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Monday, February 19, 2007


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Briefs
OCPD searching
for equipment owner
Two heavy duty lift trucks
have been found on S.R. 70 E.
by the Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD).
If anyone has information
about the equipment or thinks
they may belong to them, they
are asked to contact OCPD
Detective Bettye Taylor at
(863) 763-5521.
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By George, cut
down that bush!
Dan Culbert Extension
Horticulture Agent
Congress has spoken, and
we celebrate the birth of our
nation's first President on the
third Monday in February. If,
you check your history books,
his actual birth date is Febru-
ary 22nd. Both days are on this
week's calendar.
. A lot of folklore surrounds
old George.
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OHS shadowing day
remains successful
Local businessmen and
businesswomen saw a shad-
ow last week as many stu-
dents enrolled in the Academy
of Finance at Okeechobee
High School took part in
Career Shadowing Day on
Thursday, February 8. The 23
students spent the day shad-
owing local business person-
nel from County Finance
employees to insurance
agents to public accountants.
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Drought Index
Current: 636
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

11.45 feet


Lake level
Last Year:
15.50 feet


(SOURCE: ",
South Florida
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea
level.)

Index
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Comics ............7
Community Events .... .4
Crossword ........ .8
Opinion ........ .4
Speak Out .......... 4
Sports ............ 5
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NES: students jump rope for fun-raiser


pated in Jump Rope for Heart on Friday, Feb. 16. Fourth grader Otto Ramirez (middle)
jumps high while at the Chinese jump rope station. Fourth graders Morgan Rempfer
(left) and General Hair (right) held the rope while also waiting on their turn.

NES helps fight Heart Disease


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
North Elementary School stu-
dents participated in the Ameri-
can Heart Association's Jump
Rope for Heart program on Fri-
day, Feb. 16.
A total of 249 students from
kindergarten to fifth grade partic-
ipated and raised approximately
$8,200.
The high money collector
with a total of $528 was third
grader Aladin Sherwood and the
second highest was fifth grader
Frank Huff who raised $500.
Jump Rope for Heart is a pro-
gram that promotes the value of
physical activity to elementary
school children while showing
them they can contribute to their
community's welfare. ':
The students learn to estab-
lish the foundation of movement
skills needed by learning to jump
rope. By learning positive experi-
ences at this young "j''l I. this
program helps to establish a pos-
itive attitude and appreciation for
participating in regular, daily
lStudents secure sponsors to h
Students secure sponsors to


North Elementary School sisters, first grader Faith Phillips
(left) and second grader Promise Phillips (right) showed
their support for Jump Rope for Heart by helping raise


money for the fight against
jump rope station.
raise money for the fight against
heart disease and stroke while
learning about the seriousness of
heart disease and stroke, the life-
long benefits of physical activity
and the importance of living a
heart-healthy lifestyle.
Parent volunteers helped


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supervise the event that was led
by physical education teachers
Mrs. Pati Canevari and Ms. Pam
Matthews.
Students enjoyed music and a
variety of stations that were set

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lowering fine


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
As the new system for hear-
ing code violations goes into its
third month, things seem to be
going smoothly.
When special magistrate Bill
Selmi conducts his monthly
hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 20, he
is scheduled to hear 11 new
violation cases, consider
imposing fines .on five cases
and rule on the reduction of
one fine.
Fred and Deborah Parker
were cited by code enforce-
ment officer Gina Gehring for
care of premises, junk and
debris and overgrowth on their
S.E. 14th Avenue property,
The Whispering Pines prop-


erty of Juan and Celestina Solis
was found to constitute a fire
and safety hazard and contain a
derelict structure, according to
Ms. Gehring. They were also
charged with construction
without a permit.'
Inoperable vehicle, trash
and debris and care of premis-
es are the charges against Elvis
and Beryl Underwood because
of the condition of their Deber-
ry Gardens property.
Code enforcement officer
Blanca Saucedo charged Son-
rise Developers, Inc with care
of premises'and construction
without a building permit on a
Dixie Ranch Estates lot.

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Feds to toughen


poultry and


meat inspections


By Libby Quaid
WASHINGTON The first
major changes to food inspec-
tion in a decade will increase
federal scrutiny of meat and
poultry plants where the dan-
ger from E. coli and other
germs is high or where past vis-
its have found unsafe practices.
The new policy will result in
fewer inspections at plants
with lower risks and better
records for handling meat and
poultry.
"We're just putting
resources where the risk is


greatest, and those plants that
demonstrate excellent control
will get less of our resources,"
said Richard Raymond, the
Agriculture Department's top
food safety official.
To decide the level of scruti-
ny a plant should get, the "risk-
based" system will consider the
type of product and the plant's
record of food safety violations.
A plant that makes ham-
burger and has repeated viola-
tions would get more inspec-
tion. A plant that makes
See Meat- Page 2


Good speller
Andrea McKinney, a 4th grader at Central Elementary
School, came in second at the district spelling bee held
at Everglades Elementary School. She will represent
Okeechobee County schools at the regional spelling on
March 23rd in West Palm Beach.


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Routine lock inspections require closures


Locks on Lake Okeechobee,
Kissimmee River, Upper Chain of
Lakes to be inspected
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 sur-
face inspections, locks will be
closed while divers are in the
water. The anticipated lock clo-
sures 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-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.
Boaters are strongly urged to
check in with locktenders when


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traveling onto Lake Okeechobee
or the Kissimmee River and to
take notice of the hours of oper-
ation at the navigation lock
before making plans to stay out
late.
For more information, please
contact the SFWMD Okee-
chobee 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
Okeechobee, you may contact
them on VHF Marine Band Radio


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David Brague has let his N.W,
38th Avenue become overgrown
and accumulate trash and debris,
according to Ms. Saucedo.
The same violations plus hav-
ing an inoperable vehicle were
filed against Rosalio Elias of N.E.
11th Lane by code enforcement
officer Beth Albert.
Rodolfo Martinez was cited for
having an inoperable vehicle,
unauthorized farm animals and
animal pens on his N.E. Seventh
Avenue property.
Ms. Albert cited Thomas and
Barbara Almond for an inopera-
ble vehicle, care of premises and
unauthorized use of land and/or
building because of the condition
of their N.E. 30th Boulevard prop-
erty.
Wesley Rucks was cited for
trash and debris, care of premis-
es, construction without a build-
ing permit and overgrowth on his
Dixie Ranch Estates property.
Care of premises, trash and
debris and obstruction of right of
way are the charges against Mark
and Terri Jekot because of the
condition of their Basswood
property.
Another Dixie Ranch Estates
property, owned by Robbie
Kubusheski, was found to be
overgrown by code enforcement


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officer Saucedo.
Turning to the levying of fines,
John and Holly Harrison could be
fined $25 a day for every day of
noncompliance because of trash,
overgrowth and an abandoned
vehicle on their S.E. 39th Avenue
property.
Basilio Ruiz is facing a $150-a-
day fine if his N.E. 48th Avenue
property is not in compliance
including removal of equipment,
ceasing business operations and
obtaining a building permit.
If Rex and Joanne Allen have
not removed trash and debris, as
well as a condemned structure,
from their N.W. 35th Lane proper-
ty they could be fined $50 a day.
Last month Mr. Selmi ruled
that if George Garrett had not
removed a condemned mobile
home from N. Center Avenue by
Feb. 18, he could be fined $250 a
day.
David and Viola Tyson could
be fined $100 a day if they have
not obtained a building permit for
their N.W. Fouith Avenue proper-
ty. N
In the one fine reduction to be
considered, Javier Ordonez is
scheduled to request a reduction
of the $29,700 fine that has
accrued on his N.W. 80th Drive
property.
Postyour opinions in thePublc
Issues Forwn atwww.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda may be reached
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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
systems and water supply. A key
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News Briefs

