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Small plane crashes
in South Florida
OCEAN RIDGE, Fla. (AP) --
Authorities say a small airplane
clipped a building and crashed
in a South Florida community
Boynton Beach Fire-Rescue
spokesman Steve Lewis says
the pilot, whose name wasn't
immediately released, was tak-
en to a hospital after the plane
crashed Monday afternoon.
Teen dance party
A chaperoned private "Teen
Dance Party" will be held on
Sunday, July 27, from 5 until 9
p.m. at the Pier II Motel. Pier II
will be closed to the public oth-
er than guests at the party. The
cost for the event is $5 for ages
12-16 and will feature a live D.J.
Party goers can purchase pizza
for $1 and sodas and chips for
just 50 cents. All proceeds from
the event will benefit the Amer-
ican Cancer Society - Making
Strides Against Breast Cancer
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Plan to boost area economy
Main Street to
By Pete Gawda
An ambitious program has
been devised to stimulate eco-
nomic development in the
county. Okeechobee County
Commissioners will consider the
program when they meet July
24. They will also discuss emer-
gency preparations and renewal
of the contract with Waste Man-
Mark Smith of Okeechobee
Main Street will present a pro-
gram his organization is propos-
ing to manage economic de-
velopment under an economic
restructuring committee, which
would consist of representatives
from private industry. An execu-
tive director would be hired to
oversee day to day operations;
funding would come from the
county, the city, the school
board, Indian River State College
and Okeechobee Utility Author-
ity as well as private investors.
Their goal over the next three
years would be to create up to
250 primary jobs and up to 100
secondary jobs, stimulate up to
$25 million in capital construc-
tion, create business infrastruc-
ture, create business support and
create positive public relations.
Yearly expenses would in-
clude the executive director's
salary and benefits, support
staff, office, travel, marketing
and miscellaneous. Proposed to-
tal expenses would be $119,000
for 2009, $142,500 for 2010 and
Summer fun: Church hosts luau
Okeechobee New/Pete Gawda
Participants at the luau held Sunday evening, July 20, at the First Baptist Church ROC
tried to see how low they could go under the limbo bar.
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Looking very well for someone whose
death was reported 30 years ago, El-
vis made an appearance at the luau
held Sunday evening, July 20, at the
First Baptist Church ROC.
Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Jamie and Lane Gamiotea share a table with a
smiling friend at the luau held Sunday evening,
July 20, at the First Baptist Church ROC.
holds school supply drive
By Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee Commu-
nity Collaborative Council met
on Tuesday, July 22, and com-
menced their school supply
drive for local children. The
supplies will be distributed by
My Aunt's House.
Wanda Klesper was on hand
to accept the donations of book
bags and many school supplies
as well as monetary donations
to help the local students in
Okeechobee have an exciting
start to their school year.
According to Ms. Klesper,
"Children are a product of their
environment and when chil-
dren don't have what they need
it's hard for them to listen to a
By having the proper sup-
plies and decent clothing "like
the other children" they have a
better chance to succeed and
a will to want to succeed than
they would if they were going
to school without supplies.
My Aunt's House strives to
provide local families with the
support they need so that the
worry is off of the children in
order to free their minds to
absorb everything that their
teacher's have to offer them.
Each year My Aunt's House
and The Closet give out school
supplies for the new school
year and toys for Christmas.
They also have been able to
give computers to some stu-
dents due to local donations.
On a continuous basis, fami-
See Drive - Page 2
$165,000 for 2011.
Information supplied before
the meeting did not indicate how
much of the operating expenses
would be requested from the
The program would be based
on the economic development
plan proposed several years
ago for Okeechobee County by
economic advisor Bill Fruth but
never acted upon.
In another economic mater,
the board will look at travel ex-
penses. Current Florida Statute
authorizes 44.5 cents per mile
What: Bimonthly meeting of the
Okeechobee County Board of
Where: Commission chambers,
Okeechobee County Courthouse,
304 N.W. Second St.
When: 9 a.m. Thursday, July 24
for official travel. However,
the Internal Revenue Service
(IRS) has established rates of
50.5 cents per mile from Jan.
1 through June 30, of this year
See Plan - Page 2
Teen is sent
By Eric Kopp
An Okeechobee teen en-
tered into an agreement with
the state Tues-
day and was
to spend the
years of his4;
life in a state
las Wadling- Earl Douglas
ton, 17, went Wadlington
Court Judge Lawrence Mirman
on July 22 and entered a plea
of no contest to charges of bur-
glary of a dwelling with over
$1,000 in damages. In a sec-
ond case, he entered the same
plea to charges of burglary and
Judge Mirman accepted the
plea and sentenced him to 36
months in a youthful offender
facility in the state prison system
in each case, to be followed by
two years probation. The sen-
tences will run concurrently.
Wadlington was also given
credit for the 26 days he has
See Teen - Page 2
By Pete Gawda
Exercise your right as a citi-
zen and vote. The deadline for
registering to vote in the Aug.
26, primary election is July 28.
Through an unusual turn of
events, all registered voters in
the county will be able to vote
in both the Republican and
Democratic primaries for local
candidates regardless of their
Normally only registered
Democrats would be able to
See Voters - Page 2
New business opens
Main Street welcomes the newest business in the "down-
town" area, Jersey Mike's Subs. Owner Greg Giles with
his daughters Taylor and Rylee cut the ribbon marking the
grand opening of his business. The business employees
25 people and is located at 611 West South Park Street.
Mr. Giles hosted the Sheriff's Department on Tuesday as a
training day for his staff.
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2 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Continued From Page 1
and 58.5 cents per mile for the
remainder of the year. The board
will consider either sticking to the
amount allowed by the state or
changing travel reimbursement
to follow IRS rates.
It's hurricane season once
Continued From Page 1
already spent in the Okeechobee
The local teen will also have
to pay all court costs and fees, as
well as $14,500 in restitution.
With his plea, Wadlington also
waived his right to trial.
I'Jdge Mirman told the tall, thin
teen dressed in his county jail-
Continued From Page 1
lies are referred to them by local
agencies for clothing, which they
provide free of charge.
According to Ms. Klesper, just
recently they were able to help a
family who had their house burn
down get clothing for their entire
At My Aunt's House they strive
to keep their administrative costs
to a minimum of less than one
percent in order to continue to
help the community as much as
My Aunt's House, at 202 NE
Second Street, operates com-
pletely on volunteer hours.
If anyone would like to volun-
teer their time or obtain commu-
nity service hours working in The
Closet please contact the num-
ber below. Also, any gently used
clothingor other household items
that you would like to donate are
The Closet will be contacting
all of the families on the school
supply lists once the supplies are
properly organized for dispersal.
The Shared Services Council
donated 120 bookbags with sup-
plies inside to the drive. The First
Baptist Church Quilting Ministry
donated bags that will go to the
high school girls. Florida Power
and Light donated a $250 gift cer-
tificate and many other individu-
als agencies donated supplies
For more information, call My
Aunt's House at (863) 634-2306 or
the CCC at 863-462-5000 ext. 257.
* The next CCC meeting will be
held on Aug. 26, at 10 a.m. in the
board room of the Okeechobee
County District Schools office.
*The Teen Pregnancy Preven-
tion Task Force.will also meet on
Continued From Page 1
vote in the Democratic primary
and only registered Republicans
would be able to vote in the Re-
In the race for sheriff, both
candidates, incumbent Paul May
and challenger Tom Levins, are
Republicans. Since there are no
Democrats or independents run-
ning, the race will be decided in
the Republican primary on Aug.
26. Therefore, state law allows all
registered voters to vote in such a
The same is true for county
commission seat 1 currently held
by Democrat Ray Domer. The
challenger, Phil Baughman, is
also a Democrat. So all registered
voters, regardless of party affilia-
tion, will be able to vote the Aug.
26, primary for that commission
The other commission seat up
grabs will be decided at the Nov.
again. Emergency management
director Mike Faulkner is sched-
uled to address the board on
emergency preparedness. He will
discuss a packet that has been de-
veloped to assist individuals and
families with emergency prepa-
Commissioners will also be
thinking about garbage. The cur-
rent contract with Waste Man-
he was facing a
total of 50 years
in prison on the
also suggested Gregory
to the court that Maynard
the restitution to Nationwide In-
surance since they had already
agement expires on Sept. 30.
Commissioners will consider
proposed changes to the contract
such as enlarging the area of the
county that has recycling service,
modifying the hours of residen-
tial and commercial collection,
updating standards for quality of
performance, and length of con-
In other business, the board is
compensated the homeowner,
and the judge agreed.
In an arrest report by Detective
Bryan Lowe of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
Wadlington and two other ju-
veniles entered a single family
home that was, at the time, unoc-
cupied. The report said the juve-
niles threw a knife at the walls in
one room, spray painted on the
garage floor and poured baking
soda on the floors throughout the
interior of the home. They also
* consider closing the county
library on Oct. 13 so that all staff
members may attend a training
* purchase a motor grader for
the road department;
* award a contract for repair
of the Ash Slough bridge on CR
* award a contract for drain-
set a small fire on the floor of a
shed on the property, continued
Since the damage totaled over
$1,000, the burglary charge was
automatically increased to a first-
Although two other juveniles
have been arrested in connection
with this case, they have yet to go
Detective Lowe indicated in
his report that the home sets on
a large piece of fenced property,
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Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The Community Collaborative Council members (in no particular order) Kelly Tarr, Debbie
Gillette, Sharon Vinson, Pat O'Connor, Beverly Shurley, Barbara Godejohn, Angela Kelly,
Rossana Gonzalez, Pamela Springer, Cathleen Blair, Kelly Tarr, Suzanne Weed, Paul Bois-
vert, Kay Begin, Becky Smith, Dennis McCune, Jill Rogers, Mike Davis, Mimi Arnold, Peggy
Cameron, John Gurney, Dianne Verner, Verna Alderman, Eda Torres-Calderon, Wanda Kles-
per, Rosalinda Brown, Carissa Hanrick and N. Joseph donated school supplies for the local
children to return to school well prepared.
Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 1:30 p.m. at
the Okeechobee Library. Call Pat
*The Okeechobee County Ju-
venile Justice Council will meet at
Beef O'Brady's on Friday, Oct. 17,
at noon. Call Mike Davis 863-462-
*The Okeechobee Substance
Abuse Coalition will meet on
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 11:45 a.m. at
the Methodist Church.
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4, general election. Challenger
Republican Margaret Garrard Hel-
ton is running against incumbent
Democrat Elvie Posey. All regis-
tered voters can participate in that
As far as local offices go, reg-
istered voters, regardless of their
party affiliation, will be able to
vote for candidates of either party.
Before the January presidential
primary some voters changed
their registered party affiliation
in order to be able to vote for the
candidate of their choice. That
party change will not affect their
voting choices in local elections.
Early voting for the primary
election will be Aug. 11 through
23, Monday through Saturday, at
the supervisor of elections, 307
N.W Second St., across the street
from the courthouse.
