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Okeechobee


Vol. 98 No. 53



Briefs

Lady Brahman
ball drop tonight
The Lady Brahman softball
team's annual ball drop
fundraiser will take place on
Thursday, Feb. 22 at 5:45 p.m.
at the Lady Brahman softball
Field. The event had been origi-
nally scheduled for Feb. 9, but
had to be rescheduled due to
lack of a helicopter.
The helicopter is still
unavailable, but the balls will
be dropped from a crane in
order to hold the fundraiser.
The public is invited to attend.
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Inside

NES students
checking out books
In the Media Center at North
Elementary School, students in
all grades are checking out
books. Grades kindergarten
through second are focusing
on how to take care of a book
and how to behave while
checking a book out. Grades
three through five are still read-
ing AR Chapter Books in class.
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IRCC to host
annual car show
FORT PIERCE -- Indian River
Community College (IRCC) will
host The River Classic 2007
Custom Car Show on Sunday,
March 4, from 10 a.m. through
4 p.m. on the main campus in
Fort Pierce.
Participants may register
between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The
show is open to the public and
there is no charge for spectator
admission or parking.
The fouth annual car show
is hosted in partnership with
XTREMELOWZ from West
Palm Beach.
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Drought Index
Current: 643
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

11.33 feet


Lake level
LastYear:
15.48 feet
(SOURCE:
South Florida
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea
level.)
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Community Events . .4
Crossword .........9.
Obituaries . . . . .3
Opinion ............4
Speak Out . . . . .4
Sports .............7
TV . . . . . . . .10
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DCA expected to OK projects


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Department of Communi-
ty Affairs (DCA) is expected to give
complete and final approval for
the two large scale comprehen-
sive plan amendments within 60
days that will pave the way for two
new developments in the City of
Okeechobee.
According to City Planner Jim
LaRue the amendments should
gain DCA approval even with the
objections that have already been


addressed.
The first of the two compre-
hensive plan amendments, which
were passed by the Okeechobee
City Council Tuesday, Feb. 20, was
submitted by Craig Hackl/H2 Old-
ings concerning just over 21 acres
on S.R. 70 E., which is located
across the highway from the U.S.
Post Office.
The initial development plan
includes about 200,000 square
feet of space. Approximately
165,000 of that will be for retail
outlets, while about 25,000 square


feet will be general office space
and 10,000 square feet will be for
restaurant use.
Craig Hackl, the owner and
developer was represented by
Brandon Tucker of Tucker Realty
Group who stated that they "...
are moving forward with the
development that he (Mr. Hackl)
had proposed."
"There is a very nice viable
shopping center being planned.
We are continuing to move for-
ward and this comp plan amend-
ment is critical to that movement,"


Affordable housing, attainable prices


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Mary Hinton, representative for InSite Development Group, LLC, spoke of the proposed
new development of 238 townhouses in the northwest section of the city. She said their
"... hope is to be able to give teachers, nurses, firefighters whoever needs attainable
housing first shot and try to get them in with a rent they can afford with an option to
buy if they choose to stay." \

City paves way for development


By Chauna Aguflar
Okeechobee News
The Southern Trace develop-
ment by InSite Development
Group, LLC in the Southern
Trace development in the north-
west section of the city was a hot
topic at the Okeechobee City
Council meeting Tuesday night.
The issue, which was
approved by the council, was to
close five alleyways within the
northwest section of town where
.the developer is planning to
develop townhouses.
The site is located on three
blocks from N.W. 11th Street to
N.W. 14th Street in N.W. Fifth
Avenue and N.W. Third Avenue,
and on two blocks located
See Closings Page 2


Engineer Steve Dobbs of Rudd Jones, RE. and Associ-
ates, RA., addressed the issues of density that were pre-'
viously expressed by the Okeechobee City Council at the
first reading of InSite Development's request to close five
alleyways in the northwest section of the city by reducing
the density from 54 units per .acre to 48 units per acre
which satisfied the concern of the council members.


Special magistrate issues code rulings


Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
In short order, Special Mag-
istrate Bill Selmi ruled on 10
code violation cases at his
monthly hearing on Tuesday,
Feb. 20.
This was the third month for
special magistrate hearings -
a system that was instituted as
a faster means of settling code
violation cases than a hearing
before an appointed board.
Mr. Selmi has a private law
practice when he is not hearing
code violation cases once a
month.
Of the 17 cases originally
scheduled to be heard, seven
were dismissed.
The cases against Fred and
Deborah Parker, David Brague,
Rodolfo Martinez, Robbie
Kubusheski, John Harrison,
Basilio Ruiz and George F. Gar-
rett were dismissed because
code enforcement officers stat-
ed that they were found to be
in compliance.
The Whispering Pines prop-
erty of Juan and Celestina Solis
was found to constitute a fire
and safety hazard and contain
a derelict structure. They were
also charged with construction
without a permit.
Upon the recommendation
of code enforcement officer
Gina Gehring, Mr. Selmi gave
them 60 days, instead of the


usual 30 days, to come into
compliance. This was to allow
them time to secure a contrac-
tor and a building permit. If the
property is not in compliance
by April 15, they could be fined
$100 for every day of noncom-
pliance.
Inoperable vehicle, trash
and debris and care of premis-
es were the charges against
Elvis and Beryl Underwood
because of the condition of
their DeBerry Gardens proper-
ty.
If the property is not in com-
pliance by March 11, they
could face a fine of $75 a day.
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.
Mr. Selmi ruled that if the
property is not in compliance
by March 11, the owners could
face a fine of $150 a day.
Having an inoperable vehi-
cle, trash and debris, care of
premises and overgrowth
charges were filed against Ros-
alio Elias of N.E. 11th Lane by
code enforcement officer Beth
Albert. Mr. Selmi found that the
property is in violation of Okee-
chobee County codes, and if
not brought up to code in a
month the owner could face a
fine of $50 a day..
Ms. Albert cited Thomas


and Barbara Almond for an
inoperable vehicle, care of
premises and unauthorized
use of land and/or building
because of the condition of
their N.E. 30th Boulevard prop-
erty. She stated that even
though some cleanup had
been done on the property
since that citation was written,
it was still not in full compli-
ance.
Mr. Almond said he was
working on cleaning up the
property and he needed more
time.
County attorney Laura
McCall noted that the citation
was issued in September of
2006, giving Mr. Almond plenty
of time for cleanup.
Mr. Selmi then ruled that if
the property is not in compli-
ance by March 11, Mr. Almond
could face a fine of $75 a day.
Mrs. McCall stated that if at
next month's hearing substan-
tial cleanup had been done,
but the property was still not in
compliance, the special magis-
trate could delay imposing the
fine for another month.
Wesley Rucks was cited for
trash and debris, care of prem-
ises, construction without a
building permit and over-
growth on his Dixie Ranch
Estates property. Since she
wrote the original citation, Ms.
See Code -Page 2


Mr. Tucker told the council. "The
entrance to -the project still
remains to coincide with the sig-
nalized intersection and I am sure
there will be some other improve-
ments with the Department of
Transportation at that time."
The second Cycle 1 2007 Com-
prehensive Plan amendment that
was approved came from proper-
ty owner Frank Altobello, trustee
for CBC Management Corpora-
tion, concerning a large scale land
use plan amendment for a pro-
posed fishing village.


This property is located along
the west side of Taylor Creek on
just over 32 acres of land.
The proposed development is
for a residential mixed use that
would allow for businesses such
as restaurants and a private mari-
na, as well as up to 297 residential
units.
The next step in the process for
approval will be a rezoning for all
of the land involved. There is cur-
See Projects Page 2


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City Coun-
cil Tuesday approved the final
reading of a rezoning applica-
tion from property owner
William Mason for property
located at the west entrance of
the City Commerce Center.
Mr. Mason was requesting a
zoning change from residential
multi-family and holding to resi-
dential single family, with an
amendment that excludes a.885
acre parcel located off of North-
east Ninth Street that backs the
railroad.


The property applied for con-
sists of just over 13 acres that
currently have a future land use
of residential single family but a
zoning of holding, which is no
longer in the updated land devel-
opment regulations (LDR).
Mr. Mason requested the
change to build a single family
residence on the property.
The portion of this property
that was excluded is adjacent to
industrial property that backs the
railroad tracks owned by
Charles Farmer. In response to
the council's concern that this
See Zoning Page 2


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The Zipper Is one of the rides that Deggeler Attractions will
be bringing to the Okeechobee County Fair, March 9-18,
2007. The midway will feature 25-30 rides including kiddie
rides that an adult can ride with a child. There will be lots
of concession stands, games and a 110-foot high Ferris
wheel. Deggeler Attractions has been awarded the Outdoor
Amusement Business Association's "Circle of Excellence."


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2 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, February 22, 2007


Fort Pierce man faces drug charges


After posting bond Michael
Moon thought he was free of the
Okeechobee County Jail, but he
had no more paid that bond
when he was arrested again -
this time on a St. Lucie County
warrant.
Moon, 34, Sunset Boulevard,
Fort Pierce was first arrested on
Tuesday, Feb. 20, by Deputy Paul
Jackson of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)


Projects

Continued From Page 1
rently a rezoning application in
waiting for the H2 Oldings develop-
ment.
The comprehensive plan
amendments included more than
just the two developments due to
the extensive changes involved in
creating such developments.
In accordance with these comp
plan amendments, the city planner
had to make changes to the com-
prehensive plan narrative elements
in response to the DCA objections
and recommendations. Those
amendments include capital
improvement, conservation ele-
ment, transportation, future land
use, as well as issues with the
water supply and the consistency
with the state comprehensive plan.
One objection from the DCA
concerned the lack of require-
ments limiting nutrients in the
water. The South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
will be adopting level requirements
in the future by 2010 according
to Mr. LaRue for nutrients such
as nitrogen and phosphorus.
These requirements will guide the


