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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 13, 2005
Publication Date: 1928-
Frequency: weekly
regular
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Clewiston (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Hendry County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Hendry -- Clewiston
Coordinates: 26.753399 x -80.9336 ( Place of Publication )
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Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 2, no. 6 (Feb. 3, 1928)-
General Note: Tom Smith, editor.
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Preceded by: Clewiston progress

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At a Glance


Women of
Accomplishment
Palm Beach Community
College and the area Chamber
of Commerce are seeking
nominations for Women of
Accomplishment for the
March 21 program awards.
The program honors women
in Palm Beach, Glades and
Hendry Counties. To nomi-
nate a woman call Susan Cox
at 993-1126 for information or
a nomination form. Nomina-
tions should be submitted by
Jan. 20, 2005 to the Provost's
Office at PBCC/Glades.
Clewiston
Adult School
The Clewiston Adult
School offers a variety of class-
es that range from GED prep,
ABE, ESOL (English for Speak-
ers of Other Languages),
Basic Computer, Spanish, and
Substitute Teacher Prepara-
tion. Also be sure to ask about
the Hendry County Adult
School Scholarship. You may
contact the Clewiston Adult
School at (863) 983-1511 for
more information.
Clewiston Dixie
Youth Baseball
Registration of players for
Clewiston Dixie Youth Base-
ball's 2005 season will be at
the Clewiston Middle School
Cafeteria, Jan. 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 certificate to regis-
ter.
Democrats
to meet
The Hendry Democratic
Executive Committee will be
holding their monthly meeting
at the Hendry County 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. The commit-
tee is looking for concerned,
faithful Democrats, to volun-
teer to take positions as
precinct committeemen and
committeewomen There are
23 precincts in Hendry County,
only seven have commit-
teemen and committee-
women; 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.

See Glance Page 6


DEA closes down


By Mark Young
MONTURA The Drug
Enforcement Agency (DEA),
working with the Hendry County
Sheriff's Office and elements of
the Clewiston Police Department
raided two Montura homes Jan.
5 shutting down a major drug
operation.
According to Hendry County
Sheriff Ronnie Lee, the initial raid
led to more homes being
searched. Sheriff Lee said the ini-
tial warrant was served on two


homes, but upon arriving on the
scene, it was apparent that more
warrants were called for.
Sheriff Lee said four more
warrants were sworn out on the
second day of the raid and the
four additional homes were
searched, adding to the bounty
of marijuana and growing equip-
ment already seized on the first
day of the operation.
According to the U.S. Attor-
ney's Office in Ft. Myers, 11 sus-
pects from Montura Ranch
Estates were taken into custody


after the raid was conducted.
The residences targeted for war-
rant execution were homes
located on Zambria Street, North
Kennel Street, South Kennel
Street, South Trebol Street, and
South Riverside Street.
In all, federal warrants were
executed on six homes. Taken
into custody were Alexis Miguel
Hernandez, Luis Hatuey Gonza-
lez, Jorge Luis Gutierrez, Pedro
Garcia Gutierrez, Ermundo Her-
nandez, Luis Hatuey Penalver,
Jose Rigoberto Perez, Panfilo


Fishing the Big 0: Everstart tournament


Photo by Mark Young
Above, Daryl Deka (far right), from Wellington, waits out Edward Guice's (far left) final
stringer. Mr. Deka entered into day four in seventh place and one by one; watched the
six anglers in front of him try to dethrone him from the stage. Mr. Guice was the last and
failed to unseat Mr. Deka's winning weight. In between the two anglers is Everstart tour-
nament director Chris Jones. Right, Clewiston's Chloe'Murphy (right), aged three, and
big brother Dustin Murphy (left), aged nine, test their luck during the festivities before
the final weigh in of the Everstart fishing tournament Jan. 8. The fishing was slow, but
both apparently had a good time.


drug

Chaves Perez, Juan Roche,
Yoandy Rojas Guevara, Noslen
Hernandez Romero, and Arman-
dou Vidal.
According to information
released by the U.S. Attorney's
Office, law enforcement officials
executed the warrants and found
marijuana plants growing inside,
as well as outside the residences.
Approximately 30,000 plants
were seized from the properties,
along with the equipment that
was used to cultivate the plants.
According to Steve Cole, public


house

affairs specialist for the U.S.
Attorney's Office, the estimated
street value of the plants upon
harvesting was $60 million.
Other law enforcement agen-
cies working on the case includ-
ed the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement, Lee County
Sheriff's Office, Fort Myers Police
Department, Naples Police
Department, Cape Coral Police
Department, and Marco Island
Police Department.
See Drugs Page 6


HRMC cuts



staff, expense
By Tracy Whirls imately 20 positions in corpo-
rate health, radiology, labora-
Despite a report by CFO tory, women's services, home
Nick Braccino that Hendry care, the Hendry Family Care
Regional Medical Center Center, dietary, housing,
recorded a $52,000 profit in patient billing, data process-
the first two reported months ing, pharmacy and registra-
of the fiscal year, the Hospital tion..
Authority Board at their Jan. 6 Employees eliminated
regular meeting, moved for- through the staff reductions
ward with a 100-day plan will receive a severance pack-
aimed at reducing annual age equal to three weeks pay,
expenses by $1.1 million, carrying them through the
Initial cost reductions will Jan. 29 pay period. Health
be accomplished through insurance premiums for those
vendor contract revisions, employees will be paid for the
employee 'reductions in month of January.
force' and work schedule Other actions included an
reductions. Employees to be immediate wage freeze, a hir-
termiriated or laid off were, ing freeze and. overtime
notified Friday, Jan. 7, with restrictions.
scheduling cutbacks begin- According to HRMC CEO
ning Monday, Jan. 10. Craig Cudworth, department
Aimed at reducing "full heads were given the option
time equivalent" hours by
26.6, the cuts affected approx- See HRMC Page 20




Clewiston DCF



office to close


By Patty Brant
CLEWISTON Wednes-
day morning Department of
Children and Families (DCF)
officials in Fort Myers could
not confirm that its Clewiston
office will be closing. Howev-
er, Clewiston leaders are tak-
ing the possibility very seri-
ously.
At the regular Hendry
County Commission meeting
Tuesday evening, Clewiston
Chamber of Commerce Direc-
tor Jeff Barwick told the com-
missioners that he received
information on the proposed
closing earlier that day.
Commissioner Janet Taylor


said at Tuesday night's meet-
ing that she'd also been
informed the office is set to
close in early February.
Commissioner Taylor
added that, once the office
there closes, Clewiston clients
will have to travel either to
LaBelle or Belle Glade for
services. That is the last thing
people in need should have to
do, she pointed out. She also
said that eight employees
have been laid off and others
will be transferred to the
LaBelle office.
DCF is hoping that com-
munity based volunteers will
See DFC -Page 20


Lake Level


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Index

Classifieds ...... .16-19
Opinion ............. 6
School ........... .15
Sports ........... 11
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Your 200
(Editor's note: This is the last
in a series highlighting the
events, which occurred in the
community during 2004.)
October
More than 30 local business-
es, agencies, and education cen-
ters from both the east and west
coasts turned out for the Hendry
Glades Career Services Center
Job Fair conducted Oct. 7 at the
John Boy Auditorium in Clewis-
ton. More than 200 area residents
turned out to talk to employers
and apply for positions.
The Clewiston Commission at
a special meeting Sept. 20
approved a $150,000 Florida
Recreation Development Assis-
tance (FRDAP) grant applications
to fund improvements at Trinidad
Park.-
The proposed improvements
at Trinidad Park include a basket-
ball court, renovation of the exist-
ing playground, including the
installation of new playground
equipment, construction of a


14 year 1
new picnic pavilion with picnic
tables, construction of a new soc-
cer field, improvements to the
existing softball field, construc-
tion of a new hiking/exercise trail
and support facilities, including
fencing, a water fountain, goals
and more.
When the Clewistonri Com-
mission approved their fiscal year
2004-2005 budget during the final
public hearing Sept 20, they set
the millage rate at 5.6341 mills, an
increase of 4.74 percent over the
rolled-back millage rate of
5.3792, noting that the increase
was necessary to fund capital
improvements and city services
while at the same time reducing
the city's reliance on reserves.
While escaping the kind of
catastrophic damages experi-
enced by cities on the east coast
or even Okeechobee on the
north side of the lake, Clewiston
officials say completing clean up
and infrastructure repairs follow-
ing Hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne will probably take


a review
upwards of a month.
City Manager Wendell John-
son projected that the total cost of
removing vegetation, construc-
tion and demolition debris within
the city, repairing and replacing
electric lines and waterlines dam-
aged in the aftermath of the
storm and repairing city facilities;
including the Country Club and
the 121 Building (formerly leased
to Richard's Mobile Homes) will
likely cost more than $200,000.
The City Commission pro-
claimed Wednesday, October 20,
2004 as "Employee Appreciation
Day", hosting a luncheon and an
afternoon of contests, games and
prizes to recognize for the great
job they did in cleaning up the
city and restoring power after
Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne
struck the city in September.
United States Sugar Corpora-
tion Vice President for Public
Affairs Robert Coker told mem-
bers of the Hendry County Eco-
See Year Page 15


Photo by Mark Young
Sheriff takes oath
Newly elected Hendry County Sheriff Ronnie Lee was
publicly sworn into office Jan. 4 at the New Harvest
Church, in Clewiston. Judge Jim Sloan performed the
swearing in of Lee in front of a crowd of hundreds. Lee
said his ultimate goal for the next four years is to earn
the respect of Hendry County residents. 'I'm so proud to
be here,' he said. 'I will not tarnish this badge that you
have given to me.'


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Lake Okeechobee voted best freshwa-er fishing lake
1 The 2004 Best of Florida Awards Florida Water Management District Consumer Services promise to participation, the lake will remain
i featured in Florida Monthly maga- is charged with managing this vital improve the lake's ecology. the est in the hearts of all those
zine named Lake Okeechobee as water resource. Through long-term restoration \vho enjoy its ecological, social and
the best freshwater fishing spot in I ake nlhechob nffprs rpcre- commitments requiring everyone's economicvalues.


If you want to lose weight or
just be healthier in 2005, you
may find the little things do
count. Small changes in lifestyle
can reap big rewards.
Watch what you drink and be
aware of the calories in bever-
ages.
If you drink more than four
ounces of fruit juice a day, you
may be consuming more sugar
than you think. Juice is concen-
trated fructose, natural fruit
sugar. While a small glass of
juice in the morning is well
worth the calories when you
consider the vitamins it con-
tains, drinking more than four
ounces of juice a day can con-
tribute to obesity.
Studies have found that chil-
dren who drink juice more than
once a day have a much higher
risk of becoming obese because
they fill up on the fruit sugar and
may not be eating other healthy
foods. One cup of orange juice
has about 100 calories.
A 12-ounce Coca-Cola has
155 calories. Since these calories
come from sugar, they are con-
sidered "empty calories." An
"empty calorie" refers from a
food that provides no positive
nutritional value no vitamins,
no minerals, no protein.
Milk is a good choice with
meals because milk contains
protein and calcium. The pro-
tein in milk helps maintain the
"full" feeling and is digested
slowly, which helps to keep
blood sugar levels steady. Low-
fat milk has about 100 calories in
one cup.
Alcoholic beverages can be
high in calories. A regular 12-
ounce beer has about 170 calo-
ries. A jigger of alcohol (brandy,
bourbon, gin or vodka) has
about 100 calories. A four ounce
glass of wine has about 100
calories.
Coffee and tea are nearly
calorie free alone.
If you start adding milk and
sugar, the calories pile on. A
medium cappuccino has about
110 calories.
Coffee and tea should be lim-
ited because they contain caf-
feine, which is a diuretic, and
can lead to dehydration.
Using artificial sweeteners
does not always help the dieter.
Aspartame has been found to
stimulate the appetite, so diet
drinks don't really help you lose
weight as they just make you
hungrier.
The smart dieter drinks water
- lots of water. Eight glasses a
day is recommended for good
hydration. Water helps you lose
weight by flushing the toxins out
of your system. It also improves
skin tone. Water has no calories.
How many calories are too


A
Healthier
Life


with Katrina Bsken


many? It depends on your
desired weight and activity level.
For those with a moderately
active lifestyle, figure about 12
calories a day per pound to
maintainyour desired weight. If
you want to weigh 130 pounds,
that's 1,560 calories a day. Those
who are very active, may need
more calories. Those who are
not very active, need less.
Before making any change to
your diet or exercise program,
consult your doctor. This is espe-
cially important if you are on any
prescription drugs. Some drugs
interact badly with foods that
would otherwise be considered
"healthy."

Products recalled
The U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission, in coopera-
tion with the manufacturer
named below, has announced
voluntary recalls of the following
consumer products. Consumers
should stop using recalled prod-
ucts immediately unless other-
wise instructed.
Name of product: Cribs
Units: About 7,700
Manufacturer: Orbelle Trade
Inc., of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hazard: The Amber model
crib included in this recall does
not comply with crib safety stan-
dards due to a gap between the
side rail and the crib mattress
support, posing an entrapment
hazard to infants. All other
model cribs included in this
recall do not have proper assem-
bly instructions and diagrams
required for cribs. They are also
missing cautionary and warning
labels as required by federal law.
If the cribs are not assembled
properly they could pose an
entrapment hazard to infants.
Incidents/Injuries: None
reported.
Description: The cribs includ-
ed in this recall are the Daniella,
Leeat, Noa, Naomi, Gabriella,
Amber and Series 300 model
cribs. The cribs are wood and
come in a variety of painted and
stained finishes including natu-
ral, cherry, blonde, or white
wood. Some of the cribs have
built-in storage drawers on the
side of the crib or underneath
the crib. The crib model name
may be printed on the lower part


the state.
Over the past ten years, the
magazine has polled readers for
the "best of" everything the Sun-
shine State has to offer. Choices are
given in over 140 categories, from
the Best Main Street to the Best Out-
door CafUl to the Best Bike Shop.
Under the Natural Florida group-
ing, Lake Okeechobee was named
the freshwater fishing spot of
choice by magazine readers. More
than 600,000 votes were cast in the
2004 competition. Best of winners
ranged all the way from Pensacola
to Key West.
Positioned at the center of the
state, the 730-square-mile lake is
often referred to as our region's liq-
uid heart. The lake is a key compo-
nent of South Florida's Kissimmee-
Okeechobee-Everglades
ecosystem and an important
source of water supply. The South


of the headboard of each crib
and the manufacturer name is
printed on each set of crib warn-
ings when provided.
Sold at: Juvenile furniture
stores in New York and New Jer-
sey from January 2003 through
August 2004 for between $135
and $335.
Manufactured in: Romania
Remedy: If you own the
Amber model crib, contact the
firm to schedule an in-home
repair or request a replacement
crib. For all other model cribs,
contact the firm to receive new
assembly instructions and warn-
ing labels.
Consumer Contact: Orbelle
Trade Inc. at (800) 605-8018
between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET
Monday through Friday or visit
the firm's Web site at
www.orbelle.com.

Name of product: Dirt
Devil(r) Sweeper Vac(tm)
Units: About 20,000
Manufacturer: Royal Appli-
ance, of Glenwillow, Ohio.
Hazard: The vacuum's rotor
can lock and overheat during
use causing a smoke and fire


national fishing opportunities for resi-
dents and tourists alike a special
place for catching trophy large-
mouth bass. The lake's reputation
for the quantity and quality of bass it
produces has traveled around the
world as evidenced by daily catches
posted on local brag boards.
While agricultural activities,
development and extremes in
water levels have stressed Lake
Okeechobee in recent years, the
water management district contin-
ues to develop strategies and carry
out programs to fix the ecological
problems that plague the lake.
Combined efforts of scientists,
engineers and other environmental
restoration experts working under
a partnership of the South Florida
Water Management District, the
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection and the Florida
Department of Agriculture and


hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: None
reported.
Description: The Dirt Devil
Sweeper Vac(tm) is a battery
operated upright vacuum clean-
er with "Dirt Devil" and "Sweep-
er Vac(tm)" printed on the front.
The recall involves vacuum
cleaners with the Model Number
M083000 with the Plant Code J.
The Model Number and Plant
Code are printed on a silver plate
located on the back of the prod-
uct. Only vacuum cleaners man-
ufactured in Plant Code J are
included in this recall.
Sold at: Retailers nationwide
from November 2003 through
November 2004 for between $30
and $40.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should
immediately stop using the
product and contact Dirt Devil(r)
to receive a free replacement.
Consumer Contact: Call Dirt
Devil toll-free at (800) 805-9536
anytime or visit Dirt Devil's Web
site at www.dirtdevil.com.

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the care and expertise you expect.

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Lake Okeechobee was named the best freshwater fishing
spot in the state in the 2004 Best of Florida Awards.


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Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.


On a mission from God


prayer service scheduled
PALM BEACH GARDENS Anniversary of the Peace and in the School of Ministi
Local church choirs will join Justice Interfaith Service in Beach Atlantic Univ
hands in song at 6:30 p.m. Jan. honor of the American civil West Palm Beach. Ti
17, at St. Ignatius Loyola Cathe- rights leader, for this year's celebra
dral, 9999 North Military Trail, in Call to Conscience: Sta
Palm Beach Gardens, for an The Most Reverend Gerald M. Justice" The music
interfaith prayer service honor- Barbarito, Bishop of the Diocese Justice". The music
ing the Reverend Doctor Martin of Palm Beach will preside over accompanied by dance
Luther King, Jr. the prayer service. The main from around the di
speaker will be Rev. Terriel Byrd, reception in the Cathe
This event marks the 20th Associate Professor of Religion ter will follow the prayer


Healthy
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Name of product: Adams
Trail-a-Bike or Adams Slipstream
Bicycle Attachment
Units: About 80,000
Importer: Norco Products
Ltd., of British Columbia, Cana-
da
Hazard: The hardware used
in the assembly of the universal
hitch may come loose causing
the unit to separate from the
lead bicycle, which could lead to
a serious injury or death to the
rider of the bicycle attachment.
Incidents/Injuries: Norco
Products has received two
reports .of hardware falling out
of the hitch assembly. One
minor injury reported.
Description: The recall
involves the Adams Trail-A-Bike
or Adams Slipstream sold under
the following models: Starter,
Folder, Shifter, Shocker, Ultimate
Tandem, Deluxe Folder, Me 2
and Original. "Trail-A-Bike" or


Rada E Brackin
Rada F. Brackin, 90, of Belle
Glade, died, Dec. 26, 2004.
She was a resident of Belle
Glade since 1939 and a member
of the First Baptist Church for 60
years.
She was an active member in
her Sunday school class and the
Golden Ramblers. She was also a
member of the Belle Glade Gar-
den Club.
She was preceded in death by
her husband, Milton and her great
grandson, Cameron:
Survivors include her daugh-
ter, Janie Harville (AJ)' her three
grandchildren, Jay Harville (Tere-
sa), Kim Harris (Jeff), and Laine
Davis (Ronald); and five great
grandchildren, Jay Jr., Natalie,
Amarida, Jeffrey, and Kyle.
Funeral services were held
Dec. 29, at First Baptist Church in
Belle Glade with Rev. Gary Folds
officiating. Interment followed at
Port Mayaca Cemetery. Arrange-
ments by Glades Funeral Chapel-
Belle Glade.
Maria Dolores
Rodriguez
Maria Dolores Rodriguez, 86,
of Clewiston, died Wednesday,
Jan. 5, 2005. Mrs. Rodriguez has
lived here for 19 years and was a
'homemaker. She is survived by
her husband, Edelmiro
Rodriguez, of Clewiston; six
daughters; Aida Luz Santana, Car-
men Garcia, Elizabeth Rodriguez,
all of Clewiston; Emilia Rosario,
of Homestead; Maria Mercedes
Pike, of Crown Point, Ind. and
Rebecca Munoz of Chicago, Ill.;
her brother, Antonio Perez, of
Knoz, Ind.; sister, Candida Perez,.
of Aibonito, Puerto Rico; 13
grandchildren and 30 great grand-
children. Services were held Jan.
7, 2005 at Akin-Davis Funeral
Chapel burial followed at
Ridgelawn Cemetery. Officiating
clergy was the Reverend Nathan
Ortiz. Akin-Davis Funeral Homes,
Inc. in Clewiston is in charge of
arrangements.
Viola E Owen
Viola F. Owen, age 103, a pio-
neer resident of Clewiston, died at


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home Sunday, Jan. 9, 2005. Born
Nov. 5, 1901, in Meridian, Miss.,
she was raised in Peoria, IL. In
1921, while she was working as a
secretary with the engineering
firm of Elliott and Harman, she
met and married William C.
Owen, Civil Engineer with that
firm. In 1925 he brought her and
their two sons to Clewiston when
Elliott and Harman was hired to
drain and layout the township.
Through the years since then she
has been active in numerous
organizations, many of which she
helped found. Viola was one of
the first presidents of an early
PTA. She was a life member of the
Florida Federation of Garden
Clubs and a founding member of
the Clewiston Garden Club. Until.
recently, she had been an active
member of the Community Pres-
byterian Church and the Women
of the Church, as well as the
Clewiston Library Board. In 1994,.
Viola was named Outstanding Cit-
izen of the Year by the Clewiston
Chamber of Commerce, quite an
honor at age 93.
Her husband, who prede-
ceased her in 1960, was a Vice-
President of U.S. Sugar Corp. and
served as City Commissioner and
Mayor for a number of years. She
was also predeceased by her
daughter, Shirley Ann Bergeron of
Huntsville, Ala. Viola is survived
by her sons, William C. (Anne)
Owen, Jr., Palm Beach Gardens,
and Richard Batchelor Owen,
North Fort Myers, and her son-in-
law, Bryan F. Bergeron,
Huntsville, Ala. She is also sur-
vived by her grandchildren, Susan
Bergeron Sturdivart, Shirley Elaine
Bergeron Wood, Antoinette Own
O'Connor, Claire Owen, as well as
.her eight great grandchildren, and
her dedicated caregivers, Kath-
leen Beaver and Judy Sullivan.
Funeral services will be held at
Community Presbyterian Church
at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13,
2005, with the Rev. Angel Ramos
officiating, to be followed by a
Committal Service at Ridgelawn
Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,
friends may contribute to Com-
munity Presbyterian Church for
the charity of their choice in
memory of Viola.


