Vol. 99 No. 16 Wednesday, Japuary 16, 200(
.A migrant housing facil-
ity is on the agenda for City of
Okeechobee Planning Board
(OPB)/Board of Adjustment
and Appeals (BOA) meeting to
be held Thursday, Jan 17 at 6
p.m. in City Hall, 55 Southeast
Third Avenue, Room 101.
For 720 Northwest Ninth
Drive, Application No. 08-002-
SE is Rafael Ayala's request to
allow a special exception to
allow a residential migrant
housing facility within RMF
zoning district at the southeast
corner.of Northwest 9th Drive
and Northwest 8th Street on the
south side of the railroad.
caught after chase
MOORE HAVEN -- Three
Belle Glade men are in custody
and a fourth is being sought iM
connection with a series of bur-
glaries of several convenience
stores around the lake.
According to jail records
at the Glades County Jail Rod-
ney King, Lukner Blanc and
Romuald Claude are all being
held without bond. King is
charged with criminal mischief
with property damage, larceny,
burglary and high speed fleeing
and eluding a law enforcement
officer. The other two men are
charged with fleeing and elud-
ing a law enforcement officer,
vehicle theft, robbery, burglary,
larceny and criminal mischief
with property damage.
On Wednesday, Jan. 16,
Okeechobee Main Street will
hold their membership lun-,
cheon at the Brahma Bull Res-
taurant, 2504 U.S. 441 South at
noon. The public is welcome to
come see what OKMS is doing
for our community.
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Festival royalty: 2008 Speckled Perch pageant
S Submitted photos/ Bobbi Poole
The 40th Annual Speckled Perch Pageant winners and first runners-up included (back row-left to right) Morgan
Crawford, Allison Chandler, Brittany Nethers, Rachel Holt, (center row-left to right) Cali Kirksey, Christine Carnley,
(front row-left to right) Mariah Aguirre, Shelby Kirton and Taylor Carter All of the contestants were decked out in
their formal attire at the pageant on Sunday, Jan. 13. Congratulations to all. This year is the 40th Annual Speckled
Perch Festival which will be held Feb. 9 and 10 at Flagler Park. The winners can be seen in the parade on Saturday,
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee man
has been booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail in con-
nection with a
tion that ended
with a shot
being fired into
14, was Ernest
Foy Cunning- Ernest
ham, 27, S.E.
.2T' Corts e Cunningham
was charged with shooting into
arn occupied vehicle, discharging
a firearm from a moving vehicle
within 1,000 feet of another and
two counts of aggravated bat-
terywith a firearm. His bond has
been set at $37, 500.
Detective Ted Van Deman of
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) said a 17-
year-old Loxahatchee teen was
injured when the shot was fired
into a black Jeep Cherokee in
which he was a passenger. He
said the .22 caliber bullet shat-
tered the driver's side window
and struck the teen a grazing
blow. The teen was riding in the
The detective said the.vehicle
was driven by James Preston
Cole, 19, of Canal Point. Mr.
Cole, added the detective, was
injured when shards of glass
struck him in his left armr
"This was the most senseless'
shooting Il've ever heard of in my
fe ..f aidDetectivVe Van Deman.
!There was.nothilg to justify the
The verbal altercation began
after midnight on Nov. 11,
2007, at a convenience store
in Okeechobee. Detective Van
Deman said the six young men
in a Jeep stopped at the store..
He said they had attended a
party in Buckhead Ridge when
a fight broke out and one of the
young men had a black eye.
See Shooting Page 2
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Last Year: 11.97 feet
Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level
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'Portability' would help some families says representative
By MaryAnn Morris Regardifig "portability of
Okeechobee News the accumulated Save Our
The "portability" of Save Homes (SOH) benefit, she
Our Homes included in the explained, "If you have owned
proposed tax amendment your homestead property
could help some families, for more than six years, the
SOH benefit ,ou ca rn 'n ot' or
according to State Representa-
tive Gail Harrell, from District
81, (Martin and St. Lucie Coun-
ties). Rep. Harrell spoke to the
Okeechobee Rotary Club Tues-
day about the potential effects
of the proposed tax amend-
ment that will appear on the
ballot of the Special Election to
be held Tuesday, Jan. 29..
Rep. Harrell commented
that the huge increases in
property values all over the
state have lead to phenomenal
increases in spending by coun-
"The increase was huge
in Martin and St. Lucie Coun-
ties, but here in Okeechobee
County, with a large amount
of its acreage in agriculture,
the increase was not so signifi-
cant," she said,
"Under the new amend-
ment, you will not see the
huge property tax increases
you have seen in the past," she
said. "Because taxing authori-
ties cannot increase taxes any
more than the actual percent-
age of growth in the County,"
apply to your new home will
be significant. But if you have
owned for three years or less,
the benefit will probably not
"Currently because the SOH
benefit keeps property taxes
from increasing no more. than
three percent a year, people
often cannot-afford to sell their
homes because they cannot
afford the increased property
taxes that would result.
"Young families who need
another bedroom cannot
afford to move and older peo-
ple, even if they want to down-
size, cannot afford to move
because property tax increases
have been so great."
When, asked why so many
items were jammed into one
bill, she replied, "This is the
package we were able to get
passed by the House, the Sen-
ate and the Governor, all who..
must approve it."
"This amendment will
result in a $3.7 million reduc-
tion in Okeechobee County
See Portability Page 2
MaryAnn Morris/Okeechobee News
Rotary President, Terry Burroughs, thanks Florida State Representative Gail Harrell for
her presentation explaining the proposed property tax.amendment to the Rotary Club of
Okeechobee on Tuesday, Jan 15.
2 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Migrant housing on
By MaryAnn Morris
A migrant housing facility is on
the agenda for City of Okeechobee
Planning Board (OPB)/Board of
Adjustment and Appeals (BOA)
meeting to be held Thursday, Jan
17 at 6 p.m. in City Hall, 55 South-
east Third Avenue, Room 101.
For 720 Northwest Ninth Drive,
Application No. 08-002-SE is Rafa-
el Ayala's request to allow a spe-
cial exception to allow a residen-
tial migrant housing facility within
RMF zoning district at the south-
east corner of Northwest 9t" Drive
and Northwest 81t Street on the
south side of the railroad. Mr. Ayla
wishes to buy this property from
the current owner. There are two
existing buildings each with three
two-bedroom apartments. There
is also another building being
used as a storage shed. The apart-
ment buildings have been used
to house migrants for some time,
but have only been licensed by
the state and county this past year.
Staff is recommending denial of
this request because the current
owner of the property has not met
significant code requirements and
this facility is closer to an existing
migrant housing facility than the
250 feet the Code allows.
At Highway 70 East, Applica-
The Okeechobee Codnty Sher-
iff's Office is disclosing this infor-
mation to the public in order to
enhance public safety, awareness,
and protection. This information
is not intended to increase fear;
rather it is this agency's belief that
an informed public is a safer pub-
This bulletin should be used
only for information purposes.
Citizen abuse of the information
to threaten. intimidate, or harass
offenders will not be tolerated, in
The individuals who appear
in this bulletin have served the
sentence impose on them by the
courts. They are NOT wanted by
the police at this time. Sex offend-
ers have always lived in commu-
nities. The only change is the pub-
lic is now better informed.
R6dney Leitner, 2946 N.E. 103
Ave. was convicted of Lewd and
Lascivious Victim less than 12
+ ;fofen doe.nder^verpg8x OA,nA .
+ 4/19/2001 in Palm Beach County.,
The victim was a minor. If you
have any questions regarding this
If you go
Okeechobee City Planning Board/
Board of Adjustments and Appeals
City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave Thurs-
day, Jan 17 at 6 p.m.
tion No. 08-003-SE is Kelly Kite's
request for property owner
Okeechobee SR70 Holdings LLC
for about an added 10 feet height
over the allowed 45 feet to por-
tions of' the roof of a proposed
four-story Hampton Inn Hotel to
be located in a CVH zone. The
added height is needed for archi-
tectural elements that add to the
curb appeal of the hotel. Staff is
recommending approval, since
the are no adverse effects from
Big Lake Eye Care, LLC at 606
North Parrott Avenue, east of Tay-'
lor Creek and west of the Aztec.
Mark Bandel, on behalf of the
owner requests permission to
have a dwelling unit above the
shop. The shop is a commercial
'building within a CHV zoning
district at the southeast corner
of Parrott Avenue and Northeast
Sixth Street. Big Lake Eye Care has
been operating out of this one-
story building since 2003. Now
the owner wants to add a dwell-
ing unit above the business to be
used "by the owners at their dis-
cretion." Staff is recommending
approval since nothing in the City
Comprehensive Plan prohibits it;
such use is specifically authorized
as a Special Exception in that zon-
ing district and the use is appro-
priate for the locations and poses
no adverse effects to the neigh-
At the northeast corner of 108
Northeast Seventh Avenue and
SR 70 along the east side of Tay-
lor Creek, David and Anita Nunez
request a variance to reduce the
front setbacks .from twenty to zero
feet and the north side setbacks
from eight to zero feet within a
CHV zoning district. Staff is recom-
mending denial of this since no
hardship has been shown and the
extent of the variance requested
was not the minimum that would
work. Staff feels that reasonable
use of the property can be made
without such a large variance.
Southeast Milk, owner of 1005
Southwest Park Street has request-
ed permission to create a five-foot
offset "visibility triangle." A "vis-
ibility triangle" is an area without
any building or other which could
block the view of the driver of a
motor vehicle attempting to (in
this case) pull out of the property
on to Southwest Park Street. Staff'
recommends denial because the
property owner added to an exist-
ing building, adding to the prob-
lem. This could be reduced. No
irrefutable justification has been
presented. Reasonable use of the
property can be made without the
Finally, the Board of County
Commissioners of Okeechobee
County is requesting to reduce
the required front setback at
304 Northwest Fourth Street
(Okeechobee County Jail and
Sherrif's Office to allow place-
ment of an emergency genera-
tor and fuel storage, to replace
the existing 20-year-old genera-
tor. The requirements of today's
generators make this kind of
location necessary. The location
of the proposed new generator
and fuel tank is along the unim-
proved Northwest Fourth Street
as it extends west toward the
ballpark from the Sheriffs facility.
It will be a 40 foot by 40 foot build-
ing. Depending on input from the
Fire Chief, staff is recommending
approval of the request to allow
as little as a zero setback for' the
storage building for the new gen-
erator and its fuel.
