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Vol. 97 No. 247 Monday, September 4,2006 504 Plus tax

Boilwater notice
Residents in Glades County
that have pump/well systems
that are below 18 inches or
under water: a precautionary
boil water notice is in effect until
the water crests.
*Roads now open
Floodwaters are subsiding
and all Glades County roads are
now open. Residents are
advised to continue using cau-
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Labor Day Festival: Fun, crafts and good food

Brahmans lose
to Red Devils
The Okeechobee Brahmans
took to the field at Brahman Sta-
dium Friday night to face the
challenge of the Avon Park Red
Devils and came up short 10-7.
The Brahmans scored in the
middle of the first quarter to
take the lead 7-0. For the next
two quarters the Brahman
defense stood strong and held
the Red Devils scoreless.
As the fourth quarter began,
a kick return bounced off a
Brahman .player and was
recovered by the Red Devils on
the 50-yard line opening the
door for the scoreless Red Dev-

Sports, Page 5

Are you ready
for hurricanes?
Last week's little tropical
visitor did little serious damage
to our area's health and wel-
fare, and the rainfall has cer-
tainly ended this summer's
spotty dry weather. Tropical
storm Ernesto may have done
us another favor it gave us a
chance to review our personal
plans for preparing for these
regular summer events.
Today's column will review
a University of Florida Hurri-
cane preparation checklist, and
I'll offer a few of my personal
observations that may remind
local residents to take a peek
and update storm preparation
plans. Why not take a few min-
utes this Labor Day to be pre-
pared, just in case.

Drought Index
Current: 294
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

12.24 feet

Lake level
15.76 feet
South Florida
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea

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Comics ... ......... 8
Community Events ... .4
Crossword .......... 9
Opinion ............ 4
Speak Out ...... ... .4
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"Dessi" the miniature horse and pals were taking a break from all the attention they were
receiving from children at the Labor Day Festival held Saturday in Flagler Park. "Dessi"
was visiting the festival from Paddock Farms Miniature Horses in Okeechobee.

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Young cowboy
Lane Smith Rhoden, 6, held on a full eight seconds while
riding the mechanical bull at Flagler Park on Saturday
during the Labor Day Festival. Lane came from Fort
Pierce to enjoy the many activities in the park.


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The U.S.-led coalition and
Iraqi authorities have
announced numerous arrests
after al-Zarqawi was killed that
officials claim have thrown al-
Qaida in Iraq into disarray.
But rampant sectarian vio-
lence and other attacks have
continued, with at least 20 Iraqis
killed in bomb attacks and
shootings on Sunday.
The U.S. military command
announced that four U.S. troops
had been killed two soldiers
killed by a roadside bomb Sun-
day in Baghdad and two Marines
in separate incidents Friday and
Sunday in the volatile Anbar
province, west of the capital.
The arrest of al-Saeedi came
just over two months after Iraq.
authorities announced i-al they
had captured Yousri Fakher
Mohammed Ali, a Tunisian also
known as Abu Qudama.
"This is a very important
development," Deputy Prime
Minister Barham Saleh said on
CNN's "Late Edition."
"Deliberate intelligence
work, both by Iraqi forces as

well as the multinational forces,
have dealt a very severe blow to
al-Qaida organization in Iraq,"
Saleh said. "It is also significant
because this man is believed to
have been responsible for the
attack on the shrines in Samar-
ra, which led to the sectarian
violence that we have seen."
A senior coalition official told
The Associated Press that coali-
tion forces were involved in al-
Saeedi's arrest, but would not
give details on what role they
The official, speaking on con-
dition of anonymity because
announcements were being
made by Iraqi authorities, said
al-Saeedi had been arrested
along with three other people
near Baqouba, 35 miles north-
east of Baghdad. AI-Zarqawi
was killed on the outskirts of
Baqouba --
Al-Saeedi 4"claims to be
responsible ,br more attacks
than he can remember" and has
been involved in the insurgency
almost from its beginning three
years ago, the official said.
Al-Rubaie said al-Saeedi gave
information that led to the cap-
ture or death of 11 other top al-
Qaida in Iraq figures and nine
lower-level members. He said
those arrested included non-

Iraqi Arabs, but would not give
any further information for secu-
rity reasons.
The arrest "will affect al-
Qaida in Iraq and its operations
against our people, especially
those aimed at inciting sectarian
strife," al-Rubaie said.
Tensions, meanwhile, rose in
the north, after the president of
the Kurdish region, Massoud
Barzani, threatened secession
on Sunday, two days after he
ordered the Iraqi flag to be
replaced with the Kurdish one,
sparking harsh words in Bagh-
"If we want to separate, we
will do it, without hesitation or
fears," Barzani said during an
address to the Kurdish parlia-
Prime Minister Nouri al-Mali-
ki issued a terse statement say-
ing only the national flag should
be hoisted throughout.the coun-
"The current Iraqi flag is the
only one which must be hoisted
on each bit of Iraq's land until a
decision is adopted by the par-
liament according to the consti-
tution," the statement said.
The Kurdish region gradually
has been gaining more autono-
my since the 2003 U.S.-led inva-
sion, and Sunni Arabs fear the

Kurds are pushing for independ-
In other violence across Iraq,
according to police:
A bomb exploded at an
accessories market in Khalis, 50
miles north of Baghdad, killing
four people and wounding 21,
including at least one child.
Gunmen killed two police-
men and wounded another in
Baqouba, while elsewhere in
the city, a car bomb killed three
An overnight mortar attack
east of Baghdad killed six peo-
ple, including two children, and
wounded 15.
A roadside bomb targeting
a police patrol in eastern Bagh-
dad killed two policemen and a
civilian and wounded three
A civilian was killed in a
drive-by shooting in Amarah,
200 miles southeast of Baghdad.
A suicide car bomb target-
ing a police patrol killed two
policemen and wounded five
people in the northern city of
Editor's Note: Associated
Press writers Rebecca Santana
and Rawya Rageh in Baghdad,
and Yahya Barzanji in Irbil con-
tributed to this report.

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themselves and decided once
Ernesto's intensity was down-
graded to return the shuttle to
the launch pad. The reversal
gave NASA an opportunity to
launch this week, rather than
several weeks later.
Atlantis will deliver a 35,000-

pound, $372 million addition to
the half-built international
space station during the 11-day
mission. Four astronauts will
take three spacewalks to
resume construction on the
orbiting space lab, which
stopped being built 3 1/2 years
ago after the space shuttle
Columbia disintegrated while
returning to Earth.


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






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The Okeechobee News, Monday, September 4, 2006

OFC sponsors 'Girls Night Out' event

On Friday, Aug. 25, about 50
ninth grade girls attended a
"Girls' Night Out" event spon-
sored by Okeechobee Freshman
Campus. All ninth grade girls
were invited to attend this
veriing of fun, food, friendship,
fashion and freebies which
took place at the Recreation
Outreach Center of the First
Baptist.Church from 7 until 10
pm. This special event was
organized by OFC Guidance
Counselor, Tracy Sills, in coordi-
nation with Sally Wibbels and
Leah Suarez and was free to all
The focus of the evening was
to empower girls to respect
themselves and to make good
choices for their future. At OFC,
students from Osceola and Year-
ling Middle Schools merge
together to form one class that
will spend the next four years
together as they move through
high school. This event also pro-
vided an opportunity for these
twp groups of girls to meet each
other and. to develop unity and
-At the start of the evening the
girls were given a bag of goodies
donated from various local busi-
nesses and organizations. The
girls then participated in a get-
ting to know you activity to
encourage them to mingle and
meet other ninth grade girls.
Leah Suarez (Healthy Start &
Florida Community Health Cen-
ter) and Barbara Goodejohn
(Okeechobee Health Depart-
ment) involved the girls in an
activity to demonstrate how they
will face obstacles as they move
through life and how important
it is to get around these obsta-

Submitted to Okeechobee Newvs.OFC Campus
Megan Clements (shown in forefront) assists her "team" to.
work the tennis ball through a chair in an. exercise to demon-
strate how as we go through life we will face obstacles and
that life is not always fair, but we must work around these
obstacles in order to be successful in our lives.


cles in order to lead a positive
and successful life. Some obsta-
cles identified by the girls includ-
ed drug and alcohol use, nega-
tive/unhealthy relationships,
skipping school, and teenage
pregnancy. In addition, Shirlean
Graham (Martha's House) along
with Desiree Boswell, led the
girls in some discussions and
activities about respect for
themselves and others. This
included a discussion about the
dangers and warning signs of
unhealthy relationships. Ms.
Graham also raised awareness
of date rape drugs and situations

to avoid. Afterwards, the ninth
grade girls dined on pizza and
cupcakes while watching a fash-
ion show of appropriate outfits
that are.fashionable, reasonably
priced, and meet the school
dress code. Six tenth-grade stu-
dents from Okeechobee High
School modeled, the clothing
which was on loan from Cato's
clothing store.
Throughout the evening
'there were drawings for door
prizes such as gift certificates
and other gift items which had
been donated by local business-
es and organizations. The girls
also wrote questions that they
had regarding school or person-
al issues that could be
addressed in a discussion led by
Mrs. Tracy Sills, OFC guidance
counselor. Going along with the
theme of respect, Aretha
Franklin's song "R-E-S-P-E-C-T"

was heard several times during
the evening.
In closing, Susan Wegmann,
a professor of reading at Univer-
sity of Central Florida, left the
girls with a spiritual message
which focused on the impor-
tance of education and living a
positive life. She encouraged the
girls to explore their spirituality
to help them in their journey of
life. The girls were then present-
ed with pedicure sets in canvas
tote bags donated by First Bap-
tist Church.
Numerous teachers, parents,
and community members were
even on hand to show their sup-
port of the girls. The evening
was a tremendous 'success and
couldn't have happened without
the support of the local commu-
nity. Mrs. Sills would like to
extend sincere thanks to the fol-
lowing individuals, businesses,
and organizations:
Leah Suarez, Sally Wibbels,

Sharon Vinson, Gail Alderman,
Barbara Goodejohn, Susan
Wegmann, Marisa Bracero,
ARNP, Barbara Nichols, Theresa
Arrants, Shirlean Graham &
Martha's House, Healthy Start
Coalition, Florida' Community
Health Center, Eli's Western
Wear, Syble's Florist & Gifts,
Cato's Fashions, Domino's
Pizza, Omega Beta Sorority, Dr.
Brown, Dr. Robshaw, Dr. Hill,
.Dr. Russell, Florida Power &
Light, Girls Scouts, .Indian 'River
Community College, Okee-
chobee County Public Library,
Water's Edge Dermatology, First
Baptist Church, Waste Manage-
ment, Wemmer Orthodontics,
Carla Childers, and Debbie Cyr,
& Christy Schneider of Colour
Me Crazy Salon.