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Rica for a combination of business
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cuss future mission team programs
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Camplin selected as top

Florida academic scholar


Congratulations to Kathryn
Camplin for being selected as a
Florida Bright Futures Academic
Top Scholar for the 2004 graduat-
ing class. This award was attrib-
uted to her accomplishments
because she, as the top Florida
Academic Scholar in her county, is
one of 67 high school graduates in
the state of Florida recognized as
Florida Academic Top Scholars.
Ena3
Stefanie Marie Smith a graduate
of Moore Haven High School and
daughter of Jim and Carol Smith of
Lakeport graduated cum laude
from the University of Florida's Col-
lege of Agriculture and Life Science
Dec. 18. Stefanie majored in Food
and Resource Economics, special-
ized in agribusiness management
and minored in Agriculture Exten-
sion Education. She hasaccepted a
full-time position as the 4-H Exten-
sion Agent in Baker County Florida.
Stefanie plans to continue her edu-
cation while working and earn a.
masters degree.


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Skinner
Murrell Franklin Skinner, age 51,
died Jan. 5, 2005, in Bear Beach,
Fla. She was preceded in death by
her parents Farne Franklin Sr and
Annie Lee Peteman, husband, Col-
bert Seymour Skinrner, St Michael,
Barbados. Mrs.
Skinner is sur-
vived by her
children,
Valerie (Calvin)
Barton, San
Antonio, TX.; .
Colbert (Tara)
Skinner, Clewis- .
ton; Tammy
(Ray) Tolbert, Murrell
Clewiston; Franklin
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cho Jones, Calvin Banon, Canisha
Barton, Teziatrius Tolben, Ra\ Tol.
bert Jr., Cherelle Badion. Kenya
Skinner, Karen Barton. Chantel
Barton, Colberta Skinner. Ta\ares
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Skinner, Darryon Skinner, D'MNau.
rya Skinner, Latonia Huston, Sade
Purdue, Ryan Kinsey; great grand-
children, Shaylynn Jones. A host of
nieces and newphews and
cousins. God children, Darron
Franklin, Mary lyesha Gamble,
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Joyce Paul K., MiKayla Dukes ,
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poor people of that region. He was
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years ago and found God in his
heart. He's been helping those peo-
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providing additional opportunities
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villagers find the assistance they
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word the God.
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Gatorama opens


By Tracy Whirls
It began as a tourist attraction in
1957, and owned by the family of
Patty and Alan Register since 1986,
Gatorama is one of South Florida's
oldest tourist attractions.
On Dec. 6, Gatorama, on U.S.
27 four miles south of Palmdale,
opened its newest exhibit, a breed-
ing pair of Florida panthers housed
in the park's first natural exhibit.
Housed in a 2,500-square foot
fenced natural enclosure, featur-
ing trees and platforms surround-
ed by a 25-foot fence, Cherokee,
an eight-year-old Florida purl :-
and her mate Mickey, a six-yc.; -
old male, delight visitors to the
park.
"They' e ju., ,-ore exciting,"
said zookeeper koy Dyer, who
with the Registers' son Ben cares
for the big cats and other mam-
mals at the park. "When you
watch these guys play, the speeds
they get up to, watch the heights
they can jump, it's exciting."
The new panther exhibit was
scheduled to open before Labor
Day. Then Hurricane Charley
struck in August, followed by
Jeanne and Frances in September,
and the park lost part of the bridge
across the alligator/crocodile habi-
tat, most of the park-owned bill-
boards, as well as the roofing on
their commercial alligator farming
facilities.
The panthers were formerly
owned by Cat Britt, who needed a
location for the big cats after clos-
ing Cat's Outback and leaving
Posey's Alligator Farm. According
to Patti Register, Gatorama had
featured a panther before, housed
in a singular exhibit, like most of
the animals at the park. The
arrangement gave the Registers
the chance to open their first more
natural enclosure, as well as allow-
ing them to do away with a snack
bar. Ms. Britt now operates a con-
cession adjacent to Gatorama on
U.S. 27 allowing her to attract
more truck traffic to her snack bar.
With the popularity of the cat


Staff photo/Tracy Whirls
Gatorama zookeeper Roy Dyer feeds Cherokee, an eight-
year-old Florida panther at Gatorama, one of the newest
exhibits at what is known as one of the oldest active tourist
-attractions in Florida.


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Staff photo/Tracy Whirls
Allen and Patti Register, owners of Gatorama in Palmdale,
display some of the newspapers from around the state and
around the nation tourists have brought with them when vis-
iting the park, since the Associated Press featured the park
in a story in July.
enclosure, the Registers are con- mammal exhibits into more natu-
sidering relocating the rest of their ral settings. In addition to the


)anther exhibit to visitors


omnipresent alligators and croco-
diles, and the new panthers.
Gatorama is home to monkeys,
bobcats, raccoons, a variety of
birds, turtles and tortoises.
"Most of our exhibits are like the
50's and 60's-National Geograph-
ic writer Boyd Madison described
the turquoise tiles. What draws
people here is that retro feel that
Gatorama has," Mrs. Register said.
In keeping with the nostalgia,
the Registers are planning a cam-
paign aimed at encouraging for-
mer visitors to the park to bring in
vintage photos of the park in the
old days, to be scanned and com-
piled in an onsite museum-type
exhibit. Proceeds from those visits
will benefit local historic preserva-
tion efforts.
Although Mr. Register admitted
that the panthers are more specta-
tor friendly than the alligators and
crocodiles, which he said, "don't
move as much unless coerced,"
alligators and crocodiles remain
the star attractions at Gatorama.
The daily feeding shows are at
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday -
Saturday and the 4:30 p.m. Sunday
showing continues to attract
crowds, particularly since the
Associated Press featured the park
in a story in July.
Since then, more than 200 visi-
tors a day are visiting the park,
many bringing copies of the Alber-
ta, Canada, Seattle, Washington, or
Tampa newspapers where they
read about the park. A new attrac-
tion gives visitors the opportunity
to "Be a Trainer," allowing them to
have a photo taken as they feed
one of the big alligators or croco-
diles who team around the board-
walk.
When her father bought
Gatorama in 1986, the tourist
attraction had pretty much closed
down, Patty Register said.
"My dad was born and raised in
Lakeport. When he retired from
the army, he was looking for
something to do, and he heard
about this," Mrs. Register said.


Festival season begins around Big 0


By Tracy Whirls
With the holiday season over,
the area around Lake Okee-
chobee and south central Florida
is gearing up for the next wave of
festivities as festival season kicks
off in January.
Visitors to the area can sample
delicacies like Lake Okeechobee
raised catfish, "swamp cabbage"'
6t sour orange pie, watch syrup
being made the old-fashioned
way in a turn of the century cane
grinder, learn about birds native
to the area, celebrate Native
A nerican history, purchase
homemade crafts and enjoy the
thrills of real rodeo-all in the
course of four months between
January and April, with a festival
planned virtually every weekend.
Visitors and newcomers to the
area can meet folks, learn much
of the lake's history and a lot
about geography by making plans
now to attend any or all of the fes-
tivals beginning Jan. 15 with the
Honey Festival in Muse and end-
ing in May with the Brown Sugar
Festival in Harlem. For those
who've been here longer, check
out the festivals in a neighboring
town.

Honey Festival,
Jan. 15
The Lake Okeechobee area
festival season kicks off Saturday,
Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
with the annual Honey Festival in
Muse. Organized originally as a
barbecue to benefit the Muse Vol-
unteer Fire Department, the annu-
al event has grown each year
since its inception and features
live entertainment, an auction of
handcrafted as well as "store
bought' items, vendor booths,


and the famous barbecue beef
and/or pork dinners with all the
trimmings.
And what would a honey festi-
val "bee" without homegrown
honey? A booth, courtesy of the
Curtis Johnson Honey Store in
LaBelle, will feature honeycomb-
style candles, cinnamon and
spiced honey butters and free
samples.

Catfish Festival
Buckhead Ridge
Food, crafts and entertainment
abound during the annual Buck-
head Ridge Catfish Festival Satur-
day, Jan. 22 at the Buckhead
Ridge Community Center and Vol-
unteer Fire Department complex.
Visitors can enjoy a luncheon fea-
turing fried catfish from Lake
Okeechobee, clogging and live
music, crafts exhibits and much
more.


Big 0 Birding
Festival
Visitors to Moore Havenand
Clewiston can see birds, tour a
crafts exhibit at the Doyle Conner
Building in Moore Haven or attend
birding lectures when the annual
Big 0 Birding Festival comes to
Moore, Haven Friday, Jan. 28
through Sunday, Jan. 30. Tours to
view wildlife are scheduled at
Fisheating Creek, sponsored by
Joyner Development, plus the Sug-
arland Barn Owl Tour, sponsored by
the Clewiston Chamber of Com-
merce. In addition, there is an air-
boat tour and a swamp buggy tour,
sponsored by Chappy's in Lakeport.
At the Doyle Connor Building in
Moore Haven, there will be lectures,
including talks on regional birds, by
Dr. Paul Gray of the Florida
Audubon Society, a butterfly lecture,
by Alana Edwards, FAU Center for
Environmental Studies and a pres-
entation on cranes by Marty Folk as


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Or, browse the many vendor
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Armed with the same experi-
ence everyone in this area has.
thinking they know about alliga-
tors, he bought the 15-acre park.
Shortly thereafter it became legal to
farm alligators and he began build-
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Law Enforcement, Clewiston
Police Department, Federal
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tire Jr., 48, currently residing in
Ruston, La., Tuesday at approxi-
mately 2:50 p.m. at the
Louisiana State Penitentiary in
Angola when he showed up for


a iob interview for the position
of prison physician.
Mclntire is charged with one
count of kidnapping and 11
counts of sexual battery victim
helpless incapacitated.
FDLE began investigating the
allegations against Mclntire at
the request of the Clewiston


Police Department in August
2003. McIntire was practicing
medicine in Clewiston when
police received information that
the doctor allegedly drugged
and sexually battered at least
two female victims.
Shortly after the investigation
began Mclntire left his practice


Henderson gets accused of murder


By Patty Brant
LABELLE Just one day after
the capture of escaped inmate
19-year-old James Robert Hen-
derson the Hendry County Sher-
iff's Office added first-degree
murder, armed burglary and
grand theft auto to his escape
charge.
At a press conference Jan. 6,
Sheriff Ronnie Lee said authori-
ties are now officially linking
Henderson to the murder of well-
known LaBelle businessman
Danny Woosley. Henderson
escaped from a work detail on
the Hendry County Jail grounds
on Thursday, Dec. 30. Mr.
Woosley was found dead at his
residence within just a few hours.
Sheriff Lee said they believe
Henderson shed his black and
white striped trustee uniform and
walked to the Woosley residence
on SR 29S. There, officials allege
he broke into the arms safety
room, in which Mr. Woosley kept
an array of guns and knives he
collected.
Law enforcement officials the-
orize that Mr. Woosley arrived
home unexpectedly and sur-
prised Henderson. Sheriff Lee
said the intruder fired four or five
times. They believe they have
recovered the murder weapon.
Henderson is being kept alone
in a cell at the Hendry County Jail.
Sheriff Lee said he will ask a sepa-
rate agency to investigate how
Henderson could have escaped.
Since 1911, Jennings Hard-
ware has been owned and oper-
ated by the family, and at the
same location on Bridge Street.
The store is a place many resi-
dents would stop in early every
morning for coffee and the take
in the local gossip.
The victim's brother, Larry


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Sheriff Ronnie Lee, left, and Investigator Mike Stevens escort
a handcuffed James Robert Henderson after his interrogation.


Woosley, has acted as spokesper-
son for the family. He said the
family is glad that Henderson has
been caught and is off the street.
"It makes it easier," he said,
adding that he could not speak
for the entire family on this point,
but for himself, he wants his
brother's killer punished to the
4


fullest.
Larry said the public response
to the tragedy has been over-
whelming "the sympathy, sup-
port, love and prayers have been
"overwhelmingly wonderful," he
said.
He added that the family
knows that Danny tried to help


Wanted Fugitives


Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach
County Inc. is asking citizens to
help locate Elais Salazar-Salgado,
19, and Igancio Salazar-Salgado
aka "Nacho", 25.
The two mean are wanted for
questioning in regard to a Homi-
Scide of Jorge Aguilar-Peralta that
occurred Dec. 31, 2004 in unincor-
porated Lantana, Florida.
There are outstanding arrest
warrants for Igancio Salazar-Salga-
do and Enrique Salgado for Felony
Drug Trafficking. Elais Salazar-Sal-


gado was the last person seen with
the victim minutes before he was
killed.
Anyone with information on the
whereabouts of these men or any-
one involved in a serious crime, call
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-TIPS.
You can remain anonymous and
still receive a cash reward of up to
$1,000 if your tip leads to an arrest.
You can also visit the Crime Stop-
pers Web site at www.crimestop-
perspbc.com.


Elais
Salazar-
Salgado


Igancio
Salazar-
Salgado aka
"Nacho".


Arrest Report


This column lists arrests, not
convictions, unless otherwise stat-
ed, Anyone who is listed here and
who has the charges against them,
dropped or is found not guilty, is
welcome to inform the newspa-
per. We will confirm the informa-
tion and print it. Information for
this column was provided by the
Belle Glade Police Department.
Belle Glade Police Department
Dec. 30, Chesterfield Small, 38,
was charged with possession of
marijuana under 20 grams.
Dec. 31, a juvenile, 16, was
charged with robbery.
Jan. 1, James Be. Green, 37,
was charged with discharging a
firearm in public.
Jan. 1, Marque Rashaud
Vereen, 21, was charged with


aggravated assault.
Jan. 1, Andre Demitrius Fuller,
24, was charged with aggravated
assault.


of marijuana under20 grams.
Jan. 1, Antonio E. Arebalo, 30,
was charged with possession of
cocaine.


Jan. 1, Jorge Antonio Lopez, Jan. 2, Leon Freeman, 18, was
37, was charged with possession charged with sexual battery.


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Henderson, who once stayed at
the SR 29 home. Their only com-
fort, he said, is "knowing Danny
was truly a Christian. There is no
doubt in our minds he's in heav-
en."
"It's a nightmare, just working
through it," he said, adding that
the family will continue to get
through this terrible time
because it is a "strong, close, lov-
ing family" and they "keep each
other going."
At a press conference Jan. 5,
Sheriff Lee had high praise for
officers who worked "around the
clock" on the murder and escape
investigations.
State Attorney Steve Russell
has asked Gov. Jeb Bush to assign
another State Attorney to handle
the Henderson case, fearing the
appearance of any impropriety
since Henderson's mother is an
employee of the State Attorney's
Office.
Henderson had been serving
concurrent sentences, on two
counts of grand theft auto when
he escaped. He was sentenced to
364 days, with a total of 124 days
of credit for time served and only
had about four months left on his
sentence when he escaped.
In July 2003, Henderson had
been sentenced to two years state
probation for stealing a .39 spe-
cial Smith & Wesson handgun
from the Woosley residence,
where he had stayed for several
months. At that time he 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.
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in Clewiston and moved to the
Palatka, Fla. area where he prac-
ticed medicine in Hawthorne.
Mclntire fled Florida after a
search warrant was served at his
-residence in Palatka. Police have
recovered video evidence docu-
menting the alleged attacks.
The FBI was contacted when-
it was learned by investigators
that Mclntire left the state. The
FBI obtained a warrant for
Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prose-
cution (UFAP) and joined in the
search for Mclntire.


Mclntire is being held in the
West Feliciana Parish jail in Saint
Francis, La. awaiting extradition
back to Florida and has waived
extradition as of Jan. 10. McIn-
tire is expected to be transported
to the Broward County jail to
face charges of kidnapping and
sexual battery.
The investigation is on going
and special agents are asking
anyone who might have infor-
mation regarding this case to
contact FDLE Special Agent
Scott Gibson at (800) 226-2028.


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Fungicides, Fertilizers, Swimming pool chemicals,
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Speak Out

Speak Out is our free 24-hour opinion line. Call 983-9140
to express your opinion or ask a question about public
issues. You are not required to give your name. While we
wantyou to speak freely, the newspaper reserves the right to
edit calls for parity, brevity, relevance and fairness.
Speak out missed
I used to buy the newspaper to read the speakouts, are you not
printing them, or is no one calling in?
Editor's note: Thanks for calling. Like a typical conversation,
sometimes we experience a lull in people calling into SpeakouL
Ifyou notice that there are not any calls printed in this column, it
is because we there have been no calls to print.
Commission wastes money on airport
As the LaBelle Airport continues to operate at a loss and the
Aviation economy is in a slump, Hendry County staff recommend-
ed and county commissioners approved the expenditure of mil-
lions of tax dollars for the purchase of additional land to widen
and extend the runway. If these expenditures are made it will
remove taxable lands from our tax base.
The only justification given for this expenditure is that the State
has grant monies available. Putting in the improvements at the air-
port is only the beginning. Will there be grant monies available to
keep up with the necessary maintenance of the runway? So far
the airport has not even been able to repair the facilities or cut the
grass. Is there a plan to fund the operation of the airport over the
next 10-20 years?
After 911 and the hurricanes many Aviation businesses have
filed bankruptcy. The cost of a new or used Aircraft exceeds the
majority of income levels in Hendry County. The major users (30)
of the LaBelle Airport are ultra-light and homebuilt aircraft. These
aircraft do not buy aviation fuel, which is supposed to be the
major source of income.
The cost of Aviation fuel, which is $3-4 per gallon has ground-
ed many weekend flyers. Income and unemployment levels in
Hendry County reduce the number of student pilots due to the
escalating costs of learning to fly.
Hendry County only has 30,000 people and it has two airports.
There are two other major Airports within 30 minutes from
LaBelle and that is Immokalee and South West Regional.
Thousands of tourists and locals ride on roads in Hendry
County that are substandard, dangerous and need improvements.
The commissioners and staff continually argue that the County
does not have enough money to make the improvements.
The statistics speak for themselves. If this was your business do
you think your advisors or the bank would let you invest this
amount of money without a visible return on your money or a
plan?
Voice your concerns about this waste of tax dollars, make a
point of attending the County Commission meetings this year and
learn more about how your tax dollars are being wasted.

