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Vol. 97 No. 229 Thursday, August 17,2006 504 Plus tax


Briefs

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Old Florida still alive
in alligator hunts
SANFORD (AP) Stay
away from alligators. The warn-
ings are everywhere you go in
Florida in public parks,
around freshwater pools and in
headlines if you don't believe
those.
The centuries-old reptiles
are one ofFlorida's longest resi-
enis, can be aggressive and
" shouldn't be bothered But that
truce is over for 11 weeks start-
ing now, when camouflaged air-
boats packed with harpoons,
crossbows, spotlights and
hunters with tall tales kill the
quiet on murky lakes and chase
the big lizards down.
The state of Florida issued
4,406 permits this year, each
good for two gators. They sold
out in roughly four hours about
two months ago.
Florida has been allowing
licensed hunts since 1988,
after gator populations recov-
ered from decades of over-
hunting when there weren't
laws protecting the species.
Page 6


Drought Index
Current: 508
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burm Ban: None

Lake levels

11.97 feet


Lake level
LastYear:
16.04 feet
(SOURCE:
South Florida
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea
level.)

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Clewiston family found slain


Following police
chase male
suspect kills self

By Ideybis Gonzalez
and Jose Zaragoza
INI Florida
CLEWISTON A Mississippi
woman was officially charged with
three counts of felony capital mur-
der Wednesday in connection with
the shooting deaths of three'


Ruby Richard
Parker Harker
Clewiston people.
Ruby Yolande Parker, 31, of
Poplarville, Miss., has been


booked into the Hendry County
jail and is being held without
bond, said Agent LarryLongofthe
Florida Department of Law
Enforcement i.FDLE).
A man \\ith Parker at the time
of the murders, Richard H. Harker,
35 died of a -ell-inflicted gunshot
foundd to the head following a
lo~ -speed pursuit with members
of the Seminole Police Department
at Big Cypress Reservation.
Agent Long said it was unclear
if Harker, who had been convicted
of second-degree murder in 1992


in Orange County, threatened
Parker.
.The victims have been identi-
fied as Joey Glenn Whitaker, 52,
his wife Carolyn Cox Whitaker,
53, and mother-in-law Myrtle Lee
Cox, 80.
Agent Long said Wednesday
afternoon that the apparent
motive for the killings was rob-
bery.
Parker had been reported miss-
ing from Poplarville in July and
according to the Pearl River Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office (PRCSO) in


Poplarville, she was last seen with
Harker in a red 2006 F-350 pickup
truck According to PRCSO Detec-
tive Christa Bennett, the two were
apparently dating at the time.,
According to the Florida
Department of Corrections (DOC)
web site, Harker was convicted of
second-degree murder in 1990
and robbery and grand theft motor
vehicle in 1991. He was sentenced
to 32 years in prison. On July 22,
2002, he was released from the
See Homicide Page 2


FEA not




endorsing



candidates


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
For a change, the. Florida
Education Association, the
union that represents the state's
public school teachers, is not
endorsing any statewide candi-
dates.
Instead, they are focusing on
voicing their concerns to whoev-
er is elected.
Their new program was intro-
duced on the local level at the
Tuesday evening, Aug. 15, meet-
ing of the Okeechobee County
School Board.'
Okeechobee County Educa-
tion Association President Can-
dice walkerr presented the teach-


ers' proposal. Instead of endors-
ing particular candidates, the
union is asking interested citi-
zens to take the Florida Educa-
tion Pledge. That means signing
a card stating the) support four
objectives small class sizes,
better funding, support for
schools in need and competitive
wages for teachers.
The signed cards will be pre-
sented to the legislature, she
said.
"As educators we Mill not
eridorse any candidate, said
Magi Cable treasurer of the local
union. "By doing this we are
endorsing education
See FEA-Page 2


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
City fathers on Tuesday agreed
to join hand with the county to
apply for grant funds that would
make over $1 million available to
residents whose homes were dam-
aged by hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne.
City of Okeechobee Mayor
James Kirk began the Aug. 15
Okeechobee City Council meet-
ing by presenting Chief of Police
Denny Davis with a longevity se r -
ice award for his 20 years with the
police force. Mayor Kirk expressed
his appreciation for his continued
service to the city of Okeechobee.
Mayor Kirk also read a procla-
mation recognizing the Muscular
Dystrophy Association and their
planned Okeechobee Firefighter's
Appreciation Day to be held Sept.
11.
Following those presentations,
Deborah Belcher, president of
Roumelis Planning and Develop-
ment Services presented informa-
tion regarding the interlocal agree-
ment between the city and county
for the Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG). This entails
consolidating the disaster recov-,
ery efforts between the city and


Vi


City, planners



to discuss



two exceptions


Police Chief Denny Davis receives award for longevity of
service for 20 years in the, police force from Mayor James
Kirk.


county to use funding for both
residents of the city and unincor-
porated areas within the county.
Local comprehensive plans)
indicate that the grant being
applied for is in the amount of
$1,535,548.00. These funds will
be allocated by 70 percent of the


funds being spent on housing
needs, such as repair, replacement
or possibly buy-out and relocate.
The remaining 30 percent will be
on for infrastructure, such as a
stormwater drainage project.
See Smith Page 2


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and
Appeals will meet on Aug. 17, at
6 p.m., to discuss two special
exceptions: a variance, and an
appeal of an administrative deci-
sion by the building official con-
cerning a billboard.
The first item on the agenda
will be a motion to remove the
rezoning petition submitted by
Craig M. Hackl on behalf of


property owner H20 Holdings,
LLC. The current rezoning peti-
tion was to rezone two unplat-
ted, vacant 15.05 acres parcels
located North of E.N. Park
Street, across from the post
office, from heavy commercial
and residential mobile home to
wholly heavy commercial. A sec-
ond public hearing will be held
before the city council pending
the application for a large scale
comprehensive plan map
See Exceptions Page 2


Code board reduces fine


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It was a busy evening, Tuesday,
Aug 15, for the Okeechobee
County Code Enforcement Board.
The board found seven cases to be
in noncompliance, imposed two
fines, reduced one fine, tabled
three cases and found seven cases
to be in compliance.
The cases of Gail and John
Foil, Joseph Rowlett, Manuel and
Olga Tapia, Elsie Pike Lightner,
Ruth Powell and A to Z Property,
Kenneth and Theresa Collins and
Perpetuo Valles were found to be
in compliance and were not
heard.
The board voted to table until
next meeting the cases of Kyri-
akidis Epaminondas, John and
Dorothy McKinney and Sarah &
Dina, Inc.
The board imposed a fine of
$25 a day on David Feltenberger
because of the condition of his
N.W 43rd Ave. property.
Monica Steed and Joseph


Manielo were fined $50 a day for
having an unpermitted mobile
home on their N.W 272nd Street
property.
John Fulks' fine had previously
been incorrectly calculated to be
$800 instead of $600. Upon his
request, the fine was reduced
from $600 to $150 if paid within
14 days.
The S.W 11th Way property of
Deborah and Russell Waytovich
was found to be in noncompli-
ance. The board decreed that if
were not brought into compliance
by Sept. 17 including removal of
pool, commercial lawn equip-
ment and remaining debris, they
could face of $25 a day for every
day of noncompliance.
Richard Hughes could face a
fine of $50 a day if his Treasure
Island property is not brought
into compliance including
removal of an RVby Sept. 17.
The board required that Jesse
Young (life estate), and Joanne
and Rex Allen remove the derelict
structures and clean up all debris


on their Whispering Pines proper-
ty by Sept. 17 or face a fine of
$100 a day.
Manuel Lopez-Ortiz will have
to remove the unsafe structure on
his S.E. 14th Avenue property by
next month or face a fine of $25 a
day.
William Perry Mims will have
to clean up his S.E. 68th Avenue
property by Sept. 17 or face a fine
of $25 a day.
The board decided that Melvin
Miller and Marie Gattie are to
allow code enforcement officers to
make a full inspection of their
68th Avenue property. Then at the
Sept. 19 board meeting, they will
be advised of the requirements for
compliance.
If the derelict mobile home
and debris are not removed from
the N.E. 29th Terrace lot of
Dorothy Bulger by next month,
she could face a fine of $25 a day.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.corn.
Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at pgawda@newszap.com.


Submitted photo/Eddie Gonzalez
'Boom' go power poles
A Florida Power & Ught official said 21 customers were
without power Wednesday afternoon after power poles and
power lines were broken by the boom on a Waste Man-
agement truck around 1:40 p.m. In the area of S.W. Second
Avenue and S.W. Ninth Street. According to a Waste Man-
agement official, there was an electrical short in the power
take off (PTO) on the truck that caused the boom to raise.
As the truck driver was turning west, the boom caught the
power lines and broke two poles and some old lines, said
the Waste Management official. FP&L expected power to
be returned to the area around 7 p.m. Wednesday.


Chief Davis: Honored for 20 years' service


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
City Fire Chief Herb Smith accepted the proclamation from the city and the Muscular
Dystrophy Association (MDA) by Mayor James Kirk on behalf of all of the firefighters in
honor of their continued dedication and hard work in the city of Okeechobee and the
, MDA. From: (front row, left to right) Fire Chief, Herb Smith and Mayor James Kirk (back
row, left to right), Matt Vinson, Chris Douglas, Assistant Chief Bill Douglas, Lieutenant
Glenn Hodges, Les McGee, Brian O'Cain and Jacob Fbx.

City, county apply for CDBG


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2 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, August 17, 2006


Homicide

Continued From Page 1
DeSoto Correctional Institute.
Detective Bennett said Harker
was in Poplarville doing clean up
work following Hurricane Katrina.
Prior to her arrest Wednesday,
Detective Bennett said Parker's
only brush with the law was speed-
ing ticket.
Mr. Whitaker and Harker
worked together hauling trash in
the Poplarville area,, and had
worked together as recently as last
December, said Joy Cardenas, Mr.
Whitaker's daughter
Information provided by the
Clewiston Police Department
(CPD) indicates that they received
a call around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday,
Aug. 15, that the bodies had been
found. After responding to the
scene, they contacted FDLE who,
along with the medical examiner's
office, combed the red brick home
for evidence.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the
official cause of death of the family
members had not been released.
However, an FDLE report indicated
that there was no visible trauma to
the bodies.
Wayne Whitaker, Mr. Whitak-
er's brother, said that his brother,
sister-in-law and her mother had
lived in the home for many years.
He went on to say that his brother
suffered from a heart condition as
well as diabetes.
He added that his brother's
black truck was missing from the
home.
Shortly after 5:15 Tuesday,
FDLE agents and members of the
Seminole Police Department (SPD)
located the missing vehicle on Big
Cypress Reservation. The driver,
later identified as Harker, led offi-
cers on a low-speed pursuit before
he rammed into two SPD patrol
units.
As police demanded Harker exit
the vehicle, he shot himself in the
head, stated the FDLE report.
Parker was then taken into cus-
tody.
Detective Bennett said Parker's
family apparently had no knowl-
edge of the man's criminal back-


INl/Jose zaragoza
Wayne Whitaker, center, the victim's brother, waits for news
of his family's murder Tuesday afternoon.


ground.
The DOC web site indicates
that Harker's address was 432 Cir-
cle Drive in Clewiston. However,
Agent Long indicated in a Wednes-
day afternoon press release that the
man also had an address in
Hawthorne, Fla.
Early Tuesday, Mrs. Whitaker's
co-workers at Plattner's Chevrolet
in Belle Glade grew concerned
when she didn't show up for work.
Thinking that Mr. Whitaker may
have grown ill, they tried to contact
her by cell phone but were unsuc-
cessful.
Apparently, according to co-
workers, the last contact Mr.
Whitaker's daughters had with him
was the previous night, when they
called their parents' home and
talked to a man they did not know.
He identified himself as a for-
mer EMS worker and a friend of the
family.
According to CPD Chief Don
Gutshall, one of the suspects had
had a casual relationship with the
victims but declined to release any
more information.
Ms. Cardenas said the family
didn't know much about Harker,
and worried when Joey called them
from Mississippi in December to
say he and Harker had had a seri-
ous argument.


