water of Lake Okeechobee at safe
light Sunday morning to battle for
the first win of the new Okee-
Tantie Team Trail season. When
they returned to Okee-Tantie
Marina for weigh-ins, they
explained that many of the nor-
mal fishing areas were no longer
accessible due to low water con-
ditions. Some actually had to pole
their way in and out of their
favorite fishing spots. But, poor
conditions aside, they found the
Gregg Norling and his substi-
tute partner Andre Eggelletion
(his regular partner Gerry Cali-
fano was unable to attend)
brought 27.93 lbs. to the scale to
grab the second place check for
$700. Their bag contained an 8.95
lb. lunker that gave them another
check for $330 for having the big
fish of the tourney.
Ken Fitton and Mark Brader
took third place with 24.46 lbs. of
fish. They received a check for
SFourth place went to local
anglers Larry and Cody Wright.
Their 24 lbs. of bass earned them
Lawrence and David Sterling
finished in fifth place with 20.61
lbs. They credited their catch to
Zoom Speed Worms. They took
home $350 for their efforts.
Mike Simpson and Bobby
O'Bannon took sixth place with
their 19.98 11b. sack of fish to earn
them $25u They also had the sec-
ond big fish of the day. They
brought their fish in on War Eagle
spinnerbait. It weighed in at 8.54
lbs., earning them an additional
SThe next tournament of the
Trail is set for Sunday, June 11 at
the Scott Driver ramps. ,
May 23: First place: Max Sher-
ry. Second place: Jack Forde. Last
place: Ron Hetling. Closest to pin:
(2) Penny King, (8) Max Sherry,
(11) Kenny Curran and (17) Max
May 24: (Traveled to Golf Ham-
mock in Sebring) First place: Russ
Adams. Second place: Ida Curtis.
Last place: Vern Hollinsworth.
Closest to pin: (3) Don Gray, (7)
Ben Burdeshaw, (13) Vern
Hollinsworth and (17) Ben Burde-
May 26: First place: Billy
McCoy. Second place: Penny
King. Last place: Vinnie Malone.
Closest t6 pin: (2) Terry Millette,
(8) Randy Ketcherside, (11)
Kenny Curran and (17) Bruce
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Local anglers Cody Wright and his father Larry Wright (not
pictured) placed fourth in the first tournament of the new
Okee-Tantle Team Trail Sunday at the Okee-Tantie Marina.
They received a $400 check for their efforts.
The Chobee Bulls ballbal pro-
gram will hold sign-ups on June 3
from':-a.m unil 2 m .atiel
New Endeavor field-It,.-j4Se: Foi
information contact Kim Cline at
(863) 467-9580 or (863) 447-
Okeechobee County Parks &
Recreation Department has
scheduled an organizational
meeting for all interested man-
agers, players and officials. It will
take place on Thursdai, June 8 at
6 p.m. at the Okeechobee Civic
Center,.. 1750 Hwy. 98 -North.
Team fees will be: men's league-
$375; women's leagtie-$300 and
co-ed-$300. Team fees must be
paid by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 16
to be included in the league.
Games are scheduled to begin
the week of June 26. For informa-
tion call (863) 763-6950.
Pop Warner grid
Pop Warner football and
cheerleading sign-ups will take
place at the Okeechobee Sports
Complex on June 10, June 24,
July 1 and July 15 from 10 a.m.
The registration fee is $75. In
-order to register you must bring
the child's last report card, a cur-
rent \ear physical from \our doc--
tor, and.a.cop\ of the child's birth
* For information, call co-presi-
dents James Shockley at (863)
634-3482 or Albion Crowell at
The Okeechobee High School
volleyball team is hosting a sum-
mer volleyball camp for girls in
grades 4-8. The camp is sched-
uled for June 12-16, from 9 a.m.
until noon at Osceola Middle
School..The cost is $50 per player
and includes a T-shirt and water
bi-ttle %with earl\ registration. You
may pick up a registration form in
the O.H.S. main office or call
Coach May at (863) 634-5836.
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
Yearling 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.
sponsors Sports Camp
Oakview Baptist Church will
sponsor a Sports Camp from July
10 through 14 at the Okeechobee
Freshman Campus. There will be
two separate sessions. The first
session will be from 9 until 11:30
a.m. each morning and will fea-
ture baseball for boys and soccer
for girls. The second session will
be from I until 3:30 p.m. each
afternoon and feature softball for
girls and soccer for boys. The cost
of the camp will be $60 per per-
son all day (includes lunch) or
$45 per person for the half-day
session. The camp is open to chil-
dren age 4 through sixth grade.
For information contact Rusty
Brooks at (863) 763-1699. To
enroll stop by the church office at
677 S.W. 32nd St. or go to the
church web site at
Summer play camp
Sign-ups for the Okeechobee
County Parks and Recreation
Department's 2006 summer play
camps are under way 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-
Campers must be 6 to 12 years
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 loca-
tions are: the Douglas Brown
Community Center, the Okee-
chobee Civic Center and Central
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 pro-
gram, and $10 per week for a
child on the free school lunch
program within the Okeechobee
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
qualify 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,
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Scramble. The event took
place on May 5.
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Martha's House, were presented with a check for $5,750 to assist in hurricane relief. Tina
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Overweight children kept on a
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researchers from the University of
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The scientists, led by Dr James
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demonstrates simple changes in
diet and exercise, even after a
very short period, can have signifi-
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, May 26,
through Thursday, June 1, are as
Theatre I -"Over The Hedge"
(PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre II- "X-Men 3" (PG-13}
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:30, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "The Da Vinci
Code"(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-
elderly are needed
The Long-Term Care Ombuds-
man Council is seeking volun-
teers to serve as advocates for res-
idents of nursing homes and
assisted living facilities. Volun-
teers are specially trained and cer-
tified to investigate and resolve
resident complaints and to carry
out inspections of facilities.
Licensed social workers, pharma-
cists, elder law attorneys, physi-
cians, nurses and others with a
sincere interest in the elderly are
urged to apply. Call Linda Slattery
at (772J 595-1385.
Ad Litem program.
This year, hundreds of kids on
the Treasure Coast will be
abused, neglected or abandoned.
If you have as little as two hours
per week, then you can help.
Guardian Ad Litem volunteers are
needed to speak up for these chil-
dren. Training for new volunteers
will be held in your area soon.
Volunteers are needed in St.
Lucie, Indian River, Martin and
Okeechobee counties. Call the
Guardian Ad Litem program at
(772) 785-5804 for information
and an application. Just two
hours ofN your time each weekwill
make a difference in the lives of
The American Red Cross is
looking for nurses and Action
Team Volunteers to be a part of
our Disaster Action Team (DAT).
