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YMS prepares
for school year
Soccer and volleyball tryouts
will begin the end of the first
week of school. Any students
wishing to tryout fqr a school
athletic team must have a cur-
rent school physical (dated after
April 1, 2006) in order to try out
for the team. Yearling, girls inter-
ested in playing volleyball are.
invited to come to the YMS gym
each night the week-of July 31-
Aug. 4 from 6 until 8 p.m. to
work on their skills. All Yearling
girls (including in coming sixth
graders) are invited to attend but
must have a current phi sical.
Students entering seventh
grade must .have their shots
Updated in order to receive a
schedule. Seventh graders must
have a current Hepatitis B vacci-
nation and a TD (tetanus and
diphtheria) booster.

Williams has
i surgery on arm
S-Ricky Williams had success-
S ful surgery on his broken left
forearm, but there is no
timetable for his return, to the
CFL's Tpronto Argonauts.
Williams was hurt Saturday
night in the first half of the Arg-
onauts' 26-23 win over
Saskatchewan when he used his
hand to break his fall on the turf
at Mosaic Regina.
The running back under-
went surgery for an hour on
Sunday, 'and the team said
Monday that the operation was
"by all accounts successful."
Sports, Page5

Drought Index
Current: 325
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

12.27 feet

Lake level
Last Year:
16.51 feet

South Florida
Water Management 'District.
SDepth given in feet above sea

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Fate of fair still uncertain

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The fate of the Okeechobee
County Fair is still uncertain.
After a half-day budget work-
shop, the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commission-
ers did not reach a consensus as
to how to come up with money
to pay for the $1.2 million in
improvements to the grounds of
the county's agri-civic center
that the fair committee says are
necessary before a fair can be

held there. percent decrease over the current
On Monday, June 23, commis- year. The proposed village rate is
sioners held their first workshop to 5.8424 which will generate $13.66
hammer'out the details of the million.
county budget for the coming fis- -:' One mil equals $1 for every
cal year. A good bit of the meeting $ 1,00Q of assessed value;
was spent discussing budget OCSO Jail Administrator Cap-
requests from the Okeechobee tain- .Ronnie White told commis-
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) sioners that the panels that con-
and a request from the fair com- .rol the opening and closing of
mittee to fund improvements to cell doors are no longer made.
the agri-civic center grounds. Pjhere are 92 doors that use these
The total proposed budget for panels. Hq estimated, it would
all funds and constitutional offi- cost $278,000 to replace the pan-
cers is $98,315,608, which is an 8.7 'el's and the six consoles that

Butterfly Garden: Volunteers assist at grand opening

Okeechobee iJews'Lorna Jablonski
Marcia Wagner (left) and Carol Landrum (right) were among the volunteers on hand
Saturday afternoon throughout the butterfly garden at Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center to answer questions and assist visitors at the garden's grand opening.

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operate them.
"That is a potential expense
that we have not have budgeted,"
county administrator George Long
Commissioner Clif Betts sug-
gested budgeting half the cost for
this fiscal year and half for the
next, then start work near the
beginning of the budgetyear.
Mr. White said it would take
three weeks to replace the panels.
He said he was going to get a sec-
ond estimate but he expected it
would be more expensive.

The sheriff's office also
, requested that the three consoles
that dispatchers use be replaced at
a cost of $115,000. Under the pres-
ent system, one console is used to
dispatch the Okeechobee County
Fire/ Rescue Department while
the other two are for law enforce-
ment. Under the proposed sys-
tem, all three consoles could be
used to dispatch both fire/rescue
and law enforcement.
The sheriff's office also
See Fair Page 2

Local couple

injured in

vehicle crash

An Okeechobee man and'
woman were injured Sunday
afternoon in a two-vehicle acci-
dent on U.S. 98, just west of
C:u Cnti Road 721. in Highlands
County. L
- According to a Florida High-
way Patrol (FH P) press release,
the 64-year-old driver of a 1999
ToVota SLIV and a 61-year-old
passenger in that vehicle died
as a result of injuries received in
Sthe crash.
Trooper Corporal Roger B,.
Crews stated in his report that
Noah Edwin Padgett, 59, of
Okeechobee, was transported
b? helicopter bSt Mr,,'s H's

pital in West Palm Beach. Jan-
ice:Norine Padgett, 57, was a
passenger in the 2003 F-250
pick-up driven by Mr. Padgett.
The trooper's" report listed, her
injuries as minor, and said she
was not transported for med-
ical treatment.
According to Trooper
Crews' report, the accident
occurred around 1 p.m. The
report'states the SUV was east-
bound on U.S. 98, and the pick-
up driven by Mr. Padgett was
westbound. For unknown rea-
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New program aids homeowners

The Florida Legislature has
directed the Florida Department of
Financial Services to offer a pro-
gram to help Floridians strengthen
their homes against hurricanes.
This pilot program, known as
the Florida Comprehensive Hurri-
cane Damage Mitigation Program,
offers free home inspections and
matching grants up to $5,000 to
qualified homeowners for
improvements meant to protect
their homes from hurricane dam-
This program will be available
to homeowners whose primary
residence is a single-family "site-'
built" house. The homeowner
must be able to show proof of valid
homestead exemption and own a
single-family home with an insured
value of less than $500,000.
The program will also be avail-
able to homeowners whose pri-
mary residence is a unit in a resi-
dential building, with a valid
homestead exemption and whose
unit has an insured value of less
than $500,000.
Properties that are not eligible
for this program are mobile or
manufactured homes, second
homes, rental properties, apart-

ments and businesses.
Homeowners will have to fill
out an application for a free home
inspection. When the application is
approved, the Department of
Financial Services inspectors will
be available to perform the inspec-
The inspectors will be a select
group of qualified inspectors who
have undergone background
checks, have inspection experi-
ence and have received specialized
training in strengthening homes
against the fury of a hurricane.
Homeowners will receive a
copy of the .inspection report that
will outline what eligible improve-
ments may be made to the home
to protect it against hurricane wind
damage. It will.provide a range of
how much each improvement will
cost, explain what insurance dis-
counts may be available for each
improvement and offer a hurricane
,resistance rating scale that shows
the home's current ability to with-
stand hurricanes and its future abil-
itywith improvements.
Having this free inspection done
will not obligate the homeowner to
make any upgrades to the home.
But, the inspection must be done in

order for the homeowner to be eli-
gible for the grant program.
A completed inspection does
not automatically qualify the
homeowner for the grant, nor
guarantee them that they will
receive the grant. The Department
of Financial Services will determine
who qualifies and receives the
funds. They must direct the grant
money to ardas that will help
reduce hurricane exposure.
Once the homeowner receives
the inspection report and decides
which upgrades will be done, the
Department of Financial Services
must be contacted for a grant.
Instructions on how to apply for
the grants will also be on the official
website in August. They will also
provide a list of approved contrac-
If work has already been done
to the home, a homeowner cannot
apply for a grant to pay for that
work. The homeowner must be
approved for the grant before any
contracts can be signed or before
any actual work can be done.
The program will match home-
owner funds dollar for dollar up
to $5,000 to upgrade items on
the inspection list. If the recom-

mended improvements will cost
$3,000, the homeowner must pay
$1,500 and the grant will pay the
other $1,500. If the recommended
improvements cost $25,000, the
homeowner would pay $20,000
and the grant would pay $5,000.
The grant money must be used
for: improving the strength of your
roof; creating a secondary water
barrier to prevent water intrusion if
your shingles do blow off; upgrad-
ing to stronger hurricane-resistant
shingles; braces for gable ends;
reinforcing roof-to-wall connec-
tions; installation of hurricane win-
dow shutters; and upgrading exte-
rior doors, including replacement
of a standard garage door with a
hurricane-reinforced garage door.
Information will be available by
August on the program website,, to
inform Floridians when to apply for
the free inspections. The program
will offer qualified homeowners
options for applying for the free
inspections, which will include an
on-line 'application- that must be
filled out and submitted electroni-,
cally or bymail.
Homeowners who do not have
internet access will be able to call

