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Vol. 98 No. 170
At a Glance
County code enforce-
ment hearing at 2 p.m. at the
Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N.W. Second St.
Special magistrate hear-
ing on code violations at 2
p.m., at commission chambers,
Okeechobee County Court-
house, 207 N.W. Second St.
burn ban is lifted
According to Chief Nick Hop-
kins of the Okeechobee County
Fire Department the burn ban
in Okeechobee County has
been lifted. For information call
burn ban not lifted
According to the Glades
County Division of Emergency
Management the burn ban in
Glades County has not been
lifted, and will remain in effect
until further notice. For informa-
tion, call (863) 946-6020.
limits in effect
The Okeechobee area is
now under Phase III water re-
Lawn watering is now lim-
ited' to one day a week from 4
until 8 a.m. and 5 until 7 p.m.
for low volume hand watering.
Addresses with odd num-
bers are permitted to water on
Saturday and addresses with
even numbers are permitted to
irrigate on Sundays.
More information is avail-
aple by calling (800) 250-4200;
or, by going to the South Florida
Water Management website at
on river closed
The S-65E navigation lock
on the Kissimmee River will be
closed to navigation due to low
I This South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
lock will remain closed until
water levels have returned to
safe operating levels.
Low water levels inside the
lock chamber have caused the
concrete sill at the entrance and
the manatee protection device
installed in the bottom of the
lock chamber to become a nav-
igation hazard. Also, the lake-
ward approach to the naviga-
tion lock has become shallow
enough that boaters may have
difficulty navigating safely.
Source: Florida Division
Local Burn Ban: Countywide
Last Year: 12.22 feet
given in feet
above sea level.
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Jail starts endorsement move
Tuesday, June ILS, ZUU7
By Eric Kopp
The Okeechobee County Jail
got the needed go-ahead late last
week and will now begin steps
to receive its state accreditation.
According to the Florida Cor-
rections Accreditation Commis-
sion (FCAC) web site there are
currently 33 county jails oper-
ated by that county's sheriff's
office that have received their ac-
According to Ronnie
White, the administrator of the
Okeechobee County Jail, the first
step toward accreditation was
completed Friday when FCAC
officials visited the local jail and
gave it the thumbs up. Mr. White
said the three-hour visit by Kim
Bogart, FCAC executive director,
and Jason Wheeler, an FCAC au-
ditor from St. Lucie County, went
"They saw nothing that was
going to be an issue," said Mr.
White. "They said we're already
a step up on everything."
He said his office has already
started rewriting personnel and
Basically, said Mr. White, be-
coming accredited streamlines
the jail's procedures and makes
it "more efficient and more ef-
The distinction will then put
the local jail in line with other
jails in the state that have re-
ceived their accreditation.
"The FCAC has a'set of stan-
dards and the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office has to.
realign and rewrite its policies to
match those standards," he said.
Now that he has been given
the go-ahead, Mr. White will be-
gin the application process fol-
lowing his attending a training
class in Orlando next month.
The inspectors Friday went
through the entire jail facility
"Ah-Ho-Ne-Che": The life of Jimmie Scott Osceola
,Submitted photo/Raphael Pacheco
Individuals who were involved in the creation and publishing of "Ah-Ho-Ne-Ce, The
Seminole Horse Whisperer," (back row, left to right) author C.J. McAdams-Rodriguez;
photographer, Rafael Pacheco; and, book coordinator Lydia Jean Williams gathered
with the story teller Jimmie Scott Osceola (front, center) and his sister Lawanna Osceo-
la-Niles to present a limited edition copy to Okeechobee City Councilman and longtime
tribal supporter Dowling Watford (front, right).
Book unveils Seminole culture
By Chauna Aguilar
What began as a scrapbook
of sacred Seminole cultures has
blossomed into much more.
Local Seminole Indian tribal
member Jimmie Scott Osceola,
author C.J. McAdams-Rodri-
guez, photographer Raphael
Pacheco and book coordinator
and city councilwoman Lydia
Jean Williams unveiled their
literary works on May 26 at the
Renegade Restaurant in the
Seminole Hard Rock Casino in
Hollywood. The book depicts
the life and stories of a Semi-
While the book got its begin-
nings from a group of friends cre-
ating a memoir and scrapbook
for a father and grandfather to
leave for his heirs, through the
Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc.
it has become a colorful rich
depiction of the culture of this
Seminole man and the sacred
The book -- entitled "Ah-Ho-
Ne-Ce, The Seminole Horse
Whisperer" -- contains 80 glossy
photograph along with page af-
ter page of personal stories from
Mr. Osceola that contain the rich
culture of the Seminole Indians,
and his experiences while living
on the Brighton Reservation.
Mr. Osceola wants to leave his
legacy to his grandchildren de-
picting his life as a Seminole,
cowboy and alligator wrestler.
"Ah-Ho-Ne-Ce" is the Creek
name that was given to Mr.
Osceola which translates to
Mrs. Williams and Mr. Pa-
checo met Mr. Osceola through
visiting Mrs. McAdams-Rodri-
guez's local store the Antique
Dust Collectorwhere theywould
sit and listen to Mr. Osceola's
stories whenever he came by.
Through this they developed a
friendship that led them on this
journey to create this compila-
tion of stories which include
many cultural journeys that
have never been published.
Mrs. McAdams-Rodriguez is
the first woman author that the
Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc.
has ever published. All aspects
of this book had to be approved
by the Tribal Council before they
were allowed to be published.
In writing this book, Mr.
Osceola and his family took
them on a journey where few
people not of native Seminole
heritage have ever gone.
The first edition is cased in a
black glossy box and has glossy
laminated pages. The second
edition, which the Seminole
Tribe is hoping to have out by
August, will be on matte paper
and have a clear frosted case.
The Seminole Tribe of Flor-
ida, Inc. will be submitting this
book to the Smithsonian Insti-
tute and a second edition will
be printed shortly for a more
widespread release. The origi-
nal publication produced 20
special edition copies for choice
individuals including the cre-
ators of the book, family mem-
bers and the Seminole Tribe of
Florida, Inc. president Richard
At the Smithsonian Institute
in Washington, D.C., there is a
section dedicated to the Semi-
nole Tribe. This book and a
canvas photo of Jimmie Scott
Osceola will be donated to the
museum. The Smithsonian is
requesting three copies of the
book to keep in each of their
"To be a part of recording
history, stories and faces of the
Seminole Tribe is an honor for
me," said Mr. Pacheco. "To be
in a museum that holds every
historical artifact, paperwork,
photograph, etc. of the history
of the U.S. is beyond what I ex-
pected when I set out to do this
book with C.J. (Mrs. McAdams-
See Book Page 2
Sting busts underage drinking
By Eric Kopp
A combined effort by state,
county and city officials Satur-
day culminated with six under-
age partyers being arrested and
charged with being in posses-
sion of alcohol.
Detective Rick Durfee, of
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO), said the
state Division of Alcohol, Bev-
erage and Tobacco along with
the Okeechobee City Police
Department and himself vis-
ited several bars in and around
Detective Durfee said the
six aforementioned underage
drinkers were arrested and
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of
$500 per charge. One man
was also arrested on a misde-
meanor charge of possession
of marijauna under 20 grams.
His bond was set at $500. One
of the underage drinkers was
also charged with possession
of marijuana under 20 grams,
while another was also charged
with having another person's
identification. Their bonds were
set at $1,000 each.
"All of them were at least
18 so they were held until they
could post bond," said Detctive
He said this was actually
an Alcohol, Beverage and To-
bacco operation and that he
was asked to help.
"They have been receiving
some complaints," he said.
Among the bars visited
during the operation were Ka-
hootz, Brewski's, Brahma Bull
and :08 Seconds.
All of the underage drink-
ers were found at one bar.
Some were in the parking lot,
while some were inside. Of
those inside, one was actually
served hard liquor, said the de-
tective. That person was using
someone else's identification,
and was charged with the vio-
lation. The others were drink-
He went on to say that the
bar had employees at the door
See Drinking Page 2
and checked out its cleanliness,
structure, bathrooms, showers
and jail locking devices.
To receive their accreditation,
the local jail will have to submit
an application. Once that has
been done the agreement will
be forwarded for review. Once
the agreement is signed, the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO) will have to subimt
a fee of $1,000. The jail will then.
have two .years to come into
compliance with all mandatory
standards, and not less than 90
percent of the non-mandatory
standards. Proof of compliance
will be determined by an assess-
ment team sent by the FCAC,
who will conduct an on-site re-
view of the jail's polices, proce-
dures and practices.
Once accredited, the facility
must remain accredited for three
years. After that, they must be re-
According to the FCAC web
site, accreditation: increases ju-
dicial confidence in use of pre-
trial release program; increases
uniformity within communtiy su-
pervision programs with recipro-
cal increase in public safety; in-
creases interagency information
sharing; offers the potential for
See Jail Page 2
will be asked
to lower fines
By Pete Gawda
When special, magistrate
Bill Selmi holds his monthly
hearing Tuesday afternoon, he
is scheduled to hear six new
cases, consider issuing fines in
seven cases and consider two
David A. Schmidt and Tina
M. Troendle were cited by
code enforcement officer Gina
Gehring for having abandoned
property, derelict mobile home,
overgrowth, derelict structures
and vehicles stored on their
S.E. 31t Street property.
Charles Whitchurch was cit-
ed for having junk and debris,
trash and litter, wrecked/unli-
censed vehicles on his S.E. 361h
Avenue property. He has also
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County code hearing
Okeechobee County Court-
house, 304 N W. Second St.
Tuesday, June 19 at 2 p.m.
been charged with building a
boat dock without a permit.
According to Ms. Gehring,
Kevin L. Bartfield and Cath-
erine M. Bartfield have a der-
elict structure, overgrowth, un-
licensed vehicle and trash and
debris on their S.E. 33rd Terrace
Toy J. and Selena Bohannon
were cited for having derelict
boats and vehicles and trash
See Fines Page 2
Selmi to retire
from the law
and water board
By Pete Gawda
At the end of July,
Okeechobee will be losing an
attorney who has been practic-
ing law here for about 30 years.
Attorney Bill Selmi will be re-
tiring and moving to Rock Hill,
Although all of his law prac-
tice has been in Florida, he was
born in Philadelphia Pa. Mr.
Selmi's parents brought him
to Florida on vacations and he
decided he wanted to live in
Florida. He said the winters in
Florida are a lot milder than the
winters in Philadelphia.
So in the 1960s he moved
to Miami to attend law school.
After graduation he entered a
partnership with a friend from
law school in Jensen Beach.
Then around 1978 or 1979, the
law partners opened a branch
office in Okeechobee. Shortly
afterward the partnership dis-
,solved and Mr. Selmi continued
to practice law in Okeechobee.
For the past several years he
has been in general practice.
He said he stopped practicing
criminal law eight to 10 years
ago because of the forms and
"I miss the way it was," he
Now, with mediators and
magistrates, Mr. Selmi said it is
very difficult to get a case heard
See Selmi Page 2
Okeechobee NewsNictoria Hannon
At the first day of camp Mason Joyner, Zackary Mullins,
and Jason Melves received lessons in skateboarding
from members of the CIS/PAL skate camp staff members
Chad Coleman and Clint Chambers.
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Okeechobee News, Tuesday, June 19,2007
Local artist takes part in paint event
By Lorna Jablonski
Local artist Fawn McNeill Barr
is doing what she loves -- paint-
Ms. Barr has been painting for
30 years. She has produced 120
small paintings this year alone.
Some of her work is on display
at Indian River Community Col-
lege. Other pieces hang in an art
gallery in Sebring. Ms. Barr spe-
cializes in wildlife and Florida
She is a member of the Daily
Painters Gallery, an on-line art
gallery. The gallery recently is-
sued a challenge to its 120 mem-
bers to produce 2,000 original
paintings 1 30 days -- from June
15 until July 15.
Since its inception in Septem-
ber 2006, the gallery's members
have posted over 10,000 original
paintings to the gallery's web-
These paintings are part of a
growing movement in the art
world known as "daily painting"
This movement requires that
an artist attempt to produce one
small painting every day and
post them for sale at the online
Artists from DailyPainters.comr
have been featured in "The New
Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Local artist Fawn McNeill Barr was busy painting the shoreline of Lake Okeechobee recently
as part of the Daily Paint Challenge issued by the Daily Painters Gallery.
York Times," "USA Weekend
Magazine," "The Boston Globe,"
"Art Business News," "Domino
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Attorney Bill Selmi displays the plaque presented to him by
the Coquina Water Control District upon his retirement. He
has been practicing law in Okeechobee about 30 years and
has served as Coquina's attorney for eight years.
