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Vol. 98 No. 152 Friday, June 1,2007 50t Plus tax


Inside

Coquina assessment
may be increased
For the first time in at least
12 years, residents of Viking
could be facing a hefty
increase in their annual assess-
ment.
For many years, they have
been paying a $37.64-per-acre
assessment to Coquina Water
Control District for drainage.
Page 2

Briefs

S-65E navigation
lock will be closed
The S-65E navigation lock
at Lake Okeechobee and the
Kissimmee River will be
closed to navigation as of
Thursday, May 31, due to safe-
ty hazards caused by low
water levels in the lake.. This
navigation lock, which is oper-
ated by the South Florida
Water Management District,
will remain closed until water
levels in Lake Okeechobee
have returned to safe operat-
ing levels. For information call
the South Florida Water Man-
agement District Okeechobee
Service Center at 800-3250-
4200 or (863) 462-5260.
SFWMD web site
offers water info

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


Drought Index
Current: 602
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban:
Countywide

Lake levels

8.94 feet
Lake level
Last Year:
12.70 feet "gA
(SOURCE:
South Florida -
Water Manage-
ment District.
Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

Index
Classifieds ......11-13
Comics ...........10
Community Events ... 4
Crossword .........11
Obituaries .. . . . .3
Opinion .... ..... . .4
Speak Out . . . . .4
Sports . . . . . . .7
TV . . . . . . . .12
Weather . . . ....2
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DOF: wildfire 75% contained


By Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The wildfire that has already
consumed approximately
25,000 acres along Lake Okee-
chobee continued to work its
way to the south as winds blew
heavy smoke back toward
Buckhead Ridge on Thursday.
An area 14 miles long, from
Buckhead Ridge south to Lake-.
port, has been turned to ashes
as hundreds of firefighters
fought to bring the blaze under
control.
The fire started late Sunday
night near Buckhead Ridge and


rapidly spread south along Lake
Okeechobee's western shore,
jumping across the Indian
Prairie Canal and continuing to
make its way toward Harney
Pond and the town of Lakeport.
By Tuesday afternoon 12,000
acres had already been burned
and the heavy smoke from the
blaze caused portions of S.R. 78
to be closed. Residents of
Roberson Drive were advised to
evacuate their home, but by
10:30 p.m. Tuesday they were
given permission to return to
their homes.
The fire has continued to
rage. As of Thursday afternoon,


25,000 acres lay smoldering in
its wake.
"There have been 25,000
acres already burned in this
fire," stated Patrick Mahoney of
the Division of Forestry (DOF).
"We are anticipating that anoth-
er 5,000 acres could burn by the
epd of the day today (Thurs-
day)."
But, DOF did have some
good news by Thursday after-
noon.
"Seventy-five percent of the
fire has been contained," stated
Mr. Mahoney. "We launched a
See Fire Page 2


Symbiotic relationship: Ice plant, catfishing, railroad
S .. .-


Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar
The second Okeechobee Main Street mural, which Is sponsored by the Okeechobee
Historical Society and painted local artist by Kathy Scott, depicts the correlation
between the catfish industry, the ice plant and the FEC railroad which prospered
because of each other during the early 1900s.

Main Street mural revisits past


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Main Street is
expecting to finish their sec-
ond mural depicting the corre-
lation between the Okee-
chobee Ice Plant, the catfish
industry and the railroad in
Okeechobee within the next
couple of weeks.
The mural is located on the
Jeff Robinson Electric building
off of Park Street and U.S. 441,
and is sponsored by the Okee-
chobee Historical Society.
The catfish industry dates
back to the early 1900s when
fishermen would catch fish
and utilize the ice from the ice
plant to pack them in the rail-
cars to be shipped out on the
railroad.
According to Betty
Williamson, the Florida East
Coast (FEC) railroad's first pas-
senger train came to Okee-
chobee around 1915 and the
ice plant opened its doors in


1918. Their existence made
this catfish industry flourish
and brought money to the
small town of Okeechobee.
Other products that were
placed on the train not includ-
ed in the mural were vegeta-
bles, citrus, turpentine, timber
from the pine forests and cattle
that were driven to the depot
from different places.
The catfish industry relied
on both the ice plant and the
railroad in order to get their
product to consumers. Due to
the lack of other ways to keep
the fish fresh, this was the only
method to ship the fish to any
far reaching area. If it wasn't
for the ice plant and the rail-
road, the catfish industry
would have remained more
localized.
The ice plant was located
off of Taylor Creek, and south
of the present day Burger King
restaurant on S.R. 70. E. The
original doors to the ice plant


Dr. Garcia will


compete in world


shooting contest


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Kiwanis members heard
from Dr. Manny Garcia at their
weekly meeting at the Village
Square Restaurant, concerning
his participation in state, nation-
al and international competitive
benchrest shooting.
Dr. Garcia, who has prac-
ticed medicine in Okeechobee
since 1972, is a surgeon with
Raulerson Hospital. In order to
escape the stress of his everyday
activities, 30 years ago he began
competing in benchfest shoot-
ing at events throughout the
United States.


Benchrest shooting is a sport
that requires very accurate rifles
that are shot at paper targets
from a rest or bench, and from a
sitting position. Nearly all
benchrest shooters use custom
made rifles, do their own gun-
smithing and hand load ammu-
nition.
Dr. Garcia's rifle stock is
made of fiberglass which gives
the gun stability. The barrel is
stainless steel and custom
made. The scope on his rifle has
a 40 power magnification. This
custom benchrest rifle would
See Garcia Page 2


were donated to the Okee-
chobee Historical Society by
Dale Barrett. They are on dis-
play in the Okeechobee Histor-
ical Society, 1850 U.S. 98 N.,
and will be presented at the
dedication ceremony for the
mural. The date for that cere-
mony will be announced later.
The green doors were
obtained by Mr. Barrett
because the Okeechobee
County School Board office, at
that time, was across the street
from the ice plant.
According to Mr. Barrett,
during its demolition the con-
tractor had placed the doors
out to be disposed of and he
asked if he could take them.
He stored them in a ware-
house for several years before
donating them to the historical
society.
Due to the age of the pic-
tures available, there is no
See Mural Page 2


Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Winds are sending heavy smoke back toward Buckhead
Ridge as the brush fire along Lake Okeechobee continues
to burn.


Groups plan



for the 2007



storm season


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Although local agencies
are preparing for this year's
hurricanes season, they are
hoping those preparations
will turn out to be unneces-
sary.
Gene O'Neil, Okeechobee
County Emergency Manage-
ment director, is working with
other agencies to prepare for
the 2007 hurricane season. He
participated in a recent
statewide training exercise
dealing with simulated hurri-
cane conditions. That exercise
was designed to last one


* More hurricane information,
Page 6

week. However, it had to be
shortened because many of
the agencies involved had to
deal with the real world emer-
-gency of fighting fires around
the state.
Mr. O'Neill said one of his
main priorities in the event of
a hurricane will be to keep the
expected heavy traffic caused
by coastal evacuees moving
smoothly through the coun-
ty's two-lane highway system.
See Storms Page 2


TALLAHASSEE In an
effort to help Floridians pre-
pare for the upcoming hurri-
cane season, the Legislature
'this year approved a sales tax
holiday for citizens to pur-
chase hurricane supplies. The
holiday begins June 1 and
ends June 12.
"When it comes to hurri-
cane season, Floridians
should follow the Boy Scout
motto: Be Prepared," said
House Majority Leader Marty
Bowen (R-Haines City). "Flori-


da is always at risk for hurri-
canes. The key is to be pre-
pared ahead of time. Offering
these items tax-free will help
everyone get the items they
will need to keep their families
safe in case of an emergency."
Items that may be pur-
chased-tax-free include:
Any package of AAA-cell,
AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-volt,
or 9-volt batteries, excluding
automobile and boat batter-
See Supplies Page 2


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Longtime Kiwanis member Dick Blair (left) and club vice-president Jim Vensel as well as the
other Kiwanis members (right) heard from guest speaker Dr. Manny Garcia (center) at their
weekly luncheon on Thursday, May 31, where he spoke about competitive benchrest shooting.


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Coquina assessment may be increased


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
For the first time in at least 12
years, residents of Viking could be
facing a hefty increase in their
annual assessment.
For many years, they have
been paying a $37.64-per-acre
assessment to Coquina Water
Control District for drainage.
At their meeting on Wednes-
day, May 30, Coquina's board of
directors tentatively approved a
$25 increase to $62.64.
Board member John Entry
urged caution in raising the
assessment.
"I'm not a guy who wants to
throw money at a problem. You
throw solutions at the problems,"


Mural

Continued From Page 1
color recollection other than the
green doors that were pre-
served.
A focal point of the mural is of
Son Scoot, a local fisherman
"tending" his catfish traps in
Lake Okeechobee. According to
Mrs. Williamson, many men
fished for catfish to provide for
their families' livelihood.
The railroad depot in the
mural was located at the west
end of the present day Flagler
Park where the railroad bed,
built in 1913, can still be seen. In
1947, a salvage team from Chica-
go came in and took the railway
out of Okeechobee.
The Kissimmee Valley Exten-
sion of the FEC railway which
started in Maytown ran down to
Okeechobee. The station itself
was owned by the Markham
family after the FEC railway
pulled out in 1947.
There was a broom factory in
the back of the FEC depot. The
wooden depot was destroyed by
fire in the mid-1950s.

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Storms
Continued From Page 1
Fortunately, because of the
extremely low lake levels, there
is no threat of a dike breach. He
said it would take a number of
tropical storms to fill the lake to
its normal level.
Once again employees of
ROAD (Recovering Okeechobee
After Disaster) will be manning
the emergency operations cen-
ter in the event of a hurricane.
After the hurricane passes, they
will be involved in providing
assistance to victims by coordi-
nating the efforts of a number of
agencies.


Supplies

Continued From Page 1
ies, selling for $30 or less;
Any flashlight or portable
self-powered light source selling
for $20 or less;
Any gas. or diesel fuel tank
selling for $25 or less;
Any ground anchor system
or tie-down kit selling for,$50 or
less;
Any cell phone battery sell-
ing for $60 or less and any cell
phone charger selling for $40 or
less;
Any non-electric food stor-
age cooler selling for $30 or less;
Any storm shutter device
selling for $200 or less;
Any carbon monoxide
detector selling for $75 or less;


Fire

Continued From Page 1
frontal attack this morning,
burning brush in the path of the
fire to do away with fuel for the
oncoming flames. The head fir-
ing (frontal attack) seems to
have worked. Things are looking
real good, as long as wind condi-
tions remain the same."
Residents have been advised
that there will be a great deal of
smoke for the next few weeks


he said.
Board chairman Melvin Byers
said even with the proposed
increase, it was the cheapest rate
of any water management system
in Florida.
"Next year we will have this
same meeting and if we haven't
spent the money we can go
down," Mr. Entry said.
The reason for the big jump in
the assessment was to, finance
one-fifth of Coquina's five-year
water control plan. The roughly
$3 million plan involves replacing
culverts, straightening canals and
general maintenance on
Coquina's 25 miles of canals,
retention area and outfall struc-
tures. Also included in the plan is
authorization for repairs on 52


miles of designated access roads.
Property owners in the area
will be informed by letter of a
public hearing to be held Aug. 1 at
9 a.m. at the county annex to set
the assessment rate and budget
for the coming year.
Turning to another matter, Mr.
Entry stated that Tom Conley, the
attorney for Triple Diamond
Ranch which borders Viking on
the west, has made an offer to
provide shell to put on N.W. 256th
Street from Peavine Trial to the
ranch. Coquina would have to
dig, load and spread the shell.
It was the consensus of the
board to ask for enough addition-
al shell to offset the cost of digging
and spreading the shell provided
by the ranch.


The board gave Mr. Entry
authority to negotiate with the
ranch and present a deal to the
board.
It was noted that the road to
Triple Diamond Ranch is part of
the 52 miles of road approved for
repair in Coquina's water control
plan.
William Selmi, who has served
as board attorney for several
years, will be retiring at the end of
June. The board named Ken
Edwards, a West Palm Beach
attorney who specializes in water
control districts, as his replace-
ment.
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Submitted photo/Main Street
Okeechobee Main Street's board members (left to right) Bridgette Waldau and Karen
Hanawalt accompanied Okeechobee Historical Society's Betty Williamson, artist Kathy Scott
and Main Street president Maureen Burroughs present a portion of the second mural depict-
ing the ice plant in Okeechobee that was in operation in 1918.


Dale Barrett, director or oper-
ations for the school system,
said that all schools are ready to
be used for shelters.
Okeechobee Utility Authority
(OUA) has a pump in place to
pump water from the Rim Canal
if their lake intake becomes
inoperable. They also have a suf-
ficient number of fixed and
portable generators generators
to operate their facilities in a
power failure.
Nick Blount, spokesman for,
Florida Power and Light (FP&L),
said his utility has agreements
with a number of contractors
and utility companies to, come in
after a hurricane. In past hurri-
cane seasons he said crews from


Any re-usable ice selling for
$10 or less;
Any portable generator
used in the event of a power out-
age selling for $1,000 or less;
Any portable self-powered
radio. TIWo-way radio, or weath-
er band radio selling for $75 or
less;
Any tarpaulin or other flexi-
ble waterproof sheeting selling
for $50 or less.
Encouraging Floridians to
make their purchases now
instead of when faced by the
threat of an approaching storm,
the hurricane sales tax holiday
will save Florida's families
almost $20 million on their pur-
chases this year. Many retailers
also run additional savings on
these items during the hurricane
sales tax holiday.


until the area receives some sig-
nificant rainfall.
According to the National
Weather Service, the local fore-
cast calls for a 90 percent chance
of showers tonight; a 50 percent
chance of thunderstorms Satur-
day and a 20 percent chance of
thunderstorms on Sunday.
"The rain forecast for this
coming weekend will not be
enough to put the fires totally
out," said Mr. Mahoney. "What
we need is a really significant
amount of rain."


