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Briefs

Planning Dept.
to close Friday
The Okeechobee County
Department of Planning and
Development will be closed
Friday, Feb. 16, to input data
that was lost during a recent
system failure. The department
will re-open on Monday, Feb.
19at8a.m.

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Inside

North prepares
to Jump Rope
In library, we are celebrat-
ing RIF this week-Reading is
Fundamental. Students in all
grades choose a free book to
take home and keep. We are
also talking about Black Histo-
ry Month and the Civil Rights
movement.
Page3
OHS tennis teams
gear up for season
The Okeechobee High
School boys' and girls' tennis
teams are gearing up for their
2007 season. Their first home
match will take place against
the Port St. Lucie Jaguars on
Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Okee-
chobee Sports Complex, 580
N.W. 27th Lane. The match
will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Brahman boys' head
coach Dave Ellis, a six-year
Brahman veteran coach (52-
39), is looking forward to
improving last season's
record of 4-14 with five return-
ing starters and seven return-
ing lettermen.
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Drought Index
Current: 652
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: Nlone

Lake levels

11.51 feet


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

Index
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Comics ...........10
Community Events ... .4
Crossword . . . . .11
Obituaries . . . . .3
Opinion ........... 4
Speak Out ......... 4
Sports ............9
TV ...............12
Weather ........... 2
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Steiert wins teaching honor


CES teacher
named 06/07
teacher of year

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
There was a packed auditori-
um at the freshman campus
Tuesday, Feb. 13, for the month-
ly meeting of the Okeechobee
School Board. However, this
was no ordinary meeting.
Teachers, school officials
and others came to hear the
long anticipated results of com-
petition for the 2006/07 Okee-
chobee County Teacher of the
Year.
"These teachers represent
the hundreds of excellent teach-


ers we have in the district," said
Dr. Patricia Cooper, superin-
tendent of schools, as she intro-
duced the candidates who rep-
resented all of the district's
schools.
Dr. Cooper then proceeded
to open the all-important enve-
lope and read the name of Lon-
nie Steiert, a fifth-grade teacher
at Central Elementary School.
"The best of the best," is
how Ken Kenworthy, assistant
superintendent of schools,
referred to the candidates for
teacher of the year. "Your kids
are in capable hands."
"Every school has some
incredible teachers," stated
school board member Joe
Arnold, a member of the selec-
tion committee.
Another committee member,
attorney Libby Maxwell, called


the selection process "a very,
very difficult decision" and
referred to the candidates as "an
amazing group of people."
Last year's FCAT scores are
evidence of Mrs. Steiert's
achievements as a teacher. Last
year she taught only math and
science. Her 45 math students
made an average of 1.48 years
growth while only one year was
expected. Her science FCAT
scores were above the state and
district average.
Perhaps one of the reasons
Mrs. Steiert received this honor
is because of her philosophy of
teaching.
"My job is to teach academ-
ics to my students, but in doing
so, I must teach them about
being good people," said Mrs.
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Al Stokes, a former director of the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, spoke at the
monthly general membership meeting about the origin of the upcoming Speckled Perch
Festival. Mr. Stokes was with the Chamber for 30 years.

Festival raises funds for Chamber


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Al Stokes, a former director
of the Okeechobee Chamber of
Commerce, spoke of the origins
of the Speckled Perch Festival
which is sponsored by the
Chamber of Commerce.
They will be holding their
39th annual Speckled Perch Fes-
tival on Saturday, March 10, and
Sunday, March 11. .
The parade will be held on
Saturday, March 10, at 10 a.m.
According to Mr. Stokes, the
festival originated 39 years ago
after he became a Chamber
director and found out that they
were in debt.
Mr. Stokes decided to have a
fish fry outside of their then very
small office to raise funds to try
to get the Chamber out of debt
and make it a functional office.
In the beginning they offered
delivery, and patrons could pick
up the dinners.
The idea took off so well that
they kept expanding the event
and it eventually led into Flagler
Park, where the Chamber
received permission from R.E.
"Colonel" Hamrick for the use


of the park and became what is
now known, as the Speckled
Perch Festival.
In the past, citizens of Okee-
chobee would donate speckled
perch to the Chamber for the
festival and they were. kept in a
freezer at a local supermarket
until the festival.
Over the years as the Florida
Wildlife Fish and Game now
known as the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion was created, this prac-
tice was not allowed and they
eventually changed from speck-
led perch to catfish.
Mr. Stokes, now retired, was
with the Chamber for 30 years.
The Okeechobee County
Chamber of Commerce
receives no funding from any
state, county or city sources.
They operate exclusively from
membership dues and funds
that are raised from their events.
Over the years as the Cham-
ber has grown they have raised
funds to pay off their mortgage
for their building and have been
able to add additional events to
better the community.
The Chamber currently has a


combination of businesses and
individuals totaling over 140
members.
The Chamber is looking for-
ward to many new surprise
events to be held at the Speck-
led Perch Festival this year.
They will also be holding the
Speckled Perch Beauty Contest
at the KOA Convention Center
on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m.
Age groups are: Tiny Mr. and
Miss Speckled Perch 3 years
old; Little Mr. and Miss Speckled
Perch 4 to 5 years old; Speck-
led Perch Princess 6 to 9 years
old; Jr. Queen 10 to 13 years
old; and, Senior Queen 14 to
19 years old.
Deadline for applications is
Monday, Feb. 26.
For information about any
Chamber event, call (863) 763-
6464.
The Chamber's monthly
Coffee Klatch will be held at Big
Lake Hospice, 3154 U.S. 441 S.,
on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 8 a.m.
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Lonnie Stelert (right), a fifth-grade teacher at Central Ele-
mentary School, was named the 2006/07 Okeechobee Coun-
ty Teacher of the Year at the school board meeting on Feb.
13. She was presented a candy bouquet by Dr. Patricia Coop-
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Best overall painting
Moe Tijerina won best overall with his painting of the
courthouse, livestock market and historical society. This
painting was part of the arts and crafts exhibit at the
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Teens charged with grand theft auto


A pair of Okeechobee
teenagers have been arrested and
charged with the attempted theft
of a local woman's vehicle.
Charged with the felony of
grand theft auto were Joshua
Michael Knight, 18, and Shae
Anthony Cavallaro, 15.
Knight was booked into the


Okeechobee County Jail then
released on his .own recogni-
zance. Cavallaro was taken to the
county jail then transported to the
Department of Juvenile Justice
Detention Center in Fort Pierce,
stated an arrest report by Officer
Charles Green of the Okee-
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ness saw Knight and Cavallaro
pushing the vehicle with a manu-
al transmission from a driveway
on S.W. Third Avenue onto the
street. The witness started to run
after the two teens but when they
saw him they left the vehicle and
fled from the scene, continued


the report.
A detective from the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office,
as well as deputies Roy Gilchrist
and Rusty Hartsfield responded to
the area and began searching for
the teens. They were taken into
custody several blocks north of
the alleged crime scene.


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News Briefs

Chili cook off slated
OKEECHOBEE The Iron Eagle chili cook off will be held Satur-
day, Feb. 17, at the Iron Eagle, 9441 S.R. 78 W. Call (863) 467-1360
for information.

Avon Park hosting cat show
AVON PARK A professional cat show, sanctioned by American
Cat Fanciers Association, will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-
19, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Florida National Guard Armory
on U.S. 27 South in Avon Park.
Admission will be $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children.
Lunch will be available.

Dance slated for Feb. 23
SEBRING The Highlands Social Dance Club will' host a dance
from 7 until 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, located one mile east of U.S. 27.
Admission is $5 for members and $6. for non-members. The
dance is open to the public, with club membership available to all.
Free ballroom dance classes continue through February with the
rumba being featured every Friday at 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.

WVa. day luncheon planned
SEBRING The annual West Virginia Day luncheon will be held
from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Agri-Civic Cen-
ter on U.S. 27 in Sebring.
Each family is asked to bring a covered dish. Tableware, bread,
butter and cold beverages will be furnished.
A $3 donation per person will be taken at the door.

Booths for non-profits offered
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee County Fair committee has
extended an invitation to non-profits to set up a booth at the Okee-
chobee County Fair at no charge.
The fair will run from March 9-18.
The committee will provide a table and chairs in a huge tent for
exhibitors. Please see the website http://okeechobeecountyfair.com
for complete information and the application required to set up a
booth. Click on vendors at the bottom of the home page, then click
on the vendor license agreement, check the "non-profit" box on the
first page.
Be sure to mail in the application prior to the March 1 deadline.


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Steiert in her application pack-
age.
She has an associate of arts
from Indian River Community
College (IRCC), a bachelor of arts
in elementary education from
Florida Atlantic University (FAU)
and a master's degree in educa-
tion leadership from FAU. In
addition, she has attended


numerous workshops and train-
ing sessions.
Except for three years at the
freshman campus, Mrs. Steiert's
entire 13-year teaching career
has been spent at Central Ele-
mentary School.
Mrs. Steiert was named Cen-
tral Elementary School Teacher
of the year for 1996/97.
"Mrs. Steiert is an educator
that exemplifies commitment,
dedication and high expectation
of her students qualities of an
excellent teacher," Randy Paul-


son, principal of Central, wrote in
his recommendation letter. "Mrs.
Steiert is an educator that knows
her curriculum, applies and inte-
grates the Sunshine State Stan-
dards throughout all of the sub-
ject areas, remains warm,
positive and caring toward stu-
dents and parents.... Mrs.
Steiert's teaching style builds
strong self-confidence and
appositive self-esteem in her stu-
dents."
"I have witnessed her teach-
ing, learned from her teaching,


and I have also admired her as a
person for over 10 years," wrote
Michelle Pritchard in a recom-
mendation letter for her fellow
teacher.
"Her classroom is a place of
learning where knowledge is dis-
pensed with discipline and a car-
ing, compassionate attitude,"
wrote retired teacher Joan Dyer
of her former pupil.
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IssuesForum at www.newszap.com.
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Community Events


_f -7 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 survivors
of domestic violence. The date and time will be announced at a later date
- according to community interest and response. Contact Shirlean Gra-
o- ham 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 infor-
mation, call (863) 462-5877.


- 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.


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Portions of Florida in 1-in-25-year dry spells


West Palm Beach Water
managers at the South Florida
Water Management District
(SFWMD) reported that many
areas to the north and northeast
of the District continue to experi-
ence 1-in-25-year dry spells, as
District-wide rainfall for January
2007, averaged only 0.65 inches
- 30 percent of the historical
average for that month.
Despite the presence of a
weak-to-moderate El Nifio, which
historically signals a wetter-than-
normal dry season for Central and
Southern Florida, SFWMD meteo-
rologists have recorded a total of
only 4.06 inches of District-wide
rainfall from November 2006,
through January 2007, the first
half of the current dry season.
This total is 59 percent of the his-
torical average rainfall, and
approximately half the rainfall
normally associated with El Nifio
weather events, for this three-
month period.
Consequently, water supply
indices across the SFWMD have
dropped to troublingly low levels,
according to SFWMD governing
board chairman Kevin McCarty.
For example, lake levels through-
out the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes
are well below normal, creating
possible problems for boaters
and potentially impacting the


regional ecology, in addition to
reducing the regional water sup-
ply.
Similarly, the water level of
Lake Okeechobee, a bellwether
measurement of the District's
water supply, is approximately 3.5
feet or 22 percent below its
historical average for this time of
year. Water levels in Lake Okee-
chobee are a major concern for
water managers because the
Lake serves as the region's pri-
mary back-up water supply, pro-
viding as much as two-thirds of
the recharge for the lower east
coast in the event of a drought. At
11.59 feet on Feb. 5, 2007, the cur-
rent level of the lake is within nine
inches of the level recorded on
this date in 2001, the year of one
of the area's worst droughts on
record.
The SFWMD continues to
encourage both residential and
agricultural water users through-
out the District to voluntarily
reduce water consumption and
observe normal water conserva-
tion practices.
"In November, the South Flori-
da Water Management District
issued water shortage declara-
tions for the Lake Okeechobee
and Lake Istokpoga service areas,
as well as a far-reaching water
shortage warning for the lower


east coast. In doing so, we recog-
nized the impending drought
conditions and acted responsibly
and proactively to generate public
awareness and encourage water
conservation," said Carol Ann
Wehle, executive director of the
SFWMD.
Mandatory Phase I water
restrictions remain in force for the
Lake Okeechobee Service Area as
well as the Northern Indian
Prairie Basin, which comprise the
Everglades Agricultural Area, por-
tions of Hendry, Glades, Lee,
Okeechobee, Palm Beach and
Martin Counties, as well as agri-
cultural areas to the south of Lake
Istokpoga in Highlands County.
Classified as moderate water
shortage declarations, these
orders predominantly impact
agricultural, industrial and com-
mercial water users as well as
public water supply utilities in
these areas; withdrawals from the
Caloosahatchee River; and a rela-
tively small number of residential
users whose water source is Lake
Okeechobee or any of the surface
water canals recharged by the
Lake.
A formal water shortage warn-
ing remains in place for the Dis-
trict's Lower East Coast Service
Area, which comprises Monroe,
Miami-Dade, Broward and east-


ern Palm Beach Counties.
Though no mandatory water
restrictions have been issued as
part of this warning, the District is
encouraging both residential and
agricultural water users here to
voluntarily reduce their water
consumption as a preemptive
measure to avoid or forestall
potential water shortage orders
and mandatory water restrictions
later in the dry season.
For additional information,
area residents are encouraged to
call the SFWMD's toll-free Water
Conservation Hotline at 1-800-
662-8876 or contact their regional
SFWMD service center. Helpful
water conservation tips are avail-
able at www.sfwmd.gov/con-
serve.
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District is a regional,
governmental agency that over-
sees the water resources in the
southern half of the state 16
counties from Orlando to the
Keys. It is the oldest and largest of
the state's five water manage-
ment districts. The agency mis-
sion is to manage and protect
water resources of the region by
balancing and improving water
quality, flood control, natural sys-
tems and water supply. A key ini-
tiative is cleanup and restoration
of the Everglades.