DAT is made up of a group of
trained volunteers .who respond
to local disasters. If you would like
to give of your time and talents to
help local citizens in time of disas-
ter, please call Debbie Riddle or
Candace at the American Red
Cross-Okeechobee branch at
Red Road Academy
Do you have a few hours to
spare? Would ) ou like to make a
difference in a child's life? Do you
have a job skill that you would
like to teach others? Do you
belong to a civic organization or
religious organization and would
like to spread the word? If you
answered yes to any of these
questions, please contact Karin
Aldridge at Red Road Academy,
(863) 357-5905. We are looking
for volunteers to work a few
hours a month with committed
You can be
Help encourage a middle or
high school student to reach his
or her full potential and become a
volunteer mentor for the Presi-
dent's Challenge to SOAR/Take
Stock in Children Scholarship pro-
gram. It's a proven life-changing
program that provides four-year
college scholarships to deserving
sixth and ninth graders in local
communities. The mentor meets
with the student one hour per
week at his/her school. Volunteer
opportunities are available in Indi-
an River, Martin, St. Lucie and
Okeechobee counties. Please call
the Indian River Community Col-
lege Foundation at (772) 462-
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House, 800 N.E.72nd Circle N., is
looking for volunteers to work
with our adolescent boys. If you
have any free time or talents you
would like to share, call Jordan
Bernay at (863) 357-0047.
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Shae a ride 115
Cad of.Thank s 120
In Memoriam 125
GCth Away. 140
Grqge/lard Sale 145
Smcia- Notices 155
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2 PLOTS- in Silver Hill Ceme-
tery1in Frostproof. $600
HOME CHILD DAY CARE
CAT, Calico: Long Haired,
Golden Eyed. Found in vic. of
Center St. off of 710
DOG, Bloodhound. Call to
DOG, "Jungle Duce"
with Dade County ID.
DOG- vicinity of Kings Bay.
Call to identify
MICROPHONE- Found Mon-
day May 22nd., 441 S.,
Please call.to identify.
PUG, Female, on Tues., May
23rd, in vicinity of SE 26th St.,
Okeechobee. Call to identify.
PUPPY, Female, chocolate
colored, on SR 80 in front of
Johnson Engineering. Call to
STUFFED TOY- Found on
1/4/06 on the Lake Okeecho-
bee Scenic trail. Taylor Creek
/Jaycee Park 863-357-0448
ZIPPO LIGHTER, engraved,
found in Okeechobee DOF
parking lot. Call to identify.
BLOOD HOUND, Lost in Treas-
ure Island (behind Brewski's).
Black & Tan. Missing 05/21.
LONG HAIRED DACHSHUND-
Missing from Otter Creek
area 05/23/06. Needs Med's.
MINIATURE POODLE M, CoCo
Color & name. Family Pet. Vic.
of SE 36 Terrace off Hwy.
710. 863-634-1492 Rewardl
PINTO GELDING- Grand-
daughters horse, tan &
white, vic of SW 10th St. &
SW 6th Ave. near the Victory
Baptist Church. Reward
634-7711 or 467-2888
PIT BULL- Female, spayed,
Fawn & white, 3 1/2 yrs.
Phillips Rd off of Rt. 80 since
WALLET, Black, mens, on
5/24/06 near Ed's Auto Parts
in Okeechobee. LIBERAL
AKITA Adult male, free to
good home, must know the
breed. Email at:
AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD- lyr
old, F, spayed, lovable, great
w/kids. Needs room to run.
BLACK LAB- Male, approx
6yrs. Very friendly Free to
Good Home Only! Needs
room run! (863)763-4083
KITTEN, Black & white male. 8
weeks old. (863)763-8318 or
KITTENS: Free to good home.
Call (863)697-3280 for more
KITTENS, To good home. (4)
Tabby and calico.
MALE CAT- 4yrs old, med
hair, neutered, soft paws, to
good home only
PUPPIES, 5 weeks old,
American Bulldog & Red Nose
Pit mixed. (863)635-3918
Empl ment 2
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
A- SEMI DRIVER
CDL CLASS A REQUIRED.
DRIVE LOCAL, HOME
EVERYDAY, GOOD PAY,
DO NOT CALL AFTER 3:30pm
A/C SERVICE TECH/INSTALLER
Dependable, Clean DL, DFW,
Good pay, Benefits, 401K.
Also taking apple's for Helpers
Yard Sales 14
M E Ium.'. --i peilNtc 01i
-- 40mm lb
4w 0 0
brakes, shocks, must have
own tools, Excellent benefits
& salary. Call 863-634-3536
On- Site CDL Training
$38K/yr to start w/
$42k first yr potential
Come join our team in Okee-
chobee as'a Residential
Driver for the nation's lead-
er of comprehensive
Waste Management ser-
vices. This is not a drive
only position. Manual labor
* Class B permit required.
* Excellent benefits
* Full- time position
For an immediate, local
interview come in.
or call or click!
10800 NE 128th Ave
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Exp. only need apply.
Dozers, ADT, Articulate
Dump Trucks, etc. Palm
Beach, Martin &
Call (800)537-3031 for
info or fax resume to
FISHING GUIDE WANTED:
Must have own bass boat.
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips
Martha's House, Inc.
is seeking a full time
Sexual Assault Advocate
Experience with victims
is a must.
Salary is commensurate
to working experience.
Please call 863-763-2893
and speak with
Kim or Stephanie.
May fax resume to:
LOOKING FOR JOURNEY-
With experience &training.
Position requires a strong
knowledge of materials,
methods &tools involved
in all aspects of tenant im-
provements for residential,
commercial & industrial.
Must be able to trouble
shoot, and repair all phas-
es of electrical. Valid &
clean driving license. Re-
liable & prompt atten-
Jeff M Robinson, Inc.
Contact Human Resources
PALMDALE OIL COMPANY
DRIVERS NEEDED:Class A
Hazemat & Tanker.
Medical Benefits, Retirement,
Vacation & Bonus Programs.
When doing those chores
Is doing you In, It's time
to look for a helper In
(c)2006 Tribune Media Services, Inc.
W&W Lumber Co. is
growing & we have several
openings available. We are
looking for team players for
the following positions.
*YARD HELP Unloading
trucks, forklift experience
needed, putting up stock.
*TRUCK DRIVER DOT
Certified, Class B, clean
Sick pay, Health Ins., 401K,
Vacation & Holiday Pay.
Call Jon at 863-763-3173.
Drug Free Workplace.
For a Busy Child Care Center
resume to 863-467-7560
Sod Truck Driver for hauling
Sod, need CDL License. Ap-
ply in person at Tap Sod,
9045 NE 48th St.
TIRE SERVICE TECH
Must have gbod drvingrecord
Excellent benefits &pay.
Will train. 863-634-3536
TRUCK DRIVER NEEDED:
Class A CDL. For Wrecker &
Low Boy Semi's. Apply atBMJ
]1wig. :419SW 2ndAve.
TRUCK DRIVER NEEDED
Class B CDL's, Min, of
2 yrs. exp. w/clean driving
record. Call (863)634-4526
APPLY IN PERSON
Hwy. 98 North
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Utility Pipe Crews.
MIG, TIG & STICK
2+YEARS EXPERIENCE REQ.
Must have own tools-
Full time Benefits
5900 Orange Ave., Ft. Pierce
2+YEARS EXPERIENCE REQ.
Must have own tools.
Full time Benefits
5900 Orange Ave., Ft. Pierce
COOKING & CLEANING, P/T
Must be honest, have great
work quality, be flexible &
& weekends. Contact between
8am-5pm to set up interview.
