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Vol. 98 No. 172 Thursday, June 21, 2007 AINESVILL FL 32611L 7007
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Okeechobeehobee City Planning
Will meet at City Hall, 55 S.E.
Thursday, June 21, at 6 p.m.
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in Okeechobee County has
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limits in effect
The Okeechobee area is now
under Phase III water restric-
Lawn watering is now limited
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.
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going to the South Florida Water
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on the Kissimmee River will be
closed to navigation due to low
This South Florida Water
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lock will remain closed until wa-
ter levels have returned to safe
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and the manatee protection de-
vice installed in the bottom of
the lock chamber to become
a navigation hazard. Also, the
lakeward approach to the navi-
gation lock has become shallow
enough that boaters may have
difficulty navigating safely.
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Center at (800) 250-4200 or
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State: .38 lent o Alvarez
gun to deaths
of local couple
By Eric Kopp
Prosecutors spent much of the
day Wednesday establishing the
fact that Mark Alvarez had access
to a .38 caliber handgun similar
to the one believed to have been
used to kill Curtis Wayne Lindon
Tenney and Elizabeth Johnson
on Jan. 8, 2006.
After Mr. Tenney and Miss
Johnson had been shot, the car
in which they were sitting was set
on fire -- destroying any and all
forensic evidence such as blood,
hair and fibers.
"Their bodies were extremely
charred," testified Dr. Roger Mit-
tleman, the medical examiner
who performed the autopisies,
"There was burn damage practi-
He told Assistant State At-
torney Tom Bakkedahl that the
cause of death for both Mr. Ten-
ney and Miss Johnson was a
gunshot wound. Both, he told
the jury, were shot in the left side
of the head. He also ruled their
deaths as homicides.
The bodies of Mr. Tenney,
then 18, and his girlfriend Miss
Johnson, then 19, were found in
the burnt shell of what was once
Miss Johnson's 2004 40b anniver-
sary Ford Mustang convertible.
Gary Rood, an investigator
from the state fire marshal's of-
fice, testified in open court on
Tuesday, June 19, that a sample
taken from the area around the
transmission hump in the front of
the car indicated after testing that
gasoline had been used as an ac-
The state spent much of the
day Wednesday questioning wit-
nesses about Alvarez, 18, having
access to a gun.
David Compton, who knew
both Mr. Tenney and. Alvarez,
testified that about a week be-
fore the couple were found dead
he gave Alvarez a snub nose .38
caliber revolver and about five or
six shells. Alvarez returned the
gun to Compton around Jan. 9 or
History makers:Classics bring home championship
Submitted to Okeechobee News/Sandra Pearce
The Classics, a pool team with members from Okeechobee, Fort Pierce and Port Saint
Lucie, made history when they brought the Valley National Eight-ball Association's
eight-ball international championship open division title back to Florida with them. This
was the first time in the 27 year history of the VNEA that a Florida team had won top
honors at this tournament. Team members were (left to right) Corey Penrod, Jay Huff-
man, Morse Dugger, Jim Rose and Nathan Rose.
Florida pool team makes history
By Lorna Jablonski
The Classics is a pool
team with members from
Okeechobee, Port Saint Lucie
and Fort Pierce. They made
history when they brought
home the prestigious eight-
ball international champion-
ship open division title, along
with a check for $10,000, from
the Valley National Eight-Ball
Association's 27"h annual
championship tournament in
Las Vegas. They beat out 468
other teams from the United
States, Australia, Canada, the
Bahamas, Germany, Finland
This was the first time that
a Florida team has won the
event since the Association
was founded in 1979. Team
members were Nathan Rose
(Port Saint Lucie), Jim Rose
(Port Saint Lucie), Jay Huff-
man (Okeechobee), Corey
Penrod (Okeechobee), and
Morse Dugger (Fort Pierce).
The Classics were formed
in 1987. Over the years they
have racked up six state
championships, six Baha-
mas championships and two
Georgia open championships.
They have battled for close to
20 years to make this dream
The Classics founder and
20-year VNEA veteran is Jay
Huffman. Morse Dugger has
been with the team for 17
years. Jim Rose has known
Huffman since they were
students at Florida State Uni-
versity. He has been on the
team for approximately 14
years. His son, Nathan Rose,
has been around the team
most of his life. He officially
joined The Classics 2 years
ago. Corey Penrod joined the
team 7 years ago, after watch-
ing them play since he was a
The team had to work its
way up through 16 brackets of
32 teams to make it to the big
board. Once they made the
big board, the teams had their
slates wiped clean and began
to battle their way toward the
top spot. They took on the
best teams from New Mexico,
Indiana, Australia and, finally,
Canada. With only two teams
left on the winners' side, they
came up against the Wild 8,
from Manitoba, Canada and
went down in 20 games,
pushing them into the losers'
bracket. They fought their way
back and once again came
face to face with the Wild 8 in
the championship finals.
They pulled together and
through a great team effort
won the championship in 23
Then, at the presentation
ceremony, another surprise
waited for the five from Flor-
ida. Nathan Rose, the team's
youngest member at 22 years
old, was named to the tourna-
See Pool Page 2
Jan. 10 of 2006, but did not return
Compton, dressed in a blue
jail jumpsuit was handcuffed and
shackled. The 24 year old, who
is currently in the Okeechobee
County Jail on a charge of grand
theft, said he put the gun in a box
and then put the box under the
front seat of his car.
Detective Sergeant T.J. Brock
of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) then testified
that he, along with OCSO Detec-
tive Shane Altman and Assistant
State Attorney Ashely Albright,
recovered the gun. The gun, he
told the 12-member jury, was
found in a red wooden box un-
der the front seat of Compton's
blue 1983 Ford Fairmont. Also in
the box were three unspent .38
In exchange for his coopera-
tion, Compton was not charged
with possession of a firearm by a
Under cross examination by
defense attorney Robert Udell,
Compton stated he did not ask
Alvarez why he wanted the gun.
The state's next witness, Teresa
Landaverde, then delivered some
potentially damaging testimony
when she said she heard Alvarez
talk about the two homicides.
Mrs. Landaverde, 22, testified
that while she and her husband
were at a friend's home she over-'
heard Alvarez say that Mr. Ten-
ney had stolen some drugs from
See Alvarez Page 2
By Lorna Jablonski
The 2007 FCAT scores for
Okeechobee County students
-have been released by the
Okeechobee Board of Educa-
tion. These scores reflect both
gains and declines.
SThe fourth, eighth a,.d I)"',
grade took the' FCAT Writing
Test. The results show that,
with the exception df Seminole
and South Elementary Schools,
61 percent of fourth grade stu-
dents tested scored at a high
level of achievement (Level 3.5
and above) as compared to 78
percent for the state. This was 5
percent less than last year. The
good news is that Seminole
Elementary School's fourth
grade class showed a 6 percent
increase in the number of stu-
dents scoring '35 'and abc' e
South Elementary's fourth grad-
ers showed tremendous gains,
increasing from an average es-
See Scores Page 2
City Planner to
By Chauna Aguilar
The City Planning Board/
Board of Adjustments and
Appeals will be holding their
monthly meeting to discuss
several small scale future land
use map amendments and
rezoning applications that the
City Planner, Jim-LaRue is rec-
ommending denial for all but
The lone application that
has a positive recommenda-
If you go
OP.eechobee Ciry Planning
Cily Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave
Thursday. June 21, al 6 p.m.
tion is not new to the Plan-
ning Board, coming from Steve
Dobbs, of Rudd Jones, P.E. and
Associates, P.A. on behalf of
the applicant InSite Develop-
ment, LLC, concerning their
See Planner Page 2
Local man recognized
for gardening talent
By Victoria Hannon
The Florida Yards & Neigh-
borhoods recently recognized
Okeechobee residents Joanne
and Harold Mounts for out-
standing Florida friendly garden-
"Not only is the Mounts' yard
beautiful, but it is notable for
careful water use, inviting wild-
life, prevention of storm runoff,
fertilizer and pesticide use." stat-
ed Angela Sachson, head of the
local Florida Yards & Neighbor-
hoods program at the University
of Florida/IFAS extension office.
This program emphasizes
nine major points; site-specific
plant selection, water efficiency,
mulching to maintain moisture,
appropriate fertilization, attract-
ing wildlife, recycling, responsi-
ble management of pest, reduc-
tion of runoff, and waterfront
"I plant Florida friendly plants
that don't require a lot of water,"
said Mr. Mount, Master Garden-
er, about his yard. "I don't use
fertilizer and keep my grass four
inches at all times."
The Florida Yardstick Work-
book, a basic guide of how
to create a Florida yard, states
the importance of maintaining
the proper height for the grass
in each lawn, "The higher the
grass, the more extensive the
root system, and the healthier
*The idea behind this pro-
gram is not to create more work
for the gardeners, but to encour-
age the health of our natural
See Mounts Page 2
Local couple, Harold and Jeanne Mounts, was recognized for making their acre of land a
Florida Yard by the University of Florida Extension Office.
2 Okeechobee News, Thursday, June 21, 2007
Retailers urge water conservation
By Pete Gawda
During this record breaking
drought, area retailers are joining
in the effort to educate people on
For the second month, Wal-Mart
Radio an in-house service of Wal-
Mart stores has been broadcast-
ing public service announcements
in 61 stores in South Florida includ-
ing the Okeechobee and Clewiston
Now they are joined by Publix
and Albertson stores in putting out
The Publix flyer in the
Wednesday, June 20 issue of The
Okeechobee News contains a no-
tice urging responsible use of wa-
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"He said he (Mr. Tenney) got
what he deserved, and that he had
to pay for what he did," she testi-
fied of the alleged murders.
Under cross examination, she
told Mr. Udell that she heard Alva-
rez make that statement in Febru-
ary of 2006.
Jose Aranda, 18, was reluctant
to answer questions posed to him
by Mr. Albright about seeing Alva-
rez with the gun. Aranda, who was
dressed in a white jump suit and
was also handcuffed and shack-
led, had to be reminded by Circuit
Court Judge Sherwood Bauer, Jr.
about the penalty for perjury.
Aranda is currently in jail on a
charge of child abuse.
Mr. Albright repeatedly asked
the man about seeing Alvarez.
return the handgun to Compton.
But, Aranda testified that he did
not see Compton with the weap-
on. Mr. Albright then produced the
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say score of 3.7 to a 3.9 with a 6
percent increase in the number of
students scoring 3.5 and above,
exceeding both the state's gains
and average essay score.
Okeechobee's eighth graders
scored 3.5 and above on the essay
portion of the test, and increase of
2 percent over last year's 80 per-'
+ Ceni. buti still fell below the state
average of 86 percent. The aver-
a-e ,:,-;v score was 4.0 (an in-
crease of 0.2 percent) compared
to the state average of 4.1.
Yearling Middle School showed
a significant increase in the per-
centage of students scoring 3.5 and
above (7 percent) and equaled the
state essay average of 4.1.