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
26 years of service
Okeechobee County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patri-
cia Cooper (left) honored Jeannette Hester (right) food
service manager at New Endeavor High School, upon her
retirement after 26 years with the school district. The
recognition came at the Feb. 13 meeting of the Okee-
chobee County School Board.



North prepares to


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king Library
Children s Services Council is seeking proposals In library, we are celebrating
RIF this week-Reading is Funda-
The Children's Services Coun- forms available to be picked up at portation, cultural diversity train- mendations to the full council. mental. Students#. .A
cil is seeking proposals from pub- Okeechobee County School ing and positive alternative activi- Agencies are encouraged to in all grades
lic agencies and legally incorpo- Board, room 304. Call (863) 462- ties. collaborate with each other to choose a free
rated non-for-profit and for-profit 5000, ext. 255. During the 2006-2007, grant make best use of the resources book to take I.
agencies. April 9, 2007: Submit pro- year, the council funded 21 differ- available to our area. Grant r home and
The purpose of these propos- posals to Okeechobee County ent grants with funds that ranged available to our areecipikeep. We are
als is to improve and expand serv- School Board room 304 by3 p.m. from $2,000 to $38,000. These ents that have received CSC funds also talking about -
ices to the children of Okee- May 3, 2007: Interview with grants addressed several of the for five years or more must indi- Black History Month and the Civil
chobee County by providing new, RFP selection sub-committee. priorities that had been identified cate that they receive at least 51 Rights movement.
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expanded or continued services
for priority need areas. This year
there will be approximately
$300,000 available to fund these
proposals.
The schedule for the proposals
is as follows:
Feb. 20, 2007: Application


June 14, 2007: public hear-
ing regarding RFPs.
Aug., 2007: council final
decision on funded proposals.
Funding priorities include:
Substance abuse prevention,
delinquency prevention,
abuse/neglect prevention, trans-


by the community including sum-
mer programs, after-school pro-
grams, respite care and truancy.
All grants will be reviewed by a
sub-committee of volunteers,
graded and ranked. The sub-com-
mittee will then interview the
grant writers to form final recom-


per cent or greater from other
sources.
Any questions should be
directed to Cathleen Blair, execu-
tive director of Children's Services
Council at (863) 462-5000, ext.
255.


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Planned navigation lock Arrest Report


Okeechobee The Taylor
Creek (S-193) navigation lock on
the north shore of Lake Okee-
chobee will receive a routine
inspection on Feb. 6, 2007. Due
to the need to perform underwa-
ter inspections, as well as surface
inspections, locks will be closed
while divers are in the water. The
anticipated lock closures will be
between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
EST.
Similar inspections also will
occur at the following navigation
locks on the following dates:
S-65E (Kissimmee River at
Lake Okeechobee)
Feb. 15, 2007
S-65D (Kissimmee River near
US Hwy. 98)
Feb. 16, 2007
S-61 (Southport Lock at Lake
Tohopekaliga) Feb.
21,2007
S-65 (Lake Kissimmee at the
Kissimmee River) Feb.
26, 2007
S-65A (Kissimmee River,
southern end of Kicco WMA)
Feb. 27, 2007
S-65C (Kissimmee River in
Cornwell, Highlands County)
Feb. 28, 2007
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District regrets any
inconvenience this necessary
safety measure may cause.


Victor Green
Victor Green, age 80, of Okee-
chobee, died Feb. 11, 2007, at his
home. Mr. Green was born Jan.
30, '1927, in Balkin, Ky. to Henry
and Mae Green. He was a bridge
tender with the State of Florida.
Mr. Green proudly served our
country in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Green is survived by his
wife, Elizabeth Green; son, Victor
(Pattie) Green Jr. of Palm City;


Boaters are strongly urged to
check in with locktenders when
traveling onto Lake Okeechobee
or the Kissimmee River and to
take notice of the hours of opera-
tion at the navigation lock before
making plans to stay out late.
For more information, please
contact the SFWMD Okeechobee
Service Center at (863) 462-5260
or (800) 250-4200 or Orlando
Service Center at (407) 858-6100
or (800) 250-4250. You may also
ask the locktenders for operating
information when locking
through or, on Lake Okee-
chobee, you may contact them
on VHF Marine Band Radio on
Channel 13.
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District is a regional,
governmental agency that over-
sees the water resources in the
southern half of the state 16
counties from Orlando to the
Keys. It is the oldest and largest
of the state's five water manage-
ment districts. The agency mis-
sion is to manage and protect
water resources of the region by
balancing and improving water
quality, flood control, natural sys-
tems and water supply. A key ini-
tiative is cleanup and restoration
of the Everglades.


two brothers, Henry Green, Jr.
and Charles Green both of Love-
land, Ohio; sister, Hazel Thomas
of Port Thomas, Ky. and five
grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in
Loveland, Ohio directed by Tufts
Funeral Home.
All local arrangements are
entrusted to the care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. Second
Street, Okeechobee.


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving
under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the
Department of Corrections
(DOC).
Connie Dykes, 50, U.S. 1,
Hobe Sound, was arrested Feb. 13
by Deputy Ray Stone on Okee-
chobee County warrants charging
her with violation of probation -
possession of cocaine and viola-
tion of probation possession of


drug paraphernalia. She is being
held without bond.
Tommy Luke Stokes, 39,
N.W. 30th Court, Okeechobee,
was arrested Feb. 14 by Deputy
Sergeant J. Royal on an Okee-
chobee County warrant charging
him with violation of probation -
armed trespass of property. He is
being held without bond.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information
will be confirmed and printed.


Briefs


Read library
books online
The Okeechobee County Pub-
lic Library has announced a new
service for those patrons with e-
mail accounts. You, can join the
Chapter-A-Day Online Book Club
sponsored by the Friends of the
Okeechobee County Library. All
you need to do is visit the library's
web page at www.heart-
lineweb.org/oke and choose the
link to the Online Book Club. Sim-
ply follow the directions on the
page. You will start receiving
chapters from popular books in
your daily e-mail. After you have
read two or three chapters from a
book, you will begin receiving
chapters from a new one. Each
Monday you will start a new
book. There is no charge for this
service. You don't even need a
library card. All you need is an e-
mail address and five minutes a
day to sample the wonderful
world of reading.
Food Pantry
is open
Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church Food Pantry is open


again. We are located at 312 N.
Parrott Ave. in the back parking
lot of the church. Our temporary
gray box is stocked and ready for
anyone who needs food. All you
need is an I.D. The hours of oper-
ation are Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday from 9 a.m. until
noon.
Mentors make
a difference
Making a difference through
mentoring needs you! You can
make a difference in the life of a
teen by mentoring. Adolescence
is a time of risk and opportunity.
The youth in Okeechobee County
need you. If you have a caring
heart and one hour a week to
share in the life of a teen, you can
be a mentor. For information, call
Lisa Coleman at (863) 462-5863.
One Stop Center
has job openings
If you're looking for a job, look
at the One Stop Career Center,
209 S.W. Park St. The center is
open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. For infor-
mation call (863) 462-5350.


Music class
On Feb. 12, the third, fourth,
and fifth graders began a 12-week
unit on recorders in music class.
The students need to purchase a
recorder at the school store for $4
each, if they do not already have
one. The school store is open on
Monday, Tuesdays, and Thurs-
days from 7:45 until 8:10 a.m. Get
your recorder while supplies last.
Physical education
In physical education, we are


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Okeechobee News/
Pete Gawda
Spelling

whiz
Emily Raulerson, a sev-
enth grader at Yearling
Middle School, came in
third place in the district
spelling bee held Feb. 13
at Everglades Elemen-
tary School.


in full swing getting ready to
Jump Rope for Heart. Feb. 16 is
the scheduled day for our annual
Jump Rope for Heart event. The
event will be held from 1:30 until
2:30 p.m., with a lot of healthy
jumping going on. Music and
snow cones will be provided for
all. If students come to you asking
to help fight heart disease, please
give generously. The boys and
girls are learning that they can
positively help others while help-
ing themselves have a healthy
heart.


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closures and inspections


Okeechobee News/
Pete Gawda
Winning

speller
Irfan Chaudhary, a fifth
grader at North Elemen-
tary School, won the dis-
trict spelling bee held
Feb. 13 at Everglades Ele-
mentary School. The win-
ning word was persuade.
It took about 80 words,
including such words as
electoral, paradox and
infectious to eliminate the
other contestants who
were winners at their
schools' spelling bees.
Irfan will represent Okee-
chobee County in the
regional spelling bee to
be held March 23rd in
West Palm Beach.


Obituaries


Submitted photo
Fun at the fair
Jonathin Troendle is having a good time on the merry-go-
round at the American Legion Fair.


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BIBLES: Come on Mr. Pasquale! You can't pass out Bibles on private
property if the owners don't want you there no more than I can pass
out free Playboys in your church parking lot. Free speech? Get a life!

APPALLED: I am totally appalled, seriously. A friend of mine
referred me to this page to keep tabs on the current goings-on in Okee-
chobee, and I have to comment on just how awful the general spelling
and grammar of this online community is. I'm not going to be cliche
like all of the other people here in Okeechobee and blame it on the
high school, because I went there myself. I have seen that it is, in fact,
not the school nor is it the teacher's fault. It's solely the students.
I've read the "witty" little remarks that people coyly blurt out in refer-
ence to how one was much less uneducated upon graduating OHS.
That really hurts people. I finished all of my high school English and
my college English in the four years I attended there. All of my friends
are fully capable of accurate punctuation. So please, if you too are
appalled by the atrocious grammar that is displayed here, don't blame
the high school blame that person. And for those that display this
atrocity please, try harder.

NO TERM PAPERS: Is this correct? Starting a sentence with a con-
junction? Correct me if I'm wrong, but that doesn't seem to be proper
English. Okeechobee City/County Public Issues Forum go to any
forum and check out the grammar, spelling and punctuation. It has
nothing to do with Okeechobee High School. Try just plain old lazi-
ness. Lighten up. We ain't writing term papers here. And yepper, I'm a
Brahman graduate, but didn't make it to one of them fancy colleges.

NO DOG WALK: Dog owners, be responsible please. My yard -
front and back are not your dog walk. Thanks for being a good
neighbor in Palm Creek.

HONOR ROLL- I am calling to see if you can find out or have the
freshman put in their honor roll.

CULVERTS: I'd like to make a comment before the hurricane sea-
son starts again. I'm in Oak Park and the county dug the ditches deeper
but what they failed to do is check the culverts. They are clogged with
dirt. So what good is digging the ditches deeper if you don't have drain
off because the culverts are clogged with dirt? That needs to be done.
You don't want a catastrophic flood out here.

HOMES: I'm calling about the concrete houses that are going to go
in here. What they are looks almost like a boot camp. These aren't nice
homes. I don't know what they are, but they are not that. Everybody
that has the idea that they are going to be nice home and increase our
money in this town is mistaken. They are going to house people from
out of town and we don't know where they are coming from or what
their backgrounds are. I think this is going to be a big problem. If they
want to do this, let them put it out on the Prairie or somewhere not
in town.

