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Vol. 97 No. 363

Friday, December 29, 2006

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CES students
visit Arnold's Center
Third graders in Ms. Enfin-
ger's room enjoyed a visit to
Arnold's Ranch. The Wild Life
Rehabilitation Center houses
animals from all over the area.
They have even opened a But-
terfly Garden that is both
enjoyable and educational.
The students enjoyed the day.
The students have learned
how to turn fractions into dec-
imals in tenths and hun-
Page 3
Keep safe when
removing decorations
Now that the holidays are
over, take down your decora-
tions and start the New Year
safely, advises the National Fire
Protection Association (NFPA)
and Underwriters Laboratories
Inc. (UL), the not-for-profit
product safety testing organiza-
According to the NFPA, 20
percent of home fires attributed
to Christmas trees occur in Jan-
uary. "Christmas trees can be a
significant fuel source if a fire
occurs in your home," said Lor-
raine Carli, NFPA assistant vice
president of communications.
"Dried-out trees burn easily and
should not be left in a garage or
placed against the house. We
recommend you remove your
tree from the home and dispose
of it properly as soon as your
Christmas celebration ends."
Page 3
Zito agrees to 126M
deal with Giants
NEW YORK Barry Zito
and the San Francisco Giants
reached a preliminary agree-
ment on the largest contract for
a pitcher in baseball history, a
$126 million, seven-year deal.
While there was no immedi-
ate confirmation from the
Giants, details of the contract
were provided Thursday to The
Associated Press by two per-
sons familiar with the negotia-
tions who spoke on condition
of anonymity because the deal
wasn't announced by the team.
Zito's agreement, reached
late Wednesday night, includes
an $18 million option for 2014
with a $7 million buyout that
could increase the value to $137
million. The option would
become guaranteed if Zito
pitches 200 innings in 2013, 400
combined over 2012 and 2013
or 600 combined from 2011-
Page 5

Drought Index
Current: 594
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

12.11 feet

Lake level
Last Year:
15.77 feet
South Florida
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea
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Okeechobee winter: A beautiful day to fish

The Thurman brothers, Joshua, (left), and John, (right), of Okeechobee are seen return-
ing from an afternoon of fishing from the pier at Jaycees' Park on T;iursday afternoon,
Dec. 28. In spite of the beautiful weather, they said the fishing was not good.

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Santiago faces
up to 20 years
in federal prison
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Mexican male who has
entered the United States ille-
gally at least twice may get to
spend up to 20 years here all
- ofit in a federal prison.
According' to a spokes-
woman with the U.S. Immigra-
tion and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) office in Miami, Tinajero
Santiago is currently being held

at the Krome Service Process-
ing Center in
Miami while
he awaits
trial in a fed-
eral court.
said in a tele-
phone inter-
view Thurs-
day, Dec. 28, Tinajero
Santiago Santiago
was turned
over to ICE agents following his
arrest in Okeechobee County
on a charge of trafficking in
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Santiago, 27, of a N.W. 42nd
Ave. address in Okeechobee, was
arrested Nov. 22 by the Okee-
chobee Narcotics Task Force. He
was held without bond in the
Okeechobee County Jail until he
was turned over to ICE.
Ms. Gonzalez said the U.S.
Attorney of the Southern District
took the case on Dec. 26.
If he is found guilty in federal
court, Santiago could face up to
20 years in a federal prison. Upon
his release from federal prison,
Santiago would be deported
However, Ms. Gonzalez said
Santiago must "go back through
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Ms. Gonzalez said Santiago, a
Mexican national, was first
ordered to be deported on April 2,
2002. Following his appeals; he
was deported from the U.S. on
Nov. 13, 2003. She said he was
convicted of attempted burglary
of a structure and domestic bal-
tery in Palm Beach County.
On Nov. 18, 2003, Santiago
tried to re-enter the United States
at Brownsville, Texas. Ms. Gonza-
lez said he claimed to be a citizen
of the U.S. However, he was
arrested on a charge of false claim
to U.S. citizenship. She said he
was convicted, given a sentence
of time served and deported again
to Mexico.

, Santiago re-entered the U.S.
again and was arrested in Okee-
chobee County this year.
An Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) arrest report

states that members of the nar-
cotics task force, along with per-
sonnel from the Drug Enforce-
ment Administration (DEA), set
up an undercover narcotics oper-
During the operation, an
undercover officer posing as a
drug buyer reportedly purchased
a substance for $1,600. The sub-
stance was field tested and indi-
cated a positive result for the pres-
ence of cocaine.
The report goes on to state that
the operation was videotaped.
Following Santiago's arrest,
ICE issued a detainer on him. The
detainer lets other agencies know
that if Santiago is released, for
whatever reason, ICE is to be noti-
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New Year's concert scheduled
OKEECHOBEE Cracker Cowboy Enterprises presents the
New Year's Round-up in Cowtown concert featuring Trent Will-
mon with Wade Hayes and the Florida Bluegrass Express on Sun-
day, Dec. 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center, 4200
S.R. 70 East.
Advance tickets are available at Eli's Western Wear for $22. Tick-
ets at the gate are $25.
The gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

Garbage pick-up will be one day behind
OKEECHOBEE Waste Management has announced that
there will be no residential or commercial garbage pickup on Mon-
day, Jan. 1.
All garbage pickups will be running one day behind: 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

Drivers can list emergency contacts
Effective in the State of Florida as of Oct. 2, you can have two
emergency contacts attached to your Florida driver's license.
If you are in an accident, emergency rescuers can check your
driver's license and two emergency contacts will pop up so they do
not have to search for relatives.
Go to 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
Okeechobee, the driver's license office is located at 1857 U.S. 441
S.E. Their phone number is (863) 462-5225.

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


The Okeechobee News, Friday, December 29, 2006 o

Central Elementary students

visit Arnold's Wildlife Center

Third grade
Third graders in Ms. Enfin-
ger's room enjoyed a visit to
Ranch. The
Wild Life Reha-
bilitation Cen-
ter houses ani- l
mals from all
over the area. 4
They have even
opened a Butterfly Garden that is
both enjoyable and educational.
The students enjoyed the day.
The students have learned how
to turn fractions into decimals in
tenths and hundredths. The stu-
dents have also finished the first

of two readers this year. They are
working hard trying to learn as
much as they can before the
FCAT. Thank you to all the par-
ents who have helped their child
read and do math home work, it
makes such a difference in the
student's understanding. A wish
to all that your holiday be merry
and the New Year wonderful!
Don't forget to read over the hol-

Fifth grade
Mrs. Steiert is so proud of her
class! They reached 1,500 points
before Christmas break. WOW!
That's a new record for her

class. Mrs. Steiert's class also
took a trip to Dairy Queen earli-
er this month for those students
with excellent behavior this nine
weeks. Way to go, class!
In science, Mrs. Steiert's class
wrapped up the first semester
learning about forces and
motion. They have worked hard
in science this year and are real-
ly beginning to grasp the con-
cepts. Mrs. Steiert's class is
working hard in math and is
doing well with decimals in divi-
sion and multiplication.
Mrs. Steiert's Student of the
Week is Ryan Reister. Congratu-
lations, Ryan!

NES Christmas program
North Elementary second graders presented an evening of Christmas fun for their
parents on December 14. Santa joined second graders in wishing everyone Merry

NFPA warns of carbon monoxide

dangers and urges extra caution

Hundreds of people die from
carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning
each year and it remains a serious
threat no matter the season, but
activities that typically increase
with the onset of winter weather
conditions pose an even greater
risk. Recent tragic events through-
out the country have served as sad
reminders that carbon monoxide
poisoning can result in death
when it reaches unsafe levels. The
National Fire Protection Associa-
tion (NFPA) urges the public to be
aware of the dangers of carbon
monoxide and to take measures
to ensure safe practices.
Many deaths caused by carbon
monoxide poisoning could have
been prevented by installing car-
bon monoxide alarms in the
home to alert residents of its lethal
levels before it is too late.
Carbon, monoxide is a color-
less, odorless gas that enters the
body undetected as a person
breathes. The gas is produced by
burning wood, coal, charcoal, nat-
ural gas, gasoline, propane, oil,
methane, and other common
fuels. It is also produced by auto-
mobiles and other gasoline or
diesel engines.
When power outages occur,
people naturally look .for other
ways to see and keep warm. As
they look for alternatives for elec-
tricity and home heating, they
should be aware that the risk of
carbon monoxide poisoning is
sometimes elevated with supple-
menial equipment that is often
"Portable generators are often
used to meet electricity and heat-
ing needs in emergency situations.
Homeowners are sometimes
unaware of the risks associated
with them like electric shock, elec-
trocution and the most common
risk, carbon monoxide poison-
ing," said Mark W. Earley, P.E.,
assistant vice president/chief elec-
trical engineer. "Risks associated
with portable generators and
many alternative sources for elec-
tricity and heat are minimized
when owners are educated about
the potential dangers and equip-
ment is used properly."
Carbon monoxide poisoning

can be confused with flu symp-
toms, food poisoning and other ill-
nesses. Some symptoms include
shortness of breath, nausea, dizzi-
ness, light headedness or
For more information on car-
bon monoxide poisoning view
fact sheets on NFPAs Web site at
research and reports. NFPA sug-
gests the following safety tips to
avoid the dangers of carbon
Install carbon monoxide
(CO) alarms (listed by an inde-
pendent testing laboratory) inside
your home to provide early warn-
ing of accumulating CO. CO
alarms should be installed in a
central location outside each sepa-
rate sleeping area. If bedrooms are
spaced apart, each area will need
a CO alarm.
Test CO alarms at least once a
month and replace alarms accord-
ing to the manufacturer's instruc-
CO alarms are not substitutes
for smoke alarms. Know the differ-
ence between the sound of smoke
alarms and CO alarms.
Have fuel-burning heating
equipment (fireplaces, furnaces,
water heaters, wood and coal
stoves, space or portable heaters)
and chimneys inspected by a pro-
fessional every year before cold
weather sets in.
When using a fireplace, open
the flue for adequate ventilation.
Never use your oven or grill
When buying an existing
home, have a qualified technician
evaluate the integrity of the heating
and cooking systems, as well as
the sealed spaces between the
garage and house.
If you need to warm a vehi-
cle, remove it from the garage
immediately after starting it. Do
not run a vehicle, generator, or
other fueled engine or motor
indoors, even if garage doors are
open. Make sure the exhaust pipe
of a running vehicle is not covered
with snow.
During and after a snow-
storm, make sure vents for the