Closings

Continued From Page 1
between N.W. 11th Street and N.W.
13th Street and N.W. Seventh
Avenue and N.W. Fifth Avenue.
Density had become the prime
issue if the alleys were signed over
to the developer. The current zon-
ing without the dosed alleys would
allow the developer to put 46 units
per block. If the alleys are closed,
the developer would be able to put
in 54 units per block.
In response to the density con-
cerns of the council, the developer
is now proposing to develop 238
units which is a decrease of 17
units from the previous proposal of
255 units.
The development is to be locat-
ed on a total of approximately 26
acres.
In a memo from Councilman
Lowry Markham, who was not in


on a charge of
possession of
a controlled
substance
without a pre- J
scription. His (
bond on the .
charge was
$5,000.
After
Collins Bail Michael
Bonding post- Moon


ed the bond, Moon was then
arrested on a St. Lucie County
warrant charging him with the
felony of aggravated stalking. He
has since posted the $2,500
bond on that charge.
According to an arrest report
by Deputy Jackson, he went to
Moon's place of employment in
Okeechobee on Tuesday morn-
ing to serve the St. Lucie County
warrant and take the Fort Pierce


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Brandon Tucker of Tucker Realty Group represented Craig
Hackl/H2 Oldings in their upcoming plans for a 200,000
square foot shopping center to be located on just over 21
acres on S.R. 70 E. across the highway from the U.S. Post
Office. The center is to include retail outlets, general office


space and restaurant uses.
city's requirements at that time to
the conservation element.
The residential mixed use
(RMU) category has been created
in the future land use element and
is intended to accommodate and
provide flexibility for development
of multiple uses within a residential


attendance at the Council's Feb. 20
meeting, he stated that he "...
reviewed the revised site plan that
will be distributed at the meeting
... it appears to be a better solution
and I appreciate the decrease in
density per block by the applicant. I
agree with the plans as presented
with the less density and would not
object to the alley closing with
these plans."
According to engineer Steve
Dobbs, of Rudd Jones, P.E. and
Associates, and who represents
InSite Development Group LLC, his
client is intent on following the
path of least resistance.
These units, which will be sold,
will be two-story units with a
garage. Some of the units will be
two bedroom, two bath; and some
will be three bedroom with two
baths.
"The clubhouse has been
removed and the development will
be going forward as residential


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setting.
"In order for land to be consid-
ered for this designation, land shall
be a minimum of 30 acres and no
more than seven and one-half
dwelling units per gross acre,"
explained Mr. LaRue .of his
response to DCA.


multi-family, not planned unit
development (PUD) as was dis-
cussed previously as a optional
alternative," explained city admin-
istrator Brian Whitehall.
"We have developed a model in
Oconee County, Ga., and another
will be opening in Palm Beach
County. What it does is provide
attainable housing for RNs, med-
ical professionals and teachers,"
said InSite Development represen-
tative Mary Hinton. "When I called
the Okeechobee County School
Board, their number one priority
was housing that their teachers
could afford.
"According to their website,
Raulerson Hospital also has a criti-
cal need for housing to obtain
medical professionals. Our hope is
to be able to give teachers, nurses,
firefighters whoever needs
attainable housing first shot at
them and try to get them in with a
rent they can afford with an option


man into custody. After placing
Moon under arrest, the deputy
found an unlabeled pill bottle in
the front pocket of his pants. In
the bottle were 13 tablets that
were later found to be Percocet,
stated the deputy's report.
Deputy Jackson stated in his
report that it was also learned
later that.Moon did not have a
prescription for the pain killer.


The RMU category must adhere
to the following design and princi-
ples: all developments must be
zoned as planned unit develop-
ment (PUD); the development is
required to be clustered to maxi-
mize open space and natural
areas; and it must provide a mix of
uses, including a mix of residential
types, recreational amenities, civic
spaces and convenience and com-
mercial uses intended to serve resi-
dents and their guests in order to
minimize trips outside the RMU
category.
The minimum percent land use
mix for the RMU category is 45 per-
cent residential, 10 percent com-
merciaVnon-residential and 40 per-
cent open space.
The maximum percent land
use mix for this category is 50 per-
cent residential, 15 percent com-
merciaV/non-residential and 53 per-
cent open space.
Additional requirements for the
RMU category may be researched
by contacting the city's General
Services Department at (863) 763-
3372.
Postyowropinionsin the Pubic
IssuesFonunm atwww.newszap.com.
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reachedatcagnitar@newszap.com.


to buy if they choose to stay."
Drainage issues had previously
been addressed by Mr. Dobbs who
provided site plans for the develop-
ment that show eight retention
areas underground. These reten-
tion areas are tied to a retention
pond by culverts that channel
water to a pond, of which 75 per-
cent has to be 12-feet deep. The
water in the pond is then connect-
ed to the city limits ditch, which
ultimately goes to Taylor Creek.
The council saw that the issues
were properly addressed and voted
unanimously to approve the dos-
ing of the alleys for the develop-
ment.
The next step in the procedure
of approval will be for the site plans
to go before the technical review
committee. It's not known just
when that will take place.
Postyour options in the Pubkic
Issues Forum atwww.newszap.com.
Reporter ChaunaAguilarmaybe
reached at caguilar@newszap.com.


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Saucedo stated the property has
been cleaned up somewhat but
full compliance had not yet
been achieved.
Mr. Rucks had taken care of
overgrowth, but still needed a
permit.
. Mr. Selmi ruled that he must
obtain a building permit by
March 11 or face a fine of $ 100 a
day.
Care of premises, trash and
debris and obstruction of right
of way were the charges against
Mark and Terri Jekot because of
the condition of their Basswood
property. Ms. Saucedo stated
that some cleanup had been
done. However, no building per-
mit had been obtained. They
were given until March 11 to
obtain a permit or face a fine of
$100 a day.
Rex and Joanne Allen were
facing a $50 a day fine because
of trash and debris and a con-
demned structure on their N.W.
35th Lane property.
Ms. Saucedo stated that
some cleanup had been done
and that the AlIens were work-
ing with Romelis Planning and
Development to remove the
condemned structure.
Roumelis Planning and
Development is a business that
has a contract with the county
to administer housing grants for
low-income families. That
organization is awaiting addi-
tional grant funds for the proj-
ect.
She also stated that that the
Allens were working with Okee-
chobee Nonprofit Housing to
build a new house.
Because of these facts, Mr.
Selmi gave them an additional
month until April 15 to
come into compliance or face a
fine of $50 a day.


David Tyson was facing a
$100-a-day fine for not having a
building permit for his N.W.
Fourth Avenue property.
Mr. Tyson stated that he had
applied for a permit and was
working to provide the addition-
al information needed to
process his application.
Because of Mr. Tyson's good
faith effort, Mr. Selmi held off on
imposing a fine for another
month.
In the one fine reduction
considered, Javier Ordonez had
been fined $29,700 because of
the condition of his River Acres
lot. A fine of $100 a day was
imposed beginning Jan. 18,
2006, and ran until the property
came into compliance on Nov.
15, 2006. The property was out
of compliance for 297 days.
Mr. Ordonez said he was
retired and could not afford to
pay. He submitted a copy of
income tax records showing an
annual salary of $12,000.
Mrs. McCall reviewed the
county's policy on fine reduc-
tions.
Because Mr. Ordonez had no
previous fines, Mrs. McCall stat-
ed that under the county's poli-
cy on fine reductions, the fine
could be reduced 25 percent to
$22,275.
She also noted that Mr.
Ordonez owns additional prop-
erty valued at about $500,000.
Mr. Selmi ruled that the fine
be reduced to $22,275 pending
approval by the Okeechobee
County Board, of County Com-
missioners.
When Mr. Ordonez asked
how he could appeal this deci-
sion, he was told he could state
his case to the county commis-
sioners on March 13 when they
rule on the fine reduction.
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Today's Weather


Okeechobee Forecast

Thursday: Mostly sunny with the high around 80. The wind will be
from the northwest at 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday night: Clear with the low in the lower 50s.. The wind will
be from the northwest around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Friday: Partly sunny with the high in the upper 70s. The wind will be
from the north around 5 mph shifting to the northeast 5 to 10 mph
in the afternoon.
Friday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the mid 50s.
Saturday: Partly sunny with the high in the upper 70s.
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property is wrongly zoned future
land use residential, Mr. Mason
chose to delete this portion from
his application.
According to Mr. Mason, he is
now planning on building a garage
or workshop for personal use for
his family to work on airboats and
swamp buggies.
Bill Brisson, an engineer from
LaRue Planning, told the council at
a previous meeting that "... a
garage is a secondary use and
would not be allowed. In order to
have a secondary use, one must
first have a primary use on the lot.
So, there would have to be a home
built on the lot as well."


In other business, the council:
approved of the rezoning
application submitted by property
owners Glenda Bellamy and Renee
Ellerbee for .54 acres of property
located at 203 S.W. Fourth St.
behind BMJ Towing to be changed
from residential single family to
commercial professional office.
approved the special excep-
tion for the sexual predator ordi-
nance to provide for the allowance
of an institution, rehabilitation facil-
ity, half-way house, camp, retreat
or other similar lodging offered as a
condition of an organized course
of treatment of sexual offenders to
be permitted within a zoning dis-
trict designated for that purpose
within a heavy commercial or
industrial zoning district.
changed the language from
"occupational license tax" to "busi-


ness license tax" in accordance
with Florida legislature statutory
changes.
declared all future applica-
tion, investigation and issuance of
business licenses for vehicles for
hire and taxicabs within the city
will be handled by the Department
of Finance through the business
license office instead of requiring
the council's approval.
approved temporary street
closings in accordance with the
Speckled Perch Festival by the
Chamber of Commerce of Second,
Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth
Avenues between S.R. 70 and
Southwest Park Street from noon
on Friday, March 9, until 9 p.m. on
Sunday, March 11.
approved an agreement with
Kimlev-Horn and Associates, Inc.
as the consultant for preparing the


school element for the city's com-
prehensive plan.
approved accepting a ladder
truck from the City of Pinellas Park
to be presented by city administra-
tor Brian Whitehall and Fire Chief
'Herb Smith.
in response to a request for a
two-hour parking limit in the 500
block of South Park Street by Earle
Strickland of Fantasy Lighting,
neighboring business owners who
were in attendance agreed to
require employees to park on the
north side of the street to allow for
customer parking in front of the
businesses in lieu of the parking
time requirement.
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North Elementary School students checking out books


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Raeley Matthews, a kinder-
garten student at North Ele-
mentary School,. recently
placed fifth in the kindergarten
through second grade divi-
sion of an essay contest spon-
sored in part by the Florida
State Fair. The entries were
required to contain 50 to 150
words and no less than three
original illustrations.


In the Media Center at North
Elementary School, students in
all grades are checking out
books. Grades kindergarten
through second are focusing on
how to take care of a book and
how to behave while checking a
book out. Grades three through
five are still reading AR Chapter
Books in class.

