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Landis wins
Tour de France
PARIS (AP) The highs
,* and lows of Floyd Landis' nail-
biter of a bike race ended
without a hitch Sunday as he
won the Tour de France and
kept cycling's most presti-
gious title in American hands
for the eighth straight year.
The 30-year-old Landis,
Spedaling with an injured hip,
cruised to victory on the cob-
blestones of the Champs-
Elysees, a day after regaining
the leader's yellow jersey and
building an insurmountable
lead in the final time trial.
"I kept fighting, never
stopped believing," Landis
said, shortly after he received
the winner's yellow jersey on
the podium, joined by his
daughter, Ryan.
Landis picked up where
another American left off last
year, when Lance Armstrong
completed his seventh and
final Tour triumph. With the
victory, Landis becomes the,
third American joining
Armstrong and three-time
winner Greg LeMond to
win the Tour.
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Sheriff disputes crime rate


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Recent crime rate statistics that
indicate a 6.6 percent increase in
the crime rate in Okeechobee
County also has caused Sheriff
Paul May's blood pressure to go
up.
The Florida Department of Law
Enforcement (FDLE) says the pop-
ulation of Okeechobee County
has dropped from 38,004 in 2004
to 37,765 in 2005, a drop of 239.
And because of that drop, the
county's crime rate under the


crime index classifications of mur-
der, forcible sex offenses, robbery,
aggravated assault, burglary, larce-
ny and motor vehicle theft has
gone up4.
"The state says the population
of Okeechobee County has
dropped, and I totally disagree
with that," said Sheriff May. "By
dropping the population, that
increases it (the crime rate). I say
the population is now in excess of
40,000.
"If you want to figure the popu-
lation of Okeechobee County, just
go to Wal-Mart on a Saturday after-


noon in December," he added.
, In short, the
crime rate is .
directly tied to .
population
ftoals. B say- .-
itig that the :
population of .
Florida has
increased sig-
nificantly, that
makes it Sheriff
appear that the Paul May
crime rate has
dropped. Conversely, indicating a
drop in the population of Okee-


Summertime: Area churches keep children busy


chobee County makes it appear as
if the crime rate has gone up.
FDLE says the crime rate has
decreased 3.7 percent from 4,855
crimes per 100,000 people, in
2004, to 4,677 per 100,000 in 2005.
While the FDLE report indi-
cates the population of Okee-
chobee has dropped, U.S. Census
Bureau estimates come closer to
backing up Sheriff May's beliefs.
The FDLE report states that the
population of Florida is
17,918,227. But the Census
Bureau estimates the state's popu-
lation in 2005 was 17,789,864 a


difference of 128,363. While the
FDLE report indicates a drop in
population in Okeechobee Coun-
ty, 2005 Census Bureau estimates
the county's population has risen
-.to.39,836.
Sheriff May said riot only has
the population of the county gone
up, but so have school enroll-
ments, building permits and the
number of those incarcerated in
the Okeechobee County Jail.
"How can everything be up,
but the population be down. That
See Crime Page 2


School union



talks to begin



on July 30th


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It's that time of year again.
Time for talks between the
Okeechobee County School
Board and the Okeechobee
County Education Association,
the union that represents
teachers and non-instructional
school board employees. The
school system is ending the
first year of a three-year con-
.tract. Every Ihree years, anew
contract is negotiated.


.. ,. Okeechobee News/Helen Chason
Youths participate in soccer activities at the First Baptist Church Extreme Sports Camp.
Volunteers assist children in having fun and developing their soccer techniques. As
many as 100 kids attended the first evening of the camp.


Children create key chains at the Artic Ice Adventure Crafts Depot at the Believers Fel-
lowship Vacation Bible School. There are several depots to visit at the adventure. The
groups can go to depots containing arts and crafts, refreshments, recreation, and Bible
study. The kids participating in the cool adventure are: (left to right) Marco Montoya,
Amber Town and Maria Montoya.




County's jobless rate is up


Okeechobee County's
unemployment rate increased
in June to 4.1 percent, up from
May's rate of 3.4 percent. How-
ever, the county's unemploy-
ment rate is still lower than last
year's at this time. The unem-
ployment rate for June 2005
was 5.2 percent.
According to the State of
Florida Department of Labor,
Palm Beach County has a labor
force of 16,569 persons with
679 persons currently unem-
ployed.
Florida's unemployment
rate in June 2006 was 3.0 per-
cent, down from May's 3.2 per-
cent and down 0.8 percentage
points from 3.8 percent a year
ago. Job growth in June contin-
ued to be robust, as the state
added 270,900 jobs over the
year, growing at 3.5 percent,
more than twice the national


rate. The national rate of
growth was 1.4 percent for the
same period.
Based on the latest available
data, Florida continues to lead
other states in the nation in the
number of new jobs created
and has the fastest rate of job
growth and the lowest unem-
ployment rate among the ten
most populous states.
Florida's seasonally adjusted
unemployment rate for June
2006 of 3.0 percent was 1.6 per-
centage points lower than the
national rate of 4.6 percent.
Job growth by sector was led
by Professional and Business
Services (+66,000 jobs), Con-
struction (+43,500 jobs), Trade,
Transportation and Utilities
(+40,700 jobs), and Leisure
and Hospitality (+30,200 jobs).
The construction industry had
the fastest rate of growth of all


sectors, growing by 7.5 percent
over the year.
The Miami-Ft. Lauderdale-
Miami Beach MSA led the state
in employment growth
(+60,500 jobs, +2.6 percent),
followed by the Orlando-
Kissimmee and Tampa-St.
Petersburg-Clearwater MSAs
with over-the-year job growth in
June 2006 of +41,400 jobs and
+33,000 jobs, respectively.
In June 2006, Walton County
had the lowest unemployment
rate at 2.1 percent. Hendry
County had the highest unem-
ployment rate at 7.5 percent.
The unemployment rate for
other Lake Okeechobee area
counties in June included:
Hendry County, 7.5 percent;
Glades County, 5.2 percent;
Okeechobee County, 4.1 per-
cent; and Martin County, 3.3
percent.


However, each year of a
contract, either side can make
certain language changes and
salaries can be renegotiated.
Talks will begin at 10 a.m.
on July 30. Neither side would
predict how long negotiations
would last.
The school system will be
represented by board attorney
Tom Conley, assistant superin-
tendent of schools Ken Ken-
worthy, Gina Arbogast, secre-
See School- Page 2


New law will


lower needless


alarm responses

By Eric Kopp of alarm fines charged by some
Okeechobee News agencies.
While neither the Okee-
Florida has become one. of chobee County Sheriff's Office
the first states in the country to (OCSO) nor the Okeechobee
approve a new law aimed at City Police Department (OCPD)
reducing the number of dis- currently charge business own-
patches for law enforcement ers or homeowners for false
officers to false alarms, and the alarms, some adjoining counties


number o fines cnargeda or
those false alarms.
On July 1, a law went into
effect in Florida requiring
Enhanced Call Verification
(ECV). ECV requires an alarm-
monitoring center to call a sec-
ond phone number if the first
call is not answered to help
determine if law enforcement
should be dispatched.
By calling a second number,
such as a cell phone, alarm com-
panies can often determine the
alarm to be false. This prevents
the needless dispatch of a law
enforcement officer to the
scene, and reduces the amount


do.
St. Lucie, Martin and Palm
Beach counties currently have
ordinances in place by which a
business owner or homeowner
in the unincorporated areas of
those counties can be fined for a
false alarm.
And even though such an
ordinance has been requested,
Highlands County currently does
not charge for false alarms.
"Three different times this
has come up and how much it
would be, and it's gone through
the chain of command but the
See Law Page 2


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Joyful sisters
Morgan Buxton (left) and her sister Dayton (right)
received their Sports Crusaders Camp awards Friday
evening at the Nazarene Church. They are the daughters
of Matt and Jessica Buxton.


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River restoration interrupts navigation


Building on the successes of the
first phase of the Kissimmee River
Restoration, heavy equipment has
returned to the Kissimmee Valley to
return another four miles of the
Kissimmee River to its historic,
meandering, habitat-rich route.
Beginning on Monday, July 31,
2006, construction for this project
will interrupt navigation on the
Kissimmee River between the
Avon Park Air Force Range and two
miles south of Weir #1 for a period
of 18 months.
Construction began at the
northern end of the first phase of
restoration and is marching north-
ward, eventually backfilling about
1.5 miles of the channelized
Kissimmee River. The construction
is reconnecting historic oxbows
and recarving sections of the his-
toric river that were lost during the
1960s channelization project.
Three weirs, which were part of the
original demonstration project for
the restoration, have caused navi-
gation hazards during high flow
periods and will be removed dur-
ing the current construction phase.
This project is expected to last until
Oct. 31,2007.
While the Kissimmee River
Restoration project seeks' to restore
an ecosystem and greatly enhance
the outdoor experience of anglers
and boaters, current construction
activities will temporarily block
navigation between Lake Okee-
chobee and Lake Kissimmee. The
channel construction destroyed
nine miles of the historic fiver chan-
nel, so dredges are recarving the
channel to reconnect historic
oxbows. In some cases, earthen
bridges will be built across the C-38
to move fill material to construction
sites. Boaters will still be able to
enjoy all areas of the river not with-
in the boundary of the current con-
struction, including the portion
restored during the first phase of
river restoration.


Law

Continued From Page 1
sheriff did not want to charge," said
Bonnie Gregg, the director of the 9-
1-1 consolidation communications
center at the Highlands County
Sheriff's Office (HCSO). "It has not
been brought to the attention of the
current sheriff (Susan Benton), but
it has not been a priority issue due
to other policies being implement-
ed. So, we haven't talked about it."
Likewise, nothing has been
brought to the attention of the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners. Such a
policy can only be implemented
by a county ordinance.
"I can't say if it's a problem or
not," said Okeechobee County
administrator George Long. "The
issue of false alarms has never
been raised. Putting a penalty
schedule in place takes relatively
little time. Enforcement is quite a
bit different.
"Even with an ordinance in
place, there is an administrative
cost that goes along with it and it
certainly consumes a fairly signifi-
cant amount of time in dealing
'with administration," he added.
In Martin County, alarm sys-
tems must be registered. That reg-
istration fee is $20 for the fist year,
and drops to $10 per year if paid


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Beginning Monday, July 31, 2006, construction to return
another four miles of the Kissimmee River to its historic,
meandering, habitat-rich route will interrupt navigation on
the river between the Avon Park Air Force Range and two
miles south of Weir #1 for a period of 18 months.