Post your opinion in the public
Issues Forum at www.newslap.
com. Reporter MaryAnn Morris
may be reached at mmorris@
r Notification hoo pickup pulled along side theJeep
Shooi ng, and Cunningham apparently
fired a shot into the SUV, said the
Continued From Page 1 detective. The pickup passed the
Apparently, some Okeechobee Jeep then turned around at CR
Imen saw the injured young mai'h 15-B and headed back toward
Sand began to harass him about Okeechobee.
his injury. Detective Van Deman said Mr.
The detective said there were Cole did not stop, but continued
five local meri involved in the ver- toward Canal Point.
bal confrontation that escalated Some time later the victims
to the point that the injured man returned to Okeechobee and
asked a store clerk to call law filed a complaint. They were also
enforcement. None of the local able to give a good description of
men involved had been to the the vehicle from which the shot
party, and they apparently didn't was fired.
,know any of the occupants in the "The vehicle --was pretty
Jeep. unique," said the detec-tie "It
"Everybody had been drinking was an older green Chevy pickup
that night," offered Detective Van with a white tailgate. All of the.
Deman. victims described it pretty well."
Rodney Leitner; W/M; (DOB) The young men in the Jeep Detective Van Deman said
8/15/66; HAIR: Blonde hair; left Okeechobee and began to while he has recovered the .22
EYES Blue eyes drive down U.S. 441 S.E., as the caliber bullet that was fired into
Address: 2946 NE 103 Av- five other men began to follow the Jeep, he has been unable to
enue, Okeechobee them in three vehicles, said the find the gun.
detective. TWo of those vehicles The detective added that none
bulletin, contact Michele or Con- were stopped by OCSO deputies of the inu eresveaoe
,Sheriff.' suffice at (863) 763-3117, Chevrolet pickup truck conlnued Issues Forum at www.newszap.
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www.fdle.state.fl.us. In the area of CR 15-A, the reached at email@example.com.
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Glades County bans outdoor burning
The Glades County Board of County Commissioners has deter-
mined that emergency conditions exist as a result of extreme
drought and other existing weather conditions. The Board imple-
mented a burn ban, starting Jan. 8, 2008. The ban will continue
in effect, without interruption, until the Board of County Commis-
sioners appropriate. The ban suspends any and all outdoor burning
except where outdoor burning is being performed pursuant to an
outdoor burning permit issued by the Division of Forestry or pursu-
ant to other State authorization. The suspended/banned outdoor
burning includes: outdoor burning of yard waste, recreational fires,
the private use and discharge of fireworks and sparklers and the use
of any other outdoor ignition source.
Water restrictions still in effect
Residents in the Lake Okeechobee Service Area (LOSA) of the
South Florida Water Management District are reminded that Phase
III Water Restrictions remain in effect. Under Phase III, most residen-
tial water users in the LOSA are required to limit outdoor irrigation
times to one day per week and four hours per day. Residents with
odd home addresses are allowed to water between the hours of 4
a.m. and 8 a.m. EST on Saturdays, while residents with even home
addresses are allowed to water between the hours of 4 a.m. and 8
a.m. EST on Sundays. Residents may also hand-water (no sprinklers,
automated or manual) on their designated day between 5 and 7
p.m. No domestic water'use for outdoor irrigation will be allowed
Monday through Friday,
In addition, residential users.may wash their cars, boats and other
equipment from 5-7 p.m. and within the specific times and days
where irrigation is allowed. Residents also are expected to observe
normal water conservation practices within the home. The use of
water for firefighting, safety, sanitation, health, medical and other
essential purposes is not restricted. Organizers of charity car wash-
es and outdoor water-based recreational activities are required to
obtain a variance. Application forms and instructions are available
on the District website at www.sfwmd.gov. For more informa-
tion, please phone the South Florida Water Management District
Okeechobee Service Center at 462-5260. T6 report a violation, please
contact the Okeechobee County Sheriff 's Office at 763-3117.
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"The Legislature voted to hold
the schools harmless," respond-
ed Rep. Harrell. "The state will
'make up any loss to the schools.
The legislature is working on
trimming the State budget now
Trust Quartet to perform in concert
The Trust Quartet, singing Gaither style four part harmony are
scheduled to perform in concert on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. in the
North Lake Estates Clubhouse. The exciting Trust Quartet, a Florida
based, Nashville recorded mixed group, will perform their enthusiastic
approach to some of gospel's finest songs. Trust not only has great har-
mony but also unique ministering ability with song. You will not want
to miss this opportunity to enjoy a great concert.
Health Fair scheduled
Church of the Brethren in Lorida will put be hosting a Health Fair,
"Fit and Great for 2008." It will be held Monday, Jan. 21 from 8 a.m.
until noon. Health providers, screenings, door prizes, and refresh-
ments will be present. It is open to the public. For information call
so that funds will be available to
"The proposed tax amend-
ment does not prevent coun-
ties from changing over to fees
to make up the revenue lost
because of the tax amendment,
however, she said. "There is
more accountability of county
officers with fees than with
can be contacted
The Jan. 13 edition story headlined "Officials watch for home-
stead fraud" contained an error. The story stated, "On Tuesday, Jan.
29, voters in Florida will have the opportunity to vote on how home-
stead exemptions are assessed. They can choose to keep their cur-
rent exemption and their current Save Our 'Homes cap, or choose the
Super Homestead Exemption and give up Save Our Homes." This
statement is incorrect as the proposed change has been updated.
The proposed amendment includes Save Our Homes Portability.
The Jan. 14 edition story headlined, "Proposed tax cut a mixed
blessing" also contained an error. The story stated, "Under the pro-
posal to be voted on later this month, the first $25,000 of assessed
value would be exempt. The second $25,000 value of the home, that
portion of the value between $25,001 and $50,000, would be taxed.
Then the third $25,000 of value between $50,001 and $75,000 would
be taxed." It should have stated the' firsts $25,000 would be exempt,
tlfe second $25,000 would be taxed and the third $25,000, the portion
of the value between $50,001 and $75,000 would be exempt.
We regret the errors and any confusion they may have caused.
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HERITAGE OR HATE: For all of those of you that fly the confeder-
ate flag, wear it on your clothes, and put the stickers on your vehicles,
and offer that it's "heritage not hate," you really need to check yourself
and your history. I'm really disappointed that a confederate license
plate is even being-considered by the state legislature. Despite the argu-
ment that the north fought for oppression and aggression (a rant listed
at http://www.southern-style.us/alesson in history.htm), the bottom
line is that the south succeeded from the Union because Lincoln was
elected and continued slavery was at risk. The southern states pushed
for the annexation of Texas to become a slave state as well as trying
to annex Cuba and several Central American countries. Adding to the
issue was the Dred Scott v. Sanford case in which Lincoln asserted
that the next Dred Scott case could hurt the north, and this caused
the abolitionist's to ramp up their efforts. Another seminal event was
John Brown's raid on the Harper Ferry Amory and these combined
events as well as others caused South Carolina announcing in its state
legislature that it was succeeding from the union, 'followed by Missis-
sippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. Thht's the real
history, backed by both Union and Confederate archives. There has
been enough of the argument that your ancestor's didn't own slaves.
I assure you; if your ancestors identified themselves as "rebels," you
can count on them supporting the Jim Crow laws that were just as
influential in continuing the rampant racism that existed in the south.
The confederacy was created out of a need to continue slavery and
free labor on.the plantation. The confederate flag is a continued identi-
'fication with the atrocities that occurred. Trust me, freedom of speech
is an important American right, but to continue to claim that this is not
an offensive symbol is ridiculous. I guess that we should fly the Nazi
flag since Hitler did some good things in Germany too.
SANITATION WORKERS: This morning as I lay in the comfort of
my bed and I heard you working in the cold and dark, God laid it on
my heart as to what a witness for Jesus you all are by doing what you
do. Like Jesus you make our world a better place to live. On recycle
days, like Jesus, you take the used and discarded and enable it to be-
come new and needed. On garbage trash days, your work is like that
of Jesus' second coming to cleanse the earth. You collect, remove and
send the bad and un-recyclable to be destroyed by fire. What most
people consider a lowly and un-desirable profession turns out to be
.very much like Jesus' life when here on earth and in His second com-
ing. Thank you for doing what you do, and know God honors your
,work and is well pleased in your reflection of his son.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS: They are talking on TV about Florida's ab-
sentee balloting picking up, how about the 2000 election where they
didn't count the ballots because the election was too close to call. Are
you going to count the absentee ballots this year?
RUDE: I would like to speak out about the rude customers who
won't even try to put the buggies where they belong, and also the driv-
ers who are in such a big hurry they won't give anyone the chance to
back out who is trying to back out.
NEW AMENDMENT: I don't understand with this new tax amend-
ment, what it means When they talk about when you move, you can
take the value up to 500,000. If I got'a house appraised at $75,000 and
moved into a house appraised at $200,000 I don't know what that
means, but they don't mean that I am going to pay tax on the $75,000
surely. And they don't say that I can take .$75,000 more off my tax.
What in the world does that mean? They never explain it, can you
Editor's note: A recent commentary by Sarasota County Property
Appraiser Jim Toradora explained it this way: Currently, a property
- receiving the Homestead Exemption has its annual Assessed Value
increases limited to no more than 3 percent or the change in the'
Consumer Price Index, whichever is less. Any interruption in the ex-
emption, such as the property being sold, results in a reassessment
to the property's current Market Value. The difference between the
homestead property's Assessed Value and its Market Value is referred
to as a Cap. The proposed law would permit the owner to relinquish
the homestead on one property and within 2 years move, or port,
the Cap to a newly established homestead property. The maximum
amount that could be ported is $500,000. If downsizing to a home
of lower market value the ratio of Assessed Value to Market Value
would remain the same as the ratio from the previous residence. In
no event would portability permit a property to become completely
tax exempt. For example if the owners have a homestead property
with a Market Value of $300,000 and an Assessed Value of $200,000
the Cap would be $100,000 ($300,000 $200,000). If the owner upside
to a property with a Market Value of say $450,000 and establish a
new homestead, the Assessed Value of this property would be re-
duced to $350,000 ($450,000- $100,000).
GET IN THE NOW: Jan. 14, 2008, I1 am listening to the news to-
night on the different candidates, stop bragging about the past presi-
dents. Wake up! It isn't the color or the past president, which they all
did good in someway; however, it is the NOW, THE NOW! What are
they going to do for the people? This is about the presidential elec-
HOMESTEAD AMENDMENT: The more I read about the Home-
stead increase proposal, the more I think it is a really bad idea.'It is
a plant to' benefit the wealthy at the cost of services to the public.
