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Thursday, March 15,2007


Gays: School did not protect us


Former students
tell about abuse,
threats, harassment

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
In the aftermath of Okee-
chobee County School Superin-
tendent Dr. Patricia Cooper's
decision to deny the formation
of a school-based Gay-Straight


Today's
meetings
City Planning Board, 55 S.
Third Ave., City Council Cham-
bers, 6 p.m.

Briefs

Livestock show, sale
What: Youth Livestock
Show and Sale
Where: Okeechobee Coun-
ty Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R.
70 E.
When: Thursday, March 15,
through Saturday, March 17
Schedule of Events
Thursday: steers, beef
breeding shows 5 p.m.
Friday: hog show, 4 p.m.
Saturday: small animal
show at 9 a.m.; pictures for
non-sale animals at noon; hog
sale at 2 p.m., with dairy, beef
breeding and steers to follow.
County-wide
burn ban issued
Due to drought conditions
and heavy frost damage to veg-
etation, a county-wide burn
ban has been issued.
The ban will include, but not
be limited to: campfires, bon-
fires, burn barrels and the burn-
ing of yard trash and fireworks.
The ban will be in effect until
further notice.
Violation of the burn ban is
punishable by a fine not
exceeding $500, imprisonment
in the county jail for a term not
exceeding 60 days, or both.
A burn ban has also been
issued for the City of Okee-
chobee.
For information, contact
Okeechobee County Fire/Res-
cue at (863) 763-5544 during
normal working hours.

Drought Index
Current: 682
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban:
Countywide

Lake levels

10.92 feet

Lake level
LastYear:
15.03 feet
[(SOURCE:
South Florida
Water Manage-
Tment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

Index
Classifieds ....... 9-11
Comics ........ ... .8
Community Events .... .4
Crossword ..... . ... .9
Obituaries . . . . .3
Opinion . . . . . .4
Speak Out . . . . .4
Sports . . . . . . .5
TV . . . . . . . .10
Weather . . . . . .2
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Alliance (GSA), and her state-
ment that those students want-
ing to form the GSA had been
offered counseling and protec-
tion from harassment, five for-
mer Okeechobee High School
students have come forward
with their stories.
Stan Madray (class of 1980),
Patrick Acosta (class of 1993),
Ryan Hughes (class of 1997),
James Kendall (class of 1999)
and Jermale Dennis (class of
2006) have come forward with


stories of sexual harassment,
name calling, vandalism and
lack of school intervention or
protection.
"We care about the students
trying to form this organization,
as well as the other students,"
said Dr. Cooper in a Nov. 3, 2006,
article in the Okeechobee News.
She also said that those stu-
dents who wanted to form the
GSA had been offered counsel-
ing and protection from harass-
ment.


When initially contacted,
Danny Mullins, Okeechobee
County superintendent of
schools from April 18, 1983, until
June 30, 1998, stated that he was
not aware of any problems of
this type at Okeechobee High
School.
"I was never made aware of
any problems such as these at
the high school," stated Mr.
Mullins. "There are always bul-
lies at any grade, but problems
such as these were never


Colorful view: Rides, food, livestock, entertainment
1


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This is what the midway at the Okeechobee County Fair looks like from atop the Ferris
wheel. The first ever Okeechobee County Fair is going on this week at the Okeechobee
County Agri- Center and has something for everyone. There is a youth livestock show,
a puppet show, a hypnotist, demonstrations of Seminole culture, dancing groups,
bands, and rides. The highlight of the fair will be the Bellamy Brothers concert on Sat-
urday night, March 17 at 9 p.m.


The first Okeeclnoee county Fair is in full swing. There is a variety OT fooa to please
every palate. Food booths feature, among other goodies, candy apples, ice cream,
pizza, iced coffee, barbecue ribs, smoked turkey legs, roasted corn, and scrumptious
Philly cheese steak sandwiches.


City discusses code changes


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
While four cases on the
agenda came into compliance
and one will be tabled due to the
testimony from the code
enforcement officer, the City
Code Enforcement Board delib-
erated the pros and cons of
changing the code process to a
special magistrate system.
City attorney John Cook
addressed the board concerning
the process which the City of
Homestead's ordinance as a
guideline.
Mr. Cook told the board that,
"the trend is that virtually every
city in the state is changing from
a code board to magistrate. The
process is much faster -
whether good or bad, it is faster.
The book says this in black in
white, the code officer says this."
The city attorney went on to
tell the board that the City Coun-
cil supports the magistrate sys-
tem.
"The council, as a whole,


supports the magistrate idea but
they feel reluctant to change to
magistrate because you all
(code board) spend your time
on this and put effort into it to
make the city look nice," he said.
"From experience in other cities,
and here, it seems to work
extremely well. It's just the
trend."
Each board member present
gave their opinion on the
change, some stronger than oth-
ers.
"Trends are not always
good," said board member Ren-
nae Sweda. "I appreciate that
they are even asking us our opin-
ions. However, I don't think they
are seeing the whole picture. I
did my homework in the past on
magistrate vs. code board. Some
cities have a backup code board
system with only minor viola-
tions with the magistrate."
She went on to ask if the
magistrate system is so good
then why didn't the youngest
cities in the state go with it?
"You lose that personal touch


when you have a magistrate sys-
tem," she said. "City's that are
our size should be more person-
alized, I think. I think more
investigation needs to be done
before they .abolish the code
board."
Other board members
shared her sentiment such as
Jamie Gamiotea who stated that
he is "totally against it."
Mr. Gamiotea went on to say
that he is not pro-government
for anything.
"One of the reasons I got on
this board is to make sure that
every person is represented in a
fair way inside this city. I believe
that it would be taking the
hands, taking control from the
people, one more step," he said.
"We are appointed by the City
Council, they are elected by the
citizens of Okeechobee and they
direct us. They put together a
very diverse board to represent
them and be fair and honest. We
know these people who come
See City Page 2


brought to my attention."
Mr. Madray said he was ver-.
bally and physically harassed
while attending school. He
recently wrote a letter to the
Okeechobee County School
Board detailing some of the inci-
dents that supposedly took
place. He also expressed his sup-
port of the GSA in his letter.
"During my years at O.H.S., I
was under suspicion for being
gay although I had several girl-
friends at the time. Suspicion


was enough though for some
closed-minded individuals who
made it a daily chore to taunt
me," he wrote in his letter. "In
my senior year, my car was van-
dalized several times, vulgar
things were graffiti on my locker
and more than once I was ver-
bally and physically assaulted on
campus. It was an isolating and
lonely period, and I took this as
part of my punishment. I didn't

See Gays Page 11


Judge denies



motion in



GSA lawsuit


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The American Civil Liberties
Union of Florida issued a press
release on Tuesday, March 13,
applauding U.S. District Court
Judge K. Michael Moore's deci-
sion to deny the Okeechobee
School Board's Motion to Dis-
miss the case alleging discrimi-
nation against gay and straight
students at Okeechobee High
School.
The hearing on the Okee
chobee School Board's motion
was held in Miami on Wednes-
day, Feb. 28, in the U.S. District
Court for the Southern District


of Florida.
"Today was a major victory
for the students of the Okee-
chobee Gay-Straight Alliance
(GSA)," stated Rob Rosenwald,
director of the ACLU of Flori-
da's LGBT Advocacy Project.
"We are pleased that Judge
Moore found that the Okee-
chobee County School Board
can be held liable for its viola-
tion of these students' federally
guaranteed rights. We are
hopeful that Judge Moore will
rnrw quickly grant a prelimi-
nary injunction so that all
See GSA-Page 2


Students



honored for



achievements


Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Students who achieved
excellence in academics and
athletics were honored at the
March 13 meeting of the Okee-
chobee County School Board.
The board recognized
Okeechobee High School
scholarship recipients: Vantavi-
ous Askins, for her athletic
scholarship to Rainy River
Community College; Shaunaye
Brown's, full athletic scholar-


ship to Polk Community Col-
lege; Alisha Claxton's, full ath-
letic scholarship to Indian River
Community College; Chris Cur-
tis', ROTC scholarship to the
Citadel; and Kelley Smiley's,
full athletic scholarship to Indi-
an River Community College.
Also honored were the
school system's state science
and engineering fair represen-
tatives.
In the junior division were
See Students Page 2


Midway favorite
The traditional carousel at the midway of the Okee-
chobee County Fair was a hit with Jathen Rodriguez, 2.
He was accompanied by his father, Joel Rodriguez, on
Monday night, March 12 at the fair which is going on
this week at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center.
Fun for the whole family is featured at the fair. In addi-
tion to midway rides, the fair features a puppet show, a
hypnotist, a youth livestock show, music, food and
exhibits of crafts and canning.


Vol. 98 No. 74


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2 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, March 15, 2007


Special magistrate reduces code fine


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Once again, special magistrate
Bill Selmi reduced a code viola-
tion fine at his monthly hearing of
code violations on Tuesday,
March 13.
In a complicated case that was
ongoing for some time, Melba
Franklin had been fined $25 a day
because of an unpermitted
mobile home in Whispering
Pines. The fine had built up to
$2,925.
Attorney Colin Cameron
argued that the fine was improper
and the entire fine should be abat-
ed.
County attorney Laura McCall
reminded Mr. Cameron that the
time for appealing a fine was
within 30 days after the fine was
imposed. She said the only proper
course now was to seek reduc-
tion. She stated that a fine reduc-
tion must be based on either the
gravity of the violation, actions
taken to correct the violation or
previous violations.
Mr. Selmi ordered a 25 percent
reduction of the fine to $2,193.
This reduction must be ratified
by the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners.
In what seems to be a trend


since the special magistrate hear-
ing system went into effect a few
months ago, a significant number
of the cases scheduled to be
heard were found to be in compli-
ance. The cases of Manuel Del-
gadillo, Beulah Wellman, Aurelia
and George Alexander, Roaslio
Elias, Charles Wadlington, Wesley
Rucks and Mark and Terry Lynn
Jekot were found to be in compli-
ance.
Many of the other cases had
made progress toward cleaning
up the violations.
There was a language prob-
lem with the case of Jose Noba
and Experanza Alvarez. That case
was postponed until next month
to allow for an interpreter to be
present.
The case of Arthur and Patricia
Sellers was postponed until next
month because of lack of proper
notification.
Elva Ochoa had been charged
with unauthorized occupancy of
an RV, unauthorized use of
land/or building and having an
inoperable/unlicensed vehicle on
a Whispering Pines lot. Code
enforcement officer Blanca
Saucedo stated that the unli-
censed vehicle had been removed
but the property was. still not in


Man charged in


theft of travel trailer


An Okeechobee man was
arrested earlier this week after
he allegedly stole a 21-foot trav-
el trailer and sold it for 1-ounce
of metham-
phetamine, ..
said a detec-
tive with the '
Okeechobee
County Sher- ,
iff's Office I.,
(OCSO).
Robert
Bryan Smith,
39, U.S. 441 Robert
S., was arrest- Smith
ed March 12
by OCSO Detective Ted Van
Deman on charges of grand
theft and dealing in stolen prop-
erty. He was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under
a bond of $30,000.
The detective said Smith
apparently backed his red Ford
pickup truck up to the camper


and hauled it away from a local
business where it was sitting.
The camper has an estimat-
ed value $1,100 to $1,200, said
the OCSO detective.
Smith reportedly lived in the
camper for a couple of days
then took it to Palatka where he
"traded it for drugs," said
Detective Van Deman. The
detective said Smith apparently
traded the camper for 1-ounce
of methamphetamine.
The value of methampheta-
mine depends on its quality and
can be sold for anywhere from
$80 to $100 per gram. Since
there are 28 grams to an ounce,
Smith allegedly received any-
where from $2,240 to $2,800
worth of methamphetamine.
Detective Van Deman said
the owner of the camper has
since gone to Palatka and
brought the camper back to
Okeechobee.


Local woman faces


charge of grand theft


When a man and his mother
went to a local bank Monday to
check on their joint account
they were surprised to learn
there was no
money in the
account.
But, with
the help of
bank person-
nel it was
learned that
someone had
accessed the
account and Kerrie
conducted Howard
two transac-
tions that totaled over $400.
The next day, Kerrie M.


