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Title: The Clewiston news
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Louis A. Morgan
Place of Publication: Clewiston Fla
Creation Date: January 6, 2005
Publication Date: 1928-
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Clewiston (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Hendry -- Clewiston
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 2, no. 6 (Feb. 3, 1928)-
General Note: Tom Smith, editor.
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At A Glance


Women of
Accomplishment
Palm Beach Community
College and the area Chamber
of Commerce are seeking nom-
inations for Women of Accom-
plishment for the March 21 pro-
gram awards. The program
honors women in Palm Beach,
'Glades and Hendry Counties.
To nominate a woman call
Susan Cox at 993-1126 for infor-
mation or. a nomination form.
Nominations should be sub-
mitted by Jan. 20, 2005 to the
Provost's Office at
PBCC/Glades.
Fish Fry planned
First Christian Church, 201 N
Francisco St. Clewiston,
announces its Annual Fish Fry
to welcome back our Snow-
birds. It will be held Saturday,
Jan. 8, 4-7 p.m. The menu is
Okeechobee fish, baked Beans,
cole slaw, hush puppies and
dessert. The fish fry is free.
Tickets are available for four
serving times, 4-4:40 p.m.,
4:45-5:25 p.m., 5:30-6:10 p.m.,
and 6:15-6:55 p.m. To receive a
free ticket, call 983-5731 or 983-
'1804. ,
Clewiston
Adult School.
Beginning Jan. 10, the'
Clewiston Adult School will be
offering a variety of classes that
range from GED prep, ABE,
ESOL (English for Speakers of
Other Languages), Basic Com-
puter, Spanish, and Substitute
Teacher Preparation. Also be
sure to ask about the Hendry
County Adult School Scholar-
ship. You may contact the
Clewiston Adult School at (863)
983-1511 for more information.
Clewiston Dixie
Youth Baseball
A re-organizational meeting
of the Clewiston Dixie Youth
Baseball Board of Directors will
be held Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church's
Life Enrichment Center. Any-
one interested in volunteering
their time to the youth of
Clewiston as board members,
coaches, and/or umpires are
encouraged to attend. Registra-
tion of players for Clewiston
Dixie Youth Baseball's 2005
season will be at the Clewiston
Middle School Cafeteria Jan. 11,
13, and 20, from 7-9 p.m. and
Jan. 22, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Registration cost is $55 for first
child, $50 for second child and
$45 for each additional child
per family. Registration
includes league fees, insurance
and uniforms. Please bring a
copy of your child's birth certifi-
cate to register.
To all Democrats
of Hendry County
The Hendry Democratic
Executive Committee, H.D.E.C,
will be holding their monthly
meeting at the Hendry County
See Glance Page 4

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Education . . .9
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Hospital debate continues


By Tracy Whirls
When the Hendry County
Hospital Authority Board meets
today at 12:30, the debate con-
cerning the hospital's finances
and its future is expected to con-
tinue, as Hendry Regional Med-
ical Center (HRMC) administra-
tors release a plan for addressing
the hospital's finances.
The debate began after a Blue
Ribbon Committee, comprised
of USSC Director of Corporate


Benefits Bryan Cross, USSC Con-
tinuous Improvement Manager
Derek Pridgen, Southern Gar-
dens Citrus Processing Fruit
Operations Manager Brasington
Beakley, former Clewiston Com-
munity Redevelopment Agency
chairman Darren Smith, Hilliard
Brothers Controller Kevin
Hollinger, Hendry County School
Board Human Resources Direc-
tor Steve Stinnett and U.S. Sugar
Corporation Senior Vice Presi-
dent for Public Affairs Robert


Coker, began to review the hos-
pital's expenses, personnel,
process improvement, produc-
tivity and services with an eye
toward reducing costs in the
wake of a tax increase in Septem-
ber.
At the hospital's regular
December board meeting, the
committee released its findings
and concluded if the hospital did-
n't eliminate certain services and
restructure, it would go broke. At
a special meeting Dec. 16, hospi-


Anglers in action: Everstart tourney underway
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Courtesy photo/Rob Newell/FLW Outdoors
Once again Lake Okeechobee is the first tour stop of the season for Everstart Anglers.


EverStart anglers fish the Big 0
CLEWISTON, Fla. The this year," said Justin Schwier located at 920 E. Del Monte
$6.24 million EverStart Series of Okeechobee, who won last Avenue in Clewiston, begin-
arrived at Florida's fabled Lake season's EverStart Series ning at 3 p.m. Friday. Satur-
Okeechobee Jan. 5 to kick off opener on Lake Okeechobee day's weigh-ins will be held at
the 2005 Southeast Division as a 22-year-old rookie. "The the Wal-Mart store located at
season with a $262,000 tour- lake is up big time and a lot of 1005 W. Sugarland Highway in
nament featuring 400 anglers grass is gone. You can still Clewiston beginning at 4 p.m.
from 27 states. The tourna- catch fish, but the key to this Takeoffs and weigh-ins are
ment will continue through one will be finding clear water. free and open to the public.
Jan. 8. There are only a few areas Two hundred pros and 200
Anglers competing in the available, so a lot of anglers co-anglers will compete for
Pro Division will fish for a top will probably be bunched two days to determine the top
award worth as much as together fighting for every 10 pros and top 10 co-anglers
$60,000 while co-angler com- bite." who advance to the final
petitors cast for a first-place Water temperatures in the round based on their two-day.
prize worth as much as massive lake are currently hov- accumulated weight. Weights
$35,000. Competitors will also ering around 56 degrees., are then cleared for the final
be vying for valuable points Based on these cool tempera- round, and anglers compete
that could earn them a berth tures and dirty water, condi- for two more days to deter-
into the $1 million EverStart tions that will hamper the mine the winner. Winners are
determined by the heaviest
Series Championship in Flo- spawning bite, Schwier pre- accumulated weight from
rence, Ala., for a shot at dicts that the tournament will days three and four.
$140,000 in the Pro Division be won by flipping hyacinth The winning pro earns an
and $70,000 in the Co-angler mats a technique successful- Evinrude or Yamaha powered
Division. ly employed by Ray Scheide of Ranger 519 VS equipped with
Following a series of devas- Russellville, Ark., when he Garmin electronics, a Minn
stating hurricanes that hit Cen- won $100,000 at the 2004 Wal- Kota trolling motor and Ever- .
tral Florida this year, anglers Mart FLW Tour season opener Start batteries plus $10,000
may be facing a tougher tour- on the "Big O". cash. If the winner is the origi-
nament than in seasons past. Anglers will take off from nal owner of a Ranger boat
Lake Okeechobee is still full of Roland and Mary Ann Martin's that is used during the tourna-
big bass, however, so EverStart Marina at 7 a.m. each morn- ment, the winner also receives
Series anglers will undoubted- ing. Wednesday's weigh-in a $10,000 bonus from Ranger


y l bring some impressive limits .
to the scale.
"It's a whole different place


was neld at the manna., nurs-
day's weigh-in will also be
held there. The marina is


See Fish -Page 12


tal officials responded to the
committee's report, admitting
that it agreed with some of the
committee's report, chiefly the
desirability of canceling their
management contract with Quo-
rum, outsourcing Home Health
Care, and upgrading Emergency
Room services. They disagreed
with the committee's conclu-
sions as to how to go about
improving the hospital's finances
and how "radical the cure must
be."


The following week, United
States Sugar Corporation Senior
Vice President for Public Affairs,
who had spearheaded the
charge to examine the hospital's
operations, circulated a letter,
dated Dec. 21, in response to the
hospital board's report.
Saying HRMC is operating in
an extremely precarious financial
position, and if this continues,
"our hospital will go broke leav-

See Hospital- Page 12


LaBelle man



murdered

Inmate escaped from

jail just before shooting


By Patty Brant
LABELLE Authorities are
not officially linking the escape
of a Hendry County Jail inmate
with the murder of LaBelle
businessman Danny Woosley,
but family and friends are find-
ing some consolation in the
capture of a Hendry County Jail
inmate who escaped just hours
before the shooting.
James Robert Henderson,
19, was arrested without a
struggle on a dirt road in Muse
about.4:30 a.m. Wednesday-.-- .
Putting a citizen's tip provid-
ed- at Sheriff Ronnie Lee's
swearing in ceremony Tuesday
evening, together with other
information and some "good


Danny
Woosley


James R.
Henderson


police work," Sheriff Lee said
officers from Hendry, Glades
and Collier counties, along with
FDLE, agents, stopped Hender-
son as he was driving a stolen
See Murder-Page 12


Cancer patient



relates story


By Tracy Whirls
More than a fundraising
endeavor aimed at finding a
cure for cancer, Relay for Life
is an opportunity for newly
diagnosed cancer patients to
glean information from sur-
vivors and American Cancer
Society staff members and
volunteers concerning the
programs they offer.
Clewiston Event Chairper-
son Sandi Rodriguez, a 12-
year cancer survivor herself
said only a fellow cancer sur-
vivor can appreciate how
important that is.
"Going through cancer
alone sucks," Mrs. Rodriguez
said. "I was 30 years old, with


two kids under five when I
was diagnosed with ovarian
cancer."
Mrs. Rodriguez said she
had no idea what was ahead
of her.
"I knew nothing about
what to expect. I did not know
about the American Cancer
Society and the services they
offer and I was scared like you
wouldn't believe," Mrs.
Rodriguez said. "I had good
doctors and good insurance.
In eight months I had four sur-
geries but I didn't have any-
one to talk to until I found out
about the American Cancer
See Relay Page 12


Year in Review: for 2004


July:
Outgoing District 77 State
Representative Joe Spratt visited
the Clewiston Commission at
their regular Thursday commis-
sion workshop July 15 to pres-
ent a $150,000 Florida Recre-
ation Development Assistance
Program (FRDAP) grant, which
will be used to fund upgrades at
Sugarland Park.
The First United Methodist
Church of Clewiston opened a
new skateboard park, installed
in the church's parking lot,
including a portable half-pipe, a
grinding rail, and various other
inclines and ramps. The park
will be open throughout the
summer on Tuesdays and
Thursday and will be open on
Saturday during the school
year.
The Clewiston Commission
appointed three new members
to The Clewiston Public Library
Advisory Board in the regular
meeting, July 19.
The Clewiston Recreation


Department and Wal-Mart spon-
sored the Annual Teen Sweep
for the Summer Camp Program
Teen Volunteers Thursday, July
15 at 7a.m.
Members of the Clewiston
Commission, city staff and offi-
cers with the Clewiston Police
Department (CPD) turned out in
force July 16 for a retirement cel-
ebration for veteran CPD LL CJ.
Van Oers. Lt. Van Oers, affection-
ately known as CJ. to most, has
been battling leukemia for the
last year. Mayor Mali Chamness
presented the 18-year veteran
with a plaque recognizing the
twice-acting police chief for his
love of Clewiston.
August:
In the days following the
landfall of Hurricane Charley
Aug. 14, dozens of United States
Sugar .Corporation and South-
ern Gardens employees joined
other Clewiston volunteers in
assisting residents of rural
Wauchula and Arcadia. Clewis-


ton volunteer firefighters, Curtis
Pelham, a retiree formerly
employed by the Hendry Coun-
ty School Board, Adam Mar-
quith of Grace Health Care, U.S.
Sugar Corporation employee
and volunteer firefighter Mike
Irey, Hendry County Commis-
sioner Janet Taylor and city of
Clewiston public works employ-
ee Travis Reese were among the
volunteers.
The Hendry County Sheriff's
Office spearheaded a drive
beginning Aug. 15 to collect
non-perishable items for Hurri-
cane Charley victims in Hardee
County.
Sheriff Steve Worley and
members of the Hendry County
Sheriff's Office loaded two
semi-tractor trailers donated by
Martinez Trucking, Chance
Trucking and Sun Quest Sheds
left LaBelle for Hardee County.
Two of the semi trucks were
taken to Wauchula, one to Zolfo
See Year- Page 4


ountesy pnoo
Director of the Year
Clewiston Mayor Mali Chamness presents Clewiston
Golf Course Director Adolfo Pena with the city's first
Director of the Year award. Mr. Pena was recognized for
his efforts in turning around the Clewiston Golf Course
and his ongoing efforts to upgrade the course, even in
the wake of four hurricanes last fall.


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Birth


Consumer confidence drops in Dec.


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Courtesy photo
Gabriel Rangel
Gabriel Rangel
Gerardo and Teri Rangel of
Clewiston are proud to announce
the birth of their son, Gabriel "Gee"
Rangel. He was born on Thursday,
Dec. 23,2004 at Palms West Hospi-
tal in Loxahatchee. He weighed
seven pounds 20 ounces and was
19 and 3/4 inches long at birth.
Gabriel was welcomed home by
Gerardo Rangel Jr., Brandon Lee
Villalobos, and Jaylee Britton
Rangel, and Aunt Lulu and Uncle
Jared Moss of Clewiston. Maternal
grandparents are Mike and Penny
Roland and Dale Walden ofClewis-
ton. Paternal grandparents are
Benny and Carmen Rangel of
Clewiston and Texas. Great-grand-
parents are Theresa Resmendo of
Lake Whales and Mr. and Mrs.
Banda Garcia of Mexico.

Engagement


Courtesy photo
Annabelle Delgado and
Darryl W. Moore


Obeigado-Moore
Annabelle Delgado and Darryl
W. Moore will be joined in mar-
riage on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.
The bride is the daughter of
Justo and Aida Delgado of Clewis-
ton. The groom is the son of Bren-
da Mazzina of Clewiston, and David
W. Moore of Belle Glade. The wed-
ding ceremony will be held at New
Harvest Church in Clewiston.
The groom is employed as a
superintendent with Sugarcane
Growers Cooperative.
The bride is employed as a legal
assistant with Melanie A. McGanee,
Esq.


Obituary

James Charles
Olmstead
James Charles Olmstead, of
Clewiston, died, Dec. 27, 2004.
James was loved and admired by
many. He is survived by a large
number of friends and family who
mourn his loss and celebrate his
many accomplishments and con-
tributions. Memorial donations can
be made in his name to the charity
of the donor's choice.


GAINESVILLE After
remaining steady for three
months in a row, Florida's con-
sumer confidence tumbled four
points in December, possibly
because of older residents' anxi-
ety over presidential discussions
about overhauling Social Securi-
ty, University of Florida econo-
mists report_
The overall preliminary index
dropped to 89, its lowest level
since April 2003.
The biggest declines came in
three components: a nine-point
plunge to 91 in perceptions of
personal finances a year from
now, an eight-point drop to 80 in
perceptions of short-term busi-
ness conditions, and an eight-
point drop to 101 in perceptions
of whether it is a good time to
buy big-ticket items.


Those declines were bal-
anced by modest increases in
perceptions of current personal
finances, which rose one point
to 86, and perceptions of long-
term U.S. business conditions,
up two points to 87.
"The overall index for Florida
is now seven points lower than it
was a year ago," said Chris
McCarty, director of the survey
research center at UF's Bureau
of Economic and Business
Research, where the research
was conducted. "Much of this
perception is widespread across
age and income groups."
There was a particularly
sharp decline in perceptions of
future finances among Florida's
seniors, however, Mr. McCarty
said. That component fell 19
points to 67, its lowest level


Courtesy photos
J.D. Miller and the Messenger's Quartet

"Hallelujah Hoedown"

at First Christian Church


Pictured are two of the
groups who will be performing
at the "Hallelujah Hoedown" at
First Christian Church, 201 N.
Francisco St., Clewiston, Jan. 14-
16. J.D. Miller and "The Messen-
ger's Quartet," from Lexington,
Kentucky. performs for churches
throughout the bluegrass area.
"The Kentucky Hillbillies," from
Elkhorn City, Kentucky, have per-
formed for many functions in
Eastern Kentucky. Also perform-
ing will be "The Homestead
Trio" from Homestead, Florida.


Humorist Kenny Speakes, also
from Lexington, local talent,
Deanna Walker, Heather Gid-
dens, Kathleen Thompson, and
the Brinn 'Family will also per-
form. The program will resem-
ble the old "Hee-Haw" TV pro-
gram with a different slant. Free
tickets are available by calling
983-1804. Jackie Miller, Minister
at First Christian, extends cordial
invitation for all to attend this
very special event. Country-
western apparel is encouraged.


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since October 1993, perhaps
reflecting talk in the media
about President Bush's plans to
overhaul Social Security, he said.
"For many of Florida's sen-
iors, Social Security represents
their primary, if not their only,
source of income," he said.
The decline in Florida's con-
sumer confidence is at odds
with national consumer confi-
dence as measured by the Uni-
versity of Michigan, which rose 4
points to 97, despite Florida hav-
ing a better record of job gains
than most states, McCarty said.
"This lends more support to
the theory that the decline is-
mostly due to anxiety over the
effect of policies, such as the
overhaul of Social Security,
rather than tangible negative
economic effects experienced
by consumers at the moment,"
he said.
UF's survey is modeled after
the University of Michigan sur-
vey, using exactly the same
questions, unlike a national con-
sumer confidence survey done
by the Conference Board in New
York, which uses different ques-
tions than UF's survey, Mr.
McCarty said.
"When we go in a different
direction from the Michigan sur-
vey, it's really saying there is
something different between
Florida and the rest of the coun-
try," he said.
The slide in consumer confi-
dence comes during a holiday
shopping season that started off
slowly but has gathered steam,
he said.
The weekend following
Thanksgiving was disappointing
for some retailers, although
recent chain-store sales data
show shopping has picked up,
Mr. McCarty said. Combined
with trends in recent years for
shopping seasons that extend
beyond Christmas Day, the
increase likely will be enough to
rescue retailers and result in a
moderate gain of 4 percent to
4.5 percent over last year, he
said.
The research center conducts
the Florida Consumer Attitude
survey monthly. Respondents
are 18 or older and live in house-
holds telephoned randomly. The
preliminary index for December
was conducted from 442
responses. The error rate is plus
or minus 5 percent.
Consumer confidence is
designed to help predict buying
patterns by measuring the mood
of consumers toward purchas-
ing. Although other economic
indicators also predict, buying
patterns, consumer confidence
' tends to be available sooner.
The index is benchmarked to
1966, so a value of 100 repre-
sents the same level of confi-
dence for that year. The value of
the index is in comparing
changes over time rather than
looking at an isolated month.


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PUBLIC WORKS AUTHORITY
FOR THE YEAR 2005


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the regular
meetings of the City-County Public Works Authority for
the City of Moore Haven and Glades County will be held
at 5:30 PM on the following dates during the year 2005
at City Hall in the City Council Meeting Chambers, 299
Riverside Drive, Moore Haven, Glades County, Florida:


January 24
February 28
March 28
April 25
May 23

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July 25
August 22
September 26
October 24
November 28
December 19


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Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee


Young joins newspaper staff


Independent Newspapers Flori-
da welcomed back one of its own
this week- After a brief 18-month
venture into the Wild West, Mark
Young has returned to the Indepen-
dent family.
Mr. Young will be the news edi-
tor of the South
Lake Group,
which incorpo-
rates the
Clewiston
News, Belle
Glade Sun, and
Glades Democ-
rat. If his name
rings a familiar
bell it's Mark Young
because Mr.
Young was formerly the sports
writer for the Okeechobee News
and held that position for five years.
While at the Okeechobee News
he received many community
accolades for his sincere devotion
to the student athletes of Okee-
chobee County. Mr. Young left lnde-


pendent in 2003 to join his eldest
daughter in Montana. He found
immediate work with the Montana
Standard, a 15,500 daily, as a sports
writer and copy editor. Mr. Young
also worked part time at KLFX, a
CBS news affiliate in Butte, MT.
"Of course I love sports," said
Mr. Young. "I had a lot of fun with
the Standard qpvering college, high
school, and semi-pro sports, but
nothing could replace the affection
I had for the Okeechobee kids. The
work I did with broadcast news
was essentially as a floor director
and helping out the anchors with
their scripts and man did they need
the help."
Mr. Young juggled the two jobs
for four months before finding a
position at the Buffalo Bulletin, in
Buffalo, WY.
- "It was a lead reporter posi-
tion with a very influential weekly
in Wyoming," he said. "I had a
small taste of hard news while I
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breaking story."
At the Bulletin, Mr. Young
jumped right into a hotbed of con-
troversial issues facing the state of
Wyoming and the result was sever-
al Wyoming Press Association
awards. He received awards for
investigative, in-depth, and local
government reporting.
He is a prolific writer who has
currently written two books, the
first of which is currently in the
publication process. He has also
had two songs recorded in
Nashville, but is happy to be back
in Florida after a wild ride into the
West.
"Wyoming and Montana have a
lot to offer," he said. "But home is
where the heart is and home is
here. I lived in Okeechobee for a
long time before I left. I look for-
ward to making my new home in
Clewiston and becoming part of a
South Lake community that I have
always respected and admired."


"We are very happy to have
Mark working on the Clewiston
News. Glades County Democrat
and The Sun," said INI Florida Exec-
utive Editor Katrina Elsken. "Mark
has a real love of community jour-
nalism, and I am confident he will
be a real asset to the newspapers.
"Independent's goal is to give
the communities the best newspa-
per they will support," Ms. Elsken
continued. "Because the advertis-
ers in the area south of Lake Okee-
chobee are supporting out papers,
we were able to add a position to
our staff.
Mr. Young is joined by his wife of
17 years, Laura Young. The couple
have three children Jasmine, 25,
Vanessia, 23, and James, 21. Jas-
mine is currently pursuing a med-
ical career in Montana, Vanessia is a
police officer for the Seminole
Police Department, and James is
currently serving out the remainder
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dents with a handshake and passed out gift certificates for.
groceries to parents while distributing toys to children. Help-
ing Mr. Cypress is Seminole Tribe Travel and Events Coordi-
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Seminole Tribe Firefighters Kevin Lois and Irena Loleski
helped deliver gifts delivered via a fire truck from the Big
Cypress Seminole Reservation.


