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Vol. 98 No. 109 Thursday, April 19,2007 PO Box 117007


City Planning Board will
meet tonight, at City Hall, 55
S.E. Third Ave.
Lawn watering
restrictions set
Because of a critical water
shortage, lawn watering has
been restricted.
Residents whose address-
es are even numbered can
water from 4 until 8 a.m. on
Thursday and Sundays. Odd
numbered addresses can
water from 4 until 8 a.m. on
Wednesday and Saturdays.
Vehicles and boats can be
washed between 4 and 8
a.m. and between 5 and 7
p.m. on the above days.
Washing must be done on, or
must drain to, a non-paved
surface. It must be done
using a hose with an auto-
matic shut-off nozzle or low-
volume pressure cleaner.
Violators could be subject
to a fine.
burn ban issued
Due to drought conditions
and heavy frost damage to
vegetation, a county-wide
burn ban has been issued.
The ban will include, but
not be limited to: campfires,
bonfires, burn barrels and
the burning of yard trash and
fireworks. The ban will be in
effect until further notice.
Violation of the burn ban
is punishable by a fine not
exceeding $500, imprison-
ment in the county jail for a
term not exceeding 60 days,
or both.
A burn ban has also been
-' issued for lhe-Cit 6Okee--
For information, contact
Okeechobee County
Fire/Rescue at (863) 763-
5544 during normal working


Shooting victim
is recovering
A 32-year-old local
woman who was allegedly
shot by her boyfriend during
an argument late Sunday is in
stable condition at St. Mary's
Hospital, said a local detec-

Drought Index
Current: 608
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels'

9.92 feet

Lake level
Last Year:
14.00 feet

City OKs impact fees pact

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City Council
met Tuesday, April 17, and
approved an interlocal agreement
with the Okeechobee County
School Board and Okeechobee
County to collect impact fees.
The city board also heard from
a city resident concerning the El
Amigo De Todos Rodeo.
The Council approved the
interlocal agreement presented by

the Okeechobee County School
Board that involves that board, the
county and the city in order to
implement the collection and
other issues in accordance with
the Okeechobee County school
impact fee ordinance.
According to the interlocal
agreement, the city will be
required to: collect the applicable
school impact fee as provided by
the ordinance; maintain all
records of school impact fees col-
lected and provide a monthly copy

of those records to the county and
School Board; remit to the School
Board all the funds collected as
school impacts fees; notify the
county administrator when there
is a request for a development per-
mit for a residential use that is not
designated in the ordinance
schedule; notify the county
administrator when there is an
offer to donate or construct part of
a school capital improvement
project by a developer in the city;
and, on Oct. 1 provide the county

Si p:30 code violations discovered

Ukeechobee News/Pete Gawda
.This yard in Basswood contains a washing machine, furniture and various articles of
debris. Okeechobee County Code Enforcement Officers who were conducting a sweep
of the subdivision on Wednesday, April 18 left a courtesy notice on the property owner's
mailbox. If the yard is not cleaned up in seven days, the owners will receive a notice of
violation and could be required to appear before a special magistrate and fined if the
yard is not cleaned up in a reasonable length of time.

Sweep finds code problems in subdivision

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The subdivision of Bass-
wood should look a little
cleaner after Wednesday, April
On that date Okeechobee
County Code Enforcement offi-
cers Beth Albert and Blanca
Saucedo made an all-day
sweep of the subdivision. They
investigated a list of com-
plaints and checked out other
possible violations they saw as
they combed the area.
In the course of the day, the
two code enforcement officers
photographed violations and
left courtesy notices taped to
They visited 30 locations
and talked with about a dozen
The courtesy notices

On Wednesday, April 18, Okeeco ee mount od
Enforcement Officers conducted a sweep of Basswood.
Among the about 30 violations they discovered was this
chicken coop in a side yard.
informed property owners Of property owners will be issued
the violations and gave them a notice of violation and could
seven days to correct the viola- be required to appear before a
tions. If the code violations are
not corrected in that time, the See Violations Page 2

and School Board with financial
reports and information on the
collection of the fees by the city.
The school impact fees will be
collected at the building permit
The main issue that concerned
the Council was that the city has
yet to have their impact fees final-
ized because the consultant has
not finished the impact fee study.
According to City Administra-
tor Brian Whitehall, prior to last
Thursday when the Okee-

chobee County Board of County
Commissioners unanimously
approved their impact fee ordi-
nance Mr. Walter Keller, of Wal-
ter H. Keller, Inc., had told him that
when he finished the county's he
would get back to working on the
city's fee study.
Mr. Keller told Mr. Whitehall
that he needed to perfect a map
that indicates the public works
improvements which are in the
See Fees -Page 2

Board members

are reappointed

by City Council

By ChaunaAguilar
Okeechobee News
While the Okeechobee City
Council had additional citizens
to appoint to the citizen board
vacancies, they chose to reap-
point all current board mem-
The council chose to reap-
point the Code Enforcement
Board members to serve a three-
year term beginning May 1,
2007, and ending April 30, 2010.
Andrea Nelson and Marsha Mon-
tesi will serve as regular board
members, and Pennr Re. s, willI
continue to serve as an alternate.
The Code "'Enforcement
Board requested the Council
begin strongly enforcing Florida
statute 162.05(3)(e) which reads
that an appointment to fill any

vacancy on an enforcement
board shall be for the remainder
of the unexpired term of office. If
any member fails to attend two
of three successive meetings
without cause and without prior
approval of the chair, the
enforcement board shall declare
the member's office vacant, and
the local governing body shall
promptly fill such vacancy.
The Code Board has asked to
begin enforcing that statute due
to an increase in absences of cur-
rent board members.
Within the last three-year
term, city records inidicatetth'f
Ms. Nelson has had 19 absences,
Ms. Montesi has had 10
absences and Ms. Revels has
See Members Page 2

City planners

will address

land-use changes

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The Planning Board/Board
of Adjustments and Appeals
will discuss several changes in
future land use when they
meet Thursday, April 19, at 6
p.m. in Council Chambers at
City Hall.
The board will also address
a rezoning application and
amendments to the land devel-
opment regulations and the
proposed planned unit devel-
opment (PUD) regulations on.
The first future land use

If you go
What. City Planning Board
When: Thursday, April 19, at 6 p.m.
Where: City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.
change from single family to
multi-family for vacant proper-
ty located between Northwest
Fifth and Seventh Avenue and
Northwest llth and 13th
streets is being requested for
the Southern Trace develop-
ment by InSite Development
Group, LLC in the Southern
See Changes Page 2

South Florida
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea


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Union representatives back

at table over merit bonuses

By Lorna Jablonski
-Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
School Board and the Okee-
6hobee County Education
Association (OCEA), the union
that represents teachers, will
meet again Wednesday, April
25, in an attempt to resolve the
matter of teachers' bonuses:
At a special meeting held
Feb. 27, the school board
reluctantly approved the use of
the Special Teachers Are
Rewarded (STAR) bonus pro-
gram, a one-year bonus pro-
gram established by the state
legislature. This program was
strongly opposed by the OCEA.
Under the STAR program each
school system, in conjunction
with the local teachers' union,
was required to submit a plan
to the Department of Educa-

tion (DOE) for awarding
bonuses to its top teachers.
The school board approved
this program in order to meet
the state's March 1 deadline. If
they had missed the deadline
for submitting a proposal to
the state, the school board
would have forfeited $368,000
in bonus money.
The state legislature
rescinded the STAR program
on March 29. New legislation
replaces STAR with a new pro-
gram called the Merit Award
Program (MAP).
According to Candy Walker,
local teachers' union presi-
dent, negotiating the MAP pro-
gram will be considerably dif-
ferent than. the STAR program
because therejis more leeway
between parties and the DOE
will not be involved in the indi-
vidual negotiations.

In a preliminary meeting
held recently interest in trying
to make the district's original
pay performance plan meet
the new MAP qualifications
was discussed.
Taking part in that meeting
was: Dianne Falvo, Treasure
Coast service unit director for
the teachers' union; Superin-
tendent of Schools Dr. Patricia
Cooper; Mary Hurley, assistant
superintendent for instruction;
and, Mrs. Walker.
The formal negotiations
meeting will take place on
Wednesday, April 25, at the
Okeechobee County School
Board office, 700 S.W. Second
Ave., beginning at 9 a.m.
Whatever is decided during
these negotiations will only be
*in effect for this year. The par-
See Pay-Page 2

Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
The American Flag was lowered to half-staff Wednesday
morning at the Okeechobee Municipal Center in memory
of the 32 students and teachers who were slain at Vir-
ginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Va.

2 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, April 19, 2007

Magistrate denies appeal to reduce fine

Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Special magistrate Bill Selmi
refused to reduce a $1,675 code
violation fine for Mark Hunter
Pearce at Tuesday's hearing.
However he did impose fines
in three other cases at his month-
ly hearing held April 17.
Mr. Pearce had accrued the
fine because of two mobile
homes, a shed and trash and
debris on his N.W. 36th Street
property. He requested a fine
reduction, but Mr. Selmi could
find no grounds for the reduc-
The cases of Norris McCrory,
Elida Villalpando, Juan Solis,
Kenneth King and Thomas
Almond were found to be in
compliance and were not heard.
Code Enforcement Officer
Gina Gehring charged Orieta
VVireman with having fire and
safety hazards on U.S. 441 S.E.
property. If the property is not in
compliance by May 10, a fine of
$100 a day could be imposed for
every day of noncompliance.
George Etchison was cited for
having a shed on a county right


Continued From Page 1
Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
- and he needed to work on nar-
rowing the rates a little bit.
Mayor James Kirk stated that
he "... would hate to be collecting
the impact fees for the school and
county and still not have the city's
impact fees done yet."
In other business, the Council
heard from city resident Diana
Heil concerning the El Amigo De
Todos rodeo which is held at 706
S.W. Second St.
The last rodeo at this location
was held Sunday, March 25,
according to Mr. Whitehall.
Mr. Whitehall stated that prior
to the event he had a meeting
with the owners, the people run-
ning the rodeo and his depart-
ment heads to discuss what was
expected throughout the event.
Those issues concerned safety
and security, alcoholic consump-
tion, post-event cleanup and
noise to name a few. Mr.
Whitehall also expressed dissatis-
faction with the event through a
letter and e-mail to the owners
concerning several of these
Ms. Heil addressed the Council
concerning the volume from the
announcer's microphone, safety
issues and the rodeo set up.


Continued From Page 1
been absent six times.
The Code Board tentatively has
12 meetings per year unless one is
cancelled due to not having any
cases to go before the board. This
gives a total of 36 meetings in total
for a three-year term.
The practice in the past has


Continued From Page 1
Trace development in the north-
west section of town.
The Okeechobee City Council
recently approved the closing of
five alleyways in the development
where the developer is planning
to build townhouses that will be
two-story units with a garage.
Some of the units will be two bed-
room, two bath, and some will be
three bedroom with two baths.
Planning staff has sited several
items that need corrected or mod-
ified before the staff can deter-
mine what the recommendation
will be for the future land use
According to the city planner's
report, while the applicant has
submitted additional information
including a traffic study and
responses to previous issues from
the city planner, he still believes
that "... there are discrepancies
within the comprehensive plan
policy impact analysis which must
be addressed more clearly before
a positive recommendation for
this future land use can be grant-
Some of these items include
the absence of an recreational
area in the development to


Continued From Page 1
magistrate and pay a fine if the
violation is not corrected in a
reasonable length of time.
Most of Wednesday's viola-
tions were minor. The code
enforcement officers observed
such things as unkempt premis-
es, household goods scattered in
yards, construction without a
permit and inoperable vehicles.
The worst violation discov-
ered was an open septic tank.
That violation was reported to

of way. He was given until June
14 to remove the shed or be fined
$100 a day. The property in ques-
tion is located on 39th Terrace.
Code Enforcement Officer
Blanca Saucedo cited Betty Wal-
ton for having an
inoperable/abandoned vehicle
on her 18th Avenue lot. Since she
is a repeat violator, Mr. Selmi has
the right to impose an immediate
fine. He fined Ms. Walton $150 a
The fine is to begin April 23 in
order to give her time to receive
notification by mail.
Jose Luis Noboa and Esperan-
za Alvarez were cited for having a
derelict structure, a safety hazard
and overgrowth on their Bass-
wood lot. They were given until
May 10 to come into compliance
or be fined $100 a day.
According to Code Enforce-
ment Officer Beth Albert, Charles
Griffis has a derelict mobile
home and a derelict shed on his
N.E. 30th Avenue property.
Mr. Griffis asked for 60 days to
finish cleaning the property.
In effect, Mr. Selmi granted
that request. Mr. Griffis was