Quinn Contracting, Inc., of
Falkner, Miss., was selected by the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
(Corps) to complete the current
$27.6 million construction project.
The work is the second of four con-
struction phases. Ultimately, a 22-
mile stretch of the channel's mid-
section in Highlands and
Okedchobee counties will be back-


before the permit expires. Failure
to register an alarm annually could
result in a $125 fine.
When an officer responds to a
false alarm, the business owner or
homeowner is then charged a fee.
That county's fee schedule is: $25
for the first and second response;

$50 for the third and fourth
responses: $75 for the fifth and
sixth responses; $100 for the sev-
enth and eighth responses; and,
$150 for the ninth response and
above.
The first response, fine is w aived
if the'alarm operarOr has a valid
alarm permit. However, a fine of
$200 may be charged in addition
to the prescribed fine if the alarm
system is not permitted.
The fine schedule in Palm
Beach County is similar to Martin
County's except that calls six
through nine are fined $100 each
time and from the 10th call on, the
fine is $500 per call.
It should be noted also that
none of these counties charge a
fee for an alarm that has been set
off due to the weather.
OCSO Lieutenant Billy
Markham said such things as elec-
trical storms can easily set off
some alarm systems.
"And if the equipment is sensi-
tive enough, it can be set off by a
rodent or even a spider," he said.
Lt. Markham said in the last 42
months OCSO deputies have


filled.
The total Kissimmee River
Restoration project is scheduled to
be complete by 2012 at an estimat-
ed investment of $578 million. The
Kissimmee River Restoration proj-
ect will return flow to 43 miles of
the river's historic channel and
restore about 40 square miles of
river/floodplain ecosystem. The
project is a partnership between


responded to 2,496 residential and
business alarms, which comes out
to just over 59 calls per month. He
added that some of those calls
may be duplicated, and that it
would be difficult to separate out
the calls to false alarms.
However, he said at a cost of
$115 per hour, that total represents
a cost to the sheriff's office of
$287,040 or, roughly $6,835 per
month. Lt. Markham said that rate
was an estimate given to him by a
company that deals with reim-.
bursemehts. That cost includesithe
total costs assigned to a deputy
and his patrol unit such as the
deputy's salary, retirement, insur-
ance, car time, gasoline, etc. He
said that cost also includes the
response of two deputies at 30
minutes each.
The OCSO patrols approxi-
mately 774 square miles.
In the city, it's quite a different
situation.
Major Bob Peterson said last
year OCPD officers answered 611
alarm calls and, to date, have
answered 299 this year. The OCPD
patrols 4 square miles, and aver-
age spending about 10 minutes on
each call. He said like the OCSO,
two officers are sent when an
alarm sounds.
"This law doesn't surprise me,"
he said. "It's a good law. But while
it's an issue in some places, it's just
hasn't been an issue here. Ninety


percent of alarms are weather
related."
Maj. Peterson said the cost to
the police department for
response to alarms would be sig-
nificantly less than those for the
sheriff's office.
Maj. Peterson said he wasn't in
favor of charging for a false alarm
because residents in the city are
already paying taxes and are pay-
ing for a service, and he considers
.responding to alarms a service.
',lHe said if his department has a
situation whereby an alarm goes
off continuously, someone from
the department will talk to the peo-
ple and try to get the alarm fixed.
Unlike the OCPD, Mrs. Gregg
said her department patrols 940
square miles which can take up
quite a bit of time for an HCSO
deputy to respond to an alarm. She
said when a deputy is dispatched
to an alarm, that deputy will stay
on the scene until the keyholder
arrives.
"And sometimes that's very
time consuming," she said. "If an
alarm goes off in Avon Park and
the keyholder lives in Lake Placid,
it will take at least 20 minutes for
the keyholder to get there. It can
be quite aggravating. We do
expect a person who purchased
the alarm to make sure it is work-
ing properly and that the people
who open and close are trained
properly."


the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District and the Corps, with
each partner providing 50 percent
of the cost.
Instead of the straight, deep and
wide channel dug 40 years ago, the
restored section of the Kissimmee
River will again meander through
its historic and wetland-rich flood-
plain. This restoration will create
opportunities for improved fishing,
wildlife viewing and nature study.
More than 300 species of fish and
wildlife are expected to benefit
from the restoration.
In response to periodic flood-
ing, the 1960s channelization proj-
ect transformed the 103-mile
Kissimmee River into the 56-mile C-
38. The 300-foot-wide and 30-foot
deep channel achieved its flood
protection goal, but virtually elimi-
nated fish and wildlife habitat.
About 90 percent of the wintering
waterfowl population no longer
used the system and wading birds
largely disappeared. The fish com-
munity shifted to favor rough fish,
such as bowfin and gar, rather than
largemouth bass and sunfish. The
vast and diverse wetland plant
communities of the Kissimmee
River floodplain were transformed
into primarily cattle pasture.
The first phase of construction
started in June 1999 and was com-
pleted in February 2001. About
seven miles of the C-38 was back-
filled, using the spoil dredged in
1960. That effort recreated about 15
miles of the meandering Kissim-
mee River.
To receive up-to-date informa-
tion about navigation on the
Kissimmee River, contact the Okee-
chobee or Orlando service center
of the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. The Okeechobee
Service Center can be reached at
(863) 462-5260 or (800) 250-4200.
The phone numbers for the Orlan-
do Service Center are (407) 858-
6100 or (800) 250-4250.


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Crime

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doesn't make sense to me," he
said, shaking his head.
The sheriff said in 2001 there
were 161 incarcerated in the coun-
ty jail. In 2005, that number had
risen to 264.
"The population of the jail mir-
rors the population of the county,"
he said.
To bolster his belief about the
county's population, he said the
state's report does not take into
account the number of migrant


School

Continued From Page 1
tary to the school board, and for
the second year in a row, chief
negotiator Sam Lee.
Mr. Lee is a retired educator
from Volusia County whose
sense of humor kept last year's
negotiations lively. Mr. Kenwor-
thy said the union has comment-
ed that negotiations have gone
smoother with Mr. Lee and they
have felt more comfortable.
The labor side of the table
will consist of Candace Walker,
gym teacher at Yearling Middle
School and union president,
Magi Cable, science teacher at
Osceola Middle School and sec-
retary/treasurer of the union.
Also on the union side of the
table will be Judy Kelly, bus driv-
er, representing the classified or
non-instructional personnel,
Diane Falvo, Florida Education
Association's Treasure Coast
Service Unit Director and Cam-
mie Hudson, teacher at North
Elementary School, chief nego-
tiator for the union.
Probably the most far-reach-


workers that live here for as much
as six months out of each year. He
estimated that number to be at
5,000, and called his estimate "con-
servative."
"If you add in the migrant work-
ers, it would lower our statistics,"
he said.
During the first six months of
this year, Sheriff May said there has
been 602 index crimes committed
in Okeechobee County. If that
trend continues, there would be a
total of 1,204 index crimes commit-
ted in 2006.
But, he continued, when the
migrant workers return those
numbers will go up.


ing decision made during last
year's negotiations was that a
task force consisting of two
school board representatives
and two union members would
revise the salary schedule. This
task force was scheduled to
meet throughout the school year
and work to eliminate the
inequalities in the present pay
schedules.
During last year's bargaining,
Mrs. Falvo said that a survey of
union members indicated that
they wanted the inequalities in
the pay schedule phased out.
There are two reasons for
unequal differences in pay steps.
Over the years, more money was
added to the upper steps in an
effort to keep experienced teach-
ers. This has resulted in "balloon
steps" at the top of the pay scale.
The other reason was adding
money at the starting steps to
attract new teachers.
Through the years, differing
amounts of money have been
added to different steps on the
pay scale, making disproportion-
ate jumps between some steps.
"We have a lot to talk about,"
Mr. Kenworthy said.
He said the proposed new


"We will have more in the next
half- I assure you of that," he said
sternly.
In looking at the index crimes
on the FDLE report, there were
both increases and decreases in
the number of reported offenses in
Okeechobee County. The 2004 rate
compared to those in 2005 were:
murder up from one to two;
forcible sex offenses down from
20 to 14; robbery- up from 12 to
21; aggravated assault up from
249 to 308; burglary down from
482 to 421; larceny up from 555
to 630; and, motor vehicle theft -
down from 91 to 88.
It should also be noted that


system would make bookkeep-
ing easier while eliminating bal-
loon steps.
Under the current pay sys-
tem, he said, a lot of money goes
into the balloon steps that could
go toward increasing salaries on
other steps.
Currently there are some
twenty different pay scales for
different types of classified
employees ranging from bus
driver to janitor. The union plans
to offer a proposal which would
combine all of these schedules
into a one pay schedule for all
classified employees.
This would eliminate the bal-
loon steps now current in some
classified pay schedules.
Mrs. Cable said that the union
has no salary proposal figures at
this time. They will wait to see
how much money is in the budg-
et for salaries.
Although not all employees
belong to the union, all employ-
ees will be bound by the con-
tract amendments that are rati-
fied by the union and the school
board. The school system
employs approximately 507
teachers and approximately 405
classified workers.


these reported numbers include
those arrests made by the Okee-
chobee City Police Department, the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission and the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection.
Sheriff May also pointed out that
one coastal agency reported that its
crime rate had decreased to 8.7
percent, while its population had
increased by 23,630 from 2004 to
2005. He went on to say that
agency's clearance rate was 17.7
percent, while the state average is
22 percent. Sheriff May said the
clearance rate for his department is
25.5 percent.

Okeechobee

County

Road Watch

S.R. 710: From S.E. 40th Ave. to
South of S.R. 70: Construction
project The roadway improve-
ments consist of widening,
milling, and resurfacing. Work
continues throughout the project
limits, and motorists should
expect nighttime lane closures
from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m., as well as
slow moving traffic and possible
delays. The contractor is Dicker-
son.

S.R. 70: From West of U.S. 98
to West of Seventh Ave. N.W:
Construction project Work
continues to widen and recon-
struct the existing two-lane road-
way to four lanes with a center
dual left turn lane. The work
includes drainage improvements,
signals, and street lighting. Crews
are working on storm drainage
and roadway construction at vari-
ous locations throughout the
project. The contractor is Russell
Engineering. .


