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Vol. 97 No. 222 Thursday, August 10,2006 504 Plus tax


Briefs


GEC customers
warned of outage
Glades Electric Coopera-
tive will be doing scheduled
maintenance of the Bassinger
Substation on Friday, Aug. 11.
An outage is scheduled to
begin on the evening of Aug.
11 at midnight, and will last
about two hours.
All consumers fed by the
Bassinger Substation will be
affected by this outage -
including members in Okee-
chobee County, on 9-mile
grade (CR-721), Micco Bluff,
Dixie Ranch, Bassinger and
Cornwell.
For information, call 800-
226-4024.
Tax Collector
office to be closed
The Okeechobee County
Tax Collector's office will be
closed Sept. 13, from 1 until 5
p.m. in order to conduct a
training session for their
employees.
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Children's insurance
coverage improves
ATLANTA (AP) More
children in the South have
gained health coverage, but
the improvement is more dra-
matic in some states than oth-
ers, according to a new study.
Arkansas did best: Its rate
of uninsured children
dropped by more than half
between 1997-1998 and 2003-
2004, from nearly 22 percent
to about 9 percent, according
to research released Wednes-
day.
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Drought Index
Current: 463
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

12.13 feet


Lake level
Last Year:
16.17 feet
(SOURCE:
South Florida
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea
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Community Events ... .4
Crossword . . . . .9
Obituaries .......... 3
Opinion ............ 4
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Local candidates face off


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee political
forum is a tradition that has been
.occurring every election year since
the early 1980s, with the latest one
being held Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the
Okeechobee Freshman Campus
Auditorium.
Voters packed the building to
hear their candidates speak, and
answer questions submitted by
the audience.
Rancher Sonny Williamson
moderated the event that featured
candidates for circuit judge, coun-
ty judge, county commissioner
district 2 and county commission-
er district 4.
First to speak were the candi-
dates for 19th Judicial Circuit


judge Laurie Ehler, Tony
George and Bob Pegg.
Ms. Ehler referred to the fact
that over one-half of the cases
heard by a circuit judge deal with
family matters. She pointed to her
experience as a child support
hearing officer. She was also
involved with the Guardian ad
Litem program, is a certified family
mediator and an attorney. If elect-
ed, she vowed to bring common
sense and accountability to the
court.
"We need a better case man-
agement system," she said.
Mr. George asserted that many
of his 16 years of practicing law
have been devoted to the needs of
the elderly and injuries to children.
He also served eight years on the
Martin County School Board, and


nine years on the Children's Ser-
vices Council. If elected, he said he
would talk to jurors to make sure
they understand the judicial
process
Mr. Pegg referred to himself as
"the oldest horse in the race" at 58.
However, he said he was in good
health and had lost weight and
was physically capable of doing
the job. He said he had been
involved in over 50 adoptions. In
addition, he claimed that he had
more trial experience and life
experience than the other candi-
dates.
During her remarks to the audi-
ence, incumbent Okeechobee
County Judge Shirley Brennan
referred to her years of judicial
experience, and her community
involvement. She said she estab-


Back to school: Teachers make plans for new year


Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Veteran school teachers of Central Elementary School gathered Wednesday morning to
make plans for the upcoming school year.


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teachers of South Elementary School Wednesday morning. Teachers working with Ms.
Paulson were (left to right) Aryne Rackley, Mary Paulson, Renee Geeting and (back to
camera) Karen Carrier.







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lished a truancy court and served
on the substance abuse coalition
and was involved with several
organizations that serve children.
"Being a judge is not a popular-
ity contest," she said. "I know how
to be fair regardless of popular
opinion."
Her opponent, attorney Jerry
Bryant, stated that his perform-
ance speaks for itself.
"Check my record," he urged
voters. "A change is needed."
He said he has a reputation for
being even tempered and level
headed, and has a broad knowl-
edge of the law. Mr. Bryant called
himself a team player.
Both candidates voiced sup-
port for the Children's Home Soci-
ety and claimed to have strong
familyvalues.


"Family values are the most
important thing in our society,"
said Judge Brennan.
"I believe families are the build-
ing blocks of our society," asserted
Mr. Bryant.
District 2 County Commission-
er Gene Woods is defending his
seat against current City of Okee-
chobee City Councilman Noel
Chandler. Both men are Democ-
rats.
"We've got big changes com-
ing," Mr. Chandler stated. "Every
problem has a solution."
"I will be a full time commis-
sioner," he said, and promised to
return all calls.
Mr. Woods pledged to continue
to keep taxes low. He also wants
See Candidates Page 2


Men charged



with theft,



sale of tools


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two men who were doing
'odd jobs' for another man
have been arrested and
accused of taking a gun and
tools from the man's home
while he was in the hospital.
.. Arrested Tuesday, Aug. 8-,-
by Detective Ted Van Deman
of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) were
Bryan Thomas Pound and
Roger Allan Cook.
Pound was charged with
the felonies of dealing in
stolen property and grand
theft/firearm. He is also facing
a misdemeanor charge of
petit theft. He was booked
into the Okeechobee County.


Bryan Roger
Thomas Allan
Pound Cook
Jail under a bond of $55,000.
Cook is facing a felony
charge of dealing in stolen
property and a misdemeanor
charge of petit theft. His bond
has been set at $30,000.
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A dozen horses that were confiscated by Okeechobee Animal Control will be auc-
tioned on Saturday, Aug. 12, beginning at 10 a.m. Viewing will begin at 9 a.m. The auc-
tion will take place at 9999 N.W. 120th St., east off U.S. 441 on N.E. 144th Drive (Dark
Hammock Road), then north on N.W. 120th. All horses have negative Coggins tests.


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to make every county department
user-friendly.
Noting that he has served as
commissioner for 12 years, he
vowed, "I have told the truth for 12
years and I'll continue to tell it."
In response to an audience
question, both candidates
expressed interest in preserving the
old jail.
When asked about concurren-
cy, Mr. Chandler said he did know
much about the subject.
On that topic, Mr. Woods stated
that the user should be the one to
pay for the government services
they receive.
Mr. Chandler was not familiar
with the county's economic plan.
Mr. Woods said the plan is "still
lying on the shelf" because com-
missioners have more than they
can do.
"The plan is a good plan," he
added.
The District 5 race is more com-
plicated with voters having five
choices. There are two Democrats,
two Republicans and one Indepen-
dent in the race. Incumbent John
Abney is running against Marvin
Wherrell in the Sept. 5 Democratic
Primary. Ted Kelchner and Dr. Ran-
dall Mims will face off in the
Republican Primary. The winners
of those primaries will go against
Independent George Roberson in
the Nov. 7 general election.
Mr. Abney spoke of his commu-
nity involvement.'
"If. you love this community,
you need to giKe back," he said
-He said that quality of life is a
priofitvy. fiti him, He also favors
-he rural land stleardship pio-
grin'." He"claimed to have the'
experience, enthusiasm and ener-
gy for the job.
Mr. Wherrell said that giving
back to the community was his
reason for running. He said his
family had been living in Okee-
chobee fo r 60 years. If elected,
he said he would be a leader with
an open door policy. He urged
financial responsibility and he
believes that growth should pay for
itself.
"Let us bring back a common
sense approach to government,"
he stated.
Mr. Wherrell said he had the
time to be a full-time commission-


News Briefs

Foley's aide to hold local hours
OKEECHOBEE Ann Decker, aide to U.S. Representative Mark
Foley (R-16th D.), will be in Okeechobee on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 9
until 11 a.m.
Ms. Decker will be in room 106 of the Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.W Second St. She can also be reached by calling (863)
763-6441.

Tax forms for ag exemptions available
OKEECHOBEE As a service to the agricultural community, the,
Okeechobee County Farm Bureau has the tax exemption certificates
for certain power farm equipment purchases.
The purchaser's tax exemption certificate for electricity used direct-
ly and exclusively in production or processing of agricultural products:
on a farm are also available.
To pick up either certificate, visit the Okeechobee Farm Bureau.
office at 401 N.W Fourth St, in Okeechobee.
At the costs of both equipment and electricity for farm use, these tax
exemptions represent sizable savings for the agricultural producer.

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
motor.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
These candidates for Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court judge spoke at the Okeechobee Polit-
ical Forum held Tuesday night, Aug. 8, at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus Auditorium.
They are: (left to right) Tony George, Laurie Ehler, and Bob Pegg.


Mr. Kelchner said Okeechobee
would be challenged to meet the
demands of future growth and
keep its small town closeness. He
pledged to be proactive and not
reactive. In addition, he called for a
stormwater master plan and urged
pursuing every grant that was avail-
able to the county.
Dr. Mims claimed to be the only
candidate with any type of agricul-
tural experience since he has
served as a ranch manager.
"Jobs are always an issue," he
said "" -- '
. He said the county had ni. Ii e-*
year plan anaithait ue ,:ander
aicound
He called for forward thinking
to solve problems.,
Mr. Roberson spoke of the need
for affordable housing, the lack of a
living wage and the lack of oppor-
tunity in Okeechobee.
"One of the greatest needs in
this county is affordable housing,"
he said.
Mr. Abney said that as the popu-
lation grows people would expect
more services that will have to be
provided by the county.
Mr. Wherrell said it would be a
challenge to keep taxes down and
maintain a high level of county
services.


Dr. Mims was in favor of impact civic center one. of he county's
fees and concurrency fees to keep greatest assets He called for an air-
up with the demands of growth. co:jlndi''ned building, saying that
"Lei ne' growth pay their fair such a building would pay for itself.
share," he asserted. One area that all the district 4
Mr. Kelchner stressed the candidates agreed upon was the
importance of seeking commercial importance of preserving the old
and industrial growth, and seeking jail.
good clean industry. "We've got save it," Mr. Abney
Mr. Roberson called for a hous-' said.
ing authority to provide low cost Mr. Wherrell advocated seeking
housing. grants to preserve the building.
Dr. Mims said he was on the "We can't let it fall down," Dr.
agiic-civic center ad(isor) center Min-mssaid
and that rates w ere lo\\ered to pro-., "i's absolutely a must thai \ e
rm:te more.use oI the.laciy.Jj. do this,' ',\as the believe of Mr.
said tre prrbiebrns at the agri-ch'ic' Kdlchner
center weie caused in part by poor ,. "\\We should aiwals honor our
rnanagement and suggested build- history, said Mr. Roberson.
irng a hurricane shelter on the agn- Voter registration for the pr-
ciic center grounds. mary elections closed on Aug 7.
Mr. Abney advocated getting Registration for the general.elec-
public input as to how the agri-civic tion closes on Oct. 10.
center can be used. He pointed to Early voting for the primary
recreational riding, the fair and the elections will be held at the super-
youth livestock show as uses of the visor of elections' office in room
facility. 107 of the Okeechobee County
Mr. Roberson said he was not Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St.,
knowledgeable about the agri-civic from Aug. 21 until Sept. 2. Earlyvot-
center. However, he pledged to do ing hours are 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
some research to come up to For specific information about
speed. He said that as a social voter registration and voting places
worker, he was trained in doing contract the supervisor of elections
research. in the courthouse, or call (863)
Mr. Kelchner called the agri- 763-4014.