Ms. Heil said she lives less than
a mile from the event and could
hear every word that came out of
the announcer's microphone dur-
ing the entire event.
She went on to explain that
because of the noise level, she
and her daughter had decided to
drive around to see what was
happening. At the rodeo she real-
ized that they also had bull riding
events in close proximity to near-
by homes and businesses. She
also had issues with the opaque
fencing that surrounded the event
and the fact that there were no
clear entrance and exit signs.
According to Mr. Whitehall,
the city is in the process of meet-
ing with Chief of Police Denny
Davis to set up guidelines that will
enable them to enforce sound
Volume checks from nearby
roads and sidewalks to determine
the decibel level that marks the
point where disinterested parties
could be have not been effective
with the current equipment since
road noise alone makes the level
go above 80 decibels.
Mr. Whitehall went on to say
that trash was a major issue after
the last event due to the wind.
While they did clean up the area
where the event was held, the
wind had already blown trash
throughout the residential neigh-
borhood prior to the clean up,
which took place a couple days

been that an excused absence or
absence with consent only
required a phone call to Code
Board secretary Sue Christopher.
Now Code Board members will
have to call Ms. Christopher, who
will then have to call the chair to
get approval in order to have an
excused absence.
Mayor Kirk expressed on behalf
of the City Council to "please do

accommodate the recreation ele-
ment in the comprehensive plan.
The applicant currently does not
offer any recreational space within
the site plans that are currently
under review in preparation for
the Technical Review Committee.
The board will hear from the
city planner concerning the pro-
posed changes to the PUD regula-
tions which have been diverted
back to the Planning Board from
the City Council, with whom they
had a workshop with last month.
This has been done to allow
the board more time to iron out
problems and details and to pre-
pare questions and concerns for
the city planner to address.
The city planner was directed
by the Planning Board on March
15 to modify the proposed
planned unit development (PUD)
regulations in consideration of the
comments from the meeting
between the board and the public.
The PUD regulations are being
revised due to the antiquated
codes that are currently present.
The City Council placed a morato-
rium on any planned unit develop-
ments until the regulations are
City Planner Jim LaRue has
previously said he did not believe
the city's current PUD regulations
adequately safeguard the city's

the Okeechobee County Health
Building official Arnold Ver-
wey said that sweeps of other
subdivisions are planned for the
Normally, code enforcement
officers work alone. This time
they teamed up so that one
could drive and the other look
for violations and write the cour-
tesy notices.
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found to be in noncompliance
and given until May 10 to clean
up his property. However, he was
requested to appear at the May
15 hearing. At that time, it will be
determined if he has made any
progress toward clean up. No
fine will be imposed until June.
Pamela Odom was also given
more time. She was cited by Ms.
Albert because her N.W. 20th
Street property contained inoper-
able vehicles, trash and debris,
and overgrowth. Ms. Odom was
also cited with use of an RV or
mobile home for storage, unau-
thorized occupancy of recre-
ational vehicles and unautho-
rized use of buildings.
Because of hardship condi-
tions, her case will be reviewed
at the June meeting. If the prop-
erty is not in compliance at that
time, a fine could be imposed in
Since Jerriston Mason had
made some progress toward
cleaning up his S.W. 19th Lane
property, he is facing a $100-a-
day fine if his property is not
completely cleaned up by May

after the event.
The administrator has issued a
memo to the city's general servic-
es department to not grant a
license to them again based on
issues including volume, debris,
items present at the event that
were not included in the applica-
tion, and unsafe seating.
Councilman Dowling Watford
stated in response to the com-
plaint that while he appreciated
Ms. Heil's concerns, the decibel
level of events such as the Speck-
led Perch Festival will surpass 80
"They (the rodeo) are a busi-
ness and they have a right to do
business. They are legally there
and they have a right to do busi-
ness," he said. "I think we proba-
bly need to address that but I
don't know if we can eliminate it.
If we ever permit another one, we
will have to address that issue. If
they don't meet the criteria (set by
the city administrator) then we
can control that."
Mayor Kirk stated the city
should be very firm on the viola-
tions and noise level.
"If they.don't meet all the crite-
ria to that satisfaction then they
will not receive a permit," he said.
Another issue brought up dur-
ing the meeting was about alco-
hol consumption. At the event
alcohol was allowed to flow freely
to and from the event which
poses a safety issue.

The City Planning Board/Board
of Adjustment and Appeals mem-
bers will also be reappointed to
their current positions. Doug
McCoy and Terry Burroughs will
remain regular members and Epi-
fanio Juarez will remain an alter-
nate member for three years begin-
ning May 1, 2007, and ending April
While the Planning Board has
not voiced issues with absences as

interest to promote improved
development patterns.
This rewrite of the PUD regula-
tions has been an ongoing
process in order to create regula-
tions that properly safeguard the
city's interests.
The board will also hear from
several land owners requesting a
future land use change from sin-
gle family to commercial, and a
rezoning for one of the businesses
The first business is for a med-
ical office owned by A.M.S.A.
Holdings, LLC, and submitted by
Muhammad Nooruddin concern-
ing the property located at 608 N.
E. Second Ave. The applicant is
proposing a remodel of the exist-
ing residence for a home health
The applicant is also request-
ing a rezoning from residential sin-
gle family to commercial profes-
sional office. The city planner is
recommending approval for both
the future land use and the rezon-
Applicant Gianinna Mitchell on
behalf of property owner Jesus Sil-
vas is requesting a future land use
change from single family to com-
mercial on property located a
1001 S.W Third Ave. to accommo-
date a light commercial office
such as a contractor's office.

Sonrise Developers of Lake
Worth have removed construc-
tion debris but their N.W. 80th
Avenue property is still not in
compliance. The company was
fined $100 a day beginning April
David and Viola Tyson were
fined $100 a day beginning April
18 because of the condition of
their N.W. Fourth Avenue proper-
Officer Saucedo stated that
Elva Ochoa had made significant
progress toward cleaning up a
N.W. 36th Street lot. If the proper-
ty is not in complete compliance
by May 10, a fine of $50 a day
could be imposed.
Joanne and Rex Allen were
facing a fine of $50 because of
the condition of their N.W 35th
Lane lot. Since grant funds are
pending for the demolition of a
condemned structure, they were
given until May 10. At that time, if
the property is not in compli-
ance, they could be fined $50 a
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In the future the applicant will
also be required to stop this from
happening, either by hiring secu-
rity or by some other method.
"Any reasonable safety
requirement that is necessary I
believe we can impose, and that
would include alcohol," said John
Cook, the city attorney.
He went on to say that the city
will have to clearly state in the
permit, if one is given again, that if
any guideline within the permit is
violated the event will be shut
down immediately.
In other business, the Council:
gave Mr. Cook an overall
evaluation of 3.3 out of 5, and Mr.
Whitehall a4.7 out of 5.
approved the temporary
street closing of Southwest Fifth
Avenue between North and South
Park Streets for the renaming cer-
emony of Osceola Street at 1 p.m.
on Saturday, April 21. Festivities
will be held from 7 a.m. until 7
p.m. which will include Seminole
Indian vendors present from 8
a.m. until 5 p.m.
approved the resolution
regarding the 457 deferred com-
pensation plan, which is a retire-
ment plan that offers special ben-
efits to government employees.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum
Reporter ChaunaAguilarmay be

the other board, city records indi-
cate that Mr. McCoy has had eight
absences, Chairman Burroughs
has had two absences and Mr.
Juarez has had three absences.
This board also meets 12 times
per year, totaling 36 meetings per
three-year term.
Postyouropinionsinthe Public

Mr. LaRue is recommending
denial due to the inconsistency
with nearby land uses which are
single family and the inconsisten-
cywith the comprehensive plan.
The planner goes on to state
that the change could be detri-
mental to the surrounding resi-
dential area.
In other business, the board
will discuss allowing a special
exception to allow a car wash
within a heavy commercial zon-
ing district submitted by property
owners Ivan and Zoraida Lujan.
The subject property is located
at 906 South Parrott Ave. and has
currently been running as a car
wash for 19 years.
According to the city planner's
report, the applicant purchased
the property 10 years ago and now
intends to sell the property. After
doing some research the appli-
cant discovered that the previous
owner did not apply for a special
exception to operate the car wash
when it was initially built.
Mr. LaRue is recommending
approval based on the above
information, as well its compli-
ance with the comprehensive
Post your opinions in the Public
Reporter ChaunaAguilarmay be

Pa .STAR funding. After this year,
.Pay MAP funding will be renegotiat-
ed no sooner than during regular
Continued From Page 1 contract negotiations.
ties, under the new MAP guide- Postyour opinions in the Public
lines, only have until May 1 to
decide on a course of action in ReporterLornaJablonskimaybe
order to be eligible for the old

On page 12 of the Tuesday, April 17, edition of the Okeechobee
News there was an ad for Beltone Hearing Aid Center in the bottom
right corner. The expiration date was wrong. The correct expiration
date should be April 23. This will also be for the ad on Thursday, April
19. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused to our
readers as well as our advertiser.

Victim of shooting

is still recovering

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 32-year-old local woman
who was allegedly shot by her
boyfriend dur-
ing an argu-
ment late Sun-
day is in stable
condition at St.
Mary's Hospi-
tal, said a local
M.D. Faulkner
of the Okee-
chobee Coun- Franklin
ty Sheriff's Brown
Office (OCSO)
said even though Precious Epps is
still in the West Palm Beach hospi-
tal, she is expected to make a full
"It appears she's gong to make
it through," he said Wednesday,
April 18. "She's trying to recover at
this point."
Arrested in the case was
Franklin A. Brown, 37, N.W 12th
St., in Okeechobee. Brown is
charged with attempted felony
murder and possession of a
firearm by a convicted felon. Fol-
lowing his arrest on those
charges, he was arrested on a
warrant charging him with the
felony of violation of probation -
driving while license suspended.
He is being held without bond
in the Okeechobee County Jail.
Brown was arrested Monday,
April 16, after he allegedly shot
Ms. Epps once in the facial area
with a small caliber handgun. The
gun, said Detective Faulkner, has
not been found. He said the
search for weapon is continuing
in the Platt's Bluff area.
Detective Faulkner said Ms.

Epps is also being treated for an
injured foot. He said the foot was
injured when she tried to escape
from Brown by jumping out of the
"She apparently tried to get out
of the car, but he wouldn't let
her," said the detective.
According to Detective Faulkn-
er's arrest report, Brown and Ms.
Epps were in a room at a motel on
Parrott Avenue on Sunday, Sept.
15. They left the motel and drove
to the Platt's Bluff area.
Sometime around midnight an
argument erupted between the
two and Brown allegedly shot the
woman in the head.
The detective's report also
states that his investigation has
determined that the gun belonged
to Brown. He paid $50 for the
weapon, added the report.
Detective Faulkner said since
Ms. Epps is improving, he plans
on interviewing her again and
gleaning more information on the
events of that night.
"I'll do another interview with
her at a later date," he said.
The attempted felony murder
charge filed against Brown came
about because he allegedly com-
mitted the crime while in the
commission of a felony, namely
possession of a firearm by a con-
victed felon.
According to his file, Brown
was convicted on a charge of pos-
session of cocaine in 1995. His
record also indicates that he has
been arrested on such felony
charges as possession of a firearm
by a convicted felon (1996),
aggravated battery (1997) and
two counts of sale of cocaine and
two counts possession of cocaine

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be from the northwest at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the north around
10 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the upper 50s. The
wind will be from the northeast at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the north-
west after midnight.
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Friday: Mostly sunny with the high in the lower 80s. The wind will
be from the northwest at 5 to 10 mph becoming north 10 to 15 mph
in the afternoon.
Friday night: Mostly clear with the low in the upper 50s.
Saturday: Partly sunny with the high in the upper 70s.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the upper 50s.
Sunday: Partly sunny with the high in the lower 80s.
Sunday night: Mostly clear with the low in the upper 50s.


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Easter lingers at North Elementary School

Miss Hudson's class would like
to thank the Student Council for
their Easter Egg
Hunt. They really
enjoyed find-
ing the eggs
and eating the
surprise inside.
Miss Saine's
class has been busy with Easter
crafts and activities. The class
would like to thank Student Coun-

cil for a great Easter Egg Hunt.
They had a lot of fun!
Mrs. Hackett's class is going
buggy! We are busy with our bug
unit and we are learning about
butterflies this week!
Mrs. Gable's class has grown
sunflower plants and made beauti-
ful pots to put them in. Our class
and all the kindergarten classes are
appreciative of the wonderful job
the high school agriculture stu-
dents did teaching us about seeds

and plants. Thankyou very much.
Mrs. Quann's class enjoyed the
Easter Egg Hunt that Student
Council put on for all of the kinder-
garten classes and the first grade
classes last week. It was terrific!
Mrs. Steiert's class enjoyed the
Student Council Easter Egg Hunt
as well. We also enjoyed painting
eggs in our class. We are now
learning about the parts of a plant
and the purpose of each part. We

will be planting our own seeds
Mrs. Smith's class had fun at the
Easter Egg Hunt last week. We also
enjoyed dying eggs. This week we
are starting a Rain Forest Unit.
Mrs. Pope's class says "Thank
You" to the Student Council for
having an Easter Egg Hunt for us.
We had a lot of fun decorating a
bunny cake too. We are beginning
to learn about plants and have
already planted seeds!

Coast Guard Auxiliary recom-
mends that the best way to prevent
tragedy on the water is to "Just
Wear It".
In preparation for the upcoming
boating season, the Coast Guard
Auxiliary wants to remind the boat-
ing public and others who live,
work and play around the water -
friends don't let friends go without a
Whether you plan to go fishing,
hunting, waterskiing, or just want
to enjoy a day on or around the
water, the single most important
thing you can do to prevent a
tragedy is to "just wear it."

