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Friday, March 16, 2007
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Leaders of local gangs arrested
By Eric Kopp
Three reputed local gang
members were arrested Wednes-
day afternoon and booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail on a
number of felony charges that
allegedly stem from retaliation
toward a victim from one of their
Arresting officer Detective
Brad Stark, of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
said Florida state statutes provide
that enhanced penalties can be
introduced on the three charged
in the case due to them being
Charged on March 14 were:
Samuel Medrano, 19, N.W. 44th
Ave.; Jonathan D. Hunt, 19, N.W.
First St., Okeechobee; and, Jesus
Torres 20, N.W. 35th Ave., Okee-
Medrano, also known a Lil E,
was charged with six counts of
aggravated stalking (gang relat-
ed), four counts of aggravated
assault (gang related), four
counts of battery (gang related)
and two counts of retaliating
against a witness (gang related).
His bond has been set at
Hunt, also known as Brother,
was charged with five counts of
aggravated stalking (gang relat-
ed), four counts of aggravated
assault (gang related) and five
counts of battery (gang related).
His bond has been- set at
Torres, also known as Pelon,
was charged with felony criminal
mischief due to a prior convic-
tion. He was released on his own
In his arrest report, Detective
Stark pointed out that at the time
of his arrest on Wednesday,
Medrano was out on bond fol-
lowing his arrest on charges of
burglary and battery. Hunt was
also out on bond after being
charged with burglary and bat-
Also in that report, Detective
Stark states that Medrano is the
leader of the Gangster Satan Dis-
ciples (GSD), and Hunt is the
leader of the VB Barrio Boys.
"These two gangs are the
community's largest problem,"
said Detective Stark Thursday
afternoon. "These two gangs
have merged under the Folk
Nation but still have their own
sets. They are our largest criminal
Detective Stark is also investi-
gating the 'tagging' of a dugout at
the adult softball fields located in
.the 900 block of N.W. 23rd Lane.
Tagging is the painting of gang
signs and messages to 'mark their
Among the tags on the dugout
*were 187 Po Po which means
death to police; 187 Stark, which
means death to Detective Stark;
pitchfork; pitchfork with evil tail;
See Arrests Page 2
The gang 'tagging' of a dugout at the adult softball fields is
under investigation by Detective Brad Stark. The tagging is
used by gangs to designate their area.
hurt in accident
The driver of a sports utili-
ty vehicle was injured in a
collision with a school bus
Thursday afternoon on U.S.
According to Lieutenant
Billy Markham of the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's
Office, no one on the school
bus was injured.
He, said preliminary
reports indicate that the SUV
allegedly struck the back end
of the bus.
Lt. Markham said the acci-
-._ dent took place, near the
offices of the Department of
What: Youth Livestock
Show and Sale
County Agri-Civic Center,
4200 S.R. 70 E.
When: Friday, March 16,
through Saturday, March 17
Schedule of Events
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
Source: Florida Division
Water Management District.,
Depth given in feet above sea
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Community Events . .4
Obituaries .......... .3
Opinion ...... . .... .4
Speak Out ......... .4
Sports ............ 6. 6
TV ....... ........ 12
Weather ............ .2
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CFC II:1, e 'y: traditions, ethnic foods, and fun
Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Randy Biegel tried her hand at calf roping on the mechanical horse and calf machine
Thursday at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus. The entire school celebrated Heritage
Day on the last day of school before spring break.
Students at the Okeechobee Freshman Campus showed off their quince anos dresses during
the Heritage Day celebration held at the school on Thursday. They were (left to right) Maria
Hernandez, Ehrica Cruz, Gladys Castaneda, Ana Baza, Jennifer Pinon and Maria Betancourt.
Career Center starts
business aid program
By Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee One Stop
Career Center is now the home
of a new program that offers
assistance to citizens who want
to open or expand a new busi-
A Small Business Develop-
ment Center (SBDC) is now open
due to a partnership with Work-
force Development and the Flori-
da Small Business Development
Center and a grant from Florida
WIRED. (Workforce Innovation
in Regional Economic Develop-
The mission of the SBDC is "to
.impact the small business com-
munity with world-class quality
services that make a measurable
contribution to regional growth
Florida Atlantic University
(FAU) is the host institution for
the SBDC in Southeast Florida,
from Sebastian to Key West. With
10 offices throughout the region,
professional expertise is available
to small business owners and
entrepreneurs to help them suc-
ceed in both the domestic and
The Okeechobee office is
located at the One Stop Career
See Program Page 2
on water use
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee residents hae
been under water restrictions for
several months. Those restric-
tions were tightened as a result
of actions taken on Thursday,
March 15, by the board of gover-
nors of the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD).
Carol Ann Wehle, SFWMD
executive officer, signed three
orders Thursday declaring a
severe water shortage for the
Lake Okeechobee Service Area
(which includes most of this
newspaper's circulation area), a
moderate water shortage for the
Lower East Coast and a water
shortage cease withdrawal
order for consumptive use per-
mit holders in the St. Lucie
County Agricultural Area.
These orders go into effect
Thursday's action moves the
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St. Patrick Day celebration
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Okeechobee area from a Phase I
severe shortage declaration to a
Phase II declaration.
Agricultural users will be
required to reduce consumption
by 30 percent.
Residential users are now
restricted to watering their lawns
two days a week rather than three.
Residents in even numbered hous-
es can water their lawns between 4
and 8 a.m. on Thursdays and Sun-
days. Those with odd numbered
addresses can water between 4
and 8 a.m. on Wednesdays and
Vehicles are to be washed only
during those times.
The use of water for firefighting,
safety, sanitation, health, medical
and other essential purposes is not
John Hanford, executive direc-
tor of Okeechobee Utility Authority
(OUA), said this latest order would
not affect his organization's pro-
duction of water. It will only affect
Officials from SFWMD will be
monitoring water use for-con-
sumptive use permit holders such
as farms, nurseries and golf cours-
es. A warning will be issued for a
first time offense in this category. A
second offence could draw a fine
of up to $10,000 a day.
However, residential users will
not escape monitoring. In fact, it
could be costly for residential viola-
County administrator George
Long stated that SFWMD's action
authorized local code enforcement
officials and law enforcement to
regulate residential water con-
sumptipn. He said the first violation
would bring a $25 fine. Subse-
quent violations cold be fined up to
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Center at 209 S W. Park St. and will
be open MonLay through Thurs-
day from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Certified Business Analyst
(CBA) Jim Lilly will be on hand at
the center to serve the citizens of
The SBDC offers one-on-one
counseling free of charge by pro-
fessionally trained and experi-
enced CBAs. The CBAs will be
available to answer questions and
discuss ideas, identify problems
and find solutions, share knowl-
edge and information and provide
advice related to virtually any area
of business management.
"Their goal is to help develop
the small business potential of
Okeechobee," said Mr. Lilly.
Mr. Lilly is also forming a semes-
ter-type class that will tentatively
begin May 1, and last for eightweeks.
The class will meet two days week,
from 6 until 9 p.m. This course
includes a literal hands-on approach
using Rural Entrepreneurship
through Action Learning (REAL);
$500 and/or 60 days in jail.
Major Noel Stephen of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office said his department had
been asked to enforce water
restrictions in the past. He said that
to date they had not been asked to
do so. However, if asked, Major
Stephen said the OCSO would
enforce the restrictions.
"The district took responsible,
proactive steps in October and
November 2006 by declaring
mandatory restrictions for users
around Lake Istokopoga, Lake
Okeechobee and a warning for the
Lower East Coast," said Governing
Board Chairman Kevin McCarty.
"However, the lingering dry condi-
tions have forced us into more
aggressive action. Our regional
water supply indicators are unusu-
ally low, and water conservation
should now be the aim of all water
users across the district busi-
nesses, the public sector and indi-
The level of Lake Okeechobee
is currently below 11 feet, which is
above 4 feet below average for this
time of year. The area's rainfall
amount is the sixth lowest on
record dating back to 1932.
"Water conservation is critical
now through the dry season to pro-
tect our water resources and help
ensure that adequate freshwater
supplies are available for people,
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Federal insurance backstop
is pushed by lawmakers
By Marcy Gordon
WASHINGTON A govern-
ment insurance backstop for
floods, hurricanes and other natu-
ral disasters would be created
under a proposal promoted Thurs-
day by lawmakers. They said rising
insurance rates are forcing many
people to go without homeown-
The legislation would establish
a national catastrophe fund for
property insurance similar to the
program set up for terrorism insur-
ance after the Sept. 11 attacks.
A few insurers have pressed for
such a fund, as have several Flori-
da lawmakers. They cite the sky-
rocketing cost of home insurance
for many state residents, especially
those on the coasts, since the busy
hurricane seasons of 2004 and
After big losses from hurri-
canes, some companies have
dropped thousands of property
insurance customers in Florida
and other coastal states.
The lack of affordable home-
businesses, arms an te envro Cot
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ment," said Ms. Wehle. "Due to
record dry conditions, we are tight- disrespect to the gang Top Boys,
ening existing and putting new which is a local black gang; and,
mandatory water use restrictions GSD (Gangster Satan Disciples).
in place with today's water short- Detective Stark said 187 is the
age orders." California penal code for homi-
The length of time these restric- cide.
tions remain in effect will depend The detective added that the
on rainfall, lake levels and other painting was done in blue, which
factors. is the gang's color.
.. PostyoopinionsinthePublic He went on to say the painting
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firstname.lastname@example.org. "Since e have taken a
"Since we have taken an
aggressive stance on graffiti,
we're going to get rid of it and
hold them responsible for paying
S- for it," said Detective Stark.
..h e He indicated in his report that
S" the cost to repaint the dugout
was $300. When arrested and
'convicted, the persons) respon-
lom* sible for the tagging will have to
pay the repainting cost.
Similar tagging was found on
the street in front of the home of a
.. local person who had filed bur-
Dglary charges against Medrano
o" and Hunt on Jan. 17.
On that same day, said Detec-
tive Stark, Medrano and Fernando
ri- eca were charged with one
S M a- count of burglary and one count
.. of battery.
id Content The next day a fight occurred
between Medrano and the victim
i i in the victim's neighborhood,
stated the detective. He went on
to say that on March 11, a fight
broke out at the victim's home
and involved the victim's family,
S along with Medrano, Hunt and
_. other members of the GSD and
Barrio Boys. At this time, gang
graffiti was painted on the road
S- It was on this same evening
a that the dugout at the softball
S. field was tagged.
r - -.: Another fight broke out at the
-- - .- victim's home on Monday, March
S- 12, between the victim's family,
,. -, -. Medrano, Hunt and other gang
members, said Detective Stark.
-He said the gang members were
This will help individuals create a
business plan, including financial
aspects such as determining how
much money should be borrowed
and how to go about getting their
They will also be able to present
their plans to local bank represen-
tatives to get feedback during the
class before officially submitting
The SBDC also offers training
workshops, seminars and confer-
ences that provide current and
practical information on business
topics ranging from the basics to
more advanced business manage-
A local class entitled "How to
Start a Small Business" is being
formed for April 17, from 2 until 4.
p.m. This class is a comprehensive,
interactive workshop that will
cover all the nuts and bolts of start-
ing a new business but in a shorter
The workshop will include the
fundamentals of the product or
service, market research, market-
ing, startup costs, cash flow, busi-
ness planning and more. Capital
requirements and the financing,
plus credit report and score will be
discussed, in addition to business
structure considerations, taxation
and other regulations.
Business permits, licenses and
certifications will be reviewed, as
well as employee and employer
Other classes are available
throughout South Florida. The
SBDC is a link to the Small Business
Referral Network that can be used
.to promote business, seek poten-
tial business partners or access
Other areas of business assis-
tance include: new venture plan-
ning; start-up issues; marketing;
finance; accounting; operations;
The CBA can help develop:
business plans; cash flow projec-
tions; marketing plans; feasibility
studies; market research; loan pro-
posals; accounting systems; per-
sonnel plans; strategic plans; SBA
Disaster Loan packages; and, MBE
The SBDC is part of a national
network that has more than 1,100
business development centers
nationwide and is a member of the
Florida SBDC Network and
owners' insurance is a major
impediment to Louisiana's recov-
ery after Hurricane Katrina, Rep.