30 states and Canada came to
the assistance of FP&L.
As in the past, FP&L person-
nel will work with emergency
response people to go out as
soon as possible after a hurri-
cane passes to take care of any
live wires and other situations
that would make it unsafe for
repair crews.
The electric utility is moving
ahead with a comprehensive
plan to secure their facilities
against hurricanes. The network
currently meets or exceeds all
required National Electrical
Safety codes.
For future construction, the
utility plans to adopt new stan-
dards with construction in some


Garcia

Continued From Page 1
cost someone approximately
$5,000.
Benchrest shooters use a
modified .220 Russian case that
was modified in 1975, by other
benchrest shooters. This 6 mm
PPC, which stands for Palmisano
and Pindel Cartridge, is widely
considered to be the most accu-
rate caliber available and is
almost exclusively used in 100-,
200- and 300-yard benchrest
shooting competitions.
Everything affects the accura-
cy of benchrest shooting includ-
ing altitude, distance and even
weather conditions. Wind is
always a key factor. The shooter
can alter their sitting depth, bullet
weight and type of powder they
use to adjust to the conditions.
Dr. Garcia just returned from a
super shoot competition where
he came in first place in Ohio
where there were 347 competi-
tors in the 200-yard category.
The object of benchrest shoot-
ing is to shoot five consecutive
shots at one paper target as close
together as possible within seven
minutes. As shown by Dr. Garcia,
with his winning record from that
competition, the target appears
as one bullet was fired with only
one hole which was measured to
a diameter of .278 inches.
Competitors came to Ohio for
the super shoot from all over the
world including Germany,


areas being designed to with-
stand 150 mph winds. The utility
is also promoting the installation
of underground facilities and
has enhanced its inspection pro-
gram of wooden poles.
FP&L is on a three-year tree
trimming cycle for main distri-
bution lines and a six-year tree
trimming schedule for neighbor-
hood lateral lines. They also
have "Right Tree, Right Place"
program that encourages people
either to plant trees far enough
from overhead lines that the
trees will not grow into the lines,
or plant trees that will not grow
high enough to interfere with
power lines.


France, Italy, Spain and South
Africa.
Dr. Garcia will be traveling to
Austria for the World Benchrest
Championships in September.
His sons have also been
benchrest shooting competitively
with him since they were 8 and
11 years old. When they began
shooting they traveled and com-
peted in all the Southeast region
matches and won junior national
championships three times.
Due to his medical profession,
Dr. Garcia frequently gets to use
his medical skills at the various
competitions. At a typical compe-
tition he normally sees 15 to 20
people for various reasons. Some
of the people just want a second
opinion on a problem they are
experiencing and others have
even had serious illnesses that
required immediate care.
According to Dr. Garcia at one
event, he sent four people to the
hospital with a signed prescrip-
tion of what he believed to be
wrong with them. Two of these
individuals were received at the
hospital in critical condition from
heart issues and a pulmonary
embolism.
Even though he competes in
competitive benchrest shooting
as a pastime, he continues to pro-
vide his professional services to
those in need as well.

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Community Events


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

YMS collecting printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS) is collecting empty printer and copy


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

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


Briefs

Disaster preparation workshop scheduled
OKEECHOBEE FHREDI (Florida's Heartland REDI, Inc.) is invit-
ing area business owners to attend a Disaster Preparedness Workshop
on Wednesday, June 6, at the South Florida Water Management -
Okeechobee Service Center, 2005 N. Parrott Ave., Suite 201, in the
Bank of America Building.
The workshop is facilitated by Florida Atlantic Small Business
Development Center.
Using lessons learned from Hurricane Frances in 2004, this is
expected to be an informative workshop. The workshop begins at
noon and lunch is provided.
For information on the Disaster Preparedness Workshop and how
individuals, groups and businesses can be involved contact FHREDI
Executive Director Lynn Topel at (863) 385-4900; or, by e-mail at
Itopelthredi@heartland-workforce.org.

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
(rAY).


Today's Weather


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Okeechobee Forecast

Friday: Considerable cloudiness, with. a chance of showers and a
slight chance of thunderstorms. The high will be in the mid 80s. The
wind will be from the east around 15 mph. The chance of rain is 40.
percent.
Friday night: Mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers and a slight
chance of thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 70s. The wind
will be from the east around 10 mph. The chance of rain is 40 percent.
Extended Forecast
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with showers and thunderstorms likely. The
high will be in the mid 80s. The wind will be from the southeast at 5
to 10 mph, shifting to the south in the afternoon. The chance of rain
is 60 percent.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The low will be around 70. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.
The high will be in the upper 80s. The chance of rain is 30 percent.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with the low in the upper 60s.
Monday: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be around 90. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Monday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of evening showers
and thunderstorms. The low will be around 70. The chance of rain is
20 percent.


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The Okeechobee News, Friday, June 1, 2007 3


Kinsaul Memorial Scholarship
Elder Sumner (far left) presented Lions Club/Johnny Mack Kinsaul Memorial Scholarships
to (second from left to right) Amanda Harmon, Jessica Bradley and Toner Kelly at the annu-
al Okeechobee High School scholarship night presentations held at the school on May 17.



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County fair scholarships
Diane Spann (right) presented the Okeechobee County Fair Association Scholarships to
Lynda Syfrett (left) and Kayla Kelly (center) during the annual Okeechobee High School
Scholarship Night presentations on May 17.


Briefs


Bank to hold
blood drive today

Seacoast National Bank will be
holding a blood drive June 1 from
11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the main
branch located at 1409 S. Parrott
Ave. The Florida Blood Centers
are in desperate need of O-posi-
tive and 0-negative blood. Please


support this need by donating. For
more information, please contact
Teresa Chandler at (863) 357-5200
ext. 1004.

FYN Watershed Survey
replies are needed
FYN has been receiving com-
pleted surveys for which we
thank many people. We would


like to encourage other residents
to send in their surveys! If you live
between S.R. 70 and 32nd Street
and U.S. 441 and Eagle Bay, you
would have received our informa-
tion about two weeks ago. If you
find a brown envelope from the
Extension Office in that pile of
"junk mail" on the counter, open
it and tell us about your yard!


Arrest Report


Submitted photo/OMS
Congratulations to the Osceola Middle School Students.of the Week for the final full week
of school! These students made positive choices this week and were proudly recognized by
their teachers. Students, (back row, left to right) are: Roxana Saenz, Taylor Kerby, Nicholas
Methner, Jenna Kissam, Nick Valcaniant, Solomon Dames, and Heber Laguna; and, (front
row) is Tyler Platt.


OMS students wish



everyone a safe summer


The OMS PE students ran their
final mile of the school year, and
the coaches, congratulate the fol-
lowing students for finishing first in
their classes:
Stingrays: Adrian Tagle, Ashtyn
Brown and Raybon Durrance.
Jaguars: Edgar Calderon, Yanet
Henderson and Nickey Ingram. Fal-
cons: Jud Harris, and Mayra
Cortez. Ospreys: Erik Velez, and
Essence Williams. Dolphins:
Matthew Macias and Aubrey
Robertson. Eagles: Quandrell Rid-


ley, Arismel Carrillo and Kathy Sim-
mons.
Thank you to the many volun-
teers who assisted us with the
eighth grade barbecue last Friday!
Thanks to your help, our students


were well fed and kept entertained
in a wonderful afternoon of fun!
We appreciate the assistance of
Fred George, Matthew Orr, Amy
Power, Renee Mims, John Allan
Ming, Wendy Ambrefe, Angela
Blevins, and all the parents who
sent in food that day.
We wish everyone a safe and
happy summer, and we encourage
all students to keep their .minds
sharp by reading and completing
any summer work packets they
have been asked to complete.


The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
(DOC).
David A. Hughes, 19, N.E.
22nd Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested May 25 by Deputy Aric
Majere on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with the
felony of interference with the cus-
tody of a parent/guardian (two
counts) and the misdemeanor of
contributing to the delinquency of
a child (two counts). His bond was
set at $2.000.
Martin Soto, 33, N.W. Fourth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested May
28 by Deputy M. Collier on an
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of pro-
bation possession of cocaine. He
is being held without bond.
Donald Henry Cannon, 31,
N.E. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested May 28 by Deputy P. Mas-
sung on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with driving
under the influence with damage
to property or person, leaving the


scene of an accident causing prop-
erty damage and attaching an
unassigned tag. His bond on these
charges was set at $1,000. He was
also arrested on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with
violation of probation violation of
injunction. His bond on that charge
was set at $1,000. He was arrested
on another Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with crimi-
nal violation of domestic violence
injunction. His bond was set at
$1,000 on that charge. He was also
arrested on another Okeechobee
County warrant charging him with
a writ of bodily attachment. The
cash purge was set at $489. A sec-
ond Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with writ of bodily
attachment was also served on
him. He was released on his own
recognizance on that charge.
Frank A Piatek, 65, S.E. 24th
Road, Okeechobee, was arrested
May 29 by Deputy William Maerki
on an Okeechobee County warrant
charging hinwith violation of a sex
offender probation lewd arid las-
civious molestation by an offender
over 18 on a victim under 12. His
bond was set at $5,000.
Robert Wayne Williams, 37,
S.E. Eighth AVe., Okeechobee, was
arrested May 29 by Deputy Justin
Akins on a charge of aggravated


assault (domestic violence). His
-bond was set at $2,500.
Sammie Henry Phoenix, 48,
Okeechobee, was arrested May 29
by the OCPD on a charge of aggra-
vated assault (domestic violence).
His bond was set at $2,500.
Michael J. Garcia; 26, S.E. 60th
Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested
May 29 by Deputy Roy Gilchrist on
a St. Lucie County warrant charg-
ing him with the felonies of driving
while license suspended with
knowledge habitual offender and
unlawful driving of a motorcycle.
His bond was set at $15,000.
Kenneth Wayne Tubbs, 24,
S.E. 38th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested May 30 by Deputy Donald
Ellis on a charge of attempted bur-
glary. His bond was set at $1,500.
James Beaty, 39, S.E. 62nd
Drive, Okeechobee, was arrested
May 30 by DOC's John Thompson
on a charge of violation of commu-
nity control possession of
cocaine. He -is being held without
bond.
This column lists arrests and not
convictions, unless otherwise stat-
ed. Anyone listed here who is later
found innocent or has had the
charges against them dropped is
-welcome to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be con-
firmed and printed.


Wildfire smoke: Health advisory issued ATiMoughTo
Due to the recent wildfires especially important to limit time gas logs, gas stoves and candles. Remember
affecting the state, the Florida spent outdoors for children and Delay vacuuming when pos-
Department of Health is providing persons with existing medical con- sible. Vacuuming stirs up particles o


health recommendations to citi-
zens impacted by wildfire smoke.
Smoke is a respiratory irritant, and
can cause a scratchy throat, and/or
irritated eyes and nose. Smoke
may also worsen conditions such
as asthma and other chronic respi-
ratory or lung conditions.
Some steps you can take to pro-
tect yourself and your family from
the health effects of smoke include:
Be your own health judge. If
you can see smoke outside, or you
feel the effects of the smoke, avoid
prolonged outdoor activities. It is


Rowena Shepard
Spear
Rowena Shepard Spear, 94,
died Wednes-
day, May 30,
2007, in Lake [
Placid. Born $
Nov. 1, 1912, in *
Labelle, she
was the
youngest
daughter of
William Mor-
gan Shepard Rowena
and Emma Shepard
(Shiver) Shep- Spear
ard. Mrs. Spear
was a member of the First Baptist
Church of Moore Haven for many
years and a devout Christian.


editions.
Stay indoors whenever possi-
ble. Run your air conditioner with a
clean filter and the fresh air intake
closed, to prevent additional
smoke from entering your home. If
you don't have an air conditioner,
and are a comfortable temperature
inside with the windows closed,
stay inside. If your home is too
warm, seek alternative shelter.
Keep particle levels inside
your house lower by not smoking
tobacco or using anything that
burns, such as wood fireplaces,


She is preceded in death by:
two sisters, Eva Maloy and Elva
Odom; and, a brother, A.J. Shep-
ard.
Mrs. Spear is survived by: her
sons, Larry Spear of Lake Placid,
and Carl Spear of Lake Park;
daughter, Ginger Langel of Mel-
bourne; 10 grandchildren; 23
great-grandchildren; and, five
great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held Monday,
June 4, 2007, from noon until 1
p.m. followed by services at 1 p.m.
in the First Baptist Church of Moore
Haven. Interment will follow in the
Ortona Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of Buxton Funer-
al Home and Crematory, 110 N.E.
Fifth St., Okeechobee.


already inside your home.
Follow your doctor's advice
about taking your medications and
adhere to your asthma manage-
ment plan if you have asthma or
other lung disease. Call your doctor
if your symptoms worsen.
Stay alert to any news cover-
age or health warnings related to'
smoke. Pay attention to local air
quality reports. For more informa-
tion on the air quality index and
recommendations: please visit:
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/air/airq
uality.htm.