Hospital needs maintenance
A little over year ago the hospital brought a man in to help get
it back into shape. The hospital was dirty with bad musty odors,
all over and the maintenance was in very bad shape. This man did
his job, and got the hospital clean and looking good he has also
gotten the maintenance of the equipment back in very good
shape. He did what had to be done, and now the hospital says
they can afford him, or his position. The hospital board and C.E.O.
better look again, you cant afford to be without him. Thanks for
the good work Mr. Daugherty.


Doc Savvy's Pet Corner


Question: Dear Doc Savvy. My
new puppy Zara is hooked on
chewing sugar cane! She was actu-
ally eating the stalk. Is that bad for
her? And is the sugar bad for her
teeth? Great meeting you the other
day George in Belle Glade.
Answer: Well hey there George.
It was fun meeting you too! Okay,
here's the scoop! Sugar cane can
be a wonderful natural chew toy.
However, I am concerned about
digestion of the stalk! If your pup
eats the whole darn thing it may
cause a very upset tummy, with
possible vomiting and diarrhea!
Now as far as the sugar thing and
tooth decay, well, try not to give it
to her too much and make sure
she gets an annual dental cleaning.
Then I am sure all will be fine.
Happy NewYear! Doc Savvy.

Question: Dear Doc Savvy. My
big dog Buck lives outside. When is
it considered too cold to leave him
out overnight? Thanks Doc, love
your radio show Brandon in
Okeechobee.
Answer: Hey Brandon. So glad
you tune in! OK, now this is a very
important question. If the
overnight temperatures are going


below 45 degrees, I recommend
keeping your dog inside. Just liki
we Floridians, our dogs have ver
thin blood too. If you keep you
dogs outside always provide shel
ter, food, water and barriers from
the elements. Hope that help:
Brandon. Take good care, Doc
Savvy.


Opening our treasures before God


Pastor John Hicks
First United Methodist Church
Many of us gathered in our
churches on Christmas Eve and
heard the story of the baby born
in the manger, a savior. We lit
candles and sang carols and we
went home with joyous hearts
celebrating the great and glorious
good news that God had come
into our midst.
Then came an earthquake half
a world away and the devastation
of the ensuing Tsunami. We see
the pictures and hear the growing
death toll daily. Each day we unite
our voices in prayers and open
our hearts and wallets and try in
some small way to make a differ-
ence, to make good on the prom-
ise of God proclaimed on Christ-
mas Eve, "Fear not! For today is
born to you a Savior who is Christ
the Lord."
It's a hard world. The second
chapter of Matthew reminds us
that Christmas comes in the
midst of a hard world. Herod,
wanting no competition from a
prophesied messiah, proclaims
the very opposite of the angel's
greeting, saying "Be afraid! Be
very afraid!" The wise men, being
wise, open their treasures before


the infant and wisely return home
by another way.
But legend tells of a fourth
wise man, Artaban. Artaban was
a Magi who planned to join the
other three wise men to search
for the new-
born king ofP.o
the Jews. He Hc
brought with u
him there e i
gems: A sap- i
phire, a ruby
and a pearl to
go with the
gifts of gold,
frankincense Pastor
and myrrh. John Hicks
But Artaban
fails to meet up with the three
wise men because he meets a
man along the way who was sick
and dying. Artaban ministered to
the man and restored him to life,
but doing so caused Artaban to
miss the caravan. So, Artaban
starts out on his own to search for
the Newborn King. He uses the
sapphire to outfit a small caravan
to help him get across the desert.
He arrives in Jerusalem after
Joseph and family had left, but
during Herod's "slaughter of the
innocents."
He sacrifices his ruby to a sol-


Letter to the Editor


Christmas Kettle
program a success
The Clewiston Service Unit of
the Salvation Army extends its
deepest gratitude to the generous
residents and volunteers in
Clewiston, who made our Christ-
mas Kettle program such a
resounding success during the
Christmas holiday. Money collect-
ed is used here in Clewiston and
the surrounding area to aid needy
families, seniors, and the home-
less.


Glance

Continued From Page 1
Florida KidCare

open enrollment


Glades General Hospital will
host a Florida KidCare Open
Enrollment Event in the Cafete-
ria from 5-7pm on Thursday,
Jan. 20. Parents will receive
assistance in completing Florida
KidCare applications. Applica-
tions will be available in English,
Spanish and Creole. To com-
plete the application process,
parents should bring the follow-
ing: Proof of monthly income
and one income document,
such as last year's tax return, or
: last year's W-2 or recent four
weeks pay stubs; unearned
income documents (such as SSI,
unemployment); child support
document of amount received;
child's social security number; if
non-citizen, child's immigration
d papers; child health coverage
e offered through parent's
e employer, the cost per month to
y add child.


During 2004 the Clewiston Ser-
.vice unit provided food, clothing,
utilities, and temporary lodging
assistance to over 2,000 needy
individuals.
We wish to give a special
thanks to the following business-
es, churches, organizations, and
their members and employees for
the giving of their time and effort
in displaying and manning the
Christmas kettles.
Wal-Mart, Olde Cypress
Comm. Bank, First Baptist
Church-Clewiston, First United


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 fes-
tival. 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.bigobird-
ingfestival.com.

Teachers honored
On Feb. 3, from 5:30-9 p.m. at
the Clewiston Inn, the Hendry
County Public Schools Founda-
tion will honor 10 outstanding
Golden Apple Teachers from the
district. A reception for the teach-
ers will be from 5:30-6 p.m. with
dinner and the award ceremony
following. Please RSVP by calling
(863) 674-4555.


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E-mail all your pet questions to
DocSavvy@aol.com, and check
out your pet answers weekly right
here in the pet comer. Be sure to
tune into The Savvy Vet Show,
each and every Thursday at 10:30
am on 93.5- The BigDawg.


Methodist Church, Green
Thumbs Garden Club, Rotary
Club of Clewiston, Sugarland
Lodge #281 F&AM, U-Save, First
Bank, Faith Lutheran Church,
Clewiston Garden Club, Hendry


Regional Medical Center, Clewis-
ton Lions Club, and Community
Presbyterian Church.
In Sincere Appreciation,
JackD. Webb,
Christmas Kettle Chairman


Harlem Highlights


Community Mass Choir
rehearsal
The final rehearsal for the com-
munity mass choir will be held
Sunday, Jan. 16, 2005 at The
Greater Friendship Missionary Bap-
tist Church at 4:00 p.m. All interest-
ed are asked to be present. The cel-
ebration for Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. Day will be held Jan. 17.
Anyone interested in participat-
ing in the activities for Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Day, are asked to
contact Mrs. Florida B. Thomas at
the Harlem Community Public
Library.
Birthday/anniversary

greetings
Birthday wishes goes out to:
Anton Stringer, Pauline Anderson,
Janice Freeman, Tasha Franklin,
Louise Wilson, Acquanita Johnson
McKinney, Freddie Moore, Rev.
Dwayne E. Brown, Linda Holmes
Webber, and everyone born this
week of January 10. God bless
each of you.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs.
Somerset! They are celebrating
their 12 anniversary. God bless you
with many more years.

Glades Choir Union
The Glades Choir Union will be
held Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005 at the
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in South
Bay at 3:30 p.m. Rev. Roosevelt
Cooper, pastor.

Sick and shut-ins
Don't forget to pray for the sick
and shut-ins. Remember to visit
them in the hospitals, health care
centers and their homes. Avisit will
help make their day. Pray for the
bereaved families in the communi-
ty and surrounding areas. There are
many among us. Remember to
pray for those incarcerated. Prayer
changes things.


Upcoming basketball
games
CMS boys traveled to Moore
Haven on Tuesday, Jan. 11. No
results
The CHS Tigers girls and boys
host the Immokalee Indians on
Tuesday, Jan. 11. Only varsity
squads will be in competition. No
results at this time.
On Friday, Jan. 14 the CHS girls
will travel to Ft. Myers to take on the
Dunbar Tigers. JV game at 6:00
p.m. followed by the varsity game
at 7:30 p.m. Good luck Lady Tigers!
Also on Friday, Jan. 14, the CHS
boys will host Dunbar in Tigers'
Den. JV game begins at 6:15 p.m.
followed by the varsity game at
7:45 p.m.
On Saturday, Jan. 15, the CHS
Tiger boys will travel to Glades Cen-
tral to take on the Raiders. Game
time: JV 6:00 p.m. Varsity 7:30 p.m.
The Lady Tigers will host the
Lady Raiders of Glades Central on
Saturday, Jan. 15. JV starts at 6:15
p.m. followed by Varsity at 7:45
p.m.
On Monday, Jan. 17, the Tigers
will travel to Labelle to take on the
Cowboys. JV game begins at 6:00
p.m. Varsity game starts at 7:30
p.m.
Continue Tiger sports! Go
Tigers!

Just a Thought
"What sin has twisted, God's
grace can straighten"
CONTINUE TO KEEP OUR
TROOPS IN PRAYER


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Courtesy photo
New Hendry County Sheriff Ronnie Lee (left) has been busy
in his first few days in office. He was on the scene at the Jan.
5 raid on, several Montura Ranch Estates residences where
law enforcement officials busted one of the largest marijua-
na production operations in the state's history.


Drugs

Continued From Page 1
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jesus
M. Casas has been assigned to
prosecute the case, which could
bring a maximum penalty of life
imprisonment and a $4 million
fine, under federal law.
"We hope this will send a
message to all those involved in
the production and/or sale of ille-
gal drugs, that this type of activity
will not be tolerated," said Sheriff
Lee.
As of press time, the DEA had
not released the details surround-
ing the actual raid, but neighbors
of the Zambria Street residence
said the scene resembled some-
thing of a military-style operation.
"Two helicopters swooped
down on the area," said eyewit-
ness Mike Kopecky. "I saw DEA
agents and other local police


enter the house and awhile later,
the police began bringing out
hundreds of pot plants. They
brought in three big U-haul
trucks to haul them all away."
Mr. Kopecky described his
neighbors as two males and said
they were excellent neighbors.
"They seemed like wonderful
people," he said.
According to Mr. Kopecky, his
two neighbors kept the shades to
their home pulled down at all
times.
"The shades were pulled
down, but you don't think too
much about that until after some-
thing like this happens."
The net result of the investiga-
tion is believed to be one of the
largest discoveries of a marijua-
na-producing operation in the
entire state of Florida.
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dier to protect a small child from
being slaughtered. Artaban con-
tinues his search, which ends up
lasting a lifetime. Along the way,
Artaban found many in need and
used his resources to help them.
His last gift, the pearl, which he
had held back for years, was
finally given to prevent a young
Jerusalem woman from being
taken into slavery on a day the
whole city was alive with talk of a
crucifixion.
Moments later, the earth
quaked and the sky darkened. A
heavy tile fell and struck Artaban
a fatal blow. With his head on the
lap of the young girl he had just
ransomed, Artaban started whis-
pering, "not so, my Lord, for
when did I see you hungry, or
thirsty and gave you drink? When
did I see a stranger and take you
in? For 33 years I have looked for
you and searched for you, and
never I saw your face."
And the voice that had
prompted all the words became
more clear and strong as Artaban
breathed his last, "as often as you
did it to one of these, my
brethren, you did it to me."
The three wise men found the
king on that night when they
opened'their treasures before the


baby Jesus. But Artaban also
found the king, for there are
many places where Christ is
found in lives that need love.
Some of the most beautiful
words we can hear are, "whenev-
er you did it to them, you did it to
me."
We are called to care for the
lost and lonely and broken of this
world. We are called to feed the
hungry, bandage the wounded,
warm the cold, and to weep with
those who weep. We are called
to follow in the footsteps of the
saints who served God by serving
the children of God along the
way, wherever need was found.
We are called to open our treas-
ures to the Christ, not just in the
joyous season of His birth, but
also in the seasons of sorrow and
suffering. Perhaps especially
then.
2005 will bring many opportu-
nities for us to open our treasures
before our God. May we live and
love not with harsh judgments
and closed fists, but with caring
hearts and open hands that over-
flow with hope and help. Let us
open our treasures by offering
our lives anew as we seek the
Christ in our midst.




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SBA extends
ORLANDO The U.S. Small could mean some
Business Administration (SBA) turning their back
announced that the deadlines to assistance that mn
file low-interest disaster loan including grants,"
applications for physical damages Funds from SBA
as a result of Hurricanes Charley, may be used to co
Frances, Ivan and Jeanne have of the deductible fo
been extended until Feb. 28. who have insura
"Extending the deadlines will cover some or all o
allow those who have not yet losses for storm v
completed their application to not have insurance
have additional time to apply for tims with insuran
assistance," said SBA Area Direc- wait for their insure
tor Michael C. Allen. before applying to I
SBA encourages everyone If they do not kn
who receives a SBA application in of their loss will
the state of Florida to complete insurance or other
and return it as soon as possible, SBA will consider
regardless of the status of their for the full amount
FEMA or insurance claims, to our loan limits,
"Additionally, SBA may refer the borrower agr
individuals for whom a loan is not ance proceeds w
appropriate to the Other Needs reduce the amou
Assistance grant program, but loan. By this methc
without a completed applicatiofi, victim's final loan
we can't make that referral. That represent only uni


application
people may be erwise uncompensated losses.
k on additional SBA low-interest disaster loans
iy be available, are available to qualified renters,
Allen added. homeowners, landlords, business-
A disaster loans es owners, and non-profit organi-
ver the amount zations that suffered damage or
)r storm victimss loss due to the disaster. Interest
ance and may rates can be as low as 3.187 per-
if the uninsured cent for homeowners and renters
victims who do and 2.9 percent for businesses.
e. Disaster vic- Loan terms on all loans can be as
ice should not long as 30 years. Actual loan
dance settlement amounts and terms are set by the
the SBA. SBA and are based on each appli-


now how much
be covered by
er sources, the
making a loan
t of the loss, up
providing that
ees that insur-
ill be used to
nt of the SBA
od, the disaster
n balance will
nsured or oth-


cant's financial condition.
The SBA also has mitigation
funds available to many of the dis-
aster victims who have already
been approved for a low-interest
disaster loan. The SBA mitigation
funds are designed to help bor-
rowers fund protective measures
to prevent damages from recur-
ring in future disasters of the same
kind. To help fund protective
measures, borrowers may


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Healthy Kids 30-day open enrollment underway


request an increase of up to 20
percent of their approved physical
loan amount to help pay for their
mitigation measures.
The SBA said it is important for
people to file and not to confuse
the name of Small Business
Administration. The SBA is the
primary agency for disaster relief
to homeowners, renters, and
business owners. Up to $200,000
is available for homeowners,
$40,000 for renters, and up to $1.5
million for business owners. Cur-
rently, the SBA has opened a Dis-
aster Recover Center in Belle
Glade, with offices in the Belle
Glade City Hall from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
FEMA representatives are also
on site. Applicants are reminded
that you cannot apply for grants
through the SBA, only loans. If it is
determined that the disaster has
left you financially burdened, then
the applications may be turned
over to FEMA for grant assistance.


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who cannot afford conventional
health insurance for their children
can apply for affordable health
coverage, through the Florida
Healthy Kids program.
Applications have been avail-
able since Jan. 1. Completed
applications will be accepted dur-
ing the Jan. 1-30 open enrollment
period only. Under new guide-
lines just approved by Governor
Jeb Bush and the Legislature,
families need only supply one
document verifying their income.
Uninsured children 18 years of
age and under who do not qualify
for Medicaid are eligible for the


program.
"The new guidelines approved
by the Legislature during the spe-
cial session came at a great time
for working families who can't
afford private health insurance for
their children," said Rose Naff,
executive director of Florida
Healthy Kids. "These families will
be able to start the New Year off
right and we are going to do
everything we can to help them
enroll, but they can't wait until the
last minute. The time to act is
now."
The KidCare open enrollment
period is a joint effort between
Florida Healthy Kids, the Depart-


ment of Heath (DOH), the Depart-
ment of Children and Families
(DCF), and the Agency for Health-
care Administration (AHCA).
During the 30-day open enroll-
ment period, parents must com-
plete a one-page application
form, attach a copy of their most
recent federal income tax return
and send it to Healthy Kids before
Jan. 30. If the parent is unable to
provide a tax return, they may
send wage and earnings state-
ments or pay stubs. Applications
will not be accepted after Jan. 30.
Healthy Kids coverage begins
when eligibility is determined and
the full premium is received. The


premium is based on household
size and monthly income. Most
families pay $15 or $20 per family
per month, however, some fami-
lies may pay more.

Applications for open enroll-
ment will be available at DCF
service centers, most hospitals
and some doctor's offices now.
For more information log on to
the Healthy Kids Web site at
www.healthykids.org or down-
load the application at
www.healthlykids.org/applica-
tion/ or call (888) 540-KIDS, (888)
540-5437. Applications will be
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staff photo/Tracy Whirls
Woman's Club president June Morningstar models a more
"dressy" dress from Loie's as past president Julie Wigton
observes the proceedings at the Fashion Show Saturday at
the American Legion.


By Tracy Whirls
MOORE HAVEN The
Glades County Woman's Club's
annual fashion show and lunch-
eon, held Saturday, Jan. 8 at the
American Legion Post in Moore
Haven drew ladies from around
Glades County and Clewiston to
view fashions, courtesy of Loie's
of Lake Placid to compete for
door prizes and enjoy lunch.
The annual fashion show is
the club's principal fundraiser
for its scholarship program,
which each year helps send a
Moore Haven High School grad-
uating senior to college
All the food for the luncheon
was donated by club members,
while businesses including B. &
B. Grocery, Joey's Pizza, Gimme
A Scoop, The Tater Toter,
Sonny's B.B.Q. in Clewiston and
Chili's in Sebring donated gift
certificates. Club president June
Morningstar donated a Crochet
Afghan, as the prize in a drawing
and other members donated
items to be awarded as door
prizes.
Fashions for this year's show
were provided by Loie's, a bou-
tique featuring casual to dressy
ladies apparel and accessories,
at 311 E. Interlake in Lake Placid.
Owned and operated by Lois
Redline, the boutique features
good quality clothing from Color
Me Cotton, Picadilly, Tribal
Sportswear and other designers.,
Established nearly six years
ago with $250 worth of mer-
chandise, Ms. Redline said the
key to her success is personal
service and word-of-mouth
advertising.
"We take care of every cus-
tomer. We wait on them. If it's
not the right fit, or the right


color, if it's not the right hem-
line, I'll tell them so. I'd rather
they leave without buying some-
thing then come back, rather
than leave with something that's
the wrong color or the wrong
fit," Ms. Redline said, adding that
often other women ask her
clients where they purchased
their clothing and are referred to
her. "I don't lie to my customers,
-we're never rude and we never
say we're closing in five min-
utes."
Because of the personal serv-
ice, many customers only shop
at her store, coming in to build a
wardrobe for a'trip or the season
with items that can be 'mixed
and matched withprevious pur-
chases.
"I only buy five of each size,
because it's such a small area,
so that they're not going to run
into someone wearing the same
thing. They like that, too," Ms.
Redline said.
With shipments coming in
daily, in sizes extra small to extra
large, with an array 'of shoes,
jewelry and other accessories,
some customers visit weekly to
view the changing fashions and
enjoy the boutique's ambience.


