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Place of Publication: Okeechobee, Fla
Creation Date: May 25, 2008
Publication Date: 2000-
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Vol. 99 No. 146

Memorial Day
observation set
The Memorial Day Celebra-
tion and Ceremony will be held
in Veterans' Memorial Park on
Monday, May 26, Memorial Day.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m., 'there
will be a gathering in the park.
A speaker will present an ad-
dress to the gathering at 10 a.m.
The honor guard will salute the
veterans at 11 a.m. This event
is sponsored by the American
Legion. The Chamber of Com-
merce will serve free hotdogs
until 1 p.m. Join the celebra-
tion and honor those who have
served our country.

Cypress Hut FOE
4509 celebrates
Memorial Day
On Monday, May 26, Cypress
Hut FOE 4509 will be serving
black and blue burgers. For in-
formation call 863-357-2009.

School board to
discuss grants
In conjunction with the
Community Collaborative
Council meeting, the Okeecho-
bee County School Board will
be discussing several grants for
the 2008-09 school year.'
The meeting will be held in
.the School Board office at 700
S.W. Second Ave. on Tuesday,,
May 27, at 10 a.m. Grants in-
clude: IDEA, Part B - Individual
Disabilities Education Act; IDEA
- Part B - Preschool; Title I - Mi-
grant, Delinquent and Home-
less Children; Title II - Teacher
and Principal Training Recruit-
ing Fund, Math and Science
Partnerships, Enhancing Edu-
catiion through Technology En-
litlement. Tillelll - English J.an
guage Acquisition, Language
Enhancement and Academic
\chil- e-iienl Act; Title IV- Safe.
-a IdTrug 'ree 'S hols and 21st
Century Community Learning
Centers; Title V - Innovative Pro-
grams; and Title VI - Rural and
Low Income School Programs.
Any person who would like
more information or to provide
input, please plan on attending
the meeting'or call Cathleen
Blair at 863-462-5000 ext. 255
for grant contacts.

Drought Index

Current: 524
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake Levels

9.76 feet
Last Year: 9.22 feet
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Leslie Raulerson, from the Okeechobee County Road Department, used a track hoe to
work on the area surrounding the new boat ramp on the Rim Canal at Nubbin Slough.
The county is preparing the area around the rarmp while a four-man crew from-the Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is working on the ramp. The ramp will
be handicapped accessible, and Okeechobee County will be installing a new dock.

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A four-man crew from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
worked on the new boat ramp at the end of the Rim Canal on U.S. 441 S.E. last week.
Here, Terry O'Steen takes a bucket full of dirt to fellow crew member Russell Kindl as
they work on the ramp.

Sheriff's office sponsors camp

The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office Marine Unit will
again sponsor water safety ori-
ented summer "day camps,"
for Okeechobee County boys
and girls, aged 8 through 12
years old. The camps are four
days long, from 7:30 a.m. to 5
p.m. each day. Children will be
under direct supervision at all
times by Sheriff's Office per-
sonnel and selected senior Na-
val cadets from the Sea Cadets
NSW-Trident program.
There are four camps
scheduled. The first camp from
9 through 12 June is filled,
but there are openings for
Camp #2, Tuesday, June 24

Search and Rescue boats; re-
ceive basic "drown proofing"
training at the Okeechobee
,County Pool; receive an ocean
water safety and' swimming
orientation at the beach in Fort
Pierce; go for rides in the Navy
SEAL Zodiac inflatable boats;
and tour the US Navy's UlDT-
SEAL Museum.
The camps are filling up
quickly, so if you are interested
in this unique opportunity for
an educational summer activ-
ity for your child, call' 357-1600
and the Sheriff's Office will
send you the application forms.
NOTE: First come, first serve!

through Friday, June 27; Camp
#3, Monday, Aug. 4, through
Thursday, Aug. 7; and Camp
#4, Monday, Aug. 11 through
Thursday, Aug. 14.
The camps are $25 per par-
ticipant. This fee fielps defray
the cost of Navy SEAL T-shirt
and ball cap from the Navy's-
UDT-SEAL Association, and
lunch and snacks for the four
During the camps, the kids
will have the opportunity to
complete the Florida Safe Boat-
ing Course; learn about basic
boat safety and equipment;
go for rides on the river and
the lake in the Marine Unit's

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'Elderly at

risk of abuse

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
You're over 65 and retired.
You've made out your will, put
everything in writing so that
you and your assets are pro-
tected, so now you can really
relax and enjoy life. But, are
you really protected?
An area attorney whose
practice is elder law doesn't
think so and feels the state falls
short in protecting the elderly.
"I. can say DCF (Depart-
ment of Children and Families)
means well but they are sorely
underfunded and lack guidance
in this area," said Kevin Hen-
drickson, a Fort Pierce attorney
who is also certified to serve as
a legal guardian for the elderly.
"They have not been helped by
state legislation - it's a joke,
it's nonsense. The state can't
look after all these people."
So, who's going to look after
the elderly? Even though you
may have a will and a power of
attorney to designate how you
want things handled, that- may
not be enough.
Let's start with the will. You
have filled out a will and have
precise statements on how ev-
erything is to be handled and
your assets dispersed - at
this point that means nothing.
You're still alive.
"A will only gives rise when
someone dies - it has no legal

