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Wednesday, March 26, 2008


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Briefs

Meeting on canal
cleaning to be held
There will be a meeting by
Gary Ritter of SFWMD regard-
ing the cleaning of the Pearce
Canal at the BHR Community
Center, Wednesday, March 26
at 6:30.p.m. for all concerned.

Water restrictions
are still in effect
The South Florida Water
Management District (SFW-
MD) has declared an extreme
District-wide water shortage,
directly affecting more than five
million South Florida residents
and thousands of farms and
businesses.
Modified Phase III water
shortage order, went into Jan.
15, 2008, and includes:
Residents and businesses of
Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin,
palm Beach, Broward, Miami-
Dade, Monroe, Hendry and
Glades counties are limited
to a one-day-per-week land-
scape irrigation schedule with
two "watering windows." Odd
street addresses may irrigate
lawns and landscapes on Mon-
days between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.
or 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Even street addresses may
irrigate lawns and landscapes
on Thursday between 4 a.m.
and 8: a.m. or 4 p.m. and 8
p.m. Residents and businesses
with more than five acres have
expanded irrigation hours, be-
tween midnight and 8 a.m. OR
4 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on their
designated irrigation day.
Hand-watering with one
hose fitted with an automatic
shut-off nozzle is allowed for 10
minutes per day for landscape.
stress relief and to prevent plant
die-off.
Low-volume irrigation, in-
cluding the use of drip and mi-
crojet systems that applh \.atit'
directly to plant root zones, is
not restricted but should be
voluntarily reduced.
Additional watering days
and times will be allocated for
the establishment of new lawns
and landscapes.
No restrictions apply to
other outside water uses, such
as for car and boat washing,
pressure cleaning of paved sur-
faces, decorative fountains and
water-based recreation (e.g.
swimming pools, water slides).
Golf courses must reduce
their allocated water use by 45
percent.
The new, mandatory restric-
tions apply to all water from tra-
ditional sources, including wa-
ter from public utilities, private
wells, canals, ponds and lakes.
Users of 100-percent reclaimed
water are exempt from the re-
strictions but are encouraged to
conserve water voluntarily.

Drought Index


Current: 359
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None


Lake Levels

10.24 feet
Last Year: 10.64 feet



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

Index
Classifieds.................... 8,9
Com ics...................................... 7
Community Events..................... 4
Crossword ............................ 7
Obituaries............................. .. 6
Opinion...................................... 4
Speak Out........................... ...... 4
Sports.......... ............. 11,12
TV .............................................. 4
W eather..................................... 2

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Man accused of killing roommate


By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
"I could hear the kitchen
.chair and table move and then
-- boom!" testified Sheila Core
Tuesday as the trial of her former
boyfriend got under way.
Jerry Leroy. Jones, 50, S.E.
33rd Terrace, is charged with the
fatal shooting of his roommate
Edwin Dennis Swint, 50. Besides
being charged with murder,
Jones is also charged with pos-
session of cocaine.
According to an arrest report
by Detective M.D. Faulkner of


the Okeecho-
bee County
Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) Jones
allegedly shot
Mr. Swint with
a 30/30 caliber
rifle because
his roommate
"was getting Jerry Leroy
into his busi- Jones
ness."
The alleged murder occurred
Sept. 28, 2006, after an argument
between Jones and Ms. Core.
Ms. Core testified Tuesday


that she left her place of employ-
ment and went to a local store to
purchase a ham steak for dinner.
She then went home, gathered
up some clothes and went to a
friend's house to do the laundry.
Later she returned to her
singlewide mobile home in the
Lucky 7 Mobile Home Park and
fixed the ham steak. After eating
she stretched out on the couch
and fell asleep.
About an hour later, she testi-
fied, Jones woke her up and told
her to get off the couch. She then
got up, went to the kitchen for a


snack then again returned to the
couch and went to sleep.
She was later awakened by
the "constant clicking of a ciga-
rette lighter." When she looked
into the kitchen she saw her
live-in boyfriend of about four
months smoking crack cocaine,
she told the 12-person jury.
The two then argued and
Ms. Core told Jones to get that
stuff out of her house. She then
walked down the hallway to her
bedroom and prepared to retire
for the night.
As she got ready for bed she


testified that she heard Jones in
the kitchen complaining and say-
ing "I got something for you ..."
She then testified that she
heard Jones leave the trailer,
open the door to a vehicle out-
side, then return to the mobile
home.
Shortly, Swint got out of his
bed and went to the kitchen.
"Are you through bitching?"
Ms. Core said Mr. Swint asked of
Jones.
She then heard a chair scoot
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Congressman



Mahoney visits


By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Congressman Tim Mahoney
spent the day Tuesday March
25 in Okeechobee. He met with
city and county government
leaders in the morning at the
Village Square Restaurant and
spoke about a variety of topics.
"What makes Florida spe-
cial is agriculture and the envi-
ronment."
The congressman champi-
oned one of his favorite topics
-- cellulosic ethanol which is
ethanol make from citrus pulp
and by products.
He predicted that central
,:.-id,, .,ild become the bio-
fuel capiLdl of America through
the production of cellulosic eth-
anol a product which supports
agriculture, is clean and creates
economic opportunities.
There might even be an


ethanol plant in Okeechobee
one day. The congressman said
he had talked with a Russian
investor about the possibility
of building an ethanol plant in
Okeechobee. Possibly, the by
products of ethanol production
could be used as cattle feed.
Mr. Mahoney advocates
eliminating the estate tax on
agricultural land as long as the
property is kept in the family.
He advocated storing water
north of the lake on rented pri-
vate property in order to main-
tain the lake at a more steady
level.
"If we are going to grow our
economy we need water," he
asserted.
Mr. Mahoney expressed con-
cern about funding for repairs
on the Herbert Hoover Dike
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By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
"Time is the enemy when it
comes to recovering a missing
child," according to Ernie Al-
fen, President and CEO of the
National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children (NCMEC).
"A critical element to the first
few hours of an investigation
is for law enforcement to have
a good quality, current pho-
tograph of the missing child.
NCMEC urges parents and
guardians to maintain easily
accessible, good quality pho-
tographs of their children. Safe
Assured helps them accom-
plish this."
The SafeAssured Solution
provides families with an add-
ed sense of security and peace
of mind. The mini-CD captures
physical characteristics and vid-
eo footage that can be provided
to law enforcement within mo-,
ments of disappearance. Fami-
lies receive a mini-CD that con-
tains: streaming video, digital
voiceprint, a digital photograph,
a full set of digitally scanned fin-
gerprints, and general physical
information.
Private and sensitive data
are encrypted, accessible only


Jacob Michael Smith volunteered to be the first child in
Okeechobee to participate in the SafeAssured ID pro-
gram. Shortly after a few steps were concluded he had
his very own print out of a durable ID with critical infor-
mation in case of an emergency.
to law enforcement. Families written in conjunction with
also receive a durable, full color
photo ID card and a guidebook, See Program Page 2


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Child ID Program: Fast and Easy


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Corporal! 'C-'iT: tr-'F~-, of the Okeech.be,- county Crirt.* Prcontion Unit demonstrat-
ed how easy and effective the new equipment that the SafeAssured ID program could
be to Sheriff Paul May, County Commissioners Elvie Posey, and Noel Chandler, and
Becky Smith of the Healthy Start Coalition.

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Murder
Continued From Page 1
on the kitchen floor and the kitch-
en table move at the same time.
Then, almost simultaneously, she
heard a distinctive "boom."
"I was in shock," she told the
jury. "I couldn't budge for a sec-
ond."
She then told Assistant State
Attorney Dan Kuczler that she
heard Mr Swint ask, "What have
you done Jerry?"
She got up, went into the liv-


According to Corporal Stripling
the proposal for the system had
been presented to the Board of
County Commissioners under the
Grant Funds. Corporal Stripling
was given the approval to obtain
the system by the board and en-'
thusiastically noted that "this kind
of quality, the need for this digital
information is much greater than
what we've been able to provide.
This should increase the recep-
tion from the community."
With the inkless and digital
method, it will now be easier to
obtain the fingerprints of a child
any age. Corporal Stripling ex-
plained that the full system kit
included 200 ID card and mini-
CD kits, a laptop with programs
specific to SafeAssured, a video
recorder, a SafeAssured ID back-
drop screen and the digital fin-
gerprint tool. The SAfeAssured


ing room and allegedly saw Jones
standing over Mr. Swint, who was
lying on the living room floor.
Jones had a cell phone in his
hand and was calling 9-1-1.
"I snatched the phone from
Jerry then went outside," she tes-
tified. "I was scared I was going to
be the next one."
She then called for help.
Deputies arrived at the scene
and secured Jones, who report-
edly told them he had accidently
shot his friend.
But, according to Jay Curtis of
the Okeechobee County Fire/Res-


Program
Continued From Page 1
NCMEC, which contains helpful
safety tips.
The SafeAssured program
made its debut in Okeechobee
'Monday, March 24. Corporal
Keith Stripling, Crime Prevention
Unit, provided a demonstration to
Sheriff Paul May, Commissioners
Elvie Posey, Noel Chandler and
Becky Smith while, grandson of
Commissioner Posey, Jacob Mi-
chael Smith volunteered to be the
first child in Okeechobee to be
part of the SafeAssured Program.
Corporal Stripling was glad to
see the commissioners and Sher-
iff in attendance, so they could
see "what they spent the money
on."