Keep safety in mind as you put away holiday decorations

Now that the holidays are over,
take down your decorations and
start the New Year safely, advises
the National Fire Protection Asso-
ciation (NFPA) and Under writers'
Laboratories Inc. (UL), the not-
for-profit product safety testing
According to the NFPA, 20 per-
cent of home fires attributed to
Christmas trees occur in January.
"Christmas trees can be a signifi-
cant fuel source if a fire occurs in
your home," said Lorraine Carli,
NFPA assistant vice president of
communications. "Dried-out
trees burn easily and should not
be left in a garage or placed
against the house. We recom-
mend you remove your tree from
the home and dispose of it prop-
erly as soon as your Christmas
celebration ends."
"Even well-watered trees dry
out after four weeks," John Dren-
genberg, consumer affairs man-
ager for UL, explained. "So if your
real tree went up right after
Thanksgiving, it should. be dis-
carded after Christmas and not

New Year's Day."
Carli and Drengenberg also
remind you that Christmas trees
aren't the only holiday decora-
tions that need prompt attention
after the holidays.
"Leaving your decorations out
for several months or evenrall year
not only aggravates your neigh-
bors," Carli said, "but it also
leaves the wires exposed to rain,
snow, cold, the sun, squirrels and
birds longer than intended by the
safety standards."
"Many people don't realize
that holiday lights should only be
up for a limited time," Drengen-
berg continued, "The safety stan-
dards are developed anticipating
a maximum of 90 days of use per
year because these decorations
are considered seasonal. If you
leave decorations out any longer,
the resulting damage could cause
an electrical shock or a fire haz-
As you unplug and store your
lights whether indoors or out-
doors -- remember the safety
precautions you take now can

prevent hazards from occurring
next season.
Following is a checklist of safe-
ty tips that are not only helpful to
stay safe as you take down your
holiday decorations, but are use-
ful all year-around: When using
electrical toys or appliances for
the first time, carefully read and
follow all instructions in the man-
ufacturer's use and care booklet.
Make sure electrical toys and
appliances have the UL Mark. Use
the gripping area provided on the
plugs to unplug electric decora-
tions. Don't pull plugs from elec-
trical outlets by the cord. Yanking
or tugging on the cord can dam-
age the cord's wire and insulation
and could lead to an electrical
shock or fire.
When putting away electrical
light strings, take time to inspect
for flaws. Check each light set for
broken or cracked sockets, frayed
or bare wires and loose connec-
tions. Dispose of worn or broken
light sets and replace them. Do
not place a-faulty set of lights.back
'into the storage box for next

year's use. Store electrical decora-
tions away from children and pets
to ensure that cords and wires are
not damaged in storage. Store
electrical decorations in a dry
place where they can not be dam-
aged by water or dampness.
To keep from having a tangled
mess of lights next year, be sure to
pack them appropriately. When
preparing your holiday lights for
storage, you can purchase a holi-
day light storage reel, or create
your own storage systems. For
example, wrap the lights around
an empty wrapping paper tube or
a cardboard square, or wrap each
set of lights and put them in indi-
vidual plastic bags.
For more post-holiday safety
tips, to download footage of how
quickly a dry Christmas tree incin-
erates or for photographs related
to holiday decoration safety, go to or

About UL.
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

(UL) is an independent, not-for-
profit product safety certification
organization that has been testing
products and writing Standards
for Safety fol more'than 110 years.
UL tests more than 19,000 types
of products annually, and more
then 20 billion UL Marks appear
on products each year. World-,
wide, UL's family of companies
and its network of service
providers include 62 laboratories,
and testing and certification facili-
ties. For more information, visit

About NFPA
NFPA has been a worldwide
leader in providing fire, electrical,
building, and life safety to the
public since 1896. The mission of
the international nonprofit organ-
ization is to reduce the worldwide
burden of fire and other hazards
on the quality of life by providing
and advocating consensus codes
and standards, research, training
and education. Visit NFPA's Web
site at -


Raymond L. Edwards
Raymond L. Edwards, age 72,
of Okeechobee/Buckhead Ridge,
died Dec. 27, 2006, at his home.
Mr. Edwards was born Sept. 19,
1934, in Frazeysburg, Ohio to Her-
bert and Nellie Edwards.
He retired after 35 years as a
salesman in the telephone busi-
ness. Mr. Edwards came to Okee-
chobee from Sarasota in 2001. He
was of the Methodist faith and
was instrumental in forming the
Men's Auxiliary Post 9528 in
Buckhead Ridge where he served
as president for three years and
treasurer for 2006. He was a lov-
ing husband and father who
passed away peacefully at home
with his family by his side.
Mr. Edwards is survived by: his
wife of 50 years, Sally Edwards;
five sons, Mark (Beth) Edwards of
Westchester, Ohio, Jeff (Judy)
Edwards of Holly Hill, Tracy
(Susan) Edwards of Sarasota,
John Edwards of Melbourne and
Scott Edwards of Haleiwa,
Hawaii; two daughters, Lisa
(Tom) Ernst of Waterford, Conn.
and Susan (John) Marra of Kern-
ersville, N.C.; brother, George
(Lola) Edwards of Westerville,
Ohio; eleven grandchildren; one
great grandchild; several nieces
and nephews; and, a host of
A memorial service will be
held at noon, on Sunday, Jan. 21,
2006, at Auxiliary Post 9528 in
Buckhead Ridge. Mr. Edwards'
final resting place will be in Mag-
gie Valley, N.C.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobeefu-

All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory,
205 N.E. Second Street, Okee-

Glenda Faye Hays
Glenda Faye Hays, age 60, of
Okeechobee, died Monday, Dec.
25, 2006, at her residence. Born
Dec. 14, 1946,
in Macon Ga.,
she has been a
resident of
Okeechobee .'"
for the past 16 "
She was a
and enjoyed
sewing. Glenda
She is sur- Faye Hays .
vived by:
daughter, Bren-
da Hays of Okeechobee; son,
John (Teresa) Hays of Okee-
chobee; brothers, Bill (Laura)
Arwood of Okeechobee, Frank
Arwood of Georgia, Tom (Betty),
Arwood of Ocala; sisters, Shirley
Fridgeway of Belle, Grace Mitchell
of New Mexico, Bertie Vargas of
West Palm Beach, and Mikey
(Dean) Harper of Belle and Joyce
Somer of Florida; granddaugh-
ters, Crystal Hays, Kayla Mock, all
of Okeechobee, and Elaine
Jacobs of North Carolina; and,
great granddaughter, Sierra Sulli-
Visitation will be Saturday,
Dec. 30, 2006, from 10 a.m. until
service time at 11 a.m. in the Bux-
ton Funeral Home Chapel. Inter-
ment will be at Evergreen Ceme-

All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee.

Edward Weldington
Trent, Sr.
Edward Weldington Trent, Sr.,
age 70, of St. Inigeoes, Md., died
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, in
Okeechobee. He has been a sea-
sonal resident of Okeechobee for
the past two years. He served in
the United States Army and
enjoyed bluegrass music.
Mr. Weldington is survived by:
his significant other of 11 years,
Shirley Epperson of Saint Ini-
geoes, Md.; sons, Edward
(Andrea) Trent, Jr. of Hickory,
N.C., Kenny (Tammy) Trent of
Taylorsville, N.C. and Dennis
Trent of Hickory, N.C.; daughter,
Deborah (Rick) Smith of Hickory,
N.C.; sister, Florence (Arnold)
Pulley of Powhattan, Va.; and,
seven grandchildren.
The family will hold a memori-
al service in Maryland at a later
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee.

Paul Wesley Bishop
Paul Wesley Bishop, age 83, of
Kingsport, Tenn., died Monday,
Dec. 25, 2006, at the Hamrick
Home in Okeechobee. Born Sept.
17, 1923, in Blackwater, Va. he
was a seasonal resident of Okee-
chobee for the last 11 years. He
served in the United States Army

serving in World War II and was a
member of the VFW and the
Moose Lodge in Tennessee.
Mr. Bishop is survived by: his
wife of 54 years, Blanche E. Bish-
op of Kingsport, Tenn. and a sis-
ter, Thelma Surgeoner of Stick-
leysville, Va.
The family has decided not to
hold services at this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions can be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the Bux-
ton Funeral Home and Cremato-
ry, 110 N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee.