Bobby Jindal, R-La., said at a news
Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of
the House Financial Services Com-
mittee, is supporting the proposal.
"It is clear that the government has
got to step in," said Frank, D-Mass.
Referring to the terrorism insur-
ance program, he said, "We
believe that we have reached a
similar point with regard to what
happens with floods and hurri-
canes. ... I believe that some feder-
al backstop is necessary."
Under the terrorism insurance
program, the government would
cover the bulk of losses from a
future attack up to $100 billion; the
amount that the insurance indus-
try would have to pay out has
increased each year.
Lawmakers from Florida,
Louisiana and New York, who
appeared with Frank, insisted that
the bill they are drafting is not only
for the benefit of coastal areas.
bats, pieces of
pipe and rocks.
They were all .
wearing blue *
bandanas and e
One wit- Samuel
ness reported Medrano
Stark that there were as many as
15 gang members at the home
wanting to fight the victim, his
brother and their mother and a
In his report, Detective Stark
indicates that one of the victims
was hesitant to file charges
against the gang members
because he feared they would
retaliate. He reportedly told the
detective there have been death
threats made against the family.
Since those threats were made he
said he and his family have not
slept and he has -been missing
work because he stays up all
night, stated the detective's
Detective Stark said his investi-
gation is continuing. He added
that if anyone has any informa-
tion pertaining to this case or any
other cases they should contact
him at the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, (863) 763-3117.
Detective Stark can also be
reached by calling the gang hot-
line- (863) 763-5742.
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Assistance is provided to both
current or potential small business
owners. They also provide assis-
tance to small businesses applying
for Small Business Innovation and
Research (SBIR) grants from feder-
Assistance from the SBDC is
available to anyone interested in
beginning a small business for the
first time or improving or expand-
ing an existing small business.
In addition to the SBDC pro-
gram, the SBA has a variety of other
programs and services available.
They include training and educa-
tional programs, advisory services,
publications, financial programs
and contract assistance.
The agency also offers special-
ized programs for women busi-
ness owners, minorities, veterans,
international trade and rural devel-
For information about the SBDC
and the programs it offers, call
(863) 462-5350, ext. 121; or, visit
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Members sought for code/planning board
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee City Council is seeking interest-
ed applicants to serve on the Code Enforcement Board and the Plan-
ning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals.
Applications must be returned to the City Clerk's Office by 4:30 p.m.
on Tuesday, April 10.
Board members, where possible, shall consist of: architects, gener-
al contractors, Realtors, business persons and lay persons. Board
terms are three years.
To receive an application, contact the City Clerk's Office at 55 S.E.
Third Ave., or call (863) 763-3372, ext. 215.
No member of a citizen board shall be an employee of, or hold any
elective position of office of the government of the City or County of
Agri-Civic Center to host events
OKEECHOBEE A number of events are scheduled to be held at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E., in the coming
These scheduled events include: March 16-18 Okeechobee Youth
Livestock Show and Sale; and, May 26 & 27 Memorial Day Bike Rally.
For information, call (863) 763-1666.
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.
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-
Admission is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. Club mem-
berships 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.
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 Okeechobee.
The purpose of tpe session is to provide information about submit-
ting permits electronically and about phosphorus evaluation criteria.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 80s. The wind will be
from the south at 10 to 15 mph, shifting to the southwest around 15
mph in the afternoon. The chance of rain is 50 percent.
Friday night: Considerable cloudiness with a chance of evening
showers and thunderstorms. The low will be in the upper 50s. The
wind will be from the west at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 50
Saturday: Partly sunny with the high in the mid 70s. The wind will
be from the north at 5 to 10 mph.
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The Okeechobee News, Friday, March 16, 2007
EES students of the week
Here are Everglades Elementary School Students of the Week for March 12 through March
16. The following students are achieving excellence in the classroom (in no particular order)
are Kindergarten students, Ricardo Morales; James Ward; Clara Kackley; William Gandaril-
la; Tyler Boatwright; and, Brenda Abonza-Yanez. First grade students are Erick Garcia;
Dejah Blackwell; Marissa Delacruz; Mariah Mosley; Joseph Mitchum; and, Leonel Alvarado.
Second grade students are Tyler Kerby; Kitana Lappi; Casey. Feldpusch; Ana Gandarilla;
and, Matthew Lynch. Third grade students are Devinn Rodriguez; Christine Carnley; Brian-
na Burnette; Alanah Mosley; Kendra Howling; and, Ares Hernandez. Fourth grade students
are, Dakota Dickey; Alyssa Weeks; and Nadir Aguirre. Fifth grade students are, Elijah Poma;
Karamia Boyd; and, Robert Garza. Congratulations to our many outstanding students.
Ready, set, bowl!
Seminole Elementary School fifth graders (left to right) Amanda Cannon, Natasha Sulli-
van, Sierra Washburn, Hayley Palmisano and Tiffany Cox bowled as a team during their
trip to Stardust Lanes bowling alley where approximately 95 fifth graders went as a
reward for earning behavior points throughout the nine weeks.
The following individuals Brent Pignataro, 27, S.E. was arrested March 14 by
were arrested on felony or driv- 39th Ave., Okeechobee, was Deputy P. Massung on an Okee-
ing under the influence (DUI) arrested March 13 by Deputy chobee County warrant charg-
charges by the Okeechobee John Fisher on an Okeechobee ing her with violation of proba-
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), County warrant charging him tion grand theft and violation
the Okeechobee City Police with the sale, manufacture, of probation giving false infor-
Department (OCPD), the Florida delivery or possession of a coun- nation to a pawnbroker/less
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Flori- terfeit controlled substance and than $300 (three counts). Her
da Fish and Wildlife Conserva- conspiracy to sell, deliver or bond was set at $500.
tion Commission (FWC) or the manufacture a counterfeit con- on wason Bruce Kauffman, 27
Department of Corrections trolled substance. His bond was Jason Bruce Kauffman 27,
(DOC). set at $20,000. N.W. Ninth Ave., Okeechobee,
Christopher Baker, 22, Joel David Tabbert, 30, was arrested March 14 by
Okeechobee, was arrested Souris Avenue, Port St. Lucie, Deputy Keith Murrish on an
March 12 by Deputy A. Majere was arrested March 14 by Okeechobee County warrant
on an Okeechobee County war- Deputy John Ashby on a charge charging him with driving while
rant charging him with violation of driving under the influence, license suspended -- habitual
of probation burglary of a driving under the influence with offender. His bond was set at
structure and violation of proba- property damage and leaving the $2,500.
tion grand theft. He is being scene of an accident with prop- This column lists arrests and
held without bond. erty damage. His bond was set at not convictions, unless other-
Terrell Termaine Roberts, $7,500. wise stated. Anyone listed here
22, N.E. Third. St., Okeechobee, Donald C. Peterson, 52, U.S. whoise stated. Anyone listed here
was arrested March 13 by 98 N., Frostproof, was arrested who is later found innocent or
Deputy Harold Hancock on an March 14 by the OCPD on a has had the charges against
Okeechobee County warrant charge of driving under the influ- them dropped is welcome to
charging him with violation of ence. His bond was set at $7,500. inform this newspaper. The
probation child abuse. He is Corey Ann Jablonski, 19, information will be confirmed
being held without bond. S.E. Second St., Okeechobee, and printed.
Billy Floyd Price
Billy Floyd .
Price, 71 of
2007, at Rauler- ,
son Hospital. ,-
Born June 17,
Tenn., he had Billy Floyd
been a 15 year Price
Okeechobee. He loved the Lord
and was a member of the Church
of God and enjoyed fishing.
He is survived by his wife of 51
years, Norma Price of Okee-
chobee; sons, Michael (Crystal)
Price of Las Vegas, Nev., Richard
(Tracy) Price of Fort Lauderdale
and Steve (Kathy) Price of Okee-
chobee; daughters, Teresa (Terry)
Bast of Okeechobee, Patricia
Dansa of West Palm Beach and
brother, Donald Price of Okee-
chobee. In addition he is survived
by 12 grandchildren; Joshua,
Jason, Jade, Sherry, Michelle, Lit-
tle Ricky, Hayleigh, Steven, Jr.,
Travis, Tina, Taylor, and Brian
(Ashley Childs); one great-grand-
child, Heaven; a special nephew,
Tommy L. Price of Clermont; spe-
cial friends, Janice Vicky Elliott,
Callie and Blanche Jordon, all of
The family will be receiving
guests from 10 until 11 a.m. on
Saturday, March 17, 2007. Ser-
vices will follow at 11 a.m. in the
Buxton Funeral Home Chapel.
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care and direction of Buxton
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bike ride is March 20
On March 20, bright and early
in the morning, a group of cyclists
will depart Fort Myers Beach for a
special bicycle ride through Lee
County in route to Palm Beach
Shores on the Atlantic Ocean.
Normally, these cyclists wear
badges to work and carry a gun,
but on this day, they plan to be
sporting their helmets and carry-
ing water bottles. This auxiliary
ride of the Police Unity Tour is
being brought to south Florida by
a team of law enforcement offi-
cers from New Jersey. In addition,
many cyclists will be from our
local law enforcement agencies,
including Cape Coral, Fort Myers,
Naples, and Lee County, while
others are from cities and towns
The ride itself will start at Fort
Myers Beach at 7:30 a.m. It will
travel through Lee County and
Hendry County on S.R. 80 and
then travel on S. R. 78 and U.S. 27
through Glades County. The riders
should enter Glades County, north
of Labelle around noon and arrive
back in Hendry County on U. S. 27
at approximately 2:30 p.m. They
will eventually end up in Palm
Beach County, which will end
their approximate 150 mile jour-
ney. Some of the officers plan to
ride the entire way; most will do
whatever they can. With that in
mind, they even hope to be joined
along the way by other law
enforcement officers all across
In May, 1997, the Police Unity
Tour was organized by Officer
Patrick P. Montoure of the
Florham Park Police Department,
with the hope of bringing public
awareness of police officers who
have died in the line of duty and to
honor their sacrifices. This group
of 18 officers raised $18,000 on a
four day bicycle ride from
Florham Park, N.J. to the National
Law Enforcement Officers Memo-
rial in Washington, D.C. In the ten
years since, the Tour has grown to
1000 cyclists and has raised $3.2
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Thought to Remember:
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we should be, not what we
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TRASH: I am calling about trash. I caught them and told them I was
,i,, to go and get a warrant for them if they didn't pick up the trash
ilmi I saw them throw out. They go over to the Circle K on 36th and 441
oti1d buy food and a drink and eat it on the way back home coming out
6iith St. to where they live in Basswood. When they run out of food or
so imething to drink the trash goes in a ditch and it looks like a garbage
dump out through there. The same applies when you go over to the
service station that sells hot food on 98 and 36th, they do the same
tIing, and that's where I caught them throwing the trash in the ditch.
O1I good thing I will say for the sheriff is that they have a crew out
here, prisoners from the jail, to pick up trash. They shouldn't have to
do that. If they don't want to live like we do, we don't want them.
..... l.,' has to tell them .
ASSET: I think it wonderful they are going to build some condos
and townhouses and apartments for teachers and tourists that come
down. I. hope this plan goes through and they do get built. It would be
a wonderful asset to this community.
LIGHT: The walk light on U.S. 441 between Winn Dixie and Tractor
Supply doesn't seem to work. You can stand there for 10 to 20 minutes
and keep pushing the button and it never goes to walk. I'd like to know
wl i() you see to have that taken care of.
L'ditor's Note: Thanks for telling us. We have contacted the con-
( (o'ir about the light.
SPECIAL MAGISTRATE: This is about the county magistrate. I was
reading in your paper where you state that they pay him $100,000 per
meeting or is that for the whole year? Because if it is $100,000 per
meeting, it would come to $1,200,000 for four hours a month. If that's
the case we need to throw him out.