Danny D. Malone
Danny D. Malone, 56 died
Saturday, May 26, 2007, at his
residence in Okeechobee.
Born Aug. 18, 1950, in Pater-
son City, N.J., he had been a
resident of Okeechobee for the
past 11 years. He enjoyed
watching TV.
He is survived by his wife
Linda Malone of Okeechobee;
one sister; two brothers; and a
host of loving friends.:
No services are scheduled.
All arrangements are under
the care and direction of Bux-
ton Funeral Home and Crema-
tory, 110 N.E. Fifth St., Okee-
chobee.


There is a remarkable story
about an Englishman by the
name of James Holman.
Holman lost his eyesight at
the age of twenty-four and he
became the
most restless
blind man in
history.
He kept on
the move,
touring and
tra veling
around the
B world. The
By Paul fascinating
Buxton part of this
man's story is
that he published several
books on travel and things to
see. Even though he was
blind, he compiled the finest
book written on sightseeing.
This is a classic example of
what a person can do if he real-
ly has the desire.
So many of us -- with all our
faculties -- end up many times
with few or no great accomplish-
ments. We don't have the nerve
of the blind man who went
sightseeing around the world.
Thought to Remember:
Life is going to be exactly what
we make it.




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GANGS: In the days when the good old boys controlled Okee-
chobee, gangs were not a problem. But now that they are getting all
free stuff, they are getting to be. What I can't understand is why? If they
go out there and destroy and write on your property, you have to clean
it up. It's no problem. They knowwho they are. Go out and catch them
and have them clean it up and if they can't do that just tell me who they
are. I'll have them clean it up. Anyway, it shouldn't be something that
has to be paid for by the taxpayer.

PHOTO: I love the 2007 Okeechobee High School insert, especially
the big spread picture in the middle of the hand out. It was nice. All
except for the kids throwing gang signs. They should have buzzed
those out.
Editor's note: The photo to which you refer was given to us and
was taken by a professional photographer and we could not edit the
picture and had to use it as submitted.

BEACH EROSION: I notice all the trouble they are having with sand
washing out and those buildings being threatened. I wonder what
geniuses were on the county commission down there and the zoning
boards that let them build those buildings that close to the water
where they would be in danger. Somebody goofed.

IMMIGRANTS: This is regard to the comment made Wednesday,
May 30, on benefits. I would like to comment that illegals do not quali-
fy for governmental benefits. You need to get that straight. Citizens are
the only ones that qualify for benefits. It is citizens that are taking away
your benefits. What do you care if they send money to their families?
You need to get rid of your hatred. They don't take your food. They
work for their food. You need to get that straight as well. If you want to
know more go to the Medicaid office and the food stamp office and
they will clarify that for you.

HURRICANE SEASON: It's June 1 and the news channels are doing
it again. They are preaching gloom and doom about South Florida get-
ting destroyed by hurricanes. They are going to panic everybody again.
Everybody will be hoarding up stuff, buying up stuff and the stores will
be tripling their prices. I hope they are happy when all that happens.

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Community Events

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

Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch offers a basic
HIV/AIDs instruction course that complies with Florida employ-
ment 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 informa-
tion.

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

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.




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Regarding the reader who
complained that his mail was
forwarded without his permis-
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regret that I gave him the impres-
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could do.
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Upcoming Events

Friday
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited.
All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800)
932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Lions
Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets
are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information, call (863) 471 -
0559 or (863) 385-6671.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets and will have a guest speaker and
also an open discussion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information,
call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
The Highlands Social Dance Club will begin its 27th season on
Sept. 7, hosting ballroom dancing every Friday at the, Sebring Lions
Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S.27. For information
call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6621.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W. Third Terr., holds meetings for
persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For infor-
mation call (863) 357-3053.
Saturday
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at 7:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will follow a
short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice before join-
ing. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247;
Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.
Okeechobee Chapter D.A.R. meets the first Saturday of every
month October-May at Oakview Baptist Church 677 S.W. 32nd Street
at 10 a.m. For information call Kenna Noonan at (863) 634-5669.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service on the
first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone desir-
ing to receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to attend. The
Gatheringis located at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For information call
Theresa Brown at (863) 357-3318.
Sunday
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
(A.A.) open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Monday
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace Luther-
an Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, contact David Fox at
(863) 763-3296.
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 Okee-
chobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who
enjoys singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appear-
ance 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 normal 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.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go
towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For informa-
tion, call (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. In
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863)
763-6076.
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. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
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 Luckas the group facili-
tator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Gra-
ham as the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American


Legion Post #64, 510 S.E. Second St. The Jaycees would like to wel-
come all energetic young people between the ages of 21 and 39, who
are interested in working towards the betterment of our community.
For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399.


outside the household cannot
file a change of address.
To order the change on-line
or by phone requires a $1 charge
to a credit card. The name and
address of record for the credit
card must match the informa-
tion in the change-of-address
order.
When a change is ordered
using a signed change-of-
address card, the Postal Service


confirms that the order is gen-
uine by sending confirmation
letters to both the old and new
addresses.
The Postal Service and its
employees followed correct pro-
cedure in this case and no action
against any employee is indicat-
ed.

Mark Pinson
postmaster


Community Events

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.
Church hosting Southern gospel sing
The North Okeechobee Church of God, 15949 N.W. 30th Ter-
race, will hold a Southern gospel sing with the Singing Reflectsons
on Saturday, June 2, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 3, at 11 a.m. For
information, call (863) 634-0344 or (863) 467-6066.

Drought topic of talk show
Family Stations, Inc. will host a radio talk show on Saturday, June
2, starting at 7:30 a.m. The show will be rebroadcast at I and 6 p.m.
on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The special guest will be Melissa
Yunas, wildfire mitigation specialist, Florida Department of Agricul-
ture and Consumer Services, Division of Forestry, Okeechobee
Forestry District. The topics of the show will be low salaries result-
ing in high turn over of rangers in Martin and Okeechobee counties,
and drought conditions and wildfire alert. For information, call
MelissaYunas at (772) 219-1248; www.fl-dof.com.

Yard sale benefits youth church group
* Calvary Chapel Bible Fellowship of Okeechobee, 1963 N.W 38th
Ave., will hold a yard sale on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. until 1
p.m. Proceeds benefit the church youth group. For information, call
(863) 697-3923.
Church youth plan yard sale
The youth of the First United Methodist Church will hold a yard
sale on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the parking lot
of Tractor Supply, 3371 U.S. 441 S. All proceeds will benefit the
youth mission trip to Asheville, N.C. For information, call Pastor Jim
Dawson at (863) 763-4021.

Vacation Bible school dates set
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N., will
hold vacation Bible school June 4-8 from 7 until 9 p.m. This year's
theme will be Wild West Witness: Riding in the shadow of the
cross. There is no cost to attend. The school is for children all ages
and adults. Snacks will be provided, as well as a nursery. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-7743.

4-H hosting horse day camp w
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 week
and children may sign up for multiple weeks. Camp will be held at
the Okeechobee 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
Okeechobee 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 benefits Red Cross program
Seacoast National Bank will host a bake sale to benefit the Amer-
ican Red Cross Heroes campaign on Friday, June 8, from 9 a.m. until
6 p.m. at 500 N. Parrott Ave. For information, contact Melody
Hodges at (863) 467-5330.

Okee-Tantie hosting RCAA races June 9-10
The Radio Controlled Airboat Association (RCAA) will hold radio
controlled airboat races on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10,
at the Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina from 8 a.m. until 6
p.m. This event is free for spectators and racers and everyone is wel-
come to attend and/or participate. For information, call Chris Selph
at (863) 447-1735.

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 mis-
sionary projects. For information, call Eleanor Newhouse at (863)
763-6928.

Genealogical Society to meet
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will meet on Monday,
June 11, at 1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206
S.W 16th St. There is always something for the beginner as well as
the more experienced. Visitors are always welcome. For informa-
tion, call Eve Olson at (863) 467-2674.

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.

Healthy Start can provide help


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


The Okeechobee News,'Friday, June 1, 2007


OPINION








The Okeechobee News, Friday, June 1, 2007 o


OHS Scholarship Night


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Okeechobee County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers scholarships were awarded to (left to right) Jose Olvera,
Jared Prescott, Logan Perry, Dianna Rodriguez, Brooke Stokes, Hannah Bishop, Nicole Henry, Stephanie Metcalf and Olivia
Delburn by Randy Burnham during the annual Okeechobee High School Scholarship Night presentations held on May 17.


Diane Spann (right) presented the Okeechobee High School
FFA Scholarships to Deidra Dorriety (left) during the annual
Okeechobee High School Scholarship Night presentations
on May 17.


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Diane Spann presented the Okeechobee FFA Alumni Scholarsh
(left) and Brooke Stokes (center) during the annual Okeechobee
Night presentations on May 17.


Joe Hazeinet presents me uemarious nazeiiieT memorial
Scholarship to Brittany Morrison at Scholarship Night held
May 17 at Okeechobee High School.


Betty Williamson (center) presents Marlena Mansingh, and Diego Gamez with Okeechobee Jennifer Cooper (left) was awarded the Gilbert Culbreth
Historical Society Scholarships. The presentation took place May 17 at Scholarship Night Memorial Scholarship by Eddie Cruz (right) at the May 17
held at Okeechobee High School. annual Okeechobee High School Scholarship presentations.


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Okeechobee News/File Photo
Enough!
This sign was posted at the Buckhead Ridge Volunteer
Fire Department, after Hurricane Jeanne had passed
through the area on Sept 25, 2004 just 11 days after
Hurricane Frances.


Prepare boat in event of storm


By Lomrna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
With the start of the 2007 hurri-
cane season upon us, now is the
time to start making plans to safe-
guard your boat. A few minutes of
preparation now could save you
thousands of dollars and prevent a
great deal of stress in the event
that we are hit with a hurricane
this season.
The following instructions are
only guidelines and may not apply
to every individual situation. The
important thing to remember is to
keep calm and use good judg-
ment.
Gather all documents per-
taining to your boat including
insurance policies, a recent pic-
ture of your boat, the boat regis-
tration, an inventory of equip-
ment and a copy of the lease
agreement if the boat is stored at a
marina or storage facility. Keep
these documents in a safe place.
Have telephone numbers of the
marina, storage facility and insur-
ance agent readily available.
Keep a list of all items you
remove from the boat prior to the
storm. Include, if possible, the
make, model and original cost of
the equipment. Make note of
where you are storing this equip-
ment. Keep another list of items
that will remain on the boat.
If you plan to move your
boat to safer ground, be sure to
check the tires, bearings and axle
on your trailer now. Have every-
thing in working order.
Know approximately how
long it will take to move the boat
and secure it. Remember, traffic
will be heavy and supplies will be
at a premium prior to a hurricane.
If you are planning to move the
boat, give yourself ample time to
do so. If you are keeping it at
home, you will need time to pre-
pare it while also preparing your
home for the storm. Do not cut
yourself short on time. Have the
materials to secure the boat on
hand. You may not be able to pur-
chase them if a storm is coming,
Once you move the boat to
safe ground or if you are keeping it
at home on its trailer, you should:
Lash your boat to the trailer
and place blocks between the
frame members and the axle
inside each wheel. Owners of


lightweight boats might want to
consider letting about half the air
out of the tires, then filling the boat
one-third full of water to help hold
it down. The blocks between the
frame and axle will prevent dam-
age to the springs from the addi-
tional weight of the water.
Tie your boat with heavy
lines to fixed objects. Pick a loca-
tion that allows you to tie it from
all four directions, because hurri-
cane winds rotate and change
direction. It can be tied down to
screw anchors secured into the
ground. Do not tie it to a tree. As
we found out last summer, even
the sturdiest looking trees can be
blown down during a hurricane.
If you intend to keep your boat
in the water, the following should
be adhered to:
If your boat is kept at a mari-
na berth or behind your home in
the water and you intend to leave
it there, double all lines and rig
crossing spring lines fore and aft.
Attach lines high on pilings to
allow for tidal rise or surge. Make
sure lines will not slip off pilings.
Inspect pilings and choose those
that seem strongest and tallest
and are properly installed. The
longer the dock lines, the better a
boat will be a coping with high
tides. It is important to double up
on all lines and use chafe protec-
tors at any potential chafe points.
Cover all lines at rough
points to prevent chafing.. Wrap
with tape, rags and rubber hoses.
Install fenders to protect the boat
from rubbing against the pier, pil-
ings and other boats.
Remove all moveable equip-
ment such as canvas, sails,
dinghies, radios, cushions, bimin-
is and roller furling sails. Lash
down everything you cannot
remove such as tillers, wheels,
booms, etc.
Assess the attachment of
cleats, winches and chocks.
These should have substantial
back plates and adequate stain-
less steel bolt sizes.
Batteries should be fully
charged and checked to ensure
their capability to run automatic
bilge pumps for the duration of
the storm. Consider backup bat-
teries. Cut off all devices using
electricity except bilge pumps.
Never leave a boat on davits
or on a hydro-lift.


