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Beetles helpful in
destruction of TSA
TALLAHASSEE Florida
Agriculture Commissioner
Charles H. Bronson announced
the successful results of an
ongoing biological control pro-
gram for tropical soda apple
(TSA), an invasive plant that
has overtaken much of Flori-
da's natural areas and pasture-
lands. This program is a coop-
erative effort between the
Florida Department of Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services
(FDACS), the United States
Department of Agriculture
(USDA), and the University of
Florida's Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences (UF-
IFAS), and involves rearing and
releasing a leaf-eating beetle, as
well as evaluating other meth-
ods for controlling TSA.
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Leakmay have
had a concussion
GAINESVILLE (AP) -
Coach Urban Meyer found one
possible reason for Florida's
offensive struggles against
Georgia: Quarterback Chris
Leak may have played with a
concussion.
Leak told Meyer after the 21-
14 victory Saturday that he felt
like he sustained a concussion
in the first half. Leak didn't noti-
fy team doctors, trainers or any
one on the coaching staff.
Meyer said he planned to
address the issue with Leak
again Sunday, but added that
the senior should be able to
practice Monday and play Sat-
urday at Vanderbilt.
Sports, Page 5

Drought Index
Current: 579
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

12.70 feet


Lake level
Last Year:
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Donors and foundation members pictured are: (left to right, front row), Lynda Syfrett,
foundation board member; Dr. Patricia Cooper, superintendent of schools; Kelly
Owens, foundation board member; Paula Daniel: Mary Hurley, vice president of the
foundation; Celeste Watford, foundation board member; Gretchen Robertson, founda-
tion board member; (second row), Ken Kenworthy, foundation secretary; Kevin Folsum,
Publix manager; Jeff Brewington of Glades Electric Cooperative; Nick Blount repre-
senting Florida Power and Light; John Abney, foundation president; and, Russ Brown,
foundation board member.

Foundation grants scholarships


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
On Tuesday, Oct. 24, the
Okeechobee Educational
Foundation recognized donors
who have contributed a total
of $9,400 to the foundation's
Achieving Excellence program
to be used for teacher grants
and scholarships.
Donors recognized were:
Jack Coker; Dr. Rameah
Kumar of Big Lake Cancer
Center; Preferred Property of
Okeechobee Realty; Betty
Kelly; Bobby Burgess of
Burgess Supply Company;
Florida Power & Light; Publix
Supermarket; Bud Neese of
Quality Air Conditioning;
Popeye's Chicken and Bis-


cuts; Royal's Furniture; Faye
Havelock of Okeechobee
Health Care Facility; Karen
Bowers of Harbor Federal;
Jeff Brewington of Glades
Electric Cooperative; Glenn
Sneider, LLC; Lynda Syfrett;
Cassels and McCall; Kelly
Owens; Paula Daniel; and,
Natalie Moody.
The foundation is a conduit
through which donors can
contribute money for scholar-
ships and grants to teachers.
Donors set their own require-
ments for scholarships. For
instance, recipients may be
children of employees of a cor-
porate donor, students at a
specific college or majoring in
a specific field.
This year the foundation


will grant well over 100 schol-
arships. A list of available
scholarships Will soon be dis-
tributed to Okeechobee High
School seniors. In March
applications will be collected
and the donors will decide
who receives their scholar-
ships.
Since its founding in 1981,
the foundation has presented
almost one million dollars in
scholarships to Okeechobee
High School seniors. Last year
alone the foundation provided
$1800 in scholarships.
Less than one percent of
the money donated is used for
administrative purposes, the
rest goes for scholarships for
students and grants for teach,
ers.


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Opinion ............ 4
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Foster grandparents


help in classrooms


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Foster Grandparent
Program has been a viable pro-
gram that helps schools by
providing an extra set of hands
for the local teachers.
The Area Agency on Aging
sponsors the Foster Grandpar-
ent Program which covers
Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Ft.
Pierce, Martin and Palm Beach
counties.
Mentors volunteer at least
20 hours a week, Monday
through Thursday, and are
compensated $53 per week,
but that does not affect the
amount of their benefits.
To qualify one must be 60
years old or older and be in a
low income bracket. The ideal
volunteer should be interested
in helping children, as that is


the primary goal of this, pro-
gram.
Foster grandparents assist
the teachers in the classrooms
by doing groups with different
levels of students, one-on-one
remediation and many other
tasks where the teachers need
help.
They are usually assigned to
one classroom, but are open to
assist wherever their school
may need them.
As a foster grandparent you
will:
Volunteer 20 hours per
week in a school or child care
center mentoring children and
helping with reading and social
skills.
Receive $53 per week to
help with expenses.
Receive mileage
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Foster grandparent, Ida Harrell works with first grade students (left to right), Delanenam Aka-
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allowance and a free meal at
your assignment.
Receive supplemental acci-
dent and liability insurance cov-
erage.
Receive a wealth of satisfac-
tion.
Okeechobee County current-
ly has seven foster grandparents
within the local schools includ-
ing Ida Harrell, who volunteers.
at North Elementary School
(NES),
Ms. Harrell has been a foster
grandparent for three years at
NES. She is assigned to Ms..
Vega's first grade classroom for
this school year. Her first year
she worked in special education
and last year she worked in a
kindergarten class.
Her students call her "Grand-
ma Ida" and she has grown, to


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- Drivers can list emergency contacts
Effective in the State of Florida as of Oct. 2, you can have two
emergency contacts attached to your Florida driver's license.
If you are in an accident, emergency rescuers can check your dri-
ver's license and two emergency contacts will pop up so they do not
have to search for relatives.
Go to https://www6.hsmv.state.fl.us/dlcheck/findcustomer to
-, emergency contacts, put in your driver's license and then it will ask
for the name, address and phone number of two people you want to
have contacted.
For information on adding emergency contacts or other related
concerns, contact the nearest Florida driver's license office. In Okee-
chobee, the driver's license office is located at 1857 U.S. 441 S.E.
Their phone number is (863) 462-5225.


Arnold's Wildlife to host Open House
OKEECHOBEE Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and
Butterfly Haven, 14895 N.W. 30th Terrace, will hold an open house
on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Adult admission is $10; admission for youngsters 6-12 years is $5;
and, children 5 years and under get in free. The price includes a tour,
finger foods and a beverage. The gift shop will be open for those
who wish to do some early Christmas shopping.
For information, call (863) 763-4630; or check online at
www.arnoldswildlife.org.

Guaranteed rural housing loans
OKEECHOBEE The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural
Development offers a single family guaranteed rural housing pro-
gram (GRH) designed to assist low and moderate income, credit
worthy families and individuals in buying existing or building new
homes in rural areas.
To qualify, applicants must be under the moderate income limit
for the county in which they would live, have an acceptable credit
history, and adequate and dependable income sufficient to meet all
obligations.
Call the Okeechobee Rural Development office at (863) 763-
3345, ext. 503, to get the names of the lenders, income limits and
information about the Guaranteed Housing Program.
For information on the programs offered by USDA Rural Develop-
ment, visit its website at www.rurdevl.usda.gov/pa.

Dog lovers sought for new club
OKEECHOBEE Interested parties are being sough to start an
informal group to meet and discuss topics dealing with their AKC.
pure-bred dogs.
Topics will include, but will not be limited to: health, nutrition,
training, correct AKC breed standards and ethical breeding, as well
as any other topics of interest to the group.
For information, contact Billie at (863) 467-1958; or, by e-mail at
billie4121 (laol.com with \ our breed, name and number.


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know them as her grandchil-
dren, since she's known some of
them since they were in kinder-
garten.
Ms. Harrell has been involved
with NES since her children
attended there, as well as her
grandchildren.
Ms. Harrell said the best part
of being a foster grandparent is
"viewing the progress that is
made in the children. It is very
rewarding to see improvement
in the children arid to make sure
that they know how important
education is."
Other current volunteers are.
Central Elementary School -
Majorie Lapp and Anna Tremble;
Everglades Elementary School -
Mary Riley; South Elementary
School Margaret Froggert; and,
Northside Headstart Pat Jack-
son and Carol Doucette.
For information call the Area
Agency on Aging at (800) 773-
1895 or (561) 684-5885; or go to
www.areaagency.org..


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Community Events


Substance abuse group will meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will meet Tuesday, Nov.
14, at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second Ave., from
11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be served. For information, call Val
Marone at (863) 462-0040.

Chamber to hold gun safety class
The gun handling and safety class for hand guns only will be held
Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce,
55 S. Parrott Ave. The class will meet at the Chamber office at 8:30 a.m.
on Saturday, Nov. 18, to go to the shooting range. For information, call the.
Chamber office at (863) 763-6464.

Library book sale is planned
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library book sale will be held Thurs-
day, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m.
until 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov, 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Hardcov-
er books are $2 and paperbacks are $1. Library discards are half price.
Proceeds will be used to augment the DVD collection. The Library is
located at 206 S.W. 16th St. For information, call (863) 763-3536.

Sign-ups for youth programs ongoing
Registration for the Upward Basketball and Cheerleading programs is
open now through Nov. 21 at the First Baptist Church Recreation Out-
reach Center, 310 S.W. Fifth St., for boys and girls in grades one through
six. For information, call (863) 467-7625. -

Window decorating contest planned
All local businesses are invited to participate in Okeechobee Main
Street's second annual Christmas Window Decorating Contest. Win-
dows should be decorated by Nov. 28 prior to the city's annual lighting
ceremony. The judging will take place on Dec. 9 following the Christmas
Parade. The winner will be awarded a plaque for the year to display as
being the Christmas window decorating winner. For information, contact
Okeechobee Main Street executive director Lydia Jean Williams at (863)
357-MAIN.


Holiday Tour of Homes planned
The Holiday Tour of Homes is back this year and will take place on Fri-
day, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, from 6 until 8:30 p.m. Many beautiful
homes have been scheduled for the tour but there is always room for one
more. For information, call Bill Casian at (863) 824-2702.

Free identity theft seminar planned
Debt Management Credit Counseling Corp. (DMCC), a 501 c(3) not-
for-profit corporation, will be holding a free identity theft seminar Tues-
day, Dec. 12, from 2 until 6:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public
Library, 206 S.W 1.6th St. DMCC wants to stress the importance of finan-
cial literacy and assist the educational needs of the Okeechobee commu-
nity.

Community Choir rehearsing for Cantata
The Okeechobee Community Choir, under the direction of Sandy
Perry, is holding rehearsals for the eighth annual Christmas Cantata. The
rehearsals are being held at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. The cantata will be presented the weekend before Christmas
- Dec. 15, 16 and 17. Singers should be able to match pitch and read
music somewhat. The rehearsals are fast-paced and loads of fun. Winter
residents are always welcome. For information, call Ms. Perry at (863)
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Volunteers needed at skate park
..Communities in Schools is in need of volunteers to help man the skate
park during concession hours. Hours are available any day of the week.
We will provide training and background screenings. For information,
contact Mike Davis, youth project director, at (863) 462-5863.

Church hosting interaction program
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will be host-
ing God's Time a morning of free organized Christian activities that
includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and their pre-school
children. The event will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
Child care will be provided for infants during the class. For information,
call (863) 763-4021.


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Accelerated Reader awards
Second graders at Seminole Elementary School received Accelerated Reader (AR)
awards by earning points by reading AR books and then taking computer tests with com-
prehension questions about the stories. The students earn points for correct answers.
The following students earned AR points and received different ribbons based on the
amount of points they earned. Receiving awards: (in no particular order) Morgan Bolan,
Jesse Entwistle, Amber Farabee, Verenice Leon, Harry O'Hagen, Sean Osceola, Ricky
Perez, Marcus Rutherford, Erik Santibanez and Taeyahnis Washington.


Beetles prove helpful in ridding TSA


UKeecnobee News/unauna Aguiiar

100 Book Challenge
Thirteen second graders at Seminole Elementary School have reached the 100 Book
Challenge goal of 100 steps. This program promotes independent reading of books while
helping students strengthen reading skills and vocabulary. Each classroom has tubs of
books leveled according to difficulty. Receiving awards are: (in no particular order), Glen-
da Barnett, Morgan Bolan, Genaro Garcia, Gabriel Hernandez, Verenice Leon, Harry
O'Hagen, Sean Osceola, Ricky Perez, Erik Santibanez, Kelsey Schoonmaker, Ezequiel
Serrano, Bobbie Stewart, and Hayley Swafford.


