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Vol. 97 No. 342 Friday, December 8,2006 504 Plus tax


Clerk offices
close for luncheon
The offices of the Okee-
chobee County Clerk of the
Circuit Court will be closed
between noon and 1:30 p.m.
on .Friday, Dec. 22, for the
annual employee holiday sea-
S son luncheon.
The office will reopen
promptly at 1:30 p.m.
The spirit
of the season
Is your house decorated for
the holidays?
If so, call our offices at
(863) 763-3134 and: give us
your address. We'll then pub-
lish it in this spot so. everyone
in the community can drive by
and enjoy your festive decora-
Our offices Mon-
day Friday, 8 a.m. until 5
1040 S.E. 21st St.
1060 S.E. 21st St.
1065 S.E. 21st St.
1475 S.E. 21st St.
2801 S.E. 18th Ct.
4003 S.E. 29th Ct.
3268 N.W. 26th Ave.
603 N.W. 17th St.
605 N.W 17th St.
14420 N.W. 292nd St.
6952 N.W. 30th St.
3033 N.W. 37th Ave.
11087 N.E. 1st Way
7950 S.R. 78'W.
S.W. 44th Blvd.-Palm Village


Runners compete
in Marathon
K. Ok-chobee long distance '
runnei, Donna Moss battled
the heat and intense humidity
Sunday mioringr t:1 compete
in ihe 26.22-mile Marathon of,
the Palmh Beaches. In
women's, competition Donna
Moss finished the grueling
race third in her age group
(55-59) and 1 .It o-erall with
a time of 4:49.37. Mrs. Moss',
who spends part of the year in
Okeechobee and part of the
year in Springfield, Tenn., has
been running for the past 10
"I started running just for
fun," explained the retired
high school business- teacher.
"Then, I began competing in
the small 5K races and
worked my way up to the 10K
and this weekend I ran in the
13.1 mile half marathon."
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Drought Index
Current: 635
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

12.17 feet

Lake level
Last Year:
16.48 feet

Local office lan wish lists
Local official lanwish lists

Local wishes to be
presented Monday
to state Legislators
By Pete Gawda'
Okeechobee News
It's Christmas time and once
again children, send their wish list
for toys to Santa Claus. It's also
that time of year when local offi-
cials present their wish list,for
state appropriations to the Okee--

chobee County Legislative Dele-
As they do every year about
this .time, on Dec. 11 the delega-
tion representing Okeechobee
County in the state legislature -
State Senator J. D. Alexander,
State Senator Ken Pruitt, State
Representative Frank Attkisson,'
and State Representative Richard
Machek will hear requests for,
appropriations from their con-
stituents on Monday, Dec..11.
, The delegation will meet in the
County Commission chambers of

the Oke'chobee Counti Court-
house.. The meeting is scheduled
to start iat 1 .-,0 p m
The school board requests will
,be pitesented bt. Dr Patricia Coop-
ei, superintendent ot schools.
She \\ill be requesting funding
lor equipment tot career educa.
tiOn She said this is a critical area,
especially\ if federal, fuhds for
career education decline."
'Arinher area she \\ ill be lobb -
ing for is a different way to calcu-
-late lundinQ for the number ot stu-
dents. Currently, the number of

:;students in Department of Juve-
nile Justice (DJJ) programs in
Okeechobee County is counted
toward the total number of Okee-
chobee students. However, the
state only recognizes one high
,school : site in Okeechobee.
According to the funding formula
used, Okeechrobee schools % would
get more money if they were
gil en credit for the DJJ sites.
The other two, funding
requests for the schools are in the
at ea of professional development.
Dr Cooper \ill ask that state law\s

Ringing the bell: Helping the less fortunate

be amended to provide extra
money for superintendents who
complete certification and leader-
ship training. She will also lobby
for continued funding for teacher
training and other professional
County administrator George
Long, who is also on the board of
directors of Okeechobee Utility
Authority (OUA1, will be present-
ing the requests for those vwo
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Members of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)]Jined a Salvation Army
member, and an employee of Wal-Mart to spread the holiday iT-tiayamf6tfly''
taking turns ringing bells at the Salvation Army kettle set up in front of Wal-Mart. Those
participating in the annual bell ringing were (left to right) OCSO Major Noel Stephens;
OCSO employees Juanita White and Ronnie White; Wal-Mart employee Richard
Tourigny; Salvation Army member Kip Gardner and Sheriff Paul May.

Octogenarian gives his time to help

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
During the month of Decem-
ber, 82-year-old Kip Gardner puts
everything aside and focuses on
one single task setting ,up the
local Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Through the donations of
nickels, dimes and quarters the
Bell Ringing programmer raises
money for those who need help
with their electric bill or tele-
phone bill, or need help paying
for their prescriptions.
"I give up everything for the
month of December," said Mr.
Gardner. "The Salvation Army
doesn't take away from the com-
munity- all they do is give."
This year, the number of local
volunteers has grown to the
point that Ron Staley has jumped
in to help Mr. Gardner.
Mr. Staley said while talking,
with Mr. Gardner at a recent
Rotary Club meeting he men-
tioned that where he used to live
in South Florida groups would
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Okeechobee county Snerift's Otfice Major Noel Stepnens
got into the holiday spirit Thursday morning as he rang
the Salvation Army bell at Wal-Mart.

buckets and ringing the bells.
Mr. Staley, who works at The
Tucker Group, said the realty
company will take a day to ring
the bell, while personnel from
The Golden Corral Restaurant
will man the buckets each Friday
at the restaurant.

"We just think it's a good
thing to do," said Mr. Staley of his
company's involvement. "And,
I'm just trying to help Kip."
Among the groups donating
their time to the program is the
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Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO). Sheriff Paul May
said 20 members of his depart-
ment donated their time to ring the
bell at Wal-Mart on Thursday, Dec.
"It's a worthwhile project and
we're glad to do it," said Sheriff
May. "Some of our people will be
off duty, and some will be on duty
and will either work (ringing the
bells) an hour over or work on
their lunch. But, it's not going to
cost the taxpayer a penny."
Sheriff May and Major Noel
Stephen also took time to man the
bucket at Wal-Mart.
The Bell Ringing program got its
start in 1891 when Captain Joseph
McFee waited to help the less for-
tunate in San Francisco during the
Christmas season. His idea spread
and in 1897, a nationwide effort

came up with enough to fund
150,000 Christmas dinners for the
In 1901, donations from New
York City funded a sit-down dinner
at Madison Square Garden.
In Okeechobee, almost $33,000
was raised last year, said Mr. Gard-
"My wishful thinking is that
we'll raise $35,000 this year, but
we're shooting for $40,000," he
Regardless of how much is
taken in during the campaign, 90
percent of that total stays in Okee-
And unlike some areas, every-
one who spends time ringing the
bell in Okeechobee is a' volunteer.
"In Wesi-Palm Beach they have
to pay the volunteers," said Mr.
He went on to explain that
those who need help are inter-
viewed by staff personnel, and if
they qualify they are'given a check,

to pay their utility bill or bu medi-
"Every week they give money to
the needy," explained Mr. Gardner.
"And, the Salvation Army does not
require paybacks."
And while his December is filled
with recruiting volunteers, putting
out the buckets, collecting the
money and even ringing the bell
himself, there's yet another very
important task to be done taking
care of the money. For that, he's
enlisted the help of his stepdaugh-
ter, Judy Meadows.
"My stepdaughter spends hours
and hours counting the money and
rolling the coins," he said. "Some
places charge to roll the coins, so
she does the rolling and counting."
Op average, Ms. Meadows \\ill.
spend three hours a day counting
and rolling coins. Once that's done,
Mr. Gardner deposits the money in
a local bank. "
'This year, he said many local
businesses are helping by either

manning the buckets or allowing
him to put a bucket outside their
business. Besides Wal-Mart, other
businesses include Walgreens,
CVS Pharmacy, Publix, U-Save,
Winn-Dixie, Riverside National
Bank, and Harbor Federal.
He went on to say that. City
Councilman Dowling Watford has
volunteered to ring the bell, as.well
as Okeechobee County Chamber
of Commerce executive director
Brenda O'Connor and former
Okeechobee County Commission-
er Gene Woods.
"I'm just a little guy pleading, for
help and assistance," said Mr.
And that help and assistance
can come from volunteering your
time, or dropping some money
into that red bucket where ever you
hear the clap of the bell and a
cheery "Merry Christmas."
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The utility will be requesting
two funding projects one for
wastewater system improvements
and another for the emergency
pump system to draw water from
the Rim Canal in case of emer-
County Commission Chairman
Ray Domer said he was concerned
with funding for capital projects,
such as the county's new emer-
gency operations ceriter and high-
way improvement projects.
Commissioner Elvie Posey was
concerned with Department .of
Transportation funding for road
projects such as S.R. 70 E. and
Wolff Road. He, too; would like to
see funding for the emergency
operations center.
"Get the lake cleaned up," was
Commissioner Clif Betts' number
one priority for funding requests.
He said the county was losing
money because fishermen can't
catch anything due to the condi-
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well as highway projects. w
The City of Okeechobee's
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The city has five areas of concern ..
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contaminants in Taylor Creek and - -
the Rim Canal, thereby reducing *
pollutants entering Lake Okee-
chobee. The stormwater improve- w
ment project would prevent flood-
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retention ponds and development -
of a stormwater system.
The city commerce center proj- -
ect would provide wetland reten- -
tion on the north side of the busi-
ness center in order to -
accommodate new business.
The emergency radio request ,
would allow for local communica-
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Legislative delegation meeting slated
OKEECHOBEE State Senator J.D. Alexander has announced-
that the annual Okeechobee County Legislative Delegation meeting,
will be held Monday, Dec. 11, from 1:30 until 3 p.m. in the Okee-
chobee County Commission chambers at 304 N.W. Second St.
Requests to be included on the agenda for the meeting should be,
sent to Sen. Alexander's office no later than Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Decisions regarding local legislation for the 2007 Legislative ses-
sion will be made at this time. Local bills must be in draft form in order.
to appear before the delegation for consideration, and must be.
accompanied by a resolution from the local government supporting'
the bill.
As time permits, the public will be invited to address the delegation,
on state issues that are of concern to them.
For information or to be placed on the agenda for the delegation,
hearing contact Becky Simmons at (863) 679-4411 or Larry Ford at
(863) 386-6016

Shriners selling Christmas trees
OKEECHOBEE The Shriners will be selling Christmas trees from
the parking lot of their building on U.S. 78W. until Dec. 23.
They have Scotch pine, Fraser fir and Douglas fir trees ranging in
size from 4 to 11 feet. Prices range from $25 to $85.
Theywill deliver the tree if the customer has no way to get it home.,

Garbage won't be picked up Dec. 25
OKEECHOBEE Waste Management has announced that there
will be no residential or commercial garbage pickup on Monday, Dec..
25- Christmas Day.
All garbage pickups will be running one day behind: Monday, Dec.
25, will be picked up Tuesday, Dec. 26; Tuesday, Dec. 26, will be'
picked up Wednesday, Dec. 27; Wednesday, Dec. 27, will be picked
up Thursday, Dec. 28; Thursday, Dec. 28, will be picked up Friday, Dec.'
*29; and Friday, Dec. 29, will be picked up Saturday, Dec. 30.
This schedule includes all pickups for garbage, yard waste and

Business, church plan fundraiser
OKEECHOBEE Pat's Floral Design has teamed up with the First
United Methodist Church youth program to raise funds for Christmas'
and other Christian youth actMities.
For a $20 donation, you will receive coupons valued at over $250
redeemable for a different bouquet each month at Pat's Floral Design,
300 N. Parrott Ave., which is nextto the Presbyterian Church.
Floral coupons will be available until Sunday, Dec. 31.
Call Pastor Jim at 186:3) 763-4021 for information.