Most boating safety experts
believe that the majority of deaths
due to drowning could have been
prevented, if only the drowning vic-
tim had simply been wearing a
properly fitted life jacket.
Wearing a lifejacket on a boat is
akin to wearing a seat belt in your
car. Just as you shouldn't start your
journey in you car without buckling
up, you need to wear your lifejacket
anytime you are on or near the
The lifejackets of old were bulky
and uncomfortable, but today,
there are many styles to choose
from, including inflatable lifejack-

ets, that offer a maximum amount
of comfort and buoyancy.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary urges
all boaters, including sailors and
paddle craft operators, to wear a
Coast Guard approved life jacket at
all times when on or near the water.
Moreover, so that they can be pre-
pared to deal with emergencies,
such as a person falling overboard,
it is strongly recommended that
they take a boating safety course
approved by the National Associa-
tion of State Boating Law Adminis-
For more information on Boat-
ing Safety Courses in Fort Pierce,

call (772) 466 6587 or e-mail or stephc- Also, mark
ybur Calendars for the Coast Guard
Station Open House on May 19th to
see "in the water" life jacket
demonstrations, tour the Coast
Guard Cutters, learn about getting
free Vessel Safety checks and
much, much more. This is a fun day
with things to see and do for the
entire family! Admission and park-
ing are free and food will be avail-
able. The Open House is from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Coast Guard
Station in Fort Pierce at 900 Seaway
Drive. Hope to see you there!

Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
Dan Thomas Slone, 36, N.E.
103rd Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 13 by Deputy Timo-
thy A. Higgins on a felony charge
of possession of marijuana over
20 grams, and misdemeanor
charges of driving under the influ-
ence and possession of drug para-
phernalia. His bond was set at
Avery Lewis Robinson, 17,
S.W. 12th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 13 by DOC's
William E. McNiff on a charge of
violation of probation child
abuse. He is being held without
Michael Hamblen, 32, S.E.

80th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 13 by Deputy Antho-
ny Kibler on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with
the felony of violation of probation
- battery (two counts). He is
being held without bond.
Iva Jean Vandiver-Mays, 29,
S.W. Second Way, Okeechobee,
was arrested April 13 by Detective
Willy Post on charges of violation
of probation grand theft and vio-
lation of probation dealing in
stolen property. She is being held
without bond.
Rickey Raven Hight, 26, N.W.
15th St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed April 14 by Detective Willy Post
on a felony charge of driving while
license suspended habitual
offender, and misdemeanor
charges of resisting arrest without
violence and reckless driving. His
bond was set at $8,500.
Jose Jaimes, 27, N.W Fourth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
April 14 by Deputy John Fisher on
a charge of driving under the influ-
ence. His bond was to be set.

Michael R. Griffitts, 32,
Sawmill Road, Ezel, Ky., was
arrested April 14 by Deputy
Sergeant Clif Gill on charges of
driving under the influence and
fleeing and attempting to elude a
law enforcement officer. His bond
was set at $2,000.
Richard Ames, 18, U.S. 1,
*Lake Park, was arrested April 15
by Deputy Anthony Kibler on a
charge of battery on detention
staff. His bond was set at $10,000.
Jaime Rosales, 35, Osceola
Street, St. Cloud, was, arrested
April 16 by Deputy Thomas
Kitchen on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant charging him with vio-
lation of probation driving under
the influence and violation of pro-
bation no driver's license. His
bond was set at $500.
Randall Grant Blaisdell, 40,
S.E. 28th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 16 by Deputy
Augustin Saucedo on a felony
charge of possession of marijuana
over 20 grams, and a misde-
meanor charge of possession of

drug paraphernalia. His bond was
set at $1,250.
David Paul Goodman, 26,
S.E. 28th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 16 by Deputy
Augustin Saucedo on a charge of
possession of marijuana over 20
grams. His bond was set at $1,000.
Timothy Allen McBride, 39,
S.E. 28th St., Okeechobee was
arrested April 16 by Deputy
Augustin Saucedo on a charge of
possession of marijuana over 20
grams. His bond was set at $1,000.
Mack Jefferson Hubbard, 39,
N.E. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested April 16 by Deputy M. Col-
lier on a charge of driving under
the influence. His bond was set at
*This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be con-
firmed and printed.


C.W Connie Raulerson
C.W Connie Raulerson, died
April 16, 2007. Born in 1924, in
Okeechobee, he was a true Florida
native. His grandfather founded the
City of Okeechobee where he
resided before moving to Miami in
1957. There he worked for Troup
Bros. Construction before becom-
ing president of Florida Engineer-
ing Construction. He served as
president of the Florida Road
Builders, The Engineering Contrac-
tors Association and on the board
of directors of the Associated Gen-
eral Contractors. He also served as
president of the Contractors Divi-
sion of the American Road
Builders, in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Raulerson is survived by his
wife of 49 years, Jean Raulerson;
his daughter, Julie Byers; son-in-
law, James Byers; sister, Jean
Paige; nephew, Joe Paige; and,
family of Okeechobee.
C.W as he was widely known
was deeply loved and admired by
all whose lives he touched. He was

a gentle soul whose kindness and
warmth will remain in the hearts of
those who so deeply loved him.
A small private ceremony will
be conducted by the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can
be made to Hospice of Martin
Arrangements are entrusted to
Martin Funeral Home, Stuart.

Ida Grace Propps
Ida Grace Propps, 89, of Okee-
chobee, died Wednesday, April 18,
2007, at Raulerson Hospital in
Okeechobee. Born May 19,. 1917,
in Anderson, Ind. she had been a
resident of Okeechobee for the
past 15 years and was a member of
the Church of Christ and the Red
Hat Society.
She is preceded in death by
grandson, Mark Reynolds; and, a
sister, Martha Hudson.
Mrs. Propps is survived by her
husband of 53 years, Abe Propps of
Okeechobee; son, Roger (Colleen)
Dee of Burnside, Pa.; daughter,

Pamela (James) Bundles of Okee-
chobee; and, sister, Eva Brizendine
of Okeechobee. In addition, she is
survived by four grandchildren;
two great-grandchildren; one
great-great-grandson; and, numer-
ous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday, April
20, 2007, from 3 until 5 p.m. in the
Buxton Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions can be made to Hos-
pice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of Buxton Funer-
al Home and Crematory, 110 N.E.
Fifth St., Okeechobee.

Michelle Jeane Kling
Michelle Jeane Kling, 57, of
Okeechobee, and formerly of Palm
City, died Monday, April 16,2007, at
her residence. Born Jan. 21, 1950,
in Miami, she had been a resident
of Okeechobee for the past two
years. She was a school crossing
guard and enjoyed gardening, puz-

zles, playing cards, crafts and shop-
She is preceded in death by her
first husband, James Wieber and
second husband, Raymond Kling.
Mrs. Kling is survived by her
son, James (Christina Higgins)
Wieber of Port St. Lucie; daughters,
Jennifer (Mitchell) Teardo of Okee-
chobee, Kelly (Bernie) Snedeker of
Stuart, and Kristen (David)
Ramirez of Port St. Lucie. In addi-
tion she is survived by grandchil-
dren, Taylor Wall of Port St. Lucie,
Kyle Wahosky of Stuart, Jasmine
Ramirez of Port St. Lucie and
Samantha Teardo of Okeechobee;
and, best friend, Jan Watson of
Palm City.
The family has no plans for a
service at this time. In lieu of flow-
ers, memorial contributions can be
made to Hospice of Okeechobee,
P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, Fla.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of Buxton Funer-
al Home and Crematory, 110 N.E.
Fifth St., Okeechobee.

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Friends don't let friends go without a lifejacket

The Okeechobee News, Thursday, April 19, 2007


Speak Out

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Comments will be published in the newspaper as space permits.
BOAT RAMP: I see in the newspaper that the County Fair made
$15,000. Was that after they accounted for the over $500,000 we put into
the Ag Center so that we could have the fair? I don't think so. With the
money the fair made do you think our commissioners could give the
money back to Scott Driver ramp and weigh-in pavilion since they took
some of the money from there in the first place. Either put the air condi-
tioning system in the pavilion or, better yet, dig out the ditch from the
ramps to the river. Just behind the ramps there are quite a few sand bars.
Do it right one time and itwill last forever.

CANALS: Let's all pitch in and pick up the trash along the creek and
canals while the water level is so low. If everyone would do just a little bit
by picking up cans, bottles, aluminum, etc. behind their property and that
of vacant or absent neighbors, it could make a big difference for fishing
and boating when we are once again blessed with a good water supply.
Maybe it will also impress passers-by and watchers to think twice before
tossing that beverage can into the creek.

GAS CARD: After reading the article in Speak Out on Tuesday, April 17,
about the president of Venezuela my husband and I are also going to cut
up our gas cards and never buy gasoline from the CITGO station. I wish
that everybody else would think about this and do the same thing.

GAYS: The support club they are trying to form at school is not a sex
club. It is a place where people can meet others like them. Being gay is
not all about sex. I spent my youth abstaining from sex until I met the right
same sex partner, and we have been faithful to each other for over 20
years now. Some gay people do have sex out of wedlock, just as do het-
erosexual people. Gay people are attracted, and not just physically, to
people of the same sex. It may be hard for you to understand, but think
about this. The world, especially a few Christians, tells you that you can't
love the person you love. They say you can't get married and have the
same rights and live like others are free to do. Most of the churches are
realizing that they are showing hatred towards gays, and are starting to
welcome them with open arms because they realize God made us all a lit-
tle different. God has blessed my life so much, and no one could tell me
that God did not bless what I have and who I am. Talk to God with an
open mind and put aside your prejudice and judgment, which go against
the Bible's teaching, and you will find the truth.

LANGUAGE: The use of racial slurs and bad language in the media
and popular music has made a mess. If it's permissible for one to say a
bad word, how can you be injured if someone else says it? The rule has to
be the same for all. I think they should all clean up their acts. The only way
that will ever happen is if Americans just turn it off. Refuse to buy CDs if
the songs have offensive language, turn off the television or walk out of
the movie and demand your money back. The media would get the mes-
sage pretty quick if you hit them in the pocketbook.

JOKING?: I remember when I was a kid my friend's mom said: "I can
say my kid is ugly, but nobody else better say it!" She was kind of joking,
but that must be the same mentality.

MASSACRE: Where is the respect? This is Tuesday, April 17, one day
after the tragic and horrific massacre at Virginia Tech and what do we
hear coming from the Treasure Island rifle range but long-range rifles
shooting. Every shot I hear coming from there tears at my heart because I
think of those poor, innocent students and the last things they heard were
the sounds of that mad-man's gun. Where is the respect?
GAY CLUB: This is in regard to the gay club at the high school.
Remember God made Adam and Eve, not Adam andSteve.

LIVESTOCK PHOTOS: I think you ran last year's livestock report and I
am wondering when the next one is coming out.
Editor's Note: Photos from the 2007 4-H Livestock Show and Sale will
run in the Sunday, April22, edition of the Okeechobee News.

MISTAKE: I'd like to know who put last year's livestock show in the
paper? There's going to be a lot of disappointed kids. It's a waste of paper
and it's ridiculous. This is a small town and nobody can get it right. They
need to be fired. That's abad mistake.
Editor's Note: Last year's photos were mistakenly inserted into the
Wednesday, April 18, Okeechobee News at the printing plant. The 2007
4-HLivestock Show and Sale photos are scheduled to run in the Sunday,
April22, Okeechobee News.

RESPONSE: This is in response to "What's worse" in today's paper.
This is the most ignorant thing I've ever read in my life. This person obvi-
ously must think that straight people who have sex and have babies do
not have AIDS. This is the worse thing I ever seen. People are born every
day with AIDS because of their AIDS-infected parents and I'm assuming if
they are having sex and having babies they are probably not gay. So gays
are not the only people who have AIDS.

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Upcoming Events

Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of the
month to help and encourage women who have been diagnosed
with cancer. The meeting will be held at the American Red Cross
office at 323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For information,
call Janet Topp at (863) 824-2899.
AA. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet for a
pot luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the Basinger Civic
Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-2285.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Securi-
ty Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412
N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at
Village Square Restaurant, 301 W South Park St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at (863) 357-
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or
ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at (863) 763-
4923, for information.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social SecurityAdministration Office is open from 9 a.m. until
noon. Representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 209 S.W Park
St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W.
Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is
welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call (863) 467-2321.
AA meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step Study
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E.
Fourth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 697-6235.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30
until 8 p.m.
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or
(863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is invited.
All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800)
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for
members and $6 for guests. For information, call (863) 471-0559 or
(863) 385-6671.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
AA 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 meeting provides networking opportunities for
women in business and is open to the public. No membership is
required. For information, contact Robin Delgado at (800) 299-8878;
or, by e-mail at
Nar-anonHelps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a
more normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she has
stopped using. We meet every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863) 467-9833.
AA meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
SOkeechobee Christian Cycleswill 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. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
(A.A.) open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Children's
Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The ori-
entation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in Okeechobee
County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/answer
forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W Ninth
Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-(800) 403-

