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Vol. 98 No. 2

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

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Fishing tourney
kicks off 2007
More than $275,000 will be
up for grabs this week when
200 pros and 200 co-anglers
take to the water of Lake Okee-
chobee to compete in the 2007
kick-off bass tournament of the
FLW Stren Series.
Tournament registration
will take place today between
4-7 p.m. at the Scott Driver facil-
ity directly across the highway
from the Okee-Tantie Camp-
ground and Marina. Registra-
tion will be followed by a pre-
tournament meeting.
A full field will compete on
Wednesday, Thursday and Fri-
day with weigh-in taking place
at 3 p.m. each day at Scott Dri-
ver. The top 10 pros and co-
anglers from the three days of
competition will go head to
head on Saturday, the final day
of the tournament for top prizes.
Weigh-ins on Saturday will take
place beginning at 4 p.m. at the
Wal-Mart parking lot.
Sports, Page 5
Parks ban trans fats
The early reviews are mostly
positive at the Universal Studios
theme park in Hollywood
where the menu changed on
Christmas Eve to cut unhealthy
trans fats from many junk food
Twelve-year-old Jack Xu
noticed something different
about his french fry. "It tastes
drier and not too salty," he said,
then added: "I still like it."
The self-described junk food
addict, an exchange student
from Beijing who's visited the
park before, was on a field trip
this week and enjoying a bas-
ket of chicken tenders and fries.
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Drought Index
Current: 603
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

12.13 feet

U.S. troops kill 6 In attack

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Boaters and anglers took advantage of the warm weather Monday morning to welcome
in the New Year.

2006 the year in review

Saturday, Dec. 16
Unplanned expenses keep
cropping up at the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center. The
County has spent close to $8 mil-
lion on the facility so far. At their
meeting on Thursday, Dec. 14,
the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners appro-
priated more funds that could
total an additional $675,300 for
the facility.
Monday, Dec. 18
On Dec. 9, over 150 people
consisting of parents, students
and teachers from Everglades
Elementary School participated
in the third annual Jingle Bell
Walk. This event promotes physi-
cal fitness by walking the dike at
Lock Seven atop the scenic trail.

Tuesday, Dec. 19
A man wanted for question-
ing in connection with the
attempted robbery of the Pier II
Motel on U.S. 441 S.E. may be the
same man who held up the ABC
liquor store in downtown Okee-
chobee earlier last week.
Thursday, Dec. 21
Detectives are trying to fit
the pieces of a puzzle together in
hopes they will tell them how a
man died and why two toddlers
were found alone, on the side of
a foggy highway. Benjamin
Toscano-Cruz, 30, was found
dead approximately 100 feet
from his wrecked car near the
intersection of C.R. 721 and U.S.
98. Toscano-Cruz had been
involved in a domestic alterca-

tion in Highlands County with
Ruth Edith Castellanos-Garcia,
21, the mother of his 6-month old
son. Ms. Castellanos-Garcia was
taken to Raulerson Hospital with
several stab wounds and cuts.
The boy and his 3-year-old sister
were found standing alone near
the intersection of the two high-
Friday, Dec. 22
e The death of Benjamin
Toscano-Cruz, 30, of Highlands
County has been ruled a suicide
by the Medical Examiner's office
in Winter Haven, said Detective
Lieutenant John Chess of the
Highlands County Sheriff's
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Eric Lodge (left) and Channing Williams (right) were crowned
as 2006 Okeechobee High School's homecoming king and
queen during halftime festivities.

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News Briefs

Garbage pick-up will be one day behind
OKEECHOBEE Waste Management has announced that there
will be no residential or commercial garbage pickup on Monday, Jan.

The schedule for the week of New Year's Day will be: 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.

Drivers can list emergency contacts
Effective in the State of Florida as of Oct. 2, you can have two emer-
gency contacts attached to your Florida driver's license.
If you are in an accident, emergency rescuers can check your dri-
ver's license and two emergency contacts will pop up so they do not
have to search for relatives.
Go to 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
For information on adding emergency contacts or other related
concerns, contact the nearest Florida driver's license office. In Okee-
d chobee, the driver's license office is located at 1857 U.S. 441 S.E. Their
d ers phone number is (863) 462-5225.

Guaranteed rural housing loans
OKEECHOBEE The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Devel-
opment offers a single family guaranteed rural housing program
(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
S"the county in which they would live, have an acceptable credit history,
and adequate and dependable income sufficient to meet all obliga-
-"- Call the Okeechobee Rural Development office at (863) 763-3345,
S-ext. 503, to get the names of the lenders, income limits and informa-
tion about the Guaranteed Housing Program.
For information on the programs offered by USDA Rural Develop-
* ment, visit its website at

U.S.C.G. Flotilla seeking new members
OKEECHOBEE The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 57 in
Okeechobee is seeking new members to become involved in the Aux-
iliary's programs.
The Auxiliary is a volunteer service organization composed of men
and women who actively support recreational boating safety and other
Coast Guard missions.
The Auxiliary also provides recreational boating safety support to
sate and local authorities.
Members could be involved in patrols, communications, adminis-
tration, seamanship, piloting/navigation, weather or search and rescue.
For information, call (863) 763-0165.

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Eleven people were arrested
Wednesday in connection with a
six-hour undercover drug opera-
tion conducted in the area of N.E.
13th Ave. and N.E. Seventh St.
Wednesday, Dec. 27
By early next year there
should be a new factory in place
that not only produces a much
needed product but will also train
and employ up to 1,300 workers.
Since 1997, Wally Sanger has been
manufacturing concrete buildings
at his Royal Concrete Concepts
West Palm Beach plant.
Thursday, Dec. 28
So far, Okeechobee County
appears to be safe from the equine
herpes virus that has been affecting
nearby coastal counties, resulting in
quarantines and cancelled events.

