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Publication Date: June 21, 2008
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goat tying, roping and other
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For more informnialion and
to register please contact the
Okeechobee County Extension
Office at 863-763-6469. Camp
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Mom fights for daughter's life

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Very much like the Terry
Schiavo case, the fate of an
Okeechobee woman currently
on a feeding tube will be decid-
ed in a yet-to-be scheduled court
Karen Weber, 57, has been
confined to a bed at the Okeecho-'
bee Health and Rehabilitation
Center since suffering a stroke in
early December 2007.
Early in 2008 her husband,
Raymond, sought to have her

moved to hospice and her feed-
ing tube removed.
But Karen's mother, Martha
Tatro, is using the court system
to keep her daughter alive.
"She's not a vegetable," said
Mrs. Tatro Friday, June 20. "She
moves all her limbs, can laugh,
can raise her hand, blink her
eyes and shake her head yes or
"She greets you with her hand
and when you leave she tells you
bye. It's just a pleasure to have
her," she added.
This local case and its argu-

ments are eerily similar to Mrs.
Schiavo's case, where her hus-
band sought to have her feed-
ing tube removed. Despite the
efforts of other family members,
Michael Schiavo prevailed and
the woman's feeding tube was
Mrs. Schiavo died on March
31, 2005 -- almost 14 days after
her feeding tube had been re-
And the way Karen Weber felt
about the Schiavo case is one
reason why her family wants her
kept alive.

Attorney Joseph Rodowicz Jr.,
who has been retained by Mrs.
Tatro, said Thursday, June 19,
that the Schiavo case "... gives
rise to this discussion where
Karen expressed her views on
that case."
Mrs. Tatro, 80, said she dis-
cussed the Schiavo case with her
daughter and she was against
the removal of the woman's
feeding tube.
Mr. Rodowicz said Mrs. Weber
is not on any type of breathing
apparatus, is not in a coma and
cannot communicate verbally.

Submitted artwork
This is a sketch of the lobby area for a proposed expansion of the current jail. Salvageable bricks from the first 1919
jail will be used to built a facade to memorialize the old jail.

First COuntyi JaT1 I99......

was built in 1919

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee County has
the unique distinction of hav-
ing had only three jails since
its establishment in 1917 and
all three buildings are on two
adjoining blocks.
When the county was estab-
lished, prisoners were housed
in boxcars.
The original Okeechobee
County Jail, which commis-
sioners are now considering
demolishing, was built in 1919
when the county was only two
years old. It was the first brick
building built here after the es-
tablishment of the county.
At a special meeting on Feb.

5, 1919, Okeechobee County
Commissioners D.E. Austin,
Jerry Hancock, Alex Thomp-
son, S.H. Hair and W.W Pot-
ter approved the issuance of
$40,000 in interest bearing
time warrants to be issued in
denominations of $1,000 at six
percent interest. There war-
rants were for the construction
of "a suitable jail, complete in
all its details including the pur-
chase of a suitable lot."
In September of 1919, com-
missioners awarded a contract
for $35,737 for the construction
of a brick jail.
The jail was built to house
the sheriff and his family as well
as prisoners. The front half of

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Because of the deteriorated condition of the county's
1919 jail, a chain link fence was recently erected around
it for the protection of the public.

the building was living quarters
fdr the sheriff and the back half
housed prisoners. The down-
stairs portion of the front half
contained a living room, a din-
ing room and a kitchen where

Billie Swamp Safari offers tours

By Tonya Harden
Okeechobee News
Looking for something to do
this summer that is sure to be
exciting and local? Try the Bil-
lie Swamp Safari, which allows
the public to access 2,200 acres
of the Seminole Tribe Reserva-
tion. Daily tours are offered into
the wetlands and sloughs, where
deer, water buffalo, wild hogs,
rare birds, alligators and panthers
are often spotted. Tours are pro-
vided aboard swamp buggies, all-
terrain vehicles that allow visitors
to comfortably move through the
swamp. Camping facilities, a full-
service restaurant and a gift shop
are also located on the reserva-
The Swamp Safari provides an
out of the ordinary adventure on
historic land and also provides a
detailed tour of the Seminole Res-
ervation history.

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Taylor Creek Bass Club
Charles Eaton took top honors
in the Taylor Creek Bass Club of
Okeechobee tournament held on

Lake Kissimmee River at Corn-
well June 14. Eaton brought a
total of 5.96 lbs. to the scales for
the win on a very tough day on
the water. Second place went to
Darrel Brackin with a total weight
of 5.27 lbs. Dave Stout finished
in third place followed by Mike
Tennessee Gouge in fourth place.
Eaton also took the Big Fish
award with his 4.34 Ibs catch.
The team of Bryon Chastain and
Eaton won the "Calcutta"
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528 on the second
Thursday of each month. Tour-
naments are held the following
weekend. New boaters and (es-
pecially) non-boaters are wel-
come. For information call Dave
Stout at (863)467-2255
The club also sponsors and
presents the annual Lee Mcallister
See Tours Page 2

the sheriff's wife cooked meals
for prisoners. Upstairs there
were three bedrooms. In the
rear of the building there were
See Jail Page 2

"Based on what I've seen, she
is able to wave bye and blink
her eyes," he said. "She has the
ability to respond to her environ-
Besides what is happening to
her daughter, Mrs. Tatro said the
situation is creating a divide be-
tween her and her son-in-law.
"We were good, but this is
taking its toll," she said Friday.
"We don't ever say anything
bad to each other. To stay civil
we take turns, I come out about
See Daughter Page 2


of jail

to be


What: Bimonthly meeting of the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners
Where: Commission chambers,
Okeechobee Court House, 304
N.W. Second St.
When: 9 a.m. Monday, June 23

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It has been said that south-
erners, more than people from
any other area of the U.S. have
a sense of place and a feeling for
their history.
Unfortunately, it appears
that the county is about to lose
a portion of its history. Despite
efforts in recent years to restore
the original jail as a museum, it
seems to have deteriorated be-
yond repair. Recently, a fence
was erected around the building
for the safety of the public. How-
ever, plans call for the original
jail to be resurrected in a portion
of a new jail.
At their meeting on Monday,
June 23, Okeechobee County
Commissioners will be asked to
demolish the structure. Commis-
sioners will be meeting on Mon-
day instead of Thursday because
of scheduling conflicts.
Some of the materials will be
See Future Page 2

Submitted photo/Les Tory
Chris Eaton took top honors in the Taylor Creek Bass
Club tournament held June 14, on the Kissimmee Riv-

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Memorial Kid's Fishing Festival.