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Mrs. Noonan's class finds it
hard to believe that that the school
year is almost half over. The chil-
dren love the 100 Book Challenge
and are, eager to participate. They
are learning many words, letters
and sounds. We welcome our
new students.
Miss Snyder's class
is working on
their words
and picture
to make their
own short stories.
The boys and girls are looking for-
ward to creating their Ginger-.
bread Boy's Number Book. Don't
forget to review all letters and
sounds and their sight words that
were sent home.
Mrs. Moore's class is learning
about holiday customs from
around the world this month. We
will be making some crafts and
also be reading many great
Parents, remember to review
letters, sounds, and words with
your child.
Mrs. Claypool's class has been
working hard on blending letters
into words and it sure is showing.
We are getting really good at it.
We started our chapter in math
on geometry. We are learning
both plane and solid shapes.
Mrs. Smith's class is gearing up
for Christmas. Our stockings are
hung and we are learning all
about the holidays. We will learn
about Christmas, Kwanza, and
Mrs. Wright's class earned a
video and popcorn, for great
behavior. The students know
many letter sounds and are start-
ing to spell words. They are doing
an awesome job at blending letter
sounds to read simple words. Sev-
eral students have earned their
first prizes for the 100 Book Chal-
lenge. We have a new student:
Edwin Hernandez. We will be
making some Christmas decora-
tions this week.
Second Grade
Mrs. Campbell's class is work-
ing hard in math. We are work-
ing on adding and subtracting 2-
digit numbers with and without
regrouping. It's important to
watch the signs! It's helpful if stu-
dents practice the basic addition
and subtraction facts up to 10.
Mrs. Kirby's class is excited
about the upcoming holiday sea-
son. They're anticipating all the
tirmee at home with family, and
friends. In the meantime, they
are working very hard in all their
subjects and trying their best to
be good..
Ms. Hunt's class has started
subtracting with regrouping. It's
very hard, but we love math so
we love working hard. We also
read our favorite story, "How the
Grinch Stole Christmas", and
laughed the whole time!
Mrs. Brady's class is working
on our Santa letter for the news-
paper. Be sure to look for them
Santa! We are also doing some
exciting new center activities,

are excited about the holidays em

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105 Hwv 98 N Okeechobee 863-763-9983
OPEN: Tues. Sat. '4:30 P.M. 10:00 P.M.

Submitted photos
The Students of the week for Everglades Elementary are: Kindergarten: Diana Morales,
Austin Phelps, William Gandarilla, Christian Matias. First grade: Kayla Volo, Kyle Lowry,
Samuel Clarke, Dustin Robinson, Antonino Garcia, Taylor Guinn. Second grade: Emma
O'Brien, Kenny Whaley, Maria Aguilar, Christopher Ludwig, Adrian Diaz-Torres, Elizabeth
Chavez. Third grade: Sarah Burkhardt, Kristie O'Brien, Brittani Mellette, Jacob McGehee,
Chelsea Palm. Fourth grade: Bryson Shockley, Mike Beaty, GW Jarriel, Sean Pyper. Fifth
grade: Marcario Calvillo, Lacey Thomas, Erica Ruiz, Devion Balli. Congratulations to our
many outstanding students.

like cool science experiments, a
menu math activity where we
look at restaurant menus, chpose
what we want to eat, add it up
and compare prices and see how
cheap we could eat! It's yummy
fun. Ask your kids about our
other fun center activities. Happy
Ms. Stokes's class is writing
letters to Santa. They are making
sure he knows what is important
on their list. In math the class
continues with subtracting 2 digit
problems with regrouping.
Everyone is looking forward to
their trip on the Polar Express.
More details about that next
week. Congratulations to "Stu-
dent of the Week". Kenny Wha-
Mr. Wright's students have
written letters to Santa. We hope
to see them in the Okeechobee
News soon. Our class has been
working hard on the 100 Book
Challenge. The Polar Express is
heading our way with a true spir-
it of the holiday season. We want
to wish everyone a safe and joy-
ous holiday season.

Third Grade
In Miss Kauffman's class we
just finished working orn time
and money, Our next adventure
is multiplication! Everyone is
very excited! In reading, we are
learning how adjectives can
make our writing superb! In sci-
ence, we are exploring thermal
energy, "along with conductors
and insulators Our 100 Book
Challenge is going strong as we
continue to add steps everyday.
In Mrs. Tilton's class, we're
practicing our multiplication
with learning games like Math
War and The Iguana Factor. We
are studying modern and ancient
government in social studies,
then writing about it with such
topics as 'If I were President..."
We built paper rockets and sent
them sailing with a stomp
launcher to demonstrate our sci-
ence concepts of force, gravity,
weight, and motion. At the end
of each day, we look forward to


Congratulations to Caren Spiess, Everglades Elementary
School Related Employee of the Nearnand David Wibbels,
Everglades Elementary Teacher of the Year.

adding steps in our 100 Book
The monthly meeting of the
Everglades School Advisory
Council will be held Wednesday,
Dec. 13th at 5 p.m. in the school
office. The public, is invited to
Student Council
Congratulations Everglades
Elementary! You collected 1,692
pounds of food for this years Food
for Families Drive. Way to Go!

Literacy Council
Our "WOW" for this week is
"bewildered". Bewildered is an
adjective which means; to be
confused or puzzled. Here it is in a
sentence: "Goldilocks was com-
pletely bewildered she was lost
and couldn't find her way home".
The Literacy Council would
like to thank the students and
teachers who participated in the
November Literacy Display. A big
special thanks to the third graders
who put on a fantastic perform-


Hazel D. Collier
Hazel D. Collier, age 96, of,
Okeechobee, died Dec. 5, 2006.
Ms: Collier was born Nov.. 2,
.1910, in Mississippi County, Ark.
to Charles and Cora Lena Davis.
She was a retired nurse from
Albion Community Hospital hav-
ing come to Okeechobee from
Albion, Mich.
in 1985. She
was a member
of, the Assem-
bly of God,
avid. fisher-
man, loved to
cook, and
-known for her
hospitality. ; ;
Ms. Collier Hazel D.
was preceded Hazel D.
in death by: Collier
two husbands,
Muriel Staley and, Wayne Collier;
and, granddaughter, Nola Fay
She is survived by: two
daughters, Wanda (Jay) Wiggin-
ton and Mary Staley, both of
Okeechobee; son, Ted Staley of
Ocala; ten grandchildren; 17
great-grandchildren; and, nine
' greatrgreat-grandchildren..
A memorial service will be
held at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Dec.
9, 2006, at First Baptist Church
Fellowship Hall with Pastor
Bobby Colvin officiating. Inter-
ment will be in Michigan at a
later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to First Baptist
'Church of Okeechobee, 401 S.W
Fourth St., Okeechobee, Fla.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrust-
ed to the care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
matory, 205 N.E. Second Street,

Norman Robert
Norman Robert Webster, age
95, of'Okeechobee, died Dec. 5,
2006, at Okeechobee ,Health
Care Facility. Mr. Webster was
born Sept. 27, 1911. He was a
very accomplished man, having
had many adventures in his life-
time. Mr. Webster was an indus-
trial school \machinist graduate
and trained at the Curtis Wright
Flying School. He worked with
,several different manufacturers
and airlines, with duties ranging
from technical to supervisory
capacities. He 'was also self-
employed as a marine service-
man. Mr. Webster served our
country in the United States
Army Air Corps.
Mr. Webster was preceded in
death by his wife, Helen Web-
He is survived by his son,
Robert Webster of Fort. Laud-
erdale; and, two grandchildren,
Alan D. Webster and Jessica J.
Graveside funeral services
will be 11 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 10,
2006, at Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrust-
ed to the care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
matory, 205 N.E. Second Street,
Lois Leitner Hart
Lois Leitner Hart, born March
29, 1932, died Dec. 6, 2006.
She is preceded in death by:
her husband, Charles T. Hart Jr.;
and, her parents James and
Laveta Leitner.
Mrs. Hart is survived by: six
children, Sandra Brown, Kay
(Von) Moreland, Chuck (Leigh)

Hart, Donna Lee, Bettye Taylor
and Frankie Huff; stepson, Steve
Hart; '11 grandchildren; 11 great-
grandchildren;. brothers, Curtis
Leitner, Ray (Norma) Leitner;
and, sisters, Rosie Ard and Ethel
McDuffie. .
Viewing will be at Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home on Friday,
Dec. 8, 2006, from 4 p.m. until 7
Services will be held at the
Okeechobee Church of God
located at 309-N.E. Fourth Ave.,
on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006, at 10
,a.m., with Brother Don Leon
officiating. Interment will follow
at Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrust-
ed to the care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
matory. 205 N.E. Second Street,,
Robert M. Burnett
Robert M. Burnett, age 69, of
Valrico, died Dec. 5, 2006, in
Brandon. He was born Oct. 18,
1937, in Tampa.
Mr. Burnett had served in the
U.S. Air Force-for 23 years. More
recently, he worked for TECO
Transport and Trade for 13 years
and had been past Governor,
Moose Lodge #2417, Buckhead
Ridge. He especially enjoyed vis-
iting with his family, fishing, fam-
ily fish frys, sports of any kind
and reading Louis L'Amour west-
Survivors include: his wife of
49 years, Glenda Burnett; two
daughters, Lynn (Rich) Colicci
and Carol (Richard) McIntyre;
two sons, Thomas Burnett and
partner Tammy Mills and
Howard (Ingrid) Burnett; grand-
children, Robert Mason Brewer,
Chad McIntyre, Justin Burnett,
Shawna McIntyre, Cassie Bur-

nett, Rick Colicci, Zac Brewer,
Chelsie Burnett, Kyle Burnett,
Kayla Mcintyre, Jenna Rose Bur-
nett, and Jacob Burnett, all of
Florida;, one sister, Nancy Carol
Reynolds of Georgia; an aunt,
Mary Hocutt; two cousins; sis-
ters-in-law, Sandy (Frank) H-ar-
mon and Tommie Smallman;
five nephews; three nieces; and,
eleven grand-nieces and
Family will receive friends
from 2 until 4 p.m., on Sunday,
Dec. 10, 2006, at the Chapel of
Hillsboro Memorial Funeral
Funeral services will be held
at 10 a.m., on Monday, Dec. 11,,
2006 at the funeral home with
military honors following at
Hillsboro Memorial.Gardens.

Juanita Rose
Juanita Rose Mountjoy, age 79,
of Okeechobee, died Sunday,
Dec. 3, 2006, at her residence. She
has been a resident of Okee-
chobee for the past 20 years and
enjoyed reading and working
crossword puzzles.
Mrs. Mountjoy is survived by:
her husband, Dudley Mountjoy, of
Okeechobee. As of March 29, they
will have been married for 60
years. She is also survived by two
sons, Dudley James (Jody) Moun-
tjoy, Jr. of Sebring and Steven
Allen (Diana) Mountjoy of Davie;
two daughters, Victoria Faril of
Okeechobee and Nancy (Kevin)
Howard of Sunrise; brother, John
Kelly of Greenfield, Ind.; seven
grandchildren; six great-grand-
children; and, one great-great-
There will be no visitation or
services at this time.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee.

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CONFLICT?: I don't think you'll ever see anyone lose their job over
how they stand on this issue in Okeechobee. What makes me wonder
is how can a county tax supported entity, such as the Okeechobee
County School Board, hire a tax-exempt and religion-based law firm
like Liberty Counsel to defend them? I see the firm later backed out
because the law they would have to attack is the same law they use to
get religious clubs allowed in school. If theywin the battle they lose the
war, so to speak. On the Liberty Counsel web page it says "donations
to this ministry are tax deductible," so could this have been a violation
of separation of church and state? Editor's Note: We contacted Tom
Conely, the school board attorney, who said there is no conflict
because Liberty Counsel was retained for attorney services and not
to promote any religious causes.

DIFFERENT FAITHS: Schools here allow churches to use their facili-
ties on Sundays. I guess not much separation of church and state going
on here. That brings up a whole other subject. Would a Muslim parent
want their kids going to a school that allows a Baptist or Christian-faith
church to use their space? What would the school board do to
appease different faiths?

. CONGRATULATIONS: I'd like to congratulate the county for keeping
32nd Street mowed and the fantastic job doing the brush line. There are
a couple places on 31 st that could use it too. Thank you so much.

DEATH RATE: This is about American troops getting killed in Irag.
They report how many people get killed in Irag every day but yet the
murder rate in the United States is twice as high as the number of
American troops getting killed in Irag. Why don't we do something
about the murder rate here because it is 2-to-1 right now?

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Community Events

OSAC training group to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community out-
reach/training committee will meet Monday, Dec. 11, from 9 until
10 a.m. at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. The meeting is open to the pub-
lic. For information call Ken Kenworthy at (863) 462-5000, ext 273,
or Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.

Red Cross offering various classes
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch Vill be holding
an infantchild CPRclass on Tuesdae,"Dec. 12, from 6 until 9 p.m.: a
-irst aid class on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 6 uritl 9 p.r.t; a first aid
class on Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 6 until 9 p.m.; an infant.child CPR
class on.Thursday, Jan. 11, from. 6 until 9 p.m.; and an adult CPR
class on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 6 until 9 p.m; To register for one of'
these classes, call (863) 763-2488.

'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 Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 2 until 6:30 p.m. at the Okee-
chobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. DMCC wahts to
stress the importance of financial literacy and assist the education-
al needs of the Okeechobee community.

C of C membership meeting is planned
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce general
membership meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The guest speaker
will be Mary Anne Swinford, director of Big Lake Missions Out-
reach and their 12th annual toy drive for children in Okeechobee
County. For information, call (863) 763-6464.