The Okeechobee News, Friday, June 1, 2007



Pet owners must make s ;m plans now


Emergency contacts

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Animal Control ..................................... (863)357-3225
American Red Cross .................................(863)763-2488
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center ................. (863)634-6804
Fire/police emergency ............................... 9-1-1
City of Okeechobee City Hall ........................................
(answering machine will have hurricane information) ......... 763-3372
Okeechobee County Sheriff (non emergency) ......... (863)763-3117
Okeechobee City Police (non emergency) .............(863)763-5521
Okeechobee City Fire Department (non emergency) ....(863)763-4423
Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue (non emergency) ..... .(863)763-5544
Florida Highway Patrol ............... .............. 1-800-701-3212
Emergency Management Office ....................... (863)763-3212
For information on shelters call Emergency Management ...............
or check their web site at
www.okeechobeeeoc.com
Raulerson Hospital ......... ................... (863)763-2151
Okeechobee County School Board ...................(863)462-5000
Okeechobee Senior Services ..................... (863)462-5180
Okeechobee Utility Authority .......................... (863)763-9460
Power outage (Glades Electric) .......................1-800-226-4024
Power outage (FP&L) ..................... 1-800-4-OUTAGE (688243)
Federal Emergency Management Agency ............1-800-621-3362
Operation Blue Roof (U. S. Army Corps of Engineers) ...1-888-766-3258
Waste Management (garbage pickup) .(863)763-4818 or (863)357-4888
Hospice of Okeechobee .............................. (863)467-2321
Florida Insurance Storm Line ..................... 1-800-227-8676
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission .... .1-888-404-3922

Shelters
South Elementary School ........................ 575 S.W. 28th St.
Okeechobee County Health Department .........1728 N.W. Ninth Ave.
(Special needs. Only oxygen is provided. Patients are asked to provide
their own caregiver if possible.)
Osceola Middle School ............................ 825 S.W. 28th St.
Everglades Elementary school ................3725 N.W. 42nd Ave.
Seminole Elementary School .....................2690 N.W. 42nd Ave.
Yearling Middle School ..........................925 N.W. 23rd Lane
North Elementary School ....................3000 N.W. 10th Terrace

Storm victims
Use the Internet as much as possible when trying to locate a storm victim.
The phone lines are either down or, if operating, are jammed. One such
site would be www.redcross.org.


By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
According to the American Pet
Products Manufacturers Associa-
tion 2003-2004 National Pet Own-
ers Survey, 39 percent or 40.6
million households in the U.S. -
own at least one dog. Thirty-four
percent or 35.4 million house-
holds own at least one cat.
Okeechobee has more than its
share of pets.
With the official start of the 2007
hurricane season here and fore-
casters predicting seven to 10 hurri-
canes, pet owners need to begin
making plans on what to do with
their pets in the event a storm
heads this way.
Of all the motels listed in the yel-
low pages of the telephone book in
Okeechobee, only three reported
that they would accept pets.
The Flamingo Motel, 4101 U.S.
441 S., stated that they would
accept pets in limited rooms, but
there is an additional $20 charge
per day for the pet.
The Pier II Resort, at 2200 U.S.
441 S.E., also accepts pets for an
additional $10 per pet per night
charge. The Economy Inn located
at 507 N. Parrott Ave., will accept
pets for a $10 per night extra
charge.
Begin checking with motels out
of the area now. Some in the Orlan-
do and Kissimmee area will take
pets. Know where they are and


how to get to them if a hurricane is
headed this direction.
The Okeechobee Veterinary
Hospital, 2949 S.R. 70 W., will
board animals on a first-come, first-
served basis.
Dr. James Letcher, 2973 U.S. 441
N., will only take in boarders if the
track of the storm is away from
Okeechobee. Dr. Letcher explained
that if a hurricane is headed toward
Okeechobee, he cannot ensure
that his building will withstand the
storm and therefore does not want
to put any of his furry or feathered
patients at risk.
Mims Veterinary Hospital, 275
S.W. 32nd St., will take boarders on
a first-come, first-served basis with
priority being given to existing
clients. They emphasized that fol-
lowing the storm, pets should be
picked up as soon as possible.
Keep in mind that if power is
lost to most of the town like it was
in prior years, veterinary facilities
may also be without water and
power.
If you do not want to be separat-
ed from your pet, there are plans
you should make well in advance
of any storm.
When preparing a hurricane
supply kit for your family, prepare
one for your pet as well.
This supply kit should include a
one-week supply of non-perishable
food, water and whatever medica-
tion your pet may be taking.
Include disposable dog waste


bags. Plan on 15-20 of these. Have
cleaning supplies. You can use
powdered dish washing soap in a
plastic bag for washing your pet's
food and water bowls. Add an
extra tag and collar in the bag. You
will need a small first aid kit with
items such as iodine, peroxide,
antiseptic wipes, cotton-tips,
gauze, eye wash, latex gloves, cold
pack and Benadryl. Bring along
their favorite toys or blankets.
If you know that your pet
becomes overly agitated during a
storm, contact your regular veteri-
narian to see if he or she recom-
mends a tranquilizer or some other
way of calming the pet. A veterinar-
ian will not prescribe tranquilizers
for a pet he or she has never seen.
Have a sturdy cage or carrier
to comfortably hold your pet, as
well as a collar and leash.
Have all pet vaccinations up-
to-date, and keep records of these
vaccinations in a safe place.
Take several good pictures of
your pets in the event you become
separated from them. You will
need the pictures to identify them
later. Place identification on the
pet's collar or halter. Some local
residents painted their telephone
numbers on their horses' sides in
the event the horses got out of their
pastures.
On the subject of pastures, it is
advisable to leave your large ani-
mals such as horses, cows,
goats, etc. out in their pastures


Know the 12 days of hurricane season


To help Floridians prepare for
hurricanes and other disasters, the
American Red Cross Greater Palm
Beach Area Chapter, along with all
of the other Florida chapters, is rec-
ognizing the 12 Days of Hurricane
Season.
First Day: Water Container
On the first day of hurricane sea-
son, the American Red Cross rec-
ommends that you purchase a
water container. Having an ample
supply of clean water is a priority in
an emergency.
Second Day: NOAA Weather
Radio
On the second day of hurricane
season the American Red Cross
recommends you purchase a
NOAA weather radio. As the voice
of the National Weather Service, a
weather radio provides continuous
broadcasts of the latest weather
information directly from a Nation-
al Weather Services Fore:-ast Office.
During severe weather routine
broadcasting is interrupted and
special watch and warning mes-
sages are issued.
Third Day: Fire extinguisher


On the third day of hurricane
season the American Red Cross
recommends that you purchase a
fire extinguisher. Install A-B-C type
fire extinguishers in the home and
teach all household members how
to use them.
Fourth Day: Plastic Sheeting
On the fourth day of hurricane
season the American Red Cross
recommends that you purchase
plastic sheeting. Plastic sheeting is a
vital part of a family disaster sup-
plies kit.
Fifth Day: Canned Food
On the fifth day of hurricane
season the American Red Cross
recommends that you purchase a
supply of canned food. Store at
least a three-day supply of non-per-
ishable food.
Sixth Day: Generator
On the sixth day of hurricane
season the American Red. Cross
recommends that you purchase a
generator. A generator can be a
convenient source of power after a
hurricane strikes. Generators
should be properly installed and
used safely.


Seventh Day: Flashlight
On the seventh day of hurricane
season the American Red Cross
recommends that you purchase a
flashlight. As simple as a flashlight
is, it can become a very important
tool during and after disaster
strikes. Every family disaster sup-
plies kit should contain a flashlight
and spare batteries.
Eighth Day: Family Disaster Sup-
plies Kit
On the eighth day of hurricane
season the American Red Cross
recommends that you purchase a
complete family disaster supplies
kit. A family will cope best by
preparing for a disaster before it
strikes. One way to prepare is by
assembling a family disaster sup-
plies kit. Once disaster hits, you
won't have time shop and search
for supplies.
Ninth Day: Sleeping Bag
On the ninth day of hurricane
season the American Red Cross
recommends that you purchase a
sleeping bag. If you have to evacu-
ate your home, a sleeping bag will
provide you with extra comfort


when you arrive at an American
Red Cross shelter.
10th Day: First Aid Kit
On the 10th day of hurricane
season the American Red Cross
recommends that you purchase a
first aid kit. Because the first five
minutes of a medical emergency
are critical every individual and
family should have a first aid kit in
their home and vehicle and on their
boat.
11th Day: Hurricane Shutters
On the 11th day of hurricane
season the American Red Cross
recommends that you purchase
needed supplies to install hurricane
shutters on every window of the
home. Installing hurricane shutters
on all windows of a home will help
to mitigate the damage due to a
storm's severe winds.
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.On the 12th day ,:i hurricane
season the American Red Cross
recommends that you purchase
duct tape. Duct tape is one of the
many items that should be in a
family disaster supplies kit.


Preparing for life after a storm critical


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Preparing for the aftermath of a
hurricane is just as important as
preparing for it before its arrival.
Below are excerpts from the
Florida Department of Health on
precautions to take after a storm
and how to handle various facets of
daily life.
Food safety:
Do not eat any food that may
have come into contact with con-
taminated water from floods or
tidal surges.
Do not eat canned food if
there is a bulging or opening on the
can or the caps of commercial
drinks.
Save undamaged, commer-
cially canned foods by removing
labels and disinfecting the cans in a
bleach solution of one-fourth cup
bleach in one gallon of water. Re-
label the cans including expiration
date and food type. Assume that
home-canned food is unsafe.
Feed infants only pre-mixed
canned baby formula. Do not use
powdered formulas prepared with
treated water. Use boiled water to
prepare formula.
Frozen and refrigerated foods
can be unsafe after a hurricane.
Without power, refrigerators keep
foods cool for only about four
hours. Throw out thawed and
refrigerated foods after four hours.
Sanitation/Hygiene:
Always wash your hands with
soap and water that has been
boiled or disinfected before eating,
after toilet use, after cleanup activi-
ties, and after handling articles con-
taminated by floodwater or
sewage.
Post-hurricane flooding may
mean water contains fecal matter
from sewage systems, agricultural
and industrial waste, and septic
tanks. Keep open cuts or sores
clean by washing them with soap
and disinfected or boiled water.
Apply antibiotic ointment to reduce
the risk of infection. See a physician
if a wound or sore develops red-
ness, swelling or drainage.
Do not allow children to play
in flood water; it can expose them
to fecal matter. Disinfect toys that
have been in flood water before let-
ting children play with them. Use
one-fourth cup water in one gallon
of water to disinfect toys and other
items.
Power outage: prevent fire haz-
ard:


Use battery-powered lanterns
and flashlights rather than candles.
If using candles, keep in safe
holders away from curtains, paper,
wood or other flammable items.
Clear standing water: prevent
mosquito-bome illness:
Heavy rains and flooding can
lead to more mosquitoes, which
are most active at sunrise and sun-
set.
Protect against mosquitoes by
using these prevention tips: Avoid
being outside at dusk and dawn;
wear clothes that cover most of
your skin; use DEET repellent, or
picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyp-
tus; get rid of standing water where
mosquitoes can lay eggs.
Home dean-up:
Flood water with a hurricane
must be removed as soon as possi-
ble since it may contain material
from overflowing sewage systems.
If there has been a backflow of
sewage into the house, take the fol-
lowing measures for clean-up:
Clean walls, hard-surface
floors and other household sur-
faces with soap and water; disin-
fect with one cup bleach to five gal-
lons of water.
Disinfect surfaces that come
in contact with food and children's


play areas.
*Wash all linens and clothing in
hot water or dry clean.
Air dry in the sun mattresses,
furniture and items that can't be
washed and spray with a disinfec-
tant.
*Steam-clean all carpeting.
Replace filters in heating and
air conditioning systems.
*Wear rubber boots and water-
proof gloves while cleaning.
Be careful not to mix certain
household cleaners and disinfec-
tants, as some mixtures can pro-
duce toxic fumes and result in
injury or death.
Discard materials that cannot
be thoroughly cleaned and dried
within 24-48 hours.
*Watch for mold and carefully
remove or clean it. For more infor-
mation on mold, call the Okee-
chobee County Health Department
at 863-462-5819 or Air Toxics Hot-
line at 800-543-8279.
Home repair:
*Work in pairs or groups.
Take short breaks and work
during cooler hours of the day.
Wear goggles, heavy gloves
and steel-toed boots.
Clean wounds with soap and
clean water.