Florida fishing
If you like to fish, Florida is the
place to wet a line. Seventy spe-
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Of course there are plenty of lakes
and rivers for freshwater anglers

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One of the exciting aspects of
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and a half dozen species wherev-
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Your chances of catching more
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ing Florida is considered some
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virtual mecca for bass fishing, as
well as other sport fishing, and is
one of the premier fishing desti-
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creeks throughout Florida, with
Lake Okeechobee being, per-
haps, the most famous lake for

Largemouth Bass in the country.
Southern Florida has lots of lakes
that are mini versions of Lake
Okeehobee, and all can be fished
in a similar manner.
Bass fishing is considered to
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any other types of freshwater fish-
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- anyone can enjoy bass fishing.

A few essential facts and general
knowledge is all you need to get
you started on the chance of
catching the bass of a lifetime!
***If you would like to share any
information with the Okeechobee
News about an outdoors event please
email Tonya Harden at okeenews@ or call 863-763-3134.
We welcome news on all sporting
events, outdoors activities and na-
ture inspired hobbies.

Continued From Page 1

lunch time and he comes out
around dinner time."
In a letter to Circuit Judge
F. Shields McManus, Mrs. Tatro
stated that her daughter made it
known that she wants to stay. at
the rehabilitation center and does
not want to go to hospice.
"When she goes to hospice,
that is her death sentence," said
Mrs. Tatro in the letter.
Court records indicate that
when asked if she wanted to go
to hospice, Mrs. Weber shook her
head no.
Court records also show that
there is no living will and no
health care surrogate was named.
However, local attorney John R.

Continued From Page 1

three levels of cells.
For some time this jail met the
needs of a growing county. With
passing years, however, that situ-
ation changed.
In 1963, Sheriff J.C. McPherson
informed the commissioners that
because of crowding and lack of
security at the jail he had to trans-
port inmates to St. Lucie County.
Commissioner Hiram H.
Raulerson in a letter published
in the April 4, 1963 issue of the
Okeechobee News said that the

Continued From Page 1

preserved and incorporated into
the entrance facade of a proposed
expansion of the current jail. The
proposed expansion would re-
semble the original jail. It would
house a lobby containing artifacts
from the old jail.
~+ Shenff Paul May thought that
commemorating the old jail was
a good idea since it could not be
preserved. The sheriff had previ-
ously discussed expanding the jail
to meet anticipated population
growth. He said that parts of the
old jail and photographs could
be displayed inside the new jail.
On Sept. 13, 2007 the commis-
sion rejected all jail restoration
bids due to budget constraints.
Since that time county staff and
the Okeechobee Historical Soci-
ety, after several meetings, have
come to the conclusion that the
cost of stabilization and restora-
tion would be prohibitive. The ar-
chitect also stated that the struc-
tural integrity of the building is
Possibly some of the cells and
other artifacts from the old jail
could be displayed in the new
In a May 5 letter to county ad-
ministrator Lyndon Bonner, Betty
Chandler. Williamson, president
of the historical society approved
of the concept.
"The brick structure is so long
neglected that its structural integ-
rity is very questionable and the
safety of anyone inside of it is a
concern," she wrote. "The cost
of restoration has climbed to well
over one million dollars and grant
money is very hard to get at this
Architect Tom Hammer of Row
Architects, an organization that
specializes in restoring old build-
ings had previously told the com-
missioners that the foundation of
the old jail was built of sand brick
which deteriorates when wet. At a
Dec. 12, 2006 commission meet-
ing he estimated the replacement
of the foundation would cost $300
to $400 a linear foot. After an in-
spection of the building on Feb.
23, 2007 Mr. Hammer told the
commissioners there was a lot of

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Cook has been appointed as an
attorney ad litem for Mrs. Weber.
Mr. Cook said his duties are
to serve and read court petitions,
review court pleadings and then
make sure that statutory require-
ments are met by the attorneys
and court.
"I act as an independent ad-
vocate between the parties and
look after Karen's interests," he
said. "I make sure her rights are
Mrs. Tatro indicates in court
papers that she, as well as em-
ployees at the rehabilitation facil-
ity, have seen Mrs. Weber move
her hands and respond to ques-
tions -- although she has appar-
ently made no verbal responses.
Following an April 2, 2008,
hearing Judge McManus appoint-
ed a panel of three health care

jail had been built in 1919 to
serve a population of 2,000 and
that the county had outgrown it.
The jail was described as "medi-
eval" in the May 16, 1963 issue of
the Okeechobee News. For sev-
eral months, the newspaper ran
pictures of the then modern jail
facilities in other counties to em-
phasize the need for a new jail.
It was in the last days of the old
jail that the only successful escape
occurred, underlying the lack of
security in the outdated facility.
Two inmates used a metal piece
from their bunks to gouge a hole
in the brick wall and escape at 11
a.m. on Sunday, April 19, 1964.

mold, mildew and water damage
due to the leaking roof.
An observer standing on the
sidewalk in front of the building
looking through the upstairs win-
dows can see numerous patches
of daylight from holes in the roof.
Turning to another item on
an unusually short agenda, the
commissioners are scheduled to
honor Arnold Verwey upon his re-
tirement as director of code com-
pliance. Mr. Verwey has been em-
ployed by the county since August


professionals to examine Mrs.
Weber and then return their find-
ings to the court.
As of Thursday, Mr. Cook said
he has only received one report.
And while he can't discuss Mrs.
Weber's medical condition, Mr.
Cook did say he has seen some of
the responses that the woman's
mother has described.
When contacted, Okeechobee
attorney Colin Cameron said he
and his client, Mr. Weber, had no
Mr. Rodowicz said if Mr. We-
ber is appointed guardianship
over his wife, then she would be
transferred to hospice.
"She would be given a mor-
phine drip for pain, but would not
be given any food," he explained.
Mr. Cook said it's his under-
standing that Raymond and Kar-

