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Vol. 98 No. 26 Friday, January 26, 20GAINsV I LLEF o Plus tax

Concrete plant starts hiring


OCSO plans
special operation
The Traffic Unit of the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) will be conducting
Operation Move Over Jan. 22
through Jan. 27 throughout
Okeechobee County.
The purpose of the opera-
tion is to provide safety while
officers are conducting traffic
stops and to educate the public
on the Move Over Act.
During the period 1996 to
2000, 1,793 working law
enforcement vehicles were hit
while stopped or parked along
Florida highways. As a result of
these incidents, 419 law
enforcement officers were
injured and five were killed.
This operation will also
include enforcement of aggres-
sive driving habits.:
Railroad crossing
closed for repair
According to CSX Railroad,
S.E. 40th Avenue (Everglades
Blvd.) will be closed at the
crossing from 7:30 p.m. Friday
Jan. 26, until noon Saturday,
Jan. 27.
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IRCC presents lineup
of entertainment
Fort Pierce Enjoy an
evening of ballet, modern and
jazz dance when the Indian
River Community College
Dance Ensemble, under the
direction of Molly Magee, pres-
ents "Just Dance" on Jan. 31
and Feb. 1, 2 and 3 at 8 p.m.
and Feb.3 at 2 p.m.
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Drought Index
Current: 654
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

11.81 feet

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Royal Concrete Concepts is in
the process of building their plant
off of U.S. 98 that is scheduled to
be opened in the second quarter
of 2007.
Royal Concrete Concepts
owner Wally Sanger is also in the
process of building housing as an
asset for his employees due to the
lack of affordable housing in
Okeechobee with his company
Royal Professional Builders.

This plant will open 300 jobs
right away, of which some will
come from out of town in the
beginning due to previous training
at the company's West Palm
Beach facility. But 1,200-1,500 jobs
will be available once the local
plant becomes fully operational.
These will be additional job open-
ings for the citizens of Okee-
According to Mr. Sanger they
have currently hired individuals
from Glades and Okeechobee

counties who are training at the
West Palm Beach Royal Concrete
Concepts plant.
They also have a job fair sched-
uled for Saturday, Jan. 27,.at the
Okeechobee One Stop Career
Center, 209 S.W Park St. For addi-
tional information, call (863) 462-
The type of jobs that will be
offered include but are not limited
to air conditioning technicians,
electricians, plumbers, architects,
engineers, skilled trades such as

concrete finishers, drywall con-
tractors and many other positions.
The average pay for employees
of Royal Concrete Concepts is
$39,000 to $40,000 per year. This
average precludes the Okee-
chobee median household
income by approximately
$10,000, according to the U.S.
Census Bureau.
This development is being pro-
posed to create affordable hous-
ing for the employees of Royal
Concrete Concepts by providing

them with a good paying job and
teaching them to clean up their
credit through credit counseling.
According to Mr. Sanger, the
employees and any other citizens
of Okeechobee who want to pur-
chase one of the homes will have
to pay a down payment and have
conventional financing as they
would to purchase any other
home: Employees are not receiv-
ing any special discounts.
See Plant Page 2

Man charged

in high

speed chase

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Pahokee man has been
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail on several felony
charges after
he reportedly
hit a Florida
Patrol troop-
er with the
he was rid-
was Jimmy Jimmy.
Geathers III, Geathers '
22, Apple
Ave. He was booked into the
local jail under charges filed by

two different troopers, but the
charges stem from the same
Trooper T.L. Dozier charged
Geathers on Wednesday, Jan.
24, with the felonies of battery
on a law enforcement officer,
carrying a concealed firearm
and the misdemeanor of no
motorcycle license. His bond on
these charges was set at
Trooper Iran Sandoval
charged him with the felonies of
aggravated fleeing from a law
enforcement officer and assault
on a law enforcement officer,
and a misdemeanor charge of
reckless driving. His bond on
See Chase Page 2

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By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee skateboard
park will open today at 3 p.m.
This decision came after the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners agreed
to allow the park to re-open on a
six-month trial basis following a
rash of vandalism that came to a
head in December 2006.
As reported in the Okee-
chobee News on Thursday, Jan.
11, the decision to close the park
was made following damage
and destruction to equipment at
the park. The concession stand
was broken into and supplies
stolen. The drink machine was
vandalized. The drinking spigot
was broken off the water foun-
tain. There was graffiti written
on the walls of the concession
stand. Telephone wires at the
concession stand were pulled
from the phone box. The Florida
Power and Light electrical meter

box was broken into and the
power was turned on after
hours. The meter, costing $400
to $500, was replaced and bro-
ken again on the same night it
was replaced.
Finally, Darrell Enfinger of the
Parks and Recreation Depart-
ment contacted the Okee-
chobee City Police Department
and the park was designated as
a crime scene and put under
crime scene investigation. It has
remained closed since that time.
The fate of the skateboard
park remained uncertain until it
appeared on the Thursday, Jan.
25, county commission agenda.
Mr. Enfinger presented the
history of the park to the com-
missioners, along with exam-
ples of the vandalism. He also
spoke of the problems relating
to park rules not being followed
and the lack of adult supervision
at the park. Mr. Enfinger told the
commissioners that the city
police had trespassed two juve-

Lake level
Last Year:
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nile skate card holders and resti-
tution has been sought for the
latest damage to the park.
Mr. Enfinger expressed his
concern over the refusal of
some of the skateboarders to
use helmets.
He went on to explain that
the main problem was that most
skateboarders don't like to wear
helmets. They wear helmets
while there is supervision, but
take them off as soon as there is
no supervision at the park.
Mr. Enfinger also stated that
the concession stand had not
been open since September
2006. When the park first
opened in 2004, Communities
in Schools (CIS) had originally
agreed to run the concession
stand. With adults in the conces-
sion stand, the park was super-
vised. But since the concession
stand closed, more and more
vandalism has taken place and

See Park Page 2

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Water Management District.
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Preschoolers learn

from the community

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
, The Clubhouse Childcare
Center preschool classrooms
have been learning about com-
munity helpers.
The two preschool classes
had many visitors from the com-
munity that came and spoke to
the children about their jobs and
what they do for the community.
The children were able to
learn.about police officers, fire
rescue teams, nurses, reporters
and many other occupations.
Of these visits, the students
were able to see a fire truck,
school bus and police car.
Each visitor demonstrated
their job to the students, some
with hands-on activities.
Subway manager Terri Fowler
had the students make their own
sandwiches and demonstrated
safe food handling by teaching

the children to wear gloves.
Okeechobee County Fire/Res-
cue's medics Earl Wooten and
Keith Bourgault showed all of the
students their fire truck and
demonstrated how they strive to
help people.
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office Deputy John Ashby and
Detective T.J. Brock also partici-
pated in the community helpers
program at Clubhouse.
Okeechobee County school
employees got involved with the
principal of North Elementary
School Pat McCoy, school cross-
ing guard Alice Sippert and
school bus driver Rita Thomas.
The students heard from the
medical field from nurses -
Tamara Nunez from Dr. Ali's
office and Jennifer Land from
Raulerson Hospital who both
demonstrated to the children
See School Page 2

Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
Subway manager Terri Fowler (bottom right) participated in the Clubhouse Childcare Center
preschool community helpers' week by presenting her job to the students by teaching them
about proper food handling. The students wore gloves and prepared their own sandwiches
for lunch. She Is assisted by daycare assistant director Jeannie LaDuke (top right).

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Volunteers come forward: County allows park to re-open

Submitted to Okeechobee News
A sign on the Okeechobee skateboard park let the public and county officials know how
the skateboard community felt about the closing of the park. The Okeechobee County
Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to re-open the facility on a six-
month trial basis starting Friday, Jan. 26.

Skateboard park gets reprieve

2 The Okeechobee News, Friday, January 26,2007

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The housing development will
be on 30.02 acres in the southwest
section of the city, between South-
west Sixth and Second Streets. The
development will provide a mix of
multi-family and single family
Royal Architecture and Design
plans indicate that there will be 40
two-story single family homes, 54
one-story single family homes and
74 townhouses for a total 168 units.
This development received
approval for a future land use
change from single family residen-
tial to multi-family by the Okee-
chobee City Council on Nov. 7,
2006. This action is currently being
challenged by a petition that was
filed on behalf of citizens Keith
Walpole and Al Huggins to the
Department of Community Affairs
A hearing on that challenge is
scheduled for April 2007.
The development also received
approval of the first reading for
rezoning at the same council meet-
ing. Because this particular parcel
is being zoned Planned Unit Devel-
opment (PUD) it is required to go
before the Technical Review Com-
mittee (TRC) for conceptual site
plan approval.
Mr. Sanger has invested approx-
imately $30 million into building
the plant and will be going beyond
that with the development of the

Okeechobee News/File photo
Wally Sanger, of Royal Concrete Concepts, examines the
plans for his Okeechobee plant that will be located on U.S. 98
N., across from the Okeechobee County Industrial Park.

homes, which includes costs for
school concurrency, traffic concur-
rency, Okeechobee Utility Authori-
ty (OUA) commitments and other
The homes that will be devel-
oped will range in price from
$175,000 to $225,000, said Mr.
Mr. Sanger went on to say that
he didn't come to Okeechobee to
hurt the community, but to help it.
However, he said, he is disappoint-
ed that individuals have not had the
courtesy to call him and talk to him

to find out the facts.
"This will be a very nice com-
munity. It will happen and it will be
something that Okeechobee will
be proud of," he said in a tele-
phone interview Thursday. "We
(Royal Concrete Concepts) have
made a real commitment here (in
Okeechobee). We aren't going
Royal Professional Builders
have already made an initial pay-
ment of approximately $38,000 to
the OUA. A schedule of payments
will follow that will total approxi-

mately $380,000.
They also have intentions of
participating fully in any concur-
rency issues that may arise from
this development, including school
Royal Concrete Concepts has a
joint venture with Indian River
Community College (IRCC) to edu-
cate any employees that want to
participate. Some of the programs
would be for air conditioning
techs, electricians, plumbers and
"We have employees from
every nationality from all over the
world, this includes many different
occupations from lawyers and
architects to plumbers and electri-
cians," said Mr. Sanger in regard to
comments made at local meetings
concerning the racial makeup of
his work force.
Mr. Sanger stated that he is
more than willing to talk to the
businessmen (petitioners) and that
he has called one of them.
"The businessman refused to
speak with me," he said.
Mr. Sanger has received multi-
ple awards for his business prac-
tices and believes that his credibili-
ty stands for itself. He said he has
built many homes in Royal Palm
Beach, Wellington and Port St.
Lucie and has never had a commu-
nity that has had a problem with
his business.
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these charges was set at $22,500.
According to the arrest report
by Trooper Dozier, he clocked a red
motorcycle apparently operated by
Geathers at a speed of 96 mph on
the Florida Turnpike. When the
trooper turned around in the medi-
an and tried to stop the motorcycle,
the operator began to speed up
until he was clocked at a speed of
120 mph.
When the motorcycle passed
the Fort Pierce exit and continued
north, Trooper Dozier contacted
Trooper Sandoval who was sta-

tioned at milepost 175. When the
motorcycle reached that milepost,
Trooper Sandoval pulled onto the
road and both troopers began
chasing the motorcycle.
Trooper Dozier's report states
that Geathers was driving the
motorcycle between other vehicles
.on the turnpike. After some time,
the troopers turned off their lights
and sirens and did not continue
with their high speed pursuit.
However, as the troopers con-
tinued to look for the motorcycle
Trooper Sandoval radioed Trooper
Dozier that the man was at the Fort
Drum Plaza in Okeechobee Coun-
ty. When Trooper Sandoval
approached Geathers he once
again fled on his motorcycle.