Tenth grade students at
Okeechobee High School showed
a significant increase of 9 percent
from the 2006 average of 67 per-
cent. Seventy-six percent of these
students scored 3.5 or above. The
average essay score increase in-
creased from last year's 3.6 to 3.8,
as compared to the state's 3.9 av-
Overall, the District's perfor-
mance gains exceeded those of
the state for eighth and 10th grad-
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multifamily development entitled
The agenda calls for the rezon-
ing of 11.29-acres along the west
side of Northwest Seventh Avenue
and between Northwest 11th and
Northwest 13th Streets.
The entire development en-
compasses approximately 26
acres located on three blocks from
Northwest 11th Street to North-
west 14th Street within Northwest
Fifth Avenue and Northwest Third
Avenue and on two blocks located
between Northwest 11th Street
and Northwest 13th Street and
Northwest Seventh Avenue and
Northwest Fifth Avenue.
The site will hold 230 units, as
well as required open spaces such
as parks and other recreational ar-
eas. The development will be de-
veloped in two phases consisting
of 114, units in the first phase and
116 in the second phase. The first
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"I spend about six hours a
week working on my lawn, cutting
the grass, taking care of the flower
bed," stated Mr. Mounts. "Not any
more than six hours."
Mr. Mounts', who began taking
the Master Gardener classes offer
at the extension office about a year
ago, attributes his love of garden-
ing to tending a garden earlier in
"I originally came from Penn-
sylvania, where we practically lived
out of our vegetable garden. We
don't really grown vegetables any-
more, but I still enjoy gardening."
"Please conserve and use only
what you need," it implores. The
flyer also contains telephone num-
bers and websites for South Flori-
da Water Management District (SF-
WMD), Southwest Florida Water
Management District and St. Johns
River Water Management District.
State wide this flyer has a circula-
tion of nearly 4 million.
Wal-Mart shoppers hear pub-
lic service announcements once
an hour in English and Spanish.
Because of changing conditions,
three or four generic announce-
ments are rotated. They also refer
shoppers to SFWMD's website and
telephone number for more specif-
Albertson's began running pub-
lic service announcements in their
transcript of his interview with Sgt.
Brock on Jan. 12, 2006. But Aran-
da said he had no recollection of
speaking with the OCSO detective.
He then would not answer when
Mr. Albright would ask him ques-
"I told you I don't remem-
ber," he said (qui=i, '. il his head
Judge Bauer then offered to
play Aranda's recorded interview
to refresh his memory but the
man told the judge, "I don't need
to hear it."
The judge then asked the jury
to leave the courtroom. Once the
jury was gone, he had Mr. Albright
explain to Aranda the penalty for
perjury which, if convicted, could
mean a maximum of 30 years.
"I'm not telling you what to
say," said Judge Bauer. "I'm just
advising you of the ramifications."
At this point, Aranda gave in
and told Mr. Albright that he saw
Alvarez with Compton in the
front yard of Aranda's home and
that Alvarez gave his friend some-
thing. After Alvarez left, he saw the
ers, with fourth grade students fall-
ing back by a 10th of a point.
Third through 101t grade stu-
dents took the FCAT Reading
Test. Students improved in Read-
ing scores, as the percentage of
students scoring in Aclhievement
Level 1 decreased in all but fourth
and seventh grades.
The percent of 10"1 grade stu-
dents meeting FCAT Math gradua-
tion requirements increased from
41 percent to 46 percent, closing
the gap with the state's passing
rate which remained at 52 per-
' Thirty-six percent of the seniors
at Okeechobee High School who
were administered the FCAT Read-
ing Retake test passed. This was a
significant increase over last year's
O.H.S. average of 10 percent. The
figure far surpasses the state's 15
percent retake passing rate.
In the math portion of the FCAT,
third through 10'1 grade students
were tested. Third grade students
earned an average scale score of
316 compared to the state average
of 328. Sixty-eight percent of them
scored at Level 3 and above com-
pared to 74 percent for the state.
North Elementary School's
third graders far surpassed the
state with 89 percent meeting high
phase is also expected to go for
site plan review before the Tech-
nical Review Committee on June
27, where their application had
previously been postponed.
The city planner, Mr. LaRue is
recommending approval for this
In other business the Planning
Board will.hear several applica-
tions which are all being, recom-
mended for denial by the city
Two applications for a small
scale future land use change and
rezoning from single family to
multifamily of 19.1-acres located
at 1925 Southeast Ninth Ave. in
Blue Heron, submitted by South-
east Contractors on behalf of prop-
erty owners Donald McBrayer and
Marty and Lois Stevens are being
postponed due to the planners
suggestion that this change should
be considered for a planned unit
development to accommodate
the commercial uses proposed.
An unrelated small scale future
land use change and rezoning ap-
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ment's six-man all-star team.
"I was really happy," stated
Mr. Rose. "But, I was happier
for my dad and the older guys.
They've been playing toward
this night for so long. We had
a lot of teams to fight. It was a
dream come true to play and
win this championship with my
Nathan's father, Jim Rose, has
been playing pool on and off for
45 years. He was understand-
ably excited about the win, but
was even more excited about
his son's accomplishment.
South Florida stores on June 11
and they will run for six weeks.
"The district applauds these
organizations. Their efforts to help
educate the public shows their
dedication to preserving South
Florida's natural resources," said
Terrie Bates, assistant deputy ex-
ecutive director of SFWMD.
"As a good neighbor and com-
munity partner, it is a responsible
act to share vital information with
our customers, especially about
water conservation during this
time of water shortage," said Maria
Brous, director of media and com-
munity relations with Public Super
On Sep. 23, 2006 Lake
Okeechobee stood at 13.35. The
next day, as a result of record low
gun in Compton's hand and saw
Compton put the gun under the
front seat of his car.
The state also played an in-
terview by OCSO Detective M.D.
Faulkner in which he questioned
Alvarez about that Sunday night.
Alvarez could be heard saying that
he was with Mr. Tenney in a Mus-
tang around 8:30 p.m. that night
and that he found out around
midnight or 1 a.m. that the couple
had been killed. He said a family
member of Mr. Tenney's told him
that Curtis was dead.
James Tenney,. the father of
Curtis, was called to the stand
and told Mr. Albright that he didn't
know of his son's death until
about 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 9. He said
Miss Johnson's brother told him.
Mark Chapman, a firearms-ex-
aminer from the crime lab in Fort
Pierce, testified that he test fired
the unspent rounds recovered
with the revolver and compared
them to the bullets retrieved from
the bodies of Mr. Tenney and Miss
Johnson. And while both had sim-
ilar characteristics, he could not
The proportion of the third
graders scoring in the lowest
achievement level was equal to
that of the state's 12 percent.
Fourth grade students earned
an .average scale score of 3210
compared to the state average of
319. Sixty-four percent of them
scored at Level 3 and above com-
pared to 69 percent for the state.
South Elementary students far
surpassed the state with 82 per-
cent meeting high standards.
Okeechobee fifth grade stu-:
dents earned an average scale'
score of 322 compared to the state
average of 332. Forty-seven per-
cent of them scored at Level 3 and
above compared to 59 percent for
Central Elementary School fifth
graders surpassed the state stan-
dards, with 63 percent meeting
Sixth grade students surpassed
the state average of 307, with an
average scale score of 311. Fifty-six
percent of them scored at Level 3
and above compared to 50 per-
cent for the state.
Both Osceola Middle School
and Yearling Middle School out-
scored the state.
Seventh grade students earned
an average scale score of 304,
compared to the state average of
plication submitted by Brad Good-
bread on behalf of property owner
G4 Land and Cattle Co./George A.
Goodbread for property located
at 2104 S.W. Second Ave. to be
changed from residential single
family to light commercial.
This change is being requested
due to the pending development
on adjacent land across from
Wal-Mart that is owned by the
same property owner. With the
projected site plan the property in
question is needed for additional
parking to accommodate the de-
velopment of a Park Avenue BBQ
& Grille, a bank and other retail
Due to parking requirements
of these uses, this adjoining prop-
erty would be needed to meet
the parking regulations. The city
planner is recommending denial
for this application finding the
commercial use' incompatible
with the surrounding area and
that it introduces the opportunity
for future requests for changes
from residential to commercial on
"He really worked hard. He
grew up around the game since
I owned a pool hall," stated the
senior Mr. Rose. "He is a perfec-
tionist. Nathan played golf for
one.year, making four holes-in-
one, and gave it up to go back to
pool because he didn't think he
was as good as the other golfers
on his high school team."
When asked about the secret
of their success, Corey Penrod
stated, "The whole key to the
win was we stuck together and
didn't get too excited. In the fi-
nals there was a big crowd of
spectators cheering for the Ca-
nadian team. When we took the
lead, they became very quiet
and we fed off the crowd goine
rainfall over the area, a down-
ward trend began that lasted over
8 months. On May 30 the previ-
ous record low level of 8.97 was
tied. When Tropical Strom Alberto
dumped rain on South Florida, the
level went up to 9.01 on June 4.
However, it fell to 8.91 on Sunday,
June 14. Since that time, the lake
level has held steady at 8.92.
With the coming of the rainy
season, the decline in the lake level
may be slowing down. However,
water managers still urge water
conservation. They are estimating
that 36 inches of rain will be need-
ed before the area recovers from
Post your opinions in the Public Is-
sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Pete Gawda may be reached
say definitively that the two bul-
lets found in the bodies were fired
from the recovered gun.
Mr. Chapman said the barrel
of the .38 cal. police special had
some fouling and that the lands
and grooves from the rifiling of the
barrel left few marks on the bul-
lets recovered by Dr. Mittleman.
Also, they bullets were damaged
by their impact with the heads of
the victims. He added, however,
that they did have enough char-
acteristics that they could not be
excluded as being the rounds fired
from the gun.
Fingerprint expert OCSO De-
tective Captain Dale LaFlam said
a partial latent print was recov-
ered from the handgun and while
it had similarities to fingerprints
taken from Alvarez, "there was
not enough for positive identifica-
But, he added, the prints were
so similar that Alvarez could be in-
cluded as a possible source.
The trial will continue Thurs-
day morning in the Okeechobee
County Judicial Center at 9 a.m.
312. Fifty-one percent scored at
Level 3 and above, compared to
59 percent for the state.
Okeechobee eighth grade stu-
dents earned an average scale
score, of 316, compared to the
state average of 318. Sixty-one per-
cent of Okeechobee eighth grad-
ers scored at Level 3 and above,
compared to 63 percent *for the
Students at the Okeechobee
Freshman Campus (ninth grade)
earned an average scale score of'
298, compared to the state aver-
age of 302, equaling the state av-
erage. Six percent of them scored
at Level 3 and above surpassing 60
percent for the state.
Tenth grade students earned an
average scale score of 321, com-
pared to the state average of 323.
In the Science section of the
FCAT, Okeechobee fifth graders
earned an average scale score of
302, compared to the state aver-
age of 306. Eighth grade students
earned an.average scale score of
291, compared to the state average
of 298. Eleventh grade students
earned an average scale score of
305, surpassing the state average
of 302, with O.H.S. students aver-
nearby properties. This would be
encroaching in the existing resi-
dential single family zone.
The board will also consider:
*A variance submitted by John
Raddatz on behalf of property
owners Southeast Milk, Inc. to al-
low additions to their existing lo-
cation at 1005 W.N. Park St.