Community Events

Learning coalition plans grand opening
The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okee-
chobee counties, Inc. announces the grand opening of its new
Okeechobee location at 308 N.W Fifth St. To celebrate the servic-
es to children and families, as well as to showcase the new facili-
ty, the board of directors will hold an open house on Thursday,
April 19. The public is invited from 4 until 6 p.m. Refreshments
will be served.
Library hosting cracker cowboy poet
Hank Mattson, cracker cowboy poet, will be appearing at the
Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., on Thursday, April
19, as part of the celebration of National Library Week. Mr. Matt-
son is a working cracker cowboy poet who has appeared at cow-
boy poetry gatherings, and pioneer events all over the country. He
is the winner of the 2007 Laura Rider Award for Florida Folk Poet-
ry. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is
free and open to the public. For information, call (863) 763-3536.
Liberty tree dedication planned
On Thursday, April 19, at 10 a.m. in Okeechobee Veterans
Memorial Park, the St. Lucie River Chapter, Sons of the American
Revolution (SAR), in period uniforms, will dedicate a 10-foot oak
tree to the veterans of all wars. A color guard from the SAR and
the American Legion Post #64 will present our national colors.
The City of Okeechobee Mayor Proclamation will be read with
additional comments by the SAR and American Legion. Boy
Scout Troup #964 and Cub Scout Troup #964 will dig the hole for
the tree.
Chamber plans coffee klatch
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will hold
their monthly coffee klatch on Thursday, April 19, at 8 a.m. This
month's gathering will be hosted by Buxton's Funeral Home and
Crematory. For information, call (863) 763-1994.
Baby shower for clients slated
An educational baby shower for Healthy Start and Mom Care
clients will be held Friday, April 20, from 9 a.m. until 1:30 at the
American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. Donations of food and
prize items would be appreciated. For information, call Kay Begin
at (863) 462-5877.
Business women plan lunch meeting
The Okeechobee Business Women's Referral Networking
luncheon will be held Friday, April 20, at the Brahma Bull Restau-
rant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E. Networking will start at 11:30 a.m., and
will followed by lunch at noon.
DC Ranch plans fund raiser
DC Ranch will sponsor vendors for a "One Stop Shopping"
event at Grace Brethren Church, 701 S. Parrott Ave., from 11 a.m.
until 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Tickets for a drawing for a
$5,000 shopping spree at Badcock Furniture are available at TNK
Nails, Stafford's Hair Salon, Preferred Properties and Triple W Air-
boats. The Disciples of Christ Ranch is a discipleship ministry for
young men with life-controlling problems. For information, call
Pam at (863) 467-2635.
Earth Day topic of radio talk show
Family Stations, Inc. will host a radio talk show on Saturday,
April 21, 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 Nancy Perry, development director of the Florida Oceano-
graphic Coastal Center. The topic of the show will be Earth Day
celebrations and open house on Sunday, April 22, from noon
until 4 p.m. For information, call the Florida Oceanographic
Coastal Center at (772) 225-0505; or, visit their website at
Storyteller to appear at library
On Saturday, April 21, professional storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar
will be appearing at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W.
16th St., at 2 p.m. with local storytellers followed by refresh-
ments. Ms. Ayvar will begin her journey into the imagination at 3
p.m. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and
the Florida Humanities Council and is free and open to the public.
For information, call (863) 763-3536.
City will rename street
The City of Okeechobee will officially return S.W. Fifth Avenue
back to its original name of Osceola on Saturday, April 21. The
ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in Flagler Park #4. For information,
call Lydia Jean Williams at (863) 634-9015.
Church hosting the Trust Quartet
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., will
host Trust Quartet in concert on Saturday, April 21, at 6 p.m. The
concert is open to the public. For information, call (863) 824-
DuPuis plans annual Earth Day Celebration
DuPuis Management Area, 23500 S.W. Kanner Highway, Canal
Point, will hold their eighth annual Earth Day Celebration on Sat-
urday, April 21, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Events include: Judge
Nelson Bailey, who will share his knowledge about Florida histo-
ry as a Florida Cracker Cowboy; Alana Edwards will speak about
butterfly behavior and plants that will attract them to your yard;
Treasure Coast Wildlife Center will have live, native animals; and,
Boy Scout Troop #751 will have games for kids and food to pur-
chase. For information, call 1-800-432-2045, ext. 3339.
AC S hosting bass tourney
The American Cancer Society breast cancer bass tournament
will be held Saturday, April 21, from safe light until 3 p.m. at the
Okee-Tantie Marina, 10430 S.R. 78 W. The entry fee is $130 per
two-person team, plus $5 entry into the give away drawing, or
$135 at the ramp. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the weigh-
in. Registration forms can be obtained at Okeechobee Fishing
Headquarters, 5286 S.W. 16th Ave.; Garrard's Tackle Shop, 4259
S. U.S. 441 S.; or, by calling Chrissy at (863) 634-8927 or Crystal at
(863) 634-9483.

Community Events

Choir to begin rehearsal April 22
The Okeechobee Community Choir, comprised of singers from
area churches, will rehearse on Sunday, April 22, at the Church of Our
Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St., from 2 until 4 p.m. to prepare for the fifth
Sunday community service on April 29 at Abundant Blessings, 4550
U.S. 441 N., at 6:30 p.m. The music is uplifting and provides a powerful
message. Singers need to read music just a little. Men are especially
welcome. For information, call Sandy Perry at (863) 634-7714.

Eagles #4509 plan special event
The Fraternal Order of Eagles #4509, 4701 S.E. U.S. 441, in the
Cypress Hut Flea Market will hold a dignitary event to give grant money
to local law enforcement and fire departments on Sunday, April 22, at I
p.m. Representatives from the International Grand Aerie of the Frater-
nal Order of Eagles will give $500 to the county fire department and
$500 to the sheriff's office. A barbecue cook out will follow. New mem-
bers are welcome to join. The new Aerie extends thanks to all the peo-
ple, local businesses and our sister Aerie #4137 for making our first
fundraiser and membership drive a huge success. For information, call
Bill at (863) 763-1187 or Diana at (863) 357-2009.

Free nutrition class is offered
Dr. Edward Douglas of Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center, 916
W.N. Park St., will teach a free CRA nutritional analysis class on Tuesday,
April 24, at 5:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-4320.
Collaborative group will host guest speaker
The Community Collaborative Council of Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday,
April 24, at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee School Board
office. The guest speaker will be Dianne Verner from Florida Power and
Light. The public is invited. For information, call Sharon Vinson at (863)
462-5000, ext. 257.
Farm Bureau plans speech contest
Okeechobee County Farm Bureau, 401 N.W. Fourth St., will sponsor
the Farm Bureau youth speech contest on Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m.
The 2007 topic is "How will the global market affect agriculture in the
next five years?" A copy of the speech is due at the Farm Bureau office
by April 18. Prizes will be awarded on the high school and middle
school level. For information and rules, call (863) 763-3101.

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WAL-MART BFL tournament returns

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Wal-Mart BFL bass fishing
tournament will return to Lake
Okeechobee on Saturday, April 28
when as many as 200 boaters and
200 co-anglers will fight it out for
almost $45,000 in cash including
the $6,000 first place award in the
boater division and the $3,000 first
place award in the co-angler divi-
If the winner of the tourney is a
participant in the Ranger Cup
incentive program, he will receive
a $1,000 bonus from Ranger Boats
and $500 from Yamaha if his boat
is powered by Yamaha. Ranger will
award $500 to the highest-finishing
Ranger Cup participant if not the
winner, and Yamaha will kick in
$250 if the boat is powered by
Yamaha. Bombardier will award

$1,000 to the winning boater if the
winner's boat is equipped with a
qualifying Evinrude E-TEC or Direct
Injection outboard. Snickers Big
Bass awards of up to $1,000 will be
awarded in the boater division and
up to $500 will also be awarded in
the co-angler Divisions.
Due to low lake conditions, the
competitors will launch from the
Scott Driver ramps at safe light and
return to the Okee-Tantie Marina
for weigh-ins beginning at 3 p.m.
This tournament will be the
fourth of five events in the regular
season. The fifth and final event of
the regular season will be the two-
day super tournament. It will take
place on Sept. 29-30 at the Okee-
Tantie Marina.
Anglers may register for the
tournament at
or by calling (270) 252-1000. Regis-
tration will also take place on April

27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Wal-Mart,
2101 S. Parrott Ave. Entry fees will
be $200 for boaters and $100 for
The top 40 boaters and 40 co-
anglers in each of the BFL's 28 divi-
sions at the end of the season
advance to a no-entry-fee regional
championship in the Seminole
Regional Championship in Bain-
bridge, Ga. on Oct. 25-27 and will
compete against anglers from the
Bulldog, Dixie and Savannah River
Divisions for an All-American
The regional championships
will each send six boaters and six
co-anglers to the no-entry-fee 2008
Wal-Mart BFL All-American pre-
sented by Chevrolet, which fea-
tures a $1 million purse and a top
award of $140,000 in the boater
division and $70,000 in the co-
angler division. Anglers who com-

pete in all five regular-season
events within a division but do not
advance to a regional champi-
onship are eligible to compete in
the Chevy Wild Card, which will
also send six boaters and six co-
anglers to the All-American for a
total field of 48 boaters and 48 co-
The winning boater and win-
ning co-angler at the All-American
will then advance to the no-entry-
fee $2 million 2008 Forrest Wood
Cup. The top 40 boaters and 40 co-
anglers from each BFL division
may move up to the Stren Series for
2008 while All-American champi-
ons have the option to advance
directly to the Wal-Mart FLW Tour.
For more information about
FLW Outdoors and its tourna-
ments, visit or
call (270) 252-1000.

Brahman boys' tennis team fourth in districts

The Brahman boys' tennis
team ended its season this week
finishing in fourth place in the
Treasure Lake Conference district
tournament behind first place
winner Martin County, second
place Sebastian River and third
place South Fork. Treasure Coast

finished behind the Brahmans in
fifth place. Port St. Lucie took
sixth place in the district tourney.
"We came in fourth place out
of six teams in the district playoffs.
The top two teams are quality
players and deserved the win,"
stated Brahman boys' coach Dave

Ellis. "Our boys had a great sea-
son with a 10-6 overall record.
Bobby Spelts, Corey White, Elj
Cabansay.and Logan Perry all had
first round wins for the team
before dropping the second
round. Spelts and Cabansay,
along with White and Perry also

won their first round doubles for
two more team points. Our boys
can be very proud of their sea-
The team's end-of-season ban-
quet will be held on Tuesday,
April 24 at Michael's Restaurant
beginning at 6 p.m.

Sports Briefs

AC S plans
bass tourney
American Cancer Society breast
cancer bass tournament will be
held on Saturday, April 21, from
safe light until 3 p.m. at Okee-Tantie
Campground, 10430 S.R. 78 W
Entry fee is $130 per two person
team, plus $5 entry into the give-
away drawing; or, $135 at the
ramp. Prizes will be awarded at the
end of the weigh-in. Registration
forms can be obtained at: Okee-
chobee Fishing Headquarters, 5286
S.W. 16th Ave.; Garrard's Tackle
Shop, 4259 U.S. 441 S.; or, call
Chrissy at (863) 634-8927 or Crystal
at (863) 634-9483.
Cheerleading squad
seeks new members
The Chobee Starz competitive
cheerleading squad is currently
seeking new members.
A parents' meeting is scheduled
to take place on April 23, at the
Okeechobee Sports Complex, 580
N.W 27th Lane, beginning at 6:30
p.m. For information call coach Joe
Kuprian at (863) 634-7567 or Gary
Parks at (863) 697-1202.

Summer play camp
sign-ups end soon
Sign ups for Okeechobee Coun-
ty Parks and Recreation's 2007
summer play camps will open on
Monday, April 23, at 8 a.m. at the
Okeechobee County Sports Com-
plex in the Parks & Recreation
office, 640 N.W 27th Lane.
Enrollment is limited and slots
are filled on a first-come, first-
served basis. Campers must be 6-
12 years of age.
Play camps will operate Mon-
day through Friday from June 11
until July 27, (except Wednesday,
July 4), from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30
p.m. at Douglas Brown Communi-
ty Center, Okeechobee County
Civic Center and Central Elemen-
tary School.
The regular camp fee is $50 per
week, per participant plus fees
for field trips and special activities.
Special rates have been set at $25
per week for a child on the reduced
school lunch program, and $10 per
week for a6'fiild oftie 'free school
lunch program with the Okee-
chobee County Sch6oo system for
the 2006-07 school year.
A letter of participation from
Okeechobee County School Food
Service must be presented at the
time of registration in order to qual-

ify for these special rates.
Extended hours, from 7:30 a.m.
until 8:30 a.m., and 4:30 p.m. until
5:30 p.m., will be available at both
the Okeechobee County Civic Cen-
ter and Central Elementary School
sites for an additional fee of $10 per
week, per participant.
For information, call (863) 763-
BFL launch
site changed
The Wal-Mart BFL bass tourna-
ment scheduled to take place at
Okee-Tantie Marina on April 28 will
have a change .in launch site.
Instead of launching from Okee-
Tantie, boaters will use the ramps
at Scott Driver Park at safe light.
They will weigh-in at the Okee-
Tantie Marina beginning at 3 p.m.
Local mat
club meets
The Okeechobee Wrestling
Club meets on Tuesday and Thurs-
day evenings at the Okeechobee
High School gym.
Elementary school children
practice from 6 until 7 p.m. Middle
and high school students practice
from 7 until 8 p.m.

New members are always wel-
For information contact O.H.S.
wrestling coach Bruce Jahner at
(863) 462-5025.

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finishes third in districts

The Lady Brahman tennis
team took third place in the Trea-
sure Lake Conference district
tournament early this week in
Stuart. Martin County finished in
first place with 14 points; Treasure
Coast took second with 12 points;,
and, Okeechobee took third with
11 points.
The Lady Brahmans won
three of seven divisions.
In number three singles com-
petition, two of the Lady Brah-
man had wins: Jami Fadley with a
6-0, 6-1 win and Kari Berger with
a 6-4, 3-6 (6-1) win.