Fred A. Sklenar
Fred A. Sklenar, age 87, of
Okeechobee, died Wednesday,
Dec. 20, 2006, at the Hamrick
Home in Okeechobee. Born on
Nov. 24, 1919, in Polar, Wis., he
was a resident of Okeechobee for
the past 44 years. He served in the
United States Army and enjoyed
Mr. Sklenar is preceded in
death by: his wife, Wanda Skle-
He is survived by: daughter,
Mary Jean (Edward) Betty of Boy-
ertown, Pa.; son, Fred S. (Helene)
Sklenar of Levittown, Pa.; brother,
Julius (Carol) Sklenar of Wiscon-
sin; sister, Rose Tidman of Califor-
nia; grandchildren, Elizabeth Frye
of Dover, Del. and Joseph
(Denise) Sklenar of Levittown,
Pa.; and, a host of nieces and
A graveside service will be
held Friday, Dec. 29, 2006, in Ever-
green Cemetery at 10 a.m. with

Father Soy officiating the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions can be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E, Fifth St., Okeechobee.

dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace
are clear of snow build-up.
NFPA, publisher of the National
Electrical Code
Num=70) (NEC), recommends
the following tips for proper use of
portable generators.
Generators should be operat-
ed in well ventilated locations out-
doors away from all doors, win-
dows and vent openings.
The generator should be
located so that exhaust fumes can-
not enter the home through win-
dows, doors or other building
Do not refuel the generator
while it is running. Turn the gener-
ator off and let it cool down before
Never store fuel for your gen-
erator in your home. Gasoline and
other flammable liquids should be
stored outside of living areas in
properly-labeled safety containers.
They should be stored away from-
any fuel-burning appliance such
as a gas hot water heater.
Plug appliances directly into
the generator or use a heavy duty
outdoor-rated extension cord.
Make sure the cord is free of cuts
or tears and that the plug has all
three prongs, especially a ground-
ing pin. Do not try to power the
house wiring by plugging the gen-
erator into awall outlet.
If you must connect the gen-
erator to the house wiring to
power appliances, have a quali-
fied electrician install a properly
rated transfer switch in accor-
dance with the NEC and all appli-
cable state and local electrical
NFPA has been a worldwide
leader in providing fire, electrical,
building, and life safety to the pub-
lic since 1896. The mission of the
international nonprofit organiza-
tion is to reduce the worldwide
burden of fire and other hazards
on the quality of life by providing
and advocating consensus codes
and standards, research, training,
and education. Visit NFPAs Web
site at

Very few battles of life are conclud-
ed with a once-and-for-all victory.
most of them have to be fought again
es and decisions. We become crea-
tures of habit, and join the throng that
movesalonginarut Orwechooseto
be creative and launch out into new
experiences and feelings of accom-
Thekind of personwehappentobe
was largelydeterminedbythewaywe
have fought the battles of life, either
throughhabit or the adventures of cre-
This is a certain, too! Each of us is
Sdeiding today just the kindof person
we willbe tamnow.
No person arises above his ambi-
tions and neither does he sink below
his darst defeats.
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Community Events

Public meeting on TMDLs slated
The Environmental Protection Agency will be holding a public
meeting to solicit public input concerning setting total maximum daily
loads (TMDL) of nutrients for tributaries leading into Lake Okee-
chobee. The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. until noon on Wednes-
day, Jan. 10, at the Okeechobee Civic Center on U.S. 98 N.

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 Journey through
Florida," will be a treat for the entire family. This program is sponsored
by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council. 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 Developmental Assets in
Youth. For information call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Chamber hosting Big Top Extravaganza
The Under the Big Top European Extravaganza, sponsored by the
Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, will be at the American
Legion Fairgrounds Jan. 12, 13 and 14, 2007. There will be high wire
acts, aerial fantasy, clowns, jugglers, a magic show and an aerial rocket
stars thrill show. Adult, senior and children's advance 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.

S. Florida Fair tickets on sale
South Florida Fair advanced tickets are on sale now at the Okee-
chobee 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 avail-
able 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) 7_63-7113.

Plans made for MLK parade
Okeechobee Community Improvement Association will sponsor
the Martin Luther King Day march and parade on Monday, Jan. 15. The
march will start at 9 a.m. at Douglas Brown School and proceed to the
Park Street gazebo, where a speech will be heard. The line up for the
parade will start at 9:30 a.m. in front of the First Baptist Church, 401
S.W. Fourth St., and will follow the traditional parade route, starting at
10 a.m. After the parade, the marchers will return to Douglas Brown
School where there will be activities. To-place an entry in the parade -
such as a group on foot, horseback, bikes, a float or vehicle contact
George Robertson at (863) 610-0973 or Bertha Boswell at (863) 763-

GaL training being offered
The Guardian ad Litem program needs volunteers to help lead chil-
dren through the realities of the court and foster care system, and into
safe, permanent homes. The Guardian ad Litem program will be train-
ing 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. California Blvd., in Port St.
Lucie. For information, call (772) 785-5804.

AARP driver's safety course planned
An AARP driver safety course will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, and Sat-
urday, Jan. 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Theresa's Catholic
Church fellowship hall at the corner of Chobee Loop and S.R. 78 in
Buckhead Ridge. Both days must be attended to complete the course.
You do not have to be a member of AARP or have AARP auto insur-
ance. All seniors 55 and over are invited. Consult your Florida auto
insurance agent for your three-year discount upon completion of class.
For information and reservations, call Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-

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Upcoming Events

Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for'an open discussion
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or
(863) 467-5474.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for
members and $6 for guests. For information, call (863) 471-0559 or
(863) 385-6671.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invit-
ed. All person interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what
we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This will be an open speaker meeting.
Nar-anon Helps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a
more normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she has
stopped using. We meet every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863) 467-9833.

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.
A.A. meeting 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott Ave. It
will be a closed discussion.

A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. This will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from.7.30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.

A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace Luther-
an Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, contact David Fox at
(863) 763-3296.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For information call
(863) 634-4780.
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
ypur organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at (863) 532-0449.

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 al the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church,
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets.from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W.'Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Securi-
ty Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m. Learn types add uses of film, speeds and lecnnology and
how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through
extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at
(863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards
Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information,
contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock. Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For informa-
tion, call (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall; 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
. The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a mem-
ber is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321. ,
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys
old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact
Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
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.

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 facili-
tator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Gra-
ham as the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American
Legion Post #64, 510 S.E. Second St. The Jaycees would like to wel-
come all energetic young people between the ages of 21 and 39, who
are interested in working towards the betterment of our community.
For information, call MargaretBowers at (863) 763-7399.
A.A meeting from ,noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building,
1600 S.W. Second Aye., from.7 p.m. until 8 p.m. For information, call
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.

Community Events

Former PSL mayor talk show guest
Family Stations, Inc. will host a radio talk show on Saturday,
Dec. 30, 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
former Port St. Lucie mayor Bob Minsky. The topic of the show will
be a look back over his tenure as mayor of Port St. Lucie and a look
forward to the city's future. For information, contact Bob Minsky at
(772) 878-5540.
Oakview plans special services
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St., will hold a special
New Year's Eve service on Sunday, Dec. 31, at 5-p.m.

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, relation-
ships 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 Flamingo
Motel, 4101 U.S. 441 S. There will be drawings for gifts and refresh-
merits. 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 I 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.
Hospice plans yard sales
Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth St., will hold a yard sale
on Friday, Jan. 5, and Saturday, Jan. 6, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Donated items are needed and proceeds benefit patient care,
including services at, The Hamrick Home. For information, call
Rhondaat (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.

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. Second St.
All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. There will be a demonstra-
tion on the use of brads and eyelets in your scrapbooking 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-cnh-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 Jean 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.

Hospice board of directors to meet
; The board of directors for Hospice of Okeechobee will hold
their annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m. The meeting will
be held at the new Hospice residence, The Hamrick Home, at -411
S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.

OSAC training group will meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalitionis 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, or Val Marone at (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. Everyone is
welcome and lunch will be served. For information, call Val
Marone at (863) 462-0040.
Weight loss classes scheduled
The Devotional Weight-Loss Program will have registration and
orientation on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. There will be 11 weeks of
classes that will end on March 20. Classes will be held each Tues-
day 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.
Healthy Start board will meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, at 11:30 a.m. at 575 S.W
28 St. in the New Endeavors School building. The meeting is
open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part
of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning and
implementing services for pregnant women and infants. The
Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is made up of citizens interest-
ed in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies
in Okeechobee. For information, call Kay Begin at (863) 462-5877.