AIR FORCE ONE: I read with interest a Speak Out call earlier this
week about taxpayers footing the bill for President Bush to fly to Craw-
ford, Texas. The caller felt like the president was bankrupting the coun-
try with these trips home. I wonder, did this just start with Bush? How
did Clinton return to Arkansas? Or, Kennedy to his home? Apparently
Clinton and Kennedy did not make use of Air Force One to return to
.their homes. I guess Clinton had either Monica or Jennifer drive him
home. JFK probably used Marilyn's limousine instead of Air Force
One. Seriously, if my memory serves me correctly when presidents use
the plane to visit their homes the tab is paid for by, in Bush's case, the
Republican Party.



Community Events-

Children's Ranch hosting yard sales
The yard sale at Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E.,
is now open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.
until 2 p.m. Please bring us all your unwanted treasures. Tax
receipts are available at the office. For information, call Rosie at
(863) 763-4242.

Healthy Start can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help. For information, call Becky
Smith at (863) 462-5877.


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Letter to the Editor


Use car seats:
show kids you care
According to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Adminis-
tration (NHTSA), approximately
7,500 lives have been saved by the
proper use of child restraints dur-
ing the past 20 years.
Yet, motor vehicle crashes still
remain the number one killer of
children ages 4 to 14 in America.
The reason? Too often it is the


improper use or non-use of child
safety seats and booster seats.
That's why the Healthy Start
Coalition is joining with NHTSA
and other state and local leaders
around Valentine's Day this year
to commemorate Child Passenger
Safety Week (Feb. 11-17).
While 98 percent of America's
infants and 93 percent of children
ages 1 to 3 are regularly
restrained, not enough children
ages 4 through 7 are restrained
properly for their size and age.


Upcoming Events

Thursday
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of the
month to help and encourage women who have been diagnosed with
cancer. The meeting will be held at the American Red Cross office at
323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For information, call
Janet Topp at (863) 824-2899.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet for
a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the Basinger
Civic Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-2285.
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.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 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) 763-5996.
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) 357-
1639.
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 Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at (863) 763-
4923, for information.
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 is open from 9 a.m.
until noon. Representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 209 S.W.
Park St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice 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. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an.
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information,
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St.
For information, call (863) 467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step Study
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Main Street's Farmer's Market will be held every
Thursday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. in Flagler Park 3. Any questions
and/or comments can be directed to the Main Street office at (863)
357-MAIN.
Friday
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.
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.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held
on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant,
2405 U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch will be at
noon. Women should bring business cards and information to pro-
mote their business. The meeting provides networking opportunities
for women in business and is open to the public. No membership is
required. For information, contact Robin Delgado at (800) 299-8878;
or, by e-mail at info@flainjurylawyer.com.
Nar-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) 467-9833.
Saturday
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at 7:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will follow a
short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice before join-
ing. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247;
Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.
Sunday
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
(A.A.) open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Monday
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.,
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okee-
chobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who
enjoys singing is invited to join the group. For information or to sched-
ule an appearance, contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep-
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850.
The Republican Executive Committee meets at 7 p.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Avenue. For information call Melis-
sa Arnold (863) 610-2280.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at
Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For information call
(863).634-4780.


Only 10 to 20 percent of chil-
dren ages 4 through 7 who should
be using booster seats to protect
them are actually in them. But
children ages 4 to 8 who are
placed in booster seats are 59 per-
cent less likely to be injured in a
car crash than children who are
restrained only by a seat belt,
according to a study by Children's
Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
What better way to show that
you love your children than to
make sure they are secured prop-


early? Make it the law in your cars
- it might actually save your chil-
dren's lives.
For more information about
Child Passenger Safety Week and
the proper use of booster seats,
please visit
www.BoosterSeat.gov,
www.SaferCar.gov or
www.SeatCheck.org.

Rebecca Posey Smith
community liaison
Healthy Start Coalition


Community Events

Sheepdog Trial benefits FFA club
The 10th Okeechobee Sheepdog Trial will be held Feb. 16, 17
and 18 at the Tindall Place, 8400 N.E. 120th St. Nursery and Pro
Novice competition will be held Friday, Feb. 16; the Open division
will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17 and 18. Competition
starts at 8 a.m. Admission is $5 per person or $15 a carload. All
proceeds benefit the Okeechobee High School F.F.A.

Library hosting 'Florida Folk Tales'
"Florida Folk Tales," an interactive storytelling show with
nationally recognized storyteller Katie Adams will be presented at
the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., on Friday, Feb.
16, at 7 p.m. This program is brought to you by a grant from the
Florida Humanities Council and is free and open to the public. For
information, call (863) 763-3536.

Stamping party planned for Friday
A rubber stamping party will be held on Friday, Feb. 16, from 6
until 9 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church, 20300 Hunter
Road/8 Cypress Road. Learn new techniques and make your own
greeting cards. For information, call Wilma at (863) 763-2106.

Merah Ladies plan yard sale
The Merah Ladies of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, S.R. 78
West, are seeking vendors for a yard sale on Friday and Saturday,
Feb. 16-17, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Table space is available for
$15 for individuals and $20 for organizations. A snack bar will be
open. Call (863) 610-3373 for reservations.

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 application
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
- leave your name and phone number and your call will be
returned.

Water resources topic of talk show
Family Stations, Inc. will host a radio talk show\ on Saturday,
Feb. 17, starting at 7:30 a.m. The show iITf be rebroadcast at I
and 6 p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The special guests
will be Robert Weinman and Stein Kretsinger of Beachwalk Pro-
ject. The topic will be walking and kayaking along the seashore
from Miami to New York to raise awareness of the Waterkeeper
Alliance and to encourage children to practice responsible stew-
ardship of our water resources., Join Mr. Weinman and Mr.
Kretsinger at Hobe Sound Nature Center on Feb. 19, and at Wal-
ton Rocks Beach in Ft. Pierce on Feb. 24 for a beach cleanup from
11 a.m. until 2 p.m. For information, contact www.beach-
walkproject.com or keeper@indianriverkeeper.org.

YMS students raise money for trip
The eighth grade students at Yearling Middle School will hold a
yard sale/bake sale/car wash on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 7 a.m.
until 1 p.m. at Yearling Middle School, 925 N.W. 23rd Lane. Dona-
tions will help defray the cost of their trip to Washington, D.C., in
March.

Habitat for Humanity seeking volunteers
Habitat for Humanity needs help with their yard sale sched-
uled for Saturday, Feb. 17, in the parking lot of Tractor Supply,
3371 U.S. 441 S., beginning at 8 a.m. For information, call (863)
357-1371 or (863) 467-2119.

Health Department plans community walk
The Okeechobee.County Health Department will host a com-
munity walk on Saturday, Feb. 17, as part of the "Step Up, Florida
on our way to healthy living" statewide campaign. This cam-
paign promotes physical activity and healthy lifestyles for Floridi-
ans of all abilities. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the soc-
cer field across from the sports complex. Warm up and exercise
will start at 9 a.m. and will be led by Keosha Butler from Okee-
chobee Fitness Center. The walk will follow. For information call
Barbara Godejohn, Step-up, Florida coordinator, at (863) 462-
5800.

Church hosting gospel musician
Gospel comedian and musician Tim Lovelace and his wife
Mary Alice will be appearing at the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W.
Fourth St., on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. There will be no
admission charge. For information, call (863) 763-7113.

Trailriders' plans February horse show
The first show date is Feb. 17. The exhibition starts at 2 p.m.
and the saddle series at 4 p.m. Information can be found at
www.Biglaketrailriders.com.

BHR church hosting annual car show
The Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, will host
their third annual car show on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. until
1 p.m. A variety of trophies will be awarded. There will be a
grilled lunch and baked goods for sale. For information call (863)
467-7604 or (863) 634-8964; or, visit their website at www.buck-
headridgechristianchurch.com.

Church hosting annual homecoming
The North Okeechobee Church of God, 15949 N.W. 30th Ter-
race, will be hosting.their annual church homecoming on Sun-
day, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will be a guest speak-
er, a noon meal and special singing afterwards. All who have
been a part of the church's past and present are invited. For infor-
mation, call (863) 634-0344.

Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering
FPL's Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to
Share program is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and
FPL corporate funds. The program provides emergency assis-
tance funds to customers who are in a crisis situation and unable
to pay their FPL electric bill. There are rules and guidelines that
must be met to quality. If you are a FPL customer and need help
call (863) 763-6020 to leave your name and number. Your call will
be returned and an interview will be done over the phone to
determine if you qualify. Interviews with your local Salvation
Army are by appointment only, no walk ins are accepted.


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Service Club Briefs


American Legion
Post #64
The American Legion Post #64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St. The
Post phone number is (863) 763-
2950.
American Legion Post #64 is
open Monday to Saturday from 10
a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday from
I until 9 p.m.
Our kitchen is open daily serv-
ing a regular menu. The hours of
operation are: Monday, and Friday
from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.; Wednes-
day, tacos and margaritas served
from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday
and Sunday from 1 until 9 p.m.
Sunday at 1 p.m., Sports
Time on big screen TV. Quarter
pound hot dogs, pizza and $1 draft
beer will be offered. David Copper
from 3 until 7 p.m.
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday,
Tuesday and Thursday.
Bar bingo will be held each
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday nights beginning at 6
p.m. for members and guests.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. Music will be
from 4 until 7 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
The Sons of the American
Legion steak dinner will be held .on
the third Sunday of each month
from 3 until 6 p.m. for a $10 dona-
tion. The dinner will include steak,
baked potato, salad, dessert, coffee
and tea. There will be entertain-
ment from 5 until 8 p.m.
Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members are
available. Call Johnny Patton at
(863) 467-2882 or Jerry Lee Shields
at (863) 467-8779 or (863)634-
9563.
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.
Eagles Aeries #4137
E Aeries #4137 is located at
9983 U.S. 441 N. For information on
events, call (863) 763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
tion.
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until? Food will be available.
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday: Aux-
iliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 dona-
tion. Music will be by Jimmy Harp-
er.
*Saturdays and Sundays: music
at 7 p.m.


First and third Sunday: break-
fast cooked to order from 9 until 11
a.m. for $5 donation.
Okeechobee
Masonic Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 NW. Fifth
Ave. For information about the club
and events, call Matt Buxton at
(863) 357-9992.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Monday of each month start-
ing at 7:30 p.m.
Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned on
the first and third Tuesday of each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact MaryAnn Holt at (863) 634-
8087.
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W in Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's
phone number is (863) 763-2250.
Sunday breakfast will be
served from 9 until, 1 a.m.
Wednesday cards and games
social at 7 p.m. If you have a game
you wish to play, bring it.
Thursday night meals will be
served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call
the Lodge at (863) 763-2250 for the
menu.
Thursday is karaoke night
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Friday at 7:30 p.m. there will
be music for dancing. Call to see
who is playing.
Saturday night meals will be
served from 6 until 7 p.m. Call for
the menu.
Sunday, karaoke from 5:30
until 9:30 p.m.
*Saturday, Feb. 17 & 24: music
for dancing at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17: WO.T.M.
Green Cap ceremony for Terry
Davisat 1p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 17: WO.T.M.
Valentine dinner/dance from 5 until
7 p.m. Music with Frank Burney &
Friends to follow at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 24: Sock hop by
Just Us at 8 p.m. Put on your '50s
and '60s duds and enjoy the fun.
Tuesday, Feb. 27: Moose
Lodge enrollment at 7 p.m. All
prospective members should
attend.
Moose
Family Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 150 N.W 36th
St. in Okeechobee. For information
and meal menus, call the Lodge at
(863) 763-4954.
Social quarters open daily
from 10 a.m. until?
Breakfast first Sunday of every
month.
LOOM meets every second
Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.


