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Okeechobee News


Vol. 97 No. 357 Saturday, December 23, 2006 50N Plus tax


Briefs

SFWMD suspends equine
use at DuPuis Management
Area and Hickory Hammock
closed to all horses and
horse-related uses effective
immediately and until further
notice.

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'!l then pub-
lish it in this spot so everyone
in the community can drive
by and enjoy your festive dec-
orations.
Our offices are open Mon-
day Friday, 8 a.m. until 5
p.m.
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501 S.E. 8th St.
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1260 S.E. 23rd St.
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9861 S.R. 78W
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710 S.W 28th St.
2224 S.W 28th St.
4411 S.W. 13th Ave.
8451 S.W. 14th Ln.
2247 S.W2nd Ct. and area
Kissimmee River Estates
11 milesW.onS.R.70
Kissimmee River Fishing
Resort
10 miles W. on 70

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City planners OK rezoning


Landowners say
franchised eatery
may go on property

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Commercial growth is evident
within the city limits concerning
the property located at 2100 S. Par-
rott Ave. within the block of South-
west Second Avenue.
The City Planning Board/Board
of Adjustment and Appeals


approved the rezoning of this
prime property owned by George
Goodbread/G-4 Land & Cattle
Company from residential single
family to heavy commercial at
their meeting on Thursday, Dec.
21. The rezoning request will now
go before the Okeechobee City
Council.
"Plans are to try to get a nation-
al chain such as a Red Lobster or a
TGIFriday's on this piece of prop-
erty," said Brad Goodbread, who
attended the meeting on behalf of
the owners. "We just want to get


the best use out of this property.
We have already notified all the
present occupants that the lots will
be cleared in six months."
Mr. Goodbread plans on clear-
ing the current fruit stand, car
wash, restaurant, mobile home
and other small business to
accommodate the new heavy
commercial use.
Within the heavy commercial
classification a professional busi-
ness or medical office, retail serv-
ice or store, restaurant, personal
service, funeral home, hotel or a


nightclub would be approved use.
The approval of this rezoning is
consistent with the future land use
as it is currently commercial.
According to city planner Jim
LaRue, it is "appropriate for this
location and will complement the
adjacent land uses and will
encourage development on the
surrounding vacant properties."
"Anything that they put there
will benefit the area since it will
have to be built within the current
specifications within the land
development regulations," said


board member Douglas McCoy.
Ed Sizemore expressed his
concern about the development
since he has a residential home
neighboring Mr. Goodbread's
land.
"I'm just worried about mak-
ing sure that the proper barriers or
buffers are put in place according
to the new use to protect his prop-
erty," he said.
The board reassured him that
this would be addressed within
See Rezoning Page 2


Man's death



ruled a suicide


Detective says
mother, children
expected to recover

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The death of a Highlands
County man whose body was
found lying beside U.S. 98 earlier
this week has been ruled a sui-
cide.
Detective Lieutenant John
Chess of the Highlands County
Sheriff's Office (HCSO) said an
autopsy done Thursday has con-
firmed that the death of Ben-
jamin Toscano-Cruz, 30, was
._.,.-due to self-inflicted -stab
wounds.
"He took his own life with a
knife," said Lt. Chess. "The fatal
wound was to his heart."
His death came after an
apparent domestic situation
around 4 a.m. Wednesday, Dec.
20, in which Ruth Edith Castel-
lanos-Garcia, 21, was stabbed


several times and cut. The stab-
bing took place at Ms. Castel-
lanos-Garcia's home on Loop
Dive in Highlands County, which
is across the Kissimmee River
and just south of Butler Dairy.
Lt. Chess said when HCSO
deputies arrived at the home Ms.
Castellanos-Garcia was gone, as
were her two children a 6-
month-old boy and a 3-year-old
girl. She had been taken to
Raulerson Hospital in Okee-
chobee, and the children had
been taken by Mr. Toscano-Cruz
- the father of the baby boy.
The detective said Friday in a
telephone interview that Ms.
Castellanos-Garcia is still in the
hospital and is in stable condi-
tion.
. According to Lt. Chess, Mr.
Toscano-Cruz took the children
and started driving on C.R. 721
toward U.S. 98. He apparently
did not see the intersection of
the two highways due to heavy
fog. The vehicle he was driving
See Death Page 2


'Cookie Lady'


continues her


baking for Santa


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Once upon a time in a dark,
cold land known as Yardley, Pa.,
lived Marion Wagner one of
Santa's favorite helpers known
to most simply as "The Cookie
Lady."
Mrs. Wagner has been pro-
viding cookies to Santa and his
reindeer for as long as anyone
can remember. She has also
seen to it that other households
throughout the land have only
the highest quality cookie
delights sitting on their hearths
and tables on Christmas Eve,
waiting to give Santa a pick-me-
up as he travels around the
world delivering toys and gifts to


good little boys and girls.
But, Mrs. Wagner was not
always known as "The Cookie
Lady." She began life as the girl
next door. She grew up watch-
ing and helping her mother in
the kitchen, as many young girls
do.
She married and had a fami-
ly. She also had a full-time career
that lasted 25 years as a secre-
tary in the engineering depart-
ment of U.S. Steel's Fairless
Works. But Santa had other
plans for Mrs. Wagner.
One day, just a week before
the Christmas of 1979, a co-
worker who had a part-time
catering business approached
See Cookie Page 2


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Who is the merry old, white-
bearded man who can cover the
globe in one night bringing joy
and happiness to children
around the world? It's the same
old man who has magical flying
reindeer and who lives at the
North Pole.
Children from Germany to
Great Britain; New York to New
Zealand and all points in
between know this rosy-cheeked
man on sight. They may call him
Belsnickle, Kris Kringle, St.
Nicholas or Father Christmas. But
here in the U.S.A., he is Santa
Claus.
Some feel that St. Nicholas
was the first true Santa. Accord-
ing to St. Nicholas Center.org,
Nicholas was born to wealthy
parents in the third century, in
the small village of Patara, on the
southern coast of Turkey.
His parents died in an epi-
demic when Nicholas was
young, leaving him a very
wealthy man.
According to the story,
Nicholas was told by Jesus to use
his vast wealth to help the young,
needy and sick. Because of his
generosity and devotion,
Nicholas was made Bishop of
Myra. His dedication to the poor


and his love for children made
him a very popular Bishop with
the people of his region.
But, under the rule of Roman
Emperor Diocletian, Christian
priests, bishops and deacons
were persecuted. The prisons
held more clergy than criminals.
Nicholas was exiled and impris-
oned. He was eventually
released and continued to serve
his people until his death on Dec.
6,343 A.D.
The Orthodox Church hon-
ored St. Nicholas by building


Russia's oldest church in his
name. The Roman Catholic
Church honored him for his
good deeds and concern for chil-
dren, sailors and the poor by pro-
claiming him the patron saint of
children and seafarers. Roman
Catholics around the world cele-
brate Dec. 6 as St. Nicholas'
name day.
This day became a feast day
in Europe. It is still the main day
for gift giving in much of Europe.
See Santa Page 2


Index

Classifieds ......13-15
Comics ........... 12
Community Events . .4
Crossword ......... 13
Obituaries .......... 3
Opinion ............ 4
Speak Out .......... .4
Sports ............ .6
TV .............. .14
Weather ............ 2

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North Elementary letters to Santa


Mrs. Hall's class
Dear Santa,
I am in second grade and i
want heles then I want a gitar
and a bike. Then I want a new
swing set and some boots ans
close. Then I want a new pincel
poch. I want a water side that
blos up. I want some pajoms. I
love you Santa.
Love,
Cadee
Dear Santa,
I am in 2 grade and I luv you
very much. I want clos and
bajomas and suweters and pant
and heles with the butuns. I
want a neclas with a hart and a
dog picker inside. I luvyou Santa.
Love,
Kaytlin


Dear Santa, years old. I want some game
I am in second grad and I boy coler games and a ipod and
want my mum to cum home a one hundrid doller motgen-
and I want a bratz and hilleys. troll car and a big bike and fuin
Now you know what I want for and a dirtbike a rtt 90 yomonol
Christmas. If you can thank you and lots and lots and lots of cars
very much. and ps2 games and nise somgs
Love, and now you now wot I wont
Briana for crismis.


Dear Santa,
My name is Jennifer and I am
7 years old. I would like new
makeup, a Ipod, a Idog, new
close, a playjeep, a mp3 player,
a bratz laptop, a TraceAdkins
teesirt.
Love,
Jennifer
Dear Santa,
My name is Williams. I am 8


Love,
William


Dear Santa,
I am 8 years old and in second
grade. I want a truk with a trailer
and a new rope. The last thing I
want is sum jorden shoos. I hop
you find my house.
Love,
Abdie


See Letters Page 2


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Christmas wishes
Alyssa McCorts got a chance to tell Santa Claus what
she wanted for Christmas when the jolly old man visited
Northside Head Start .


Santa's legacy: is known worldwide

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, . Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
The image of Santa Claus comes in many shapes and sizes. But, he is known univer-
sally for his jolly nature and generosity to young children. These Santa's are part of a
resident's private collection.

Santa brings joy and happiness


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Three-year old November Rae Thrisley visited with Santa
recently to let him know what she wanted for Christmas.


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2 The Okeechobee News, Saturday, December 23, 2006


Cookie
Continued From Page 1
Mrs. Wagner and asked her to do
the seemingly impossible. He had
received an order for 300 cookies
and didn't want to take the time to
bake them.
"They're a pain," he told Mrs.
Wagner. He then asked her if she
would consider baking them.
She did not hesitate to accept.
"I asked another friend who
was a good baker to help. She and I
checked the best bakeries in the
area and decided to charge $4 a
pound," she recalled. "We baked
the cookies and had a little more
than 3 pounds, so we expected
$12. The person having the party
called for the cookies, looked at
them and gave us $15 and told us
he didn't want any change. Later,
he called and ordered more. I con-
tinued baking alone. That was the
beginning."
They were such a success that
she decided to try to sell cookies to
other'co-workers. She circulated a
cookie menu and price sheet to 10
people, and by that evening she
had orders for 49 pounds of differ-
ent kinds of cookies. Her cookie
menu included butter cookies, Toll
House cookies, oatmeal cookies,
raspberry streusel cookies, minia-
ture brownies, chocolate waters,
lemon rounds, Holland almond
wafers, cheesecake cookies and a
vast assortment of others.
Mrs. Wagner would work all
day at her job at U.S. Steel and then
come home and spend much of
the night filling cookie orders.
"I was working full time, but I
loved baking cookies," smiled Mrs.
Wagner.
The Cookie Lady was born.
The following spring she hosted
a meeting as state public relations
chairman of the Pennsylvania Busi-
ness and Professional Women to
judge a newspaper contest. A
reporter was present and while the
committee was reviewing the con-
test material, the phone rang it


was the doctor down the street
who wanted to order 10 pounds of
cookies for the maternity depart-
ment where his wife had just given
birth. The reporter overheard the
conversation and notified the
paper's food editor. That turned
out to be her first newspaper arti-
cle.
Mrs. Wagner's reputation grew
and soon she was baking cookies
for customers all across the land.
She took time along the way to
attend cooking classes and food
seminars, and even traveled
around the area sampling other
bakers' creations.
She is always on the look out for
new cookies to bake. Her home is
lined with cookbooks of every
description; some old and yel-
lowed while others are brand new
and still in their cellophane wrap-
ping. Most specialize in cookies
and desserts. She studies the
recipes, practices with test batches
and makes changes to improve the
end products.
The Cookie Lady became so
popular that she was asked to
teach the cooking classes that she
had attended as a student.
At one point in her second
career as a master cookie maker,
she decided to try her hand at bak-
ing competitions. In 1985 she
swept all categories in the Yellow
Brick Toad's Fourth Annual Choco-
late Chip Cookie Contest. She took
first place with her orange milk
chocolate chunk cookies and hon-
orable mention with her Toll
House with toasted almonds cook-
ies. The judges added a "most orig-
inal category" and awarded her
first place after tasting her mocha-
macadamia nut chocolate chunk
cookies.
Mrs. Wagner has since placed
among the top three in every cook-
ie competition she has ever
entered.
In 1988 Mrs. Wagner and her
family left the snow-covered hills of
Pennsylvania for the warm breezes
and swaying palms of Florida. They
moved into a new home built by


the board of health," said Mrs.
Wagner. "I was refused again
when I wanted to donate cookies
to the Community Players. The red
tape was just too much."
She decided to sell her home
and move back to Pennsylvania.
But, that was not in Santa's master
S^ plan for "The Cookie Lady." Mrs.
Wagner is still in Okeechobee and
is still baking her delicious cookies.
She recently shared some of the
secrets of her success.
"I prefer a gas oven to an elec-
Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski tric one. I butter the cookie sheets. I
Marion Wagner has spent her know it's a real no-no, but it sure
life perfecting the art of cook- makes the Toll House crispy, which
le making. She blew away the most people prefer," she
competition In her first cook- explained. "A good cookie needs
ie competition and has con- the best ingredients. I only use the
sistently placed in every best butter, country fresh eggs,
competition she has entered.y imported cocoa, imported liqueurs
competition she has entered, and natural flavorings."
She started making cookies She then adds a special ingredi-
in the frozen north, but con- ent that is common to all of her
tinues to lovingly bake at her cookies-love.
home in Okeechobee. The following is the recipe for
r sn An W the cookie that won first place in
her son Alan Wagner of Wagner the Yellow Brick Toad contest back
Builders in Okeechobee. is 1985: (Ingredients) 1-stick of but-
southern thougnshine, Mrs. wagner ter, one-half cup sugar, one-half

kept baking. After all, Santa and his cup light brown sugar, 1-table-
reindeer always made a stop in spoon orange zest, 1-teaspoon
Okeechobee and they looked for- vanilla, one-half teaspoon salt, 1-
ward to Mrs. Wagner's Christmas egg, 1-teaspoon Grand Marnier,
Eve fireside treats. one-half teaspoon baking soda, l-
Once established in Okee- cup flour, three-fourths cup wal-
chobee, Mrs. Wagner volunteered nuts and 12 oz. milk chocolate
chobee, Mrs. Wagner volunteered chunks.
her time to conduct baking Combine butter, sugar, orange
demonstrations in conjunction Combine butter, sugar, orange
with the Cooperative Extension zest, vanilla and salt. Beat until
Service. She also organized the fluffy. Add egg, orange liqueur and
Okeechobee Chapter of the baking soda. Stir in flour, walnuts
Daughters of the American Revolu- and chocolate. Chill overnight.
tion. She served on the board ofthe Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
local American Cancer Society for Lightly coat baking sheet with veg-
three years and organized a gala table shortening. Use two table-
fundraiser where she was, natural- spoons dough for each cookie.
ly, in charge of desserts. Bake 10 minutes. Put on a festive
Following the death of her hus- plate, fill a glass with cold milk and
band she attempted to continue place in front of your fireplace or
doing what she did best-making Christmas tree and go to bed
people happywith her cookies. knowing Santa and his reindeer
"I offered to bake for the Chil- will be happy to stop atyour house.
I d to be f Ci- *Postyour opinions in the Public
dren's Real Life Ranch at Christ- IssuesForumatwww.newszap.com.
mas, but was refused because my ReporterLomaJablonsHimaybe
kitchen had not been inspected by reachedatf ablonskt@newszap.com.