The next time the troopers saw
Geathers he was behind the Turn-
pike welcome building in Yee Haw
When Trooper Dozier
approached the man, Geathers
steered the motorcycle directly at
the trooper and then struck the
Trooper Dozier with the motorcy-
cle, said the FHP arrest report.
FHP Lieutenant Tim Frith said
Thursday afternoon that while
Trooper Dozier was sore, he did
not go to the hospital for treatment.
After fleeing from the welcome
center, the report states Geathers
sped west on S.R. 60 until it passed
U.S. 441, then he made a U-turn
and began going east on S.R. 60. At
that point, the troopers lost sight of

the motorcycle.
As Trooper Dozier continued
searching along S.R. 60 he saw
Geathers walking west on S.R. 60,
stated the report. As the trooper
approached the Pahokee man he
noticed the man had something in
his hand. According to the report,
Trooper Dozier ordered Geathers
to drop the object. After handcuff-
ing Geathers, the FHP trooper
picked up the object a .40 cal.
Glock handgun.
The arrest report goes on to
indicate that Geathers' driver's
license has two suspensions for
failure to pay fines.
The motorcycle, continued the
report, was found in some woods
on the north side of S.R. 60.

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the helmet rule has, for the most
part, been disregarded, he said.
Jill Rogers of CIS responded
that new, stronger windows have
been installed in the concession
stand and five to six adult volun-
teers, as well as the Boy Scouts,
have come forward to volunteer
to man the concession stand and
supervise the park.
Ms. Rogers submitted a pro-
posal to commissioners to re-eval-
uate the hours of operation of the
skate park and the concession
stand. In the proposal, CIS pro-
posed that the hours of supervised
operation should be: (during the
school year) Monday-Friday, 3-6
p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 1-5
p.m. Summer hours should be
Monday-Friday, 10-6 p.m. and Sat-
urday-Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
The proposal stated that the
park would be manned by both
CIS/PAL staff and volunteers.
Ms. Rogers stated that since the
article had come out in the Okee-
chobee News, she has had five-six
volunteers come forward. The
Boy Scouts have also volunteered
to man the concession stand and

park with their adult leaders in
"It is important to note that the
kids themselves turned in the van-
dals," said Ms. Rogers. "I don't
think we should keep it closed. A
large amount of kids enjoy and
use the park."
She noted that both the Okee-
chobee City Police Department
and the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office have agreed to go back
to providing drive-bys when the
park is unmanned.
There was a discussion regard-
ing having the park opened during
certain times of the day when
adults could use the park without
Mr. Enfinger voiced his con-
cern over non-supervised hours of
"The only problem is having
kids think that if they go after
supervised hours of operation,
they won't have t6w'ear helmets,"
he told commissioners.
Under this proposal, the park
would be open but unsupervised
from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on week-
days and 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on
Saturday and Sunday.
Commissioner Marvin Wher-
rell stated that the skate park was

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an excellent facility.
"I've had a lot of positive calls
from parents and businesses
about the park. Maybe the county
should look at purchasing security
cameras," he said.
"I would like to think that
skaters will react in a positive way
and realize that they will lose this
park if they don't follow rules,"
said Mr. Enfinger.
K.C. Thorpe, a mother of a 10
year old competitive skateboard-
er, stated: "As a mother of a skate-
boarder, I feel that there is a need
for the park in this community. If
your child is involved in football,
you can buy him a ball and work
with him in your yard. If your child
is interested in basketball, you can
buy a hoop and let him shoot bas-
kets at home. But, skateboarders
need a park. Without this park,
kids are hitting the streets, parking
lots and other places they should-
n't be.
"We have a great facility. Why
can't we work together to make
this park a success? It's important
to kids. It's all they have," she
Wes Abney of the Okeechobee
Contractors' Association pointed
out that many donations were
made to create the park.

"A lot of money was donated to
the skateboard park. I don't know
of any other park here in Okee-
chobee that has so many prob-
lems," he said. "I think the park
should be manned if there is a
concern with vandalism. I hope
we can find a way to keep it
After hearing from several
other members of the public, the
commission voted unanimously
to keep the park open for six
months with CIS running the con-
cession stand.


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how to listen to their heartbeat
with a stethoscope and other job
Students learned how to make
a pizza from Robbie Loschiavo of
Joey's Pizza, and they decorated
their own cupcakes with the assis-
tance of Sharon Jones, a baker
from U-Save Supermarkets.
Other businesses and individu-
als from the community included
Chauna Aguilar with the Okee-
chobee News, Janet Faulkner and
U-Save Manager Donny Fraser.

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Okeechobee Forecast

Friday: Mostly sunny with the high in the mid 60s. The wind will be
from the north at 5 to 10 mph, shifting to the northeast around 10 mph
in the afternoon.
Friday night: Mostly clear in the evening then becoming partly cloudy
with the low in the mid 40s. The wind will be from the northeast
around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Saturday: Partly sunny in the morning then becoming partly cloudy
with the high in the mid 70s. The wind will be from the east at 5 to 10
mph, shifting to the southeast around 10 mph in the afternoon.
Saturday night: Considerable cloudiness in the evening, then becom-
ing mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. The low will be in the
upper 50s. The chance of rain is 40 percent.


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News Briefs

Dance club hosting dance
SEBRING The Highlands Social Dance Club will host a dance
from 7 until 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway (one mile east of U.S. 27).
The Dixie Deacons will play for your dancing and listening pleas-
Admission is $6 for non-members and $5 for members. The
dance is open to the public and membership is available.
Free ballroom dance classes continue this Friday and will start at
6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.

Art league plans show, sale
SEBRING Lake Placid Art League's 20th annual arts and crafts
show and sale will be Saturday, Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The show will be held at the Sebring Agri-Civic Center at U.S. 27
and George Blvd.
For space and information, call Bill Snyder at (863) 699-2665.

Hospital hosting dinner, program
OKEECHOBEE The January Dine with the Doctor presenta-
tion at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., will be on Tuesday, Jan.
30. Dinner will be served at 4:45 p.m. at a cost of $5. The subject will
be reversal and prevention of memory loss presented by Dr. Leland
Heller at 5:30 p.m. The presentation is free. For reservations, call Bill
Casian at (863) 824-2702.

Agri-Civic Center to host events
OKEECHOBEE A number of events have been scheduled to
be held at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E.,
in the coming weeks.
These scheduled events include: Feb 2 & 3 Bureau of Land
Management wild horse adoption sale; Feb. 16 & 17- Tour of Cham-
pions Florida Barrel Racing Series; March 9-18 Okeechobee Coun-
ty Fair; March 13-18 Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show and Sale;
and, May 26 & 27 Memorial Day Bike Rally.
For information, call (863) 763-1666.

Public meeting on Basin use planned
OKEECHOBEE A public meeting dealing with recreational
activities in the Kissimmee River Basin will be held Saturday, Feb. 3,
at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) service
center in Okeechobee from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The service center is located on the second floor of the Bank of
America building, 205 N. Parrott Ave.
The purpose of the meeting is to allow SFWMD to meet with
members of the community who are interested in using the restored
Kissimmee River Valley region for public use and recreation.
For information, contact Kelli Stickrath at (863) 447-1998.

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IRCC presents eclectic lineup of entertainment

Fort Pierce Enjoy an
evening of ballet, modern and
jazz dance when the Indian
River Community College
Dance Ensemble, under the
direction of Molly Magee, pres-
ents "Just Dance" on Jan. 31
and Feb. 1, 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. and
Feb. 3 at 2 p.m.
The program will feature
guest choreographer/performer
Jeanne Travers, of the Universi-
ty of South Florida, and several
IRCC alumni.
"Just Dance" will feature a
rendition of one of the most
famous divertissements in the
history of dance, Pas de Quatre,
a historical ballet once per-
formed for Queen Victoria of
London in 1845. IRCC alumnus

Jermaine Thornton brings his
"Reflections" to the McAlpin
stage, depicting the people who
have had great impact in his life.
Another highlight of the pro-
gram will be dance instructor
Molly Magee's "Tranquilius
Mare," which was inspired by a
tranquil, summer boat trip.
"Just Dance" will be per-
formed in the IRCC McAlpin
Fine Arts Center at the main
campus in Fort Pierce. Tickets
are $12 each and may be pur-
chased through the IRCC box
office at 462-4750 or toll-free at
1-800-220-9915, Monday
through Friday, from 11 a.m.
until 3 p.m.
Metallic art
Offered in conjunction with

"Just Dance," IRCC's Art Gallery
will present the works of James
Liccione, whose art is inspired
by the Hudson River Artists and
serves a dual purpose of beauty
and functionality.
In addition to showcasing his
works in galleries, Liccione has
created art pieces for use on tel-
evision and movie sets, includ-
ing: The Cosby Show," "Satur-
day Night Live," "The Odd
Couple," and "Sesame Street."
Art lovers can see Liccione's
works Jan. 31 through Feb.4,
from 6 until 8 p.m. in the IRCC
Art Gallery located adjacent to
the Wynne Black Box Theatre
on the IRCC main campus in
Fort Pierce.
Planetarium presents Ring-

Come see the dozens of
moons that orbit Saturn ranging
in size from a few miles to sev-
eral hundred miles across.
IRCC's Hallstrom Planetari-
um's Ringworld will display the
stunning images and amazing
information of the ringed planet
gathered by the robot Cassini
Ringworld will be presented
Feb. 2, 16 and March 16 at 7 and
8 p.m.; and Feb. 3, 17 and
March 17 at 2 and 3 p.m.
Tickets are only $3 and can
be purchased through the IRCC
box office Monday through Fri-
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Students of the Week
Here are Everglades Students of the Week for Jan. 15 Jan. 19. The following students are achieving excellence in the
Kindergarten: Tia McCoy, Toriesha Freeman, Diamond Chestnut, Kelsey Paulus, Ladora Taylor, Jimmy Roland, Luz
Rivera; First grade: Taylor Boatwright, Seth Rodriguez, Mariyah Mendoza, Tanner Conrad, Mia Lazaro; Second grade:
Craig Parrish, Melisa Velasquez, Alise Geary, Casey Feldpusch, Alexis Cason, Marcelino Alicea; Third grade: Maria
Christian, Justin Shatzer, Travis Shockley, Josie Todd; Fourth grade: Alex Pluskot, Corey Chandler, Dakota Voltz; and,
Fifth grade: Chayse Harrell, Cheyenne Arnold, Bryan Claypool. Congratulations to our many outstanding students.