WOTM meets every second
and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
WOTM Officers meetings are
the first Thesday at 7 p.m.
LOOM officers meeting First
and Third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
LOOM and WOTM nomina-
tions are now open for officers for
2007-2008
Moose Legion meets the third
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
WOTM A/F and PEP dinner is
every first Wednesday at the Clock
restaurant at 6 p.m.
Bar bingo Friday at 6 p.m.
Food is served.
Horseshoes every Thursday
evening and Sunday afternoon
Sunday, Feb. 25: Green Cap
celebration
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is
located at 300 N.W 34 St. Events
are seasonal, contact the Post at
(863) 763-0818 for information or
write the Post at P.O. Box 1137,
Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The Post
opens at. noon Monday through
Sunday.
Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
Washer toss every Thesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be avail-
able. Everyone is welcome.
Friday: bingo starts at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Food will
be available. Karaoke will be from
6untill0p.m:
Saturday: bar bingo at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Karaoke
will be from 6 until 10 p.m. Food
will be available.
Sunday: dinner will be avail-
able from 2 until 5 p.m., and will be
followed by karaoke from 6 until 10
p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting and ladies auxil-
iary meeting at 11 a.m.
The post membership drive is
under way, and the post is striving
for 100 percent. For information,
contact the quartermaster at (863)
763-0818.
Big screen TV for all events.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW, Ladies
Auxiliary, Male Adxiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary
dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. The
main meeting is on the fourth Sat-


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Yogurt cake winner
Melanie Troendle won third place with her strawberry
yogurt cake at the American Legion Free Fair.


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urday.
For information contact Com-
mander Don South at (863) 467-
2882.
All games and special events are
shown on three televisions. The
game room has a regulation-size
pool table.
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sundayat 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m. Mon-
day through Saturday and at 1 p.m.
on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
iary.
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
dancing.
Saturday: dollar dogs, sausage
dogs for $1.50 grilled or steamed at
noon. Live music and dancing will
start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
Okeechobee
Shrine Club
- eTheOkeechobee Shrine Club,
S.R. 78W., members will meet the
first and third Thursday of each
month at 8 p.m. The club is also
available for weddings and parties.
For information call the club at
(863) 763-3378, or Keith at (863)
634-2682.


Davidson graduates
from basic training
Army Private Claytdn T.David
son has graduated fromn-basic
combat training at Fort Sill, Law-
ton, Okla. During the nine weeks
of training, the soldier studied the
Army mission and received
instruction in drill and cere-
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weapons, map reading, tactics,
armed and unarmed combat, mil-
itary courtesy, military justice,
physical fitness, first aid, Army his-
rorv. core Values'and traditions,
and special training in human
relations.
He is the son of Cynthia M.
Davidson. of N.W Seventh St.,
Okeechobee.
Davidson is a 2006 graduate of
St. James Academy, Fort Pierce.


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Medical Briefs


Red Cross offers
HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-Okee-
chobee Branch offers a basic
HIV/AIDs instruction course that
(c.. I li -. 1 1 Florida employment
requirements for individuals work-
ing in various vocations. This is a
self-study course that includes text
work and the successful comple-
tion of a multiple choice written
test. The cost of the course is $15.
Call the local Red Cross office at
(863) 763-2488 for information.
VNA offers
flu vaccines
Flu vaccines are now available
at Visiting Nurse Association, 208
S.E. Park St., Monday through Fri-
day from 9 a.m. until noon and
from I until 4 p.m. There is no


charge with Medicare Part B; other-
wise, the cost is $30 for the flu vac-
cine and $45 for the pneumonia
shot. For information, call Anna or
Debbie at (863) 357-2197.
Free pregnancy
tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, is now available to
offer free pregnancy testing to girls
and women of all ages. We offer
free and confidential pregnancy
tests, peer counseling, referrals for
a free ultrasound, parenting classes
and abstinence education. Operat-
ing hours are from 10 a.m. until 4
p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Parenting classes are held at 7 p.m.
on Tuesday. We are located at
1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from
the movie theatre. If you would like
more information on this or set an


appointment for a free pregnancy
test please call (863) 763-8859.
Blood donors
are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is look-
ing 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. Par-
rott 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 need-
ed. There is no upper age limit, and
most medications and conditions
are acceptable. Diabetes and blood
pressure donations can also be
accepted. A picture ID is needed for
all donors.
Childbirth education
classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will hold childbirth edu-
cation classes at the Florida Com-
munity Health Center, 308 N.W.
Fifth Ave. For information, call the
Healthy Siart office at (863) 462-
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Brahmans drop season opener 5-3


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Brahman
baseball team dropped their sea-
son opener against the Port St.
Lucie Jaguars 5-3 Tuesday
evening at Brahman Field.
The game began with a Jaguar
making it to first through a Brah-
man error. A base hit, followed by
a double to left field brought in
two runs to put the Jaguars on
the board.
Brahman Devon Venables
made it to first on a walk, bring-
ing up Jeremiah Payne. Payne
slammed the ball down the left
field line for a double and moved
Venables into scoring position.
But, the Brahmans were unable
reach home and the inning
ended with the Jaguars up 2-0.
Neither team scored in the
second inning.
In the top of the third, a walk
and an Okeechobee balk
advanced the runner to second
base. Following another walk,
the Jaguars hit a sacrifice fly to
bring in one runner. The score
was now 3-0.
The fourth inning saw Bryce


Buckner step to the mound for
the Brahmans. The Jaguars
scored another two runs on
RBI's, bringing the score to 5-0.
The score remained at 5-0
through the top of the sixth
inning.
Cameron Tewksbury reach
first on a walk, bringing Jonathan
Crawford to the plate. Crawford
hit a hard double to left field,
moving Tewksbury to third. Kory
Wiggs grounded out to the
Jaguars shortstop but earned an
RBI as Tewksbury raced home.
The seventh inning began
with the Jaguars still up 5-1. The
Brahmans made short work of
the Jaguars in the seventh and
came to the plate with renewed
energy.
Luke Blomberg started it off
for the Brahmans by bunting his
way to first base. Venables
ground out moved Blomberg to
third base. Payne's single to left
brought Blomberg home. The
score was now 5-2.
Kyle Buckner doubled to left
field and brought home another
run. But, a win was not in the
cards for the Brahmans. Their


&.


COeecnobee News. Lorna Jablonski
Dustin Stokes took to the mound Tuesday evening in the
Brahmans' season opening game against the Jaguars of
Port St. Lucie. The Jaguars defeated the Brahmans 5-3.


scoring drive came to an end with
a strike out and an out on first.
The Brahmans will be on the
road tonight at South Fork. They
will see action on Saturday
against the Crusaders of Cardinal


Newman High School before
returning to Okeechobee on
Tuesday, Feb. 20 to take on the
Golden Rams of John Carroll
High School. The game is sched-
uled to begin at 7 p.m.


Brahman tennis team


gears up for new season


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School
boys' and girls' tennis teams are
gearing up for their 2007 season.
Their first home match will take
place against the Port St. Lucie
Jaguars on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at
the Okeechobee Sports Com-
plex, 580 N.W. 27th Lane. The
match will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Brahman boys' head coach
Dave Ellis, a six-year Brahman
veteran coach (52-39), is looking
forward to improving last sea-
son's record of 4-14 with five
returning starters and seven
returning lettermen. Those
returning starters will be seniors
Logan Perry and Bhevesh Patel;
juniors Bobby Spelts and Elj
Cabansay; and sophomore
Corey White. Other returning
players are senior Josh Solis and
junior Kyle Walker. Freshmen
Zach Fowler, Alex Nielson and
Bradley Williams will round out
the boys' team.
When asked what Coach Ellis
felt were the team's strengths, he
replied, "They are hard workers,
have great attitudes and are solid
players." He stated that sports-
manship makes the Brahman
team stand out from other
teams.
"I can't say a negative thing
about any player," stated Ellis.
The team's weaknesses,
according to Ellis, are the lack of
a star player, lack of tournament
practice players and the fact that
some of his players are still
involved in other sports.
Their team positions are (1)
Spelts, (2) White, (3) Cabansay,


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Alyssa Wright will lead the
Lady Brahman tennis team
as their top seeded player.
(4) Perry, (5) Walker, (6) Patel,
(7) Fowler, (8) Nielson, (9) Solis
and (10) Williams.
The Lady Brahmans will
return to the courts as last year's
district champions (15-3).
They will be led by veteran
coach by Jay Huffman. Alyssa
Wright is currently the number
one seed for the Lady Brahmans.
Their goal for the season will
be to repeat as last season's
champions. Returning players
for the Lady Brahmans will be


Bobby Spelts will be back this season for the Brahman Boys'
tennis team as the top seed.


Kari Berger, Jami Fadley, Alyssa
Wright, Rina Boswell and
Brooke Ragamat. New players to
the team are Shaina Ragamat,
Kathleen Turner and Katie Walk-
er.
Coach Huffman feels that the
team's strength lies in its depth
even though several players are
currently out due to sickness or
injury. He feels that their weak-
nesses are the injuries and the
fact that most are very young
players.


Submitted photo/Sunni Adams
On Feb. 5 and 6, belt advancement testing was held at Russ Adams Taekwondo America.
Thirty-two students participated in the program. Those participating in the testing were (in
no particular order) Jesus Yanez, Bryce Clark, Donnie Watson, Jr., TJ McKenna, McKayla
Skinner, Maliah Wright, Dracia Peacock, Tyler Fairtrace, Kayla Simpson, Mia Lazaro, Tiffany
Frederick, Disan Hernandez, Jr., Kimberly Hernandez, Alex Hernandez, Jeremy Clark,
Michael Lazaro, Ruth McKenna, Tiffany Bowers, Zackery Clark, Michelle Byrd, Norman
Graves, Paula Hillan-McLaury, Disan Hernandez, Sr., Kimberly Marker, Anthony Hernandez,
Tony Bowers III, Tara McKenna, Cody Raulerson, Travis McKenna, Johnathan Guitron, Aaron
Porter and Juliet Skinner. Senior instructor Russ Adams and instructor trainee Adams Joyce
were also in attendance.

Students test for belt advancement


Belt advancement testing
took place at Russ Adams Taek-
wondo America on Feb. 5 and 6.
Thirty-two students took part in
the testing.
The results are: white to yel-
low belt-Michelle Byrd and Paula
Hillan-McLaury. Orange to green
belt-Tyler Fairtrace, Norman
Graves and T.J. McKenna. Green
to senior green belt-Tiffany Bow-


ers, Tony Bowers III, Tiffany
Frederick, Kimberly Hernandez,
Disan Hernandez, Sr., Mia
Lazaro, Ruth McKenna, Tara
McKenna, Dracia Peacock, Juliet
Skinner and Jesus Yanez. Senior
green to blue belt-Bryce Clark,
Michael Lazaro and Kimberly
Marker. Blue to senior blue belt-
Jeremy Clark, Zac Clark, Alex
Hernandez, Anthony Hernan-


dez, Disan Hernandez, Jr. and
Travis McKenna. Senior blue to
brown belt-Donnie Watson, Jr.
Brown to senior brown belt-
Maliah Wright. Senior Brown to
red belt-Cody Raulerson and
McKayla Skinner. Red to senior
red belt-Kayla Simpson. First
degree black to first degree sen-
ior black belt-Johnathan Guitron
and Aaiuiio Portei.


Robert Rodriguez stepped up to the plate to start off the
Brahmans' season opener against the Port St. Lucie Jaguars
Tuesday evening at Brahman Field. The Brahmans came up
short 5-3.

Sports Briefs


Lil' Brahmans
baseball sign-ups
Chobee Lil' Brahmans baseball,
Little League ages 5-12 year old
sign-ups will be held in the Wal-
Mart parking lot on Saturday and
Sunday, Feb. 17 and 18, from 10
a.m. until 4p.m.
For information call James
Shockley at (863) 634-3482; or
Albian Crowell at (863) 697-2576.
Golf tourney
benefits Ranch
The Peoria Investment Group
(P.I.G.S.) League of the Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club will
sponsor a benefit 18-hole golf tour-
nament for Real Life Children's
Ranch on Saturday, Feb. 24.
The tournament will begin at 8
a.m. with a shotgun start.
The cost to enter is $50 per per-
son or $200 per team. Sponsor-
ships are available at $100 per tee.
Entry fees will include golf and
lunch.
All proceeds will go directly to
the care and operation of the
Ranch.
For information, contact the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club at (863) 763-6228.


Bass club will meet
Taylor Creek Bass Club will hold
its monthly meeting on Thursday,
March 8, at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 beginning at 7 p.m.
The club holds its meetings on the
second Thursday of each month
with bass tournaments being held
the following weekend. New
member boaters and non-boaters
are welcome. For information con-
tact Dave Stout at (863) 467-2255.
Fun shoot
benefits Hospice
A 100 target fun shoot will be
held Saturday, March 24, at Quail
Creek Plantation, 1907 N.E. 224th
St., to benefit Hospice of Okee-
chobee. Gorge and Mary Beth
Cooper will provide lunch, and
Davey Raulerson will provide the
swamp cabbage. There will also be
prize giveaways. Fax registration
requests to (863) 763-7856; or, call
Hospice of Okeechobee at (863)
467-2321 for information.
Adult baseball
players needed
Adult (18 and over) players are.
wanted for a men's baseball team.
If interested, contact George at
(863) 634-7657.


