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Vol. 98 No. 145 Friday, May 25, 2007 50M Plus tax


Inside

Lake Denton is ready
for summer campers
Lake Denton Camp in Avon
Park is now open year round.
Mother Nature certainly took a bit
out of the camp with her hurri-
canes, but we havy survived.
Many of you reading this article
have quite a history with Camp
Denton. Philip and Pam Elders
excitedly accepted the position of
camp directors about three years
ago. Everyone has worked very
hard to make the camp a place of
fun, worship and great food.
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Briefs

SFWMD web site
offers water info
SDueto t he 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 implemented an inter-
active option on their web site
at www.sfwmd.gov that allows-
residents to enter their zip code
to find the water restrictions 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 time.
For information, contact the
SFWMD Okeechobee Service
Center at (863) 462-5260 or
(800) 250-4200.

County-wide
burn ban issued
Due to drought conditions
and heavy frost damage to veg-
etation, a county-wide burn
ban has been issued.
The ban will include, but
not be limited to: campfires,
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-
chobee.


Drought Index
Current: 565
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Bum Ban: Countywide

Lake levels

9.22 feet


Lake level
Last Year:
12.84 feet
(SOURCE:
South Florida
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea
level.)

Index
Classifieds . . .10-12
Comics . . . . . .9
Community Events . .4
Crossword . . . . .10
Obituaries . . . . .3
Opinion ............4
Speak Out ..........4
Sports . . . . . . .5
TV . . . . ....... 11
Weather . . . . . .2
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Leaders ready for tough times


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
While George Long and Brian
Whitehall wait for the ax to fall in
Tallahassee next month, they
hope that if it does fall it will
spare both Okeechobee County
and the City of Okeechobee.
That ax is better known as
property tax reform and,
depending on how state Legisla-
tors vote, the result of their vote
to rural cities and counties in
Florida could be described as
devastating.


In an effort to reduce property
taxes, state lawmakers will meet
in special session June 12-22 to
decide whether to roll back ad
valorem taxes to previous years,
allow cities and counties to raise
their millage rates, or any one of
several other proposals.
At this point no one knows
what will come out of that ses-
sion, but administrators like Mr.
Long and Mr. Whitehall are
beginning to crunch the num-
bers and looking at many differ-
ent scenarios.
"I'm not in favor of any roll


"It's just irresponsible it's really doing a dis-
service,"
County administrator George Long


George
Long
back that
would be disast
counties," said Stz


Care to S. re: Helps those in crisis


Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
Kiwanis members and club vice president Jim Vensel (right) heard from Dianne Verner the
Special Consumer Services manager of Florida Power and Light concerning ways to save
energy and programs that are available to help those in crisis with their energy costs.

FPL offers energy saving options


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Kiwanis of Okeechobee
held their weekly meeting at
the Village Square Restaurant
on Thursday, May 24, where
they heard of energy saving
programs from Dianne Verner,
the east area manager for the
special consumer services divi-
sion of Florida Power and Light
Company CFPL).
Mrs. Verner said some of
the best ways to save on ener-
gy costs are to: cool your home
to 78 degrees or warmer with
the thermostat fan switch on
auto; heat your home at 68
degrees or cooler with the
thermostat'fan switch on auto;
install a programmable ther-
mostat to adjust the tempera-
ture automatically to maintain
a comfortable temperature
when you wake up or return
home; clean or replace your


air conditioner filters every
month; and, turn off ceiling
fans when you leave the room.
The highlighted program
that Mrs. Verner spoke of
through FPL is offered through
the Salvation Army to local citi-
zens of Okeechobee. The Care
to Share program is offered to
individuals who need assis-
tance during difficult times.
The process usually
involves an individual or family
in a crisis situation such as a
loss of job, illness or an acci-
dent who are unable to pay
their electric bill. While this
usually means the family is
having issues with other bills
as well, the consumer is first
directed to contact the 211 Call
Center Information and Refer-
ral services.
This will allow them to be
directed to local resources that
can offer energy assistance as


well as other resources that
may help them with other
issues that they are experienc-
ing.
The program is funded by
contributions from customers
and FPL corporate donations.
All contributions are tax
deductible and 100 percent of
the funds collected go to pro-
vide energy assistance to those
in need.
Case managers of the
Recovering Okeechobee after
Disaster (ROAD) program,
Julie Wazinek and Christina
Santibanez, help the Salvation
Army by handling the initial
intake interviews for the Care
to Share program.
The Care to Share program
provides up to $500 to quali-
fied individuals to help pay
their past due and new FPL

See Energy Page 2


tive Richard Machek (D-Dist. 78).
"My concern is counties like
Okeechobee where there total
tax goes to police and fire pro-
Brian tection. If they had to cut protec-
Whitehall tion that would be harmful to a
small county they couldn't
survive."
rous for small That's where Mr. Long and
ate Representa-


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
County administrator George
Long still has the final say so in
discipline and firing of county
employees.
That was the unanimous
vote of the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commission-
ers at their meeting Thursday,
May24.
The issue came up because
of an impasse in contract nego-
tiations between the Interna-
tional Union ofOperating Engi-
neers Local #487, the union
that represents many county
employees and county admin-
istration.
The sticking point in the


Mr. Whitehall come in. No mat-
ter how state lawmakers vote; it
will be up to them to make the
tough decisions at a local level.
Although there have been no
decisions made as to just what
will have to be done, both
See Leaders Page 2


negotiations was the issue of
just cause and arbitration. The
union held out for an inde-
pendent outside arbitrator to
settle labor disputes. The coun-
ty's policy has been that county
employees serve at the will and
pleasure of the county adminis-
trator.
The issue was submitted to
a special magistrate who
offered a nonbindirig recom-
mendation in favor of the
union. The final decision was
up to the board.
"Ti sue is I.\iWeLiitr 'jA not
your historical practice and pol-
icy of employees being disci-
plined "at will" will continue,"
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Detective Rick Durfee, of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, stands behind some of the beer purchased by juveniles
In an operation aimed the Illegal sale of alcohol to underage
buyers. The juveniles were able to buy beer at 18 of the 35
local convenience stores entered by the young buyers, said
the detective.


OCSO operation
aimed at alcohol
sales to juveniles

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A recent operation into the
illegal sale of alcohol to minors
will result in the arrests of sever-
al convenience store clerks.
Detective Rick Durfee of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) said two juve-
niles enlisted to help with the
investigation were able to illegal-
ly purchase beer at 18 of the 35
local convenience stores target-
ed by the operation.
"I would watch them walk
into the store and then interact
with the clerk," said Detective
Durfee.


He said the juvenile would
then bring him the beer and
whatever change there was
from the money provided to
make the illegal buy. Detective
Durfee used $270 from OCSO
confidential funds to make the
alleged buys.
"I would then go in and buy a
soft drink and become friendly
with the clerk and ask them their
name. Then, I'd go back a cou-
ple of days later and ID the clerk
by employment records and
such," continued the detective.
The clerks will all be charged
with the sale of alcohol products
to a person under the age of 21.
Detective Durfee said most of
the bonds will be set at $100.
The detective went on to say
that the state's Alcohol, Bever-
age and Tobacco department
will deal with the 18 stores
involved.


Those stores where the
alleged illegal buys were made
were: Circle K, U.S. 441 N.; La
Placita, S.R. 70 W; Cracker Trail
Country Store, U.S. 98 N.; Mos-
quito Creek Grocery, S.R. 70 E.;
Sunoco, U.S. 98 N.; Azteca, S.R.
70 E.; One-Stop Food Store, S.R.
70 E.; Town Star, S.R. 70 W; Fast
Break, S.R. 78 W; Shell, U.S. 441
S.E.; U&V Discount Liquor, U.S.
441 S.; Rooten Tooten Discount,
S.R. 70 W; Treasure Island Dis-
count, U.S. 441 S.E.; Shell, U.S.
441 S.; Mobil Mart, S.R. 70 W;
LaFiesta, S.R. 70 W; Garabaldi's,
S.R. 70 W; and Marathon Mart,
S. Parrott Ave.
The detective said they did
not attempt to illegally buy beer
from local drive-through busi-
nesses because it "... is too hard
to do safely."
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Sales

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Detectie Durfee said some of
the clerks actually asked for the
young buyer's birthday. The juve-
nile replied that he was born in
1990, but the clerks sold the
underage buyer the beer anyway,
he continued. .
"One clerk said they weren't
supposed to sell beer to juveniles,
but then said the boss wasn't
there so they sold it anyway," said
Detective Durfee.
The detective said the under-
age buyers targeted Budweiser
Light and Busch beers because
"they're the most popular with
young people right now."
Similar operations will be car-
ried out by the OCSO during the
summer months, said Detective
Durfee.
Postyoopinsm the
PublicIssuesFonruat
www.newsuap.com. Reporter
Eric Kopp may be reached at okedi-
tor@okeechobee.com


Leaders

Continued From Page 1
administrators realize the poten-
tial for disaster. One very real
potential staring at them are mas-
sive budget cuts, which could
translate to reduced police and
fire protection for both the coun-
ty and the city.
"If revenues are reduced,
we're certainly looking at cuts,"
said Mr. Long, the county admin-
istrator. "Just how much, and
what, is the real question."
Mr. Whitehall, the city admin-
istrator, added that potential cuts
would include more than just
police andl fire, but also public
works employees.
"We have the same number of
officers on the street now that we
had 15 years ago," said Mr.
Whitehall. "If we have to lay off
officers it puts us in a real predica-
ment."
These layoffs are just part of
the triple whammy. If the state
chooses a roll back proposal that
results in layoffs it would be diffi-
cult for a governmental entity to
save money when those layoffs
create an overtime situation for
those still on the job. Then, on
top of that, that entity will have to
pay unemployment compensa-
tion for those employees that
were forced out of work.
"We're self insured on unem-
ployment, so that would be a
direct impact," said Mr. White-
hall.
The Florida House proposal,
which suggested a roll back to
the 2000-01 ad valorem rates, has
already been thrown out due to
the devastating effect it would
have had on governments. For
the City of Okeechobee, that
would have meant an immediate
$750,000 cut in their operating
budget.
The Florida Senate proposal,
however, is still on the floor and
calls for a roll back to the 2004-05
tax rate. If, for example, lawmak-
ers elect to go with that proposal
it would cause an approximate
$250,000 reduction in the city's
current operating budget of $5.4
million.
According to Mr. Whitehall,
before personnel cuts would be
made the city would do away
with its funding help to such
organizations as the Shared Ser-
vices Network and Main Street.
"We could possibly do it by
attrition," he said, "but the prob-
lem there is that it's a longer
process and we would probably
run out of time (implementing
the new law) before we would
run out of money."
For the county, if the rate was
rolled back to 2003-04 the budget
hit would be in the millions.


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Policy

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stated Reynolds Allen, attorney
for Mr. Long.
He mentioned that Glades and
Highlands counties and the City of
Clewiston also have an "at will"
policy.
He also referred to the coun-
ty's detailed grievance policy.
Attorney Kathleen Phillips and
union official Gary Waters argued
the case for the union.
"Your employees have elected
a union and asked for fairness in
discipline," asserted Ms. Phillips.
"It doesn't seem to me that asking
for fairness is such a crime."
Mr. Waters noted that two spe-
cial magistrates have recom-
mended the county adopt a just
cause policy.
After hearing statements form
both sides, the board elected to
keep their current policy.
In other action, the board:
adjusted the budget to allow
for projected fund balance


"All of our property taxes fund
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office all of it, 100 percent,"
said Mr. Long. "Whatever net hit
we take would affect that budget
first."
Mr. Long said the fines and for-
feiture fund covers the sheriff's
office, state attorney's office,
public defender and the Guardian
ad Litem program. This total
budget is $20.3 million. If the
state chose the 2003-04 roll back
rate it would reduce this budget
by roughly 17.5 percent, or $3.57
million.
The current OCSO budget is
$17,421,192.
The rest of the county basical-
ly operates on fees paid to the
county by the Okeechobee land-
fill. This year, those fees total
$5.16 million. However, those
fees have gone down and will
continue to do so due to competi-
tion for the waste stream.
"When looking at landfill
funds coming to the county for
operations, the hazard is any sig-
nificant change in the waste
stream or economy could cause
an interruption of host fee dol-
lars," said Mr. Long. "It makes
sense to make cuts in non-essen-
tial operating areas, starting with
emergency service and working
our way back."
Another real possibility would
be raising the mill rate to bring in
funds to replace any of those lost
due to possible legislative action.
One mill equals $1 for every
$1,000 of assessed value.
"That's crucial," said Mr.
Whitehall. "An increase in the
mill rate would help --absolutely,
without question."
The city's current mill rate is
7.1899.
Rep. Machek said many small
counties are already at the 10 mill
cap, so some sort of law would
have to be passed at the state
level that would allow counties to
go above that cap.
"That would be one option,
and it may be a county option,"
he said. "There must be some-
thing a county can do on its own
to protect its own turf."
Mr. Long is a bit cautious
about that proposal.
Okeechobee County's current
mill rate is 5.8468. In 2005, Okee-
chobee County ranked #38 out
of the 67 counties in Florida as far
as its millage rate.
"Actually, Okeechobee County
will be in a somewhat better posi-
tion than some other counties
because we have strived to
reduce taxes whenever we could
- compared to those local gov-
ernments that continued to raise
taxes every year," said Mr. Long.
"But, that doesn't mean Okee-
chobee County won't feel the
pain."
Raising the mill rate, he added,


