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Okeechobee News


Vol. 97 No. 348 Thursday, December 14,2006 50 Plus tax


Briefs

Clerk offices
close for luncheon
The offices of the Okee-
chobee County Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court will be closed between
noon and 1:30 p.m. on Friday,
Dec. 22, for the annual employee
holiday season 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 publish it in
this spot so everyone in the com-
munity can drive by and enjoy
your festive decorations.
Our offices are open Monday
S-Friday, 8 a.m. until p.m..
136 S.E. 13th Ave.
1404 S.E. 7th St.
1040 S.E.21stSt.
1060 S.E. 21st St.
1065 S.E. 21stSt.
1475 S.E. 21st St.
1260 S.E. 23rd St.
(Blue Heron)
2801 S.E. 18th Ct.
4003 S.E. 29th Ct.
1930 S.E. 24th Blvd.
3268 N.W 26th Ave.
206-N.W. 12th St.
210 N.W 12th St.
605 N.W. 17th St.
609 N.W 17th St.
14420 N.W 292nd St.
6952 N.W 30th St.,
3033 N.W 37th Ave.
7528 N.W 92nd Ct
11087 N.E. lstWay
7950 S.R.78W
9861 S.R 78W
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I1 milesW. on S.R.70
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Inside

FWC suggests life
jackets as gift idea
This time of year, it would be
especially tragic to loose a loved
one. Unfortunately, all too often,,
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) is
called to investigate boating acci-
dents which result in drowning
deaths, during the, holidays as
well as throughout the year.
Page5

Drought Index
Current: 643
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

12.06 feet

Lake level
Last Year:
16.27 feet
(SOURCE: South
Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level.),

Index
Classifieds . . . . .9-11
Comics . . . . . . .8
Community Events .... .4
Crossword . . . . . .9
Obituaries . . . . . .3
Opinion .............4
Speak Out . . . . . .4
Sports . . . . . ... .. .5
TV . . . . . . ... 10
Weather . ... .. . .2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.


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School board hires new counsel


New firm will
handle ACLU
suit over GSA

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board has entered into an
agreement with legal counsel to
represent them in the lawsuit
brought against the board by the
American Civil Liberties Union


(ACLU).
On Nov. 15, the ACLU filed a
lawsuit against the school board
and Okeechobee High School
(OHS) Principal Toni Wiersma as
a result of their refusal to recog-
nize a chapter of the Gay-Straight
Alliance (GSA) at the school.
The situation started when a
group of five girls, one of them a
senior, approached Mrs. Wiersma
and asked to form a GSA club.
That request was denied.
"The purpose of the Okee-
chobee GSA is to provide a safe,


supportive environment for stu-
dents to talk about homophobia
and related harassment and vio-
lence and to work together to pro-
mote tolerance, understanding
and acceptance of one another
regardless of sexual orientation,"
the law suit states.
:At their meeting on Tuesday,
Dec. 12, school board members
voted to enter into an agreement
with David C. Gibbs of the Gibbs
Law Firm in St. Petersburg.
: "We feel very comfortable with
them," said Dr. Patricia Cooper,


Christmas party: Santa visits Ace Pre-K


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A visit from Santa on Dec. 13 was a pleasant surprise for the children of Ace Pre-K. He
dropped in during the annual Christmas party hosted by the National Honor Society of
Okeechobee High School.


superintendent of schools, of the
law firm.
The firm also received the
endorsement of school board
attorney Tom Conely, who said the
law firm had already acted in good
faith on behalf of the school
board.
At first the board contracted
with Liberty Counsel, a non-profit
litigation, education and policy
organization dedicated to advanc-
ing religious freedom, the sanctity
of human life and the traditional
family.


Increase boosts
pay from $25,357
to $26,214 yearly

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
As they do every year at this
time, the Okeechobee County
School'Board gave themselves
a raise at their Dec. 12 meeting.
School board members are
the only local elected officials
.that are required to set their
own salaries. Salaries for other
elected officials are set by Flori-
da statutes.
"Every year this is some-


But, Liberty Counsel decided
not to represent the school board.
School board president Joe
Arnold stated that Liberty Counsel
normally defends the right of
Christian groups to meet on
school campuses. In this particu-
lar case, they would be using the
same Federal Equal Access Act
and Mr. Arnold said that if they.
won, it might hinder their ability to
win future cases involving Christ-
ian groups.
See School-Page2


thing every school board wish-
es they were not in," said
school board chairman Joe
Arnold.
The vote was 4-to-1 with
board member Gay Carlton
casting the lone dissenting
vote.
"In good conscience, I can't
vote on it," she stated.
Before the raise board mem-
bers were earning $25,357
annually. The salary approved
- $26.214 was recommend-
ed by the Florida School Boards
Association for a school district
\\ith this population.
Ms Carlton poted that most
See Pay -Page 2


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Ace Pre-K students made reindeer ornaments as part of their Christmas festivities. The
National Honor Society from Okeechobee High School provided the supplies to make
the ornaments.


Chamber focus is on local events


By ChaunaAguilar
Okeechobee County Cham-
ber of Commerce general
members met at their monthly
luncheon on Wednesday, Dec.
13, to discuss upcoming events
for Okeechobee including the
Big Lake Missions Toy Give-A-
Way, the Under the Big Top,
European Extravaganza and
local entertainment to be at the
Farmer's Market.
Mary Anne Swinford, direc-
tor of Big Lake Missions Out-,
reach, spoke of their organiza-
tion and their 12th annual Toy
Give-A-Way.
Big Lake Missions Outreach
is a non-profit organization that
is licensed and chartered with
the Association of International
Gospel Assemblies (AIGA).
They provide hot meals six days
a week to individuals and fami-
lies in the community.
Big Lake Missions Outreach
operates because of donations
.from individuals and businesses
in Okeechobee.


They also provide a food
pantry, small household items,
clothes closet, personal hygiene
items, Bibles, Thanksgiving bas-
kets, Christmas baskets, winter
blankets, jackets, sweaters and
school supplies.
" For more information on
local programs offered by Big
Lake Missions Outreach or to
make donations contact Mary
Anne Swinford at (863) 763-
5725.
The European Extravaganza
Under the Big Top Circus will be
coming to town on January 12,
13 and 14 at the American-
Legion fairgrounds. Circus
patrons gave Chamber mem-
bers a sneak peek preview of
some of the acts that will be on
display.
They performed hula hoop
tricks with multiple hula hoops
and a Chinese version of juggling
involving a double-cone shaped
prop called a diabolo. The diabo-
lo consists of a spool that is
whirled and tossed on a string
tied to two sticks that are held


one irn each hand. Multiple dia-
bolos can be spun on a single
string which makes a huge vari-
ety of tricks possible using the
sticks, string and various body
parts.
For advance tickets to the cir-
cus contact the Chamber of
Commerce at (863) 763-6464.
The Okeechobee Main Street
Farmer's Market on Thursday,
Dec 14, in Flagler Park will fea-
ture entertainment by children
from Leslie's Dance Studio and
Seminole Indian students singing
Christmas carols in their native
Creek language. The entertain-
ment is scheduled to begin at
5:30 p.m.
The Chamber also presented
a picture to Cookie Smith of the
14K Gold store to honor all the
hard work and dedication Mrs.
Smith and her late husband Don
Smith have done for the commu-
nity. Mr. Smith died in February.
He was from Tennessee and a
very big Tennessee Volunteers
See Chamber Page 2


Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
Brighton Seminole float
The 2006 Brighton Seminole winners were aboard a light-
ed alligator drawn sleigh at the Christmas Parade held on
Saturday, Dec. 9. Riding on the float are: (top) Princess-
Jewel Buck-8th grade, (bottom-left to right) Little Mr. Eric
Puente-6, Little Miss-Crysten Smith-7, and Junior
Princess-Stevie Brantley-6th grade (not pictured).


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Shriners selling Christmas trees
OKEECHOBEE The Shriners will be selling Christmas trees from
the parking lot of their building on U.S. 78 W until Dec. 23.
- o* They have Scotch pine, Fraser fir and Douglas fir trees ranging in
* size from 4 to 11 feet. All trees are reduced to half price and none are
- over $50. They will deliver the tree if the customer has no way to get it
home.


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OKEECHOBEE Waste Management has announced that there
S. will be no residential or commercial garbage pickup on Monday, Dec.
25- Christmas Day.
o .. All garbage pickups will be running one day behind: Monday, Dec.
S25, will be picked up Tuesday, Dec. 26; Tuesday, Dec. 26, will be picked
.. 0, up Wednesday, Dec. 27; Wednesday, Dec. 27, will be picked up Thurs-
day, Dec. 28; Thursday, Dec. 28, will be picked up Friday, Dec. 29; and
_- 9" Friday, Dec. 29, will be picked up Saturday, Dec. 30.
S This schedule includes all pickups for garbage, yard waste and recy-
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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 activities.
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 next to the Presbyterian Church.
Floral coupons will be available until Sunday, Dec. 31.
Call Pastor Jim at (863) 763-4021 for information.


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School

Continued From Page 1
After Liberty Counsel with-
drew, Mr. Arnold contacted State
Representative Frank Attkisson
and asked for recommendations
of law firms that might represent
the board. Of the ones recom-
mended, he said Mr. Gibbs' firm,
which specializes in constitution-
al law, had handled the most
cases that were similar to the
school board's.