TALLAHASSEE Florida
Agriculture Commissioner
Charles H. Bronson announced
the successful results of an ongo-
ing biological control program
for tropical soda apple (TSA), an
invasive plant that has overtaken
much of Florida's natural areas
and pasturelands. This program
is a cooperative effort between
the Florida Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Services
(FDACS), the United States
Department of Agriculture
(USDA), and the University of
Florida's Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS),
and involves rearing and releas-
ing a leaf-eating beetle, as well as
evaluating other methods for
controlling TSA.
Tropical soda apple, an exotic
noxious weed native to Brazil
and Argentina, has already
caused great economic damage
to Florida where it has spread to
over a million acres, and the
majority of Florida counties. TSA
is a tall, prickly plant with white
flowers and golf ball-size fruit
whose mottled skin resembles a
watermelon. It displaces native
plants and is found in ham-
mocks, ditches, groves and veg-
etable fields. It is a serious prob-
lem for ranchers because it
quickly covers entire pastures,
and cows will eat the TSA fruit,
but not the plant.-.Cattle, one of
the main vectors of TSA, spread
the seeds from4the fruit through
their digestive systems to new


areas.
"I am very encouraged by the
success of this biocontrol pro-
gram," Bronson said. "Tropical
soda apple has been a serious
pest to the cattle industry and
Florida's land managers for
many years. Finding solutions to
pest problems that are environ-
mentally friendly is an important
part of the Department's mis-
sion."
Since the initial release in
2003 of the South American leaf-
feeding beetle, Gratiana boli-
viana, UF-IFAS and the USDA
have maintained facilities in
Florida to rear and release the
beetle. In Sept. 2005, FDACS,
funded by a grant from the
USDA, added to the production
effort by establishing two screen
houses at the Fort Pierce Farm-
ers' Market in southeast Florida
for rearing and distribution of
Gratiana boliviana.
The first release from this
facility was conducted in May
2006. Since then, over 16,400
beetles have been released in
four counties Hillsborough,
Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Mar-
tin. These releases were conduct-
ed on a variety of TSA-affected
properties including ranches,
conservation lands and residen-
tial areas. Eight, weeks after
release, many areas have active
beetle populations that have
moved beyond the initial release
sites. The Fort Pierce operation
increases the number of beetles


available for release throughout
Florida, including the possibility
of fulfilling requests from inter-
ested individuals to release the
insects on their TSA-infected
properties.
The leaf-feeding beetle, which
is host specific to TSA, damages
the plant extensively, stops
fruit/seed production, and weak-
ens the plant so other diseases
can easily infect tropical soda
apple. Biological control is a
cost-effective way to manage
TSA in natural habitats that are
not easily accessible, by other
management'methods. The bee-
tle wih spread from its original
releazsz site, allowing for large
coverage areas. Beetles have
been found up to 10 miles from
their release site.
The biocontrol program is
one tool used in an effort to con-
trol TSA. The current primary
treatment options for controlling
TSA include herbicide applica-
tion and mowing the plants
before they produce fruit. Other
ongoing research activities
include studying additional leaf-
eating beetle species, plant virus-
es that attack TSA, and a bioher-
bicide that kills the invasive
plant.
For information about tropical
soda apple, the leaf-eating bee-
tle, or participation in the release
program, call 1-888-397-1517 or:
visit ...... .
http://www.doacs.state.fl.us/pi


Longevity awards
At their meeting on Thursday, Oct. 26, the Okeechobee County Board of County
Commissioners honored county employees for their years of service. Commission
chairman John Abney (left), presented certificates and pins to Carlton Turner, park
maintenance technician at Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina for 5 years' serv-
ice and Gail Lewis, administrative assistant in soil conservation for 10 years' serv-
ice. Not pictured: Jennifer Busbin, piOaiker I in-theiplanning department, 5 years'
service 'and Bruce Cannon, building inspector in code compliance, 10 years' serv-


Creepy grubs all ready in costume for Halloween


By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent ... U-N [


It's always fun to get scared for
Halloween. I have recently been
bugged by several different larval
insects that appear scary if you
look close, and are kind of gross if
you study their habits.
While larva of Tortoise beetles
may be occasional pests of sweet
potatoes, palms and some tropical
trees, one is turning out to be a
hero for a really scary weed, the
Tropical Soda Apple. Today's col-
umn will introduce a few of these
creepy chewing grubs that grow
up to be beautiful beetles in our
Florida Yards.

Trashy bugs
Several different kinds of insect
larva have an unusual habit of col-
lecting trash and carrying it around
with them. This trashy habit is
thought to provide protection by
camouflaging the insect under a
pile of waste material.
Whdt makes the larva of the
tortoise beetles especially gross is
that they include their waste prod-
ucts in this collection of trash.
What kind of self respecting preda-
tory creature would actually eat a
pile of bug poop, right? Pretty
ingenious, those tortoise larva!
What makes them especially
menacing is that these larva have a
specialized structure called a fecal
fork which is held above their
body. With this grotesque
appendage, the whole slimy mess
can cover the top of this insect.
Many of these grubs also have
spines sticking out from their
sides, which help to collect and
'hold more of this disgusting collec-
tion, adding to the effect. If you
dare, take a look at a few of the
photos I've found showing these
disgusting creatures.
For such an ugly baby, the tor-
toise beetle turns out to be a real
beauty. Tortoise beetles may be of
different sizes, but are generally
about one-quarter inch long. They
may be marked with spots, stripes,
speckles or crosses across their
shiny backs, and can have a shiny
metallic sheen that makes them
quite attractive.
And if you look carefully, their
bodies are also covered with a
clear rounded shell. It is thought
that this smooth "tortoise shell"
covering allows the beetles to hun-
ker down on a leaf surface and
ward off any predatory creature
that would like to make a meal out
of a tortoise beetle.
For budding entomologists,
take note: the brilliant shiny colors


SFLUKIDUA

IFAS EXTENSION
are seen only by the live insects.
Photos are a good way to keep
track of this brilliant coloration, as
the pigments disappear when they
die. So don't expect preserved or
pinned collections of dead tortoise
beetles to be as impressive as the
creeping crawling tortoise beetles.

Sweet Potatoes
and Gold Bugs
At last week's State Master Gar-
dener Conference, Hillsborough
Horticulture Agent Sydney Park-
Brown discussed some of her
favorite landscape perennials. She
mentioned several of the orna-
mental Sweet Potato Vines such as
"Margarita" and "Blackie", but.
noted that sometimes the foliage
can be riddled with many small
holes. She then introduced us to
the Tortoise beetles.
One of the more common
sweet potato pests found in this
area is the Golden Tortoise Beetle.
Also known as the Gold bug,
(Charidotella bicolor) this insect
eats all kinds of morning glory
leaves, including both the orna-


mental and vegetable types. The
damage comes from both the
adult beetle and the disgusting
larva, and the holes in the leaves
look a little like flea beetle damage.
Another non-native tortoise
beetle (Chelymorpha cribraria)
was found a few years ago in Fort
Lauderdale and points south to the
Keys. It too enjoys only the taste of
sweet potato family plants. It has
various color forms, is usually is
red or brown in color, sometimes
has markings, but has a different
colored thorax. This exotic invader
has been found not only on orna-
mental and garden sweet potatoes
but is an issue with some of our
native endangered morning glory
relatives.

Palms and Geigers
UF IFAS entomologists report a
couple of other tortoise beetles
that are sometimes seen on other
groups of plants. Doug Caldwell
has studied the Geiger Tree Tor-
toise beetle (Physonota calochro-
ma floridensis), a very attractive
creature that can skeletonize the
leaves of the tropical Geiger Tree.
This attractive native ornamental
has year round orange flowers,
and if the beetles don't slow it
down, the occasional freeze in our
area makes this a difficult land-
scape choice for FloridaYards


Another Tortoise beetle seen is
the Florida tortoise beetle, Hemis-
phaerota cyanea, a beautiful small
beetle that is found on a variety of
native and exotic palms. It is our
only tortoise beetle that feeds on
palms.
TSA Leaf Beetle
One of the horrors of our local
landscapes, pastures and road-
sides is the exotic invasive weed,
Tropical Soda Apple. If you have
not seen any of these large bushy
plants that are covered with thorns
on all parts of the stems and
leaves, you probably don't get out
much. Cattle eat the fruit and pass
the seed on to wherever they do
their business, spreading this
wicked weed.
Scientists have discovered that
another tortoise beetle and its
larva will make a snack out of TSA.
Years of research and testing have
shown that the TSA leaf beetle
(Gratiana boliviana) will only con-
sume TSA, so damage to other
related plants like tomatoes and
potatoes is not expected.
According to Okeechobee Live-
stock Agent Pat Hogue, the early
predictions of total control of TSA
by this insect have not been real-
ized. However, anything that can
reduce leaves is a useful tool in
slowing down this plant. In the
near future, we expect this tortoise
to slowly crawl all over South Flori-
da and help keep TSA from
spreading so rapidly.
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page,
http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu, If
you need additional information
on Tortoise cii-cs and their
Larva, please email us at okee-
chobee(ifas.ufl.edu or call us at
863-763-6469. Local residents can
stop by our office at 458 Hwy 98
North in Okeechobee, and visit our
Okeechobee County Master Gar-
deners from 1 to 3 PM on Tuesday
afternoons.
Happy Halloween!


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Senior barbecue
Sarah Helton, senior at Okeechobee High School, marvels
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Community Events

AARP driver safety course offered
An AARP driver safety course will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, and
Saturday, Nov. 11, at His House fellowship hall, 425 S.W 28 St., and
Wolff Road from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The fee is $10. Participants
do not have be a member of AARP or have AARP auto insurance.
Participants should consult their auto insurance agent for their
three-year discount after completion of class. Call Mrs. D.J. Bryan at
(863) 763-0351 for information and registration.

FCHC hosting craft sale
Florida Community Health Centers, Inc., 1100 N. Parrott Ave.,
will hold a craft and rummage sale Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the annual Night with Santa project. Admission for
adults is $1. Admission is free to FCHC patients with an FCHC identi-
fication card.

Church hosting gospel concert
The Mark Trammell Trio will be in concert Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2:30
p.m. at His House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W.
28th St. For information, call (863) 763-3519 or (863) 763-7113.

Group's training panel will meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition outreach and train-
ing committee will meet Monday, Nov. 6, at 1600 S.W. Second Ave.,
from 9 until 10 a.m. All interested persons are invited. For informa-
tion call Ken Kenworthy at (863) 462-5000, ext. 273, or Val Marone
at (863) 462-0040.
Guardian ad Litem training offered
The Guardian ad Litem program will be training volunteers from
Okeechobee, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties on Nov. 6,
13, 17, 20 and 27 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Saint Helen's Catholic
Church, South room, 2085 Tallahassee Ave., in Vero Beach. Volun-
teers are trained to represent the best interest of abused, aban-
doned and neglected children in court. For information, call (772)
785-5804.

Healthy Start directors to meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 11:30 a.m. in their office at 575 S.W.
28th St. in the Ne, Endeavors School building. This meeting is
open to the public. For information, contact executive director Kay
Begin at1.863') 4625877.

Ministries will meet Nov. 9
Hand and Hand Ministries will meet Thursday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m.
at the Palmdale Community club house on the corner of Fifth and
Main, for food and fellowship followed by the word at 7 p.m.
brought this month by Tommy Shephard of Venus. For information,
call (863) 612-0640.

Farm City Week lunch planned
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee and the Okeechobee Area
Agri-Council will co-host the 13th annual Kiwanis/Ag Council Farm
City Week luncheon at the Okeechobee KOA, 4276 U.S. 441 S., at
11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9. Tickets can be purchased in
advance at Farm Credit (863) 763-6466, Berger Insurance Services
(863) 763-6411, or Farm Bureau (863) 763-3101. They can also be
purchased at the door on the day of the luncheon.
Dixon Hendry Campus plans open house
Indian River Community College (IRCC) will host an open house
at the Dixon Hendry Campus in Okeechobee on Thursday, Nov. 9,
from 10 a.m. until noon. Information will be available on IRCC's
adult high school, GED preparation and English as a second lan-
guage programs. For information, call 1-866-866-4722, ext. 7400.,

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 gymnasium 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, con-
tact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0518.




