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VOL.99 No. 9PO BOX 117007
Vol. 99 No. 9 Wednesday, January 9, 2008 GAINESVILLE FL 32611


Highlands deputies
hunt for murderer
While they aren't sure,
investigators from the High-
lands County Sheriff's Office
(HCSO) are warning the area
to be on the lookout for a
wanted murderer.
According to HCSO De-
tective Lieutenant Tim Leth-
bridge, they have obtained
an arrest warrant for Donald
Alfonso Henry, 36, in the kill-
ing of Hugh Andrew Marks,
31, on. Jan. 7 in Avon Park.
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Lady Brahmans
fall to Sharks
Okeechobee appeared to
run out of gas late in Mon-
day's contest against Sebas-
tian River. Okeechobee fell
behind early, and then used
a lot of energy to get .back
into the contest, only to fall in
the 4th 'quarter, 53-39 to the
Sharks, (15-4).
Brahman Coach Tammy
Wright quipped that it was
a good year until Monday
night. She noted the team
got off to a sluggish start
and built too big a hole for
themselves. She noted the
team got exhausted down
the stretch and made a lot of
turnovers and silly mistakes.
Page 14


City postpones

The City of Okeechobee
Workshop Session between
the City Council and the Plan-
ning Board regularly sched-
uled for Wednesday, Jan. 9, at
6 p.m., has been postponed
to Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m.

Drought Index
Current: 561
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.13 feet
Last Year: 12.11 feet
Source: South
Florida Water
District. Depth
given in feet
above sea level.

Classifieds ...................... 10-12
Comics ..................................... 9
Community Events ................... 4
Crossword........................... 10
Obituaries............................... 6
Opinion................................... 4
Speak Out............................. 4
Sports..................................... 14
TV ........................................ 11
W eather............................... 2

See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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Road department 'revamped'

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Big changes took place at
the Tuesday, Jan. 9 meeting of
the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners. The
county now has a new depart-
ment head to supervise a re-
organized road department.
Commissioners unanimously
voted to approve retired na-
val civil engineer Michael Frey
as road department head and
streamlined the department

"I felt Mr. Frey's manage-
ment ability and cordial person-
ality would be an asset to the
county,' stated interim county
administrator Robbie Chartier.
Mr. Frey comes to the job
with a wealth of experience
and education. He is a 23 year
navy veteran 17 of those years
were spent in public works.
His most recent job was pub-,
lic works director for the City
of Lake Worth a position he
held for four years. Before that
he served as solid waste direc-

tor in Indian River County for
,two years. Previous to that he
served for 10 years as director
of solid waste disposal in Mon-
roe County, Indiana. He has a
bachelor's degree in naval sci-
ence from the Naval Academy,
a bachelor and a master's de-
gree in civil engineering form
Georgia Tech and a master's
in public administration from
University of Indiana.
Acting road department
head Vernon Gray presented
the road department reorga-

nization plan. He said he had
explained the reorganization
plan to all employees in the
department and found no ob-
jection and also consulted with
Mr. Frey.
"I think it is consistent with
how other departments in
the county are organized and
with other county road depart-
ments," asserted Mrs. Chartier.
"I am certainly for anything
that would improve the effi-
ciency and productivity of this
department," was the opinion

of Commissioner Elvie Posey.
Commissioner Noel Chan-
dler noted that morale had im-
proved in the road department
under Mr. Gray.
Mr. Gray said that the old
road department organization
was not practical and did not
provide day to day flexibility.
The old organization had
five divisions with equipment
operators spread over several
divisions. The reorganization
calls for three divisions. The
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Judge grants

order against

area rancher

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Some of the "fighting and
feuding" among members of
an area family was halted last
week when a Glades County
judge issued a restraining order
prohibiting a man from having
any contact with his 92-year-
old great uncle.
Judge Jack Lundy ruled'Fri-
day, Jan. 4, that Mark Hunter
Pearce, 51, cannot go within
500 feet of his great uncle How-

ard Cook for a period of one
year. The reason for the order
was that Mr. Cook alleged in
open court that Mr. Pearce had
grabbed him and choked him
as he was getting out of his car
around 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 23,
While Mr. Pearce testified
that he did not grab and choke
his great uncle, he did indicate
with a tape recording of the

Search begins

again for a new


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The search for a new county
administrator has started all
over again.
Last month, the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners rejected the eight
candidates submitted by re-
cruiter Colin Baenziger. At their
meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, Mr.

Baenziger told commissioners
that he has started to readvertise
the position again. At the begin-
ning of the selection process he
told commissioners that that if
they were not pleased with his
candidates he would repeat the
process at no extra charge.
"At this point we have 22
applicants," he told commis-
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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Under the 'Big Top'
"Under the Big Top European Extravaganza," will be sponsored by the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce Jan. 10-13, at the American Legion grounds off State Road 70.
Anastasini entertainment will feature high wire acts, aerial fantasy, clowns, jugglers, dog
show and aerial rocket stars thrill show. Advance tickets are on sale at the Chamber of-
fice. For more information, call (863) 763-6464.

Plan to accelerate
start up of plant
Governing Board of the South
Florida Water Management
District (SFWMD) Tuesday
approved an emergency as-
sistance plan to accelerate the
start-up of the Lake Region,
Water Treatment Plant in west-
ern Palm Beach County. The
facility is a multi-agency effort
that will reduce public water
supply withdrawals from Lake'
Okeechobee and provide an al-
ternative water supply solution
for the lakeside communities
of Pahokee, Belle Glade and

South Bay.
At a total cost of more than
$58 million, construction of the
plant is presently 75-percent
complete and on schedule for
completion by August 1, 2008.
Under an accelerated schedule,
the SFWMD and Palm Beach
County will work together to
provide the new water supply
to the lake communities earlier,
in anticipation of a potentially
more serious water crisis in
the Lake Okeechobee area this
year than in 2007.
"When complete, the Lake
Region Water Treatment Plant
will bring significant environ-
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County: Road department recognition

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
At the Tuesday, Jan. 8 meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of County Commis-
sioners, commission chairman Clif Betts, left, recognized James Byars, center, and
Leslie Raulerson, right, for 15 years' service to the county. Both men are equipment:
operators with the road department.

AthereeinOkeechobee News/Pete Gawda
At their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8 the
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda Okeechobee County Board of County
At their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8 the Commissioners recognized those em-
Okeechobee County Board of County ployees with five years' service to the
Commissioners recognized county em- county. Commission chairman Clif Betts
ployees for their longevity. Commis- presented a certificate to Kimberly Rodg-
sion chairman Clif Betts presented Misty ers, administrative assistant in the admin-
Friend, administrative assistant in facili- istration department. Also acknowledged,
ties maintenance, with a certificate for five but not pictured was Stephen Briney fire/
year's service to the county. medic.

SFWMD provides

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incident that he was extremely
upset about the treatment of his
great aunt Sylvia Parker Cook, Mr.
Cook's wife of 41 years.
Mrs. Cook, known to her fam-
ily members as "Aunt Sibby," is 98
years old and is currently living in
an Okeechobee nursing home.
Court testimony indicates that
she has memory problems and,
according to her local doctor, de-
"She has no mind. She's lost
her mind," testified Mr. Cook.
Mr. Pearce could be heard
screaming at his frail and nearly
deaf great uncle on the tape.
"You're doing everything in
your power to kill her. You're
wrong, and you know it," yelled
Mr. Pearce at his great uncle on
the tape. "Look what you've done
to Aunt Sibby. God is going to
punish you. I pray every night that
God takes your life."
Mr. Pearce indicated later with
testimony that he had to yell to be
heard by his great uncle.
Mr. Cook's attorney, John
Cook, objected to the tape being
John Cook has no familial rela-
tionship to Howard Cook.
"Taping Howard without his
knowledge is probably a felony,"
said John Cook to Judge Lundy.
"And playing it for the court is
probably a second felony."
However, Judge Lundy over-
ruled the Okeechobee attorney's
objection and allowed the tape to
be played.
Howard Cook, frail and nearly
deaf, testified that he drove up
to his home, which is located
oh about one,'acre of property fii-

Continued From Page 1
sioners. Feb. 1 is the deadline for
applications. A reception for the
finalists will be held in mid March
with selection to follow a few
days later.
"We've got some good people
here so I think we will have a
good field," stated Mr. Baenziger.
He noted that out of the ap-
plicants already received, six or
seven would be comparable to
the finalists in the last go round.
Among those who have already
applied in this second round of
competition is Ken Fields, who
was one of the finalists who were
rejected last moth. Mr. Fields is
the former executive administra-
tive officer for the Seminole Tribe
of Florida.
Although he has not yet ap-
plied, Mr. Baenziger stated that
John Schneiger, another of the
rejected finalists from the last go
round, was going to reapply. Mr.
Schneiger is community develop-
ment director for the City of Palm
"I think John Schneiger would
make a good man," offered Com-
missioner Marvin Wherrell who
made a motion to offer the posi-
tion to Mr. Schneiger. However,
his motion died for lack of a sec-
Commissioner Ray Domer
said it would have been more
appropriate to offer Mr. Schnei-
ger the job the first time around,

Continued From Page 1
mental and public health benefits
to the region," said SFWMD Gov-
erning Board Chairman Eric Buer-
mann. "With a worsening water
shortage hitting these communi-
ties particularly hard, it is impera-
tive that the plant come online as
quickly as possible to reduce their
dependence on the lake. This
agency is committed to accelerat-
ing this project to enhance quality
of life in the lake communities."
As part of the emergency plan,
the SFWMD will provide $500,000
to Palm Beach County to assist
in fast-tracking completion of
the treatment plant by March 31,
2008. In addition, the District will
.assist Palm Beach County in ob-
taining operational certifications
from various regulatory agen-

front of the L-Cross Ranch. The
ranch is owned and operated by
Mr. Pearce and his family. How-
ard Cook said when he reached
his home he got out of his car to
open the garage door. As he was
walking back to his car, Mr. Pearce
jumped out from behind some fo-
liage and grabbed him around the
neck, testified Howard Cook.
"I couldn't see him when I
drove up," he testified with his
voice shaking.
He went on to tell Judge Lun-
dy that he felt Mr. Pearce intended
"to hurt me."
"Uncle Howard, have I ever
hurt you?" asked Mr. Pearce dur-
ing his cross examination of
Howard Cook.
"Yes. Yes you did," answered
Howard Cook as he looked di-
rectly at his great nephew.
Mr. Pearce did not have an at-
torney at the Jan. 4 hearing and
presented his case on his own.
After a few minutes, Howard
Cook could be heard on the tape
pleading with Mr. Pearce to let
him sit down in his car. He testi-
fied that he told Mr. Pearce that,
"I'm weak and sick.",As Howard
Cook tried to get to his car Mr.
Pearce reportedly pushed the car
.door shut with his left foot.
Following the confrontation,
Mr. Pearce left and Mr. Cook
called the Glades County Sheriff's
Office, as well as his brother-in-
law John Stumpe in Melbourne
and John F. Pearce, Mark's uncle.
"I got scared," Mr. Cook told
the judge. "The law people that
came out there advised me not to
stay in the home. I don't stay in
that home anymore. I feel it's too
dangerous for me."'
Mr. Cook is currently staying in
an Okeechobee motel.
"Mark, what you have done
*against these old people is despti

before the selection process was
started again.
Commissioner Elvie Posey
was inclined to continue with
the selection process as he noted
that there were more applicants
now than at the same time in the
selection process the first time
It was the consensus of the
commissioners that the recep-
tion for the finalists be open to
the public this time. The recep-
tion for candidates the first time
around was an invitation only af-
fair. There was some criticism of
the commissioners for spending
tax money on an invitation only
There was some concern if
the building would all hold every-
one who wanted to come. Com-
missioner Clif Betts suggested
that the reception be held at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center. Mr. Baenziger advised that
none of his previous receptions
for candidates ever had more than
150 attendees -- a number within
the capacity of the civic center.
Mr. Betts suggested that this
time there be a discussion before
the vote and that the commis-
sioners' solicit public input before
they vote.
Turning to another item, com-
missioner approved expenditure
of $190,860 for a used modular
unit to be used for the supervisor
of elections. In connection with
the renovation of the courthouse,
all offices in that building, includ-
ing the supervisor of elections,

cies, including the Department of
Health, the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection and the
State Fire Marshal.
With the emergency funds
approved Tuesday,, the District is
contributing a total of $11.7 mil-
lion toward the plant's design and
construction, with Palm Beach
County and the three lakeside
communities collaborating for the
remaining costs. The accelerated
schedule will help provide water
to the three communities during
the anticipated height of the 2008
dry season and water shortage in
April, May and June.
"This is great news for our
community," added City of South
Bay Mayor Clarence Anthony. "I
commend the District's proactive
stance in assuring this region will
have more water available for the
dry season. Today's action also re-
affirms the District's commitment
to improving the area's long-term