Santa
Continued From Page 1
In the Netherlands, St. Nicholas'
Day is celebrated with the sharing
of candy and small gifts. Dutch chil-
dren leave carrots and hay in their
shoes for the horse that St.
Nicholas rides, hoping that St.
Nicholas will leave small gifts as
thanks for the food.
The legends of Belsnickel, Sin-
ter Klaas and Kris Kringle arrived in


Death
Continued From Page 1
hit a ditch, flipped several times
and came to rest near some
woods. His body was found on the
north side of U.S. 98 approxi-
mately 75 to 100 feet from the car.
"Somehow, and we don't know
how, the children ended up on the
south side (of U.S. 98)," said Lt.
Chess.


Rezoning
Continued From Page 1
the site plan review process.
This rezoning ordinance will go
before the city council on Tuesday,
Jan. 2,2007.
In other business, the board
approved an ordinance amending
the land development codes to cre-
ate the City of Okeechobee Propor-
tionate Fair Share Transportation
ordinance, which was required


America in the 1700's, brought
here by Dutch and German immi-
grants settling in NewYork.
In 1809, author Washington Irv-
ing wrote about the Dutch version
of St. Nicholas in "The History of
NewYork."
Belsnickel, also known as Kris
Kringle, became popular in the
1820's among the Pennsylvania
Dutch. They believed that Belsnick-
el traveled throughout'Pennsylva-
nia ringing his bell and presenting
good little children with 'gifts.
In 1823 writer Clement -Clarke


They were found standing by
themselves near the intersection of
S.R. 712 and U.S. 98 about 300
yards from the Okeechobee-High-
lands County line.
Both children were taken to
Raulerson Hospital, and the boy
was then airlifted to St. Mary's Hos-
pital in West Palm Beach with trau-
ma to his head.
Friday, Dec, 22, Lt. Chess said
the girl had been released from the
Okeechobee hospital and was


due to new Florida statutes.
This will address developments-
within the city that impact a road
segment where the road has failed
to achieve transportation concerns
with its level of service, and
improvements are not currently in
the city's five year Community
Investment Program (CIP).
This will require the council to
address the traffic concurrency
with more concern at the plan
amendment stage, since this will
come into effect at the zoning
stage.


Moore Americanized Santa when
he wrote the famous poem "A Visit
from Saint Nicholas" now
known as "The Night before Christ-
mas."
Santa's popularity continued to
grow. Traditions and legends melt-
ed together to form our present day
Santa Claus.
Today, Santa is an ambassador
of good will throughout the world.
He officially'opens the holiday sea-
son as the grand marshal of a mul-
titude of Thanksgiving Day
parades, makes visits to shopping


with family. He said the baby boy
was still in the West Palm Beach
hospital. He said the boy was in sta-
ble condition and is expected to
have a full recovery.
"We had supreme-cooperation
from the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP) and the
Department of Children and Fami-
lies (DCF)," said the lieutenant.
He said FHP is working the acci-
dent, while his department is work-


For items that have already
passed the plan amendment stage,
if a deficiency in the roads exist the
city will have to come up with suffi-
cient funding to complete the
improvements if the developer
chooses to pay their proportionate
fair share obligation.
Without this ordinance, devel-
opers who had a plan amendment
approved and then found out that
there was traffic concurrency
issues during the zoning stage
could be forced to wait until the
improvements were made, which


malls and small country stores and
still has time to hitch his reindeer to
his magical sleigh and make the
rounds before dawn on Christmas
Day.
So whether you believe in Bel-
snickel, St. Nicholas or just good
old Santa Claus, be sure to be
good, eat all your vegetables and
get to bed early because Santa is on
his way.
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ReporterLoma Jablonskimaybe
reachedatyablonski@newszap.com.


ing the suicide and the injuries
received by Ms. Castellanos-Garcia.
Lt. Chess added that the investi-
gation is continuing and if anyone
has any information about this
case they are asked to contact him
or Detective Brian Kramer at the
Highlands County Sheriff's Office,
(863) 402-7200.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum atwww.newszap.com.
EDicKopp may be reached at
okeditor@okeechobee.com


could sometimes take five to 10
years.
This will require a closer look at
traffic concurrency and will dimin-
ish developers having to wait on
improvements in order to get their
development passed.
City attorney John Cook
deferred a resolution pertaining to
a billboard policy until the planners
meet on Thursday, Jan. 18,2007.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
ReporterChaunaAguilarmay be
reachedatcaguilar@newszap.com.


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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. 78W. until Dec. 23.
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.

Holidays alter garbage pickup schedule
OKEECHOBEE Waste Management has announced that there
will be no residential or commercial garbage pickup on Monday, Dec.
25, or Monday, Jan. 1.
All garbage pickups will be running one day behind: Monday, Dec.
25, will be picked up Tuesday, Dec. 26; Tuesday, Dec. 26, will be picked
up Wednesday, Dec. 27; Wednesday, Dec. 27, will be picked up Thurs-
day, Dec. 28; Thursday, Dec. 28, will be picked up Friday, Dec. 29; and
Friday, Dec. 29, will be picked up Saturday, Dec. 30.
The schedule for the week of New Year's Day will be: Monday, Jan.
1, will be picked up Tuesday, Jan. 2; Tuesday, Jan. 2, will be picked up
Wednesday, Jan. 3; Wednesday, Jan. 3, will be picked up Thursday,
Jan. 4; Thursday, Jan. 4, will be picked up Friday, Jan. 5; and Friday,
Jan. 5, will be picked up Saturday, Jan. 6.
This schedule includes all pickups for garbage, yard waste and
recyclables.

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









The Okeechobee News, Saturday, December 23, 2006


Letters

Continued From Page 2
Dear Santa,
I want a bratz baby and bratz. I
rilly want a barbe and a computer
and a play one and a game boy and
I want a play station 2.1 I want a play
phone. Santa Claus, I hope I can
get a lot of stuff and Merry Christ-
mas to you. Even I just have four
stuff out side. Merry Christmas.
Love,
Taylor

Dear Santa,
CanI have a game cube and all
of the pokemon games except the
ones that I have and the dark poke-
mon game. I like you because you
do the presents and I want a poke-
mon stadium.
Love,
David

Dear Santa,
I want a brazs. Santa I want a
toy horse. I want a toy baby. I want
a gamecube. I want a game for my
gamecube. I want a toy dog. I want
a stuff animals. I want a stuff dog. I
want sume paper. I want a DS. I
want a book. I want s stuff cat. I
want a cother book. I want a stuff
duck. I want a dress. I want a cop-
uter. I want a swing set. I want a
stuff horse. I want a pool. I want a
stuff rabbit. I want a baby suit. I
want a stuff cow. I want a stuff,
baer. I want a stuff baby. I want a
bratz. I want a stuff car. I want a
horse. I want a stuff baby.
Love,
Gabrielle

Dear Santa,
I want a roborafter and a blue
man peyano. Santa I have ben
good evry day.
Love,
Marcus

Dear Santa,
I want toy and a cat a dog and
cosa cot and i bin vary good.
Love,


Dear Santa,
I want a cletabull racecar and
cletabull motresicle. Have i bine
good or have i bine bad or have i
bine bouth.
Love,
Douglass

Dear Santa,,
I want a bicikle with red roses. I
want a Bratz dole. I have bine a
good girl Howt are you. Have you
had a good time. How is Mrs.
Claus. I want a sxwim suit I want
pack of pincles. I want Bratz'paga-
mas. I want a heart necles. I want a
Bratz game.
Love,
Taushia

Dear Santa,
This is wat I want for chrismis. a
game boy with a lizze mger game
and a sheck game and a king kong
game and brazts doll.
Love,
Victoria

Dear Santa,
I just whont robowr aper and a
jet also and a rays car last. I
whont a monster track. I hope
you get this letor. I ben very good.
Love,
Joel
Dear Santa,
I want a game boy and a play
station 2 and a play station 3 and a
game whth it and i what a ipod
for christm and i whant a bike and
a car and thankyou Santa.
Love,
Giovanny

Dear Santa,
I bin very good at home this
week and at school. For Christmas
can you bring me shoes, a bed to, a
telephone for Christmas and a
computer and you no what I have
very good graeds adn i havg a very
good teacher.
Love,
Daniela

Mrs. Veasey's class.
Dear Santa,
Can you give me a go cart
please? And water guns for me and
my brother please. And a bike.
Thank you for the 20 dollars that
you gave me last year.
Merry Christmas,
Jesus Viera

Dear Santa,
Can you bring me Heelys plese?
Also a radio control biplaes plese.
And also a low rideer bike plese. I
been a good boy at home and
school.
Merry Christmas,
Gorge Martines


Dear Santa,
Thank you for the toys last year.
Pleas giv me a motorcycle and a
skatebord and a four weeler and a
remote cantrole plane and a toy
car. Pleas have a nice Merry Christ-
mas.
ByTimmyNettels

Dear Santa,
I like the hotweels you gave me
and I still have the toys you gave
me. Thanks you for the toys. I want
a bike and a pair of heelys and
hotweels and a dog and a bed and
a dog for my brother and a bike for
my sister and the movie John the
Marine for my big siser.
Merry Christmas,
Jose


Dear Santa,
Thank you for my toys last year.
You are nice. Can you give me a
real go car and a ride on your slay
with your eight deer? Can you give
me them if you have them if I be
good in school. I want a pool table.
Thankyou.
Merry Christmas,
Gerardo Saccedo

Dear Santa,
Thank you for my toys last year.
You are nice and kind. I have been
a good boy at school and home.
May you please give me a steel
cage so me and my brother can
have fun. And I also want a four-
weeler so me and my brother can
race. How is Mrs. Clos? Are your
deer redy to fly? I cant wait for
Christmas.
Merry Christmas,
Gustavo Mireles

DearSanta,
Can you bring me a fourwealr.
and a gocat and s shot gun and hut-
ing shos. I can kech deair.
Thank you,
Bryton Dickinson

Dear Santa,
I hav ben a gud boy. Can I hav a,
gas car Santa? Can i hav a for welr
with for wel drive Santa? Can I hav
my dad needs a for welr? Can I hav
wels for my bike? And my cusn and
sistr a bike tire. And a set for my
cushand and a set for me Santa.
Thanckyou.
Merry Christmas Santa,
GeraldTylorHemdon

Dear Santa,
Thank you the hot wheels frum
last year. Can you bring me sume
more?
Merry Christmas,
Brice


Garcia's class,
Dear Santa Claus,
How are you. I am 7 years old.
All I want for Christmas is a cold
licks puppy and a ipod and a game
boy game.
Love,
KatelynBourgault

Dear Santa Claus,
How is Roodof. How are you to.
Is your elf doing good. Ples bring
me a bike. Someone stod my bike.
Love,
BellaSantibancz
Dear Santa Claus,
How are you today. I'm good.
How about you. I wut a Brazt bike
and a Brazt book bag. I wish my
mom back home. B' Santa.
Love,
Mercedes Olarcia

Dear Santa Claus,
How are you dis vere. i em a
good Santa. i want a gameboy and
a big teraler weth holwils cars and
a big macanterl mostertruk.


Dear Santa Claus,
How are you in the
Thas year i wont for
xbox and gameboy an


Dear SantaClaus,
How are you dow
carer wut you bring n
happywutevryou give

Jo

Dear Santa Claus,
How are you doi
wish I had a remolki
mer and a game cub
for a go cart and I wis
bike.

Dakot


Dear Santa Claus,
How are you doing. I ben a
goed boy. I what and Playstathen3
and gaboy and a football. I with this
will come rell. Peasle come rell.
Love,
Billy Blankeadnker
Dear Santa Claus,
How are you and Mrs. Santa
Clous doing. How are yer reindeer
doing. Which house are you
going to first! I want a laptop
Bratz.
Love,
Lydia Calzada

Dear Santa Claus,
How are you doing today. Is,
Roodof doing good. Do you kn
what i whant for Crsmis. i what a
big powny and aharcit and a
gamedoyDS and school suplis.
Love,
Adriana

Dear Santa Claus,
How are you. Are you ok. Well,
I want a remotchol truck and a,
new bike and some new shoe.
'Love,
Martina Herrera

Dear Santa Claus,
How is roodoff. All I wont for
chresmes is a howe rider car. One
weth a letel plastashen three in it
with a big scren TV.
Love,
Mason Sladea Clark


Watford's class
Dear Santa,
I want a go cart and a scatebo-
rad. I want a hotwheels criscross
crash. I want a radar gun, a DVD`
player and I want a fishen pole. I
want a psp and Halo2.
By Trevdr B.

Dear Santa,
I want a puppy pleass. I wont a
defido pleass. I wont a mase for
Christmas pleass. I wont a ester
bunny pleass. Ho Ho Ho.
Merry Christmas,
Sierra 0.


Dear Santa,
I want a bratz mak
top, a kitten that is bla
puppy, hamster, elf.


Dear Santa,
I want a cat, TV, fis


Dear Santa Claus,
I waht a ras and crash set and a
Xbox and spiterman 3 the move
arid a gamboy and in my stocing a
par of bahdads. I love you Santa,
Love,
CaseM.

Dear Santa Claus,
I whant a mackup pouch with
some fouzeds stof on top of the
handol and a baby aliv doll and a
house for my familley and to share
a room with my baby sister
named Lynda Lee.
Love,
Ivy H.

Dear Santa Claus,
I want this for Christmas. A
NtendoDS and Kirba geak sqaud
and rachet and clank going cama-
do and all six god cards off yu-gi-
oh and pokemon emreld version
and a new game boy, the same
one as last time.
Love,
DylonE.