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At the Movies

The following movies are
now showing at the Brahman
Theatres III.
Movie times for Friday, Feb. 9,
through Thursday, Feb. 15, are as
follows:
Theatre I -"Dream Girls" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Mon-
day at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m.
Theatre II "Norbit" (PG-13}
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre III "Arthur & the
Invisibles"(PG) Showtimes: Fri-
day 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
movies; and, matinees are $4.
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Auctions 105
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Card of Thanks 120
in Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160


CEMETERY PLOTS, 3 adjoin-
ing lots in Bassinger Ceme-
tery. $2100 (252)456-3012


Will baby sit one child in my
home. For more information
call 863-357-9989


DOGS (2) Both Brown...Found
in Fort Drum area on 2/1st.
Contact Animal Control of
Okeechobee 863-357-3225
FOUND: Smiley faces and
photos belonging to Kathe-
rine. Return to Hospice to re-
trieve.
GOATS (2)- Call
(863)357-3225
TAB- Tabby, white & rust.
Very friendly. Vic. South
West Okeechobee,
(863)763-4004


BEAGLE- (M) 8 mos old,
wearing blue harness, micro-
chip, needs meds. Tri color
(772)418-2569/879-1718
GOLDEN LAB, Vic. of Okee-
chobee Estates, last seen on
2/2/07, missing from yard,
Family pet, dearly missed.
(863)610-1476 or 763-7205
JACK RUSSELL (f): Black &
white, lost on prairie.
863-354-7480
LOST DOG REWARD!!! Walker
Hound. Looks like a big Bea-
Ial. Okee. Little Farms area.
954)793-3203/547-7333
MALE PIT BULL- chocolate
w/white chest, vic of Country
Hills Estates. Reward
(863)763-4841

ADOPTION- Boxer mix, Gold-
en Retriever mix, Eng Setter
mix, Choc Lab mix. Must
qualify (863)763-4333
CAT, Large male, mature, very
friendly & affectionate. To
good home. (863)763-4109
COON HOUND (m): Black &
tan, very lovable but likes to
dig, free to good home.
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in a library preferred. Excellent
computer skills. Excellent oral
and written communication. I
Catalog, classify and process
library materials. Assist patrons
in finding information needed.
Fax applications/resumes to
954-967-3477.



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FISHING TACKLE YARD SALE
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Fri.-Sun., Feb. 16th-18th
9a.m. 4p.m.

TREASURE ISLAND: Fri & Sat,
Feb 16 & 17, 8am ?, next
door to 3327 SE 27th St.
Held inside a mobile home /
rain or shine! Collectibles,
yarn, crystal, adult scooter &
lots of misc items.

Tall Guy- Secure, Profes., To
meet Attractive Gal or Fdriends
for Dining, Traveling, etc. Call
(863)946-3123 Lets meet!


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



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ability to speak Spanish a plus.
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nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
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Immediate Openings CNAs
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Merchandise

4fITI i'&M


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, Unas 2 Fabric 595
Fireplace Fixture 500
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/SuppUes/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740


CARRIER PURON- New, 1.5
ton. Cools/Heats 600 sq ft,
'2005, Never used. Needs fan/
motor $300. (863)471-9582
DUCTLESS 10K BTU AIR
COND- Brand new still in
box, on wheels, $350
(863)983-4314 Clewiston
WINDOW UNIT, Like new,
cools 1 room, used 2 or 3
times. $50 (863)610-3620


JELLY CUPBOARD, Oak,
NICE, must see! $350 or
best offer. (863)675-8182
SECRETARY DESK, Mahoga-
ny, serpentine, slant front. Ball
& claw feet w/key. $750-or
best offer. (863)675-8182
WOOD HIGHCHAIR- Needs
some refinishing and 1
spring, $40 (863)824-0512


REFRIGERATOR, Almond,
works great. $175
(863)357-6315
REFRIGERATOR- Maytag, 2
years old, with ice maker,
paid $700, asking $200.
(239)657-5760
STOVE: GE, electric. Oven
does not work but burners in
excellent condition. $75.
863-946-3822
WASHER & DRYER, Whirl-
pool, over 10 years old but in
good working condition.
100/both. (863)763-2458



CINDER BLOCKS- approxi-
mately 1000 blocks. Asking
$1000 or best offer
(863)673-5540
FORMICA COUNTER, 16',
Stainless sink, facets, spray-
er, garbage disposal & 12'
bar. $500. (863)467-8681
HALF CULVERTS- $600 or will
sell separate. Size 18x20ft,
(863)763-7548
METAL FLOOR FRAME, for
10x12x14' utility shed, $30.
(863)675-7350


Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.




Licensed & Insured

863.763.5650
1551 N.W. 24th Drive
Okeechobee
License #765
SLIDING DOORS (2), With
screen, 74.5"h x 34.51"w
$75 (863)467-6868
STAIN & SEALENT- 5 Gallon
containers, Exc. for wood
fences, decks, New, $75
(863)697-2032

As & Is

COACH LEATHER BUSINESS
BAG w/laptop compartment,
men's, black, barely.used.
$100 neg. 863-447-0002


STROLLER, Cool Stride Jog-
ger, aluminum, $1.00
(863)983-4940


BOOTS: Nocona, 12 1/2 width
4A. $125. 863-673-5159
PANTS & SHIRTS, size 3X,
new, name brands with tick-
ets, $30 will separately.
(954)237-4846 Clewiston
PROM DRESSES- Precious
formal, Alyce, Joli, Several to
choose from. Sz small. $300
or sell sep. (863)635-6677
WINTER COAT: Liz Claiborne,
black, full length, size 6.
$50.863-447-0002 ,
WOMEN CLOTHES- Size 7-9.
$100. or will separate.
(239)440-3327



192G-1950's. $195 for all,
will sep. (863)936-2700


COCA COLA COOLER:
3.5Tx2.5'W. Holds up to 48
cans or bottles. Very good
cond. $125. (863)467-0627
DOLL COLLECTION: Crystal
and Fenton Glass. $200 of
will -sell separately.
863-484-0289
ELVIS COLLECTION: Many
items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $350
neg. (863)467-0627
ELVIS RECORD & SOUVENIR
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $1000 all or
best offer. 863-824--3358



COMPUTER: Dell Dimension
4550, Windows XRP, Pentium 4,
30GB, 256K.RAM, GDRW,
speakers & more. $400.
863-763-5316
COMPUTER DESK: Large, with
adjustable height, good con-
dition $50 or best offer
(561)676-0427
DELL COMPUTER- XP, Office,
games, Fast, $149
(863)843-0158
DELL P4 COMPUTER SYS.,
80 GB, 512 MB. XP Pro,
DVD RW, KB/M/Spkr.
$399. (863)843-0158
PRINTER, Lexmark & HP 4in1
Scanner/Printer, $20 will sell
separately. (954)237-4846
Clewiston


KILN Paragone, used. $200
FIRM. (863)675-0550 La-
belle.


BED, Queen, Serta, pillowtop,
mattress, boxspring & frame.
Only slept on 5 times. $300
(434)942-2889
CHEST, $30. (863)467-1325


BOOKSHELVES/ENT. CTR., 3
interlocking units, 30"x72",
dark oak w/rattan doors,
$450 neg. (863)635-6905
BR SET, 5 pc., 2 nightstands,
headboard, tall dresser &
Dresser w/mirror, $250 or
best offer. (863)634-1358
BR SET, king sz., 4 poster bed
w/pillow top mattress, Ig.
dresser w/mirror & chest,
$1200 neg. (863)635-6905
CHAIRS 6: High back, 2 cap-
tain, egg shell, padded seats,
light & dark wood. Pd. $2000
Now $400.863-357-2233
COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops. $250/all.
(863)674-0467.
COFFEE TABLES, (4), $80 will
sell separately.
(863)467-1325
DAY BED: With trundle bed,
wrought iron frame, nice.
$200. LaBelle area.
.(863)675-1138
DRESSER, Mahogany, Long
with 3 drawers on each side,
,.pgn doorsin 'middle w/2 Ig.
Smirt ors. $150 (239)324-2115
DIASSERS-'3piece set with
mirror, Bassett, solid oak,
Never used. Asking $1000.
(863)532-1351
LOVESEAT FRAME, Custom
made,, cypress, $300
(239)340-8503
MATTRESSES (2), Queen,
Serta, brand new in plastic.
$1000 for both or will separ-
ate. (863)612-5283
RECLINER, Burgundy, $15 or
best offer. (863)946-3622
RECLINER, Medium gray with
thin blue lines. $60
(863)612-9831 Labelle
TV STAND- solid wood,
bought at Rustic Furniture
$300 (863)634-7629
TWIN BED- headboard, Sealy
mattress & boxspring, bed-
spread, $40 (863)357-1499
WOLF COFFEE TABLE, Limit-
ed edition, 2 large gray
wolves. $200
(239)340-8503



GOLF CLUBS- Complete set,
metal woods, irons, putter &
Callaway BB #1, ladies 10
clubs. $185.863-946-3123
GOLF CLUBS- Kid size, Good
condition. $20.
(863)634-3659


REVOLVER 32 & 22 RIFLE-
asking $275 or will sell sep-
arate(502)931-8101
Ruger Carbine, 44 Magnum,
semi auto, old style, $450.
(304)667-7855
SMITH & WESSON- Highway
Patrolman model 28, 357
mag, 4" bbl., target sights
$375 (937)215-0307



NORDIC TRACK, Back &
stomach machine. $60
(863)612-9831 Labelle
TREADMILL- ProForm 585,
Electric. Good condition
$150. (863)697-1486
TREADMILL- Proform Ad-
vanced. Heart rate monitor,
cool air fan, cushioned deck
$475 (863)763-0625
TREADMILL, Weslow Ca-
dence DX 5, with :safe key, fit-
ness guide, 4 spds, cupholder,
folds. $100 (863)467-8184


NECKLACE: 18 kt., 20" with
ruby & crucifix on nugget. Like
new $800 Firm.
(863)357-2233 Okee. area.
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TABLE LAMPS- 3,
condition.
(863)467-8681


Excellent
$30.


Outdoor


PATIO TABLE- 42"x60" & 4
chairs. $100. or best offer.
(863)467-4567


BUZZ AROUND SCOOTER-
Max weight 300 lbs. Orig.
cost $1395. Barely used.
$600. (863)675-6347
HANDICAP SCOOTER: Pride
Legend, 3 wheel. $495 firm.
863-635-7273
SCOOTER, CRAFTMATIC 4 whl.
electric, barely used, new bat-
teries. Pd. $5,000, asking
$1500. 863-532-0399 aft 5pm.
WHEELCHAIR- Electric, Im-
age, 1 year old. Excellent
condition. $500.
(863)467-0043


AUTO LUGGAGE CARRIER-
18cu ft Sears Excargo. Ex-
cellent condition. $65.
(863)610-0412
LIFE VESTS, (9), youth to
adult XXL sizes, like new,
valued at $370, sell $200
will sep. (863)763-0669
NEXTEL PHONE, 1710, Great
condition. $125 or best offer.
(239)986-0296



BANJO, Harmony 5 string,
Made in USA, brand new,
very pretty. $100
(863)763-1521
CUSTOM BUILT GUITAR
CABINET: 77"T x 42"W, 2
solid doors & shelf, $350 or
best offer(561)633-1371
PIANO: Digital, KORG, 76
keys. Good condition. $75.
(863)763-4821



BROTHER FAX/COPY MA-
CHINE- in great condition,
asking $50 (863)763-0669




BULL MASTIFF PUPS- 4 mos
old, 2m, 2f, red fawn, AKC,
Vet Cert. Champ bloodline,
dame & sire on location
$1200 (863)646-7329
FISH TANKS, (2), 10 gallon,
with 9 fish & all accessories,
$75. (863)675-3793
KING'S PARROT CAGES (2):
Extra large, excellent condi-
tion. $600 or will separate.
863-675-1194
Lady Gouldian Finch, beautiful
colors, $80. (863)610-2126
NETHERLAND DWARF RAB-
BIT: $15, (863)610-0843
PEKINGESE- Male, 3 mo. old.
Can be reg. CKC. $400.
(863)763-7666 or 697-2631