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Theft

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According to the detective,
the victim had hired the two men
to do some simple jobs around
his home.
"They were working mostly
outside but were allowed in the
home," said the detective.
When the victim was later
admitted to a hospital for two to
three days, Pound and Cook
allegedly took a .380 caliber
automatic handgun along with
some tools.
When the 50-year-old victim
returned home and found the
items missing he notified law
enforcement.
Detective Van Deman said the
man was missing a chain saw,


air nail gun and a pressure clean-
er. He estimated the value of all
of the stolen items at $600.
The tools, he continued, were
apparently pawned so that the
men could buy drugs. The hand-
gun has not been recovered.
Detective Van Deman said the
men were charged with the mis-
demeanor of petit theft because
the items were apparently stolen
one at a time and none are val-
ued at $300 or more.
"They stole a little at a time,"
said Detective Van Deman.
"Three hundred dollars is the dif-
ference between a felony and a
misdemeanor."
He went on to explain that
the men were not charged with
burglary since they had the
homeowner's permission to go
inside the home.


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Obituaries


Ralph H.'Rube'
Varner
Ralph H. "Rube" Varner, age 80,
of Okeechobee, died Aug. 6, 2006,
at the Hamrick Home in Okee-
chobee. He was born Oct. 2, 1925,
in Hanover; Pa., and li ed there until
moving to Okeechobee 25 years
ago. He graduated from Hanover
High School in 1943, and attended
Lock Haven State Uniiversity. He
served in the Navy from 1943 until
1946, aboard the USS Mulany,
DD528, in the South Pacific, and
received an honorable discharge.
He was a member of St. Matthew
Lutheran Church, Hanover, Pa., a
life member of the Okeechobee
Elks, #2558 (secretary for two
terms), a life member of AMVETS
Post #22, Hanover, Pa., VFW Post
10539 of Okeechobee, American
Legion Post #64 of Okeechobee,
Loyal Order of the Moose #1753 of
Okeechobee, and a charter mem-
ber of the Okeechobee AARP.
He is preceded in death by: his
parents, Charles H. and Norma M.
Varner; brothers, Charles Varner,
and Alvin Meckley; and, sister,
Bertha M. Mayer.
He is survived by: his wife of 57
years, Shirley Sterner Varner of
Okeechobee; children, Ashley B.
(Susan) Varner of Latrobe, Pa., and
Pamela S. Varner of Okeechobee;
grandchildren, Ashley B. Varner II of
Mechanicsville, Md., Meg S. Varner
of Latrobe, Pa., Joseph D. Worley of
Philadelphia, Pa., and Kate S, Wor-
ley of Arlington, Va.; and, great-
grandchildren, Elizabeth N. Vamer
of Mechanicsville, Md.
A private family burial will be at
a later date at the Mt. Olivet Ceme-
tery, Hanover, Pa. Arrangements
will be under the care of the Wetzel
Funeral Home, Hanover, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, the family has
requested that donations be made
to the Hospice of Okeechobee. P.O.
Box 1548, Okeechobee, Fla., 34973.
All local arrangements are
under the direction and care of the
Buxton Funeral Home and Crema-
tory.

Martin L. Fisher
Martin L. Fisher, age 82, of
Basinger, died Tuesday, Aug. 9,
2006, at his home. Mr. Fisher was
born Nov. 10, 1923, in Pennsylva-
nia. He was a mechanic having
come to Basinger from Pennsylva-
nia in 1952. Mr. Fisher proudly
served our country in the U.S. Army
during WWII.
Mr. Fisher is survived by: his lov-
ing wife of 62 years, Alise Fisher;
two sons, John L. Fisher and Alfred
Fisher, all of Basinger; four grand-
children; six great grandchildren;
brother, Elwood Fisher of Easton,
Pa.; and, two sisters in Pennsylva-
nia.
Visitation will be from 10 until
11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 11, 2006, at
Basinger Cemetery, with funeral
services following at 11 a.m. at
Basinger Cemetery. Interment will
be at Basinger Cemetery. Pastor Al
Padgett will be officiating.
Those unable to attend the serv-
ices may sign the guest book at


www.bassokeec
home.com.
All arranged
to the loving c
chobee Funeral
tory.


The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driving
under the influence (DUI)
mo charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Flori-
da Fish and Wildlife Conservation
^ Commission (FWC) or the
Department of Corrections
-" (DOC).
-- Francisco Aguilar Hunt, 19,
N.W. First, Okeechobee, was
arrested Aug. 4 by Deputy Paul
SJackson on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
.~ with the felony of burglary of a
dwelling, and the misdemeanor
S..of criminal mischief $200,or less.
. _. His bond was set at $21,000.
__... Stephen Ivory Bohannon,
... 25, S.E. 19th Court, Okeechobee,
- was arrested Aug. 4 by the OCPD
on a charge of possession or sale
.a of a controlled substance. His
bond was set at $5,000.
Toemyka Mechelle Peter-
son, 27, N.W. 46th Ave., Okee-
chobee, was. arrested Aug. 4 by
chobeefuneral- Deputy Kenneth Sarros on an
Okeechobee County warrant
nents are entrusted charging her with failure to rede-
are of Bass Okee- liver leased property more than
Home and Crema- $300. She was released on her
own recognizance.


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was arrested Aug. 5 by OCPD
Sergeant Victoria Williams on a
,charge of driving under the influ-
ence. His bond was set at $500.
Rolland Ammons, 45, S.E.
25th St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Aug. 5 by the OCPD on felony
charges of robbery and false
imprisonment, and a misde-
meanor charge of battery. His
bond was set at $22,500.
* Clarence Dennis, 50, N.E.
11th St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Aug. 5 by Deputy Eddie Baker
on a charge of aggravated bat-
tery. His bond was set at $40,000.
Krystal Yvonne Smith, 22,
N.E. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Aug. 5 by Deputy Eddie
Baker on a charge of aggravated
battery. Her bond was set at
$1,500.
Francisco Halivaris, 24,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 5
by Deputy Joseph Gracie on
felony charge of leaving the scene
of an accident with injury, and
misdemeanor charges of reckless
driving, resisting arrest without
violence and no valid driver's
license. His bond was set at


$8,000.
Shane M. Mester, 18, S.E.
59th Drive, Okeechobee, was
arrested Aug. 7 by Deputy Kristen
Gray on charges of burglary of an
unoccupied structure and grand
theft. His bond was set at
$30,000.
Richard G. Wells, 19, S.E.
96th Circle, Okeechobee, was
arrested Aug. 7 by Deputy Kristin
Gray on charges of burglary of an
unoccupied structure and grand
theft. His bond was set at
$30,000.
Rusty James Bailes, 28, S.E.
Sixth. St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Aug. 8 by Deputy
Matthew Hurst on a charge of
possession of cocaine. His bond
was set at $5,000.
Jessica Lynn Henson, 20,
Senate St., Auburndale, was
arrested Aug. 8 by Deputy Corpo-
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County warrant that charged her
with violation of probation petit
theft. She is being held without
bond.
Edward Lavon French, 18,
S.W. Second St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Aug. 8 by OCPD
Sergeant Victoria Williams on a
charge of driving under the influ-
ence. His bond was set at $500.
Kenneth Wayne Tubbs, 24,
S.E. 18th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Aug. 9 by Deputy R.
Hartsfield on a felony charge of
burglary of a structure and a mis-
demeanor charge of petit theft.
His bond was set at $6,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
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BUS DRIVERS: In regard to the bus transportation department, are we
going to have enough bus drivers this year? Last year, my child's bus had
several different bus drivers on it. Nowyou have to know that kids love to
know what their bus drivers name is. Every time they get on a bus with a
different driver, it is like riding with a stranger. Please, let us know, are we
going to have enough bus drivers this year? Editor's Note: We contacted
a school district official and were told that every route has been
assigned a drier. The officialsaid they spent the summer aggressively
rearuitng drers and then training them, so at he moment every route
is covered. They also have rained people waiting in the wings in case
something happens so that they can step in and take ove a route. The
offdal said the school dsict aee with you in that they e the caon-
sIstencyofhavlngthesameperson naschoolbus.
LIGHT BILL: Has any body noticed the charges on the light bill? The
fuel charge is higher than the light bill. Is there anything that can be done
about this at all? People cannot afford this outrageous bill. Is there anyone
I can call?
OPEN HOUSE: Can anyone tell me when the open house is at South
Elementary? I have not seen anything in the paper about their open
house. Editor's Note: The school's open house will be held Thursday,
Aug. 10, from 5 until 7p.m.
WATER: I would like to know what is wrong with the water in Buck-
head Ridge. It looks like rust is in it. We are paying for city water not sulfur
water.
ANIMAL ABUSE: In regard to animal abuse, the city boys wanting to
be cowboys. You have to realize that when you live in the cityyou have to
have your animals tied up. Unfortunately, some of us didn't inherit big
pieces of property on which to let our animals roam. Again, you need to
think twice about cowboys not abusing their animals. I have seen them
several times with hog cuts on them, bull cuts and so forth. You need to
think twice about cowboys not abusing their animals.
PHONE NUMBER: I just wanted to say thank you for putting the num-
ber in the paper about the health issue regarding people with long hair in
the restaurants. They also had me call the state business professional
office and Better Business Bureau.
STRAY CATS: This is about the people that have the cats running on
people's property: what you need to do is get a couple of dogs and that
will get rid of the cats.

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Community Events

CIS/PAL golf tourney planned
Communities in Schools (CIS) and the Police Athletic League
will be hosting their seventh annual golf tournament on Saturday,
Aug. 26, beginning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at the Okeechobee
Golf & Country Club. Hole, tee and team sponsorships are still
available. Prizes will be given to the winning team, as well as the
ninth and next-to-last place teams. Monetary donations will be
accepted, and volunteers are still needed to help with the tourna-
ment. On the day of the event, barbecue chicken and rib dinners
will be sold. All proceeds from the tournament will go to fund CIS
projects. For information, call (863) 462-5863.

Scientist to speak at IRCC
Palm scientist Dr. John Dowe will speak on the main campus of
Indian River Community College (IRCC), 3209 Virginia Avenue, in
Fort Pierce on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 10 until 11:30 a.m. on palms
in the genus Livistona. He will speak again from 1:30 until 3 p.m.
on the cyclone/hurricane adaptation of palms. He will also speak at
the Kight Center, room V442, at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27, on the
MacArthur Palm.

AARP driver safety course offered
An AARP driver safety course will be held the St. Theresa
Catholic Church fellowship hall at Chobee Loop and S.R. 78 in
Buckhead Ridge from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9,
and Saturday, Sept. 16. The tuition is $10 per person and must be
paid by Sept. 9, and must be paid by check. Participants do not
have to be AARP members or have AARP auto insurance. Partici-
pants must be age 55 or older to qualify for auto insurance dis-
counts in Florida. For information or to sign up, contact instructor
Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-0351.