YMS to host retirement party
A retirement party for Gail Baker will be in the Yearling Middle
School library on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 3:45 p.m. She is retiring
after working as a teacher's aide for over 30 years. Anyone who
kn6ws her is invited for cake, punch and to visit with Ms. Baker.
Friends, family, co-workers, former or present students and their
parents are all welcome. She has worked at South Elementary
School, Yearling Middle School, Osceola Middle School and Okee-
chobee High School and has taught summer school.

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Letters to the Editor

A good impression
I am writing this letter to, give
positive recognition to the fine
young ladies at Real Life Chil-
dren's Ranch and their staff.
My father and I had the pleas-
ure to go to Real Life Children's
Ranch on Dec. 2 and we were
greeted by their very fine young
ladies. In today's society it is often
said what is wrong with the
younger generation showing, no
respect or compassion for any-
thing. Well let me say, the young
ladies at Real Life Children's
Ranch are far from that.

Kacie, Alecia and ,Lisa had
such a positive attitude and were
so polite what an impression
these young ladies have made.
The staff at real Life Children's
Ranch is also to be commended
for their guidance and support.
In today's world you rarely
hear of the positive impact young
adults have on their older peers,
but these young ladies sure need
the recognition for their positive
behavior and attitude.
Congratulations to Real Life
Children's Ranch for taking the
time to care.
Ken Deischer

Upcoming Events

Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or
(863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited.
Anyone interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becom-
ing a part of a caring group is welcome to come and see what we are
all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.,
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center,
located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978
or Juana at 471-9795.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First'United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting;
Nar-anonHelps the family of the drug user 'attain serenity and a
more normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she has
stopped using. We meet every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863) 467-9833.

Worship in Song at the Living Word'of Faith Church of .Okee-
chobee, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month
beginning at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all Christian
singers and musicians are welcome to take part. For information, con-
tact the church at (863) 763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at (863) 763-
3373; or, Sister Yvonne Price at (863) 467-6657.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at 7:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will follow a
short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice before join-..
ing. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247; Deb-
bie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade Mis-
sion, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education
include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic vioe
lence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational mate-
rials and prevention tools. Call (863) 634-9340 or (863) 357-6248, for
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m. at-
the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information, call
Dick Laneau at (863) 467-9540 or (727) 345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County 4-
H Extension office at"450 U.S, 98 N. Everyone who' would like to-be
part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at the Okee-.
chobee County 4-H Extensionoffice Monday through Friday from 8:30
a.m.. until 5 p.m. For information, call the extension office at (863) 163-

A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting,
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N,W. Third St.

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.
:, VFW #10539 Ladies Auxiliary lunch and bingo will start at noon at
the Post, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E. Auxiliary members and their guests are
invited. Please R.S.V.P. to (863) 763-2308.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at (863) 532-0449.
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30 p.m.
at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. This meet-,
ing is open to anyone interested in tracing their ancestry. The annual
membership is $10 per person, and $12 for a family. For information,
call Eve at (863) 467-2674; or, visit their web site at
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
Buckhead Ridge Christian Church,, 3 Linda Road. For information call
(863) 634-4780.

Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Gold-
en Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the
public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
Christian Home Educatqrs of Okeechobee will meet at the Grace
Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone currently
home schooling or interested in home schooling is welcome. For infor-
mation, call. Lydia Hall (863) 357-6729 or Betty Perera (863) 467-6808.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building, 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 Securi-
ty Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information,
contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott1Ave., for breakfast. For informa-
tion, call (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall at 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.
Women of Tomorrow ABWA Women of Tomorrow chapter meets
from noon until 1 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave. For information call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fellow-'
ship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then from 6:30
until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or someone just
to care are welcome. For information call the hot line (863) 801-9201 or
(863) 697-9718.

Community Events

Hospice hosting yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will have a special one-day yard sale
on Friday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. In addition, you will
have tfie opportunity to view the Christmas trees that are part of
the Festival of Trees. Admission to the Festival of Trees is free. The
yard sale will be held outdoors near the Blue Volunteer Building
next to Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For informa-
tion, contact Rhonda at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.
Window decorating contest planned
All local businesses are invited to participate in Okeechobee
Main Street's second annual Christmas Window Decorating Con-
test. The deadline for the contest will be Dec. 8, and the judging
will take place on Dec. 9 following the Christmas Parade. A
plaque will be awarded to the winner. For information, contact
Okeechobee Main Street executive director Lydia Jean Williams
at (863) 357-MAIN.
Community gospel sing planned
There will be a community gospel sing at the Believers Fellow-
ship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave., on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
All singers and musicians are welcome to participate. For infor-
mation, call Elma Hampton at (863) 357-0455.
SCORE rep is talk show guest
Family Stations, Inc. will host a radio talk show on Saturday,
Dec. 9, starting at 7:30 The show will be rebroadcast atlI and
6 p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The special guest will be
' Tom Spear, counselor for Service Corps of Retired Executives
(SCORE). The topic of the show will be starting up and operating
a small business. The upcoming "How to start a small business"
workshop is to be held at the St. Lucie County Chamber of Com-
merce on Thursday, Dec. 21. For information call SCORE at (772)
489-0548, or the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce at (772)
589-9999 for information on the workshop.

Church hosting parents' day out
Corner Stone Baptist Church, 18387 U.S. 441 N., will host par-
ents' day out on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. for chil-
drent ages 2-14. Christmas activities and food will be provided.
Parents are welcome to return at 2 p.m. for a children's perform-
ance. For information contact Pastor Tom at (863) 532-8519; or,

Church hosts cookie sale
The Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave.,
will host a holiday cookie sale Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. until
noon. In addition to homemade cookies, breads and candies the
Church Cookbook will also be on sale. All proceeds from the sale
will be used toward rebuilding the church facilities. For informa-
tion, call Anne Brough at (863) 763-4228.

Annual Christmas parade is planned
The annual Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce
Lighted Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, beginning
at 5:30 p.m. Entry applications are available at the Chamber of
Commerce office at 55 S. Parrott. Ave. For information, call (863)

Chamber hosting Christmas festival
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce Christmas
Festival will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, in Flagler Park. There will be
arts and crafts booths, food and music. Applications are available
at the Chamber of Commerce office at 55 S. Parrott Ave. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-6464.
Motorcycle ride aids ministry i
The Okeechobee Christian Cycle Club %ill be having a ride,
around the lake on Saturday, Dec. 9, to benefit the Lighthouse
Refuge of Okeechobee a ministry.which helps homeless and
abused women. Participants will meet at the Clock Restaurant,
1111 S. Parrott Ave.; at 7:30 a.mi for breakfast and leave by 8:'30
a.m. The first 25 riders to donate $20 each will get a free lunch at
Skip's Barbecue immediately following the ride. For information
contact Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6527, or Roland Spencer at'
(863) 697-2247.

Volunteers needed to work on house
Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers on Saturday, Dec. 9,
and Saturday, Dec. 16, for framing and installing roof trusses on
the house being built for the family at 2791 N.W. 35th Drive in
Basswood. Bring your tools and be at the building site by 8 a.m.
both or either day. For information, call (863) 357-1371 and leave
a message.

BHRFD hosting kids' Christmas party
The Buckhead Ridge Fire Department will have a Christmas
party with Santa for all Buckhead Ridge children on Saturday,
Dec. 9, at the Fire Department on S.R. 78 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Refreshments will be served.

Kiwanis plan radio auction
The Kiwanis Radio Auction will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, from
1 until 5 p.m. To place a bid, call (863) 763-1903 at the time speci-
fied for that particular lot. Lots last 25 minutes each. The annual
event helps fund the renewable $1,000 Kiwanis scholarship
awarded to an Okeechobee High School senior yearly. If your
business would like to donate an item to the auction, or for infor-
mation, call Jim Vensel at (863) 697-1792.
Hospice hosting Festival of Trees
Hospice of Okeechobee is again, sponsoring the Festival of
Trees. The event features a display of 100 ornately decorated trees
and other Christmas items. Admission to the Festival of Trees and
The Country Store is free. Hours are 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. week-
days, and noon until 5 p.m. on the weekends. The Festival of
Trees will end Sunday, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. It is held at the Blue Vol-
unteer Building next to The Hamrick Home, 411 S.E. Fourth St.
For information, contact Rhonda at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-
Buckhead VFW planning dinner
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post #9528 at, 2002 S.R. 78 W., will hold
their annual ham dinner on Sunday, Dec. 10, from noon until 4
p.m. for a suggested donation. The dinner is open to the public
and tickets are not required. Entertainment will be provided by
Don and Kim. Applications will be taken for the post and the
ladies' and male auxiliary. For information, call Don South or
Phyllis Fish at (863) 467-2882.

Church offers special program

Haven of Rest Church, now located in the Cedar Plaza on S.W.
Third Terrace, will present a program entitled "A Second Chance"
on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. The program is free and open to the
public. For information call Rachel Velie at (863) 357-3053, or
Tammy Gibson at (863) 467-4606 or (863) 634-5757.

Genealogical Society to meet Dec. 11
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet at 1:30
p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11, at the Okeechobee County Library, 206
S.W. 16th St. The guest speaker will be the Moore Haven librarian
.The meeting is open to anyone wanting to trace their ancestry.
Visitors are always welcome. For information, call Eve Olson at
(863) 467-2674.

Free nutritional class offered
Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center, 916 W.N. Park St.,
will hold a free CRA nutritional analysis class that will be taught
by Dr. Edward Douglas on Monday, Dec. 11, at 5:30 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-4320.

The Okeechobee News, Friday, December 8, 2006 SPORTS 5

Local runners compete in Marathon of Palm Beaches

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee long-distance
runner, Donna Moss battled the
heat and intense humidity Sun-
day morning to compete in the
26.2-mile Marathon of the Palm
Beaches. In women's competi-
tion Donna Moss finished the
grueling race third in her age
group (55-59) and 135th overall
with a time of 4:49.37. Mrs.
Moss, who spends part of the
year in Okeechobee and part of
the year in Springfield, Tenn.,
has been running for the past 10
"I started running just for
fun," explained the retired high
school business teacher. "Then,
I began competing in the small
5K races and worked my way up
to the 10K and this weekend I
ran in the 13.1 mile half
Mrs.' Moss takes her running
seriously. She has competed in
the Miami Marathon two years
ago, finishing second in her divi-
sion. She also ran in the
marathon in San Jose, Calif. She
is planning to run the Miami
event again this year, as well as
the events in Tampa, Nashville,
Tenn. and San Diego, Calif. June.
"The heat and humidity was
terrible. When the run began at
6:30 a.m. the temperature was in

Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee winter resident
Donna Moss placed third in
her age group (55-59) and
135th overall in the women's
division of the Marathon of
the Palm Beaches. She ran
the 26.2 mile course in
the 70's. Part of the way through
the race the temperature had
climbed into the 80's and the
humidity was intense," said Mrs.
Moss. "The weather definitely
affected the times. I ran faster in
Miami, but it was a lot cooler
and the humidity was lower

City attorney John Cook fin-
ished the Half Marathon of the
Palm Beaches in 2:24.13
despite the heat and intense
humidity last Sunday morning.
Mrs. Moss is coached by her
husband, Steve Moss.
"Steve was a physical educa-
tion major in college. He was a
coach and principal at the high
school where I taught business
for 29 years. We are both retired
now and Steve likes to fish, so
we winter in Okeechobee. I am

very lucky to have the support of
my husband and family."
Another local resident John
Cook also faced less than perfect
weather conditions to compete
in the 13.1 mile Half Marathon of
the Palm Beaches.
Mr. Cook is a familiar name to
most residents of Okeechobee.
He is a prominent attorney who
represents the interests of the
City of Okeechobee. Mr. Cook
has been running off and on for
the past 30 years. About six years
ago he became a serious runner.
He has competed in five
marathons this year including
events in Nashville, Tenn. and'
Virginia Beach, Va.
When asked about the
weather conditions, Mr. Cook
stated, "It was warm, but I run in
Okeechobee all the time, so I
was used to that type of weath-
Mr. Cook finished the half
marathon in 2:24.13. He is now
training for his next race in Janu-
ary, 2007. Mr. Cook will compete
in the marathon at Disney World.
"It's the same distance as the
one in Palm Beach, but where
the one in Palm Beach had
approximately 3,000 partici-
pants, the one at. Disney will
have approximately 30,000 run-
ners," stated Mr. Cook.

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soccer game scheduled
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Alumni soccer game will take
place at Brahman Stadium on
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admission will entitle the fan to
admission to the game and a
meal. Tickets will be available at
the gate.

