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Vol. 99 No. 72


Briefs

Reception for
administrator
applicants today
Meet the county administra-
tor candidates Thursday eve-
ning. There will be a reception
for the finalists at the civic cen-
ter at 6 p.m., Thursday, March'
13.
The event is open to the
public. While members of the
public will not directly take part
in the selection process, those
who attend can form their own
opinions of the candidates and
make those opinions known to
the commissioners.
The next day, individual
commissioners will meet one-
on-one with each of the can-
didates. The commission as a
whole will then interview the
candidates at a county com-
mission meeting at 1 p.m. in
the commission chambers.
This meeting is also open to
the public and members of the
public will be able to address
the commission if they so de-
sire.

Food and Shelter
Board to meet
A meeting of the local Emer-
gency Food and Shelter Board
will be held on March 14, at
3:30 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, room 21,
200 N.W Second Street.
Public or private voluntary
agencies interested in apply-
ing for Emergency Food and
Shelter Program funds should
attend this meeting and must
present their applications for
these funds.
The deadline for applica-
Hton is March 14. Okeechobee
County will receive approxi-
mately $17,500 to supplement
emergency food and shelter
programs in the county.
Public or private voluntary
agencies interested in applying
for Emergency Food and Shel-
ter Program funds must contact
local board chair, MryAnne
Swinford at (863) 763-5725 for
an application.
Advocacy group
seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy
Council in this area has
openings for membership.
The members of the volunteer
council protect and advocate
for a better quality of life for
Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by the
governor for a four-year term.

Drought Index'

Current: 450
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

10.12 feet
Last Year: 11.06 feet



Source: South Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level

Index
Classifieds..... .................... 10,11
Comics............................. 8
Community Events.................... 4
Crossword................................. 8
O bituaries.................................. 6
O pinion...................................... 4
Speak Out................................ 4
Sports...................................... 14
TV .......................................... 4
W eather................................. 2

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Memories & dreams: Veterans' Park adds tank


I Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
American Legion Post #64's dream came true on Tuesday, March 11, when the delivery
of an M60 A3 tank arrived in Veteran's Park. On hand for the event was (front row-left to
right) Herb Nix and Post #64 Commander Daniel Fennell, (back row-left to right) BMJ's
Don Madray and Cody Yates, Bill Dover, Cole Moorman, Bruce Enders, Don Freas and
Butch Fields.


M60 A3 Tank delivered


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
A life-long dream of Herb
Nix became a reality on Tues-
day, March 11, when an M60 A3
Tank was delivered to Veteran's
Park at the intersection of State
Road 70 and Highway 441.
Mr. Nix stated while watch-
ing the unloading, "This is a
happy day to see this coming.'
It's been my dream."
Veterans' Park memo-
rial was originally requested in
1997 when Mr. Nix brought the
prospective plans to the City
Council.
The approval for the tank
from City Council was granted
to the current American Legion
Post #64 Commander Daniel
F. Fennell on Tuesday, Aug. 21,
2007.
At that meeting Cmdr. Fen-
nell explained to the council
that. he had been working to
get the two final pieces of the
Veterans' Park memorial -- a
. helicopter and the tank.
Five years ago they applied
to get the tank and helicopter
but were turned down because
the equipment was being re-
built to send overseas.
In January, Cmdr. Fennell
received a letter that detailed
all the information needed to
apply to receive a tank. He sent
pictures and all other needed
information, including $7,200
for transportation of the tank
from the Kentucky National
Guard. This particular tank was
used in Desert Storm.
With the help of BMJ Tow-
ing's owner David Williams do-
nation of equipment and labor,
the 55 ton tank was moved into
its resting place on it's concrete
slab that was poured so long
ago.
The legion expressed their
gratitude to BMJ employees.
Ddn Madray, Cody Yates and
Robert Yates for their work
which included use of two tow
trucks and a tractor to maneu-
ver the tank.
According to Cmdr. Fennell,
Bill Dover was the "main man"
that got him in contact with the


,3D'feciiuLiuet: Ne~-s chauna Aguiiai
This M60 A3 tank was delivered via tractor trailer from
Kentucky where it was last in commission with the Ken-
tucky National Guard to the Veteran's Memorial Park on
Tuesday, March 11.


Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
This M60 A3 tank from the Kentucky National Guard was
helped into the Veteran's Memorial Park on Tuesday,
March 11, by BMJ Towing employees Cody Yates (not
pictured), Robert Yates (left) and Don Madray (in tractor)
and their tractor and tow trucks.


right people in order for them
to obtain the tank.
Others on hand at the un-
loading included legion mem-
bers Cole Moorman, Bruce
Enders, Don Freas and Butch
Fields. County Commissioners
Noel Chandler and Elvie Posey
were also on hand to see the
large tank delivered as well as
City Councilman Clayton Wil-
liams and City Planning Board
Member Mike O'Connor.
The M60 A3 Tank has a 105
mm gun and weighs in at 55


tons. The tank is 32 feet 4 inch-
es long, 12 feet 6 inches wide
and 12 feet 6 inches in height.
The M60 battle tank is now
primarily found in U.S. Reserve
and'National Guard units, but
served as. the primary .U.S.
main battle tank for two de-
cades prior to the introduction
of the Ml.
The tank has been placed on
the southern slab in the park.
In 1997, Herb Nix and Paul

See Tank Page 2


Students take the FCAT


By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Students at Okeechobee
public schools have began their
yearly Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test (FCAT) for the
2007-08 school year.
The FCAT measures student
performance on selected bench-
marks in reading, mathematics,
writing, and science that are
defined by the Florida Sunshine
State Standards (SSS). Devel-
oped by Florida educators, the
SSS outline challenging content
students are expected to know
and be able to do. All public
schools are expected to teach
students the content found in the
SSS.
Achievement levels de-
scribe the success a student has


achieved on the SSS tested on
the FCAT Reading, Mathemat-
ics, Science, and Writing assess-
ments. Achievement levels were
first reported for FCAT Science
in spring 2006 and FCAT Writ-
ing in spring 2007.
Achievement levels, based
on both scale scores and devel-
opmental scale scores, range
from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest).
Level 5 -- This student has
success with the most challeng-
ing content of the Sunshine State
Standards. A student scoring in
Level 5 answers most of the test
questions correctly, including
the most challenging questions.
Level 4 -- This student has
success with the challenging
content of the Sunshine State
Standards. A student scoring


in Level 4 answers most of the
test questions correctly, but may
have only some success with
questions that reflect the most
challenging content.
Level 3 -- This student has
partial success with the challeng-
ing content of the Sunshine State
Standards, but performance is
inconsistent. A student scoring
in Level 3 answers many of the
test questions correctly but is
generally less successful with
questions that are the most chal-
lenging.
Level 2 -- This student has
limited success with the chal-
lenging content of the Sunshine
State Standards.
Level 1 -- This student has
little success with the challeng-
See FCAT Page 2


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OUA shows




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land owner


Developer declared
bankruptcy

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Good news came out of the
Tuesday, March 11 meeting of
the Okeechobee Utility'Author-
ity (OUA) Board of Directors.
They found out they were going
to get some money. The board
also acted out of mercy rather
than justice in a decision involv-
ing a developer's agreement.
Okeechobee LLC had pro-
posed to build a housing devel-
opment on S. W. 16th Avenue
south of Palm Village Ranch.
Dr. Ben Schachter, an east
coast veterinarian and mem-
bers of the family are owners of
the property which was being
developed by Sunland Homes.
Sunland Homes recently went
bankrupt.
The developer's agreement
with OUA to reserve sewer
service stated that work on
the project must start within
24 months of the date of the
agreement. Otherwise, the
agreement would be null and
void and OUA would not be
required to refund any fees
paid by New Okeechobee. The
48-month period expired Feb. 7


and no work has started on the
property. The agreement also
stated that an extension of time
could be requested at least 60
days prior to the expiration of
the 48 months. That was not
done.
In effect, Dr. Schachter and
his family were left holding the
bag and responsible for the ob-
ligations incurred by Sunlahd
Homes.
Attorney Dan Doorakin, rep-
resenting Dr. Schachter said
he was not there to make legal
arguments. He did not question
the board's authority to cancel
the agreement and demand the
money back. Sunland Homes
had paid about $600,000 in
capital connection charges. Un-
fortunately, Mr. Doorakin said
his clients were not aware that
the deadline for construction to
start had come and gone. His
said his clients intended to go
forward with the project and
said they were actively seeking
new financial backing.
"The property is current in
all its approvals," the attorney
said.
He said that if the $600,000
is forfeited, the next financial
backer would have to pay this
amount again. That would
make it harder to get someone
See OUA Page 3


Commission has


varied agenda


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A wide variety of routine
matters will be facing the
OKeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners at their
meeting on Thursday, March
13.
Ernest ,and Norma Blitch
and Juan and Maria Contreras
have requested a change in
zoning from residential mixed
to neighborhood commercial-2
for property on N.W. 18th Street.
The purpose of the change is
to allow for construction of a
commercial plaza.
Louise England, executive
director Florida's Heartland Re-
gional Economic Development
Initiative will brief the board on
the fundamentals of developing
and operating a small business
incubation program.
The board will also discuss
joining a metropolitan planning
organization along with High-
lands, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee
and Hendry counties. Such an
organization would administer
federal funds for road construc-


If you go
Whatt: Bimonthly meeting of
the Okeechobee County Board
of County Commissioners
When: 9 a.m.
Thursday, March 13.
Where: Commission
chambers, Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 304 N.W.
Second St.
tion.
In other action, the board is
expected to:
*proclaim the month of
March as American Red Cross
Month in Okeechobee County;
proclaim April- 6 to be
Children's Day in Okeechobee
County;
*present a plaque to Fran-
ces G. Syfrett for 20 years on the
Okeechobee County Library
Advisory Board;
*-consider adopting an
amended Heartland Library Co-
operative Interlocal Agreement
to include Glades County;
*amend library policies;
*authorize repair of a track
See County Page 2


Submitted photo/Peace Lutheran

Spruce it up
Thursday, March 6, was "Spruce Up Our Campus" day
at Peace Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten. Kiersten
Kennedy (left) and Callie Rucks (right) were proud of the
weeds they picked from the flower beds.
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2 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 12, 2008


In the original agreement The American Legion will now Ceremonies.
between the city and the Ameri- work towards repainting the tank Mr. Nix still hopes to one day
Continued From Page 1 can Legion all maintenance and and all of the guns in the Veter- get the helicopter to complete his
continued FromPage upkeep of the machinery and ans' Park. They are also planning original concept of the Veterans'
}Iyatt presented a preliminary lighting is the responsibility of to purchase a portable outdoors Park.
theyattAmerican Leion. The city is sound system that will allow al Post your opinions in the Public
the American Legion. The city is sound system that will allow all Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
drawing to the council revising responsible for the mowing and of those in attendance to hear Reporter ChaunaAguilar may be
the Veterans' Memorial Park. irrigation system. the speeches at the Veterans' Day reached at cagullar@newszap.com.