"He (Harker) threatened to
shoot everybody," said Ms. Carde-
nas. "He went crazy that night."
That's when Mrs. Whitaker
searched for information about
Harker on the internet, coming up
with a story about Harker involved
in a December 1990 murder case.
She said the argument apparently
happened on the anniversary of
that 1990 murder.
She remembers her mother
telling her father, "You better come
home now."
Ms. Cardenas said they went to
Mississippi to bring her father back
and while the father prepared to
leave the work site, he handed her
a gun and told her to shoot Harker
if he came close to them. The man
never got close.
"Daddy was scared," said Ms.
Cardenas. "He left the dump trailer
out there."
Ms. Cardenas never met Harker,
and knows only what her father
told her about him.
"My father said he (Harker)
would be calm, collective and
never miss a beat, but then he
would go bonkers for no reason,"
Ms. Cardenas said.
According to Ms. Cardenas,
Harker owed her father money -
thousands of dollars.
Ms. Cardenas said she spoke to


a man at the house the night before
the murders were discovered. She
said her grandmother answered
and gave the phone to him. The
grandmother told Joy that her
father and mother were in the bed-
room and that Mr. Whitaker was
sick.
The man who answered the
phone was well-spoken, and
sounded knowledgeable enough to
make her believe that he was taking
care of her father. He said the fami-
ly was preparing to go out to dinner
as soon as Mr. Whitaker's blood-
sugar levels were back to normal.
He told her, "You're the daugh-
ter from Naples, right? You had a
baby six months ago."
This was information, she
believed, only a close friend of the
family would have.
When she told the man she was
coming over to Clewiston to check
on her father, he said: "No, he's
fine. We're going out to dinner."
On Wednesday, Ms. Cardenas
said the family was coping with the
death.
"My father knew a little about
everything," said Ms. Cardenas.
"He did do a little wheeling and
dealing," she said, remembering
her father with affection.
Joey needed a heart transplant,
but his diabetic condition present-
ed complications so the family was
focused on his health.
Ms. Cardenas said she, her sis-
ter and brother stayed in constant
communication with their parents
- 'with Ms. Cardenas herself
sometimes calling five or six times
a day. That's why when they didn't
answer phone calls Tuesday morn-
ing they grew concerned.
"Me and my brother and sister
are the ones left, we're kind of in
bad shape," Ms. Cardenas said.
"They handled everything for us.
They were good people."
Looking back to Tuesday, Ms.
Cardenas said she now regrets the
message she left on her parent's
answering machine when no one
answered her calls.
"I can't believe you haven't
called us to say you're OK," she
said in the message.
"Now, I kind of hate that I did
that," she said.


Exceptions

Continued From Page 1
amendment.
Two special exception applica-
tions will be presented by Tom
Forbes on behalf of property own-
ers, Isaac and Cinderella Kelbie.
'The property owners are .peron-
;ing for approval of placement and
.set-up of to.n.mobdileJames that
were manufactured more than five
years prior to the date of applica-
tion. The property is located within
Riverbend Mobile Home & RV Park
at 1307 S. Parrott Ave., lots 49 and
50.
Both mobile homes have passed
inspection by city inspectors. The
building official will state their rec-
ommendation as to whether or not


FEA

Continued From Page 1
"We would like the school
board to get onboard with this,"
Mrs. Walker stated. She noted that
the Palm Beach County School
Board supports the pledge pro-
gram.
"These four things are the meat
of what we are trying to do "assert-
ed. Mrs. Walker. She stated that
teachers would have a booth in the
park on Labor Day weekend to


the mobile homes are fit to be
moved within the mobile home
park.
A variance of the front set backs
from 25 feet to 5 feet for placement
of a steel carpor# in front of an
existing garage is being requested
by Frances Biafore-Gailfoil, who is
also the property owner, located at
1410 S E 8th Drive in Okeechobee
Estates Ciry planning consuiltani
lim LaRue, has, recommended th.n
the city deny the request to allow
the variance which would allow the
applicant to encroach front setback
requirements for reasons that are
outlined in set criteria for assess-
ment of granting or denying a vari-
ance as follows:
Special conditions or circum-
stances do not exist which are
peculiar to the land or the structure
involved, there are no special


urge people to sign the cards in an
effort to meet their goal of 3,000
signatures.
Mrs. Walker said these cards
would be a means of holding our
governor and legislators account-
able and making education a defin-
ing issue.
The board declined to take
action on a resolution supporting
the card program proposed by Mrs.
Walker.
However, when contacted the
next day, Dr. Patricia Cooper,
superintendent of schools, indicat-
ed that she was in favor of the four


attributes of the land to be peculiar.
The special conditions and
circumstances seem to be a result
of the actions of the applicant.
Literal interpretation and
enforcement of the Land Develop-
ment Code would not deprive the
applicant of rights commonly
enjoyed by other properties with-
in.the same RSF-1 zoning district
The existing use of theJand
is still reasonable for the appli-
cant and granting the variance is
not necessary to allow for this
use.
If granted, special pnvileges;
would be conferred on the appli-
cant, which are denied to other
properties or structures within
the RSF-1 zoning district.
The board members will have
the final say on the pending issue.
The board will then consider


objectives, but had some problems
with the resolution as written. She
said she would possibly recom-
mend, at the next board meeting, a
reworded resolution that elimi-
nates some of the specifics of the
suggested resolution.
In other action, the board:
heard an update on their
employees group insurance pro-
gram;
revised personnel allocations
for the 2006-07 school year;
rescheduled the September
board meeting from 6 p.m., Sept..
5 to 6 p.m., Sept. 7; and,


the previously tabled appeal of an
administrative decision made by
the building official, who issued a
cease and desist order for a sign
permit. The appeal was submitted
by property owners Janet and
Rohit Dave concerning the bill-
board, which is partially con-
structed, at the Washmart Coin
,Launy, 1020,West North Park
Street. The construction of the
billboard was beganby Carter-
Pritchett-Advertising, Ine:.- c ..
The final item for the evening
will fall under new business
regarding consideration and dis-
cussion of requests for amend-
ments to the City's Land Develop-
ment Regulations.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached atcaguilar@newszap.com.


approved an executive session
for 3 p.m., Aug. 29, to precede the
union talks scheduled to begin at 4
p.m. on that date.
Dr. Cooper informed the board
that there are still nine teacher posi-
tions and two speech therapists
positions still vacant. However,
Louise Piper, director of transporta-
tion, stated that there are enough
bus drivers to cover all routes.
Dr. Cooper also informed the
board that the consultant that had
been hired to study impact fees
would have a report for the next
board meeting.


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These funds will only be avail-
able to homeowners within Okee-
chobee County..
The maximum amount awarded
for replacement of a home was
raised from $95,000 to $96,000,
and the maximum amount for a
buy-out and relocation will be
$160,000.
In the case of a relocation, the
city would have final say on a case-
by-case basis due to the fact that the
city would then be responsible for
the lot. This lot would not be able to
have anything built on it. It would
have to be used as a stormwater
pond or other things, such as a park.
This would be used as a last
resort if nothing else could be done
to build up the land to make it safe
for a replacement home, or if the
surrounding homes would be in
detriment due to the replacement.
Stormwater drainage engineer-
ing will use the 30 percent, in the
maximum amount of $414,500.
The grant will allow for the specific
project chosen to be flexible, in that
the project stated within the grant
.for approval is not set in stone.
.The county has the option of
choosing another project if they
deem it will reap more benefits.
The area that is being used for
the application is Country Hills
Estates. The county is still openly
considering three different areas to
allocate this spending.
The 21st Street service area, from
Parrott Avenue to the Seventh
Avenue ditch, is the project that
would be within the city.


Councilman Lowry Markham
was apprehensive on how much
input the city would have in the
decision process on which project
would be most beneficial for the
community.
Although the city .will not have
input on which project is chosen,
city residents will still benefit on an
individual basis regardless of which
project is chosen for the infrastruc-
ture funds.
With this approval by the city
council, city residents who have
applied for assistance due to dam-
age from the 2005 hurricanes will
be able to receive benefits from this
grant. Without approval, the grant
funds would have only been avail-
able to those living within Okee-
chobee County outside of city
limits.
There will be at least one adver-
tisement published before the dead-
line to apply for assistance. Applica-
tions will be dealt with as they are
received. If an abundance of appli-
cations are submitted, a scoring
rubric will be put in place to decide
which applicants would get funded
first.
Following his being honored by
the mayor, Chief Davis expressed
his appreciation to his wife Margo
for being a wife of law enforcement
for 25 years, which includes his
time as an auxiliary officer He also
commended the City Police Depart-
ment on their ability to make his job
easier by always doing a fantastic
job.
Above all, Chief Davis remem-
bered his father at this time by dedi-
cating this award to him. His father
had a saying to which Chief Davis
chose to abide by throughout his


life: "Learn to live on whatever you
make, so find something you like
and stick with it."
In the other recognition, MDA is
sponsoring the local firefighters
appreciation day as a tribute to their
hard work and dedication. Mem-
bers of the city fire department were
on hand to receive this accommoda-
tion.
The Okeechobee firefighters col-
lected $10,800 in 2005 through
their "Fill the Boot" campaign for
the MDA. These funds go towards
providing medical services at local
clinics, summer camp, research
grants, support groups and public
education seminars.
The 2006 MDA boot drive was
approved to be held at the intersec-
tion of S.R. 70 and Parrott Avenue
on Aug. 18-19 andAug. 25-26.
Moving on to a land use matter,
Steve Dobbs asked to withdraw a
small scale application and rezoning
petition from further action. As a
representative for InSite Develop-
ment, Mr. Dobbs will resubmit for a
large scale application for Cycle II-
2006.
This removal and resubmission
will resolve the dilemma that the
board faced at the Aug. 1, meeting.
Councilman Dowling Watford
had a positive reception of the appli-
cant for working with the board to
create an application that would be
"cleaner" so it would stand on
firmer ground, and allow the board
to proceed without apprehension.
The application deadline for
Cycle II-2006 large scale future land
use map amendments and text
amendments was changed from
Monday, Aug. 28, to Friday, Dec. 29.
The planning board dates and first


city council public hearing dates are
still tentative due to the possibility
of expediting the process.
City Administrator Brian White-
hall will be contacting city planner
Jim LaRue to clear up some concern
from the board regarding the issue
of having the same problem reoc-
curring next year by moving back
this deadline.
Mayor Kirk expressed concern
about this issue due to the limit of
only having two cycles per year. If
this cycle is moved back, the
approval would not be given until
April of 2007.
The concern is being brought to
the city planner to assure that the
official date of the cycle is set on the
application deadline and not the
approval date, to make sure that a
cycle is not lost because of the date
change. This would be interpreted
so that the deadline being Friday,
Dec. 29, 2006, would allow for the
council to have their two cycles for
2007 intact.
In other business, the council:
ratified the appointment of
Matt Vinson to the Firefighters' Pen-
sion Trust Fund Board of Trustees
for a term beginning Oct. 1, 2006,
and ending Sept. 30, 2008;
approved the request of prop-
erty owner Elbert Batton to table his
alley closing application until the
next meeting to allow for additional
time to contact all property owners
involved. The council will revisit
this application at the Sept. 5 meet-
ing.

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Agri-Center to host horse show
OKEECHOBEE The Miniature Horse Club of South Florida will
stage a show on Saturday, Aug. 19, and Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Okee-
chobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E.
Gates will open at 9 a.m. each day, and the shows will begin at 8
a.m. Tickets will be available at the gate and will be $3 for adults, $2 for
seniors and $1 for students.
The American Miniature Horse Registry classes will be held Satur-
day, and the American Miniature Horse Association classes will be held
Sunday. Halter and performance classes will be held throughout the
day.
For show information, call (561) 798-6129, (772) 341-0715 or
(863) 467-5125.

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.

Survey will help business community
OKEECHOBEE The Economic Restructuring Committee of
Okeechobee Main Street has designed a survey to be used to identify
the needs of the business community.
Committee members will be delivering the forms to business own-
ers located in the downtown local planning area (LPA), which is the
target district for data input. Businesses outside the LPA are urged to
participate.
Survey results will be used to assist the committee in prioritizing
projects that will help the business community direct issues of concern
to the proper authorities.
Survey forms are available at the Main Street website www.main-
streetokeechobee.com; or, by contacting Executive Director Lydia Jean
Williams at (863) 357-MAIN.









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IRCC submits proposal to offer 3 bachelor's degree programs