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Online tool
locates contractors
for program

Financial Officer Alex Sink
Wednesday announced the
launch of a new online search
tool that will help Florida home-
owners participating in the My
Safe Florida Home program find
approved contractors. By visit-
homeowners will be able to
search by county or type of work
performed from a universe of
nearly 150 contractors approved
to participate with the program.
"Today we are giving Florida
homeowners the tools to make
informed choices about the pro-
fessionals they hire to help them
improve their homes," said CFO
Sink, who oversees the Depart-
ment of Financial Services.
"Floridians looking to harden
their homes can turn to the My
Safe Florida Home website and
know that the contractors who

participate with us are properly
trained to perform essential hur-
ricane mitigation improve-
Nearly 14,000 Florida home-
owners have received a free
home inspection and are cur-
rently in the process of receiving
their completed inspection
reports with recommended
home improvements. To be eli-
gible for matching grants of up
to $5,000, homeowners choos-
ing to make one or more of the
recommended mitigation tech-
niques must use a participating
To become a participating
contractor with the My Safe
Florida Home program, all con-
tractors must be licensed by the
Florida Department of Business
and Professional Regulation or
by a local authority for the work
that they are performing
through the program. All partici-
pating contractors must also
complete or already have com-
pleted a four-hour course on
residential wind-resistance
retrofit improvements. As addi-
tional contractors qualify, the

website will be updated regular-
ly to reflect the current approved
list of contractors.
Upon submitting their appli-
cations to partner with the My
Safe Florida Home program, all
contractors are screened to
ensure that they have workers'
compensation insurance cover-
age. CFO Sink further urges all
homeowners who choose a
contractor from the website to
verify that they have current
workers' compensation insur-
ance coverage and licensure
before entering into a contract.
Free four-hour courses for
contractors on the standards
and techniques of wind-resist-
ance retrofit improvements are
now available. For more infor-
mation on these courses, con-
tractors should log on to
The program, funded with
$250 million by the Florida Leg-
islature, was created to better
protect Floridians by strengthen-
ing their homes against hurri-
canes and to reduce the state's
exposure to hurricane damage.


John Landers Mayers
John Landers Mayers, age 75,
of Okeechobee, died Tuesday,
Jan. 23, 2007, at the Hospice
Hamrick Home in Okeechobee.
He was born
July 28, 1931,
in Edinburg,
Texas and had
been a resi- ..
dent of Okee- -
chobee for the -
past 14 years.
Mr. Mayers
worked for s" '
Pratt & Whit- John Landers
ney Aircraft for Mayers
32 years as a
mechanical engineer, retiring in
1993. He graduated from Rice
University in Houston, Texas
with B.S. and B.A. degrees in
mechanical engineering. He
received a M.S. degree in

mechanical engineering from
S.M.U. He was a member of the
First Baptist Church of Okee-
chobee. He was an Eagle Scout
and a skilled fly fisherman. He
enjoyed golf, hiking, and spend--
ing time with his family. He will
always be remembered as a
devoted husband and father
who loved the Lord and mod-
eled Jesus throughout his life.
Mr. Mayers is survived by his
loving wife of 41 years, Ann May-
ers of Okeechobee; sons, Mark
(Darlene) Mayers of Okee-
chobee and Stephen (Jenny)
Mayers of Loxahatchee. In addi-
tion, he is survived by brother,
Henry Mayers of Irving, Texas;
granddaughters, Hannah Mayers
of Okeechobee, Sarah and
Rebekah Mayers of Loxahatch-
ee; grandsons, Noah Mayers of
Okeechobee, and Micah Mayers

of Loxahatchee; nieces, Kath-
leen (Phil) Hunter of Van
Alstyne, Texas, Mary Ann (Brent)
Allen of Flower Mound, Texas;
nephew, Russell Mayers of
Grapevine, Texas; and, three
great nieces.
Services will be held Satur-
day, Jan. 27, 2007, at Evergreen
Cemetery in Okeechobee at 3
p.m. with Associate Pastor Steve
Wegmann officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions can be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O.
Box 1548, Okeechobee, Fla.
34973 or the Building Fund of the
First Baptist Church of Okee-
chobee, 401 S.W. Fourth Street,
Okeechobee, Fla. 34972.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth Street, Okee-

As a statewide elected officer
of the Florida Cabinet, Chief
Financial Officer Alex Sink over-
sees the Department of Finan-
cial Services, a multi-division
state agency responsible for
management of state funds and
unclaimed property, assisting
consumers who request infor-
mation and help related to
financial services, and investi-
gating financial fraud. CFO Sink
also serves as the State Fire Mar-

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There is an old proverb that
has been in existence for cen-
turies. It goes this way, "For a
swift arrow, pull hard on the
string." Actually, there is no
other way to shoot a swift arrow.
There are few things of real
importance in life that are not accom-
plished without the "hard pull."
The geologist will tell you
that it takes a million years to
make a ruby. Imagine, a million
years, this beautiful gem is in the
formative stage.
If a ruby could be made
overnight, it would have little
value. So it is true with most
everything we do. The real and
sincere efforts of people are most
always recognized. The "hard
pull" of accomplishments is
what makes them important!
Thought to remember: Our
greatest rewards come from the
difficult tasks we accomplish.


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SKATE PARK: 1, for one, don't want to see the skate park close
down. My son loves skateboarding and he spent time there when it
was open. I would love to volunteer on Saturdays. These kids need a
skate park otherwise you will see them all over the street skate-
boarding. I'm sure if there would be more advertising in getting par-
ents involved and in taking turns in the skate park you would see
results. It was really a big disappointment to my son and his friends
when the skate park closed. I didn't know they needed volunteers
for the park. I tell you what: if I had the money I would take over that
skate park, buy the gear for the kids to rent out just like a bowling
alley does. When you go there to bowl, they rent out the shoes. Why
not buy helmets and everything else for the skaters and rent them
out at a reasonable price that kids can afford.

KIDS: When my kids were growing up, I was a Boy Scout leader
and my wife was in the Girl Scouts and the PTA. We never knew that
the government and the community were supposed to raise our
kids. Maybe that's why they didn't have time to do drugs and get

SMOKING: This is about banning cigarette smoking in your cars
in Maine. I guess it would make Congress feel a little better if kids
died from a drug overdose, by getting shot in the street or getting
killed by a drunk driver. There is so much stuff in this world that can
kill you and all they can gripe and complain about are smokers. You
can die at any time from any idiot shooting you, running over you,
stabbing you or knocking you down.

RR WORK: This is in reference to the train and tracks in town.
Wouldn't it be an option that they could be working on these tracks
in the evening and night hours? Those of us who work or are trying
to do errands during the busy hours of the day are unable to get
through and there's nobody to help. It's very unnerving to have to sit
there for 15-20 minutes knowing you have to get somewhere. Isn't
there an option to do it later on? There's got to be others who are
just as frustrated as I am.

VOLUNTEERS: Parents of skateboarders, you will have a much
better chance of success if you are willing to sign up right then and
there for regular volunteer hours. They need volunteers to supervise
the skate park and to run the concession stand. If you want the park
open, it's time to donate some of your time. The ball teams would
not be playing if they did not have adult volunteers. The 4-H pro-
grams would be out of business as well if the parents weren't
involved. All of the other youth activities in the community rely on
help from adult volunteers. You can't expect the county to just pro-
vide everything for you, so you can just drop off the kids and drive
away. You need to get involved, help supervise and keep the pro-
gram going. That is the only way you will keep the skate park open.

EXPENSES: The profits from the Agri-Civic Center should cover
the cost to supervise and defray the concession expenses for the
skate park.

HARRIS: Did you all see in the paper where Ryan Harris, who
only served about seven years in prison for his involvement in the
shooting death of Elizabeth Hatfield, is back in prison? This time it is
for sexual involvement with an underage boy. Maybe this time he'll
stay in prison a little longer.

LAKE: I am wondering if anyone is concerned about recreational
sport fishing in Lake Okeechobee. About four years ago a major
effort to control weeds began. In 2004 hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne, along with Wilma in 2005, destroyed a good portion of veg-
etation in the lake. After the hurricanes the weed control by the
Corps of Engineers continued. In 2005 they were spraying around
Indian Prairie and Harney Pond canals. Now I see signs up for spray-
ing abound Moore Haven and Clewiston. One does not have to be a
scientist to see what has happened to fishing and water quality in
our beautiful lake. I understand the need for weed control, but erad-
ication is unnecessary. There is no place left for fish to spawn and
fry to hide from predation. Certain weeds also help water quality by
blocking wave motion and filtering water for clarity. Lowering the
water level, which is not all from lack of rain, will not allow sunlight
through to promote weed growth if the spraying continues. Our
controlling agencies need to take a look at what is happening or
Lake Okeechobee will never have the excellent speckled perch and
bass fishing it once had.

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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.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is invited.
All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at
(800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. Itwill be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. Itwill be an open speaker meeting.
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.
Nar-anonHelps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a
more normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she has
stopped using. We meet every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead
Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863)
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at 7:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will follow a
short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice before
joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247;
Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863)
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 Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
call (863) 357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For informa-
tion, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
AA 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 meet-
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 Depart-
ment, 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)
A.A. meeting meets from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church 200 N.W Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meeting meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 701 S.W Sixth St. This will be a closed discussion.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building,
1600 S.W. Second Ave., from 7 until 8 p.m. For information, call
(863) 763-1191
Tantie 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 Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
AA 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 fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at
Village Square Restaurant, 301 W South Park St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at (863)
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No.47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m.
at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us
or ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-
4923 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W.
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at
(863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene

Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office 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 information, 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 pro-
vides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support,
information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E.
Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.

Community Events

Chicken dinner benefits church
The Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will
hold a smoked chicken dinner on Friday, Jan. 26. Pick-up will be
from 11 a.m. until? Eat in and delivery is available. The cost is $6
and all proceeds benefit the Church of God. To place orders, call
(863) 763-4127 or (863) 467-1750.
OHS yearbook goes on sale
The Okeechobee High School Brahman Yearbook will be on
sale until Jan. 26 during both lunches in the cafeteria. The cost of
the yearbook is $40. This will be the final sale before the books
arrive in May. Students who purchase a book now will ensure
they receive a copy of the yearbook, and the student will be able
to attend the Yearbook Jam in May. Please make checks payable
to OHS.

VFW Post plan garage sale
Big Lake VFW #10539,3912 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold their annu-
al garage sale on Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27, from 8 a.m.
until 3 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served. The post is now
accepting donations. For information, call Shirley Jarrell at (863)
Church hosting white elephant sale
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will host a
white elephant sale will take place at the church pavilion on Fri-
day, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26,27 and 28, starting 8 a.m.
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.
Church hosting special movie night
The movie "Between the Walls" will be shown Sunday, Jan. 28,
at 6 p.m. at the Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E.
Free movie snacks will be available in the fellowship hall from
5:30 until 6:30 p.m. Adults are requested to pay a $5 donation,
children are free. All proceeds will go for a youth evangelism con-
ference. Everyone is invited. For information, call (863) 763-0550.
Eastern Star hosting breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter'No. 128, Order of the Eastern Star, will
hold a breakfast on Sunday, Jan.-28, at the Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. The menu will include homemade bis-
cuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs and hashbrown casse-
role, sausage and bacon, grits, fruit, Florida orange juice and cof-
fee. The cost is $5 per person. Breakfast will be served from 8 until
11 a.m. For information, call (863) 634-8087.
Apple Family to be in concert
His House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th
St., will present The Apple Family in concert on Sunday, Jan. 28.
Service times are pre-service praise at 10:20 a.m., with the serv-
ice/concert at 10:30 a.m.
Baptist church sponsors crusade
Reverend Bill Britt will be preaching at the First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., Jan. 28-31. Services will be held at 8:15 and 11
a.m., and at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 28. Monday through
Wednesday, Jan. 29-31, there will be a noon Bible study lunch and
a 6:30 p.m. service each day. Call the church office at (863) 763-
2171 for lunch reservations.