(772) 597-3565 or email
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The Okeechobee News is seeking an Ad
Services Team Member. This is a part time
position that could lead to full time
The right applicant will:
Have advanced PC computer skills
Have good people skills
Be a team player
Be able to handle pressure
Be a self-managed individual
Be able to handle deadlines
Have previous sales experience with a
proven track record
Desire to be successful
Be able to work flexible hours
Quark or Pagemaker
The Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay based on experience
Generous time off program
The Okeechobee News Is An Equal Opportunity Employer
The Okeechobee News is currently seeking an
energetic, self-motivated FULL or PART TIME
The right applicant must have:
Cash Handling Experience
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Generous time off program
The Daily Okeechobee News Is An Equal Opportunity Employer
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Administrative Assistant/Data Entry
SVehicle Maintenance Division -
Applicants must possess the following skills:
Commitment to detail with data entry, familiar
with accounts payable, able to handle multiple
priorities, excellent organizational skills, able to
meet deadlines, a positive attitude and excellent
communication skills. Benefits, DFWP-
Please fax resume to 863-763-2882
or email resume to email@example.com
Loim, fo' anw are? retOporui ty
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
Available from Commercial News Providers".*
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Call Janet Madray, Circulation Manager
Ft. Drum Citgo needs overnight staff for the ser-
vice station on Florida's Turnpike. Applicants
must nave a clan motor vehicle record. Benelits
include: higher pay for night shift, gas reim-
bursement, paid tolls, health insurance vaca-
tions, 401K and a pleasant work environment.
We will train all work responsibilities. Advance-
ment opportunities are available for people who
show initiative. South of Yeehaw Jct., we are ac-
cessible from Ft. Pierce, Okeechobee and Vero
Beach Grab a job in the lane withFt. Drum Citgo
mm 184 FL. Turnpike. 863-763-9383 DFWP
HOUSEKEEPING: Full Time
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street
Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N. W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
NEED A GOOD JOB?
Career opportunity for a motivated dedicated
person who is willing to accept responsibility
in return for good wages, benefits and respect.
Bi-lingual, computer skills, and friendly per-
sonality a plus. Call 357-2442 for interview.
Available for Call Center.
462-5195 for further details.
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315
Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
' meant that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs- if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that il is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
in'money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
business Bureau at
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Some 800 and 900 telephone
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long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader ofthese charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.
Wyman "Pitt" Pittman
Tax Services Notary
812 E. North Park St.
Office: (863) 763-9400
Fax: (863) 763-9413
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
ALUMINUM DIVISION OF
License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Aluminum Roof Over
Pressure Washing &
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
Lic. # 2349 5698
JACK'S TOP SOIL
Fill Dirt available.
& Bob Cat work.
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linen& Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Cal t Items 650
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
A/C- For Travel Trailer, Dual
Therm, '05, 120v, 1 phase,
1500 BTU Used 1/2 yr.
A/C UNITS- 3 ton, Air & heat,
A/C WINDOW UNITS,
1-12,000 BTU's & 1-8,000
BTU's w/remote. Both new
$400. will sep 863-675-8182
CENTRAL A/C PKG UNITS-
2.5 ton & 3 ton $700 for
both or will separate.
Grab a bargain from your
attic, basement or clus-
etM n today's classfeds.
DRESSING TABLE & MIRROR
AIR CONDITIONER & ELEC-
TRIC STOVE working condi-
tion, both for $175 or best
CHEST & UPRIGHT FREEZER-
asking $200 for both or will
sell separate (863)675-0550
DISH WASHER- Estate, Good
condition. Top basket need
to be replaced. $40.
ELECTRIC STOVE- Whirlpool,
Good condition. $50.
FRIDGE, ADMIRAL 18.6 cu-
bic ft., frostless/white, $75.
FRIDGE, GE, Magic Chef glass
top range, Whirlpool wash-
er/dryer, 2 NAC's, $1200 will
sell sep. (863)467-8723
GARBAGE COMPACTOR- Like
new condition. Beige, $125.
UNITS- 2, Good condition.
1-3/4 hp & 1-1hp. $190.
Will sep. (863)697-0217
RANGE, AMANA Smoothe
black/white w/white Ken-
more range hood, $75.
REFRIGERATOR- good condi-
tion, 4yrs old, white, $200
STOVE- Modern Whirlpool,
self cleaning oven, Good
WASHER & DRYER, Amana
washer & Kenmore Dryer.
$100 for both. (863)357-6315
WASHER,& DRYER- Whirl-
pool, super capacity, 3yrs
old, excellent condition $350
WASHER & DRYER- Whirl-
pool, white, 2.yrs old, good
SCHWIN BICYCLE 1955- 26",
like new, asking $700.
INSTALLATION- Owens Corn-
ing fiberglass R-11, 5 rolls,
$25. Or will separate.
TEMPORARY SERVICE POLE,
200 amp service. Cost $700,
used 1 month. Asking $500
CHILDREN TOYS, 3 boxes,
boys & girls, $30 will sell
WEDDING GOWN, new, sz. 4,
corset bodice, cathedral
train, halter heck, Dulctiana
slk, $500. (863)634-2957
STAMP COLLECTION $30 or
best offer. (863)467-6943
AVON PRODUCT- big box of
older items. $50
(3-400)- Racing & Comic. late
80s eady 90s Exc. cond. $400
JEANS: Sears, Mens, 9 pairs,
36x29 & 36x30. Some new.
$90 for all, will sep.
COMPACT PRESARIO- Win.
XR with mouse & keyboard.
COMPAQ PASARIO, Windows
98, Just upgraded. New CD
Burner, etc. $200.
LAP TOP- Compaq Armada
E500, Win XP Home Edition,
DVD Player,CD Burner, dis-
kette $550 (863)946-3769
LAP TOP- Sony, Vaio, exc
cond., Win XP Pro, DVD plyr,
CD burner, many extras
$450 neg (863)946-3769
Printer 6100 Minolta, Qus,
ARMOIRE, Hand Painted,
Cream w/flowers. Luv it, but
must sell. $850.
BAR L-shaped with 2 bar-
stools. Wood and leather. 44"
high, 22" wide, 7' and 5'
lengths. $150 (863)612-9233
BEDROOM SUITE, Beautiful, 6
pc. w/Sealy Posturepedic
Mattress. Antique Beige Col-
or. $1000. (863)763-9410
BEDROOM SUITE- King sz
Black w/gray, contemporary
style. Lots of mirrors, Nice.
$800 neg. (863)634-7895
BOOK CASE- Custom built for-
mica, w/sliding glass doors.
$100. or best offer.
BOOK SHELF $25 or best of-
BR SUITE- Wicker, queen size,
headboard, nite stand, chest
BUNK BEDS, Wooden w/built
in desk & set of drawers. Very
good condition. $800.
CHAIRS (4), Dining or game
table, nice off white fabric,
casters, swivel/tilt w/oak arms
& tim. $100 (863)357-3779
CHINA CABINET, Solid wood,
2 pc. w/5 shelves. Hand
Made. Must see! $650
COUCH, 8 Ft. w/floral design.
Very nice & clean $80.
COUCH, Tan, Very good cbn-
dition. $125. LeBelle
DINING ROOM SET, Entertain-
ment ctr & Living room set,
$650. Will separate.
ENTERTAINMENT CTR- Dark
wood, Lighted & lots of
shelves 6.5'x6.5' Like new,
$150. Neg. (863)467-7838
GLASS TOP TABLE W/4
CHAIRS- brand new, $125
HEADBOARD & FOOTBOARD,
3/4, antique, with rails, $50.