effect when you're alive," said
Mr. Hendrickson. "A will does
not trump a power of attorney
or a healthcare surrogate. Awill
is a written direction on how
you're leaving your assets. Also,
it does not avoid probate."
To help handle matters
while still alive, the elderly
should have a power of attor-
ney. However, there are pitfalls
there, too.
Mr. Hendrickson explained
that there are two types of
these documents - the gen-
eral power of attorney and the
durable power of attorney.
The general power of at-
torney ceases when someone
becomes incompetent or it is
' revoked. The durable power
attorney will continue and will
only cease when someone dies
or it is revoked.
"Most durable powers of
attorney allow the elderly to
handle their affairs when they
become incapacitated - it
acts like a guardian," Mr. Hen-
drickson said. "The problem is
accountability. If other people
are named in these documents
that's fine, but there could be
things going on that the elderly
person does not know about."
A power'of attorney can be
helpful because they can allow
a friend, child or somebody to
access the account to pay bills.
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But, cautioned Mr. Hendrickson,
they also can be open to abuse.
"There really isn't anything
to protect these people without
going into court," he said. "Basi-
cally, anyone can get a power of
attorney and they don't have to go
;through an attorney."
A power of attorney can be
downloaded from the internet
or by going to a store and getting
the proper forms. Once filled out,
they can be acted on by banks
: and such. At this point, you can
only hope that someone is keep-
ing track of what's being done
with your assets.
"You've got your fingers
crossed and hope they 'are keep-
. ing track of what they are doing,"
"Mr. Hendrickson said.
While he stopped short of say-
:"ing these documents are merely a
license to steal, he did admit that
can happen.
"In some cases, that's exactly
what happens," he said.
In short, when filling out a
power of attorney one should be

very precise and explicit. Under a
durable power of attorney, a per-
son can only do what the docu-
ment specifically says they can
do - the operative word there is
As for a healthcare surrogate,
Mr. Hendrickson believes these
are good documents to have.
While a power of attorney deals
with your property, the healthcare
surrogate document designates
who is to be in charge when the
time comes that you can no lon-
ger manage your affairs.
"It may be a case where a per-
son feels 'I know this individual
will fulfill my wishes better than
another person,'" he explained.
Mr. Hendrickson also went
on to say that anybody can be
named your healthcare surrogate
- it does not have to be a family
When these documents should
be prepared depends on the indi-
vidual and the circumstances. The
attorney said most young people
don't fill them out for the simple
reason they don't have the assets
and aren't thinking in terms of an
end-of-life situation.
The only real stipulation is that
the person filling out these forms

is competent.
Under Florida law, until a court
deems someone incompetent,
they are presumed to be compe-
tent and lucid.
Mr. Hendrickson said if a per-
son understands the nature of
their assets, who will be their
rightful heirs and has a general
understanding of the practical ef-
fect of the will or instrument they
are signing then, by law, they are
When a'person begins to get
older and realizes they aren't as
well as they once were, then it
may be time to start filling out
these documents and designating
who you want to watch over you
and your assets.
Mr. Hendrickson went on to
suggest that before something
happens, it may be a good idea
to prepare a pre-need guardian
document. He said this will al-
low you to name who you want
as a guardian and the court must
abide by it.
"Then, if they (the designee)
file guardian paperwork the el-
derly will be informed. I think it's
a good idea," he said.
It's also important to remem-
ber that someone other than a

family member can be named
the healthcare surrogate, or hold
a power of attorney. Also, under
Florida law a legal guardian does
not have to live in Florida.
"It all depends on how close
you are to your family members
- if they can do the job, then
name them. If they can't, then
don't," stated Mr. Hendrickson.
"The problem you have with chil-
drenr is a lot of them are going to
be looking at preserving your as-
sets when you die. You have to
look at what's really in your best
For a husband and wife, the
most important thing in ensuring
their right to live together for the
remainder of their lives - wheth-
er in their home or in some sort of
facility - is income.
"If they have a good rich in-
come, they can ensure that they
can be placed together," Mr. Hen-
drickson said. "The problem is, I
don't see that as much as I'd like.
One may have to go into a facility
while the other one stays home
and protects the assets. I've seen
it where the income is the biggest
Mr. Hendrickson said without
hesitation that if he had the pow-

er he would see to it that no one
could download a durable power
of attorney from the internet, and
he would stop financial brokers
from selling life insurance and an-
nuities to the elderly.
"The durable power of at-
torney, that would be banned.
I think that's an abuse," he said
He said state lawmakers,
rightly or wrongly, allow these
documents so that people can
deal with their property in a less
restrictive environment and with:
out having to go to court.
"People are going out and
getting powers of attorney like
cookie cutters. There is so much
abuse with downloading these
documents that's creating a night-
mare," he continued. "Once you
get a power of attorney, it doesn't
stop someone from abusing it."
As for the elderly buying a life
insurance policy or annuities, Mr.
Hendrickson's answer was very
"They're crap," he said. "It's
absolutely criminal. What are they
doing putting their money away?
They're (the elderly) locking it up
when they need it for their exis-
tence now."

He also cautioned that if you
have questions about these mat-
ters or how to protect yourself
and your property, don't depend
on your neighbor or your fishing
buddy for the right answer.
"Talk to an attorney.. Go to
someone familiar with this type
of law and speak to them," he of-
fered, adding that it's imperative
to educate the elderly about these
And despite their attempts to
help, don't depend on the state or
the courts.
Mr. Hendrickson said the state
does the best it can and the laws
are more advanced in Florida than
in other states "but there is always
going to be abuse because the el-
derly are so easily persuaded."
As for the court system, it be-
comes very overbearing, costly
and imposing to people.
"We tend to get bogged down
in a lot of minutiae where we
forget to do what's best for the
people," Mr. Hendrickson said. "It
shouldn't be about protecting the
assets as much as protecting the
people, and doing what's best for

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of showers. The lows will be in the upper 60s.
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Preparing for concrete '
Russell Kindl (left) and Terry O'Steen (right) spent Tues-
day preparing a new boat ramp for a concrete pour on
Wednesday. The ramp, located on the Rim Canal at Nub-
bin Slough, will extend 36 feet into the canal when com-
pleted. Mr. Kindl and Mr. O'Steen are two members of a
four-man crew from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) working on the ramp. Work on
the area surrounding the ramp is being done by Okeecho-
bee County.