Dear Santa Claus,
I tryed my best to be good all
year. This is all I want. Surprise,
ntendo DS, 10 dollars, stake bord;
cars. Hope you enjoy your cokies.
Love,
KylaF.

Dear Santa Claus,
I wood like a fishen game, also
gr gam on the ps@ a rash smash-
cairgdre.
By Kado C.

Dear Santa Claus,
I want a soccer ball. I want a
molcinsholl trunk I want a fud off
truk a trailer, the red nose rein
dder and forwiller, TV.
Love,
Michael V.


Dear Santa Claus,
1 wish for a electric sc
wish for a 4 wilier whith
wish for rutoff.


Dear Santa Claus,
I Christsimas I want is


hot tub, Barbie dream hot
bie doll that has a dog,
up doll, lap- Barbie close. That woul
ick and gray, me so happy and Sant
make you a book so you c
ByNancyo. it. Woud that make you s
and jolly as ever and I am
pepole. I help my sister o
sh, bird, lap- she is sick.


By Miguel H.'


Dear Santa,
I want a kite and a TppV and a
bird and a fish and a puppy and a
kitten and a laptop and a hamster
and a elf.
By.Yessica H.


Love, Dear ata,
Jose Chavez I what a skate barad and batsta
and then a Playstash tow game
and a game club game and a
e North Pole. game for my kuzin Keith.
Christmas is, ByWilliam 0.
d trunks.
Love, Dear Santa,
ichardTovar I want a fourweler. I want a
scapordord. I want Junie B. Jones
ng. do not book. I want Chrstmas love. I
me. will be want 20 stuff.
me. l, ByMorganB.
Love,
mnathonByrd DearSanta,
I wot a Bratz and a makeup
: and a Gameboy and a Kingrooler
ing Santa. I and a flenae.
inchol hum- ByBrittanyS.
e and I wish
sh for a new Dear Santa,
I want a real Hummer and. I
Love, want a real Mersates to and I want
aThompson 2 infechest and to de shenea and
tow.


Dear Santa Claus,
How are you. How is Mrs.
Claus. What are you doing. Are you
good. I want a toy. I want some
Bratz babys. Merry Christmas.
Love,
EsmeraldaArias

Dear Santa Claus,
How are your reindeer doing. I
like you. I whant a new bike and a
mine moder sickle and for a ps3.
Love,
RobbieJolly

Dear Santa Claus,
How are you doing. I am doing
great so are you happy that Chris-
mas is coming up. I want a game-
boy and a nintedoDS. It's so cool
andi want a Sims game.


ByCodyT.


Step


cooter. I


Dear Santa,
I am Victor. I work
school and make g
Please bring me a play
rmote control car, a I
Christmas movie and
ies.


Dear Santa,
Im very smart. If yo
my house by coming
chimney can you b
itune please and a ra
and some new glass
new Sponge Bob edit
action football for
Mike.


Dear Santa,
What I want for Ch
real computer that is
Arid a new phone f
roomi. I love you to g
;dad and brothers a p
you please get me a
my brother wants a ne

Nicole S

Dear Santa Clause,
I hope you and yi
doing good. But for
want a goat cart and a
pole and some new
riow a fourweeler. F(
now a water guns. S
good Christmas.

C

Dear Santa,
How are you? Is it
you are. Stop by my
bring an Xbox360 an
tion 3. I want a BB gu
bike.


very hard in
ood grads.
y statsun2, a
Night Before
lots of cook-

Love,
Victor


Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy. I
want a Xbox360 and a BB gun.
Can you bring my dad and me a
four wheeler and a drit bike for
my brother. I will have cookes
and milk for you.
Love,
Lucas S.


ulbreak into Dear Santa,
g down the This is a wish letter for my
ring me an family, my mommy and three
izor scooter brothers. I wish for us to have a
ses and the great Christmas an that we get
lion and fast toys for us like games to play
my brother together, bike, volley ball,
fI moves,, baby dolls. Hope my
Thanks, Christmas comes true.
Dax Haught Thankyou,
MarisaTijerina
hristmas is a
5 a little big. Dear Santa,
or my bed- I want a life like baby doll and
let my mom a bratz computer, a new jacket
present. Can that says. GAP and a wig and
radeo. And some bratz sandls and a cow girl
ewjaket.. hat and a pink gameboy and.a
Love, pink radio that is big and .a baby
choonmaker hamster and a baby puppy and a
scooter and a bratz bike.
Our wife are Love,
Christmfas IBrittanyYates
a new fishing
Heleeys and Dear Santa,
or Christmas How are your reindeer. I want
ianta have a .4 remote control car. I want a
new monriter truck, new bike and
Love, aXbox360 with 9 Playstation 3.
onner Martin Love,
S DJ. Brague


cold where
' house and
id a PlaySta-
n and a new


Love,
Drayton Billie


h a TV. I Dear Santa,
I want a deft bike and a per uv
Love, helees and a forweler. I asow wat
SarahJ. my sep dad to pae my botor hes
200 dolers and a mushing gon.
From Bret C.
a Barbie
use, Bar- Dear Santa,
oh and This is a wish letter for me. I
Id make want a Bratz labtop and a bone for
a I will my puppy and a big bone for my
can read bog and get my pop a new deer
o happy hat for him and some earring for
n nice to my Nana.


or when


Love,


hanie V.


Dear Santa Claus,
I wish I get a remote control
car. I whant a train. But I what a
book for my sister and I a toy
sharck.
Love,,
Jorge L

Dear Santa Claus,
I want for Christmas is bralz,
scate bord, a pet bunny, school
siplise, pny, gold, a phone, a
marker band, a chok bord, a
cheeta firl's2 DVD, and 400,000
dollars
Love,
Guaralupe G..

Dear Santa Claus,
I wount four Crismis I wount a.
CD player and twister dance and
last a electric scooter. I wish you a
happy Crismis.
Love,
Angela P,

Dear Santa Clas,
Iwont a puppy and get my dad
a new jacket for him and get my
mom a new jacket and get my lit-
tle sister more toy for my little sis-
ter and get my big sister losts 100
bardes.
ByTalerBrown


Dear Santa Dear Santa,
What I whutn for Christmas is I want a movie like The Night
a ame b and playstashin. Then Before Christias please and art
game boy and playstashin. Then thingsarid skat dhoes and moon
I want a mockintrol bugy and a
gocart. shoes. We are making cookies. I
ByCody C. love you Santavery much.'
By Brooke Huggins


Dear Santa,
I want a puppey for Crismis
and Bratz an a scooter, a bicke, a
rolling book bag, a baby sister
and a babby brother and that is all
I what for Crismis. If you have any
more gifts for me you can ceap
them and give them to me and I
love Crismis.
Unsigned


Love, Dear anta,
TaylorLeeAmadon I want a real monster truck. 1
of them. That it.:


Dear SantaClaus,
How aer you doweng. How is
yoer job. How is yoer wife. want
tools. I wont guns to. And the last
theg I wont is thock.
Love;
JonathanHill

Dear Santa Claus,
How are you. How is Mis Santa
Claus gud. I am fin. Are you fin. Yes.
I wot four Simis a DS and a bok and
agameboy.
Love,
Ronnie Knowles

Dear Santa Claus,
How are you this year. I have
bin good. Can I have a Xbox360.
Can I have a game boy game. Can I
have a psp.
Love,
Anthony Metcalf


ByTrexvinM.

Phillip's class
Dear Santa Claus,
I want a computer gams. The
gam I waut this year is a Nacar
asimie gams.
Love,
CodyJ.

Dear Santa Claus,
But What I whant for Chris-
miss is a scooter, cowboy boots,
idog, avatir game, cowboy rop,
cowboy hat, cowboy tens, cow-
boy shirt, the relone and happe
feet for my Plastashen and the
Avatar game grand thotow and
Mardl memesis and a DS and
mareo spitrman tow of them.
Love,
Kain S.


Love,
Dena Fountain


Dear Santa,
i am Haley Barber. I want a real
big diamond. pink ring like mom's
and those real baby dolls that talk
and go to the bathroom like on TV
and when you come I'll have
Chistmas cookies and milk and
when I wake up I'll have milk and
cookies with you and what I want
the mose is my family together.
By Haley Barber

Dear Santa,
I would like you to know that I
was a very good boy all year and I
would like you to bring me army
guns, video games, four wheelers,
satalite TV and some other supris-
es. And stop by my house ok.
From,
Sam Brady


We have all heard of the wonder-
ful way Luther Burbank, the
California botanist. succeeded in
fleeing Oo em, and fruit. from their
original bad qualites. He gre- a
wvalnut without tannin and freed it
from its disagreeable taste, devel-
oped a dahlia with a pleasant instead
of ai disagreeable odor, produced
plums and apricots without stones
and evolvclthrnllessacti: : '
Can man be freed from all his
faults of constitution, habit and train-
ing? The% do it e\env day. .
These changes are brought on
without the skillfulness and knowl-
edge of men like Burbank It is the
result of the individual efforts and
the search for strength to overcome!
How? By earnestly and honestly
seeking, this strange and wonderful
strength can always be found.
Thought to remember "God
helps those who help themselves."



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Beloved wife, beloved mother, beloved grandmother, beloved
s ster. How we shall miss you dearly. 2:
You were born in Washington DC, daughter of Monty and
Priscilla Jordan. As a child, you played on the steps of the Capitol A
and all the statues. You were raised Church of God.
You moved to FL and attended Palm Beach High You married
Thomas Arnold in 1958. You spent several years in Alaska and was
01 in the great earthquake of '64. You moved to Loxahatchee in 1972
and raised lovingly your three children, Wayne, Royce and Cynthia.
You are preceded in death by your middle son, Royce R.
Arnold, who passed away in 2004. Maybe it was more than your
heart could take.
\ You entertained and hosted so many parties and you were very
social. Everyone loved you. You were president of the CB radio club,
the Bullskippers and you were known as "Honey Bunny" and your hus-
band was known as Blue Javw," raising a lot of money for charity.
Nine years ago, you moved to Buckhead Ridge after retiring
from over twenty years in business in WPB. You were only one of
several females in the state to hold contractor license for your com-
panv, Arnold Roofing; a big accomplishment for you as a woman.
You spent the last four summers visiting your daughter in
Alaska, where you enjoyed adventure. You caught many a salmon
and halibut, and you loved going to "Hatcher's Pass."
You were always a lady and taught your children the impor-
tance of love and family. You will forever be in our hearts and
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NIGHTMARE: While fishing with my friend along an area of Taylor
Creek where some of the finest houses in Okeechobee are located we
observed an elderly man, obviously the property owner, picking up
debris on his lot. In this day and age, it is a rare sight indeed, to see a per-
son picking up debris along what is a public waterway. It would seem to
be almost a dream come true! Well, like all dreams, there are good ones
and bad ones. This one actually turned into a nightmare. The man was
actually throwing the debris into the creek. There was vegetation, some
pieces of wood and large pieces of Styrofoam. I guess he was "giving
back" to community in his own way. I was moved to say some unkind
words to this man and I do apologize for that. However, the man did stop
and I hope that in the future he will pick up the debris and place it in his
trash for appropriate removal and not fill up our waterways with debris.

SADDAM: I have a comment about Saddam Hussein. I told my wife
this guy is going to walk free and get right back in there. It's been past 30
days and nothing has been said in the press or anywhere. It's been past
30 days and he hasn't been hung yet. So, what does that tell you about
that country over there? We need to get our people out of there.

HOLIDAY WISH: I want to personally wish everyone a Merry Christ-
mas or Happy Holidays, whichever you prefer. Myself, it is Merry Christ-
mas. Don't let the lines at department stores get you down, we all have to
deal with them. I am running into people I have not seen in a long time.
The fights for the best parking spots just aren't worth it. I drive up one
lane and down the next one till I get to an open one even, if it is at the end.
The New Year is coming and I want to wish everyone a very good new
year. May you all catch lots of fish and all of us win the lottery. OK, well at
least we can all catch some fish. Merry Christmas.

BE SAFE: Merry Christmas to all. Everyone should watch out on the
roads this weekend if you have to travel. Strong storms and heavy rains
are expected between Christmas Eve and much of Christmas day so plan
ahead. Have a safe and fun holiday weekend.

HOLIDAY PRAYER: May we take a moment this Holiday Season and
pray for those less fortunate than us. And may all your dreams, wants and
needs be fulfilled this coming New Year. For all who post on this forum, I
thank you for taking time out of your hectic schedule to keep this lively
conversation going; Be safe if you travel, and have fun.

NEWYEAR: Happy Holidays to everyone and wishing good health for
the New Year. I hope the good Lord takes a shine to all of you.

OFF-ROAD VEHICLES: It was nice to see someone appeal for consid-
eration when one is engaged in equine activity here in Okeechobee. I
know for a fact that we have taken issue with off-road vehicles in an effort
to have safe equine activity in our neighborhood. We have already suf-
fered injury due t their lack of considerationsideration. We are simply lucky no
one got killed. There are those in my neighborhood that are waiting for
the next opportunity to find us out on the horses so they may attempt to
inflict harm. Folks here are simply hateful. Do not look to the sheriff's
office for any help. You .have to wonder how many dead kids it takes
before they become serious about the issue. There is no consideration

here ini Okeechobee. So if you are moving out here with grand plans, be-
advised you are on your own.

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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.

Florida Boys to be in concert
The Florida Boys Quartet will be in concert on Sunday, Jan. 14,
2007, at 2:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene His House Fellow-
ship, 425 S.W. 28th St. For information, call (863) 763-7113.

GaL training being offered
The Guardian ad Litem program needs volunteers to help lead
children through the realities of the court and foster care system,
and into safe, permanent homes. The Guardian ad Litem program.
will be training volunteers from Okeechobee, Indian River, St.
Lucie and Martin counties on Jan. 16, 18,23,25 and 30 from 9 a.m.
until 4 p.m. at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, 350 N.W. Califor-
nia Blvd., in Port St. Lucie. For information, call (772) 785-5804.




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Upcoming Events

Saturday
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at 7:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will follow a
short business meeting. Anyone Is welcome to ride twice before join-
ing. For Information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247; Deb-
bie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.

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

Monday
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Children's
Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The orien-
tation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in Okeechobee
County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/answer
forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth
Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-(800) 403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For information call
(863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at (863) 532-0449.