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before a judge.
Although he is glad to be out of
criminal law, he regrets not being
in the courtrooms of the new judi-
cial center. He said the courtroom
in the old courthouse was not very
comfortable. He said you could al-
ways tell if the weather were wet,
cold or hot became of the large
windows and open porches on
each side of the courtroom.
For the past eight years, Mr. Sel-
mi has served as attorney for the
board of directors for the Coquina
Water Control District. That group
recently presented him with a
plaque for his services.
Since December of 2006, he
has served as a special magistrate
for Okeechobee County and heard
code violation cases. Previously,
cases were heard by an appointed
board. Since Mr. Selmi took over
the procedure, cases have been
handled in a timelier manner. As
testimony to his efficiency, a num-
ber of cases come into compli-
ance each month before he has to
Mr. Selmi said he felt sorry for
some of the people whose cir-
cumstances were beyond their
control but he had no sympathy
for people who did not pull build-
Perhaps the most interesting
time in Mr. Selmi's professional
career came in Philadelphia be-
fore he moved south to study law.
He served as a uniformed police
officer and a detective. As a detec-
tive Mr. Selmi was part of the intel-
ligence unit that provided security
for dignitaries visiting the city. He
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reduction in agency liability from
lawsuits; and, ensures policies
and procedures are documented
in writing and are defendable.
Mr. White said it takes about
two years to complete the accred-
According to Okeechobee
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Rodriguez). This was a spiritual
journey for me and I am happy
with the outcome."
Ninety-eight percent of the
photos for this book were taken
by Mr. Pacheco, a local photogra-
They were taken on a journey
through sacred grounds of the
Brighton Seminole Reservation to
give them a realistic visual to go
with the stories that were told by
guarded President John Kennedy
23 days before the president was
assassinated. He said there was a
kind aura around President Ken-
He said he was not a Kennedy
fan before that event, but became
Mr. Selmi and one other detec-
tive provided security for former
president Dwight Eisenhower's
visit to Philadelphia. He said that
before President Kennedy was as-
sassinated former presidents did
not receive protection from the
Mr. Selmi also provided security
for Israeli Prime Minister Golda
Mier and Emperor Haile Sellassie
of Ethiopia when they visited Phil-
In a conservative town such as
Okeechobee, Mr. Selmi has taken
ribbing for his liberal views.
He once successfully con-
ducted a campaign to have Martin
Luther King's birthday celebrated
as a holiday in the county. At that
time he said the surrounding
counties observed the holiday.
Judge Jerry Bryant practiced
law with Mr. Selmi for 24 years.
"I enjoyed working with Bill,"
he said, describing Mr. Selmi as
"honest, straightforward and a
He said Mr. Selmi showed
compassion toward his clients.
I The judge also described Mr.
Selmi as one of the best read attor-
neys he knew. He said he enjoyed
bouncing ideas off Mr. Selmi.
"I'm going to miss him," the
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County Sheriff Paul May, once the
jail. has been accredited he will
start the process of getting the
law enforcement side of his de-
The basic difference, indicat-
ed Mr. White, is that the jail ac-
creditation process will deal with
booking procedures while law
enforcement- accreditation will
deal with arrest procedures.
Others that joined in various
aspects this journey were Jackie
Walker, Mr. Osceola's assistant,
good friend Martin Rodriguez and
longtime supporter of the Semi-
nole Tribe Okeechobee City Coun-
cilman Dowling Watford.
Mr. Osceola said that it is very
important for him to leave some-
thing behind for his family..
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Illegal alien charged
with cocaine trafficking
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee man was ar-
rested and charged after he re-
portedly sold approximately 118
grams of sus-
to an undercov-
er law enforce-
ment officer dur-
ing a controlled
21, N.E. Eighth Rodiver
St., was arrested Gomez
June 12 and Vazquez
trafficking in cocaine. He was
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of
According to an arrest report
by the Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force, the undercover officer met
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and debris on their N.W. 110th
Shawn Rush and Tammy Lynn
were cited by code enforcement
Officer Blanca Saucedo because
their Dixie Ranch Acres lot con-
tained a derelict barn. They were
also cited for construction with-
out a permit, as well as care of
According to code enforce-
ment officer Beth Albert, on April
8 Tony Huet conducted a Mexi-
can rodeo on his S.E. 80th Avenue
property. Ms. Albert went on to
state that reasonable cause ex-
ists that this action was a serious
threat to the public health, safety
and welfare. He has also been
charged with building stands and
an arena without a permit.
Jerriston Mason is facing a
fine of $100 a day for every day of
violation until his S.W. 19th Lane
property is cleaned up and he has
installed a pool barrier.
Lawrence George Edgar is fac-
ing a $50-a-day fine if a dilapidated
fence and debris and overgrowth
has not been removed form his
N.W 32nd Avenue property.
Irene Pryor and Regina Brown
could be fined $50 a day if a stor-
age container has not been moved
from their U.S. 98 N. property.
Robert Silva could be fined
$250 a day if an unsafe structure
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checking the identification of
those entering the establishment.
"The bar did nothing wrong,"
said the detective. "No violations
were found at the bar."
According to the detective,
of the three underage drinkers
found inside one bar, one had a
fake ID while the other two said
with Vazquez and another man in
the parking lot of a local conve-
nience store on S.R. 70 East. The
report states that Vazquez handed
the officer a Cheeto's bag, which
contained four smaller bags. The
smaller bags, continued the re-
port, were tied and contained a
The undercover officer
weighed the powder on a set of
digital scales and then reportedly
paid Vazquez $2,800.
The officer then left the store
and met up with an agent from
the Drug Enforcement Agency
(DEA). The agent field tested the
powder. The test indicated a posi-
tive result for the presence of co-
Vazquez was arrested later at
the. Okeechobee County Sheriff'
The report states that Vazquez
is in the United States illegally.
and all debris has not been re-
moved from his N.W. 144th Drive
George D. and Marilyn J. Etchi-
son could be fined $100 a day if an
unpermitted shed is not removed
from the county right of way on
S.E. 39th Terrace.
William K. Rightsell must re-
move a derelict structure and
remove remaining debris from
property on N.W. 172nd Court or
he could be fined $75 a day.
The abandoned vehicle and
debris must be removed from
Pamela and Maxine Odom's N.W.
20th Street lot or they could be
The owners of Cypress Hut
Flea Market on U.S. 441 S.E. have
been fined a total of $203,950.
They requested the fine be re-
duced to $1,500. According to
the staff report, a fine accrued
because of abandoned mobile
homes and overgrowth.
The property of Daniel and
Elena Esquivel was found to be
in non-compliance on March 8,
2006, because of trash and debris
and use of an RV for storage or
residence. The property was out
of compliance for 4,088 days. At
$25 a day a fine of $102,200 ac-
crued. The Esquivels are request-
ing a reduction in the fine to
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soemone else was buying them
"But, we couldn't get the
names of those who were buy-
ing," he continued.
The three who were arrested
in the parking lot apparently had
their own alcohol and had not
bought it in the bar.
Detective Durfee said while
18 year olds can go into a bar,
they must.be 21 before they can
An error appeared in an article on the front page of the Thursday,
June 14, edition of the Okeechobee News under the headline "County
seeks more info for bypass route." The southern end of each of the
four alternate routes discussed would connect with State Road 78
West, not State Road 70 as was incorrectly reported. Of the four alter-
nate routes, three would begin at the southern end of S.W. 4811 Street
and proceed by different routes to S.R. 78 West. Alternate route 2, the
one the county wanted to investigate further, would start on S.R. 70
west of Lazy 7 and proceed in a southeasterly direction to S.R. 78. We
apologize for any inconvenience caused by this error.
USDA office moving to WPB
WEST PALM BEACH -- Effective June 22 the USDA Rural Devel-
opment, Okeechobee local office operation will be moved to West
The new address is: USDA/Rural Development, 750 South Military.
Trail, Suite J, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33415
The phone number is (561) 683-2285. The fax number is (561).
Efectivo el 22 de junio del 2007 las operaciones de la oficina lo-
cal de Desarollo Rural del Departamento de Agricultura (USDA Rural'
Development) localizada en Okeechobee se moveran a West Palm
Nueva Direccion: USDA /Rural Development, 750 South Military.
Trail, Suite J, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33415 Phone: (561) 683-2285',
Fax (561) 683-6249.
Healthy Start accepts care proposal
OKEECHOBEE -- The Okeechobee Family Health/Healthy Start.
Coalition has accepted the proposal from Okeechobee County.
Health Department for Care Coordination services starting July 1,,:
2007, through June 30, 2008.
For information contact the coalition office at 575 S.W 28th St., or
call (863) 462-5877.
Summer food service program offered
OKEECHOBEE -- Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation will
be participating in the summer food service program through July-:
Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children re-
gardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during.
summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not avail:
able. 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
Non-enrolled children at open sites should pre-register for meal,
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
Service Program: Douglas Brown Community Center, 826 N.E. 16th
Ave.; Okeechobee County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 North; and, Cen-
Stral Elementary 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, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or call (800) 795-3272 (voice);,t
or (202) 720-6382 (TTY).
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Tuesday: Partly cloudy, with scattered afternoon showers and thun-
derstorms. Highs will be in the upper 80s. The wind will be from th&
east around 5 mph, increasing to around 10 mph in the afternoon.
The chance of rain is 50 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms through midnight. Lows will be in the lower 70s. The:
wind will be from the east around 5 mph. The chance of rain is 20
Wednesday: Considerable cloudiness, with scattered afternoon,
showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the lower 90s. The wind-
will be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph. The chance of rain is 50
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with scattered evening showers
and thunderstorms. Lows will be in the lower 70s. The chance of rain'
is 30 percent.
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Okeechobee News, Tuesday, June 19, 2007 3
Florida bird populations declining
TALLAHASSEE -- Population
declines for some of the most
recognized and familiar birds in
Florida echo the disturbing find-
ings of a new analysis by the
National Audubon Society that
reveals how local and national
threats are combining to take a
toll on birds, habitat and the envi-
ronment across the country.
"These are not rare or exotic
birds we're talking about," said
Audubon Chairperson and for-
mer EPA Administrator, Carol
Browner, "these are the birds that
visit our feeders and congregate
at nearby lakes and seashores
and yet they are disappearing day
The national study found that
populations of some common
birds nosedived over the past for-
ty years, with several down nearly
80 percent. In Florida, as in the
rest of the country, the Northern
Bobwhite topped the list, declin-
ing here a stunning 96%. The
dramatic national declines are at-
tributed to the loss of grasslands,
healthy forests and wetlands, and
6ther critical habitats from mul-
tiple environmental threats such
as sprawl, energy development,
and the spread of industrialized
agriculture. The national study
notes that these threats are now
compounded by new and broad-
er problems including the escalat-
ing effects of global warming and
demand for corn-based ethanol.
"Every species is different, and
their declines are a function of
many factors. But at the most fun-
damental level, it all boils down
to the loss of suitable habitat here
in Florida." said David Anderson,
Executive Director of Audubon of
Florida "These birds need fresh
air, clean water and open spaces.
As do we all."
Species especially hard hit in
Northern Bobwhite, down 9
percent: Bobwhite are compet-
ing with development for upland
habitats like sandhill and pine
flatwoods, and are disappearing
as these ecosystems are turned
into roads and shopping malls.
Clapper Rail, down 81 per-
cent: Dependent on saltmarsh
habitat throughout the state,
this secretive bird's decline has
mirrored the decline in quantity
and quality of Florida's coastal
wetlands. The potential for sea
level rise associated with climate
change has particular implica-
tions for Clapper Rails and other
birds living in tidally influenced
Black Skimmer, down 73
percent: This black and white
seabird lays its eggs in shallow
scrapes on Florida's beaches.
Unfortunately, many beaches are
so heavily visited by beachgoers
that adults are repeatedly flushed
from their nests, leaving chicks
and eggs exposed to extremes of
temperature and predators.
American Kestrel, down 60
percent: This tiny bird of prey is
a common winter sight in the in-
terior of Florida, perched on tele-
phone wires and other vantages,
scoping for prey. In the breeding
season, north Central Florida's
pineywoods host a dwindling
population, by many accounts
the result of habitatloss particu-
larly the availability of dead pines
in whose cavities the birds nest.
American Bittern, down 53
percent: A common bird of the
winter Everglades, this secretive
resident of freshwater marshes
is tied to the fate of Florida's wet-
lands. In addition to wetland loss,
the Bittern suffers from habitat
degradation due to pollutants and
invasive exotic plants.