POOL TABLE- regulation size,
rack, balls & que, $600
(863)983-4314 Clewiston



SPEAKER BOXES- For 10"
speaker. Good condition.
$40. (239)440-3327
SUB WOOFERS- 4, Memphis
12's in a custom ported box.
Brand new. $400. or best of-
fer. (863)634-6476


BIG SCREEN 42", works
ood, just needs a home.
400/neg. (863)634-1220
COLOR TV- Sharp 13", 2 yrs
old. Seldom used. $25.
(863)674-1662
RCA WEB TV: Get on Internet
& email w/out computer. 2
system. $50. Will separate.
(863)674-1662


HONDA GENERATOR- 3500
watt, good working condi-
tion, has wheels, $350 neg
(419)566-3796 cell (Okee)
PRESSURE WASHER: 2550
PSI, Craftsman. $350.
863-673-5159
TABLE SAW, 10" with stand.
$75 or best offer.
(863)674-5770


TABLE SAW, Craftsman, 10",
with stand, $125.
(863)675-7350
WELDER, 2005 Miller Maxstar
150 STL, portable. $850 or
best offer. (863)673-3518
WELDER, Hobart, portable,
260 amp, $600
(863)634-5421
WELDER- Lincoln Ranger
G8000, Gasoline engine, Air
cooled. $2300. or best offer.
(239)707-4068


FOOTBALL TABLE, Like new,
all wood, barely used, paid
$200, asking $150 firm.
(863)467-8184


MP3 PLAYER- Samsung, 2gb,
brand new, $125
(863)675-1033
SPEAKERS: Pro Studio Mock
3 w/ 15" woofers, great
shape. $220 or best offer.
863-634-6949


MOUNTED FISH & WILDLIFE
older sports things, wooden
statues,& anything interest-
ing, etc (863)946-3123
WANTED: FLORIDA ART
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G.Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A..Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567

Agriculture I

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erenilizer Ub5
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies O60
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




FARM TRACTOR- John Deere
Model 4050. Make Offer
(863)673-2879


ARAB / PAINT COLT: 3 yrs.
Will sell for $4000 or trade
for registered older Arab
mare. 863-357-3369
BAY THOROUGHBRED- Mare
15 yr old rideable with 4 mo
old filly. $1500.
(863)467-7295
CHILD HORSE- 10 yrs old.
13.2, Dapple Palomino. Very
gentle. $1100.
(863)467-7295
GILDING: 4 yrs, AQHA, broke /
trained, roam, for 4H Club.
$1500 neg. 954-805-5133
HART GOOSENECK TRAILER,
'91, 3 stalls needs some
body work, $1800 or best
offer. (863)201-3492
MARE, 12 yrs. old. Rides well.
Coggins & All Shots. Good
disposition. $2000 or best of-
fer. 863-675-2215 LaBelle
MINI MARE, very cute, current
on all shots,. easy keeper,
$600. (863)763-3253 or
(561)718-1212
PAINT MARE- 3yrs old, have
been broke, $1900
(863)697-2199
QH Filly, 10 mos. old, halter
broke, very sweet, gentle,
$500. Call Sharon
(239)707-5423



CHIPPER SHREDDER- Crafts-
man, 5 hp Briggs & Straton
engine. Good condition.
$225. (863)610-0412


JOHN DEERE L TRACTOR,
$2500 (863)234-9595
LAWN MOWER: Craftsman,
rear engine, snapper, many
new parts, old but runs
good. $550. 863-983-7807
RIDING LAWN MOWER, Snap-
per, 12hp, 30" deck, $500.
(863)763-4209
RIDING MOWER: Dixon, 42"
with 15.5hp Craftsman new
motor. Left side needs adjust-
ment. $300 (239)986-0296
RIDING MOWER: Snapper.
$400. 863-675-8141
YARD ROLLER- 2ftx4ft.
$75.(863)467-9744


REG BRANGUS BULLS-
asking $2000 (863)357-3770


Rentals



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



CLOSE TO TOWN: 2BR Only
$825 mo. which includes wa-
ter bill. Pets okay upon ap-
proval. Call 561-255-4377
OKEECHOBEE: 2br, 2ba, 2
story ap t. In Kings Bay, No
pets. $800/mo. + $800.
Sec. Dep. (561)248-5311 or
(863)697-8728
OKEECHOBEE: Lg lbr & 2br
In town, water access to lake,
No pets, $750/mo + util. 1st
& sec. (863)634-0322
TAYLOR CREEK CONDOS:
lbr/1ba, partially furnished.
Call for details.
561-352-4243


RESTAURANT & BAR SPACE
FOR RENT: 5800 sq. ft. in
Okeechobee County, just
outside of town. Heavy Traffic
Area. Formerly Barlow's Rest.
For more info. 561-662-3169



OKEECHOBEE- 2+ acres, C-2
Commercial, $399,000, Pos-
sible docking station, 2800
+- sf slab, City Water, &
Septic, 4895 Hwy 441 SE,
Owner/Agent. Call Charles
(863)634-0584


BHR, DWMH, 2+BR/2BA,
Sool, jacuzzi & sunroom,
ake access w/boathouse,
nice Fla. rm., $1200 mo., 1st
last & sec., possible rent to
own. (863)763-1673
DUPLEX FOR RENT: 3br/lba
with laundry room. $775/mo.
1st, last & security of $500.
Call 863-763-4414.
HOUSE FOR RENT: 2br/1ba by
Kissimmee River. $500/mo.
1st mo & sec dep to move in.
No Dogs! Call 561-746-5852
LEHIGH ACRES
2BR/2BA
$172,500
(239)839-1135
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1 Ever-
Slade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
561-248-3888/863-599-0156
OKEECHOBEE: 3br/1ba, cen-
tral air. $800 / mnth.
863-763-8058
RENT TO OWN:
Everglades Elem area, 3/2/2,
Bruised Credit Okay. $3000
down. $1500 mo. with $300
going towards down payment.
Call 863-467-0128
TREASURE ISLAND- 2br, 1 ba,
Unfurn duplex, Avail 2/15,
$700/mo, appi incld, W/D,
(239)707-5155



-BRAND NEW OFFICES-
Located on West side of new
Courthouse. Now Available.
Call Judy at (863)467-0831
Q Great Location!
OFFICE
SPACES
(1) 450S.E downstairs &
*(2) 900 S.F.1 upstairs
& 1 downstairs.
Close proximity to new
court house. 863-763-4740


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



Fixer Upper, selling as is, well
& septic incl., 3BR/2BA, on
private lot, good neighbor-
ood, $60,000.
(863)261-2307 'or
863)763-1550
GLADES CO: 100 acre land
auction on 03/31/07. Owner
/ agent brokers welcome.
www.100acreauction.com


JUST ON THE MARKET
3BR/2BA/2 car garage, CBS
home on 1.15 acres, Lazy 7
area, built 2001,1,774 sq. ft.
living area. Owner motivated
to-sell. 7775 SW 9th St,
Okeechobee. (863)467-8539
OPEN HOUSE ~
Sat., Feb., 17th, 9am-3pm &
Sun., Feb. 18th, Noon-3pm
1401 S.E. 8th Dr. 3BR/2BA
Pool & Fireplace. Price
Negotiable. (863)763-2461


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CHOICE OF 3BR OR 2 BR DBL
WIDES. No pets, early lease,
starting @ $650/mo + se-
curity deposit. 863-763-4031
NEAR 128th St. Dble. Wide,
4BR/2BA, private on large par-
cel. $1000/mo. + 1st, last &
sec. No pets. 863-697-3247
OKEE., On Rim Canal 1br
$150. per wk. Min. down &
2br $200. per wk. Min. down
Call 863-634-1802
OKEECHOBEE, 3BR/2BA,
Brand new, waterfront, all new
appl's 4incl. w/d, lake access.
$1200/mo. (954)610-5345



BHR Resort, 12x40, Fla. room
20x12, furnished, $38,000,
land rent $300 mo. on Rim
Canal. (863)467-8269
OKEECHOBEE- 2BR, Florida
room, CA/Heat, furnished,
W/D, freezer, carport. In
adult park.. $14,900
(863)763-7927
OKEECHOBEE, 2BR/1BA, with
FL room, 14x48 concrete car-
port, 8x12 outbuilding w/dou-
ble sink & washer/dryer, fish
cleaning station, grapefruit,
orange & banana trees, a/c
with heat, furniture included,
immediate possession in adult
park. Inquire at Lot 134 at
Town & Country Park.
(615)804-2474 or
(863)763-2166.
PARK MODEL: 4 yrs old, like
new, w/bay window, furnmished
Stevens, 78 West. Immed occ.
$20K. 859-582-6943

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ALUM LOWE: 14' w/trailer,
New tires & wheel bearings,
15hp, mercy, MK troll mtr.
$2000 firm. 863-224-5017
ANGLER '82, 21ft., walk
around cuddy, 140hp John-
.son, trailer, nice boat, must
see. $5500 (561)670-3636
BASS BOAT '88: 16' Lowe,
40hp Johnson, with galva-
nized trailer. $2500. or best
offer. (863)763-3660
BOAT- 17.6 ft, center console,
115 Mariner, T-top, Trailer,
Good condition. $2000.
(863)902-0477
CAROLINA SKIFF: 16ft cc, 70
hp Johnson trolling motor,
biminy top trailer. $2500.
863-634-0164
EVINRUDE ENGINE- Outboard,
35 HR good runner, all con-
trols, elec. start, $500 or
best offer (937)215-0307
NITRO BASS BOAT- 21' on
dual axle. 175 Evin motor.
Extras. $2000. or best offer.
(863)763-6138
PALM BEACH- '1998, Center
console, 19', 115 hp Yama-
ha low hrs, 71lbs thrust, '03
trolling motor, Many extras.
Good cond. $8000. Neg.
(863)763-0144
POLAR '98- Saltwater series,
90hp Yamaha, centercon-
sole, Bimini top, trolling mo-
tor, trir, $6500 neg
(863)634-0164


PONTOON BOAT, 20', Sweet-
water, bimini top, fish finder,
trolling motor, no trailer,
$3250. (863)467-6441


ALLEGRO 32BA '03- work
horse, 20K, 2 slides, no
smoking/pets, exc cond.
$55,000 neg (317)431-9561
AUTOFORMER: By HUGHES
30 amp, voltage booster &
surge protection for RV's
$275.863-610-1120
CAMPER '88: Pop-up, sips 6,
stove, porta-potty, solid
sides w/real windows, awn-
ing, $1295. (863)805-0272
CARIBOU 12FT, overhead
camper, refrig, AC, full bath,
MWO, 4 jacks, $4500 or
best offer (863)467-6484
COUGAR '03, 5th Wheel,
28.5ft long with super slide &
attachments. $18,900. 2004
Dormax Diesel also avail.
(863)675-1474
JAYCO '92, 32 ft., w/porch &
shed. Furnished. In Hendry Sa-
bal Palms Cmpgrnd. in Palm
Dale. $7000. (863)675-7145
MALLARD '78: Class C Type,
clean & in good cond, reno-
vated in '97, new tires, a/c,
awning, battery, radiator &
windshield recently. Current
mileage 69k. Asking $6995.
Call 863-675-7743 or
205-395-6018.
PARK MODEL 35'- Furnished,
all appl., full length Florida
room, vinyl windows,
screened, shed, located at
Lakeside RV Park. $7500
(863)763-7927
TRUCK CAMPER '94: Like new
condition, self contained,
shower, toilet & kitchen.
$3500 neg. 863-634-2362


CARRIAGE '03: 32', 2 slides,
GelCoat, loaded, many extras!
CHEVY DURAMAX '03: 57K,
w/ PullRite attachment.
$52,000 total or $25,500 for
carriage. 574-215-2663
FIFTH WHEEL HITCH- Excel-
lent condition. $500. or best
offer. (863)697-0158
REESE SLIDER 16k FIFTH
WHEEL HITCH, all reels &
hardware, fits any full sz.
truck, $500. (863)357-1784



BOAT TRAILER: 2005, Drive
On $2000. See @ Awesome
Self Storage. 6489 US 44 SE
Okee. (772)597-5001



BOAT TRAILER: For 16 18
-Ft Boat New bunks & paint.
Good condition. $450.
(863)357-5754


HARLEYS- garage kept,
1999 883 Hugger $4000,
1993 Dyna Wide oGli
$9500 (863)634-9474
HONDA CRF250R '05, Like
new, $5000 or best offer.
(863)467-1274
KAWASAKI Eliminator 250 '01
clean bike, runs great.
, $1400 or best offer.
863-634-2423 Iv.msg.
MINIBIKE, old school, runs,
$250. (863)532-9700
SCOOTER- '04 RC Moto,
50cc, Yellow, No license re-
quired. Excellent condition
$650. (304)667-7855
Suzuki Katana 750, '01, 10k
mi., Yoshimura exhaust,
w/helmet, gold platinum col-
or, $3250. (863)634-5781