Sexual Predator Notification Okeechobee man

The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's office is disclosing this-
information to the public in
order to enhance public safety,
awareness, and protection. This
information is not intended to
increase fear; rather it is this
agency's belief that an informed
public is a safer public.
This bulletin should be used
only for information purposes.
Citizen abuse of the information
to threaten. intimidate, or harass
offenders will not be tolerated,
in any manner.
The individuals who appear
in this bulletin have served the
sentence impose on them by the
courts. They are NOT wanted by
the police at this time. Sex
offenders have always lived in
communities. The only change
is the public is now better
Steven Curl, 1344 S.R. 7M0
East, Okeechobee Was convict-
ed of lewd assault, on Dec. 16,
1996, in Palm Beachf County,.

killed in accident

Steven Curl, W/M, DOB
6/26/51, 5'7", 145 Ibs., brown
hair/balding; brown eyes
Fla., and previously convicted of
Lewd Assault on May 18, 1989,
also in Palm Beach County,, Fla.
Both convictions involved
minors under the age of 16.
If you have any questions
regarding this bulletin contact'
Michele or Connie at the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office at
763-3117 extension 240 or web-

An Okeechobee man died
early Monday morning after he
was hit by a pickup truck while
he was lying on the roadway. ,
Clifford Gossage, 60, Okee-
chobee, ,was pronounced dead
at the scene.
' According to the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), the vehicle Mr. Gossage
was driving apparently devel-
oped a problem so he *began


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sons, wrote the trooper, the Toy-
ota veered, to the left as it
approached the Ford truck in a
curve and drqve into the immedi-
ate path of the truck.
The right front of the Toyota

walking along Orange Avenue
(Country Road 68). For
unknown reasons he then laid
down on the highway.
Then, at approximately 2:40
a.m., he was struck by a 1988
Mitsubishi truck that was driven
by Michael Grimes, 20, of Lake
According to OCSO investiga-
tors, the accident is still under

News Briefs

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 Ever-
glades Education, Inc., the animals are probably mating and will be
even more susceptible to being struck by the propeller of an outboard
Survey will help business community
OKEECHOBEE The Economic Restructuring Committee of
Okeechobee Main Street has designed a survey to be used to identify
the needs of the business community.
Committee members will be delivering the forms to business own-
ers located in the downtown local planning area (LPA), which is the
target district for data input. Businesses outside tlhe LPA are urged to
Survey results will be used to assist the committee in prioritizing
projects that will help the business community direct issues of concern
to the proper authorities.
Survey forms are available at the Main Street website www.main-; 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, July27.
Ms. Decker will be available from 9 until 11 a.m. She can also be
reached during these hours by calling (863) 763-6441.
Teachers contract talks to begin July 31
OKEECHOBEE Contract negotiations between the Okeechobee
County School Board and the Okeechobe County Educations Associ-
ation, which represents teachers and non- instructional school board
employees, will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 31.
The negotiations will be held in the school board meeting room on
the third floor of the school board office, 700 S.W Second Ave.
Gymnastics day celebration planned
OKEECHOBEE Kid Space, 818 E. N. Park St., will host a National
Gymnastics Day open house on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 1 until 3 p.m.
The event is open to the publiqand there is no admission charge.
There will also be free fitness assessments, health screenings, free
food, bounce house, prize giveaways, 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-Gymnastics,
Tyson Foods and the Children's Miracle Network.
For information, call (863) 357-4496.

struck the front of the truck driven
by Mr. Padgett, stated the trooper.
Trooper Crews estimated the
damage to the Toyota at $10,000,
while the estimated damage to
the three-quarter ton pick was set
at $20,000.
The identity of the victims is
being withheld pending the notifi-
cation of the next of kin.


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requested $16,000 for a new anten-
na system that would include
antennas at two sites.
.Sheriff Paul May said he was
"tickled to death" with the new
courthouse. He said that Because
of the. increase in courtrooms, the
current jail population is down
from previous years. That is
. because inmates are spending less
time in the county jail while they
await trial.
Turning to the agri-civic center,
Mr. Long said the requested $1.2
million c6uld come from host fees,
increased taxes or from dollars
budgeted for other agri-civc center
.At the July 13 commission
meeting the fair committee pre-
sented their $1.2 million request to
the commissioners. The improve-
ments consist of paving an inner
circle inside the existing larger
paved circle at the entrance to the
facility and adding water and elec-
trical hookups for vendors. This.
would provide for a carnival and
midway area.
However, before any improve-
ments are started the area must be
filled in due to drainage problems.
Commission chairman John.

Abney noted that the requested
improvements must be done
before a fair can beheld.
"Do we want a fair next year,
or,in 2008?" he asked. "That is the
fundamental question."
It was noted that the northwest
. part of the property was originally
designed for a midway. That area
would not require filling in and
would not cause the loss of handi-
capped parking places.
Fair committee member Linda
Syfrett said this site was too far
from the livestock show and
exhibit'and entertainment areas.
She added ,that five different peo-
ple, who were knowledgeable
about fairs, have said that the cir-
cle was the ideal spot for the mid-
Mr. Long suggested reducing
the cost by using fill material from
elsewhere on the property.
; However, Commissioner Elvie
Posey stated that there might be
problems with getting the proper
environmental permits.
Mr. Abney suggested maybe
they could use donated fill.
Mr. Posey suggested using
funds committed to other agri-civic
Mr. Betts replied that the people
who were promised those other
improvements would complain
and commissioners would have to
build them anyway. He suggested

the county make payments on a
loan of $1.2 million for the first year
and then let the fair committee take
up payments. .
"We need to look at the overall
amenities and tangible benefits of a
fair being here," said Mr. Abney.
Mr. Betts noted that any build-
ings built for the fair could be used
for other events at other times of
Mr. Posey said that if the county
borrows $1.2 million for the fair,
people would ask why the county
could not borrow $1.2 million to
improve roads or clean canals.
Terry Burroughs, of the fair
committee, said his committee
would be willing to pay the debt
service for the facilities for the one
month of the year that the commit-
tee was using the center
Mr. Abney noted that the money
generated by the livestock show
goes back to students for scholar-
Mrs. Syfrett said that right now
the fair had "tremendous momen-
tum" that might be stalled if the fair
were put off until 2008.
While he thought the fair was a
good thing, Commissioner Gene
Woods said that coming up with
that amount of money was not
Mr. Abney suggested financing
$1 million instead of $1.2 million.
Commissioner Ray Domer

said that an air-conditioned build-
ing would be of more benefit to
'the county the rest of the year
than the committee's requested
midway facilities.
While not agreed on fundifig for
capitol improvements at the agri-
civic center, commissioners did
tentatively commit $110,000 to the
fair committee for operating
expenses for the first fair.
Since this was a workshop, no
action could be taken. Commis-
sioners will probably take up the
fair funding issue again when they
meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July
26, for another budget workshop.