Music
The third, fourth, and fifth
graders have started their unit on
recorder playing. If your child
does not have a recorder yet,
please have them purchase one
at the school store for $4 on
Monday, Tuesdays, and Thurs-
days.

RE. Department
On Saturday, March 3, the P.E.
Department will hold their third
annual Survivor Day Challenge.
Students are encouraged to


team up with a parent and com-
pete against other teams in wild
challenges. Past events have
included the "Shoe-kick", "Mar-
ble Toes", and the "Chicken
Throw." The event begins at 9
a.m. and ends at 11 a.m.

Third Grade News
Mrs. Van Deman's class has
been studying hard for FCAT. We
are using our highlighters to go
back and find information in the
reading selections. Congratula-
tions to Ana Bucio, our top AR


Reader!
Miss Raulerson's reading and
math classes have been working
diligently on FCAT review. We've
been taking practice tests and
reviewing skills to make sure we
are prepared to do our best.
Ms. Gaus' class has been
studying the solar system. We
have been observing the phases
of the moon. We have been suc-
cessfully preparing for our FCAT
test. Remember class to reach
for the stars and you will soar
through FCAT!
Have you ever seen a Name
Creature? Mrs. Van Deman's
class has-we created them! We
made some strange looking
creatures using our first name
and then wrote about an adven-
ture we had with them. We cer-
tainly had some unusual adven-
tures!
Mrs. Whitlock's reading and
math classes have been very


C SC offers grant for summer program


Children's Service Council
announces an exciting opportuni-
ty to creative groups wanting to
provide a quality summer pro-
gram for children and youth of
Okeechobee.
Any agency or group who has
always had an idea for a great
summer activity, but never had
the means to carry it out, can
apply to the Children's Services


Council for a Special Project. The
timeline is quick.
The major goal is to provide a
summer program a maximum of
nine weeks and minimum of
three weeks for, children and
youth, ages 4-18. The project
must detail who is going to be
served, where the program will
be located and the activities the
program will be providing. Pro-


grams must be for Okeechobee
County children and cannot dis-
criminate due to race or religion.
If an agency already receives a
Children's Services Council grant,.
the summer project must be writ-
ten to enhance or expand the
existing program. It cannot be the
current program.
The project application is
ready for dissemination. Call


Cathleen Blair or Cheryl Sutton at
the Children's Services Council
office at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255.
The completed application must
be returned to the Children's Ser-
vices Council office at 700 S. W
Second Ave., Room 304 by 3 p.m.
on Monday, March 5. Decisions
will be made for funding at the
CSC meeting on Thursday, March
8.


Obituaries


Gina Brea Walton
Gina Brea Walton, age 20, for-
merly of Okeechobee died Feb..
17, 2007, in
Okeechobee.
She was born
April 30, 1986,
in Ft. Pierce to
Gina Joan
Plunkett and
Brian K. Wal-
ton. Miss Wal-
ton was activeGinaBrea
duty United Gina Brea
States Air Force Wlton
stationed in
North Carolina. She was a 2004,
graduate of Okeechobee High
School. Miss Walton was a dedi-
cated member of .the Okee-
chobee High School Band as well


as the Color Guard.
Miss Walton is survived by her
mother, Gina Joan Harrell of
Boaz, Ala.; father, Brian K. Walton
of Lawrenceville, Ga.; stepfather,
Wayne (Juanita) Harrell of Okee-
chobee; sister, Samantha Harrell
of Okeechobee; three brothers,
Robbie Harrell and Brandon Ash-
ley of Okeechobee and Eric
Raulerson; grandparents, Marie
and J.T. Plunkett of Cullman, Ala.
and Ron and Memory Walton of
Melbourne; several aunts, uncles,
cousins, and friends.
Visitation will be from 1 until 2
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at
Okeechobee Shrine Club on S.R.
78, with funeral services begin-
ning at 2 p.m.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobeefu-


neralhome.com.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
205 N.E. Second St., Okeechobee.
Bobby Hoskins
Bobby Hoskins, age 67 of
Okeechobee died Tuesday,, Feb.
20, 2007, at his residence. Born
Sept. 2, 1939, in Franklin, Ind., he
had been a resident of Okee-
chobee for the past 25 years and
was a member of the VFW.
Mr. Hoskins is preceded in
death by his brother, William
Hoskins.


He is survived by his daughter,
Bobbie Jo (Bill) Tranter of
Franklin, Ind. and two grand-
daughters, Amanda and Alison. In
addition he is survived by one
brother, Roger Hoskins of Sebring
and sister, Nancy Atwood of Fish-
ers, Ind.
Visitation will be held Satur-
day, Feb. 24, 2007, from 10 until
11 a.m. followed by the service at
11 a.m. in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee.


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rocks and minerals. We have
learned how to do a hardness
test to see which mineral is the
hardest.
Remember the FCAT Test will
begin on Monday, Feb. 26. We
are excited about the opportuni-
ty for our students to show off
their skills. Make sure your chil-


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them get sunburned, no matter
how great the weather is, dress
comfortably, and be on time.
Nothing is more stressful than
being late. Try and make your
morning stress free by being
organized the night before by
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lunches, etc. Breakfast will be
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does not like eating breakfast at
school, please be sure that
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HANDICAPPED PARKING: I was reading Tuesday's paper about the
disabled parking. I am also a young person. At age 36 I have already
had a stroke and as of right now I look normal but I also have trouble
walking so like this person was saying, don't judge people by the way
they look. You never know who has a real problem. You don't.

NO MECHANIC NEEDED: When you drive a Toyota car or truck you
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in for another one. I've been doing this for 20 years and it works.

RECYCLING: Someone, please tell me what benefit I get out of recy-
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COMPETITITON FOR WORKERS: Does anyone else find it curious
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concrete jobs perhaps stand to match the pay/benefits or risk losing
employees to these folks? Just a thought, and I'm curious to see if I'm
the only one who finds this interesting.

JOBS: Nobody is trashing the jobs at the new concrete plant. The
plant is being built it's a done deal it's going to happen. The jobs are
coming some being imported, some being created. The debate is
about the concrete 'workforce housing' project. If they are creating
high wage' jobs, why they are pounding the table for this high density,
affordable housing or workforce housing (call it what you will) proj-
ect. There is a huge disconnect. I see people genuinely concerned
about their community. What I find curious is that the city planning
staff recommended denial of a zoning change for multiple reasons and
even stated that it may constitute a grant of special privilege if
approved without a full review and analysis. And a few weeks later, city
council voted to approved approve it with almost nothing done at that
time no traffic study, no drainage study, no school concurrency pro-
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TRAINS: I was just wondering when something is going to be done
about these trains? Editor's note: Could you be a little more specific
about the problem?

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN IRAQ: After Hurricane Katrina hit the
coastline of New Orleans and Mobile and Biloxi there were numerous
charges of fraud and outright stealing, and vandalism brought against
people that were stealing from the victims. I am wondering what is
going to happen to Halliburton and some other contractors over in
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seems to be funneling money to them anyway. There are 1,600 jobs
over there that haven't been finished but they've been paid for and
now they want to walk out and leave them. Even our soldiers don't
have clean water to drink or bathe in. After.this was is over there are
going to be many soldiers with all kind of blood diseases. What is
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of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Long, with her nursery school
friends. Angela is the daughter of Dalton and Mrs. Linda
Chandler, and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy
Chandler and Wilson S. Rucks. Those attending Angela's
first birthday party were Wayne Williams, Elisha Chandler,
Cindy and Candy Mason, Stevie Kohn, Lenora and Steve
Brigglio, Capp and Connie Williams, Cullen Greentaner,
Kasie Whreel, Paula and Roman Bennett, Renea and
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Letter to the Editor


Remembering
an Abolitionist
February 23rd is the 200th
anniversary of the British Parlia-
ment's vote to abolish the transat-
lantic slave trade. It is also the
release date of a film (Amazing
Grace) about the man who led
the British Abolition movement,
William Wilberforce. While the
film does not have much to do


with abolition in the United
States, Wilberforce certainly did.
Abolitionism had widely diffused
origins and its advocates lived on
both sides of the Atlantic. The
movement's leaders wrote and
visited, financed and supported
each other from the late 1780s
through the 1850s.. In the United
States, major figures including
Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Dou-
glass, and William Wells Brown
publicly praised Wilberforce and


Upcoming Events

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 Vil-
lage 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 Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thursday
at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is welcome. The
group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity for care-
givers to give one another support, information and ideas. The meetings
are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-
2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step Study meet-
ing 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 information, 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.
Friday
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,
in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-
5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All per-
sons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming a
part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what we are all
about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for
members and $6 for guests. For information, call (863) 471-0559 or (863)
385-6671.
Nar-anonHelps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a more
normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she has stopped
using. We meet every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863) 467-9833.
Saturday
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at 7:30 a.m.
at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will follow a short busi-
ness meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice before joining. For infor-
mation, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247; Debbie Izzo at (863)
634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.
Sunday
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
(A.A.) open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Monday
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Children's
Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The orienta-
tion is for those interested in fostering or adopting in Okeechobee County.
This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/answer forum. It will be
at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information,
call the Foster Care Program at 1-(800) 403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at Buck-
head Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For information call (863)
634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys singing
is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for your organiza-
tion or group, contact Marge Skinner at (863) 532-0449.
Tuesday
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the pub-
lic. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our 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.
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.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.nm. 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.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the Clock
Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call (863)
357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, con-
tact 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.


were moved by his example. In
1815, one African American min-
ister called him "the immortal
Wilberforce," and upon his death
in 1833, the principal of a school
for free black children in New
York City wrote a sixteen-page
eulogy as a tribute to the British
leader.
The abolition movement was
always far more than one man's
story. It begins and ends with the
millions of black people who


endured, resisted, rebelled, and
ultimately overcame. But Wilber-
force's is a story that inspires us
with a sense of the difference one
person can make, and then what
can happen when thousands or
millions make a similar commit-
ment and rally to a worthy idea
whose time is at hand.
James G. Basker
President, Gilder Lehrman
Institute of American History


Community Events

Show benefits camp for ill kids
The KOA Variety Show "A Wonderful World" will have the Bob
Roberts Society Band at the Orange Grove, the Happy Hoofers and
other variety acts Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 22, 23 & 24, at the
KOA convention center, 4276 U.S. 441 S. Doors will open at 6 p.m.,
and the show will start at 7 p.m. Admission is $6 at the door. All 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.
All those interested in the upcoming county fair are invited. The meet-
ing will begin at 5p.m.