Team Trail banquet
changes location
The Okee-Tantie Team Trail
banquet, originally scheduled
to take place at the'new Scott
Driver facility, will take place at
the Okeechobee Civic Center
on Friday, Dec. 8, beginning at
6:30 p.m. The Trail's year-end

Classic will take place on Satur-
day and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10.
Weigh-ins will take place at the
Scott Driver facility directly
across the street from Okee-
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na. Weigh-ins are scheduled to
begin at 3 p.m.

Adult baseball
players needed
Adult (18 and over) players
are wanted for a men's baseball
team. If interested, contact
George at (863) 634-7657.

Sign-up for youth
basketball to begin
Sign-ups for the Okeechobee
County Parks and Recreation's

Youth Basketball League will be
held Monday through Friday
from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., begin-
ning Monday, Dec. 11 through
Friday, Jan. 5 at the Okeechobee
County Sports Complex located
at 640 N.W. 27th Lane. Registra-
tion is $30 per child and parents
are required to present a copy of
the participant's birth certificate
at time of registration. Partici-
pant's age as of March 15, 2007
determines age group. The
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Looking Back...
Seminole Indian Harry Jumper and his two sons Josie and
Harley are shown in this photo from the 1950s taken at
Brighton Seminole Reservation.

Traffic stop results

in two drug arrests

By Nena Bolan Rohrer, 36, was then asked to exit
Special to Okeechobee News the vehicle.
Inside the vehicle the officer
MOORE HAVEN A woman found a canvass type bag and a
from Homestead was arrested on small plastic baggy. Bothicontained
Nov. 6 by Sgt. Ronnie Baker of the a green leafy substance believed to
Glades County Sheriff's Depart- be marijuana. The driver and pas-
ment. senger were placed in restraints
Terri Lynn Bruno, 30, was and advised that they were under
pulled over for speeding through a arrest for possession of marijuana.
35 mph speed zone on U.S. 27. Deputy Sheriff Ermeri then read the
According to a police report, mari- Miranda Warning to both subjects.
juana was allegedly found in her While completing a search of
vehicle, and cocaine was reported- Ms. Bruno, she advised that she
ly found in her clothing, The pas- had in her clothing a small amount
senger of the vehicle was also of cocaine. While handcuffed, Ms.
arrested. Bruno pulled out a baggy from
Sgt. Baker was conducting sta- underneath her shirt and gave it to
tionary radar at the Country K store Deputy Sheriff Ermeri. The baggy
when he saw an SUV traveling contained a white powder sub-
northbound in the 200 block of US stance believed to be cocaine. Ms.
27. He estimated its speed to be Bruno was then advised of the
over that of the posted 35 mph additional charge of possession.of
zone. cocaine. Both subjects were trans-
He activated the Stalker Radar ported to the Glades County Jail.
unit and got a target speed of 59 The green leafy substance was
mph. Then the officer initiated a later field tested as positive for the
trafficstoponthevehicle. presence of marijuanaThe mar-
As thep officer spoke to the driv- juana from the canvass bag
As the officer spoke to the driv- weighed approximately 522 grams
er, he noticed that the passenger excluding packaging, and the mari-
appeared to be extremely nervous. ,juana fr te" small bag,
He also noticed a strong odor bf weighed approximately one gram.
marijuana. Deputy Sheriff Richard The white owder was field
Ermeiiarrived as a backup unit. tested as positive for the presence
Ms. Bruno was asked to step of cocaine and had the approxi-
out of the vehicle and Sgt. Baker mate weight of less than one gram.
could still smell the odor of man- The bond for Mr. Rohrer was set at
juana coming from her person, $10,000, and the bond for Ms.
according to the report. She con- Bruno was set at $20,000.
sented to have a search done of her StaffwriterNenaBolan can be
vehicle. The passenger, Edwin P.

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By Nena Bolan
Special to Okeechobee News
The Small County Coalition of
Florida presented a plaque to
county commissioner, Robert L.
Giesler, for his outstanding service
as chairman of the board for two
years in a row. Coalition goals help
small counties to work effectively
with state agencies and address
legislative issues from a small
county perspective.
Larry Hilton, assistant county
manager, opened a discussion to
consider an ordinance about
domestic livestock in residential
areas. Recently, code enforcement
received a complaint about a resi-
dence in Buckhead Ridge that had a
horse associated with a4-H project.
Historically, Glades County has
allowed domestic livestock in resi-
dential subdivisions on a tempo-
rary basis so young people in FFA
and 4-H can participate in livestock
exhibitions. There are currently 93
of these livestock projects, of
which an estimated 44 are in resi-
dential land use categories.
Discussion focused on ques-
tioning the difference between live-
stock and pets, the size of the resi-
dential lots, and whether or not to
make decisions based on zoning
ordinances, deed restrictions or
nuisance ordinances. County
Attorney Richard Pringle reminded

tion was approved.
A non-agenda item referred to
the solid waste removal issues in
the county. No decisions have-
been made toward mandatory
garbage removal; however, Waste
Management will discontinue resi-
dential pickup at the end of the
year, but will continue to service
commercial dumpsters.
Staffwriter, NenaBolan can be

the commission that the county
cannot enforce deed restrictions.
The commissioners questioned
if this was only one complaint, did
it warrant a livestock ordinance for
the entire county? No decisions
were made on the livestock matter
and it must be given further consid-
eration before action is taken on
the complaint about a 4-H horse in
Buckhead Ridge.
Erica Villafuerte, SHIP coordina-
tor, presented a letter to the com-
missioners, informing them that
modular homes can be less expen-
sive than site built homes when
replacing deteriorated homes and
mobile homes. Ms. Villafuerte
wanted the commission to be
aware that this is a new concept to
SHIP, and that there are currently
18 applications for demo/replace-
ment with new applications steadi-
ly coming into her office.
It was noted that modular
homes are different from manufac-
tured homes. Modular homes are
designed, built, permitted and
inspected to the Florida Building
Code. They will have the DCA seal
and 'be installed by crane on
cement foundations. Ms. Villa-
fuerte asked for support and feed-
back on the modular home
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Author to speak
at Audubon meeting
Author Nancy Dale will be the
featured speaker at the Hendry-
Glades Audubon on Monday, Dec.
11, at 7 p.m.,.at the Cooperative
Extension, Dallas Townsend Build-
ing 1085 Pratt Blvd. in LaBelle.
Nancy Dale, Ph.D. is a nationally
published freelance writer, news-
paper correspondent, author of
"Where the Swallowtail Kite
Soars"; "The Legacies of Glades
County, Florida and the Vanishing
Wilderness" and "Would Do,
Could Do and Made Do"; "The
Florida Pioneer Cow Hunters."
Guests and Audubon members
are invited. For information call:
Buczynski at (863) 902-0856 or
Margaret England (863) 674-0695
Christmas festival
planned for Dec. 14
Planning has begun for the
sixth annual "Christmas on the
Caloosahatchee Festival", to be
held on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 5
until 8 p.m., in Tom Perry Memori-
al City Park. If you would like a
booth, please contact Susan
Prowant, Leslie Pryor, or Felinda
Langdale at Moore Haven Ele-
mentary School at (863) 946-0737.
Christmas on the Caloosahatchee
is an annual community event
hosted by Moore Haven Elemen-
tary School and the City of Moore
Haven. Be sure to join us!
Winter Fest
planned for January
The Buckhead Ridge Volunteer
Fire Department will have a Win-
ter Fest on Jan. 27, 2007. There
will be a bake sale, arts and.crafts
sale and a Corvette car show. Bar-
beque pork sandwiches will be
sold. More plans are being made
and it will take place at the Volun-
teer Fire Department off of C.R. 78.
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Want a job
in construction?
Take advantage of a job train-
ing opportunity provided by the
Education Center of Southwest
Florida, Inc. (ECSWF) for con-
struction trades ranging from car-
pentry and plastic pipe to blue
prints and masonry. Classes begin
in October and space is limited.
Flyers and applications are avail-
able at the Glades County Eco-
nomic Development Council
(EDC) Office in the Doyle Conner
Building .in Moore Haven or the
ECSWF office in LaBelle. Applica-
tions can be faxed to the EDC at
(863) 946-0777 or directly to the
Education Center at (863)-675-
6800. For more information, con-
tact Sonny Hughes, (863) 675-

Plant Society
meetings scheduled
The Florida Native Plant Soci-
ety meeting will be held on the
first Tuesday of each month at 7
p.m. at the Agri-Civic Center at
4509 George Boulevard in Sebring
in conference room number
three. For more information, call
Roy Stewart at: (863) 632-0914.

Seminole reenactment
set for February
Seminole Tribe of Florida will
present a reenactment of the Sec-
ond Seminole War at the Big
Cypress Shootout at Billie Swamp
Safari located between Fort Laud-
erdale and Naples, on the Big
Cypress Reservation. Friday, Feb.
23, through Sunday, Feb. 27. For
more information, contact Cindy
Malin at (954) 966-6300, ext. 1488

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The Okeechobee News, Friday, December 8, 2006

Special Holiday Events

City Hall Park Santa: Santa
will be in City Hall Park on Dec.
8, 11, 12, 13 and 14 from 6 until
8 p.m. Pictures with Santa are
$1. Goody bags will be given to
the children.
Window Decorating Contest:
Judging will be on Dec. 9. For
information, contact Okee-
chobee Main Street at (863)
Chamber of Commerce light-
ed Christmas parade: Dec. 9
beginning at 5:30 p.m. There

will also be a craft show in Fla-
gler Parks 2 and 3.
Kiwanis Santa in Park #4:
Dec. 9 following the lighted
Christmas parade, then again
on Dec. 15, 16, 18, 19,20,21,22
and 23 from 6 until 8 p.m.
Christmas Cantata: Dec. 15,
16 and 17 at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second St. For information, call
Sandy Perry at (863) 634-7714.
Christmas boat parade slated
Okeechobee Yatchette Club:
lighted Christmas Boat Parade

on Sunday, Dec. 17. The parade
will form at 5:30 p.m. behind
the Burger King on S.R. 70, then
proceed down Taylor Creek to
the lock, then left to the VFW or
Butch's Backyard Lounge. For
information, contact Bob
Schultz at (863) 697-9571 or
(863) 467-7050.
: Santa on the fire truck: Dec.
20 in the N.W. and N.E. sections
of the city; Dec. 21 in the S.E.
section of the city; Dec. 22 in the
S.W. section of the city.

Music in the air
Okeechobee Music's entry in the Holiday.Stroll in the Park, located at the west end of Fla-
gler Park, took second place in the "Best School or Civic Organization" category.

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, WASHINGTON The Internal'
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excise tax refunds.
i The formula will provide a less
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up to 41 months of old phone
records," said IRS Commissioner
Mark W. Everson.
In May 2006, the IRS
announced that individuals, busi-
Snesses and tax-exempt organiza-
Stions who paid the long-distance
'telephone excise tax can request.
the refund on their 2006 federal
income tax returns.
"Businesses and tax-exempt
Organizations generally have more
-varied phone usage patterns than'
individuals," Everson said. "The
'IRS has met with a number of busi-
nesses and tax-exempt organiza-
tions to understand their concerns.
-We believe we have developed a
reasonable method for estimating
'telephone excise tax refund
amounts while reducing burden."
To request a refund, businesses
(including sole proprietors, corpo-
'rations and partnerships) and tax-
exempt organizations must com-
plete Form 8913, Credit for Federal
Telephone Excise Tax Paid. To
complete this form. busmnsess
and tax-exempt organizations may
determine the actual iorant of
refundable long-distance tele-
phone excise taxes they paid for
the 41 months from March 2003
through July 2006, or use the for-
mula to figure their refunds. Busi-
nesses should attach Form 8913 to
their regular 2006 income tax
returns. Tax-exempt organizations
must attacfi it to Form 990-T.
Businesses, and tax-exempt
organizations can figure their
refund amounts by comparing two
telephone bills from this year to
determine the percentage of their
telephone expenses attributable to
the long-distance excise tax. The
bills they should use are the bill
with a statement date in April 2006