South students are back

into the books in a big way

South students have enjoyed
summer and are back into the
books in a big way. Mrs. Delahanty
read one Magic Tree House book to
her students and now the entire
class is eagerly reading Magic Tree
House books on their own.
Keep up the.great work second
Our new physi-
cal education ,
teacher, Mr. -
Schlabach, has
the third through
fifth graders ,.
thinking about '
fitness. They "
have been working on fitness train-
ing during the first two weeks of
school. Even the little folks are hop-
ping around the PEarea trying to
build up their strength.
South students have heard
about the rodeo during Labor Day
weekend and have been checking
out cowboy, horse, and rodeo
books from the Media Center.
They will 'know all about rodeo



Ronald McDonald
to visit library
Ronald McDonald will appear
at the Okeechobee County Library,
206 S.W. 16th St., on Friday, Sept.
15, at 3:30 p.m. He will be at the
library to promote the McDonald's
Reading Challenge program and
encourage children in grads
kindergarten through five to visit
their local libraries and obtain a
library card throughout the month
of September. During the program,
children who sign up for a library
card or show a valid library card
will receive a Reading Challenge
Visit Card and coupons for free
McDonald's food, while supplies
last. Complete rules for the McDon-
ald's Reading Challenge are avail-
able at the Okeechobee County
Library. For information, call (863)

Ornament sales
benefit scholarships
The Okeechobee Retired Edu-
cators (ORE) are selling a limited
edition 2006 Christmas ornament.
The ornament is 24 karat gold on
brass and includes a numbered
certificate and historical informa-
tion. Each ornament is $15. All pro-
ceeds from the sale of the orna-
ments will go to the ORE
scholarship. To purchase call: Kay
McCool, (863) 763-2829; Gay Carl-
ton, (863) 763-5755; Paulette
Whipple, (863) 467-2487; Marion
Davis, (863) 763-3991; or Regina
Hamrick, (863) 763-8865.

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Mrs. Davino announced the first
RIF distribution on Friday, Sept. 1,
with the theme "Round up A Good
Book." Everyone will have a new
book just in time for a three day
weekend. Happy reading!
Friday are school spirit days. On
Friday, Sept. 1, all students dressed-
in their jeans and western wear to.
show their school spirit. The class
with the most students wearing,
their western apparel will win the
Spirit Stick to display in front of
their classroom door.

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We do print "bad" news. (It IS newsworthy when things go
wrong, and citizens need to know about problems.)

Still, we give most of our attention to good news the kind you
clip and tape to your refrigerator door. (This isn't difficult. The
vast majority of what happens in our community IS good.)

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Have an opinion or a question about a public issue? Post it anytime
at the Okeechobee issues forum at httpA//ww.newszapforums
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would like and share your comments (but no personal attacks or pro-
fanities, please). You can also make a comment by calling our Speak
Out 24-hour opinion line at (863) 467-2033, fax (863) 763-5901 or send-
ing e-mail to You can also mail submis-
sions to Okeechobee News, P.O., Box 639,'Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
Comments will be published in the newspaper as space permits.

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Community Events

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 Extension office, 458 U.S. 98 N. Barnyard Buddies is a
small, non-competitive club for children 5 to 18 years bf age.
Members learn how to select and care for smalll animals..
They are not required to sell their animals, but do show them
at county events. At their first meeting, club 'members will
elect officers and make plans for the year. Local veterinarian
Dr. James Letcher will also 'attend the meeting to talk about
raising rabbits and poultry. Anyone wanting to become a
member of the Barnyard Buddies is the Sept. 9
meeting. Or, they may sigh. 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.

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.
10, 17 and 24). Services are: 8 a.m. traditional; 9:30 a.m. con-
temporary; and, 11 a.m. traditional. Child care is provided.
For information, contact the church office at (863) 763-4021.

Free nutritional class offered
A free CRA nutritional analysis class will be held Monday,
Sept. 11, beginning at 5:30 p.m at the Douglas Chiropractic and
Fitness Center, 916 W.N. Park St. The class will be taught by Dr.
Edward Douglas. For information, call (863) 763-4320.

OSAC plans lunch meeting
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition risk/assess-
ment committee will meet Monday, Sept. 11, from noon until 1.
'p.m. at 1600 SW. Second Ave. For information, call Keith
Stripling at (863) 763-6064 or Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.
This is a brown bag lunch meeting.

Church will host bingo games_ -.
Bingo at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church,DIOl S.W Sixth
St., %will start Monday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. For, irfformatfoh, call
(863 763-3727. "

Substance abuse group to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition monthly meet-
ing x ill be held Tuesday, Sept., 12, from 11:30 am. until 12:45
p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene fellowship hall at 425 -S.W.
28 St. Lunch will be served. For information, call Val Marone at
(863) 462-0040.

Healthy Start group to meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will meet Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 11:30 a.m. in their
office at 575 S.W. 28th St. within the New Endeavors school
building. This meeting is open to the public. The Okeechobee,
Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide network of coali-
tions responsible for planning and implementing services for
infants and pregnant women. The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition is.made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy
families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For
more information about the coalition, contact executive direc-
tor Kay Begin at (8,63) 462-5877.,

Ministry plans special night
Hand & Hand Ministries of Palmdale will host a special night
on Thursday, Sept. 14, with food at 6 p.m., and fellowship,
gospel music and a service to follow at 7 p.m., Reverend Marsha
Yoder of the Fellowship Ministries of LaBelle will deliver the
service. Hand & Hand Ministries will also welcome its new min-
ister, Reverend Adam Lanai. For information, call (863) 612-
0640. .. .

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Guest Commentary

Lessons I learned from Grandma Minnie

By Jack Levine,
founder of 4Generations Institute
Love knows no boundary.
Keeping close to the people
you love, and .learning to love
them without having to love
everything they do, is the key to
family strength.
"You don't have to be perfect
to be loved." Minnie held tight to
those she needed and those who
needed her.
An open door is an open heart..
Minnie's kitchen table was a
place where others came to eat
and be fed spiritually. If a neigh-
bor or their family had a problem,
she was there for them. "If I need-
ed them, I'd hope for the same
The golden rule cannot tar-
Waste not; want not.
Finishing our meals or saving
leftovers for another time is one of
the most compelling constants
for our elders. Many remembered
the pangs of deprivation, so there-'
fore valued the food on their
plates and the treasure of having
enough to eat for everyone, Min-
nie always made a little extra, just
in case an unexpected visitor
came for dinner.
Charity begins at home.
As little as'. they had, our grand-
parents always seemed to find a
way to help others in need. Min-
nie had a tin can in which she
would drop coins "a little

Upcoming Events

AA meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open(
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace
Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, contact
DavidFoxat (863) 763-3296.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For information
call (863) 634-4780.
Rodtary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Beef O'Brady's Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are
open to the public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at
Alanon meeting will be held ,at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W.Third St., at 8 p.m.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the,
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3,p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Any-
one interested in finding who your ancestors are. is welcome to
attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available.
For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technolo-
gy and howto see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds
will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is.
invited to participate with vocal and'or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-,
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m.
at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information; call (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m.
in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave..This is a men's only
meeting. For information, callEarl at (863) 763-0139.
'The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in
becoming a member is welcome. For information, contact Elder
Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many'
Bible truths to life. The public is invited.
: Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome.
For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group
that enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For
information, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilita-
tor. Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health
Department, 1798,N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene
Luck as the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until
7 p.m. With Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information,
call (863) 763-2893.
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Ameri-
can Legion Post #64, 510 S.E. Second St. The Jaycees would like
to welcome all energetic young people between the ages of 21
and 39, who are interested in working towards the betterment of
our community: For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863)
763-7399. .
AA meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building,
1600 S.W Second Ave., from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. For information,
call (863) 763-1191.
'A.A meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
The Disabled American Veterans meet at 12:30 p.m. at V.F.W.
Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St. All service-connected veterans are
invited. For information, call Keith at (863) 357-1335.
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursdayfrom 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social
Security Death Index and military information available. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-2425.
A.A. Closed big' book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.