Contract talks between
the Okeechobee County
.School Board and the Okee-
chobee County Education
Association will begin Mon-
day, July 31, at 10 a.m. It was
erroneously stated in the
headline and story on page 1
of the Monday, July 24, edi-
tion of the Okeechobee
News that the talks would
begin Sunday, July 30. We
regret the error and any con-
fusion it may have caused.

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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, July 25, 2006

YMS staff is excited about the upcoming school year!

Soccer and volleyball tryouts
will begin the end of the first
week of school. Any students
wishing to tryout for a school
athletic team must have a cur-
rent school
physical \ .
(dated after a-I--
April 1, 2006) '
in order to try out for
the team. Yearling UI
girls interested in playing volley-
ball are invited to come to the
YMS gym each night the week of
July 31-Aug. 4 from 6 until 8 p.m.
to work on their skills. All Year-
ling girls (including in coming
sixth graders) are invited to
attend but must have a current
Students entering seventh
grade must have their shots
updated in order to receive a
schedule. Seventh graders must
have a current Hepatitis B vacci-
nation and a TD (tetanus and
diphtheria) booster.
Yearling Middle School is try-
ing to start a PTO program this
year. If you are interested in
being a member of our PTO,
please be sure to sign up at
Open House. Open House at
YMS will be Thursday, Aug. 10

from 6 until 8 p.m. We look for-
ward to seeing you!
Yearling Middle School's staff
is excited about the upcoming
school year! Yearling Middle
School has a strong academic
history and we are striving to
continue to deliver the best edu-
cation possible to our students.
Yearling is proud of our students
and staff receiving an "A" school
Our school has gone through
some huge classroom renova-
tions in the last four years. The
current kitchen renovation will,
hopefully, be completed by the
beginning of school. The kitchen
renovation project includes a
new kitchen connected to the
existing dining room. The sec-
ond phase of the renovation will
continue in the fall. The old
kitchen will be converted into
handicapped restrooms, a cus-
todial storage room, and a small
resource classroom.
We-are happy to announce
our new teachers to our staff!
Darlene Cauffield will teach sev-
enth grade mathematics, John
Ferguson full time special edu-
cation, Rachael Partridge -

inclusion, Adam Stivers sev-
enth grade language arts, Ellen
Sieracki inclusion and Brian
Kendall physical education.
We are fortunate to have added
an excellent group of experi-
enced teachers to our strong

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Glue stick, 3 Book covers (no
contact paper), 5 three clasp-2
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pencils, Washable markers,
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binder (one inch), Box of Tis-
Eighth Grade: #2 Lead Pen-
cils, Black or blue pens, Colored
pencils, Washable markers,
Loose-leaf lined paper, 2 High-..
Special Education #2 Lead
Pencils, Black or blue pens, Col-

Students are expected to
come to school well groomed
and neatly dressed. The way you
dress is a reflection of the way
that you feel about yourself and
the way that others view you.
The personal appearance of stu-
dents may be in the style of the
day. Special consideration will
be given to community dress
fads except when suggestive or
1. Inappropriate dress may
include, but is not limited to:
tight sweat pants, see-through
mesh type shirts or blouses,
miniskirts, tight stirrup pants,
pants worn down below the
waistline, muscle shirts, decals,
slogans, or "sayings" on clothes
that are rude, vulgar, advertise
alcohol or alcoholic beverages,

pictures or slogans that promote
illegal drugs, or racially or sexu-
ally offensive or reference illegal
or immoral behavior.
2. Cleanliness of the physical
person to a degree consistent
with the maintenance of good
physical health is mandatory.
3. Shoes are to be worn at all
times during the school day.
Bedroom slippers are not to be
4. Blouses, dresses, and shirts
must cover the entire shoulder
and must fully cover the midriff
and all undergarments. Sleeve-
less shirts with a collar may be
worn. Revealing and bareback
blouses, and transparent or
translucent garments shall not
be worn.
5. Dresses, blouses, and shirts
must not allow any undergar-
ment or cleavage to show.
6. Dresses, skirts, and shorts
should ,be, before making
adjustments, no more than three
inches above the knee.
7. Shorts must be no shorter
than three inches above the
knee and not overly tight.
8. Pants with holes or slits

may be worn if the holes and slits
are below the shorts guidelines.
9. Hats and sunglasses are
not to be worn in the building at
any time. These items will be
confiscated and returned at a
later date.
10. Girls/boys may not wear
clothing that is too tight, too
bare, or so extreme as to be
11. When, in the judgment of
the administration, the dress
requirements have not been
met, the student will not be per-
mitted in class until the situation
is corrected. Students wearing
inappropriate clothing will be
given an opportunity to call par-
ents to bring additional clothing
or to wear clothing supplied by
the school if parents are unavail-
able to bring proper clothing.
Students will return to class
when they are properly dressed.
12. Students with repeated
dress code violations will be
considered as non-compliant
with the rules and it will result in
disciplinary action.
13. Backpacks may be used
to carry books to and from
school. Backpacks and purses
are not permitted in classrooms.

Okeechobee Freshman

Campus supply list

Students will need the follow-
ing supplies for each academic
class. All students will have four
academic classes.
General '"
supplies: One
and one-half .
" inch hard Mvcricks
cover, three-
ring notebook with inside pockets
(one), spiral notebook with at
least 120 pages (one), tab dividers

(five tabs), white notebook paper
(not spiral).
Math classes: one-fourth inch
graph paper without holes, 12-
inch ruler, scientific calculator (TI-
34 or higher).
Optional supplies: #2 pencils
or mechanical pencils, black ink
pens, colored pencils, glue sticks,
highlighters, scissors (small-blunt
end), sticky notes.

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Isabel Marie Smith
Isabel Marie Smith, age 90, of
Okeechobee, died July 22, 2006,-
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Hospital. She 4
was born Oct.
23, 1915, in
Boston, Mass., .
and had been a .
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for 40 years.
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She is preceded in death by:
her husband, James C. Gillis; son,

Donald James Gillis; and, grand-
son, James Churchill Gillis.
She is survived by: nieces,
Penny Dalziel of Stuart, Lynn Allan
of Calif., and Susan Anderson of
Mass. She is also survived by her
close companions, Lynn and
Andy Godwin of Okeechobee.
The family has decided not to
hold visitation or services at this
In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations can be made in her
name to Hospice of Okeechobee,
P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, Fla.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

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Comments will be published in the newspaper as space permits.
ISRAEL: Are our politicians so influenced by the Jewish block vote
that they let our Lebanese Americans fret in Beirut for a week to get
support for Israel.
LONG HAIR: A lot of young people have started to grow their hair
long again. A lot of these young men work in restaurants in Okee-
chobee and I have noticed that none of them wear hairnets, hats or
anything to keep hair out of food. I don't know how everyone else in
town feels about it, but I think you should call your health department
and let them know that you care, and make them get on these restau-
rants and make them stay within the sanitary codes of this state.