Community Events

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

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

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) 763-4823.

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 training
volunteers from Okeechobee, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties
on Jan. 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at St. Bernadette's
Catholic Church, 350 N.W. California Blvd., in Port St. Lucie. For informa-
tion, call (772) 785-5804.

AARP driver's safety course planned
An AARP driver safety course will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, and Satur-
day, 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 insurance. 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) 763-0351.

Methodist church hosting evangelist
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will wel-
come Reverend Terry R. Duckworth for revival services on Sunday,
Jan.21, at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 22, at 6:30
p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 23. at 6:30 p.m.; and a special youth program on
Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Rev. Duckworth is a gener-
al 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, at the School Board office
located at 700 S.W. Second Ave. For information call (863) 462-5000, ext.

Early learning panel to meet
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee
Counties, Inc. will have a combined executive/finance committee meet-
ing Thursday, Jan. 25, at 3 p.m. at 10 S.E. Central Parkway, Suite 400, in

Early learning board to meet
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee
Counties, Inc. will have a coalition board meeting Thursday, Jan. 25, at
1:30 p.m. at 10 S.E. Parkway, Suite 400, in Stuart.

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 Pub-
lic Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., to discuss "Snow Flower and the Secret
Fan," a novel by Lisa See. At the beginning of the meeting titles will be
chosen for discussion in the next six months. Anyone who likes to read
and discuss books is invited. For information, call Jan at (863) 357-9980.

Winter Fest in BHR planned
The Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, S.R. 78 W, will host
Winter Fest on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For information,
contact Beverly at (863) 467-0173.
OHS will host puppet show
Okeechobee High School, 2800 U.S. 441 N., will host the puppet
show "Rip Van Winkle" in the OHS auditorium at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1. Tick-
ets are on sale at the Main Street office, 111 N.E. Second Ave. For informa-
tion, call (863) 357-MAIN.

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

Main Street plans annual barbecue
Okeechobee Main Street will host its fifth annual barbecue March 2
and 3. Those wanting to take part in the event should call (63) 357-MAIN.
Contests planned for county fair
The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking contest partici-
pants in our inaugural fair to be held March 9-18, 2007. The contests con-
sist of quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, photography and woodwork-
ing. There will also be food competitions such as home baking and
canned goods; and a vegetable competition featuring categories such as
garden vegetable, fruit and vegetable and largest vegetable. Entry forms
and rules are available at the Okeechobee County Extension Office, 458
U.S. 98 North. For information, contact Linda Syfrett at (863) 763-6232 or
Dianne Spann at (863) 634-3327.

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
S..rt of t ic 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. 'Wvo portraits will be required for this project. The mural
committee is accepting designs and proposals for this mural project. Pro-
ject is to begin in the spring of 2007. Please contact Bridgette Waldau at
(863) 467-7300 for information.

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Okeechobee Forecast

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain. The high will
be in the mid 70s. The wind will be from the north at 5 to 10 mph,
shifting to the northeast in the afternoon. The chance of rain is 20
Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain in the
evening then a slight chance of showers after midnight with patchy
fog after midnight. The low will be in the lower 60s. The wind will be
from the northeast around 5 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.

Extended Forecast
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. The high
will be in the lower 80s. The wind will be from the east around 5
mph. The chance of rain is 30 percent.


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Seizures can be life threatening to pets

Almost any animal can suffer
a seizure, but dogs and cats top
the list, says Dr. Alice Blue-
McLendon, a veterinarian in
Texas A&M University's College
of Veterinary Medicine & Bio-
medical Sciences.
Blue-McLendon says a
seizure is defined as an uncon-
trolled event of electrical activity
within the brain. These impulses
from the brain can cause uncon-
trolled movement to other parts
of the body, and the result can
be muscle contractions, severe
shaking, convulsions, possibly
progressing to a coma-like state.
The cause of these electrical
events is still a mystery in both
animals and humans.
"The good news is that most
seizures in animals last only a
short while, usually only a
minute or two," she says. "Any-
thing over five minutes is con-
sidered a life-threatening situa-
tion and the animal needs
medical attention immediately."
Seizures are classified into
two broad categories gener-
alized and partial.
A generalized seizure occurs
when the animal's limbs
become stiff with paddling
movements. The animal may
fall on its back or side, have
excessive salivation and can
have a bowel movement.
A partial seizure often
involves movement of one por-
tion of the body, such as facial or
limb twitching. The animal may
act like it is trying to catch a fly.
Evidence of a partial seizure
may be the beginning of a gen-
eralized seizure.
If an animal has more than
one seizure, the event is termed
epilepsy. Epilepsy can occur
from an unknown cause
(asymptomatic) for which there
may be a hereditary basis, or
from a known cause (sympto-
Asymptomatic epilepsy is
most common in dogs and cats
between I and 5 years of age
and may have a hereditary basis,

Blue-McLendon adds.
Certain breeds such as Ger-
man Shepherds, Labrador
Retrievers, Dachshunds, Collies
and Beagles are prone to having
hereditary epilepsy. "If epilepsy
is inherited, it can be passed on
to the next generation, and there
is a lot of research being done
on this very topic," she notes.
Examples of symptomatic
causes for epilepsy include toxi-
city (sometimes from flea prod-
ucts), infectious diseases, nutri-
tional deficiencies and brain
tumors. "If a dog or cat is 5 years
or older and suffers from
seizures, there may be a greater
likelihood of a brain tumor,"
Blue-McLendon explains.
Research has shown that if a

seizure lasts longer than 30 min-
utes, the odds of surviving are
"If a seizure does occur, the
first thing to do is not to panic,"
she says.
"The owner should make
sure that the animal can't hurt
itself, such as knocking its head
against a hard object or falling
down a flight of stairs. And you
should never put your hand
down the animal's throat even if
it appears to have trouble swal-
lowing. That will do more harm
than good with potential risks of
being bitten."
Treatment for seizures usual-
ly involves short-term and long-
term therapies, Blue-McLendon