Mr. Arnold said he had spoken
with Mr. Gibbs and was incredibly
impressed with Mr. Gibbs' knowl-
edge of the law and his strategies.
Dr. Cooper has said the school
system is willing to go to court to
defend its action.
"We are an abstinence-only
district and we do not condone or
promote any type of sexual activi-
ty," she said.
"We don't feel it's appropriate
in a school setting," stated assis-
tant superintendent Ken Kenwor-
thy. "The sexual orientation of a
minor belongs in the home."


UKeecnooee News/.nauna Aguiiar
Darrell Donnelly (middle) and Brenda O'Connor (right) of the
Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce presented Cook-
ie Smith of the 14K Gold Store with a signed picture of Phillip
Fulmer, the head football coach at the University of Tennessee,
in honor of her late husband Don Smith who died in February.


Chamber

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fan. Darrell Donnelly and Brenda
O'Connor of the Chamber present-
ed her with a signed photo of the
Volunteers head football coach
Phillip Fulmer in Mr. Smith's honor.
In other events:
Amara Shriners drawing for
2006 Cadillac CTS will be held Fri-
day, Dec. 15.
* L-Cross Extreme family event
on Dec. 15, 16 and 17. For informa-
tion call (863) 634-1103.


Pay

Continued From Page 1
of the board members have anoth-
er source of income and that hold-
ing a seat on the board was consid-
ered a part-time job. She said the
board's salary was close to that of
the starting salary for teachers.
Turning to other matters, the
board acted on three requests for
expulsion. An eighth grader at New
Endeavor High School .was
expelled for defiance of authority
and alcohol and drugs. Another
eighth grader at New Endeavor
was expelled for defiance of
aulhority. The third expulsion was
a 10th grader at Okeechobee High
School, who was charged with vio-
lence.
The board voted on advertising
two policy changes. Any proposed
policy change must be publicly


Free New Year's Eve Party at
Stardust Lanes. For information,
call (863) 467-1800.
L-Cross Extreme event adults
only weekend Dec. 29-Jan. 1. For
information call (863) 634-1103.
South Florida Fair advance
tickets are on sale at the Chamber
office.
*: There will be no gun safety
class for December. Classes will
resume on Jan. 25 and Jan. 27.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter
ChaunaAguilarmay be reached at
caguilar@newszap.com.


advertised before the board takes
action on them.
The first proposed amendment
is to change the board policy on
student clubs and organizations to
require signed parent permission
slips before a student can join any
club.
Dr. Patricia Cooper, superin-
tendent of schools, noted that sev-
eral school clubs already have this
rule in place.
The other proposed policy
change deals with adopting a poli-
cy on domestic security that meets
the requirements of the National
Incident Management System. This
proposed policy would deal with
such things *as access control to
school campuses, stocking of
emergency supplies and equip-
ment, training of employees, inter-
nal communication and notifica-.
tion procedures.
The proposed policy also calls
for all school security plans to be


circus patrons from unaer
the Big Top European
Extravaganza performed at
the Chamber 'of Commerce
luncheon on Wednesday,
Dec. 13, with hula hoop
tricks. The circus will come
to the American Legion fair-
grounds on, Jan. 12, 13 and
14.


reviewed annually or more fre-
quently if needed.,
In other action, the board
recognized Okeechobee High
School student Lonnie Pryor as the
Florida High School Athletic Asso-
ciation District 4-A Player of the
Year;
recognized Gail Baker, excep-
tional student aide at Okeechobee
High School, on her retirement
after 30 years' service to the school
district;
certified that an interlocal
agreement is in place for public
school planning;
certified that the Florida
Inventory of School Houses Report
is accurate;
certified that Classrooms for
Kids funds will first be used to
reduce class size;
approved a projects priority
list;
approved a survey recom-
mending construction of a 14-


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Circus patrons from Under
the Big Top European
Extravaganza performed at
the Chamber of Commerce
luncheon on Wednesday,
Dec. 13, with a Chinese
form of juggling that
involves the use of a dou-
ble-coned prop called a dia-
bolo, which consists of a
spool that: is whirled and
tossed on a string tied to
two sticks that are held one
in each hand. The circus
will come to the American
Legion fairgrounds on Jan.
12, 13 and 14.


classroom building at Osceola Mid-
dle School;
approved a contract for spe-
cial needs evaluation, training and
related services for exceptional stu-
dents, ages 2-5;
ratified additional items in the
contract with teachers and nonin-
structional personnel;
approved the participation of
Okeechobee High School in the
Annual Outback Steakhouse Trea-
sure Coast All-Star Football Game
on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Royal Palm
High School;
appointed Kelly Owens to the
Okeechobee County Economic
Council; and,
rescheduled the January
board meeting from Tuesday, Jan.
9, to Tuesday, Jan.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
www.newszap.com. Reporter
Pete Gawda may be reached at
pgawda@newszap.com.


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Yearling Middle School students Emily Berggren and
Tiffany McGee had the pleasure of reading books to the
pre-school students at Peace Lutheran. Emily and
Tiffany are two of Mrs. Evenson's eighth grade reading
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Obituaries


Carolyn Jean Collins
Carolyn Jean Collins, age 64 of
Okeechobee, died Wednesday,
Dec. 13, 2006, at Raulerson Hospi-
tal, Born Aug. 15, 1942, in Horse
C3Ve,.Ky,, she had beea-T.esident.
of Okeechobee for the past 15
years. She was of the Baptist faith
and enjoyed gardening.


She is survived by her signifi-
cant other, David Vandiver of
Okeechobee; son, Johnny Collins
of Eustis; daughters, Rosa Hatch-
.er of Panama City Beach and Kim-
berly (Steven) Mouldon of Orlan-
do. In addition, she is survived by
br.:ilhers Lee iLinrda) Ml'.ijhlon of
Cave-City, Ky., Thomas Mouldon
also of Cave City, Ky. and Hender-


son Mouldon of Horse Cave, Ky.;
sister,. Louise (Ervin) Sams of
Kokomo, Ind.; and five grandchil-
dren and ten.great-grandchildren.
-. 'The family has decided not to
hold ser\ ices at this time.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxto;n
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth Street, OkeechQbee.


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Most everyone you i job
they go to work and do this job
the greatest pjrt of their lives.
Most of their lives! That is a
pretty big .tatrmer.t If you are
going to be dini, something
most of your life- it -houlld t.e
something you, love and enjoy.
I'm .sorry for the 'boy or girl
wfilo picks a job simply for its
monetary rewards. Pay is cer-
tainly important, but the job
. ill ..eventually make the per-
son. A person who finds the job
that lets him feel he is doing
something gives him satisfac-
.tion;will be a happier and bet-
ter individual.
If you are spending your,days
wondering -about your "voca-
tion," then very likely you have*
the wrong one.
Thought To Remember: "Not
only life but abundance... this is
everyone's need."



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GOLF TOURNEY: I saw the article in the Okeechobee News
about the 15th annual junior golf tourney held on Nov. 3. It was on a
Friday and my question is: how did all these children get entered
into this contest? Was it after 5 p.m.? That was a school day and I'm
just wondering how all these children could have participated in
this tournament.
Editor's note:.We contacted the organizers of the annual event,
and following is their response. Waldau's golf party began 15
years ago as a gathering of Jim Waldau's comrades and brothers
from the City of Hialeah Fire Department. The party included a golf
tournament on Friday and a private pig roast on Saturday. The
tournament grew and became a benefit for junior golf. The tradi-
tion of the Friday tournament continued successfully throughout
the years. This golf tournament is an adult tournament held annu-
ally to raise funds for our various junior golf programs including
scholarships and years of support to the golf team. Throughout the,
years members of the golf team and younger golfers who have the
skills to play in the adult tournament format have participated. In
as much as we are thrilled when young adults participate, we do
not encourage students to miss school. Participation is at the sole
discretion of the parents and the school. Programs such as our golf
clinics for young kids and junior golfers are always held during the
summer so all kids can have the same opportunity to participate
when school is not in session. We welcome any questions and
invite anyone to contact us directly for any information or data
regarding our program. Call Bridgette at (863) 467-7300; or, go to
our website at www.floridajuniorgolf.org and e-mail us.

NEIGHBORS: Lately people have been talking about their neigh-
bor's property, whether it has grass too tall, trees not trimmed,
maybe the paint isn't new or the dog barks a lot. I have a thought for
those who complain about such things. Does your neighbor sell
drugs from his home? Is your neighbor a child molester? Does your
neighbor have a job? Does your neighbor provide for his children?
Does your neighbor insult your wife and children? Is your neighbor
anti-American? Does your neighbor break into your house if he gets
a chance? Or, will your neighbor call the law if someone is messing
with your property? Will your neighbor help your family if some-
thing has gone wrong? Does his dog bark when someone is around
your property also? When his dog barks at night does he get up and
check your property as well as his? Did your neighbor helpyou after
the hurricanes when really he should have been working on his
own place? Maybe he doesn't have a perfect yard or a perfect
house, and maybe his dog is a little loud, but believe me you could
have a lot worse neighbors. Maybe you should practice a little Chris-
tian forgiveness and overlook some of the petty things your neigh-
bor does. After all, he is your neighbor.

LIGHT: Hey DOT, we need a light at U.S. 441 N. and Cemetery
Road. Please.

CARTER: I'd like to respond to the Jimmy Carter comments in
the Tuesday, Dec. 12, paper. I like Jimmy Carter. I like what he has to
say about Israel and Lebanon and I believe our country is in a terri-
ble state for supporting Israel for no reason at all. I'm so sick of the
United States of America paying everybody's bills and fighting
everybody's battle. This person just doesn't want to hear the facts
about what's really going on in this world. About Iraq, I think we
should get out right away and get our troops home right away.