Editor's Note: The special magistrate is under contract with Okee-
chobee County to be paid at a rate of $100 per hour, which includes
ieclting time as well as the time he spends researching and prepar-
(ni for a code enforcement meeting. There is one code enforcement
inetiung per month and, to date, the meetings are averaging about
TIME CHANGE: Can you try to find out why they started the change
of time earlier this year? At 7 a.m. it is pitch dark and it should be day-
light. Kids are going to school in the dark. That didn't help us any.
Editor's Note: It was proposed and signed into law basically as an
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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.
IPamigration 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
S'illm 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
Rai ichers 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.
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Letter to the Editor
Open your heart, mind
I am a class of 1980 graduate of
Okeechobee High School. During
my years at OHS I was under suspi-
cion for being gay although I had a
several girlfriends at the time. Sus-
picion was enough though for
some closed-mined individuals
who made it a daily chore to taunt
In my senior year my car was
vandalized several times, vulgar
things were graffiti on my locker
and more than once I was verbally
and physically assaulted on cam-
pus. It was an isolating and lonely
period and I took this as part of my
punishment. I didn't understand
what was happening in my body
and brain and there was no safe
refuge or adult that I could confide
These incidents in my late ado-
lescences left me hating myself
and anyone who was gay. During
my college years I spiraled down
into drugs and alcohol to bury the
pain. I was unable to form any
deep and meaningful relationships
with anyone and struggled to
accept myself for who God had
made me to be.
SI return to Okeechobee often
and for many years continued to
experience the same bigotry in
public places. Once at the Black
Angus while dining with my family
I was verbally assaulted by some-
one stating "I did not know the
Black Angus allowed faggots in
About a year after graduation,
one of the most popular kids in my
class killed himself. He was gay,
still in Okeechobee and only a
handful of people knew his secret.
Suicide rates are higher among
gay teens and it is unfortunate that
anyone would choose to die over
their sexual orientation. The argu-
ment is often made that gay peo-
ple choose to be gay. If that is true,
then when does a straight person
choose to be straight?
It took a number of years and
much therapy to reach a place of
peace with my homosexuality. I
am in a very stable relationship,
have the love and support of my
family and am a successful Real
Estate agent in Orlando.
I wish there had been a group
available to me like the Gay-
Straight Alliance during my school
years. Someone who understood,
could provide a refuge or just
show their caring.
Every teacher, administrator
and staff member in the school
system should be required to study
and understand all aspects of
diversity within your student body.
As educators, it is their responsibil-
ity to help build a safe and inclu-
sive environment for each and
every student under their care.
Homophobia like bigotry
towards any race, ethnicity, or reli-
gious belief is a learned behav-
ior. No child is born prejudiced.
Their families and society teach it
to them. It is inappropriate for the
school systems to be teaching the
I urge you all to open you heart
and .minds towards the Gay-
Straight Alliance at Okeechobee
High School. If one gay child has
an easier time, if one straight child
changes their thinking about their
peers, if one child chooses life over
suicide, then your efforts to build
better members of society would
Women's history still being written
By Martha Burk
As we approach International
Women's Day, advocates of
women's rights have a lot to cele-
brate. Here and abroad, women
are making strides on terrain both
old and new.
This March, leaders of the
nation's women's organizations
concurred that the month dedicat-
ed to history made by women
needs a name that reflects not just
the landmarks of the past, but the
ongoing achievements of women
as we advance toward equality.
This year, we celebrate the third
month of the year not as simply
Women's History Month, but
Women Making History Month.
In the history books of tomor-
row, 2007 will doubtless be desig-
nated a landmark year, beginning
with Nancy Pelosi's election in Jan-
uary as first speaker of the U.S.
House of Representatives. Harvard
University named Drew Gilpin
Faust its first woman president in
the school's 371-year history, and
Frances E. Allen became the first
woman to receive the highest
award in computing in February.
This country's very first public
space dedicated to feminist art
becomes a reality on March 23
when the Elizabeth A. Sackler Cen-
ter for Feminist Art opens in the
Brooklyn Museum. The center pro-
vides a permanent space for Judy
Chicago's legendary work "The
Dinner Party," honoring women
Across the pond, the Wimble-
don Championships the oldest
Grand Slam event in tennis will
finally join the United States Open
and the Australian Open in granting
equal prize money to female and
In France, women are looking
forward to the likely election next
month of Segolene Royal as the
nation's first female president. If
elected, she will join Michelle
Bachelet of Chile, her nation's first
female chief executive, elected last
Amid the progress, there are
also setbacks. With the re-emer-
gence of the Taliban, women in
Afghanistan are back in the burqa
- the head-to-ankle garment, and
generally purged from public view.
And women in Darfur, with fewer
resources than men and primary
responsibility for children, continue
to bear the brunt of the ongoing
genocide and rapes.
Here at home, the pay gap
between women and men work-
ing full time (year-round) in this
country remains a stubborn .24
cents on the dollar, and women are
still the largest group of elderly
There's not much good news
on the executive front either. A
recent report from Catalyst, an
independent research organiza-
tion, says it will take another 47
years for women to reach parity
with men as corporate officers in
the Fortune 500. That's more than a
full career span in anybody's book.
National women's groups in the
U.S. aren't waiting for history to
catch up with fairness. They're
planning a national Women's
Equality Summit March 26-27 in
Washington, D.C., to honor legisla-
tors who have done the most for
women, and educate activists from
around the country about areas
where women are still left behind.
Those activists will, in turn, lobby
their members of Congress for
faster results enacting measures
that benefit women and their fami-
Summit participants will also
hear from presidential candidates.
It will be interesting to hear how
many of them will address the pay
gap, cuts in child health funds, the
woeful lack of child care in this
country and why the U.S. hasn't
ratified the international women's
human rights treaty.
And, oh yes the 900 pound
gorilla ending the war. Polls
show that women in both parties
are far more anti-war than men,
and we've known for years that
nobody can be elected president
without women's votes even if
they garner 100 percent of male
Speaking of gorillas, my favorite
story comes from the animal king-
dom. Seems researchers in Senegal
have established that chimps can
and do fashion spears from sticks
and use the tools to hunt small
mammals. They say the landmark
observation supports the notion
that females, who do most of the
crafting, are the main innovators
and creative problem solvers in pri-
Could be true in the human
realm as well, but we won't know
till women are equal to men politi-
cally, economically and socially.
So let's cheer these small steps
for womankind, and hope that
future steps will be giant ones.
Editor's Note: Martha Burk is
director of the Corporate Account-
ability Project for the National
Council of Women's Organizations
a non-partisan, non-profit umbrel-
la organization of over 200 groups
that collectively represent more
than 10 million women across the
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion meet-
ing at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, in Buck-
head 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 infor-
mation, 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 Park-
way, 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 promote their business. The meet-
ing provides networking opportunities for women in business and is open to
the public. No membership is required. For information, contact Robin Del-
gado at (800) 299-8878; or, bye-mail at email@example.com.
Nar-anonHelps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a more nor-
mal 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.
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 joining. For information,
contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257;
or, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting..
(A.A.) open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Senior Singers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys singing is
invited to join the group. For information or to schedule an appearance, con-
tact 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 September. For informa-
tion, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850.
The Republican Executive Committee meets at 7 p.m. at the Clock
Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Avenue. For information call Melissa Arnold (863)
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at Buckhead
Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For information call (863) 634-4780.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the public.
For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at'(863) 467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third
St., at 8 p.m.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our
Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.
Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how to see your
world and capture it on film. Class is basic through extensive. Registration is
$20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for Information.
Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call
(863) 763-5887 or (863) 357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to
participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, contact
Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
Bake sale helps March of Dimes
Seacoast National Bank will hold its annual March of Dimes
bake sale on Friday, March 16, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The sale will
be held at the North Branch, 500 N. Parrott Ave., and South Branch,
1409 S. Parrott Ave. For information, contact Teresa Chandler at
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
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 item of 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.
Trailriders plan Saddle Series show
Big Lake Trailriders will hold their Saddle Series show on Satur-
day, March 17, at the Cattlemen's Arena. The exhibition starts at 3
p.m. The show starts at 4 p.m. You must have a current coggins,
and minors must have a signed release to ride. Sign up forms, fees
and rules can be found at www.biglaketrailriders.com.
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 I until 4 p.m. At I
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.
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In the, Military
USN and submarine lose communication
Army basic training
Army Pvt. Clayton T. Davidson
has graduated from One Station
Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Sill,
The training included comple-
tion of basic military training and
advanced individual training (AIT).
In basic training, the soldier
received instruction in drill and
ceremonies, weapons, map read-
ing, tactics, military courtesy, mili-
tary justice, physical fitness, first
aid and Army history and tradi-
During AIT, the soldier com-
pleted the Field Artillery Cannon
Crewmember Advanced Individ-
ual Training course. Trainees
learned to maintain, prepare and
load ammunition for firing; oper-
ate and perform operator mainte-
nance on prime movers, self-pro-
pelled Howitzers, and ammuni-
tion vehicles; and, perform crew
maintenance and participate in
organizational maintenance of
weapons and related equipment.
They also learned to establish and
maintain radio and wire commu-
Davidson is the brother of Jen-
nifer Davidson Okeechobee.
Service Club Briefs
Legion Post #64
The American Legion Post
#64 is located at 501 S.E. Second
St. The Post phone number is
American Legion Post #64
is open Monday to Saturday
from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and
Sunday from I until 9 p.m.
Our kitchen is open daily
serving a regular menu. The
hours of operation are: Monday,
and Friday from 11 a.m. until 3
p.m.; Wednesday, tacos and
margaritas served from 11 a.m.
until 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sun-
day from I until 8 p.m.
Sunday NASCAR on big
screen TV. Quarter pound hot
dogs, pizza and $1 draft beer will
be offered. David Copper from 3
until 7 p.m.
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. draft
Bar bingo will be held each
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and
on Thursday nights beginning at
6 p.m. for members and guests.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. Music will
be from 4 until 7 p.m.
Bingo is held every Satur-
day and Sunday night starting at
6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
The Sons of the American
Legion steak dinner will be held
on the third Sunday of each
month from 3 until 6 p.m. for a
$10 donation. The dinner will
include steak, baked potato,
salad, dessert, coffee and tea.
There will be entertainment
from 5 until 8 p.m.
The Veteran's Memorial
Park Committee is taking appli-
cations for names to be
engraved into the Wall of Honor
until April 15. The per-name cost
is $60. Call the post at (863) 763-
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meeting
on the first Saturday of the
month at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S. 78
W, at 10 a.m. Applications for
new members are available. Call
Johnny Patton at (863) 467-2882
or Jerry Lee Shields at (863) 467-
8779 or (863)634-9563.
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.
Eagles Aeries #4137
E Aeries #4137 is located at
9983 U.S. 441 N. For information
on events, call (863) 763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1
p.m. Food will be available for a
Wednesday: bar bingo
from 4 p.m. until ? Food will be
Every Thursday: washer
toss at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 dona-
tion. Music will be by Jimmy
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.
Masonic Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W
Fifth Ave. .For information about
the club and events, call Matt
Buxton at (863) 357-9992.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second
and fourth Monday of each
month starting at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 31: annual
hog (domestic pork) roast from
4 until 7 p.m. Eat-in or take-out
will be available for a suggested
donation of $6 for adults and $3
for children. A traditional barbe-
cue menu will be served and
the dinner is open to the public.
For information, call Jim Green
at (863) 634-4401 or Jose Vera-
no at (863) 634-2071.
Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming
activities, contact Mary Ann Holt
at (863) 634-8087.
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is (863)
Sunday breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
Tuesday bingo at noon.
Wednesday cards and
games social at 7 p.m. If you
have a game you wish to play,
Thursday night meals will
be served from 5 until 7:15 p.m.
Call the Lodge at (863) 763-2250
for the menu.
Thursday is karaoke night
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Friday at 7:30 p.m. there
will be music for dancing. Call
to gee who is playing.
Saturday night meals will
be served from 6 until 7 p.m.
Call for the menu.
Sunday karaoke from 5:30
until 9:30 p.m.
Friday, March 16: Moose
Legion Celebration at 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 17: Moose
Legion Celebration with pork or
baked chicken dinner at 7 p.m.
Reservations are required.