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Community Events

Methodist church hosting evangelist
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will welcome
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.; Tues-
day, 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.
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)

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 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 par-
ticipants in our inaugural fair to be held March 9-18, 2007. The con-
tests consist of quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, photography
and woodworking. There will also be food competitions such as
home baking and canned goods; and a vegetable competition fea-
turing categories such as garden vegetable, fruit and vegetable and
largest vegetable. Entry forms and rules are available at the Okee-
chobee County Extension Office, 458 U.S. 98 North. For informa-
tion, contact Linda Syfrett at (863) 763-6232 or Dianne Spann at
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Division winners
The Don's Appliances men's softball team was champion
of the "Rec." division of the Okeechobee County Parks &
Recreation 2006 men's softball league. Team members
were (front row, left to right) Roger Jones, Kevin Hare,
Don Weir, and Gary Davenport; (back row, left to right)
Rob Lowe, John Nurozyk, Richard Devoss, Scott Blome-1
field, Riley Carter and Mike Hadden. Not pictured were,
John O'Connell, Leroy Wise, Rick McCall, Brandon
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The Kirton Ranch men's softball team won
sion championship of the Okeechobee Cou
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were (front row, left to right) Jarred Shaw,
Joey Sammons, Ed Jennings and Boatsey M
row, left to right) Raymond Gray, Lance
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SFWMD notes accomplishments achieved in 2006

West Palm Beach FRom com-
pleting five and breaking ground on
a half-dozen more Everglades
restoration projects... to complet-
ing the total 102,061-acre land
acquisition needed to finish Kissim-
mee River restoration.. .to success-
fully launching a new Small Busi-
ness Enterprise program, the South
Florida Water Management District
notes a number of significant
accomplishments achieved in
"Speeding construction of Ever-
glades restoration projects through
the state's $1.8 billion Acceler8 pro-
gram was a top priority for the
South Florida Water Management
District this year," said Kevin McCar-
ty, Digtrict Governing Board chair-
man. 'And we did just that faster
and at substantial savings to taxpay-
ers using Certificates of Participa-
tion fundjpg. We are the first agency
in the country to use COPs for a nat-
ural resources project with the first
$546 million issued this year."
Charged with the multi-mission
challenge of restoring natural envi-
ronments including the Everglades,
protecting communities from
extremes like flood and drought,
ensuring water supply for future
generations, and safeguarding
water quality for wildlife and peo-
ple, the South Florida Water Man-
agement District delivered in 2006.
"2006 was a phenomenal year,"
said Carol Ann Wehle, executive
director for the District. "Our
achievements are a huge testament
to our dedicated staff, both on the
resource protection and business
operations sides of water manage-
ment. We've been able to launch
and complete many projects and
take ecosystem restoration, flood
control, and water resource plan-
ning and protection to new heights
while continuing to hold millage
rates steady."
With a total fiscal year budget of
just over $1 billion including the
$546 million borrowed funds need-
ed for Acceler8 and a staff of
1,771 employees across 16-coun-
ties from Orlando to the Keys, the
South Florida Water Management
District reports a banner year in a
long list of accomplishments. Ever-
glades restoration and water quality
construction starts and comple-
tions, Kissimmee River restoration
land acquisition completions, Lake
Okeechobee and estuary recovery
initiatives, water control
system/structure refurbishments
and cutting-edge water supply poli-
cy implementation top the list of
priorities and accomplishments
"This was definitely a year of
action and progress despite the on-
going challenges presented by
Mother Nature," Wehle added. "For
example, a few years ago we had
the worst drought ever followed by,
two years of multiple hurricanes
and the, highest Lake Okeechobee
levels on record. Now we're in-
between. Only Mother Nature is

certain of what she's going to throw
our way, but we are prepared to
handle the cards she deals us."
Key 2006 priority: Expedite Ever-
glades Restoration Accomplish-
Broke ground on six key Accel-
er8 Everglades restoration projects;
completed two test reservoir cells
and three initial stormwater treat-
ment area expansions:
Everglades Agricultural Area
(EAA) Stormwater Treatment Area
Expansions commenced con-
struction and completed three ini-
tial expansions totaling 5,120 acres
ahead of schedule
C-43 (Caloosahatchee River)
Reservoir Test Cells commenced
construction and completed
C-44 (Saint. Lucie Canal)
Reservoir and STA commenced
and completed construction of test
cells; Also commenced project
Water Preserve Area/Acme
Basin B Discharge Project com-
menced construction
EAA Reservoir Phase 1 -
commenced construction
Picayune Strand Restoration
- progress continued with addi-
tional phases of construction'
$546 million Series 2006, Certifi-
cates of Participation (COPs) issued
- first ever for an ecosystem
restoration project; received excel-
lent "AA" credit ratings.
Land acquisition-99 percent
complete for Acceler8 projects.
Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Plan (CERP).
Construction complete:
*Ten Mile Creek Water Preserve
Taylor Creek and Nubbin
Slough Reservoir/Stormwater
Treatment Area
Tamiami Trail culvert installa-
tion for Picayune Strand Restora-
Land acquisition for CERP -
over 55 percent complete; aver-
aged 20,000 acres per-year over the
last two years.
CERP, recovery indicator -
wading birds return (wood stork;
white ibis; snowy egret; tricolored
heron; and great egret)
Nests exceeded 54,000 a 71
percent increase from last year.
(Excludes Lake Okeechobee's
10,000 nests, which is the largest
amount since 1974.)
One of the highest nesting sea-
sons since the 1940s.
Improvements attributed to
favorable hydrologic and climatic
conditions and better water man-
2006 key priority: Achieve Ever-
Stormwater treatment areas
(STAs) reduced total phosphorus
entering the Everglades by 68 per-
cent; STAs are constructed wet-
lands that naturally reduce phos-
phorus levels, which can harm the
Everglades ecosystem in high

More than 40,000 acres have
been converted to STAs with anoth-
er 18,000 acres being built through
Acceler8, going beyond require-
ments to improve Everglades water
STA initial expansions com-
pleted for flow-capable status more
than three weeks ahead of Dec. 31,
2006, deadline.
STA enhancements construc-
tion on track to improve water
To date, improved. farming
practices and STAs combined have
prevented more than 2,200 metric
tons of phosphorus from entering
the Everglades.
Additional public use benefits
of STAs; recreational opportunities
now include duck and alligator,
hunting, bird watching and tours.
2006 key priority: Acquire Land
for Kissinmmee River Restoration
Acquired final parcels of total
102,061 acres needed for river
restoration., .
Successfully accelerated acqui-
sition pace at Governing Board
Kissimmee River recovery indi-
Highest densities recorded
thus far for wading birds and water-
fowl '
Healthy levels of dissolved
oContinuous river channel flow
for fifth consecutive year .
Next phase (Phase IV-A) of con-
struction under way:
Backfill about 2 miles of canal.'
Reconnect .6 mile of continu-
ous river channel. /
2006 priority: Protect Lake
Lake Okeechobee & Estuary
Recovery (LOER) action plan
p* LOER Fast-Track project
designs under way; Nubbin Slough
STA expansion design completed. ,
Permanent forward pumps
Alternative storage assess-
ments completed; eight sites under
agreement to add 30,000-acre feet
of storage.
Lake Okeechobee hurricane
recovery indicators:
Improvements in suspended
solids, in-lake phosphorus levels
and phosphorus loadings. -
Lingering impacts on sub-
merged vegetation.
2006 priority: Implement Water
Supply Projects
Implementing aggressive Alter-
native Water Supply grant program;
in 20 years, the demand for con-
sumptive use will go up by almost 1
billion gallons a day, plus water is
needed' for the Everglades and
other restoration projects.
In 2006, funded 71 AWS proj-
ects built by local partners through-
out the District, creating 89 million

gallons of newwater per day.
Miami-Dade County Con-
sumptive Use Permit agreement
Central Florida water supply
planning coordination
Water Conservation program
14 Water Savings Incentive
Program (Water SIP) projects
10 Mobile Irrigation Labs
2006 priority: Refurbish Central
& Southern Florida Water Control
(The SFWMD operates and
maintains 1,800 miles of canals
and levees and hundreds of water
control structures across central
and southern Florida.)
36 capital projects complet-
ed;. six started and will continue
into 2007.
Designs for FY 2007 construc-
tion projects also completed
Post-hurricane cleanup (2004
and 2005 storms) complete at $51
million cost.
9 Cleanup of debris in Lake
Okeechobee Rim Canal alone =
115,000 cubic yards enough to
completely fill Miami's American
Other 2006 accomplishments:
Restoration Plan for the North-
west Fork of the Loxahatchee
River approved.
90+ local initiatives funded to
benefit estuaries/coastal water
Land Stewardship
Conducted 61,000 acres of
aquatic and terrestrial treatments.
for ecosystem damaging invasive
and exotic plants; 16,000 acres of
prescribed burns.
Initiated one ofthe most pro-
gressive water quality and quantity
permit rules in the country intend-
ed to reduce discharges to the
Kissimmee River/Lake Okee-
chobee Watersheds.
Modeling & Scientific Support
Reviewed and optimized 100
percent of the District's existing
water quality network, including a
total reengineering of the mercury
monitoring program (a potential
cost savings of $1.2 million annual-
ly). .
Mission Support
Successfully implemented
industry-standard SAP system for
improved- business
Launched Small Business
Enterprise (SBE) program with
more than 500 firms already certi-
Enhanced online e-Permit-
ting application and search capa-
"We were charged with
extraordinary goals in 2006, and

I'm proud to recognize the extraor-
dinary efforts of our awesome staff
and Governing Board members
for our tremendous accomplish-
ments this year," Wehle said.
For an overview of the agency's
continuing projects and initiatives,
visit or call (561)
682-2064 for a copy of the South
Florida Water Management District
10 Year Strategic Plan.
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District is a regional, gov-

ernmental agency that oversees
the water resources in the south-
ern half of the state 16 counties
from Orlando to the Keys. It is the
oldest and largest of the state's five
water management districts. The
,agency mission-is to manage and
protect water resources of the
region by balancing and improv-
ing water quality, flood control,
natural systems and water supply.
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Art show
Barbara Welch (back, left) came to visit her brother William Pugh (front, left), a resident
of the Okeechobee Health Care Facility who participates in an art class that
annual calendar compiled of paintings of the residents. Niece Ashley Welch (back, right)
and nephew David Jones (front, right) also attended to show their support for their uncle.
Calendars are available for $20 at OHCF 1646 Hwy 441 N or by calling 634-7714. All
monies received support the art program at the facility.