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Ride will help retire debt at AFEV


By Pat Tye

Since 1975, the Air Force
Enlisted Village, located in Shali-
mar and Fort Walton Beach, has
provided an independent living
home for indigent widows. Some
have been with us for many years,
are developing medical issues as
a result of aging and require assis-
tance. When this occurs, their
only option was to move in with a
family member or nursing home.
This is a difficult transition, as they
are leaving their friends and
home, and many feel like they are
losing their independence.
Hawthorn House is their
dream an assisted living resi-
dence that allows them to remain
with us. Now the move is only
across the street and they are


close enough for their friends to
visit frequently, even joining them
for lunch or dinner.
As you would expect, the cost
of constructing and maintaining
an assisted living residence is
high. Initially, we had a challenge
of raising $11 million. After raising
$2.5 million, and receiving an
individual pledge of $8 million,
plans were designed and we
broke ground on the facility in
October 2003.
Unfortunately, the donor did
not follow through on his pledge
and we were faced with raising $8
million. Rather than disappoint all
those so anxiously awaiting their
new home, we took out a loan
and proceeded with the building.
We opened our doors in Septem-
ber 2005 and were able to bring


Upcoming Events

Tuesday
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the pub-
lic. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863)
467-5261.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the Clock
Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call (863)
357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, con-
tact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
.fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at
7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life.
Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old
time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Dr.
Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
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.

Wednesday
.Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another group
meets In the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W. Ninth
Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facilitator. There is
another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator.
For information, call (863) 763-2893.
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American
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 ar ;ipter-
ested in working towards the betterment of our community. For informa-
tion, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399.
A.A meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at Ihe First United Methodist
Church 200 N.W. Second St. lt'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.

Thursday
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863)
467-5261.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412 N.W.
Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public
are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask
questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-4923 for
information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-
6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors' weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For infor-
mation call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863)
763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be
available there from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic. Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will meet from
8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. For informa-
tion, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRA will meet at
7:30 p.m. at Teen Town, 305 N.W. Second St. Anyone interested may
attend. For information, contact Frank Coker at (863) 467-1941.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thursday
at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is welcome to join.
The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity for
caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas. The meet-
ings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863)
467-2321.
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.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step Study meet-
ing at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780.

Friday
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All per-
sons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming a
part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what we are all
about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
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, locat-
ed 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
Juanaat471-9795.
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.
Narcotics Anonymous meets and will have a guest speaker and also
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.


several ladies back home with the
AFEV
The Ride to Retire the Debt
was conceived by two of our
employees Sue Holler and Pat
Tye. They wanted to help reduce
this debt loan and combined their
interest in bicycle riding with a
fundraising event. They chose
Lake Okeechobee as the ride
location due to its natural beauty
and the separate pathway around
the lake.
The ride is designed to attract
riders of all levels and they choose
the time and distance they care to
ride. The event is held in late
March to take the best advantage
of local weather. The next ride
will be held March 26-27, 2007.
We are looking for riders, sup-
port crew and sponsors for the


riders..Corporate sponsors would
be recognized at the event and on
our web site page for the ride.
Included in the corporate recogni-
tion is a framed and signed litho-
graph of the most notable icons
of the Air Force Enlisted Village. In
addition, they would be included
in our quarterly newsletter, "Voice
of Hope."
If you are interested in becom-
ing a part of this exciting event,
please contact Pat Tye at (800)
258-1413, (850) 651-3766 or at
tye@afenlisedfoundation.org.
We look forward to having you
partner with us in our mission to
Retire the Debt. Our web site is
www.afenlistedwidows.org.
There is a page dedicated to the
ride with full details for sponsors
and all participants.


Community Events

Halloween swap shop is slated
New items will be collected for a Halloween swap to be held in
the park on Oct. 31. Bring items for Martha's House (paper goods,
cleaning supplies, etc.) and Hospice (night lights, books, manicure
sets, candy, etc.) and get a treat in exchange. For information, call Pat
Keebler at (863) 763-2486.

Sacred Heart hosts Halloween party
A Halloween party for youngsters and families will be held at
Sacred Heart pavilion on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.
Celebrations include competitions with prizes for scariest, most origi-
nal and most beautiful costumes. Refreshments will be served. For
information, call (863) 763-3727.

Churches sponsor Fall Fest
First Baptist Church, More 2 Life and Oakview Baptist Church will
be sponsoring Fall Fest on Tuesday, Oct. 31, in Flagler Park parks 5 and
6, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. There will be games and candy for chil-
dren in a safe environment.

Free Halloween Festival planned
Okeechobee Main Street invites all groups, clubs and organiza-
tions to join making this a safe Halloween. Okeechobee Main
Street in conjunction with the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office,
Okeechobee City Police Department, Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners, Okeechobee City Council and the Chamber
of Commerce are offering a safe alternative to door-to-door trick-or-
treating. The Halloween Festival will take place Tuesday, Oct. 31, in
the park downtown and it will be free. If you Would like to sponsor a
booth, prizes or make a monetary donation, call (863) 357-6246.

Board plans brown-bag lunch meeting
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition advisory board will
meet Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. from 11:30 a.m.
until 1 p.m. This is a brown bag lunch meeting for board members
only. For information call Jim Vensel at (863) 357-1977, or Val Marone
at (863) 462-0040.

ORE selling Christmas ornament
Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE) are taking prepaid orders
for our first limited edition 2006 Christmas 24K gold-on-brass Christ-
mas ornament. The deadline for ornaments is Nov. 1. The ornament
includes a numbered certificate and historical information. The cost
of the ornaments is $15 and proceeds will fund the ORE scholarship.
To place an order call: Kay McCool at (863) 763-2829; Gay Carlton at
(863) 763-5755; Paulette Whipple at (863) 467-2487; Marion Davis at
(863) 763-3991; or, Regina Hamrick at (863) 763-8865.

Yard sale hosted by Hospice
Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth St., will hold a yard sale
on Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Every-
thing must go to make room for the Festival of Trees. Donated items
are needed and monies benefit patient care, including services at The
Hamrick Home. For information, call Rhonda at (863) 467-2321 or
(863) 697-1995.

Fort Pierce church hosting The Isaacs
Westside Baptist Church, 3361 S. Jenkins Road, Fort Pierce, will
feature Dove Award-winning and bluegrass/gospel recording artists
The Isaacs on Friday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the
door for a donation of $20 each. For information, call (772) 461-7828.

Shared Services panel will meet
The executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee Countywill hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Fri-
day, Nov. 3, in the board room at 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 is invited. For information call (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

OCT to stage Irving Berlin musical
The music of one of America's most beloved songwriters will
come alive as the Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT) presents
the Irving Berlin musical review "The Melody Lingers On," Nov. 3, 4,
10 and 11. Reserved seat tickets are on sale now. Tickets are available
during' regular business hours at the Okeechobee Chamber of Com-
merce, at 55 S. Parrott Ave. The performances will be at 8 p.m. inthe
auditorium at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus on S.W. Second
Avenue at Seventh Street. For information, contact Ron Hayes at
(863) 763-1307.

Church sponsoring fundraiser
A family portrait fundraiser sponsored by the Okeechobee Church
of God youth group will be held Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4, at
301 N.E. Fourth Ave. Ticket are $10, and covers the sitting fee and a 10
x 13 family portrait. For tickets and information, call Donna at (863)
697-1789.

SFWMD to host meeting about river
The Kissimmee River/Upper Basin Stakeholder Outreach meeting
will be held at the South Florida Water Management District's Okee-
chobee Service Center, 205 N. Parrott Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 4, from
10 a.m. until noon. This meeting will provide an opportunity for the
general public to meet with South Florida Water Management District
and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials.
Topics of discussion include the status of the Kissimmee River
restoration, land management activities, recreational activities and
user group interactions. Those who use the Kissimmee River and
upper basin are encouraged to attend to provide feedback and dis-
cussion. For information, call Jeff McLemore at (863) 462-5260 ,ext.
3022.
Methodist Women sponsoring bazaar
The First United Methodist Women of Okeechobee will hold their
annual bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 4,from 8 until 1 p.m. in the Fellow-
ship Hall at 200 N.W. Second St. in Okeechobee. There will be a vari-
ety of crafts, quilted items, knives, nuts, baked goods, white elephant
items and a silent auction. Soup, sandwiches and desserts will be
available from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Proceeds will go to Mission Pro-
jects, local and abroad. For information, contact Cynthia Yoder at
(863) 357-2103.






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Football Schedule


Games will consist of 8-minute
quarters. Teams are A Child's
World, Big Lake Eye Care, 3-H
Farms, Okeechobee Mortgage,
Shenanigans and Crewsville Dairy.
Saturday, Nov. 4 S-30.945 a rnm-
Big Lake Eye Care vs. Okeechobee
Mortgage; 10-11:15 a.m.-3-H Farms
vs. Crewsville Dairy.
Tuesday, Nov. 7:5:45-7 p.m.-3-H'
Farms vs. Okeechobee Mortgage;
7:15-8:30 p.m.-Shenanigans vs.
Crewsville Dairy.
Saturday, Nov. 11: 8:30-9:45
a.m.-Okeechobee Mortgage vs.
Shenanigans; 10-11:15 a.m.-A
Child's World vs. Crewsville Dairy.
Tuesday, Nov. 14: 5:45 -7 p.m.-
Big Lake Eye Care vs. 3-H Farms;
7:15-8:30 p.m.-A Child's World vs.
Shenanigans.


OHS alumni bowling
tourney fundraiser set
The second annual Okee-
chobee High School Brahman
alumni bowling tournament
fundraiser has been scheduled for
Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Stardust
Lanes, beginning at 1 p.m. The
format will be a 3-game match
with scratch scoring. Teams will
consist of four members, prefer-
ably two males and two females.


Saturday, Nov. 18: 8:30-9:45
a.m.-Okeechobee Mortgage vs.
Crewsville Dairy; 10-11:15 a.m.-A
Child's Worldvs. 3-H Farms..
Tuesday, Nov. 28: 5:45-7 p.m.-
,Bia Lake E\ e Care vs. Ce\\ s' ill.
Dadl.
Saturday, Dec. 2: 8:30-9:45 a.m.-
A Child's World vs. Big Lake Eye
Care; 10-11:15 a.m.-Okeechobee
Mortgage vs. Shenanigans.
Tuesday, Dec. 5:5:45-7 p.m.-3-H
Farms vs. Crewsville Dairy.
Saturday, Dec. 9:8:30-9:45 a.m.-
Third place vs. Fourth place teams;
10-11:15 a.m.-First place vs. Sec-
ond place teams. Fifth and sixth
place-no game.
Tie Breaker: (1) Overall, (2)
Head to Head, (3) Still tied?: Head
to Head point differential.


The entry fee is $60 per team or
$15 per member. All entry forms
and fees must be turned in by
Nov. 3, at practice. Checks must
be made out to the O.H.S. bowl-
ing team. There will be trophies
for high game and high series plus
special trophies for last place
team members. Tournament
shirts will be ,on sale for $5 for
teams. For information contact
Coach Howard at either O.H.S.-
(863) 462-5025 ext. 1704 or home
at (863) 763-2305.


High school winter sports begin
in November. The following is the
schedule for the Brahman and,
Lady Brahman wrestling teams.
Wednesday, Nov.15: Brahmans
vs. Ft. Pierce Westwood Dual-
home 7 p.m.;
Saturday, Dec. 2: Sebastian
River Tournament @ SBHS-10 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2: Ft. Pierce Cen-
tral Tournament (JV) @ FPCHS-10
a.m.;
Saturday, Dec. 6: Brahmans vs.
Sebastian River Dual @ SBHS-7
p.m.;
Saturday, Dec. 9: Big Lake Clas-
sic @ OHS-10 a.m.;
Wednesday, Dec. 13: Brahmans
vs. South Fork Dual @ OHS-7 p.m.;
Saturday, Dec. 16: Battle on the
Lake Tournament @ OHS-.10 a.m.;
Saturday, Dec. 16: Battle on the'
Lake Girls Tournament @-10 a.m.;
Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007: Brah-- l
mans v-s. St; LiutieCentennialbDal-
@ SCHS-5:30 p.m.;
Saturday, Jan. 6: Hendry County.
Tournament @ HCHS-10 a.m.;
Wednesday, Jan. 10: Ft. Pierce
Central Tournament (JV) @ OHS-7
p.m.;
Saturday, Jan. 13: Brahmans vs.
Martin County Dual Tournament
@ MCHS- 10a m.;
Saturday, Jan. 13: Harmony
Tournament (girls) @ HHS-10
a.m.;
Saturday, Jan 20: Treasure Lake
Conference @ OHS-10 a.m.;
Thursday, Jan. 25: Brahmans vs.
Vero Beach Dual ]- VBHS-7 p.m.;
Saturday, Jan. 27T Polk County
Tournament @ PCHS-10 a.m.;
Saturday, Jan. 27: Girls State
Tournament-TBA-10 a.m.;
Wednesday, Jan. 31: Brahmans
vs. Treasure Coast Dual @ OHS-7
p.m.;
Saturday, Feb. 3: District Tourna-
ment @ OHS-TBA
Friday-Saturday, Feb. 9-10:
Regional Tournament-TBA-TBA;
Wednesday-Sunday, Feb. 14-18:
State Tournament-TBA-TBA.
For information regarding the
Brahman wrestling team, contact
head coach Bruce Jahner at (863)
462-5025.