FOUR WHEELER, 2004 Polaris
Predator 500, has Fox Rac-
ing Suspension & Nerf Bars.
$4500 neg. (863)634-2839
GO-PED, not running, $50.
(863)532-9700
SUZUKI OZARK 250, '02, 4
wheeler, garaged, runs like
new, turn key ready, $2400
neg. (863)697-9884


NOMAD- '92, 32', New FL/rm,
Furnished. Lot #19 on Canal
in Fijian Park. $6500. Neg.
Cell# 765-617-00155
PULL TRAILER: 30ft, good
cond, new fridge, gas stove,
Ir, dinette, br, ba. $2500.
863-467-9621

Automobiles

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BMW 5351- '86, Brand new
18" chrome rims. Needs new
alternator. $2500.
(561)983-3811
CADILLAC DEVILLE '90, Runs,
needs minor work, $400 or
best offer. (863)763-4333
CAMARO Z28 '80: all original,
350 auto, power windows.
Great restoration project. $1200
(863)634-6601 Iv msg.
CHEVY CAVALIER '97- must
sell, great condition, cold
AC, $2400 or best offer
(863)357-3369
CHRYSLER LEBARON- '92,
Convertible, New tires & top.
Runs. $500. (863)902-0477


ELECTRIC CAR, '76 Sebring
Vanguard, $2500
(863)234-959595
FORD ESCORT 1995 Wagoh,
Runs very good. $1400
(863)675-7758/234-9097
FORD ESCORT- '88, 4 dr, New
battery. Needs work. Must
sell. $500. (863)357-6315
Ford T-Bird '94 & Mercury
Cougar '88: excellent body,
bad motors, have motors.
$600 neg. (561)676-0427
FORD THUNDERBIRD '97: V8,
great shape. $2500. Call Dot
at 863-763-4903
HONDA ACCORD, '89, 2 door,
stick shift, white, runs great,
priced to sell FAST! $600.
(863)634-1664
MERCURY GRAND MARQUEE
LS- '02, 40K mi., 1 owner,
Fully loaded. Runs perfect.
$12,000. (863)357-2678



CONST. SCAFFOLD- 2 story,
with trailer, $1200 neg
(863)763-3451



CHEVY FLAT BED P/U '69,
350, 4 spd., 46" tires, $8000
or best offer. (772)370-0776
CHEVY SUBURBAN '89, 350,
auto., 4" lift, 36" Super
Swampers. $2500 or best
offer. (772)370-0776
DODGE RAM CHARGER- '86,
V-8, 360, 4x4, Very good
condition. $2500.
(863)634-5421
JEEP CJ5- '78, 304, V-8, 4x4,
$2000. or best offer.
(863)634-9547
JEEP CJ5 '81, 4 cyl., 4 spd.,
soft top & doors. $1700 or
best offer. (772)370-0776



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CLUB CAR '03, 48 volt, lights,
mirrors & windshield. $2500
(863)675-3499
GOLF CART: Club car, runs
ood but has rear end noise.
450.863-763-5316


CHEVY TRANSMISSION-
Granny, 4 speed, flywheel,
clutch & bell housing, $450
(863)697-3895
FRAME MOUNT TRAILER
HITCH, Trailer weight limit,
3500 .-lbs. $75
(863)467-0560
HOOD: Fits 80's 90's Ford
Van, new in box. $75.
561-633-1371
PLATE & BALL, For goose-
neck hitch mount in bed of
truck, fits bed of Ford F350.
$250 Neg(863)517-0519
RIMS, 22", 6 lug, with tires,
good condition, $1200.
863-634-4886 Iv. mrnsg.
TIRES (4) Super Swamper
LTB, 34 10/50 17's. $450.
(863)697-0845


CHEV 1 TON '92- with Reading
Utility body, low miles, runs
great, $3500 neg.,
(863)763-4149
CHEVY S10 '02: 6cyl, ac, new
front end tires, toolbox. Ask-
ing $6500.386-559-0537
CHEVY STEPSIDE, '97, runs
great, red, 114k mi., lots of
extras, $5500 or best offer;
(863)357-0516
CHEVY SUBURBAN, '95, 4
whl. dr., exc. cond., 90k mi.,
one owner, new tires,
$6000. (812)989-3022
DODGE DAKOTA '06: 4WD,
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. $23,900
negotiable. 239-898-6396
DODGE RAM 1500 MAG., '96,
AC, pwr steering & brakes,
auto overdrive, tow pkg, good
cond. $2500.863-674-0467.
FORD F350 1990 Dually, 360
engine, gas, single cab.
$1500 Firm. (863)763-3451
MAZDA B-3000, '02, New mo-
tor & tires. Cold A/C, Auto.
AM/FM CD. Runs great.
$8500. (863)634-1055
NISSAN FRONTIER '02- V6,
auto, 2wd, 40K mi., cold air,
new tires, grey cloth interior
$12000(863)697-6077
TOYOTA- '88, 4x4, 5 speed,
Ext. cab. Runs good Hwy or
woods. $2500. or best offer.
(863)634-9547


JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE, '98,
Limited Ed., 4x4, 5.21, 99k
mi., $5000. (863)763-5372


CHEVY LUMINA 93 Van, 3.1,
Runs good. $1600
(863)675-7758/234-9097
CHEVY LUMINA VAN '94,
3.1L, runs good, $1500 or
best offer. (863)447-5213
anytime
TOYOTA PREVIA VAN- '91,
Good running condition.
$800. If interested, call
863-610-1266. Van in Okee.
Your next job could be In
today's classfeds. Did
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Onkchnhoe Neaws Thursday. February 15. 2007


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SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the following
applications) for permit have been received for projects) in Okeechobee County:
Okeechobee Mining LLC (Daniel Shell Pit Phase 6) 403 SW 2nd St. Okeechobee, FL
34974, has submitted Application 070119-8 for modification of Water Use Permit
47-00537-W to dewater on undeveloped lands. The water will be withdrawn from
the Water Table Aquifer and the project is located in Section 36, Township 37 South,
Range 34 East.
Big Daddy Ranch LLC (Big Daddy Ranch) 10253 SW 128th Place, Miami, FL
33186, has submitted Application 061229-3 for modification of Everglades Agricul-
tural Area Lake Okeechlbee Works of the District Permit 47-00385-Q for 142 acres
of Improvedpasture lands discharging to S-191 (TC/NS). The project t Is located In
Sections 27,28, Township 35 South, Range 35 East.
Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a written request
for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agency action regarding the appli-
cation by writing to the South Florida Water Management District, Atn: Environmen-
tal Resource Regulation, PO Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680, but
such comments or requests must be received by 5:00 PM within 21 days from the
date of publication,
No further public notice will be provided regarding this applcation. A copy of the
staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of further proceedings.
Substantially affected persons are entitled to request an administrative hearing re-
garding the proposed agency action by submitting a written request therefore after re-
viewingthe staff report.
19190 ON 2/15/07,,

REQUEST FOR BIDS
AIRPORT SEGMENTED CIRCLE
RENOVATION CONTRACT
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY AIRPORT
Requirements: This contract seeks a qualified and experienced contractor to reno-
vate the Airport Segmented Circle consisting of twenty-three (23) 95 Inches x 36
inches x 4 inches, white-stained concrete blocks. The renovation consists of plac-
ing either new poured concrete or pre-formed concrete blocks over the existing con-
crete blocks. The new concrete blocks are to be reinforced with wire mesh, Class
A, and stained bright white.
Bids Accepted Through: March 15, 2007, at 4:00 p.m. Proposals received after
this date and time will be returned unopened.
Instructions: You may hand deliver or mail bids in a sealed envelope labeled "Air-
port Segmented Circle Renovation" to the Board of County Commissioners, 304
N.W. 2nd Street, Room 106, Okeechobee, FL 34972. For additional information
please contact Vernon Gray, Airport Manager, at 863-467-5505 or vgray@co.okee-
chobee.fl.us
Ray R.Domer, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, FL
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, FL
192665 ON 2/15/07'

PUBLIC WORKSHOP NOTICE
The South Florida Water Management District announces a public workshop to
which all interested parties are invited:
DATE: February 22, 2007
TIME: 10:00am-4:00 pm
LOCATION: Westgate River Ranch Resort; in the Lodge
(SR 60,30 miles west ofYeA-Haw Junction)
PURPOSE: an'eritey ssueas rn ui use n SFWMD owned lands on
the Lower Kissimmee Chain of Lakes

A copy of the issues to be discussed at the workshop can be obtained at
http://consensus.fsu.edu/FWC/kcl.html. or by contacting:
Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium
Florida State University
Shaw Bldg., Suite 132
2031 E. Paul Dirac Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32310
SFWMD Form No. 1075
192281 ON2/15/07


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
FAMILY LAW DIVISION
Case No. 2005 DR 808
IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF
RUTH R. LUNDBLOOM,
Petitioner/Wife,
and
MELVIN E. LUNDBLOOM,
RespondentHusband.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: MELVIN E. LUNDBLOOM "


YOU ARE HEREBY notified that a dissolu-
bion of marriage has been filed against
you, and you are required to serve a
copy of your written d f,,.,: ;f 3i'y
to it on HOWARD P. 'iEt.tJ
QUIRE, Attorney for the Wife, RUTH R.
LUNDBLOOM, whose business ad-
dress is: 3896 Bums Road, Suite 102,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, on or
before March 15, 2007, and file the
odrgina with the Clerk of this Court ei-
ther before service on the Wife's a uttor-
ney or immediately thereafter. If you
fai to do so, a default may be entered
against you for the relief demanded in
the petiton.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review these documents
upon requesL
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current
address. (You may file Notice of Cur-
rent Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.915.)
Future papers in this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record at the
clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
L .. P ,i ., F,... d.. r.i : ,. .jr ; cer-
tMi 1, i ,l: h il. .h..l.. ,,1 1roCd -
ments and information. Failure to

SHARON ROBERTSON,
Clerk Of The Court
By:/S/Arlene Nealls
Deputy Clerk
190258 ON 2/15,22;3/1,8/07 C
LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT
The Workforce Development Board of the
Treasure Coast Region 20 and the
Treasure Coast Job Training Consor-
: m I j 'l J ,n i p ,i M 1. ,,, .,F
1,il ..:i" f jr,- ll',Wllrl
Date&Time: Thursday, February 22,
2007-8:00 a.m. a
Place: Lawnwood Medical Center
1700 South 23rd Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
PURPOSE: To discuss matters concern-
ing the Workforce Investment Act,
Workforce Employment Opportunities,
the Welfare Transition Program, One-
Stop Career Centers and the Work-
force Development Board. A copy of
the agenda may be obtained by con-
tacting:
foce Develupment Board
or me I reasu asi
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100
Port St.Lucie, Florida 34986
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Board with re-
spect to any matter considered at the
above referenced meeting, they will
need to ensure a verbatim recording of
the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal Is based, in or-
der to provide a record for judicial re-
view.
191671 ON 2/15/07
LEGAL NOTICE
PUBLIC AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT
JOHN'S TOWING SERVICE STORAGE
LOT LOCATED AT 704 NORTHEAST
2ND AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL
34972 ON MARCH 2, 2007 AT 9:00
A.M. PURSUANT TO FLORIDA STAT-
UTE 713.78 FOR UNPAID TOWING
AND STORAGE CHARGES. YEAR
MAKE MODEL AND VIN ARE AS FOL-
LOWS:
19950Oldsmobile 4 Door
VIN#11G3CX52K6S4324375
TERMS OF SALE ARE CASH, AND NO
CHECKS WILL ACCEPTED. SELLER
RESERVES THE RIGHT OF FINAL BID.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL NO REFUNDS
WILL BE MADE I SAID AUTOMOBILES
WILL BE SOLD "AS IS" CONDITION
WITH NO GUARANTEE'S
192607 ON 2/15/07
NOTICE
The Board of County Commissioners
will convene a workshop at the Health
Department Auditorium on Thursday,
February 22, 2007 at 5:30 p.m., 1728
NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, FL
34972, to discuss the Okeechobee
County Visioning Process final report
with members of the project steering
committee.
Ray R. Domer, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee, Florida
191202 ON 2/15/07 .