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cable," said John F. Pearce, 83, to
his nephew during questioning.
Mr. Stumpe testified that when
Howard Cook called him, "he
was scared to death."
He also stated that on Nov. 7,
2007, Mr. Pearce blocked 'their
vehicle as he and his wife Betty,
Howard Cook's sister, tried to en-
ter the property to see Howard.
During cross examination, Pa-
tricia Pearce, Mark's wife, testified
that her husband taped the event
because Howard Cook "had lied
and lied."
"He's the devil in disguise,"
said Mrs. Pearce of her husband's
great uncle.
She also testified that as they
were preparing for a Christmas
party at their home, Mark Pearce
was very upset and had been cry-
ing because this would be the
first Christmas party that his Aunt
Sibby had not attended.
Mrs. Pearce told the court that
she followed her husband over to
Howard Cook's home that day in
case he made a claim that some-
thing happened.
"He never touched Uncle
Howard," stated the former surgi-
cal nurse.
In his closing statement, Mark
Pearce told the judge that all he
was trying to do was help his
Aunt Sibby and that he had her
permission to tape any'conversa-
tions. He said his great aunt had
asked him to take care of her and
that is what he's going to do.
"All I'm trying to do is help
my aunt with her last wishes," he
said. "I'm nqt out to hurt Uncle
He went on to say such con-
frontations between family mem-
bers are nothing unusual.
"We have a history of feuding
and fighting at the L-Cross," he
said. "'There's been a lot of an

will have to be temporarily relo-
Capital projects manager Doh-
nie Oden provided figures on the
rental and purchase of a used
unit as well as the purchase of a
new unit. He said the supervisor
of elections was pleased with the
floor plan of the used unit.
Mr. Posey suggested that the
unit could be reused or resold
after the supervisor of elections
moves out of it.
Mr. Oden informed commis-
sioners that the life of a modular
unit would depend on how well
it is maintained. He said that if it
were well maintained it would be
no problem to relocate it.
The money to pay for this will
come from capital improvements
reserve. Mr. Oden advised that
after the unit is purchased, ad-
ditional funds would be needed
for a ramp and for electrical and
plumbing hookups.
In other action the board:
approved the position of
deputy public safety director to
assist the fire chief;
amended the budget to ap-
propriate prior year encumbranc-
awarded a contract to Cobb
Roofing of Avon Park for $5,050
for demolition of the old ag build-
directed solid water coordi-
nator Russell Roland to continue
negotiations on a new contract
with Waste Management, Inc,
for the collection of solid wastes
in the unincorporated area of

water quality."
The Lake Region Water Treat-
ment Plant will replace the aging
treatment plants that currently
serve the tri-city area and shift the
area's water supply source from
Lake Okeechobee to the Upper
Floridan Aquifer, a reliable and
virtually drought-proof ground-
water source. In the plant, the
brackish Floridan water will be
treated using reverse osmosis to
provide high-quality potable wa-
ter for each of the three cities. The
plant will be capable of produc-
ing 10 million gallons of potable
water per day, enough to meet
the cities' current water demands
with adequate capacity for future
At 10.13 feet above sea level
this morning, Lake Okeechobee
remains more than four feet be-
low its historical average. -- and
nearly a foot below previous his-
toric lows -- for this time of year. In

mosity over th
After a sh
Lundy returne
with his dec
restraining or
ard Cook wa
mentally able
wife. He also
Pearce's state
ily's history.
"It's clear to
animosity," sa
do find his (H
mony credible
The family
in a couple of

Okeechobee News, Wednesday, January 9, 2008


challenge a power of attorney
allegedly signed by Sylvia Cook
that gives Mark Pearce the right to
oversee her affairs. Judge Lundy
has recused himself and will not
hear this case.
"I don't see how she could
have signed it," testified Howard
Cook. "Her mind is completely
He testified that Mark Pearce
went to an Okeechobee bank
armed with the power of attorney
and withdrew $1,550.20 from the
account of Howard and Sylvia
Cook. He also closed the account,
said Howard Cook. Both of these
actions were done without his
knowledge, Howard Cook told
the judge.
When Howard Cook then
paid his monthly bills, the checks
bounced. Also, because the ac-
count was closed, Howard Cook
could not receive his Social Secu-
rity check.
"He's still got it and hasn't paid
it back," Howard Cook told the
Mark Pearce countered by say-
ing his great aunt gave him power
of attorney on at least two occa-
sions and that the money in the
, accpiint belongeditolhis aunt.

Okeechobee County;
agreed to pay rental fees
from their general fund for the
Community Improvement Asso-
ciation to use the Douglas Brown
Community Center for Martin Lu-
ther King, Jr. Day celebrations;
adopted a policy and signs
for the lightning prediction and
warning system at the sports
approved a budget transfer
of $33,337 from the general fund
reserves to the property apprais-
er's operating area to cover new
equipment and salary adjust-
approved a budget transfer
of $25,710 from reserves for con-
tingencies fines and forfeitures
fund to Justice Benefits, inc. for
services rendered to receive fed-
eral grant monies;
tabled until after the Janu-
ary referendum consideration
of a contract for a review of the
county's classification and com-
pensation plan;
approved a grant agreement
for the youth livestock show to
provide $8,925 to purchase rub-
ber mats to preserve the compe-
tition flooring in the Okeechobee
County Agri-Civic Center; and,
*approved a $11,600 contract
with the county's engineering
firm, Craig A. Smith, to provide
engineering services in connec-
tion with the Treasure Island ca-
nal clean up project.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.
com. Reporter Pete Gawda may be
reached at

fact, water levels in the lake have
been setting new record daily
lows for more than seven months.
In addition to its role as a primary
water resource for lakeside com-
munities, Lake Okeechobee is the
source of water for 500,000 acres
of farmland in the Everglades
Agricultural Area and serves as a
primary back-up supply to more
than five million South Floridians.

New Restrictions
take Effect Jan. 15
For additional information on
the water shortage, irrigation re-
strictions or water conservation,
call the SFWMD's toll-free Water
Conservation Hotline at 1-800-
662-8876 or contact a regional
SFWMD service center. Helpful
water conservation tips also are
available at www.savewaterfl.

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largest division, road services,
will include all the equipment
operators and will be tasked
with routine and emergency
road maintenance. The vehicles
and equipment division will be
responsible for maintenance of
equipment. Then there will be a
division responsible for admin-
S|istration, permits and inspec-
ders tions.
Iders s "This is a whole lot easier
-, to deal with in manpower and
-. budgeting," the acting road de-
-, partment head said of the reor-
ganization plan.
"Right now probably the
e gryears."eatest weakness in the depart-
ehort recess, meant is that we have too many
rt recess, Judgrtroom positions held by one person."
ision to grant theroo Mr. Gray said. He noted that

isioer and that How currently there is only one ad-
der and that y ow- ministrative position and one
s not physically or mechanic.
to take care of his "We need to have some back-
agreed with Mark ups in this department so that in
ment about his fam- the absence of one person, op-
erations don't stop." "We need
o me there's a lot of to hire more mechanics or con-
id the judge. "But, I tract out a lot of our work," he
-oward Cook) testi- said.
." "I think that by and large they
will be back in court are underpaid," Mr. Gray said of
f weeks when they road department employees. "I

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would encourage you to look at
their pay."
Mr. Frey demonstrated that
he had done his homework
concerning the reorganization.
He will be responsible for filling
vacancies under the new organi-
zation chart.
"What gets done is despite
of the organization, not because
of it." Mr. Frey said. He favored
consolidation and backup posi-
"The pay is terrible." Mr. Frey
said, echoing Mr. Gray. Howev-
er, he added, "the reputation of
your people is outstanding."
"I just want to make sure
that they are trained properly
and paid properly and given a
chance for advancement."
Mr. Betts noted that a number
two person will be needed.
Mr. Frey's philosophy is that
the supervisor is concerned
with long range planning. He
sees the number two position as
being more concerned with day
to day operations.
Since he is not familiar with
the county he said he would
like for the number two position
to' be someone who is familiar
with the county.
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Issues Forum at www.newszap.
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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, January 9, 2008 _

Arrest Report

The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driv-
ing under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police De-
partment (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
Dawn Renee Lee, 38, S.E.
38"' Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested Jan. 4 by Deputy John
Ashby on charges of driving un-
der the influence with property
damage, driving under the in-
fluence leaving the scene of an
accident with property damage
and refusal to submit to a blood
alcohol level test. Her bond was
set at $2,250.
Ryan Anthony Egan, 18,
S.E. 21st Court, Okeechobee,
was arrested Jan. 4 by Detec-
tive Rosemary Farless on felony
charges of possession of mari-
juana over 20 grams and pos-
session with intent to sell. He
was also charged with the mis-
demeanor of possession of drug
paraphernalia. His bond was set
at $7,000.
Ashley Marie Ennis, 42,
N.S. Sixth St., Okeechobee, was

arrested Jan. 4 by Deputy M.
Bobrowski on a felony charge
of possession of cocaine' and a
misdemeanor charge of posses-
sion of drug paraphernalia. She
was released on her own recog-
Alexandria Paige Norman,
18, N.E. 2241' St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Jan. 4 by the
Okeechobee Narcotics Task
Force on a charge of possession
of a controlled substance. Her
bond was set at $5,000.
Eugenio Dolton Vargas, Jr.,
25, S.W 17'h St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Jan. 4 by Deputy
Sarah Green on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation
- worthless check. He is being
held without bond.
Christopher Rossi, 45, S.E.
Second St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Jan. 4 by Deputy Wil-
liam Maerki on a warrant charg-
ing him with violation of proba-
tion possession of cannabis
less than 20 grams. He is being
held without bond.
Harry Jerome Murphy, Jr.,
22, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee,
was arrested Jan. 4 by Deputy
G. Popovich on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation -

possession of methadone. He is
being held without bond.
Larry Dewayne Crews,
32, was arrested Jan. 4 by
Deputy Harold Hancock on an
Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with the sale or de-
livery of a controlled substance.
His bond was set at $2,500.
Roxanne Louise Randell,
49, S.E. 23rd Court, Okeechobee,
was arrested Jan. 4 by Detec-
tive Rick Durfee on a charge
of possession of cocaine. Her
bond was set at $5,000. She was
arrested again on Jan. 5 by De-
tective Rosemary Farless on a
charge of neglect of a child. Her
bond on that charge was set at
Samuel James Hendrix, 18,
Elm Street, Buckhead Ridge,,
was arrested Jan. 4 by Detective
Rosemary Farless on a felony
charge of possession of a con-
trolled substance (alprazolam).
He was also arrested on misde-
meanor charges of possession
of marijuana under 20 grams
and possession of drug para-
phernalia. His bond was set at
James Hodges, 24, S.E. 50th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Jan. 5 by Deputy Sarah Green on
an Okeechobee County warrant
charging him with violation of

probation possession with in-
tent to sell or deliver. He is being
held without bond.
Michael Dana Alexander, 33,
Park Ave., LaBelle, was arrested
Jan. 5 by Deputy Corporal Chris
Hans on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion.of probation driving while
license suspended. His bond
was set at $3,000.
Roger Johnson, 33, N.E.
11 Court, Okeechobee, was
arrested Jan. 6 by Deputy Mark
Shireman on a warrant charging
him with violation of probation
- possession of morphine with
intent to sell. His bond was set
at $1,400.
Raymond Lloyd Herndon,
38, N.W. 43rd Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Jan. 6 by Deputy
John Fisher on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with grand theft. His bond was
set at $2,500.
This column lists arrests
and not convictions, un-
less otherwise stated. Any-
one listed here who is later
found innocent or has had
the charges against them
dropped is welcome to in-
form this newspaper. The in-
formation will be confirmed
and printed.