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cheer to needy children


By Shelley Marmor
? BELLE GLADE, Fla.-Though
^ the last hurricane of the record-
breaking 2004 hurricane season,
* Hurricane Jeanne, hit Florida back
in September, many of Belle
Glade's 14,000 residents are still
feeling the effects. This small town
and its neighboring cities lie on
Lake Okeechobee, making them
very susceptible to damage from
natural disasters like hurricanes.
With many families still trying to
pick up the pieces, Christmas did
not seem like a high priority in this
small town.
However, that all changed
when Seminole Tribe Chairman
Mitchell Cypress arrived at the
Healthy Solutions Resource Center,
a community mental health center,
on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Pulling up
in a fire truck full of toys, he greeted
about 50 Belle Glade residents with
a handshake and a "Feliz Navidad,"
which means Merry Christmas in
Spanish.
The population of Belle Glade
includes many migrant farm work-
ers, most of whom are Hispanic
and do not speak fluent English.
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Family Coach Advocate Diana
Galan said Hispanics are the group
the staff most serves. Many staff
members even had to learn Span-
ish just to work there.
Mr. Cypress, along with Ft.
Pierce Liaison Sally Tommie, Travel
and Events Coordinator Eida Velez
and Seminole Firefighters Ira Good-
stat, Irena Loleski and Kevin Lois
passed out toys to the children of
about 30 families who receive
social welfare assistance through
the center.
In addition to brightening the
children's faces who received the
toys, Cypress also came bearing
gifts for the adults in the form of
Publix grocery store gift certificates.
This gift seemed fitting as Cypress
told a news crew from Channel
Five, "these are the people who put
produce on our tables."
Galan, a former Big Cypress trib-
* al employee, said she has known
Cypress for many years. She said he
is always generous with donations
to the Healthy Solutions Resource
Center, however, this year he went
all out with the gift presentation
arriving in a fire truck.
"This is the first time he person-
ally came to deliver the donation,"


Galan said.
She said this year was excep-
tionally challenging because the
nearby city of Pahokee, where
many migrant farm workers live in
trailers, lost everything during the
hurricanes. The Federal Emergency
Management Agency, or FEMA,
has assisted the roughly 100 fami-
lies by setting up temporary hous-
ing of trailers for those who lost
their homes.
Galan has made it her mission
to get the word out about these
peoples' struggle.
"Every year I write to Mitchell
[Cypress] asking for donations,"
she said. "This year I wrote to him
telling him about the families who
lost their homes in the hurricane."
After handing out toys to the
people at the Healthy Solutions
Resource Center, Cypress took a
trip to see these adverse living con-
ditions. A row of white trailers lined
a one-lane road along Lake Okee-
chobee, behind them a temporary.
chain-link fence to keep the alliga-
tors away. The chairman was
touched when he saw a two-foot
tall Christmas tree decorated with
white lights outside one of the trail-
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OPINION Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee


Speak Out

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to express your opinion or ask a question about public
issues. You are not required to give your name. While we
want you to speak freely, the newspaper reserves the right to
edit calls for clarity, brevity, relevance and fairness.


Glance

Continued From Page 1
Sub Office Court Room, located on
Elpaso Ave., Clewiston, Jan. 18, at
6:30 p.m. We will be making plans
for the New Year. We are looking
for concerned, faithful democrats,
to volunteer, to take position as
precinct committeeman and com-
mitteewomen, there are 23
precincts in Hendry County, only
seven have committeemen and
committeewomen, there are still
16 precincts left to be filled, they are
precincts 02, 04, 05, 07, 09, 010,
011, 012, 013, 014, 016, 017, 018,
019,022, and 023. Your.support will
be greatly appreciated. To have a
strong D.E.C. Committee, we need
dedicated Democrats to join us. For
further information contact,
Grenville Williams, chair, at 863-
983-2960, or E-mail, Glw-
Grenville2003@earthlink.net.
Big 0 Birding

Festival
Plans are underway for the
2005 Big 0 Birding Festival to be
held Jan. 28-30, 2005, at the Doyle
Conner Building in Moore Haven.
This festival is a joint venture of
Glades Economic Development
Council, Hendry, and Okee-
chobee Counties to bring birders
and other visitors together for a
weekend of outdoor fun. Volun-
teers are welcome to help with the
planning and set up of the festival.
Call Peggy Barton at (863) 946-
0300 to volunteer. If you would
like to be a vendor please call Nita
Choban 863-983-8619. Visit the
Web site www.bigobirdingfesti-
val.com.
Teachers honored
On Feb. 3, 2005 from 5:30-9
p.m. at the Clewiston Inn, the
Hendry County Public Schools
Foundation will honor 10 out-
standing Golden Apple Teachers
from the district. A reception for
the teachers will be from 5:30-6
p.m. with dinner.and the award
ceremony following. Please RSVP
by calling (863) 674-4555.
Children's

program opens
A brand new exciting chil-
dren's program "The Next Gener-
ation" is taking place at Evangel
Church, 350 South Berner Road
every Wednesday night from 7-8
p.m. All children age four through
sixth grade are invited to come
and enjoy a night of fun with pup-
pets, contemporary Christian
music and videos, games, prizes
and more importantly, learning
about Jesus. Adult supervision
provided.
Sign-ups for Hendry

County Fair Pageant
Monday, Jan. 10, from 7-9 p.m.
sign-ups will be held at the
Hendry County Fairgrounds for
girls ages 7-21 years. This year the
Pageant Committee will be hold-
ing four pageants by age. The age
groups and fees are: 7-9, sponsor
fee $50; age 10-12, sponsor fee
$50; age 13-15, sponsor fee $75;
16-21, fee $75. Deadline for sign-
ups is March 1. Sponsors, for
more information call Gail Wise-
man, 983-9618.


Clewiston Museum
has new videos
The Clewiston Museum has
just received a new assortment of
videotapes including a copy of the
history of Clewiston video:
"Southwest Florida, Untold Story,
Clewiston". For more information
call 983-2870.
Museum has

books for sale
The Clewiston Museum has a
variety of books about Florida his-
tory and books by Florida authors.
These make good gifts for those
interested in local history. Pro-
ceeds benefit the museum.
Bingo! Bingo!

Bingo!
Clewiston Elks Lodge #1853 is
proud to announce that they will
be playing Bingo on Monday
nights, an alternative to Monday
Night Football. All are welcome to
come and play, cash prizes award-
ed. Early birds start at 6:30 p.m.
with regular games starting at 7:30
p.m. Help us to help others
because "Elks care-Elks share."
New job
opportunities
We need men and women
who can file, answer the phone,
etc. The pay is helping your com-
munity by working with the
Hendry Regional Medical Center
Auxiliary. We are a diversified
group. If you are interested please
call Patt Mason, president, at (863)
983-2080.
Hope Hospice
Support Groups
Mending Steps is adult grief
support in Clewiston for those
who have experienced the loss of
a loved one. For more informa-
tion, please call (239) 489-9149 or
toll-free (866) 983-7771
Time to apply
for Homestead
Kristina A. Kulpa, Hendry
County Property. Appraiser,
announces that property owners
who have established a new per-
manent residence in Hendry
County, or have changed owner-
ship in any manner must file a
new application and qualify for
the $25,000 Homestead Exemp-
tion. You may pre-file now for the
2005 tax year. The deadline to file
is March 1, 2005. Should you have
any questions, or need additional
information, please feel free to call
the LaBelle office at 675-5270 or
the Clewiston office at 983-3178.
The hours for both offices are 8:30
a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through
Friday. Visit our Web site at
www.hendryprop.org.
Boys and Girls Club
As the end of. the year
approaches, Boys and Girls Clubs
in Florida are asking people with
unwanted cars to remember
them. Officials note that there are
some restrictions and that the cars
must be intact and the donor must
have the Certificate of Title. All a
donor needs to do is call (800)
246-0493 at any time and arrange-
ments will be made to pick up the
vehicle in just a few days.


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Letter to the Editor


Neighbors find comfort
in each other's help
To the editor:
It is comforting to know that
we live in a community in which
our neighbors want to make sure
that no one is overlooked during
the holiday season. Very gener-
ously, they have helped Hope
Hospice meet many special needs
this year.
The emphasis of Hope Hos-


Year

Continued From Pagel
Springs and the other to Bowling
Green.
Commissioners from the cities
of LaBelle and Clewiston joined
Hendry County's commissioners
Aug. 17, in a workshop session to
discuss the imposition of road
impact fees countywide and at a
standard rate in both cities as well
as the unincorporated county.
Revenue from the fees would be
shared by the cities and counties
and used to fund infrastructure
improvements in the areas where
they were collected to accommo-
date growth..
Hendry County was the first to
send relief supplies to Hurricane
Charley's victims in Hardee Coun-
ty Aug. 15 and local folks have
continued to help. Employees of
citrus canker crew Group G
(LaBelle Group) showed up on
Monday to help trustees and sher-
iff's employees load trucks full of
life-giving water and nonperish-
able food items. United States
Sugar Corporation once again
stepped up to the plate, sending
water and orange juice to victims,
along with several employees to
load and deliver them. For Jim
Roach, general manager of Plat-
tner's of Clewiston, which has a
dealership in hurricane-devastat-
ed Arcadia, as well as Belle Glade,
the decision to help victims of
Hurricane Charley in that town
began with a kitchen table discus-
sion with his wife, Karen, comp-
troller of Oceanboy Shrimp farm
in Clewiston.
The shrimp harvesting and
processing facility donated 18,000
pounds of loose ice, loaded into
1000-pound bins normally used
for their harvested shrimp. Plat-
tner's agreed to provide the man-
power to distribute it.
Professional angler Scott Mar-
tin of Clewiston, missed winning
the $1.5 million Wal-Mart FLW
Tour Championship on Logan
Martin Lake by a scant six ounces,
but landed a five-bass limit weigh-
ing 14.4 pounds and earned
$50,000.
Clewiston's John Boy Auditori-
um was the site of a Hendry Coun-
ty Primary Candidate Forum Aug.
3. Candidates for Representative
District 23, State Senate District 39,
State Representative District 77,
County Commission District 5,
and sheriff in the Aug. 31 primary
made their case to the voters.
The Clewiston Commission at
their regular meeting Aug. 16
approved the first reading of a pro-
posed solid waste ordinance,
which, among other provisions,
will prohibit residents from dis-
posing of tree stumps, trunks and
limbs larger than four inches in
width or six feet in length, as well
as prohibiting disposal of con-
struction and demolition materi-
als at curbside.
Under the terms of the pro-
posed ordinance, residents will be
required to subscribe to the city's
designated solid waste collection
and recycling service. Unautho-
rized accumulation of refuse is
prohibited and declared a nui-
sance. The placement or scatter-
ing of yard clippings, tree limbs or
other refuse in street gutters or the
street is declared a nuisance, a
danger to storm drainage control
and is prohibited.
Former Hendry County Sheriff
and candidate for sheriff in the
Aug.31 primary Ronnie Lee said
he wants to set the record straight
and stated, "I do not have
Alzheimer's."
The 62-year-old Lee said he
believes the rumors are politically
motivated, noting that the same
rumor surfaced four years ago
when he was campaigning for re-
election before losing to incum-
bent Sheriff Steve Worley.
A Winter Haven woman, Marie
Chery, 47, was killed while her
husband and three children were
critically injured when their 1994
Isuzu Trooper rolled over on US
27, 12 miles south of South Bay
Aug. 19. The driver and a front seat
passenger, identified as Gregoire
Gideon, 53, also of Winter Haven
were transported to Glades Gener-
al Hospital. The Cherys' 20-year-
old son Marcus, and 14-year-old
son Daniel were also transported
to Glades General with injuries
while a third child, Jessica Chery
(age unknown) was flown to Del-
ray Medical Center.
Following two rounds of budg-
et workshops, the Clewiston
Commission asked staff to tighten
their belts to offset what had
begun as a $1.5 million budget
shortfall. Contributing to the pro-
jected shortfall were increased


pice care is on living, and adding
quality to the lives of those we
serve, along with their families.
One way we do that is through
our Adopt-a-Family program.
Each year, with the help of local
businesses and individuals,
including our own employees
and volunteers, we work to make
sure our patients and their fami-
lies have the happiest holiday sea-
son possible. At this time of year,
their needs may include toys for
the children, food, clothing, blan-


costs for benefits and costs associ-
ated with maintaining city-owned
facilities.
The city of Clewiston bid good-
bye to one of its unsung heroes,
honoring 18-year veteran Lt. C.J.
Van Oers with a 21-gun salute and
honor guard Eulogies from fellow
Clewiston Police Department offi-
cers and Mayor Mali Chamness
were given in English and Span-
ish. Lt. Van Oers had been battling
leukemia.
Before joining the CPD, Lt. Van
Oers, a native of Brooklyn, NY,
served on the NYPD then spent
two years on Long Island, also
serving with the NYPD.
The Hendry County Board of
County Commissioners approved
a controversial special exception
request that would allow Ricardo
Ortiz to operate a five-acre borrow
pit on the old Hunt Club property
in Montura at their Aug. 10 meet-
ing in Clewiston. The site is
approximately 25 acres. Upon
completion, the pit is to become a
recreational lake for the Oakview
Baptist Church. Some Montura
residents claimed that the church
had been closed and raised con-
cerns that the operation would
create a nuisance in the neighbor-
hood while having a detrimental
impact on local roads. They also
raised questions about possible
contamination on the site. Mr.
Ortiz explained that since the fill
taken from the pit could only be
used in Montura, there would be
very few trucks running. This
would keep any noise or other
nuisances 'down. He also noted
that there is currently a building
boom in Montura, which means
the call for fill is increasing, adding
the pit would only be in use when
he was working on a septic tank
or pad in Montura.
Hendry County candidates on
the November general election
ballot received one last chance to
get the word out to Clewiston resi-
dents last Thursday, during a polit-
ical forum sponsored by IMPACT
at Clewiston High School. The
candidates for Hendry County
Commission District 5, Democrat-
ic incumbent W.C. "Bo" Pelham
squared off with Republican chal-
lenger Suzanne Harper, while
Democratic candidate for State
Representative District 77, Pauline
Newborne made her case to vot-
ers, who had heard Republican
candidate Denise Grimsley in a
previous appearance prior to the
August primary.
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson-D
Florida, met with Hendry County
constituents at the Courthouse in
LaBelle August 25 to discuss Hur-
ricane Charley relief efforts. The
former astronaut said Florida was
,extremely fortunate that direct
loss of life from the hurricane was
minimal, however, one of the
state's major industries, citrus, has
sustained a devastating blow. The
entire orange crop in the affected
area for this year was lost and it
will take three or four years for
damaged young trees to recover.
The Caloosa Humane Society
(CHS) had one of its most suc-
cessful weekends adopting out 34
of its dogs and cats at the PetSmart
Adopt-a-Thon in Fort Myers
August 28-29. Four different shel-
ters participated in the weekend
long event with 64 animals finding
loving new homes. The CHS
recently collected animal food and
supplies in LaBelle for the home-
less animal victims of Hurricane
Charley.
In presenting his preliminary
analysis of population trends and
other projections of future eco-
nomic indicators for the city of
Clewiston, Jock Robertson, Senior
Planner with LaRue Planning and
Management Services, Inc. sug-
gested that improved transporta-
tion systems in South Central
Florida and a growing population
of retirees will likely lead to an
increased need for service indus-
tries. Conversely, a projected
decline in the county's school age
population coupled with an antici-
pated decline in the area's work-
ing-age population may present
challenges for staffing those new
businesses.
September:
The American Red Cross offi-
cially opened a shelter Thursday
afternoon in Clewiston at the
Clewiston Middle School at 2
p.m., among 24 shelters opened
in Palm Beach, Glades, Hendry
and Okeechobee Counties, bring-
ing with them 500 mats to accom-
modate residents sheltering there.
The gymnasium at the middle
school was covered with the mats,
lining the bleachers along the
walls and carpeting the basketball
court.


kets, household items, gift cards
and much more. We are able to
meet their needs only with dona-
tions from our generous commu-
nity.
Among this year's major
donors were Harley-Davidson of
Fort Myers, members of the St.
Charles Yacht Club, Century 21
AAIM Realty Group, Courtyard by
Marriott and Wal-Mart at Six Mile
Cypress and Colonial.
This year, with the help of our
friends and supporters, we made


According to Chris Stewart, a
disaster awareness volunteer with
the Palm Beach County Chapter,
which also serves Hendry and
Glades Counties, approximately
40 families had registered by early
Thursday afternoon, after a
mandatory evacuation order was
issued for residents in mobile
home parks and those living in
low-lying areas.
By Monday 1,500 people
sought refuge in the eight official
shelters opened by the county for
Frances. The Red Cross Shelter at
Clewiston Middle School was the
last to close.
With a brush from Charley still
fresh in everyone's mind last
week, Hendry County prepared
for another unwelcome guest,
Frances.
Thursday and Friday found
everyone playing a guessing game
as Frances played cat and mouse
with weather forecasters. Authori-
ties from one end of the state to
the other were taking this lady at
one point a category 4 hurricane -
very seriously.
On Thursday, Sheriff Steve
Worley cancelled all days off and
sent HCSO units out into neigh-
borhoods, using their public
address systems in units to urge
residents to evacuate mobile
homes. The Emergency Opera-
tions Center (EOC) opened at the
sheriff's office in LaBelle with a
skeleton crew at 3 p:m., Thursday
for the second time in just three
weeks. Personnel were added as
the threat grew and the need
arose.
With the expectation of
Clewiston being hardest hit, all
shelters in the area opened at 3
p.m., Thursday. At that point the
worst-case scenario predicted 100
mph winds hitting Clewiston,
decreasing to 75 mph by the time
they reached LaBelle. By the time
Frances reached this area she had
been tamed considerably, but still
packed a dangerous wallop and
lots of rain. In the end, the Clewis-
ton area sustained winds of 60
mph and gusts up to 80 mph. In
LaBelle, sustained winds maxed
out at 20 mph, with gusts of 27-32
mph. Monday damages were still
being assessed, but a number of
mobile homes in Hooker's Point
had been damaged and there
were reports of trees on vehicles
in the Clewiston area.
At one point, FPL and Glades
Electric reported 2,000 local cus-
tomers were without power.
Some 1,800 other residents expe-
rienced power loss. Hendry
Regional Medical Center went to
generator power for 22 hours.
Clewiston residents contended
with rolling blackouts while crews
worked to restore power to every-
one. Traffic signals in Clewiston
were non-operational and
motorists were asked to treat
those intersections as four-way
stops. FDOT was sending crews
out Monday to repair them.
LaBelle Fire Department sent
three firefighters to Clewiston to
assist in cutting down trees and
clearing debris Monday. The
Corps of Engineers was expected
to bring tarps for temporary roof


the holidays happier for more
than 150 local families, including
100 children.
The spirit of the holiday season
should be shared and enjoyed by
everyone. We are grateful to
those in our area for helping
Hope Hospice to make it possi-
ble.