COE revising Lake Okeechobee control plan

New comment period
opens in March

Jacksonville The U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville
District, is revising its draft Environ-
mental Impact Statement (EIS)
that supports, the Lake Okee-
chobee Water Control Plan. A sec-
ond public review and comment
period will begin in March and will
be open for 45 days.
The environmental impact
statement for the water control
plan outlines in detail the pro-
posed actions, alternative actions
and their probably environmental

The original process drafted by
the Corps anticipated adoption of
a new regulation schedule in Janu-
ary 2007. However, new informa-
tion and comments gathered dur-
ing the public comment period
have resulted in changes that war-
rant development of a second draft
of the EIS. This draft will be made
available for public review in
March 2007. Based on this sched-
ule, it is anticipated that imple-
mentation of the new regulation
schedule will begin in July 2007.
Following a series of public
meetings last September, Jack-
sonville District Commander Col.
Paul Grosskruger asked the intera-
gency study team to revisit the pro-
posed draft regulation schedule

and fine-tune it to minimize
impacts on the coastal estuaries.
"Our goal is to adopt a plan
based on the best engineering, sci-
ence and water management
analysis available and the best plan
for the entire greater Everglades
region, including the Kissimmee
River Basin, Lake Okeechobee, the
coastal estuaries and the water
conservation areas, Everglades
National Park and Florida Bay,"
said Grosskruger. "Public involve-
ment is a very important part of
our process, and we are listening
to the public's concerns. In our
desire to deliver the overall most
effective plan possible, we're tak-
ing the additional time needed to
address those concerns."

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US Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter.

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The Okeechobee News, Friday, December 29, 2006 OTHER AREA NEWS 7

City agrees to pay $1.5 million for land

City agrees to
purchase 35 acres
near Commerce Park
By Ideybis Gonzalez
Special to Okeechobee News
CLEWISTON-One of the first
and most crucial steps for the
expansion of the Clewiston Com-
merce Park Property has moved
City commissioners last week
voted to purchase acreage to
accommodate future economic

development plans in Clewiston.
The city had been interested in
the site for some time, and discus-
sions at city meetings focused on
whether the city should buy the
land immediately, based on the
fact that negotiations with at least
one interested tenant focused on
expansion plans.
In the end, the city decided to
make the purchase, believing it is
a safe investment. The board says
it is not in a hurry to sell the land.
The final sale value was $1.5
.million for the 35-acre parcel of
land, the seller's asking price.
The city agreed to purchase

the land from U.S. Sugar, using
money in its reserves, to augment
the size of the park one of the
city's biggest potential sources of
One of the tenants, City Mat-
tress, has plans to build a 62,500
square foot manufacturing plant
that promises to provide 100 new
jobs and a new stream of tax rev-
enue to the city.
The commission returned a
unanimous decision for the pur-
chase of the land.
Under the terms of the sale,
U.S. Sugar agrees to purchase the
land back from the city at the

same price if tenants back out of
moving to the site something
that commissioners are not
expecting will occur.
Commissioner James L.
Pittman made a motion to thank
Clewiston City Manager Wendell
Johnson for what his hard work
and dedication to the city's com-
merce park.
The effort is the culmination of
three year's work, the commis-
sioner said.
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Community to host
Pancake Breakfast
The Ortona Community Associ-
ation will host its first pancake
breakfast of the new year on Satur-,
day, Jan. 6, from 7 until 9 a.m. at
the Ortona Community Hall, 3000
Ortona Road (Highway 78A). The
all-you-can-eat breakfast includes
sausage, pancakes, juice and cof-
fee for $4. For more information
please contact: Fran Way, (863)
675-7880 or by email at: fran-
Republican Group
to meet on Jan. 10
The Glades County Republican
Group will hold their next meeting
on Wednesday, Jan. 1,0, 2007 at 7
p.m. at the Moore Haven Library.
For more information, please call
(863) 673-0452.
Alzhelmer's support
group meeting slated
Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 2,
2007, and Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 2
p.m., the Alzheimer's support
group will meet regularly on the
first and third Tuesday of each
For more information, please
call Palm Terrace of Clewiston at
(863) 983-5123.
Winter Fest
is plained
The Buckhead Ridge Volunteer
Fire Department will have a Winter.
Fest on Jan. 27. There will be a
bake sale, arts and crafts sale and a
Corvette car show. Barbeque pork
sandwiches will be sold. More
plans are being- made and'it ill
take place at the \olunteer'Fire
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Virus means no
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due to the current equine herpes
outbreak, the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD) is
temporarily prohibiting all equine
uses at DuPuis Management Area
and Hickory Hammock Wildlife
Management Area until further:
notice. Effective immediately, trail
riding, off-trail riding and

overnight boarding of horses are
all restricted on these particular
properties. SFWMD's actions are
consistent with advice and direc-
tion provided by officials respon-
sible for monitoring and control-
ling the highly-contagious virus.
All other public uses continue
to be available and are unaffect-
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DuPuis Management Area is
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Ramesh Kumar, MD
William Cook, MD
1115 North Parrott Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34972


CALL 863-763-3134
or email


CALL 863-763-3134
or email


CALL 863-763-3134
or email

Okeechobee Health &
Rehabilitation Center
Therapy Subacute Care
Long Term Care
In-Patient & Outpatient Care
1646 Hwy. 441 N.
(863) 763-2306
(863) 763-2226

Specializing In:
Complete Adult Healthcare
,, Jay Berger, M.D., MPH
lDee Patton, A.R.N.RP.
Board Certified Sp4dcalists
In Intemat Medicine
1105 N. Parrott Ave. 467-1117
Office Hours: Mon., Tues, Thurs. 8 AM TO 6p P
& Wed. 8 Am TO 4:30 PM

215 N.E. 19th D"
(863) 763-02171


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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Dec. 29,
through Thursday, Jan. 4, are as
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 at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
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
Theatre III "Night at the
Museum" (PG) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15,.7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day at 3 and. 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and. Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-


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 chil-
dren. Training -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 program at
(772) 785-5804 for information,
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.
T7 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 envi-
ronment. Foster.parents, may be
married, divorced or single. Their
most important characteristic is
that they are caring individuals,
who understand the problems
and needs of foster children. For
information call (800) 403-9311.
EYDC needs
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven
. daily by hundreds of private citi-
zens who, as volunteers, enter
juvenile justice programs
throughout the state. The Eckerd
Youth Development Center
(EYDC) needs you to share your
skills or special talents in making
a difference in the lives of trou-
bled'youth. Volunteers are need-
ed as tutors, translators, arts and
crafts instructors, mentors, job
preparation and search instruc-
tors, recreation aides and assis-
tance in developing a youth choir.
Wouldn't you like to make a dif-
ference? If so, please contact
.EYDC, 7200 U.S. Hwy. 441 N.,
Okeechobee, Fl., 34972. (863)
763-2174, ext. 234.


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Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160

Bowl XXXVIIII (39) vic of Par-
rot & 6th Ave. Call to ID con-
tents (863)357-7591
MARE & COLT- Call Hendry
County Sheriff's Office Ag Unit
@ (863)674-4630 If you had
lost Mare & Colt.

Ranchers, 4x4, 350's. 1 red w/
elec shift. 1 orange w/ foot shift.
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inventory sheets!

Call Classifieds

SET OF KEYS- Vicinity of
Orange Ave. & 308th St.
Please call (863)763-8944

COCKATIEL w/cage, free to
good home. Moving and
cant take it with me. Please
call me @239-564-8232.
PUPS- 7 wks old, Beautiful
& friendly. Free to good
homess. 863-537-1203
ORGAN- Gulbransen, needs
tuning, inclds 2 manuals, full
pedals, FREE, you must haul
One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure, Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classl-

Do-It-Yourself Ideas

A Year of Afghans
Adding a seasonal touch to your decorating scheme
is as simple as spending a few relaxing evenings
enjoying your favorite pastime. And like birthstone
jewelry, a "birthday-month afghan" makes a lovely
and personal handmade gift.
A 33-page guidebook, "A Year of Afghans," fea-
tures step-by-step directions and materials lists for
all 12 original designs.
A Year of Afghans guide (No. LA3254) ... $9.95
Also available:
Corner-to-Corner Afghans (No. AN1332)... $7.95
Please add $4.00 s&h
To order, circle item(s), Please be sure to
clip & send w/ check to: include your name,
U-Bild Features address and the name of
15241 Stagg St. this newspaper. Allow
Van Nuys, CA 91405 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
Money Back Guarantee

DANCE PARTNER- Looking for
60+, Male, Ballroom/Coun-
try Dancer, Call for more in-
formation (863)763-2773

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

Now hiring 10 sharp Guys &
Gals to work in a Rock-N-Roll
blue lean environment. Travel
to LA, NY and other major
cities. We represent Fashion,
Sports & Music publications.
Earn $500-$700 per week
after training. Call Gary at

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

($15.00 HR. TO START)
For Busy Restaurant
Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.


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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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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:
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All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical .Servioes435

Provided in a Lovig Homrr
by eperie ced RJ
Only 1 opening remaining!
Call 863-801-9497

Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734

The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.