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

Chamber plans Coffee Klatch
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch
will be held Thursday, Feb. 22, starting at 8 a.m. at Big Lake Hospice,
3154 U.S. 441 S. For 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-
ald 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.

Church hosts gospel sing
Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave., will host a
gospel sing on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For
information, call (863) 612-0640.

Christian church will host revival
Westside Christian Church, 8082 S.R. 70 W, will hold their 2007
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&.0 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.

4-Hers to clean saddles
The Bits and Spurs 4-H Club will hold a saddle cleaning and oiling
fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Eli's, Trailer
Sales on State Road 70. Bring your dirty saddles, and let the 4-Hers
dean and oil them. Funds raised will be used for 4-H programs. For
more information, contact Paula Daniel at 763-8185 or 447-1919.

Church hosting ping pong tourney
The First United Methodist Church, 200 NW. 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 D.A.R. scholarship fund
The Okeechobee Chapter of the D.A.R. will hold a yard sale to
supplement the annual scholarship fund on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8
a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the Okeechobee Livestock
Market, 1055 U.S. 98 North.
Art festival slated for Feb. 24-25
The Top of the Lake Art Fest will be held Feb. 24 and 25 in Flagler
Parks #3 and 4, and will be Okeechobee's first juried art show. For
information, contact Okeechobee Main Street at (863) 357-MAIN.
Radio program on Zora Neal Hurston
Family Stations, Inc. will host a radio talk show on Saturday, Feb.
24, starting at 7:30 a.m. The show will be rebroadcast at 1 and 6 p.m.
on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3FM. The special guests will be Jody
Bonet, director of St. Lucie County Cultural MAffairs and Marjorie Cook-
Harrell, first chair of the Zora Festival committee. The topic of the
show will be Zora Neal Hurston, her connection with Fort Pierce,
books to read, Zorafest 2007 and the Zora Neal Hurston Dust Tracks
Heritage Trail. For information, contact Jody Bonet, St. Lucie County
Cultural Affairs at (772) 462-2548 or Marjorie Cook-Harrell at (772)
468-2525 or visit www.zorafest.com.
Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic
education/GED and English as a second language classes at these
locations: Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave., English as sec-
ond language classes, Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until
noon, adult basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday from 8
a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Yearling Mid-
dle School, 925, N.W 23 Lane, English as a second language classes,


Monday -Wednesday 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.; Everglades Elementary,
3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a second language classes, Tuesday
and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.


The Okeechobee News, Thursday, February 22, 2007


OPINION







The Okeechobee News, Thursday, February 22, 2007 0


Indian River Community College to host annual car show


FORT PIERCE Indian River
Community College (IRCC) will
host The River Classic 2007 Cus-
tom Car Show on Sunday, March
4, from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.
on the main campus in Fort
Pierce.


Participants may register
between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The
show is open to the public and
there is no charge for spectator
admission or parking.
The fouth annual car show is
hosted in partnership with


XTREMELOWZ from West Palm
Beach.
IRCC will announce its new
ASE (Automotive Service Excel-
lence) online test preparation
classes at the show.
The program will prepare par-


ticipants for ASE certification and
acceleration toward an Associate
in Applied Science Degree in
Automotive Service Manage-
ment. Pre-registration for ASE
Online test preparation may be
completed at the car show, and
tours of the IRCC Automotive
Labs will highlight IRCC's auto-
motive programs.
To participate in The River
Classic 2007, car enthusiasts
should register in classifications
including classic, luxury, Vintage,
foreign, domestic, street rods,
muscle cars, low riders, trucks


and under construction (primer
must be over bodymods).
Proceeds from the $25 vehicle
registration will go toward IRCC
Automotive Technology Program
scholarships. Judging will begin
at 10 a.m. and trophies will be
awarded at 4 p.m. For anyone
wanting to display their car, but
not wanting it to be judged, there
will be a Park-N-Shine for $15 for
each car displayed. You may also
want to enter your car in the
Sound Challenge for $25 per
vehicle and $10 for each addi-
tional run.


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4-Hers to clean saddles
The Bits and Spurs 4-H Club will hold a saddle cleaning and oiling fundraiser on Satur-
day, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Eli's Trailer Sales on State Road 70. Bring your dirty
saddles, and let the 4-Hers clean and oil them. Funds raised will be used for 4-H pro-
grams. For more information, contact Paula Daniel at 763-8185 or 447-1919. Some mem-
bers of the club are shown here at a club activity at MiCin Ranch.


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Service Club Briefs


American
Legion Post #64
The American Legion Post
#6.1 is located at 501 S.E. Second
St. The Post phone number is
(863) 763-2950.
American Legion Post #64
is open Monday to Saturday from
10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday
from 1 until 9 p.m.
Our kitchen is open daily
serving a regular menu. The
hours of operation are: Monday,
and Friday from 11 a.m. until 3
p.m.; Wednesday, tacos and mar-
garitas served from 11 a.m. until
6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday
from 1 until 9 p.m.
e Sunday at 1 p.m., Sports
Time on big screen TV. Quarter
pound hot dogs, pizza and $1
draft beer will be offered. David
Copper entertains from 3 until 7
p.m.
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday,
'lTuesday and Thursday.
9 Bar bingo will be held each
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday nights beginning at 6
p.m. for members and guests.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. Music will
be from 4 until 7 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
The Sons of the American
Legion steak dinner will be held
on the third Sunday of each
month from 3 until 6 p.m. for a
$10 donation. The dinner will
include steak, baked potato,
salad, dessert, coffee and tea.
There will be entertainment from
5 until 8 p.m.
Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a


regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W., at 10
a.m. Applications for new mem-
bers are available. Call Johnny
Patton at (863) 467-2882 or Jerry
Lee Shields at (863) 467-8779 or
(863)634-9563.
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact Ithe
Post at 467-2882 for information.
Eagles Aeries #4137
E Aeries #4137 is located at
9983 U.S. 441 N. For information
on events, call (863) 763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1
p.m. Food will be available for a
donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo
starting at 4 p.m. Food will be
available.
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 dona-
tion. Music will be by Jimmy
Harper.
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.
Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Matt Buxton
at (863) 357-9992.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Monday of each month


starting at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: annual
hog (domestic pork) roast from 4
until 7 p.m. Eat-in or take-out will
be available for a suggested
donation of $6 for adults and $3
for children. A traditional barbe-
cue mCenu will be served and the
dinner is open to the public. For
information, call Jim Green at
(863) 634-4401 or Jose Verano at
(863) 634-2071. .
Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming activi-
ties, contact Mary Ann Holt at
(863) 634-8087.
e Sunday, Feb. 25: all-you-can-
eat breakfast 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 informa-
tion, call Mary Ann at (863) 634-
8087.
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is (863)
763-2250.
Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 150 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. The lodge
opens weekdays at 10 a.m. and
Sunday at 11 a.m. For informa-
tion and meal menus, call the
Lodge at (863) 763-4954.
Social quarters open daily
from 10 a.m. until ?
e Breakfast first Sunday of


every fnonth froin 8 to 11 a.m.
LOOM meets every second
Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
WOTM meets every second
and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
WOTM 11.. meetings
are t ie first Tuesday at 7 p.m.
o LOOM officers meeting First
and Third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
LOOM and WOTM nomina-
tions are now open for officers
for 2007-2008
Moose Legion meets the
third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
WOTM A/F and PEP dinner
is every first Wednesday at the
Clock restaurant at 6 p.m.
-Horseshoes Thursday and
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Dinners Friday at 5 p.m. for
$3 donation.
e Bar bingo Friday at 6 p.m.
Food is served.
Dinners Saturdays at 5:30
p.m. for a $7 donation with music
to dance by at 7 p.m.
Turkey shoot Sunday 9 a.m.
Sunday, Feb. 25: Green Cap
celebration
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423
is located at 300 N.W. 34 St.
Events are seasonal, contact the
Post at (863) 763-0818 for infor-
mation or write the Post at P.O.
Box 1137, Okeeclhobee Fl. 34973.
The Post opens at noon Monday
through SunIday.
Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: .50 cent hot dogs
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be
available. Everyone is welcome.
e Friday: bingo starts at 1 p.m.
for members and guests. Food
will be available. Karaoke will be
from 6 until 10 p.m.
Saturday: bar bingo at 1


p.m. for members and guests.
Karaoke will be from 6 until 10
p.m. Food will be available.
9 Sunday: dinner will be
available from 2 until 5 p.m., and
will be followed by karaoke from
6 until 10 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting and ladies aux-
iliary meeting at 11 a.m.
The post membership drive
is under way, and the post is striv-
ing for 100 percent. For informa-
tion, contact the quartermaster at
(863) 763-0818.
Big screen TV for all events.
Feb. 24, Breakfast from 8
until 11 a.m. for a $4 donation.
March 3: District 11 picnic;
canteen open at 10 a.m.; games
noon til ?; food from I until 4 p.m.
March 4: Sunday breakfast
buffet from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. for
$4 donation.
March 10 and 11: Speckled
Perch booth in the park: baked
goods, Post and Auxiliary mem-
bership drive. Anyone interested
in forming a men's auxiliary sign
up at Post or at the park.
March 17: St. Patrick's Day
dinner; corned beef, cabbage by
Lori from 4 p.m. until ?; entertain-
ment from 6 until 10 p.m.
April 2: Pontoon boat tickets:
1 for $5 and 5 for $20; call (863)
763-0818 for time of drawing.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW,
Ladies Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary,
AMVETS and AMVETS ladies aux-
iliary.


Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
able.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
Post meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturday of
the month beginning at 10 a.m.
The main meeting is on the
fourth Saturday.
For information contact Com-
mander Don South at (863) 467-
2882.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at
1 p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
iary.
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
dancing.
Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing will start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.