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changes and unanticipated and
anticipated revenues that will
have corresponding expendi-
tures;
declared a county owned lot
in Playland Park to be surplus and
authorized its sale at appraised
value to Habitat for Humanity;
voted that the two remaining
surplus lots being held for Habitat
for Humanity will only be avail-
able for a period of one year from
May 24:
purchased a mini hydraulic
excavator for the road mainte-
nance department for $40,422.20
from Kelly Tractor Company;
*awarded a contract for con-
crete driveways and walkways for
six CDBG houses in Douglas Park
to K Builders for $11,454;
awarded a contract for
paving a street in El Mira Sol in the
amount of $144,000 to Abney and
Abney, subject to Florida Depart-
ment of Community Affairs
(DCA) approval. It will be funded
bya DCA grant.;
awarded a contract for con-
struction of an entrance road to
Royal Concrete Concepts tp


would be a blow to the commer-
cial and economic industry as a
whole.
"If the cap is lifted and increas-
es are allowed, it is just another
shift in cost burden from lower
cost property to higher cost prop-
erty," he said.
The theory is, he continued,
that those "higher cost" property
owners have more ability to pay.
Even though everything being
done by both administrators is
based on speculation, they have
to be ready to make some very
tough decisions. And, these
tough decisions will come on the
heels of a $500 million tax
increase already approved by
state lawmakers to be sent down
to the counties.
What makes those decisions
even tougher for Mr. Whitehall is
that there are city employees who
could be making more money
elsewhere but choose to live and
work here.
"All they have to do is pick up
the classified and they can find a
higher paying job anywhere on
the coast, but they like it here.
Then, to get laid off ...," he
groaned and his voice trailed off.
"We've already gone to depart-
ment heads and asked 'where
can we cut?'"
Besides police and firefighters,
those job cuts could be crossing
guards or code enforcement offi-
cers.
"But, how can you say they
aren't just as valuable as the guy
out on the street? They're all just
as valuable to the citizenry," he
added. "If I just saw some type of
belt-tightening in Tallahassee -.
that's what makes it unpalat-
able."
Mr. Long, echoed that senti-
ment.
"What's really sad, it was the
state legislature in its infinite wis-
dom that determined property
taxes should be a major revenue
source. Now it wants to throw
that out for the political value it
brings without having to deal
with the realities of it all -- the
impacts," he said. "It's just irre-
sponsible it's really doing a dis-
service.
"It's really disappointing," he
added.
Calls to State Senator J.D.
Alexander and State Senator Ken
Pruitt were not returned.

Editor's Note: To voice your
concern over this issue, contact
the legislators for this area. They
are: Sen. J.D. Alexander (863)
386-6016, 800-444-9747 or (850)
487-5044; Sen. Ken Pruitt (772)
344-1140 or (850) 487-5088; Rep.
Richard Machek (561) 279-
1633 or (850) 488-5588; and,
Rep. Frank Attkisson (407) 943-
3077or (850) 488-8992.


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Eden's Construction Company for
$139,583.15 to be funded by a
grant;
awarded a contract to Craig
A. Smith in the amount of $27,720
for engineering services relating
to installation of culverts on Nub-
bin Slough and extended time of
the contract with South Florida
Water Management District
authorizing the work;
awarded a contract for
review of The Grove's application
for development approval for a
development of regional impact;
scheduled a workshop for
June 12 to talk with developers of
The Grove;
authorized expenditure of
up to $16,769 to the Okeechobee
County school system to provide
lunch for summer recreation pro-
grams; and,
authorized the purchase or
lease, whichever is most econom-
ical, of a copy machine for the
county administrator's office.
Postyouropinionsln the Public
Issues Forum atwww.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda may be reached
atpgawda@newszap.com.



Energy

Continued From Page 1
charges. The amount will be
increased to $750 beginning
June 1, when energy costs usual-
ly increase due to the hot weath-
er.
Funds are currently available
and Okeechobee County has
annually had funds available that
were not used. Within the five
counties in the district Palm
Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian
River and Okeechobee a total
of $9 million is available with
about 45,000 families receiving
help.
Other programs which indi-
viduals can benefit from are the
Always Watching for At-risk
Elders (AWARE) program. This
program identifies seniors who
are suffering from needless
physical, emotional and mental
distress. Individuals are identi-
fied by trained FPL employees as
they do routine work in the com-
munity, or are referred from part-
nering human service agencies.
The Medical Essential Service
program is also available for
individuals with special needs
who depend on electricity to
prevent serious complications.
The program offers a limited
number. of payment extensions,
notification prior to scheduled
loss of electrical power and
refers individuals to local human
services agencies if they need
assistance.
Another program that can
help all individuals cut their
energy costs is to enroll in the
On-Call program which saves
about $100 a year. This program
allows FPL to occasionally cycle
off select major appliances for
brief periods.
To do this, this, they install a grey
box that automatically turns off
the selected appliance. In turn,
the consumer gets a monthly
credit on their bill.
For additional information
about these and other programs
call 1-800-DIAL-FPL (1-800-342-
5375); or, visit www.FPL.com.
In other club business:
officer nominees are: presi-
dent Frank Irby; vice president
Jim Vensel; treasurer Jeff Sumn-
er; secretary Cory Crum; past
president Marcos Monte de Oca.
board member nominees
are: Greg Thorgesen; Paul
Mitchell; Brad Stark; Wendy
Woodman; Devin Maxwell; Ben-
nett Yielding; alternate Robbi
Sumner; and, alternate Kelly
Owens.
Kiwanis is offering support
to the 19th annual non-alcoholic
grad night to be held at the Star-
dust Lanes on Thursday, May 31.


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Okeechobee Forecast

Friday: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of showers. The high
will be in the mid 80s. The wind will be from the northeast at 10 to
15 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
SFriday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers. The
low will be around 70. The wind will be from the northeast around
15 mph, becoming east around 10 mph after midnight. The chance
of rain is 20 percent.
Extended Forecast
Saturday. Partly sunny, with a slight chance of showers in the
afternoon. The high will be in the upper 80s. The wind will be from
the east around 10 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with the low in the upper 60s.


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Agri-Civic Center to host events
OKEECHOBEE A number of events are scheduled to be held at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E., in the coming
weeks.
These scheduled events include: May 26 & 27 Memorial Day Bike
Rally.
For information, call (863) 763-1666.

Hospital hosting Dine with the Doctor
OKEECHOBEE Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., will pres-
ent Dine with the Doctor on Tuesday, May 29, beginning with dinner at
4:45 p.m. in the hospital dining room.
: The guest physician will be Dr. Mishelevich, a new member of the
medical staff. Dr. Mishelevich will be discussing caring for America's
aging population.
R.S.V.P. to Bill Casian at (863) 824-2702.

Summer food service program offered
OKEECHOBEE Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation will
be participating in the summer food service program from June 11
through July 27.
Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regard-
less of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during summer
vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. All
children 18 years old and younger are eligible for meals at no charge
and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
Non-enrolled children at open sites should pre-register for meals
with Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation, either in person at 640
N.W. 27th Lane, or by phone at (863) 763-6950, no less than 24 hours
in advance.
The programs are only approved for geographical areas of need
where 50 percent or more of the children quality for free and reduced
price meals during the school year.
The following sites will be participating in the Summer Food Ser-
vice Program: Douglas Brown Community Center, 826 N.E. 16th Ave.;
Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 North; and, Central Ele-
mentary School, 610 S.W. Fifth Ave.
Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against
in any USDA-related activity should write or call immediately to: USDA,
Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W, Washing-
ton, D.C. 20250-9410; or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382


Golf clinic for youngsters slated
OKEECHOBEE Waldau's Junior Golf 2007 Golf Clinic will be
held June 18-22 at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club, 405 N. E.
131st Lane, for boys and girls between.the ages of 8-13.
Clinic hours will be from 8 a.m. until noon each day, and instruction
will be given by a certified PGA golf instructor.
The fee is $125 for the week. Pre-registration with payment is
required.
For information, call (863) 763-6228 or (863) 467-7300.


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The Okeechobee News, Friday. May 25,2007


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Okeechboee News/Helen Chason

Brighton Preschool Graduates
Laila Bennett (left) and classmate Bevyn Billie (right)
await the 2007 Brighton Pre-School Graduation held at the
Brighton gymnasium, Thursday, May 24. Twenty-one stu-
dents earned their diplomas and were cheered on by par-
ents, grandparents and family members.


Lake Denton prepares


for summer campers


Lake Denton Camp in Avon
Park is now open year round.
Mother Nature certainly took a bit
out of the camp with her hurri-
canes, but we have survived. Many
of you reading this article have
quite a history with Camp Denton.
Philip and Pam Elders excitedly
accepted the position of camp
directors about three years ago.
Everyone has worked very hard to
make the camp a place of fun, wor-
ship and great food.
The years of bugs, no air in the
cabins and yucky food are over. We
have air conditioned all the cabins
and the chapel and given the bugs
eviction notices. We have a cook
that really knows her meals and the
children love the food. Our best
claim to fame is probably our giant
60 ft. slip 'n slide that shoots you
directly into our beautiful Lake
Denton. The lake is spring fed and
crystal clear. We also offer canoe-
ing, sail boating and fishing as well.
Our large field is perfect for soccer,
football and water balloon games.
We have a volleyball court, basket-
ball court and baseball field.
Indoors, we offer awesome game
time. We even offer our own ver-
sion of "fear factor" with physical,
spiritual andfood challenges. We
have 10 cabins and can accommo-
date 110 campers and counselors.
We have two full RV sites available
aswell.
This summer we have several


camps for all ages:
June 1-2 we are offering an
overnighter for K5-second grades.
Moms and Dads are welcome. The
cost is $25 for child and $10 per
adult.
Overnight camp June 17-20
for second-fifth grade children. The
cost is $115. A deposit of $50 will
hold your child's bunk with the bal-
ance paid upon arrival at camp.
The next camp is for 6th-8th
rades on July 8-14. The cost is
195 with a $75 deposit.
Next is our 7th-12th grade
camp on July 15-21 at a cost of
$195 with a $75 deposit..
The last camp for the summer
will be July 23-28 for 9th-l 2th grade
youth.
Scholarships are available if
help is needed. We do not want
money to be a reason a child does-
n't make it to camp.
The number for the camp is
(863) 453-3627. Our website
address is www.lakedenton-
camp.org and you can download
the application directly from our
website. You can e-mail us at
phil@lakedentoncamp.org or call
us at our local numbers: Phil, (863)
634-8722 or Pam, (863) 634-9280.
We would love the opportunity
of ministering to your children in a
safe, happy, fun environment that
gives you peace of mind and place
for them to enjoy.-


"The Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test (FCAT) is a valu-
able tool that enables educators
to see how well students are per-
forming and mastering basic skills
of reading, writing, math and sci-
ence. It also helps us to identify
struggling students and the areas
in which they may need addition-
al instruction or remediation.
Since 2001, we have seen
steady annual gains of between 1
and 3 percentage points in the
percent of third graders reading
on grade level. These gains have
reflected continuous improve-
ment of Florida students. In 2006,
the percent of third graders read-
ing on grade level jumped 8 per-
centage points. However, this
year, third-grade reading perform-
ance fell 6 percentage points from
the previous year. Like many of
the state's education leaders, I
was troubled by this drop. I
immediately directed Department
of Education staff to analyze the
third-grade FCAT reading data
from 2005, 2006 and 2007 to bet-
ter explain these variations.
Staff reviewed a number of
factors, including student demo-
graphics, third grade retentions,
student mobility, prior test per-
formance of students participat-
ing in Reading First programs,
teacher mobility, teacher experi-
ence levels and changes in poli-
cies. In addition, we worked with
our testing vendors and outside
experts to look at the test itself,
how well students performed on
questions that were common
over multiple years and the scor-
ing process. We rechecked and
verified the scoring for both 2006
and 2007 third-grade reading test
administrations. What we found
was that last year's third graders
performed better on test ques-
tions that also appeared on other
test administrations. However, we
do not believe this alone account-
ed for the large increase last year
followed by a decline this year.
As we continued to investi-
gate, it became clear that the
anomaly in third-grade reading
results does not lie with this year's
results, which fall in line with the
trend line of moderate and steady
increases from year-to-year, but
with last year's third-grade read-
ing results. Our analyses have led
us to focus in on a set of test ques-
tions used as a means to 'equate'


the scores of the test from one
year to the next. These are known
as anchor questions and basically
ensure that FCAT scores mean the
same thing from one year to the
next. This helps us confirm that
students are performing about
where they should be and that the
test's difficulty level is the same as
in previous years. We believe the
set of anchor questions used in
the 2006 third-grade reading test
did not perform as intended nor
as well as the anchor items used
in 2005 and 2007.
We have found two main fac-
tors that have led us to the conclu-
sion that last year's set of anchor
items were not as good as the
sets of anchor items used this
year and in previous years. Part of
our process is to compare the
percent of anchor questions stu-
dents correctly answer to the per-
cent correctly answered in the
entire test. These percentages
should fall into an acceptable
range and the closer they are
aligned, the better. In 2006, these
percentages were not as closely
aligned as they should have been.
Student performance on any
test question is also dependent
on where it appears on the test.
That is to say, students often per-
form better on test questions that
appear at the beginning of a test
versus those that appear near the
end. We take this into account
when building our tests. General-
ly, anchor questions should
appear in the same place or posi-
tion on a test as they have in pre-
vious use. In 2006, a reading pas-
sage and the questions
associated with that passage
were placed in different position
than they had in prior tests.
We believe the combination
of the change in placement or
positioning of anchor questions,
along with the percentage of stu-
dents correctly answering anchor
and test questions not being as
closely aligned as they should
have been, resulted in an over-
statement of last year's third
grade reading FCAT results. Since
we use the set of anchor ques-
tions to serve as the baseline of
student performance, we have
what appeared to be a higher
performing set of anchor ques-
tions further amplifying above
average student performance.
We have already reviewed the