Maybe they can afford to live in gated communities with their own
security'forces, but most of us need the local fire departments, police
and EMTs. This amendment will cut property taxes and because of
that will cut funding for services that are vital to the community. The
rich never want to pay their own way. That is how they stay rich.
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It's time for mental health parity
By Wilson Washington
For the most part, we live
in a time of medical openness
and acceptance. Katie Couric
can broadcast her colonoscopy
live and celebrities are more
forthcoming than ever about
struggles with cancer, heart
disease and even acne.
The same cannot be. said,
however, about those with a
mental illness. Mental health
issues are not handled in the same
manner-which is understandable
to a point, given many people's
lack of understanding of the
What is not understandable
- or acceptable is why health
insurers continue to' treat mental
illness differently than physical
illness. For an industry that fully
understands the subject and the
dangers of withholding treatment,
there is no excuse.
Even after all we have learned
about the nature of mental
illness, the devastating financial
and societal cost of ignoring
those who suffer and the amazing
results of proper treatments, it
often remains a struggle to receive
timely and effective care.
The biggest reason? In addition
to the stigma that remains for
some, health insurers discourage
or limit access to mental health
services because they can. Today,
as many as 90 percent of Floridians
with private health insurance
coverage are enrolled in plans
with mental health coverages that
are less than those provided for
During the 2007 legislative
session, an attempt was made
to level the playing field as Rep.
Ed Homan and Sen. Dennis
Jones introduced mental health
parity legislation that would have
required employers, commercial
health insurers and health plans
which provide mental health
coverage to ensure that it is no less
restrictive than their coverages for
In short, parity prohibits
insurers or health care plans from
discriminating between coverage
offered for mental illness and often
substance abuse from coverage
offered for physical illnesses and
diseases. Under parity, they are
required to use the same visit
limits, deductibles, co-payments,
and annual., and lifetime dollar
If asked, most people would
probably have assumed such a
lawalready existed. Unfortunately,
such is not the case at least not
one that helps everyone. In 1996,
the federal Mental Health Parity
Act was signed into law, but it
only applies to companies with
50 or .more 'employees, and it
does not prohibit offering mental
health patients fewer services and
requiring higher out-of-pocket
As a result of this considerable
loophole, 46 states have stepped
up and passed some form of
parity legislation, including Ohio
and New York just last year.
Florida, however, still lack's such
Those who believe that this
issue, while sounding unfair, does
not directly affect them or many
people they know, are mistaken.
According to the National
Institute of Mental Health, about
one in four adults suffer from
a diagnosable mental disorder
in a given year. And the burden
of. mental illness on health and
productivity in the United States
has long been understated,
with mental disorders being the
leading cause of disability in the
U.S. for individuals aged 15-44.
A surprising 25 percent of all
disability is attributable to mental
The annual economic cost
of mental illness in the U.S. is
estimated at over $275 billion
in lost employment and wages,
reduced productivity, health
care, social welfare, and criminal
That is quite a price to pay in
place of treating mental illness as
any other medical condition.
As our current system
continues to discriminate against
reimbursement for treatment and
discourages those in need from
seeking care, fewer are receiving
it. Incredibly, the percentage of
health insurance premiums spent
on mental health care is actually
declining. And it certainly is not
because fewer people need it.
Ironically, this is occurring
at a time when employers and,
employer groups are increasingly
recognizing the importance of a
mentally healthy workforce..And
many are coming to the realization
that mental health coverages,
represent an investment in their
employees, promote worker
productivity and are essential to
business growth and a company's
It is time for Floridians to
demand a change in the way
coverage for' mental illness is
handled by our insurers. Those
suffering from mental illness
deserve as much help as those
suffering from physical illness,
and discriminating against those
with mental illness .by denying
treatment simply leads to more
illness and high economic and
And that is a price we should
no longer have to pay. It is time to
demand parity for mental health
Wilson Washington is a mem-
ber of the Board of Directors
of the Florida Council for Conr-
munity Mental Health and. Vice
President, Behavioral Health
Care Center, Community Health
of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) in
Miami, Florida. He may be con-
tacted at (305) 252-4853, (786)
412-1646 or WWashington@HC-
Wednesday Jan. 16
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday.
Spanish groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee
Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group
facilitator. Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health
Department, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene
Luck as the group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until
7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information,
call (863) 763-2893.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m..at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m..at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.WSixth St. It will be a.closed discussion.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings
each month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second
St:, at 7:30 p.m. They are always looking for new people and new
ideas. For information, callIMargaret Bowers at (863)-763-7399 or
NA. meeting at 8 p.m.'afthe Just F6T today Club 6f Oke'hobe6,;'
2303 Parrott Ave., The Lake Shops Suite K. For information call
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. 17
Cancer Support Group will meet on the third Thursday
of the month to help and encourage women who have been
diagnosed with cancer. The meeting will be held at the American
Red Cross office at 323 N. Parrott Ave. from 5:15 until 6:15 p.m.
For information, call Janet Topp at (863) 824-2899..
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information
call Margaret at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will
meet for a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at
the Basinger Civic Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. 'at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St.
Anyone interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome
to attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available. For
information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at
412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in
the fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863)
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until
1 p.m. at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W South Park St. All
Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For information, contact
Frank Irby at (863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5. until
6:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St.
Please join us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or
Hazel at (863) 763-4920, for information.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence
and abusive relationships. The support groups are held every
Thursday at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call
Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a
second language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group
every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family
member is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers
and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another
support, information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice
at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday night 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)
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Believers Fellowship,
300 S.W 6th Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863)
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from
6:30 until 8 p.m.
VFW #9528 holds garage sale
The VFW Post 9528 will hold a garage sale on Friday, Jan. 17 and
Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Post home on 78 West in BHR. Donations of
items to the sale. are needed. Please drop off at the post home on
Hwy 78 West, or call for local pickup on Jan. 15 & 16. For pickup call
between noon and 4 p.m. at the Post home (863) 467-2882 or Frank
at (863) 467-0840.
Airboat Association to meet
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will hold its monthly
meeting at Beef O' Brady's on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. Election of
officers for 2008 and final'preparation for the Speckled Perch Festival
are the primary agenda items. All members are encouraged to be
present. 2008 membership dues can be paid at the meeting or mailed
to P. 0. Box 30, Okeechobee, FL 34973-0300.
Monthly, coffee klateh scheduled ,1 ;, *n .
The Chamber of Commerce Coffee iatch will be'Jan.r17; at 8'
a.m. It will be sponsored by March of Dimes Lakeview Builders,
200 N.W Fifth St.
Huckabee supporters to meet
Mike Huckabee supporters will be meeting at Joey's Pizza on.
Thursday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m. More information atwww.mikehuckabee.
SAC meeting to be held
New Endeavor High School will be holding their SAC meeting on
Friday Jan. 18, at 11:30 a.m. This meeting is open to the public. For
information call (863) 462-5125.
Calling all back yard BBQ cooks!
The Sixth Annual Top of the Lake BBQ Affair hosted byOkeechobee
Main Street is just around the corner. Main Street has moved the
event to the Agri-Civic Center and the new date is Jan. 18 and 19,
2008. This is an invitation to local cooks. Because this upcoming
barbecue is a Jack Daniels Qualifier, they are anticipating a very large
event. Every year the Home Boy Division gets larger and larger. Space
is limited, so get those applications in! For more information about
the event, you can log onto www.mainstreetokeechobee.com or call
Karen Hanawalt, Program Manager at (863) 367-6246.
Southern Gospel sing planned
Believers Fellowship Church at 300 S:W 6th 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.
Hospice holds yard sale
SHospice of Okeechobee will host one day yard sale on Friday Jan.
18 from 8 a.m. to.2 p.m. It will be held at the Hospice Blue Volunteer
Building on S.E. Fourth St. next to The Hamrick Home. There will
be great bargains at discounted prices. Everything must go so that
we may set out new items that have arrived. All monies raised will.
be used for patient care including services offered in The Hamrick
Home. For more information call (863) 467-2321.
North VFW #4423 seeks Auction items
The North VFW Post 4423 is seeking donations for an auction to
be held on Jan. 19. We are accepting household items, lawnmowers
etc. Whatever you would like to donate that would be good for an
auction will be accepted. We can arrange for pickup by calling Bill at
the Post at (863) 763-0818 or by calling David Lee at (863) 697-9002.
AARP Drivers Safety Course set
Jan. 19, and Jan.'26, 2008 the Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church,
will hold a AARP Drivers Safety Course from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in
the Church fellowship hall. Tuition is $10 and they will take checks
only. You do not have to be a member of AARP or have AARP Auto
Insurance. All seniors 55 and over are invited. Consult you auto
insurance agent for your three year discount upon completion of this
class. Please call ahead and sign up for class. For information or to
register, please call the Instructor, Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-0351.
Bass Busters kicks off tourney season
BASS BUSTERS 2008 kicks off in Clewiston, for their 18th year of
holding tournaments every month on Lake Okeechobee on Jan. 19
and 20, with the Silver and Gold Divisions..
The Silver Division will be held on Saturday Jan. 19, with a team
entry fee of only $60 and includes the Big Bass Jackpot.
The Gold Division will be held on Sunday Jan. 20, with a team
entry fee of only $100 and includes the Big Bass Jackpot.
Both tournaments start at safelight. The weigh-in each day will be
held at 3 p.m. at Roland and Maryann Martin's Marina. There is a Five
Fish Limit per Team and State of Florida Exemptions will be issued.
For additional Information visit the official website at www.
bassbustersflorida.com or contact Chris Fickey at chris@
bassbustersflorida.com or at (941) 232-9539.
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By Charles Murphy
Three such lawsuits were filed
in Okeechobee Circuit Court in
late December. All named the
Phillip Morris Company and the
R.J Reynolds Tobacco Company.
The City of Okeechobee was
named in a civil lawsuit filed by
a local man who suffered several
broken vertebra in his back in an
automobile accident some 15
months ago. Attorneys for Dale
Proudfoot said a fallen or re-
moved stop sign contributed to
the accident on Oct.14, 2006. He
was a passenger in the vehicle
that apparently ran through the
intersection at N.W. 11"' Avenue
and Seventh Court, and collided
with a tractor-trailer. The lawsuit
claims the city was negligent be-
cause it failed to maintain the
stop sign, failed to inspect it and
didn't warn the community that
a dangerous situation existed
there. The lawsuit seeks dam-
ages for pain and suffering, loss
of earnings and other claims.
Two local businesses filed
litigations against Okeechobee
County Property Appraiser Bill
Sherman in the past month
which contests their property tax
assessments for 2007.