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Boaters asked to watch for manatees
OKEECHOBEE Several manatees have been sighted in Taylor
Creek between the Taylor Creek Bridge and the drawbridge on U.S.
441 S.E.
For this reason, boaters are asked to slow down and be careful
not to hit one of the gentle creatures.
According to Captain Barry 'Chop' Lege, from the Conservation
Center for Lake Okeechobee, Kissimmee and Indian Rivers and
Everglades Education, Inc., the animals are probably mating and
will be even more susceptible to being struck by the propeller of an
outboard motor.
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
owners located in the downtown local planning area (LPA), which
is the target district for data input. Businesses outside the LPA are
urged to participate.
Survey results will be used to assist the committee in prioritizing
projects that will help the business community direct issues of con-
cern to the proper authorities.
Survey forms are available at the Main Street website www.main-
streetokeechobee.com; or, by contacting Executive Director Lydia
Jean Williams at (863) 357-MAIN.
Foley's aide plans local hours
OKEECHOBEE Ann Decker, aide to U.S. Representative Mark
Foley (R-16th Dist.) will hold office hours in room 106 of the Okee-
chobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St., on Thursday, July
27.
Ms. Decker will be available from 9 until 11 a.m. She can also be
reached during these hours by calling (863) 763-6441.
Gymnastics day celebration planned
OKEECHOBEE Kid Space, 818 E.N. Park St., will host a Nation-
al Gymnastics Day open house on Saturday, Aug. 5, from I until 3
p.m.
The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge.
There will also be free fitness assessments, health screenings,
free food, bounce house, prizes, give-aways, face painting and a
magic show.
The event is being held to celebrate National Gymnastics Day
2006 Focus on Fitness. It is being held in conjunction with USA-Gym-
nastics, Tyson Foods and the Children's Miracle Network.
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Heat, storm damage and insects can damage pine trees


By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
Our office has received many
requests for help recently with
pine trees that suddenly die. Many
callers report piles of sawdust on
the ground and holes in the
bark. Residents are desperately
seeking that magical "silver bul-
let" that can bring these anchors
in their Florida Yards back to life.-
Our office is good, but we are
not divine. Many of these trees
have been dead for some time,
they just didn't know it. Today's
column will talk about how sum-
mer heat, storm damage, insects.
and construction issues can spell
doom for local pine trees.
Assessing and
restoring pines
A new Extension bulletin has
just arrived at our office, authored
by several UF professors includ-
ing Dr. Ed Gilman. It deals with
many issues on how hurricanes
have affected our urban forests.
One specific section talks about
.pine trees.
What causes yellowing of the
needles and pine death? The
causes are not completely under-
stood, but it is likely due to hidden
damage produced by bending


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and twisting during hurricane
force winds. Prolonged winds
may also rip smaller roots without
breaking the larger support roots.
The injured stems and roots
are unable to supply the water
and nutrients needed in the
crown, resulting in yellow nee-
dles and pine decline. And recent
hot summer temperatures have
caused the trees to use up the last
of their reserves. They've run out
of steam.
Pines are very sensitive to
wind damage. They can snap,.
uproot or lean during storms..A
pine still standing after a hurri-
cane may have internal damage
that is not visible. Before making a
decision to remove these trees,
wait and see if the tree lives.
Pines may slowly die over a
period of 6 months to 2 years after
wind storms.
Some may remain green for
a year or more, then suddenly
turn yellow and quickly progress
to brown needles.
Pines with all brown needles
. are dead and should be removed.


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Monitor pines carefully for
insects. Weakened pines may be
more susceptible to beetles and
diseases.
If your pines are not entirely
dead, but still show signs of dam-
age, here are the steps to take in
cleaning them up after a storm:
Step 1: Remove hazards,
such as dead, broken and hang-
ing branches.
Step 2: Remove branches
with no needles or brown nee-
dles.
Step 3: Leave branches with
yellow needles for now.
Step 4: Wait and see how
pines do the following year.
What about
those beetles?'
Pine forests in northern Florida
have been hammered by a beetle
known as the Southern Pine Bark
Beetle. These insects lay eggs in
the bark, hatch into grubs, and
burrow into the trunk. These
grubs can. quickly attack the pines
and rapidly spread from tree to
tree. In the case of this insect,
removing infested trees is a good
way to halt the spread'of this
problem, BUT it's not what's
going on in our Florida Yards.
The Southern Pine Bark Beetle
(SPB) attacks only certain kinds of
pine trees, and we are fortunate
that this insect has not developed
a taste for the kinds of pines found
growing in our area. To the best of
our knowledge, SPB does not eat
Slash Pine or Sand Pines, and
there are very few Longleaf Pines
left growing in this area. SPB is


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not causing the local piles of saw-
dust.
There are several other
species of Pine Bark Beetles
found on local pines, but they are
generally "decomposers". Ips
Engraver Beetles and the Black
Turpentine Beetles usually attack
pines that are already dying or
dead. Spraying insecticides on
these critters will NOT be very
helpful in bringing the dead tree
back to life. And using these
products will probably cause a lot
of damage to other desirable and
non-target organisms in your
Yard.

Buried alive
and run over
Pines are often found growing
in vacant land that is being devel-
oped into sites for homes and
other buildings. The roots extend
wider than most people are
aware of and are sensitive to long
term changes in moisture and
growing conditions.
Bulldozers and trucks rolling
over roots will ,kill the pines.
Adding fill over roots will smother
them. Trees that grew up with
Mother Nature alone don't do
well once excessive irrigation, fer-
tilizer or pesticides are added to
keep the new green grass grow-
ing underneath the branches. If
any of these activities have been
around your pines, you can often
bank on spending money to'
remove them before too long.
If you have enough room so
they will not fall on buildings, do
consider replanting small pines in


Obituary


Jack 'Jackie'


OiReec ho--,e News/Lorna Jablonski
Award recipient
Tristen Anderson, age 8, was all smiles after receiving
his awards Friday, evening at the Nazarene Church for
' participating in the Sports Crusaders camp last week.


grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Tuesday,


Harvey, Jr. July 25, 2006, from 10 until 11I
Jack 'Jackie' Harvey, Jr., age a.m., 'at the Bass Okeechobee
74; of Okeechobee, died Friday, Funeral Home with funeral servic-
July, of e at his residence y' es following at 11 a.m,, and cre-
July21,2006, at his residence. matory internment to follow in
Mr. Harvey was born Jan. 2, Evergreen Cemetery.
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Jackson Sr. and Jewell Christine book at www.bassokeechobeefu-
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your Florida Yard. Plant them well
enough away so that when they
reach maturity the will not be a
risk to your roof. Groups of pines
hold. up to the wind better than
single trees, so plant them in
clumps. They can add lots of
diversity for wildlife and be an
important part of our ,urban tree
canopy. Don't give up on them.. .
I've placed more information


on our.Okeechobee web page,
http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu. If
you need additional information
on pine trees, please email us at
okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu or call
us at 863-763-6469. Local resi-
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Hwy 98 North in Okeechobee,
and visit our Okeechobee County
Master Gardeners from 1 until 3
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Letter to the Editor


Get informed
A bill was passed on May 10,
2005, in the Senate to create a
national I.D. The next day, Presi-"
dent George W. Bush signed the
bill into law. Do you know the
implications of such an act?
Without the national I.D. card,
which will be implemented over
the next two years, one cannot
hold a job, have a bank account
or buy or sell at will. Doesn't this
sound a lot like the prophecies
found in the books of Revelation
and Daniel in the Bible? It is pre-
ferred 'to as "the mark of the
beast." What seemed like fiction
few years ago is now a reality.
The bill I'm alluding to is called
"the real I.D. act." It is from the
advocates of a socialist govern-
ment. This act is encroaching on
your individual liberties.
After Sept. 11, 2001, the pow-


ers that be decided to pass this bill
by stealth. Under the pretense of
national security, no member of
Congress dared vote against it.
One of the mandatory require-
ments for this card is your Social
Security number, which makes
everyone traceable.'Lots of per-
sonal information about you is
put in its database. To board an
airplane, enter a federal building,
or open a bank account, you
must then have this new national
I.D.
We must fight this "real I.D
act" now to save America. There
are several ways to do this. Don't
vote for any politician who sup-
ports this bill. Contact your sena-
tors and congressmen or con-
gresswomen and ask them to
. repeal it.
Knowledge is power, get
informed.
Rosemary Duvall


Community Events

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offer-
ing parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six,
one-hour classes. You must attend all six classes to get a certificate
of completion. No child care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877
for registration.

AC S 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.

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 "purchase" items from their Baby Boutique. Class-
es will not be held during the month of July. For information, call
(863) 763-8859; or, (863) 697-6320.

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) 610-0973.

Blood donors are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors in Okee-
chobee. 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.m. 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.





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Upcoming Events

Monday
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Children's
Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The orienta-
tion is foi those interested in fostering or adopting in Okeechobee Coun-
ty. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/answer forum. It will
be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For informa-
tion, call the Foster Care Program at 1-(800) 403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at Buck-
head Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For information call (863)
634-4780. '
Tuesday
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Beef
O'Brady's Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the
public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-
2321.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St.,Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
(863) 467-5261.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call
(863) 357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is 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.
Wednesday
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W.
Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene. Luck as the group facilitator.
There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the
facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.}
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Thursday,
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
(863) 467-5261.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at 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
information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-
6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women,
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence, and abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups meetat 6 p.m. For information, call (863)
763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or
(863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at 7
p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312
N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893 days, or
(863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might need this
group, please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be
available from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 pm. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every.Thurs-
day at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is welcome..
The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity for
caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas. The meet-
ings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863)
467-2321.



Community Events


Healthy Start board to meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 11:30 a.m. in their office at 575
S.W. 29th St., located in the New Endeavors School building. The
meeting is open to the public. The Healthy Start Coalition is part of a
statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and imple-
menting services for pregnant women and infants. The coalition is
made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and
healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, con-
tact executive director Kay Begin at (863) 462-5877.

Foster grandparents are sought
The Area Agency on Aging is looking for seniors who would
like to work with local school children as foster grandparents. Fos-
ter grandparents are volunteers over the age of 60, who work one-
on-one with students in a classroom setting to help children
improve in school. The program is sponsored by the Area Agency
on Aging. Foster grandparents receive a tax-free stipend and
mileage reimbursement. They also receive lunch at the school.
Anyone interested in learning more about the program is invited
to attend the volunteers meeting and lunch on Aug.: 16 at 10 a.m.
at the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch, 323 N. Parrott
Ave. For information, contact Lynn Vidulich at 800-773-1895.


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.

Childbirth education classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will hold childbirth
education classes at the Florida Community Health Center, 308
N.W. Fifth Ave. For information, call the Healthy Start office at
(863) 462-5877.

Early Learning group won't meet in July
There will be no meeting in July for the full coalition of the
Early Learning Coalition of Martin and Okeechobee Counties, Inc.
For information, call (772) 849-8120.
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Community Events

Summer Camp continuing
Summer Camp is back at Lake Denton Camp in Avon Park for
grades two through five July 24-27. Call Pam at (863) 634-9280 or
(863) 453-3627, for information.
Cornerstone Baptist Church plans VBS
Cornerstone Baptist Church, 18387 U.S. 441 N., will hold its
vacation Bible school July 24-28 from 6 until 8 p.m. Ages from
kindergarten through middle school are encouraged to attend. This
year's theme will be Artic Edge. For information, call (863) 763-
3338.
Church hosting VBS
Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold their
vacation Bible school July 24-28 from 5:30 until 8 p.m. for ages
kindergarten through sixth grade. The theme is Son Treasure
Island. Coach Rick Andreassen, founder and athletic director of the
Christian Home School Athletic Association of Florida, will be the
featured speaker at the closing session Friday, July 28. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-0550.
Fountain of Life plans VBS
The Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W 32nd St., will hold its
vacation Bible school July 24-29 from 6 until 9 p.m. The theme for
this year is Cruise the Amazon A Journey to Discover Jesus. For
information, call (863) 763-6602 or (863) 467-5503.
Basinger Baptist Church plans VBS
The First Baptist Church of Basinger, 19836 S.R. 98 N., is hosting
vacation Bible school July 24-28 from 6 until 9 p.m. The theme for
this year is Artic Edge. Children in grades one through 12 are invited.
For information, call (863) 763-0437.
Shared Services Network to meet
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee
County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meet-
ing Tuesday, July 25, at 10 a.m. at the board room of the Okee-
chobee County-School Board Office, 700 S.W Second Ave. The
guest speaker will be Reba Folsom from My Aunt's House, and Val
Marone from Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition. For infor-
mation call (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Main Street Mixer slated
The Main Street Mixer will be held at Absolutely Art Gallery, 401
S.W. Park St., and Leslie's Dance Studio on Tuesday, July 25, from 5
until 7 p.m. Both businesses will be participating in the mixer. Some
of the students from the dance studio will perform for the guests.
Refreshments will be served. The mixer is open to both members
and the general public.