BAD ROAD: I am calling about the road condition on 15-A. When is
someone going to do something about the road? There have been a
few wrecks this week. I almost lost control of my motorcycle this
weekend, and I want to knowwhen it will be fixed.

BASEBALL SCORES: Can anyone tell me the baseball scores of the
All-Star teams that have been playing in Sebring and Lakeland?
Editor's Note: The only scores we have are for a portion of the
Dixie Youth State Tournament in Sebring, and they are: July 15 -
Okeechobee def. West Volusia, 4-3; July 16 Sebring Def. Okee-
chobee, 9-6; July 15- Okeechobee def. Sumter, 1-0; and, July 17c-
South Port def. Okeechobee, 17-5. Phone calls to coaches and OCRA
officials to get the rest of the scores have not been returned as of this

Community Events

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.
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-orily 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 avail-
able. 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 Tues-
days from 7 until 8 p.m. Attendance each week earns partici-
pants an opportunity to "purchase" items from their Baby Bou-
tique. Classes will not be held during the moith 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 Robin-
son 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 condi-
tions 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

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 mili-
tary information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863)
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.
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.
Tantle Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call 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 mili-
tary information available. For Information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863)
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.
STake 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
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-
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 Educatlon/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Careglver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee arid the
'Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thuri
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)
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All
persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming
a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what we are all
about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center at S.E.
Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for members and
$6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978 or Juana at 471-9795.
Nar-anonHelps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a more
normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she has stopped
using. We meet every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Unda Road For information, call (863) 467-9833.

Community Events

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 grandparentsare 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.

Scholarship benefit planned
A benefit for the Clint Ward Memorial Agriculture Scholarship
Fund will be held Saturday, Aug. 19, on the 4L Ranch, 8400 S.W.
Fox Brown Road, in Indiantownistarting at 4 p.m. There will be an
open round-robin roping competition, music, barbecue, auction
and prize giveaways. The entry fee for the roping event is $100.
Registration will begin at 4 p.m., with roping to begin at 5 p.m. For
donation information, contact Lora Gomez at (772) 260-1495.
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.

Community Events

Cornerstone Baptist Church plans VBS
Cornerstone Baptist Church, 18387 U.S. 441 N., will hold its vaca-
tion Bible school July 25-28 from 6 until 8 p.m. Ages from kinder-
garten 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 25-28 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 Christ-
ian Home School Athletic Association of Florida, will be the featured
speaker at the closing session Friday, July 28. For information, call
(863) 763-0550.
Fountain of Life plans VBS
The Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W. 32nd St., will hold its vaca-
tion Bible school July 25-29 from 6 until 9 p.m. The theme for this
year is Cruise the Amazon -A Journey to Discover Jesus. For informa-
tion, 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 a
vacation Bible school July 25-28 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 Coun-
ty Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting
Tuesday, July 25, at 10 a.m. at the board room of the Okeechobee
County School Board Office, 700 S.W Second Ave. The guest speak-
er will be RebaFolsom from My Aunt's House, and Val Marone from
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition. For information 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 Consejo
Consultivo para la escuela, miercoles, el 26 de Julio, a las 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 Humanity house. An orientation
and application meeting will be held on Saturday, July 29, at 1 p.m. at
the Farm Bureau Insurance office at 401 N. W Fourth St. Applicants
must be legal residents of Okeechobee County and have suffered
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 program 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 offatthe Habitat fonHumanity office located at 1600 B. S.W.
. Second Ave., Okeechobee, Fl., 34974, on Moridays and Wednesdays
from 9 a.m. until noon. For information, call.863)r357-1371. .:
Sporting clay shoot planned
A sporting day fun shoot and family barbecue will be held Satur-
day, July 29, at the Square One Sporting Clay Club, 75060 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 VBS
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 informa-
tion, 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
Hospice 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 interest
of abused abandoned and neglected children in court. Volunteers
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 observation 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
SBig Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their annu-
al 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 dona-
tions; 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 mem-
bers 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
services for pregnant women and infants. The coalition is made up
of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and healthy out-
comes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, contact executive
director Kay Begin at (863) 462-5877.


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OHS will host
softball classes
The Okeechobee High School
softball field will be open from 5
until 8 p.m. every Thursday begin-
ning July 13 until the start of
school in August for free fast pitch
softball instruction.
This weekly instruction will
be provided to all interested ath-
letes ages 6-14 and will be taught
by O.H.S. head softball coach
Kim Hargraves and members of
the Lady Brahman varsity soft-
ball team.
For information, call Kim Har-
graves at (863) 634,6322.
OHS golf team
sign-ups ongoing
Anyone interested in joining
the Okeechobee High School
boys' or girls' golf team should
pick up a physical form at the
high school office or at Quality
Tees as soon as possible. In
order to participate, Agirept
physical must be on record with
the school. For information con-
tact coach Mark Ward at (8631

OHS to host
volleyball match.
Okeechobee High School will
host an alumni volleyball match
at Osceola Middle School, 825
S.W. 28th St., on Friday, July 28 at
8 p.m.
The match will feature varsity
volleyball alumni from odd-num-
bered graduation years against
even numbered years
.If you would like to participate
in this event, 'or if you know some-
'one who might be interested in
playing, contact head volleyball
coach George May at (863) 634-
Admission to the match is free.
The alumni match will be fol-
lowed by an OHS volleyball team
exhibition, and then a Midnight
Madness 4-on-4 tournament.,
Call coach May for informa-
Midnight madness
tourney is slated
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volleyball team \\ill host a4-on-4
Midnight Madness Volleyb)all
Tournament beginning at mid-
night on Friday, July 28, at the

Osceola Middle School gymnasi-
um, 825 S.W 28th St.
The tournament is open to,
anyone ages 14 and up. This is a
co-ed tournament, but teams
must keep a minimum of two
female players on the court at all
Entry fee is $100 in pledges or
donations per team, or $25 per
individual entry. Individual entries
will be assigned to a team.
Teams can expect to play 10
matches. There will be an A, B
and junior division as determined
by the number of entries. Matches
will be played simultaneously on
three courts. The tournament will
conclude at 6 a.m. with an
awards ceremony and pancake
Fqorinformation or to receive a
flyer and pledge sheet, contact
head volleyball coach George
May at (863) 634-5836.
OHS. volleyball
tryouts scheduled
Okeechobee High School
(OHS) will be holding volleyball
itryouts, egtriniog Monda\,J.ul\'
31. Bec-auseof:gym renovations
'at the high.schobl, tryouts will ble
at Osceola Middle School from