Mahoney
Continued From Page 1
and restoration of the Kissimmee
River.
The congressman said tax
'laws have changed so that there
is no income tax paid on the sav-
ings if someone renegotiates the
:mortgage to their house.
"What can we do for the local
,economy?" Mr. Mahoney asked
stating that was his focus.
He is also concerned about
lower insurance rates. He said
'that legislation has passed in the.
.House and is awaiting Senate ac-
tion which will lower insurance
rates.
r"This bill will lower rates for
one single reason," he said "It
caps the liability of insurance
'companies."
Above a certain limit, premi-
um claims would be covered by
Sthe states. If premiums rise above
+ a second preset limit, the federal


Laws
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cue Department Mr. Swint told a
different story.
Mr. Curtis, who has worked
for the OCF/R for 25 years and
has been a paramedic for eight,
testified that after putting Mr.
Swint into the ambulance Detec-
tive Faulkner entered the vehicle
to speak with the victim.
The detective asked Mr. Swint
who shot him, but the victim
didn't respond.
"I bent down so he could hear
and asked him who shot him and
he gave me a name," testified
Mr. Curtis. "When I repeated the


Tonya Harden/Okeechobee News
Corporal Keith Stripling dem-
onstrated how easy and ef-
fective the new equipment
that the SafeAssured ID pro-
gram could be.
system has been around for
only two years and has been in
Okeechobee for only a week. But
there is much anticipation about


name I repeated 'Terry Jones'?
But he corrected me and said 'no,
Jerry Jones.'"
Mr. Curtis testified during cross
examination by defense attorney
Russell L. 'Rusty' Akins of Port
St. Lucie that it took a while be-
fore a helicopter could come to
Okeechobee due to bad weather
conditions. But, after four. tries
one finally arrived and airlifted
Mr. Swint to St. Mary's Hospital in
West Palm Beach.
He later died during surgery.
Mr. Curtis told the jury that he
had been shot once in the abdo-


how much more advanced this
program will make the process of
keeping our children safe.
As Jacob Michael Smith fol-
lowed Corporal Stripling's in-
structions step by step, those in
attendance could see that the
process was simple: Get the an-
swers to a few questions, take a
few photographs, place 'of each
finger on a digital image recorder
and complete the process. Hav-
ing this information onhand can
provide greater peace of mind for
parents and guardians.
The SafeAssured program has
already scheduled an event at the
Masonic Lodge on May 3. They
also have regular visits to Golden
Corral. Any age child can partici-
pate in the program.
Becky Smith, with the Healthy
Start Coalition was pleased with
the idea that any child no matter


governmentwould offer the states
low interest 30 year loans.
"We cannot build Florida by
building houses," he said, advo-
cating other industries over con-
struction.
Turning to the country's war
effort, Mr. Mahoney advocated
sending more troops into Afghan-
istan to find Osama bin Laden.
"As a Democrat representing
agriculture, we need to do some-
thing about immigration," he as-
serted, favoring tighter restrictions
at the border.
It was a full day for the con-
gressman. After he left the res-
taurant he was scheduled to visit
some of the stores downtown be-
fore going to Okeechobee High
School to speak to government
classes and then round out the OKeechobee News/Pete Gawda
day by holding a town hall meet- Congressman Tim Mahoney met with local government of-
ing at the OKeechobee Freshman ficials on Tuesday morning, March 25 at the Village Square
Campus Auditorium. Restaurant. To Mr. Mahoney's right are city councilman Low-
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given each year to a public official oritizing the state's Sunshine laws there's a lot more of government
who strongly supports Florida's and intervening personally on oc- than there ever will be of us," said
strong public records laws. Weit- casion to help obtain government Tash. "So it only makes sense to
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men and the bullet had exited his
back.
According to OCSO Crime
Scene Investigator Detective Fred
Bradley, the bullet exited Mr.
Swint, went through an interior
wall and then through the exterior
of the mobile home. He said the
bullet then entered a metal shed
next door and hit a VCR box. The
bullet fragment was found lying
on the floor of the shed.
Detective Bradley also testified
that he collected the lever-action
rifle for evidence, and added that
no fingerprints were found on the


the age could participate. "That
sounds wonderful," she said.
After a child is reported missing
minutes matter. The SafeAssured
ID program can have informa-
tion about the child to local law
enforcement within 90 seconds
after a report has been made.
Committed to the youth
of Okeechobee County, the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice proudly supports SafeAssured
and encourages all parents and
guardians to enroll their family.
To enroll your youth in the Safe-
Assuredrl ID nrooram in Okeecho-


weapon.
However, when asked by As-
sistant State Attorney Ashley Al-
bright the detective stated that not
finding prints would be consistent
with the gun being wiped clean.
The detective also showed the
jury a gun cleaning kit that was
found on the table, including a
used gun cleaning pad that was
collected for evidence.
He testified that he also col-
lected two glass pipes commonly
used for smoking narcotics.
The trial will resume Wednes-
day morning at 9:30 a.m.


bee join the event at the Masonic
Lodge on Saturday, May 3, be-
tween the hours of 8:30 a.m. and
2 p.m. Or you may contact the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of-
fice crime prevention unit at (863)
763-6064 for details on upcom-
ing -events or visit the web site at
www.sheriff.co.okeechobee.fl.us
for future events.
Some information In this article was
provided by Corporal Keith Stripling
of the Okeechobee County Crime
Prevention Unit.


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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Community Collaborative Council meets


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee Ne\vs
Presentations iiom Healthy
Fniiln', O1kc< iihhv ', atnd the
Hil','-, Hti ouse )n'hliqhhtil the
agenda \when the OkeeCWhbe
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cil met fot their i tg latr ii,, tlil
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Assistant Pi,.. ..4 ."i M .,.".,1 i
for 1 ti.'h. \ I'.id]i li,' k ti > li 'o t
Wandai Kk "i'i explained that
they recently expanded here from
Martin County They are devoted to
helping poor families and their ba-
bies. In the ii sl \ cai the goal of the
program was to serve 50 Okeecho-
bee families, They have already
met that goal.
Healthy Families is designed to
work with the HcIlth\ Start Pro-
gram. "We work well together. We
are like cousins," Ms. Klesper said.
The workers in the program
make home visits on a weekly ba-
sis and can work with families with
parenting, child care, and hands
on training.
"We are hands on. We model
for Moms and then moms repeat
it," she said.
Officials note they just don't
hand a parent a piece of paper and
let them go from there. They work
with them to improve their abilities
in caring for their infants.
They passed around a model
child to members in the room to
show how much a baby's brain
moves in the most innocent ac-
tions like holding them, burping
them, and playing with them.
The movement is quite dra-
matic.
Parents simply playing with
their children can injure a young
baby, whose brain is very sensitive
to movements of any kind.
The program helps by working
extensively with infants until they
are 24 months old. They track the
child for three years. They grade
the child's ability to communicate,
their gross motor skills, their fine
motor skills, their ability to prob-
lem solve, and their personal and
social interactions.
. They have mothers who are as
young as 15 years old. They also
served a mother who was in jail
and was nine months pregnant.
': The program also tries to help
the mothers become successful in
their lives. Representatives told the
group about one mother who has
turned her life around thanks to
her own efforts and the assistance
of Healthy Families.
The mother in jail had been
around drugs for most of her life.,


Ho\\'e\ slhe wanted to better her-
self They helped her get a job and
a divei 's license. They encouraged
hr to keep a positive attitude. The
mother had her probation ter-
minated early when she worked
some community service hours.
She saved money, purchased a ve-
hicle, and became a better parent.
She also has been able to keep a
job for the past six months.
She also found a new home
and has received grants to take
college courses. She will graduate
from college this month. She re-
ceived a job through the One Stop
Career Center which will pay $15
per hour.
Helping at-risk kids
Rossana Gonzales of Hibiscus
House told the group that they are
designed to help at-risk children.
They have been in existence for 23
years.
She noted many children face
emotional, physical and mental
abuse on a daily basis. Even if
those children are taken out of
these homes, they still face an un-
certain future.
She said one little girl at their
center grabbed her hand when
she came into the room one day,
brought her over to a group of
kids and told them she was her
mother. It turned out the child had
never met her mother because the
mother had been put in jail after
the child's birth. The girl thought
every new female that came into
the center was her mother, who
had come to pick her up.
Ms. Gonzales maintains that
services for at risk children have
greatly improved in the past few
years. The program works closely
with police to help children should
their parents get in trouble with the
law.
Ms. Gonzales' job is to recruit
foster parents in the four county
area of Okeechobee, Martin, St. Lu-
cie and Indian River. Traditionally
there has been a shortage of foster
parents and homes in Okeechobee
County.
The shelter they operate in
Jensen Beach takes children from
birth to age. 12. They take a lot of
children who are difficult to place
in homes. They recently built eight
homes in a residential area that
provide homes for eight children
from the same family. The project,
known as the "Villages," is located
in Vero Beach. They are always
looking for volunteers at this facil-
ity.
At one point the program served
2,000 children. The program now


Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Osanna Gonzales speaks
about foster parenting at
Tuesday CCC meeting.