Leave immediately if water-
damaged structure shifts or unusu-
al noises occur.
Avoid lifting more than 50
pounds of debris or materials.
Avoid heat stroke/exhaustion
by wearing light-colored, loose-fit-
ting clothing and drinking fluids
every 15 minutes.
Only experienced people
should use chainsaws and special
equipment; wear earplugs when
operating.
Turn off power at main break-
er to prevent electrocution in wet
areas.
Never handle a downed
power line.
Never bring gasoline or
diesel-powered pumps, generators
or pressure washers indoors as
they release carbon monoxide a
deadly, colorless and odorless gas.
Avoid exhaustion by resting
often and maintaining a normal
sleep schedule.
Take advantage of disaster
relief programs in the community.
For more information on what
to do after a hurricane, contact the
local health department at (863)
462-5819, or visit the web at
www.doh.state.fl.us or www.Flori-
daDisaster.org.


instead of locked in a barn. Many
animals have died needlessly in
past hurricane seasons because
barns collapsed and trapped them
inside. Make sure that the fences
and gates are in good repair. Have
clean water available for them.
Toss them extra hay to keep them
busy. Purchase enough feed and
medication to last for two to three
weeks following the storm, as feed
trucks may not be able to deliver
supplies.
After the storm, check your pas-
ture. If it is flooded, move the hors-
es to high ground to prevent hoof
problems. If possible, walk the pas-
ture to check for any debris that
could injure your animals. While
checking for debris, also re-check
your fences to be sure that they are
still intact.
If you have aquariums, keep
in mind that when power goes out
the filters, pumps and aerators will
not work. Fish can only go a short
time without air in their water.
Make a visit to your local bait or
tackle shop and purchase several
fishing aerators. They normally
take two D-sized batteries for each
unit. When your power goes out,
use the aerators in your aquarium.
They saved a great deal of fish over
the past two hurricane seasons.
No matter what you decide to
do with your pets, make your plans
now. Consult your veterinarians
with any concerns or questions
you may have.







The Okeechobee News, Friday, June 1,2007 SPORTS 7


Okeechobee
Junior Tennis fundraiser


Submitted to Okeechobee News/Dave Ellis
Otto Ramirez (right) defeated Jordan Canevari (left) in the
boys' 12-year-old championship at the fourth annual Okee-
chobee Junior Tennis fundraiser held on May 19 at the Okee-
chobee Sports Complex. The fundraiser was sponsored by
Wicks, Brown, Williams & Co. to benefit the Okeechobee
High School tennis team.


Sports Briefs


Benefit golf
tourney planned
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club will host a golf tournament
to benefit the mission outreach
program 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
dinner following the tournament.
Hole sponsorships are also
available at a cost of $100 per
sign.
Pre-registration is required. To


register call Mike Slayton at (863)
634-5888; Steve Szentmartoni at
(863) 634-1317; or, Joseph Szent-
martoni at (863) 634-2001.
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.


Zack Fowler (left) defeated Alex Nielson (right) in the
boys' 16-year-old championship at the fourth annual
Okeechobee Junior Tennis fundraiser held on May 19 at
the Okeechobee Sports Complex. The fundraiser was
sponsored by Wicks, Brown, Williams & Co. to benefit the
Okeechobee High School tennis team.



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Corey White (right) defeated Bobby Spelts (left) in the
boys' 18-year-old championship at the fourth annual
Okeechobee Junior Tennis fundraiser held on May 19 at
the Okeechobee Sports Complex. The fundraiser was
sponsored by Wicks, Brown, Williams & Co. to benefit the
Okeechobee High School tennis team.


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May 23: First place-Max Sher-
ry. Second place-Penny King.
Last place-Russ Papy. Closest to
pin-(2) Max Sherry, (8) Max
Sherry, (11) George Guydosh
and (17) Ron Hetling.
May 25: First place-(tie)
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Last place-Connie Lanier. Clos-
est to pin-(2) and (8) George
Gaudy, (11) John Nickelson and


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May 29: First place-Russ
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Bob Owens took first place in the monthly
Taylor Creek Bass Club fishing tournament
with a three-bass limit that weighed in at
14.98 lbs. The tournament took place on
Lake Josephine (U.S. 27 South, one mile
from S.R. 70).


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Ibs. in last weekend's Taylor Creek Bass
Club fishing tournament. He also hooked the
big fish award with a 6.58 lb. lunker.


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Bob Owens took first place
with three fish weighing 14.98
lbs. in last weekend's Taylor
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(U.S. 27 South one mile from
S.R. 70).
Second place went to Danny -.
Norton for his three-fish limit of '
8.97 lbs.
Dave Straight came in third
with a three-fish limit of 8.39 lbs.
He also took the big fish award
with a 6.58 lb. lunker.
Fourth place was captured by
Dave Smith. He brought 8.03 lbs. .
to the scales for the win.
Of the 49 fish caught in this o
tourney, 98 percent were
released alive.
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge AM
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Raulerson Hospital Scholarship
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Henderson, Shannon Lawrence, Alisha Claxton, Ashley Royals, Amanda Brown, Amanda Harmon, Magaly Jaimes, Doris
Catalan, Marlena Mansiggh and Cassie Murphy by Charlene Carcaro (front row, left) and Janis Stevens (front row, right)
at the annual scholarship night presentations at Okeechobee High School on May 17.


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left to right) Jamie Mewbourn, Amy Lamberti, Robert Rodriguez, Morgan Richey, Devon Venables and Dominque Alder-
man during the annual Okeechobee High School scholarship night presentations.


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foster children. For information call
desperately needed (800) 403-9311.
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As much as I do not want to, the time has come for me to retire from the
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this reason, you are encouraged to pick up your file at my office, 306 NW
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Tax plan worries taxpayers; Is Tallahassee listening?


By Nena Bolan
Special to Okeechobee News
MOORE HAVEN The Florida
Legislature will hold a special ses-
sion June 12 22 to determine how
best to lower property taxes.
The Florida House of Represen-
tatives has suggested cutting taxes
back to 2001, or 2003; and Gover-
nor Charlie Crist is determined to
reduce taxes.
Locally, leaders are saying, pro-
posed cuts could reduce Glades
County's budget by as much as 46
percent.
The Glades County Board of
County Commissioners called for a
public workshop on May 21 so resi-
dents could voice opinions and ask
questions about the possible loss in
county services. If the county' has
46 percent less for a budget, many
services will be cut in half and
some eliminated.
"It is going to hit us dispropor-
tionably hard. We have a no frills
government here," said Paul Beck,
commissioner.


The county's two ambulances
cover 775 square miles of rural
communities, farms and recre-
ational areas that draw commuters
and visitors from all over the state
who use U.S. 27 as a main high-
way. The county's two ambulance
service would be scaled back to
one, leaders have said. It could be a
long wait for an ill or injured person
if the only county ambulance is
already engaged in a three- to four-
hour round trip to Fort Myers.
"I think there is going to be loss
of life. I don't think we can put a
price tag on our families," said Rus-
sell Echols.
According to Butch Jones, com-
mission chairman, more affluent
counties like Palm Beach will suffer
less of a cutback and will eliminate
things like libraries, recreation
parks, water parks and sidewalks.
"They are cutting out the frills,"
said Butch Jones.
Joseph Richter, Muse resident,
told the county that his taxes are
still lower than they were when he
lived in New Jersey. He hopes


county services will not be drasti-
cally reduced.
"I'm willing to pay my taxes,"
said Joseph Richter.
With a severe cutback in funds,
Glades County may have to termi-
nate nearly half of its law enforce-
ment officers and shut down the
fire departments.
Wendell Taylor, county manag-
er, informed the public that the fire
departments are dependent on vol-
unteers who work without a salary,
but equipment, fuel and electricity
do cost money. Within the last
eight months other counties have
donated older trucks to Glades.
"Citrus County gave us two fire
trucks, thank you. We don't have
the money to buy new trucks," said
Wendell Taylor.
Chairman Butch Jones men-
tioned that Glades has only two
lobbyists working in Tallahassee to
represent the county's interests;
whereas wealthier counties have
hundreds. He told the public that
county officials, city of Moore
Haven officials, and local business


owners tried to see the governor.
"We could not get in to the gov-
ernor's office. We spoke to an aid,"
said Mr. Jones.
Walter Shirley, resident and
business owner, is concerned that
Tallahassee lawmakers are focused
on other counties.
"We need to remind people up
there that we are not Palm Beach
County and DeSoto County. They
are looking at Florida like every-
thing is in Fort Lauderdale or Palm
Beach," said Walter Shirley.
Senator Dave Aronberg heard
Mr. Shirley speak and he reported
that the Florida Senate does not
seek as harsh a reduction as does
the Florida House of Representa-
tives.
"Not one of us supports the
House plan and that is why we
have to go back. It is a delicate bal-
ance. We get a lot of calls about tax
relief ... and the governor wants
taxes to drop like a rock," said Sen-
ator Dave Aronberg.
Senator Aronberg also men-
tioned that the legislature is now


hearing from law enforcement and
fire fighters' organizations and lob-
byists who-. have strong opinions
about the loss of funds.
The legislature will return for a
special session June 12 22 which
will allow additional time for input


from Floridians. The senator and
county commissioners encour-
aged residents to contact lawmak-
ers inside and outside their districts.
Editor's note: StaffWriterNenaBolan
can be reached at
nenabolan@yahoo.com.


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GLADES COUNTY Glades
County is losing one of its most
beloved and dedicated public ser-
vants and nobody is happy
about this except her.
Evelyn Sapp, postmistress of the
Palmdale Post Office for the past
twentyyears retired as of, May 30.
She has been fondly referred to
as the Princess of Palmdale.
"Well," she says in her soft
southern voice, "it's time for me to
walk in another direction. I've
enjoyed this work and loved seeing
my friends come in year after year
and hearing about their growing
families and all the things going on
in the community. But now, I'm
looking forward to a little less struc-
tured life which happily will include
more time to spend with my grand-
children three that is, and anoth-
er on the way."
Mrs. Sapp decided it was time to
finally let go.
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-,% selft. (u,,." she said. "There are
,: rnanI a venues I w\anl to explore
- like reading, which is my first
love in the area of hobbies, then
there's poetry which may be a little
different from most people who
write poetry. Mine is more or less
written as a diary- something will
happen and I simply write a poem
about it. It's something I hope my
family will enjoy if not now, later
on. Crocheting I really like too,
which I've not had time to do in
many years. Also, I like to cook and
work jigsaw puzzles."
Evelyn Sapp and her husband
Jerry (Gator) Sapp live at the corner
of roadway and Palmetto Avenue
where they've lived for twenty
years. Husband Jerry works for the
Seminole Police Department. He
plans to work a while longer but


"not too long" Evelyn adds. The
S.apps are parents to two daugh-
ters: Ginger Whitehurst and Alison
Hatch. Ginger and her husband are
parents to a daughter and a son,
while Alison and her husband are
parents to a daughter and a son on
theway.
Prior to working for the postal
service in Moore Haven and Palm-
dale, Evelyn dedicated her talents
to hair-dressing in both Lakeport
and Moore Haven. She also
worked briefly in the Supervisor of
Elections Office in Moore Haven


and did office work at the Glades
County Democrat Newspaper.
"Jerry and I are really looking
forward to taking long vacations as
we've not been able to do thus far.
Last year we simply traveled all
over Florida seeing places and
things we'd only heard of. It was
wonderful! We didn't make any
specific plans you might say we.
just followed the wind. It was the
best vacation we have ever had!
And that's what we'll do again.
Wherever the car leads that's
where we'll go!"


A long time patron of the Palm-
dale Post Office is Tom Gaskins, Jr.,
a member of the Glades County
School Board, who lives at Venus.

"Going to the Post Office with
Evelyn as postmistress," said Mr.
Gaskins, "has always been a
delight, a very pleasant experience.
I hate to think of her not being there
but the Gaskins wish her well and
hope that her retirement will be
more than she ever dreamed possi-
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CALL FOR APPOINTMENT
Office Hours: Mon., Tues, Thurs. 8 AMTO 6 P
& Wed. 8 AM TO 4:30 PM


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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Ill.
Movie times for Friday, June 1,
through Thursday, June 7, are as
follows:
Theatre 1 -"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, 7 and 9:10 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-
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COUNTY CEMETERY (2):
Moore Haven, nice area.
$1200 for both or will sep.
(863)382-8097/381-9677.
Find It faster. Sen It soon-
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CAT- Found 3 legged cat.
(863)357-3225
DOG, male, north of Ft.,Drum,
white w/black.
(863)697-8948
HOUND MIX, female, near
Dairy Feeds on 9th Street.
863)467-0380 or
863)801-3276 Iv. msg.


AFRICAN GRAY, Last seen
5/22, S. Elmer St. LaBelle,
$200 REWARD for info.
(863)675-8356 or 673-6007
CAT, Male, Grey Tiger w/big
brown belly. Neutered. Lost
@ Okeechobee KOA. Re-
ward! (727)204-3454
CAT- vie of SW 15th Street &
5th Ave. Dark Siamese
w/white paws. Please call
(863)634-9614
COCKER SPANIEL: Sally, 8 yr
old blond. Missing since
05/13 from Bet Her Acres.
Reward! 863-610-1027
SETTERS, male, white w/black
spots, female, white
w/brown spots, vic. of Civic
Center, Hwy. 98.
(863)634-8822/634-0751
SILVER BRACELET- with 5
stones, vic of CVS Pharma-
cy. Reward (863)634-1860


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BABY HAMSTERS: Free To
good homes only!
863-801-1302 or 801-3942.
Okeechobee area
BLUE HEELER PUPS (2): 1
male, 1 female. Good hog &
cattle. Free to good homes.
863-835-4857
KITTENS 10 weeks old, to
good home only! Call
(5611261-6421 or
(863)634-0565.
KITTENS- Free to GREAT
Home Only! All colors,
Male/Female. Cute!
(863)801-3561
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when you sell t hi the
classifleds.