Games will consist of 6-minute
quarters. Teams are American
General, B&M Tractor, G&K Trac-
tor, Lennon Grove Service and
Ridge Runner Airboats.,
- Saturday, Nov. 4: 9-10 a.m.-
B&M Tractor vs. Ridge Runner Air-
boats; 10-11 a.m.-G&K Tractor vs.
Lennon Grove Service.
Saturday, Nov.11: 9-10 a.m.-
Ridge Runner Airboats vs. G&K
Tractor; 10-11 a.m.-American
General vs. B&M Tractor.
Saturday, Nov. 18: 9-10 a.m.-
Lennon Grove Service vs. Ridge
Runner Airboats; 10-11 a.m.-B&M
Tractor vs. G&K Tractor.
Tuesday, Nov. 28: 5:30-6:30
p.m.-Ridge Runner Airboats vs.


American General; 6:30-7:30
p.m.-Lennon Grove Service vs.
G&K Tractor.
Saturday, Dec. 2: 9-10 a.m.-
B&M Tractor vs. American Gener-
al; 10-11 a.m.-Ridge Runner Air-
boats vs. Lennon Grove Service.
Tuesday, Dec. 5: 5:30-6:30
p.m.-G&K Tractor vs. Ridge Run-
ner Airboats; 6:30-7:30 p.m.-
American General vs. Lennon
Grove Service.
Saturday, Dec. 9: 9-10 a.m.-
Third place vs. fourth place; 10-11
a.m.-First place vs. second place.
Fifth place-no game.
Tie Breaker: (1) Overall, (2)
Head to Head, (3) Still tied: Head
to Head Point Differential.


Lady Brahman
2006-2007
soccer schedule

Junior varsity game time is list-
ed first followed by varsity game
time.
2006
Oct. 30: OHS @ Port St. Lucie-
away-6/8 p.m.
Nov. 01: OHS @ Martin County-
away-6/8 p.m.
Nov. 04: OHS @ John Carroll-
away-9/11 a.m.
Nov. 06: OHS @ Lincoln Park-
away at Lawnwood-5:30/7:30 p.m.
Nov. 09: OHS @ Forest Hill-
away-6 p.m. (varsity only)
Nov. 13: OHS vs. Jensen Beach-
home-5 p.m. (varsity only)
Nov. 14: OHS @ Jensen Beach-
away-6 p.m. (junior varsity only)
Nov. 15: OHS vs. Sebastian-
home-5/7 p.m.
Nov. 17: OHS vs. Suncoast-
home-5/7 p.m.
Nov. 20: OHS @ Lincoln Park-
away at Lawnwood-6 p.m.
Nov. 27: OHS vs. Fort Pierce
Central-home-4/6 p.m.
Nov. 29: OHS @ Glades Central-
away-5 p.m. (varsity-only)
Dec. 04: OHS vs. Dreyfoos-
home-5 p.m. (varsity only)
Dec. 07: OHS vs. Fort Pierce
Westwood-home-5 p.m. (varsity
only)
.Dec. 15: OHS vs. Treasure
Coast-home-5/7 p.m.
Dec. 16: OHS @ Ft. Pierce West-
wood-away-9/11 a.m.
Dec. 18: OHS vs. Lake Placid-
home-6/7:30 p.m.
2007
Jan. 04: OHS vs. John Carroll-
home-4/6 p.m.
Jan. 08: OHS @ Lake Placid-
away-6/7:30 p.m.
Jan. 09: Treasure Lake Confer-
ence-TBA


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Community Events


Men's group plans chicken dinner
The United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W. Second St., will sponsor a smoked chicken dinner on Friday,
Nov. 10. The meal includes one-fourth chicken, cole slaw, baked
beans, roll and dessert for a donation of $6. Take out only is avail-
able from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Dine in or take but from 4 until 7 p.m.
Delivery is available for 10 or more dinners. Tickets are available at
the church office. Or, orders may be faxed to (863) 763-2481 by
10:30 a.m. Thursday. Include contact name, phone number and
address for dinners to be delivered.
Gospel Messengers to be in concert
The Gospel Lighthouse will host a gospel sing featuring The
Gospel Messengers on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Believers
Fellowship Church, 310 S.W Sixth Ave. For information, call (863)
357-0455.


Eagles Aeries plan yard sale
Eagles Aeries #4137, 9985 U.S. 441 N., will have ayard sale on Satur-
day and Sunday, Nov. 11 and 12, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Donated items
to sell will be appreciated. Also on Saturday, Nov. 11, chicken wings and
blooming onions will be sold at 2 p.m. for a donation.
Church to host yard sale
Fort Drum Community Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will hold a redemp-
tion yard sale on Saturday, Nov. 11, from 8 a.m. until ? All proceeds will go
to the Voice of the Martyrs Ministry. For information, call Judy at (863)
357-1581.
Free nutritional class is offered
Dr. Edward Douglas will teach a free CRA nutritional analysis class
Monday, Nov. 13, at 5:30 p.m. at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center,
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will be the beneficiary of any donations. Representatives will be on
site. In thanks for your service, we'd like to offer ours. For information,
call (863) 763-0444.
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sons are invited. This is a brown bag lunch meeting. For information
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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres III.
Movie times for Friday, Oct. 27,
through Thursday, Nov. 2, are as
follows:
Theatre I -"Flicka" (PG) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Satur-
day and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7and9p.m.
Theatre II "Man of the Year"
(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 "Employee of the
Month" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2
and 7 p.m. Monday at 3 p.m. Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursday at 2
and 7 p.m.
Also showing:
Theatre III "Grudge 2" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 9 p.m., Satur-
day and Sunday at 4:15 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 4:15
and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4.50; senior
citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.

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Read library
books online
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Library has announced a new serv-
ice for those patrons with e-mail
accounts. You can join the Chapter-
A-Day Online Book Club sponsored
by the Friends of the Okeechobee
County Library. All you need to do is
visit the library's web page at
www.heartlineweb.org/oke and
choose the link to the Online Book
Club. Simply follow the directions
on the page. You will start receiving
chapters from popular books in
your daily e-mail. After you have
read two or three chapters from a
book, you will begin receiving
chapters from a new one. Each
Monday you will start a new book.
There is no charge for this service.
You don't even need a library card.
All you need is an e-mail address
and five minutes a day to sample
the wonderful world of reading.


Food Pantry is open **
Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church Food Pantry is open again.
We are located at 312 N. Parrott
Ave. in the back parking lot of the
church. Our temporary gray box is *
stocked and ready for anyone who
needs food. All you need is an I.D.
The hours of operation are Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursday
from 9 a.m. until noon.

Mentors make
a difference
Making a difference through
mentoring needs you! You can -
make a difference in the life of a
teen by mentoring. Adolescence is l
a time of risk and opportunity. The a
youth in Okeechobee County need
you. If you have a caring heart and
one hour a week to share in the life
of a teen; you can be a mentor. For
information, call Toni Doyle at
(863) 462-5863.

One Stop Center
has job openings
If you're looking for a job, look
at the One Stop Career Center, 209
S.W. Park St. The center is open
from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday
through Friday.

Recovery group
needing donations
The new Sobriety in the Swamp
Club is seeking cash donations to
enable it to acquire a new location
and establish a recovery place for
all. Alateen, Alanon, AA and NA
meetings are planned. We will
appreciate the community's sup-
port and donations can be mailed
to PO. Box 1543, Okeechobee, Fla.
34973. A receipt will be provided
for tax deduction. For information,
call Monica at (863) 697-6235.


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that provides four-year college
scholarships to deserving sixth anc
ninth graders in local communi
ties. The mentor meets with thE
student one hour per week a
his/her school. Volunteer opportu
nities are available in Indian Rivei
Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobe(
counties. Please call the Indiai
River Community College Founda
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DOG, Found, Chihuahua / Ter-
rier Mix, Female, Vicinity of
Basinger 700A. Call to ID.
(863)467-2112
PIT BULL, Male, found in
Okeechobee Little Farms
area. Call to identify
(678)268-8191
Several Animals for adoption.
Cats, Dogs & Ferrets OR
need Foster Caretakers.
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Do-It-Yourself Ideas


Princes and princesses of all
ages will love this do-it-your-
self castle doll house. The
project features a working
drawbridge, realistic battle-
ments and bright pennants. It
measures 36 in. tall by 30 in.
wide by 20 in. deep.
Castle Doll House plan
(No. 794)... $7.95
Victorian Doll House plan
(No. 671)... $9.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds
of projects)... $2.00
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(except catalog-only orders)
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ELECTRICIAN:
Mechanic's &
Helpers
Only serious self-
motivated need
apply. Must have
good driving record.
Weekly Travel time,
overtime, per diem.
DFWP, Benefits,
401K, Pd Hol. &Vac.
Wilson's Petroleum
(772)468-3689
Find It faster. Sen It soon-
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NEEDED:
Energetic,Self motivated per-
son who loves children to
work for busy Childcare Cen-
ter. 863-467-5588
Shirley's Personal
Care, Services.
Now taking applications
for Certified Nursing
Assistants. Please call
(863)467-6399
#NR30211249
PHONE TECHNICIAN NEEDED
Valid DL Drug Tested
1505B S. Parrott Ave
863-763-5200
WAITRESS, Full Time
Must be experienced.
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CAT, REWARD Brown/Black
stripe, shorthair white tip
paw stomach, chest. 2 yr old
male. Fixed (863)697-3207
WALLET, lost @ .Wal-Mart on
Sun. 10/22 If found please
c-all Cjmolyri Thomas
(863)447-1841 REWARD


BIRD DOGS, 1 male & 1
female, started on quail.
Need good homes.
(561)722-5289
KITTENS- 4 very cute, to good
homes only (863)763-1893
ask for Bob
MALE CATAHOULA/ Bull dog
mix. Crack eyes, No Hunting,
fenced yd. (863)467-0380
RABBITS pure bred, w/cages
& accessories. Free to good
homes. Refs. 863-228-7230
RODESIAN RIDGEBACK DOG,
Spayed female, needs loving
owner, quiet, housebroken.
(863)675-4098 evenings
SKUNK, Descented, to good
home, if interested, please
call (863)843-0336


HOMELESS, Educated, Single
White Male, 58yrs. old. Smok-
er, Non Drinker looking for re-
lationship. (863)585-6601
MAN, Single, White, Christian
Late 50's. Looking for petite
White, Single, Christian
Woman who likes country
living. Can we grow togeth-
er? (863)357-0299

Employment


Employment -
Ful-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Emfplorment -
P&a-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job "nfomation 225
Jpb raminig 227
Sales 230



A 220 OR 440 CSR
position opening.
Call 863-467-0331 for appt.
A DRIVER NEEDED
Class A CDL required. 6 days
a week, local run. Good pay.
Call (863)467-2982 9a-3p


ASSISTANT
MANAGER
($30,000 to start)
COOK
For Busy
Restaurant
Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.
CUSTOMER SERVICE
INSURANCE AGENCY looking
for a Bilingual English/Span-
ish Customer Service. Expe-
rence a plus. Fax resume to
(863)763-1510 or drop it at
303 S. Parrott Ave. #G.
, D DOMINO'S
PIZZA
0H Okeechobee
U201 Have you been
thinking about becoming an
owner of a national chain
restaurant, but didn't know
how to go about it? Almost
all current Domino's Pizza
Franchisees started with the
company as Assistant Man-
gers or Drivers, and pro-
gressed to General
Managers before becoming
owner. Visit our Okeechobee
store to find out more.....

DRIVER
Needed for Home
Medical Company.
Delivery of Oxygen,
DME, and patient
education. Experi-
ence preferred but
will train. Bilingual
a Plus. Interested
candidates please
fax resumes to
863-763-5191 or call
Angel 863-763-7337
DFWP/EOE
Local construction company -
Looking to fill general con-
struction positions. Must
have experience in carpentry,
drywall, roofing and ping and painting.
Valid drivers license neces-
sary. Call (863)357-2700 or
(863)357-0852
EXPERIENCED DUMP TRUCK
DRIVER NEEDED
Clean CDL required
Call Ray Parker
(863)634-1136
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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
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TRUCK DRIVERS NEEDED
Must have Class A CDL
Benefits Available
Apply at:
Syfrett Feed Company
3079 NW 8th Street, Okeechobee


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Have advanced PC computer skills
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Competitive pay based on experience
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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
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Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street


Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
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Treasure Coast Hospices Big Lake Branch
is seeking an experienced administrative and
clinical RN to direct our fabulous team in our
Okeechobee office. Please contact
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MEDICAL ASSISTANT
OR PHLEBOTOMIST
willing to learn. Busy primary
care office. Includes health
insurance. (863)467-8771
MEDICAL OFFICE
,FRONT OFFICE
PartTime
(863)467-8771


P/T Histology & Mohs Tech
Position avail, in Sebring
Dermatology practice. $30.
per hr with flexible schedule.
Fax resume to
863-386-1848 & call
863-386-0786


MOCK JURORS
$20/hr. participating in mock
Trials and focus groups on
weekends in Okeechobee.
Must be resident of
Okeechobee Cty. and over 18
Call 1-800-948-4440 to reg.