*A small scale future land use
change and rezoning from resi-
dential single family to light com-
mercial submitted by Vikki Aaron
on behalf of property owner
Mauro Tovar concerning property
located at 701 N.E. Third St. which
they are proposing to be used as a
*A request to create a specific
category in the light commercial
zoning category to accommodate
processing and retail sale of goods
and products, which would be a
different category than manufac-
turing, which is industrial.
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sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Chauna Aguilar may be
reached at email@example.com}
According to Morse Dugger,
the second biggest moment of
the tournament was just getting
to the finals.
"It was within reach at that
point," stated Mr. Dugger.
"It was very much a team
effort,. explained Jay Huffman.
"Everybody got a chance to be a
hero. But, Nathan Rose just had
more turns at being a hero. He
had 222 balls more than he gave
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sues Forum at www.newszap.com.
Reporter Lorna Jablonski may be
reached at ljablonski@newszap.
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 Mili-
tary 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 local
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 meals
with Okeechobee County Parks and Recreation, either in person at
640 N.W. 27th Lane, or by phone at (863) 763-6950, no less than 24
hours in advance.
The programs are only approved for geographical areas of need.
where 50 percent or more of the children quality for free and re-
duced 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,
Central Elementary School, 610 S.W. Fifth Ave.
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Thursday: Partly cloudy .with isolated showers and thunderstorms
through late morning with scattered afternoon showers and thun-
derstorms. The high will be in the upper 80s with west wind around
5 mph, shifting to the northeast at 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. The
chance of rain is 50 percent.
Thursday night. Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms through midnight. The low will be in the upper 60s
with' northeast wind at 5 to 10 mph in the evening and after mid-&
night becoming light. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Friday: Partly sunny with a slight chance of afternoon showers and
thunderstorms with the high around 90. The wind will be north
around 5 mph shifting to the east at 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon,
The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Friday night: Mostly clear with the low in the upper 60s.
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Service Club Briefs
The American Legion Post
#64 is located at 501 S.E. Sec-
ond St. The Post phone number
is (863) 763-2950.
American Legion Post #64
is open Monday to Saturday
from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and
Sunday from 1 until 9 p.m.
Our kitchen is open and
serving a regular menu. The
hours of operation are: Monday,
Friday and Saturday from 11
a.m. until 3 p.m.; Wednesday,
tacos and margaritas served
from 11. a.m. until 6 p.m.; Sun-
day from 1 until 8 p.m.
Sundays NASCAR on big
screen TV. Quarter pound hot
dogs, pizza and $1 draft beer
will be offered. David. Copper
from 3 until 7 p.m.
Happy Hour in the lounge
is from 4 until 7 p.m. -- Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 8
p.m. Draft beer $1
Bar bingo will be held each
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and
on Thursday nights beginning at
6 p.m. for members and guests.
Bingo is held every Sunday
night starting at 6:30 p.m. Doors
open at 5 p.m.
The Sons of the Ameri-
can Legion steak dinner will
be held on the third Sunday of
each month from 3 until 6 p.m.
for a $12.donation. The dinner
\ill i r-lude steak, baked po-
tato, salad, dessert, coffee and
tea. There will be entertainment
from 3 until 7 p.m.
Because of low attendance,
the Friday night dinners and Sat-
urday night bingo has been can-
celed until the first of October.
Post election will be on
June 12, from noon until 7 p.m.
Come in and vote.
The American Legion Aux-
iliary Unit #64, 501 S.E. Second
St., will hold the election of of-
ficers for the years 2007-08 on
June 12, at 7 p.m. For informa-
tion call Bea at (863) 763-4953.
I Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold
a regular informational meet-
ing on the first Saturday of the
month at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S. 78
W, at 10 a.m. Applications for
new members are available.
Call Johnny Patton at (863)
467-2882 or Jerry Lee Shields
at (863) 467-8779 or (863)634-
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary
meetings are the first Saturday
of the month at 10 am. Contact
he Post at 467-2882 for infor-
Eagles Aeries #4137
E Aeries #4137 is located at
P983 U.S. 441 N. For information
on events, call (863) 763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1
p.m. Food will be available for
S* Wednesday: bar bingo
from 4 p.m. until ? Food will be
i Every Thursday: washer
loss at 1 p.m.
I First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
Fridays: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $12 do-
nation. Music will be by Jimmy
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from
9 until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.
S* The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W.
Fifth Ave. For information about
the club and events, call Matt
Buxton at (863) 357-9992.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second
and fourth Monday of each
month starting at 7:30 p.m.
Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming ac-
tivities, contact Mary Ann Holt
at (863) 634-8087.
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S.
78 W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
Lodge's phone number is (863)
Sunday: breakfast will be
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
Tuesday: bingo at noon.
Wednesday: cards and
games social at 7 p.m. If you
have a game you wish to play,
Thursday: will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call the
Lodge for the menu.
Thursday: karaoke night
starting at 7 p.m.
Friday: dinner served from
5 until 7:15 p.m. Music for danc-
ing at 7:30 p.m. Call to see who
Saturday: dinner from 6
p.m. until ?. Call for the menu.
Karaoke will be at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 19: Moose
membership meeting at 8 p.m.
. Tuesday, June 26: Moose
Lodge enrollment. Prospective
members should attend.
Moose Family Center
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 156 N.W
36th St. in Okeechobee. The
lodge during the summer will
be noon until 8 p.m., or lat-
er. For information and meal
menus, call the Lodge at (863)
763-4954. Guests are invited to
enjoy the activities and consider
membership. The main hall is
open for activities.
Breakfast first Sunday of ev-
ery month from 8 to 11 a.m.
Every Monday evening-
pool and poker tournaments.
LOOM meets every second
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
WOTM meets every second
and fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Officers meetings, men and
women, are the first and third
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
LOOM officers meeting First
and Third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Every Thursday: horse-
shoes at 2 p.m.: $5 supper and
women's fun night-line dancing
Every Sunday: horseshoes
at 2 p.m.; free pool games all
day; music at 3 p.m.
Music by: June 10-Phil Ed-
dings; June 17-Donnie Martin;
Bar bingo Friday at 6 p.m.
Food is available.
Every Saturday: dinner at
5:30 p.m. for a $7 donation;
music to dance by at 7 p.m. Sat-
urday, June 16: music will be by
Moose Races Saturday at 2
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post
#4423 is located at 300 N.W 34
St. Events are seasonal, contact
the Post at (863) 763-0818 for
information or write the Post at
P.O. Box 1137, Okeechobee Fl.
34973. The Post opens at noon
Monday through Sunday.
Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: .50-cent hot
Washer toss every Tues-
day starting at 1 p.m. Food will
be available. Everyone is wel-
Wednesday: Dinner frorh
4 until 6 p.m. for a donation.
Friday: bingo starts at 1
p.m. for members and guests.
Food will be available. Karaoke
will be from 6 until 10 p.m.
Friday: hot food bv David
Lee from 5 until 8 p.m.
Saturday: bar bingo at 1
p.m. for members and guests.
Karaoke will be from 6 until 10
p.m. Food will be available.
Sunday: dinner will be
available from 2 until 4 p.m.,
and will be followed by karaoke
from 6 until 10 p.m.
Every third Sunday there
will be a post meeting and ladies
auxiliary meeting at 11 a.m.
The post membership
drive is under way, and the post
is striving for 100 percent. For
information, contact the quar-
termaster at (863) 763-0818.
Big screen TV for all
The Auxiliary meeting will
be held Sunday, June 17.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is
located at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in
Buckhead Ridge. For informa-
tion, call (863) 467-2882. Post
opens at noon, Monday through
We are taking applications
for new members for the VFW,
Ladies Auxiliary, Male Auxiliary,
AMVETS and AMVETS ladies
Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner and Men's Auxiliary
or AmVets. Music will be atail-
Every Thursday is bar bin-
go at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and
rolls will be served from 5:30
until 7 p.m. for a $10 donation.
Dancing immediately follows
Post meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturday
of the month beginning at 10
a.m. The main meeting is on the
For information, contact
Commander Don South at (863)
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regula-
tion-size pool table.
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and
at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo
will start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is
available, courtesy of the Ladies
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 un-
til 8 p.m. along with live music
Saturday: dollar dogs, sau-
sage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music
and dancing will start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m.
with the big-screen TV.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will'
meet the first and third Thurs-
day of each month at 8 p.m.
The club is also available for
weddings and parties. For in-
formation call the club at (863)
763-3378, or Keith at (863) 634-
Cypress Hut Eagles
Information about Cypress
Hut Fraternal Order of Eagles
can be found by visiting www.
SEAL Museum desert raiders
The kids in the Okeechobee Sea Cadets program had the chance to stand on the Special
Forces/SEAL "dune buggies" used extensively in Afghanistan and Iraq when they visited
the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce.
SEAL Museum patrol crew
The kids in the Okeechobee Sea Cadet program stood on Vietnam era PBR patrol boat at
the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce.
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BYPASS: Instead of printing thousands of words about the pos-
sible locations of the Okeechobee bypass, why not just print a few
pictures of them? There certainly must have been large, poster size
maps at the meetings about the proposals already. If for some reason
there weren't any, then that's news too.
BRAZILIAN PEPPER TREES: What is the best way of getting rid of
these Brazilian pepper trees? My husband and my children are highly
allergic to them! They are all over our property and nothing seems to
kill these trees. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.
POWER OUTAGES: I live in the same park that was referred to in
the Speak Out column. On an average of once or twice a month the
lights go out. We are told it is due to the main switch. Sometimes the
power is out two hours, four, and sometimes six hours. It would seem
that for as much as they charge for electricity, they could fix that main
switch so that we can have power.
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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. until
12:30 p.m. This is a brown bag lunch meeting and is open to
anyone interested in participating. For information on the meet-
ing location, contact Deputy Keith Stripling at (863) 763-6064 or
Lydia Jean Williams at (863) 634-9015.
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 Wil-
liams at (863) 634-9015.
OSAC plans monthly meeting
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.
- Everyone 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
prevention plan. For information, contact Lydia Jean Williams at
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 pur-
chase needed equipment. Age groups for girls will be 0 months
to 21 years. Ages for boys will be 0 months to 9 years. Categories
are beauty, photogenic, most beautiful/handsome, best dressed
and the cover queen/king for the program book. Deadline to en-
ter 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 Sta-
tion. For information call Donny Arnold at (863) 634-6464; Pat
Yeates at (863) 634-6985; or, Margie at Fire/Rescue during busi-
ness hours at (863) 763-5544.
Church plans to hold Bible school
Fountain of Life Church, 1302 S.W. 32nd St., will be offering
Vacation Bible School to youth between the ages of 4 through
13. The school will be held Monday, July 30, through Saturday,
Aug. 4, from 6 until 9 p.m. For information, call Carol at (863)
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Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday of
the month to help and encourage women who have been diag-
nosed with cancer. The meeting will be held at the American Red
Cross office at 323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m. For
information, call Janet Topp at (863) 824-2899.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information
call 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 Basinger Civic Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at
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)
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1
p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W South Park St. All Ki-
wanis and the public are welcome. For information, contact Frank
Irby at (863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47-will meet from 5 until
6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St.