something for those with less
than us."
Their example of giving, bpth
through 'volunteer time and
money provided the family a clear
sense of appreciating the value of
what we had. Reaching across the
street as a way of helping others is
good for them and us, too!
Cleanliness is next to godli-
A clean home is the symbol of
how we should conduct our lives
in the sight of others.. Minnie
swept the sidewalk in front of her
house almost every day. "When
our guests come to our door, they
should have a clear and welcom-
ing path." Picking up after our-
selves so those who follow us
have a cleah path is a great lesson
personally and dnvironmehtally.
Progress comes in little steps.
Expecting too much too soon
is unreasonable. "A drop plus a
drop fills up the pot," was among
Minnie's favorite phrases. Every
,,day is another opportunity to take
positive steps-- for family and for
community. Her crocheting and
knitting prowess proved that each
stitch is essential to make a beau-
tiful garment.
Laughter is the closest dis-
tance between two people ..
It's a pleasure to enjoy the
company of others and to hear a
good joke, tell a witty story, and
listen to the folk tales of the old
country. These are among life's
great gifts. "Frowns make more

wrinkles than smiles," Minnie
would say with glee.
Honest compliments are
among our most valued ,posses-
Giving credit when credit is
due, and honoring the leadership,
of those whose energy and enthu-
siasm helps others, is important.
"People 'shouldn't assume you
know about their good works.
Tell them they, are appreciated."
And if someone compliments
you,, accept the gift with grace,
If there's a problem, try to fix it.
Minnie knew that "you'll sit a
long time with your mouth wide
open before a roasted chicken,
will fly in." Ignoring a problem is
neither smart nor sensible. Even a
failed attempt at solving the prob-.
lem is better than not doing any-
Don't leave politics up to,
someone else. ,
_As an immigrant girl, Minnie
fell the sting of discrimination and
injustice. She was a suffragist as a
young woman, and upon becom-
ing a naturalized, citizen, she
voted for the first time in 1920.
Minnie celebrated, that right by
never missing an election in her
life. Even into her 90s, when she
had to behelped into the voting
booth, she did her duty with dig-
nity. "Power is not given, it's won
with courage, and hard work," she'
Wordswithout deeds are
empty. ,.

Community Events

Lions Club plan fundraiser
.The Okeechobee Lions Club will be selling beans, corn-
bread and iced tea in Flagler Park in conjunction with the
Labor Day festivities on Sept. 4. All proceeds will be donated to
the Florida Lions Camp for visually handicapped children. The
money will be used to. repair cabins damaged by the recent

Labor Day Festival, rodeo planned
The annual Labor Day Festiv'al, Parade and PRCARodeo will
continue Sept. 4 in Okeechobee; For information, contact the
Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464.,

Post #9528 has membership drive
VFW Post #9528 will host its annual membership apprecia-
tion dinner and membership drive starting at noon on Monday,
Sept. 4. The Post will be open for inspection and all members
are asked to attend. All who are interested in joining the V\FW,
the Ladies Auxiliary, the Male Auxiliar.\,,.members of the-
AMVETS or the Ladies AMVETS Auxiliary are invited. Food will
be served from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m. There will be entertain-
ment from 1 until 5 p.m. For information, call (863) 46.7-2882.

Ministerial group holding prayer walks
The Okeechobee Ministerial .Association is sponsoring a
prayer walk for area schools on Tuesday nights in the month of
September. Everyone is invited to come out at 6:30 p.m. each
Tuesday to walk around the various campuses and pray for our
students, teachers and administrators. The Citizens Observa-
tion Patrol will provide security and traffic control. The sched-
ule is: Tuesday, Sept. 5, New Endeavor High School, 575 S.W
28th. St., Osceola Middle School, 825 S.W. 28th St. and South
Elementary School, 2468 S.W. Seventh Ave.; Tuesday, Sept. 12;
Central Elementary School, 610 S.W. Fifth Ave., Freshman
Campus, .610 S.W Second Ave., school administration build-
ing, 700 S.W Second Ave., and Grace Christian School, 701 S.
Parrott Ave; Tuesday, Sept. 19, North Elementary School, 3999
N.W.' 10th Terrace, Yearling Middle School, 925 N.W. 23rd
Lane, Peace Lutheran Pre-School, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, and
Seminole Elementary School, 2690 N.W. 42nd Ave.; Tuesday,
Sept. 26, Okeechobee High School 2800 U. S. 441 N., and Ever-
glades Elementary School, 3725 S.E. Eighth St. The prayer walk
will begin at the first school on the list. For information, call
(863) 763-3519.

Shared Services Network meeting slated
The executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will conduct its monthly meeting at 1:30
p.m. On Friday, Sept. 8, in the board room of the Okeechobee
County School Administration Building, 700 S.W. Second Ave.
This forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem
solving in our community through the collaborative efforts of
our local decision makers. The public isinvited. For informa-
tion, call (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

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 informa-
tion, call Carolyn at (863) 634-1885 or Joan at (863) 467-0290.

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 corner 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 at 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. Partici-
pants do not have to be AARP members or have AARP auto
insurance. Participants must be age 55 or older to qualify for
auto insurance discounts in Florida. For information or to sign
up, contact instructor Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-0351.

The Okeechobee News, Monday, September 4, 2006

Someone who makes a prom-
ise and doesn't keep his word is
an emotional thief. "It's better to
keep quiet than make a meaning-
less offer." How many people set
others up for disappointment by
saying rather than doing?
Patience pays dividends.
Whether it was baking her
famous cinnamon buns or
preparing a full holiday dinner for
16, Minnie knew that the process
required patience and persist-
ence, Slow food preparation may
seem archaic, but the beauty of
yeast-raised dough, simmering
spices and closely watched pots
gave the family an appreciation of
the love that went into so many
meals. "I like to cook because
when I seethe faces of satisfied
eaters, I'm happy."
Resting is a reward for working
Minnie earned her rest, and
made the time to relax, listen to
music, observe nature or read for
pleasure. "Too much of anything
isn't good." When the Sabbath
came, Minnie understood that her
rest provided the emotional and
physical renewal she needed for a
productive week ahead. i
Minnie personified the Advo-
cate's Credo
Thou art my child, my parent,
and my elder,
I love thee best;
But could not love thee half as
Loved I not all the rest.



Brahmans stunned by Red Devils, 10-7 u con-
By Loma Jablonski__________
Okeechobee Newsi1nena c
Conmmunitv Links. Individual Voices. a

The Okeechobee Brahmans
took to the field at Brahman Sta-
dium Friday night to face the chal-
lenge of the Avon Park Red Devils
and came up short 10-7.
The Brahmans scored in the
middle of the first quarter to take
the lead 7-0. For the next two
quarters the Brahman defense
stood strong and held the Red
Devils scoreless.
As the fourth quarter began, a
kick return bounced off a Brah-
man player and was recovered by
the Red Devils on the 50-yard line
opening the door for the score-
less Red Devils.
With the Red Devils on the
one-yard line, the Brahman
defense stood up to stop the drive
to the goal. Then, with 6:03 on
the clock, with fourth and one,
the Red Devils jumped across the
line to score. With the point after
good, the score was tied 7-7.
Brahman Lonnie Pryor made
it back to the 45-yard line on the
return. A facemask penalty
against the Red Devils gave the
Brahmans another 15 yards. With
the clock ticking off the final min-
utes of the game, a Brahman pass
was picked off by the Red Devils
putting them within field goal
range. They continued to inch
toward the Brahman goal. With
23 seconds remaining in the
game, the ball sat on the 17-yard
With 17 seconds remaining in
the game, the Red Devils booted
the ball through the goal post for
another three points. The final
score was 10-7.
The Brahmans will be on the
road next Friday evening when

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Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
The Okeechobee Brahmans faced off against the Avon Park Red Devils Friday evening at
Brahman Stadium in their first home appearance of the 2006 football season.

they travel to Lake Placid. The
game is scheduled to begin at
7:30 p.m.
They will return to Brahman
Stadium on Friday, Sept. 15 to
meet the Golden Rams of John
Carroll High School. That game
has been designated at Spirit
Night. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Following' the home game
with John Carroll, the Brahmans
will be on an extended road trip
against Sebastian River (9/29),
Sebring (10/6) and Ft. Pierce
Westwood (10/13).
They will return to Brahman
Stadium on Friday, Oct. 20 to take
on Treasure Coast High School.
Brahman seniors and their par-
ents will be honored prior to kick-

Bubba 9 (center) and his friends Jamie Burnham (left) and
Sonny Lowe (right) were on the sidelines Friday night to
cheer for the Brahman football team. The Brahmans lost a
heart breaker to the Avon Park Devils 10-7.



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Sports Briefs

Hoop, cheerleading
sign ups start Sept. 5
Registration will begin for the
Upward Basketball and Cheerlead-
ing Program at the First Baptist
Recreation Outreach Center, 310
S.W Fifth St., Sept. 5 through Nov.
This program is for boys and
girls in grades one through six.
There will be equal playing-time,
and teams. r' .
Teams wilb.practice-ioneuhour
per week and have one game. Each
child will receive a. uniform, plus
post-game and post-season
The cost of the program is $60
per child.
For information, call (863) 467-
OCRA grid
sign ups slated
Sign-ups for the O.C.R.A. tackle
football, flag football and cheer-
leading programs will take place
Sept. 9, at the Okeechobee Sports
Complex, 580 N.W 27th Lane,
from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. This will be
the last day to sign up for this sea-

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.
O.C.RA. will.
meet Wednesday
O.C.RA.'s monthly meeting will
be Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 p.m.
at the Okeechobee Sports Com-
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. and will end on Fri-
day, 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 Wvill be played locally!
ahd' are scheduled to begin Salur-
day,Septi 30. League play \-ill end
before Christmas.
For information, call i86.3 763-
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
In order to participate, a current
physical must be on record vilth the
For information contact coach
MarkWard at (863) 634-1722.