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tions must be filed through the For more information on

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Thursday, January 13, 2005


In our back ya
By MaryAnn Morris
Close by in the northwestern
part of Okeechobee County lies
the Kissimmee Prairie Preserve
State Park 54,000 acres of
prairie, scrub woods and sloughs
bordered on the west by the
Kissimmee River.
Cattle have fattened on the
prairie grasses of south central
Florida since the Seminoles first
rounded up the descendents of
cattle left by Spanish explorers.
For a while, some of the land was
home to grazing cattle except for
a period when the area was used
by the armed forces as a bomb-
ing range.
In 1995, a joint effort by the
Nature Conservancy, the Nation-
al Audubon Society and South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict proposed public acquisition
of the land. The Florida Park serv-
ice took over the management of
the land, opening the park to the
public in 1997. A parcel owned
by the Audubon Society was
added in 2002. Because of this,
natives and visitors alike have a
unique opportunity to experi-
ence the Florida Dry Prairie in
Okeechobee County.
"The prairie is a land born of
fire; constantly changing, con-
stantly being reborn," said Dylan
Figueroa, Park Services Special-
ist. Because so much prairie was
used for grazing, and well-inten-
tioned, but ill-advised burn bans
(remember Smokey the Bear?)
were legislated, only an estimat-
ed 19 percent of the original
prairie remains. Many endan-
gered species of native plants
and animals depend on periodic
fire for their survival.
Long before man ever set foot
on this land, frequent spring and
summer lightning set fires, which
burned unchecked across the
prairie and pine woods. Today
controlled burns during summer
months keep the natural ecosys-
tems healthy.
"The federally endangered
tiny Florida Grasshopper Spar-
row totally depends on the
prairie and surveys show that 70
percent of the remaining popula-
tion lives on the Kissimmee Pre-
serve," said Park Specialist
Figueroa.
One look at prairie, which has
burned within the past few years,
with its waving grasses and wild-
flowers contrasted with the pal-
metto and wax myrtle choked
unburned land is evidence
enough.
A two-hour "swamp" buggy
tour over the dirt tracks revealed
two deer, Florida Sub-species of
Red-shouldered Hawk, Meadow
Larks in abundance, Ground
Doves, Common Grackles, many
other birds and a small pond of
swirling water that Park Special-
ist Dylan said indicates baby alli-
gators just under the surface.
The parks 54,000 acres trans-
late into 75 square miles of land.
Over 110 miles of two-lane dirt
roads are used for park mainte-
nance, hiking, bicycling and
horseback riding. Bring your
own horses, bicycles or sturdy,
closed-toe shoes if you don't
have hiking boots and prepare to
enjoy. This is a preserve.
There are three areas for
camping: Full-facility at the shad-
ed Kilpatrick Hammock Camp-
ground where water, electricity a
bathhouse and laundry are pro-
vided; a primitive horseback
campground with 15 campsites
and paddocks equipped with


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Staff photo/MaryAnn Morris
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few vacationers will ever know.
During the Florida "winter"
months, mosquitoes are mostly
and blessedly, no-shows.
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve
State Park is a perfect place to get
away from it all for a few hours, a
day or a week. The park is open
seven days a week from 8 a.m. to,
sunset. Currently, admission is
free, but there are fees for carhp-
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tours. For more information, call
the park office at (863) 462-5360.
The park entrance is located at
33104 NW 192nd Avenue about
25 miles north of the city of Okee-
chobee in Okeechobee County.


Staff photo/MaryAnn Morris
Campground invite visi-


From State Road 98, go to
Basinger and turn on to Rt. 700A.
Go to the end, turn left and con-
tinue. Follow the park signs to the
entrance. From U.S. 441 go north
to 240th, turn left on 240th and
follow the park signs. There is a
kiosk, sheltered picnic tables and
a restroom visible to the right just
inside the gate. The park office is
located five miles inside the park.


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hayracks and running water;
and, three primitive campsites
for the rugged outdoor types
located 3.5 miles from the camp-
ground.
The park even offers a small
Bedtime Story Camper Lending
Library of picture books for little
campers to share stories of the
Kissimmee with their parents.
"It is said we have the darkest
sky in the state of Florida," said
Park Specialist Figueroa.
Far away from the lights of any
town, or farm, more stars are vis-
ible than you can ever imagine.
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Deka wins kick off to start Everstart


By Mark Young
CLEWISTON Daryl Deka, a
Wellington native, jumped from
seventh place to capture the
Everstart series opening fishing
tournament held on Lake Okee-
chobee over the course of four
days of fishing competition.
More than 200 anglers set sail
over the pristine waters of the
big "0" looking to secure more
than $10,000 in prize money
while solidifying themselves in
the points standings as the series
launches into a new season of
competition.
The full array of anglers
fished for two days before the
final field of competitors was
narrowed down to 10 profes-
sionals and 10 co-anglers. Like
many of the bigger tournament
trails, Everstart begins a tourna-
ment by breaking down the divi-
sion into two categories profes-
sionals and co-anglers. Each set
of anglers are competing against
their own division competition.
Mr. Deka, a professional
angler since 1995, captured his
second tournament title of an
illustrious career. He has seven
top 10 finishes in professional
tournaments. He showcased his
angling skills by surviving the
initial cut and bouncing from
seventh place to win the tourna-
ment hands down.
Mr. Deka snagged a full
stringer on the first day of the
finals, which only weighed in at
10.10 pounds. Decatur Alaba-
ma's Edward Guice had secured-
a five-pound lead coming into
the final day of competition,
which was held Jan. 8 at the
Clewiston Wal-Mart in front of a
large crowd.
Mr. Guice brought in 20.7
pounds of bass and didn't need
much more to defeat the rest of
the field, which struggled for the
most part on the final day of
competition. Mr. Deka took the
lead with 21.12 pounds on the
final day and waited with much
anticipation as competitor after
competitor came to the scales.
Among those competitors
was JT Kenney, from Frostburg,
AL, who shattered two Everstart
records during the first three


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Photo by Mark Young
Moore Haven's Ed Dixon weighs in on the co-angler side of the Everstart fishing tournament
held this past week on Lake Okeechobee. The final two days of weigh-in were featured at
the Clewiston Wal-Mart. Dixon held second place after the day three, but a tough second day


dropped him out of the top five
days. According to Chris Jones,
Everstart Tournament Director,
Mr. Kenney brought 32.12
pounds of fish to the scales dur-
ing the first two days of qualify-
ing, including a 9.5-pound true
Lake Okeechobee Hawg. The
previous record was set in 2002,
with 30.5 pounds.
He also broke the previous
two-day total, which was 48.12
pounds, with a two-day catch
that weighed in at 43.14 pounds.
Mr. Kenney's first day of the
finals was not as bountiful, but
he still sat in fifth place with a
catch worth 13 pounds. He
brought 17.12 to the scales on
the final day, but it was not
enough to dethrone Mr. Deka
who remained on the stage.
Mr. Guice was the last to'


weigh in and needed more than
18 pounds to remove Mr. Deka
from the stage, but could not
overcome Mr. Deka's prolific
final day of fishing.
"I was saving one little spot
for the final day," said Mr. Deka.
"I thought I had guessed myself
out of the tournament the day
before. I had a tough decision to
make, but you have to make
those kinds of decisions against
this level of competition. I
thought I had made the wrong
decision, but you have to take
those kinds of chances."
The decisions Mr. Deka ulti-
mately made earned him
$10,000 and a first place stand-
ing in the series points division.
Belle Glades' Jimmy McMillan


fished well enough to finish just
outside of the top 10 and ends
the first tournament in 11th
place.
Okeechobee's Justin Schwier
sits in 15th place while Clewis-
ton's Mark Fann is well within
striking distance in 20th place.
The co-anglers were fishing
for a prize worth $5,000 and the
competition was equally excit-
ing. Aymon Wilcox, from Laud-
erdale Lakes held the lead after
the first day of finals with a
weight of 11.11. Moore Haven's
Ed Dixon was right behind him
with nine pounds even.
Most of the co-anglers strug-
gled on the final day with the
second best weight weighing in
at 6.7 pounds. Edwin Kim-
brough, from Sebastian, sat in


Clewiston High School hosts baseball camp


It may be early in the year, but
spring isn't far away and the first
telltale sign is the preparations
for baseball.
The' Clewiston Tigers are
holding their second annual
Tiger Baseball Camp, which is
scheduled for Jan. 22 at the
Clewiston High School baseball
field. It is an all day camp, with


lunch and a T-shirt being provid-
ed with the cost of the camp.
Participants will need to pay
$50. Check in times are from
8:30-9:30'a.m. on the morning
of Jan. 22. Tiger head coach
Vance Johnson in his second
year of "rebuilding" the Tiger
baseball program.
"I took over the program last


year and it was kind of down,"
he said. "But started playing
good baseball at the end of last
season, winning seven out of the
last nine games and finished sec-
ond at districts."
The Tigers have high hopes
for the upcoming hardball sea-
son, which kicks off with their
first official practice Jan. 24.


Johnson said last year's camp
had a lot to do with their late
season success and hopes to
continue to build on that
momentum.
"The biggest challenge in
building this program is to keep
them all interested," he said. "I
hope that this camp is just one
way to keep the interest up and I
feel like it's a good way for kids
to learn the technical fundamen-
tals of baseball, which is what
the game is all about."
Participants will be treated to
instructional position training,
followed by team play in the
afternoon. Providing much of
the instruction will former
Clewiston High School standout
Chad Blackwell, now playing for
the Kansas City Royals and Alan
Swindell, a former Florida State
University star now playing for
the Cincinnati Reds.
The entire Tiger coaching
staff will also be on hand to aid
the Major League Baseball play-
ers and to evaluate potential
new talent for this year's Tiger
squad, as well as future Tiger
stars.
Participants will need proof
of insurance coverage and will
need to sign a liability release
form before being eligible for
the camp. The camp is open to
all young baseball players. For
more information or to pick up a
sign up form, call coach John-
son at 983-1530 (Clewiston Mid-
dle School) or Ryan Manuel at
983-1520 (Clewiston High
School).


fishing series
overall, but shattered wanted to do this."
ition with a final day Mr. Kimbrough's father was
15.7 pounds to give on hand to watch his son win
o-dayv.total of 22.6 the tournament and made it to
istplace. his son's victory wheelchair
means a lot to me for a and all.
ons," said Mr. Kim- The Everstart Southeast divi-
y older brother won sion will be heading to Santee
laments before and Cooper, in Manning, SC, for the
my daddy I wanted second round of competition.
he said, 'Go ahead, The winner of the tournament
1 enough.' So, there's trail will automatically qualify to
one reason why I fish the FLW tour next year.


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Thursday, January 20, 2005, at 9:00 AM in the
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The purpose of the special meeting is to
discuss Payment-in-Lieu of Taxes.

All interested persons are invited to attend.

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Eric Rhinehart new President of Big Lake Radio Club


At their last meeting, Eric
Rhinehart, of W4KPG radio, was
elected President of the Big Lake
Amateur Radio Club for the 2005
year. Eric took over from past
president Reverend Sam
Thomas, of W3ALE.
Mr. Rinehart will provide
direction for this small but active
group of radio amateurs around
Lake Okeechobee. Commenting
on the past year, Rev. Thomas,
outgoing president, noted that
radio communications came to


the forefront when the hurri-
canes struck.
Three members of the. club,
including past President
Thomas, incoming President
Rhinehart, and area ARRL Dis-
trict Emergency Coordinator Jim
Sparks, of AA4BN, all passed
examinations for Level Three of
the Emergency Communica-
tions program. This means that
local officers have the highest-
level qualifications for emer-
gency communications needs.


The award attests to their will-
ingness to prepare for EMCOMM
needs and provide essential
services for the Big Lake Ama-
teur Radio Club.
The club participated in a
field day drill in June, 2004 in
Moore Haven. Club members
worked 24 consecutive hours
with only emergency power.
The national field day exer-
cise demonstrates capacities for
sustained operations under
emergency conditions. Ama-


teurs from all across the nation
share in this drill to test their
ability to operate under
makeshift and field conditions.
The last meeting of the club
took place at Saint Martin's
Church Monday, Dec. 27. A
revised emergency operations
plan was proposed to be sub-
mitted to the Hendry County
Emergency Preparedness Com-
mittee. The shortage of radio
operators in the area and the
need for persons who can serve


in shelters was noted. "We were
caught shorthanded, but we can
cover local needs, as well as
countywide needs with a revised
plan" said Rev. Thomas.
The revised plan will put per-
sons from all local centers and
shelters in contact with virtually
any needed resource across the
country during an emergency.
The hurricanes showed the
importance of preparation and
the reliability amateur radio
communications.


Club President Rhinehart
indicated interest in continuing
to participate in such drills as the
Annual National Field Day and to
strive to assure that communica-
tions will be reliable and suffi-
cient to meet needs of the Lake
Okeechobee region. The group
meets the last Monday of the
month at Saint Martin's Church
in Clewiston. Interested persons
are welcome to attend.


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Peter Rabbit bounces around with a few friends as the leg-
endary rabbit prepares for a big show at the Dolly Hand Cul-
tural Arts Center in Belle Glade. The show is scheduled for
Jan. 22 at 11 a.m.


Peter Rabbit bounds


to the Dolly Hand
Kicking off the Family Series at McGregor's forbidden garden.
the PBCC/Dolly Hand Cultural Peter slips away from the
Arts Center, The Musical Tale of drudgery of chores on a musical
Peter Rabbit comes to the Center adventure to the paradise carrot
in Belle Glade on Saturday, Jan. 22 patch. He's sure no harm will
at 11 a.m. come to him as.he gives in to the
As part of a new initiative to temptation of the farmer's prize
make the family performances vegetables. Peter not only gets a
more accessible to families with taste of fresh vegetables but also
young children, all four perform- of the life and the perils of tres-
ances in the series will be at this passing:
convenient Saturday morning Bring your entire family to this
'time. delightful event all tickets are $5
The Musical Tale of Peter Rab- each. Come early and view the
bit is told through Bits 'n Pieces grand exhibit of giant puppets
Puppet Theatre's giant puppets that will be on display in the lobby
and elaborate staging. Dapper, from Jan. 14 through the morning
young Peter Rabbit believes he of the show on Jan. 22. To pur-
knows better than Mama Rabbit. chase your tickets or for informa-
Ignoring her warnings, he is tion about the puppet display, call
determined to go to Farmer the box office at (561) 993-1160.


courtesy pnoIUL
Celebrated pianist Robin Spielberg will take the stage with
Montana Skies, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. This musical delight will
take place at the PBCC/Dolly Hand Center in Belle Glade


An Evening of Music


with Robin Spielberg


and Montana Skies


Robin Spielberg, a Steinway
concert artist who has been called
"the most expressive pianist of
our time", will be gracing the
stage with her delightful stories
and music at the PBCC/Dolly
Hand Cultural Arts Center this Fri-
day, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Ms. Spielberg began touring
the United States in 1996. She
made her Carnegie Hall debut in a;
sold-out performance in 1997 and'
has performed there twice since.
She has made numerous televi-
sion and radio appearances in the
U.S. and performed with the gui-
tar and piano duo, Montana Skies,
in Seoul, Korea last summer. This
unique and talented duo will be
joining Ms. Spielberg on Friday for
a special evening of music, which
will range from Pop to Classical to


Standards to some original
pieces, as well.
Prior to the performance and
during intermission, patrons will
have the opportunity to view a
giant puppet display from Bits 'n
Pieces Puppet Theatre.
While in the area, Ms. Spiel-
berg, who is a Celebrity
Spokesperson for the American
Musical TherapyAssociation, will
be sharing her musical gift with
the community through music
therapy sessions at both Glades
Healthcare in Pahokee and Grace
Healthcare of Clewiston. These
sessions are being sponsored by
Palm Beach Community College
and Hospice of Palm Beach
County. To purchase your tickets,
call the Center's Box Office at
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America's young heroes contest winners


Eighty-two student authors,
artists and their heroes and
teachers were recently honored
at the sixth annual Celebration of
America's Young Heroes Awards
Ceremony at Florida Atlantic Uni-
versity.
The award-winning essays,
poems and artwork will be pub-
lished by Vera Ripp Hirschhorn,
educator and author, in the
America's Young Heroes Anthol-
ogy entitled, "Students are
Heroes, too!"
The anthology and workbook
with original lessons plans will
be available to educators to
implement in the school curricu-
lum.
Values such as self-respect
and respect for others appeared
in Danneile Davis' essay about
her hero, Mackenzie Snyder. This
11-year-old created "Children to
Children," an organization for
foster kids so as to "give every
foster child in America a duffel
bag in which to put their posses-
sions and a soft little friend to
cuddle, when they felt lonely for
their families."
Mackenzie's dream is to have


every one of the over 530,000
American foster children receive
a duffle bag and no longer use a
"trash bag to carry their few
belongings in."
An example of compassion
and caring is evident in Jessica
Perfetto's poem about a 17-year-
old hero, Micaela. She helps chil-
dren with mental and physical
challenges by having created
"Unifield Theatre" where she
teaches "those who are different
to love themselves and to prove
they can do anything by partici-
pating in musical productions."
Award winning students:
Austin Miller, Tyler Rabinowitz,
Tracy Chookolingo, Monica Cas-
tro, Danneile Davis, Tim Varac-
chi, Lance Gurewitz, Judy Pierre-
Louis, Chris Ceresa, Errol
Norman, Telia Scott, JaQuay
Moore, Uzuri Collier, Alex
Williams, Armaad Morman, Ter-
ria Sanford, La'Tariel Dennard,
Britney Dukes, Travis Tunis, Carla
Russell, Daniel Cornwell,
Michael Rosenthal, Andrew Lam-
pert, Lori Perry, Hayley Cavataro,
Andrew Harrison, Christina Zaril-
li, Arielle Moskow, Matt Brown,


Danielle Geoghegan, Craig
Knowles, Caesar Hernandez,
Timothy Ware, Lindsey Maddy,
Sara Ferguson, Chris Ray, Aaron
Feuer, and Anastasia Scruggs.
Jared Simon, Ramone Perez,
Amanda Fleming, Kevin Persad,
Bianca Grieco, Alex Barica,
Rafael Grullon, Ariana Kahnevi-
cius, Trevor Brindle, Rebecca
Khera, Ryan T. Mermer, Christina
Robbs, Jeffery Lairsey, Joel Gar-
cia-Rena, Stephanie Solove, Cas-
sandra Lewis, Lindsey Lefton,
Deanna Osgood, Mary Matella,
Jennifer Perricelli, Brittany
Deutch, Andrew Gallagher,
Stephanie Tinoco, Ashlee
Doughty, Sendy Dumerlus, Melis-
sa Schirra, Jesus DeJesus, Jordan
Jones, Josh McGill, Gaia Weise,
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Florida lemon law program reaches $300 Million in consumer relief


TALLAHASEE-Florida's
Lemon Law Arbitration Program
has surpassed the $300 million
mark in refunds and replacements
for consumers who bought chron-
ically defective new vehicles, Attor-
ney General Charlie Crist reported.
Since 1989, the Lemon Law pro-
gram has produced refunds or
replacement vehicles in 70 percent
of cases and provided relief for
almost 12,000 consumers.
The $300 million mark was


reached late last week with final
confirmation of a pre-hearing set-
tlement in favor of Melissa and
Timothy Torgersen, a Central Flori-
da couple who complained that
their 2003 Ford Explorer Sport-Trac
intermittently would not start.
Ford Motor Company agreed to
repurchase the vehicle and paid
525.038 in cash and loan payoff.
The Torgersens live in the Polk
County town of Davenport.
"For 16 years, Florida's Lemon


Law program has been a model
among consumer protection
efforts," said Mr. Crist "Floridians
have somewhere to turn when
their new car turns out to be a
lemon and $300 million in relief
shows that many have relied on
this free consumer service."
Since 1989, the Attorney Gener-
al's Lemon Law unit has handled
over 17,000 cases, with 11,878 of
these ending in a recovery for the
consumer. The total dollar value of


the recoveries through the end of
2004 was S300,154,389, with addi-
tional cases pending. The Lemon
Law Arbitration Program is
housed within the Attorney Gener-
al's Office and is jointly adminis-
tered with the Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Services.
The Lemon Law applies to new
car warranty problems reported
within the first 24 months of own-
ership. It allows consumers to
obtain a refund or vehicle replace-


ment after a manufacturer fails to
repair warranty problems within a
reasonable number of attempts or
a vehicle has been out of service at
least 30 days. The problems must
be of such a nature that they sub-
stantially impair the use, value or
safety of the vehicle.
The Lemon Law program
offers consumers a quick and free
alternative to litigation to resolve
disputes. Consumers do not need
an attorney to participate in the


Lemon Law arbitration process
and consumers who lose an arbi-
tration case are not required to pay
the manufacturer's attorney fees
as they could be in unsuccessful
litigation.