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Upcoming Events

Thursday
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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.
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 interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information,
call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center located
at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
5996.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1
p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost is
$6.20 plus tip for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.
For information, call Bonnie Kinchen at (863) 467-7100.
Travlin' Sams members of the Okeechobee Chapter of Good
Sams meet on the second Friday of each month, with early birds on
Thursday. Call Joan at (863) 876-4596 or Jeanne at (863) 824-
0984, for the next camping site.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W South Park St. All Kiwanis and
the public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at
(863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at
(863) 763-4923 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.
Second 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 relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday
at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Gra-
ham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m.
until noon and representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 123
S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
.guage classes are available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St., from 7 until 9 p.m.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member
is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides
an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, informa-
tion and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth
St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will meet at the home of
Diane and Julian Samborski, 8089 N.E. 12th St., at 7 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (863) 357-7954.
The Republican Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Clock Restau-
rant, 1111 S. Parrott Avenue. For information call Melissa Arnold at
(863) 610-2280.
Friday
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discus-
sion meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3
Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-
4780 or (863) 467-5474. .:
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
LUnited Methodist Church. 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invit-
ed. Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group is welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at
(800) 932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic
Center, located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring.
Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information, call
Fran at 382-6978 or Juana at 471-9795.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
AA. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Nar-anonHelps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a
more normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she has
stopped using. We meet every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead
Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863)
467-9833.
Saturday
Worship in Song at the Living Word of Faith Church of Okee-
chobee, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month
beginning at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all Christian
singers and musicians are welcome to take part. For information,
contact the church at (863) 763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at (863)
763-3373; or, Sister Yvonne Price at (863) 467-6657.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles meets every Saturday at 7:30 a.m.,
at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., and leaves for ride at 8
a.m., weather permitting. For information on the ride for the week
or any questions contact Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841,
Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251, or Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade
Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of educa-
tion include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domes-
tic violence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educa-
tional materials and prevention tools. Call (863) 634-9340 or (863)
357-6248, for information.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Par-
rott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m.
at the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information,
call Dick Laneau at (863) 467-9540 or (727) 345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County
4-H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to
be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at the
Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday through Friday
from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the extension
office at (863) 763-6469.
Sunday
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Say-
. tour, 200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
(A.A.) open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Monday


A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
ing.
VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon
at the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests
are invited. Please R.S.VP. to (863) 763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30 p.m.
at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. This
meeting is open to anyone interested in tracing their ancestry. The
annual membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For
information, call Eve at (863) 467-2674; or, visit their web site at
http://www.rootsweb.com/-flgso.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For information
call (863) 634-4780.


Community Events

Church hosts Summer Camp Meeting
The annual Summer Camp Meeting at the Church of God, 301
N.E. Fourth Ave., will feature special guest speakers Evangelist
Farrell Kyser of Alabama and Reverend Floyd Lawhon of Califor-
nia. Services will continue through Friday, Aug. 11, and will start
at 7:30 p.m. There will be a nursery available each night for chil-
dren up to the age of 3, and a Children's Church will be held for
children between the ages of 4 and 12. The church is located
behind McDonald's Restaurant. For information, call (863) 763-
4127.
Ministries meeting planned
Palmdale Hand & Hand Ministries will meet Thursday, Aug.
10, at 6 p.m. at the Community Building located on the corner of
Fifth and Main in Palmdale. Food, fellowship and the word will be
discussed. Charley Watts of the Venus Methodist Church will be
the speaker.
Democratic Party to meet
The Okeechobee County Democratic Party will meet at Beef
O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., Thursday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. The
guest speaker will be Okeechobee County Supervisor of Elec-
tions Gwen Chandler. For information, call (863) 357-8680.
Church hosting gospel sing
A gospel sing hosted by the Gospel Lighthouse will be held Fri-
day, Aug. 11, at the Christian Seventh Day Baptist Church, 914
WN. Park St., beginning at 7:30 p.m. For information, contact
Reverend Hampton at (863) 357-0455.
Church hosting gospel sing
The Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., will host
a gospel sing Saturday, Aug. 12, beginning at 6 p.m. All Christian
singers and musicians are welcome to participate, and the public
is invited. For information call the church at (863) 763-6869; or,
Reverend Lee Minton at (863) 763-3373 or (863) 697-8517.
VFW hosting links tourney
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., and
their auxiliaries will be holding a blind draw golf tournament at
Okeechobee Golf & Country Club on Aug. 12. Tee time is 8 a.m.
Gilbert Chevrolet has donated a new pickup truck that will be
given away in a hole-in-one contest. Proceeds benefit the VFW
National Home for Children. Space is limited. For information or
to sign up, call (863) 697-2390.

Red Cross offering classes
The American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave., will be offering:
a first aid class on Saturday Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. until noon; and,
an adult CPR class on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 6 until 9 p.m. To reg-
ister or for information, call (863) 763-2488.
School supplies drive under way
Big Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their
annual school supplies drive for the needy children of Okee-
chobee County. Items will be collected until Aug. 12. Proof of eli-
gibility 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.
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.
Open house honors breastfeeding month
"' The Okeechobee WIC, inl cooperation with the Okeechobee
Healthy Start Coalition, is sponsoring an open house to celebrate
World Breastfeeding Month on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m.
until 3:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Okeechobee County
Health Department auditorium, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave. There will
be games and door prizes. The Chronic Disease Health Preven-
tion and Education Department will be on hand to offer informa-
tion on healthy living. The event is open to the public. For infor-
mation, contact Linda Wier, R.N., at (863) 462-5824.
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 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.
DEC meeting is planned
The Okeechobee Democratic executive committee will hold
it's annual Jefferson-Jackson fundraising dinner Saturday, Aug.
19, at the KOA Convention Center, 4276 U.S. 441 S., at 6 p.m.
Speakers will be State Senator Dave Aronberg and U.S. Senator
Bill Nelson. Local and state officials and candidates will also be in
attendance. Tickets are $30. For information, call (863) 357-8680.
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 Indiantown starting at 4 p.m. There will be
an open round-robin roping competition, music, barbecue, auc-
tion 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.
Collaborative Council meeting planned
The next meeting of the Community Collaborative Council, a
part of the Shared Services Network, will be held Tuesday, Aug.
22, at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County
School Board office, 700 S.W. Second Ave. For information, call
Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.
Book discussion group to meet
The Okeechobee Friends of the Library book discussion group
will meet Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee County
Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. For information, call (863) 357-9980.
Coalition's finance panel to meet


The finance and operations committee from the Early Learn-
ing Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties
will meet Thursday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. in the coalition's confer-
ence room at 2415 S. 29th St., in Fort Pierce. For information, call
Dorett Williams at (772) 489-8120, ext. 10.
Early Learning Coalition to meet
The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okee-
chobee Counties will meet Thursday, Aug. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at the
One Stop Career Center, 2401 S. 29th St., north portable, in Fort
Pierce. For information, call Dorett Williams at (772) 489-8120,
ext. 10.
Coalition executive panel to meet
The executive committee of the Early Learning Coalition of
Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties will meet Thurs-
day, Aug. 24, immediately following the full coalition meeting.
The committee will meet at the One Stop Career Center, 2401 S.
29th St., north portable, in Fort Pierce. For information, call Dorett
Williams at (772) 489-8120, ext. 10.


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American Legion
Post #64
The American Legion Post #64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St.
The Post phone number is (863)
763-2950.
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu. Monday,
Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m.
until 2 p.m.; Wednesday, tacos
served from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.;
Saturday from noon until 8 p.m.;
Sunday from 1 until 8 p.m.
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday, Tues-
day and Thursday.
Bar bingo will be held each
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday nights beginning at 6
p.m. for members and guests.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. Music will
be from 4 until 7 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528,2002 U.S. 78W., at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members
are available.
Call Chuck Gillespie at (863)
697-1451, or Jerry Lee Shields at
(863) 467-8779 or (863)634-9563.

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

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

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

Order of the Eastern
Star Okeechobee
Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star


has many fun activities planned on
the first and third Tuesday of each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact W.M. Margaret at (863)
467-8020.
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is (863)
763-2250.
Saturday, Aug. 12: Moose
Lodge Open House for the entire
community, where friends and
neighbors will learn about the
Moose Lodge causes. There will
be activities for the children; food;
and, karaoke. A barbecue chicken
dinner will be available starting at
3 p.m. for a $6 donation.
Tuesday, Aug. 15: L.O.O.M.
election from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
All qualified members should
vote. A Moose member meeting
will follow at 8 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 21: members
are asked to bring a brown bag
sinner for their family to enjoy,
and then attend the meeting
immediately following the dinner.
Tuesday, Aug. 29: Moose
enrollment meeting at 7 p.m. All
prospective members should
attend this meeting.
Sunday breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
Wednesday, Thursday and
Friday night meals will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call the
Lodge at (863) 763-2250 for the
menu.
Thursday is karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
there will be music for dancing.
Call to see who is playing.
Saturday night meals will be
served starting at 6 p.m. Saturday
is karaoke at 8 p.m. Call for the
menu.


Moose Family Center
#1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W 36th
St. in Okeechobee. For informa-
tion and meal menus, call the
Lodge at (863) 763-4954.
Social quarters open daily
from noon until 8 p.m.
General men's meeting is
the second and fourth Wednes-
day at 7 p.m.
WOTM #956 meeting is the
second and fourth Tuesday at 7:30
p.m.
Men's officer meeting first
and third Tuesday of eah month
, a 7 p.tm.: @ :-;* ,: p'*a, v -
Women's officer meeting on
the first Tuesday of each month at
8 p.m.
General meeting on the sec-
ond Wednesday of each month at
8p.m.
Horseshoes every Thursday
and Sunday 5 p.m.
Moose races every Saturday
at 1 p.m. Washer toss at 3 p.m.
Karaoke with Chuck on Sun-
days from 3 p.m.. until ?, with
snacks.
Turkey Shoot on the first
Sunday of each month at 9 a.m.
VFWPost #4423
The VFW North Post #4423
is located at 300 N.W. 34, St.
Events are seasonal, contact the
Post at (863) 763-0818 for infor-
mation or write the Post at P.O.
Box 1137, Okeechobee Fl. 34973.
The Post opens at noon Monday
through Sunday.
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be
available. Everyone is welcome.
Friday: bingo starts at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Food
will be available. Karaoke will be
from 6 until 10 p.m.
Saturday: bar bingo at 1
p.m. for members and guests
Karaoke will be from 6 until 10
p.m. Food will be available.


Sunday: dinner will be
available from 2 until 5 p.m., and
will be followed by karaoke from
6 until 10 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting and ladies aux-
iliary meeting at 11 a.m.
Big screen TV for all events.
The post membership drive
is under way, and the post is striv-
ing for 100 percent. For informa-
tion, contact the quartermaster at
(863) 763-0818.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from
noon until 8 p.m., Monday
through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW,
Ladies Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary,
AMVETS and AMVETS ladies aux-
iliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
able.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
Post meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturday of
the month beginning at 10 a.m.
The main meeting is on the fourth
Saturday.
For information contact Com-
mander Johnnie H. Patent at
(863) 467-2882.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.


VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at
1 p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
iary.
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
*9 Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
dancing.
e* Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausagedogs for, $1.50, grilled or,
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing will start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
Okeechobee
Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday
of each month at 8 p.m. The club
is also available for weddings and
parties. For information call the
club at (863) 763-3378, Kip at
'(863) 610-6659, or Keith at (863)
634-2682.