5:3.0 until 7:30 p.m. Practice will
continue at the same time and
location until the OHS gym is fin-
ished. The tryouts are for all
grades, including incoming
freshmen. You must turn in a
physical and parent consent
form prior to tryouts. You can
pick these up at the OHS main
office between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
daily if you need additional infor-
mation contact head coach
George May at (863) 634-5836.
Tourney trail
changes slate
The Christian Team Trail will
not hold their monthly bass tour-
naments during the months of
July and August.
They will resume their tourna-
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It's vacation time. As the heat
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down, many Floridians head to
cooler climates. If a vacation is
marred by illness or injury, will it
be a disaster or just an inconven-
ience? A few precautions might
make the difference.
Carry a first aid kit with basic
over-the-counter supplies such as
aspirin and/or aspirin substitute in
dosages suitable for each mem-
ber of your family, adhesive band-
ages, triple antibiotic ointment,
alcohol wipes, something for
nausea and something for diar-
rhea. If you plan to be spending
time outdoors, you might also
want to include something for
insect stings and sunburn.
If you are on any prescrip-
tion drugs, make sure you have
an ample supply; it might not be
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Don't forget to pack any vita-
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you normally take.
Drink water. If you're travel-
ing. or busy with recreational
activities, it's easy to become
dehydrated if you don't drink
enough water. Consider taking

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refill with water throughout the
If you are traveling with
young children, take along some
of their favorite nonperishable
foods and snacks. Faced with
unfamiliar foods, children may
turn into picky eaters. Some more
familiar snacks can help keep up
their food intake and help keep
blood'sugar levels from dropping.
Don't try to do too much.
Americans often try to cram so
much into a vacation that they
wind up even more stressed and
tired -- and needing a vacation
from their vacation. Remember
the reason for a vacation is to
The following tips are from the
Centers for Disease Control
Wash your hands often with
soap and water. If soap and water
are not available, use an alcohol-

based hand gel to clean your
Eat only fully cooked foods
or fruits and vegetables that you
have washed. Boil it, peel it or for-
get it.
Drink only boiled or bottled
water from sources you trust. If
you are traveling in areas where
you are not sure if water is safe to
drink, avoid tap water, fountain
drinks and ice.
The CDC offers special travel
tips for those who are going
abroad or taking a cruise. For
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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, July 21,
through Thursday, July 27, are as
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.m.
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
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-


SEntries wanted
for Realtors program
The Okeechobee County Board
of Realtors is accepting entries for
their monthly property beautifica-
tion awards program. The property
'does not have to be for sale and is
open to, residential and commer-
6ial property throughout the coun-
ty. For information or to'obtain
entry forms, contact Christy at
0863) 697-3149 or Lori Mixon at
1,863) 763-0004.
Public recycling
irop-off bins open
1 Public recycling drop-off bins
:are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance Facili-
ty, 306 N.W. Ninth Ave., and the
Okeechobee Landfill, 10800 N.E.
128th Ave. The vehicle mainte-
,nance facility is open from 8 a.m.
bintil noon and from 1 p.m. until 5
p.m., Monday through Friday. It is
closed on weekends and holidays.
Only recyclable materials such as
newspaper, aluminum and metal
cans, corrugated cardboard, glass
}ars and bottles and plastics. #1
through #7 are accepted.. the
public facilities. Items not accepted
include: plastic shopping bags;
commercial business items; tires;
appliances; electronic devices;
yard trash; household trash; oil,
gas, paint or household hazardous
,waste; and, batteries. For more
information: contact Russell Row-
land, county solid waste manager,
at (863) 763-1811, or Waste Man-
'agement of Okeechobee at (863)
:357-0111, or (863) 763-4818.
'Red Cross
needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Vol-
>unteer as an American Red Cross
instructor and teach others the
;skills they need to save lives. You
:can help the American Red Cross
reach people in your community
wvith lifesaving training, including
CPR, First Aid, Automated External
Defibrillation, and HIV/AIDS Pre-
vention. Contact the Okeechobee
iBranch of the American Red Cross
at (863) 763-2488 to find out more.
Volunteers for
elderly are needed
The Long-Term Care Ombuds-
.man Council is seeking volunteers
to serve as advocates for residents
of nursing homes and assisted liv-
ing facilities. Volunteers are special-
ly trained and certified to investi-
ate and resolve resident
complaints and to carry out inspec-
"tions of facilities. Licensed social
Workers, pharmacists, elder law
attorneys, physicians, nurses and
others with a sincere interest in the
elderly are urged to apply. Call
3indaSlattery at (772) 595-1385.
luilts for sale
SThe Tantie Quilters now have
baby and regular size quilts for
"sale. For information, call Margaret
t (863) 467-8020, or Janet at (863)
: 4. 67-0183.

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rabies required
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Dogs, cats and ferrets. Okeechobee
SCounty Ordinance Sec. 10-111,
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land Okeechobee City Ordinance 4-
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~ferrets 4 months and older must be
Ataccinated once a year by a
licensed veterinarian against rabies
'with a United States Government
approved vaccine. Animal licenses
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The Okeechobee News is currently seeking an
energetic, self-motivated PART TIME circulation
The right applicant must have:
Cash Handling Experience
Knowledge of local area or ability to read map
Work Night and Weekends
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Benefits Package
Generous time off program
ThDe Dail Okeechobee News Is An Equal Opportunitv Emplover

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
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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,
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The Okeechobee News is seeking full
time, General Assigned Reporter.
The right applicant will:
Have computer skills
Be organized
Be able to handle pressure
Be a self-managed individual
Be able to hoindle different duties
Be able tov work flexible hours
Knowledge in computer programs:
Microsoft Word
Adobe Photoshop
(Preferred but will train)
The Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment
where employees are trusted
and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Life and Disability Insurance
401(K) Retirement Plan
Generous time off program
The Okeechdiobee News
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Class A & B CDL Required.
Benefits Available.
Apply at
Walpole Feed &
2595 NW 8th Street

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

Please apply in person at Business Office
406 Northwest 4th Street
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Okeechobee News is seeking a full
time News Clerk. Duties include type
setting news copy, scanning and proof-
The right applicant will:
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 i
Competitive pay and benefits
Life and Disability Insurance
401(K) Retirement Plan
Generous time off program
The Daily Okeechobee News Is An Equal Opportunity

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


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

Call Bozz Crane Service, Inc.
For all our lifting needs.
Reasonable Rates.

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
seN your used Items In
the classifelds.

O'Connell Construction
License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Florida Rooms
Aluminum Roof Over

Pressure Washing &
Minor repairs.
Roof coating, Repair to
SMobile Homes & more:
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-467-2917
Lic. # 2349 & # 5698

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


Financial |

Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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-
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'you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
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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.

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
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
Creaf/SuppHias 85
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps 'Lights 640
Luggage 6A5
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments t660
Office Supplies.'
Equipment 665
Pets, Supplies;'
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

Hotpoint 8,000 btu w/energy
saver, low hours.
3.5 ton package unit w/ heat,
new in box. $1750

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'
OVEN- 2 In 1, microwave/con-
vection, brand new $100
REFRIGERATOR- used, yel-
low, stays cold, $60 or best
offer (863)532-9182
1.4 cu. ft., be good for 2nd
refrigerator, $50.
maker, Good condition.
$100. (239)826-5226 ,
Duty, Frigidaire, slackable,
stainless tubs, exc cond.,
$350 firm (561)676-0427
DRYER Excellent condition.
$350 or best offer
The classifieds are the
most successful sales-
person in town.

