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Vol. 98 No. 128 Tuesday, May 8,2007 504 Plus tax


SFWMD web site
offers water info
Due to the extreme water
shortage situation in South
Florida, water restrictions
have been placed throughout
the region based on impact to
the resource and they vary
from one area to the next.
The South Florida Water
Management District
(SFWMD) recently imple-
mented an interactive option
on their web site at that allows
residents to enter their zip
code to find the water restric-
tions for their area.
As the web site was initially
being developed, some of the
links to the zip codes in the
Okeechobee area incorrectly
indicated that groundwater
wells in the area were also
under mandatory restrictions.
Although everyone is strongly
encouraged to conserve
water, the use of groundwater
wells is not restricted at this
For information, contact
the SFWMD Okeechobee Ser-
vice Center at (863) 462-5260
or (800) 250-4200.

Locks closing
due to low water
Beginning Friday, April 27,
the navigation locks at J&S,
Henry Creek, Lakeport and
Buckhead Ridge will be
closed due to lowwater levels.
The locks will remain
closed until the water levels
come back up.

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 fire-
works. The ban will be in
effect until further notice.
Violation of the burn ban is
punishable by a fine not
exceeding $500, imprisonment
in the county jail for a term not
exceeding 60 days, or both.
A burn ban has also been
issued for the City of Okee-
For information, contact
Okeechobee County Fire/Res-
cue at (863) 763-5544 during
normal working hours.

Drought Index
Current: 615
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban:

Lake levels

9.46 feet

Lake level
Last Year:
13.20 feet
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given In
feet above sea level.)

Classifieds . . .10-12
Comics . . . . . .9
Community Events ... .4
Crossword . . . . .10
Obituaries ..........3
Opinion ...........4
Speak Out . . . ..4
Sports . . . . . . .5
TV .............. 11
Weather . . . . . ..2

See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
Community Links. Individual Voices.

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County to make offer to ARC

try to settle
building dispute

Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At last, the end may be in
sight in the dispute between the
Association of Retarded Persons
(ARC) and Okeechobee County.
The Okeechobee County
Board of County Commission-

.ers voted 4-1 Monday morning
to approve a proposed agree-
ment that would give ARC 24
months to take and award bids
and restore their old building.
Commissioner Elvie Posey
was the lone dissenting vote.
For -over two years the com-
missioners and ARC have been
at odds as to whether or not
ARC is in default of their 99-year
lease of the old county hospital
building on N.W. Second Street.
Because of damage to the

building from the 2005 hurri-
canes, ARC moved their opera-
tions to a location in Cedar Plaza
with the express intent of
rebuilding the old hospital
building. They received a Feder-
al Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) grant for that
It is the county's position that
ARC defaulted on the lease
because they abandoned the
building and did not maintain
required insurance.

Despite rain: Drought continues

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As the regional drought worsens, more and more of the canals leading to Lake Okee-
chobee are drying up. The lock at J&S Fish Camp has been closed and vegetation is tak-
ing over the canal.

More and more of the lake bottom is beginning to look like a desert as the ground dries
up and cracks from lack of moisture.

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Alligators like this big guy line the -banks of Nubbin Slough. Alligators have become
more visible since the water level has dropped. Nubbin's Slough has become an attrac-
tion for alligator watching and picture taking. Remember, it is against the law to molest
these animals in any way.

ARC's position is that they
have not abandoned the proper-
ty, only temporarily relocated,
and that they had notified the
county that they dropped their
County attorney John Cassels
recently met with ARC lawyers
as a last ditch effort to avoid
legal action. After two-and-a-
half hours of discussion, they
reached a proposed settlement
which he presented to commis-
sioners at their May 7 meeting.

The proposed agreement
was a simple two page docu-
ment with the first page contain-
ing the text of the agreement
and the second page reserved
for signatures
Mr. Cassels said the proposed
agreement addressed two major
legal concerns. The first con-
cern was that the building be
repaired and reoccupied in
accordance with all building
See Dispute Page 2

City faces

lawsuit over

staff mistake

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
A lawsuit has been filed
against the City of Okeechobee
by Centennial Builders of Lee
County due to a staff mistake
and a mandatory denial of an
application to erect a billboard.
The proceedings surround-
ing this lawsuit were evident on
Thursday, Feb. 15, when the
City Planning Board/Board of
Adjustment and Appeals denied
an administrative appeal con-
cerning a billboard sign in the
Central Business District (CBD).
At that time, the board heard

from attorney Steven Ramunni
who represents- Centennial
Builders of Lee County, the
developers of the billboard,
concerning an administrative
appeal about a building permit
that was issued to them on July
12, 2006, by city building official
Thomas Forbes.
According to the application,
the permit was for a commer-
cial billboard in an industrial
zoning district by applicant
Maryann Newcomer and con-
tracted by the Lee County com-
pany. The project was to be
See Lawsuit Page 2

Child hurt

in auto crash;

driver charged

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A 23-year-old Lorida man
was arrested after his alleged
involvement in a traffic acci-
dent that resulted in the injury
of a 3-year-old child who was
reportedly not secured in a
child restraint seat at the time.
Isaias Herrera Gomez,
Underhill Road, was arrested
by Deputy John Ashby of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) early Sunday,
May 6. Gomez was booked
into the Okeechobee County

Jail on a felony charge of cul-
pable negli-
gence and a
charge of no
valid driver's
license. His :
bond was
set at $3,000.
was also isais
issued traffic Gomez
citations for
no driver's license, failure to

See Charged Page 2

Signs warn offenders from public facilities

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
The movements of certain
registered sexual offenders
have become even more
restricted with the placing of
signs throughout the county
that ban them from those
places where kids under the
age of 16 may be present.
The ordinance applies to
those offenders who are on
probation and under the super-
vision of the Department of
Correction (DOC), and fall
under the 1,000-foot rule. That
rule basically states that the
offender cannot be within 1,000
feet of where children congre-
gate such as a playground,
bus stop or day care center.
However, when the Okee-
chobee County Board of Coun-
ty Commissioners approved the
ordinance they changed that
requirement from 1,000 feet to

According to the Okee-
chobee Count Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), .the ordinance that
was adopted on Nov. 21, 2006,
will affect 22 of the registered
offenders in the county that are
currently under some type of
DOC supervision.
On Feb. 20, 2007, the City of
Okeechobee also adopted such
an ordinance. However, they
elected to keep the 1,000-foot
Of County Ordinance 2006-
08, Okeechobee County Sheriff
Paul May said it is a good ordi-
"I think everything about it is
good," he said Monday, May 7.
"It gives us the teeth to remove
them from places where chil-
dren are known to congregate."
The ordinance came about
after a group of 49 concerned
parents and homeowners met
with Sheriff May on Sept. 26,
2006. The parents were con-
cerned about a group home for

registered sex offenders in Dixie
Ranch Acres.
Because there were a num-
ber of small children in the
neighborhood, the parents
were afraid for their safety.
The home was being operat-
ed by Matthew 25 Ministries in
Lake Worth. The ministry is
operated by Reverend Richard
Witherow and provides coun-
seling and programs for sexual
Those parents and Sheriff
May then met with the commis-
sioners at their Sept. 28, 2006,
meeting about the home.
"I have a problem with this
in a residential neighborhood,"
Sheriff May told the five com-
missioners. --
After a lengthy discussion,
the board voted 5-0 to have
county attorney John Cassels
draw up an ordinance that
would prohibit two or more
See Offenders Page 2


It is unlawful for a person designated as a
residence restricted sexual offender, as defined in
Okeechobee County Ordinance 2006-08, Secton
47-1 (8), to knowingly be present at this public
facility, when a child under the age of sixteen (16)
years is present, unless the residence restricted
sexual offender is the parent or legal guardian of
a child present at this public facility.

Okeechobee Couiay Ordinance 2006-08, Section 47-5

Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
Signs prohibiting certain registered sexual offenders from
public facilities where children under 16, such as this one at
the Okeechobee Count Public Library, were put up late last

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registered sexual offenders from
living together in one house
unless they are in a conventional
marriage with children.
Mr. Cassels told the board he
wasn't sure if the ordinance
would withstand a legal chal-
"This is a difficult issue
because the crime is so heinous,"
he told the board. "The problem
you're going to run into is that
there are certain liberal organiza-
tions that are looking for that one
case. Then, you will get to spend
hundreds of thousands of dollars
to defend the ordinance. But, we
can certainly try it. It just depends
on how aggressive you want to
Once the attorney had drawn
up the mandate and it had gone
through the proper public read-
ings, the commissioners
approved it.
The signs that were put up last
week warn offenders that it is
unlawful for restricted sexual
offenders "... to knowingly be
present at this public facility
when a child under the age of 16
years is present, unless the resi-
dence restricted sexual offender
is the parent or legal guardian of a
child present at this public facili-

Continued From Page 1
maintain a single lane, open con-
tainer and no child restraint.
The child was airlifted to St.
Mary's Hospital in West Palm
Beach. OCSO Lieutenant Billy
Markham said Monday afternoon
the toddler may require surgery.
According to Deputy Asby's
report, Gomez was westbound in
the 11000 block of S.R. 70 W. in a
1996 GMC pickup truck around
11:45 p.m. Saturday night when
he crossed the center line and
collided with an oncoming vehi-
cle. The report goes on to state
that neither the child nor Gomez
were wearing seat belts.
The toddler was ejected from
the truck and, according to
Deputy Ashby's report, sustained

Continued From Page 1
codes. The second concern was
if ARC would make use of the
Mr. Cassels went on to say
that every day the property in
question is not used for a public
purpose is a waste.
He said according to the pro-
posed agreement, ARC would
repair the building in accor-
dance with building codes and
occupy it within 24 months. In
return, the county would dismiss
the pending litigation and coop-
erate with ARC in getting per-
"The proposed stipulation is
really the best settlement the
county staff feels it can negotiate
if ARC re-occupied the building,"
he said.
The county attorney said that,
politically, board .needed to
determine if this proposed
agreement was the action they
wanted to take.
Mr. Cassels referred to an
inspection of the building the
county had conducted last fall.
He said the engineer had con-
cerns about the structural condi-
tion of the building. He said the
county would provide these
engineering reports to ARC to
assist them in rebuilding. -
ARC would have a 24 month

Sheriff May said a list of these
restricted offenders has been
given to his dispatchers to help
the public if they think an offend-
er is at one of these public facili-
"We know who can or can't
go to these parks," he said.
The dispatchers can be
reached by calling (863) 763-
Included in the list of 16 pro-
hibited areas are the: Okee-
chobee County Agri-Civic Center;
Basinger Civic Center; Douglas
Brown Center; Okeechobee
County Public Library; Lock 7
beach and pier; Okeechobee
softball complex; Okeechobee
sports complex; Platt's Bluff
Recreation Area; Okee-Tantie
Marina; Scott Driver Park; and,
the recreation park at 300 N.W.
Sixth Ave.
If anyone has any questions
about the county ordinance or
registered sexual offenders in
Okeechobee County, they are
urged to contact either Michelle
Bell or Connie Curry at the sher-
iff's office. Their number is (863)
There is currently a total of 114
registered sexual offenders in
Okeechobee County, but this
ordinance only applies to the 22
mentioned earlier.