OUA board members are sought
OKEECHOBEE -The Okeechobee City Council is seeking interest-
ed applicants to serve on the Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA):
board of directors.
Applicants are being sought to serve as a regular member for a
term of fouryears, oras an alternate to serve a two-year term.
Applicants must be residents of the City of Okeechobee and must
live in the OUA service area.
To receive an application, contact the City Clerk's Office at 55 S.E.
Third Ave., or call (863) 763-3372, ext. 215.
No member of the citizen board shall be an employee of, or hold an
elective position with the government of the City of Okeechobee of
Okeechobee County.
SFWMD to host meeting on water shortage
OKEECHOBEE Due to persistent dry conditions and water
restrictions, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)
will hold a meeting on the current water shortage at the Okeechobee
County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 N., on Wednesday, Feb. 21.
The meeting will be from 6 until 9 p.m.
Marina owners, bait shop owners, fishing guides, campground
operators and other recreation-based businesses are encouraged td.
attend to learn more about and discuss the current water shortage and
to learn more about the Aquatic Plant Management Program on Lake
Okeechobee.
For information, contact Missie Barletto at (863) 462-5260, ext.:
3006; or, mbarlett@sfwmd.gov.
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.
Local WVa. day is planned
OKEECHOBEE The annual W.Va. covered dish dinner will be
held on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church,
401 S.W Fifth St.
Meat will be provided.
For information, call Phyllis Stone at (863) 467-8636.
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 Center
on U.S. 27 in Sebring.
Each family is asked to bring a covered dish. Tableware, bread, but-
ter and cold beverages will be furnished.
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up for the days jump roping events.
The students could choose
from single jump rope, double-
dutch, long jump rope and Chinese
jump rope. Students got a chance
to try every style of jump rope that
kept their hearts pumping through-
out the event.
According to the American
Heart Associations website, the top
ten ways to help children develop
healthy habits are:
1. To be a positive role model. If,
you're practicing healthy habits, it
is a lot easier to convince children
to do the same.
2. Get the whole family active.


Meat

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cooked, canned ham and has a
clean track record would get less
scrutiny.
"There are certain food prod-
ucts that carry a higher inherent
risk than others," Raymond, the
undersecretary for food safety,
said in an interview with The
Associated Press. "And there are
certain plants that do a better job
of controlling risk than others.
For now, the new system will
be used in processing plants, not
in slaughter plants. No timetable
has been set for shifting to the
new inspection system.
Critics say the idea. sounds
good, but they fear department
officials are rushing a complex
new system into place.
"One of the concerns is that
this is simply an effort to save
money in a tight budget year,"
said Caroline Smith DeWaal, food
safety director at the Center for
Science in the Public Interest.
"We want to make sure a budget
shortfall is not what's driving
these important inspection deci-
sions."
Raymond says the agency's
budget is not driving changes in
the inspection program. "We're
not going to save any money on
this part of risk-based inspection,"
he said, adding there could be
cost-savings if the changes are
extended later to slaughtering


Plan times for everyone to get mov-
ing together. Take walks, ride
bikes, go swimming, garden or just
play hide-and-seek outside. Every-
one will benefit from the exercise
and the time together.
3. Limit TV, video game and
computer time. These habits lead
to a sedentary lifestyle and exces-
sive snacking, which increase risks
for obesity and cardiovascular dis-
ease.
4. Encourage physical activities
that children really enjoy. Every
child is unique. Let children experi-
ment with different activities until
each finds something that he or
she really loves doing. They'll stick
with it longer if they love it.
5. Be supportive. Focus on the
positive instead of the negative.
Everyone likes to be praised for a


operations.
The risk-based inspection sys-
tem will be the most significant
change to food safety inspections
in a decade. The department
overhauled inspections in 1996
when hundreds of people got sick
and four children died after eating
undercooked hamburgers from
Jack in the Box restaurants.
Daily inspections of meat and
poultry plants are required under
current federal laws, which date
back to 1906. Food safety laws
were enacted in response to
Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle,"
which exposed horrifically unsan-
itary conditions in Chicago's
meatpacking industry.
Agriculture Department offi-
cials say the agency's 7,500 food
safety inspectors conducted
about 9.2 million inspections at
about 6,000 plants last year.
About 90,000 microbiological
samples are gathered and tested
each year.
Still, about 76 million people
get sick from food poisoning each
year in the United States. Most get
better after a day or two, but
about 325,000 people are hospi-
talized. About 5,000 people die
each year because of foodborne
diseases.
Germs can contaminate many
different foods.
Spinach and lettuce were the
culprits in E. coli outbreaks from
bagged salad and from lettuce at
Taco Bell restaurants last year.
Recently, large batches of
ConAgra-made peanut butter


job well done. Celebrate successes
and help children and teens devel-
op a good self-image.
6. Set specific goals and limits,
such as one hour of physical activi-
ty a day or two desserts per week
other than fruit. When goals are
too abstract or limits too restrictive,
the chance for success decreases.
7. Don't reward children with
food. Candy and snacks as a
reward encourage bad habits. Find
other ways to celebrate good
behavior.
8. Make dinnertime a family
time. When everyone sits down
together to eat, there's less chance
of children eating the wrong foods
or snacking too much. Get the kids
involved in cooking and planning
meals. Everyone develops good
eating habits together and the qual-


were recalled after the product
was linked to a salmonella out-
break that left about 300 people ill
in 39 states.
Still, meat and poultry account
for a large share of outbreaks and
illnesses, and they are' nearly
always on the menu for most peo-
ple in the United States. The aver-
age person eats about 222
pounds of chicken, beef and pork
annually more than half a
pound a day.

Illnesses from E. coli are down
29 percent from a decade ago,
although rates inched up from
2004 to 2005. The numbers are
not low enough, Raymond said.
Reducing foodborne illness is the
goal of the new inspection sys-
tem.
Consumer groups, the inspec-
tors' union and the meat industry
all say the concept has merit. But
there are many objections to the
way the department is going
about it:
Advocates for consumers
say Raymond has not provided
evidence that the changes will
make food safer. They say the
department needs better data on
risks posed by various meat prod-
ucts and on safety records at
plants. They also worry the
changes might be designed to
save money. "He claims it's going
to save lives-how is that actually
going to happen?" DeWaal asked.
Inspectors fear they will be
assigned too many plants to
inspect, said Stan Painter, chair-


ity time with the family will be an
added bonus.
9. Make a game of reading food
labels. The whole family will learn
what's good for their health and be
more conscious of what they eat.
It's a habit that helps change
behavior for a lifetime.
10. Stay involved. Be an advo-
cate for healthier children. Insist on
good food choices at school. Make
sure your children's healthcare
providers are monitoring cardio-
vascular indicators like BMI, blood
pressure and cholesterol. Contact
public officials on matters of the
heart. Make your voice heard.
North Elementary wants to con-
gratulate their students for their
hard work and dedication to better
themselves and help others in the
process.


man of the National Joint Council
of Meat Inspection Locals. "Too
many plants, too little time, too lit-
tle authority," Painter said. "Tell
me how we could do a better job
when we already have the flexibil-
ity to do what they're talking
about?"
Meat companies like the
idea, but first they want the gov-
ernment to be more consistent in
how they issue citations for
breaches in food safety. Some vio-
lations are really paperwork prob-
lems, says Skip Seward, lobbyist
for the American Meat Institute.
"Everybody would like to see the
program get off on the right foot,"
Seward said. This is going to be a
long process."
There are fears the new sys-
tem eventually will eliminate daily
inspections for some plants.
While that is not planned now,
Raymond has said he might con-
sider "virtual" inspections in
which plants could fax records in
lieu of an inspector's visit.
Already, Agriculture Depart-
ment officials have agreed to sev-
eral changes suggested by con-
sumer, labor and industry groups.
"We're taking our time," Ray-
mond said. "We're going to make
sure what we've got planned
works before we bring it out.
"It's going to take a lot of edu-
cation and training for our work
force," he said. "I can't take 7,500
front-line inspectors and train
them all overnight. So we've got
to roll this out in incremental
pieces."