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Checking the grade
Terry O'Steen (left) and Russell Kindl (right) from the Flor-
ida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
check the grade on the new boat ramp being built at the
end of the Rim Canal at Nubin Slough. Work on the ramp
started last week, and according to fellow FWC crew
member Tim Gilley the ramp should be completed by July.
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TALLAHASSEE -- Longer days
and warmer temperatures go hand
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ite, the backyard barbeque. But
Florida Agriculture and Consumer
Services Commissioner Charles
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Make sure the grill is shut off
. and cool to the touch before cov-
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from heat and flames. ed when in use.
If you experience difficulties in,:' , "Barbeques are an American
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the propane cylinder.
Never attempt to move a hot
Do not allow children to tamper
or play with the cylinder or grill.
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your cylinder where it would be
exposed to high temperatures.

any gas operated device, there's a
list of safety tips people should re-
view every year to prevent a need-
less tragedy from occurring."
For a copy of the Department's
free brochure, Safe Cooking with
Propane Gas Grills, please contact
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GAS: I have a question about the gas. I am not sure who is going
to answer it, but I would like an answer. How can gas stations charge
a different price every day? They do not get deliveries every day. They
get a delivery once a week at a certain price per gallon, they should
actually leave the price per gallon how it is until they get another de-
livery that comes in at a higher price. I do not believe that gas sta-
tions should be able to raise gas prices every day. They are not buying
any extra oil or gasoline, but they go by truck load to truck load, they
should be able to raise it then.
ALIEN: When an illegal alien in the United States is arrested, is it
the sheriff's obligation or job to contact INS and put an INS hold on
the person which would be a no bond status until INS can come and
investigate it? I know this is how it is in 90 percent of the other coun-
ties in the state of Florida. When an illegal alien is arrested INS should
put a hold put on them so that they cannot bond out so they can be
deported if need be after they've paid their time to society.
PICK IT UP: In regard to the soda cans, if you collect soda cans
for recycling and want them picked up, you can contact the American
Legion at 763-5309 and leave the information where the cans can be
picked up. We recycle for our organization and would appreciate it
if you would just let us know where to pick them up. We would be
happy to pick them up or leave us a number where we can contact
you to make arrangements.
TEEN PREGNANCY: I have been reading the comments about
how the teenage girls run around half-dressed and they are saying
this is why we have teenage pregnancies. While I often wonder how
in the world a girl got out of the house dressed like that -- as I think
any dad would lock up their daughter rather than allow a girl to leave
the house in some of the outfits I see -- I really don't think how they
dress is the problem. When I was in high school, we wore uniforms
that pretty much left no skin below the neck uncovered. And despite
that, several girls got pregnant. It's not how you dress that makes the
difference. It's how you are raised.
LAW: When they pick up an illegal immigrant for breaking a law,
such as driving without a license, why don't they deport them? Why
do they just let these people, who have no respect for the laws of this
country, just run around? If you broke the law in their country, you
would be in prison or deported.
TRAIN DEPOT: I think we should let CXS fix it, but they are the
ones wanting to get rid of it. They do not want to lease it out because
they feel it would be too dangerous being so close to the tracks. I think
that as a station, it just would not get much use. Very few people get
on or off the train here each day for it to be worth while to put our tax
money into.
DEPOT: I am glad the city wants to fix up the old depot. If we had
a decent train station, more people would feel comfortable riding the
train. Right now it is not that easy to get- the ticket. You have to buy
one online or call and have them mail it to you. Also, since there are
no bathrooms available at the train station now if you are waiting for
a train and need a bathroom you have to risk missing your train by
leaving to find a bathroom.
OCRA: I was just wondering why the OCRA has games at this time
of the year in the afternoon at 3 p.m. Do they not know that this is
Florida and its about 90 degrees out there? Some of those kids get out
there around 1:30 or 2 p.m. and they are out there until 5 or 5:30 p.m.
+ It is way too hot and none of them have on sunglasses,taw which it is
now known that the sun causes cataracts in eyes. Why are they play-
ing at this time of day in Florida? I hope next year that OCRA takes this
into thought for the players and the parents.
SCHOOLS: Congratulations to the Okeechobee elementary
schools for doing well on the FCATs. I am glad to see they are making
improvements. I still don't agree with the amount of pressure they put
on those children over those tests though.
DEPOT: I think the question is how much do we value our his-
tory? There is a genuine disagreement over this. I happen to think we
should, preserve some of these old structures and make them useful
but available to us to appreciate. The buildings I have seen restored in
other areas have helped revitalize the areas around them. It is a slow
process, but beautifying something will often influence others nearby
to do the same. And if the grant money is available, we should use it.
Otherwise, some other community will get it, because the grant funds
have been set aside just waiting for someone to apply for them. We
will pay the same taxes that result from the grant programs whether
we get the funds or someplace like North Dakota gets it.
SENIOR PRANKS: I am hearing stories from the high school
about some pranks on Thursday that went over the line. I heard there
were pigs in classrooms, and they left a huge mess, plus at least one
of them was injured. I also heard mice were stolen from a teacher's
classroom and left in the vending machines, and other mice and rats
were brought in and left around the school, and there is a rumor at
least one student was bitten. It is one thing to do a prank, but when
animals or people are hurt and property is destroyed, that is going too
, SMOKE: With the smoke from the muck fires making it more dif-
ficult to see, everyone needs to slow down in the morning. Don't be
in such a rush and maybe we will all get where we are going without
any more accidents.