Music will be by Saxman & Pos-
see at 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 18: Moose
Legion Celebration continues
Tuesday, March 20: Moose
Lodge membership meeting at 8
Tuesday, March 27: Moose
Lodge enrollment at 7 p.m.
Prospective members should
attend this meeting.
Saturday, March 31: West-
ern Spring Roundup at 5 p.m.
Dress up in your western duds
and enjoy a chuck wagon din-
ner. Karaoke to follow at 8 p.m.
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 150 N.W.
,36th St. in Okeechobee. The
lodge opens weekdays at 10
a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. For
information and meal menus,
call the Lodge at (863) 763-4954.
Guests are invited to enjoy the
activities and consider member-
Social quarters open daily
from 10 a.m. until?
Breakfast first Sunday of
every month from 8 to 11 a.m.
LOOM meets every second
Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
WOTM meets every second
and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
WOTM Officers meetings
are the first Tuesday at 7 p.m.
LOOM officers meeting
First and Third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Horseshoes Thursday and
Sunday at 2 p.m.
Free pool games, Sunday at
Dinners Friday at 5 p.m. for
Bar bingo Friday at 6 p.m.
Food is served.
Dinners each Saturday at
5:30 p.m. for a $7 donation, with
music to dance by at 7 p.m.
Moose Races Saturday at 2
Turkey shoot each Sunday
Saturday and Sunday,
March 10 and 11: Invitational
horseshoe tournament; break-
fast and lunch each day and din-
ner with music on Saturday.
March 16, 17 & 18; Moose
Legion Convention at BHR
Saturday, March 24: Florida
Day at Moosehaven
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423
is located at 300 N.W. 34 St.
Events are seasonal, contact the
Post at (863) 763-0818 for infor-
mation or write the Post at P.O.
Box 1137, Okeechobee Fl.
34973. The Post opens at noon
Monday through Sunday.
Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: .50-cent hot dogs
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Food will be
available. Everyone is welcome.
Friday: bingo starts at 1
p.m. for members and guests.
Food will be available. Karaoke
will be from 6 until 10 p.m.
Saturday: bar bingo at 1
p.m. for members and guests.
Karaoke will be from 6 until 10
p.m. Food will be available.
Sunday: dinner will be
available from 2 until 5 p.m.,
and will be followed by karaoke
from 6 until 10p.m.
Every third Sunday there
will be a post meeting and ladies
auxiliary meeting at 11 a.m.
The post membership drive
is under way, and the post is
striving for 100 percent. For
information, contact the quar-
termaster at (863) 763-0818.
Big screen TV for all events.
Saturday and Sunday,
March 10 and 11: Speckled
Perch booth in the park. There
will be baked goods, and a Post
and Auxiliary membership
drive. Anyone interested in
forming a men's auxiliary can
sign up at Post or at the park.
Saturday, March 17: St.
Patrick's Day dinner with corned
beef, and cabbage by Lori start-
ing at 4 p.m. There will be enter-
tainment from 6 until 10 p.m.
Monday, April 2: pontoon
boat tickets one for $5 and
five for $20. Call (863). 763-0818
for time of drawing.
Karaoke contest: prelimi-
naries on Saturday, March 24,
April 7 and 14. Finals are on
April 21. Entry fee is $10.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buck-
head Ridge. For information,
call (863) 467-2882. Post opens
at noon, Monday through Sun-
We are taking applications
for new members for the VFW,
Ladies Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary,
AMVETS and AMVETS ladies
Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner and Men's Auxiliary
or AmVets. Music will be avail-
Every Thursday is bar
bingo at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and
rolls will be served from 5:30
until 7 p.m. for a $10 donation.
Dancing immediately follows
Post meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturday
of the month beginning at 10
a.m. The main meeting is on the
For information contact
Commander Don South at (863)
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regula-
tion-size pool table.
Saturday, March 17: corn
beef and cabbage dinner from I
until 4 p.m. At 1 p.m. the Post
will honor the police officer of
the year. Entertainment will fol-
low the dinner. Donation will be
$7. All members and guests are
welcome. For information call
Don at (863) 467-2882.
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at
1 p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Aux-
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until
8 p.m. along with live music and
Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music
and dancing will start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m.
with the big-screen TV.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday
of each month at 8 p.m. The
club is also available for wed-
dings and parties. For informa-
tion call the club at (863) 763-
3378, or Keith at (863) 634-2682.
Order of Eagles
A new Fraternal Order of
Eagles in now forming. A mem-
bership drive and fundraiser will
be held Saturday, March 24, at
the old Cypress Hut Flea Market
on U.S. 441 S.E. at 1 p.m. Boston
butt or chicken barbecue din-
ners will be served for a dona-
tion of $6 per plate. There will
be a silent Chinese auction, give-
aways and live music. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-1187.
NORFOLK, Va. The Navy
temporarily lost communication
with the USS San Juan off the
coast of Jacksonville, Fla., before
communications were re-estab-
lished early Wednesday, officials
There were no problems
with the Los Angeles class sub-
marine, based in Groton, Conn.,
the Naval Submarine Force said
in a statement. The communi-
cation lag was not explained,
and the Navy continued to
investigate the incident on
Wednesday, spokesman Phil
"Fortunately, the submarine
established communications in
the early morning hours ... and
indicated that there were no
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able to stand down from the
search and rescue that was
already well under way," the
Navy said in a release.
Units of the USS Enterprise
Carrier Strike Group saw a red
flare in the vicinity of the missing
submarine Tuesday night,
Ships and aircraft immediate-
ly started searching the area
where the submarine was oper-
ating and also contacted the
International Submarine Escape
and Rescue Liaison Office in
Norfolk to assist with the efforts.
Family members also were noti-
Although it was a false alarm,
the Navy said it was concerned
with the safety of those aboard
the sub. Procedures indicated
that its escape and rescue pro-
gram is able to quickly respond,
the Navy said.
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The Lady Brahman tennis
team took on the challenge of
the Lady Sharks of Sebastian
River High School and sent them
back to Indian River County with
a 6-1 loss.
The results of the individual
Singles: Alyssa Wright
(Okee.) def. Taylor Miller (SR) 6-
1, 6-0; Rina Boswell (Okee.) def.
Emilia Kasson (SR) 6-2, 6-1;
Jami Fadley (Okee.) def. Emily
Johnson (SR) 6-0, 6-1; Brooke
Ragamat (Okee.) def. Kasey
Campbell (SR) 6-2, 6-2; Jodie
Love (SR) def. Shaina Ragamat
(Okee.) 4-6, 6-4.(11-9).
Doubles: Wright and Boswell
(Okee.) def. Miller and Kasson
(SR) 8-3; Fadley and B. Ragamat
(Okee.) def. Campbell and Alli-
son Bromback (SR) 8-2.
Exhibition: Morgan Ogilvie
(SR) def. Kathleen Turner
The Sebastian River Sharks
came to Okeechobee Wednesday
afternoon to take on the Brahman
boys' tennis team. They left town
after defeating the Brahman boys
The results of the individual
Singles: Erik Majcher (SR) def.
Bobby Spelts (Okee.) 6-1, 6-4;
Scott Mathis (SR) def. Logan Perry
(Okee.) 6-1, 6-1; Jimay Cilli (SR)
Elj Cabansay (Okee.) 6-4, 6-2;
Jose Manzo (SR) def. Kyle Walker
(Okee.) 6-3, 6-12; Nate Robbins
(SR) def. Bhevesh Patel (Okee.) 6-
Doubles: Majcher and Mathis
(SR) def. Spelts and Cabansay
(Okee.) 8-1; Perry and White
(Okee.) def. Cilli and Marcel Wolff
"The team has lost its fourth in
a row to a tough Sebastian River
Team. Our guys actually played
well against a strong team," stat-
ed coach Dave Ellis. "We break
for spring break next week and
return Tuesday, March 27 against
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Knight the winningest coach in
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losing streak later that month
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Martin Zeno scored 21 points
to lead the Red Raiders, but lead-
ing scorer Jarrius Jackson fin-
ished with 10 points on 4-for-14
shooting significantly below
his Big 12 Conference-leading
20.2-point scoring average.
"I was just trying to let the
game come to me," Jackson
said. "I think we were doing a
Pretty good. job scoring and
other players were stepping up."
The Red Raiders managed to
offset that lost production for a
while. Reserve Alan Voskuil,
who was scoreless and didn't
shoot before the break, scored
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can't do, recognize what they're
doing and try to take some of
that away,'" Skinner said. "I
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FORT PIERCE A jury on
Wednesday found a man guilty of
first-degree murder in the 2005
fatal shooting of a newspaper deliv-
Steven Hayward, 38, was con-
victed after three hours of delibera-
tion for the death of Daniel DeSte-
fano, 32. Hayward also was found
guilty on charges of armed robbery,
armed burglary and possession of a
firearm by a convicted felon.
DeStefano was delivering
copies of The Tribune to business-
es on his Fort Pierce route Feb 1,
2005, when a man wearing a
stocking cap over his face
approached him and demanded
money, authorities said.
DeStefano, who died the fol-
lowing day, was shot at least twice,
The same jury will return Mon-
day to hear evidence on whether
he should be sentenced to death or
life in prison.
Trailer fire victims sue trailer park owner
NAPLES Victims of an
Immokalee trailer fire from earlier
this month have filed personal
injury and wrongful death lawsuits.
against the owner of the trailer
The lawsuits were filed
Wednesday, March 14, in Collier
Circuit Court on behalf of Bonifacio
Carrillo, 31, Albino Juarez, 32, and
Armando Lopez, 21, who were
each burned in the fire. Another
lawsuit was filed on behalf of Elsa
Lopez, the sister of Emiliano Lopez
Figaroa, who was killed in the fire.'
The defendant in each lawsuit is
Cleveland A. Blocker, the owner of
Cleve's Trailer Park. The fire
occurred at the trailer park early in
the morning on March 4.
"It's been expedited in a sense
that the families are trying to come
to an understanding of what
-occurred and why it occurred," the
plaintiffs' attorney Doug McCarron
said. "We felt it was important to
get these cases filed."
Juarez and Armando Lopez
filed suits claiming personal injury,
Elba Lopez's suit claims wrongful
death of her brother, and Carillo's
suit claims personal injury and
wrongful death of his son, 6-year-
old Rodrigo Mendez.
The suits state that Blocker was
negligent in his ownership, opera-
tion, maintenance and leasing
Collier County Health Depart-
ment spokeswoman Deb Milsap
said the trailer was licensed to
house migrant workers. No major
problems were found during a Feb.
16 inspection, according to county
The suits also claim that Blocker
overcrowded residents into inade-
quate living space and failed to pro-
vide adequate security measures.
County officials said there had
been no complaints about too
many people living in the trailer.
Blocker's wife, Carolyn Blocker,
said the trailers were in compli-
ance with the law.
Investigators have classified the
fire as arson. The Collier County
Sheriff's Office reported there was
another incident of arson at the
trailer on Feb. 21.
The sheriff's office has identi-
fied four of the five people killed in
the fire as Pascuala Mendez, 34,
Luciana Vasquez, 13, Rodrigo
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City readies for new bank; traffic light use discussed
By Nena Bolan
Special to Okeechobee News.
MOORE HAVEN The Moore
Haven City Council met March 6
and discussed possible traffic
entranceways for the new branch
of First Bank of Clewiston.
The bank has purchased prop-
erty near the intersection of U.S.
27 and West Avenue.
Carey Soud, executive vice
president for First Bank of Clewis-
ton, was reached last week by
phone for more information.
"Our plans are to have a
branch there within twelve
months," said Mr. Soud. "We are
going full-bore to get it done."
Mr. Soud also mentioned
Moore Haven's possible need for
commercial space, and that per-
haps they will build with future
expansion in mind, or to rent out
The building of this branch is
also a way for Miller Couse to
return to his hometown.
Mr. Couse happens to be the
current president of First Bank of
Clewiston. He was born and
raised in the city of Moore Haven
and is looking forward to the
opening of the branch, he told
The 10th Street traffic light was
another topic discussed by city
The light's effectiveness has
been a continuing issue for the
Community Traffic Safety Team,
the school district and the city.