Please join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or
Hazel at (863) 763-4920, for information.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups are held every Thurs-
day at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean
Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9
a.m. until noon. Representatives will be at the One Stop Center,
209 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a sec-
ond language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cath-
olic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group
every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family
member is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers
and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another
support, information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice
at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step
Study meeting at 8 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church,
3 Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E.
Fourth Ave. at 8 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 697-
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from
6:30 until 8 p.m.
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discus-
sion meeting at 8 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3
Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-
4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public
is invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing
weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For information, contact 0l-
lie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Meth-
odist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Lions
Club on Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring.
Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For information,
call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call (863) 357-3053.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at
7:30 a.m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will
follow a short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice
before joining. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863)
697-2247; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863)
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion
at the Okeechobee Sports Complex pavilion, 580 N.W. 27th Lane.
For information call (863) 634-4780.
AA. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
AA. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until
7 p.m. The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopt-
ing in Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and
is a question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee
Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster
Care Program at 1-(800) 403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for open discussion
at Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For informa-
tion call (863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Every-
one who enjoys singing is invited. For information or to sched-
ule an appearance for your organization or group, contact Marge
Skinner at (863) 532-0449.
Nar-anon Helps the family of the drug user attain serenity and
a more normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she
has stopped using. We meet every Friday at 8 p.m. at the Buck-
head Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call
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.
OSAC 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 (863) 634-9015.
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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 21-22 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 21-22, 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. For information, call (863) 763-1699.
Red Cross Heroes lunch offered
Exit Reality Neighbors, 1120 South Parrot, will be hosting a-
lunch special to benefit the American Red Cross Heroes Campaign
on Thursday, June 21 and Friday June 22. Lunches will be served
between 11 am and 2 pm for $6 per plate. All lunches will include
Sloppy Joe, baked beans, and dessert with a choice of potato salad
or cole slaw. We offer free delivery. Fax orders to 467-0136 or call
467-0730 or 634-2554.
United Way program is talk show topic
Radio station WWFR 91.7 will host a radio talk show on Sat-
urday, June 23, at 7:30 a.m. The show will be re-broadcasted at 1
and 6 p.m. on WWFR 91.7 and 100.3 FM. The special guest will
be Cris Adams, the vice president of community impact with the
United Way of St. Lucie County, and Kris Krueger, FAU bachelor
of social works student and United Way intern. The topic of the
show will be the school supplies for students program serving
children eligible for the free lunch program, and the current com-
prehensive needs assessment. For information, contact Cris Ad-
ams at (772) 464-5300; or by e-mail at cris.adams@unitedwayslc.
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 be-
ginning 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. until 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 reunion.
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 inter-
ested class members are urged to attend. For information, 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 Pierce. For information, call Migdalia G. Rosado at (772) 220-
Basic 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
Camp for infants and parents offered
Healthy Start will present a Baby and Me Camp. Participants
will attend a one week camp with their infants to learn about
parenting, safety, self esteem and many other topics. Participants
will receive a stipend of $75 for attending a full week of camp.
Participants and their infants must be registered by June 29. Teen
girls up to 18 years old who are pregnant or have a child from
birth to age 3 are eligible to 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 to register.
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
OkeAcnhobee News. Thursday. June 21, 2007
SFWMD stages photo contest
The South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee
Service Center is seeking Lake Okeechobee area photographs for
'the 2008 Lake Okeechobee calendar. Winning images will be pub-
lished as the featured monthly photos. Applications will be taken
until July 31 and entry forms and complete contest rules are avail-
able 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.
Red Cross to host water instructor course
; The American Red Cross will conduct water safety instructor
'courses 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
Hospice. For information, call Deanne at (772) 260-6801 or Dee at
Church hosting Worldview Weekend
The First Baptist Church, as host church, will sponsor World-
yiew Weekend on Oct. 12 and 13 at Osceola Middle School, 825
S.W. 28th St. Speakers representing Worldview Weekend will be
Ken Ham, David Barton, Bob Cornuke, Brannon Howse, and Ron
Carlson. The program is appropriate for ages 11 and up. Tickets can
be obtained from Debi at (863) 634-3525 or the First Baptist Church
at (863) 763-2171; or, online at www.worldviewweekend.com.
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 sum-
mer and is no longer accepting donations for the sale. For informa-
tion, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. We will
update you after each planning committee meeting. Also, if you
have any ideas or would like to be onr 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
scholarship in memory of the late Liz Weisser, a longtime local
-Realtor, to any student studying Real Estate. All scholarship dona-
tions 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
Senior Services offering assistance
Okeechobee Senior Services is currently taking applications for
the EHEAEP grant. You must be 60 and over to qualify for assistance
with electric bills and you must have a shut off notice. Call Kim at
(863) 462-5180 for the required documentation needed to apply.
Reunion for OHS class of '98 planned
Any and all graduates from the Okeechobee High School' class
of 1998 are asked to please submit your contact information to ohs-
)email@example.com. Include your maiden name if appropriate,
address, phone number, etc. We are in the process of planning our
10-year reunion. More details will be published as they are avail-
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
register early. To qualify for the program the following requirements
must be met: the child must have turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2006; the child
could not have participated in a VPK program during the school
year; and, the parent must obtain certificate of eligibility from the
Early Learning Coalition located at the One Stop Career Center. For
information, call Malissa at (863) 763-5453.
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. Diabe-
tes and blood pressure donations can also be accepted. A picture ID
is needed for all donors.
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Okeechobee is one of seven counties designated primary natural disaster areas
WASHINGTON, D.C. The
U.S. Department of Agriculture
designated seven Florida coun-
ties primary natural disaster ar-
Palm Beach County was
designated a primary natural
disaster area because of freez-
ing temperatures that occurred
from Feb. 17, 2007, through
Feb. 19, 2007. Also eligible be-
cause they are contiguous are
Broward, Hendry and Martin
Highlands, Jefferson, Lafay-
ette, Madison, Okeechobee and
Taylor counties were designated
primary natural disaster areas
because of continuous drought
that occurred from March 1,
2006, and continuing. Also eli-
gible because they are contigu-
ous are the following counties:
Charlotte, Hamilton, Osceola,
De Soto, Hardee, Polk, Dixie,
Indian River, St. Lucie, Gilchrist,
Leon, Suwannee, Glades, Mar-
tin, and Wakulla.
All counties listed above
were designated natural disaster
areas on May 29, 2007, making
all qualified farm operators in
the designated areas eligible for
low interest emergency (EM)
loans from USDA's Farm Service
Agency (FSA), provided eligibil-
ity requirements are met. Farm-
ers in eligible counties have
eight months from the date
of the declaration to apply for
loans to help cover part of their
actual losses. FSA will consider
each loan application on its own
merits, taking into account the
extent of losses, security avail-
able and repayment ability. FSA
has a variety of programs, in ad-
dition to the EM loan program,
to help eligible farmers recover
USDA has also made other
programs available to assist
farmers and ranchers, including
the Emergency Conservation
Program, Federal Crop Insur-
ance and the Noninsured Crop
Disaster Assistance Program.
Interested farmers may con-
tact their local USDA Service
Centers for further information
Maybelle Prescott, 94, of Fort
Pierce, formerly of Basinger, died
June 20, 2007. Mrs. Prescott was
born March 25, 1913 in Basinger,
to the late Francis Eugene. and
Mammie Cleveland (Campbell)
Daigneau. She was a homemak-
er and of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Prescott is survived by
her daughter, Jacqueline (Ernest)
O'Steen of Ft. Pierce; son, Robert
Leslie (Kathy) Ansell of Ohio;
brother, James B. Daigneau; four
grandchildren; eight great grand-
children; and, three great-great
Visitation will be from 4 until 7
p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2007
at Bass Okeechobee Chapel.
Graveside funeral services will
be at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 22,
2007 at Basinger Cemetery with
Pastor Tommy McGee officiating.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are en-
trusted to the care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and
Crematory, 205 N.E. Second
Earlene Frances Davis, 62,
died Wednesday, May 16, 2007
at her residence. Born Dec. 12,
1944, in Kinard, she had been a
lifetime resident of Okeechobee
and enjoyed fishing, yard sales,
shopping and was a member of
the Church of God of Prophecy.
She is preceded in death by
her husband, Maylon Davis;
mother, Odee Hawthorne; and,
brother, Buddy Hawthorne.
Mrs. Davis is survived by sons,
Russell Davis of Okeechobee, and
Floyd (Kristy) Davis; daughters,
Virginia Steele, Sharon (Mike)
Connah, and Patricia (Randy)
Milner; brothers, Jimmy (Peggy)
Hawthorne of Lady Lake, Bob-
by (Kay) Hawthorne of Boone,
N.C., Gene (Martha) Hawthorne
of Okeechobee, sister-in-law An-
nie Mae (the late Buddy) Haw-
thorne of Okeechobee; sisters,
Euela Mae (Johnny) Peterson of
Okeechobee, Burnice (the late
Owen) Barnhill of Sebring, De-
lores (David) Parrish of McClen-
ney; grandchildren, Todd Hawes,
Randall Milner, Beth Hawes,
Shannon Milner, Amanda Con-
nah, Richard Steele, Scott Steele,
Alicia Burks, Christopher Beloff,
Michael Beloff, and Colt Davis;
and, great-grandchildren, Gage
Hawes, Haley Hawes, Cammryn
Hawes, and Emily Clay, all of
Okeechobee. In addition, she
is survived by her companion
of ten years Donald Woodell of
Okeechobee, and a host of neph-
ews and nieces.
Visitation was held Saturday,
May 19, 2007, from 4 until 7 p.m.
and services were on Sunday,
May 20, 2007 at 10 a.m. in the
Buxton Funeral Home Chapel.
All arrangements are under
the care and direction of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee.
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on July 23, 1918 a
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dedication, she and her hus-
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and were devoted parents to
their two daughters, Glenna and
Linda. She was known for her
delightful cooking and baking
of old southern recipes and her
expert sewing ability. She kept
a lovely home that was always
open to her family and friends
with warmth and love.
She was preceded in death by
her husband, Glen Blackburn;
her sister, Grace Rowe of Pres-
tonsburg, Ky.; and, her brother,
Howard Kirk of Dunlow, W. Va.
She is survived by her two
daughters and their husbands
Glenna (Edwin) Rucks and Linda
(Carl) Carlton Jr.; four grand-
children, Glen Chastain, Bonnie
Rucks, Glenna Sigmon and Cara
Perry; eight great- grandchildren,
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Marcus Sigmon, Carlton Wade
Sigmon, Shelby Kay Sigmon
and Will Perry; nephew, Charlie
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Mable Lineberger; sister-in-law,
Lou Kirk; and, their families.
Memorial contributions may
be made to the Treasure Coast
Hospices, 1201 S.E. Indian Street,
Stuart, Fla. 34997.
Visitation will'be held on Fri-
day, June 22, 2007 from 4 until 6
p.m. at Haisley Funeral Home. A
service will be held on Saturday,
June 23, 2007 at 10 a.m. in the fu-
neral home chapel. Interment will
follow at White City Cemetery.