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

dresser, armoire, mirror, twin
head & foot board. $400
(239)691-6368 Ft. Myers
SECTIONAL- black, with 2 re-
cliners, great condition, sell
for $400. Moving must sell
SMALL TABLE- good for sew
machine, wooden, w/ 3 side
drawers $75 (863)824-8749,
dark multi colored, like new,
$550 (863)824-8749
SOFAS (2) Lane, Burgundy
Leather w/end recllners, 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
UTILITY CART- drop leaf, tile
top with 2 stools, $75

CCI PRIMERS. 250 large rifle
mnag.. 550 small mji pistol,
500 small piiol, 3500 prim-
ers. $60 (863)357-3107.aft 5
COLT 38, Special 4" police
positive, Blued Siag Horn
grips. $300 or trade.
RIFLE AMMO- Win. 30 30
Win, 20 rnd box, $7. Pioneer
Area. Ask 4 Ross
SAVAGE: Model 110, 7 mm
Magnum Rifle w/Redfield 4x12
scope. Both in perfect cond.
w/case. $475 (863)697-3175

ly used: $600. or best offer.

motorcycle medallion, new
$150. Asking $125. Call

LIFT CHAIR- Good condition.:
$350. (863)801-4949
Charger & spare tire. Cost
$2500. Asking $150.
cellent condition, $750 neg.
(863)675-6630 LaBelle
WHEELCHAIR- Padded with
extra seat cushion. Excellent
condition. $125.

PANELS- New 4'W x38"L,
3" insulation, $2000 for all
will sell sep (863)763-5011
METAL DOORS- 2, Jenweld &
i fiberglass garage door. Ex-
i.client condition. $205. Will
.eparate. (863)763-1377
PAINT- (8) 5 gal containers,
different colors, interior La-
irx, $525 for all will sell sep-
arate (863)697-2032
used, 60x80 w/frame, good
condition. $100
1863)983-7625 after 6pm

30. yrs old. Designed by art-
ist. $300. (863)234-9747
DOLL HOUSE- '1974, Wil-
iiamsburg, 3 story, Accesso-
ries included. $500.
COLLECTION: Approx.. 44 yrs.
oId. Rare items. $600 all or
be t offer. 863-824-3358
3-400)--Racing & Comic, late
C..j. early 90s Exc. cond. $400
or best offer!! 863-763-8943
collection, 16 pieces,, some
,,idies, not in boxes. $200 or
wiii sell sep. 863-265-0353

DESK, lots of storage space,
jlso extras, all for $1715.
COMPUTER- Dell Dimension
4700, P4, 530 (3.0GHZ)
512MB/80GB, complete pkg
1.500 (863)467-5877
1220S, All hardware. Extra
software, Win. 98, $25.
(863)675-4970 Lv. msg.

COMFORTERS- for twin or
queen beds, variety of colors
& designs, $75 for all or will
sell sep (863)467-8723

BED, queen size, black,.
wrought iron, 4 poster,
w/frame, $150.
BEDROOM SET, King, com-
plete bed, dresser w/mirror,
2 night stands & chest. Exc.
cond. $450 (863)763-9695
BUNK BED SET: Cherry Wood
w/bullt in shelves. $150.
863-610-1926 '
BUNK BED SET- solid wood,
Loft, like new, 5 dr dresser,
3 dr desk, $350
(305)333-1389 Clewlston
CAPTAINS BED, twin size, for
kids, $250. (863)261-2409
CHINA CABINET, Solid wood,
2 pc. w/5 shelves. Hand
Made. Must see! $500
Matching, brown iron frames
w/glass tops. Very expensive.
$250 (863)532-0079 Okee
large, lots of storage. Good
cond. $30. (863)697-6618
Dk. Purple, exc. cond. $100.
COUCH, green & white ging-
ham check, country cottage
style, exc. cond., $250.
hairs, China cabinet. Excel-
lent condition. $500.
DINING TABLE custom made
w/glass top, nice cond. Cost
$1150 new, sacrifice for
DINING TABLE- glass top,
pedestal base, 4 upholstered
chairs $65 (863)357-3639
FUTON SET- With 2 end ta-
bles, coffee table. Black iron
w/oak wood top. Pd $600.
Asking $150. 863-357-2795
HEAD BOARD, King size, dark
wood. $50 (863)357-1929

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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
Supplies B45
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

$10 per bale. Also Horses
for Sale. Call (863)467-2483
or 561-635-1257.

APHA YEARLINGS, variety of
colors & prices, up to date
on all shots. (863)467-8180
or (863)634-1111
APPENDIX MARE, 7 years, 16
hands, Easy Jet blood lines,
$1600 or best offer.


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stollmoo V

available, parents on premis-
es, full blooded, 1st shots,
$150 (863)467-8206
DOG CRATE, 30"W, 32"H,
#6000. Like new. $75
JACK RUSSEL- female, lyr
old, all shots, spayed, needs
room to run, $75
PUPS, AKC, 2 left, 1 male, 1
female. $350ea 863-634-4076
KENNEL, American Kennel,
5'x10', paid $280, asking
$150 or best offer.
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
tprescott42@peoplenc com
color, $60 will sell separate-
ly. (863)675-3729 a.
Awesome babies! $350.
863-357-0037 Okeechobee

$2500 or best offer.
Complete w/pump & new
water tank. $350 firm.

30-40 gal. Good condition.

watts, 6 speakers, DVD
player, FM radio. $90
.(863)484-0110 '
disc CD player, dual cas-
sette tuner, (2)4 ft. speak-
ers, $200. (863)357-6315
MA Audio, holds 900 watts, In
sealed box. New, $140.
DIGITAL, 400 watts, 5 speaker
& sub woofer w/remote &
manual. $125863)697-8906
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
2hp, 20 gal., twin cyl., hose,
portable, 150psi. $75.00
outfit, w/cart, $30'0.
Brand new. Electric start,
w/keys. $2500.
(863)675-4079 LaBelle.
new. Never used. Value $4350
Now $2000. (863)675-4079
HOIST, A-Frame, Heavy Duty
2 Ton'w/8" solid steel cast-
ers & trolley. $600.

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

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

pieces plus gate. All for $315
will sep. (863)675-3054
old, bred to blk & wh paint,
very gentle, $1500
ROPING SADDI.E- new, $550
R.R. APPALOOSA, Gelding, 6
years. $1200 or best offer.
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
Bay, 17 hands, 18 yrs., exp.
rider, exc. all around horse,
$1800. 561-629-6213.