serves 1,350.
"That's still too many; 400 of
them need foster homes. I only
have 130 foster homes in all four
counties," she noted.
Many of the foster kids get sent
out of county or are sent to dis-
tant relatives. In the past year the
program lost 36 percent of their
foster homes. However many of
these foster parents have become
permanent parents of these foster
children.
Summer activity guide
CSC Coordinator Sharon Vinson
said the summer activity guide for
kids will go to print in two weeks.
Any program that would like to be
publicized in the guide must send
the information to Ms. Vinson
by the end of March. She can be
reached through the school board
at (863) 462-5000.
The CSC also agreed to assist in
the back to school drive sponsored
by My Aunt's House. The program
was able to assist 173 children last
year in Okeechobee. Reba Folsom,
representative of the program,
urged residents to donate calcu-
lators for older children. She said
they always have a shortage of cal-
culators. A
The Healthy Start Coalition re-
cently received approval from the
Health Department for their main
goals for the next five years. Two
of those goals are cutting smok-
ing rates among pregnant mothers
and prevention of repeat pregnan-
cies among teenagers.
Upcoming events
'Communities in Schools will
hold their annual golf tournament
on April 12th at the Okeechobee
Golf and Country Club. Teams
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The Okeechobee Juvenile Jus-
tice Council will meet on April 18
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May 5.
East Coast Migrant Head Start
will host a family learning event
at their center at 1003 NW Second
Street on April 19 at 10 a.m. The
event will provide parents with in-
formation on the services they pro-
vide and information about other
community service agencies. For
more information call (863) 467-
1822.
The Okeechobee County Health
Department 'introduced the "rally
to tally" program. The program is
designed to encourage physical fit-
ness in the community.
The people who enroll are
challenged to complete a 355 mile
walk or run in only 12 weeks. That
measures the actual distance be-
tween Okeechobee and the state
capital, Tallahassee. They must
average 4.3 miles per day to meet
this challenge. For more informa-
tion call Barbara Godejohn at
-(863) 462-5800. She is the Health
Communities Coordinator for the
Health Department.
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the Okeechobee County Public Li-
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but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating!
FT. DRUM: I don't know who the caller was about taking the back
way to Fort Drum was but I have lived out there for about 24 years
and didn't know there was a back way to take to miss all the traffic.
There is only one main road -- Highway 441. Fort Drum already has
a bad name because of the druggies that do live out there but over
all it is a nice little area and it's close to Vero and Orlando. So, please
don't make up stuff to make it look worse then what it is. I really don't
think that somebody out there stopped you to ask if you wanted some
drugs. It wouldn't surprise me if you are on something yourself since
you take the back way to Fort Drum.
KARAOKE CONTEST: Last year the karaoke contest was great! It
was judged by people and many people took home money and gift
certificates. What happened to the people that did it last year? Maybe
they could get them back.
CONTEST: I was surprised to hear the singing contest at the fair
was judged by applause. Well of course if someone brings a lot of
friends and family, they will win. But of course doing it that way also
helps encourage more people to attend. If the singers knew it was
going to be judged that way, they would all be calling their friends
trying to get them there, and the fair got ticket money from everyone
who entered the fair. As far as being fair, when the TV contests have
people call in that is mostly a popularity contest. People with a largely
fan base stay on the show while those who may well be more talented
are kicked off.
KARAOKE: I didn't go to the karaoke contest at the fair, so I don't
know if the best singer won or not in that event. However, hearing that
local contests are judged this way helps me understand how some
people have awards for singing and then when you hear them, you
wonder what the people who didn't win must have sounded like.
Whether an award means anything depends on who was doing the
judging.
AMERICAN: In respond to the caller who said that Obama is not
African American because his father was from Kenya and his mother
is a white American, I think that still makes him African-American. I
believe Kenya is in Africa. So his ancestry is half African and half Amer-
ican, which. does in a way make him an African-American. He is more
African than a lot of these people whose families have been here so
long they don't even know what part of Africa they come from.
LOTTERY: I am curious about the Florida Lottery. I notice that the
same towns win over and over again and again. So many people play
the Florida Lottery and it seems Okeechobee is not on the list for win-
ners. Sure we have had only one Lotto winner, years ago, and that's
it. The Lottery should change it to where the computer picks out the
winning numbers and they should give every town in Florida a chance
to win. Just think how much it would contribute to the community.
I'm sure that monies won would stay in the community and help this
economy. Instead of giving it to Miami and West Palm all the time,
give it to the poor communities. I for one use to play the Lottery but I
gave it up. When I see a change in the Florida Lottery, I would take a
chance and play it again, but for now, Okeechobee is not on the Lot-
tery's list for winners.
PROPERTY OWNERS: Our intent, as a concerned group, is to
have a mutual respect with our neighbors, as to maintaining our prop-
erties in a respectable condition and appearance, as it should be, in
a residential zoned neighborhood. Anything short of this would be
disrespectful to our neighbors and would subject the properties to
be devalued and an embarrassment and lack of pjide in our living
and health conditions. We request that Bill Royce, Arthur Verway,
Gina Gehring and Elvie Posey be proactive in the southeast area of
Okeechobee by enforcing compliances of the nuisance conditions,
sanitation and care requirements, and the parking, storage and use
of certain vehicles and structures, according to the code. This would
be greatly appreciated by the majority of the property owners and is
within the county zoning and code ordinances that should have been,
and needs to be, continued and enforced.
TRASH: Driving to work along SW 48th Avenue and winding my
way to SW 16th Avenue, I am appalled by the amount of trash along
the byways. I see electric carts picking up trash along State Road 70
before mowing, but see no trash being collected along the byways.
Shame on people who feel the world is their trash can..
ANCESTRY: Why is it when a person like Barack Obama has one
black parent and one white parent, people treat that person as if he is
black? What about the heritage from his mother's side of the family?
They make a big deal that if elected he will be the first black president.
Well, really the only claim might be that he will be the first mixed race
president. And that might not even be true because we don't know
the complete ancestry of all the other presidents. Some of them might
have also had some African ancestry.
FCAT: I am really glad the FCAT tests are over, and I am sure the
teachers are too. But that does not mean the problems these tests
cause are over. We need to pressure our elected state officials to do
something to change this testing system. It is not good for the kids.
They spend so much time worrying about these tests, they don't
spend enough time learning. If you don't believe me, try asking a high
school student about the Civil War or World War I or World War II.
Can they name any generals? Do they know about any battles? Do
they even know when and where the wars were fought? Think that
is too long ago and doesn't matter? Well try asking them about the
Cold War, how it started and how it ended. In many cases, you get a
blank stare.



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At Your Service On Page 2


Courtesy photo/IFA'S

4-H seeks old photos and information
This photo from 1911 shows a 4-H gathering in Gainesville. Florida 4-H will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2009. Lo-
cal county offices are collecting old 4-H photos and information on early 4-H Clubs. Information is especially needed
about any 4-H clubs or activities before 1970. If you have old photos or information, please email Debbie Clements at at
DSC1954@ufl.edu. Information and photos may also brought by the Extension Office in the County Annex on U.S. High-
way 98. Mrs. Clements said original photos can be scanned (copied) at the office. For more information, call the Extension
office at (863) 763-6469.


Letters to the Editor


Ads were not approved
On behalf of the Pier II Resort, I
would like to give some insight in
to the flyers that were distributed
for their Ladies night-on Fridays
recently. The hotel was not aware
that the promotional material
would say "Filthy Fridays" on it or
any of the other "explicit" content
that may have been included.
The company hired for the
event made the flyers and distrib-
uted them with out the hotel's
prior proof reading. Once we
were made aware of the content,
every effort was made to correct
the problem. We will no longer
be allowing the distribution of
that material.
The only intention the hotel
had was to try and promote the
lounge and its diverse atmo-
sphere. We would like to apolo-


gize to anyone that
been offended. Also,
event was arranged
.and his office were m
of our plans to mak
were within all guide
law.



The good, bad
and the ugly
When people cry
always listens. Shelte
some people are abl
home. Food, a health
three meals, but if you
or elder a healthy sn
be included. Health is
tant that socialist and
countries give it for
cially for the children
the children are the


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 26.
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 Rorhero 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 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
N.A. meeting at 8 p.m. at the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee,
101 Fifth Ave. For information call (863) 634-4780.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served at
5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.-

Thursday, March 27
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.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.


may have the nation. Protection is needed
when the to, As in work safety, no lead in
the sheriff house painting, or toys. During
lade aware childhood, parents have to pro-
:e sure we tect their children unless there is
lines of the abuse or neglect that society has
to intervene. The same precau-
Don Pate/ tion and care has to be provided
to elders. You know God is watch-
ing you. In case of natural disas-
ter, a plan for the protection to
the families has to be developed.
Taking good care of the environ-
to God he ment and animals. Always recall
*r, a house that God created the earth, air, the
e to call it trees and the animals, and that hu-
hy balance man kind is only the custodial of
1 are a child God creations. Self-esteem; love
iack has to and being loved, feeling proud or
s so impor-. your accomplishments. Valoriz-
communist ing of all human life, bed ridden
free; espe- people; children, young adults or
n; because elders, the people with special
future of needs those too are God creation.


We the people are just the custo-
dial of God's creation we cannot
harm it, destroy it or mistreat.
For human kind and the pro-
tection of God creations, there
ways to accomplish it by the
Good way -- Democracy, by the
bad .way -- socialism or by the
ugly way-- communism. Only the
people can decide it, if it will do
by the easy way or by the hard
way? To love God and be loved by
God should be made in the easy
way.
Shelter, food health, protec-
tion those are the basic needs of
the people. The people cannot
live without them. How will the
people acquire them in a good
way, a bad one or with the worst
ugly?
Ana Vazquez


Community Events

School advisory council meets
The Seminole Elementary School Advisory Council will meet on
Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at 4 p.m.. in the conference room in the
main office. The public is invited to attend
La escuela Seminole Elementary van a tener su junta del Consejo
Consultivo para la escuela, el Miercoles 26 de Marzo del 2008 a las
4:00 p.m., se reuniran en el cuarto de conferencias de la oficina. Todo
el public estan invitados de asistir.

Eagles plan benefit for Warrant Martin
The F.O.E. #4137 is planning a benefit for Warren Martin on Satur-
day, March 29 starting at noon. There will be barbecue meals avail-
able for a donation. There will be an auction. Donations for the auc-
tion are greatly appreciated and all donations can be dropped off at
the Eagles Club, 9983 U.S. 441 N. All proceeds will go to help with
Warrens medical bills due to injuries in a' motorcycle accident he is
unable to work and has no insurance. For information call the club at
(863) 763-2552.

Healthy Start board of directors to meet
The Board of Directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet on Wednesday, April 9 at 11:30 a.m., in their office, 575
S.W. 28th St. within the New Endeavors Schoolbuilding. This meeting
is open to the public. For information please contact Executive Direc-
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Church News in Brief


Angel Food orders
coming up
Angel Food orders will take
place this Thursday, March 27 and
next Thursday, April 3 from 4 un-
til 7 p.m. at the ROC. Orders can
be submitted at the church office
Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until
4p.m. Those orders must be Mon-
ey Order or EXACT change. If you
want to order with Food Stamps
you must show up on one of the
Thursday nights. Order cut-off
date is March 8. Distribution date
is April 26 from 8 until 10 a.m.
Children Theatre at
First Methodist
First United Methodist
Children's Theatre's .production
of Allen Pote's, "0, Jonah," be
presented on Sunday, May 18,
at 6 p.m. in the Sanctuary. For
information contact Lonnie
Kirsch or Nancy Vaughan at (863)
763-4021.

The Story of Jesus
Oakview Baptist Church is tak-
ing a trip to see "the Story of Je-
sus" Wauchula, Florida's Passion
play on Friday, March 28: They
will be leaving from Oakview at
5 p.m. and will be returning at
midnight. Cost is $30 per person,
which includes the chartered bus
and performance. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-1699.


Christian Mental
health support group
Do you suffer with depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health Sup-
port group meets on the second
and fourth Thursday of the
month at 6 p.m. on Martin County
Grade. Call (772) 597-0463 for
more information.