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Reflections from the Pulpit

The Best Is Yet to Come

Rev. Calvin H. Fryar
Pastor, Brighton Baptist church
"For Demas hath forsaken me,
having loved this present world,
and is departed unto Thessaloni-
ca; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto
Dalmatia." (II timothy 4:10)
"For the grace of God that
bringeth salvation hath appeared
to all men, Teaching us that, de-
nying ungodliness and worldly
lusts, we should live soberly, righ-
teously, and godly, in this present
world; Looking for that blessed
hope, and the glorious appearing
of the great God and our Savior
Jesus Christ; Who gave himself
for us, that he might redeem us
from all iniquity, and purify unto
himself a peculiar people, zealous
of good works." (Titus 2:11-14)
Demas is mentioned three
times in the Bible: Colossians
4:14; Philemon 1:24; and in our
text. When you read these refer-
ences carefully, you will find that
Demas turned away from the
Gospel for the world-that is an
ever existing danger.
"Just one letter of the alphabet
makes all the difference between
us now," said a recently-convert-
ed young woman to an unsaved
friend, who could not understand
the great change that had come
over her. "You love the world,"
she said, "and I love the Word."
-Word of Life
Young preacher, Joel Osteen,
wrote a book entitled "Your Best
Life Now." I do not know if he
meant to say what the title implies
but our best life is not now- it is
yet to come. Sin has ruined this

world. But God says He has made
a new one-a world not cursed
by sin.
The Christian must understand
that as long as we are in this sin
cursed world, life will be a strug-
gle. John Bunyun wrote about
this struggle as he saw it from his
dark, damp cell in the Bedford
Jail. He was there for preaching
the Gospel!
He wrote that Christian and
Faithful were persecuted in Vanity
Fair for four reasons:
First, the pilgrims were clothed
with such kind of raiment as was
diverse from the raiment of any
that traded in that Fair. The peo-
ple, therefore, made a great gaz-
ing: some said they were fools...
bedlams... outlandish men.
Secondly... few could under-
stand what they said; they natu-
rally spoke the language of Ca-
naanri, but they that kept the Fair
were the men of this world; so
that they seemed barbarian each
to the other.
Thirdly... these pilgrims set very
light by all the wares sold in the
Fair; they cared not so much as to
look upon them, [but] looked up-
wards, signifying that their trade
and traffic was in Heaven. - Ency-
clopedia of 15,000 Illustration
Our world may sometimes be
very dark, but blessings are some-
times hidden in the darkness-
Mr. N. Hartas rummaged through
an attic in northern England and
found "A Hare Among Plants, with
a Robin, Lizard, and Insects"-the
only existing painting of sixteenth-
century German artist Hans Hoff-
man. Aside from the accumulat-

Community Events

Summer camp at Lake Denton
Summer camp at Lake Denton is back! Camps in June will be avail-
able for children in 2nd through 5th grades, 6th through 8th grades
and K5 through 2nd grades. The K5-2nd is one night with parent par-
ticipation encouraged. In July they will have camps for 6th through
8th grades and 9th through 12th grades. Applications for camp can be
obtained from the website at www.lakedentoncamp.org or by calling
Pam Elders at 863-634-9280 or Phil Elders at 863-634-8722.

Collaborative Council meets
The Community Collaborative Council of Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on May
27, at 10 a.m. in the Board Room of the Okeechobee School Board Of-
fice. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community to identify
issues, collaborate, and share information regarding services for chil-
dren and their families. Guest speakers will include Joni Ard, Cathleen
Blair, Mary Hurley and Leslie Lundy. The public is invited. For more
information please call Sharon Vinson at 863-462-5000 ext. 257.

Schools providing summer meals
Okeechobee County Public Scnool District is sponsoring meals at
school site during the Summer School session from Tuesday, June 10
through Monday,.June 30. Meals will be provided to all children at no
charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program
and its activities are the same for all, regardless of race, color, national
origin, sex, age or disability and there will be no discrimination in
the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the follow-
ing sites: South Elementary School, 2468 S.W Seventh Ave., Osceola
Middle School, 825 S.W 28th St., and Okeechobee High School, 2800
Hwy 441 N. For students that are not registered for summer school ac-
tivities, interested parents may register their child/children for the food
program. Registration for children not enrolled in the Summer School
Program will be held at the OCSB Food Services Office, 3150 N.W
Tenth Terrace, on Wednesday, May 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ques-
tions may be directed to the Food Service Office by calling 863-462-
5148. Parents will be required to provided transportation to and from
the school site and will be required to stay with their children during
the meal. Any person who believes he/she has been discriminated
against in any USDA-related activity should write or call immediately
to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue,
S.W. Washington, D.C., 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or
202-720-6282 (ITY).

IRCC to present "rumors"
IRCC will present the play, "Rumors" May 29-31, at 8 p.m. and
May 31, at 2 p.m. at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center, IRCC Main Campus
at 3209 Virginia Avenue in Ft. Pierce. Neil Simon's classic play features
IRCC Fine Arts Program theatre alumni. Tickets are $12. Call the IRCC
Box Office at 1-800-220-9915 or visit www.ircc.edu.

Arts, crafts and Antique Cars
J & S Fish Camp, 9500 S.W. Conners, is looking for crafters and
antique car owners for their third annual Arts and Crafts Festival and
Antique Car Show on May 31, and June 1, which will be held to sup-
port Martha's House through a $10 donation. For more information
call Patricia Brown 772-332-3149.

County Fair Association
hosts 'Thank you' barbeque
.The Okeechobee County Fair Association will hold its Annual Meet-
ing and "Thank You" barbeque Sunday, June 1, 4 p.m. at Quail Creek
Plantation. All sponsors, members and those interested in becoming a
member are invited. Meat, tea and paper goods will be provided - ev-
eryone attending is asked to bring a covered dish. Elections and plans
for the 2009 Fair will be discussed.

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ed grime, the painting was in fine
condition and looked exceptional
when cleaned. Lying within reach
of the homeowners for years, the
painting simply gathered dust and
went unappreciated. Only when
an art expert discovered it did the
owners reap the financial advan-
tage they could have enjoyed long
before: $610,500
The Christian must remem-
ber that his hour of darkness and
trouble are only temporary. And,
accordingly we must continue
to' let our light shine. According
to Jesus, we should never hide it
(Matt. 5:15).
Arthur Gordon reminds us
of an inscription that was found
on a small new gravestone after
a devastating air raid on Britain
in World War II. "There is not
enough darkness in all the world
to put out the light of one small
candle." - Encyclopedia of
15,000 Illustrations.
Without darkness, we would
never understand the -light; we
must see and understand the
contrast between light and dark-
ness. God knows that we will be-
come more aware of the light as
we travel these dark valleys called
The following was found in
a church bulletin: "As you leave
church, may God grant you:
Enough darkness -- to see the
Enough trials -- to evaluate
Enough conviction -- to seek
Enough tears -- to understand