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DOWNSIZING SALE
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Sat., 6/2, 8am til 2pm
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misc. Even a kitchen sinkl
863-763-3963 for directions.


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Shop/Warehouse Employee
& Qualified, Exp'd Plumber.
(863)763-6461
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Classification: 1523
Experienced Estimators
needed for busy General
Contractor. Excellent
working'environment,
includes 401k, Benefits and
Paid Vacation. Must be
experienced in Educational
Facilities Construction, as
well as, Commercial and
Residential.
Fax Resume and Include
Salary to: 561-712-4756.
SERVERS -Experienced Only.
Work in a friendly environ-
ment. Must have good writ-
ten & oral communication
skills. Be Dependable. Work
Full & Part Time. DFWP
(863)763-9933
TRUCK DRIVER
Needed for Okeechobee
agricultural business.
CDL Aplus
(863)697-2450
The classifleds are the
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time News Clerk. Duties include
type setting news copy, scanning
and proofreading.

The right applicant will:
Have computer skills
Be organized
Be able to handle pressure ,
Be a self-managed individual
Be able to work flexible hours
Knowledge in computer programs:
Microsoft Word
Adobe Photoshop
(Preferred but will train)
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment
where employees are trusted and
empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Life and Disability Insurance
401(K) Retirement Plan
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BUFFETATTENDANT- Presentable, dependable
& hard working individuals. 1FT& 2PTyear round
positions available. Must be able to open the buffet
at 5am. Taking applications until June 15, 2007
$9.00perhour
SERVERS- clean cut, personable & hardworking
qualities is a must. Exp. preferred but not
necessary Hiring AM& PM for only the rightpeople.
ASSISTANT MANAGERS Looking forpersons interested
in a career in restaurant management. Good people skills &
experience in restaurants a must. $30-$35k based on exp.
GENERAL MANAGERS- Train in Okeechobee for relocation.
Immediate openings available. $40k plus benefits to start.


Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
IHlealthcare 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


MECHANIC NEEDED
Established local
repair shop needs
Full-Time Mechanic.
ASE Certified & Exhaust
ex erience preferred,
but not required.
A pl inperson M-F
Thoce Automotive
704 NE 2nd Ave
Okeechobee, FL
(Behind Rita's Furniture)


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purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
the classlfelds.


Auto Trader
Publishing Company
is currently looking for
Independent Contractors to
deliver books on Friday in
Okeechobee & Indiantown
Areas. The approximate
pay will be $150 per week.
Please call Ron at
1-800-815-1102 ext 438.
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sold, advertise In the
classified.
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the world around you.
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Electric Cooperative, Inc.

IT Director
Glades Electric Cooperative is seeking a qualified indi-
vidual to take charge of it IT operations. This position
will report to the Manager of Engineering and will be
located in Moore Haven, FL. The successful candidate
must have certifications and experience dealing with
Information Systems and Communications Systems.
Salary is commensurate with experience. GEC offers
an excellent benefits package. Employee Applications
may be obtained at any GEC Office. Resumes may be
e-mailed to ybradley(oladesec.com or faxed to
(863) 946-6266. GEC is an Equal Opportunity Affirma-
tive Action Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.


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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China. Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins. Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer. Video 580
Crafts 'Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Unens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment,
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps./Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets./Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
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Satellite 695
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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.
CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONER:
Package unit, with heat, 07
model. $1650.
561-447-0339
WINDOW UNITS, (2), 1 Ig., 1
small, both 1 0v, good
cond., used a little, $150 will
sell sep. (863)675-4858


CHEVY PICK- UP, '54, Good
for restoration. Runs good.
Needs brakes. $1500.
(863)763-1370


COMMERCIAL FREEZER- 2dr,
reach in, good for ice stor-
age, glass doors, $1500
(863)673-0920
DISHWASHER- Frigidaire,
Black, Excellent condition.
$70. (863)763-8011
DISHWASHER, Kenmore:
Works well. $75
(863)946-3822
FREEZER: Small, upright,
works well & clean. $90 or
best offer. 863-634-2724
Call anytime. Okeechobee
MICROWAVE $20. Call
239-657-2711 or Dana at
239-657-9090.
REFRIGERATOR, Kenmore,
side by side, 22 cu. ft., ice
maker, works well. $250
(863)946-3822
REFRIGERATOR, Kenmore,
side by side, white, $200 or
best offer. (863)946-1138
Moore Haven
WASHER & DRYER- Full size,
stacked, Frigidaire. $250.
(772)461-8822 Ft. Pierce
WASHER & DRYER- Kenmore.
Good condition. $50.
(863)357-2704
WASHER & DRYER: Whirl-
pool, almost new. Paid
$725, asking $500. Must
sell! 863-634-2724


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



Gutters Plus,
SLLC

It wasn't raining when
Noah built the ark!
Prepare now and let us help.
Hurricane Protection
Seamless Raingutter
Screen Rooms and
Enclosures Carports
Call today for your
free estimate
(863) 634-3159
Lic. #OCSL2783-01
PLYWOOD (50 sheets): $300
for all. Call (561)762-4620
Jupiter area.

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
Professirwl
Installation i qr Storm
Shutters & Seamless
Rain Gutters
Licensed & Insured

863.763.5650
1551 N.W. 24th Drive
Okeechobee
License #765
SLIDING GLASS DOORS (3):
White, in aluminum frame.
$1000. 863-697-2434
WOOD SEALANT: Behr Plus
(5) 5 Gallon containers.
rand new. $250 for all will
sep. (863)697-2032


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
CAPTIANS BED- Twin, w/
matching dresser. Lt color
wood. Good cond. $350. or
best offer. (863)675-0600
CONVERTIBLE CRIB: With
mattress. GRACO BOUNCER:
Good condition. $130 neg
for both. 863-673-2726
TODDLER BED- Fire Truck
Step 2. With mattress. Great
condition. $75.
(863)675-0600
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.
WEDDING DRESS- from Da-
vid's Bridal. Floor length, sz 4
strapless. Veil & fullness slip
incld $500. (863)946-0307
WEDDING GOWN, Ivory, Size
6-8, Straight fit. $300.
(863)634-4888
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



COMPUTER/PRINTER, Dell,
19" monitor, CD burner, Win-
dows ME, $200. Call
(772)461-8822.
DELL COMPUTER SYS: Pen-
tium 4, XP Pro, monitor, key-
board, mouse & speakers.
$249. (863)517-2782 Tony


BAR STOOLS- (3) 24", wood-
en, swivel, $100
(863)467-5616


BED- Beauty Rest, New condi-
tion. $200. (863)673-4534
BEDROOM SET: 4 piece, Solid
Oak, Bassett, brand new,
never used. $1000 will fi-
nance. 863-634-7465
BEDROOM SET, Wicker, head-
board, dresser w/mirror & 2
night stands, great shape.
$100 (863)634-5861
CHAIR & OTTOMAN, Italian
leather. $200 or best offer.
(863)946-3265
CHEST- Lighted, Mirror front,
Black, $150. (863)673-4534
COUCH & RECLINING CHAIR-
good shape, red/tan, $75
(863)763-3631
DINING ROOM TABLE oval
shaped, w/leaf, 6 chairs,
asking $300/best offer.
(863)6110-2946.
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
END TABLES (2) Glass Top.
Curved legs. $70 for both,
will sep. (863)946-3265
FURNITURE: House full! Too
much to list! $2000 for all.
863-805-2877
FUTON CHAIR: $50.
(863)357-7136
GLIDER- good condition, hard-
ly used, $25 (863)675-2503
HEADBOARD & FRAME,
white, metal, twin, w/mat-
tress & boxspring, $35.
(863)467-2679 Iv. msg.
HEADBOARD: Solid oak wood,
fits regular queen beds.
$25. 863-763-3286
HUTCH & SIDE BOARD: Maple
wood. $500 negotiable.
863-3517-5774
LOVESEAT: 66", white, good
condition. $50.
(863)612-9831
MATTRESS Brand new, 2
sided pillow top. $299.
(561)844-1942.
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 & CHAIR $60. Call
239-657-2711 or Dana at
239-657-9090.
SOFA & LOVESEAT- seafoamn
green, needs to be cleaned,
good condition, $150 or best
offer (863)447-5195
SOFA: 92", queen sleeper,
white, good condition, $60.
(863)612-9831 Labelle
SOFA SLEEPER- Queen Anne,
Queeni size, Floral print.
Matching Loveseat & coffee
table. $250. (863)357-3773
TWIN BED, with mattresses &
rails, good condition. $80
(863)634-5861



GOLF EQUIP: Complete set of
clubs, cart & bag, 1-9, pitch-
ing wedge, putter, 1 doz golf
balls. $50.863-675-6178


LYMAN 54 caliber Great Plains
Rifle, mint cond., all acces-
sories, A Steal! $400.
(772)460-0817
S&W Model 640 357mag
hammerless stainless, new
cond. $400 firm. Call
(772) 4161-8822.



ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR, old-
er Hoverround, like hew
cond., $200. (863)467-4323
EXERCISE EQUIP, Treadmill,
manuall fast track walker, ex-
ercise bike. $250/all will sep.
(863)801-4949
WEIGHT MACHINE: Dual sta-
tion, With cable weights & leg
press. Excellent condition.
$250 neg. (863)357-3773
WHEELCHAIR, Electric, Pride
Jazzy, swing away joystick,
exc. cond., $1100.
(863)675-4710


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



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


TELESCOPE: Orion 127 mm
(5") aperture Star Max w/
case. $500. / trade for brand
name pistol. 863-447-3409
TRAMPOLINE, 18.Ft. w/entire
padding in tact. Shoe nets on
sides. No missing springs.
$100 Firm. (863)269-5263
VIDEO TAPES (10 pack): So-
ny, Hi-8, 8mm, digital, new,
still in box. $50 for all.
863-467-0987
WELDING BENDER, Metal,
Ring & Arch Roller, for mak-
ing ornamental metal folk art,
$450. (863)763-3451



ACOUSTIC GUITAR: Squier by
Fender, w/ soft leather case.
Missing 5th string. $75.
863-885-1172 after 3pm
DRUMS: Lugwig, Professional
Set & much more! $1200
neg. 863-697-6132
PIANO, Gulbransen, upright,
w/new damp chaser, $300
or best offer. (863)467-2679
Iv. msg.


AMERICAN PIT Bull Terrier -
female, 14 mths old, ADBA
reg., solid dark red, needs
home. $200. (863)634-6601
AQUARIUM, 100 gallon with
stand, $200 (863)228-2123
AQUARIUM, 90 gal. with many
. access. Like new wood
stand. $375.(302)634-2378
or after 5 at (302)357-3092
BIRD CAGE: Large, wrought
iron, black, w/ playpen on
top. $35. 863-528-3235 W.
Frostproof
CHIHUAHAUA PUPPY, Fe-
male, 11 wks. old w/ shots.
$300. (863)357-0037 or
looskin@aol.com
CHIHUAHUA, tan, female, 7
month old. Only 31/ Ibs.
$230. (863)675-254.1
(days) Barb LaBelle area.
JACK RUSSELL, Male, not
neutered, 4 months old.
$200 (772)342-7317
MINI DOBERMAN PINSCHER:
Beautiful.dog, but we can't
keep him, almost 1 year old.
$200. 239-645-9155
PIT BULL PUPPY, 3 mo. old,
male w/health certificate.
$300. (863)673-2314
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
pm


POOL TABLE, Excalibur by Im-
perial, 8', red felt on black ta-
ble, w/accessories, $700.
(863)697-1249
SCOOTERS (2): Electric, SunL,
with charger, new, $400 for
both or will separate.
863-357-3779
SPINNING REEL, by The Bass
Professor, Doug Hannon
Wavecast, new in box, $70.
(561)214-2633



BASS SYSTEM: 2, 12" Pioneer
Speakers & Custom box w/
power acoustics LT980
amp. $600 (863)269-5263
MASSIVE AUDIO: 6000 watt
amp, brand new. $650.
(863)634-6476


FLAT SCREEN: #36 Sony,
with stand. $300. Call Ange-
la at 239-645-9155.
PHILLIPS- 60" Big screen,
Good condition. $500.
(863)673-0700
PLASMA TV: 42", only 2 years
old, with stand & remote!!!
$650. (863)634-5471
PROJECTION TV: 55" Philips,
only 4 years old, works
S great, good conditions!!
425.863-634-5471
TELEVISION- Philips 50",
w/DVD and VCR, $800 firm
(863)227-6181
TV, 56", rear projection, Mitsu-
bishi, on rollers, HD ready,
$300. (863)357-3865


AIR COMPRESSOR, 5hp, 22
gallon tank, like new, 1 yr.
old, $100 or best offer.
(863)227-0029
AIR COMPRESSOR- 7.5 hp
with Kohler engineon 2 cyl
compressor. $425. Or best
offer. (863)699-2971
COMPRESSOR- Campbell
5hp, 60 gal. single stage
220V, $250 (863)763-5373
SPOT WELDER- 220 amps,
Good condition. $125.
(863)357-5754
TABLE SAW: $60.
(863)634-3659


XBOX CONSOLE: With games
& accessories. $175.
863-673-2726

Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 81 5
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies.'
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry,'Supplies 860
Seeds,'Plants,'
Flowers 865