"The good news is it's not too
late to stop the decline of these
birds, and in the process, protect
the quality of life for everyone
and everything that lives here in
Florida." said Mr. Anderson "We
need to save the wild places that
make Florida special, and the
lands we do develop, we need to
Audubon's Common Birds in
Decline list stems from the first-
ever analysis combining annual
sighting data from Audubon's
century-old Christmas Bird Count
program with results of the annu-
al Breeding Bird Survey conduct-
ed by the U.S. Geological Survey.
"This is a powerful example of
how tens of thousands of volun-
teer birders, pooling their obser-
vations, can make an enormous
difference for the creatures they
care the most about," said noted
natural history writer, Scott Wei-
densaul. "Thanks to their efforts,
we have the information. Now
all of us from birders to policy
makers need to take action to
keep these species from declin-
ing even further."
More information about
Audubon's Common Birds in
Decline analysis is available at
www.audubon.org. In addition,
journalists may -visit Audubon's
online press room at www.audu-
Hoot busted in burrowing owl case
When Patricia Hoot-McLeod
had a construction worker de-
stroy an active Florida burrowing
owl nest to make way for a new
housing development in Cooper
City, she probably didn't real-
ize that an astute neighbor was
The man had noticed the nest
and a pint-sized Florida burrow-
ing owl standing at its entrance
on May 4. Three days later, the
nest was gone. He reported the
violation to the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
Hoot-McLeod was working
as a consultant for PH Consult-
ing Inc., an environmental com-
pany hired by the developer of
the Darlington Park sub-division
to provide guidance on the envi-
ronmental issues dealing with the
nest. She maintained a log from
April 25, to May 8, documenting
the dates she observed owls at
the nest. The last entry stated that
after 10 hours of rain on May 6,
the site was opened to check for
owls. Then she had a worker col-
lapse the nest.
Although the owls' breeding
season normally ranges from
Feb. 15, through July 10, state and
federal permits are required year-
round before an active or inactive
nest can be removed or destroyed.
Hoot-McLeod did not have such a
permit to destroy the nest.
"She had gotten a permit in
the past, so she knew it was re-
quired by law. The FWC will not
stand for such a blatant abuse of a
protected species and I commend
the person who reported it," said
FWC Major Brett Norton.
Hoot-McLeod, 48, of Fort Lau-
derdale, was charged with one
count of destroying a burrowing
owl nest, a second-degree misde-
The Florida burrowing owl, a
small bird that digs its burrows in
open, treeless areas, is classified
as a species of special concern by
the FWC. This means burrows,
owls and their eggs are protected
from harassment and/or distur-
bance by state law. Burrowing
owls are protected by the federal
Migratory Bird Treaty Act, as well.
The owls use burrows year-
round for roosting during the
winter and for raising young dur-
ing the breeding season. Burrows
extend four to eight feet under-
The public can report wildlife
law violations to the FWC's Wild-
life Alert Hotline at (888) 404-
For more information about
burrowing owls, visit
SFWMD Board approves services budget
WEST PALM, BEACH -- The
Governing Board of the South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict (SFWMD) approved up to
$350 million over three years for
general engineering and profes-
sional services as part of a com-
prehensive package to advance
environmental and capital im-
provement works. The action
streamlines the delivery of engi-
neering services by authorizing
the District to use a pool of pre-
qualified companies for dredging
and bank stabilization; surveying
and mapping; dam design and
safety; full service engineer-
ing; environmental engineering,
planning and permitting; water
supply and water resources;
electrical and mechanical engi-
neering; modeling; construction
engineering and civil structural
The District issued a request
for proposals in the 11 primary
disciplines this past December,
receiving 367 proposals that met
its solicitation criteria. Following
an extensive evaluation, the Dis-
trict recommended working with
60 individual firms as prime con-
tractors for these services. Over
the next several months, the Dis-
trict will enter into negotiations
with the approved companies,
execute contracts and begin is-
suing work orders that will de-
tail costs and specific tasks for
"The District is using the ex-
pertise and resources of the pri-
vate sector to improve efficiency,
streamline projects and ensure
continued momentum for proj-
ects like Everglades restoration,"
said SFWMD Procurement Direc-
tor Frank Hayden. "The District
used a fair, transparent and con-
sistent procedure, driven by the
law, to evaluate the experience,
knowledge and management
capabilities of all the candidates.
This award process not only
encourages an open and com-
petitive environment among all
qualified businesses, large and
small, but also ensures that our
communities and the natural
system benefit from our invest-
The District followed a solici-
tation process governed by the
State of Florida's Sunshine and
Procurement laws. Additionally,,
Florida's Consultant's Competi-
tive Negotiations Act requires
that government agencies fol-
low specific procedures for an-
nouncing and procuring certain
professional services and evalu-
ating firms as qualified contrac-
tors. The Act also requires that
the agency negotiate a contract
with the most qualified firms at
fair, competitive and reasonable
In one of the first solicitations
that included the SFWMD's new
Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
program, 168, or 54 percent, of
the 309 participating prime con-
tractors and their subcontractors
are certified by the District as SBE
vendors. In addition, 19, or 32
percent, of the 60 firms selected
for the 104 prime contracts are
SBE-certified companies; and 81,
or 26 percent, of the participating
firms are receiving work from the
District for the first time.
The District launched its SBE
program last August to allow
more small businesses to par-
ticipate in District contracting.
Summer food service available for lunch
TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida
Department of Education (DOE)
is reminding parents that children
who are eligible to receive free or
reduced-price meals during the
school year can also receive meals
during the summer. Through the
Summer Food Service Program
(SFSP), operated by the U.S. De-
partment of Agriculture and ad-
ministered in Florida by the DOE,
qualified students can continue
to receive nutritious meals during
the summer months when most
schools are closed.
"Proper nourishment supplies
children with the fuel they need to
learn," said Education Commis-
sioner Jeanine Blomberg. "Pro-
grams such as the Summer Food
Service Program help to continue
the learning process year round
by providing quality, wholesome
meals when children are out of
The SFSP was established to
ensure that children in needy ar-
eas could continue to receive nu-
tritious meals during school vaca-
tions that are comparable to those
served throughout the school
year. Established in 1968, the pro-
grarm is operated locally by ap-
proved public or private nonprofit
sponsoring organizations under
annual program agreements with
the DOE. Sponsors receive federal
reimbursement from the DOE to
cover the administrative and op-
erating costs of preparing and
serving free meals to children that
meet the eligibility requirements
of the SFSP.
For more information on the
program, or to find out if your
child qualifies, contact the Florida
Department of Education, Food
and Nutrition Management at 1-
(800) 622-5985, or visit them on-
line at www.fldoe.org/fnm/sum-
Edward Glenn Pope
, Edward Glenn Pope, 59, of
Baxley, Ga., died Thursday, June
04, 2007, after an extended illness.
The Belle Glade native had lived
in Baxley for three years, was a
retired correctional officer, and a
veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
He is survived by his wife
Mildred Poppell Pope of Baxley,
Ga.; daughters, Melanie (Miguell)
MIendez of Milwaukee, Wis., Re-
gina (Michael) Wilson of Malibu
Calif.; sisters, Violet Saunders of
Okeechobee, Dolly Davis of Polk
City, Merle Carter of Hampton;
brother, Warren Pope of Lumber
City, Ga.; grandchildren, Charlotte
and Harper Wilson, Mavella Men-
dez; and, several nieces and neph-
. Funeral services were held
Monday, June 18, 2007 at the Rine-
hart & Sons Funeral Home Chapel
with Rev. Rilene Folsom officiat-
ing. Interment will be private.
Honorary pallbearers were
Vietnam veterans of Baxley, Ga.
The Rinehart & Sons Funeral
Home of Jesup, Ga. is in charge of
Cecil N. Taylor
Cecil N. Taylor, 94, of
Okeechobee, died Friday June
15, 2007 at the Hospice Ham-
rick Home of Okeechobee. Mr.
Taylor was born in Midland City,
Ala. on Sept. 27, 1912. Before re-
tiring he was a produce broker
coming from Pompano Beach to
Okeechobee in 1990. He was of
the Baptist faith. Mr. Taylor proud-
ly served our country in the U.S.
Navy during WWII.
He is preceded in death by
his son Jerry W. Taylor Sr.; and,
daughter, Glenda A. Ware.
Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife
Viola M. Taylor of Okeechobee;
stepson, Karl Schramm of Dallas,
Texas; seven grandchildren; and,
four great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held
2 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2007
at Bass Okeechobee Chapel with
Pastor Richard Postel of Buckhead
Ridge Baptist Church officiating.
Memorials may be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, PO Box
1548, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobeefu-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory. 205
N.E. 2nd Street, Okeechobee.
Firms certified with the District's
SBE program also are added to a
directory that is viewed by other
government agencies and large
contractors in the region.
"The South Florida Water
Management District has taken
deliberate steps to ensure that
the contracts it awards reflect
the diversity of the communities
it serves," added Hayden. "The
work orders will require prime
contractors to subcontract a sub-
stantial portion of their work, so
businesses that otherwise would
not qualify as prime contractors
can gain experience and com-
pete as primes for future con-
The previous series of SFW-
MD general engineering and pro-
fessional services contracts was
approved by the SFWMD Gov-
erning Board in 2004 and totaled
$186 million. These contracts
were recently extended through
September 2008, intentionally
overlapping with the new series
of contracts to ensure a seamless
transition to new vendors and to
maintain uninterrupted progress
on current projects.
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The story is told about the
famous French tightrope walker
who was preparing to walk
across Niagara Falls on a
believe I can
he asked a
believe I can
carry a man
By Paul on my shoul-
ders?' he fur-
ti xton their inquired.
"Yes, I do,"
the man stated.
"Would you be the man to ride
on my shoulders?" he asked.
"No, not me!" the man
Faith, sometimes, is a strain e
thing. Like the man and the
tightrope walker, it takes on a
different meaning when it
involves us personally. We often
believe in great achievements and
ideals, but we do not want to be an
actual part in their accomplish-
ments. Great faith is that which is
supported by our own efforts -
our own energies and talents.
Thought to remember: "If
you believe in something, be
willing to be a part of it!"
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Hands on teaching
Staff member Josh Frasier helps Zackary Mullins at the
first day of CIS/PAL skate camp on June 18.
Students register for
AP summer camps
of Florida high school students
take a proactive approach to
their education by enrolling in
the newly created Student Aca-
demic Summer Camps. These
summer camps were established
for students entering Advanced
Placement (AP) courses in the
fall *and are intended to chal-
lenge students academically and
prepare them for the advanced
courses they will be undertaking
in the new academic year.
"These numbers show us that
Florida's students are ready to
take a proactive position in their
preparation for the tough course-
work that Advanced Placement
courses require," said Commis-
sioner Blomberg. "By readying
our students with knowledge in
the summer, we help them real-
ize their full potential in the fall."
This is the first year the Col-
lege Board Florida Partnership
and Department of Education
have offered the Student Aca-
demic Summer Camps and, to
date, 2,015 students have regis-
tered in the 60 locations across
the state. Some camps will run
for one week and others for up
to four weeks. Upon completion,
students will be recognized by
their schools in an assembly set
for the fall.
"We are delighted with the
results of the student registration
numbers," said Department of
Education Office of Equity and
Access Director Monica Hayes.
"We will continue to encourage
even more students to take ad-
vantage of this academic rigor
through the Student Academic
Summer Camp program next
Teachers also have opportuni-
ties to develop their skills during
the summer months. Advanced
Placement Summer Institutes
(APSI) is an all-expense-paid pro-
gram available through the Col-
lege Board Florida Partnership
that focuses on subject-specific
professional development op-
portunities. The institutes pro-
vide teachers with the support
and training needed to teach
AP courses and to utilize Pre-AP
teaching strategies. Registration
numbers for this year have ex-
ceeded expectations with more
than 1,100 teachers registered to
Florida leads the nation in AP
student participation. In 2006,
more than one third of Florida's
public high school students par-
ticipated in AP well above the
national average. That same year,
nearly 20 percent of the public
high school seniors graduated
passing one or more AP exams,
ranking Florida seventh in the na-
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SHUT-INS: Our community is blessed with a lot of good churches,
hig churches and great pastors and preachers. It's just too bad that they
Can't get out and visit the members of their churches that are disabled
1wople. They don't know if they are hungry. They don't know if anyone
is l ecked on, and they don't know how lonely it gets. And unless they
Ihave members that their ancestors have been in the church for years,
ihcy don't get to see anyone from the churches. Now is that Christ-like?