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EMPLOYMENT CONSULTANT
Part Time position (may grow to full-time).
Candidate responsible for assisting
individuals w/disabilities secure & maintain
employment in Okeechobee County.
BA degree & good communication skills required.
Competitive Salary, Supplemental benefits available..
Applyto:
Helping People Succeed, Inc. -HPS-
(formerly Tdr- County TEC),
1111 S. Federal Hwy., Suite 124
or. Fax resume (772)221-4938
DFW/EOE.


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true, chances are that It is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
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before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
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Do-It-Yourself Ideas


Dump Truck
Designed for kids aged four to eight, this do-it-your-
self dump truck project combines several realistic
touches-like a working steering mechanism and
dump box-with smooth pedal power and a sturdy
frame.
Required materials include two sheets of conven-
tional plywood, a few pieces of pine lumber, two
steel rods and two pieces of flat steel stock, six
wheels, screws and nails and a few assorted pieces of
hardware. The completed dump truck measures
about four feet long by two feet wide.
Dump Truck plan (No. 682) ... $9.95
Pedal Cars Package (No. C143)
Three projects incl. 682... $22.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds of projects) ... $2.00
Please add $4.00 s&h (except catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), Please be sure to
clip & send w/ check to: include your name,
U-Bild Features address and the name of
15241 Stagg St. this newspaper. Allow
Van Nuys, CA 91405 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
hsetrsuctior:- 420
Services Offered 425
turance..'*; -" 430
Medical Services435.




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Pressure Washing &
Minor repairs.
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-467-2917
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Books & Magazines535
Building MatrialsM40O
Business Equipment 545
Carpeto/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glaswmre, Eta. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575'
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & fbc 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture. 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Item s 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Mecaal Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools 9 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




AIR COND- Central package
unit, 3.5 ton, York, never in-
stalled, $1550
(561)447-6538
WINDOW UNIT, 220v, works
good. $200 neg.
(863)261-5758
WINDOW UNIT- Kenmore,
18,000 BTU's, Cool & heat
New, Never used. $300.
(863)634-4271


CHINA CABINET Inlaid w/
spindle legs. $200neg.
OAK WASH STAND $100neg.
MAHOGANY SERVER/
BUFFET, $150 neg.
(863)634-5914
COFFIN, with fully wired skele-.
ton. $1000 (863)675-4981
HOOSIER CABINET, with white
enamel countertop, $350 or
best offer. (863)634-5914
SEWING MACHINE- In blonde
furniture. Access. included.
Good condition. $200.
(302)684-4836 Lv. msg.
STEREO SYSTEM, 1970 floor
model Zenith, 8 track, record
player, radio, exc. cond.
$400 neg. (863)467-5117


COFFEE POT: Sunbeam,
Black, New. $15
(863)467-5709


DISHWASHER, Excellent con-
dition. $75. (863)675-1634
ELECTRIC DRYER- GE, like
new, barely used, $100 or
best offer (863)673-5655
FREEZER: ADMIRAL, Ultra
Freeze, No Frost, Upright,
$200. (863)467-5709
LG. UPRIGHT FREEZER- GE
Frostfree, wht. & Tappan 4
burner gas stove, wht.
$325/both, will sep. 675-1553
REFRIGERATOR, Crosley
Shelvador. $150
(863)261-5758
STOVE, Ceramic: Like new.
$200 (863)675-1634
WASHER & DRYER- GE Super
capacity, brand new, $500
(863)675-6370
WASHER, Roper, Large Ca-
pacity 2.5, Like new. New
$229, Asking $175.
(863)357-3369


ADULT 3 WHEELER- Used.
Bul in Very good condition
$90. 863)674-1662
BIKE 2 wheeler 20" Mon-
goose Model very sriarp
must see, $40'.- Call
18631763-0625. '
GIRLS BICYCLES (2) good
condition. $60/both, will sell
separate. 863-763-3120
Okeechobee area
GIRLS CHOPPER BIKE- ask-
ing $100 (863)763-3448 or
0863467-5716



Replacement Casement
Sashes : Andersen: 1 271/-4"
W 58 1/2"H & 4) 27 1/4"Wx
39 il4' H. $250 863-467-8504
STORM DOOR 32X75 brand
new, never used.
Screen/window. $150.
302-228-3005
TEMPORARY SERVICE POLE,
Askiig $300 or besi offer
1863i673-1120


BABY CRIB- complete, light
wood, good condilon $20
18630983-6621
CARRIAGE/STROLLER High
cnair & toys also. $100/all,
will Sell separately.
863-763-0888 after 3pm
OCEAN WONDERS AQUARI-
UM- asking $20, excellent
condition (863)467-0826
OCEAN WONDERS MOBILE-
Fisher Price, with remote
$25 (863)467-0826
SWING SET- metal,..asking
$50 (863)634-3641 -


BOYS & GIRLS CLOTHING,
Size 12 Mostly name brand
$40. Will separate.
(863)357-0391
CLOTHING- Womens, name
brands, size 3x, pants &
tops, new w/tags $80 will
sell sep (954)237-4846
LEATHER JACKETS, Men's,
size Large, 1 brown & 1
black, new. $50 each or best
offdr. (863)634-5914'


BASEBALL, BASKETBALL &
FOOTBALL CARDS: Appox.
50,000. $2500 for all, will sep.
(863)902-0474
ELVIS COLLECTION, Many
items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $550
neg. (863)467-0627
PIN BALL MACHINES (3) not
working, very collectable,
$500 for all (8 3)328-0002
PORCELAIN DOLLS & DOLL
MOLDS- Byron molds, See-
ley, etc. $2000 All or sell sep
(863)674-1906
SWORDS, KNIVES, DAGGER
& more, approx 71 items,
3/4 new in box. $175. for all.
Or best offer 863-467-5052



DELL, with printer, 1 year old,
works good, $300
(863)634-1331


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Alante, new batteries, exc.
cond. $850. (863)634-4842
. or (863)635-4870.
SCOOTERS (2), Rascal, bat-
tery operated, like new,
1 needs work. $400 for both.
(863)697-2198
WHEELCHAIR RAMPS good
condition. $200/set.
863-357-1632


#1 TRUE HELP
Readings by Angel
1 Free Consultations by phone
Instant Love Solutions
Call Today for Help tomorrow
1-800-697-9530
CHRISTMAS DECOR, Outdoor,
$50 for all. (863)983-8216
after 10am
DRUMS (10) 55 gal., for Bum-
ing (10) 15 gal. & (10) 55 gal.
Plastic, Water Tight Drums.
$150 will sep. (863)763-5062


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HILTI 1" ROTATING Chipping
hammer/drill. Original cost
$1800, asking $450.
863-467-1958


PSP w/2 games. GTA and
Socom. $250 or best offer.
863-697-9014



ELECTROLUX, with bags, $25
(863)983-8216 after 10am


ENCLOSED TRAILER, used,
7x10 or 8x12 with loading
ramp. 863-675-5825.
NEW COIN COLLECTOR want-
ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891


COMPUTER DESK- large, with
adjustable height, good con-
dition $50 or best offer
(561)676-0427
SCANNER- UMAX Astra
1220S, All hardware. Extra
software, Pent I or II, $25.
(863)675-4970 Lv. msg.
SEMPRON 3000+ new/reser-
viced, 512 mem, 40gb.hd,
burner, loaded w/prgms.,
w/guar. $339.863-763-4376


MYSTERY SCRAPBOOK LOT-
over 800 items, brand new,
paper, punches, pencils, etc.
$350 neg (863)634-8433


ARMOIRE/ENT. CENTER, Very
nice, call to view. $125 or
best offer. (863)675-8937
BED twin, adjustable, w/mas-
sage, $300. (863)634-4842
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BEDS, TWIN: (2) Complete.
Captain style w/6 drawers be-
low. Asking $400 for both, will
sep. (863)467-1789
BROYHILL HEADBOARD-
white, king size, dressers,
night stand & armoire $350
(863)467-1662
BUFFET & HUTCH- dark pine,
$300 (863)763-0215
CHROME & GLASS D/R TBL.
5.8x3 Table only, good cond.
$50. 863-675-1553
COFFEE TABLE & 2 end tables
with drawers, all oak wood.
$175 for set, will not separate.
(863)675-4098 evenings
COUCH & LOVESEAT, Like
new, $200 (863)357-6997
COUCH, Like new. Beige
tones. $125 (863)763-8642
COUCH, PLAID, Sleeper, 2
end tables & coffee table
(Pine wood finish) $150. Will
Separate. (863)673-0081
DINING ROOM TABLE- Tile
top, White wash, Peach tile
w/pattern, Seats 4. $150.
Firm (863)634-0387
DR SUITE- table, 5 chair, cni-
na cabinet, server, cherry
wood, $525 (863)328-0002
DR TABLE- Broyhill, w/2
Capts. chairs, 2 reg chairs, 1
bench, 2 leafs, dark pine,
$500 (863)763-0215
ENTER CENTER- fits 32" TV,
wood, $50 (863)634-3641
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER, 3
piece, cherry stained, wood,
9' long, holds 27" tv. $300 or
best offer. (863)697-1706'
FUTON MATTRESS- Deluxe
6", with cover. Like new.
$50..(863)763-6369 ..
FUTON SOFA BED, w/thick in-
ner spring mattress, almost
new, pd $390, sell $200.
(336)342-0221-Aqua Isles
MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS,
Queen, 9", NASA, as seen on
TV, in factory package. $475
cash. 2391223-8103
PINE HEADBOARD- King size,
,.irame, dressers included,
all light pine $250 for all
(863)697-6570
TRIPLE DRESSER- 54"x 18"
With attached mirror. Hard
rock maple wood. Good.
cond. $150. (863)763-2458:
TWIN BED & NIGHT STAND,
matching set, good condi-
tion. $100 for both.
(863)675-1617 after 6pm
TWIN BEDS, 2, Maple, Com-
plete. Good condition. $75.
(863)467-4124
Wicker Furniture, Loveseat, 2
chrs., w/cushions, 3 tables,
in Aqua Isles, $100.
(336)342-0221



GOLF CART, Electric, Hyundi.
w/ charger, 6 new batteries &
extra tires. Not running. $350
or best offer. (863)261-4908
Your next Job could be In
today's classiMfleds. Did
you look for it?