The main reason for concern is
that the light is not fully function-
Most of the time it is a yellow
flashing light, but during the start
and end of school it switches to a
fully functional light that flashes
green, yellow and red.
Generally, drivers become
programmed to it as a flashing
light, safety officials said, and
some near-misses happen when
it changes over.
The city and the school district
have advised that it should
remain as just a yellow flashing
light. Both wish to keep the light
and do not want it removed.
Officials seemed to agree that
the switch to a periodic function
as a green-yellow-red light should
However, someday in the
future there will be the option to
alter it into a fully functional light
if traffic demands call for it.
The Florida Department of
Transportation- (FDOT), the city
and the community traffic safety
team will continue working on
the issue until it is resolved.
Staff Writer Nena Bolan can
be reached at
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By Jose Jesus Zaragoza and
Brenda Taylor Jaramillo
Special to Okeechobee News
CLEWISTON A 74-year-old
Clewiston man foiled a 20-year-old
intruder's attempt to rob his home
on Sunday night, struggling with a
would-be robber, and shooting
him twice, once in the chest.
According to police, a man and
woman broke into the Saginaw
Avenue home of Jimmy and
Martha Norman, at approximately
11 p.m. March 11 and demanded
money from the coriple. The man
was reportedly carrying a gun
(later found to be a B.B. gun) and a
The man and Mr. Norman
struggled briefly and the intruder
hit Mr. Norman on the head with a
tire iron several times, according to
While his wife screamed in ter-
ror, Mr. Norman, 74, broke free and
retrieved a gun from his bedroom
n cornering the man and shooting
him from about 10 feet away.
"I was just doing what I had to
do to survive," Mr. Norman said.
Mr. Norman told deputies he
had just finished closing the blinds
in the rear of the home when the
suspects n who had apparently
been standing outside tore
The community traffic safety
team will put on a safety fair Sat-
urday, March 17, from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m. at the downtown
Perry Park. FHP, EMS, and GCSO
will be there with attractions for
children, teens and parents. The
focus will be on pedestrian, seat
belt, bike rider and traffic safety.
Beverages and snacks will be pro-
The community traffic safety
team will host a safety fair Satur-
day, March 17, from 10 a.m. until
Call Janet Madray, Circulation Manager
Homeowner, 74, attacked and shoots alleged robber
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through the window with the iron.
"The window exploded," Mr.
On Tuesday, Mr. Norman said
he didn't know exactly why he
hadn't given in to the robbers'
demands since it happened so
quickly, it may have just been his
instinct to fight back.
Mr. Norman said he froze after
the intruders came inside the
house, still shocked, but without a
second thought lunged at the man.
The two started wrestling each
"I have to get that gun or he'll
kill us," Mr. Norman remembered
saying to himself during the strug-
gle. "I knew I had to fight if I were
going to live."
Mr. Norman shoved the suspect.
back, knocking him momentarily
off his balance. He ran to his bed-
room to 'grab the gun he keeps
between his mattress and box
spring and returned to find the
man heading in his direction.
The suspect saw Mr. Norman
carrying the .38 Special in his hand
and backed himself into a corner,
according to the report.
"That's when I started shoot-
ing," said Mr. Norman, who had
several cuts on his face and head.
Mr. Norman said he shot at the
suspect three times, hitting him
2 p.m. at the downtown Perry
Park. FH -EMS, and GCSO will be
there with attractions for children,
teens and parents. The focus will
be on pedestrian, seat belt, bike
rider and traffic safety. Beverages
and snacks will be provided.
set for April
On April 14, Moore Haven
High School alumni from 1923-
1979 will be "Rock'n Back to the
Good Old Days" as they gather for
another fantastic reunion.
The reunion will be held at the
Doyle Conner building and will
begin at 3 p.m. with visiting, pic-
ture taking and memory sharing.
By the way, hugging and kissing
twice, once in the chest and once
in the stomach.
Turning his attention to the
female intruder, he shot at her
twice and missed both times.
The suspects ran out of the
home and the woman lied down
with her partner on the driveway,
the report continued. The woman
was yelling until officials arrived.
Mr. Norman said he and his
wife didn't sleep the entire night
after the incident.
The most unnerving part of the
ordeal, Mr. Norman later remem-
bered, was hearing his wife's
yelling when he ran away to grab
his gun. The female suspect had a
knife and was telling her to calm
down, he said.
"She was screaming blood
murder," Mr. Norman said.
Because it was all too sudden,
there wasn't much time to think.
He said he had been hiding his gun
underneath his bed for so many
years. One of his friends in Belle
Glade was shot and killed in his
home in another break in, so Mr.
Norman made it a habit to keep his
gun in his bed since. He never
thought he would have to use it.
"I don't even kill a mouse. I
catch them in the trap and put
them outside," Mr. Norman said.
Still, he was impressed that he
There will be a dinner and pro-
gram starting at 6 p.m. and the
meal will be catered by Golden
Corral. If you're ready to "Rock
N'Roll" then go ahead and send
your check for $30 per person
payable to MHHS Reunion: Anne
Nesbitt, 521 E. Obispo, Clewiston
FL 33440 (designate steak or
chicken). Please note, absolutely
NO tickets will be sold at the door,
and, the deadline for prepaid
RSVP is March 31, 2007. Flyers are
available at the Glades County
Public Library in Moore Haven. If
you have questions or need fur-
ther information contact Connie
Killebrew at (863) 674-1412 or
Jeanette Peeples at (863) 946-
didn't go down after being hit mul-
tiple times on the head with the tire
"I've got a hard head,'" he joked.
He could finally laugh that noth-
ing had happened to him or his
When he missed hitting the
female suspect, Mr. Norman inad-
vertently shot to the side.
"I shot my refrigerator twice,"
he said. "I killed my refrigerator."
Luke Irons, 20, of St. Petersburg,
and Chrisanthe Apergis, 20, of
Seminole, were arrested in con-
nection with the break in. Earlier
this week Irons was under guard in
an area hospital's intensive care
unit, where he was recovering
According to information from
the Clewiston Police Department,
evidence suggests the suspects
may have been involved in similar
home invasions in Manatee County
Mr. Norman said it didn't matter
to him if the suspect survived.
"He decided he wanted that
kind of life," said Mr. Norman. "He
took his chances. I don't care one
way or the other if he lives."
News Editor Jose Zaragoza
can be reached at
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will sponsor a photography con-
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at 5 p.m. The entrant must be the
photographer; must have been
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Hendry, Glades, Okeechobee and
Martin Counties) and photo must
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2007. For more guidelines, photo
categories and information,
please contact Karen Corbin at
(561) 996-6851 or Sara Phillips
(Belle Glade Chamber of Com-
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, March
16, through Thursday, March 22,
are as follows:
Theatre I -"Wild Hogs" (PG-
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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
Theatre II "Music & Lyrics"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
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Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines 535
Business equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Lines & Fabrics 596
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
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Wanted to Buy 740
MIRROR, 39"x29", Gold leaf, 3
sides. $75 (863)674-0482
DISHWASHER, Used 1 year,
ext. warranty just ran out.
Pd. $600, asking $200 neg.
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
15.4 cu. ft. $60 or best offer.
SECADORA Y LAVADORA:
$240 cada dos.
STOVE, 36", 6-burner, gas,
w/griddle, black & stainless,
new. $2000 firm.
STOVE, Kenmore, Flat top,
White, 2 yrs old. Excellent
condition. $225. or best of-
WASHER & DRYER: Electric,
white, good condition. $280
for both or will separate.
WASHER & DRYER: Great
cond. $240 or will separate.
Spanish (239)245-0527 or
WASHER & DRYER,
Stackable, GE Space Maker.
$400 or best offer.
WASHER & DRYER: Whirl-
pool, like new, asking $200.
WASHER: GE, large capacity,
heavy duty, multi cycle,
good condition. $65. Call af-
ter 5pm. 863-467-2040
WASHER, heavy duty, $75.
unit, Wash Rinse & dries.
110 electric Asking $200.
MICROWAVE- Small, Good
COUNTER TOP PIZZA OVEN-
110V, cooks up to 2 16" piz-
zas, $275 or best offer
BICYCLE: 3 wheels, good con-
dition, good paint. $90.
BIKES (2) 26", 1 Girls & 1
Boys. $60 for both will sell
SCHWIN BICYCLE 1955: 26",
brand new, original condi-
tion. $900. (863)467-5756.
KITCHEN CABINETS All wood.
Large quantities...Must sell!
PLYWOOD, 50 sheets, $300
(561)762-4620 Jupiter area
Licensed & Insured
1551 N.W. 24th Drive
TILE FLOOR, 3 boxes 16x16.
Roof shingles 9 bundles. 5
Bali blind. $145. Will separ-
WOOD FLOORING: 300 sq. ft.
x 3/4" Thick TG, Solid Brazil-
ian Cherry. Undamaged.
Make offer. (863)675-7926
CAMPING EQUIPMENT: Tent
8x12, large chest & hitch
hall. $110 for all or will sell
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.
BB SIMON BELT- size large,
1 1/2" black pony hair with
clear crystals, $150
FORMAL GOWN, Light sea
green, size 8, never worn,
with tags. $30
RAINCOAT: Men's, size 2x,
black, washable, casual, like
new. Paid $160, asking $30.
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
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 XR Pentium 4,
30gb, 256k Ram, CD RW,
LAPTOP, Gateway, with Win-
dows XP, $350.
PLIES, Over $3000 in cost,
sell all for $500.
FIREPLACE MANTEL- Brand
new. Mantel only. $200. or
best offer. (863)763-6747
CABINET, white, $25 or best
CHINA CABINET- Wood, 6'x5'
w/glass shelves & light.
Closed cabinets at bottom
COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops. $250/all.
COFFEE TABLE- oval glass
top, w/slate green wrought
iron base, very nice cond.
CONFERENCE TABLE: Oak
mica w/ 4 quality chairs.
$200. Call Monday Friday,
DINING ROOM SET: Broyhill,
with hutch. Paid $1700. Ask-
ipg 300. 83-4675756
DR 'ET, Table & 6 cane
ch 's, upholstered seats, 2
Ig. leafs, hutch, very nice.
DRESSERS- 3 piece set with
mirror, Bassett, solid oak,
Never used. Asking $800.
pine, 27" stereo, like new,
$300 both. (863)357-1845
LOVESEAT & MATCHING
CHAIR, great condition, $95.
(863)610-1465 call Nick
LOVESEAT & RECLINER, both
reclines, leather, off white,
$700 for both.
LOVESEAT, CHAIR & 2
Lamps. $20 for all., Call
LOVESEAT FRAME: Beautiful,
cypress, 5.5' x 40". $300.
MATTRESS- New, Therapeutic
Magnetic. Paid. $800. Ask-
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.
TREADMILL: Proform, heart
rate monitor, air fan, cush-
ioned deck, incline, hardly
used. $450 (863)763-0625
TREADMILL: Sport Craft,
brand new, fully assembled.
Paid $265, asking $200 neg.
863-674-0057 after 5pm
FUEL TANK, 150 gallons with
pump & 2 hoses. $250
DOUBLE SINK: Stainless steel,
excellent condition. $20.
ROOM AIR FILTER: Kenmore,
excellent condition. $90.
TUB- White, Porcelain,- Stain-
less steel. 60" long. New,
Never used. $75.
SQUASH BLOSSOM NECK-
LACE- Value $4000 sell for
$1100 neg (863)467-8161
PENDENT LIGHTS (2) brand
new, $30 for the pair
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
WHEELCHAIR: Battery operat-
ed, used twice on carpet,
cherry red, exc cond. $1000
BOUNCE HOUSE / SLIDE
COMBO: 15x15, Great condi-
tion. $2500 (863)228-2440
or (863)675-1113 LaBelle
CELL PHONE: L7SLVR, Cingular,
pink, camera, video & tunes.
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.
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
VIOLIN- 4/4 White, with bow
and case, excellent cond
BABY MINI POT BELLY PIGS
tan male $200
Barb M-F, 9-6
COCKATIELS (2), Females,
with cage. $75 or best offer.