Howard, 32, N.E. 207th St.,
Okeechobee, was arrested and
charged with grand theft. On
March 13 she was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail
under a $1,500 bond.
An Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) arrest
report by Deputy Susan Morri-
son states that Howard appar-
ently used money from the
account to pay her January and
March cell phone bills.
The report states that the
January bill was $200.23 and
the March bill totaled $200.
The deputy's report goes on
to state that Howard allegedly
made the transactions online.


compliance.
Mr. Selmi gave the violator
until April 12 to come into compli-
ance or face a fine of $75 a day for
every day of noncompliance.
Trash and debris, care of
premises arid overgrowth were
the charges against Kenneth King
because of the condition of his
N.E. 103rd property. Code
enforcement officer Beth Albert
stated that Mr. King had removed
some debris and tires but the
property was still not in compli-
ance.
Mr. Selmi gave him until April
12 to come into compliance or be
fined $50 a day.
Melvin Sizemore was cited by
Ms. Albert for having an unautho-
rized mobile home and no certifi-
cate of occupancy. The property
in question is located on N.E.
342nd Trail.
Ms. Albert testified that even
though Mr. Sizemore has updated
his permit, and removed an RV, a
single-wide mobile home
remained on the property.
Mr. Sizemore was given until
May 10 to completely clean up the
property or face a fine of $50 a
day.
Jerriston Mason had made
some progress toward cleaning


GSA
Continued From Page 1
Okeechobee students, both
straight and gay, can finish' this
school year in a climate that is
safe and free from discrimina-
tion."
According to Brandon Hensler,
director of communications for
the ACLU, Judge Moore stated
that his ruling on the Preliminary
Injunction would be forthcoming
in due course.
If the case is not resolved
before the end of the school year,
the ACLU intends to go forward
with its lawsuit, said Mr. Hensler.
The ACLU is also seeking a Pre-
liminary Injunction on behalf of
O.H.S. students to enable them to
meet on school grounds while the
lawsuit proceeds through the
court system.
"We are confident that at the
end of the day, the school board


Students
Continued From Page 1
Amy Rivero, eighth. grader at
Osceola Middle School, LeAnna
Cotton, eighth grader at Yearling
Middle School, Tyler Finney, sev-
enth grader at Yearling Middle
School, Kelsey Burnham, eighth
grader at Yearling Middle School,
and Celena Letcher, eighth grader
at Yearling Middle School.
In the senior division were:
Valerie McKee, Okeechobee
Freshman Campus; Justin
Hoover, Okeechobee Freshman
Campus; Austin Pluskot, Okee-
chobee Freshman Campus (alter-
nate); Allison Kuipers, 10th grader
at Okeechobee High School; and
Joy Burnham, 10th grader at
Okeechobee High School.
Turning to athletics, the school
board honored the district cham-
pion Okeechobee High School
wrestling ream consisting of: sen-
ior Brandon Ashley, freshman
Tony Bonnett, freshman Michael
Brishke, freshman Donny Bush,
sophomore Chris Curtis, senior
Robbie Harrell, junior Tyler
Hayes, sophomore Jason Henry,
senior Corey Krum, sophomore
Josh Raulerson, senior Caleb
Smith and senior Phillip Valcani-
ant.
On the negative side, the board
took action on five recommenda-


City

Continued From Page 1
in front of us, we go to church
with them; our kids play ball with
them, we've gone to school with
them, we've been there when
loved ones have died we know
who's gotten laid off and we take
that into every consideration
when we make these decisions. I
don't believe an attorney would
be that objective."
Board member Heather Han-
cock mentioned the inconsistency
and leniency that applies to the
current board sometimes.
"I would like to see everybody
working together to be a little
more strict with our rules and
what are guidelines say and be
consistent with that," she said. "I
think that is why they (City Coun-
cil) are looking at this."
Board member Penny Revels'
main concern was that people
who come before the board feel
less intimidated.
"They feel like they have a
chance. When they have to come
before a lawyer they feel like they
are already doomed before they
even give their side of the story,"
she offered.
Chairperson Mack Worley
closed the meeting by stating that
he serves at the pleasure of the
City Council.


up his S.W. 19th Lane property.
He was given a month to finish
the job or be fined $150 a day.
Ms. Albert noted that Thomas
and Barbara Almond had made
considerable progress toward
clearing up the violations on their
N.E. 301st Boulevard property.
They were given a month to finish
the job or be fined $25 a day.
Sonrise Developers could be
fined $100 a day if the company
has not obtained all necessary
construction permits and
removed all construction debris
from their Dixie Ranch Estates lot
by April 12.
Because David and Viola
Tyson had applied for the neces-
sary permit and were working
with plans examiners, Mr. Selmi
delayed the levying of $100-a-day
fine for another month.
Elvis and Beryl Underwood
were facing a $75 a day fine
because of the condition of prop-
erty located on N.W. 30th Terrace.
Since some progress had been
made toward clean the property,
Mr. Selmi imposed a fine of only
$50 a day to begin on March 14.

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will have to cease discriminating
and right its wrongs," said Mr.
Rosenwald.
The lawsuit, which was origi-
nally filed in U.S. Federal Court on
Nov. 15, 2006, seeks a permanent
injunction to guarantee equal
access for the Okeechobee GSA.
The ACLU's stand is that under
the federal Equal Access Act,
schools that allow one club to
meet on campus are required to
allow any club to meet on cam-
pus. The ACLU has won several
similar cases across the country,
'most recently in White County,
Ga.
Since Judge Moore found that
the Okeechobee County School
Board can be held liable to the
GSA students, the ACLU agreed to
release current O.H.S. principal
Toni Wiersma from the lawsuit.
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tons for expulsion. A sixth grader,
a seventh grader, an eight grader
and a ninth grader at New
Endeavor High School were all
expelled for defiance of authority.
A fifth New Endeavor student, a
10th grader, was also expelled for
defiance of authority and sexual
harassment.
In other action, the board:
accepted the auditor gener-
al's report for the period ending
June 30;
took action to correct the
single reportable condition on the
above report;
revised the Human
Resources Management and
Development Program to change
timelines and to conform.with the
STAR program;
approved a contribution for
one student to attend the Interna-
tional Science and Engineering
Fair in Albuquerque, N.M., May
12-18;
approved Dudley Kirton,
Greg Robertson, Samantha Dur-
rance and Russ Brown to serve on
the ABC (A Business-Community)
Schools Evaluation Committee;
approved a calendar for the
2007-08 school year; and,
approved revised staffing for-
mulas for the 2007-08 fiscal year.
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"If there is a code board, I
would like to serve on it and I
appreciate having the opportunity
to work for the betterment of the
City of Okeechobee. I want us to
have a clean orderly community,"
he said.
He went on to say that "if their
priority has become such that they
want to try to make code enforce-
ment more forceful, I support that
100 percent. I think code enforce-
ment is the most important thing
that we can do to sell Okeechobee
to the outside."
He then went on to say that
serving on the board has been
frustrating at times.
"Personally, it has been frus-
trating to be on this board
because of the reduction in fines. I
have said numerous times; 'don't
make a fine unless you are willing
to enforce it.' In that sense, I
wouldn't mind giving this a try,"
he added.
The board members were
urged to be present at the City
Council meeting on Tuesday,
March 20, to voice their opinions
to the council.
In other business, the cases on
the agenda for the evening were
all found to be in compliance prior
to the meeting.
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A routine traffic stop Tues-
day led to the arrest of an Okee-
chobee woman on a felony
charge of possession of crack
cocaine.
Corrine Carter, 39, N.W. 39th
Circle, was arrested March 13
by Deputy Donald Ellis of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) and booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail
under a bond of $5,000.
A passenger in the car with
her, Margarite Christina Dou-
glas, 42, N.W. Seventh St.,
Okeechobee, was also arrested
in connection with this case.
She was charged with the mis-
demeanor of possession of
drug paraphernalia and booked
into the county jail under a
bond of $500.
In the deputy's arrest report
he states that he was sum-
moned to the 3000 block of


U.S. 441 N. by Deputy Michael
Hazellief, who had stopped a
car for running a red light.
Deputy Ellis was asked to
respond to the scene because
he is an OCSO K-9 officer and
Deputy Hazellief felt that the K-
9 was needed.
Deputy Ellis goes on in his
report to state that .6 grams of a
substance suspected of being
crack cocaine was found on
Carter's person. He went onto
state that the substance was
field tested and indicated a pos-
itive result for the presence of
cocaine.
The deputy's report also
stated that a "stem," which is
the slang term for a pipe used
to smoke crack cocaine, was
found on Douglas.
, The report does not indicate
if a traffic citation was issued
for failing to stop at a stop sign.


Community Events

Dance club sponsoring dance
SEBRING The Highlands Social Dance Club will host a dance
from 7 until 10 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at the Sebring Lions Club
on Sebring Parkway- one mile east of U.S. 27.
The Legacy Allstars will play for your dancing and listening pleas-
ure. .. ..
Admission is $5 for memrbe and $6o hornon-members. Club
memberships are available. The dance is open to the public.
Free ballroom dance classes continue throughout March with
the tango being featured.
For information, call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.


Community Events

Green market has moved
OKEECHOBEE The former green market vendors have moved
to Ferrell's Market at 900 S.R. 78 W
The green market will be held every Thursday from 4 until 7 p.m.
For information, call George at (863) 467-0506.

SFWMD hosting meeting on permits
OKEECHOBEE The South Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD) will host a regulatory partnering session with engineers,
consultants and interested parties on Monday, March 19, from 1 until
3 p.m. at the Okeechobee Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 N., in Okee-
chobee.
The purpose of the session is to provide information about sub-
mitting permits electronically and about phosphorus evaluation cri-
teria.
Those wishing to attend the meeting are asked to RSVP to
Suzanne Trimble at the SFWMD's Okeechobee Service Center, (800)
432-2045, ext. 3019; or, by e-mail at strimble@sfwmd.gov.
For information concerning this meeting or for questions on other
SFWMD issues, contact the SFWMD Okeechobee Service Center at
(863) 462-5260 or (800) 250-4200.

U.S.C.G. Auxiliary offers boating course
FORT PIERCE Coast Guard Auxiliary will be giving the ABC
Boating Safety course on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
at the Flotilla 58 Coast Guard Auxiliary Building at 1400 Seaway Drive
in Fort Pierce.
The America's Boating course is. designed especially for the recre-
ational boater to encourage safety on the water. This course is state
approved for those 21 and under to obtain their Florida State Boaters
License. Also, many insurance companies will offer a discount once
the course has been taken and passed. There is a fee of $36 to cover
materials. Additional family members are $10 per person.
For information or to register, call (772) 466-6587, (772)466-8591;
or, e-mail stephcgaux@bellsouth.net or jerrycgaux@comcast.net.


Today's Weather


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Okeechobee Forecast

Thursday: Considerable cloudiness with a chance of showers and a
slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. The high will be in
the lower 80s. The wind will be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph.
The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. The
low will be in the lower 60s. The wind will be from the southeast at
5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Extended Forecast
Friday: Considerable cloudiness with a chance of showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be in the mid 80s. The wind will be
from the south at 5 to 10 mph, increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the
afternoon. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of evening showers and
thunderstorms, then a slight chance of showers after midnight. The
low will be in the lower 60s. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Saturday: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. The high
will be in the upper 70s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Saturday night: Mostly clear and cooler with the low in the lower
50s.
Sunday: Partly sunny with the high in the upper 70s.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the lower 50s.
Monday: Partly sunny with the high in the upper 70s.
Monday night: Mostly clear with the low in the mid 50s.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny with the high in the upper 70s.


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Bags of goodies
The Okeechobee 4-H County Council/Junior Leaders Club
made goodie bags of personal care items and such for the
Meals on Wheels clients of Okeechobee Senior Services
for Saint Patrick's Day. Jamie Burnham and Rachel Rabon
delivered them Wednesday, March 7, in plenty of time.


Farm Bureau plans annual barbecue


This year's Okeechobee Coun-
ty Farm Bureau Young Farmers
and Ranchers Scholarship barbe-
cue will be held Saturday, March
17, at the Agri-Civic Center on S. R.
70 E. The barbecue will start at 4
p.m. The livestock sale starts at 2
p.m.
The barbecue originated in
1982, with Donald Yates as YF&R
Chairman and the original com-
mittee, Bill Wiersma, Steve
Rogers, and Keith Pearce, to raise


money to renovate the Ag barn
because of its condition at that
time. Okeechobee County Farm
Bureau Young Farmers & Ranch-
ers committee then went to the
county commissioners for help on
the project. Commissioner Charlie
Harvey was especially helpful in
getting help for our board. Once
the Ag barn project was complet-
ed, the barbecue continued. The
revenue from the barbecue was
given to the kids that participated


in the livestock show.
Donald Jones as the YF&R
chairman was able to establish
the YF&R Scholarship Fund. Bren-
da Williams and Tom Conely were
most helpful to Donald Jones in
setting up the criteria for the schol-
arship fund. The revenues from
the barbecue were given to gradu-
ating seniors who would be going
into the agricultural field.
Approximately $150,000 in
scholarship money has been


given to graduating seniors going
into an agricultural field. The
Charles McArthur Foundation has
also been a supporter of the schol-
arship fund through the years.
The following Okeechobee
County Farm Bureau YF&R chair-
men have also served on the Flori-
da Farm Bureau YF&R state com-
mittee are Donald Yates, James E.
Boree, Jr., Nathan Pippin, Ben
Butler, Travis Larson, Trey White-
hurst and Hank Rucks.