Library hosting musical series
Ian Nairnsey willbe bringing back his Broadway musical series
to the Okeechobee County Library. This year's series is called An
Eveningwith the Composer, and will feature composers who are
known for their contributions to the musical theater. All programs
are on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room at
206 S.W. 16th St. The program schedule is: Jan. 30 will focus on
George Gershwin; Feb. 6 will highlight Irving Berlin; and. Feb 13
will feature Noel Coward. This series is a combination of informa-
tive lecture and pleasurable listening and is free and open to the
Church hosting Doerfel Family
The Doerfel Family will be in concert at the Buckhead Ridge
Baptist Church, 8 Cypress Street, on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m.
Tom and Cheryl and their 10 children play and sing bluegrass.
Everyone is invited. Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church now has an
early Sunday morning service at 8:30 a.m. Sunday school begins
at 9:45 a.m. The regular worship service is at 11 a.m.
ROAD boards will meet
The executive board meeting of Recovering Okeechobee After
Disaster (ROAD) will be held Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. That meeting will
be followed by the board meeting at 1:30 p.m. in the meeting
room at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
Red Cross offers first aid class
The American Red Cross-Okeechbbee Branch, 323 N. Parrott
Ave., will hold a first aid class on Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 6 until
8 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-2488.
OHS will host puppet show
Okeechobee High School, 2800 U.S. 441 N., will host the pup-
pet show "Rip Van Winkle" in the OHS auditorium at 7 p.m. on
Jan. 31. Tickets are on sale at the Main Street office, 111 N.E. Sec-
ond Ave. For information, call (863) 357-MAIN.
Legion Free Fair will be Feb. 1-11
The 51st American Legion Free Fair will be held Feb. 1-11 at 501
S.E. Second St. Display booths will be available in the Legion Hall.
For information, call the Post at (863) 763-2950.
Church plans youth revival
The Okeechobee Church of God Cross Fire Youth Ministry, 301
N.E. Fourth Ave., will hold a youth revival Feb. 2-3 starting at 6
p.m. Programs will be presented by "Ignite" (COG youth band),
"Fire Within" (COG youth drama team) and "Divine Purpose"
(COG college drama team). Concessions will be available from 5
until 6 p.m. For information, call (863)763-4127.
Scrapbooking party slated for Feb. 2
A scrapbooking crop party will be held on Friday, Feb. 2, from 6
until 10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. All
levels of scrapbookers. are welcome. There will also be a card-
making demonstration. Carolyn Jones will be available to assist
you with your scrapbooking questions and supplies. Refresh-
ments will be served and there will be door prizes. Bring any
scrapbook pages on which you are currently working. For infor-
mation, call Carolyn at (863) 634-1885 or Joan at (863) 467-0290.

Healthy Start board will meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet Friday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. as part of the board work-
shop. 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 about the coalition, con-
tact executive director Kay Begin at (863) 462-5877.
VNA offers memory screenings
The Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park Street, will con-
duct free memory loss screenings sponsored by the Alzheimer's
Association on Friday, Feb. 2, from 11 a.m. until 2:30. Call Donna
fTrue at (772) 285-6291 or (800) 861-7826 for appointments.


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Jags hire Shula as QBs coach [...szaPncom

Alabama coach Mike Shula has
agreed to become quarterbacks
coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars said Thursday that
coach Jack Del Rio and Shula
reached a deal at the Senior Bowl
in Mobile, Ala., and expected a
contract to be signed early next
Shula went 26-23 in four years
at Alabama, but was 0-8 against
Southeastern Conference West
rivals LSU and Auburn. The Tide
finished 10-2 under Shula in 2005,
but the son of Pro Football Hall of

Fame coach Don Shula was fired
last November after the team went
6-6 during the regular season.
Shula had been a candidate for
the head coaching job with the
Miami Dolphins, but his father's
former team chose San Diego
Chargers offensive coordinator
Cam Cameron to replace Nick
The 41-year-old Shula replaces
Ken Anderson in Jacksonville.
Anderson was one of five assistant
coaches fired after last season. The
Jags already hired former Arizona
State coach Dirk Koetter as offen-

sive coordinator and Joe DeCamil-
lis as special teams coordinator.
Shula, meanwhile, inherits an
unsettled quarterback situation.
Byron Leftwich started the first
six games, then was benched in
favor of backup David Garrard. Left-
wich eventually had ankle surgery
and was placed on injured reserve.
But neither quarterback did
enough to secure the starting job in
Leftwich completed 59 percent
of his passes for 1,159 yards, with
seven touchdowns and five inter-
ceptions. He also was sacked nine

He said he hurt his ankle during
a game in early October and that
the injury flared up nearly two
weeks later, causing him to strug-
gle in a loss at Houston after he
convinced coaches he was ready
to play.
He was benched the following
Garrard completed 60 percent
of his passes for 1,735 yards, with
10 touchdowns and nine intercep-
tions. He was sacked 20 times and
replaced by Quinn Gray in the sea-
son finale.

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OHS Brahman spring sports schedules

Head coach (girls): Jay Huff-
Head coach (boys): Dave Ellis
Feb. 12: at Lincoln Park (Lawn-
wood)-3:30 p.m.-. ., n;
Feb. 14: at John Carroll (Lawn-
wood)-3:30p.m.. ':!; .
Feb. 20: vs. Port St. Lucie (Okee.
Sports Complex)-3:30 p.m.
Feb. 22: at Centennial (SLW
HS/Park (TBA)-3:30 p.m.
Feb. 27: vs. Treasure Coast H.S.
(Okee. Sports Complex)-3:30 p.m.
Mar. 1: at Ft. Pierce Westwood
(Lawnwood)-3:30 p.m.
Mar. 6: vs. Avon Park (Okee.
Sports Complex)-4 p.m.
Mar. 7: vs. Jensen Beach (Okee.
Sports Complex)-3:30 p.m.
Mar. 8: vs. South Fork (Okee.

Sports Complex)-3:30 p.m.
Mar. 13: at Ft. Pierce Central
(Lawnwood)-4 p.m.
Mar. 14: vs. Sebastian River
(Okee. Sports Complex)-3 p.m.
Mar. 27: at Martin County (Mar-
tin Downs Country Club)-3:30 p.m.
Mar. 29: at Clewiston (Down-
town Clewiston)-4 p.m. r
Mar. 30: vs. Hardee (Okee.
Sports Complex)-4 p.m.
Apr. 3: at Port St. Lucie High
School-3:30 p.m.
Apr. 5: vs. Ft. Pierce Central
(Okee. Sports Complex)-3:30 p.m.
Apr. 10: Treasure Lake Confer-
ence Championship (boys-home,
Apr. 12: at Sebring (boys)
(Country Club of Sebring)-4 p.m.
Apr. 12: at Sebring (girls) (Sun
and Lakes)-4 p.m.

Apr. 16-17: Districts-TBA-8 p.m.
Flag Football
Head coach: TBA
Mar. 15: vs. Pahokee-7 p.m.
Mar. 26: at Seminole Ridge H.S.-
Mar. 28: at Glades Central H.S.-
Apr. 11: at Wellington H.S.-TBA
Apr. 13: at Royal Palm Beach
Head coach (boys): Ty Smith.
Head coach (girls): Brian
Feb. 27: Port St. Lucie Invitation-
al at PSL-3 p.m.
Mar. 3: Wildcat Open at Winter

Mar. 6: Freshman/Sophomore
girls meet at Lawnwood-TBA
Mar. 8: Moore Haven Meet at
Moore Haven-TBA
Mar. 10: Bill Wilson Relays at
Sebastian River-TBA
- Mar. 17: Treasure Lake Confer-
ence Championship at Jensen
Beach High School-9 a.m.
Mar. 28: Tentative home meet-
Mar. 30: Trinity Prep Invitational
at Trinity Prep-TBA
Apr. 3: Ft. Pierce Westwood
Meet at Lawnwood-TBA
Apr. 5-7: Florida Relays-TBA
Apr. 10: Astronaut Invitational at
Apr. 16-20: District Meet-TBA
Apr. 26-27: Regional Meet-TBA
May 4: State Meet-TBA

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Sports Briefs

Tourney benefits
OHS tennis teams
Costopoulos and Helton, P.A.
will host their fifth annual adult ten-
nis fundraiser to raise funds for the
Okeechobee High School tennis
teams on Saturday, Jan. 27, and
Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Okee-
chobee County Sports Complex
tennis courts, 580 N.W 27th Lane.
The event is open to any adult
and consists of A and B levels in
men's and women's doubles and
mixed doubles.
Entry fees are $30 for each dou-
bles entry.
All.entrants will receive an event
T-shirt, along with a chicken dinner
with sides and a drink on the first day

of the event. Dinner tickets can also
be purchased from members of the
O.H.S. tennis team for $7 each.
For an entry form or informa-
tion, call Costopoulos & Helton,
P.A. at (863) 763-1120; Dave Ellis at
(863) 763-4518; or, Daryl Roehm at
(863) 467-6011 or (863) 462-5235.
If there is no answer, leave a
message and your call will be
Brahmans hosting
FHSRA prep rodeo
The Brahman rodeo team will
host a Florida High School Rodeo
Association (FHSRA) rodeo Satur-
day, Jan. 27, beginning at 10 a.m. at
the Cattlemen's Rodeo Arena on
U.S. 441 North.

The cutting competition will
take place on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 9
a.m. at Adams Ranch between
Okeechobee and Ft. Pierce.
The public is invited. There is no
admission charge and concessions
will be available.
For information, contact Dar-
lene Bass at (863) 634-5815.

Adult winter
softball leagues
An organizational meeting for
all interested managers, players
and officials will take place at 7 p.m.
on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the Okee-
chobee Civic Center 1750 U.S. 98.
Men's league fees $350 (plus
$25 annual ISA fee); women's

league $300; Co-ed $300.
Team fees must be paid by 5
p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. Games are
scheduled to begin the week of
Feb. 19. For information call Okee-
chobee County Parks and Recre-
ation Department at (863) 763-


In the Thursday, Jan. 25, Okee-
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Brahman junior varsity "A" team.
The freshman athlete that made
the team is Timmy Haddan. We
apologize for any inconvenience
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INI/Nena Bolan
Big 'O0' Bassmasters will sponsor a tournament to benefit
Project Graduation. David Dannenhauer (right) and Fritz Has-
sler (left) can help you choose the correct bait. For more
information about the tourney, see Mr. Dannenhauer at Mick-
ey's Bait & Tackle. His shop is located on Fourth Street in
Moore Haven.

INI/Barbara Oehlbeck
Sugar cane has been ground and cooked and bottled, now
it's ready to go home to the eager buyer.