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FWC encourages diver safety during lobster season


Five people died and several
other suffered injuries, some
severe, during the just-completed
mini-season for spiny lobster
hunters.
Those sobering statistics raise
eyebrows and serve as a wake-up
call for people during regular
spiny lobster season which began
Aug. 6. Not all the deaths are
directly attributable to diving. But
all the victims were preparing to
dive or actively diving for the crus-
tacean when they died or were
injured.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission


(FWC) encourages divers to take
extra care during the regular lob-
ster season. Many times, FWC
officers were first on the scene to
assist in search and rescue opera-
tions, even though they didn't
investigate the incident unless it
was related directly to a boating
accident. Diving accident investi-
gations typically are completed by
the local sheriff's office or the
Coast Guard, depending on the
location.
FWC officer Robert Dube, a
certified diver, has suggestions on
how to stay safe while diving.
"Pay attention, be alert to your


surroundings, properly display a
diver down flag and file a float
plan," said Dube.
Since most divers are using
boats, FWC reminds boaters
always know what is going on
around your boat and "develop a
life jacket habit."
No one should drink and then
attempt to drive a boat or dive,
anyone diving should be certified,
and everyone should dive with a
buddy.
"Never lose visual contact with
your dive buddy," stated Dube.
One diver, who was not certi-
fied to dive, was found dead with


an empty air tank in about 15 feet
of water. He became separated
from his dive buddy and had
removed all of his equipment
except his weight belt.
"If you get into trouble while
diving, no matter the reason, the
first thing you should do is discard
your weight belt," said Dube.
"Don't dive beyond your personal
capabilities. Plan your dive and
dive your plan."
Before leaving the dock,
always check the weather and sea
conditions. Also, make sure all
dive equipment has been
checked and maintained.


Some of the deaths occurred
because of medical conditions.
"People need to remember, a
diver must be in good health or
he could encounter problems in
the water," said Dube. "Remem-
ber, don't let a bad decision ruin
a great day on the water."
Statistics from Monroe and
Miami-Dade counties show FWC
officers were busy during the
two-day mini-season. They com-'
pleted 3,083 vessel inspections,
checked 10,610 users, issued 101
citations, arrested two intoxicat-
ed boat operators and issued 145


resource citations and more than
700 other types of citations or
warnings.
The officers spent 1,036 hours
on the water patrolling for
resource violations and 954
hours were spent on boating
safety enforcement.
They investigates 12 boating'
accidents resulting in injuries to
five people, at least one who was
critically injured when a pro-,
peller sliced into his thigh and'
severed an artery. They were
involved in 20 search-and-rescue
missions and logged 17 air patrol
hours.


Water treatment area

open to alligator hunters


With only their dark snouts
and heads visible above the
waterline, American alligators
often manage to elude even the
most dedicated daylight
observers. It's a different story at
night when the reptiles' glowing
yellow eyes easily reflect the glare
of a high-powered spotlight.
Soon, that knowledge will be
put to use by hunters as they
spread out across Florida's
marshes and lakes to take thou-
sands of alligators for meat, hides
and trophies.
For the first time, 50 of those
hunters have the opportunity to
test their skills in STA-5 in Hendry
County, an eight-square-mile
storm water treatment area creat-
ed by the South Florida Water
Management District as part of
the Everglades restoration effort.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) will let hunters take 100
alligators out of STA-5 over nine
weekends in August, September
and October. A small percentage
of the abundant aquatic-loving
lizards, about one million can be
found statewide, are hunted
annually following regulations
set and monitored by the FWC.
The District's storm water
treatment area is one of four new
land areas approved for alligator
hunting by the FWC this year
according to Jen Williams, public
hunt area biologist for the FWC's
south region.
"The District agreed to open
the wetland area as part of its
continuing commitment to,
broaden land access for public
recreation," said Fred Davis, Divi-
sion Director for Land Steward-
ship.
For the last few years, the Dis-
trict has welcomed hikers, bird


watchers and duck hunters in the
wetland southwest of Clewiston
off Blumberg Road. There are
plans to add public restrooms
and a parking area on site in
2007.
There are also boat ramps at
STA-5, an area designated by the
FWC as alligator harvest unit 406,
but hunters aren't allowed to use
motorized boats at the site to
help them capture and kill alliga-
tors. Alligators can be hunted on
foot from the levee banks or from
boats that can be paddles or
poled.
The boating restriction is
designed to prevent motors from
stirring up phosphorus in the
storm water treatment area.
Storm water treatment areas are
constructed wetlands designed to
reduce levels of the growth-stim-
ulating nutrient in surface water
flowing into the Everglades. High
levels of phosphorus encourage
the overgrowth of non-native
species, altering habitat for Flori-
da's native plant and animal life.
Alligator hunting in STA-5 is
scheduled on the Friday and Sat-
urday evenings of Aug. 18 and 19,
Aug. 25 and 26, Sept. 1 and 2,
Sept. 8 and 9, Sept. 15 and 16,
and on Oct. 6 and 7. Hunters with
permits to take alligators from
STA-5, but who didn't capture
their limit of two. alligators, can
try again on the Friday and Satur-
day evenings Oct. 13 and 14, Oct.
20 and 21, and Oct. 27 and 28.
Camping is not allowed in the
storm water treatment area.
For a map'and additional infor-
mation about alligator hunting in
STA-5, visit the FWC website at
http://myfwc.com/gators/public/S
TA-5_info.pdf.


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OHS rodeo team
The Okeechobee High School rodeo team is getting ready
to kick off a new season. Returning members are: (bottom
row, left to right) Chasey Bass, Chris Davis and Trey
Cofield; (middle row, left to right) Newt Mattson, Justina
Stokes, Jessica Ziglar and Logan Coker; and, (top row)
Nick Mazilli.


Sports Briefs


OHS gold seats
now available
Gold seats for Brahman home
football games are now on sale.
Gold seats cost $100 each and
allow entry to all regular-season
home games, and for all Brah-
man athletics.
For information, contact Daryl
Roehm, OHS athletic director, at
(863) 447-0566.


OHS golf team
sign-ups ongoing
Anyone interested in
the Okeechobee High


joining
School


boys or girls golf team should pick
up a physical form at the high
school office or at Quality T's as
soon as possible.
In order to participate, a cur-
rent physical must be on record
with the school.
For information contact coach
Mark Ward at (863) 634-1722.

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-


ment trail on Sept. 2.
OHS rodeo team
seeks members
The Florida High School
Rodeo Association (FHSRA) and
the Okeechobee High School
Rodeo Team are getting ready to
kick off a new season. The team is
looking for new team members.
If you would like to take part in
this great sport, please contact
Darlene Bass at (863) 634-5815 or
go to the FHSRA website at
www.fhsra.homestead.com and
then go to the membership page
and download your forms. The
first rodeo of the season will take


place in Kissimmee on Sept. 9
and 10.
Football program
seeks players
The Pop Warner football pro-
gram is still accepting new play- 1
ers. If your child would like to
play, please contact co-presidents
James Shockley at (863) 634-3482
or Albion Crowell at (8631 697--1
2576. The registrationn fee is $75.
In order :t6 register you must have
a copy of your child's last report
card, a current.year physical from
your doctor and a copy of the',
child's birth certificate.


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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, Aug. 4,
through Thursday, Aug. 10, are as
follows:
Theatre I "Miami Vice" (R)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:15
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15
p.m.
Theatre II "Talladega Nights"
(PG-13} Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "Barnyard"(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
at2,4:15,7 and9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4.50; senior
citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.

Briefs

Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart, 701 S.W Sixth St.,
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in mar-
tial arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Tues-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from 6
until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from
11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Coast Guard Auxiliary
will make house calls
Did you know the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary makes house
calls? They will come to your home
to discuss the required safety
equipment needed on your boat.
This service is free. You will receive
a cordial, informative and confi-
dential boat inspection. A vessel
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on boats that meet all the require-
ments. Call (863) 467-3085 to
arrange a boat check.
Club will
care for ferrets.
The Okeechobee Ferret Club
and Rescue will take in unwanted,
abandoned and injured ferrets. For
information, call (863) 763-4333.
Equipment available
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walk-
ers, portable toilets, crutches,
canes, etc. Anyone requiring the
use of such equipment is welcome
to stop by the post and pick out
what they need. There is no charge
and anyone is welcome. This is not
restricted to veterans. Call the Post
at (863) 763-2950.
Volunteers wanted
for hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a differ-
ence in the lives of others? Rauler-
son Hospital Auxiliary has many
opportunities of service for adults
seeking volunteer work. Volunteer
as little as four hours a week or as
many as 20 hours. Morning, after-
noon, and evening shifts are avail-
able. Many opportunities currently
exist. Please contact the lobby desk
at Raulerson Hospital for a Volun-
teer Application. For information,
call (863) 763-2151, ext. 3312. The
hospital's Volunteen Program
(ages 14-17) began in June.
Items needed
by wildlife center
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center, 14895 N.W 30th Terrace, is
seeking paper towels, old large
towels, blankets, old kennels, gar-
dening utensils and laundry deter-
gent. Anyone wishing to donate
any of the above items is asked to
call (863) 763-4630.
Rescue accepts
unwanted horses
Horse Heaven Rescue in St.
Lucie County takes in all unwanted
horses. If you can't keep them,
donate them by calling (772) 467-
0400. For information, ask for
Karen.


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


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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
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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


BLOOD HOUND: Found in vic.
of Wallgreens on 7/30. Call to
ID. (863)261-1920
LAB MIX: Found in vic. of
Country Hills Estates. Call to ID
(863)697-0118


DOG, male cur, light gold
w/white on neck, chest &
feet, neutered, bobtail.
REWARD! (863)467-6960
LOST: LADIES BLK. WALLET
in Super Walmart pkg. lot. on
Sun. 7/30 eve. Reward!
863-467-6960/863-634-4626
Toy Poodle,.9 mos. old, black
& tan, male, last seen 8/3,
Contact Cindy @
(863)610-0009

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items hi
the classlteids.
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BABY MINI POT BELLY PIGS
Free. -CaJI Debbie
(863)983-7702"-
BORDER COLLIE- 2 yr old, Fe-
male, Spayed, updated shots
& heart worm. To Good
Home Only! (863)763-9262
KITTEN, male, 8 wks. old,
gray, litter box trained, to
good home only.
(863)763-0742
KITTENS, 1 is 8 weeks, 1 is 3
mos. & mother. To good
home. (561)308-6350
KITTENS TO GOOD HOME
8 weeks, litter trained. CUTE!
863-763-3124
OLDIES ALBUMS
Over 100 albums, some older.
PIs. call 863-467-4253
Find It faster. Se It soon-
er in the classlfleds


OKEECHOBEE: Thurs., Fri. &
Sat, Aug., 10th, 11th & 12th,
8am-6pm, 9678 SE 57th Dr.
(on Road # 15A)
Lots of Baby Items, Misc.
Toddler & Adult Clothes, Truck
Tool Boxes & Truck Topper,
Bed Frames & Much More!!!