Businesses sought for program


The School District of Okee-
chobee County, Florida is seek-
ing proposals from qualified
businesses with operations in
Okeechobee County, Florida
interested in partnering with the
district A Business-Community
(ABC) School Program. The pro-
posal is for the business to pro-
vide a facility, including the asso-
ciated operating and upkeep
expenses, in which the School
District of Okeechobee County
will provide an educational pro-
gram for the children of the busi-
ness' employees for six hours per


day or as consistent with the
School District of Okeechobee
County approved elementary
school hours and calendar.
A Business-Community
School is defined as a public
school offering instruction to stu-
dents from kindergarten through
third grade in a facility owned or
leased by a business.
Information regarding this
ABC School Program can be
obtained by calling Russ Brown,
director of Student Services for
the Okeechobee County Schools,
at (863) 462-5000, ext. 260.


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'cousin is a rat, but this is one
'rodent that many pet owners
-would take home in a heartbeat.
Chinchillas are low-mainte-
.nance, soft and playfully curious
'pets. They have traditionally been
valued for their dense fur, which
,grows at 60 hairs per follicle, and
chinchilla enthusiasts will tell you
.that with the right care these round
little rodents make great pets.
"A chinchilla's personality can
be compared to a rabbit or guinea
pig," says Dr. James Johnson, pro-
fessor emeritus at Texas A&M Uni-
versity's College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.
"They are not very socialized to
people, but are not inclined to bite,
either. If a chinchilla feels threat-
'ened while being handled, it will
employ a defense mechanism
called 'hairslip' where the chin-
chilla will actually shed a clump of
fur in an effort to escape. For the
best physical and emotional


health, chinchillas should not be
handled by children or allowed to
interact with other household
pets."
Chinchillas do not require the
vaccines that cats and dogs, do.
"Although chinchillas have some
unique requirements, most visits
to the veterinarian are prompted
by problems related to being bred
and kept in captivity," said John-
son.
As with all rodents, chinchillas
have sharp teeth that grow contin-.
ually. If the teeth are misaligned,
this continued growth may eventu-
ally cause the chinchilla pain, mak-
ing it difficult to eat and causing
malnutrition. If this happens, a vet-
erinarian will be able to grind the
teeth down to their appropriate
size.
Chinchillas also need a dust
bath to prevent their fur from mat-
ting and to prevent skin disease,
Johnson adds. Skin diseases in
chinchillas, if left untreated, may


eventually cause health problems.
Johnson suggests keeping a pan of
sand or potter's earth available to
your chinchilla at all times. Chin-
chilla dust bath material is also
available commercially.
As natives of altitudes of 10,000
to 20,000 feet, chinchillas should
be housed where temperatures
can be kept cool with low humidi-
ty. In Texas, this means always
keeping your chinchilla in the air-
conditioned indoors. And since
chinchillas love to climb, Johnson
also recommends providing a tall,
wire cage with several tiers and
plenty of room for the chinchilla to
jump and climb.
"Chinchillas are primarily
legume and grass eaters, although
they may accept some seed or
Timothy hay," said Johnson.
"There are pellet foods avail-
able commercially as well. Be sure
to provide plenty of fresh water
and clean the cage two or three
times a week. Do not use scented


Obituaries


'Sally Dalling
Sally Dalling, 89, died March
'13, 2007. She was born in Scot-
iland on Sept. 26, 1917.
Mr. Dalling is survived by
daughters, Sally Ann (Gary)
Arnold and Coleen Sydney


Kendall; son, David Arthur
(Evan) Kendall; and, daughter-
in-law, Cecilia (Kendall)
Owens.
Visitation will be from 2 until
4 p.m. and 6 until 9 p.m. on Fri-
day, March 16, at Young Colo-
nial Chapel Funeral Home, St.


Clair, Mich. Service will be at 11
a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at
St. Mark's Episcopal Church,
Marine City, Mich.
Arrangements are under the
care of Young Colonial Chapel
Funeral Home, 4061 St. Clair
Highway, China, Mich.


cleaners such as pine or cedar
shavings that can cause respirato-
ry problems for chinchillas."
Johnson says chinchillas can
be interesting and enjoyable pets,
but it's best to acquire your chin-
chillas while they are young, and
preferably in pairs, so that they can
be adequately socialized, he
believes.
"You should always buy from a
reputable breeder, making sure
the animal has good muscle mass,
a healthy-looking coat and does
not have loose droppings (a sign
of diarrhea)," Johnson adds. "By
taking these steps, it will help
ensure your pet chinchilla will be a
happy and healthy addition to your
household."










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There is an ancient poem that we
read somewhere that goes like this.
Three things there are that come
not back:
The arrow shot along its track, it
will not swerve, it will not stay,
It flies to strike and wound and
slay!
The hasty word returneth not
Though quickly spoken and soon
forgot,
In many hearts, it lingers still
To do its work for good or ill.
And golden opportunity--
That too will not return to thee.
Thou mayest weep and plead and
yearn,
These three will never more
return.
It is true that this clever verse
states things that slip away, never to
return. But it is a wonderful fact that
there is always a tomorrow. And
tomorrow we can carefully shoot
another arrow and speak a carefully
chosen word and look for another
opportunity.
It's wonderful to know that we
can have second chances -- and third
or fourth, if necessary.
Our Thought to Remember:
"Prepare yourself for new adventures
-- they are coming your way."



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EVENTS: I don't understand why so many events were scheduled
on the same weekend. We need a master plan for all events so they all
have their own weekend and we can go to see everything and enjoy it
all.

DON'T CHANGE: After going to the Speckled Perch festivities and
the parade and the wonderful stuff in the park with really good live
music and one of the best rodeos I've ever been to, you can't help but
notice that kids are involved in absolutely everything. What a wonder-
ful place for parents to raise a family. Don't let anybody change it.

SPEED LIMITS: I would like to know if there is any way to tell our
northern friends to please obey the speed limit around the fish camps
in Buckhead Ridge. They get out there at 25-30 mph and if the tractor-
trailers don't kill them, they will kill somebody.

TINTED WINDOWS: I saw in the news where they are going to start
cracking down on the tinted windows. I think the law should have to
take the tint off their windows too because there are a lot of cop cars
that have dark tinted windows and I'd like to see their faces.

FREE WATER: Don't these northern people benefit enough
already? They use our deals, steal oranges and fill their motor home
with water at the free water faucet at Lock 7.

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Community Events


Church hosting gospel singers
Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church, Hunter Road at 8 Cypress St.,
will present Ron and Sharon Frazier in concert on Sunday, March
18, at 7 p.m. The concert is open to the public.

Church hosting special speaker
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., will pres-
ent Dr. Clarence Menninga on Sunday, March 18, at 4 p.m. Dr. Men-
ninga is chemist, geologist and teacher from Grand Rapids, Mich.
He will be presenting a program entitled "Science and the Christian
Faith."

Area aging board meeting is slated
The Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/TrlYeasure Coast, Inc.
board of directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, at
the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA), 1110 35th Lane, third-floor
conference room, in Vero Beach at 9 a.m. Contracts requiring the
expenditure of funds are a regular agenda item of this meeting. For
information, call Vivian Pfau at (561) 684-5885.

Ministry will meet March 22
Cowboys for Christ will meet Thursday, March 22, at S.R. 731
and Club House Road in Venus for food and fellowship at 6 p.m.
Gospel music and the word will follow at 7 p.m. For information,
call (863) 465-4621.

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 prevention and intervention of at-risk youth in Okee-
chobee County. The public is invited. For information, call Pat
O'Connor at (863) 763-3536.

Church hosting Ft. Drum weekend
Fort Drum Community Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will host the
15th annual Fort Drum Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, March
24 and 25, from 10:30 until 4 p.m. each day. There will be games
and prizes for the youth as well as food, music, and a baking con-
test. Pastors Fred Hodges and Al Padgett will be speaking. Bring a
covered dish to share and a lawn chair. For information call Judy at
(863) 357-1581, or the church at (863) 467-1733.

New FOE is forming
A new Fraternal Order of Eagles in now forming. A membership
drive and fund raiser will be held on Saturday, March 24, at the old
Cypress Hut Flea Market on U.S. 441 S.E. beginning at 1 p.m.
Boston butt or chicken barbecue dinner will be served for a dona-
tion of $6 per plate. There will be a silent Chinese auction, give-
aways and live music. For information, call (863) 763-1187.



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Letters to the Editor


You are
invited
My name is Samantha
Williams and I am 15 years old. I
am currently in the eighth grade
at Osceola Middle School. This
year will be my first year showing
and the showing will be at the
Agri-Center. I will be showing a
hamp-cross and her name is Dolly
Parton.
Over the Last couple of
months, being new to the hog
world, I have learned a great deal
on taking care of something else
besides me. I have learned how to
care for her and give in to her
needs. Getting an animal ready
for show is hard work but it will
usually pay off.
I am inviting you to come to


the show on March 16 at 4 p.m.
The sale is March 17 at 2 p.m. and
will be in the ag pavilion located
on S.R. 70 E.
You will have a chance to see
and even bid on her. If you can't
make it, add-ons would be greatly
appreciated.
Samantha Williams

Come to the
livestock sale
My name is Lisa Thiboult. This
is my second year in 4-H raising a
hog. I am 15 years old and my
hog's name is Sandwich. I would
like to invite you to the 2007 Youth
Livestock Sale on March 17 at 2
p.m.
The money I earn from my
hog and my add-ons will go
towards a truck for me when I


Upcoming Events

Thursday
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of the
month to help and encourage women who have been diagnosed with
cancer. The meeting will be held at the American Red Cross office at
323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For information, call
Janet Topp at (863) 824-2899.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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 Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet for
a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the Basinger
Civic Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-2285.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at
Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at (863) 357-
1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m.
at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us
or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at (863) 763-
4923, for information.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m.
until noon. Representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 209 S.W.
Park St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is
welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St.
For information, call (863) 467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step Study
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E.
Fourth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 697-6235.

Friday
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or
(863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited.
All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800)
932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Lions
Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets
are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information, call (863) 471 -
0559 or (863) 385-6671.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held
on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant,
2405 U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch will be at
noon. Women should bring business cards and information to pro-
mote their business. The meeting provides networking opportunities
for women in business and is open to the public. No membership is
required. For information, contact Robin Delgado at (800) 299-8878;
or, by e-mail at info@flainjurylawyer.com.
Nar-anonHelps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a
more normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she has
stopped using. We meet every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863) 467-9833.

Saturday
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at 7:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will follow a
short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice before join-
ing. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247;
Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.

Sunday
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
(A.A.) open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.

Monday
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okee-
chobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who
enjoys singing is invited to join the group. For information or to sched-
ule an appearance, contact Patsy Black at (863) 467-7068.
The Okeechobee Historical Society meets at noon at 1850 U.S.
98 N. Join us with a covered dish for lunch, followed by a business
meeting. The dues are $10 per person, per year, and are due in Sep-
tember. For information, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850.
The Republican Executive Committee meets at 7 p.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Avenue. For information call Melis-
sa Arnold (863) 610-2280.


turn 16 next year.
Thank you for taking the time
to read my letter, and I hope you
will come to the livestock sale.
Lisa Thiboult

Compliment
I would like to compliment all
of the hardworking people who
made our first county fair a reality.
The citizens of Okeechobee
should all be proud of the results
of this grassroots effort to bring
something better to our commu-
nity.
I had the pleasure of taking my
family to the fair on Monday night
to enjoy the dance program spon-
sored by Leslie's Dance Studio.
The dancers had a great venue to
showcase their talent and let their
family and friends enjoy the show.


All of these dancers did a wonder-'
ful job and looked like they had a
great time.
The cleanliness of the
grounds, the restrooms and all of
the vendor's booths were a pleas-
ant surprise. The quality of food
service was the best I have experi-
enced at a fair or carnival. Our,.
sheriff's department had an;
appropriate presence to keep
things orderly and safe.
It was great to see so many
families getting out to enjoy them-
selves.
I would encourage everyone
to go to the fair to see what an
asset we have in the Agri-Civic,
Center.
Great things can happen when
citizens work together to turn"
their visions into reality.
Greg Kennedy


Community Events

Methodist Men sponsoring dinner
The United Methodist Men will sponsor a smoked chicken din-
ner at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., on
Friday, March 16, for a $6 donation. Take out only will be available
from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Delivery of 10 or more dinners will also be
available at this time. Dine in or take out will be available from 4
until 7 p.m. The menu will consist of one-fourth chicken, cole slaw,
baked beans, roll and desert. Tickets are available at the church
office; or, fax orders to (863) 763-2481 by 10:30 a.m. Thursday,
March 15. Include contact name, phone number and address for
delivery.

Church hosting lady's retreat
Haven of Rest Church, S.W. Third Terrace, will hold a lady's
retreat and revival with Brother Charles and Sister Margie Menton
Poteat. Retreats for women and children will be held Friday and
Saturday, March 16 and 17, at 10 a.m. Revival services will be held
Thursday-Saturday, March 15-17, and Sunday, March 18, at 10 a.m.
and 6 p.m. The revival is open to the public. For information, call
Tammy at (863) 634-5757.