Embarq, Florida, Incorporat-
ed contested their assessments
on three properties that are basi-
cally metallic fiber cable, analog,
digital circuits and switch equip-
ment. Embarq was formerly
known as Sprint Telephone.
They have filed several similar
court challenges in recent years.
This year's assessments were set
at nearly $29.53 million.
The second litigation came
from the owner of the Twin Oaks
Pet Cemetery, Thomas Nicholl.
He argued the assessment is ar-
bitrary and capricious. The as-
sessment was $323,942.
Rigoberto Rigo Trujillo, 25,
was adjudicated guilty of sale of
cocaine and possession with the
intent to sell cocaine and was
sentenced to 30 months in prison
on Dec. 18. Trujillo was arrested
on Nov. 27, 2006, after a routine
traffic stop on U.S. 441 north near
N.W. 36th Street.
Prosecutors decided to drop
charges against Cassie Griffin
that included attempted murder,
kidnapping, and aggravated as-
sault. She was a co defendant
with James Owsley, 24, who was
arrested on Jan. 27, 2006, for al-
legedly beating up his stepfather,
pistol whipping him and shoot-
ing at him at more than one oc-
casion. Griffin pleaded no contest
to a charge of criminal mischief
and was sentenced to one year
probation on Dec. 18. Owsley's
case remains in the local court
An Okeechobee man, Richard
Roth, 37, received 10 years in state
prison and 15 years of probation
after he pleaded no contest to
charges that include burglary to
a dwelling or structure with over
$1,000 in property damage. Roth
had originally faced as many as
eight felony counts.
Another local man, Eric Apon-
te, 21, received three years in
state prison after he pleaded no
contest to charges of contribut-
ing to the delinquency of a minor
and lewd and lascivious battery.
Prosecutors dropped a charge of
sexual battery upon the, physical-
ly helpless in the plea deal.
A 47 year old Highlands Coun-
ty mart, Chris Carter, faces three
years in prison and two years of
Burglary suspects caught after chase
By Eric Kopp burglarized, said GCSO Detective became involved in the manhunt.
Okeechobee News Sergeant Steve Harris. According to Sgt. Harris, King
MOORE HAVEN -- Three Belle Deputies from the Okeechobee was apprehended Monday around
MOORE HAVEN -- Three Belle County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) 8 a.m. on S.R. 78 East.
Glade men are in custody and a were then asked to check on a At 11:50 a.m. deputies were
fourth a s being sought in connes of convenience store in Buckhead searching in the area of the old
tion with a seriences of burglariesound Ridge. The OCSO deputies re- Sportsman's Village when they
several convenience stores arou. sponded per a mutual aid agree- were approached by two people
According to jail records at ment with Glades County. who said told them that their ve-
the Glades County Jail Rodney When the OCSO deputies ar- hice had been stolen.
King, Lukner Blanc and Romuald rived at the store they saw four That car was then spotted on
Claude are all being held without men in the process of burglarizing S.R. 78 E. and U.S. 27. Authorities
bond. King is charged with crimi- the store, said Sgt. Harris in a pre- were unable get the car stopped
nal mischief with property dam- pared release. They then became and a chase ensued into Hendry
age, larceny, burglary and high involved in a pursuit of a silver County, where Hendry County
speed fleeing and eluding a law Chevrolet Impala that was occu- Sheriff's Office deputes used stop
enforcement officer. The other two pied by the four men. The chase sticks to stop the vehicle at the in-
men are charged with fleeing and led west on S.R. 78 towards Moore tersection of U.S. 27 and Olympia
eluding a law enforcement officer, Haven. in Clewiston. Blanc and Claude
vehicle theft, robbery, burglary, As the Impala neared the were taken f fo ino t custody ater a
larceny and criminal mischief with Glades County Road Department, brief foot chase. Harris
property damage. GCSO deputies deployed stop Tuesday afternoon Sgt. Harris
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probation after he pleaded no
contest to charges that include
grand theft, grand theft firearm
and possession of a firearm by
a convicted felon. Carter alleg-
edly was involved in the theft of a
travel trailer, ATV and some gen-
erators from a hunting camp near
He was arrested in December
2006 at his residence near Venus
after a standoff with Highlands
County deputies where his dog
was shot after it attacked a dep-
uty. Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office Detective Sergeant Edwin
Dana reported the hunting camp
was set on fire during the thefts.
A 28-year-old Okeechobee
man, Mario Jaimes, received 14
years in state prison for a charge
of escape when he appeared in
court on Dec. 26. He was found
guilty at a jury trial in late October.
Jaimes had pleaded no contest to
a gun charge and had received 14
years in prison. However, a few
days later while taking out trash
at the county jail he reportedly
made an attempt to escape. He
did not escape the city limits.
Jaimes had earlier convictions
for aggravated battery upon a
pregnant person and was con-
victed in April 2006 of possession
of a firearm by a convicted felon.
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Floridians reminded to bring identification when voting WE DO TRAILER REPAIRS!
TALLAHASSEE -- As early required identification at the Highway Safety and Motor and other election laws, please All Makes & Models, Axles, Brakes Etc...
voting began for the Presidential
Preference Primary Election
on Jan. 15, Floridians should
familiarize themselves with
the state's identification
requirements. Voters must
present a photo and signature
identification at their polling place
to participate in any election in
Florida. If the photo identification
presented does not have the
voter's signature, an additional
piece of identification with the
voter's signature is required.
Citizens who do not furnish the
Believers Fellowship Church
at 300 S.W. 6th 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)
Church holds 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)
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
Church offers free
Mother's Morning out
The First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. is
offering free babysitting for parents
on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. until
noon. This program began Jan.
+ 4 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 English from 10
a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and in Spanish
following the 12:30 p.m. Mass.
polling place can only vote by a
Identification has been
required to vote in Florida
since 1977. In 1998 the Florida
Legislature expanded the ID
requirement to include both
a photo and signature. Any
combination of the following
identifications may be used to
satisfy the signature and photo
Florida driver's license;
Florida identification card
issued by the Department of
Fort Drum Church has
The Fort Drum Community
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.
offers service to kids
The Family Outreach Center
at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free
classes in Mnartial 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
Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
901 S.W Sixth St.; will be offering
religious education classes for
children. Registrations for Catholic
Christian Doctrine (C.C.D.) are
now being accepted. Classes for
children in grades kindergarten
through ninth will be held every
Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until
12:35 p.m. For information, call
the parish office at (863) 763-
United States passport;
Employee badge or
Buyer's club identification*;
Debit or credit card;
And public assistance
For more information on this
*The employee badge and
buyer's club identification were
removed from Florida law as
acceptable forms of identification
in the 2007 Legislative Session.
However, since the United States
Department of Justice has not pre-
cleared the change in acceptable
forms of identification, the
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The staff at Skip's BBQ has proudly
served the Okeechobee community
for nearly 30 years. Of that 30 years
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Mom, Pop and the gang are back, but
this time we are here to serve you 7
DAYS A WEEK We are now open
SUNDAY 11am- 3pm. We are still
serving the same great tasting food
that you have always loved, but we
have also added some new things for
you to try. Like our AWESOME 1/2 lb. Hamburger, made with only the freh-
est ground beef. Did I mention that they are flamed broiled?
Please stop by and say hello to some old familiar faces. Let our friendly,
family staff take care if your family tonight. In a hurry? Don't have time
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drive thru. Call us and have it ready or just drive up and order.
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THURS, FRI & SAT 11am 9pmr SUN 11am 3pm
Please remember to look for our coupon running week-
ly in the Okeechobee News.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
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Owners: Edwin & Debra Serrano
Managers: Amanda Miller & Dawn Albritton
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As a thank you to its valued customers, Wolfgang Jewel-
ers gave away three watches. Customers who purchased
$100 or more before Dec. 24, 2007, were eligible to en-
ter drawing. The watches were presented (left to right) to
Elizabeth Dunbar, Charlotte Burgess and Lorene Gopher.
Yolanda and Wolfgang Cortez presented the watches.
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Auction Site: Go 20 miles west of
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513 S.W Park Street (863) 763-7131
DEE'S MINOR REPAIR
License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
AIR CONDITIONERS (3) (2)
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
COMBO very good condi-
tion $350 (863)517-0244
DISHWASHER Whirlpool, like
new. $95 (941)545-8746
DRYER Kenmore, tan, $95.
ELECTRIC STOVE Apartment
size, like new. $125 firm
GAS DRYER Frigidaire, w/all
options, $200 or best offer.
GAS STOVE Magic Chef, 30",
$200 or best offer.
REFRIGERATOR GE, Black,
Side By Side, Good shape.
REFRIGERATOR Side by
side, 25cu ft, Kenmore,
almd, water/ice in door, runs
great. $225 (863)467-5616
STOVE GE, Ran'getop, excel-
lent condition $50
STOVE Kenmore, Electric,
White, Clean. $50
WASHER & DRYER $150 for
: the pair. (863)467-1694
WASHER.-Good shape $45
with free Dryer,
WAS HE K~(nmore, Front
louder. Energy efficient.
WASHER Whirlpool, extra
large capacity, excellent con-
dition $75 (863)763-6023
WASHER Whirlpool, white, in
very good condition $125
MICROWAVE GE Spectrum,
over stove, $100
SHARP MICROWAVE It
bakes, broils, roasts, grills &
microwaves, large size, like
new, $150 (863)697-2033 .
Why Rent When
You Can Own?
We Finance Everyone!
All Size Sheds Available
BICYCLES Men & Women's
matching Schwinn, like new.
$150 for both or will separ-
ate. Neg. (863)763-0221
TORKER BOARDWALK 26"
ladies Cruiser bicycle; 6 spd,
good cond. $75
BUILDINGS FOR SALE! "Rock
Bottom Prices!" 25x30 Now
$4100. 25x40 $5400. 30x40
6400. 35x50 $8790. 35x70
11,990. 40x80 $14,900.
Others: MANUFACTURER DI-
RECT since 1980...
ALUMINUM WINDOWS 1
30x30, tinted, 1 40x30, very
good condition. $30 will sep-
PRESSURE TREATED PLY-
WOOD (5 sheets 3/4") 4x8,
& (5) 8' 4x4 posts, $200 for
all (863)261-4633 you haul
WHITE PORCELAIN LAVATO-
RY- with one lever chrome
faucet, beige countertop, like
new $20 (863)467-8681
Double Stroller MacLaren,
side by side, seat reclines,
gray, 1 yr. old, pd $360, sell
LIFEJACKET VESTS (2) -
small, up to 90 lbs., $20.