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LIQUIDATIONofa popular long established specialty antique
s op wicnnas been owner operated by a respected member
of the community for years. The liquidation of a vast assort-
ment of quality collectibles and antiques of various vintages
and conditions and types will be executed by auctions, the
second of which will be held at the Cypress Hut 4701 SE
Hwy 441, Okeechobee. FL.
ATTENTION: Due to large quantity of goods,
Auction time has been moved up to 2:00 PM.
Saturday, August 12th, 2006 @ 2:00 PM
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ATTENTION COLLECTORS & E-BAY-ERS
YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS AUCTION!
Lijre, Costume Jewelry, Art, Collectibles & Antiques of All
T f, Tools, Old Tins, Crystal, Pottery, Chaulkware, E-Bayers
Pjr aiise, Box Lots, Mega Lots, Old Dolls, Beautiful Silk Glass.
We will also have as part-of the liquidation:
a vintage 1981 YAMAHA 750 MOTORCYCLE w/19,500+ mis
for sale to the highest bidder- -
Many More Quality Items...
Way Too Many To List Here, Come and See!
Good Food & Cold Drinks Available.
Auctioneer: Robert A. Dufresne
AU # 3485 AB#2518
Phone (863)763-2692
Terms: Visa/MC, Cash, Good Check.
10% buyers premium on all items.


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Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment .
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job 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
A/C MAINTENANCE PERSON
Dependable, Clean DL, DFW.
Good Pay, Benefits, 401K.
(863)763-8391
BARTENDER NEEDED: F/T or
P/T. Apply in person @
Shooters Billiards; located
behind Winn Dixie Plaza.


CONSTRUCTION
OFFICE SECRETARY
Knowledge of construction &
computers helpful. Excellent
phone & people skills required.
40 hours per week.
Tuesday thru Saturday.
Fax resume to:
(863)357-7774
COOK OR WAITRESS NEEDED
Buckhead Ridge
Fax resume to (772)546-3482
or call (772)546-4191

ELECTRICIAN:
Journeymen,

Only serious self-
motivated need
apply. Must have
good driving record.
DFWP, Benefits,
401K, Pd Hol. & Vac.
Wilson's Petroleum
(772)468-3689


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EXPERIENCED PIPE LAYER
Pay commensurate w/exp.
Contact Jerry 863-801-5440
For Delivery of Ft. Pierce Trib-
une Newspapers in Okee
area, $2500 mo. to $3500
mo. Call (772)201-0088
LYKES BROS., INC.
RANCH DIVISION
Has an immediate opening
for the following position:
PART TIME COURIER
Candidate must read, speak
and understand English and
possess a valid Roida
Drivers License.
Applications now being
accepted at:
Lykes Bros. Inc.
106 SW CR721
Okeechobee, FL 34974
8:00am 4:00pm
Affirmative Action/An Equal
Opportunity Employer/
Drug Free Workplace M/F/D/V


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McBride Family Child Care
Now Hirino: Substitutes
Must have 30 hr. certification,
CPR & 1st Aide. For more info.
Call (863)763-4402 or
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863-634-3280
Okeechobee
NOW ACCEPTING
APPLICATIONS
for Ranch and Grove hands.
Grove and Pasture Irrigation
experience a plus.
This is a Drug Free Workplace.
For more info. please call
(863)763-8022


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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
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
SBenefits Package
Generous time off program



MECHANICAL HARVESTING
MAINTENANCE PERSON
New Harvest Inc. has an immediate opening for a Mechanical
Harvesting Maintenance Person. This person will be respon-
sible for the maintenance of self-propelled mechanical harvest-
ing equipment as well as the overseeing of daily mechanical
harvesting activities. Qualified applicants must have at least 3
years documented experience as a mechanic plus be able to
perform cutting and welding activities. Prior experience work-
ing in a harvesting environment helpful but not required. We of-
fer competitive wages and a comprehensive benefit package
which includes 401(K), medical, dental, life, AD&D and LTD in-
surance. Qualified applicants should send their resume or ap-
ply in person to:
Human Resources
Lykes Bros. Inc.
7 Lykes Road
Lake Placid, FL 33852
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
M/F/D/V- Drug- Free Workplace


ASSISTANT STORE MGR.
GAS/C. STORE
Brighton Reservation
Min. 1 yr supervisory experience. Excellent
comm. & computer skills. Good leadership
skills, positive attitude. Flexible hours, FL
Drivers Lic. High School diploma or GED
Exc. Ben. incl. med, dental & 401K
Salary based on exp. w/ben.
Fax res. to (954) 967-3477


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

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

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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


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


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WANTED: Nail Tech & Stylist
Come by: Colour Me Crazy
107 SW 17th Street, Suite G
or call 863-697-1247


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SERVICE TECHNICIAN
Must have pump repair and
plumbing experience. Apply
at American Drilling Services
Inc., 405 SW 2nd Street.
Okeechobee, Fl
TIRE CHANGER/COUNTER
HELP/MECHANIC: F/T
Must be well rounded &
flexible. Apply in person:
St. Lucie Battery & Tire.
198 Hwy. 98 N.
WANTED: EXPERIENCED
LOADER/BOBCAT
TRACTOR OPERATORS
Top pay to the right person
Benefits. Please call
(772)336-9636
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
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Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315


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Oporuntism


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





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


J & J Building Contractors
License # CBC055264
ERNEST LANCASTER
Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Florida Rooms
Garages
Seawalls
(863)634-2044



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


SOUTHERN LAND SERVICES
In Moore Haven
Land clearing, tree work,
demolition & debris removal.
Licensed & Insured.
Call Sam 239-633-7173

Merchandise



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
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises -590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health 8 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 Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Rladio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




A/C 21/2TON
Package unit w/heat strip. Just
serviced. Exc. cond. $450.
863-674-0467
WINDOW UNIT -18000 BTU's
220 volt, runs great. $125 or
best offer. 863-697-6033


BAR, Handmade green marble
top, expandable, from China.
Appraised at $3500, asking
$900 neg. (863)824-8703
ROCKING HORSE CHAIR,
Child, Hand carved. Excel-
lent condition. $150.
(863)763-7161


ELEC. RANGE, Hotpoint, w/ov-
en, black & white, very
clean, exc. cond., $200.
(863)983-6319
GE RANGE/ KENMORE DRYER
Both good condition. Work
great. $200/both or will sell
separately. 863-697-6033
REFRIGERATOR & WASHER:
Good cond. Moving. Ready to
sell by Aug. 17th. $300 for
both, will sep. (863)357-0734
REFRIGERATOR- GE, With ice
maker. Like new. $250.
(863)675-2151
REFRIGERATOR, stays cold,
yellow in color, $60.
(863)532-9182
STOVE & MICROWAVE COM-
BO: Electric. Good condition.
$100. (863)357-0734
WASHER & DRYER, Excellent
working condition. Belts &
hoses new. $150
(863)824-8703
WASHER/DRYER Whirlpool,
super capacity. 3yrs. old,
exc.cond. $450.
863-357-0516


WASHER/DRYER, Frigidaire,
Stackable, heavy duty, super
capacity, runs silent, perfect
cond. $500 (863)228-3958
WASHER/DRYER
Good Condition. $250.
863-610-1000
WATER PURIFIERS
By Ecoquest. New in box, 3yr.
warranty. $400/both, will sell
separately. 863-824-3402


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CRIB: Light Pine w.manrs.:.
.12'5 ,6r' i4b, .,91'.r6 '
PLAYHOUSE, Liltle Tikes.
Step 2 b0iod C0o'Ci li0 A riiQ:en
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oleI bujill in ilov '- .it lo l o I
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SLIDE, PICNIC TABLE &
WAGON: Linli: ie'-. i-4 1 ,i r
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FORMAL GOWN, Si:e 12
worn onre lvenaer, greji
condition Pjl 2,5 3ciil

LOTS OF CLOTHES mens,
women, kids. Back to school!
All sizes. Good cond. $30/all
or will sell sep. 239-657-2711
WEDDING DRESS David's
Bridal, spag. strap, size 8,
was $550, asking $200/neg.
(863)697-6690


AVON BOTTLES 90+, and
some older books & related
articles, $150 for all or best
offer. (863)467-5052.
DOLLHOUSE: 2 Story, Wood-
en, English Style. Unfinished
w/all furniture. Approx. sz 24x
48x36"H $100 863-467-0538
ELEPHANT COLLECTION: Ap-
prox. 3000-4000. All for
$2000 neg. (863)261-1920
ELVIS RECORD & SOUVENIR
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $600 all or
best offer.. 863-824-3358
OIL PAINTING- On canvas,
4'x5', New $200. Asking
$75. (863)763-7161
SALT- n PEPPER SHAKERS
(1041 Sets) asking $2500
863)801-4949



COMPUTER- New system, In-
tel Celeron D, 2.93, 160HD,
DVD-RW, $425 or best of-
fer(561)856-2217
DELL.PDA- Slightly used. Wi-
Fi & Bluetooth enabled. Lots of
upgrades. Pd $500. Asking
$250. Neg. (863)447-5393
IMAC, 17", Intel, 160 HDO, 1
GB Ram, 2 mos. old, orig.
box & discs. $1420
(863)677-0459
MS OFFICE STUDENT &
ADOBE CS2 ACAD., $400 or
will separate.
(863)677-0459
ONE TOUCH- copier, fax,
scanner, excellent condition
$20 (863)675-2596


SCANNER- UMAX Astra
1220S, All hardware. Extra
software, Win. 98, $25.
(863)675-4970 Lv. msg.
SCHOOL COMPUTER- moni-
tor, keyboard, mouse, edu-
cational program, $150
(863)843-0158


BED FRAME, King size, 4 post,
black metal. $140
(863)634-0339
COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
.& Sofa table, chrome & brass
'w/glass tops. $275./all.
(863)674-0467.
COUCH, LOVESEAT & CHAIR
almost new, green plaid. $600
.863-357-1859
DINING TABLE custom made
w/glass top, nice cond. Cost
$1150 new, sacrifice for
$150. (561)633-1371.
DR CHAIR- white, cane back,
$10 (863)467-1325
DRESSER & HEADBOARD,
Moving, must sell. $50 or
best offer. (863)467-8094
HEADBOARD- twin size, white
wicker, $15 (863)467-1325
HIDE A BED SOFA, 2 & 2 Lazy
Boy Chairs, Dinette set & 4
chairs. Good condition $800.
Will sep. 863-763-7974
HUTCH, Ponderosa Pine, 3
shelves, 8 drawers & 3
doors. $150 (863)467-1401
QUEEN SIZE BED, Complete.,
Chest of drawers, Nigth
stand & Chair. $300. Will
sep. 863-763-7974
RACE CAR BED FRAME- Little
Tykes, blue, mattress not in-
cluded, excellent condition,
$150. (863)634-3069
RECLINER, pop up, Barca-
lounger, gold w/touch of red,
retail $800, will sell for $150
firm. (863)763-0582
ROCKER & OTTOMAN SETS 2
Maple. Beige upholstery w/
green leaf & light rose buds.
150 both sets 863-357-8788
SINGLE BED
Complete w/frame & headbd.
New mattress. $75.00
863-447-0002
SOFA & LOVESEAT, choco-
late, leather, excellent condi-
tion, $400. (863)398-9806
SOFA & LOVESEAT: Forrest
Green. $400 (863)697-1782
SOFA BY BROYHILL
Brown print. Good condition.
$50 or best offer.
863-467-8094
SOFA, LOVESEAT Flex Steel,
Blue & Beige w/wooden arms
& Recliner, Blue. Good cond.
$550 will sep. (863)357-3602
TABLE W/4 CHAIRS- blonde
wood, brand new, $300
(863)467-1704
TABLES (2) octagon wood &
glass end tables, 1 wood
dining table all for $50
(863)357-0037