Presbyterian church
holds bake sale
The annual Bake Sale at the
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church
USA 312 N Parrott Avenue has
been rescheduled for March 29.
Doors will open at 8 a.m. The
event is sponsored by the Ladies
of the church; proceeds will ben-
efit their missionary projects. For
more information please call Elea-
nor Newhouse 763-6928.
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 12".
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. ,


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.


Fort Drum Church has
fellowship activities
The Fort Drum Community
Churchwillhold amen'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.

Abundant Blessings
holds yard sale
AbLndant Blessings Church,
4550 Hwy 441 N. will hold a yard
sale on Saturday, April 5, from 7
a.m. until 2 p.m. For information
call (863) 634-0999.


Dunklin Memorial to
hold prayer banquet
Dunklin Memorial Camp will
hold a prayer banquet on April 4,
at the Recreation Outreach Center
of First Baptist Church, 310 S.W.
Fifth Ave. Okeechobee. It is an
informative dinner that includes
the meal, testimonies, and music.
The dinner is at 6 p.m. with the
program to follow. Tickets are $10
and are available by calling (863)
763-8865 or (863) 697-0469.
Outreach Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center
at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free
classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a
week on Monday, Wednesday
and Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m.
and on Saturday from 5:30 until
7:30 p.m.
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 Christian
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)
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Ernest C. Jennings
Ernest C. Jennings, age 79,
of Okeechobee and formerly of
Boca Raton, died Sunday, March
23, 2008, in Raulerson Hospital.
Born November, 17 1928, in Har-
risburg, Pa., he had been a resi-
dent of Okeechobee for the past
seven years and was a member
of the Okeechobee Moose Lodge
and Eagles. He enjoyed bowling
and auto racing,
He is survived by his wife;
Kathryne of Okeechobee, sons;
Kenneth (Christine) Sorenson
of Boynton Beach, Richard So-
renson of Okeechobee, Steve
(Michelle) Jennings of Ocala,
and Scott Jennings of Las Vegas,
Nev., brother; Wilfred (Elizabeth)
Jennings of Warminster, Pa., sis-
ters; Thelma Richards of Pa. and
Dorothy Schroy of Emmus Pa. In


addition, he is survived by sev-
eral grandchildren and five great
grandchildren.
The family has no plans for a
public service at this time.
All arrangements are under
the care and direction of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

James S. Spell James S.
Spell, age 49 of Okeechobee and
formerly of Hollywood, Fla., died
March 23, 2008,
at his residence.
Born, Febru-
ary 2, 1959 in
Miami, he had-
been a resident
of Okeechobee
for the past five
years and was James
Vice President Jamespell
of Butch's S. Spell


Red Neck Yacht Club and the
Okeechobee Eagles. He enjoyed
fishing and boating.
He is preceded in death by his
grandmother; June Dougherty
and father; James Harris.
He is survived by his wife; Deb-
ra Spell of Okeechobee, mother;
June Spell of Huntersville, N.C.,
brother; Keith (Julie) Martin of
Mountain Home, Idaho, sisters;
Merrie (William) Thurman of
Huntersville, N.C. and Lauren
Spell-Michel of Melbourne, niece;
Larissa (Andrew) Spell-Berger of
Huntersville, N.C., great niece;
Raina Jewel Berger of Hunters-
ville, N.C., and nephew; Keith
Michael Michel of Ft. Myers. In
addition, he is survived by three
additional nieces, one additional
nephew and four great nephews.
A memorial service will be


held at Butch's Backyard Bar on
April 5, 2008, starting at 1p.m. In
lieu of flowers, memorial con-
tributions, in his name, may be
made to Hospice of Okeecho-
bee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee,
34973.
All arrangements are under
the care and direction of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.



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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 a 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
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 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


FARM-ALL CUB Lawn trac-
tor, Circa 1948. Good
shape. $1900
(863)673-9200
PEDAL CAR FIRE TRUCK -
1950's, nice original. $250
(863)675-4858


CHEST FREEZER small,
works great, only $35.
(863)675-8937


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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 26, 2008


RANGE Tappan, Elec. & Elec.
Whirlpool dryer. Both work
great. $150 Will separate.
(863)697-6033
RANGE HOOD Maytag, Good
condition. $75
(239)210-1475
REFRIGERATOR GE, White,
Very good condition. $175
(863)517-0244
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
STOVE GE, glass top, with
microwave, $100.
(239)333-5811
STOVE Propane gas stove,
30" W. $25 (863)763-1997
WASHER & DRYER GE, Ig.
capacity, GE Refrigerator,
side by side w/icemaker &
water, $500. (239)333-5811
WASHER & DRYER Heavy
duty, good shape, works
well. $275 for both
(863)674-0079 '
WASHER & DRYER Ken-
more, White. Excellent con-
dition. $225 for the set.
(863)517-0244
WASHER/DRYER GE, super
capacity, brand new, w/1 yr.
GE warranty, energy effic.,
$500. (239)867-4384



MICROWAVE $35
(863)467-0031
MICROWAVE OVEN Stain-
less steel, Magic Chef. $50
(239)839-0795



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 Everyone!
All Size Sheds Available
800-330-8106


BICYCLE Ladies, Schwinn,
12 spd. $50 (863)675-1900



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



GARAGE DOOR fits 7'x9' wide
opening, all hardware includ-
ed, Craftsman opening, etc.
$400. Call 863-634-8366
GATES (2)-12ft & 8ft, 6 rail,
like new, never used. $150
for both. (863)697-2032
PLYWOOD 52 sheets, 3/4",
Form, Veneer 1 sided, free
oiled. $1500 or best offer.
(863)824-0480
THERMAL PANE WINDOW -
46x48, 2 pane, tinted,
w/scrqen & 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 JUMPEROO Fisher
Price Rain Forest. $25
(863)673-0066
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
TOYS For infants to 3 years
of age. $60 takes all or will
sell separately.
(863) 763-6131 Okee area


PAGEANT DRESS Beautiful
white. Beaded. Child 14-16
or size 2 Jr. Like new condi-
tion. $60 (863)675-0246


WEDDING DRESS A Line,
Strapless, Size 18. $150
(863)675-0732


DREAMSICLES 36 in all.
$125 for all. (863)610-0020
SCALE 1000 Ib antique.
$250 or best offer.
(863)357-3633



EPSON RIBBON CARTRIDGES
(6) 8750 $6.00 ea.
(1)7768 $12.00, (1)8766
$33.00, (1)SO15086
$26.00, No phone calls
please. If interested e-mail to
okeeadmin@newszap.com
INK CARTRIDGES Twin pack
#15 black for HP $20
(863)675-6973
TOSHIBA COPIER TONER- (6)
'for BD2060/2860/2870, 300
grams. $35.00 ea, No phone
calls please. If interested e-
mail to okeeadmin@news-
zap.com



SHEET SET- boys 3pc, fits
crib/toddler bed mattress,
(Bob the Builder, & Thomas)
25 (863)763-6131


BAMBOO TABLE w/glas top
& matching chairs, from
smoke & pet free home,
$150 neg. (863)467-1396
BED Queen size w/ frame.
$300 (863)763-8562
BED FRAME Full size
w/brass headboard, solid
wood daybed. $60 will sell
separately. (863)675-2759
BEDROOM SET Dk oak,
Qn/Full, 4 poster, head/foot-
board, real wood, dressers &
more. $500 (863)357-6315
BEDROOM SET Queen head
& foot board, dresser, mirror
& 2 night stands $250
(863)675-3669
BEDROOM SUITE Queen,
platform bed, excellent con-
dition. $500 or best offer.
(863)610-9748
BEDROOM SUITE W/sleigh
bed, 2 night stands, 2
chests, 2 corner stands, like
new. $500 (270)469-6011
BUNK BEDS Brand new.
Wooden. Extra brand new
mattress. $200
(352)615-1835 Okeechobee
COFFEE TABLE Cherry, hi
gloss. $80 (863)467-0031
DINETTE SET Like new,
blonde Oak, 4 chair, great
condition, Irg table, matching
chairs. $100 (561)389-1590
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
Thomasville, excellent condi-
tion, paid $1200 asking
$550 firm (863)467-0336
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER 5
pc's. $200 or best offer.
(863)229-8247
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
KING SIZE MATTRESS Mag-
netic power, new condition,
cost $1100, sell for $800 or
best offer (863)357-5754
LIVING ROOM SET 7 pc.
$500 or best offer.
(239)867-4201
LOVESEAT & CHAISE
LOUNGE Durapella cocoa
purchased at Royals, 3yrs old.
$400 (863)357-181.2
MATTRESS/BOXSPRINGS -
W/brass headboard & metal
frame, exc corid, full size.
$150 neg (863)824-3412
SWIVEL ROCKER Black chair
w/matching foot stool & ta-
ble lamp. $100 or best offer.
(561)389-1590 Ocala
TABLE Large, French Country
w/ 5 tall back chairs & leaf.
White wash w/ oak table top.
Heavy. $125 863-674-0098
TWIN BEDS- Serta mattress-
es, spreads, dust ruffles, 2 N
stands, dresser w/mirror,
$300 neg (863)467-9892
RECLINER / ROCKER Light
blue. La-Z-Boy. Good condi-
tion. $100 (863)763-5067


Lamps $17, 100 Barstools
$39 up, 50 Desks $97 up,
3Pc Dropleaf Dinette $197,
50 Table and 4 Chairs $397
up, 200 Recliners $297 up,
50 2pc Sofa & Loveseat
sets $687 up, 50 TV Ent.
Centers $167 up, 2 Pc
Queen Bed set $297 up, 50
4Pc Bedroom sets $387 up,
3Pc Livingroom tables
$97up, 100 headboards
$79 up.