Chicken dinner benefits youth
The Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will hold
a smoked chicken dinner on Friday, March 16, from 11 a.m. until ?
for a donation of $6. Eat in, take out and delivery are available. All
proceeds benefit the youth department. The menu will consist of
one-fourth smoked chicken (white or dark meat), green beans,
scalloped cheese potatoes, fresh roll and pound cake. Call (863)
763-4127 or (863) 467-1750 for delivery.

Business Women's group plans luncheon
An Okeechobee Business Women's networking luncheon will
be held Friday, March 16, at 11:30 a.m. for networking and lunch at
noon. The luncheon will be held at the Brahma Bull Restaurant,
2405 U.S. 441 S.E.

Agency on Aging board meeting set
The Area Agency on Aging, 1764 N. Congress Ave., Suite 201,
West Palm Beach, will hold the board of directors/executive com-
mittee meeting on Friday, March 16, at 8:30 a.m. Contracts requir-
ing the expenditure of funds are a regular agenda itemrdf this meet-
ing. For information, call Vivian Pfau at (561) 684-5885 .;,
TOPS hosting new-member event
Take off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) FL #669 will host a new mem-
ber open house on Friday, March 16, at 9:30 a.m. at First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. TOPS is a weight-loss sup-
port group which encourages successful, healthy weight reduction
through good nutritional habits and safe exercise regimens. For
information, call Diane Wistey at (863) 467-8929.

BHR VFW will honor top cop
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post #9528 will host its annual corn beef
and cabbage dinner on Saturday, March 17, from 1 until 4 p.m. At 1
p.m. the Post will honor the police officer of the year. Entertain-
ment will follow the dinner. Donation will be $7. All members and
guests are welcome. For information, call Don at (863) 467-2882.
St. Patrick's Day celebration planned
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W Sixth St., will hold a St.
Patrick's Day celebration on Saturday, March 17, on the church
grounds. Festivities will include a corned beef and cabbage dinner
from noon until 4 p.m. at a cost of $6; a martial arts exhibition from
noon until 1 p.m.; .a bake sale from noon until 4 p.m.; and Irish
entertainment from 2 until 4 p.m. Admission and parking free.
Immigration is talk show topic
Family Stations, Inc. will host a radio talk show on Saturday,
March 17, starting at 7:30 a.m. The show will be rebroadcast at 1
and 6 p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The special guest will
be Angelina Castro, supervising attorney for the Fort Pierce office
of the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center (FIAC). The topic of the
show will be current trends and proposed changes in immigration
policy.

Farm Bureau plans annual barbecue
The Okeechobee County Farm Bureau will sponsor their 25th
annual Young Farmers and Ranchers Scholarship barbecue on Sat-
urday, March 17, at the Agri-Civic Center on S.R. 70 E: The 4-H and
FFA Livestock sale will be starting at 2 p.m. The barbecue will be
served from 4 until 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person and can be
purchased at the Farm Bureau office, from an FFA or 4-H member,
or at the barbecue. All proceeds go toward Young Farmers and
Ranchers Scholarship Fund. For information, call (863) 763-3101.

Children's Center plans parenting class
The Hibiscus Children's Center will hold a parenting class in
Okeechobee at First Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St., on Satur-
day, March 17, from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. There is a need for foster
parents in Okeechobee. For information call 1-800-403-9311, ext.
415; or, visit www.HibiscusChildrensCenter.org.
Sharron King in concert March 17
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., will present Shar-
ron Kay King on Saturday, March 17, at 7 p.m. Ms. King was nomi-
nated 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 2 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.
Bake sale raises funds for classes
Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold a
fundraising bake sale on Sunday, March 18, at 12:30 p.m. in front of
the church. All proceeds will benefit the first- and sixth-grade class-
es.
Brandt to appear at local church
Nashville recording artist Tommy Brandt will appear at the
Basinger Church of God, 16050 U.S. 98 N., on Sunday, March 18, at
11 a.m. and 6 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-1503.


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SPORTS 5


The Okeechobee News, Thursday, March 15, 2007


Cobras down Brahman


boys' tennis team 4-3


The Brahman boys' tennis
team met defeat (4-3) at the
hands of the Cobras of Ft. Pierce
Central Tuesday afternoon at the
Lawnrwood tennis courts in Ft.
Pierce. The Brahman boys' team
now has a 6-3 record. The results
of the individual matches are:
Singles: Cameron Roth (FPC)


def. Bobby Spelts (Okee.) 6-0, 6-
0; Jared Levy (FPC) def. Corey
White (Okee.) 6-2, 6-4; Patrick
Hilburn (FPC) def. Eli. Cabansay
(Okee.) (10-8) 7-6, 6-3; Logan
Perry (Okee.) def. Jacob Benton
(FPC) 6-1, 6-0; Bhevesh Patel
(Okee.) def. Brandon Roberts
(FPC) 4-6, 6-2.


O.G.&C.C. weekly results


PI.G.S. League
March 7: First place-Carl
Leonard. Second place-Ben
Rodriguez. Last place-Russ Pappy.
Closest to pin: (2) Carl Leonard,
(8) Randy Whaley, (11) Kenny
Curran and (17) Dan Reckley.
March 8: First place-George
Guydosh. Second place-J.W.


Cain. Last place-Kenny Curran.
Closest to pin-(2) Russ Pappy, (8)
J. W. Cain, (11) Russ Adams and
(17) Russ Adams.
March 9: First place-Penny
King. Second place-Max Sherry.
Last place-Ernie Waley. Closest to
pin-(2) Russ Adams, (8) Frank
Nobel, (11) Dan Reckley and (17)
Rob Jenkins.


Doubles: Roth and Levy (FPC)
def. Spelts and Cabansay (Okee.)
8-3; Nielson and Perry (Okee.) def.
Hilburn and Benton (FPC) 8-6.
"The team lost another one to
Ft. Pierce Central. The were a
good team, but once again a few
of our players did not play to their.
potential," said coach Dave Ellis.


Lady Brahman tennis team

downs Lady Cobras 5-2


The Lady Brahman tennis
team traveled to the Lawnwood
tennis courts in Ft. Pierce on
Tuesday, March 13, to challenge
the Lady Cobras of Ft. Pierce
Central. They returned to Okee-
chobee with a 5-2 win.
The results of the individual
matches are as follows:
Singles: Terrice Robinson
(FPC) def. Rina Boswell (Okee.)


6-4, 3-6, 6-2; Jami Fadley
(Okee.) def. Cinem Sengal
(FPC) 6-3, 6-2; Alyssa Wright
(Okee.) def. Margaret Wilson
(FPC) 6-0, 6-1; Brooke Ragamat
(Okee.), def. Kelsey Slaton
(FPC) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Laquesha
Kleckley (FPC) def. Shaina
Ragamat (Okee.) 6-4, 6-1.
Doubles: Boswell and S.
Ragamat (Okee.) def. Robinson


and Sengal (FPC) 9-8, 9-7;
Fadley and Wright (Okee.) def.
Slayton and Kleckley (FPC) 8-3.
The Lady Brahmans will be
on the road again on March 27
when they travel to Martin
Downs Country Club to take on
the Lady Tigers of Martin Coun-
ty High School. Matches will
begin at 3:30 p.m.


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It's strawberry season so enjoy!


It's strawberry season in Flori-
da. March is the peak growing sea-
son for strawberries in Florida.
The sweet, delicious berries are
packed with nutrition, so enjoy!
Why are the delicious red
berries called "strawberries"? One
theory is that the name comes the
practice of using straw to mulch
around the plants during the win-
ter. Another is that children would
pick the berries and string them
along a long blade of straw to sell
"straws of berries" at the London
market.
According to other stories, the
berries were originally referred to
as "strew berries" because the
plants grow on the ground and the
berries appear to be strewn about.
One cup of fresh strawberries
has about 45 calories. The sweet
berries are packed with nutrients.
About five medium-sized strawber-
ries supply 100 percent of the Rec-
ommended Daily Allowance of Vit-
amin A. They also include: 1 g.
protein; 3 g. fiber;.6 mg iron ; 20.2
mg calcium; 30 mg phosphate ;.03
mg thiamine; 10 mg riboflavin;
81.6 mg Vitamin C; 239 mg potassi-
um;.02 mg zinc;14.4 mg magne-
sium; and, .09 mg Vitamin B6.
Strawberries are a fruit to enjoy


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when they are in season. They do
not ripen after they are picked.
When choosing berries, look for
those with a bright red color and
shiny look. Watch out for soft spots
or any sign of mold.
If you are lucky enough to have
a chance to pick your own ripe
strawberries, take along a small
pair of scissors or a knife. It's better
to cut berry at the stem.
In Florida, strawberries are usu-
ally planted in sandy soil and
pulling on a stem may uproot the
plant. Gently lift up the leaves to
find the ripe strawberries. Only
pick the ripe, red berries. Avoid
berries that have large uncolored
areas or large seedy areas. Ripe
strawberries should have a luster. A
dull or shrunken-looking berry is
overripe.


"Doubtless God could
have made a better
berry, but doubtless
God ever did."
William Butler, 1600

Store ripe strawberries in the
refrigerator in a shallow and air-
tight container. It's best to store
them in a single layer as stacking
the berries can cause them to
bruise. Do not wash them until just
before you are ready to serve them.
Wash strawberries in a colan-
der under running water. Do not
allow them to sit in water as this
will cause them to lose color and
flavor.
After washing, pat the berries
dry with a paper towel and then
remove the stems. If you remove
the stems before you wash them,
excess water may enter the berry
through the stem end, making the
berry mushy. Wash and cut up only
what you plan to consume in that
meal, as they do not store well after
they are cut.


To freeze strawberries, wash
and dry them, remove the stems
and place a single layer of berries
on a baking sheet in the freezer.
After they are frozen solid, pack
frozen berries in freezer bags and
return to freezer.
I usually just eat strawberries
plain, but they are also good over
ice cream, in shortcake or in fruit
salads.
Here's a recipe I have shared
before for a tasty dinner salad.
Ingredients:
Four cups fresh spinach leaves,
washed
Two cups fresh strawberries,
washed and cut into quarters
One cup chopped walnuts
Toss together spinach, straw-
berries and walnuts with salad
dressing. (I use Ken's Steak House
Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette.)
This colorful and different salad
goes nicely with grilled meat or
fish. For variety, color and even
more nutrition, add a can of man-
darin oranges.
(Sources for this article include
www.vegparadise.com and Uni-
versity of Florida Institute of Food
andAgricultural Sciences.)


Health Briefs


VNA offers flu vaccines
Flu vaccines are now available
at Visiting Nurse Association, 208
S.E. Park St., Monday through Fri-
day from 9 a.m. until noon and
from 1 until 4 p.m. There is no
charge with Medicare Part B; oth-
erwise, the cost is $30 for the flu
vaccine and $45 for the pneumo-
nia shot. For information, call
Anna or Debbie at (863) 357-2197.


Red Cross offers
HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a
basic HIV/AIDs instruction
course that complies with Flori-
da employment requirements for
individuals working in various
vocations. This is a self-study
course that includes text work


and the successful completion of
a multiple choice written test.
The cost of the course is $15. Call
the local Red Cross office at
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Red Cross offers
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American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott
Ave., will hold an infant/child CPR


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Childbirth education
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Start Coalition will hold child-
birth education classes at the
Florida Community Health Cen-
ter, 308 N.W Fifth Ave. For infor-
mation, call the Healthy Start
office at (863) 462-5877.