\Vr'ie all supposed to n minister as churches to one another, especially
[l nu members, I think that the large churches do more for the invalid
i 0Mir clhurches, or the disabled, or the elderly. They're the ones that
in ,', I ( I work. Okeechobee is a great place. We need to pray
eI ocr churches and our ministers that they will do God's will and not
,\ I'1,t their cotIrC'nces or boards say, but get out and see their people
Il. 1c n( 't able to )get to church -- see how they're doing.
TAX: This is in *'.. I,, to the person that put "Happy to Pay" in the
IeC I.\ whose to spend money on fast food, cigarettes and
oi ix, v that is their luxury, their life. If they choose to spend their money
that is their choice. However, let the residents of Okeechobee
.ntv decide how to spend their money. It is the fault of the county
o miinssioners. I think that all Okeechobee residents should elect new
i ,y commissioners,
-Y\PASS: 1 just finished reading the article concerning the need for
information on ( bypass route. It is very confusing in that you have
the route going south from S.W. 48th to S.R. 70. Either you had some
extremee typos, or the county really does need more information. How
bout ''1 11I a : a map so that everyone can get an idea of where this
Editor's Note: All of the proposed routes will end on S.R. 78 W,
not on S.R. 70. We apologize for the error.
NO POWER: I live in one of the local mobile home parks that have
177 customers and every time the wind blows or we have a little bit
of heavy rain the power goes out. It is always the main switch. Our
time is very important too. Besides this, it caused a power surge in my
computer. I lost a modem, and I lost a T.V. I think they should fix the
problem once and for all.
Editor's Note: You do not say if FP&L provides your electricity or if
it is another entity. However, we can say from personal experience that
you can contact FP&L and they will put a device on your meter that will
indicate the power interruptions when they occur. Prior to them doing
this, it would behoove you to have the interruptions documented as
:o the day they occurred, at what time the occurred and the length of
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P'si. first aid class is offered
The American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave., will hold a basic
first aid class on Thursday, June 28, at 6 p.m. For information, call
C AC training group to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community out-
reach/training committee will meet Monday, July 9, from 9 until 10
a.m. The meeting is open to anyone interested in participating. For
information on the meeting location, call Lydia Jean Williams at
OSAC panel to meet on July 9
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community re-
source committee will meet Monday, July 9, from 11:30 a.m. un-
til 12:30 p.m. This is a brown bag lunch meeting and is open to
anyone interested in participating. For information on the meeting
location, contact Deputy Keith Stripling at (863) 763-6064 or Lydia
.lean Williams at (863) 634-9015.
SF WMD stages photo contest
The South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee
Service Center is seeking Lake Okeechobee area photographs for
the 2008 Lake Okeechobee calendar. Winning images will be pub-
lished as the featured monthly photos. Applications will be taken
until July 31 and entry forms and complete contest rules are avail-
aible at www.sfwmd.gov/okee -- select Info & Education. This con-
test is open to amateur photographers only. Individuals may submit
up to three photos. For information, call (863) 462-5260.
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At Your Service On Page 2
We are approaching the day of
our country's independence. The
Fourth of July has special mean-
ing to us. We celebrate being free!
Yet, how many of us are living a
life of true freedom?
Most of us think of freedom
as having no restrictions -- being
able to do what we want, when
we want. To us, freedom is a life
lived with free will. But, if we give
it serious thought, is this really a
true definition of freedom? Do
laws interfere with our freedoms,
or do they teach us how to disci-
pline and live a rational and sane
Without laws of the land,
some individuals would run ram-
pant and abuse their free range of
permissibility. Where there were
no restraints, there would be no
peace, no safety and no security
in society. This would be a chaotic
The same principles apply to
God's laws and commandments.
He did not give them to us to limit
our happiness and joyful activities,
but to protect us as we journey
through life. Without laws, there
can be no real freedom.
I often think that when God
said "Thou shall not," what he
actually meant was "Thou Should
not!" Meaning it is for our good
that we do not. And if you disobey,
you will be the worse for it.
What if God gave us no de-
mands -- would the world be a
better place if we were free to kill,
steal or commit adultery? God
forbid. These things unrestrained
would make the place where we
dwell a hell on earth.
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)
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
AA. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and,
how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through
extensive. Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at
(863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go to-
wards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30
a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For
information, call (863) 763-5887 or (863) 357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is
invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For in-
formation, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden
Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becom-
ing 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. Everyone is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at
10 a:m. at the Hospice building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in
Okeechobee. Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid
Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
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 informa-
tion, contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
AA. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fel-
lowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then
from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or
someone just to care are welcome. For information call the hot line
(863) 801-9201 or (863) 697-9718.
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish 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 Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863)
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings
each month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second
St., at 7:30 p.m. They are always looking for new people and new
ideas. For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Sports Complex pavilion, 580 N.W
27th Lane, next to the pool. For information call (863) 634-4780.
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of the
month to help and encourage women who have been diagnosed
with cancer. The meeting will be held at the American Red Cross of-
fice at 323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For information,
call Janet Topp at (863) 824-2899.
AA. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet
for a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the Bas-
inger Civic Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1
p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at
(863) 763-4920, for information.
Martha's House Ipc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday
at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Gra-
ham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9
a.m. until noon. Representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 209
S.W Park St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Freedom comes from a mat-
ter of obedience and self control.
It is doing what is right and good,
instead of following our human
instincts and being self-willed.
Discipline brings freedom.
We are a spoiled generation.
We want what we want and we
want it right now. We don't want
to save for it or work for it or plan
for it. We want it the quickest and
easiest way possible. We go in
debt instead of waiting and sav-
ing. Fast food joints are in great
demand because the meals are
already prepared and handy. We
no longer have to wait on mail
delivery because we now have
e-mail and computers. We have
text messages and the Internet.
Cell phones are at our side day
Such convenience, such free-
dom -- but, is it really? What areO
the results of such fast-paced liv4
ing? We are in debt, we are obese,i
we are anxious and live stressful
lives. We are a society out of cone
trol. We are addicted to our times
and that which we don't control,!
We owe it to ourselves and our
creator to be the best we can pos
sibly be in all facets of our being.
We need to teach our children by
example to say "no." We mul
master the courage to deny ou.,
selves temptation and some plea*
Freedom is having the ability
and means to do whatever we
want, yet choose not to. We oti
ten think of a certain restriction as
bondage, which, in reality, may be
the very thing which sets us free
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 19-22 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
Oakview hosting vacation Bible school
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St., will hold vacation,
Bible school June 19-22, from 6 until 9 p.m. The theme will be
Game Day Central: Where Heroes Are Made. Pre-registration is not
mandatory but is suggested. There will be a kick-off with fun and
games on Saturday, June 16, from 9 until 11:30 a.m. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-1699.
Red Cross offers infant CPR class
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will offer an infant/child
CPR class Tuesday, June 19, at 6 p.m. To register, or for informa-
tion, call (863) 763-2488.
Free nutritional class is offered
Dr. Edward Douglas will conduct a free CRA nutritional analy-:
sis class at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center, 916 W. North'
Park St., on Tuesday, June 19, at 5:30 p.m. For information, calls
Main Street mixer planned
Okeechobee Main Street's monthly mixer will be held Wednes-
day, June 20, and will be hosted by Sherwin-Williams, 818 E.N.
Park St., from 5 until 7 p.m. The open house will feature light re-
freshments. Main Street will begin selling the limited Mega Mixer,
50/50 tickets, and one lucky winning ticket will be drawn in De-I
cember. Tickets can only be purchased at each monthly mixer. For
information, contact program manager Karen Hanawalt at (863)
Orchid Group to meet June 25
The Okeechobee Orchid Group will meet Monday, June 25, at'
7 p.m. at the Okeechobee County extension office, 458 U.S. 98 N.
Everyone who is interested in, or curious about, orchids is invited.'
For information, call (863) 763-6469.
Local garden club sets meeting date
The Okeechobee County Garden Club will meet Monday, June*
25, at the Okeechobee County extension office, 458 U.S. 98 N.., at
6 p.m. New members and gardeners are invited. For information,'
call (863) 763-6469.
4-H hosting special rodeo camp
Okeechobee County 4-H will be hosting a special rodeo week
beginning Monday, June 25 as part of their horse day camp.
This camp is for boys and girls ages 8 18 who are comfortable
with horses. The cost is $100 per week. Camp will be held at the
Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E., from 8 a.m. un-
til 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For information and sign ups call the
Okeechobee County Extension Office at (863) 763-6469, or come
to the office at 458 U.S. 98 N.
Class of '78 planning reunion
The OHS class of 1978 is planning for their 30-year class re-
union. The next planning meeting is scheduled for Wednesday,
June 27, at the Speckled Perch Restaurant, 105 U.S. 98 N., at 6:30
p.m. All interested class members are urged to attend. For informa-
tion, contact the class at email@example.com.
Early Learning committee to meet
The personnel committee of the Early Learning Coalition of In-
dian River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will meet Thursday,
June 28, at 10:30 a.m. The group will meet in the chambers of
the St. Lucie Board of County Commissioners, 2300 Virginia Ave.,
in Fort P ierce. For information, call Migdalia G. Rosado at (772)
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 par-
enting, safety, self esteem and many other topics. Participants will
receive a stipend of $75 for attending a full week of camp. Partici-
pants 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 participate. 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
VFW Post plans membership drive
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post #9528, 2002 S.R. 78 W, will hold
a membership drive and barbecue on Wednesday, July 4, from
noon until 3 p.m. You are eligible for membership in the VFW,
AMVETS, VFW men's auxiliary or the VFW ladies auxiliary if your-
self, your father, mother, brother, sister, grandfather, stepbrother
or stepsister served in the military overseas or in the U.S. Prospec-
tive members should bring proof of service, such as a DD-214, or
pay records or travel records. Senior Judge Kirby Sullivan will be
the guest speaker. Barbecue chicken and port will be served for a
donation of $6.
Coalition offers summer program
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will offer a free
summer program, The Traveling Medicine Show: S.O.S. Stu-
dents Offering Solutions -- performance troupe. Thirty youth be-
tween 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 applica-
tion, call Lydia Jean Williams at (863) 634-9015.
Okeechobee News, Tuesday, June 19,2007
Okeechobee NewsTue 7
ii n nlk i[Local students shine at Taekwondo tourney
Submitted photo/Les Tory
The team of Bill Hays and Christina Straight won the "Cal-
cutta" at the June 16th Taylor Creek Bass Club tournament on
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Jack Harrison took first place
at the Taylor Creek Bass Club
June tournament held at Lake
Kissimmee on June 16. Harri-
son brought 9.73 lbs. of bass
to the scales to capture the
Bill Hays won "big fish" hon-
ors with a 5.57 lb. bass at
the Taylor Creek Bass Club
monthly bass tournament
that took place on Lake Kis-
simmee on June 16.
Taylor Creek tourney
Jack Harrison brought 9.73 The team of Bill Hays and
lbs. of bass to the scales Saturday Christina Straight won the "Cal-
to capture first place in the Taylor cutta".
Creek Bass Club monthly tourna- The Taylor Creek Bass Club
ment held on Lake Kissimmee. meets at the Buckhead Ridge
SSecond place went to Bill Hays VFW Post 9528 on the second
for his 8.79 lb. catch. He also won
the "big fish" award for a 5.57 lb. Thursday of each month Tour-
lunker. naments are held the following
Dave Straight took third place weekend. New member boaters
with 6.64 lbs. and non-boaters are welcome.
Fourth place went to Christina For information contact Dave
Straight with 5.84 lbs. Stout at (863) 467-2255.
Twenty students from Russ
Adams Taekwondo America
in Okeechobee traveled to
Gainesville on Saturday, May
19 to compete in the Regional
Gator Challenge Taekwondo
Tournament. The results of
that tournament are as fol-
lows: Malaya Wright-fourth
in sparring; Michael Lazaro-
second in forms; Mia Laz-
aro-second in sparring; Cindy
Hernandez and Disan Hernan-
dez, Sr.-fourth in sparring;
in sparring; Disan Hernandez,
Jr.-third in sparring and fourth
in forms; Steven Brown-Spirit
Award; Nicholas Brown-Spirit
Award; Cody Raulerson-fourth
in forms; Donnie Watson, Jr.-
second in forms and third in
sparring; Elia Garcia-fourth in
sparring; Beto Corrales-fourth
in sparring and third in forms;
Bret Corrales-first in sparring;
Briana Corrales-second in
sparring; Travis McKenna-third
in sparring; T.J. McKenna-first
in forms and fourth in spar-
ring; Alex Hernandez-sec-
ond in sparring and fourth in
forms; Anthony Hernandez-
first in forms; Michael Rauler-
son-third sparring and second
O.G. & C.C.