Tuesday
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Gold-
en Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the
public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of'
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863)
467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in' finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and. military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
call (863) 357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information,
contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. In
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths
to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys
old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact
Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.,, ,
A.A. meeting will .be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First.United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Women of Tomorrow ABWA Women of Tomorrow chapter meets
from noon until 1 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave. For information call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.

Wednesday
Martha's House support groups meet each. Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W.
Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facilitator.
There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as
the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.
A.A. meeting from, 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.

Thursday
Tantie 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.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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.
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
tlte 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.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863)
357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups meetat 6 p.m. For information, call (863)
763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or
.(863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child willmeet at 7
p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312
N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893 days,
or (863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might need
this group, please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 209 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be
available from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,


701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is wel-
come. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information and
ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step Study
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
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 welcome. For infor-
mation, call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
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 the Main Street office at (863) 357-
MAIN.


Community Events

Planetarium head is talk show guest
Family Stations, Inc. will host a radio talk show on Saturday,
Dec. 23, starting at 7:30 a.m. The show will be rebroadcast at 1
and 6 p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The special guest
will be Jon Bell, director of the IRCC Hallstrom Planetarium. The
topic of the show will be "The star of the nativity and a telescope
for Christmas." For information, call Jon Bell at (772) 462-7515.
For tickets to planetarium shows call the IRCC box office at (800)
220-9915.
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 reduced to half price and none are over $50. They
will deliver the tree if the customer has no way to get it home.
Oakview plans special services
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W 32nd St., will hold the fol-
lowing special services for the holidays. Their schedule is: Sunday,
Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. Christmas Eve service; and Sunday, Dec. 31, at
5 p.m. New Year's Eve service.
Church plans special services
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will
hold a special Christmas service on Sunday, Dec. 24. One morning
service will be from 9:30 until. 1 a.m., and candle light services at
5 and 7 p.m. For information, call the church office at (863) 763-
4021.
Avon Park hosting special camp
Lake Denton Camp in Avon Park is hosting a Christmas break
camp Dec. 26-30 for grades six through 12. The cost is $70 and
includes meals, lodging and fun. For information and forms, call
(863) 453-3627; or, e-mail phil@lakedentoncamp.org.
Couples, singles invited to event
Danny Tolbert will be hosting a special event based on his new
book "A Woman's Diary." The book is about experiences, rela-
tionships and problems that women deal with in their lifetime
with men. Married couples and singles are welcome to attend the
event being sponsored by Dra Ministries, on Sunday, Dec. 31, at 7
p.m. The event will be held in the conference room at The Flamin-
go Motel, 4101 U.S. 441 S. There will be drawings for gifts and
refreshments. For information, call Mary Tolbert at.(863) 484-
0847.
Red Cross offering various classes
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch will be holding 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.
Substance abuse board to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board
will meet Wednesday, 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.

Scrapbooking crop party is planned
A scrapbooking crop party will be held Friday, Jan. 5, 2007,
from 6 until 10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Sec-
ond St. All levels of scrapbookers'are welcome.,There will be a
demonstration on the use of brads and eyelets in your scrapbook-
ing and card-making projects. Carolyn Jones will be available to
:assist you with your scrapbooking questions and supplies.':
Refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes. For
information call Carolyn at (863) 634-1885, or Joan at (863) 467-
0290.
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.

Library hosting special program
The Okeechobee County Library and the Florida Humanities
Council will present "Voice of the Everglades: Marjory Stoneman
Douglas" as portrayed by Betty Jeani Steinshouer on Sunday, Jan.
7, at 3 p.m. at the library, 206 S.W. 16th St. Ms. Steinshouer will
appear in character as Marjory Stoneman Douglas as she served in
the early 1970s as president of the Friends of the Everglades. This
program is brought to you by a grant from the Florida Humanities
Council. The program is free and open to the public.

OSAC training group will meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community out-
reach/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, orVal Maroneat (863) 462-0040.
OSAC plans monthly meeting
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meet-
ing 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. Every-
one 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.
Singer, songwriter to appear at library
Grammy-nominated Florida singer, songwriter Jeanie Fitchen
will be in concert at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W.
16th St., on Friday, Jan, 12, at 7 p.m. Her program, "A Musical Jour-
ney through Florida," will be a treat for the entire family. This pro-


gram is sponsored by a grant from the Florida Humanities Coun-
cil. The program is free and open to the public.

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 Develop-
mental 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 tickets go on sale Dec. 6 at the Chamber of Commerce
office at 55 S. Parrott Ave. For information, call the Chamber at
(863) 763-6464.







The Okeechobee News, Saturday, December 23, 2006 .


Reflections from the Pulpit


T'was the months before Christmas


By Reverend Jim Hudson
Pastor, His House Fellowship
Church of the Nazarene
The following is based on a
book entitled "In the Fullness of
Time" by Dr. Paul L. Maier.
"Mom and Dad we need to
talk", Joseph said to his parents. As
they sat together around the table,
Joseph told his parents, "I want to
marry a young lady of our village.
Her name is Mary." They discussed
the matter for some time. Joseph's
father agreed to go and talk with
Mary's parents. Joseph's father
knocked on the door of the home
of Mary and was invited in. Upon
entering the home, Joseph's father
told them that Joseph wanted to
marry their daughter Mary. Mary
was called in and asked how she
felt about marrying Joseph. She
consented to marry him. The
fathers went back to their discus-
sion to work out the marriage con-
tract. Once all the details were
agreed upon, Joseph was called in
and told that the marriage contract
had been agreed upon. Their par-
ents then said a formal benediction
over them. This, the legal betrothal,
was more binding than an engage-
ment of today. Only a divorce could
break it and if either party was
found to be unfaithful, they could
be put to death by stoning.
Sometime later, an angel
appeared to Mary and told her that
she was to have a baby boy and
that she would name him Jesus.
Mary quickly asked the angel,
"How shall this be, since I am a vir-
gin?" Luke tells us. that the. angel
said, "The Holy Spirit will come
upon you and the power of the
Most High will overshadow you;
therefore the child to be born will
be holy; He will be called Son of
God (Luke 1:35)] t is important to
note the response of Mary that is
found in verse 38, "Behold, the
bondslave of the LORD; may it be
done to me according to your
Word." -
Now Mary must decide how
she is going to tell Joseph that she
Is with child She knows that the,
news of being with child can bring
her death, if Joseph so desires. But
she must tell him just the same.
"Joseph, I have something that I
,must tell you," said Mary. "I am
with child, and you and I know that
the baby is not yours." The Scrip-


tures do not tell us what happens
next. We can only guess. Joseph
must have been shocked, deeply
saddened and hurt. Now, Joseph
must make up his mind as to what
he will do. He has three options:
First, he could quickly marry her.
Secondly, he could publicly divorce
Mary as an adulteress, in which
case she would be stoned to death.
Thirdly, he could have the marriage
contract, set aside quietly, while
Mary left home to go to another
town to have the baby. Again the
Scriptures state that Joseph, being
a righteous man, decided to "to put
her away secretly." (Matthew 1:19)
As he pondered on these things, an
angel appears to Joseph in a dream
and says, "Do not to be afraid to
take Mary as your wife for the baby
in her has been conceived by the
Holy Spirit, and she will bear a son
and you shall call His name Jesus,
for it is He who will save His people
from the sins." (Matthew 1:20 &
21)
Probably within a week or two
from his dream, Mary and Joseph,
celebrate their Wedding in
Nazareth and for the next months
Mary and Joseph lived happily
together in Joseph's home. Near
the end of her pregnancy all the
world-received news from the
Roman Emperor, that all of his sub-
jects must return to their ancestral
homes and enroll in a census. With
this news, Mary and Joseph realize
that they could not travel some 80
to 90 miles to Bethlehem and back
to Nazareth.before the baby was
born. Thus, they decided to make
the four to five day journey know-
ing that their baby boy would be
born in. Bethlehem. So Joseph
gathered their few belongings,
placed Mary on a donkey and start-
ed out on their journey to Bethle-
hem. It Inust have been a hard and
painful journey for Mary. Arriving in
Bethlehem, the young couple find
that there was not a single room
available for them in the city. Going
from inn to inn, each time hearing
the same words, "We have no
room for you tonight," When they-
were just able to give up finding a'
room, one of the innkeepers told
them that they' could use a cave
-behind his inn where he kept his
animals. So there in that smelly ani-
mal shelter, Mary gave birth to her.
first-born son, wrapped Him in
swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a


feeding trough.
Again, Luke tells us that "Mary
gave birth to her first born son; and
she wrapped Him in cloths and laid
Him in a manager." (Luke 2: 7)
From all accounts, it seems that no
one assisted Mary in giving birth to
her son. Not even Joseph helped,
for husbands were not to play the
role of a midwife. Picture, if you
will, a young Hebrew, heavy with
child giving birth all alone. No mid-
wives, nor her mother or even
Joseph's mother was there with,
. her. Self-delivery was common in
those days according to most histo-
ry accounts. Biblical accounts do
not tells us this, so I remind you
that this is my own thought, as
Mary was all alone giving birth, I
think her mind goes back to that
day when .the angel appeared to
her. She told the angel, "Behold thfe
bondslave of the LORD; be it done
to me according to your word."
(Luke 1:38) Mary was willing to do
whatever the LORD asked her to
do. I am sure that the LORD, was
there in that little smelly animal
shelter to give her strength and the
grace to give birth to His only
begotten Son, Jesus.
Matthew's record tells us that
the magi saw a star in the east and
headed tow\ ard Jerusalem. Arriving
there, they vent to see King Herod
and asked where the King of the
Jews was born. The king gathered
all of the 'chief priest and scribes
and asked them where the Christ
or the Messiah was to be born.
They told him, "In Bethlehem of
Judea, for so it has been written by
the prophet." (Matthew 2:5.1 Upon
hearing the news King Herod
secretly tells the magi to go and
make a very careful search for the
Child, and then to bring him word
so that he could go and worship
Him himself
Matthew further tells us that.
when King Herod heard the news
of the King of the Jews being born,
he was troubled and all of
Jerusalem as well. So should they
be troubled for the people of his
kingdom knew him. They knew
that he was a very jealous man to
the point of being willirng to kill any-
one if he felt threatened by them.
As a matter of public record, Herod
was so jealous of his favorite wile
that he ordered that she be killed
two different times. Finally he killed
her himself along with her grandfa-


their and her mother. He also killed
his brother-in-la%%, three of his sons
and numerous subjects WVe are
told that during a swimming part
in Jericho he drowned the high
priest, who happened to be anoth-
er of his brother-in-la%\ s
King Herod so -\as hated as a
tyrant that he had little support in
his kingdom from his subjects and
had a great fear of being killed. As
he became older, he was worried
that no one would mourn his
death. Thus, he issued an order,
from his deathbed, that leaders
from all o\ er Judea be locked in the
hippodrome in Jericho and that at
his death archers were to kill these
thousandss in cold blood. He issued
this order to ensure that there
would be universal mourning at
his death.
The magi lound the house
where Jesus and His mother were
staying. According to SctIpture, the
star stood oter the house to sho%\
the magi the w\a\ to the Messiah.
Dr. Paul Maier, states on page 50 of
his book, "Upon entering the
house the\ presented to Him gifts
that are interpreted symbolically
'Gold, a royal gilt, signified Jesus'
kingship. Frankincense, a Iragrant
gum resin burned as incense,
denoted His future priesthood. The
third gift, myrrh, was an aromatic
orange-colored resin from the
small, thorny trees of the com-
miphora family. M\yrrh w\as expen-
sive and much esteemed for use in
per fumes, anointing oil, medicine,
and embalming "
Matthew tells us that having
been warned b\ God in a dream
not to return to Herod, the magi
departed for their home another
wvay. I Matthew 2:121 Dr Maier
states, "After their adoration at the
manger, the Wise Men disappear
from history, leaving a multitude of
questions in their wakee" page 50)
in just a short span o0 words, we
have walked through the months
before Christmas. Hopefully !\e
have net\ insight to the people, the
price they paid, and of the circum-
stances surrounding the events
that lead to the birth of the Christ
'Child Remember, God \vas in con-
trol then, He is in control now and
is in control of the future. Nothing
takes Him by surprise Luke sums it
all up ver\ well in chapter I and
verse 37. "FOR NOTHING \\LL BE
IMPOSSIBLE \ITH GOD."


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Angel shines her light
Four- year old Hannah Stewart is looking down on the
manger scene as she plays the part of the angel in the
manger scene and shines her light upon the shepherds to
guide their way.





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Sacred Heart Catholic Church was lit up for the holiday
season Sunday evening when the church hosted its
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Christmas Presence
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6 SPORTS


A Christmas/Golf Tale


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Pop Warner family
Adrian Minondo (left), the wide receiver and cornerback sat with his brother, Lavonta
Spivey (right) who plays line backer, running back and back up quarterback were keep-
ing it all in the family sitting with their, cousin Zachary Aguilar (middle) who plays wide
receiver and' cornerback at their banquet honoring their Pop Warner Jr. Pee Wee team for
winning the 2006 Treasure Coast Championship.