A picture in the April 23, 1964
issue of the Okeechobee News
showed the hole the prisoners
used to escape. The photograph
revealed a hole three bricks high
and one-and-a-half bricks wide.
Fortunately for the escapees,
they were small men, making
it easier to, scramble through
such a small hole. One prisoner
was described as weighing 125
pounds and the other weighed
130 pounds.
In the early 1960s James E. Ro-
zelle, the state architect for prison
and correctional institutions, vis-
ited the jail and noted that venti-
lation consisted of opening win-

of 2000. His leadership resulted in
the code compliance department
receiving a high rating from the
International Services Office, a
code compliance rating agency.
This score has resulted in lower
insurance premiums for county
homeowners, Senior services
will also be honored for receiving
the Outstanding Service Provider
Award from the Area Agency on
Commissioners will consider a
resolution supporting the state's

en Weber have been married for
26 years. The couple has three
children -- sons, Dustin Weber
of Ohio, and Nicholas Weber of
California, and daughter, Kasey
Weber, of California.
Neither Mr. Cook nor Mr. Ro-
dowicz had any idea when the
next hearing date in front of Judge
McManus will be.
"We haven't received all the
expert reports," said Mr. Rodo-
wicz. "It was originally hoped to
have it by the end of this month,
but it's likely it will be delayed."
For more or to post your
prayers for Mrs. Weber, the family
has established a web site: pray-
"We're interested in prayers
and would like the churches to
pray for us," said Mrs. Tatro.

dows. His report went on to say,
"However, in some cases this is
not necessary due to the missing
glass panes."
The county finally agreed to
the construction of a new jail
that was completed in October of
1964. That building now houses
the property appraiser and tax
collector offices. The current jail
was put in operation in 1987 and
there are plans for its expansion.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

purchase of the 2,230 acre Tiger
Ranch Cattle Company just east
of the Kissimmee Prairie Pre-
serve State Park and encouraging
Florida Forever funds to be made
available for this transaction.
In addition, commissioners
will consider the purchase of a
digital records management sys-
tem for the planning and develop-
ment department.
Post your opinions in the Public
Issues Forum at
Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached

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Sexual Predator Notification

The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office is disclosing this
information to
the public in or-
der to enhance
public safety,
awareness and
protection. This
information is
not intended to
increase fear,
rather it is this Michael
agency's belief Hartford
that an informed
public is a safer public.
This bulletin should be used
for information purposes. Citi-
zen abuse of the information to
threaten, intimidate, or harrass
offenders will not be tolerated in
any manner.
The individuals who appear in
this bulletin have served the sen-
tenced imposed on them by the
courts. They are NOT wanted by

the police at this time. Sex offend-
ers have always lived in the com-
munities. The only change is the
public is now better informed.
Michael Hartford, age 20, of
3031 Southeast 39 Avenue, Apt. B,
Okeechobee, is a white male with
brown hair and hazel eyes. He is 6
feet, 4 inches tall and weighs ap-
proximately 225 pounds.
He was convicted of Lewd
Molestation of a child on June 18,
2008 in Dixie County, Florida. The
victim was a minor. If you have
any questions regarding this bul-
letin, please contact Michele or
Connie at the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office at 863-763-3117,
extension 240 or Web site 240 or
Web site http://www.fdle.state.

Today's Weather

Fronts Pressure
Cold Warm Stationaiy Low High

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Okeechobee Forecast
Today: Partly sunny. A chance of afternoon showers and thun-
derstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. South winds around 5 mph be-
coming southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50
Tonight: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds around 5 mph
becoming southwest after midnight. Chance of rain 20 percent.

Extended Forecast
Sunday: Considerable cloudiness. A chance of afternoon show-
ers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. South winds 5 to 10
mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy. A chance of evening showers and
thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 30 percent.
Monday: Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the lower 90s. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Monday night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening show-
ers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20
Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. Highs in the mid 90s. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. A slight chance of evening show-
ers and thunderstorms. Lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain 20


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Okeechobee News, Saturday, June 21, 2008 3

Area churches host vacation bible schools

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News

The following thoughts are by
Harvey Sampson:
"There are many hearts lonely
today traveling down life's high-
way some have in the past been
happy but their joy has slipped
away. Pause in your hurried jour-
ney, friend, to spread some joy
in their soul. One day someone
may pause for you. If we live,
we'll all get old. When Jesus calls
his own to come, they'll not need
your comfort then. But while they
are here and lonely they need
the love of a friend. A few kind
words, a gentle touch, pause
while the world rushes by. Some-
day you may be in their place for
you know how fast time flies."
Okeechobee Seventh Day
Adventist Church is replacing
their church pews and they have
15 used pews for sale. The pews
are wooden with padding on the
seats and backs. For more infor-
mation, contact Linda at 863-610-
The Seventh Day Adven-
tist Church, 412 N.W. Sixth St.,
will host Musical Vacation Bible
School for children four to 12
years old June 22-27, from 6 to
8 each evening. On June 27, the
program will only run from 6 un-
til 7 p.m. Students will learn that
praising God really does rock and
feels great. For information con-
tact Carolyn Douglas at 863-357-
Victory Baptist Church,
500 S.W. Ninth St., will be having
Vacation Bible School July 20-25,
from 9 a.m. until noon each day.
The theme is "Friendship Trek, Je-
sus our forever friend," Kids will
discover the good news about Je-
sus at every camp site. They will
meet new friends at Friendship
Summit, play fun survivor games,
experience Buddy Porcupine's'
Bible Challenge, enjoy delicious
backpack snacks, listen to camp-
fire stories, create wilderness
crafts and much, much more; all