Obituaries


Ryland M. Bagby
Ryland M. Bagby, 89, of Okee-
chobee died May 23, 2007, at
Okeechobee Health Care Facility.
Mr. Bagby was born Feb. 6, 1918,
in Richmond, Va. to William and
Virginia Bagby. He was the owner
of his family's service station
Bagby's Sunoco which was in
business for 50 years in the town
of Niagara Falls before coming to
Okeechobee in 1959. Mr. Bagby
proudly served our country in the
U.S. Army for five years during
WWII. He was a volunteer fire-
man for 24 years in Niagara Falls,
N.Y, Honorary Mayor of the Town
of Niagara Falls, N.Y, member of
the 4th Armored Division, VFW,
American Legion, Moose Lodge
and Royal Legion in Canada.
Mr. Bagby is survived by his
wife, Sally E. Bagby of Okee-
chobee; three stepdaughters,
Judy Bagby, and Mary Jane Ver-
gener both of Niagara Falls, N.Y.
and Cynthia Black of Beaufort,
S.C.; seven grandchildren; three
great grandchildren; two broth-
ers, Robert and William Bagby
both of N.Y. and sister, Edna
Delong of Tenn.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7


p.m. Friday, May 25, 2007, at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel. Funeral
services will be held 11 a.m. Sat-
urday, May 26, 2007, at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel with Pastor
John Hirst of Peace Lutheran
Church and Dr. Robert Etheridge
will officiate. Interment will be in
Niagara Falls, N.Y.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobeefu-
neralhome.com.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
205 N.E. Second Street, Okee-
chobee.

Norma Hawkins
Norma
Hawkins, 85 of
Okeechobee
died May 23,
2007, at the
Hamrick
Home. Mrs.
Hawkins was
born March 15,
1922, in Jes-
sup, Ind. to Norma
Thomas Daly Hawkins
and Nora Carri-
er. She was a representative for


Indiana Bell before coming to
Okeechobee in the 1970s. Mrs.
Hawkins attended the Buckhead
Ridge Baptist Church. She loved
gardening, yard work, and fishing.
Mrs. Hawkins was preceded in
death by her husband, Joseph C.
Hawkins and three brothers.
She is survived by two sisters,
Mary Copp and Pauline Tuttle;
nieces, Sandra McClurg, Ruth
Andrews all of Okeechobee, Mary
Jo Azecusky of West Palm Beach,
and Carol Copeland of Jack-
sonville and a number of nieces
and nephews out of state.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7
p.m. Saturday, May 26, 2007, at
Bass Okeechobee Chapel. Inter-
ment will be in Rosedale, Indiana.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobeefu-
neralhome.com.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
205 N.E. Second St., Okeechobee.

Jerry L. Smith
Jerry L. Smith, 75 died Sunday,
May 20, 2007, in Alabama. Born
Dec. 2, 1931, in West Palm Beach,
she was a resident of West Palm


Beach before moving to Okee-
chobee in 1983.
She is preceded in death by her
husband, Norman Smith.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her
daughters, Joan A. Kramer of
Dothan, Ala., Sandra L. Lumbatis
of Newville, Ala. and Mildred L.
Smith of Tacoma, Washington. In
addition she is survived by six
grandchildren and three great-
grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held
on Saturday, May 26, 2007, at 10
a.m. in the Memory Garden
Cemetery, 4141 10th Ave. North,
Lake Worth.
In lieu of flowers memorial
contributions can be made to the
Norman and Jerry Smith Memori-
al Health Care fund for cancer
screening, cancer risk reduction,
and cancer prevention in care of
Bridges Health Care Fund, 3817
6th Ave., Tacoma, Washington
98406 or visit their website:
www.bridgeshealth.com/help/ht
ml.
All local arrangements are
under the care and direction of
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
matory, 110 N.E. Fifth St., Okee-
chobee.


2007 exam for these two issues
and are confident this did not
happen with this year's test
administration.
The Department of Education
has adjusted our practices to
ensure that we are consistently
applying from year-to-year the
same rigorous processes and sta-
tistical standards for selecting,
positioning and comparing
anchor items. Strict adherence to
these procedures has served us
well in the past and will do so in
the future. To make certain no
students, teachers, schools or
school districts are disadvan-
taged, we will go back and re-
equate and rescale the 2006 third
grade FCAT reading exam against
a new set of anchor items. This
will result in a new set of reading
scores for last year's third-grade
class, which we will issue as soon
as they are available. No individ-
ual student will be negatively
impacted by the recalculation of
last year's third grade reading
scores. We will also use these
new results when calculating
learning gains for this year's
school grades and federal Ade-
quate Yearly Progress. We do not
plan to reissue school grades for
last year.
We are committed to open-
ness and transparency of the
FCAT. We will be convening next
week an external advisory group
to assist the Department in identi-
fying an independent, external
group of testing experts to review
the data from 2006 and recom-
mend a procedure for establish-
ing an annual review of the test.
We will conduct an independent
review of FCAT results each year
from here on out.
The FCAT plays an important
role in our public education sys-
tem and because of this we must
and will do all that we can to pre-
serve the integrity and accuracy of
the test."


FCAT third grade reading


data is analyzed by staff


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We often hear the remark "Oh,
it is just human nature."
We can't help but wonder just
what "human nature" is...since
there are millions of humans and
each one acts
differently.
There is one
thing in com-
mon with all
people, how-
ever. That is
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We heard of a family group sit-
ting around one evening dis-
cussing the town character.
Everyone had something bad to
say about the poor fellow until it
came around to the mother. "Well,
his mother loved him very much,"
was all she had to say. Maybe the
time had come when no one loved
him. This could have been a big
contributing factor to his life.
You know, this could be the
secret to success or failure. We
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TEEN PREGNANCY: After reading that Okeechobee County has
the disgraceful distinction of being second in the state for pregnancy
of girls aged 10-12, I have only one question for our county's law
enforcement officials: why are our courts and jails not full of the
men and boys responsible? A pregnant 10-12 year old girl is not an
unexpected pregnancy it is a crime

DEVELOPMENTS: Why does the city and county continue to
approve new developments when some they have already approved
have already been abandoned? Like the one on S.E. 1 th St. with
unfinished homes left for the use of drug dealers and the homeless.
Weeds have grown over the fire hydrants and the road has become
a race track at all hours of the night.

SEA WALL: As a waterfront property owner concerned about the
sea walls there is not a drop of water in our canal and if the sea
wall falls, in who pays?

MAIL FRAUD: I went to jail in December. My ex-wife transferred
my mail from my post office box to her address in Sebring. We have
been divorced for three years. She has my W-2 forms and no telling
what other important papers. When I called the postmaster I was
told there is nothing they can do. I think people ought to know that
anybody can walk into the post office and have anybody's mail
transferred without getting in trouble. She forged my name and
. forged my signature and I think that is mail fraud. Something needs
to be done where nobody else can do this to anybody else.
: Editor's Note: Have you filed a criminal complaint with the sher-
iff's office?

CANALS: I think it's time now that the canals are completely
empty to go ahead with the dredging and widening of them. They
are certainly a mess. We are paying high taxes for waterfront proper-
ty and there is none.

WATERING: I am a concerned citizen here in Okeechobee about
water usage that has been restricted on certain days at certain times.
I live in Taylor Creek Isles and have recently seen people watering
their lawns the ones with pretty green lawns who water anytime
they like or at night outside of the time frames on the certain days.
That is very frustrating considering most of our lawns are dead and
the canals are dry. Our kids can't fish. There is barely enough water
for the birds to stand in. These people continually run their sprin-
klers and move them around their yard at any given time. I have
called numerous times and have been told people will check on it
but it doesn't stop. I know it is going to eventually affect our utility
bills. Where do we go from here? How do we stop them? We live on
a dead end street and people don't care because nobody comes
down here. The lack of concern is pathetic in this town.
Editor's Note: If the homeowners to which you refer have a well,
then they are not under the same water restrictions as those who
get their water from the Okeechobee Utility Authority. They are,
however, asked to cut back and conserve as much as possible. As
for enforcement, we suggest you call the South Florida Water Man-
agement District's Okeechobee service center at (863) 763-5260 to
find out what agency is charged with handling your complaint.

LOW PAY: I am a concerned person who has moved to Okee-
chobee with my family from the Midwest. I love living here. It is nice
here. It's not what I expected of Florida. I am a little disgruntled by
the pay scale inca professional position. I have been in the medical
profession for 12 years and had to take a $4 an hour pay cut, which
puts me equal to some of the gas stations where they start at $9 an
hour. I might make that, or maybe a little more. Everybody around
here says that is normal for Okeechobee. You are not going to make
as much as anywhere else. But the economy is the same. The gas
price is the same. The food price is the same. The housing is the
same. I think you are driving a lot of people out of this town and
maybe that's what they want.


* Community Events

Church plans to hold Bible school
Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W. 32nd St., will be offering
Vacation Bible School to youth between the ages of 4 through 13.
The school will be held Monday, July 30, through Saturday, Aug. 4,
from 6 until 9 p.m. For information, call Carol at (863) 763-6602.

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Friday
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion meet-
ing at 8 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, in Buck-
head Ridge. For Information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public Is invited. All persons
interested In a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming a part of a
caring group are welcome to come and see what we are all about. For infor-
mation, contact Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church,
200 N.W. Second St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance every
Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on Sebring Park-
way, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for members and $6
for guests. For Information, call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr, holds meetings for per-
sons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For information call
(863) 357-3053.
Saturday
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will follow a short business
meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice before joining. For information,
contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257;
or, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.
Sunday
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our
Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Monday
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Children's Cen-
ter on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The orientation is for
those interested in fostering or adopting in Okeechobee County. This meet-
ing requires no RSVP and is a question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC
Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster
Care Program at 1-(800) 403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for open discussion at Buckhead
Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For information call (863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys singing is
invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for your organization
or group, contact Marge Skinner at (863) 532-0449.
Nar-anonHelps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a more nor-
mal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she has stopped using. We
meet every Friday at 8 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road For information, call (863) 467-9833.
Tuesday
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 Chad Rucks at (863) 763-8999.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our
Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee. Everyone is
welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.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
(Intemrnational Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the Clock
Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call (863)
357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to
participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, contact
Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For infor-
mation, call Eari 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 to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Wednesday
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 facilitator. There is another meeting
from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call
(863) 763-2893.
A.A meeting meets from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meeting meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. This will be a closed discussion.
Thursday
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Tantle Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the His-
torical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret at (863)
467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
AA. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of Our
Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship
hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
KIwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Village
Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public are wel-
come. For information, contact Frank Irby at (863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask ques-
tions. 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. Third Ave.
For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. will hold weekly support groups for women who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relationships
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.
Social Security Administration Office hours are from 9 a.m. until noon
at the One Stop Center, 209 S.W. Park St.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a Second Language
classes are held from 7 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thursday at
2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is welcome. The group
is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to
give one another support, information and ideas. The meetings are held at
Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For Information, call (863)467-2321.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step Study meeting
at 8 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, In Buck-
head Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth
Ave. at 7 p.m. For Information call Monlka at (863) 697-6235.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30 until 8
p.m.



Community Events


Community Events

Block party for teens scheduled
Communities in Schools and the Okeechobee Substance Abuse
Coalition have partnered to host a Summer Teen Blast Block Party.
This event is scheduled for Friday, May 25, at the Okeechobee Skate
Park, 300 N.W. Sixth Ave., from 7 until 11 p.m. Admission is $5 per
student. This Block Party is for sixth- through ninth-grade students.
For information, call (863) 462-5863.

Bike rally benefits local charities
Splinter Productions will present an Okeechobee Memorial Day
Bike Rally on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, at Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E. Gates open both days from 9 a.m.
until 9 p.m. Events include live music, food, drawings, bike show,
contests, vendors, poker runs and motorcycle events. Children 12
and under are free. Tickets are $10 per person on Saturday and Sun-
day. A full weekend pass is $15 per person. A percentage of the pro-
ceeds will support Big Lake Missions, the Pregnancy Resource Center
and More 2 Life Ministries. Vendors, bands, sponsors, parking atten-
dants, cleaning crews and security personnel are currently being
sought. For information call (863)-634-8980 or (863) 634-4151; log
onto www.splintpro.com; 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. Sign ups for this event will be at Good Spirits on U.S.
441 S. on Monday from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tee time is 2 p.m. For
information call (863) 763-2734, or Pat at (863) 763-6464.

SES advisory group to meet
The Seminole Elementary School advisory council will meet Tues-
day, May 29, at 4 p.m. in the media center. The public is invited.
La escuela Seminole Elementary van a tener su junta del Consejo
Consultivo para la escuela, miercoles, el 29 de mayo, 2007, a las 4
p.m., van a juntar en el biblioteca. Todo el public estan envitados de
assistir.