Submitted to Okeechobee News/Frank Coke
Women's softball league -champions
The Riverside National Bank women's softball team won the Okeechobee Parks & Recre-
ation 2006 fall women's softball league championship recently. Team members were
(front row, left to right) Helen Platt, Pam Matthews, Christy Crawford, Ginger Jones, Farah
Jones; (back row, left to right) Wendi Riley, Jennifer Green, Sheena Bodden, Linda Poiri-
er and Cheryl Kirton. Not pictured are Kim Hargraves, Gina Davis, Heather Stillians,
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By Daniel Shube
On Christmas past I've tried
my hand at poetry. This year, I'm
taking the day off! Instead I'm
going to share with you a story
that in one form or another I've
received via email and seen on
the Internet. I'm sure many of
you have not seen it, and I
thought you would enjoy it, espe-
cially during the Christmas sea-
son. I do not know the author, so
I regrettably cannot give proper
credit, but in the spirit of the holi-
day, I'm sure he or she would
want you to enjoy!
A professor stood before his
Philosophy 101 class and had
some items in front of him.
When the class began, wordless-
ly, he picked up a very large and
empty mayonnaise jar and pro-
ceeded to fill it with golf balls. He
then asked the students if the jar
was full. They agreed that it was.
The professor then picked up
a box of pebbles and poured
them into the jar. He shook the
jar lightly. The pebbles, of
course, rolled into the open
spaces between the golf balls. He
then asked the students again if
the jar was full. They agreed it
was.
The professor picked up a box
of sand and poured it into the jar.
Of course, the sand filled up
everything else. He then asked
once more if the jar was full. The
students agreed with a unani-
mous yes!
The professor then produced
a pot of tea from under the table
and proceeded to pour the entire
contents into the jar effectively
filling the empty space between
the sand. The students laughed.
"Now," the professor said, as
the laughter subsided, "I want
you to recognize that this jar rep-
resents your life. The golf balls
are the important things your
family, your partner, your health,
your children, your friends, your
favorite passions things that if
everything else was lost and only
they remained, your life would
still be full."
"The pebbles represent the
other things that matter like your
job, your house, your car. The


sand represents everything else -
'the small stuff!"
"If you put the sand into the
jar first," he continued, "there is
no room for the pebbles or the
golf balls. The same goes for
your life. If you spend all your
time and energy on the small


stuff, you will never, have room.
for the things that are important
to you. -
Pay attention to the things that
are critical to your happiness.,
Play with your children. Take
time to get medical checkups.
Take your partner out dancing.
Play another 18 holes of golf. ,
There will always be time to go to
work, clean the house, give a din-
ner party and fix the disposal."
"Take care of the golf balls first,
- the things that really matter.
Set your priorities. The rest is just
sand."
One of the students raised her
hand and inquired what the tea'
represented.
The professor smiled. "I'm
glad you asked. It just goes to;:
show you that no matter how full'
your life may seem, there's'
always room for a cup of tea!


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Friday, Jan. 5 at the Okeechobee
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Registration is $30 per child,
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birth certificate at time of regis-
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March 15, 2007, determines age
group.
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The Okeechobee News. Saturday, December 23, 2006


St. Lucie County letter urges plant reconsideration


Glades officials
consider letter
at meeting

By Nena Bolan
Special to Okeechobee News
MOORE HAVEN St. Lucie
County officials have voiced
opposition to the proposed
power plant in Glades County.
A letter from the St. Lucie
Board of County Commissioners
was sent to the commissioners of
Glades County. It was received
Dec. 1 and discussed during the
board of county commissioners
meeting of Dec. 12.
The letter urges the board to
reconsider its support for a coal-
fired power plant to be built with-
in the county.
The letter was penned by Chris
Craft, chairman of St. Lucie Board
of County Commissioners and
states, "The negative air quality
effects of a plant of this type will
be felt by communities far outside
your municipal boundaries."
Mr. Craft also mentions the
negative effects on his communi-
ty due to the delivery of coal by
train traffic which "could poten-
tially block four major intersec-
tions at one time."
Further discussion of the pro-


posed power plant was heard
when nine citizens elected to
speak at the hearing. Eight of the
speakers voiced opinions against
a coal fired power plant, and one
citizen from Ortona spoke in favor
of the building of a power plant.
Harris Friedman, doctor of psy-
chology, mentioned the pre-exist-
ing mercury problem found in
fish.
Steven Brown, the environ-
ment policy specialist for Conser-
vancy for Southwest Florida,
brought up the point that the
largest coal-fired plant in Florida
could have far reaching applica-
tions.
Pete Quasius, policy advocate
for Audubon, urged that the study
of emissions should continue
before decisions are made.
"We don't need to be the
receptacle of power plants that
nobody else wants, said Ellen
Peterson, resident of the Glades
area. She pointed out that the
Glades area has unique animals
and habitat that people are anx-
ious to see and which does not
occur anywhere else.
"They are going to destroy us
and our way of life," Ms. Peterson
said.
Wally Prescott, of Save Our
Creeks, read a letter that was sent
to Glades County commissioners


and some newspaper editors.
It was written by J. William
Louda, an environmental chem-
istry professor of Florida Atlantic
University. Mr. Louda said in his
letter, "Look beyond the almighty
dollar and do what is right -
reverse your decision on this
plant. There are many viable and
likely as lucrative alternatives."
Most of the speakers at the
public hearing left before the end
of the county meeting. They left
before county commissioners
gave their comments in support
of the proposed power plant.
K.S. "Butch" Jones, chairman
of the board, explained his stand
on the board's decision to accept
FPLs offer to build a power plant.
He mentioned that he believed
the environmental impact is negli-
gible.
He said, "If anyone thinks I
would sacrifice Glades County
environment's health for 21 mil-
lion, you have been badly mistak-
en. The heritage that has been
passed on to me is to be good
stewards of our land, and I con-
sider that to be a priority today."
Mr. Jones said that the east and
west coast of Florida are upset
that the Glades Power Park may
have negative effects on their
counties, yet they want Glades
county to accept their county's


garbage and prisoners; and they
want the Glades area to store
water for them in case of drought,
flooding the Glades to keep their
own estuaries from flooding.
Butch Jones also said, "I have
to consider the poverty that exists
in this county, which is tremen-
dous."
He further said that the salaries
in the coastal counties are two or
three times higher than what is
found locally, and that the jobs
generated by the power plant will
be triple what the average annual
income is.
Hugo Geistman, an Ortona
resident, openly voiced his
respect for environmentalists and
what they do. However, when he
spoke at the public hearing he
was also critical of their priorities.
"One thing that keeps coming
to my mind is, where you are all
when all these cane fields get
burned?" asked Mr. Geistman.
"How come you're not out there?
Where were you when all the fer-
tilizers got into the river?
"There are a lot bigger prob-
lems out there with the environ-
ment than the power plant. I feel
that the power plant is going to
pollute less than the sugar cane
that it is going to replace," he said.
Staff WriterNenaBolan can be
reachedatnenabolan@yahoo.com.


Glades County Arrest Report


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving
under the influence (DUI) charges
by the Glades County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Seminole
Police Department (OCPD), the
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) or the
Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Demetrius Hollis, 20, Hills-
borough, was arrested Dec. 8 by
Deputy Don Watts on a charge of,
smuggling contraband into a
prison. His bond was set at $5,000.
Francisco Garcia, 21, Mexi-
co, was arrested Dec. 9 by Deputy
David Hampton on a charge of
driving under the influence and
refusal to submit to a DUI test. His
bond was set at $1,000.
Marcelino Tomas, 27,
Immokalee, was arrested Dec. 9


by Deputy Tito Neives on charges
of driving under the influence and
no valid driver's license. His bond
was set at $1,100.
David Santos, 37, Moore
Haven, was arrested Dec. 9 by
Deputy Richard Ermeri on a
charge of smuggling contraband
into a prison. His bond was set at
$5,000.
Michael Harvey, 22, Moore
Haven, was arrested Dec. 11 by
SPD Officer Jackson on a charge
of possession of a controlled sub-
stance (Xanax). His bond was set
at $4,999.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
paper. The information will be
confirmed and printed.


Counterfeit money circulating in the community


By Ideybis Gonzalez
Special to the Okeechobee News
The Hendry County Sheriff's
Office has reports of false bills cir-
culating throughout the area.
The most surprising aspect of
the bills is how real they appear to
be. The bills are a spot-on repre-
sentation of the real thing so
good, in fact, that counterfeit-
checking pens aren't able to tell
the difference.
The only reason investigators
became aware of the problem


was that the fake bills were com-
ing apart; they are made from two
pieces of paper glued together.
According to Sheriff Ronnie
Lee, the bills have been circulat-
ing throughout the county, with
stores and other businesses
hard-pressed to make out the
bills as false.
The scam sees suspects going
to stores, buying just a few items
and receiving change in real
money, according to the sheriff.
With bills in different denomina-


tions, the suspects may have
already gotten away with hun-
dreds, possibly thousands of dol-
lars this way.
"The use of the counterfeit
detector pens which detects
whether or not the bills are good
or not is no longer 100 percent,"
said Sheriff Lee, whose depart-
ment is working to find the
responsible party. "The counter-
feiters are using a new technique
where the detecting ink will not
change color," he said.


He urged businesses and resi-
dents to be more wary, to avoid
becoming victims of the crime.
"We want the people in the
community and the local busi-
ness to be cautious and take a
few more minutes to double
check the bills," said Sheriff Lee..
Christmas is a time when
counterfeits tend to do more bf
these activities, officials say, since
the clerks are sometimes too
busy trying to check out cus-
tomers quickly.


Glades County Roundup


Narcotics Anonymous
meets every Monday
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-
47S0.
Hurricane help
is still available
Help is still available for Hurri-
cane Wilma victims from our
local Community Rebuilding Ecu-
menical Wobrkforce (CRE\\) but
you must register again'
Community Rebuilding Ecu-
menical Workforce (CREW) is a
caring network of Hendry and
Glades Counties' civic, social,
service, and faith-based groups,
agencies, and organizations,
along with concerned individuals
and businesses, formed to
address the physical, emotional,
and spiritual needs of the com-
munity in the restoration, and
rebuilding of their lives and
homes in times of a natural or
man-made disaster.
CREW will provide collabora-
tive leadership and advocacy in
meeting the needs for revitalizing
and improving the quality of life
for the most vulnerable in the
community.
For more information, ques-
tions, or to schedule an appoint-
ment, please call of visit: CREW
Headquarters, First United


Methodist Church, 352 W. Arcade
Avenue, Cl.,,iston, phone (863)
983-4316 (John 3:16) or email
CREWheadquarters@aol.com.
MHHS Class
Reunion planned
The MHHS Class of '86 is hav-
ing its 20 ,ear reunion dn Home-
coming Weekend this year. Orga-
nizers are inviting the Class of '87
and Class of '88 to join the fun, as
well. Reunion planners are in
need of assistance in locating and
notifying all members of the
above classes. The initial plan is to
have a tailgate type get-together
the night of the Homecoming
Game and, on the following day,
have a BBQ for the family at the
City Park or a similar location.
Anyone interested in assisting
may contact David Lee at dlee-
1967@skyeone.com or (863)
946-2512.
CREW needs
volunteers
The Community Rebuilding
Ecumenical Workforce (CREW)
of Hendry and Glades Counties is
seeking volunteers to assist resi-
dents with-repairs and continued
clean up efforts in the aftermath
of Hurricane Wilma.
Carpenters, Electricians,
Plumbers, drywall installers and
other trade skills are needed, as
well as, anyone willing to lend a
hand. For more information,
come by our office at 121 Central


Ave. rear entrance or email
CREWheadquarters@aol.com or
phone (863) 983 2390.
CREW seeks
donations
The Community Rebuilding
Ecumenical Workforce (CREW)
of Hendry and Glades Counties is
seeking donations of building
materials and supplies, including
lumber, nails and drywall, to
assist residents with repairs and
continued clean up efforts in the
aftermath of Hurricane Wilma.
Donations, including monetary
contributions, are tax deductible.
For more information, come by
our office at 121 Central Ave. rear
entrance or email CREWhead-
quarters@aol.com or phone
(863) 983-2390.
Free services
to help elders
Center for Independent Living
will be doing outreach on a regu-
lar basis at the Moore Haven,
Clewiston, and LaBelle sites
between the hours of noon to
2:30 p.m. You can contact Tera or
Linda at the Center for Indepen-
dent Living at (941) 766-8333 in
Charlotte County to find out the
days that they will be available in
those areas.
Economic Council
to meet
The Glades County Economic


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Everyone The Happiest Of Holidays!


Development Council normally
meets the first Monday of the
month at 6:15 p.m. in the confer-
ence room at Glades Electric
Cooperative. If you are not a
member, please contact the EDC
about joining. If you are a mem-
ber, please plan to attend the
meetings. As the Main Street effort
and other initiatives move for-
ward, we will need a host of
knowledgeable volunteers to
serve on various committees and
we encourage your participation.


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HOSA Christmas party
Members of the Okeechobee High School Health Occupations Students of America
(HOSA) club recently hosted the Northside Head Start classroom Christmas parties.


Okeecnobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Holiday party
Fourth grade students in the Alpha program at New Endeavor High School celebrated the
end of the semester with their holiday party which included an awards program, skits and
caroling. Participating students were: (in no particular order) Britney Dolce, Junior
Resendiz, Destine Keen, Colby Shumway, Devin Douglas, Victor Spence, Stephen Hoo,
Ruby Palmer, Jaime Soto, Baldemar Rodriguez, Trent Davis, Carlos Sandoval, Kassandra
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Don Renfranz, Inc.'s Taylor Creek Real Estate
1881 U.S. Highway 441 S.E. Okeechobee, FL 34974
Phone: (863)763-7312 Fax (863)763-7317 Email: taylorre@strato.net
Donald A. Renfranz/Broker 863-467-2930 or 863-634-4596
Geraldine Patent/Sales Associate 863-763-1616 or 863-610-7006
Vicki & Perry Green/Sales Associates 863-467-6516 or 863-610-0962


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"SECOND TO NONEr"
SERVICE INTEGRITY EXPERIENCE
Licensed Real Estate Brokers:
Bobby Tucker 634-8677 & Brandon Tucker ~ 772-201-8722
Associates: W.S. "Bill" Keene Sr. 634-6797 Lori Mixon 634-1457 John Pell 357-8769
Sharon Johnson 634-6241 Jeri Wilson 634-6056 Sheryl Coonfare 634-1343 Ron Staley 697-6221
Keith Pearce 634-7007 Mark Goodbread 634-6999
104 N.W. 7th Ave., Okeechobee (863) 763-4010
Note: These offerings are subject to errors, omissions or withdrawals without notice.
EMAIL: realestate@tucker-group.com Website: www.tucker-group.com


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Preferred Properties
:If Of Okeechobee Realty. Inhc.
KatLh God ln Lii: R E Broker
3126 Highway 441 S 863-763-8222
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1). FHAND1 MANI SPECIAL 3). BRING OFFERS
This is a great waterfront fixer upper!! 3/2 New carpel tile and paint in this CBS 3/1
Frame home on the water in. Treasure homeinHi-LoAcresonl/2acre.Allitneedsis
Island. Recent appraisal on file, home price a family. Nice area in the SE section of town.
way under appraised value. Fix this up the Call for appointment. Asking $147,000. Call
way you want Great potential, just needs Ann Hancock 863-447-2254. MLS# 92357.
some T-L-C. MIS# 92845. Asking $159,900. Owner is licensed real estate agent
2). OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLE 4). BRAND NEWI CBS
10 beautiful acres that are fenced and mowed. 3/2 on cul-de-sac in Okeechobee
Oaktreesprovideshade.12x18airconditioned Hammock. 1/2 acre lot on a canal that has
Wooley shed 12x20 shed. City water. Located been recently dug out Come and take a look
only minute from the Kissimme River. Well at this. Asking $179,000 Call Ann Hancock,
on property. Travel trailer on property is not 863-447-2254. MLS# 92251
for sale. Asking$300,000.