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the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, March
9, through Thursday, March 15,
are as follows:
Theatre I -"Wild Hogs" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre 11- "Because I said so"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m.
Theatre IIIl "Astronaut
Farmer"(PG) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-
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CELL PHONE EAR PIECE:
Found at Buxton Funeral
Home on Sunday.
(863)763-1550
GLASSES: Ladies, prescrip-
tion, in paper carrying case,
name "Marion Reese" on
case. 863-763-1187


BLUE HEELER/Jack Russell
mix. White, black & brown
w/pointy ears. Vic of Four Sea-
sons. Reward! (863)467-9114
CASH, vic. of Wal-Mart or
Tractor Supply in Okeecho-
bee on 3/1. If found, please
contact (863)634-4626
CAT (I): Black, vic hwy 710
near pickem farm. She's
mute, scared & has a micro-
chip. Reward.
772-324-0110
LADIES GLASSES- Prescrip-
tion, Brushed gold frame, at
the Swamp Cabbage Festi-
val. (561)391-3278 collect
MIN. PINSCHER, black & tan,
last seen on 3/5 on Murray
Rd, off Hwy 80. Dearly
missed. (863)674-1239 or
(863)673-5033


BABY HAMSTERS: Free To
good home. (863)801-1302
or 801-3942. Okeechobee
area
CHOCOLATE LAB PUPPIES:
Free to good homes only!
863-673-4003
FABBITS (2): Female, with
nice cage & accessories. To
good home only!
863-634-7288 or 467-1169
KITTEN- Calico female, 12
wks old, free to good home
(239)841-0922


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KITTENS- 6 toed, 2 males, 2
females, & a 1 yr old male,
to good homes
(863)302-1736
PUPPIES (8): Florida Cur, 7
weeks old, free to good
homes only. 863-675-2844
Treeing Walker Coonhound,
looks like a tall beagle, tri
colored, $700 REWARD!
(954)793-3203


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



BABYSITTER- In my home, 5
kids, hours vary, Pref 20yr's
or older, Leave msg, Ser inq
only (863)801-4605
BP TECHNOLOGY INC.
Has an opening on 2nd shift
for a forklift driver/security
person. Call (863)357-6663
to fill out an application.
EOE
FARM MANAGER:
Full/Part Time inOcala, FL.
Must have experience
w/farm equipment, cattle &
general maintenance.
Retiree's are welcome.
(352)732-2662
haylofarm@aol.com


Full Time (Sat A Must)
Customer Service/Sales
Energetic
Self Motivated
Professional
Appearance
Bi-Lingual
a PLUS


TOLL COLLECTOR
POSITIONS AVAILABLE
@ Hee Haw, Ext. 193
on Florida's Turnpike
Starting @ $8.00/hr.
Call (772)429-1454


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HIRING COOKS
up to $15.00 /hr.
Immediate openings
&
SERVERS
(AM/PM SHIFT)
For Busy Restaurant
Apply Within
1111 S.ParrotAve.
DFWP
OFFICE / CLERICAL WORK:,
Must have Quickbooks and
MS Office experience. Mon -
Fri, 8:15 am 5:15 pm.
CEECO 863-357-0798
Praxair, A World Leader in
Industrial Gases is now
hirng for various positions
in our fill plant facility.
Exc. healthcare benefits,
matching 401 K retirement
& profit sharing (paid
quarterly), must be able to
pass background check.
Please apply in person at
2534 NW 16th Blvd., Okee.
No phone calls please.
DFWP.
PROFESSIONAL SALES
EXECUTIVE
Position available for a
busy new home sales
business. No Real Estate
License required. Salary
plus commission. Call
(863)763-6376
WELDER
Local company needs
experienced welder. Call
(863)763-6376

Need a few mope bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items In
the classifeids.


RECEPTIONIST/FRONT DESK
Needed for busy doctors
office. Call (863)763-1917 or
fax: (863)467-1142


HORSE EXERCISER P/T
Experienced English pleasure
rider for exercising horses
needed 3 days a week. Morn-
ings only. Call M-F 6am-3pm
(863)763-4723
MARTIAL ARTS
INSTRUCTOR WANTED: Exp.
w/children programs required.
Top pay. (954)931-0515


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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442


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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

BANKING/FINANCIAL
Looking for exp. Tellers, Customer
Service Reps & one Clerical position with
phone & computer skills. Fax resume:
772-597-4159, Attn: Judy, or
e-mail general@fboi.com.

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North


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As one of the largest convenience store retailers in the
World, Circle K Stores Inc, provides exceptional
MANAGEMENT opportunities to those individuals who desire
the challenges and rewards of operating a fast-paced retail
environment. Our fast-track management program couples
classroom instruction with hands-on experience to equip you
with the essential elements to ensure success.
Benefits include Medical/Dental, Paid Vacation, and
401 K (lucrative).
If you possess:
An entrepreneurial spirit, In-depth focus on customer
service, leadership qualities, positive attitude, and
high energy level.
Investigate the opportunities we have to offer by calling:
Lakeport/ Moorehaven / LaBelle Area
Circle K Stores, Inc.
Contact: Ruth
941-204-7783 or Cecilia 239-963-5092
Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D



SBUS MONITOR
SEMINOLE BRIGHTON
RESERVATION

To monitor children on school
bus. Good attendance record.
Good communication skills.
Prior experience working with
children. HS diploma or GED.
Fax resume/application to:
(954)967-3477


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Business
Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315




NOTICE
Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it Is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
complaints.
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

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Services



Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



DEAN'S COMPUTER SERVICE
Affordable Computer Repair
Home / small office.
All work guaranteed.
Free pick up & delivery.
Call Dean at 863-447:1155



LOT-LAND CLEARING
Construction &
debris hauling.
Insured. Call
Adam (863)441-5642


RON-DEES
Pressure Washing &
Roof coating, Repair to
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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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
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Clothing 565
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MIRROR 39"x29", Gold leaf, 3
sides. $75 (863)674-0482


AMANA REFRIGERATOR-
white, works good, $110 or
best offer (863)635-0079
DISHWASHER, Used 1 year,
ext. warranty just ran out.
Pd. $600, asking $200 neg.
(863)763-7831
FREEZER, Chest style, 7.2 cu.
ft. w/ 2 compartments. Ken-
more. Used 2 season's. Ask-
ing $125. (863)357-3203
GARBAGE DISPOSAL, $20
Exc. cond. (863)467-8681
REFRIGERATOR, Frigidaire,
15.4 cu. ft. $60 or best offer.
(863)357-0262
REFRIGERATOR, GE, side by
side, water & ice in door,
good condition. $200
(863)357-6700
SECADORA Y LAVADORA:
$240 cada dos.
239-245-0527
STOVE, 36", 6-burner, gas,
w/griddle, black & stainless,
new. $2000 firm.
(561)629-6213
STOVE, Kenmore, Flat top,
White, 2 yrs old. Excellent
condition. $225. or best of-
fer. (863)357-2271
WASHER & DRYER: Electric,
white, good condition. $280
for both or will separate.
239-368-1768
WASHER & DRYER: Great
cond. $240 or will separate.
Spanish (239)245-0527 or
English 745-2432
WASHER & DRYER,
Stackable, GE Space Maker.
$400 or best offer.
(270)331-4090
WASHER & DRYER: Whirl-
pool, like new, asking $200.
863-634-3407
WASHER: GE, large capacity,
heavy duty, multi cycle,
good condition. $65. Call af-
ter 5pm. 863-467-2040
WASHER, heavy duty, $75.
(863)674-1355
WASHER/DRYER- Combo
unit, Wash Rinse & dries.
110 electric Asking $200.
(863)532-8542


COUNTER TOP PIZZA OVEN-
110V, cooks up to 2 16" piz-
zas, $275 or best offer
(863)467-8161
MICROWAVE- Small, Good
condition. $15.
(863)467-1014


BICYCLE: 3 wheels, good con-
dition, good paint. $90.
863-467-4567
BIKES (2) 26", 1 Girls & 1
Boys. $60 for both will sell
separately. (863)763-5011
SCHWIN BICYCLE 1955: 26",
brand new, original condi-
tion. $900. (863)467-5756.



KITCHEN CABINETS All wood.
Large quantities...Must sell!
Starting @ $1600.
Call 772-361-4398
PLYWOOD, 50 sheets, $300
(561)762-4620 Jupiter area

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
Professional
Installation of Storm
Shulters & Seunless
Rain GuttL'rs
Licensed & Insured

863.763.5650
1551 N.W. 24th Drive
Okeechobee
License #765
TILE FLOOR, 3 boxes 16x16.
Roof shingles 9 bundles. 5
Bali blind. $145. Will separ-
ate. (863)467-1014
WOOD FLOORING: 300 sq. ft
x 3/4" Thick TG, Solid Brazil-
ian Cherry. Undamaged.
Make offer. (863)675-7926

Buying a car? Look In the
classified. Selling a
car? Look in the classi-
fleds.


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CAMPING EQUIPMENT: Tent
8x12, large chest & hitch
hall. $110 for all or will sell
separately. 863-635-7552


RUG, New, 8'2" x 10" Country
Garden Path, red, green, mus-
tard, brown & beige. Never
opened. $200 (863)674-0098


HIGH CHAIR, white, asking
$25 or best offer.
(863)467-1325


BB SIMON BELT- size large,
1 1/2" black pony hair with
clear crystals, $150
(863)697-1486
FORMAL GOWN, Light sea
green, size 8, never worn,
with tags. $30
(863)634-5038
RAINCOAT: Men's, size 2x,
black, washable, casual, like
new. Paid $160, asking $30.
863-357-1560


COCA COLA COOLER: Free
standing, holds up to 48
cans or bottles. Very good
cond. $125. (863)467-0627
ELVIS COLLECTION: Many
items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $350
neg. (863)467-0627
SCARFACE MEMORABILIA &
Wall art. $100 or best offer.
(863)634-5450
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, Ga-
tor, plays fight song & march-
es, never opened. Paid $60,
sell for $45 (863)674-0482



COMPUTER: Dell Dimension
4550, Windows XP Pentium 4,
30gb, 256k Ram, CD RW,
speakers. $300.863-763-5316
LAPTOP, Gateway, with Win-
dows XP, $350.
(863)467-9228


CRAFTERS/QUILTERS SUP-
PLIES, Over $3000 in cost,
sell all for $500.
(561)629-6213


BEDROOM SET, queen size,
pecan finish, exc. cond., incl.
triple dresser & mirror, nites-
tand, $325. (863)467-8924
CABINET, white, $25 or best
offer. (863)467-1325
CHINA CABINET- Wood, 6'x5'
w/glass shelves & light.
Closed cabinets at bottom
$75. (863)675-6180
COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops. $250/all.
(863)674-0467.
COFFEE TABLE- oval glass
top, w/slate green wrought
iron base, very nice cond.
$50 (863)467-8464
CONFERENCE TABLE: Oak
mica w/ 4 quality chairs.
$200. Call Monday Friday,
9am-3pm. (863)467-1717
DINING ROOM SET: Broyhill,
with hutch. Paid $1700. Ask-
ing $300.863-467-5756
DR SET, Table & 6 cane
chairs, upholstered seats, 2
Ig. leafs, hutch, very nice.
$500 (863)357-0709
DRESSERS- 3 piece set with
mirror, Bassett, solid oak,
Never used. Asking $800.
(863)532-1351
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER,
pine, 27" stereo, like new,
$300 both. (863)357-1845


I Genra Cont i


LOVESEAT & MATCHING
CHAIR, great condition, $95.
(863)610-1465 call Nick
LOVESEAT & RECLINER, both
reclines, leather, off white,
$700 for both.
(863)357-1845
LOVESEAT: $60.
(863)697-0845
LOVESEAT- Blue, burgundy
pin stripe, exc. cond. $100
(863)634-5450
LOVESEAT, CHAIR & 2
Lamps. $20 for all. Call
(863)532-8542
LOVESEAT FRAME: Beautiful,
cypress, 5.5' x 40". $300.
239-340-8502
MATTRESS- New, Therapeutic
Magnetic. Paid. $800. Ask-
ing $300. (863)357-5754
SLEEPER SOFA, Nice, queen,
floral. $100 (765)748-4779
SLEEPER SOFA, Nice, solid
tan. $75 (765)748-4779



GOLF CART: 1994 EZ GO with
carry all bed, electric, new
paint, good battery & charg-
er. $1500. 863-228-2123
GOLF CLUBS- left handed,
Giant EZ Hippo Hyper Matrix
Face. New, asking $150 or
best offer (863)302-1592



TREADMILL, Life Styler, 1.5hp
motor. $100 or best offer.
(863)763-5062
TREADMILL: Proform, heart
rate monitor, air fan, cush-
ioned deck, incline, hardly
used. $450 (863)763-0625



DOUBLE SINK: Stainless steel,
excellent condition. $20.
863-467-2148
ROOM AIR FILTER: Kenmore,
excellent condition. $90.
863-357-6303
TUB- White, Porcelain, Stain-
less steel. 60" long. New,
Never used. $75.
(863)357-2271


EARRINGS- 10k gold, medium
size bamboo. Heart shaped
$75 (239)823-9804
KINGMAN TURQUOISE
SQUASH BLOSSOM NECK-
LACE- Value $4000 sell for
$1100 neg (863)467-8161


PENDENT LIGHTS (2) brand
new, $30 for the pair
(863)467-8681


HANDICAP WALKER, Winnie
Walker Rollator, blue, hand
brakes, adjustable handles,
seat, $65. (863)467-8816
HOVEROUND elec 3 wheel
scooter, used once, like
new, $350 (561)670-3636
SCOOTER, VICTORY, electric,
4 wheel; good shape, $650
or best offer. (863)467-6009
WHEELCHAIR: Battery operat-
ed, used twice on carpet,
cherry red, exc cond. $1000
firm. (863)357-5988


BOUNCE HOUSE/aSLIDE
COMBO: 15x15, Great condi-
tion. $2500 (863)228-2440
or (863)675-1113 LaBelle
CELL PHONE: L7SLVR, Cingular,
pink, camera video & itunes.
$150. 863-675-0689 b4 2pm
or 863-302-1592 after 2pm.