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



FARM GATE- 10 ft, asking $30
(863)467-1224 '


APPALOOSA GELDING 5
yrs. old, skittish, but aims to
please, sweet guy. $850
firm. (863)673-6829
BLUE ROAN STALLION- 1 1/2,
friendly, halter and lead
broke, $500 or best offer
(863)673-0065
FILLY, Paso Fino, 4 mos. old,
bay, up to date Coggins &
shots, $600 or best offer.
(561)718-1212 Okee
HORSE TRAILER, '91 Goose-
neck, needs some body
work, floor good cond.,
$1000 neg. (863)201-3492
QUARTER HORSE: Bay, 8 mo.
old. $500 or best offer.
(863)467-6725 Telina
SORREL GELDING: Green
broke, very gentle, $500. or
best offer (863)673-0066
THOROUGHBRED GELDING- 6
Sr. Good mouth reining. Cant
eep anymore. Tack included
$1500. (772)460-0817

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LAWN MOWERS- Self pro-
pelled push mower. Works
great $35. (863)675-8937
MANTIS TILLER: $150.
863-763-5039


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
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street


MOWER 34" Gravely ZTR,
exc. cond., $1500 firm.
(863)634-1479.
RIDING LAWN MOWER,
Craftsman, LT1000, 17.5hp,
42" cut, new, mower deck,
$400. (863)763-7376
RIDING MOWER, John Deere
165 Hydro, $550
S(863)675-4710 or
(239)290-1133
RIDING MOWER: Murray '03,
42" cut, $400.
(863)983-4940
RIDING MOWER: Murray, 42"
cut, 16 HP. $400.
863-227-6181
YARD SWEEPER- Huskee,
Heavy duty. Paid $250. will
sell for $150.
(863)467-7151 after 6pm
YARD TRAILER, $75 or best
offer. (863)634-3394

Rentals,




Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos'
Townhouses Rent92,:
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930'
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960







OAK LAKE VILLA: 2br/2ba.
$900/mo plus $500 security.
No pets. Non-smoking envi-
ronment. Call 863-610-1750.
OKEECHOBEE, 2BR, 2BA 2
Story Villa w/privacy fence.
all appl's, must have refer-
ence. 863-763-2416 or
863-447-0925
ON RIM CANAL OF LAKE
OKEECHOBEE: lbr, furnished,
screened porch, utils inci'd.
$175/week. (772)359-1640
TAYLOR CREEK CONDOS:
1 br/1ba, partially furnished.
Avail..June 1st. Call for
details. 561-352-4243



RENTAL: 2 STORE FRONTS
BHR, Office or Retail, High
traffic area. Reasonably
priced! (863)610-1120


AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY
Waterfront, Clean & Quiet,
Okeechobee Nicest. From
$750. mo. (772)215-0010
CBS: SW Section, 3/1, no
pets. $950/mo, $2400 to
move in. 2200 SW Third
Ave., close to Walmart. Call
(863)634-0512 for details.
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br.,
2 Ba., $1200 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. dep. & refs. Call for more
info. Call Barry 772-216-1461
LAKE OKEECHOBEE: Modern
3br/2.5ba, 1 car garage, in-
law suite, ideal for sharing.
$1100/mo. (772)359-1640
OAK PARK AREA:
House for Rent. 2BR/1BA.
Central Air & Heat.
863-763-7622
OKEE: 3/1 on 1/2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
last, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
OKEE., 3Br/2Ba, Brick, 2 car
garage. $600. mo. + 1st.
Last & Sec. Available Now!
(772)359-7378
OKEECHOBEE, 3br/lba, cen-
tral air. (863)763-8058
OKEECHOBEE, 3br/2ba, $850,
2br/2ba, furnished, $800.
(954)610-5345
OKEECHOBEE: 3BR/2BA, CBS,
Kings Bay. $1150 / month.
Call Rick (863)697-3096 or
Sammy (305)775-6579
RICK'S RENTALS LLC 2/2
w/lake'access, Treasure Is-
land, move in cond., small
pets welcome, $750 mo.,
2/2 lake access, Treasure Is-
land, $800 mo., 2/2 CBS,
$1150 mo. Available Imme-
diately! 561-262-1390
TREASURE ISLAND Water
front, 3BR, 1.5 BA, LR, DR,
FR, AC/ W/D updated, new
roof, $1300/mo, 1st, last,
sec & refs (561)346-4692


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


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos,,
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




ACREAGE IN LITTLE FARMS:
2/1, new c/a, new appliances,
recently remodeled, detached
garage, on 2'/i fenced acres,
pond. $175,000 firm. Call
863-467-8844 for more info.
COUNTRY HILLS: 2/1, c/a &
beat, 1BR/1BA guest house,
outbuildings, kennel, on 4
3/4 fenced acres, nice
fenced pond, $300,000.
(863)467-8844 or
402)-432-2955 -
OKEECHOBEE, 2BR/1 BA,
Frame home, 100x150 lot,
motivated seller $75,000
Debra Pinson, Century 21
Horizon Properties.
(863)801-9163
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, CBS,
on 5 acres, w/barn, near
schools & airport, only 2 mi
from town. Asking $390,000
Contact Laura
(863)634-6113
OKEECHOBEE: Newly remod-
eled, 4br, 2 ba, Den, 1/2
acre, new roof, A Must See!
$165,000 (863)824-6112
TREASURE ISLAND Water
front, 3BR, 1.5 BA, LR, DR,
FR, AC/ W/D updated, new
roof, Family Emergency
CASH deal $170,000 neg.
(561)346-4692


SW Mobile Home w/CBS ad-
dition, 3/4 acre, oak trees, 7
miles north of town, cash
sale, $50k. (561)346-4692



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.lakeshoreresortrentals.com

Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020




CHOICE OF 3BR OR 2 BR DBL
WIDES. No pets, yearly lease,
starting @ $650/mo + $1000
sec. deposit. 863-763-4031
Indianlown 1br/1ba $750/mo.
1 Room Cottage $475/mo.
32ft RV/BA $475/mo. Incl.elec
2hr/1ba singlewide $550/mo.
1st, last & sec. All Incl. City
Water. 561-346-4646



-BANKREPO:32'x80'-
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-385-4694


MOBILE HOME' Uuiei 55+
Community. Park Model.
Screened in room. $6500. 2
MONTHS FREE LOT RENT.
321-459-2777/863-467-2600


I Genra Contr


ISeasonal


CAMERO RS- '97, Cony. Runs,
Needs work. $2000.
(863)673-3513 LaBelle
CHEVY CAMARO- '98, New
brakes. Runs great. Cold
A/C. Good Shape. $3500. or
,best offer. (863)697-6731
CHEVY CAVALIER '96, 4 cyl.,
auto., everything works.
$2500 (863)634-6235


ISeasonal


Recreation



Boats 3005
Campers RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles.'ATVs 3035



AIR BOAT HULL, Apache, with
cage, $400. (863)885-2166
BASS BOAT, Ranger '82, 175
Mariner, Ranger trailer (new
tires), like'new tolling motor.
$2500 neg. (863)697-9704
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
BOAT: PADDLE WHEELER, 12
FT., Mid 80's. Ready to use.
$275. (863)763-3551
BOAT TRAILER, fits up to 23'
boat, $250 or best offer.
(863)634-3394
GHEENOE, built in live well
13', w/running lights, asking
$700. 239-340-2833
ORLANDO CLIPPER 20',
cabin cruiser w/trlr, 90 hp
Evinrude, new transom,
Owner disabled. $6000.
(863)675-4968. LaBelle.
POLARIS WATERCRAFT-
'2000, 95hp, Double trailer
incld. $2500. or best offer.
(561)951-2374
SAIL BOAT: Hobie Cat, t1.4
feet, excellent condition.
$450.863-467-4328
SPORTSCRAFT- Tri hull- walk
thru windshield, 60hp Mari-
ner outboard, galv trailer,
$750 (863)467-8038
SUNTRACKER PONTOON: '06,
21ft, w/ '07 galvanized trailer,
60HP 4 stroke Merc. $13,500.
863-414-2346 or 763-4079


ALEGRO, 1978 Travel Trailer,
25 Ft. w/generator. Runs
great. Needs minor repairs.
1500 neg. (863)673-1249
HUNTING CAMPER, 5th
wheel, no ",, T,;: re
shape, '.IUii.
(863)227-0029



FISH FINDER- Wireless, Brand
new still in box. Great for any
type of fishing. $150.
(863)509-8179


HONDA CB 900 1982, Cus-
tom, Nice bike. $1500. or
best offer. (239)560-4604
MOTORCYCLE PARTS, JE Pis-
tons, rings & pins. For Suzu-
ki. Brand new, never used.
$600 neg. (863)447-6507
MOTORCYCLE TRAILER- en-
closed, raised lid, ramp door,
like new, $2000
(863)674-0898/517-1019
SCAFFOLD: On Motorcycle
trailer, two story. $500 neg.
863-697-2434
YAMAHA- '02, V-Star 1100,
Runs Great, Low miles.
$5500. (863)673-0700



KAWASAKI 300 BAYOU -
1998, 2WD, runs great,
$1200/neg. (863)675-6214
after 6pm.-
POLAR 4 WHEELER- '02 Blue
w/spotlight as is $700. Ser
inq only, (863)801-3980
YAMAHA BLASTER '94, New
oversized piston/tires. Runs
good. Looks OK. $700 neg.
815-353-3032 Lawrence


KEYSTONE- '01, 29', Sleeps 6,
Loaded, Great condition.
$8900. (239)293-5928 Im-
mokalee

Automobiles |



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 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 Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



CADILLAC FLEETWOD: '85,
4dr, baby blue w/ white leather
int. Cruise, A/C, p/w, p/s, p/I.
$2500.239-324-5756


JlJ BUILDING CONTRACTORS
LICENSE #QB49109
Screen Rooms Carports
Room Additions Florida Rooms i
Garages Seawalls
Ernest Lancaster (863) 634-2044
i EMP


Special Notice 0155


I General Contr


CHRYSLER SEBRING- '01,
Good condition. Needs mo-,
tor. $500. or best offer.'
(863)697-3008
DODGE INTREPID: 1996,:
great shape. Moving, must-
sell. $800. 863-885-2166 :
FORD FOCUS SE '02, 4 cyl.,:
new tires, 37k, exc. cond.,.
$8500 neg. (863)697-3251'
after 4pm. Okeechobee
GRAND MARQUIS '88- 89K:
orig miles, asking $500,
(863)467-4258
MAZDA '91, 4 cyl., manual'
trans., everything works.*
$2500 or best offer.
(863)634-6235
MERCEDES 500SEL 1985,:
Runs good. $1500. or best
offer. 772-263-0013
OLDS CUTLASS '95- runs
ood, good work car, asking.
900 or best offer.
(863)228-2123
SCION TC, '06, less than 5k1
mi., auto, like new, 1 owner,
$15,800. (863)697-6455
ask for Doris


MUSTANG GRANDE COUPE:
'72, redone trans, black leath-
er, green hardback, V8-351.
$2500. 863-801-6149

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CHEVY 1994 Ext. Cab, 4x4,
Only 100K mis. $2200.
(863)673-2314
DODGE RAMCHARGER, '87,
4wd, one owner, $1500 or
best offer. (863)902-9855
SUZUKI SAMURAI '87, Excel-
lent shape, would make
great buggy. $2500
(863)634-1545


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
CHROME RIMS 22" W/TIRES
Set (4), fits -i jiti :,r i :Er-
voys. $1000. or best offer.,
863-634-5888
ENGINE- factory new GM ZZ4,
0 hrs, w/engine stand,
$2500 firm or trade
.i -4.L'' '517-1019.
JEEPW'GINE: 360, heads &
parts. $150. 863-528-3235,
W. Frostproof
OIL COOLER KIT: New, large,
for airboat or GM cars. Re-
duced to $50. Please call
(863)610-1120.
RUNNING BOARDS- Factory,
Off '08 F350 King ranch, 4
door, tan, $600. Neg.
(863)697-0328
RUNNING BOARDS: Ford,
polyurethane, fits '99 & up Su-
perduty Ford Crew Cab, $400
neg. (863)763-3555
SUPER SWAMPERS TSL, (4y
tires, 13x38x16, w/4 16x101
Extreme Rock Crawler Rims,
$800 for all. (863)763-0665
TIRES (2), Goodyear-
235/45/R17. Good condi-
tion. $75 (863)261-2386 or
(863)467-7453
TIRES (4): 30 x 9.50 R15. All
terrain. $100. 863-805-2877
TIRES, 4 brand new Super
Swamper Boggers,
16/35/165, w/4 new rims,
$1200. (863)634-1979
TIRES (4) T275/65R18, BG
Goodrich. $100.
(863)634-7765
TIRES (6) Good Year, 245 /
70R's 19.5, 12 ply. G159
Unisteel. Good tread. $300
all, will sep. (863)824-0801
TOOL BOXES (2) 1 Brand New
and 1 Used. $100.
(863)528-4444
WHEELS & TIRES (6): Alcoa;
16" fits 88 97 Dually. $450.
863-528-4444