a possible broken leg.
While at the scene, the deputy
had Okeechobee County
Fire/Rescue personnel take a
blood sample from Gomez. The
deputy's report states that there
was an open beer bottle in the
truck and the "... defendant had
a strong odor of an alcoholic bev-
erage upon his person."
Lt. Markham said it will be a
minimum of 30 days before the
result of the blood test will be
Deputy Ashby also stated in
his report that Deputy Mark
Margerum, also of the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office,
had stopped Gomez in the GMC
pickup on Oct. 23, 2006. As a
result of that traffic stop, Deputy
Margerum issued the man a crim-
inal citation for no valid driver's

window to get plans, award bids
and complete the project.
Mr. Cassels stated that ARC
was insistent that no timetable
for completed actions be placed
within the 24 month time limit.
The proposed agreement
calls for ARC to restore the build-
ing in accordance with applica-
ble building codes. The county
attorney stated that how they
accomplish it and how they fund
the construction is up to them.
He said no monetary stipula-
tion was offered at this time.
"Just give them what they ask
for," was the opinion of Com-
missioner Clif Betts.
In casting his dissenting vote,
Commissioner Posey said he has
seen no changes in the situation
since two years ago when com-
missioners agreed to let the
court system decide if ARC was
in default.
On April 13, 2006, commis-
sioners offered to buy out the
reminder of ARC's 99-year lease
for $150,000. ARC rejected that
offer. Mr. Posey felt they could
have taken this offer plus their
FEMA grant and purchased land
and built a suitable building. He
expressed concern about the
condition of the building, espe-
cially with hurricane season
upon us again.
ARC attorney Bill Winkle had
no comment.

Man charged with

escaping from jail

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Freedom for an accused
escapee from the Okeechobee
County Jail Monday was brief as
the man was
arrested within
six minutes of -
leaving the
facility y.
Mario 27, '
Jaimes, 27,
S.W 18th Ave.,
was in the
county jail Mario
awaiting trans- Jaimes
fer to a state
prison after
being sentenced on April 26 on a
charge of possession of a firearm
by a convicted felon. Jaimes was
sentenced to 14 years.

Continued From Page 1
located at 701 S.W. Park St.
At that Planning Board meet-
ing, city attorney John Cook and
Mr. Ramunni heard the facts
from city General Services Coor-
dinator Betty Clement and Mr.
Forbes recorded the dates, times
and what happened on the per-
mit forms.
Mrs. Clement and Mr. Forbes
testified errors were made on the
city's behalf in approving this
permit. At issue is an error by city
staff that indicated the property
was in the industrial zoning
instead of the central business
district where additional signs
are prohibited, according to LDR
Sec 90-567(4).
Mrs. Clement stated that she
had written the portion of the
application that indicated indus-
trial zoning. She went on to detail
the process she goes through in
reaching the zoning determina-
tion. She said she: "...types in the
parcel id in the property apprais-
er's website and pull up the
description, get the block and lot
number so I can check the zon-
ing map..."
When Mrs. Clement looked
up the parcel, which is located in
block 161 of the city, she mistak-
enly thought it was located in the
adjacent area where there is a
strip of industrial zoning where
the old railroad bed was located.
This permit application was
also signed and dated June 29,
2006, by the independently con-
tracted building inspector Mr.
Mr. Forbes stated that "at that
time (of the application) it (the
parcel in question) appeared to
be industrial and we approved
the application."
An additional document from
the Florida Department of Trans-
portation (FDOT) was also
signed by Mr. Forbes dated Aug.
2, 2006. This document was

He is now charged with the
felony of escape from a detention
facility, and is being held without
According to an Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
report by Deputy Bryan Lowe,
Jaimes was a trustee at the jail. At
6:21 a.m. Jaimes took out the
trash but did not return to the
facility at 504 N.W. Fourth St.
Several units from both the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment and the sheriff's office
began searching for the alleged
Deputy Lowe located Jaimes
at 6:27 a.m. Monday walking on
N.W. Second St. toward N.W. 11th
Ave. Although the man was not
wearing a shirt, the deputy's
report states that Jaimes was
wearing jail-issued blue pants and
white shoes.

completed by Mr. Forbes and the
applicant and states that the zon-
ing is CBD.
Mr. Forbes said he was not
doing a building plan review as
part of the FDOT application, and
that he did not "put two and two
together." Mr. Forbes did not real-
ize that this was an error, as bill-
boards are not permitted within
a CBD.
It was not known that there
was a problem until Nov. 13,
2006, when Mrs. Clement noti-
fied Mr. Forbes that they had
issued a permit for a billboard
within a CBD.
They both then prepared a let-
ter to rescind the permit accord-
ing to LDR Sec 70-303 which
states "permits issued on the
basis of incorrect information on
the application or in error, shall
be voided. The applicant shall be
notified in writing that the permit
is void."
Mr. Cook stated at that board
meeting that "(Section) 70-303
requires rescinding the permit if
the application was issued upon
bad information from the appli-
cant or by error and according to
testimony it was permitted in
The city's liability insurance
will be covering the lawsuit. They
are being represented by attor-
ney Robert Shearman of the firm
Henderson- Franklin Attorneys in
Ft. Myers.
Mr. Cook said process by
which the lawsuit will go is two
fold: first for declaratory relief,
which means that they will be
seeking from a judge a determi-
nation or interpretation of what
the city's ordinance actually
means; and secondly, damages
for monies incurred from relying
on this ordinance and permit
which could include engineering
costs, design, any ordered mate-
rials and leasing of the property.
Responses from Mr. Ramunni
and Mr. Shearman were not
received as of newspaper dead-

Community Events

Blood donors are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors in Okeechobee.
The mobile unit will be at the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave.,
on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The
month of August may be skipped. For information, call (863) 382-4499.
All blood types are needed. There is no upper age limit, and most med-
ications and conditions are acceptable. Diabetes and blood pressure
donations can also be accepted. A picture ID is needed for all donors.
Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., has services avail-
able at no charge to help people in their search for the right employee
or job. For more, visit their web site at; or, call (863)
CAP looking for senior and cadet members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Aux-
iliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Composite
Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and cadets
are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18
are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit and
provide supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of the Civil
Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace education and cadet pro-
grams. Senior members and cadets work side by side to accomplish
these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior
member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Opera-
tions Center, (863) 763-3212.
Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If
you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop
them off at their administrative office at 103 N.W Fifth St.
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also look-
ing for a volunteer to become the director and a board member of The
Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with the pub-
lic and should be able to seek support from city and county officials,
business executives and other organizations. Work days and hours are
flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.
Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic
education/GED and English as a second language classes at these loca-
tions: Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave., English as second
language classes, Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon,
adult basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.
until 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Yearling Middle
School, 925, N.W 23 Lane, English as a second language classes, Mon-
day -Wednesday 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725
S.E. Eighth St., English as a second language classes, Tuesday and
Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.


Mother's Appreciation Brunch slated
OKEECHOBEE A Touch of Elegance is planning a Mother's
Appreciation Brunch on Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Okeechobee Shrine Club, 1855 S.W 53rd St.
Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for children under the age of 10.
For tickets or information contact Lorayne at (863) 610-3373, Kathy
at (863) 763-8072 or Paul Buxton at (863) 763-1994.

Republican Party plans annual dinner
OKEECHOBEE The Republican Party of Okeechobee will host
its annual Lincoln Day dinner on Friday, May 18, at the Shrine Club on
S.R. 78.
Social time will be from 6 until 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
This year's keynote speaker will be Charles Bronson, commission-
er of agriculture.
Tickets are $50 per person. To sponsor a table for this event call Joe
Arnold at (863) 610-1639 or Dick Ahrens at (863) 467-5910.
Tickets will only be sold at the door if they are not all pre-sold.
Cracker barbecue and dance planned
HIGHLANDS COUNTY There will be a Cracker barbecue at the
historic Pearce homestead, located in eastern Highlands County at the
corner of U.S. 98 and C.R. 721, on Saturday, May 19, from 3 until 7 p.m.
Storyteller Judge Nelson E. Bailey will perform from 3:30 until 4:30
p.m. He will be followed by the barbecue dinner and The Jerry Mincey
Admission is $25 per person,, or $50 per couple. Reservations are
To register, contact Loisa Kerwin by phone at (863) 462-0025; or, by
e-mail at
Team roping, barbecue to benefit boy
OKEECHOBEE A team roping, barrel race, barbecue and auc-
tion will be held to benefit Jared Pearce, the 8-year-old son of Mark and
Paula Pearce.
Jared has been diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa and Stargardt
which is affecting his peripheral and central vision.
The event will be held Saturday, May 26, at the Okeechobee Cattle-
men's Arena on U.S. 441 N.
Sign up for team roping will begin at 7:30 a.m. for an entry fee of
$35; sign up for barrel race begins at 9 a.m. for entry fee of $30. A bar-
becue will begin at 11:30 and tickets are $7. An auction will be held a 1
For information call Kim Wolff at (863) 261-5423; Suzanne Trimble
at (863) 447-6048; or, Brian Trimble at (863) 634-2810. For barbecue
information, contact Mark Slate at (863) 634-3963.

Today's Weather

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Okeechobee Forecast

Tuesday: Partly cloudy with the high in the lower 80s. The wind will
be from the northwest at 5 to 10 mph, increasing to 10 to 15 mph in
the afternoon.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the mid 50s. The wind
will be from the west at 5 to 10 mph.
Extended Forecast
Wednesday: Partly cloudy with the high in the mid 80s. The wind will
be from the southwest at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the lower 60s.
Thursday. Partly cloudy with a slight chance of afternoon showers and
thunderstorms. The high will be in the mid 80s. The chance of rain is
20 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the mid 60s.
Friday: Partly sunny with the high in the upper 80s.
Friday night: Partly cloudy with the low in the upper 60s.
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Time to barbecue: 'You grill girl!'