Men charged with

theft from business

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two local men have been
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail in connection with the
theft of a money box and cash from
a business on U.S. 441 N.
Joseph Figueroa, 26, S.E. 25"'
St., and Anthony Brown, 43, N.W.
1211 St., were both charged with the
felony of burglary of a structure and
the misdemeanor of petit theft. As
of yesterday afternoon their bond
had not been set.
The men apparently entered the
business around 9 a.m. Monday
while the owner was at the back.
A report by Deputy Paul Jackson
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) indicates that the
owner saw a man running from his
business, then later noticed that the
cash box was gone. The business
owner told the deputy that the man
had left in a small tan car, possibly
a Nissan.
OCSO Deputy Sergeant Robert
Coleman stopped a car matching
that description some time later
on N.E. Ninth Street. Deputy Jack-
son's report states that Figueroa
was driving the tan four-door Nis-

Joseph Anthony
Figueroa Brown

san and Brown was a passenger.
OCSO Deputy Corporal Randy
Thomas took the business owner
to the scene of the traffic stop
where Figueroa was identified as
the man seen running from the
The empty money box was re-
covered in the 1800 block of N.W
Ninth Ave.
Deputy Jackson's report states
that the money in the cash box
was made up primarily of $1, and
$5 bills, as well as some coins.
Upon his arrest, $20, consisting of
two $5 bills and 10 $1 bills, were
found on Figueroa. Another $7.58
in coins was found in his vehicle.
All of the money was returned
to the business owner, added the

Highlands deputies

hunt for a murderer
By Eric Kopp he's going," said Lt. Lethbridge of
Okeechobee News Henry. "He's originally from Ja-
While they aren't sure, investi- maica and may have ties to Fort
gators from the Highlands County Lauderdale."
Sheriff's Office (HCSO) are warn- The lieutenant said Henry
ing the area to should be considered dangerous,
be on the look- and if seen there should be no
out for a wanted attempt by the private sector to
murderer. intervene.
According to "If anyone knows where he
HCSO Detective is, they should call law enforce-
Lieutenant Tim ment," he urged.
Lethbridge, they Also, apparently there were
have obtained witnesses to the incident that left
an arrest war. Doiald' "the area before law enforcement
rant for Donald Henry arrived. They, too, are urged to
Alfonso Henry, come forward.
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Speak Out
Speak Out has moved online, where it is quicker and
easier to share your ideas and converse with others. Go to, click on the community name and your
local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
POOPY ISSUES: Just a thought to all of you who have a dog poop
issue in your neighborhood, and yes I have a dog and yes, I clean up
after him every time, and no he never runs free, just to make all that
clear ... now on the the dog poop issue: when the neighbor's dog does
his business in your yard, quick take an instant photo, go out in the yard,
pick up the dog poop, yes I know it's gross, take the photo and the dog
poop and return it to your neighbor, on his door step -- make sure that it
is in front of the door they use -- with a note that says "your dog left this
in my yard, thought that I would return it to you." After they step in it a
few times, it usually stops the problem. It has worked well for me in the
past, especially if it's a big dog with big dog poop. And no police officer
has ever been able to tell me that this "returning" of the dog poop is in
any way a legal issue. Just doing your neighborly thing and returning to
your neighbor what belongs to them.

ANIMAL ABUSE: This is about the dog in Four Seasons that is be-
ing neglected; it doesn't do any good to put it in the paper. You need to
report this abuse and neglect to the Animal Control department until
they do something about it.

DOG: This is to the person calling about the dog in Four Seasons
that is going without shelter. Please just keep calling Animal Control
until they go out there and check if the dog has a dog house, because it
is illegal for an animal to go without shelter and water.

PARKING STICKERS: This is about the handicapped parking,
where kids are using their parents parking decals to park in the handi-
cap parking. We need to have somebody check on these someday, to
check to see how much you could ticket some of these people.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: There was an article in the paper the other
day in Speak Out, asking why some of the people here do not get their
Christmas lights down. Haven't these people ever heard of the 12 days
of Christmas?

IGNORANT: This is in response to Machete in the Jan. 7 Speak Out
column. I don't know if people like that are really just that stupid or if
they are just ignorant. Take a look at the fact that the Sheriff has already
said that he cannot answer to every noise call that is out there, they are
overwhelmed. I guess they are too busy spending their time harassing
sex offenders and making drug busts and the real jobs. If they had re-
sponded to the call which the man had probably made to begin with,
he probably would not have gone out there with a machete.

NO SIGNALS: Yes this is in regards to seeing all these people not us-
ing their turn signals. Every time I go up town I usually see at least one
person cut me off without using a turn signal. It's gotten to the point
cops don't even use their's but I bet they would stop someone for not
using one. Also I see that our taxes aren't going toward speed radars. I
see so many people speeding right past cops.

WITCHES: All this discussion in the Speak Out column about witch-
es has been interesting. I had no idea there were practicing pagans in
our community. This country was founded with the concept of freedom
of religion, so they are protected by our laws just as the Christians, Jews
and Muslims are. Since the witch does not believe my God is real, I
guess she won't be offended that I included her in my prayers. If I'm
right about God, it might help her. If she's right, it couldn't hurt her.

TIMING: Once again I find myself writing in Speak Out defending
riy'pagan religion, as for the person wanting to know why I called in
about being a witch around Christmas time, allow me to explain. I work
in the general public and just before Christmas, I was verbally assaulted
by a customer because I wear my pentacle, a symbol of my religious
beliefs, proudly and openly. This person did not know me, nor know
anything about me. They did not know that I am a honest, compassion-
ate, giving, understanding, hardworking individual who goes about her
day doing everything I can to make people feel good about themselves.
I can most often be found being friendly and smiling and usually always
have something nice to say to someone. So after being attacked with
slandering names and hurtful comments, during a time when people
are suppose to be practicing "goodwill towards men" and preaching
about peace, I found myself on the defensive once again. I was of-
fended and hurt that someone, who claimed to be a Christian, would
think it was fair and right to judge and persecute me because of my
religious symbol I wear. It may have been Christmas to you and Yule to
me, but it doesn't seem to matter anymore to anyone what day it is to
pass down that kind of hateful judgment to another person. As for you
being exposed to the way I talk about MY religion, I was simply utilizing
my First Amendment rights (Freedom of religion, speech, press, petition
and assembly).

TRUCKS: I saw comments previously about people driving the big,
extended cab trucks. My comment is about parking. Whenjhey park
these big trucks and leave about two feet of the vehicle hanging ouTitto
the roadway that is really dangerous. If you are going to drive something
that big, you have to realize that you probably are not going to find
convenient parking. You are going to have to look around park where
.there is enough room, which is usually not near the front doors of a
store. Parking spots are made for standard size cars and if yours is big-
ger, that's your problem. It is not right to just leave part of your vehicle
hanging out into the roadway where other people are supposed .to be
able to drive.

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Guest Commentary

Make good health your New Year resolution

By Dr. Rebekah Bernard
It's that time of the year again;
time to look back over the last
twelve months to see all that we
have accomplished.., and the
things that we promised to do last
year and just never got around to.
The great thing about New Year's
Day is that it's a clean slate: a
time to forget the past and focus
on doing things differently. It's a
chance to create new goals, to
fulfill dreams, and work towards
a better future. Feeling inspired?
Then let's begin my list of New
Year's resolutions for Immokalee.
1. If someone promised to give
you ten extra years of life, would
you take it? Sure you would! So
here's the secret: QUIT SMOK-
ING. Cigarettes are absolutely
guaranteed to cut your lifespan
short. Smoking leads to emphy-
sema, lung cancer, heart attacks,
strokes, and many other illness-
es. Not enough reason to quit?
Smoking causes wrinkles and
bad breath.
It's not easy to quit smoking,
but there are new products that
can help. Nicotine gum is avail-
able in a new mint flavor and
cherry flavor that is supposed to
taste more like regular gum, and
many people find the new Com-
mit lozenges to be helpful. There
are also prescription medications

that can ease cigarette cravings.
Zyban, or Wellbutrin, is now avail-
able in a generic form, and the
latest smoking cessation medica-
tion Chantix, although somewhat
expensive, seems to be the most
effective medication so far for
helping you quit smoking. Smok-
ing cessation is the best thing you
can do for your health, and the
health of those around you.
2. Here at the office, we've
spent the last few months "cel-
ebrating" the season by gorging
on candy and chocolates, and our
waistlines are beginning to show
the signs of all those holiday
treats. To be honest, I still haven't
shed those extra six pounds I
gained on my honeymoon. But
remember: clean slate! We can
begin our diets again in earnest
this year and LOSE WEIGHT.
Losing weight is not easy but it
IS possible. Find a friend with a
similar goal and make a commit-
ment to each other to follow a
diet and exercise plan. Look into
a program like Weight Watchers,
which provides a healthy way to
lose weight. Talk to your doctor
or a nutritionist to help you make
a diet plan. Maintaining a healthy
weight can prevent diabetes, heart
disease, and even arthritis.
3. It's easy to let time slip by
between doctor appointments.
But there are several important

Upcoming Events

Wednesday. Jan. 9
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Span-
ish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as
the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m.
with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863)
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Method-
ist Church of Our 200 N.W. Second St. It is an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
2303 Parrott Ave. The Lakes -Shops Suite K. For information call
(863) 634-4780.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served
at 5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.

Thursday, Jan. 10
AA. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. unil 9 p.m. at Chiur
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.
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 lo-
cated at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until
1 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. P'arrott Ave. Anyone
interested in attending is welcome. For information, call Marilyn Ri-
near at (863) 697-1807.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1
p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact FrankJrby 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.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W
Second Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher
at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and
abusive relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday
at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Gra-
ham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes are available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St., from 7 until 9 p.m.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Basic Text
Meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 2303
Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information, call (863)
Hand & Hand Ministries of Palmdale meets the second
Thursday of each month in the community club house on the cor-
ner of Fifth and Main at 6 p.m. for food, fellowship, gospel music
and the word at 7 p.m. For information call (863) 612-0640.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God,'301 N.E.
Fourth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 801-
Taylor Creek Bass Club will hold meet at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528 at 7 p.m. The club meets the second Thursday
each month with bass tournaments held the following weekend.
For information call Dave Stout at (863) 467-2255.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from
6:30 until 8 p.m.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsors a caregiver support group
every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family
member is welcome to join. The group is facilitated by social work-
ers 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.
Raulerson Hospital offers a monthly Diabetes Support Group
which meets on the second Thursday of each month in the hospital
cafeteria at 2 p.m. If you have any questions please call the program
coordinator, Wanda Haas, R.N., B.A., C.D.E., C.P.T., at 763-5093".
Depending on Christ Depression Support Group meets at
6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month out on
Martin County Grade. For information and directions please contact
Laura Lee at (772) 597-0463.

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ly when you GET YOUR ANNUAL
PHYSICAL. Most women need
a pap smear every one to three
years, and a mammogram yearly
after forty. Everyone should have
his or her cholesterol and blood
pressure checked. Your doctor
will make other recommenda-
tions based on your risk factors.
Remember the old saying "an
ounce of prevention is worth a
pound of cure?" It's much easier
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4. Our lives have become so
incredibly busy with work, fam-
ily responsibilities, shopping,
and the many other things that
we have to do each day for oth-
ers. But if we want to be around
for our families, we must spend
some time for ourselves with DAI-
LY EXERCISE. Walking just thirty
minutes per day has been shown
to decrease the risk of many life-
shortening diseases. Cut out one
television sitcom, or get up just a
little earlier each day, and you can
live longer and healthier. Get the
whole family outside and go for a
walk, or- a bike ride, or any other
form of physical activity.
consumption. Studies show that
one to two alcoholic drinks per
day good for the heart, but
more than this can lead to seri-

ous health consequences. High
alcohol intake can cause liver
disease, including cirrhosis of the
liver, which can be fatal. Alcohol
abuse can also lead to family and
work problems. If you find your-
self unable to drink less than one
to two drinks per day (one 12-
ounce beer, one five-ounce glass
of wine, or one 1.5-ounce shot
of liquor is equal to one drink),
you may have a drinking prob-
lem. Binge drinking, or excessive
drinking during a day or two dur-
ing the week or month, is just as
bad if not worse than drinking ev-
ery day. People who consume ex-
cess alcohol during the weekends
or at parties, for example, are at
high risk for liver problems and
disease. If you find yourself drink-
ing a lot in social situations, try
alternating alcohol with non-alco-
holic beverages, sip your drink, or
try diluting the alcohol with mix-
ers and ice. Too much alcohol
-can be dangerous to your health
- talk to your doctor if you have
concerns about alcohol use.
Remember: the first step to
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sion to change your lifestyle. It
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Community Events

Wednesday- Jan. 9

Healthy Start Coalition to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at 11:30 a.m., in their
new office, 575 S.W. 28th St. within the New Endeavors School
Building. This meeting is open to the public. For information, please
contact Executive Director, Kay Begin at the Coalition office, (863)

Red Cross class scheduled
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will offer the following
classes in January at their branch office: Wednesday, Jan. 9 Adult
CPR/AED at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 First Aid Basics at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 23 Infant/Child CPR at 6 p.m. To register, or for
more information call 863-763-2488.

Thursday- Jan. 10

Circus in Okeechobee th"ig week
Jan. 10-13, "Under the Big Top European Extravaganza," spon-
sored by the Okeechobee Chamber of commerce is coming to the
American Legion fairgrounds. Anastasini entertainment will feature
high wire acts, aerial fantasy, clowns, jugglers, dog show and aerial
rocket stars thrill show. Advance tickets are on sale at the Chamber
office. For more information, call (863) 763-6464.