Center honors workforce week
The Okeechobee One Stop Career Center and Workforce Devel-
opment Board of the Treasure Coast will celebrate National Work-
force Week on Wednesday, May 30, at 8 a.m. in the Okeechobee One
Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St. Mary Snyder, One Stop Center
manager, will be serving her famous breakfast special. It will be an
excellent opportunity to tour the facility and meet the staff.

Scrapbooking party is slated
A scrapbooking crop party will be held on Friday, June 1, from 6
until 10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. All
levels of scrapbookers are welcome. Carolyn Jones will give a
demonstration on brag bags. She will also be available to assist you
with your scrapbooking questions and supplies. Bring your hand-
made name tag to enter the "name tag" contest. This month we will
also be voting on a name for our group. Refreshments will be served
and there will be door prizes. Bring any scrapbook pages on which
you are currently working. For information call Carolyn at (863) 634-
1885, or Joan at (863) 467-0290.

4-H hosting horse day camp
Okeechobee County 4-H will be hosting horse day camp. Camp
will begin June 4 with Basic Horsemanship. The week of June 11 will
be Horse Special Events week and the last week, beginning June 25,
will be Rodeo Week. This camp is for boys and girls ages 8-18 that
must be comfortable with horses. The cost is $ 100 per eek and chil-
dren may sign up for multiple weeks. Camp will be held at the Okee-
chobee Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E., from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Monday-Friday. For information and sign ups call come the Okee-
chobee County Extension Office at (863) 763-6469, or come to the
office at 458 U.S. 98 N.

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 19. The camp
will run June 4-7 (five. days/four nights). The fee is $80 per camper
and includes all expenses including three meals a day. Donations of
food and supplies would be appreciated. For information, contact
Rachel Velie at (863) 357-3053.

BHR church plans Bible school
Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church, Hunter Road/Cypress Street, will
hold a Vacation Bible School (VBS)"Game Day Central: Where
heroes are made," for children ages three through sixth grade June 4-
8, from 6 until 8:30 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Registration will
be held Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. until noon with hot dogs and
snacks. For information call Janelle Thomas at (863) 467-1015, the
church office at (863) 763-7532 or the pastor at (863) 763-3442.

Coalition board sets meeting date
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board will
meet Wednesday, June 6, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 1600 S.W
Second Ave. This is a brown bag lunch meeting and is open to board
members. For information, call Jim Vensel at (863) 357-1977.

Bake sale aids missionary projects
A bake sale, sponsored by the ladies of the church, will be held
Saturday, June 9, at the Presbyterian Church USA, 312 N Parrott Ave.
Doors will open at 9 a.m. Proceeds will go towards several mission-
ary projects. For information, call Eleanor Newhouse at (863) 763-
6928.

Methodist church plans Bible school
Lift Off, Soaring to New Heights is the theme of the Vacation Bible
School to be held at First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second
S., June 11-15 from 5 until 8 p.m. A light dinner will begin each ses-
sion. There will be adult classes as well as three children's classes for
ages 5 and under, those 6 to 8 and those 9 to 11. Childcare is available
for babies and toddlers. For information, call (863) 763-4021.

OSAC resource committee to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community
resource committee will meet Monday, June 11, from 11:30 a.m. until
12:30 p.m. at 1600 S.W Second Ave. This is a brown bag lunch meet-
ing and is open to the public. For information, call Keith Striping at
(863) 763-6064.

OSAC training panel will meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community out-
reach/training committee will meet Monday, June 11, from 9 until 10
a.m. at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. The meeting is open to the public. For
information, call Ken Kenworthyat (863) 462-5000, ext. 273.


OSAC plans monthly meeting
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting
will be held Tuesday, June 12, from 11:30 until 12:45 p.m. at the
Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th St. Everyone is welcome and
lunch will be served. All parents and PTO members from Okee-
chobee's public and private schools are encouraged to attend and
assist in developing the countywide prevention plan. For information,
call Lydia Jean Williams at (863) 634-9015.

Oakview hosting vacation Bible school
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St., will hold vacation
Bible school Monday through Friday, June 18-22, from 6 until 9 p.m.
The theme will be Game Day Central: Where Heroes Are Made. Pre-
registration is not mandatory but is suggested. There will be a kick-off
with fun and games on Saturday, June 16, from 9 until 11:30 a.m. For
information, call (863) 763-1699.


Church offers religious education classes
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will be offering
religious education classes for children. Registrations for Catholic
Christian Doctrine (C.C.D.) are now being accepted. Classes for
children in grades kindergarten through ninth will be held every
Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:35 p.m. For information, call the
parish office at (863) 763-3727..
Coalition offers summer program
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will offer a free sum-
mer program, The T'aveling Medicine Show: S.O.S. Students Offer-
ing Solutions performance troupe. Thirtyyouth 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.












FHSRA prepares to host the 2007 State Finals Rodeo


On June 7th through June 10th,
nine members of the Okeechobee
High School Rodeo Team will trav-
el to Kissimmee for the 2007 Flori-
da High School Rodeo State Finals.
The 2007 Florida High School
Rodeo Association season has
ended with nine individuals from
the Okeechobee area meeting the
requirements to compete at the
State Finals in Kissimmee. To quali-
fy and compete at State Finals you
have to be in the top 15 in your
event with a 2.0 GPA or above. Not
only do these cowboys and cow-
girls have to practice and compete
hard to make it in the top 15 but
they must work hard to keep their
grades up as well. Out of 200 mem-
bers in the Florida High School
Rodeo Association 100 members
have qualified for State Finals this
year. Okeechobee has a lot to be
proud of with nine of very own
qualifying. Of these nine, two have
qualified in two events. The follow-
ing cowboys and cowgirls will be
competing at State Finals starting
with the individuals that have quali-
fied in more than one event:










S*I ,

Chasey Bass
Chasey Bass, son of Keith and
Darlene Bass, is a 17 year old jun-
ior. Chasey has earned the chance
to go to the State Finals in two
events; first place in saddle bronc
and third place in boys cutting.
Chasey competed in State and
National Finals his freshman and
sophomore years in saddle bronc
and boys cutting. Chasey brought
home two State Championship
Titles last year, he earned the 2006
Florida State Championship Saddle
Bronc Title and 2006 Florida State
Finals Championship Title in sad-
dle bronc. He earned third place in
the boys cutting at state finals.
Chasey not only competes at the
high school level but competes in
the PCA (Professional Cowboys
Association) and IPRA (Interna-
tional Professional Rodeo Associa-
ti.n) i:i -n," l- brpnc, riding,
Chasey w\ill also tbecompeting at
the -International Youth Finals
Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla. this July.
Last year Chasey was in the top ten
in all three goes at the International
Youth Finals Rodeo. Chasey plans
on going to college out west and
pursuing saddle bronc riding at


more professional level.


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Jessica Ziglar
Jessica Ziglar, daughter of
Tommy and Katrina Ziglar, is a 17
year old junior. Jessica has earned
the chance to go to the State Finals
in two events; third place in pole
bending and eighth place in bar-
rels. Jessica competed in State and
National Finals her freshman and
sophomore years, in pole bending
and girls cutting. Jessica qualified
her freshman year in three events
for state finals and went to nation-
als in two events. Jessica brought
home the 2006 Reserved Champi-
onship Title in pole bending. Jessi-
ca not only competes at the high
school level in several events, she
competes in several barrel racing
associations as well as the PCA
(Professional Cowboys Associa-
tion) and IPRA (International Pro-
fessional Rodeo Association) in
barrel racing. Jessica will also be
competing at the International
Youth Finals Rodeo in Shawnee,
Okla. this July.
Jacoby Johns, son of Jeff and
Wendy Johns, is a 15 year old soph-
omore. Jacoby has earned the
chance to go to the State Finals in
bareback in second position. This
is Jacoby's first year competing in
the Florida High School Rodeo
Association and has done a
remarkable job. At this rate we
should be seeing some state and
national championship titles from
this young man. Jacoby also com-
petes professionally in the EIRA
(Eastern Indian Rodeo Associa-
tion), winning several bareback
championship titles.


Nick Mazzilli, son of Matt and
Trisha Mazzilli, is a 17 year old
junior. Nick has earned the


chance to go to the State Finals in
calf roping in sixth position. Nick
qualified for State Finals his soph-
omore year. Nick like the other
cowboys competes professional-
ly in calf and team roping in other
professional associations. With a
father that likes to rope as much
as Nick does, Nick gets a lot of
opportunities to compete in this
sport.


Breanne Lee
Breanne Lee, daughter of
Becky Breaux, is a 16 year old
sophomore. Breanne has earned
the chance to go State Finals in
breakaway roping in tenth posi-
tion. This is Breanne's second
year in the FHSRA and she also
competes in barrels, pole bend-
ing and team roping. Breanne is
another cowgirl that competes in
the nrnfessional circuit.


JR Gomez


JR Gomez, son of Freddy and
Maleatha Gomez, is a 16 year old
sophomore. JR has earned the
chance to go to the State Finals in
team roping as a header and is
tied for fourth position. This is
JR's second year in FHSRA. JR
also competes in the professional
circuit.


Kayla Davis, daughter of
Denny and Margo Davis, is a 14
year old freshman. Kayla has
earned the chance to go to State
Finals in girls cutting in sixth posi-
tion. This is Kayla's first year in the
FHSRA and competes in barrels,
breakaway and girls cutting.
However, this year she only made
it to the finals in the girls cutting
event. Kayla's goal is to make it to
Nationals, graduate from high
school and move out to Okla-
homa to go to college at Okla-
homa State to become an equine
dentist and major in animal sci-
ence.


Logan Coker, son of Marshal
Coker and Amie and Bud Neese,
is a 17 year old junior. Logan has
earned the chance to go to State
Finals in bull riding in eleventh
position. Logan has qualified for
State Finals his freshman and
sophomore years and for
Nationals his freshman year.
Logan is another one of our
cowboys that competes outside
of high school in professional
circuit competing in bull riding.
Logan would like to thank his
parents and family for their con-
tinued support.


Justina Stokes, daughter of
Robert and. Leslie Stokes and
Lisa Stokes, is a 15 year old soph-


Sports Briefs


Firestix plan
softball tryouts
The Chobee Firestix will hold
tryouts for the traveling softball
team on Friday, June 1, at 6:30 p.m.
at the Okeechobee High School
softball field.
Anyone aged 8 and under who
is interested in playing competitive
travel softball tournaments on the
coast should attend this tryout.
For information, call Kim Har-
graves at (863) 634-6322.

Benefit golf
tourney planned
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club will host a golf tournament to
benefit the mission outreach pro-
gram of the Okeechobee Church
of God on Saturday, June 2.


The cost for this event is $200
per team or $75 per player.
Prizes will be awarded and
there will be a smoked chicken
after golfing is completed. Hole
sponsorships are also available at a
cost of $100 per sign.
For pre-registration (required)
call Mike Slayton at (863) 634-5888;
Steve Szentmartoni at (863) 634-
1317; or, Joseph Szentmartoni at
(863) 634-2001.
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-


come.
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 join.

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.

Junior golf
clinic slated
Waldau's Junior Golf 2007 Golf
Clinic will be held June 18-22 at the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club, 405 N. E. 131st Lane, for boys
and girls between the ages of 8-13.
Clinic hours will be from 8 a.m.
until noon each day, and instruc-
tion will be given by a certified PGA
golf instructor,
The fee is $125 for the week.
Pre-registration with payment is
required.
For information, call (863) 763-
6228 or (863) 467-7300.


more. Justina has earned the
chance to go to State Finals in
barrels in fifteenth position. This
is Justina's second year in the
FHSRA. Like many of our other
cowgirls Justina also competes
on a professional level.
When you see these fine cow-
boys and cowgirls around let
them know how proud you are
of them for representing Okee-
chobee in such a fine manner.
They have worked very hard to
get to where they are going and
with just the support of family
and friends to achieve their
goals. The State Finals will be
held at the Silver Spurs arena in
Kissimmee June 7th through the
9th with the awards banquet on
the 10th. Come out and show
your support for these fine
young athletes. Only the top four
in each event will advance to the
National Finals July 22nd
through the 28th in Springfield,
Ill. Several of these individuals
will be leaving around the 4th of
July to compete at the Interna-
tional Youth Finals Rodeo in
Shawnee, Okla. before going
onto the National Finals in
Springfield.
The Rodeo Team will be hold-
ing a fund raiser May 29th at RJ
Gators on U.S. 441 South
between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Your support is needed to help
the team raise money for the
nine state finalists. The team will
be distributing out participation
cards that you will need to pres-
ent that night. A percentage of
the proceeds from these cards
(you must present the card) for
your meals will go to the rodeo
team. Your support will be great-
ly appreciated. For additional
information contact Darlene
Bass at (863) 634-5815.
Below is the remainder of
their schedule for this year:
Kissimmee, June 7th 10th
STATE FINALS; June 7th at 10
a.m. all three goes of the Cutting
Only; June 7th at 7 p.m. first per-
formance; June 8th at 7 p.m.
second performance; June 9th at
2 p.m. third and final perform-


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Drought brings



high fire danger
TALLAHASSEE Florida their part in preventing addition-
Department of Agriculture and al fires."
Consumer Services Commis- While some areas in Florida
sioner Charles H. Bronson is have received some rainfall, it
urging residents to use caution has not been enough to ease the
when conducting outdoor severe drought conditions that
activities this holiday weekend. have plagued the state. The out-
Warm weather and a lack of door burning of residential yard
rainfall in many areas have cre- waste (leaves, grass, branches,
ated tinder box conditions palm fronds, etc.) is currently
throughout Florida and the prohibited by Bronson's Depart-
department's Division of ment until drought conditions
Forestry is asking for every- improve. "Many counties have
one's help with wildfire preven- also enacted burn bans which
tion. may include additional prohibi-
"Any little spark could be the tions," Mr. Bronson said. Resi-
catalyst for the next big wild- dents should check with their
fire," Mr. Bronson said. "Our local Division of Forestry or fire
foresters and firefighters from department to see what restric-
across the state and nation have tions are in place for their area.
been working tirelessly to pro- A list of the counties with out-
tect people and property. They door burn bans can also be
have a good handle on the fires found on the Division of Forestry
but it is critical that everyone do website www.fl-dlof.com.