SOLAR PANELS (2): 75 watts,
regulator & BATTERIES (6):
6 volt. $600 for all.
863-675-3312
TRAILER HITCH- 2, Class 3,
H/D, Fits Chevy Silverado/GMC
2500/3500. '01-'06, $200. Or
Will Separate. (863)517-2249



ALTO SAXOPHONE- Only
$150. (863)697-1443
VIOLIN- 4/4 White, with bow
and case, excellent cond
$125(863)484-0105


BABY MINI POT BELLY PIGS
$25 (863)983-7702
BULL CALF, $100.
(863)946-0912
CHIHUAHUA PUP
tan male $200
863-675-2541
Barb M-F, 9-6
COCKATIELS (2), Females,
with cage. $75 or best offet
(863)824-0703
COCKATIELS- Pair, with large
cage on wheels $125
(863)634-6087
COCKATOO, Sulfur Crescent
w/cage & accessories.
$800. (863)357-0434
FEMALE PUG- with papers,
$600 or best offer
(863)634-6087
MALTESE, 10 mo's old, male,
neutered. Great w/kids. Crate
trained. $400.
(863)634-2137
PET CARRIER: Extra large.
$50. 863-357-1560
PIT BULL PUPS (10): Red
nose, parents on prem,
champ papers on parents.
$300 $500.
863-610-0685 '
PUPS, 1 Poodle & 1 Yorkie
Poo, males, 12 weeks old,
shots, to loving home only.
$450 each. (863)357-0037
SHIH TZU PUPPIES 8 wks. old
w/shots & health certificates.
Must see! Various colors. Call
Melody @ (863)634-2110
WANTED: good home seeking
a Florida BlackMouth Cur,
male puppy, lost a Fla. cur in
Dec. Call (863)675-4869


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



HOT TUB, 6 person, blue in
color, works good, $750 or
best offer. (863)357-1576 or
(863)-634-7210


BOWLING SHOES, Mens, Dex-
ter SST6, size 10.5, right
hand, new. $80
(863)467-9048
COMPOUND BOW: Bare white
tail with accessories. $100.
863-634-7608
COMPOUND BOW, Hoyt Fast
Flite, w/gwiver & arrows,
$100. (772)201-5689
EASTERN BASEBALL CLEATS,
Size 6, exc. condition. $20
(863)634-5038
GOLDEN EAGLE BRAVE-
youth right hand compound
bow with 4 arrows, $30
(863)467-4327

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale in the classi-
fleds and make your
clean un a breeze



AMP & SPEAKER, Sony
1000w amp & 1300w
speaker in box, brand new.
$300 neg. (863)447-5985


PHILIPS 52" TV- With sur-
round sound. Good condi-
tion. $750. (863)467-9722
SONY BIG SCREEN TV, 42"
proAection, exc. cond., pd
$1700, asking $1200 firm.
(863)357-2795 after 6pm
TOSHIBA, 56", HOD Ready,
$1000 (86363)634-0866
TV/VCR COMBO: ROION,
AC/DC, $75. (863)763-3551


TICKETS: "Magic Kingdom"
(2) Adult, Florida resident, no
expiration. $120. for both.
863-357-1109


AIR COMPRESSORS (3), 2
electric, 1 portable with 6hp
Wisconsin robin engine.
$850/all. (863)697-9704
EXTENSION LADDER- 40ft,
asking $75 or best offer
(863)635-0079


RADIAL ARM SAW, 10" Black
& Decker, bench top, new
blade & 10" Craftsman table
saw. $180 (863)697-9704


PLAYSTATION 3, 60GB,
played 1 time, with Madden
2007. $650 (863)763-3550



VACUUM CLEANER, Kirby
Generation Ill, with tech
drive, $300. (863)763-5011
Video/uio


ADULT DVD's (10): New, only
opened to test. $65 or best
offer. Call (863)634-3783
VIDEO KIT: Includes pull-down
screen, dvd & wireless head-
set, for vehicle. $500 for
everything. 561-281-4182


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed.'Products B10
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies.'
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry Supplies 860
Seeds. Plants/,
Flowers 865




ENGINE: John Deere, 6 cyl.,
Turbo Charge, Industrial,
Diesel. $2800. or best offer.
(863)234-9595
JOHN DEERE GATOR, 6x4,
hydraulic dump, front & rear
hitch, great shape, $5000.
(863)467-6009



ROUND HAY BALES
$33 each, 3 bale minimum,
Floralta Hay, Located on the
Prairie, (863)610-1616



BACKBLADE- 7ft, 3 point
hitch, extra heavy duty, adj 3
ways, $100 (863)467-2148


AMERICAN SADDLE BREED
STUD, $1500 or best offer.
(863)781-0484
BEGINNER HORSE- Bomb
proof, calm easy ride, Cogg
utd, 15H, 24Y, Bay, tack
$500 (561)789-0572
GELDING THOROUGHBRED
PONY CROSS- 2yrs,13.2
hands, saddled not ridden
$1000 neg (863)763-4149
HORSE TRAILER: '91, Hart,
Big stock room, 3 stall. Sad-
dle/rm in back. Needs work.
$1000 neg. (863)201-3492
MARE QUARTER HORSE- 7yrs
old, $800 (863)253-2477
SADDLE, Western (Veech):
16.5 seat. Brand new! Paid
$2000, Now $1200.
863-467-2104/772-341-3707
SPORT HORSE, German,
Westfalen, Warmblood X TB.
Super sweet. 1 yr colt.
$2499. (863)357-5867
THOROUGHBRED PONY
CROSS- 3yrs old, 13.2
hands, green broke, $1000
neg. (863)763-4149



FERTILIZER SPREADER: Les-
co, heavy duty, stainless steel,
80 lb capacity. $200.
863-634-1479
JOINT COMPOUND (8 buck-
ets): Proform, all purpose.
$200 for all, will separate.
863-675-8141
RIDING LAWN MOWER-
Craftsman, 42" cut. 19.5hp,
2 cyl. $150. (863)467-3841
RIDING MOWER, Craftsman,
19.5hp, 46" cut, needs bat-
tery & work on deck, $150.
(863)983-6310
RIDING MOWER: John Deere,
looks & runs good. $650 ne-
gotiable. 863-228-2123
RIDING MOWER: Snapper.
$400. 863-675-8141
RIDING MOWER, Zero Turn,
Snapper, 52" Cut. Good
shape. $1700. or best offer.
(863)447-0337


BARREL SADDLE, 15" Sharon
Camarillo. $600
(863)763-7831


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







Newly renovated
2/1, central air
and heat, laundry
area, almost
900sqft. Located
in the city!
$900 a month.
Call
(863) 697-1174
EFFICIENCY on 441 & 15 A,
For Single Person, furnished
w/utilities. $125 wk. + $300
sec. dep. Call 863-610-1027
OKEECHOBEE, 2 BR, 2 BA, in
city limits. Very clean w/tile
floors. $800. mo. + 1st. &
$400. sec. 863-634-3572
OKEECHOBEE: 2br, 2ba, 2
story apt. in Kings Bay, No
pets. $800/mo. + $800.
Sec. Dep. (561)248-5311 or
(863)697-8728


OKEECHOBEE, 2BR/2BA, No
pets. $700/mo. 1st, last &
$400 sec. to move in. 2 units
available. (863)763-9225


Beautiful 2BR/2BA house in
Kings Bay. Lakeview, washer
& dryer, a/c, swimming pool.
$900/mo, plus utilities. Call
561-255-4377.
BRAND NEW: 3/2/1, split plan,
patio upgraded, master suite,
3993 NW 37th Ave. $1250
F&S. 561-307-2502
CHARMING COTTAGE FOR
RENT: Newly remodeled,12
mi North of Okeechobee.
3br/1.5ba. $850/mo. 1st &
sec. No pets. Call only M-F,
9-3.863-467-1717
FORT DRUM, 2 BR, 2 BA, gar-
age. Quiet country area. Small
pet okay. Fenced yd. Monthly
or Seasonal. (305)944-2721.
WATERFRONT HOME: 3br,
3ba, fenced yard, boat dock.
$1000/mth, deposit required.
Call 248-672-1528.



-BRAND NEW OFFICES-
Hurry! Only a Few Left!
(863)467-0831


CLEAN PROFESSIONAL MALE
Seeks Same to share 4 BR, 2
BA. East of Okeechobee. $125
wk. Call (863)824-6112

Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos'
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080


iMoses- Sle 02


GLADES CO: 100 acre land
auction on 03/31/07. Owner
/ agent brokers welcome.
www.1 OOacreauction.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
OKEE., 3br, 2ba, 2 car garage
CBS on 1 ac. Spot In The
Sun. $295,000. or best offer.
(863)634-9136
OKEECHOBEE, 4BR/2BA,
1 car garage plus den. Buy for
$1,175 per month. $165,000.
Can be seen at 3632 NW 5th
St. Also, 4BR/2BA, Buy now
$995/mo. or $144,900. Can
be seen at 3698 NW 7th St.
(863)484-0809


TAYLOR CREEK: Vacant wa-
terfront lot, 80 x 100.
$98,000. 863-467-2225 or
772-332-6896.



OHIO, Williamsburg- 47 +
acres. Leveled to rolling. 1400'
road frontage. Wa-
ter/Elec./Gas. Lots of Privacy.
$410,000. (863)467-7255


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 + $1000
sec. deposit. 863-763-4031
OKEE., On Rim Canal 1br
$150. per wk. Min. down &
2br $200. per wk. Min. down
Call 863-634-1802
OKEECHOBEE, 3BR/2BA,
Brand new, waterfront, all new
appl's incl. w/d, lake access.
$1200/mo. (954)610-5345
OKEECHOBEE: 3br/2ba mobile
home for rent, town water
and sewer, large lot. $800 /
month. Call 954-610-5345.
TREASURE ISLAND 1BR/1BA
SW $600. mo., Hwy. 78 West
3br, 2ba CBS MH, $625. mo.
32' RV w/Kit. & full ba. $490.
mo. ( RV incl. city water &
elec.) 561-346-4646



JUPITER FARMS: Must be
moved. 12x60, 2br/2ba. New
w/d, stove, ac & plumbing.
Elec temp pole, stairs, col-
umns, etc incl'd. Everything
goes! $3200.561-743-3732
OASIS VILLAGE, Mobile home
& lot on water. Lot 90.
(863)763-8567
OKEECHOBEE- 1/1, newly re-
modeled inside w/new roof.
In nice adult park, $14,900
(772)546-3067
TRAVEL TRAILER w/Florida
Rm. in Advantage Oaks 4266
SE 25th Dr. $10,000. Call
863-357-0434/765-717-0596


Vantage Oaks Park: 32 Ft.
w/9x30 FL Rm. 4056 SE 24th
Rd., Lot 114, Near Treasure
Island $2500 (863)357-9017

Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers.'RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 301 -
Marine Accessories 30210
Marine Miscellaneous 302T
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles. ATVs 3035

Boats 3005


ALUMINUM BOAT, with trailer
$200 or best offer. Call
863-467-2824
ALUMINUM, V Bottom, 14',
Smokercraft w/like new trail-
re & 18hp Tohatsu motor.
$1600 neg. (863)763-4680
BASS BOAT '88: 16' Lowe,
40hp Johnson, with galva-
nized trailer. $2500. or best
offer. (863)763-3660
BOAT TRAILER, for 22-24', al
rollers, $500.
(863)357-4446
BONITO BOWRIDER, '89, 15.1
ft., 48hp Evinrude, runs
great, no problems, power
trim, $2500. (863)697-6077'
BOSTON WHALER- 13",
w/trailer. Can be seen at The
Glades RV Resort Lot 38Bi
$800. Neg. (410)924-5218
FLATS BOAT- 15 ft, Tri Hull,
t50 hp Evinrude, trolling mti
batt, fish finder, 2 live wells
$2300 (863)697-9405
GHEENOE '06, Galvanized
trailer, 2hp Suzuki outboard,
Minkota trolling motor:
$1900 neg. (863)697-0424
JOHNSON 2001: 8 HP bought
new 2005, low hours $ 800.
Call 561-716-1561 -
JON BOAT- 16ft, w/40hp Evin-
rude, trolling motor, anchors,
2 batters, $2000 neg
(863)763-2738
New Canvas Room for pon-
toon with rollup windows &
screens, $800 or best offer.
(863)357-1784
OUTBOARD MOTOR, Mercury,
20hp, runs perfect, can
demonstrate, $750 neg.
(863)357-1784/634-2454 ,
PONTOON, 24' w/50 hp Mere,
Runs perfect, new carpet. No
trailer $1800.
(863)357-1784 or 634-2454'
RANGER BASS BOAT- '89,
365V,175hp Black Max Merc.
Very rare. Exc. cond. $10,000'.
(863)357-5754
SKEETER '94, 19.5ft., 150hp
Mercury Black Max, trolling
motor & live wells. $2500
(863)467-1169
STARCRAFT ISLANDER 19861,
22 Ft., 185 hp, V6, I/O. Alumi-
num. Light hauler. New rear
canvas top w/swim platform.
Easy Load trailer. 'Low hrs.
$5200. 513-260-6410 Okee
STRATOS BASS BOAT, '98;
dual console, 19', with 175
hp Johnson mtr. & trailer,
$11,000. (863)983-7835
SUNFISH SAILBOAT: '95, w/
trailer, new racing sail & hiking
stick, fiberglass center port.
$1350 (863)467-7336