The program is funded by a $2
fee charged when consumers buy
or enter a long-term lease on a
new or demonstrator vehicle. The
fee has remained unchanged since
1989.


Experts say electronic stability is a 'must have'


According to a Nov. 15 New
York Times article, studies have
demonstrated that electronic sta-
bility programs are saving lives,
in some cases reducing the risk
of death by over 65 percent.
The Chrysler Group is com-
mitted to providing these essen-
tial features and offers its Elec-
tronic Stability Program (ESP),
making it available currently on
Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge
Magnum and Chrysler 200 series
sedans with plans to make it
standard equipment on more
than 750,000 SUV's in 2006.
"Our customers in Clewiston
are always concerned with safe-
ty," said David Hegley, manager


of Hampton Chrysler Dodge and
Jeep. "Adding ESP to all our
SUV's is another sign that
Chrysler is committed to offering
the safest vehicles on the road."
A study by the Insurance Insti-
tute for Highway Safety found
thht electronic stability pro-
grams, which help drivers regain
control of a swerving vehicle by
applying brakes at one or two
wheels reduces fatal single-
vehicle crash risk by 56 percent.
About half of the 28,000 fatal car
crashes that occur each year
involve a single vehicle, accord-
ing. to
www.ConsumerAffairs.com.
Electronic Stability Programs


Big "0" Birding Festival


Hendry/Glades region. The chil-
dren will be awarded ribbons
and prizes.
On Saturday evening the festi-
val will host a dinner at the
Clewiston Inn, with Keynote
Speaker, Lynda White, Audubon
Center for Birds of Prey (CBOP).
For those festival goers who
prefer to be "on their own",
there will be Big 0 Airboat Tours
at Roland Martin's Marina in
Clewiston, a new Swallowtail
Kite Nature Trail, in Lakeport
and Alligator Tours at Gatorama
in Palmdale.
For more information on
available tours and registration,
call the Glades County Econom-
ic Development Council at (863)
946-0300. Also, a full tour sched-
ule is available on the Big "0"
Birding Festival Web site at
www.bigobirdingfestival.com or
send us an e-mail with your
questions to info@bigobird-
ingLesti. Al com


provide the greatest benefit in
critical driving situations such as
turns and are especially valuable
when driving on mixed surface
conditions such as patchy snow,
ice or gravel.
Chrysler Group's ESP is con-
sidered an "active" safety tech-
nology because it prevents
crashes, as opposed to airbags
and seatbelts which are passive
technologies that aim to reduce
injuries once a crash has
occurred.
"For more drivers, ESP isn't
likely to activate frequently. It
wont prevent most of the fender
bender crashes that occur so
often in stop and go traffic," said


Sarah Ferguson, Senior Vice
President for research at the
Insurance Institute for highway
Safety. "ESP is designed to help a
driver in the relatively rare event
of loss of control at high speed
or on a slippery road."
ESP enhances Chrysler's use
of rear well drive and all-wheel
drive on models such as the
Chrysler 300, Motor Trend's Car
of the Year.
"In normal conditions, rear
wheel drive handles better than
front wheel drive," Mr. Hegley
said. "ESP helps eliminate the
concerns about rear wheel drive
in inclement weather."


Crappie USA to hold Mega Bucks event


Crappie USA Inc. will hold their
first Super Mega Bucks Event on
Florida's Lake Talquin on Feb. 5.
Anglers will be fishing for a
seven-fish limit of crappie, which
will net them a major guaranteed
payback of $101,000 in this team
event.
A pre-tournament seminar will
be held on Friday, Feb. 4, at the
Collegiate Village Inn in Tallahas-
see. Sign ups will begin at 5 p.m.
with the meeting and a National
Sponsor Field Test Product Draw-
ing starting at 7 p.m. local time.
This seminar is open to the pub-
lic.
The tournament weigh-ins will
be held .on Saturday, Feb. 5, at
Whippoorwill Sportsman's Lodge
in Quincy beginning at 3 p.m.
Registration forms for Crappie
USA tournaments are available by
registering on their website at
www.crappieusa.com before the
deadline listed on the form, or by
filling out and sending in an entry
form. Teams may also enter for
this tournament at the pre-tourna-


ment seminar on Friday night. All
late entries,will be subject to a $20
late fee.
For more information call
Crappie USA Inc. at (615) 377-
7800 or Media Specialist Larry Cre-
celius at (812) 525-2707; or, e-mail
at Icrecel@earthlink.net.


Moore Haven, Fla.-All the
birds are back, in the
Glades/Hendry Region of Cen-
tral Florida, and they are just
waiting for the birders to come
to the Big "0" Birding Festival,
Jan. 28-30.
See birds and other wildlife
on scheduled tours to Fisheating
Creek, sponsored by Joyner
Development, plus the Sugar-
land Barn Owl Tour, sponsored
by the Clewiston Chamber of
Commerce. In addition, there is
an airboat tour and a swamp
buggy tour, sponsored by Chap-
py's in Lakeport.
At the Doyle Connor Building
in Moore Haven, there will be
many lectures, including talks
on regional birds, by Dr. Paul
Gray of the Florida Audubon
Society, a butterfly lecture, by
Alana Edwards, FAU Center for
Environmental Studies and a
presentation on cranes by Marty
Folk as well as a photography
workshop by photographer,
Ranier Mungia. ,-:;, -
New, this year: Big, Cats.
Thanks to Jay Thunderhawk, of
Thunderhawk Big Cat Rescue;
Birds of Prey. Thanks to
Audubon Center for Birds of
Prey.
The Doyle Connor Building
will also be the location for an
Arts and Crafts Show. For all
three days of the Big "0" Birding
Festival, there will be artwork
and crafts by local artists, food
and entertainment. There will
also be a children's art contest
showcasing birds of the


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nomic Development Council dur-
ing their regular meeting Oct. 13
the local community was very for-
tunate not to receive significant
damage to its citrus groves in the
wake of Hurricanes Charley,
Frances and Jeanne. "We've had
water standing in the field for two
or three weeks, so we are con-
cemrned about root disease and rot,
but we haven't had the fruit drop or
the impact on the trees," Mr. Coker
said. Mr. Coker said last year, the
area produced 240 million boxes of
oranges and projections call for 175
million. Next year it will be closer to
160 million and he anticipated
locally that would mean an 80 mil-
lion box drop.
But that's not a bad thing,
because there is still an eight-
month supply of citrus in storage,
according to Mr. Coker.
During a whirlwind tour of
Hendry and Glades County, Con-
gressman Mark Foley predicted that
in the next few years, Clewiston
will become a Mecca for people
trying to escape West Palm Beach
and Miami and the decisions the
city makes now will determine
how the city can accommodate
that growth while retaining its repu-
tation as "America's Sweetest
Town."
"Clewiston's on the cutting
edge of a major opportunity," Mr.
Foley said during an interview with
the Clewiston News following
back-to-back meetings Monday
with United States Sugar Corpora-
tion representatives and City of
Clewiston officials.
S The Hendry County Economic
Development Board agreed to con-
tinue to explore the advisability of
recommending that Hendry Coun-
ty designate all or a portion of the
county's vast Enterprise Zone as a
brownfields area, to clear the way
for creating additional incentives to
lure new business and residential
development to the area, but
stopped short ofvoting to make a
recommendation.
The Clewiston Commission at
their regular meeting Monday
night, by majority vote, named
Clewiston attorney Melanie McGa-
hee to fill the commission seat
vacated by the resignation of Com-
missionerJohn McCallum.
A joint effort between the
Hendry County Sheriff's Office and
Clewiston Police Department to
curve the drug related activities in
eastern Hendry County and within
the city limits of Clewiston, netted
17 arrests on drug related charges.
Narcotics investigators and offi-
cers with the Clewiston Police
Department, coordinated a motel
"buy-bust" operation by using an
informant that organized drug buys
at a local motel, in which drug deal-
ers would respond to a designated
room to sell a predetermined
amount of drugs to the sheriff's
office informant. Once identifica-
tion of the seller was made, an
arrest warrant was requested.
The Clewiston Police Depart-
ment held graduation exercises for
the newest members of their Citi-
zen Observer Patrol Saturday, Oct.
23 in the Beardsley Room at John
Boy Auditorium. The five new grad-
uates, Tim Allen, Dana McNeil, Earl
Noble, Juanita Sauls and Lori Fox,
bring to the patrol a total of nine cit-
izen observers serving as eyes and
ears for the Clewiston Police
Department.
The Seventh Annual Big Lake
Scramble benefiting the Manuel V
Iglesias Scholarship Foundation
Oct. 16 was a huge success. Win-
ners of this year's scramble were
first place Gross Division, the
Edwin Watts golf shops team com-
prised of Ernie Ojea, Brent Bush
and Danny Germaine. Winners of


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town on an oak filled corner lot with a fenced
backyard, screened porch, spacious rooms, cen-
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the first place Net Division were the
team comprised of Clewiston Tiger
Football Coaches Vance Johnston,
Tommy Morrell and Pablo
Sanchez. They received the new
Nike NDS Driver.
The Costume Contest held dur-
ing the sixth annual Fall Festival
hosted by the Business Profession-
al Women of Clewiston was held in
the City Park Saturday, Oct. 30 and
was said to be a big hit
Voted Scariest Costume Contest
Winners, were first place-Michelle
Giraldo and runners-up Corey
Hobbs, and Belle Allen.
Winners of the Cutest Costume
Contest during the BPW Fall Festi-
val Saturday were first place Savan-
nah and Sutherland Wood (Peter
Pan and Tinker Belle), runners-up
Alyssa Penton (fairy), and Weston
Rayborn (boxer). Lauren Rice was
named the overall winner of the
Halloween Costume Contest held
during the BPW's annual Fall Festi-
val Saturday in City Park.
The Clewiston Museum Board
of Directors' annual meeting Thurs-
day, Oct. 28 served as an open
house at their new headquarters,
the former Clewiston News build-
ing, located at 109 South Central
Avenue.
The facility has been completely
remodeled to serve as both a Muse-
um and a Chamber of Commerce
when it opens in spring 2005.
The Clewiston Public Library
staff, past and present, honored
long time employee Shirley Fielder
with a special breakfast at the
Clewiston Inn Sept. 30.
Mrs. Fielder retired Sept 30 after
more than thirty years of service
and dedication to the Clewiston
Public Library.
As of October 31, Dallas
Townsend retired as Hendry Coun-
ty Extension Director. He began his
long career in extension work in
Collier County as livestock and 4-H
agent Nov. 1, 1965, before becom-
ing Hendry County Extension
Office Director, June 22, 1979.
Firefighters from the Clewiston
Volunteer Fire Department, with
assistance from Montura and Pio-
neer Plantation battled a fire at the
former Evercane Refinery Friday
night Oct. 29.
According to Fire Marshal Bo
Pelham, contractors using cutting
torches to disassemble the refinery
equipment, which has been sold,
sparked a fire in a third floor office.
In giving the Hendry County
Hospital Authority Board his finan-
cial report for the month of Sep-
tember, which is also the hospital's
fiscal year end report, Hendry
Regional Medical Center Chief
Financial Officer Nick Braccino said
that for the month of September,
and the year in general, the hospi-
tal's various departments have
done as well as last year or better,
but not as well as anticipated in
preparing the budget projections.
Mr. Braccino told Hospital
Authority Board members at their
regular meeting Nov. 4 that in Sep-
tember, inpatient admissions were
off five percent, with 76 recorded,
versus 82 budgeted and 87 the prior
year. Patient days were 331, versus
an anticipated 328 budgeted and
320 in the prior year. Revenue per
day was $2,985, which was $329
higher than the budgeted $2,566.
Outpatient registrations were five
percent above budget, with 1,289,
versus a projected 1,227. Mr. Brac-
cino noted the outpatient depart-
ment ended the year above budget.
Emergency department visits were
six percent over budget, while the
Family Care Center was six percent
below budget.
That situation is expected to
change with the recruitment of
Doctors Drago Vasile and
Mohammed Kabbesh, who both
joined the staff in August. The clinic
has also begun offering patient
appointments on Saturdays from 8


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a-m. until noon.
The Hendry County Rodeo
Association played host to a Hal-
loween Fun Day Rodeo Saturday,
Oct. 30 at the Clewiston Rodeo
Grounds. More than 20 local cow-
boys and cowgirls participated in
four divisions of rodeo action
grouped by age.
November
U.S. Sugar Corporation today
announced plans to modernize
and automate its sugar processing
facilities in Clewiston and dose its
Bryant Mill. With state-of-the-art
and highly automated equipment,
the resulting 38,000 tons-per day
facility, scheduled to come on line
in phases over the next three years
will be among the largest in the
world. Unfortunately, one of the
consequences of increased trade,
automation and new technology
will be the loss of 300-350 jobs in
our sugar processing operations.
The revamped mill is scheduled to
be in full operation in October,
2007.
The second annual Clewiston
Bass Tournament, sponsored by
the Hendry County Tourism Devel-
opment Council, and hosted by the
Clewiston Bass Anglers took place
Nov. 6-7 with staging at the Clewis-
ton boat ramp and weigh-ins at
Roland and Mary Ann Martin's
Marina. A total of 54 teams took
part in the tournament, which paid
back $20,000 in prize money.
Twenty-two children and their
parents or guardians turned out
bright and early Saturday, Nov. 6 for
the Clewiston Police Department-
sponsored "Get Hooked on Fish-
ing/Not on Drugs."
Roughly three years after
announcing that the Florida
Department of Transportation
would design and perform the
resurfacing of the Lake Okee-
chobee Scenic Trail along the Her-
bert Hoover Dike around Lake
Okeechobee, FDOT, the Corps of
Engineers, the Governor's Office of
Trade and Tourism Economic
Development hosted a ribbon cut-
ting on the nearly completed trail
Monday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. at Okee-
chobee Beach. According to Rick
Halvorsen, of OTTED, resurfacing
of the first segment of the trail, from
Port Mayaca north to Okeechobee
Beach (otherwise known as the
Jaycees Park at Lock 7) is com-
plete, while segment two, from
Moore Haven to Pahokee is sched-
uled to be completed over the next
several months.
The Clewiston Commission at
their regular meeting Monday
approved a variance request by
Dennis and Linda Mann to allow
them to sell beer and wine on the
premises of Scoopy Doo's Eatin'
place, at 113 N. Francisco Street
despite the restaurant's location
within 500 feet of a church. At that
meeting, Rev. Jackie Miller of First
Christian Church of Clewiston
objected to the variance request,
stating there was enough beer,
wine and liquor in the area.
Mr. Mann assured the planning
and zoning board that no problems
would result from granting the vari-
ance for his establishment.
Hendry Family Care Center, 500
Sagamore Avenue in Clewiston has
extended its hours of operation,
and is now open Saturday morn-
ings from 8 a.m. until noon.
The seventh annual American
Indian Arts Celebration held Nov.
12-14 at the Big Cypress Seminole
Indian Reservation featured tradi-
tional dancing, storytelling, and
demonstrations of sweet grass bas-
ketry, beadwork and patchwork
sewing all on the grounds of the
Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.
Perhaps most noteworthy for
local residents, the program also
included a tribute to Billy L.
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Relay for Life planning continues


By Tracy Whirls
CLEWISTON Cancer sur-
vivors, caregivers assisting can-
cer patients, family and friends
of anyone who has ever suffered
from the disease are encouraged
to join the Relay for Life commit-
tee each Wednesday as planning
continues for the annual Relay
for Life event, slated for Friday
and Saturday Feb. 18-19 at the
Hendry County Fairgrounds in
Clewiston.
According to Clewiston Event
Chairperson Sandi Rodriguez, a
12-year cancer survivor herself,
cancer survivors and caregivers
of cancer patients are encour-
aged to contact the committee
to pre-register for the Survivor's
Lap, which kicks off the annual
event, or the Caregiver's Lap,
new this year, which will imme-
diately follow the survivor's lap.
The luminaire ceremony,
sponsored by Clewiston High
School HOSA students and their
advisor Mary Thomas is expect-
ed to be especially moving. Can-
cer survivors will tell their stories
and light candles, which repre-
sent those battling cancer, sur-
vivors, and those lost to the dis-
ease. The candles will remain lit
throughout the evening, remind-
ing those attending of the impact
that the disease has on the com-
munity while kindling the hope
that a cure will be found.
The theme for this year's
event, sponsored by United
States Sugar Corporation, is
"Take a Holiday from Cancer."
So far, eleven organizations
have signed up to host teams at
the annual event including First
Bank, Greater Friendship Baptist
Church of Harlem, Eastside,
Westside and Central Elemen-
tary 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 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 enter-
tainment, games, music, great
food, camaraderie and lots of
fun.
Businesses and individuals


who don't want to host a team
can still participate in the event,
Ms. Rodriguez said. Sunshine
signs may be purchased, listing
the names of businesses or indi-
viduals and their support of the
American Cancer Society. The
signs will be posted around the
track and returned to their own-
ers following the event to be dis-
played in their storefronts.
"Believe me, after you make
about 18 laps around that track,
you know the name of every
business on every sign out
there," Ms. Rodriguez said. "We
get quite a few callbacks after
the event from people who've
seen the signs and want to know
where the businesses are locat-
ed. Julio Rodriguez of Caf Trop-
icale buys one every year and
posts them in the window of his
restaurant."
Luminaire bags in honor or in
memory of a cancer patient are
also available for a donation.
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.


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For more information, or to
sign up to participate in the
annual Relay for Life event,
phone event chairperson Sandi
Rodriguez at 983-7813 or (863)
983-6576.
The next Relay for Life team
captain and committee meeting
is slated for Jan. 19, at 5:30 p.m.
at Florida Community Health
Center.
Future Relay for Life team
captain and committee meetings
are slated for Jan. 26, Feb. 2, and
Feb. 10, at 5:30 p.m. at Florida
Community Health Center.
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 infor-
mation from survivors and
American Cancer Society staff
members and volunteers con-
cerning the programs they offer.
"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," Ms.
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."


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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



BIMBO, MARINELA, BARCEL
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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A. Duda & Sons, Inc.
CITR US BELLE PLANT
600( Highway 29 South
LaBelle, FL 33975-0519
(863) 675-0336
Duda & Sons,, Citniu Belle is an equal opportunity employer:
A. Duda & Sons, Citrus Belle in l.aBelle Florida is accept-
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have the ability to learn t ,.,l l .. .. -,. ,-. I i ,rIpl. "' .
must be illr, [, work overtime hours. Verbal and writ-
ten English communication skills are required. Bilingual in
Spanish a plus.
JOB DESCRIPTION AND QUALIFICATIONS:
* Communicate and understand instructions in
English. Bilingual a plus.
* Have basic math skills.
* Measure and add i.-Ir....I ..',t. l;Il...;I ,.i calcium
to meet product -.l.n.. .l .... r ..-..,iJ. .-..,., with
performing general plant sanitation in Production
Areas, Blend Areas and other Plant environments.
* Will train blender positions.
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Belle Plant for immediate consideration.