One of my very favorite parts
of hotter weather is the incessant
use of the barbecue or grill as we
call it in the South. And even
though it's still technically spring,
it's warming up enough to get
outside and cook like you mean
The key to successful grilling is
understanding the grill so your
food is always cuedd to perfec-
tion. So to do that, here are Five
Easy Ways To Improve Your
1 Some Like It Hot. When
using a barbecue, whether it is
gas or charcoal, it is imperative to
preheat the grill. You cannot put
the food on a cold grill and start
that way for the same reasons
you don't stick food in an oven
that hasn't been preheated it
messes up the cooking time and
the way it should cook. Don't do
2 Cool Tools. You just might
want to check out your favorite
hardware store so you can try
some new fun barbecue imple-
ments. There are some wonder-
ful grilling accessories that you
just cannot live without. One is a
hole-y wok. That's right ... big
holes in a flat bottomed wok. I
grilled the most incredible stir
fried squash in one of those
things. It was easy sliced zuc-
chini, summer squash and a little
oil and garlic tossed together in
the bowl got thrown into that
wok and those vegetables were
amazing. Think of the possibili-

I also purchased a flat hole-y
cookie sheet looking thing. That
is how I cook my fish without los-
ing it through the grill slats.
3 More Cool Tools. Don't
forget when you fire up the "bar-
bie," you will be needing some
good grilling tools. I used to use
my kitchen spatula till the one
day I burned the hair off my arm
when I was turning chicken and
that was enough to convince me.
Use real grilling tools and spend a
few dollars on some nice ones.
Lousy tools give you lousy results.
4 The Brush Off. Don't for-
get to get a good wire brush to
clean the grill, too. Keeping the
grill immaculate will improve
what you're eating immensely.
"Burning off" the old food only
works to a degree you need
the brush!
5 Use Marinades. Mari-
nades infuse themselves into
foods and makes for a delicious
choice for healthy cooking. Mari-
nades also tenderize and turn
even the most mundane piece of
meat or poultry into something
exotic and full of flavor.
To make your own marinades,
remember you need these ele-
Oil: Any type will do, but I pre-
fer a higher burning oil like sun-
flower or peanut oil.
Acid: You can use wine, citrus

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
Eric Adger, 18, Navajo Ave.,
Fort Pierce, was arrested May 2 by
Deputy Timothy A. Higgins on a St.
Lucie County warrant charging
him with the sale/delivery of
cocaine within 1,000 feet of a
church. His bond was set at
Archie Lee Smith, 49, N.E.
16th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed May 4 by Deputy Roy Gilchrist
on a felony charge of burglary, and
a misdemeanor charge of criminal
mischief. His bond on the burglary
charge was set at $2,500. He was
released on his own recognizance
on the criminal mischief charge.
Michael Prescott Brantley, 42,
S.W. 10th Ave., Okeechobee, was

arrested May 4 by Deputy P. Mas-
sung on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with burgla-
ry and grand theft auto. His bond
was set at $17,500.
Rudy Isabel Lopez, 30,
Orange Avenue, Fort Pierce, was
arrested May 4 by Special Agent
Larry Cambi from the Florida
Department of Environmental Pro-
tection on a charge of unautho-
rized possession of a driver's
license. His bond was set at $2,000.
Larry B. Jones, Jr., 42,
Appaloosa Trail, Zephyrhills, was
arrested May 4 by DOC's Mac L.
Jonassaint on a charge of violation
of probation sexual battery on a
child. His bond was set at $25,000.
Michael Casey Platt, 25, S.W
Third St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed May 5 by the OCPD on felony
charges of armed trespass of a
structure or conveyance and false
imprisonment. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor of
domestic battery. His bond was set
at $4,000. ,
Richard Lawrence Watson,
31, N.W 363 Court, Okeechobee,

was arrested May 5 by Deputy
Michael Hazellief on an Okee-
chobee County warrant charging
him with failure to appear driving
while license suspended with pri-
ors and failure to appear con-
tempt. He is being held without
Jeffrey Todd Forrester, 34,
Okeechobee, was arrested May 5
by Deputy Michael Hazellief on a
charge of driving while license sus-
pended habitual offender. His
bond was set at $1,000.
*Anne Marie Sales, 31, U.S. 441
S.E., Okeechobee, was arrested
May 5 by Detective Rick Durfee on
a warrant charging her with viola-
tion of probation obtaining a pre-
scription by fraud (two counts).
Her bond was set at $20,000.
Mitchell Allen Williams, Jr.,
45, Half Mile Road, Plant City, was
arrested May 5 by Deputy Joseph
Hall on a charge of possession of
cocaine. His bond was set at
James Jeffrey Delk, 45, S.E.
25th Drive, Okeechobee, was
arrested May 5 by Deputy Matthew

Hurst on a charge of battery. His
bond was set at $1,500.
Krista Marie Oregero, 43,
Maine St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed May 5 by Deputy Corporal
Randy Thomas on a felony charge
of grand theft of a motor vehicle,
and misdemeanor charges of pos-
session of marijuana under 20
grams and possession of drug
paraphernalia. Her bond was set at
William Robert Bell II, 31,
Redwing Drive, Spring Hill, was
arrested May 6 by Deputy Joseph
Hall on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion of probation providing false
information to defraud. His bond
was set at $5,000.
This column lists arrests and not
convictions, unless otherwise stat-
ed. 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.

The Dinner
,S-2 Diva

f / Leanne

fruit or vinegar.
Seasonings: The world is wide
open on this one from your
own special blend of herbs and
spices to soy sauce, and every-
thing in between.
Here's a great recipe using a
marinade for you to try from my
first book, "Saving Dinner:"
Marinated Flank Steak
Serves 6
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup soy sauce (low sodi-
um if available)
1/2 cup red wine
3 cloves garlic pressed
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- crumbled
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2 pounds flank steak
In a large, plastic zipper
topped bag, mix together the
honey, soy sauce, and red wine,
garlic, rosemary, chili powder
and pepper. Add the flank steak
and marinate overnight .in the
fridge. Make sure you turn it at
least once in the marinating
Light the barbecue and let the
coals get medium hot. Grill the
steak for 7 minutes per side for,
medium rare, or to desired done-
ness. Let stand 10 minutes before
slicing very thin against the grain.
Per Serving : 315 Calories; 12g
Fat (35.1% calories from fat); 23g
Protein; 26g Carbohydrate; trace
Dietary Fiber; 58mg Cholesterol;
1465mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0
Grain(Starch); 3 Lean Meat; 1/2
Vegetable; 1/2 Fat; 1 1/2 Other
Serve with steamed broccoli,
corn on the cob and a big green
always use tempeh and marinate
it for an hour or so. I'd add some

hardy veggies like zucchini, yel-
low squash onion and cherry
tomatoes and marinate the
whole bunch, thread them on
bamboo skewers and enjoy!
For more help putting dinner
on your table check out her Web
site or
her "Saving Dinner" book series
published by Ballantine and her
New York Times Best Selling
book "Body Clutter," published
by Fireside. Copyright 2007;
Leanne Ely; Used by permission
in this publication.

I heard about a super salesman
who made a million dollars com-
mission on one sale. The time he
spent closing the deal was two
I haven't calculated the exact
amount of
S money this
man made,
but it was
somewhere in
j the vicinity of
$8,-333 per
1' minute. There
are many peo-
ple who work
y a full year and
By Paul make less than
Buxton this man made
in a single
This story is the ultimate in suc-
cess, if you classify success as mak-
ing money.
There are a lot of people in the
world who believe success comes
to a person in forms others than
monetary. In true friends, loving
neighbors, good health -- just plain
It would be nice to have a mil-
lion dollars. There are people who
don't have any money and have
riches beyond the millionaire's
fondest .dreams. These wealthy
poor people are among the finest
on the earth.
Thought to Remember: When
you count your blessings, look
beyond your money.

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Wayne Snyder
Wayne Snyder, 58, of Okee-
chobee, died May 7, 2007, at his
home. Mr. Snyder was born Aug.
26, 1948, in
Ky. to Lawrence
and Bessie (
Model Snyder.
He was a tech-
nician at Gilbert
Chevrolet for 18 .
years. Mr. Sny- :,
der came to
Okeechobee in Wayne
1988 from Snyder
Greenville, Ky.
where he was a member of the
Friendship Missionary Baptist
Church. He loved golfing and
NASCAR racing. He married
Dorothy Bolton in 1988.
Mr. Snyder is survived by: his
wife, Dorothy Bolton Snyder of
Okeechobee; son, Richard Bolton
of Beechmont, Ky.; daughter,
Deanna Cheney of Okeechobee;
three grandchildren; and, brother,

Jimmy Snyder of Greenville, Ky,
Visitation will be from 4 until 7
p.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2007, at
Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be in
Greenville, Ky. with interment at
Friendship Cemetery in Greenville,
Friends may sign the guest book
at www.bassokeechobeefuneral-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory. 205
N.E. Second St., Okeechobee.

Russell Asa Penick
Russell Asa Penick, 81, of Land
0' Lakes died Sunday, May 6, 2007,
at the James A. Haley VA Hospital.
He was born in Williamstown,
Ky. to Russell Roy and Hallie Grace
(Phillips) Penick and was raised in
Dayton, Ohio. He moved to Florida
from Ohio in 1972. He moved to
Land 0' Lakes in 2003 from Okee-
chobee leaving his caring friends,
Dick and Jane Cisco to reside at

Baldomero Lopez State VA Nursing
Home in Land 0' Lakes, where he
was touched by a cheerful staff. He
retired as a military policeman Staff
Sgt. from the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by:
his siblings, Bill, Bea, Helen, Liz,
Aileen, Norma Henry and cuz Don.
Mr. Penick is survived by: two
brothers, Phillip Wilson and War-
ren Lee; and, many nieces and
He will be inurned at Florida
National Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the
care of Loyless Funeral Home,
5310 Land 0' Lakes Blvd., Land 0'
Lakes, Fla.

Merle E. Scherer
Merle E. Scherer, 84, of Okee-
chobee, died Saturday, May 5,
2007, at Raulerson Hospital in
Born May 19, 1922, in Scipio,
Ind., he had been a resident of
Okeechobee since 1982. He served
in the United States Army during

World War II and was a member of
the Buckhead Ridge Christian
Mr. Scherer is survived by: his
wife of 43 years, Hazel E. Scherer of
Okeechobee; sons, C. Douglas
Scherer of Anderson, Ind., R. Dallas
Scherer of Walling, Tenn., P. Dean
Scherer of Frankton, Ind. and Jef-
frey D. Reeves of Noblesville, Ind.;
daughters, Diana R. Holland of
Anderson, Ind., Darlene R. Sneed
of Cicero, Ind., and Lois A. Fry of
Westfield, Ind.; 19 grandchildren;
18 great-children; and, three great-
Services will be held Tuesday,
May 8, 2007, at the Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church at 7 p.m. with
Pastor David Robertson officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial con-
tributions can be made to Hospice
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.