was to reserve sewer capacity. original expiration date Feb. 7. with its passage. The grant would
IOUA It was noted that there is not a The board discussed utility ar- be used to build a pump station
standing list of developers who rangements for a nearby develop- that would serve the Treasure Is-
'Continued From Page 1 desire this capacity. ment. Silver Palms RV Park is a land area and allow septic tanks
I "There is capacity at the Cem- planned development south of S. to be taken off line. This would
:to finance the project. etery Road plant for any new re- W 32nd Street and east of Semi- improve the quality of water enter
"This is a hardship situation" quests," John Hayford, OUA ex- nole Cove. The developer wanted Lake Okeechobee.
'Mr. Doorakin added. "You are un- ecutive director said. a master meter. However, with in- On a water supply issue, Mr.
'der no obligation to grant this." "I'd rather have the develop- dividual ownership of lots, it was Ritter stated that his organization
Dr. Schachter said he and his ment that the $600,000,"said felt that a master meter would has completed a survey of Gov-
family members who owned the board member Elder Sumner. create problems. The board felt ernment Cut between the OUA
project were having to put their "Does it set a precedent?" that individual meters would be water intake and Taylor Creek.
,own money into the project since asked board member Harry more appropriate in this situa- "That is probably the most
7the bankruptcy of the developers. Moldenhauer. tion. This will require changes in efficient way to go" he said, add-
"' "Disallowing this extension, "The circumstances set the some of the OUA policies. ing that there is a fairly significant
.will make it very hard for us." Dr. precedent," was the opinion of After considerable discus- channel outside the Taylor Creek
Schachter said. "It will be noth- Mr. Conley. sion the board agreed to enter lock. He added that the drought
:ing short of devastating." If the development had been a contract to purchase a lot on situation is looking a little better
He asked for a year's exten- granted an extension within the S.W. Park Street and Seventh Av- because the lake has been hover-
sion to allow time to secure new time limits of the agreement they enue for a future office building. ing just over 10 feet and recent
-financial backing. would have been required to stat A space planning study by staff rains in the Kissimmee Valley
- Engineer Jeff Sumner, who paying the monthly base at the determined that remodeling or have allowed release of water
'has been working on this project, end of the initial 48 months. The expanding the current OUA build- from that area to the lake.
verifiedd that all necessary permits board felt that waiving this re- ing on S.W. Fifth Avenue would In another'drought related is-
are in place and most are good quirement would set a dangerous not be cost effective. sue, Mr. Hayford said that as result
for five years. precedent. The good news was delivered of talks with the Florida Depart-
"The owner relied on some- Dr. Schachter said it would be by Gary Ritter, interim director of ment of Environmental Protec-
body else to do all the work who difficult to pay but if that was a South Florida Water Management tion, if the drought warrants it
:went bankrupt," stated board at- condition, he would pay it. District's (SFWMD) Okeechobee they could expand the use of the
.torney Tom Conley. "I realize what "This extension is good for Service Center. Mr. Ritter an- groundwater treatment plant.
.the agreement said, but bankrupt- both OUA and Okeechobee nounced that the SFWMD Board However, another pump and ad-
.cy is a different ball game." County," said board member of Governors would be voting this ditional piping and wiring would
e noted that wasthe notard's Steve Nelson. coming Thursday to approve a be needed. Mr. Hayford produced
toned. He said legal authority was ot reason for The board unanimously voted $200,000 grant to OUA. He said a figure of $5,871.60 for the pump

-the developer's agreement to grant a one year extension of the grant was on the consent but he did not have a figure on
Spthe agreement dating from the agenda and he saw no problem the additional piping required.
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1CAT
,Continued From Page 1
"ing content of the Sunshine State
Standards.;
Fourth, eighth and tenth grad-
.ers completed the first portion of
:the FCAT with the FCAT Writing
test on Feb. 12, of this year.
Testing began in elementary,
middlee and the high school on
Tuesday, March 11. Students from
third to eleventh grade are putting
,what they have been learning to
'the test.
On Wednesday, March 13,
students in third grade and fourth
,grade will be completing two
,sessions of FCAT Math while stu-
Adents in fifth grade will complete
'twop sessions of FCAT Reading.
+_ I fifth graders w ,ill continue


their testing next week, Monday,
and Tuesday, March 17 and 18,
with the FCAT Science testing.
Students in sixth, seventh and
eighth grade will be working on
the Norm Reference Test in both
math in reading on Wednesday,
March 13. Sixth, seventh and
eighth graders will complete their
FCAT Math and Reading on Tues-
day and Wednesday, March 11
and 12.
Students in eighth grade will
take the FCAT Science on Mon-
day, March 17.
Freshman Campus and
Okeechobee High School stu-
dents have also been hard at
work both Tuesday, March 11
and today taking the FCAT Read-
ing and Math sections.
Students in ninth and-,tenth
grade will be taking the "Norm


Reference Test in both reading
and math on Thursday, March 13.
Students in eleventh grade will
be taking the FCAT Science on
Thursday, March 13.
Make-up testing continues
until Wednesday, March 19, el-
ementary and middle school and
until Tuesday, March 18, for high
school students.
During this week, the school
food service provides breakfast to
all of the students who are testing
in order to help provide nutrients
to their minds to help them test
better. It is always recommended
that the students get a good night
sleep before taking exams such
as the FCAT.
While there are many things
going on in the community for
the coming weeks these students
have to make sure they prepare


properly for the testing each
morning.
Due to scheduling constraints,
the Okeechobee Livestock show
has coincided with the FCAT for
the last couple of years according
to Sharon Suits, director of K-12
Accountability and Assessments.
Dates for students to take the
FCAT are set by the Florida De-
partment of Education in order to
obtain the data needed from the
tests which help the department
award school grades and other
funding based on test scores and
other needs of the schools.
For more information about
the FCAT contact the Okeecho-
bee County School Board at (863)
462-5000.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at www.newszap.com.
reached porter ogua gur@ acwanp.om.
reached at cagullar@neuwszap.com.


County
Continued From Page 1

excavator for the road depart-
ment;
*consider purchase of a loader
for the road department;
*consider purchase of a mow-
er for the road department;
*consider contracting the
services of Craig A. Smith & As-
sociates to survey, furnish con-
struction management and engi-
neering for the N.W 12th Terrace
drainage project;
*consider purchase of a dou-
ble wide trailer for the road main-
tenance complex;
*consider purchase of a single
wide trailer for the sports corn-


plex;
*authorize the use of Hurri-
cane Housing Recovery Program
funds for a contract with Neal
Long Constructing;
*award a bid for tile for fire/
rescue station 1;
-schedule an emergency man-
agement briefing with state emer-
gency management leaders;
*schedule a special meeting
for renewal of the contract with
Waste Management;
*consider creating another
plan reviewer position at the
building department; and
*consider cancelling or re-
scheduling the June 26 meeting
due a conflict with the Florida
Association of Counties Annual
Conference.


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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Two
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two area men w
late last week and
the Okeechobee Cot
caused of a connect
burglary of a local se
Timothy W. Moc
24th Blvd., and Jame
Taylor Creek Lodge
charged with the bu
VFW Post #4423 o
St.
Moore was charv
felonies of burglary, I
burglary tools and c
license suspended.
charged with the m
of resisting arrest N
lence and loitering a
His total bond was sE
Hill was charged v
nies of burglary an


charged wil
of burglary tools. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor of
ere arrested resisting arrest without violence.
vere arrested His bond was set at $27,500.
booked into Deputy Ser-
unty Jail, ac- geant Clif Gill of
ion with the the Okeecho-
rvice club. bee County
ore, 51, S.E. Sheriff's Office
es M. Hill, 44, (OCSO) wrote
, were both in his report
irglary of the that the men
n N.W. 34th were arrested
after Hill was Timothy W.
ged with the found hiding Moore
possession of in a canal and
driving while Moore was caught while hiding
He was also in a ditch early Friday morning.
misdemeanors Sgt. Gill's report said he was
without vio- dispatched to the VFW post
nd prowling, around 1:30 a.m. in regard to
et at $31,000. an alarm. After speaking with a
with the felo- witness, he learned that a small
d possession white pickup truck had been seen


th VFW break-in


leaving the area and its headlights
were not activated.
As other units converged, Sgt.
Gill wrote that he saw a similar
truck on U.S.
441 S., just
past that high-
way's intersec-
tion with S.R.
70. The truck
turned onto
S.E. Sixth St.
and traveled
along the street James M.
until it turned Hill
into a driveway.
When Sgt. Gill got to the truck,
there was no one in it but the
driver's side window was open.
The homeowner told Sgt. Gill
the truck wasn't his and he didn't
know who owned it.
Sgt. Gill then learned that an-
other deputy and his K-9 Rex had


found Hill in a canal. Hill refused
to leave the water until the deputy
and Rex went in after him, stated
the OCSO report.
Knowing that Moore lived on
S.E. 24th Blvd., Sgt. Gill decided
to check out the area around his
home. As he was driving along
S.E. 24th Blvd. the sergeant re-
portedly saw a man hiding behind
a port-a-let. As he got out of his
patrol unit, he could see a man ly-
ing in a ditch and it looked as if he
was trying to crawl into a culvert,
stated Sgt. Gill's report.
Although he initially refused to
leave the ditch, Moore finally sur-
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up a large pry bar, a hammer and
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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An Okeechobee man will
spend the next 42 months of his
life in prison after accepting a plea
deal from the state that combined
four cases.
John Howard Cowles, 27, en-
tered a plea of no contest to the
charges in front of Circuit Judge
Sherwood Bauer Jr. on Friday,
March 7. As part of the deal the
state combined four cases and
allowed Cowles to enter his plea
and receive one sentence.
Those cases include dealing in
stolen property, grand theft fire-
arm and grand theft. He was also
charged with seven counts of ut-
tering a forged instrument.
While three of the cases oc-
curred in 2007, the other one took


place this year.
Cowles was arrested Jan. 29,
2008, by Detective Rick Durfee of
the Okeecho-
bee County
Sheriff's Of-
fice (OCSO)
on charges
of dealing in
stolen prop-
erty and grand
theft-firearm.
In April of John Howard
2007, Cowles Cowels
was arrested
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with seven
counts of uttering a forged instru-
ment and one count of grand
theft. He got out of jail and was
then arrested on Dec. 13, 2007,
by OCSO Deputy Sarah Green in
regard to the theft of two news-


paper boxes. This arrest then led
to an arrest warrant being issued
that charged him with violation of
probation uttering a forged in-
strument and violation of proba-
tion grand theft.
These charges were also in-
cluded in the plea deal.
In other court action Friday,
Mark Allen Lee, 23, N.W. 240th
St., entered into a plea deal with
the state and was found guilty of
grand theft.- firearm, grand theft
and possession of a firearm by
a convicted felon. Lee entered a
plea of no contest and was sen-
tenced to five years in prison.
Judge Bauer also ordered that he
must serve a minimum manda-.
tory sentence of three years.
Lee was found guilty of tak-
ing seven guns along with some
knives, jewelry, change and bin-


oculars from a home last year. He
was arrested by Detective Ted Van
Deman on Nov. 30, 2007.
Prior to
receiving his
sentence Lee
asked Judge
Bauer if he
could have
some time to
get his affairs r
in order and
to pay his fed- Mark Allen
eral income Lee
tax before he
was sentenced to prison, but the
judge denied his request.
Lee will receive credit for the
98 days he has already spent in
the Okeechobee County Jail.