AMMO- 30-30 Win, 200
rounds, boxed, $70 will di-
vide (863)301-0250
COLT 45, Argentinean model
1927, Colt cal. 11.25 mm,
$675.863-467-1958
RIFLE W/SCOPE- 22ga, ask-
Sing $150 (863)674-0634


MOMENTUM 610, takes up
35" floor space, new. $75 or
bestoffer. (863)634-5914


CEILING FANS (2), Hunter.
USA made w/ligit kit. Cost
$125 each, asking $70 for
both, will sep. (561)633-1371


HOVEROUND SCOOTER-
Good condition. $500. Or
best offer. (863)697-3299
MOTORIZED CHAIR Golden


BASSWOOD, Brand new CBS,
3BR/2BA, 2,000 sq. ft., rent
for $1375/mo. or rent to
own. (863)610-2631
BRAND NEW 3/2 Home,
w/detached garage, open floor
plan, $1000/mo, first & last
Call Brandi at 863-261-2762
BUCKHEAD RIDGE, Water-
front 3 Bdrm., 11/2 Ba. 2 Story
w/Lake Okeechobee access &
boat ramp. Wrap around
porch. Fenced yard. Pets wel-
comel $1300. mo. + 1st, last
& sec. 561-346-3620
krisdags@aol.com
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br,,
2 Ba., $1200 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. dep. & refs. Call Barry
772-216-1461


JACUZZI 5 person, in good
working cond. Complete
w/pumps, etc. $500. You
haul it. 863-467-7267
TANNING BOOTH stand up,
by The Tanning Hut, w/28
bulbs, asking $600.
(863)634-9119
TEXAS INSTRUMENT 92
Graphing calculator & guide
book. Like new. $50.
863-612-9233 Labelle area



BASS GUITAR: FENDER JAZZ,
Marcus Miller w/hard case.
Like new. $725.
(863)357-7406
CUSTOM BUILT GUITAR
CABINET- 77"T x 42"W, 2
solid doors & shelf, $350 or
best offer(561)633-1 371
Organ, Hammond Model 134,
Composer Series, w/bench
& instruction books, $130.
(863)357-0465
YAMAHA ELECTRIC PIANO -
exc.cond. $750.
863-234-1067 Labelle area


AQUARIUM- 75 gal,
Stand,hood Salt filtration.
Reef white. $450.
(863)673-0081
CHIHUAHUA- 5 mos, male,
cream/tan, asking $130
(863)673-0538
COCKER SPANIEL- Full blood-
ed; 2 yrs old, Very friendly,
Good with children. House
dog. $1000. (863)634-5473
COLUMBIAN RED-TAIL Boa,
2 ft., good appetite, 10 gal.
tank w/access. $150 or best
offer. 863-673-6508
DOG CRATE, Midwest, galva-
nized, 36"lx19"wx22"h, $30.
(863)763-4098
DOG KENNEL- 2, 10x10,
Chain inked $325. lor both,
of will separate.
i8631697-2969
ENGLISH BULL DOGS- 2, Fe-
males, AKC registered, 2.5
yrs old. $1600.
(863)634-8795
FISH TANK -.55 gallon, great
buy. $75. (863)357-6930
MALE PUG- has papers, need
to sell immediately $500 or
best offer (863)634-0790
MINI PIN PUPS- AKC, 8wks
old, bik/tan & reds, M/F,
adorable, 1st shots, $500
each (863)946-3857
PIGEONS: (5 PAIR) $75
(863)675-4981 LaBelle Area
TRITON COCKATOO female,
very beautiful & loving.
Needs lots of TLC. w/cage+
Must sell $1500.228-7230



BATHTUB, brand new, porce-.
lairf, stainless steel, sill in
box, $175 or best oiper
(863)357-2271/261-4633
HOT WATER HEATER- 40 gal,
asking $70 (863)675-7105



SEWING MACHINE- asking
$25 call for information, too
much to list (954)237-4846


COMPOUND BOW, Black
Bear-Cobra, 50 lb. draw,
with arrows, $35.
(863)763-4098
FISHING ROD- Steve Daniels
signature series, excellent
condition, 7', med light, $8
(863)610-1276 .
LARGE MOUTH BASS- 20lbs
+, wall mount, fiberglass
replica, hand painted, looks
sharp $75 (863)610-1276
PAINT BALL GUN Tippman A5
w/Ricochet hopper, Tippman
pro-lite, mask, tanks, pods &
more. $200 (863)261-2265



SUB WOOFERS- 10", Mounted
in a box for a P/U Truck.
Good condition. $20.
(863)697-3008


FLAT SCREEN -. Sony 36"
wega FD Trinitron TV, asking
$1000. (772)461-8822 Ft.
Pierce.
TiV, 2005, ILO, 24" Flat Screen
w/stand, but wall mountable.
Perfect con PdPd. $588, Now
$450 Firm. (863)447-1841


AIR COMPRESSOR 5.5 Hon-
da/Ingersoll Rand, dual tank,
no hrs. Sacrifice at $550.
863-674-0416 Labelle
AIR COMPRESSOR- like new,
Porter Cable 1.6 HP 4 gal
pancake type, new $169
asking $135 (863)357-3369
GENERATORS (2) 4000 Te-
cumseh & 3500 Nokita. Both
work great. $500/both, will
sep. 863-447-6054 Iv. msg.


Agriculture

-I

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



APPALOOSA GELDING, white,
12 years old. For intermedi-
ate rider. $1000
(863)763-0367/801-1849
FILLY- 1yo, Belgian Cross,
sorrel, $600 to a good home
only (863)675-0247 La Belle
GELDING 7 yr. old, good trail.
horse, 4 high white socks &
blaze, beautiful. Reduced to
$1200. (863)509-3446
POCO HEADSTALL REINS,
New, With silver, $25.
(863)983-8646
QUARTERHORSE MARE 6
yrs., needs exp. rider, $3500
or best offer. Need to sell!
Great bloodlines863-634-7065
RED ROAN APPALOOSA,
Gelding, 6 years. $800. or
best offer. (863)763-2379
REG BREEDING STOCK PAINT
MARE- 2002, exc perfor-
mance bloodlines, $2500-
(863)801-9188
SADDLE- 14" Bob Marshall,
Treeless, Barrel, Floral pat-
tern, With silver. Asking
$1600. (863)697-2022
SADDLE- 14" Western, Sab-
tron, Fiberglass tree. Good
condition. $275.
(863)697-2022
SADDLE. Ausie/Western,
New, with ridle, breast col-
lar, 17", $250.
(863)983-8646
TRAILER- 2 horse bumper pull
escape door tandem axle,
good tires, dividers, rubber
mats $950 (305)807-2500



CHIPPER/SHREDDER, older
but in good condition, $75 or
best offer. (239)634-4040
LaBelle, leave message
RIDING LAWN MOWER -18hp
B&S, Yard King, 42" cut, 3
blades, runs & cuts, needs
some wk; $200.763-6257
RIDING LAWN MOWER; Mas-
rer Cut; 12rin 32" cut, $150.
i663)763-4149 or
(56lj 758-4337
RIDING LAWN MOWERS (2) -
w/good engines for parts.
$200 or. best offer.
863-467-8856 .
ROTOTILLER, Craftsman II,
5hp, Briggs, rear tine, 17",
very good condition. $300
(239)634-4040 LaBelle


TACK PONY SADDLE- $50,
halters $5. misc bridles $10
(305)807-2500

Rentals




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



IN TOWN(3) APARTMENTS
AVAILABLE NOW!! 2BR/1BA
No pets. Call (863)763-9225
or stop by 406 SW 2nd St "
N. of OKEE -2 Br, 1 Ba
12 mi. N ofOkeechobee.
$575/mo
$1150 moves you in.
No Pets! Non smoking envi.
(863)467-1717 8:30am-
3:30pm, or email
vldpgsurfinthenetnet
NW OKEECHOBEE: 2 BR, 2BA,
on quiet St. Kids & pets wel-
come. $850. mo. & $2200
Moves you in. 561-795-1965
OAK .LAKE APTS., Remodeled
2BR/1BA, screened porch,
$800 mo., 1st, last & sec.
No pets. (863)634-3313
READY TO MOVE IN!
Studio apt, must see to appre-
ciate. All inclusive minus
phone svc. (863)801-4949


OKEECHOBEE: 3 BR,1 BA in
Basswood. Nice neighbor-
hood. Yellow house, Com-
pletely remodeled., on corner
of 36th & 28th, Huge yard.
Pets ok. $895 mo+ $895
-Available Rent To Own-
View pictures @
www.lexbuyshouses.com
(561)715-1768
OKEECHOBEE 3/2, Newly Large
House, Large Yard. Bring petsl
$1295o..+ 1st, last & sec.
dep. Call 561-723-2226
OKEECHOBEE CITY, 3br (1
small) 2.5ba. Furnished.
$1000. Monthly + Util. 1st
mo. & Sec. (863)357-0707
PALM CREEK- For Rent 3br,
2.5ba, 2 car gar. Community
pool. $1500. mo. + 1st &
last (561)262-9191
SEASONAL BUCKHEAD
RIDGE: Lake access: 2 Story,
2BR, 11/2 BA No pets.
Non-Smk. Env. Also available
w/lake access: 1 Room Apt
(863)763-6086/634-4762
S.W. Section 3 BR/2 BA 1 Car
garage. Large back yard w/
mature Oak Trees. $1100. mo.
+ 1st & last. 863-634-5586



COMMERCIAL SPACE In Plaza
on 441 & 15A. 35x50 area.
$800/mo.plus utilities.
Yearly lease. (863)467-6300
NICE 2,000 S.F.Exec. Office
Avail Nov.1., 107 S.W. 17th
St. Suite B., Yr. Lease+,
call for info
863-634-3040/863-467-9608


OKEECHOBEE- $125/week,
first & last req.,
(863)634-8374

Real Estate
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Emloymentfi^ -
Meical 'I'll


rrupuery MU . ]uu
Condos/
townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Salea 1070
Warehouse Spa-e .1075




CLEWISTON. 3'2 CBS CA/H
1I 5 Frincea Acres in Flag- _
nole. Buill2001 $249K.''-- ,
.8!3983-8114 .
NICE 3BR/2BA located at 906
NE 28th Ave. CBS, all apple's.
$185K. For info 863-610-0973
OKEE: S BR, 1 BA, Frame
w/Metal Roof, 60x210 Ft. lot.
Hardwood firs. Possible rent to
own. $115,000. Owner/Agent
Call Charles (863)634-0584
bullwad@aol.com
OKEE., D/W 32'x18', Lrg, Vinyl
sliding windows in foyer. Exc.
cond. Concrete. driveway All
apple. $25,000. (863)467-6054
OKEECHOBEE 3BR/1BA,
could be 4 or 5, CBS, approx.
3000 SF, hardwood firs, FL
rm. & work rm., Lg. 2-story
barn w/lots of tools incl. Ask-
ing $152K. No reasonable of-
fer refused.863-447-1090msg
Owner Financing Available
906 NW 3rd Street, 3 BR, 1
BA, CBS, Large fencedyard.
$149,900. (772)794-2800
S.W. Section: 3 BR, 2 BA, 1
Car garage. Large back yard
with mature Oak Trees.
$169,500. (863)634-5586



TREASURE ISLAND
2 Lots, Side by Side
Lot 1: w/CBS 3 BR, 2 BA,
boathouse & boat lift..
Move in condition!
Lot 2: Ready to build! Water,
Septic and Seawall included.
$250,000. For both. Rrm.
(561)262-1390
www southfloridalakehorne corn

TREASURE ISLAND, Reduced
Lake access 3br, 1ba,
screened heated pool. 12'x32'.
Rec/rm on the dock w/storage
area. Avail. Immed. $209,000
772-597-6158/954-801-6158


1/4 ACRE LOTS
in Sebring area.
Call 863-447-0965.

iMbile Homes










Four Seasons, 3BR/2BA,
appl's, recently remodeled,
$990. mo. + sec. dep.,
credit check. (786)863-3212
IMMACULATE D/W
2BR/2BA
W/F w/dock, hardwood firs.,
W/D, storage bldg.
$1100/mo. F/L/S.
863-467-8683
OKEECHOBEE- Dbl wide, 3br,
1ba, CA/Heat, clean, in town,
$750/mo. First, last sec
dep, No Pets (863)763-6232








10 Okeechobee News, Monday, October 30, 2006


IMMACULATE 2BR- fenced
yard, W/D, den, porch,
dock on Taylor Creek,
$950/mo plus F/L/S,
(863)467-8683
OKEECHOBEE- Nice 2BR/1BA,
$500/mo, 1st, last & security
deposit. Fenced in front yard.
No Pets. (863)763-6232.