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By George, cut down that cherry bush!


ByDan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
Congress has spoken, and we
celebrate the birth of our nation's
first President on the third Mon-
day in February. If you check your
history books, his actual birth
date is February 22nd. Both days
are on this week's calendar.
: A lot of folklore surrounds old
George. To celebrate the birth of
our first president, a local option
could include throwing one of the
new Washington dollar coins
across a canal. But the suggestion
that a cherry tree be chopped
down will be hard to do, as cherry
trees are unusual in our area.
Fortunately, a good local
option is available: cut down a
Cherry bush! Among several fruit-
ing plants called cherries, one in
particular has invasive habits and
is not recommended for Florida
yards. Today's column will tell-
about "Florida cherries", and why
one in particular can be chopped
down in honor of President's Day.
Cherries,. Galore
There are marN plants that
have the name cherry, and several
are found growing in different
parts of Florida. Our UF Pomolo-
gists (fruit scientists) have been
looking for varieties of traditional
cherry trees with beautiful
blooms and the familiar small
round red fruit. The major stum-
bling block is that we don't get
enough cold temperatures for this
plant to set flower buds and rest
between crops.
A few other significant, cherries
do grow in the Sunshine state:
Black Cherry (Prunus seroti-
ha) is a weedy pioneer tree some-
times seen along roadsides and in
abandoned farmlands. The fruit
gre black, and while birds will
enjoy eating these fruit, people do
not. (I wrote an article last spring
about how tent caterpillars eat the
leaves of this tree and cause prob-
lems for horse breeders.)
Cherry Laurel (Prunus car-
oliniana) is another native tree. It
l6oks very similar to the Black
cherry, except it is evergreen. It is


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generally a stranger in south Flori-
da but is not a popular landscape
plant due to its messy blue-black
berries and weak branches.
Other Cherry trees found
here are the Taiwan cherry (P.
campanulata), an introduced
flowering street tree adapted for
the northernmost areas of Flori-
da; and the West Indian Cherry (P.
myrtifolia), a rare native plant
confined to extreme southern
Florida.
Barbados Cherry (Malpighia
glabra) is a desirable tropical fruit-
ing shrub that can be grown year-
round in our area. It is not a true
cherry, but the fruit is very deli-
cious and extremely high in
ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). Also
called Acerola, it may be con-
fused with the Surinam cherry.
They are not related, and show
big differences in leaf arrange-
ment. flowers, and the shape and
taste of the fruit itself.
Fruiting Ejgenias include
four species of shrubby plants
that produce small reddish fruit,
some of which can be eaten.
They are native to the Brazilian
tropics and include the Cherry of
the Rio Grande (Eugenia aggrega-
ta), Grumichama (E. dombeyi),
Pitomba (E. luschnathiana) and
our special guest of the day, the
Pitanga or Surinam Cherry (Euge-
nia uniflora).
Florida's
Cherry Hedge
My first introduction to the
Surinam cherry was in Fort Laud-
erdale, where I shared the task of
picking several gallons of these
half-inch flattened red pumpkins.
We selected the darkest red fruit
from a long line of bushes that
were planted as a hedge around a
commercial property.
The fruit was washed and then
made into a pretty acceptable
jelly, but it took lots of sugar to


make it palatable. The occasional
samples showed a lot of differ-
ences in the musky flavor and
sweetness. Sometime they tasted
downright nasty. So some fruit
were spit out, and the sound we
made gives a pretty good idea of
why this plant is also called
"Pitanga".
Surinam Cherry plants have
short very shiny leaves that grow
in pairs across the stems from
each other. The foliage is very
dense and because it grows fast, it.
can be sheared into traditional
hedged squares. This is why it has
been sold as Florida Cherry Bush
or Cherry hedge. These last
names are deceiving because it is
not a true cherry. Likewise, it is a
native of Brazil (and presumably
to Surinam, a country on the
northern coast of South America.)
The flowers are most common
in spring, but can appear any time
of the year. They are white and
have long protruding stamens
that make the flower look like a
small Powderpuff. The fruit fol-
low about three weeks after the
flowers. Fruit contain one or two
large pits or seeds. ..
Flavorful fruit or
unwelcome invader?
Surinam cherries were first
grown here for their fruit, and
then found their way into the
landscape. With few pests to slow
them down, local wildlife also dis-
covered a taste for the fruit, and
helped spread this Cherry Bush
from cultivated locations into nat-
ural areas.
Our own University of Florida
Invasive Plant Task force recom-
mends that the Surinam Cherry
should not be planted in South
Florida, but could be used in Cen-
tral Florida with caution. The
Florida Exotic Plant Pest Council
has declared this a Class I exotic
pest, which means it can invade
natural areas and displace native
habitat.
So if you are inclined to cele-
brate Washington's Birthday, why
not get out your best garden
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need help identifying this bush,
what suggestions: for replace-
ments, or, if you need ideas on
ways to successfully go to war
with this unpopular member of
our Florida Yard.
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page:
http://okeechobee.ifas.ufl.edu. If


you need additional information
on the Surinam Cherry, please
email us I at
okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu or call
us at (863) 763-6469. Local resi-
dents can stop by our office at 458
U.S. 98 North in Okeechobee, and
visit our Okeechobee County
Master Gardeners from 1 until 3
p.m. on Tuesday afternoons.


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Community Events

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 a witness
for the Lord.

Orchid program slated for Feb. 26
Learn about orchids or share your knowledge at the Okeechobee
Extension Office, 458 U.S. 98 N., on Monday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m.

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

Annual Indiana snowbird lunch slated
The annual Hancock County, Indiana snowbird lunch will be
held Tuesday, 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 Coun-
ty Shared Services 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 meet-
ing is to allow the community to identify issues, collaborate and
share information regarding services for children and their families.
The guest speaker will be Cathy Viggiano, from the Division of Voca-
tional Rehabilitation 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 Convention Center on U.S. 441 S. For informa-
tion, 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.

Yard sale benefits genealogical group
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will hold ayard sale on
Saturday, March 3, at the Trading Post Flea Market, 3100 U.S. 441 S.,
starting at 8 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the genealogical section of the
Okeechobee County Library. Donations will be gratefully accepted.
Call Eve Olson at (863) 467-2674 to arrange for a pick up.

Church hosting gospel concert
Brighton Baptist Church, 24050 S.R. 70 W, will present McMillan
& Life in a Southern gospel concert on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. A
free potluck supper is Open to the public and will be held from 5 until
6 p.m., prior to the concert. This concert will precede a week of
revival meetings, with guest speaker Reverend Richard Pickup. Ser-
vices will be held nightly at 7 p.m. with special music beginning at
6:45 p.m. A nursery will be available. For information, call (863) 763-
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Upcoming Events

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 Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is Invited to join the group. For information or to schedule 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 meet-
ing. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in September.
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 Melissa 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.
Tuesday
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Gold-
en Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the
public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how to
see your world and capture it on film. Class Is basic through extensive.
Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614
for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mis-
sion's Outreach.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the 'Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-5887 or (863) 357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information,
contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a mem-
ber is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-
6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths
to life. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863)
467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys
old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact
Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fellow-
ship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then from 6:30
until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or someone just to
care are welcome. For information call the hot line (863) 801-9201 or
(863) 697-9718.
Wednesday
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W.
Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facilitator.
There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as
the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.}
A.A. meeting from 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 Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings each
month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., at 7:30
p.m. They are always looking for new people and new ideas. For infor-
mation, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or 610-9176.
Thursday
Tantle Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at
Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact 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.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863)
357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups meetat 6 p.m. For information, call (863)
763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or
(863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at 7
p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312
N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893 days,
or (863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might need
this group, please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 209 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be
available from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Educatlon/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every


Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is wel-
come. The group Is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information and
ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step Study
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1 p.m.
at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost is $6.63
plus tip for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is welcome. For infor-
mation, call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
Okeechobee Main Street's Farmer's Market will be held every
Thursday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. in Flagler Park 3. Any questions
and/or comments can be directed to the Main Street office at (863) 357-
MAIN.