CHEVY 350 '84, 454 engine,
400 turbo trans., body could
use some work. $1400 or
beft offer. (863)201-3492
CHEVY STEP SIDE: 1994, with
topper. $3500 or best offer.
863-634-9343
DODGE PICKUP: 1983. $800.
Call 239-410-0224
DODGE RAM '96- 2500 4x4,
new trans & new tires, many
extras, $4500 or best offer
(863)467-6238
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 F150 XLT, '91, with lift
gate, heavy duty trailer hitch,
runs good, $2500.
(863)467-7398




FORD F250: 1990, 7.3 Diesel,


standard transmission, 4x4.
$2500 or best offer. Call
(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://hoine.earthlink.net/
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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
SCHOOL BUS: '80, Chevy, 20
passenger, 81k mi, rebuilt
engine and trans, runs great.
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gas mileage, 2dr, runs good,
low miles, needs minor body
work $2500 (863)467-0627
CHEVY BLAZER S-10: 1993,
4WD, 92k mi. Body & interi-
or worn but runs good.
$2500 firm. 863-467-1700
FORD EXPLORER XLT- '05, 4
dr, Leather, Low mi. Exc
cond. Factory warranty 1
owner $18K. (863)357-3026
HIGHLANDER 2002: Clean ti-
tle. 4 Door, Auto., Luggage
rack, C/C, A/C, PW, PL.
$13,000. (863)675-5887
JEEP GRAND WAGONEER:
1991. Runs! $2000 or best
offer. 863-673-8396
RAV4 1998, 4x2, Great gas
mileage. Reliable, Clean.
S78K, 1 Owner, Garage kept.
$6595. (863)532-0056


DUMP TRAILER '01, Goose-
neck, 7x12, double axle.
$2500 (863)697-2032
EQUIPMENT TRAILER- 8x20,
Tri axle, pintle hitch, good
condition, $1750
(561)261-3176
UTILITY TRAILER, '06, 4x8, tilt
w/reinforced sides. Like new.
Asking $O00. (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

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Runs great. New battery and
brakes. $1500.
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Public Notices



Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

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 Final Summary Judgment
of Foreclosure:
Lot 7 and North 1/2 of Lot 8, Block 40,
FIRST ADDITION TO SOUTH OKEE-
CHOBEE, according to the plat thereof
recorded In Plat Book 1, Page 17, of
theo 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, Rorn
da.
And having a physical address of 1811
SW 2n Avenue, Okeechobee, FL
34972.
Also,
A parcel of land in Section 5, Township
44 Sooth, Range 42 East, more par-
Oiculadrly 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
Northwesterly 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 rights
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/LindaF. Young
DEPUTY CLERK
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NOTICE OF INTENT TO CONSIDER
THE ADOPTION OF A COUNTY ORDINANCE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee
County, Florida, will hold a public hearing on June 12, 2007 at 9:00 O'Clock
A.M., m the Okeechobee County Court House, County Commission Chambers lo-
cated, at 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida, for the purpose of receiving
comments and suggestions in consideration of the adoption of a proposed Ordi-
nance. The title of said proposed Ordinance is:
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ARTICLE III OF ORDINANCE 95-01, OKEECHOBEE
COUNTY CODE, TO ADD A NEW SECTION 62-80 IMPOSING AN ADDITIONAL
FIVE (5) CENT GAS TAX UPON EVERY GALLON OF MOTOR FUEL SOLD IN
OKEECNHOBEE COUNTY AS AUTHORIZED BY SECTION 336.025(1l(b), FLORIDA
STATUTES AND TAXED UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 2H6, FLORIDA
TATU.TE ; TO BE KNOWN AS THE "FIVE CENT LOCAL OPTION GAS TAX';
PROVIDING THAT THE IMPOSITION SHALL BE EFFECTIVE FROM JANUARY 1,
2008 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2017; PROVIDING FOR IMPOSITION AND DIS-
TRIBUTION PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 336, FLORIDA STATUES: PROVIDING
FOR SEVERABILITY, CODIFICATION AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
A copy of this Notice of Intent will be available for public inspection at the County
Commission office, Room 106, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, Florida each week day, Monday through Friday, except holi-
days between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 5:00 RM., beginning on May 30,2007.
If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sioners with respect to any matter considered at such hearing, that person will
need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal Is based.
RayR. Domer, Chairman
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
Sharon R6ertson, Clerk
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY FLORIDA
215499 ON 6/1/07


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 2007 CA 049
COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC.,
Plaintiff
Vs.
JERRY ALSIP, etal,
Defendants
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a
final Judgment of Foreclosure dated
the 18th day ol May, 2007, and en-
tered in Case No. 2007 CA 049, of the
Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Cir-
cuit and for Okeechobee County, Flori-
da, wherein COUNTRYWIDE HOME
LOANS, INC. is the Plaintiff and JERRY
ALSIP; BENEFICIAL FLORIDA, INC.;
UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF JERRY ALSIP;
JOHN DOE; JANE DOE AS UNKNOWN
TENANTS) IN POSSESSION OF THS
SUBJECT PROPERTY are defendants. I
will sell to the highest and best bidder
for cash at the OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
JUDICIAL CENTER, 312 NW 3RD
STREET, JURY ASSEMBLY ROOM,
SECOND FLOOR, OKEECHOBEE,
FLORIDA 34972 at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse, In OKEECHOBEE,
Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 2nd day
of June, 2007, the following described
property as set forth in said Final Judg-
ment, to wit:
LOT 29, HI-LO ACRES, ACCORDING TO
THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED
IN PLAT BOOK 6 PAGES 39 AND 40,
OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEE-
CHOBEE C COUNTY, FLORIDA.
ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST
IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF
ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIUS
PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITH-
IN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE.
In accordance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommioda-
tion to participate In this proceeding
should contact Court Administration at
772-807-4370, 1-800-955-8771
,,,, i ,,r 1-800-955-8770

Dated this 21 st day of May, 2007.
SHARON ROBERTSON
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By:/ Is! Linda F. Young
Deputy Clerk
213609 ON 06/01:08/07





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Muck removal
Backhoes, bulldozers and dump trucks were busy
Wednesday, May 23, as the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District and County of Okeechobee began removing
years of built up muck from the shoreline of Lake Okee-
chobee. The project calls for the removal of 300,000 cubic
yards of rotted, dead plant life and sediment in an effort to
promote a healthier lake.


Okeechobee News/Loma Jablonski

EES celebrates

end of school year
Students at Everglades Elementary School celebrated the
end of the school year Tuesday with a trip to the Brahman
Theater to watch "Charlotte's Web".


CIS hosting skateboard camp
Communities In School will host a skateboard camp June 11-15 for
ages 7 and under; June 18-22 for ages 8-10; and, June 25-29 for ages
11-15. Sign ups for this camp will be on June 4 beginning at 9 a.m. Reg-
istration will be held at the CIS/PAL office located at New Endeavor
High School, 575 S.W. 28th St. For information, call (863) 462-5863.

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
St., 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 Kenworthy at (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.

Learning coalition sets meeting date
Early Learning Coalition of Indian River,.Martin & Okeechobee
Counties, Inc. will hold an Okeechobee County provider/advisory
council meeting on Wednesday, June 13, at noon at Okeechobee One
Stop Career Center, 207-209 S.W Park St., in Okeechobee.

'Church hosting Avalanche Ranch
Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane, invites children ages 3
years to fifth grade to Avalanche Ranch: A wild ride through God's
word, June 18-22 from 6 until 8:30 p.m. This summer our church will
be a stampede of excitement as we learn about God in a fun, loving
and relaxed setting. For information, call Becky at (863) 763-5042.

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-regis-
tration 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 infor-
mation, call (863) 763-1699.

Camp for infants and parents offered
Healthy Start will present a Baby and Me Camp. Participants will
attend a one week camp with their infants to learn about parenting,
safety, self esteem and many other topics. Participants will receive a
stipend of $75 for attending a full week of camp. Participants and their
infants must be registered by June 29. Teen girls up to 18 years old who
are pregnant or have a child from birth to age 3 are eligible to partici-
pate. The father of the baby may also attend. The first camp is July 16-
20; second camp is July 23-27; and, third camp is July 30-Aug. 3.
Camps are from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Call The Healthy
Start office at (863) 462-5877 to register.

Coalition offers summer program
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will offer a free sum-
mer program, The Traveling Medicine Show: S.O.S. Students Offer-
ing Solutions performance troupe. Thirty youth between the ages of
12-18 will be trained to perform alcohol/drug prevention skits, write
skits and learn to give presentations. The program will run for six
weeks, from July 6 through Aug. 10, and there are two sites from
which to choose: First Baptist Church and Douglas Park Community
Center. For information and an application, call Val Marone at (863)
462-0040.

Special summer camp is planned
Communities In Schools and the Okeechobee County Sheriff Office
have partnered to host the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch Summer
Camp. This camp will be July 9-13 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Okee-
chobee High School, 2800 U.S. 441 N. The camp is for children ages 6-
12. Sign ups will be held Monday, June 4, beginning at 9 a.m. at the
CIS/PAL office located at New Endeavor High School, 575 S.W 28th St.
For information, call (863) 462-5863.

Benefit beauty pageant is planned
The 12th annual Mr. & Miss Firecracker Fundraiser Beauty Pageant
will be held Saturday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee High
School lecture hall, 2800 U.S. 441 N. Funds raised will go to the Okee-
chobee County Fire/Rescue volunteers to be used to purchase needed
equipment. Age groups for girls will be 0 months to 21 years. Ages for
boys will be 0 months to 9 years. Categories are beauty, photogenic,
most beautiful/handsome, best dressed and the cover queen/king for
the program book. Deadline to enter is Sunday, July 8, at 5 p.m. No
exceptions. For information call Donny Arnold at (863) 634-6464; Pat
Yeates at (863) 634-6985; or, Margie at Fire/Rescue during business
hours at (863) 763-5544.

Church plans to hold Bible school
Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W 32nd St., will be offering Vaca-
tion 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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SFWMD stages photo contest
The South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Ser-
vice Center is seeking Lake Okeechobee area photographs for the
2008 Lake Okeechobee calendar. Winning images will be published
as the featured monthly photos. Applications will be taken until July 31
and entry forms and complete contest rules are available at
www.sfwmd.gov/okee select Info & Education. This contest is open
to amateur photographers only. Individuals may submit up to three
photos. For information, call (863) 462-5260.

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

OHS class of '88 planning reunion
The Okeechobee High School class of 1988 has begun making
plans for their 20th reunion. Any members of the class of '88 are asked
to e-mail your name, address and phone number to Larry Peterson,
class president, at ohsl988reunion@yahoo.com. We will update you
after each planning committee meeting. Also, if you have any ideas or
would like to be on the committee let us know in your e-mail.

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

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

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

Reunion for OHS class of '98 planned
Any and all graduates from the Okeechobee High School class of
1998 are asked to please submit your contact information to
ohs98grads@yahoo.com. Include your maiden name if appropriate,
address, phone number, etc. We are in the process of planning our 10-
year reunion. More details will be published as they are available.

ORE offering special Christmas ornaments
Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE) are offering their second lim-
ited 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 offering a free sum-
mer program for 4-year-old children. Space will be limited so register
early. To qualify for the program the following requirements must be
met: the child must have turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2006; the child could not
have participated in a VPK program during the school year; and, the
parent must obtain certificate of eligibility from the Early Learning
Coalition located at the One Stop Career Center. For information, call
Malissa at (863) 763-5453.

Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPL's
Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share pro-
gram is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL corporate
funds. The program provides emergency assistance funds to cus-
tomers who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their FPL electric
bill. There are rules and guidelines that must be met to quality. If you
are a FPL customer and need help call (863) 763-6020 to leave your
name and number. Your call will be returned and an interview will be
done over the phone to determine if you qualify. Interviews with your
local Salvation Army are by appointment only, no walk ins are accept-
ed.

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


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$8,995 $10,995
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S'04 HONDA '04 HONDA
Cobalt Blue, Auto., CD/Radio Bright Red Auto., CD,'Radio
$Sl,495 $12,495

'01 DODGE '03 HONDA
DAKOTA SLT ACCORD EX
4X4, Crew Cab Tan/ Tan Cloth Auto., Mnrf., CD
$14,695 $14,995

'03 TOYOTA '04 MITSUBISHI
CAMRY LE GALANT GTS
Desert Sand Mica, Low Miles 3.8 V8, Tan Leathei, Moonroof
$15,395 $16,495

'05 HONDA '06 DODGE
ELEMENT RAM 1500
Silver, Two-Tone Int., 18,500 Mi. Crew Cab, HEMI, 21.400 Mites
s16,995 $21,995

'06 JEEP '05 NISSAN
WRANGLER X 350Z CONV.
Blc., Auto., Soft Top, 19,600 Mi. Blue, Blue Cloth Top, Auto., Lth
$21,995 $27,995


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Prices as shown do not include tax, tag, license, and $289 dealer fee. Vehicles priced after all rebates applied. Ranger, F-150, Econoline priced after commercial account rebate. Company liability insurance certification required. Special APR financing is in lieu
of rebate and will affect sale prices by applicable rebate amount. Not all buyers will qualify for lowest rate. Terms vary by model. Vehicles shown approximate likeness to in-stock inventory. All vehicles subject to previous sale and quantities are limited.
See dealer for more details. Prices were accurate at time of printing and are subject to change due to incentives at time of sale.
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