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Rickards home to be remodeled


As 20-year-old Daniel Rick- The goal is to have all materials
ards completed his third week and labor donated and the project
of intensive rehab at St. Mary's completed by the time Daniel is
Hospital, friends gathered at the ready to come home. A complete
family's home to begin the "de- materials list is available at Creech
construction" phase for his new Construction and includes materi-
residence. What has been the al and labor for electrical, plumb-
family's 20 ft. x 22 ft. back porch ing, drywall, framing, insulation,
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room, complete with its own fencing. If you have any questions
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downter. is currently scheduled for Friday,
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Okeechobee, has volunteered to Okeechobee Chamber of Comn-
oversee and supervise the project. merce, Domer's Inc., Grace Chris-


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Accounting. Additional items are
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2710, are available to answer any
questions. The Daniel A. Rickards
Assistance Fund has been estab-
lished at Riverside Bank to receive
donations. When reached .for
coGmTmen(taDanitexpressed4he is
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of support and encouragement
by the community for him and
his family and stated: "It is such
a blessing to see so many people
care and come together in unity. I
am so grateful and thankful."


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ADMINISTRATOR: The Board of County Commissioners is re-
sponsible to serve the county's residents. It is their job to know and
understand the residents, their will and their needs, and to make deci-
sions to resolve problems and secure the county's future. The Admin-
istrator executes the will of the Board of County Commissioners, noth-
ing more, and certainly nothing less. The Administrator absolutely is
supposed to serve the Board. Hopefully, if the Board members are
executing the will of the people of the county, the Administrator will
serve the people by proxy. But it is not an elected position, and is not
subject to any citizen input. The fact that the BOCC is providing op-
portunity for any public scrutiny should be commended.
ELECTION: If you do not like the way the county is run, then enter
the race. You may win, it is open to everybody. Overall I think they are
doing a good job, and I am proud to say that I voted for all five. and if
they run again I will vote for at least four.
FCAT AND THE FAIR: FCAT testing begins in third grade and con-
tinues through 10th -- or beyond. Many many kids in elementary and
middle school grades are 4-Hrs. At the age of 8 kids can show larger
animals; an 8 year old is in no more than the third grade. There is a
mandatory 7 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, undoubtedly, there is a test
on Wednesday. By the time this meeting is over and the animal is
taken care of for the night it results in a late night for many kids. If you
couple it with a lengthy drive home you will be lucky to have this 8
year old settled down and in bed by 11. Very late night before a "high
stakes" test. The testing window is mandated by the FLDOE there
is little wiggle room in the schedule and school should come first.
You would think after several years of scheduling conflicts someone
would have suggested pushing the fair either forward or backward
a week. Not sure if that is possible but it is the kids, especially the
younger ones, paying the price for the conflict. Students who score
below "grade level" in either reading or math will be scheduled for
intensive Reading and/or Math classes. Tired kids are not bright and
alert. I have seen students end up in these classes when they do not
truly need them due to testing poorly.
ADMINISTRATOR: Regarding the county administrator, this per-
son is supposed to take direction from the Board of County Commis-
sioners. They are his bosses. They se the policy and the administrator
carries it out. However, the administrator is not supposed to do the
bidding of individual commissioners. For example, an individual com-
missioner should not try to influence who is hired for county jobs.
That is not proper and would be an ethics violation. I think the prob-
lems in the past have been due to individual commissioners trying to
tell the administrator what to do and who to hire. The commissioners
only have the power to tell the administrator what to do when they
are seated as the board.
COUNTY GOVERNMENT: I fully understand the role of the coun-
ty administrator. The Board's role is to establish policies, which the
county administrator executes through the creation of plans and pro-
grams, with the approval of the Board. My point is this; the Board only
meets twice a month, but the county administrator leads the county
government on a day-to-day basis. Who, then, has a greater influence
upon the county and its citizens? Obviously, the county administrator
does, and for that reason there should have been some form of public
participation in the screening/selection process. Neither should it be
forgotten or ignored that public participation in the affairs of govern-
ment is inherent in the principle that the legitimacy of government
-rests upon the consent of the governed.
". LUNCH CONVERSATIONS: I recently ate lunch at a local res-
taurant. It was good, especially for the money. The restaurant was
clean and not over-crowded. I almost wished it was over-crowded so
I wouldn't be forced to overhear the conversations going on around
me. I am astonished at what some people will say in public. Table # 1
had a man and a woman. He fussed and fussed and fussed. Whatever
-was wrong in his life was all her fault. Big over-stuffed redneck wear-
'-ing his cap in a restaurant, running his very loud mouth about things
that should have been settled in the privacy of their home or office or
':anywhere but at the table across from me. Table #2 had many seats
with men and worimen in the health care profession. I knew their-
profession not only by their clothes but also by their very loud con-
versation. I thought there was a privacy law that prohibited them to
talk about patients, by name, and other associates. in their profession,
by name. Needless to say, I had indigestion/heart burn when I left to
return to work. It could have been the peppers, but I think it was the
people occupying the tables next to me.
SCHEDULING: I think it is a shame the FCAT tests are the same
week at the Livestock Show. FFA kids raise their animals as part of
their school class. When the kids have to be at the show until late at
night, how are they supposed to get a good night's sleep for the test
the next day. Besides, they also have to get up early to go take care of
the animals before they go to school. It makes for very long days and
very tired children. They're lucky to stay awake during the tests.
CONFLICTS: Maybe the Fair Board and the School Board and the
Chamber and the city and county officials should all get together and
work on a calendar that is in the best interest of the whole community.
Each one seems to have tunnel vision and only think of their own or-
ganization. But they should use their heads. If you only schedule one
thing at a time, people are more likely to attend. Why do they have to
try to cram everything in the same few weeks and then Okeechobee
basically has nothing going on for months at a time?




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Community Calendar

Wednesday, March 12
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.}
AA. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church of Our 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 SW. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion..
NA. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 Fifth Ave. For information call (8.63) 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.
Ministerial Association meets the second Wednesday of every
month at noon at the Clock restaurant. All area ministers are invited to
attend.
Thursday, March 13
AA. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet 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 Secu-
rity 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 located
at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1
p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone inter-
ested in attending is welcome. For information, call Marilyn Rinear 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 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.
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 rela-
tionships. 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) 763-0202.


Community Events

School board to discuss federal grants
Okeechobee County School Board.will be hosting a meeting to
inform private schools of federal grant opportunities for the 2008-09
school year. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 14, at 10:30
a.m. and will be held in room 303 of the school board office.

Library welcomes Mark Smith
The Okeechobee County Library welcomes Mark Smith as he pres-
ents "A Musical Journey through Florida," on March 14, at 7 p.m.
Mark Smith has been a regular on the Florida Folk Music circuit since
1992. His original songs have been heard on commercial and public
radio stations around the state, with lyrics highlighting Florida's peo-
ple and landscapes. A fourth-generation north Florida native, Mark
has worked for 18 years with Florida .State Parks, which allows his
even further insight into Florida's natural and cultural history. He has
produced three CDs of original music and is working on a fourth. This
program is funded by the Florida Humanities Council and is free and
open to the public.

Bowl for a cure
Help the concerned citizens of Okeechobee as we Bowl and Strike
our way towards a Cure for Cancer!
A Bowl-A-Thon will be held on Friday, March 14 at Stardust Lanes,
1465 Hwy 441 S.E. from 7 until 10 p.m. Cost is $15 per person or $60
per team. Lanes sponsorship is available for $100. For information
contact Frank Riddle at (863) 447-1174. All proceeds will benefit the
American Cancer Society.

Masonic Lodge host Annual Hog Roast
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., will host thi-
er Annual Hog Roast on Saturday, March 15, from 4 until 7 p.m. The
menu will be a traditional barbecue. The roast is open to the public.
Tickets are available for $7 per person. Eat in or take out. All proceeds
will benefit the Scholarship fund. For information or tickets please call
Jose Verano, WM. at (863) 634-2071.

VFW to host annual dinner
VF.W Post #9528, 2002 Hwy. 78 West, Buckhead Ridge, will host
the Annual Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Sunday, March 16,
from 12:30 until 3 p.m. Donation is $7 per person. Everyone is wel-
come to come and enjoy dinner and music. For more information,
please call (863) 467-2882.
Summer Activity guide submissions wanted
Submissions for the 2008 Summer Activity Guide are currently be-
ing requested by Sharon Vinson at the Okeechobee County School
Board Office. This guide is a comprehensive list of activities for chil-
dren during the summer months in Okeechobee. To have your event
included, just complete the submission form to include information
in the guide, at no charge. The mission of the guide is to keep our
children safe, secure and active during the summer months. Dead-
line for submissions is March 28. For more information contact (863)
462-5000 ext. 257.