Responding to exceptionally
strong student and business
demand for locally-based Bache-
lor's degree programs in workforce
fields with critical employee short-
ages, Indian River Community Col-
lege has submitted a proposal to the
State Board of Education to offer
Bachelor's degree programs in the
high-demand areas of education,
nursing and organizational manage-
ment. The proposal is supported by
regional labor market data and a
community-wide needs assessment
showing that 89% of approximately
3,000 respondents would be "inter-
ested" or "very interested" in
enrolling in a Bachelor's degree
program at IRCC. Over 175
employers, representing about
68,000 employees, also responded,
with 83% indicating they would
like to hire more Bachelor's degree
employees if they were available.
Currently, many area residents
are unable to earn a four-year
degree in their chosen career field
since only 15 Bachelor's degrees
programs are available in their
entirety on the Treasure Coast, all
exclusively in St. Lucie County. No
Bachelor's degree programs are
offered in Martin, Indian River and
Okeechobee counties, and working
adults who wish to continue their
education report that they are not
able to do so because of time and


travel obstacles.
According to area economic
development officials, the availabili-
ty of an educated, skilled workforce
is a major factor in our region's abil-
ity to attract well-paying knowl-
edge- and research-based business-
es and organizations. Florida ranks
46th out of 50 states in Bachelor's
degree production. Currently, only
19.5% of Treasure Coast adults
hold a Bachelor's degree, compared
to the state average of 22.3%.
"IRCC has a long history of
proactively responding to commu-
nity needs, and the Bachelor's
degree programs we're proposing
directly relate to demonstrated
community demand. All three pro-
posed programs directly address
critical workforce shortages," said
Dr Edwin R. Massey, IRCC Presi-
dent. "These programs will provide
additional options to earn a Bache-
lor's degree, especially for place-
bound adults who must fit their
educational pursuits around work
and family
responsibilities. We have identi-
fied a largely underserved popula-
tion that IRCC wants to help con-
tinue their education for career
advancement and to strengthen the
region's workforce for our schools,
hospitals, and businesses."
Over 40 employers, economic
development agencies, Chambers


of Commerce, school districts, hos-
pitals, regional Workforce Develop-
ment Board, and community lead-
ers have provided letters of support
for IRCC's proposal to offer work-
force-oriented Bachelor's degrees.
Over 60% of the students and
graduates responding to the survey
work more than 35 hours per week.
Factors such as nearby campuses,
flexible scheduling, varied delivery
options and easy access to student
support services and libraries are
essential to helping them continue
their education. IRCC plans to pro-
vide these services to students in
the proposed Bachelor's degree
programs at the College's five Trea-
sure Coast campuses.
In addition, the over 400 stu-
dents who earn career-oriented
Associate in Science and Associate
in Applied Science degrees from
IRCC each year have very limited
options for local Bachelor's Degree
studies, since most upper-division
programs and "2 + 2" transfer pro-
grams are structured for students
who have earned an Associate in
Arts degree. In the past, students
with an AS or AAS degree have often
had to complete extensive addition-
al coursework to qualify for a Bach-
elor's degree program. To provide a
streamlined Baccalaureate option
for these students, IRCC is propos-
ing a Bachelor of Applied Science


degree in Organizational Manage-
ment with specializations in busi-
ness, public safety administration
and health care management.
IRCC's proposed Bachelor's
degree programs also target the
deficit of locally grown teachers
and nurses, a situation which
forces area school districts and
health care facilities to spend
thousands of dollars on national,
and even international, recruit-
ment efforts, rather than putting
those dollars into the classroom
or improved patient care.
The unmet demand for teach-
ers in middle and high school
math and science is especially
critical, with no Bachelor's degree
programs locally available in these
fields. Further, hundreds of posi-
tions for .Exceptional Student
Education (ESE) teachers, are cur-
rently unfilled throughout the
region and state. To address these
needs, IRCC is proposing a Bach-
elor of Science degree in Educa-
tion specifically to prepare addi-
tional teachers for middle and
high school math and science and
ESE.
According. to labor market sta-
tistics, there are over 6,200 open-
ings for nurses statewide. On the
Treasure Coast, IRCC nursing
graduates provide the majority of
the health care. As our population


Education Briefs


continues to grow, there is an
ongoing demand for nurses with a
four-year degree to staff supervi-
sory and management positions,
as well as to enable hospitals to
qualify for national accredita-
tions. IRCC's proposed Bachelor
of Science in Nursing degree
would provide additional oppor-
tunities to obtain this credential.
"IRCC has carefully researched
and assessed regional education-
al, economic and workforce fac-
tors to determine the types of
Bachelor's degree programs most
needed," Dr. Massey added. "We
anticipate offering the programs
in a cost-effective manner without


duplicating resources. In fact,
increasing student enrollment in
Bachelor's degree studies will
draw additional state funding to
our area."
The College will utilize exist-
ing facilities and faculty for the
proposed Bachelor's degree pro-
grams with some augmentation of
library holdings.
Five years ago the Florida Leg-
islature passed Florida Statute
1007.33 to authorize community
colleges to offer Bachelor's degree
programs to address areas of criti-
cal workforce need. Currently,
seven Florida community colleges
offer four-year degree programs.


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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 competi-
tion, music, barbecue, auction and
prize giveaways. The entry fee for
the roping event is $100. Registra-
tion will begin at 4 p.m., with rop-
ing to begin at 5 p.m. For donation
information, contact Lora Gomez
at (772) 260-1495.


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 adapta-
tion of palms. He will also speak at
the Kight Center, room V442, at 10
a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27, on the
MacArthur Palm.
YMS collecting printer car-
tridges


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. Parrott
Ave. Or call Tracy at (863) 462-
5056, or Linda at (863) 467-1484
for free pick up.
Free adult GED
classes offered
Indian River Community College
will be offering free adult basic edu-
cation/GED and English as a second


language classes at these locations:
Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W
Ninth Ave., English as second lan-
guage classes, Monday and Wednes-
day from 9 a.m. until noon, adult
basic education/GED, Monday
through Thursday from 8 a.m. until
8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.
until4p.m. One-Stop, 123 S.W Park
St., adult basic education/GED,
Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.
until noon; Yearling Middle School,
925, N.W 23 Lane, English as a sec-
ond language classes, Monday
-Wednesday 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.;
Everglades Elementary, 3725 S.E.
Eighth St., English as a second lan-
guage classes, Tuesday and Thurs-
day from 6 until 8 p.m.


Arrest Log


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under the
influence (DUI) charges by the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), the.Okeechobee.City Police-
Department (OCPD). the Florida Hign-
way Patrol (FHP), the Florida ish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) or the. Department of Correc-
tions (DOC).
Matthew Thomas Gray, 25, S.W.
10th St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Aug. 9 by Deputy Kenneth Sarros on an
Okeechobee County warrant charging
him with giving false information to a
pawnbroker, third degree grand theft
and dealing in stolen property. His
bond was set at $12,500
Perry Sallette, 45, S.E. 25th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 9 by
Deputy Paul Jackson on an Okee-
chobee County warrant charging him
with failure to appear possession of
cocaine and failure to appear posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. His bond
was set at $50,000. He was also arrest-
ed on Okeechobee County warrants
charging him with violation of probation
- contracting without a license during
an emergency, violation of probation -
contracting without a license during an
emergency and violation of probation -
grand theft..He is being held without
bond on these charges.
Altelra Danquah, 27, Rutland


Street, Opalocka, was arrested Aug. 11
by Deputy Eddie Baker on an Okee-
chobee County warrant charging him
with failure to appear riot/incite/or
encourage a riot. He is being held with-
out bond.
Aaron Thomas Peet; 22, U.S. 29
N., Felda, was arrested Aug. 11 by
Deputy Sam Thomas on a warrant
charging him with failure to, appear -
driving under the influence with proper-
ty damage or injury to person. His bond
was set at $3,000.
William James Bridle, 37, S. Par-
rott Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Aug. 12 by the OCPD on a charge of
failure to register as a sexual offender.
His bond was set at $25,000.
Zoila Sisfuentes, 43, S.E. 10th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug.
12 by the OCPD on charges of driving
under the influence and no valid dri-
ver's license. Her bond was set at
$3,000.
, 0 Mark A. Smith, 39, N.W. Second
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 12
by FHP Corporal RJ. Wyatt on a felony
charge of driving under the influence,
and misdemeanor charges of refusing
to submit to a blood/breath test and
driving while license suspended. His
bond was set at $3,500.
Richard Allen Goins, 25, Tulane
Circle, Avon Park, was arrested Aug. 12
by Trooper R Miller on a felony charge


of driving under the influence, and mis-
demeanor charges of refusal to sign a
citation and refusal to submit to a
blood/breath test. His bond was set at
$35,000. -
*Jonathan Eugene Reed. 23, San-
tiago Street, Sebnng, was arrested
Aug. 12 by Trooper B.K. Timmons on a
charge of driving under the influence
and refusal to submit to a blood/breath
test. His bond was set at $5,000
William Radford Thrasher, 50,
Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 12 by
Deputy Matthew Hurst on felony,
charges of battery (domestic) and bat-
tery on a law enforcement officer. He is
being held without bond.
4 Emilio Aranda Jr., 21, N.E; Fifth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 14
by Deputy Eddie Baker on an Okee-
chobee County warrant charging him
.with violation of probation lewd and
'lascivious battery. He is being held
without bond.
Richard Yates, 18, N.W.. Eighth
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug.
14 by Deputy Paul Jacksoh on an
Okeechobee County warrant charging
him with robbery with a firearm or dead-
ly weapon. His bond was set at
$20,000.
Douglas W. Giles, 48, N.E. 308th
St., Okeechobee, was arrested Aug. 15
by Deputy Kenneth Sarros on an Okee-
chobee County warrant charging him


with unemployment compensation
fraud. His bond was set at $2,500.
Reed A Hanawalt, 29, Torrey
Pines Circle;'Port St: Lucie, was arrest-
.ed Aug. 15 by-Deputy Eddie Baker on a
'charge df driving under the influence
and resisting arrest without violence.
His bond was set at $1,500.
Michael Lee Henderson, 33, N.E.
Second Terrace, Okeechobee, was
arrested Aug. 15 by Deputy Anthony
Kibler on a charge of grand theft (two
counts). His bond was set at $20,000.
Mark G. Deschamps, 37, N.W.
47th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Aug. 15 by Deputy Paul Jackson on
an Okeechobee County warrant charg-
ing him with the felony of driving while
license suspended habitual offender.
His bond was set at $2,500.
Darren Lee Youngblood, 26, Jack
Jones Road, Wauchula, was arrested
Aug. 15 by Deputy Corporal Brian
Hagan on felony charges of fleeing and
attempting to elude a law enforcement
officer and driving while license sus-
pended with knowledge. His bond was
set at $10,000.
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 this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.


Obituaries


James A. Price Jr.
James A. Price, Jr., age 47, of
Okeechobee, died Wednesday,
Aug. 16, 2006, at his home. Mr.
Price was born Nov. 1, 1958, in
West Palm Beach to James A. Sr.
and Ilajean Price.
He was a welder for Welding
Unlimited in Lake Park. Mr. Price
came to Okeechobee from West
Palm Beach in 2000. His hobby
was bass fishing and he enjoyed the
antique auctions. He loved his dog
"Lilly".
Mr. Price is survived by: his
mother, Jean Price; father, James A.
Price, Sr., both of Okeechobee;
brother, Michael (Melinda) Price of
Jupiter; sister, Lawanna (Marc)
Kotolnick of North Palm Beach;
nephew, Bradley Price of Jupiter;
and, numerous aunts, uncles,
cousins, and friends.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7
p.m., Friday, Aug. 18, at Bass Okee-
chobee Chapel.
Funeral services will be at 10
a.m., Saturday, Aug. 19, at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel. Interment
will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Pastor Jim Hudson of the Church
of the Nazarene will be officiating.
Memorials may be made to Hos-
pice of Okeechobee, PO Box 1548,
Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
Friends may sign the guest book
at www.bassokeechobeefuneral-
home.com.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Crema-
tory.

Carl L. Probert
Carl L. Probert, age 68, of Okee-
chobee, died Aug. 14, 2006, in


Okeechobee. He was a native of
West Palm Beach and resided in
Okeechobee since 1993. He was
the son of the late Charles and Cleo
Probert.
He worked for FPL for 36
years and retired in 1993.
He is survived by: his wife,
Frances; sons, Wayne (Michele)
Probert, Mark (Cheri) Probert;
daughter, Robin Probert; sisters,


Carolyn (Clyde) Wasdin, Char-
lene Probert and Yvonne (Lauren)
McGill; grandchildren, Trenny
(Jason) Wells and Kristi Probert;
and, great-grandchildren, Alexus,
Brooke and Britney Wells.
The family will receive friends
on Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, at
Mizell-Faville-Zern Funeral Home,
6411 Parker Ave., West Palm


Beach, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
where funeral services will be con-
ducted. Internment will be at Hill-
crest Memorial Park.
Those desiring, may make con-
tributions to Big Lake Hospice at
3543 U.S. 441 S., Okeechobee,
Fla. 34974 or Abundant Bless-
ings at 4550 U.S. 441 N., Okee-
chobee, Fla. 34972.


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Community Events

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 Thursday, 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.

Church sponsors youth soccer league
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St., is sponsoring an
UPWARD soccer league for 4 year olds through sixth grade and the
deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 25. The last evaluations will be
held at the church on Thursday, Aug. 24, and Friday, Aug. 25, from
5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Each participant must attend one evaluation.
The cost to participate in the league is $65 per participant, plus $50
for each additional child in the family. The first game will be played
Saturday, Sept. 16. Players may be registered at the church office
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., or at one of the
evaluations. For information, call the church at (863) 763-1699.

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 volun-
teers are still needed to help with the tournament. 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.

Political rally planned in BHR1
Buckhead Ridge Homeowners Association will host a Glades
County political rally at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, at the Commu-
nity Center, 760 S.R 78 WV State. circuit and local candidates will be
speaking and available atter"Wards for questions. Refreshments will be
served. For information, contact Rogel Brown at (863) 467.6596.

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.

Methodist Church plans open house
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will
hold an open house on each Sunday in September (Sept. 3, 10, 17
and 24). Services are: 8 a.m. traditional; 9:30 a.m. contemporary;
and, 11 a.m. traditional. Child care is provided. For information, con-
tact the church office at (863) 763-4021.

Scrapbooking party planned
A scrapbooking crop party will be held on Friday, Sept. 8, from 6
until 10 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second
St. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. This month there will be a
demonstration on the use of punches to enhance your scrapbook
pages and handmade cards. There will also be a representative from
Creative Memories to assist you with your scrapbooking questions
and needs. For information, call Carolyn at (863) 634-1885 or Joan at
(863) 467-0290.