June 11: First place-Max
Sherry. Second place-John Nick-
elson. Last place-George Goudy.
Closest to pin-(2) Russ Adams,
(8) and (17) Kenny Curran and
(11) Frank Noble.
June 13: (played at Palm
Cove Golf & Yacht Club) First
place-Terry Mastaler. Second
place-Ben Burdeshaw. Last
place-Max Sherry. Closest to
pin-(2) Russ Adams, (6) and (8)
Ben Burdeshaw, (11) George
Goudy and (16) Frank Noble.
June 15: First place-Kim
Swarts. Second place-Russ Ad-
ams. Last place-Ida Curtis. Clos-
est to pin-(2) Max Sherry, (8)
Karen Syjud, (11) Ron Hetling
and (17) George Guydosh.
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Submitted photo/Sunni Adams
Twenty students from Russ Adams Taekwondo America competed in the Regional Gator
Challenge Taekwondo Tournament in Gainesville. The students were (first row, left to right)
Donnie Watson, Jr., T.J. McKenna and Michael Raulerson; (second row, left to right) Briana
Corrales, Mia Lazaro, Beto Corrales and Bret Corrales; (third row, left to right) Alex Her-
nandez, Disan Hernandez, Jr., Michael Lazaro, Nickolas Brown, Kimberly Hernandez and
Elia Garcia; (back row, left to right) Russ Adams-instructor, Steven Brown, Cody Raulerson,
Anthony Hernandez, Disan Hernandez, Sr. and Travis McKenna. Not pictured were Malaya
Wright and Cindy Hernandez.
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Ignoring signs of a serious health problem can be deadly
Sometimes it's obvious that
you need to call a doctor profuse
bleeding, chest pains and other ex-
treme symptoms make that pretty
clear. But there are other indica-
tions that people sometimes ig-
nore and ignoring signs of serious
health problem can be deadly. The
Mayo Clinic recently released a list
of indications that a person should
immediately consult a doctor.
Unexplained weight loss: A
high percentage of Americans are
overweight. So, it's not surprising
with Katrina Elsken
that many people don't consider
weight loss a cause for concern.
However, losing weight when you
are not dieting or increasing your
exercise routine may indicate a
health problem such as depres-
sion or even cancer.
Persistent fever: A low grade
fever might not seem like a big
problem, but a fever that lasts more
than a week should be checked
out. A fever can indicate an infec-
tion somewhere in your body.
Shortness of breath: Difficulty
breathing can be due to anxiety or
panic attacks, or due to asthma,
heart problems or a blood clot.
Unexplained change in bow-
el movements: If you experience
digestion changes, it can be due
to serious health problems such
as diabetes or colon cancer. If you
have bloody diarrhea or even mild
diarrhea for more than a week,
consult your doctor. Constipation
can also indicate, a health prob-
lem. If constipation lasts more
than two weeks, the Mayo Clinic
recommends consulting a doctor.
e Mental health changes:
Changes in behavior, mood swings
or disorientation may indicate infec-
tion, head injury, stroke, low blood
sugar or a medication problem.
New or more severe head-
aches: Sudden and severe head-
aches may indicate stroke, blood
vessel inflammation or brain tu-
Loss of vision: Even tem-
porary loss of vision can indicate
a serious problem. Any sudden
change in vision should be imme-
diately checked by a doctor.
Flashes of light: The sensation
of flashing lights can indicate the
beginning of retinal detachment.
Feeling full after eating very
little: Loss of appetite or feeling full.
after eating- just a small amount
may indicate serious gastrointesti-
Before making any change in
your diet or exercise program,
consult your doctor. This is espe-
cially important if you are on any
prescription medications. Some
drugs interact badly with foods
that would otherwise be consid-
Mosquito population explosion expected as normal rains return
TALLAHASSEE -- The drought
plaguing Florida has had one ben-
efit: a significant drop in the mos-
quito population that is usually
seen this time of year. But Florida
Agriculture and Consumer Servic-
es Commissioner Charles Bron-
son is urging residents to prepare
for that to change. As soon as
the normal rain patterns return,
Florida is likely to see a mosquito
The lack of water has pre-
vented eggs from hatching. But
mosquito eggs from certain spe-
cies can be very resilient, lying in
wait for the next heavy rain for up
to several years. When the wet
weather arrives, all the eggs hatch
at once, creating a huge increase
in the number of pesky pests.
Mr. Bronson said people need
to keep that in mind and be ready
for a possible onslaught of mos-
quitoes and with them the poten-
tial for mosquito-borne illnesses.
The .Commissioner is urg-
ing horse owners to make sure
that their animals are vaccinated
against two of the diseases --
West Nile Virus (WNV) and East-
ern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). .
"So far there this year there
have been no reports of human
cases of mosquito-borne illnesses
in Florida and we've had five EEE
cases in horses compared with
a high of 207 cases in 2003," Mr.
Bronson said. "We haven't seen
any West Nile cases either and I
hope with proper protections we
can continue this trend."
In addition to WNV and EEE,
mosquitoes can transmit St. Lou-
is Encephalitis and malaria.
Floridians and visitors can pro-
tect themselves against mosquito
borne disease by taking com-
mon-sense steps, including:
Limit time outside during
dusk and dawn when mosqui-
toes are most active.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and
pants to cover skin and reduce
the chance of being bitten.
*- Eliminate standing water
in yards, such as in birdbaths,
kiddie pools, old tires and other
receptacles. Stagnant water is an
excellent breeding ground for
Use insect repellent that con-
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Horse owners are also urged
to check with their veterinarian to
make sure that their animals have
received current vaccinations
against WNV and EEE, and that
these shots are kept up to date.
"Florida's mosquito control
districts have done a tremen-
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taking action when necessary,".
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it is up to people to take steps
to protect themselves and their
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mosquito control districts that
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and effective research. They have
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mosquitoes, improved identifi-
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transmit disease, established pro-
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The Okeechobee Substance
Abuse Coalition's community
outreach/training committee will
meet Monday, July 9, from 9 until
10 a.m. The meeting is open to
anyone interested in participat-
ing. For information on the meet-
ing location, call Lydia Jean Wil-
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The Okeechobee Substance
Abuse Coalition's community
resource committee will meet
Monday, July 9, from 11:30 a.m.
until 12:30 p.m. This is a brown
bag lunch meeting and is open
to anyone interested in partici-
pating. For information on the
meeting location, contact Deputy
Keith Stripling at (863) 763-6064
or Lydia Jean Williams at (863)
will meet July 10
The Okeechobee Substance
Abuse Coalition's advisory board
will meet Tuesday, July 10, from
11 until 11:45 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200
N.W. Second St. The meeting is
open to all board members. For
information, call Lydia Jean Wil-
liams at (863) 634-9015.
The Okeechobee Substance
Abuse Coalition's monthly meet-
ing will be held Tuesday, July
10, from 11:45 a.m. until 12:45
p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Ev-
eryone is welcome and lunch will
be served. All parents and PTO
members from Okeechobee's
public and private schools are
encouraged to attend and assist
in developing a county-wide pre-
vention plan. For information,
contact Lydia Jean Williams at
Poker run to
A poker run in memory of
Carl and Robin will be held Sat-
urday, Aug. 25, beginning at Port
Mayaca Cemetery at 9 a.m. The
fee is $5 per hand. Prizes will be
awarded. Proceeds will benefit
Okeechobee Hospice. For infor-
mation, call Deanne at (772) 260-
6801 or Dee at (863) 634-0492.
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
Healthy Start group
The Healthy Start Coalition
is accepting donations of baby
items such as furniture, shoes,
clothing, maternity clothes, stroll-
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and toddlers. Proceeds from the
sale of donated items will be
used to benefit infants and preg-
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OSAC board will meet July 10
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board will
meet Tuesday, July 10, from 11 until 11:45 a.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The meeting is open to all
board members. For information, call Lydia Jean Williams at (863)
OSAC plans monthly meeting
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting
will be held Tuesday, July 10, from 11:45 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. Everyone is wel-
come and lunch will be served. All parents and PTO members from
Okeechobee's public and private schools are encouraged to attend
and assist in developing a county-wide prevention plan. For informa-
tion, contact Lydia Jean Williams at (863) 634-9015.
Benefit beauty pageant is planned
The 12th annual Mr. & Miss Firecracker Fundraiser Beauty Pag-
eant 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
Okeechobee 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, pho-
togenic, 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. Applications may be picked up at Kid's Corner,
the Chamber of Commerce, Flower Petals, Photos by Bobbi and the
Okeechobee Fire Rescue Station. 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 Va-
cation 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.
Red Cross to host water instructor course
The American Red Cross will conduct water safety instructor cours-
es on Aug. 11, 17,18,24 and 25. The fee is $160. Applicants must be at
lest 15 years of age. To register, call (863) 763-2488.
Poker run to benefit Hospice
A poker run in memory of Carl and Robin will be held Saturday,
Aug. 25, beginning at Port Mayaca Cemetery at 9 a.m. The fee is $5 per
hand. Prizes will be awarded. Proceeds will benefit Okeechobee Hos-
pice. For information, call Deanne at (772) 260-6801 or Dee at (863)
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, Da-
vid Barton, Bob Cornuke, Brannon Howse, and Ron Carlson. The pro-
gram 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.
Class of '57 members sought
Members of the class of '57 from first grade to graduation or other,
please contact Martin Vickers at (423) 727-5631, Reba Platt at (863)
763-8906, or Faith Hawk at (863) 467-6083.
Children's Ranch closes yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch is closing their yard sale for the summer
and is no longer accepting donations for the sale. For information, call
Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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 ohs-
firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your maiden name if appropriate, ad-
dress, phone number, etc. We are in the process of planning our 10-
year reunion. More details will be published as they are available.
ORE offering special Christmas ornaments
Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE) are offering their second
limited edition Christmas 2007, 24 karat on brass, ornament includ-
ing 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
summer program for 4-year-old children. Space will be limited so reg-
ister 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 custom-
ers 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 accepted.
Healthy Start can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help. For information, call Becky Smith
at (863) 462-5877.
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.
Martha's House offers workshop
Martha's House will offer a workshop called Deafening Silence,
which deals with providing services to deaf and hard of hearing sur-
vivors of domestic violence. The date and time will be announced at
a later date according to community interest and response. Contact
Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.
Healthy Start group seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is accepting donations of baby items
such as furniture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and oth-
er items for infants and toddlers. Proceeds from the sale of donated
items will be used to benefit infants and pregnant women in the com-
munity. For information, call (863) 462-5877.
Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of
Okeechobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and are
good for one year at selected businesses. Cards can be purchased at
CarQuest, 300 N.W. Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. Pro-
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At the Movies -
The following movies are now
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Movie times for Friday, June
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are as follows:
Theatre I -"Pirates of the Ca-
ribbean: At World's End" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 p.m. only.
Saturday 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 "Fantastic Four"
(PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
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Theatre III "Surf's Up" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
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Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
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DOG, male, white w/black, to
good home only, conditions
DOGS (2): Small breed, found
in Buck Head Ridge. Call to
PUPPY, In Country Hill Es-
tates, call to identify.
LADIES WALLET, Small,
black, at Church of God on
6/10, please return if found.
PIT BULL, 7 month old male,
green spiked collar, last seen
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Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys a Games 730
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Wanted to Buy 740
CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONER:
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CHEVY PICK- UP, '54, Good
for restoration. Runs good.
Needs brakes, good Fla. title
Like new. Only used twice.
Asking $85. (863)357-6930
KENMORE STOVE Electric,
Ivory, good cond., $75.
KITCHEN STOVE, Maytag,
electric, white, clean, works
& looks good. $75
REFRIGERATOR- 21 cu ft, GE,
good condition, $200
frostproof, works great,
needs paint. $50
side by side, with ice maker.
WASHER Kenmore, white,
good cond., $75.
WASHER/DRYER & 21" Sanyo
TV. Owner Leaving! Good
condition $250. for all.
WASHER/DRYER GE 6 cy-
cle, large capacity, works
great! $250 for the set.
BICYCLE- 2 Huffy 26" mens
Mt bikes. $80 for both or will
sell separate (561)254-7458
SCHWIN BICYCLE 1955: 26",
brand new, original condi-
tion. Reduced to $500.
UTILITY TRAILER, 3 wheel,
TLC, $30 (863)675-0300
GREENHOUSE- Sturdy, W/
trusses, New, 30'x50', Wht
covering, instruct., access.
$6500. 954-258-5008 LaBelle
METAL SHED- 8x16, 6ft high,
with doors at both ends,
PLYWOOD (10 sheets): 3/4",
4x6 sheets. $120 will sep.