ACCIDENT: I'dlike to' comment about that"ccidenA'or S.R.. 70
W I don't know why you people out there want to pass people. If'
you are late for work and your boss doesn't understand if you are
five or 10 minutes late, then you don't need to be working there.
You all need to quit passing four or five cars at a time. That is very
dangerous. Furthermore, they should have four-laned it all the way
instead of stopping at the store. Two-way traffic on that road is
ridiculous because everyone speeds and there's never any law out
there controlling that. I feel sorry for that man he may have had a'
wife and kids too, but he was just trying to get to work. I've been
run off the road by these people trying to pass people, too. You all
have to have a little patience. Don't be trying to pass people. That's
ridiculous on a two-way road when people are already going over
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Community Events

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 chil-
dren in Okeechobee County is currently under way and will
end Wednesday, Dec. 20. The Okeechobee County Chamber of
Commerce, 55 S., Parrott Ave., is a drop off point. For informa-
tion, call the Chamber office at (863) 763-6464.




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Upcoming Events'

Thursday
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantle Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information
call Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; 310 S.W. Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available.
For information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center;
located at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863)
763-5996.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1
p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost
is $6.63 plus tip for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is wel-
come. For information, call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
Traviin' Sams members of the Okeechobee Chapter of Good
Sams meet on the second Friday of each month, with early birds
on Thursday. Call Joan at (863) 876-4596 or Jeanne at (863)
824-0984, for the next camping site.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley
at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at
(863) 763-4923 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.
Second Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike
Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups' are held every Thurs-
day at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean
Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9
a.m. until noon and representatives will be at the One Stop Cen-'
ter,' 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second,
language classes are available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St., from 7 until 9 p.m.
Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will meet at the home
of Diane and Julian Samborski, 8089 N.E. 12th St., at 7 p.m. For
information, call (863) 357-7954.
The Republican Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Clock
Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Avenue. For information call Melissa
Arnold at (863) 610-2280.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step
Study meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church,
3 Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-,
4780.
Hand & Hand Ministries of Palmdale meets the second
Thursday of each month in the community club house on the cor-
ner of Fifth and Main at 6 p.m. for food and fellowship and gospel
music and the word at 7 p.m. For information call (863) 612-0640.
Okeechobee Main Street's Farmer's Market will be held
every Thursday 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.

Friday
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discus-
sion meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3
Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-
4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing
weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For information, contact
Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic
Center, 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. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be
held on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restau-
rant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch
will be at noon. Women should bring business cards and informa-
tion to promote their business. The meeting provides, networking
opportunities for women in business and is open to the public. No
membership is required. For information, contact Robin Delgado
at (800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at info@flainjurylawyer.com.
Nar-anon Helps 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 Buck-
head Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call
(863) 467-9833.

Saturday
Worship in Song at the Living Word of Faith Church of Okee-
chobee, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the
month beginning at 6 p.m. There is no charge to attend and all
Christian singers and musicians are welcome to take part. For'
information, contact the church at (863) 763-6869; Pastor Lee
Minton at (863) 763-3373; or, Sister Yvonne Price at (863) 467-
6657.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles 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 joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863)
697-2247; Debbie 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
Mission, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of educa-
tion include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues;
domestic violence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus,
educational materials and prevention tools. Call (863) 634-9340
or (863) 357-6248, for information.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Par-
rott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11
a.m. at the First United .Methodist Church in Avon Park. For infor-


mation, call Dick Laneau at (863) 467-9540 or (727) 345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the Coun-
ty 4-H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like
to be part of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at
the Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday through
Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the exten-
sion office at (863) 763-6469.


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Community Events

Red Cross offering various classes
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch will be holding
a first aid class on Thursday,,Dec. 14, from 6 until 9 p.m.; 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.

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
knows 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
Okeechobee High School and has taught summer school.

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 fel-
lowship. 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 Fellowship Ministries/Praise and Wor-
ship team. For information, call (863) 612-0640. .

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.

Business Women's group meets Dec. 15
The Okeechobee Business Women's Networking luncheon
will meet Friday, Dec. 15, at the Brahman Bull Restaurant,. 2405
U.S. 441 S.E., for networking at 11:30 a.m. and lunch at noon.

Church to present musical
Brighton Baptist Church choir will present "A Carol to the
King" on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 10:40 a.m. The Christmas musical
was written and arranged by Mosie Lister. The public is invited.
Brighton Baptist Church is located at 24050 S.R. 70 West.

Church plans special services
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W 32nd St., will hold the fol-
lowing'special services for the holidays. Their schedule is: Friday,
Dec. 15, at7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. adult Christ-
mas music and drama entitled "A Christmas Prayer"; Thursday,
Dec. 14, from 7 until 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 16, from 7 until
8:30 p.m., drive-through live nativity; Wednesday, Dec; 20, at 6
p.m. church-wide Christmas song celebration; Sunday, Dec.24,,
at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve service; and Sunday, Dec. 31; at 5 p.m. -
New Year's Eve service. ,%
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, 16
and 17 at 7:30 p.m. For information, call (772) 546-5696.
Community Choir presents Cantata
The 'Okeechobee Community Choir, under the direction of
Sandy Perry, will present its eighth annual Christmas concert, "It
Took a Miracle", Handel's Hallelujah! Chorus", and other sea-
sonal favorites at the First United Methodist -Church located at,
200 N.W. Second. Ave., on Friday, Dec;. .git7 p .m., Saturday1.
Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 17 a 3 p.m. The beautiful
blend of 70 voices comprising this season's choir-represents
singers from 17 local churches. 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. Par-
rott Ave. Donations for the benefit are not tax deductible. For
information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-
6464. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to Shriner programs.

Volunteers needed to work on house
Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers on 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. For information, call
(863) 357-1371 and leave a message.

Rib dinners hosted by F&AM
Okeechobee Lodge #237, F&AM, will sponsor a rib dinner on
Saturday, 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 available.

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 spe-
cial 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 pan-
cake breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 8 until 10 a.m. for a $4
donation. The menu will include sausage and a beverage. Tick-
ets 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 pres-
ent 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 Wanda Woodham at (863)
763-9352.
Sacred Heart hosting Christmas celebration
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will present
"Christmas Around the World," an outdoor, multi-dimensional
Christmas Nativity 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 wor-
ship 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 Christ-
mas 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 direct-
ly behind the Yatchette Club and non-club members are wel-
come to decorate their boats and fall in with the parade. For
information, contact Bob Schultz at (863) 697-9571 or (863) 467-
7050.


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OPINION







SPORTS 5


FWC suggests life jackets as gift idea


This time of year, it would be
especially tragic to loose a loved
one. Unfortunately, all too often,
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWCO is
called to investigate boating acci-
dents which result in drowning
deaths, during the holidays as
well as throughout the year.
The death of her son, just prior
to the Christmas holiday, was
how Gay Kite became involved
with FWC.
Gay Kite said her son, John,
was someone who loved the out-
doors and a good swimmer. John


and a friend, Allan Morone, died
while boating on Half Moon Lake,
near Ocala, Dec. 19, 2004. FWC
investigated their deaths.
"I worried about him driving
his motorcycle," Kite said.
John and Morone were testing
a new boat motor, which may
have been too large for their small
johnboat when they tried it out on
the lake near Kite's home. Investi-
gators suspect water came over
the stern and flooded the vessel.
Neither of the men was wearing a
life jacket.
"I never thought this would


happen in my own backyard,"
Kite said.
John was 23 years old when
he died. Morone was 22 and had
served with the Marines in Iraq.
They had been friends since ele-
mentary school.
As a way of coping with her
son's death, Kite educates others
on the importance of wearing life-
jackets all the time while out on
the water.
"People don't realize how
quick something can happen,"
Kite said. "I live and breathe it (the
loss of her son) every day. It's not


something you get over."
Kite and FWC are encouraging
friends and relatives of boating
enthusiasts to give life jackets for
Christmas and other holidays.
"Give a gift to save a life," Capt.
Richard Moore, FWC's Boating
Law Administrator, said.
Kite said she has' bought two
this season to give as presents.
The price of the new type of com-
fortable, inflatable life jackets
starts at around $60.
So far this year, nearly 70
deaths have been attributed to
boating accidents statewide.


Second place winners
Donnie Biggs (left) and Larry Crossman (right) took
second place in the annual two-day Okee-Tantie Team
Trail Classic bass tournament held last weekend at the
Scott Driver ramps. Biggs and Crossman brought
11.31 Ibs. to the scale on Saturday and 10.41 Ibs. to
the scale on Sunday for a combined weight of 21.72
Ibs. They took home $1,500 for the win.


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Among the best in the state
The Okeechobee High School Rodeo team was recognized for their achievements at the Dec. 12 meeting of the Okee-
chobee County School Board. Some of the team members placed as high as second place state wide in their particu-
lar events. Team members are, in no particular order, Chasey Bass, Shelby Carden, Trey Cofield, Jessie Cofield, Logan
Coker, Maci Culligan, Chris Davis, Kayla Davis, Olivia Delburn, J.R. Gomez, Jacoby Johns, Breanne Lee, Newt Mattson,
Chelsea McNabb, Logan Perry, Seth Randolph, Justina Stokes and Jessica Ziglar, Not pictured: Sydney Barber,
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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Friday, Dec. 8,
through Thursday, Dec. 14, are as
follows:
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
9:10 p.m.
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 p.m.
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, 7and 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) 763-
7202.