Samira K. Beckwith,
president and CEO
Hope Hospice


repairs.
Thursday, the Port of Tampa
had no fuel left and did not expect
any shipments until Tuesday. Both
local and East Coast residents flee-
ing the storm formed long lines at
gas stations. By Sunday there was
no gas to be found in the county
except at Pioneer Shell, which
was rationing sales to ensure as
many people as possible got what
they really needed. However, by
Monday all local gas stations had
received shipments.
By late Sunday, slow-moving
Frances had finished with Hendry
and Glades Counties and moved
northwestward out to the Gulf of
Mexico.
Staff converged at the Emer-
gency Operations Center (EOC) at
the sheriff's office in LaBelle Mon-
day morning for a wrap up ses-
sion. It had been manned continu-
ously since Thursday morning.
Approximately 1,500 people
sought refuge in the eight official
shelters opened by the county for
Frances. Clewiston Middle School
was the last to close Monday and a
7 a.m.-7 p.m. mandatory curfew
was in place Sunday from Pioneer
east. Schools were to reopen as
usual Tuesday morning.
Reporting by phone, County
Assistant Administrator Judi Ken-
nington-Korf said the city of
Clewiston was "overwhelmed" by
the cooperative efforts by the
countywide team and was very
appreciative.
The biggest issue for emer-
gency personnel was communi-
cations, particularly between shel-
ters and the EOC. Several times
during the storm, law enforce-
ment officers had to be sent out to
shelters because they could not be
reached.
The Emergency Management
hotline had been manned around
the clock since Thursday and con-
tinued to be swamped with calls
through Monday morning. People
were calling for information on
the status of roads, availability of
gas and a time when it would be
safe to return to their homes.
On Thursday, Emergency Man-
agement Director Brian Runge
expected a "rough time" and
authorities urged mandatory evac-
uations at 3 p.m. Thursday,
throughout the county, particular-
ly for those in mobile homes and
low-lying areas.
schools closed and did not
open until Tuesday.
Bob Howard, Director of Oper-
ations for the South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD)
said Thursday that pumps and
water control structures from
South Miami-Dade County to the
Kissimmee chain of lakes area
were moving water to create the
best possible conditions.
Clewiston Police Captain Kris-
tine Peterson said wind was the
biggest problem they had to con-
tend with and people being on the
road when they did not need to
be. She said a lot of beautiful trees
on the ridge were lost, but struc-
tural damage was minimal. She
added that the Clewiston Fire


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Florida Violent Crime Council helps local agencies


In 1993, the Florida Violent
Crime Council was established to
financially assist local law
enforcement agencies in extraor-
dinary violent crime cases. After
Florida's crime trend slightly shift-
ed from violent crime to drug
crimes, the 2001 Legislative Ses-


sion approved the expansion of
the Council to include funding for
drug investigations. Renamed the
Violent Crime and Drug Control
Council, the Council now has the
ability to provide supplemental
funding to local and state law
enforcement agencies working


Wanted Fugitive


Crime Stoppers of Palm
Beach County Inc. is asking citi-
zens to help locate Omar Erick
Cerna, wanted for felony failure
to appear vio- .
bation leaving
scene of a
crash involvo-
ing injury and
traffic misde- % *
meanor
charges of fail- i
ure to appear ( 0
driving while Omar Erick
license sus- Cerna
pended, can-
celed or revoked. His date of
birth is 11-16-79. He is a white


male, 5' 7" tall and weighs 145
lbs. with black hair and brown
eyes. His last known address
was Canal Street, Belle Glade.
His occupation is laborer.
If you know the whereabouts
of Omar Erick Cerna or anyone
involved in a serious crime, call
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-
TIPS. You can remain anony-
mous and still receive a cash
reward of up to $1,000 if your
tip leads to an arrest. You can
also visit the Crime Stoppers
website at www.crimestopper-
spbc.com.
Cerna was a wanted fugitive
at the time of this publication.


violent crime, major drug and
money laundering investigations,
and victimrvitness protection and
relocation efforts. The Legislature
supports the funding of the Coun-
cil on a year-to-year basis.
During 2004, the Council pro-
vided supplemental funding total-
ing $2,356,936 to 82 cases in sup-
port of nearly 100 Florida law
enforcement agencies. Statewide,
these funds supported 41 vic-
tim/witness protection cases, 27
major drug trafficking and money
laundering investigations and 14
violent crime investigations. Suc-
cess stories associated with these
funding efforts have been high-
lighted in the 2004 Violent Crime


and Drug Control Council Annual
Report. Local law enforcement
agencies are dependant on the
funding provided by the Council
to work those heinous crimes that
overwhelm law enforcement
resources and significantly impact
a community's sense of safety.
The funding also supports long-
term multi-jurisdictional investi-
gations targeting those organiza-
tions and individuals that are
most dangerous to Florida's citi-
zens and visitors.
The Council consists of 14
membersJnd meets quarterly to
review cases and crime trends
and patterns affecting Florida.
Eight members are standing


I members by virtue of their posi- (Designee); Flori
tions: Chief Financial Officer of Victim/Witness S
Florida, Director Randall Napoli dent David Rem
(Designee); Attorney General, Former Commis
Statewide Prosecutor Peter Dempsey (Design
Williams (Designee); Depart- The six Gover
ment of Education, Chancellor members are: Ok1
Jim Warford (Designee); Director Sheriff Charles Mo
of the Office of Drug Control, Jim of the Council);
McDonough; Department of Sheriff Robert Wh
Juvenile Justice, Assistant Secre- Beach Police Chie
tary Perry Turner (Designee and Williston Police
Vice Chairman of the Council); Davis; State Attoi
Department of Corrections, and Medical Exai
Director Paula Hoisington garitaArruza.

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kaloosa County
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.f Fred A. Maas;
Chief Daniel
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miner Dr. Mar-


FDLE warns public of


tsunami e-mail scams


The Florida Department of
Law Enforcement is warning cit-
izens to beware of one of the lat-
est e-mail phishing scams, this
one using the Asian tsunami
tragedy as a ploy to bilk people
out of monetary donations and
steal their identity in the process.
Phishing scam e-mails are
designed to trick the recipients
into disclosing personal infor-
mation authentication data such
as account usernames, pass-
words, credit card numbers,
social security numbers, and
home addresses. Most of these
e-mails look official and as a
result, recipients often respond
Sto them, resulting in financial
losses, identity theft, and other
fraudulent activity.
Recent news reports indicate
that phishing e-mails may be cir-
culating which attempt to
exploit people's concerns for the
tsunami victims by asking them
to donate money to what
appears, on the surface; to' be a
charitable relief fund. In order to'
donate money, people are asked
to enter their personal informa-
tion.
"Since there has already been
an arrest of a UK citizen using
this scam and preying on peo-
ple's concern over the tsunami
victims, it is important to edu-
cate the citizens of Florida to not
fall for this ploy," said Bob Bree-


den, special agent supervisor for
the FDLE Computer Crime Cen-
ter. "Emails sent to you request-
ing a donation should be
checked out thoroughly with the
sponsoring organization before
responding. I would strongly
recommend only using the offi-
cial Web site of known disaster
assistance organizations to
make an online donation."
To find a legitimate organiza-
tion to donate money to, visit
UsaFreedomCorps.gov. On this
site, the public can find a list of
agencies accepting donations
for assistance to those affected
by the tsunamis.
Internet fraud is just one of
many computer crimes, includ-
ing cyber stalking, identity theft,
child pornography, viruses and
worms. FDLE recognizes the
need for action against comput-
er crime and created the Florida
Computer Crime Center (FC3) in
October 1998 to expand FDLE's
initiative to investigate computer
related crime. In addition to
investigations, FC3 also offers
training, research and preven-
tion.
Citizens can learn more
about computer crimes, com-
mon complaints, viruses, and
how to report a computer crime
at the FDLE Website. More inf6r-
mation on phishing is available
at SecureFlorida.org.


Staff photo/Lauren Adams
CPD distributes Toys for Tots
The Citizen Observer Patrol (COP) distributed more than
80 Christmas presents, including bicycles, to needy boys
and girls in Clewiston on Wednesday, Dec. 22. Loading up
the gifts are COP advisor and CPD Sgt. Ray Hall, and Cit-
izen Observers Juanita Sauls and Earl Noble. The depart-
ment expressed their appreciation to local residents who
donated the gifts, making the annual toy drive a success.


Driver License and vehicle

inspection checkpoints for

Glades and Hendry County
The following is a list of dates south of LaBelle.
and locations that Florida High- Recognizing the danger pre-
way Patrol troopers in Glades and sented to. the public by defective
Hendry counties may conduct vehicle equipment, troopers will
driver license/vehicle inspection concentrate their efforts on vehi-
checkpoints during the month- of cles being operated with defects
Jan, 2005 : :. such.as bad, brakes, worn tires
Week of Jan. 7-13: Lewis and defective lighting equipment.
Boulevard, two miles south of SR- In addition, attention will be
25 Crescent Ave. directed to drivers who would vio-
Week of Jan. 14-20: Flag Hole late the driver license laws of
Road, two miles south of SR-25 Florida.
CR-731 in Muse Road. The patrol has found these-
Week of Jan. 21-27: Devils Gar- checkpoints to be an effective
den Road near D.O.T. entrance means of enforcing the equip-
Crescent Ave. ment and driver license laws of
Week of Jan. 28-31: Lyons Park Florida to insure the protections
and CR-78, SR-29, two miles of all motorists.


Courtesy photo/Florida Archives
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Chamber Buzz


By Jeff Barwick
Executive Director
What's going on that you
need to know!
The CVS Pharmacy, formerly
Eckerd's, is now really a CVS
Pharmacy. They've remodeled
inside consistent with their cor-
porate theme and implemented
their company policies-longer
hours for one. The new look is
refreshingly open and visually
impressive. Manager Lisa Brooks
invites you to drop by and see for
yourself. John McCallum has
moved his accounting firm to
700 W. Sugarland Hwy, the for-
mer Florida Sugar Cane League
building, which he and Luan
Walker purchased. Sugar Realty
will be moving there soon.
While we are at it, thanks to both
of them for generously donating
the huge conference table with
chairs, and other furniture to the
Clewiston Museum.
Tourism Update


The Seminole Tribe
Motocross at Big Cypress Semi-
nole Reservation is now open.
They have practice schedules for
bikes and quads. Plus, they also
have a seven-mile trail. For more
information, you can call them
at 983-1908 or visit them on the
Internet at www.seminoletribe-
motocross.com. Also, upcoming
at Big Cypress is the 7th Annual
Kissimmee Slough Shootout &
Rendezvous. It will be held Feb.
4-6, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
There will be re-enactments, arts
and craft demonstrations, native
dancing, living history displays
and a wide assortment of food.
The event will be at the Ah-
Tah-Thi-Ki Museum on County
Road 833. Our Tourist Develop-
ment Tax for the fiscal year end-
ing Sept. 30 was over $97,000
which was almost double the
estimate. Those dollars are all
reinvested for local tourism.
New members
We finished 2004 with a bang
- six new members!
*The chamber welcomes the
Agape Home Thrift Store as a
new member. They are located
at 113 S. Deane Duff Ave. The
proceeds from the thrift store
benefit the Agape Home in
Moore Haven, which is a Christ-
ian haven for women with sub-
stance abuse problems and
serves the entire area. They'll
gladly take unwanted items off
your hands and if you have any
questions, contact Debbie Tuel
at 805-8720.
*David & Mary Beardsley.
David, a native of Clewiston,
recently retired from farming
and Mary was active in the WIFE
Program. They have been active
supporters of our community for
years. We welcome them as
family members to the Chamber.
*The chamber welcomes
Glades Day School as a new mem-
ber. Glades Day is a private,
accredited school located 20 miles
away in Belle Glade. If you have
any question regarding the school
or enrollment, contact Terry Royal
at 561-996-6769 or e-mail at Troy-
al@gladesdayschool.com.
*We welcome Lyn Realty Inc.
as a new chamber member. Lyn
Realty is a development compa-
ny located in West Palm Beach
that is responsible for the devel-
opment of what was Eckerd
Drugs, now CVS Pharmacy, in
our community. Woody Bishop,
a Clewiston native, is the owner
and is actively pursuing other
local developments. He can be
reached at (561) 968-8668.
*We welcome Ben & Margie
Sanford as new chamber mem-
bers. They are longtime residents
of Clewiston and have actively
supported our community for
years. Thank you for joining..
*SL Lawn Service. Scott
Williams has a new lawn service
business and we are happy


about his decision to join the
chamber. In addition to the
hedge trimming, lawn cutting
and edging services, he also
offers tree trimming, fertilizer
applications and fire ant control.
Scott has been a resident of
Clewiston for the past 10 years.
His wife, Missy, is a native of our
community. Scott can be
reached at 228-2990.
Our Renewing
Members
Thanks for your continued
investment in our community;
Akin-Davis Funeral Home; Amer-
ican Cancer Society; American
Red Cross-Glades Area Br.; Bad-
cock Home Furniture & more;
Berner Oil Company; BGI Broad-
casting Corporation; Big Lake
National Bank; Big "0" Airboat
Tours; Bishop Farms; Central
Mobile Homes of Clewiston;
Clewiston B.P.O.E. Lodge #
1853; Clewiston BPW Club;
Clewiston Drainage District;
Clewiston Inn; Clewiston News;
Clewiston Oil Company; Clewis-
ton Pawn Shop; Clewiston Trail-
er Park; Coast to Coast Title Co.,
Inc.; Davidson's Dry Cleaners;
Dyess Real Estate; Everglades
Federal Credit Union; Faith
Lutheran Church; First Bank of
Clewiston Mali Chamness, Lisa
Knaack, Don Shivers, Nilda
Sparks, Jack Webb, Randy
Wood; Frierson Farms; Girl
Scouts of Broward County;
Glades Gas Company; Glades
Media Company; Hampton
Chrysler, Dodge & Jeep; Joseph
M. Hendry, II; Hilliard Brothers
of Florida; Joe Marlin & Chelsa
Hilliard; Dick Holey & Patt
Mason; Howell Oil Company;
Jimmy Pittman Electric; John
Perry Insurance Agency; John-
son-Prewitt & Associates; Jolly
Roger Marina; Kristina A. Kulpa;
Lake Okeechobee Rural Health
Network; Larry Royal's Family
Businesses Royal's, Burger King
& Popeye's; Lyons Printing &
Office Supplies; Maggie Mae's
Studio #71; McDonald's of
Clewiston; MCM Paint & Floor-
ing; Okeechobee Landings; Olde
Cypress Community Bank Jack
Buell, Elsie.Sellers; Palm Beach
Community College; Jim &
Jenny Pearce; William "Bo" Pel-
ham, Jr.; Postell's Country
Meats; R&R Steakhouse &
Lounge; Rawls Real Estate;
Roland & Mary Ann Martin's
Marina; Second Chance Bou-
tique & Gifts; Shamrock Service;
Shawnee Farms, Inc.;
Sign*A*Rama; SW Florida Ankle
& Foot Care; Specialists; Sparks
Appliance Service; St. Martins
Episcopal Church; Sugarland
Plaza, Inc.; Sunrise Community
of Hendry/Glades; Tropical
Mobile Home Village; United
States Sugar Corporation Ed
Almeida, Matthew Beatty, Gerard
Bernard, Peter Briggs, Robert
Buker, Sarah Catala, Robert
Coker, Carol Cole, Bryan Cross,
Buddy Culberson, Frank Davis,
Robert Dolson, Frank Dowdle,
Lewell Hughes, Mike Irey, Pam
Kelley, Pepe Lopez, Duncan
Macdonald, Dave Melton, Ginny
Pena, Pam Phillips, Andy Rack-
ley, Bill Raiola, Judy Sanchez,
Chuck Shide, Carl Stringer, Mal-
colm Wade, Tony Walker;
WVal*Mart Store; Alan L. Weiland,
DDS; West Express Inn; West-
ern-Southern Financial Group;
John A. Yaun.

January
Chamber Social
Join us for the chamber's Jan-
uary social at the Clewiston Vol-
unteer Fire Department located
at 120 Commercio at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 18. Make sure you
)ring your spouse or a friend (or
)oth) to mix and mingle. You will
)e able to tour the facility, get
/our first look at the brand new
ire truck and even slide down


the brass pole. Come show your
appreciation and support for our
fire department volunteers for
the time and energy they give
each day to our community.
DHCAC
January Lineup
Start your new year off on a
musical note by attending the
Robin Spielberg with Montana
Skies performance on Friday,
Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dolly
Hand Cultural Arts Center at the
Palm Beach Community College
Glades Campus, SR 715 in Belle
Glade. Robin Spielberg has been
hailed as "the most expressive
pianist of our time." The music
of Montana Skies combines clas-
sical and modern style so there is
something for everyone.
We can't leave out the
youngest members of the family!
The Musical Tale of Peter Rabbit
is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 22
at 11 a.m. This is the tale of a
young Peter Rabbit that thinks
he knows better than Mama
Rabbit. So like many children, he
ignores mama's warning and
sets out on his adventure to the
paradise carrot patch. Come
early to view the giant puppet
display in the Grand Hall. This is
a new presentation time
designed to be more kid friendly.
Big "0"
Birding Festival
Come join us for a fun-filled
weekend of birding and arts &
craft activities during the Lake
Okeechobee region Big 0 Bird-
ing Festival, Friday, Jan. 28
through Sunday, Jan. 30.
Explore, learn and enjoy south
central Florida's best birding
locations. Lectures by birding
and photography experts, live
music, arts and crafts show, chil-
dren's art contest, photography
workshop, and marvelous
southern food will be featured.
The Doyle Connor Building in
Moore Haven is the home base
for the festival. Everyone is invit-
ed to participate in the birding
trips, which are offered on an a
la carte basis. They even have
one trip for beginning birders so
don't be shy. Come and learn
and have a good time in the
process. Registration forms and
information are at www.bigob-
irdingfestival.com.. There is no
charge for admission and the


lectures are free. For more infor-
mation call 863-946-0300.


EverStart Series W W I
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Jan. 5-8 are the dates for the
EverStart Series Fishing Tourna-
ment on Lake Okeechobee fea-
turing a winner's purse of
$60,000 for the professional and
$5,000 for the winning co-angler.
Wednesday and Thursday
weigh-ins will be at 3 p.m. at
Roland & Mary Ann Martin's
Marina and at Wal-Mart on Friday
and Saturday.

Wal-Mart FLW
Tour on Tap
The largest Lake Okeechobee
fishing tournament is coming to
town Jan. 19-22. The profession-
al purse is $100,000 for first place
while the co-angler purse for
first place is $20,000. Join the
crowd for the Family Fun Zone
and Weigh-Ins Jan. 21-22 at the
Wal-Mart Supercenter at 3 p.m.
Weigh-ins for Wednesday and
Thursday will be at Roland &
Mary Ann Martin's Marina.

Community
Reading Challenge
Volunteer to help Camp E-Tu-
Makee with their RIF reading
challenge program. The sched-
uled times are Jan. 10-21, Mon-
day-Fiiday, 9:30 -10:30 a.m. and
Wednesday 1:30-3 p.m. at
Camp E-Tu-Makee located on CR
835, 20 miles south of Clewiston.
If these times don't fit your
schedule, they are willing to
work up a special schedule for
you. Call Steve Buczynski at 983-
1400 for more information.

Dial-A-Ride
Program
Do you need a ride to work,
school, shopping, or for a med-
ical appointment? Goodwheels
started a new program Jan. 3 to
meet your needs. And the cost is.
only $1 each way and exact fare
is required. You'll need to call
(800) 741-1570 at least a day in
advance to make your.reserva-
tion. The service will be avail-
able from 7 a.m until 6 p.m. on
weekdays. There will be no serv-
ice on holidays or weekends.


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Lunch Menu


Hendry County School Dis-
trict
Secondary Lunch Menu
January


Courtesy photos
City employees honored
Clewiston Mayor Mali Chamness presents Clewiston Clewiston Mayor Mali Chamness presents Public Works
Police Department Assistant Chief Captain Kristine Peter- Employee of the Year Michael Young with a certificate in
son with Clewiston Police Department's Employee of the recognition of his service to the city. Mr. Young, Public
Year award. Captain Peterson was nominated by Chief Don Works Equipment Operator III who has been employed by
Gutshall for implementing programs and policies that have the city since 1983, was nominated by Public Works Direc-
shown a positive influence on the department as a whole, tor Sean Scheffler for his thorough knowledge of public
including the Chief. Captain Peterson also serves as crim- works operations and his years of service. Described as a
final justice instructor at Clewiston High School. workaholic, Mr. Young is "always there when you need him."


Embark on the New Year at the Ahfachkeke Festival


Thursday 6
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Friday 7
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Mashed Potatatoes
Broccoli
Orange Juice
Chicken Gravy
Biscuit
Monday 10
Shrimp Poppers
Macaroni and Cheese
Pears Diced
Green Beans


Tuesday 11
Corn Dog Nuggets
Baked Beans
Oranges
Grape Slush

Wednesday 12
Popcorn Chicken
Baked Potatotots
Tossed Salad
Banana
Roll Dinner Homestyle

Thursday 13
Chili with Beans
Grilled Cheese
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Join country music fans as
they enjoy performances by John
Anderson and the Bellamy Broth-
ers at the Ahfachkeke Festival pre-
sented by the Seminole Tribe of
Florida Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Big
Cypress Rodeo Arena at the Big
Cypress Seminole Indian Reserva-
tion. Gates open at 10 a.m.
Ahfachkeke is a Miccosukee
word meaning "happy day." The
festival got its name from Semi-
nole tribal member Mary Tigertail
because she thought it would
best describe this family event.
Although the festival is a free
event, attendees are encouraged
to buy tickets for a drawing for a
Gooseneck Brand Multipurpose
Aluminum Trailer courtesy of Eli's
Trailer Shop (retail value $15,000)
or $10,000 cash. All proceeds will
go to the American Red Cross Dis-
aster Relief Fund.
In addition to country music,
the festival will feature a chil-
dren's village with a bounce
house, face painting by clowns,
pony rides, mechanical bull rid-
ing, popcorn and snow cones.
Seminole arts, crafts and cuisine
will also be available.
The festival starts with the
Seminole Color Guard consisting.
of Paul Bowers, Stephen Bowers,
Mitchell Cypress and Charles
Hiers Billie. Following the Color

Year
Continued From Page 4
Department and Utilities were
"awesome" and commended
Clewiston police officers for their
strong efforts on behalf of citizens.
Outgoing District 77 State Rep-
resentative Joe Spratt called for a
return of surplus state lands to
local cities and counties and an
end to term limits in his keynote
remarks during the Clewiston
Chamber of Commerce 56th
annual dinner. Rep. Spratt, who
served eight years in Tallahassee
before being term-limited out,
said one of the important pieces of
legislation to come out of his last
term in office was the land surplus
bill, which requires South Florida
Water Management district and
other state agencies, which he
described as "aggressive" in pur-
chasing lands for Comprehensive
Everglades Restoration, wildlife
habitat and other projects to give
land they don't need back to its
respective counties.
City of Clewiston Mayor Mali
Chamness announced Thursday
that the City Commission had
regretfully accepted Commission-
er John McCallum's resignation,


Courtesy photo
The Bellamy Brothers, the most nominated duo in country
music today, will open for headliner John Anderson, center,
during the Ahfachkeke Festival at Big Cypress Saturday, Jan.
15. The concert is free. Proceeds from drawings go to the
American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.