Seminole Elementary SAC to meet
The Seminole Elementary School advisory council will meet
Wednesday, July 26, at 9 a.m. in the media center, 2690 N.W 42nd
Ave. The public is invited.
La escuela Seminole Elementary van a tener su junta del Conse-
jo Consultivo para la escuela, miercoles, el 26 de Julio, alas 9 a.m.,
van a juntar en el bibiloteca. Todo el public estan envitados de
assitir.

Group accepting housing applications
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee County, is taking applica-
tions. If your family is in need of decent, affordable housing now is
the time to apply for a Habitat for Humanityhouse.-An orientation
and application meeting will be held on Saturday, July 29, at 1 p.m.
at the Farm Bureau Insurance office at 4Q(lN,N.,Fourth'St; Appli-
cants must be legalresidents of Okeechobee County and have suf-
fered damage during the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005. Neither race
nor religion is a consideration in choosing the families who will
partner with Habitat to receive a house. Decisions are primarily
made on level of need, willingness to become partners in the pro-
gram and ability to repay the no-profit, no-interest loan. Interested
families need to return their completed applications with all the
requested information no later than Aug. 11. Applications can be.
mailed or dropped off at the Habitat for Humanity office located at
1600 B. S.W Second Ave., Okeechobee, Fl., 34974, on Mondays
and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. until noon. For information, call (863)
357-1371.
Sporting clay shoot planned
A sporting clay fun shoot and family barbecue will be held Satur-
day, July 29, at the Square One Sporting Clay Club, 7500 S.R. 70,
which is 7 miles west of U.S. 27. The event will be held from 8 a.m.
until 12:30 p.m. and is being sponsored by the Highlands, Glades
and Okeechobee Democratic Party. Local politicians will also be in
attendance. For information, contact Pat Brennan at (863) 447-
0737.

Church of Christ hosting VB S
The Okeechobee Church of Christ, 1401 S. Parrott Ave., will host
vacation Bible school July 31 through Aug. 4, from 7 until 8:30 p.m.
each evening. The theme is Kings of Kings. Everyone is welcome.
Refreshments will be served each night. For information, call (863)
763-4477.
Hospice yard sale planned
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale on Friday, Aug. 4,
and Saturday, Aug. 5, 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, next to the Hos-
pice Residence.

Christian Church hosting VBS
Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace, will hold
its vacation Bible school July 31 through Aug. 4 from 6 until 8:30
p.m. The theme for this year will be Trading Places. Pre-school
through high school are welcomed. For information, call Barbara at
(863) 467-0070.
Guardian ad Litem training slated
Guardian ad Litem training for volunteers will be held Monday,
July 31, and on Aug. 2, 3, 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Saint
Bernadette's Catholic Church, 350 California Blvd., in Port St. Lucie.
Guardians ad Litem are volunteers who advocate for the best inter-
est of abused abandoned and neglected children in court. Volun-
teers must be 21 years of age, submit an application, submit to a
criminal background check, submit to a personal reference check
and attend 30 hours of training that will include courtroom obser-
vation and independent study. For information, call (772) 785-5804.
Churches unite for program
The First United Methodist Church and AME Church will join
together in a praise and worship program Sunday, Aug. 13, at 4
p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.


School supplies drive under way
Big Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their annual
school supplies drive for the needy children of Okeechobee County.
Items will be collected until Aug. 12. Proof of eligibility is needed to
qualify for the supplies. For information; to make donations; or to
inquire about getting supplies for your child, call the Mission at
(863) 763-5725.
River meeting planned
Kissimmee River Valley Public Use and Recreation meeting will
be held Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Basinger
Community Center located on U.S. 98, south of the Kissimmee
River. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for
South Florida Water Management District to meet with community
members that are interested in using the restored Kissimmee River
Valley region for public use and recreation. For information, contact
Jeff McLemore at 1-800-250-4200, ext. 3022.


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FAU offers small business seminar


PORT ST. LUCIE The Flori-
da Atlantic University Small Busi-
ness Development Center, a unit
of the College of Business, is
offering seminars for those inter-
ested in starting or developing
small businesses.
The seminar, which will be
presented three times in August,
is titled "How to Start a Small
Business." The seminar is a free
comprehensive, interactive busi-
ness startup workshop, covering
all the nuts and bolts of starting a
new business, including the fun-
damentals of your product or
service, market research, mar-


keting, startup costs, cash flow,
business planning and more.
Capital requirements and the
financing, plus your credit report
and score, are discussed, in addi-
tion to business structure con-
siderations, taxation and other
regulations. Occupational per-
mits, licenses and certifications
are also reviewed, as well as
employee and employer issues.
Certified Business Ken
Stephanz will teach the seminar:
Wednesday, Aug. 9 from 3
until 5 p.m. in conference room
I at the Robert Morgade Library,
5851 S.E. Community Dr., Stuart.


Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 3
until 5 p.m. at the One-Stop
Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St.,
Okeechobee.
Thursday, Aug. 17 from 3
until 5 p.m. at the Treasure Coast
Campus of FAU, 500 N.W. Cali-
fornia Blvd., Bldg. SL, Room 103,
Port St. Lucie.
To register for any of these
sessions, visit
www.fausbdc.com or call 772-
873-3428.
For more information about
the SBDC or to register for addi-
tional classes, visit www.fausb-
dc.com or call 1-800-801-6520.


First dance recital
Dancing on Broadway was presented on June 12. This was the first dance recital held by
Leslie's Dance Studio. The event took place at the Okeechobee High School auditorium
and was hosted by the Okeechobee High School Drama Club. The backdrop and deco-
rations were provided by Absolutely Art Gallery. Dance students graced the stage per-
forming the ballet, tap and jazz techniques taught in their weekly classes. The students
that performed were between the ages of 3 to adult. The registration for the new season
began July 20. Classes will start in August. For information call Leslie Stokes at (863)
357-3571.


Bank helps meet housing needs


Marianne Ritenour, a utility
employee and single parent living
and working in Indian River Coun-
ty, earned $27,000 last year. Her
income qualified her for a maxi-
mum mortgage of $63,600. Yet,
the median sales price for a home
in Indian River County was
$265,300 by the third quarter last
year. That left Ms. Ritenour with a
home purchasing gap of $200,000.
Over the past seven years,
housing prices on the Treasure
Coast have more than doubled,,
while median family incomes
have increased by only 10-12 per-
cent. Many of the region's low- and
middle-income workers, such as
teachers, firefighters; health care
and utility workers, cannot find
affordable housing.
Keeping with its strong com-
rirmrient of service to each of the
,rcormmunities it serves, Harbor
Federal provides several options
for low and middle-income fami-'
lies, including financing through
the state's Single Family Bond pro-


gram and 40-year. fixed mortgages.
Florida's Single Family Bond
program, funded by the Florida'
Housing Authority, provides low
interest, fixed rate loans and down
payment and closing costs assis-
tance to, eligible homebuyers, like
Ms. Ritenour. Plus, it offers interest
rate incentives for selected occupa-
tions such as teachers, firefighters,
healthcare and utility workers, and
veterans. "The current rate of a 30-
year fixed mortgage in the program
is an attractive 5.50 percent for pur-
chasers residing in counties affect-
ed by 2005's Hurricane Wilma,"
said Lucy Kranker, ,Residential
Loan Officer at Harbor Federal's
Miracle Mile office in Vero Beach.
"On a $150,000 loan, the monthly
payment would be $851.68, which,
is $134.21 less than the 30-year
fixed monthly mortgage payment."
"Without the bond program, I
wouldn't have been able to buy a
home," said Ms. Ritenour. "When I
found out about the program, I
was pleased that Harbor Federal


Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Town growth continues
Okeechobee continues to grow in leaps and bounds.
One of the newest construction sites to spring up along
Parrott Avenue is the Aaron Rents building which is due.
to be complete within 30-60 days.


offered it." The state's program will
unveil $175 million in funds for the
next bond series in August. In addi-
tion to current recipients, the new
series adds eligibility to military
personnel.
Another option offered- by Har-
bor Federal to middle-income bor-
rowers is the 40-year mortgage. By-
stretching payments ten years into
the future, the. monthly payments
become slightly lower than what
30-year mortgage payments would
be. However, the savings in pay-
ments may or may not justify the
additional interest paid over the life
of the loan. "It's an individual
choice for the borrower," contin-
ues Lucy Kranker. "Right now, the
:rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage
with' no points is 6.875 percent for'
a borrower with excellent credit.
The monthly payment on a
$150,000 loan, for example, at that
rate would be $985.89, In'compari-
son, the rate on a 40-year fixed
mortgage is a little higher at 7.125
percent, equating to a monthly
pa\Tnenr ol $946.34- With a -40-l\ear
loan, thei borrow\er keeps $'-'.55 in.
his pocket each month." '' `:
Partly because olf Ie mortgage
programs Harbor Federal pro-ides,
the Bank is consistently rated as
. having an "outstanding record of
meeting community credit need,"-
according to the Office of Thrift
Supervision (OTS). "Harbor Feder-
al!s overall record of lending to lo\\
and moderate-income households
exceeded that of all other lenders
for 2003, the latest year for which
information relative to other.
lenders was available." On June 6,
2006, at the third annual Affordable
Housing Appreciation Awards Din-
ner, Harbor Federal took four,
awards for participation in the
state's 2004 bond series program.


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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Friday, July 21,
through Thursday, July 27, are as
follows:
Theatre I -"Pirates of the
Caribbean" (PG-13) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday at 2, 4:30, 7:15 and
9:40 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 2, 4:30 and 7:10.
Theatre II "You, Me &
Dupree" (PG-13} Showtimes: Fri-
day at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.rm.
Theatre III "Monster
House" (PG) Showtimes: Friday at
7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.

Briefs

Free parenting
classes offered
Free six-week parenting class-
es for parents of young children
are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at
the Pregnandy Resource Center,
1505 S. Parrott Ave. Topics
include discipline a family
affair, birth to eight months -
infants, eight to eighteen months
the toddler, 18 to 36 months -
terrific twos, three year olds, and
uncommon sense. Each week
parents "earn" baby bucks to
purchase items for their baby at
the center's Baby Boutique.
Childcare is not provided; howev-
er, infants in carriers are wel-
come. For details, call (863) 763-
8859 or (863) 697-6320.