Free glasses provided

By Barbara Oehlbeck
Special to C)Okeechobee News
MLISE It's not all exactly
reading itin', and 'nithmetic at
West Glades School, it's a lot
more free e e glasses for
those students who cannot
afford them.
A special program at one of
the local schools helps children
whose families cannot normally
alford to take them to an eye
doctor. tin:., get filled for new
"It is mandated by the state
that vision screening must be
administered to all students in

kindergarten, lirst grade, third
grade and sixth grade," said
Dawn Long, RN, the West
Glades nurse. "And any new stu-
dent who comes to the school
during the year, must also be
vision and hearing tested."
According to her, if a student
does not pass the vision test, a
note is sent back to the parents
advising them to take their child
to an eve doctor for further test-

New sheriff's office commander appo:

By Naji Tobias
Special to Okeechobee News
PAHOKEE The city of
Pahokee had been in search of a
new sheriff's office commander
to head the local district since Lt.
James Blackford announced his
resignation on No%. 28.
Since then, the Palm Beach
County Sheriff's Office appoint-
ed Lt Reinaldo Alonso to the
The new commander said he
is interested in instituting a
greater le\ el of community polic-
ing to target not only the crimi-
nal contentions in the area, but
implement change through a
more social interaction with resi-
As the new district command-
er, Lt. Alonso said he intends to
create a hand-in-hand working
relationship between the citi-
zens, the deputies and the city.
Prior to coming to Pahokee,
Lt. Alonso was the section com-
mander for the community
policing division for the county
agency He was also in charge of
the PBSO reserve program, over-
seeing sheriff's olfice volunteers.
Lt Alonso has also worked in
the mounted program, which
utilizes horses for proactive
patrol and enforcement within
high-crime areas and neighbor-
hoods. His work there saw him
going on several search and res-
cue missions where normal
vehicles could rnot travel.
But Lt. Alonso is no stranger
to Pahokee.
He was previously assigned
to the acting assistant chief posi-
tion in the Pahokee Police
Department, a position he held

t lneid the
*,^lth us,"
msO. "We '
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said Lt.
want the

aty to know
Lt here for
Hle we strive to
6 tn the walls
tiMrs between
nillity and law

**k national program aimed at
-r street racing by encour-
-- dr'ivers to take it to

INI/Naji 1ibtdi
New District 12 Commander Lieutenant Alonso is ecstatic'
about his new task as he plans to make great improvements I.t
the relationship between the residents and law enforcement.,

for nearly a year. He %worked also
as a community policing -ser-
geant in the area and is used to
finding solutions to the general
discontent that some residents
feel about the sheriff's office.
Since Lt. Alonso last few
weeks in the area, he said that he
has noticed many changes in the
"We need the community as
a working partner with us," said
Lt. Alonso "We want trhe -corn-
munity to know that we're here
for them while we stnre to break
down the walls and barriers
between the community and

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ally," said the lieu-
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law enforcement." -
Li Alonso plans to assign o- .
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work more closely with resi- thn community and is ready to
dents through community polic- :,b i signment.
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When he's not working, Lt., g.hif'w its citizens lor
Alonso's primary hobby is riding i,'i'' -'elcome on my
motorcycles. He sometimes l '" -- Ji ee,'" said Lt
a lour around Lake Okeechobe 'kingtogether, we
" ith his church club. .' f ng toges er we
it isn't his onl\ fascination ,,chn. "
with speed and power. -. .
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It's winter ", stiVal ti

By Nena Bolan ', rtona Cemetery on Highway
Special to Okeechobee News 7. Hours.-are from 10 a.m. until
GLADES COUNTY The \'l'a k6t,'yTill host the Sour
I, inter season is here and folk Ora, '4 1 on Saturday. Feb.
tradition will continue with.six -0' will begin with
lestials and a fishing toUrtlit- .and patriotic fan-
nient. Year-round residents and ,H ti S Band. Favorite
winterr residents will join togethl.'. 4cl'i the dessert cook-
er and organize well-atlended 6' and dessert auction,
eents that Glaesu .ounan,-...Inners, kid's games, line
depends on for lello\ship and, cer.' ,' b.uerassgospel and
attracting tourism. All festivals. 'egty rIuc, Scottsh High-
vill leature arts and crafts for iy usapie and drums High-
sale. 4Wds bagpipes and drum, a
sale. .'. 'Otdes County) historical display
Buckhead Ridge will host andaga is of local
the Winter Fest on Saturday, Jan. at an d crafts. Also look for Mrine
and Mrs- Bubbles, Tune Shed
The highlights of the day w ill P"grinners and Kid-
be an antique Cor\ette car show, a i,, ll" aners. and .
a u:rgeous handmade quil raf- homers: ande ice
lie, pork dinners, live musi.4U P^'e.- 1 homemade ice
e sale and homemadehis takes place at the
cream There will be entertairi- mm Red Barn Roadff
ment for children and perform- I, 8 on Red Barn Road
ances by children. nn Mt 9 a.On. Admission is
This will take place at Itnl
Buckhead Ridge volunteer r Fire .L e Brighton Festival and
Department, at 678 Highway 78 is a threb-Ilay event held
West. Hours are from 9 a.m. 16. to Feb- 18 at the Fred
until 3 p.m. Bring our chairs,. t odeo Arena, at the
and stay a while h "th t reservationn off State
The Ortona Cane Grinding : lsa he event will feature
Festival will be held on Saturday,- a chi ,'.fty, Native Ameri-
Feb. 3. Featured for the day are *.0.. ihd drumming, alli-
Sugarland Grass Band, Calodi. Seminole patch-
tloggers, an old time coulr i. afts, traditional
store, cake and pie made fr'o ".CTrlteSts, food court,
scratch, homemade ice crEfd -b ll b'Johnny U. The
and cane grinding by ste'rTlndia R'Odeo Associa-
engine at Larry Luckev's Orton wtll ;hold finals on Friday,
In-dian Mound Park, west .tl1e PR(. rodeo will be on

to childreft t hool
In these cases, there is a corn- t^I udents.
pane specialized in fitting eye'"," B Dawn Long is
glasses for children. The comrna, ying, "I was so
n\ is Jeppesen Visionquest f. Students wouldn't
Jacksonville which sends a -....s, but I need not
l' sophisticated vision-screefli 'aid Ms Long. "I
van to the school to further .i class t b class and they
those students whose pare .,py, would be with
cannot afford glasses for tlhif ,glases, 1-did not hear
children : it, plaiht."
The students get to pick out 1 s studeftis iindergo follow-
their o\\ n stylish frames and col- tf tOsts everyyear,
ors. Is. Long says that 20 West
The prescription for the glass- &iles iidfhlts are now enjoy-
es is then sent to the Jeppesen ir1t W* n free glasses and
\isionquest lab, after which th4 gti'it, from Moore
classes are sent back to tW k the same.

groups of Clades Ciount, For
more inlorlmatlon, -coract
Dannenhauer at Micke \'s Bail &
Tackle shop 946. 3100
The Chalo Nitka festival, an
extreme bull-riding ekent at
Brighton Reserianon and the Big
'()' Birdlin Festival \\ill be held
in March Mori inf,'rniatic.n on
that eer. will be ,published as
the event apploaches.

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a family event and there is no
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Community Events

Bass tourney benefits March of Dimes
Seacoast National Bank will hold the fifth annual March of Dimes bass
tournament to benefit the March of Dimes on Saturday, Feb. 3, out of the
Okee-Tantie Marina. Early registration is available at www.seacoastna-, or by picking up an application at any Seacoast National
Bank location. The entry fee is $110 per two-man boat. Tournament
hours will be from safe daylight until 3 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the
March of Dimes
Shrine Club to host show
The Okeechobee Shrine Club on S.R. 78, will present a Las Vegas style
show, "A Rock & Country Revue" on Saturday, Feb. 3, with a prime rib
dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the show. Admission is $25 for the dinner
and show. Performers will be impersonating a variety of artists. For infor-
mation call Keith or Kathy Tomey at (863) 763-8072; Harvey or Sylvia
Hawkins at (863) 357-0238; or, call the Okeechobee Shrine Club at (863)
763-3378 and leave a message.
Northern Friends Day is planned
The Browns will be in concert Sunday, Feb. 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the Trea-
sure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., in celebration of Northern
Friends Appreciation Day. Following the concert there will be dinner on
the grounds. Everyone is invited. For information, call (863) 763-0550.
Library to host writers workshop
A writers workshop will be held Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the
Okeechobee County Library board room, 206 S.W. 16th St. Anyone who
writes fiction including mainstream, mystery and romance, as well as
memoir or poetry is invited to attend to read and offer constructive
criticism to the group. Bring two pages of your work to read. For informa-
tion, call Lesley Diehl at (863) 763-2074 or Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-
Substance abuse board to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board will
meet Wednesday, Feb. 7, 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 board
members. For information, call Jim Vensel at (863) 357-1977 or Val
Marone at (863) 462-0040.
Washington County reunion planned
The annual Washington County Pennsylvania reunion will be held
Thursday, Feb. 8, at Homer's Original Smorgasbord in Plaza Square,
Sebring. The Manatee Room will open at 10 a.m. for fellowship with
lunch starting at 11 a.m. The price for lunch for seniors is approximately
$7 which includes tax. Bring a stamped, self-addressed legal size enve-
lope for the 2008 mailing. For information, call Don or Shirley Swan at
(813) 684-1636.
Library to host 'Legendary Florida'
On Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. the Okeechobee County Library, 206 N.W
16th St., will host artist Jackson Walker and historian Gary Mormino in
their presentation "Legendary Florida," which is based upon Mr. Walk-
er's series of paintings by the same name. This series of paintings, part of
the collection of the DeLand Museum of Art, depicts 400 years of Florida's
history. Mr. Walker will present the paintings from an artistic standpoint
while Dr. Mormino will comment upon their historical significance. This
program is sponsored by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council
and is free and open to the public.
Yard sale benefits Habitat for Humanity
There will be a yard sale to benefit Habitat for Humanity on Saturday,
Feb. 17, in the parking lot of Tractor Supply, 3371 U.S. 441 S., from 9 a.m.
until 3 p.m. Call the Habitat office at (863) 357-1371 and leave a message
to make arrangements to pick up donations. The deadline to receive
donations is Feb. 10.
Church hosting steak dinner
His House Fellowship.Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th St., will
present "Cupid's Cafe" a romantic candlelit steak dinner on Saturday,
Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. for $11 per person. The deadline for reservations is Feb.
11. Childcare will be provided. For information, call (863) 763-3519.



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unlike any other.

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trust. All after-tax profits are
invested in our mission of
community service through
good local journalism.

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out people who care about the
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OSAC committee meeting slated
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community
resource committee will meet Monday, Feb. 12, 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 Val Marone
at (863) 462-0040 or Keith Stripling at (863) 763-6064.
AARP offers free tax service
AARP-Taxaide will hold a free tax counseling preparation service
each Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12 through April 16, from 9 a.m.
until 1 p.m. at American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St. Last
year's tax return, all financial documents for 2006, picture ID, Social
Security card and birth dates are required for everyone listed on the
return. For information, call Neile Foreman at (863) 357-1694.

Habitat for Humanity taking applications
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee County is accepting
applications for the opportunity to partner to help build and pur-
chase a family's first home. The applicant must be a legal resi-
dent of Okeechobee County, have suffered damage during the
hurricanes of 2004 or 2005, qualify within the income limits set
by Habitat and the HHRP and meet other requirements. Applica-
tions are available in the waiting room of the Habitat's local
office. Return the completed application no later than Friday,
Feb. 16. You should call for an appointment to drop the applica-
tion off, or mail the application to: Habitat for Humanity of Okee-
chobee County, Inc. 1600B S.W. Second Ave., Okeechobee, FL,
34974. If you have any questions call the office at (863) 357-1371
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At the Movies

The following movies are
now showing at the Brahman
Theatres III.
Movie times for Friday, Jan.
26, through Thursday, Feb. 1, are
as follows:
Theatre I -"Flags of our
Fathers" (R) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9:10 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:10
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:10 p.m.
Theatre II "We are Mar-
shall" (PG} Showtimes: Friday at
7 and 9:10 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:10
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 2,4:15,7 and 9:10 p.m.
Theatre III "Stomp the
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at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
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Labelle, vicinity of Hedges
Street and Whidden Road.
Please call 863-517-1821.