Fair planning meetings scheduled
The Okeechobee County Fair Association will be holding two
fair planning meetings in January. The first is Thursday, Jan. 10 at
6 and the second is on Jan. 24 also at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be
at the Okeechobee County Extension Office. The fair is finalizing
plans for the upcoming March Fair and would like to invite anyone
interested in volunteering with the fair to attend. If you have any
questions you may contact Linda Syfrett at (863) 763-6232 or Di-
anne Spann at (863) 634-3327.

Friday- Jan. 11

Author to speak at library
Historian and author, Dr. Gary Mormino, will present his pro-
gram, "The Florida Dream," based on his book, "Land of Sunshine,
State of Dreams," which describes his nearly two decades of re-
search into the social history of modern Florida at the Okeechobee
County Library on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 at 7 p.m. This program is
sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council and is free and open
to the public. The Okeechobee Friends of the Library will provide
refreshments following the program.

Shared Service Network to meet
The Executive Roundtable of the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will conduct its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m.
on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 in the Board Room of the Okeechobee
County School Administration Building. This forum provides a
mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in our community
though the collaborative efforts of our local decision makers. The
public is invited to attend. For more information, please call (863)
462-5000 Ext. 257.

Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a "Gigantic Yard Sale" at the
Blue Volunteer Building, next to The Hamrick Home (411 S.E. 4th
Street) on Friday, Jan. 11, at 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 12,
from 8 a.m. until noon. Many new items are available. All monies
raised will go to the continuing care for our patients in The Hamrick
Home and our patients who choose to stay in their own homes. For
information, call Cathy at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.

OHS Scholarship Drive under way
College costs continue to increase each year and the students
of Okeechobee are always in need of financial assistance. The
Okeechobee High School Scholarship Program is currently recruit-
ing to increase the amount of scholarship funds available to these
students. If you or your business would like to offer a scholarship
in your name, or if you have any questions regarding scholarship
contributions, please contact Bill R. Black at (873) 462-5025 ext.
3113. The scholarship commitment deadline is Jan. 11, 2008 so
new scholarships can be included in the scholarship booklets. If
this is not convenient for you please call and we will work out the

Believers Fellowship delivers lunch
Believers Fellowship Church will be delivering lunch to local
businesses on Friday, Jan. 11 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Meal con-
sist of, 8 inch sub sandwich, chips, beverage, and dessert. Cost of
meal is $6. Deadline to order is Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 5 p.m. monies
raised will go towards building a playground. To order call Nicki at
(863) 634-4327 and Linda at (863) 763-2938.

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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, January 9, 2008 o

Church News in Brief

Church offers free Mother's Morning out
On Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. until noon, the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. will be offering free babysitting for parents.
This program began Jan. 8 and will run through March. Space is limited
and registration is required. For information, contact Nancy Vaughan,
Director of Christian Education, at (863) 763-4021 or email fumco@
Catholic Church adds service in French
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church in Buckhead Ridge,
on State Road 78 at Chobee Loop, now offers Sunday Mass in French,
English and Spanish. Mass in French will be at 9:30 a.m.; English at 11
a.m.; Spanish at 12:30 p.m. Religious education classes are held in Eng-
lish from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.. and in Spanish following the 12:30 p.m.
Kingsmen Quartet in concert
The Kingsmen Quartet will be in concert on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7
p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 281 St. Okeechobee, a
Love offering will be received. For information call (863) 763-7113.
Ken Apple Family to perform in concert
The Ken Apple Family will be at the Okeechobee Church of the Naz-
arene, 425 S.W 28th St., at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 13. For information call
(863) 763-3159.
Faith, Family and Freedom
Andrew Phipps will be at New Testament Baptist Church on
Sunday, Jan. 13 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss how America was built on
Faith Family and Freedom. For more information please call (863)
763-6682 or visit the churches website at www.ntbcokeechobee.
Redemption yard sale is slated
The Ft. Drum Community Church, 32415 Hwy 441 N., will be
holding a Redemption yard sale on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9 a.m.
until 3 p.m. All monies raised will go to The Voice of The Martyrs.
For information, please contact Pastor Fred Hodges at (863) 467-
Southern Gospel sing is planned
Believers Fellowship Church at 300 S.W. 6h Ave. will have the
Southern Gospel Group "The Hyssongs" in concert, Friday, Jan. 18,
at 7 p.m. For information, please contact Phil Jones at (863) 467-

UKeecnobee News/Pete uawaa
Beating the crowds
Oakview Baptist Church offers this advice for beating the

Westside Christian Church to hold revival
Westside Christian Church will hold a revival with Minister Louis
Hall, Evangelist on Jan. 27 29 at 6 p.m. For information call (863)
Financial Peace University classes begin at church
Abundant Blessings Church will host Financial Peace University,
led by nationally known radio and television personality Dave Ramsey.
Classes begin Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. and each Monday following for 13
weeks. Two free previews are scheduled for your convenience on Jan.
7 or Jan. 14; both begin at 6:30 p.m. Details, cost and scheduling will
be given at the free preview. The church is located at 4550 Hwy 441
N. (1 mile north of the high school.) For information call the church at
(863) 763-3736 or go to
Believers Fellowship delivers lunch
Believers Fellowship Church will be delivering lunch to local busi-
nesses on Friday, Jan. 11 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Meal consist of,
8 inch sub sandwich, chips, beverage, and dessert. Cost of meal is $6.
Deadline to order is Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 5 p.m. monies raised will go
towards building a playground. To order call Nicki at (863) 634-4327
and Linda at (863) 763-2938.
Bluegrass Benefit Concert to perform in BHR
The Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church will hold a Blue Grass Benefit
Concert on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Church, 8 Cypress St., in
Buckhead Ridge. Featured bands will be: Tomorrow's News, Potter
Road, and the Bakers. Tickets are a $5 donation at the door. Proceeds
from the concert will help Jim Womble on his missionary trip to Af-
rica. For information call Ralph Baker at (863) 357-6113.
Fort Drum Church has fellowship activities
The Fort Drum Community Church will hold a men's fellowship
breakfast at Ruck's Pit every other Saturday starting at 6:30 a.m., and
a women's fellowship every other Monday starting at 6:30 a.m. For
information or if you need transportation to and from these activities,
call (863) 467-1733.
Outreach Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a week on Monday, Wednesday and
Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Southern Gospel Group to preform in concert
Believers Fellowship Church at 300 S.W. 6"' Ave. will have the
Southern Gospel Group "The Hyssongs" in concert, Friday, Jan. 18, at
7 p.m. For information, please contact Phil Jones at (863) 467-0131.
Methodist Church has interaction program
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will be
hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian activities
that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and their pre-
school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.
until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during the class. For
information, call (863) 763-4021.
Catholic religious education classes
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will be offering re-
ligious education classes for children. Registrations for Catholic Chris-
tian Doctrine (C.C.D.) are now being accepted. Classes for children
in grades kindergarten through ninth will be held every Sunday from!
11:30 a.m. until 12:35 p.m. For in-
formation, call the parish office at
(863). 763-3727. FR E E
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Be sure to raise your glass to Green Tea bI I

(ARA) You've turned the cal-
endar and it's back to business
as usual, but after you've packed
away the decorations you may
realize you've packed on a few
pounds and you're already break-
ing your goals for the year.
Dr. Andrew Weil, a renowned
leader and pioneer in the field of
integrative medicine says if you
keep only one goal for this year,
the one you must stick to is im-
proving your eating habits.
"If you're looking to increase
your daily energy, my advice is
simple: eat right. Your body runs
on what you feed it. Loading up
on empty carbohydrates, salty
snacks or sweets will limit your
level of functioning," explains
According to Weil, one of the

simplest changes you can make
is just being aware of what's in
the beverages you consume the
"think before you drink" rule.
Sugary soft-drinks, cocktails, and
those tasty lattes from your fa-
vorite cafe are often loaded with
empty calories.
Weil suggests opting for bever-
ages that have fewer calories and
less sugar. "If you're looking for a
healthy alternative, try incorporat-
ing green tea into your diet. It's
a sugar-free, calorie-free bever-
age that tastes great and comes
in many different varieties, so you
won't feel deprived."
Incorporating green tea into
your diet can also result in health
benefits in addition to losing inch-
es around your waistline. Green
tea contains catechins, a type

of polyphenol that's effective in.
neutralizing free radicals and pre-
vents bacteria from adhering to
cell walls and damaging them.
In addition to its revitalizing ef-
fects, green tea has been shown
to help prevent drowsiness, create
a general sense of well being and
aid in digestion. Numerous scien-
tific studies also link green tea to
the following health benefits:
Boosting the immune sys-
Maintaining healthy choles-
terol, blood pressure and blood
sugar levels already within a nor-
mal range
Promoting cardiovascular
Helping to prevent cer-
tain types of cancer including:
colorectal, bladder, breast and

ovarian cancers
With the increased popularity
of green tea though, many bev-
erage companies are producing
"green tea" beverages and tout-
ing them as all-natural, when they
still contain added chemicals and
sugar. Rona Tison, tea industry
expert and senior vice president
of ITO EN (North America) INC.,
suggests that consumers pay
careful attention to labels when
looking for green teas. "Take
the time to read the labels while
you're at the store and look for
added ingredients. Just because
a company claims their beverage
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truly is."
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Roger Dale
Quinlin, Sr.
Roger Dale Quinlin, Sr., age
46 of Okeechobee died Dec. 13,
2007 at Lawnwood Regional
Medical Center.
Mr. Quinlin was
born, May 1,
1961 in Spring-
field, Ohio to Ed-
gar and Maxine
Quinlin. He was
an air condition-
ing mechanic.
He was pre- Roger Dale
ceded in death Quinlin Sr.
by his father, Ed-
gar R. Quinlin.
He is survived by his son,
Roger D. (Samantha Wigginton)
Quinlin of Okeechobee; daugh-
ter, April (Matthew Gobbel)
Quinlin of Okeechobee; mother,
. axine Quinlin of Okeechobee;
grandmother, Beulah King of
Springfield, Ohio; brothers, Bruce
(Mary) Quinlin, David (Brenda)
Quinlin, Steve (Jeanie) Quinlin
all of Okeechobee; sisters, Karen
Hunter of Okeechobee, and Sha-
ron (Louis Rivas) Quinlin of Ft.
Pierce; former wife, Tracy Quinlin
of Sebastian and numerous niec-
es and nephews.
Memorial services will be held
Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel with Pastor
Sam Vuleta officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials
may be made to the family to help
offset funeral expenses.
Friends may sign the guest-
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory,
205 N.E. Second St. Okeechobee.

Robert Lee Raburn
Robert Lee Raburn, age 78
died Jan. 6, 2008 in Ft. Pierce. He
was born in Birmingham, Ala.
and moved to Ft. Pierce in 1982
from Miami. He was an ordained
Pastor for 52 years, Pastor of the
First Assembly of God Church of
Ft. Pierce for the past 23 years
and has served as an evangelist
and missionary as well. He was
a founding and beloved board
member of Real Life Children's
Ranch in Okeechobee since 1957
ahd served as a member of their
Executive Committee. He had a
tremendous impact and influence
on the ministry of Real Life Chil-
dren's Ranch and helped to make
it what it is today. He will truly be
missed by his ranch family.
He is survived by his wife of 59
years, Merle Raburn of Ft. Pierce;
daughter, Caren Laursen of Silk-
aborg, Denmark; sons, Joel W
Raburn of Arhuss, Denmark and
Terry Raburn of Lakeland; sister,
Reba Bennett of Plant City; broth-
er, Charles. Raburn of Tampa. In
addition, he is survived by seven
grandchildren and two great
Memorial contributions may
be made to the Treasure Coast
Hospices, 1201 S.E. Indian St.,
Stuart, 34997 or to the First As-
sembly of God Missions, 1806 S.
33rd St, Ft. Pierce, 34947.
Visitation will be held Wednes-
day, Jan. 9, from 5 until 8 p.m.
at Haisley Funeral Home in Ft.
Pierce. A service will be held on
Thursday, Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at
Westside Baptist Church in Ft.
Pierce. Burial will follow at White
City Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the
direction of Haisley Funeral Home
and Cremation Service.