RECLINER Tan, Leather like.
Good condition. $25
(772)971-9474
TABLE Wrought iron, seats 6
people, needs table top. $50
(863)357-3633



GOLF CLUBS (100) Misc.,
Many brands. Ping, etc.
Many good. $600 for all, will
sep. (863)946-3123


GOLF CART Yamaha '99 gas
golf cart, runs & looks like
new, low hours. $2000
(863)467-2824
GUN CABINET Nice, Dark
woodgrain, approx 6', Locking
glass door ,w/bottom wooden
doors $150 (863)635-9084
ITHACA Model 51 12 ga.,
auto with poly choke, $375.
Call 734-777-4495
REMINGTON 11001H Rare
Ift handed, mint cond, gold
scroll, uses 2 3/4", w/case.
$750 neg (954)849-0941



BOW FLEX POWER PRO like
new condition, cost $900
new, sell for $500 or best of-
fer. (863)467-1120
TREADMILL Big Heavy duty,
Hardly used. Paid over $900.
Asking $400 (863)675-0246


GOLD FROG Lovely, dia-
mond encrusted 18K gold.
$900. Please call after 6pm
(863)983-8792 ask for Lisa
RING 14 kt. white gold. 11/2
ct. 5 baguette diamond anni-
versary ring. Beautiful, Must
see! $2500 (863)634-0812
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 into 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


BI-PAP With heat. $500
(863)467-2156
MEDICAL SCOOTER Electric,
nice shape. $300
(863)467-2156
POWER WHEELCHAIR In
great condition. Asking $400
Call (863)824-8714. Leave
message


AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train
for high paying Aviation
Maintenance Career. FAA ap-
proved program. Financial
aid if qualified Job place-
ment assistance. Call Avia-
tion Institute of Maintenance
(888)349-5387.
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from Home. *Medical,
*Business, *Paralegal,
*Computers, *Criminal Jus-
tice. Job placement assis-
tance. Computer available.
Financial Aid if qualified. Call
(866)858-2121, wwwD.
neTidewaterTech.com.
BEER COOLER hold 1/4 to
1/2 keg, C02 tank included,
$250. (863)675-1033
CIGARETTE URNS Terra
Cotta color, $40 each. No
phone calls. If interested
email to okeeadmin@news-
zap.com
CULVERT 20 ft long, 15" in
diameter, plastic. $100
(561)723-8455
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.
DOUBLE STROLLER Ma-
cLaren, side by side, seat re-
clines, gray, 1 yr old, Pd $360,
Asking $225 (863)610-1750
GARBAGE CAN 32 gal. & 55
gal. both w/wheels. $50 for


both. Will separate.
(863)697-3008
MOBILE HOME STEPS 32", 4
step, side railing. $50
(863)357-1845
NOW AVAILABLE! 2008 POST
OFFICE JOBS. $18-$20/HR.
NO EXPERIENCE, PAID
TRAINING, FED BENEFITS,
VACATIONS. CALL
(800)910-9941 TODAY! REF
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PRONG HORN ANTELOPE -
Large, Mounted,- Fairly good
shape. $175 (863)946-3123
SKIDSTER Grapples, heavy
duty, like new, 66", fit any
other skidster. $1500
(863)675-2844


ACOUSTIC GUITAR Guild
w/built in pick up, model
GAD-30 NAT, w/hard shell
case. $800 (239)503-03-0339
GUITAR Johnson, Acoustic /
Electric. $60 (863)763-5067
GUITAR AMPLIFIER Fender,
Front man 212R. Excellent
condition w/cover. $275
(863)763-8667
PIANO Young Chang, Pol-
ished Ebony, Full size. Excel-
lent condition w/ bench.
$2000 (863)634-5038
RECORDER ROLAND, VS -
2000. Digital Studio Work-
station. $2000
(863)763-9527


BAND GAME HENS -(2) with
biddies, $30 for all
(863)763-8892
BOSTON TERRIER PUPPIES -
Parents on premises. Ready
to go! $300 (863)467-4149
or (863)697-3810
DOG BOX 3x3x29", single,
diamond plate top & ply-
wood bottom, $300
(863)467-7197
DOG BOX 4x4x24", dbl. w/2
swing doors, diamond plate
top & center, plywood bot-
tom, $400. (863)467-7197
FISH TANK 29 gallon, with
stand, filter & fish, you pick
up, 420. (863)763-4098
HAPPY JACK(R) Mange Medi-
cine: promotes healing &
hair growth on dogs & hors-
.es due to 'hot spots' fungus
or mane dandruff. At farm,
feed & hardware stores.
www.haopvpyackinc.com.
PEACOCKS (2) Tame, 1
male, 1 female. $100 sold
together. (863)467-6864
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
et in today's classilleds.


NIKON COOLPIX 8400 8
megapixel, $400.
(863)675-6214



BATHTUB White, w/jacuzzi
jets, motor, pump & all fit-
tings, 60 x 36, exc cond.
$250 (863)484-0395



ABOVE GRND POOL 15ft rd,
42" deep, pump, skimmer,
steps, filter, needs liner $500
neg (863)610-0851
Demo Homesites Wanted
Now! In selected areas! For
the New Kayak Pool The
above ground pool with in-
ground features. Save $ with
this unique opportunity. Free
Estimates/FAST INSTALLA-
TION/EZ Financing. Call
(866)348-7560. www.Kav-
akPoolsFlorida.com.
POOL 5', above ground,
w/tennis game, cleaning
equipment & cover, $350.
(863)677-6588
SWIMMING POOL 14 Ft.
Round. Filter, Pump, Ladder,
Cover & skimmer. Like new.
$75 (772)971-9474



COMP AMP 1280 real good
shape, like brand new, pd
$800, sell for $400.
(863)801-5318
DELPHI XM RADIO For home
& vehicle, portable unit w/2
bases. $100 (239)503-0339


RCA 32", HDTV, Still under
warranty. $200
(863)467-4253
TV RCA 25", good condition.
$50 (863)610-9748
TV & STAND 1.9" TV, Stand
is black, holds up to 32", Ex-
cellent condition. $400
(863)674-1409
ZENITH 30", Very good con-
dition. Remote & manual.
$75. Call after 12:00 noon
please. (863)610-0186


AIR COMPRESSOR 5 hp, 3
phase. $200 (863)467-5401
or (772)359-2923
BOLT & NUT BIN. $50
(863)902-0257
DIESEL GENERATOR 5 kw,
120/240. $2500
(863)234-1230
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 Portable, Cole-
man, 6250 watts. B & S. Used
20hrs $350
863-983-7617/225-571-9678
TABLE SAWS (2) 10", (1)
Craftsman & (1) Black &
Decker, $200 will sell separ-


ately. (863)467-6475



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



BUMPER POOL 4 horse,
needs. a little work, $500.
(561)719-9455
HORSES (4) 2 Mares & 2
Colts, sweet but green, never
been ridden. $400 for all, will
sep. (863)484-0303



BAD BOY MOWER Z Pro se-
ries, 23 hp, new. $4995
(863)234-1230
JOINT COMPOUND (12 buck-
ets): Proform, all purpose.
$120 for all, will separate.
863-675-8141
LAWN MOWER Push, $40
(863)675-8141
LAWN TRACTOR Craftsman,
complete w/grass catchers,
good cond.,- $400.
(863)675-3108
PRESSURE WASHER 3500
Ibs, 2 nozzles & hose. Good
condition. $500
(863)674-1409
RIDING LAWN MOWER Hu-
squarna, 48" deck, 21 hp,
235 hrs. $1000. Call
(410)221-8169
RIDING MOWER Craftsman,
New. $600 (865)255-1199
Okeechobee
RIDING MOWER Murray, like
new, $485 (863)517-0942
Ortona
TILLERS 2, Troy Built: 7hp
Horse model & 5hp Tuffy.
Both B&S eng. $10000 will
separate. (863)675-4858

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% april For
Listings (800)482-9419.
HUD Home! $225/Mo!
4BR/4BA (5% down 20
years @ 8% apr) More-
Homes Available from
$199/Mo! For listings call
(800)366-9783 Ext 5669.
IN TOWN 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
(863)697-1129
OKEECHOBEE: 1BR in town,
$700/mo, utils incl'd, no
pets, smoke-free env. 1st &
sec. (863)610-0861
REMODELED 2/1, 2 story
screened porch, very clean,
no pets. $750/mo, 1st, last
& Dep. (863)634-3313





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
gar., Bring Pets, Large Yards.
1100 & Up (561)723-2226
BASSWOOD Pets OK! 3BR,
1 BA, 3632 NW 28th Ave.
New Tile/Carpet/Paint. $825
mo. + sec. dep. Pic's @
www.lexbuyshouses.com
Call Lex (561)715-1768
BASSWOOD ESTATES, New
3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1000. Buy 125K Financing
Available (754)423-8202


BRAND NEW 3/2 in Dixie
Ranch Acres, W&D Hookup.
$1100 mo. 1st, last & sec.
(561)723-6865
NEW DUPLEX 3/2, $900 per
month + 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)465-0053


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


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BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, garage,
laundry, tiled, $1100/mo.
rent. $5,000 applied to pur-
chase of $149,900 after 1
year. 3443 NW 40th Dr.
Basswood. (561)718-2822
BUCKHEAD 3/1, lots of stor-
age, fenced, w/d, 1 pet.
$950/mo neg.
(863)763-0445
CBS HOUSE 2/1, enclosed
porch, washer/dryer, Ig stor-
age shed, large lot, $875/mo
inclds water (786)201-0306
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.
Home 5bd 2ba only $425/mo!
3bd 2ba Home only
$199/mo! More 1-4bd
Homes Available! For List-
ings (800)482-9419.
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br.,
2 Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
OKEECHOBEE 2br, lba CBS
on 4 lots, enclosed patio, W/D,
Storage shed. Near boat ramp.
$875 mo (786) 201-0306
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage. C/Air. 1st, last &
sec. 863-467-2541 or after
5 pm 863-634-9330
Rent or Rent w/Option to Buy
5 acres in Okeechobee 3 Br
1Ba, Ig living rm, kit. & dining
rm, 1 car garage w/fenced
pond. Zoned Ag. $950 mo. +
last & sec. dep. Call Kamal
(561)792-9431 6am-11pm
SE Okeechobee, 4BR/3BA, 2
car garage, w/swimming
pool, $1500 mo. + 1st &
sec. (561)254-9326
TREASURE ISLAND 2 br,
1 ba, waterfront house, large
fenced yard. $750/mo
(954)610-5345



PROFESSIONAL 'OFFICE
SPACE available, w/in new
comm building, all utils incld.
$600/mo (863)467-1545
STOREFRONT OFFICE SPACE
FOR LEASE 450 sq. ft.,
near Courthouse, $675 mo.
incl. cam. (863)467-0831

Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
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 Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080




50 Unit Hotel Ft. Myers, Dry
Cleaner SW Florida.
Strip2Fit Franchises Florida.
Financing Available. LinLou
Associates, LLC, Focus Real
Estate Group,
(386)418-0468; www.Lin-
LouAssociates.com.