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Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached
Dolly now a hurricane,
set to hit Texas coast
By Christopher Sherman
Associated Press Writer
McALLEN, Texas (AP) - Dolly
spun into a hurricane Tuesday,
heading toward the U.S.-Mexico
border and the heavily popu-
lated Rio Grande Valley, where
officials feared heavy rains could
cause massive flooding and levee
Dolly was upgraded from a
tropical storm Tuesday afternoon
with sustained winds near 75
mph, and some strengthening of
the Category 1 storm is forecast
before landfall Wednesday. At 5
p.m. EDT, the storm's center was
about 165 miles east-southeast of
Brownsville, moving northwest at
about 10 mph.
A hurricane warning is in ef-
fect for the coast of Texas from
Brownsville to Corpus Christi and
in Mexico from Rio San Fernando
In Mexico, Tamaulipas Gov.
Eugenio Hernandez said officials
are planning to evacuate 23,000
people to government shelters in
Matamoros, Soto La Marina and
Texas officials urged resi-
dents to move away from the Rio
Grande levees because if Dolly
continues to follow the same
path as 1967's Hurricane Beulah,
"the levees are not going to hold
that much water," said Cameron
County Emergency Management
Coordinator Johnny Cavazos.
The first bands of rain began
to pass over South Padre Island
and Reynosa, Mexico Tuesday af-
ternoon and the surf continued to
Forecasters predicted Dolly
would dump 15 to 20 inches
of rain and bring coastal storm
surge flooding of 4 to 6 feet above
normal high tide levels.
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age in Douglas Park;
* select a health insurance
plan for county employees;
* establish a policy authoriz-
ing the board chairman to sign
county vehicle titles and registra-
* consider an appointment to
the Children's Service Council;
* execute a contract for run-
and that no trespassing signs are
posted about the property.
In the other burglary and grand
theft case, Wadlington was ar-
rested and charged with breaking
into a mobile home and taking
several pieces of jewelry, 30 rolls
of pennies and collector coins.
The pennies and a pair of antique
opal clip-on earrings have not
In other court action Tuesday,
Gregory Maynard admitted to
Judge Mirman that he violated his
probation in four different cases.
Judge Mirman set the man's sen-
tencing for Sept. 2, at 1:30 p.m.
Maynard, 32, entered into an
agreement with the state that by
admitting to violating his proba-
tion the state asked that the court
not sentence Maynard to more
than two years in prison.
Judge Mirman told the man
that he was facing a maximum
sentence of 40 years.
* execute a lease for a T-han-
gar at the county airport; and,
* execute an industrial park
lease with Concrete Products of
the Palm Beaches.
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Maynard, who suffers from
Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
from his time in the U.S. Army,
violated his probation on the
original charges of burglary, petit
theft and criminal mischief in one
When asked, Maynard told
Judge Mirman that he was not on
any medication for his illness.
In a second case, he violated
his probation after being charged
with burglary of a conveyance. In
the third case, Maynard violated
his probation on the original fel-
ony charges of uttering a forged
instrument, forgery and grand
theft. And in the fourth chase, he
violated his probation on the orig-
inal charges of grand theft and
burglary of a conveyance.
By admitting to breaking pro-
bation, Maynard waived his right
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thunderstorms. The high will be in the upper 80s. The wind will be
from the south around 5 mph becoming northeast at 5 to 10 mph
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thunderstorms through midnight. The low will be in the lower 70s.
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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, July 23, 2008 _
Man accused of home burglary
By Eric Kopp
Thanks to the help of several
witnesses a home burglary has
been solved, the property report-
edly stolen has been recovered
and a local man has been charged
with the alleged theft.
D'Andre Markel Smith, 19, S.E.
40th Ave., Okeechobee, was ar-
rested July 21 and charged with
the felony of burglary. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor
of petit theft. He was booked into
the Okeechobee County Jail un-
der a bond of $11,000.
Smith was arrested near the
scene of the alleged burglary after
he was identified by at least three
different people, stated an arrest
report by Deputy Mike Bobrowski
of the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO).
The report states that a sto-
len weedeater was recovered in
some bushes near the railroad
track. The weedeater was valued
at $140, continued the deputy's
indicates that he
responded to a
call about a sus-
p.m. Monday. D'Andre
Two men said Markel Smith
they had seen a
man looking around a home then
disappear between that house
and another house.
While he and Deputy Javier
Gonzales drove around the neigh-
borhood a man on a bicycle was
seen by Deputy Gonzales. As
the deputy was speaking with
the man, who was identified as
Smith, a homeowner approached
Deputy Gonzales and said that
Smith was the man seen walking
around the residences.
By this time, a second man
approached the deputies and
said he had just seen a man on a
bicycle riding along the railroad
track at Hazellief Groves with a
red weed eater, stated Deputy
Bobrowski's report. The witness
reportedly told the deputies he
saw the man go into the bushes
with the weed eater. But when he
came out, he was not carrying the
piece of equipment, according to
the arrest report.
Deputy Bobrowski goes on to
state in his report that he talked to
a neighbor of the victim who saw
a man wearing a tank top and
shorts -- matching those worn
by Smith -- walking through the
The weed eater, stated the re-
port, was returned to its owner.
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The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving un-
der the influence (DUI) charges by
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
* Alejandro Diaz Resendiz,
33, 22nd Lane, Okeechobee, was
arrested July 21, by Deputy Lieu-
tenant Keith Murrish on a war-
rant charging him with violation
of probation - driving under the
influence. His bond was set at
SLizina Bowers-Lamb, 26, S.
Tucker Ridge Road, Okeechobee,
was arrested July 21, by Deputy
Lt. Keith Murrish on a warrant
charging her with possession of
alprazolam. Her bond was set at
* Dustin James Smith, 27,
Wild Violet Ave., Sebring, was ar-
rested July 21, by Deputy G. Pop-
ovich on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with felony
battery. He was released on his
* Nicolas Cantera, 44, 17th
St., Sebring, was arrested July 21,
by Deputy Lt. Keith Murrish on a
warrant charging him with driv-
ing under the influence with pri-
ors. His bond was set at $2,500.
* John A. Leggio, 41, S.E. 38th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
July 21, by Deputy Lt. Keith Mur-
rish on 'a warrant charging him
with grand theft (three counts).
His bond was set at $20,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who
is later found innocent or has
had the charges against them l
dropped is welcome to inform
this newspaper. The information . -
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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 email@example.com 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!
THUNDERCROSS: Please bring back the stock cars. We miss it.
Come on, boys, let's get it back running again.
SKUNK APE: I live in Lazy 7 and we have all been enjoying the
Skunk Ape stories. A group of the local kids even made a video about
the Skunk Ape and they put on YouTube. Now whenever we hear
something strange at night, or the animals are acting strange, we say
it must be the Skunk Ape.
DEPOT: I hope the city and Main Street and CSX can work this all
out so we can have the depot again. I would love to ride on the train,
and to be able to buy tickets at the depot. I know parking is a problem,
but it wouldn't be that difficult to get someone to drop me off at the
station. If there is a place to buy tickets and wait indoors, it would be
much more comfortable than having to wait under that bus shelter.
TRAINS: I think we need to talk to our elected representatives and
get them to do more to bring back the trains. We need an efficient
mass transit system. It is just too expensive to drive. It would also be
better for the environment. In Europe, you don't need a car because
the trains and buses and street cars can take you everywhere. It is so
much less expensive than driving. And while you are on the train, you
have time to read or work on a laptop computer, or even take a nap.
It's a much better way to travel.
BIG FOOT: I don't care what anyone says. Big Foot and the Skunk
Ape are real. Just listen to the 95.5 radio show in the morning. They
talk about him a lot. I don't know if he is in Okeechobee or not, but
Skunk Apes are real.
RECYCLING: I do not understand why the Lazy 7 area does not
have curbside recycling. This is a huge housing area and there are a
lot of kids. In school, they tell the kids they should recycle but then the
county makes it really difficult to even find a place to take recyclables.
We should have curbside recycling like they do in town.
SPAY CLINIC: I saw in the paper that there is a free spay and neu-
ter clinic sometimes in Martin County. Why doesn't the local Humane
Society do that here? We have a big problem with dogs and cats run-
ning loose. People get tired of them and just dump them. We need
to do more to control the dog and cat population so there will not be
so many unwanted animals. But it is so expensive to have an animal
spayed that people put it off, and then they wind up with puppies and
kittens they didn't really want.
GROWHOUSES: I do not endorse any person under the age of
21 indulging in the use of alcohol. Although this is tolerated by many
including parents who share a beer or taste of Strawberry Daiquiri
with their underage children, that's WRONG. I feel the same with
marijuana. However, both should be legal for use for by consenting
adults. Marijuana is SAFER, and causes LESS problems than alcohol,
ZERO deaths in 5,000 years. The gateway theory is non-sense as coke
and meth users hate marijuana as it brings them down. Many of us
prefer marijuana to alcohol, and certainly "hard" drugs, We are col-
lege educated, have professional careers, good morals, are good par-
ents, and have chosen to ignore the government propaganda from
the 1930's. You will NEVER convince educated, informed, adults not
to "relax" on weekends with a safe, natural substance. If this product
is not supplied by Americans, it will always be imported on the black
market and that's really safer right. The rate of marijuana smokers in
the Netherlands, where it's legal, is significantly lower for adults and
very small for school age youth. Children have the Internet and are
smarter than we were as kids and by telling them propaganda and
lies they know as false will only push them away. They know "pot"
can't kill you and see it on T.V., etc. My approach is to fell my nieces
and nephews I know they are exposed to it and I know it wont kill
them, etc. I explain I am just worried that through high school years
there minds are growing and very sensitive to alcohol,' marijuana and
drugs. Marijuana use is very harmful right now and will limit their
future potential. If they would wait until their 20's I would feel better
and they can make up their own minds. This works for all of them so
far and they are straight A students. Over one million Americans are
incarcerated at a cost of $100 MILLION per day for simple marijuana
possession. A grow house person gets 10-15 years for growing a safe
product used safely by mainly adults. A drunk driver gets probation,
maybe a few years if he kills a family. Crack dealers, rapists, thieves,
illegal immigrant felons serve lesstime. Doesn't make sens to me.
Decriminalize marijuana and open up jail space for REAL criminals.
KISSIMMEE RIVER: One of the reasons the lake is so low is that
SFWMD is and has been holding water back on the river. The water
level on the south side of the S-65E structure, the last structure in the
river before the lake, is around 10 feet. On the north side of this same
structure, it is around 21 feet. It does not take an engineer to under-
stand that this is a lot of pressure to put on that structure. Upstream,
at the S-65D structure, the water is at 27 feet, and has been for some
time. To counteract the effects of so much pressure on the S-65E struc-
ture, SFWMD is building a weir. Perhaps better management of the
water on the river during the drought would have prevented the nec-
cessity of building another costly structure in the river
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Wednesday, July 23
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group
facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean
. Graham as the facilitator. For information, call 863-763-2893.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Bingo at the Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge. Food will be served at
5 p.m. and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Public is welcome.