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


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
s & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
Chin, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Unens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 805
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewinp Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipmeit 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tos & Games 730
NS1s 735
Wanted to Buy 740

AC W/HEAT- Central package
unit,, 3.5 ton, York, never in-
stalled, $1550

years old. Fire engine, car.
$600 will separate.
tique, 6'x8', Appraised @
$500, asking $400.

house, excellent condition,
$100 (863)946-3822 or
Like new! $250 for both, will
sep. (863)634-2514
good condition. As Seen On
TV. $50. (863)675-3401
MICROWAVE w/ cart $20,
will sell separate
RANGE, GE: Electric. Like
new. Only used twice. $200.
(863)634-2514 "
Bar-B-Que: As Seen On TV:
Very good. $50. or
.863-675-3401 LaBelle area
STOVE- GE Electric, 30" self
cleaning, white, like new,
used 6 month's, New $450
asking $185 (863)467-2040
STOVE- Hotpoint, like new,
$125 (863)612-5457

BICYCLE- Men's 21 speed.
Good condition. $35.

College book, 2nd edition,
great condition, $80

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
Instaffation qfSSlam
Shutters & Seamless
Rain Gutters
Licensed & Insued

1551 N.IV. 24th Drive
License n76s.5

40-shris, dress & T-shiri
E-Snr & e5-,aris .1 '
DRESS- Turquoise, 2 piect
Laced Dodice &. cninn sr.ii
3.4 lengin Size 1. Pd $,50
Sell 350. 1863i763.0634
DRESSES 124): Wrjmern,.
large 1ze ,2:40 o ar .ll r w1il
sell s1 ,paraeli Call
863-763-3982 before rijri
gjreenr, size 8 never worn
wil h lag:, $40
1863 634-5038

COMPUTER- 1 GHz Prr.,ies
sor, 448MB u [am. 89GB H D
CD burner, 17" mor, Wn2000
Eic $250 (863902-0960
COMPUTER DESK- large, wilr.
adjustable heighl good on-
dilion $50 or Dest oller
WEB TV- 13) (2) New in to,
Magnavo: Plus Sony, i|I
Magnavo, Classic 175 will
sell separate 1863)763-27 73

BEDRM SUITE: Ou Sz, Rusiic
Rancn Brand new' Paid
$3800, Now $1000. Must go
by 1/9th (863)634-9634
BEDROOM SET- Solid Light
Wood, King Size Pillow Top
Mattress, $1900 or best of-
fer (863)357-5883
45 x 41 x 12,' glass doors
and shelf with light, $35
tional. Tan. Like new condi-
tion! $500. (863)634-5943
COUCH- 3 cushion, Gray, Sil-
ver & Black. Like new. $100.
or best offer. (863)467-1532
glass, with 4 chairs, Like
new. $500. (863)234-3470
ny, With drawer. Rough con-
dition. Needs refinishing.
$200. (561)261-0766
back cushioned w/ottomans.
$150. Will separate.
LIVING RM SET: 3 pcs, Glass
Top Dining Rm. Tbl & 6 chairs,
Brand new dbl. bed/mattress.,
$1000 for alll (863)447-0921
Oriental DR Set- Large, China
Cabinet, table, 8 chairs,
serving cart, $1500 or best
offer (863)467-4871
Round, White. $40.
QUEEN SIZE BED- mattress,
boxspring and frame, $100
(863)946-3822 or
Chairs & 2 Benches, Dark
Wood, $50 (863)467-5709
SOFA, LEATHER, Brown, $300
or best offer. (863)634-9634
Must go by January 9th.
High back, beige. $150.

WALL UNIT- 3 Piece w/glass
doors, large, $100

ANTINIO ZOLI: 20 ga mag,
over/under, 28" bbl, full/mod
single trigger, full engraved re-
ceiver. $475.937-215-0307.
COLT-1903, Type III, 32 Auto-
matic Pistol, $400
IVER JOHNSON "Cattleman": 45
cal, 51/2 bbl. Exc cond. Single
action revolver.. Blue w/ brass
frame. $375.937-215-0307
PISTOLS (2) 25 & 380 auto-
matic.. $350 for both, will
sep. (502)931-8101
Remington 700PSS
W/Cal. Leopolt scope $1350
Smith & Wesson
Model 22A-1 -$300
Model 351PD -$375
RIFLE- Marlin 883SS, 22 mag-
num Simmons 4-12x40
scope in box $350.

From Sears, like new, only
used once. 1. 12
best offer. (863)467-6088

LADIES RING, European cut,
1/3ctw, white gold. $475
neg. (863)634-9620 Okee
ban link. $500 neg.
(863)634-9620 Okee

CEILING FANS (2), Hunter.
USA made w/light kit. Cost
$125 each, asking $70 for
30th, will sep (561)633-1371
cent. 2'x2' with cover &
bulbs. Great for kitchen. Still
in bou.$1 .-(863)763-1997

$45. (863)357-2891 Leave
cellent condition, $750 neg.
'(863)675-6630 LaBelle
new, cost $2000 will sell for
$695 (863)467-8683

Powered Pressure Washer,
3200 psi Honda, w/11hp
Honda eng., 200' hose,
$650. (863)697-9704
Extra motor & pump. $200.

BASS GUITAR,, Fender Jazz,
Marcus Miller Signature
model, Like new, .$575.
CABINET- 77"T x 42"W, 2
solid doors & shelf, $350 or
best offer(561)633-1371
Black, excellent tone, seldom
used, like new, soft case,
$95 (863)634-9316
very good cond., $300

$50 (863)983-7702
CAT- Siamese Lynx Point
Snow Shoe. With white
paws. Male. 3 mo. $500.
old on Christmas, 3 white, 3
beige, all shots, beautiful
$450-$600 (863)983-7211
PARAKEET: Only $10!

DACHSHUNDS- w/papers, 7
months old, $300
(863)634-2479 anytime.

POOL TABLE, :lilit. wjai.ceC-
series. .1i50 or 'oitr
863).A6 .7608.o,

CAR AUDIO: 4 Memphis 12"
.ppa pr? in Custom Ported
3o.. I,, iBL 1'11 3,ip $800.'
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new in box. Valued @
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cellent condition, beautiful
picture, $600
SONY- 32", P-in-P, Great pic-
ture. 'li.w i1. .10 Asking
$225.i 8 )6',)-67.850-

DRILLS- Craftsman cordless.
1- 8.4 & 1- 13.2, Good con-
dition. $25. for both
GENERATOR, Powerboss,
portable, 5500 watts, 7350
starting watts, brand new.
$790. (86.3)697-8837
splits wood up to 18" long.;
very good condition $500

SYSTEMS, (2), with 45
--games, $100 or best offer.
SLOT MACHINE- takes tokens,
electric, asking $275 like
new, (863)467-8683
TMX ELMO, brand new, still in
box, never opened, $70.
TMX ELMO! New 10 th Anni-
versary Edition, in box.
$130. (561)818-1352

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
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567
Treasure Isle or on Taylor
Creek. Call Curtis


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
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

HORSE TRAILER- '91, Hart, 3
stalls, small tac room in
back. Large stock room.
$2000. (863)201-3492

cellent. $200.
16" soft seat, brand new
$275 or best offer

LAWNMOWER- Snapper, Rid-
ing, Runs but needs battery
$150 (863)517-1574
condition, asking $75
RIDING MOWER: Dixon, 42"
with 15.5hp Craftsman new
motor. Left side needs adjust-
ment. $350 (239)986-0296
12hp, runs perfect, needs
battery. $125

Angle Iron with cattle door
$900 (863)357-1365


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


Beautiful 2BR Close to town,
Remodeled, Like new! Only
$825 mo. ri: Iuue water bill.
Call 61-255-4377. '
EFFICIENCY on 441 & 15 A,
For Single Person, furnished
w/utilities. $125 wk + $300
sec. dep. CjII 8i.i-610n027
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Gall between 9-4
pm daily (863)357-2044
N. of OKEE -2 Br, 1 Ba
12 mi. N of Okeechobee.
$1150 moves you in.
No Petl Nn smnklng envi
8c3)467.17 17 8 i30m. .

3:30pm, or email
OAK LAKE APTS.. Remijdeir
S2BR/1BA, s',:reid p, :'r i
$800 me., 1st, last & sec.
'I, pelr. 18mo 6363 -.-331 ..
Eficiriy 1 yepr lea'e $575
mI, + sec Furr:hed includ'..
uliii iins (863)467-561'

2br, lba, Pool, Tennis, Shuf-
fleboard. $875. me. + $875
Sec. Call Kelly 863-697-6428

Waterfront, LG. 3 BR, 2 BA
w Se Wall. 861-634-5236
3br/2ba, waterfront, C/A, citi
W3l[ .95.,1 'mlh 171 & last
front 3 Bdrm., 12 Ba. 2 Story
w/Lake Okeechobee access &
boat ramp. Wrap around
porch. Fenced yard. Pets wel-
come! $ + 1stast
& sec. 561-346-3620
1BA, Call for info. 8am-5pm
appliances, cabinets, W/D 8
flooring. Screened porch, lawr
service. Non smkg env. Smal
pet considered. $850/mo. 1st
last & sec. (941)504-3954
OKEE. Basswood, 3br, 2ba
Almost brand new. Rent wit!
opt to buy. $1300. mo. + is
& last sec dep. 772-216-4873
OKEECHOBEE: 3213 SE 24tt
St. 3br/2ba, waterfront, C/A
city water. $950/mth, 1st
last. 863-634-0663
Rim Canal, 2BR/1BA Fur-
nished, water view, dock, pool,
tennis, no pets. $1000 mo. +
1st, last & sec. Seasonal
Call (863)634-8757
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b.t podudn

Located on West side of new
Courthouse. Now Available.
Call Judy at (863)467-0831
B Great Location!
(1) 450 S.F. downstairs &
(1) 900 S.F. upstairs. Close
proximity to new court
ouse.W 863-763-4740
Office Space Needs a Build
Out. 2,000 Sq. Ft. Could
be ready within 6 months.