BHR Great opportunity for
new business! 2200 sq ft CBS
building w/2 storefront rentals
& owner's apt. Rear fenced
yard w/sep 12x30 warehouse
& deep canal w/lake access.
Owner financing possible,
many extras, Reduced to
$285,000 (863)610-1120


Bank Repos! 3bd 2ba Home
only $35kl 4bd 2.5ba Home
only $o50k! Payments from
$199/mo! 5%dn, 20yrs @
8%apr! For Listings & info
(800)482-9419.
FORECLOSED HOME AUC-
TION FLORIDA STATEWIDE
1000+ Homes Must Be
Sold! Free Catalog
(800)963-4558 USHo-
meAuction.com.
Foreclosures! Buy 1-4bd
Homes from $199/mo Fi-
nancing Refs Available!
5%dn, 20yrs @ 8%apr! For
Listings & info
(800)482-9419.
HANDYMAN SPECIAL 3/1
house on 5 acres w/pool.
$225,000 or best offer. Rent
or Buy. 475 NW 363rd
Court, Okeechobee, FL
(954)599-4673


FOR SALE -8.37 Acres
Ind/Strge/Warehs, Hwy 78W,.
1000+ homes BHR
$50k/acre (863)801-3133


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



LOG CABIN only $69,900.
Lake Access with FREE Boat
Slips. Own the dream! New
2,128 sf log cabin package
at spectacular 160,000 acre
recreational lake! Paved
road, u/g utilities, excellent
financing. Call now
(800)704-3154, x 1752
NC MOUNTAINS 2+ acres
with. great view, very private,.
big trees, waterfalls & large
public lake nearby, $49,500
call now (866)789-8535.
NORTH CAROLINA gated
Lakefront Community 150
miles of Shoreline and great
mountain views call now
(800)709-5253.
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.lakesiderealtv-tn.com.
WOODED 7 ACRES with 2100
sq. ft. Log Home Package.
Easy Access to Intracoastal
Waterway. County Road
Frontage with Utilities!
$89,9001 Call ,now
(866)950-5263, Ext.103.



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



LAKESHORE RESORT- LAKE
PLACID, FL., New 2BD cottag-
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl. .
amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mthly, rentals
also avail. Call (863 465-2135
www.lakeshoreresortrentals.com

Mobile Homes



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




BHR 2 MH for rent, 1br, 1ba,
from $375-$425 /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
NEWLY REMODELED 3BR,
2BA, doublewide, carport,
large lot, $850/mo. 1 yr. lease
& 1 mo. sec. 863-467-5616.
RIVER ACRES, 2BR/1.5BA,
Single, on Kissimmee River,
$600/mo. + sec. & electric.
Yearly lease. (863)467-5616
TAYLOR CREEK: 2 BR, 2 BA
Annually, available
immediately. $750/ month
(239)707-8327
TREASURE ISLAND 2/1, On
canal. Newly remodeled.
$750 dep. $175 wk. Call
Missy @ (863)634-8674
YEARLY LEASE No pets, 2/2,
$500/mo, 3/2 $600/mo, 3/2
w/FM $650/mo. $1000 sec
dep. (863)763-4031



AMER. TRAVELER FIFTH
WHEEL '81 35ft, in Lake-
Port RV #86, $3000 inclds
1 yr lot rent (239)597-4973

patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. All Util.
& Cable TV included.
$550/mo. 954-610-5345
BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
LARKEE LAKES Older Single
wide on 2 lots at end of cul-
de-sac, 2br, 1ba. $65,000
neg (863)467-2156
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


I PgRirm


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


OUTBOARD MOTOR Evin-
rude Elto, antique, from ex-
tensive collection, $250.
(239)823-2587
TROLLING MOTOR Minn Ko-
ta, 50 Ib thrust, 1 yr old.
$300 (423)863-2789


I m*r./Rirs


ITravel trailer


OKEE Behind Bill's Mini Mart,
2 br, 2 ba, nice corner lot,
older m.h. $65,000 neg
(863)467-2156

Recreation



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



ADMIRALS LAUNCH TYPE-
37', live aboard cabin boat,
$3500. 239-823-2587 or
863-234-1226
ALUMINUM DUCK HUNTING
BOAT 12', 15hp Evinrude
mtr., w/trailer, $1200.
(561)254-9326
BASS BOAT Ranger, 16 ft,
Evinrude motor, power tilt &
trim, trolling motor. $1700
1010SW11thAve., Okee
BASS TRACKER 17' TX,
40hp Mercury, 2 fishfinders,
troll.mtr., new batteries, cov-
er, $4500. (609)577-4153
BOAT TRAILER 29', with
brakes. Needs fenders. $800
or best offer. (863)467-0222
CANOE 16" Old Town, Cus-
tom wood seat backs. Out-
board bracket,. Paddles.
$475 (863)902-0316
JON BOAT 12 ft aluminum
w/3hp GameFisher & trailer,
trailer not registered. $400 or
best offer. (239)503-7091
LOW 24FT PONTOON '89 -
70hp Johnson outboard,
must sell, no trailer, $2000
(863)357-6375 / 634-6919
ORLANDO CLIPPER '71 Fi-
berglass, 16 ft, Evinrude
-200 hours & trailer -new
tires. $2500 (863)634-0957
OUTBOARD ENGINE 15hp
Evinrude, runs very well,
$550. (863)673-6661
PONTOON- 20', 70hp Evin-
rude, 2 axle trlr., new-top,
console, steedring,exc. cond.,
$4,000. (863)824-0801
PONTOON BOAT 28ft Harris,
120 HP I/O, $2000
(863)467-8953
PONTOON BOAT Bass Bug-
gy, 2Oft, 80hp Mercury out-
board, trailer $3000
(863)467-8953
TRACKER 18'6" Grizzly
fish/duck boat, 25hp, Kohler
Go-Devil $4200 Must see
(863)697-2735
TRI HULL, 16', fiberglass &
trailer, 60hp Evinrude w/elec.
wench, troll. mtr. & more.
$2000. (863)763-7871


CARS RV STORAGE
455 US Hwy.. 441 SE.,
Okeechobee 34974 Directly
Eastof Good Spirits Lounge.
Units up to 45 Ft L
accepted.
(863)634-8617Tor
(863)763-0295
GMC CAMPER VAN '86- High-
top, Mechanically restored,
Receipts, $2500. or trade for
auto (561)254-7458 Clewist.
JAYCO 32' RV '92 Good
cond, new qn mattress,
clean, must sell. $4800 bill
of sale only (561)723-8455
MOTOR HOME -'84 Excalibur
36', Class A, Dual A/C, 6.6
Onan. $3000 Or best offer.
(863)673-5146
MOTORHOME '87, Itasca
Winnebago, 36', $5000
(863)763-3451
PARK MODLE 2005, Fully
furnished. Blue Cypress
Condo Assoc. Lot 151.
$82,500. (863)467-5601
POP UP CAMPER '90 12 ft,
Jayco, sleeps 6 people, great
condition, a/c. $1600 or best
offer. (239)839-0795
PROWLER 24 ft. For hunt
camp only. All electric works
A/C cold. Needs some work.
$750 neg (863)261-7135
TERRY '93 29 ft., Roof air,
Sleeps 6 w/walk around qn
size bed. Elec jack. Like new.
$2950 (863)214-9747
VANTAGE OAKS 2 br, 1 ba,
Irg FL/RM, Semi furn., 50 &
older park. Inclds. Util.
$5000. (865)255-1199
WANTED TO BUY Overhead
pickup camper. Please call
(863)673-6839



ALUMINUM PROP Brand
new, for 150 hp Yamaha
outboard $95.
(863)801-4097
BOAT MOTOR 69 Elgin, 14.1
hp, antique, includes 3 pro-
pellers & gas tank, runs
good. $450 (561)790-3681
BOAT PROPELLER -
14.5"x15", Chrome plated,
Right hand. $30
(863)357-0868n $
BOAT TUNA TOWER -2 gold
plated rod holders. Like new
$300 (561)254-7458 Cle-
wiston


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
HARLEY DAVIODSON SPORTS-
TER '01 Silver, forward
controls, straight pipes, back
rest. $4900 (239)222-5710
HONDA 300EX, '98 sport-
bike, aftermarket- exhaust
pipe, many extras, fast,
$1800 neg. (863)228-1046
HONDA HONDAMATIC, '79 -
candy apple red, low rider
eat, 20k mi., true classic,
$1500 neg. (863)22q-1046
HONDA MAGNA 750 '99 -
Clean bike, runs & rides ex-
cellent. $3200
(863)532-0866
MOTORCYCLE TRAILER Har-
ley, used once, $1500.
(863)675-1033
SUZUKI GSX KATANA '99,
Custom paint, New clutch,
handle bars, windshield &
Yoshimura exhaust. Small
scratches on right side.
$4590 (863)634-6603
SUZUKI GSXR600 '04- Blue &
white, good condition.
$5000 or best offer, will con-
sider trade (863)634-2839
WILD FIRE SCOOTER 2005,
150 CC, Elect, start. Auto.,
110 mls. Asking $1050
(513)260-6410
YAMAHA V-STAR CLASSIC,
'00 650, exc. cond., 6k mi.,
with accessories, $3800 or
best offer. (863)634-9403



GOLF/WORK CART New bat-
teries, 4 seater, cargo bed
w/lift gate, lights, charger,
$700 (863)697-2033
HONDA FOREMAN 500 '05 -
37 hours, excellent condi-
tion. $4800 or best offer.
(863)673-2388 Clewiston
POLARIS PREDATOR 90 '06
New cond, w/helmet, low
hours, gar kept. $2100 neg
(863)673-4561/675-5288
POLARIS SPORTSMAN 500
'07 OD Green, back rest &
cargo box incld. $4900 or
best offer. (239)222-5710
POLARIS TRAILBLAZER '02 -
Like new, runs great. $2200
cash (863)532-9495
SCOOTER Schwinn, Elec, 2
whl w/comfy seat & basket.
14 mls @ 13mph. New bat-
tery. $200 561.385.1552
YAMAHA KODIAK, '06 450
auto, 4x4, w/ 5x7 utility trlr.,
new I-T-P 589 mud/snow
tires, $4500. (863)674-0865
YAMAHA SCOOTER '06 Vino
125, blue, like new. $1650
(863)763-3280