NEW ENGLAND- handi rifle
SB2, 30-06, 3x9, Simmons
scope, like new, $450
(863)697-9704 for details
ROSSI 44 MAGNUM
S&W Special. S/S Model 720,
w/holster and shells. $300.
863-824-3402



EXERCISE BIKE & PUNCHING
BAG, $185 for both or will
separate. (863)467-1401


DIAMOND RING, Ladies, Euro-
pean Cut, 30 point. 14kt white
gold. $500. (863)357-2233
Okee. area.
NECKLACE, 14kt. gold, men's,
20", w/motorcycle medallion,
new $150, sell for $100.
(863)763-5316
Shop here first!
The classified ads


LAMP, tall, behind couch,
w/matching glass top coffee
table, Florida style, $150.
(863)357-6315


LIFT CHAIR- Good condition.
$350. (863)801-4949
WHEEL CHAIR, Electric, Like
new. Originally Cost $5500,
Asking $1100. (863)675-0122
LaBelle
WHEELCHAIR- Padded with
extra seat cushion. Excellent
condition. $75
(863)357-8788


5500 WATT GENERATOR
like new, $550.
863-673-6295
AVON, 58 older pcs., mostly
full, most all in boxes, $50
for all. (863)357-6113 Buck-
head Ridge Area.
LP RECORDS (40+) &
PLAYER, Orchestral & sym-
phony music. Very nice condi-
tion. $250 (863)946-3570
MARBLE or GRANITE: 60" X
60" X.1" Thick pc. Previously
used as table top. Finished
edges. $50. (863)467-0538
SCRAP METAL REMOVAL
AulviiTiLmobil. Firm ',u pTi:r i
.!, ,lirrinUe -i Ptei i C ll
(863)634-2792
VIDEO CHAIR- Excellent con-
dition. $15. (863)634-5038



BASE GUITAR Fender Mar-
cus Miller Jazz, beautifully
crafted, perfect, hardshell
case. $750. 863-357-7406
GUITAR CABINET: C-ustom
Built, 77"Tx42"W. 2 Solid
front doors & shelf. $350 or
best offer. (561)676-0427
SPINNET PIANO- Mahogany,
really good condition, with
bench, $300 (863)467-1704


AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG,
Red Heeler, approx. 1V/ yrs.
old, neutered, $150.
(772)336-7434
BEAGLE PUPPY, Purebred,
male, 10 weeks, health cer-
tificate, adorable. $175
(863)675-4703 after 7pm.
BOXER PUP, AKC Champion
Pedigree, 7 mo. old, beautiful
flashy brindle male. $500.
863-675-9326/863-673-1214
COCKATIEL w/Cage & Stand.
$130 or best offer.
(863)467-8856
DACHSHUND AKC Regis,
Vet Cert Health, adorable
male shorthaired $350
(863)983-7961
FINCHS- pair, $15
(863)234-1700
PARROT CAGE- White on
wheels with playpen on top.
Good condition $75.
(863)357-0037 Okeechobee
PET CHICKEN, For pet ONLY!
$3 (863)843-2495
TOY POODLE, white, male,
housebroken, AKC reg.,
$500. (863)697-1229



Above Ground, 13'x21'x4',
splash super pool, incl.
pump, like new, $2000.
(561)722-9565 Okee Area



CAR STEREO: PIONEER 860,
Motorized Face. $300.
(863)634-3070
DUAL CASSETTE PLAYER/RE-
CORDER- Sony, hooks to
Enter. Ctr, not portable, nev-
er used $50 (863)675-2596
SUB WOOFERS (2), 15" Quan-
tum. $350 (863)634-6476


TV, Insignia, black screen, 26
3/4 front, depth 233", height
22", 6 mos. old, pd $600,
sell $350. (863)801-6149


AIR COMPRESSOR- Dayton
Speed Air 110/220 volt
$145. Firm. (863)763-6629
CUTTING TORCH acetylene
outfit, w/cart, $300.
(561)633-1371.


AIR COMPRESSOR, 5.5 hp, 6
months old. Paid $750, Ask-
ing $600 neg.
(863)674-0416 LaBelle
CARPET & HARDWOOD
FLOOR INSTALLATION
FLOORS, $450.
(863)398-9806
GENERATOR, Coleman 5hp.
$100 (863)467-1224
LADDER, new, 2 piece, 27' ex-
tending, $100.
(863)763-0742


Damaged SWMH '96
or newer, Zone 3
I will move.
(305)409-2341
NEW COIN COLLECTOR want-
ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891

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 8-10
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry.'Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants!
Flowers 865




DOZER- 1969 04, for parts,
$500 (863)357-3981
INTL TRACTOR 660- diesel,
$1500 (863)357-3981


BAY PASO FINO Gelding, 8
yrs. old, Great on trails.
$3500. (863)697-2704 Okee-
chobee area.
BLACK GELDING PONY
Rides/drives. Gentle. $900.
863-634-5820
JACK- DONKEY
18 mths., good with other live-
stock/people. $250 or best
offer. 863-634-5820
LEOPARD-APPALOOSA- 10yrs
old, very nice gentle mare,
$1500 (863)357-0232
Thoroughbred Mare, in foal to
German warm blood stallion,
super sweet, $2500.
(863)357-JUMP




NEED SOD?
I can deliver & install
1-100 pallets.
Call Cody Williams
863-634-3296



GRILL: Stainless Steel, Sears
Kenmore w/side table, side
burner & rotisserie. $300 or
best offer. 863-634-5914
LAWNMOWER DECK, 38"
wide, $60. (863)532-9182
MOWER & WEED EATER,
$500 or will separate. Call
for info. (863)467-1224
MOWER- Snapper, 21" self
propelled. Runs good. Just
serviced. $75. Firm.
(863)763-6629
MURRAY RIDING MOWER
42" cut, 15hp Kohler com-
mand eng. Turn key ready.
$450. 863-697-9884 Joe
PRESSURE WASHER: 2200
psi, Gas powered. $200.
(863)634-5914
QUEEN PALM 30' healthy,
partially promoted by Wilma.
You dig & haul. $60 or best of-
fer. 239-728-6273 ALVA
RIDING MOWER- 11hp, older
model Snapper, still runs &
mows, needs TLC, $200
(863)697-6565
RIDING MOWER- Snapper-'89,
$200 or best offer
(561)261-0654
RIDING TRACTOR- Sears,
16hp, twin cyl, 44" cut, $400
(863)467-6475
WEEDEATER Craftsman, 3/4
hp, 17" electric. $25.
863-697-2033
YEARLING PHILLY, Appaloosa
Belgium Cross, $600
(863)843-2495


OLD-TIMER ROPING SADDLE-
15", $100 cash
(863)234-1700


Rentals

wRENT


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



OKEE. Furnished. Efficiency
$800. mo. Util. furnished.
1st, Last & Sec. Non Smok-
ing Envi. (863)801-4949


N. ofOKEE-2Br,1Ba
12 mi. Nof Okeechobee.
$575 mo. 1st & sec. No Pets!
Non smoking envi.
(863)467-1717 8:30am-
3:30pm, or email
vldnosurfinthenet.net



OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 2ba, all
apple pdrivacy fence w/patio,
$1000/mo, $1000 sec Call
(863)467-1005


ADORABLE: 2 BR, 1 BA, in
town Behind Theater, small
3rd room, non smk. env., no
dogs, lawn service. $800 mo.
+ 1st., last & sec. dep.
(941)504-3954
Beautiful: In Town Estate,
3br/2ba, Laundry Rm., Porch,
Jacuzzi Rm., Garage & Sec.
lights. No dogs, non-smk.
env., Lawn care. $1500. mo.,
1st, last & sec. 941-504-3954
Brand New AVAIL NOW
3BR/2BA in Dixie Ranch Es-
tates. Private, quiet, includes
washer & dryer, lawn & water
system maintenance.
$1100/mo. 1st, last& $500
sec. (561)723-0661
Dixie Ranch Acres: Spacious
3/2 home under beautiful
shade trees on one quiet
country acre, $1275 mo. +
1st & sec. Pets ok.
772-408-2972 (cell)
NEWLY REMODELED 3Br/1Ba
on 1/2 acre in town, Okee.
$900/mo. 1st & Sec. Call for
info/appt. Bill 305-458-8659
OKEE- 3BR, 2BA, Gar., all tile
floor, 5265 SE 43rd St., inside
Kings Bay, $895/mo, $1200,
sec dep. (772)370-3752
OKEE. Edwards Sub-Division,
2br, 1.5 ba, w/den on 1.5
ac. Corner lot $1000 mo.
1st, Last & Sec. dep.
229-758-6386 or
863-634-7723
OKEE HOUSES FOR RENT
3/2 & 3/1, Completely renovat-
ed. $1200-$1300 mo. 1st, last
& sec. (561)723-2226
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba,
Brand New. Available imme-
diately. $1200. mo.
(772)475-3999
OKEECHOBEE CITY: Western
Side. 4 Bdrm., 2 Ba., $1200
mo. + 1st, last, sec. dep. &
refs. Call Barry 772-216-1461
PALM CREEK, 3br, 2.5ba, 2
car garage. Community pool.
$1800. mo. + 1st & last
(561)262-9191



COMMERCIAL BUILDING
Centrally located 50 x 75. End-
less possibilities. Available
immediately. (863)7633-3221
Rodney.
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


OKEECHOBEE BY OWNER
Listed Property

Vacant lot in the Viking Prairie 1.25acres
High & Dry
$3500 or Best Reasonable Offer
Inspection: Sat. 10-12 & 1-5, Sun. 12-5
Lot will be sold Sunday Night to

HIGHEST BIDDER

(423) 943-1998, (423) 283-4581


PRIVATE ROOM & BATH, Pro-
fessional, Non smoker, Full
house privileges. $550. mo.
+ 1st, Last & sec. Split util.
Background check.
(561)629-6213


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos.'
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



DIXIE RANCH ACRES, Beauti-
ful 5.5 acre horse farm. 3br,
2ba. w/Lg. Barn & Out bldg's.
$450,000. (863)824-8793
Lots, $26,900 per lot,
Orange Blossom Ranches
2 lot pkgs. 863-697-1712
or 772-485-8707

One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad in the classi-
fieds.