and the bill with a statement date in
September 2006. They must first
figure the telephone tax as a per-
centage of their April 2Q06 tele-
phone bills (which included the
excise tax for both local and long-
distance service) and their Septem-
ber 2006 telephone bills (which
only included the tax on local serv-
ice). The difference between these
two percentages should then be
applied to the quarterly or annual
telephone expenses to determine
the amount of their refunds.
The refund is capped at 2 per-
cent of the total telephone expens-
es for businesses and tax-exempt
organizations with 250 or fewer
employees which covers more
than 99 percent of all businesses.
The refund is capped at 1 percent
for those with more than 250
employees. Most organizations in
this category typically are able to
figure the actual amount they paid
in long-distance excise tax. Howev-
er, the formula provides a more
limited, but simpler, approach for
those large employers who wish to
use it.
For example, if a business has
an April 2006 telephone bill of
$1,000, which includes federal tele-.
phone excise tax of $28, the tax
percentage is 2.8 percent. If the
September 2006 bill is $1,100
including federal telephone excise
tax of $16.50, the lax percentage is
1.5 percent. The business' long-dis-
tance excise tax percentage is 1.3
percent (2.8 percent for April
minus 1.5 percent for September).
The business multiplies 1.3 percent
by its total phone expenses over
the 41-month period to arrive at the
amount of its refund. If this busi-
ness had more than 250 employ-
ees, its refund would be limited to 1
percent of its total phone expenses
for the period. If the business had
250 or fewer employees, the 2-per-
cent cap would apply and would
not limit the amount of the refund.
The IRS developed the formula
after receiving .public input and dis-
cussing the issue with business

organizations, the Small Business
Administration and representatives
from the tax-exempt community.
The IRS already has provided
individual taxpayers with the
option to use standard amounts
based on the number of exemp-
tions allowed to that taxpayer. Indi-
vidual taxpayers can request a $30
refund with one exemption, $40
for two exemptions, $50 for three
exemptions and $60 for four or
more exemptions.
Options for requesting this
refund vary for sole proprietors,
who file a Schedule C with the
Form 1040, depending on the gross
income reported on the Schedule
C. Sole proprietors who report
gross ificome of $25,000 or less on
their Schedule C may use the stan-
dard amounts or request a refund
based on their actual expenses.
Sole proprietors reporting more
than $25,000 of gross income have
three options: they can use the
standard amounts which cover
both personal and business
expenses, they can use the formula
for their business expenses and
actual for their personal ones, or
they can choose to use actual
amounts for both business and
Similar rules depending on the
amrrouni of gross income reported.
on Schedule F or Schedule E apply
to farmers and individual owners
of rental property.
Trusts and fiduciaries may not
use the standard amount available
to individuals. They should use the
formula to figure their refunds, or
request the actual amount paid.
The Treasury Department
announced in May that the govern-
ment would stop collecting the fed-
eral excise tax on long-distance
telephone service beginning Aug.
1, 2006, and provide refunds for
taxes billed afterFeb. 28,2003.
Details on the telephone tax
refund will be included in 2006 tax
return materials and on this Web

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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman The-
atres III.
Movie times for Friday, Dec. 8,
through Thursday, Dec. 14, are as
Theatre I -"Prestige" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9:10
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9:10 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
Theatre II "Happy Feet"
(PG} Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre III "Unaccompanied
Minors"(PG) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day at, 3 and 7, p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday .at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863)


Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart, 701 S.W. Sixth St.,
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in mar-
tial arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Mon-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from 6
until 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday
from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

Equipment available
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walk-
ers, portable toilets, crutches,
canes, etc. Anyone requiring the
use of such equipment is welcome
to stop by the post and pick out
what they need. There charge
and anyone is welcome: This is
not restricted to veterans. Call the
Post at (863) 763-2950.

Volunteers wanted
for hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a dif-
ference in the lives of others?
Raulerson Hospital Auxiliary has
many opportunities of service for,
adults seeking volunteer work.
Volunteer as little as four hours a
week or as many as 20 hours.
Morning, afternoon, and evening
shifts are available. Many opportu-
nities currently exist. Please con-
tact the lobby desk at Raulerson
Hospital for a Volunteer Applica-
tion. For information, call (863)
763-2151, ext. 3312. The hospital's
Volunteen Program (ages 14-17)
began in June.

Items needed
by wildlife center
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center, 14895 N.W. 30th Terrace, is
seeking paper towels, old large
towels, blankets, old kennels, gar-
dening utensils, bleach and laun-
dry detergent. Anyone wishing to
donate any of the above items is
asked to call (863) 763-4630.

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

Wildlife Center
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife
adventure birthday party at
Arnold's Wildlife Center, 14895
N.W. 30th Terrace. You can invite
up to 20 friends to join you for a
wildlife adventure tour, hands on
animal encounter, games and a

special craft for everyone to make.
For information on cost and reser-
vations, call (863) 763-4630.

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


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BEAGLE, Female, in Bassinger
area, week of 11/20/06, call
to identify. (863)467-4823
CALICO CAT- Female, approx
1 yr old. Vic. Division of Fo-
restry. Please call
FEMALE DOG, short, red, with
collar, found in R-Bar Es-
tates, (863)610-1750
the Viking area. Call to ID.

BOXER/LAB MIX- female,
black/brown w/white chest,
docked tail, purple collar, vic
of Wal- Mart (863)634-8122
CAT, vic. of Central Elemen-
tary School, light gray w/tan
stripes, answers to Raven.
CHILD SEAT- Graco Instant
carrier. 12/03 Vic. of Four
Seasons & Treasure Island
Way. (863)634-0948
KERR DOG- female,
brown/white, vie of Country
Hills, wearing collar & tags
White w/brown head, Pink
collar, Vie of SW 3rd Ave.
REWARD- Calico cat(f), 2 yrs,
white belly, black & orange
back & top of head, long
black tail. 863-467-0704
SHIH TZU PUP- 6 mos old,
red & white, missing from
our front yard. Vic of NE sec-
tion, behind ABC Liquor

CAT & KITTEN, 2 yr. old black
& white female, shots &
spayed & black kitten.
(863)946-9133 Moore Haven
KITTENS- (6) white and
orange, 8 wks old, cute, me-
dium to long haired.
LAB MIX- 2 yrs old, female,
spayed, good watch dog to
good home only
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Dining Table w/6 Chairs &
Hutch $750 Occasional Chairs
Washer/Dryer, Sofa, Womens
plus sz. clothes & misc items.

Sat. & Sun., Dec. 9th & 10Oth,
7am-5pm, 401 Jordan Terrace,
Freezer; Books, Clothes, Kirby
Sweeper, Tools, Gas Grill &
a Bunch of Miscellaneous.
10 B@TTOM-
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OKEE -2001 SW 3rd Ave.
Fri. Sat. & Sun, ,
12/8,12/9,12/10. 8a-4p.
Everything must go!!!
Under canopy so...
Rain or Shine

Noin. sale
OKEE. Dec. 7th, 8th&9th;
7:30-3PM, 15 Andrea Ln,
BHR, Collectibles, Furniture,
Misc. Kit., Side Board,
Clothes, '92 Jeep Cherokee
Much, Much More!

Okeechobee, 11 9th St., BHR
Fri. & Sat., Dec. 8th & 9th
8am to??

moving ..sle
17514 NW Broadland Lane
Kissimmee River Estates
December 8th, 9th, 10th
7am to 1pm

*pving Sale
OKEECHOBEE, Fri., 12/8 &
Sat., 12/9, 7am til 4pm,
10127 Northeast 23rd Lane,
Spot in the Sun, Free. Pot
Belly Pig, Chickens. Clean-
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OKEECHOBEE Fri., Sat. & Sun,
Dec. 8th, 9th & 10th, 8am-?,
8175 NE 12th St., Turn right
on 80th Ave. and follow signs.
Tools (some antique), Lg. Frog
Collection, Tractors, Riding
Lawn Mower, Equip. Trailer,
5th Wheel Trailer...Much Morel
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OKEECHOBEE- Sat. Dec 9th,
9am-1pm, 1301 SW 85th
Way. Lazy 7. 70 West left at
SW 67th drive, right at SW
9th St. left at 85th Way. HH
items, kids & women
clothes, toys, purses, medi-
cal scrubs & more


Sat., Dec., 7th, 8th & 9th,
9am-5pm, 6696 S.E. Hwy 441
Fishing, Golf, Electric Range,
- C, Tools,'91 Lincoln,
Awnings & Much Morel!"

Tall Guy, Secure, Stable. To
meet Attractive Gal or Couples
40-60 yrs. for Dining, Travel-
ing, etc. (863)946-3123

Employment -
Medical 210
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

Commercial project located
in Sebring.'Good pay and
benefits package
Call Jim for an interview
A & D Water Systems is
looking for a Truck Driver that
has a Class B and Hazmat.
SThis is a Must.
BABYSITTER- Needed in my
home. Call. for details
Commercial project located in
SSebring. Good pay and
benefits package. Call Bill for
an interview 772-221-1660.
Immediate opening. Vanity
SSalon & Spay
(863)763-0404 or 634-1263
Must have good driving record
Apply between 8am-4pm M-S
Taylor Rental
Mature & Experienced
Ranch Bookkeeper
Night 863-763-5321 or
Day 863-634-7552
Experienced with Heavy Equip-
ment, Truck, Trailer repairs
for Okeechobee Landscape
Supply Co. Health benefits
DFWPR Fax 863-763-1003 or
Call 863-763-0075

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Excellent benefitplan offered.
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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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true, chances are that it is.
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doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
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numbers may require an
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long distance toll costs. We
will do ourbest to alert our
reader of these charges in
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Sell your used Items In
the classifieds

Bushhog, Rototiller, Road
Leveler, Front End Loader,
Box Blade & Forks.

Now has a 50 Ton Landoll
with a 20,000 lb. winch.
Great for moving equipment,.
containers & large sheds.
Call 863-763-7976


Air Conditioners 505
Anti.lues 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

A/C UNIT- Bard, Self con-
'tained, 5 ton, Wall mount
$750. or best offer.
AC W/HEAT- Central package
unit, 3.5 ton, York, never in-
stalled, $1550'
56)14,6538 b ..

DRYER, Kenmore, $100
(863)634-8024 : "
FREEZER, Upright 'Deep
Frtele Wvors well $75.
(863)61:2-5676 .
FREEZER- Very large, Like
new. $1000. (239)248-4758

working condition. $150.
WASHER & DRYER, Kenmore,
Good shape. $175 for.both.
warr. til '09. Like new. Pd.
$2000. Asking $800-or best.
offer. (239)867-6351

-Miami Sun, $100 or best
offer. (989)831-5135
BICYCLE- Womens beach
bike, 7 speed, purple
w/white flowers, $50
DYNO AIR BIKE- w/green pegs
to grind with and.rotating
handle bar. Good cond. $50
neg (863)634-2974
new condition. Burgundy &
chrome. $200.


new, never on road, 1 mans,
*1 womans, $250 for both
will sell sep (863)763-8225

partment, stainless steel.

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
installation of Storm
Shutters & Seamless
Rain Gutters
Licensed & Insured

1551 N.W. 24th Drive.
License #765

Elliott's Pawn Shop

BED- RACECAR, Little Tikes,
blue, bed only, excellent con-
dition, $150. (863)634-3069
CAR SEAT- Even-flo, excellent
condition, pink w/ detachable
base $30 (863)983-6310 after
4PM -

CLOTHES- Little Girls, Size 2T,
Never worn. 20 outfits total.
$130. (863)357-1048
ET, 'Black leather, with pon-
chos & fdnge, size 44. $150

Autographed. Most In cases.
Mint condition. $2500 for the
complete set. (863)357-0125
over 3000 $800 or best of-
pcs. purchased in Germany,
$950 or best offer.'
(863)357-3639 1
TION w/Jersey, Shirt, Cap &
Bear. All in 1 package. $70
TRAIN SET- "Lionel Santa Fe",
4 pieces, track, transformer,
I$125 or best offer,
WEDDING GOWN- lace/ satin,
small train, size 5, 52 yrs
old $50.863-467-0670 ,-._

ACCENT TABLES, (3), white,
1) rectangle, (1) round &
1 round with lamp, $40.
CENTER- Black, all wood,
$250 or best offer
.BR SET- Antique,. mahogany,
1900's, full size, 2 NS, hdbd,
ftbrd, chlest, mirror $2200
BR SUITE- Queen bed,
dresser, nite stand, full mir-
ror, very good cond., $250
BUNK BED, Loft style, all in
one, purchased at Badcock,
exc. 'obd. $500
(863)763-6430 Iv. msg..
.BUNK BEDS Wooden with
dresser, $200 (863)228-3651
BUREAU, Large with mirror,
54"lx32"hx18"d, 8 drawers,
good condition. $125 or best
offer. (863)763-2458
CHAIRS (35), Brown metal,
folding. $105 for all or will
separate. (863)675-3230
Chase Lounge Elegant, solid
cream velour like material,
$250 or best offer
COFFEE TABLE & 2 end tables
with drawers, all oak wood.
$150 for set, (863)675-4098

COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, hrome &
brass w/glass tops. $250/all.
COFFEE TABLE- 3x5 glass,
black frame, very pretty, $25
wood, double doors close
with. key lock. $100
COMPUTER DESK, 31' long x
4/' tall. Has top shelf and
cabinet, $40 (863)763-5067
COMPUTER DESK, with hutch,
small drawer, file cabinet &
keyboard drawer. $75
CHAIRS, IVORY, Egyptian cot-
ton w/cherry wood trim, exc.
cond., $400. 863-763-0583
Print, Matching. Good condi-
tion. $150. (863)467-8223
DESK, 6 drawers. $20
DESK, HUTCH & matching,
wood.file cabinet. Excellent
condition 'a.1I 0t.
DINETTE SET (5) piece,
glass top w/ iron chairs, $300
DINING TABLE, Glass top,
Metal leg:, I Melallic IoO.MI Wilrl
6 cnair3'r Like new $350
(239)53T4253 LeBelle area.
'DINING TABLE: w/4 Chairs,
Hardwood 3x5' Rectangular.
Good condition. $125 or
best offer (863)467-0987
DR SUITE- 5pc solid wood,
excellent condition $275
STANDS, $50 for all.
Colonial pine, for 65" TV or
smaller, $500
tra thick, forest green w/mat-
tress cover, $50.
new, $450 (863)634-5225
KITTEN- Male, orange tabby
& white. approx 8 wks old,
bottle .fed, .... $.15..
CHAIR- excellent condition
$475 (863)673-4942
Oak, Old, Good condition.
$100. (863)763-6342 Okee-
chobee area.'
SINGLE BED, Frame, Box
springs & mattress on
wheels. Excellent condition.
$75. (863)763-1997
SLEEPER SOFA- king size,
..pastel floral,.design,. -very..
Good cond.,; $150or best of-
er (772)460-9733. L
SOFA, 90", CHAIR, 41", OTTO-
MAN, 34", 2 end tables,
25"x24" & 2 lamps, $500 or
best offer, (863)467-8494
SOFA BED, Beige background
w/green & rose floral print.
Excellent condition. $350.
(863)763-6342 Okee. area.
TABLE, Custom built, solid
oak, 42" square with-4 match-
ing Windsor back chairs. $250
neg. (863)763-2458
WING BACK CHAIR, blue/bur-
undy/green check, asking
50. (863)675-4098

GOLF CLUBS- Complete,
matched set, metal woods,
irons, bag, putter & Callaway
BB #1. $175.863-946-3123

CARPINE- US Springfield,
model 1884, has type "C"
front to sight, $1200 or best
offer (937)215-0307
guns. Has 4 shelves & 1
drawer. $90. (863)467-1401
GUN CASE- 2 rifle, locking,
hard sided, gray, $50
GUN CASE, Aluminum, Holds
2 scope guns, excellent con-
dition. $65 (863)357-5754

-lNo ice

PISTOL- 25 au3lorTialii, $125
RIFLE, Ruger All WeaVher.
stainless iiml 1LI0 22. wmIn
scope, e'lr.: $.275
i863i610. 0632 Oee

SHOTGUN-'Springfield 20ga,
double barrel.- $300.
Patrolman model 28, 357
mag, 4" bbl., target grips &
sights $350 (937)21.5-0307
TAURAS, 45 cal., semi-auto
p hrol, new in box. $450

WINCHESTER- Ranger 30-30,
mint cond.. SKS many ac-
cess; '1Ur 0 lor boh will S'ep
i863i763.2032 Iv ir,'0i

n bu.' Win mulhi-lu ii on i 200 561-.22-0401
d1iloni PaF $1400( Will 'oll
ltr $50l0 io u haul
(863)80)1.1891 aler 3pr,
TREADMILL- New, Perfect
Westco. Cad-rni:- 7E, Fold &
Store. $275. 561)722.0-01

WEIGHT BENCH- Great shape,
like new, $100 or best offer
(863)673-2896 ask for Vicki

Gas Heater, Empire Comfort
Sys.used 1 seas., $100 neg.
(863)824-0008, or
1 3I-509-4683

de,:oralive country, kitchen,
holds 13 gallons. Only $20.'

.w/surroundin'g diamonds,
$425. Neg. (863)675-7105
or (863)673-5023 .

Beige chain & shade, $50 for
both/best offer, Call
cent. 2'x2' with cover &
bulbs. Never used. Still in
box. $10. (863)763-1997

twin, electric w/vibrate & re-
mote. Exc. cond. $2700 new,
Pride Jazzy w/joystick. Exc
cond. $5700 new, asking
$2100. (863)763-6907
WHEEL CHAIR, Elec., Metallic
Maroon. Used 10 hrs. Brand
new1 Buii in charger & rear
pocket. $4500.863-467-1533
WHEELCHAIRS, (2), electric,
1 brand 'new, 1 used, $900
will sell : separately..

In need of Boy Scout/Cub
Scout uniforms for a new
pack in Buckhead Ridge.
Everything you need for your.
own ceramic business. Kilm,
Good, w/too many molds to
count. $2100.863-467-6475
FISH TANK- 55 gal., stand and
accessories, $75
Rectangular, seats 4. Kept in-
side, great condition. W/Cover.
$1500.863-843-0913 Lv msg
TANNING BED, Soltech, 28
bulb, Commercial or residen-
tial. Excellent condition.
$1800. (863)634-1263
TANNING BED- Sun Star, 32
bulb, (3) facial tanners,
bulbs recently replaced,
$2400 (863)453-5599

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OAK LAKE APTS., Remodeled
2BR/1BA, screened porch,
$800 mo., 1st, last & sec.
No pets. (863)634-3313
OKEECHOBEE, 2br, 2ba, In
Kings Bay, No pets. $850.
mo. + $850. Sec. Dep.
(863) 697-8728.

2br, lba, Pool, Tennis, Shuf-
fleboard. $875. mo. + $875.
Sec. Call Kelly (863)697-6428
w/Appl. $850/m6. + 1st&
Sec. dep. Call (863)634-7722

BASSWOOD: 2 Bdrm., Up to
date kitchen new appl. Brand
new C/Air. W/D. $890 mo. +
sec. & refs. (561)818-7380

Ip e Ba i -


new, $200 firm.
863)763-4132 or

Black, excellent tone, seldom
used, like new, soft case,
$95 (863)634-9316

6 wks, wormed & 1st shots,
APR reg: incl. pedigree certify.
$350 ea. (863)634-7723
Cert. All shots, Vet. checked.
$300, $400 & $450.
"Mr. Personality", vet checked.
Free bed incld $275 cash.
FISH TANK- 150 gallon. $300 offer. (863)673-2896
ask for Vicki
parerils on premies, CKC. -4
M Q 1 F Vel nehed & ;riIls'
$550 each. (863)824-6781
SCHNAUZER silver, 22 mos
old, ears & tail cropped, all
shots $295 (561)271-1032
old, wormed. Adorable, must
see! $300 for Females, or
Males, (863)675-7105

LMB. $25 or best offer.
(863)824-0801.. -

POOL TABLE, All access in-
rlu'ded Good condillon
1S50 (8631801-1398 or
697.0235 -
POOL TABLE, sla e, 8'. $300
leg anacri. 230 ID weigrils.
weigril iree Olympic bDar.
$120'rieg. 863--7b3224i

Looling fop a place to
hang your hat? Look no-
further th tanhe classl-

SUB WOOFERS- 4, Memphis
12's in a custom ported box.
Brand new. $650. or best of-
fer 1863)634-6476

ANTENNA, New! 5 ms 9000 ir,
Directional,- Amplified, In-
door/Outdoor w/internal ro-
tor. $1'39. (863)763-7989,
: ing $500 or best offer'
TV, 2005, ILO, 24' Fiji Screen
w t. 1ad, niul wall mourniable
Perietl icond Pd $588 jow
$375 Firm 1863)447-1841
TV, Large 60", Good condi-
tion. $800. (239)248-4758

BENCH SAW, Craftsman, 10",
lhp w/miter cut & rail. $100
Dewalt, used once, $300 or
best offer. (863)697-8837
SCraftsman, cuts angle, new
blade and stand '.$60
GENERATOR, Powerboss,
portable, 5500 wans. 7350
starting wafts, brand new.
$800 (863)697-8837
DiE sel. 4 cyl. Complete
w radiatorr & luel tank.
$1500 (863)b75-186.2
MIG WELDER, '25' spool gun
wrn acceis.ories $1400.
WELDER, portable; 200 amp;
engine driven, $450m,
(863)674-1276 .

BARBIE CAR. 6ivoull bdlery
operalied ,.O
SCOOTER. Battery operaled
Sunl ,75 (863|46.74567
TMX ELMO, brand new, Ill 1-
00 never opened $70

ORECK XL, Ikr oi elra bags
Only used 2 times, top ol the
line, pd $900, asking $350.

SPEAKER- 12" audiobahn, 1
truck and 1 car box, 200
watt amp, power, 'wires &
fuse, $150 (863)697-3865



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipmet 805
Farm Feed/ educta 10
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Suppli/
Services Wanted B30
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

AQUA 9 year old Palomino
Gelding, 15.3 Hands, $1875
or best offer. 863-824-0505
or 863-697-1984
oij l mare 16 r.ands Very
sweel Rides good Incld all'
lack $2500 1863)357-6642
dem axle, good tires, lights
work.$350 (863)946-0912.
PAINT PONY: Mare, 14 yrs.
old., Kid safe. $1200.
(863)763-3980 .. .
years old, brood mare only.
$200(239)340-8502 .
Dec. 9th, Tack 10am
Horse 12noon
Okee. Agri. Civic Center.
Info 864-710-1735;
FLAU#2104, FLAB#2502 '
SADDLE HORSE, registered,
spotted, 15 hands, 13 yrs,
genile disposition 1 o ood
home $1000 (863)46- 4049


BAR-B-0 Grill, All slainriess
sleel. omplele w!Doltle Like
new $1751863)610-1120
man 3 way system. new
condition $250
GAS GRILL, Charbroil 2 burn-
er, with lava rocks. $50
LAWN MOWER- Self pro-
pelled, very good condition,
$125. (863)763-8225 or
(863)610-0530 .
PUSH MOWER- Murray, 22",
4hp, excellent condition $40
tor paris. good engines,
$200 or best- offer.
RIDING MOWER, Dixon with
15.5hp Craftsman new mo-
tor. $300 (239)986-0296
12hp, runs perfect, needs
battery. '$250
(239)986-0296 .
46", Good condition. $300
Firm. (863)697-1555
TORO ZTR MOWER, like new,
i1695 1863i-167-8683

ANGUS BULL, Purebred, 4 yrs
old, Lemmon/Jarrell blood,
ood cond., ready to work.
2200. (863)634-4497 -
GOATS, 1 large Billy, 1 small
Billy, 2 Nannies, several kids.
Call for. pricing.

PALMS: 7 gallon...over
stocked. $8 each. Stock #
47233854. (863)634-3300


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
hbwnhouses 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

FT PIERCE- Near Midway Rd,
2br, 1ba, CHA, No pets,
$700/mo + $500 sec.
(772)489-4562 / 577-1005
N. of OKEE-2 Br, 1Ba
12 mi. N of Okeechobee.
$1150 moves you in.
No Pets! Non smoking envi.
(863)467-1717 8:30am-
3:30pm, or email

bikes/4 Wheelers. Brand
new. $125. (863)763-2007
great kids gift, we are just
upgrading $500 neg.
(239)633-7173 MooreHaven
DIRT BIKE, Powersport, 70cc.
Brand new. $550 or best
offer. (863)675-0506 or
(863)675-3978 LaBelle
E-TON 2005 VIPER Jr., Exc,
cond. Perfect for Christmas.
$700 (863)763-6430 Iv. msg. -
FOUR WHEELER, '06, 70cc,
upgrading, camo color, $500
or best offer. 239-633-7173:
ask for Sam
GO CART: 1 seater, 6.5. $300.
GO CART- runs, $300
300TRX, Red & black, Runs.
good. $2500. Firm.
Suzuki Eiger, '04, w/ramps,
400, 4x4, low miles, new tires,
winch, Must Sell! $3000 or
best offer (772)240-5038
4x4, Auto., Blue, Excellent
condition. $3700
(863)673-4405 LaBelle