Valium is the most common-
ly used drug to stop a seizure,
and there are other drugs used
such as phenobarbital and
potassium bromide.
"An animal that suffers from
seizures can still live a relatively
normal life," she adds. "The
goal of treatment is to decrease
the duration, severity and fre-
quency of seizures. Early inter-
vention with medication will
most likely provide better suc-
cess in the long-term seizure
management of a pet."
Pet Talk is a service of the
College of Veterinary Medicine,
Texas A&M University. Stories
can be viewed on the World
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The story is told of two men who
were confined to a hospital. They were
sick with tuberculosis, and each had been
told his active life was. over. In other
words, the remainder of their short lives
were to be lived as invalids.
These men began clipping poems
and other bits of materials. These materi-
als put together were mailed to their
friends who needed encouragement, with
the suggestion that anyone who wished to
receive a second issue of the magazine
send a contribution toward the expense of
printing and mailing.
To make a long story short, this pub-
lication became known as "Trotty Veck
Messages" and the total circulation in 1925
was more than 200,000 copies.
What an opportunity came to
these middle-aged invalids in an iso-
lated hospital in the Adirondacks!
Here's one of their poems:
One broken dream is not the end of
One shattered hope is not the end of all;
Beyond the storm and tempest stars
are gleaming,
Still plan your castles though your
castles fall


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sions to Okeechobee News, P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
Comments will be published in the newspaper as space permits.
LOST CAMERAS: I have a lost item. One grayish camera case with two
cameras inside, lost on Micco Bluff Road and U.S. 98 near the community
center on Dec. 24. (Editor's Note: If anyone should find these items,
please call our offices at (863) 763-3134 and we'll put you in touch with
the person who lost them.)

NO LITTER* I am so happy because when I went to work today on
Lofton Road, also known as N.W. 144th, the inmates were out cleaning
Lofton Road. This has never happened before in the last 15 years. I was
so pleased and when I came home tonight there was not one piece of lit-
ter and I am very thankful. The sheriff must be responsible for that and I
hope it continues.

PARADE: I agree with what other people have been saying, it was a
wonderful parade. Okeechobee has come a long way. I have been in the
parade for several years but this year I was not and I did not know that if
there is not a light shining on your face or on your sign it cannot be read
from the side of the street. I did not know that until I was a spectator. And
yes, if it is a night parade those floats should have lights on them of some
sort. But it was wonderful and I thank everyone for all their efforts. It takes
a lot of behind-the-scenes work to put on a parade like that for people
who aren't even in it. Thankyou Okeechobee and Happy New Year.

SIGN: This is just a reminder that it doesn't do a bit of good to call the
newspaper or talk on the telephone and complain about something. You
have to call the person responsible for that issue be it code enforcement,
zoning or the sheriff's office or the road department. It doesn't do a bit of
good to call the newspaper we are just reading one another's com-
plaints. But I am going to call the code enforcement about the big sign going
south on U.S. 98 at S.R. 70. It is absolutely ridiculous. That stupid, ugly, old
sign is still sitting there hurricane damaged. I will call code enforcement
Tuesday to see what they can do about removing that eyesore. Keep up the
good work Okeechobee. We are really improving and I appreciate it.

BIRD: The picture of the bird on the Saturday, Dec. 30, publication of
the Okeechobee News was incorrect. This is not a wading bird. This is a
water turkey. The proper name is anhinga and the reason its wings are
outstretched is so that it can dry its feathers. It does not have oil glands. It
has webbed feet. I've never seen one walk and I've been here 70 years.
They perch and dive and swim to catch their prey. They always swallow
the fish head first. But it is not a wading bird. You are in error. (Editor's
Note: You are correct and we apologize for our error.)

JUDGE: I understand from today's paper that Judge Brennan took off
the month of December by using accumulated leave. You need to check
with the state court administrator's office or the local court administra-
tor's office. Judges do not accrue leave.

BOATERS: We live on the Rim Canal and everyday we witness the
northerners driving so fast down the Rim Canal not knowing that we
have manatees back here. Also, because of the hurricanes we've lost sev-
eral feet of our bank and people continually ride down the Rim Canal and
the wake washes up against the bank of the canal and we keep losing our
land. If you would just slow down a little bit we would appreciate.

NO LAW: This is in reference to the Prairie subdivision, also known as
the Viking. Before I could call in today about the continuous, carelessness
and all night riding of four-wheelers and dirt bikes, another accident has
happened. A young boy had to be airlifted from the prairie due to a four-
wheeler accident. How many more will be allowed to get hurt because
the law claims they can't do anything since the roads aren't paved and are
supposedly private. There have been several murders committed there
and another incident where a man was found dead on the highway
going into the prairie who, to my knowledge, was never identified. There
is shooting and hunting all night long. One day an innocent person, per-
haps a child, will end up getting shot therefore becoming collateral dam-
age. There were a couple of people who were paralyzed from being kit
by vehicles at which they were at fault while riding four-wheelers. Anoth-
er teen passed away from an accident about a month ago that could
probably have been prevented if only the law officers were permitted to
do their job. The ambulance got stuck trying to get to the plane crash sev-
eral months. So if you want to show your tail, go to Prairieville where
there is no law unless you take it into your own hands.