IN TMHE "UASIS LAKURGE ZIKZUA ADORABLE ZBR/1 BA SINULE 1-AMI*
DWMH w/16x20 Add-on. 2 covered LY HOME IN BASSWOOD: NEW
patios (9x11) & 12x7). Storage shed Screen patio, 125x125 Lot & com-
(9x12). $117,500 #209G Call Ron 863- pletely fenced. $115,000 #211J Call
697-6221. Sharon 863-634-6241


WHAT DO I NEED


Even before starting to look at houses, find out what price house you can
afford, says syndicated columnist Dian Hymer.
Roughly speaking, Hymer says you can afford to buy a home equal in price to
three times your gross annual income.
More precisely, the price you can afford to pay for a home will depend on six
factors:






Hymer says your housing expense-to-income ratio is determined by calculating
your projected monthly housing expense, which consists of the principal and inter-
est payment on your new home loan, property taxes and hazard insurance.
The sum of these costs is referred to as "PITI. Monthly homeowners' association
dues, if you're purchasing a condominium or townhouse, and private mortgage
Insurance are added to the PITI.
Your housing expense-to-income ratio should fall in the 28 to 33 percent range,
although some lenders will go higher under certain circumstances.


THE OAKS (D-BLU MtKHUN NEW
4BR/2BA CBS w/beautiful kitchen
offering elite appliances & custom
counter tops. Vaulted ceilings in LR,
DR & Kitchen. Separate well for lawn
irrigation. HOA fee of $50.00/mo.
$320,000 #225E Call Sharon 863-634-
6241


ENJUY I i-E PKRNITIT J3KIJBA
CUSTOM BUILT HOME w/waterfront
ambiance. Many amenities, covered
patio, 2 car garage & exquisite land-
scaping. $315,000 #218 Call Lori
863-634-1457 www.LoriMix6n.com.


COMFORT FOR SALE 3BRI2BA
CBS ON 1 ACRE, MINUTES NORTH.
OF TOWN. NEW wood laminate floors,
fenced yard, beautiful oaks & quiet.
$173,000 #208E Call Lori
863-634-1457 wwwloriMixon.com


TREASURE ISLAND 2BR/2BA w/2
screen porches (one enclosed). Deck
off Master BR. Great access to Lake.
Seawall, dock & fenced. 1 YR. HOME
WARRANTY. $139.000 #213M Call Lori
863-634-1457 www.LoriMixon.com


REDUCED PRICE $119,900 3BR/2BA
MH w/Addition & Office. Large
garage/workshop, corrugated roof &
seawall full length of back property line.
#216D Call Sheryl 863-634-1343


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"EAST OF TOWN" 2BR/2BA DWMH DRASTICALLY REDUCED IN BRIND-
w/large Family Rm, Carpet, Vinyl & ABAN FOREST 3BR/2BA DWMH
Attached Carport. .33+/- Lot. Located in WJADD-ON. Many improvements, large
Pine Ridge Park. $125,000 #217D Call lot & beautiful trees. $125,000 #203D
Mark 863-634-6999 Call Ron 863-697-6221


WANT A DANDYY ZtSK/ZBA UWMHi
w/extraordinary waterfront addition &
wrap around porch. Seawall, dock &
storage. PRICED RIGHT! #217B Call
Lori 863-634-1457
www.LoriMixon.com


R-BAR ESTATES
1.5 ACRE TRACTS.
PHASE 5. $100,000
EACH. OWNER
FINANCING FOR
QUALIFIED BUYERS.
CALL
MARK 863-634-6999


AIU-F,, Hazellief & Prevatt
O flU! I Realty Inc.
211 l200 S. Parrott 763-2104
Specialists On Groves, Ranches & Acreage


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At the Movies
The followifig movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Friday, Dec. 22,
through Thursday, Dec. 28, are as
follows:
Theatre I -"Rocky Balboa" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at2,4:15, 7and9p.m.
Theatre II "Charlotte's Web"
(G} 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 "Night at the Muse-
um"(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.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4.50; senior
citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
and, matinees are $4.,
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.

Briefs

Club has
quilts for sale
The Tanlie Quilters now have
baby and regular size quilts for
sale. For information, call Margaret
at (863) 467-8020, or Janet at (863)
467-0183.
Vaccine for
rabies required
The Florida State Animal Law
828.30 Rabies vaccination of
dogs, cats and ferrets. Okee-
chobee County Ordinance Sec. 10-
111, Vaccination against rabies
required and Okeechobee City
Ordinance 4-26, vaccinations. All
dogs, cats and ferrets-4 months
and older must have a revaccina-
tion 12 months after the initial vac-
cination. Thereafter, revaccination
requirements would conform to
the vaccine manufacturer's direc-
tion. Vendors should be reminded
that any dog or cat offered for sale
is to be sold with a health certifi-
cate issued by a licensed Veterinar-
ian, per Florida State Law 828.29.
Animal licenses are purchased at
the Animal Control facility with
proof of current rabies vaccina-
tion. For information, call Animal
Control at (863) 357-3225.
Ad Litem program
needs volunteers
This year, hundreds of kids on
the Treasure Coast will be abused,
neglected or abandoned. If you
have as little as two hours per
week, then you can help. Guardian
Ad Litem volunteers are needed to
speak up for these children. Train-
ing for new volunteers will be held
in your area soon. Volunteers are
needed in St. Lucie, Indian River,
Martin and Okeechobee counties.
Call the Guardian Ad Litem pro-
gram at (772) 785-5804 for infor-
mation and an application. Just
two hours of your time each week
will make a difference in the lives
of these children.
Center offers
parenting classes
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter, 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
from Osceola Middle School. For
information, call Al Jaquith at
(863) 462-5000, ext. 282, or (863)
763-0437.
Foster parents
desperately needed
Okeechobee is in desperate
need of people willing to provide
foster children a normal family life
with nutritious meals, good daily
care and a stimulating environ-
ment. Foster parents may be mar-
ried, divorced or single. Their most
important characteristic is that
they are caring individuals who
understand the problems and
needs of foster children. For infor-
mation call (800) 403-9311.
EYDC needs
volunteers
Volunteers do make a differ-


ence. This statement is proven
daily by hundreds of private citi-
zens who, as volunteers, enter
juvenile justice programs through-
out the state. The Eckerd Youth
Development Center (EYDC)
needs you to share your skills or
special talents in making a differ-
ence in the lives of troubled youth.
Volunteers are needed as tutors,
translators, arts and crafts instruc-
tors, mentors, job preparation Aind
search instructors, recreation
aides and assistance in developing
a youth choir. Wouldn't you like to
make a difference? If so, please
contact EYDC, 7200 U.S. Hwy. 441
N., Okeechobee, Fl. 34972. (863)
763-2174, ext. 234.


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MARE & COLT- Call Hendry
County Sheriffs Office Ag Unit
@ (863)674-4630 If you had
lost Mare & Colt.
NEUTERED MINI POODLE, &
NEUTERED MALE CURR
W/collar, purebred dogs, call
to identify (863)357-3225


BEAGLE, Male, Found in vic.
of Hwy. 70 W & Platts Bluff
Rd. Call to ID.
(863)467-1521

Do-It-Yourself Ideas


Year of Doilies
Now there's an easy way to
give your home (or someone
else's) a fresh new look each
month. A full-color, 40-page
guidebook includes materials
lists and round-by-round
instructions for 12 colorful
thread-crochet projects (10
doilies, a sachet and a pillow
top), each designed to com-
plement a particular month of
the year.
Year of Doilies guidebook
(No. LA3706) ... $10.95
Also available:
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877-353-2424


FOUR WHEELERS(2): Honda
Ranchers, 4x4, 350's. 1 red w/
elec shift 1 orange w/ foot shift.
$500 reward! 239-250-2205
NAMEPLATE- Gold Charm,
large, w/ 2 names, Okeecho-
bee Area, (863)634-6601
REWARD- Calico cat(f), 2 yrs,
white belly, black & orange
back & top of head, long
black tail. 2338 SE 38th
Trail. Okee. 863-467-0704
SET OF KEYS- Vicinity of
Orange Ave. & 308th St.
Please call (863)763-8944


BABY HAMSTERS: Free Too
good home. (863)801-3942
COCKATIEL w/cage, free to
good home. Moving and
cant take it with me. Please
call me @ 239-564-8232.
KERR BULL MASTIFF MIXED
PUPS- 7 wks old, Beautiful
& friendly. Free to good
homess. 863-537-1203
ORGAN- Gulbransen; needs
tuning, inmlds 2 manuals, full
pedals, FREE, you must haul
(863)675-1583


DANCE PARTNER- Looking for
60+, Male, Ballroom/Coun-
try Dancer,. Call for more in-
formation (863)763-2773
Tall Guy, Secure, Stable. To
meet Attractive Gal or Couples
.40-60 yrs. for Dining, Travel-
ing, etc. (863)946-3123
How fast can your car
go? It can go even faster
when you sed It In the
classifieds.

LETTERS FROM SANTA, Pro-
vide your child a letter from
Santa...Sent straight from the
North Pole. (863)697-6680
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Employment -
FuPa-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment 2
PrtTme 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
BUSY MEDICAL OFFICE look-
ing for Experienced Front Re-
ceptionist with computer
skills, medical billing exp.
helpful. Fax resume with ref-
erences to (863)582-9800.


Needed for Home
Medical Company
Delivery of Oxygen,
DME, and patient
education. Experience
preferred but will train.
Interested candidates
please fax resumes to:
863-763-5191 or call
Angel 863-763-7337
DFWP/EOE




EXPERIENCED COOK
($15.00 HR. TO START)
SERVERS
(AM/PM SHIFT)
HOSTESS
For Busy Restaurant
Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.
Express Tax Service is look-
ing for a full-time TAX PRE-
PARER. Apply inperson at:
407 S Parrot Ave / Okeechobee
Join au the people who
say, "I sold it in the clas-
sifieds."


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Preferred: High School Diploma or GED, Commercial Driving
License (class A or B), with P & S endorsement. School Bus
Driver Certificate of Training and one year experience driving a
bus. Bilingual (Sp/Eng or Creole/Eng). Accepted: High School
Diploma or GED Commercial Driving License (class A or B),
with P & S endorsement. School Bus Driver Certificate of
Training. Starting salary $14.00 per hour. Personal Leave and
employer-matched retirement plan. Sign on "BONUS" of
$1000. Closing date: 12/27/06. Send resume/letter of
interest or apply at: 726 NE 16th Ave Okeechobee, FL. 34973,
Tel. 863-467-0702, EOE, ADA, License # C150K0005.


Mature & Experienced
Ranch Bookkeeper
Night 863-763-5321 or.
Day 863-634-7552
PAVING FOREMAN
Heavy Highway Construction
Company seeks a qualified,
experienced Paving Foreman.
ABpply 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.
EDOE
When you want something
sold, advertise In the
classlfleds.


Praxair, A World Leader in
Industrial Gases Is now
hiring for various positions
in our fill plant facility.
Exc. healthcare benefits,
matching 401K retirement
& profit sharing (paid
quarterly), must be able to
pass background check.
Please apply in person at
2534 NW 16th Blvd., Okee.
No phone calls please.
DFWP.
How do you find a Job In
today's compettitve
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
sMieds


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HOUSEKEEPING: Full Time
ACTIVITIES AIDE

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


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


SECRETARY / RECEPTIONIST:
with word processing,
spreadsheet & general office
procedure skills, FT position
to begin in Jan 2007. Call
863-467-0161 to schedule
appointment/interview.


Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classi-
fleds and make your
clean un a breeze


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NEEDED
Class A CDL Required.
Benefits Available.
Apply at
Walpole Feed &
Supply

2595 NW 8th Street


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'Framers

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'*Pay Based on Experience

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Apply in Person No Phone Calls




Okeechobee News




WANTED
Newspaper Carriers

Applications are now
being accepted at:
Okeechobee News
107 S.W. 17th Street, Ste. D,
Okeechobee, FL 34974


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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Screen Rooms Carports
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Ernest Iancaste ( 8631634-2044


Single Copy Delivery
in Okeechobee
The Ft. Pierce Tribune is
looking for someone to
deliver newspapers to
racks & stores in the early
morning hours as an
independent contractor.
Van, Truck or Large
SUV is required.
Valid FL Drivers License &
auto insurance is required.
Must be able to work 7
nights a week with some
daily collections. Must be
able to lift 30 lbs. Apply to:
Roshwanda Walters at the
Ft. Pierce Tribune at 600
Edwards Rd. or call
772-409-1411
for more information.



MARKETING: We are looking
for people to help advertise
our business. Please call for
details. 863-357-8283.
TUTORS NEEDED
In Okeechobee Co. Bilingual a
plus. $17.50-$25. hour
P/T your own schedule,
Mus r,ive 601+ [Iolle.Ie :ef' il
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WELDER / MECHANIC
Welder with strong mech skills
for land development co.
Heavy Equip experience pre-
ferred, must have own tools.
PM MECHANIC
W/own tools for land develop-
ment co. Heavy equip. exp.
(561)793-0322ext106
TAX PREPARER
For a busy Okeechobee Tax
Office. Excellent top pay for
the right Individual. Great
work setting. No evenings.
Apply In person at:
One Stop Carrier Center
863.462.5350


READING A
NEWSPAPER...
makes y a more informed
and interesing person. No
wonder newspaper readers
are more successul!