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.
A pply in person at 205 W.C. Owen ave.,
C lewiston or send or fax resume to Shelia,
PO Box 1779, Clewiston, FL 33440. FAX
(863)983-5880. EOE


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.


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.,
lc n LaBelle.
Alico, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer


y' CITY OF CLEWISTON "
POLICE OFFICER
Field work in the prevention, detection, and
investigation of crimes. Applicants must be
Florida certified, submit to a background in-
vestigation, and be 19 yrs of age or older.
A detailed job description and application
may be obtained at City Hall, Human Re-
sources, 115 West Ventura Avenue.
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THE SEMINOLE
TRIBE OF FLORIDA
Is accepting applications for the
following position.
Salesperson, Turtle Farm
Brighton Reservation
The position is responsible for the
marketing and selling of products
from the turtle Farm. Developing and
establishing new markets. Develop-
ing and implementing distributor/
seller marketing programs. Identify
and qualify prospective customers.
Increase the number of profitable
customers and grow sales revenue.
Excellent communications & market-
ing skills. Min. 2 yrs. exp. in bulk
food product sales (pref). High
Schoo Dip. or GED. Salary: $40,000
(negotiable based on exp with 10%
bonus). Exc. benefits (medical, den-
tal, 401K). Fax resume to (954)967-
3477


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Executive Director
Needed For rJon-Protil Health &
Human Service Organizalion
LocaTed In The Glades Area Of1
Western Palm Beach County
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Insurance is looking for professionals
who can provide excellent service
to existing customers & add new clients
to an established book of business in
Belle Glade & surrounding areas.
We offer paid training,
Comprehensive Benefits &
above average earnings.
Please call Michael Weintraub @
(561)996-7970.
E.O.E. M/F/D/V


The City of Pahokee
Is accepting applications for a general
laborer. Must be eighteen years old,
able to operate lawn-mowing machinery
and possess a valid Florida drivers
license. Must pass a drug and
background screen. Applications are
available at the Human Resources Office,
171 N. Lake Ave., Pahokee, FL 33476
Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to
5:00 PM. Open until filled. EOE


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CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANTS
Evening & Night Shifts
2 years or les experience $8/hr
Over 2 and less than 6 yrs $9/hr
6 or more years of experience $10/hr
Shift Differential & Excellent Benefits
Mileage paid to and from work for
out-of-town employees
RNs & LPNs
12 Hr. Shifts-3 days on/4 off one week
4 on/3 off the next week
Excellent salary & benefits
Mileage paid to and from work
for out-of-town employees
RN NURSE MANAGER
12 Hr. Shifts-3 days on/4 off one week
4on/3off the next week
Nights 7pm-7am
LTC& Mgmt. experience desirable
Excellent salary & benefits
Mileage paid to and from work for
out-of-town employees

Glades Health Care Center
Pahokee, Florida
State Rated 4 Star Facility
EXCELLENT WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Call 561-924-5561
Fax: 561-924-9466


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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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863-963-8191.
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Purchase. No money down.
No Income, low rates.
All credit considered.
(higher rates may apply)
No mobile homes.
(888)874-4829 or
www.AccentCapital.com
Lic. Correspondent Lender.


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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered 415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services 435


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SCREEN & PATIO
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Rescreening & repair.
lic.# 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



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(8am-7pm) Divorce Tech.
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NEW SELF STORAGE
46 units 7x15, 8x15, 10x15,
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



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 5'25
Bicycles 530:
Books & Magazines5 K5
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets 'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc.5601
Clothing 565
Coins.Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/'Supplies 585
Cruises 5901)
Drapes, Linens 9 Fabrics595
Fireplace Fixture 00
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment.,
Supplies 625
Household Items 634
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


DISHWASHER- GE, used
only 6 times, excellent
condition, $45. (863)467-
9077.

GAS STOVE- full size. $80
or best offer. (863)946-
3376.


MEAT SAW Hobart stand
up. S995 or best offer
(561)992-4838


REFRIGERATOR- 18 cu'.
white, S60. (863)675-
0104.

Showcase Cooer
S300
(561)992-4838

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


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

WASHER & DRYER,
Maytag. In good working
order. $100/both.
(863)675-4858


LADIES 3 SPD- Huffy, 26"
good cond, $25
(863)763-1997


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BUILDING SALE!
"Rock Bottom Prices!"
Final Clearance. Beat Next
Price Increase. Go direct &
save. 20x26. 25x30.30x40.
35x50. 40x60. 45x90.
50x100. 60x180. Others.
Pioneer (800)668-5422
Steel Arch Buildings!
Genuine SteelMaster Build-
ings, factory direct at
HUGE Savings! 20x24,
30x60, 35x50. Perfect
Garage/Workshop/Barn.
Call (800)341-7007.
www.SteelMasterUSA.com.
STEEL BUILDINGS -
EZ BUILD YOUR OWN
AISC Certification Office/
Warehouse Shop/Garage,
Arena/Barn, Hangers.
A plant near you!
Spec to spec will beat
any price or $205.
(800)993-4660,
www.universalsteel.com.


GALVANIZED STEEL ROO-
FING- 28 sheets, used,
13'l X32"w, U haul, $150
(772)971-9474.
METAL ROOFING
SAVE $$$ Buy Direct From
Manufacturer. 20 colors in
stock with all Accessories.
Quick turn around! Deliv-
ery Available Toll Free
(888)393-0335.


WEDDING DRESS from Da-
vis Bridal. 22 Plus size.
$50. Call (863)983-8492.


DELL GX 100 w/win. xp,
Great for young person.
.Kybrd., Monitor, Scanner.
$200 239-728-5227
GATEWAY TOWER w/win.
xp, many games. Keyboard,
mouse & monitor includ-
ed. $125 239-728-5227


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

BLUE LEATHER- Couch,
loveseat & over stuffed
chair, fair condition, $150,
(772)971-9474.
BR SET, incl. dresser, nites-
tand, full size bed, no
mold, $250. (863)467-
1110
CHURCH FURNITURE.
Does your church need
pews, pulpit set, baptistery,
steeple, windows, carpet?
Big Sale on new cushioned
pews and cushions for hard
pews. (800)231-8360.

COUCH & CHAIR,
Black Leather. $150
(863)946-3857 Lake Port

COUCH & LOVESEAT-
Black Leather,
$325.
(239)994-2305.
DAYBED WITH POPOUT-
Complete, Ivory & Gold,
Good shape, $125.
(863)357-4152.
DINETTE SET- Cherry &
oak, 6 chairs, pd $5200.,
selling $2500. (863)801-
1719.
DINETTE SET Light wood,
6 chairs. S75. Good cond.
Call (863) 673-3822.

DINETTE TABLE- with leaf &
4 chairs, solid oak, $175
or best offer. (863)675-
2440.
Dining Room Table, w/4
chairs & 2 leaves, solid
wood, good cond., S275
neg. (863)357-2233
DINNING RM. TABLE & 6
Chairs. Light wood, Broy-
hill. Fontana. Like new!
$400. (863)763-4982
Entertainment Center
Broyhili. (Fontana). Light
wood. Like new. $400 best
offer. 863-763-4982.
ENTERTAINMENT
CTR- Solid oak, S125.
Moving, Must sell
(863)675-8305.
GLASS top table (4)
chairs S200
(863)675-0188

LAZYBOY SOFA/SLEEPER
& Ig rocker recliner, set,
blue/tan exc cond S200
neg 863-635-4690.


MATTRESS WATERBED-
King size, with individual
tubes,
$50, (863)612-0974.
SOFABED & MATCHING
CHAIR, neutral print, no
mold, $250. (863)467-
1110


-olf Clubs/


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.


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Body by Jake Ab & Buns
Buster, $50 or trade for
good exercise bike.
(863)357-2233
HOSPITAL BED- Zippered
netting enclosure, good
cond, Asking $500,
(863)357-6825 .


Heain Eqipment
Supies 625


CENTRAL AIR & HEAT,
Split Unit, 2V1 Ton. Works
well. $300 863-673-0920


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AWNINGS- (2) 39.5" W x
42"L, $50 for both will sell
separate. (863)763-1997.

KITCHEN CABINETS-
Mahogany, Formica,
Top and Bottom,
$150, (863)467-3645.
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ELECTRIC SCOOTER CAR-
RIER- Hooks up to hitch,
has ramp & tilts, $500.
(863)357-2549.


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classad@newszap.com


DRUM SET- 6pc, all wood
finish, excellent condition,
all accessories, $250 neg.
(239)410-8799 Iv msg.
GUITAR- Gibson Les Paul
Classic, w/leather case,
exc cond., $1700.
(863)228-4774.
GUITAR- Ovation Acoustic /
electric,w/hard case, exc
cond., $700. (863)228-
4774.


Ofic Supies
Eqipmn 661


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


Pt Supl
Sevie 6101


JACK RUSSELL terrier. Full
Blooded $250
(863)227-0049
day & night
TOY FOX TERRIER ($400)
& AFFENPINSCHER
($300)- AKC, shots, hith
cert. (863)983-6537.
YORKIE PUPPIES 9 weeks
old, AKC reg., 1 female, 1
male, $695. Call (561)
791-4567.


SEWING MACHINE
& CABINET
$150
(863)357-1078


HITACHI TV
54 in. Big Screen
$650.
(863)234-1230


AIR HOCKEY TABLE
$75
(863)675-0188


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BACKHOE Loader personal
use. must crank & work
make, model, yr.& looks
not an issue (863)983-
77A l

Agriculture


Christia Tees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products810
Farm MIeAM-eeus 815
Far.m Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm SuppBes/
Services Wanted 830
Frtilzmr 835
Hores 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultryupplies m0
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865


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HORSES- 2 Mare's, In-
cludes Tackle, Tamed, /i
horse bay. $2000 for both
(863)675-2450.



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YARDMAN ZERO-TURN Ra-
dius 42" riding lawn mow-
er, runs good $950 or
trade (863)697-9704.


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

Rentals


I I RENT


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.

1BR APARTMENT,
good location in.
Belle Glade. $300/month.
Call 561-261-0169.

CLEWISTON, NORTH SIDE
apartments for rent,
unfurnished, no pets. Call
(863) 983-8973 Iv. msg.


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


Real Estate



Business Places -
Bale 1005
Commercial
Property Bale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses ale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sole 103
Lot a-Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State-

Property pection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1085
Resort Property -
Sale 1070.
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Properwy0OSO



BUSINESS FOR SALE.
RV Dealership, 5 major lines
represented. Large RV,
parts & service depart-
ments. 9 Acre camp-
ground with 65 campsites
in beautiful Western North
Carolina. Living quarters
on property. Long-term
lease available. Owner
willing to train. Serious in-
quiries only, call
828)231-8849.





3.34 Acre Industrial Prop-
erty, located in Belle
Glade. Contact Steve Roy-
al 561-996-8080, ext. 22.


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correctional facility for juvenile sex offender.
Currently we are recruiting for the following positions:
Health Service
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Must have valid RN license
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Fax Resume: 561-924-9382
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least 1 yr experience in area of expertise
*Full Time Social Services/UR Case Manager-FL RN
Lie., 5 yrs hospital experience a plus
Perdiem LPNII
*FL LPN Lic. & IV Cert., Proof ofcert. in IV Therapy req.
Full & Part Time Positions Available
Home Health
*Full time Registered Nurses
Physical Therapist: A min of 2 yrs exp. in Med/Surg or
Rehab Nursing is required. Home Care exp. is pref.
LPN/Medical Assistant- Full Time
Valid LPN Lic. and/or Med. Asst.Cert.
Must have at least 1 year medical exp.
Laboratory Director- Full Time
BS in Med. Tech.. FL Sup. Lic., Hematology Immuno
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Is accepting applications for a minimum
of a Class "C" Florida Wastewater Opera-
tor. Current shift opening is 3:00 PM to
11:00 PM but must be willing to work any
shift if needed. Must possess a valid Flor-
ida drivers license. Must pass a drug and
background screen. Applications are
available at the Human Resources Office,
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863-677-1010 *' 863-983-3508 863-228-1142

ICXAIION, IDCAIION IAIMJNIL Just outside of Tow! Beautiful 5 br/4 Gre ,n 1
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Just sted er 17 Mut e $324.9K Semiole Manor 3/2. Many upgrades
sqftonlake i ). AStiel -akePort 34 acres! Fenced/cross- S ements must see 49
79.9K fenced. 2 acre oak tree nursery. (Xo & Improvements must see 74.9K
much equipment to list Rare find 4 Deal Fell Through 5969k'97 Mobile
..5 ,,-..I., ," $20K per acre home w/ 4/2.5 on 1.25 acres in
2W5 11 vI RA,' location location! 3/2 on Del Monte Montura ranch Estates $96.9K
Brick Home 4B)/2BA on .47 Ale. Hardcvxt Flooring, large kitchen.
of an .j.r. C Dfl'f, iile I Lcated on a corner lot. Mst see I R-edue 4 BusinessOpportunity!
floor, h .JJ jMUlt r a 5$225k Restaurant, Bar, & FFE. Great
$194.5K 6 Duplexes in Moore Haven 10ff Location on HWY 27 S209.9K
Occupancy, CBS construction, Great
SR investment opportunity at only S375K Flaghole, Over an acre, Beautiful
LI' 'n Pasadena Ave 2/1 wv/den Hardwood 3/2, fenced Like New a $99.9K
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DL F VDI a( bPioneer Plantation 2/2 m/h on 2.5 d iL7T-IW n
5'_.. acres. Priate and seduded. Fully fur- Il U
nished and ready to move in @ 73K A Must See! 3bd/2ba Beautiful
Ne T..l Nl hod- M tu Ranch 3/2 m/h on 125 ac MH on aknost 2 acres @ $109.9K
New Refrig & Dishwasher, 2 car
$57.5K detached garage, fenced. $842K 'Sfla L -iyN JNG
Almost 1 acre Del Monte Ave. 3/2/2 $IJ,) -.- -I
16 Brand New Homes to be built CBS Home. Separate IR and FR. Don't Miss Out! Northside
on Texas Ave., 3bd/2ba, CBS, 1,673 Screened lanaiw/hot tub. Great location 3,l'-aifF'. DPImWP.n-
sq. ft., Special Financingpkges avail- $225K -,1f-, Cii.
able $129.9K These will gotfast!!! a' 1399K
Wanting to Buy or Sell Pe ^New" Listngl Northside 3bd/2ba
CWant oL U anoNL Oe r '- CBS Beautiful Hardwood floors -
Want YourLstin Handyman Needed Fire dam- Gret Location edced@
We Want Your Listings!! aged home on lot for $15K $174.9K


Marshall
Berner


Attention Hunters & Fishermen:
Looking for a weekend retreat
this is it! 3/1 w/ shed on 1.22
acres and carport @ $71.5K


8 lots in Moore Haven's
Washington Park Area @ $16.5K
T RENTED!!' "1 @
Amost1 of Hwy 80
$120K80
New Listing! Lakeport
2bd/2ba dblwide on .25
acres. Huge deck & screened
porch. Just bring your tooth-
brush! $89.9K
330+/- Acre Ranch!! Improved
fenced & cross fenced pasture. 2
mobile homes w/out buildings.
Beautiful @ $15K per acre


Jeffre,
Davis


863-228-3265 w 863.228.2666 M 863-677-1013
Montura Ranch Estates 1998 Water View! Moore Haven MonturaLots 1-2.5 acres Starting at
3bd/2ba, great closet space, on 3bd/1.5ba, with 300ft. of $19.9k
beautiful 1.25acs by canal @ Caloosahatchee River view, Florida
$76.5K room, lots of trees Going @ $280K Look No Further We have
MHYC 3bd/2ba, Fully fur- let's Go Fishing! 3bd/2ba home in waterfront property in Moore
nished. Attached Workshop Lake Port located on 1.75 acres with Haven on the Caloosahatchee
w/Complete AC. Includes club- lake access, a private boat ramp, boat River for $155K
house and pool accessibility, house with fish cleaning station, and
Block away from river @ 50x45 workshop that also includes a BEAUTIFUL 4/2 Mobile
$143,000.00 lbd/lba mobile home and a RV hook Home on 1.09 Acre, Fenced @
Twin Lakes.Blvd 3bd/2ba MH, up all on the same property All of $85.9K
Great for fixing up, includes this can be yours @$417K.
tool shed, don t miss out on Entertain Tonight with this '95 MH, New Construction 3/2
this unbelievable deal! @ $35K 3bd/2ba, hot tub, tiki hut, 6ft chain Montura barrel tile. Act now
New Listing! 2bd/2ba hard- linked fenced, lots of trees, secluded, & pick your flooring & appli-
wood floors, new electrical sys- partially furnished, French doors to ances @ $124.9K
tern@ $54.9K wet bar @ Now OnlyllOK
Montura eaaBStes 3/2 on M1 H RG(Pqa .TTVfn Fas Rent j al d a,
1.25 acre6.5 Onh si9 W M.l '.ev\ W7 STT
Walking distance to River -CallNow! 'Al iA
Construction has started!! Over 10 i660 mionthli
ifesBeM Oao to h e modelstochoosefromorwillbuildto
Newlisting!MooreHavenMHbeauti- renovated, in a great location
wr"" o4rfullyn located on 1.33 acres w/ in going @ $135K
New ContruiCnI grond pool, many add ons, fishing
2j/al8 w/a r / pond, quiet neighborhood $120K
2bd2ba 1841 sq A, w/lgarage '2aa t @ $160K
New listing MH in MRE @ $73Y,
Ony 3 Le Tile throughout, New A/C, paved
road, fenced, 1.25 acres
Visit our webs ro 2.5 acres 2bd/2ba home remod-
r eerled, pole barn, cal de sac in Moore
her detail Haven $160K


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Do you have an older home?
Now Is the Time for a New Home!!
First 15 Qualified Applicants win a chance
for a New Color TV!
Pre-Construction Price $129,000!
Prices subject to change
CBS Construction 3 Bedrooms
Single Car Garage 2 Full Baths
Appliance Package 1673 Total Sq. Ft.
Lighting Package Flooring Package
78x110 Lot Size Located on Texas Ave.
Glenn Smith Reserve Your
Realtor Home & Lot
(863)983-3508
(863)677-1441 Now!!