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4-H Awards Banquet

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Swine Time, a club for 4-Hers who are showing their first hogs, presented awards to Tama-
ra Collins, Chelsea Higgins, Kailey Hoover, Shea Pinder, at the 4-H Awards Banquet on
Saturday, Aug. 26 at Okeechobee High School. (Club members who were present at the
banquet are pictured.)

Travis Schooley and Levi Crosby; Swine Medals Lane Whitehead, Travis Schooley and Levi
Crosby; Beef Breeding Medals, Shayla Pendry, John Shelton, Matt Dorreity and Diedra
Dorriety; Participation Awards Lane Whitehead, Jamie Bruner, Duston Houston, Elizabeth
Maggard, Matt Robbins, Diedra Dorriety, Troy Schooley, Jessie Boney, Logan Coker,
Cheyenne Thibodeau, Victoria Maggard, Cristin Shelton, Matt Dorreity, Blake Campbell,
Kayla Culbertson, John Shelton, Brett Bridges, Harley Maggard, Ashli Clemons, James
Jurek, Logan Evans, Clayton McClure, Shayla Pendry, Chad Whidden, Brittany Padgett,
Levi Crosby, Travis Schooley and Cody Beasley. (Club members who were present at the
banquet are pictured.)

4-hers in the Barnyard Buddies small animal club were among those honored at the 4-H
Awards Banquet on Aug. 26 at Okeechobee High School. Project awards went to Brianna
Spier, Janna Mullis, Carma Rowlett, Tiffany Rowlett and Lane Whitehead. Record book
awards went to Brianna Spier, Caitlyn Albers, Logan Evans, Cady McGehee, Tyffani Zeller,
Nathan Willbarger, Damon Heater, Tanner Conrad, Dustin Holmes, Kristen Shorter, Carma
Rowlett, Sierra Spier, Matthew Lanning, Damon Heater, Colton Butts, Jacob McGehee,
Aladin Sherwood, McAriel Sherwood, Cole Carpenter, Gabrielle Willbarger, Ross Laskey,
Rebecca Snyder, Tiffany Rowlett, Todd Lanning, Lane Whitehead, Ivy Campbell, John
McGehee, Clayton McClure, Ashley Mullin, Nolan Carpenter, Tyffani Zeller, Josey Pearce,
Emily Willbarger and Blake Campbell. (Club members who were present at the banquet
are pictured.)

The Udder Bunch 4-H Dairy Club took honors at the Okeechobee County 4-H Awards Ban-
quet on Aug. 26. Raychel Rabon was named outstanding junior. Fallon Curren was named
outstanding intermediate. Kelly Buchannan was named outstanding senior. The Way To Go
award went to Alex Pluskot. Dairy Project Medals went to William Curren, Katie Walker,
Garrett Rucks, Austin Pluskot, Lindsey Rucks, Ali McDowell, Cassie Colgan, Raychel
Rabon, Fallon Curren, Emily Lege, Matt Walker, Kelly Buchanan, Rachel Rock, Kelsie
Burnham, Alex Pluskot, Taylor Chambers, Joy Burrnham, Jamie Buchanan, Jennifer Mad-
dox. (Club members who were present at the banquet are pictured.)

The Okeechobee News, Monday, September 4, 2006 BUSINESS 7

Eddie Accardi to sponsor

benefit golf tournament

Submitted to Okeechobee News/Riverside National Bank
Successful book sale
According to Betty Williamson, president of the Okeechobee Historical Society, sales for
"Strolling Down Country Roads" the book that she co-authored with the late, Twila Valen-
tine have been enormous. Mrs. Williamson wanted to thank Riverside National Bank for
the support they provided in the way of a loan to re-print the books, as well as several
book signing to increase book sales. Betty Williamson (second from left) and Sondra
Sills (third from left) from the Okeechobee Historical Society present a loan payoff check
to Riverside National Bank Customer Service Manager, Angela King (left) and Customer
Service Representative, Shannon Conrad (far right).

Have you ever dreamed about
playing in a major golf tourna-
ment with Justin Leonard or Mike
Weir? Or thought about walking
alongside a top professional
golfer toward the 18th green?
Your dreams could all come true
if you win the Chrysler Club
Championship. .
The Chrysler Club Champi-
onship (CCC), a series of local,
regional and national amateur
golf tournaments hosted by the
Chrysler brand and its dealers in
partnership with Golf Digest P-ub-
lications ("Golf Digest", "Golf For
Women", "Golf World"), offers
male and female amateur golfers
the chance to compete for the title
of CCC National Champion and a
roster spot in the PGA Tour's 2007
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.
For the third straight year, the
National Multiple Sclerosis Soci-
ety (MS) and the American Junior
Golf Association (AJGA) will team
up with Chrysler and Golf Digest
Publications as the CCC's charita-
ble partners. Both charities will
receive donations collected in
whole from the CCC program..
Funds raised locally will help
support research and programs
to help find solutions to end the
effects of multiple sclerosis and
provide college golf scholarships
to. young men and women
through competitive junior golf.
To date, the CCC has helped raise.

more than $100,000 for charity.
"Golf has long been a part of
the Chrysler Brand, and through
the CCC we're able to extend it to
the grassroots level," said Steve
Milrot with Eddie Accardi Chrysler
Jeep. "But more importantly, the
CCC will help aspiring young men
and women earn college scholar-
ships, and raise much needed
funds to find inspired solutions to
end the devastating effects of
Deerfield Country Club is one
of more than 800 clubs nation-
wide that will be participating in
the year's CCC, a stroke-play
event designed for top amateur
golfers, attracting nearly 80,000
contenders. Golfers interested in
the CCC can enter the tourna-
ment or get more information by
First-place male and female
finishers at the local level will
advance to one of eight regional
tournaments hosted by that
region's PGA Section or Golf
From the eight regional com-
petitions, 64 finalists (32 men and
32 women) will travel to Tampa,
to play in the national finals,
which will be a two-day stroke
play event held in conjunction
with the PGA Tour Chrysler
Championship at the Westin

Innisbrook Golf Resort (Oct. 27-
28). The two national champi-
ons-male and female-will be
rewarded with a trip to the 2007
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (Jan.
15-21, 2007) and a spot in the
playing field of the annual Pro-Am
tournament in Palm Desert, Calif.
In addition to hitting the links,
CCC attendees will be able to hit
the road and experience the
Chrysler brand's full line of,
award-winning products first-
hand with vehicle test-drive
Chrysler has been affiliated
with golf for most of its history,
and 2006 marks the 41st anniver-
sary of its sponsorship of the Bob
Hope Classic. With four events
under its corporate sponsorship,
Chrysler is the title sponsor of the
most PGA tournaments (Bob
Hope Chrysler Classic, Chrysler
Classic of Tucson, Chrysler Clas-
sic of Greensboro and the
Chrysler Championship).
The mission of the National
Multiple Sclerosis Society is to end
the devastating effects of MS. The
society and its network of chap-
ters nationwide promote
research, educate, advocate on
critical issues, and organize a
wide-range of programs-includ-
ing support for the newly diag-
nosed and those living with MS
over time.

Seacoast National Bank

promotes Jon Geitner to SVP

Seacoast National Bank/Theresa Chandler
Rain or Shine... or Ernesto!! ...
Business as usual for Joe Mullins, president and Jon Geitner, senior vice president,
retail branch manager for Seacoast National Bank as they display their "open" sign as
Tropical Storm Ernesto rolled through Florida. All 44 branches of Seacoast National
Bank serviced customers with normal business hours on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

MidFlorida Realty

receives award I

Kansas City, Mo. Sales
through the second quarter of
2006 has moved United Country
- MidFlorida Realty of Okee-
chobee, into United Country's.
Master Salesman Award level,
according to the company's CFO,
Carl Hopkins. The office is operat-
ed by Nathan Pippin and Julie
United Country MidFlorida.
Realty can be contacted by phone
at (863) 763-3566 and on the
Internet at www.midfloridareal-

Seacoast National Bank Lake National Bank, where he
announces the promotion of Jbn served as chief operations officer.
Geitner to senior vice president, Prior to this he served as senior
retail banking manager for the Big vice president, regional director
Lake Region. Geitner has been for First Bank of Florida for over
employed with Seacoast National 24 years. He earned a degree in
Bank for eight years. He comes to business administration of arts
Seacoast with 36 years of banking from Palm Beach County Corn-
experience. munity College.
Geitner is responsible for man- Mr. Geitner has held the fol-
aging all retail sales and service' lowing positions within the South
operations for the eight branches Florida community:
located in the Big Lake Region. Okeechobee Economic Devel-
- He comes to Seacoast from Big' opment Council;; advisory board

for Little Lake Bank; American
Cancer Society of Okeechobee;
St. James Catholic Church; loan
executive United Way; Muscular
Dystrophy Association; March of
Dimes; Junior Achievement;
member Delray Beach Chamber;
member of Deerfield Beach
Chamber; member of Lake
Worth Chamber; and, member
Lake Worth Community Develop-
ment Corporation & Project, Lake
Cczm-nunity Lnks Individual VoCe
United Country is the only
national real estate franchise sys-
tem specializing in residential,
farm and ranch, commercial and
recreational properties in rural
America. With a heritage that
dates back to 1925 and headquar-
tered' in Kansas City, Mo., the
company has more than 570 fran-
chises in 38 states and a national
database of properties at

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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Sept. 1,
through Thursday, Sept. 7, are as
Theatre I "Ant Bully" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Step Up" (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 Ill "Accepted" (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
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-


Wildlife Center
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife
adventure birthday party at
Arnold's Wildlife Center, 14895
N.W 30th Terrace. You can invite
up to 20 friends to join you for a
wildlife adventure tour, hands on
animal encounter, games and a
special craft for everyone to
make. For information on cost
and reservations, call (863) 763-

Free pregnancy
tests are offered
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, offers free pregnan-
cy testing to girls and women of
all ages. We offer free and confi-
dential pregnancy tests, peer
counseling, referrals for a free
ultrasound, parenting classes,
and abstinence education. Oper-
ating hours are from 10 a.m. until
4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thurs-
da s. We are located at 1505 S,,
Parroll Ave across' from "'ifi
movie theatre. For infdrrrimtion or'
appointments call (863) 763-

Free parenting
classes offered
Free six-week parenting class-
es for parents of young children
are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at
the Pregnancy Resource Center,
1505 S.--Parrott Ave. Topics
include discipline a family
affair, birth to eight months -
infants, eight to eighteen months
- the toddler, 18 to 36 months -
terrific twos, three year olds, and
uncommon sense. Each week,
parents "earn" baby bucks to pur-
chase items for theqiaby at the
center's Baby B3 tir': ITt
care is not provided; however,
infants in carriers are welcome.
For details, call (863) 763-8859 or
(863) 697-6320.