Financial



Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




BE YOUR OWN BOSS
Kellogg's Route. ,
70K. Serious Inquires Only!
(561)236-2226
NOTICE
Independent Newspapers will
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 it
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-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
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 Needed 410
Child Care Offered4 15
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



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

Shop here firstI
The classified ads


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



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


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


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carp et/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, UneLis 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
V90 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AC W/HEAT- Central package
unii 35 iorn ,ur. ,never ,inr
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ANTIQUE TOYS- Over 100
years old. Fire engine, car.
$600 will separate.
863-467-1325
POPCORN QUILT, Lovely, An-.
tique, 6'x8', Appraised @
$500, asking $400.
(407)436-1365


DISHWASHER- White, Works
very well. $50.
(863)357-7136
DISHWASHERS (2) GE, White,-
Like new! $250 for both, will*
sep. (863)634-2514
GE WASHER & DRYER- Less
than 1 yr old, white, paid
'$700 asking $300
(863)675-3793
MICROWAVE- Hot Point, Good
cornlilii,on $15.
(863)467-4567
RANGE, 24" electric, good
Sndiiin $75
8Q31357-7,065
RANGE, GE: Electric Lie
new. Only used twice. $200.
(863)634-2514
STOVE, Frigidiare, Smooth
Top, Electric. Great condi-
tion. Moving. $150.
(863)261-6299
STOVE- Whirlpool, electric,
glass top, white, $100
(863)675-1634
WASHER & DRYER- White,
$300 will separate
(863)763-1884


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


BICYCLE- Men's 21 speed.
Good condition. $35.
(863)763-0634



DISCOVERING STATISTICS-
Coliege book, 2nd edition,
great condition, $80
(863)763-3334



CHAIN LINK GATE- 4 ft. with
ood latch and all hardware
20(863)467-1642
DOORS- Sliding Glass, White,
Like New, $50 or best offer
(863)675-1634
GARAGE DOORS- White,
Brand new, 10 x 12, $600
(863)675-9237

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
Prqfesuional
Installation of Storm
Shutters & Seamless
Rain Guttrr"


Licensed & Insured

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



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


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GOLF CLUBS- Complete,
matched set, metal woods,
irons, bag, putter & Callaway
BB #1. $150. 863-946-3123
IRONS, Men's, 1 Set. Stiff
Graphite Shafts, $100
863-467-7703
LADIES GOLF CLUBS- set,
right handed, McGregor bat-
tle sticks incld woods, bag
$125 (863)467-7703


COBRA ARMS- 9 MM, Derrin-
er, holster $ cartridges,
125 or best offer
(863)983-7915
COLT- 1903, Type III, 32 Auto-
matic Pistol, $400
(863)517-1574
MAGS- (3) Ruger Mini 14,
steel, not used, $145
(863)301-0250


HEELIES, Worn twice, brown,
white & orange, size 9. Pd.
$95, asking $60
(863)763-0367


BOY'S CLOTHING, Size 10/12,
40-shirts, dress & T-shirts
5-shorts & 5-jeans. $65.
(863)357-0391
DRESS- Turquoise, 2 piece,
Laced bodice & chiffon skirt.
3/4 length. Size 14. Pd. $150.
Sell $50. (863)763-0634
HEELYS SHOES- Size 6, black
& red single wheel, excellent
CoraoilIon, $25
1863)634-5038
WEDDING DRESS- Wnile w/
silver beading, Size 14. paid.
$600 asking $150
M8631634-6601


COLLECTIBLES: Many woll
iiems dligurines comlorters
and more). $200 for all Will
separate 239-340-8503
ELVIS COLLECTION, Many
items Rare Jlems, iiem: tIrom
Gia(eland memorabilia $350
rneg (863)467-0627
HOLIDAY BABIES l3)
96,97 '98. still in Do' $175
lor all or will sell separate
1863)634-5038



COMPUTER- 1 GH. Proces-
;oi. 448MB ol ram. 89G6 H'D,
CD burner, 17 mon Wrn2000
Eic. $250 |8631902-0960
DELL COMPUTER XP Oltice,
games FasI $149
1863)843-0158
Dial-Up Internetl
$9.95,mtrh
High Speed Internet via satellite
cianing al $49 95.'rmin
SURFIN THE NET
709 N Parrot Ave
Okeechobee. FL
863-763-2045


CERAMIC MOLDS, Assoi led,
$1.150(863)357-3240
QUILTING FRAME, Hinlerneig.
Wooden, For Ving or Oueen
$125. 1863)674-1755



FIREPLACE MANTEL- Brand
new. Maniel only. $200. or
rtie oner 863176' .-6 1 ,


Armoire Ladies, Blonde with
gold accenis. 5 doors w

sweater comp.,solid wood
$i50 1863)4l,7-4572
CHINA CABINET- For Bunelt
45 x 41 x 12, glass doors
and shell ailri ligni $35-
(863)763-1997.. ... -
COACH, MICROFIBER: .Sec
tional. Tan. Like new condi-
tion! $500. (863)634-5943
COMFORTERS (2): King size,.
brand new, pictures of
wolves on them. $60 or will
separate. 239-340-8503.
COMPUTER DESK, 72"x30"
deep, with top tower shelf,
e..ceilenri condition. $45
(863)763-1997
COUCH- 3 cushion, Gray, Sil-
ver & Black. Like new, $100.
or best offer. (863;467-1532
DAYBED: Trundle, Like new.
Only 1 year old. $300
t863),75-0777
DROP LEAF TABLE- Mahoga-
ny, With drawer. Rough con-
dition. Needs refinishing.
$200. (561)261-0766
LIVING RM SET: 3 pcs, Glass
Top Dining Rm. Tbl & 6 chairs,
Brand new dbl. bed/mattress.
$1000 for all! (863)447-0921
LIVING ROOM SET- $300
(863)467-6702
MATTRESS & BOX SPRINGS-
Sealy Posturepedic Pillow
Top, Queen size, 2 months
old ,$200 (772)812-3300
Oriental DR Set- Large, China
Cabinet, table, 8 chairs,
serving cart, $1500 or best
offer (863)467-4871
RETANGLER DINETTE SET- 2
Chairs & 2 Benches, Dark
Wood, $50 (863)467-5709
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
WROUGHT IRON- 2 Glass End
Tables, 1 Coffee Table $250
(863)467-4572



GOLF BAG- Hooters w/digital
score, (2) pro velvet grips,
like new, $150
(863)763-6369
GOLF CART: Easy Go, Electric,
Complete canvas w/windows,
lights, horn. Like new cond.l
$1950.neg (772)971-9474


QUILTING MACHINE: "Stretch"
Long Arm, Frame & Tracks.
Everything included. $2500
(863)674-1755


POOL TABLE, 8" Regulation,
$300 (863)357-3240
POOL TABLE, Slate w/acces-
sories. $450 or best offer.
(863)467-6088



CAR AUDIO: 4 Memphis 12"
speakers in Custom Ported
Box & JBL 1201 amp. $800, -
(863)824-0776
CAR STEREO SYSTEM,
(2) 12" subwoofers 1200w,
box, 1800w amp, $600 or
best offer (239)503-5020


GUN CABINET- Made of wood
& glass. Hold 8 rifles with
storage drawer. $95. Okee.
(863)610-0632
Remington 700PSS
W/Cal. Leopolt scope $1350
Smith & Wesson
Model 22A-1 -$300
Model 351PD $375
(561)951-8767
SHOT GUN: Mossberg Mari-
ner, 12 gage, all weather
model, extra's. $475.
(863)610-0632 Okee



AB LOUNGE, As seen on TV, -
already assembled w/video.
Pd. $199, never used. Asking
$125. (863)697-6472
ELLIPTICAL EXERCISER:
From Sears, like new, only
used once. $125.
863-675-2822.
FREE WEIGHT GYM: $250 or
best offer. (863)467-6088



TRASH CONTAINER-,Wood,
decoraiive county. kilc her,
holds 13 gallons.. Only $20.
863.467-8681


LADIES RING, European cut,,
11i3ciw. wriie gold $475
neg (863)634-9620 Okee
MEANS BRACELET, Heavy, cu-
bar, lirk t$500 neg.
1863)634-9620 Okee


CEILING PENDENT LIGHTS
Beige chain & shade, $50 for
tiuirilbe l offer. Call -
863'-467.86.1
LIGHT FIXTURES- Fluores-
cent: 2'x2' with cover &
Oults Greal Ior kili nen Silli
io-.$t10 (863)763-1997


BEDSIDE COMMODE- New,"
$50. (863)357-2891 Leave
message
LIFT CHAIR, Beige, $300
(863)675-0548
MOBILITY CHAIR- Jazzy, ex-
cellent condition, $750 neg.
(863)675-6630 LaBelle
MOBILITY SCOOTER- like
new, cost $2000 will sell for
$695 (863)467-8683.
SHOWER CHAIRS- New, $10.
(863)357-2891 Leave mes-
sage. ,


CAMERA PHONE- Nextel 1870,
w. MF'3 and Blue Toon Like
[iew, $295. 1863)634.7125
Powered Pressure Wisher,
3200 psi Honda. w-lIip
Hona3 eir g 200' nose,
$650:(863)697-9704 ,
YAMAHA ZUMA SCOOTER-
'05, 49cc, 40 actual miles,
Garage kept. $1700.-
1863)675.6437

Music

BASS GUITAR, Fender Jazz,
Marcus Miller .Signature
model, Like new, $575.
(863)357-7406


BABY MINI POT BELLY PIGS
$50 (863)983-7702
BOSTON TERRIER PUPS- (4)
Males, ready Feb. 1st for
Valentines Day, Parents on
Premises, Will have shots
and Cert., Taking Deposit's,
$300 each (863)697-2936
CAT- Siamese Lynx Point
'Snow Shoe. With white
paws. Male. 3 mo. $500.
(863)357-3369
CKC PEKINGESE PUPS- 6 wks
old on Christmas, 3 white, 3
beige, all shots, beautiful
$450-$600 (863)983-7211
COCKATIEL, $30
(863)467-5709 "
DACHSHUNDS- w/papers, 7
months old, $300
(863)634-2479 anytime.
FISH TANKS- 150 gal, 50 gal.,
29 gal, (2) 10 gal., all for
$160 or will sell separate
(863)201-3492
JACK RUSSEL PUPS- (3),CKC
reg., call for details
(863)634-3457
JACK RUSSELL PUPPIES, (5),
ready 12/22, will hold til
Christmas, $200 each.
(239)657-8549
LR SET- 6PC, North Carolina, -
brown, DR TABLE w/5
chairs, sturdy, all for $500 '
neg. (863)675-2783 Muse
MIN. PINScHE PCH PUPPIES, 8
weeks. CKC Reg. Shots &
health papers. $400 each.
(863)634-1062
PIT BULL PUPS (9): 3 male, 6 -
female. Mother is registered.
Available wk after Christmas.
$300 each. 863-763-1001.


NEWSPAPER.,.



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The Okeechobee News, Saturday, December 23, 2006


WEB TV- (2) New, In box,
Magnavox Plus, Sony, (1)
Magnavox Classic, $75 will
sell separate (863)763-2773


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
ELECTRIC PRESSURE WASH-
ER, 1200 psi, $100
(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.
863-673-5159
GENERATOR, Powerboss,
portable, 5500 watts, 7350
starting watts, brand new.
$790. (863)697-8837
PRESSURE WASHER: 2700
PSI, Sears. $350.
863-673-5159


COLOR GAME BOY- with
adapters, lights w/magnifier,
6 games $100
(863)763-3551
NINTENDO ENTERTAINMENT
SYSTEMS, (2), with 45
games, $100 or best offer.
(863)467-7721
SLOT MACHINE- takes tokens,
electric, askingl$275 like
new, (863)467-8683
TMX ELMO, brand new, still in
box, never opened, $70.
(863)467-5299
TMX ELMO! New 10 th Anni-
versary Edition, in box.
$130. (561)818-1352


KARAOKE- Professional, Vo-
cal Pro., $100 (863)467-9054

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READING A
NEWSPAPER MAKES
YOU A MORE INFORMED
AND INTERESTING
PERSON.

waders anore o pul40l

EM=
NEW COIN COLLECTOR want-
ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891
SHOT GUN, Automatic or dou-
ble barrel, 16 or 20 gauge.
Please call (561)261-0766
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
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used Items In
the classlfleds


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




BALES OF HAY, 100 bales,
$200. or will sell separate.
(863)763-1370


APPALOOSA GELDING, white,
12 years old. Shots up to date.
For intermediate rider. $900
(863)763-0367 / 801-9494
FILLY- 6 mo old. Registered
Quarter Horse, Running bred,
Gray, Very gentle. $600.
(863)763-6968/634-0253
-LEATHER SADDLE- 16" soft
seat, brand new $275 or
best offer (863)467-7295



LAWNMOWER- Snapper, Rid-
ing, Runs but needs battery
$150 (863)517-1574
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



APT.1BR/1BA & AN EFFC'Y
Located in Viking/Prairie
Boln very clean
Apr 'i.600,'rno En'cy .l00,mo
h(1lludeS uliiiiee..
Ilc prs 5.61-329-8205
OAK LAKE APTS., Remodeled
2BR/1BA, screened porch,
$i00 rr mo, 1st, last & sec.
No pets. (863)634-3313


N. of OKEE -2Br, 1 Ba
12 ml. N of Okeechobee.
$575/mo
$1150 moves you In.
No Petsl Non smoking envl.
(863)467-1717 8:30am-
3:30pm, or mail
vldp(surflnthenet.net
OKEECHOBEE: 2br, 2ba, In
Kings Bay, No pets. $850.
mo. + $850. Sec. Dep.
(561)248-5311
TREASURE ISLAND:1 BR
Efficiency. 1 year lease. $600
mo. + sec. Furnished,includes
utilities, (863)467-5616



EXCELLENT T/H KING'S BAY,
2br, lba, Pool, Tennis, Shuf-
fleboard. $875. mo. + $875.
Sec. Call Kelly (863)697-6428
OKEECHOBEE: Townhouse
11th St., New2Bdrm., l2Ba
w/Appl. $850/mo. + 1st&
Sec. dep. Call (863)634-7722,





-CB


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.