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Sat. Feb. 3rd, 8am- ?,
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The whole family can enjoy a vacation hideaway,
and an A-frame cabin offers the features most often
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and spacious decks. The simplicity of the A-frame
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This do-it-yourself A-frame cabin has 700 square
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for Dining, Traveling, etc. Call
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Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-TIme 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

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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.
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Immediate Openings CNAs
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All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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for medical office.
Full Time. Fax resume
to 863-357-4539.
For experienced Waitress.
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Find It faster. Sell It soon-
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Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
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1646 Hwy. 441 North

Lake Okeechobee area
Must have experience in
kitchen cabinet sales.
(561)308-2293 or
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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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Minor repairs.
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-467-2917
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Let us mow your
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Dependable & hardworking.
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books 8 Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens 9 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/,
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
V9Rs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

CondItions* 0I505
A/C, Carrier, 4 ton, 12 Sear,
whole house. $500

PIANO- Upright, antique, very
good condition, $800

new! $125. (863)763-2747
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S Screen Rooms Carports
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I Garages Seawalls .
Ernest Lancaste (8631) 634-2044

good condition. As Seen On
TV. $50. (863)675-3401
MICROWAVE- Whirlpool, Full
size. Excellent condition.
$10. (863)763-8518
RANGE, GE: Electric. Like
new. Only used twice. $200.
RANGE HOOD- Kenmore,
White, 3 yrs old. Excellent
condition. $75. or best offer.
ROPER DRYER- like new con-
dition, asking $180
STOVE: GE, electric. Oven
does not work but burners in
excellent condition. $75.
STOVE, GE, like new condi-
tion, $125. Call Brandi
cond. $135. or will separate.
Spanish (239)245-0527 or
English 745-2432
good condition, $300
Sears Kenmore, heavy duty
& Magic Chef gas range.
$250 for all. (863)763-5372

BICYCLE, 3 Wheel w/Big Seat.
Good condition. $65.

10 yr collection. $200

metal, various sizes, enough
for 6 windows, $250 or will
sep (863)697-1077
Metal Door, Jeld Wen, new,
RH Inswing, 36x80, w/oval
leaded glass, $150.

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.

Licensed & Insured
1551 N.W. 24th
License #765
White, in frame, new, never
used, 71x76. $385
containers, Exc. for wood
fences, decks, New, $75
plete w/ 300 gal ariator, sof-
tener, and many extras. Like
new. $800.863-674-0467

BIKE SEAT- New $180 asking
S$80 (863)612-1211
SWING SET: 3 Swings, Slide,
Glider, Chin Up Bar...must
disassemble. $40.
TRI-CYCLE, Like new, never
used. $15 (863)634-7905

COWBOY BOOTS: Ladies 8 -
8.5, rattle snake skin. Paid
$350, asking $70.

DRESSES (24): Women's,
large size. $240 for all or will
sell separately. Call
863-763-3982 before noon.

Mint, Unused. $900.
(863)635-5387 Frostproof

3.5'Tx2.5'W. Holds up to 48
cans or bottles. Very good
cond. $125. (863)467-0627
items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $350
neg. (863)467-0627
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $1000 all or
best offer. 863-824-3358
TORS- 53, $50.

HP COMPUTER, 17" Phillips
monitor & desk. $250

peutic mattress pad, dual
control, paid $1600 asking
$600 firm (863)467-0007
BUNK BED, Loft style, dresser,
desk, great for small bed-
room, exc. cond. $450
(863)763-6430 Iv. msg.
BUNK BED- Red Metal, Single
Top, Full bottom, w/mat-
tress, like new exc cond.,
$150 neg. (863)634-8795
W/computer desk, book shelf,
7 drawers, 2 beds, TV hutch
incld. $875, (863)697-6464
drawers, very good cond.,
antique, $30.
(863)635-0474 Frostproof
COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops. $250/all.
COFFEE TABLE: Spanish oak,
sliding center door,
16"Hx58"Wx23"D. $45.
with hutch & separate file
cabinet. $75 (863)634-5236
COUCH- Micro Fiber, Beige,
Excellent Cond., only 1 yr
old., $350 or best offer
wood, dresser attached. $70
or best offer. Call
DAY BED, with trundle bed,
wrought iron frame, nice.
$200 (863)675-1138
CHAIRS- glass top, black
upholstered chairs, $300
w/glass top. No chairs. $50.
Round table, 4 chairs. $40
DRESSER, Mahogany, Long
with 3 drawers on each side,
open doors in middle w/2 Ig.
mirrors. $150 (239)324-2115
ICECREAM TABLE & 2 chairs.
Good condition. $65.
LOVESEAT- Blue, burgendy
in strip, Exc. Cond. $150 or
best offer (863)634-5977
MIRROR- 3 ft. x 6 ft., $100
leather, very pastel creamy
green, $500 or best offer.
(863)357-2233 Okee area.

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Jazzy or Hoveround, New
$5000 asking $875 or best
offer (863)675-2596
new, used only 3 times,
$1195 or best offer.
Healthdyne model BX 5000,
used, $125 (863)381-6273
POWER CHAIR- Jazzy 1103
Ultra, asking $1100 or trade
electric, barely used, new bat-
teries. Pd. $5,000, asking
$2000. 863-532-0399 aft 5pm.
WALKING CANE- 4 prong feet.
$25 (863)635-0474
Scooter. Pd. $5500. Asking
$2500. (863)675-3107
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fiberglass tub, holds 5 bags
of 801b mix. Paid $1100,
asking $650. 863-697-9704
kwik slid 16,000lbs. Excel-
lent condition. $300.
ICE MAKER: Hoshizaki, Model
KM500. $1500.
SCOOTER- Victory, 3 wheel,
made b Pride Mobility
w/manual, $500 or best of-
fer, (863)381-6273
SHELVES (7), Heavy duty,
4'x4'x8', 5 levels, $250/all or
will separate (863)763-5062
by The Tanning Hut, w/28
bulbs, asking $600.
2". 6000 lbs. Good condi-
tion. $150. (863)763-4596

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older sports things, wooden
statues,& anything interest-
ing, etc (863)946-3123
Bernina or Viking
exc. shape, will consider
others. (863)763-2276


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

BOX BLADES (2), Good condi-
tion. $500 for both or will
separate. (863)763-3253 or

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SOFA: 92", Queen sleeper,
white. $95 (863)612-9831
SOFA BED: Rust & Light
Brown Color, Full size. Light
weight. Good condition. $50.
SOFA: Excellent condition,
taupe. $150 (863)946-3822
SOFA- Like new, Floral & tan,
2 seater, 70"long. Priced
new $449. Asking $150.
(863)635-4690 Frostproof
w/Sleeper & Recliner. Light
beige pattern. Excellent con-
dition. $525. (863)357-5754
thomedic mattress & box
springs. Top of the line. With
dresser $200. (863)983-4743
THOMASVILLE: Long, solid
wood, older but in good con-
dition. $50. 863-635-0079
WATERBED- Soft sided,
Queen size. Like new! $500
or best offer. (863)634-7864

GOLF CLUBS- Complete,
matched set, metal woods,
Irons, bag, putter & Callaway
BB #1. $135. 863-946-3123

caliber, Almost new, synthet-
ic stock, Cap lock, $100 or
best offer. (863)467-2148
DEER RIFLE- Sporterized .303
British, Synthetic stock, Peep
sights, $175.
PISTOL: Walther P22, 5" Bar-
rel w/stabilizer. New, in case.
$375. (863)763-4961
REMINGTON 12 GA- Premier
1187, like new, clean, $650
RIFLE M1, Carbine Replica, 30
caliper, By Tompson Machine
Guns, Extras, Exc cond $700.
Call 863-610-0632 Okee.
RIFLE- Remington model 700,
SPS Stainless. 7mm Rem-
ington magnum. $500.
RUGER 77- 22-250 cal, lami-
nated, bull barrel, scope,
case, exc cond., $650 firm
TAURUS (2) PT-92-AF, Semi
Auto, 9 mm. & TAURUS .38
Ultra Light Titanium, $600
WINC. AUTO 380- Model 100,
a Marlin 30-30 carb., & a 22
Auto Pistol, $1050 will sep

cal, rarely used, Paid $500
asking $200,(863)634-2354

FUEL TANK- 150 gallons, alu-
minum. $150. or best offer.

COREL SET (2 pc): 2.5 quart
and 1.5 quart, black & white,
new! $15.863-467-7659
POT SET: 10 pieces with lids,
stainless steel, excellent
condition. $50.

NECKLACE: 18 kt., 20" with
ruby stone, like new, $1100
or best offer. (863)357-2233
Okee. area.

LIGHT BARS (2), For bath-
room, 24", with 3 decor.
bulbs. $15/both.

PATIO SET- white with glass
tof & 4 chairs. Wrought Iron.
5ft long, $145 neg
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3 BR, 2 BA, Lots of tile! Large
yard. $1100. mo. Immediate
Occupancy. Call Lawrence
Associates 1-800-543-2495
KINGS BAY, 2BR/1BA, 1 car
garage, central a/c & heat,
dishwasher, washer/dryer,
access to pool & tennis.
$850/mo. & security. Avail.
2/5/07. (863)467-8434
OKEECHOBEE- 3/1, spacious
CBS, in town, Ig fenced bk
yard, shed, $1200/mo 1st,
last & sec. (863)467-7838
or (239)919-6445
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1 Ever-
lade Estates, tile throughout,
1395/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
OKEECHOBEE: 3312 SE 24th
St. 3br/2ba, waterfront, C/A,
city water. $950/mth, 1st &
Sec. 863-824-0981

Reduced!! $1000
Epiphon Guitar, by Gibson w/
amp, John Lennon Limited
Ed., sunburst cherry & black,
$400. (863)763-6595
Black, excellent tone, seldom
used, like new, soft case,
$95 (863)634-9316
Organ, Hammond Model 134,
Composer Series, w/bench
& instruction books, $50 free
to church. (863)357-0465

ADOPTION- Boxer mix, Gold-
en Retriever mix, Eng Setter
mix, Choc Lab mix. Must
qualify (863)763-4333
BAY GELDING: 17 months old,
med size, good tempera-
ment. $750. 863-946-0912
BULL DOG PUPS- 10wks old,
mom on premises, all shots,
health cert., Must see! $300
wks. old. Male, Brown &
White. Very lovable. Pd $350.
Asking $250 (443)262-2740
choose from. Must qualify to
adopt (863)763-4333
YORKIES- males & females,
baby doll faces,
863)983-1970 or
Adorable bundle of personality,
shots & vet checked. $700
(863)357-0037 Okeechobee

best offer (863)763-2347

fect condition, 26 ft. x 54". 6
months old. Paid $800, ask-
ing $500 (863)697-6634

Electric. In beautiful wooden
cabinet. Asking $65.
SINGER, 3 Arm, case &
attachments, $450
Find it faster. Sell it soon-
er In the classifleds

LP HEATER- Coleman, elec-
tronic, for camping or out-
doors, Uses bottled gas, new
cond $20 (863)675-2596

AKAI, 52" HD TV, $5,00
MITSUBISHI, 36", very large,
w/original remote, great pic-
ture, $200. (863)801-1491
TELEVISION- 20", Philips
Magnavox, with remote,
$100 or best offer

TABLE SAW, Craftsman,
Heavy Duty, 10", 3hp. Used
once. $300 (863)634-7706
after 4pm
WELDER, Lincoln, 225 amp.,
AC, 230 v. $100.

for all, will sep.
(863)465-9470 Lake Placid
MODIFIED XBOX- stores over
25 games on harddrive. 1
controller & power cords,
$150 (239)826-7518
new, never opened, $700.
863-675-6961 after 3pm

with tools on board, $15
ORECK: Upright, w/ handheld
for furniture or blinds, almost
new. $400 for both.
PHANTOM (2), 1 Fury & 1
Thunder. Works good. $125
for both, will separate.