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Community Events


Church hosting gospel meetings
The Okeechobee Church of Christ, 1401 S. Parrott Ave., will hold gospel meet-
ings beginning Sunday, Feb. 18, through Wednesday, Feb. 21. Guest speakers will
be: Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Don Jones of Stuart; Sunday, 6 p.m., Frank Parker of
Sebring; Monday, 7 p.m., Dan Jenkins of West Palm Beach; Tuesday, 7 p.m., David
Sproule of West Palm Beach;, and Wednesday 7 p.m., Taylor Hagood of Stuart. For
information, call (863) 763-4477.

Local area is Firewise Community
Indian Hammock will be recognized as a Firewise Community on Sunday, Feb.
18, at Indian Hammock's Community Center from 10:30 until 11 a.m. Firewise
Communities/USA goal is to encourage and acknowledge action that minimizes
home loss to wildfire. It teaches homeowners to prepare for a fire before it occurs.
The program adapts especially well to small communities, developments and resi-
dential associations of all types. For information call Melissa Yunas, wildfire mitiga-
tion specialist with the Division of Forestry, at (772) 219-1248.

Blackwood Brothers will be in concert
The Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace, will present the
Blackwood Brothers Quartet in concert on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. For informa-
tion, call (863) 467-7858.,

Red Cross hosting classes
The American Red Cross will hold the following health and safety classes at the
Okeechobee Branch office, 323 N. Parrott Ave.: adult CPR.- Wednesday, Feb. 21;
adult CPR Wednesday, March 7; first aid basics Monday, March 12; and
infant/child CPR Wednesday, March 28. All classes run from 6 until 8:30 p.m. -

Volunteer training session is slated
lTreasure Coast Hospices will hold a volunteer training session on Wednesday,
Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at their Big Lake Branch located at Marketplace,
3543 U.S. 441 S., in Okeechobee. Lunch will be provided. For information and to
register for training, call (863) 763-0707.

Show benefits camp for ill kids
The KOA Variety Show "A Wonderful World" will have the Bob Roberts Society
Band at the Orange Grove, the Happy Hoofers and other variety acts Thursday
through Saturday, Feb. 22, 23 & 24, at the KOA convention center, 4276 U.S. 441 S.
Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the show will start at 7 p.m. Admission is $6 at the
door. All proceeds benefit the KOA Care Camp Charity, a summer Camp for kids
with cancer.

Local fair group to meet Feb. 22
The Okeechobee County Fair Association will be meeting Thursday, Feb. 22, at
the Okeechobee County Extension Office on U.S. 98. All those interested in the
upcoming county fair are invited. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m.

Chamber hosting gun safety class
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave., will host a
gun safety and handling class in their offices on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. The
second segment of the class will be held at a shooting range on Saturday, Feb. 24.
Class participants will meet at the Chamber office at 8:30 a.m. and go to the range
from there. For information, contact the Chamber office at (863) 763-6464.

Chamber plans Coffee Klatch
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will be held
Thursday, Feb. 22, starting at 8 a.m. at Big Lake Hospice, 3154 U.S. 441 S. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-0707.

Book discussion group sets schedule
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group will meet at 7 p.m.
in the library board room, 206 S.W. 16th St. The group's schedule is: Feb 22 "My
Family and Other Animals" by Gerald Durell; March 22 "Barefoot Heart: Stories of
a Migrant Child" by Elva Hart; April 26 "The Americanization of Benjamin
Franklin" by Gordon Wood; May 24 "Girl in Blue Hyacinth" by Susan Vreeland;
and, June 21 "Howard's End" by E.M. Forester. For information, call Jan Fehrman
at (863) 357-9980.

Oak-Fest slated for Friday, Feb. 23
Oakview Baptist Church, 677- S.W. 32nd St., will hold a free-family fun night at
Oak-Fest on Friday, Feb. 23, from 6 until 8:30 pm. Oak-Fest will provide food, crafts
and games for everyone. There will also be hot dogs,, popcorn, snow cones, bal-
loons, face painting, rock-climbing wall, inflatables, horses, petting zoo, clowns,
live musical entertainment and more. For information, call (863) 763-1699.

Church hosting ping pong tourney
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., has scheduled their
third annual Ping Pong Tournament. The doubles tournament will be Friday, Feb.
23, at 6:30 p.m. Singles divisions will be played on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m.
There will be cash prizes for each division. Entrance fees are $20 for each team
(doubles) and $10 for each in the single division. Tournament rules can be picked
up at the First United Methodist Church. To sign up call Jim at (863) 763-4021 or
(863) 447-2715.

Links tourney benefits Ranch
The Peoria Investment Group (P.I.G.S,) League of the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club will sponsor a benefit 18-hole golf tournament for Real Life Chil-
dren's Ranch on Saturday, Feb. 24. The tournament will begin at 8 a.m. with a shot-
gun start. The cost to enter is $50 per person, or $200 per team. Sponsorships are
available at $100 per tee. Entry fees will include golf and lunch. All proceeds will go.
directly to the care and operation of the Ranch. For information, contact Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club at (863) 763-6228.

Sale benefits D.A.R. scholarship fund
The Okeechobee Chapter of the D.A.R. will hold a yard sale to supplement the
annual scholarship fund on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will
be held at the Okeechobee Livestock Market, 1055 U.S. 98 North.

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 Okee-
chobee Main Street at (863) 357-MAIN.

Methodist church hosting concert
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will hold a concert
Sunday, Feb. 25, at 8 and 9:30 a.m. presented by A New Song International. The
group is made up of members from Chile, Hungary and Romania and will be in
their national dress while singing and playing traditional instruments during the
first half of the concert. The second half will focus on the tremendous way God has
been working in their country and the challenges of being witness for the Lord.

Collaborative council meeting set
The Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Services Network,
will meet Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held in the auditorium
located next to the Okeechobee County school district offices at 610 S.W. Second
Ave.

Annual Indiana snowbird lunch slated
The annual Hancock County, Indiana snowbird lunch will be held TuIesday, Feb.
27, at Homer's in Sebring starting at 11 a.m. Reservations are not required. The
group will be in the large dining room.

SSN council meeting scheduled
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County Shared Ser-
vices Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m.
in the auditorium of the Okeechobee Freshman Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave.


The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collabo-
rate and share information regarding services for children and their families. The
guest speaker will be Cathy Viggiano, from the Division of Vocational Rehabilita-
tion with the Department of Education. The public is invited. For information, call
Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Library hosting annual book sale
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library annual book sale will be held at the
Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W 16th St. Sale days will be: Thursday,
March 1, from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 2, from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.;
and Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Hardcover books are $2 and
paperbacks are $1. Library discards are half price. For information, call the library
at (863) 763-3536.

KOA to host Speckled Perch contest
The annual Speckled Perch Beauty Contest, sponsored by the Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce, will be held Friday, March 2, at the KOA Conven-
tion Center on U.S. 441 S. For information, call (863) 763-6464.


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.

Fire volunteers to host breakfast
The Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department on S.R. 78 will have an all-you-
can-eat pancake breakfast served with sausage, juice and drinks on Saturday,
March 3, from 8 until 11 a.m. for a donation of $4. For intor nation, call (863) 357-
1364.

Women's Ministry plans quilt show
The Women's Ministry of Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church, 8 Cypress
Street/Hunter Road, will be having their second quilt show on Saturday, March 3,
from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For information, call (863) 763-
2106 or (863) 763-1555.

Quilt show planned for March 3
Tantie-Quilters will hold a quilt show at the Historical Society building on U.S. 98
N. on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission will be a $3 donation at
the door. Tickets are available for a donated quilt by calling (863) 357-0166, or (863)
467-2473 and at the Historical building on Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Widow & Widowers group to host speaker
The Widow & Widowers group will host a discussion on crime prevention for
seniors at their Tuesday, March 6, breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. The meeting will be
held at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrot Ave. The program will be presented by
Wayne J. Picone. Mr. Picone is the regional director for Seniors vs. Crime, a special
project of the Florida Attorney General. The purpose of the project is to not only
inform seniors of possible scams, but to aid them in disputes of overcharging,
scams and other problems that confront them. The public is invited. Non-mem-
bers should make a reservation by calling (863) 763-2004.

AARP driver's course scheduled
An AARP driver safety course will be held Wednesday, March 7, and Thursday,
March.8, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th
St. Both days must be attended to complete the course. The $10 tuition covers
course material. Make checks or money orders payable to AARP Driver Safety Pro-
gram. For information, call Nell Bostwick at (863) 763-4134.

VNA hosting memory screenings
The Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park St., will host free memory loss
screenings sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association on Friday, March 9, from 11
a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The screenings will be conducted by St. Mary's Memory Disor-
der Center staff for anyone, of any age, who might be concerned about memory
loss. The screenings are free of charge and results are immediate. For information,
call Donna True at (772) 285-6291.

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

Speckled Perch Parade scheduled
The annual Speckled Perch Parade will be held Saturday, March 10, in down-
town Okeechobee. A car show will also be held in Flagler Park. The annual festival,
sponsored by the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will continue on
Sunday, March. 11. For information, call (863) 763-6464.

Sharron King in concert March 17
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., will present Sharron Kay King on
Saturday, March 17, at 7 p.m. Ms. King was nominated for Christian music's Top
Vocalist of the Year and Christian Bluegrass album of the year. For information, call
Lee Minton at (863) 697-8517.

Church hosting guest speaker
Janet Folger will be speaking arthe First Baptist Church, 401 S.W Fourth St., on
Saturday, March 17. She will be speaking on many current events. Everyone is wel-
come. There is no charge. For information, call Debi at (863) 634-3525.

Prom dress rescue is being formed now
A prom dress rescue is being organized for girls who want to attend their high
school prom but cannot afford the price of a dress. The Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., will be the fitting location. Girls can come here to select and try on
dresses on Friday, March 30, from 3 until 6 p.m. The plan is to assemble all the beau-
tiful gowns that were worn once and are now sitting idle in closets, and make them
available free to those who need them. Arrangements can be made to pick up the
gowns. For information, call Pam Chesley at (863) 946-2736 or (863) 634-7158.

Activity guide being prepared
The Shared Services Network (SSN) is preparing the 2007 Summer Activity
Guide to assist you in selecting activities appropriate for your children. The dead-
line for submitting your activity is Friday, March 30. Our hope is that this guide will
assist you in finding activities to keep your children safe, supervised and active this
summer. SSN is looking for activities to promote for children in Okeechobee this
summer in this guide. If your organization,, club, church or neighborhood is spon-
soring a camp, day program or.supervised activity for local children please call
Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257, to submit your information. There is no
charge to submit your activity.

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.

AARP offers free tax service
AARP-Taxaide will hold a free tax counseling preparation and e-filing service
each Monday and Tuesday through April 17, 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.
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. Chil-
dren 12 and under are free. Tickets are $10 per person on Saturday and Sunday. A
full weekend pass is $15 per person. A percentage of the proceeds will support Big
Lake Missions, the Pregnancy Resource Center and More 2 Life Ministries. Vendors,
bands, sponsors, parking attendants, cleaning crews and security personnel are
currently being sought. For information call (863)-634-8980 or (863) 634-4151; log
onto www.splintpro.com; or by mail at Splinter Productions, P.O. Box 623, Okee-
chobee, FL 34973.
SFWMD stages photo contest
The South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Service Center is
seeking Lake Okeechobee area photographs for the 2008 Lake Okeechobee calen-
dar. Winning images will be published as the featured monthly photos. Applica-
tions will be taken until July 31 and entry forms and complete contest roles are
available at www.sfwmd.gov/okee select "Info & Education. This contest is open
to amateur photographers only. Individuals may submit up to three photos. For
information, call (863) 462-5260.


Martha's House in need of help
Martha's House Domestic Violence Shelter is in need of your help! The screen
porch at our shelter needs to be enclosed with windows. We need a contractor,
handyman or someone that could perform this service and donate all or part of the
supplies. We are also in need of two new or gently used stoves. If you can help us
out, we would be very grateful. All donations are tax deductible. Contact Stephanie
or Kim at (863) 763-2893 or Stephanie at (863) 610-9192.

Free summer program offered
A Child's World Childcare and Preschool will be offering a free summer pro-
gram for 4-year-old children. Space will be limited so register early. To qualify for
the program the following requirements must be met: the child must have turned
4 by Sept. 1, 2006; the child could not have participated in a VPK program during
the school year; and, the parent must obtain certificate of eligibility from the Early
Learning Coalition located at the One Stop Career Center. For information, call
Malissa at (863) 763-5453.


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