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WHAMPOA: Are you all contacting your representatives in Washing-
ton regarding the Hutchison Whampoa, Ltd. of China with their inten-
tions of flooding the U.S. markets with more cheap products that under-
cut American prices? They are being shipped to Mexico and trucked to
the U.S. on uninspected trucks and undercutting our prices and endan-
gering everyone on the highways.
HR219: Will everyone reading this contact your representative in
Washington? He needs your support to pass HR219. It will stop all politi-
cians from "borrowing" from the Social Security fund. The fund is in
good shape with no need to raise taxes on it, or increase our payments
into it. Also, find out how your representative votes on this issue and
remember in November 2008.

VOTE: Did you know that if you don't vote in Australia, you must write
a letter of explanation or pay a fine of $15?

DID YOU KNOW: Does everyone reading this know that Judge Rein-
hardt outlawed the "Pledge of Allegiance" in nine western states? Now
Michael Newdow, the atheist, is trying to take "In God We Trust" off all
our money.

TAX ISSUE: Have you all been following the news about the gover-
nor's plan to cut property taxes way back and use sales tax instead? I
understand this would really hurt small counties like Okeechobee, as we
would not generate enough sales tax to offset the loss. The county would
have to cut way back on law enforcement, fire and emergencies services.
Do people really want less fire, police and EMS service? I'd say those serv-
ices are pretty bare bones now. Why doesn't the governor leave deci-
sions on property taxes up the counties? We elect our county commis-
sioners and can kick them out if we don't like what they do. I think the
governor and the state legislature should leave this alone and let the
counties deal with any property tax issues.

THE AMERICAN DREAM? From what I understand they are going
back into special session to further discuss what options they have avail-
able to them. I try and keep close tabs as to what is going on in Tallahas-
see and one of my friends, who is a lobbyist, feels quite certain that this
idea of sales tax replacing property taxes will fail on the Senate floor.
There are way too many "small rural" counties that do not generate
enough revenue to cover all the bases. Granted, something must be done
to help Floridians with the rising cost of owning a home but if everyone
would send e-mails to your Senator, etc., and give them some input
maybe we the people can help with this crisis. Between mortgage, insur-
ance, taxes, gas cost, increasing grocery prices my heart aches for the
average wage earner here in Florida. The American Dream of owning a
home keeps slipping farther and farther away from them. What a shame

GOLD DUST: Start taxing these businesses and large plot landowners
who have tax abatements currently. Here is where a lot of revenue is lost
as some of them have abatements for long terms. Property taxes are way
too high the way it is. Honestly, I don't see the justification of just how
high they actually are. If you look at other states you'll see that most of
them are at least half of what it is to own property in Florida. I own some
property in another state also with a house and waterfront property and
my taxes there are 60 percent cheaper than I pay here. This sand here is a
long way from gold dust.

TAXES: There are other ways to increase revenue other than residen-
tial property taxes. I say tax the heck out of the gaming industry and
liquor establishments, just as a start. And with a little time and thought, I
can name a whole lot more ways.

MUSIC: My child went to that concert and said it was awesome. I was
very pleased when I heard they were going to be Christian bands. I would
much rather the kids listen to Christian music with songs that express
some decent values, instead of the garbage that passes for popular music
these days.

JOBS: Why are our tax-supported jobs not being advertised here so
our local people can compete? Instead, our good jobs often go to others
using them as a stepping stone to move on, while our citizens often can-
not make a living wage or are forced to go out of town.

MADAM PRESIDENT: Regarding a woman for President, I think it
would be disastrous. I was taught that a man is the head of the household
and the country. Women have a roll but it should not be the boss.

BOATERS: The story is around that two men hit a sand bar in the lake
and there were gators around the boat. The sheriff's office was called.
The men feared for their lives because of the gators. The sheriff's office
called the Coast Guard and their helicopter arrived and rescued the men
with rope ladders. The boat is still in the lake. Do you have any informa-
tion about this?
Editor's note: There were some boaters stranded on the lake with a
number of alligators hanging around them. They were rescued by a
member of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue
unit who used his personal airboat to return them to shore. The boat
was moved off the sandbar and is not in the lake.

REPUBLICANS: On May 5 I was reading about the tax hike and the
Democrats raising taxes. It seems Republicans are getting ready for the
next election, starting their lies and deception already. They are too
scared to write it in letters to the editor and sign their names so people
would really know what they are talking about so they put out half truths.
What about the war in Iraq that never should have happened? I guess
they are still standing behind that idiot president, aren't they?

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Guest Commentary

Florida's tax system should be fair

By Terry Coble

Hurrah for Florida's newly
established Taxation and Budget
Reform Commission.
At their recent meeting, they
agreed to take a broad look at
Florida's tax and budget system
before recommending changes.
This is a thoughtful approach to
handling the problems of the
state's taxing system and it will
serve the interests of Florida's res-
Unfortunately, recent propos-
als circulating in the state legisla-
ture appear not to be based on a
consideration of the needs of all
Floridians the approach which
should be followed in a represen-
tative form of government. Of par-
ticular concern is the proposal to
exchange property tax revenues
for regressive sales taxes, to again
enact across-the-board home-
stead exemptions regardless of a
family's economic situation, and

to limit the primary revenue
source for local governments
despite the state's phenomenal
population increase of over 1,000
new residents each day.
The League of Women Voters
of Florida has thoroughly studied
Florida's taxation system several
times during the course of our
existence. Through this study the
group has arrived at the following
sound principles: our state's taxa-
tion system should be equitable,
that is, it should not unfairly bur-
den part of the population, and
that it should result in sufficient
revenues to adequately respond
to the needs of Floridians.
For this reason, Floridians
should oppose a one-size-fits-all
approach to property taxes, as
well as the elimination of this
important source of local rev-
Although families on limited
income may well be burdened by
increased levies on their homes,
few would argue that millionaires

Upcoming Events

Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-
Christian Home Educators of Okeechobee will meet at the
Grace Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 701 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone
currently home schooling or interested in home schooling is wel-
come. For information, call Lydia Hall (863) 357-6729 or Betty Perera
(863) 467-6808.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
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of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St., in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For informa-
tion, call (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meet-
ing. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320. ,
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fellow-
ship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then from
6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or someone
just to care are welcome. For information call the hot line (863) 801-
9201 or (863) 697-9718.

Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facili-
tator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Gra-
ham as the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.}
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church of Our 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.

A.A. 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.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center located
at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1
p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost is
$6.63 plus tip for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.
For information, call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
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-
4920 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Sec-
ond Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at
(863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m.
until noon and representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 209
S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes are available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St., from 7 until 9 p.m.

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are in a similar situation of finan-
cial exigency. While assertions
have been made regarding over-
spending by county governments,
sufficient data have not been
gathered to accurately estimate
the impact on localities of the
state's burgeoning population
and the increasing unfunded
mandates foisted on them by
state legislation.
A more thoughtful approach
to property tax issues would pro-
vide relief only where it is needed
- among households with limit-
ed income. A targeted method
like the "circuit breaker," which,
like the device that automatically
interrupts the flow of an electric
current when the current
becomes excessive, provides tar-
geted property tax relief for
households when taxes on hous-
ing exceed a certain percentage
of their income. Such an
approach would help Floridians
who need it, without depriving
local governments of the rev-

enues necessary to provide the
many important services on
which we all rely.
The new commission should
also strongly oppose using a sales
tax increase as a substitute for
property taxes. Sales taxes are
known as the most regressive
form of taxation because house-
holds with no discretionary
income pay proportionally more
than those with higher income.
The most recent estimates
show that the more than 1 million
Florida households with income
of less than $15,000 per year
already pay 14.4 percent of their
income in taxes, while those with
income of $289,000 or more pay
only 2.7 percent, after deducting
for federal tax offsets.
For the sake of all Floridians,
let's not make matters worse!

Editor's note: Terry Coble is
the program planning director for
the League of Women Voters of

Community Events

Special parent meetings on the internet slated
Okeechobee County Schools will be hosting two parent nights to
discuss internet safety for students. We will be discussing what par-
ents can do to help keep their children safe while on the internet.
Cyber-bullying and online predators will be discussed as well as pop-
ular social sites. The first night of the program will be Tuesday, May 8.
The program will start at 6:30 p.m., and is for parents whose children
are of middle school or high school age. The second night will be
Wednesday, May 9. The program will start at 6:30 p.m., is for parents
whose children are of elementary school age. Both meetings will be
held at the Freshman Campus Auditorium, 700 S.W. Second Ave. For
information, contact Shawna May at (863) 462-5000, ext. 298. Due to
the topics that will be discussed, we are asking that only parents
(adults) attend these meetings. The meetings are open to all interest-
ed parties.

OSAC plans monthly meeting
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting
will be Tuesday, May 8, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second Ave. Everyone is wel-
come and lunch will be served. For information, call Val Marone at
(863) 462-0040. There will also be an evening meeting on May 8 from
7 until 8 p.m. at the Central Elementary School Library, 610 S.W Fifth
Ave. for anyone, who cannot attend the afternoon meeting. All par-
ents and PTO members from all Okeechobee public and private
schools are encouraged to attend.

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 Coun-
ty 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 td'attend these
classes. For information, call Nell Bostwick at (863) 763-4134.

Early Learning council to meet
The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okee-
chobee Counties, Inc., provider/advisory council will meet Wednes-
day, May 9, at noon in the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206
S.W 16th St. For information, contact Migdalia G. Rosado at (772)

Chamber members will meet May 9
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will hold their
general membership meeting Wednesday, May 9, at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The guest speaker will be Okee-
chobee County School Board member Kelly Owens, who will be
speaking about the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. For information,
contact the Chamber at 764-6464.

Children's council will meet on May 10
The Children's Services Council will meet Thursday, May 10, at 5
p.m. in the conference room of the Okeechobee County School
board office, 700S.W. Second Ave.

Storm preparedness class set for May 10
The American Red Cross is hosting a "Hurricane Biz" on Thurs-
day, May 10, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and
learn how to be prepared in the event of a hurricane or other natural
disaster. This is a hands-on workshop. Lunch will be provided. This
event will be held at the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch,
323 N. Parrott Ave. Class size is limited, so if you would like to partici-
pate please register at; or,
call Debbie Riddle at (863) 763-2488.

Healthy Start board meeting set
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet Friday, May 11, at 11:30 a.m. at 575 S.W 28th St. This meet-
ing is open to the public. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is
made up of citizens interested in promoting healthy families and
healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee. For information, call
Kay Begin at (863) 462-5877.
Church hosting gospel sing, May 11
A gospel sing will be held at the Believers Fellowship Church, 300
S.W Sixth Ave., on Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. All singers and musi-
cians are welcome. There will be fellowship following the sing. For
information, contact Sister Hampton at (863) 357-0455.