VIKING Subdivision 1.25
acre.19409 NW 288th St. Lot
P, Tract 31, sect. 16 $32,500.
Lot High & Dry.863-634-1237

Mobile Homes



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


BASSINGER: 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba.,
Double Wide on 1 Acre.
Horses & Kids welcome.
$900/mo. Call for more
information. (863)697-1494
MOBILE HOME DOORS- Interi-
or, Exterior & Cupboard
doors. $175. Will separate.
(863)675-8141



COTTAGE $550mo. 2br, lba
SW $675mo., lbr, 1ba. SW
$625.mo & 2br, lba. SW
$800. mo. Lg yard, Water-
front. 1st & Sec.
561-346-4646
Waterfront 3/2 mobile home
2547 SE 32nd St $1100/mo
1st, last, $600 sec Call
863-634-3312



Beautiful large 1993 Fleetwood
14x42 mobile on canal. 2BdiIBa, roof 2yrs. old .
Nice neighbors, very quiet. Large enclosed,
attahed Fla.roonm (i4x4li8) wshed, 2yr.olddvinyl
windows wisroeens, refrigerator, Ig. bailt in eter-
tainmen center, table, chairs, sleep sofa. New
storm shutters 7106, Dade Co, approved for
130mph hunrcane winds, fully enclosed 1 yr. new
vinyl siding, 2 separate 3 tone AICs & heat pump
for house & Fla. New electric stove, dsh-
washer. Washei/Dryer, refrigerator w/icemaker
hookup. New hot water heater.
Must see to appreciate!
Serious inquiries only. $40,000.
3311 SE 33rd Terr., Lot 11, Okeechobee
863467-7050 863-97-9671
or 863-697-9106


Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers. RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020)
Marine Miscellaneous 30r25
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles'ATVs 3035



AIR BOAT- 10'x6.5' fiberglass,
150 Lycoming. Has all metal
work. Needs to be finished.
Prop. $1500. 863-357-1974
BAYLINER- '87, 115hp, Needs
starter & TLC. $2500.
(863)634-5877


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BOAT: 15Ft, Fiberglass w/trIr.
40 hp Mercury. New floors,
seats & carpet. Great boat!
$800 neg. (863)634-0387
BOAT- 17.6 ft, center console,
115 Mariner, T-top, Trailer,
$2500 (863)902-0477
BOAT MOTOR, 9.9 Mercury
outboard, w/controls, operat-
ing cond., $50.
(863)635-3311
OPEN BOW, 15', 50hp motor,
$1500 or best offer.
863-946-1856 or
248-935-3837
RIVIERA 1987, 15 Ft. Boat, 50
hp 0/B motor, 1500 or best of-
fer. (863)946-1856 or
(248)-935-3837 Moore Haven
Sea Kayak, Touring Style,
Northwest Pursuit, 17', exc.
cond., $600. (863)357-7406


SWIVEL CHAIRS- 2, for RV,
Van or Motor Home. $80.
Will separate.
(863)467-9413



BOAT MOTOR, Johnson Evin-
rude, 14hp. OMC. Runs
great. $700 (863)763-7609


DIRT BIKE 2003, DRZ110,
Great shape. $1200.
(863)261-6299
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look no
further than the classi-
fleds.


POLARIS TRAIL BOSS 325,
'01, new chain & sprockets,
runs very good, $1800.
(863)697-2525


HOLIDAY TRAVELER 25"77
new A/C & water heater, all
works great $3000 or best of-
fer. 863-675-4006

Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Forei ars 4030
Four eDrive 4035
Heavy Duty Truck4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Actor Trano 4060
Utity Traver 405
Vans 4070




BUICK CENTURY '1996, 4
Door Wagon, trlr hitch, A/C.
3rd seat. Great cond. $2750.
Or best offer. (863)357-7406
BUICK LESABRE CUSTOM,
'94, JVC cd/arn/fm, great de-
pendable transportation
$475 neg. (863)357-1254
BUICK SKYHAWK 1987
Runs great. Asking $700.
863-675-1113
CHEVY CAMARO- '94, Red, T-
Tops, CD player. $1200.
(863)634-5888
CHEVY CAMARO Z28, '80, au-
to, great restoration project,
all original, Motivated Seller!
$1700. (863)634-6601
CHRYSLER NEW YORKER -
'96, 4 dr, $2,000/neg.
(863)697-6690.


FORD CROWN VICTORIA
1988 Looks good. Runs great
Cold A/C, 4 Door & 4 New
tires..$1000. (863)675-1754
FORD TEMPO GL '92, 67k,
Clean, runs good, cold a/c.
$1500 or best offer.
(863)467-0668
LINCOLN NAVIGATOR 1998,
1 Owner. Well maintained. All
receipts. 110K mIs. $8500.
(561)261-9393 Okeechobee
LINCOLN TOWN CAR, '96,
nice ride, good condition,
cold a/c, $2450.
(772)260-1545
MAZDA 626 '95, 2.0L, auto.,
a/c, p/w, new tires & battery.
Needs some work. $800 or
best offer. (863)763-0852
MAZDA 626 '98, 4dr, power &
tinted windows, a/c, cd player,
runs good, good cond. $2500
(863)983-2997 or 228-3958
MERCEDES 1988 560SEL SA-
DAN, Silver, Sunroof. Very
clean. $2400 (863)674-0416
LaBelle
PONTIAC BONNEVILLE '86-
"Classic" AC, PW,PL, looks
& runs great, dependable,
$1000 firm (302)634-5298
PONTIAC LE '88 4 dr, 77k
mis., new a/c compressor,
battery, brakes & tires. $1200
Neg. 239-728-6273 ALVA
TOYOTA- '88, Sports car. 2
seater, 32-36 MPG. Tires
good. Needs compressor
clutch $1300. (561)924-2208
TOYOTA TERCEL, '83, 4 cyl.,
4 dr., auto, a/c;, everything
works great, runs exc.,,
$1200. (772)461-3276



DODGE RAM CHARGER '90,
5.2 engine, B&M transpack,
good condition. $2000 or best
offer. Call Lee (239)369-9725


Dodge Ram, '01, 4x4 Quad
Cab Sport "Magnum", 5.9L
V8, 18,500 mi., fully loaded,
showroom condition,
$16,000 neg. 863-223-1960
or 863-447-0422
FORD BRONCO '93- 4x4,
$2000 or best offer, will con-
sider van or car w/A/C in
trade (239)839-4883
JEEP WRANGLER: 1989, 4x4,
350 motor (chrome). 33" tires
(new). $8500 or best offer.
(863)675-8305 LaBelle


AXIS RIMS, With tires. Good
cond., $500. Call Orlando @
(302)943-1777 Or leave.
message
AXLES, for '62-'65 Volvo
PV544 Sedan, $200 or best
offer, will sell separately.
(863)635-0772
CAMPER SHELL- 8' Fiber-
glass, Maroon, Sliding win-
dows front/side New $1200.
Asking $350. (863)509-3260
COIL SPRINGS: 3 Sets for
DODGE 3/4 Ton Pick Up.
$200 for all. (863)634-3070
GMC RING GEAR & PINIONS-
asking $150 or best offer
(863)467-8856
HOOD: For 80's & 90's Ford
Van (New in box). $85.
(561)676-0427
RICHMOND PRO GEAR Ring
& Pinion for 9" Ford. 4-86
ratio, $200. (863)697-2724.
TIRES- 4, Goodyear,
P195/65R15 Like new. $180
or best offer. (863)763-0039
Ask for Roger.
TRANSMISSION, 5 spd., for
1985 Chevy S10. $200
(863)763-3451
WHEELS, 16" Factory 2006
Mustang, brand new BF
Goodrich Radial tires, will in-
stall. $800 (863)697-0467


CHEV DUALLY '77- 1 ton,
strong V8, auto, w/ headers,
$1800 neg. (863)763-4149
or (561)758-4337
CHEVY 1500 1988, Ext. cab
Runs good, Cold A/C,
$2200. 863-675-0107 or
786-255-8096 LaBelle
CHEVY C10 SILVERADO '87,
Long bed, 350 eng., auto.,
a/c, strong eng. & trans.
$3300 neg. (863)697-0241
CHEVYS10 P/U '84
4x4, runs excellent. $1300 or
best offer. Must Sell! Great
Work Truck. 863-610-1603
CHEVY S-10, '87, ext. cab,
small V8, 700 R4 trans.,
very clean & runs well,
$2500. (863)697-2525
CHEVY S10 EXT. CAB PICK-
UP, '98, shell cap, 4.3 V6,
auto, a/c, exc. gas mileage,
$4900. (863)763-7763
CHEVY S-10 PICKUP'96
4.3 V6, as is. $1200.
863-673-6295
FORD '88 F-150 4X4 82k
miles, V8, XLT Lariat, 2 tone
paint, match.wheels/tires &
more. Must Sell $3800.
863-467-6875
FORD F150 1994, Ext. Cab,
Keyless entry, all electric. Exc.
cond. Like new tires. $3000 or
best offer. (863)634-2280
FORD F250, '84, diesel, manu-
al trans., 4 spd., runs good,
great work truck, $750 or
best offer. (863)228-0580
FORD RANGER '84 4X4
V6, w/title. Needs alignment.
Great for mudding, $1500 or
best offer. 863-254-3580
ISUZU- '95, 5 spd, Runs well.
No A/C. Good' MPG. $2500.
(863)467-7859 or 634-6228

REAR END SPRINGS- Fits
'2000 to '2004 Chevy pick-
up, Heavy duty, $100.
(863)467-8942


GMC JIMMY 4X4 '94 cold
a/c, auto, p/w, p/I, runs good.
$1800. (863)467-5052
ISUZU HOMBRE 1999 136K
mls., 2 wd w/Camper Topper.
White. A/C's good. Radio.
$2500. (239)543-2222


CAR HAULER: Dual axle, elec-
tric brakes, aluminum
ramps. $1500
(863)697-2434 .
ENCLOSED TRAILER- Cargo
King, 5'x9'. Liked new w/new
tires, Garage kept. $1250.
(863)467-8942
FLAT BED TRAILER 8'x14'
2 axle, metal floor, new tires,
5th wheel. w/5th wheel hitch
$975. Will sep. 863-697-9704
FUEL TANK- 500 gallon, trail-
er, aluminum, $500
(863)675-0952 La Belle
LAWN TRAILER- 12'x7', Low
tilt bed. Lock box. Like new
$1000. (863)357-4933
MC TRLR- '90, Enclosed fiber-
glass, HiPoint, 15', A/C, Side
& ramp rear door. Exc cond.
$3800. Neg. (863)357-4933


MECHANICS SPECIAL- Tool
box trailer, utility truck bed,
will hold 4 whler, lots of stor-
age $500 (863)467-6475


CHEVY ASTRO VAN 1993,
$1000. 863-467-1000
DODGE 3500 EXT. BARGO
VAN '98- orig miles, runs
great, cold AC, some rust,
2000 (561)722-9565 Okee
DODGE GRAND. CARAVAN SE,
'97, power everything, cold
a/c, $2000 or best offer.
(863)201-3492
Ford Hightop Van, '89, V8, full
power, sofa bed, TV, CB ra-
dio $2000. LaBelle Area.
(863)675-4970 Leave msg.
NISSAN QUEST 1995, 7 Pas-
senger Van. Skylight, CD/Tape
player. Pwr. Win. Good shape.
$2100 Firm. (863)467-7953
Plymouth Grand Voyager
Sport Wagon, '95. keyless
entry, child seats, 187k mi.,
$1000. (863)634-0465
PLYMOUTH MINIVAN '92,
Standard 5spd., new tires, 4
cyl., cold a/c. $2500
(863)763-3451