WINDOW PEEPER. I live on S.W. 18th St. and I'd like to know why a
woman was looking in our bedroom window? This is Sunday night
when my wife and I were getting dressed to go to church.

CLUB: The Gay-Straight Alliance would be a club based on a student's
sexual orientation. During club meetings students would discuss topics of
a sexual nature. During the meetings students would be receiving
advice/information from fellow students and maybe input from the
teacher/sponsor. Doesn't it seem to be a bad idea for students to be openly
discussing such personal issues without the involvement of their parents or
a professional? Doesn't it seem to be a bad idea for students to be openly
discussing these issues and possibly relaying personal information about
their sexual proclivities? Yes, I know, don't join the club then. Doesn't it
seem possible that students who attend these meeting because they are
confused about their sexual orientation could be persuaded by others to
engage in sexual acts in order to be certain? In my opinion, any club based
on sexual orientation is inherently dangerous. It creates an environment in
which a vulnerable teenager trying to find his/her identity can fall victim to
all sorts of problems. I believe a better solution would be to make it a part of
the curriculum a class, or part of a class, that is managed and visited by
professionals, resource with appropriate materials and set in a traditional
classroom. To me, this kind of setting is much safer for the well-being of the
students, is educational in its purpose and is controlled by school. If created
with the input of all parties and with the best interests of the students and
education at heart, it could put this whole mess to an end.

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Upcoming Events
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the pub-
lic. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held at 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 Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call Robert Massey at (863)
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology 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
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, con-
tact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call
(863) 357-0297.
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 member
is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
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 informa-
tion, 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 facilitator. There is
another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator.
For information, call (863) 763-2893.
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American
Legion Post #64,510 S.E. Second St. The Jaycees would like to welcome
all energetic young people between the ages of 21 and 39, who are inter-
ested in working towards the betterment of our community. For informa-
tion, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399.
A.A meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at 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 Ave., from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-
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.
Tantle Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret at
(863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call Robert Massey at (863)
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412 N.W.
Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public
are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask
questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-4923 for
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For infor-
mation call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863)
763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 209 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be
available there from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will meet from
8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. For informa-
tion, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRA will meet at
7:30 p.m. at Teen Town, 305 N.W. Second St. Anyone interested may
attend. For information, contact Frank Coker at (863) 467-1941.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thursday
at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is welcome to join.
The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity for
caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas. The meet-
ings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863)
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step Study meet-
ing at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Main Street's Farmer's Market will be held every
Thursday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. in Flagler Park 3. Any questions
and/or comments can be directed to the Main Street office at (863) 357-

Public issues forums
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Community Events

Red Cross offering various classes
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch will be holding a
first aid class on 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.

Church offers barbecue lunch
Okeechobee Church of God, Divine Purpose Drama Ministries,
will have a barbecue lunch and dinner on Jan. 3 from 10:30 a.m.
until 7 p.m. Dinners are available for eat in at the church at 301 N.E.
Fourth Ave.; take out; or, we will deliver five or more within the city
limits. The cost of the dinner $5. For information, call Steve at (863)

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

Yard sales benefit Cub Scouts
Cub Scout Pack #909 of Buckhead Ridge will hold yard sales on
Thursday, Jan. 4, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 53 10th St. in Buckhead
Ridge; and on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Buck-
head Ridge Fire Department on S.R. 78. Proceeds of the sale sup-
port ceremonial events, projects toward badges and camp.

Local builders group will met
Treasure Coast Builders Association, Okeechobee Chapter, will
meet Friday, Jan. 5, at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., at
7:45 a.m. Reservations are required. The speaker will be Bill Royce,
Okeechobee County planning director. For information and reser-
vations, call (863) 467-2007.

Hospice plans yard sales
Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth St., will hold ayard 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
Rhonda at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.

Scrapbooking crop party is planned
A scrapbooking crop party will be held Friday, Jan. 5, 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-can-eat pancake breakfast, including sausage
and a beverage, from 8 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, for a dona-
tion 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 Coalition's community out-
reach/training committee will meet Monday, Jan. 8, 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, 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, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second Ave. Everyone is wel-
come 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. There will be 11 weeks of classes
that will end on March 20. Classes will be held each Tuesday from 9
until 11 a.m. at His House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 425
S.W. 28th St. For information, call (863) 763-3519.

Early learning group plans meeting
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okee-
chobee Counties, Inc. will have an Okeechobee County provider
meeting Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 12:30 p.m. at Okeechobee Health
Department, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave.

Community Events

Healthy Start board will meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet Wednesday, Jan. 10, 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 inter-
ested in promoting healthy families and healthy outcomes for
babies in Okeechobee. For information, call Kay Begin at (863)

Praise, worship team to appear
Hand & Hand Ministries will meet Thursday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m.
at the Palmdale Community Center located on the corner of Fifth
and Main in Palmdale, for food and fellowship. At 7 p.m., gospel
music and the word will be presented by Mitchell Wills of LaBelle.
Appearing with him will be the Freedom Fellowship Ministries
praise and worship team.

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.

Early learning council will meet
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee
Counties, Inc. will have an Okeechobee County advisory council meet-
ing Wednesday, Jan. 12, at noon at the Okeechobee Health Depart-
ment, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave.

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.