LIVING ROOM SET, 3-piece, 2
loveseats & 1 chair. Good
LIVING ROOM SET, Sofa, love
seat & chair. Hunter green and
burgandy striped. $250
MATTRESS, BOX SPRING &
FRAME: King Size. $175 or
best offer. (863)675-6142
MATTRESS- King Size, $25
OFFICE DESK- IKEA Beech
top. Very modern and beautiful
to look at. $125.
RECLINER- Barca Lounger,
Retail $900. Like new. Wood
arms & side. Light tan.
SECTIONAL SOFA, Multi Col-
ored. $150. (863)946-0749
SLEIGH BED- Twin complete,
no mattress, $50
Table, 6 chairs & China cabi-
TABLE SET, 3-piece w/2
matching lamps. Brand new.
$300 or best offer.
GAZELLE- Tony Little, top of
the line, absolutely brand
new, 6 work out CD's $150
VENITIAN BLINDS, (5), 29.5"
wide, (2) 60" wide. $25 or will
DIAMOND RING- 1/2 ct,
$500 (863)675-7105 or
ENGAGEMENT RING, dia-
mond, 14k, yellow gold,
WATCH, Gold & Sterling Sil-
ver: Ladies. Clips on wrist.
Made by New Mexico Indians.
$200. neg. (863)357-2233
WHEELCHAIR, Power, with leg
attachment, foot plate, battery
operated w/plugin. Great cond.
$1200 neg. (863)801-6149
ARCADE GAMES, (2), Miss
Pac Man & Galagh Stand Up
Machines. $1100 will sell
CAR HAULER- Hauls up to 4
cars, .Needs axles. $700.
DAVID BROWN MACHINE,
$1000 or will separate for
FLAT BED TRAILER- Miller,
'71, Tilt deck, Dual tandems,
Holds up to 18,000 lbs.
PEANUT WAGON Small,
stainless steel, runs on LP
as, real money maker,
TEMPORARY 20' POWER
POLE, meter box, braker box,
5th whl. hookup, $250.
WOOD BAR, with stem glass
& wine bottle holders, $100
FLUTE, with case. Excellerni
condition. Paid $600, asking
$200 (863)635-3918 Baoson
SNARE DRUM- with sand.
asking $50 (863)675.4098
Smith Corona display dic-
tionary. Like new, $50
BICHON FRISE, Male, born
10/9/05, purebred w/papers.
Up to date on shots & tags.
CHIHUAHUA- male, CKC reg.,
1 yr old, occoa color, hse
broke $350 (863)634-0517
CHINCHILLA'S 2 males, 2 fe-
males. $300 for all, will sep.
COCKATIELS, 1 male & 1 fe-
male. Good for breeding. $80
will separate. (863)634-8118
DACHSHUND PUPPY, 7 wks.
old. Black & Tan, Male.
DOG PENS, (2), Large w/gate.
$100 or will separate. Call
Rick (239)410-3784 In La-
MIN-PIN PUPPIES- 8wks old,
CKC reg. & they have Health
(863)763-4052 or 634-8691
POT BELLY PIG BABIES- 1
pair, $75 (863)675-4981
PUPPY, Puggle, female, hon-
ey tan w/black on face, w/pa-
pers. 6 mos. Playful. House
trained. $400 (863)634-6184
TROPICAL FISH & AFRICAN
CICIHLIDS $2000. Will sep-
YORKIPOO PUPPY, CKC reg.
Adorable, shots & vet
NIKON MOTOR DRIVE MD4
Double Sink, Stainless steel,
33" x 22", wall hardware, hos-
es & garbage disposal. $45.
CROSSBOW, Barnett com-
mando. $75 (239)246-3549
CAR CD PLAYER, Pioneer
DEH-P47DH, Super Tuner,
Retail $300 Sell $200. (in
CASSETTE TAPES- Oldie's But
Goodies, Approx. 60. $25..
STEREO SYSTEM, Fisher, 5
disc CD changer, dual
cassette, etc. $300. Call
Sharp, 25", with remote,
needs reprogramming, $30.
TV, Toshiba, BIG SCREEN: 55"
Floor Model w/remote. Ask-
ing $600 or best offer.
8-15ft LITTLE GIANT A
FRAME LADDER- $800
CHAINSAWS (2) & STRING.
TRIMMERS (6) Weedeaters.
Neea wor' $,-5 for all.
DRILL PRESS: $150.
GENERATOR Homelite LRX
4500 watt, 8.5 hp, 120/240
volt, 142 hrs. $450
GENERATOR, Coleman, Pow-
er Mate Maxa 3000, on cart,
will demonstrate. $225
HOIST, A-Frame, Heavy Duty
2 Ton w/8" solid steel cast-
ers & trolley. $600.
MAC TOOLBOX- Economizer
4000, asking $800 or best
Master Slim Jim Kit: Books,
Rods, Shims. Unlock cars,
trucks or imports. New. $300,
Now $100. (863)763-3551
SETTLING TORCH w/oxygen
hoses, cutting torch & braising
tip, $400. (863)763-9527
TABLE SAW, CRAFTSMAN,10"
w/Extensions & Fence. $95.
(863)763-6629 ; .- ,
TABLE SAWS; (2) CaftSmatii
10", w/extensions & extra
blades. $199 for both.
KITCHEN CABINETS, Used,
uppers & lowers, for garage
MRE's: Meals Ready To Eat
Buying All-Top Dollar Payed
NEW COIN COLLECTOR want-
ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891
TRAILER, Used 35' flat bed
gooseneckk. (863)763-2838 or
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
APPA. GELDING- wh./leopard
spot, 12yo, easy keeper,
good feet, good ground
HORSE TRAILER- Older mod-
el, 2 horse, New floor. $650.
OLD SORREL GELDING, 2
yrs., very gentle, no bad hab-
its, saddle & bridle broke, all
shots. $1000 (863)673-0065
OLD SORREL MARE, 8 yrs,
very gentle, good for any rider,
trailers well, all vaccinations.
Palamino Paint Gelding, 6
years old, 15 hands, used for
trail, loads, ties, good ride.
$1000 neg. (863)634-9314
PONY Small Gray mare, 6
yrs old, rides & drives,
WESTERN SHOW SADDLES
(2) black, lots of silver. 15"
seat, & 17" seat $1000 will
FINISH MOWER, Bush Hog,
5', Excellent condition. $700
or best offer. (863)697-3008
GRADER / SNOW BLADE, For
John Deere Garden Tractor.
Good condition. New $350,
Now $100. (772)971-9474
KEE- 22", 5hp, alum deck,
elect start Runs perfect.
$250. (863)517-2077 La-
RIDING MOWER, Allis Chalm-
ers, 42" cut, 16hp, Bolins
cast iron eng., $550.
RIDING MOWER- Snapper,
42" cut, Good condition.
Needs a starter. $175.
RIDING TRACTOR LAWN
MOWER, Wheel Horse, 42"
cut, $750. (863)763-3451
ROTOVATOR- 6hp, Troy-
Biltelec start, runs excellent,
$350 (863)763-9020 or
SNAPPER- 12 HP Rear engine.
Great shape. $550.
TroyBilt Tiller 8hp, $600, Les-
co SS Pro Fertilizer spreader
$200, Red Max Trimmer $95
Red Max Back Pack Blower
$200, Black Max 80 gal 220
Air Compressor $525, Triple
lawn trailer racks $50
CALVES: Shots, Wormed
$200 & up. Also Cows: Young
& Healthy. $400 & Up.