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Glades County faces loss of revenue


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Glades County faces the loss
of $3.7 million in property tax rev-
enues over the next five years due
to property tax reforms, and those
losses could lead to sharp cuts in
equipment purchases, a contin-
ued hiring freeze, and the elimi-
nation of four county employees,
including a code enforcement of-
ficer and two planner positions.
County Manager Wendell Tay-
lor presented a plan Tuesday that
could save the County $174,059
per year. He urged constitutional
officers to support his efforts to
cut spending.
"The tough part is the person-
nel actions," he said, "We have to
look at other feasible cuts when
we review the budget."
Commissioner Bob Giesler
said he has heard that Tallahassee
is considering even steeper cuts in
the next two years. He suggested
the County will not see any relief
in the near future.
Taylor said the County would
have had to lay more employees
off if he hadn't implemented a hir-
ing freeze last year. He added he
chose the positions in the plan-
ning department for cuts because
there has been less work for plan-
ners in recent months.
He said he will reassign an ad-
ditional county employee to han-
dle some code enforcement work
so the effort in code enforcement
won't be impacted.
He also asked for no major
purchases of equipment unless
the County Commission voted to
approve them. He also suggested
a new policy to limit the expense
of mobile and cell phones for
County employees.
"I don't want to bother you
with common sense stuff. The
toughies I'll bring to you," he
added.
Mr. Taylor suggested the Com-
mission hold a retreat to discuss
funding sources that might be
available to the County in the fu-
ture.
One proposal for a special as-
sessment to fund fire protection
services was presented by County
Attorney Richard Pringle. He said
the assessment will require vari-
ous studies to be legal. He said it


could be time consuming.
Commissioner Donna Storter
said it is not an easy process. She
suggested the Commission wait
another year before they imple-
ment the new tax if they didn't
have the time to put the proposal
together in time for the budget
cycle in July.
Mr. Pringle said he didn't want
to spend dollars on this study if
the County was not going to im-
plement the new tax.
Pringle said they would have
the time to put the proposal to-
gether in time for this years prop-
erty tax season. That prodded
Storter to support going forward
now.
"I think it is time to go for-
ward," Storter said, "This is not
something we sprung on the peo-
ple, we brought this up in 2005."
Commissioner Echols said the
economy is very tough on con-
stituents right now and he would
oppose putting an additional tax
on people.
Storter said residents are saving
money on property tax reforms
and she said the fire department
is very cost conscious. She said
she supported protecting county
citizens.
EMS Director Bob Jones said he
would love the additional money.
However he said the department
can survive another year with-
out additional taxes. He said that
eventually it will be hard to man
all of their fire departments with
volunteers only.
"We sure don't want to.go
through another debate like the
EMS service," he said.
The implementation of the
EMS assessment led to various
lawsuits that tied up the proposal
in court.
Jones said growth in the out-
lying communities are going to
require additional manpower and
equipment in the future.
Commissioners opted to wait
until next year on the fire tax pro-
posal.
Mr. Giesler made the motion
to eliminate the positions at the
County offices, "I know it's hard,
but it is going to be harder."
He also suggested a new pol-
icy where all new purchases of
over $5,000 must be brought to
the County Commission for their


Obituaries


+ Bo ie J. Opel
BonnieJ. Opel, 71 of Okeecho-
bee died Monday, March 10, 2008
in the Hamrick Home. Born Feb.
28, 1937 in Celestine, Ind., she
had been a resident of Okeecho-
bee for the past 11 years and was
a member of the VFW Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband,
Donald J. Opel of Okeechobee;
sons, Curt TyleIr, Brad Tyler, Jona-
than Opel, Lee Opel all of Jasper,
Ind.; daughters, Pam Bickerest of
Jasper, Ind., Rhonda Klem, Kelly
Upencamp, both of Ferdinand,
Ind.; sister, Betty Mehring of Jas-
per, Ind.; brothers, Larry Smith of
Indianapolis, Ind., Dennis Smith of
Muncie, Ind., and Richard Smith
of Frenchlet, Ind. In addition, she
is survived by ten grandchildren
and two great grandchildren.
There are no public services
planned. In lieu of flowers, Memo-
rial contributions may be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, 34973.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

John Edward Entry, III
John Edward Entry, III, 54 of
Okeechobee, died Sunday, March
9, 2008 at his residence. Born Jan.
26, 1954 in Williamson, W. Va. he
had been a lifetime resident of


Okeechobee. He was a member
of the Florida Cattleman's As-
sociation, Eagles, Moose Lodge
and Board Member of the Co-
quina Water District. He enjoyed
air boating, ranching, groves and
was a true entrepreneur.
He is survived by his wife, Nini
Entry of Okeechobee; sons, John
(Rebeckah) Entry IV, Justin En-
try all of Okeechobee; daughter,
Eudet (Ryan) Crawford of New
Madison, Ohio; grandchildren,
Jonathan, Madison; sister, Eliza-
beth Stanley; mother, Doris Entry,
all of Okeechobee. In addition, he
is survived by nephews, Joseph,
Jeffrey; stepdaughters, Tiffany
Mathis, Bridget Ewing and close
friends, Robert Claxton all of
Okeechobee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to
The Shepard Center Foundation
in Memory of John E. Entry, Ill,
2020 Peachtree Road, N.W At-
lanta, Ga., 30309.
Visitation will be held, Thurs-
day, March 13, from 5 until 7 p.m.
with services on Friday, March 14,
at 10 a.m. in the Buxton Funeral
Home Chapel, with Pastor Bruce
Simpson of the First United Meth-
odist Church officiating.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.


approval. The proposal was ap-
proved unanimously.
The issue of mandatory solid
waste collection was also on the
agenda. Lakeport Commissioner
Paul Beck suggested the issue be
postponed for further review.
Commissioner Russell Echols
said the Board needs to put to-
gether a proposal that they could
present to the public for their ap-
proval.
Last month Mr. Taylor asked
for input from each commission
in the form of a letter that present-
ed their positions and suggestions
in regard to mandatory collection
of trash. He reviewed the material
and developed a draft ordinance.
Taylor also has asked for guid-
ance and ideas from area trash
haulers that deal with these issues
on a regular basis.
The Commission could hold
a workshop in the next two
months to develop their plan for
solid waste collection. The Com-
mission meeting on May 13th has
been set as the target date for this
workshop.
A number of housing projects
were also considered by the Com-
mission at their meeting which
could greatly change the rural
character of the County.
In Lakeport, 518 acres were
rezoned from open use agricul-
ture to commercial general. The
project is located east of County
Road 721 and north of State Road
78. 112 acres will be changed to
commercial and 406 to residen-
tial. The only concern raised was
whether or not the developer
planned to put in mobile homes.
No decision on the type of hous-
ing has been made, representa-
tive Tommy Perry said.
River Groves, a new large com-
munity located south of the Ca-
loosahatchee River on State Road
80, was also approved. Commis-
sioners approved the transmittal
to the Department of Community
Affairs an amendment to change,
1,618 acres on the Glades County
Future Land Use Map from Ag-
riculture open to mixed use vil-
lage.
The new town could include
various uses including commer-
cial, residential, parks and new
schools. The maximum density
of this project could be 6,275 resi-


dential units.
Commissioners also approved
the transmittal to the Department
of Community Affairs the Muse
Village Comprehensive Plan
Amendment that would change
1,272 acres on the Glades County
Future Land Use Map from Agri-
culture Residential to Muse Vil-
lage. Lykes Brothers has proposed
a large town that includes 3,500
residential units, up to 350,000
square feet of commercial space,
and up to 40,000 square feet of
light industrial.
Commissioners also approved
the transmittal to the DCA, the
request form American Prime II,
LLC to change 991 acres on the
Glades County Future Land Use
Map from Agriculture Open, Com-
mercial and Institutional to resi-
dential. The developer proposes
to develop 624 new homes and a
private marina off State Road 80
east of Port Labelle.
Commissioners also a request
for the Florida DCA to change
the Future land use map for the
proposed Muse Air Park. 68 acres
could be developed into 34 dwell-
ing units.
Commissioners also approved
the hiring of an inspector for the
Waste Management Construc-
tion and Demolition Disposal site
on State Road 78 west. The posi-
tion will cost $51,000 annually. A
truck for this inspector will cost
$20,000. The company has bud-
geted $60,000 per year to fund
these expenses.
Buckhead Ridge Commis-
sioner Bob Giesler questioned
the logic of allowing the inspec-
tor to drive the County vehicle to
and from work. He said fuel costs
would be exorbitant.
"We don't even let our coun-
ty department heads use their
county vehicle to drive home," he
said.
County Manager Wendell Tay-
lor said it would be unwise to
leave a County vehicle on some-
one else's property. He said he
hoped to hire a local resident
who wouldn't have to drive far to
inspect the new landfill located
just north of Moore Haven on
State Road 78.


Fire causes damage


at Oakley trailer park


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
No one was injured in an early
morning fire Sunday that caused
about $5,000 in damages to a mo-
bile home at 8041 U.S. 441 S.E.
Okeechobee County Fire Rescue
reported.
Fire crews were called out just
before 1 a.m. and found smoke
coming from the doors and win-
dows of the home, the report
stated.
It appeared the fire originated
in the bedroom area on an uphol-
stered sofa, and the fabric quickly
caught fire and spread.
The report from Lt. Robert
Mears stated that the occupant of
the home, Richard Helbert, tried
to extinguish the fire with a wa-
ter hose but was unable to. The
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Firemen used a large exhaust
fan to remove the smoke from the
building. It appeared that a space
heater had been left too close
to the furniture and might have
sparked the blaze, Mears stated.
The State Fire Marshal was
notified to investigate the actual
cause of the blaze.
Six firemen and three units
were on the scene for about two
hours. There were no injuries re-
ported.


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Aaron's Sales & Lease
Okeechobee store is NOW
HIRING for RETAIL/SALES
MGR. SALARY + COMM/BO-
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for growth to GM. Must have
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clean MVR, 21yrs or older,
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435



ELDERLY CARE Nursing
home alternative at 1/3 the
cost! Bring your loved one
for individualized TLC in
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by exp Reg. Nurse.
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens I Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Toots 725
ToRs & Games 730
V Rs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




AIR CONDITIONER Central
Package Unit, w/heat, 3 ton
York, never installed, $1450
(561)447-2122
CENTRAL HEAT & AIR UNIT -
Goodman 48k btu, serviced
every year, like new. $2000
or best offer. (863)763-3932
GOODMAN 31 ton, outside
1 pc. unit for trir or mobile
home, used 6 mos., $500.
772-905-8332


PEDAL CAR FIRE TRUCK -
1950's, nice original. $250
(863)675-4858


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DOLL 1855, Heinrich Hand-
werck, 28", body & head
stamp "Big 5", $1300.
(863)763-2397


CHEST FREEZER small,
works great, only $35.
(863)675-8937
MICROWAVE Brand new GE
Profile Spacemaker, black,
1.8cu ift, asking $250 or best
offer (863)673-3785
RANGE HOOD Maytag, Good
condition. $75
(239)210-1475
REFRIGERATOR 21cu ft, apt
size, fridge/freezer, good
condition. $150
(863)357-3490
REFRIGERATOR w/ Freezer,
34 cu. ft. Ice maker & dis-
penser. $100 or best offer.
(863)229-8247
STOVE electric, 20" & stain-
less steel kitchen sink, $120
will sell separately.
(215)333-3262
WASHER $75
(863)357-4926 iv. msg. -
WASHER Kenmore, Front
loader. Energy efficient.
$250 (863)675-0548
WASHER/DRYER Maytag
Neptune stackable unit, 1 yr
old, used maybe 15 times.
$650 neg (863)675-6904