American Red Cross
needs more volunteers
The American Red Cross is
looking for nurses and Action
Team Volunteers to0;be a part of
our Disaster Action Team (IAT).
DAT is made up of a group of
trained volunteers who respond
to local disasters. If you would like
to give of your time and talents to
help local citizens in time of disas-
ter, please call Debbie Riddle or
Candace at the American Red
Cross-Okeeehobee branch at
(863) 763-2488.

Red Road Academy
needs more volunteers
Do you have a few hours to
spare? Would you like to make a
difference in a child's life? Do you
have a job skill that you would
like to teach others? Do you
belong to a civic organization or
religious organization and would
like to spread the word? If you
answered yes to any of these
questions, please contact Karin
Aldridge at Red Road Academy,
(863) 357-5905. We are looking

for volunteers to work a few
hours a month with committed

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

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FullTime 020

CATS (2) Neutered males. Call
to ID. (863)357-3225
MALE BEAGLE w/camo col-
.lar w/bone print. No tag.
Hwy.98 on Lofton (144th
Trail). Friendly. 863-824-0262
METAL WALKER, in Iron of Di.
vision ol Forestry ii ce

Reward 18631467-7415
GOATS- 2, Male & female,
Brown & white, Long ears.
Vic. Behind Four Seasons
since 8/27 (863)248-1658

male & female, about 9 mos.
old. Prefer to stay together.
CATS (2), To good homes. 1
neutered male & 1 spayed
female. (863)467-7536
CHEVY P/U 82, V8, Auto,
Utility bed, Lift gate. All dis-
sembled. FREEI You haul!
PITBULL, To good home,
male, 11/ yrs. old, friendly,
needs room to run. Owner
moving. (863)634-9493
SCRAPE IRON, You haul.
Malimute, Male, 4yrs.old,
113lbs. Free to good home on-
ly. Moving! 863-801-1398


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

220 OR 440 CSR
position opening.
Call 863-467-0331 forappt.
w/ min. 3 yrs. exp. De-
pendable, Clean Drivers Lic.,
DFW. Good pay, benefits,
401K (863)763-8391

FullTime 020

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

Brighton Reservation
Min.1 yr ,supervisory experience.
Excellent communication & computer
skills. Good leadership skills, positive
attitude. Flexible hours, FL Drivers Lic.
High School diploma or GED. Exc.
benefits including medical, dental &
401K. Salary based on exp.
Fax resume to (954) 967-3477

Lanes slammed daily
: Booming local economy
$4,800 Guarantee while training
$50,000 $70,000 per year
Family owned business
Relocation / Signing Bonus
Health Insurance / 401K
EDDIE ACCARDI Dodge Jeep Chrysler
Okeechobee, FL Fax: 863-357-3302
Call Brian 863-634-5029

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

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

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

Exp./Bilingual Preferred
Housing, Cell Phone, Lights.
Please Call 634-1758,
634-1756 or 763-5087
Find It faster. Sell It soon-
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Medca 110

Immediate Opening for a Full Time
position at Water's Edge Dermatology.

Medical Assistant, CNA,
LPN or RN may apply at:

301 NE 19th Drive,
Okeechobee, FL 34974 or
you may fax resume and
license to 863-467-1919

gf, t leads you to the best
products and services.

(AM & PM)
For Busy
Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.
CAT Exp. Pref., Must have
own tools, Solid company
With comp.salaiy. -":
(5611793-0322 E-1 106
CDL B w/Hazmat req. Exp.
Pref., Comp., Salary plus OT
(561)793-0322, ext. 106

Must be
organized and
self motivated.
Fax Resume
& Salary
Requirements to:
(863) 467- 1968

Energetic, Personable Medical
Assistant Needed. Full Time
in busy medical office. Exp.
necessary. Fax CV to


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Cre Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Servces435

J & J Building Contractors
License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Florida Rooms

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

From reptiles to livestock.
Reliable & Dependable. Ref's.

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Fax resume to (7.72)546-3482
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books 8 Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
' Carpets Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens 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
LampsLights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

A/C 2 1/2 TON, Package unit
w/heat strip. Just serviced.
Exc; cond. .$350.
Shop from a gilt catalog
that's updated regularly:
the classifleds.

machine, about 50-60 'xear,
old. $40 (225)753-0205 .

GRILL, New, GE, electric, used'
2 times. $20 (863)763-0141
leave message or call in'eve-.
RANGE, electric, GE, while.
new, pd $600, sell for $400
or e:,r Iodr (863l63-.905
by side, white, water & ice in
door, $200. (863)467-9744.
with top freezer, 16.5 cu ft,
$100 (863)983-7775
side, White, 33", Excellent
condition $200.
STOVE- GE glass top w/oven,
Beige, Works good. $100.
STOVE, Holpoint, Electric,
good condition, $30.
WASHER, Whirlpool, Heavy
Duty & DRYER, Kenmore, 90
Series. $150 for both, will
sep. (863)697-3316.

SCHWINN 1955- Original con-
dition, $700. (863)467-5756.
SCHWINN, Orange County
Chopper, like new, $175.

DOUBLE SINK- with faucet, al-
mond, $10 (863)675-1098
PANELS- New, 4'W x38"L,
3" insulation, $2000 for all
will sell sep (863)763-5011 -
SHOP LIGHTS (4), holds (4)
fluorescent bulbs. $50 for
all, will separate:
STAIRCASE, White, wood
grain/fiberglass with railing,
32"w x 32"h x 44l. $95
(863)599-0833 Clewiston
37"W x 38"L. Slide up/down.
$50 for all. 863-697-2044

CARPET- 8.5 X 11, white,
never used, $15.00
PIER 1, rllur.31 Grass woven
rug. New 90 s1q il $il0 or
ODes lohr. 1863531-0093

CRIB & MATTRESS, Like new,
all wood crib. $170
SWING SET, Solid wood.
$125 (863)612-5037 La-
good condition. $200 or best
offer. (863)697-8084
color w/mattress. NICE! Dk.
Wood Cradle, $100.trbolh.
Will sell.sep. 863-357-1032

with -access-pant suits, skirt
iuit~. snoe? rhas. $450 for
ll will sep (18,3635-0522
SCRUBS- 15 ips, S.ome
pans Size small. $50

Life sized, painted, handmade
by artist $275 863-763-3302
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $600 all of
best offer.. 863-824-3358,,
(1000)- Racing & Comic. late
80s early 90s Exc. cond. $400
or b'estofferl! 863-763-8943

COMPUTER, Hewlett Pavilion
Packard 6343 model: Com-
plete w/printer. Great condi-,
tion..$100 (863)697-3316
PENTIUM 4- Complete, key-
board, mouse, educational
program, $250
(863)843-0158 5
AimoSI new $2.0.
863-467-5756 F '
1220S, All hardware. Extra
software, Win. 98, $25.
(863)675-4970 Lv msg: '

BUNK BED w/Loft: Oak wood
with built In'drawers, desk &
bookshelf. $250
CHINA CABINET, Solid wood,
2 pc. w/5 shelves. Hand
Made. 6' tall, 4" wide. Must
seel $500 (863)763-8943 r
blush color. $400
(863)634-0812 ..
COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops. $250/all.
Queen Anne, excellent condi-
tion. $40 or best offer.
(863)763-0141 leave msg.
'Light Oat Wood Look. $50.
COUCH- like new, never used,
$300 (863)675-5737 Labelle
DINETTE TABLE, metal & 4
chairs, glass top w/cloth
covered chairs, $75. Call
,(863) 357-2412 after 5pm.
DINING TABLE, Glass top w/6
chairs. $375. (239)537-4253
Solid wood, coffee table &
end. table. Fits 42" w/s tv.
$650 (863)763-4992
FUTON- White, Metal, Good
condition. $75.
6" thick, brand new never
used, $250 (863)675-575-5757
SPRING, clean, $80
chair'& ottoman. Like new
condition. $275
(863)612-5037 LaBelle

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sofa, loveseat & 2 Lazyboy
recliners. $600
MATTRESS: Queen Si:e.
Complete w/Frame & Box
.Spring. Good condition. $120.
OFFICE DESKS, (4), metal,
$80 will sell separately.
Boy Brown, '5. mos old Ex-
cellent condition. $300
SEAT, 'Drexel Heriaoge. 0il
white & jewel plaid, exc.
cond. $850 (863)763-4992 -
SOFA, Reclining, pastel colors,'
$100 neg. (863)261-3568
SOFA, Sectional, 3 pc. Tan,
Sofa + Over.:i]ed swivel chair.
Round Coffee & 2 End Tables.
$800. (239)537-4253
SOFAS (2), Matching, gray
w/flowers, good condition.
$200 or will separate.
Dresser; 2-End latbles
$1000 18631517-1942
no mattresses. Good
condition. $75. 63-673-6295

S&W MODEL 686- SS, 357
combat mag, speed loader,
trigger lock. $4-00

Olympic Free Weiirls Like
brand new. Pd S 350 Now
$175 (561)662-4563 Keith
with weights. $75.