KOA-1BR/1BA 12'42'
w/FL & until. rooms, part furn,
all appl's, a/c. $42,900.
863-467-8051
M/H- 3BR/1.5BA
Incl. 100x125' lot. Need some
TLC. Furnished, many extras.
$67,500 Negot863-447-6054
MOBILE HOME, 12x36,
w/10x30 Fla. room, c/a &
heat, 12x24 carport, new
kit., in adult park, low lot
rent, $16,500 neg. Must
See! (863)532-9224 Mike
OKEECHOBEE: 2 BR, 1 BA,
+ 50x125 Foot Lot
Excellent condition. $49,900.
Owner/Agent
Call Charles (863)634-0584
bullwad@aol.com
VILLA MARGARET 2BR/1BA
adult park. Fully furnished.
Cent.A/C-heat, 60' carport,
scm. rm. 10x30'. Shed 12x14'.
$20,500.357-0295/763-2318
WANTED: Damaged SWMH
'94 or newer, Zone 3
I will move.
(305)409-2341

Recreation



Boats 3005
Camprs/RVs 3010
Jet Sitc-s 3015
Mar ine Accessories 3020
Marinn Miscelaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport VeMcles/ATVs 3035



AIR BOAT: "Big 0" 13x7, trailer
& rigging. $2500.
(772)240-3876
BASS BOAT '78- runs good,
needs minor repairs, $1200
or best offer (863)634-5289
Don't Miss

This One
BASS BOAT- Gambler Outlaw
'98, w/motor & trailer, Merc
Mariner 150hp, Exc cond.
$12,500 (863)610-1276
BASS BOAT, Johnson, w/trlr.,
85hp eng., depth & fish find-
er, trolling mtr., live wells,
$700. (836)634-6005 Heath


BAYLINER CAPRI '86 w/85
Force motor, 16'6". Good
shape. $2000.
(863)634-2582
BOAT, 16ft., aluminum, with
trolling motor, trailer, 60hp
Mercury outboard. $2200
(863)673-3818
BOAT, Aluminum, 16'/2, w/60
hp. Johnson & tir. Runs good.
live wells. New pumps, battery
& tires. $1800 863-467-9390
CANOE- 14' Aluminum, square
back, $275 (863)675-0300
CRISCRAFT '84- 15ft, with
trailer, Chrysler motor, needs
work $500 or best offer
(863)467-4994
DECK BOAT 23ft 130hp
Yamaha, full Bimini. w/trlr.
F/F, depth. Good condition.
$8,500. (863)675-7777 eves.
JON BOAT, 14', needs minor
repair. $100 (863)234-9663
or (863)467-5906
MARATHON 1985, Cabin
Cruiser, 21 Ft., 190 hp. Merc.
$2500 neg.' Moore Haven
863-946-1856/248-935-3837
PRINCECRAFT1996,18 Ft.,
Aluminum, Deep V w/115 hp.
Evinrude, Trailer, Custom
Cover, 44V Trolling Motor,
Double Live Well & Bait Well.
Fishing Machine! $5,995.
(863)484-0096/484-0097
garyle49@surfinthenet.net
SEA KAYAK- Touring Style.
Top Brand Name. Good con-
dition. $500 (863)357-7406
STARCRAFT w/'85 Chrysler
motor. $900.
(863)634-2582


COACH 1987, 34 Ft. w/Florida
Rm. New elec. hot water tank
& vinyl windows. Must see!
Whisper Creek. Must be move.
$5,000. 863-675-0279 or
330-807-1425
RV nnOF AC- New r13500


BOAT LADDER- Removable
Aluminum Seawall. Very
good condition. $50.
(863)763-2458


HONDA 2000 XR70 small dirt
bike, like new. $1100.
304-667-7855
HONDA XR50 '03- completely
modified from stock, $2499
(863)697-2605
SUZUKI TL1000S '97- very
fast, needs some work, ask-
ing $1500 or best offer
(239)259-6017
YAMAHA 1000 VIRAGO, '84,
good condition, great on
gas!! $2500 (863)357-3773



DANCHEE '05 200cc 4
wheeler, elec.start, shaft
driven, 4 spd., reverse, man.
cEtch. $1100.772-528-1255
FOUR WHEELER '05 50cc,
electric start, 4 stroke. New
$350.304-667-7855
HONDA CR85R 106, Big Wheel
Expert, runs & looks great,
comes with riding gear,
$2500 neg. (863)599-0788
MOPED, 2005 American
Whizzer: Only used 2 miles.
$500 off. New $1900. Asking
$1400 (561)825-1818 pager
YAMAHA 400 Kodiak, '04-
4x4, excellent condition,
hardly used, $3700
(863)673-4405


TRAVEL TRAILER, '88
Hi-Lo, 27 foot
Good condition, $2500.
(352)302-6868


Automobiles


BTU, still in box w/ceiling I
controls $525 Automobiles 4005
(239)297-4006 Autos Wanted 401 0
Classic Cars 4016
pCommercial Truck. 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
RV LOT SITES FOR LEASE Foreign Cars 400
Lake Okeechobee by Kissimee Four Whea l Drive 4035
River. Annual fee only $1995. Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Call Marc at (863)467-1833 Parts Repars 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
iSport Utility 4055
Acc orie s I Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070
OBRIEN SLOLEM SKI case &
tow rope. $50.
863-612-9233 Labellearea. A o be
PONTOON BOAT TRAILER-
'2000, Surge brake, Single KIA SOPHIA '01 4 dr, good
axle, $950. (863)763-2407 cond. $2450. 863-675-4867


CHEVY IROC, '89, great shape,
motor runs great, ice cold
a/c, $1200. Call Heath
863-634-6006 anytime
FORD CONTOUR 1999, 4 cyl.,
cold A/C, CD Player. Runs
great. $1800 or possible trade
for Van/SUV. (863)261-4908
FORD TAURUS GL '90, runs,
high mileage, pw's don't
work, needs front right tire.
$200. (863)357-6930
FORD T-BIRD '94 & Mercury
Cougar '88, excellent body,
bad motors, have motors.
$600 neg. (561)676-0427
HONDA ACCORD '85 runs
great, 5spd, a/c, 4 dr, needs
very little work, no rust.
$600. 863-228-7230
NISSAN PATHFINDER '96,
4x4, needs motor work.
$750. (863)635-0079.
OLDS CUTLASS SUPREME
'84 runs good. $1400.
863-697-0878/261-7007
POLICE INTERCEPTOR MO-
TOR 302 1986, must take
' entire car $450 or best offer
(863)697-1600
PONTIAC GRAND PRIX- '80,
Good condition. $1000. or
best offer. (863)675-3979
TOYOTA CAMRY, '95, 4 cylin-
der, auto, 4 door, $1500 or
best offer. 863-763-7458 or
863-261-5040
TOYOTA COROLLA- '92,
Clean, new tires, A/C works.
Solid motor & transmission.
$1600. (863)763-7475
VOLVO 240,'93, Great for new
driver, built like a tank,
$1900, Or best offer.
(863)634-4518
VOLVO 740 ELE '85, 4 door,
good body, engine, trans-
mission, needs wiring under
hood. $400 (863)467-8041



FORD F150 '89, 4x4 flatbed,
$500 or best offer.
(239)210-1608
JEEP CJ5 1979, $1000.
(863)673-8971


EASY GO GOLF CART, three
wheel, runs great, $500 or
best offer. (863)675-6214
after 6pm
GAS CLUB CAR '95
Reconditioned. $1695.
863-675-1472
GOLF CART Older pargo, 4
whl, w/batt. charger, runs &
looks great. $800 firm.
863-697-2631/763-7666eve


CHEVY 1500- '94, Will sell for
parts. $2500.
(863)634-6196
DIFFERENTIAL GEARS and
misc. parts. $100 or best of-
fer. 863-467-8856
ENGINE & TRANS 2.5 L, & 5
sp., for a '92 S-10. Exc.
cond., many new parts,
$500 for all. (863)763-2389
FACTORY RIMS- For Dodge
truck. 16x7, Silver Alloy, 5
lug. Like new. Asking $200.
or best offer. (863)697-9117
FORD BRONCO II '88- good
body, needs head, manifold
gaskets, rebuilt trans, $500
or best offer (863)467-4994
FORD F600 4 DR. DUMP
Truck, '77. Bed size 10'x7
x2'sides, Motor stuck since
hurricane. $600.763-1370
HITCH, Reese Load Leveler,
for travel trailer & car haul-
ers. $1.50 or best offer.
(863)697-3299
RACING SEATS- Black & Gray,
Tenzo Sport Good condition.
$300. or best offer.
(863)697-1810
SUB WOOFERS- 10", Mounted
in a box for a P/U Truck.
Good condition. $20.
(863)697-3008
TIRES & RIMS Set of 4,
Asanti Zebra 18" rims w/3.
extra tires. $1100 or best of-
fer. 863-697-9014
TONNEAU COVER Sportsmas-
ter Slant side & Rubber bed
mat, fits '99 to '06 Chevy 6.5
bed. $150. (863)467-9927.
TOPPER/CAP, Glas/tek fiber-
glass, fits full size long bed
truck, tan in color, $700 or
best offer. (863)697-9117


CAMPER TOP-For on Ford,
Good condition. $250. or
best offer. (863)697-6618
CHEVY SILVERADO '99- good
cond., all power, air, 140K,
$5500 (863)517-1974
CHEVY STEPSIDE PICKUP
TRUCK, '64, some rust, 61k
mi., $2500. (863)467-0380
DODGE DAKOTA '95- manual
-trans, 4 cyl, $1300 or best
offer (863)983-8560 Iv mes-
sage
FORD F150 '88, 5 spd, 4.9L,
wide tires & rims, short wheel
base, engine needs work.
$400 firm. (863)467-8041
FORD F150 '93 -300 eng., 5
spd., runs good. $2500 or
best offer. 863-634-1867
FORD F150 XLT Super Cab '04
2 WD, low miles, auto, all
pwr, cold a/c, bedllner, runs
great: $16K. 239-253-7054


FORD F250 '88 runs good,
no bed, set up for a goose
neck. $1K or best offer.
863-634-1867
FORD F250 '99 XLT, crew
cab, 4x4, pwr.stroke diesel,
auto, shortbed, 1-owner,
NICE!$16,800.772-465-6496
FORD PU '87- F250, 4.9 300
straight 6 engine, cold AC,
new seat, good cond, $2400
(863)357-2177/634-4210
FORD RANGER 2005 Ext. Cab.
w/Camper Top. 5K miles.
Excellent condition. $11,800.
(863)675-1446
FORD RANGER XLT- '92, 4
cyl, standard, Cold A/C,
$1400. Neg. 863-763-4149
or 561-758-4337
FORD SUPER CAB SHORT
BED '74- no motor, no trans,
very little rust, must see
$450 (863)697-1600
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CHEVY BLAZER, '93, 4.3 v6, 2
dr., looks & runs great,
$1800 or best offer.
(863)464-0137
FORD HUNTING BUGGY -
runs, needs some work.
$1500. Call Erik
863-634-0771
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HAULMARK '05 Utility Trailer,
enclosed. 8x20. Like brand
new cond. $6K.
863-634-6337 eves. Mike
HOMEMADE TRAILERS (2),
7X16 & 6X7. Need tires.
$550/both or best offer.
- 863-447-6054 Iv.msg.
OPEN TRAILER- 7x16, with
split gate, $2000
(561)261-1338 ,
UTILITY TRAILER, 16'. $1000
or best offer. (239)340-4739
UTILITY .TRAILER- home
made, triple axle, heavy duty,
pull behind trailer, $900 or
best offer (863)634-5289


FORD AEROSTAR 1993, Runs
okay...needs a little work. Dark
blue. Great for work van. $700
or best offer. (863)467-9019
Ford Hightop Van, '89, tow
pkg, full power, seats 8, TV,
CB radio $2000. LaBelle
Area. (863)675-4970 msg.


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
File No.: 2006-CP-145
Division: Probate
IN RE: ESTATE OF
KATHLEEN M. CAGLE,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of KATH-
LEEN M. CAGLE, deceased, File Num-
ber 2006-CP.145, Is pending In the
Circuit Court for Okeechobee County,
Florida, Probate Division, the address
of which is 312 Northwest 3rd Street,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The name
and address of the personal represen-
tative and the personal representative's
attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate, Including
unmatured, contingent or unliquidated
claims, on whom a copy of this notice
is served must file their claims with
this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate, in-
cluding unmatured, contingent or
unliquidated claims, must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
The date of first publication of this Notice
is October 30, 2006.
Personal Representative:
William L Cagle
2407W.111th SL
Jenks, OK 74037
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Duane L. Pinnock, Esquire
900 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 210-B.
Stuart, FL 34994
Ph: 772-286-3630
FL Bar 0568139
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO. 2006-CP-233
IN RE: ESTATE OF
CLARENCE BARTON SWITZER, SR.,
a/k/a CLARENCE B. SWITZER,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Summary Administration)
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR
DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ES-
TATE:
You are hereby notified that an Order De-
termining Homestead Status of Real
Property and Order of Summary Ad-
ministration has been entered in the
Estate of CLARENCE BARTON SQIT-.
ZER, SR.,-Sa//a CLARENCE B. SWITZ-
ER, Deceased, File Number 2006-
CP-233 by the Circuit Court for Okee-
chobee County, Florida, Probate Divi-
sion, the address of which Is 312 N.W.
3rd Street, Suite 101, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972; that the decedents date
of death was August 11, 2006; that
the total estate consists of exempt
homestead real property and exempt
personal property; thatthe names and
addresses of those to whom it has
been assigned by such order are:
CLARENCE B. SWITZER, JR.,
2442 Dogwood Trace Blvd.,
Lexington, KY 40514
CAROL SUE PLUMMER,
386 Windswept Road,
Lancaster, KY 40444
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTI-
FIED THAT:
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent oth-
er than those for whom provision for
full payment was made in the Order of
Summary Administration must file their
claims within this court WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PRO-
BATE CODE.
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER AP-
PLICABLE TIME PERIOD, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AF-
TER THE DECENT'S DATE OF DEATH
IS BARRED.
The date of the first publication of this
Notice is October 23,2006.
Person Giving Notice:
Clarence B. Switzer, Jr.
2442 Dogwood Trace Blvd.
Lexidngton, KY40514
Attorneys for Person Giving Notice:
CONELY&CONELY, PRA.
RO., Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
163) 763-3825
By: Tom W.Conely,III
Ftrida Bar No. 096482
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
CASE NO.: 06-CP-221
IN RE: ESTATE OF
EARIEVEREE DAVIS,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of EARIE
VEREE DAVIS, deceased, File Number
06-CP-221, Is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 NW Third Street, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972. The name and address
of the personal representative and the
personal representative's attorney are
set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate, Including
unmatured, contingent or unllquidated
claims, on whom a copy of this notice
Is served must file their claims with
this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate, In-
cluding unmatured, contingent or
unliquidated claims, must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
The date of first publication of this Notice
is October 30, 2006.
Personal Representative:
William James Davis
1345 NE 32nd Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Attorney for Personal Representative:
Wesley R. Harvin, Esquire
Florida Bar No. 219053
900 E. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 210-B
Stuart, FL 34994
Ph: 772-286-3630
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Local Scottish Inn