Safety tips for


the holiday weekend


Since January 1st, 2,473 wild-
fires have burned 350,192 acres
in Florida. In recent weeks, the
Keetch-Byram Drought Index
has risen to a statewide average
of 560. The Keetch-Byram
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amount of moisture in the upper
three feet of soil which ranges
from 0 (flood conditions) to 800
(desert-like conditions). Thirty
eight Florida counties currently
have a KBDI reading of over 600.
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to take care not to start any
brush fires.
Be very careful with operat-
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any spark can start a wildfire
right now.
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from an ATV can start a brush
fire.
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avoid starting a fire.
Be careful where you park
your car. Tall grass can easily be
ignited from a hot catalytic con-
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fire when the vegetation is dry
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killed in 51 traffic crashes; of these,
54 percent were alcohol-related
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those killed in vehicles normally
equipped with seat belts were not
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Users required to
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By Naji Tobias
INI FLORIDA
THE GLADES -The South
Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD) has placed even
tougher restrictions for water users
throughout the Glades area.
The Glades area is now under
Phase III water restrictions due to
lingering drought in the area,
according to district officials. The
more rigid restrictions were put
into effect on Wednesday, May 16.
Under the restrictions, users
throughout the area are required
to achieve a 45 percent reduction
in water use, according to Jesus
Rodriguez, the district's media
relations spokesman.
What that means is that resi-


City pla


dents will be limited to watering
their lawns and washing their vehi-
cles only once a week.
For residents with odd-num-
bered addresses, water use will be
allowed on Saturdays from the
hours of 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 5
p.m. to 7 p.m., officials said. For
residents with even-numbered
addresses, watering will be
allowed on Sunday during those
same hours.
Officials added residents
should not water the entire time
allowed, but only long enough to
deposit about three quarters of an
inch of irrigation to lawns.
Under the current restrictions,
pressure washing is allowed from
Monday to Fridays, officials said.
Officials said users can only
"bucket hand wash" their vehicles
on the allowed day, but added that
residents could go to a car wash at
anytime.
Belle Glade resident Maurice
Ford, who washed his car at a car


wash on Northwest Avenue L last
week, said that he has no problem
complying with the restrictions.
"There's nothing we can do
about it," said Mr. Ford. "We just
have to deal with it."
Mr. Ford said he would rather
spend money to wash his car at
the car wash than risk getting fined
by doing it himself at home.
"I don't have to worry about
breaking the law," said Mr. Ford.
"Plus, this will save me money in
water bills."
Mr. Rodriguez said that while
the district is in charge of monitor-
ing water use for permanent users
such as golf courses, at the resi-
dential level, it is up to local munic-
ipalities to enforce water use on
the citizens.
Mr. Rodriguez said the district
has been in communication with
local municipalities on ways to
enforce the restrictions.
The water district provides
municipalities with citations to use


for enforcement, based on Florida
statutes.
"Enforcement sends a message
to residents," said Mr. Rodriguez.
"If local municipalities set an
example and lead by it, then the
residents will heed the warnings."
Mr. Rodriguez said fines vary
depending on local ordinances.
The representative added that
the Phase III restrictions could be
the most severe the area will see
during the drought, in part
because of the upcoming wet sea-
son, which begins in early June, he
said.
"We're hoping for favorable
rains as wet season begins next
month and extends to November,"
said Mr. Rodriguez.
Mr. Rodriguez said, however,
that the possibility for the drought
to continue into the wet season
still exists.
"If sufficient rains do not fall
over the course of the wet season,
it's possible we could be still in a


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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III.
Movie times for Friday, May 25,
through Thursday, May 31, are as
follows:
Theatre I -"Pirates of the
Caribbean 3" (PG-13) Show-
times: Friday at 7 p.m. only. Satur-
day and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.
only. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 2 and 7 p.m.
Theatre II "Shrek 3" (PG-13)
* Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "Spiderman 3"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9:10 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
'day 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, 7and9:10.p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for. adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
:senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-
7202.

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DESIRABLE GRAVE SPACES
Available in Bassinger Ceme-
tery. To inquire call:
(904)304-3227

CAT- Found 3 legged cat.
(863)357-3225
DOG, male, north of Ft. Drum,
white w/black.
(863)697-8948

CAT- vic of SW 15th Street &
5th Ave. Dark Siamese
w/white paws. Please call
(863)634-9614
CHIHUAHUA, Tea-cup, fe-
male, It. brown, last seen be-
hind Rodeo Grounds on 5/5.
REWARDI (863)697-1884
COCKER SPANIEL: Sally, 8 yr
old blond. Missing since
05/13 from Bet Her Acres.
Reward 863-610-1027

BABY HAMSTERS: Free To
good homes only
863-801-1302 or 801-3942.
Okeechobee area
BEAGLE/HUNTING DOG MIX-
female, 11 wks old, kennel
trained/ hse brk, good home
only (904)483-7348
BLUE HEELER PUPS (2): 1
male, 1 female. Good hog &
cattle. Free to good homes.
863-835-4857
BUG PUPPIES (4): Pug/ Bos-
ton TerrierMix Males, free
to good homes only. Call
863-673-0941.
BULL MASTIF / KERR MIX
(7): Free to good homes.
63-835-4857
KITTEN- 1 female calico, 7
weeks old, to good home.
(863)634-9017


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KITTENS (6) 1 Male, 5 Fe-
male. Free to good homes
only. (863)230-0026
MUSTANG- 3yrs old, gentle,
male, to good tome only
(863)634-5729





OKEECHOBEE- Fri, Sat & Sun
May 25th- 27th, 8:30am-
?, 15412 NW 256th St.
(in Viking) 772-971-3700
Tools, Tools, Tools !!


OKEECHOBEE- Sat. & Sun
May 26th & 27th,
0lam-3pm, 513 NE 10th
Ave., Craftsman Lathe, Puz-
zles, turn., and much morel!

SEEKING FEMALE COMPAN-
ION- non smoker, attractive,
age 55-65, who lives in
Okeechobee, for 69 yr old
male, nice guy. Call
(863)610-0632

Em moment


END DUMP DRIVERS
For ob between Buckhead
Ridge and Lakeport. Call
561-793-0322, Ext. 104
EQUIPMENT OPERATORS
needed in Belle Glade &
Okeechobee. Track hoe, dozer,
.--.end.dump, .60-70 hrs/wlk,
Call 561-793-4655
NEWSROOM HELP WANTED
English skills a must.
Computer skills helpful.
Part or Full Time. On
occasion, some nights and
weekends may be required.
Send resume, job history to
inipayroll@newszap.com


U.Garage .
Yard Sales


OUTPATIENT SUBSTANCE
ABUSE COUNSELOR
Full-time with benefits.
Part-time also needed.
Experience Required.
Fax resume to:
863-467-2477
-Pier 2 Resort Hiring-
Night Audit
*Front Desk
Bartenders
Housekeepers
*Experienced Only Apply*
Apply Within (863)763-8003
PLUMBER/FOREMAN
Must be able to lay-out
underground w/strings and also
know normal codes for Apts.
Call Tommy 386-423-5800
POSITION AVAILABLE.-
for assistant to Program
Resource Specialist. Must be
trustworthy, reliable, and
willing to learn. General office /
clerical / telephone skills
required. Must have ability to
work in a fast-paced environ-
ment, ability to multi-task, and
be proficient in Word and
Excel. Excellent organizational
skills, a valid driver's license
and reliable transportation a
must. hours are M-F, 8-5, ft.
Please apply In person at
406 NW 4th Street, Okee.


Energetic, Personable Medical
AssIstant Needed. Full Time
In busy medical office. Exp.
necessary. Fax CV to
863-582-9800.


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positions available. Must be able to open the buffet
at 5am. Taking applications until June 15,2007
$9.00perhour
SERVERS.- clean cut, personable & hard working
qualities is a must. Exp. preferred but not
necessary. Hiring AM& PM for only the right people.
MANAGERS Train in Okeechobee for relocation
$30,000 to start


Brighton Seminole
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Seeking experienced
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MIDFLORIDA Federal Credit Union
seeks a full time teller for its Okeechobee
branch location. Responsibilities include
serving members, performing transac-
tions, and cross selling credit union
products and services. Candidates must
possess previous teller experience as well
as a commitment to providing exceptional
customer service. Excellent benefits
package to include medical insurance,
401(k), tuition assistance, sales
incentives, and annual bonus. Apply
online at www.midflorida.com.
Drug Free Workplace



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


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Okeechobee
News
is seeking a full time
Outside Sales Consultants

The right applicant will:
*Be Highly Motivated
Be Service Oriented
Be Well Organized
Minimum 3 Years Sales Experience
Be Able to Thrive in a Fast Paced Environment
Have Excellent Computer Skills
Reliable Transportation

We offer:
SPotential for Advancement
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Trusted and Empowered
Competitive Pay and Benefits based on experience
Life and Disability Insurance
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Lykes Citrus Management Division has an imme-
diate opening for a Pest/Disease Inspection Su-
pervisor. Qualified applicants must possess at
east two years experience working in a citrus
grove production environment with a concentra-
tion on citrus production disease identification
and management and have experience with the
implementation of current disease management
protocols. The ideal candidate must be computer
literate and know how to operate GPS equip-
ment.
Lykes Citrus Management Division offers competi-
tive wages (including participation in the compa-
ny's bonus plan) and a benefit package which"
includes Medical, Dental, Life, AD&D and LTD in-
surance plus paid vacation and holidays. Inter
ested applicants should e-mail their resume to
Srich.he.thertona dIvkes.coS m or fax to
(863)465-1672,.
Lykes Bros. Inc. Is an Equal Employment Opportu-
nity Employer/Affirmative Actions/Drug Free
Workplace, M/F/D/V

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Come grow with ABLE BODY LABOR, the fastest
growing, privately owned staffing company in the US,
specializing in servicing the construction, hospitality,
light industrial and special events markets. The candi-
date will be responsible for managing the day to day
operations of a branch including: planning, directing
and monitoring branch sales and marketing activities,
recruiting and dispatching temps to jobsites in the
Okeechobee area. Must be able to work flexible hours
to include weekends and eary morning shifts. Must
have excellent customer service skills. Competitive
salary, bonus and benefits pkg.
Email resume to region36jobs(ablebodv.net or fax to
772-467-9983. DFWP EOE.


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WASHER & DRYER- Full size,
stacked, Frigidaire. $250.
(772)461-8822 Ft.Pierce
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Independent Newspapers will
'never accept any advertise-
ment that Is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
-cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs If
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it Is.
if you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
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you check with theBetter
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772-878-2010 for previous
complaints.
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, If you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


Ron's Pressure Washing
& Minor repairs
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-763-7675or
cell 863-261-1565
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JACK'S TOP SOIL
Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734


A/C /HEAT UNIT- 5 ton, for a
Mobile home. $800. or best
offer. (863)675-9218 or
234-1015
AC UNIT 5,000K, exc. brand
and new cond. $75.
(863)946-1284
A/C UNIT- 2.5 ton, Brand new.
$1500. (863)517-2106
AIR CONDITIONER: New, for
Mobilehome. 3 ton $1800.
863-675-0358 or 234-9901.
WINDOW UNIT, Kenmore,
5,600 btu, older, but works
well, $20 (863)763-2232
WINDOW UNIT, Whirlpool,
11,600 btu, like new, min.
30" wide. $100
(863)763-2232


CHEVY PICK- UP, '54, Good
for restoration. Runs good.
Needs brakes. $1500.
(863)763-1370
DINING ROOM TABLE- An-
tique, Mahogany, Excellent
condition. $500.
(863)234-3470


CHEST FREEZER, Large, Hot-
point, 15 cu. ft., $65.
(863)467-1530
COMMERCIAL FREEZER. 2dr,
reach In, good for ice stor-
age, glass doors, $1500
(863)673-0920
DISHWASHER, Kenmore:
Works well. $75
(863)946-3822
FRIDGE Side by side, Ivory,
$75. (863)357-5773
KENMORE STOVE Ivory,
good cond., $100.
(863)357-5773.
REFRIGERATOR, Kenmore,
side by side, 22 cu. ft., ice
maker, works well. $250
(863)946-3822
STOVE TOP: Stainless Steel,
electric, slightly used. $100.
954-237-4846 (Clewiston)
STOVE/OVEN COMBO, Ken-
more, Victorian reproduction,
black Iron, 37", beautiful.
$500 (772)812-3300


GIRL'S HUFFY: 12", excellent
condition. $15. Call
863-357-0223 after 7 pm or
(863)610-1492.