COCKATIELS- Pair, with large
cage on wheels $125
COCKATOO, Sulfur Crescent
w/cage & accessories.
FEMALE PUG- with papers,
$600 or best offer
MALTESE, 10 mo's old, male,
neutered. Great w/kids. Crate
PIT BULL PUPS (10): Red
nose, parents on prem,
champ papers on parents.
PIT BULLS (2): $100 for both.
or will sell separately.
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 seel Various colors. Call
Melody @ (863)634-2110
WANTED: good home seeking
a Florida BlackMouth Cur,
male puppy, lost a Fla. cur in
YORKIES, For Sale. 5 males.
Will be ready June 2nd.
HOT TUB, 6 person, blue in
color, works good, $750 or
best offer. (863)357-1576 or
BOWLING SHOES, Mens, Dex-
ter SST6, size 10.5, right
hand, new. $80
COMPOUND BOW: Bare white
tall with accessories. $100.
COMPOUND BOW, Hoyt Fast
Flite, w/gwiver & arrows,
EASTERN BASEBALL CLEATS,
Size 6, exc. condition. $20
GOLDEN EAGLE BRAVE-
Mouth right hand compound
ow with 4 arrows, $30
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"
projection, exc. cond., pd
$1700, asking $1200 firm.
(863)357-2795 after 6pm
TOSHIBA, 56", HD Ready,
TV/VCR COMBO: ROION,
AC/DC, $75. (863)763-3551
AIR COMPRESSORS (3), 2
electric, 4 portable with 6hp-
Wisconsin robin engine.
RADIAL ARM SAW, 10" Black
& Decker, bench top, new
blade & 10" Craftsman table
saw. $180 (863)697-9704
VACUUM CLEANER, Kirby
Generation Ill, with tech
drive, $300. (863)763-5011
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
MOUNTED FISH & WILDLIFE
older sports things, wooden
statues,& anything interest-
ing, etc (863)946-3123
Lawr & Garde 85o
Seeds/Plant 0/ -
ENGINE: John Deere, 6 cyl.,
Turbo Charge, Industrial,
Diesel. $2800. or best offer.
JOHN DEERE GATOR, 6x4,
hydraulic dump, front & rear
hitch, great shape, $5000.
ROUND HAY BALES
$33 each, 3 bale minimum,
Roralta Hay, Located on the
BACKBLADE- 7ft, 3 point
hitch, extra heavy duty, adj3
ways, $100 (863)467-2148
AMERICAN SADDLE BREED
STUD, $1500 or best offer.
BEGINNER HORSE, Bomb
proof, calm easy ride, Cogg
utd, 15H, 24Y, Bay, tack
SPONY CROSS- 2yrs,13.2
hands, saddled not ridden
$1000 neg (863)763-4149
HORSE TRAILER: '91, Hart,
Big stock room, 3 stall. Sad-
die/rm in back. Needs work.
$1000 neg. (863)201-3492
MARE QUARTER HORSE- 7yrs
old, $800 (863)253-2477
SPORT HORSE, German,
Westfalen, Warmblood X TB.
Super sweet. 1 yr colt.
CROSS-.3yrs old, 13.2
hands, green broke, $1000
FERTILIZER SPREADER: Les-
co, heavy duty, stainless steel,
80 lb capacity. $200.
GENERATOR: Onan, 2 cylin-
der, 5000 watts, great condi-
tion. $500. 863-675-1754
GENERATOR: Onan, 2500
watts, w/ Briggs & Stratton
JOINT COMPOUND (8 buck-
ets): Proform, all purpose.
$200 for all, will separate.
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.
RIDING MOWER: John Deere,
looks & runs good. $650 ne-
RIDING MOWER- Sears, 17.5
hp, 42" cut. Runs good.
RIDING MOWER: Snapper.
RIDING MOWER, Zero Turn,
Snapper, 52" Cut. Good
shape. $1700. or best offer.
LAYING HENS- Large brown
eggs. $12. each. Call Sue
BARREL SADDLE, 15" Sharon
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
2/1, central air
and heat, laundry
in the city!
$900 a month.
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
OKEECHOBEE, 2BR/2BA, No
pets. $700/mo. 1st, last &
$400 sec. to move in. 2 units
ON RIM CANAL of LAKE OKEE
lbr, furn., screened porch,
util incid, $195/wk
Beautiful 2BR/2BA house in
Kings Bay. Lakeview, washer
& dryer, a/c, swimming pool.
$900/mo. plus utilities. Call
BRAND NEW: 3/2/1, split plan,
patio upgraded, master suite,
3993 NW 37th Ave. $1250
CHARMING COTTAGE FOR
RENT: Newly remodeled,12
mi North of Okeechobee.
3br/1.5ba. $850/mo. 1st &
sec. No pets. Call only M-F,
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.
-BRAND NEW OFFICES-
Hurry! Only a Few Left!
CLEAN PROFESSIONAL MALE
Se4's Samie 10 snare 4 BR. 2
BA. East of Okeechobee. $125
wk. Call (863)824-6112
The Okeechobee News has immediate
opportunities for New Independent
Delivery Agents who want to provide
excellent service to our readers.
OKEECHOBEE- Duplex, 1/1
each side, all new, $750/mo
or sell for $210,000.
MOBILE HOME- 2br, 2.5ba,
furnished, $750/mo or sell
MOBILE HOME- 2/2, 1400 sq
ft. $900/mo or sell for
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
GLADES CO: 100 acre land
auction on 03/31/07. Owner
/ agent brokers welcome.
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,
LaBelle, Pool, Home, 3br,
2ba, 2 lots w/lg. oaks. Lg.
storage shed. 2 car gar. Boat
OKEE., 3br, 2ba, 2 car garage
CBS on 1 ac. Spot In The
Sun. $295,000. or best offer.
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.
10 AM- 12 PM
3422 NW 26TH AVE
Must have a dependable car and provide excellent
service to our customers everyday.
Come in and fill out a contractors
information sheet at the Circulation office
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D, Okeechobee, FL.
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BUCKHEAD RIDGE, Vacant,
Lake access, canal lot, with
seawall & boat ramp, beautiful
view. $84,500 (772)349-9738
TAYLOR CREEK: Vacant wa-
terfront lot, 80 x 100.
$98,000. 863-467-2225 or
OHIO, Williamsburg- 47 +
acres. Leveled to rolling. 1400'
road frontage. Wa-
ter/Elec./Gas. Lots of Privacy.
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
LARKEE LAKES- 2/1,
$600/mo $300 deposit. Call
OKEECHOBEE: 3br/2ba, brand
new, waterfront, all new appl's
incl. w/d, lake access.
OKEECHOBEE: 3br/2ba mobile
home for rent, town water
and sewer, large lot. $800 /
month. Call 954-610-5345.
Beautiful 3BR/2BA, 2006
Doublewide, 1,600 sq. ft.,
open kitchen, open LR w/FP
spacious BR's. Wood porch &
carport. Palm Village Ranch,
JUPITER FARMS: Must be
moved. 12x60, 2br/2ba. New
w/d, stove, ac & plumbing.
Elec temp pole, stairs, col-
umns, etc inci'd. Everything
OASIS VILLAGE, Mobile home
& lot on water. Lot 90.
OKEECHOBEE- 1/1, newly re-
modeled inside w/new roof.
In nice adult park, $14,900
TRAVEL TRAILER w/Florida
Rm. in Advantage Oaks 4266
SE 25th Dr. $10,000. Call
Vantage Oaks Park: 32 Ft.
w/9x30 FL Rm. 4056 SE 24th
Rd., Lot 114, Near Treasure
Island $2500 (863)357-9017
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport VehiclesiATVs 3035
Airboat: 220 motor, 15x8
Apache Hull w/ rod lockers,
carbon prop & ram line trail-
er. $6500. 863-467-2404
ALUMINUM BOAT, with trailer.
$200 or best offer. Call
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
BOAT TRAILER, for 22-24', all
BONITO BOWRIDER, '89, 15.5
ft., 48hp Evinrude, runs
great, no problems, power
BOSTON WHALER- 13',
w/trailer. Can be seen at The
Glades RV Resort Lot 38B.
$800. Neg. (410)924-5218
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.
JON BOAT- 16ft, w/4Ohp Evin-
rude, trolling motor, anchors,
2 batters, $2000 neg
New Canvas Room for pon-
toon with rollup windows &
screens, $800 or best offer.
OUTBOARD MOTOR, Mercury,
20hp, runs perfect, can
demonstrate, $750 neg.
PONTOON, 24' w/ 50 hp Merc,.
Runs perfect, new carpet. No
(863)357-1784 or 634-2454
RANGER BASS BOAT- '89,
365V,175hp Black Max Merc.
Very rare. Exc. cond. $10,000.
SKEETER '94, 19.5ft., 150hp
Mercury Black Max, trolling
motor & live wells. $2500
STARCRAFT ISLANDER 1986,
22 Ft., 185 hp, V6, I/0. 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,
SUNFISH SAILBOAT: '95, w/
trailer, new racing sail & hiking
stick, fiberglass center port.
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
FORD HORIZON VAN 1988,
Motor Home. New tires/refrig-
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.
JAYCO '90, 32 ft., w/porch &
shed. Furnished. In Hendry Sa-
bal Palms Cmpgrnd. in Palm
Dale. $6000. (863)675-7145
MeadowLark Campgrnd: 30ft,
fully furn, built up roof, must
be moved. Reduced to $1200!
MOTOR HOME: 1973 Dodge
van camper, runs good, roof
ac. $1000 or best offer.
PULL TRAILER: 30ft, good
cond, new fridge, gas stove,
Ir, dinette, br, ba. $1800.
STOVE TOP, 3 burner, For
camper, brand new. $75.
SUNNYBROOK FIFTH WHEEL,
'04, 34', triple slide, all up-
graded, ext. warranty,
WINNEBAGO LE SHARO '90,
22ft., new tires & trans., very
clean, sleeps 4, extras.
DIESEL INTERNATIONAL, 5th
Wheel puller, with 5 spd.
stick shift & 2 spd rear end &
32" ft. carriage 5th Wheel.
FIFTH WHEEL: Avion, 29ft, w/
slide out, located at Mea-
HITCHHIKER- '99, 32', 3 slide
outs Excellent condition.
$15,000. Day 863-467-6565
or night 863-467-0008
'02, 32', w/2 slides, Generator
Avon Park. $22,500. Possible
EVINRUDE OUTBOARD MO-
TORS (2) 115hp, asking
$650 for both call
(863)946-1031 after 10am
MERCRUISER ENGINE: 6 cyl.
Parting out...$495 for all. Stop
by lot #48 in Summer Breeze
Mobile Home Park.
OUTBOARD MOTOR, '47 Evin-
rude Zephyr, 4 cyl., 7hp, not
,rurining, wall hanger. $100.
WATER SKIS- 67", O'Brien Ce-
lebrity. $75. (863)675-2136
DIRT BIKE: '02 Honda XR80R,
Excellent condition. $500.
HONDA CB350 1973, 4 cyl.,
Excellent condition. $1500.
HONDA SCOOTER 2004, Helix
Style, 250 cc, Adult. 1900
mis. Luggage trunk/seat back.
$2500. (513)260-6410 Okee
SUZUKI RM250- '06, 2 cyl, Pd
$6200 new. Only used 5
hrs. Perfect condition Must
sell $4895. (863)673-2775
POCKET BIKE: 2 cycle gas
motor, disk brakes, runs
good. $250. (863)697-0845
SUZUKI EIGER '06, Quad Run-
ner, 4wd, new rims & tires,
DAMON '99, 21ft, never trav-
eled, kept under roof in La-
Belle. Must see. $6500.
NOMAD, '92, 32', 8x20 sun
room. Very good cond. Fijian
RV Park. site 19. Must be
TRAILER, 34ft., $2500
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Care 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
CADILLAC DEVILLE '87- V8,
133K, runs good, $1500
CHEVY CELEBRITY '86, Runs
good. $700 firm.
CHEVY DELRAY, '58, good
body, needs restored,
DODGE ARIES WAGON- '87,
58k orig mi. Nice. Equip. for
towing behind Motor home
DODGE NEON 1997: 50K
miles. $2500 or best offer.