Community Events

Church hosting gospel meetings
The Okeechobee Church of Christ, 1401 S. Parrott Ave., will hold,:
gospel meetings every night through Wednesday, Feb. 21. Guest
speakers will be: Monday, Feb. 19, Dan Jenkins of West Palm Beach)
at 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 20, David Sproule of West Palm Beach at 7'
p.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 21, Taylor Hagood of Stuart at 7 p.m. For,;
information, call (863) 763-4477.

Blackwood Brothers will be in concert
The Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace, wilf
present the Blackwood Brothers Quartet in concert on Tuesday, Feb
20, at 7 p.m. For information, 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.: adulfi
CPR-Wednesday, Feb. 21; adult CPR Wednesday, March 7; first aid"
basics Monday, March 12; and infant/child CPR Wednesday, MarchW
28. All classes run from 6 until 8:30 p.m.

Volunteer training session is slated
Treasure Coast Hospices will hold volunteer training session on''
Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at their Big Lake Branch'1
located at Marketplace, 3543 U.S. 441 S., in Okeechobee. Lunch will
be provided. For information and to register for training, call (863)'l
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 thea'
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 pro-'
ceeds 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 Thurs-
day, Feb. 22, at the Okeechobee County Extension Office on U.S. 98/n
All those interested in the upcoming county fair are invited. The meet-4.l
ing will begin at 5 p.m.
Chamber hosting gun safety class

The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott i
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 fromi-
there. For information, contact the Chamber office at (863) 763-6464. e

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 information, 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 Ger-'
aid 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.

Juvenile justice group plans, i eating '' :
The Okeechobee Juvenile Justice Council will conduct their
monthly meeting on Friday, March 23, at noon in the meeting room at.
Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to
enhance prevention and intervention of at-riskyouth in Okeechobeei4
County. The public is invited. For information, call Pat O'Connor at,
(863) 763-3536.

Christian church will host revival
Westside Christian Church, 8082 S.R. 70 W, will hold their 200
revival services on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at 6 p.m. Services
on Sunday, Feb. 25, will begin at 6 p.m. The guest speaker will be Rev-
erend Louis Hall of Patrick Springs, Va. For information, call (863)
467-2278.

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 p.m. Oak-
Fest will provide food, crafts and games for everyone. There will also..
be hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, balloons, 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.

DuPuis to host program on bats
DuPuis Management Area will present a program about Florida's
bats and their importance to our ecosystem at the Visitor's Center,
23500 S.W. Kanner Highway, Canal Point, on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 10
a.m. Cynthia W. Marks, co-founder of the Florida Bat Conservancy,
will share the true nature of Florida Bats. The event is free. For infor-
mation call Kim Kanter at 1-800-432-2045, ext. 3339; or,
kkanter@sfwmd.,gov.

Links 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(
tournament 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 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 Okeechobee Golf and Country Club at (863) 763-6228.

Sale benefits DA.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 Okeechobee Main Street at (863) 357-MAIN.

Eastern Star hosting breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter #128 Order of the Eastern Star will hold an
all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 8 until 11 a.m. at
the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth Ave., for a donation
of $5. The breakfast is open to the public. For information, call Mary
Ann at (863) 634-8087.








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Varsity Baseball
Head coach: Dylan Tedders
| TLC-Treasure Lake Confer-
ence game
i District-district
game.
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John Carroll-7 p.m. (TLC)
i Feb. 22:vs. Centennial*6 p!.m.
Feb. 23: vs. Glades Central
Raiders-7 p.m. (District)
Junior Varsity
Baseball 'A' Team
Head coach: Tim Jenkins
Feb. 24: vs. Centennial-11 a.m.
Junior Varsity
Baseball 'B' Team
1 Head coach: Phil Spearow


Feb. 24: at Lincoln Park (Lawn-
wood)-I1 a.m.
Lady Brahman
softball schedule
Head coach: Kim Hargraves
J.V. game times listed.first, .
Varsity games follow J.V.
games
Feb. 21: vs. Treasure Coast
H.S.-5/7 p.m.
Feb. 22: vs. Ft. Pierce West-
wood-(varsity) 7 p.m.
Feb. 23 and 24: TBA-Caloosa
Park-TBA
Tennis
Head coach (girls): Jay Huff-
man.
Head coach (boys): Dave


Ellis
Feb. 20: vs. Port St. Lucie
(Okee. Sports Complex)-3:30
p.m.
Feb. 22: at Centennial (SLW
HS/Park (TBA)-3:30 p.m.
Feb. 27: vs. Treasure Coast
H.S. (Okee. Sports Complex)-
3:30 p.m.

Track
Head coach (boys): Ty Smith.
Head coach (girls): Brian
Kendall.
Feb. 27: Port St. Lucie Invita-
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6 BUSINESS


Submitted photo
Students from the Okeechobee High School Academy of Finance joined with Seacoast
National Bank for "Shadowing Day", Feb 8th. Students learned about different areas of bank-
ing by shadowing bank employees in the following areas: Tellers, Customer Service Repre-
sentatives, Loan Officers, Human Resource Director and Marketing Manager. Seacoast
proudly supports the Academy of Finance in educating their students about banking. Stu-
dents and employees (left to right) are, Theresa Cline, Mathew McPeak, Mark McLaughlin,
Cynthia Seville, Jon Geitner and Cassidy Blair.

Fifth annual OHS shadow day


Local businessmen and busi-
nesswomen saw a shadow last
week as many students enrolled in
the Academy of Finance at.Okee-
chobee High School took part in
Career Shadowing Day on Thurs-
day, February 8. The 23 students
spent the day shadowing local
business personnel from County
Finance employees to insurance
agents to public accountants.
Some of the many experiences
included visiting all of the city
departments,' preparing their tax
returns, visiting survey sites, and
much more. This is the fifth con-
secutive year the Academy of
Finance has participated in the

Boat builder

introduces

a new boat
Big '0' Boats has just intro-
duced a new 16-foot fiberglass
boat that's ideal for shallow water,
or for use in some saltwater areas.
Big 'O' Boats owner H.M. 'Mac'
Simpson said his new line comes
with a livewell, front storage box,
two rear storage boxes, steering
and lights. Although the base
model has a non-skid surface on
the inside, it can be carpeted if
desired.
The boat is rated for a 70 horse-
power outboard,
The new line is built in addition
to Big 'O's 18-foot bay boat and 20-
foot bass boat. Big '0' Boats also
builds hulls for airboats.
The new tri-hull weighs in at
600 pounds, unrigged, and comes


Groundhog Shadow Event. Career
Shadowing is an opportunity for
students to take part in a day at
work and to network themselves
for possible future employment. It
is also an excellent chance for
interaction between the communi-
ty and school. "Local businesses
continue to accommodate the stu-
dents to help make the shadowing
experience a success" said Acade-
my of Finance Director Daryl
Roehm. "Each year students return
with job offers and exciting stories
about their experiences." Com-
ments from local businesses
included "put us down for next
year", "students were friendly and


very professional", "student had
many questions". The Academy of
Finance is a program at the high
school offered to students that are
possibly interested in pursuing a
career in finance and to get more
students interested in the finance
industry. Students complete a pre-
determined schedule of courses in
order to be recognized as com-
pleters of the program. Some of the
those courses include Accounting I
& II, Principles of Entrepreneur-
ship, and a 150 hour paid intern-
ship at the end of their Junior year.
If you or your business is interested
in hosting a student for a future
shadowing day, or you would like


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On Thursday, February 8th, Okeechobee High School student, Taylor Pritchard shadowed
C.P.A. Corey Crum at the firm of Costopoulos & Helton, PA. In the photo, Corey and Tay-
lor are reviewing Taylor's 2006 tax return, which they prepared together during the shad-


ow session.

a success
more information about the Acad-
emy of Finance, do not hesitate to
call Daryl Roehm at (863) 462-
5025, ext 7022.
The businesses that participat-
ed in this years' event were: Sea-
coast National Bank, Pritchard's
Insurance, City of Okeechobee,
Costopoulos & Helton, PA, County
Finance Office, Gilbert Chevrolet,
Okeechobee Motor Company, First
Baptist Church, Wicks, Brown, and
Williams CPA, Golden Corral, Lake
Okeechobee Insurance, LBFH,
Berger Real Estate, Okeechobee
News, Laura Simms Accounting,
Physical Therapy of Okeechobee,
and the State Attorney's office.