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while learning about their forever
friend, Jesus Christ. For more in-
formation call Joy Jarriel at 863-
Okeechobee Christian
Church, 18th Terrace and Charles
Harvey Highway, is having an "all
you can eat" pancake breakfast
(bacon, sausage, pancakes, juice
and coffee) from 8 a.m. to 11
a.rn. on Saturday, June 21. Sug-
gested donation is $5 per person.
All proceeds will go to the youth
ministry. For more information
call 863-467-7858.
The Okeechobee Ministe-
rial Association will host a Fifth
Sunday Community Service June
29, at 6 p.m. at Abundant Bless-
ings Assembly of God, 4550 U.
S. 441 N. Come join us for praise
and worship. The Community
Choir will be singing. Rev. John
Hodge, pastor of Abundant Bless-
ings will be the speaker. Nursery
care will be provided.
His House Fellowship
Church of the Nazarene, 425
S.W 28th, St., will hold Custom
Garage Vacation Bible School
from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each evening
Aug. 4-8. The theme is "Lov-
ing God Serving Others." The
church would prefer preregistra-
tion to ensure there are enough
materials and snacks. Preregistra-

tion forms can be obtained at the
church office Monday through
Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Parents will
have to come in person to sign a
medical release form. The VBS
will consist of four sites each eve-
ning the service center, (opening
and closing program), tool talk,
(Bible stories), road map (mem-
ory Bible verses), filling station
(snacks), tune up (music) and
custom design (crafts). Each night
an offering (those who want to
and are able to give) will be taken
up to purchase "Proclaimers." A
"Proclaimer" is a radio-sized de-
vice with a microchip that holds
an audio Bible in the language of
the listeners. "Proclaimers" will
be sent to pre-literate areas of the
world. They can be powered by
battery, electricity, solar power or
hand cranked. Each participant
will have plenty to take home at
the end of the week, a "shop rag",
posters for their room, the crafts
they have made, a licence plate,
flashlight, sport water bottle and
any award they've earned for
memorizing verses. For more in-
formation call the church office at
863-763-3519 or e-mail hhfihf@q
First Baptist Church, 401
S.W. Fourth St., will only have
one morning worship service
throughout the summer until
Aug. 31. Sunday School will be-
gin at 8:45 a.m. Throughout the
summer there will be family and
outreach events each Sunday eve-
ning at 5:30. There will be a hur-
ricane party on June 22. "Take me
out to the ballgame" will be the
theme on June 29. The congre-
gation will "Celebrate Freedom"
on July 6. July 13, is music night
featuring bluegrass. A luau will be
held in the ROC on July 20. The
movie "Flywheel" will be shown
on July 27. Aug. 3, will be Youth
Night with the World Changers.
A seafood fest and back to school
bash will be held Aug. 10.
First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St.,
has changed their worship ser-
vice and Sunday School times for
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day at 10 a.m. and Sunday School
at 9 a.m.
Vacation Bible School ev-
ery Sunday? Yes! This summer
children in the community are
invited to attend at 9 on Sunday
mornings a Sunday School like
no other! At First United Meth-
odist Church, they will be go-
ing on "Son Safari" each week
from June 8 to July 20, learning
a all about God's truths from the
natural world. Do you know why
pineapples are prickly? Have you
any idea why the eagle can soar
higher than any other bird? Each
Sunday morning we will have a
different learning station from
cooking to crafts, from games to
puppetry. To register, call Nancy
Vaughan at the churh office 863-
Bible study at Believers Fel-
lowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth
Ave., is held on Wednesday eve-
nings from 7 to 8 p.m. Pastor Nick
Hopkins presents informative and
in depth Bible studies in a casual
and friendly atmosphere. Every-
one is invited to attend. Coffee
and desserts are served.
Do you suffer from depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health
Support Group group meets on
the second and fourth Thursday
of the month at 6 p.m. on Martin
County Grade. Call 722-597-0463
for more information. Family
members are welcome.
A Community Interdenomi-
national Prayer Service'is held
the first Saturday of each month
at 6 p.m. at Calvary Chapel,
1963 N.W 38th Ave.
Each Wednesday night begin-
ning at 6:15 p.m. His House Fel-
lowship Church of the Naza-
rene will have a supper for $4
donation per person. RESERVA-
TIONS must be made by MON-
DAYS (only done by reservation!)
Phone church office 863-763-3519
to reserve and find out menu. Fol-
lowing the supper the church
has a Bible study at 7 p.m. called
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which explains how one book
of the Bible relates to others and
how it all "connects". Following
the supper, there'are also classes
for children, youth and Hispanics
-"Sunday School" on Wednesday
Treasure Island Baptist
Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E.,
youth van runs through Treasure
Island and surrounding areas.
Programs are available for stu-
dent in grades one through six
and seven through 12. Programs
are from 6:30 p.m.' until 8 p.m.
Wednesday nights. The church
van will pick children up and tak-
en them home. For information,
call 863-801-4307.
First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St., is
hosting "Mother's Morning Out,"
a free cooperative morning of
childcare every Tuesday morning
from 9:30 until noon. The church
is now receiving registrations for
the summer session, now through
August 12. Details are available
by contacting Nancy Vaughan
at 863-763-4021 or by e-mailing
Fort Drum Community
Church, 32415 U.S. 441 N., will
hold a men's fellowship breakfast
at Ruck's Pit every other Satur-
day 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 trans-
portation to and from these activi-
ties, call 863-467-1733.
The Family Outreach Cen-
ter at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St., is of-
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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.
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, hosts
open meetings for Alcoholics
Anonymous on Monday nights.
from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for sub-
stance abuse. They also have Al-
Non meetings on Monday nights
from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to help
family and friends of alcoholics.
For information call Chris at 863-
467-5714. "
At First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., food and
clothing will be distributed by
the Church Mission House by
appointment only. Call 863-763-
Okeechobee County Can-
cer Support Group meets on
the first Thursday of each month at
First Baptist Church. All, cancer
patients, survivors and supporters
are welcomed to attend, support
and encourage each other. They
meet the first Thursday of each
month at 5:30 p.m. at the church,
401 SW 41" Street, Okeechobee,
FL 34974 (entrance is the door
to the West in front of church).
Please contact Susie Pickering
at 863-467-5831 or First Baptist
Church at 863-763-2171 for more
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local or state Public Forum. There, you can create new
topics or comment on existing topics. You can also e-mail
comments to or call 863-467-2033,
but online comments get posted faster and not all phone calls
can be printed. What follows is a sampling of some of the
discussions currently taking place. Thanks for participating
MIDWEST FLOODS: Sounds like the Army Corps of Engineers
are doing what they do best, with the levees again. Maybe they need
to hire SFWMD to dry up the Mississippi River. They did such a good
job with Lake Okeechobee. I'm getting to wonder if these people re-
ally know what they have done or are trying to do.
THANK YOU: Congratulations to Sheriff May and his Narcotics
Task Force. Nothing pleases me more than to read in the paper every
morning that they have made another drug bust and arrests. All good
people of Okeechobee should not hesitate to contact the department
if they see or suspect any illegal drug problem in our county. Sheriff
May has made it quite clear, that drug dealers and users are not wel-
come in our town. So lets all get behind them and help support our
law enforcement team and give the men and women who risk their
lives the credit they deserve.
ON THE NEWS: I am so happy to see that Okeechobee is on the
television news with our hope to save the train station. We need to
preserve our history, not just tear things down. For once we are on
television for something positive. Let's save the train station and bring
back the trains. Many of us cannot afford cars anymore. We need pub-
lic transportation.
DEPOT: Another restaurant? Okeechobee Tri-Rail station? Forget
it. Restaurants are closing, businesses are closing. That's just what we
need is the city to invest in another business in this town. Shame,
shame, shame on you Okeechobee.
REVIVAL: I don't know if many of you know, but there is a re-
vival going on in Lakeland, called Florida Outpouring. Thousands of
people are being healed from their diseases just from watching the
show on the internet and on TV. It has been going on for 65 days and
will be going on indefinitely for a time as long as it is necessary. I just
thought there might be some people in Okeechobee that would like
to be healed from whatever is wrong with them. The media ought
to be covering this. It would be nice if more people could go and be
FATHERS DAY: They talk about Fathers Day and the king getting
a special present. The king got a new throne from his two daughters.
Not many people get a new throne for Fathers Day. Thanks girls.
COMMERCIALS: I am getting a little sick and tired of all of the
tobacco commercials, talking about how many people a year it kills.
Why don't they talk about how many drunk drivers they kill a year?
You go out and have some beers and get in your car and get out on the
interstate and kill people left and right. But you want to ban cigarette
smoking. Why don't you ban alcohol?
BULLS: I read in the paper where it says that the Bulls are back but
it's only for up to 140 pounds. What happened to the heavy weight
boys? Somebody needs to find out what happened.
BULLS AGAIN: I read in the paper and saw where the Bulls are
having sign-ups. Somebody needs to check and find out what hap-
pened to the heavyweight boys. The people that started that years and
years ago started that for the heavy weight boys because they had no
where else to play. Somebody needs to please help us out.
GYM: I read in the speak out about the gym closing. I too have
been trying to reach Kids Space. There is a sign on the door but no
one ever answers there. I was just wondering if anyone knows how to
get a hold of this lady. Because I feel that she owes me a refund of the
annual fee that I paid. And with her closed, I don't feel that my annual
services are going to be done because she is gone.
OIL: Big Oil gets what they want because their boy is in the White
House. The politicians have convinced their sheep that this will change
things. When was the last time politicians brought about change?
Bush is on his way out and he wants to get Big Oil all he can before he
leaves. Lets see what was it he did before politics, oh yeah he was an
oil man. What might he return to now that his political life is over?
GAS: I have recently been a victim of gas.theft, I drive an SUV and
it was full. It costs me $90 to fill it up and it was almost empty, also
my husband's work truck and two other neighbors. Now as far as
company trucks I don't know about that, but I would guess unless
its a stupid company they would have some sort of way of keeping
up where their gas is going and to whom. Most companies make you
keep a mileage log so they know how many miles are put on the ve-
hicle and they keep track of how much gas is used.
FUEL: With the price of fuel and so many people having horses,
I think the county should put in some horse trails. Let folks ride their
horses to town like they did in the old days. That would be something
to see. Of course, then we would need a livery stable to keep them
SHINGLES VACCINE: Does any one know if any of the local doc-
tors have the vaccine for Shingles? We have read on the internet that
the vaccination is available and recommended for folks over 60 years
old. Who has it? We have called many doctors to no avail.