Call (561)762-4620 Jupiter
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1551 N.W. 24th Drive
SLIDING GLASS DOORS (3)-
in alum frames, $500 firm
WOOD SHUTTERS- louvered,
50 pairs, 7' x15", excellent
cond, $580 (239)289-1995
FLOOR RUG- New, Huge,
8'x10' Country colors, Gar-
den path design. $150. Great,
CARSEAT / Stroller Combo &
POWER.Wheels Car: $65 for
both, will sep.
MENS SUIT JACKETS (5),
Size 44 Regular, new cond,
some never worn. $125/all,
will sep. (863)467-8464
WEDDING DRESS- size 4,
beaded, includes veil, $500
WEDDING GOWN- David's Bri-
dal. Never worn. Size 14.
$300. or best offer.
INDIAN HEAD 1909 $5 GOLD
COIN- 14ct gold rope bezel,
16" gold rope chain, $600
COOKIE MOSTER MEMORA-
BILIA, Rare Figurines,
stuffed animals, etc. $30.
SEEBURG JUKE BOX- asking
SWORD & DAGGAR SET lim-
ited edition, unique, never
used, still in box. $600.
COMPUTER, Like new. AMD
2000+, Athlon, 40 gb., hd.,
512 mb mem., windows
exp. $190 (863)763-4376
DELL COMPUTER SYS: Pen-
tium 4, XP Pro, monitor, key-
board, mouse & speakers.
$225. (863)517-2782 Tony
HP PRINTER- Desk Jet 3845,
Ink & accessories included.
Brand new, Never opened.
$75. Neg. (863)467-0627
QUILT' TOPS, Ready to quilt,
different sizes. $500 for all
or will separate.
BAR STOOLS (3): 24", wood-
en, high back, swivel. $100
BEDROOM SET- 4 pcs. Ar-
moire, Dresser w/mirror. 2
bedside tables. Gray Formica.
$75. Firm (863)674-5753
BR SET Queen headboard,
triple dresser, chest, 2 nite
COUCH- Big, Comfortable, teal
green, good condition, $100
COUCHES, 2, large, camel col-
ored, leather, w/2 end tblhis,
coffee ti & 3 lamps, $1000
or best offer. (863)697-0142
CRAFTMATIC BED, single
size, like new, $200.
DINING ROOM SET: Broyhill,
with hutch. Paid $1700. Ask-
ing $300. 863-467-5756
DINING SET Sears Home
Life, pine wood w/2 inserts,
4 side chairs, 2 arm chairs.
DINING SET, Bassett, beautiful
cherry wood, table, 6 chairs
& hutch. $500
DRESSER, Bassett, 3 drawer,
1 door, like new, $100.
ENTERTAINMENT CTR- White,
Glass door top, 2 door bot-
tom + 6 shelves. Great
cond. $100. (863)763-2763
GLIDER ROCKER & OTTO-
MAN, Beige & peach, excel-
lent condition. $50
ROCKER CHAIR- New, Over
stuffed, Beige, Micro-fiber,
easy to clean. Wood rocker
base. $175. (863)674-0098
SOFA & LOVESEAT, Denim,
ideal forfamily room or start-
er set, fair condition. You
haul. $100 (863)467-8464
WATERBED, Foam top, king
size. Orig. $2200, asking
$1000 or best offer.
GOLF CLUBS- Max Fll Tour
Edition, 3 Iron thru Pitching
wedge, reg flex, $140
FIREARMS LIBRARY: Com-
plete hand gun and long gun
info- 32 leather bound vol-
umes. $250. 863-697-2033
RIFLE, M77 Ruger, Model
7mm mag, 3-9-40 Redfield
RIFLE- Remington hunting,
6mm, Bolt action, With
RIFLE SCOPES- W/mounts-
BSA Deerhunter 3-9x40, Sim-
mons 8-Point 3-9x40: $300.
Will sep. (863)885-1172
NORDIC TRACK- Space Saver
Elliptical, 4 mos old, mint
ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR: Med-
ics, "Cadillac of wheelchairs!"
Immaculate, used very little on
carpet only. Paid $5000, asking
only $1000. 863-357-5988
Quickie, Like new. Pd over
$5000. asking $1200. or
best offer. (863)634-0164
LARGE SCOOTER, SpaceSaver
Plus, 2 new batteries, disas-
sembles for transport, like
new. $895 (863)357-8788
LIFT- Heavy duty for Scooter/
wheelchair. Dual motor. Ad-
justable height. $500. Call FL
POWER CHAIR: Pride Jazzy
#1113 w/joystick. Exc condo.
Small turn radius. New $5800,
Now $1500. (863)763-6907
SCOOTER, Pride Go Go, new
battery, $500 cash only.
CATTLE TROUGH, blue, $100.
CELL PHONE- Nokia 5165
with charger & carrying
case. $30. (863)763-0625
FUEL TANK, 52 gallon, "L"
shape, steel, w/12v Tuthill
transfer pump, $200 will sell
CUSTOM BUILT GUITAR
CABINET: 77"T x 42"W, 2
solid doors & shelf, $350 or
DRUM SET- Pearl 13 piece.
$1200. or best offer.
GRAND PIANO, antique, re-
stored & in good working
cond., $1500 or best offer.
PIANO, Wurlitzer, Spinet w/
Bench. Excellent condition.
$1000. (863)675-0188 La-
FILING CABINETS- 2, Black,
Horizontal, 2 drawer, Letter
or legal Good cond. $100.
AKC LAB PUPS- 8 M, 3 F,
Chocolate & yellow, ready
June 25th, shots, health cert.
BABY MINI POT
Males $50 Females $75
BEAGLE PUPPIES- 2 males &
1st shots, Health Cert. $400
BIRD CAGES, 5-2 hole nesting
cages for small birds, $$50
for all. (863)467-4994
BURMESE PYTHON, $150.
CHIHUAHUA, Female, 1V/
years old, black & tan, CKC,
ousebroken, all shots to
date. $75. (863)801-1302
LOVEBIRDS, 1 pair, young,
$75, 2 pair of Parakeets,
young, $30 a pair.
POODLE PUP, male & 1 Chi-
huahua Pup, female, great
temperaments, shots, $250
ea. (863)357-0037 Okee
PUPPY, Chocolate Pit Mixed
Red Nose, 1st shots, 12
weeks, male, $250
RED TAIL BOA, with accesso-
ries, $160. (863)673-1062
YORKIE PUPPY (1): Male,
AKC Reg w/ health certif.
He's ready to go! $800.
HOT TUB- 2005, paid $6000
asking $4300, good condi-
GROMMET CUTTER & PRESS-
for large Spurred #8 grom-
mets, $150 (863)634-7423
SWING MACHINE, Singer,
Portable. Excellent condition.
POOL TABLE, 8', with new felt,
You Haul! $500.
POOL TABLE, slate, full sz.,
needs recovered, all acces-
ROD & REEL COMBO- Au Gar-
cia, Medium action, Used
once. $50. (863)885-1172
TRIKE- Adult bike. 3 speed.
New condition. New $525.
HOME THEATER: Elite Audio
EA-609, Surround Sound, Pd
$5300 Sacrifice for $500.
LaBelle area. (239)357-6889
MATT JUGGERNAUTS (2),
15", in a box. $850 or best
STEREO: BOSE, Wave II
$1200 or best offer.
ELECTRIC MOTOR- Baldor,
17.25 rpm, 3 hp, 115/230
volt. $100. or best offer.
GENERATOR: Briggs & Strat-
ton, 250 watts, 120 & 12
volts. 5 hp. $200.
OHM GENERATOR- low hours,
runs good, $2500
PORTABLE AIR COMPRES-
SORS (2) 1- 3hp vertical
tank, 1- 2hp 20 gal tank,
$370 or sep (561)676-0427
WELDER- Miller Fullmatic
30A, aluminum school gun.
$350 or best offer
WELDER: Miller, Onon engine,
AC/DC, 250 amps & Genera-
tor. 5.5 kw. 120 / 240 volt.
VACUUM, Hoover, self-pro-
pelled Wind Tunnel, good
cond., $35. (863)763-6131
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
AQHA- 8 yr. Reg., Zippo Pacif-
ic star, Gray, Roan, Gelding,
15 hands, Good handle, Lots
of cow $2500. (863)763-7831
CRACKER COLT, dark brown,
greenbroke, needs exp'd per-
son, asking $400 or best of-
FILLY, Paso Fino, 7 inmos. old,
up to date Coggins & shots,
$450 or best offer.
MOLASSES LICK WHEEL-
$250. or best offer
QUARTER HORSE- Gelding, 5
yrs old. 15 hands. Rides great.
60 days of profess, training
QUARTER HORSE, Mare, 4 yrs
old, great disposition.
STUD QUARTER HORSE:
Dun/Bay, 8 mo. old. Well
mannered $350 firm.
very loving 10 yr.
old bay brown
mare, 16.2 hands, great
bloodlines, show quality,
$3000 neg. (561)282-8849.
DR. CHIPPER- 3 point hitch,
used only 5 times, $1200
RIDING MOWER, Murray,
131/2 hp, 40" cut. Used 5
times. Divorce forces sale.
RIDING MOWER, Murray, 30",
8.5hp with trailer. $400
RIDING MOWER: Snapper,
12.5hp, great shape, 30" cut,
BEAUTIFUL CANARY ISLAND
DATE PALMS, for sale,
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RENTTOOWN:2br/ba,(863)561-758-4337 Mobile es Sale 2020 English Garden Set plan (No. Cl 11).. $24.95
RENT TO OWN: 2br/1 ba,
Single family, corner lot, o Individual plans
completely remodeled. Bench (No. 855) .-- $9.95
Located at 3405 NW 2nd St. Bench (No. 855) ... $995
Okeechobee.239-707-5155 or 2 R, 2 Chair (No. 856) . $9.95
RICK'S RENTALS LLC 2/2 ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease, Table (No. 857) . $7.95
w/lake access, Treasure Is- starting @ $650/mo + $1000 End Table (No. 858) $.7.95
land, move in cond., small sec. dep. 863-763-4031 " "
pets ok, $7asur2/2 lake Catalog (pictures hundreds of projects) . $2.00
access, Treasure Island, PLATTS BUFF, 3BR/2BA, sin- " "
$850 mo., 2/2 CBS w/dock gle wide, 14'x80', on 6/2 ac., Please add $4.00 s&h (except catalog-only orders)
& lake access, $1200 mo. $900 mo., 1st, last & ref's.
Avail. Nowl 561-262-1390 (863)467-6960 To order, circle item(s), Please be sure to
TREASURE ISLAND, 3br, TREASURE ISLAND, 1 & 2 clip & send w/ check to: include your name,
1.5ba, Furn., Gar, Fenced Must bedrooms, No pets. $600. U-Bild Features address and the name of
see! On Canal $1000/mo. + mo. + Sec. dep. & 1st mo. U- features address and e name
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w/d, house, $1100 mo. :a 2
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elec. slide, awning, Ig. a/c, Autos Wanted 4010
Angel Angel full bath, exc. cond., Classic Cars 4015
al Jamie F. Jamie F. SIef ao l'0232 $12,900. (561)346-4692 Commercial Trucks 4020
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6ok Forensics North 6, Everything works. Good Foreign Cars 4030
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995. Boxing May 20,1995. hwh, bath, stove, everything Sport Utility 4055
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pe Christ Catholic FlUll T im e fer. (863)674-1985 Utility Trailers 4065
e? The 700 Club (cc) Okeechobee Health Care Facility COLEMAN '92, Pop-up, in- Vans 4070
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en Wil Wst Teh Apply In Person Only At very clean. $2500 or best of-
ries Wild West Tech (cc) fer (239)657-8372
:ory Will Will Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street (239)657-8372
FreshPr.FreshPr. GMC CAMPER VAN '86- me-
PainkillerJanesSpacilm mechanically restored, have re-
Painkiller Jane (s) R0 S2 ceipts, needs paint $4800 S l
ds Sex & ISex & neg. (561)254-7458 Clewist.
Beware My Lovely New Offices avail from Mobile Home, '04, furnished & M 32V Northstar V8,
Miami Ink (cc) 470 sq.ft. up to 1900 sq.ft. lot, never lived in, chain link Als sport model ve
Cage, Adam Beach) West side of new courthouse fence, nice yard & good sport model, very
s) Without a Trace (s) Phone Judy (863)467-0831 neighborhood, close to town, PROP- For Evinrude motor, p. All lead there, fully
Impact Noticiero $ (863)343482 17" Pitch. Recondition. $65.