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By Mike O'Connor
Do you remember the hurri-
cane season of 2004? Do you
remember how the hurricanes left
us without power, no running
water, spoiled our food, eating GI
style out of a can, eating MRE's, a
tree through the roof and conse-
quently light from the sun shining
through? Do you remember a man
called Bob Pegg and a really good
barbecue chicken meal with all
the fixin's? Now that was a great
hot meal! Very few people knew
he was campaigning at the time
for Circuit Court Judge because
there were no signs to advertise it.
Okeechobee was the hardest hit
in hurricanes Francis and Jeanne
and that was where he wanted to
be, because the need was the


greatest. Did you know he had a
tree fall through his roof also? But
he came to Okeechobee and
brought his family with him. Bob
also held a barbecue in Port St.
Lucie and fed over 8,000 people
in St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River
and Okeechobee counties. I
pulled this excerpt from a news-
paper article written by Vilet
Weaver dated Oct. 13, 2004:
"BOB PEGG'S FAMILY
BRINGS COMFORT AND FOOD
TO OKEECHOBEE AFTER HUR-
RICANEJEANNE
When other candidates in
Okeechobee were wondering
what to do, Bob Pegg was doing.
The only difference? He was act-
ing as a concerned citizen, not a
candidate. This was a "family
affair" Bob so appropriately stat-
ed. Dipping into his own pocket,
Bob, with his wife Darlene and
her family, fed 2000 people on


Upcoming Events

Thursday
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of the
month to help and encourage women who have been diagnosed with
cancer. The meeting will be held at the American Red Cross office at
323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For information, call Janet
Topp at (863) 824-2899.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantle Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet for
a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the Basinger Civic
Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-2285.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Cen-
sus, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863)
763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at
Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-
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.
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 Graham or Irene
Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m.
until noon. 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 from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family caregivers,
and is facilitated by Enid Boutrin M.S.W. of Hospice of Okeechobee,
and Laura Zel, L.C.S.W. of the Area Agency on Aging. The meeting is
from 2 until 3 p.m. at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information or to reserve
your place in the group, call (863) 467-2321. Free respite care is avail-
able for your loved one while you are in group at Dunklin Assisted Liv-
ing/Adult Day Care, 407 N.W. Second Ave. For information about
respite care, call Lou at (863) 763-4524.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is paring for an ill family member is
welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call (863) 467-2321.

Friday
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or
(863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited.
Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becom-
ing 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.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Nar-anonHelps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a
more normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she has
stopped using. We meet every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863) 467-9833.

Saturday
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
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.

Sunday
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 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 meeting.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okee-
chobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who
enjoys singing is invited to join the group. For information or to sched-
ule an appearance, contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep-
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850.
The Republican Executive Committee meets at 7 p.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Avenue. For information call Melissa
Arnold (863) 610-2280.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at7 p.m. for open discussion at Buck-
head Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For information call (863)
634-4780.


Saturday and Sunday as he set
barbecue cookers in the SunTrust
Bank parking lot along Parrot Ave.
in Okeechobee. The people of
Okeechobee were so grateful and
offered to pay but Bob asked them
to give to someone else who was
in need."
The point I, Mike O'Connor of
Mike's Gun Shop of Okeechobee,
am trying to make is that even
though Bob Pegg was running for
Circuit CourtJudge at the time, he
didn't put signs out to advertise
and he could have. He also funded
this personally. This was strictly a
humanitarian thing he was doing.
Bob and his family delivered food
to outlying areas to people with-
out transportation and turned no
one away. He went the extra mile
for his fellow man. Now that says
to me he's a "Hell of a guy!" Bob
did this as an honest gesture. I


believe he would be a fair judge,
one who is level headed, slow to
anger and with a deep sense of
community. His justice would
clearly be tempered with mercy.
Bob Pegg has a dedication to
our community and as a longtime
resident and citizen of Okee-
chobee, I want to say I certainly
hope the people of Okeechobee
County will remember him at
election time because he remem-
bered us in one of our counties
most recent disastrous times of
need.
We need this dedicated man of
integrity sitting on our Circuit
Court bench. So remember...and
please vote Bob Pegg for Circuit
Court Judge Group 19, on the
September 5th primary.
PS: "Oh, by the way folks, he
came to Okeechobee County to
feed us twice!"


Community Events

Church offers AWANA program
The First Baptist Church, 401 S.W Fourth St., will offer the
AWANA program for children 3 years of age through the 12th grade
on Wednesday evenings from 6 until 8 p.m. Registration will be held
Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the ROC. For information,
call the church office at (863) 763-2171.

Open house honors breastfeeding month
The Okeechobee WIC, in 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 Prevention and Educa-
tion Department will be on hand to offer information on healthy liv-
ing. The event is open to the public. For information, 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 grand-
parents are volunteers over the age of 60, who work one-on-one with
students in a classroom setting to help children improve in school.
The program is sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging. Foster grand-
parents 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.

Business Women's group to meet
The Okeechobee Business Women's Referral Networking Group
will meet Friday, Aug. 18, at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, -2405 U.S.
441 S.E. Networking will be at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will follow at
noon. Membership is not necessary to attend the meeting, and give-
away items are welcome. For more, visit the group's website at
www.okeebwn.com.

Yard sale benefits foster children
Butch's redneck yacht club will be hosting a yard sale and barbe-
cue to benefit on Saturday, Aug. 19, to benefit foster children. The
event will be held at Butch's Fish Camp, 4870 U.S. 441 S.E., begin-
ning at 8 a.m. Spaces are available for rent to the public for $20 per
space. Hot dogs, sausage and hamburgers will be available for a dona-
tion. For information, call (863) 763-8262.

Citrus canker is talk show topic
Family Stations, Inc., will host a radio talk show Saturday, Aug. 19,
beginning at 7:30 a.m. It will be rebroadcast at 1 and 6 p.m. on
WWFR 91.7 and 100.3 FM. The guest will be Doug Bournique, exec-
utive director of the Indian River Citrus League. The topic of discus-
sion will be the citrus industry and the ongoing research to find a
canker-resistant variety of citrus. For information, contact the Indian
River Citrus League at (772) 562-2728.

DEC meeting is planned
The Okeechobee Democratic executive committee will hold it's
annualJefferson-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, auction and prize
giveaways. The entry fee for the roping event is $100. Registration will
begin at 4 p.m., with roping to begin at 5 p.m. For donation informa-
tion, contact Lora Gomez at (772) 260-1495.

Free nutritional class offered
A free CRA nutritional analysis class will be held Monday, Aug. 21,
at 5:30 p.m. in the Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center, 916
WN. Park St. The class will be taught by Dr. Edward Douglas. For
information, call (863) 763-4320.

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.

Red Cross offering classes
The American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave., will be offering an
adult CPR class on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 6 until 9 p.m. To register or
for information, call (863) 763-2488.

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 Learning
Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties will meet
Thursday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. in the coalition's conference room at
2415 S. 29th St., in Fort Pierce. For information, call Dorett Williams
at (772) 489-8120, ext. 10.







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Youth bowling
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Sign-ups are now under way for
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Bowling is to start Aug. 19 at
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For information, call Marilyn at
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Sign-ups for the O.C.R.A. tackle
football, flag football and cheer-
leading programs will take place
Aug. 19, Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 at the
Okeechobee Sports Complex, 580
N.W 27th Lane, from 9 a.m. until
2 p.m.
Parents and/or guardians must
accompany the child being
enrolled. A copy of the child's birth
certificate is required.
The enrollment fee for tackle
football is $75 per player, and $60
per participant in the flag football
and cheerleading programs.
These programs are open to
children 6 to 12 years of age.

Youth soccer
sign-ups slated
Registration for the Okeechobee
County Parks and Recreation
Department's Youth Soccer League
will be held each weekday from 8
a.m. until 5 p.m. beginning, Mon-
day, Aug. 21, and ending Friday,
Sept. 1.
The sign-ups will be held at the
department's office at 640 N.W
27th Lane in the Okeechobee
County Sports Complex.
The sign-up fee is $25 per child.
The league will consist of five
divisions: 14 and under, 12 and
under, 10 and under, 8 and under
and 6 and under. Parents will be
required to present a copy of the
participant's birth certificate at the
time of registration. The partici-
pant's age as of Dec. 31, 2006, will
determine their age division.
The minimum enrollment for
each division is 30 players.
Games will be played locally
and are scheduled to begin Satur-
day, Sept. 30. League play will end
before Christmas.
For information, call (863) 763-
6950.


Ladies keg league
opens play Aug. 24
The Ladies Coffee Bowling
League will start their new season
Thursday, Aug. 24, at 9 a.m. at Star-
dust Lanes, 1465 U.S. 441 S.E.
The league is open to all
bowlers, whether novice or experi-
enced. Scores aren't important and
the league is open to all women.
For information, call Jo Jackson
at (863) 763-2522.

Church sponsoring
youth soccer league
Oakview Baptist Church, 677
S.W 32nd St., is sponsoring an
UPWARD soccer league for 4 year
olds through sixth grade and the
deadline to register is Friday, Aug.
25.
The last evaluations will be held
at the church on Thursday, Aug.
24, and Friday, Aug. 25, from 5:30
until 7:30 p.m. Each participant
must attend one evaluation.
The cost to participate in the
league is $65 per participant, plus
$50 for each additional child in the
family.
The first game will be played
Saturday, Sept. 16.
Players may be registered at the
church office Monday through Fri-
day, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., or at
one of the evaluations.
For information, call the church
at (863) 763-1699.

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 golf team

sign-ups ongoing
Anyone interested in joining the
Okeechobee High School boys or
girls golf team should pick up a
physical form at the high school
office or at Quality T's as soon .as
possible.
In order to participate, a current
physical must be on record with
the school.
For information contact coach
Mark Ward at (863) 634-1722.


OHS gold seats
are 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 Brahman
athletics.
For information, contact Daryl
Roehm, OHS athletic director, at
(863) 447-0566.

Ladies' bowling
league is forming
Sign-ups are now being accept-
ed for the Thursday Night Ladies
Bowling League.
For information, call Kathy
Rowland at (863) 467-5309 or by
e-mail at
krowland57@adelphia.net; or,
contact Marilyn at (863) 634-0397
or by e-mail at marilyn84@adel-
phia.net.
Sign-ups can also be done at
Stardust Lanes, 1465 U.S. 441 SE,
or contact them at (863) 467-1800
for information.

OHS rodeo team


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.

Grid program
taking players
The Pop Warner football pro-
gram is stil acceptingjewpl4yer .
SIf your child would like to play,
contact co-presidents James
Shockley at (863) 634-3482 or
Albion Crowell at (863) 697-2576.
The registration fee is $75.
In order to 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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Volleyball Results


The Lady Brahman volleyball
team opened the season in style last
evening with a hard fought victory
over a talented John Carroll squad.
Okeechobee outlasted the Rams in a
five-game thriller 19-25, 25-23, 25-
23,18-25 and 15-13.
Trailing 12-6 in the deciding fifth
game, junior outside hitter, Jessica
Klingler, stepped to the serve line
and calmlyserved the Brahmans-to.a
13-12 lead. Senior, Kelley Smiley,
iced the game for Okeechobee with
six kills and the final two serves of
game five. For the match, Smiley had
14 kills and 16 digs.
Senior setter, Shaunaye Brown,
dished out 30 assists and kept the
Rams off balance with 13 service
points.
Senior outside hitter, Tierra Allen,
added-14 kills and freshman, Moni-
ca Koger, started her Brahman career


in style with seven kills, six blocks
and eight service points.
"I couldn't be prouder of these
girls", explained Brahman head
coach George May. "They kept their
composure and they kept working
together. That was a very good John
Carroll team. For the very first game
of the season, it almost had the feel
ofr plotTffmatch". ,
Other,players gpribuang to the
win were senior, Katie Bryan with
four kills and two blocks, junior
Joleyne Skeen with one kill and three
blocks. Katie Murrow and Erin
Kersey also had blocks for the Brah-
mans.
Okeechobee takes to the road
Thursday when they travel to West
Palm Beach to take on Lake Worth
Christian. The junior varsity plays at
6 p.m. and the varsity at 7 p.m.