Guard, tribal member Jessica
Buster will sing the national
anthem. Brian Zepeda, opera-
tions director of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki
Museum, will emcee the festival.
- The first of five bands to per-
form at the festival is Smoken fea-
turing Hollywood tribal employee
Vinnie Fontana on the bass guitar.


effective Sept. 21. Mr. McCallum
said that since he no longer had a
residence or will have a residence
in Clewiston in the near future that
he was resigning as a commis-
sioner, pursuant to the City of
Clewiston's Charter that specifies
a commissioner must be a resi-
dent.
Mr. McCallum, a certified pub-
lic accountant, was elected to a
four-year term in September 2001.
The Clewiston Police Depart-
ment charged a Harlem man,
Charles James McKinley, 50, with
first-degree felony murder, home
invasion robbery and grand theft
of a motor vehicle in connection
with the April 8 apparent homi-
cide of J.E. Morris, 64, of Clewis-
ton.
The Clewiston Commission at
their regular meeting Monday
night approved a special excep-
tion request that will allow a 23-
unit town home project, being
planned by Florida's Finest Devel-
opment and Real Estate Services,
on West Ventura near the Post
Office to move forward.
The Clewiston Commission
during their regular meeting Mon-
day recognized city employees,
volunteer firefighters, police offi-
cers and others for their tireless
efforts in helping the city return to


Smoken' will be playing tunes
from artists such as Janis Joplin
and Trick Pony. The band will also
play a few original tunes from
their own CDs.
Tribal member Paul Buster
and his Cowbone Band will 'fol-
low Smoken. Jesse and Noah Bel-
lamy, sons of David Bellamy, will


normal after Hurricane Frances
struck Sept. 4.
Olde Cypress Community
Bank hosted a weeklong series of
grand opening festivities Oct. 18-
22, culminating in a grand open-
ing ceremony and ribbon cutting
Thursday, Oct. 21.
During Hurricane Frances,
Hendry Regional Medical Center
was a designated special needs
shelter, but soon became a special
shelter of a different kind, provid-
ing food and comfort for patients,
their family members and chil-
dren while Hurricane Frances
raged through Clewiston Sept. 4.
During the hurricane, the hos-
pital housed 14 patients including
two in intensive care, and two
with special needs, 24 of their
family members, including chil-
dren and 52 doctors and other
staff members who left their own
homes and families to stay at the
hospital to care for patients and
emergent cases.
The United Way of Hendry and
Glades County, in conjunction
with United Way of Lee County
and the Harry Chapin Food Banks
of South West Florida and a host
of other local agencies, joined
forces last week and continued
through Thursday offering assis-
tance to residents whose homes


perform next.
Co-headlining the festival,
brothers David and Howard Bel-
lamy will then take the stage.
These brothers have been making
music together for more than two
decades and will no doubt play
some of their hits such as "Let
Your Love Flow" and "For All the
Wrong Reasons." The Bellamy
Brothers are the most nominated
duo in country music today.
The final musical performer
will be co-headliner John Ander-
son. He is a country music legend
with more than 20 albums and
more than 30 songs on Bill-
board's Top 20 chart. One of his
songs that will surely bring the
crowd to their feet is "Seminole
Wind." He brought the house
down at the grand opening of the
Tampa Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
& Casino with this song.
Big Cypress Seminole Reserva-
tion is located midway between
Fort Laurderdale and Naples off I-
75 (Alligator Alley). Take 1-75 to
exit 49, then drive north 19 miles.
From Clewiston, take CR
835/Evercane Road. From
LaBelle, take CR 833 (Devil's Gar-
den Road) to CR 835 and follow
the signs.
For further information, please
call (561) 308-0101.


may have been damaged and
food supplies lost due to Hurri-
cane Frances.
The Hendry County Hospital
Authority Board approved a 3.1
millage rate at their final public
hearing on the hospital budget
Tuesday, Sept. 21, an increase over
the existing 2.5 mills, but stopping
short of approving the 3.2 millage
rate allowed by law after repre-
sentatives of United States Sugar
Corporation and other businesses
protested the proposed increase.
Hendry Regional Medical Cen-
ter CEO Craig Cudworth had told
members of the Clewiston Com-
mission at their regular meeting in
August that staff would recom-
mend to the Hospital Authority
Board that they increase the cur-
rent millage rate from 2.5 to 3.2
mills per $1000 assessed value.
Noting that the village rate at 2.5
mills per $1,000 assessed value is
less than the maximum 3.2 mills
allowed by law and has not been
raised in over five years. Mr. Cud-
worth explained that the increases
are necessary due to the.ihcreased
costs associated with providing
charity care.
Editor's note: This is part three
of a series addressing last year's
highlights.


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Kids with diabetes face bullying


GAINESVILLE, Fla. Children
with endocrine disorders such as
type 1 diabetes or short stature deal
with unique challenges in life, not
the least of which is an increased
risk of being teased, snubbed or
even attacked by school class-
mates, University of Florida
researchers report in an article pub-
lished online Dec. 8 in The Journal
of Pediatrics.
Researchers surveyed 93 chil-
dren 8 to 18 who were visiting UF
endocrinologists for checkups and
found a third reported being bullied
in the past month more than the
national average, said study co-
author Eric Storch, a UF assistant
professor of psychiatry and pedi-
atrics at UF's College of Medicine.
Many suffered adjustment prob-
lems related to bullying, such as
depression, anxiety and loneliness,
which in some cases might hinder
management of their endocrine
disorders, Storch said. Parents
sometimes reported instances
where children were inattentive or
defiant at home, which parents
attributed to bullying.
Researchers are concerned that
children might jeopardize their
health to avoid being picked on.
It's possible youngsters who are
bullied particularly those with
type 1 diabetes, which affects
about one in every 400 to 500 U.S.
children and adolescents would
skip their self-care practices to
reduce the chances of appearing
different from their peers, Storch
said. In extreme cases, such neg-


lect could lead to complications or
even hospitalization, he said.
"If you know kids may tease you
because you have to go to the bath-
room to check your blood sugar or
you can't eat some foods, you
might begin avoiding those things,"
he said. "The idea behind it starts
with social fears."
An estimated 15 percent to 25
percent of all U.S. children are bul-
lied regularly, according to the U.S.
Health Resources and Services
Administration.
"One of the things I often hear
is, 'Everyone goes through this,
why make a big deal of it?' I don't
argue that this happens," Storch
said. "The point is if it's chronic bul-
lying, it's often distressing."
Researchers were surprised to
learn that children with disorders
that affected their appearance,
which included early or late puber-
ty, short stature and male breast
development, reported fewer
adjustment problems related to
bullying than those with type I dia-
betes or low thyroid function,
which may not be noticeable,
Storch said.
"It may be these kids get extra
support from peers and teachers
that help them cope with the nega-
tive peer experience," he said.
The endocrine system includes
the pituitary gland, thyroid gland,
the testicles or ovaries and other
structures that release hormones to
regulate growth, metabolism, sex-
ual maturation and other functions.
Many common endocrine disor-


ders occur when too much or too
little of a specific hormone is pro-
duced, said study co-author Gary
Geffken, a UF associate professor
of pediatrics, psychiatry and clinical
and health psychology.
Bullies may target children with
chronic health conditions because
they stand out as different, but the
differences can take several forms,
he said. Endocrine disorders that
cause changes in appearance are
easily recognized, but children with
type 1 diabetes which often
accompanies low thyroid function
- may not look physically unusual
yet often must inject insulin or
avoid sugary foods.
More fundamentally, chronic ill-
nesses of all types may require chil-
dren to see medical specialists and
make more visits to the doctor than
their peers, which could carry a
stigma, Geffken said.
Fear of social situations was the
most frequent consequence of bul-
lying in the UF study, reported by
almost 20 percent of the children,
Storch said. Almost 8 percent
reported significant symptoms of.
depression, and nearly 6 percent
had high levels of loneliness. These
statistics are comparable to find-
ings for random groups of bullied
children, he said. Among parents
and guardians accompanying the
bullied children, 13 percent report-
ed the child showed signs of dam-
aged self-esteem and 9 percent said
the child was significantly misbe-
having, again comparable to statis-
tics reported by parents of random-


ly selected bullied children.
It's uncertain whether bullying
causes social anxiety to develop or
whether it may be a factor that
causes bullies to target specific chil-
dren, said social anxiety researcher
Deborah Roth Ledley, an assistant
professor of psychology in psychia-
try with the University of Pennsylva-
nia's department of psychiatry. The
truth may lie somewhere in
between, she said.
"It actually seems as if it's a bit of
a vicious cycle," said Roth Ledley,
who has previously collaborated
with Storch but did not participate
in the current UF study. "Shy, social-
ly reticent kids might be targets for
teasing, but then they might also
react in such a way that invites fur-
ther teasing. And as kids are teased
and they come to see the world as a
dangerous or threatening place, it's
likely that they'll withdraw even fur-
ther."
The study, funded by $8,000
from the Human Growth Founda-
tion and the UF Center for Pediatric
and Family Psychology, asked chil-
dren to complete four written sur-
veys and asked each child's parent
or guardian to complete a separate
one, Storch said. Of the 93 children
surveyed, 33 had type 1 diabetes,
26 had low thyroid function, 25 had
short stature, three had male breast
development, three had early
puberty and three had delayed
puberty.


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Agency for Workforce Innovation,
announced today that the filing
deadlines for Disaster Unemploy-
ment Assistance (DUA) within
Florida have passed with some
exceptions.
Individuals in Brevard, Citrus,
Clay, Duval, Flagler, Highlands, Indi-
an River, Lake, Lee, Manatee, Mari-
on, Martin, Okeechobee, Osceola,
Orange, Palm Beach, Pasco, Polk,
Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, and
Volusia Counties who lost jobs or
businesses as a result of Hurricane
Ivan are still eligible.
On Dec. 9, the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency
amended the disaster declaration
dated Sept. 16, 2004 to include
these counties. Applicants must file
for disaster benefits within 30 days
of the date of public notification.
Therefore, DUA applications in
these counties must be filed no
later than Jan. 13. Although many
workers will be covered by the
state's regular unemployment


compensation program, those not
covered may apply for DUA. DUA is
a federally funded program, which
assists individuals who become
unemployed as a direct result of a
declared disaster. The program
also covers self-employed individu-
als, owners of farms and ranches,
farm and ranch workers, as well as
fishers and others who are not nor-
mally covered by state unemploy-
ment compensation.
The Agency for Workforce
Innovation administers the DUA
program in Florida in partnership
with the U.S. Department of Labor
and state and regional workforce
boards. Funding for the program is
provided by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency.
To.be eligible for either the state
unemployment compensation
program or DUA, the applicant
must be a legal resident. To be eligi-
ble for DUA benefits, an individual
must have exhausted all entitle-
ment to any regular state unem-
ployment benefits and must have
been working in or residing in a


county for which the disaster has
been officially declared. DUA bene-
fits are available to unemployed
individuals for up to 26 weeks from
the date of the disaster declaration.
Federal regulations provide that
the unemployment of an individual
is caused by a disaster if the individ-
ual: (1) becomes unemployed as a
direct result of the disaster; or (2) is
unable to reach the place of
employment as a direct result of
the disaster; or (3) was scheduled
to begin work and does not have a
job or is unable to reach the job as
a direct result of the disaster; or (4)
has become the major support for
a household because the head of
the household has died as a direct
result of the disaster; or (5) cannot
work because of an injury caused
directly by the disaster.
Individuals applying for disaster
related unemployment assistance
will need to have the following
information available:
-Social Security number.
-Alien registration number and
expiration date (if a non-U.S. citizen).


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recent employerss.
-If self-employed, have proof of
self-employment for the past two
years.
(State or Federal tax returns,
financial statements, bank records
of accounts, or 1099 Forms. Docu-
mentation necessary to support a
claim may be faxed to 850-921-
3938. Applicant's. Social Security
number should appear on all doc-
uments submitted).
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could not work due to the disaster,
have name and address of employ-
er and the date work was sched-
uled to begin
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unemployment compensation can
be filed by Internet at the following
Web site address:
www.fluidnow.com (indicate on
the application that it is a disaster
related unemployment claim).
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filed by calling (800) 204-2418.-
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A Blue Ribbon Panel, which
spent six weeks pouring over
Hendry Regional Medical Center's
finances over the past four years
and budget projections for 2005
concluded their report.
The report states that by con-
verting the hospital to a critical
access facility, as has been touted
by the hospital's administration
and Hospital Authority Board may
provide additional revenue, but is
not the long-term solution to the
hospital's financial woes.
"Conversion to critical access
status does not address the need
for physicians to drive admissions
and quality service," the commit-
tee, comprised of USSC Director of
Corporate Benefits Bryan Cross,
USSC Continuous Improvement
Manager Derek Pridgen, Southern
Gardens Citrus Processing Fruit
Operations Manager Brasington
Beakley, former Clewiston Com-
munity Redevelopment Agency
chairman Darren Smith, Hilliard
Brothers Controller Kevin
Hollinger, Hendry County School
Board Human Resources Director
Steve Stinnett and US. Sugar
Senior Vice President for Public
Affairs Robert Coker concluded.
"Nor does critical access status
address the root cause of out-
migration of county residents to
other providers for non-acute
care," the report continued to read.
The critical access status conver-


sion also does not address coding
and billing issues required to attain
appropriate reimbursements, the
panel concluded intheir report
The committee also questioned
the conclusions of a study conduct-
ed byhospital management compa-
ny Quorum in supportoftheconver-
sion, noting that while Medicare
(Part A) reimbursements would
increase by $387,579 and Medicare
(Part B) reimbursements would
increase by $107,740, the conver-
sion would have no impacts on
Medicaid or swing-bed reimburse-
merits. The Drug Act of 2003
decreases reimbursement by
$118,447, so the true net impact of
the conversion, to criticalcce sta-
tus is $376,872 in additional revenue.
- More important, the committee
noted, Quorum's December 2003
findings/projections are predicated
on building a new facility at a cost
of $22 million. And while reim-
bursements would increase by
$300,000, related to construction of
a new hospital, at $22 million, the
board would face $1 million in
interest payments per year.
"Payback for capital costs to
build a new facility will not be
achieved given inability to even pay
interest costs on the debt," the con-
sultantconcluded.
While constructing a new hos-
pital would reduce maintenance
costs associated with operating an
aging facility, and presumably
might encourage area residents to


come to HRMC for their medical
care. To recover, the hospital must
first address its financial health and
sustainability, improve its opera-
tional efficiency and effectiveness,
focus its orientation on customer
service and emphasize perform-
ance excellence, the committee
concluded.
In October, HRMC Chief Finan-
cial Officer Nick Braccino told mem-
bers of the Hendry County Eco-
nomic Development Council the
conversion to a critical access hospi-
tal will not only help the hospital
recover some of its costs, the con-
version will keep the hospital from
having its Medicare funding cut.
"For Medicare patients they pay
a flat amount, it doesn't matter if
the patient is in the hospital one
day or four days. They reimburse
$80 for an emergency room visit,
whether the patient gets an aspirin
or a CAT Scan," Mr. Braccino said,
adding as the situation exists now,
as costs inflate, the Medicare reim-
bursement doesn't go up.
The conversion to critical
access status will allow the hospital
to recoup more of the actual costs
associated with patient care,
because whatever the costs are,
Medicare must pay a percentage of
those costs.
"If they account for 35 percent
of our business, they owe us 35
percent of the cost," Mr. Braccino
said.
The CFO said with interest,


-cess part
depredation and allowable costs, for tho
the conversion will reduce the hos- longer
pital's projected $800,000 shortfall require
by $400,000. level,w
Mr. Braccino said in addition to Mr.
the increases from Medicare reim- tion o
bursements, other cost-cutting Mohar
measures are expected to generate Family
an additional $200,000. have rr
He said the reason the hospital
hadn't made the conversion to crit-
ical access status in the past was
because prior to the Prescription
Drug Act, hospitals with critical
access status were allowed only 15
patient beds.
"We did a feasibility study, and
with only 15 beds, we would have
lost so much revenue, it was part of
the problem," Mr. Braccino said,
noting that whether there are 15
patients or 25 patients in the hospi-
tal, many of the costs associated
with running the hospital, from util-
ities to some staffing remain fixed.
"As our census declined, it did-
n't reduce our costs, but the rev- You
enues declined," Mr. Braccino said. acre
"When they jumped to 25 beds, it
made it feasible, because last year
our highest census was 25 in-
patients one day."
Mr. Braocino said the hospital will
have a challenge with regard to the
length of stay requirements under
critical access status, which limit
average patient stays to four days, Full
although he said a "swing bed" the
option, which allows beds to be 30,
used either for acute nursing care, or Flori


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continue to take mosquito pre-
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has cooled down over the past
several months, the sub-tropical
climate of Southwest Florida
lends itself to mosquito breeding
all year long. Lab results received
late Wednesday, December 22,
confirmed that a chicken at the
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sentinel chicken testing site tested
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this is during the dusk and dawn


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Remove old tires or drill
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Check tarps on boats or
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Pump out bilges on boats.
Replace water in birdbaths


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ng nursing care at a less acute
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mmed Kabbesh at Hendry
Care Center, they expect to
lore patients in the hospital.


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Hendry/Glades Community Health
air, slated for Feb. 20 from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. at Clewiston Middle
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hours at the Family Care Center
from 8 a.m. to noon are planned to
help build the center's and ulti-
mately the hospital's patient base.


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Filing Deadline for 2005 Tax Saving Exemptions is March 1, 2005

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In order to qualify for this exemption you must:
Hold title to the property as of January 1, 2005 Reside on the property as of January 1, 2005 *
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When you apply for the exemption in person, please bring the following with you:
1. A copy of your recorded deed.
2. Social Security Number of all property owners.
3. Permanent residency proof (Alien Registration Card), if not a U.S. citizen.
In addition, please bring the following items which apply to you:
1. Florida drivers license (Valid In Florida Only License is for Non-Residents):
2. Florida vehicle registration.
3. Florida voters registration.
4. Declaration of Domicile, if applicable.
5. Death certificate, if applicable, for widow(er)'s exemption.
You may appear personally at one of the County Property Appraiser's Offices and file your application
or you may call our Downtown Service Center to have an application mailed to you.
Applications are also available on line at www.pbcgov.com/papa.
Offices will be open 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Monday through Friday beginning January 3rd and ending,
Tuesday March 1st, 2005.
Downtown Service Center, Palm Beach County Governmental Center
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Hospital
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ing our communities without
hospital care," Mr. Coker said,
"the community cannot afford a
long and lengthy debate while we
argue over details.
"The fact is that the hospital
has annual expenses of over $19
million and income of only $15
million. There are no cash
reserves on the balance sheet, no
funding available for capital
expenses that could improve the
facility and/or its processes and lit-
erally no more tax money avail-
able to fill this gap after a 25 per-
cent tax hike this year," Mr. Coker
wrote. "While services and inpa-
tient volumes decrease, debt and
outside service expenses are
steadily increasing. This cannot
continue."
Charging that the hospital's
management dismissed the com-
mittee's findings, while the hospi-
tal authority board remained
silent, Mr. Coker said the Blue Rib-
bon Committee's "recommenda-
tions were based on the fact that
the hospital's traditional business


Murder
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vehicle.
The blue Cavalier he was driv-
ing had been reported stolen in
Immokalee some time around 11
p.m. Tuesday.
Henderson was. alone when
he was stopped and arrested for
escape. There had been specula-
tion that a 14-year-old runaway
from the Oasis Youth Center in
Fort Myers might be with him.
Sheriff Lee said they had no evi-
dence that she had ever been with
him during this time. .
Sheriff Lee said officers will be
keeping a close eye on Hender-
son. As a trusty at the Hendry
County Jail, he escaped from a
work detail at the facility on Dec.
30, just hours before 39-year-old
Danny Woosley was found shot at


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for a top pro award of $60,000. If
the winning pro is a Ranger Cup
participant, Ranger will award
another $3,000 cash (or $1,500
to the highest-finishing Ranger
Cup participant if not the win-
ner), and Yamaha will match 50
percent of Ranger Cup winnings
if the angler's boat is powered
by a Yamaha outboard. Garmin
will award the winning pro
$1,000 if he uses only Garmin
electronics and at least one unit
is a qualifying unit, thus boost-
ing potential winnings for the
top pro to $65,500.
The winning co-angler
receives $5,000 cash, and if the
winner is a Ranger boat owner,
Ranger will award a new Ranger


Relay
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Society."
Mrs. Rodriguez explained the
emerging symptoms were mak-
ing the situation even more con-
fusing, not,only to her but to her
family as well.
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and I had no clue, my husband
had no clue how to help me.
How do you tell your husband,
go away, you hurt me when you
touch me?" Mrs. Rodriguez said.
"Only someone who's been
there can really understand.
Only someone who's been there
can say, take this soy protein; it
will make you feel better. I've
been cancer free for 12 years. I
beat it somehow God shined
down on me, and now I volun-
teer and talk about cancer sur-
vivorship."
Cancer is an alien being to
many, but according to Mrs.
Rodriguez, it's becoming an all
too familiar foe for many people.
"Everyone knows someone,
a family member, a friend, a co-
worker, someone you've read
about in the news or your
favorite movie star who's suc-
cumbed to cancer," Mrs.