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2006 and 2007: Driest years

back-to back on record Certified Marine

teorologists at the South Florida
Water Management District (SF-
WMD) Tuesday confirmed that
2006 and 2007 were the driest
back-to-back calendar years in
South Florida since rainfall re-
cord-keeping began in 1932. The
2006-07 rainfall total of 83.63
inches District-wide displaces
by nearly an inch the previous
low of 84.59 inches that fell fifty
years ago in 1955-56.
With annual District-wide
rainfall of 42.88 inches, or 82
percent of the historical average,
2007 was the ninth-driest year in
the 76-year record. It followed
rainfall of only 40.75 inches in
2006, the sixth-driest year on
record. The combined two-year
total is nearly two feet less than
the historical District-wide aver-
age of 104.5 inches for a typical
two-year period
"The District's rainfall data
confirms that South Florida is
still in the grips of a severe re-
gional drought, which has led
to a multi-year water shortage
the likes of which we have nev-
er experienced," said SFWMD
Governing Board Chairman Eric
Buermann. "South Florida resi-
dents as well as water manag-
ers must live with limited water
supplies this dry season, and we
all must practice conservation
and follow the one-day-a-week
restrictions if we are to success-
fully minimize the impacts of
this water shortage."
All of the SFWMD's major
basins, save for two comprising
residential areas of Miami-Dade
and Monroe counties, experi-
enced below average rainfall
in 2007. Most notably, the Lake
Okeechobee basin received

30.71 inches of rain, approxi-
mately 67 percent of that basin's
historical average, or a deficit of
nearly 15 inches for the year.
"Although some southeast-
ern counties have enjoyed av-
erage or above average rainfall
this year, we have limited stor-
age options in these densely
populated areas, limiting our
ability to capture large quanti-
ties of water," added Carol Ann
Wehle, executive director of the
SFWMD. "The lack of rainfall in
central and northern portions of
the District is a concern for all of
us because virtually all residen-
tial areas depend on it to aug-
ment their water supplies."
water levels
Surface water and ground-
water levels across most of the
District remain unseasonably
low and continue to decline due
to below average dry season
rainfall. Water levels in Lakes
Istokpoga and Kissimmee, for
instance, are well below regu-
lation schedules established by
the U.S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers, while water levels in Kis-
simmee Basin monitoring wells
are within the lowest 10 percent
of historic elevations.
At 10.12 feet above sea level
Monday, Lake Okeechobee re-
mains more than four feet be-
low its historical average and
nearly a foot below previous his-
toric lows for this time of year.
In fact, water levels in the lake
have been setting new record
daily lows for more than seven
months. Lake Okeechobee is
the source of water for 500,000
acres of farmland in the Ever-

glades Agricultural Area and
serves as a primary back-up
supply to more than five million
South Floridians.
Groundwater levels in Lee,
Collier and other west coast
counties remain two-to-four
feet lower today than this time
last year, with many monitoring
wells already inside the lowest
10 percent of their historic water
New water restrictions
effective Jan. 15
In December and for the first
time in the agency's history, the
SFWMD declared an extreme
District-wide water shortage, in-
stituting a one-day-a-week wa-
tering schedule for residential
landscape irrigation. Landscape
irrigation accounts for up to
half of all household water con-
sumption in the State of Florida
and totals more than seven bil-
lion gallons per day nationwide.
The new restrictions become
effective Tuesday, Jan. 15. En-
forcement, including the issu-
ance of civil fines and notices
of violation, also is set to com-
mence on that date. For infor-
mation on watering days and
times, as well as restrictions on
specific use classes, visit www.
For additional information on
the water shortage, irrigation re-
strictions or water conservation,
call the SFWMD's toll-free Water
Conservation Hotline at 1-800-
662-8876 or contact a regional
SFWMD service center. Helpful
water conservation tips also are
available at www.savewaterfl.

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Before you invest, investigate! 4

Quality doesn't cost it pays
1461 NW 25th Dr Okeechobee County Industrial Park
(863) 357-2770 (772) 633-8038 (cell
Ron Ammons, Owner License # OCSL 1746-01.

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Serving the entire lake
area for nearly

"Our Focus Is To Make You Comfortable"
(863) 467-1545
St. Lic. CAC029420

Anthony T. Young

Real Estate/ride Insurance
Contract Preparation
Civil Litigation
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* Corporations Probate
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118 South Paott Avenue Okeechobee

For al your E~abial Needs

Electric, LC
Commercial Residential
Zeke Shreves
Lic. #ER0006321


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or email

'Vicki Anderson


Paticia L. Goolsby Lic. Real Estate Broker

Air Conditioning 5 Refrigeration
Serving the Lake Area for 40 Years!

'208 SW5"1 Ave. Okeechobee
CAC042747 CAC014022 CAC057129

Auto Accidents
Social Security
212 S. Parrott Ave.
Okeechobee, FL 34972
(863) 357-5800


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Residential & Commercial
Licensed& Insured

"H8o 4 ta i tb ?!"
David Schmidt
SSong Soh Flolda 30 Y.l -----
Office/Fax 863-467-5957 Cell 863-634-9899
Nextel 159*111403"2


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"Serving the Okeechobee Area Since 1972"
* Saturday Service No Extra Charge
* Mobile Home Air Conditioning
207 N.E. Park Street
Behind CVS
763-7073 CAC013262

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312 S.W. 2nd St.

Custom Homes
Will Build to Suit
* All Solid Wood Cabinets
* Cabinet Tops & Installation
* Many Colors, Woods & Styles
to Choose from
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Overgrown Lots, Fields &
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Tree Trimming & Removal
Absentee Owner Mowing
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152 SE 60th Ave. Okeechobee
(863) 763-8306
Jerry Karns (cell: 634-1223)
License # 457

Air Conditioning of Okeechobee, Inc.
We service all makes and models.
Same Day Service
Senior Citizen Discounts
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2307 HwY 441 SE Okeechobee
License # RA0066862

Kitchen &-Bath Renovations
Top Of The Line Wood Cabinets
877-511-0624 toIl free

Gutters Plus,
Since 2000 Licensed and Insured
It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark!
Prepare now and let us help.
Hurricane Protection
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Screen Rooms and Enclosures
Call today for your free estimate
(8631 634-3159
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Reasonable Price Quality Work
Dependable Service
Tree Trimming, Removal and
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24 Hour Emergency Service
Dangerous Tree Removal is Our Speciality
Bobcat Work and Property Maintenance
Licensed & Insured Free Estimates
Call (863) 763-5407
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"We make decorating easy"
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Okeechobee, FL 34974


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24 Hour Emergency Service
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Published 3 weeks' in all of our Florida papers: Caloosa Belle, Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat,
Immokalee Bulletin, Okeechobee News and Advertiser, and The Sun
Ads will run in Wednesday daily editions and weekly publications.

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read your ad carefully the first
day it appears. In case of an
inadvertent error, please noti-
fy us prior to the deadline list-
ed. We will not be responsible
for more than 1 incorrect
insertion, or for more than the
extent of the ad rendered val-
ueless by such errors.
Advertiser assumes responsi-
bility for all statements, names
and content of an ad, and
assumes responsibility for any
claims against Independent
Newspapers. All advertising
is subject to publisher's
approval.. The publisher
reerves'the right to accept or
reject any or all copy, and to
insert above the copy the word
"advertisement". All ads
accepted are subject to credit
approval. All ads must conform
to Independent Newspapers'
style and are restricted to
their proper classifications.
Some classified, categories
require advance payment.
These classifications are
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Independent Newspapers will
never knowingly accept any
advertisement that is illegal or
considered fraudulent. [n all
cases of questionable value,
such as promises of guaran-
teed income from work-at-
home programs or other offers
to send money in advance for
a product or service we
advise you to check with the
Attorney General's Consumer
Fraud Line at 1-800-220-5424,
and/or The Better Business
Bureau, 800-464-6331 for pre-
ViOUSCOMla rn[ints.

January 19th
Consignment Equipment &
Machinery Auction
Auction Site: Go 20 miles west of
LaBelle to Riverdale, at the
Tractor Supply store take a right
onto Olga Dr. Go a quarter mile
look for signs on site.
Call Now to Add
Your Equipment
Check Our Website
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BEAGLE DOG found in Little
Farms area. Call to identify
DACHSHUND found off of
Hwy. 70 near Post Office.
Call to ID. (863)824-0828
KITTEN Black, Long haired,
Near Library, 3rd Ave. Very
friendly. Please call

9 wks old, to GOOD home
only. (863)675-2844 .
FILL DIRT 100+ Yards, 1st
come, must load w/own ma-
chine/trucks. 1275 Com-
merce Drive, Labelle
blooded, 1 1/2 yrs old,
needs room to run, to good
home only (931)244-5697


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CASTLE Professionals
Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
Call 772-465-6011

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KITTENS free to good
homes only. Males & fe-
males, (863)801-3561 to
side by side, works well,
good shop fridge.
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people

Fri. & Sat. 1/11 & 1/12,
8am-2pm. NW 33rd Ave in
Basswood. Follow signs.
1st Time Yard Sale!
Thursday & Friday, Jan. 10th
& 11th & Jan. 17th & 18th,
8am-4pm, 4276 21st Court
Clothing, Fishing Equip., H/H
Items, Dishes, Glasses &
More! See you there!
When doing those chores
Is doing you In, It's time
to look for a helper In
the classilleds.

GET COVERED....Run your ad
STATEWIDE! You can run
your classified ad in over
100 Florida newspapers for
$475. Call this newspaper
or (866)742-1373 for more
details or visit: www.florida-
What Destroys Relationships?
Answer pg 371 Buy and
Read Dianetics by L. Ron
Hubbard Send $20.00 to:
Hubbard Dianetics Founda-
tion, 3102 N. Habana Ave.,
Tampa FL 33607
Your logo in the spotlight.
Shirts, hats, uniforms, mugs,
badges, etc. Since '92. Em-
broidery, silk screening, cus-
tomized. (800)390-1280

Employment -
FullTime i 205
Employment I
Medical 210
Part-Time 215
Wanted -. 220
Job information 225
Job Training .227
Sales 230

Advertising Sales Manager -
National Newspaper Place-
ment Services (N2PS) is
seeking an experienced sales
person with management ex-
perience to lead the sales
team. N2PS, a subsidiary of
the Florida Press Associa-
tion, sells and services print
and online advertising for
newspapers. Successful ac-
count management, proven
leadership skills required and
an undergraduate degree' or
equivalent related experience
required. Email your cover
letter, resume and salary his-
tory to: EOE,
drug-free workplace.
Advertising Sales Representa-
tive National Newspaper
Placement Services'(N2PS)
is seeking an experienced
sales person to sell print and
online advertising. N2PS, a
subsidiary of the Florida
Press Association, sells and
services print and online ad-
vertising for newspapers.
Demonstrated success with
previous media sales and an
undergraduate degree or
equivalent related experience
required. Online sales experi-
ence a plus. Email your cov-
er letter, resume and salary
history to:
EOE, drug-free workplace.
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CDL training in .3 weeks.
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Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc., a leader in alter-
native treatment programs for youth-at-risk, is
seeking a Registered Nurse and a Health Servic-
es Manager for our program in Okeechobee, FL.
The RN position req. a current FL license, 2 yrs
of nursing exp., preferably with children/adoles-
cents. Must have MS Word and Excel skills, and
a valid driver's license. The Health Services
Manger req. a min. of 3 yrs nursing exp., lyr in
an administrative or supervisory role. (M.S. may
be substituted for one year of req. exp.) Must,
possess organizational, budgeting, writing, and
communication skills. Must have exp. in medical
practices, procedures and regulations, health
care managementadolescent health care needs.
'ACA, DJJ, and hFida'Statites as related to, job
responsibilities. EOE, M/W/D/V,
Drug Free Workplace.
Send resume to
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee'
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

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

Drivers: CALL TODAY! Bonus
& Paid Orientation 36-43cpm
Earn over $1000 weekly Ex-
cellent Benefits Class A and
3 mos recent OTR required
Drivers-Flatbed Recent Aver-
age $1,012/wk Late Model
Equipment, Strong Freight
Network, 401 K, Blue Cross
Insurance (800)771-6318
Professional Sales Executive
position available for a busy
new home sales business.
Sales experience a plus. No
real estate license required.,
Salary plus commission.
Call (863)763-6376
or (863)357-2700.
Local building company seeks
Sales Manager. Must have
proficient computer skills in-
cluding C.A.D. Minimum 10
years construction industry ex-
perience. Excellent interper-
sonal and presentation skills.
Strong written and verbal
skills. .Financing and estimat-
ing knowledge a plus.
Send resume to RO. Box 991,
Okeechobee, FL 34973.

Part-time, home-based inter-
net business. Earn
$500-$1000/month or more.
Flexible hours. Training pro-
vided. No selling required.
FREE details .
How do you find a job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

for high paying Aviation
Maintenance Career. FAA ap-
proved program. Financial
aid if qualified Job place-
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from home. Medical, busi-
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criminal justice. Job place-
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(866)858-2121, www.Onli-
Notice: Post Office Positions
Now Available. Avg. Pay
$20/hour or $57K annually
including Federal Benefits
and OT. Get your exam guide
materials now.
(866)713-4492 USWA. Fee

OFFICE JOBS. $18-$20/HR.
(800)910-9941 TODAY! REF

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Financial Merchandise

Business Air Conditioners 505
Opportunities 305 Antiques 50

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never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous
Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your -
area, use caution.