involved in new program


Tim D. Blalock, the CEO and
president of Hospitality Interna-
tional, announced new initiatives
for its- five franchised brands:
(Red Carpet Inn, Scottish Inns,
Master Hosts Inns, Passport Inn
and Downtowner Inns), during
its 2006 Franchise Convention,
held recently in Atlantic City, N.J..
The biggest news was Hospi-
tality International's commitment
to the travel industry by announc-
ing its plans to provide a central-
ized travel agent commission
payment program, to be effective
sometime in 2007. Hospitality
International's board of directors,
who met in Atlantic City just prior
to the start of the convention,
gave a unanimous decision for
this initiative. Board members
included Bimal Avichal, Mahesh
Desai, Amy Foy, Chris Guimbel-
lot, Hanif Khimani, R.C. Patel,
Kiran Shah and Andrew Shuler.
"This initiative alone will assist
in our ability to compete more
aggressively in the market place,


especially via travel-related Inter-
net web sites," stated Louise
Crespin, director of marketing.
"By providing a centralized travel
agent commission payment pro-
gram, we are telling travel agents,
whether they have a brick and
mortar office, or simply are affili-
ated with a larger travel agency
website, that we want their busi-
ness."
Another initiative will ensure
all of Hospitality's Franchises
were connected via hi-speed
Internet- for all of its reservation
related activities.
Hospitality International has
seen a surge in reservation activi-
ty, with increases across the
board, including the number of
reservations booked, average
rate per reservation and overall
revenue generated through reser-
vations.
Blalock, who acquired Hospi-
tality International in June, 2004,
has been instrumental in growing
the company in a new direction.


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Submitted to Okeechobee News/Michael D. Brooks

Drawing winner.
Local real estate agent, Mark Goodbread of the Tucker
Group, LLC breaks into a huge smile as he receives a $500
cash prize from Thom Moss of Landmark Realty and Invest-
ments, LLC. The $500 cash prize drawing, part of a Real
Estate Broker's event held at Local's Restaurant on Friday,
Oct. 20, was sponsored by Landmark Realty as two new
local developments were announced: LaMartin Town Homes
(152 town homes) and LaMartin Oaks (230 home sites), both
located on S.W. 28th St. in Okeechobee. Additional informa-
tion on the projects is available by calling (407) 253-4223 or
visiting the sales center at 1000 S.W. 28th St.


Haaksma to earn 'Green Certification' from coalition


Chris Close, president/owner
of Close Construction sent one of
his employees, Mary Haaksma, to
classes to be qualified as a Florida
Green Building Coalition (see
www.floridagreenbuilding.org)
certification professional. Florida
Green Building Coalition is a non-
profit agency of Florida state,
which it certifies buildings includ-
ing residential to be a "green"
standard, which will make it pos-


sible for buyers to receive incen-
tives and "Green Mortgages" at a
lower interest rate and sometimes
for more money. "Green" isn't
just tree huggers, "Green" has do
with our entire environment both
inside and out, i.e.: health and
safety; building durability; com-
fort; energy efficiency; and,
resource efficiency.
There are other sources for
"Green Certification"; LEED is the


national certification agency.
Since LEED is directed toward the
whole of the U.S., much of it is not
directed toward the unique cli-
mate of Florida. To be practical,
the State of Florida authorized the
development of FGBC (Florida
Green Building Coalition) to
address our unique needs.
(www.usgbc.org/LEED)
There are so many ways that
this will benefit Okeechobee, I


really believe there needs to be an
awareness of "green" in this area.
I know some things are happen-
ing, but they are not well publi-
cized and if we are going to con-
tinue this growing economy of
Okeechobee we need to be
aware of "Green" so it can hap-
pen in such a way that will give us
healthy growth and not just
growth.


SFWMD certificates are offered in the primary market


West Palm Beach The
South Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD), the oldest and
largest water resource manage-
ment agency in the State of Flori-
da, has announced that its inau-
gural Acceler8 financing
consisting of $546 million, Series
2006 Certificates of Participation
(COPs) was successfully offered
in the primary market through
Citigroup Global Markets in New
York City on Oct. 25.
According to Citigroup, the
SFWMD COPs are the first to be
issued for a natural resources
project in the United States, and
most of the more than $500 mil-
lion of capital was raised during a
two-hour order period. Strong
early sales resulted in an addition-
al $26 million raised for Ever-
glades restoration, above and
beyond the COPs' total par value
of $546 million.
COPs will be used to fund


eight accelerated Everglades
restoration projects, dubbed
Acceler8 and considered critical
to the overall revitalization of this
fragile ecosystem. Borrowing the
money today will help avoid
inevitable increases in construc-
tion materials and labor costs
over the life of these key projects.
The financing program is
rated Aa/AA+/AA- by Moody's,
Standard & Poor's and Fitch rat-
ing agencies, respectively. A bond
insurance wrap from Ambac
raised the COPs rating to
Aaa/AAA/AAA.
"The planning for financing
these projects was started more
than two years ago," said Paul
Dumars, Chief Financial Officer at
the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. "The District lead-
ership wanted a funding solution
for early construction of these
eight very critical projects with
their sub components, and we


felt that the responsible thing to
do was to have these critical proj-
ects completed sooner rather
than later. Our focus was to deliv-
er the benefits of these projects
more rapidly to the ecosystem,
start construction to help the
communities where projects
were to be constructed, and
avoid the rising cost of construc-
tion and other associated ele-
ments."
By fast-tracking the funding,
design and construction of Accel-
er8 projects, the Everglades will
experience positive benefits
much sooner and in a more
cost-effective manner. As
opposed to the "pay as you go"
approach, taxpayer dollars need-
ed for construction will be signifi-
cantly leveraged, and the expedit-
ed course of action reaffirms the
commitment of the federal, state
and local partnership to revitalize
the Everglades ecosystem.


In addition to the environmen-
tal improvements, Acceler8 proj-
ects also will provide additional
flood control and water supply
options, along with faster access
to state and federal lands for
recreational opportunities. For
more information or updates on
specific Acceler8 projects, please
visit www.evergladesnow.org.
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District is a regional,
governmental agency that over-
sees the water resources in the
southern half of the state 16
counties from Orlando to the
Keys. It is the oldest and largest of
the state's five water manage-
ment districts. The agency mis-
sion is to manage and protect
water resources of the region by
balancing and improving water
quality, flood control, natural sys-
tems and water supply. A key ini-
tiative is cleanup and restoration
of the Everglades.


Investigators uncover scam


aimed toward Fla. seniors


TALLAHASSEE Tom .Gal-
lagher, Florida's chief financial
officer, has announced that the
Department of Financial Ser-
vices has uncovered another
scam seeking to lure Floridians
into buying potentially inappro-
priate financial products. As a
result, Gallagher is again warn-
ing consumers to "Verify Before
You Buy."
Earlier this month, Gallagher
ordered Ohio-based Investors
Union, LLC and its managing
member, Peter J. Bonnell III of
Medina, Ohio, to immediately
stop sending misleading post-
cards to Florida seniors bearing
the word "NOTICE" and advising
consumers that they "may have
an annuity that has reached the
end of its surrender period."
When recipients call a toll-free
number listed on the postcard,
they are not given any informa-
tion regarding their own invest-
ment accounts, but are instead
asked for personal financial
information and advised they
should set an appointment to
review their existing annuities
and other investments.
These deceptive practices
against our seniors in attempts
to manipulate them out of their
hard-earned savings will not be
tolerated", said Gallagher, who
oversees the Florida Department
of Financial Services. "I com-
mend the investigators who dis-
covered these activities early on
before too many seniors were
scammed."
An annuity, is a contract in
which an insurance company
makes a series of payments that
provide primary or supplemen-
tal retirement income while the.
annuity holder is alive. Most
annuities have a surrender peri-
od during which the holder
would pay an extra service
charge for withdrawing money
beyond a set amount.
Gallagher ordered Investors
Union, LLC and Bonnell to stop
engaging in unfair trade prac-
tices and said both now face for-
mal administrative charges that
could lead to revocation of their
Florida licenses. Investors
Union, LLC also does business
as Annuity Service Center, Insur-
ance Service Center, Information
Service Center, and Cold Solu-
tions. Eight other states have
now taken similar action against
Investors Union and Bonnell.
Florida is currently home to
more than 2.9 million Floridians
over the age of 65, and Gallagher
said the state's senior population
is projected to grow by as much
as 30 percent over the next sev-
eral years.


As CFO, Gallagher imple-
mented a "Verify Before You
Buy" campaign using websites,
billboards, radio ads and various
news shows and publications
urging Floridians to protect
themselves in financial transac-
tions. He also created a Senior
Resource Center website, at
www.flseniors.net/, to help sen-
iors with the diverse questions
and financial challenges they
may face.
Also, in response to calls and
letters from hundreds of seniors
robbed of access to their savings
because they were convinced to
liquidate CDs, stocks and savings
accounts to fund annuities, Gal-
lagher pushed for legislation that
passed in 2004 requiring agents
to document the basis for selling
annuities to seniors and alsd
gave the department authority to
take corrective action if a com-
pany or agent violates the law. :
Gallagher is again urging
Floridians and especially seniors
to take the following precautions
to avoid becoming a victim of a
financial scam:
Do an assessment of your
financial means and investment
objectives.
Understand that all invest-
ments involve risk: generally, the
higher the return, the higher the
risk.
Ask the sales agent (broker)
about commissions, fees, penal-
ties, sales charges and any other
costs.
Ask as many questions as
you want and take notes. Walk
away if they avoid your ques-
tions.
Take your time. High-pres-
sure sales tactics will rush you
into an unwise decision. A
sound investment will be just as
good tomorrow or next week.
Document all transactions.
Carefully read and under-
stand documents before you
sign them.
Ignore "inside informa-
tion," "hot tips" and "rumors."
Hang up on "cold calls"
from strangers.
Beware of "bonus" interest
rates as they are usually limited
in duration and have strings
attached.
Be cautious of sales pitches
that claim you will "recoup" all
penalties with the higher returns
of a new policy.
Remember: if it sounds too
good to be true, it probably is.
Anyone who believes they
may be a victim should call the
department's Consumer
Helpline at (800) 342-2762 or log
on to www.fldfs.com to file a
complaint.


NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL
HOLD A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2006 AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE
ADMINISTRATION ANNEX BUILDING, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY EXTENSION OF-
FICE, SMALL CONFERENCE ROOM, 458 HIGHWAY 98 N., OKEECHOBEE, FL. A
COPY OF THE PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM
THE UNDERSIGNED. IF ANY PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION BY
THE BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING:
THAT PERSON WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND FOR SUCH
PURPOSES THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD
OF THE PROCEEDINGS, WHICH INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE
UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING
TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON
THE AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY
OWNERS WITHIN THE DISTRICT ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, PERSONS
NEEDING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION OR AN INTERPRETER TO PARTICIPATE
IN THE PROCEEDINGS SHOULD CONTACT THE DISTRICT'S OFFICES BY CALL-
]NG (863) 763-4601 AT LEAST TWO (2) DAYS PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE
MEETING. NOTICE: COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT HAS AN ONGOING
AQUATIC SPRAYING PROGRAM, DISTRICT WIDE.
WILLARD M. BYARS
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
17429 NW 242ND STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972
(863) 763-4601 OR (863) 634-3166
170842 ON 10/30/06




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