Class of '88 to meet May 12
The Class of '88 will hold its next organizational meeting on Satur-
day, May 12, at 3 p.m. at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave. For infor-
mation, contact ohs

Meeting on lake dredging is slated
There will be a meeting at the Buckhead Ridge Resort Marina on
Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. concerning the dredging of the Pearce
Canal and the serious low water levels of the local canals. The meet-
ing is open to the public.

Hospice plans benefit yard sales
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a yard sale on Friday, May 11,
and Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. All proceeds will bene-
fit patient care at Hospice of Okeechobee and The Hamrick Home.
For information, contact Rhonda at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 607-
Shared services panel meeting set
The executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee Countywill hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Fri-
day, May 11, in the board room of the Okeechobee County School
Administration building, 700 S.W Second Ave. This forum provides a
mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community
through the collaborative efforts of our local decision makers. The
public is invited. For information, call (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

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Sports Briefs

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.
Cheerleading squad
is accepting members
The Okeechobee Platinum Elite
competitive cheerleading squad
continues to grow every day, and
it's not too late to join the fun.
Call Kathy at (863) 697-0812 to
Bass club
meeting slated
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528, 2002 S.R. 78 W, on the
second Thursday of each month.
Tournaments are held the fol-
lowing weekend.
New member boaters and non-
boaters are welcome.
For information, call Dave Stout
at (863) 467-2255.
Oakview church
plans golf tourney
Oakview Baptist Church will
sponsor its 12th annual golf tour-

nament Saturday, May 19, at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
It is a four-man team scram-
ble with proceeds aiding youth
to go to summer camp.
The $45 cost includes green
fee, cart and barbecue lunch.
There will be prizes and awards.
The meal and awards will be at
Oakview Baptist Church, 677
S.W. 32nd St.
Registration will be at 7 a.m.
and the shotgun start will be at 8
a.m. Advance paid registration is
recommended due to the limited
number of golfers.
Registration forms are avail-
able at Oakview Baptist Church.
For information, call (863)
Fourth annual tennis
fundraiser planned
Wicks, Brown, Williams &
Co. will sponsor the fourth annu-
al Okeechobee Junior Tennis
fundraiser on Saturday, May 19
at the Okeechobee Sports Com-
plex tennis courts, 580 N.W 27th
Lane. Check-in time will be 8:45
a.m. The matches will begin at 9
There will be 10 different divi-
sions. The cost is $10 per player
and includes a tee shirt, lunch,
balls and awards. Proceeds will
go to the Brahman tennis team.
For more information, contact
Dave Ellis at (863) 763-4518 or
(863) 532-9316. In case of rain,
the event will take place on May

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PI.G.S. League
May 2: First place-Rob Jink-
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Last place-Russ Adams.
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ins. Last place-George Guydosh.
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Goudy, (8) Kenny Curran, (11)
Harry White, and (17) Rob Jink-
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Time is critical when you are dealing with a stroke

Do you know the warning
signs of a stroke?
Each year about 700,000
Americans suffer strokes. More
than 150,000 Americans die from
stroke each year. About 60 per-
cent of these fatalities are
Treated immediately, many
people can survive and recover
from a stroke. Time is essential.
There are medications which can
help stroke victims if treated in
time. The sooner a stroke victim
receives medical care, the better
the chances of recovery.
According to the American
Stroke Association, stroke is a
type of cardiovascular disease. It
affects the arteries leading to and
within the brain. A stroke occurs
when a blood vessel that carries
oxygen and nutrients to the brain
is either blocked by a clot or
bursts. When that happens, part
of the brain cannot get the blood
it needs, so it starts to die.
According to The American
Stroke Association the warning
signs of stroke include:
sudden numbness or weak-
ness of the face, arm or leg, espe-
cially on one side of the body;
sudden confusion, trouble
speaking or understanding;
sudden trouble seeing in
one or both eyes;
sudden trouble walking,
dizziness, loss of balance or coor-
dination; and,

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sudden, severe headache
with no known cause.
If you or someone with you
has one or more of these signs,
call 9-1-1.
Risk factors for stroke include:
Age The chance of having
a stroke more than doubles for
each decade of life after age 55.
While stroke is common among
the elderly, a lot of people under
65 also have strokes.
Heredity (family history)
and race Your stroke risk is
greater if a parent, grandparent,
sister or brother has had a stroke.
African-Americans have a much
higher risk of death from a stroke
than Caucasians. This is partly
because they have higher risks of
high blood pressure and dia-
Sex (gender) Stroke is
more common in men than, in
women. In most age groups,
more men than women will have
a stroke in a given year. However,
more than half of total stroke

deaths occur in women. At all
ages, more women than men die
of stroke. Use of birth control pills
and pregnancy pose special
stroke risks for women.
Prior stroke, TIA or heart
attack The risk of stroke for
someone who has already had
one is many times that of a per-
son who has not. Transient
ischemic attacks (TIAs) are
"warning strokes" that produce
stroke-like symptoms but no last-
ing damage. TIAs are strong pre-
dictors of stroke. A person who's
had one or more TIAs is almost
10 times more likely to have a
stroke than someone of the same
age and sex who hasn't. Recog-
nizing and treating TIAs can
reduce your risk of a major
stroke. If you've had a heart
attack, you're at higher risk of
having a stroke, too.
High blood pressure High
blood pressure is the most impor-
tant controllable risk factor for
stroke. Many people believe the
effective treatment of high blood
pressure is a key reason for the
accelerated decline in the death
rates for stroke.
Cigarette smoking In
reOent years, studies have shown
cigarette smoking to be an
important risk factor for stroke.
The. nicotine and carbon monox-
ide in cigarette smoke damage
the cardiovascular system in
many ways. The use of oral con-

traceptives combined with ciga-
rette smoking greatly increases
stroke risk.
Diabetes mellitus Dia-
betes is an independent risk fac-
tor for stroke. Many people with
diabetes also have high blood
pressure, high blood cholesterol
and are overweight. This increas-
es their risk even more. While
diabetes is treatable, the pres-
ence of the disease still increases
your risk of stroke.
Carotid or other artery dis-
ease The carotid arteries in
your neck supply blood to your
brain. A carotid artery narrowed
by fatty deposits from atheroscle-
rosis (plaque buildups in artery
walls) may become blocked by a
blood clot. Carotid artery disease
is also called carotid artery steno-
sis. Peripheral artery disease is
the narrowing of blood vessels
carrying blood to leg and arm
muscles. It's caused by fatty
buildups of plaque in artery
walls. People with peripheral
artery disease have a higher risk
of carotid artery disease, which
raises their risk of stroke.
Atrial fibrillation This heart
rhythm disorder raises the risk for
stroke. The heart's upper cham-
bers quiver instead of beating
effectively, which can let the blood
pool and clot. If a clot breaks off,
enters the bloodstream and
lodges in an artery leading to the
brain, a stroke results.

Other heart disease Peo-
ple with coronary heart disease or
heart failure have a higher risk of
stroke than those with hearts that
work normally. Dilated cardiomy-
opathy (an enlarged heart), heart
valve disease and some types of
congenital heart defects also raise
the risk of stroke.
Sickle cell disease (also
called sickle cell anemia) This
is a genetic disorder that mainly
affects African-American and His-
panic children. "Sickled" red
blood cells are less able to carry
oxygen to the body's tissues and
organs. These cells also tend to
stick to blood vessel walls, which
can block arteries to the brain
and cause a stroke.
High blood cholesterol -
People with high blood choles-
terol have an increased risk for
stroke. Also, it appears that low
HDL ("good") cholesterol is a risk
factor for stroke in men, but more
data are needed to verify its effect
in women.
Poor diet Diets high in
saturated fat, trans fat and choles-
terol can raise blood cholesterol
levels. Diets high in sodium (salt)
can contribute to increased blood
pressure. Diets with excess calo-
ries can contribute to obesity.
Also, a diet containing five or
more servings of fruits and veg-
etables per day may reduce the
risk of stroke.
Physical inactivity and obesi-

ty Being inactive, obese or
both can increase your risk of
high blood pressure, high blood
cholesterol, diabetes, heart dis-
ease and stroke. So go on a brisk
walk, take the stairs and do what-
ever you can to make your life
more active. Try to get a total of at
least 30 minutes of activity on
most or all days.
Alcohol abuse Alcohol
abuse can lead to multiple med-
ical complications, including
stroke. For those who consume
alcohol, a recommendation of no
more than two drinks per day for
men and no more than one drink
per day for non-pregnant women
best reflects the state of the sci-
ence for alcohol and stroke risk.
Drug abuse Drug addic-
tion is often a chronic relapsing
disorder associated with a num-
ber of societal and health-related
problems. Drugs that are abused,
including cocaine, ampheta-
mines and heroin have been
associated with an increased risk
of stroke.
To learn more about to reduce
your risk of stroke, consult your
Before making any change in
your diet or exercise routine,
consult your doctor. This is espe-
cially important if you are on any
prescription drugs. Some drugs
interact badly with foods that
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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, May 4,
through Thursday, May 10, are as
Theatre I -"Spiderman 3" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:30, 7 and
9:30 p.m.
Theatre II "Firehouse Dog"
(PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre III "Lucky You" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2,4:15,7 and 9:10 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
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Hill Cemetery in Frostproof,
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separately. 863-635-5002

Walker Hound, female, tricol-
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AC UNITS (3) Frigidaire,
(2) 5K BTU & (1) 10K BTU.
All like brand new! $275 for
all, will sep. (863)946-1284
dow Units. $100. for both,
will sep. (954)237-4846
Package unit, with heat, 07
model. $1650.

BARBIE- 1960, & accesso-
ries. $1000. (863)509-3028
LaBelle area

CHEST FREEZER, Hotpoint, 15
cu. ft., w/3 basket shelves,
$65. (863)467-1530
Works well. $75
RANGE, GE: Electric, White,
Like new. $75.
side by side, 22 cu. ft., ice
maker, works well. $250
paid $450 at Lowes in Sept.,
asking $325 (863)675-4689
18 cu ft., 3/2 yrs. old. Ser-
viced w/compressor April 07
$200 Firm. 302-945-8663
mos. old, pd $1500, asking
$450. (863)673-4220
capacity, 2 yrs. old. $350

YARD SHED: 8x12, Wooden,
$500. (863)801-9266

GIRL'S HUFFY: 12", excellent
condition. $15. Call
S863-357-0223 after 7pm.