model is not working. And, it can-
not be fixed with a few tweaks
here and there. The goal of the
Blue Ribbon Committee was to
find immediate, short-term opera-
tional cost savings of three to four
million dollars to offset the gap
between expenses and revenues
as well as reduce the reliance on
property tax increases to our
communities."
Mr. Coker asserted "it may be
that a 'full service' hospital (such
as HRMC) serving only 10-12 peo-
ple as inpatients each day is no
longer the best model."
According to Coker, there are
almost 200 employees of HRMC
as of December.
"There is no realistic scenario
that will continue to support this
level of staffing," he said. "Most
individuals that I have spoken
with want a 'top rate' urgent care
center (emergency room) and are
supportive of getting other non-
emergency health care on either
coast. This model has not been
discussed in appropriate detail. It
may be what our community
needs and can afford."
Coker pointed straight to the
bottom line and said the hospital
is not adequately serving its citi-


his State Road 29 home at about 8
p.m.
Mr. Woosley's 1992 blue F-150
pick up truck, which was missing
that night, was discovered Jan. 2,
on County Road 82 in northern
Collier County. HCSO Capt. Joe
Johnson said the black and white
jumpsuit Henderson was wearing
when he escaped has been recov-
ered. A $5,000 reward was offered
for information leading to Hen-
derson's apprehension.
Florida Department of Law
Enforcement scientists scoured
the crime scene for physical evi-
dence that night. Both FDLE and
the State Attorney's Office are
assisting in the investigation.
Authorities are not officially
linking Henderson's escape from
jail and the Woosley homicide,
although the two did have a "his-
tory" together.
On June 6, 2003, Henderson


519 VS for a total prize package
worth $35,000. Co-anglers who
make the final round of each
regular-season EverStart Series
event and wear an
EverStart/Evinrude shirt and cap
on stage are also awarded points
toward the EverStart Batteries
and Evinrude Outboard Engines
Co-angler Award. The co-angler
receiving the most points by the
end of the season receives an
Evinrude 225HO Direct Injection
outboard engine rigged on a
Ranger boat equipped with a
Minn Kota trolling motor and
EverStart batteries.
In EverStart Series competi-
tion pros supply the boats, fish
from the front deck against other
pros and control boat move-
ment. Co-anglers fish from the
back deck and compete against
other co-anglers. Every angler
who receives weight credit in a


Rodriguez said. "We want to
raise funds to find a cure for can-
cer we want it to get where it
will never happen to someone
again."
Raising funds to fight cancer
is what the annual Relay for Life
event, slated for Friday and Sat-
urday Feb. 18-19 at the Hendry
County Fairgrounds in Clewis-
ton, is all about.
Ms. Rodriguez said one of the
highlights of the annual event is
the Luminaire Ceremony where
candles are lit in remembrance
of those who have lost the battle
with cancer and to honor cancer
survivors.
"At 9 p.m., it's the coolest
thing. All the lights are turned
out, it's pitch dark, and the
Harlem Community Choir sings.
All you see are these lights,
inside a. bag with a name on it,
of someone who's passed away
or someone who's fighting can-
cer," Ms. Rodriguez said. "You
think, 'Oh my God, look at all
these lights. It's overwhelm-
ing.'"
One year was even more
overwhelming.
"I, saw my own name, my
kids bought a bag and I almost
died," she says, laughing now,
although at the time it was a
poignant moment remembering


zens and will go broke under the
current conditions.
"Then, our community will
not have a hospital," Mr. Coker
wrote, going on to encourage
business leaders to contact hospi-
tal authority board members to
express their concerns. "If we
don't start a serious debate on
reducing costs, our community
may lose one of the most impor-
tant quality-of-life assets neces-
sary to sustain a growing and
vibrant rural community."
In response to Mr. Coker's
widely circulated letter, sent to
local businesses, and to hospital
employees whose morale has
been shaken by the ongoing
debate, HRMC administrators
drafted a response, submitted to
the board prior to today's meet-
ing, asserting that the suggestion
the hospital is going broke is
because it has 200 employees and
only serves 10-12 in-patients per
day. He said the situation is "a
very narrow view of our business
and warrants a much more com-
prehensive response."
Noting that the hospital's pur-
pose is to serve the health care
needs of the entire community,
the administration pointed out


was arrested for theft of a firearm
and dealing in stolen property.
The firearm in question was a
Smith & Wesson snub-nosed
nickel-plated .38 special handgun
that Henderson reportedly admit-
ted he took from the Woosley res-
idence, where he had stayed for
several months. The.gun was later
recovered.
On July 16, 2003, Henderson
was sentenced to two years state
probation:; was ordered to have
no contact with Mr. Woosley or
his residence at 1650 SR 29S; was
ordered to have a substance
abuse evaluation and to complete
the recommended treatment;
was ordered to give his best effort
at earning a GED; and, was
ordered not to possess any
firearm.
Henderson had been an
inmate at the Hendry County Jail
since Sept. 30. He was serving


tournament earns points that
determine angler standings. Two
hundred points are awarded to
the winner, 199 points for sec-
ond, 198 points for third, and so
on. The top 40 pros and top 40
co-anglers from each of the
EverStart Series' five divisions -
Central, Northeast, Northern,
Southeast and Western will
advance to the $1 million Ever-
Start Series Championship on
Pickwick Lake Nov. 2-5. The top
10 pros and top 10 co-anglers
from each division also qualify
for the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, the
world's most lucrative tourna-
ment series, where they can
compete for a share of $7.6 mil-
lion in 2006.
Each EverStart Series Division
features four regular-season
tournaments.
Named after the legendary
founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest


what she'd been through, as
well as a moment of triumph
recognizing that she has sur-
vived.
Since then Ms. Rodriguez has
made herself available to civic
groups like the Lions Club,
Rotary and others to get the
word out about the services
offered by the American Cancer
Society and the importance of
the annual Relay for Life event,
as well as chairing the event.
The theme for this year's
event, sponsored by United
States Sugar Corporation, is
"Take a Holiday from Cancer."
So far, nine organizations
have signed up to host teams at
the annual event including East-
side, Westside and Central Ele-
mentary Schools in Clewiston,
Clewiston High School's Health
Occupations Society of America
organization, Hendry Regional
Medical Center, First United
Methodist Church and the
Hendry County Fair Board,
which is hosting the event this
year at the Fairgrounds.
Event organizers hope other
businesses and groups will sign
up to participate, with the goal
set of including at least 20 local
teams. Teams are made up of
10-15 people, who are expected
to raise a minimum of $100


that the hospital provides not only
in-patient hospital care, as part of
a rural healthcare network, but
also offers outpatient services,
clinics and emergency services.
Beyond serving the 10-12 resi-
dent "in-patients," on its average
daily census, hospital registra-
tions, for the year just ended,
were 16,379 for an average of 44.9
per day. Emergency department
visits were 11,757 or 32.0 per day.
Family Care Center visits totaled
9,449 or 25.9 per day, while Home
Health Care visits included 3,187
or 8.7 per day. Added together, the
hospital and its various depart-
ment's, the administration said,
serves 111.5 patents per day.
Of the approximately 631 serv-
ices hospital departments provide
each day, 97,184 pharmacy doses
are administered a year, roughly
266.28 per day. Lab tests total
87,266 a year, or 239.08 per day.
Rehabilitation units of care total
29,114 or 79.76 per day. Radiology
exams total 16,305 or 44.67 per
day and 490 surgical cases are
performed each year, for an aver-
age of 1.34 per day.
While admitting that the hos-
pital does not have cash reserves
for building maintenance or


concurrent sentences on two
counts of Grand TheftAuto, hand-
ed down on Dec. 20 just ten
days before his escape. He was
sentenced to 364 days, with a total
of 124 days of credit for time
served. Both stolen vehicles were
found in Clewiston. Henderson
also has a history of traffic arrests
in Lee County.
Mr. Woosley leaves three chil-
dren: Ashley, 16, Britney, 11 and
Stephen, 10, along with his moth-
er, Joann Woosley; brother Larry
and sisters: Sherri, Patti and Mara.
Mr. Woosley, a member of a
LaBelle pioneer family, ran Jen-
ning's Hardware in LaBelle. Since
1911 Jennings Hardware has
been owned and operated by the
family, and in the same location
on Bridge Street.
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L. Wood, FLW Outdoors admin-
isters the EverStart Series and
seven other national tourna-
ment circuits offering a com-
bined $30 million in awards
through 214 events in 2005. The
27-year-old organization is the
purveyor of America's largest
and most prestigious fishing
tournaments, including the Wal-
Mart FLW Tour, EverStart Series,
Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League,
Wal-Mart Texas Tournament
Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye
Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye
League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish
Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish
Series.
For more information on FLW
Outdoors and its tournament
programs, visit
FLWOutdoors.com or call (270)
252-1000.


each, with a goal of raising
$30,000 for cancer research.
Registration is $125 to secure a
campsite. For 18 hours, team
members and the general public
can enjoy entertainment, games,
music, great food, camaraderie
and lots of fun.
Relay for Life began in 1985
when an oncologist in Washing-
ton State ran laps on a track for
24 hours, raising $27,000 himself
that first year. Since then, the
American Cancer Society has
hosted 3,800 Relay for Life
events nationally, raising $300
million, with 500,000 cancer sur-
vivors participating.
For more information, or to
sign up to participate in the
annual Relay for Life event,
phone event chairperson Sandi
Rodriguez at 983-7813. The next
Relay for Life team captain and
committee meeting is slated for
Jan. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at Florida
Community Health Center.
Future Relay for Life team
captain and committee meet-
ings are slated for Jan. 19,26,
Feb. 2, and Feb. 10, at 5:30 p.m.
at Florida Community Health
Center. For more information, or
to sign up, phone Ms. Rodriguez
at 983-7813.


equipment purchases, adminis-
tration officials assert that the hos-
pital is not going broke.
"Because we provide services
to the community regardless of
their ability to pay, we are not
compensated for 20 percent of
our business," HRMC CEO Craig
Cudworth said. "The County,
through our hospital authority,
makes up the difference of lost
revenues for uncompensated
care, approximately $5 million a
year."
The administrators noted, as a
non-profit county hospital, the
hospital doesn't expect to make a
profit, but does need to make
enough money to provide for


future operational needs.
Saying the September tax
increase, from 2.5 to 3.1 mills per
$1000 assessed value, the first in
five years and short of the 3.2 mills
statutory limit, stabilized the hos-
pital's uncompensated care cost,
the administration vowed to stabi-
lize its current financial opera-
tions.
"Through our new Critical
Access Hospital status we will
take advantage of cost-based
reimbursements wherever possi-
ble," Mr. Cudworth said. "We will
implement a well thought-out
strategic plan in the very near
future that will help us reach our
financial goals and objectives."


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CITY OF MOORE HAVEN FOR
THE YEAR 2005


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meetings of the city council of the City of Moore Haven
will be held on the following dates during the year 2005
at City Hall in the City Council Meeting Chambers, 299
Riverside Drive, Moore Haven, Glades County, Florida:


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Propane council answers questions from consumers


The following information
was provided by the Florida Gas
Safety Education and Research
Council/
Question: My propane prices
keep changing. Is pricing of
propane regulated?
Answer: No. In a free market
economy, many supply factors
affect the pricing of all goods -
including propane. Propane
comes from crude oil and natu-
ral gas, so when crude oil pro-
duction is cut (such as hap-
pened in 1999 when OPEC cut
production), the price of
propane began to rise. Weather
also affects pricing. As demand
increases, prices for all heating
fuels rise as gas producers work
to meet that demand.
Question: Is propane safe to
use in my home?
Answer: Propane is a safe
fuel to use in your home and
business. Propane has a narrow
range of flammability and can-
not be ingested like gasoline or
alcohol fuels because it is
released as a vapor from a pres-


sured container. In addition,
award-winning preventive main-
tenance programs like GAS-
Check (Gas Appliance System
Check) ensure that homeown-
ers understand how to properly
maintain their propane appli-
ances and enjoy a healthy, safe
environment. Ask your gas sup-
plier about a safety check of
your home's gas system.
Question: Is propane harmful
to the environment? No.
Propane is an approved, alterna-
tive clean fuel listed in the 1990
Clean Air Act and the National
Energy Policy Act of 1992.
Propane is one of the cleanest
burning of all alternative fuels;
new propane-fueled vehicles
can meet the very tough Ultra-
Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV)
standards, and one model even
meets the Super Ultra-Low
Emission Vehicle (SULEV) stan-
dards. Propane is also nontoxic,
so it's not harmful to soil or
water.
Question: How can I be sure
I'm handling the use of propane


Public warned about


disaster relief scams


TALLAHASSEE Florida
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson is warning the public to
beware of potential scam artists
posing as relief agencies for the
victims of the tsunami in Asia.
"It's clear that there will be a
great need for assistance for the
tens of thousands of victims of
this terrible disaster," Bronson
said. "But people who want to
help need to ensure their dona-
tions are going to actual victims
and not to con artists."
In Florida, most charitable
organizations are required by
state law to be registered with
the Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services and pro-
vide financial information. That
information is compiled on the
Department's web site
www.800helpfla.com and in the
annual "Gift Givers' Guide," a
popular consumer publication
which shows how much money
an organization has raised the
previous year, how much was
spent on program services,
administrative cos:- and Iund.'
raising activities.
Consumers can also contact
the Department's consumer hot-
line at 1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-
435-7352) to determine whether
a charity is properly registered
and find out the complaint histo-
ry of a charity.
The Department has received
reports in past disasters such
as wildfires and following the
terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001
- of organizations seeking help
for victims and pocketing the
money. It is difficult to investi-
gate these cases because scam


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artists have usually left an area
before anyone realizes they have
been conned. Mr. Bronson says
it is incumbent on consumers to
take precautions to avoid being
victimized. Consumers may be
approached over the phone, on
the Internet, or through direct
mail.
Mr. Bronson also provides the
following tips to consider when
deciding
whether to donate to an
organization:
Don't judge an organiza-
tion based on an impressive-
sounding name.Find out what it
actually does.
Be wary of emotional
appeals and organizations that
have only vague plans for spend-
ing the funds they collect.
Never give cash. Write a
check payable only to an organi-
zation, not an individual.
Be wary of organizations
that offer to send a "runner" to
pick up your donation. Rep-
utable charities are willing to
wajii or your contribution.
Consumers have the right
to ask for an organization's
financial report and its federal
tax identification number, the
latter of which you will need to
claim your contribution as a tax
deduction.
If an organization is not
registered, contact the Depart-
ment.
Consumers who have addi-
tional questions or want to
report a potential scam should
call the Department's hotline at
1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-435-
7352).


gas properly in my home?
Answer: Many gas suppliers
have consumer education pro-
grams and information. In addi-
tion, the National Propane Gas
Association (NPGA) has devel-
oped a comprehensive mainte-
nance program called GAS
Check (Gas Appliance System
Check), in which trained techni-
cians inspect propane systems
and appliances in homes to
ensure they are running safely
and efficiently. The program also
educates homeowners on the
proper maintenance of propane
appliances and how to handle


propane safely. Be sure to ask
your gas supplier about a safety
check of your home's gas sys-
tem.
Question: If my gas system
leaks, how would I know?
Propane has an odorant added
so that you can smell it if it
escapes if there's a leak in the
system or an appliance malfunc-
tions. Make sure that you and all
members of your household are
familiar with the distinctive odor
of propane gas. For a free
brochure demonstrating this
odor, contact the Bureau of LP
Gas Inspections at 850/921-8001,


Discounts available


on hunting licenses


If you missed out on getting
a five-year hunting license for
Christmas, there is still time to
get one before the special
offer by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) and Sports
Authority ends on Jan. 24.
Buyers of five-year hunting
licenses will receive Sports
Authority store coupons for 25
percent off regularly priced
hunting merchandise, exclud-
ing firearms and ammunition,
or 10 percent off regularly
priced firearms and ammuni-
tion.
The offer is valid through
Jan. 24 and only to the first
1,000 license buyers. The
FWC will mail Sports Authori-
ty coupons to license buyers'
home addresses.
"Five-year licenses are con-


venient for hunters because
they do not have to renew
their licenses every year, and
they also receive a discount
from Sports Authority," said
Mark Trainor, FWC's Hunting
and Game Management Divi-
sion's marketing coordinator.
"In addition, five-year licenses
are valid in Florida even if you
move out of state."
Five-year hunting licenses
cost $56.50 (plus convenience
fees) and may be purchased
on the Internet at
MyFWC.com/license/, by call-
ing toll-free 1-888-HUNT-
FLORIDA (486-8356), at coun-
ty tax collectors' offices or
from license vendors.
Visit MyFWC.com for more
information about hunting,
fishing and wildlife viewing.


Petition seeks fair


orange juice pricing
LAKELAND On Dec. 27 a during the past three years," said
coalition consisting of Florida Andy' LaVigne, Florida Citrus
Citrus Mutual and a group of Mutual's executive vice presi-
Florida-based orange juice dent/CEO. "Even after the recent
processors, representing the hurricanes, Brazilian juice has
majority of the domestic grow- been sold in the futures market
ing and processing orange juice at prices almost as low as before
industry, petitioned the U.S. gov- hurricane damage occurred,
ernment for antidumping duties undermining the ability of grow-
to offset the unfair prices offered ers and processors to recover
by Brazilian processors on both from those devastating losses."
bulk frozen concentrated orange The U.S. International Trade,
juice (FCOJ) and not-from-con- Commission (ITC) and the U.S.
centrate (NFC) orange juice. Department of Commerce will
Both FCOJ and NFC have conduct the investigation, which
been dumped in the U.S. during is expected to last nine months.
the past year by Brazilian Florida Citrus Mutual, found-
importers at prices below both ed in 1948, is the state's largest
their European prices and below citrus grower organization with
their costs of production, with more than 11,000 members. The
dumping margins ranging from Florida citrus industry provides a
37 percent for FCOJ to 78 per- $9.1 billion annual economic
cent for NFC. impact to the state and employs
"These unfair practices have 90,000 people. For more infor-
caused material injury to Florida nation, please visit,
citrus growers and processors www.flcitrusmutual.com.


and ask for the "How's Your
-Nose?" pamphlet.
Answer: I bought a brand
new gas range for my home, and
wanted to save some money by
having my son install it for me.
Does he need a license? There
are no laws that prohibit a con-
sumer from working on his own
gas system, however, the Bureau
STRONGLY recommends
against it. LP gas technicians are
trained professionals for this
type of work, and should always
be contacted when service,
installation or repair work is
needed. Also, Florida law
requires you to notify your gas
company any time work is per-
formed on your gas system. This
is extremely important to your
safety. No one, other than the
owner of the gas container, can
move, fill or work on the con-
tainer, according to Florida law.


Question: I'm afraid I will run
out of gas when the weather
gets cold. What can I do?
Answer: The Bureau of LP
,Gas Inspections suggests that
homeowners who fuel furnaces
and appliances with propane
contacted their local dealer
about having their propane
delivery accounts put on "auto-
matic." An automatic or "keep-
full" account ensures that an
adequate supply of gas will be
available, no matter how cold
the weather or treacherous the
road conditions. If you cannot
be put on a "keep-full" account,
never wait until your tank is
empty to call for gas. As a rule of
thumb, call your gas company
when your tank gauge reaches
30%.
If you have a question email
oneilv@doacs.state.fl.us.


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AWARENESMONTH
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month and the
National Eye Institute along with Family Eye Care are highlight-
-ing the-importance of regular eye care and good vision.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss in the
United States aiffec^ting about three million Americans. Highyisk
groups include' anyone over the age of sixty,"-blacks and
Hispanics over the-age of forty;jpeople of Caribbean-island ori-
gin or descent, diabetics and people who have a family history
of glaucoma. With no early warning signs of possible vision loss,
doctors urge those at higher risk for glaucoma to get regular
dilated eye examinations to help detect this blinding eye disease.
Glaucoma occurs when the normal fluid pressure inside the
eye progressively increases, leading to optic nerve damage and
reduced peripheral (side) vision. As the disease worsens, the
field of vision gradually narrows and blindness may result. No
pain is noted from the increased eye pressure.
Once vision is lost from glaucoma, unlike with cataracts, it
cannot be returned.
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unarmnog trame nouse seeks a nanoy-
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Travel problems top complaints


TALLAHASSEE Florida
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson has released the list of
top 10 complaints of 2004, and
"Do Not Call List" complaints
dropped to second place for the
first time in years. The Depart-
ment also obtained an increase in
consumer refunds over last year
even thought the number of com-
plaints was down.
In 2004, the number one com-
plaint among industries regulated
by the Department involved travel
and vacation plans. There were
4,312 complaints lodged, an
increase of about 45 percent over
the previous year.
Telemarketing fell to second
place with 3,673 consumer com-
plaints in 2004.
The Department's Division of
Consumer Services was able to
recover $2,784,919 in refunds and
services for consumers this past
year. That is more than a half-mil-
lion-dollar increase over 2003


despite the fact that the total num-
ber of complaints coming into the
division dropped. In 2003, the
Division of Consumer Services
received 31,274 complaints. That
compares with 23,718 in 2004.
The Department's Division of
Consumer Services serves as the
clearinghouse for consumer
complaints in Florida. In addition,
it regulates nearly a dozen indus-
tries. The division can take a num-
ber of actions against businesses
it regulates, including levying
penalties, revoking registrations
or shutting down a business alto-
gether. The division also tries to
mediate complaints for con-
sumers against industries that are
not regulated by the Department.
While the division doesn't have
jurisdiction over non-regulated
industries, the division contacts
businesses on behalf of con-
sumers in an effort to resolve their
disputes.
Price-gouging complaints
ranked third with 3,023 received.


Price-gouging wasn't even in
the top 10 in 2003, the change
brought about by the state of
emergency declared during four
hurricanes Florida suffered in
2004. Rounding out the top 10 list
are: motor vehicle repair with
2,212 complaints; credit/banking
with 1,019 complaints; commu-
nications with 1,010 complaints;
business opportunities/franchises
with 977 complaints; health stu-
dios with 684 complaints; tele-
marketers (not involving the "Do
Not Call List") with 672 com-
plaints, and construction with 631
complaints.
Mr. Bronson urged consumers
to call the Department's Con-
sumer Hotline at 1-800-HELPFLA
(1-800-435-7352) to find out the
complaint history of a company
and any other pertinent informa-
tion prior to signing any contracts
or making a purchase. Con-
sumers can also file complaints
online through the Department's
web site atwww.800helpfla.com.