ANN. RING, Beaufiful 11/ctw,
5 Emerald cut'diamonds,
14k. .white gold, size 7.
$2000 (863)634-0812 *
chain with motorcycle medal-
lion, new $150. Asking $100.

PATIO TABLES, 1 large sofa
table & 2 large end tables,
white metal w/clear glass
tops. $175 (561)629-6213

HOVEROUND motorized
chair. Complete. 2 yrs. old,
used very little. $1000.
LIFT CHAIR, Beige, $300,

Dump Trailer, 5x8, hooks to
tractor w/remote control hy-
drdulic, new iir & Iront plaie,
HYDRAULIC PUMP for lowrid-
er, complete w/delta dumps
& aluminum block, $220 or
,best offer. (863)763-3334
NEON SIGN-'Budweiser with
jumping bass. $280.
QUILT TOPS- 4, Squares for
more. Needs to be finished.
All for $10. or best offer.
ROAD MESH, Used with con-
crete, 5'x30' long, 6"
squares. $15
Automobiles, Farm equipment
& aluminum. Please call
SIGN- Lighted Vintage bar
sign, Budweiser. Bass fish-
ing. $40. 863-610-1276

with case, $500
TENOR SAX, by Conn, with
case, asking $450.
(863)675-4098 evenings

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Esteban w .*ii as,. Alv-.
rez Mod. 5022' w. riail case,
$275. 863J69y-97.04
DRUM SET, First Ac, $115 or
besit urttr 131467-1 301
SNARE DRUM, with stand and
practice pad, paid $250,
asking $50. (863)675-4098
evenings -

BIRD CAGE, Large, White,
Good condition. $50.
(863)304-6310 '
COCKATIELS (2), with cage.
.$75 (863)675-0247 LaBelle
CONURES (3), Mated pair &
older baby w/large cage. $600
150 gallon. $500 or best offer.
863-673-2896 ask forVicki
bies &. some adults,
13 wks. Female. Runt of liter.
Good home. (863)447-5305
months old. AKC Papers.'
$500 (863)763-0449
babys, $i6 witir oaut cage,
$45 wiin 'cage
(863 63--1583, Dii
YORKIE, ACA Male, 11
weeks old. Shots & health cer-
tificate $650. (863)763-6778

BEER COOLER- 5 keg,, with
taps, 'askihg,$1DO0 neg

'model, Felt needs to be re-
placed. $100.

TV, 48" Widescreen, with
base. $1300 (863)234-1067

w/stic & tig welding like
new, c(sr *$'1300:, sl for
$850. (863)4675725
MIG WELDER, 185 Millermat-
c, 25 spool gun, w/other
accessories, $1600.
'(863)634-7423 '
PORTABLE Air Compressor
2hp, Speedair, industrial mod-
el, works good. $145 Firm.

by, with all attachments.,
$300 will ell separately.
(863)763-5011 ..

n wonder newspaper
redes are more papuIlar

ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891
OLD FLORIDA ART- paintings,
pics, and drawings, & Older
Firearms: Win,Wbys, pistols
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567
Wanted: Viking Lot, high &
dry w/road access. Rea-
sonable. (772)692-4114


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

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Basswood Estates
By Owner. 2 LoIs
1:4 acre ecri l$35.000Oeri
)r DesAl for 40-)973.6-bL03

PALOMINO- Mare, 2 yrs old,
Started under saddle. $1000.
863-824-0505 or
1 Gelding; good manners,*
addl.les hi i.n $3000 for
S01irj 86316-1-2763 ..
Thoroughbred Mare, in foal to
German warm blood stallion,
super sweet, $2500.

to, 18hp, 42" cut, $250
MTD MOWER- 12HP, 38" cut,
run's .good, $150
8(.86 ])634-b.96 .
Pasture Board, 5 acres, $75
..per horse. (863)763-2692
PUSH MOWER self propelled
Lawh.Boy, 21", 4.5hp, sharp.
blade, goodcond. NEW $400,
sell $100.863-697-2033
PUSH MOWER, 6 rp 22 cul
sell ciproipelled '61)

RIDING MOWER- Srna3pper.
11 rip older model, $2001)
twine, Bronco model. $500.
WEED EATER, Wheeled, 18",
0 1513 18630467-1224
WEEDEATERS (2) used gas
piwer ed 'i.90 ior 1o011n Wisll i
ceperiily 863-467-6475

RECYCLED LIME ready for de-
-livery, limited quantity, high
calcium, Callfor price quote.
Ground Pounders Trucking

Rentals '

Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 936
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Spae -
Rent 960

LAKE OKEE, lbr, modern fur-
nished, screened porch, boat
dock, $1.95/week includes
utilities. (772)359-1640

2BR/1.5BA, F/L/S:$750/mth.
No pets. Yearly lease.

on ?2 acres. Needs someone'
capable of light maintenance,
mowing & care of some ani-
mals. Call (561)840-8835
ern, Side'. 4 Br., 2 Ba,, $1200
mo. + 1st, last, sec. dep. &
* refs. Call Barry 772-216-1461
Move In Special first months
rent free, 3BR/2BA, $1100
mo., last, secudrty deposit,
6 month lease and references,
required. No Pets
Near Blue Heron, 3BR/1BA
house w/garage in nice
neighborhood. No pets..
$1200/mo. year-lease. First,
last, and $500. Security to
move in. 863-610-1000
Basswood, $1300/mth.
Call Pritchards GMAC Real
Estate. 863-610-1980
OKEECHOBEE: 2 Bdrm., 2 Ba.
in Basswood. Nice neighbor-
hood, red hse: at corner of
36th & 24th, huge yard. $950
mo. + $950 sec. View pic-
(561)715-1768 Ext.0000
OKEECHOBEE: 3 Bdrm., 1 Ba.
in Basswood. Nice neighbor-
hood. gray hse on corner of
36th & 28th, Huge yard. $950
mo. + $950 sec. View pic-
tures @
OKEECHOBEE:3/2 &3/1,
Totally renovated. Lg yards.
Brng pets. $1200-$1300 me.
1st, last & sec. 561-723-2226
PALM CREEK- For Sale/Rent
3br, 2.5ba, 2 car gar. Com-
munity pool. $1700. mo. +
1st& last (561)262-9191
TAYLOR CREEK, 3br, 2ba,
Fireplace, Covered boat dock.
$1400. mo. Ref. req. Florida.
Realty Pro. (863)357-1200





Preferable Spec's:
3-4 bedroom 2500 S.F. +/-


Lg. D/W 3br/2ba w/lake Okee
access. 2 scrn. porches, boat-
house, overlooks Taylor Ck.
$1,350/mth. 561-385-5979 .

West Side of New Courthouse
Call Judy 1863)467-0831
Furnished, includes elec., wa-
ter, high speed. 863-697-3743

Rental Needed, Belle Glade,
Porickee. South Bay, Canal
Point, Lake Harbour or Clewi.-,
ton, Home, townnorne or con-
do for professional couple.
Great tenants with reterences
& good credit. (561)261-9747
or email info Ic: hieyuli edu

SHARE HOME- Prof *oman
will share rhoe w Prol l1:,in.
smTOker Full H.. rivilea.
es..prnvate rom'raii 1500
mo, 1st; last; securry, sn3re
utilities (863)763-5567 or

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sate 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

BASS WOOD, 3BR,2BA 1 car
garage, office, brand new CBS,
nice lot, financing avail., ready
now. $179,900.863-484-0809

Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

1991, 17'. Grumman, w/70hp.
Evinrude. Troll mtr, new batt.
,$2500. 863-467-8292 Iv.msg.
BASS BOAT- Skeeter StarFire
175, Johnson GT 150hp &
trolling motor. Skeeter Trlr
$750005 863-824-0441
BOAT: 15 Ft;, Fiberglass w/trir.
S40 hp Mercury New floors,-
seats & carpet. Great boat!
$6Q0. neg. (863)634-0387
FOUR WINDS, '99, 18' Ski
ooa, 130hp Johnson, With ski
equip. Good cond. Ready To
SGo' F.60O0 18631673-2024
JON BOAT, 12 Ft. Fiaj B,.,nrm
w/new trolling motor Good
boat..$450. for both, will
sep. (863)509-3260
condo. needs floor work. runs
great, $1100 i863517-1963"
runs oreat. $800 or besl oi-
ter 8631467-5725
SAIL BOAT- 23ft, w/trailer,
l1200 or best .offer
(2391470-3701 LaBelle
SAILBOAT- Hobie, 14', good
orndilion. older model new
marine pailt & new parts..
$450 neg 1239)634-40'40
SEA KAYAK- Fiberigidass wruil-
aei. I Northwest Cadence,
$910 (863)357-7406. -
SWEETWATER, '91, tripon
pontoon, '99 75hp Suzuki
eng. cgoo oflnd. new seals
& generator. rio Irlr. $3500
,or betIoner i8F31467-8161
TCRAFT BOAT, motor & trailer,
ready for iresn or salt water,
lurnkey $2000.
One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
ith -an ad hi the classl-