Thursday, July 24
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call
Margaret at 863-467-8020, or Marie at 863-357-0868.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Family History Center meets from r10a.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.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at the American Legion Post 64 501 SE Second St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at 863-357-
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join
us or ask questions. Call Phyllis at 863-467-8636, or Hazel at 863-763-
4920, for information.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For information, call 863-763-
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W
Third Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at
Martha's House Inc. sponsors'weekly support groups fdr women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
, relationships. The support groups meet at 6 p.m. For information, call
863-763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at 863-763-2893
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet
at 7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at 863-763-2893
days, or 863-467-2480 'evenings. If you know of someone that might
need this group, please pass the word.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second
language classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is
welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call 863-467-2321.
Membership drive at Moose Lodge
Come be a star at the Okeechobee Moose Lodge, 159 N.W. 36th St.,
Karaoke contest. Only non professional singers may participate. It will
go on for six Sundays starting July 20 and ending on Aug. 24. It will
be from 3 until 7 p.m. each Sunday. The contest is open to all mem-
bers and guests, potential new members are welcome. There will be
a 50/50 drawing every week. Door prizes will be given away and food
will be served. For information call Robert Williams at 863-357-5906.
CCC to hold monthly meeting
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tues-
day, July 22 at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee School
Board Office. Guest speakers will be Wanda Klesper with My Aunt's
House and Mike Faulkner with Okeechobee Emergency Management.
The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Sharon Vin-
son at 863-462-5000, ext. 257.
Hospice to host 'Bag sale'
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a two day Bag Sale on Friday,
July 24 and Saturday, July 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fill a bag for $1.
It will be held at the Hospice Blue Volunteer Building on S.E. Fourth
Street next to The Hamrick Home. Everything must go so that they can
set out new items that have arrived. All proceeds benefit patient care
in Okeechobee and services offered in The Hamrick Home. For more
information call 863-467-2321.
Benefit for Emilio Suarez
A benefit has been planned for Saturday, July 26, to help raise
money for medical expenses. Emilio is currently in ICU at Lawnwood
Regional Medical Center. The benefit is being held at Good Spirits
Lounge, starting at noon. A Chinese auction will take place along with
50/50 drawings, door prizes, pool tournament, and live entertainment
by Howard Hates Us II. For more information or if you would like to
make a donation please call Jessica Dorrance at 863-532-1567.
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
Saturday, July 26. The event will start at 10 a.m. with a cattle drive be-
ginning downtown and ending at the Agri-Civic Center on State Road
70 East. The festival at the Agri-Civic center will include a ranch rodeo,
backyard beef barbecue contest, storytellers, poets, farriers and dis-
plays of the heritage of the American Cowboy. If you're interested in
helping to sponsor this event, participant for the Backyard BBQ con-
test or a vendor for the 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-
bee.com. For more information call 863-357-MAIN (6246).
Summer Book Club meets
Friends of the Okeechobee Book Club will meet on Thursday, July
24. The book for discussion will be Cannery Row by John Stein-
beck. The book for Thursday, Aug. 28, is The Book of Salt by Monique
Truong, and for Thursday, Sept. 25, it is Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by
Barbara Kingsolver. For more information call Jan Fehrman 863-357-
9980. Free and open to the public.
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Elizabeth II named the first four
women to peerage in the House
In 1977, a jury in Washington
convicted 12 Hanafi Muslims of
charges stemming from the hos-
tage siege at three buildings the
In 1982, actor Vic Morrow and
two child actors, 7-year-old Myca
Dinh Le and 6-year-old Renee
Chen, were killed when a heli-
copter crashed on top of them
during filming of a Vietnam War
scene for "Twilight Zone: The
Movie." (Director John Landis
and four associates were later
acquitted of manslaughter charg-
Five years ago: A new au-
diotape purported to be from
toppled dictator Saddam Hussein
called on Iraqis to resist the U.S.
One year ago: In the first
political debate of its kind, all
eight Democratic Party contend-
ers, appearing on CNN, fielded
questions submitted by the pub-
lic on the Internet video-sharing
site YouTube. Former British
Prime Minister Tony Blair, in his
new capacity as a Mideast envoy,
opened his mission to help Pal-
estinians build solid foundations
for their future state.
Today's Birthdays: Actress
Gloria DeHaven is 83. Supreme
Court Justice Anthony M. Kenne-
dy is 72. Actor Ronny Cox is 70.
Radio personality Don Imus is 68.
Country singer Tony Joe White is
65. Rock singer David Essex is 61.
Actor Larry Manetti is 61. Singer-
songwriterJohn Hall is 60. Actress
Belinda Montgomery is 58. Rock
musician Blair Thornton (Bach-
man Turner Overdrive) is 58. Ac-
tor Woody Harrelson is 47. Rock
musician Martin Gore (Depeche
Mode) is 47. Actor Eriq Lasalle is
46. Rock musician Yuval Gabay
is 45. Rock musician Slash is 43.
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is
41. Rock musician Nick Menza
is 40. Model-actress Stephanie
Seymour is 40. Actress Charisma
Carpenter is 38. Rhythm-and-
blues singer Sam Watters is 38.
Country singer Alison Krauss
is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer
Dalvin DeGrate is 37. Rock mu-
sician Chad Gracey (Live) is 37.
Actor-comedian Marion Wayans
is 36. Country singer Shannon
Brown is 35. Actor Omar Epps is
35. Baseball player Nomar Gar-
ciaparra is 35. Actress Stephanie
March is 34. Country musician
David Pichette (Emerson Drive)
is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer
Michelle Williams is 28. Actor
Daniel Radcliffe is 19.
Thought for Today: "Trou-
bles impending always seem
worse than troubles surmounted,
but this does not prove that they
really are." Arthur M. Schlesinger
Jr., American historian.
By The Associated Press
Today is Wednesday, July 23,
the 205th day of 2008. There are
161 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in His-
On July 23, 1967, a week of
deadly race-related rioting that
claimed 43 lives erupted in De-
On this date:
In 1945, French Marshal Henri
Petain, who had headed the Vi-
chy government during World
War II, went on trial, charged with
treason. (He was condemned
to death, but his sentence was
commuted; Petain died in prison
on this date in 1951.)
In 1952, Egyptian military of-
ficers led by Gamal Abdel Nass-
er launched a successful coup
against King Farouk 1.
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Eugene Walker, Sr.
Joseph Eugene Walker, Sr.,
age 53, of Okeechobee died July
20, 2008. Mr. Walker was born
February 4, 1955 in Okeechobee
to Clayton and Nelly Walker. A
lifetime resident of Okeechobee,
he was self employed as a metal
Mr. Walker was preceded in
death by his wife, Drema Walker;
ers, Donald E. �-
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and William , .
He is survived
by his mother, Joseph
Nelly Walker of Eugene
Troy, Ala. for- Walker, Sr.
merely of Okeechobee; daughter,
Pamela (Michael Sr.) Rowe of
Okeechobee; two sons, Johnny
Walker and Joseph Walker, Jr.
both of Okeechobee; sister, Carol
Ann (George) Powell of Troy, Ala-
bama; brother, Bruce Walker of E.
Branch, N.Y. and two grandsons,
Michael, Jr. and Justin Rowe of
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 23, at Bass
Okeechobee Chapel. Funeral ser-
vices will be 11 a.m. Thursday,
July 24, at Bass Okeechobee Cha-
pel with Pastor Monroe Arnold of-
ficiating. Interment will follow at
Friends- may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
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to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory,
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Church News in Brief
Gospel sing at 7th Day
Friday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m. The
7th Day Christian church, 912
WN. Park St. will have Gospel
singers Dennis and Sylvia Rimes
from Abbeville, Ga. For more in-
formation call 863-763-4320.
VBS to be held at
Aug. 4-8, from 7 until 9 p.m.
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist
Church , 4212 Hwy 441 N will
hold Vacation Bible School - Good
News Games- Winning with Gods
team. There will be a class for all
ages. For information call 863-
Fountain of Life
Church hosts VBS
Rescue Zone Vacation Bible
School - Aug. 4-9, from 6-9 p.m.
Fountain of Life will be host-
ing 6 days of fun through Rescue
Zone curriculum. Saved by God's
Power can be a life-changing
adventure for children ages 4-13
years of age with lessons that
teach them to trust and celebrate
in God's goodness and power
through crafts, games, and songs.
Registration begins Aug. 4, at 6
p.m. at 1302 S.W. 32nd Street. For
more information contact Carol
A group class in ballroom danc-
ing is being offered in Okeecho-
bee at Church of Our Saviour Par-
rish Hall, 200 NW Third Street on
Saturday afternoons at 4 p.m. The
cost for the hour lesson is $10.
Private instructions are also avail-
able. Come and enjoy the fun with
or without a partner. For more in-
VBS every Sunday
Vacation Bible School every
Sunday? This summer children in
the community are invited to at-
tend at 9 a.m. on. Sunday morn-
ings, a Sunday School like no
other! At First United Methodist
Church, children will be going on
a "Son Safari" each week through
July 20, learning all about God's
truths from the natural world. Do
Syou know Why pineapples are
prickly? Have 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 reg-
ister call Nancy Vaughan at the
church office, 863-763-4021.
Bible Study at
Bible Study at Believers Fel-
lowship Church, 300 S.W Sixth
Ave., Wednesday evenings from
7 to 8 p.m. Pastor Nich Hopkins
presents informative and in depth
Bible studies in a casual and
friendly atmosphere. Everyone is
invited to attend. Coffee and des-
serts are served.
health support group
Do you suffer with depression,
anxiety or other mental illness?
The Christian Mental Health Sup-
port group meets on the second
and fourth Thursday of the
month at 6 p.m. on Martin Coun-
ty Grade. Call 772-597-0463 for
information. Family members are
The Okeechobee Methodist
Church has changed their wor-
ship service and Sunday School
times for the summer months.
There will be one worship service
on Sunday at 10 a.m., and Sunday
School at 9 a.m.
Church van offers
Treasure Island Baptist Church
youth van runs through Treasure
Island and surrounding areas.
Programs are available for stu-
dents in grades first through sixth
and in grades seventh through
12th. Programs are from 6:30-8
p.m. Wednesday nights. The
church van will pick children up
and take them home. For more
information, call 863-801-4307.
Your community directory
is a click away!
Fort Drum Church has
The Fort Drum Community
Church will hold a men's fellow-
ship breakfast at Ruck's Pit every
other Saturday starting at 6:30
a.m., and a women's fellowship
every other Monday starting at
6:30 a.m. For information or if
you need transportation to and
from these activities, call 863-467-
The Family Outreach Ceriter at
Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free
classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a
week on Monday, Wednesday
and Friday, from 6 until-8 p.m.
and on Saturday from 5:30 until.