METAL SHED- 8x16, 6ft high,
with doors at both ends,
$350 (561)741-4647



Gutters Plus,

SSince 200
L(6ensed and Irsured
It wasnt gaining when
Noah burlt the arks
Prepaenow andletus hep.
Hurricane Protection
Seamless Raingutter
Screen Rooms and
Enclosures Carports
Call today for your
free estimate
(863) 634-3159
Lie. #OCSL2783-01
PLYWOOD- (501 sheets) $300
(561)762-4620 Jupiter area
SCAFFOLD: Steel, platform &
wheel brakes. 763-8156.
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$400/guywire job labor

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.


Licensed ec insurea

863.763.5650
1551 N.W. 24th Drive
Okeeclhobee
License #765
SLIDING GLASS DOORS (3):
White, in aluminum frame.
$1000.863-697-2434


BABY BASSINET- 4 in 1 Win-
nie The Pooh. Excellent con-
dition. $50. or best offer. Call
(239)243-1588 Nikki
BABY SWING- Brand new.
Used only briefly. Battery or
electric. Many settings. Very
nice. $150. (863)509-8179
CONVERTIBLE CRIB: With
mattress. GRACO BOUNCER:
Good condition. $130 neg
for both. 863-673-2726
TODDLER BED- Wooden,
Complete. Newish, Used once.
Clean $50.
863-612-1211/360-820-8127


BRIDAL GOWN beaded,
w/veil, new, never worn,
w/tags, designer Cassini.
$800. (863)673-0021.
PANTS & SHIRTS (6): Ladies,
size 3X. $30 for all or will
separate. 954-237-4846
(Clewiston)
WEDDING DRESS- from Da-
vid's Bridal. Floor length, sz 4
strapless. Veil & fullness slip
incid $500. (863)946-0307
WEDDING GOWN, White, size
10-12, $20 (863)675-0031


ELVIS COLLECTION: Many
items, Rare Items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $350
neg. (863)467-0627


BAR STOOLS- (3) 24", wood-
en, swivel, $100
(863)467-5616
BED- Beauty Rest, New condl-
tion. $200. (863)673-4534
BEDROOM SET: 4 piece, Solid
Oak, Bassett, brand new,
never used. $1000 will fl-
nance. 863-634-7465
CHEST- Lighted, Mirror front,
Black, $150. (863)673-4534


COUCH, leather, rusty brown,
w/white wash coffee & 2 end
tables, $75 will sell
sep.(863)801-4635
DINING ROOM TABLE oval
shaped, w/leaf, 6 chairs,
asking $300/best offer.
(863)610-2946.
DINING ROOM TABLE- Bev-
elled. Smoke glass, with 4
chairs, Like new. $350.
(863)234-3470
DINING ROOM TABLE w/4
chairs. $50. (863)610-1823
DRESSER: 6 drawers, folding
doors In center, mirror. $100
or best offer. 863-467-9892
FURNITURE: House full Too
much to list $2000 for all.
863-805-2877
HEADBOARD & FRAME,
white, metal, twin, w/mat-
tress & boxspring, $35.
(863)467-2679 lv. msg.
HUTCH & SIDE BOARD: Maple
wood. $500 negotiable.
863-357-5774 .......
MATTRESS & BOXSPRING:
queen & king, brand new,
still In plastic. $189.
(561)351-9085
MATTRESS- Memory Foam,
Queen sz, 9"thick, By NASA
as seen on TV, 20 yr wrty.
$450. Cash (772)418-0537
OFFICE CHAIR, Black, swivel.
$10 (863)675-0031
PARSONS CHAIRS (2): Con-
temporary. Florida colors:
Aqua, Pink & Cream. Exc
cond. $50. (863)467-8681
SOFA & LOVESEAT- seafoam
green, needs to be cleaned,
good condition, $150 or best
offer (863)447-5195
TV ARMOIRE, Broyhll. Holds
up to 32"' TV $100
(863)983-4940
WALL UNIT: Walnut, 18"d x
30"w, with 2 shelves & 2
doors below. $90.
863-467-8607


M-1 GARAND, Semi-auto.,
man. 1941, exc. cond.,
18XXXXX, serious inq. only.
$1600 firm. (863)610-8730
REMINGTON MOHAWK: 22
Automatic. Collectors will
love this Great for Father's
Day! $200.863-467-9892
SHOT GUN, 20 gage, Moss-
berg, $165. (502)931-8101



WEIGHT MACHINE: Dual sta-
tion, With cable weights & leg
press. Excellent condition.
$250 neg. (863)357-3773
WEIGHT SET: Full, asking
$300.863-228-3203


PENDENT LIGHTS (2): Like
new. $30. (863)467-8681



SWING- 2x4, A frame Good
condition. $100.
(863)801-4949


CANE- Ladies Quad, Has de-
signs on it. Never used. Cost
$55. will sell for $25. or best
offer. (863)824-0765



ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR: Med-
ics, "Cadillac of wheelchairs"
Immaculate, used very little on
carpet only. Paid $5000, asking
only $1000.,863-357-5988
HOSPITAL BED- Electric Set
up with a vibrations. Very
good condition. $1000.
863)467-4735 or 610-1135
POWER CHAIR: Pride Jazzy
#1113 w/|oystick. Exc cond.
Small turn radius. New $5800,
Now $1500. (863)763-6907
SCOOTER, Electric, Golden
Companion w/Llft; Reese
hitch ready. $1500 neg.
(863)697-3152


CARPORT- 20 X 20, you take
down and remove $250
(863)528-0920
CORRUGATED BOXES- Ap-
prox. 1000. 15x10x10. .670
per box. Minimum of 10 per
sale. (863)465-4213
RING & ARCH ROLLER, for
making ornamental metal
folk art, $450.
(863)763-3451
TELESCOPE: Orion 127 mm
(5") aperture Star Max w/
case. $500. / trade for brand
name pistol. 863-447-3409



ACCORDIAN- With velvet lined
case. Made in Italy by




863-885-1172 after 3pm
DRUMS: Lugwig, Professional
Set & much moie!'$1200
neg.863-697-6132
PIANO, Guidbransen, upright,
w/new damp chaser, $300
or best offer. (863)467-2679
Iv. msg.
PIANO- Wurlltzer, Small up-
right. Excellent conditondition
$200. (863)467-4735 or
610-1135


BIRD CAGE: Large, wrought
iron, black, w/ playpen on
top. $35. 863-528-3235 W.
Frostproof -
BLUE HEELER PUPS (2): 1
male, 1 female. Good hog &
cattle. Free to good homes.

BULL MASTIF / KERR MIX
7: Free to good homes.
-835-4857
ITALIAN MINI GREYHOUND
PUPPIES, AKC, champ pedi-
gree, shots/wormed, $500.
(863)697-9103
MINI DOBERMAN PINSCHER:
Beautiful dog, but we can't
keep him, almost 1 year old.
239-645-9155
POODLE, White, 2 yr. old,
Male w/papers. All shots.
$450. (863)634-4549
SHIH TZU PUPPIES- 3 fe-
males left. 8 wks old. Ready
to go. Shots up to date.
$400.863-697-8256



HOT TUB: 2003, Excalibar
spa, with cover. $500.
863-673-1981 Call after 5



HUNTING BUGGY: With Jeep
engine. Runs good. $2000
or best offer. (863)634-0582
TRAMPOLINE 15' w/8'net &
shoe holder. $125.
(863)946-1284.



JUGGERNAUTS 2 15"
MMATS In box. $1800 new,
Asking $1000.
863-634-6476
KICKER 650SX AMP & 12"
Subwoofer, all new, in box,
never Installed, $400.

amp, brand new. $650.
(86 )634-6476

FLAT SCREEN:. #36 Sony,
with stand. $300, Call Ange-
la at 239-645-9155,


AIR COMPRESSOR- 7.5 hp
with Kohler engine on 2 cyl
compressor. $425. Or best
offer. (863)699-2971
SPOT WELDER- 220 amps,
Good condition. $125.
(863)357-5754
TABLE SAW: $60.
(863)634-3659


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iplomen
Medical


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


HOUSEKEEPING:

Full Time

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


AIR HOCKEY TABLE, Electric,
new condition. $45
(863)824-3358
XBOX CONSOLE: With games
& accessories. $175.
863-673-2726

Agriculture

LO-1-11 -


TRACTOR- Ford, 3910,
$3800.(239)-344-6225



FARM GATE-10 ft, asking $30


HORSE TRAILER, '91 Goose-
neck, needs some body
work, floor good cond.,
$1500 neg. (863)201-3492
THOROUGHBRED GELDING- 6
yr. Good mouth reining. Cant
eep anymore. Tack included
$1500. (772)460-0817



LAWN MOWERS- Self pro-
pelled push mower, Works
great $35. (863)675-8937
MOWER 34" Gravely ZTR,
exc. cond., $1500 firm.
(863)634-1479.
RIDING LAWN MOWER,
Craftsman, LT1000, 17.5hp,
42" cut new mower deck,
$600. (863)763-7376
RIDING MOWER: Snapper,
Rear Engine, 30" cut, $450
863-675-4882
SNAPPER PARTS: All new.
$300. (863)763-3951 repair
man retiring.
YARD SWEEPER- Huskee,
Heavy duty. Paid $250. will
sell for $150.
(863)467-7151 after 6pm


GOATS, ROOSTERS, CHINESE
GEESE: All healthy and very
gentle. Some registered.
Hand fed. (863)467-6388
LIMOUSINE BULL 7 yr. old,
reg., $1200.
(863)610-2946._

Rentals
FOtSS
LillNT


TAYLOR CREEK CONDOS:
1br/lba, partially furnished.
Avail. June 1st. GCall for
details. 561-352-4243


TAYLOR CREEK CONDO
1BR/1BA, fully furnished,'very
nice. $700 per month + se-
curity deposit. 561-582-8693.


AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY
Waterfront, Clean & Quiet,
Okeechobee Nicest. From
$750. mo. (772)215-0010
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br.,
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, $3000 mo., 1st, last
& sec. (863)467-0831 ask
for Judy
LEASE / PURCHASE: 2br/1ba,
Single family, corner lot, com-
plexly remodeled. Located at
3405 NW 2nd St / Okee.
239-707-5155
OKEE: 3/1 on /2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
ast, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
OKEE., 3br, 1 ba, Carport,
Yard, W/D, Partly Furnished
$1150. mo + Sec. 1008 SW
2nd Ave. (954)658-0108
OKEE., 3BR/2BA Lg yard.
Horses welcome. 70 W 12mi.
out of town $800. mo. + 1st,
Last& Sec. (863)634-3262
OKEE: Large 3br + retreat
(possible 4th br), 2 full ba,
garden tub, walk-in shower, fp,
in-ground pool on water.
$1250/mo. 1st, last, sec & ref
req'd. 863-634-8863
TREASURE ISLAND: 2br/1ba
unfurn duplex. Available now!
$700/mo + deposit. Appi
incld, w/d. (239)707-5155


Great Locationi
OFFICE
SPACE
Downstairs
Close proximity to new
court house. 863-763-4740


OKEECHOBEE, Smoker ok,
must like dogs & cats. Cable
Included. $400/mo. & sec.
Internet neg. (772)214-0600


OKEECHOBEE Furnished Rm.
Single occupancy. $140/week
plus deposit, utilities Included.
(863)467-0771



OKEE., Large Ibr Mobilehome
with dock. No pets. $600.
mo. + Electric.
(863)467-1530



TRADING A
NEWAMR MAKES
YOU A MOE INFORMED
AND INTEBMMN






Roll Estate


CLEWISTON, Rent or sale.
New home. 3/2, Garage, Big
Lot. $289,000.
(786)999-3457
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, CBS,
on 5 acres, w/barn, near
schools & airport, only 2 ml
from town. Asking $390,000
Contact Laura
(863)634-6113
OKEECHOBEE- New 1570 sq
ft, 3/2/1 CBS In Basswood.
$150K neg. Willpay all clos-
ing costs (863)467-5299



LAKESHORE RESORT- LAKE
PLACID, FL, New 2BD cottag-
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl.
amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mthly, rentals
also avail. Call (863) 465-2135
www.lakeshoiresortmentals.com


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Mobile Homes |

Hi~i~ig


BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba.
Double Wide on 1 Acre.
Non-smoking environment.
$1100/mo. First, last & se-
curity deposit. 863-697-1494
OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 2ba, fur-
nished, Inclds water,
$1 000/mo. (863)634-7230
OKEECHOBEE: For rent or lease
option. 3br/2ba Manufactured
home. 6480 NE 7th Lane. Like
newly $1100/mo. 1st & sec.
Pets okay. Washer/dryer incl'd.
863-532-0368 / 863-532-0057
ON RIM CANAL: Small, 1
Bdrm., $450 mo. (includes
utilities). + $300 sec. dep.
(863)447-3426
RIVER ACRES, 2BR/1.5BA,
Single, on Kissimmee River,
$600/mo. + sec. & electric.
Yearly lease. (863)467-5616


LAKE OKEE RV PARK: 30 ft
trailer w/ full length room on
side. New a/c, ready to move
into! $3500.863-634-9343
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.
863-357-1784