15K Ibs.. $175..
SCOOTER- Electric. 500 wan
New 2 wneel Aduil. Good
lor RV or Pafk 1.225

RECREATION- 2005 Dodge
Ram 4 -r Hem, w.Reese
slider, coupled w(1993 40
Carriage 5ih wreel, New
awnings, screen enclosure,
all extras, E>c Cona will,
separate. Package $35.000
(863)357.1784 or

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Mobile Homes

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

BHRRW/F- 3/2 Doublewide
$800mth. $1500 Sec..
"'eany Lease, Nu Pels
863-763 .-03
FT DRUM, Doublewide. 5 6
ac 3Dr 2ba Horse stable
EaSy access l l-95 1.1500
month. 3051829.-01 1

LARGE 3br 2ba wI djniri
3 car parort, ienceo yavi
lease w/opliin io Ouy.
Please all r 83634-33451

MUST SEE!- 2,1 Fully turn.
many e.lias, nerw CA/He3a
40 deced screenri room 40
carporI, 1212 sned w'W/D
in dulll park i'n [rm canal
w/dock, .38 000 negoiatit-l
(863)357-1784- : 0o.
(239)821-8787 .
1936 Fleerwood, 2rirlPa in
M/H Pk. in *.)ee Tu[ni Key.
$22K Negot. 305,35-2472

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YAMAHA '04, 4hp cycle mo-
tor, like new, less than 100
hrs., 10ft. Tracker boat, tank,
oar. $1100 (863)675-0162

HEAD '74. $3500 Call for
details. (239)357-6889
LaBelle area.
HONDA CBR F3-600'98
Runs good! $2500.
Craftsman, alunum, 15001b.
capacity. Brand Newl $149.
1500cc, lots of extras, strong
runner. Exc. cond. $5500.
Get a quick response to
any Item you may be sell-
Inn with a classified ad.

good cond., barely used,
$175 for both or will sell
separately. (863)467-2687

HONDA 350X 1986- 3 wheel-
er, great cond, fast, hate to
let go but need to sell, $1500
neg. (863)517-1963
'01, new chain & sprockets,
runs very good, $1600.
How do you find a job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

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

WAGON, '95, $900. Or best
FORD TAURUS '91- strong
motor, good glass & body,
needs trans work, $250 neg
FORD TEMPO GL '92, 68k,
Clean, runs good, cold air.
$1500 (863)467-0668

speed. Runs great. 74K.
Needs fuel pump. Great mile-
age $600. Neg 863-612-5010
In great condition, auto, A/C,
all pwr. Must see to appre-
clatel $3800. 863-467-9875
MERCEDES '1981-240 diesel,
very clean asking $1000
TOYOTA CAMRY '97, 4 cyl.,
4 door, cold air, p/w, p/l,
good cond., good on gas.
$2500 neg. (863)634-4072
VOLVO 240, '93, $2000. Or
best offer. (863)634-4518

ADR RIMS (4), With Kumho
tires, 205-40-17. $300
CHEVY C30 '77, Cab & chas-
sis, no motor or trans., '87
*front clip, dual headlights.
$950 neg. (772)519-3979
TRANS- 89-90, 4cyl, 2 fen-
ders, hood, all for $350 or
best offer (863)467-5680
GM 8.35 POSI DIFF- $150 or
best offer (863)467-8856

new, never used, diesel or
gas, 15 gal per minute, $300
or best offer (863)467-5680
ENGINE: 258 cu. in. Fits Jeeps
or American Motors Cars.
Runs good. $150.
FRAME: w/ Front End suspen-
sion and rear end. Fits 1978
3/4 Ton Suburban $75.
HITCH, Reese type, for '97-'02
Expedition or '98-'02 Naviga-
tor, $65. (863)610-1000
New in box, fits 1975 or new-
er. $75 Firm. 863-763-6629
parts. Does not run. Needs
fuel pump $800. Neg.
REAR END: 8" Ford, Fits
1960's Mustangs and Fal-
cons. 5 lug bolt pattern.
$100. (863)763-1370
REAR END: Fits Ford 1 Ton
Truck Approx. 1976. $100.
REAR END: Fits Ford F-600,
Approx. 1974. Detroit Locker.
$100. (863)357-3981 ,

RIMS & TIRES (4), 17"
Speedy, black, chrome lip, 4
bolt Honda's, all hardware.
$600 (561)985-0183
RIMS (4), Low profile, 4 lug,
off a '97 Honda Civic. $250
RIMS- All gold knock off wire
wheels, 100 spoke 15x7, No
Hubs. $195. or best offer.
TIRES & RIMS, 15 assorted
16" tires and 8 lug rims,
$150 for all. (863)467-7415
TRANSMISSION, 5 speed out
of 4cyl. Chevy S10. $100
bo 700 w/rebuilt converter,
$350 or best offer
TRUCK ENGINE: 6 cyl. w/3
speed manual transmission.
$125. (863)763-8437
Fnd it faster. Sell It soon-
er in the classifeeds

ton, '72 rebuilt Chevy 454 &
700 R4 trans, recent rebuild,
$1800 neg (863)467-1958

tank, Pump & Tool Box.
$2500. or best offer.
DIESEL 3/4 TON, 1986, 6.9, 4
Wheel drive, runs good,
$1200 (863)801-1666
engine rebuilt, body good
condition w/toolbox. $350.
FORD '77, many new parts in-
cluding motor. $800
FORD F150 '88 4x4
auto, new tires, needs some
work but runs. $950 .or best
offer. 863-673-0568 Iv.msg.
FORD F150 '94, a/c, new tires,
lift package, tool box. $2500
or best offer. (863)517-1780
FORD RANGER '95- 5spd, AC,
4 cyl., asking $2000

cond, Needs motor & trans-
mission. Good Cab, bed, int.
$750 neg. (772)519-3979
RECREATION- 2005 Dodge
Ram 4 dr Hemi, w/Reese
slider, coupled w/1993 40'
SCarriage 5th wheel, New
awnings, screen enclosure,
all extras, Exc Cond., will
separate. Package $35,000
(863)357-1784 or

new 454 mtr., 33/1250 Super
Swamper tires. Runs great!
$2500 Neg. 863-342-2042
cold/dual a/c, 3rd row seat,
new tires/front brakes, 96k
mls., $6300. 863-467-2423
PLYMOUTH SUV- '92, Mitsu-
bishi Motor. Standard 5 spd.,
new tires, 4 cyl., cold a/c.
$1500 (863)763-3451

Hauler 2003, 6x12, like new,
$2500. (863)634-4306

CAR HAULER: Dual axle, elec-
tric brakes, aluminum
ramps. $1500
6x12, Drive on ramps. $850.
863-675-7391 after 6pm
STORAGE TRAILER, 8ft x 18ft,
aluminum Kidron Reefer Box,
no cooling unit, w/gooseneck
trlr.$1200neg. (561)996-9264
TRAILER, 5x8 w/2ft. sides.
$250 (863)763-8201
UTILITY TRAILER- 16 x 7, sin-
gle axle car trailer, $450 or
best offer (863)632-9166
Utility Trailer, 5'x8', ramp
gate, new, $750.

TRY, '94, runs, needs work,
$500. (863)234-9642
Ford Hightop Van, '89, V8, full
power, seats 8, TV, CB radio
$2000. LaBelle Area.
(863)675-4970 Leave msg.

Community Events

Diabetes support group to meet
Raulerson Hospital's diabetes support group will meet Thursday,
Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. in the hospital's cafeteria, 1796 U.S. 441 N. The dia-
betes support group is a free community program and meets monthly
on the second Thursday at 2 p.m. For information contact Wanda
Haas, RN, CDE, CPT at (863) 763-5093. Registration is not required.

Ronald McDonald to visit library
Ronald McDonald will appear at the Okeechobee County Library,
206 S.W. 16th St., on Friday, Sept. 15, at 3:30 p.m. He will be at the
library to promote the McDonald's Reading Challenge program and
encourage children in grads kindergarten through five to visit their
local libraries and obtain a library card throughout the month of Sep-
tember. During the program, children who sign up for a library card or
show a valid library card will receive a Reading Challenge Visit Card
and coupons for free McDonald's food, while supplies last. Complete
rules for the McDonald's Reading Challenge are available at the Okee-
chobee County Library. For information, call (86) 763-3536.
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 -1 :30 a.m. until 12:35 p.m: For infor-
mation; call the parish office at (863) 763-3727.

Book discussion group plans meetings
The Okeechobee Library book discussion group meeting schedule
and titles to be discussed are: Thursday, Sept. 28, "Memory Keeper's
Daughter" by Kim Edwards; Thursday, Oct. 26, "Never Let Me Go" by
Kahzuo Ishigaro; Thursday, Nov. 16, "Passionate Nomad The Life of
Freya Start" by Jane Geniesse; Thursday, Dec. 14, "Pope Joan" by
Diana Cross, Christmas Tea. All meetings will be held in the library
board ri6o1..m',26W l6ih St., beginning at 7 p.m For information,
call Jan'Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

Donated baby items needed
Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is looking for donations of new
baby items and/or volunteers for our Educational Baby Shower to be
held on Sept. 29. Anyone interested in helping or donating may call
(863) 462-5877.