Submitted photo/Big '0' Boats
This 16-foot, tri-hull fiberglass boat has just been introduced by local boat manufacturer Big
'0' Boats. The boat is ideal for shallow water or use in some saltwater areas. The boat is
rated for a 70hp outboard motor.


in either white or gray.
However, it can be customized
to the buyer's specifications the
same as any of the manufacturer's
lines. Although the boat does not
come with a trailer, Simpson said
one can be built.


As with his other lines, Simpson
said the new 16-footer is all hand
made.
"It's just a good all-around fish-
ing boat," he said. "And, it's very
stable."
For information on the new 16-


foot tri hull, or any boats manufac-
tured by Big 'O' Boats call Simpson
at (863) 763-8650; or, go to their
website at www.bigoboats.com.
Big '0' Boats is located at 1000
N.W Ninth St. in Okeechobee.


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At the Movies

The following movies are
now showing at the Brahman
Theatres III.
Movie times for Friday, Feb.
16th, through Thursday, Feb.
22nd, are as follows:
Theatre I -"Bridge to Ter-
abithia" (PG) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 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 Ill "Ghost
Rider"(PG-13) 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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AND STEAMFITTERS
Must be able to assemble,
install, alter, and repair
pipelines or pipe systems
that carry water, steam,
air, or other liquids or gas-
es. May install heating
and cooling equipment and
mechanical control sys-
tems. Contact Armitage
Plumbing LLC, at
(386)423-5800, 1502 In-
dustrial Rd., Edgewater, Fl
32132. Armitage Plumb-
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communication skills a must,
ability to speak Spanish a plus.
Benefits avail. Apply in person
between 9am-3pm @ Adron
Fence 2762 NW 4th St.,Okee.



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For Busy Restaurant

Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.
DFWP
Shirley's Personal
Care, Services.
Now taking applications
for Certified Nursing
Assistants. Please call
(863)467-6399
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TIRE CHANGER Exp. pref.
but will train,must have valid
DL w/clean record. Avail, for
on-call 24hrs. Competitive
pay! F/T. position. Total Road-
side Svcs. 863-634-5094
WANTED
Bookkeeper Call
Days 863-634-7552
Night 863-763-5321
WELDER'S HELPER
Some welding exp.
necessary. (863)763-6376
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MEDICAL ASSISTANT
needed in a busy Cardiology
office. Some medical
knowledge and experience
preferred, but will train on
job. Excellent benefit plan
offered. Fax resume to
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class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
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including portable water, steam, compressed air,
ammonia refrigeration, and waste water systems.
Also need mechanics with working knowledge of
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weekends required.
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vider for approximately 9,000 customers in Okeechobee, Flori-
da is seeking an experienced Finance Director to lead a staff of
employees with overall daily responsibility for managing the
Authority's finances.. The position requires a comprehensive
understanding and successful track record in the full range of
governmental finance as it relates to guidelines for an indepen-
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plicable Florida Statues including budget, performance
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have the ability to establish effective working relationships,
strong leadership and managerial skills, the ability to establish
credibility with various department managers, be a reliable re-
source to elected and appointed officials, as well as to the gen-
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oral and written communication skills, and be of high integrity.
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degree and/or related certifications such as CPA preferred, and
5 years of progressively responsible experience. In addition to
a broad range of' overrimfi-ir finance functions, at least two
years' of management experience is preferred. A pre-employ-
ment drug screening will be required.
The salary:range is $64,085 $96,127. Okeechobee Utility
Authority offers an extensive benefit package that includes life
and medical insurance. Relocation assistance is not available
for this position.
Qualified applicants may send their letters of interest and re-
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Free pick up & delivery.
Call Dean at 863-447-1155

hours for $50
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Network & Office PC's
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Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
Prfessonal
Installation of Storm
Shutters & Seamless
Rain Gutters
Licensed & Insured

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



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


STROLLER, Cool Stride Jog-
ger, aluminum, $100
(863)983-4940


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


COCA COLA COOLER:
3.5'Tx2.5W. Holds up to 48
cans or bottles. Very good
cbnd. $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 XP, Pentium 4,
30GB, 256K RAM, CDRW,
speakers & more. $400.
863-763-5316
COMPUTER DESK: Large, with
adjustable height, good con-
dition $50 or best offer
(561)676-0427
PRINTER, Lexmark & HP 4in1
Scanner/Printer, $20 will sell
separately. (954)237-4846
Clewiston


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


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
COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops. $250/all.
(863)674-0467.
DAY BED: With trundle bed,
wrought iron frame, nice.
$200. LaBelle area.
(863)675-1138
DINING ROOM SET, Broyhill,
oak, with 6 chairs, exc.
cond. $300 or best offer.
(561)914-6511
DRESSERS- 3 piece set with
mirror, Bassett, solid oak,
Never used. Asking $1000.
(863)532-1351


HEADBOARDS / RAILS (2):
Wrought iron, 1 king, 1 queen,
exc cond. $125 or will sell
separately. 863-983-7011
LIVING ROOM SET: Couch,
chair & ottoman. $300.
863-675-8141
LIVING SET: Sofa sleeper,
chair & ottoman, 2 end ta-
bles & sofa table. Excellent!
$425/all! 863-673-5256
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


LLAMA PISTOL, MiniMax II,
45 auto., 10 shot, 2 clips,
satin chrome, like new. $400
neg. (863)763-7161
REVOLVER32 & 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


TABLE LAMPS- 3, Excellent
condition. $30.
(863)467-8681



PATIO FURNITURE, Redwood,
includes slider & 2 seatees.
$75. 863-763-6220 or
561-629-6213
PATIO TABLE- 42"x60" & 4
chairs. $1,00. or best offer.
(863)467-4567
PATIO TABLE- Oval, with six
reen & white stripe chairs.
150. 863-763-6220 or
561-629-6213


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.
SCOOTER- Handicap, Very
good condition. $350.
(239)986-0296 Immokalee
area.


AUTO LUGGAGE CARRIER-
18cu ft Sears Excargo. Ex-
cellent condition. $65.
(863)610-0412
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
PIANO- Kimball Spinet, Upright
with bench. Good condition.
$475. (863)763-2601
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BROTHER FAX/COPY MA-
CHINE- in great condition,
asking $50 (863)763-0669




BULL MASTIFF PUPS- 4 mos
old, 2m, 2m, 2f, red fawn, AKC,
Vet Cert. Champ bloodline,
dame & sire on location
$1200 (863)646-7329-
COCKATIEL, Home bred &
hand fed, very tame. $40
(863)634-8863
CRITTER CAGE- for hamster
' or small critter, metal/plastic,
w/all accessories, pd. $25,
sell$12.50. (302)735-7501
FISH TANKS, (2), 10 gallon,
with 9 fish & all accessories,
$75. (863)675-3793
FLOPPY EARED RABBIT, 8
mos. old, large, red &
brown. $150 includes cage,
food, etc. (863)357-1310
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



SUANA: Cedar, infrared, by
Airwall, 2 seater, like new.
Paid $3400, sacrifice $1695.
302-854-6502


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



SOUND EQUIPMENT, Profes-
sional, Optimus, Peavey,
RCA, cassette duplicator &
more. $500 (863)763-3551
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
Your new home could be
In today's paper. Have
vou looked for it?