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the direction of Haisley Funer7
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Get serious about your stride
helpful walking tips
Walking lowers risk for can-
cer, diabetes, heart disease and
stroke, boosts brain power, and
helps people lose weight. With
the summer season around the
corner, now is a great time to
, TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off
Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit,
international weight-loss support
organization, encourages regular
physical activity for weight loss
and a healthy lifestyle. Walking is
one of the easiest ways to incor-
porate exercise into busy lives.
" Walking uses large muscle
groups that are essential for fit-
ness," says Ann Ruelle, registered
dietitian, diabetic educator, and a
TOPS lifestyle advisor. "Walking
at a speed of around 4 miles per
hour can burn about 100 calories
per mile. And, because walking is
convenient, affordable, and easy
on your body, it has the lowest
drop-out rate of almost all other
forms of exercise."
To fully benefit from a walking
program, Ruelle recommends
that individuals walk at least
10,000 steps each day. To make
walking more enjoyable, she en-
courages individuals to:
Walk with a friend: The con-
versation will make time fly.
Listen to music: Research
shows some people exercise lon-
ger while listening to music.
Invest in a good pair of walk-
ing shoes: Sore feet can sabotage
a walking program.
Daydream: Walking provides
a great opportunity to allow cre-
ative juices to flow.
TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off
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and Canada. Members (nearly
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Red Cross Heroes benefit
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money for the Heroes campaign that runs through the month of June. Butch's became a
Hero to help our local chapter raise money for Okeechobee County. Thanks to Golden
Corral for their donation of potato salad and cole slaw! Some of those that took part in the
event are: Julie Shook, American Red Cross, Frank Riddle, American Red Cross volun-
teer, Teresa Chandler, Heroes event chair and Debbie Riddle, American Red Cross Branch
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Postal workers food drive
Mary Anne and Bruce Swinford (center left) of Big Lake Missions Outreach, present letter
carrier Melanie Jasa with a certificate honoring the postal workers for their efforts in their
annual food drive. Big Lake Missions Outreach received and distributed the food collect-
ed. This years' food drive collected 20,000 pounds of food -- 2,000 pounds more than last
year. The food was distributed to 16 different charities and several needy families.
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The Okeechobee County Health Department
Tobacco Prevention & Education Program
'Need Help to Quit Smoking? Let Us Help You Today!
Freedom from Smoking Classes
When: Every Tuesday, 5:30pm 6:30pm
Where: Okeechobee County Health Department Auditorium
For more information, call (863) 462-5781
DAVID A. SIGALOW, M.D.
BOARD CERTIFIED IN UROLOGY
ADULT & PEDIATRIC UROLOGY
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CALL FOR APPOINTMENT
Office Hours: Mon., Tues, Thurs. 8 AM To 6 PM &Wed. 8 AM TO 4:30 PM
Diseases of the Foot & Leg
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Lawn & Patio Planter
This flower cart-style lawn
and patio planter features
removable trays on three tiers
and wheels that make it easy
to move. Simple and inex-
pensive, it's possible to build
two planters in a single week-
end. The finished project
measures about 36 in. long by
20 in. wide by 30 in. tall.
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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
HORSE, near Pioneer Subdivi-
sion in Hendry County.
Please call (863)674-4060
or (863)983-1440 to identify
PUPPY, In Country Hill Es-
tates, call to identify.
LADIES WALLET, Small,
black, at Church of God on
6/10, please return if found.
HOUND DOG MIX- Free to
Good Home. 3yrs old. Very
playful & good with kids.
MANURE COMPOST, great for
WASHER & DRYER- FREE,
you must haul
OKEE. COUNTY- Thurs. 6/21
8am-2pm, Fri, Sat. & Sun.
June 22nd 24th, 8am-12pm,
11600 State Rd. 70 E,
1 mi. from Berman Rd.
Large Amount of Items!
(863)763-3963 for directions
OKEE., Sat. 6/23 8am-3pm, &
Sun. 6/24 12pm-4pm, 6725
SW 9th St. (Near Lazy 7 area).
Clothes, Furniture, Tools, Elec-
tronics, Kitchenware, Bedding
& Much More!
OKEECHOBEE, Sat. June
23rd, 8am-1 pm, 908 SE
15th St. (The Oaks at BH).
Something 4 Everyone!
YOUNG 50 yr old Male Seek-
ing Female for dining &
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Needed for Home
Delivery of Oxygen,
DME, and patient
education. Will train.
please fax resumes to
or call Angel at
To apply in person, visit
210 N E 3rd Ave.
ESTIMATOR with experience
for local construction com-
FOREMAN, Working Grade,
Needed in Okeechobee.
Salary based on exp. Apply
in person 12575 Hwy. 70 E.
-Pier 2 Resort Hiring-
*Experienced Only Apply*
Apply Within (863)763-8003
WAREHOUSE HELP NEEDED
Must be able to do heavy lift-
ing. Must have clean driving
record. Salary depends on
warehouse exp. Paid holi-
days & vacation, Mon-Fri,
8am til 5pm. Call Magna Bon
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Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Services Offered 425
Ron's Pressure Washing
& Minor Repairs &
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
or cell 863-261-1565
New Lic. # 2423
Nursing Home Alternative
Will care for your loved
one. Private room from
light assistance to full
assistance. 24 hr. Eight
yrs. exp. References
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about best buys.
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Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525'
Books & Magazines 535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600,
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660.
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONER:
Package unit, with heat, 07
CHEVY PICK- UP, '54, Good.
for restoration. Runs good.,
Needs brakes, good Fla. title'
CHEST FREEZER, Large, Hot-
point, 15 cu. ft., $55.
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
UPRIGHT FREEZER, 20 cu. ft.,
frost free, with lock. $250 or
best offer. (863)467-5360 "
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.
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442
Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North
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BICYCLE- 2 Huffy 26" means
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
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
Installation of Storm
Shutters & Seamless
Licensed & Insured
-1551 N.W. 24th Drive
SLIDING GLASS DOORS (3)-
in alum frames, $500 firm
STORM SECURITY DOORS,
25), black, steel, 32"x80" &
"x80", $200 will sell sep-
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.
JACKET: Harley Davidson Du-
rango, leather, exc cond, like
new, never worn, women's
sm. $300. 863-673-0980
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
INDIAN HEAD 1909 $5 GOLD
COIN- 14ct gold rope bezel,
16" gold rope chain, $600
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.
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
CHINA CABINET- (2) white
gold trim, glass doors, very
good cond. $200 for both
COUCH- Big, Comfortable, teal
green, good condition, $100
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.
DRESSER, Bassett, 3 drawer,
1 door, like new, $100.
GLIDER ROCKING CHAIR-
good condition, $80 or best
ROCKER CHAIR- New, Over
stuffed, Beige, Micro-fiber,
easy to clean. Wood rocker
base. $175. (863)674-0098
SOFA & LOVESEAT Denim,
ideal for family 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 Fli 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 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
ADJUSTABLE BED- Craftmat-
ic, Like new condition. New
$5000. Asking $600.
Quickie, Like new. Pd over
$5000. asking $950. or best
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ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR: Med-
ics, "Cadillac of wheelchairs!"
Immaculate, used very little on
carpet only. Paid $5000, asking
only $1000. 863-357-5988
condition. $6500 new. Ask-
ing $800. (863)675-1553
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. Clv 1FL
POWER CHAIR: Pride Jazzy
#1113 w/joystick. Exc cond.
Small turn radius. New $5800,
Now $1500. (863)763-6907
SCOOTER, Pride Go Go, new
battery, $500 cash only.
COMBO: 15x15, Great condi-
tion. $2000 (863)228-2440
or (863)675-1113 LaBelle
CATTLE TROUGH, blue, $100.
CELL PHONE- Nokia 5165
with charger & carrying-
case. $30. (863)763-0625
CUSTOM BUILT GUITAR
CABINET: 77"T x 42"W, 2
solid doors & shelf, $350 or
DRUM SET- Pearl 13 piece.
$1200. or best offer.
PIANO, Wurlitzer, Spinet w/
Bench. Excellent condition.
$1000. (863)675-0188 La-
AKC LAB PUPS- 8 M, 3 F,
Chocolate & yellow, ready
June 25th, shots, health cert.
BABY BALL PYTHON- asking
$35 (863)675-6183 after
BABY MINI POT
Males $50 Females $75
BEAGLE PUPPIES- 2 males &
1st shots, Health Cert. $400
CHIHUAHUA, Female, 11/2
years old, black & tan, CKC,
housebroken, all shots to
date. $75. (863)801-1302
CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES, AKC,
male & female, short & long
hair, $350 & up, 1st shots &
wormed, adult sz. 3-4 lbs.
DOG PEN, Chain link, 8x8x4.
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
YORKIE PUPPY (1): Male,
AKC Reg w/ health certify.
He's ready to go! $800.
HOT TUB- 2005, paid $6000
asking $4300, good condi-
I Genra Contr
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- Ad 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
TOSHIBA PROJECTION TV,
50", $150. (863)467-1699
ELECTRIC MOTOR- Baldor,
17.25 rpm, 3 hp, 115/230
volt. $100. or best offer.
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
SCAFOLDING: 18 pc., w/ all
walk boards & aluminum
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
Poultry Supplies 860
FILLY, Paso Fino, 7 mos, old,
up to date Coggins & shots,
$450 or best offer.
QUARTER HORSE- Gelding, 5
yrs old. 15 hands. Rides great.
60 days of profess. training
STUD QUARTER HORSE:
Dun/Bay, 8 mo. old. Well
mannered $350 firm.
RICK'S RENTALS LLC 2/2
lake access, Treasure Island,
$800 mo., Avail. Now!
SW SECTION, CBS: 3/1, W/D
no pets. $950/mo, $2400 to
move in. 2200 SW Third
Ave., close to Walmart. Call
(772)708-7785 for details.
TREASURE ISLAND, 3br,
1.5ba, Furn., Gar, Fenced Must
see! On Canal $1000/mo. +
1st& sec. (561)308-7566
New Offices avail from
470 sq. ft. up to 1900 sq. It.
West side of new courthouse
Phone Judy (863)467-0831
Campers RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035
AIRBOAT SEAT CUSHIONS,
with covers, new, never
used, $250. (863)634-2542
ALUMINUM, 15', with trailer,
new wheels & tires, 30hp
Yamaha & trolling mtr.,
$1200 neg. (863)634-2454
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
JOHN DEERE Tractor rider
lawnmower, Kawasaki eng.,
hydrostatic drive, new batt.
MOWER 34" Gravely ZTR,
exc. cond., $1500 or best
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,
SNAPPER PRO 36" hydro-
static drive walk behind
mower, extras, runs great.
BEAUTIFUL CANARY ISLAND
DATE PALMS, for sale,
5'-10' Reg. #47233654
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Behind Capt. D's. 2br/2ba,
$900 mo. + 1st, last & $600.
sec. dep. (863)634-5780 or
Shady yard, 2br, 1ba, utility,
C/A, heat, Unfurn, $750/mo
+ Sec, (863)763-6344
OKEECHOBEE: 2 BR, 11/2 BA,
Appl., Furnished. Carpet &
Tile. No pets. $700 mo. +
$700 sec, (863)763-8878
TAYLOR CREEK CONDOS:
1br/lba, partially furnished.