SHIRTS & SHORTS 20 piec-
es. in all. Large & Extra
Large. $50 for all, will sep.
Join all the people who
say, "I sold It In the clas-
LAP TOP ,COMPUTER Aver-
tex. $400 or best offer.
LEXMARK X63 PRINTER All
in one printer, fax, copier,
scanner. $25 or best offer.
PRINTER & SCANNER HP
Deskjet 940C, HP Scanjet
3570C, all manuals $35
CERAMIC KILN Paragon,
240v, 50 amp, shelves, etc.,
24" x 36". $300 or trades?
BED SPREAD King size. $25
TWIN BED COVERS (2 SETS)-
white, good condition, w/1
set of sheets, $10
ARMOIR Black mirrored,
$200 or best offer. Call
BED full sz., comp. w/brass
headboard, 2 sets of sheets,
mattress cover & 2 spreads,
BED king size, $300.
BEDROOM.SET Girls, Twin
sleigh bed (Head/footboard),
dresser, mirror nightstand
BEDROOM SET Real wood, 7
drawer dresser w/full mirror
& 6 small shelves, king size
frame. $100 (863)261-5271
BEDS Bunk bed frame,
wooden & twin bed, $75/will
sep. Call 863-673-4354
BOOK SHELVES Solid oak,
free 'standing. $25
BR SET 2 nite stands, tall
dresser, long dresser, all
matching faux oak, exc cond
$400 neg (863)697-8572
CAPTAINS BED with desk &
6 drawers, $50.
CHINA CABINET Drexel,
large, walnut color, solid
wood, $250 will deal.
COFFEE & END TABLE Glass
top. $25 for both
COFFEE TABLE Western,
with horse designs, $80.
COMPUTER DESK & CHAIR -
Good condition. $30 or best
o.ff er for bothh.
'DINETTE SET -.All wood,
small 4 chairs, like new: $50'
DINING SET 4 leather &
chrome chairs, black/multi
colored table. $75
DR SET glass table, w/ 4
chairs, matching hutch,
$200 or best offer
DR TABLE & CHAIRS casual,
hunter green, natural wood,
w/tile top & leaf, $150 will
deal. (561)793-9463 aft 6:
ENTERTAINMENT 'CENTER -
Large washed oak. $75
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
q uality $1 5 0.
LA-Z-BOY RECLINER- light
blue, $25 (740)202-3517 ,
LITTLE TYKES CAR BED -
complete, $20 you haul
LIVINGROOM SET: Hunter
green, 5 pc. Must go! $500
neg. Call Kristina before 5:30
pm 863-357-0391 Okee
LOVESEAT floral design, $75
LR SUITE 3 pc, w/2tables,
lamps, excellent condition
LR SET matching black
leather couch, chair, recliner,
sofa table, 3pc table group
$600 neg (863)697-8572
PARSONS CHAIRS (2) $20
POOL TABLE Regulation.
size, $400. 863-673-4354
QUEEN BR SUITE- bedding,
frame, hdbd, dresser w/mir-
ror, 2 nite stands, quilt,
sheets $300 (863)517-0244
'ROLL AWAY BED $70
SOFA slip cover style, jean
-material, excellent condition,
inclds ottoman, $100
SOFA & CHAIR exc. cond.,
$200 -or best offer.
SOFA & LOVESEAT both re-
clining, microfiber, tan, ex-
cellent condo 1 1/2 yr old,
SOFA & LOVESEAT Dk green
Berkline, recliners on both
--ends; fold down table in mid-
dle. $300 (863)634-9861
SOFA & LOVESEAT leather,
SOFA Red leather. Beautiful.
Asking $275 (863)675-3888
SOFA BED Fair condition.
$100 or best offer.
area only please.
TWIN BED SET (2)- Includes
mattress, boxsprng, frame,
2 night tables, TV table,
sheets $250 (863)517-0244
GOLF CART Club Car 1995,
gas. $1695 (863)675-1472
GOLF CART Club Car 2003,
Electric w/charger, side cur-
tains and windshield. $2400
GOLF CART Club Car w/roof.
Came from Up North Excel-
lent condition. $1700
GOLF CART New Honda mo-
tor. Just needs some TLC.
Asking $500 (863)302-4442
GOLF CLUBS .(100) Misc:,
All brands. Many good. $890
fo r al l, w ill sep.
GOLF. CLUBS- 100 misc.
clubs, Calloway, Lynx, Ping,
Etc. Good quality. $800. Will
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
SIv. msg. -'
ITHACA Model 51 Feather-
weight, 12 gauge, automatic,
with poly choke, $400
MAC PISTOL 1935's, .7.65 L
cal, 90% good, carried by
French & German Army Offi-
cers. $475 (937)215-0307
MARLIN 44 MAGNUM- 100
rounds of ammo, Cowboy
load, 240 grain, Still in box.
NEWTON ARMS 30 USG
(30.06), first type dbl set
triggers, exc cond. $895 neg
REMINGTON Model 870
Magnum 3" 12 gauge pump;
SAVAGE .300 Model 99R,
Pre-War, almost like new,
S&W 640 STAINLESS 357
mag 5 Shot, Snubbie, $425
(772)461-8822 Ft. Pierce
TAURUS 745 45 cal.,.semi
auto'pistol, (2) 7 shot maga-
zines, hew., $450.
(863)467-2315 Iv. msg.
WINCHESTER Pre 1964
30/30 carbine, condition
90%+. $495 or best offer.
Winchester Pump, 243 Ruger
with scope, 30/30 Winches-
ter & Browning 22, $1500.
AB LOUNGE Sport (AKA Ab
'Lounger 2) $50
EXERCISE BIKE- Asking $10
FULL HOME GYM Includes a
large amount of weights,
bench, poles & more. $300
or best offer. (863)357-7867
NORDIC TRACK CX938 Ellip-
tical, purch. in Nov 2007.
Asking $300 (863)801-1541
STAIRMASTER 3600 Gym
model, Used, Fully computer-
ized w/pulse, calorie burner &
more $600 (863)357-7867 "
STATIONARY BIKE good
condition, $ 2 5 .
WEIGHT BENCH Plus300
lbs of weight, bar & dumb-
bells. $125 or best offer.
LUGGAGE SET Samsonite,
wheeled, soft side, 2 pc
green, 29" & 21" $350
PATIO FURNITURE- Brand
new, Bristol Collection, $200
ELEC SCOOTER in good con-
dition, $150 (863)467-5477
SCOOTER New condition.
WHEEL CHAIR Excellent
condition. Paid $300, Asking
AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train
for high paying Aviation
Maintenance Career. FAA ap-
Sproved program. Financial
aid if qualified Job place-
ment assistance. CALL Avia-
tion Institute of Maintenance
ATTEND COLLEGE ONLINE
from home. Medical, busi-
ness, paralegal, computers,
criminal justice. Job place-
ment assistance. Financial
aid and computer provided
if q ualified. Call
CHURCH PEW In GREAT
condition, just refinished.
$30 (954)793-3203 Okee-
COWHIDE brand new, light &
.dark brindle color, .from Ar-
gentina $ 2 0 .
HOT WATER TANK for mo-
bile home, 110v, 30 gallon,
new in unopened box, $225..
LIDS 2 rolls, ridged galva-
nized, 1-20"x50' &
1-18"x50'..New. $60. will
NOW AVAILABLE! 2008 POST
OFFICE JOBS. $18-$20/HR.
TRAINING, FED BENEFITS,
(800)910-9941 TODAY! REF
QUILT TOPS (5) Ready to
-quilt. $500 for all, will sep.
Call for more information.
RADIO LOCATION SYSTEM -
Tracker Maxima, great range,
2 collars, batt pouch, It wght.
roc (TM) your #1 Choice for
Safety Surfaces introduces
our State of the Art Mist Se,
ries! SPECIAL! Demo sites
WANTED. Call SAVE $$
man, 8.5 hp, all accessories.
$150 (941)545-8746 Lake-,
GENERATOR 6HP, 3500
watt, runs great, $100 or
best offer (419)727-9376 La
GRINDER Works, exc. cond.
$70. Call 561-644-5418
HOBART MIG WELDER han-
dler 175, less than 10 hrs.,
w/cart & gauges, $450.
SNAP-ON TOOL BOX $2200
or best offer (863)697-3802
TABLE SAW Works, exc.
cond. $1 50. Call
C i a
BANJO Harmony, 5 string,
BASS GUITAR Fender, 4
stri ng& Crate 100 watt amp,
$325 will sell separately.
DRUM SET- Pearl 13 piece.
ELECTRIC ORGAN Good
condition, needs tuning,
$350 or best offer. Call
GUITAR Harmony, Arch Top,
ORGAN All instruments in-
cluded, excellent condition,
$1200 or best of-
ORGAN Imperial, $50.
ORGAN Wurlitzer Profession-
al, $200. (863)610-1092
PIANO Harrison Spinet, ex-
cellent condition. Quality
tone. $1000 or best offer.
You pick up. (863)763-4053
REEL TO REEL TAPE DECK -
Akai, 35 tapes & accesso-
ries. $150 (863)357-0344
FILE CABINETS (3) 2 drawer
metal, very good condition.
$25 for all, will separate.
AKC YORKIES 1 female
$600, 3 males $500 ea,
BIRD CAGES 2, one is flight
cage the other is a parrot,
cage. Both on wheels $250
or best offer (863)467-2975
CHIHUAHUAS 2 males, 1 yr
old, 1 black, 1 brown, all
shots. '$150 each
CHIPOO PUPPIES (2) Tiny
toy males, white. Shots/vet
health cert. $300 cash only.
COCKATOOS 1 mated pair of
umbrella cockatoos w/lrg
cage. $1500 (863)763-6778
MOLUCCAN COCKATOO 1
very friendly male, w/lrg cor-
ner cage. $1000
PEACOCKS India Blues,
tame, 1.yr. old, $300 will sell
CAMERA PHONE Nextel
1930, brand new, pd $450,
a s k i n g $ 3 0 0 .
SINK TOP White bath vanity,
19 x 25, new, never used.
HOT TUB Vita Spa, holds 4
POOL Above ground. $75
SEWING MACHINE' Kaen-
more, with wood cabinet,
with attachments, $65. Call
AMPLIFIER Rockford Fos-
gate Punch P250.2,. Brand
new in box $150.
STEREO KLH speakers, Ken-
wood receiver, JVC dual
cassette, RCA 6 cd changer,
STEREO Radio & Tape
player. Has CD, but doesn't
work, all else works great.