One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classl-

STOP Your Foreclosure Now.
Stay in Your Home. 100%
Guaranteed. We Negotiate
with Your Lender and Save
Your Home. Never Too Late.
or (866)371-0721.

Buying a car? Look In the
classilleds. Selling a
car? Look. i the classl-


Babyeitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

Elderly Care Reg. Nurse
w/35 yrs. exp. has one
opening for 24 hr. care in
nice family home. Call
Susan 863-763-2334.

How fast can your car
go? It can go even faster
when you sea It In the

Kenmore w/warranties, 50
btu's, (1) Arctic King 1300
watts. $400 (863)261-1064
WINDOW A/C With remote,
12,000 btu's, like new. $150
firm (863)763-1079

COMBO very good condi-
tion $350 (863)517-0244
$50 (863)946-3822 Moore
DISHWASHER Whirlpool, like
new. $95 (941)545-8746'
Lakeport, FL
size, like new. $125 firm
GAS DRYER Frigidaire, w/all
options, $200 or best offer.
(863)467-6886 or
GAS STOVE Magic Chef, 30",
$200 or best offer.
(863)467-6886 or
Side By Side. Good shape.
$300 (863)634-0779
side, 25cu ft, Kenmore,
almd, water/ice in door, runs
great. $250 (863)467-5616
STOVE Kenmore, Electric,
White, Clean. $50
WASHER Kenmore, Low pro-
file. Barely used. $200

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WASHER Whirlpool, white, in
very good condition $125
firm (863)517-0244

over stove, '$100
bakes, broils, roasts, grill &
microwaves, large size, like
new, $200 (863)697-2033

ADULT TRIKE With basket,
Miami Sun, excellent condi-
tion. $125 (863)763-0221
BICYCLES Men & Women's
matching Schwinn, like new.
$250 will separate.
ladies Cruiser bicycle; 6 spd,
.good cond. $75

Bottom Prices!" 25x30 Now
$4100. 25x40 $5400. 30x40
$6400. 35x50 $8790. 35x70
$11,990. 40x80 $14,900.
RECT since 1980...

30x30, tinted, 1 40x30, very
good condition. $30 will sep-
arate. (863)763-1997
buy direct from manufactur-
er. 20 colors in stock with all
accessories. Quick turn
around. Delivery Available..
(352)498-0778 Toll free
(888)393-0335 code 24.
glass w/ handrails. New. 5
step & 4 step. $750 for both,
will sep. (863)763-4527
WOOD (5 sheets 3/4") 4x8,
& (5) 8' 4x4 posts, $200 for
all (863)261-4633 you haul

Double Stroller MacLaren,
side by side, seat reclines,
gray, 1 yr. old, pd $360, sell
225. (863)610-1750

SHIRTS & SHORTS 20 piec-
es in all. Large & Extra
Large. $50 for all, will sep.

in one printer, fax, copier,
scanner. $25 or best offer.
(863)983-2241 Clewiston
Deskjet 940C, HP Scanjet
3570C, all manuals $60

BED SPREAD King size. $25

sleigh bed (Head/footboard),
dresser, mirror nightstand
$350 863-824-2617
free standing. $25
large, walnut color, solid
wood, $250 will deal.
(561)793-9463 evenings
DAYBED With trundle, Good
condition. $50. or best offer.
small 4 chairs, like new. $50
(863)674-1222 or
FUTON black, metal framed,
asking $20 (863)697-3605

DINING SET 4 leather &
chrome chairs, black/multi
colored table. $75
hunter green, natural wood,
w/tile top & leaf, $150 will
deal. (561)793-9463 aft 6.
Large washed oak. $75
863)674-1222 or
blue, $25 (740)202-3517.
2 reclining ends, great cond.
$500 or best offer. Call
green, 5 pc. Must go! $500
neg. Call Kristina before 5:30
pm 863-357-0391 Okee
LR SUITE 3 pc, w/2tables,
lamps, excellent condition
$350 (863)763-2017
holstered chairs, good cond.,
$100 (863)484-0395
SOFA slip cover style, jean
material, excellent condition,
inclds ottoman, $100
SOFA & LOVESEAT both re-
clining, microfiber, tan, ex-
cellent cond., 1 1/2 yr old,
$400 (863)763-7983
Berkline, recliners on both
ends, fold down table in mid-
dle. $300 (863)634-9861
SOFA BED Fair condition.
$100 or best offer.
(863)983-2241 Clewiston
area only please.
MATTRESS with bed-
frame, good condition, $45

GOLF CART New Honda mo-
tor. Just needs some TLC.
Asking $500 (863)302-4442
GOLF CLUBS (100) Misc.,
All brands. Many good. $890
for all, will sep.
GOLF CLUBS- 100 misc.
clubs, Calloway, Lynx, Ping,
Etc. Good quality. $800. Will
sep. 863-946-3123
with bag and caddy, $75

AR 15 COLT Marlin 44 Mag-
num, Browning lever action
22. $2600 will separate.
HIPOINT 9mm semi auto
pistol, 7 shot magazine,
new, $300. (863)467-2315
Iv. msg.
MAC PISTOL 1935's, 7.65 L
cal, 90% good, carried by
French & German Army Offi-
cers. $475 (937)215-0307
rounds of ammo, Cowboy
load, 240 grain, Still in box.
$400 863-675-8402
RUGER Single six con-
vertible, 9 1/2" barrel. $300
mag 5 Shot, Snubbie, $425
(772)461-8822 Ft. Pierce
TAURUS 745 45 cal., semi
auto pistol, (2) 7 shot maga-
zines, new, $450.
(863)467-2315 Iv. msg.
WINCHESTER Model 50, 12
gauge w/rib. $400
30/30 carbine, condition
90%+. $495 or best offer.

FULL HOME GYM Includes a
large amount of weights,
bench, poles & more. $300'
or best offer. (863)357-7867



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model, Used, Fully computer-
ized w/pulse, calorie burner &
more $600 (863)357-7867
lbs of weight, bar & dumb-
bells. $125 or best offer.

LUGGAGE SET Samsonite,
wheeled, soft side, 2 pc
green, 29" & 21" $350

new, Bristol Collection, $200

SCOOTER New condition.
$600. (863)467-9892
WHEEL CHAIR Electric, Ex-
cellent condition. $600 or
best offer. (863)763-6907
condition, Paid $300, Asking
$100 (863)467-9892

AERATOR Cmplt head/impel-
ler w/converter 3 phase to
single phase. 7.5 hp w/1800
rpm $2100 (863)946-2989
condition, just refinished.
$30 (954)793-3203 Okee-
chobee area
LIDS 2 rolls, ridged galva-
nized, 1-20"x50' &
1-18"x50'. New. $60. will
separate. (863)763-5762
QUILT TOPS (5) Ready to
quilt. $500 for all, will sep.
Call for more information.
Tracker Maxima, great range,
2 collars, batt pouch, It wght.
$600 (239)349-6119
pt hitch, 8 ft.blade. $400 will
separate. (863)674-0052

string & Crate 100 watt amp,
$325 will sell separately.
DRUM SET- Pearl 13 piece.
$700. (863)261-1235
condition, needs tuning,
$350 or best offer. Call
(863) 634-9017
ORGAN Imperial, $50.
ORGAN Wurlitzer Profession-
al, $200. (863)610-1092

FILE CABINETS (3) 2 drawer
metal, very good condition.
$25 for all, will separate.

AKC YORKIES 1 female
$600, 3 males $500 ea,
male, CKC reg, small, par-
ents. $1500 cash
(205)789-6393 Moorehaven

1930, brand new, pd $450,
asking $ 3 0 0 .

SINK TOP White bath vanity,
19 x 25, new, never used.
$30 (863)357-0868

HOT TUB Vita Spa, holds 4
people, excellent condition,
$850 (863)357-8296

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ROOSTER Young, Beautiful
$25. (863)801-9494

SADDLE Corriente, 15",
tooled, excellent condition,
$450. (863)946-1802
mond spots, good condition,
$100. (863)675-3032
square skirt w/silver trim,
new stirrup leathers,great
cond. $150 (863)467-2231
brown, new, $325.
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POOL Above ground, 1 yr old
Exc cond. 33'x18'x5', Paid
$5500. Asking $3500. You
Move. (863)634-4218

more, with wood cabinet,
with attachments, $65. Call
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items in
the classilleds

record player, can record, 8
track tapes $100 neg.
STEREO KLH speakers, Ken-
wood receiver, JVC dual
cassette, RCA 6 cd changer,
$200 (863)763-2017
STEREO Radio & Tape
player. Has CD, but doesn't
work, all else works great.
$25 (863)467-1032
PHONE Shure, hands free
microphone. $100
TEM Delphi, for car, inclds
base, receiver, antenna.
$100 (239)503-0339

FLATSCREEN TV 50", works
great. $350 or best offer.
Call (863)228-6324 leave
RCA COLOR TV- 27", cabinet
model. $100 (863)763-9096
after 5pm or leave message.
TELEVISION 27", color, Ze-
nith, on stand w/rollers, $50
Rohn, Guyed 12" Triangular
welded galvanized base +
7/1 Oft +5 ft top, you dis-
mantle and move, $1000

foot. $70 (863)467-8250
man, 8.5 hp, all accessories.
$150 (941)545-8746 Lake-
port, FL
dler 175, less than 10 hrs.,
w/cart & gauges, $450.
MITER SAW DW 708, 12"
blades, DeWalt, 2% yrs.
Good cond. Paid $559. Ask-
ing $375. (863)467-4096


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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services -
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer f 835
lHorses 840
Supplies .845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

GELDING 15 year old, used
for barrels, tall & fast. $800
or best offer. (863)673-5058
or (863)673-0012
horse slant with tact room.
Like 'new, never used.
HP SADDLE 17", Brown,
Leather & Tack. Great condi-
tion. $225. (863)801-9494
MARE 9 year old, well man-
nered, rides great, throws
beautiful foals. $800

Like new. $250
man, 8 hp, runs good. $75
12.5 hp B & g, runs good.
LAWN MOWER Murray 22"
cut, 5.75 hp motor, push
mower. $60 (863)801-4519

deck $600. 863-675-1224
L120, 22 hp, 48" cut, 97
running hours. $1200 firm.

ROTOTILLER, Sears, chain
drive, runs good, $250 or


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

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NEW! 3 BR, 2 BA, new tile,
doors & paint, W/D. $900/mo
+ elec, + $900 sec dep. Pets
okay. (561)596-1344 or
(561)596-1476 -
3BR/1.5BA, 15 min.from
town & 2BR/1BA. No pets.
1st & sec. Call Debbie
(863)467-2982 Mon.-Fri.,
8am til 4pm.
OKEE: 3/1 on 1/2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
last, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
OKEECHOBEE: 3br, 2ba, 819
SE 10th St. Must have refer-
ences. Call 863-763-2416 or
OKEECHOBEE- 4/2/1 Ever-
lade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
3BR/2BA, pool, fireplace.
1401 SE 8th Dr. 1st & sec.
Call to see (863)885-1347
Fenced yard. $1050. mo.
new, comp. furn., waterfront
boathouse. (863)763-6809
or (765)348-8270
SPOT IN THE SUN complete-
ly furnished, dished included,
3br,3ba, carport, $1200/mo
+ sec dep. (561)714-4186
Avail Feb 1st. Can accom-
modate 2 couples.