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Community Events

Red Cross to hold CPR classes
The Okeechobee American Red Cross will be offer Adult CPR class-
es on Wednesday, June 25, at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, June 21, the Red Cross will offer a class which will
include Adult CPR, Infant/Child CPR and First Aid Basics. This class
will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. To register, or for more informa-
tion call 863-763-2488 or stop by their Branch office located at 323 N.
Parrott Ave.

VFW Post 9528 membership drive
If you are a war veteran: join the Elite. The VFW Post 9528 will be
hosting a membership drive and barbecue on July 4, at the Post home,
2002 Hwy 78 W in Buckhead Ridge, starting at 11 a.m. All military
and ex-military men and woman are encouraged to continue serv-
ing your country and your community by joining the VFW or Ladies
Auxiliary. Representatives from Amvets, Amvets Ladies Auxiliary and
the VFW Men's Auxiliary will also be available. We will be serving
chicken and pork with all the fixings. All those who join the VFW on.
this day will receive a free meal. There will be patriotic music, 50/50
drawings, a cake walk by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and other activities
by the Amvets Ladies Auxiliary. All drinks will be happy hour prices
all day, Margaritas $1.50 all day. For all who are VFW members and
guest the barbecue will be a $7 donation per person. The public is
welcome and encouraged to attend this function in commemoration
of our country's birthday. For more information call 863-467-2882.

Summer camp at Lake Denton
Summer camp at Lake Denton is back! Camps in June will be avail-
able for children in second through fifth 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 or by calling
Pam Elders at 863-634-9280 or Phil Elders at 863-634-8722.

Day of the American Cowboy set for July
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association and Okeechobee Main
Street will hold the 2008 National Day of the American Cowboy on Sat-
urday, July 26. The event will start with a cattle drive beginning down-
town and ending at the Agri-Civic Center on Highway 70 East. The
festival at the Agri-Civic Center will include a Ranch Rodeo, Backyard
Beef BBQ Contest, storytellers, poets and displays of the heritage of the
American Cowboy. If you're interested in being a participant/vendor
for the BBQ Contest or event all forms and applications can be picked
up at the Main Street Office 111 Northeast Second Street, Okeechobee
or email Toni Doyle, Executive Director at okms@mainstreetokeecho- For more information call 863-357-MAIN (6246).

Ladies Auxiliary Spaghetti Night
The VFW Post 10539 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a Tuesday night
spaghetti night. All you can eat spaghetti, garlic bread and salad for a
$5 donation. The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For
more information call 863-763-2308.

Community Calendar

Saturday, June 21
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m. for an open discussion at
the Just For Today Club of Okeechobee, 101 Fifth Ave. For information
call 863-634-4780.
Sunday, June 22
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, June 23
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Meth-
odist 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 adopt-
ing 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
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 Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeecho-
bee 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 meet-
ings 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, June 24
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Gold-
en Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the
public. For information, contact Chad Rucks at 863-763-8999.