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seeking 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, contact
Darlene Bass at (863) 634-5815 or
go to the FHSRA website at


Community Events

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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Veterans ride across U.S. for kids of fallen hero


INDIANAPOLIS The leader of
the nation's largest veterans' organi-
zation will lead hundreds of veterans
on a motorcycle caravan across five
states next week to raise scholarship
money for children of U.S. military
personnel killed on duty since the
terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
American Legion National Com-
mander Tom Bock will be joined by
members of The American Legion
Riders and hundreds of military vet-
erans who love motorcycles and
their commitment to service. He will
lead them on the American Legacy
Run that will begin in Indianapolis,
Ind., and run through five states to
the 88th Annual National American
Legion Convention in Salt Lake City,
Utah, that convenes on Aug. 29,
2006.
The riders, who are wartime vet-
erans themselves, will travel 1,900
miles to make possible a college edu-
cation for the children of those who
have died defending our freedoms


since Sept. 11, 2001.
According to Bock, the American
Legacy Scholarship program is one
way to show America's deep appre-
ciation for those who paid the ulti-
mate price for freedom.
'"As an unfortunate consequence
of America's war on terror, many
children of our active-duty military
personnel are now members of sin-
gle-parent families," Bock said. "In
most cases, this also means their
chances to attend college have great-
ly diminished. Children of military
personnel who die on active duty are
entitled to receive some money
toward a college education, but it is
not enough."
The Riders goal is to raise
$100,000 for the American Legacy
Scholarship Fund.
"We are raising funds to ensure
that higher education will be a reality
for these families," Bock said. "Pro-
viding for the children our military
personnel left behind is our civic


duty, and an education is a powerful
way to show our thanks."
Legacy Run 2-2-2-2-2
According to American Legacy
Run event planners, hundreds of
motorcycle riders are expected to
either make the entire five-day jour-
ney from Indianapolis to the 2006
American Legion National Conven-
tion in Salt Lake City. Hundreds
more from all over America are
expected to hook up at some point
along the way. Legionnaires at posts
along the route to Salt Lake City will
conduct fundraising activities and
events in support of the American
Legacy Scholarship Fund.
Bock also asks American Legion
Posts and Legion Riders from all over
the country to conduct a fundraising
effort on behalf of The American
Legacy Scholarship Fund. Every citi-
zen of America can contribute as a
tangible way of saying 'thank you.'
"This is something that all Ameri-


cans can support," Bock said. "If you
ride a motorcycle, join us and if you
don't, become a non-rider support-
er."
Registration is $35 per rider (and
non-rider supporter) and $10 per
passenger, which pays for access to
the run and associated activities. A
commemorative packet will be given
to all registrants.
Bock will stop in every state
along the route for promotional
events and to collect donations from
Riders, American Legion Family
members and business communities
along the way. Stops and events
planned include:
Aug 17, 1 p.m., a pre-run
event, along with road-captain train-
ing, rider registration and briefings at
Wayne American Legion Post 64 in
Indianapolis, Ind.
Aug 18, travel to Effingham,
Ill., for a lunch event and travel to
Columbia, Mo., for an evening event
at Post 202.


Aug 19, travel to Leavenworth,
Kan., for a wreath-laying event with
U.S. Army dignitaries at the Buffalo
Soldier Monument. Travel to Hays,
Kan., for an evening event at Hays,
Kan.
Aug 20, travel to Aurora, Colo.,
hometown of National Commander
Bock, for a lunch event at Post 23.
Travel to Post 32 in Longmont,
Colo., for a special event.
Legacy Run 3-3-3-3-3
Aug 21, travel to Craig, Colo.,
to Post 62 for a special ceremony
honoring a fallen soldier with the
U.S. Army's 244th Combat Engineer
Battalion and then to Rock Springs,
Wyo., where Post 24 will host an
evening event.
Aug 22, arrive in Salt Lake City
for a special arrival event.
A small delegation of American
Legion Riders will formally present
the national donations for the Amer-
ican Legacy Scholarship Fund direct-


ly to Bock onstage at the National
Convention.
Materials and information tai-
lored specifically for Rider fundrais-
ing are available from The American
Legion at the contact listed below.
Registration information is avail-
able at: http://www.americanlega-
cyrun.org. All who register will
receive a souvenir map book, vest
patch, and proof of registration for
their vehicle.
The registration fees, not dona-
tions, will offset the costs of the
American Legacy Run. Every addi-
tional dollar donated to the Ameri-
can Legacy Scholarship Fund will go
directly to educating a fallen service
member's son or daughter.
Editor's Note: For more informa-
tion, contact Bill Sloan, national liai-
son, American Legion Riders
Indianapolis, Indiana, 317-630-
1321, wsloan@legion.org



Service Club Briefs


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.
The Post will temporarily
change their hours of operation to
Sunday, Monday Tuesday and
Thursday 1 until 8 p.m.; Wednes-
day- noon until 8 p.m.
Our kitchen is open daily serv-
ing a regular menu. The hours of
operation are: Monday, Thursday
and Friday from 1 until 3:30 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos served from noon
until 6 p.m.; Saturday and 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.
The Sons of the American
Legion steak dinner will be held on
the third Sunday of each month
from 3 until 6 p.m. for a $10 dona-
tion. The dinner will include steak,
baked potato, salad, dessert, coffee
and tea. There will be entertainment
from 3 until 7 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. 78 W, 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.
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary meet-
ings are the first Saturday of the
month at 10 am. Contact the Post at
467-2882 for information.

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 gar-
lic bread from 5 until 7 p.m. for a
$3.50 donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo from 4
p.m. until? Food will be available.
Every Thursday: washer toss at
1p.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 donation.
Music will be byJimmy Harper.
Saturday and Sundays: music
at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast cooked to order from 9 until 11
a.m. for $5 donation.
Call the AERIES for other
events at (863) 763-2552.
Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on S.R.
70 East. For information, call (863)
763-6580.
Elks plan barbecue dinner
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third will be the regu-
lar 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 BuckyYoder at (863)
467-7342 or Matt Buxton at (863)
357-9992.
The Masonic Lodge holds their
meetings on the second and fourth
Monday of each month starting at
7:30 p.m.
Order of the Eastern
Star 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 WM. 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.
Monday, Aug. 21: members are
asked to bring a brown bag dinner
for their family to enjoy, and then
attend the meeting immediately fol-
lowing 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.
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 information
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 Wednesday 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 each month at 7
p.m.
Women's officer meeting on
the first Tuesday of each month at 8
p.m.
General meeting on the second
Wednesday of each month at 8 p.m..
Horseshoes every Thursday
and Sunday 5p.m.
S Moose races every Saturday at
1 p.m. Washer toss at 3 p.m.
Karaoke iLth Chuck on Sun-,
days from 3 p.m. until ?, with
snacks.
Turkey Shoot on the first Sun-
day of each month at 9 a.m.

VFW Post #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 information or write
the Post at PO. Box 1137, Okee-
chobee Fl. 34973. The Post opens at
noon Monday through Sunday.
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be avail-
able. 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 avail-
able 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 auxil-
iary meeting at 11 a.m.


* The post membership drive
is under way, and the post is striving
for 100 percent. For information,
contact the quartermaster at (863)
763-0818.
Big screen TV for all events.

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from noon
until 8 p.m., Monday through Sun-
day.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary
dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
e Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunchwillbe available.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7 p.m.
for a $10 donation. Dancing imme-
diately 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 Satur-
day.
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
obl'fablei-

VFW Post #10539
The VFWwillbe open Monday
through Saturday at 10 a.m., and
Sunday at 1 p.m.


Lounge opens at 10 a.m. Mon-
day through Saturday and At 1 p.m.
on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will start
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is available,
courtesy of the Ladies Auxiliary.
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and danc-
ing.
Saturday: dollar dogs, sausage
dogs for $1.50 grilled or steamed at
noon. Live music and dancing will,
start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1.p.m. with


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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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Citizens return to Lebanon
Lebanese men look out from a window of a damaged apart-
ment building after returning to their home in the southern
suburbs of Beirut, Wednesday, Aug. 16. Tens of thousands
of people have returned to their shattered villagWes'ir east-,
ern and southern Lebanon as well as Beirut's southern sub-
urbs to find their homes either damaged or totally destroyed
in a month of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah.


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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres II.
Movie times for Friday, Aug. 11,
through Thursday, Aug. 17, are as fol-
lows:
Theatre I "Nacho Libre" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:15
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 and 9p.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, 7and 9p.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

Narconon helps
with drug addiction
Do you need help with drug
addiction? If so, call Narconon at 1-
800-556-8885.
You can be a
volunteer mentor
Help encourage a middle or high
school student to reach his or her full
potential and become a volunteer
mentor for the President's Challenge
to SOAR/Take Stock in Children
Scholarship program. It's a proven
life-changing program that provides
four-year college scholarships to
deserving sixth and ninth graders in
local communities. The mentor
meets with the student one hour per
week at his/her school. Volunteer
opportunities are available in Indian
River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okee-
chobee counties. Please, call the Indi-
an River Community College Foun-
dation at (772) 462-4786.
Halfway House
needs volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway House,
800 N.E.72hd Circle N., is looking
for volunteers to work with our ado-
lescent boys. If .you. have, any,:free.
timen.-tknts ,you uould like to,
share, call Jordan Bemav.at (863)
357-0047.
Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church Lending
Library at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second. St. Enter-
tain or educate yourself, using 486
audiocassettes, including audio
books, plus Christian romances and
575 videos. Prepare a paper on com-
parative religion, a book report, pro-
grams for men, women or children, a
craft project or a Sunday school les-
son. We use the Dewey Decimal Sys-
tem, the same as school and public
libraries. As a private library we can
and do preview our media. Currently,
the library is staffed Sunday from
9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and
Wednesday evening from 6 until 8
p.m. Contact Doris Entry at (863)
467-1548.
Free adult GED
classes are offered
Indian River Community College
will be offering free adult basic edu-
cation/GED and English as a second
language classes at these locations:
Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W
Ninth Ave., English as second lan-
guage classes, Monday -Wednesday
from 9 a.m. until noon, adult basic
education/GED, Monday through
Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.
and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.;
One-Stop, 123 S.W Park St., adult
basic. education/GED, Monday
through Friday, from 8 a.m. until
noon; Yearling Middle School, 925,
N.W 23 Lane, English as a second
language classes, Monday through
Wednesday, from 5:30 until 8:30
p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725
S.E. Eighth St., English as a second
language classes, Tuesday and Thurs-
day from 6 until 8 p.m.
Library hosting
computer classes
The Heartland Library Coopera-
tive is a six library cooperative serving
Highlands, Hardee, DeSoto and
Okeechobee counties. The Heart-


land library Cooperative will be
holding basic and advanced comput-
er classes throughout the six libraries
in the four-county area. A technology
information trainer will take a mobile
computer lab to each location four
times per month to teach computer
classes. The classes will teach basic
computer skills such as how to start
up and use a computer, how to log-
on to the Internet and how to com-
municate via e-mail with friends and
relatives. The more advanced com-
puter class will teach how to keep the
computer clean and how to send pic-
tures. You may also contact your local
libraries for these same classes. In
Okeechobee, call (863) 763-3536 or
contact Gabriell Turner, information
tech trainer, at gabi@myhlc.org.


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Auctions 105
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Card of Thanks 120
In Mtemoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160


BABYSITTING IN MY HOME
Starting Sept. Call for more
information (863)634-7905


LAB MIX: Found in vic. of
Country Hills Estates. Call to ID
(863)697-0118
LARGE DOG- Vic of Ft Drum
Ranchettes, Call to identify.
(863)697-8948
LARGE FEMALE DOG Mix
breed, Tan w/blk. tail. Found in
Taylor Creek Isles on 8/12.
Pis. call to identify. 467-4734

Do-It-Yourself Ideas


Fire Truck Pedal Car
Designed with four- to seven-
year-old firefighters in mind,
this do-it-yourself pedal-
powered fire truck project
features a working steering
mechanism, smooth pedal
power and an exciting fire-
engine red (what else?) paint
job. The fire truck pedal car
measures 4 feet long by 2 feet
wide.
Fire Thick Pedal Car plan
(No. 899)... $9.95
Pedal Cars Package
3 plans incl. 899
(No. C143) ... $22.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds
of projects) ... $2.00
Please add $4.00 s&h
(except catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), clip
and send with check to:
U-Bild, 15241 Stagg St.,
Van Nuys, CA 91405.
Please be sure to include
your name, address, and the
name of this newspaper.
Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
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877-353-2424


GERMAN SHEPHERD / LAB
MIX: Female. Lost in vic. of
Treasure Island. Reward.
(863)261-5764
Toy Poodle, 9 mos. old, black
& tan, male, last seen 8/3,
Contact Cindy @
(863)610-0009
How do you find a Job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
sfieds

BABY MINI POT BELLY PIGS
Free. Call Debbie
(863)983-7702
BORDER COLLIE- 2 yr old, Fe-
male, Spayed, updated shots
& heart worm. To Good
Home Only! (863)763-9262
KITTENS TO GOOD HOME
8 weeks, litter trained. CUTE!
863-763-3124
OUTSIDE CATS (7) Must find
a home soon or go to the
pound. 1 yr & under.
(863)946-9133.

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Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part- 1me 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 Hi-tech company needs:
TECH SUPPORT
w/good hardware,
computer & Internet skills.
Pick up application
@100 SW15th St.or
Fax resume to 863-467-0816
A/C MAINTENANCE PERSON
Dependable, Clean DL, DFW.
Good Pay, Benefits, 401K.
(863)763-8391
CONVENIENCE STORE CLERK
All shifts. $7/hr and up.
Also Management .
Opportunities Available
Also Taking applications
for Subway at
2398 Hwy 70 West
Call 772-370-1779


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MANAGER &
SERVERS NEEDED
(AM& PM)
For Busy
Restaurant
Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.

Drivers-CDL A
Walpole, Inc.
Gives YOU More
Get Home,
Get Paid!
Get home
every night and
earn $45k 50k/yr!
Paid Life Insurance
Blue Cross/
Blue Shield
Paid Vacation,
401 (k)
Walpole, Inc.
(800)741-6500
www.walpoleinc.com
LABORERS, CARPENTERS &
PIPE LAYERS: Needed Full
Time in the Okee-Tantie area.
Please call (863)357-1871
LANDSCAPER/
MAINTENANCE PERSON:
Needed Part Time. Call
863-467-6377
LARSON DAIRY, INC.
Location: BARN 8 Is hiring a
TRUCK/TRACTOR MECHANIC.
Includes Various maintenance
jobs. Knowledge of plumbing
& small electric motors req'd.
Apply in person, Call Travis
863-634-0102 or email
Idicorp@earthlink.net
MILL WORKERS NEEDED
1st Shift, Benefits available.
Apply at:
Syfrett Feed Company
3079 NW 8th Street
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
Get a quick response to
any item you may be sell-
inn with a classified ad.