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Okeechobee to host BFL


Everglades Division bass tourney


C. Scott Driver Park will be
the site of the Wal-Mart Bass
Fishing League, Everglades Divi-
sion bass tournament on Satur-
day, March 3. This will be the
second of five regular-season
events that will award as much
as $45,000 in cash, including a
top award of $6,000 in the
boater division.
If the winner is a participant
in the Ranger Cup incentive pro-
gram, he will receive a $1,000
bonus from Ranger Boats and
$500 from Yamaha, if his boat is
powered by Yamaha. Ranger
will award $500 to the highest-
finishing Ranger Cup participant
if not the winner, and Yamaha
will kick in $250 if the boat is
powered by Yamaha. Bom-
bardier will award $1,000 to the
winning boater if the winner's
boat is equipped with a qualify-
ing Evinrude E-TEC or Direct
Injection outboard. That's a
potential top award of $8,000 for
anglers who meet contingency
guidelines.
The winning co-angler will
earn as much as $3,000 cash.
Snickers Big Bass awards of
up to $1,000 and $500, respec-
tively, will also be awarded in
the boater and co-angler divi-
sions.
Anglers may register for the
tournament online at FLWOut-
doors.com or by calling (270)
252-1000. Onsite registration
will be held March 2 from 4 to 7
p.m. at the Wal-Mart store locat-
ed at 2101 S. Parrott Ave. Entry
fees are $200 for boaters and
$100 for co-anglers.


Boats will take off from Scott
Driver at 7 a.m. Weigh-ins will
begin at 3 p.m.
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-
anglers in each of the BFL's 28
divisions at the end of the sea-
son will advance to a no-entry-
fee regional championship
where boaters will fish for a new
Ranger boat and a Chevrolet
truck and co-anglers will fish for
a new Ranger boat. Seven
regional championships will
each send six boaters and six co-
anglers to the no-entry-fee 2008
Wal-Mart BFL All-American pre-
sented by Chevrolet, which fea-
tures a $1 million purse and a
top award of $140,000 in the
boater division and $70,000 in
the co-angler division. Anglers
who compete in all five regular-
season events within a division
but do not advance to a regional
championship are eligible to
compete in the Chevrolet Wild
Card, which will also send six
boaters and six co-anglers to the
All-American for a total field of
48 boaters and 48 co-anglers.
The winning boater and win-
ning co-angler at the All-Ameri-
can will advance to the no-entry-
fee $2 million 2008 Forrest
Wood Cup. This event, featuring
a top award of $1 million, is the
most lucrative tournament in all
of competitive bass fishing. In
all, the BFL offers weekend
anglers the opportunity to quali-
fy for three no-entry-fee champi-
onships with total cash awards
exceeding $3 million. Plus, the
top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers
from each BFL division may


move up to the Stren Series for
2008 while All-American cham-
pions have the option to
advance directly to the Wal-Mart
FLW Tour.
All Everglades Division tour-
naments will be held on Lake
Okeechobee. The third event
will be March 31. The division's
fourth event will be held April
28, and the final event of the reg-
ular season will be a two-day
Super Tournament to be held
Sept. 29-30.
Following the end of regular-
season competition, the top 40
boaters and 40 co-anglers in the
Everglades division will advance
to the Lake Seminole Regional
Championship where they will
compete against anglers from
the Bulldog, Dixie and Savannah
River Divisions for an All-Ameri-
can berth.
In BFL competition, boaters
supply the boat and compete
from the front deck against other
boaters. Co-anglers compete
from the back deck against other
co-anglers.
As the nation's leading
provider of affordable, close-to-
home weekend tournaments,
the BFL is widely credited with
opening competitive bass fish-
ing to the masses. It also serves
as a stepping stone for anglers
who wish to advance to the
Stren Series and, ultimately, the
FLW Tour-bass fishing's most
lucrative tournament circuit.
For information about FLW
Outdoors and its tournaments,
visit FLWOutdoors.com or call
(270) 252-1000.


Lady Brahman tennis team


defeats Lady Jaguars 4-3


The Lady Brahman tennis
team defeated the Lady Jaguars
of Port St. Lucie 4-3 on Tuesday,
Feb. 20 at the Okeechobee
Sports Complex.
The results of the individual
matches were as follows:
Singles Competition: Ekateri-
na Jastrjembskaia (PSL) def.
Alyssa Wright (Okee.) 6-4, 6-1;
Rina Boswell (Okee.) def. Emily
Bailey (PSL) 7-5, 6-0; Jami


Fadley (Okee.) def. Marissa
Kobylski (PSL) 6-0, 6-1; Brooke
Ragamat (Okee.) def. Larissa
Oprysk (PSL) 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
and Shaina Ragamat (Okee.)
def. Charlotte Cummins (PSL)
6-1,6-0.
Doubles Competition: Jastr-
jembskaia and Bailey (PSL) def.
Wright and Fadley (Okee.) 9-7;
Kobylski and Oprysk (PSL) def.
Boswell and S. Ragamat
(Okee.) 8-5.


In exhibition matches,
Roberta DiSilva (PSL) def. Katie
Walker (Okee.) 8-2 and Heidi
Bryce (PSL) def. Kathleen Turn-
er (Okee.) 8-0.
The Lady Brahmans will see
action again today when they
travel to St. Lucie West High
School to take on the Lady
Eagles of Centennial High
School. They are scheduled to
begin play at 3:30 p.m.


Okee. County Parks & Rec. youth


basketball league weekly results


Feb. 17: 10 and under-Spring
Garden Rest.-Heat def. Stepping
Stones Acad. II-Knicks 25-6; The
Tropics-Wizards def. Jeff Robin-
son, Inc.-Lakers 26-21.
Feb. 17: 12 and under-K&K


Construction-Bulls def. Masonic
Lodge #237-Hornets 36-33;
Lefebvre Accident Team-Pistons
def. Surfin' the Net-Magic 48-32.
Feb. 17: 14 and under-Emory
Walker-Spurs def. Aquamarine
Screens-Celtics 35-27.


Feb. 20:10 and under-Spring
Garden Rest.-Heat def. Jeff
Robinson, Inc.-Lakers 25-20.
Feb. 20: 114 and under-ECO
Mowing Services-Bucks def.
Aquamarine Screens-Celtics 57-
36.


Sports Briefs


Lil' Brahmans
baseball
Sign-ups Saturday and Sun-
day, Feb. 24 and 25.
Chobee Lil' Brahmans base-
ball, Little League ages 5-14
year old sign-ups will be held at
Beef O'Brady's on Saturday and
Sunday, Feb. 24 and 25, from 10
a.m. until 4 p.m.
For information call James
Shockley at (863) 634-3482; or


Albian Crowell at (863) 697-
2576.

Golf tourney
benefits Ranch
The Peoria Investment
Group (P.I.G.S.) League of the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club will sponsor a benefit 18-
hole golf tournament for Real
Life Children's Ranch on Satur-
day, 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. Spon-
sorships are available at $100
per tee. Entry fees will include
golf and lunch.
All proceeds will go directly
to the care and operation of the
Ranch.
For information, contact the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club at (863) 763-6228.


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Movie times for Friday, Feb.
16, through Thursday, Feb. 22,
are as follows:
Theatre I -"Bridge to Ter-
abithia" (PG) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 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.
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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;
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JACK RUSSELL (f): Black &
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863-357-7480
LOST DOG REWARDIII Walker
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(954)793-3203/547-7333
WEST HIGHLAND TERRIER
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ADOPTION- Boxer mix, Gold-
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BABY HAMSTERS: Free To
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mos. old, male, all puppy
shots & wormed, needs a
good home. (863)634-5298
CAT, Large male, mature, very
friendly & affectionate. To
good home. (863)763-4109
COON HOUND (m): Black &
tan, very lovable but likes to
dig, free to good home.
863-467-7123
LAB MIX PUPPY: 13 weeks
old, to good home only.
(863)634-3226
PINE LOGS, You Cut & Haul.
863-983-8674
Treeing Walker Coonhound,
looks like a tall beagle, tri
colored, $700 REWARD!
(954)793-3203


FISHING TACKLE YARD SALE
1115 SW 10th St.
Okeechobee, FL
Fd.- Sun., Feb. 23rd 25th
9a.m. 4p.m.
OKEECHOBEE CHAPTER
D.A.R
Yard Sale to Supplement our
annual scholarship fund.
Sat Feb 24th 8am-2pm
Okeechobee Livestock Market
1055 Hwy 98 North. No Early
Arrivals Please: Contact Ken-
na Noonan for Info
(863)634-5669
PARK YARD SALE
7a.m. to 2p.m.
Sat., Feb. 24th
Rain or Shine
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"Rec Room"
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3707 SE 27th Street
Feb. 23rd & 24th, 8am to ??
Tools, lots of pictures &
paintings, picture frames &
lots of miscellaneous items.
VANTAGE OAK'S
ANNUAL PARK SALE


OKECHOBEE: Sat 02/24, 9am-
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furn, misc. 863-532-8542


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meet Attractive Gal or Friends
for Dining, Traveling, etc. Call
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Employment -
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Employment
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230



BABYSITTER NEEDED
Call for details.
863-634-1062
Beautician Neded Full or Part
Tim for Barneys Barber &
Beauty. (863)763-9626
(Home Phone)
DRIVER NEEDED
At Gator Feed Co., Inc.,
class A or B w/airbrakes.
Must be willing to do physical
labor. You may pick up an
application at the Mill
located on Hwy 98 N. right
past the livestock market.
ELECTRICIANS
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3 phase motor knowledge!
+ motor control
Call Tom: 561-667-2399
EXPERIENCED ROOFERS
Must have own tools and
transportation. Good starting
pay based on experience.
Call (863)532-1498
Feed Wagon
Operator Needed
Must have experience
operating equipment and be
able to communicate in
English. DFWP Call
(863)763-2279, 9am-Noon


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nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/ experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442


FENCE INSTALLERS NEEDED!
On-the-job training.
Drivers license a must!
Benefits available.
Apply in person to:
Adron Fence Co
2762 NW 4th St
7:30 am 3:30 pm
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Responsibilities: Cleaning of
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immediate opening for a utility operator/mechanic with
3 to 5 years experience working with utility systems
including portable water, steam, compressed air,
ammonia refrigeration, and waste water systems.
Also need mechanics with working knowledge of
hydraulics, pneumatics, conveyors, and citrus process-
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Good pay, bonus, 401 K, benefits,and overtime.
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IMMEDIATE OPENING
For experienced Waitress.
Ranchers Restaurant.
(863)763-8115
Pier II Resort Hiring
*Frontdesk
*Bartending
Housekeeping
*Maintenance
Experience required
Apply Within (863)763-8003
PLUMBERS, PIPEFITTERS
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-
ing, LLC is an equal op-
portunity employer."