Avail. June 1st. Call for
OKEE.- 2br/2ba Oak Lake Villa
#47. W/D $900/mo. 1st,
last & sec req. Call 561-
762-7660 or 561-743-0192
TAYLOR CREEK CONDO
1BR/1BA, fully furnished, very
nice. $700 per month + se-
curity deposit. 863-763-7262
Clean 3/2, 4 acres, animal
friendly, fully fenced, SE
128th Ave., avail now,
$1350 mo. + sec.
Indian Hammock, 1800 sq.
ft., 3/2, w/2 stall barn,
fenced, $2400 mo., 1st, last
& sec. (863)467-0831 ask
KINGS BAY- 2/2/1, W/D,
Comm pool & lawn maint.
$1100/mo, 1st, last & Sec
OKEE., 3br, 1ba, Carport,
Yard, ,W/D, Partly Furnished
$1150. mo+ Sec. 1008 SW
2nd Ave. (954)658-0108
OKEECHOBEE- 2/1, for Sale or
Rent, large lot,
OKEECHOBEE: 3BR/2BA, CBS,
Kings Bay. $1150 / month.
Call Rick (863)697-3096 or
Okeechobee, brand new 3/2,
avail, now, 1 yr. lease,
$1800 mo., 1st, last & sec.
(863)467-0831 ask for Judy
ON RIM CANAL, 1 BR. in pre-
stigious area, 441 S.E. w/
Large screened in porch.
$1000 mo. + sec. dep. In-
cludes util's. (863)763-4149
ON RIM CANAL, 2 BR..in pre-
stigious area, 441 S.E. w/
Large screened in porch.
$1200 mo. + sec. dep. In-
cludes util's. (863)763-4149
RENT TO OWN: 2br/1ba,
Single family, corner lot,
Located at 3405 NW 2nd St.
Utility Trailers 4065
BUICK LESABRE, '90, good
condition, runs well, $1400.
CHEVY CAVALIER 1996, 4
cyl., Auto., Cold A/C and
New tires. $2000.
CHEVY CORSICA- '90, Good
running condition. $300.
FORD CROWN VICTORIA, '96,
cold a/c, runs good, nice in-
Close proximity to new
court house. 863-763-4740
in Okeechobee Near Riverside
Bank. Approx 700-1200
sq ft. Call (863)357-8303
KINGS BAY 1 br w/private
bath. Full house privileges.
$125/wk. + 1/2 util.
OKEECHOBEE- Kitchen privi-
leges, Cable, W/D, $150/wk,
first & last (863)634-8374
OKEE.,Large Furnished Rm,
for rent. Inclds Util, Cable,
Pool & Kitchen privileges.
STUART, Downtown, Private
Bdrm. w/full house privileg-
es. $450 mo. + $200 sec.
dep. & ref's. (772)324-1611
2br/1 .5ba, Exc. cond., Fully
Furnished. Community pool.
$165. wkly. 561-202-7702
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
OKEECHOBEE, 2BR/2BA, villa,
remodeled, great condition,
$120,000 or best offer.
OKEECHOBEE: 2 Bdrm., 1 Ba
CBS Home, 2 lots. Fenced
Acre, /2 +, Ig. oaks, well,
septic tank, elec., damaged
CBS MH, quick sale,
VIKINGS- 1.25 3.75 acres.
$26K to $30K each. Owner
Financing Avail. Ready to
build on. (561)719-5189
LAKESHORE RESORT- LAKE
PLACID, FL., New 2BD cottag-
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl.
amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mthly, rentals
also avail. Call (863)465-2135
Mobile Home Lots 005
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $650/mo + $1000
sec. dep. 863-763-4031
PLATES BUFF, 3BR/2BA, sin-
Moewide, 14'80', on 6 ac.,
900 mo., 1st, last & ref's.
TREASURE ISLAND, 1 & 2
bedrooms, No pets. $600.
Sec. dep, + 1st mo. re-
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
Mobile Home, '04, furnished &
lot, never lived in, chain link
fence, nice yard & good
neighborhood, close to town,
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
Par Tie 'Il
J&J BUILDING CONTRACTORS
Screen Rooms Carports
Room Additions Florida Rooms i
Ernest Lancaster (8631634-2044
BASS BOAT, 2000, 283 Stra-
tus Vindicator w/175 hp John-
son. Tournament Rigged.
BASS MASTER '85, 17ft.,
w/'92 Trailer, 115hp Mercury
& Stealth 300 trolling motor.
BOAT 21' Stamas, cuddy
cabin, 235 Evinrude, trailer,
solid, runs good, $2000
BOAT- 15', with 40hp Mercury
& trailer. New starter & water
pump. Oldie but a goodie.
$500. Neg. (863)674-1985
JON BOAT, 10ft., aluminum,
trailer, 8 spd trolling motor,
great for low water. $500
PONTOON, 24', hardtop, with
trailer, 50hp Evinrude & trol-
ling mtr., $2500 or best of-
SAILBOAT: Hobie Cat, 16 Ft.
w/sails & trailer. $1000.
SPORTSCRAFT- Tri hull- walk
thru windshield, 60hp Mari-
ner outboard, galv trailer,
TRACKER '04, 18ft., Model
PT185, 90hp Mercury, w/15
hrs. 6 yr engine warranty,
araged, like new. Paid
16,185, asking $10,185.
V-BOTTOM, 14ft., aluminum,
almost new trailer, 25hp mo-
tor, $1200 (863)673-3818
BUS- GM 4905A, '73, 40',
318, Good runner, Tires,
A/C's /Heat, Dinette, Fridge,
toilet. $2500. 772-332-1438
CAMEO-CARRIAGE, '99, Ir, dr,
elec. slide, awning, Ig. a/c,
full bath, exc. cond.,
CAMPER- 28' Outback, Sleeps
6, Everything works. Good
CAMPER TRAILER 28', a/c,
hwh, bath, stove, everything
works, no title, $400/best of-
COLEMAN '92, Pop-up, in-
cludes stove, sink, awning,
very clean. $2500 or best of-
GMC CAMPER VAN '86- me-
chanically restored, have re-
ceipts, needs paint $4800
PROP- For Evinrude motor,
17" Pitch. Recondition. $65.
PROPELLER- Stainless Steel
Mercury, 23 pitch, 4 blade.
Good shape. Asking $150.
BANDIT 600 '97- low miles,
$2500 or best offer or trade
HONDA CB350 4 cyl., Excel-
lent condition. $1000.
HONDA SHADOW 1100 '93-
nice bike, $3000
HONDA SHADOW 1100 SPIR-
IT '98- Black, mint cond.
windshield, hard locking
bags, lots of chrome & ex-
tras, new tires & battery.
Must see!, $4495 neg.
HONDA- Silverwing, 650 Low
mi., Excellent condition
MOTORCYCLE LIFT- Air oper-
ated w/front wheel vise &
ramp extension. $600.
(863)674-0898 or 517-1019
MOTORCYCLE TRAILER for
a dirt bike, good condition,
HUNTING BUGGY: With Jeep
engine. Runs good. $1500
or best offer. (863)634-0582
KYMCO MONGOOSE 50
SPORT ATV- 2 stroke, Air
cooled, Electric start w/kick
back-up $900. (863)673-0559
SCOOTER- Vespa XL 50, '06,
approx 160 mi. Like new.
Paid. $4500. Asking $3800.
SWAMP BUGGY, $1500 or
best offer (863)357-7565
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
FORD PROBE LX '92, 5 spd.,
Runs good. A/C, Good tires.
You pick up. $1000.
HONDA CIVIC CX '94- 2dr, 5
spd, V-tech motor, has a
chip for more horse power,
$2500 neg. (863)673-2314
NISSAN 200SX, '95, 4 cyl.,
auto, great air, like new tires,
new battery, exc. in & out,
$2900. (863)357-0037 Okee
PLYMOUTH HORIZON, '78,
auto, 4 cyl., 4 dr., 49k orig.
mi., $800. (772)597-6240
PONTIAC SUNFIRE '97- fruns,
asking $400 or best offer
(863)824-3471 for details
TOYOTA CAMRY- '92- 4 new
tires, blown head gasket,
TOYOTA TERCEL '89- 2 door,
needs transmission $300
CHEVY 4X4, '82- 350 V8, 3
spd auto, $2500 Firm
CHEVY S10 BLAZER- '89 4X4;
ood for dune buggy, asking
400 (863)467-8318 or
GMC JIMMY 1994, 4x4, Swap
for 2 wheel drive pick up or
sell for $1000.
HONDA RACON 250 FOUR
WHEELER, '03, $1995.
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,
FUEL TANK- 150 gal. $150. or
best offer. (863)634-7318
GRILL, Chrome & Euro Tail
Lights. For '06 Chevy Silve-
rado. $250. for all, will sep.
HAULER RACK, aluminum,
short or long bed, adjustable,
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,
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- 4 33-12.50 A/T tires
on Dodge rims w/5x5.5 bolt
TIRES- 4 Goodyear Eagle,
275/55/20 tires. 50% tread.
TIRES: For Toyota Tercel, All 4
for $90. (863)261-2511
WHEELS & TIRES (4) 22",
New. 6 Lug, Universal.
$2000 or best offer.
CHEVY D0UALLY- '84, 454
eng/400 turbo. Needs body
work. Bed & gas tank not on
CHEVY PICKUP '68, 350
eng., 3 spd. transmission,
$2,000 or best offer.
CHEVY SlO0 .XTREME- '99,
Ext'd cab. Looks & Run
Great. V6, A/C, Cruise,
$6900. Neg. (863)357-1471
CHEVY SlO 1991, Strong 4.3
L, V6, New dual exhaust.
Good tires. Overall a good
truck. $1200 863-634-5914
DODGE 3500 DUALLY '95 10
cyl., gas, 4x4, 12' flatbed,
new tires, auto, a/c, only 29k
mi., mint cond., $6500.
(863)467-8600 Izzys Tire
DODGE DAKOTA 1987, V6,
3.9 L Pickup, 4x4, $1000.
10 Okeechobee News, Thursday, June 21, 2007
FORD PICKUP, '75, clean, new
tires, built 302 w/C6 tranny,
$2000 or best offer.
GMC SONOMA- '96, Runs
good. Cold A/C. 5 speed.
Great on gas! $2500.
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.
CHEVY BLAZER 1994, Runs &
Looks good. $3500. Call
CHEVY S10 BLAZER, '90, re-
built 4.3 V6, w/15k mi. on
new holly tbi, runs great,
FORD EXPEDITION '07- asking
$41,000, 6 mos old, great
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,
ENCLOSED TRAILER, alumi-
num, 5x8, $500 or best of-
fer. (863)763-4537 or.
FLATBED TRAILER- 16', Dual
axle, New tires & wheels.
Diamond plate fenders.
HEAVY EQUIPMENT TRAILER,
16 Ft. $800. (863)763-2957
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 IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO. 2007-CP-125
IN RE: ESTATE OF
ARTHUR F. BEAUTY,
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of AR-
THUR E BEATTY, deceased, whose
date of death was April 23, 2007, and
whose Social Security Number is
145-22-4225, Is pending in the Circuit
Court for Okeechobee County, Florida,
Probate Division, the address of which
is 312 N.W. 3rd Street, Suite 101,
Okeechobee, Florida 34972. The
names and addresses of the personal
representative and personal represen-
tative's attorney are set forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and other
persons having claims or demands
against decedent's estate on whom a
copy of this notice,is served within
LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON
All other creditors of the decedent and
persons having claims or demands
against the estate of the decedent
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA
PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD
SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OF MORE AFTER THE
DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS
The date of the first publication of this
notice is: June 21,2007.