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National Home
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Sales Consultants in
the Okeechobee
market. Excellent
compensation &
incentives. Will need
Real Estate license.
Bi-lingual a plus.
Serious minded sales
professionals fax
resume to:
(321)674-7645
Attn: Coordinator
THERAPIST NEEDED
To provide substance abuse
services to adults. Master's
degree and/or CAP required.
Bi-lingual (English/Spanish)
preferred.
Call (863)612-0728
for information.
Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifelds.


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Class A License
w/HAZMAT & Tanker.
Medical Benefits,
Retirement, Vacation &
Bonus Programs.

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THERAPIST NEEDED
To provide mental health
services to adults and children.
License required. Bi-lingual
(English/Spanish) preferred.
Call (863)612-0728
for information.


OFFICE CLEANING
Part time Mon- Fri evenings in
Clewiston. Good Pay!,
Start Today (800)922-1433


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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


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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STORE MANAGER
GAS/CONVENIENCE STORE
Big Cypress Reservation
High School diploma or GED.
Associates preferred. Min. 1 yr retail
exp. Exc. communication skills.
2 yrs supervisory or management exp.
Flex hours, FL Drivers License.
Salary based on exp. Excellent benefits
(medical, dental, optical, 401K,
fuel & food allowance)
Fax resume to (954) 967-3477

ASSISTANT STORE MGR.
GAS/CONVENIENCE STORE
Big Cypress Reservation
Min. 1 yr supervisory experience.
Food sales experience a plus.
Excellent communication & computer
skills. Good leadership skills, positive
attitude. Flexible hours, FL Drivers Lic.
High School Diploma or GED. Exc.
Benefits incl. medical, dental & 401K,
food & fuel allowance. Salary based
on exp. Fax resume to (954) 967-3477



HOUSEKEEPING: Full Time
ACTIVITIES AIDE

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

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


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Independent Newspapers will
. never accept any advertise-
Sment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
Swork-at-home programs if
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true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
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these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
Business Bureau at.
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r numbers may require an
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will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



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CRANE SERVICE
Call Bozz Crane Service, Inc.
For all your 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





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


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugsr- .50
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
ComputerVideo 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens S Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment!
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry' 635
Lamps .Lights 640
Luggage 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.'Radio 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
AIR CONDITIONER '05 York
3.5 ton package unit w/ heat,
new in box. $1750
(954)309-8659
AIR CONDITIONER 3 1/2 ton,
Frigidaire, $300.
(863)697-2044.
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
BARBER CHAIR, Emil J. Padair
Porcelain base w/foot rest,
all hydraulics work. $500
neg. (863)697-0328
ROCKING HORSE CHAIR,
Child, Hand carved. Excel-
lent condition. $150.
(863)763-7161


AIR CONDITIONER, 18,000
btu, heats & cools. $75
(863)467-8339
ELEC. RANGE, Hotpoint, w/ov-
en, black & white, very
clean, exc. cond., $200.
(863)983-6319
ELECTRIC STOVE- Whirlpool,
Good condition. $35.
(863)467-5072
GE RANGE/KENMORE DRYER
Both good condition. Work
great. $200/both or will sell
separately. 863-697-6033


READING A NEWSPAPER...
ftlads you to h. best
products od sftrvcts.


KITCHEN APPLIANCES
stove, dishwasher, fridge, mi-
crowave, all lyr $1800/all, will
sell separate. 863-763-1981
REFRIGERATOR- GE, With ice
maker. Like new. $250.
(863)675-2151
REFRIGERATOR, stays cold,
yellow in color, $60.
(863)532-9182
WASHER & DRYER, Excellent,
working condition. Belts &
hoses new. $150
(863)824-8703
WASHER: Westinghouse &
DRYER: Kenmore. Both in
Excellent cond. $160 neg.
will sep. (863)763-6591
WASHER/DRYER Whirlpool,
super capacity. 3yrs. old,
exc.cond. $450.
863-357-0516
WASHER/DRYER
Good Condition. $250.
863-610-1000
WATER PURIFIERS
By Ecoquest. New in box, 3yr.
warranty. $400/both, will sell
i..jeraldly 863-824-3402


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



AWNINGS (4), 1 147" long,
1 3'5" long, 2 are 87 1/2"
long, $200 for all.
(863)697-2044.



CLOSET DOORS, Bi-fold, 2
sets, light wood, $50.
(863)357-6315
HOME WINDOWS- Like new.
$150. Will separate.
(863)675-8141
VINYL SIDING- Georgia Pacif-
ic, light gray, new, one full
box of 22 12ft sections.
$200 (863)467-7866


POWERFLITE Carpet Cleaning
Machine, Comm'l w/20' hose,
Tools, some chemicals &
training. $800. 863-467-1809


RED RACE CAR BED com-
plete, built in toybox at foot of
bed. Plastic. $125 or best of-
fer. 239-657-2711


FLOWER GIRL DRESSES (2)
Identical, white sizes 4 & 6.
Paid $400/both, asking $200.
Will sell sep. 863-634-0339
FORMAL GOWN, Size 12,
worn once, lavender, great
condition. Paid $275, asking
$100(863)634-0339
LOTS OF CLOTHES means,
women, kids. Back to school!
All sizes. Good cond. $30/all
or will sell sep. 239-657-271'1
WEDDING DRESS David's
Bridal, spag. strap, size 8,
was $550, asking $200/neg.
(863)697-6690
Find t faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classIfleds


AVON BOTTLES 90+, and
some older books & related
articles, $150 for all or best
offer. (863)467-5052.
DOLL HOUSE: 2 Story, Wood-
en, English Style. Unfinished
w/all furniture. Approx. sz 24x
48x36"H $100 863-467-0538
ELVIS RECORD & SOUVENIR
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $600 all or
best offer.. 863-824-3358
FOOTBALL/BASEBALL CARDS
(1000)- Racing & Comic. late
80s early 90s Exc. cond. $400
or best offer!! 863-763-8943
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
COMPUTER TABLE- large, ad-
justable heights, good condi-
tion, $50 or best offer
(863)763-6629
DELL PDA- Slightly used. Wi-
Fi & Bluetooth enabled. Lots of
upgrades. Pd $500. Asking
$250. Neg. (863)447-5393
SCANNER- UMAX Astra
1220S, All hardware. Extra
software, Win. 98, $25.
(863)675-4970 Lv. msg.


CHINA CABINET, Solid wood,
2 pc. w/5 shelves. Hand
Made. 6'tall, 4" wide. Must
seel $500 (863)763-8943
COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, chrome & brass
w/glass tops. $275./all.
(863)674-0467.
COUCH, LOVESEAT & CHAIR
alrrni, i rnew. green pl3i $600

DESK- all wood, dark walnut;
18Wx62Lx30H, 7 drawer, 1
file double drawer $125
(863)357-8788
DESK- all wood, white Formi-
ca covered, 24Wx40Lx30H,5
drawers, 1 door, on wheels,
$100 (863)357-8788
DINING ROOM TABLE, Cherry
wood, with 6 leather covered
chairs. 38x62 with leaf.
$500 (863)467-2532
DR CHAIR- white, cane back,
$10 (863)467-1325
ENTER./CURIO UNIT- Wicker,
6'6"H, 5'W, 18"D. Curved
top, 8 side shelves, 3 center
shelves, $75
(863)675-2392
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER,,
Birchwood, beautiful, mint
condition. $900
(863)697-6455
GIRLS BEDROOM SUITE
Natural wood, incl. bed, dress-
ers, desk, nghtstds, mirror,
$800 Negot. 561-790-6589
GLASS TOP TABLE 36"w/four
chairs. Designer full length
mirrors, (2). Ped. sink/faucet.
$350. Will sep. 561-625-4306
HEADBOARD- twin size, white
wicker, $15 (863)467-1325
HUTCH, Ponderosa Pine, 3
shelves, 8 drawers & 3
doors. $150 (863)467-1401
KING SIZE BED- Oriental, 4
poster. Solid wood, Good
condition. $1000.
(863)946-3265
KS WATERBED FRAME- w/
plllowtop -natt. w/drawers
bookcase haOd w/mirror,
$400 (863)697-0167
LIVING ROOM SET, Sofa,
loveseat, wing chair, 4 oak
claw foot tables, mint cond.
$2450 (863)697-6455
OFFICE SUITE, Decorator De-
signed, desk, file cabinet, book
shelves, couch, leather chair &
more. $2499 (863)674-0844
RECLINER, pop up, Barca-
lounger, gold w/touch of red,
retail $800, will sell for $150
firm. (863)763-0582
SINGLE BED
Complete w/frame & headbd.
New mattress. $75.00
863-447-0002
SOFA & LOVESEAT: Forrest
Green. $400 (863)697-1782
TABLE W/4 CHAIRS- blonde
wood, brand new, $300
(863)467-1704


COAT: Black Fox & Lamb
Wool, Full Length. Designed
for casual to very formal. Pur-
chased 12/05 in New York.
Worn twice. Size 14. Looks
excellent on size 10-16. Paid
$6,000. Sacrifice for $1000.
Firm. Absolutely Gorgeous on
any age. Serious callers only
863-697-6455 info./apt.


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
IMAGE 17.0 TREADMILL
Get fit fast in the comfort of
your own home. Used 1 mth.
400 Negot. 863-63,4-0761


DIAMOND RING- 1/2 ct,
w/surroundlng diamonds,
$450 863)675-7105 or
(863)673-5023


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


LIFT CHAIR- Good condition.
$350. (863)801-4949
WHEEL CHAIR, Electric, Like
new. Originally Cost $5500,
Asking $1100. (863)675-0122
LaBelle


5500 WATT GENERATOR
like new, $550.
863-673-6295
CARGO TOP CARRIER, 18cu.
ft., Sears X-Cargo, excellent
condition. $75 (863)610-0412
or (863)763-5422
PLAY STATION II- Sony, W/5
games, 2 controllers. 2 mo
old. $150. (863)447-6620

When you want something
sold, advertise In the
classillieds.



BASS GUITAR Fender Mar-
cus Miller Jazz, beautifully
crafted, perfect, hardshell
case. $725. 863-357-7406
GOLD YAMAHA TRUMPET
in exc. cond. $300 or best of-
fer. 239-848-7662



ENGRAVER-New Hermes, En-
gravograph, 115 AC/DC, .88
amps, 10K RPM, H.9. 1/15,
$1500 (863)763-7609


BEAGLE PUPPY, Purebred,
male, 10 weeks, health cer-
tificate, adorable. $175
(863)675-4703 after 7pm.
DACHSHUND AKC Regis,
Vet Cert Health, adorable
male shorthaired $350
(863)983-7961
FINCHS- pair, $15
,(863)234-1700
GERBILS (5), with 2 aquari-
ums & tops. $20 for all
(863)634-6087 anytime
JACK RUSSELL PUPS Pure
bred, shots/wormed, 2 fe-
males. Will deliver. $250.
(239)340-8503 ,
KERR PUPPIES- 7 1/2 wks,
free to good homes only
(863)675-2844


LADDER STANDS (2 MAN) 12
Ft. $85 (863)467-6818
9am-7pm


BIG SCREEN TV Toshiba,
50", needs some work, but
is in working order.
$200/neg. (863)634-1220


AIR COMPRESSOR, 5.5 hp, 6
months old. Paid $750, Ask-
ing $600 neg.
(863)674-0416 LaBelle
GENERATOR, Coleman 5hp.
$100 (863)467-1224
GENERATOR, Tecumfeh En-
duro XL/C, 3000w, 120v,
25amp, 5 gallon gas can.
$350 (863)467-1704
PRESSURE WASHER- 400
psi, w/hoses, wands, tips,
trailer & 13 hp Honda Engine
$1500 firm (863)610-0756


AIR HOCKEY TABLE
4'X6' like new. $125.
561-625-4306


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 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865



GELDING, 13 yrs. old, gray,
very fast, used on barrels &
worked cows, exc. manners,
$2500. (863)673-5058
MISSING HORSE, 3 year old,
Sorrell Quarter horse, mare,
from Lake Port area.
REWARD! (239)633-7173
PONY CART & HARNESS,
$1000 or best offer.
(863)634-5820
TB BAY GELDING- 18yrs, exc
horse team pens & sorts cat-
tie, exp rider, $1800
(863)763-5567
Thoroughbred Mare, in foal to
German warm blood stallion,
super sweet, $2500.
(863)357-JUMP
Shop here Irsti
The classified ads


CRAFTSMAN RIDING MOWER
LC100, B&S, 17,5hp, 9mths.
new, exc.cond, $900 or best
offer. 863-763-1981 Okee
GRILL: Stainless Steel, Sears
Kenmore w/slde, 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
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, Craftsman,
15 hp., 42" cut. $300.
(863)467-0538
RIDING MOWER- Snapper '89,
$200 or best offer
(561)261-0654
ROTO TILLER Huskee 6 1/2
HP rear times. $400.
(863)763-6888.
SELF PROP MOWER- 6.5HP,
Iyr old, $100 or best offer
.(863)763-6591