INDOOR GRILL Large George
Foreman like new, great deal
for only $30 (863)763-8149
MICROWAVE $35
(863)467-0031
SHOWTIME ROTISSERIE -
With all extras, new, never
used, will sacrifice for $130
(863)763-8149



ROBIN SHED 12 x 24, elec-
tric ready, wood floor, 4 win-
dows, galvanized. $3000
(863)612-0992
-STORAGE SHEDS-
Why Rent When
You Can Own?
We Finance Everyonel
All Size Sheds Available
800-330-8106


LADIES CRUISER 6 spd.,
White paint, wide tires, com-
fortable seat. Great condi-
tion. $75 (863)447-0857
MAGNA 21 SPEED Women's
bike & car carrier rack. $50
(863)840-0442



ROMANCE BOOKS (20) Lewis
Amore $10 (863)763-1059
ROMANCE BOOKS (80) Har-
lequln $10 (863)763-1059


GATES (2) -12 ft & 8 ft, 6 rail,
like new, never used. $150
for both. (863)697-2032
PAN ROOFING (62 Sheets)
10 Ft. -15 Ft. Long. $395 for
all or will sell sep.
(863)675-8760
PLYWOOD 52 sheets, 3/4",
Form, Veneer 1 sided, free
oiled. $1500 or best offer.
(863)824-0480
SCREEN DOOR Aluminum,
32x80, good condition. $15
(863)763-1997
THERMAL PANE WINDOW -
46x48, 2 pane, tinted,
w/screen & marble sill,
$100. (863)357-6952
WINDOWS (4) Aluminum,
very good cond, 1 30x27, 2
30x30, 1 45x40. $45 or will
sell sep (863)763-1997


BABY ITEMS Crib, Stroller,
High Chair & Walker, $170
will sell separately.
(863)673-5704
BABY SWING- Evenflo, Very
good condition. $30.00
(863)801-3995
CLOTHES, Baby Boy, 6-12
mos., Bath tub, bottle warm-
er, Graco car seat, $60 will
sell sep. (863)763-0959 .
GRACO STROLLER Great
condition. $50 or best offer.
(239)243-1588 for details.
GRACO STROLLER With in-
fant car seat. $40
(863)228-2311
PACK N PLAY Graco play-
pen, w/changing table &
assinet, dark blue & white.
$100 (863)228-2311
TODDLER BED With mat-
tress. $60 (863)763-6131
Okeechobee area


CLOTHES Ladies, Name
Brands, Size 3X, New w/
tags. Pants & Shirts. $50 for
5 pcs. (239)292-7509
MATERNITY CLOTHES Multi-
ple items. $50 for all.
(239)243-1588 for details
MOTORCYCLE JACKET Bon
Jovi style, lined w/zip out,
size 54. $100 or best offer.
(863)697-0932/697-1835


DREAMSICLES 36 in all.
$125 for all. (863)610-0020
ELVIS COLLECTION Many
Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia.
$300 neg. (863)467-0627



COMPUTER Win 98 desk-
top, works fine, $80
(863)634-8880 Okeechobee
LAPTOP Dell Insperion 6000,
Intel Pentium processor, 1.50
MHZ, 512 Ram. 80 GB H/D,
& more $450. 863-357-2863



ELEC FIREPLACE with heat,
used brick look, 22"W x 59"
L, plug in and enjoy, $150
(863)357-2863 Julie
FIREPLACE Brand new, with
heater insert. $200 or best
offer. (863)763-6747


BANQUET TABLE with 4
chairs, solid wood, $125.
(336)342-0221
BEDROOM SET Queen head
& foot board, dresser, mirror
& 2 night stands $250
(863)675-3669
CAPTAINS CHAIRS (4) ma-
ple, $100. (863)675-0548


BEDROOM SUITE Queen
size, Good condition. $750
(863)398-4087
BUNK BEDS Brand new.
Wooden. Extra brand new
mattress. $200
(352)615-1835 Okeechobee
CHINA CABINET Large Drex-
el, walnut color, solid wood,
located in Loxahatchee.
$250 (561)793-9463 eves
COFFEE TABLE & 2 match-
ing end tables. Dark cherry in-
laid design, Hand carved legs
$150 (612)345-1484 Okee.
COFFEE TABLE Cherry, hi
gloss. $80 (863)467-0031
COFFEE TABLE Glass top
walnut, jottom shelf wicker,
55 L x 22 W >. x15 H. $15
(863)801-9288
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER 5
pc's. $200 or best offer.
(863)229-8247
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
Holds 30" TV, side cabinets,
glass shelves w/lights, $65
neg (863)801-9288
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
Large, Glass Doors, Many
Shelves. Pine color wood.
$50 neg. (863)763-8085
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
Light Oak w/27" Color TV &
Stereo w/Remote. $250 for
all. (352)615-1835 Okee
KING SIZE BED $100
(863)467-6475
PATIO TABLE End chairs,
bamboo & glass top. $45
(863)484-0395
RECLINER Lazy Boy, brown,
$75. (336)342-0221
RECLINER / ROCKER Light
blue. La-Z-Boy. Good condi-
tion. $100 (863)763-5067
RECLINER Tan, Leather like.
Good condition. $25
(772)971-9474
WALL UNIT Lights, holds 32"
TV, glass doors, book
shelves, good condition.
$300 (863)357-3490



GOLF CART '06 E-Z Go shut-
tle, gas, 900 hrs, full wind-
shield, horn, all lights, runs
great. $3500 (856)297-7397


GOLF CART Yamaha '99 gas
golf cart, runs & looks like
new, low hours. $2000
(863)467-2824
GOLF CLUBS (100) Misc.,
Many brands. Ping, etc.
Many good. $600 for all, will
sep. (863)946-3123
GUN COLLECTION Rifles,
Shotguns, Hand Guns &
Knives, w/cases, $5,000 will
sell sep. (863)697-3214
REMINGTON 1100 12
gauge, never fired, new.
375 (863)675-4858
REMINGTON 11001H Rare
Ift handed, mint cond, gold
scroll, uses 2 3/4", w/case.
$750 neg (954)849-0941
RIFLE Argentine Mauser,
Sporterized, New 3X9 scope.
Very accurate, EC, Box of
shells. $250 (863)763-5120



AB LOUNGER SPORT Excel-
lent condition. $50 or best
offer. (863)357-3439
EXERCISE BIKE $150. Call
after 5pm or leave message
(863)357-1365
TANNING BED Sunquest
16RS Wolff home system,
like new, 120 volt connect.
$2000 (863)675-1570


Thinking about new carpets?
Let one of our professionals help you!

* FLORIDA FLOORS & MORE
513 S.W Park Street (863) 763-7131


Florida Photo
IDs

Elliot's Quik Foto
419 W S Park St (863) 763-5553


YA.Y CASTLE
CASTLE The Parenting
CASTLE -Professionals
Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
Call 772-465-6011


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Okeechobee News. Wednesday, March 12, 2008


WEIDER TOTAL WORK OUT -
Pulley system. Great condi-
8ton. $125 or best offer.
(863)467-5521
WEIGHT BENCH SET Gold's
Gym Pro Series. $500. Call
after 5pm or Leave message
(863)357-1365


DIAMOND RING Ladi.es, 1.09
ct, SI1, brand new, size 6.5,
beautiful, will sacrifice for
$1200 (863)983-2306
RING Near full ct. solitaire w/
14 kt. white gold. Lifetime
warranty. Paid $600, $400
or best offer. (863)484-0803
WE BUY GOLD
Turn your Gold in Money
Wolfgang Jewelers
1416 S Parrott Ave
Okeechobee, FL 34974


FLOOR LAMP Vintage Pot
Belly Stove, Cast iron. Umco.
Good condition. $550.
(863)261-3392


GRAB BAR (tub mounted) &
walker with wheels & feet,
$75/will separate. Call
863-763-3289 after 5pm
SCOOTER New condition.
$600. or best offer.
(863)467-9892 Okeechobee
WHEELCHAIR Shoprider
Portable Powerchair XtraLite
Jiffy, new condition. $1500
(863)227-3692


AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train
for high paying Aviation
Maintenance Career. FAA ap-
proved program. Financial
aid if qualified Job place-
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(888)349-5387.
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tance. Computer available.
Financial Aid if qualified. Call
(866)858-2121, www.onli-
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BUMPER PULL BOX CON-
TAINER Aluminum. $1200
(863)675-4098 evenings


COLVERT, Aluminum, 14 Ft.
Long, 18" Round. $60
(863)675-8760
DIVORCE$275-$350*COVERS
children, etc. Only one signa-
ture required! *Excludes
govt. fees! Call weekdays
(800)462-2000, ext.600.
8am-6pm) Alta Divorce,
LLC. Established 1977.
GARBAGE CAN 32 gal. & 55
gal. both w/wheels. $50 for
both. Will separate.
(863)697-3008
JANICE IN PAHOKEE Come
get your glass table in La-
belle. (863)517-1569
MOUNTED FISH Large
mouth bass, fair shape, 7.5
lbs. $35 (863)946-3123
NOW AVAILABLE! 2008 POST
OFFICE JOBS. $18-$20/HR.
NO EXPERIENCE, PAID
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SKIDSTER Grapples, heavy
duty, like new, 66", fit any
other skidster. $1500
(863)675-2844
SUNQUEST2000S 10 BULB
Tanning Canopy. $100 or best
v offer. 863-634-5888
WOLFF TANNING BEDS As
Low as,$28 a month! FREE
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GUITAR Johnson, Acoustic /
Electric. $60 (863)763-5067
GUITAR AMPLIFIER Fender,
Front man 212R. Excellent
condition w/cover. $275
(863)763-8667
ORGAN Hammond, good
condition. $50 or best offer.
(863)763-2692
RECORDER ROLAND, VS -
2000. Digital Studio Work-
station. $2000
(863)763-9527
STELLA HARMONY PARLOR
GUITAR second owner,
exc cond., in odg case, $300
neg. (863)467-0627



ZEROX MACHINE Good con-
dition. $100 (863)398-4087


AQUARIUM with fish, 2 fil-
ters, gravel, accessories,
$150 (410)228-2431
BANDI GAME HENS -(2) with
biddies, $30 for all
(863)763-8892
BLUE HEELER/COLLIE 1 yr
old female, great w/kids,
loves to play ball. $100 neg
(863)467-5906 after 5pm .
CHIHUAHA PUP 4 mo. old
Female $280. Call Barb
BDays) (863)675-2541. La-
elle area.
SHIH TZU Brown & white,
male, neutered, 7 mos old,
to good home only. $150
(863)467-7659



TUB Cast Iron, Antique, Claw
Foot. $250 (863)675-1570



SWIMMING POOL 14 Ft.
Round. Filter, Pump, Ladder,
Cover & skimmer. Like new.
$75 (772)971-9474



SEW MACH Singer,
portable, electric, $100 or
best offer. (863)467-9892
SEWING MACHINE Antique
Singer, foot pedal. $100 neg
(863)467-7415


SKATEBOARD RAMPS (2)
$250 (863)634-7994



COMP AMP 1280 real good
shape, like brand new, pd
$800, sell for $400.
(863)801-5318
Join aN the people who
say, "I sold It In the clas-
silted^s.