Will Deliver. 863-235-0838
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House- Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
FURNISHED APT- On Water.
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between 9-4
pm daily (868)357-2044
N. of OKEE -2 Br, 1 Ba
12 mi. N of Okeechobee. $575
mo. 1st &sec. No Petsl Non
smoking envi. (863)467-1717
8:30am- 3:3pm, or email
2 BR, 2BA, on quite St..
Kids & pets welcome.
$850. mo. & $2200 Moves
you in. (561)795-1965
OKEECHOBEE- 2br, in Kings
Bay, partially furn apt, $875/
mo $1000 sec dep. for more.
info-call (863)763-8349 or
:O1keechobee, Large 1BR in
town, furnished, no pets, $750
1st & sec. + utilities.
OKEECHOBEE NEW 2BR/1BA
& 1BR/1BA for lease, No
pets or smoking. Call
OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 2ba, all
appliances, privacy fence &
patio, $1000 mo. + $1000.
sec. dep. (863)467-1005
CBS, '03, 3/2, on 1 fenced
acre, $1250 mo., no inside
pets, non-smoking environ-
ment, (863)467-0756 or
-CBS 2BR 2BA, W/D, Patio,
Boat Launch, Private Lagoon
on Rim Canal. $1700 mo. +
sec. 1 yr. lease 561-346-4646
CBS 3BR 1BA W/D updt'd
bath, kit. & flrng. Inci City wa-
ter in town. $900 mo. + Sec.
1 yr. lease. 561-346-4646
CBS HOUSE, SW Section,
2 BR,1 BA, 115SW9thSt.,
Tile Floors. $750 mo. & $1700
to move in. (863)634-0512
Duplex in town, 2BR/1BA.
$650/mo. No pets,
no smoking. Call
(863)357-8303 Lv. message.
HOUSE FOR RENT
3bd, 2 ba on Canal
$1,300 per mo.
1st, last + sec.
OKEECHOBEE 3BR/2BA, 1
car garage. $1300/month &
$500 deposit. (754)214-4964
Option to sell $21 Ok
Saturday, May 27, 10Oam-3pm
new, tile throughout,
$1395/mo, 1st &sec,No pets
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 1ba, Lg
yard, Avail. 07/01/06. $900.
mo. + Util. 1st & Last mo.
O K E E C H O BE E 2 c e s n a
OKEECHOBEE, 12 Acres near
Hwy 441 & 98, monthly rent
$100/acre. Barn Ponds, Well
water, Fenced. 561-798-1960.
NOW LEASING -
West Side of New Courthouse
Call Judy (863)467-0831
OFFICE BUILDING, for sale or
lease, 1600 sq. ft., avail.
now, Call Judy
OKEECHOBEE- female pre-
ferred, kids ok, full house
Class A & B CDL Required.
Walpole Feed &
2595 NW 8th Street
0 6 O 11
OKEE.- Remodeled 2br, 11/V
ba, 2 Story, Fenced patio. Oak
Lake Apartments. $91,900.
BUCKHEAD RIDGE- Older 3br,
2ba dbl wide on lake, new
metal roof, new carpet
throughout, 18ft above
ground pool, Fla room &
screen room w/jacuzzi, boat
house w/lift, fenced rear
yard, full sprinkler system.
CBS, '03, 4BR/2BA, 4.73
acres, upgraded, $375,000.
Call 561-718-7557. Century
21 America's Choice.
OKEECHOBEE, 3BR/2BA, CBS
home, quiet residential area,
new appliances, heat/ac, roof
& Vinyl fence. Professionally:
system, 2 fountains, Florida
room, 2 sheds & carport.
Newly Remodeled 3 9R,
1 BA, Large Lot Private
CATCH A PIECE.
Large 4 BR, 2 BA w/Pool
on 1.63 acres. Has Airpline
hanger on air strip.
Florida Propebtes of
Ft. Pierce, LLC.
CallShlriey@ t C
772-465-6400 or email
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NEW 3/2/2 in Everglades t.
tales. Quality Built. S lon
Porch. Spnnklers. Alarm. .,
Central Vac Granite KitM.
Gas or Electric $249 .|
2-story on 1.25-acre hti&
dry Viking lot Fenced, AT- asking rice
livedin.All appliances, c 13 fiberglass lasprice
a/c. $1 55 1000(8 63)824l 1, 13 ,fiberglass laser
rc. $100877)510 624 polymer bottom, 220
or (877)11-, 116 jugs, shop rebuilt,
Palm Village Ranch, / 3697-0008 or
55+, RoyalWall con 67-2743
port, storage shed, Aluminum, 13 Ft.
561-236-0293. Great shape No trail-
Vk I300 or best offer.
RVILLAemole BAd3, G) 97-8507 after 6pm.
(863)76R 4350 HO0E & TRAILER, Great
Byappointnto shape! $500.
S '- Sal. (863)467-0891
FISHING BOAT, 14 Ft., Fiber-
glass, Swivel seats, 9.9 Mari-
RESIDENTIAL LOTS:.. ner eng. on galv. trailer. $1500
(2 adjoining) in Okeecholbee or best offer. (863)763-3551
Call (863)634-5988 PRO CRAFT 1984, 17 Ft., 6 In.
N w/150 Johnson GT. $2500.
M l H m0 Seville Searay, '86, 20', cutty
SI $2495. (863)467-6725
MOTOR HOME: Low miles.
New tires. Very good condi-
tion. $2000 or best offer.
I Houses Sale
mokes you a more Inonnmed
mnd Interesting person. No
wonder newspaper readers
are more successfully
tICKNEAD RIDGE, 2BR/2BA,
No pets. 1 year lease required.
$650/mo. + $1200 sec.
.MII a ca? Look ni the
cislifleds. Selling a
ca? Look In the cassl-
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WINNEBAGO JOURNEY DL 36
Ft., 2001, Diesel, Freight liner
chassis, 6 spd., Allison trans.,
2 slideouts, Loaded, Garage
kept. 24,500 mis. $105,000.
5TH WHEEL PLATE- for pick-
up truck, $125
YAMAHA WAVE RAIDER '96,
1100 CC w/trailer & cover
BOAT TRAILER, Double axle
with title.$200 (239)410-3784
APRILIA RS50 2003 eng.
swaped fora 250 2 stroke,
run & drives exc. $2500
BMW K75 RT '92- 70K miles,
paid $3500 asking $2500 firm
(863)634-9620 Okee area
HARLEY DAVIDSON '86,
Sportster, Bell drive, alot of
chrome, big tank & big seat.
SUZUKI 85L '04- 10hrs, like
new, $2000 (863)634-0856
Autos Wanted 40Q10
Claselp Cars 4015
Commercial Trumka 4020
Fre-gn Care 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utilty 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
ACURA LEGEND '92, 3.21, V6,
5 speed, 4 door, needs some.
work. $2500 or best offer.
BUICK STATION WAGON, '88,
needs transmission, $250.
CHEVY CAVALIER, '96 Auto-
matic, V6, 2.4L, 2dr, green,
CD, a/c, $1250. Call
DODGE NEON- '98, 4, new
tires. Good condition. Runs
DODGE SHADOW '92, Auto-
matic, A/C works. Asking
$1500 or best offer.