Bronson reminds farmers of deadlines


TALLAHASSEE Florida
Agriculture Commissioner
Charles H. Bronson is reminding
farmers and other eligible stake-
holders of the approaching
deadline for purchasing crop
coverage under the Non-insured
Crop Disaster Assistance Pro-
gram (NAP).
The NAP, which is adminis-
tered by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Farm Service
Agency, provides financial assis-
tance to producers of non-insur-
able crops when low yields, loss
of inventory, or prevented plant-
ing occurs due to natural disas-
ters.
To be eligible for NAP assis-
tance, crops must be non-insur-
able crops and agricultural com-
modities for which the
catastrophic risk protection level
of crop insurance is not avail-
able. Interested parties should
contact a crop insurance agent
regarding whether a crop is
insurable in a specific county.


Contact the local Farm Service
Agency office for information on
whether a crop is eligible for
NAP coverage.
An eligible natural disaster
must occur before or during har-
vest and must directly affect the
eligible crop. The coverage peri-
od for NAP may vary depending
on whether the producer grows
annual, perennial, or value loss
crops. To remain eligible for
NAP assistance, specific crop
acreage information must be


reported annually. When a crop
or planting is affected by a natu-
ral disaster, the local Farm Ser-
vice Agency office must be noti-
fied within 15 calendar days.
For more information about
NAP, visit:
http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov/n
ap.htm
To locate the FSA office in a
specific Florida county, visit:
http://oip.usda.gov/scripts/nd
isapi.dll/oip_agency/pgSelect-
ByState.


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FWC announces top spots for striper and hybrid bass


Bass anglers don't have to hang
up their fishing rods for the winter
just because Florida's legendary
largemouths pretty much come
down with lockjaw when the
weather gets too cool. Fall and win-
ter months offer the best striped
bass and hybrid bass fishing here in
the state that bills itself as the Fish-
ing Capital of the World.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
has some tips for anglers who
would like to go after these mon-
ster fish that scientists call
"morones" (because of their sci-
entific family name, "Moronidae").
"In Florida, morones keep to
freshwater," said FWC fisheries
biologist Rick Long. "Atlantic and
Gulf saltwaters are too warm for
them."
Striped bass stripers for short
- can get enormous. The state
record is a 42.25 pounder, bagged
in the Apalachicola River in 1993.
Anglers catch stripers on heavy
bait-casting or open-faced spinning
tackle with 12- to 25-pound test
line. For big stripers, live shad or
small eels are the best baits. For
smaller stripers, yellow or white
1/8- to 1 /2-ounce jigs are good
baits, and so are plastic twitch baits
and poppers for surface fishing and
also spoons.
Sunshine bass a hybrid prod-
uct of artificially crossing a female
white bass with a male striper -
also are among the heavyweight
morones in Florida's waters. The
FWC stocks a million of them in
fish management areas and other
public waters every year. So far, the
state record is 16.31 pounds. That
one came out of Lake Seminole in
1985. Sunshine anglers use lighter
gear than striper fishermen and
many of them favor lures that
resemble shad. Other popular baits
include live minnows, live or dead
shrimp and chicken liver, fished on
the bottom.
"White bass are smaller, but

Resolving to
What's the number one New
Year's resolution in the United
States? That's not hard to guess.
Americans want to lose weight.
Since a third of Americans are so
overweight that it is a health haz-
ard, that resolution is under-
standable.
Have you noticed the ads for
diet programs seem to be all
over the place this time of year?
These ads, featuring trimmed
and toned models promise that
you too can lose unwanted
pounds if you just purchase their
product (for three easy pay-
ments plus shipping and han-
dling.)
There is no magic remedy for
weight loss. At best, those who
purchase the weight loss prod-
ucts are out some money. At
worst, they could further dam-
age their health.
Just because a drug is "over
the counter," and does not
require a prescription does not
make it safe for you to take. Do
not take any drug without asking
your doctor about it first. Some
of the "miracle weight loss" pills
are filled with caffeine, which
can make you jittery, cause you
to lose sleep, contribute to dehy-
dration and contribute to a wide
variety of health problems.
Exercise is a wonderful thing.
The "miracle" exercise
machines promise you will lose
inches. But is the type of exercise
the machine requires right for
you? Do not make any changes
in your exercise routine or diet
plan without consulting your
doctor. Strenuous exercise, with-
out the proper warm-up, can put
too much stress on your heart.
Every new year also brings
new "fad" diets. Some of these
are even endorsed by doctors.
The question you need to ask is,
has it been endorsed by your
doctor for your particular needs?
A few years ago, a low-carb, high
fat diet was prescribed for some
obese patients. That didn't make
it safe for everyone else. Those
patients were on the diet under


they are scrappy fighters on light
tackle," Long said. "They'll hit flies,
spinners, small plugs or minnows."
The state record white bass is
4.69 pounds, and it came out of
(where else but?) the Apalachicola
River in 1982. FWC fisheries biolo-
gist said the most productive
morone fishing in Florida in 2005
will be:
The Apalachicola River/Lake
Seminole This is the home of all
three state record morones. In the
lake, stripers and sunshine bass
congregate along the old river
channels and near the dam in fall
and winter. They migrate up Geor-
gia's rivers in the spring.
In the river, stripes and sunshine
bass range from the dam to the
coast during fall and winter around
pilings, deep channels and drop-
offs. Larger ones hang around the
dam in the spring. They go after
bucktail jigs and crankbaits. White
bass feed in schools, and they like
live crayfish and freshwater shrimp.
* Lake Talquin/Ochlockonee River
- This system produces lots of 10-
to 20-pound stripers that take to live
shad, jigs and spoons. White bass,
rebounding from recent drought,
historically approach state record
size. They are all over the place in
the fall and winter and migrate to,
the dam in the spring.
St. Johns River The FWC
doesn't stock the river with sun-
shine bass anymore, but it still has a
few. Stripers are a different story
with 8- to 12-pound fish showing
up regularly. Striped bass move
throughout the river in fall and win-
ter. The best spots to catch them
are around jetties, the bombing
ranges in Lake George,the lower
Oklawaha River, Buffalo Bluff,
Shands Bridge, Buckman and
other bridges in Jacksonville. The
big stripers congregate in cool-
water creeks in the summer. Live
shad and shiners, jigs and shad-imi-
tating crankbaits are the baits to
use in this river. Blackwater/Yellow

lose weight?
their doctor's supervision, with
regular tests for blood pressure,
cholesterol levels, etc. There's a
big difference between follow-
ing an extreme diet while under
a doctor's direct supervision and
trying it on a "do it yourself"
basis at home. There is no "one
size fits all" healthy eating plan.
Some people have food aller-
gies. Some people are on pre-


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rivers In this northwest Florida
area, the FWC stocks these waters
with stripers every year. The best
fishing is in the upper Blackwater
Bay, near the river mouths in the fall
and winter and upstream in the
summer. Sometimes, the best time
to go is at night. Be prepared to bag
10-, 20- or even 30-pound striped
bass. Use live mullet, menhaden or
shrimp for bait. Shad-imitating
lures also work. Choctawhatchee
River The FWC stocks this river
with stripers and sunshine bass.
The main fishery is between SR 20
and Choctawhatchee Bay in Wal-
ton and Washington counties dur-
ing fall and winter. The baits to use
are live finger mullet, shad and
menhaden. During cold weather,
anglers use shad-imitating lures to
bag fish from. surface-feeding
schools. During summertime, the
fish seek out cool-water tributaries.
Escambia River The FWC
has begun stocking this river annu-
ally, alternating striped bass and
sunshine bass. Anglers catch both
species in the lower 10 miles of the
river during fall and winter. The fish
migrate up-river in the spring.
Dawn and dusk are prime times for
striper fishing, especially on a
falling tide. In the lower tidal part of
the river, points of land extending
into the river are good fishing spots.
The best baits on this river are live
mullet and menhaden, shad- or
mullet-imitating lures, live shrimp
and twister-tail type jigs.
St. Marys River Striped bass
are the most popular sport fish in
the St. Marys River and connected
waterways. The FWC stocks the St.
Marys with stripers, but it also gets
some migrating fish from the St.
Johns River. Stripers tend to spend
the winter in the lower river and
move north above U.S. 17 in the
spring. On the St. Marys, anglers
bag stripers between 1-95 and the
town of St. Marys near the mouths
of the larger tributaries, along deep
banks and around the 1-95 Bridge


Pilings. On the Nassau River, which
is connected to the St. Marys,
striped bass hang around the con-
fluence with Thomas Creek to
below U.S. 17 around, Pearson
Island. In the summer, stripers con-
gregate in tributaries with cool-
water discharge. Trolling along or
casting to steep banks with jigs or
shad-imitating lures is the way to
go on this river. Live shrimp work
too.
Eagle Lake This is a 200-acre
reclaimed phosphate pit in
Hamilton County. It's a fish
management area that the FWC
stocks with 50-100 sunshine bass
per acre annually. The lake's abun-
dance of shad nurtures sunshine
bass to 6 or 7 pounds in two years.
Fall and winter are the best times to
go. Rapidly retrieved crankbaits
fished deep and suspending shad
imitators workwell on this lake.
Edward Medard Lake The
FWC stocks 100 sunshine bass per
acre annually in this 700-acre
reclaimed phosphate pit in Hills-
borough County. Most of the fish
anglers catch in this lake are 1 or 2
pounds, but some 2-year-old fish
tip the scales at 6 pounds. Fall and
winter are the times for fishing in
Edward Medard Lake, and the best
techniques are drifting in open
water with live minnows or bot-
tom-fishing with dead shrimp or
chicken liver. Trolling with deep-
diving crankbaits also is effective in
finding sunshine bass schools that
often congregate along drop-offs.
The lake has atlice fishing pier with
good fishing.
Lake Osborne Lake
Osborne (356 acres) and Lake Ida
(159) acres, are the largest water
bodies in the Osborne Chain of
Lakes in Palm Beach County. The
FWC stocks Lake Osborne with 28
sunshine bass per acre annually.
Most of the fish find their way to the
dinner table by the time they reach
1 pound, but some of them make it
to 3 pounds.


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Older man needs a ride
from Fort Drum to town
at least once a month.
863-357-1529

BULL DOG
Female, Please call
to identify
(836)697-9597.

CAT black & white neutered
male. On medication. Ap-
prox. 18-20 Ibs. Call
(863)675-3256.

CAT pure light orange. Ap-
prox. 15 yrs. old. 15 Ibs.
Call (863)675-3256.

DOG- Chihuahua, Tan with
black polka dots, lost in
Labelle (863)675-4966.


BOAT 25' Sportcraft
w/cabin & I/O motor.
You Haul.
(863)675-1161

CHURCH PEWS
4) 16' Long w/some water
damage. You Haul.
(863)697-1897 Lake Port

Free to good home: 2 Tiger
w/white kittens, 41/2 mos.
old, male, wormed.
(863)946-0490

HAMSTERS- (3), 1 to V12
mo old, to good home
only, (863)357-0346 Tina,
cal times 11am-1Opm.

MOBILE HOME 67' I
12x45 2bd/rm must
be moved aft. 9pm
(863)983-8957

Tall Guy secure, 60, to meet
attractive gal or friends for
dining, fishing, traveling,
etc. Call 863-946-3123

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OLDE CYPRESS COMMUNITY BANK
HAS OPENINGS FOR THE
FOLLOWING POSITIONS
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT Requirements in-
clude an associate Degree or equivalent
work related experience in accounting or fi-
nance along with PC skills and proficieny
with spreadsheet software. Duties include
preparation of financial statements, ac-
counts payable, reconciliations and loan
analysis. Previous banking experience pre-
ferred salary commensurate with experi-
ence.
SALES ASSOCIATE Creative self-motivat-
ed retail oriented individual to service and
dultivate new customer relationships at our
full service Wal-Mart Branch open Mon-Sat.
Banking experience not required. Training,
competitive salary, incentive program and
full benefits.
Apply in person at 205 W.C. Owen ave.,
Clewiston or send or fax resume to Shelia,

PO Box 1779, Clewiston, FL 33440. FAX
(863)983-5880. EOE


ALICO INC.
is now hiring a MECHANIC
for the 2x6 Grove area with at
least 2 years grove experience
and welding capabilities.
Good benefits plus retirement.
Apply in person
at the
Alico office,
640 S. Main St.,
Aico n. is an Equa l Opportunity Employer
Alico, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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Glades Ford is looking for the following:

*Experienced Salespeople
*Certified Technicians
*Certified Transmission Mechanic
*Part-time Retiree's as Drivers

Excellent pay plan advancement
available, great benefits.
Many opportunities.

Apply in Person

525 N.W Avenue L 'Belle Glade, FL 33430

Call 561-992-4000
Friday 9 a.m. 5 p.m.


Employment



Ful Tim 205
Employant -
Medical 210
MParto 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230


Carpenters Wanted,
must have tools &
transportation, steady
work. 1-800-345-0060.

CAR TWO HAULING
Drivers Wanted
863-675-2408

SALESPERSON
Warehouse/counter person
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Apply
in person @ Bob Dean
Supply 1310 Evercare RD.
Clewiston.

INSURANCE AGENT
w/2/20 license. For Local
Franchise Agency. Some
experience. Good Salary
+ Commissions. Fax
resume to 772-597-4323

Maintenance Personnel
and Dredge Operator now
being hired. Ortona Sand
Co. Call (863)675-1454
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AEROBICS, YOGA
PLATES, ETC. TEACHER
CALL (863)983-4436.


PHARMACY SOLUTIONS
HOME HEALTH
Employment Opportunities
Director of Nursing
Seasonal Contract Nurses
Physical Therapist
RN Rates
$35 W/D $38 W/E
LPN Rates
$22 W/D $25 W/E
Full Time, Part Time
Positions Available Immediately
Sign on Bonus Competitive Pay & Benefits
BONUS up to $3,000 for seasonal contract nurses
Call 877-945-3230
Fax resume 877-945-3650
EOE, Friendly Atmosphere


HENDRY COUNTY RECYCLING &
HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
is accepting applications for a
HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATOR.
This is a full time position with benefits.
Applications, job description and
requirements can be obtained from the
Human Resource Department,
located in the Courts Building Annex,
second floor in Labelle, or at the
Hendry County Sub-Office in Clewiston.
Deadline for submission is
01/21/05 at 5:00 pm
Veteran's preference.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
employer. Drug/Smoke free workplace.
Applicants with disabilities needing
assistance in applying call the
Human Resource Office.


CITY OF CLEWISTON
Has The Following
Position Available.
BUILDING/PLANNING ASSISTANT
Position requires excellent computer skills
in Word and Excel, routine and varied cleri-
cal work Applicant must possess good in-
terpersonal skills. bilingual is a plus.
Job description and applications are
available at City Hall, Marilyn
McCorvey, Human Resources, 115
W. Ventura Ave. Position is open
till filled. EOE/DFWP


How fast can your car go? Grab a bargain from your
It can go even faster neighbor's garage, attic,
when you sell It in the basement or closet in to-
classifieds. day's classified.


FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER
(#64081974)
Home visitor position with Healthy Families
Program in Clewiston, providing parenting &
resource education to new parents; back-
ground screening & fingerprinting required.
EEO/AA
CALL JEANNIE @ 863-983-1408 X532
FOR MORE DETAILS


ASTALDI CONSTRUCTION
SEEKS EXP'D
Hydraulic Crane Operator
* Concrete Formwork Carpenters
& Skilled Laborers
Water treatment plant exp. preferred..
Stuart area 772-463-6815/Aaron.
EOE/DFWP


Social Workers
AIDS Program seeks Case Workers for our
Belle Glade/Pahokee office, BSW or equivalent
degree, experienced in medical, HIV, addictions
or related fields. Bilingual, Creole a plus. Excel-
lent benefits package, competitive salary, re-
tirement program.
Fax resume to (561)868-5652,
or e-mail @: employment@cappbc.org
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Seeks independent distributors with sales
exp for: Routes in LaBelle, Clewiston,
Pahokee & Belle Glade. Bilingual
(English/Spanish)a plus. Fax resume
to: 305-445-2651 or call
305-445-2650


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Full & Parn Time Po.,iors 4ia,ardle
Home Health
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BS in Med. Tech. FL Sup. Lic Hemafolicq, Immuno
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Phone: 863-902-3079 or Fax resueW to: 863-9830805
Drug Free Workplace EOE

Grace Healthcare
of Clewiston
CNA' S WANTED
Mileage Reimbursement
Extra Shift Bonus
$500 Hire On Bonus
All Shifts Available
Contact: Susan Flynn D.O.N.
GRACE HEALTHCARE OF CLEWISTON
301 8. Gloria St. Clewiston, FL 33440
Phones# 8e3-983-5 123
FaX# 8e3-9s3-6ee8


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childcare program" locat-
ed in Belle Glade has im-
mediate need for Group
Leaders. Group Leaders
will supervise recreational/
educational activities and
interact with children ages
5-12. Substitute Group
Leaders are needed for
children ages 5-12
(Kindergarten thru 5th
grade). Completion of 40
hour child care training re-
quired as well as ability to
work harmoniously with
students, staff and par-
ents. Also willingness to
work flexible part time
hours and accommodate
the program needs.
Call 561-993-0066
for information
CATHOLIC CHARITIES
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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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Independent Newspapers
will never knowingly ac-
cept any advertisement
that is illegal or consid-
ered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable
value, such as promises
of guaranteed income
from work-at-home pro-
grams if it sounds too
good to be true, chances
are that is. If you have
questions or doubts
about any ad on these
pages, we advise that be-
fore responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
ou check with the Better
business Bureau at 1-
800-834-1267 for previ-
ous complaints.
Some 800 and 900 tele-
phone numbers may re-
quire an extra charge, as
well as long distance toll
costs. We will do our best
to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads,
but occasionally we may
not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


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SOCIAL WORKER
Seeking local MSW to be responsible for psychosocial
intervention services for patients of Hospice of Palm
Beach & their families. Will assist, plan, implement,
counsel & provide crisis management. Will also attend
civic and chamber of commerce events. Must have a
Masters in Social Work with one-year exp. as an MSW &
live in Belle Glade or surrounding areas to more closely
relate to the needs of our patients. We offer competitive
salaries & an outstanding benefits package. Apply by
faxing resume to (561)227-5143 or complete an on-line
application at www.hpbc.com. EOE/DFWP


DAILY WORK DAILY PAY
ALL TYPES OF WORK AVAILABLE

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BOOKSTORE
Bibles, books, tapes
DVD's, Rentals
Market Place
Gifts Certificates, etc.
www.genevaandrews.
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(863)983-4156


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Rescreening & repair.
llc.# 2001-19849 &
insured. (561)784-5568
or 561-358-2456.


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Service
PC Repair, Intemet
Access and more.
Locally Owned
Office 863-946-2200


Hanging Loveseat
This do-it-yourself hanging
loveseat will make a great
winter project in anticipation
of spring. Made of redwood,
it features straightforward
construction techniques and
full-size traceable patterns.
Simply trace, cut, assemble
and finish.
The completed hanging
loveseat measures 52 in. long
by 23 in. deep by 27 in. tall.
Hanging Loveseat plan
(No. 780)... $8.95
Adirondack Quartet
4 otherplans
(No. C64)... $24.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds
of projects)... $200
Please add $3.00 s&h
(except catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), clip
and send with check to:
U-Bild, P.O. Box 2383,
Van Nuys, CA 91409.
Please be sure to include
your name, address, and the
name of this newspaper.
Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
u-bild.com
Money Back Guarantee


NEW SELF STORAGE
46 units 7x15, 8x15, 10x1 5,
10x30, 12x30, 15x25. Full
electric, secure on Com-
mereio St. 350 ft. from
Clewiston Police Dept.
863-983-6663, 983-2808
after hrs 983-8979


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DI'S Country Primitives
Yankee Candles & Gifts
Wedding Planner
& Accessories
106 Bond Street
863-902-0949


Merchandise



Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535.
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545,
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware. Etc.560
Clothing 565
Coins. Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens a Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment.'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Pets/Supplies/
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Restaurant
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740


AC MOBILE HOME 3 TON
12cer 3yrs. old pd. $1700
will sacrifice for $500
(863)763-4933


COOK STOVE, AntiqueM
Wood Burning, exc. cond.,
$450. (863)675-4858


:Appliances 51


DISHWASHER- GE. used
only 6 times, excellent
condition, $45. (863)467-
9077.
FREEZER- Small, 6 cubic',
good condition, $125,
(863)946-2989.

MEAT SAW Hobart stand
up. $995 or best offer
(561)992-4838

REFRIGERATOR- 18 cu',
white, $60, (863)675-
0104.

Showcase Cooer
$300
(561)992-4838

STOVE -Maytag Electric,
white, very seldom used,
$100, (863)612-0974.

STOVE- white, electric,
works fine $25,
(863)675-0104.


LAWRENCE

AUTO HOME MOBILE HOME BOATS
UFE HEALTH
.PRIE D soC '.,AFFORD.
.war--raoowyau-r


WASHER & DRYER, Whirl-
pool, heavy duty, super
capacity +, $225.
(863)357-0363


STOUT METAL BLDG- Roof
vent, dbl/drs, insulated
roof 7'6"wX10'2"hX7'4"h
$1000 863-357-3160.