REQUEST FOR BIDS R(FB) 6000000013/P507-8303
TEMPORARY RECONFIGURATION OF TROUP INDIANTOWN WATER CONTROL
DISTRICT, MARTIN COUNTY, FLORIDA
The Procurement Department of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1
Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Flonda 33406, will receive
sealed bids up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on Monday, September 11, 2006 for
the Temporary Reconfiguration of Troup Indantown Water Control District, Martin
County, Florida. The Project includes the purchase, installation, and testing of one
permanent pump system (2 pumps) and the rental, installation and testing of two
(2) temporary pumping systems.
An OPTIONAL pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2006 at
10:00 a.m. at the Seminole Inn, 15BB5 SE Warfield Blvd. (SR-710 Beeline High-
way), Indiantown, FL. For directions, call (772) 597-3747.
All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents may
obtain a copy of the complete RFB by downloading it for free from our website -
www.sfwmdnov, by purchasing a set for $30.00 at the above address, by calling
(561) 682-6391, or by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE 800-472-5290. The
public is Invited to attend the bid opening, Information on the status of tils so-
licitation can be obtained at our web site www.stwmd.gov.
153946 ON 8/10/06


Community Events


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

Barnyard Buddies plan meeting
The first meeting of the Barnyard Buddies 4-H Club will be held
Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. until noon at the County 4-H Exten-
sion office, 458 U.S. 98 N. Barnyard Buddies is a small, non-competi-
tive club for children 5 to 18 years of age. Members learn how to
select and care for small animals. They are not required to sell their
animals, but do show them at county events. At their first meeting,
club members will elect officers and make plans for the year. Local
veterinarian Dr. James Letcher will also attend the meeting to talk
about raising rabbits and poultry. Anyone wanting to become a
member of the Barnyard Buddies is invited to the Sept. 9 meeting. Or,
they may sign up at the Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office
Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the
extension office at (863) 763.6-169

YMS collecting printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS) is collecting empty printer and copy
toner cartridges. They are sent in for credits that go toward school
supplies to be used by all students. To donate empty printer or toner
cartridges, they can be dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W. 23rd Lane, or at
The Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Par.rott Ave. Or call Tracy at (863) 462-5056,
or Linda at (863) 467-1484 for free pick up.

Martha's House needs computer
Martha's House is in need of an updated working computer for
their shelter. It just needs to have basic programs and the capability
of internet connection. To donate this item, call,(863) 763-2893 or
(863) 610-9192 and ask for Stephanie or Kim. If there is no answer,
please leave a message. The donation is tax deductible.

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

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 Can-
cer 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 sur-
vivor 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. 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 are needed from across 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 %%ill be at the \Wal-Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on the
fourtn Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.rn The rnonth of
August may be skipped. For information, call (l631 3.2.-l-44.'9. 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.

Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., has services available
at no charge to help people in their search for the right employee or job.
For more, visit theirweb 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 fundrais-
erwill 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 informationvia e-mail to: ohsl987reunion@hotmail.com

Center looks to expand activities
Okeechobee Senior Services Center located at the Lottie Raulerson
Service Center, 1019 W. South Park St., has arts and crafts for seniors at
the service center each Tuesday and Thursday and bluegrass and
gospel music every Wednesday at 11:30 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; Marion
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 Auxil-
iary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Composite
Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and cadets
are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12 and, 18
are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit and pro-
vide 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 rrmisions,l4'you.ae interested in becoming a cadet or senior mem-
ber contact G(rie O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations
Center, ib,.3i 7 63-.324.

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

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





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Okeechobee News
Come in and fill out a contractors
information sheet at the Circulation office

107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D


OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
FOR
WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT IMPROVEMENTS CDBG
CONTRACT NO.1
Sealed bids for construction of the WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT IMPROVE-
MENTS CDBG CONTRACT NO. 1 will be received by the OFFICE OF THE EX-
ECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY, until 2:00 pm
Thursday, September 21 22006, at which time the bids duly submitted will be
opened publicly and read aloud. Any bids received after the time and date speci-
fied will not be considered.
This project Is for the construction of the following:
Aeration basin modifications, clarifler modifications, new sludge pump station, new
filters and slab, new chlorine contact chamber units, new effluent pump station,
new administration/laboratory building, yard piping, electrical and controls. The
existing aeration basin and clarntiers are constructed of pre-stressed concrete.
Coordination with the manufacturer of the tanks is required n the performance of
the modifications.
Bids may be submitted by completing the bid schedule listed In the Proposal.
The successful bidder shall be required to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the
Okeechobee Utility Authority and, successful experience In buidlng, mechanical,
and electrical construction of projects of similarity and complexity.
All work performed shall be In accordance with the Contract Documents which may
be examined at the office of the ENGINEER, Metager & Willard, Inc., 8600 Hidden
River Parkway, Suite 550, Tampa, FL 33637, Telephone (813) 977-6005/Fac-
simile (813) 977-0593. A copy of the Documents may be obtained from Metzger
Wi.r, Inc., upon payment of $225.00 for each Document plus postage and
..i,, ii.i Return of the Documents Is not required, and the amount paid for the
Documents is non-refundable. Partial sets of the documents will not be provided.
A PRE-BID CONFERENCE will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2006,2:00 RM.
in the Board Room of OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY 100 SW 5TH AVENUE,
OKEECHOBEE FL 34974. Attendance at the Pre-Bid Conference is not required
but is s&onoly encouraged. A site visit Is scheduled for after the pre-bid confer-
ence.
A certified or cashiers check on a national or state bank or a bid bond in the sum of
not less than five percent (5%) of theb amount of the bid, made payable to The
Okeechobee Utility Authority shall accompany each proposal as guarantee that
the bidder will not withdraw from the competition after the opening of proposals.
In the event that the contract Is awarded to the bidder, he/she will enter into the
contract and furnish and pay for the required performance and payment bonds.
Failure to do so may result in the Okeechobee Utility Authority retaining the bid de-
posit for liquidated damages. Proposals shall be prepared, addressed and sub-
mitted in compliance with detailed instructions as set forth in the Instructions to
Bidders.
Performance and payment bonds in the full amount of the contract price shall be
written by a surety company, acceptable to the Authority licensed to do business
In the State of Florida and listed in the Department of treasury Federal Register.
All bonds (bid, payment and performance) shall be countersigned by a Fodrida
registered agent.
The Okeechobee Utility Authority reserves the right to reject any or all bids, with or
without cause, to waive technical errors and Informalities, or to accept the Bid(s)
which in its judgment best serves the Okeechobee Utility Authority. All bids shal
remain open for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days from the date of bid
opening.
The Okeechobee Utility Authority
By: John F. Hayford, PE, Executive Director
100 SW 5th Avenue
Okeechobee FL 34974
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Bronson to host first alternative qi=

fuel summit in Florida, Aug. 30


Program to highlight
ethanol, bio-diesel as
alternative fuels
TALLAHASSEE Florida Agri-
culture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son today announced that he is
taking steps to pave the way for
alternative fuel production and
use in Florida. He is hosting the
first-ever Florida Farm to Fuel
Summit, August 30 to September
1, at the Omni Orlando at Cham-
pions Gate.
The summit will cover current
research initiatives, future pro-
duction and distribution of
ethanol and bio-diesel in Florida,
and incentives/financing opportu-
nities for the alternative or renew-
able fuels industry.
It is attracting high-level partic-
ipants from the federal and state
government, as well as represen-

State park

gets grant

funding
TALLAHASSEE The Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection's (DEP) Learning in
Florida's Environment (LIFE)
program recently received an
$8,000 .grant from the U.S.
Department of Agriculture's
(USDA) Forest Service. Provided
by the USDA's Hands-on-the-
Land program, the grant will
expand the Wakulla Springs
State Park LIFE site to include
nearby federal lands.
"The USDA grant will allow
continued development of the
LIFE program and enhance envi-
ronmental learning at Wakulla
Springs State Park," said DEP
Secretary Colleen M. Castille.
"By exploring our environment,
students are inspired by natural
Florida and may become our
biologists of tomorrow."
The USDA Forest Service
grant will incorporate federal
venues into the Wakulla Springs
State Park LIFE program, includ-
ing the Apalachicola National
Forest and St. Marks National
Wildlife Refuge. In addition, the
grant will provide funding for
additional educators, as well as
equipment such as micro-
scopes, compasses and sam-
pling kits.
The Wakulla Springs State
Park and Leon Sinks Geological
Area LIFE program currently
provides wildlife,, water quality
and forestry activities for 6th, 7th
and 8th grade students of River-
springs Middle School. The pro-
gram is a partnership between
DEP, the University of -Florida's
Institute of Food and Agricultural
Sciences County Extension
Offices and the Wakulla County
School District.
The LIFE initiative seeks to
establish a series of field-based,
environmental-science educa-
tion programs around the state.
Each of the four existing pro-
grams, located .at Wakulla
Springs State Park, Ichetucknee
Springs State Park, Apalachicola
National Estuarine Research
Reserve (NERR) and Guana
Tolomato Matanzas NERR, are
the result of partnerships
between the DEP and a local
school district designed to
increase student achievement in
the sciences and teacher profes-
sional development.
For more information about
the LIFE program, visit
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secre-
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tatives of private industry who will
be a driving force in achieving a
major alternative fuels program.
Keynote speakers include Assis-
tant Secretary for Energy Efficien-
cy and Renewable Energy Alexan-
der Karsner, USDA Under
Secretary for Research, Education
and Economics Gale Buchanan,
State Senator Lee Constantine
and State Representative Adam
Hasner. The program will also
feature a special presentation on
Brazil's effort at achieving petrole-
um independence.
The summit is a component of
Bronson's ambitious "Farm to
Fuel" initiative, a comprehensive
effort to promote alternative ener-
gy and help position Florida as a
leader in the production of bio-
fuels.
"Since the passage of the Ener-
gy Policy Act of 2005, announce-
ment of the President's Advanced
Energy Initiative and passage of


Florida's Energy Act, the interest
in renewable energy has never
been greater," Bronson said. "Our
Farm to Fuel Summit is just one of
many ways that we are trying to
bring the necessary parties and
stakeholders together to discuss
using the state's renewable
resources to reduce our depend-
ency on foreign oil and other non-
renewable sources of energy. Our
ultimate goal is to enhance the
market for, and promote the pro-
duction and distribution of
renewable energy from Florida-
grown crops, agricultural wastes
and residues, and other biomass.
Bronson said that as fuel prices
continue to skyrocket, all Florida
citizens should be taking an inter-
est in and supporting alternative
fuels development.
For registration information
and agenda, visit http://www.flori-
da-agriculture.com/farmtofuel-
summit.htm.


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