PATIO DECK: 12x34, Only 1
year old. $500.
PLYWOOD- (50 sheets) $300
(561)762-4620 Jupiter area

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
Installation o JStuorn
Slurtlers & Seamless
Rain Gulters
Licensed & Insured

1551 N.W. 24th Drive
License #765

BLE- asking $300

BARBIE DOLLS, Mint, 2 diff.
Nascar; Elizabeth Taylor, Ms.
Albee & Rosie O'Donnell.
$100. (863)763-7609
ing price guides $100 or
best offer (863)824-3358
items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $350
neg. (863)467-0627
bolt action rifle, all matching
numbers. Great for collec-
tors! $350. 863-467-1958

DELL B110 w/ Processor, CD,
DVD Player & Burner, 2
spkrs. & photo printer. 1 yr.
old. $500 (239)634-2478
tium 4, XP Pro, monitor, key-
board, mouse & speakers.
$249. (863)517-2782 Tony
LAPTOP- Gateway, 3400+
processor, 80 gig, AC adapt.
case, new in Oct '06, $500

moon & stars, with rug. $50

mission style. No glass
doors but top shelves for
plates. $175.863-824-0945
ARMOIRE: Beautiful, large,
black, mirrored. $200 nego-
tiable. 863-675-2959
BAR & STOOLS (6): Butcher
block top & white cabinets
underneath. $125 for all.
BED FRAME: Metal, universal,
double to California King.
$30. 863-634-7905
BED, Girls, Pink, Shaped like
castle. $300.
BED, King, Orthopedic w/twin
controls. $1000.
BED: King size, new condition.
Remodeling, must sell! Only
large dressers, mattress &
box springs. $450
chairs (2 Captain chairs), 1
leaf, pedestal. $400 for all.
Call 863-634-8863.
END TABLES, (2), $50 will sell
separately. (863)357-0537

shaped, w/leaf, 6 chairs,
asking $300 or best offer.
Call (863)610-0219
END TABLES (2), Wooden.
$25 (863)357-3106
Large, holds up to 32: TV.
Has shelves and DVD / CD
holders. $50. 863-697-2813
White washed, fits 27" tv,
with glass & wood doors.
$60 (863)467-6548
beige. $45. (863)801-4620
HEADBOARD, Queen size, $25
Mediterranean style, coffee
& 2 ends, very unique, $350
temporary. Florida colors
Aqua, Pink & Cream Exc.
cond. $50. (863)467-8681
asking $40 (863)467-8924
SECTIONAL: Leather, hunter
green, very good condition!
250. 863-697-2813
SLEEPER SOFA, queen size,
$150. (863)357-0537
Queen size, Floral print.
Matching Loveseat & coffee
table. $250. (863)357-3773
TABLE & (4) CHAIRS, Maple.
$200 (863)357-9676
TWIN LOFT BED- w/slide ask-
ing $50 (863)467-8960

GOLF BALLS, Over 1000,
Many Logo Balls. $150 for
all or best offer.
GOLF CART: 4 wheel, side
curtains, windshield. $850.
Call 863-634-3394 after
7:00 pm.
Elec, new batteries, garage
kept, many extras $1350

GUN CABINET- Knotty pine,
holds 8 rifles, ammo storage
in bottom, side shelf, locks
Sheridan, High power, Like
new. $80. (772)461-8822
RIFLE: All original AK47. Call
for details. $550
SHOTGUN- 870 30" barrel 3"
Magnum 12 gauge pump.
$400. Firm. (863)674-9964
SUPER SCOPE: Orion 127 mm
(5") overture Star Max w/
case. $500. / trade for brand
name pistol. 863-447-3409

Aerobic Fitness. New condi-
tion, asking $150.
WEIGHT BENCH- Cross bow,
Paid $900. asking $400. or
best offer. (863)467-4566
tion, With cable weights & leg
press. Excellent condition.
_5.':.0 Ig U t 3 .3773


fany Toggle Hart Tag, with
ift bag pouches & boxes.
$300. Firm. (772)461-8822

(2), 1 with lights, 5 blades,
gold w/wood blades. $50
neg. (863)467-6548
new. $30. (863)467-8681

ics, "Cadillac of wheelchairs!"
Immaculate, used very little on
carpet only. Paid $5000, asking
only $1000.863-357-5988
walker, wheelchair, new & 2
potty chairs, $400 will sell
sep. (863)467-9892
POWER CHAIR, Pride Jazzy
#1113 w/joystick. Exc. cond.
Small turn radius. New $5800,
Now $1600 (863)763-6907
SCOOTER: Electric, Like new.
$600. (954)237-4846

HOG TRAP, Custom Built
$200. Call James
MASSAGE SPA: Portable,
seats 3, 4 jets. $500. Call
863-763-0141 after 5:30 pm
or leave message.

DRUMS: Gibraltar dib bass
pedal, 4 boom stands, 6
cymbals & much morel
$1500 neg. 863-697-6132
PIANO, Spinet, Winter & Co.
with bench, $400 or best of-
fer. (863)467-2746
SNARE DRUM, with stand,
$40. (863)357-6930

AQUARIM, 55 Gallon, on a
stand, up and running. In-
cludes fish. $125.
AQUARIUM, 90 gal. with alot
of access. Nice wood stand.
$400 (302)634-2378 or af-
ter 5 at (302)357-3092
MIXED, Male, 18 mths, great
nose, $250 (863)763-0356
Mother & pups. If interested
pups will be ready in 4 wks.
(863)202-6816 Clewiston

Don't Miss

This One
males, 8 wks., shots, vet
certificate. $400. each. Cash
only. (863)357-0037
DOG HOUSE: 4x8, off ground,
pressure treated, wired
sides. $100.863-763-7598
old, housebroken, $100
Male, 10 yrs, gets along w/
kids & other dogs. To good
home only! 561-996-7046
MALE PUG- has papers, need
to sell immediately $500 or
best offer (863)634-3292
blooded, asking $75
(863)763-0367 or
PUPS, UKC, Purple ribbon
bred, Health cert. included.
$250 each. (863)467-4149
males, parents on premises.
Will be ready on 4/30. $700
each. (863)228-7230
YORKIES, For Sale. 4 males.
Will be ready May 5. $500.

HOT TUB: 2003, Excalibar
spa, with cover. $500.

Precision Edge series
1000C, Used $70. For more
Info call (863)447-9127
POOL TABLE- Good condition.
$150. (863)697-2025 or

PLASMA TV, 42", with Home
Theatre Surround System, 5
disc dvd changer, $1400.

Meica 020

EmIo -n
Me ,el 0.1o

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

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

TELEVISION- Color, 13", ask-
ing $25 (863)467-8924

DRILL- 3/4", Super Hole
Shooter, $600 new, sell for
$300 firm (772)807-0541
na,110 volt. Cuts 3/16 steel.
Excellent condition. $525.
WELDER, Lincoln Electric
175, Tig Welder. Like new
used only 3 hrs. Pd. $1700,
Sell = $1000 863-634-9645

ARCADE- Stand up, mortal
Kombat. Good cond. Good
screen & sound. Set on free
play $600. (863)673-3513

swivel glide, easy push, 7
settings, hose attachment
$20 neg (863)673-3076
Fury, Good working order.
$50. (863)634-7905


Christmas Trees 7-15
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed:.Products 8 10
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 B55
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

TRACTOR- '90 Case Intl, 235
Diesel, w/box blade, 430 hrs,
all hydr. work, garage kept,
$5000 neg.(772)464-0911

ing $700 (863)763-0367
5yrs old, greenbroke, gentle,
loves children, $900
QUARTER HORSE, Mare, 4 yrs
old, great disposition. Comes
w/companion (sheep).
$2000. (561)798-3674

BUSH HOG: 6 ft, needs some
work. $100. 863-675-1816
sey Ferguson. $2500.
MOWER: Swisher, 44", pull
behind, 10.5 Briggs & Strat-
ton, runs great, used 24 hrs.
$500 neg. 863-675-1816
RIDING MOWER- 18.5 hp, 42"
cut. Tip-Top shape. $350.
RIDING MOWER- Murray '03,
42" cut, 500
18/2 HR 46" twin cut, new
blades. $400.863-763-6073
17Hp, 42" cut. $475 or best
offer. 863-261-1750
8HR 30" cut, electric start.
Asking $400.863-467-2446
2005, 12.5 HP, 38" cut.
$400 or best offer.
SMOKER GRILL- on trailer,
asking $2000
Man, 6HR like new, $395.

HEADSTALL, & breast collar,
with Swarovski crystals &
cow hyde, paid $500, asking
$250 (863)697-0497

Love the earth Recycle
your used Items by sell-
ing them in the classi-


Apartments 05
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.
OAK LAKE APT, 2br/2ba, Car-
pet/tile throughout. Water in-
cluded. $750. mo. 1st, Last
& $500.sec. 863-697-2462
eled, 2 BR, 2 BA, $950./mo
+ 1st, last & $800 Sec.
Dep. Call 863-634-3313
OKEECHOBEE: Completely fur-
nished studio efficiency apt, all
util. $700/mo. 1st, last & sec
dep. Call (863)801-4949.

1ABR/1BA $775/mo.
2BR/1BA $875/mo.
Avail. 6/1. (954)290-0861

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

,'A iiir ,,,I Clean & Quiet,
Okeechobee Nicest. From.
$750. mo. (772)215-0010
3/2/2, $1350/mo, 1-st, & sec
Dep. (772)216-4873
2 Ba., $1200 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. dep. & refs. Call for more
info. Call Barry 772-216-1461
Indian Hammock, 1800 sq.
ft., 3/2, w/2 stall barn,
fenced, $2400 mo., 1st, last
& sec. (863)467-0831 ask
for Judy
CBS House 2BR/1BA, 1 car
garage, central a/c & heat,
dishwasher, hurricane shut-
ters. $850 mo. + $850 sec.
O'-p ii : ,. ..A I',7-8434
OKEE.,2br, 2bra, 2b, 1 car ar., FL
/rm, CAC/H, $850. mo.+
1st, last & $500. Sec.
(863)634-4581 or 634-8726
OKEECHOBEE, 2br/2ba, fully
furnished, Buckhead Ridge,
weekly, monthly or yearly,
large yard. (863)824-0981
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
arage. Nice area, C/Air.
1100/mo., 1st, last & sec.
OKEECHOBEE, 3br/1ba, cen-
tral air. (863)763-8058
waterfront, furnished &
fenced, utilities included.
$850/mo. 954-610-5345
unfurnished, large storage
shed. $950/mo. 1st & sec.