The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, January 2, 2007 SPORTS 5

Stren Series

bass tourney

kicks off '07
By Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
More than $275,000 will be
up for grabs this week when 200
pros and 200 co-ariglers take to
the water of Lake Okeechobee
to compete in the 2007 kick-off
bass tournament of the FLW
Stren Series.
Tournament registration will
take place today between 4-7
p.m. at the Scott Driver facility
directly across the highway from
the Okee-Tantie Campground
and Marina. Registration will be
followed by a pre-tournament
A full field will compete on
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
with weigh-in taking place at 3
p.m. each day at Scott Driver.
The top 10 pros and co-anglers
from the three days of competi-
tion will go head to head on Sat-
urday, the final day of the tourna-
ment for top prizes. Weigh-ins
on Saturday will take place
beginning at 4 p.m. at the Wal-
Mart parking lot.
The parking lots at both Scott
Driver and Okee-Tantie were
busy Monday morning as
anglers scrambled to get in prac-
tice time before the tourney.
"Dock talk has it that there
have been a lot of fish caught,
but most were small," stated
FLW tournament director Chris
Jones. '
In an interview with Jennifer
Simmons of the FLW, Lakeland
resident Bobby Lane stated: "It's
kind of iffy. There will still be
some fish on the banks. Though
most will be in the canals and
river systems. There are several
of them. You've got Okee-Tantie,
Indian Prairie, Taylor Creek and
Buckhead. All of those will be
very accessible. There are tons
of water there and that's where
the bigger fish will be."
Lane went on to explain,
"Besides, it's still Okeechobee,
meaning that on any given cast
you could reel in a 10-pounder
and it's hard to do that anywhere
else. There will be 8 to 10
pounders weighed in, and there
will be a lot of them caught over
four days."
Add the current lake condi-
tions to a cold. front a4pdrain that
are forecast to move into the
area over the next several days,
and this tournament will
become a true test of talent and
just plain good luck.

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Ranger boat technician Lee Swan (right) of Flippin, Ark., discussed last minute adjustments
on a competition boat with anglers Matt Arey (left) of Shelby, N.C., and Sam Baggett of
Okeechobee (center).



Anglers checked their equipment and studied lake maps as they prepared forthe FLW Stren
Series bass tournament that will take place later this week on Lake Okeechobee. The
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday weigh-ins will take place at the new Scott Driver facility
directly across the road from the Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina beginning at 3 p.m.
Weigh-ins for the final day of competition will take place on Saturday at the Wal-Mart park-
ing lot at 4 p.m.

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Seniors at risk of injury from falls

According to the U.S. Center
for Disease Control (CDC), falls
are a leading cause of injury
death among adults over the age
of 65.
Falls may be caused by a
lumber of factors. Being aware
of those factors may help pre-
vent injuries. According to the
CDC, these factors include the
Many older adults lose flexi-
bility and agility due to lack of
exercise. To keep older muscles
strong and flexible, older adults
are encouraged to participate in
a regular exercise program that
includes emphasis on strength,
balance and flexibility.
Medication may cause a
person to become lightheaded
or drowsy. Be aware of the side
effects of medications. If a med-
ication makes you dizzy or
drowsy, ask your doctor if an
alternate medication might be
better. If that is not possible, ask
your doctor if you can take the
medication before bedtime.
Poor eyesight can lead to
missteps and falls. Have your
eyesight checked annually.
Be aware of safety in the
home. Eliminate hazards that
might be tripped over; add rail-
ings to stairways; add a safety
bar in the shower; make sure
rugs have "no slip" backings;
and, improve lighting.
The following information on
falls was provided by the CDC:

How big is
the problem?
More than one third of
adults 65 and older fall each year
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are the leading cause of injury
deaths. They are also the most
common cause of nonfatal
injuries and hospital admissions
for trauma (CDC 2005).
In 2003, more than 13,700
people 65 and older died from
injuries related to falls; about 1.8
million people 65 and older
were treated in emergency
departments for nonfatal injuries
from falls and about 460,000 of
these patients were hospitalized
The rates of fall-related
deaths among older adults rose
significantly over the past
decade (Stevens 2006).

What outcomes
are linked to falls?
Twenty percent to 30 per-
cent of people who fall suffer
moderate to severe injuries such
as bruises, hip fractures or head
traumas. These injuries can
make it hard to get around and
limit independent living. They
also can increase the risk of early
Most fractures among older
adults are caused by falls (Bell et
al. 2000).
The most common frac-
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Many people who fall, even
those who are not injured, devel-
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cause them to limit their activi-
ties, leading to reduced mobility
and physical fitness, and increas-
ing their actual risk of falling.
In 2000, direct medical
costs totaled $179 million for
fatal falls and $19 billion for non-
fatal fall injuries.
Who is at risk?
Men are more likely to die
from a fall. After adjusting for
age, the fall fatality rate in 2003
was 49 percent higher for men
than for Women.
Women are much more
likely than men to have nonfatal
fall injuries.
In 2003, about 72 percent of
older adults admitted to the hos-
pital for hip fractures were
The risk of being seriously
injured in a fall increases with
age. In 2001, the rates of fall
injuries for adults 85 and older
were four to five times that of
adults 65 to 74.
Nearly 85 percent of deaths
from falls in 2003 were among
people 75 and older.
People 75 and older who
fall are four to five times more
likely to be admitted to a long-
term care facility for a year or
Before making any changes
in your diet or exercise routine,
consult your doctor. This is
especially important if you are
on any prescription medication.
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holding a first aid class on Tues-
day, 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
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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 fol-
Theatre I -"Rocky Balboa" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at2,4:15,7 and9 p.m.
Theatre II "Charlotte's Web"
(G} Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15,7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "Night at the Muse-
um" (PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4.50; senior
citizens are $4.50 for allkmovies;
and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-


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

Wildlife Center
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife
adventure birthday party at
Arnold's Wildlife Center, 14895
N.W 30th Terrace. You can invite
up to 20 friends to join you for a
wildlife adventure tour, hands on
animal encounter, games and a
special craft for everyone to make.
For information on cost and reser-
vations, call (863) 763-4630.