3br, 2ba
on 1/4 acre,
Above ground pool
C/Air & Heat
New: Kitchen,
Carpet & Tile.
Must see to
Reduced to
Call Maureen @
NEW HOME On Your Lot!
3br, 2ba, Garage, Lg. Liv. Rm.,
Maintenance Free Exterior.
$115K. Lawrence Associates
OKEE., Reduced below apprai-
sal. CBS 2/1, Carport, Appl. in-
cluded util sheds 1-10x12 &
1-6x12. (863)610-1724

PLACID, FL., New 2BD cottag-
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl.
amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mthly, rentals
also avail. Call (863)465-2135
www, lakeshoreresortrentalscom

Mobile Homes

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

dbl wide, CA, heat, No pets,
Yearly lease, $650/mo
$1200 sec (863)763-4031
DOUBLEWIDE: 3br, 2ba, sits
on 5 acres, well fenced.
$1200/mth. $1900 sec dep.
PLATTS BLUFF, 2br, 2ba. un-
furnished. 1.5 acres lawn, 3.5
pasture. All fenced & gated.
$900. mo. (239)707-5155
Single, on Kissimmee River,
$600/mo. + sec. & electric.
Yearly lease. (863)467-5616

OKEE.- 2br, lba, Insulated 10
x 36 FL/Rm, 13 x 46 Carport,
Laundry/Rm, Furnished, Shed,
$19,500. neg. (863)467-0284

BALES OF HAY, 100 bales,
$400 for all or will llsepar-
ate. (863)763-1370

BRED- Gelding, 22 mo. old.
Halter broke. Very friendly.
$700. Neg. (863)673-4881
COLTS(2) can be registered,
$1000 for both or will sell
sep. (239)841-0922
Big stock room, 3 stall. Sad-
dle/rm in back. Needs work.
$1800. Neg. (863)201-3492
QH GELDING, Good for kids,
easy keeper. $750
(863)763-3253 leave msg.
or (561)718-1212
Angle Iron with cattle door
$900 (863)357-1365

BUSH HOG- King Cutter, 4ft,
used 4 hours, like new,
w/PTO shaft, $450
HP, Comes with pressure
tank and gav. fittings, ready
to go $1-25 (863)697-2032
54" cut, G110 auto., $2000
or best offer. (863)634-8290
2004. 10hp,30" cut, $600

SADDLE, 16", brown leather
w/silver trim, w/bridle, blan-
ket & stand, $575.


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

OAK LAKE APTS., Remodeled
2BR/1BA, screened porch,
$800 mo., 1st, last & sec.
No pets. (863)634-3313
Efficiency. 1 year lease. $500.
mo. + sec. Furnished,includes
utilities. (863)467-5616

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KINGS BAY- 2br,1lba duplex,
full appliances, no smoking ,
no pets, $700/mo, 1st, last,
sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or email:
2bd/2ba, Brand New,$1200
mo. + 2 month's Sec. dep.
Call Roland (863)634-7722

BASSWOOD, 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, Like new. Rent w/pos-
sible option to buy. $1300 mo
+ 1st & last. 772-216-4873
$750/month. Call Jane or
Bob at 863-357-7711.
4br/2ba, waterfront, C/A, city
water. $950/mth, 1st & Sec.

We have access to
many rentals.
We also will help
you rent your
Rentals starting at
$850.00 monthly.
Furnished &
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Century 21 -

OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 1ba, Lg
yard, inside city limits, $900.
mo. + Util. 1st & Last mo.
sec. dep. (863)990-3294
Okeechobee, 3BR/1BA, Ig liv-
ing rm, kit. & dining rm, 1
car garage, $900 mo. +
sec. Ref's req'd. Call Kamal
(561)792-9431 7am-10am
garage, Very nice. $1300/mo.
Also, 2BR/1BA Trailer,
$600/mo. House is located at
792 SE 14th Ave. Trailer is
located at 2828 NW 46th Ave,
Unit 74, Drive by, if you like,
please call (863)447-0897.
1st, last, sec. & ref's a must.
2200 SW 3rd Ave, mins from
Wal-mart. $950/mo. $2000 to
move in. 863-634-0512
newly renovated, 2/1, fenced
yard, unfurn, all appliances
$700/mo (239)707-5155
Unfurnished, 2/2,
Dock & Boat Ramp
$950 mo. plus 1st & last

Located on West side of new
Courthouse. Now Available.
Call Judy at (863)467-0831

WANTED- Refined Senior
couple wishes to rent 2br
unit in a quiet location. For
March & April. Non smokers,
no pets, refs avail.

NEAR OKEE., Share 3/1 CBS
house in country. 12mi W. of
Okee. $400. mo. + linmo. sec.
(863)634-8671 Lv. msg & #
OKEECHOBEE, Smoker ok,
must like dogs & cats. Cable
included. $500/mo. & sec.
Internet neg. (772)214-0600

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080


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12 Okeechobee News, Friday, January 26, 2007

BHR, 3BR/2BA, Doublewide
on water. Spacious, with metal
roof, large FR & DR, 25x12
screened room, shed, motivat-
ed seller. Priced to go,
$109,000 (863)227-0162
12x24 Carport, 12x12 Florida
Room, 8x12 Storage. Central
air/heat. Adult park. Low lot
rent. Very nice. Mostly
furnished. $20,000 Neg.
Mobile Home on 1 acre.
Crown Molding, Wood
Flooring, All New Appliances
and Cabinets. Screened Patio.
Beautiful Neighborhood.
A Must See!! $150,000
Call (772)519-0417

Recreation I

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

AIRBOAT, fiberglass, 220
ground power, trailer, poly-
mer, $2500 firm.
ALUM LOWE: 14' w/ trailer.
New tires & wheel bearings,
15hp, merc, MK troll mtr.
$2000 firm. 863-224-5017.
mann, 20hp Johnson, tiller,
w/trailer, bimini top, $900.
Aluminum V Boat, 12' x,52",
$300. (863)675-1132 Orto-
BASS BOAT '88: 16' Lowe,
40hp Johnson, with galva-
nized trailer. $2500. or best
offer. (863)763-3660
BAYLINER, 20 Ft., Cuddy
Cabin w/Trailer, Depth Finder
& Bimni Top. Runs, but needs
work. $2400. (863)801-3233
Force motor, 16'6". Good
shape. $1500. or best offer.
4.80, with rims, hardly used,
$60 (863)763-8518
19ft., 150 HR Trailer, GPS &
Etc. Excellent Condition,
$10,000 (863)357-8702
JON BOAT- 14', flat bottom,
trl, 20hp Johnson, trolling
motor, $1000 or best offer

JON BOAT-'95, Lowe 19ft, 70
HP Johnson '96, with trailer,
$3995 (863)467-5059
KAYAK- Wilderness System
Piccolo. 14', Good shape.
asking $300.
Outboard Motor, 1980s, Evin-
rude 120 V4, low hrs., stain-
less steel prop, all controls,
$900 neg. (863)824-6720
Merc, new deck & seat cov-
ers, bimini top, w/trlr, $2500
Neg (614)452-1600 LaBelle
PONTOON BOAT, 24', 60hp
Evinrude, $1900. or best of-
fer. (863)763-9998
24 ft with 50 hp motor.
Only $4000!
27ft, dual axles, $925
ROW BOAT: 14 Ft., 2 hp, Su-
zuki 0/B Motor & 21 Ft. galva-
nized trailer. $800 for all.
SEA EAGLE 8, Like new. w/34
Ib, new electric motor. Can
use up to 3 hp O/B. $300.
STARCRAFT w/'85 Chrysler
motor. $600. or best offer.
TRI HULL BOAT, 15', 70hp
Johnson, fiberglass, runs
good, w/trailer, $1200 or
best offer. (863)763-2276

ALLEGRO 32BA '03- work
horse, 20K, 2 slides, no
smoking/pets, exc cond.
$55,000 neg (317)431-9567
CAMPER '88: Pop-up, sleeps
6, refrigerator, propane
stove, icebox, dinette, solid
sides. $1495.863-805-0272
great cond., & layout, must
move quick, $3950
COACH 1987, 34 Ft., & Florida
rm, RV 172 Hickory Ct. in
Whisper Creek. Must be move
after March. $2000. will sell
separate. (330)807-1425
Cruiser.'23' RV. Low miles.
Many extras $5500.
COACHMAN '04- 38' TT, w/12'
power slide, 20x10 carpeted
Fla room, 6x8 shed w/W/D,
Magic Chef refrig w/top
freezer, & 3 burner w/oven
$25,000 (863)675-6817

MONTANA'01, 28 ft., 3 slides,
all new 16" tires in 4/06,
w/many accessories. Call for
details. (863)946-2242

NOMAD '2000 26',w/large
slide out. All hardwood int.
New TV w/DVD, Elec. jacks,
micro. Like new. Must sell this
mo. $11,500. (319)290-8705
May sell truck also.
Model # 3375 Deluxe. 34 Ft.,
2 Slide Outs. Very good cond.
$11,500. (863)634-1130

BOAT MOTOR, Evinrude, 9/V2
hp, short shaft. Needs work.
$100 or best offer.
Guide, 1998 model. Entirely
rebuilt. $450.

HONDA- Superhawk VTR-996.
Needs engine work. Racing
bars. Red. Otherwise great
shape. $1500. (863)801-147
KAWASAKI 440: Not bad.
$770 or will trade for motor
scooter. 863-675-3401
New tires, like new, priced to
sell. $3250 or best offer.
863-763-5500 or 479-619-5121
of steel folding ramps. Ask-
ing $100 (561)262-1390

GO CART- Murray, 2 seats,
runs, $300 (863)634-7706
VIPER Jr. '05, Exc. cond.
Great for the beginner. $700
(863)763-6430 Okeechobee

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MOTOR HOME-50' long bus.
Fully furnished. To many ex-
tras to mention! 65KW Honda
generator. 8'-2 axle trailer in-
cluded $3500.
407-683-9515 or 683-9516
The classified are the
most successful sales-
person In town.