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At the Movies
The following movies are now showing at the
Brahman Theatres Ill. Movie times for Friday, June
20, through Thursday, June 26, are as follows:
Theatre I "Incredible Hulk" (PG-13) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
9 p.m.
Theatre II "Get Smart" (PG-13) Showtimes:
Friday at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
9:15 p.m.
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6 Okeechobee News, Saturday, June 21, 2008

Programs help curb rising utility bills

arrived and along with rising
temperatures come rising util-
ity bills. The Florida Public Ser-
vice Commission (PSC) wants
Floridians who are struggling to
pay summer's higher utility bills
to know that help may be avail-
"Higher fuel costs are impact-
ing the bottom line for Floridians
on everything from utility bills to
groceries," Chairman Matthew
M. Carter II said. "Everyone is
feeling the economic crunch,
and many utility companies,

as well as local charities, have
programs available to assist resi-
Utility customers experi-
encing financial hardship may
contact their respective electric
company and local charities to
inquire about financial assis-
tance for utility bills. Customers
can also call the PSC's consumer
assistance line at 800-342-3552
for more information about pro-
grams in their area.
Following are some of the
programs available from the
federal government and from

the five investor-owned utilities
(lOUs) regulated by the PSC:
The Low-Income 1-lome En-
ergy Assistance Program (LI-
HEAP) is a federal, statewide
program to provide home en-
ergy assistance. LIHEAP assists
households that have incomes
below 150 percent of the federal
poverty level and need assis-
tance to pay their power bills.
Florida Power and Light's
program is called Care to Share.
The program provides emergen-
cy assistance funds to customers
who are in a crisis situation and

unable to pay their electric bill.
The funds are disbursed through
local non-profit organizations.
Progress Energy Florida pro-
vides assistance through the En-
ergy Neighbor Fund. The mon-
ies collected are distributed to
needy customers through local
aid agencies.
Tampa Electric Company
offers a 62+ Plan. TECO's pro-
gram helps customers who are
62 years-of-age or older work
out payment options.
Gulf Power provides emer-
gency assistance to customers

who need help with energy
bills, repairs to heating and air-
conditioning equipment, and
other energy-related needs. The
programs assist the elderly, the
disabled, the sick, and others
who are experiencing financial
Florida Public Utilities Com-
pany will, on a case-by-case
basis, offer extended payment
options. The company also re-
fers customers to agencies that
provide assistance.
At least 18 municipal and co-
operative systems throughout

the state also have emergency
assistance programs.
The PSC is committed to
making sure that Florida's con-
sumers receive their electric,
natural gas, telephone, water,
and wastewater services in a
safe, affordable, and reliable
manner. The PSC exercises reg-
ulatory authority over utilities in
the areas of rate base/economic
regulation; competitive market
oversight; and monitoring of
safety, reliability, and service.
For additional information,

Character Counts
Children from the Character Counts Summer Camp send
Their thanks to the Children's Service Council, which pro-
vided the grant that funds the camp. The children in the
S' camp are: Brittany Baker, Mary Baker, Summer Baker, Dy-
lan Boyer, Logan Bays, Brenon Brooks, Florinda Cea, Adam
4 Davis, Joel Davis, Makayla Davis, Brendon Doyle, Christian
Doyle, Cera Elliot, Evan Faulk, Mason Faulk, Savannah Fra-
dy, Brian Garza, Dakota Hat, Brianna Jewell, Devin Jimenez,
Kevin Karpinski, Samuel Rogers, Aleene Romero, Julian
S- Silvas, Shane Merian, Piper Stamm, Skylar Stamm, Emma
.. VanCamp, Jacob Weeks, Rhett Wilson, Alicia Yocum, Krys-
tal Yocum and Zachary Yocum.
Okeechobee News/Victoria Hannon

Programs can help slow summer learning loss

For. many children, summer
holds the promise of swimming
pools and summer camps. But
parents know that it's also a time
when children can lose valuable
educational gains made during the
school year -- an average student
who doesn't read or engage in oth-
er learning opportunities can lose
as much as 2.5 months of learning
over the summer! The nation's li-
braries and museums stand ready
to help children and youth enjoy
exciting summer time activities and
retain their educational gains.
"We encourage families to par-
ticipate in the low- and no-cost mu-
seum and library programs that are
available in virtually every state,"
said Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Direc-
tor of the- Institute of Museum and
Library Services (IMLS). "The pro-
grams are so much fun. In addition
to outstanding reading programs,
museums and libraries offer arts
and craft making, games, family
nights, contests, and prizes. There
are also visits by authors, story tell-
ers, scientists, and educational en-
_ tertainers."
Libraries have been as busy as
bees: Catch the Reading Bug is
the theme for this year's National
Collaborative Summer Library Pro-
gram (CSLP) reading program. For
teens, the'theme is Metamorphosis.
The program's 46 state members
provide high-quality, low-cost sum-
mer reading program materials for
children. IMLS funds many of the

programs through the Library Ser-
vices and Technology Act.
"Summer is a great time of year
for children to choose books and
discover the true joys of reading,"
Ms. Radice said. "Many libraries
have adult reading programs and
intergenerational programs, so the
whole family can participate."
Many states customize their
summer reading themes. For ex-
ample, the Colorado State Library
is partnering with the non-profit
Butterfly Pavilion on an activity
page that may be used as an admis-
sion "ticket"to the Butterfly Pavilion
in August and September. Other
states have followed suit:
New York has translated Six
Easy Ways to Get Your Kids to Read
this Summer into Spanish, Haitian
Creole, Chinese, Korean, Urdu,
Arabic, Bengali, and Russian.
In Wisconsin, Pam Carlson
created a Summer Reading Game
called "Who Will Be the Next Ety-
mologist," in which young library
patrons complete a series of edu-
cational bug-related tasks.
The Virginia state library
posted the public service cartoon
promoting summer reading in Eng-
lish and Spanish on
Museums are also swinging into
action. Many children's museums,
science centers, zoos and aquari-
ums participate in reciprocity pro-
grams so your membership at one

gets you free admission or other
perks at others. IMLS supports
many summer museum programs,
The Adventure Science Center
in Nashville, Tenn., which will host
free science camps for at-risk third
through sixth grade students from
June 23-July 18. (Museums for
America grant)
The Summer Safari day camp
at the Atlanta Fulton County Zoo, in
Atlanta, Ga. Volunteens, ages 13-
17, will help out at this camp, for
children ages 4-13. (Museums for
America Grant)
*,Summer archaeology and field
ecology programs, hosted by The
Mashantucket Pequot Tribe of Con-
necticut in Mashantucket, Conn.,
for Pequot children and their non-
Native peers. (Native American/
Native Hawaiian Museum Services
"Mini-camps," co-sponsored
by the Staten Island Children's Mu-
seum in Staten Island, N.Y, that are
expressly for children with anxiety
and attention disorders. At these
camps, they can paint, sculpt, gar-
den, and cook with other children.
(Museums for America grant)
"By taking their kids to librar-
ies and museums, parents can
minimize the effects of summer
vacation on learning," Radice said.
"Libraries and museums are also
a great place to meet new friends
and build social networks in person
and online. It's fun for everyone.",