RCA 32", HDTV, Still under
warranty. $200
(863)467-4253 $0


GENERATOR Coleman Power
Mate, 4000 watt. Comm.
grade. Like new. $495/trade
for guns 863-763-5110
GENERATOR Never used, 11
hp, 5650 watt. $500
(863)612-0992
GENERATOR Onan Emerald I,
120v AC, Model #4.0BGE1
R/2611C, needs tune-up,
$150 firm. (863)675-4851


GENERATOR Portable, Cole-
man, 6250 watts. B & S. Used
20hrs $350
863-983-7617/225-571-9678
LATHE Milling/Drilling ma-
chine combo, 40 ton press,
bolt & nut bin. $375 will sep-
arate. (863)902-0257
NUMATIC TIRE CHANGER -
$300 (863)467-6363
TOOL BOX Fiberglass, for
Pick-Up, A-1 condition. $100
(863)675-1690


X-BOX 2 wireless controllers,
20 games, package deal,
$350/neg. 863-673-7466


VACUUM Kirby The Ultimate
G Series. All attach. Extra
bags. DVD Owners Manual.
$200 (863)634-9526

Agriculture



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 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850,
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865



HORSE HARNESS Single std
size, leather, for driving a
wagon, dk brown, never
used. $200 (863)675-4098
HORSES- 1-9 yr. old, black &
white gelding, $1800 & 1-3
yr. old paint mare, red &
white, $1100.
(863)634-5729;



DIXON CHOPPER 50" cut,
low hours, exc. cond.
$4,995. Call 863-763-4774
LEAF BLOWER Weed Eater,
Gas. $35 (863)763-6576
MOWER DECK for Snapper
riding mower, $50
(863)824-0808
PLASTIC POND With pump,
5 x 6. $75 (863)357-3633
ROTARY MOWER, Rhino, 6',
$1800. (863)234-1230
STAGHORNS $30.
(863)228-0010 or to see
pictures go to:
floridastaghorns.com.
WEED EATER Homelite, Gas.
Like new. $65
(863)763-6576


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
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



Always Renting? Buy a 3bd
2ba Home only $200/mo!
5%dn, 20yrs @ 8%apr! For
Listings (800)482-9419.
OKEECHOBEE 2br, 1ba,
Closed in gar. No pets.
$650/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
dep.'(863)467-2302
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313



KINGS BAY- 2br,1ba duplex,
full appliances, no smoking,
no pets, $700/mo, 1st, last,
sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or e-mail:
postmac@bellsouth.net
KINGS BAY, 2br/2ba, $750
mo. BASSWOOD, 2 br, 1 ba
$700/mo. (863)763-7301 or
(863)532-8042





Brand New 3/2/2
Concrete Block
Stucco homes.
$995 Down
Payments
From $895
per month



AFFORDABLE NEW HOUSES
3br, 2ba & 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, bring pets, large yards.
(561)723-2226
Bank Repos! 3bd 2ba Home
only $35k! 4bd 2.Sba Home
only $50k! Payments from
$199/mo! 5%dn, 20yrs @
8%apr8 For Listings & info
(800)482-9419.
BASSWOOD 3 BR, 1 BA,
3632 NW 28th Ave. $875
mo. + $875 sec. dep. Call
Lex (561)715-1768


BASSWOOD ESTATES, New
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1050/Buy 125K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1000/mo.
rent. 5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3429 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822
DIXIE RANCH ACRES, 2BR,
1BA, Call for info. 8am-5pm.
(863)357-6700
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br.,
2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461


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Brand New 3 bedroom floor plans.
Concrete Block Stucco homes.
Payments as low as $795 per month.


86-824.6190-OecobeCut


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Thousands of marine items at
half or less off of retail.
Fast Canvas Repairs!
Port Salerno, FL (772) 463-6610


FORECLOSED HOME AUCTION
FLORIDA STATEWIDE
1000+ Homes Must Be
Sold! Free Catalog
(800)963-4558 USHo-
meAuction.com.
Foreclosure! 3BR/2BA
$11,000! Only $199/Mo! 5%
down 20 years @ 8% apr.
Buy, 4/BR $477/Mo! For list-
ings (800)366-9783 Ext
5798.
ForeclosuresI Buy 1-4bd
Homes from $199/mo Fi-
nancing Refs Available!
5%dn, 20yrs @ 8%apr! For
Listings- & info
(800)482-9419.
Home 5bd 2ba only $425/mo!
3bd 2ba Home only
$199/mo! More 1-4bd
Homes Available! For List-
ings (800)482-9419.
IN TOWN 2 Story 3br/2ba,
W/D hook up, 2 screened
porches, garage, lawn ser-
vice, non-smok env, small
pets considered. $1100 mo.
+ $800 sec. (941)504-3954
OKECHOBEE- 3 BR, 1 BA Du-
plex, C/Air, DW, Laundry
Rm. $775 mo. + $500 sec.
dep. Call (863)763-4414
OKEECHOBEE 2br, lba CBS
on 4 lots, enclosed patio, W/D,
Storage shed. Near boat ramp.
$875 mo (786) 201-0306
OKEECHOBEE 2br, lba cot-
tage, on canal, partially furn.,
Direct TV, water, yard maint
provided, car port, screen
porch, $675/mo + $600
dep (772)794-2438 or
(772)538-8183
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
OKEECHOEE CBS, 4br, 2ba
Waterfront. All tile floors, Hi-
Lo Acres. $1200 mo.
772-349-3848 or 597-1967
THE BIG 0 RV LOT
Yearly rental
@ $200 mo.
(863)763-0445



PROFESSIONAL OFFICE
SPACE available, w/in new
comm building, all utils incld.
$600/mo (863)467-1545



ASHEVILLE, NC LAND BAR-
GAINS Up to 30% below ap-
p r a I s a I
www.seeriverhigh -
landsnc.com
NC MOUNTAINS 2+ acres
with great view, very private,
big trees, waterfalls & large
public lake nearby, $69,500
call now (866)789-8535.
North Carolina gated Lake-
front Community 150 miles
of Shoreline and great moun-
tain views call now
(800)709-5253.
NORTH CAROLINA MOUN-
TAINS-Almost two acres of
beautiful land with breathtak-
ing views near The Smoky
Mtns., large trees and great
building site. Only $39,500.
(800)632-2212 http://valley-
townrealty.com valleytown-
realty@verizon.net.
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
www.lakesiderealty-tn.com.



TIME SHARE FOR SALE In
beautiful Shenandoah Moun-
tains of VA. $8,000 Firm.
2nd Week of June.
(863)675-3349/675-3077

Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property -Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses-. Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property InspectionlO60
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



SEMINOLE COVE Senior
Community. 40x40 DW on
Corner Lot. 2 Master Suites
w/Bath's. Lg. Liv. Rm, Din.
Rm & Fam. Rm. Reduced to
$93,000 Call 863-610-0020


CLEWISTON '2006, 2100 sq
ft, 4br, 3ba Manufactured
home on 5 wooded ac in
Ladeca. Upgrd cabinet &
stainless apip. in Kit. Master
features Ig ha w/jucuzzi tub
& huge walk in closet. F/P in
Family rm. Lg util/mud rm.
Bring you animals & 4
wheelers A Steal @ $190K.
239-989-8926
HANDYMAN SPECIAL 3/1
house on 5 acres w/pool.
$250,000 or best offer. 475
NW 363rd Court, Okeecho-
bee, FL (954)599-4673


FOR SALE 8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,
1000+ homes BHR
*$75k/acre (863)801-3133


WATERFRONT RV LOTS In
Blue Cypress, golf, club-
house, pool. (239)945-7666
or (239)822-9696



Trade- Newer 3/2/2 Down-
town Stuart 1 ml. to beaches
for house, barn & 2+ acres
near Okee. (772)463-6630

Mobile Homes

MIoilgL

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




BASSINGER: 3br, 2ba. Double
Wide on 1 Ac. $900/mo. +
1st & Sec. 863-697-1494
BH RIDGE 3/2 on Waterfront,
Lake access. Fully furnished.
$950. mo. + $950. Sec.
dep. (772)370-1095
BHR -- 2 MH for rent, 1br, 1ba,
from $425-$450 /mo + sec,
yearly pref. Avail now 55+
Park (863)763-7164
Manufactured Homes (Rent)
Rent or Rent To Own
14 Available
EZ Approval
863-983-3016
OKEE 1 br, 1 ba, non-smok-
ing environment. $400/mo
+ utilities. (863)634-8253
OKEE.: New 2br/2ba on private
lot, on water, $800/mo. 1st
& sec. Avail 04/01. No pets
Call (561)767-6112
SW MH nice 2/1, w/addition.
on 1 + acre, newly renovat-
ed, .$650 mo. + $550 sec.
(863)634-2362



AMER. TRAVELER FIFTH
WHEEL '81 35ft, in Lake-
Port RV #86, $3000 incids
1 yr lot rent (239)597-4973
BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND.
Mobile Home Angels
561-385-4694
BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-385-4694
Manufactured Home
(For Sale)
Statewide Sales
Save Thousands
NEW & USED
Delivered & Set
800-330-8106
Manufactured Homes (Own)
SALE! SALE! SALE!
All Homes In Stock
Massive Markdowns
Financing Available
863-983-3016
RIVER BEND 55+ Adult
park, doublewide, newly re-
modeled, 3 br, 2 ba, com-
pletely furnished, carport &
workshop. Owner financing.
$25,000 (863)610-9466
VANTAGE OAKS 2 br, 1 ba,
Irg Florida room, $5000.
(865)255-1199
Recreation |





Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skils 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehlcles/ATVs 3035



ADMIRALS LAUNCH 37', live
aboard cabin boat, $3500.
239-823-2587 or
863-234-1226
ALUMICRAFT BOAT 14ft,
trailer, trolling motor, new
Johnson motor $2550
(863)357-3329
BAYLINE 1986 350 Inboard /
Outboard w/ trailer. $1000
(863)228-2351