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Pre-Construction Price $129,000!
Prices subject to change
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* CBS Construction 3 or 2 Bedrooms
* Single/Two Car Garage 2 Full Baths
* Appliance Package Lighting Package
* Flooring Package
* Many Models to Choose From
* Walking Distance To River


EARNEST H. RAWLS
LIC- REAI- ESTATE BROKER
528 E- Sugarland Hwy., Clewistan, FL
(863) 983-8559
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Bayberry Loop
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bath
Luxurious Upgrades
Call for Details
RESIDENTIAL- CLEWISTON
* Bank Foreclosures -Call for Details
*3BR,1BA, FmRm, Zoned Com.
$115,000
* 3BR, 2BA, MH, Many Extras
Reduced to $85,000
* 3BR, 2BA, $180,000
*New Listing: Lrg. 3BR, 2BA,
2 Story Home on 10 Wooded Acres
$214,900
* New construction on Bayberry
Loop, 4 BR, 2BA, Many Upgrades
$260,000
* 4BR, 3BA, CBS w/pool in Ridgeview
$225,000
MONTURA
*2BR,11tBA,MHonI25Ac $45,000
*3BR, 2BA, on 1.09 Ac.
Reduced to $60,000
*2BR, 2BA, MH on 1.25 Ac. $65,000
*3BR, 2BA on 1.25 Ac. $65,000
* 3BR, 2BA, MH on 2.5 Ac. w/pole barn
S72.000


4 Bedroom. 3 Bath
w/ Pool, Exercise Room.
Completely Remodeled
OFFERED AT $369,900
MOORE HAVEN
* Duplex wleffciency Owner anxious
$115,000
* Riverfront w/access, 3BR, 2BA
$275,000
LAKEPORT
*2BR, 1BAwl Boat House,
Lake Access $130,000
*3BR, 2BA DBLWD on wtrfrt lot
Reduced to $69,900
*Waterfront, 2BR,2BA $169,900
ACREAGE, LAND & LOTS
Farm Land Available Call for Details
*Home Lot ready to build, MtisippiAve
OMier needs to sel, Askng $8,000
Montura Lots Call for Details
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RESIDENTIAL Lot w/ trees $26,500
3B /de00 3BR, 2Ba, Ridgdlfl $67,500
S4BR, 3BA, wood deck,
3Eaffenadift ,f?,000 10x20 shed $79,900
4 New Homes
We Have More Lots Under 3Bl31;jg Jhrd 5e
Contract Call for Details 3BR, 2BA $8NewKitc9,00
Ne3BR, 2BA, New Kitchen
,a1i i. l !BA... $89,900


3BR, 2BA Brick $180,000

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5 Lots Zoned Multi-Family
$250,000
8 Lots Zoned Ri-B
$250,000
10 Lots Zoned Coimmercial
$250,000
Belle Glade Grocery
Store $130,000
Commercial Building
Corner of WC Owens
& Margaret St. 2,109
sq. ft. $129.000


3BR, 2BA 1995 $75,000
2 1/2 Pioneer Plantation3n ssl Opportunity
$32,000 Call for Details
5 acres Ladecca $60,000
4BR, 2BA, 3- 3/4ac.$169,000 InduS Ip mi.
100 acres $2 rfn


3BR, 2BA Northside COMMIVIERCIAL
$215,000 SmallTreeNursyonUS2712 A10 C EAGiE
4BR, 3BA $360,000, ac Mobile Home Park 6 10 aSutevddfWWO
lots- 3 w/ mobile home,
Ridgewood 3 lots only $106,000
Moore Haven 2BR, 1BA 9 Commercial Lots on
$87,500 US 27 with Building
Moore Haven Yacht Club $215,000
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3 Bedroom 1 Bath $84,900


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863-414-8608

863-465-1371
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Call for Free Brochure
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used items in the classi-
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neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in to-
day's classifieds.


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Air, Views & Stream,
Homes, Cabins &
Acreage. CALL FOR FREE
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Murphy 317 Peachtree St.



Time to clean out the attic,
basement and/or gar-
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sale in the classitieds
and make your clean up a
breeze!
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It can go even faster
when you sell it In the
classilfieds.


HUNT ELK, WILD BOAR
and Buffalo in Missouri
until 3/15/05. Guaranteed
Hunting License.
Only $5.00. Our policy
NO Game, NO Pay,
Reasonable Rates,
Call (314)894-3776.


ASHEVILLE. NC AREA.
Spectacular Mountain
view & River lots. Paved
roads, clubhouse & more.
NEW RELEASE! POSSIBLE
$5K DISCOUNT! Bear Riv-
er Community Call
(866)411-5263
Shop here first!
The classified ads.


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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
S16,999. Buy before
next price increase.
(954)605-6407

One man's trash is another
man's treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad in the classi-
fieds.


Highlands County
Sebring/ Spring Lake
10 acre parcels
directly on Hwy 98
from S195,000.
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
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regularly:
the classifieds.


BANK REPO'S
RV SITES
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
55 & older RV condo park,
great Moore Haven loca-
tion. Own your own site
hear some of the worlds
best fishing full pad, full
hook up. Beautifully main-
tained park with great
swimming pool & club
house facilities. All sites
are priced for quick sale!
Call Jay for info.
305-788-1764

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


LOTS STARTING @
$39,000 with deeded boat
slip in exclusive waterfront
community on South Car-
olina Lake. Featuring club-
house, pool, tennis, marn-
na, nature trails, putting
green. Great financing
Harbour Watch. (800)805-
9997.
www.lakemurrayliving.com.


Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
1-800-466-1930
www.jacobsonauction.com
AB 111 AU237
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
in the classified.


COSTA RICA, 1 acre parcels
can be subdivided into 4
1/4 acre lots. Beautiful
Central Pacific views,
Roads. Water, Elec.
S19,500 acre. (800)861-
5677.

Mountain Golf Homesites!
Prestigious comrr
weaving throughout Dye
designed 18 hole champi-
onship course in breath-
taking Blue Ridge Mtns of
South Carolina. Call for
pkg (866)334-3253,
x759.
Earn some extra cash. Sell
your used items in the
classified.


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


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DUTCHMAN '95 26 ft. L
Full ba., 1 Bdrm,, A/C, 9x24
Sunrm. Sleeps 5. $6988
863-357-2633 after 5 pm


Mar in


TROLLING MOTOR- Milin-
Kota 401b., Bow mount,
excellent condition, $135,
(863)946-1001.
TROLLING MOTOR- Minn-
Kota 401b., Power Drive,
excellent condition, $135,
(863)946-1001.


BOAT MOTOR- 7.5 Mercu-
ry, good condition, $350,
(863)763-3120.


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SUZUKI INTRUDER 2003
2700 Miles, Loaded. $4900
(863)467-1897

Suzuki Intruder, '98, fully
dressed, exc. cond.,
$6500. (863)467-9766 aft
6 pm
YAMAHA VIRAGO
1997, 535cc, exc cond,
kept inside, $2500,
(863)946-0307.



Automobiles


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Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070


Im Atmobies


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 8kls 3015
Marine Accessorils 3020
Marine Mscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicle/ATVs 3035



BASS BOAT '86:
Approx. 18'
Motor & Trailer.
$2500 (239)784-9118

FIBERGLASS- 14', electric
start, 30hp, $950,
(863)763-8352 Leave
message.

Glasstream, '86, inboard,
outboard, 16 ft., $3000
or best offer
(863)634-7108,

Place your ad online at
httpV/www2.newszap.com/
classtl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com

SKEETER BASS BOAT, '86-
$3500. (863)675-1570.


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


CHEVY ASTRO VAN 1994,
8 Passenger, V6, Auto.,
A/C, C/D. Good cond.
$3000. 863-467-1530
DODGE RAM-
'86, 4X4, runs good,
$1500,
(239)348-9399.
FORD CROWN VICTORIAN
1997, Excellent condition.
Auto, power,windows.
$5,500863-946-1382,
FORD F250- '85, Diesel,
4x4, runs good, $2200 or
trade, has gooseneck
hook up (863)697-9704.
FORD SHO-'97, Black, 4dr,
V8, auto, A/C, CD, runs
great, $8500, or best offer,
(863)634-1181.
FORD TAURUS SE, '03-
white, gray inter, all pow-
er, AC, new tires, $8900
neg. (786)486-3474.
FUTON BUNK BED-
Like new, moving
must sell, $125.
(863)675-8305.
ISUZU AMIGO- '90,
Good shape, $1700,
(863)467-5052.

KIA SEPHIA-
'96, Runs, needs
work, $500.
(863)675-6180.
Place your ad online at
http://www2.newszap.com/
classfl.html or mailto:
classad@newszap.com


Ford Bronco '89, white, 5.8
litre, auto, 4 whl dr. runs
great, $3500. (863)357-
2816


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JEEP Grand Wagoneer 88
Runs good. Idea For Dune
Buggy or Can be fixed up.
S 863-673-0920.


Club Car, 1998, electric, re-
conditioned, 48v w/
charger. $1595.(863)675-
1472


Club Car, late model, recon-
ditioned, gas & electric,
$1495, (863)675-1472


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

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CAPRICE WAGON- '89, w/
350 Olds V8 (not 307), re-
built auto trans $800 will
separate, (863)467-8856.


Dodge truck topper, '98, for
long bed truck, red, $500
firm. (863)467-9766 aft
6pm


FORD BRONCO-
'79, parts only, $300,
Call (863)763-5147
5pm 9pmr.


TOW BAR- For Ford Ranger
truck, $30, neg.,
(863)467-5467. Ask for
ob or Lv msg.


TOW BARS- Reese tow bar,
$30, neg., (863)467-5467
Ask for Bob or Lv msg.


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'94 CHEVY S-10,
4.3L, A/C, Runs good,
$1500,
(863)357-6825


CHEV PU, '1945- $2500.
(863)675-1570.


CHEV S10. '93- has been
wrecked, good engine,
good tires, $200
(863)675-1570.


CHEVY SILVERADO, '01,
74k mi., $2000 down,
takeover payments.
(863)763-5147


F150 '79 Wrecked, for
parts, rebuilt 302, Edel
Brock carb & headers,
auto, $400 863-675-8305


FORD F150, '00- 6 cyl, cold
AC, am-fm stereo, runs
exc. ext cab avail, $5900.
(786)486-3474.



VEHICLES FOR SALE
South Florida Conservancy
District will accept sealed
bids until 5:00 P.M. Tues-
day January 25, 2005 for
the following vehicles:

One (1) 2002 Ford Explorer
One (1) 1999 Ford F-150

Bidding instructions and in-
formation on vehicles
available at SFCD's office
located at 2832 N Main
Street (U.S. Highway 441)
Belle Glade, Florida, Mon-
day thru Friday 8:00 A.M.
to 5:00P.M. (phone 996-
2940).


Trail


CAR HAULER Open Trailer
w/dual axle 16-6. $1000
(863)983-6639


CHEVY ASTRO
VAN 1999
4.3 L, V6, Seats 8,
All Pwr., Cold A/C,
FM/Cass. Towing pckg.
Runs great. 188 K. &
FORD WINDSTAR
LX 1996,
115 K, 3.8 L, 6 cyl.,
$2,799.
6110 W. US. Hwy. 27,
Clewiston. 5 mls.
N. of Wal-Mart.
305-494-3219
305-613-4480


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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
BANK ONE, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE IF CENTEX HOME
EQUITY LOAN TRUST 2000-8 UNDER THE POOLING AND SERVICING
AGREEMENT DATED AS OF JUNE 1, 2000,
Plaintiff,
v. CASE NO. 04-CA-82
JOSEPH M. CARRAN: DICK WASIL; IF LIVING, 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)JOHN DOE, UNKNOWN TENANT; JANE DOE, UN-
KNOWN TENANT,
Defendant(s).
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 REPLAT OF A PORTION OF BUCKHEAD RIDGE PARK, AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, 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 of the courthouse, 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, Fl 33471,
at 11:00 a.m. 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, FI 33619-1328
"In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons
needing a special accommodation to participation 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, (TOD) 1-800-955-8771 or 1-800-955-
8770 (voice), via, Florida Relay Service"
543990 CGS 1/06, 13/2005


West County Courthouse Art and Amenities Project
CALL TO ARTISTS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Submittal material consisting of an application and qualification docu-
ments will be received by the Palm Beach County Board of County Com-
missioners until 4:00 P.M. E.S.T. on Friday, March 4, 2005 at the Palm
Beach County Facilities Development and Operations Department, 3200
Belvedere Road, Bldg. 1169, West Palm Beach, FL 33406. Submittal ma-
terial received by this time will be opened immediately after.
Project Title: West County Courthouse Art and Amenities Project
Project Location: 38844 State Road 80, Belle Glade, FL 33430
The Call to Artists is seeking proposals from eligible artists or artist-led
teams for a total commission of $40,000.
To qualify, artists) must be 18 years old at time of application and a resi-
dent of Palm Beach County. Preference will be given to Artists who also:
a) are permanent residents of Palm Beach County west of 20-Mile Bend;
(b) have been born and raised through age 16 in Palm Beach County
west of 20-Mile Bend; (c) demonstrate ability to involve community in
projects.
Artists are invited to attend a non-mandatory, pre-proposal site inspec-
tion on Saturday, February 5, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the Palm Beach
County West County Courthouse, 38844 State Road 80, Belle Glade, FL
33430. Attendance is recommended and encouraged. To RSVP call 561-
233-0235 by February 3, 2005 4:00 p.m.
0 Obtain the complete Call to Artists 1) from the County's Art in Public
Places website www.obcoov com/fdo/art 2) in person at 3200 Belve-
dere Road, Bldg. 1169, West Palm Beach, FL 33406 3) by sending a
self-addressed, stamped envelope ($1.00) to the address above.
The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to waive any pro-
posal irregularities, informalities, or technical deficiencies and to reject
any and all proposals.
ATTEST:
SHARON R. BOCK, CLERK AND
COMPTROLLER
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA
BY: TONY MASILOTTI, Chairman
545829 CGS 1/13,20/05


HEALTH CARE DISTRICT
VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE
APPOINTEES NEEDED
The Health Care District Board is seeking one individual interested in a
two-year term appointment to its, Western County Health Care Advisory
Committee. This committee assists the District Board with allocation of
funding to support health care related programs in the area west of 20
mile bend in Palm Beach County. Appointee should be a City of Belle
Glade or Pahokee resident and have three years background in at least on
of the following areas: health care and/or social services delivery; health
care/hospital administration; public health. All applications must be re-
ceived by close of business on January 31, 2005. For more information
or to receive and application for committee appointment, please contact
Liz Hemandez-Cayson at (561) 996-0129.
545581 CGS 1/13/05


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NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING
OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
OF THE CENTRAL COUNTY
WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
You are hereby notified that the Regu-
lar Meeting of the Board of Super-
visors of the Central County Water
Control District will be held on
Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 7
p.m. at the Montura Clubhouse,
Maotura Ranch Estates, State
Road 833, Clewiston, Florida. The
purpose os this meeting is to trans-
act any and all business which may
come before the Board. If a person
decides to appeal the decision of
the Board of Supervisors with re-
spect to any matter considered at
the public meeting or hearing here-
in referred he or she may need to
insure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is
based.
543135 CGS 1/13 20/05


PUBLIC NOTICE
The Housing Authority of the City of
Belle Glade will accept bids for the
re-roofing of forty-five (45) build-
ings. All details and specifications
may be obtained at the Authority's
Administration Office in Osceola
Center, 1204 NW Avenue L Ter-
race, Belle Glade, FL.
All bids should be sealed and clearly
marked and must be delivered to
the Authority's Office no later than
12:00 noon on Tuesday, January
18, 2005.
The Housing Authority of the City of
Belle Glade reserves the right to re-
ject any or all bids and to waive any
irregularities therein.
546531 CGS 1/13/05


PUBLIC NOTICE
Public notice is hereby given that Fer-
guson Towing will sell at public
Auction, 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
9:00 a.m.
1986 Chevrolet BLK. 2-Door
Vin #1G1YY0788G5122165
544052 CGS 1/06,13/05


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
AND FOR HENRY 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.
All 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 to be 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 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.
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
544767 CGS 1/6,13/05
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is doing you in, it's time
look for a helper in the
classified.


Public Notices




Pubic Notice 5C05
State Public.
Legal Notice 5500

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HENRY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
NOTICE O; PROPOSED RULE
SUBITTED BY: R. Scoit Coocer DATE: 01,25055
SUBJECT AREA Tre proposed ru:e updats and conforms nsimory ca-
tons in cur-rent Ruies to cnnespnd to the soatuorv citasnors in th foiida
K-20 Educ.aon Cocoe
EXECUTlVE SUMMARY OF RULE: The proposed rute updates and con-
'*:
CITATION OF LEGAL AUTHORITY: 120.5536, 120_54. 120.81,
1001.41(2), 100143.s.
SPECIFIC LAW IMPLEMENTED: 120.74. F.S
FUL TI ET ,:: rj' '.j ,.j :..r '-., 1 is available at no charge

EXECUTIVEI JMM. Rr Tr :.,,:.:,:. ,-'.,- i rr,: ,. ,.- ., i
[leave for a.jr .rmi ;.,-5,,,a : 4 .. 1 -,7..p,,,
STATEMENT OF REGULATORY COSTS: The proposed rule will create no
additional distinct economic impact in excess of S100.00 except for the
costs of printing and distributions
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 writ-
ing within 21 days after publication of this notice.
Notice: ff 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
be advertised in the future.
Notice: The procedure for obtaining a public hearing on this proposed
rule is to request, in writing, a hearing. The request shall be submitted to
the Superintendent of Schools, in writing, within 21 days after publication
of this notice. The request shall specify how the person requesting the
public hearing would be affected by the proposed rule. The School
Board, upon appropriate request, shall give affected persons an opportu-
nity to present evidence and argument on the issues under considera-
tion.
Notice: Inspection and copying of all written materials constituting public
records submitted to the agency regarding draft rules may be obtained by
request, in writing, to the Superintendent of Schools.
Notice: The School Board may recognize any material which may be ju-
dicially noticed and to incorporate them into the record of the rule making
proceeding. The School Board may incorporate material by reference into
the proposed rule.
Notice: If you need an accommodation in order to participate in this pro-
cess, please notify Thomas W. Conner, the Superintendent of Schools at
(863) 674-4642 or at the Hendry County Courthouse, LaBelle, Florida
33935 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting or workshop.
542537 CGS 12/30/04,1/06/05, 1/13/05


DISTRICT COURT
CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA
Case No. P52702
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
In the Matter of the Estate of
JOHN E. KOHAN,
Deceased.
Notice is ereby given that the undersigned has been appointed and qual-
ified by te atboce-entided Court on September 10, 2004. as personal
representative of the estate of John E Kohan, deceased. All creditors ha-
veing claims against the estate are required to file their claims, with sup-
portng documentation attached, with the clerk of the court, at the Clark
County Courthouse, 200 S. Third Street, Las Vegas, Nevada within 60
days after the mailing of the first publication of this Notice.
DATED this 12 day of October, 2004.
Cary Spencer
3016 Pier Harbor Dive
Las Vegas, NV 89117
Submitted By:
BULLUVANT HOUSE BAILEY PC
Anne H. Wellborn, Nevada Bar No. 8719
3980 Howard Hughes Pkwy., Ste. 550
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Telephone: 702-650-6565
Facsimile: 702-650-2995
Attorneys for Gary Spencer
in The Matter Of The Estate Of
John E. Kohan
546354 CGS 01/13, 20, 27/05


NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION

Notice is hereby given that the City of Belle Glade, Florida, General Elec-
tion will beheld on March 8, 2005, between the hours of 7:00 am. and
7:00 p.m. forthe purpose of electing two commissioners, each for a 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 qualified 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 tiling will be February
8, 2005, at noon. Candidates must file in person with the City Clerk at
City Hall, 110 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., West, Belle Glade, Florida,
during regular office hours until said 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 qualified 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
Run-Off 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
545035 CGS 01/06, 13/05



PUBLIC NOTICE
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board, Inc. is soliciting
proposals for Adult services and activities funded through the Workforce
Investment Act (WIA) in Region 24 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-
ponent listed above may call the Workforce Development Board at (239)
992-8000 or toll 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 Adult component is as follows:
February 2, 2005, 8:00am Adult RFPs available
February 18, 2005, 3:30pm 5:00pm Adult Bidders'
Conference
March 4, 2005, 4:30pm Adult Letters of Intent to Propose due
March 17, 2005, 4:30pm Adult Proposals due
April 13, 2005, 3:30pm 5:00pm Review Panel meets to
discuss and make recommendations for the Adult component
April 27, 2005, 9:30am 11:30am Program and Planning
Committee Meeting
May 11, 2005, 3:30pm Board Meeting
542764 CGS 1/13/05

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


Looking back ...


This photo from the Florida Archives shows the river steamboat Rosadele at Micco Bluff on the Kissimee River some-
time around 1910-1920.