American Red Cross
needs more volunteers
The American Red Cross is
looking for nurses and Action
Team Volunteers I1 be a parl 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 tal-
ents to help local citizens in time
; of disaster, please call Debbie
Riddle or Candace at the Ameri-
can Red Cross-Okeechobee'
branch at (863) 763-2488.

Red Road Academy
needs more volunteers
Do you have a few hours to
spare? Would you like to make a
difference in a child's life? Do youth
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
youth.

Donations needed
for Hospice yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee is
seeking donations for their next
yard sale. Hospice welcomes all
clean useable items and is cur-
rently seeking such items as baby
clothes, furniture, small appli-
ances, tools,, as well as golf and
fishing equipment. Call Hospice
at (863) 467-2321 for pick-up, or
deliver items to 411 S.EFourth St.

Public recycling
drop-off bins open
Public recycling drop-off bins
are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance
Facility, 306 N.W. Ninth Ave., and
the Okeechobee Landfill, 10800
N.E. 128th Ave. The vehicle main-
tenance facility is open from 8
a.m. until noon and from 1 p.m.
until 5 p.m., Monday through Fri-
day. It is closed on weekends and
S holidays. Only recyclable materi-
als such as newspaper, alu-


minum and metal cans, corrugat-
ed cardboard, glass jars and
bottles and plastics #1. through
#7 are accepted at the public
fa ilities. Items not accepted
include: plastic shopping bags;
commercial business items; tires;
appliances; electronic devices;
yard trash; household trash; oil,
cw-., paint or household haz-
ardous waste; and, batteries. For
more information: contact Rus-
sell Rjwlaiid, county solid waste
manager. at (863) 763-1811, or
Waste Management of Okee-
chobee at (863) 357-0111, or
(863) 763-4818.
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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160



Auction
For (1) Fire Vehicle
BUCKHEAD RIDGE
August 1st, 6:30 PM.
BUCKHEAD RIDGE
VOLUNTEER FIRE
DEPARTMENT
(863)357-1364
1988 F350 Cab Chassis,
4WD, winch on front,
fire damage, running
__ geargood.


BASSETT HOUND, 7/11 in
Southwest part of town,
(863)467-2872 .
MINI PINSCHER in Oak Park
area, Okeechobee, please call
to identify (863)467-8038
TWO YOUNG DOGS- litter
mates, near Four Seasons,
Call to identify
(863)763-1879
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U.Garage.
Yard S~ale


BOSTON TERRIER, No tags,
pink toe nails, female, 7/14,
vic. of 9 Mile Grade. Reward!!
'(863)763-9613,or 634-4524
DOG, male cur, light gold
w/white on neck, chest &
feet, neutered, bobtail.
REWARD! (863)467-6960
How fast can your car
go? It can go even faster
when you sell It In the
classlfleds.

AMERICAN BULL DOG- 4
* years old. Free To Good
Home! (863)634-5729
BASKET BALL GOAL-
(863)467-8038
ELECTRIC ORGAN- Looks like
'a Spinnet piano. Wanting to
donate to a Church or Civic
Group (863)467-2537
Golden Retriever/MinPin Mix,
male, 12 weeks old, to good
home only. (863)447-5305
KITTENS- to good homes 3
half grown lovable kittens, all
different (863)946-9133
MIXED PUPPY, Rescued
male, will pay for neutering &
rabies, needs fenced yard.
(863)673-0274 after 6pm.
REDNOSE PITBULL- Free. Sol-
id White (F), 2 yrs. Needs area
to run/attention. Gets along
w/other dogs. 863-634-2250


Is Stress Ruining Your Rela-
tionships? Buy and Read
DIANETICS by L. Ron Hub-
bard Call (813)872-0722 or
.send $8.00 to Dianetics,
3102 N. Habana Ave., Tam-
pa FL 33607.
Find It faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classlfleds


Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Jab Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230



A DRIVER NEEDED
Class A CDL required. 6 days
a week, local run. Good pay.
Call (863)467-2982 9a-3p
COWBOYS WANTED!
For Deseret Cattle & Citrus
Competitive Pay, Benefits.
Fax resume to: 407-892-0491
or call 407-892-3672


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maintained equipment
looking for hard working,
experienced drivers.
Must have Class A license.
Work 5 daysy.
Home every night &
benefits. Permanent work
with a variety of loads.
Santom Transport
863-763-6606
Local construction company -
Looking to fill general con-
struction positions. Must
have experience in carpentry,
drywall, roofing and painting.
Must have valid Driver's Li-
cense. Call (863)357-2700
LABORER NEEDED
Lorenz Animal Foods
in Ft. Drum.
(863)763-3765
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look no
further than the classi-
loeds.


HEAVY
EQUIPMENT/FARM
TRACTOR
MECHANIC
Good pay with
benefits
Smith Equipment
Repair

Okeechobee
863-634-3280



TACO BELL
NOW HIRING SHIFT
MANAGERS FOR THE
OKEECHOBEE LOCATION
GOOD BONUS PROGRAM
APPLY WITHIN
How do you find a Job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
sifleds 4


HOME HEALTH AGENCY
CN/HHNRN/LPN/Live-in.
Call 1-866-962-8749,
Michelle or Lillie.



WILL DO BABYSITTING
Reference's Available. Lots of
experience. In Christian Home.
Call (863)763-7876
For more information.


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time News Clerk. Duties include type
setting news copy, scanning and proof-
reading.
The right applicant will:
9 Have computer skills
Be organized
Be able to handle pressure
Be a self-managed individual
Be able to work flexible hours
Knowledge in computer programs:
Microsoft Word
Adobe Photoshop
(Preferred but will train)
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment
where employees are trusted and
empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Life and Disability Insurance
401(K) Retirefment Plan
Generous time off program
The Daily Okeechobee News Is An Equal Opportunity
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DRIVER

NEEDED

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

2595 NW 8th Street


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

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




Please apply in person at Business Office
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The right applicant will:
Have computer skills
Be organized
Be able to handle pressure
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Be able to handle different duties
Be able to work flexible hours
Knowledge in computer programs:
Microsoft Word
Adobe Photoshop
(Preferred but will train)
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Potential for advancement
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where employees are trusted
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Life and Disability Insurance
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The Okeechobee News is currently seeking an
energetic, self-motivated PART TIME circulation
assistant.
The right applicant must have:
Cash Handling Experience-
Knowledge of local area or ability to read map
Work Night and Weekends
References
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
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employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Benefits Package
Generous time off program





HOME MAKER
Big Cypress &
Brighton
Reservations

Perform house cleaning chores
in clients homes. Removal of trash
from homes. Excellent communication
skills, good manual skills. High school
diploma/GED. Salary competitive based
on experience. Exc. benefits (medical,
dental, 401K) Fax resume to:
(954)967-3477



HOUSEKEEPING: Full Time
ACTIVITIES AIDE

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

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


Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315





NOTICE
Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
complaints.
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435





CRANE SERVICE
Call Bozz Crane Service, Inc.
For all your lifting needs.
Okeechobee
(863)824-6100
Reasonable Rates.



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



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


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health I Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machne s 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys a Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




A/C & HEAT, 3 /2Ton Coleman
for Mobile Home, $300.
(863)763-1370
A/C WINDOW/WALL UNIT,
Hotpoint 8,000 btu w/energy
saver, low hours.
$125(863)357-8788
Your next job could be In
today's classifeds. Did
you look fop It?


BARBER CHAIR, Emil J. Padair
Porcelain base w/foot rest,
all hydraulics work. $1000
neg. (863)697-0328


GAS RANGE- Sun Fire Restau-
rant, 6 burners, w/griddle,
good condition, $650
(863)467-4565
OVEN- 2 in 1, microwave/con-
vection, brand new $100
(863)467-7017
REFRIGERATOR- used, yel-
low, stays cold, $60 or best
offer (863)532-9182
REFRIGERATOR- With ice
maker, Good condition.
$100. (239)826-5226
STOVE, GE: Electric, Almond
color, self cleaning w/glass
door & clock. $50.
(863)763-1370
WASHER & DRYER- Heavy
Duty, Frigidaire, stackable,
stainless tubs, exc cond.,
$350 firm (561)676-0427
WASHER & DRYER, Maytag:
Matching set, Works great
$300. (863)697-2434
WASHER: Heavy Duty $75.
(863)674-1355


BICYCLES, (3), 26", 2 wom-
en's, 1 multi speed, 1 single,
1 men's, 2 spd., $75 neg.
will sell sep. (863)635-0772


SHED, Aluminum, Quasi Hut,
40x45. Paid $6000, asking
$3000 (863)357-2795
pejipylourstrato.net


PAINT- (8) 5 gal containers,
Different colors, inteor La-




CHANGING TABLE- White
wood, Good condition. $25.r
(863)675-3944 LaBelle)


LADIES 3X CLOTHES NEWr
Casual & Dressy. $300 for lot
or will sell separately.
239-292-7509



30 yrs old. Designed by art-
ist. $300. (863)234-9747
DOLL HOUSE- 'T974, Wil-
woodes Good cncludedition. $500.
(863)234-9744 LaBelle

FOOTBALL/BASEBALL CARDS
80s early 90s Exc. cond. $400
or best offer!! 863-763-8943
PRECIOUS MOMENTS-
Collection, 16 pieces, some
oldies, not in boxes. $200 or
will sell sp. 863-265-0353



COMPAQ DESKTOP PC &
DESK, lots of storage space,
(86239-292-7509366
COMPUTER- Dell Dimensione
4700, P4, 530 (3.0GHZ)
512MB/80GB, complete pkg
$5ist. 00 (863)23467-5877










DELL PHOUSE- '197 4 XP PRO,
Monitor, Keyboard, Mousesso-
Like new. $400.
(239)464-3260


COMFORTERS- for twin orB
queen beds, variety of cond. $40lors
& designs, $75 for all or will
sell sep (863)467-8723



Collection, 16 pi, 4 poster,


BEDROOM SET, King, com-
plete bed, dresser w/mirror,
cond. $450 (863)763-9695
BUNK BED SET: Cherry Wood
w/buoldies, not in shelvoxes. $50.0 or
will sell sep. 63-863-265-0353
BUNK BED SET- solid wood,
3 dr desk, $350
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CAPTAINS BEDxtras, altwin sizefor $1 for75
(863)kids, $250. (87-63)261-2409
CHINA CABINP4ET, 530Solid woodGHZ)
512 pc. w/5 shelvet. e Hand
Made. Must see! $500
$500 (863)763)467-587943