More resources:
1. To learn more about the Na-
tional Collaborative Summer Li-
brary Program, please visit: http://
2. For more information on
summer learning loss, please visit
the Johns Hopkins University Cen-
ter for Summer Learning Web site
3. For more information on fam-
ily literacy, please visit the National
Center for Family Literacy (NCFL)
Web site at
Many of the materials are in
English and Spanish.
Summer Learning Tips:
To minimize children's summer
learning loss, IMLS offers tips for
1. Visit your local library and
sign up your kids for the summer
reading program.
2. Read to and with your kids.
Be an example to your kids by do-
ing some reading yourself.
3. Use the library to explore your
child's interests. Ask the librarian
how to find books, Web sites and
other resources to nurture your
child's curiosity.
4. Plan low-cost, educational
field trips to local parks, zoos, and
5. Check out free programs and
day camps at your local library or

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Born Nov. 6, 1950 in Thompson,
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Okeechobee for the past 6 years.
She is survived by her hus-
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Michael (Carrie) English of Chey-
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grandon, Reef English. In addition
she is survived by sisters, Polly
Johnson of Warrenton, Ga., Jo
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tickets) for the drawing, and to
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Fun-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

Wanted: Retired women to
help retired man. Must be
able to do some traveling.
Room & board and small
salary provided. Call
(863)610-1193 for interview

Is looking to hire a
receptionist in the
Okeechobee office.
Applicant must be
happy, energetic
and outgoing.
Monday Friday
9am to 4 pm
PH. (863) 467-5333
Please contact
JC Cardwell
High School Diploma Req.
Full Time with Benefits
Apply in Person at
Syfrett Feed Company Inc
3079 NW 8th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
CDL Class A License Required
Full time with Benefits
Apply in Person at
Syfrett Feed Company Inc
3079 NW 8th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Tire Tech- Handle repairs and
know some parts of autos,
Will train, DRUG FREE Se ha-
bla espanol (863)512-6673

Florida Licensed
Only serious self-
motivated need
apply. Must Have
good driving record.
Weekly Travel
required in FL, Paid
travel time, overtime,
per diem. DFWP,
Benefits, 401K, Paid
Holiday. & Vacation
Wilson's Petroleum
ADMIN. ASST. for local
contractor. Computer exp.
a must. Construction exp. a
plus. Benefits. DFWR Fax
resume to 863-763-6337

One of the Nation's major
suppliers of in-home
oxygen & respiratory
therapy seeks a Sales
Responsibilities include
establishing and main-
taining relationships with
referral sources in the
medical community and
conducting in-services
educating them in the use
and application of medical
equipment. Knowledge of
basic selling skills, must
have excellent human
relations skills, and be
computer literate. We
offer a competitive salary
and benefits package.
Drug-free Workplace. EOE

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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered4l15
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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

Painting, Repairs, Carpentry
Power Washing

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifeids.


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 Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Itenms 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
Equipment 690
Satellite ,v 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

MICROWAVE Stainless Steel,
Large, turn table, inside light
Like new $75 or best offer
(863)763-2763 leave msg

Sierra Nevada Pine solid din-
ing table, 6 chairs, rod iron
accents and upholstery on
chairs $450(863)763-3055

Golf Cart Club Car, good con-
dition, double seats and top,
white, $1300 or best offer
(812)989-3022 anytime

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

PUPS blue merle, red tri's,
red merle $650 & up

Television- 57" Sony rear pro-
jection, Good condition w/re-
mote, Silver, Reduced $500
(863)763-2763 leave msg

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f iT 3/1 SW 16th Ave.
2/2 Oak Lake Villas
I.," 2/1 Taylor Creek Condo
First and Security
(863) 634-7756 (863) 634-7490

$950 month
(First and security)
Adults Only
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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses ,- Rnt920(
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

1st month rent FREE to
approved applicants- $700 I
security deposit, 2br/1ba
duplex (863)634-9850
Move In Special!
1/2 off 1st months rent!
2BR/1.5BA, carpet, tile
all appl's, a/c & heat, 1
blk. North of Wal-Marl
$650 mo. (863)763-8878
OKEECHOBEE: 1br, furnished,
screened porch, utils incl'd.
$165/week. (772)359-1640

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

2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last & sec. (863)634-3313
1BR, 1BA, pool, electric &
water incl. $750/mo. + sec.
dep. Call 863-824-0981

BASSWOOD Affordable 3br,
2ba, 2 car garage, Large
house. $1100 mo. + Sec.
dep. (772)323-4758
BASSWOOD newer home,
3br, 2ba, 1car garage, 3818
NW 29th Ave. $1000/mo,
1st & Sec. (863)634-6210
or (561)662-2298 Kirk