Enough kindness -- to lift bur-
Enough grace --to shield sin-
Enough silence -- to hear the
Enough vision -- to reflect
Christ." -Lutheran Digest
An Ancient fable tells about
three merchants crossing a des-
ert. One moonless night as they
came to a dried-up creek bed,
they 'were startled 'by a voice
speaking to them out of the dark-
ness. It commanded them to pick
up stones and then journey on as
far as possible before stopping
again. The travelers were also told
that when daylight came and they
saw what they had gathered, they
would be both happy and sad.
Without hesitation they obeyed
the instructions. When the first
gray streaks of dawn appeared in
the eastern sky, the men eagerly
looked into the bags where the
rocks had been placed. Instead of
stones they discovered precious
jewels. It was then they under-
stood the meaning of the strange
yet significant words, "You'll be
both happy and sad."
They were glad because of
their enrichment through the
possession because of such valu-
ables, but they were sorrowful
to think they had not picked up
more! -- Encyclopedia of 15,000
Then spake Jesus again unto
them, saying, I am the light of the
world: he that followeth me shall
not walk in darkness, but shall
have the light of life" (John 8:12).

Community Calendar

Sunday, May 25
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Narcotics Anonymous woman's step study meeting at 7 p.m. at
the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For more information please
call 863-634-4780.

Monday, May 26
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
-Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus
Children's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7
p.m. The orientation is.for those interested in fostering or adopting in
Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/
answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W
Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-800-403-
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at the
Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth Ave. For information call 863-634-4780.
Okeechobee SeniorSingers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at 863-532-0449.
Artful Appliquers is a recently formed chapter in Okeechobee.
This chapter meets at the Turtle Cove Clubhouse, 10 Linda Road,
Okeechobee on Mondays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Turn left at the
Moose Lodge and go around the curve just past the church. Bring a
lunch and join us for a fun day of applique. Everyone is welcome. For
more information please contact Karen Graves at 863-763-6952.
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 863-467-5714.

Tuesday, May 27
rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday, at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.
NewA.A. Meeting in Basinger: There is now an A.A. meeting in
Basinger on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Basinger Christian Brethren
Church on 700-A, north off U.S. 98. Beginners are welcome.
Al-Anon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m.
at the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at 863-
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.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
June Scheer at 863-634-8276
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public
is invited to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For
information, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at 863-763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30
p.m. in the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only
meeting. For information, call Earl at 863-763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at 863-763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. This will be an open meeting.
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
be hosting God's Time -- a morning of free organized Christian
activities that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents
and their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday
from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants
during the class. For information, call 863-763-4021.
Narcotics Anonymous will begin meeting every Tuesday at
noon. Meetings will be held at the Just for Today Club, 101 Fifth
Ave. For information, call 863-634-4780.
Haven of Rest Church, 2947 S.W Third Terr., holds meetings
for persons with alcohol and drug related problems at 6 p.m. For
information call 863-357-3053.


Okeechobee News, Sunday, May 25, 2008 ,

Engagement Announcement


Van and Cindi Hortman,
Okeechobee, are pleased to an-
nounce the engagement of their
daughter Audra LaNae, Okeecho-
bee, to Juan Aguirre.II, Pahokee.
The prospective groom is the
son of Juan and Jeronima Aguirre,
Pahokee. The wedding is planned
for July 5, 2008 at Oakview Baptist
The bride is a 1999 graduate of
Okeechobee High School. She is
employed as a shift manager with
Pizza Hut.
The groom is a 1997 graduate
of Pahokee Middle/Senior High
School. He is employed as an
auto technician with Wal-Mart.

Submitted photo
Audra Hortman and Juan Aguirre II
After the wedding the couple will reside in Okeechobee.

Birth Announcements




. Submitted photo
Genesis Marie Estremera

Michele Duncan and .luian
Marco Estremera are proud to an-
nounce the birth of their daughter
Genesis Marie Estremera.
She was born on April 27, 2008
at Port St. Lucie Medical Center.
She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces
and was 21 inches long at birth.
Maternal grandparents are
Paula Duncan of Okeechobee
and Kenneth Duncan of Rio Vista,



Eric and Melissa Kindell of
Okeechobee are proud to an-
nounce the birth of their son, Ma-
son Rowe Kindell.

Submitted photo
Mason Rowe Kindell
He was born on Feb. 23, 2008
at Martin Memorial in Stuart. He
weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and
was 19 inches long at birth.
Mason was welcomed home
by brother, Gavin James Kindell.
Maternal grandmother is Hel-
en Barfoot of Okeechobee.
Paternal grandfather is How-
ard Kindell of Okeechobee.

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Okeechobee Main Street proudly accepts a contribution from The Morgan Stanley Foundation
in the amount of $2,500. This contribution represents support from Morgan Stanley and Van
Kampen Investments. Morgan Stanley employees Greg Thogerson (pictured) and Sean Daley
presented the award to Maureen Burroughs, President, Okeechobee Main Street. These funds
will be used for educational/community outreach programs. OKMS applied for this support by
outlining the community contributions that the organization has completed. Their Volunteer
Incentive Program awarded this based on OKMS' accomplishments.

Waste Management will be closed on Monday, May 26
for Memorial Day. All garbage/recycling services will
resume on Tuesday, May 27. All scheduled collection
days will be one day behind due to the holiday. We will
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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Majorette honored
Okeechobee High School's Cassie Coker (right) was one
student who received a Superior rating in her Majorette
solo. Brittany Herndon (not pictured) also received a Su-
perior rating. She was honored at a recent meeting of the
Okeechobee County School Board.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Teacher retires
Dianne Leko, a teacher in the exceptional student educa-
tion department at Osceola Middle School will commence
14 years of service to the County's students with her re-
tirement this school year. She was honored at a recent
School Board meeting.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
School bus driver honored
Darlyne Andrews was honored for her 30 years of service
as a school bus driver in the Okeechobee County School,
system transportation department.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Teacher honored
Ervene Mayes, a second gradelteacher at North Elementa-
ry School will commence 38 years of service to the Coun-
ty's students with her retirement this school year. She was
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Gardening can be a relaxing hobby

Beyond the stresses of daily
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lax and enjoy what's right with the
world. Because we have recently
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If you take the time to select and
properly care for this tropical or-
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times over with beauty for years
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summer months in Florida it will
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Bloom can be seen in shades of
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It is a member of the Dogbane
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Carissa, Frangipani, Oleander, and
the milkweeds. All of these plants,
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Direct sunlight to bright light is a
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Real Estate . ,. : .. .1000
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Call Ms. Beth(863)763-3462
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Equipment, Household Items
& Much More!