CLASSIC '75 GMC MOTO-
RHOME- New leather Capt
chairs, carpet, paint, wheels,
suspension & more. Like
new cond., 13K, $19,900 or
best offer (906)281-2990
Labelle area.
FORD HORIZON VAN 1988,
Motor Home. New tires/refdig
erator. Pressure Water & Gas
Stove $3200. (561)723-1690
JAYCO 5th Wheel: on
Seasonal lot @ Leisure Point.'
Overlooking Water, Excellent
condition. 30V2 Ft. w/slide out,;
C/Air & Screened porch.
(302)222-4768
JAYCO '90, 32 ft., w/porch &
shed. Furnished. In Hendry Sal
bal Palms Cmpgrnd. in Palm
Dale. $6000. (863)675-7145 )
MeadowLark Campgrnd 30
FL Furn., built up roof Must be
moved. $1500. 863-675-1891
or (540)616-7319 (Cell) -
MOTOR HOME: 1973 Dodge
van camper, runs good, roof
ac.'$1000 or best offers
863-634-2684
PULL TRAILER: 30ft, good
cond, new fridge, gas stove,
Ir, dinette, br, ba. $1800.
863-467-9621
STOVE TOP, 3 burner, Fof
camper, brand new. $75.
(863)946-3822
SUNNYBROOK FIFTH WHEEL,
'04, 34', triple slide, all up-
graded, ext. warranty
32,500. (419)344-0599 ;
WINNEBAGO LE SHARO '90,
22ft., new tires & trans., very
clean, sleeps 4, extras.
$6500 (863)467-1950


DIESEL INTERNATIONAL, 5th
Wheel puller, with 5 spd.
stick shift & 2 spd rear end &
32" ft. carriage 5th Wheel.
$22,000 (423)506-3281
FIFTH WHEEL: Avion, 29ft, w/
slide out, located at Mea- ,
dowlark Campground,
$4500.740-704-5089
HITCHHIKER- '99, 32', 3 slide
outs Excellent condition.
$15,000. Day 863-467-6565
or night 863-467-0008
KEYSTONE CHALLENGER-
'02, 32', w/2 slides, Generator
Avon Park. $22,500. Possible
trade. (812)201-2806



EVINRUDE OUTBOARD MO-
TORS (2) 115hp, asking
$650 for both call
(863)946-1031 after lOam *


I&J BUILDING CONTRACTORS
LICENSE #QB49109
Screen Rooms Carports
Room Additions Florida Rooms
Garages Seawalls
Ernest Lancaster (8631 634-2044








Okeechobee News, Thursday, March 15, 2007
S S S


MERCRUISER ENGINE: 6 cyl.
Parting out...$495 for all. Stop
Sby lot #48 in Summer Breeze
obile Home Park.



OUTBOARD MOTOR, '47 Evin-
rude Zephyr, 4 cyl., 7hp, not
running, wall hanger. $100.
(863)697-2033


DIRT BIKE: '02 Honda XR80R,
Excellent condition. $500.
firm. (863)634-2475
HONDA CB350 1973, 4 cyl.,
Excellent condition. $1500.
(863)634-5421
HONDA NIGHTHAWK '83,
550cc. $1000 or best offer.
(863)634-1561
HONDA SCOOTER 2004, Helix
Style, 250 cc, Adult. 1900
Smis. Luggage trunk/seat back.
$2500. (513)260-6410 Okee
SADDLE BAGS, For '92
, Sportster, with brackets.
$200 (863)634-1561
SUZUKI RM250- '06, 2 cyl, Pd
$6200 new. Only used 5
Shrs. Perfect condition Must
sell $4895. (863)673-2775



GO CART- Murray, 2 seats,
runs, $300 (863)634-7706
POCKET BIKE: 2 cycle gas
motor, disk brakes, runs
good. $250. (863)697-0845


TRAILER, 34ft., $2500
S(518)651-4748


DAMON '99, 21 ft, never trav-
eled, kept under roof in La-
Belle. Must see. $6500.
(239)633-2159
NOMAD, '92, 32', 8x20 sun
room. Very good cond. Fijian
RV Park. site 19. Must be
moved. $4900.615-496-3891

Automobiles




Autes Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



CADILLAC DEVILLE '87- V8,
133K, runs good, $1500
(239)357-5111
CHEVY CAVALIER '04, 4 door,
good condition, champagne
color. $8500 neg.
(863)357-6811
CHEVY DELRAY, '58, good
body, needs restored,
$2500. (863)357-4446
DODGE ARIES WAGON- '87,
58k orig mi. Nice. Equip. for
towing behind Motor home
$1200. (863)805-5266
DODGE SPIRIT '92, 4 door,
$600 (863)697-2598


DODGE NEON 1997: 50K
miles. $2500 or best offer.
(863)673-3314 LaBelle area.
DODGE SPIRIT- '94, Runs
good. Cold A/C. New tires.
1500. or best offer
(863)634-0016
FORD FOCUS ZTS 2004:
5spd, silver, 31mpg, 12k ml.
$8500.561-755-8910
FORD PROBE GL '89- white,
w/cracked head, body &
tires in exc cond., $400 neg
(863)467-4327
FORD TAURUS- '90, New al-
ternator, water pump & new
hoses. Does overheats. Must
move $200. (863)835-6015
HONDA ACCORD SE, '98, cd,
cold a/c, 170k mi., white,
2.31, 4 dr., great gas mile-
ge, $5000 or best offer.
863-763-1713
HONDA CIVIC '89: $900.
Needs work. If interested,
call, 863-261-1158.
LINC. MARK VII SPORTS
COUPE '90- 2dr, 50 HO, air
ride, all orig, good rubber
$2500 (863)467-6475
MERCURY 1985, Full Size Sta-
tion Wagon, Runs and Drives
great. $800. (863)357-2370
or (863)634-1324
MITSUBISHI GS 1998, $3300
neg. & WINDSTAR GL 1998
$2950. Call (772)332-6590
PONTIAC GRAND AM '94:
Great body & new tires, but
has blown motor. $300 or
best offer. 863-697-0186


WANTED: Junk Cars, Will pay
$75 $100 for complete cars
towed in, or $50 $75 if
picked up. (863)763-21411


FORD MUSTANG '65, 95%
perfect, matching numbers,
no rust. $15,000 firm.
(863)255-4935



KAWASAKI MULE '93, Good
condition, new drive belt &
tires, dump bed, trailer hitch.
$2500 (863)467-8629.



CHEVY 4WD: 1978, 3500 se-
ries, 1 ton. $2500.
863-634-2684
CHEVY SUBURBAN '90, 6.2L,
$2500 (863)763-8201
DODGE RAM CHARGER- '86,
V-8, 360, 4x4, Very good
condition. $2000.
(863)634-5421
Ford bronco II '89: 4x4, 2.9,
v-6, 6" lift 33x12.50R16 and
35x12.50R15 needs work
$1200 neg. 863-634-3878


ELEC GOLF CART- 3 wheel,
with charger, runs great,
$500 (863)634-5225
GOLF CART & CHARGER,
$600 (863)467-2704
GOLF CART: 1987 CLUB CAR,
Electric w/charger. Recondi-
tioned. $1250.863-675-1472
GOLF CART: 1990 Harley Par
Car, Gas, Good condition.
Runs well. Asking $1200.
(863)824-0801
GOLF CART, 4 passenger,
$875. 863-946-3822 or
954-646-3217


GMC WORK TRK '81- until.
body, 8.2 liter Detroit diesel,
3 ton elec auto crane,
$3500 neg (239)425-7016


AUTO HOIST: 9000 LB,
$1800. (863)234-9595
CAR CD PLAYER: Pioneer
DEH-P47DH, detachable se-
curity face. Retail $300. Ask-
ing $200.561-683-7243 WPB
CUSTOM HARD TOP- for Jeep
Wrangler, 85-95 models,
$150 or best offer
(863)634-5225
FORD F150: Tailgate, chrome
step, bumper with tail lights.
$350 for all, will sep.
863-634-7608
LEER, Fiberglass Cab Mate,
Sleeper, for full size pickup.
White, good condition. $250
(863)763-5373
RIMS & TIRES: 20", 6 lug,
used only a few months &
sold SUV, like new. $1500.
561-281-4182 Frank.
RIMS & TIRES (4): 16", alumi-
num. 8 lug, Chevy. $370 ne-
.gotiable. 863-634-7125
RIMS & TIRES- 4, 17", Brand
new. $800. will separate.
(863)634-6476
SUPER CHIP PROGRAMMER:
Will fit '94 '03 Ford 7.3 liter
diesel. $300 or best offer.
863-634-7318
TRAILER HITCH, GM Mini-
vans, SIIhoutte, Ventura,
Montana, '99-'03, 3500 lbs.
$100 neg. (863)467-0560
TRANSFER CASE: Fits Chevy,
350 engine, auto transmission,
excellent condition. $300
(863)357-2658 after 5 pm


CHEVY DUALLY: 1 ton, 454
engine, 4 spd. $2500.
863-824-6720
CHEVY SILVERADO '88, V8,
3/4Ton, Auto, A/C, Cruise/Tilt,
Topper & Tow pkg. Like newly
Clean! $2500.863-674-0467
DODGE DURANGO SLT '98-
4x4, has some body work
needed. Runs great!, Leath-
er, $2500 (863)509-8179
DODGE RAM- '87, 4x4, Runs
good. Needs a little work.
1200. or best offer.
(863)634-0016 or 634-2563
FORD F150 '94, Very clean,
new paint, good int., runs &
looks great. Must see.
$2500 (863)983-6550
FORD RANGER- '95, 4X4 with
lock & hub cap. Off road
oversized tires. $3500.
(863)467-8187
NISSAN '86, Great motor &
transmission, no a/c or heat.
Needs TLC on looks. $600
(863)674-0098


DODGE SUV 1987, Runs
good. $1000 or best offer.
(863)983-4940
FORD EXPLORER 2000: 4x4,
transfer case & motor ONLY,
just pulled, runs good. $550.
863-763-0547 Okeechobee


EMERSON TRAILER LIFT
GATE- 14x6, dual axle, 1 ft
sides, 14"tires, $1000 firm
(863)763-5890
FOUR HORSE TRAILER: King
goose neck, straight, 37 ft
long. $2500.863-824-6720
UTILITY TRAILER. $150. Call
863-467-2824


HORSE TRAILER: '91, Hart,
Big stock room, 3 stall. Sad-
dle/rm in back. Needs work.
$1000 neg. (863)201-3492
UTILITY TRAILER, '06, 4x8, tilt
w/reinforced sides. For Motor-
cycles or lawn mowers. Ask-
ing $550. (561)670-3636


DODGE CARAVAN 1994:
$1200 or best offer.
(863)673-3314 LaBelle area
DODGE RAM CONVERSION
VAN '99: Cold a/c, runs
excellent, 196k. Below blue
book. $2500 (863)763-3451

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22, 2007 at 2:00PM in County Commission Chambers, Couahouse,;304 NW 2nd
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Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Boardo e County Commis-
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understand what was happening
in my body and brain. There wa
no safe refuge or adult that
could confide in."
Mr. Madray feels that thes
incidents left him hating himse
and anyone who was gay.
"During my college years,
spiraled down into drugs an
alcohol to bury the pain," h
wrote. "I was unable to form an
deep and meaningful relation
ships with anyone and struggle
to accept myself for who Go
had made me to be."
Mr. Madray is now a re;
estate broker in the Orland
area.
Permanently scarred
While most people have fon
memories of their high schoc
years, Mr. Acosta still gets emc
tional when reliving the abus
he said he endured while attend
ing O.H.S. >
Mr. Acosta and his. family
immigrated to Okeechobee fror
the Philippines in 1990. M
Acosta was new to the country
state, town and high school. H
states that he was tormented t
the point of wanting to kill some
one, but was too scared to go t
the school administration.
o As a newcomer to the Unite
States, he thought he would ge
in trouble and possibly b
deported for going to adminis
trators about the harassment h
was enduring.
"I was called a pervert and
faggot and so many other thing.
I had guys strangle me.
received threats," he said in
telephone interview. "Durin
class meetings, I had to sit b
myself with five seats empty in
every direction. Guys would tr
to find reasons to:hurt me physi
cally. I even had a math teacher
who was really ugly toward me.
had no one to turn to, not even
my parents who were trying ti
come to terms with the way
arm."
"I got over.it, but it left a per
manent scar that once in awhile
still hurts. To look at the situation
positively, the experiences eithe
make or break you. You learn t(
become an emotionally strong
person or you continue to suffe
from the abuse. I'm happy now
It made me a stronger person.
don't condone what happened
at Columbine, but things like
these would make a person o
persons go over the deep end.
sure had my days in high schoc
When I wanted to kill everyone
but I knew it wasn't worth m'
time," he continued.
Mr. Acosta stated that hi
would have definitely joined thi
GSA for support and friendship
Pe stated that his high school
years were a lonely, frightening
time in his life.
' "What I went through in higl
school, I wouldn't wish on my
worse enemy," stated Mr. Acos
ta.
He graduated from O.H.S. it
1993. He went to the Universit
of Central Florida prior to trans
ferring to Florida Internationa
University in Miami. He is nov
an interior designer in Pain
Beach.
Mr. Acosta had some advice
for parents with gay children.
"To good parents who find
out they have a gay child, do no
*raise your kid in a small town,'
stated Mr. Acosta.
Constant harassment
Ryan Hughes remember:
being called names, having hi:
locker vandalized, a school