COELLE & ENTIUM 4- XP PROD TABLE,

w/glass tops. Very expensive.
$2ike50 new(863)532-0079 Okee0.
COMFOUCH, green & white gin og-
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& designstyle, exc. cond.,r all $25or wil0.
sell sep (863)357-771923
DINING RquM SET, Tableak,
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ment ondition. $500.
(863)357-867719

w/gasBEDROOM SET, King, ice com-nd. Cost
p$1150 new, dresser irrfice for
pede2 night standl base, 4 upholsteredxc.
chairsond. $65 (863)357-3639695
BUNK BED SET- With 2 end ta-
w/oak wood built in shelves.op Pd $15600.
863-6Asking $150.-192863-37-2795
BUNKIRLS BEDROOM SET, Desk,
3 dresser, armoire, mirror, twin desk, $350
(305)333-1389head & foot board. $400Clewiston
HECAPTAIND BOARD, Ktwing size, dark
kiwood.s $50 (863)26357-1929
CHUTILITY CABINET, Solid wood, tile
to pc w/5ith 2 shetoolves, $75Hand
(863)467-70178943


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RACE CAR BED- Little Tykes,
blue, mattress not included,
excellent condition, $150
(863)634-3069
SECTIONAL- black, with 2 re-
cliners, great condition, sell
for $400. Moving must sell
(863)697-8881
SOFAS (2) Lane, Burgundy
Leather w/end recliners, snack
tray & storage drawer. Asking
$800 will sep. (863)476-1897
SOFAS, (2), Lane, leather,
w/end recliners, snack tray &
storage drawer, burgundy,
$800 (863)467-1897



GOLF CART: 3 Wheel, Electric
w/charger. $600.
(863)634-5225
GOLF CLUB LUGGAGE CASE-
Black, Hard shell, Great for
travel. $55. (863)675-3944
LaBelle


CCI PRIMERS, 250 large rifle
mag., 550 small mag. pistol,
500 small pistol, 3500 prim-
ers. $60 (863)357-3107 aft 5
COLT 38, Special 4" police
positive, Blued Stag Horn
grips. $300 or trade.
(772)461-8822
SAVAGE: Model 110, 7 mm
Magnum Rifle w/Redfleld 4x12
scope. Both In perfect cond.
w/case. $475 (863)697-3175



BOW FLEX EXTREME 2, Rare-
ly used. $600. or best offer.
863)634-2656


ELEC POWER CHAIR- joystick
oper, four wheel base, chrger,
footrest, instruction book,
$1000 (863)801-6149
LIFT CHAIR- Good condition.
$350. (863)801-4949
MEDICAL SCOOTER- Electric,
Charger & spare tire. Cost
$2500. Asking $150.
(863)234-1700
MOBILITY CHAIR- Jazzy, ex-
cellent condition, $750 neg.
(863)675-6630 LaBelle
WHEELCHAIR- Padded with
extra seat cushion. Excellent
condition. $125.
(863)357-8788


AVON, 58 older pcs., mostly
full, most all in boxes, $50
for all. (863)357-6113 Buck-
head Ridge Area.
CELL PHONE- Nokia #3595.
car & home chargers, headset
& user guide. Exc cond, $30.
(863)763-6342
GATSBY WHIRLPOOL TUB -
Rectangular,, seats-4. Kept in-
side, great conditions. W/Cover.
$2000. t.ji-84 30913
GLASS DISPLAY CASES- (4)
with light, L48" x H36" x
D24", $100 for all will sell
sep. (863)675-6061
PROPANE TANKS, (2), 100
lb. $50 will sell separately.
(863)357-21130655
SUNQUEST 2000S10 BULB
Tanning Canopy. $300.
863-634-5888



ODE BANJO- made by Gretch,
$1400 (239)657-4581
ORGAN- Yamaha with stand.
$25. (863)357-1929


BIRD CAGE, large, heavy duty,
80"hx42"wx30"d, $800.
(863)763-3451
BLUE HEALER/BORDER Collie
Lovable, great w/kids. $50.
863-634-1343 after 5pm.
DOBERMAN, 2 1/2 years old,
black & tan, registered, fe-
male. $400 (863)763-1504
DOG CRATE, 30"W, 32"H,
48"L. "GREAT CRATE"
#6000. Like new. $75
(863)675-0627
JACK RUSSEL- female, yr
old, all shots, spayed, needs
room to run, $75
(863)697-8731
JACK RUSSELL TERRIER
PUPS, AKC, 2 left, 1 male, 1
female. $350ea 863-634-4076
KENNEL, American Kennel,
5'x10', paid $280, asking
$150 or best offer.
(863)357-1560
LAB PUPPIES- AKC, yellow,
Champ Bloodline, parents on
premises, S/W/HC, $650
(863)357-1841
MIN-SCHNAUZER, Salt-Pep-
per male, AKC reg., Health
papers included. $500.
(863)763-4052 or 634-8691
Oceanic Aquarium, 200 gal-
lon, w/8 filtration systems,
oak base cabinet w/6 doors,
$1200. (239)410-3784
PUPPIES, Welsh Pembroke
Corgis, born 4/27/06, 2F/1M,
2 sets of shots & heartworm
preventative. $500
863)467-8180 or 634-1111
rescott42(apeoplepc.com


TURKEYS, GUINEAS, DUCKS,
DOVES, PIGEONS, GOATS,
POT BELLY PIGS & RABBITS
(863)675-4981
YORKIPOO PUPS
Awesome bablesl $350.
863-357-0037 Okeechobee


WATER SOFTENER SYSTEM:
$2500 or best offer.
(863)634-4076
WATER SOFTENER SYSTEM:
Complete w/pump & new
water tank. $350 firm.
(863)763-6629



POOL, above ground, 16x3,
with accessories. $75
(863)673-6295


HOME THEATER, RCA, 500
watts, 6 speakers, DVD
player, FM radio. $90
(863)484-0110
STEREO SYSTEM, Fisher, 5
disc CD player, dual cas-
sette, tuner, (2) 4 ft. speak-
ers, $200. (863)357-6315
SUB WOOFER 15"
MA Audio, holds 900 watts, in
sealed box. New, $140.
863-634-6476
SURROUND SOUND- RCA
DIGITAL, 400 watts, 5 speaker
& sub woofer w/remote &
manual. $125 863)697-8906
SURROUND SYSTEM- Pana-
sonic, 5 spkrs, subwoofer,
exc sound & quality $300
neg (863)697-9075


COMPRESSOR- 80 Gal, 5hp
220. Airco welder AC/DC hell-
welder. Parts Washer, Heavy
duty. $500. (863)357-3981
CRAFTSMAN COMPRESSOR
2hp, 20 gal., twin cyl., hose,
portable, 150psi. $75.00
863-697-2033
CUTTING TORCH acetylene
outfit, w/cart, $300.
(561)633-1371.
GENERATOR- Guardian, 12KW
w/ATS LP or Nat gas, New
$2500. (863)467-9390
GENERATOR: TITAN 8500,
Brand new. Electric start
w/keys. $.2500.
(863)675-4079 LaBelle.
GENERATOR: TITAN,, Brand
new. Never used. Value $4350
Now $2000. (863)615-4079
LaBelle.
HOIST, A-Frame, Heavy Duty
2 Ton w/8" solid steel cast-
ers & trolley. $600.
(863)763-6629



VACUUM CLEANERS, (2), Kir-
by, with all attachments.
$300 will sell separately.
(863)763-5011


VCR- Sharp, 2yrs old, 35 mo-
vies, 1 XXX & several blank
tapes $150 or trade for pistol
(772)461-8822


DVD'S- 70 Total, $350 for all
will sell separate. Good Flea
Market item (863)763-4961


NEW COIN COLLECTOR want-
ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891
WANTED: FL ART
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton;
BIG $$ (772)562-5567

Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed'Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




TNA HAY FOR SALE
$10 per bale. Also Horses
for Sale. Call (863)467-2483
or561-635-1257.


APHA YEARLINGS, variety of
colors & prices, up to date
on all shots. (863)467-8180
or (863)634-1111
APPALOOSA GELDING, white,
12 years old. $1000
863)763-0367 or
863)801-1849
APPENDIX MARE, 7 years, 16
hands, Easy Jet blood lines,
$1600 or best offer.
(772)519-2292
HORSE PANELS (Pipe): 8
pieces plus gate. All for $315
will sep. (863)675-3054
HORSE, TRAILER & TACK-
Pkg deal. Beautiful Quarter
horse, 12 yr old Mare.
$2000.(863)357-1693
PALOMINO GELDING- 5 yrs,
15.3 hand, Not a beginner
horse. $1500.
(863)357-1945 Evenings
QUARTER HORSE MARE- 6yrs
old, bred to blk & wh paint,
very gentle, $1500
(239)340-8503
ROPING SADDLE- new, $550
(863)674-1355
R.R. APPALOOSA, Gelding, 6


years. $1200 or best offer.
(863)763-2379
SADDLE HORSE, registered,
spotted, "Cherokee", 13 yrs
young, UTD vaccs, exp. rid-
er, $1500. (863)467-4049
SHOW SADDLES, (2), brand
new, black, $1000 will sell
separately. (239)465-1393
THOROUGHBRED GELDING -
Bay, 17 hands, 18 yrs., exp.
rider, exc. all around horse,
$1800.561-629-6213.



ARIENS ZERO TURN, 42" cut,
Good condition. Garage kept.
$850. (863)447-2130
MOWER DECK, 42", came off
Yard King mower, $60.
(863)532-9182


BASSINGER, 3br, iba CBS,
Carport, 16060 NW 144th Ave
$950. mo. + 1st, Last & $500
Sec. dep. 863-467-5965
BASSWOOD: 3 BR/2 Ba, 1 Car
Garage. Fresh Paint. Cathedral
ceilings. Very nice, Pets ok.
$1250 mo. 863-697-1465
J&S Estates: 2 Bdrm., 1 Ba.,
1 block from Rim Canal. Clean
& Cozy. $850 mo., 1st, last &
sec. dep. (863)634-7622
LAKE ACCESS: Waterfront
Large 3 BR, 2 BA w/Sea Wall.
$1400/mo. (863)634-5236
Move In Special $500.00 off
first months rent, 3BR/2BA,
$1100 mo., 1st, last& sec.
References required, No
Pets.(863)763-6541
OKEE., 2 Story, 3BR/2.5BA,
2 car garage, Blue Heron,
golf, waterfront. $1500.
(863)467-1254
OKEE. 2br, 1ba, 1 ac., Shed,
CA, Appl. incl. No pets $850.
mo. + 1st, last & sec. deps
Cr/ck req. (863)447-2130
OKEE, 3BR, 1BA, 1 car gar.,
Comp. renovated, w/CA, Ig.
yard, bring pets. $1300 mo.
st/last/sec. (561)723-2226
OKEE. Edwards Sub-Division,
2br, 1.5 ba, w/den on 1.5
ac. Corner lot $1100. mo.
Neg. 1st, Last & Sec. dep.
229-758-6386 or
863-634-7723
OKEE HOUSES FOR RENT
3/2 & 3/1, Completely renovat-
ed. $1200-$1400 mo. 1st, last
& sec. (561)723-2226
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1- Brand
new, tile throughout,
$1395/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
561-248-3888/863-599-0156
OKEECHOBEE CITY: Western
Side. 4 Bdrm., 2 Ba., $1200
mo. + 1st, last, sec. dep. &
refs. Call Barry 772-216-1461