BHR Church holds
Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road, holds open
meetings for Alcoholics Anony-
mous 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 informa-
tion call Chris at 863-467-5714.
Jim Catron serves up roast pig at the Luau held Sunday
evening, July 20, at First Baptist Church ROC.
In Loving Memory of
' Cherry Kindell
Sept. 17, 1952 to July 23,.2007
The sun came up and the morning shown bright
on the day the Lord called you home to his side;
surrounded by those that loved you, was how
you met Jesus face to face.
Heaven has been made even more glorious
because you are there in your rightful place.
The sickness you bore was not made or sent by
our creator, but as with all things he had the answer.
I believe in the end we have a choice. We can go home when we hear-his voice
or we can stay and continue to fight, but the battle had seen so long on that awful
The Lord has been gracious this past year to us. He has kept his promises: shown
us mercy, grace and love. He has shown himself to be our strength and strong
tower. He has stayed with us each and every hour.
There is no question that you are there. We can look at the pages of your iie and
see glimpses of him that you chose to share. In the friendships you nade. in lives
you touched, in the grandchildren you more than loved, in kids who may have
grayed your hair, and a marriage that was beyond compare.
Y'u really were amazing, though you never knew I just wish we had one more
chance to sa3 I Love You
Love, Rusty, Sis, Greg, Logan, Eric, Melissa, Gavin and Mason
Our plans always
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) --A in political science at
new study Tuesday commends State.
- and criticizes - a method The report praises I
Florida has been using to claim tracking of individual
it has a better high school grad- in contrast to statistics
uation rate than shown by na- las used in the national
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state near the bottom. state that uses individu
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data it uses. than the national studied
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suspicious," wrote the report's cent of students gr
authors, Jessica Ice and Joseph within four years in 200(
Wachtel, doctoral students national comparisons
year have yet been done, but
the Collins study noted Florida
reported a 69 percent rate for
2003 compared to only 61 per-
cent on a national assessment.
Florida ranked 44th among
the 50 states in the most recent
comparison by Education Week
magazine for 2004-05 with a
rate of 60.1 percent. The state
figure for that year was 71.9
"The variance is troubling,"
said Collins Institute director
Carol Weissert. "We know that
Florida's definition of gradua-
tion contributes to these differ-
ences, but it is not possible to
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Air Conditioners 505
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Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware. Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
A/C - Window unit 25000btu
good condition cools four
bedroom house $300.
ANTIQUE BALANCING SCALE
weighs up to 1000 lb. & An-
tique Baby Scale $200 for
both or sep (863)357-3633
DRYER -.Roper clothes dryer.
DRYER - Whirlpool, heavy du-
ty, $50. (239)362-6443
REFRIGERATOR - Single door,
Commercial type no freezer
STOVE - GE White electric
stove in excellent condition.
WASHER & DRYER - very
good cond., $200 for set.
will sell sep. (863)675-1664
WASHER - Whirpool, white
washer in very good condi-
tion. $100. (863)517-0244
WHITE STOVE - Good condi-
tion. $100 (863)763-1713
Healt & R i
METAL SHED - 4 1/2 x 6.
BUILDINGS FOR SALE! "BEAT
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CREASE!" 20x30x12 $4900.
25x40x14 $7900. 30x50x14
$9085. 35x56x16 $13,200.
60x100x18 $37,000. Pio-
SHED - 12x24, buyer must
SHED - 6 month old, 10x16.
Roll Up Door & Side Door.
$2900 Buyer must move.
SHED - metal shed, 8'x10',
solid floor, shelves. You
move $100. (863)467-7415
CULVERT - for driveway, ap-
prox 20" diameter x 22ft
long,good condition, asking
WOOD FLOORING - Do It
Yourself! 7 Boxes. Mahoga-
ny. High quality. $100 for all.
BABY ITEMS - Crib, stroller,
infant car seat, bassinetts,
security gate & walker, $150
will sell sep. (863)673-5704
BASSINETT - Round, Pink,
Beautiful! A princess throne.
Excellent condition. Call any-
time $100. (239)298-9581
CRIB SET - Cowboy & Cowgirl
w/Mobile. Like new. $40
Portable crib, bedside play
pen/crib, jumperoo, ocean
wonders swing, $180 for all
will separate (561)601-0078
WHITE CRIB & chest, high-
chair, stroller, baby seat,
youth car seat, etc. $225.
863-763-0141 after 6pm
LENNOX, Starlight dinnerware
complete, svc. for 8, serving
bowls, platters, perf. cond.
WEDDING GOWN - Never
worn. Size 12. Call for de-
scription. . $100/firm.
Emmett Smith painting, signed
Michael Jordan BB card set
COMPUTER - Win 98, monitor,
keyboard, mouse, scanner,
brand new computer desk.
DELL DIMENSION COMPUT-
ER - Windows XP, flat
screen monitor, HP all in one
printer. $400 (863)763-6342
Lexmark 231 Color Jetprinter
and Astra 600P Scanner
$20 takes both, Call for de-
SCHOOL COMPUTER - XP
Pro, CD burner, complete
system $75 (863)517-2782
ANTIQUE DRESSER - 2 large
drawers & 2 small drawers,
$75 or best offer.
BDRM SET - 3 piece, dbl bed-
frame, head/foot bd, dresser
w/mirror, tall dresser.
BED - Queen size. Excellent
condition. $100 or best offer.
BEDROOM SET - 8pc, Ameri-
can Drew Cherry Grove.
$550 or best offer
BEDROOM SET - Broyhill,
white dresser w/mirror &
chest. $200 or best offer
CAPT. BED - 6 drawers un-
der,bookcase headboard &
footboard w/mattress. Heavy
pine $50 (863)674-0098
COUCH - Henredon, 3 Seat,
Multi-Color Golden. $900
COUCH & Love seat w/Otto-
man - Beige in overall col-
or/Deep sitting. $450/neg.
COUCH & LOVESEAT - like
new, palm tree design, pd
$1600, will sell for $600.
Country Oak Dining Room Set-
round or oblong, 6 chairs &
china cabinet, excellent con-
dition $500 (863)763-0416
DESK - 24" W x 96" L, drawer
on left, unit for keyboard,
blonde in . color. $85
DINETTE TABLE & 4 CHAIRS -
round, wooden, asking $50
DINING .ROOM set -
Oak/wrought iron table, 4
chairs matching hutch/wine
rack. $800. (863)357-1388
DINING TABLE - Glass Top,
Square w/Black Legs. In-
cludes 3 Green upholstered.
Chairs. $100 (863)612-0647
DR SET w/ China Cab - Table
6 chairs.Honey oak. Good
cond. $400/or best offer.
END TABLES (4), Coffee Table
& (3) Lamps. $60 for all, will
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
Solid Oak. Excellent condi-
tion. Several storage compo-
nents. $300 (863)885-1161
Futon Mattress- blue plaid,
clean, good condition
$50 neg. (863)763-7609
JEWELRY ARMOIRE - And full
length mirror in one, cherry
wood, anti tarnish lining,
new. $120 (863)610-1750
LEATHER COUCH - W/match-
ing single leather chair, mod-
ern style, dusty rose, great
cond. $300 (863)675-4098
SECTIONAL COUCH - Large
sleeper sect. w/ recliners.
Good cond. $100/or best
Sleeper sofa in good condi-
tion. Will Separate. $200/or
best offer. (863)801-5159
OFFICE DESK - 48" Wx 32" L,
2 drawers, small flat pencil
drawer, blonde color, very
solid. $85 (239)980-1737
RECLINERS - (2) Lazy Boys,
Leather. Brand new condi-
tion. $1590 for both, will
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Special Notices 155
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AUCTION-REAL Estate, 1302
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formerldy auto dealership
175,000 sf+/- (4+/- acres)
29,000 +/- sf multi use
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KITTEN - 5 mos old, white
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CELL PHONES (2) - All attach-
ments included, for car &
house. $30 for both
Complete toilet- almond color
$75 or best offer
COMPOSTER - Twin barrel on
stand, slightly used. $275
(863)467-1891 Iv msg
FIBERGLASS mobile home
steps, 5 step - 35" high large
landing. Aluminum side and
back rail included. Over
$600 new. Less than 1 year
old. $325/or best offer.
Kayak- Red, used once, excel-
lent condition, 11' 6", sit in,
$300 firm (863)801-1478
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TELESCOPE - large with stand
$100 or best offer.
AUDIO SPEAKERS (2) - 18",
Crate Pro, PA4-4 inlets, V-
tech mic, $100 or best offer.
DRUM SET - 5 pc Groove Per-
cussion. Asking $500
PIANO - YAMAHA w/Karaoke
set up. Appraised for $3000,
Must sell! Asking $1000
YAMAHA KEYBOARD - $70
WOODEN PODIUM - 28.5 x
22.5 x 41", tan, hand painted
roses, 2 shelves $10
CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES -
Males, Females, Long Hair,
Short Hair, Tea Cup. $200
DOG BOX - Double door, dia-
mond plate top and plywood
bottom, $400. Call
DOG PEN - 12x12x7, $50
ENGLISH LOP Rabbits - baby
English lop bunnies can
meet in town if you buy 2 or
more. $10. (863)634-5757
DIGITAL CAMERA / BINOCU-
LAR COMBO - Brand new in
box. $75 or best offer.
GARDEN BATH Tub - This is a
drop in type bath tub. It's
white and in good condition.
Frdo, i0 a |m
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,
5Q 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
RECLINERS (2) Brown &
Loveseat, Tan. $300 takes
SLEEPER SOFA - double, ask-
ing $40 (863)214-3850
SOFA - Leather, Tan. Good
SOFA SLEEPERS (2) Excellent
shape. $100 for both, will
TV STAND & dresser with mir-
ror, $85/will separate. Call
AR 15 COLT Winchester Col-
lection, Model 47 pump, ri-
fles & pistols, $3,000 will
sell sep. (863)532-9881
RIFLE - Model 995 High Point,
9 mm, comes w/scope
SHOTGUN BY Stevens 1 311a -
18.5" barrel 12 guage, Pre
DIABETES TALKING BLOOD
GLUCOSE MONITOR Fast,
No Coding, User Friendly!
Fingertip Testing Gone!!!
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ELLIPTICAL EXERCISE MA-
CHINE - Good working con-
dition. $150 (863)673-0980
LOG FIREPLACE - electric,
CHANDELIAR - 2-chandeliers
look new $50.
BEDSIDE COMMODE - Brand
new condition. $35
ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR - Jet
3-6 yrs old, Good Condition
SHOWER CHAIR - 1 yr old,
good condition $50.