owned math book being taken
from his locker and "fag" written
on every page of the 480-page
book, "fag" carved onto his desk
ig top, numerous physical alterca-
as tions including out-and-out
I fights, .punches, and being
pushed down stairs.
;e "It was an every day occur-
lf rence," stated Mr. Hughes. "I
was called a fag and a queer all
I the time."
d Mr. Hughes tried to make the
e best of a bad situation. The hon-
ly ors student joined the Future
n- Business Leaders of America
d club and was twice voted presi-
d dent of the club. He ran cross-
country and was a member of
al the Brahman track team. He
o briefly became a cheerleader but
said he gave it up because of the
constant sexual harassment.
Mr. Hughes said he tried to
d follow the right chain of com-
D mand.
)_ "The teachers, for the most
e part, were indifferent to my
j- problems," explained Mr. Hugh-
es. "There was one teacher who
y tried to be helpful. Coach (Jon)
n Henry was very nice to me. He
r. worked with me to make things
y, easier in class. He tried to take
e me out of places where prob-
o lems could occur, such as in the
e- locker room before and after
o class."
Things were no easier for his
d mother.
Et "It was a horrible time in our
e lives," stated Susan Hughes. "I
s- got him counseling, but nothing
e helped because of the constant
abuse. I was afraid to take him
a anywhere because of the threats
s. and the abuse. If I took him to
I the movies, Iwould drop him off
a and wait across the street for
g him to come out to make sure he
y would be safe."
n When, according to Mr.
y Hughes, most of his teachers did
i- nothing to help him, he and his
;r mother went to school adminis-
I tration for help. Mrs. Hughes
n said the only person who really
o tried to help her son was school
I board member Donna Enrico.
"There were problems at the
- high school at that time, but I'm
e not sure how much Ryan
n brought on himself," said Mrs.
r Enrico.
o Mr. Hughes stated that there
r was a county-wide school rule
r against sexual harassment and
v. he became a daily visitor to the
I school's administration office
d hoping to get some relief from
e the constant persecution.
r According to Mr. Hughes and his
I mother, he also received written
)l death threats that were turned
, over to school administrators.
y Both Mr. Hughes and his
mother recalled that it was sug-
e gested that Ryan consider leav-
e ing school early (dropping out)
). and taking his General Educa-
)1 tion Development (GED) test.
g Mr. Hughes dropped out in Janu-
ary, then found out that he
h would have to wait to take the
y GED test for almost four months.
- "I was very hot," stated Mrs.
Hughes. "We were never told
n that the GED test was given only
y three times a year."
- Mr. Hughes took the GED test
1 on the first available date. He
I' passed the test, received his GED
i and went on to attend the Art
Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. He is
e now a graphic artist.
Phoebe Raulerson, then
d assistant superintendent of
t schools, said she .did not recall
the problems Mr. Hughes said he
was having. She did remember
that some of the girls were being
harassed.
s "There were problems with
s sexual harassment, but it was
- aimed at girls getting their bra


straps snapped and such," stated
Mrs. Raulerson. "One of the
things I did was to stop the
harassment of the girls. If there
had been a problem and if we
knew about it, we would defi-
nitely try to deal with it. We
would not want any child to be
harassed at school."
When asked if it was standard
procedure to- encourage a stu-
dent to drop out of school
because of physical safety
issues, Mr. Mullins replied that
the encouragement to drop out
of school for any reason was not
a standard practice.
"I don't believe in GEDs," said
Mrs. Raulerson. "I would explain
to students wanting to drop out
and go for a GED that in order for
a GED to be acceptable, a stu-
dent. must complete two years at
Indian River Community College
(I.R.C.C.). Then, prospective
employers or universities would
only look back as far as the
I.R.C.C. diploma.
"If the students persisted in
wanting to drop out and get the
GED, I would then explain how
they would have to go about it. I
even started New Endeavor High
School to help students graduate
with regular diplomas. We grad-
uated 160 students with regular
diplomas that way. I just don't
like GEDs. I've never said that a
student should drop out and get
a GED. My first thoughts have
always been 'Let us find away to
help you graduate,'" she added.
In answer to the allegation
regarding written death threats,
Mrs. Raulerson explained, "If
there were any written threats,
they would have been in the stu-
dent's discipline file. But, after
this long a period of time, the file
would have been purged except
for an expulsion, which would
have been transferred into the
student's permanent file. We
took that kind of threat seriously.
School is supposed to be a safe
place where kids come to learn."
A search of Mr. Hughes' file
failed to reveal any written
threats or mention of any threats
or harassment of any kind.
After reflecting back on his
years as superintendent, Mr.
Mullins contacted the Okee-
chobee News.
"In thinking back to what we
recently discussed, I seem to rec-
ollect a school book with
derogatory words printed on
every page," he said.
When asked who brought the
book to him, Mr. Mullins replied,
"It was brought to me by Mrs.
Raulerson. I don't remember the
student's name, but I do recol-
lect the book."
He further stated that he also
had some recollection of a dis-
cussion with Mrs. Raulerson as
to what to do about the student
and the continuing situation,
including the possibility of the
student leaving school early.
Teachers didn't care
James Kendall graduated
Okeechobee High School in
1999. He stated that he also had
some bad experiences during
his high school years.
"People teased me all the
time. They constantly called me
all sorts of names. To make it
worse, I was overweight and
that just added to the insults,"
said Mr. Kendall. "The teachers
didn't care. They just ignored
what was happening."
Mr. Kendall said he did not
take his problems to school
administration because he felt
that since the teachers did noth-
ing, 'administration would react
the same way.
Mr. Kendall, like Mr. Hughes,
tried to fit in. He joined the


Future Business Leaders of
America, the Key Club and the
Spanish Club. But, he stated, he
continued to be verbally
harassed.
"They never physically
abused me, but the name calling
and emotional abuse were
worse," he explained. "To this
day I still have a lot of trust issues
because of what happened in
high school. I feel for kids grow-
ing up here now. Parents still
don't accept change or differ-
ence. It is better than it was, but
it is still bad."
Mr. Kendall is now an area
manager for a restaurant chain
in West Palm Beach.
"Here on the coast, we are
accepted for who we are. It's sad
that I cannot feel at home in my
own home town," explained Mr.
Kendall. "It would have been a
lot easier to cope if there was a
support club and people to talk
to."
Hurtful remarks
Eighteen-year old Jermale
Dennis is another former O.H.S.
student who states that he was
harassed on a daily basis
because of his sexuality.
"I came out during my sopho-
more year when I was 15 years
old," he said. "I was lucky in that
I was accepted by many of my
classmates, but I did have to
endure a lot of harassment from
others '-- including not so subtle
comments from some of the
teachers."
Mr. Dennis stated that he was
not physically harmed in any
way but was constantly verbally
harassed and had his notebooks
destroyed. He said he did go to
his teachers and administration
with the problems he was
encountering on a daily basis,
but only a few showed any inter-
est in assisting him.
"I got the impression that my
problems were not that great
and the administration had more
important matters to work on,"
said Mr. Dennis. "Mr. Kielbasa,
Mr. Matrinko, Mrs. Wright, Mr.
Hall and Ms. Kruger were all very
nice to me. Without them I
would never have made it this
far. They gave me the courage to
push forward and make it
through school."
Mr. Dennis added that several
teachers actually made "hurtful
remarks to him and about him to
other students."
Like the other former stu-
dents, Mr. Dennis took part in
several activities at the high
school. He joined the school's
crime watch and the Spanish
.Club. He was on the track team
for his freshman, sophomore
and part of his junior years. In his
senior year, he became a varsity
cheerleader for the Brahman
basketball team.
"I finally left the track team
during my junior year because
many of the boys on the team
became very judgmental," said
Mr. Dennis. "I was on the track
team for two and one-half years
and never received my varsity
letter. I finally got my first varsity
letter for being a basketball
cheerleader during my senior
year."
Mr. Dennis left Okeechobee
High School before graduating
with his class. He joined the Job
Corps and went to Gainesville
for Certified Nursing Assistant
(CNA) training. He passed his
test and graduated from the Job
Corps on Dec. 14 with CNA certi-
fication. He will then relocate to
Atlanta, Ga., to pursue his
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
and Registered Nurse (RN) certi-
fication. He hopes to eventually
become a child psychologist.


"I want to help kids and let
them know that they do not have
to go through what I did to suc-
ceed in life," said Mr. Dennis.
"We have worked very hard
to provide counseling inside and
outside of our schools," said Ken
Kenworthy, the.current assistant
superintendent of schools. "I
don't condone harassment of
any kind whatsoever. If we know
about it, we will do whatever it
takes to stop it. Harassment is
simply not tolerated. Nobody
should have to come to school
and face harassment. With what
we've already put in place, we
want to make school a safe and
happy place for students."
Mr. Kenworthy was not in his
current position in 1993.


He also extended an -invita-
tion to the former students to
meet with him concerning what
took place in the past.
"Once we get down to what
may have happened in the past,
we can make sure procedures
are put in place so that this does-
n't happen now or-in the future,"
he said. "Victims have the right
to be protected and schools have
the obligation to .protect them
and see that their rights are not
violated. We, as a school district,
need to make sure that no child
is harassed in any way."

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Community Events

Deadline for photo contest nears
BELLE GLADE The deadline to enter the Black Gold Jubilee
photography contest to be held in Belle Glade is nearing.
The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 23. The Black
Gold Jubilee festival will be held Saturday, April 21.
For information, rules and entry forms, contact Sara Phillips at
the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce, 540 S. Main St., Belle
Glade, Fl, 33430. Or, call her at (561) 996-2745.

Radio Club to host testing session
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will
sponsor a testing session for all classes of amateur licenses at the
Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, 499 N.E. Fifth Ave., on
Saturday, March 31, beginning at 9 a.m.
The fee is $14 per test session, and $14 for a retake if a test is
failed on the first try at this session. You must bring any existing
amateur license, a photo I.D., $14 cash or check made out to ARRL
VEC, and your FRN number if you have a license.
For information contact Harry Robbins (KF4KDO) at (863) 467-
7454 or redbirds@strato.net.

Benefit planned for local man
OKEECHOBEE -A benefit for cancer patient Wayne Snyder will
be held Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Good
Spirits Lounge, 245 U.S. 441 S.E. There will be music provided by
the Hard Livin' Band; barbecue lunches for $6, or two for $10; and,
giveaways.

Post #64 taking names for Wall of Honor
OKEECHOBEE The Veteran's Memorial Park committee is
taking applications for names to be engraved into the Wall of
Honor. Names submitted by April 15 will be added before Memori-
al Day.
The Wall of Honor is for any active duty or veteran, living or
deceased, discharged under honorable conditions.
The per-name cost is $60 each. Each. name must be submitted
separately on an application, which can be picked up at American
Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St.
Checks made out to the Veteran's Memorial Fund must accom-
pany the application and donations are welcome as well.
For information, call (863) 763-2950.

Fun shoot benefits Hospice
A 100 target fun shoot will be held Saturday, March 24, at Quail
Creek Plantation, 1907 N.E. 224th St., to benefit Hospice of Okee-
chobee. Gorge and Mary Beth Cooper will provide lunch, and
Davey Raulerson will provide the swamp cabbage. There will also
be prize giveaways. Tickets are still available for a 2006 E-Z-Go Car
and a 10 foot Anderson trailer for $20. Fax registration requests to
(863) 763-7856; or, call Hospice of Okeechobee at (863) 467-2321
for information.

School board hosting special meeting
The Okeechobee County School Board will host a meeting to
inform private schools of federal grant opportunities for the 2007/08
school year. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 26, at 1
p.m. It will be held in room 303.of the Okeechobee County School
Board office, 700 S.W. Second Ave.

CCC to host special speakers
The Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared Ser-
vices Network of Okeechobee, will meet Tuesday, March 27, at 10
a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee County School Board
office, 700 S.W. Second Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to allow
the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information
regarding services for children and their families. The guest speaker
will be Denise Huggins, from the Children's Miracle Network, and
Judi Miller, from Big Brother/Big Sisters. The public is invited. For
information, call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Red Cross offers CPR classes
The Okeechobee Branch of the American Red Cross, 323 N. Par-
rott Ave., will hold an infant/child CPR class on Wednesday, March
28.


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Financing for 72 months = $13.89 per month per $1,000 for well-qualified buyers with 10% down through Chrysler Financial. Not all buyers will qualify. Offer excludes Crossfire, Viper, Grand Cherokee SRT8, and Sprinter Models See
your dealer for details. Chrysler Financial is a business unit of DalmlerChryster Financial Services. Dodge and HEMI are registered trademarks of DalmlerChryster Corporation. Cummins Is a registered trademark of Cummins, Inc.


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