In doubles competition the
team of Berger and Fadley won 6-
With only senior Brooke Raga-
mat graduating this year, the Lady
Brahmans could be a force to be
dealt with next season.
Lady Brahman coach Jay Huff-
man stated that he was very
proud of the team's accomplish-
ments and improvement
throughout the season.
The tennis team's end-of-sea-
son banquet will take place Tues-
day, April 24 at Michael's Restau-

OHS Sports Schedules

Varsity Baseball
Head coach: Dylan Tedders
TLC-Treasure Lake Confer-
ence game
District-district game
Apr. 23: at Lawnwood Dis-
trict Round One-G1 (2 vs. 7) and
G2 (3 vs. 6)-4 p.m.
Apr. 23: at Lawnwood Dis-
trict Round One-G3 (4 vs. 5)-7
Apr. 25: at Lawnwood Dis-
trict Round Two-G4 (1 vs. WG3)
G5 (WGIlvs. WG2)-7 p.m.
Apr. 26: at Lawnwood Dis-
trict Championship-4 and 7 p.m.
May 1: Regional Quarter-
May 4: Regional Semi-Final-
May 8: Regional Champi-
May 18: State Series Semi-

May 19: State Title Game-
Junior varsity game times list-
ed first,
Varsity games follow junior
April 18 & 20: District Tour-
nament at O.H.S. TBA
April 24, 27 & May 1: Region-
al Tournament TBA
May 7-12: State Tournament
in Plant City TBA
Head coach (boys): Ty
Head coach (girls): Brian
April 16-20: District Meet-TBA
April 26-27: Regional Meet-
May 4: State Meet-TBA

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Harrell to speak at officer's meeting in the Military

Although the election of con-
gressional seats is still more than 20
months away, the campaign has
already started.
Recently elected and now the
incumbent, Congressman Tim
Mahoney is expected to run for re-
election in 2008.
Eight-year veteran member of
the Florida State House of Repre-
sentatives Gayle Harrell has
declared her candidacy for the
Congressional District 16 seat.
Invitations have been sent to
Congressman Mahoney and Rep-
resentative Harrell, but only Harrell

has accepted the invitation as of
this time.
Representative Harrell will be
speaking to the April 21 Military
Officers Association of America
(MOAA) luncheon at the Sun 'n
Fun Golf and Country Club's Can-
dlelight Restaurant.
The first of a series of "Know
your Congressional Candidates",
plans are under way to invite every
candidate regardless of their party,
to address members and guests of
the local MOAA chapter.
Representative Harrell has close
connections with the military as
her husband Dr. James Harrell

served as an Army medical officer
with the 25th Medical Battalion and
later with the 65th Engineer (Com-
bat) in Vietnam. Her father served
as an Air Force officer during
WWII. Her daughter served four
years in the Air Force and is mar-
ried to an Air Force major now
attending Navy Way College.
"It is hoped that between now
and the 2008 November elections,
we will have the opportunity to
hear from all of the Congressional
candidates, regardless of their party
affiliations," said MOAA chapter
president retired Air Force Colonel

The luncheon will start prompt-
ly at noon.
Reservations are a must and
may be made by contacting one of
the following MOAA members: in
Avon Park, Lieutenant Jane Christ-
mas at (863) 452-5862; in Lake
Placid, Mrs. Mary Martin at (863)
699-1939; in Sebring, Captain Lou
Brough at (863) 655-2344; DeSoto
County, Lieutenant Roger Bumgar-
ner at (863) 993-0129; and in Polk
County, Mrs. June Felt at (863) 638-
Reservations must be made no
later than Thursday, April 19.

Hazy graduates
from basic training
Air Force Airman Michael C.
Hazy has graduated from basic mil-
itary training at Lackland Air Force
Base, San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of training,
the airman studied the Air Force
mission, organization, and military
customs and courtesies; per-
formed drill and ceremony march-
es, and received physical training,
rifle marksmanship, field training
exercises, and special training in
human relations.

In addition, airmen who com-
plete basic
training earn
credits toward
an associate
degree through
the Community
College of the
Air Force.
He is the son
of Roxanna Airman
Kelso of Okee- Michael C. Hazy
chobee, and
brother of Johnathan Hazy of Port
St. Lucie. Hazy is a 2004 graduate of
St. Lucie West Centennial High
School, Port St. Lucie.

Service Club Briefs

American Legion
Post #64
The American Legion Post #64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St. The
Post phone number is (863) 763-
American Legion Post #64 is
open Monday to Saturday from 10
a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday from
1 until 9 p.m.
Our kitchen is open daily serv-
ing a regular menu. The hours of
operation are: Monday, and Friday
from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.; Wednes-
day, tacos and margaritas served
from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday
and Sunday from 1 until 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 beer
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 4:30duntil 6 p.m. Music will be
from 4 until 7 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
The Sons of the American
Legion steak dinner will be held on
the third Sunday of each month
from 3 until 6 p.m. for a $10 dona-
tion. The dinner will include steak,
baked potato, salad, dessert, coffee
and tea. There will be entertain-
ment from 5 until 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 19: the Sons of
the American Revolution will dedi-
cate a 10-ft. oak tree to the veterans
of all wars in OkeechobSe Veterans
Memorial Park at 10 a.m.

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members are
available. Call Johnny Patton at
(863) 467-2882 or Jerry Lee Shields
at (863) 467-8779 or (863)634-
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday of
the month at 10 am. Contact the
Post at 467-2882 for information.
Eagles Aeries #4137
E Aeries #4137 is located at
9983 U.S. 441 N. For information
on events, call (863) 763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until ? Food will be available.
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday: Aux-
iliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 dona-
tion. Music will be by Jimmy Harp-
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast cooked to order from 9 until 11
a.m. for $5 donation.
Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 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, May 12: Sporting
clay shoot at Quail Creek Planta-
tion. Call Matt Buxton at (863) 357-
9992 for information and applica-
Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Stat
has many fun activities planned on
the first and third Tuesday of each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact Mary Ann Holt at (863)
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, bring it.
Thursday night meals will be
served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call
the Lodge at (863) 763-2250 for the
Thursday is karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
Friday at 7:30 p.m. there will
be music for dancing. Call to see
who is playing.
Saturday night meals will be
served from 5 until ?. Call for the
Sunday karaoke from 5:30
until 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 21: karaoke at
7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 21: at 7:30
p.m. there will be music for danc-
ing. Call to see who is playing.
Tuesday, April 24: enrollment
meeting at 7 p.m. Prospective
members should attend.
Saturday, April 28: karaoke at

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 150 N.W 36th
St. in Okeechobee. The lodge
opens weekdays at 10 a.m. and
Sunday at 11 a.m. For information
and meal menus, call the Lodge at
(863) 763-4954. Guests are invited
to enjoy the activities and consider
membership. The main hall and,
kitchen are nearly completed. The
next step will be to install the
kitchen equipment.
Breakfast first Sunday of every
month from 8 to 11 a.m.
LOOM meets every second
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
WOTM meets every second
and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
WOTM Officers meetings are
the first and third 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 2
Dinners Friday at 5 p.m. for $3
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
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is
located at 300 N.W. 34 St. Events
are seasonal, contact the Post at
(863) 763-0818 for information or
write the Post at P.O. Box 1137,
Okeechobee Fl. 34973. The Post
opens at noon Monday through
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 avail-
able. 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.
Friday: hot food by David Lee
from 4 until 6 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 avail-
able from 2 until 5 p.m., and will be
followed by karaoke from 6 until
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting and ladies auxil-
iary meeting at 11 a.m.
The post membership drive is
under way, and the post is striving
for 100 percent. Foi information,
contact the quartermaster at (863)
Big screen TV for all events.
Saturday, April 21; karaoke
finals. Entry fee is $10.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post opens at noon,
Monday through Sunday.
We are taking applications for
new members for the VFW, Ladies
Auxiliary, Male AuXiliary, AMVETS
and AMVETS ladies auxiliary.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary
dinner and Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets. Music will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from. 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.

Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. The
main meeting is on the fourth Sat-
For information, contact Com-
mander Don South at (863) 467-
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.

VFWPost #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at I
p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
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.

Shrine Club
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 weddings and
parties. For information call the
club at (863) 763-3378, or Keith at
(863) 634-2682.


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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, April 13,
through Thursday, April 19, are as
Theatre I -"Blades of Glory"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Meet the Robin-
sons" (G) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre Ill "Disturbia"(PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 2,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4.50; senior
citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
and, matinees are $4.
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Effort to let feds negotiate drug prices fails

By Kevin Freking
Associated Press Writer
Senate blocked legislation on
Wednesday that would let the
government negotiate Medicare
drug prices. Democrats couldn't
muster the 60 votes needed to
bring the bill up for a vote.
Under the Medicare drug ben-
efit, private insurance plans nego-
tiate with drug makers over the
price of medicine for their cus-
tomers. About 22 million seniors
and .the disabled are enrolled in
such plans. Some lawmakers,
mostly Democrats, contend the
government could use its lever-
age to drive a better bargain than
individual insurers, which would
lower the cost of the program for
taxpayers and seniors.
Republicans countered
Wednesday that the program is
costing much less than expected
precisely because it's the private
sector, not the secretary of Health
and Human Services, conducting
the negotiations. They successful-
ly blocked a motion to proceed to

the bill. The tally was 55-42, five
short of the votes needed to move
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,
said the program will cost about
$265 billion less than anticipated
over the coming decade.
"I doubt a single government
program in modern history, let
alone one this big and this impor-
tant has ever, ever come in under
budget," McConnell said. "So it's
a mystery why our Democratic
friends would want to tamper
with this Medicare drug benefit. If
it isn't broke, why fix it?"
Democratic lawmakers coun-
tered that they weren't aiming for
a government takeover of the
drug benefit, only to let the secre-
tary of Health and Human Ser-
vices intervene for particular
kinds of expensive drugs that
have no substitute, such as some
of the drugs taken by cancer
"This bill does not take over
the role of the private plans," said
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. "The
question is, should we make it
possible for the secretary of
Health and Human Services to

complement the role, to go
beyond it and say that there are
some circumstances where we
should negotiate?"
The House of Representatives
passed a more ambitious bill ear-
lier in the year that requires the
secretary of HHS to negotiate
drug prices, but Sen. Max Bau-
cus, D-Mont., noted that the
measure would not get the votes
needed to overcome a filibuster
in the Senate. Instead, he called
for just lifting the restriction that
bars government negotiations
under Medicare. Even that alter-
native fell short Wednesday.
At the White House, Bush
spokeswoman Dana Perino
praised the Senate's move as the
"right decision." She said letting
the government negotiate pre-
scription drug prices has the
potential to limit access to essen-
tial medication.
"If a bill such as the one that
they were contemplating today
were to make its way to the presi-
dent's desk, he would veto it,"
Perino said.
Democrats called the ban on
government negotiations a favor

to special interests groups.
"Time and again, the interests
of the drug industry are put
ahead of the interests of the elder-
ly," said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy,
Republicans said the drug
benefit, also called Medicare Part
D, is a testament to the idea that
the private market works and that
"government-run health care is
not the answer."
"Why do supporters of this
legislation hate the Medicare
drug benefit so much? They hate
it because nothing could be more
damaging to the idea of govern-
ment run health care than Part
D," said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-
The AARP said it would con-
tinue to push for allowing gov-
ernment negotiations, despite
slim prospects for passage in the
"Senators should know this
issue is not going away," the
advocacy group said. "No
amount of campaign money can
trump the will of 90 percent of

Okeechobee NewsNictoria Hannon
Student gives blood
Michelle Flores, Okeechobee High School senior, gives
blood during the final blood drive of the school year at the
high school on April 18.

Health Briefs

OSAC sponsors
drug-free concert
As part of Alcohol Awareness
Month, the Okeechobee Sub-
stance Abuse Coalition will
sponsor a drug-free concert on
Friday, April 27, from 8 until 10
p.m. The concert will be held in
the Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus auditorium, and is open to
middle through high school-
aged students. Students must

present their student ID in order
to attend. The first 300 students
who present their student ID will
be admitted. There will be three
bands performing The Eighth
Hour Romance, Adoration and
Redneck Rampage snacks and
Free nutrition
class is offered
Dr. Edward Douglas of Dou-

glas Chiropractic and Fitness
Center, 916 W.N. Park St., will
teach a free CRA nutritional
analysis class on Tuesday, April
24, at 5:30 p.m. For information,
call (863) 763-4320.
Classes offered
to stop smoking
The Okeechobee Healthy
Start Coalition will be offering
smoking cessation classes for
pregnant women, women, or

family members living in the
household with children 0-3
years old at Florida Community
Health Centers, Inc., 1100 N. Par-
rott Ave. Call Leah Suarez at
(863) 763-1951, ext. 24, for class
Child CPR class
offered by Red Cross
American Red Cross, 323 N.
Parrott Ave., will conduct an

infant/child CPR class on Thurs-
day, April 26, at 6 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2488.

will be used to benefit infants
and pregnant women in the
community. For information, call
(OLO\ AL29 -o'7'7

Healthy Start group (6b3) -o,
seeks donations Healthy Start

The Healthy Start Coalition is
accepting donations of baby
items such as furniture, shoes,
clothing, maternity clothes,
strollers and other items for
infants and toddlers. Proceeds
from the sale of donated items

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

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Auctions 105
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Do-It-Yourself Ideas

This trio. of deer planters is
not only a fresh and attractive
way to display plants and
flowers, but it's also fun and
simple to build. The small
deer is 16 in, tall by 14 in.
long by 7 in. wide, the medi-
um deer is 24 in. tall by 22 in.
long by 10 in. wide and the
large deer is 32 in. tall by 30
in. long by 13in. wide.
Deer Planter Trio plan
(No. 745).. .$9.95
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cinity of Teak Lane, Labelle.
In safe hands. Call to claim.