Briefs

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.
Red Road Academy
needs more volunteers
Do you have a few hours to
spare? Would you like to make a
difference in a child's life? Do you
have a job skill that you would like
to teach others? Do you belong to
a civic organization or religious
organization and would like to
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yes to any of these questions,
please contact Karin Aldridge at
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5905. We are looking for volun-
teers to work a few hours a month
with committed youth.
Donations needed
for Hospice yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee is
seeking donations for their next
yard sale. Hospice welcomes all
clean useable items and is cur-
rently seeking such items as baby
clothes, furniture, small.appli-
ances, tools, as well as golf and
fishing equipment. Call Hospice at
(863) 467-2321 for pick-up, or
deliver items to 411 S.E. Fourth St.
Public recycling
drop-off bins open
Public recycling drop-off bins
are located at. the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance Facil-
ity, 306 N.W. Ninth Ave., and the
Okeechobee Landfill, 10800 N.E.
128th Ave. The vehicle mainte-
nance facility is open from 8 a.m.
until noon and from 1 p.m. until 5
p.m., Monday through Friday. It is
closed on weekends and holidays.
Only recyclable materials such as
newspaper, aluminum and metal
cans, corrugated cardboard, glass
jars and bottles and plastics #1
through #3 are accepted at the
public facilities. Items not accept-
ed include: plastic shopping bags;
commercial business items; tires;
appliances; electronic devices;
yard trash; household trash; oil,
gas, paint or household haz-
ardous waste; and, batteries. For
more information: contact Russell


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manager, at (863) 763-1811, or
Waste Management of Okee-
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BEAGLE, Female, in Bassinger
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to identify. (863)467-4823
FEMALE DOG, short, red, with
collar, found in R-Bar Es-
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LEOPARD HOUND: Found in
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CHILD SEAT- Graco Instant
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Christmas Items, Jewelry, Gift
Items...Too much to list!
Don't Miss This 2 Family Sale


SALE
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9am-?, K-Mart Parking lot on
Hwy 441. Furniture, knick
Knacks, clothing, Christmas
items and much more




Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
PartTime 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230



ACCEPTING
APPLICATIONS NOW
A & D Water Systems is
looking for a Truck Driver that
has a Class B and Hazmat.
This is a Must.
863-467-7700
Mature & Experienced
Ranch Bookkeeper
Night 863-763-5321 or
Day 863-634-7552


COOL JOB!
Now hiring 10 sharp Guys &
Gals to work in a Rock-N-Roll
blue jean environment. Travel
to LA, NY and other major
cities. We represent Fashion,
Sports & Music publications.
Earn $500-$700 per week
after training. Call Gary at
1-866-298-0163
FLORIDA BOUND
Large organization now hiring
18-23 sharp guys & gals to
work in travel. Fast paced,
highly motivated sales team
representing news, fashion &
sports publications. Lodging
and Transportation provided
Paid daily. Must be 18 or
older and starttoday.
1-888-741-2190
MECHANIC
Experienced with Heavy Equip-
ment, Truck, Trailer repairs
for Okeechobee Landscape
Supply Co. Health benefits
DFWR Fax 863-763-1003 or
Call 863-763-0075
OKEECHOBEE AREA
Small Restaurant needs
MANAGER
5 days per week
1(800)483-4279
PAVING FOREMAN
Heavy Highway Construction
Company seeks a qualified,
experienced Paving Foreman.
Apply in person to:
Better Roads Inc.
2830 Old State Road #8
Lake Placid, FL 33852
No phone calls please. We are
a drug free work place.
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442


SOUTHERN EQUIPMENT
EXCHANGE
Heavy equipment classified
paper looking for office help,
sales rep's, and paper route
drivers. Part-time and full-time
Must have: computer skills, .
drivers license, willing to travel
short distances.
Call 863-763-6633
TOLL COLLECTORS &
ENTRY LEVEL SUPERVISORS
Positions available on
Florida Turnpike
Starting @ $8.00/hr.
Call (772)429-1454
Shop here first
The classified ads


WELDER'S HELPER
Looking for a welder's helper,
with some welding exp.
necessary. (863)763-6376



Newspaper Carriers Needed
For Okeechobee Area. Call
Mike 800-932-2489 Ext: 3583
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helps you understand
the world around you.
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Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street

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

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


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Benefits Available.
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Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315


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(561)236-2226
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never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
business Bureau at
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complaints.
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges, in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



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

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
the classifelds.


ELDERLY CARE:
Provided in a Loving Home
by experienced RN.
Only 1 opening remaining!
Call 863-801-9497



JOHN'S TOWING
Now has a 50 Ton Landoll
with a 20,000 lb. winch.
Great for moving equipment,
containers & large sheds.
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Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
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
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740



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A/C UNIT- Bard, Self con-
tained, 5 ton, Wall mount
$750. or best offer.
(863)357-3400


DISHWASHER- White, Works
very well.. $50.
(863)357-7136
DRYER, Kenmore, $100
(863)634-8024
FREEZER- Very large, Like
new. $1000. (239)248-4758

GE WASHER & DRYER- Less
than 1 yr old, white, paid
$700 asking $300
(863)675-3793
MICROWAVE- Hot Point, Good
condition. $15.
(863)467-4567
RANGE, 24" electric, good
condition. $75
(863)357-7065
STOVE, Frigidiare, Smooth
Top, Electric. Great condi-
tion. Moving. $150.
4863)261-6299
STOVE- Whirlpool, electric,
glass top, white, $100
(863)675-1634
WASHER & DRYER- White,
$300 will separate
(863)763-1884
WASHER/DRYER- LG, Under
warr. til '09. Like new. Pd.
$2000. Asking $800 or best
offer. (239)867-6351


TANNING BED- 2 yrs old, ex-
cellent condition, $1000 or
best offer (863)467-1152


ADULT 3 WHEEL BICYCLE,
Miami Sun, $100 or best
offer. (989)831-5135.- -
DYNO AIR BIKE- w/green pegs
i: girind with and'rotating
riiilI, bar. Good cond. $50
rneg 163)634-2974
SCHWINN BIKES (2) brand
n'ew never on road, 1 mans,
I womans, $250,for both
will .ell sep (863)763-8225



COMMERCIAL SINK, 3 com-
pjriment, stainless steel.
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DOORS- Sliding Glass, White,
Lite lew, $50 or best offer
i8631675-1634
GARAGE DOORS- 'White'
Br ,ni new, 10 x 12, $600
i86.j675-9237

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

863.763.5650
1551 N.W. 24th Drive
Okeechobee
License #765



LIGHTED DISPLAY CASES
Elliott's Pawn Shop
(863)763-5553


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


CLOTHES- Little Girls, Size 2T,
Never worn. 20 outfits total.
'$130. (863)357-1048
HEELYS SHOES- Size 6, black
& red, single wheel, excellent
condition, $25
(863)634-5038
WEDDING DRESS- White w/
silver beading, Size 14, paid
$600 asking $150
(863)634-6601


BASEBALL COLLECTION: 12
Autographed. Most in cases.
Mintcondition. $2500 for the
complete set. (863)357-0125
BASEBALL/FOOTBALL CARD
over 3000 $800 or best of-
fer(863)487-1374
COLLECTIBLES: Many wolf
ienmi s iQurr, L, .comforters
and more). $200 for all. Will
separate. 239-340-8503
ELVIS COLLECTION, Many
items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $350
neg. (863)467-0627
HOLIDAY BARBIES (3)
'96,'97,'98, still in box. $175
for all or will sell sell separate
(863)634-5038
STEELERS SPORTS COLLEC-
TION w/Jersey, Shirt, Cap &
Bear. All in 1 package. $70
(863)357-0125



DELL COMPUTER XP Office,
games, Fast, $149
(863)843-0158


CERAMIC MOLDS, Assorted,
.$150 (863)357-3240
OUILTING FRAME, Hferiberg.
W ,ijlen F,:,r i iir] r uije i
12 (863'674-1755
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ACCENT TABLES, (3), white,
(1) rectangle, (1) round &
(1) round with lamp, $40.
.863)674-1276.
ARMOIRE / ENTERTAINMENT
CENTER- Black, all wood,
$250 or best offer
(863)227-0173
BR SET- Antique, mahogany,
1900's, full size, 2 NS, hdbd,;
ftbrd, chest, mirror $2200
(863)528-3269
BUNK BED, Loft style,.all in
one, purchased at Badcock,
exc. cond. $500
(863)763-6430 Iv. msg.
CHAIRS (35), Brown metal,
folding. $105 for all or will
separate. (863)675-3230
Chase Lounge Elegant, solid
"i', T, velr.ur hi maleiT i rial
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COMFORTERS (2): King size,
brand new, pictures.of
wolves on them. $60 or will
separate. 239-340-8503.
COMPUTER ARMOIRE, Dark
wood; double doors close
with key lock. $100
(863)763-3191
COMPUTER DESK, 3%' long x
4%' tall. Has top shelf and
cabinet, $40 (863)763-5067
COMPUTER DESK, 72"x30"
deep, with top tower shelf,
excellent condition. $45
(863)763-1997
COMPUTER DESK, with hutch,
Small drawer, file cabinet &
keyboard drawer. $75
(863)763-3191
DAYBED: Trundle, Like new.
Only 1 year old. $300.
(863)675-0777
FUTON MATTRESS- nice, ex-
tra thick, :,,e- gi ,w w'Til..-
tress : 've r, .50
(863)763-6369
KING SIZE MATTRESS- like
new, $450 (863)634-5225
KITTEN- Male, orange tabby
& white, approx 8 wks old,
bottle fed, $15.
(443)262-2740 ,
MATTRESS & BOX SPRINGS-
Sealy Posturepedic Pillow
..Top,. Queen size,..2-months.
old,$200 (772)812-3300
RIDER/GLIDER ROCKER & Ot-
toman Maple, Removable
cushion. Good condition.
$65. (863)357-8788
SOFA- Like new. Wine col-
ored, with recliners at each
end. $250 (863)675-0777
SOFA SECTIONAL, 3 pc. set
w/Sleeper & Recliner. Light
beige pattern. Excellent con-'
dition. $525. (863)357-5754