Dresses for Flower Girl,
white, sizes 6 & 7, $200 or
will sell separately.
(863)634-0339
HAY RACK w/bunk feeder.
8' x 6', little rust.
Great deal @ $40.
863-763-0981 Iv. msg.
Prom Dress, size 9/10,
black & white. $75.
Call (863)634-0339

WRANGLER JEANS- Black,
slimfit Women's bareback,
1x34, & Lawmens 5x36,
$10 863-763-0981.



Hewlett Packard- Approx 8
mo old, Little use, Paid
$950, asking $300,
(863)824-0478.

Furntur 61


BARREL CHAIR, rose col-
ored, excellent condition,
$50 neg. (863)610-2117

BAR STOOLS (4) counter
height. $25. Call
(863)673-3822.

COUCH-'9, scotch guard,
exc cond, $165,
(863)357-1078.

DINETTE SET Light wood,
6 chairs, $75. Good cond.
Call (863) 673-3822.

MATTRESS WATERBED-
King size, with individual
tubes,
'$50, (863)612-0974.
SOFA lull size, solid oak &
(8eip corduroy. $75. Call
(86)1 2-9233.


iol Clbs
Eqipmn 618


GOLF CLUBS 30 vintage,
collectible assorted clubs.
$300. Call (863)946-3123.

GOLF CLUBS Wilson GE
1200 Irons 3-PW, R
Shafts. Metal wds, graph-
ite $125. (863)946-3123.


Helh& euin
Eqipmn 6201


HOSPITAL BED- Zippered
netting enclosure, good
cond, Asking $500,
(863)357-6825 .


KITCHEN CABINETS-
Mahogany, Formica,
Top and Bottom,
$150, (863)467-3645.
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.htmi or mailto:
classad@newszap.com


I.isclano


AIR HANDLER with heater,
Trane, 220V, 2.5 ton ca-
pacity, $100. Call
(863)675-5929
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com
PORTABIKE, made in Italy,
foldable, great for travel-
ers, $60. (440)622-5989

PUMP/SPRAYER, 25 galon,
12V, for 4 wheeler, $65.
(440)622-5989

Vendor retiring, remaining
merchandise, 2300 items,
6 cardtables, $10 ea.
$500. (440)622-5989


DRUM SET- 6pc, all wood
finish, excellent condition,
all accessories, $250 neg.
(239)410-8799 Iv msg.



GUITAR, Stella, Harmony, 6
string, late 40's early 50's,
made of Birchwood, orig.
bag case. $550 863-467-
0627.



SPINNET PLAYER PIANO
w/rolls, exc. cond.
$1500
(863)675-5961


Ofic Suppies-
Eqipmet 61


METAL DESK 62x32 in-
cludes 2 Ig file drawers.
$100. (863)357-1078.


BOXER/CUR
6 weeks old
female S40
(863)801-1621


JACK RUSSELL terrier. Full
Blooded $250
(863)227-0049
day & night


POT BELLIED PIGS- male &
female, ready to go, $30
each. (863)763-4566.



YORKIE PUPPIES-9 weeks
old, AKC reg., 1 female, 1
male, $695. Call (561)
791-4567.


CAMCORDER, SHARP VHS,
full size, like new. Cost
$800 selling for $100.
(863)612-9233.



AUDIO ART APM- 440 watt
with built in crossover,
$50, (863)697-3505.



JL AUDIO SPEAKERS- 2,
'W6 10", & a Bandpass
Box $200, (863)697-
3505.


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment b805
Farm Feed. Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 220
Farm Services
Offered 8-5
Farm Supplies.
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies P5
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry Supplies 860
Seeds.'Plants-
Flowers 865

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HORSES 2 Mare's Incl.
Cackle, Tamed, /4
horse bay. $2000
(863)675-2450


HORSE TURNOUT BLAN-
IKETS- 2 canvas & cotton,
camo 72" new $60, will
separate, (863)763-0981.


Okeechobee Livestock
Market Sales every
Mon. 12pm & every
Tues. 11am. 763-3127


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent 920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960


1, 2 & 3 BR HOUSES &
APARTMENTS FOR RENT.
No pets.
Call (863)983-4436.


ROYAL PALM
LAKES APT
Spacious 1 BR Apts for rent.
Applicants must be elder-
ly, disabled, or handi-
capped. Monthly rent of
$250. includes water us-
age. Interested Applicants
call (561)924-8008






IFisheating Creek: under
new management address
- 7555 US Hwy. 27 North
Palmdale. 863-675-5999

Time to clean out the attic,
Basement and/or gar-
;age? Advertise your yard
sale in the classified
and make your clean up a
breeze!


Reading a newspaper
Helps you understand the
world around you. No
wonder newspaper read-
ers are more successful
people!


Umpoyen


DOUBLE YOUR
INVESTMENT
IN ONE YEAR
144 Builders lots/30 re-
maining in Moore
Haven next to the riv-
er. Builders/Investors
dream. 10 CBS
Homes currently un-
der construction. Pre-
construction dis-
counts. Lots start at
$16,999. Buy before
next price increase.
(954)605-6407


Highlands County
Sebring/ Spring Lake
10 acre parcels
directly on Hwy 98
from $195,000.

Bank financing avail.
Jacobson Realty at
1-800-466-1930.
For this & other proper-
ties www.jacobson
auction.com

*LAND FOR SALE*
7.28 Acres in
Palm Beach County.
Call 239-657-5654
LAND Port LeBelle unit 102
block 52 lot 24 Nice Cor-
ner lot W/Irg. Easements
(863)227-0079


Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
1-800-466-1930
www.jacobsonauction.com
AB111 AU237


Mobile Homes


Mobile Home Lots 20105
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 20'0u


2 or 3 Bedroom Mobile
Homes For Rent
Stanton Mobile Homes
863-983-8106


Financing Available:
Buy Here, Pay Here.
Stanton Mobile Homes
Marginal Credit O.K.
Call 1-800-330-8106
or 863-983-8106



OOf CEWTON

1) Easy Life
Special 3/2 DW,
Appliances,
Screen Room &
Shed
$69,900

2)3/2 DW
Montur d
Ho
Roof, o led,
Ke rive-
wa kennel,
shed,
t See

$73,000

3)New
Land & Home
Packages in
Sunshine Lake
Estates
Now Available

4)Tropical #250
2/1, New Carport,
AC & Appliances
$18,900oo

2160 W Hwy.27 Clewiston
1.4 Miles N.W of WAL-MART
983-4663
N t HOC M tLOEM O.


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ORTHODONTIC ASSISTANT

We are looking for a highly motivated
self starting career oriented person that
enjoys working with people. great envi-
ronment, great hours, Great pay.
Bi-Lingual is a plus.
No experience necessary.
We will train the right person.
Please call (863)983-5121.


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is the time spent reading

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CLEWISTON ANIMAL CLINIC
90 t W Vent Ae m ewdston, FL 33440 r
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Real [state



Business Places-
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Safe 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Propertyl 080



STORE FOR SALE
in running cond.
(863)599-2284


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CLEWISTON COUNTRY ACRES

Modular/Models. From $59,900 & up, 3/4/
5BR, 2/3BA, acre & 1/4 available or use
your land as down payment. Financing
available. 863-673-6417 or 561-753-8355


New & Used
Mobile Homes:
Land Home Packages
as little as $1,800 down.
Stanton Homes
863-983-8106
Owner Financing
ON MOBILE HOMES
& LAND
Call 863-228-1405


Recreation



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


BASS BOAT '86:
Approx. 18'
Motor & Trailer.
$2500 (239)784-9118
FIBERGLASS- 14', electric
start, 30hp, $950,
(863)763-8352 Leave
message.
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad(@newszap.com


CAMPER, '95- Dutchman,
needs new home, in adult
fishing camp, $7000
(863)357-2633.



BOAT COVER- Waterproof,
fits up to 22', $75,
(863)824-0455.

TROLLING MOTOR, like
new, 46 lb. thrust, $200.
(863)763-3120



HONDA 1982 mint condi-
tion. Runs & looks great.
$1000 or best offer. Call
(863)675-3724.
Suzuki Intruder, '98, fully
dressed, exc. cond.,
$6500. (863)467-9766 aft
, 6pm,
YAMAHA VIRAGO
1997, 535cc, exc cond,
kept inside, $2500,
(863)946-0307.


Automobiles



Automobiles 41005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 1025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070


BUICK REGAL-
'86, runs good,$800,
(239)348-9399,

CAPRIS WAGON- '99, w/
350 Olds v8 (not 307), re-
built auto trans $800 will
separate, (863)467-8856.
DODGE RAM-
'86, 4X4, runs good,
$1500,
(239)348-9399.
FORD F250- '85, Diesel,
4x4, runs good, $2200 or
trade, has gooseneck
hook up (863)697-9704.
FORD TAURUS WAGON
'94,4 Dr., V6, Auto. Runs,
nice. $1000.
772-461-9536
HONDA CRX 1991 2 door
automatic, Runs excellent
$2500. (863)357-1805.


Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.conm/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com
Toyota Corolla, '92, 4dr,
auto, 30 miles to the gal.,
looks & runs exc. $1000.
772-461-9536


Golf Carts,
Buy and Sell
Call (863)824-0878


BEDLINER for Ford Ranger
6' bed 1997 & tool box
incl. $200 or best offer.
Call (863)467-0987.
Custom Air Dam w/driving
lights for 95-99 Chevy
GMC P/U/SUV. New. $75.
(863)467-2255.
Dodge truck topper, '98, for
long bed truck, red, $500
firm. (863)467-9766 aft
6pm
TOW BAR- For Ford Ranger
truck, $30, neg.,
S863)467-5467. Ask for
ob or Lv msg.
TOW BARS- Reese tow bar,
$30, neg., (863)467-5467
Ask for Bob or Lv msg.



'94 CHEVY S-10,
4.3L, A/C, Runs good,
$1500,
(863)357-6825
Chevy Pick Up, '92
4x4, V-8 350 engine, auto
trans., a/c, good condition.
$4,000 or best offer.
863-763-1828
7-5, Mon-Fri.
GMC 1973 PU
for parts. Titled,
good tires $200.
Call 239-357-5984


CHEVY ASTRO VAN 1994,
8 Passenger, V6, Auto.,
A/C, C/D. Good cond.
$3000. 863-467-1530


Public Notices



Public Notice 5,,05
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
ALMA WOOD MACKEY SAXON,
Deceased
File No,: 2204-120-CP
Division: Probate
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the estate of
Alma Wood Mackey Saxon, de-
ceased, whose date of death was
June 17, 2004, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Hendry County,
Florida, Probate Division, the ad-
dress of which is 25 East Hick-
pochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL
33935. The names and addresses
of the personal representative and
the personal representative's attor-
ney are set forth below.
Al creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this notice is
required tobe served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AF-
TER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the decedent
and other per persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL
BE FOREVER BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME
PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication of this
notice is January
2005.


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m


Attorney for
Personal Representative:
Douglas L. Rankin
Attorney for Kenneth Warren
Florida Bar No. 365068
2335 Tamiami Trail N. Ste. 308
Naples, FL 34103
Telephone: (239) 262-0061
KENNETH WARREN
97 W. Corkscrew Boulevard
Clewiston, FL 33440


I Pe Serices


BID SOLICITATION NOTICE
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Barlow, Floda
December 21, 2004
Advertisement No. 1
CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
Sealed bids will be received until 2:00 P.M. (Bartow Local Time) on
Thursday. January 20. 2004 at the Distnrict Office, State oa Flonda Depart-
ment of Transportation. 801 North Broadwa Ave., Barlow, Florida 33830
for the following work. Bids received will be opened and publicly read
aloud in the 3rd Floo Planning Multi-Purpose Conerence. Sealed bids
may be mailed and must be received pnor to bid opening to State oft Flori-
da Department of Transportation, 801 North Broadway Ave., Attn: District
Contracts MS 1-18, Barlow, Flonda 33830 It the bid amount is greater
than $250,000 on construction projects, the Contractor must be pie-
qualitied as required by Florida Statute 337 14(1) and Rule Chapter 14-
22.
-----NOTE-----
Proposal Forms will not be issued after 2.00 P.M. (Barlow Local Time)
on Wednesday, January 19,2004. Plan holders list will not be issued al-
ter 5.00 pmin on Friday, January 14. 2004.
NOTICE TO BIDDERS: YOU MAY OBTAIN PLANS, SPECIAL PROVISIONS
AND;OR BID DOCUMENTS BY FAXING A FAX ORDER FORM TO (863)
534-7172 FIRST TIME BIDDERS MUST ATTEND AN ORIENTATION
MEETING IN ORDER TO RECEIVE BID DOCUMENTS FOR MAINTENANCE
PROJECTS ONLY. YOU MUST INDICATE ON THE FAX ORDER FORM OF
YOUR INTENT TO ATTEND THIS MEETING. NEW BIDDERS ORIENTA-
TION MEETING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 11,
2004 AT 2:00 P M. FOR TECHNICAL QUESTIONS REGARDING SPECIFI-
CATIONS OR PAY ITEMS. CONTACT THE PROJECT MANAGER LIST-
ED.
CONTRACT NO. E1E68-RO) COUNTY CHARLOTTE: FINANCIAL PRO-
CT NO 416504-1-72-01. Work consists of mowing and litter removal
of the Primary Roads and storm water ponds. (Approx 365 Calendar
Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: SCOTT TEETS (239) 656-7812.
BUDGET AMOUNT $125,000.00. COST FOR PLANS AND SPECS IS NO
CHARGE.
(CONTRACT NO. E1E69-RO) COUNTY GLADES & HENRY: FINANCIAL
ROJECT NO 414882-1-72-01 & 414883-1-72-01. Work consists of
asphalt pavement repairs and stiping. (Approx 365 Calendar Days).
NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: JOHN ANDERSON (863) 674-4027. MAXI-
MUM BUDGETARY CEILING AMOUNT $100,000.00. COST FOR PLANS
AND SPECS IS NO CHARGE.
CONTRACT NO. E1E70-RO) COUNTY LEE: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
11831-1-72-01. Work consists of mowing and litter removal from road-
sides, storm water ponds, dry ditches and water course banks along Pri-
mary State Roads. (Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MAN-
AGER: JENENE EVERSOLE (239) 656-7824. BUDGET AMOUNT
$250,000.00. COST FOR PLANS AND SPECS IS NO CHARGE.
fCOrTRACT NO E1E71-RO) COUNTY LEE: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
A.1 i. i A. -Hi Work consists of removal and replacement of thermo-
plastic markings, symbols, messages and reflective pavement markers.
(Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: JENENE EV-
ERSOLE (239) 656-7824. BUDGET AMOUNT $149,000.00. COST FOR
PLANS AND SPECS IS NO CHARGE.
CONTRACT NO. E1E72-RO) COUNTY CHARLOTTE: FINANCIAL PRO-
ECT NO 418331-1-72-01. Work consists of removal and replacement
of thermoplastic markings, symbols, messages and reflective pavement
markers. (Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: JE-
NENE EVERSOL (239) 656-7824. BUDGET AMOUNT $44,000.00. COST
FOR PLANS AND SPECS IS NO CHARGE.
Orders for these documents should be directed to the District Con-
tracts Administrator, District Contracts Office, Mall Station 1-18, Florida
Department of Transportation, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, Florida
33830, or PO Box 1249, Bartow, Florida 33831, Phone: (863) 519-2559.
Checks should be made payable to the State of Florida Department of
Transportation. No refund will be made. The right Is reserved to reject any
or all bids.
Cheryl Sanchious
District Contracts Administrator
S<2CI BOC' 2iCC;1,KCA E

BID SOLICITATION NOTICE
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Bartow, Florida
December 21, 2004
Advertisement No. 1
CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
Sealed bids will be received until 2:00 P.M. (Bartow Local Time) on
Thursday, January 20, 2004 at the District Office, State of Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation, 801 North Broadway Ave., Barlow, Florida33830
for the following work. Bids received will e opened and publicly read
aloud in the 3rd Floor Planning Multi-Purpose Conference. Sealed bids
may be mailed and must be received priorto bid opening to State of Flod-
da Department of Transportation, 801 North Broadway Ave., Attn: District
Contracts MS 1-18, Barlow, Florida 33830. If the bid amount is greater
than $250,000.00 on construction projects, the Contractor must be pre-
qualified as required by Florida Statute 337.14(1) and Rule Chapter 14-
22.
----NOTE---
Proposal Forms will not be issued after 2:00 P.M. (Bartow Local Time)
on Wednesday, January 19, 2004. Plan holders list will not be Issued af-
ter 5:00 pm on Friday, January 14, 2004.
NOTICE.TO BIDDERS: YOU MAY OBTAIN PLANS, SPECIAL PROVISIONS
AND/OR BID DOCUMENTS BY FAXING A FAX ORDER FORM TO (863)
534-7172. FIRST TIME BIDDERS MUST ATTEND AN ORIENTATION
MEETING IN ORDER TO RECEIVE BID DOCUMENTS FOR MAINTENANCE
PROJECTS ONLY. YOU MUST INDICATE ON THE FAX ORDER FORM OF
YOUR INTENT TO ATTEND THIS MEETING. NEW BIDDERS ORIENTA-
TION MEETING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 11,
2004 AT 2:00 P.M. FOR TECHNICAL QUESTIONS REGARDING SPECIFI-
CATIONS OR PAY ITEMS, CONTACT. THE..P-ROJFCTMANAGER LIST-
ED.
(CONTRACT NO. E1E68-RO( COUNTY CHARLOTTE: FINANCIAL PRO-
JECT NO 416504-1-72-01. Work consists of mowing and litter removal
of the Primary Roads and storm water ponds. (Approx 365 Calendar
Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: SCOTT TEETS (239) 656-7812.
BUDGET AMOUNT $125,000.00. COST FOR PLANS AND SPECS IS NO
CHARGE.
CONTRACT NO. E1E69-RO) COUNTY GLADES & HENDRY: FINANCIAL
ROJECT NO 414882-1-72-01 & 414883-1-72-01. Work consists of
asphalt pavement repairs and striping. (Approx 365 Calendar Days).
NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: JOHN ANDERSON (863) 674-4027, MAXI-
MUM BUDGETARY CEILING AMOUNT $100,000.00. COST FOR PLANS
AND SPECS IS NO CHARGE.
CONTRACT NO. E1E70-RO) COUNTY LEE: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
11831-1-72-01. Work consists of remowing and litter removal from road-
sides, storm water ponds, dry ditches and water course banks along Pri-
mary State Roads. (Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MAN-
AGER: JENENE EVERSOLE (239) 656-7824. BUDGET AMOUNT
$250,000.00. COST FOR PLANS AND SPECS IS NO CHARGE.
CONTRACT NO. E1E71-RO) COUNTY LEE: FINANCIAL PROJECT NO
18332-1-72-01. Work consists of removal and replacement of thermo-
plastic markings, symbols, messages and reflective pavement markers.
(Approx 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: JENENE EV-
RSOLE (239) 656-7824. BUDGET AMOUNT $149,000.00. COST FOR
PLANS AND SPECS IS NO CHARGE.
CONTRACT NO. E1E72-RO) COUNTY CHARLOTTE: FINANCIAL PRO-



Orders for these documents should be directed to the District Con-
tracts Administrator District Contracts Office Mall Station 1-18, Florida
Department of Transportation, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, Florida
33830, or PO Box 1249, Barlow, Florida 33831, Phone: (883) 519-2559.
Checks should be made payable to the State of Florida Department of
Transportation. No refund will be made, The right is reserved to reject any
or all bids,
Cheryl Sanchious
District Contracts Administrator
42<03 CC, 18,0;1,f0I3


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-;Thursday, January 6, 2005


Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee


Luan
Walker


863-677-1010

LOCATION, LOCATION DMONIE
3BD/2BA OVER 3,00 LIVING SO, Ff.
' $225,0O0
Just Listed 3W1Af Over 17(00)
sqt't on lake 0 M,)$D. A Steal @
5 Acres Ledecca $59.9k Beautiful
Wooded Investment Oppotwuty
Brick Home 4BD/2BA on .47
of an acre, corner lot, tile
floor, beautiful kitchen @
$194.5K
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almost 1 acre, ice r- $62.9K
New listing! Flaghole 5 acres wood-
ed on Taft Blvd. on paved road C
$59.5K
New listing! Flaghole 5 acres wood-
ed on Taft Blvd. on paved road @
$57.5K
16 Brand New Homes to be built
on Texas Ave., 3bd/2ba, CBS, 1,673
sq. ft, Special Financing pkges avail-
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Call Us
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Just outside of Town! Beautiful 5
br/4 ba home on 2.58 ad! Over 4,CXO
sqft. living 3 car detached garage,
Fireplace Must See a S324.9K
LakePort 3/2 M/H on 34 acres!!
Fenced/cross-fenced. Perfect for any
kind of livestock 2 acre oak tree nurs-
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Commercial Space for Lease 1700+/-
sq.ft with h gway 27 frontage. Great
location. Calforinfo.
6 Duplexes in Moore Haven 100%
Occupancy, CBS construction, Great
investment opportunity at only
$375K


Pioneer Plantation 2/2 nVh on 2.5
acres. Private and secluded. Fully fur-
nished and ready to move in @ 73K
Montura Ranch 3/2 mn/h on 1.25 ac.
New Refrig & Dishwasher, 2 car
detached garage fencedL $84.9K
Pioneer fantation 4/2 m/h on 10
acres. Large .ftliW $00 sq.ft lv-
ing mner. iv t. this one
$164.9K