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Golden Corral or Los Cocas.
CHIHUAHUA, Male, Long &
Short Hair Mix, Missing.from
4/5. Treasure Island area.
Reward. 863-467-7528
PIT BULLS (2) Males, 1 Solid
White. Very friendly! Lost in
vic. of "The Prairie". $500
Reward! (954)444-7959

great pets for children over
6yrs. Adopters will be
screened. 863-763-7441
BED- Queen; 4 post, Carved
pineapple design. Needs
small repair. (863)697-8087
mixed w/ red nose pit. 3 yrs
old. Free to good home.
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GERBILS: 3,6 mo. old babies.
Cute. All black. Free to
homes. (863)261-1153
KITTENS- (4) to good homes
PUPPIES, Coby, Red Nose &
Lab mixed. To good homes.

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

Class A CDL required. 6 days
a week, local run. Good pay.
Call (863)467-2982 9a-3p
CDL B w/Hazmat Req.
Exp. Pref. Comp. Salary + OT
(561)793-0322, Ext. 106
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but good pay! Call now!


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A & D Water Systems is
looking for a Truck Driver that
has a ClassB and Hazmat.
This is a Must.
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Industrial Park
S1530 NW 25th Drive
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Call 863-467-6377

up to $15.00/hr.
Immediate openings
For Busy Restaurant
1111 S.Parrot Ave.
Lykes Bros. Inc.
Ranch Division has an
immediate opening for
the following position:
Must have own tack and
saddle, experience helpful.
Applications accepted
Monday Friday,
8am t1o3:30pm
106 SW County Road 721
Drug Free Workplace
Full or part time, no selling
required. $100 free gift for all
callers. 866-494-3420

has a new position
available for a
Service Technician.
Having experience
with small engine
repair a plus.
Full benefits: 401K
Health Insurance
and paid! holidays
Drug Free Workplace
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Busy construction company
has immediate full time
opening for an
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Duties to include:
* accounts receivable
* invoicing
* submitting permit packages
Drafting a plus, must have
computer skills. Competitive
pay and health Insurance.
Call 863-763-9119 or
fax 863-763-9900.

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Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deep? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.


Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

Ron's Pressure Washing
& Minor repairs
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-261-1565
Lic. # 2349 &# 5698

Find It faster. Sell it soon-
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Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734

The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.

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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets./Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware. Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 815
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Ughts 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

Manufacturing, Condensing
Unit, 4 Ton, $450.

CHEST FREEZER: Sears, 5 cu-
bic ft. Asking $75 or best of-
fer. (863)885-1026
DISHWASHER, Frigidaire, un-
der counter, good working
condition, $50.
Works well. $75
DRYER- Whirlpool, Very nice.
Asking $65. Free delivery.
(863)675-8937 LaBelle area
side by side, 22 cu. ft., ice
maker, works well. $250

FOLDING BIKE: New tires &
tubes. Exc cond. $55 or best
offer. 863-675-2596 or cell

SHED, 12x24 w/siding. Wired
for electric. Good condition.
$2000. or best offer.
(863)228-7230 LaBelle

(2) 20"x50' & 18"x50'. $40
for both. (863)763-5762
PLYWOOD (50 sheets): $300
(561)762-4620 Jupiter area

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Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
Installation of Slorm
Shutters &Seamless
Rain Gutters
Licensed & Insured

1551 N.W. 24th Drive
License #765
WINDOWS- Anderson, Double
pane, Crank out. 1-60"x28",
-60"x34", 2-60"x 48"'. $150.
(315)528-5771 LaBelle

BABY ITEMS Great condi-
tion, $300 or best offer. Call
239-243-1588, LaBelle.
BABY ITEMS, Portable swing,
bouncer, playpen, exersau-
cer & much more. $200/all,
will sep. (863)673-2726
CRIB: 4-in-1. Includes mobile,
vibration & storage drawer.
$100. 863-697-2704
needs 6 volt battery, good
condition, $30.
(863)763-3982 bef. noon

39 pieces, China, assorted
teams Ie: plates, cups, sau-
cers etc $300. 863-946-1896

PROM GOWN- beautiful, black
& white, floor length, size 3
petite, $50 (863)467-0139
Sunburst National Award
Winning Pageant Dresses,
Sports Wear & Western Wear
Original, One Of A Kind.
Available to rent. Size 3 to 12.
Pageant Training
also available.
Call (863)517-2465
white w/silver beading. $250
or best offer (863)634-6601

standing, holds up to 48
cans or bottles. Very good
cond. $125. (863)467-0627
items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $350
neg. (863)467-0627
bolt action rifle, all matching
numbers. Great for collec-
tors! $550. 863-467-1958

screen monitor, 2.5 yrs old,
perfect condition. $350.
ust Sell 863-824-0801
tium 4, XP Pro, monitor, key-
board, mouse & speakers.
$249. (863)517-2782 Tony
LAPTOP, Fast, Win XPR wire-
less card, power adapter,
etc., for school or business.
$325 (863)674-0212
plete system, educational &
games. $99 (863)843-0158

Queen size, Reversible.
Green pin stripes/Green
plaid. $15. (863)467-8681

BABY.CRADLE: Wooden, good
condition. $75. all
BED FRAME: Metal, universal,
double to California King.
BED: Full size, complete w/ all
parts. $75. 863-634-6160
BEDROOM SUITE: King, 2 nt.
stands, dresser w/mlrror &
armoire. Very nice. $800.
BOOKCASES (3), White, also
wall shelves & 3 drawer Bas-
sett Credenza. $175 for all,
or will sep. (863)763-7989
BRASS BED, Full size, from
60's. $400 (863)763-6507
metal frame with computer
desk on bottom. $450, will
separate. 863-634-9622
COMPUTER DESK: Corner, red
oak, with shelves. Excellent
condition. $125.
COUCH & CHAIR: Leather,
cream colored. $100.
CURIO CABINET- wooded, an-
tique, $100 or best offer
DINING RM. SET: Pennsylva-
nia House, Solid Cherry,
Save $1,000's. $1000. or
best offer. (207)557-0557
pc., Cherry w/custom glass
top, 4 side & 2 arm chairs.
$800. 863-447-5173
queen & king, brand new,
still in plastic, $189.
Ctr, DR, BR, access., TV's
VCR's, DVD's, $25-$700 per
item (270)617-1556
temporary. Florida colors
Aqua, Pink & Cream Exc.
cond. $50. (863)467-8681
TV ARMOIRE, Fits up to 32" tv.
Broyhill. $250

GOLF CLUBS: New, complete
set of oversized lite Graphite
19 in all clubs. $150 or trade
for pistol. 772-461-8822

RIFLE: All original AK47. Call
for details. $700

old. Barely used. Paid
$1000, Asking $450.
TREADMILL: Vita Spa, with
Incline, new condition, ask-
ing $150 (863)983-4940

1100 watts, with turn table,
like new condition. $35.

LAMPS (20): $20 takes all!

new, firepit with tables, 4
chairs, all covers incl., $350.

twin, electric w/vibrate & re-
mote. Exc. cond. $2600 new,
asking $800. (863)763-6907

ics, "Cadillac of wheelchairs!"
Immaculate, used very little on
carpet only. Paid $5000, asking
only $1000. 863-357-5988
MOBILITY LIFT, Trustlift Ram,
550 Ibs max capacity,
$3860 new, asking $1850

POWER CHAIR, Pride Jazzy
#1113 w/joystick. Exc. cond.
Small turn radius. New $5800,
Now $1600 (863)763-6907
AL030 Power Tote, for fold-
ing manual wheel chair.
$350 (863)467-0755

CELL PHONE: Cingular,
LGC2000, camera phone,
used but in box w/ chargers.
$50. 863-357-2816
FLAG POLE, Approx. 20 Ft.
Tall. $400. or best offer. You
take down & haul.
KENDON: Single bike stand up
trailer. Good condition.
T850, 81'. Facia & sheet
metal brake. Used very little.
$800. (863)763-5373

CABINET: 77"T x 42"W, 2
solid doors & shelf, $350 or
best offer(561)633-1371
DRUM SET- With double bass
drum. Great for beginner.
$175. (863)357-6930
DRUMS, Ludwig, professional,
5 piece, 5 symbols, double
base pedal, steel driven.
$2400 neg. (863)697-6132

BLE: Oak mica w/4 quality
chairs. $200. Call Mon Frin,
9am-3pm. (863)467-1717

great pets for children over
yrs. Adopters will be
screened. 863-763-7441
FISH TANK: 55 gal, w/ wood-
en stand, Whisper Power fil-
ter, 10lbs stone, tubing & air
pump. $200. 863-801-3344
black males, 1st shots, Heart-
Guard, ready now! $800.
Reg, w/cage, toys and ac-
cessories, asking $600 or
best offer(863)673-3076
No papers. Males $200,
Females $250.863-983-6344
or 561-889-2390 .
UKC, Purple ribbon bred,
Health cert. included. $500
each. (863)467-4149
RING NECK DOVES, (4), nor-
mal color, $30 for all.
SHIH TZU, Male, Adorable, 13
mo. old, Reg. intact, Moving,
must sell. $250. Firm.
ing deposits. Black & White.
1st shots & wormed. $350.
SHIH-TZU PUPPY, Ready 5/2.
$350 (863)697-8256

ABOVE GROUND, 12x24, 2
years old, must disassem-
le. $300 (863)674-0583
HOT TUB: As Is, you haul.
$300. 863-673-1981
HOT TUB: Seats 5-6 people,
needs heating element. $250
or best offer. 863-228-7230

gomery Ward, with accesso-
ries and solid wood cabinet
$225 (863)233-0114
011 =Ai Mil

SKI TUBE: 2 person, tows be-
hind boat. $50.
TREE STANDS (2): For hunt-
Ing. $70 negotiable or will
sell separately.

QUARTER HORSE, Mare, 4 yrs
old, great disposition. Comes
w/companion (sheep).
$2000. (561)798-3674
SADDLE: Sydney treeless,
never used, 15". $350.

BUSH HOG: 6 ft, needs some
work. $100. 863-675-1816
MOWER: Swisher, 44", pull
behind,: 10.5 Briggs & Strat-
ton, runs great, used 24 hrs.
$500 neg. 863-675-1816
psi's whose & wand. $200.
or best offer. (863)675-7504
PUSH MOWER: Craftsman, 6
HRP with grass catcher. $300
or best offer. 863-634-9622
runs great. $250.
Deere SX-85. 13 hp, 30" cut,
Looks & runs great. $400.
Call Joe (863)697-9884
RIDING MOWER- Roper Rally,
runs excellent, asking $250
Rear Engine, 30" cut, $450
ROTOTILLER, Craftsman,
5HPR 17" CRT, self prop. rear
tine, great shape, $250/neg.
239-634-4040 LaBelle.
SCREENHOUSE, 10x10, good
condition, $100.
WEEDEATER: Craftsman Gas
Trimmer, 17", 24cc. $25. or
will trade for running push
mower. (863)697-2033


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

Very clean, 11 miles N. of
Okeechobee. 2BR/1BA.
$590/mo. 1st& security. No
pets. Call only M-F 9a-3p.
city limits, Very clean. $800.
mo. + 1st., last & sec. dep. of
OKEECHOBEE: Completely fur-
nished studio efficiency apt, all
util. $700/mo. 1st, last & sec
dep. Call (863)801-4949.

Immediately, Newly furnished,
New carpet. Pool, Tennis &
Boat dock. 1br,1 ba, $750 +
util. Annual lease
215-359-7779. Really Nice!
Houses -Rent093

3/2/2, $1400/mo, 1st, & sec
Dep. (772)216-4873
BASSWOOD: New home,
3br/2ba, garage, lots of tile,
pets welcome. $1200/mo
Lawrence Associates
BRAND NEW: 3/2/1, Split
plan, patio, master suite, tile,
d/w, w/d hookup, avail. now.
$1250/mo. (561)307-2502

lots of tile, large yard. $1100
per moe. mmed occupancy!
Lawrence Associates
DOUGLAS PARK, (4) individu-
al houses for rent, 4/1,
$725 mo. + $425 sec. dep.
Call about move in special
HOUSE FOR RENT: 2br/1ba by
Kissimmee River. $500/mo.
1st mo & sec dep to move in.
No Dogs! Call 561-746-5852
2 Ba., $1200 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. dep. & refs. Call for more
info. Call Barry 772-216-1461
OKEE., 3BR/2BA Lg-yard.
Horses welcome. 70 W 12mi.
out'of town $800. mo. + 1st,
Last& Sec. (863)634-3262
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
PSL- 3br, 2ba, Double car gar.
In gated community, Pool &
Gym. $975. mo. No dogs.
New 2br, 1ba. 2 acres,
Furnished. Complete lle Lg
Kit. & Ba:r 1$800 iTm +
Electric. (772)597-0964 or
Cell (561)662-9421
TOWN- 2br/2ba, W/D, porch,
lawn serve. Pets considered.
Non smkg. envi. $800. mo.
+ Sec. (941)504-3954 -
Unfurn duplex, Avail. now.,
$700/mo, appl incid, W/D,

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MMATS. $1000. neg.
15", $100 (863)634-6476

new condition. $35.

CRAFTSMAN 25HP 48" deck,
used twice, 2005 model,
$1500. Call 239-540-8078.
set, on a dolly. $450.
DRILL PRESS: Ricon, stand
up, new, still in box, 1 HP,
3/4" chuck. $300.
Good condition. Needs han-
dle, Does work. $25. or best
offer. (863)675-7504
Comm., Elec., On wheels
whose & gun. Works per-
fect. $400. (863)357-1784
SORS (2) 1- 3hp vertical
tank, 1- 2hp 20 gal tank,
$370 or sep (561)676-0427

battery operated, $20 will.
sell separately.