Real state

Int ea c -
Bale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale .1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Reesrt Property -
Bale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

OAK LAKE, 1br, I ba. Apt. on a
corner $87,500. or best of-
fer. Will sell fast!

2ba, waterfront, pool, jacuzzi,
florida room, screen room,
new medal roof, fenced yard
w/sprinkler, Owner motivated,
Price reduced $149,000
Possible Rentto Own
Ready to move inI
Spacious 3/2.w/lake access.
Owner financing avail.
$185,000. (863)634-5236
LAKE PORT, Combined FL/Rm
& RV Shelter on leased site
#296 Northlake Estates RV
Resort. Shelter accommo-
dates 32 RV 12,H Rm
12'v40' Fully lurn. $35.000.
Nice 5th Wheel on site
$2800. (863)946-2270

Mobile Homes

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

dol wide CA, heal o, pf.Is,
eariy ICdlease, $650/mo
i.1200 ,sc 863763--031
EDEN' on the Rim Canal.
Kibs Fish Camp has 1 & 2
Bdrm. Homes in a tropical
-oasis. Monthly, Annual &
Seasonal Rates. Call today!

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

OKEECHOBEE- Town & Coun-
try, 2br, 1ba, insulated 10 x
36 Florida rm, 13 x 46 car-
port, Laundry rm, furnished,
storage shed, $19,500 neg.
(863)467-0284 .
26x40 metal car port, all
concrete, rental lot #25 Ea-
gle Bay Roost, located on 2
lots, will divide, $15000
n e g .
adult park. Fully furnished.
-ent.A/C-heat, 60' carporti-
scrn. rm. 10x30'. Shed 12x14'.
$20,500. (863)763-2318
The classmfleds are the
most successful sales-
person in town.

Recreation Automobiles

armiers/[[s j ,3010
.lt kis 3015 Autos Wanted 4010
Marine Accessories3020 Classic Cars 4015
Marlin MIlcelleseouu 3025 Conimerali Trucks 4020
MotorcMycles 3030 Construction
Sport Vesicles/ATVs 3035 Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars ..030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
- Heavy Duty ruka 14040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
BOW RIDER, 17ft., w/70hp Sport Utility 4065
Johnson, trailer. $750 t~ 'ltr aflers 4060
(863)447-0270 UtilIty Wallers' 4065
PONTOON BOAT, 24', 60hp Vans 470
Evinrude, $1900
(863)763-9998 m
RANGER 354V 1992, 150 hp
Evinrude XP, SS Prop., Corn- CHEVY CAVALIER'S- For parts
plete rebuild w/less than 75 1-95 Good trans. & body &
hrs. 36 v. motor guide, 3 bank 1-96 Good motor. $300. for
charger, tournament rigged, both. (239)867-1558
Ranger trailer w/new wheels &
tires. Cover. Always garaged. CHEVY LUMINA 1993, Good
Excellent condition. $10,000. cond. CD Player, NA/C, 4 Door.
(561)262-0493, Auto. White. 1 Owner. $850 or best offer. (863)357-1692
I I31 DODGE STRATUS '98: E0ery-
thing works! $2000 or best
COACHMAN CATALINA LITE offer.863-612-5558.
200136.5 Ft., Front Bedroom, FORD T-BIRD '94 & Mercury
bunk beds in rear, jackknife Cougar '88, excellent body,
couch & slide out $10,000. bad motors, have motors.
(863)467-2309 or email $600 neg. (561)676-0427 LINCOLN TOWNCAR 1986,
MOTOR HOME: Argosy, 1978, A/C, Excellent condition. Gar-
air stream product, 28 ft age kept. $900 or best offer.
long, AC, fridge, and more. (772)618-0607 Ft Pierce.
MR2 1988, Hard to find. Fun
RIALTA '99- 23mpg, non car! Sunroof, manual, white,
smoke, 1 owner, 40K miles, great mileage, FM/CD, Good
tow pkg, $35,000 shape.$1500 (561)924-2208
(863674-0898 PONTIAC GRAND AM 1990:
SCREEN ROOM- Zips to 35' Only 36,000'original miles.
motor home awning. Paid $1800.863-228-1094
$600 asking i200
i863)610-1964 SATURN 2000: AC, runs
i great. Asking $3000 or will
F~iftW el s 301 2 trade for small truck.
ROYALS INTERL- 40 2 slide ,
outs. Rear kit. Colan lops
New carpel!hinds m14,500.
(828)890-3202 or 691-2425
DODGE 3500- '03 Dually, An-
k person '05 Gooseneck 25',
I Mustang '03 skidsteer, low
YAMAHA WAVERUNENER i hrs., Tacheuchi '00 Mini-
1993 win trailer. Runs good exc., TBO16, or Part: Call
$1000 (863)467-5299 (863)673-5185

V-8, Good condition. Many
extra moparparts. $2500. or
best offer.(239)369-9725
1991, 4x4, Good for work.
Approu 80K org mls. $1200
RE DING A or est owner 863-675-4079

makes you a more infonned GAS CLUB CAR '95 Recondi-
and interesting peron. No l oned $695. 863-675-1472
wonder newspaper readers
are moe succesfull
-Ms u 3025 I wheel, $450 (863)697-3895
FORD- 86, F350, Diesel
ANCHORS, Fenders, Ouirig- parts truck, $800
gers, $50 for all or will sep- (561)951-8767
rate. (863)674-0281
King Pin Locks w/ keys (2), to
Your next Job couM be In lock down trailers. Also an-
today's classfleds. Old tennas for radios (2). $100
ou lookfor It? for all. 772-812-3300
Dakota '94 -'04. Black UWS
DIRT BIKE- '02 Honda XR80R, diamond plate. $100 neg.
Excellent condition. $1000. 863-763-0852.
Firm. (863)634-2475 SUBWOOFER & AMP: 12"
KAWASAKI KZ1000 '82- Rockford sub ii box. Alpine
Runs and looks real good. 320 watt 5 channel.amp.
Asking $2500 or best offer $200 neg, 863-801-1683.
d863)634-3344 SUPERCHIP #3714- Fits '03
YAMAHA 750 Special 1979, Dodge Hem 5.7. $150. Call
Dry Shah, Runs great. $600 Jess (863)634-5020
Losttitle. (863)467-2609 af- TIRES & RIMS- 4, New,
-ter3pm LT275/65R20 on 20" Spoke
d IS/- rims. Fits Fords & GM's $950.
I0 (863)357-1784 or 634-2454
TIRES (4) Super.Swamper
GO CART, 1 Seater, 5 hp, -LTB, 34 10/50 17's. $450.
Briggs & Stratton, Runs (863)697-0845
ood. Nice Christmas Gift!
350. (863)801-3890 TIRES(6): 35x1250x16.5, Su-.
per Swamper TSL Radials, 4
GO CART- runs, $300 w/ good tread' 2 spares.
(863)634-7706 $300 neg. 863-634-1890.










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TONNEAU COVER, Fiberglass,
gray, fits '02 current Dodge
Ram short bed. $700 Call
Heather (863)697-0328
TOOLBOX, Aluminum, for
small truck. $75
Century. Good condition.
$75. (863)357-1580
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, '/Ton, 350 auto.,
2wd, new motor, only 36K
mi. Must seel $1100neg.

CHEVY PICK UP '93: Dually,
white, clean, 2 door,
custom, big block / auto.
FORD F350- '89, Diesel, 4
door, 5 speed, 4 new tires.
A/C works. $4700. or trade
for F250 (863)673-6819.
FORD F350 DUALLY '90, 460
engine, Gas, runs good.
$2500. See at 6420 Hwy. 98
N. Okee 863-697-2434
FORD RANGER- '97, Good
Cond., runs good, $2000
(863)675-8104 lv msg..