Boats 3005
Calm'e/IRVs 3010
Jet Sifs 3015
Marib Acceserlee 320
Ma4ri Misce1aneeus3025
Metorcyeles 3030
Sport Vdhcl/ATVe 3035



AIR BOAT '96, Apache, 0435
Lycombing aircraft engine,
190hp, $6500 or best offer.
(863)634-5959
AIR BOAT HULL, Apache, with
cage, $400.(863)302-4001
BAYLINER CARPI- '85, 19',
350 eng. OEM out drive. Runs
good. Very dependable. Needs
TLC. $3500. (863)699-2971
BOAT / UTILITY TRAILER: 12
14 ft. $295.863-635-3465
BOAT, 14ft., aluminum, '97
3hp OMC galvanized trailer,
$600 (863)697-3094
OUTBOARD MOTOR, 15hp
Johnson, just been redone,
runs like new, $525.
863-763-9998
SAIL BOAT: Hoble Cat, 14
feet, excellent condition.
$450.863-467-4328
V-HAUL: 14ft, Lowe, alumi-
num, 5ft wide. Trailer needs
some work. $700 or best of-
fer. 863-357-5774


ALEGRO, 1978 Travel Trailer,
25 Ft. w/generator. Runs
Seat. Needs minor repairs.
1500 neg. (863)673-1249
RV CAMPER w/ FL Rm., Ap-
prox. 25 Ft. Long. $1200 or
best offer. Located near Big
Lake RV Park 772-985-4620



FISH FINDER- Wireless, Brand
new still in box. Great for any
type of fishing. $150.
(863)509-8179
OUTBOARD MOTOR,
'98 225hp Mercury, guages
& controls included. Quick
sale, $1500 (863)675-1634


HD FAT BOY- '02, Black &
chrome, 12K mi. Exc cond.
$13,500. Felda area
(863)675-0823/673-7039
HONDA CB 900 1982, Cus-
tom, Nice bike. $1500. or
best offer. (239)560-4604
HONDA MAGNUM, '83, runs,
1100 $1500.
(863)697-0398
MOTORCYCLE PARTS, JE Pis-
tons, rings & pins. For Suzu-
ki. Brand new, never used.
$600 neg. (863)447-6507
MOTORCYCLE TRAILER:
$175.561-253-4299
SCAFFOLD: On Motorcycle
trailer, two story. $500 neg.
863-697-2434
SUZUKI C90, '05, 1500cc,
w/less than 3k ml., leather
saddlebags, sissy bar & full
windshield, $8500.
(863)763-1106 Iv.msg.
TRIUMPH CHOPPER, Older,
$2500 or best offer.
(863)674-0898 or
(863)517-1019
YAMAHA 1000 VIRAGO '84,
Windshield, saddle bags,
king/queen seat, great on gashl
$1000 neg. (863)357-3773



FOUR WHEELER- '2001, Ka-
wasaki Bayou, w/trailer,
Good condition. $1000.
(863)675-9218 or 234-1015
GO CART, as-Is. $300
(863)234-1073


I GenralCo I


ISeasonal


REAR SEAT, For Jeep Wran-
gler, black, good shape, $75
(863)674-0898 or
(863)517-1019
RIMS, low profile, 4 lug, off of
Honda Civic, $250.
(863)801-4635
RUNNING BOARDS- Factory,
Off '08 F350 King ranch, 4
door, tan, $600. Neg.
(863)697-0328


J&J BUILDING CONTRACTORS
LICENSE #QB49109
S Screen Rooms Carports
i j Room Additions Florida Rooms
S. Garages Seawalls
Ernest Lancaster (863)634-2044


ISeasonai


GO CART, "Thunder Cart" 5 hp
Briggs & Stratton, Perfect
condition. $475.
(863)261-1750
POLAR 4 WHEELER- '02 Blue
w/spotlight as is $700. Ser
inq only, (863)801-3980
RIMS & TIRES (4), New, for
ATV, 400 Eiger. Front
25x8x12, back 25x10x12.
$150 (863)763-8414
YAMAHA GRIZZLY 660, '02,
4x4, ITP Rims & Tires, runs
great, $3300.
(863)697-3865


QUAD RUNNER: '97, Suzuki,
excellent condition. $1200
negotiable. 863-801-3739
TRAVEL TRAILER: '88, Hi-Lo,
27', good condition, BHR
area. $2500 negotiable or
trade. 863-763-4475


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Care 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Traiers 4060
Utity Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



CHEVY CAMARO- '98, New
brakes. Runs great. Cold
A/C. Good Shape. $3500. or
best offer. (863)697-6731
CHEVY CAVALIER '99, RS,
2 door, 66k, $3200
(863)675-0278
CHRYSLER SEBRING- '01,
Good condition. Needs mo-
tor. $500. or best offer.
(863)697-3008
DODGE INTREPID: 1996,
great shape. Moving, must
sell. $800.863-302-4001
FORD ESCORT '93- no air,
runs good, body needs work,
$600 (863)467-5353
FORD MUSTANG 2002, Dark
green. Low miles. Looks &
Runs great! $8,000.
(863)675-0430 LaBelle
GEO STORM 1990, 5 spd.
Great for parts. $250.
(863)675-3161 LaBelle
GRAND MARQUIS '88- 89K
orig miles, asking $500
(863)467-4258
KIA SPECTRA: 2000, runs
good, cold a/c. $1800 or
best offer. 863-634-1598
LINCOLN MARK VII: '90, sports
coupe, 2dr, 50 HO, air ride,
all og, good rubber, cold ac.
$1500863-467-6475
MERCEDES 500SEL 1985,
Runs good. $1500. or best
offer. 772-263-0013


MUSTANG GRANDE COUPE:
'72, redone trans, black leath-
er, green hardback, V8-351.
$2500.863-801-6149



GMC K30: 1988, 4x4, 1 ton,
ps, pb, 6 brand new tires
(916 Military's). $5000 w/9'
until body. 772-201-7950



CHEVY S10 BLAZER, '88, 4.3
mtr., motor runs good,
$1000. (863)763-8201
CHEVY SUBURBAN, '86, 4x4,
needs rear end work, runs
great, clear title, $800.
(863)674-5752 evenings
DODGE RAMCHARGER, '87,
4wd, one owner, $1500 or
best offer. (863)902-9855
GMC JIMMY 1994, 4x4, Swap
for 2 wheel drive pick up or
sell for $1500.
(863)635-1096 Frostproof


CARPET, brand new, out of
'07 Ford Superduty Crew
Cab, charcoal, perf. cond.,
$400 neg. (863)697-0328
CHROME WHEELS & TIRES,
P265/70/17, very nice, fits
GM Trucks '99-'07, $450.
(863)763-0944
FORD F150: Tailgate, chrome
step, bumper with tail lights.
$300 for all, will sep.
863-634-7608
JEEP ENGINE: 360, heads &
parts. $150. 863-528-3235
Frostproof
MOPAR PARTS: Early 70's.
Heads, engines, cranks,
carbs, trans, manifold &
more. $500.239 895-3269
MUSTANG- '95, Parting out.
Ground effects, spoiler,
$1400. for all or will sell for
parts. (863)674-0467


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RUNNING BOARDS: Ford,
polyurethane, fits '99 & up Su-
perduty Ford Crew Cab, $400
neg. (863)763-3555
SUPER SWAMPERS TSL, (4)
tires, 13x38x16, w/4 16x10
Extreme Rock Crawler Rims,
$800 for all. (863)763-0665
TIRES (4): Super Swampers,
33/1050/15, on rims. $350.
(863)634-1545
TIRES (4): 30 x 9.50 R15. All
terrain. $100. 863-805-2877
TIRES (4): B F Goodrich,
P205/60/R15, very little
wear. $125. 863-763-7295
TIRES (6) Good Year, 245 /
70R's 19.5, 12 ply. G159
Unisteel. Good tread. $300
all, will sep. (863)824-0801
TOOL BOX, Aluminum, Like
new for Large Pick Up.
$1.75. (863)357-5754
TRANSMISSION, Rebuilt tur-
bo 700, $450
(863)467-8856


CHEVY '84, 4WD, 350 engine,
flat bed, on Blazer frame,
$1000 (863)484-0268
CHEVY STEP SIDE: 1994, with
topper. $3500 or best offer.
863-634-9343
CHEVY STEP SIDE, '94, funs
good, pw, pl, cold a/c,
2500. (863)697-1563
DODGE PICKUP: 1983. $800.
Call 239-410-0224
DODGE RAMCHARGER, '90,
4x4, 319, auto, lots of new
parts, 33" Bridgestone, 2"
lift, $2500. (239)369-3269
FORD F150: '86, XLT, 5.0, Au-
to, Runs good, with tool box
$700. 863-234-9901 or
234-9901.
FORD F250 1997 (2) Power
Stroke Diesel, Ext. cab, A/C,
4x4. Excellent condition.
$6000 each. (239)229-4900
FORD F250- '90, 7.3 Diesel,
Standard transmission, 4x4,
$400. or best offer.
(863)699-2971
FORD F350: '00, dly, 7.3 die-
sel, auto, ac, long bed, tow
pkg, Ithr, stereo. Looks & runs
great! $15,000 954-328-8627
FORD RANGER XLT- '01, Ext.
cab, Great shape. $5900. View
at http://home.earthlink.net/
-revwats. Phone # on Site
GMC 2500- '01, Duramax die-
sel, 4x4, 130K mi. & '2000
Lance truck camper 8.5'
stove, frig., Queen sz bed,
full ba. Fits shortbed ext
cab. $17,000. Will sep.
(863)612-0938
TOYOTA '93, 4x4, Extra cab,
no motor, $500
(863)484-0268


CHEVY BLAZER '94- Great
gas mileage, 2dr, runs good,
low miles, needs minor body
work $2500 (863)467-0627
FORD EXPLORER XLT- '05, 4
dr, Leather, Low mi. Exc
cond. Factory warranty 1
owner $18K. (863)357-3026
FORD EXPLORER XLT, '99,
V6, good cond., 2 new tires,
air bags, 4 dr., keyless entry,
$5995. (239)250-8780
HIGHLANDER 2002: Clean ti-
tle. 4 Door, Auto., Luggage
rack, C/C, A/C, PW, PL.
$13,000. (863)675-5887
JEEP CHEROKEE: 1979, 360
motor, 36" Mickey Thomp-
son's, custom paint. $2500
firm. 863-763-3428
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE: '94,
needs tires, but runs good.
$2000. 863-447-1808
JEEP GRAND WAGONEER:
1991. Runs! $2000 or best
offer. 863-673-8396


EQUIPMENT TRAILER- 8x20,
Tri axle, pintle hitch, good
condition, $1750
(561)261-3176
UTILITY TRAILER, '06, 4x8, tilt
w/reinforced sides. Like new.
Asking $500. (561)670-3636
UTILITY TRAILER- 4x8, wood
floor, new wheels and tires,
$300 (863)467-1224
UTILITY TRAILER, 5x8 w/Alu-
minum Tool Box & Tilt
Frame. $350.
(863)763-3951

How do you find a Job In
today's competitive
market? in the employ-
ment section of thie clas-
sllteds


CHEVY CONV. VAN 1993,
Runs great. New battery and
brakes. $1500.
(863)612-5551
DODGE RAM CONVERSION
VAN '99: Cold a/c, runs
excellent, 196k. Below blue
book. $2300 (863)763-3451