KIRBY G4, 80th Anniversary
Edition, with some attach-
ments, $400.

ADULT DVD's (10): New, only
opened to test. $65 or best
offer. Call (863)634-3783
VCR: Sharp, like new, w/ manu-
al & remote, 36 action movies
& blank tapes. $150 or trade
for gun. 772-461-8822
VIDEO TAPES (10 pack): So-
ny, Hi-8, 8mm, digital, new,
still in box. $75 for all.

bee Co., must be a 1957
plate w/the 57 prefix in good
condition, followed by the
number 57, 270, 283 or
1957. I will pay $250 for one
of the listed tags. Call Dale
collect at (941)795-5701


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment B05
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865



HOMES ON Friday &
Saturday- April 20 & 21
.from 1 to 4:00 p.m.
2 & 3 bedroom 2 bath CBS
homes in gated Palm Creek
estates, canal, lake front
and interior lot homes from
The Okeechobee News has immediate $207,000. Clubhouse, pool.
Sponsored by Century 21.
opportunities for New Independent andoif o nns to
the home of your dreams.
Delivery Agents who want to provide DianeDanremond
,i a I i (863) 467-2100 )BS 357-7789

OFFICE SPACE- large space
for lease. Taylor Creek Build-
ing. (863)447-0416

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 10(05
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
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
Property Inspection106S0
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

BRAND NEW- 3br/2ba, Unique
Cracker style, 1724 total sq
ft, Ig front porch, FlaB Rm,
Laundry, tiled, $1200/mo. 1
yr. all rent pd to be used to-
wards down pymt. Reducing
pdce to $179,100,
3375 NW 40th Dr. Basswood.
BUY NOWI Brand new CBS
4 Bdrm., 2 Ba., 3698 NW 7th
St., $995 mo. $145,000.
OKEECHOBEE: 4 BR, 2 BA., 1/2
Acre, Manufactured Home,
New 40 year roof. New A/C.
New Dry wall. New Carpet.
New Kitchen. New Water
System. New Bathrooms.
$165,000. Owner financing
avail. (863)824-6112
PAHOKEE, Great location. Lg
L/R, 2br, Office, iba, Nice
kit. All new cabinet. Like new
appl. New roof, carport. 2
extra/Ig lots. Lg barn, con-
crete slab to build on.
$165K. Call for info.
How do you find a Job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

800. $2000.863-763-5921
-orses H 0840

ING: 15 years old. $1000.
MARE: 12 yrs old, riding
horse, $850 or best offer.
863-675-2215 Labelle

eAI.eeIntlservice tolur Ue iauers.

ANGLER '82, 21ft, walk
around cuddy, 140hp John-
son, nice boat. Asking
$5,300 (561)670-3636
APACHE '93, 17', fiberglass,
center console, 115hp Evin-
rude outboard, tilt trailer.
$2500 (863)467-4149
AQUA SPORT 1998, 16Ft., 90
hp. Johnson, Top, Trolling
otor, Live Well w/trailer.
$5000 Firm. (863)673-1606
18 Ft. Boat. New bunks &
paint. Good condition. $450.
BAYLINER '86, 19ft., Bowrid-
er, inboard/outboard, Volvo
V8, needs starter. $2000
BOAT, 41" Wide & 109" Long
$30. (863)675-8760
BOATS (2): 16ft cat hole, alum
w/ 50hp evinrude. 12ft alum
v-hole Jon boat w/ 15hp.
$750 will sep. 863-357-2816
CANOE- aluminum, 14ft, Syl-
van, with flat back and all ac-
cessories. $300
CAROLINA SKIFF: '97, 13.6 ft,
flat bottom, 25hp Evinrude, 2
livewells, trailer included.
$2400. 239-595-5804
DELHI BOAT-'74, 14'. w/18XD
Merc outboard motor. Trailer,
Fish finder & Trolling motor
$250. Neg. 863-675-7034
GHEENOE: 15'4", new seats &
trolling motor, trailer, 5hp
Nissan 4 stroke outboard.
$1900 neg. 863-697-9704

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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.

S'" Screen Rooms Carports
Room Additions Florida Rooms 1
Garages Seawalls
Ernest Lancaster (8631634-2044

NAPLES, East Vanderbuilt, To
Ava Maria, possible com-
mercial, 5-10 acres. Call Bob

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots 2-005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2)20

AXLES (5) .& WHEELS (10),
From 14x70 FEMA 2005
trailer, $200 this week.

2BR/1BA SW $590/mo.
2BR/2BA CBS MH $590/mo.
1 Room Cottage $490/moe.
(32ft RVA $490/mo..incl.elec)
1st, last & sec. All Incl. City
Water. 561-346-464646
2 BR 2BA No pets, yearly
lease, $650/mo + $1000 sec.
deposit. 863-763-4031
CABIN- Okeechobee, in Audit
p ark, $500/mo + util, 1st,
st sec dep. (863)763-7164
NEAR 128TH ST: Dble Wide,
4BR/2BA, private on large par-
cel. $1000/mo + 1st, last &
sec. No pets. 863-697-3247
Newly Remodeled,
2BR/1.5BA, w/front edition,
$750 dep., $200 weekly.
441 S.E., appl. & some furn
incld. $600/mo + sec dep &
refs. (863)447-0431
acres, horses & pets wel-
come, $1200/mo. 1st, last &
sec. (863)697-1339
bee, 28ft, $400/mo, 1st &
last dep. Adult Park only.
chobee, Adult park only,
32ft, w/slideout, $600/mo +
until, 1st, last (863)763-7164

1995 Skyline, totally redone
(inside & out), 3br/2ba. Buy-
er must relocate it. Worth
$45k. Sacrifice for $25k.
Owner. 3br/2ba, kitchen appls
incl'd, 28 x 48. 863-234-9617
days or 863-675-3827 nights.
PARK MODEL, $2500. or best
offer. Taking offers through
April 28th. Call
(863)801-9266 to see.
REDUCED! 2/1 Fully furn,
many extras, new CNA/Heat, 40'
decked screen rm, 40' carport,
12x12 shed w/W/D, in adult
park on rim canal w/dock,
'94 or newer, Wind Zone 3
[will move.


Boats j 005
Campers,'RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035


14 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, April 19,2007

KEY LARGO- '03, 16', Center
console, '03- 50hp Mere.,
Galv. trlr. Bimini top. $5900.
(239)633-7173 Ask for Sam
New Canvas Room for pon-
toon with rollup windows &
screens, $500 or best offer.
25HR commercial series, til-
ler steering, rope start, long
shaft. $800.941-755-3588
tracker Party Cruiser. Less
than 100 hrs. Merc 90
pwrArim eng. Clean, Loaded
w/extras. More details
suntracker. $26,000. Neg.
Run with 6.0 sail. Center
board, 12'. Great learning
board. $75. (863)612-1044
SEA CRAFT: 20 ft with
1999 150 Mercury. T-top
and many extras! $15,000.
239-543-4426 or 332-3305
WANTED: 150-200 Mercury
Short Staff Outboard. Any con-
dition. (863)674-0375

CAMPER TOP: Fiberglass,
High rise, fits 01-up Chevy
F/S P/U 8 ft. bed. Pewter col-
or. $400 (863)946-0863
DODGE MINI HOME- '77, 21',
Rebuilt 360 engine.
w/11,000. mi., 68,000mi on
RV. $2500. (402)203-7653

MOTORHOME: 1995 Bounder,
35 ft, Class A gas, 62k mi.
Can be seen at Grandma's
Grove Lot 46. $24,900. Call
REGAL 1982- 34', Set up in
55+ park in Okeechobee.
Needs some work. $3500.
or best offer. (561)575-0522

ROGU '78: Hunter's special!
28', everything goes, must
be moved. $1000.
RV's (7) w/ FL Rms., in quiet
park on Rim Canal. $1500 -
$4500. each. Lot rental from
$200 per mo. avail, w/back-
ground check. No Sub-Let.
Call (941)713-1044

PLAYMOR: 5th Wheel Trailer,
new a/c, tires & fridge, ex-
cellent shape. $3750.

BMW, 1996 K110LT,
22k miles, Aspen Silver,
$5,600. Call 863-697-2065.
HEAD 1977, Runs and Looks
good! $2500. Cash... Trade ?
(239)357-6889 LaBelle area
HONDA VTX: '02, 1800 oc's,
low miles, king / queen seats
& saddlebags. Exc shape.
$7900 neg. 812-9987-2669
SCAFFOLD: On Motorcycle
trailer, two story. $1000.
XR250R K&N '96- air filter,
good tires, new chain &
sprockets, runs good $600
YAMAHA 1982: 1100 cc's,
good condition. $1350 nego-
tiable. 812-987-2669

ATV 90cc, great condition,
only 4 hours of use! $500.
HONDA 400 EX 2002, 4
Wheeler, Jetted & Exhaust,
Adult driven, garage kept.
$3000. (863)763-0449
fairing, with race stand, like
new. $450. 863-216-9905

SUZUKI RM250 '05, Dirtbike.
Mint condition, runs good.
$2400 (863)261-4633
(2) Low hours. Adult Driven.
Both for $6000. or will sep.
Call (863)357-7075
SWAMP BUGGY: Super Hunt-
ing, Chevy, 3/4 ton drive
train, new custom canopy.
$15,000 (772)215-9142


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

CAMARO Z28: '80, 350 auto, pwr
windows, re-upholstered seats.
Runs. Orig. Needs body & eng
work. $1200 (863)634-6601
2 door, Runs and Looks
great. 121 K mis. $2500.
running condition. $1000.
condition. $1200. or best of-
fer. (863)763-7060
FORD ESCORT- '1995, Wag-
on, Runs very good. $1200.
863-675-7758 or
HYUNDAI 1995, $700 or best
offer. (863)467-7721

1 Owner, female, 17K mls.,
Excellent condition. Blue.
$3800 neg. (772)215-0316
Executive Series, Leather,
good cond. $4200 or best
offer. Call (863)763-7854
Runs, $600. 863-509-3028
ask for Erie. LaBelle area
Mint condo n, runs great.
$3000 or best offer.
1995, 4.6L, V8, exc power
train, a/c, new ball joints &
more, $1975.863-465-8135
TOYOTA CAMRY- '92, Nas is,
$1000. Call for info
772-359-2923 or
VW '89, sunroof, good a/c, 4
door, in LaBelle, sacrifice
price $950 (239)297-3270

TRAILER, 48 Ft. w/Thermo
King Unit. Used for storage.
TK unit last started 1 year
ago. $500. (772)321-8960

Tree Boom Attachment. Heavy
Duty. Like new. Asking $1000
,(863)697-2032 Okeechobee

4wd, one owner, $2500 or
best offer. (863)902-9855
TSL Boggers, 12" Mickey
Thompson wheels, $3500.
(239)633-7173 Ask Sam
cab., 4x4, V-6, 5 spd, Light
damage on front. $4500.
(239)633-7173 Ask for Sam

CAR DOLLEY, $200 or best
offer. (863)673-1981 or
20's. $1000. Call for more
info. (863)673-2671
24"x17", Great for Swamp
buggy, hot rod or any vehicle
$100. (863)697-3865
From 1993 Grand Am. $400.
Call 863-467-5401 or
FORD F150: Tailgate, chrome
step, bumper with tail lights.
$350 for all, will sep.
HOOD: Fits 80's 90's Ford
Van, new in box. $75.
MUD TIRES- 4, 16", Brand
new, Goodyear. $150.
OIL COOLER KIT, New, large,
for airboat or GM cars. Re-
duced to $50
Hypertech, for '01 GM
truck/suv, different litres,
$250. (863)697-3865
Rod Lights, 4" fronts, 8"
rears, 28 x 10.5 x 15 slicks.
$1200. 863-216-9905
(2) 425/65R22.5, 80% rub-
ber, $175 for both or will sell
sep (561)676-0427
TIRES- 6, for a Pick-Up truck.
Load Range E 235/84R/16.
90% tread. $450. or best of-
fer. (863)824-0735
TIRES, with rims for Chevy.
New set of 4, P215-65R15
Summit GT $250.
TRUCK CAP- 8ft, fiberglass,
like new, asking $300 or
best offer (401)932-0983
Ft., $300. (863)634-7706

WHEELS- 22.5" Aluminum, 2
driver & 2 rears. Aloco. Hub
piloted. $650.

new. $150. (860)608-2568
CHEVY- '1942, '2004 frame
off from rebuild. 4.3 V6, au-
to. POSI, P/S, P/B, Burgundy
$12,500. (863)805-2877
CHEVY 4X4 '83- 350 eng, 4
speed, 39.5 Super Swam-
pers, $3500 (863)673-0951
long bed, 350 eng, auto, a/c,
strong eng. & trans. $2400
negotiable. (863)697-0241
CHEVY PU '98- ext cab, 4x4,
excellent condition, Asking
$6200 cash (863)763-9214
CHEVY S10: '86, long bed, 4
cylinder, stick. Motor bad but
many new parts. $300 or
best offer. 863-467-6277
FORD 1 TON: 1991. Many,
many extras and many ma-
rine parts for boats. $3000.
239-543-4426 or 332-3305
FORD F150 XL- '02, V-6, Au-
to. Cold A/C, LWB, 113K mi.
$4000. (239)633-7173 Ask
for Sam
10ft, recent carb, start-
er/clutch. Run/drives good.
$1000 neg (203)290-1220
NISSAN '90, 5 spd., 4 cyl.,
$900 or best offer.