Law & Order: SVU g MOBILE HOME, in 55+ park, (863)634-0433 options. Bose AM/FM
'SVU 2 nice sheds, some remodel- CD. Awesome Ride!
|Entou- Phat Girlz bath. Full house privileges. $6500 neg. (863)467-0954 Just broke in for this
Instinct 2 (2006) iTV. 'R' $125/w k. + 1/2 until. Iv. msg. BANDIT 600 '97- low miles, car! 26-30 mpg.
lley (2005)'R' |Runaway e $2500 or best offer or trade Runs perfect!
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j| ( oleges, Cable, W/D, $150/iwk, r HONA C 4 cyl., EXCel- 'B 0 l
Rentals first & last (863)634-8374 HONDA CB350 4 cyl. $1000. eM
n l OKEECHOBEE, Smoker ok: II(863)634-5421
Cable included. $300/mo. & --A-kfo- i=-mon
rTlee.ENT l s.(863)5998318 Boats 305' HONDA SHADOW 1100 '93- p_ p Qn_
se. d (863)599----- Boats 3005 nice bike, $3000 CHEVY CORSICA- '90, Good
Room w/ kitchen w/d riv., Cam rs 3010 (863)763-3599 running condition. $300.
Aph9artmenmt- s 905 et /,$ Marine Accessories 3020 HONDA SHADOW 1100 SPIR- (863)763-7060
Busine Places 910 bee (863)634-591 eec Marine Miellaeos 0325 IT '98- Black, mint cond. FORD CROWN VICTORIA, '96,
Cbeei (833- 51 Motorcycles 3030 windshield, hard locking cold a/c, runs good, nice in-
Property 915 Roommate to share 4BR/2BA Sport Vehicles.'ATVs 3035 bags, lots of chrome & ex- terior, $1400.
Condos/ Condo in Gainesville w/Local tras, new tires & battery. (863)261-6115/467-8723
Tbswnho-seU Rent920 Univ. of FL Male Students n Must see!, $4495 neg,
Farm Property $450 mo. (863)634-1893 -. --.- (561)253-4299 FORD PROBE LX '92, 5 spd.,
Rent 925 Runs good. A/C, Good tires.
House Rent 930 eAIRBOAT SEAT CUSHIONS MOTORCYCLE LIFT- Air oper- You pick up. $1000.
Land- Rent 935 i .. with covers, new, never ated w/front wheel vise & (239)784-8449 Immokalee
Resort Property used, $250. (863)634-2542 ramp extension. $600.
Rent 945 OKEECHOBEE: Waterfront (863)674-0898 or 517-1019 HONDA CiV CX '942dr, 5
Roommate 950 2br/1.5ba, Exc.cond., Fully ALUMINUM, 15', with trailer, spd, V-tech motor, has a
Rooms to Rent 955 Furnished. Community pool new wheels & tires, 30hp MOTORCYCLE TRAILER for chip for more horse power,
Storage Space $165. wkly. 561-202-7702 Yamaha & trolling mtr, a dirt bike, good condition, $2500 neDg. (863)673-2314
Rent 960 $1200 neg. (8653)634-2454 $175(561)253-4299 MERCEDES 500SEL 1985,
BOAT 21' Stamas, cuddy s Runs good. $900.
cabin, 235 Evinrude, trailer, 772-263-0013
i solid, runs good, $2000 NISSAN 200SX, '95, 4 cyl.,
BEAUTIFUL k IT firm. (863)467-7415. 4 WHEELER- 80cc, auto, front auto, great air, like new tires,
MBEAUTIFUL | 1D. 3 BOAT- 15', with 40hp Mercury lights, camo color, wrist kill new battery, exc. in & out,
SAMATHA'S GARDEN & trailer. New starter & water switch, new Dec '06, $650 $2900. (863)357-0037 Okee
RBehind Capt. D's. 2br/2ba, Business Places pump. Oldie but a goodie. (863)763-6640PLYMOUTH HORIZON, '78,
$900 mo. + 1st, last & $600. Sale 1005 $500. Neg. (863)674-1985 FOUR WHEELERS (2) Suzuki auto, 4 cyl., 4 dr., 49k odg.
sec. de. (863)634-5780 or P-operty Sale 1010 JON BOAT, 10ft., aluminum, and (1) Yamaha, For parts. mi., $800. (772)597-6240
(863)467-9250 Condo/ trailer, 8 spd trolling motor, Good tires. $500 takes all, after 5pm
DOWNTOWN OKEECHOBEE- Townhouses Sale 1015 great for low water. $500 will sep. (863)634-0153 PONTIAC GRAND AM- '2000,
Shady yard, 2br, 1ba, utility, Fars Sale 1020 -HUNTING BUGGY: With Jeep 4 cyl, Keyless entry. 3 TV's
C/A, heat, Unfurn, $750/mo Houses Sale 1025 PONTOON, 24', hardtop, with engine. Runs good. $1500 & DVD player installed
+ Sec, (863)763-6344 Hunting Property 1030 trailer, 50hp Evinrude & trol- or best offer. (863)634-0582 $7000. Neg. (863)697-9912
___ Investment ling mtr., $2500 or best of-
OKEECHOBEE: 2 BR, 11/2 BA, Property Sale 1035 fer. (863)634-2454 KYMCO MONGOOSE 50 TOYOTA CAMRY- '92- 4 new
Appl., Furnished. Carpet & Land Sale 1040SPORTATV-2strokeAir tires, blown head gasket,
Tile. No pets. $700 mo. + Lote Sale 1045 SAILBOAT: Hobie Cat, 16 Ft. SPORT AV- 2 stroke Air tires, blown head gasket,
O cooled, Electdc start w/kick $200 (772)215-7009
$700 sec. (863)763-8878 Open House 1050 /sails & trailer. $1000. back-up $900. (863)673-0559 1
OKEECHOBEE: 2br, 2ba, 2 Property Sale 1055 SPORTSCRAFT- Tri hull- walk SCOOTER- Electric, 2 wheel. 403
story apt. in Kings Bay, No Property inspectio l 060 thru windshield, 60hp Mari- Charger included. $150.
pets. $800/mo. + $800. Real Estate Wanted1065 ner outboard, galv trailer, (863)467-2885 CHEVY 4X4, '82- 350 V8, 3
Sec. Dep. (561)248-5311 or Resort Property $650. (863)467-8038 spd auto, $2500 Firm
(863)697-8728 Sale 1070 SCOOTER- Vespa XL 50, '06, (863)634-9961
Warehouse Space 1075 TRACKER '04, 18ft., Model approx 160 mi. Like new.
TAYLOR CREEK CONDOS: Waterfront Property 1080 PT185, 90hp Mercury, w/15 Paid. $4500. Asking $3800. CHEVY S10 BLAZER- '89 4X4,
1 br/1ba, partially furnished. hrs. 6 yr engine warranty, (863)674-0819 LaBelle good for dune buggy, asking
Avail. June 1st. Call for garaged, like new. Paid $400 (863)467-8318 or
details.561-352-4243 a $16,185, asking $10,15. SUZUKI RM250 '96, Brand (772)260-0686
(561)573-3499 new top end. $1000 or best
Hose (s1)53-39_____ offer. (863)673-5663 CHEVY SUBURBAN, '86, 4x4,
V-BOTTOM, 14ft., aluminum, 'poor cond., rear end shot
BHR, r2bra, Funm/Unfum OKEECHOBEE, 2BR/2BA, villa, almost new trailer, 25hp mo- SWAMP BUGGY, $1500 or runs great, clean title, $500.
$800/mo. +st ecdp. remodeled, great condition, tor, $1200 (863)673-3818 best offer. (863)357-7565 (863)674-5752 After 6pm
$800/mo. + 1st & Sec. de. $120,000 or best offer.
CHARMING COTTAGE FOR H S
RENT: Newly remodeled,12 Do-It-Yourself Ideas
mi North of Okeechobee.
3br/1.5ba. $795/tno. 1st & OKEECHOBEE: 2 Bdrm., 1 Ba
sec. No pets. Call only M-F, CBS Home, 2 lots. Fenced
9-3. 863-467-1717 yard. $90,000.
Clean 3/2, 4 acres, animal (863) 763-7060
friendly, fully fenced, SE&ad-re10
128th Ave., avail now,
$900/mo. For details call $45, (1 ) 34 -49
859-466-7972 VIKINGS- 1.25 3.75 acres.
KINGS BAY- 2/1, W/D, Financing Avail. Ready to
Comm pool & lawn maint. build on. (561)719-5189
(863)801-9163 r -
OKEE., 3br, iba, Carport, -
Yard, W/D, Partly Furnished LA
2nd Ave. (954)658-0108 PLACID, FL., New 2BD cottag- ". ,.
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
OKEECHOBEE- 2/1, for Sale or sand beach, dock & add1.
Rent, large lot, amenites. Call (863 441-2659 E english
also avaig Call (863 652135 The classic lines and attention to detail evident in
ON RIM CANAL, 1 BR. in pre r English garden furniture recall houses in the country,
$1000 mo. + sec. dep In4- Inexpensive and easy to make, the do-it-yourself
(863)561-758-4337 set pictured above requires mostly straight cuts, a
ON RIM CANAL, 2 BR. in pre- I l few curved cuts traced from full-size patterns and
stigious area, 441 S.E. w/ basic construction techniques. The bench (the
ar20e scrn e.depr Mobil e Home- ts 200 largest piece) measures about 60 inches long by 35
12 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I bi o i
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:
HAVING A SPECIAL EVENT OR FUND RAISER?
Did you know that before any type of special events, fund raisers, yard sales, car
washes or special activities can be legally held on commercial or industrial zoned
property within the Crty of Okeechobee a proper Temporary Use Permit must first
be obtained' Please contact the General Services Department at City Hall if you:
(1) Are a leader of a civic organization, local church group, local club, non-profit
organization and are planning a fund raiser or special event to be held on any
commercial or industrial zoned property; or 2) Are a business owner who is
planning a special event, sidewalk or tent sale at your business.
Contact information: City Hall, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974,
(863) 763-3372 or www.cityofokeechobee.com
219114 ON 6/19/07
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:
IS YOUR YARD SALE SIGN LEGAL?
Did you know that signs of any nature or type cannot be put on any City property, on
a ublty pole or in the right-of-way without the City putting it there? This includes
Yard Sale Signs, Special Event Directional Signs, Real Estate Signs and some
banners on local businesses. The City Code Enforcement Department will be dili-
gently focusing on sign violations over the next few months in order to better edu-
cate the public on the sign regulations. Illegal signs will be confiscated and taken
to the Public Works Facility.
Should your sign be confiscated, the first violation will be a warning and you will be
permitted to pick the signs) up. If you are not sure where to place your sign, or
have questions, please call City Code Enforcement at 357-1971 located in the
City Fire Department, 55 SE 3rd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974, or
219117 ON 6/19/07P1
GMC JIMMY 1994, 4x4, Swap
for 2 wheel drive pick up or
sell for $1000.
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
1988, 4 wd., 360, V8. Runs
well. $400. (863)612-5676
BED RAILS stainless round
tube, for Chevy PU 99 & up
shortbed. Brand new in box,
ENGINE & TRANS- 305 Che-
vy, 80K, 5spd Bourg Warner
trans, asking $1500
ENGINE: 1990, from Toyota
Tercel. $200 (863)261-2511
ENGINE, CHRYSLER 440,
1977, $750. (863)763-2032
FACTORY CARPET Brand
new, grey, out of '07 F350
Crew Cab truck, spotless,
GRILL, Chrome & Euro Tail
Lights. For '06 Chevy Silve-
rado. $250. for all, will sep.
HOOD: Fits 80's 90's Ford
Van, new in box. $75.
MOPAR PARTS early 70's
carbs, chrome valve covers,
many misc. parts, $150.
from Banks, (1) '04 Dodge
diesel, (1) '05 Ford diesel,
RANCH HAND GRILL BUMP-
ER: Fits 2003+up Chevy
Trucks. Pd. $1500, Asking
REAR AXLE- For Chevy P/U
Truck. complete. $200. or
(2) 425/65R22.5, 80% rub-
ber, $175 for both or will sell
RUNNING BOARDS- Factory,
, Off '08 F350 King ranch, 4
door, beige, $600. Neg.
TIRES & RIMS (4) Aluminum,
Mag, 5 lug. For Dodge Ram
Pickup. $200 or best offer.
TIRES (4) 265/35/22 $100.
TIRES: For Toyota Tercel, All 4
for $90. (863)261-2511
TONNEAU COVER- Fits full
size 8ft bed. Off a '93 Ford.
Dark green $400.
WHEELS & TIRES (4) 22",
New. 6 Lug, Universal.
$2000 or best offer.