FLEETWOOD '92- 2dr, SW
edition, new starter/headliner.
Runs, Looks great. $1500.
FORD FOCUS 2001, 4 Door,
Window Tint; Runs good.
$1000. or best offer.
LINCOLN CONTINENTAL '91 -
V6, auto, good shape, needs
transmission, $300. Call
LINCOLN TOWNCAR '01, mint
condition, loaded, only 26k,
white in color. $12,800 (under
book value). (863)467-0085
I PbiNo ice
MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS,
'86, cold a/c, good transpor-
tation, can be seen at JJ Au-
to, $700. (863)946-3570
NEONS '96- (2) $800 FOR
PONTIAC SE 1988, Original
owner. Full power, A/C, $2500
or best offer. (863)697-8507
after 6 pm.
Looking to buy Antique Car/
Convertible/Truck. Please call
CHEVY BLAZER-'00- 4x4, AC,.
auto, very good cond, $6300
or best offer, can be seen at
E & E Automotive, 3585 N
JEEP CHEROKEE 1990, 4x4,
Auto., 6.cyl., Good condi-
tion. Runs good. Cold NA/C.
BEDLINER for full size Ford
Pick up Truck, excel. $100
or best offer (863)763-6747
DRIVE ON RAMP- you must
remove and haul $125
FRONT BUMPER GUARD,
chrome, w/light guards for
'98 Chevy Tahoe & more,
$125 neg. (863)675-0705
MIRRORS: Set, Stock, Electric'
A,delosl For 2004 Dodge
Truck. $100. (772)201-5689
PONTIAC BONIVILLE- '94,
Runs good, New tires. Front
end damage. $400 or best
RIMS For S-10 truck, 18" x
7 1/2", brand new, never on
truck, asking' $700.
RIMS, (4) 16" Alum., w/covers
for '99 and up Ford, 8 lug.
STEP BARS Tube type for ex-
tended cab for truck, Summit
#fey-23-1430, $100. Call
Third Seat, brand new, for '99
Ford Expedition, $200.
TIRES (5) 17", Michelin,
Heavy ,Duty, for Dodge 2004,
8 lug. wheels. Less than 20K.
TONNEAU COVER, A.R.E. Fi-
berglass, Fits '01-'03 Dodge
Dakota Quad Cab, white. $500
TONNEAU COVER, Fiberglass,
fits'2001-03 F150 Super
Crew. Asking $450 neg.
VOLVO GLE 740 '85- body
good, engine needs wiring,
parts only $300 firm
DODGE RAM 50 P/U 1985, 4
spd., 4'cyl., 7K org. mls. Good
tires. Just needs a little TLC.
FORD F150 1979, 4x4, Brand
new 35" tires, 4 spd. trans.,
351 engine. Runs great $2500
FORD F150 '89, Runs good,
needs body work. $900 or
best offer. (863)357-0223
after 6 p.m.
FORD F150 XLT, '89, 2wd,
new tires, clutch, great
FORD F250 '86, 454 engine
only 3 years old. A/C & cd.
Great work truck, good condi-
tion. $3000 (863)357-3313
FORD F250, '86, runs great,
new tires, a/c, $1400.
FORD F250 '91, With Reading
utility bed. Rebuilt motor, as is.
$3500 neg. (863)674-0416
FORD RANGER XLP 88, 5sp,
runs & looks good, $1700.
SINGLE AXLE TRLR- with a 9'
x 7' flat bed truck body on it,
hand winch, 2 5/16,ball.
$700 neg (863)697-9704
TANDEM AXLE TRAILER, 16',
rear let down ramp, front tool
CHEVY ASTRO.VAN 1993,
165K mis., FM/CD. Looks
great Runs a little rough. Ask-
ing $1800 (863)467-1000
CHEVY VAN' 87- cold air, new
tires, $790 (863)673-0782
DODGE 1992 CONVERS IN
VAN, TV, VCR, Play Station,
Captains Seats, A/C. Good
cond. $2400 (863)634-8854
FORD AEROSTAR '94- needs
rocker panels, $1500
Ford Hightop Van, '89, V8,
sofa bed, tow pkg., 178k
miles, $2000. LaBelle Area.
(863)675-4970 Iv. msg.
FORD VAN 1500- $350.
PLYMOUTH GRAND VOYAG-
ER SE 1996, 7 Pass. Mini Van.
114K. New tires. Very good
cond. FM/Cass. NC, P/W,V6,
C/C, Tilt. Silver. w/grey int.
Raulerson Hospital seminar aNned
Raulerson Hospital, 1796 N. Highway 441; "ili host "A Medical Hur-
ricane Preparedness" seminar, Friday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. in the
north dining room This session will take ithe place of the "Dine with
the Doctor" series for June, in preparatiofi for hurricane season. Din-
ner service will be at 5:p.m. Please RSVP (863) 824-2702 Public Rela-
Martha's House offers weekend getaway
Martha's House is selling tickets for a weekend. getaway for two.
Ticket are $5 each and includes a two-night.stay at the Oceanside Hol-
iday Inn Express in Juno Beach and a full breakfast each morning; a
$50 dinner gift certificate; and, two movie tickets for the Brahman
Theater All proceeds will benefit shelter and outreach programs at
Martha's House Domestic Violence Services. To purchase a ticket, call
their Outreach Office at (863) 763-2893. The drawing will be held July
4, and you need not be present to win. ...
Day Care offers free program.
A Child's World Day Care, 703 SW, Sixth St., Will offer a free sum-
mer voluntary pre-kindergarten (VPK) programs, from May 29 until
Aug. 11, from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Limited spaces are available.
To register your child you will need a birth certificate, Social Security
number and proof of Florida registry. This program is for children
who turned 4 years of age before Sept. 1, 2005, and have not already
participated in the VPK program this year. For information, contact
Malissa or Sharon at (863) 763-5453.Deadline is June 5.
Church's pre-school is expanding
Peace Lutheran Pre-School, 750 N.W..23 Lanh, has expanded their
services to include kindergarten for the next school year. Registration
is limited to 15 students who will be age 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2006.
You can register by calling (863) 763-7566, or at the church. Parents
must furnish birth certificates, shot records 4nd health certificate for
students. The deadline for registration is May .1.
Headstart offers free ptfgrai
The Ecor)nmkit Opp6rtunities council. ..idan River and Okee-
chobee Counties,is ac pting applications .bnead Start and Volun-
tary Pre-Kindtrgarten program. On going l'etlitment will be held at
1798 N.W Ninth Ave. Parents must proi&e a birth certificate, social
security number, proof Of family income ad Florida residency. Call
the Northside Head Stirt office at (863) 35 ,677 or (863) 357-2242
for an appointment and additional information.
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 Okee-
chobee Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464.
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My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) ( organition is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our iloset any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours .of9 a.ri.-until 2 p.m. We are also
looking for a volunteer to become the directorand a board member
of The Clothes Closet. The volunteerjshould" communicate well with
the public and should be able to seek sup* from city and county
officials, business executives and othi ybtghii2ations. Work days and
hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-230636or i; t .iiation.