Good condition. Garage kept.
$850. (863)447-2130
Snapper, 21", works good,
freshly serviced, $75 firm
BUSHHOG, fair condition,
runs good, $4000 or best of-
fer. (863)697-3400
MOWER DECK, 42", came off
Yard King mower, $60.
OMC BOBCAT with bucket &
forks; fair cond., runs good,
$4000 or best offer.
STX 46. $500. (863)634-3280
cut, 16hp, auto shift, $400
RIDING MOWER, Snapper, 12
HP, 30" cut. $500.
(863)517-2077 Labelle
hp, with attachments, $250
or best offer. (239)210-1608-


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
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. 1 Ba-
12 mi. NoftOkeechobee.
$575 mo. 1st&sec. No Pets!
Non smoking envi.
3:30pm, or email
OKEE. Furnished. Efficiency
$800. mo. Util. furnished.
1st, Last & Sec. Non Smok-
ing Envi. (863)801-4949
bedroom, in town, no pets,
1st &sec + util, $500/mo.
Avail. 8-01-06, Behind Cap.
D's. 2 Bdrm., 2 Ba., W/D,
$900 mo. + 1st, last &sec.
dep. (863)467-9250

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

good, cold a/c, new water
pump, new tires, $1200 or
best offer. (239)784-8449
auto, cold a/c, 2 dr, all pwr.,
new paint/tires++Runs greaL
$4000. 863-763-8562 Msg.
Great MPG, clean, runs great,
good work car. $1500
MAZDA MIATA, '92, con-
vertible, runs great, a/c,
am/fmr radio, recent tires,
$4500. (863)227-1742
'94, 6 cyl,, tinted windows,
needs compressor. $2500
(863)467-0139 Iv. message
Find it faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classlfieds

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

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale ro05
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1lO)
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hurt;ng Property 103io
Property Sale 103'
Land Sale 104u
Lots Sale 10-15
Open House S )ps0
Out of State
Property Sale 105K
Property InspectionO16rf
Real Estate Wanted 106',
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 10(90

BASSINGER: 4.9 Acres w/
Porfd, 2 Electrical Outlets, 2
Septic's, 3 BR, 2 BA Home
w/space avail for new home.
$250,000. (863)467-8460
to choose from, 3br,2ba, on
large lot, end of quiet cul-de-
sac, designed by famous
Palm Beach Archite.ct, tile
throughout, all amenities,
$205,000 (561)718-2822 or
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.

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,
ml. to town, )uiddable lot,
Illustrated Properties, Isa-
belle Schillo, 561-385-5379

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2C>':"

with A/C, alum. pans, insulated
roof panels, vinyl windows.
$600. 863-697-2434

Newly Remodeled,
2BR/1.5BA, w/front edition,
$750 dep., $200 weekly.
1 BA, Fenced'yard & garage.
$850 mo., 1st, last & sec.
dep. (863)634-7622
RV- Small,. Sleeps 1 person,
$450. mo. + Sec. dep. 10
mi S of' Okeechobee
i~oil om
sale 2020

BASSINGER, 3br, lba 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
DESIRABLE SW City, 3 br,
1.5ba, $900. mo. + 1st,
Last, Sec. dep. & ref.
(863)763-5555 -
House for Rent, 3BR/2BA, 13
miles W, of Okeechobee on
Hwy. 70, Horses welcome
$1100. mo. (863)634-3262
J&S Estates: 2 Bdrm., 1 Ba.,
1 block from Rim Canal. Clean
& Cozy. $850 mo., 1st, last &
sec. dep. (863)634-7622
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.
OKEE. 2br, lba, 1 ac., Shed,
CA, Appl. incl. No pets $850.
mo. + 1st, last & sec. deps
Cr/ck req. (863)447-2130
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
,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
Side. 4 Bdrm., 2 Ba., $1200
mo. + 1st, last, sec. dep. &
refs. Call Barry 772-216-1461

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BRAND NEW 24' X 44'
3BR/2BA, Delivery & Set Up
for $70,000. 239-691-2549
A tI r Bill'.

Recreation |

Boats 3,105
Campers. RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vhlcles/ATVs 3035

Aluminum boat trailer made
by Pioneer, will hold up to a
2Oft boat, single axle, 14" tires.
$850 neg. (863)763-7609
CAROLINA SKIFF- '12, $800.
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/traHer,
$1200 or best offer
(239)470-3701 LaBelle
SEA KAYAK, Touring Stile,
Model Prijon Kodiak, 17 Ft.,
Good condition. $400.
Sea Kayak. Touring Style,
SNorthwest Pursuit. 17', exc.
cond., $600. (863)357-7406

er Van 318 eng. w/OD. Exc.
cond. New tires & brakes. New
refrig. & stove. 863-467-9413
RV- '82, Chevy, 25', Genera-
tor A/C, 97K, Runs good.
Extra tires. $2200.

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.
Rectangular, seats 4. Kept In-
side, great condition: W/Cover.
$2000. (863)843-0913
with light, L48" x H36" x
D24", $100 for all will sell
sep. (863)675-6061.
lb. $50 will sell separately.
Tanning Canopy. $300.

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

Old English. (5) $25 for all, will
sell separate. 863-763-4638
BIRD CAGE, large, heavy duty,
80"hx42"wx30"d, $800.
DOBERMAN, 2 V2 years old,
black & tan, registered, fe-
male. $400 (863)763-1504

SOUTHWIND' 86- 34', 49K
orig miles, sips 7, new tires,
generator, good cond.,
$9800 neg (863)467-8161
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

WAVE RUNNER '90, Yamaha,
very good condition. $1000

BOAT MOTOR, Johnson Evin-
rude, 14hp. OMC. Runs
great. $700 (863)763-7609
Mercury w/6 gal tank. $350
(863)357-0616 .
150hp OMC, freshwater, full
controls, stainless steel prop,
$2400 neg. (863)236-0100

APRILIA '03, RS50 runs/drives
good, polished frame, racing
access.. $1300 Negot.
Classic Triumph Chopper
Project, 1960's, 650cc, single
carb., all parts included, good
title. $200 (863)674-0898
HONDA CBR 600 1994:
$2000 or best offer.
i ir.jr, 4 .-r.
HONDA CBR 600 F3 '98, New
paint & tires. Moving, must
sell, $3200 or best offer.
HONDA REBEL '03, Wind-
shield, back rest, clean,
$1750. (863)517-2077 La-
bik./chrome, saddle bags,
wind shield, shift drive, liquid
cooled, 12.5k mi., clean,
40+mpg., $4,800
Good beginner bike. $2500.

GO CART- 2 seater, gas pow-
ered, runs good, $150
GO CART. Manco 6.5hp 2
sweater, new tires, runs great,
$850. (863)674-0539. La-
GO CART- Murray, 6.0 HP, 1
seater, runs great, new rear
tires. $650. (863)674-0539
$3500. 863-675-6568
'01, new chain & sprockes,
runs very good, $2,200.
SCOOTER, 2004 Tank Urban,
900 mi., red/silver, sec.
alarm, 4 stroke,
',1 .11 w :r ,l63 -673-6743.
YAMAHA 400 Kodiak, '04-
4x4, excellent condition',
hardly used, $3700


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

Door Wagon, trir hitch, Great
cond. A/C. 3rd seat. $3000
neg. (863)357-7406
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.
COUGARS- A pair, '87, 1 runs
good & 1 for parts. $300.
USED VEHICLE- to a Florida
Non-Profit. Pickup within 72
hrs (866)855-0902
spd., good work car, $650
or best offer. (863)612-0877
$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

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OLDSMOBILE 98 1992, Good
condition. Needs work. $1500.
SAAB COUPE- '92, Blue,
Leather seats, Sun roof.
Needs Alt. belt, $1200. Neg.
SATURN- '93, 2 door, Needs
work. $200. or best offer.
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

'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.