WHEEL CHAIR - Practically
brand new. Asking $100
600 stores want your busi-
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Bibles and Videos
417 W S Park St* (863) 467-1243
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INDUSTRIAL SIZE DELI MEAT
SLICER - By Globe, asking
$150 or best offer
HOUSE MOUNTED BASKET-
BALL HOOP - with back-
board, $15 (863)467-7937
PING PONG TABLES (2) 1
Regulation and 1 Kids, ask-
ing $250 for both
POOL TABLE - Full Size. Good
condition. You move. $300
or best offer. (239)707-3534
SKATEBOARD RAMP - wood,
TOTAL GYM - 3000 XL TV
Model like new hardly used
$500/or best offer.
TREE STAND - Summit XPod,
new, never assembled, has
safety harness. $100
KICKER CVR SPEAKERS (2) -
15", in box, w/2,000 watt
amp, $600. (863)697-8676
COLOR - 13", w/VCR & DVD
player, $100 for all.
TELEVISION - 42" Wide format
HDTV Viewsonic NA4251W
TV, SONY - 27", with stand.
Paid $700 in 2000, selling
for $150. Call 863-467-7139
AIR COMPRESSOR - Kohler,
7 1/2 hp, 2 cyl, 10 gal tank.
CHAIN SAW - ECHO, Ex-
tendable pole type. Gas
Powered. Runs good. $250
CRAFTSMAN 10" Radial Arm
Saw - Like new 10" Radial
Arm saw with extras.
CRAFTSMAN COMPRESSOR -
33 gal just like new with air
tool kit $300/or best offer.
GENERATOR - 15KW, on 4x7
trailer, 4 cyl diesel, w/30 gal
GENERATOR - 16KW w/Tank.
250 gallons, Tank is full,
GENERATOR - Coleman, Die-
sel, 5 kw, 120/240. $3000.
GENERATOR - GENERAL
5000watt, 11hp b/s, runs
good $200. (863)467-7415
GENERATOR,. GENERAL -.
Electric start, 7,550 rated
watts, 13,500 surge watts,
15HR $850. 863-467-7187
ROUTER BIT SET - 35 pc,
new. $60 (863)467-7589
STARTER SET - NAPA tool
set/tool box, NIB 26" metal
tlbx, 100 pc set. $375
(863)467-1891 Iv msg
TOOLBOX for full size pickup'
bed, low profile, powder
coat, diamond plate,
TRAIL BLAZER.PLAZMA 375
tig and mig set up - trail-
blazer 250 good cond,
spectrum 375 like new used
4 times mig gun for trail-
blazer.hf251d-1 high frek-
box and coolmate 3 for do-
ing all your tig work. all
work great. S4700/or best
FOOTBALL TABLE - $30 or
best offer (863)357-0406
VACUUM BAGS - Oreck, 15
Large, 14 Small & 3 belts.
Retail $75, Asking $30
PLAYSTATION 2 - mem.cd. 4
remotes & 22 games.will
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
HARNESS - Standard size
Pleasure Driving, never used,
brown leather $225 or best
offer (863)675-4098 LaBelle
HORSE TRAILER for 2 horses,
$600. Call 863-674-1355
QUARTER HORSE - Mare 3yrs
old green broke very gentle
and sweet S500.
VALLE HORSE TRAILER '98 -
2 horse slant load, Goose-
neck w/dressing room.
1997 GRASSHOPPER lawn
mower - 19997 Grasshopper
Model 721 Good condition, 1
new drive motor, new blades
52" cut, hours 1286. $4000.
( 8 6 3 ) 2 2 8 -4 2 0 2
BUSH HOG MOWER - 6', Rhi-
no $1800. (239)357-5111
GARDEN TILLER - MANTIS
TILLER, NEW - $150.
GAS CHAIN SAW & WEED
EATER - both work great,
$50 for both or will sell sep-
MOSQUITO MAGNET - Liberty,
new still in box, easy mo-
bility, 1 acre range, $350 or
best offer (863)675-2215
PATIO FURNITURE - 9 pc.,
Fuchsia Color. Excellent.
cond. Pd $1200, Now $650
(863)467-2112 or 447-1571
RACING LAWN MOWER - Very
fast. Trophy winner. Extra
neg, will sep. 239-218-5917
RIDING MOWER - 20 HP, 46"
cut, $1,050. Call
RIDING MOWER - John Deere,
LT150, new in 2002, $1000
or best offer (239)229-7390
RIDING MOWER - Yard Ma-
chine, Like new. 14 months
old. 38" cut. $600
SNAPPER RIDING MOWERS -
32" & 28", both are in good
condition, $500 for both or
sell sep (239)324-1012
SPRINKLER HEADS - Hunter
SRS '04, 38 pop up, heavy
duty spray body. $125
WEEDEATER - Battery, new.
YARD TRAILER, Huskee - 10
cu. ft., $75. Call
W & W HORSE TRAILER '00 -
Straight load, good cond,
used for high school & col-
lege. $3500 (863)467-0109
Business Places 910
Townhouses - Rent920
Farm Property -
House - Rent 930
Land - Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
2br/lba, garage, No pets
$650/mo 1st, Last & Sec.
Avail 8/1 (863)467-2302 or
GARDEN APTS - In Town,
2br/2ba, W&D, $850 mo. +
$500. sec. (863)634-5780
Nice New CBS
1/1, $750 & 2/1, $850
1st, last, sec. until. ,
SUN PLAZA: 1250 sq. ft. ren-
tal space, available immediate-
ly @ 909 S. Parrot Ave.
For more information.
Call Jerry @ 863-610-1281
OAK LAKE VILLAS 2BR, 2BA,
Completely furnished. W&D.
$950 mo., 1st last & sec.
OAK LAKE VILLAS Remodeled
2/2-W&D-Lg. screened patio
2 util. rooms. $850 mo., 1st
last& sec. (863)634-3313
RENT ME - 2 BR, 2 BA Town-
house. W&D, Clean. $800
AFFORDABLE NEW HOUSES
3/2/2 & 3/1/1 Bring Pets,
Large Yards. Jacuzzi Tub
$1100 & Up (561)723-2226
Rent to Own - All credit con-
sidered, brand new const.,
3BR, 4BR & 2BA homes.
Starting at $945 mo.
Dixie Ranch Acres- 2br/lba
duplex $525 month + $400
dep., 3br/lba CBS home
$700 month + $600 dep.,
NO PETS (863)467-9029
IN OKEECHOBEE CITY: 4 Br/
2Ba, $1100 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. & refs. Call Barry for
more info. 772-216-1461
OKEE. - 2br/lba, unfurnished
duplex. $550/mo + $550
dep. 3624 SE 35th Ave.
RANCH SETTING - 2 Bdrm., 1
Ba. Available now! Very
clean, no pets. $525 mo. +
Rent to Own - 4/2
$1000 mo. new, ready now.
COMMERCIAL SPACE In Plaza
on 441 & 15A. 1400 sq. ft.,
Office, Reception Area &
150x100 Sales Lot. Ideal for
Car / Boat / Golf Cart Sales.
$1800/mo. plus utilities.
Yearly lease. (863)467-6300
Getaway to Paradise Now
Make it an island resort va-
cation. Save gas & 50% on
Suites & Gulffront Parlors
$135. Limited time offer de-
tails (888)791-0066. Jus-
Business Places -
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
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
PUBLIC LAND AUCTION Ken-
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2700 sf LOG CABIN KIT & 1 +
ACRE LAKE ACCESS with
Free Boat Slips only
$84,900. SALE! Saturday,
August 2nd. 1'60,000 acre
recreational lake in Kentucky!
Ask how to receive $5,000
Gas Card! Lowest financing
in 25+ years. Call now
(800)704-3154, x 1938.
Grand Opening Lakefront Sale!
7 Acres- $49,900. 8/09/08
Only. New to market! Spec-
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wood setting- deep
waterfront! Prime, AL loca-
tion, minutes from Interstate!
Gated community, paved
roads, county water, utilities,
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with great view, very private,
big trees, waterfalls & large
public lake nearby, $49,500
call now (866)789-8535.
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or 2-1/2 "Football Field"
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Mobile Home - Parts 2010
Mobile Homes - Rent 2015
Mobile Homes - Sale 2020
A GREAT DEAL - in BHR, dbl
wides, 2/2, $500/mo., 3/2's
$600/mo. No Pets, Leases
+ Sec (863)763-4031
BUCKHEAD RIDGE - 2br, 2ba,
furn or unfurn, 1 month Free,
MOBILE HOME FOR RENT
1BR/1BA - Nice Area
1st, Last & Security
RENT TO OWN
2 & 3 Bedrooms
As Low as $1,000 Down
TREASURE ISLAND, 2br, 2ba
Lake access, quiet area. No
pets. $650/mo., 1st, last &
3br/2ba Doublewide- New
A/C, New kitchen cabinets,
located in Whispering Pines
3 recamaras, 2 banos, Double-
wide, Nuevo aire acondicio-
nado, gabinetes, en.
Whispering Pines, $68,000
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clearance. All 2008 homes
must go. New 2009 models
arriving soon 863-773-2007
LOWEST PRICE on mobile
homes in Florida. We take
trades, no down payment
deal with your lot equity.
Easy financing call today
MOBILE HOME inventory sale,
all inventories must go. Low
down payment & low month-
ly payment. 863-773-2007
MOBILE HOME SALE
2009 3BR/2BA Doublewide
$43,200 - Set-up & A/C
$50,900- Set-up & A/C
NEW 3br/2ba DW $44,900
incl setup & a/c. Easy fi-
nancing. No money down
with trade-in (863)675-8888
NO MONEY down if you own
your lot/ Easy financing, low
monthly payments. 3 & 4
bedroom homes 773-2007
OKEECHOBEE CO - on 3 acre
corner lot. 3br, 2ba. Ap-
praised for $160K Asking
REPO Zone 112002 DW, mint
condition w/fireplace, tape &
textured. Setup & a/c incl
$41,900 (863) 675-8888
TOWER LAKES - 2 BR, 2 BA,
On the water. Attached car
port & screened porch. Unat-
tached 1 car garage, fenced
yard, sprinkler system & new
$695 mo. Easy Financing
USED, 3 bed 2 ba wind zone 3
your lot or ours. Fireplace,
tape, textured walls. Very low
payment, easy credit. Apply
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles 'ATVs 3035
BASS BOAT - 17ft, Ranger,
1976, 85hp Merc, motor
guide, depth finders, runs
great $2200 (561)573-3499
Continental Air Boat parts-
0520, set of headers, wood
prop, other miscellaneous
items $900 (863)261-5826
Continental Air Boat parts-
0520, set of headers, wood
prop, other miscellaneous
items $900 (863)261-5826
GHEENOk 15'-4" HI-SIDER
2007 - 46 LB. SALTWATER
TROLL MOTOR, LIKE NEW
Hard Top Cuddy- 23 ft., Mer-
cruiser, dive platform, tan-
dem axel trailer, GPS $6000
Minn Kota Bass Boat- 2 man,
9.4', 2 HP outboard trolling
motor, very nice, new seats
PONTOON BOAT - 20', 50hp
engine make "force", runs
great, with trailer. $2500
RIVER BOAT - Richard Colvin
built, 37', perfect live aboard.