(863)673-3314 LaBelle area.
DODGE SPIRIT '92, 4 door,
DODGE SPIRIT- '94, Runs
good. Cold A/C. New tires.
1500. or best offer
FORD FOCUS ZTS 2004:
5spd, silver, 31mpg, 12k mi.
FORD PROBE GL '89- white,
w/cracked head, body &
tires in exc cond., $400 neg
HONDA ACCORD SE, '98, cd,
cold a/c, 170k mi., white,
2.31, 4 dr., great gas mile-
age, $5000 or best offer.
HONDA CIVIC '89: $900.
Needs work. If interested,
HYYNDAI ACCENT- '02, 5 spd,
Great A/C. 35mpg. Great
LINC. MARK VII SPORTS
COUPE '90- 2dr, 50 HO, air
ride, all orig, good rubber
MERCURY 1985, Full Size Sta-
tion Wagon, Runs and Drives
great. $800. (863)357-2370
MITSUBISHI GS 1998, $3300
neg. & WINDSTAR GL 1998
$2950. Call (772)332-6590
OLDSMOBILE: 1998, V6,
30mpg, 1 owner, excellent
condition, all options.
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS, '87,
2 door. Good on gas, All
power. Exc. cond., $2500 or
est offer. (863)763-6747
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)763-2141
FORD MUSTANG '65, 95%
perfect, matching numbers,
no rust. $15,000 jirm.
KAWASAKI MULE '93, Good
condition, new drive belt &
tires, dump bed, trailer hitch.
CHEVY 4WD: 1978, 3500 se-
ries, 1 ton. $2500.
CHEVY SUBURBAN '90, 6.2L,
DODGE RAM CHARGER- '86,
V-8, 360, 4x4, Very good
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,
GOLF CART & CHARGER,
GOLF CART: 1987 CLUB CAR,
Electric w/charger. Recondi-
GOLF CART: 1990 Harley Par
Car, Gas, Good condition.
Runs well. Asking $1200.
GOLF CART, 4 passenger,
$875. 863-946-3822 or
YAMAHA- '91, Electric.
$1200. or best offer.
GMC WORK TRK '81- util.
body, 8.2 liter Detroit diesel,
3 ton elec auto crane,
$3500 neg (239)425-7016
AUTO HOIST: 9000 LB.
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
FLAT TOPPER, For Chevy
truck. $250 (863)697-5623
FORD F150: Tailgate, chrome
step, bumper with tall lights.
$350 for all, will sep.
LEER, Fiberglass Cab Mate,
Sleeper, for full size pickup.
White, good condition. $250
RIMS & TIRES: 20", 6 lug,
used only a few months &
sold SUV, like new. $1500.
RIMS & TIRES (4):16", alumi-
num. 8 lug, Chevy. $370 ne-
RIMS & TIRES- 4, 17", Brand
new. $800. will separate.
SUPER CHIP PROGRAMMER:
Will fit '94 '03 Ford 7.3 liter
diesel. $300 or best offer.
TRAILER HITCH, GM Mini-
vans, Silhoutte, 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 5pm
CHEVY DUALLY: 1 ton, 454
engine, 4 spd. $2500.
CHEVY SILVERADO '88, V8,
3/4Ton, Auto, A/C, Cruise/Tilt,
Topper & Tow pkg. Like new!
CleanI $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.
NISSAN '86, Great motor &
transmission, no a/c or heat.
Needs TLC on looks. $600
FORD EXPLORER 2000: 4x4,
transfer case & motor ONLY,
just pulled, runs good. $550.
EMERSON TRAILER LIFT
GATE- 14x6, dual axle, 1 ft
sides, 14"tires, $1000 firm
FOUR HORSE TRAILER: King
goose neck, straight, 37 ft
long. $2500. 863-824-6720
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/relnforced sides. For Motor-
cycles or lawn mowers. Ask-
ing $550. (561)670-3636
UTILITY TRAILER. $150. Call
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
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
LOIS LEITNER HART,
ao/a LOIS L HART
A Petition for Summary Administration
and Order For Determination of Home-
stead Status of Real Property l the
estate of LOIS LEITNER HART /aa
LOIS L. HART, deceased, whose date
of death was December 6, 2006, and
whose Social Security Number Is
261-42-1037, Is pending in the Circuit
Court of Okeechobee County,. Florida,
Probate Oivision, the address of which
Is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The
names and address of the petitioner
and the petitioners attorney are set
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedents estate on whom a
copy of this notice is served within
three months after the date of thefirst
publication of this noticemust file
claims with this Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE RRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THE NOTICE OR THIRTY
DAYS AFTER THE DATE Of SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBUCATION OF
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT FILE
WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FOR TH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM
FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AF-
TER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.,
The date of the first publication of this
notice is March 9, 2007
Charles T Hart III
2332 Cypress Cove Dr
Tallahassee, Florida 32310
CONELY & CONELY, RA.
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, FlorIda 34973-1367
om W. Conely, Ill
Florida Bar #096482
Atomey for Petitioner
196601 ON 3/9,16/2007
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
Case #: 2001294
UNC: 2001 CA 294
BANK OF AMERICA, NA
IDENISE THURMAN; AMERICAN GENER-
AL HOME EQUITY INC.; UNKNOWN
PARTIES IN POSSESSION
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an
Order reachedullng foreclosure sale
dated 2/28/20D07, entered In Civil Case
No. 2001204 of the Circuit Court of
the 19th Judicial Circuit In and for
Okeechobee Count, Florida, wherein
BANK OF AMERIC, NA, Plaintiff and
DENISE THURMAN are defendantss, I
will sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash, 'AT THE JURY ASSEMBLY
ROOM OF THE OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
COURTHOUSE, 312 NW 3ND STREET,
OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 AT. 11:00
A.M., 3/29/2007, the following de-
scribed property as set forth In soid F1-
nal Judgment, to-wit:
LOT 20, OTTER CREEK ESTATES, UNIT
ONE, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
6, PAGE 29, PUBLIC RECORDS OF
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH-
IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
DATED at OKEECHOBEE, Florida, this 6th
day of March, 2007.
SHARON ROBERTSON, CLERK
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
Okeechobee County, Florida
By: /S/ LINDA F YOUNG
197248 ON 3/9,16/07
YOU A MOREtINFORMD
i.*den ere mo*e p^
In the Matter of an Applcatlon for Permn Water QualtyCerotifcatlon by:
APPLICANT: PROJECT NAME: Oleachobee Landfill- North Brrow Area
OkeechobeeLandfll, Inc. File No: 47-0131315-005
c/o Davd MConn0 l ..l County: Okeechobee
10800 NE 12P*Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34972
NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE PERMIT
The Department of Environmental Pmtection (Department) gives consolidated notice of its Intent to Issue an
environmental resource permit under Part IV of Chapter 373, Florida Statutes (ES.), and Title 62, Florida
Administrative Code (EA.C.) (draft copy of permit attached). Issuance of the environmental resource permlt also
constitutes certification of compliance with state water quality standards pursuant to Section 401 ol the Clean Water
Act, 33 U.S.C. 1341.
Where applicable (such as activities In coastal counties), Issuance of the environmental resource permit also
constitutes a finding of consistency with Florida's Coastal Zone Management Program, as required by Section 307 of
the Coastal Management Act.
I. DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ACTIVITY
SThe applicant, Okeechobee Landfifl, Inc., applied on September 22, 2006, to the Department for a
permit/water quality certificatiOon to impact 26.87 acres of Isolated wetlands at the Northemrn Borrow Area on the
landfill property. The activity is located at 10800 NE 128" Avenue, Okeechobee (Section 12, Township 36 South,
Range 36 East) In Okeechobee County (27' 20' 58.41" North Latitude/ 80 41' 11.45" West Longitude).
The propOsed activity involves the expansion of eight previously approved borrow pits immediately north of
the active landfill to consolidate the borrow pits into two large cells (97.26 and 146.60 acres) and a smaller cell
(21.75 acres) at the northeast comer of the project site. The Impacts to the isolated wetlands within the North Borrow
Area will allow for this consolidation and provide an additional source of earthen material for the operation of the
landfill. The permit modification 47-0131315-006 allows an average excavation depth of 50 feet. The impacted
wetlands wil be offset at a miigaltion site within an existing conservation area / wildlife conidor located on the
southern portion of the landfill property. In addition, the three remaining wetland areas and buffer zones containing
46.5 acres in the North Borrow Area will be placed under Conservation Easement.
I. AUTHORITY FOR REVIEW
The Department has permitting authority under Part IV of Chapter 373, CS., and Chapters 62-330, 62-341
and 62-343, EA.C. The activity Is not exempt from the requirement to obtain an environmental resource permit.
Pursuant to Operating Agreements executed between the Department and the water management districts, as
referenced In Chapter 62-113, F.A.C., the Department is responsible for reviewing this application.
III. BACKGROUND/BASIS FOR ISSUANCE
TAGe Okeechobee Landfill property consists of approximately 350 acres of land, which Is divided Into three
parcels in Okeechobee County bordering St. Lucle County. Existing uses on the properly include landfill operations,
sand mining, a commercial tree nursery, and natural areas including wetlands.
The proposed project Is expected to directly Impact 26.87 acres of wetland resources. To offset the Impacted
acres, the applicant wirolmil gate with 11 acres of wetland enhancement (Wetlands A, B, 62, and 63), 9 acres of
created-forested wetlands, 14 acres of created shallow freshwater marsh, 5 acres of created deep freshwater marsh,
2 acres of deepwater habitat, and 46,5 acres of wetland preservallon at the North Borrow Area sBe.
The applicant has agreed to record a Conservation Easement over the 46.5 acres of wetland preservation at
the North Borrow Area site, which Include the remaining portion of Wetland 9 and Wetlands 11 and 12 to prohibit
future construction or expansion of thae faclllty. A 100 foot buffer surrounding each preserved wetland area is Included
In the Conservation Easement to reduce any secondary impacts to the preserved wetlands due to the industrial nature
of work performed on sites, The applicant is required to submit a copy of the executed and recorded Deed of
Conservation Easement prior to issuance of the permit
B. Specific Regulatory Basis for Issuance
Through the above and based on the generalmIrng and specific conditions to the permit, the applicant has
provided affirmative reasonable assurance that the construction and operation of the activity, considering the direct,
secondary and cumulative Impacts, will comply with the provisions of Part IV of Chapter 373, F.S., and the rules
adopted thereunder, including the Conditions for Issuance or Additional Conditions for Issuance of an environmental
resource permit, pursuant to Part IV of Chapter 373, e S., Chapters 62-330, and Sections 40E-4301 and 40E-4.302,
F.AC. The construction and operation of the activity will not result In violations of the water quality standards set forth
In Chapters 62-3 62-4, 62-302, 62-520, 62-522 and 62-550, F.AC. The applicant has also demonstrated that the
construction of the activity, including a consideration of th direct, secondary, and cumulative impacts, Is not contrary
to the public Interest, pursuant to paragraph 373.414(I)(a), E.S.
IV. PUBLICATION OF NOTICE
The Department has determined that the proposed activity, because of ts size, potential effect on the
environment or the public, controversial nature, or location, Is likely to have a heightened public concern or likelihood
of request for administrautve proceedings. Under section 403.815 of the Florida Statutes and rule 62-103.150 of the
Florida Administrative Code, you (the applicant) are required to publish at your own expense the enclosed Notice of
Intent to Issue Permit. The notice must be published one time only within 30 days in the legal ad section of a
newspaper of general circulation In the area affected. For the purpose of this rule, "publication n a newspaper of
general circulation in the area affected" means publication in a newspaper meeting the requirements of sections
50.011 and 50.031 of the Florida Statutes, n the county where the activity is to take place. Where there s more than
one newspaper of general circulation in the county, the newspaper used should be one with significant circulation in
the area that may be affected by the permit. If you are uncertain that a newspaper meets these requirements, please
contact the Department at the address or telephone number listed below. The applicant must provide proof of
Department of Environmental protection
Southeast Disbict Envronmental Resources Permittngo
Atte : Cheryl Echaoeveri
400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200
West Palm Beach. FL 33401
The proof of publication shaBl be provided to the above address within seven days of pubicathon. Failure to
publish the notice and provide proof of publication within the allotted te shaBl be grounds for denial of the permit.