CHEVY PICKUP, '68, 350
eng., 3 spd. transmission,
$2,000 or best offer.
CHEVY S10 XTREME- '99,
Ext'd cab. Looks & Run
Great. V6, A/C, Cruise,
$6900. Neg. (863)357-1471
DODGE 1500, '01, V6, red,
a/c, ps, pb, $5500.
DODGE DAKOTA 1987, V6,
3.9 L Pickup, 4x4, $1000.
DODGE DAKOTA- '92, V-6, 2
WD, Good work truck.
$2000. or best offer.
DODGE RAM '01, 4X4, SWB,
V8, auto., full tower, cold
a/c, c/c. $4800
DODGE RAMCHARGER, '90,
5.21, 4x4, air, auto, oversize
tires, lots of new parts,
$2000 neg. (239)369-3269
FORD '78, 4x4, Runs, but
needs work. $500 or best of-
FORD F150 '96, XLT, 5.0L,
4x4, auto., mint. $6500 or
best offer. (863)234-2466
FORD PICKUP, '75, clean, new
tires, built 302 w/C6 tranny,
$2000 or best offer.
FORD RANGER- '95, 4X4
$2500. (863)634-9717 Lv.
MAZDA PU '86- 5spd, runs,
tool box, $700 or best offer
TOOL BOXES (2) diamond
plate, 1-58" & 1-62", good
shape, $100 for both or will
sell sep (863)675-8760
TOYOTA- '90, 4X4, 5 SPD
Newly rebuilt motor. 179K mi.
Runs good $3200. Non Neg.
JEEP CHEROKEE '91, not
running, has been sitting for
a long time, 4.0 Itr, fair
cond., $600. (239)369-3269
JEEP CHEROKEE, '95, white,
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE, '94,
FLATBED TRAILER- 16', Dual
axle, New tires & wheels.
Diamond plate fenders.
UTIL. TRAILER- 5x8, Single
axle. Tilt bed. $275.
UTIL. TRLR- 16x8, cargo trail-
er, HD ramp door, dual axle,
brakes, lights, side door.
$2000 neg. (863)675-1497
CHEVY 1 TON STEP VAN '79-
1 owner, 110K, runs good,
CHEVY VENTURE '99- clean,
runs good, ac, works good,
$2500 or best of-
DODGE RAM CONVERSION
VAN '99: Cold a/c, runs
excellent, 196k. Below blue
book. $2000 (863)763-3451
FORD- 2, Both for $1000. or
best offer (863)261-1235
FORD WINDSTAR '98- needs
new motor, everything else
is good, $200
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
Case No. 2007-CA-196
THE HOWARD E. HILL FOUNDATION,
ARTHUR STEINBERG, JR., et at.,
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO DEFENDANTS, ARTHUR STEINBERG,
JR. and LINDA J. STEINBERG, Hus-
band and Wife, if living, and If dead,
their unknown spouses, devisees,
heirs, grantees, creditors and other
parties claiming by, through, under or
against them and all parties having or
claiming to have, any right, title or in-
terest in and to the real property herein
sought to be foreclosed AND ALL
OTHERS WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose a mortgage on the following
property in Hendry county, Florida:
Lot 7, OTTER CREEK ESTATES UNIT 1,
according to the plat thereof recorded
in Plat Book 6, Page 29, Public
Records of Okeechobee County, Flori-
da, TOGETHER WITH a 1993 CHAP
double-wide mobile home, ID Nos.
GAFLNO5AO9857CH and GAFL-
has been filed against youand you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, f any, to it on JOHN JAY
WATKINS, ESQUIRE, plaintiff's attor-
ney, whose address is: Post Office
Box 250, LaBelle, Florida 33975, on or
before July 16, 2007, and file the ongi-
nal with the Clerk of this Court either
before service on the plaintiff's attor-
ney or immediately thereafter; other-
wise a Default will be entered against
ou for the relief demanded in the
Complaint or Petition.
DATED this 15th.day of June, 2007.
As Clerk of the Court
219086 ON 6/19,26/07
IN THE CIRCUIT OF THE NINETEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2007-CA-097
LIVE OAK TRUST, INC.,
a Florida corporation,
MAXIME JEAN-LOUIS, and
MINOUDE G. JEAN-LOUIS,
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: MAXIME JEAN-LOUIS and MINOUDE
G. JEAN-LOUIS, their unknown heirs,
devises, grantees, trustees and all oth-
er parties having or claiming to have
any right, title or interest in the subject
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an ac-
tion to foreclose a mortgage on the fol-
lowing described property in
Okeechobee County, Florida, to-wit:
The East 1/2 of the East 1/2 of the
South 1/2 of the South 1/2 of Tract
19, Section 26, In the SOUTHERN
COLONIZATION COMPANY Plat of
Township 34 South, Range 33 East,
according to the plat thereof record-
ed In Plat Book 4, Pages 3 thru 3E,
Inclusive, public records of Okeecho-
. bee County, Florida.
has been filed against you and you and yore
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on TOM W.
CONELY, III, of CONELY & CONELY,
RA., whose address is Post Office
Orawer 1367, Okeechobee, Florida
34973-1367, and file the original with
the Clerk of the above styled Court on
or before 7/2/20/07;'otherwise a judg-
ment may be entered against you for
the relief demanded in the Complaint.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of said
Court on 6/13/2007.
Clerk of Said Court
218462 ON 6/19,26/07
Public notice is hereby given that Fergu-
son Towing will sell at public Auction,
free from all prior liens, the following
vehicles that remaining unclaimed In
.,,,;, ,,, ; unpaid, pursuant
to Fionoa aratures 13.78, to the high-
est bidder at 12065 Lakeshore DOnve,
Canal Point, FL 33438.
1) 1995 Ford 2 door (BLK)
Sale Date: 06/30/07
219184 ON 6/19/07
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard saleo In the classi-
fleds and make your
clean un a breeze
Urn lru e-kmail m I a rillgh li prhb
Available from Commercial News Providers"
COE to handle next group of new water management areas
WEST PALM BEACH -- The South
Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD) has accepted a proposal by
the U.S. Army COE of Engineers (COE)
to complete the design and then con-
struct the Broward County Water Pre-
serve Areas and the Fran Reich Pre-
serve restoration projects as a part of
the federal government's share of the
$10 billion plan to restore the Florida
Everglades. The District has already
invested close to $334 million to ac-
quire more than 10,000 acres of land
and start preliminary design on -the
projects, which when complete, will
improve water flow and water quality
in the River of Grass.
"Everglades restoration is at the top
of the list of the COE' national priori-
ties," said Jacksonville District Com-
mander Colonel Paul L. Grosskruger,
"and we lbok forward to this oppor-
tunity to protect its eastern border.
The Water Preserve Areas will provide
much-needed water for the natural
system and, at the same time, reduce
underground seepage into urban areas
along the coast."
In a letter, Colonel Grosskruger
proposed that the COE complete the
remaining design and construction
activities on the projects. Using .the
District's Basis of Design Report, the
COE offered to proceed with final de-
sign and project construction. With
numerous resources needed for resto-
ration projects throughout the greater
Everglades watershed, the District
agreed to accept the COE' proposal.
Start of construction will be contingent
on Congressional authorization of the
project and subsequent appropriation
"This is an excellent opportunity
for our restoration partner to take a
greater role in these key restoration
projects," said Kenneth Ammon, Dep-
uty Executive Director of the District's
Comprehensive Everglades Restora-
tion program. "The State of Florida and
the Army COE have worked together
in developing the Comprehensive Ev-
erglades Restoration Plan, which was
approved by Congress. This decision
allows the COE to readily step into the
ongoing process and help us get this
important work done." .
Part of Florida's Acceler8 program,
the Broward County Water Preserve
Areas consist of three sites along the
eastern edge of Water Conservation
Area 3. One long and narrow site will
enhance the wetland buffer between
residential development and the pro-
tected Everglades. The other two sites
will become aboveground impound-
ments capable of holding water up to
about four feet in depth. Together the
entire project covers approximately
8,600 acres. Improvement of Ever-
glades' water quality will be achieved
by diverting and capturing urban
stormwater runoff and retaining clean-
er water within the Everglades.
"The Water Preserve Areas will be an
outstanding asset to Broward County
residents and the adjacent Everglades,"
said Shannon Estenoz, member of the
South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict Governing Board. "I look forward
to supporting the COE's efforts as they
bring this project to completion."
In Palm Beach County, the Fran
Reich Preserve (formerly known as
the Site 1 Impoundment) will capture
and store water in an aboveground
reservoir on 1,600 acres. This water,
currently lost to tide, will be used to
protect water in the Everglades by re-
ducing water supply releases from wa-
ter conservation areas.
"The environmental benefits of
these two restoration projects are sig-
nificant in terms of limiting discharges
of urban stormwater runoff into the
Everglades and ultimately the Park,
reducing freshwater discharges to tide
and controlling seepage losses from
the Everglades to adjacent urban ar-
eas," said Dan Kimball, Superintendent
of Everglades National Park. "As such,
the actions of the District and the COE
to advance implementation of these
projects are very encouraging."
Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch offers a basic HIV/AIDs in-
struction course that complies with Florida employment requirements for in-
dividuals 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
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 pro-
vide training and background screenings. For information, contact Mike Davis,
youth project director, at (863) 462-5863.
Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding free basic and.advanced
computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W 16th St. Basic
computer knowledge and word processing sills will be demonstrated, as well
as how to access and navigate the internet. For the dates and times of these
classes, contact the Okeechobee County Library at (86.3) 763-3536.
Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money. Martha's
House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If you have any used
cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop them off at their administra-
tive office at 103 N.W. Fifth St.
Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for member-
ship. The members of the volunteer council protect and advocate for a better
quality of life for Floridians with unique needs. Volunteers are appointed by the
governor for a four-year term. Local meetings are held on the second Tuesday of
the month in Fort Pierce. Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information;
or, visit www.floridasac.org.
YMS collecting printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS) is collecting empty printer and copy toner car-
tridges. They are sent in for credits that go toward school supplies to be used by
all students. To donate empty printer or toner cartridges, they can be dropped
off at YMS, 925 N.W 23rd Lane, or at The Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave. Or
call Tracy at (863) 462-5056, or Linda at (863) 467-1484 for free pick up.
Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., has services available at no
charge to help people in their search for the right employee or job. For more,
visit their web site at www.tcjobs.org; or, call (863) 462-5350.
CAP looking for members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Auxiliary
has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Composite Squadron 453
currently has 26 members. Senior members and cadets are being recruited for
the unit. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members
are needed to administer the unit and provide supervision for the cadets. The
three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace
education and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side by side
to accomplish these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or se-
nior member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee, Emergency Operations
Center, (863) 763-3212.
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two to three
volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday through Friday during
the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also looking for a volunteer to become
the director and a board merhber of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should
communicate well with the public and should be able to seek support from city
and county officials, business executives and other organizations. Work days
and hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.
Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic education/
GED and'English as a second language classes at these locations: Dixon Hen-
dry Center, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave., English as second language classes, Monday
and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon, adult basic education/GED, Monday
through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4
p.m.; Yearling Middle School, 925, N.W 23 Lane, English as a second language
classes, Monday -Wednesday 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725
S.E. Eighth St., English as a second language classes, Tuesday and Thursday
from 6 until 8 p.m.
Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon
June 18 was the first day of the week-long skate camp hosted for chil-
dren between ages 8 and 10. Bryce Eatmon was one of the children
that received lessons from junior staff member Justin McDeavitt.
Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering parenting
education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women and parents are en-
couraged to attend. Each participant will receive a gift. This adults-only parent-
ing 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
Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to youth and
children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes are currently taught
four days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on
Saturday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Church hosting interaction program
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will be hosting
God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activities that includes play,
instruction and interaction for parents and their pre-school children. The event
will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided
for infants during the class. For information, call (863) 763-4021.
Church offers religious education
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will be offering religious
education classes for children. Registrations for Catholic Christian Doctrine
(C.C.D.) are now being accepted. Classes for children in grades kindergarten
through ninth will be held every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:35 p.m. For
information, call the parish office at (863) 763-3727.
Church selling picture packages
The Pentecostals of Okeechobee are selling antiquities picture packages
to raise money to support their building fund. For information, call (863) 634-
Blood donors are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors in Okeechobee. The Big
Red Bus mobile unit will be at the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on
the last Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For information, call
(561) 845-2323, ext. 1203 or (772) 215-8360. All blood types are needed. There
is no upper age limit, and most medications and conditions are acceptable.
Diabetes and blood pressure donations can also be accepted. A picture ID is
needed for all donors.