IRONS, Men's, 1 Set. Stiff
Graphite Shafts, $100
863-467-7703
LADIES GOLF CLUBS- set,
right handed, McGregor bat-
tle sticks incid woods, bag
$125 (863)467-7703


CARPINE- US Springfield,
model 1884, has type "C"
front to sight, $1200 or best
offer (937)215-0307.
COBRA ARMS- 9 MM, Derrin-
er, holster $ cartridges,
125 'or best offer
(863)983-7915
MAGS- (3) Ruger Mini 14,
steel, not used, $145'
(863)301-0250
PISTOL, 25 auto. with holster.
Like new. Lifetime warranty,
$150 (863)467-0627
SMITH & WESSON- Highway
Patrolman model 28, 357
mag, 4" bbl., target grips &
sights $350 (937)215-0307
TAURAS, 745 45 cal., 3.3"
barrel, stainless/composite.
7 shot. semi-auto pistol, new
in box. $450 (863)467-2315


WINCHESTER- Ranger 30-30,
mint cond., SKS many ac-
cess, $1000 for both will,sep



AB LOUNGE, As seen.on TV,
already assembled w/video,
Pd. $1.99, never used. Asking
$125. (863)697-6472.
BAR BELL WEIGHT SET- New.
in box. With multi-function
bench. $200.561-722-0401
BO FLEX SPORTS- Mint con-
dition. Pd. $1400. Will sell
for $500. You haul.
(863)801-'1891 after 3pm
TREADMILL- New, Perfect
Westco. Cadence 7E, Fold &
store. $275. (561)722-0401
WEIGHT BENCH- .Great shape,
like new, $100 or best offer
(863)673-2896 ask for Vicki


LIGHT FIXTURES- Fluores-
cent. 2'x2' with cover &
bulbs. Never used. Still in
box..$10. (863)763-1997


ADJUSTABLE BED, Ultramatic,
twin,. electric w/vibrate & re-
mote. Exc. cond. $2700 new,
asking $1100. (863)763-6907
ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR
Pride Jazzy w/joystick. Exc
cond. $5700 new, asking
$2100. (863)763-6907
LIFT CHAIR, Beige, $300
(863)675-0548
WHEEL CHAIR, Elec., Metallic
Maroon. Used 10 hrs. Brand
new! Built in charger & rear
pocket. $4500. 863-467-1533


CAMERA PHONE- Nextel 1870,
w/ MP3 and Blue Tooth, Like
New, $295. (863)634-7125
FISH TANK- 55 gal,,-stand and,
accessories, $75'
(863)610-5237
GATSBY WHIRLPOOL TUB -
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...
WEIDER PRO SYSTEM- like
new, 2 seats, $200 firm.
(863)763-4132 or
863)634-2171
YAMAHA ZUMA SCOOTER-
'05, 49cc, 40 actual miles,
Garage kept. $17.00.
(863)675-6437 .



DRUMS, Ludwig Junior, 5
piece, with symbols & stool.
Like new, Retails $355, asking
$150 (863)763-6987.
GUITAR- JOHNSON Acoustic,
Black, excellent tone, seldom
used, like new, soft case,
$95 (863)634-9316


BEAGLE, AKC reg., tri color,
male; 6 mos. old, shots up
to date, needs room to run.
$350 (863)610-1197
BEAUTIFUL, Loving pets, toy
size, purebred Toy Fox Terrier
& Japanese Chins. $350 each.
(863)983-6537
CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES- UKC
Cert. All shots, Vet. checked.
$300, $400 & $450.
863-763-3073
CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES- 1
male & 1 female. 8 weeks.
$300. ea. (863)634-9645
FISH TANK- 150 gallon. $300
or best offer. (863)673-2896
ask for Vicki
FISH TANKS- 150 gal, 50 gal.,
29 gal, (2) 10 gal., all for
$160 or will sell separate
(863)201-3492
GERMAN SHEPHERD PUPS,
parents on premises, CKC, 4
M & 1 F. Vet checked & shots.
$550 each. (863)824-6781


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JACK RUSSELL PUPPIES, (5),
ready 12/22, will hold til
Christmas, $2.00 each.

LR SET- 6PC; North Carolina,
brown, DR TABLE w/5
chair: .lurdy. jil lf r T.500
\,n-g i8b" .2;n M,:
MIN. PINSCHER PUPPIES, 8
weeks. CKC Reg. Shots &
health papers. $400 each.
(863)634-1062
SCHNAUZER silver, 22 mos
ld ear., tail cropped, all
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QUILTING MACHINE: "Stretch"
Long Arm, Frame & Tracks.
Everything included. $2500
(863)674-1755


POOL TABLE, 8" Regulation,
$300 (863)357-3240
POOL TABLE, slate, 8', $300.
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WEIGHT BENCH, WELDER' w/
leg attach., 230 lb. weights,
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ANTENNA, New! 5 ms 9000 ir,
Directional, Amplified, In-
door/Outdoor w/internal ro-
tor. $139: (863)763-7989
TV, Large 60", Good, condi--
tion. $800. (239)248-4758


BENCH DRILL PRESS, Crafts-
man, 1/2" chuck. $100
(863)612-'9233 LaBelle
CHAINSAW- Poulan Pro, 42
cc, 18", (2) Pick-up bed Fuel
Tanks, w/ hand pumps $399
will separate. (561)951-8767
COMPOUND MITER SAW,
Deew al u:ed ,:1, 1.e !..i)1 .l ,r
Deiiontr (bt6;']6'87, 83-
COMPOUND SAW- Porat, h'
Cafljiimni .ui ;4 angle, new
blade and stand $60
(863)763-8797
ELECTRIC PRESSURE WASH-
ER, 1200 psi, $10.0
(863)612-9233 LaBelle
GENERATOR- Briggs & Strat-
ton, 550/8550, 10 hp, new;
$325 (561)951-8767.
-.GENERATOR-EG3500,-Honda,-
brand new, still in box. $950.'
863-673-51.59
GENERATOR, Powerboss,
portable, 5500 watts, 7350
starting watts, brand new.
$800 (863)697-8837
JOHN DEERE POWER UNIT,
Diesel, 4' cyl. Complete
w/radiator & fuel tank.
$1500 (863)675-1862
MIG WELDER, 25' spool gun
with accessories. $1400.
(772)332-1438
PRESSURE WASHER: 2700
PSI", Sears. $350.
863-673-5159
WELDER, portable, 200 amp,
engine driven, $450.
(863)674-1276


COLOR GAME BOY- with
adapters, lights w/magnifier,
6 games $100
(863)763-3551


KARAOKE- Professional, Vo-
cal Pro., $100 (863)467-9054
SPEAKER- 12" audiobahn, 1
truck and 1 car box, 200
watt amp, power, wires &
fuse, $150 (863)697-3865



NEW COIN COLLECTOR want-.
ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891
WANTED: FLORIDA ART
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567


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BALES OF HAY, 100 bales,
$200. :r ,ill sell separate.
(863)763-1370


BUCKSKIN-PAINT, 3.5 years
old mare. 16 hands. Very
sweet. Rides good. Incld all.
tack. $2500. (863)357-6642
FILLY- 6, mo old. Registered
Quarter Horse, Running bred,
Gray, Very gentle. $600.
(863)763-6968/634-0253
PAINT PONY: Mare, 14 yrs.
old. Kid safe. $1200.
(863)763-3980
PALOMINO MARE, Around 20
years old, brood mare only.
$200 (239)340-8502 ,



GAS GRILL, Charbroil, 2 burn-
*er, with lava rocks. $50
(863)763-5501
LAWN MOWER- Sell pro.
pulled, very good condition,
$125 (863)763-8225 or

RIDING LAWNMOWERS, (2),
for parts, good engines,
.$200' or best offer.
(863)467-8856
RIDING MOWER- Murray,
14hp,.2 cyl, 42" deck, many
new parts, w/new utility cart,
$500 (863)763-3551

Rentals



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



Beautiful 2BR Closeto town,
Remodeled, Like new! Only
$825 mo. includes water bill.
Call 561-255-4377.
BEAUTIFUL Samantha's Gar-
den Apartment, 2 BR., 2 BA,
W/D, $900 mo. + 1st, last &
$600. sec.(863)634-5780
N.ofOKEE-2Br,1 Ba
12 mi. N of Okeechobee.
$575/mo
$1150 moves you in.
No Pets! Non smoking envi.
(863)467-iT17 8:30am-
3:39pm, oremail
vldp(@surfinthenet.net
OAK LAKE APTS., Remodeled
2BR/1BA, screened porch,
$800 mo., 1st, last & sec.
No pets. (863)634-3313



OKEE., 2br, 1BA, Furnished in
.Kings Bay, Electric not.in-
cluded. (863)763-8349.or
(863)634-9850
OKEECHOBEE: Townhouse
11th St., New 2 Bdrm., 1'/2Ba
w/Appl. $850/mo. + 1st&
Sec. dep. Call (863)634-7722








Waterfront CBS
Home for rent,
3/2/1, $1,300 a
month. First, last &
security with pet
deposit.