Beautiful home in Basswood.
3br/2ba, w/ garage. All
rooms have walk-in closets.
Huge yard. $1200/mth. Call
Will at 305-439-8975 or
Jessy at 305-458-8813.
front 3 Bdrm., 11/2Ba. 2 Story
w/Lake Okeechobee access &
boat ramp. Wrap around
porch. Fenced yard. Pets wel-
come! $1200. mo. + 1st, last
& sec. 561-795-4425
1BA, Call for info.
Totally refurbished. New kitch-
en w/dishwasher. New bath &
laundry room. 3BR, 1BA. $825
mo. Lawn service included.
Call (863)763-4414
appliances, cabinets, W/D &
flooring. Screened porch, lawn
Service. Non smkg env. Small
pet considered. $900/mo. 1st,
last & sec. (941)504-3954
New Home, 3BR/2BA, carport,
$1100 mo. Lawrence Asso-
c dates, 1-800-543-2495.
Oak Lake, 2BR/2BA Villa,
with laundry, encl.patio,
Ig. driveway, no pets,
non-smkg. environment.
Home, '406 NE 7th SI $850.
mo. + 1st., last & $500 sec.
req'd. (863)467-5965

.ocaied on Wesl sie 01 new
Courthouse Now Avaiiijble
Can Judy 31 t863)467-.831
Great Location!
(1) 450 S.F. downstairs &
(1)900 S.F. upstairs. Close
proximity to new court
house. 863-763-4740
Office Space Needs a Build,
Out. 2,000 Sq. Ft. Could
be ready within 6 months.
as --* --

OKEECHOBEE Furnished Rm;
Single occupancy. $140/week
Splus depoi, uiiase', irnicluded
(163)467-0 1

FOR SALE (863)467-8683

Real Estate

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

NEW HOME On Your Lot. 3br,
2ba, Gar, Lg.'LR, Maint. Free
-Exterior 115K. Lawrence:
Associates 1-800-543-2495
OKEECHOBEE, 3746 NW 16th
Ave., 4BR, 2BA, 1 Car garage,
ready now, $1200/mo.
$0 down. (863)484-0809

Mobile Homes

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

railing $45 (863)697-3090

Doublewide 2/2
$650/mo. $1300 Sec.
Yearly Lease, No Pets.
$500/mo, 1st, last & security
deposit. In town. No Pets.
(863)763-6232. 1
OKEECHOBEE, Nice 3br 2ba
$700. mo. + 1st, Last &
Sec. diep. In town. No pets.
(863)763-6232 .
EDEN" on the Rim Canal.
Kibs Fish Camp has 1 & 2
Bdrm. Homes in a tropical
oasis. Monthly, Annual &
Seasonal Rates. Call today!

An 800 sq. ft. living area
in Barlows Fish Camp,
441 SE, c/a, good cond.,
.$14,500 neg. 863)763-4149
or (561)-758-4337
12x24 Carport, 12x12 Flodrida
Room, 8x12 Storage. Central
air/heat. Adult park. Low lot
rent. Very nice. Mostly
furnished. $25,000 Neg.

LORIDA- Nice '05, 28 ft mob
home w/extras, built on
room, Mossy Cove Lot 13,
$12,500 (772)466-5145
adult park. Fully furnished. -
Cent.A/C-heat, 60' carport,
scrn. rm. 10x30'.'Shed 12x14'.
$20,500. (863)763-2318

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

BASS '90- 21 ft., stratos with
200 hp metcury,-hyd..steer-
ing jnd ars Syilem $5500
,863)6 34J.773
Force motor, 16'6". Good
shape. $1600; or best offer.
EXTENSION BAR lor pulling
boil or trailer A in'mj $100
S,863)35,7.-, 13
beer inj new Loaded.
W/trlr. Reduced to $16,000
due to health.. Call
JON Boat- 12 FT., transom;
great for hunting, green, 6 hp
Johhson, trailer excellent
cona 100 (8631i63-8797
Boat w/trailer. Great shape!
RANGER 354V 1992, 150 hp
Evinrude XP, SS Prop., Com-
plete rebuild w/less than 75
hrs. 36 v. motor guide, 3 bank
charger, tournament rigged.-
Ranger trailer w/new wheels &
tires. Cover. Always garaged.
Excellent condition. $10,000.
Ranger 520VX, '01, 225hp
Evin., 101 lb. thrust trolling
mtr.. jack plate, steel prop,.
GPS map w'deplin & liLn
irnder-mnjarnr sys biTrini
lop dbl .i-i Irlr & riuiLh
morr Healin prOileiTi Mu'sl
Sell! $18,900. NADA value
$24,000.Call (863)634-6134
generator. New-9.8 0/B. Good,.
working cond. Just pulled from
water $7000. (863)484-0625
STARCRAFT 16'- 50hp Evin-
rude, trolling mtr, fish rindler.
good ':hipe, 1500
86. 3. 357.l, -U
STARCRAFT w; 85 Criry.,ler
nmoior ,60u0 or uEil utler
W8631634 2582

Electricity Booster & Suiger,
Protector: HuOneA 30 Anmp.
Aul,) Former 863 -61 .r1120
SPRINGDALE 1999. liredc
.work $750.) ur1 A l ler
863-634-7 780

2. slide oul goo'd i:nra.
$6,500. (863)824-1j.36 Iv

1993 with trailer. Runs good.
$1000 (863)467-5299

CENTER CONSOLE- new fiber-
glass, for boat or pontoon.
$300 or best offer
Marine 2 Way Radio, Uniden,
portable, perfect condition.
Asking $100 (863)824-0801

Good condition, New oil
rings. $2500. or best offer.

DIRT BIKE: 2004 Suzuki 85 L,
Only used 10 hours. $1700.
HD Leathers, mens & ladies
jackets, chaps, pants, vests, "
1 helmet, new & like new,
$200. (863)610-1964
TRAILER, Single cycle, tilt.
tires, 12'2" overall length.
$550 (863)357-2113

maims ru a mm inlmmed
mand q No
wonder newspaper re drs
are more secessfull

ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891

CHRISTMAS TREE, 6 ft., with
dozens of ornaments. 25
years old, looks real. $50

The Okeechobee News, Friday, December 8, 2006 i



WAGON, '95, very clean,
$2500. (863)946-0355
only made 1 year, $1000. or
best offer (863)763-2890
CAMARO- '94- 143k miles,
18" mag wheels, 2 10" sub-
woofers, CD, low profile tires
$2000 (863)467-0466
Convertible,, $1500.
DODGE COLT, '88, low mile-
age, very good condition,
$800 or best offer.
DODGE NEON 2001- 4dr,
sports edition, 4cyl, 5p,
rear spoiler. $3500.
Needs work. $300
GEO METRO- '94, great on
gas, good for first car,
orange, $500 or best offer
Gray, Low mi. 12,800 mi.
Exc cond in/outside. Sirrus
$16,000. (561)924-2005
HONDA DESOL '94 White,
convertible, Standard. 195K
mis. $2500. Firm
V8, auto., low miles. $1600.
NISSAN STANZA, '90, needs
transmission, 38k mi. on en-
gine, asking $1000 or best
offer. (863)467-8494
OLDS CUTLASS '98- needs
motor, very nice car, $1000
(863)612-5457 after 5 PM.
or weekends
'89, New tires, Runs good,
125K. rri. $850.
Great condition. Great Christ-
mas gift. $800.
PONTOON, 20'; w/85hp Force,
$1995. (863)467-8683

I Atmobi les

condition, a/c works, auto.,
front wheel drive. $750
Four Wheel
CJ JEEP '83, Must see, good
condition. $5500
parting 'ut, all or parts $40.0
Call for details
4x4, 6 cyl., Leather, Auto., All
power. Very nice. Everything
works $5500 (863)634-6235

GOLF.CART- Electric, 3 wheel,
with charger, $600
YAMAHA, Electric, $900 or
best offer. (989)831-5135
YAMAHA, Electric, '96, good
condition. $1495

FORD F350- '94, Diesel, su-
percrew, 220 K, runs needs
work, $1500 (863)763-7831
or (772)370-1634

CAR MOTOR- Ford, 302 High
output. Used. $700.
CHEVY MOTOR 305, out of
'87 Chevy.truck. $100
FLAT BED, Steel: 20 Ft,
$1200 or best offer.
FORD F150 '87, Has blown
motor. $500 or best offer.
GM 8.5 POSI UNIT, $150 or,
best offer. (863)467-8856
RADIATOR, For '92 Pontiac
Grand Am, brand new in box.
$100 or best offer.
RIMS & TIRES- (4) proline al-
loy, 8 spoke, silver gray for '01
Nissan Altima SE, $200 or
best offer (863)902-1159'
RIMS & TIRES, Factory, from
'07 Chevy Impala LTZ, 17"
rims, 225/55/R17 Goodyears.
$1500 neg. (863)697-0328
RIMS, Chrome, 17" with cen-
ter caps, factory Dodge 8
lug. $100 (863)634-3119
RIMS, chrome, 18", brand
new, 18x7.5", 5 lug, $500.
Cash Only. (863)697-3865-
TAILGATE, Off a '01 Dodge
truck. $100 or best offer.
TIRES & RIMS- Ford F150
tires' & Univ rims,
P265/75R15 Goodyear
$200 (863)261-1562

TIRES, 275/45, 206Y Eagles,
w/20" chrome rims & spin-
ners, exc. cond., $1500 neg.
(863)763-6369 before 9 pm
TIRES (4), LT285/75/R16,
60% good, Bugshot Maxis
Mudders. $150
TIRES(2)- Michelin, 255/80R,
22.5, for RV. $100 for pair.
TOOLBOX, Aluminum, for
small truck. $75
TRUCK BED, 8 ft., fits '01
Dodge Ram, with bumper,
lights & bedliner. $900
glass, for Full Size (off a
ord). $250. (863)257-3482
TAKE, with 2 4-barrel carbu-
retors. $400 (863)673-1258
Ram, 2006, 265/70/17,
$450. Call 863-697-0424.

CAMPER TOP- Fiberglass, Fits
5x6Ft. Short Bed. Good con-
dition. $150. (863)675-2852
CHEVY- '83, 1 ton Dually, With
hydraulic lift dump bed.
$1000. or trade.
CHEVY '83, V1Ton, 350 auto.,
2wd, needs work. $1500 or
best offer. (863)763-0852 ,
CHEVY '86,1/2 ton, 2wd, a/c.
$1500 or best offer.
1 owner, cold a/c, $1200
FORD F150 '92- 4x4, needs a
motor, body In excellent
cond., $1000 or best offer
FORD RANGER 1996 4x4,
Needs transmission. $2000.
FORD RANGER- '95, White,
Cold A/C, 4 cyl., Auto.,
$1,000. or best offer

truck, 6" lift. 36" tires, 305, V8,
GM 14 bolt rear. $1800. Call
for more info (863)697-3865
CHEVY TAHOE '02, 49k miles,
lots of extras, excellent cond.
$21,000 (239)707-1848
'needs some work. $1500
Call Erik 863-634-0771

.RAMP $620 (863)357-5754
tail, all metal construction,
new lights, new wires $400

I Autmoi les

only 56k miles ..... $3,901
Automatic, $4,99
only 56k miles ...... $4, o
Great $A,999
value ............. i

5-speed, good $A 4,9
condition, low price .$41l9O
1998 FORD F150 XLT 4x4
V8, regular cab.
won't last ...... -f.. ,99
Automatic, i a AO
leather ............ "'0,9
Auto, V8, leather, J m
3rd row seating ..' 14,999
Auto, leather, V8, OO
black/tan, sharp .." 19,99
4x4, auto, V8, V8
low boat or horses "199i OO
Auto, V8, only 25k
mi, immaculate ... -1%9,I 8
Auto. leather, V8.
red/tan, hurry ... 21,988
4x4, 7.3 turbo,
diesel lift kit .... S,26 O988
Diesel, auto. only ., AQQ
27k mi, won't last .$ 2 I-O

A -.