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ST. LUCIE BATTERY & TIRE
198 US Hwy 98N Okeechobee (863) 357-2431 www.slbt.com


BASS BOAT Ranger, 16 ft,
Evinrude motor, power tilt &
trim, trolling motor. $1700
1010 SW 11th Ave., Okee
BASS BOAT Stratos. $1000
or best offer. (863)675-1762
BASS TRACKER 17' TX,
40hp Mercury, 2 fishfinders,
troll.mtr., new batteries, cov-
er, $4500. (609)577-4153
BASS TRACKER TX17 '95 -
.Tournament, Merc Tracker
Pro Series 75 mot, pow trim
tilt, $5000 (859)229-1039
BOAT 17ft, Bomber Bass,
140hp V4 Johnson, will trade
for pontoon, or sell for
$3000 neg (317)445-5857
BOAT 19', w/Volvo eng., new
seats, new paint, galv. trir.,
runs great, $3200 or best of-
fer. (239)867-6394
DINGY 8 ft, with teak seat,
trim & ends of oars, very
nice condition. $150 or best
offer. (863)983-2306 -
JON BOAT 12 ft aluminum
w/3hp GameFisher & trailer,
trailer not registered. $400 or
best offer. (239)503-7091
KAYAK Fiberglass, 18',
Necky Arluk 1.9, red deck,
White hull, Excellent condi-
tion. $800 (863)531-0093
KYAK Pelican Eclipse. Per-
fect cond. Never used. 1 per-
son. Pd over $400, Asking
$200 neg. (732)551-6988
LOW 24FT POOTOON '89 -
70hp Johnson outboard,
must sell, no trailer, $2000
(863)357-6375 / 634-6919
MOWER John Deere, Self
Propelled. Like new. Original
price over $400, Asking
$200 (732)551-6988
OUTBOARD KICKER MOTOR
BRACKET stainless steel,
holds up to 20 hp, $70.
(863)824-0801
OUTBOARD MOTOR, '77 -
Mercury, 115hp, for parts,
$180 or best offer.
(863)634-6601
TRI-HULL 15.5', 60 HP
Yamaha, Less than 60 hrs.
50lbs trolling motor. Live
well. $4500 (863)357-6171
VINYL CURTAINS FOR PON-
TOON BOAT fits bimini top
w/zipper, covers 4 sides,
$75 (863)763-0634


CAMPER 32' w/alum roof,
needs floor work. $600
(863)697-1493
CARL'S RV STORAGE
455 US Hwy. 441 SE.,
Okeechobee 34974 Directly
East of Good Spirits Lounge.
Units up to 45 Ft L
accepted.
(863)634-8617 or
(863)763-0295
GMC CAMPER VAN '86- High-
top, Mechanically restored,
Receipts, $2500. or trade for
auto (561)254-7458 Clewist.
MOTORHOME '87, Itasca
Winnebago, 36', $5000
(863)763-3451


FIFTH WHEEL TAIL GATE -
Fits a full size Chevy or
GMC, Alum. louver. Pd $485
asking $275 (863)697-9704



BOAT MOTOR 60hp Yamaha,
Like new with 60 hrs. $4000
(863)357-6171
CHRYSLER OUTBOARD 45
hp, good for parts. $50
(863)484-0395
OUTBOARD MOTOR Evin-
rude Elto, antique, from ex-
tensive collection, $250.
(239)823-2587



BOAT MOTORS (8) Antique,
Outboard, 1940's-50's. $400
for all, will sep.
(863)824-0801
EVINRUDE 150hp for parts.
Ran 4 years ago. $200
(863)763-1370


HARLEY DAVIDSON 883
SPORTSTER 1988 33K
mis. Runs good. Needs bat-
tery. $3500 (863)763-0829
HONDA MAGNA 750 '99 -
Clean bike, runs & rides ex-
cellent. $3200
(863)532-0866
SUZUKI GSXR600 '04 Blue &
white, good condition.
$5000 or best offer, will con-
sider trade (863)634-2839
YAMAHA V-STAR CLASSIC -
2000. Black w/lots of
chrome, 63K mi. + access.
$4000 Neg. (863)634-9403



BIG RED 3 WHEELER- 250,
Excellent condition. New
tires. $1800 or best offer.
(863)634-9403
POLARIS TRAILBLAZER '02 -.
Like new, runs great. $2200
cash (863)532-9495


GOLF/WORK CART New bat-
teries, 4 seater, cargo bed
w/lift gate, lights, charger,
$750 (863)697-2033
HONDA ATV 350 runs good,
$450 (239)691-0657
POLARIS PREDATOR 90 '06 -
New cond, w/helmet, low
hours, gar kept. $2100 neg
(863)673-4561/675-5288
YAMAHA KODIAK 450, '04,
4x4, 300 mi., like new,
$5,000 or best offer.
(863)843-0116
YAMAHA SCOOTER '06 Vino
125, blue, like new. $1650
(863)763-3280


Automobiles



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



$500. POLICE IMPOUNDS
Honda's, Chevy's, Jeeps,
Fords and more! Cars/Trucks
from $500! For Listings Call
(800)706-1759 x6465.
BUICK SKYLARK '95 Runs
great, 4 cyl, good on gas,
auto. $1600 (863)532-0866
BUICK SKYLARK LIMITED
1997 4 Door, Power/Cruise
Original owner. -$1200 or
best offer. (863)467-5521
CADILLAC DEVILLE, '94 runs
good, good cond., $2800.
(863)467-6283 Iv. msg.
CHEVY CAMARO, '80 350
eng., 4 brand new tires,
$1500 firm. See at 937 NE
32nd Ave., Okeechobee
DODGE INTREPID '01 Runs
great. $4000 or best offer.
863)467-9511 or
863)532-1478
FLEETWOOD CADILLAC '93 -
very clean, loaded, runs
great, $5000 (863)763-8027
FORD FOCUS '00-4 cyl, auto,
loaded, cold a/c. $3600
(863)532-9495
GRAND AM '91 39K miles, 1
owner, new tires, cold a/c,
excellent condition. $1950
(812)989-3022
HONDA ACCORD 1991 A/C,
Auto. Good condition. $1200.
or best offer. (863)984-6450
HONDA CIVIC '86 does not
run, have title, $300 or best
offer. (863)675-3714 call af-
ter 2pmr
KIA SEPHIA, '99 runs great,
looks good, Ipts of new
parts, cold a/c, $3,000 or
best offer. (863)697-9368
LINCOLN TOWNCAR '79 -
Runs good, new paint, a lot
of new parts. $2500 or best
offer. (863)467-5906 after 5
MERCURY MARQUIS, '90 -
great shape, shows 80k mi?,
factory paint, fully loaded,
$1650. (863)467-7520
MUSTANG '68 coupe, 6 cyl,
3 speed, new paint, asking
$4000 or best offer
(863)843-0246 .
MUSTANG '98 Has blown
head gasket & leak in radia-
tor, runs exc, good shape.
$2500 as is (863)261-3568
OLDS BRAVADA '98 leather
seats, power windows, pow-
er seats, $1800
(863)983-4357
OLDS REGENCY ELITE '94,
Needs transmission. Good
condition. $700.
(540)327-4918
Police Impounds for Salel 98
Honda Civic $600! 96 Toyo-
ta Camry $500! For listings
call (800)366-9813 Ext
9271.
TOYOTA CAMRY '88 runs
good, looks good, $2000
(863)801-5440
VOLVO 960 '96 4 dr sedan,
96k miles, sunroof, like new
tires, leather seats. $4500
(863)983-5609


DATSUN 280Z 1976 Auto.
$2300 or best offer.
(239)233-0413



FORD BRONCO, -88 4x4,
302 motor, runs & works
great, $2000 or best offer.
(863)763-3196
JEEP CHEROKEE '94 Needs
gas tank & battery, good for
swamp buggy use. $1000
(863)902-0257


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JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LA-
REDO '98 4x4, runs great,
high miles, $2500
(239)789-7630


CLUB CAR golf cart, good
tires, w/charger, $595.
(863)467-4567 -
EZ GO used, 4 passenger,
ood condition, charger,
900 or best offer.
(863)697-1350
GOLF CART '02 Club Car,
electric, w/charger, $1850.
(863)675-1472


B67 MACK PARTS TRUCK -
good motor, trans, etc., dia-
mond plated bed, headboard,
$750 neg. (863)467-1670
CHROME RIMS 22" W/TIRES
Set (4), fits Trailblazers/En-
voys. $800. 863-634-5888
DIABLO PREDATOR PRO-
GRAMMER Fits '04-'05
Chevy Duramax 6.6 diesel.
$250 neg (863)697-0328
EXHAUST STACK for semi
tractor, Headache Rack for
semi trlr., $500 will sell sep.
(863)801-3291
FORD F150 1992 -. PW, PL,
Runs, Needs tune up and
work on A/C. $1800 or best
offer. (863)634-6601
MAG RIMS (4) factory 16"
F150, asking $175 or best
offer (863)261-1989
MOTOR & PARTS from '94
Honda 4 Trax 200, $150.
(863)467-1670
OLD DOG JUICERS (2) For
Dodge Cummings Diesel
Truck. $600 both, will sep
(863)673-3620
RIMS (12) 8 lug rims great
for a buggy, $100 for all
(863)677-0701
RUNNING BOARDS Ford, fits
99-up Super Duty Crew Cab
PU. Brand new, asking $300
(863)697-0328
SIDE RAILS Fits a '04 Chevy
Silverado Ext Cab, tubed/flat
style, chrome. $150
(863)697-1023
STARTER for 1986 Honda
Civic, brand new, $200 or
best offer. (863)675-3714
after 2pm
TIRES 1 New & 1 50-60%
Tread. Off Acura TL. P235-
45R17 Bridgestone. $170
neg. (863)634-9620 Okee
TIRES & RIMS off '99 Ford
F250, $100 (863)634-7994
TIRES (2) 205/65 15" Very
good condition. $30 for both.
(863)675-4788
TOWING HITCH U4-1aul. $85
(863)357-7936
TRUCK BED LID Leer, 6 ft,
fits '04 Chevy Silverado Ext
Cab, black fiberglass. $500
(863)697-1023
TRUCK CAP Full size. $200
(863)357-7936
TRUCK CAP- from 61/2 ft
Dodge Dakota Pickup, white,
aluminum, $150.
(863)675-5929 Ortona
TRUCK TIRES (7) 10..00-20
& (2) 12.00-20. All mounted
w/ 90% rubber. $900 for all,
will sep. (239)657-4569
UTILITY BOX red, 8', $250
cash. You Haul.
(863)634-2303
WIRE RIMS, 13x7, gold, $450
or best offer. (863)697-2168