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Sale Site Phone: 863-946-9135
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Auctioneer: Terry DeMott, Sr.
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins so6n. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street * (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings - CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings * All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time * RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North



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1,6kij i Detal ssisant

A Following a routine main-
- tenance schedule for all
dental equipment, docu-
-. meeting on a log sheet. Ex-
pose, develop, mount, label & store
radiographs. Charting dental restora-
tions, disease & other information. Give
oral hygiene & post-operative surgical in-
structions to patients as requested by the
Dentist. Prophy, Fluoride & Oral Hy-
giene instruction on children per Dentist.
Monitor inventory & maintain a needed
supplies list. Enter ADA codes into the
RPMS/DDS program. Assist the
RHD/Dentist with Health Fair planning,
set-up & presentations as assigned by the
Dental Program Director. Two years ex-
perience. as Dental Assistant or formal
training in an accredited Dental Assisting
Program. HS dip/GED required. Valid FL
Drivers License. Current BLS Certifica-
tion. Florida Dental Radiographer Certifi-

Employment -
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

Needed at Feed Mill.
Experience on Semi
Tractor Trailers a benefit.
Benefits Available. Apply
at Syfrett Feed Company,
3079 NW 8th Street,

makes you a more informed
and interesting person. No
wonder newspaper readers
are more successful!

7-L Brands, LLC has an im-
mediate opening for a Plant
Manager for a mulch plant
scheduled to be built in
Glades County. Qualified
applicants should possess a
BA degree in Business Man-
agement or similar curricu-
lum and at least 7 years
experience in a plant man-
agement position. Previous
experience working in a
mulch manufacturing envi-
ronment is a plus.
7-L Brands, LLC offers com-
petitive wages and benefit
package including Medical,
Dental, Life, AD&D, and LTD
insurance plus paid vacation
and holidays. Qualified ap-
plicants should email their
resume to:
or fax to (863) 465-1672.
7-L Brands, LLC is an Equal
Employment Opportunity
Employer / Affirmative Ac-
tion / Drug Free Workplace,

Counseling Center needs
Bi-lingual office manager.
Medical billing experience
preferred. Call
863-467-5335 for info.

Needed full time.
Bilingual (Spanish/
English) preferred. Exp.
pref. Competitive salary
& excellent benefits.
Fax resume to
(863)357-2991 or
apply at FL Community
Health Centers,
1100 N. Parrott Ave.,
Okeechobee, FL.
Looking for:
Fax Resume 888-433-8191
Call 866-633-5677

Home health agency is now
hiring a full time receptionist
Call 1-800-260-3280 or visit
. our website at vnaflorida.org
LPN- Seeking full time
LPN for our Pahokee
Alzheimers adult daycare.
Excellent Clinical Skills Req'd.
Fax 866-843-0899
Palm Terrace of
is now hiring:

Wound Care
Full Time, LPN or RN
Assist in ensuring
quality care for all
patients with wounds.
Must be team player
and flexible.

MDS Coordinator
Full-Time. Candidate
must be an RN with
prior MDS experience.

Please submit
your application to:
Palm Terrace
of Clewiston
301 South Gloria St.
Clewiston, FL 33440
Ph: 863-983-6698
Fax your resume to:
PHYSICIAN (Family Practice
/Internal Medicine) & NURSE
Time for Out Patient Clinic in
Okeechobee. Forward re-
sumes via fax 561-383-7875
or call 561-386-6832

2 yrs supervisory exp.
needed and current FL
RN or LPN license.
Competitive salary &
excellent benefits. Fax
resume to
(561)924-3405 or
apply at FL Community
Health Centers, 107 S.
Barfield Hwy, Ste 103,
Pahokee, FL.

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BABYSITTER - needed for 2
young children in Okeechobee
area, rotating shifts w/own
transportation. (863)697-6690
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regularly:
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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
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long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


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

elderly. 24 hour care by
registered nurse. TLC in
nice family home.

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Fun-Leamin Activities In A
Classroom nSetting, Fenced
Playground and much mere
Preschool Ages: lr - 5vrs old

License # 5698
& Pressure Washing
License #1126
or (863)261-6425

Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Power Washing

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Silver ai

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419 WS Park St


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles .... - . 530
Books & Magazines 535
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 & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixtu.e 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
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VWRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

Why Rent a
Storage Unit
when you can
own a Shed for
the same Price.
Call Stanton
Homes at
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people

Bombay Furniture- Cherry,
Twin - bed mattress set,
Chest, Night Stand, $250 or
best offer (863)763-5876
TABLES - 4 pc. Set - Coffee, 2
End & 1 Sofa table. $150 or
best offer. (863)610-0685
How fast can your car
go? It can go even master
when you sell It In the

crap Gold,
nd Coins

awn Shop
* (863) 763-5553

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.