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 1055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

Autm oiles 4005

needs minor work, $700 or
best offer. (863)763-4333
CAMARO- '92, Green. Needs
work. Great for parts or me-
chanic. $500. Firm.
(863)801-1407 or 801-1408
FIREBIRD '87, T-tops, runs,
needs paint, body in good
shape. $1100
Leather, T-Top, Runs great.
Good condition. $9500.
FORD ESCORT 1996: $800. or
best offer. (863)763-0039
FORD TAURUS 1998: Great
condition inside & out, load-
ed. $2400. 863-234-3470
FORD TEMPO 1992, Runs
good. Dependable. $250. or
best offer. (863)983-4694
HONDA ACCORD '00- 156k
hwy miles, 5 spd, 35 mpg,
Loaded, CD chger/Cass, exc
cond, $2500 (772)360-7373
JAGUAR XJ6 '83: Runs, good
body, moon roof, original en-
gine. $2000 or best offer.
to., Exc. cond. $1500. or
best offer. 863-763-5679 or
PONTIAC SE, '88, full power,
a/c, orig. owner, $1800 or
best offer. (863)697-8507
SATURN 1995: Manual, needs
little work. $700 or best of-
fer. 863-655-0125 or
863-634-0016 to

DUMP TRUCK, 1 ton, 8'x12'
bed. 4' sides, Strong truck.
$2000. (863)509-3260

with trailer, $1200 neg

JEEP WRANGLER '97, Sahara,
V6 auto., a/c, good cond.,
$4500 (863)675-2404

30 amp, voltage booster &
surge protection. $275.
CHEVY CAPRICE '86- selling
for parts, have title, $500
Granny, 4 speed, flywheel,
clutch & bel housing, $450
full size, good cond, no dents
or rust. Junkyard price $300.
Asking $175. 863-610-1120
1977: Good for parts, has ti-
tle. $400. 863-763-1370
FUEL TANK: L shaped, 110
gallon, w/12 v pump, hose &
nozzle. New paint (white).
$450 neg. 863-697-9704
RIMS & TIRES- with spinners
(4), 20", fits 6 lug chevy,
less than 2k on tires. $2000
RIMS- 22", Helo Hawk, 1/5 yrs
old. Good low profile tires,
$1000. or best offer.
pickup, 6ft. bed. $50
SEATS for S10, grey on dark
grey interior, good shape,
40/60 console, $125
TIRES (4) Super Swamper
LTB, 34 10/50 17's. $450.
TOOL BOX, Aluminum, Dia-
mond Plate, Fender Well, 2
Drawers. Never used. Still in
box. $300. (863)763-2129

F150 pickup. $150 or best
offer (561)262-1390
DODGE 2500 QUAD CAB '03,
Long bed, SLT, loaded, c/c,
am/fm/cd, running boards, tow
pkg, Diesel, (863)946-2242
Laramie, silver, loaded.
"Ready to tow" behind a mo-
tor home. Blue ox hitch
adaptor, M&G air brake sys-
tem, awesome telescoping
tailgate ramp for easy load-
ing of motorcycle, air bag
leveling. 6500 mi, over $35k
invested. Must sell. $27,500
negotiable. 239-898-6396
DODGE RAM '05, 1500 SLT
Quad Cab, all power, cd
player, 25k, asking $19,500
FORD F250 '86, No bed. $600

I Pbic Notice

I Pubi N ic

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida wil
on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City
Hall. 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and there
after to consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 972: Ab
The ordinance Is regarding Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map
Amendment Application No. 07-001-SSA submitted by Bradley G. Goodbread or
behalf of property owners G-4 Land and Cattle Company and George A. Good.
bread. The request is to change the Future Land Use designation from Single
Family (SFto Commercial (C) for property located at 2104 Southwest 2nd Ave.
nue Legal description: Lots.1 through 4 of Block 2, Royal Oak Addition Subdivi.
sion, Plat Book 1, Page 8, Public Records, Okeechobee, County, Florida and is
approximately 0.650 acress.
All members of the public are encouraged to attend and participate in said hearing
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the pub.
lic in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri
8am-4:3Opm, except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at thi
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and foi
such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to bE
based. City Clerk tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of
the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamlotea no later than two (2) working days
pnor to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, cal
TO0 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).

DODGE RAM 1500 1994: 3/4
ton, good engine but bad
transmission. $450 or best
offer. 863-610-1964
DODGE RAM '96: 1500 mag,
AC, pwr steering & brakes,
auto overdrive, tow pkg, good
cond. $3250. 863-674-0467
FORD Fl00, '83, auto, air, 300
6 cyl., 2 tone blue, new tires,
Runs but needs work. $600.
Neg. (863)467-8464 Okee.
FORD F150- '77, 4 x 4, 351
Modified w/auto trans.,
$1200 or best offer
FORD F250- '94, 4x4, Runs
good. $2000. or best offer.
GMC SONOMA '99, Ext. cab,
runs great, 'cold a/c, new
tires. $4000 or best offer.
Dodge pickup, bright blue,
$300 or best of-
TONNEAU COVER- fiberglass,
for S10, includes bedliner,
$350 or will sell separate
TOYOTA PICKUP, '85, with
shell cover, needs work,
$500 firm. (863)801-1601

$2000 or best offer. Call

TRAILER, 7x16, split gate,
$1200 (561)261-1336

Express, 5'Wx8'Lx5'H, Like
new condition. $2000,
941-953-3355 leave msg.

CHEVY VAN 1991: Full size.
$700 or best offer. Call
DODGE 3500 '98, 15 passen-
ger, auto., V8, cold a/c, stereo,
"People Hauler". Runs great.
$4900 neg. (561)452-2645
SE model. Runs good, new
brakes. $1000 (863)467-6475
Good running condition.
$1000. If interested, call

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


I, Rodney Fetrow, is no longer
responsible for past, present,
future debts of Diana L. Fe-
trow of 323 Jordan Terrace,.
Okeechobee, FL 34974.
188934 ON 1/25,26,27/07
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regularly:
the classllleas.

I Pb ic o ice

h I- I

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Cou o the City ot Okeechobee, Florid
will on Tunsay, February 0,2007 at 6:0 p.m. or as soon mereater possDie, a,
City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and
thereafter to consider final reading of the following Ordinance Into law: NO. 973: AN
The ordinance is regarding Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map
Amendment Application No. 07-002-SSA submitted by property owners Glenda Bel-
lamy and Renee Ellerbee. The request is to change the Future Land Use designatio
from Single Family (SF) to Commercial (C) for property for property ocaed at 203
Southwest 4th Street. Legal description: Lot 1 of Block 185 Cty of Okeechobee,
according to.the Plat thert eeof recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 17, Public Records ol
Okeechobee, Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records of Okechobee County, Florida
and Is approximately 0.54 acress.
hAll members ofthe public are encouraged to ttendand participate in slfhearnlni
The propose iraance may eS Inspecte inIs enrety By members ornte pulril
in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm,
except for holidays.
d PLEASE TAKE.N TICE.ANO BE ApVISED that if any person.desires to apgea, Ian
decision ma e by t e y Counclwoo respect to anL maern conisereo a ii
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for sucl
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings Is made, whici
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal Is to be based.
City Clerk tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
2 .ccordance w ae cans eith Disabit Ac AD and Fod
286.2., persons w~ldsaAles neeing specMal *acoi Amlodion to paricpa au
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) wodng days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call
D 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).

PLEASE TE NOTICE thatthe CIlnCouncll of the Citi 0f Okeechobee Floddoyjl
on Cuesays -eroary 6,2 a 7at c.T O p.m. or as soon tereater posbld, afstC n
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter
to consider final reading of the following Ordinance nto law: NO. 969: AN ORDI-
The ordinance is regarding Alley Closing Application No. 84 submitted by Bradle)
G. Godbread on behalf of property owners G-4 Land and Catrle Company, Gearge
A. Goodbread and GAGBEE, Inc. The request is to close the alley running North tc
South located direct between Lots 4 and 5 of Block 46, First Addition to South
Okeechobee Subdivision, Plat Book 1, Page 17 and between Lots 1 through 4 and
through 8 of Block 1, Royal Oak Addition SubdMision, Plat Book 1, Page 8 Public
Records, Okeechobee, County, Florida.
All membersoof he public are encuraed to atte nd participae in s earg
The proposed iroiance may e inspected In ots eniorety y memaoers moine pugas
in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fr, 8am-4:3Opm
except for holidays.
PLEASE TAK ENOTICEA N BE ADVISED that any erso desires apea m
decision made by moe city ouncil wan respect ta aBy matter considered ar mi!
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for suct
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, whict
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal isto be based
City Clerktapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records ofthe Clerk.
Jo accordance witthe Aneicans with Disabilty ActADL.and Florida SLatLeS
2 b.2O, persons w e ar aieilmes needing specia accommooa' n to paricipate I
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working day!
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, ca]
TOD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).

A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 419 Southwest 2nd
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 16th day of February
2007 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant
to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage. Year, Make, Model
& Vin's as follows:
1987 Brown Mercury Grand Marquis
1997 Green Jeep Cherokee
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS"' with no
189133 ON 1/26/2007

When doing those chores
is doing you In, it's tne
to look for a helper I
the classlieds.

Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE,
Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of
stored items on Feb. 1,2007.
Owners Uit
G. Fadess 487
G. Foreman 640
J. Hatltom 305
J&S Trucking 228
C. Pohl 635
C. Roberts 324
B.Tiger 411
K.Vse 413
187714 ON 1/19,26/07

Antonio Herrera Casteneda, a 1992 Hon-
da car, Vin#JHMBA8247NC-11456
will be put on public auction for pay
meant of towing, storage and fees: 25
days @ $20 per day plus cost, a total
of $5,396.75, reserve bid in this
amount. Auction lam, January 31,
2007 @ 610 N. Parrott Ave., Okee-
chobee, FL; as is condition of vehicle.
188341 ON 01/24,25,26/07

Community Events

OSAC plans monthly meeting
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting
will be held Tuesday, Feb. 13, 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.

Church hosts gospel group
His House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th St.,
will present Southern gospel group The Perrys in concert on Sun-
day, Feb. 11, at 2:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-3519 or
(863) 763-7113.

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.

Club cancels January horse show
The Big Lake Trailriders' January horse show has been can-
celled. The series will be a nine-month series this year due to the
outbreak of Rhinopneumonitis. The first show date is Feb. 17. The
exhibition starts at 2 p.m. and the saddle series at 4 p.m. Informa-
tion can be found at

OSAC training group to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community out-
reach/training committee will meet Monday, Feb. 12, from 9 until
10 a.m. at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. The meeting is open to all inter-
ested parties. For information, call Val Marone at (863) 462-0040 or
Ken Kenworthy at (863) 462-5000 ext. 273.

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.

Give-away benefits March of Dimes
Tickets are available at Riverside National Bank, 1506 S. Parrott
Ave., for a 2006 90 CC Adley four-wheeler. Tickets are $10 each and
the proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes. The drawing will be
held April 2.

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 Olkee-
chobee County Extension Office, 458 U.S. 98 North. For informa-
tion, contact Linda Syfrett at (863) 763-6232 or Dianne Spann at
(863) 634-3327.

Bike rally benefits local charities
Splinter Productions will present an Okeechobee Memorial Day
Bike Rally on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, at Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E. Gates open both days from 9 a.m.
until 9 p.m. Events include live music, food, drawings, bike show,
contests, vendors, poker runs and motorcycle events. Children 12
and under are free. Tickets are $10 per person on Saturday and Sun-
day. A full weekend pass is $15 per person. A percentage of the pro-
ceeds will support Big Lake Missions, the Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter and More 2 Life Ministries. Vendors, bands, sponsors, 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 Produc-
tions, P.O. Box 623, Okeechobee, FL 34973.

Martha's House offers workshop
Martha's House will offer a workshop called Deafening Silence,
which deals with providing services to deaf and hard of hearing sur-
vivors of domestic violence. The date and time will be announced
at a later date according to community interest and response. Con-
tact Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.

Healthy Start group seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is accepting donations of baby items
such as furniture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and
other items for infants and toddlers. Proceeds from the sale of
donated items will be used to benefit infants and pregnant women
in the community. For information, call (863) 462-5877.

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 employ-
ment requirements for individuals working in various vocations.
This is a self-study course that includes text work and the successful
completion of a multiple choice written test. The cost of the course
is $15. Call the local Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488 for informa-

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 Arna or Debbie at (863) 357-2197.

Children's ranch plans yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard
sales on Thursday and Friday, every week 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.

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

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

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)

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.

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