V. RIGHTS OF AFFECTED PARTIES
S Under this Inlotent to Issue, the permit Intent to grant a lease on sovereIgn submerged lands are hereby granted
subject to the applicants compliance with any requirement n this intent to poublsh notice of this intent In a newspaper
of general circulation and to provide proof of such publication In accordance with section 50.051 of the Florida
Statutes. This action is final and effective on the date filed with the Clerk of the Department unless a sufficient petition
for an adminletrative hearing is timely filed under sections 120,569 and,120.57 of the Florida Stautes as provided
below. If a sufficient petition for an administrative hearing is timely flied, this intent to issue automatically becomes
only proposed agency action on the appcation, subject to the result of th administrative review process. Therefore,
on the ling of a timely and sufficient petition, this action will not be final and effective until further order of the
Department When proof of publication Is provided, if required by this intent, and iB a sufficient 1etilion is not timely
fled, the permit and a lease will be executed. The actual terms of the lease will be formally executed at a later date
and shall include provisions for rents and such other provisions as normally are Included in such lease. Because an
dministrative hearing may result In the reversal or substantial modification of this action, the applicant Is advised not
to commence construction or other activities until the deadline noted below for iling a petition for an administrative
hearing or request for an extension of time have expired and until the permit lease have been executed and delivered.
Mediation is not available.
A' person whose substantial interests are affected by the Departments action may petition for an
administrative proceeding (hearing) under sections 120.569 and 120.57 of the Flodda Statutes. The petition must
contain the Information set forth below and must be fld (received by the clerk) In the Office of General Counsel of
the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000.
Under rule 62-110.106(4) of the FloriRoda Administrative Code, a person whose substantial interests are
affected by the Departments action may also request an extension of time to file a petition for an administrative
hearing. The Department may, for good cause shown, grant the request for an extension of time. Requests for
extension of time must be filed with the office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth
Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000, before the applicable deadline. A timely request for
extension ofttme shalltol he rnnlng of the time period for filing a peion unthe request Is acted upon. If a request
is filed late, the Department may stillrant t upon a motion by the requesting party showing that tlfallure to file a
request for an extension of time before the deadline was the result of excusable neglect.
hf a timely and sufficient petition for an administrative hearing is filed, other persons whose substantial
Interests will be affected by the outcome of the administrative process have the right to petition to intervene n the
proceeding. Intervention will be permitted only at the discretion of the presiding officer upon the filing of a motion in
compliance with rule 28-106.205 of the Florida Administrative code.
In accordance with rules 28-106.111(2) and 62-1iO.106(3)(a)4), petilons for an administrative hearing by
the applicant must be filed within 14 days of receipt of this written notice. Petitions flied by any persons other than
the applicant, and other than those entitled to written notice under section 120.60(3) of the Floriodda Statutes must be
filed within 21 days of publication of the notice or within 21 days of receipt of the wilten notice, whichever occurs
first. Under section 120.60(3)of theFlorida Statutes, however, any person who has asked the Department for notice
of agency action may file a petition within 14 days of receipt of such notice, regardless of the date of publicatilod.
The petitioner shall mall a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indicated above at the time of
filing. The fare of any person to file a petition for an admnstrative hearing wit the appropriate time period shall
constitute a waiver of that persons right to request an administrative determtnaton (hearing) under sections 120.569
and 120.57 o1the Florida Statutes.
A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Departmet's action Is based must contain the
la) The name and address of each agency affected and each agency's file or Identification number, it known;
b) The name, address, and telephone number of the petiioner; the name, address, and telephone number of
the petitioners representative, if any, which shall bethe address for service purposes during the course
of the proceeding; and an explanation of how the petitions substantial interests are or will be affected
by the agency determination;
(c) A statement of when and how the petItioner received notice of the agency decision;
(d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact If there are none, the petition must so indicate;
e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, Incudng the p c facts that the petitioner contends
warrant reversal or modification of t1w agency's proposed action;
(f) A statement of the specific rules or statutes t thepetitioner contends require reversal or modification
of the agency's proposed action; and
(g) A statement of the relief sought by the pettioner, stating precisely the actan that the petitioner wishes the
agency to take with respect to the agency proposed action.
A petition that does not dispute the material facts on which the Departments action is based shall state that
no such facts are n dispute and otherwise shall contain the same th on as set forth above, as required by rule
Under sections 120.569(2)(c) and (d) of the Florida Statutes, a petition for administrative hearing must be
dismissed by the agency if the potion does not substantially comply with the above requirements or is untimely fied.
This intent to issue constitutes an order of the Department Subject to the provisions of paragraph
120.68(7)(a)of the FloridaStatutes, which may require a remand foranadministrative hearing, the applicant has the
right to seek judicial review of the order under section 120.68 of the Florida Statutes, by the fling of a notice of appeal
under rule 9.110 of the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure with the Clerk of the Department In the Office of General
Counsel, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Florida, 32399-3000; and by filing a copy of
the notice of appeal accompanied by the applicable filing fees withthe appropriate district court of appeal. The notice
of appeal must be filed within 30 days from the date when the order Is filed with the Clerk of the Department.
A pM tatdoe no dspue he a~fC~ t~ert~sactonIs baeI Iall tatethI
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR HIGHLANDS COUNTY FLORIOA
HIGHLANDS INDEPENDENT BANK,
Case No.: 06-796-GC
SHEFFIELD DANIEL SHEFFIELD
and DUDLEY R.KIRTON,
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the d Final Judgment on all
Counts of Verified Complaint," entered In the above-syed action, the property
described below will be sold bythe Clerk of this Courtat public sale, at 11:00 a.m.r,
on April 5th, 2007, to the itghest bidder or bidders, for cash, in the lobby of the
Highlands County Courthouse, 590 S. Commerce Avenue, Sebring, FL:
See attached Exhibit "A"
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court on March 6th, 2007.
LUKE E. BROKER
Clerk, Circuit Court
Lot 10, of US. 27 SEBRING COMMERCIAL CENTER, RELATE OF LOTS 5,6, AND
7, according ti the plat thereof, as recorded In Plat Book 16, Page t4, of the Public
Records of Hghlands County, lrida, Together with Lot 10 lg easements and
Lot 10 sign placement area as shown onthe plat of US. 27 SEBRING
COMMERCIAL, REPLAT OF LOTS, 5,6, AND 7, according to the plt thereof, as
recorded in Plat Book 16, Page 64, of the Public Records of Hglad County,
The South 1/3 of the SW 1/4ofSection 16, To 36 South, Range 36 East.
The above land lying and being Okeechbee County, Florida.
The Real Prpertyr ts address Is commonly known as Northeast101 at Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972. The Real Property tax Identificatloniumber Is
198124 ON 3116 and 3/23
REQUEST FOR BID
LEASED UNIFORM SERVICES AND UNIFORM PURCHASES
The South Florida Water Management District will accept bids from qualified fBmis to
provide a full service uniform contract that includes furnishing, laundering, repair
and delivery of uniforms to approximately 460 District Operstions staff. Thui sold -
tation shall also be used to establish a price agreement for the fumishng of the
same services, as wet as the purchase of ounlt ms, by other Districtunts.
Bids shall be submitted to the Procurement Department, 2nd Flor, 8-1 Bulldng,
3301 Gun Club Road, Weat Pan Beach, Florida, 33406, on Aprl 13,2007, at 2:36
RM. local tee, at which tine bidse wil be opened and publicly read.
AlI bids must conform to the Instructions In the Request for Bids and Include a prop-
erty executed Contract Compliance Disclosure Form.
Solicitation documents will be available March 16, 2007 In the SFWMD Procurement
Department at the above address, by download a copy from the Disltricts web
at d, or by calling (1) 667-6391. terted bidder may also ca
the 4-hoer OTUIE 800-472 The public ist invited to atend the RFB
open idm as e Mtam sw f of an clMues en h f taledat or o
web Bwit. ged.oul .
For more Information, please contact Don Hill, Contract Specialist at
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OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
CASE NO. 2006-CA-26
BANK OF AMERICA, FKA BARNETT BANK, N.A.,
JLILLY E. NELSON, IF LIVING AND IF DEAD, THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE, HEIRS
DEVISEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL
OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY, THROUGH, UNDER
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: LILLY E. NELSON; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF LILLY E NELSON, Last known
S,address: 3262 NW 12th Terrace, Okeechobee, FL 34972.
If alive, and If dead, all parties claiming interest by, through, underor against LILLY
E. NELSON; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF LILLY E. NELSON and all parties having or
claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described herein.
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action lfor Foreclosure of Mortgage on the following
Commence at the Northeast Comer of Tract 63, Whispering Pines, according to the
Plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 25, public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida and run South along the East Boundary of said Tract 63 a distance
of 410 feet to the RO.B. thence continues South along the East boundary of said
Tract 63 for a distance of 207.60 feet in the Southeast Corner of said Tract 63,
thence North 4449'29" West a distance of 141.80 feet to a point thence North a
distance of 150.45 feet to a point thence North 89'59'50" East a distance of 100
feet to the RO.B. being also described as Lots 1,2, and 3 of Triangle Park, an .
unrecorded subdivision of Tract 63, Whispering Pines, Okeechobee County, Florida.
Commencing at a point 50 feet south of the Northeast corner of Tract 63
Whisperng Pines, according to the platre corded in Plat Book 3, Page 25,
public records of Okeechobee County, Florida, and bear South 899'50 West along
he South boundary of 115 feet to a point thence bear south along a line parallel to
the east boundary of said tract 63, a distance of 250.0 feet to the RO.B. thence
continue South and Parallel to the east boundary of said Tract63 for a distance of
50 feet thence run South 89'59'50" West parallel toahe South Boundary of said Pine
Avenue a distance of 100 feet; thence run North Parallel to the East boundary of
said Tract 63 a distance of 50 feet; thence run North 89'59'50" East a distance of
.100.00 feet to the RO.B. ALSO BEING DESCRIBED as Lot 16 TRIANGLE PARK, an
unrecorded subdivision of Tract 63, WHISPERING PINES,
From a point 50 feet South of the Northeast Corner of Lot 63, WHISPERING PINES,
According to the Platthereof recorded In Plat Book 3, Page 25, Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida, run West along the South Boundary of Pine Avenue as
extended In .R.Book 101, Page 853,a distance of 115 feet to a point on the West
boundary ofa roadway; thence run South along the West boundary of said roadway
and parallelto the East Boundary of thence run West and paralleito the South
Boundary of Pine Avenue Southerly Boundary of said Lot 63a distance.of 138.67
feet run Nrth along the West boundary of said roadway a distance of 144.35 feet
to the point of beginning. ALSO DESCRIEDO on into 11 and 1i of TRIANGLE PARK,
an unrecorded subdivison of Tract 63, WHISPERING PINES, Okeechobee County,
has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it, on Susan Yeong J. Kang, Attorney for Plaintiff, whose
address Is 2901 Stiling Road, Suite 300, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312 on or
before 2/9/2007, and le the original with the Clerk of this Court either before
service on Plaintiff's attorney or Immedlately thereafter; otherwise a default will be
entered against for the relief demanded in the complaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this Court this 3 day of January 2007.
As Clerk of the Court
By:/S/LINDA E YOUNG
s Deputy of the Court
197043 ON 3/9,16/07
NOTICE OF MEETING
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a public
meeting on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007 @ 3:30 RM. The public meeting will be
held at the Okeechobee County Commission Chambers, located at the Okeecho-
bee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. For more in-
formation, contact Barbara Cash at the Planning and Development Department,
499 N.W. 5th Street Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863)763-5548.
All Interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting.
Any person deciding toI appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect
to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a veroatim
record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are
for the sle purpose of backup for official record of the Department.
Barbara Cash, Secretary to Board
Okeechobee County Construction
Industry Licensing Board
197874 ON 3/16,25/2007
[Public Notire 5005
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