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


Rentals




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 ;f



KINGS BAY: 1 BR, Furnished
w/ W&D, $825 mo. + sec.
dep. You pay electric.
(863)634-1268 / 763-8349
N. of OKEE -2 Br, 1 Ba
12 mi. N of Okeechobee.
$575 mo. 1st &sec. No Pets!
Non smoking envi.
(863)467-1717 8:30am-
3:30pm, or email
vldposurflnthenet.net
NW OKEECHOBEE: 2 BR, 1BA,
on quiet St. Kids & pets wel-
come. $825 mo. & $2150
Moves you in.561-795-1965


NW OKEECHOBEE: 2 BR, 2BA,
on quiet St. Kids & pets wel-
come. $850 mo. & $2200
Moves you in. 561-795-1965




OFFICE SPACE
FOR LEASE
850 sq. ft. w/
private entrance,
3 offices & bath.
$1,000 per
month + utilities.
"The White House"
1120 S. Parrott Ave
561-791-4567


H 0 Mobile Homes
ADORABLE: 2 BR, 1 BA, in
town Behind Theater, small
3rd room, non smk. env., no *
dogs, lawn service. $800 mao.
+ 1st., last & sec. dep.
(941)504-3954
BASSWOOD: 2/1 + Extra Rm.
3458 NE 26th Ave. Newly re-
modeled. $900mo., 1st &sec.
(863)357-0348/610-0567
BEAUTIFUL 3BR/2BA HOME Mo i
on Taylor Ck. w/boat dock In Prs21
Blue Heron CC. $1600/mo.
561-625-4306 MOBILE HOME DOORS- Inted-
Beautiful: InTown Estate, or, Exterior & Cupboard
3br/2ba, Laundry Rm., Porch, doors. $175. Will separate.
Jacuzzi Rm., Garage & Sec. (863)675-8141
lights. No dogs, non-smk.' l
env., Lawn care. $1300. aM.,
1st, last & sec. 941-504-3954
BRAND NEW: 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba. BHR: D/W- 3BR, 2BA, C/Air &
w/garage. Basswood. $1200 Heat. No pets. Yearly lease.
mo. Lawrence Assc. $750 mo. rent. + $1400
1-800-543-2495 sec. dep. (863)763-4031
Brand New AVAIL NOW Okee, 441 & 15A area
3BR/2BA in Dixie Ranch Es- 2BR/2BA, $170 week
states. Private, quiet, includes plus electric, $500 sec. dep.
washer & dryer, lawn & water (863)610-1027
system maintenance. .
$1100/mo. 1st, last & $500 OKEECHOBEE, 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba.
sec. (561)723-0661 Double Wide on 5 Acres. $900
mo. w/$500 sec. dep. Call
Dixie Ranch Acres: Spacious (863)824-2631/634-0429.
3/2 home under beautiful T SU n BR/A
shade trees on one quiet TREASREISLAND2BR/I1BA
country acre, $1275 mo. + SW $675. mo. + st&sec.
1st & sec. Pets ok. &1BR/1BASW$625.mo +
772-408-2972 (cell) 1st &sec. & Hwy. 78W. 2br,
1ba. SW w/Lg.yard. $800 mo.
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: West- + 1st & Sec. 561-346-4646
ern Side. 4 Br., 2 Ba., $1200
mo. + 1st, last, sec. dep. & M lo ilejom
refs. Call Barry 772-216-1461
Move In Special first months
rent free,3BR/2BA, $1100 MBOwner: 1990 Homes of
mo., last, security deposit, erit, 2/2, on 1 1/4 acre,
6 month lease and references new a/c, carpet, big screen
required. NoPets tv, 3 outbldgs., $145,000.
(863)763-6541 (863763-1530 or
(561)310-1575
Near Blue Heron, 3BR/1BA
house w/garage in nice MUST SEE!- 2/1 Fully furn,
neighborhood. No pets. many extras, new CA/Heat,
$1200/mo. year lease. First, 40' decked screen room, 40'
last, and $500. Security to carport, 1x2 shed w/ W/D
move in. 863-610-1000 In adult park on rim canal
w/dock;,$38,000 negotiable
OKEE. 2br, lba, 1 acre, Shed, (863)357-1784 or
CA, Appl. incl. No pets. $800 (239)821-8787
mo. + 1st, last & sec. dep. REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE!
(863)447-2130 REDUCED FOR QUICK SALEL
(863)447-2130 1996 Fleetwood, 2br/lba, In
OKEE- 3BR, 2BA, Gar., all tile M/H Pk. in Okee. Turn Key,
floor, 5265 SE 43rd St., inside $24K Negot. (305)345-2472
Kings Bay, $895/mo, $1200,
sec dep. (772)370-3752 WANTED: DamagedrSWMH
196 or newer;Zone 3
OKEE HOUSES FOR RENT I will move.
3/2 & 3/1, Completely renovat- (305)409-2341
ed. $1200-$1300 mo. 1st, last
& sec. (561)723-2226 Recreation
OKEE. Houses For Rent
New home 3br,2ba, Carport,
$1100.mo0


New Home 3br, 2ba, Gar.
$1200. mo.
Lawrence Associates.
1-800-543-2495
OKEECHOBEE- 2BR, 2BA, 907
SW 2nd Ave, Close to Schools
$875/mo. + 1st, last & sec.
dep. (863)634-0512
OKEECHOBEE: Edwards
Sb.-Dhisioni2 Bdrm., 1.5 Ba
w/den on 1.5 acre Comer lot
$1000 mo. + 1st, last &sec.
dep. Call 229-758-6386
or 863-634-7723



NOW LEASING -
NEW OFFICES
West Side of New Courthouse
Call Judy (863)467-0831
OFFICE SPACE -900 sq. ft.
Close proximity to new
court house. $700 mo.
Please call (863)763-4740
Professional Building: North
East Section of city limits.
1916 sq ft, 4/2 private offices,
conference room area, C/NH.
Excellentterms.
Contact Robin 863.763.5593
orWalpole@earthlink.net


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

Real Estate


IN TOWN: 2 Bdrm., 1Ba.
Framed House. Nice yard with
mature trees. $149,000. For
more info. call 863-357-6700
OKEE., Large 4br, 2ba, 2 car
gar. 80' Canal front, New Sea
wall, Tikki Hut, Fsh cleaning
station, Nice Canal to Taylor
Creek, All new apple Elec.,
A/C, Owner relocating. A
Steal at $249,900. Call for
more Info. (561)762-3309
READING A NEWSPAPER
HELPS YOU GET
INVOLVED IN THE
COMMUNITf


OKEECHOBEE- 3 acres, Lots
A & B of Tract 9, For more
info Contact David at
(863)581-5780


ALUMACRAFT V14, seats, an-
chors, lights, $1250/best of-
fer Includes tackle. Call
863-677-2002.
BASS BOAT, MOTOR/TRLR.
1991, 17' Grumman, w/70hp
Evinrude. Troll mtr, new batt.
$2500. 863-467-8292 Iv.msg.
BASS TRACKER, '88, 40hp
Johnson, new trolling motor,
tandem trailer, $1500 or best
offer. (863)673-5058
BAYLINER- '87, 115hp, Needs
starter & TLC. $2500.
(863)634-5877
BOAT: 15 Ft, Fiberglass w/trlr.
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
PONTOON 20'- Brand New,
60hp E-tech, inclds new
trailer, $13,500
(863)675-4090
PONTOON BOAT, '05 Bentley
200 Fish. 50hp Mercury out-
board. Excellent condition.
$10,000 (863)699-0936
QUACHITA- 14FT, center con-
sole, fiberglass, 25HP Evin-
rude, Continental trailer
$1500 (863)467-7866
RIVIERA 1987,15 Ft Boat, 50
hp 0/B motor, 1500 or best of-
fer. 863)946-1856 or
(248)- 5-3837 Moore Haven


CROSS COUNTRY- 30ft, new
tires, $2500 or best of-
fer(863)675-2844


TRANSPORTATION
RECREATION- 2005 Dodge
Ram 4 dr Hemi, w/Reese
slider, coupled w/1993 40'
Carriage 5th wheel, New
awnings, screen enclosure,
all extras, Exc Cond., will
separate. Package $35,000
(863)357-1784 or
239)821-8787



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



EVINRUDE '89, 70hp Out-
board, runs excellent, can
demonstrate. $700
(863)634-2998


Classic 1967 Triumph Chop-
per Project, 650cc, good titie,
complete bike, needs ring job.
$2000 (863)674-0898
DIRT BIKE 2003, DRZ110,
Great shape. $1200.
(863)261-6299
HONDA GOLDWING '77,
$1400 or best offer.
(863)673-5251


MOTOR CYCLE TRAILER,
Custom built, new tires & fen-
ders, tailgate lights, aluminum
ramp. $1275 (863)674-0898
SUZUKI-'06, SV650,1800 ml.
$300. access included. Mint
Condition. $4600.
(863)357-7406



GO CART- Manco 6.5hp 2
seater, new tires, runs great,
$850. (863)674-0539. La-
Belle
GO CART- Murray, 6.0 HP, 1
seater, runs great, new rear
tires. $650. (863)674-0539
LaBelle.
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
TRAVEL TRAILER, 28ft. Needs
work, has alot of potential.
$700 (863)675-1113 Muse
area.

Automobiles

F TrITIl


BMW rare 53511990 Great for
the $. White w/tan leather, new
motor, trans, AC & more. Only
$2500. (772)475-6194
BUICK CENTURY WAGON U,
6 cyl. Auto, Trailer hitch, A/C
$2400. Or best offer.
(863)357-7406
CADILLAC EL DORADO '94,
$2500 (863)673-4100
CHRYSLER NEW YORKER -
196, 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 MUSTANG 1995, V6,
Auto., A/C, 70,800 miles.
Very gbod condition. $3500
Rrm. (863)634-2475
FORD TEMPO GL '92, 67k,
. Clean, runs good, cold a/c.
$1500 or best offer.
1(863)467-0668
LINCOLN MARK VII '92, 5.0,
V8, auto., low miles. $2000
(863)675-7105
LINCOLN TOWN CAR, '96,
nice ride, good condition,
cold a/c, $2450.
(772)260-1545
PONTIAC LE '88 4 dr, 77k
mis., new a/c compressor,
battery, brakes & tires. $1200
Neg. 239-728-6273 ALVA
TOYOTA TERCEL, '83, 4 cyl.,
4 dr., auto, a/c, everything
works great, runs exc.,
$1200. (772)461-3276


AXIS RIMS, With tires. Good
cond., $500. Call Orlando @
(302)943-1777 Or leave.
message
AXLES, for '62-165 Volvo
PV544 Sedan, $200 or best
offer, will sell separately.
(863)635-0772
FORD TRITON '98- good run-
ning cond. $900 or best offer
(863)634-5829
RICHMOND PRO GEAR Ring
& Pinion for 9" Ford. 4-86
ratio, $200. (863)697-2724.
TONNEAU COVER, A.R.E. Fi-
berglass, Fits '01-'03 Dodge
Dakota Quad Cab, white. $300
neg. (863)697-0328
TRANSMISSION, 5 spd., for
1985 Chevy S10. $200
(863)763-3451
TRUCK CAP aluminum, for
small truck, teal, $275.
(863)763-3361.
WHEELS & TIRES 4, fits '04
F150 17", 6 lugs, $100. Call
863-357-3107 after 4pm.
WHEELS, 16" Factory 2006
Mustang, brand new BF
Goodrich Radial tires, will In-
stall. $800 (863)697-0467
WHEELS, 4 mag, 8.5"X15", 5
lug, & 2 7'x15", fits Ford pick-
up. $150 for all, will sep.
(863)763-5422 or 610-0412


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 LaBelte
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 S-10 PICKUP'96
4.3 V6, as is. $1200.
863-673-6295
CHEVY Z71 1992, 4x4, Single
Cab, Auto., Great work truck.
$2500 cash. (863)634-4845
DODGE MINIVAN BENCH
gray, $40 (863)635-3390
DODGE RAM 50 P/U 1985, 4
spd., 4 cyl., 57k org. mis.
Good tires. Needs a little TLC.
$1400 neg. (561)758-3781


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I Puli Noice


SI Pu i o ice 5


FORD 77, many new parts in-
cluding motor. $900
(863)697-8575
FORD F100, '83, auto, air, 300
6 cyl., 2 tone blue, $1000 or
best offer. (863)467-8464
FORD F150 1994, Ext. Cab,
Keyless entry, all electric. Exc.
cond. Like new tires. $3000 or
best offer. (863)634-2280
FORD F150 '87 2 wheel
drive, 4spd., p/w, p/I,
tilt/cruise, good work truck.
$1200. 863-632-9166
FORD F150 '89, 300, 6 cyl., 5
spd., has electricalprob-
lems. $1200 or best offer.
(863)467-4440
FORD F150 '94- Gray, 4wd,
cold AC, rebuilt trans, new
radiator, oversize new tires,
$2500 (863)697-2519
FORD RANGER '84 4X4
V6, w/title. Needs alignment.
Great for mudding, $1500 or
best offer. 863-254-3580
GMC P/U 1983: Great truck.
2nd owner. Newer engine,
trans. Only $2,500.
772-475-6194.
REAR END SPRINGS- Fits
'2000 to '2004 Chevy pick-
up, Heavy duty, $100.
(863)467-8942
TRANSPORTATION
RECREATION- 2005 Dodge
Ram 4 dr Hemi, w/Reese
slider, coupled w/1993 40'
Carriage 5th wheel, New
awnings, screen enclosure,
all extras, Exc Cond., will
separate. Package $35,000
(863)357-1784 or
(239)821-8787


FORD EXPLORER '91- some
new parts, needs trans $300
or best offer (863)634-8647


GMC JIMMY 4X4 '94 cold
a/c, auto, p/w, p/i, runs good.
$1800. (863)467-5052
ISUZU HOMBRE 1999 136K
mis., 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, 5x9'. Liked new w/new
tires, Garage kept. $1250.
(863)467-8942
FLAT BED TRAILER 8x14'
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
HAULMARK CARGO TRAILER
2007, Enclosed, 6'x14', Never
been used. Brand new. Sac.
@ $2500. 863-634-1018
MC TRLR- '90, Enclosed fiber-
glass, HiPoint, 15', A/C, Side
& ramp rear door. Exc cond.
$3800. Neg. (863)634-5820
UTILITY TRAILER: 5x8, Brand
new! $1000 (863)675-3558



DODGE CONV VAN '89- Ram
2500, 99K miles cold AC,
.$2000 or best offer
(785)229-2241
DODGE GRAND CARAVAN SE,
'97, power everything, cold
a/c, $1800 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.