West Side of New Courthouse
Hurryl Only a Few Leftl

OKEECHOBEE, Smoker ok,
must like dogs & cats. Cable
included. $400/mo. & sec.
Internet neg. (772)214-0600
to share 2br/2ba, outside of
LaBelle. References required.
Call 863-517-1518

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Full Time

Okeechobee I l'.e'ith Care Facility
Apply In Perison Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 10 10
Townhouses Sale 1015
Faims Sale 1020
Houses Sale 10"25
Hunting Property 1030
Properly Sale l,)35
Land Sale 1040(
Lots Sale 10.15
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1061i)
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 10170
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1050

Hotdog's, Sandwiches, etc.
Hiqh potential for income.
Located @ The Trading Post
Flea Market. Must sell due to
health. Call 561-202-4612

OKEE., 2br, 2baO,. i '.'
Brand New Construction
1 1 8 3 sq i ii .i :.'
MUST SELL. (863)610-0219

BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sf, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1200/mo.
Rent :,:iin'- pigram for 1
year. -. I i,:0, 3429 NW
40th Dr. Basswood.
BUY NOW! Brand new CBS
4 Bdrm., 2 Ba., 3698 NW 7th
St., $995 mo. $145,000.
FSBO: 3/1 CBS remodeled on
1g. lot, asking $160,000.
lot. Call Debra Pinson, Cen-
tury 21 Horizon Properties.
$75,000. 863-801-9163
OKEE. CO., Corner lot 3 ac.
3/2, Beautiful. Modified Home.
Cathedral i,,-i $140K
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, CBS,
on 5 acres, w/barn, near
schools & airport, only 2 mi
from town. Asking $390,000
Contact Laura

Lee County, GA
212 acres, great location,
good neighbors, excellent
hunting/homesite tract,
', J i ,i i'i h1Il l i -.
$3100 per acre. Call
OKEE., 5.5 ac.,
Vacant, beautiful oak trees, 2
buildable lots, 1.7 ac & 3.8 ac.
can be separated. Located in
Edwards Subdivision. Asking
$175K. Neg. MUST SELL,
appraised for $190K.

S.W. Section: Just under 1V2
acre. Build Your Own Home.
$85,000. (863)801-9163

KANSAS RANCH: 10,500 ac,
Exceptional, Facilities, Grass,
Fence, Water, Hunting. $9.5M.
J. C. Barr, Broker

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2r015
Mobile Homes Sale 20201

Indiantown lbr/lba $750/mo.
1 Room Cottage $490/mo.
32t RV/BA$490/mo.incl. elec
Single Occupancy Only
1st, last & sec. All Incl. City
Water. 561-346-4646
2BR/1.5BA, w/front edition,
$750 dep., $200 weekly.
OKEECHOBEE, 1br/1ha, in RV
Park, living room, kitchen,
Florida room, furnished. Pool
& laundry avail. Adult, gated
comm. Non smkg env, no
pets. $800/mo. & electric.
$200 non refundable deposit.
Ref's required. (863)467-0455

ON RIM CANAL ,.,ii 1 i-,..
room. $475/mo (includes
utilities). $300 security depos-
it. No Pets! (863)697-0214

DOUBLEWIDE M/H- 3br, 2br,

1 ac corner lot. Galvalume
roof. Crescent Acres $137K

How fast can your car
go? It can go even faster
when you sell it in the

REDUCED! 2/1 Fully furn,
many extras, new CA/Heat, 40'
decked screen rm, 40' carport,
12x12 shed w/W&D, in adult
park on rim canal $25,000.


Boats ?005
Campers RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3,115
Marine Accessorias 3,02
Marine Miscellaneous V32
Motorcycles ?.!0j
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035

ALUM 14' V BOTTOM- 18hp
motor, trailer, excellent con-
dition, $1450
ALUMINUM BOAT, 14ft, heavy
duty trailer, nice shape. $895
BASS BOAT, 2000, 283 Stra-
tus Vindicator w/175 hp John-
son. Tournament Rigged.
$11,500. 863-763-2957
CANOE, Mohawk, 17', $125.
CAT-TYPE, 24', Alum. haul,
custom built, 130 hp Evinrude,
designed for fishing in shallow
water, $8500 (863)675-2318
BOAT 16'- orig Lightsey hull,
40hp Evinrude, drive on trir,
$1350 (863)763-8367 Ivms
HEAD, good midsection,
w/hydraulics, $250.
18.9ft long, trolling motor, live-
well, fishfinder, 50hp Johnson.
$1750 firm! (863)357-6709
SAIL BOAT: Hobie Cat, 14
feet, excellent condition.
$450. 863-467-4328
STAMAS: 21ft, cuddy cabin,
235HP Evinrude, dual axle
trailer. Clean, solid & runs
good. $2499. 863-467-7415

handy man's special! $1000.
chased in 2006, New in
2005. Cardinal 35 Ft. 5th
Wheel. Completely loaded.
Like new! Only pulled 600
mls. Paid $50,000+ will
sacrifice price. Must see to
appreciate. Call for appoint-
ment. 863-763-.i, f Ojv,
863-467-0603 Evening or
863-634-8732 Cell.
park, don't leave town with-
out seeing this one!, 1br
w/6x10 closet, 1 full ba, New
refrig, enclosed Florida
Room $4500. Call today

CHATTEAU: 2002, 31'/2ft, ful-
ly loaded, very good condi-
tion. $15,500. Call Frank
Ottaviano at 863-517-1925.
FIFTH WHEEL: 2001, 29 ft, 2
slides, sleeps 6, entertainment
center. Reduced to $9900 or
best offer. Labelle:
863-675-1098 on weekdays
or 234-8050 on weekends.

thrust, 24 volt, Great White,
completely rebuilt, $350 or
best offer (863)467-6960

Mercury. Good compression
but needs some repair.
$250. (863)447-6780

HONDA CB350 1973, 4 cyl.,
Excellent condition. $1000.
1 Owner, female, 17K mls.,
Excellent condition. Blue.
$3800 neg. (772)215-0316
Stand up, single. Call for in-
to. $1500. (863)467-8292
SCAFFOLD: On Motorcycle
trailer, two story. $1000 neg.

GO KART: Scorpion, large size
with roll bars. Like new, less
than 15 hours. $500.
4-wheeler, '03, green. Great
shape. Only $2200.
Low hours. Excellent condi-
tion. $2500. or best offer.
Pretty good shape. $2250.

150cc, into w!/rpvpr.e
$1200. :1:.1.i, .-23j14
SUZUKI OZARK 250 '05- runs
great, $1500 (863)763-8526
ITP tires & rims, winch, new
brakes, just serviced, $5000

Screen Rooms Carports
Room Additions Florida Rooms
Ernest Garagester (83 34-20Seawalls 44
Ernest Lancaster (863) 634-2044

12 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, May 8, 2007


Automobiles 400V5
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

CADILLAC: 1987, runs. $500
or best offer. Call Shane at
89K orig. mi., 3.7, V-8, A/C,
All pwr, Clean motor, $2500.
CAMERO RS- '97, Conv. Runs,
Needs brakes & exhaust
work. Top needs minor re-
pair. $2000. (863)673-3513
Runs good. $575 or best of-
fer. (863)673-3750
CHEVY LUMINA '97- 1 owner
Low mileage. Excellent con-
dition, $3200

great shape. Moving, must
sell. $1500. 863-302-4001
DODGE NEON '98, $1500 or
best offer. (863)885-1708
FORD ESCORT '97, Good on
gas, lots of new parts, runs
good, cold a/c. $2000 or
best offer. (561)261-4923
FORD MUSTANG '97, 3.8 V6,
standard shift, $4000 or best
offer. (863)634-7914
Great body & interior.
$1800. or will part out.
cyl, 80K original miles.
$1000. (305)731-7111
P/S, P/W, C/C, FM/CASS, 4
Wheel ABS, Great on gas.
$3800. (863)467-0094
needs some work, $1000 or
best offer (252)218-0943
works, Needs front end
alignment. $700.
MAZDA 626, 1999- good con-
dition, needs transmission,
over lOOK miles, $2500
Runs good. $1500. or best
offer. 863-697-0251
great gas mileage, auto, exc
cond. low miles, 1 owner,
$8900 neg (407)256-2976

needs work. $1000.
cyl, 4dr, auto, AC, runs
great, gas saver, $1200
(772)465-0708 Ft Pierce

CHEVY S10 BLAZER, '88, 4.3
mtr., motor runs good,
$1400. (863)763-8201
FORD BRONCO- '79, 400 big
block, 6" lift, 110 rear. Dual
5" upstacks. Runs great.
$1000. (863)634-0305
SILVERADO '03, LS3500, Ext.
cab, Vortec 8100 V8, Allison
5spd. auto., loaded, low miles,
$20,000 (863)675-2648

1987-1995 Jeep Wrangler,
Complete. $260.
'2000 Mustang. W/ good
205/65/R15 tires. $225.
parts, everything is good ex-
cept motor. $600
DODGE RAM 50 1989, For
parts. $200. (863)824-0406
FORD 302 MOTOR- High out-
put, runs good, $600 or best
offer (863)983-2255

BOARDS- Off of '08 Super
Duty Ford Crew Cab (King
Ranch). $600. (863)763-5881
RIMS & TIRES- 17", 5 lug,
asking $400 (863)673-2314
RIMS: 20", chrome, Alba
wheels, Needs 2 tires & cen-
ter caps. $500 or best offer.
RIMS (4)- 13" Knock off wire
rims, $100 or best offer
(863)763-8261 leave mes-
STEEL WHEELS (4): White-
wall, 225. $150 for all.
38.5x11.00x16 on 16x8 Pro
comp Rims, 6 lug. 500 mis.
$1000. (863)763-7009
36x14x16. Good buggy tires.
$175 or best offer.
TIRES, 305/65/17 Pro Comp
Extreme AT. Brand new. All
4 for $750. Call
Motor, 4 spd trans. & transfer
case. 4x4 front end. Works
good. $600. (561)644-4840
TURBO 350- with 203 Trans-
fer case, $300 or best of-
WHEELS & TIRES (6): Alcoa,
16" fits 88 97 Dually. $450.