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Business Places -0..
Sale i. 1';:005
Property Sale '1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale. 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House ..S 150
Out of State-
Property Sale t 1055
Property Inspectiono060
Real Estate Wanted1065


70W x 140L lot. $175,000 or
best offer. (863)763-8058

Screened porch, deck, barn,
work shop, boat shed. Call
for info. (863)634-3399

Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
ciates 1-800-543-2495
Lot #47, 28'x48' Palm Harbor,
3br w/walk in closets, 2ba
28'x20' carport, 12'x15' porch,
Furnished w/ W/D, Ready to
move in! (863)357-2794

Beautiful NC Mountains -
Boone, Blowing Rock, Ban-
ner Elk. Let the local experts
at MAP Realty find that per-
fect property for you.
(828)262-5655 or
$44,900 w/deep dockable
water. Huge winter savings
on gorgeous wooded
acreage. Boat directly to Gulf
of Mexico! Must see! Excel-
lent financing. Call about "No
Closing Costs" special
(800)564-5092, x 954.
Tennessee- Affordable lake
properties on pristine 34,000
acre Norris Lake. Over 800
miles of shoreline. Call Lake-
side Realty TODAY!
(888) 291-5253 or visit
acres riverfront on Big Reed
Island Creek near New River
State Park, fishing, view, pri-
vate, good access $89,500.
Shop here first
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OKEE. Beautiful 3br, 2ba
Home & Lot. In 55+ Comm.
$127K. Neg. 863-763-8567
or 502-598-9115

Mobile Homes


2 Story apt. Washer/Dryer.
Fenced. Patio. $750 1st,
last, sec. (863)634-3313
OAK LAKE APT, 2br/2ba, Car-
pet/tile. Avail 1/14 $750 mo
1st, last & $500. sec. Water
included. 863-697-2462
OKEECHOBEE- lbr, 1ba,
furn/unfurn. $700/mo inclds
water, garbage & lawn ser-
vice. (863)610-0559

Clean. All appl., patio, water-
front view, pool. $925 mo.
Call (863)634-9521 for info.
Lake Villa, 2/2, W/D, #47,
$900/mo + $500 dep. New-
ly remodeled (561)743-0192

3BR/2BA Foreclosure!
$32,100! Only $255/Mo! 5%
down 20 years @ 8% apr.
Buy, 6/BR $199/Mo! For list-
ings (800)366-9783 Ext
BASSWOOD New house in
good location, 3br, 2ba
w/garage, $1200/mo, 33rd
Rd (561)379-9417 or
BRAND NEW 4/2 $1095.
mo., 1st. & sec. No pets
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
Lawrence Associates,
1310 SW 5th Ave.
3/2/2 Pool Home. Close to
everything. DreamCatcher
Realty (863)357-5900
BY B-15 2br, lba CBS on 4
lots, enclosed patio; W/D,
Storage shed. Near boat ramp.
$875 mo (786) 201-0306
2ba, $1000 / mo
NICE 2 BR, 1 BA on large lot
w/ oak trees. $145,000. or
$950 mo. (863)634-5586 or

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Lake access. Fully furnished.
$950. mo. + $950. Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
CHOICE OF 3BR, or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031

OKEECHOBEE: 2 Bdrm.,2 Ba.
on lot w/screened porch. Nice
area. Will lease with option to
buy. $700/mo Owner
Financing (863)634-3451.

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OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/1ba,
$550/mo + 1st, Last & See,
Dep. In town, No pots,
A/C furnished, boat de k, no
pets. asmol $ UOImo,
Yearly $800'o Ist & S ec,
dep 54)2601S-33
Lake acess, quit area,
$650, dep, 561)743-4331
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Mobile Home Angels
NAPLES Gated, furn., double
wide, amenities. Reduced.
$54,900 (239)732-6221 or
OAK PARK 2 BR, All furniture
stays including 2 sheds.
$22,500. (863)763-4662
2br, 2ba, Covered carport.
150'x70' lot on SE 58th Dr.
$55K w/$5K-down Owner.
Financing 10yr. Mortgage
$600 mo. (863)467-6688
OKEECHOBEE- 1/1, newly re-
modeled inside w/new roof.
In nice adult park, $5,000
4/2 Tile Floor, Energy Package
Deluxe loaded, over
2,200 sq.ft.
30th Anniversary Sale Special
Save $15,000.
Call for FREE Color Brochures
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
et In today's classifieds.


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
JetSkiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

trailer, trolling motor, new
Johnson motor. $2700
HP Suzuki outboard, with trl.,
$250. Call (863)261-1235
AQUA SPORT 22', Center
console, open fishmen, 225
Evinrude. Good cond.
$3500. (863)228-2622
BASS BOAT '94, 14 Ft., Alu-
minum, Console steer., Mag-
ic tilt trlr, foot control trolling.
$1100 (863)763-6108
BOAT 15' w/4Ohp Merc en-
ine, trolling motor, trailer,
800 (863)467-5906
BOAT MOTOR Elgin, 14.1 hp,
'69, antique, w/3 propellers
& gas tank, runs good,
$480 neg. (561)790-3681
BOAT MOTOR Evinrude, '93,
6hp outboard. Like new.
$400. (561)262-1390
CHAPARRAL '88 19 ft, only
50 hrs, 5.7 Merc Cruiser,
mint, loaded, bow'rider.
$6500 (954)868-6518
COBIA 1981 16 Ft., Cnt.
Console 60 hp Johnson.
Runs great. Needs TLC.
$1300 (863)484-0267
JON BOAT 16', 15hp electric
start motor. Fair condition.
$600 or best offer.
JON BOAT Aluminum, 10'
Tracker Topper, clamp on
folding swivel seat, like new.
$450 (863)467-0085

150 merc, float on aluminum
trailer, 300 hrs., good shape.
$4995 (863)946-1105
PONTOON BOAT '93, 24ft,
w/50hp Evinrude, new trailer,
good shape, $4500 or best
offer (772)260-6580
PONTOON BOAT -nice shape,
runs great, $3500.
Tilt, 2OFT, $1000 or best of-
fer (641)753-9407
ft, 85 hp Yamaha, new start-
er, depth finder, very clean.
$4500 (863)673-1900

ft, needs very little work,
clean. $3000 or trade for
small car. (863)532-1751
- '95, 36 Ft. w/slide. Sips. 6.
Boat dock on Lake Istokpo-
ga. $9500. 937-206-7936
top, Mechanically restored,
Receipts, $2500. or trade for
auto (561)254-7458 Clewist.
MONITOR 1984 -26 Ft., Trav-
el Trailer w/ awning and
newer refrig. $1200
PORTA-POTTY Flushes Like
new condition: $25.

150hp, Ran 3 years ago. For
parts. $200 (863)763-1370
BOAT TRAILER 18 ft, galva-
nized, perfect condition.
$350 or best offer
BOAT TRAILER For a 18-20
ft boat, lights, winch, 2" ball
hitch, trailer jack. $500 or
best offer. (863)697-9704 .

FIREHOSE Good condition,
good for dock bumpers. $10
TOR 1964, 40hp, Nice,
with controls. Last run 6mo
ago. $300. (863)763-3551
su, 2/hp, like new, asking
$225 or best offer.

BMW F650 '99 Black, 22k
milesnew windscreen and
tires, excellent condition.
$3500 (863)467-0085
TER 1994 1200 CC. 8,800
mis. Lots of Chrome & Ex-
tra's. $8,000. 863-634-2925
HONDA MOPED '84 50 cc, 2
stroke, gas, w/pedals-be-
comes a bicycle too, runs
great. $750 (863)447-0796
HONDA SHADOW 750 '05 -
W/wind shield, lots of
chrome, only 3038 miles.
$5000 (863)763-8847
MINI CHOPPER -'Pace, 48cc
gas, Automatic, Fully rebuilt,
New paint, battery w/charg-
er. $400 (863)763-3551
MOTO-GUZZI, '00 12k mi.,
V-11 Basa, blue & silver,
w/helmets, $4800.
cond., rebuilt motor, tons of
speed, many new extras,
$2500 (772)528-5747

'05, great shape, $4000-or
best offer (772)260-6580.
cc's, excellent condition,
electric start, 2 wd. $650 or
best offer. (863)946-1764

Ft., Dual axle w/ brakes.
$1800 870-820-1563

Automobiles i

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

14-13-2, Cruisair Senior
704 SMOH, w/new Top OH,
$30,000 or best offer/trade.
(863)674-0898 or
good gas mileage, new tires
& tran, minor door damage
$1200 neg. (239)289-2896
'90- V8 North Star, 24 mpg
city. Engine like new. $1500
neg. (863)357-7529
DODGE SHADOW '89 2 dr,
runs good, needs body work.
$500 neg. (863)357-1236 or
FORD FOCUS, '00 4 dr., cold
a/c, runs & drives like new,
auto, all options, $3,000..
LINC TOWN CAR '89 lots of.
new parts', $3000.
MUSTANG '89, Runs good,
Good condition. $1500.

Auto, Great A/C, Good tires, All
electric, Needs some work
$800 neg. (239)503-4705
OLDS DELTA 88 '92 new
brakes, tune-up, good AC &
body, needs tranny $300
White w/gold trim, exc.
cond. $4,000 or best offer.
Call 863-675-1410
AC, asking $1500 or best of-
fer very good working cond

Chrome w/ Light Guards. Fits
Ford Super Duty. $600
Steel, Fits '98-07 $75
ENGINE Chevy 454 Big Block
with transmission. $1200. or
best offer. (863)673-1981
FORD ESCORT '92 for parts,
not title, can hear run, $400
or best offer (863)228-4805
MOTOR from Nissan Pickup,
4 cyl., & 5 spd. Transmis-
sion, $750 will sell sep.
Front & rear, fits '03-'07 Che-
vy HD pickups. $1500 for
set. (863)634-3434
perduty Crewcab Pick Up.
Beige, off King Ranch Edition
$300 neg. (863)697-0328
TIRES (4) & 5 lug steel
wheel, 33-12.50-15, good
for woods or mudding. $125
(863)697-6446 .
TIRES (4)- TSL Super Swamp
3_1x12.5x15: Good condition.
$400 863-357-0023
TOOLBOX metal, for Nissan
Pic kup $,1 5 0 .

TOPPER 8', for full size pick-
up, brand new paint job,
black, exc. cond., $300.

CHEVY S10 EXT CAB '83 2.8
6 cyl, good shape, brand
new tires, $1500 or best of-
fer. (863)634-2582
condition. 120K mIs. Every-
thing works. $2800 or best
offer. (863)357-1722
V6, CD, Bed liner, Runs
great. Tires good. A/C works
well. $1800 (863)675-0104
DODGE RAM '89, 8' bed.
Good condition. $2000.
DODGE RAM 1500, '01 -quad
cab, V8 short bed, looks &
runs like brand new, $4900.
DODGE RAM 1500 '95 Cold
AC, runs good, $2500
DODGE RAM '95 2500,
Heavy duty, V8 Magnum, reg.
cab, 4x4, auto, 110K, new
parts,$5000 (863)634-2303
FORD F150 '86, Auto., Excel-
lent runner. A lot of new
parts $ 1 0 0 0 .
FORD F150 1977 4X4,
Needs work. Great for
w o o d s $ 8 0 0
FORD F-250 1985.- Runs
great! $600 (239)462-1564
FORD F250, '80 auto, 2 dr.,
2.wheel:drive, $1200 or best
offer. (863)675-7041 or
FORD PICK UP '94 4 x 4, au-
to, all power, clean, no rust,
looks & runs great. $2500
FORD RANGER '92, 4 cyl.,
great on gas, red, cd, tool
box, $1500 or best offer.

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I PulicNot Ie i

The Okeechobee County Canvassing Board will convene at the office of the Super-
visor of Elections, 304 NW 2nd Street Room 101 (located in the old Court House)
at 1:00 p.m. on Fiday, January 11, 2008. The Board is convening for an orienta-
tion meeting of the 2008 Presidential Preference Primary Election. The Board is
also meeng to test the ballot tabulating equipment to be used in the January 29,
2008 Presidential Preference'Election. Following the public test, the Board may
remain in session to discuss other matters pertaining to the Presidential Prefer-
ence Primary Election.
In accordance with the Sunshine Law of Florida, this meeting will be open to the
/s/Gwen Chandler
Supervisor of Elections
Okeechobee County
255947 ON 1/9/08

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$200. call 561-261-6421

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FORD BRONCO 1985 6 cyl.,
4 spd., 79K org. mis. Needs
paint. Good condition. $2500
4WD, Northern car. High mi.
S Runs, Some rust $800

HAULMARK '05, Enclosed
trailer,. 6'x12' Like new.
$2400. (863)467-5263
Gooseneck, 4 new tires,
wood slates need replacing.
$400 neg (863)443-6427
or best offer (863)675-8937

CARAVAN- -'95, 6 cyl, Seats
7, Good tires, Runs & look
good. Great mileage. $2300
or best offer. (863)675-3299
CHEVY VAN '96 1 ton G30
work van, $2000
Shop here first!
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Heat therapy actually helps latch-key and senior dogs

(ARA) Six-year-old Charlie
got the Christmas present of his
dreams -- a Cocker Spaniel pup-
py. His mom loved to watch the
joy in his face when they played
together during winter break.
But, when Charlie went back to
school and his mom went back
to work, their puppy joined the
legions of latch-key dogs in our
country. -
They returned home one day
to find accidents throughout the
oseabecause be tphep ydid'r
' thedoggie door when left
alone. The next day, they found a
closet full of chewed shoes. The
final straw was a new couch,
which Charlie's single work-
ing mmrn struggled to buy on
her modest salary, which was
rendered unrecognizable when
the dog chewed the cushions to
bits. Many areas have a number
of programs with affordable af-
ter-school activities for kids who
would otherwise go home to
empty houses. But,, there are no
such programs for our pets that
spend their days alone.
Grier McCurdy loved to 'go
trail running with Stella, her
yellow Labrador retriever. Early
each morning, Stella waited ex--
citedly by the front door, waiting
for her to lace up her running
shoes. As she got older, Stella
slowed down, but was still a
willing companion. But one
morning, when Stella was only
seven years old, she couldn't
walk. The vet diagnosed her
with arthritis in both knees and
mild dysplasia in one hip. He
told her that Stella's running
days were over, and that she
shouldn't even chase a tennis
ball anymore. "Me and Stella
were "'heartbroken," says Mc-
Curdy. "I'd get up in the morn-
ing to go running, and she'd be
waiting there for me. Then she'd
start crying when I left without

traditional heating pads are
unsafe for use on dogs or cats.
But a new line-up of high-tech
orthopedic pet beds by Dolce
Vita Pets features a special flat
screen heater within an ortho-
pedic foam bed that provides
safe, heated comfort to soothe
anxious and aching pets.
"When animals get stressed
out -- like when their owners
leave the house for an extended
'period of tire'--theirtbodr -
perature 'dropsarnd their.n M -
cles can tighten up," adds Dr.
Halligan. "Resting in a heated

pet bed increases blood flow
and allows muscles to relax -
- the soothing comfort helps to
Sease stiffness.and anxiety."
The heat therapy .combined
with an orthopedic bed helps
to evenly distribute body weight
and eliminate pressure points
while relaxing muscles and pro-
moting increased mobility and
activity. Heated beds, like the'
DolceVita Therabed (wwwdol-

mended temperatures within' a

your pet (and you!) get a good
night's sleep.
Our pets are part of our fam-
ily. We do, so.much to ensure
their cbmfoirtand well-being -
andely'give:' isso much in re-
turn.utBfsomet!mes, they need
a little extra oIve and care to help
them overcome physical and
emotional obstacles. A comfort-
healt and war
do *ers -
health and well-being.