Ancient Oaks
(Over 55 community)
Pool, hot tub, shuf-
fleboard, marina,
boat ramp Lake
access $650 m.
First, last & sec.
includes electricity.






House for Rent, 3BR/2BA, Lg
yard. Horses welcome. 70 W
12mi. out of town $1000.
mo. (863)634-3262


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CHRISTMAS TREE, 6 ft., with
dozens of ornaments. 25
years old, looks real. $50
(863)76.3-5501

Agriculture



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


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.
BUCKHEAD RIDGE, Water-
front 3 Bdrm., 1 Ba. 2 Story
w/Lake Okeechobee access &
boat ramp. Wrap around
porch. Fenced yard. Pets wel-
come! $1200. mo. + 1st, last
& sec. 561-795-4425
krisdags@aol.com
DIXIE RANCH ACRES, 2BR,
1 BA, Call for info.
(863)357-6700
IN TOWN, 2BR/2BA, New
appliances, cabinets, W/D &
flooring. Screened porch, lawn
service. Non smkg env. Small
Spet considered. $850/mo. 1st,
ast & sec.(941)504-3954
OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 2ba CBS
Home, 406 NE 7th St. $850.
mo. + 1st., last & $500 sec.
req'd. (863)467-5965
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2 remodeled
CBS, 4 acres fenced, 5151 SE
128th Ave., $1100/mo, 1st,
last & sec., (561)756-3724.
OKEECHOBEE, 3br. 1bD. Lg
Vard Availat2 ? 1836 f.900
TiT) + LIId 1 11 La l rirc
sec. dep. (863)990-3294
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, cathedral ceilings,
quiet neighborhood.
(863)467-2541


OKEECHOBEE, To share 3BR
house, utilities & cable inc.'
$600/mo. 1st norriunn renr a.
sec. req'd. (863)673-6559



EXCEPTIONAL!!!!
WATERFRONT PROPERTIES
FOR SALE or RENT
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Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspectienl060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



OKEECHOBEE, 3746 Wli i6hr,
Ave. 48R 2BA 1 Cargarage,
rrjadv inow, '.i200 rm o
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ALUMINUM, V Bottom, 14',
Smokercraft w/like new trail-
re & 18hp Tohatsu motor.
$1850 (863)763-4680
AQUA SPORT 1977:17 ft, 110
Johnson motor, runs strong.
$1800 or best offer.
863-634-0164 or 634-9629
BASS '90- 21 ft., stratos with
200 hp mercury, hyd. steer-
ing and gps system $5500
(863)634-7735
BAYLINER CAPRI '86 w/85
Force motor, 16'6". Good
shape. $1600. or best offer.
(863)634-2582
BOATERS PROJECT, Too
much to list. .$2500
(863)824-6781 anytime
EXTENSION BAR -.for pulling
boat or trailer. Askig $100.
(863)357-6113
GRUMAN 14'- aluminum, V
bottom, with 20 HP Evin-
rude, w/trailer, $1200 or will
trade (561)261-0766
HURRICANE DECK BOAT 20'
better than new: Loaded.
W/trlr. Reduced to $16,000
due to health. Call
863-946-6639/634-2401
JON Boat- 12 FT., transom,
great for hunting, green, 6 hp
Johnson,. trailer excellent
cond. $400 (863)763-8797
MASTERCRAFT 1995, Ski
Boat w/trailer. Great shape!
$10,000. (863)675-1307
RANGER- 14' 50hp Johnson
Trail d iri lui1e brpal gill
S 1400 or D.est-ulrer
2 319-233-VU4 ..
RANGER 354V 1992, 150U rn
EviriruOe ,P SS Pro Com.
piele rebuild wile, Inari 75
nrs 36 v molhur Quiae 3 brI.
criarger. |iiurarTierii riIJl, ro
Rlr.ier riler w nev wleelI .&
lires Covier Always garaged.
E ,ceIeri o:idition. $10,000.
pumarr' I ',@adelphia.net .'
Ranger 520VX,. '01, 225hp.
Evin, 10 1 lb. thrust trolling
mr, |jl' plate; steel prop,
GPS map w/depth & fish
linader riarger sys., bimini
lop. tl a j(le trir & much
iTiore I-tldh problems, Must
SHll' $18 900..NADA value
2.1.000 Cal (863)634-6134
STARCRAFT w/'85 Chrysler
Tilulr $600. or best offer.
186116'34-2582


Coachmen Travel Trailer '88:
.ituep 14 AC & near jIj i"',r
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0040 F. 0FT2 Slldes, 11K Mjrv
e'-lrji Garaced, ,;120,000 or
positIe Uad,:1e 863 461-5207;


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KISSIMMEE RIVER ESTATES,
For rent or sale. 3br, 2ba
$800. mo. (863)634-3262.
OKEECHOBEE: Nice 2br/lba
$500/mo + 1st; Last& Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets.
(863)763-6232
OKEECHOBEE'S "GARDEN OF
EDEN" on the Rim Canal.
Kibs Fish Camp has1 & 2
Bdrm. Homes in.a tropical
oasis. Monthly, Annual &
Seasonal Rates. Call today!
(772)215-0010
kibsfishcamp.com
ON RIM CANAL: Small, 1
Bdrm., $475. mo. (includes
utilities). + $300 sec. dep.
(863)447-3426



An 800 sq. Ift. living area
in Barlows Fish Camp,
441 SE, c/a, good cond.,
$14,500 neg. 863)763-4149
or (561)-758-4337
DOUBLE WIDE: 3 BR, 2 HA,
12x24 Carport, 12x12 Flodrida
Room, 8x12 Storage. Central
air/heat. Adult park. Low lot
rent. Very nice. Mostly
furnished. $20,000 Neg.
(863)357-2456
holleyl2@surfinthenet.net
OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 1ba, Flori-
da rm, carport, Laundry rm,
furnished, storage shed,
$27,500 (863)467-0284
VILLA MARGARET 2BR/1BA
adult park. Fully furnished.-
Cent.A/C-heat, 60' carport,
scrn. rm. 10x30'. Shed 12x14'.
$20,500. (863)763-2318


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


DIRT BIKE: 2004 Suzuki 85 L,
Only used 10 hours. $1700.
(863)634-0856
HD Leathers, mens & ladies
jackets, chaps, pants, vests,
1 helmet, new & like new,
$200. (863)610-1964
HONDA 2004 Arrow Shadow
750: Windshield, Low,mileage,
premium bags, garaged. Ex-
tra's. $4,400. (863)983-9585
HONDA REBEL 2003 250 CC,
2,475 mis. Extra's! Show
Room Condition. $2500 Firm
863-634-5862/467-8573
TRAILER, Single cycle, tilt
with ramp, galvanized, 12"
tires,. 12'2" overall-length.
$550 (863)357-2113



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- runs, $300
(863)634-7706


Automobiles



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



CADILLAC DEVILLE, 1992 -
Runs great, a/c, $1,500 firm.
Call 863-946-1859. ,
CADILLAC EL DORADO '97,
ETC, Fully loaded, white pearl
diamond, has new parts,
$5500 (561)723-1849
CAMARO- '94- 143k miles,
18" mag wheels, 2 10" sub-
S-woofers, CD, -ow profile tires
$2000 (863)467-0466
CAMARO Z28 '80- all original,
350 auto, Power windows,
For Sale'or Trade, $1700
(863)634-6601
CHRYSLER LEBARON 1989
Convertible, $1500.
863-824-6112/772- .A9- *l.6
DODGE COLT, '88, low mile-
age, very good condition,
$800 or .best offer.
(863)697-3090
DODGE NEON 2001- 4dr,
i uri'i i bli.n Jc l
, fiar ptm lir . U

FORD MUSTANG- '88, Good
shape. Runs good. $2500.
(863)634-1746







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Community Events


NOTICE OF HEARING
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
Special Magistrate
The Okeechobee Count Special MagIstrate will hold a public meeting on Tuesday
December 19th, 2006 @ 2:00 p.m. the public meeting will be held at the Okee.
chobee County Commission Chambers located at the Okeechobee County Court
house, 304 N 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. For more Information, contac
Amanda Sewell at the Plannin and Development Department, 499 N.W. 5tt
Street, Okeechobee, Florida 3492, (863) 763-5548.
All Interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Code Enforcement Specls
Magistrate with respect t any matter considered at this meeting will need to en
sure that a verbatim record of thIe proceeding is made and that the record in
cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Cods
Enforcement tapes are for the sole purpose of backup tor official records of the
Department.
Amanda Sewell, Secretary to the Magistrate
Okeechobee County Code Enforcement
181326 0N12/13,14/06


FORD THUNDERBIRD '88,
Needs work. -$300
(772)597-6240
GEO TRACKER '92- fair condi-
tion, $1000 or best offer
(863)467-6778
HONDA CIVIC HYBRID- '04,
Gray; Low mi. 12,800 mi.
Exc cond in/outside. Sirrus
$16,000. (561)924-2005
OLDS CUTLASS '98- needs
motor, very nice car, $1000
(863)612-5457 after 5 PM
or weekends
OLD'S DELTA EIGHTY-EIGHT,
'89, New tires, Runs good,
125K mi. $850.
(863)697-0241
TOYOTA TERCEL '90, Good
condition, a/c works, auto.,
front wheel drive. $750
(863)467-4537