Plymouth Grand Voyager
Sport Wagon, '95. keyless
entry, child seats, 187k mi.,
$1000. (863)634-0465

PLYMOUTH MINIVAN '92,
Mitsubishi Motor. Standard
5spd., new tires, 4 cyl., cold
a/c. $1500 (863)763-3451


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
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Legal Notice 5500





PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE
FOLLOWING COMMITTEES OF THE
DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF
INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
WILL MEET TUESDAY, AUGUST 22,
2006 IN THE PRESIDENT'S OFFICE,
ROOM A-251 AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVE-
NUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA
34981-5596.
CURRICULUM COMMITTEE 1:30 RM.
CLARK ADVANCED LEARNING CENTER
COMMITTEE 2:00 RM.
PHYSICAL PLANT COMMITTEE -
2:15 RM.
BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE -
2:45 RM.
ANY PERSONS SEEKING TO APPEAL
THE DECISIONS OF THE BOARD WITH
RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSID-
ERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED
A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS,
AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED
TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM
RECORD OF THE PROCEEDING IS
MADE.
155930 ON 8/17/06


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
Case No.: 04-798-DR
Mellssa A. Hernandez,
Petitioner
and
Sergio M. Hemrnandez,
Respondent
NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
TO: Sergio M. Herandez
PO Box 162149
Atlanta, GA 30321
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, If any, to it on Melissa A.
Hemandez whose address is 3435 NW
4th St., Okeechobee, FL 34972 on or
before September 14, 2006, and file
the original with the clerk of this Court
at 312 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972, before service on Petitioner or
immediately thereafter. If you fall to do
so, a default may be entered against
you for the relief demanded in the peti-
tion.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office.
You may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit's
Courr's office notified of your current
address. Future papers in this lawsuit
will be mailed to the address on record
atthe clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, includ-
ing dismissal or striking of pleadings.
Dated: August 8, 2006
SHARON ROBERTSON
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
By: Heather Thomas
154221 ON 8/17,24,31;9/7/06

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LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
The Workddorce Development Board of the
Treasure Coast Region 20 and the
Treasure Coast Job Training Consor-
tium announces a public meeting of
the Legislative Committee to which all
persons are invited:
Date&Time: Thursday, August 24, 2006
8:00 a.m.
Place: Lawnwood Medical Center
1700 South 23rd Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
PURPOSE: To discuss matters concern-
ing the Workforce Investment Act,
Workforce Employment Opportunties,
the Welfare Transition Program, One-
Stop Career Centers and the Work-
force Development Board. A copy of
the agenda may be obtained by con-
tacting:
Wooce Develgpment Board
orTe treasure C asl
City Center
j.nr i..)r l
S:i L ,, -, ,,,,I 14952
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Board with re-
spect to any matter considered at the
above referenced meeting, they will
need to ensure a verbatim recording of
the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based, in or-
der to provide a record for judicial re-
view.
153909 ON 8/17/06
LEGAL NOTICE
Public Auction will be held at Johns Tow-
ing Service storage lot located at 704
Northeast 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972 on September 1, 2006,
at 9:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida Stat-
ute 713.78 for unpaid towing and stor-
age charges. Year, make, model and
vin are as follows.
1969 Ford Mustang
VIN#9F02G208539
1984 Oldsmobile Delta 88
VIN#1G3AN69Y4EM749630
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. Seller reserves the
right of final bid. ALL SALES ARE FI-
NAL! NO REFUNDS WILL BE, MADE!
Said automobiles will be sold in "As Is"
condition with no guarantee's.
155927 ON 8/17/2006

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go? It can go even faster
when you sell it In the
classifieds.


OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
INVITATION TO BID
OFFICE/CLASSROOM/CHILD CARE SPACE LEASE
NoBce is hereby given that Okeechobee County, Florida, pursuant to s. 125.35, F
S., requests bids from interested persons/businesses for lease of approximately
2,400 s. f. of building space for office/child care/classroom purposes at Douglas
Brown Community Center Complex. The space is comprised of three units:
Classrooms #2 and #3 in Building #3 and an office building, including rest-
rooms, located at 726 N. E. 16th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL. The units are current-
ly available for occupancy. Lawn and building maintenance provided; utility
expense to be paid by successful bidder.
it is anticipated that a 1-year lease with up to two (2) optional 1-year renewals will
be awarded to the highest/best bidders) subject to negotiation of mutually-ac-
ceptable lease agreementss.
Bids shall contain:
I. Name, current address and telephone number of person/business submitting bid,
II. Intended use (office, child care center, classroom use: please specify nature of
business).
III. Number of persons to occupy the unit (adults/children) or be serviced at the
, buildingVs).
IV. Name, address and telephone number of previous lessors (minimum 5 years).
V. Information concerning any building modifications necessary at this site for your
business to operate in compliance with federal, state or county regulations.
VI. Executed Public Entity Crimes Affidavit (professional office use only).
VII. Proposed monthly lease payment based on a minimum rate of .25 per square
foot (firstilast & $750 security payable upon execution of lease).
VIII. Proposed escalation provisions, i.e. CPI, fixed rate, etc. (Applicable to renewals
onl ).
IX. Other information deemed relevant bythe bidder.
Please direct questions, requests for information and/or requests to inspect the
property, to Darrell Enfinger, Director, Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation, a
(863)763-6950.
Interested persons/businesses shall submit an original bid In a sealed envelope
bearing the name and address of the bidder and the words "BID FOR OF-
FICE/CLASSROOfMCHILD CARE SPACE LEASE' by 4:00 p.m. local tlme on Au-
gust 31, 2006 at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, ATTN.: Count)
Administrator, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 106, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Bids re-
ceived after the time and date specified will be considered if the subiect Droeerties
have not been leased priorto such receipt
Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation
or delivery of bids, reserves the right to reject any or all bids, to waive technical
errors and informalities, and to make a bid award to the person(s)/buslness(es]
which, in its solejudgment, submits the highest and best bid(s).


Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, orioda
155936 ON 8/17/06


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sold, advertise In the
classMifeds.
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people


John W. Abney, Sr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida


Join ag the people who
say, "I sold It In the clas-
silleds."

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale in the classi-
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clean uun a breeze


OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
WASTEWATER TREA1 0 HIg.!TPROVEMENTS-CDBG

Sealed bids for construction of the WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT IMPROVE-
MENTS CDBG CONTRACT NO. 1 will be received by the OFFICE OF THE EXECU-
TIVE DIRECTOR, OKEECHOBEE UTILITY AUTHORITY, until 200 em Thursday.
September 28.2006. at which time the bids duly submitted will be openedub-
licly and read aloud. Any bids received after the time and date specified wil not
be considered.
This project is for the construction of the following:
Aeration basin modifications, clarifier 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 clarifiers are constructed of re-stressed concrete.
Coordination with the manufacturer of the tanks Is required in 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 t he satisfaction of the
Okeechobee Utility Authority successful experience In building, 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, Metzger & 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
& Willard, Inc., upon payment of $225.00 for each.Document plus postage and
handling. 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-BIDO CONFERENCE will be held on Tuesday, September 19,2006,2:00 PM.
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 strongly encouraged. A site visit is scheduled for afterthe pre-bid conference.
A certified or cashier's check on a national or state bank or a bid bond in the sum of
not less than five percent (5%) of the 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 Florida
registered agent.
The Okeechobee Utility Authority reserves the right to reject any or all bids, with or
without cause, to waive technical errors and informalties, or to accept the Bd(s)
which in its judgment best serves the Okeechobee Utility Authority. All bids shall
remain open for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days from the date of bid
opening.
The Okeechobee UtilityAuthority
By: John F Hayford, PE, Executive Director
1551M' Okeechobee FL 34974


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

First day at kindergarten
While mom, Cindy Luck, is all smiles, daughter, Shaly
Luck, seems to be unsure about enrolling in the first
grade. They were at Central Elementary School on Mon-
day, Aug. 1.4 for the first day of classes.


Ukeecnobee News/Pete Gawaa

The Garcia sisters
Yulaynie Garcia, 4, (right) came along with her mother
Raquel (center) to help enroll her sister Alani (left) in
kindergarten at Central Elementary School. Monday, Aug.
14, was the first day of classes at Central.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Kindergarten enrollment
Jessie, 1, and Seaira, 3, came along with their mother,
Sebrina Jones to help enroll their sister Destiney (not pic-
tured)- in kindergarten at Central Elementary School.
Monday, Aug. 14 was the first day of classes at Central.


Community Events


Yard sale helps Hospice patients
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale on Friday, Sept. 8, and
Saturday, Sept. 9, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day. The sale will be
held at the Hospice of Okeechobee blue Volunteer House located at
the comer of S.E. Fourth Street and Third Avenue, next to the Hospice
Residence. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee.

Children's Ranch plans grand opening
Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold their
grand opening celebration of the Heritage Home on Saturday, Sept. 9,
at 1:30 p.m. The event is open to the public, and light refreshments
will be served.

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 mem-
bers or have AARP auto insurance. Participants must be age 55 or
older to qualify for auto insurance discounts in Florida. For informa-
tion or to sign up, contact instructor Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-
0351.

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 mem-
ber 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) 763-6469.

Substance abuse group to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will meet Tuesday,
Sept. 12, at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th
St. For information, contact Valerie Marone at (863) 462-0040.

Church offers religious education classes
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W Sixth St., will be offering
religious education classes for children beginning Sunday, Sept. 17.
Registrations for Catholic Christian Doctrine (C.C.D.) are now being
accepted. Classes for children in grades kindergarten through ninth
will be held every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:35 p.m. For infor-
mation, call the parish office at (863) 763-3727.

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. Parrott 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 mes-
sage. The donation is tax deductible.

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

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

AC S walk is planned
The American Cancer Society/Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
committee is currently seeking individuals interested in helping with the
event. The 5K walk will be held in October of this year, which is Breast
Cancer Awareness Month. If you are a cancer survivor or would like to be
a team leader or volunteer, contact Pattie Mullins at (863) 634-4054 or
Carrie Heineman at (863) 634-6012.

Center offers parenting classes
The Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505 S. Parrott Ave., Suite D, offers a
continuous 10-week free parenting class on Tuesdays from 7 until 8 p.m.
Attendance each week earns participants an opportunity to "purchase"
items from their Baby Boutique. Classes will not be held during the
month ofJuly. For information, call (863) 763-8859; or, (863) 697-6320.

Volunteers needed to plan parade
People are needed from a cross section of the community to be part of
a committee that will plan the Martin Luther King Day parade. To become
-a part of the committee, call George Robinson at (863) 610-0973.

Blood donors are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors in Okeechobee.
The blood mobile will be at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., on the
second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The mobile unit
will be at the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on the fourth
Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The month of August
may be skipped. For information, call (863) 382-4499. All blood types
are needed. There is no upper age limit, and most medications and condi-
tions 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 their web site at www.tcjobs.org; or, call (863) 462-5350.

Help with electric bills available
Okeechobee Senior Services has limited funds through the EAHEAP
program for help with electric bills for seniors 60 and over. Call Kim
Senna at (863) 462-5180, for information.


Fundraiser benefits Shriner's programs
Tickets for a 2006 Cadillac CTS that will be given away at 7 p.m.
on Dec. 15 at. the Amara Shrine Center are available at the Okee-
chobee County Chamber of Commerce office at 55 S. Parrott Ave.
Donations for the benefit are not tax deductible. For information,
contact the Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464. Proceeds from
the fundraiser will go to Shriner's programs.

Class of '87 plans 20th reunion
The class of 1987 is planning their 20th year-high school reunion
for October 2006. Addresses are needed from all class members.
Please send information via e-mail to:
ohs1987reunion@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, con-
tact 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
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and
cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12
and 18 are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit
and provide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of
the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and
cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side to
accomplish these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet
or senior member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emer-
gency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.

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




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