Free pregnancy tests offed1 :
The Pregnancy Resource Center" ot.O~&chobee, a non-profit
organization, is now available to offer frte"pPtg lancy testing to girls
and women of all.ages. We offer free arid confidential pregnancy
tests, peer counseling, referrals for a free tasdurti, parenting class-
es and abstinence education. Operating I~uj s ie kom 10 a.m. until 4
p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parent g cidsset are held at 7 p.m.
on Tuesday. We are located at 1505 S.. t Ave., across from the
movie theatre. If you would like more intformtmon on this or set an
appointment for a free pregnancy test please cal (863) 763-8859.
Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will b e ffring free adult basic
education/GED and English as a second language classes at these
locations: Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.WXNiAth Ave., English as sec-
ond language classes, Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until
noon, adult basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday from 8
a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. One-Stop, 123
S.W. Park St., adult basic education/GED,. Monday through Friday,
from 8 a.m. until noon; Yearling Middle School, 925, N.W. 23 Lane,
English as a second language classes, Monday-Wednesday 5:30 until
8:30 p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a
second language classes, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.
Library hosts computer classes.
The Heartland Library Cooperative will ,be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206
S.W. 16th St. Basic computer knowledge, and word processing sills
will be demonstrated, as well as how to access and navigate the inter-
net. For the dates and times of these classes, contact the Okeecholbee
County Library at (863) 763-3536.
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Memorial Day speaker
Reverend Al Jaquith, who served as a hospital corpsman
in Viet Nam and is currently pastor of the First Baptist
Church of Basinger and a behavior specialist with Okee-
chobee schools, was the featured speaker at the Memo-
rial Day Program held in Veterans' Park.
Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to youth
and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes are cur-
rently taught four days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from
6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m:
ACS walk is planned
The American Cancer Society/Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
committee is currently seeking individuals interested in helping with
the event. The 5K walk will be held in October of this year, which is
Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you are a cancer survivor or would
like to be a team leader or volunteer, contact Pattie Mullins at (863) 634-
4054 or Carrie Heineman at (863) 634-6012.
Salvation Army offers financial help
If you are in a financial bind due to a crisis, call the Salvation Army -
Okeechobee Service Unit office at.(863) 763-6020 and leave your narie
and phone number. Calls are returned Monday through Friday. Help is
available for referrals, rent, electric, water or sewer, prescriptions and
other necessities of life. Appointments are on the first four Thursdays of
each month, from 1:30 until p.m.
Center offers parenting classes.
The Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505 S. Parrott Ave., Suite D, offers
a continuous 10-week free parenting class on Tuesdays from 7 until 8
p.m. Attendance each week earns participants an opportunity to "pur-
chase" items from their Baby Boutique. Classes will not be held during
the month of July. For information, call (863) 763-8859; or, (863) 697-
Volunteers needed to plan parade
People are needed from a cross section of the community to be part
of a committee that will plan the Martin Luther King Day parade. To
become a part of the committee, call George Robinson at (863) 610-
Blood donors are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors in Okeechobee.
The blood mobile will be at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., on
the second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The mobile
unit will be at the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on the
fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.rr. until 2 p.m. The month of
August may be skipped. For information, call (863) 382-4499. All blood
types are needed. There is no upper age limit, and most medications
and conditions are acceptable. Diabetes and blood pressure donations
can also be accepted. A picture ID is needed for all donors.
Real Life continuing yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will continue having
yard sales throughout the month of May on Thursdays and Fridays only.
Sale times are 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thg.yard sales help support activities
-for the.children. Usable donations are always accepted, but must be
delivered to the Ranch.
Fundraiser aids Hospice residence
Hospice of Okeechobee is currently raising funds for their residence,
The Hamrick Home. They are selling tickets for a 2006 20-foot Shearwa-
ter boat complete with a 150hp, four-stroke EFI Suzuki outboard and an
aluminum trailer. Tickets can be purchased for $50 each at Eli's West-
ern Wear, Elite Title, Gilbert Chevrolet, Lakeshore Marine, Don's Appli-
ance, Riverside National Bank, Quail Creek Plantation and Hospice of
Okeechobee. Only 1,500 tickets will be sold. Drawing will be held on
July 4. For information, call Theresa Davis at (863) 467-2321.
Help with electric bills available
Okeechobee Senior Services has limited funds through the EAHEAP
program for help with electric bills for seniors 60 and over. Call Kim
Senna at (863) 462-5180, for information.
Fundraiser benefits Shriner's programs
Tickets for a 2006 Cadillac CTS that will be given away at 7 p.m. on
Dec. 15 at the Amara Shrine Center are now available at the Okee-
chobee County Chamber of Commerce office at 55 S. Parrott Ave.
Donations for the benefit are not' tax deductible. For information, con-
tact the Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464. Proceeds from the
fundraiser will go to Shriner's programs.
Class of '87 plans 20th reunion
The class of 1987 is planning their 20th year high school reunion for
October 200)6. AddFsses are needed from all class members. Please
send information v.e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Center looks to expand activities
Okeechobee Senior Services Center located at the Lottie Raulerson
Service Center, 1019 W. South Park St., has arts and crafts for seniors at
the service center each Tuesday and Thursday and bluegrAss and
gospel music every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The center would like to
expand its activities to groups that would like to play board games, card
games and bingo. If anyone is interested or has any ideas, contact
Sheila at (863) 462-5180 or Debbie at (863) 462-5183, or just come
down and talk to us. Activities are held from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
This is a free service to seniors age 60 and over. -
Ornament sales benefits scholarships
The Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE) are selling a limited edi-
tion 2006 Christmas ornament. The ornament is 24 karat gold on brass
and includes a numbered certificate and historical information. Each
ornament is $15. All proceeds from the sale of the ornaments will go to
the ORE scholarship. To purchase call: Kay McCool, (863) 763-2829;
Gay Carlton, (863) 763-5755; Paulette Whipple, (863) 467-2487; Mari-
on Davis, (863) 763-3991; or Regina Hamrick, (863) 763-8865.
CAP looking for senior and cadet members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Aux-
iliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Composite
Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and cadets
are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18
are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit and
provide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of the Civil
Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and cadet pro-
grams. Senior members and cadets work side by side to accomplish
these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior
member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Opera-
tions Center, (863) 763-3212.
Class of '97 plans reunion
Anyone interested in helping out with planning-of the Okeechobee
High School Class of 1997 reunion is asked to e-mail
Regions accepts Red Cross donations
All Regions banks can now accept donations to the American Red
Cross disaster relief efforts. Cash and checks will be accepted at any
Regions bank. Locally, Regions Bank is located at 305 E. N. Park St.
Checks must be written to the American Red Cross Hurricane Wilma
Disaster Relief Fund, and the customer-will be given a Red Cross
Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If
you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop
them off at their administrative office at 103 N.W. Fifth St-.
Church offers program for families
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. will hold
classes on Tuesday mornings from 10 until 11:30 a.m. for parents and
pre-school children. The curriculum will explore God's word through
activity centers. There will also be a special class for parents. For infor-
mation or to register, call Angela at (863) 763-4021.
Hero campaign helps Red Cross
Heroes for the American Red Cross is a grassroots campaign in
which local business people, school groups, church groups, civic
clubs and individuals pledge to raise $1,000 through any legal meats
they choose for the local Red Cross chapter. This year, the Okeechobee
County Branch has set its sights on raising $25,000 during the cam-
paign which runs throughout the month of May. The funds will be
used to support such Red Cross services in Okeechobee County as dis-
aster relief, assistance for fire victims, emergency.rlitary communica-
tions, first aid, CPR training and disaster preparedness for the commu-
nity. If you would like to become a hero by raising or donating $1,000
for the Okeechobee County Red Cross, call Debbie Riddle, branch
manager, at (863) 763-2488.