$5000 (239)823-2587 or
SAIL BOARD - Mistral Malibu,
w/NAISH Atlanta Sail, Car-
bon mast, and so forth $750
SAIL BOATS - (2) SunFish,
good condition, with trailer,
900 for all or will sell separ-
SAILBOAT - Irwin 37', 4' draft,
new shaft/prop, needs work,
hull awl griped. $5000
CAMPER TOP - 8', aluminum,
w/slider window & key, good
MOTORHOME, '98-24', 100k
mi., good cond., fully loaded,
863-673-5704 $ .
OKEECHOBEE - 38' RV w/lrg
FL room, many improve-
ments, in RV park. $4999
VIKING TENT TRAILER 1998 -
17 ft. Air Awning Fridge
Screen Room New Tires
Excellent Vinyl $2000.
CLASSIC ANTIQUE - Honda
Motorcycle, 360cc, 1974,
3000 miles, like new, $2500
HONDA SHADOW SPIRIT
2001 - 8600 mis. Excellent
TRIUMPH T140 1977 - Clean.
Call anytime for details.
GO-CART Select - Adult size,
runs good,with roll cage,
needs tires $400.
HONDA 400 RANCHER 2006 -
Auto, 4x4, Low Hours, Like
New, 1 1/2 YR Warranty Left
MINI-BIKE - Verucci, 49cc,
slightly used, $1250. Call
TRAVEL TRAILER '86 - 24',
Hi-Lo, new carpet, int. re-
modeled, ext. good shape,
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 404
Parts - Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
1992 Cadillac Brougham,
white, good condition, .runs
good, good tires, very clean
1992 Cadillac Brougham,
white, good condition, runs
good, good tires, very clean
CADILLAC '95 - Gas eater
special. $2500 or best offer.
CHEVROLET 2500 1998 -
454 big block, cd ,dark
green, ask for Eric $4000/or
best offer. (863)467-0050
Make sure your boat is ready
I Huge sale on all marine batteries I
I Starting and deep cycle I
SST. LUCIE BATTERY & TIRE
198 US Hwy 98N * Okeechobee (863) 357-2431* www.slbt.com
R.V., Boat Storage
TUART'IS & Consignment
Recreational Depot I ' I
4300 Hwy 441 S Okeechobee - srtsrvdeotcom
CROWN VICTORIA '98 - Police
Interceptor, cloth interior,
great cond., AC, 112K,
FORD ESCORT SE 1999 -
Great MPG! Runs great!
$1500/or best offer.
FORD MUSTANG '94 - Runs
good, very strong motor,
needs some trans repair.
Ladder rack or boat rack for a
long bed or short bed pick
up $200 firm
MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE 1997-
New transmission, new bat-
tery, new starter - needs en-
gine work. $500.
PLYMOUTH ACCLAIM 1994 -
White; Engine runs, but
needs heid gasket; 174K
miles. 1 owner, 4-cyl, auto.
A/c, air bags $600/or best
Pontiac GrandAm- 2002, 4
door, white, new tires $1200
or best offer (863)532-1567
PONTIAC SUNFIRE '96 - 4 cyl,
5 spd, good on gas, runs
great. $1800 or best offer
Saturn-2000 SL2, 4 door,
101K m, PS/PB, Auto, Air,
New tires, EPA 38 mpg, ex.
cond $3950 (863)357-0224
GMC 2500 1968 - 350 V8
with RV cam, 4 spd, no bed,
runs great $1300/or best of-
DODGE DAKOTA 1998 :
OKEE 4-wd Extended cab,
auto transmission is slipping.
FORD BRONCO 1991 - 302
pump, $1500/or best offer.
5.7L ENGINE -1994 Chevy
Other Parts Available
Call for details $650/neg.
DUMP TRUCK REAR END -
High & Low gears, perfect
for hunting buggy. $900 or
best offer (863)228-6173
EXTREME TERRAIN TIRES -
[4) Mudders, 33x12.5x17,
140 for all or sell separate
FACTORY MIRRORS (2) -
right & left, for '06 Dodge
3500, $150. (863)674-1498
FIBERGLASS TOPPER - exc
cond will fit short bed truck
measurements 60w x 81L x
22h, 12 months old $450.
FRAME/RUNNING GEAR -
Dodge Ramcharger 1/2 ton,
frame/axles $800/or best
FRONT GRILL - for '05 up
Mustang GT, in.the box,
GRILL GUARD - for Dodge Du-
rango, asking $50
SECOND HEADS in plastic -
Off of '87 Chev.Blazer call
TIRES (4) Nicky Thompson,
Baja' Claws, Brand new.
TOPPER - Maroon, Fits Short
Bed Dodge Ram 1500, Flori-
da Line, Rear window.
TRANSFER TANK - 100 gallon
diesel, fits full size long bed
truck, L-shaped, exc cond.
$475 (863)634-1479 ,
1994 Chevy,4 Speed, Auto-
TRUCK JACK - Hi-Lift, Model
HL484, max. load 4660 Ibs.
Brand New. Pd $105, asking
$80. 305-879-0895, LaBelle
CHEVY 4X4 TRUCK '96 - Step
good shape, needs some
work. $1400 (239)233-2805
CHEVY S10 '93 - Vortec V6, 5
DODGE DAKOTA '93 - V6,
standard transmission, good
DODGE PU '92 - runs excel-
lent, $850 (239)250-2820 or
DODGE RAM 150 1986 - 318
Motor, Looks and Runs
Good $1200/or best offer.
DODGE RAM 1500 2001 -
Runs good Cold A/C, air
bags, 1 owner, V-6, auto.
Anti-lock brakes, 150,000 mi
$3000/or best offer.
FORD 150 PU '93 - crew cab,
runs exc. & looks good, 3
tool boxes, 5sp. 4wd, a/c,
S6, $1600 (863)763-6216
FORD F150 '87- 2wd, 5.0 V8,
EFI, topper, over sized tires,
reliable. $900 or best offer
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
The Treasure Coast Workforce Consor-
tium announces a public meeting to
which all persons are invited to partici-
Date & Time: Monday, July 28, 2008 -
Place: St. Lucie County
2300 Virginia Avenue- 3rd Floor
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
EiIRELE;To appoint persons to serve
on the Treasure Coast Workforce De-
velopment Board and to discuss mat-
ters concerning the Workforce
SInvestment Act, Workforce Employ-
ment Opportunities, the Welfare Tran-
sition Program, One-Stop Career
Centers and the Workforce Develop-
ment Board. A copy of the agenda
may be obtained by contacting:
Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Consortium with
respect to any matter considered at
the above referenced meeting, they will
need to ensure a verbatim recording of
the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based, in or-
der to provide a record for judicial re-
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 19TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA
CASE NO.: 47-2008-CA-000219
U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
AS TRUSTEE FOR THE STRUCTURED
ASSET INVESTMENT LOAN TRUST,
MICHAEL NYE, et al
NOTICE OF ACTION
VICKI VINSON NYE
Last Known Address: 984'102nd Street,
Okeechobee, Fl 34972
Also Attempted at: PO Box 1592,Okee-
chobee, FI 34973; 1492 Frazier
Road, Franklin, NC 28734 and 3109
NE 11th Lane, Okeechobee, FL
Current Residence Unknown
Last Known Address: 984102nd Street,
Okeechobee, F 34972
Also Attempted at: PO Box 1592, Okee-
chobee, FL 34973; 1492 Frazler
Road, Franklin, NC 28734 and 3109
NE 11hl Lane, Okeechobee, FL
Current Residence Unknown
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for
Foreclosure of Mortgage on the follow-
ing described property:
THE NORTH 205 FEET OFTHE WEST
132 EET OF LOT 2 IN BLOCK 10
OKEECHOBEE LITTLE FARMS, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLACT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE
100, PUBLIC RECORDS OF OKEECHO-
BEE COUNTY, FLORIDA. RESERVING
HOWEVER, A STRIP OF LAND 15FEET
WIDE ON THE EAST SIDE FOR ROAD
RIGHT OF WAY
has been filed against you and your are
required to serve a copy of your writ
ten defenses, if any, to it, on Marshall
C. Watson, RA., Attorney for Plaintiff,
whose address is 1800 NW 49th
Street, Suite 120, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
33309 within thirty (30) days after the
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immediately thereafter otherwise a de-
fault will be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the complaint.
In accordance with theAmericans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) disabled
person who, because of their
disabilities need special accommoda-
tion to participate in this proceeding
should contact not later that seven (7)
days prior to theproceeding Court Ad-
ministration at 772-807-4370,
1-8700-955-8771 ( hearing impaired)
or 1-800-955-8770( voice impaired)
WITNESS my hand the seal of this Court
the 15th day of July, 2008
As Clerk of the Court
By Kathy Arnold
As Deputy Clerk
283919 ON 7/23,30/2008
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NOTICE OF FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE
THROUGH THE STATE HOUSING INITIATIVE PARTNERSHIP (SHIP) PROGRAM
Okeechobee County has received $363,733 for the SFY 2008/2009 SHIP Program. The funds are
budgeted as follows:
Purchase Assistance/Inspections/Repairs $ 247,361
Rehabilitation/lnspections/Code Violation Repairs $ 80,000
Grant Administration $ 36,373
Applications will be accepted for the following programs:
Purchase Assistance: Funds allocated to this program will provide assistance to income eligible
households to purchase existing homes that are in need of repair or new homes that are to be
constructed. The County will provide down payment and closing cost assistance through deferred
payment loans to eligible homebuyers that meet program requirements. Preference will be given
to very-low and low income families, handicap and elderly households. The amount of assistance
provided is based on the household income and actual need. Funds are available to purchase
existing homes and to construct new homes, including a building lot, costing no more than
$237,031. The minimum required contribution to be paid by the SHIP applicant is $750 if very-low
income, $1,000 if low income, and $1,250 if moderate income.
The maximum awards for the Purchase Assistance Program are as follows:
Very-low Income ' $ 40,000
Low Income - $25,000
Moderate Income - $15,000
Rehabilitation Assistance: Funds allocated to this program will provide assistance to income
eligible households to rehabilitate owner-occupied, single family'dwellings to a condition that
brings the structure into compliance with the current FBC Plumbing Code, FBC Mechanical Code,
FBC Standard Building Code, Standard Housing Code, and the National Electrical Code adopted
by Okeechobee County. Preference will be given to very-low and low income, handicap and
elderly households. The amount of assistance provided is based on the household income and
Under requirements of the State Housing Initiative Partnership Program (SHIP) the County is
required to provide a minimum of 30% of the housing funds to very-low income households and
a total of 60% to low and/or very-low income households. Additionally, SHIP Program funding may
NOT be used to purchase or rehabilitate mobile homes.