BUCKHEAD RIDGE, Water-
front 3 Bdrm., 1 Ba. 2 Story
w/Lake Okeechobee access &
boat ramp. Wrap around
porch. Fenced yard. Pets wel-
come! $1100. mo. + 1st, last
& sec. 561-346-3620
krisdags@aol.com
House for Rent, 3BR/2BA, Lg
yard. Horses welcome. 70 W
12mi, out of town $1000.
mo. (863)634-3262
IN TOWN, 2BR/2BA, New
appliances, cabinets, W/Q &
flooring. Screened porch, lawn
service. Non smkg env. Small
Spet considered. $850/mo. 1st,
ast & sec. (941)504-3954
LAKE ACCESS, Taylor Creek,
3BR/2BA, 2100 sq. ft.,
w/dock, $1300/mo.
407-399-9799 Lakeland


OKEE: 3 BR, 2 BA, Waterfront,
1 car garage, $1200 mo. +
1st mo. & sec. Possible rent to
own, $149,900, Owner/ Agent
Call Charles 863-634-0584
bullwad@aol.com
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, Iba, Lg
yard, Avail. 12/18/06 $900.
mo. + Util. 1st & Last mo.
sec. dep. (863)990-3294
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, cathedral ceilings,
quiet neighborhood.
(863)467-2541
PORT LABELLE- 3/2, 1500 sq
ft, New, many upgrades.
$1300/mo. Avail January 1st
. (239)293-8635
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO
Rim Canal, 2BR/1BA Fur-
nished, water view, dock, pool,
tennis, no pets. $1000 mo. +
1st, last & sec. Seasonal
$1500/mo.
Call (863)634-8757
www.okeeinfo.com\rental



-BRAND NEW OFFICES-
Located on West side of new
Courthouse. Now Available.
Call Judy at (863)467-0831
Office SpaeSpace Needs a Build
Out. 2,000 Sq. Ft. Could
be ready within 6 months.
(863)467-0831


OKEECHOBEE, To share 3BR
house, utilities & cable incl.
$600/mo. 1st months rent'&
sec. req'd. (863)673-6559

RealEstate



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 Inspectiaon060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




OAK LAKE, lbr, 1ba. Apt. on a
corner $87,500. or best of-
fer. W ill sell fast!
863-634-5628


BUCKHEAD RIDGE- 2+bd,
2ba, waterfront, pool, jacuzzi,
florida room, screen room,
new medal roof, fenced yard
w/sprinkler, Owner motivated,
Price reduced $149,000
S(863)763-1673
Possible Rent to Own
LAKE PORT, Combined FL/Rm
& RV Shelter on leased site
#296 Northlake Estates RV
Resort. Shelter accommo-
dates 32' RV 12'H. Rm
12'x40' Fully furn. $35,000.
Nice 5th Whe'el on site
$2800. (863)946-2270
OKEECHOBEE- 2b,2ba, CBS
home on 2 acres, in Spot in
the Sun. $175,000
(863)201-9175/443-9239
Okeechobee Est., 3BR/2BA
Brick & CBS, new roof, corner
lot, pool, f/p. Seller motivated.
Must see!!! (863)763-2461
TAYLOR CREEK- 2BR/1BA
1200 sq. ft., Lake access.
New sea wall & dock.
$159,900 "
863-670-5967 Lakeland


OKEECHOBEE, Lazy Seven
Area, (3) 1/2 acre lots,
appraised at $55k each, now
$50k each. (863)357-8229

One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure.lTurn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classi-
finds.

Mobile Homes



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




KISSIMMEE RIVER ESTATES,
For rent or sale. 3br, 2ba
$800. mo. (863)634-3262.
OKEECHOBEE'S "GARDEN OF
EDEN" on the Rim Canal.
Kibs Fish Camp has 1 & 2
Bdrm. Homes in a tropical
oasis. Monthly, Annual &
Sea,:ri H tl i Cai lito ay'
1772)215-0010




DOUBLE WIDE: B., BA A
12x24 Carport, 2.12 F.i ind
Room, 8x12 Storage. Central
air/heat. Adult park. Low lot
rent. Very nice. Mostly
furnished $20 ono Neq.
holleyl2@surfinthenet.net
TREASURE ISLAND
3 ll0 i ll ,, l'il lu
secdep. 56i: -I. :i
VILLA MARGARET 2BR/1BA
adult park. Fully furnished:
Cent.A/C-heat, 60' carport,
scm. rm. 10x30'. .nd 12.1 '.
$20,500. .. .1. ,


Recreation



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



AIR BOAT- 12', 2 seater with
trailer. No motor. $350. or
best offer. (863)357-1038
ALUMINUM, V Bottom, 14',
Smokercraft w/like new trail-
re & 18hp Tohatsu motor.
$1850 (863)763-4680
BOATERS PROJECT, Too
much to list. $2500
(863)824-6781 anytime
PONTOON BOAT, 24', 60hp
Evinrude, $1900
(863)763-9998
RANGER- 14', 50hp Johnson.
Trailer included Great gift.
$1400. or best offer.
239-233-0413
RANGER 354V 1992, 150 hp
Evinrude XP, SS Prop., Com-
plete rebuild w/less than 75
rs. 36 v. motor guide, 3 bank
charger, tournament rigged.
Ranger trailer w/new wheels &
tires, Cover. Always garaged.
Excellent condition. $10,000.
(561)262-0493
promax613@adelphia.net
SAILBOAT- 22.8',.Sails & 9.9
motor w/swing kill. 3 sails
w/spinker & pole. $1900. or
best offer. (863)467-7336
SEA KAYAKS- 2,17, 17', Pursuit
& Kodiak, $900. Will separ-
ate. (863)357-7406
TRI-HULL, 15ft., 55 hp John-
son Motor, $1000 or best offer
863)357-0406 or
863)697-2998


COACHMAN CATALINA LITE
200136.5 Ft., Front Bedroom,
bunk beds in rear, jackknife
couch & slide out. $10,000.
(863)467-2309 or email
fourbear@earthlink.net
Coachmen Travel Trailer '88:
Sleeps 4, AC & heat, gas range,
,a c lcidi,e 1.4200. In Pio-
neer, Henry Co 561-827-2464
Fleetwood American Dream
'00,40 FT 2 Slides/IlK, Many
extra's! Garaged, $120,000 or
possible trade. 863-467-5207
MOTOR HOME:iArgosy, 1978,
air stream product, 28 ft
long, AC, fridge, and more.,
$6000.561-261-0766
RIALTA '99- 23mpg, non
smoke, 1 owner, 40K miles,
tow p0', $35,000

TRAVEL TRAILER- '95, 26ft.,
I 'in WheI, Exc. cond. Very
clean, $3000 863-763-7727
or 772-263-1803


YAMAHA WAVERUNNER
1993 wmn I r)l f ur, g,-iod
$1000 (863)467-5299


HONDA 2004 Arrow Shadow
750: Windshield, Low mileage,
premium bags, garaged. Ex-
tra's. $4,400. (863)983-9585
HONDA CR85R '06- very good
condition, runs great, $2200
or best offer (863)599-0788
HONDA REBEL 2003 250 CC,
2,475 mis. Extra's! Show
Room Condition. $2500 Firm
863-634-5862/467-8573
KAWASAKI KZ1000 '82-
Runs and looks real good.
Asking $2500 or best offer
(863)634-3344
YAMAHA 750 Special 1979,
Dry Shaft, Runs great. $600
Lost title. (863)467-2609 af-
ter3pm



GO CART, 1 Seater, 5 hp,
Briggs &.Stratton, Runs
good. Nice Christmas Gift!
350. (863)801-3890
GO CART, Large, runs & looks
good. New $1200, asking
6006(863)467-8849
GO CART- runs, $300
(863)634-7706
HONDA "03, 4 wheeler, re-
con., 250 ES, excellent
cond., $1800
(863)467-1717

Automobiles





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 4010
Utility Trailers 40
Vans 4070



CADILLAC EL DORADO '97,
ETC, Fully loaded, white pearl
diamond, has new parts,
$5500 (561)723-1849
CAMARO Z28 '80- all original,
350 auto, Power windows,
For Sale or Trade, $1700
(863)634-6601
CHEVY CAVALIER'S- For parts
1-95 Good trans.& body &
1-'96 Good motor. $300. for
both. (239)867-1558
CHEVY LUMINA 1993, Good
cond. CD Player, AC, 4 Door.
Auto. White. 1 Owner. $850
or best offer. (863)357-1692
DODGE NEON '95. 4 door au-
lo ic,. 1 cvl. qg:ood on gas,
Snrew tires needs minor work
1$50 -U eg. 1863i634-8506
DODGE STRATUS '98. Every-
thing works $2000 or best
offer. 863-612-5558
FORD MUSTANG- '88, Good
shape. Runs good. $2500.
(863)634-1746


FORD ESCORT ZX2 '99- 5
speed, new AC, runs good,
white w/gray Interior, $1800
neg. (863)805-2822
GEO TRACKER '92- fair condi-
tion, $1000 or best offer
(863)467-6778
MERCURY MARQUIS-GS '02,
Adult driven, garage kept, 30k,
$10,900(863)675-4409
MR2 1988, Hard to find. Fun
car! Sunroof, manual, white,
great mileage, FM/CD, Good
shape. $1500 (561)924-2208
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS, '87,
2 door. Good on gas, All
power. Exc. cond., $2500 or
best offer. (863)763-6747
PONTIAC FIERO '88, 4 cyl., 5
speed, Pioneer CD player,
sunroof, great on gas, good
tires. $1:200(863)447-0270
SATURN 2000: AC, runs
great. Asking $3000 or will
trade for small truck.
863-342-3551



SCHOOL BUS: Diesel, low
mileage, good tires. $8,500.
Call 863-227-2110.



FORD F150 '79, 351 motor,
C6 Holley, flowmasters, lots
of new parts. $2500 firm.
(863)634-3055
JEEP GRAND WAGONEER
1991, 4x4, Good for work.
Approx. 80K org. mls. $1200
or best offer. 863-675-4079


FORD- 86, F350, Diesel ,
parts", -truck, '$800
(561)951-8.767
FORD EXPLORER 1992: 4x4.
Front end burned, but good
for pans (transmission, rear.
eic) $200.863-763-3765
King Pin Locks w/ keys (2), to
lock down trailers Also an-
tennas for radios (2). $100'
for all. 772-812-3300
PARTS, 4x4, trans, transfer
cases & oiner parts Ford,
Chevy & Jeep. $500 for all,
will separate. (561)644-4840
RIMS & TIRES- 20", $600
(863)528-4444 r
SUBWOOFER & AMP: 12"
Rockford sub in box. Alpine
320 wattll 5 channel amp.
$200 neg. 863-801-1683.
SUPERCHIP #3714- Fits '03
Dodge Hemi 5.7. $150. Call
Jess (863)634-5020
TIRES & RIMS- 41, New,
LT275/65R20 on 20" SpoKe
nms. FIs Fords & GM's $950.
(863)357-1784 or 634-2454'
TONNEAU COVER, Fiberglass.
gray,..tils 02 current Dodge
Ram snort bed $700 Call
Heather 18631697-0328
TOOLBOX, Aluminum, or
small truck. $75
(863)357-5754
TRAILER HITCH- Orl a BuiCk
Century. Good condition.
$75. (863)357-1580


TRANSMISSION: '97 Chevy
S10, w/ 4.3 engine. Will de-
liver from Ft Pierce to WPB
area. $500. 863-763-2389.


CHEVROLET P/U 1993: Great
work trucks $1400. For more
Info call 863-357-5906.
CHEVY- '83, 1 ton Dually, Au-
tomatic, w/hydraul c lift
dump bed. $1000. or trade.
(863)634-7706

CHEVY PICK UP '93: Dually,
white, clean, 2 door,
custom, big block / auto.
$6500.863-674-0898
FORD F150- '90, no A/C,
$1200 (863)763-5422 or
(863)61U-0412-



FORD EXPLORER SPORT- '91,
runs good, needs brakes,
$1000 or best offer
(863)467-6702


TSC 4X8 TRAILER- brand new
$400(863)467-6778
UTILITY TRAILER- 6x9, home-
made, new condition (new
floor,:paint, lights, etc). $550
or best offer (863)763-3735


CHEVY VANDURA 1991 wrv
& VCR, White w/blue trim.
Asking $2250. neg.
(863)763-2345/304-2289
DODGE GRAND CARAVAN
SPORT 1998, Runs good.
Rebuilt engine & trans.
$2380 (239)495-0052
PLYMOUTH VOYAGER '95,
Excellent cond. Ice cold a/c,
p/w, p/i, new battery. 158k.
$2000 (863)697-6680

PUblic Hotices


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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar

Young carolers
First grade students at South Elementary School sang Christmas carols at their annual
winter carnival on Tuesday, Dec. 19.


Submitted photo/Seminole Elementary

Santa delivers books
Mrs. Bishop's class shows off the books Santa Claus brought to the students at Seminole
Elementary School.


Community Events


Methodist church hosting evangelist
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will wel-
come Reverend Terry R. Duckworth for revival services on Sunday,
Jan.21, 2007, at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 22, at
6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 23. at 6:30 p.m.; and a special youth program
on Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Rev. Duckworth is a
general evangelist for the Western North Carolina Conference of the
United Methodist Church. He was a church pastor and lay speaker
prior to becoming a full time evangelist.

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.

Library will host book discussion
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Club will meet Thurs-
day, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County
Public Library, 206 S.W 16th St., to discuss "Snow Flower and the
Secret Fan," a novel by Lisa See. At the beginning of the meeting titles
will be chosen for discussion in the next six months. Anyone who likes
to read and discuss books is invited. For information, call Jan at (863)
357-9980.

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.

Contests planned for county fair
The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking contest partici-
pants in our inaugural fair to be held March 9-18, 2007. The contests
consist of quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, photography and wood-
working. There will also be food competitions such as home baking
and canned goods; and a vegetable competition featuring categories
such as garden vegetable, fruit and vegetable and largest vegetable.
,Entry forms and rules are available at the Okeechobee County Exten-
sion Office, 458 U.S. 98 North. For information, contact Linda Syfrett at
(863) 763-6232 or Dianne Spann at (863) 634-3327.

Bike rally benefits local charities
Splinter Productions will present an Okeechobee Memorial Day
Bike Rally on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, 2007, at Okee-
chobee Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E. Gates open both days from 9
a.m. until 9 p.m. Events include live music, food, drawings, bike show,
contests, vendors, poker runs and motorcycle events. Children 12 and
under are free. Tickets are $10 per person on Saturday and Sunday. A
full weekend pass is $15 per person. A percentage of the proceeds will
support Big Lake Missions, the Pregnancy Resource Center and More 2
Life Ministries. Vendors, bands, sponsors, parking attendants, cleaning
crews and security personnel are currently being sought. For informa-
tion call (863)-634-8980 or (863) 634-4151; log onto
www.splintpro.com; or by mail at Splinter Productions, P.O. Box 623,
Okeechobee, FL 34973.


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 seek-
ing an experienced 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 I10 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. 'Iwo 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 con-
tact Bridgette Waldau at (863) 467-7300 for information.

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







16 The Okeechobee News, Saturday, December 23, 2006


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as we reminisce about the wonderful year


we've had serving all of you.


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