H n 3/1 CBS Construction ready to
nmain@S$64S9K


Teri
Rangel


863-228-1142


Great Starter Home 3/2 on 1
acre in Flaghole. S74.9K
Bring Us An Offer!!
Senmintle Mawnr 3/2. Many upgrades
& Improvements must see @ S7439K
Deal Fell Through $96.9k '97 Mobile
home w/ 4/2.5 on 1.25 acres in
Montura ranch Estates S96.9K
Reduced Business Opportunity!!
Restaurant, Bar, & FFE. Great
Location on HWY 27 $209.9K
Flaghole, Over an acre, Beautiful
3/2, fenced Like New @ $99.9K
2.5 Acres in Pioneer @ $25k
2 1.'U

A Must See! 3bd/2ba Beautiful
MH on almost 2 acres @ S109.9K


Don't Miss Out! Northside
3bd/2ba w/ billiard Rm,
Newly remodeled, A Must See
@ 139.9K
New Listing! Northside 3bd/2ba
CBS Beautiful Hardwood floors -
Great Location Reduced@
$134.9K


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A Montgomery
Se Habla Espahol

863-697-0189

Love the Water? Then you'll love
to own a .25 acre lot on a private
lake for $15K Only a few left.
Attention Hunters & Fishermen:
Looking for a weekly retreat this
is it! 3/1 w/ shed on 1.22 acres @
$71.5K
Moore Haven River Gardens New
Development, 1 block from the
River, Comer w/shed @ $17.9K
New Roof on this 3/1.5 located in
Harlem @ $64.9K
8 lots in Moore Haven's
Washington Park Area @ $16.5K


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Marshall
Berner


863-228-3265

Montura g J tstes 1998
3bd/2ba, space, on
beautiful canal
$76.5K
MHYC 3bd/2ba, Fully fur-
nished. Attached Workshop
w/Complete AC. Indcludes'club-
house and pool accessibility.
Block away from river Going
@ $143,000.00
Twin Lakes Blvd 3bd/2ba MH,
Great for fixing up, includes
tool shed, don t miss out on
this unbelievable deal! @ $35K
New Listing! 5bd/2ba hard-
wood floors, new electrical sys-
tem @ $54.9K
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further details


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Davis


9 863-228-2666

New Listing in Moore Haven -
3bd/1.5ba, with 300ft. of
Caloosahatchee River view, Florida
room, lots of trees Going @ $280K
Am I Deaing?. 3bd/2ba homoe in
Lake Port located on 1.75 acres with
lake access, a private boat ramp, boat
house with fish de station, arind
50x45 workd lbd/lba mobile home and a RV book
up all on the same property All of
thscanbe yours @ $417K
Fnterlain Tonight with this '95 MH,

3bd/2ba, hot tub, tiki hut, 6ft chain
linked fenced, lots of trees, secluded,
partially furnished, French doors to
wetbar@Now Only110OK
Back on Market Brand New Mobile
Home in MRE 4bd/2ba on 1.25 acres
@ S99K
M/H River Gardens Lots Going Fast
Only a few left starting @ $16,999.00
- Walking distance to River Cal Now!
Construction has started!" Over 10
models to choose roman or will build
to suit
New lisi Moore Haven MHbeauti-
fully located on 1.33 acres w/ in
ground swimming pool, many add
ons, fishing pond, quiet neighborhood
$120K
New s MH in MRE @ $73K,
Tile throughout, New A/C, paved
road, fenced, 1.25 acres
Call Me for All Your New
Construction Needs!!


Sam
Walker

863-677-1013


MonluraLos 1-2.5 acres Startingat
$199k
Look No Further We have
waterfront property in Moore
Haven on the Caloosahatchee
River for $155K
BEAUTIFUL 4/2 Mobile
Home on 1.09 Acre, Fenced @
$85.9K
New Construction 3/2
Montura barrel tile. Act now
& pick your flooring & appli-
ances @ $124.9K
R ,d e a,

5660 'month
New Listing! 4bd/2ba, newly
renovated, in a great location
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I'm New!!
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We Have More Lots Under 4BR, 3BA, wood deck, 9 Commercial Lots on
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3BO Store 8130,000
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carport '$198,000 21/2acres $30,000 sq. ft. $129,000
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$214,900
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$260,000
* 4BR, 3BA, CBS w/pool in Ridgeview
$225,000
MONTURA
*2BR,11/20A,MHon1.25Ac. $45,000
*3BR, 2BA, on 1.09 Ac.
Reduced to $60,000
*2BR, 2BA, MH on 1.25Ac. $65,000
* 3BR, 2BAon 1.25 Ac. $65,000
* 3BR, 2BA, MH on 2.5 Ac. w/pole barn
$72.000


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NOTICE OF SURPLUS EQUIPMENT SALE
CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
Bids are requested for the following piece of equipment, which has been
declared surplus by Central County Water Control District.
Air Compressor
This equipment will be sold "as is, where is" to the highest bidder.
Bids should be placed in a sealed envelope marked "Equipment Bid and
mailed or delivered to the District office at 475 S. Cabbage Palm Street,
Clewiston, FL 33440. Bids must be received by 5:00 pm on January 25,
2005. Payment is due within five days of notice of bid award.
Additional information and arrangements to inspect the equipment may
be made in writing to the above address or by calling (863) 983-5797.
Monday through Thursday, 7am to 5pm.
541969 CGS 1/6,13/05


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PUBLIC NOTICE
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The Southwest Forida Workforce Development Board, Inc. is soliciting
proposals for Welfare Transition services and activities in Reaion 24 for
the period of July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006. Region 24 is com-
prised of Charlotte, Collier, Glades. Hendry, and Lee Counties.
Those interested in submitting a proposal for consideration for the com-
ponent listed above may call the Worfdorce Development Board at (239)
92-8000 or to free at 1-866-992-8463 to obtain a copy of the Request
for Proposal (RFP) package. Please note: Public Notices for other servic-
es/programs are being advertised separately and have different dead-
lines. Minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses, and faith-
based organizations are encouraged to apply. The procurement timetable
for the Welfare Transition component is as follows:
January 28. 2005, 8:00am Welfare Transition RFPs available
February 18. 2005, 2:00pm 3:30pm Welfare Transition Bidders'
Conference
March 1, 2005,4:30pm Welfare Transition Letters of Intent to Pro-
pose due
March 15, 2005, 4:30pm Welfare Transition Proposals due
April 13, 2005, 2:00pm 3:30pm Review Panel meets to discuss
and make recommendations for the Welfare Transition component
April 27, 2005, 9:30am 11:30am Program and Planning
Committee Meeting
May 11, 2005, 33Opm Board Meeting
542754 CGS 1/6/05


PUBLIC NOTICE
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board. Inc. is soliciting
proposals for Dislocated Worker services and activities in Region 24
funded through the Woridorce investment Act (WIA) for the period of July
1, 2005 through June 30, 2006. Region 24 is comprised of Charlotte.
Collier. Glades, Hendry. and Lee Counties.
Those interested in submitting a proposal for consideration for the com-
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for Proposal (RFP) package. Please note: Public Noices for other arvic-
' .-mi:i r n7 _.-,';-l -.:-'taly and have different dead-
r,, (,, I *:, j:,r, .:: ,r'-,-cwned businesses, and faith-
based organization are encouraged to apply. The procurement timrctble
is as follows:
January 24, 2005. 8:00am Dislocated Wokaer RFPs available
February 18, 2005.12:30pm 2:00pm Dislocaied Workers
Bidders' Conference
February 24, 2005, 4:30pm Dislocated Worker Letters of Intent
to Propose due
March 10. 2005, 4:30pm Dislocated Worker Proposals due
April 13, 2005. 12:30pm 2:00pm Review Panel meets to
discuss and make recommendations for the Dislocated Worker
component
April 27, 2005, 9:30am 11:30am Prooram and Planning
Committee Meeting
May 11, 2005, 3:30pm Board Meetngo
542743 CGS 1/6/05


PUBLIC NOTICE
The Hendry County Public Library Cooperative Govern-
ing Board will meet at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, January
13, 2005 in the City Hall Commission Chambers, 115
West Ventura Avenue. The purpose of this public meet-
ing is to: 1) Review and consider the Hendry County
Public Library System Annual Plan of Service for 2005
and, 2) Review and consider the Hendry County Public
Library Cooperative Annual Budget for 2005.
All citizens and interested parties are encouraged to at-
tend this public meeting. Any person requiring a special
accommodation to participate in the meeting because of
a disability or physical impairment, including speech or
hearing impairments, should contact the Hendry County
Library Cooperative Coordinator at (863) 983-1493 at
least five calendar days prior to the scheduled meet-
ing.

Christopher Kuechmann
Cooperative Coordinator
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528 E. Sugarland Hwy-, Clewistn, FIL
(863) 983-8559
After Hours Phone: Cheryl Eby (863) 228-1118
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Thursday, January 6,2005


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
RESIDENTS OF CENTRAL
COUNTY WATER CONTROL
DISTRICT
Notice is "re grven that he
Board of Supervisors for the Cen-
tral County Water Control Oitrict
A #hold a pubic hea on
Weresday, January 28, 2005 at
7:00 p.m., for the purpose of hear-
Ing public comment on proposed
legislation with the following mtite:
An act relating to the Central
County Water Control District
HeryCourt, Florida; provideiig
for adpon The Florida Election
Code to the extent applcble pro-
rwidin an effective dae.
All interested persons are inved to
attend and be heard with respect to
the proposed legislation. Interested
person may appear on their won
behalf or by &agt or atlone
anyone decides to appeal a deci-
son made by the Board with re-
spect to any matters considered at
the meeting or hearing, a record of
the proceeding will be needed for
the appeal and for such purposes
may need to insure that a verbatim
record or the proceedig Is made,
which record includes the tetmo-
ny and evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: IF YOU
REQUIRE SPECIAL AID OR SER-
VICES AS ADDRESSED IN THE
AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT.
PLEASE CONTACT THE DISTRICT
CLERK'S OFFICE AT (863)
9835797, NO LESS THAN FIVE (5)
DAYS PRIOR TO THE ABOVE
STATED HEARING DATE.
CENTRAL COUNTY WATER
CONTROL DISTRICT
544964 CGS 1/06/05

PUBLIC NOTICE
Public notice Is hereby given that Fer-
guson Towing will sell at public
Action, free from all prior liens,
the following vehicles that remain
unclaimed In storage with charges
unpaid pursuant to Florida statutes
713,78, to the highest bidder at
12065 Lake Shore, Canal Point, FL
33438 on January 17, 2005 at
9:011 a.m.
1986 Chevrolet BLK. 2-Door
Vin #1G1YY0788G5122165
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REQUEST FOR BIDS (RFB CP050141
LOXAHATCHEE SLOUGH RESTORATION, -11 STRUCTURE.
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA
The South Rorida Water Manageren Disa wd recerS sealed bids
through the Procurnem Office, 2nd Roo, B-1 Bi 3301 G;r CBs
Road, West Paim Beach, Rorida 33406, for L=ozatcre Slougis Resto-
raron, Palm Beach Coiti, FL on Wednestay, Ja ry 19, 2005 at
230 p.m. local Ime, at wKc tnefy msun binea w n r D y-,ed ar-
p. read. This itole conatruction & c r&inrstSn of 'two
60y under Boutieardt in ortheast Pas Beas C uroay,
using thejack & bore method. The cuert outflow wa merarer tircusi a
channel (wtich w also be a coonert of tis corr, connecting to
cuverts on Beene the-18 canal- A L pre-bid
confererie wi be helton i eday, Ja lary 10,2005 al 1190 a.m. on-
site at the intersection of Hortlate Borieard & Beeine Hgfnrway For u -
rections call (561) 682-2813. A sie visit will immedatly fo6or.
All bids mustl coolom to the ibntrucDiois n the Reqauet for Bidders
(RFB). Ierted respondents may obtain a copyof the complete RFB
by d loaina i for free from our we tode mbstae wcdg byar-
casing a se for S3OM at the above adrex by calling (561) 602-
6391, or by calig tMe 24-hour BID HOTLNE 800-472-5290. The Pu-
lie is Iteted to afend the bid opeil Informaftion on the status othf
sowlcitation can be obtained at our web site rww.stwrnd.gov.
544660 ON/CGS 1/6105


NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION
Notice is hereby given that the City of Bele Glade, Fodda, General Elec-
tion will be held on March 8, 2005, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and
7:00 p.m. for the purpose of electing two commissioners, each for term
of three (3-years. There will be one commissioner elected representing
Seat "A, and one commissioner elected representing Seat B". Candi-
dates must be a quartiied elector of the City of Belle Glade.
The first day for filing as a candidate for commissioner will be January
25, 2005, beginning at noon, and the final day for filing will be February
8, 2005, at noon. Candidates must file in person with the City Clerk at
City Hall, 110 Or. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., West, Beile Glade, Rorida,
during regular office hours unt sd date and time. Each candidate shall
be voted upon by the electorate at large.
Registered voters in Precincts 6016, 6018. 6020, 6026, 6028 and 6030
are quafied to vote in this election. To qualify as a registered voter for
this General Election, you must register with the Palm Beach County Su-
pervisor of Elections by February 7, 2005.
In the event that no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for the
particular office that such candidate seeks in this particular election, a
RunOff Election shall be held on March 22,2005, between the two can-
didates who receive the largest number of votes for that particular
seat
CITY OF BELLE GLADE
DEBRA R. BUFF, CMC
CITY CLERK/SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR GLADES COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION
ANK ONE, .IIATkNAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE IF CENTEX HOME
EQUITf LOAN TRUST 2000-8 UNDER THE POOLING AND SERVICING
AGREEMENT DATED AS OF JUNE 1, 2000,
Y. CASE NO. 04-CA-82
JOSEPH M. CARRAN: DICK WASL; IF LMNG, INCLUDING ANY UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANTSS. IF REMARRIED, AND IF DE-
CEASED, THE RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES,
ASSIGNEES, CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER
PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST THE NAMED
DEFENDANTSS: GLADES REALTY. INC.; WHETHER DISSOLVED OR
PRESENTLY EXISTING, TOGETHER WITH ANY GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS, OR TRUSTEES OF SAID DEFENDANTS) AND
ALL OTHER PERSONS CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, OR AGAINST
DEFENDANTS(S)OHN DOE, UNKNOWN TENANT; JANE DOE, UN-
KNOWN TENA+.
Defendantss.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment
of Foreclosure entered in the above-styled cause, in the circuit Court
of Glades County, Florida, I will sell the property situate in Glades County,
Florida, described as:
LOT 27, A REPEAT OF A PORTION OF BUCKHEAD RIDGE PARK, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLATTHEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK
3, PAGE 29, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GLADES COUNTY,
FLORIDA.
A/K/A 27 ELM STREET, BUCKHEAD RIDGE, BUCKHEAD, FLORIDA
34974.
at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, at the south
entrance ofsthe courthouse, 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, R 33471,
at 11:00 a.mi on the 20 day of January 2005. Dated this 27 day of De-
cember, 2004.
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
By: Jennifer Bevis
Deputy Clerk
THIS INSTRUMENT PREPARED BY:
Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra
9204 King Palm Drive
Tampa, F33619-1328
"In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodation to participate In this proceeding
should contact the Individual or agency sending the notice not later
than seven days prior to the proceeding at the address given on the
notice.n If hearing Impaired, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771 or 1-800-955-
8770 (voice), via Florida Relay Service"
543990 CGS 1/06, 13/2005


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HENRY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE


SUBMITTED BY: R Scott Cooper


DATE: 01/25105


SUBJECT AREA: The proposed rule updates and conforms statutory cita-
ions in current Rules to correspond to the statutory citations in the floida
K-20 Education Code.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF RULE: The proposed rule updates and con-
forms statutory citations in current Rules to correspond to the statutory
citations in the floida K-20 Education Code.
CITATION OF LEGAL AUTHORITY: 120.5536, 120.54, 120.81,
1001.41(2), 1001.43.s.
SPECIFIC LAW IMPLEMENTED: 120.74, F.S
FULL TEXT: A copy of the Rule and Schedule 1 is available at no charge
at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The proposed rule establishes the policy for sick
leave for administrative and educational support employees.
STATEMENT OF REGULATORY COSTS: The proposed rule will create no
additional district economic impact in excess of 100. 00 except for the
costs of printing and distdbutions.
LOCATION OF MEETING, TIME AND DATE: Hendry County School Board
Meeting Room, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL at 5:30 p.m. or as
soon thereafter as the matter may be heard on January 25, 2005.
Notice: Any person who wishes to provide the School Board with infor-
mation regarding the statement of estimated regulatory costs, or to pro-
vide a proposal for a lower cost regulatory alternative must do so in wnt-
ing within 21 days after publication of this notice.
Notice: If requested in writing and not deemed unnecessary by the Agen-
cy Head, a Rule Development Workshop will be held at a time and date to
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Internet travel sites could allow repeat bidding


GAINESVILLE, Fla. In an
auction, if a bid for an item falls
short, a would-be customer can
try again by raising the bid.
Rapidly growing Priceline
and other name-your-own-price
Internet retailers typically don't
work that way. Instead, they
restrict customers to a single
bid, hoping they'll wager more
than the worth of a motel room,
rental car or airline ticket, thus
boosting profits.
A University of Florida busi-
ness researcher says that may be
a flawed business model,
because savvy users figure out
numerous ways to "game the
system" and make repeat bids
anyway. As a result of these "sur-
reptitious" bidders, Scott Fay, an
assistant professor of marketing
at UF's Warrington College of
Business, argues it may be equal-
ly or more profitable for Priceline
to raise its minimum bid prices
and allow customers to bid as
many times as they want.
"What hurts Priceline is


when only sophisticated users
rebid," Mr. Fay said. "They
would be just as well off letting
everyone rebid, but they need to
make it a public policy."
Priceline is by far the largest
and best known of several
name-your-own-price Internet
retailers that includes eBay Trav-
el, part of eBay. Founded in
1998, Priceline earned nearly $3
billion in total revenue by 2002,
according to company press
releases. Known for its quirky
television ads featuring William
Shatner, Priceline continues to
grow, especially among cus-
tomers seeking hotel rooms and
airline tickets. Last quarter,
Priceline's travel bookings rose
44 percent to $432 million,
according to company statistics.
The company makes money in
part by charging a set fee for
each airline ticket or other item
purchase. .
Customers using Priceline to
find a hotel designate their
desired dates, city, neighborhood


and quality rating, then submit a
bid. If the bid is rejected, they
must change their itinerary by,
for example, bidding on hotels
with a different quality rating.
The procedure is similar for air-
line tickets, with customers hav-
ing the option to rebid only by
changing their itinerary.
The goal of the system is to
encourage at least some cus-
tomers to wager more than the
minimum price Priceline will
accept, Mr. Fay said, but sophisti-
cated users routinely avoid that'
constraint through surreptitious
repeat bidding.
For hotel rooms, Mr. Fay said
a common subterfuge is to
make a low bid for a room in,
say, a five- star hotel near Disney
World in Orlando. If that bid is
rejected, the customer tries
again by selecting a higher bid
-- while allowing for the five-
star hotel to be either near Dis-
ney or in an Orlando neighbor-
hood where he or she knows no
five-star hotel exists. The new


bid looks to Priceline's system
like a change in itinerary but is,
in effect, a back-door repeat bid
on the same Disney World
neighborhood five-star hotels.
The procedure is similar for air-
lines, with savvy users selecting
flights to airports neighboring
their targeted airports to bid
repeatedly on what appear to be
different-- but are in reality iden-
tical itineraries. The techniques
are well known among many
Priceline users, with at least one
site, Biddingfortravel.com, outlin-
ing different strategies in detail
and helping customers make the
lowest possible bids by publishing,
other customers' successful bids.
Mr. Fay said the activity -
while not a violation of Price-
line's user agreement hurts
the company's profits because it
in effect creates a two-tiered
pricing system.
"There's an optimal price for
a hotel room or airline ticket that
would maximize Priceline's prof-
it if everybody rebid, and there's


an optimal price to maximize
profit if everyone only places one
bid," Fay said. "But the problem
is that some people are rebidding
and some are. not, and the same
price can't maximize profit for
both segments of customers."
His mathematical models, he
said, show that Priceline would
make just as much money if it
increased its bottom-line price,
and allowed all users to bid
repeatedly a practice that
might also be more fair to Price-
line's customers since they
would all have an equal chance
of paying the same price for a
given hotel room or itinerary.
"Under the current system,
they set the price threshold for a
hotel room at, for example, at $60,
don't tell you what it is, and hope
that some people bid higher," he
said. "But if they let everyone
rebid, they'd probably set the
price threshold at $80 and by
upping the price, it turns out they
would get back all the money they
would have earned" from over-


bidders in the current system.
A Priceline spokesman declined
to comment on the findings.
Mr. Fay said that one potential
caveat is that repeat bidding
would quickly highlight the min-
imum prices that Priceline's
hotel and airline vendors are
willing to accept. If that price
became well known, and cus-
tomers began rejecting other,
more-traditional purchasing
venues such as phone purchas:-
es, that could hurt vendors, he
said. But Biddingfortravel.com
already publishes what appear
to be the minimum prices many
hotels and airlines accept, and
the total number of airline tick-
ets and hotel rooms purchased
via name-your-own-price chan-
nels remains relatively small, Mr.
Fay said.
"Priceline would have to con-
vince their partners that it
wouldn't really hurt them. Even
though that might be true, it
might be hard to convince
them," he said.


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