Automobil.e



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 Teilers 4065
Vans 4070



BUICK SKYLARK '95 Runs
great, 4 cyl, good on gas,
auto. $1600 (863)532-0866
CADILLAC STS '96 Bad
trans, have title. $500
(863)467-5401 or
(772)359-2923
DODGE INTREPID '01 Runs
great. $4000 or best offer.
(863)467-9511 or
(863)532-1478
FORD FOCUS '00 4 cyl, auto,
loaded, cold a/c. $3600
(863)532-9495
FORD TAURUS WAGON '93 -
New a/c unit, cd player, new
tires, excellent condition.
$1900 neD (863)983-7699
GRAND AM '91 39K miles, 1
owner, new tires, cold a/c,
excellent condition. $1950
(812)989-3022
HONDA ACCORD '91, As Is
Condition. $800
(863)484-0122
HONDA CIVIC 95 $900! 93
Toyota Camry $500! Police
Impounds for Sale! for list-
ings call (800)366-9813 ext
9275.
MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE GT '01
- V6, red, 5 spd, man, runs
great, a/c, sunroof, pw, p1,
cc. $3500 (239)324-2399


6 VOLT GOLF Set of 6
CART $450
BATTERY with exchange
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NISSAN MAXIMA'S 1- 1992
& 1- 1989, Both for $1500
Call for details.
(863)697-6625
POLICE IMPOUNDS $500
Honda's, Chevy's, Jeeps,
Fords and more! Cars/Trucks
from $500! For Listings Call
(800)706-1759 x6465.








10 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Police Impounds for Sale! 95
Honda Civic $900! 93 Toyo-
ta Camry $500! For listings
call (800)366-9813 Ext
9271.
TOYOTA COROLLA '85 1.6
with a 1.8 eng, 5 spd, wh ext
& dk blue int, good cond,
$1800 cash (863)227-1266
TOYOTA COROLLA Station
Wagon 1994 Standard,
Runs fantastic. 37-40 mpg.
$1995 (863)763-5120


FORD PICKUP, '51 1/2 ton, all
orig., runs great, 41k mi.,
V8, 12v alt., new tires,
$3400. (513)260-6410



CHEVY S10 BLAZER 1989 -
4x4, 305 small block V8,
Needs motor work. $1500
(863)634-3712
DODGE RAM '95 2500,
Heavy duty, V8 Magnum, reg
cab, 4x4, auto, 110K, new
parts,$4500 (863)634-2303
FORD F150, 1994 4x4, new
tires, hubs; auto, A/C, cruise
works, $3,000. Call
863-357-4567 after 6pm
HONDA RANCHER -.'04, 4
Wheeler, 4x4, $4200 or
trade for fishing boat or plat-
form buggy. (863)673-0920
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LA-
REDO '98 4x4, runs great,
high miles, $2500
(239)789-7630


GOLF CART '02 Club Car,
electric, w/charger, $1850.
(863)675-1472


AXELS (2) 2000 LB, $75 for
both. (83)447-1258
CHROME WHEELS 17" &
Goodyear 24570R17 tires,
fds Dodge Ram 1500,
$60-0. (863)357-5832
EDGE JUICERS (2) For
Dodge Cummings Diesel
Truck. $600 both, will sep
(863)673-3620
LOVESEAT & sofa beige,
$175. Call 863-517-1597
MAG RIMS (4) factory 16"
F150, asking $175 or best
offer (863)261-1989
RIMS 20", chrome, 35% tire,
$400. Call 863-517-1597
RIMS 4/6 lugs, 16" Chevy
w/center caps,1 never used
Goodyear Eagle RS tire $200
will sep (863)763-4899 1
TIRES:- 1 New & 1 50-60%
Tread." OtH Acu TL. P235-
45R17 Bridgestone. $170
neg. (863)634-9620 Okee
TIRES & RIMS SET 17" Ford
F150 with 20,000 miles. Great
.shape. .$250. or best offer.
F- (863)467-1070 Lv msg
TOWING HITCH Draw Tite for
LeSabre, Aurora, Bonneville.
$75 (863)467-2567
TRUCK TOPPER For short
bed truck. $200
(865)255-1199 Okeechobee
UTILITY BOX red, 8', $250
cash. You Haul.
(863)634-?303


CHEVY '94, Needs work.
$600 Call for' details.
(863)261-3392 Okeechobee.
CHEVY S10 P/U '91 Short
bed, V6 auto, runs good.
$850 (863)983-6550 Cle-
wistoo
CHEVY SILVERADO 1995 -
Custom, Step Side, ARE
opper. Runs good. $4000
r best offer (863)763-0829
DODGE DOOLEY 1 TON 89 -
flatbed, asking $1500
S(863)261-7135
DODGE RAM '87, Bought to
be restored. Recent tune-up,
Some new chrome. Needs
work $2000 (863)634-6603
FORD '1985, 2 tone, step-
side, New motor. $1500
(863)763-8201
FORD F150 '91 Ext cab, 4x4,
cold a/c, 5.0, 5 spd, new
clutch, good tires. $1900
(863)983-6550 Clewiston
FORD F250 '89 diesel, ext
cab, 5 speed, asking $1650
(305)370-5647
FORD F250 '96 4x4, AC,
runs good, asking $3800
(863)673-6819
FORD F350 LARIAT XLT '90,
Ext. cab, 2 tone beige/brown.
Cold A/C, Standard. $3000
(863)763-3451
FORD RANGER '89, ext. cab,
4 cyl, 5 sp, new clutch top-
per, runs great, $1500.
(239)503-7653
FORD RANGER, 1987 Cus-
torn low rider, V6 engine,
$950, Call 863-675-4624
FORD RANGER '92 Ext cab,
white, clean, runs good,
good transportation. $1200
or best offer (863)634-4076
GMC 80NOMA SL 1999 V6,
A/C, Auto., 3 Door, Club
Cab. 102 K mis. 1 Owner.
$4499 (954)260-1933 Okee


TOOL BOX Fiberglass, for
Pick-Up,A-i condition. $100



FORD BRONCO II '90 runs
g90d, $O00 or best offer
1..'., 733
FORD BRONCO 11 90 runs
,.r.'.I ,00 or best offer
Ii'. t, I, 7733
GMC JIMMY '94, 4x4, Runs
great, $100 or best offer.

JEEP CHEROKEE '91 white,
runs good, $500
(883)673.1782
JEEP CHEROKEE '97 119K,
very good cond, asking
$4400 (863)7638-6108


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FIRST PUBLIC HEARING NOTICES
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee. Florida will
on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 6:00 pm or as soon thereafter possible, at City Hall,
55 SE 3rd Ave.. Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to
consider the following:
The City of Okeechobee will be conducting two (2) Public Hearings for upcoming
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant opportunities. The first Pub-
lic Hearing will be conducted for consideration of the City applying for an FY 2007
Economic Development opportunity of up to $700,000 from the lorida Small Cit-
ies CDBG program administered by the Forida Department of Community Affairs.
The second Public Hearing will be conducted for consideration of the City apply-
ing for FY 2008 CDBG grant funds of up to $700,000. The FY 2008 funds will be
used for one of the following purposes:
1. To benefit low and moderate income persons; or
2. To aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight; or
3. To meet other community development needs of recent origin having a
particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate
threat to the health or welfare of the community and where other financial
resources are not available to meet such needs,
The categories of activities for which the FY 2008 funds may be used are in the
areas of housing, neighborhood revitalization, commercial revitalization, or
economic development and include such improvement activities as acquisition of
real property, loans to private-for-profit business, purchase of machinery and
equipment, construction of infrastructure, rehabilitation of houses and commer-
cial buildings, and energy conservation. Additional information regarding the
range of activities that may be undertaken will be provided at the public hearing.
For each activity that is proposed, at least 70% of the funds must benefit low and
moderate income persons.
In developing an application for submission to DCA, the City must plan to minimize
displacement of persons as a result of planned CDBG activities. In addition, the
City is requiredto develop a plan to assist displaced persons.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for
such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal Is to be
based. City Clerk media are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of
the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and Florida Statutes
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215: if hearing or voice impaired, call
TOD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (flY).
Brian Whitehall, City Administrator
266455 ON 3/26/08

REQUEST FOR BID (RFB) NO. 6000000166
FLAT MOWING SERVICES
CLEWISTON FIELD STATION SERVICE AREA
The Procurement Department of the South Florida Water Management District, B-1
Building, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, will receive
sealed proposals up to 2:30 p.m. opening time on April 30, 2008 for flat mowing
services Jfor the Clewiston Field Station Area, including but not limited to mowing
and trimming of approximately 17,699 acres of grassed levees, berms, access
roads of various widths, and around water control structures using conventional
high production, small machine and hand held mowing equipment in the Clewis-
ton Field Station service area.
An OPTIONAL Site Visit will be held on April 8,2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Clewiston
Reld Station located at 2425 Hookers Point Road, Clewiston, FL,33440. Trans-
portation will be the responsibility of Interested attendees. Casual atire is recom-
mended for the site visits.
All bids must conform to the instructions in the RFB. Interested respondents may
obtain a copy of the complete RFB (1) at the above address; (2) by downloading
the solicitation from our website at www.sfwmd.gov; (3) by calling
(561) 682-2715; or (4) by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE (800) 472-5290.
The public is invited to attend the bid opening. Further Information on the status
of this solicitation can be obtained on our web site www.slwmd.gov.
266161 ON 3/26/08

PUBLIC NOTICE
The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will hold a special session
regarding Professional Consulting Services Market Assessment Okee-Tantie Camp-
grounds and Marina Redevelopment and Master Plan, and Contract Consideration
and Direction for the New County Administrator. This meeting will be held on Mon-
day, March 31, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. in the County Commission Chambers, Okeechob-
bee County Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Forida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the Board of County Commis-
sionems with respect to any matter considered at this meeting will need a record of
the proceedings, and that, for such purposes, he or she wilLneed to ensure that a
verbatim record of such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testi-
mony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida Statute
286.26, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in
:his proceeding should contact Lynn Sham or Betsy Sheffield, no later than two (2)
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Egg Hunt at the Hospital
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The largest sporting clays char-
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be held this Saturday, March 29, at
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission's (FWC)
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in Lakeland. This is the 14th year
that retired Army Gen. Norman H.
Schwarzkopf will act as honorary
chairman of the Children's Home
Sporting Clays Classic.
This is the first year the event


will be held at Tenoroc.
The benefit, which annu-
ally draws 400 participants, starts
with registration at 7 a.m. The
competition begins at 9 a.m. and
ends with an awards luncheon at
noon.
For information and registra-
tion about the benefit, contact
The Children's Home, Inc., at 813-
864-1532 or by e-mail at aaugus-
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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, March 26, 2008 11