1957 N.W. 51h Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
CONELY & CONELY
Post Office Drawer 1367
Okeechobee, Florida 34973-1367
mo W.Conely, III
Florida Bar #096482
Attorney for Personal Representative
219392 ON 6/21,28/07
A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 419 Southwest 2nd
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 6th day of July 2007
from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to
Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid tow-
Si ,.. Year, Make, Model &
1997 Blue Chevy Lumina
1995 Blue Dodge Dakota
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
219807 ON 06/21/07
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classi-
fleds and make your
clean on a breeze
I P i -i
I Pulc o ice
INVITATION TO BID #2007-17
RUNWAY 5-23 REHABILITATION, PHASE 1
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY AIRPORT
FDOT EM. No.: 407957-1
FAAAIP No.: 3-12-0056-015-2007
1. SEALED BIDS will be received by the Okeechobee Board of County Commis-
sioners on or before July 31, 2007, until 2:00 PM (Local Time). The project con-
sists of the following key components of work.
Cold in-place recycling of the existing asphalt surface and base course into a
homogeneous base mixture;
Fine grading and re-establishment of theo runway profile and cross slope;
Priming of the completed surface;
Construction of a new FAA P-401 Bituminous Surface Course;
Remarking of the runway with non-precision markings;
Maintenance of traffic, phasing and all associated work; and;
The project will be bid in multiple schedules to maximize funding opportunities.
2. At the time mentioned above, bidding will be closed and those proposals re-
ceived will be publicly opened and read aloud in the office of the Okeechobee
3. All bids shall be submitted on the forms provided with the plans and specifica-
tions. Interested firms shall submit an original and two (2) copies thereof In a
sealed envelope bearing the name and address of the Bidder and the words
RUNWAY 5-23 REHABILITATION, PHASE 1, OKEECHOBEE COUNTY AIRPORT'
by no later than 2:00 PM on July 31, 2007, at the County Administration Office,
Attn: George A, Long, County Administrator, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972. Proposals received after the time and date specified will be returned
4. Copies of plans and specifications will be available on or after July 2, 2007, and
may be examined after this date at the office of the Okeechobee County Airport
Manager, 2800 N.W. 20th Trail, Okeechobee, FL 34972; telephone
5. Plans and Specifications may be purchased beginning July 2, 2007 for a fee of
One Hundred Fifty and 00/100 dollars ($150.00) per set from AVCON, INC., 5555
East Michigan Street, Suite 200, Orlando, FL 32822-2779; telephone
407-599-1122. Contract Documents will be sold only as complete sets. Plan set
purchases will be non-refundable and will become property of the bidder.
6. Questions regarding the plans and specifications may be directed to Annabelle
DiCardo, Project Manager at (407) 599-1122, or via e-mail: adicardo@avco-
7. A certified check, drawn upon a state or national bank, or a bid bond issued by a
corporate Surety licensed to conduct business in the State of Florida, in a sum not
less than five percent (5%) of the total amount bid, made payable to the Okeecho-
bee Board of County Commissioners is required with each bid.
8. This is a federally funded project and the use of certified disadvantaged busi-
nesses (DBE) is encouraged. The DBE goal for this project is 10% of the total
9. A Performance Bond for an amount not less than 100% of the bid price and a
Payment Bond for an amount not less than 100% of the bid price will be required
from the selected bidder at the time of execution of a contract with the County.
10. The County reserves the right to reject any and all bids, and to waive any infor-
mality of the bids received.
11. The County reserves the right to hold all bids for a maximum period of 120 days
prior to awarding the contract or rejecting all bids, No proposal may be with-
drawn after the scheduled closing time for the receipt of proposals for a period of
12. Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to prep-
aration or delivery of proposals, reserves the right to reject any or all proposals, to
waive technical errors and informalities, and to accept the proposal, which, in its
judgment, best serves the public interest, Okeechobee County is an equal oppor-
Ray Domer, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
219817 ON 6/21/07
SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the following
applications) for permit have been received for projects) in Okeechobee County:
Raulerson & Sons Ranch Inc (Stormwater Reuse Aftemate Water Supply) 8470 San
Clement e Or, Jacksonville, FL 32217, has submitted Application 070427-21 for an
Environmental Resource Permit for 670 acres of agricultural lands. The water will
be discharged to Cypress Slough and the project is located in Section 5, Township
35 South, Range 34 East.
The Grove Community Corporation (The Grove) 2600 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples,
FL 34105, has submitted Application 070503-27 for modification of Surface Water
Management Permit 47-00051-S for 5661 acres of residential lands. The water will
be discharged to the FDOT Turnpike Canal and the project is located in Sections
1-3,10-15, Township 34 South, Range 36 East.
David H Williams (Shell Pit) 206 N Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34972, has sub-
mitted Application 070529-22 for modification of Surface Water Management Per-
mit 47-00338-S for 66.36 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be discharged
to Fish Slough and the project is located in Section 7, Township 34 South, Range 34
Taylor Creek Group LLC (Freshwater Village) 12765 Forest Hill Blvd, Ste 1305, Well-
ington, FL 33414, has submitted Application 070511-5 for modification of Environ-
mental Resource Permit 47-00785-P for 470.6 acres of residential lands. The water
will be discharged to Taylor Creek and the project is located in Sections 27,34,35,
Township 37 South, Range 35 East.
Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a written request
for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agency action regarding the appli-
cation by writing t he South Florida Water Management District, Attn: Environmen-
tal Resource Regulation, PO Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680, but
such comments or requests must be received by 5:00 PM within 21 days from the
date 61 publication.
No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. A copy of the
staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of further proceedings.
Substantially affected persons are entitled to request an administrative hearing re-
garding the proposed agency action by submitting a written request therefore after re-
viewing the staff report.
219027 ON 6/21/07
Okeechobee County, Florida
Request for Qualifications
General Planning Services
RFQ # 2007-18
Notice is hereby given that Okeechobee County, Floida, hereby Issues this Request
for Qualifications (RFQ) for Professional Services to be provided by one or more
firms. The scope of required Professional Services may include, but not be limit-
ed to, land use planning, recreation planning, economic development planning
and other planning services.
Direct inquires to Darrell Enfinger, Director of Recreation at (863) 763-6950.
Firms responding to the RFQ shall submit a statement of qualifications, organization-
al profile, resumes of individuals to perform the work, scope of services pro-
posed, public entity crimes affidavit, standard forms SF 330 and other pertinent
Interested firms shall submit an original proposal and twelve (12) copies thereof in a
sealed enclosure bearing the name and address of the proposer and the words
GENERAL PLANNING SERVICES RFQ # 2007-18 by 3:00 p.m. local time on
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at the Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd
Street, Room 106, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Proposals received after the time and
date specified will not be considered.
Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation
or delivery of proposals. Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and
all proposals, select the firm or firms most qualified for each individual referenced
professional service or for all referenced professional services, waive technical
errors and informalities, and to accept the proposal or proposals which, in its sole
judgment, best serves the public interest,
Okeechobee County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
219798 ON 6/21/07
Ray R. Domer, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida is seeking In-
terested applicants for appointment to three (3) vacant positions on the Agri-Civic
Center Advisory Committee.
The Committee consists of eleven members of which two shall be nominated by
each member of the Board of County Commissioners. The eleventh member,
who shall serve as Chairman of the Committee, shall be appointed by the Chair-
man of the Board of County Commissioners.
This committee investigates, considers and advises the Board of County Commis-
sioners on recommended opportunities and uses for the Agri-Civic Center Com-
plex including but not limited to fairs, exhibitions, sporting events, spectator
events, and other activities considered to be of interest and benefit to Okeechobee
County and its residents. The Committee also reviews and makes recommenda-
tion as to fee structures and operational protocols for the complex taking Into
consideration both community need as well as minimizing the operational ex-
pense to the County and ultimately to the taxpayers of the County. The Commit-
tee also investigates and advises on such other topics relating to the use, function
and maintenance of the Agri-Civic Center as the Board of County Commissioners
Applications may be obtained from the County Administrator's Office at 304 NW 2nd
Street, Room 106, Courthouse, Okeechobee. All applicants must complete a
board/committee application form.
Applications must be submitted to the County Administrator's Office no later than
4:00 p.m. on July 18, 2007.
Ray R. Domer, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
219781 ON 6/21/07
NOTICE OF MEETING
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
The Okeechobee County Construction Industry Licensing Board will hold a public
meeting on Tuesday, July 3,2007 @ 3:30 PM. The public meeting will be held
at the Okeechobee County Commission Chambers, located at the Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. For more Informa-
tion, contact Barbara Cash at the Planning and Development Department, 499
N.W, 5th Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972; (863)763-5548.
All interested parties shall have the opportunity to be heard at this public meeting.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Licensing Board with respect
to any matter considered at this meeting will need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceeding is made and the record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are
Sfor the sole purpose of backup for official record of the Department.
Barbara Cash, Secretary to Board
Okeechobee County Construction
Industry Licensing Board
219793 ON 6/21,27/07
Notice is hereby given that the following committees of the District Board of Trus-
tees of Indian River Community College will meet Tuesday, June 26, 2007 in the
President's Office, Room A-251 at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, Florida
Finance & Audit Committee 1:00 PM.
Clark Advanced Learning Center Committee 2:00 RM.
Physical Plant Committee 2:30 RM.
Any persons seeking to appeal the decisions of the Board with respect to any matter
considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and or such
purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made.
219753 ON 6/21/07
Failing schools face changes under No Child Left Behind law
By Nancy Zuckerbrod
AP Education Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- The scarlet
letter in education these days is
It stands for restructuring -
- the purgatory that schools are
pushed into if they fail to meet
testing goals for six straight years
under the No Child Left Behind
Nationwide, about 2,300
schools are either in restructur-
ing or are a year away and plan-
ning for such drastic action as
firing the principal and moving
many of the teachers, according
to a database provided to The As-
sociated Press by the Education
Department. Those schools are
being warily eyed by educators
elsewhere as the law's conse-
quences begin to hit home.
Schools fall into this category
after smaller changes, such as
offering tutoring, fall short. The
effort is supposed to amount to
a major makeover, and it has cre-
ated a sense of urgency that in
some schools verges on despera-
"This is life and death," says
John Deasy, superintendent of
schools in Prince George's Coun-
ty, Md., where several schools are
coming face to face with the con-
sequences of President Bush's
signature education law. "This is
very high-stakes work."
The schools bearing the label
are often in poor urban areas, like
Far Rockaway at the end of the
subway line in the New York City
borough of Queens. But they're
also found in leafy suburbs, rural
areas and resort towns.
Only schools that receive fed-
eral aid for low-income students
-- known as Title I -- are subject to
the law's consequences. But they
can be brand-new facilities with
luxuries like television studios.