Public notices

V I IIna


IN THE 19TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 2006-CA-127
BUSINESS LOAN CENTER, LLC.
A foreign limited liability company,
Plaintiff
VS.
BUILDING BLOCKS ACADEMY OF OKEE-
CHOBEE, INC. d/b/a BUILDING
BLOCKS ACADEMY, TAMMY R.
BLACK, CHRISTOPHER G. BLACK,
GABRIEL BLACK, MARGARET BLACK,
and any unknown heirs, devisees,
grantees, creditors, and other un-
known persons or unknown spouses
claiming by, through and under any of
the above-named Defendants,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
Final Judgment dated 5/16/2007, en-
tered In Case No. 2006-CA-127 of the
Circuit Court of the Nineteenth Judicial
Circuit in and for Okeechobee County,
Florida, wherein BUSINESS LOAN
CENTER, LLC, A foreign limited liability
company, is the Plaintiff and BUILDING
BLOCKS ACADEMY OF OKEECHOBEE,
INC. d/b/a BUILDING BLOCKS ACADE-
MY, TAMMY R. BLACK, CHRISTO-
PHER G. BLACK, GABRIEL BLACK
MARGARET BLACK and UNKNOWN
TENANTS, are the Defendants, I will
sell, pursuant to Chapter 45, Florida
Statutes, to the highest and best bidder
for cash at Okeechobee County Court-
house, Jury Assembly Room, 2nd
Floor, located at 312 Northwest 3rd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida at 11:00
A.M., on the 14th day of June, 2007,
the following described property as set
forth in said Rnal Summary Judgment
of Foreclosure:
Lot 7 and North 1/2 of Lot 8, Block 40,
FIRST ADDITION TO SOUTH OKEE-
CHOBEE, according tohe plat thereof
recorded In Plat Book 1, Page 17, of
the Public Records of Okeechobee
County, Florida.
Lots 11 and 12, Block'35, FIRST ADDI-
TION TO SOUTH OKEECHOBEE, ac-
cording to the.plat thereof recorded in
Plat Book 1, Page 17, of the Public
Records of Okeechobee County, FRoid-
da.
And having a physical address of 1811
SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL
34972.
Also,
A parcel of land in Section 5, Township
44 South, Range 42 East, more par-
ticularly described as follows:
All that portion of Tract 24, Block 12,
PALM BEACH FARMS COMPANY
PLAT NO. 3, as recorded In Plat Book
2, Pages 45-54, Public Records of
Palm Beach County, Florida, lying
Northwestery of the Sunshine State
Parkway Right-of-Way and excepting
therefrom the West 430 feet of said
Tract 24; containing 2.87 acres, more
or less.
And having a physical address of 7890
Pioneer Road, Palm Beach, FL 33411.
Together with all Improvements now or
hereafter erected on the property and
all easements, rights, appurtenances,
rents, royalties, mineral, oil and gas
rights and profits, water, water rigd
and water stock, and all fixtures now
or hereafter a part of the property, in-
cluding replacements and additions
thereto.
IF YOU ARE A SUBORDINATE LIEN-
HOLDER CLAIMING A RIGHT TO
FUNDS REMAINING AFTER THE
SALE, YOU MUST FILE A CLAIM
WITH THE CLERK NO LATER THAN
60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. IF YOU
FAIL TO FILE A CLAIM, YOU WILL
NOT BE ENTITLED TO ANY REMAIN-
ING FUNDS.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court on 5/17/2007.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By:/S/LlndaF.Young
DEPUTY CLERK
213585 ON 5/25;6/1/07
LEGAL NOTICE
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 419 Southwest 2nd
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 15th day of June 2007
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Floda statute 713.78 for unpaid tow-
ing and storage. Year, Make, Model &
Vin's as follows:
1993 Gold Mercury Grand Marquis
2MELM75WXPX679924
1994 White Ford Explorer
1FMDU32X7RUD90114
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
guarantees.
213311 ON 05/25/07
A Public Aucti bheldat Gilbert
Chevrolet Co. Located at 3550 High-
wa 441 SE Okeechobee, Florida
34974 on June 14,2007, to begin at
9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. for unpaid me-
chanicand storage bill. Pursuantto
Florida statue 713.78. Vehicle descdip-
tion below:
1995 Tootla Truck
Vin # 4TAUN53B7SZ085216
No Checks accepted. Cash only. The
seller reserves the right of final bid. All
Sales are Final. No refunds will be
made. Vehicle will be sold "AS IS"
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PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NT E .tlhatWCIlty Council of the City of Okeechhee, lda il
on Iuesay, June ', oo at b:00 pm,. or as soon thereater possible, a Ciy a,
55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to
consider final reading of the following Ordinance Into law: NO. 982: AN ORDI-
NANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE NO. 035 AS AMENDED, BY
REVISING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM SINGLE FAMILY (SF) TO COMMER-
CIAL (C ; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION OF ORDINANCE AND REVISED FUTURE
LAND USE MAP IN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE
DATE.
The ordinance is regarding Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map
Amendment Application No. 07-006-SSA submitted by Muhammad Nooruddin on
behalf of property owners) A.M.S.A. Holdings, LLC, The request is to change the
Future Land Use designation from Single Family (SF) to Commercial (C) for property
located at Bo0 Northeast 2nd Avenue. Legal description: Lots 3 through 6 of Block
78, City oflOkeechobee Subdivision and Is approximately 0.64 acre(s).
All member.Of toepublic anre courage to ittend.and participate in eartng.
The propose Ornance may e inspect in us entire y memoers o tepulic
In the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm,
except for holidays.
decision made by 0tte y Councitwin respect or any mter consider a fi
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clet media are forte sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
is proceeding should contact Lane amiotea no later than two (2) orking days
rior to the proceeding at 63-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call
OD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-88-447-5620 (a Y).
S2W 9 CICTY CLERK

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE TAKE NpTlt..atthie.City Council of the City not Okeechahee, Flh[dawigl
on lueseay, June o, atB:I p.m. or as soon thereafter possaibe, ar ty nall,
55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to
consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 981: AN ORDI-
NANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEE.
CHOBEE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE NO. 635 AS AMENDED, BY
REVISING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM SINGLE FAMILY(SF) TO MULTI-
FAMILY (MF); PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION OF ORDINANCE AND REVISED FU-
TURE LAND USE MAP IN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING FOR AN EF-
FECTIVE DATE.
The ordinance is regarding Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map
Amendment Application No, 07-005-SSA submitted by Steve Dobbs on behalf of
property owners) InSite Development Group. The request is to change the Future
and Us designation from Single Family (SF) to Multi-Family (MF) for vacant prop-
erty located between Northwest 5th and 7th Avenues and Northwest 11th and 13th
Streets. Legal description: all of Blocks 11, 12, 21 and 22, City of Okeechobee
Subdivision, and is approximately 11.29 acress.
All members f the public are encouraged to atend.and participate in sid hearing.
The pmpoe eurainance may e Inspected in its enirety ay members oa are puic
In the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm,
except for holidays.
PLEASE TAKE ND ICt.AND BE ADVISED that if eny person desires to ael
decitan mae by e y ity Counclwit respect tg a dy mater considerta ast ti
hearing, such Interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record Includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk media are forthe sole purpose of backup aor official records of the Clerk.
J acordance wthe t t ricans with Disability Act ADA and Flda Statutes
2a6.2r, persons wmite sabiliti needing special ,ccaonmodtion to participae in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working days
nror to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call
TOO 1-800.222-344B (voice) or 1-B88-447-5620 (TT").



PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLESE TAKE NOrtCE.hat thp Cu y Council of the Cjit of Dkeechaor e, Roada
will on ueanay, June 5, 201 at o:0up.m. or as soon snereaTrae possible, at City
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter
o consider final reading of the flowing Ordinance into law: NO. 987: AN ORDI-
NANCE OFTHE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE, FLORIDA AMENDING THE CITY OF OKEE-
CHOBEE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE NO. 635 AS AMENDED, BY
REVISING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP ON A CERTAIN TRACT OF LAND MORE
PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED HEREIN FROM SINGLE FAMILY (SF TO MULTI-
FAMILY (MF); PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION OF ORDINANCE AND REVISED FU-
TURE LAND USE MAP IN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; PROVIDING FOR AN EF-
FECTIVE DATE.
The rdiace a iar g a c Co rene F ureLand Ue a
Amenment Applticatano. y-suba-S.A, suammee sy Vieto weren, on benaltot
property owner(s) Sheri Lachapelle. The request is ta change the Future Land Use
desgnaton from Single Family (SF) to Mutri-Family (MF) for vacant, unplatted prop-
erty located at 813 Southwest 2nd Street, and is approximately t.31 acress.
AlI members Df the public are encouraged to attendand particlpate In sal dhearDn.
The prtposen uroinance may ne inspecTeo In its enarety oy members o ime public
In the Ofice of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fd, 8am-4:3Opm,
except for holidays.
FLAGE TAKEN N C.NO BE PUB ICNO TICE ir ,, ., a
desisaon ae bme o Co,,,.,^,.,,: ,%C ui i ,,,tC ,., ,,,
hearing, such interested person will need a record or the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk
iuu acordance withe Americans with Disabildy Act (ADAG and Florido Statutes
20.2B, persons with diafanites needing special accommodt ion to paracipare in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) woning days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call
TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TTY).
2 0C.CITYCLERK

PUBLIC NOTICE
CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTING
A CITY ORDINANCE
PLEASE AKE NOTC athe City Council of the C of keechobee, Floada
wilt on teeoay, aJunse, 2o) at 6:ee p.m. or as soon anereafer posesite, at City
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave. Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBUC HEARING on and thereafter
to consider fina reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 985: AN ORDI-
NANCE OF THE CITY OF OKEECHOBEE FLORIDA, CREATING CODE BOOK CHAP-
TER 71 ENTITLED IMPACT FEES: PUBLIC WORKS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND
FIRE FACILITIES; PROVIDING DEFINITIONS; PROVIDING FOR FINDINGS AND
DECLARATIONS; PROVIDING FOR THE IMPOSITION OF PUBLIC WDRKS; LAW
ENFORCEMENT, AND FIRE FACILITIES IMPACT FEES; PROVIDING FOR EXEMP-
TIONS; PROVIDING FOR THE ACCOUNTING AND USE OF FUNDS; PROVIDING IM-
PACT FEE SCHEDULES; PROVIDING FOR REVIEW AND REVISION; PROVIDtNG
FOR CONSTRUCTION OR DONATION OF PROPERTY IN LIEU OF IMPACT FEE
PAYMENTS- PROVIDING FOR REFUNDS; PROVIDING FOR APPEALS; SEV-
ERABILITY, CODIFICATION, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
All member 5of the public are encouraged o goendand participate In said heasng.
The proposed Oriance mayee inspecte in is enprety 6y members oa me punic
n the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Frt, 8am-4:3epm,
:lecison made by 8 Sth w et ounc 2n v, respect po axi mater consl er.es a (
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
ecord includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk media are forthe sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
.Jnacordance wifthth Americans with Disability Act (ADA and Florida Statutes
21o.6 persons wT disaaities needing speci ccomodion to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call
T 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TY).
VM6Ga7ftFC'CITY CLERK
PUBLICNOTIC


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 accepted.
Healthy Start can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you been turned down for
Medicaid? Healthy Start may be able to help. For informa-
tion, 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 survivors of domestic violence. The date
and time will be announced at a later date according to
community interest and response. Contact Shirlean Gra-
ham at (863) 763-2893.


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 Okeechobee County. Kids will be under direct supervi-
sion at all times by OCSO personnel and selected senior
Naval cadets from the NSW-Trident program. Activities will
include: Florida safe boating course; basic boat safety and
equipment; basic physical fitness exercises; search and res-
cue boat tour/rides; drown proofing orientation swimming
evaluation (at the pool); water safety at the beach; Navy
SEAL zodiac boat rides; and, Navy UDT-SEAL Museum
Tour. Interested parents 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.

SFWMD stages photo contest
The South Florida Water Management District's
Okeechobee Service Center is seeking Lake Okee-
chobee area photographs for the 2008 Lake Okee-
chobee 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 www.sfwmd.gov/okee select Info &
Education. This contest is open to amateur photogra-
phers 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 appro-
priate 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 www.worldviewweekend.com.

OHS yearbook sales continue
The Okeechobee High School Brahman yearbook has
arrived. Extra copies are on sale during both lunches in
the Journalism room and after school until. 3 p.m. The
cost is $45 --cash only. The books will be on sale as long
as copies are available.

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 beginning at 6 p.m. Anyone wanting to
quit using drugs, or anyone who knows someone who
needs help quitting drugs is welcome. For information,
call (863) 357-3053.

Realtors establish new scholarship fund
The Okeechobee County Board of Realtors will be
offering a scholarship 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 Schol-
arship 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 offer-
ing smoking cessation classes for pregnant women,
women, or family members living in the household with
children 0-3 years old at Florida Community Health Cen-
ters, 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 appli-
cations 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 con-
tact information to ohs98grads@yahoo.com. Include
your maiden name if appropriate, address, phone num-
ber, etc. We are in the process of planning our 10-year
reunion. More details will be published as they are avail-
able.

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 ornament numbers) and quantity
please call one of the following members: 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.

Free summer program offered
A Child's World Childcare and Preschool will be offer-
ing a free summer 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 aVPK 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 admin-
istering FPL's Care to Share Program in Okeechobee Coun-
ty. The Care to Share program is funded by Okeechobee's
FPL customers and FPL corporate funds. The program pro-
vides emergency assistance funds to customers who are in
a crisis situation and unable to pay their FPL electric bill.


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

Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding free
basic and advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee
County Library, 206 S.W 16th St. Basic computer knowl-
edge and word processing sills will be demonstrated, as
well as how to access and navigate the internet. For the
dates and times of these classes, contact the Okeechobee
County Library at (863) 763-3536.


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

Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic
League of Okeechobee have discount cards available.
The cards are $10 and are good for one year at selected
businesses. Cards can be purchased at CarQuest, 300
N.W. Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. 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 Flori-
da employment requirements for individuals working in
various vocations. This is a self-study course that includes
text work and the successful completion of a multiple
choice written test. The cost of the course is $15. Call the
local Red Cross office at (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 train-
ings and background screenings. For information, 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 information, call (863) 763-4242.

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

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

Childbirth education classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will hold
childbirth education classes at the Florida Community
Health Center, 308 N.W. Fifth Ave. For information, call
the Healthy Start office at (863) 462-5877.
Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will
be offering 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'"ompletion. No
child care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877 for regis-
tration.

Blood donors are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors in
Okeechobee. The Big Red Bus mobile unit will be at the
Wal-Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on the last Sat-
urday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (561) 845-2323, ext. 1203 or (772) 215-8360.
All blood types are needed. There is no upper age limit;
and most medications 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 available at no charge to help people in theii
search for the right employee or job. For more, visit their
web site at www.tcjobs.org; or, call (863) 462-5350.

CAP looking for senior and cadet members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States
Air Force Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee:
Okeechobee Composite Squadron 453 currently has 26
members. Senior members and cadets are being recruit-
ed 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 servic-
es, aerospace education and cadet programs. 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 Okee-
chobee Emergency Operations 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 acti-
vated 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 looking for a volunteer
to become the director and a board, member of The
Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well
with the public 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 lan-
guage classes at these locations: Dixon Hendry Center,


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