Turn your Gold into Money
Wolfgang Jewelers
1416 S Parrott Ave
Okeechobee, FL
(next to UPS store) '

Water Softener- 2 yrs. old, in-
cludes 1/2 hp Gould's pump,
salt tank and carbon filtration
Stank $500 (863)467-0128

Bird cage- large, green, play
top, comes with cockatiel
$150 or best offer
Colby Pitt Bull- male, 1 yr. old,
needs fenced yard, shots, to
a good home only, $250 or
best offer (863)532-8209

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.
Supplies - 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

GELDINGS (3)0- Paint $2500,
Cracker $1200 & Quarter
Horse is $1500.
Thoroughbred- mare, 10 yrs.
old, rides well, $550

Neck '92 Sundowner, 3
horse flant w/pack & Irg
dressing room. $8000 or
best offer (863)697-3036

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Support our fight for the prevention of child abuse
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Okeechobee News Sun 8


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

Apatmnt 09

IN TOWN - 2BR/1.5BA, $750
mo., 1st & last, annual lease,
no pets, w/d, clean.
Move In Special!
1/ off 1st months rent!
2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all appl's, a/c & heat, 1
blk. North of Wal-Mart
$650 mo. (863)763-8878
BA, W&D., Lg. fenced patio.
2 util. rooms. $900 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
OKEE CITY - Apt. Duplex, 2br,
lba, 823 SE 10th St, $625
mo. + 1st, Last, Sec. &
lease pref'd. (863)634-9869
OKEE., Huge, Clean, 2br, 2ba
No pets, new paint & carpet.
$750/mo. 1st & $500 sec.
dep. Call 772-215-0098
We have over 50 Rentals!
Century 21 Horizon

Indian Hammock
House for Rent
2 story, 3br/2ba,
barn, 3 fenced
pastures, immed. oc-
cupancy, 1st
& last $4800

.OKEE - 2/2, TownHouse, Oak
Lake Villas, $825/mo +
sec., Very nice, Available 6/1
1BR/1BA, furnished or unfur-
nished, pool & tennis, boat
dock, very nice. $700/mo. +
sec. deposit. 561-324-4902 or
Avail. Immediately! Fully
furnished. New carpet. Pool,
Tennis & Boat dock. 1BA 1BR
$695 or 2BR $895 + electric.
Annual lease. 215-359-7779

3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1050. Buy 130K Financing
Available (754)423-8202

BRAND NEW- Rent or Buy
3br/2ba, 1700 sq ft, laundry,
tiled, $1100/mo. rent.
$5,000 applied to purchase
of $149,900 after 1 year.
3375 NW 40th Dr. Bass-
wood. (561)718-2822
OKEE. - 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $600/mo + $600
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
OKEECHOBEE- 4/2/1 Ever-
glade Estates, tile throughout,
$1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
dock, 1br, lba, fully furn.
W&D, Elec & satellite incld.,
$700/mo. (863)467-1950
RENTAL APT - on Ranch set-
ting. Very clean, No pets,
$575/mo. 1st & Sec.
Call (863)467-9800
TOBIAS AVE - 2 br house, 2 br
trailer on Hendrick Ave, 2 br
duplex on Gamble Ave, all
Moore Haven. No sec dep,
no 1st or last. Call Tom
We have over 50 Rentals!
Century 21 Horizon

Professional Office Space
for Lease - near Courthouse,
immediate occupancy.


male needed to share large
home, private bath, full
house privileges. $600 mo.
includes all utilities & main-
tenance. (863)634-2354

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property - Sale 1010
Townhouses - Sale 1015
Farms - Sale 1020
Houses - Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property - Sale 1035
Land - Sale 1040
Lots - Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property - Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
SReal Estate Wanted 1065
, Resort Property -
l Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Pre-Construction $119K
2/2/2, 1149 sq. ft. CBS
Century 21 Horizon

FSBO - $99,000. 3BR/1.5BA,
newly renovated, new septic
system, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$869/mo, 3698 NW 7th St,
1450 sq ft CBS, new, tile.
$129,900 (863)484-08Q9

Northlake Estates- 3br/2ba, By
Owner, 2,350 sq. ft., on 1/2
acre, metal roof, 20x58 met-
al building, newly remod-
eled, quiet neighborhood,
$190,000 (863)634-1869
pvt. 1 acre lot, large oaks.
For sale by owner. Call Nikki

Mobile Homes

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

ANCIENT OAKS - 55+, Gated,
1br, lba, Sunroom, Covered
patio, Carport, Boat ramp,
Pool, Spa, Clubhouse. Cable
TV included. $400/mo. +
Electric. 954-610-5345
2/2's @ $500, 3/2's @
$650, yearly lease, No pets,
$1000 sec. (863)763-4031
carport, on fenced corner lot,
quiet area. Will lease with
option to buy. $800/mo. Call
Mobile Homes For Rent
2 and 3 Bedrooms
Easy Payments

porches, on 1.5 acres,
wooded & fenced. Studio apt
for extra person. $1300/mo
+ Sec dep. or will rent sep-
arately. Call (863)634-3451
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 2br/lba,
$475/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets. Call
OKEECHOBEE: Nice, 3br/lba
doublewide in town. No pets.
$675/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. Call (863)763-6232
Rent! Lg 2/2 home in MH. 1
block from water, good
neighborhood. Lg yard. Call
Nikki 754-264-2343
SALE OR LEASE - 2br, 2ba
mob home, good condition,
1/4 acre lot, situated on the
Rim Canal in Okeechobee.
Will rent for $950/mo, yearly
lease, small pet okay. 1st,
last & sec. Will sell for
$189,900. Call
(863)467-6309 for appt.
We have over 50 Rentals!
Century 21 Horizon

Mobile Home Angels
MOBILE HOME -s2 br, 2 ba,
1.450 acres. $75,000 Owner
financing or rent $500/mo +
1st,last& sec. (863)697-3036
Mobile Home For Sale
On Large Lot
Owner Financing






Saturday * June 7th * 10 a.m.

140 Acres


8 Parcels 7

Directions: From the intersection of SR 70 east of Okeechobee and 128th Ave (Berman Road), go north
3 miles to the auction site. Watch for auction signs!

Parcel 5 Parcel 6 ' . Parcel 7 Parcel .. J
13.78 acres 18.20r acres . .... 14.21 acres 14.11 acres

Located within visual range of the top of Mount Okeechobee (Waste Management site),
this "Pine Island" real estate features many sites for building your camp or home sur-
rounded by a large number of mature trees stategically placed to enhance the ambiance
of the lake setting. Mark your calendar; this could be a lifetime opportunity!
10% B.P. * Broker Participation Available - Call to Qualify' * Seller Financing Available
Conducted byv Owner: G4 Land and Cattle Company, Inc.