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

Red RoadAcademy
needs more volunteers
Do you have a few hours to
spare? Would you like to make a
difference in a child's life? Do you
have a job skill that you would like
to teach others? Do you belong to a
civic organization or religious
organization and would like to
spread the word? If you answered
yes to any of these questions,
please contact Karin Aldridge at
Red Road Academy, (863) 357-
5905. We are looking for volun-
teers to work a few hours a month
with committed youth.

Donations needed
for Hospice yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee is seek-
ing donations for their next yard
sale. Hospice welcomes all clean
useable items and is currently
seeking such items as baby
clothes, furniture, small appli-
ances, tools, as well as golf and
fishing equipment. Call Hospice at
(863) 467-2321 for pick-up, or
deliver items to 411 S.E. Fourth St.

Public recycling
drop-off bins open
Public recycling drop-off bins
are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance Facili-
ty, 306 N.W. Ninth Ave., and the
Okeechobee Landfill, 10800 N.E.
128th Ave. The vehicle mainte-
nance facility is open from 8 a.m.
until noon and from 1 p.m. until 5

p.m., Monday through Friday. It is
closed on weekends and holidays.
Only recyclable materials such as
newspaper, aluminum and metal
cans, corrugated cardboard, glass
jars and bottles and plastics #1
through #3 are accepted at the
public facilities. Items not accepted
include: plastic shopping bags;
commercial business items; tires;
appliances; electronic devices;
yard trash; household trash; oil,
gas, paint or household hazardous
waste; and, batteries. For more
information: contact Russell Row-
land, county solid waste manager,
at (863) 763-1811, or Waste Man-
agement of Okeechobee at (863)
357-0111, or (863) 763-4818.

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FORMAL GOWN, Light sea
green, size 8, never worn,
with tags. $40
S-Upplies 0580
COMPUTER- 1 GHz Proces-
sor, 448MB of ram, 89GB H/D,
CD burner, 17" mon. Win2000.
Etc. $250. (863)902-0960
COMPUTER DESK- large, with
adjustable height, good con-
dition $50 or best offer

Furniture 0610
BEDRM SUITE: Qu. Sz., Rustic
Ranch, 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
glass, with 4 chairs, Like
new. $500. (863)234-3470
back cushioned w/ottomans.
$150. Will separate.
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 Pi ece w/glass
doors, large, $100
Find It instep. Sell It soon-
ep In the declassified
im MI'mT M.-
ANTINIO ZOLL 20 ga mag,
over/under, 28" bbl, full/mod
single tri ger, full engraved re-
ceiver. $T75. 937-215-0307.
COLT- 1903, Type 111, 32 Auto-
m atic Pistol, $400
IVER JOHNSON "Cattleman": 45
cal, 5 1/2 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
RIFLE- Marlin 883SS, 22 mao-
num Simmons 4-12xfO
scope in box $350.

Health & Reducing
Equipment 0620
Frorn Sears, like new, only
used once. $125.
I I n. R MI. T
CEILING FANS 2), Hunter.
USA m t kit. Cost
$125 each, asking $70 for
both, will sep. (561)633-1371
Medical Items 0650
$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,
Extra motor & pump. $200.
,instruments 0660
CABINET- 77"T x 42"W, 2
solid doors & shelf, $350 or
best off er(561)633-1371
Black, excellent tone, seldom
used, like new, soft case,
$95 (863)634-9316
very good cond., $300
Pets/Supplies 0670
old on Christmas, 3 white, 3
beige, all shots, beautiful
$450-$600 (863)983-7211
C 0 C KATI E L, $30
DACHSHUNDS- w/papers, 7
months old, $300
(863)634-2479 anytime.
KEET- with cage, to good
home only, $100
(863)610-0089 '
CKC reg., Call for details
PARAKEET: Only $10!
Equipment 0710
CAR AUDIO: 4 Memphis 12"
speakers in Custom Ported
Box & JBIL 1201 amp. $800.
2)xl 2" subwoofers 1 200w
0 1 800w amp, 600 o
best offer (239)503-5020
new in box. Valued @
$2500. Asking $600.

iTelevision 0715
cellent condition, beautiful
picture, $600
SONY- 32", P-in-P, Great pic-
ture. New $1600. Asking
$225. (863)467-8504
11111111 10
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. (863)697-8837
splits wood up to 1811 long.
very good condition $500

SLOT MACHINE- takes tokens,
electric, asking $275 like

TMX ELMO, brand new, still in
box, never opened, $70.

ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891
A.E. Backs, J. Hutclunson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567
Treasure Isle or on Tayloi
Creek. Call C u r I I s


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 80'
Firm Ned ProductE. 6, 16
Farm Miscclianeous x I ',
Farm Produce ,20
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 84
Lawn 9 Garden 85U
Livestock 8 E, C '
Poultry 'Supplies 860
Flowers 865

Miscellaneous 08151
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BALES OF HAY, 100 bales,
$200. or will sell sepaiate.

iHorses 0840
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

im-It MR=

LAWNMOWER- Snapper, Rid-
ing, Runs but needs battery
$ 150 (863)5 17-1574
condition, asking V5
RIDING MOWER: Dixon, 42"
witli 15.5[ip Craftsman new
motor. Left side needs adjust-
ment. $350 (239)986-0296
1211p, runs perfect, needs
battery. $125