OHS girls softball team wins 10-0


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Solid pitching, aggressive base
:runner and air tight defense were
,the formula used by the Okeecho-
bee High School Lady Brahmans
'softball team Monday night as
'they ripped Fort Pierce Central
10-0 in five innings.
Sophomore Katarina Suarez
allowed just a bunt single over
four innings, and struck out six, as
the Brahmans improved to (12-2)
on the season.
"Katarina pitched very well for
us," Brahmans Coach Kim Har-
graves said. "We also let Courtney
Wilson get some experience and
:gave Mary Huff a break. I might
.try them both against Forest Hill
'Tuesday. Tonight's effort might
get rid of the jitters for these girls
in that game."
Offensively, it certainly was a
team effort for Okeechobee. Nao-
mi Stevens, Elia Suarez, Jordan
Marcum, and 'Megan Clements
each scored two runs for the Lady
Brahmans.
Okeechobee scored 10 times
and left only five men on base
which showed they were very ef-
ficient with their hitting. They also
ran the bases aggressively, taking
the extra base whenever the op-
portunity presented itself.
"I think we are doing pretty
'well," Suarez said. "We are all
,very young, but we are all doing
our part."


Suarez impressed her coach
with her control all night. She rare-
ly pitched more
than two balls
to any hitter. She
was around the
plate and over-
matched many
of the Lady Co-
bras with her
speed and also
an improving Ella Suarez
changeup.
"I was very
excited. It was my second start
and my goal was to not let them
score. I didn't want them to get
any runs," she noted.
Suarez has focused on pitch-
ing since she began playing com-
petitive softball in OCRA when
she was nine years old. She not-
ed her changeup was once her
worst pitch. Now it is one of her
best pitches.
She struck out the side in the
top of the first and added two
more strikeouts in the second.
Seven of the first nine outs she re-
corded were via the strikeout.
"Our pitching coach Heather
Stillians emphasizes strikes. She
tells the girls that walks turn into
runs that come back to haunt you
later on. Our pitchers do well with
throwing strikes," Hargraves said.
Okeechobee scored twice in
the bottom of the first to take the
lead for good. Elia Suarez reached
on a walk and scored on a triple
by Huff. Huff scored on a sacrifice


fly by Jordan Marcum.
Okeechobee made it 3-0 in the
second as Jordyn Nealis reached
on an infield single and stole sec-
ond. She scored two outs later
on an error by shortstop Keira
Adams.
The Lady Brahmans added
two more runs in the third. Ka-
tarina Suarez drove home one
run with a ground out. She barely
missed a homerun as her long
blast hit the light pole down the
left field line, just a few feet west
of the foul pole.
"I was aiming for the fence. I
was pretty excited when it started


going, but then I realized it wasn't
fair," she said.
Okeechobee scored four more
times in the fourth. Key hits in-
cluded an RBI triple by Elia Suar-
ez, a double by Marcum, and an
RBI single by Taylor Douglas.
The 10th run scored in the bot-
tom of the fifth as Stevens reached
on a single with two outs, stole
second and third and scored on a
single by Wilson.
Okeechobee traveled to, For-
est Hill on Tuesday for a district
game. They also travel to South
Fork on Thu irsdav.


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Naomi Stevens fields a ground ball during Monday's victory.


uKeecnooee News/unanes murpny
Taylor Douglas continues to provide solid play for Okeecho-
bee at first base.


2008 Spring Adult
Softball Leagues
The 2008 Spring Adult Softball
Leagues will be holding an organi-
zational meeting for all interested
managers, players and officials.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m.
on Wednesday, March 26, at the
Okeechobee County Civic Center
located at 1750 Hwy 98N. Team
fees will be; Men's League, $350
(+ $25 Annual ISA fee), women's
league; $300, and co-ed league;
$300. If you would like to partici-
pate in these leagues, team fees
must be paid no later than 5 p.m.
on Friday, April 11. For informa-
tion contact Okeechobee Parks &
Recreation at 763-6950.

Golf tournament
planned
Communities in Schools Po-
lice Athletic League will host their
8th Annual Golf Tournament at
the Okeechobee Golf & Country


Okeechobee boys win their


7th tennis match of year


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School
swept all but one of the matches
Monday when they bested their
long term rival, the Sebring Blue
Streaks, at the Okeechobee Sports
Complex.
Bobby Spelts and Corey White
were dominant in their, matches
and Elj Cabansay and Zach Fowler
were their usual consistent selves
on the court as Okeechobee won
for the seventh time in ten deci-


sions.
"Our boys played well. against
a good Sebring team," Coach
Dave Ellis remarked. "Our tough-
est match was the number three
singles."
Spelts swept Abhi Seethahiah
6-0, 6-0 in 44 minutes. Corey
White bested Kyle Komifar 6-1,
6-0. Cabansay defeated Nikihl
Raghaverra 6-2, 6-4, and Fowler
defeated Andrew Midance, 6-0,
6-2.
Sebring's only victory came in


,the fifth seeded match as Brian
Miller defeated Alex Nielson of
Okeechobee, 6-3, 6-3.
In ,the doubles Okeechobee
won easily, 8-2. Spelts teamed
with Cabansay and White and
Fowler teamed together to win
their doubles matches easily.
"We are slowing getting ready
for districts," Coach Ellis said.
The boy's team hosted Lake
Placid on Tuesday. They travel to
Jensen Beach on Wednesday.


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Kari Berger blasts away in tennis victory


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee High School's
Kari Berger has battled a respi-
ratory infection in recent weeks,
but that hasn't impacted her ten-
nis win-loss record too much as
she returned to the winner's cir-
cle Monday with a straight set vic-
tory over Sebring's Sheela Joshi,
6-0, 6-1.
Berger said she felt better
on Monday and that helped her
slam her ground strokes, hard
serve, and forehand past an over-
matched opponent.
"I feel like I'm playing well,"
she said. "It's good to play your
best even if your opponent isn't
as good as you are."


Berger never really was pres-
sured in the match. Joshi had
a soft serve and didn't have the
hardest forehands or backhands
in the world. However she had
some agility and kept the ball in
play on many points. However in
the end, Berger's power simply
overwhelmed her.
"You want to get to the ball
early. I think it was great practice
today," Berger noted.
Berger started the match with
an ace, and that propelled her to
play well. She won the first game
despite a deuce point and then
dominated on Joshi's serve. She
pressured Joshi's second serve all
afternoon and had a number of
winners on those shots.


"We had three deuce games
in the match. She could get to
the ball pretty fast, so it was good
practice for me," she added.
Berger won the third game of
the first set at love and won the
first set in just over 20 minutes.
She knew she had the advantage
in the power game and continu-
ously slammed away hitting win-
ners as she forced her opponent
into a futile foot race.
She also won the fifth game at
love and then broke Joshi's serve
for the third time in the first set to.
win the set, 6-0.
The second game was a little
more competitive as Joshi broke
Berger's serve in the sixth game
and pushed her to deuce in two


other games. However despite "You do get a little distracted Joshi's match record fell
some loss in concentration at sometimes but it was good to- (3-6) while Berger improved
times, Berger was able to prevail, day," she noted. (5-2) on the season.


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UKeehcobee News/Kari Berger
Kari Berger slams another forehand during her easy victory on Monday.



Wright ups match record


By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee News
Alyssa Wright ran her match
record to (7-2) after a convincing,
6-3, 6-1 defeat of Sebring's Mary
Midence to help the girl's tennis
team defeat Sebring on Monday.
Wright and Midence had
played last year in a tough three
set match at Sebring that went
nearly three hours. However in
the rematch Wright was over-
powering, mixing in her tough
ground strokes, with a higher
serve percentage, and fewer un-
forced errors.
"I feel great right now. I was
able to hit a lot of the shots that I
wanted to. There were a few that
I messed up, but you cah't get ev-
erything. It feels like I'm on top of
the world," she said.
Wright knew she would have a
tough opponent. Midence entered
the match with a record of (7-2)
and had the confidence of defeat-
ing Wright last year. However this'
year is a different year and Wright
has improved her game dramati-
cally in those 12 months.
"She's much smarter," ten-
nis Coach Jay Huffman noted,
"She just knows more about the
game."
The first six games of the
match were. very competitive.
Wright held serve easily in the
first game, and had a break point
after a nice drop shot in, the sec-
ond game. However Midence ral-
lied to hold serve.
Despite a double fault Wright
was able to take the third game
thanks to an ace on her first ser-
vice. She then broke Midence's
serve thanks to some tough
ground strokes on her first break
point of the game.
When Wright went up 40-0 in
the fifth game it looked like she
might take control of the match.
However she missed an opportu-
nity at 40-15 and double faulted
to even the game at deuce. A
nice lob by Midence gave her the
game at her first break point. Her
six consecutive points gave her


Okeechobee News/CharleS Muprhy
Alyssa Wright won in straight sets Monday.


the momentum and she was able
to hold serve in the sixth game,
despite txwo deuce points, to even
the set at three games apiece.
Wright might have gotten
down on herself after losing her,
advantage but she noted she has
gotten better mentally on the
court and has learned to put bad
points behind her and learn from
her mistakes.
From there Wright went into
a second gear. She took the next
three games of the set. She held
serve in the seventh game despite
two deuce points, and a break
.point. She then broke serve at
triple break point in the eighth
game to go up 5-3. She attacked
the net at set point and won the
point and the set.
Midence seemed to lose con-
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"I knew it would be tough.
I wasn't playing a slough out
there," she noted, "I was definite-
ly prepared, but I knew I'd gotten
better this year. I just tried to do
my best."
Wright and the girl's .team
hosted Lake Placid on Tuesday.
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