3br, 2ba on huge lot. Rent
$1050. Buy 130K Financing
Available (754)423-8202
Waterfront, LG. 3 BR, 2 BA
w/Sea Wall. $900/month.
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & rets. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
KINGS BAY 2BR/1BA, 1 car
garage, CBS House. central
a/c & heat, dishwasher,W/D,
storm shutters. $800 mo, +
$800 sec. dep., w/option to
buy. Avail Now 863-467-8434
LAKEPORT, For sale or Rent
by owner 3br/2ba, pets ok,
$850 mo. or $165,000 to
own (863)946-1687
N.W section- 2br/2ba, un-
furnished, cats only, $900
month + $900 security
(863)763-6975 leave msg
OKEE. 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
OKEECHOBEE 4/2, rentals
available, tile throughout,
$1295/mo & $1095/mo, No
pets 561-248-3888 or
newly renovated, new septic
system,, detached garage,
corner lot, 1310 SE 5th St.
$850 mo. + $850 sec. Op-
tion to buy. (239)707-5155
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, tile
throughout, good neighbor-
hood SW sec. $1200/mo.
br/1.5ba, with dock, tile floors
& garage. $800/mo. Call
(863)697-2055 anytime
Okeechobee Estates 3/1,
$850 mo. + $200 sec. dep.
OKEECHOBEE- On the water,
dock, 1br, lba, fully furn.
W&D, Elec & satellite incld.,
$700/mo. (863)467-1950
RANCH SETTING 3/11/2 and
a 2/1 available, very clean,
no pets, 1st & sec.
Treas. Island 3036 SE 36th
St., 2BR/1.5BA, Ig. garage,
shed, on water, very clean,
$800 mo. (561)308-7566
Find it faster. Sell It soon-
er In the classMifeds
How do you find a Job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classl-
fleds and make your
clean uo a breezel

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property-Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms- Sale 1020
Houses sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land e Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State.
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wantaed06!5
Resort Property -,
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Ready to move in!
Spacious 3/2 w/lake access.
Owner financing avail.
$145,000. (863)634-5236
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readers are more popular!

wood, Texas. For Nov. 2008
3 Available! $1750 /person.
Call (863)467-6960

Mobile Homes

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

fully furn, long or short term
lease. June FREE. $775/mo.
+ sec. dep. (863)824-0981
OKEECHOBEE 3br, 1ba,
newly remodeled, $800/mo,
1st, last & sec. No Pets
RIVER RUN-2br/2ba furnished,
carport & laundry room,
large florida room, includes
water & elec. $800 month
(863)357-1464 tit 5pm &
leave message or
(863)610-9465 after 5pm
and weekends
on water, June FREE.
$750/mo. + sec. dep. Call
ba, tile, remodeled, partly
furnished, pets okay.
$800/mo + 1st, last & sec.

Mobile Home Angels



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

per Glide, 1450cc, 100th An-
niversary Edition, 5000
miles, like new. $8,900 or
best offer (863)946-6639


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

1991 Chevy S-10 Pick-up, V6,
5 speed, black, good condi-
tion, $1,100 or best offer
(812)989-3022 anytime
1998 Chevy Pick-up, automat-
ic, Cold A/C, white, good
condition, $2,200
(812)989-3022 anytime

Ford F150- 1986, 300 6 cyl.,
4 speed, bed, matt & topper,
chrome wheels, good shape
$1500 firm (863)467-9465





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Okeechobee News, Saturday, June 21, 2008

Submitted photo/Sunni Adams
Okeechobee's young martial arts students include (first row, left to right) T.J. McKenna,
Jr., Cristian Morales, Gavin Cashwell. (second row, left to right) McKayla Skinner, Gage
Cashwell, Charles Yager, Hannah Morales, Ty Collins, Maliah Wright, Mia Lazaro. (third row,
left to right) Tiffany Hernandez, Tameko Hornick, Disan Hernandez, Jr., Linden Buccino,
Cody Tyson, Michael Lazaro. (back row, left to right) Stephen Brown, Nicholas Brown,
Cindy Hernandez, Randy Ramirez, Casey Hurst, Travis McKenna, Sr., Owner/Sr. Instructor
Russ Adams. (Not pictured) Anthony Hernandez.

Taekwondo students

earn advancements

On June 6, 2008, testing for
belt advancement was held at
Russ Adams Taekwondo America.
On June 12, awards were given to
those students who advanced.
The following are the results of
that testing:
White to Yellow: Linden Bucci-
no, Casey Hurst, Cristian Morales
and Cody Tyson;
Yellow to Orange: Ty Collins,
Hannah Morales;
Orange to Green: Gaving Cash-
Green to Sr. Green: Cindy Her-
nandez, Tameko Hornick and
Charles Yager,





The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
heard a sobering summary of an
unfinished staff report last week
concerning what might happen
in Florida's environment by 2060,
unless residents and leaders adopt
smart growth strategies.
The 28-page report, titled
"Florida 2060: What's at stake for
wildlife?" should be completed
later this summer. It notes, based
on another report by 1000 Friends
of Florida, that the state's human
population could double to 36
million, and millions of acres of
important wildlife habitats could
disappear beneath development,
unless Florida adopts different
growth patterns.
"We're not saying this is what
will happen; this is what might
happen if Floridians don't work
together to help shape the future,"
said the FWC's Dr. Thomas Ea-
son, who summarized the report.
"The answers lie in the hands of
landowners and residents."
The report will be available for
download at when
it is finished.

Sports News
in Brief
Football sign-ups
are here
The Bulls are back. Okeecho-
bee Bulls are sponsored by Fed-Ex
Youth Athletic Association, Orange
Bowl Committee. Sign up dates
are June 21, and June 28, at New
Endeavors High School from 8:30
a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Sign up fees
are $60 per youth. There are three
age and weight divisions, 115 lbs
division (10 12 years old), 125
lbs division (11-13 years old) and
140 lbs division (12-14 years old.)
For more information call Marvin
Roberts at 863-801-4857 or Myron
Refoure at 863-634-6805.

TCBC meets monthly
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge VFW
Post 9528 on the second Thursday
of each month. Tournaments are
held the following weekend. New
boaters and (especially) non-boat-
ers are welcome. For information
call Dave Stout at 863-467-2255.
The club also sponsors and pres-
ents the annual Lee McAllister Me-
morial Kid's Fishing Festival.

Blue to Senior Blue: Randy
Senior Blue to Brown: Steven
Brown, Gage Cashwell and Mia
Brown to Senior Brown: Nich-
olas Brown, Michael Lazaro and
T.J. McKenna, Jr.;
Senior Red to 1st Degree Pro-
bationary Black: Kimberly Her-
nandez and Disan Hernandez,

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1st Degree Probabtionary
Black to 1st Degree Decided
Black: McKayla Skinner, Maliah
Instructor Trainee Red Stripe:
Travis McKenna;
Sr., 1st Degree Decided Black
Belt, Anthony Hernandez; and,
ist Degree Decided Black
Congratulations to all.

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