2008 INCOME LIMITS FOR PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:
Household Size Very Low Income Low Income Moderate Income
1 Person $15,900 $25,400 $38,160
2 Person $18,150 $29,050 $43,560
3 Person $20,450 $32,650 $49,080
4 Person $22,700 $36,300 . $54,480
5 Person $24,500 $39,200 $58,800
6 Person $26,350 $42,100 $63,240
7 Person $28,150 $45,000 $67,560
8 Person $29,950 $47,900 $71,880
Appointments will begin on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00
p.m. For the Purchase Assistance Program all applicants MUST be pre-qualified for a mortgage
prior to setting an appointment to apply for SHIP assistance. If you are interested in participating
in the SHIP Program and would like to set an appointnfent, please call Stephany at (863) 763-6731.
Funds are awarded on a "First-ready, First-served" basis.
Woman plays piano for
14 straight hours after using
BEXAR COUNTY- After applying Thera-Gesic- &
to her arthritic hands. Mary Ann W. played piano
jazz music for 14 straight hours. When asked
why she played so long, especially since she never
took lessons nor played piano before, she'painless- 4
ly replied, "None of your dang business!'"
Go pidnlessly with Therm-Gesic'
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FORD F350 LARIAT XLT - '90,
Ext. cab, 2 tone beige/brown.
Cold A/C, Standard. $1500
FORD RANGER SUPERCAB
1989 - speed 2.3L eng
Runs Good $1000/or best
TOYOTA TUNDRA 2000 -
Needs rear end. 4-wd, auto.
V-8, a/c $1800.
ENCLOSED TRAILER - 6x12,
Pace, white, side door,
ramp, 3 level shelves, $2300
FLATBED TRAILER - Goose-
neck, 20', with ramps, good
floor, new brakes axle, 8
lug. $2900 (863)697-9704
FOR SALE- 4 X 6, almost new,
black, single axle, 1 7/8"
hitch, lights, $275 neg.
MOTORCYCLE TRAILER - Sin-
gle track w/ramp, new wheel
bearings, tires & running
lights. $325 (863)805-2869
REESE HITCH - Trailer hitch
for full size pick up. Excellent'
TRAILER - 20 ft tandem axle,
good shape. $1100 or best
TRAILER 10X6 - 2x6 wood
flooring with sides $350.
TRAILER 8X4 - expanded met-
al flooring with sides great
for lawn mower or atv $225.
UTILITY TRAILER - 7x12, dbl
axle, solid steel, $700
DODGE RAM MAXI WAGON
'01 -15 passenger. Excellent
condition. $4200 or best of-
fer. Call 239-784-5782
How do you find a job In
market? In the employ-
ment section of the cas-
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10 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, July 23, 2008
14 year old All Stars battle Spring Hill
By Charles M. Murphy
It took a long homerun and
some short bunt hits, but Spring
Hill got the job done against
Okeechobee Monday afternoon.
Julian Perez hit a long two run
homerun to open the scoring for
Spring Hill in the top of the first
and the Hernando County boys
went on to defeat Okeechobee,
7-2, in the third round of the Flori-
da Dixie Youth Dixie Boys tourna-
ment Monday afternoon.
A lead off walk and a Louis
Philocomo double started the
game for Spring Hill and Perez
followed with a long drive over
the center field fence that carried
over 300 feet to give Spring Hill
a 3-0 lead they would not relin-
quish. The loss pushed Okeecho-
bee into an elimination game on
Monday night at the Meres Sports
Complex in Marianna.
Okeechobee scored twice
in the bottom of the first as Jus-
tin Morgan and Mark Weir both
singled and scored, but after that,
they couldn't touch Spring Hill
starter John Gaffney. Okeechobee
got RBI's from Brad Coleman who
hit a little looping pop fly that fell
for a hit, and Noah Wilcox who
hammered a single to the fence
during their two run rally.
After that both pitchers re-
ally settled down and got into a
Timmy Farrell started on the
mound for Okeechobee and
pitched well in the middle in-
nings. He helped his own cause
with a nice defensive play, knock-
ing down a hard hit ball up the
middle, and throwing the batter
out at first during a one, two,
three fourth inning.
Okeechobee had their chances
to score again. Mark Weir doubled
to lead off the third and was sac-
rificed to third by Brad Coleman.
However Noah Wilcox struck out
and Will Jackson grounded out
to end the Okeechobee scoring
Central Sports elminates Okeechobee
By Charles M. Murphy
Okeechobee tasted the bitter
pill of defeat for the second time
and were eliminated Monday
night by Central Sports, 7-6, at the
Florida Dixie Youth Junior Dixie
Boys State Tournament.
Okeechobee had to play a dou-
ble header Monday, and the team
couldn't build on the momentum
they had built with a 15-4 blow-
out win on Monday morning over
Okeechobee actually scored
first in the back and forth game
and did have their chances to win
Jack Radebaugh continued his
hot hitting in the night cap. He
drew a walk in the top of the first
and scored after a wild pitch and
a ground out by Dalton Murray.
Murray took the mound in
the quarterfinal game and im-
mediately gave up the tying run.
It wasn't a bat that hurt him, but
a pair of legs. Dondrius Harris
drew a walk, stole two bases and
scored on a wild pitch.
Robert Polio gave Central
Sports the lead in the second
when his blooper single drove
home Scotty Wynn from third.
Harris drove home Andrew
Mass with a single in the third to
give Central Sports a 3-1 lead.
Okeechobee scored their
second run in the fourth on a
nice squeeze play executed by
Marshall Tommie. Alex Estram-
era dashed home from third for
Okeechobee's second run.
Okeechobee made it 4-3 in the
fifth as Tyler Barber scored on a
throwing error by Porter as; he
Central Sports added to their
Okeechobee News/Charles Murphy
At the playground
Maaz Ahmad and his brothers had a good time enjoying
the Wooden Jungle playground recently.
lead with a two out rally in the
fifth. Harris again made an impact
with his speed on the bases as he
scored from third on a wild pitch.
Polio added an RBI single to make
it 6-3. The final run scored on a
wild pitch that sent Scotty Wynn
home from third.
Dalton Murray pitched four
solid innings for Okeechobee.
Jack Radebaugh was charged
with three runs in the fifth.
Okeechobee didn't give up
as they rallied in the sixth. David
Coleman, Marshall Tommie and
Richard Donegan all reached base
via the walk. Jack Radebaugh fol-
lowed with a two run single to
make it 7-5. Donegan scored on a
ground out by Estramera to finish
O.G. & C.C.
KOA July 14: First place-
TBone. Second place-Neil Kheen.
Last place-Sunni Adams. Closest
to the pin-Kenny Curran (2), Billy
Crum, Ida Curtis, Bill Kinney, Russ
St. James July 16, - RAINED
KOA July 18: First place - Russ
Papy. Second place - Clyde Price.
Last Place - Billy Crum. Closest
to the pin-2-Randy Ketcherside,
5, 11, 14 - Bruce Syjud, 7 - Terry
Mastalar, 16 -Vinnie Malone.
Glades Gun Club to
host shooting event
The Glades County Gun club
will hold an open range shoot-
ing event on Saturday, July 26.
The range is located at the Glades
County Sheriff's Gun Range at
Gun Club Road on S.R. 78, 4.2 mi
N.E. of US 27.
Glades County residents are
welcome at no charge. Insurance
requires all guests to register, at-
tend a short range safety briefing
and sign a waiver.
Eye & Ear protection is man-
datory and will be available by
the club. The gate will open at 8
a.m., registration from 8:15-8:45
a.m., briefing at 8:45. Shooting to
begin after briefing until about 11
a.m. Guests will be accompanied
and supervised by a club mem-
ber at the firing line for safety.
Black Powder guns are welcome.
For further information call 863-
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Okeechobee fought right down
to the end and had a chance to tie
the game or go ahead in the sev-
enth. Okeechobee tried a squeeze
play with the bases loaded and!
one out but Billy Childers missed
the bunt and Tyler Porter made a'
diving tag of Alex Estramera for a
Spring Hill also had their
chances. In the fifth Justin Mor-
gan threw out a runner trying to
steal third to end a scoring threat.
Spring Hill scored four times
in the sixth inning to take con-
trol. The rally was fueled by a
couple of beautiful bunts. Julian
Perez walked and Ian Thompson
reached on a swinging bunt that
died out in front of the plate. It
was Thompson's third hit of the
afternoon. J.T. Simpson popped
up a bunt that landed in a perfect
spot. By the time the Okeecho-
bee fielders converged Simpson
was on first and the bases were
loaded. Mike Kageski followed
with a two run single to make
it 5-2 and drive Farrell from the
mound. Mark Weir relieved Far-
rell and allowed two more runs.
John Gaffney struck out but the
catcher dropped the ball and as
Morgan threw to first Simpson
raced home from third to makj
it 6-2. The final run scored on a
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Okeechobee News, Wednesday, July 23, 2008
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At the Movies
The following movies are now showing at
the Brahman Theatres III, Movie times for Fri-
day, July 18th - through Thursday, July 24th,
are as follows
Theatre I - "Dark Knight" (PG-13) Show
times: Friday at 7 and 9:35 pm. Saturday and
Sunday 2 and 7 pm ONLY, Monday 3 and 7
pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2
and 7 pm ONLY.
Theatre II "Hancock" (PG) - Show times:
Friday 7 and 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday. 2,
4:15, 7 & 9 pm. Monday 3 and 7 pm, Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday 2,4:15, 7 & 9 pm
Theatre III "Space Chimps" (G) - Show
times: Friday 7 and 9 pm, Saturday and Sun-
day. 2, 4:15, 7 & 9 pm. Monday 3 and 7 pm,
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2, 4:15,
7 & 9 pm
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; children 12 and un-
der are $4.50; senior citizens are $4.50 for all mov-
ies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call 863-763-7202.
Knowing that he was holding yesterday's
$7 million lottery ticket, Ed waited
patiently for Mr. Zarst to appear.
Friend advises punster to go
slow with new colleagues
DEAR ABBY: My significant
other helped me find a wonder-
ful job with intelligent people. I'm
an inveterate punster -- "If I put a
leafy green vegetable on the bar-
becue, will it be chard?"
My friend says I shouldn't
share my puns with my new co-
workers as it may make them feel
stupid and lead them to be mad
at me. Is this a problem? Will
my co-workers dislike me if they
don't get my puns?
Where do Bambi and the oth-
er deer go in the forest for sanctu-
ary from hunters? To Deer Abby!
-- COMPULSIVE PUNSTER IN
DEAR COMPULSIVE: Cute. But
technically it would be "Deer Ab-
bey." I'm voting with your friend.
Humor is risky, so curb the pun-
ning until they get to know you
better. MUCH better.
DEAR ABBY: Where is it pub-
lished that "you're welcome"
should be replaced with, "No
problem"? I never received that
memo and, what's more, I don't
think it makes sense.
I didn't intend to be "a prob-
lem" to anyone in the first place.
So why am I not "welcome" now?