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1111 S. Parrot Ave.
DFWP
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Care, Services.
Now taking applications
for Certified Nursing
Assistants. Please call
(863)467-6399
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WANTED
Bookkeeper Call
Days 863-634-7552
Night 863-763-5321
WELDER'S HELPER
Some welding exp.
necessary. (863)763-6376
or (863)357-2700


MEDICAL ASSISTANT or LPN
Needed for busy medical
office. Full Time with benefits.
Experience preferred.
Fax resume to: 863-467-1156


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Home/small office.
All work guaranteed.
Free pick up & delivery.
Call Dean at 863-447-1155


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Pressure Washing &
Minor repairs.
Roof coating, Repairto
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-467-2917
Lic. # 2349 &# 5698



Nursing Home Alternative
Will care for your loved
one. Private room from
light assistance to full
assistance. 24 hr. Eight
yrs. exp. References
provided. 863-697-6383


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


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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
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Books I Magazines 535
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Wanted to Buy 740




AMANA, 3 ton, With K.W.
heat. Package unit. Cleaned
& serviced. Will run for buy-
er. $350. (863)675-1053
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


DEEP FREEZER: Frigidaire, up-
right, 17.5 cu ft, excellent
condition, auto. defrost,
white. $175.863-763-1055
MICROWAVE: Gold Star,
small. $20. (863)467-4567
REFRIGERATOR- 18 cu ft,
Maytag, with ice maker,
$175 or best offer
(706)273-0190 Okeechobee
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


I Ge e al .,


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

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
PrIjfessional
Installation ofjStorni
Shutters & Senmhlss
Rain Gutters
Licensed & Insured

863.763.5650
1551 N.W. 24th Drive
Okeechobee
License #765
STAIN & SEALENT- 5 Gallon
containers, Exc. for wood
fences, decks, New, $65
(863)697-2032 Okeechobee



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


BABY SWING, $35
(863)357-5773
HIGH CHAIR, $25
(863)357-5773


PROM DRESSES- Precious
formal, Alyce, Joli, Several to
choose from. Sz small. $300
or sell sep. (863)635-6677


DOLL COLLECTION: Crystal
and Fenton Glass. $200 of
will sell separately.
863-484-0289
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
DELL- 4400 Pentium 4 Pro-
cessor, 17" monitor, Incld CD-
RW drive & more upgrades
$450. (863)634-4888


BED King Size, Sealy Posture-
pedic $150. (863)467-8464
BED: TRUNDLE w/2 Twin, Like
new mattresses. $45.
(863)675-4990
BED Twin Trundle $100.
(863)467-8464
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
LIVING ROOM SET: Couch,
chair & ottoman. $300.
863-675-8141


BR SET, king sz., 4 poster bed
w/pillow top mattress, Ig.
dresser w/mirror & chest,
$1200 neg. (863)635-6905
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
KING SIZE BED- complete, 1
yr old, $250 (863)697-8731
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
MICRO RECLINER, (2). camel,
end tables & coffee table,
$150 will sell separately.
(863)946-1138
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


BB GUN: 760 pellet, pump w/
scope, new. $40.
863-675-3032 (Labelle)
LLAMA PISTOL, MiniMax II,
45 auto., 10 shot, 2 clips,
satin chrome, like new. $400
neg. (863)763-7161
PISTOLS: Smith & Wesson &
Winchester: 22 cal., semi au-
to., Shot Gun: Stevens 410 ga.
$600 will sep. (606)219-3890
REVOLVER 32 & 22 RIFLE-
asking $275 or will sell sep-
arate(502)931-8101
JRIFLE- All original Romanian
AK 47 Like new condition.
$800. (863)467-1958
RIFLE- Custom built AR15,
Brand new Paid $2800.
Asking $1400.
(863)467-1958
Ruger Carbine, 44 Magnum,
semi auto, old style, $450.
(304)667-7855



BOW FLEX SPORT- Great con-
dition. $400. (863)635-7616
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
WEIGHT BENCH, Dual Station,
3 yrs. old $100.
(863)697-3211



VERTICAL BLINDS- Off white.
Great condition. Only a few
months old. Fits 36" window.
$20.(863)357-6315



PATIO TABLE: 42" x 60" & 4
blue chairs. $50.
(863)467-4567


PATIO FURNITURE, Redwood,
includes slider & 2 seatees.
$75. 863-763-6220 or
561-629-6213
PATIO SET- white with glass
top, 4 chairs & teal color
cushions, metal. 5ft long,
$125 neg. (304)582-2116
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
ELEC SCOOTER RAMP 7 1/2
ft, Asking $150
(561)670-3636
HOVEROUND elec 3 wheel
scooter, used once, like
new, $550 (561)670-3636
SCOOTER, CRAFTMATIC 4 while.
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.


PAINT SPRAYER- Airless,
used one time, MR7, Mag-
num, Books, Asking $500.
or best offer. (863)697-9704
SUNQUEST 2000S 10 BULB
Tanning Canopy. $300. or best
offer. 863-634-5888



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


CHINESE PUG, miniature,
$500.(863)634-6087
COCKATIEL, Home bred &
hand fed, very tame. $40
(863)634-8863
FISH TANK- 55 gal. Red oak
stand, Large filter. Ready to
go. Just needs fish. $250.
Call (863)763-4098
FISH TANK, 75 Gallon, Salt or
Fresh, 1 yr. old. Paid $850...
Asking $550 or best offer.
(863)763-7598
FISH TANK STAND- Wood, 2
doors & shelves. Fits 25 gal.
tank. $20. Call
(863)763-4098
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
Lady Gouldian Finch, beautiful
colors, $80. (863)610-2126
MINIATURE DACHSHUND-
male, 9 mos old, $350
(863)634-6087
NETHERLAND DWARF RAB-
BIT: $15. (863)610-0843
POODLE PUPPY: Black male,
10 wks, shots, vet cert,
adorable lil bear! $475 cash.
863-357-0037
REDBONE PUPPIES, UKC,
$200. (863)673-3894
WANTED: Female Cur to raise
1 litter of puppies w/my male
dog. (863)634-7023



SUANA: Cedar, infrared, by
Airwail, 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


AIR COMPRESSOR, Gas pow-
ered w/dual tanks. Asking
$250. (863)634-7706
GENERATOR, Briggs & Strat-
ton, 7350 watts, $450.
(863)697-3211
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


PLAY STATION II- Used. $30.
or best offer. (863)634-8708


MP3 PLAYER- Samsung, 2gb,
brand new, $125
(863)675-1033


MOUNTED FISH & WILDLIFE
older sports things, wooden
statues,& anything interest-
ing, etc (863)946-3123

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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
Uivestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/,'Plants'
Flowers 865




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



ROUND HAY BALES
$25 each, 4 bale minimum,
Floralta Hay, Located on the
Prairie, (863)610-1616


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. $1800 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



LAWN MOWER: Craftsman,
rear engine, snapper, many
new parts, old but runs
good. $550.863-983-7807
SUPER AV '49: Farmall Trac-
tor, 4 parts w/ plenty of im-
plements. $500.
863-635-0079
YARD ROLLER- 2ftx4ft.
$75.(863)467-9744


COWS
39 Braford Cows
17 Calves
150 Black Cows (ages 3-6)
(863)990-1033

Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos,'
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930


Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space
Rent 960



CLOSE TO TOWN: 28R Only
$825 mo. which includes wa-
ter bill. Pets okay upon ap-
proval. Call 561-255-4377


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


BHR, DWMH, 2+BR/2BA,
pool, jacuzzi & sunroom,
lake 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
maint incld, $1100, 1st, last
& $500 sec. 2 avail in Bass-
wood, 1st week in March
Small pets ok. Call
(561)723-0661
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1 Ever-
lade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
561-248-3888/863-599-0156
OKEECHOBEE: 3BR/2BA, CBS,
Kings Bay. $1150 / month.
Call Rick (863)697-3096 or
Sammy (305)775-6579
OKEECHOBEE, 3BR/3BA, on 3
acres. Newly remodeled.
$1000/mo. 1st, last & se-
curity. (863)634-3650
WATERFRONT, 2BR, Really
nice & spacious. $950/mo.
& 1st, last & sec.
(863)467-8683



OKEECHOBEE- 1br/lba cot-
tage on canal, stove, refrig,
W/D, open porch, dock, fish
cleaning station, $950/mo.
incl. utilities, 1st mos. rent &
$950 sec. dep. required.
(772)221-8354 or
(561)827-6508


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 lnspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




FOR SALE BY OWNER: 3/2/2
CBS home on canal in Palm
Creek Est. Owner must sell!
Reduced price $249,900.
863-357-1452 after 7pm.

GLADES CO: 100 acre land
auction on 03/31/07. Owner
/ agent brokers welcome.
www.10Oacreauction.com

JUST ON THE MARKET
3BR/2BA/2 car garage, CBS
home on 1.15 acres, Lazy 7
area, built 2001,1,774 sq. ft.
living area. Owner motivated
to sell. 7775 SW 9th St,
Okeechobee.(863)467-8539


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.



NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Paradise 19 + ac. Over 1500
ft River Frontage. Adjoining
2000 ac. of State forrest,
With 3500 sq ft 4br, 4ba
home. Decks front & back.
1300sq ft Guest House.
Hiking, Fishing & Hunting at
your back door. $699K.
(239)248-0082

Mobile Homes



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




CHOICE OF 3BR OR 2 BR DBL
WIDES. No pets, yearly lease,
starting @ $650/mo + se-
curity deposit. 863-763-4031
OKEECHOBEE, 3BR/2BA,
Brand new, waterfront, all new
apple's incl. w/d, lake access.
$1200/mo. (954)610-5345
SOUTH OKEECHOBEE: Trailer
for rent on Rim Canal. Call for
details. (863)763-7783



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 on the Water 3BR/2BA,
w/new oak kitch., oak firs., Ig.
screen rm., metal roof, all
apple shed. Must see! $30K
under market. $99,900. best
offer. Must sell! 863-227-0162
BHR Resort, 12x40, Fla. room
20x12, furnished, $38,000,
land rent $300 mo. on Rim
Canal. (863)467-8269
LARKEE LAKES, Single wide
on 2 lots, 2br, lba. $85,000.
or best offer. (863)467-2156
or 634-7126
MOBILE HOME, 1br, w/d incl,
12x36, w/10x30 Fl/room,
C/A & heat, 12x24 carport,
new kit., in adult park, hot
tub! Part/furn. $14,000. neg
Must See! 863-532-9224
PARK MODEL '89: Very clean,
fully furnished. $11,500 or
make an offer. 863-467-6300


OKEECHOBEE, 2BR/1BA, with
FL room, 14x48 concrete car-
port, 8x12 outbuilding w/dou-
ble sink & washer/drye/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.
6615)804-2474 or
863)763-2166.
REDUCED!- 2/1 Fully furn,
many extras, new CA/Heat, 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
SW Mobile Home, 2BR/2Ba,
'05 Model on lot in Treasure
Island, all appl's incl.,
$98,000.863-634-6114

Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers' RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3u025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles. ATVs 3035





220 Motor, 15x8 Apache
Hull with rod lockers,
carbon prop, double
seat plus single seat
and a Ram Line Trailer.
Excellent condition.
Complete package is
$6,500 firm.
SPlease call
863-467-2404
in the evenings.
BASS BOAT '88: 16' Lowe,
40hp Johnson, with galva-
nized trailer. $2500. or best
offer. (863)763-3660
BASSTRACKER, '87, Tourpa-
ment TX 17, Classic 50
Merc., outboard mtr., w/trlr.,
$2300. (863)635-5039
DEEP V: 12ft, aluminum, like
new 15 hp mercy, trolling mo-
tor, has oars and good trail-
er. $1100.863-467-4328
LOWE FISHING BOAT, '90,
17', 70hp Evinrude w/troll.
mtr. & trlr., other access.
incl., $3300. (863)946-0112
NITRO BASS BOAT- 21' on
dual axle. 175 Evin motor.
Extras. $2000. or best offer.
(863)763-6138
PONTOON BOAT, '89 Lowe,
18.9ft. long, trolling motor,
livewell, fishfinder, 50hp John-
son. $2000 (863)357-6709
STARCRAFT: Aluminum, 18ft
center console, 90 hp Johnson
srii i[.1. n s iri:u |T| 1.: 1.ii l &
til 201 i .10 T '',h3) ,'h- ,


CAMPER '88: Pop-up, sips 6,
stove, porta-potty, solid
sides w/real windows, awn-
ing, $1295. (863)805-0272
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
FORD E350 '82 MOTO-
RHOME- good running cond.
under 50K, $1900 neg
(561)644-4840
NEAR LaBelle, 30 Ft.Furnished
w/built up roof. Must be
moved. $1500. 863-675-1891
or (540)616-7319 (Cell) .
RV BOUNDER '87: 35', 41.5k
mi, new tires, awning & frig,
screen/rm, gen, lots ext/int stor-
age, $8000. 863-675-2339
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



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 600 NINJA 1995,
Red & Silver, New tires,
Runs great! $2000 or best
offer. (863)612-1357
KAWASAKI Eliminator 250 '01
clean bike, runs great.
$1400 or best offer.
863-634-2423 Iv.msg.


KAWASAKI VULCAN 750, '93,
low mi., liquid cooled shaft
drive, w/2 helmets, $975
neg. (863)946-3196
SCOOTER- '04 RC Moto,
50cc, Yellow, No license re-
quired. Excellent condition
$650. (304)667-7855
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
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


Automobiles i



Automobiles 11r(15
Autos Wanted 010)1
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4-'('
Construction
Equipment 0W5
Foreign Cars 4l3i
Four Wheel Drive k,).15
Heavy Duty Trucks-l-10(
Paris Repairs J -I5
Pickup Trucks -1)050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers .060
Utility Trailers 4.65
Vans 4li'



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
CHEVY CAVALIER '97- must
sell, great condition, cold
AC, $2400 or best offer
(863)357-3369
DODGE NEON 1997, 50 K mis.
$2500 or best offer.
(863)674-3314 LaBelle area.
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.

HUNTING BUGGY: 1984 Ford
F150 Deck Buggy, excellent
condition. $2500 firm.
863-655-3436
MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE GS '92,
X : lil-y l, ii 1I' looks
& runs good. $1800
(863)763-8526
PONTIAC SE, '88, full power,
a/c, orig. owner, $1200 or
best offer. (863)697-8507
SATURN '93- needs AC, runs
well, $650 (239)690-2055
Alva, FL.



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



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.
FORD BRONCO, '89, 4x4, 6"
lift, 33x12.50R16, $1500 or
best offer. (863)634-3878
Iv. msg.


CLUB CAR '03, 48 volt, lights,
mirrors & windshield. $2500
(863)675-3499 .
GOLF CARTS (2) 4 Wheel EZ
Go, electric, w/battery charg-
ers. Need some work. $1000
for both. (863)634-7706


CHEVY TRANSMISSION
4L80E, $200.
(863)467-5401 or
(772)359-2923
Fifth Wheel Hitch for back of
truck &"3 sway bar sets,
$300 for all willsell separ-
ately. (863)763-9626
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.


CHEVY S10 '02: 6cyl, ac, new
front eknd tires, toolbox Ask-
ing $6500.386-559-0537
CHEVY SILVERADO 1500 '98:
Extended cab, 350, V8, auto,
w/ tow pkg, all pwr, am/ifm,
cd. $4800.863-677-3100
CHEVY STEPSIDE, '97, runs
great, red, 114k mi.. lots of
extras, $5500 or best offer.
(863)357-0516
DODGE 1500 QUAD CAB
'2005: V8, 16k mi, exc, fully
loaded. A must see truck!
$19,000.863-763-3286
DODGE RAM 150 PU'91- new


paint & tires, $2500 or best
offer (863)467-7520
FORD E350, '98, 16' cargo,
38,700 mi., exc. cond.,
$12,900 or best offer, Cle-
wiston (313)319-3039.
FORD F350 1990 Dually. 360
engine, gas, single cab,
$1500 Firm. (863)763-3451
NISSAN FRONTIER '02- V6
auto, 2wd, 40K mi., cold ail
new tiles, grey cloth interior
$12000 (863)697-6077
TRUCK CAP: For Fold Rainge
pickup, side entities. $150.
863-635-0079


FORD EXPLORER '94-- Foom
end dnrrm'q 'nnmo motor,
$500 .. ,


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Screen Rooms Carports
Room Additions Florida Rooms i
Garages Seawalls
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SpotUtlt


FORD EXPLORER 2000: 4x4,
transfer case & motor in tact,
just pulled, runs good. $650.
863-763-0547 Okeechobee
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


TOW DOLLY- '04, Like new.
Good tires & straps. Pulls &
looks good. $800. or best
offer. (863)697-9704


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 FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
FAMILY LAW DIVISION
Case No. 2005 OR 808
IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF
RUTH R. LUNDBLOOM,
Petitioner/Wife.,
and
MELVIN E. LUNDBLOOM,
Respondent/Husband.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: MELVINE. LUNDBLOOM
YOU ARE HEREBY notified that a dissolu-
tion of marriage has been filed against
you, and you are required to serve a
copy of your written defenses, if any,
to it on HOWARD P. NEWMAN, ES-
QUIRE, Attorney for the Wife, RUTH R.
LUNDBLOOM, whose business ad-
dress is: 3896 Bums Road, Suite 102,
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, on or
before March 15, 2007, and file the
original with the Clerk of this Court ei-
ther before service on the Wife's attor-
ney or immediately thereafter. If you
fai to do so, a default maI be entered
against you for the relief demanded in
the petion.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office.
You may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Courts office notified of your current
address. (You may file Notice of Cur-
rent Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law Form 12.915.)
Future papers in this lawsuit will be
mailed to the address on record at the
clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, includ-
ing dismissal or striking of pleadings.
SHARON ROBERTSON,
Cleik Of The Courl
By:/S/ Arlene Nealis
o eputy Clerk
190258 ON 2/15,22;3/1/07DeputyCler
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
File #2007-CP-004
IN RE: THE ESTATE OF
Paul Emerson James,
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of Paul
Emerson James, File Number 2007-
CP-004, is pending in the Circuit Court
for Okeechobee County, Florida, Pro-
bate Division, the address of which is
312 N.W. 3rd Street, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal representative
and the personal representative's attor-
ney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate, including
unmatured, contingent or unliquidated
claims, on whom a copy of this notice
is served must file their claims with the
court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE
OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate, in-
cluding unmatured, contingent or
unliquidated claims, must file their
claims with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NO SO FILED WILL BE
FOREVER BARRED.
The date of first publication of this Notice
is February 22nd, 2007.
Personal Representative:
Cecelia Merle Wise
6335 Sandalwood Ave. N.E.
N. Canton, Ohio 44721
Attorney for Personal Representafive:
Florida Bar No. 0392995
4150 Beldea Village St. N.W.
Canton, Ohio 44718
Telephone: (330) 493-0040
193982 ON 2/22;3/1/07
LEGAL NOTICE
PUBLIC AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT
JOHN'S TOWING SERVICE STORAGE
LOT LOCATED AT 704 NORTHEAST
2ND AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL
34972 ON MARCH 9, 2007 AT 9:00
A.M. PURSUANT TO FLORIDA STAT-
UTE 713.78 FOR UNPAID TOWING
AND STORAGE CHARGES. YEAR
MAKE MODEL AND VIN ARE AS FOL-
LOWS:
196 Ponilac Grand Prix
VIN#2G2GJ37A6G2238735
1993 Mercury Topaz
VIN#2MEPM36X6PB614471
1998 Chevy CavalIer
VIN#1G1JF12T8W7253799
1990 Ford Taorus S/W
VIN#1FACP57U5LA232791
TERMS OF SALE ARE CASH. AND NO
CHECKS WILL ACCEPTED. SELLER
RESERVES THE RIGHT OF FINAL BID.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL] NO REFUNDS
WILL BE MADE I SAID AUTOMOBILES
WILL BE SOLO "AS IS" CONDITION
WITH NO GUARANTEE'S


193556 ON 2/22/07

READING A
NEWSPAPER...

bed produdI
,andsemo


Community Events


Easter cantata rehearsals scheduled
The Okeechobee Community Choir, under the direction of Sandy Perry,
will begin rehearsals for its eighth annual Easter cantata on Sunday, Feb. 25,
from 2 until 4 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 412 N.W Sixth St.
This year's cantata "Lord of Lords" -will be presented on Palm Sunday
weekend, March 30 and 31 at the KOA Convention Center, 4276 U.S. 441 S.
Singers should be able to match pitch and read music a little. Rehearsals
are fast-paced, challenging and loads of fun. Winter residents are always
welcome and there are no auditions. For information, call Sandy at (863)
634-7714.