TRAILER - 8x24, w/10x20
Screened room. Shed w/
washer & dryer. $5000 or
best offer (863)381-7835



Boats . , :.3005
Campers/RVs . 3010
Jet Sklis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs3035

RV - 35'w/ 2 PO's, 10x30 at-
tached screen room, new
carpet, new AC, Hot water
heater, located in ZTR,
$4900 or O.W.H.F

37 hours, excellent condi-
tion. $4000 or best offer.
(863)673-2388 Clewiston

Sleds you
to the
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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment " 4025
Foreign Cars .4030
Four Wheel Drive, 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts . Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
.Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

1995 Ford F150- Eddie Bauer,
loaded, V-8, runs great,
drives great, blue & tan,
$3750 (863)467-8959

SATURN 1994 - 4 Dr., Ma-
roon, Auto., Low miles. All
new parts. $800 or best of-
fer. (863)610-0685

FORD 150 PU '93 - crew cab,
runs exc. & looks good, 3
tool boxes, 5sp. 4wd, a/c,
S6, $2500 (863)763-6216
FORD F350 '94 - 4x4, 6.4 die-
sel, XLT, white, full FabTech
upgrade, Pioneer Z1 stereo,
DVD, GPS, too many up-
grades to list. $32,450

4 o wonder newspaper
maders are more popular

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Receiving honors
(top) Okeechobee High School's Ethan Turbeville received a certificate on behalf of the
percussion ensemble for receiving a Superior rating. (1-r) Helen Feldman was honored for
her 32 years of service as a school bus driver in the Okeechobee County School system
transportation department. Jacque Hayes, a teacher in the exceptional student education
department, will commence 23 years of service to the County's visually impaired students
with her retirement this school year.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Agullar

FFA teams recognized
Osceola Middle School FFA Livestock Judging Team and their teacher (left to right) Josh
Lea, Allyson Trimble, Jessica Humphrey (5th high scoring individual in state), and Carrie
Facente placed second in state competition. Okeechobee High School FFA Meat Judging
Team (left to right) Valerie McKee (top scoring individual in state), Austin Harvey, James
Sharpe (4th high scoring individual in state) and Jennifer Dryden placed first in state com-

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguila

Commencing the years
(top) Judith Mix, a first grade teacher at Central El-
ementary School will commence 39 years of ser-
vice to the County's students with her retirement
this school year. (right) Lois Davino, Media Spe-
cialist at South Elementary School will commence
26 years of service to the County students with her
retirement this school year.

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection FDEP) gives notice of its prep-
aration of a draft permit for Larson Dairy Barn 3, to be issued to Larson Dairy, Inc
The proposed permit authorizes construction and operation of the waste manage-
ment system in accordance with a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan
The permit will also provide coverage under the National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (NPDES), as delegated to the state by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency The dairy is located at 4517 N.E. 224th Street, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972.
Any interested person may submit written comments on the draft permit of the De-
partment or may submit a written request lor a public meeting to Tim Powell,
FDEP Southeast District, 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm
Beach, FL 33401, in accordance with rule 62-620-555 o the Florida Administra-
tive Code. The comments or request lor a public meeting must contain the infor-
mation set forth below and must be received in the Office within 30 ays of
publication of this notice, Failure to submit comments or request a public meeting
within this time period shall constitute a waiver ol any right such person may
have to submit comments or request a public meeting under Rule 62-620.555,
Florida Administrative Code.
The comments or requests for a public meeting must contain the following informa-
(a) The commenter's name, address, and telephone number, the applicant's name
and address, the Department Permit File Number and the county in which the pro-
ject is proposed;
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tion was received;
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comments should be submitted within 30 days of publication of this notice, even
if a public meeting is requested.
If a public meeting is scheduled,the public comment period is extended until the
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By Charles M. Murphy.
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee football caught
a glimpse of the future Friday
nightt as incoming freshman
and returning sophomores got
jo show their stuff in an inter
squad scrimmage at the Brigh-
ton Indian Reservation.
Head Coach John Kemp said
he was impressed with the talent
"these new kids showed, "Both
sides looked pretty good. We've
'got some work to do as there
are 34 eighth graders, but the
kids looked real impressive."
Leading the way was Den-
nis Cummings, who scored

three touchdowns as the purple
squad won 22-8 in the game. For
Cummings it was his first taste
of organized football, and it was
more than beginners luck.
"It was fun and kind of hard.
I have good blocking with my
friends helping out," he noted.
Cummings scored on his
teams second play from scrim-
mage, a scamper that covered
58 yards.
The White squad answered
on their next series on a 4.1 yard
run by Jamie Gonzales to take a
brief 7-6 lead.
Cummings answered with
a 52 yard touchdown run, and
later ran 49 yards to set up his

third score, a three yard run.
'It was fun, I've never played
football before," he noted.
Cummings rushed for 208
yards in the first half.
Gonzales led the white team
with 75 yards on five carries.
"If these kids get in the weight
room over the summer I'll be
pretty excited about the upcom-
ing season," Coach Kemp noted,
"Intensity, execution and aggres-
siveness was what I was looking
for tonight and I saw all of it."
Kemp singled out Cummings,
and Jacalob Akins as the players
of the game.
Akins was praised for his ver-
satility, his tackling and his play

at wide receiver.
"It just like fun, seeing new
people from Osceola middle
school, reunite as a team with
all the guys in the 9th grade to-
gether. It's fun to bring every-
body to play on the football field
and have a contact sport,"'Akins
Akins noted he thinks even
more good players will come
out in the fall to boost the team

Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Brandon Brock ran hard for the white squad during their
scrimmage on Friday.

'Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
Dennis Cummings must be a
:natural. In his first organized
*football game he rushed for
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