BIG SCREEN TV 54", Good
condition. Needs plexiglass.
$150 or best offer.
FLATSCREEN TV 50", works
great. $350 or best offer.
HEAD REST TV Universal, w/
DVD, Wireless Headphones.
$650 neg. (863)673-6620
RCA COLOR TV 27", cabinet
model. $100 (863)763-9096
after 5pm or leave message.
TELEVISION 13" Samsung.
. $20 (863)763-7497 after 6
TELEVISION 25" Zenith con-
sole. $65 (863)763-7497 af-
TELEVISION 27", color, Ze-
nith, on stand w/rollers, $50
WALL MOUNT for up to 30"
flat panel HD TV. $75
ALUMINUM EXT LADDER -24
foot. $70 (863)467-8250
CHIPPER SHREDDER Crafts-
BASSWOOD 2 BR, 1 BA,
$900 mo. 1st & sec. to
move in. No pets. Call
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830.
Lawn & Garden 850
GELDING 15 year old, used
for barrels, tall & fast. $800
or best .offer. (863)673-5058
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
CHIPPER / SHREDDER 5 hp,
Like new. $250
man, 8 hp, runs good. $75
JOHN DEERE GATOR '02 -
4x2, 405 hours, manual
dump, soft top, like new
tires. $4000 (863)697-9704
LAWN MOWER MTD 38" cut,
12.5 hp B & S, runs good.
LAWN MOWER Murray 22"
cut, 5.75 hp motor, push
mower. $60 (863)801-4519
RIDING LAWN MOWER,
Yazoo, 42" cut, 16 hp. Front
deck. $600. 863-675-1224
ROTOTILLER, Sears, chain
drive, runs good, $250 or
best offer. (561)790-3681
WEB GRILL Gensis Silver, 2
yrs old, paid' $400 asking
$200 or' best offer
ZTR MOWER Snapper, 15 hp
Kohler, 42" cut, runs &
mows great. $800 or trades?
ROOSTER Young, Beautiful
SADDLE Corriente, 15",
tooled, excellent condition,
WESTERN SADDLE 15", dia-
mond spots, good condition,
WESTERN SADDLE- 15" seat,
square skirt w/silver trim,
new stirrup leathers,great
WESTERN SADDLE, 15"
brown, new, $325.
Business Places 910
Property" ,, 915l
Farm Property .
House Rent 930
'Land Rent 935
Resort Property -.
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space .
BEAUTIFUL 2br in quiet area,
Ig. kitchen, full wall closets
in BR, plush carpet, 25'
screen room & utility room.
DUPLEX 3 BR, 1 BA, $850
mo. 1st & sec. to move in.
No pets. Call (863)634-9899
EFFICIENCY APT'- 1br, All util.
paid Clean. Furnished with
washer facilities. $450 mo.
IMMACULANT 2 BR, 1V BA,
2 Story apt. Washer/Dryer.
Fenced. Patio. $750 1st,
last, sec. (863)634-3313
Okeechobee, 2Br/1.5ba, car-
peted, ceramic tile, w/appl's
incl. dishwasher, $700 mo.
+ $700 sec. (863)763-8878
KINGS BAY, 2BR/2BA, $750
mo. (863)763-730J or
TayLor Creek Condos -
1BR/1BA, fully furnished,
$650 mo. + $350 sec.
Warehouse space available
Located behind U-Save in Okeechobee
Approximately 850 sq. ft. $650 a month
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
BRAND NEW, 3BB's/2BA's,
lots of tile, garage, $1200.
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft garage,
laundry, tiled, $1100/mo.
rent. 100% applied to pur-
chase of $168,500 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
DIXIE RANCH ACRES 3br,
2ba, $1'000 / mo
$32,100! Only $238/Mo! 5%
down 20 years @ 8% apr.
Buy, 4/BR $421/Mo! For list-
ings (800)366-978.3 Ext
HUD Home! $397/Mo!
4BR/3BA.(5% down 20
years @ 8% apr) More
Homes Available from
$199/Mo! For listings call
(800)366-9783 Ext 5669.
HUD HOMES! 4BR/3BA
$397/mo! 3/BR Foreclosure!
$199/mo! Stop Renting! 5%
dw, 20 yrs @ 8% apr For
Listings (800)366-9783 Ext
MOVE IN SPECIAL
3BR/1.5BA, 15 min.from
town & 2BR/1BA. No pets.
1st & sec. Call Debbie
8am til 4pm.
OKEE: 3/1 on V2 ac. Renovat-
ed, laundry, C/A/heat, screen
porch, carport. $1100. + 1st,
last, sec/refs. 305-458-8659
OKEE. B-15 2br, 1ba CBS on
4 lots, enclosed patio, W/D,
Storage shed. Near boat ramp.
$850 mo (786) 201-0306
OKEE-1011 SW 10th Ave. 3br,
:ba, den, custom kitch, tile,
$1150/mo, 1st & $1000 sec
OKEECHOBEE 2br, lba
House on /2 acre. W/D hook
up. Carport, Tile flooring.
$750. mo. (863)467-8797
OKEECHOBEE 3/2 on 20
acres, 15 minutes North of
OKEECHOBEE: 3br, 2ba, 819
SE 10th St. Must have refer-
ences. Call 863-763-2416 or
OKEECHOBEE ESTATES -"
3BR/2BA, pool, fireplace.
1401 SE 8th Dr. 1st & sec.
Call to see (863)885-1347
TAYLOR ISLES 3/2/2 CBS
home, w/bsmt, dock, EZ
terms, avail. Jan. 1, $900
TREASURE ISLAND 2/2/1,
custom kit., covered boat
slip, good redit a must,
$900 mo. 239-465-1105
WATERFRONT Treasure Is-
land 2 br, 1 ba MH $590/mo,
1 Rm. Cottage, $450/mo. All
req. 1st., last & sec. & Include
city water .
'Business Places -
Commercial '. ; ;
Property Sale, 1010
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State-
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted1065
Reort 'Property -0
Warehouse Space 1075
ANCIENT OAKS Adult Park -
Corner lot with 24' trailer,
with 2 room add-on, 20x21'
carport, Block 8, Lot 3. Ap-
praised at $37,000, asking
Homes fromn $10,000l 1-3
bedroom available! Repos,
REOs, HUD, FHA, etc. These
homes must sell. For listings
call (800)425-1620 Ext
BANK SHORT SALE
3/2 Waterfront, $129,000 or
best offer. All offers consid-
ered. The Real Estate Co.
CBS HOME 3/2/2'- In gated
community. Open fir plan w/
family rm. Vaulted ceilings.
Community pool/club house.
Safe area for walks & biking.
_ L ___
I Home Imp
NEW HOIVE ON YOUR LOT!
Features 3BRs/2BAs, Ig. LR,
garage, $118k, includes per-
mit fees. Lawrence Asso-
Zero Down. $999. mo.
4br, 2ba CBS Brand New.
Prices $139,900. 3824 NW
7th St. 561-248-3879 or
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
TAYLOR ISLES WOW! CBS
3/2/2 No offer refused! Try
$129k. Appraised at $205k
Land for Sale -10 acres,
drop dead gorgeous land,
tons of oaks & palm trees,
with a creek, close to town,
$30,000 per acre.
OKEECHOBEE 2.5 beautiful
acres, 2 ponds, Call
(954)258-8565 for informa-
BLUE CYPRESS Golf & RV, 2
waterfront lots, large pads,
pool & clubhouse, 9 hole
golf course, (239)945-7666
Greenville, SC Own a Beauti-
ful, New 3BD/2BA Home for
only 5% down & Owner Will
Finance. Monthly pmts. From
$ 6 9 5 0,0 Call
KENTUCKY FARM LAND 75
Acres+/- Approx. 35 acres
of open land, big creek,
paved road, city water. Lo-
cated in Owsley County.
$150,000 Owner will con-
sider financing .
LAKEFRONT SALE!'3.2 acres
$44,900 w/deep dockable
water. Huge winter savings
on gorgeous wooded
acreage. Boat directly to Gulf
of Mexico! Must see! Excel-
NC MOUNTAIN HOMESITES
FROM $59,900 MINUTES TO
ASHEVILLE, :NC Enjoy
sweeping mountain vistas, a
mile of Riverfront, walking/
fitness trails, and more.
Amenities include gated en-
trance, lodge & riverside
BBQ. Excellent financing
available Call for more info or
to schedule tour.
(877)890-5253 x 3484
landsnc.com. Offer void
where prohibited by law.
NC Mountains 2 acres with
great view, very private, big
trees, waterfalls & large pub-"
lic lake nearby, $69,500. Call
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
OKEE. -&Beautiful 3br, 2ba
Home & Lot. In 55+ Comm.
$127K. Neg. 863-763-8567
On Taylor Creek, 55+ park,
furnished 2/1 mobile home,
Fla. rm., long carport, 2
sheds, Ig. covered dock.&
boat slip, w/lift, Must See to
Rental, SE 23rd Court,
(863)763-4892 or 763-5419
CHOICE OF 3BR; or 2 BR, 2
ba D/W's No pets, yrly lease,
starting @ $600/mo +
$1000 sec. 863-763-4031
DOUBLEWIDE 3br, 2ba, sits
on 5 acres, well fenced.
$1000 mth. 1st, last & $500
sec dep. 954-261-1268
LAKE OKEECHOBEE Avail
immed, 3 month, min, 55+
comm. Great.fishing! Call
Scott at (412)874-3125
LARKEY LAKES 2br, 1ba, Ig
screen room, carport,
$800/mo, 1st, last & sec
Manufactured Homes (Rent)
Rent or Rent To Own
.TREASURE ISLAND, 3br, 2ba
Lake access, quiet area,
$650/mo., 1st, last & sec'.
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
LORIDA at Mallard MHP #3,
12'x60', 2BR, 1BA, Florida
room, carport, 2 sheds, pier
on canal to Lake Istokpoga.
$25,000! Only $199/Mo! 5%
down 20 years'@ 8% apr.
Buy, 4/BR $397/Mo! For list-
ings (800)366-9783 Ext
12 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, January 16, 2008
NEW & USED
Delivered & Set
Manufactured Homes (Own)
SALE! SALE! SALE!
All Homes In Stock
2 BR, Furnished 2 sheds.
PALM HARBOR HOMES
4/2 Tile Floor, Energy Package
Deluxe loaded, over
30th Anniversary Sale Special
Call for FREE Color Brochures
PARK MODEL 4.yrs old, like
new, w/ bay window, furnished
Stevens, 78 West. Immed Docc.