BIG SCREEN 42", works
ood, just needs a home.
400/neg. (863)634-1220
COLOR TV- Sharp 13", 2 yrs
(863)674-1662
RCA WEB TV: Get on Internet
& email w/out computer. 2
system. $50. Will separate.
(863)674-1662 '
SONY XBR: 40", picture tube,
with stand. $600.
863-763-1884 or 697-1040


HONDA GENERATOR- 3500
watt, good working condi-
tion, has wheels, $350 neg
(419)566-3796 cell (Okee).
SPOT WELDER, with 13"
tongs, 220 amps, good con-
dition, $225. (863)357-5754
TABLE SAW, 10" with stand.
$75 or best offer.
(863)674-5770
TABLE SAW, Craftsman, 10",
with stand, $125.
(863)675-7350
WELDER, Hobart, portable,
260 amp, $600
(863)634-5421


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materlals540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware. Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tos & Games 730
VC 735
Wanted to Buy 740




DUCTLESS 10K BTU AIR
COND- Brand new still in
box, on wheels, $350
(863)983-4314 Clewiston


SLIDE PROJECTOR- Screen, 3
slide cases. All excellent
condition. $60.
(863)357-0835 Jonnie
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

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DEEP FREEZER: Frigidaire, up-
right, 17.5 cu ft, excellent
condition, auto defrost,
white. $175.863-763-1055
REFRIGERATOR, Almond,
works great. $175
(863)357-6315
REFRIGERATOR- Maytag, 2
years old, with ice maker,
paid $700, asking $200.
(239)657-5760
REFRIGERATOR- White, Ken-
more side by side w/ice mak-
er, dispenser & water. Exc
cond. $450. 863-824-6712
STOVE- White with black front,
Kenmore, Electric, Excellent
cond. Needs 1 top burner.
$75. (863)824-6712
WASHER & DRYER, Whirl-
pool, over 10 years old but in
ood working condition.
100/both. (863)763-2458



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
STAIN & SEALENT- 5 Gallon
containers, Exc. for wood
fences, decks, New, $65
(863)697-2032 Okeechobee


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




FORD TRACTOR: 9-N, original,
great condition, $2500 firm
(863)467-4328,


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 MOWER: Dixon, 42"
with 15.5hp Craftsman new
motor. Left side needs adjus-
ment. $300 (239)986-0296
RIDING MOWER: Snapper.
$400.863-675-8141
YARD ROLLER- 2ftx4ft.
$75.(863)467-9744


COWS
39 Braford Cows
17 Calves
150 Black Cows (ages 3-6)
(863)990-1033
REG BRANGUS BULLS-
asking $2000 (863)357-3770


Rentals


CLOSE TO TOWN: 2BR Only
$825 mo. which includes wa-
ter bill. Pets okay upon ap-
proval. Call 561-255-4377
OKEECHOBEE: Lg 1br & 2br
In town, water access to lake,
No pets, $750/mo + util. 1st
& sec. (863)634-0322


RESTAURANT & BAR SPACE
FOR RENT: 5800 sq.ft. in


OKEECHOBEE: 3BR/2BA, CBS,
Kings Bay. $1150/month.
Call Rick (863)697-3096 or
Sammy (305)775-6579



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


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
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 Inspectionl1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
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-
hood, $60,000.
863)261-2307 or
863)763-1550
GLADES CO: 100 acre land
auction on 03/31/07. Owner
/ agent brokers welcome.
www.100Oacreauction.com


JUSTONTHE MARKET
3BR/2BN2 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


WATERFRONT PROPERTY
Buckhead Ridge; not far
from Rim Canal. Can be
seen at 4 Canal Way. Sold
AS IS. Can inquire at
21 Canal Way, Okeechobee.


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mebi Hom Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sate 2020



CHOICE OF 38R OR 2 BR DBL
WIDES. No pets, yeadry 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
apple's incl. w/d, lake access.
$1200/mo. (954)610-5345



BASSINGER: Kissimee River,
2 BR, 1 BA, New Firs. & Kitch-
en, Tiled Screen Rm., Carport,
New shed, load ramp & docks.
$69,900. or best offer. Call
863-357-2723/305-582-7731
BHR Resort, 12x40, Fla. room
20x12, furnished, $38,000,
land rent $300 mo. on Rim
Canal. (863)467-8269
OKEECHOBEE, 2BR/1BA, with
FL room, 1"4x48 concrete car-
port, 8x12 outbuilding w/dou-
le 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, furnished
Stevens, 78 West. Immed occ.
$20K. 859-582-6943
REDUCED!- 2/1 Fully furn,
many extras, new CNHeat, 40'
decked screen rm, 40' carport,
12x12 shed w/ W/D, in adult
park on rim canal w/dock,
$28,000 neg. 863-357-1784


Recreation



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



ALUM LOWE: 14' w/trailer.
New tires & wheel bearings,
15hp, merc, 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
DEEP V: 12ft, aluminum, like
new 15 hp merc, trolling mo-
tor, has oars and good trail-
er. $1100.863-467-4328 *
EVINRUDE ENGINE- Outboard,
35 HP good runner, all con-
trols, elec. start, $500 or
best offer (937)215-0307


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BHR, DWMH, 2+BR/2BA,
rool, jacuzzi & sunroom,
ake access w/boathouse,
nice Fla. rm., $1200 mo., 1st
last & sec., possible rent to
own. (863)763-1673
BRAND NEW HOMES FOR
RENT Be the first ones in!!
3/2, W/D, lawn & water
maintincid, $1100 1st last, last
& $500 sec. 2 avail in Bass-
wood, 1st week in March
, Small pets ok. Call
(561)723-0661
DUPLEX FOR RENT: 3br/lba
with laundry room. $775/mo.
1st, last & security of $500.
Call 863-763,4414.
HOUSE FOR RENT: 2br/lba by
Kissimmee River. $500/mo.
1st mo & sec dep to move In.
No Dogsl Call 561-746-5852
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1 Ever-
glade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
561-248-3888/863-599-0156
OKEECHOBEE: 3br/lba, cen-
tral air. $800 / mnth.
863-763-8058


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DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

POSTING DATE: February 2007
CLOSING DATE: March 23, 2007, or until position filled
The Okeechobee Utility Authority is seeking a qualified appli-
cant to serve as the Director of Operations for the water treat-
ment ( 9,000 customers), wastewater treatment ( 4,200
customers) and maintenance departments of a public utility.
This position reports directly to the Executive Director. At a
minimum, job responsibilities will include: employee and cus-
tomer relations, regulatory compliance, budget preparation and
monitoring, construction oversight, meetings and other general
administrative duties.
The minimum qualifications for this position shall include high
school diploma and drivers license with a good driving record.
Additionally, a college degree in business administration, fi-
nance, engineering or other related field would be a definite
plus. In addition to the previously mentioned educational crite-
ria, if the applicant possesses a certified license in the water
treatment, wastewater operator or maintenance of water distri-
bution or wastewater collection areas, these will be considered
upon submission of copies of the certifications.
The applicant should be able to provide a work history listing
job responsibilities and years of experience at previous work
assignments which would directly relate to the expected work
assignments of this listing. A detailed listing of previous super-
visory work experience will be considered in the review pro-
cess.
A pre-employment drug screening will be required.
The Okeechobee Utility Authority offers a benefit package that
includes the standard paid time off for holidays and accrued
vacation and sick time. Additionally, various health, life and
medical insurances are offered. The present salary range for
this position ranges from $ 50,000 $ 85,000 with an offered
salary dependent upon qualifications of the applicant. Appli-
cants are expected to provide a salary history as well as ex-
pected salary requirements.
Qualified applicants may send their letters of interest and re-
sumes to:
Okeechobee Utility Authority
Attn: John F. Hayford
Executive Director
100 SW 5th Avenue
Okeechobee, Florida 34974-4221
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER/DRUG FREE WORKPLACE