Church hosting Brian Free concert
Brian Free and Assurance will be in concert on Sunday, Feb. 25, at His
House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St., at 2:30 p.m.
For information, call (863) 763-7113.

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 Okee-
chobee 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.

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

Orchid program slated for Feb. 26
Learn about orchids or share your knowledge at the Okeechobee Exten-
sion 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 Services
Network, will meet Tuiesday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held in
the auditorium located next to the Okeechobee County school district
offices at 610 S.W Second Ave.

Annual Indiana snowbird lunch slated
The annual Hancock County, Indiana snowbird lunch will be held Tues-
day, 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.

S SN council meeting scheduled
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tuesday,
Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus, 610 S.W, Second Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the com-
munity to identify issues, collaborate and share information regarding serv-
ices for children and their families. The guest speaker will be Cathy
Viggiano, from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation with the Depart-
ment of Education. The public is invited. For information, call Sharon Vin-
son at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Hospice volunteers hosting yard sales
Hospice of Okeechobee volunteers will hold yard sales on Thursday,
March 1, from 8 until 11 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, from 8
a.m. until 2 p.m.; and Thursday and Friday March, 8 and 9, from 8 a.m. until
2 p.m. All monies raised at yard sales help with care at Hospice of Okee-
chobee and The Hamrick Home. For information, call Rhonda at (863) 467-
2321 or (863) 697-1995.

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. Hard-
cover books are $2 and paperbacks are $1. Library discards are half price.
For information, call the library at (863) 763-3536.

OCT presents 'Dearly Beloved'
The Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT) will present "Dearly
Beloved," a new comedy that includes a bonus gospel music performance.
Curtain times will be 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 2, 3, 9 and 10, at
the theatre on S.W. Second Avenue at Seventh Street, behind the Golden
Corral Restaurant. Reserved seat tickets are on sale at the Chamber of Com-
merce office, 55 S. Parrott Ave., or, if available, at the door on the night of
the performance.

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

Main Street plans annual barbecue
Okeechobee Main Street will host its fifth annual barbecue March 2 and
3. Those wanting to take part in the event should call (63) 357-MAIN.

Library hosting play on Florida
The Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will host actor/play-
wright J.D. Sutton on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. Mr. Sutton will portray
18th Century naturalist William Bartram in the one-man play "William Bar-
tram: Puc Puggy's Travels in Florida." Mr. Sutton will share tales of Mr. Bar-
tram's adventures including his encounters with the Seminoles, his battles
with alligators and his awe at the beauty of Florida. This program is spon-
sored by the Florida Humanities Council, and is free and open to the public.

Yard sale benefits genealogical group
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale on Satur-
day, 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. Services 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) 763-6626 or (863) 763-9377.

Yard sale benefits Grad Nite
Thrivent Financial for Lutheran Church will hold a yard sale on Saturday,
March 3, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church Fellowship 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 Thurs-
days from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.


Guardian ad Litem plans training sessions
The Guardian ad Litem program will be training volunteers from Okee-
chobee, Indian River, Saint Lucie and Martin counties to advocate for the
best interest of abused, abandoned and neglected children on March 6, 8,
13, 14 and 20 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Training sessions will be held at PNC
Wealth Management, in the third floor community room at 3001 Ocean
Drive in Vero Beach. For information and reservations, call (772) 785-5804.

Widow & Widowers group to host speaker
The Widow & Widowers group will host a discussion on crime preven-
tion 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 pro-
gram will be presented by Wayne J. Picone. Mr. Picone is the regional direc-
tor for Seniors vs. Crime, a special project of the Florida Attorney General.
The purpose of the project is to not only inform seniors of possible scams,
but to aid them in disputes of overcharging, scams and other problems that
confront them. The public is invited. Non-members should make a reserva-
tion by calling (863) 763-2004.

Health screening at Civic Center
Life Line Screening will be at the Okeechobee Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98
N. on March 7. Residents living in and around Okeechobee can be screened
to reduce their risk of having a stroke. Appointments will begin 10 a.m. and
pre-registration is required. A complete vascular screening package, which
takes less than an hour to complete, is $109. A complete vascular package
plus the osteoporosis screening is $129. For information regarding. the
screenings or to schedule an appointment call 1-800-697-9721 or visit
www.lifelinescreening.com.

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 information, call Nell
Bostwickat (863) 763-4134.

OSAC board meeting slated
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board will meet
Thursday, March 8, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at 1600 S.W. Second
Ave. This is a brown bag lunch meeting and is open to board members. For
information call Jim Vensel at (863) 357-1977, or Val Marone at (863) 462-
0040.

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 participants
in our inaugural fair to be held March 9-18, 2007. The contests consist of
quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, photography and woodworking. There
will also be food competitions such as home baking and canned goods; and
a vegetable competition featuring categories such as garden vegetable, fruit
and vegetable and largest vegetable. Entry forms and rules are available at
the Okeechobee County Extension Office, 458 U.S. 98 North. For informa-
tion, 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 infor-
mation, 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 Com-
merce will continue on Sunday, March 11. For information, call (863) 763-
6464.

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

OCAC panel schedules meeting
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community resource commit-
tee will meet Monday, March 12, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at 1,600
S.W. Second Ave. This is a brown bag lunch meeting and is open to the pub-
lic. For information call Keith Stripling at (863) 763-6064, or Val Marone at
(863) 462-0040.

Prevention tops OSAC meeting plan
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting will be held"
Tuesday, March 13, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second Ave. Discussions will include preven-
tion needs in the community, as well as gathering data to submit for further
funding. The meeting is open to the public. For information, call Val Marone
at (863) 462-0040.

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 from until 4 p.m. She will be speaking on many
current events. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge. For information,
call Debi at (863) 634-3525.
Juvenile justice group plans meeting
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 pre-
vention and intervention of at-risk youth in Okeechobee County. The public
is invited. For information, call Pat O'Connor at (863) 763-3536.
Fun shoot benefits Hospice
A 100 target fun shoot will be held Saturday, March 24, at Quail Creek
Plantation, 1907 N.E. 224th St., to benefit Hospice of Okeechobee. Gorge
and Mary Beth Cooper will provide lunch, and Davey Raulerson will provide
the swamp cabbage. There will also be prize giveaways. Fax registration
requests to (863) 763-7856; or, call Hospice of Okeechobee at (863) 467-
2321 for information.
Prom dress rescue is being formed now
A prom dress rescue is being organized for girls who want to attend their
high school prom but cannot afford the price of a dress. The Church of Our
Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., will be the fitting location. Girls can come here to
select and try on dresses on Friday, March 30, from 3 until 6 p.m. The plan is
to assemble all the beautiful gowns that were worn once and are now sitting


idle in closets, and make them available free to those who need them.
Arrangements can be made to pick up the gowns. For information, call Pam
Chesley at (863) 946-2736 or (863) 634-7158.

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


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


Briefs

Child Find
helps kids
Your local Florida Diagnostic
and Learning Resources System
(FDLRS) Center now offers a serv-
ice known as Child Find. Child Find
helps find and identify children up
to 21 years of age who have not
been enrolled in a school system
who may need special education
services. The primary focus is on 3,
4 and 5-year-old children not yet in
a school setting; Child Find pro-
vides free screenings on speech
and language, development,
vision, and hearing. For informa-
tion, contact Kathy Wall at (800)
358-8525.

Volunteers are
needed at Hospice
Hospice of Okeechobee, Inc.
has volunteer opportunities avail-
able in Okeechobee assisting the
patient care and administrative
teams to provide Hospice services
to Okeechobee area residents. Per-
manent and part-time volunteers
provide direct patient support serv-
ices such as companionship, tele-
phone contacts, letter reading,
main caregiver relief and other
non-medical assistance. They also
assist Hospice in fund raising, cleri-
cal and office support. Age is not a
barrier. For information, visit Hos-
pice of Okeechobee at 411 S.E.
Fourth St., Okeechobee, or call
(863) 467-2321.

Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart, 701 S.W. Sixth St.,
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in mar-
tial arts. The classes are currently
taught weekdays on Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,
from 6 until 7:30 p.m. and on Satur-
day from 4 until 5 p.m.

Library hosting
computer classes
The Heartland Library Coopera-
tive is a six library cooperative serv-
ing Highlands, Hardee, DeSoto and
Okeechobee counties. The Heart-
land Library Cooperative will be
holding basic and advanced com-
puter classes throughout the six
libraries in the four-county area. A
technology information trainer will
take a mobile computer lab to each
location four times per month to
teach computer classes. The class-
es will teach basic computer skills
such as how to start up and use a
computer, how to log-on to the
Internet and how to communicate
via e-mail with friends and relatives.
The more advanced computer
class will teach how to keep the
computer clean and how to send
pictures. You may also contact your
local libraries for these same class-
es. In Okeechobee, call (863) 763-
3536 or contact Gabriell Turner,
information tech trainer, at
gabi@myhlc.org.

Equipment available
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walk-
ers, portable toilets, crutches,
canes, etc. Anyone requiring the
use of such equipment is welcome
:to stop by the post and pick out
what they need. There is no charge
and anyone is welcome. This is not
restricted to veterans. Call the Post
at (863) 763-2950.

Volunteers wanted
for hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a differ-
ence in the lives of others? Rauler-
son Hospital Auxiliary has many
opportunities of service for adults
seeking volunteer work. Volunteer
as little as four hours a week or as
many as 20 hours. Morning, after-
noon, and evening shifts are avail-
able. Many opportunities currently
exist. Please contact the lobby desk
at Raulerson Hospital for a Volun-
teer Application. For information,
call (863) 763-2151, ext. 3312. The
hospital's Volunteen Program
(ages 14-17) is a summer program
beginning in June.

Items needed
by wildlife center
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center, 14895 N.W 30th Terrace, is
seeking paper towels, old large
towels, blankets, old kennels, gar-
dening utensils, bleach and laun-
dry detergent. Anyone wishing to
donate any of the above items is
asked to call (863) 763-4630.






12 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, February 22,2007





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