AIR BOAT 13'ft, Stephull
w/300 lycoming upstack fuel
injected, 3 blade carbon fiber
ALUMINUM BOAT 10', 21/
HP Suzuki outboard, with trl.,
$250. Call (863)261-1235
BASS BOAT- 15 ft, 70 hp
Mercury, power tilt & trim,
trolling motor, 'galv trailer.
BASS BOAT '94, 14 Ft, Alu-
minum, Console steer., Mag-
ic tit trlr, foot control trolling.
BOAT With motor & trailer,
needs little work. $1500 or
best offer. (262)989-2571
BOAT 15' w/40hp Mere en-
ine, trolling motor, trailer,
r ~Truck Battery Sale -
I 068.30Tregular prIc
I St. Lucle Battery & Tire I
I- 198 US Hwy 98N Okeechobee |
L (863) 357-2431 www.slbt.com
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.
CANOE 16ft, Old Town, fiber-
glass, $150 (863)805-8786
JON BOAT 14', w/trailer, incl.
seats, trolling mtr., $1,000
or best offer. (863)227-6210
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.
LOWE DEEP V '93, 16FT, 50
hp Evinrude, take guns in
trade, $3200 (606)219-3890
OPEN FISHERMAN 20 ft,
150 merc, float on aluminum
trailer, 300 hrs., good shape.
PONTOON BOAT '93, 24ft,
w/50hp Evinrude, new trailer,
good shape, $4500 or best
PONTOON BOAT nice shape,
runs great, $3500.
PONTOON TRAILER- Magic
Tilt, 20FT, $1000 or best of-
PROSPORT BOAT '94 15.9
ft, 85 hp Yamaha, new start-
er, depth finder, very clean.
RUNNING OR NOT
1980 & UP
CAMPER With add on room
in RV Park, $3100
PORTA-POTTY Flushes, Like
new condition. $25.
CHEVY MOTORHOME '86 23
ft, needs very little work,
clean. $3000 or trade for
small car. (863)532-1751
CLASS C 21-23' motor home
cover, $95. 863-675-7350
COACHMAN RV '75, 1 ton,
350 Chevy motor w/90K mi.
Needs some work. $1200,
GMC CAMPER VAN '86- High-
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
RV- 29FT, 2 expand room,
AIR CONDITIONER Cruisair
Carry On Portable Boat AC,
exc cond., used one season
$500 neg (616)292-3906
BOAT MOTOR Johnson
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
JOHNSON OUTBOARD MO-
TOR 1964, 40hp, Nice,
with controls. Last run 6mo
ago. $300. (863)763-3551
OUTBOARD MOTOR Tohat-
su, 212hp, like new, asking
$225 or best offer.
BMW F650 '99 Black, 22k
miles,new windscreen and
tires, excellent condition.
HARLEY DAVIDSON SPORTS-
TER 1994 1200 CC. 8,800
mls. 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.
HONDA SUPER HAWK 996 '98
Mint condition, bad engine.
KAWASAKI EXTENTIONS -(2)
Bolt on. 10R, 636R. $175
LEATHER JACKET With con-
cho's & fringe, size 44. $50
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,
YAMAHA 125 DIRTBIKE '02 -
very low hours, barn kept,
good condition, $100.0
YAMAHA 80 DIRTBIKE '01-
has low hours, barn kept,
nice condition, $600
YAMAHA BLASTER '01 mint
cond., rebuilt motor, tons of
speed, many new extras,
DIRT BIKE 2002 Yamaha
TTR125L, very nice condi-
tion. $1100 or best offer
GO CART 2 sdater, Needs
work. $150 (863)763-3631
GOLF CART 36 volt charger,
new batteries, 4 seater, truck
bed w/lift gate, lights. $850
HONDA 200 S'85 3 wheel-
er, decent shape, $150
HONDA 4 WHEELER New
tires & rims. Needs a little
TLC $350 (863)234-08.19
KODIAC YAMAHA 4 WHEELER
'05, great shape, $4000 or
best offer (772)260-6580
POLARIS SPORTSMAN 400
'01 4x4, many accessories,
TERMINATOR ATV '06 110
cc's, excellent condition,
electric start, 2 wd. $650 or
best offer. (863)946-1764
YAMAHA 225 2001 Dirt Bike,
Street legal. Asking $1800
$t00 4005 I
Autos Wanted 4010os
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Heavy Duty Thicks 4040
Pickup Trucks 4050.
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060g
Utility Trairers 40665
$500 POLICE IMPOUNDS
Cars from $500! Tax Repos,
US Marshall and IRS sales!
Cars, Trucks, SUV's, Toyo-
ta's, Honda's, Chevy's, more!
For listings Call
BUICK CENTURY '94 96K,
good gas mileage, new tires
& Iran, minor door damage
$1200 neg. (239)289-2896
CADILLAC DEVILLE, '94 -
good cond., $3,000.
CADILLAC DEVILLE '99,
Green, 1 OwnerWell maint.
Fully loaded, Approx. 90K
mi. Good condition $6500
CADILLAC SEDAN DEVILLE
'90- V8 North Star, 24 mpg
city. Engine, like new. $1500
CHEVY CAPRIC CLASSIC
1991 New air, 132K.
*$2500 or best offer.
DODGE NEON, '99 2 dr., red,
looks, runs drives like
new, DOHC motor, $2200.
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.
HONDA ACCORD, '94 126k
mi., a/c, full power, $3750
or best offer. (561)389-3441
LINC TOWN CAR '89 lots of
new parts, $3000
MUSTANG '89, Runs good,
Good condition. $1500.
NISSAN SENTRA GXE '98 -
Auto, Great A/C, Good tires, All
electric, Needs some work
$800 neg. (239)324-8371
OLDS DELTA 88 '92 new
brakes, tune-up, good AC &
body, needs tranny $300
Police Impounds for Sale! 93
Honda Civic $600! 94 Toyo-
ta Corolla $800! For listings
call (800)366-9813 Ext
TOYOTA CAMRY '97 Excel-
lent cond, white w/gold trim.
$350.0 or best offer.
TOYOTA COROLLA '91 auto,
AC, asking $1500 or best of-
fer, very good working cond
FORD F700 '93 Cummin die-
sel, no bed, runs great.
$4500 (954)298-0730 any-
BRUSH GUARD Weston,
Chrome w/ Light Guards. Fits
Ford Super Duty. $600
BUG DEFLECTOR Stainless
Steel, Fits '98-07 $75
CAR CARRIER POD asking
DODGE WHEELS 15" H xl10"
W, 5 lug, $350 or best offer.
S(239)465-9402 We speak
English and Spanish
ENGINE -Chevy 454 Big Block
with transmission. $1200. or
best offer. (863)673-1981
LEATHER SEATS.& COUCH -
For '97 Dodge Van. Good
condition. $1 75.
MOTOR from Nissan Pickup,
4 cyl., & 5 spd. Transmis-
sion, $750 will sell sep.
REFRIGERATORS (3) All
working $300 or will sell
RUNNING BOARDS off King
Ranch F250 Crew Cab, fits
'99-current, beige, $350 neg.
TIRES (4) & 5 lug steel
wheel 33-12.50-15, good
for woods or mudding. $125
TIRES (4) TSL Super Swamp
31x12.5x15. Good condition.
TONNEAU COVER white, fi-
berglass, fits 99-07 classic
body style Chevy pu. 8ft bed,
$600 neg (863)467-4127
TOOLBOX metal, for Nissan
Pickup, $ 1 5 0 .
TOPPER- 8', for full size pick-
up, brand new paint job,
. black, exc. cond.., $300.
CHEVY 1970, 3/4 ton, 350
motor & trans. Mag wheels.
'Looks & runs good. $3500
or best offer. (863)634-3344
CHEVY '91 short wheel base,
302, needs minor work,
body. in real good cond.
CHEVY S10 EXT CAB '83 -2.8
6 cyl, good shape, brand
new tires, $1500 0o best of-
DODGE DAKOTA 1996 Good
condition. 120K mls. Every-
thing works. $2800 or best
DODGE DAKOTA SPORT '94,
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
Scab, V8 short bed, looks &
runs like brand new, $4900.
DODGE RAM 1500 '95 Cold
AC, runs good, $2500
DODGE RAM 1500, '98 4X2,
5.9, less than 1k mi. on re-
built eng. & trans., $3500
DODGE RAM '87 4x4, runs
good, needs TLC, $1000 or
best offer (863)634-2563
FORD F150 '86, Auto., Excel-
lent runner. A lot of new
p a r t s $ 1 0 0 0 .
I Pubic Nti
FORD F150 1977 4X4,
Needs work. Great for
woods. $ 8 0 0
FORD F-250 1985 Runs
great! $600 (239)462-1564.
FORD RANGER '92, 4 cyl.,
great on gas, red, cd, tool
box, $1500 or best offer.
TOYOTA PICKUP, '89 104k
ml., auto, air, toolbox, tow
pkg., $2250 or best offer.
TRUCK TOOLBOX Black
UWS Standard. 69" wide.
$200. call 561-261-6421
TRUCK TOPPER fiberglass,
high back, long bed, full size,
$2 5 0 l i k e ne w
SCHEVYYHHRLT 2006 Exc.
cond. 1 Non Smoking owner.
Only 9K mls. Clear title.
FORD BRONCO 1985 6 cyl.,
4 spd., 79K org. mis. Needs
paint. Good condition. $2500
GMC YUKON .96- 4x4, cold
AC, leather, $3000
JEEP CHEROKEE -, '92, 4.0,
4WD, Northern car High mi.
Runs, Some rust $800
JEEP CHEROKEE '95 4 dr, 6
cyl. new 5,1/2" Rusty's lift&
tractor tires. $3500
I PublcNo Ic
BOX TRAILER- 6x6x10,
w/shelving, Top ladder rack.
Excellent condition. $1800.
CAR DOLLY with spare, $450.
FLAT BED TRAILER New, 20
Ft'., Dual axle w/brakes.
HAULMARK '05, Enclosed
trailer, 6'xl2' Like new.
STOCK TRAILER 24 ft
Gooseneck, 4 new tires,
wood slates need replacing.
$400 neg (863)443-6427
TRAILER HITCH w/Ball Built
for a Mercury Cougar. Can
be modified. $50 or best of-
UTILITY TRAILER 4x8 $65
or best offer. (863)675-8937
CARAVAN '93, 6 cyl, Seats
7, a/c Good tires, Runs &
look good. Great mileage.