NOW LEASING -
NEW OFFICES
West Side of New Courthouse
Call Judy (863)467-0831
OFFICE BUILDING, for sale or
lease, 1600 sq. ft., avail.
now, Call Judy
(863)467-0831


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COMMERCIAL S/P MOWER-
Snapper, 21", works good,
freshly serviced, $75 firm
(561)676-0427
LONG 2510 TRACTOR &
BUSHHOG, fair condition,
runs good, $4000 or best of-
fer. (863)697-3400
OMC BOBCAT with bucket &
forks, fair cond., runs good,
$4000 or best offer.
(863)697-3400
RIDING MOWER: John Deere
STX 46. $500. (863)634-3280
RIDING MOWER- MTD, 42"
cut, 16hp, auto shift, $400
(863)697-2032
RIDING MOWER, Snapper, 12
HP, 30" cut. $500.
(863)517-2077 Labelle
TORO YARD TRACTOR, 12.5
hp, with attachments, $250
or best offer. (239)210-1608

Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



N.of(OKEE-2Br, 1Ba
12 mi. N of Okeechobee.
$575 mo. 1st &sec. No Pets!
Non smoking envi.
(863)467-1717 8:30am-
3:30pm, or e-mail
vldp(rsurfinthenet.net
OKEE. Furnished. Efficiency
$800. mo. Util. furnished.
1st, Last & Sec. Non Smok-
ing Envi. (863)801-4949
OKEECHOBEE EFFICIENCY- Ig
bedroom, in town, no pets,
1st & sec + util, $500/mo.
(863)634-0322
SAMATHA'S GARDEN
APARTMENTS
Avail. 8-01-06, Behind Cap.
D's. 2 Bdrm., 2 Ba., W/D,
$900 mo. + 1st, last & sec.
dep. (863)467-9250
One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure.Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classi-
fleds.


OKEECHOBEE RIM CANAL
4.33 acres, 2,000+ sq. ft.m
home, possible multi-family or
commercial use. $1,300,000.
Call John @ The Tucker
Group. (863)697-0413

Hose -Rent093


Newly Remodeled,
2BR/1 .5BA, w/front edition,
$750 dep., $200 weekly.
(863)634-8674.
PINE RIDGE ESTATES: 2 BR.,
1 BA, Fenced yard & garage.
$850 mo., 1st, lastV sec.
dep. (863)634-7622



BRAND NEW 24' X 44'
3BR/2BA, Delivery & Set Up
for $70,000. 239-691-2549
Ask for Billy.
DOUBLEWIDE
Seller Needs Cashl
1/5 acres on Kissemee River,
Highland County. $95,000.-
G.Coyle -Prudential Realty
(863)385-9141

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Aluminum boat trailer made
by Pioneer, will hold up to a
20ft boat, single axle, 14" tires.
$850 neg. (863)763-7609
CAROLINA SKIFF- '12, $800.
(863)261-3874
PONTOON BOAT, 1991, 20 Ft,
Aluminum. New trailer & Car-
pet Overhauled motor. $4000.
or best offer 863-234-9663
ROBALO 18'- 6' beam trihull,
140hp John., bimini, fishfind-
er, trailer, new tires & spare.
$4K Neg. 863-697-0153
SAIL BOAT- 23ft, w/traller,
$1200 or best offer
(239)470-3701 LaBelle
SEA KAYAK, Touring Style,
Model Prijon Kodiak, 17 Ft,
Good condition. $400.
(863)357-7406
Sea Kayak, Touring Style,
Northwest Pursuit, 17', exc.
cond., $600. (863)357-7406


SHADOW CRUISER- '98 slide
In camper, fully contained,
like new, $2500
(863)675-0604
SOUTHWIND' 86- 34', 49K
ordg miles, sips 7, new tires,
generator, good cond.,
9800 neg (863)467-8161


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BASSINGER: 4.9 Acres w/
Pond, 2 Electrical Outlets, 2
Septic's, 3 BR, 2 BA Home
w/space avail for new home.
$250,000. (863)467-8460
BRAND NEW IN OKEECHOBEE
DIRECT FROM BUILDER- 2
to choose from, 3br,2ba, on
large lot, end of quiet cul-de-
sac, designed by famous
Palm Beach Architect, tile
throughout, all amenities,
$205,000 (561)718-2822 or
cpblrdie@adelphia.net
LAKE ACCESS:Must Seel
Waterfront Large 3 BR, 2 BA
w/Sea Wall. $199,500. Owner
finance w/ 20% down.
(863)357-1352
jeandhmh@earthlink.net
LEASE W/OPTION TO BUY- Lg
3/2, w/Sea Wall & Lake ac-
cess, $199,500,
(863)634-5236 -.
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1, on 2
lots, Beautiful no access Ca-
nal, lots of trees, currently
used as 2/1 w/apt that pays
mortgage. Was $129,500 RE-
DUCED to $122,500 for quick
sale (863)532-9355.
OKEECHOBEE- CBS, 3/2,
screened in porch, in Palm
Creek. (863)763-7876
PALM CREEK: 3 Bdrm., 21
Ba. w/2 car garage. Excellent
condition. $235,000.
(561)262-9191 "


FOR SALE: 42 acres 1.5 mis.
from hwy. 70 off SR 710.
Approx. 26 ac. of creek & 16
ac. dry. $550K 772-215-4630


Cypress Creek, 5.05 acres of
green pasture,, off Hwy. 70,
2 mi. to town, buildable lot,
Illustrated Properties, Isa-
belle Schillo, 561-385-5379
iscnillo@adelppn a.net


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VOLTAGE BOOSTER, Protects
appliances, increases low volt-
age w/built in surge protection.
$300 (863)467-6696
WINNEBAGO '85: 26 Ft., Sips
8, Generator, Many cabinets,
good tread. Good cond. Low
miles. $7,000 (772)284-1194



BOAT MOTOR, Johnson Evin-
rude, 14hp. OMC. Runs
great $700 (863)763-7609
MERC ALUMINUM PROP-
Like new, Fits 90hp. Hub kit
included. $70.
(863)763-1424
OUTBOARD MOTOR- 7.5hp
Mercury w/6 gal tank. $350
(863)357-0616
OUTBOARD MOTOR '92,
150hp OMC, freshwater, full
controls, stainless steel prop,
$2400 neg. (863)236-0100


HONDA CBR 600 1994:
$2000 or best offer.
(863)634-2656
HONDA CBR 600 F3 '98, New
paint & tires. Moving, must
sell, $3200 or best offer.
(863)763-3777
HONDA REBEL '03, Wind-
shield, back rest, clean,
$1750. (863)517-2077 La-
Belle
SUZUKI BLVD C50T, '05,
bik./chrome, saddle bags,
wind shield, shift drive, liquid
cooled, 12.5k mi., clean,
40+mpg., $4,800
(863)467-9390
YUMBO CRUISER- 200 CC,
Good beginner bike. $2500.
(863)801-4949



GO CART- 2 seater, gas pow-
ered, runs good, $150
(863)467-8723


GO CART- Manco 6.5hp 2
sweater, new tires, runs great,
$850. (863)674-0539. La-
Belle
GO CART- Murray, 6.0 HP, 1
seater, runs great, new rear
tires. $650. (863)674-0539
LaBelle.
HONDA RANCHER ES '04
$3500. 863-675-6568
JET SKI, '96, 3 seater, $2500
or best offer or trade for four
wheeler. (863)673-0104
POLARIS TRAIL BOSS 325,
'01, new chain & sprockes,
runs very good, $2200.
(863)697-2525


Automobiles

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Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four eel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailrs 4080
Utility Trailers 4065
Vane 4070



CADILLAC FLEETWOOD- '94,
White with rims. Stereo,
Leather int. Runs & looks
great. $4500.863-673-6266
CAMARO Z28 '84- T-tops.
Strong V8 w/headers, new
tires, brakes & calibers
$2000 (863)675-0088
CHEVY CAMARO-'94, Red, T-
Tops, CD player. $2500.
(863)634-5888


CHEVY CORSICA '91, 82k,
runs excellent. $1000
(863)763-7950
COUGARS- A pair, '87, 1 runs
good & 1 for parts. $300.
(863)673-6266
DONATE UNWANTED/UN-
USED VEHICLE- to a Florida
Non-Profit. Pickup within 72
hrs (866)855-0902
FORD ESCORT WAGON, '90, 5
spd., good work car, $650
or best offer. (863)612-0877
FORD MUSTANG, 1965,
$1500. (863)983-5357 ask
for Ed.
FORD MUSTANG '80, Classic,
6 cyl., good shape. $2500
(863)467-0139 Iv. message
FORD PROBE, '92, black, runs
good, cold a/c, new water
pump, new tires, $1200 or
best offer. (239)784-8449
FORD THUNDERBIRD '94
auto, cold a/c, 2 dr, all pwr.,
new paint/tires++Runs great.
$4000. 863-763-8562 Msg.
MAZDA MIATA, '92, con-
vertible, runs great, a/c,
am/fm radio, recent tires,
$4500. (863)227-1742
OLDS CUTLASS SUPREME SL
'94, 6 cyl., tinted windows,
needs compressor. $2500
(863)467-0139 Iv. message
OLDSMOBILE 98 1992, Good
condition. Needs work. $1500.
(863)763-0084
SAAB COUPE- '92, Blue,
Leather seats, Sun roof.
Needs Alt. belt, $1200. Neg.
(863)675-7878
SATURN- '93, 2 door, Needs
work. $200. or best offer.
(863)673-6266
TOYOTA CAMRY LX '91- 4dr,
auto, runs good, great gas
mileage, $1800 or best offer
(863)697-3045 for details
VOLVO 240 DL '90, Wagon,
runs good, 131k, '$2200 or
best offer. (863)357-5977


JEEP WRANGLER SPORT,
'2000, low mi, 4.0L, 5 spd,
cd player, speaker bar, tilt,
cruise, full drs, soft top, biki-
ni & cab cover, step rails,
mud tires & spare, exc
shape. $11,500. Neg.
(863)634-4356


CLUB CAR, Refurbished,
$2500 -or best offer.
239-691-2549


ADAPTOR KIT- For Jeep
Wrangler to V8 Chevy en-
gine. Headers, Adaptor
plates $250. (863)674-0898
AXIS RIMS, used, 17", will fit
any Honda/Acura, good
cond., $550 or best offer.
(302)943-1777 Iv. msg.
AXLES, for '62-'65 Volvo
PV544 Sedan, $200 or best
offer, will sell separately.
(863)635-0772
CHEVY CAPRICE '86, Does
not run, needs motor work, 4
new tires. $600 or best offer.
(561)996-9264
CHROME RIMS 22" W/TIRES
Set (4), fits Trallblazers/En-
voys. $1000.863-634-5888
REAR SEAT- Jeep Wrangler,
$100. (863)674-0898
RIMS & TIRES, 20", off of a
Dodge 1500, $1500.
(863)673-2671
RIMS- (4) 16X7 Dodge Ram
PU Rims, semi metallic silver
w/clear coat, fits 96-01
$200 neg. (863)697-8906
RIMS-(4) 20", Dodge, tires &
wheels, $700 or best offer
(561)996-9264
TIRES & RIMS, for a CJ7,
35/12.50R15, Procomp,
with spare tire & hardware,
$500 neg. (863)357-2113
TIRES: (4) Fits 2003 Pick Up.
$200. or best offer.
(863)634-4076