REQUEST FOR BIDS (RFB) CN060732
S-4 PUMP STATION HARDENING, GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA
The South Flodda Water Management District will receive sealed bids through the
Procurement Office, B-1 Bldg., 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Flordda
33406, for S-4 Pump Station Hardenlin, Glades County, FL on Thursday, June
29, 2006 at 2:30 .m. local time, at which timely submitted bids will be opened
and publiclyread. Work Includes application of reinforced concrete to exterior sur-
fac es of U walls, upgrades to ventilation system, alterations to doors & re-
painting of exterior surfaces. An OPTIONAL prm-bid conference will be field at Cle-
wiston Field Station Conf Rm, 2425 Hookers Point Rd, Clewlston, FL 33440 on
Friday, June 16, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. For directions call 863-983-1431. A site
visit will immediatelyfollow.
All bids must conform to the Instructions in the Request for Bidders (RFB). Interest-
ed respondents may obtain a copy of the complete. RFB by downloading it for tee
at nX.imd.o, purchasing a set for $46.00 at the above address, by calling
(561) 682-6391, r by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE 800-472-520. The
public Is Invited to attend the bid opening. nfermaition on the slt of thils so
lclItation canbe obtained at ourweb site www.sfwmd.go.
137827 ON 5/30/06
TOYOTA '88, 4X4, Flat bed, 4
cyl., 5 spd., good work or play
truck. 57k. $950 neg.
FORD BRONCO, '93, engine
trouble, $800 as is.
FORD EXPLORER 1993, Red,
Runs good. Cold A/C.
$2500. 863-634-0512 or
JEEP '95, 4 cyl., 5 speed. 8"
lift kit, custom bumpers. 8,000
pound wench, tow bar,
38.5x12.5 swamper buggers,
488 gears. This Jeep will go
'anywhere. Asking $7500
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE'93,
DUAL AXLE TRAILER- 14X7,
4FT sides, tailgate ramp, ex-
tra heavy duty, elec brakes
EQUIPMENT TRAILER 20'-
ramps, tool box, goose neck,
2 axles $2200 or best offer
TRAILER, For motorcycle or 4
wheeler, lowrider. $300
Okeechobee News, Tuesday, May-30, X*
12 The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, May 30, 2006
UDomie to Keecnoeechobe i'ews
We Be Loyal Scouts
Members of Okeechobee Cub Scout Pack 964 participated in a Crossing Over ceremony
on May 20 at Camp Taylor. Third graders who successfully completed requirements for
their Bear badges advanced in rank to become Webelos (which stands for We Be Loyal
Scouts). New Webelos include (front row, left to right) Tyler Elliott, Timothy Shablom,
Steve Mataushek, Sebastian Fulleda and Davon Jones. Not pictured are Otto Ramriez and
Myron McGhee. Scout leaders include (back row) Cubmaster Shawn Townsend, Carl
Mataushek, Assistant Cubmaster Jody Bell and Gail Elliott.
Cub Scouts move up in rank
The Webelos Scout rank is an 18-month program. Scouts completing their first year as
Webelos moved up to become "Webelos 2". Left to right are Skylar McCormick, Cody
Mullin, Bradley ZabitQsky, Brian Claypool, Christian Townsend and Don Dietrich.. Not pic-
tured are William Holliday, Marcus Aquirre, Joey Allen and Macario Sherwood. Leaders
include (back row) Cubmaster Shawn Townsend, Florerence Temesan, Sally Joyner and
Assistant Cubmaster Jody Bell.
New local website offers solutions to real life problems
By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
Our world is getting smaller by
the minute, and people are
demanding help around the clock.
A team from University of Florida
has recently come up with a new
website to help people quickly find
answers to real life problems
Extension Agents from our
local office have contributed infor-
mation to this effort, and have
helped to review this new website.
And at a recent event, University
President Bernard Machen cut the
ribbon and launched this new
clearinghouse for all our web-
based documents. Since market-
; ing studies told us that Extension
provides solutions to problems,
the new web address is appropri-
ately named SolutionsForYourLife.
Located at solutionsfory-
ourlife.com, the site gives con-
sumers and industry professionals
a one-stop source of information
on family life, gardening, agricul-
ture, the environment and other
topics. Massive in size and scope,
Solutions for Your Life is a gateway
to all our Extension, research and
education resources from
This is the first time such a com-
prehensive Web: presence has
been assembled, and we believe it
demonstrates how a University
can improve its public outreach..
We're really excited .about this
project and expect it to help Florid-
ians improve their lives in many
waN s. Solutions for Your Life col-
lect hundreds of how-to publica-
tions, educational programs, fact.
sheets and technical reports. It also
links to Web sites for state and fed-
eral agencies, Other land-grant uni-
1 1 ,'1T I *'- , '
versities and professional organi-
The site includes timely feature
articles, an events calendar, data-
bases of frequently asked ques-
tions, jobs and contact informa-
tion for each of Florida's 67 county
extension offices. It will be updat-
ed continually with new publica-
tions links and photos.
- Solutions for Your Life empha-
sizes material that could be useful
anywhere in Florida. Information
specific to Okeechobee County -
such as schedules for local and
regional Workshops, meetings and
volunteer opportunities -, will still
be available from our local county
extension office and website.
The Web site isn't meant to
replace direct contact with Exten-
sion offices, but it's the next best
thing, and it's available around the
clock. In development for more
than a year, Solutions for Your Life
was created to meet consumer
demand for better online access to
extension resources. It has been
designed for ease of use and visual
appeal. It also complies with feder-
al guidelines to make the content
accessible to users with disabilities.
Okeechobee Extension Web-
While many local residents do
hot use computers, technology is
an important informational tool for
many persons. We get e-mails
from persons locally, throughout
Florida, across the country and
even across the world all seeking
information about issues of impor-
tance to them. The world has got-
ten very small with this'new .form
A UF technology adviser recent-
ly reviewed how often our local
website has been visited in the last
year. According to him, ours is one
of the most heavily visited pages
among Florida's county Extension
websites. Over the past year, the'
equivalent of five visits by every
person in Okeechobee County has
been recorded by computers that
track this kind of information.
To keep our local website in line
with the new SolutionsForYourLife
website, our look and content will
slowly be changed in the next few
months to accommodate the
needs of you,, our local user. Our
office would love to hear from you
on what kinds of computer-based
information would be useful on
our county website.
Likewise, if there is information
that is not needed, we can just
eliminate those pages with a few
clicks of the keyboard. And if you
find something that just doesn't
work, we want to know about it.
Take a look around the new
webpage and our own Okee-
chobee webpage and let us know
if we can improve your ability to
find information on this site. Ifyou
don't have a computer, or need
some help learning how to use
one, visit the Okeechobee Library
or come by our office we'd be
happy to showyou around.
I've placed. more information
on our Okeechobee web page,
you need additional information
on reaching Extension resources
via the Internet, please email us at
email@example.com or call
us at 863-763-6469. Local residents
can stop by our office at 458 Hwy
98 North in Okeechobee, and visit
our Okeechobee County Master
Gardeners from I to 5 PM on Tues-
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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, May 30, 2006