"It's not a Hollywood version
of a school that's falling down or
total chaos," says Kerri Briggs,
acting assistant secretary for el-
ementary and secondary issues
at the Education Department.
The 2002 education law,
which is up for renewal in Con-
gress, offers a broad menu of
options for restructuring. They
include firing principals and
moving teachers, and calling in
At Far Rockaway High School
-- or Far Rock, as locals say -- re-
structuring has led to a new face
in the principal's office and new
teaching force., ,
The new principal, Denise
Hallett, came from the district's
headquarters about three years
ago. She splashed colors like hot
pink and sunny yellow on the
walls of the grand but neglected
century-old building. She paint-
ed the library floors tangerine
orange and replaced the moldy
books with new, grade-appropri-
ate reading material.
She also replaced three-
fourths of the staff.
"The instruction wasn't hap-
pening," Hallett said, offering an
explanation for poor test scores,
high dropout rates and gang
violence. "You've got to make
changes in the teaching, so that
you have wonderful things that
are happening inside the class-
Schools in low-income com-
munities have trouble attracting
and keeping sought-after teach-
ers. Working conditions are often
thought to be poor, and teachers
in failing schools face increased
The federal law says schools
in restructuring can replace
teachers. Local union contracts
can make that difficult, but some
collective bargaining, agreements
are starting to permit it. Usually,
the teachers transfer to another
school or work as substitutes.
Hallett says she's giving her
brand-new teachers the support
they need to thrive -- and stay.
She has a full-time professional
development coach on staff and
has promised more lesson plan-
"When I first came in I had my
family saying, 'You're going to Far
Rockaway?'" recalls Ronalda Mc-
Millian, a new teacher. "But as
I've come here, I've found I really
like it. ... There's a reputation that
precedes the school that is not
actually present when you walk
through these doors."
Felix Cruz walked purpose-
fully through the halls one af-
ternoon clutching balloons for
a senior awards ceremony. The
17-year-old says he's proud to at-
tend Far Rockaway. "People just
think if it's in Rockaway, it's a bad
school. It's a good school," Cruz
He is among the students tak-
ing architectural drawing cours-
es. Hallett says despite the em-
phasis that No Child Left Behind
places on math and reading the
subjects tested under the law --
she tries to offer engaging classes
that expose kids to careers and
make school fun.
The last round of test scores
showed Far Rockaway students
improved over the previous year
in mathbut were still struggling
to make gains in English.
The pressure for principals is
real, since principals often are re-
place' i henrise hools dcrin't make
gairis quickly enough Neiuthe--
less, Hallett has a calm, upbeat
demeanor -- though expressing a
flash of anger when talking about
the academic years that precede
"You should know this: I have
students who come into this
building and they can't read," she
said. "Schools have failed them.
... If I have a kid that can't read at
grade level four, they're not going
to pass a state examination."
The pressure to prepare kids
for high school is clear at Long
Branch Middle School, a school
in restructuring in a working-
class New Jersey shore town.
The most obvious sign of the
pressure is in a public hallway
near the school's main entrance
where graphs hang in full view
of passing students and teach-
ers. Each bears a teacher's name
and shows a growth curve, indi-
cating plainly whether students
in a class are making progress
on reading and math tests given
throughout the year.
Superintendent Joseph Fer-
raina, a former teacher and prin-
cipal at the school, acknowledges
that such discomforting changes
make teachers nervous.
"It's difficult to change
schools," he said. "What often
happens is we talk about change,
change, change, and we go back
to what we felt comfortable
Ferraina says the wall charts
are helping force his school to
rely on testing data throughout
the year, not just on the No Child
Left Behind spring tests.
"There are people working
with data every day now," he
said. "They're sitting down with
people and saying, 'You know
what, your class seems to not be
doing well in whole numbers.
We need to add a lesson in whole
The focus on tests worries
some who say teachers are fo-
cusing too much on preparing
kids for exams rather than spend-
ing time on important other in-
Long Branch, like Far Rocka-
way, has been organized into
small academies where certain
subjects are emphasized. The
middle school, in a state-of-the-
art building, also has moved to
block scheduling, where core
courses last roughly 90 minutes -
- twice as long as typical classes.
Louis DeAngelis, an eighth-
grade English teacher, says that
pushes him to be more thought-
ful and creative about lesson
planning. "You can't get up there
and sing and dance. You should
be able to go bell to bell," he
Whether it's the block sched-
uling or the other changes, stu-
dei-t pe ifoi rianc is r rirl inr
the i ighl direction alr Long BranIt h.
Last year, only special education
students missed annual No Child
Left Behind benchmarks.
Test scores for students with
disabilities, for immigrants, poor
children and minorities must be
separated out under the law. But
Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering
parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant women
and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive a
gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-hour class-
es. You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion.
No child care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.
Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings
for membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and
advocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Lo-
cal meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort
Pierce. Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or,
Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch offers a basic HIV/
AIDs instruction course that complies with Florida employment re-
quirements for individuals working in various vocations. This is a
self-study course that includes text work and the successful comple-
tion of a multiple choice written test. The cost of the course is $15.
Call the local Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488 for information.
Healthy Start can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help. For information, call Becky Smith
at (863) 462-5877.
Martha's House offers workshop
Martha's House will offer a workshop called Deafening Silence,
which deals with providing services to deaf and hard of hearing sur-
vivors of domestic violence. The date and time will be announced at
a later date according to community interest and response. Contact
Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.
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 program is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL
corporate funds. The program provides emergency assistance funds
to customers who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their
FPL electric bill. There are rules and guidelines that must be met to
quality. If you are a FPL 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 group seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is accepting donations of baby items
such as furniture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and
other items for infants and toddlers. Proceeds from the sale of do-
nated items will be used to benefit infants and pregnant women in
the community. For information, call (863) 462-5877.
Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of
Okeechobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and4
are good for one year at selected businesses. Cards can be purchased'
at CarQuest, 300 N.W. Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863.,
Proceeds will go toward youth activities in our community.
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 oft
the week. We will provide training and background screenings. For
information, contact Mike Davis, youth project director, at (863) 462-;
YMS collecting printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS) is collecting empty printer and copy_
toner cartridges. They are sent in for credits that go toward school-
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 avail
able at no charge to help people in their search for the right employed
or job. For more, visit their web site at www.tcjobs.org; or, call (863)
CAP looking for senior and cadet members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and
cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12I
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 ac-
complish these missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet of
senior member contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency
Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.
Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If
you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop
them off at their administrative office at 103 N.W Fifth St.
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also
looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board member.
of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well witti
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.
if one group fails to hit testing
benchmarks at a school -- like last
year at Long Branch -- the whole
school gets a failing grade.
Educators say that's too harsh,
and lawmakers and the Bush ad-
ministration seem open to an ad-,
Other changes the adminis-
tration is pushing include giving
schools in restructuring more op-
tions. The Education Department
has proposed letting them be-
come charter schools, which arm
public but operate more freely
than traditional schools, regard
less of state limits on how many
charter schools are allowed. The
administration also wants the
federal law to override provisions
, in collective bargaining agred-
ments to ensure failing schools
have complete control over who
"These are schools wher
there are some significant prob-
lems," Briggs said. "Without
more serious action, we're going
to keep getting what we've got-
Regardless of whether No
Child Left Behind is altered, the
message is getting to schools thai
they must make real changes
now, said Douglas Anthony, prin-
cipal of Arrowhead Elementary
in Upper Marlboro, Md., a subI
urb of Washington.
During a recent visit, first and'
fourth graders alike were busy
with math and reading basics.
It was around 2 p.m, shortly
before the school day was to end,
and a time when elementary-ag
students might typically be play-
ing tag, working on craft project,
or just easing into the end of the
But at Arrowhead, a school iri
the restructuring planning stage,
math worksheets were on the,
desks, kids were sounding out
vowels and special-ed teachers,
were working with small groups
of children. *
Superintendent Deasy ac;
knowledge the atmosphere
at Arrowhead is more intense,
than at schools that aren't fac-
ing restructuring. He said les:
sons at schools missing testing
goals have to be very targeted,
and he says there often isn't time
for electives and free play like at
Critics of the law complain
about such constraints. But Deasy
said Arrowhead's test scores are,
heading in the right. direction,.
precisely because students are
on task and teachers are talking
about instruction rather than caf-
eteria menus or bus schedules. '.
Said Principal Anthony-'
"There's a new level of urgency.,
about the work we have to do for'
OkehbeNes hrdaJn- 1 2O7 SPRS 1
Ron Smith and Connie Stanley are the winners of the 4th an-
nual Good Spirits Old Habits Putt-Putt Tournament held on
Memorial Day at the KOA.
Even after last year's great
success and despite the heat and
several thousand lovebugs, many
representatives of local businesses
and individuals gathered at the
KOA Campground on Memorial
Day to participate in the fourth an-
nual Good Spirits Old Habits Putt-
Putt Tournament to benefit chil-
dren with cancer. 157 companies
and citizens donated certificates
for merchandise and services, in-
cluding hotel stays and vacation
getaways. There were even two
trucks donated for the raffle and
auction! In addition, cash dona-
tions poured in to push the total
nearly $2,000 past last year's mark.
A whopping $15,280.05!
Thankyou Okeechobee! Show-
ing Tremendous Support for this
worthy and heartwarming cause,
136 men and women turned out
to help children attend KOA Care
Camps across the Country. Local
Children have enjoyed the break
from doctors and hospitals to
swim, ride horses, among many
other activities and to just have
The Winners of the Putt-Putt
Tournament were Ron Smith and
Connie Stanley. A heartfelt thanks
to all our wonderful sponsors.
For more information about
this fundraiser of KOA Care Camps,
contact Toni or Cindy. See you all
YMS hosts volleyball
Yearling Middle School will
host an open gym starting in July
for any girl interested in playing
volleyball. Any girl that will be
attending YMS in the upcoming
school year may participate. Girls
must have a completed physical
form and parental consent form
before being allowed to partici-
pate. Forms can be picked up in
the main office of YMS. Open gym
Will begin July 5, from 1 to 3 p.m.,
and continue every Tuesday and
Thursday. For information contact
Melinda Gray at (863) 697-2795.
Taylor Creek Bass
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
holds its meetings on the second
Thursday of each month at the
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post 9528,
S.R. 78, Buckhead Ridge, begin-
ning at 7 p.m. Their monthly
bass tournaments are held the
weekend following their meet-
ings. New member boaters and
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I.R.C.C. Softball Camp
Indian River Community Col-
lege, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort
Pierce, will host a softball camp
for girls, ages 6 through 13.
There will be two separate ses-
sions. The first session will meet
on June 18 through June 22, 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. The second ses-
sion will meet on July 16 through
July 23,' 9 a. ii'itil' 4 p.m. Par-
ticipants will learn softball fun-
damentals and improve skills to
become better players. Softball
games will be played every day,
as well as other sports such as
soccer, kickball and swimming.
Campers will be grouped by age.
."Parents Participation Day" will
be conducted on Fridays. Call
Dale Atkinson, I.R.C.C. softball
coach at (772) 462-7410 or dat-
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make a
note that all registrations need to
be made in the W building at the
Cashier's Window. Do"not mail'
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