FORD BRONCO 111989, A/C &
Stereo, 2wd, standard trans.
$1000. (863)558-4437
GMC SUBURBAN: 1997, runs
& looks good, minor interior
cosmetics. $5000 or best
offer. 239-825-3007
TRAILER- 6'x8', Good shape.
$100. (863)675-8937 La-
Belle area.

JEEP SAHARA: '99, 4x4, 4.0 li-
ter, 6 cylinder, 110k mi, runs
great, a/c, p/s, p/b & extras!

Buying a car? Look In the
classilleds. Selling a
car? Look In the classl-

AXELS (2) 2000 lb w/hubs,
58" centers, 70" face. $100
for both, will sep.
FLATBED TRAILER, 16ft., dual
-axle, brand new tires, electric
brakes, with ramps. $950 or
best offer. (863)634-7210
UTILITY TRAILER, '06, 4x8, tilt
w/reinforced sides. Like new.
Asking $530. (561)670-3636
UTILITY TRAILER: 21' x 7' 6",
Flat Bed, Tandem Axel.
$250. (863)612-5676 Ask
for Charlie.
UTILITY TRAILER: 24' x 7' 7",
2 Ft. Sides. Tandem Axel.
$750. or best offer. Ask for
Charlie (863)612-5676
duty, 5 x 8, with ramp. $625.

Runs great. New battery and
brakes. $1500.
CHEVY G/20 VAN: 1986, V6,
new transmission, complete-
ly gone over, including new
radio. $1995. 863-763-3551
VAN '99: Cold a/c, runs
excellent, 196k. Below blue
book. $2500 (863)763-3451
$2500. (561)723-1690
Okeechobee area

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Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Adams Robinson Enterprises is seek-
ing bid proposals and quotes from
Minority and Women Business En-
terprises (MBE/WBE) subcontrac-
tors and suppliers for the
Okeechobee Utility Authority Waste-
water Treatment Plant Expansion
which bids on Tuesday, April 24,
2007 at 2:00 PM. Plans may be
viewed at Adams Robinson Enter-
prises, 919 West S.R. 436, Suite
210, Altamonte Srings, FL; Central
Florida Builders Exchanges, 340 N.
Wymore Rd., Winter Park, FL; Reed
Construction Data, 30 Technology
Pkwy S., Ste. 500, Norcross, GA;
CDC Plan Room, 8810 Commodity
Circle Ste. 22, Orlando, FL; and
McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge
Plan Room, 5102 W. Laurel St.,
Ste. 500, Tampa, FL.
Submit written proposals until 1:00
P.M. Tuesday April 24, 2007, at
Adams Robinson Enterprises, 2735
Needmore Road, Dayton, OH
45414, Phone (937) 274-5318; Fax
(937 274-8770.
205672 ON 4/19-23/07
Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE,
Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of
stored items on April23,2007.
Owners Unit#
Jody Underhill 116
JuanitaStarrett 619
Everett & Cheryl Rexroad 220
Kathy Wise 413
Bonnie Broadrick 625
Kellle & David Scalf 489
204114ON 4/12,19/07
Join all the people who
say, "I sold It In the clas-

I*ubi Notic

205756 ON 4/19/07

A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 419 Southwest 2nd
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
,.,, rli,, ,ilt lit day of May 2007
S,,.,,T, i,. p.i.1 i 1i A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid tow-
'nr d .:trinF Year, Make, Model &

1995 Gray Cadillac Seville
1994 White Pontiac Grand Am
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final
SNo refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
205760 ON 4/19/07
34972 ON MAY 4, 2007 AT 9:00 A.M.
1989 Lincoln Continental
1971 Ford Kurbmaster Box Truck
205378 ON 4/19/07

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Community Events

Main Street to hold elections
Okeechobee Main Street will hold elections for its board of directors
Wednesday, April 25, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave.
Nominations are being accepted for the positions of: president, vice presi-
dent, secretary, treasurer, design chair, promotions chair, economic
restructuring chair, arts and culture chair and volunteer chair. Nomination
forms are available at the Main Street office, 111 N.E. Second St. For infor-
mation, call Karen Hanawalt, program manager, at (863) 357-6246; or
Paul Mitchell, election chair, at (863) 763-2111.

Cheerleading clinic slated
Planet Cheer is competitive cheer teams for kids ages 5 and up. A clinic
will be held at Kid Space, 818 E.N. Park Street, on Thursday, April 26, from
6:30 until 8 p.m. with tryouts on Saturday, April 28, at noon. For informa-
tion and to get a try-out packet prior to try outs, call (863) 357-4496.

Child CPR class offered by Red Cross
American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave., will conduct an infant/child
CPR class on Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-

OSAC sponsors drug-free concert
As part of Alcohol Awareness Month, the Okeechobee Substance
Abuse Coalition will sponsor a drug-free concert on Friday, April 27, from
8 until 10 p.m. The concert will be held in the Okeechobee Freshman
Campus auditorium, and is open to middle through high school-aged stu-
dents. Students must present their student ID in order to attend. The first
300 students who present their student ID will be admitted. There will be
three bands performing The Eighth Hour Romance, Adoration and
Redneck Rampage snacks and giveaways.

Basinger school reunion planned
A Basinger school reunion will be held Sunday, April 29, starting 11
a.m. There will be a covered dish lunch at 1 p.m. Meat, paper goods and
iced tea will be furnished. Please invite anyone you know who attended
Basinger School. For information call Alta Lee Barber at (863) 634-9735,
or Beedie Mae Thomas at (863) 763-3579.

Main Street hosting fun shoot
Okeechobee Main Street, Inc. will hold a 100 target fun shoot on Satur-
day, May 5, at Quail Creek Plantation. Course opens at 8 a.m. Last shooter
in by 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded and a barbecue lunch will be avail-
able. For information, call (863) 357-6246.

AARP driver's course offered
An AARP driver safety course will be held Saturday, May 5, and Satur-
day, May 12, from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee 'Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Both days must be attended to complete
the course. Tuition of $10 covers course material. Make checks payable to
AARP Driver Safety Program. AARP membership is not a requirement. All
seniors age 55 and over are invited. Consult your auto insurance agent for
your three-year discount upon completion of the class. For information,
call Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-0351.

Driver safety course offered
An AARP driver safety course will be held Tuesday, May 8, and
Wednesday, May 9, from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Okeechobee County
Extension office, 458 U.S. 98 N. Both days must be attended to complete
the course. Tuition of $10 covers course material. Make checks or money
orders payable to AARP Driver Safety Program. No cash please. You do
not have to be a member of AARP to attend these classes. For informa-
tion, call Nell Bostwick at (863) 763-4134.

Masonic Lodge sponsors clay shoot
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge #237, in conjunction with Acacia
Lodge #163 from Stuart, will hold their first sporting clay shoot at Quail
Creek Plantation on Saturday, May 12. Sponsorships are available. Call
Matt Buxton at (863) 357-9992 for applications and information. Proceeds
from the event will go to the club's building fund.

Church to host Youth Day
First Missionary Baptist Church of Dean's Court, on the corner of N.W
Ninth St. and Ninth Ave., will host its first Body and Soul Youth Health Day
on May 12, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Activities will include: motivational
speakers who will discuss a variety of subjects appropriate for teens ages
13-17; a question and answer session; private counseling will be avail-
able; a Spanish and deaf interpreter will be available; and, a health fair.
There is no charge for this event. Please RSVP to Shirlean Graham at
Martha's House (863) 763-2893 by April 30.

Bike rally benefits local charities
Splinter Productions will present an Okeechobee Memorial Day Bike
Rally on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, at Okeechobee Agri-Civic
Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E. Gates open both days from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Events include live music, food, drawings, bike show, contests, vendors,
poker runs and motorcycle events. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets
are $10 per person on Saturday and Sunday. A full weekend pass is $15
per person. A percentage of the proceeds will support Big Lake Missions,
the Pregnancy Resource Center and More 2 Life Ministries. Vendors,
bands, sponsors, parking attendants, cleaning crews and security person-
nel are currently being sought. For information call (863)-634-8980 or
(863) 634-4151; log onto; or by mail at Splinter Pro-

ductions, P.O. Box 623, Okeechobee, FL 34973.

Coalition offers summer program
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will offer a free summer
program, The T'aveling Medicine Show: S.O.S. Students Offering Solu-
tions performance troupe. Thirty youth between the ages of 12-18 will
be trained to perform alcohol/drug prevention skits, write skits and learn
to give presentations. The program will run for six weeks from July 6
through Aug. 10 and there are two sites from which to choose: First Bap-
tist Church and Douglas Park Community Center. For information and an
application, callVal Marone at (863) 462-0040.

SFWMD stages photo contest
The South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Service
Center is seeking Lake Okeechobee area photographs for the 2008 Lake
Okeechobee calendar. Winning images will be published as the featured
monthly photos. Applications will be taken until July31 and entry forms
and complete contest rules are available at -
select Info & Education. This contest is open to amateur photographers
only. Individuals may submit up to three photos. For information, call
(863) 462-5260.

Classes offered to stop smoking
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be offering smoking ces-
sation classes for pregnant-women, women, or family members living in
the household with children 0-3 years old at Florida Community Health
Centers, Inc., 1100 N. Parrott Ave. Call Leah Suarez at (863) 763-1951, ext.
24, for class dates.

Senior Services offering assistance
Okeechobee Senior Services is currently taking applications for the
EHEAEP grant. You must be 60 and over to qualify for assistance with
electric bills and you must have a shut off notice. Call Kim at (863) 462-
5180 for the required documentation needed to apply.

Ladies FOE auxiliary forming
Treasure Island Fraternal Order of Eagles in now forming. Ladies Aux-
iliary members are being sought to sign up as charter members. The time
and place for meetings will be announced. For information call Bill at
(863) 763-1187, or Diana at (863) 357-2009.

Reunion for OHS class of '98 planned
Any and all graduates from the Okeechobee High School class of 1998
are asked to please submit your contact information to Include your maiden name if appropriate,
address, phone number, etc. We are in the process of planning our 10-
year reunion. More details will be published as they are available.

ORE offering special Christmas ornaments
Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE) are offering their second limit-
ed edition Christmas 2007, 24 karat on brass, ornament including a num-
bered certificate with historical information. Ornaments are $15 and pro-
ceeds fund the ORE scholarship. The 2007 ornament will be the
Southland Hotel. The 2006 ornament was the first brick school 1916. A
limited quantity of the 2006 ornaments is available. Those who pur-
chased ornaments last year and would like the same ornament
numbers) and quantity please call one of the following members: Gay
Carlton at (863) 763-5755; Kay McCool at (863) 763-2829; Paulette Whip-
ple at (863) 467-2487; Marion Davis at (863) 763-3991; or, Regina Hamrick
at (863) 763-8865.

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

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

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

Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPL's
Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share pro-
gram is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL corporate
funds. The program provides emergency assistance funds to customers
who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their FPL electric bill. There
are rules and guidelines that must be met to quality. If you are a FPL cus-

tomer and need help call (863) 763-6020 to leave your name and number.
Your call will be returned and an interview will be done over the phone to
determine if you qualify. Interviews with your local Salvation Army are by
appointment only, no walk ins are accepted.

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

Martha's House offers workshop
Martha's House will offer a workshop called Deafening Silence, which
deals with providing services' to deaf and hard of hearing survivors of
domestic violence. The date and time will be announced at a later date
according to community interest and response. Contact Shirlean Graham
at (863) 763-2893.

Healthy Start group seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is accepting donations of baby items such
as furniture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and other items
for infants and toddlers. Proceeds from the sale of donated items will be
used to benefit infants and pregnant women in the community. For infor-
mation, call (863) 462-5877.

Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of Okee-
chobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and are good for
one year at selected businesses. Cards can be purchased at CarQuest, 300
N.W. Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. Proceeds will go
toward youth activities in our community.

Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch offers a basic HIV/AIDs
instruction course that complies with Florida employment requirements
for individuals working in various vocations. This is a self-study course
that includes text work and the successful completion of a multiple
choice written test. The cost of the course is $15. Call the local Red Cross
office at (863) 763-2488 for information.

Volunteers needed at skate park
Communities in Schools is in need of volunteers to help man the skate
park during concession hours. Hours are available any day of the week.
We will provide training and background screenings. For information,
contact Mike Davis, youth project director, at (863) 462-5863.

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

Children's ranch plans yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard sales on
Thursday and Friday, every week from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For information,
call (863) 763-4242.

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and advo-
cate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs. Volunteers
are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Local meetings are
held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort Pierce. Call Penina Pop-
per at (800) 342-0825 for information; or, visit

YMS collecting printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS) is collecting empty printer and copy
toner cartridges. They are sent in for credits that go toward school sup-
plies to be used by all students. To donate empty printer or toner car-
tridges, they can be dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W 23rd Lane, or at The
Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave. Or call Tracy at (863) 462-5056, or Linda
at (863) 467-1484 for free pick up.

Childbirth education classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will hold childbirth education
classes at the Florida Community Health Center, 308 N.W. Fifth Ave. For
information, call the Healthy Start office at (863) 462-5877.

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering par-
enting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women and par-
ents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive a gift. This
adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-hour classes. You must
attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion. No child care will be
available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.

Center offers parenting classes
The Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505 S. Parrott Ave., Suite D, offers a
continuous ten-week free parenting class on Mondays from 7 until 8 p.m.
at New Endeavor High School, 575 S.W 28th St. The school is located
across the street from Osceola Middle School. For information, call Al
Jaquith at (863) 462-5000, ext. 282, or (863) 763-0437.

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