It seems that parents and chil-
dren have abandoned all forms
To those who still teach their
children good manners, I say,
"Thank you," and I hope you'll
reply, "You're welcome." -- MAN-
NERLY MOM IN CUMBERLAND,
DEAR MANNERLY MOM: You
have posed an interesting ques-
tion. If I had to make a guess, it
might be "you're welcome" car-
ries a connotation that what you
are thanking the person for might
have been a burden or an impo-
sition. "No problem" is meant to
convey that it wasn't a burden.
While I agree that it can be
jarring when you're expecting
"you're welcome," English is an
evolving language and, rather than
becoming offended, perhaps you
should be grateful that the person
is trying to be gracious.
DEAR ABBY: When I pro-
posed to my wife 15 years ago,
I surprised her with a trip to San
Francisco. We got engaged on
one of the benches in Ghirardelli
Square. I spent thousands on the
ring and more on the flight, hotel,
t Ever since, my wife has re-
turned every gift I have given her
for Christmas, her birthday, our
anniversary and, most recently,
on Mother's Day. It's never right.
It's too small, too large, too ex-
pensive, too shiny, too furry -- too
Not surprisingly, my desire to
buy her gifts has dwindled over
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1 Give it up, so to
5 Bar mitzvah
10 Longest river
15 Runway surface
16 One of only two
that don't border
17 Achieves greater
21 He played Q in
the Bond film
22 Like this ans.
23 Hippy dance?
24 Pays plenty
33 Sends a
34 Takes potshots
35 1988 Hanks film
with a fortune-
36 Fascinated by
37 Popeye's post-
39 Douglas, for one
40 Dream up
41 Man of morals
42 Lives well on the
45 Narrow inlets
46 Meteor tail?
56 Gets a share via
58 O.T. book
59 "You've got carte
60 Lake surrounding
61 Elopes, e.g.
63 Court defense?
3 Petri dish gel
4 Silicon Valley city
5 "Atlas Shrugged"
6 Mars: Pref.
7 "Ultimate driving
machines," in an
8 Scrooge's cry
9 Coolers in coolers
10 One end of the
11 Massage target
15 Winter Palace
38 New Jersey
40 Lat strengtheners
41 " World Turns"
43 Beach garb
44 Prime-time time
47 "What a relief!"
48 Slip through the
49 1856 litigant Scott
50 "La Dolce Vita"
51 Like Nash's lama
52 Gas or elec.
54 "Am I my
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57 Catch a few z's
ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE:
By Dan Naddor
(c)2008 Tribune Media Services, Inc.
the years to the point where I nev-
er feel like getting her anything.
Our 14th anniversary is com-
ing up. I know, as usual, she ex-
pects me to do something to cel-
ebrate the occasion -- but I don't
want to waste time and effort on
something she won't like and will
return. I think she is ungrateful,
and she will probably get nothing
this time around as I am too tired
to deal with it. However, if I don't
buy something, I will probably
feel guilty because she always
buys me "something," even if it's
another watch -- I already have
seven, which I don't wear. What
should I do? -- GIFT GRINCH IN
DEAR GIFT GRINCH: Rather
than "surprise" your wife with
nothing, have a talk with her.
Explain that buying her gifts that
only get returned is depressing
and suggest that from now on you
shop for gifts together. That way
each of you can select something
you will enjoy, and you can share
the "thrill of the hunt" together.
Dear Abby is written by Abigail
Van Buren, also known as Jeanne
Phillips, and was founded by her
mother, Pauline Phillips.
By Eugenia Last
ARIES (March 21-April 19):
Your feelings will be difficult to
hide so speak up. Get things
out in the open and deal with
the consequences. Chances
are you will rid yourself of some
deadweight. Plan an evening
get-together with friends. 3
TAURUS (April 20-May 20):
Keep things to yourself and you
will avoid backtracking or deal-
ing with questions you don't
want to answer. A love problem
will crop up if you talk freely
about some of the new friends
you've made. Jealousy will
cause trouble. 4 stars
GEMINI (May 21-June 20):
Don't let outsiders waste your
time. Focus on home, family
and loved ones. Don't agree to
unwanted responsibilities. An
investment may look good ini-
tially but, as time goes by, you'll
realize it isn't. 2 stars
CANCER (June 21-July
22): Relax and let things un-
fold naturally. What appears to
be a problem will turn out OK.
The less stressed you are, the
greater the impression you will
make on someone who counts.
Emotional interaction will bring
out the best in you. 5 stars
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Love
is on the rise and travel, excite-
ment and adventure should be
on your mind. A little imagina-
tion on your part and you can
turn a daily routine into some-
thing quite exotic. Put your cre-
ativity to the test and have fun.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22):
Put your money into your living
quarters. Invest in something
-that will grow in value. Take ac-
tion instead of just talking about
your future plans. A secret in-
volvement will lead to trouble.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22):
Don't let love get you down. Be
aggressive and go after what
you want. You are in the driver's
seat and can dictate if you take
a firm position and don't give in.
Use your emotional know-how
to get your way. 5 stars
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21):
Travel, learning and putting
yourself on the line will pay off
if you can keep the momentum
flowing. The more contact you
have with people from distant
places or different backgrounds,
the more you can promote what
you do best. 3 stars
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec.
21): You can make some seri-
ous cash if you invest wisely.
Look at property or something
that has the potential to grow in
value. Love is on the rise. Make
plans with someone who can
offer you a long relationship and
possible gains for both of you. 5
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19): Be careful what you be-
lieve and how you respond.
Someone may be trying to keep
something from you. Don't give
in because you feel you owe this
person something or because
he or she is family. 2 stars
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18): Your attitude will deter-
mine the outcome of any situa-
tion you face. Love is on the rise
and you will be in demand, so
don't let anyone stand in your
way. Don't give in to blackmail,
ultimatums or manipulation. 4
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20):
You may appear to be irrespon-
sible to someone who doesn't
understand you and what you
are trying to accomplish. Set
your mind on completion and
surround yourself with individu-
als who are on the same page
as you. 3 stars
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12 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Rally puts local team into semifinals
By Charles M. Murphy
Things looked bleak for the
14 year old All Stars in the early
going of Monday night's quar-
terfinal game against Marianna.
Marianna had scored six runs in
the top of the first and the home
crowd was fully expecting to end
Okeechobee's run at the State
Then something unexpected
Okeechobee's bats suddenly
came alive and Okeechobee out-
scored Marianna, 18-1 for the rest
of the game as the 14 year old all
stars advanced to the state semifi-
nals with an impressive, 18-7 win
in five innings.
It was quite an effort if you
consider how down the team
must have been when they fell
behind by six runs. It is the mark
of a champion to get up off the
canvas after being knocked down
and that is just what Okeechobee
Okeechobee won last years
championship when this group
was 13 years old. They want to
continue that championship tra-
dition this year and aren't going
home without a fight.
* Marianna took advantage of
some wildness by Okeechobee's
starting pitcher Noah Wilcox as
he walked three batters and hit a
fourth to start the game. With a
1-0 lead, Chris Godwin hit a two
run double, Jay Elliott and Ryan
Riley added RBI singles, and Ryan
Hughes produced a run on a
Trailing 6-0, Okeechobee im-
mediately began their rally de-
spite a great defensive play by
Marianna in the bottom of the
first inning. Tyler Finney walked
and stole second but was out at
the plate when he tried to score
on an error by the shortstop.
Okeechobee didn't let the out
bother them as Justin Morgan fol-
lowed with a single, Mark Weir a
single, and Brad Coleman an RBI
single. The third run scored on an
RBI ground out by Wilcox. Mari-
anna led 6-3 after the first inning.
After the rough first inning
Wilcox settled down and pitched
three very strong innings. He
struck out the side in the second
Noah Wilcox takes the mound for
game against Mariana.
and finished with eight strikeouts
on the afternoon. That effort al-
lowed Okeechobee to rally.
Okeechobee scored twice in
the second thanks to a two run
triple by Austin Hamilton. They
added four more in the third
thanks to a single by Wilcox, a
pair of walks, and a two run sin-
gle by Tyler Finney. Austin Hamil-
ton also had an RBI single to give
Okeechobee a 9-6 lead.
Marianna got an RBI single
by Godwin in the fourth but it
would not be enough to stop the
Okeechobee offensive onslaught.
Okeechobee pounded reliev-
ers Jay Elliott and Riley for four
more runs in the fourth. Key hits
included an RBI single by Brad
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Coleman, (three hits), an RBI I
double by Will Jackson, and an
RBI single by Finney. Finney end-
ed up with a team high, five runs -T
The end came in the fifth as
Okeechobee hammered four -
doubles and scored five runs to For
win by the 10 run rule. Justin
Morgan opened the inning with a FI
a double and Mark Weir pounded (863
his third hit of the game, a double,
to make it 14-7. Wilcox added
an RBI double and Will Jackson
drove him home with a single to Ridc
make it 16-7. After Timmy Farrell 6. s.
walked, Finney ended the game
with a two run double.
Okeechobee advanced to A C.r'"
meet West Volusia on Tuesday
afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Meres
Complex in Marianna.
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Mark Weir gets a hit in the Monday game against Marianna.
Junior golf clinic planned
Waldau's Junior Golf Inc. just
announced their next Junior Golf
Clinic due to the high demand of
the last clinic. This clinic will in-
clude 20 golfers and 3 instructors.
The clinic will be held at the KOA
Lake Okeechobee Resort for boys
and girls, ages 8 to 13 years old.
The clinic will run from Monday,
Aug. 4, until Friday, Aug. 8, from 8
a.m. until noon each day.
KOA Lake Okeechobee Golf
Resort is located at 4276 HWY
Each day at the clinic includes
instruction, practice, and golf
Tournament competition on
the final day. Junior golfers will
be placed into groups based on
age and ability. Beginner to in-
termediate players will be taught
the aspects of the full golf swing,
including the grip, stance and ball
Junior golfers are also intro-
duced to the short game, includ-
ing putting, chipping and sand
play. The rules of golf and golf
etiquette will be presented to the
junior golfers, with fun being the
Golf Clinic will also provide
educational literature, shirts, and
Golf clinic fees are $125 for
the week. Space is limited to first
20 paid applicants. All applicants
must pre-register with payment.
For more information contact
Bridgette 863-467-7300 or visit
Waldau's Junior Golf, Inc. Web
Applications available at
Bridgette Waldau, Studio of
Graphics 111 NE Second Street,
Okeechobee or online.
Sports News in Brief
The second annual Future
Stars Baseball/Softball camp will
be held Aug. 11-15 from 7:30
a.m. until noon each day. Instruc-
tions will be provided by college
and highschool coaches. There is
no fee for the camp. Applications
can be picked up at Beef O' Bra-
dys and Hibbet Sporting Goods.
Applications are to be returned to
the Chobee Drive Thru. All appli-
cations must be notarized. Camp-
ers should bring lunches for the
first four days of the camp. On
Friday, hamburgers and hotdogs
will be provided. Drinks will be
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Bring an open mind and a desire
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For information call Bobby Steiert
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