Courtesy photo
Hendry County Sheriff Ronnie Lee performs the official pro-
motion ceremony of Sgt. Carl Hilgenburg. Sgt. Hilgenburg is
an 18-year veteran of law enforcement


Carl Hilgenburg promoted

Hendry County Sheriff Ronnie a SMSGT with the Unites States Air-
Lee is pleased to announce the force also served in an airborne
recent promotion of Deputy Carl division as a paratrooper. Sgt.
Hilgenburg to the rank of Sergeant Hilgenburg will be assigned to the
Carl is an 18-year veteran to law east district road patrol division, pri-
enforcement, and employed with marily in the Clewiston, Montura,
this agency since 1999. Hilgenburg, and Flaghole area.
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NOTICE OF MEETING
GERBER GROVES WATER
CONTROL DISTRICT
A meeting of the Board of Supervis-
ors of erber Groves Water Control
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Belle. Flonda, on Friday, January
21, 2005 at 10.15 A.M.
The purpose of the meeting is to con-
duct routine business.
Bryan Beer, Chairman
546716 CB/CGS 1/13/05

PUBLIC NOTICE
The Board of Directors of the Housing
Authority of the City of Belle Glade
announce that their regular monthly
meeting is scheduled tor 5:00 P.M.
on January 18, 2005 at the Admin-
istration Office in Osceola Center,
1204 NW Avenue L Terrace, Belle
Glade, FL.
546022 CGS 1/13/05

PUBLIC NOTICE
CITY OF PAHOKEE
BOARD VACANCIES
The City of Pahokee has vacancies
on the following City Boards:
Economic Development Board
Community Relations Board
If you are interested in serving on ei-
ther of these Boards, please con-
tact the City Clerk at (561) 924-
5534 ext 28 or stop by the City
Clerk's Office at 171 North Lake
Avenue to pick up an application.
546837 CGS 1/13/05

PUBLIC NOTICE
CITY OF PAHOKEE
MEETING CONCERNING THE
RECONSTRUCTION OF
HIGHWAY 441
The Cities of Pahokee, Belle Glade,
and South Bay, and invited guest
Senator David Aronberg, will meet
in the Pahokee Commission Cham-
bers at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday Jan-
uary 20, 2005 to discuss thea re-
construction of Highway 441. The
public is encouraged to attend. For
information, please contact the City
Clerk at (561) 924-5534 ext 28.
546831 COS 1/13/05


PUBLIC NOTICE
The Housing Authority of the City of
Belle Glade will accept bids for the
rehabilitation of a fire damaged
building. All details and specifica-
tons may be obtained at the Au-
thority's Administration Office in
Osceola Center, 1204 NW Avenue
L Terrace, Belle Glade, FL.
All bids should be sealed and clearly
marked and must be delivered to
the Authority's Office no later than
12:00 noon on Tuesday, January
18, 2005.
The Housing Authority of the City of
Belle Glade reserves the right to re-
ject any or all bids and to waive any
irregularities therein.
546543 CGS 1/13/05

PUBLIC NOTICE
The monthly meeting of the Board of
Supervisors of the Flaghole Drain-
age District has been scheduled for
Thursday, January 20, 2005 at
4:45 PM. The meeting will be held
at Hilliard Brothers Office on 5500
Flaghole Road, Hendry County,
Florida
Joe Marin Hilliard
Supervisor
Flaghole Drainage District
546676 CGS 1/13/05



PUBLIC NOTICE
The regularly scheduled monthly
meeting of the Board of Supervis-
ors of the Sugariand Drainage Dis-
trict has been scheduled for Thurs-
day, January 20, 2005, 5:15PM.
The meeting will be held at Hilliard
Brothers Office on 5500 Flaghole
Road, Hendry County, Florida.
Joe Madin Hilliard
Supervisor
Sugadand Drainage District
546704 CGS 1/13,19/05


PUBLIC NOTICE
The regularly scheduled monthly
meeting of the Board of Supervis-
ors of the Hendry-Hilliard Water
Control District has been sched-
uled for Thursday, January 20,
2005, 5:30PM. The meeting will be
held at Hilliard Brothers Ofice on
5500 Flaghole Road, Hendry
County, Florida.
Joe Martin Hilliard
Supervisor
Sugariand Drainage District
546711 CGS 1/13,19/05

PUBLIC SALE
Notice is hereby given that on Janu-
ary 22, 2005 at 11:00 a.m, at FORT
KNOX SELF STORAGE, 1025 Com-
merce Drive, LaBelle, FL, (863)
675-1025, -i n .',-,. ; ;,i,'.,, FORT
KNOX SELF 7TCORlAC .,.n sell at
Public Sale by competitive bidding
the personal property heretofore
stored with the undersigned by:
Jackie Blakey, 0-9
TV, Dressers,
Misc. Household Items
Armandiina Flores, J-50
Misc. Items
Valorie nditseyD-11
TV, Computer, Dressers,
Misc. Items
David Bryant, L-45. L-45
TV, Washer, Misc. Items
545861 CGS 1/13,20/05


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NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETINGS
OF LANDOWNERS OF
FLAGHOLE DRAINAGE DISTRICT
Noice is hereby given that pursuant
To call of the Board of Supervisors
of Raghole Drainage District, and in
accordance with Chapter 298, Flor-
ida Statutes 1941, and law amen-
datory thereto, the Annual Meeting
of Landowners of Flaghole Drain-
age District, for the year 2004, will
be held at the office oft Hilliard
Brothers of Florida. Ltd., 5500
Flaghole Road, Clewiston. Florida
on Thursday, January 20, 2005 at
4:30 P M for the purpose of'
1. Electing one (1) supervisor for a
term of three (3) years.
2. r<..'.,,,, annual reports and
:)'j .u.i' action with respect
thereto as the landowners may
determine
3. Transacting such other business
as may property come before the
meeting.
c,]ih,',r.,i], this notice advises that,
,r :,- ..., decides to appeal any
decision made by the Flaghole
Drainage District of Supervisors,
with respect to any matter consid-
ered at this meeting, he will need a
record of the proceedings and that,
for such purpose, he may need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is to
be based.
Board of Supervisors
Raghole Drainage District
By: Joe Marlin Hilliard
President
546662 CGS 1/12,19/05

NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING
OF LANDOWNERS OF
SUGARLAND DRAINAGE DISTRICT
Notice is hereby given that pursuant
to call of the Board of Supervisors
of Sugarand Drainage District, and
in accordance with Chapter 298,
Florida Statutes 1941, and law am-
dendatory thereto, the Annual
Meeting of Landowners of Sugar-
land Drainage District, for the year
2004, will be held at the office of
Hilliard Brothers of Florida, Ltd.,
5500 Flaghole Road, Clewiston,
Florida on Thursday, January 20,
2005 at 5:00 P.M., for the purpose
of:
1. Electing one (1) supervisor for a
term of three (3) years.
2. Receiving annual reports and
taking such action with respect
thereto as the landowners may
determine.
3. Transacting such other business
as may properly come before the
meeting.
Additionally, this notice advises that,
if a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the Sugarland
Drainage District Board of Super-
visors, with respect to any matter
considered at this meeting, he will
need a record of the proceedings
and that, for such purpose, he may
need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimo-
ny and evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based.
Board of Supervisors
Sugarliand Drainage District
By: Joe Marlin Hilliard
President
546694 CGS 1/13,20/05


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20 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee Thursday, January 13, 2005


Year
Continued From Page 15
Cypress, Executive Director of Ah-
Tah-Thi-Ki Museum from 1989
until his passing on April 12,2004.
The Clewiston Commission, at
their regular meeting Monday
approved a resolution declaring a
finding of necessity to create a
statutory community redevelop-
ment area within the city of Clewis-
ton, as the first step toward creating
a CRA. The proposed community
redevelopment area includes
approximately 40 percent of the
city, including the mostly-vacant
strip center that once housed the K-
Mart store and properties along SR
80 that are in need of refurbish-
ment and/or replacement, as well
as an area east of W.C. Owen and
south of Ventura consists of a mix
of land uses including mobile
home parks that have antiquated
development patterns.
The 13th annual Big 0 Hike, the
largest/longest walking event in
Florida kicked off Saturday, Nov. 20
in Pahokee, with hikers from as far
away as Canada setting out for the
nine-day hike around the 107-mile
trail atop the Herbert Hoover Dike
surrounding Lake Okeechobee.
Organized by the Loxahatchee
Chapter of the Florida Trail Associa-
tion, the annual hike started in
1991.
The Clewiston Commission, at
their regular meeting Nov. 15 voted
to approve earmarking funding
from the city's Utility Reserve funds
as an "interim" measure to secure
a $2 million EDA grant toward con-
struction 'of the proposed new
water treatment plant.
Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m.,
the Clewiston High School (CHS)
Athletic Department experienced a
first. It was the first time in school
history that a Lady Tiger signed a
National Letter of Intent with any
College or University softball pro-
gram.
Kendall Miller was that Lady
Tiger. Miller has committed herself
to the University of North Alabama,
located in Florence, Ala. They have
a Division II athletic program and
their mascot is a lion.


HRMC
Continued From Page 1
of making scheduling changes,
and reducing expenses before
cutting staff.
The projected savings for
each department were "net"
savings, and included loss of rev-
enue, from operations like the
Home Health Care Service,
which will be sold to a qualified
buyer. While the cut would gen-
erate gross savings of $401,000,
including salaries, benefits and
Other expenses, when offset by
the $288,000 in revenue the facil-
ity generates, the net savings
total is $113,000.
The board backed away from
the proposed elimination of the
Corporate Health Center, which
would have called for offering
nursing positions currently held
by contract nurses to be offered
to Corporate Health staff, while
retaining a case manager's posi-
tion to manage worker's com-
pensation claims.
"Corporate Health operates


DFC
Continued From Page 1
help to provide some services to
its clients locally, Commissioner
Taylor said.
Commissioner Taylor sug-
gested that the commission
write a letter of support to keep
the local DCF office and send it
before their next regular meet-
ing, which won't be until Janu-
ary 25 'in LaBelle. Commission-
ers Kevin McCarthy and Darrell
Harris agreed and a letter is to be
drafted and sent prior to their


Southern Gardens Citrus
announced Monday the addition of
a fourth product, a naturally occur-
ring low acid orange juice, to their
rapidly expanding list of product
capabilities available at their state-
of-the-art packaging line.
The product was featured Nov.
15-16 at the Private Label Manufac-
turers Association's (PLMA) Store
Brands 2025 Private Label Trade
Show at Chicago's Rosemont Exhi-
bition Center.
Winners of the Bass Busters end
of year classic held at the Clewiston
boat ramp Nov. 13-14 included:
First place, the team of Bob Camp-
bell and Robert Powers; second
place Alan Walls and Andy Matuse-
vick and taking third were H.B.
Chamblis and Jim Fickey.
A South Bay man, Mauro Mar-
tinez, 28, was killed, the van's driver
and two other passengers were
seriously injured when a van
believed to have been carrying
nine passengers struck a utility pole
: at the intersection of Hooker's
Highway and Livestock Market
Road near Belle Glade Nov. 17.
According to a press release from
Florida Highway Patrol crash inves-
tigator Cpl. K.A. Hardley, the driver
of the 2004 Ford Van, identified as
Piero Antinori, 24, of Lake Worth,
was westbound on Hooker High-
way just west of SR 80 at approxi-
mately 12:50 a.m. Wednesday,
Nov. 17 when for unknown rea-
sons the van left the roadway and
hit a concrete utility pole head-on.
Bond Street merchants joined
Santa Claus in greeting customers
visiting Bond Street Nov. 20, for the
annual Olde Fashion Christmas on
Bond Street event.
A demolition plan for hurricane-
damaged dwellings was created by
the county attorney and building
and zoning, Nov. 4. Initially, the
county was to fund the demolition
of hurricane-ravaged homes, then
be reimbursed by FEMA.
Building and Zoning Director
Easton Burchard, Ken Bennett told
the commissioners that five houses
were condemned as a result of
damage sustained from Hurricanes
Jeanne and Frances and owners
are seeking assistance from FEMA.
However, two branches of FEMA


as a service to corporations and
while U.S. Sugar said companies
who need the service will find it,
that may or -may not be true.
We're hearing some reaction to
the contrary," Mr. Cudworth
said.
While the service doesn't
generate many hospital in-
patients, it does supply spin-off
benefits to the hospital's labora-
tory, X-ray and physical therapy
departments, although those
benefits would likely be
recouped if it were combined
with other outpatient services at
the hospital or the Family Care
Center, Mr. Cudworth said.
Board member Randy
Bengston said one benefit of
corporate services was the abili-
ty to get patients in and out
quickly, without their being
around sick patients. Another
benefit is the emphasis on the
treatment needed, where the
patient might be more likely to
be allowed to return to work on
light duty, versus a private physi-
cian's likely recommendation
for extended time off.


next meeting. Commissioners
Bill Maddox and Bo Pelham
were not present at the meeting.
Big Cypress to have
own EMS
In other news, the Big
Cypress Reservation is ready to
terminate its agreement with the
county for ambulance service
and is set to take over the EMS
station there, EMS Director
Randy Bengston told the com-
missioners. The Tribe is expect-
ed to officially take charge at 8
a.m. February 7. Mr. Bengston
said personnel manning that sta-


are not coordinated and there is a
difference of opinion as to what
FEMA will cover.
Because the homes were over
50 percent destroyed, the county
condemned them. Commissioner
Bo Pelham moved to let the county
demolish them and appeal to
FEMA for reimbursement
December
U.S. Sugar Corporation
announced Monday that the com-
pany has been informed by the
Hendry County Health Department
(HCDC) that a maintenance
employee in their raw milling oper-
ations has been diagnosed with
bacterial spinal meningitis. Accord-
ing to the press release from Judy
Sanchez, there were no consumer
safety issues related to the employ-
ee's illness, since the unidentified
employee had no contact with
refined sugar products.
A crossing guard, Shirley
Thomas, employed by the Hendry
County Sheriff's Office to direct traf-
fic to Eastside and Westside Ele-
mentary Schools off was struck by
a car as she directed traffic Dec. 3.
According to a press release from
Clewiston Police Department, the
guard was waving traffic through
the intersection at WC. Owen and
Arroyo when a 1997 Dodge Pick-up
truck driven by Silva Arnolfo of
Clewiston came through the inter-
section traveling southbound in the
northbound lane. "The Crossing
Guard jumped out of the vehicle's
path into the path of a 2002 Ponti-
ac. Arnolfo was charged with care-
less driving in connection with the
accident. Clewiston Police Chief
Don Gutshall reports that in its first
year of operation, the city's Nar-
cotics Action Team, funded by a
Byrne grant, exceeded the pro-
gram's goals in all areas by 200 per-
cent.
According to statistics submit-
ted with the department's report
for the period from Oct. 1, 2003 to
Sept. 30, 2004, the department
made 54 drug-related arrests, sur-
passing their initial goal of 24
'arrests. The department also seized
60 grams of crack or powder
cocaine, surpassing their initial goal
of seizing 30 grams.


HRMC Chief Financial. Officer
Nick Braccino said while the
service is operating at a $2,000
loss, in the fiscal year to date, its
revenues are increasing and are
projected to carry it above the
break-even point. He suggested
monitoring the service for 2-3
months, moving some duplicat-
ed services, like X-rays, back to,
the main hospital campus, and
implementing an. aggressive
business plan for the facility until
budget talks begin in the sum-
mer.
The board also signed off on
plans to close the Women's Cen-
ter, renegotiate the contract with
gynecologist Dr. Mona Devane-
san and reincorporate the mam-
mography services offered at the
center with the hospital's imag-
ing department.
A support services director's
position will also be phased out.
In other business, in recogni-
tion of public interest, the board
agreed to form several focus
groups to provide feedback to
improve hospital services to the
community. At the same time,


tion will be working out of
Clewiston once the Big Cypress
station is transferred. The Tribe's
letter giving the county 90 days
notice that they will be terminat-
ing the interlocal agreement by
which the county runs the sta-
tion was dated November 9.
However, it was not received
until last month. Big Cypress is
still waiting for certification so it
may take over the station, Mr.
Bengston said.
The next regular commission
meeting will be at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 25, at the
Courthouse in LaBelle.


The Hendry County Economic
Development Council at their regu-
lar meeting Dec- 8 agreed to draft a
letter to the Hendry County Board
of County Commissioners in sup-
port of designating the area around
Airglades Airport and the old land-
fill at Pioneer Plantation as brown-
fields areas, but stopped short of
designating a larger area.
A former Clewiston doctor was
arrested Dec. 14 in Louisiana on
kidnapping and sexual battery
charges. According to Florida
Department of Law Enforcement
officials Dr. Daniel Phillip McIntire
Jr., 48, faces one count of kidnap-
ping and 11 counts of sexual bat-
tery on a helpless/incapacitated
victim.
Members of the 4th Air Naval
Gunfire Liaison Company, West
Palm Beach delivered more than
3000 toys for boys and girls of all
ages to U.S. Sugar Corporation's
field services warehouse last
Thursday as part of the annual
Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive in
Clewiston. Donations of toys,
including 16 bicycles were distrib-
uted Saturday to children at the
Hendry County Fairgrounds, Mon-
tura and Pioneer. The annual
Marine Corps Toys for Tots pro-
gram, spearheaded by Sheriff-elect
Ronnie Lee in 1997, is in its eighth
year of operation.
Thursday, before unloading the
trucks full of Christmas gifts, First
Sgt. Karl Martin, who has assisted
the sheriff during the Toys for Tots
campaign for several years, pre-
sented the retired Marine Corp
Master Sgt. and Lee with a gift: The
Military Outstanding Volunteer
Service Medal.
Planning for the annual Relay
for Life event took place Feb. 18-19
at the Hendry County Fairgrounds
in Clewiston. The event reached a
new level with a Kick-off and Holi-
day Social at the Clewiston Inn.
Citing a 62-page power point
presentation compiled by a blue
ribbon committee assigned to
examine the finances at Hendry
Regional Medical Center, United
States Sugar Corporation Vice
President for Public Affairs Robert
Coker told members of the Hendry
County Hospital Authority Board at


selected business leaders, gov-
ernmental officers and commu-
nity members will join hospital
board members and Quorum
representatives to form a strate-
gic planning committee.
The goal of the strategic plan-
ning committee will be to incor-
porate the community feedback
into the hospital's long-range
business plan and to identify any
strategic changes the hospital
needs to make in light 'of
changes in the environment and
services since the last strategic
plan.


their regular meeting Dec. 7 that 84
percent of Hendry County resi-
dents are going elsewhere for their
medical care. The hospital's emer-
gency room has the lowest rating
in the state among comparable
facilities and despite an $18 million
operating budget, the hospital is
serving only 10-12 in-patients a
day.
"You've got a mountain of debt,
nobody's using this facility and if
you don't roll up your sleeves and
cut $3-4 million out of this hospital
right away, you're going to go out
of business," said Coker
While admitting that the hospi-
tal does have financial and other
issues that need to be addressed,
Hendry Regional Medical Center
administrators at a special meeting
Dec. 16 refuted many of the find-
ings presented in a report com-
piled by members of a blue ribbon
committee charged with examin-
ing the hospital's status..
While acknowledging that


there are issues that are agreed
upon in the report, HRMC CEOI
Craig Cudworth said the hospital's
administration differs with the
committee only on how to go
about the cure and how radical it
must be.
The Clewiston Commission is
likely to reconsider the landscap-
ing of Bond Street in coming
months after receiving complaints
from merchants that the black
olive trees lining the sidewalks are
blocking the entrances and
facades of their buildings.
Carol Giddens, owner of Bab-
cock Home Furnishings Center at
117 Bond Street, had asked the
commission to remove a tree that
completely blocks the view of the
store's entrance and new signage.
Ms. Giddens told the commis-
sion in making her request that in
designing the new look for the
Babcock Home Furnishings and
More Store they discovered each
entrance was blocked by a tree.


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