FORD EXPLORER '97- 4x4,
parting out, all or parts $400
S Call for details
(772)834-4235
FORD F150 '79, 351 motor,
C6 Holley, flowmasters, lots
of new parts. $2500 firm.
(863)634-3055 .
NISSAN PATHFINDER '96
4x4, 6 cyl., Leather, Auto., All
power. Very nice. Everything
works! $5500 (863)634-6235


GOLF CART- Electric, 3 wheel,
with charger, $600
(863)634-5225
YAMAHA, Electric, $900 or
best offer. (989)831-5135



FORD f350- '94, Diesel, su-
percrew, 220 K, runs needs
work, $1500 (863)763-7831
or (772)370-1634


FLAT BED, Steel: 20 Ft,
$1200 or best offer.
863-634-5936
FORD F150 '87, Has blown
motor. $500 or best offer.
(863)4840504.
GM 8.5 POSI UNIT. $150 or
nest ofer. 1863)467-8856
PARTS, 4x4, trans., transfer
cases & other parts. Ford,
Chevy & Jeep. $500 for all,
will separate. (561)644-4840
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
TAILGATE, Off a '01 Dodge
truck. $100 or best offer.
(863)634-7318 '
TIRES & RIMS- Ford F150
tires, & Univ. rims,
P265/75R15 Goodyear
$200 (863)261-15621
TIRES- (6) Wrrangler,
P265/70R17, (4) ATV, new,
$425 will separate
(561)951-8767
TRUCK BED, 8 ft., fits '01
Dodge Ram, with bumper,
lights & bedliner. $900
(863)675-1862


CHEVY SILVERADO- '97, red,
35" tires, 10" rims, 4" lift,5
speed, rebuilt motor, trans,.
a/c, to much tolist, have re-
'ciepts, runs excellent, 4.3 L,
$6500 or best offer
(863)467-1456
CHEVY TRUCK 1994 Stage
Coach Conversion, 71K mis.,
350 cu. in., Show Room Con-
dition. Must see! For more in-
fo. Call Smoky (863)634-5862
(863)467-8573
FORD F150- '90, no A/C,
$1200 (863)763-5422 or
(863)610-0412
FORD RANGER 1996 4x4,
Needs transmission. $2000.
(863)612-1606
FORD RANGER- '95, White,
Cold A/C, 4 cyl., Auto.,
$1000. or best offer
(863)357-3400


CHEVY BLAZER- '85, K5 Mud
truck, 6" lift. 36" fires, 305, V8,
GM 14 bolt rear. $1800. Call
for more info (863)697-3865
FORD HUNTING BUGGY runs,
needs some work. $1500
Call Erik 863-634-0771


NEW TRAILER- 5x8, with
mesh ramp. $625
(863)357-5754
TSC 4X8 TRAILER- brand rtew
$400 (863)467-6778
UTILITY TRAILER- 5x1l1 dove-
tail, all metal construction,
new lights, new wires $400
(863)467-6475


CHEVY ASTRO VAN 1994
$1000 or best offer.
(863)612-1606


CHRYSLER TOWN & COUN-
TRY 1994, Runs needs work.
$500. (863)675-7419


PLYMOUTH VOYAGER '95,
Excellent cond. Ice cold a/c,
p/w, p/l, new battery, 158k,
$2000 (863)697-6680

Public Notices



State Publo .
Legac Notice 55005



LEGAL NOTICE
FOR SALE:
Content of unit #122 at M&M Self Stor-
age, 4129 Hwy 441 South, Okeecho-
bee, FL 34974, 357-2311 includes
assorted tools, propane burner, sofa,
love seat, electric gutiar, Seaours hot wa-
ter tank, 16 gal. shop vac, boxes of
wildlife feeders, RV cover, Prestollger
alternator, propane tank and more.
Best offer accepted: by December 15,
2006.
FOR SALE:
Content of unit #153 269 boxed of
clothing, shoes, (assorted sizes) and
some household items Best offer ac-
ceted: by December 15, 2006.
181149 ON 12/13-15/06
LEGAL NOTICE
PUBLIC AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT
JOHN'S TOWING SERVICE STORAGE
LOT LOCATED AT 704 NORTHEAST
2ND AVENUE OKEECHOBEE FL
34972 ON DECEMBER 29, 2006 AT 9:
00 A.M. PURSUANT TO FLORIDA
STATUTE 713.78 FOR UNPAID TOW-
ING AND STORAGE CHARGES. YEAR
MAKE MODEL AND VIN ARE AS FOL-
LOWS:
1991 White Chee Camara
VIN#1G1FP23.E8ML152517
TERMS OF SALE ARE CASH, AND NO
CHECKS WILL ACCEPTED; SELLER
RESERVES THE RIGHT OF FINAL BID.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS
WILL BE MADE I SAID AUTOMOBILES
WILL BE SOLD "AS IS" CONDITION
WITH NO GUARANTEE'S
181272 ON 12/14/06
PUBLIC NOTICE
Public notice is hereby given that Fergu-
son Towing will sel at public Auction,
free from all prior liens, the following
vehicles that remaining unclaimed in
storage with charges unpaid, pursuant
to Florida Statutes 713.78, to the high-
est bidder at 12065 Lakeshore Drive,
Canal Point, FL 33438.
1998 Dodge 4 door (Red)
Vin#1B3ES47C6WD519340
SALE DATE: 12/15/06
1988 Oldsmoblle'4 door (Gry)
Vtn#2G3AS51N1K2300301
SALE DATE: 12/19/06
1996 Plymouth 4 door (Whl)
n Vn1P3EJ46CXTN299371.
SALE DATE: 12/25/06
.1984 ChevroldH 4 door Biel)
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Church hosts dinner, gospel sing
A combined event of the annual meeting of Cowboys for Christ and celebration
of Mary Lanier's 60th anniversary of singing gospel songs will be joined by The Cele-
bration Singers Carol Feyos, Frank and Judy Smith and Doyle McDuffy at the
Basinger Civic Center on Thursday, Dec. 21. A covered dish dinner will begin at 6
p.m., and singing will begin at 7 p.m.
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 certificates, checks
made payable to the mission, or cash andvolunteers will purchase the items needed.
Receipts are available. Please make checks out to Big Lake Missions Outreach and
mail to P 0. Box 1663, Okeechobee, Fl.; or, call (863) 763-5725'

Shriners selling Christmas trees
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. All trees are reducedto half price and none are over
$50. 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 Christ-
mas 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.

Couples, singles invited to event
Danny Tolbert will be hosting a special event based on his new book "A Woman's
Diaty." The book is about experiences, relationships and problems that women deal
with in their lifetime with men. Married couples and singles are welcome to attend
the event which is sponsored by Dra Ministires, 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.

Substance abuse board to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board will meet Wednes-
day, Jan. 3, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. This is a
brown bag lunch meeting and is open to board members. For information call Jim
Vensel at (863) 357-1977, or Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.

BHRVFD plans pancake breakfast
'The Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department on S.R. 78 W. will have an all-
you-can-eat pancake breakfast, including sausage and a beverage, from 8 until 11
a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, for a donation of $4. For information, call Pat at (863)
357-1364.

OSAC training group will meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community outreach/training
committee will meet Monday, Jan. 8,2007, from 9 until 10 a.m. at 1600 S.W. Second
Ave. The meeting is open to the public. For information call Ken Kenworthy at (863)
'462-5000, ext. 273, or Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.

Resource group to meet Jan. 8
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community resource committee
will meet Monday, Jan. 8,2007, from 11:30 a m. until 12:30 p.m. at 1600 S.W. Second
Ave. This is a brown bag lunch meeting and is open to the public. For information'
call Keith Stripling at (863) 763-6064, or Val Marone at (863) 462-0040..

OSAC plans monthly meeting
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting will be held Jan.
9, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 200
N.W. Second Ave. Everyone is welcome and lunch will be served. For information,
call Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.

Weight loss classes scheduled
The Devotional Weight-Loss Program will have registration and.orientation on
Tuesday, Jan.9, 2007. There will be 11 weeks of classes that will end on March 20.
Classes will be held each Tuesday from 9 until 11 a.m. at His House Fellowship,
Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th St. For information, call (863) 763-3519.

Shared Services panel will meet
The executive roundtable meeting of Shared Services Network of Okeechobee
County will meet Friday, Jan: 12, from-1:30 until 3 p.m. in,the board room of the
Okeechobee County School Board office,' 700 S.W. Second Ave. The topic will be
Building Developmental Assets in Youth. For information call Sharon Vinson at (863)
462-5000, ext. 257.

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 tick-
ets 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.

S. Florida Fair tickets on sale
South Florida Fair advanced tickets are on sale now at the Okeechobee County
Chamber of Commerce office, 55 S. Parrott Ave. The South Florida Fair will be held.
Jan. 12-28, 2007, at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. Advanced
tickets will only be available through Jan. 11.

CCC won't meet in December
The Community Collaborative Council will not meet in December. The next
meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007, at the School Board office located at 700
S.W. Second Ave. For information call (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.
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. Tickets are on sale at the Main
Street office, 111 N.E. Second Ave. For information, 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-MAIN.
Artists wanted for mural project
Okeechobee Main Street's Mural and Visual Arts committee is seeking an experi-
enced mural artist to paint an outside mural. The building the mural will be painted
on is the Embarq/Sprint building located in the heart of the City of Okeechobee at
110 S Parrott Ave. The expected size of the mural should cover the front of the two-
story by 30-foot building. The theme of the mural will feature the history of the tele-
phone service in Okeechobee. 'Two portraits will be required for this project. The


mural committee is accepting designs and proposals for this mural project. Project is
to begin in the spring of 2007. Please contact Bridgette Waldau at (863) 467-7300 for
information.

Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of Okeechobee have dis-
count cards available. The cards are $10 and are good for one year at selected busi-
nesses. Cards can be purchased at CarQuest, 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 suc-
cessful 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 sea-
son. 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 encour-
age businesses and organizations to sign up as teams. Pick a day and let your associ-
ates cover one of our locations and get in the Christmas mood helping us help our
community.

Farmer's Market open each Thursday
Okeechobee Main Street's Farmer's Market will be held every Thursday 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 information, contact Mike Davis, youth project direc-
tor, at (863) 462-5863.

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

VNA offers flu vaccines
Flu vaccines are now available at Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park St., Mon-
day through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 4 p.m. There is no charge
with Medicare Part B; otherwise, the cost is $30 for the flu vaccine and $45.for the
pneumonia shot. For information, call Anna or Debbie at (863) 357-2197.

Children's ranch plans yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard sales on Thursday and
Friday, every other week until the first of the year, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-4242..

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for membership.
The members of the volunteer council protect and advocate for a better quality of life
for Floridians with unique needs. Volunteers are appointed by the governor.for a four-
year term. Local meetings'are held on the second Tuesday of the month it Fort Pierce.
Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or, visitwww.floridasac.org.

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

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

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

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering parenting educa-
tion classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women and parents are encouraged to
attend. Each participant will receive, a gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of
six, one-hour classes. You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion.
No child care will be available. Call (86.3) 462-5877 for registration.

Center offers parenting classes
The Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505 S. Parrott Ave., Suite D, offers a continuous
ten-week free parenting class on Mondays from 7 until 8 p.m. at New Endeavor High
School, 575 S.W. 28th St. The school is located across the street fronm Osceola Middle
School. For information, callAl Jaquith at (863) 462-5000, ext. 282, or (863) 763-0437.

Volunteers needed to plan parade
People are needed from a cross section of the community to be part of a commit-
tee that will plan the Martin Luther King Day parade. To become a part of the commit-
tee or to place an entry of a float, vehicle, horses, groups, etc. call George Robinson at
(863)610-0973.

Blood donors are needed,
Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors in Okeechobee. The blood
mobile will be at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., on the second Tuesday of each
month from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The mobile unit will be at the Wal-Mart parking lot,
2101 S. Parrott Ave., on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The month of August may be skipped. For information, call (863) 382-4499. All blood
types are needed. There is no upper age limit, and most medications and conditions
are acceptable. Diabetes and blood pressure donations can also be accepted. A pic-
ture ID is needed for all donors.

Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W Park St., has services available at no charge
to help people in their search for the right employee or job. For more, visit their web
site atwww.tcjobs.org; or, call (863) 462-5350.-

CAP looking for senior and cadet members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United -States Air Force Auxiliary has
formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Composite Squadron 453 currently
has 26 members. Senior members and cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths
between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer
the unit and provide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of the Civil
Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs. Senior
members and cadets work side by side to accomplish these missions. If you are inter-
ested in becoming a cadet or senior member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee
Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.
Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money. Martha's House
can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If you have any used cell phones to
donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop them off at their administrative office at 103 N.W
Fifth St.
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two to three volun-
teers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday through Friday during the hours
of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also looking fora volunteer to become the director and a
board member of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with
the public and should be able to seek support from city and county officials, business
executives and other organizations. Work days and hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-
2306 for information.
Free pregnancy tests offered


The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-profit organization, is now
available to offer free pregnancy testing to girls and women of all ages. We offer free
and confidential pregnancy tests, peer counseling, referrals for a free ultrasound, par-
enting classes and abstinence education. Operating hours are from 10 a.m. until 4
p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parenting classes are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.
We are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from the movie theatre. If you would like
more information on this or set an appointment for a free pregnancy test please call
(863) 763-8859.

Free adult GED'classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic education/GED
and English as a second language classes at these locations: Dixon Hendry Center,
2229 N.W Ninth Ave., English as second language classes, Monday and Wednesday
from 9 a.m. until noon, adult basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday from 8
a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Yearling Middle School, 925,
N.W. 23 Lane, English as a second language classes, Monday -Wednesday 5:30 until
8:30 p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a second language
classes, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.


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12 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, December 14, 2006


The driver's license check-
points held in the western part of
Glades County earlier this month
led to 23 arrests, and a total of 34
traffic citations being issued.
Of the 23 arrests, 20 were for
traffic violations such as no dri-
ver's license or driving on a sus-
pended license. The other three
were arrested on misdemeanor
marijuana possession charges.
According to Detective Steve
Harris of the Glades County Sher-
iff's Office (GCSO) up to 25 offi-
cers took part in the Dec. 8
checkpoints, including some
from the Seminole Police Depart-
ment.


He said Glades County Sheriff
Stuart Whiddon had received a
number of complaints in the
areas of Crescent Acres Avenue
and Fernwood Lane. Residents
in these areas had complained
that drivers were operating in an
unsafe and hazardous manner.
Checkpoints were set up on
that Friday in.the areas and were
operated from 2 until about 7:30
p.m., said Detective Harris.
He went on to say that Sheriff
Whiddon, who also took part in.
operating a checkpoint, was
pleased with the results and-
vowed to hold similar operations'
in the future.


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Christmas festival
is planned today a
Planning has begun for the d
sixth annual "Christmas on the 2
Caloosahatchee Festival", to' be- t
held on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 6
5 until 8 p.m., in Tom Perry c
Memorial City Park. If you would
like a booth, please contact
Susan Prowant, Leslie Pryor, or
Felinda Langdale at Moore
Haven Elementary School at
(863) 946-0737. Christmas on
the Caloosahatchee is an annual
community event hosted by
Moore Haven Elementary
SSchool and the City of Moore
Haven. Be sure to join us!
Want a job
iiin construction?
S' ake advantage of a job train-
ing opportunity provided by the
Education- Center of Southwest
Florida, Inc. (ECSWF) for con-
struction trades ranging from ,
carpentry and plastic pipe' to
blue prints and masonry. Classes
begin in October and, space is
limited. Flyers and applications
are available at the Glades Coun-
ty, Economic Development
Council (EDC) Office in the
Doyle Conner Building in Moore
Haven or the ECSWF office in
LaBelle. Applications can be
faxed to the EDC at (863) 946-
0777 or directly to the Educatiori
Center at (863)-675-6800. For
more. information, contact
Sonny Hughes, (863) 675-6800.
Plant Society
meetings scheduled
S The Florida Native Plant Soci-
ety meeting will be held on the
S first Tuesday of each month at 7
S:p.m. at the Agri-Civic Center at
4509 George Boulevard in
Sebring in conference room
number three. For more infor-
mation, call Roy Stewart at:
(863) 632-0914.
Addiction recovery
help is offered
Narcotics Anonymous meets
Monday at 7 p.m. for open dis-
cussion meeting at Buck Head
Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, Buckhead Ridge. For more
information please call (863)
634-4780.
Addiction recovery
help offered
At NARCONON ARROW-
HEAD we have the answers to
addiction recovery, call us. at
(800) 468-6933 or log onto our
web site at
www.stopaddiction.com.
Addiction recovery
help is available
that during the summer months,
children are more apt to. let bore-
dom set in and drugs ard alco-
hol can work into their lives. To
help your child this summer,
learn to recognize the signs of
drug and alcohol addiction and
S get the help they need.
If you or someone you know
is struggling with an addiction,
call Narconon. NARCONON
offers free addiction counseling,
assessments, and referrals to
rehabilitation centers nation-
wide by calling 1 (800) 468-6933 .
or logging onto www.stopaddic-
tion.com.


Free services offered
to help elders
Center for Independent Living
will be doing outreach on a regu-
ar basis at the Moore Haven,
Clewiston, and LaBelle sites
between the hours of rioon to
2:30 p.m. You can contact Tera
or Linda at the Center for Inde-
pendent Living at (941) 766-8333
n Charlotte County to find out
he days that they will be avail-
able in those areas.
Seminole reenactment
estival scheduled
Seminole Tribe of Florida will
resent a reenactment of the
Second Seminole War at the Big
Cypress. Shootout at Billie
Swamp Safari located between
Fort Lauderdale and Naples, on
he Big Cypress Reservation. Fri-
lay, Feb. 23 through Sun. Feb.
27. For more information, con-
act Cindy Malin at (954)966-
300, ext. 1488 or
rhalin@semtribe.com.


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GCSO arrests 23 at


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Surveys important
tool to gather data
By Nena Bolan
Special to Okeechobee News
MOORE HAVEN The 911
coordinator, Terri Helfinstine,
reminds all Glades County resi-
dents about the surveys that were
hand-delivered to businesses and
homes last spring and summer.
Some winter residents may
have returned recently and found
the packet that was hanging on
their front door or gate. I
The survey packet included a
yellow cover letter and information
sheet. Over the past several months
the yellow cover sheet probably
faded and seasonal residents may,
wonder what it is all about.
Many people have incorrect or
confusing addresses' and this can
make it nearly impossible for the
fire department or ambulance to
reach them in time.
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Man\ current addresses are
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twp names, or the street numbers
are switched. This can delay a
response time if the person at the
"right addresses is injured, or seri-
ously ill.
This state-of-the-art system will
cover all of Glades County, includ-
ing the incorporated town of
Moore Haven and the Brighton
.Reservation. The 911 emergency
mapping and dispatch system will
be done with Global Positioning
Satellite, which is better known as
GPS.
Ms. Helfinstine wants all county
residents to know that the survey is
kept strictly confidential and no
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