KIA SPORTAGE '98- runs
great, $4000 or best offer
863)634-0949 or
Earn m tra c ah
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leveler, complete, $125

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CHEVY, '94, Excellent running
condition. Very dependable.
$900. or best offer.
& VCR, White w/blue trim.
Asking $2250. neg.
V-6, Runs good. $750. or
best offer.(863)634-8671
SPORT 1998, Runs good.
Rebuilt engine & trans.
$2300 (239)495-0052

Public Notices

A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 419 Southwest 2nd
Avenue, Okeechobee. Flodda 34974
on Friday the 19th day of January
2007 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant
to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid
towiig and storage. Year, Make, Model
& Vin'sa as follows:
1994 Green Hyundal Elantra
Terms of sale, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final id. All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold In "AS IS" with no
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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet In regu-
lar session n lbesday September 12, 2006 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee Utility
Authority Offices, 100 SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the Okeechobee Utility Authority will hold a Public
Hearing as soon after 8:30 AM as possible to consider the adoption of Resolution
07-01 authorizing the use of the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem spe-
cial assessments to be levied within the unincorporated area of Okeechobee County,
Florida, and within the corporate limits of the City of Okeechobee, Florida, for the
cost of expansion and Improvements to its water treatment and distribution facilities
and wastewater collection and treatment facilities commencing favor the fiscal year
beginning on October 1, 2007. A copy of the proposed Resolution is available for
viewing at the office of the Executive Director, Okeechobee Utility Authority Offices,
100SW 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
All Interested parties for or against the proposed Resolution can be heard at said
time and place. The needs of hearing or visually Impaired persons shall be met by
contacting the Executive Directors Office at 863-763-9460 at least 48 hours prior to
the Public Hearing by any person wishing assistance.
Pusuant to action 286.0105 oRida Sautes, if a psons decides to tW eal an
decisionmaseDy me.wAumority with respec[ re sUch mee ngs, Re or she wln need a
record of proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings Is made; which record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal Is based. Such person may provide a court reporter,
stenographer, ortape recorderfor such verbatim record.
John F. Hayford, .E.
Executive Director.
181752 ON 12/29/06

Public notice Is hereby given that Fergu-
son Towing will sel at public Auction,
free from all prior liens, the following
vehicles that remaining unclaimed In
storage with charges unpaid, pursuant
to Florida Statutes 713.78, to the high-
est bidder at 12065 Lakeshore Drive,
Canal Point, FL 33438.
1996 Dodge4.door (Blue)
Sale DAte: 01/01/07
1995 Pontlac4-doer (Red).
Sale Date: 01/07/07
2003 FordStationWagon Green)
Sale Date: 11/13/06 2
2001 ChrYsler4-ooir (BIlack)
Sale Date: 11/27/06
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Communi-11t-,Events . ... ..

.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 Satur-
day and Sunday. A full weekend pass is $15 per person. A percent-
age of the proceeds will support Big Lake Missions, the Pregnancy
Resource Center and More 2 Life Ministries. Vendors, bands, spon-
sors, parking attendants, cleaning crews and security personnel are
currently being sought. For information call (863)-634-8980 or
(863) 634-4151; log onto; or by mail at Splinter
.Productions, P.O. Box 623, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
Artists wanted for mural project
Okeechobee Main Street's Mural and Visual Arts committee is
seeking 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 110 S Parrott Ave.
The expected size of the.mural should cover the front of the two-
story by 30-foot building. The theme of the mural will feature the
history of the telephone service in Okeechobee. Two portraits will
be required for this project. The mural committee is accepting
designs and proposals for this mural project. Project is to begin in
the spring of 2007. Please contact Bridgette Waldau at (863) 467-
7300 for information.
Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of Okee-
chobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and are
good for one year at selected businesses. Cards can be purchased
;at CarQuest, 300 N.W Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863.
.Proceeds will go toward youth activities in our community.
Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch offers a basic
'HIV/AIDs instruction course.that complies with-Florida employment
'requirements for individuals working in various vocations. This is a
'self-study course that includes text work and the successful comple-
tion of a multiple choice written test. The cost of the course is $15.
Call the local Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488 for information.
Farmer's Market open each Thursday
Okeechobee Main Street's Farmer's Market will be held every
Thursday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. in Flagler Park 3. For informa-
tion call (863) 357-MAIN.
Volunteers needed at skate park
Communities in Schools is in need of volunteers to help man the
skate park during concession hours. Hours are available any day of
the week. We will provide training and background screenings.
For information, contact Mike Davis, youth project director, at (863)
Church hosting interaction program
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will be
hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activi-
ties that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and
their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from
9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be. provided for infants during
the class. For information, call (863) 763-4021.
VNA offers flu vaccines
Flu vaccines are now available at Visiting Nurse Association, 208
S.E. Park St., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon and
from 1 until 4 p.m. There is no charge with Medicare Part B; other-
wise, the cost is $30 for the flu vaccine and $45 for the pneumonia
shot. For information, call Anna or Debbie at (863) 357-21,97.
Children's ranch plans yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard
sales on Thursday and Friday, every other week until the first of the
year, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-4242.

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and
advocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term.
Local meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort
Pierce. Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or,
Church offers religious education classes
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will be offering
religious education classes for children. Registrations for Catholic
Christian Doctrine (C.C.D.) are now. being accepted. Classes for
children in grades kindergarten through ninth will be held every
Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:35 p.m. For information, call the
parish office at (863) 763-3727.
YMS collecting printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS) is collecting empty printer and
copy toner cartridges. They are sent in for credits that go toward
school supplies to be used by all students. To donate empty printer
or toner cartridges, they can be dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W. 23rd
Lane, or at The Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave. Or call Tracy at
(863) 462-5056, or Linda at (863) 467-1484 for free pick up.
Center offers parenting classes
The Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505 S. Parrott Ave., Suite D,
offers a continuous ten-week free parenting class on Mondays from
7 until 8 p.m. at New Endeavor High School, 575 S.W. 28th St. The
school is located across the street from Osceola Middle School. For
information, call Al Jaquith at (863) 462-5000, ext. 282, or (863)
Volunteers needed to plan parade
People are needed from a cross section of the community to be
part of a committee that will plan the Martin Luther King Day
parade. To become a part of the committee or to place an entry of a
float, vehicle, horses, groups, etc. call George Robinson at (863)
Blood donors are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors in Okee-
chobee. The blood mobile will be at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S.
441 N., on the second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. until 1
p.m. The mobile unit will be at the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2101 S.
Parrott Ave., on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m. The month of August may be skipped. For information,
call (863) 382-4499. All blood types are needed. There is no upper
age limit, and most medications and conditions are acceptable.
Diabetes and blood pressure donations can also be accepted. A pic-
ture ID is needed for all donors.
Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., has services
available at no charge to help people in their search for the right
employee or job. For more, visit their web site at;
or, call (863) 462-5350.
CAP looking for senior and cadet members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members
and cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the
ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are needed to
administer the unit and provide supervision for the cadets. The
three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services,
aerospace education and cadet programs. Senior members and
cadets work side by side to accomplish these missions. If you are
interested in becoming a cadet or senior member contact Gene
O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations C At, (863)

Childbirth education classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will hold childbirth
education classes at the Florida Community Health Center, 308
N.\V. Fifth Ave. For information, call the Healthy Start office at (863)
Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy.Start Coalition will be offering
parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will
receive a gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-
hour classes. You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of
completion. No child care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877 for
Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for
rnoney. Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for par-
ticipants. If you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-
2893, or drop them off at their administrative office at 103 N.W.
Fifth St.
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for
two to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Mon-
day through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are
also looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board
member of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate
well with the public and should be able to seek support from city
and county officials, business executives and other organizations.
Work days and hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for informa-
Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, is now available to offer free pregnancy testing to girls.
and women of all ages. We offer free and confidential pregnancy
tests, peer counseling, referrals for a free ultrasound, parenting
classes and abstinence education. Operating hours are from 10
a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parenting classes are
held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. We are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave.,
across from the movie theatre. If you would like more information
on this or set an appointment for a free pregnancy test please call
(863) 763-8859.
Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic
education/GED and English as a second language classes at these
locations: Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as
second language classes, Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until
noon, adult basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday from
8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Yearling
Middle School, 925, N.W. 23 Lane, English as a second language
classes, Monday -Wednesday 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.; Everglades Ele-
mentary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a second language classes,
Tuesday and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.
Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206
S.W. 16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word processing sills
will be demonstrated, as well as how to access and navigate the
internet. For the dates and times of these classes, contact the Okee-
chobee County Library at (863) 763-3536.
Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The class-
es are currently taught four days a week on Monday, Wednesday
and Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 5:30 until 7:30



12 The Okeechobee News, Friday, December 29,2006

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W/ Sport Appearance Package
Stk. #71B

FR $1,495

NEW 2.001 '150
Includes Auto., A/E, 8' Box
and Morel Stk. #61669

FROM 14,735

NEW 2007 A
2.3 EFI-14 EngineR
4380 GVWR, Stk. #7443#

4NEW LOO7 .- i Dr., AUTOMATIC, 2.0 $1D A
A t IDOHE, A/C. 15" AllBs,
Mats. Rear Defogger,
Stk. #7422 SER IC

Convenience Group.
____________Alarm, Cruise & Morel _.RRR

Stk. #7328

NEW 2007

INEW 2007 I ,in7-


| NEW 207 |

NEW 2007

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Eroup, Convenience
Group Stk. #7531

Power Steering &
Brakes, Side & Rear
Glass Stk. #61843

AM/FM/ED Prem., 3.0 VS,
CVT Transmission,
Int. Conv. Pkg., Lthr.,
Satellite Radio & Morel
Stk. #7446

XL DOcor, A/C, Chrome
Bumpers, 3.73 Lim. Slip,
Tow Package & Morel
Stk. #70B4

Appearance Pkg., 120A
Pkg., Running Boards,
17" Alloys, Stk. #7319

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56,100 Original Miles Dark Sage, 47,800 Miles
$9,995 $10,995
White, Leather, Extra Clean Auto., Sunroof, 39,900 Miles
S$12,995 $14,495

'04 GMC r '05 KIA
White/Tan 2-Tone, 24,100 Mi. BLk. Lthr., Mnrf., 21,700 Miles
$15,695 j $16,495 j

Med. Blue, 26,800 Miles 4 Cyl., Turbo Auto., 16,400 Mi.
$18,995 $19,495

r '01 BMW r '05 CHEVY
Blue, 41,600 Miles 4X4, Auto., Grn., 21,100 Miles
$19,995 $19,995
'03 MINI '05 HONDA
Red, UK Roof Flag, Sport Pkg. Nav., DVD, Mnrf., Rear Camera
$20,998 j, $23,995

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