Photo courtesy of ARA content
Heat beds are helping dogs and cats with everything from
separation anxiety to arthritis pain.

These stories demonstrate
two very different needs for our
pets -- but with a common so-
lution -- heat therapy. Many vets
are recognizing the benefits of
low-level therapeutic heat to
treat everything from separation
anxiety and stress for the latch-
key dog to a variety of bone and
joint problems like arthritis. But
how can we provide heat thera-
py for our pets when, for many
dogs, a hot tub or Velcro heating
pad just won't work? More and
more vets are recommending
the use of heated orthopedic pet
"Our dogs face many of the
same challenges of urban life we
humans do," says Dr. Karen Hal-
ligan, author of "What Every Pet
Owner Should Know" and direc-
tor of veterinary medicine, Soci-
ety for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals of Los Angeles (sp-
caLA). "With more and more of
today's working families busy
until late afternoon, we're faced
with a nation of latch-key dogs,
often left alone in empty houses

for 10 to 12 hours. Also, thanks
to the many advances in medical
technology over the years, we're
also seeing an increasingly older
dog population which presents
its own set of challenges for se-
nior pet care. Across the board,
I've found simple heat therapy
to be very effective."
We can all relate to how good
it feels to take a long soak in a
warm tub. Our muscles relax
and we feel calmer. The same
thing is true for our pets. Heat
therapy is an extremely effective
tool for relieving both arthritis
and separation anxiety. Accord-
ing to some estimates, more
than 10 million dogs -- young
and old alike -- are affected by ar-
thritis. And winter's cold, damp
weather can exacerbate painful
symptoms that make it harder to
walk, run or climb stairs. Pets in
pain can also experience ,a loss
of appetite or demonstrate ag-
gressive behavior -- like chewing
on furniture and shoes.
Until recently, pet owners
didn't have a way to provide
heat therapy to their pets since

Arithmetickles head to Florida Schools

Arithmetickles, the interactive
math show, is on its-way to Flor-
ida schools during the month
of February 2008. A national
touring production, performed
during school assemblies and
for parent/student evenings,
Arithmetickles is based on the
inspired concept of math plus
Presented by ArtsEcho, a
New Jersey-based theatre and
musical arts production com-
pany now in its 20th year, Arith-
metickles uses theatre games,
audience participation, interac-
tive math; teams of kids onstage,
and stand-up comedy to help
teach mathematics to children
in grades K through eighth.
Arithmetickles lives up to
its name. It was created by the
team of Sandra and Ben Ben-
dor, who are theatre artists and

parents of three children. Con-
cerned by their own kids' re-
luctance to learn math through
traditional classroom methods,
the Bendors decided to use their
theatre and comedy skills to
help schoolchildren appreciate
the world of math. They came
up with a show that makes math
funny and cool, not only for ele-
mentary and middle school stu-
dents, but also for their teachers
and parents.
Recognizing. the fact that
math is the gateway to technol-
ogy and science, the Bendors
and their non-profit organiza-
tion, ArtsEcho, created a show
that takes math out of the text-
book and vividly demonstrates
to kids that numbers, shapes
and problem-solving are a vital
part of our everyday lives.
From 32 shows in its first
year, Arithmetickles has grown

to more than 750 shows an-
nually throughout the United
States. Now in. its Tenth year,
Arithmetickles has been seen by
more than 1,650,000 kids in 21
states and in Canada.
Founded in 1987, ArtsEcho
not only produces Arithmetick-
les and Arithmetickles Math
Night, but also the concert, "20th
Century Music and On" (now
in its 16th year) and the Arts
in Education Directory of the
For more information about
Arithmetickles, please call 1-
800-341-3585 or visit the Arith-
metickles website at www.arith-
Editors, please note: Down-
loadable images from Arith-
metickles productions are
available at http://www.arith-
metickles. com/arith/press_

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U.S.C.G. Flotilla
seeks new members
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Flotilla 57 in Okeechobee is seek-
ing new members to become
involved in the Auxiliary's pro-
The Auxiliary is a volunteer
service organization composed
of men and women who actively

support recreational boating safety
and other Coast Guard missions.
The Auxiliary also provides rec-
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Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Dadrika Riles #32 was tough
inside for Okeechobee. She
grabbed a team high eight
rebounds against Sebastian

Dorothy Burkhardt #22 worked very hard on the glass during
Monday's contest. She grabbed seven rebounds against the
Lady Sharks.

Heather Fipps lines up a free
throw during Okeechobee's
loss to Sebastian River on
Monday. Fipps had two
points and four rebounds in
the game.

Lady Brahmans fall to the Sharks

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee appeared to
run out of gas late in Monday's
contest against Sebastian River.
Okeechobee fell behind early, and
then used a lot of energy to get
back into the contest, only to fall in
the 4th quarter, 53-39 to the Sharks,
Brahman Coach Tammy Wright
quipped that it was a good year
until Monday night. She noted the
team got off to a sluggish start and
built too big a hole for themselves.
She noted the team got exhausted
down the stretch and made a lot of
turnovers and silly mistakes.
"They capitalized on our ex-
haustion. Our girls get winded so
fast. Stamina and endurance we
lack," Coach Wright admitted.
She promised more condition-
ing drills at practice to try and get
the girls in better shape for the rest
of the season.
Brittney Williams led Sebastian
with 25 points, nine steals, and five
rebounds. She was a big factor
down the stretch as she dished out
three assists, and scored 12 points
in the fourth quarter.
"In the beginning we were kind
of sluggish coming off the break
but we still managed to pull it off,"
the senior guard said.
Sebastian jumped to a 15-6

lead after one quarter thanks to
some aggressive full court defense.
Okeechobee made too many turn-
overs in the half court. They also
missed three open lay ups inside.
Monica Koger, (eight points), set
the tone for the quarter when she
missed a breakaway lay up off the
opening tip. Koger still had a good
game with six rebounds, and three
steals. She shot (3-11) frorri the
Sebastian built a 12 point lead
early in the second quarter and
appeared headed for an easy
win. However Okeechobee came
back, fueled by some energy off
the bench by Katika Roberts, nine
points. She scored five points,
dolled out an assist and grabbed a
rebound in barely over a minute of
play as Okeechobee went on a (9-
0) run to cut into the lead. Jarelle
Conn also provided five points off
the bench in the quarter and her
three-pointer pulled the Brahmans
to within 24-21 late in the half. Se-
bastian went to the locker room
with a 26-21 advantage.
"We never take a team for
granted," Williams noted, "When
you take the court it is all about
energy. They came out harder than
we expected but we didn't under-
estimate them."
Okeechobee continued to play
well in the third quarter as they
outscored the Sharks 12-9 to pull

to within 35-33. Koger hit a lay up
to make it 30-29 and Okeechobee
played better defense and held
their own on the boards. Dadrika
Riles, eight rebounds, Kylie Eck-
hardt, four rebounds, and Dorothy
Burkhardt, seven rebounds, were
tough on the glass all night. Conn
grabbed five boards in limited ac-
tion and Heather Fipps and Jewel
Buck had four rebounds apiece.
Still Okeechobee simply could
not hit shots. The team shot 14-46
from the field for the game and that
wasn't good enough. Sebastian
also had 27 steals as a team.
In the fourth quarter Williams
took over as she repeatedly .found
the open man, made key steals and
hit some big shots. She also went
to the foul line for 10 free throws in
the final eight minutes, the sign of a
good point guard.
"I try real hard and practice real
hard. My coach pushes me. I feel
real good that we managed to hold
on," she noted.
Coach Wright said her girls will
have to play better for 32 minutes
and not just for 16 or 24 minutes
in order to pull out victories. She
noted if the team is in better shape,
they should do better in the long
run. They will play host to Lake
Placid on Thursday.
"Overall I was pleased with the
way we played," Coach Wright

noted, "We were down 12 points
early, and we pulled within three.
They pulled away again down
the stretch. We'll go at it again on
The Brahman JV fell to Sebas-
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Adventure Racing is coming

The first of four adventure races
or "Extreme Sports at the Lake"
will begin and end at the Pahokee
Marina, The first race will empha-
size mountain biking with approxi-
mately 20 miles of biking, 5 miles
of running, and exciting water chal-
lenges. Participants will need to
provide a bike, hydration packs and
a compass. This race, although the
shortest of the four races planned
for this year will be a challenge for
even the most experienced adven-
ture racer or team of racers.
The race will begin at 8 a.m. and
is full of surprises. The race direc-
tor, Kenny Lutz, is very secretive
and the details of the course and
the unique design of the trophies.

It is anticipated that this race will
take approximately three hours to
These series of Adventure Races
are. part of the Lake Okeechobee
Regional Economic Alliance's
(LORE) overall mission to bring
attention to the Lake Okeechobee
area and to improve the region's
economy and tourism. Pahokee,
South Bay and Belle Glade will all
host portions of the races through-
out the series.
In order to register for this race,
participants may call the Belle
Glade Chamber of Commerce at
(561) 996-2745 or check out the
race website www.lakeOsurvi- to download an

application. Competitors can also
register at
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tee contacts are: Brenda Bunting,
George "Boots" Boyer, Suzanne
Harper, Olga Hayes, Ken Lutz, L.
J. Margolis, Jim Sheehan, Ashley
Tripp, and Lillian Tomeu.
Collaborators for this event are:
Bill Vervaeke and Tina Perales from
the Palm Beach County Conven-
tion and Visitors Bureau, and Gra-
ham Morris from the Palm Beach
County Sports Commission.
For more details, participants
may contact Kenny Lutz at 561-914-
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Sports News in Brief

Ten Star All Star
Basketball Camp
Applications are now being
evaluated for the Ten Star All Star
Summer Basketball Camp. The
Ten Star All Star Summer Basket-
ball Camp is by Invitation only.
Boys and Girls ages 10-19 are
eligible to apply. Past participants
include: Michael Jordan, Tim
Duncan, Vince Carter, Jerry Stack-
house, Grant Hill and Antawn
Jamison. Players from 50 states
and 10 foreign countries attended
the 2007 Camp. College Basketball
Scholarships are possible for play-
ers selected to the All-American
Team. Camp locations include:
Babson Park, Fla., Prescott, Ariz.,

Thousand Oaks, Calif., Gainesville,
Ga., Champaign, Ill., Glassboro,
N.J.; Lebanon, Tenn., Commerce,
Texas, and Blacksburg, Va. There
is also a Summer Camp available
for Boys and Girls ages 6-18 of all
skill levels. For a free brochure on
these summer camps, please call
(704) 373-0873. or go online at

Taylor Creek
Bass Club to meet'
Taylor Creek Bass Club will
hold its next monthly meeting on
Jan. 10, at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 beginning at 7
p.m. The club holds its meetings
on the second Thursday of each

month with bass tournaments be-
ing held the following weekend.
New members (especially non-
boaters) are welcome. For more
information contact Dave Stout at
(863) 467-2255.

2008 Youth Basketball
Sign-ups open
Sign-ups for the Okeechobee
County Parks and Recreation's
Youth Basketball League will be
held through Friday, Jan. 11; begin-
ning at 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Registra-
tion is $30 per child and is being
conducted at 640 N.W 27th Lane
at the Okeechobee County Sports
Complex. Please call (863) 763-
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