Livestock 0855
Angle Iron with calle door
$900 (863)357-1365


Apartments C4115
Business Places -?I,,
Property qjr
Townhouqes Ren1920
Farm Property
Rent .- 2.
House Rent 930
Land Rent -115
Resort Property
Rent 9-15
Roommate C150
Rooms to Renk `155
Storaqn Spare
Rent 960

Beautiful 2BR Close to town,
Remodeled, I-Ike new! Oni
$825 mo, includes water I)Z..
-111-1 -1 -11

both. (239)867-1558
cond. CD Player, A/C, 4 Door
Auto. White. 1 Owner. $850
or best offer. (863)357-1692
thing works! $2000 or best
offer. 863-612-5558.
FORD T-BIRD '94 & Mercury
Cougar 188, excellent body,
bad motors, have motors.
$600 neg. (561)676-0427
A/C, Excellent condition. Gar-
age kept, $900 or best offer.
(772)618-0607 Ft. Pierce.
MR2 1988, Hard to find. Fun
car! Sunroof, manual, white,
great mileage, FM/CD, Good
shape..$1500 (561)924-2208
Only 36,000 original miles.
$1800. 863-228-1094

2ba, waterfront, pool, jacuzzi,
floricla room, screen room,
new medal roof, fenced yard
w/sprinkler, Owner modivated,
Price reduced $149,000
Possible Rent to Own
LAKE PORT, Combined FL/Rm
& RV Shelter on leased site
#296 Northlake Estates RV
Resort. Shelter accommo-
dates 32' RV 12'H. Rm
12'x4O' Fully fUrn. $35,000.
Nice 5th Wheel on site
$2800. (863)946-2270
OKEECHOBEE: 3br, 2ba w/gar-
age on 1/2 acre. N Lake
COLIntry Est, (jUiCt neighbor-
hood, $185k. 863-357-6930
Property 1080
OKEE. 3br/1.5 ba New Kit,
Bath, Tile, Carpet Paint. 2
car carport. Lg Oaks. S E 23rd
St. $280,000. (561)346-4692

Screen Rooms Carports
Room Additions Florida Rooms
Garages Seawalls
Ernest Lancaste, (8631634-2044

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DRYER: Kenmore, used but
works great! $50.
good condition. As Seen On
TV. $50.(863)675-3401
MICROWAVE w/ cart $20,
will sell separate
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
UNIT: Combornatic 6200,
Energy Splendid. $175.
'Bicycles 0530
BICYCLE- Men's 21 speed.
Good condition $35.
Books &
Magazines 0535
Co 11 ege book, 2nd edition,
great condition, $80
Materials 0540

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
Installation ofS[or7n
Shuffers &.5eamless
Rain Guilers
Licensed & Insured
1551 N.W. 24th.
License #765

BOY'S CLOTHING, Size 10/12,
40-shirts, dress & T-shirts
5-shorts & 5-jeans. $65.
DRESS- Turquoise, 2 piece,
Laced bodice & chiffon skirt.
3/4 length. Size 14. Pd. $150.
Sell $50. (863)763-0634
DRESSES, 24): Women's,
large size 240 for all or will
sell separately. Call
863-763-3982 before noon.



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
t lus 530
0% & Magazines535
B"ng Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/flugs 550
Children's Items 555
Clilse, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coine/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 5BO
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health IL 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
Poets & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Bowing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 7 10
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

C-Onditioners 0505

AC W/HEAT- Central package
unit, 3.5 ton, York, neverin-
stalled, $1500,

lAntiques 0510
ears old. Fire engine, car.
600 will separate.
tique, 6'ff, Appraised @
$500, asking $400.

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EFFICIENCY on 441 & 15 A,
For Single Person, furnished
w/litilities. $125 wk. + $300
see. dep. Call 863-610-1027
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between 9-4
pin daily (863)357-2044
N. of OKEE 2 Br, I Ba
12 mi. N of Okeechobee.
$1150 moves you in.
No Pets! Non smoking envi.
(863)467-1717 8:30am-
3:30pm, or email
on cluiet St. Kids & pets wel-
come. $850. me. & $2200
Moves you in. 561-795-1965
OAK LAKE APTS., Remodeled
213R/1 BA, screened porch,
$800 me., I st, last & sec.
No pets. (863)634-3313
OKEECHOBEE: Lg Itir, partly
fum. In town, water access to
lake, No pets, $750/mo + util.
1 st & sec. (863)634-0322
Efficiency. 1 year lease. $575
me. + sec. Furnishedincludes
utilities. (863)467-5616

RENT- 5800 sq. ft. in
Okeechobee County, just
outside of town. Heavy Traffic
Area. Call for more
information. (561)662-3169

Rent 0920
2br, lba, Pool, Tennis, Shuf-
fleboard. $875. me. + $875.
Sec. Call Kelly 863-697-6428

Houses- Rent 0930
3br/2ba, waterfront C/A, city
water. $950/mth, Ist & last.
1 BA, Call for info. 8am-5pm.
appliances, cabinets, W/D &
flooring. Screened porch, lawn
service. Non smkg env. Small
pet considered. $850/mo. 1st,
last & sec. (941)504-3954
OKEE. Basswood, 3br, 2ba,
Almost brand new. Rent with
opt to buy. $1300. me. + 1st
& last sec dep. 772-216-4873
OKEECHOBEE: 3213 SE 24th
St. 3br/2ba, waterfront, C/A,
city water. $950/mth, 1st &
last. 863-634-0663
Rim Canal, 2BR/1 BA Fur-
nished, water view, dock, pool,
tennis, no pets. $1000 mo. +
1 st, last & sec. Seasonal
Call (863)634-8757\rental
Oftice Space
Rent 0937,
Located on West side of new
Courthouse. Now Available.
Call Judy at (863)467-0831
Great Location!
(1) 450 S.E downstairs &
(1) 900 S.F. upstairs. Close
proximity to new court
house. 863-763-4740
Office Space Needs a Build
Out. 2,000 Sq. Ft. Could
be ready within 6 months.