$2300 neg. 561-758-3781
CHEVY VAN '96 1 ton G30
work van, $2000
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OMS girls make it a clean sweep
By Charles M. Murphy
drop or a tractor trailer rumbling
through a nitroglycerine plant. It
was loudi in the Yearling Middle
School gym Monday, but it was
also a great atmosphere for bas-
Osceola swept the season se-
ries from Yearling despite a par-
tisan home crowd for the Lady
Yearlirngs, with a 30-24 victory.
It was a tight defensive battle
throughout and neither team had
a player in double figures.
S"I was glad we won," Osceola
Assistant Coach Kerri Brantly
said, "We both had some trouble
tonight but both teams managed
to score anyway. We sure wanted
Brantly was standing in for
Head Coach Cathy Jones who
had lost her voice. She still had
enough to encourage her girls
down the stretch.
"It was fun," point guard Ste-
vie Brantley noted, "Yearling, I.
knew they'd bring their A game
because we beat them last time."
Brantley hit her first shot of
the night but didn't score again.
Still she did enough, with tough
defense and ball handling, two
assists and three steals, to propel
her team to victory.
Osceola improved to (6-3)
while Yearling fell to (3-6).
Brittney Ball (left) looks to pass as Essence Williams defends during Osceola's victory on
Osceola led 6-5 after the first six points and five boards, came ally thought they'd pull it out. You
quarter. Cavel Campbell and off the bench to score four points. can't catch all of them. They did
Lois Billie had short jumpers off Janet Smith scored the only points make it exciting and I'm proud of
rebounds for Osceola. Jaryaca for Yearling in the second quarter, the way they played."
Baker and Nicole Perdeno put in Osceola went to the break with a In the third quarter, Yearling
shots for Yearling. 12-7 advantage. decided to pressure Osceola
Turnovers helped Osceola "The girls played them a lot more on defense and it turned
increase their lead to 10-5 in the better than the last time," Yearling out to be a mistake. Essence.
second quarter. Kiesha Cleckley, Coach Lori Bandi admitted, "I re- Williams, (eight points and five
steals), repeatedly was able to
find her teammates for easy shots
on, the "fast break. Williams hift'a
t oiee pointer at thub.zer to'gt
the Osceola faithful on their feet.
Yearling though also improved
their game. Brittney Ball .hit a
jumper, and Janet Smith hit two
shots. Rosa Urbina, (six points,
seven rebounds and three steals),
hit a follow to make the score 24-
15 after three quarters.
I Yearling cut the lead to 24-
20 early in the fourth and had
the home crowd .fully support-
ing them. Urbina hit two shots
and Sterlanda McNeil came off
the bench to score two buckets.
However it was Williams who
made the difference down the
stretch. She hit a breakaway lay
up and a 16 foot jumper to give
Osceola a six point lead.
Coach Bandi said her team just.
couldn't get-the ball rn the basket
down the stretch. "The girls didn't
lose their c6ol. They kept going
for it. I like the way they played."
Brantley, who has played three
years for Osceola, noted this year
there is something different about
the team. In previous years they
might have folded under the pres-
sure, but not this year. "It's a lot
better than the previous years.
I think we have- a really good
Osceola will host Oslo on
Thursday. Yearling travels to Gif-
Cavel Campbell #10 (center) attempts a fade away jumper as Rosa Urbina defends and Lois Essence Williams (left) is guarded closely by Rosa Urbina #32
Billie (#22) looks on during Mondays game. during Monday's game at Yearling Middle school.
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By Charles Murphy.
Brahman cross country star
Bryan Suarez gave a verbal
commitment to the University of.
South Florida earlier this month
according to Cross Country Coach
sign a national letter of intent
starting on the first Wednesday in
Suarez has been among the.
top five runners in cross country at
the 4A level in Florida for the past
Practices will begin this week'
at Okeechobee High School for
varsity baseball. Girl's softball is a
week ahead of the boys. Coaches
the upcoming seasons.
One of the most improved
figures to be Brice Buckner. The
sophomore has played year round
baseball and has traveled to several
states in an effort' to improve his
game in the past year. He emerged
as the Brahman closer late last
Buckner tossed a one hitter in a
tournament championship game
this sunimer and also played with
a team in Fort Myers that included
several pro and college prospects.
He also increased the velocity on
his fastball by about three miles
A new addition to boy's
basketball games this year has
been the pep band under the
direction of Clint LaFlam. The
band performs during time outs
and during halftime. LaFlam said
he is very pleased with the kids
who have joined the.pep band this
year. He even had high school band
members perform at the Yearling
vs. Osceola basketball game in
The Okeechobee High School
band even has a bass guitarist and
a drummer, Ethan TUrbeville, a
a drummer for a long time and that
he got his inspiration for music from
his father, Michael. "I like it. It takes
up a big part of my time. All I like
to do is play drums."
Turbeville said he intends to
pursue a music career and a music
scholarship for college. He would
like to be a band.teacher when he
graduates from college.
NOTICE OF MEETING OF THE
COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS FOR COQUINA WATER CONTROL DISTRICT WILL
HOLD A MEETING ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2008 AT 10:00 A.M. AT 17429
NW 242ND STREET. OKEECHOBEE, FL 34972 (FIELD OFFICE. A COPY OF THE
PROPOSED AGENDA MAY BE OBTAINED UPON REQUEST FROM THE UNDER-
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THAT PERSON MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE
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WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED, IS MADE. ANY PERSON WISHING TO
SPEAK AT THE MEETING MUST HAVE THEIR NAME AND TOPIC PLACED ON THE
AGENDA ONE WEEK BEFORE THE DATE OF THE MEETING. ALL PROPERTY
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Yearling boys handle Warriors again
By Charles M. Murphy
Yearling used their entire bench
and easily defeated Osceola, 42-
14 in boy's hoops action Monday
afternoon at the Yearling gym.
Yearling coach Kevin Jackson
called off the dogs early as he
used pressure defense in the first
quarter and then rested most of
his starters for the remainder of
"It was a game where ev-
erybody could get in and get a
chance to show what they can do.
It was good for the entire team,"
Osceola Coach Marshal Schla-
bach appreciated the gesture from
Jackson not to pressure the ball.
He noted that helped his team at
least work on some things in their
half court offense. "He is a Class
A act, they were trying to improve
and work on things, just like us."
Jackson said he knows how
frustrating it can be for a team
when they can't get the ball up
the court. He noted his team is
in fourth place in the conference,
now and have a chance to make
some noise at the conference
tournament next month.
Steven Geary had 11 points
off the bench for Yearling. He hit
three long jumpers and showed
nice range on his jump shot. Phil-
lip Jones scored eight points, all
in the first quarter for Yearling.
Carlington Jackson had 11 points;
15 rebounds, and three steals for
The big man, already over 6'
and 200 pounds, said he is com-
mitted to playing basketball full
time and that bodes well for the
high school over the next four
"We try hard to win. We had
open shots but they wouldn't fall
for us tonight. Next time we'll try
to do better," Jackson stated.
Yearling led 6-0 in the early
going thanks to their pressure
defense at half court. Jones, and
Richard Donegan and others
crowded the passing lanes and
forced several Warrior turnovers.
That turned into several easy
shots and a 14-4 Yearling lead af-
ter the first six minutes.
Jackson went to the bench and
players like Jose Loredo, (four'
points an ur rebounds), Geary,
(five reb ,aid o assists),
and e6i 0ey(fouripoints,
threeasi teals) got to
S play significfaesI.
a' s as l itt youttrto
ballpaye a s the
for basketball. Sti he was simply
the quickest kid'out on the court
ah'-repeatedly made steals.
"I did:ipretty well. Teammates
helped out alot'Couldn't do noth-
ing without them," he admitted.'
Yearling led 21-6 at halftime
and 34-11 after three quarters.
Still Osceola worked on with
Jackson doing most of the heavy
lifting, "I tried to get my team-
Osceola coach Marshal Schlabach tutors his pupils during
a timeout. The coach said he saw some improvement in his
young Warriors Monday when they played Yearling.
mates some good shots but they
weren't falling. I was more ag-
gressive with my shots and some
of them fell," Jackson noted.
Coach Schlabach likes what
he sees in his big man. He would
like to see his guards continue
to improve, "It's going to come
down to their decisions and their
ball handling. I thought we had
some good looks tonight. The
ball was all around the rim. We
just couldn't get the ball through
Yearling also got six points,
three assists and three steals
from Richard Donegan, and Tim
Hirst added four points. Hunter,
Pritchard had two assists, two
steals .and two,. rebounds,, for
Osceola. John Watts had two
steals and two rebounds off the
bench for the Warriors.
Spivey said Yearling did learn
one lesson from this ganie, don't
take anything for granted. "It
wasn't that easy to win like we
thought it was. We-were goofing
around in the locker room and
thought we'd just come out and
beat them. It didn't work out that
Sports News in Brief
Bass Busters kicks off
BASS BUSTERS 2008 kicks off
in Clewiston, for their 18th year
of holding tournaments every
month on Lake Okeechobee on
Jan. 19 and 20, with the Silver and
The Silver Division will be held
on Saturday Jan. 19, with a team
entry fee of only $60 and includes
the Big Bass Jackpot.
The Gold Division will be held
on Sunday Jan. 20, with a team
entry fee of only $100 and in-
cludes the .Big Bass Jackpot.
Both tournaments start at safe-
light. The weigh-in each day will
be held at 3 p.m. at Roland and
Maryann Martin's Marina. There
is a Five Fish Limit per Team and
State of Florida Exemptions will
For additional Information
visit the official website at www.
bassbustersflorida.com or con-
tact Chris Fickey at chris@
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Little League Baseball
Okeechobee Little League
baseball and softball sign-ups are
set for Jan. 19-20 and Jan. 26, 27
from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Beef
Tennis fundraiser to
benefit OHS teams
Costopoulbs & Helton, P.A.
will host their Sixth annual adult
tennis fundraiser to raise funds
for the Okeechobee High School
The event is open to any adult
and consists of A and B levels in
doubles men, women and mixed
Entry fees are $30 per group
entry. All entrants will receive an
event, T-Shirt, along with a chick-
en dinner with sides and a drink
on the first day of the event. Din,
ner tickets can also be purchased
from members of the OHS Tennis
team for $7.
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Speckled Perch Pageant
2008 Speckled Perch Pageant Queen Rachel Holt (right) was crowned on Sunday, Jan.
13. Her court for 2008 is Allison Chandler (left) and Brittany Nethers (center).
The 2008 Speckled Perch Pageant Princess Taylor Carter (right) was crowned at the40th
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