GaL volunteer training offered
Guardian ad Litem will hold training sessions for volunteers on Oct.
3, 10, 17, 20 and 24 in the workshop meeting room on the fourth floor
of the Martin County Administrative Center, 2401 S.E. Monterey Road,
in Stuart. Guardians ad Litem are volunteers who advocate for the best
interest of abused, abandoned and neglected children in court. Volun-
teers must be 21 years of age, submit an application, submit to a crimi-

nal background check, submit to a personal reference check and
attend 30 hours of training which will include courtroom observation
and independent study. For information, call (772)785-5804.

Golf tourney benefits United Way
Raulerson Hospital will be hosting the second annual Greater Open
Golf Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Okeechobee Golf and Coun-
try Club, 405 N.E. 131st Lane, with a tee off time of 8 a.m. Prizes will be
awarded for longest drive, closest to the pin, and the first, fourth and sec-
ond-to-last place teams. A car will be awarded for a hole-in-one. Registra-
tion will take place from 7 until 8 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be served.
Lunch will be provided during the awards presentations. For information
on sponsorships and team sign-up, contact Raulerson Hospital official
Bill Casian at (863) 824-2702. All proceeds will go to the United Way of

Hospice hosting Boots and Pearls Gala
Hospice of Okeechobee will present a Boots and Pearls Gala on Fri-
day, Oct. 13, at the KOA Campground, 4276 U.S. 441 S. Sponsorship
opportunities are available. All donations will help fund the Hamrick
Home residence. For information contact Sandra Pearce at (863) 763-

Healthy Start Coalition plans yard sale
Healthy Start Coalition will hold a yard sale on Wednesday, Oct. 25,
from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W. Ninth Ave. They are seeking donations of baby items such as, furni-
ture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers, car seats and anything
for infants and toddlers. Proceeds from the yard sale will be used to bene-
fit infants and pregnant women in the community. For information, call
(863) 462-5877.

Dallas Brass to appear at OHS
Dallas Brass. a high-energy, six-member band consisting of five brass
and percussionists, will appear in the Okeechobee High School gymnasi-
um on-Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, or a family of four for
only $20. To obtain tickets, send a check made out to the OHS Band to
Lonnie Kirsch, Okeechobee High School, 2800 U.S. 441, Okeechobee,.
Fl., 34972. A special section will be reserved for Okeechobee school
employees. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0518.

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 sup-
plies to be used by all students. To donate empty printer or-toner car-
tridges, 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.

4-H Hall of Fame
Gladys Freeman was named as the 2006 Florida Hall of
Fame this year. Mrs. Freeman was honored at the Okee-
chobee,,P,9ty 2005-20P6 4-H Awards: Banquet held at
Okeechobee High School.

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Achievement awards
The Okeechobee County 4-H Awards Banquet for 2005-2006 was held Aug. 26 at Okee-
chobee High School. County Medals for Achievement went to Taylor Robbins, Brianna
Spencer, Nathan Candler, Branson Butler, Matt Robbins, Mark Weir, Tyler Mills, Clayton
McClure, Austin Pluskot, Kara Bailey, Tamara Collins, Janna Mullis, Casey Lewis, Sarah
Davis, Alex Pluskot, Anastassia Letcher, Markita Skeen, Tiffany Rowlett, Rachel Muros,
Nicholas Keilbasa, Lindsey Rucks, Cristin Shelton and Jenna Wolff.

Citizenship Awards
The Okeechobee County 4-H Awards Banquet for 2005-2006 was held Aug. 26 at Okee-
chobee High School. Citizenship Medals went to Carson Williams, Carma Rowlett, Ray-
chel Rabon, Ashely Murray, Jamie Bruner, Jordan Verano, Nathan Candler, Logan Evans,
Joy Burnham, Amanda White,- Kailey Hoover, Shyanne Prescott, Shiloh Annuez,
Meaghan Thomas, Taylor Chamber, Celena Letcher, Christina Talley, Aubrey Robertson,
Michaela Miller, Benjamin Keilbasa, Alicia Lewis, Levi Crosby and Rebekah Bennet.

By DanCulbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
Last week's little tropical visitor
did little serious damage to our
area's health and welfare, and the
rainfall has certainly ended this
summer's spotty dry weather.
Tropical storm Ernesto may have
done us another favor it gave us
a chance to review our personal
plans for preparing for these regu-
lar summer events.
Today's column will review a
University of Florida Hurricane
preparation checklist, and I'll offer
a few of my personal observations
that may remind local residents to
take a peek and update storm
preparation plans. Why not take a
few minutes this Labor Day to be
prepared, just in case.
How much time do you need to
prepare for a storm? When the hur-
ricane watch is announced, have a
very clear idea of how much time
you need to shop, secure your
property, prepare and pack if evac-
uating. Coordinate your personal
needs with those of your family,
neighbors and employer.
With fuel prices going up and
up, be sure you have enough time
to fuel your vehicles. Make sure the
battery is in good condition, and all
other systems are ready for the
long haul if you plan to evacuate.
Do you have a current map, and
have you looked it over before you
start to drive away?
Check your other battery-pow-
ered equipment. A friend of mine
keeps a secret stash of extra batter-
ies put away and never touches it
until the storm season is over. Take
an inventory of how many C's, D's,
9-volts, etc. that you have on hand.
A radio could be your only link with
the outside world, and a flashlight
can be a lifesaver when there is no
Did you lower or secure TV and
radio antennas before Ernesto
arrived? This can prevent antennas
from flying into electrical wires,
and make communication possi-
ble as soon as the storm passes.
Check that generator, run it, and
remember to have some oil on
hand too.
Many homeowners, me includ-
ed, have too much stuff around in
the yard. It all needs to be removed
from the yard and open patios. Do
you have a place to put it inside a
garage or in the house?
Protect your windows. Wedge
sliding glass doors to prevent them
from being lifted from their tracks.
Forget about taping windows -

it's not an effective task. Board up
with heavy duty shutter materials
that can withstand impacts from
flying debris. Have extra hardware
and tools on hand to do the job. If
you use battery operated tools,
have extra chargeable batteries
ready to go.
Close up awnings, windows
and drapes. And put the tools in a
place that you can get to after the
storm is over. Brace your garage
door. Remember that power may
fail, and know how to safely open
the garage door manually.
How's your supply of emer-
gency food and water? Expiration
dates on stored food supplies
should be checked. Remember to
plan on time to shop for missing
items. Realize, that other. last
minute shoppers will make lines
longer and supplies limited. Pur-
chase containers that serve the size
of your family without leftovers.
Fill clean containers with drink-
ing water. Don't store drinking
water in used milk containers -
instead, save empty, water jugs.
Other containers or clean bathtubs
can also be filled with drinking
water. If you have special medical
needs fill prescription drugs and
have an extra supply of special
Waterproof your valuables
including important papers and
those irreplaceable photos. Pack or
secure jewelry, or put them in a
bank safety deposit box. Other-
wise, if you will be evacuating,
keep your valuables and important
papers with you at all times.
Disconnect and put electronic
equipment in plastic. Make backup
copies of important computer data
and take discs or portable hard

drives with you. Protect appliances
and furniture if your prep time is
limited make choices on which to
protect based on replacement
costs. Elevate items above floor
level and cover them with plastic.
Do you have the materials on hand
to do this?
Turn your refrigerator and freez-
er to the coldest setting. This keeps
food as long as possible in case of a
power failure. If leaving, shut off
gas and electricity at the main
power source. Shut off water lines
to your home and this may
require a special tool. Lock all win-
dows and doors before leaving. If
staying, avoid using electric appli-
ances. Have a safe room designat-
ed in a small, interior area such as a
hallway, closet or bathroom.
Don't drain your swimming
pool or spa. Keep water levels
about 12 inches below the edge to
handle expected rainfall. Spa cov-
ers need to be secured from winds
or stored inside. Add extra sanita-
tion chemicals to the water. And
make arrangements for the safety
of your boats remember during
evacuations drawbridges will be
closed to boat traffic.
Make arrangements for the
safety of your house pets. Pets are
not allowed in most public shelters
or hotels. If evacuating, make
reservations with pet-friendly
homes of friends or public hotels
well in advance of your departure.
Share your cell phone numbers
with relatives and friends, and tell
them if you are staying or where
you are going. Make lists of neigh-
bors, friends and co-workers and
take them with you. If evacuating,
take the phone numbers of local
officials as well.
Remember seeing the long
evacuation lines on the highways?
If your home is well-constructed
and is not in a flood zone, plan to
stay. Don't stay if you live in a
mobile home officials recom-
mend evacuation.

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01 Abundant Blessings Church
02 4550 Hwy 441 N. (New Location)
02 Basinger Comm. Center
0-- 20350 Hwy 98 North

03 The Gathering
1735 S.W. 24th Avenue

04 Oak View Baptist Church
677 S.W. 32nd Street
05 VFW #10539
05 3912 Hwy 441 S.E. (New Location)

06 Episcopal Church
200 N.W. 3rd Street
07 2 First Methodist Church
7 200 N.W. 2nd St. (New Location)
08t Okeechobee Christian Church
0o 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace
0 Elks Lodge
09 Hwy 70 East
10 Corner Stone Baptist
Hwy 441 North (Old 441 Baptist)
Shrine Club
I1 IHwy 78 West
12A Civic Center
Hwy 98 North
1 Catholic Church Pavilion
13 701 S.W. 6th Street

14 American Legion
501 S.E. 2nd Street
VFW # 10539
15 .3912 Hwy 441 S.E.

16 HCivic Center
1 Hwy 98 North

17i Episcopal Church
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