CLUB CAR, Refurbished,
$2500 or best offer.

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.
not run, needs motor work, 4
new tires. $600 or best offer.
Set (4), fits Trailblazers/En-
voys. $1000. 863-634-5888
FRONT END from Jeep CJ5,
w/locking hubs, 2 wheels &
tires, $50. (863)763-1370
MOTOR, Ford 302, everything
still attached, just needs to
be installed, runs great. $500
or best offer. (863)763-8052
RIMS & TIRES, 20", off of a
Dodge 1500, $1500.
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
TIRES & RIMS, for a CJ7,
35/12.50R15, Procomp,
with spare tire & hardware,
'$500 neg. (863)357-2113
TIRES (2) brand new Good-
year Integrity, P205/65R15,
160 for the pair
TIRES; (4) Fits 2003 Pick Up.
$200. or best offer.

berglass, Fits '01-'03 Dodge
Dakota Quad Cab, white. $450
neg. (863)697-0328
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.
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 good, cold air, $1400
or best offer.
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*
CHEVY S10 '87- ext cab, 4x4;
needs work, $800 or best of-
fer (772)519-0946

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee
County, Rodda will hold a public hearing on August 10; 2006 at 3:00 p.m. in the
Okeechobee County Courthouse, County Commission Chambers located at 304
NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, to resolve the collective bargaining Impasse
issue between the County Administration and IUOE (Intemational Union of Operat-
ing Engineers) Local 487.
A copy of this Notice of Intent will be available for public inspection at the County
Administration Office, Room 106, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, orida each week day, Monday through Friday, except holi-
days between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., beginning on July 25,2006.
If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at such hearing, that person will
need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based,
John W. Abney, Sr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Dkeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
149956 ON 7/25/06

CHEVY S-10 EX-CAB, '87,
small V8, 700 R4 trans.,
very clean & runs well,
TRUCK, '64, runs good, little
rust, 62k mi., $2499 firm.
engine rebuilt, body goqd
condition w/oolbox. $500 or
best offer. (863)763-2379
V6, w/title. Needs alignment.
Perfect Play Truckl! $2000 or
best offer. 863-254-3580

Asking $500 or best offer.
Cab. 95K mls. Very good
condition. Asking $2500 or
best offer. (863)697-0000
Line, Fits '99-Current. Ford Su-
perduty Shortbed. Maroon 6
mos. $700. (863)467-8248
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-'
et In today's classlifeds.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of
Okeechobee County, Florida will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August
10, 2006 at 9:00 am In the Okeechobee County Courthouse, Commission
Meeting Room, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. The purpose of
the hearing Is to receive public comments in consideration of the abandon-
ment of platted rights-of-way in Renfroe Park subdivision that is further
described as follows:
That portion of the SW 25th Street right-of-way (f/k/a Sixteenth Street)
between and adjoining Block 1 and Block 6, and all of the remaining
alley right-of-way in Block 1 and Block 6, all in Renfroe Park subdivi-
sion according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 55,
public records of Okeechobee County, Florida.
A copy of this notice will be available for public inspection at the Planning
and Development Department, 499 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
each weekday except holidays between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.
All Interested parties and citizens shall have the opportunity to be heard at
this public hearing. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the
Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at
this hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made and that the record Includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is based. County Clerktapes are forthe sole purpose of
backup for official records of the Clerk.
John Abney, Sr., Chairman
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Petition B-2006-0032

CHEVY BLAZER '88 auto,
pwr., runs good, new mtr.,
needs minor body wk. $800 or
best offer. 863-387-0563
Bauer, Loaded, Excellent
condition. 66,750 mi.
$6490. (239)340-9407

CAR TOW DOLLY- Complete,
Good condition. $500.
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used Items In
the classiflleds

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of
Okeechobee County, Florida will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August
10, 2006 at 9:00 am in the Okeechobee County Courthouse, Commission
Meeting Room, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. The purpose of
the hearing Is to receive public comments In consideration of the abandon-
meat of a platted alley right-of-way in Petit Park subdivision that is further
described as follows:
All of the alley right-of-way between and adjoining Lots 7 -12 and Lots
13 18, Block 2, Petit Park subdivision, according to the plat thereof
recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 19, public records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
A copy of this notice will be available for public inspectioncat the Planning
and Development Department, 499 NW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
each weekday except holidays between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.
All Interested parties and citizens shall have the opportunity to be heard at
this public hearing. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the
Board of County Commissioners with respect to any matter considered at
this hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is based. County Clerk tapes are for the sole purpose of
backup for official records of the Clerk
John Abney, Sr., Chairman
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Petition B-2006-0033

prox. 35 ft., with tires, in
good shape, $500 or best
offer. (863)763-2692
w/5th wheel hitch, new tires,
overhead crane, 2 ton chain
hoist+ $800 (863)763-3451

'89, 3/4 ton, auto, 360 good
shape. $1200 or best offer.
Ford Hightop Van, '89, V8, full
power, sofa bed, TV, CB ra-B
diD $2000. LaBelle Area.
(863)675-4970 Leave msg.

Community Events

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 employ-
ee or job. For more, visit.their web site at; 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 Okee-
chobee 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.

Center looks to expand activities
S- Qkeechobee Senior Services Center located at the Lottie Rauler-
son Service Center, 1019 W. South Park St., has arts and crafts for
seniors at the service center each Tuesday and Thursday and blue-
grass 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 bingio. 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
edition 2006 Christmas ornament. The ornament is 24 karat gold on
brass and includes a numbered certificate and historical informa-
tion. Each ornament is $15. All proceeds from the sale of the orna-
ments will go to the ORE scholarship. To purchase call: .Kay
McCool, (863) 763-2829;, Gay Carlton, (863) 763-5755; Paulette
Whipple, (863) 467-2487; Marion Davis, (863) 763-3991; or Regina
Hamrick, (863) 763-8865.

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:

CAP looking for senior and cadet members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air'Patrol United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite 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 mis-
sions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, ae-rospace edu-
cation and cadet programs. 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 Operations Center, (863)763-3212.

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

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

My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
*through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also
looking for a volunteer to'become the director and a board member
of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with
the public and should be able to seek support from city and county
'officials,,business executives and other organizations. Work days and
hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.

Class of '97 plans reunion

Anyone interested in helping out with planning of the Okeechobee
High School Class of 1997 reunion is asked to e-mail OHS .97

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

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

Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and advanced
computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W 16th St.
Basic computer knowledge and word processing sills 1ill be demonstrat-
ed,,as well as how to access and navigate the internet. For the dates and
times of these classes, contact the Okeechobee County Library at (863)

Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to youth
and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes are currently
taught four days week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 6 until 8
p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

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