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TIRES (2) brand new Good-
year Integrity, P205/65R15,
$160 for the pair
(863)675-3322
TONNEAU COVER, A.R.E. Fi-
berglass, Fits '01-'03 Dodge
Dakota Quad Cab, white. $450
neg. (863)697-0328
TRANSFER CASE- for Chev
350 engine, auto, $300
(863)357-2658 after 5pm
TRUCK TIRES- 20", Mounted
Dayton or Budd wheels. 8
1/4 to 1200.$100 or best of-
fer. (863)675-1862
VOLVO 1240, 1986, exc.
cond., engine runs, good for
parts. Asking $300/neg.
(863)675-0790.
WHEELS, 16" Factory 2006
Mustang, brand new BF
Goodrich Radial tires, will in-
stall. $800 (863)697-0467


CADILLAC SLS '96, Fully
loaded, leather, power, keyless
entry. Must sell! $2500
(239)425-5997 LaBelle area
CHEVY 1500 PICKUP, '89,
runs go'd, cold air, $1400
or best offer.
(863)634-4076
CHEVY '88- 3/4 ton, 4x4, 400
sm block, 4spd w/low 1st
gear, $1500 (863)634-5421
CHEVY BLAZER S10- '93, 2
door V-6 Good tires A/C
90K, $1500. Lake Port
(954)298-7925
CHEVY S10 '87- ext cab, 4x4,
needs work, $800 or best of-
fer (772)519-0946
CHEVY S-10 EX-CAB, '87,
small V8, 700 R4 trans.,
very clean & runs well,
$2500. (863)697-2525
CHEVY STEPSIDE PICKUP
TRUCK, '64, runs good, little
rust, 62k mi., $2499 firm.
(863)467-0380
GMC 1 TON PICK UP 1988,
Asking $500 or best offer.
(863)610-2190


FORD RANGER '84 4X4
V6, w/title. Needs alignment.
Perfect Play Truck!! $2000 or
best offer. 863-254-3580
NISSAN PICKUP 1995 w/Ext.
Cab. 95K mis. Very good
condition. Asking $2500 or
best offer. (863)697-0000
TONNEAU COVER- Florida
Line, Fits '99-Current. Ford Su-
perduty Shortbed. Maroon 6
mos. $700. (863)467-8248


CHEVY BLAZER '88 auto,
pwr., runs good, new mtr.,
needs minor body wk. $800 or
best offer. 863-387-0563
FORD EXPLORER- '98, Eddie
Bauer, Loaded, Excellent
condition. 66,750 mi.
$6490. (239)340-9407
FORD EXPLORER XLT V8-'96
Great Condition. $4100.
863-763-2188


CAR HAULER, $1200
(863)697-2434
CAR TOW DOLLY- Complete,
Good condition. $500.
(863)467-4253
STORAGE SEMI TRAILER, ap-
prox. 35 ft., with tires, in,
good shape, $500 or best
offer. (863)763-2692
TRAILER, used for motorcy-
cle, $400 (863)673-6295
UTILITY TRAILER- 16', Excel-
lent condition. $1000. or
best offer. (863)675-6568
WELDING RIGGED TRAILER,
w/5th wheel hitch, new tires,
overhead crane, 2 ton chain
hoist+ $800 (863)763-3451


DODGE 250 PASSENGER VAN
'89, 3/4 ton, auto, 360 good
shape. $1200 or best offer.
(863)673-5062


NISSAN QUEST VAN 1995,
Leather interior. Very good
condition. 1 Owner. Garage
kept. $2000. (863)357-0028

Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
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Legal Notice 5500



CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
The Okeechobee County School Board
will meet in Executive Session on
Monday, July 31, 2006, at 9:00 a.m.
in the office of the Superintendent, 700
S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. The
meeting is between the Board, their at-
torney and negotiator in preparation for
contract negotiations with teacher, and
classified employee bargaining units.
At 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 31,
2006, the School Board will enter con-
tract negotiations with the Okeechobee
County Education Association #1604.
The negotiating sessions are open to
the public and will be held in Room
303 of the School Board Administra-
tion Building at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue,
Okeechobee.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
148096 ON 7/24/06
Okeechobee County
School Board Meetings
August 1 and August 15,2006
The Okeechobee County School Board
will hold two meetings in August. On
August 1, the School Board will con-
sider adoption of tentative mileage and
budget for 2006-07 and other regular
business items. On August 15, the
Board will conduct its regular monthly
meeting. Both meetings will be at
6:00 p.m. in Room 303 of the School
Board Administrative Office at 700
S.W. 2nd Avenue, and are open to the
public.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.O.
Superintendent of Schools
148099 ON 7/24/06
PUBLIC NOTICE
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Community Events


School supplies drive under way
Big Lake Missions Outreach. is currently sponsoring their annual
school supplies drive for the needy children of Okeechobee County.
Items will be collected until Aug. 12. Proof of eligibility is needed to
qualify for the supplies. For information; to make donations; or to
inquire about getting supplies for your child, call the Mission at (863)
763-5725.

River meeting planned
Kissimmee River Valley Public Use and Recreation meeting will be
held Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Basinger Commu-
nity Center located on'U.S. 98, south of the Kissimmee River. The pur-
pose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for South Florida
Water Management District to meet with community members that
are interested in using the restored Kissimmee River Valley region for
public use and recreation. For information, contact Jeff McLemore at
1-800-250-4200, ext. 3022.

Healthy Start board to meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 11:30 a.m. in their office at 575 S.W.
29th St., located in the New Endeavors School building. The meeting is
open to the public. The Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide
network of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing serv-
ices for pregnant women and infants. The coalition is made up of citi-
zens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes
for babies in Okeechobee. For information, contact executive director
Kay Begin at (863) 462-5877.

Foster grandparents are sought
The Area Agency on Aging is looking for seniors who would like to
work with local school children as foster grandparents. Foster grand-
parents are volunteers over the age of 60, who work one-on-one with
students in a classroom setting to help children improve in school. The
program is sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging. Foster grandpar-
ents receive a tax-free stipend and mileage reimbursement. They also
receive lunch at the school. Anyone interested in learning more about
the program is invited to attend the volunteers meeting and lunch on
Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. at the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch,
323 N. Parrott Ave. For information, contact Lynn Vidulich at 800-773-
1895.


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.

Childbirth education classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will hold childbirth educa-
tion classes at the Florida Community Health Center, 308 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information, call the Healthy Start office at (863) 462-5877.

Early Learning group won't meet in July
There will be no meeting in July for the full coalition of the Early
Learning Coalition of Martin and Okeechobee Counties, Inc. For infor-
mation, call (772) 849-8120.

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering
parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive a
gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-hour classes.
You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion. No
child care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.

AC S 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.

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-
6320.

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-
0973.

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.m. 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 pres-
sure donations can also be accepted. A picture ID is needed for all
donors.


Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., has services avail-
able at no charge to help people in their search for the right employee
or job. For more, visit their web site at www.tcjobs.org; or, call (863)
462-5350.

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 available at the Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce office at 55 S. Parrott Ave. Donations
for the benefit are not tax deductible. For information, contact the
Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464. Proceeds from the
fundraiser will go to Shriner's programs.

Class of '87 plans 20th reunion
The class of 1987 is planning their 20th year high school reunion for
October 2006. Addresses are needed from all class members. Please
send information via e-mail to: ohs 1987reunion@hotmail.com

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


Ornament sales benefit 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.


Cool relay
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ice tray. The youths participated in the ice bang alley
relay held at the Believers Fellowship Church. The Artic
Ice Adventure had about 25 children join in for arts and
crafts, recreation, Bible sessions, and snacks.


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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
BY THE
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
To the owners and all persons interested In the lands corporate and other property in
and adjacent to the Coquina Water Control District ( aka Coquina Water Manage-
ment District).
You are hereby notified that the Coquina Water Control District (the "District") has
filed In the office of the Secretary of the District a Resolution to consider approval
of a proposed First Amendment to the District's Water Control Plan, which pro-
posed First Amendment will allow the District to provide certain additional public
services and Infrastructure improvements consisting primarily of the following:
1. Roadways within the District may be surveyed and improved for location, mainte-
nance and safety purposes by means of expansion, provision of shellrock or pav-
inig n order to enhance the District's access to its water control structures,
culverts, systems and ditches. These roadways include approximately thirty-three
33) miles of roads classified as "primary, and approximately one hundred and
forty (140) miles of secondary roadways.
2. 18" or 24' corrugated high-density polyethylene pipes may be Installed at ap-
proximately one hundred eighty-eight (188) locations. The Installations may be
done In phases so that after completion of a phase, the process can be evaluated
before the next phase is Implemented.
3. Approximately one hundred forty (140) culvert (18" diameter & 30' long) cross-
ings along the main north-south drainage canals within the District may receive
repair and/or replacement.
4. A survey (horizontal & vertical control) will be made of approximately 22 miles of
the major north-south canals within the District.
5. The acquisition of a sufficient supply of shellrock, whether by purchase of the
shellrock material or the mreal property within which the shellrock is located, to be
used for the maintenance and improvement of access roads within the District to
,improve the Districts unobstructed and reliable access to its water control sys-
tems, structures, works and facilities.
Written objections to the proposed First Amendment may be filed at the Districts
registered office located at 306 NW 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, at or
before the Districts scheduled meeting which is going to. be held at the Adminis-
tration Annex Building, Okeechobee County Extension Office, Conference Room,
458 Highway 98 N, Okeechobee, lorda 34972 at 9:00 A.M. on August 16,2006.
The Public Hearing on the proposed First Amendment will be conducted during
said meeting and written oHbectons, if any, will be considered at that time. At the
conclusion of the Public Hearing, the Districts Board of Supervisors may deter-
mine to proceed with the process for approval of the proposed First Amaendment
and direct the Distects Engineer to prepare an Engineers Report identifying any
real property to be taken, assessing benefits and damages and estmating the
cost of Impiementing the improvements and activities associated with the pro-
posed First Amendment. A final hearing on approval of the proposed Firsi
Amendment and the Engineers Report shall be duly noticed and subsequently
held at a regularly scheduled District Board of Supervisors meeting within days
afterthe filing of the Engineer's Report with the Secretary of the District.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to an)
matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the
proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or sheamy need to ensure that a ver-
batim record ofa the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony
and evidence upon whichthe appeal isto be based.
In accordance with the Americans wth Disabiliies Act, persons needing a specli
accommodation or an Interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact
the Districts offices by calling the Dstrict at least forty-eight (48) hours prior t
the date of the meeting.
Chairman a Board of-Supervisors

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