'93- cold air, $2490
$1000 or best offer.
TRY 1994, Runs needs work.
$500. (863)675-7419
DODGE CARAVAN, '93, blue,
'auto, a/c, new tires, brakes,
& battery, 185k mi., $1500.
FORD MINI BUS '89- diesel,
.16 passenger, $2490

Public Notices

Public Notice 51005
State Public I
Legal Notice 5500

CASE NO. 2006-CP-274
You are hereby notified that an Order De-
termining Homestead Status of Real
Property and Order of. Summary Ad-
mlnlstration has been entered in the
J. FITZGERALD, Deceased, File Num-
ber 2006-CP-274 by the Circuit Court
for Okeechobee County, Florida, Pro-
bate Division, the address of which is
312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34972; that the dece-
dents date of death was September
o .l.lU, ro ir, ...1 al r t ui 'i u ll
i r:iT, T .01 41- i T. 'i." i'i ly
Airr. i)'d jd.; ,l3r irc e rI irur- lC
Smo' idiil : ors n "p i.iu
209 N.W. 11th Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent oth-
er tan those for whom provision for
Full payment was made in the Order of
Summary Administration must file their
claims within this court WITHIN THE
The date of the first publication of this
SNotice is December 8,2006. r
Person Giving Notice:
Deborah J. Hill
209 W.W. 11th Avenue
Okeechobee, Rorida 34972
Attorneys for Person Giving Notice:
RO. Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Flodida 34972
(863 763-3825
By: TomW..Conely, lll
FloridaBarNo. 096482
179938 ON 12/8,15/2006

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The Department of Environmental Protection give- nonice Tr, a Drh i Peir.1 iPowni
Number: 0040842-017-UC) has been prepare( iT r Dla vd R MICCur'.ii. Area V'.e
President. for Okeechobee Landfill, Inc.. 2859 Pcei Fery Roaa An0n0 Georg.a
30339, to construct a Class V, Group 9 Explcraory Weld Pnae I a;ld II IW.1
For the construction of a Class V, Group 9 Eaiur3orA Wel Prase I ari 11 a3
the Okeechobee Landfill located at 10800 Nonneast 128r. Avenue. Oieecnor ,
Florida, Okeechobee'
County, Rorida.
The applicant, the Okeechobee Landfill, Inc. applied or. May 11 ;006 to tine 0eMan
meant for a permit to construct a Class V, Grop 9 Eloratory Well. Pr,.a e had
II, IW-1. The exploratory drilling program will te coaducted. rraly to Ofrrm tr,
6 site-speci e hydrogelogic conditions at he e ,e r.nOiaMnc .utaile .1
Class I Injeciton Well will be constructed within, Ir, 0orenok uicd ounnrn ,
plort drillingpmogram. Construction of the.i'ECt.on well adrlsoas tea mior,,.
toning well is planned at the Okeechobee Lanofhi ,c. |OLI| 31 10800 Nurii,;iT
128th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida in Okeechobee CounTy. Flaon
Under the proposed permit, the purpose of the c.ii.iuurr wy i AlWil be lb lO.iTrsUl
In Phase I and II of Three Phases. Phase I shi no ae co..trito firrf oi ei.'pae I.
approximately 2000 feet below pad level (bpl). IT'. pru;eae u inaude tr.e nI:Ti
lion of conductor and surface.casing, the dritu ol 3 a 1 5.1inch jaTieer plo
hole to approximately 2000 feet bpl, straddle iiur a3iid perfoIT ge.-
physical logging to determine the, depth of tlie u'ddriouaud sour ri ,iTuil''i
water (USDW). Phase II shall Include the drilrg ol a Q1 2Ti.,,r, d,.mne1r piiil
hole to approximately 3100 feet bpl, coring 9-a 0 t' rald paciTr i.iig anaO per-
form geophysical logging to determine confIn r, aeuuenc; mna oinwuc r.on io.ei
Phase Ill shall include reaming and setrng'of ',e Ioerrneoira! a,', iFrr ,,lC,:t'
casing and the Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FR I r[uii'g
The Department has permitting jurisdlcion under (rIlro, 41 i um ire Frio,,.i rtrule
and Chapte.s 62-4,6 2- 520,6 2,62-528, a., a 6,.caSO u mie io .j AaU n',,',.
tratlive Code. The project is not exempt from sernmirig plicediuriT rre Drp.n-
ment has determined thataconstruction permit 1. raiuiread I.:. ir proposed Cour
All persons interested In the foregoing permltti-i, o a,i,.i S ,are l Tr an 0 d 3
public meeting to be held on Monday, January 8 200; 31 T10 0m 1 tr, ie .,T-
ing Nurse Association's meeBtng room (upstaiI 208 S E Pa. r Wrii
comments may be sent to the Department of Ervaoneuairoui atrecu".a Ju NoHair
Congress Avenue, Site 200, West Palm Beain FL 3:M4T urnU 51u do m tr.e
day of the meeting. All comments received ,rnivn mD -0-oay prinuo I'om me,
date of publication and on the day of the public: rneonrg Ail i aL r,iiine5a IT -:r-
mula on ofthe Department's final decision regI rir.g JTuT 'iu '.iae d
The application, draft permit, and fact sheet a ,reIu.iO li puih ,rpel O. '.ct ur.n.g
normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.r Monr.aty rTr.iu)rn Frid ,~cepil le-
al holiday s, at the Department of Envirohmeotl Ptoeincno SOu e.ici 'Isu:T o.
lce, 400.North Congress Avenue, West Pa.rT BOecr,. FlOj,, Afld.aiin.
in fo rm a tio n c o n c e rn in g t h is p ro e c to m a y b e ir're d c a nW i- n'rIi J G oa.rml
Straste r, PG., or Joseph R. May, RG., of irre 'Ci.' 3I .,1 t a.66t 0 ...
(561) 681-6691, respectively.
1804570N12/8/06.. "

Request for BId
Goods and Sertce
The Okeechobee Utility Authority (0UA) will recent. S eaed iu. 'm. puru.,r ci
securing the following:

>ili e repair
ULhlrd lid driun,i aurri, i.e ail3ble upron f rquae haom ire olfi r e r E tr unve
Oeilaror ai 100 W n., Avenue (Te1i I 6-;6i-9460. IFal 8f,3.76i.J74, rr.i
O u A re.ervc;e rrme ni a 'I[ any ,r i a ldd u Id 0 an w ve r t i n f a ,m l s ir ar '
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Community Events

Ministry meeting planned
Hand and Hand Ministries (formerly Cowboys for Christ), located at
the Palmdale Community building at the corner of Fifth and Main, will
meet Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. for food and fellowship. This will be
followed by gospel music and the word at 7 p.m. Our guest this month
will be Tina Wills of LaBelle, who will be joined by the Freedom Fellow-
ship Ministries/Praise and Worship team., For information, call (863)

Book discussion group to meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group will
meet Thursday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. in the library board room, 206 S.W.
16th St., for a Christmas tea. Following that will be a discussion of "Pope
Joan" by Diana Cross. Everyone who likes to read 'and discuss books is
welcome. For information, call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

Church hosting live nativity
Hobe Sound Bible Church will present a dramatized live nativity at
11295 S.E. Gomez Ave. in Hobe Sound on Dec. 15, 16iand 7:30
p.m. For information, call (772) 546-5696.

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),634-7714.

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

Rib dinners hosted by F&AM
Okeechobee Lodge #237, F&AM, will sponsor a rib dinner on Satur-
day,. Dec. 16, at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave.,
from 4 until 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person and can be obtained from
any member of the Lodge. For information, contact Matt Buxton at
(863) 634-3706 or Rick Holt at (863) 634-8085. Take-out plates will be

Father Duffy to celebrate anniversary
On Saturday, Dec. 16, Father Hugh Duffy will celebrate the 40th
anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood with a special mass at
Sacred Heart Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., at 4:30 p.m.

Church hosting pancake breakfast
The. Worship Team of His House Fellowship Church of the
Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St., will sponsor an all-you-can-eat pancake
breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 8 until 10 a.m. for a $4 donation,
The menu will include sausage and a beverage. Tickets are available at
the church office from 9 a.m. until noon weekdays, or call Cathy at
(863) 763-3519. Also offered that day from 9 until noon will be a free gift
wrapping service.

Church hosting Christmas play
The Church of God of Prophecy, 102 N.W. 10th St., will present a
Christmas play entitled "Word of God Speak" at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec.
17. Tickets are not required and the event is open to the public. For
information, call WandaWoodham at (863) 763-9352.

Sacred Heart hosting Christmas celebration
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St.; will present."Christ-
mas Around the World," an outdoor, multi-dimensional Christmas Nativ-
ity celebration on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 5 until 7 p.m. Admission and
parking are free. For information, call (863) 763-3727.

Church presenting Christmas drama
The Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will present
"Everything Glorious" an anointed praise and worship musical drama
for Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. It will be presented again
on Monday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-4127.

Christmas boat parade slated
The Okeechobee Yatchette Club will have their lighted Christmas Boat
Parade on Sunday, Dec. 17. The parade will form at 5:30 p.m. behind the
Burger King on S.R. 70. It will then proceed down Taylor Creek to the
lock, then left to the VFW or Butch's Backyard Lounge. Butch's Red Neck
Yacht Club.will fall in directly behind the Yatchette Club and non-club
members are welcome to decorate their boats and,fall in with the
parade. For information, contact Bob Schultz at (863) 697-9571 or (863)

Chamber event is canceled
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce has announced
that the Monday, Dec. 18, holiday get-together at Buxton Funeral Home
and Crematory has been cancelled due to various delays.

Toys for Tots toy drive under way
The annual Toys for Tots toy drive for underprivileged children in Okee-
chobee County is currently under way and will end Wednesday, Dec. 20.
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, 55S. Parrott Ave., is a
drop off point. For information, call the Chamber office at (863) 763-6464.

Outreach holding toy drive
Big Lake Missions Outreach is sponsoring their 12th annual Christmas
toy drive for the underprivileged children., It will take place now through
Dec. 22. They are in need of gifts and toys ranging from baby to teen.
They also need donations of turkeys, hams and all the trimmings for
Christmas dinners. Businesses or families can adopt/a family by calling
the mission. The gifts are given to the parents) to wrap and place under
the tree for Christmas morning. The outreach will accept store gift certifi-
cates, checks made payable to the mission, or cash and volunteers will
purchase the items needed. Receipts are available. Please make checks
out to Big Lake Missions Outreach and mail to P 0. Box 1663, Okee-
chobee, Fl.; or, call (863) 763-5725.

Shriners selling Christmas tree
The Shriners will be selling Christmas trees from the parking lot of
their building on U.S. 78 W until Dec. 23. They have Scotch pine, Fraser fir
and Douglas fir trees ranging in size from 4 to 11 feet. They will deliver the
tree if the customer has no way to get it home.

Church plans special services
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will hold a
special Christmas service on Sunday, Dec. 24. One morning service will
be from 9:30 until 11 a.m., and candle light services at 5 and 7 p.m. For
information, call the church office at (863) 763-4021.

Local writer will hold event
Danny Tolbert will be hosting a special event based on his new book
"A Woman's Diary." The book is about experiences, relationships and
problems that women deal with in their lifetime with men. Married cou-
ples and singles are welcome to attend the event on Sunday, Dec. 31, at 7
p.m. The event will be held in the conference room at The Flamingo
Motel, 4101 U.S. 441 S. There will be drawings for gifts and refreshments.
For information, call Mary Tolbert at (863) 484-0847.

Chamber hosting Big Top Extravaganza
The Under the Big Top European Extravaganza, sponsored by the
Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, will be at the American
Legion Fairgrounds Jan. 12, 13 and 14, 2007. There will be high wire,
acts, aerial fantasy, clowns, jugglers, a magic show and an aerial rocket
stars thrill show. Adult, senior and children's advance tickets go on sale
Dec. 6 at the Chamber of Commerce office at 55 S. Parrott Ave. For
information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

Winter Fest in BHR planned
The Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, S.R. 78 W, will
host Winter Fest on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For
information, contact Beverly at (863) 467-0173.

OHS will host puppet show
Okeechobee High School, 2800 U.S. 441 N., will host the puppet
show "Rip Van Winkle" in the OHS auditorium at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1. Tick-
ets are on sale at the Main Street office, 111 N.E. Second Ave. For infor-
mation, call (863) 357-MAIN.

Art festival slated for Feb. 24-25
The Top of the Lake Art Fest will be held Feb. 24 and 25 in Flagler
Parks #3 and 4, and will be Okeechobee's first juried art show. For
information, contact Okeechobee Main Street at (863) 357-MAIN.

Main Street plans annual barbecue
Okeechobee Main Street will host its fifth annual barbecue March
2 and 3. Those wanting to take part in the event should call (63) 357-

Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of Okee-
chobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and are good
for one year at selected businesses. Cards can be purchased at Car-
Quest, 300 N.W. Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. Proceeds
will go toward youth activities in our community.

Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch offers a basic
HIV/AIDs instruction course that complies with Florida employment
requirements for individuals working in various vocations. This is a self-
study course that includes text work and the successful completion of a
multiple choice written test. The cost of the course is $15. Call the local
Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488 for information.

Bell ringers are needed
The Salvation Army is asking for help with its bell ringing effort this
Christmas season. If you, your business or organization can help fill our
schedule with bell ringers, please call Kip at (863) 357-0427, or Ron at
(863) 697-6221. We would like to encourage businesses and organiza-
tions to sign up as teams. Pick a day and let your associates cover one of
our'locations-and get in the Christmas mood helping us help our com-

Farmer's Market open each Thursday
Okeechobee Main Street's Farmer's Market will be held every Thurs-
day evening from 4 until 7 p.m. in Flagler Park 3. Any questions and or
comments can be directed to Lydia Jean Williams, executive director,
at (863) 357-MAIN.

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 infor-
mation, contact Mike Davis; youth project director, at (863) 462-5863.


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