CHEVY 1500 PU '89- use for
parts or repair, needs steer-
ing column, $700
CHEVY 2500- '94, 4x4, Ext
cab. Runs, but needs work.
$1000. or best offer.
CHEVY S10, '98, reg. cab, 5
spd., runs good, cold a/c,
$2500.(863)509-8179 ask
for Kristin
DODGE PICKUP: 1996, ex-
tended cab, cold ac, 18"
rims. $2500 or best offer.
FORD DUALLY F350 '90, Sin-
gle cab, needs battery & al-
ternator. $1000
FORD F350: '00, dly, 7.3 die-
sel, auto, ac, long bed, tow
pkg, Ithr, stereo. Looks & runs
great! $18,600. 954-328-8627
FORD F350: DUALLY '90, Sin-
gle cab, needs alternator &
battery. $1500 neg.
GMC 1/2 TON- 92', 4x4, Auto.,
350 eng. Short wheel base.
.Pwr win/locks. Cold A/C.
$3800. (863)610-0984
SCHOOL BUS: '80, Chevy, 20
passenger, 81k mi, rebuilt
engine and trans, runs great.
$1895 neg. 561-758-4337
TOYOTA- '90, 4X4, 5 SPD
Newly rebuilt motor. 179K mi.
Runs good $3800. Neg.
(863)697-8531 Evenings only

I PbiNo ice

The South Florida Water Management District will receive sealed bids through the
Procurement Office, B-1 Bldg., 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida
33406, for Floridan Aquifer Test-Monitor Well Construction, Highlands County,
FL on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. local time, at which timely submitted
bids will be opened andpublicly read. Construc st& te one dual-zone Floridan aqui-
fer test-monitor well at Paradise Run Site located in SE Highlands County. Well will
be drilled to a total depth of 1,800 It below land surface using both closed-circula-
tion mud & open-circulation reverse-air rotary methods with conventional full-di-
ameter coming & constructed using multiple diameter concentric steel casings set at
vadous depths, Testing will consist of geophysical logging, straddle packer & spe-
cific capacity tests. An OPTIONAL pre-bid conference will be held on Thursday,
May 17, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at SFWM Okeechobee Service Center, 205 N Parrott
Ave, Ste 201, Okeechobee, FL 34972. For directions call (863)462-5260. A site
visit will immediatelylollow.
All bids must conform to the instructions in the Request for Bidders (RFB). Interest-
ed respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB by obtaining a CD for $5.00
at the above address, by calling (561)682-6391, or by call the 24-hour BID HOT-
LINE 800-472-5290. The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Information
on the status of this solicitation can be obtained at our web site www.sfwmd.goev.

TRUCK CAP- Silver, off Dodge
Ram ext cab, 6'6", asking
$300 or best offer
TRUCK TOPPER- 2000 Toyota
Tundra, asking $500 or best
offer (863)673-3076

pkg, 2dr, runs good, low
miles, needs minor body
work $2500 (863)467-0627
CHEVY BLAZER 1994, Runs &
Looks good. $4500.
motor, Trans. & gears. Ask-
ing $2500. Neg. Call Patrick

Well maintained, loaded.
$12,900 (239)297-3270

SEMI-TRAILERS (2), 40ft, en-
closed. $1600 for both.

26 Ft. Long. 102 Inches
Wide. Rear ramp. $3000.
16 Ft. $1000.
duty, 5 x 8, with ramp. $625.

I Pb ic No ice

5'x10', Wood deck, Ramp
gate, Diamond plate tool box.
700. (863)357-5773
UTILITY TRAILER: 24' x 7' 7",
2 Ft. Sides. Tandem Axel.
$400 or best offer. Ask for
Charlie (863)612-5676

p/w, p/s, tilt, new brakes.
cruise, ac, works great, nev-
er hit, $2500. 863-675-0410
VAN '99: Cold a/c, runs
excellent, 196k. Below blue
book. $2300 (863)763-3451
miles, good condition,
$1800 (863)467-8318

Pul cNOI I

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

The Procurement Department of the
South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict, B-1 Building, 3301 Gun Club
Road, West Palm Beach, Florida
33406, has postponed receiving
sealed bids for the construction and
testing of a Floridian aquifer system
exploratory well. This project will be
re-advertised with revised dates in the
near future. Further information on
the status of this solicitation can be
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Community Events

Art exhibition is talk show topic
Family Stations, Inc. will host a radio talk show on Saturday, May 12,
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 Vietnamese
artist Huong and Art War and Peace Museum curator Sandi Wicina.
The topic of the show will be The Voice of the Children for Peace exhi-
bition in the museum's Let's Think Peace gallery as a tribute to Moth-
er's Day. The exhibition by artist Serafima Sokolov will run from May
10 until May 24 at the museum in Jensen Beach. For information, call
Sandi Wicina at (772) 463-5051.

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 avail-
able. Call Matt Buxton at (863) 357-9992 for applications and informa-
tion. 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 appropri-
ate for teens ages 13-17; a question and answer session; private coun-
seling will be available; a Spanish and deaf interpreter will be avail-
able; 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.

Red Cross offers infant CPR class
The American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave., will hold an
infant/child CPR class on Monday, May 14, at 6 p.m. For information
and to register, call (863) 763-2488.

Genealogical Society will meet at library
The Genealogical Society will meet Monday, May 14, at 1:30 p.m. at
the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. The meeting is open
to anyone wanting to trace their ancestry. Visitors are welcome. For
information, contact Eve Olson at (863) 467-2674.

Food sales help Habitat for Humanity
On Thursday, May 17, 15 percent of the cost of all food sold at Beef
O'Brady's Restaurant will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. This
includes both eat-in and take-out meals. The only requirement is that
you have a green ticket, issued by and available at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The donation will not be given
without the ticket. For information, call (863) 763-4021 during busi-
ness hours.

Chamber plans coffee klatch
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will hold their
monthly coffee klatch at Kib's Fish Camp, 5430 U.S. 441 S.E., on Thurs-
day, May 17, beginning at 8 a.m. The event will be held under the tiki
hut, weather permitting. For information, contact the Chamber at
(863) 763-6464.

Business women's group to meet May 18
The Okeechobee Business Women's Referral Networking group
will meet at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave., on Fri-
day, May 18. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be at
noon. For information, call Robin at (863) 467-7100.

LOST event benefits Rotary scholarship fund
Rotary's fourth annual Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) ride-
run-walk will be held Saturday, May 19, beginning and ending at the
Scott Driver boat ramp, S.R. 78 W Welcome and orientation will begin
at 7 a.m. For those registrations received after May 7, the cost will be:
adults, $15, children (10 and under) $10. All proceeds benefit the
Okeechobee Rotary scholarship fund and Martha's House. Make
checks payable to Rotary's LOST Ride-Run-Walk and mail registrations
to Jim McInnes at Farm Bureau Insurance Co., 401 N.W Fourth St.,
Okeechobee, FL, 34972. For information, call (863) 763-3101.

Church plans special law enforcement service
The First Missionary Baptist Church will host their inaugural Law
Enforcement Appreciation Service on Sunday, May 20, at 11:30 a.m.
An appreciation dinner will follow the service. For information, con-
tact Cynthia Kelly at (863) 447-0671.

First aid class offered by Red Cross
The American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave., will hold a first aid
basics class on Thursday, May 24, at 6 p.m. For information and to reg-
ister, call (863) 763-2488.

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, con-
tests, 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 personnel are currently being sought. For informa-
tion call (863)-634-8980 or (863) 634-4151; log onto; or by mail at Splinter Productions, P.O. Box 623,
Okeechobee, FL 34973.

Annual KOA benefit putt-putt tourney planned
The fourth annual Good Habits and Old Spirits annual putt-putt golf
tournament will be held at the KOA Kampground, 4276 U.S. 441 S., on
Monday, May 28. The entry fee is $8, with proceeds going to the KOA
Kid Camp. Tee time is 2 p.m. Fore information, call (863) 763-2734, or
Pat at (863) 763-6464.

Church youth camp slated for June 4-7
The Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terrace, will host a
youth camp for children between the ages of 10 and 18. The camp
will run June 4-7. The fee is $80 per camper and includes all expenses
including three meals a day. For information, contact Rachel Velie at
(863) 357-3053.

OC SO hosting summer camps
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) is sponsoring
summer day camps from June through August. Each camp is four
days long. The camps are for boys and girls, ages 8-12, and must be
residents of Okeechobee County. The charge is $20 per child. Camps
will be run by the OCSO Marine Unit, the NSW-Trident cadet program
with funding support from the Children's Services Council of Okee-
chobee County. Kids will be under direct supervision at all times by
OCSO personnel and selected senior Naval cadets from the NSW-Tri-
dent program. Activities will include: Florida safe boating course;
basic boat safety and equipment; basic physical fitness exercises;
search and rescue boat tour/rides; drown proofing orientation swim-
ming evaluation (at the pool); water safety at the beach; Navy SEAL
zodiac boat rides; and, Navy UDT-SEAL Museum Tour. Interested par-
ents should call (863) 357-1600 or (863) 634-7038 and ask for OCSO
Detective Lieutenant Muros. Application forms and schedules will
then be sent. Children will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis,
and camps are filling up. Camp reservations cannot be confirmed
until the OCSO has received the forms and fees.

Coalition offers summer program
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will offer a free sum-
mer program, The Traveling Medicine Show: S.O.S. -- Students Offer-
ing Solutions 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 Baptist Church and Douglas Park Community
Center. For information and an application, cVal Val Marone at (863)

SFWMD stages photo contest
The South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Ser-
vice 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 July
31 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.

Church hosting Worldview Weekend
The First Baptist Church, as host church, will sponsor Worldview
Weekend on Oct. 12 and 13 at Osceola Middle School, 825 S.W 28th
St. Speakers representing Worldview Weekend will be Ken Ham,
David Barton, Bob Cornuke, Brannon Howse, and Ron Carlson. The
program is appropriate for ages 11 and up. Tickets can be obtained
from Debi at (863) 634-3525 or the First Baptist Church at (863) 763-
2171; or, online at

Church offering help to quit drugs
The Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terrace, will hold a free
drug deliverance class each Friday during the month of May begin-
ning at 6 p.m. Anyone wanting to quit using drugs, or anyone who
knows someone who needs help quitting drugs is welcome. For infor-
mation, call (863) 357-3053.

Realtors establish new scholarship fund
The Okeechobee County Board of Realtors will be offering a schol-
arship in memory of the late Liz Weisser, a longtime local Realtor, to
any student studying Real Estate. All scholarship donations can be
mailed to the Okeechobee County Board of Realtors Liz Weisser
Scholarship Fund, 326 N.W. Fifth St., Okeechobee, FL, 34972. Call
Toni Doyle, association executive, at (863) 467-0004 for information.

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 Commu-
nity 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.

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
limited edition Christmas 2007, 24 karat on brass, ornament including
a numbered certificate with historical information. Ornaments are
$15 and proceeds 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 purchased ornaments last year and would like the same orna-
ment numbers) and quantity please call one of the following mem-
bers: Gay Carlton at (863) 763-5755; Kay McCool at (863) 763-2829;
Paulette Whipple at (863) 467-2487; Marion Davis at (863) 763-3991;
or, Regina Hamrick at (863) 763-8865.

Ladies FOE auxiliary forming
Treasure Island Fraternal Order of Eagles in now forming. Ladies
Auxiliary 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.

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.

Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPUs
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 cus-
tomers 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 customer 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 accept-

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) 462-5877.

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 sur-
vivors 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 com-
munity. For information, 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 Car-
Quest, 300 N.W Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. Pro-
ceeds 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 comple-
tion 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 infor-
mation, contact Mike Davis, youth project director, at (863) 462-5863.

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 infor-
mation, 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. Volun-
teers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Local meet-
ings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort Pierce. Call
Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or, visit www.flori-

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 educa.
tion 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
parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women
and parents 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.

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