CHEVY '94, Needs work.
$600 Call for details.
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opment and Master Plan). This meeting will be held on Monday, March 17, 2008
at 1:30 p.m. in the County Commission Chambers, Okeechobee County Court-
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Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
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the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a
verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the tes-
timony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
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PUBLIC NOTICE
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to select a new County Administrator. This meeting will be held on-Monday,
March 17, 2008 at 9:00AM in the County Commission Chambers, Okeechobee
County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida.
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12 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Church News in Brief


Church to hold
Passover Seder
The Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church invited the community to
participate in a Passover Seder for
Christians at 7 p.m. on Maundy
Thursday, March 20. Just as Je-
sus adopted the Passover service
as a sacramental remembrance
of God's promise of eternal life
through Christ, we as Christians
gather to tell and be part of God's
story of deliverance through the
celebration of this ancient festi-
val.
Church holds
bake sale
A bake sale will be held at
the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312, N Parrott Ave. On
March 15, 2008, doors will open
at 8 a.m. Sponsored by the la-
dies of the church, proceeds will
benefit their missionary projects,
For more information please call
Eleanor Newhouse 763-6928.
Missionary Baptist
holds homecoming
Okeechobee Missionary
Baptist Church, 4212 Hwy 441 N.
will host a Homecoming Revival
from March 16 through March
21. The service will begin at
7:30 p.m. each night. Evangelist,
Brother Charles Colburn will be
speaking. For information please
call, (863) 763-7743.
Church plans
fish fry dinners
St. Theresa Knights of
Columbus Council 11284 of
Buckhead Ridge, 20466 S.R. 78
W. will have a fish fry dinner in
the church hall from 5 p.m. to
6:30 p.m., every Friday there after


during the Season of Lent for a
donation of $7. For information
call (863) 447-0368.
Church van offers
transportation
Treasure Island Baptist
Church youth van runs through
Treasure Island and surrounding
areas. Programs are available for
students in grades first through
sixth and in grades seventh
through 12th. Programs are from
6:30 8 p.m. Wednesday nights.
The church van will pick children
up and take them home. For
information, call (863) 801-4307.
Church offers free
Mother's Morning out
On Tuesday from 9:30 a.m.
until noon, the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W
Second St. offers free babysitting
for parents. This program 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@embarqmail.com.
Fort Drum Church has
fellowship activities
The Fort Drum Corhmunity
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.
Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center
at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Learning about prayer
Students at Peace Lutheran Pre-School got a lesson on
prayer from Okeechobee City Police Detective J. P. Zieglar
who is also the police chaplain. Afterwards they went out-
side and released biodegradable balloons with prayer re-
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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.
Catholic religious
education classes
Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
901 S.W Sixth St., will be offering
religious education classes for
children. Registrations for Catholic
Christian Doctrine (C.C.D.) are
now being accepted. Classes for
children in grades kindergarten
through ninth will be held every
Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until
12:35 p.m. For information, call
the parish office at (863) 763-
3727.


BHR Church holds
A.A. meetings
Buckhead Ridge Chri


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Church, 3 Linda Road, holds
open meetings for Alcoholics
Anonymous on Monday nights
from 7 to 8 p.m. for substance
abuse. They also have Al-Anon
meetings on Monday nights
from 7 until 8 p.m. to help family
and friends of alcoholics. For
information call Chris at (863)
467-5714.
BHR Church holds
personal growth group
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, has a
Personal Growth Group which
takes a more definite direction.
If you think you are experiencing
symptoms of depression or
anxiety, this support group is
for you. Meetings are held every
Thursday from 7 until 8 p.m.
at the church. For information
contact, Tony Santamarina at
(863) 467-5474 or Jo Norris at
(863) 746-5152.


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14 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Tennis teams split with Sebastian River


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee girls defeated Se-
bastian River 5-2 while the boy's
team fell in a tight 4-3 match
Monday at Sebastian River High
School.
Both squads are now (4-2) on
the season.
In the boys match Sebastian
River won the match despite hav-
ing only three players available to
play singles.
"Wow, it was an interesting
district loss," Brahmans Coach
Dave Ellis said, "They were short
of players and we thought we had
it won. They are a good team and
they beat us."
Bobby Spelts had a tough
match in the boys top seed match
up. Spelts defeated Dan Carter
6-1 in the first set but dropped the
next two sets 6-3, and 6-1.
Cory White was unavailable
and his replacement at the num-
ber 2 seed, Elj Cabansay was de-
feated by Nate Robbins, 6-4, 6-4.
Zach Fowler put on a strong per-
formance in the number 3 seed


"The girls are doing
fine. We haven't have
much practice in the
past week but we've
relied on the hard
practices we had last
month"
Jay Huffman,
girls' coach
match as he bested Whit Kreigh,
6-1, 6-0.
Both Alex Nielson and Max
Norman won their singles
matches by default which gave
Okeechobee a 3-2 lead entering
the doubles portion of the match.
"Zach had an easy win and
Bobby lost a great match lead-
ing one set, then losing two sets,"
Ellis remarked, "It was 3-3 when
the number two doubles took the
court, and Fowler and White got
beat."
Carter and Eric Majeirs won
the first doubles match easily,


6-1, 6-0 over Spelts and Cabansay.
That left it up to Corey White and
Fowler to come up big. They lost
a competitive match, 6-4, 7-5.
"We should have won that
match," Coach Ellis said, "It was
a very disappointing loss."
The boys traveled to Clewis-
ton on Tuesday and will be back
home on Thursday to host Fort
Pierce Westwood at 3:30 p.m.
As for the girls it was an im-
pressive afternoon for their singles
players and some of the younger
girls got a chance to get some ex-
perience.
Alyssa Wright defeated Taylor
Miller in the top seed girl's match,
6-2, 6-0. Jami Fadley won the
number 2 seed match almost as
easily, 6-1, 6-2 over Kasey Camp-
bell. Rina Boswell took the third
singles match, 6-1, 6-3 over Jodi
Love.
Katie Walker got to take the
court in place of Lori Berger and
lost a tough match to Allison Bron-
bach, 6-1, 6-2. Shana Ragamat
finished off the singles with a 6-1,
6-2 victory over Natlie Wolf.


"The girls are doing fine. We
haven't have much practice in
the past week but we've relied
on the hard practices we had
last month," Coach Jay Huffman
noted.
In the doubles matches
Wright and Walker defeated Miller
and Campbell, 8-0. In the finale
Sebastian's Love and Bronbach
defeated Katherine Ragamat and
Liz Turner, 8-1.
"We've had some sickness
and illness lately, but I like where
were at," Coach Huffman noted.
The girl's traveled to Clewis-
ton on Tuesday night and will
host Fort Pierce Westwood no
Thursday.


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the Bill Wilson relays


Teams face tough
competition,
windy conditions

By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
It was a tough afternoon Sat-
urday for the Okeechobee Brah-
mans track squads due to some
top competition and some windy
conditions at the Sebastian River
based Bill Wilson relays.
Okeechobee's boys managed
to score 15 points and the girl's
scored 2.1 points as they finished
well back in the pack against
*some top flight competition.
Coach Brian Kendall said the
highlight of the afternoon was
the boys and girls steeple races
where the Brahman athletes held
their own. "They, (boys and girls)
all said the steeplechase was a
tough, but very fun race. If given
the opportunity I think almost ev-
eryone on our team would like to
4 try p run the steeplechase."
The bpy's team finished fourth
overall with Misael Alvarado, Alan
Najara, and Shawn Horvath com-


peting for Okeechobee. The girl's
participated in the first steeple
chase in the state for females.
Graciela Varela and Olivia Skeen
represented Okeechobee.
"Most of our team stood by
the water pit clapping, cheer-
ing and encouraging the racers
to' splash down," Coach Kendall
said, "Graciela Varela set a school
record with her finish at time of
7:06. Olivia Skeen ran well with a
time of 7:21. The first time both
girls cleared the water pit they
came out wet and smiling."
The girls also got good perfor-
mances again from long jump-
ers Monica Koger and Markeisha
Youmans. They finished in sev-
enth place overall. The boy's 2
mile team finished second over-
all thanks to another great effort
from Bryan Suarez. The boy's
4x800 meter team finished sev-
enth with a time of 8:44 in the
windy conditions.
"The boy's 2 mile team ran
a good race and lost by only a
point" Kendall qted, 'Bryan Su-
arez again led the way and hdd
the lead for the entire race only
to lose at the end by a couple


steps."
Kendall said Suarez was ad-
vised to treat windy conditions
more strategically as it changes
the strategy in any race. "He
learned his lesson in this race.
I told him that we use these les-
sons to become stronger and
smarter."
The track team will be back
in action Friday wpen they travel
to Fort Pierce to compete in the
Cobra Relays at Lawvnwood Stadi-
um. The next home meet will be
on March 20 against South Fork
and Moore Haven.


IRCC sweeps


swimming, diving,


championships


Extends streak to
34 consecutive wins
The Indian River Community
College swimming and diving
program continued its unprec-
edented winning streak, clos-
ing out the 2008 season with its
34th Men's NJCAA National Title
and its 30th. National Title for the
Women. Over the course of the
meet, the team broke 19 national
records and broke over 22 nation-
al records during the entire 2007-
2008 season.
With 34 consecutive wins,
IRCC currently holds title to the
longest unbroken U.S. cham-
pionship winning streak in any
sport at the collegiate level. This
record includes wins at the Na-,
tional Championship Swim Meet,
March 5-8, hosted by IRCC at the
Anne Wilder Aquatic Complex. At
the meet, the IRCC Men's Team
secured its 34th straight National
Swimming and Diving Champi-
onship Title. The Women's Team
brought home their 30th overall
title and extended their consecu-
tive titles to 27.
Gideon Louw led the way for
the Men's Team and was named
2008 NJCAA Men's Swimmer of


the Year. Louw was a member
of 3 national record setting relays
and set 5 individual national re-
cords during the week.
Shanda Casella was named
2008 NJCAA Women's Swimmer
of the Year en route to setting the
national record in the 50 Free and
was a member of the national re-
cord setting 200 Medley Relay. .
Michael -Wright earned the
honor of 2008 NJCAA Diver of
the Year with his 4-time national
record setting performances on
,both the 3-M and 1-M boards.
David Suba was named the
2008 NJCAA Diving Coach of the
Year while Frank Bradley was
named the 2008 NJCAA Men's
Swim Coach of the Year.
Sixteen college swim teams
and over 200 athletes from around
the country came to vie for wins
and for the NJCAA Championship
Title as they swam in competi-
tions including the 500 Freestyle,
400 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle
Relay, 1M and 3M Diving.
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