Real [state

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Salle1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
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Mobile Homes

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

Mobile Home
Rent 2015
dbl wide, CA, heat, No pets,
Yearly lease, $650/mo
$1200 sec (863)763-4031
OKEE., 3br, 2ba, CBS Family/
Rm. $650. mo. + last &
sec. Ret. include city water.
(561)346-4646 or 346-4692
EDEN" on the Rim Canal.
Kibs Fish Camp has 1 & 2
Bdrm. Homes in a tropical
oasis. Monthly, Annual &
Seasonal Rates. Call today!
Mobile Home
Sale 2020
OKEECHOBEE- Town & Coun-
try, 2br, 1 ba, insulated 10 x
36 Florida rm, 13 x 46 car-
port, Laundry rm, furnished,
storage shed, $19,500 neg.



Boats 3005
Campers/RV9 3010
Jet Skils 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

BOW RIDER, 17ft /70hp
Johnson, trailr'$750
RANGER 354V 1992, 150 hp
Evinrude XP, SS Prop., Com-
plqte rebuild w/less than 75
hrs. 36 v. motor guide, 3 bank
charger, tournament rigged.
Ranger trailer w/new wheels &
tires. Cover. Always garaged.
Excellent condition. $10,000.
[W.Til =1NUM11111
200136.5 R., Front Bedroom,
bunk beds in rear, jackknife
couch & slide out. $10,000.
T 63)467-2309 or email
MOTOR HOME: Argosy, 1978,
air stream product, 28 ft
long, AC, fridge, and more.
$6000. 561-261-0766
RIALTA '99- 23mpg, non
smoke, I owner, 40K miles,
tow pkg, $35,000
SCREEN ROOM- Zips to 351
motor home awning. Paid
$,600 asking $200

Fifth Wheels 3012
ROYALS INTERIL- 401, 2 slide
outs. Rear kit. Corian tops.
New carpet/blinds. $14,500.
(828)890-3202 or 691 -2425
Jet Skis 30151
1993 with trailer. Runs good.
$1000 (863)467-5299
,Miscellaneous 3025
ANCHORS, Fenders, outrig-
gers, $50 for all or will sep-
arate. (863),674-0281
Motorcycles 3030;
DIRT BIKE- '02 Honda XR80R,
Excellent condition. $1000.
Firm, (863)634-2475
KAWASAKI KZ1000 182-
Runs and looks real good,
Asking $2500 or best offer
YAMAHA 750 Special 1979,
Dry Shaft, Runs great. $600 -

The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners has rescheduled its Janu-
Ily 11 2006 regular session to convene on Tuesday, January 9. 2006 at 9:00 a.m.
in County Commission Chambers, Courthouse. 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee,
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of
= r,dflno Is' and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a
rd of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testi-
mony and evidence upon whichthe appeal isto bebased.
Ray R. Comer. Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of Coun Commissioners
18 N7

,Equipment 1 40251
DODGE 3500- 103 Dually, An-
derson '05 Gooseneck 25',
Mustang '03 skidsteer, low
hrs., Tacheuchi '00 Mini-
exc., TBO16, All or Part: Call

Four Wheel
Drive 4035
V-8, Good condition. Many
extra mopk parts. $2500. or
best offer. (239)369-9725
1991, 44, Good for work.
Aox. 80K org. mls. $1200
or est offer. 863-675-4079
Golf Carts 4037
GAS CLUB CAR '95 Recondi-
tioned. $1695. 863-675-1472
GOLF CART, 4 passenger, ex-
cellent shape, $1200.
Parts/Repairs 4045
speed, w/clutch and fly-
wheel, $450 (863)697-3895
King Pin Locks w/ keys (2), to
lock down trailers. Also an-
tennas for radios (2). $100
for all. 772-812-3300
Dakota '94 -'04. Black UWS
diamond plate. $100 neg.
SUPERCHIP #3714- Fits 103
Dodge Hemi 5.7. $150. Call
Jess (863)634-5020
TIRES & RIMS- 4, New,
LT275/65R20 on 20" Spoke
rims. Fits Fords & GM's $950.
(863)357-1784 or 634-2454
TIRES (4) Super Swamper
LTB, 34 10/50 171s. $450.
TIRES(6): 35x1250x16.5, Su-
per Swamper TSL Radials, 4
w/ d tread 2 spares.
$3080nog. 863-64-1890.
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.

CHEVY '83, 1/2Ton, 350 auto.,
2wd, new motor, only 36K
mi. Must see! $1100 neg.

Pickup Trucks 4050

CHEVY- 188, 3/4 ton, 44, 400
small block, 4 speed With
low 1st gear, $1000.
CHEVY PICK UP '93: Dually,
white, clean, 2 door,
custom, big block / auto.
$6500. 863-674-0898
FORD F350- 189, Diesel, 4
door, 5 speed, 4 new tires.
A/C works. $4700. or trade
for F250 (863)673-6819.
FORD F350 DUALLY 190, 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 Iv msg.
!Sport Utility 4055
KIA SPORTAGE '98- runs
great, $4000 or best offer
863)634-0949 or

Utility Trailers 4065
leveler, complete, $125

CHEVY, '94, Excellent running
condition. Very dependable.
$900. or best offer.
(863)675-3228 ,
& VCR, White w/blue trim.
Asking $2250. neg.
,V-6, Runs good. $750. or


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