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FOOTBALL TABLE, Like new,
all wood, barely used, paid
$200, asking $150 firm.
(863)467-8184
PLAY STATION II- Used. $30,
or best offer. (863)634-8708


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-
SIng, etc (863)946-3123


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10 Okeechobee News, Monday, February 19, 2007


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
STARCRAFT: Aluminum, 18ft
center console, 90 hp Johnson
motor & troll motor, full elec &
tn. $2000 (863)763-0728


ALLEGRO 32BA '03- work
horse, 20K, 2 slides, no
smoking/pets, exc cond.
$55,000 neg (317)431-9561
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 .
Fifth Wheel Terry, '98, 27.5',
13 ft. slide, $10,000 will ne-
gotiate. See at KOA Camp-
ground, Lot 40, Louisiana.
: (570)449-5583
NEAR LaBelle, 30 Ft.Furnished
w/built up roof. Must be
. moved. $1500. 863-675-1891
or (540)616-7319 (Cell)
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: For 16 18
Ft Boat. New bunks & paint.
Good condition. $450.
(863)357-5754


HARLEYS- garage kept,
1999 883 Hugger $4000,
1993 Dyna Wide Glide
$9500 (863)634-9474
KAWASAKI Eliminator 250 '01
clean bike, runs great.
$1400 or best offer.
863-634-2423 lv.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
SuzukiKatana750, '01, 10k
mi., Yoshimura exhaust,
w/helmet, gold platinum col-
or, $3250. (863)634-5781
YOUTH CHOPPER,
45-50MPH, Good cond.
$550 or best offer.
(863)697-9649



DIRT BIKE, 2005 TTR 125,
with after market muffler,
exc. cond. $1600 or best
offer. (863)697-9649
FOUR WHEELER, 2004 Polaris
Predator 500, has Fox Rac-
ing Suspension & Nerf Bars.
$4500 neg. (863)63)4-2839
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


Damon, 1999: 21 ft., never
traveled, kept under roof in
LaBelle, Must See! $6500.
239-633-2159
NOMAD- '92, 32', New FL/rm,
Furnished. Lot #19 on Canal
in Fijian Park. $6500. Neg.
Cell# 765-617-0015
PULL TRAILER: 30ft, good
cond, new fridge, gas stove,
Ir, dinette, br, ba. $2500.
863-467-9621

Automobiles


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Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equefamset 4025
FMreign Cars 4030
Feur Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Part -Repairs 4045
PlaUtp Trucks 4050
Sp Utility 4055
Tactr Trailers 4060
Ultliy Tralers 4065
Vans407Q



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.
CHRYSLER LEBARON- '92,
Convertible, New tires & top.
Runs. $500. (863)902-0477


CHEVY CAVALIER '97- must
sell, great condition, cold
AC, $2400 or best offer
(863)357-3369
DODGE NEON 1997, 50 K mls.
$2500 or best offer.
(863)674-3314 LaBelle area.
ELECTRIC CAR, '76 Sebring
Vanguard, $2500
(863)234-9595
FORD ESCORT 1995 Wagon,
Runs very good. $1400
(863)675-7758/234-9097
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
HUNTING BUGGY: 1984 Ford
F150 Deck Buggy, excellent
condition. $2500 firm.
863-655-3436



BOB CAT ATTACHMENT, ATI
Tree Boom Attachment. Heavy
Duty. Like new. Asking $850
(863)697-2032 Okeechobee
CONST. SCAFFOLD- 2 story,
with trailer, $1200 neg
(863)763-3451..



CHEVY SUBURBAN '89, 350,
auto.,. 4" lift, 36" Super
Swampers. $2500 or best
offer. (772)370-0776
DODGE DURANGO '98- 4x4,
SLT, some body damage,
can be. repaired, runs great
$4000 (863)509-3446
DODGE RAM CHARGER- '86,
V-8, 360, 4x4, Very good
condition. $2500.
(863)634-5421
JEEP CJ5 '81, 4 cyl., 4 spd.,
soft top & doors. $1700 or
best offer. (772)370-0776


CLUB CAR '03, 48 volt, lights,
mirrors & windshield. $2500
(863)675-3499


CHEVY TRANSMISSION
4L80E, $200.
(863)467-5401 or
772)359-2923
CHEVY TRANSMISSION-
Granny, 4 speed, flywheel,
clutch & bell housing, $450
(863)697-3895
FRAME MOUNT TRAILER
HITCH, Trailer weight limit,
3500 Ibs. $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. msg.
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 SILVERADO 1500 '98:
Extended cab, 350, V8, auto,
w/ tow pkg, all pwr, am/fm,
cd. $4000.863-677-3100
CHEVY STEPSIDE, '97, runs
great,'red, 114k mi., lots of
extras, $5500 or best offer.
(863)357-0516
CHEVY SUBURBAN, '95, 4
whi. dr., exc. cond., 90k ml.,
one owner, new tires,
$6000. (812)989-3022 r
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
NISSAN FRONTIER '02- V6,
auto, 2wd, 40K mi., cold air,
new tires, grey cloth interior
$12000 (863)697-6077


JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE, '98,
Limited Ed., 4x4, 5.21, 99k
mi., $5000. (863)763-5372
JEEP PICKUP, '90, needs mi-
nor rear end repair & battery,
4300. (863)467-5401 or
(772)-359-2923


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
DODGE CARAVAN 1994,
$1200. or best offer.
(863)674-3314 LaBelle area
DODGE CARAVAN, '93, blue,
auto, a/c, new tires, brakes
& battery, 185k mi., $1300
or best offer. (863)885-1026
TOYOTA PREVIA VAN- '91,
Good running condition.
$800. If Interested, call
863-610-1266. Van in Okee.


Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
AMERICAN GENERAL HOME EQUITY INC
Plaintiff
vs. CASE NO. 2006-CA-245
DONALD HAMILTON AK/IA DONALD H.
HAMILTON; CHERI HAMILTON A/K/A
CHERI B. HAMILTON; JAMES E.
FRASER III, THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE
OF JAMES E. FRASER III; DAVID
THOMAS, THE PERSONAL REPRE-
SENTATIVE OF VERNON CARTER, DE-
CEASED; UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEE,
GRANTEE, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, TRUSTEE OF VERNON
CARTER, DECEASED; MARY JULIA
CARTER, HEIR; HOWARD VINSON
CARTER, HEIR; IF LIVING, INCLUDING
ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DE-
FENDANT(S), IF REMARRIED, AND IF
DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UN-
KNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT-
SEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL
OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE
NAMED DEFENDANTSS; JIM FRAS-
ERS CREATIVE CARPENTRY, INC;
WHETHER DISSOLVED OR PRESENT-
LY EXISTING, TOGETHER WITH ANY
GRANTEES; ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, OR TRUSTEES OF SAID DE-
FENDANT(S AND ALL OTHER PER-
SONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, OR AGAINST DEFENDANTSS;
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES,
GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, TRUSTEES OF VERNON
CARTER, DECEASED; MARY JULIA
CARTER, HER; IF LIVING, INCLUDING
ANY UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DE-
FENDANTIS), IF REMARRIED, AND IF
DECEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UN-
KNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANT-
EES, ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS,
LIENORS, AND TRUSTEE, AND ALL
OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINSTTHE
NAMED DEFENDANTSS; Whose resi-
dence is/are unknown.
YOU ARE HEREBY required to ile your
answer or written defenses, if any, in
the above proceeding with the Clerk of
this Court, and to serve acopythereof
upon the plaintiffs attomey, whose
name and address appears hereon,
within thirty days of the first publica-
ton of this Noticethie nature of this
proceeding belng a suit for foreclosure
of mortgage againstthe following de-
scribed property, to wit
A PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTION
25, TOWNSHIP 35 SOUTH, RANGE 35
EAST, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORI-
DA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY
DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHEAST COR-
NER OF SAID SECTION 25, THENCE
NORTH 90 DEGREES 00' DO" WEST
ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SEC-
TION 25, A DISTANCE OF 30.00 FEET
TO THE INTERSECTION WITH THE
WEST RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF N.W.
14THAVENUE(0 FEET WIDE);
THENCE NORTH 00 DEGREES 51' 38
EAST ALONGISAID WEST RIGHT OF
WAY LINE A DISTANCE OF 429.28
FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO THE IN-
TERSECTION WITH AN EXISTING
EAST/WEST BARBED WIRE FENCE
LINE; THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES
29' 35' WEST, GENERALLY FOLLOW-
ING SAID EXISTING BARBED WIRE
FENCE LINE, A DISTANCE OF
1720.45 FEET; THENCE NORTH 02
DEGREES 03'40 EAST DISTANCE
OF 515.40 FEET, THENCE SOUTH 90
DEGREES 0000" EAST PARALLEL
WITH THE AFORESAID SOUTH LINE
OF SECTION 25, A DISTANCE OF
1709.33 FEET TO THE INTERSECTION
WITH THE AFORESAID WEST RIGHT
OF WAY LINE OF N.W. 144TH AVE-
NUE; THENCE SOUTH 00 DEGREES
51' 38" WEST ALONG SAID RIGHT OF
WAY LINE, A DISTANCE OF 500.39
FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING.
A/K/A
15035 NW 160TH STREET
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972.
If you fal to file your answeror written
defenses in the above proceeding, on
plaintlIfs attorney, a default will be en-
tered against ou for the relief de-
manded Inthe Complaint or Peilion.
DATED at OKEECHOBEE County this 6th
day of February, 2007
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Arlene Neallis
Deputy Clerk
In accordance wHith the American withi -
Disabilities Act of 1990, persons
needing a special accommodation to
partlelipate l this proceeding should
contacttie ASA Coordlnator no later
than seven (7) days prior to the pro-
ceedlIngs. IlhearIng impaired,
please call (800)955-9771 (TOD) or
W800)955-870 (voice), via Florida
Relay Service.
Law Office of Daniel C. Consuegra
9204 King Palm Drive
Tarmpa, R 33619-1328
Tel (613)915-8660
Fax (813)915-0659
Attorney for Plaintiff
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Community Events

Yard sale benefits Grad Nite
Thrivent Financial for Lutheran Church will hold a yard sale on Satur-
day, March 3, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church Fellow-
ship Hall, 750 N.W 23rd Lane. Proceeds will benefit the Okeechobee
community Grad Nite and other projects. Donated items can be dropped
off during the week of Feb. 25 in room 205 in the Fellowship Hall. For
information call (863) 763-5042, or Debbie at (863) 610-1738.
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
information, 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 Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Widow & Widowers group to host speaker
The Widow & Widowers group will host a discussion on crime pre-
vention 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 Flori-
da 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-members 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 Program. For informa-
tion, call Nell Bostwick at (863) 763-4134.


Briefs
and eedsof fste chidren F-


Public recycling
drop-off bins open
Public recycling drop-off bins
are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance
Facility, 306 N.W. Ninth Ave., and
the Okeechobee Landfill, 10800
N.E. 128th Ave. The vehicle main-
tenance facility is open from 8
a.m. until noon and from 1 p.m.
until 5 p.m., Monday through Fri-
day. It is closed on weekends and
holidays. Only recyclable materi-
als such as newspaper, aluminum
and metal cans, corrugated card-
board, glass jars and bottles and
plastics #1 through #3 are
accepted at the public facilities.
Items not accepted include: plas-
tic shopping bags; commercial
business items; tires; appliances;
electronic devices; yard trash;
household trash; oil, gas, paint or
household hazardous waste; and,
batteries. For more information:
contact Russell Rowland, county
solid waste manager, at (863)
763-1811, or Waste Management
of Okeechobee at (863) 357-0111,
or (863) 763-4818.
Red Cross
needs instructors
Have you saved a life today?
Volunteer as an American Red
Cross Instructor and teach others
the skills they need to save lives.
You can help the American Red
Cross reach people in your com-
munity with lifesaving training,
including CPR, First Aid, Automat-
ed External Defibrillation, and
HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the
Okeechobee Branch of the Amer-
ican Red Cross at (863) 763-2488
to find out more.

Volunteers for
elderly are needed
The Long-Term Care Ombuds-
man Council is seeking volun-
teers to serve as advocates for res-
idents of nursing homes and
assisted living facilities. Volun-
teers are specially trained and Cer-
tified to investigate and resolve
resident complaints and to carry
out -assessment of facilities.
Licensed social workers, pharma-
cists, elder law attorneys, physi-
cians, nurses and others with a
sincere interest in the elderly are
urged to apply. For information
call (772) 595-1385.

Club has
quilts for sale
The Tantie Quilters now have
baby and regular size quilts for
sale.. For information, call Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Belin-
da at (863) 357-0166.

Vaccine for
rabies required
The Florida State Animal Law
828.30 Rabies vaccination of
dogs, cats and ferrets. Okee-
chobee County Ordinance Sec.
10-111, Vaccination against rabies
required and Okeechobee City
Ordinance 4-26, vaccinations. All
dogs, cats and ferrets 4 months
and older must have a revaccina-
tion 12 months after the initial
vaccination. Thereafter, revacci-
nation requirements would con-
form to the vaccine manufactur-
er's direction. Vendors should be
reminded that any dog or cat
offered for sale is to be sold with a
health certificate issued by a
licensed Veterinarian, per Florida
State Law 828.29. Animal liczeses


are purchased at the Animal Con-
trol facility with proof of current
rabies vaccination. For informa-
tion, call Animal Control at (863)
357-3225.

Ad Litem program
needs volunteers
This year, hundreds of kids on
the Treasure Coast will be
abused, neglected or abandoned.
If you have as little as two hours
per week, then you can help.
Guardian Ad Litem volunteers are
needed to speak up for these chil-
dren. Training for new volunteers
will be held in your area soon.
Volunteers are needed in St.
Lucie, Indian River, Martin and
Okeechobee counties. Call the
Guardian Ad Litem program at
(772) 785-5804 for information
and an application. Just two
hours of your time each week will
make a difference in the lives of
these children.


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 Disorder 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 partici:
pants in our inaugural fair to be held March 9-18, 2007. The contests
consist of quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, photography and wood'
working. There will also be food competitions such as home baking
and canned goods; and a vegetable competition featuring categories
such as garden vegetable, fruit and vegetable and largest vegetable:
Entry forms and rules are available at the Okeechobee County Extenr
sion Office, 458 U.S. 98 North. For information, contact Linda Syfrett at
(863) 763-6232 or Dianne Spann at (863) 634-3327.
Bake sale helps missionary projects
The Ladies of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church USA, 312 N
Parrott Ave., will hold a bake sale on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m,
until noon. Proceeds will go towards support for several missionary
projects. For information, call Eleanor Newhouse at (863) 763-6128.
Speckled Perch Parade scheduled
The annual Speckled Perch Parade will be held Saturday, March 10;
in downtown 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 infor-
mation, 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 at the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W;
Fourth St., on Saturday, March 17. She will be speaking on many cuer
rent events. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge. For information,
call Debi at (863) 634-3525.


and needs of foster children. For
information call (800) 403-9311.I

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


Center offers
parenting classes
A continuous ten-week free
parenting class is offered on Mon-
days from 7 until 8 p.m. at New
Endeavor High School, 575 S.W.
28th St. The school is located
across the street from Osceola
Middle School. For information,
call Al Jaquith at (863) 462-5000,
ext. 282, or (863) 763-0437.

Foster parents
desperately needed
Okeechobee is in desperate
need of people willing to provide
foster children a normal family
life with nutritious meals, good
daily care and a stimulating envi-
ronment. Foster parents may be
married, divorced or single. Their
most important characteristic is
that they are caring individuals
who understand the problems


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