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Title: The Clewiston news
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Publisher: Louis A. Morgan
Place of Publication: Clewiston Fla
Creation Date: March 10, 2005
Publication Date: 1928-
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Serving America's Sweetest Town since 1928
Number 41 Thursday, March 10, 2005


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Briefs

Back to the Bible
True Vine Church is pre-
senting Back to the Bible
Restoration Conference from
March 9-11 at the church locat-
ed at 2100 10th St., in Clewis-
ton. Bishop Berry Humphries
is the guest speaker for March
10 and Apostle R.G. Williams
will speak March 11. The event
takes place at 8 p.m. nightly.
Host pastor is Fred M. Gamble.

Hendry County Fair
and Livestock Parade
The Hendry County Fair
and Livestock Parade will be
held Saturday, March 12, at 11
a.m.

Fish fry
Is your appetite hankering
for some good fried fish? Then
make plans for St. Martin's Cat-
fish or Mullet Dinner on Satur-
day, March 12 between the
hours of 11 a.m. through 2
p.m., at 207 North W.C. Owen.
The meal includes cole slaw,
beans or grits, and hushpup-
pies for only a $6 donation.
This is a community outreach
fundraiser project and you can
eat on the grounds or have
your meals packaged for take-
out. If you need information
on how to get your tickets,
contact any Church member
'or call the Church office at 983-
7960.

Afro Arts
Festival planned
BELLE GLADE The 26th
Annual Glades Festival of Afro
Arts will be held Saturday,
March 19, at the Lake Shore
Park in Belle Glade. The
Parade will start at the Avenue
A campus of the Lake Shore
Annex at I lam (line-up starts
at 10 a.m.).,The opening cere-,
.mony for the festival is, at
Noon. Join us as\\ve present to.
you a variety of cultural
cuisines, local and profession-
al entertainment and special
events for our kids. We hope
Sto see you there,
Booths are available on a
first come first serve basis. A
map of the field s layout
allows applicants to select
their choice of booth space.
Several different sized booths
spaces are available. Applica-
tions and information can be
obtained by contacting Robbie
Everett at 924-5126, Jessie
- Terry at (561) 202-7712,
Verdell Bolden at 996-1705, or
Anna Littles in Clewiston at
(863) 983-6815.

VFW elects officers
Election of officers for VFW
:.Post 4185, in Clewiston, will be
take place at the April 5 meet-
ing. It is important that you
attend and vote for the person
of your choice. The meeting
will be held at 501 S. Francisco
St., at 6 p.m.
See Glance Page 12


Lake Level


Hospital audit shows no fraud


By Mark Young
. CLEWSITON Contracted
by the state, a private auditing
firm delivered their final report to
the Hendry County Regional
Medical Center's board of direc-
tors, March 3.
The. hospital has been under
fire with regards to financial mis-
management and while those
questions remain, the audit did
show that there have been no
illegal activities within the finan-
cial operations of the belea-
guered hospital.


Auditor Bob Stannel present-
ed his report to the board, stating
that all financial statements are
correct, saying that is a good
thing considering the hospital is
considered to be a governmental
agency.
The audit did show a contin-
ued loss of net assets, but attrib-
uted those numbers to the hospi-
tal's efforts in recovering from
the recent natural disasters,
which plagued South Florida last
summer.
The Internal Control Report'


found the hospital to be in full
compliance with the audit and
Mr. Stannel further reported that
some of the weaknesses found
within the Additional Findings
Report were not "uncommon
with a hospital this size."
The audit did suggest that
more people need to be involved
with keeping up with the hospi-
tal's records to avoid "human
error", but complimented the
board for their straightforward
approach to the audit.
"We had no disagreement


HENDRY COUNTY: Beautiful sights


Courtesy pholos
In 1962, Becky Thomas (Hayes) Bond was crowned Miss Hendry County. The pageant
was a mere child, in its seventh year, and has grown up into 50 years of celebrating
locally grown beauty and talent. .

Celebrating 50 years of beauty


By Mark Young
Reaching a 50th anniversary is
nothing to take lightly, in any
aspect of life, and certainly calls
for a special celebration worth
remembering.
Marking their 50th anniver-
sary, is the Miss Hendry County
beauty pageant and the gala
planned for this special event will
be one worth it's incredible jour-
ney through history, because its
history will be joining it.
The Miss Hendry County pag-
eant began with humble begin-
nings in 1955 and it was Wanda
Bembry Sparks who donned the
very first crown of honor. Ms.
Sparks, along with dozens of past
winners, will be in attendance for
this special-event and will retake
the spotlight in an introductory
ceremony, which will kick off
this year's pageant.
Ms. Sparks will also be the
grand marshal in this year's
Hendry County Fair Parade
scheduled to tour downtown
Clewiston beginning at 11 a.m.,
See Beauty Page 12


with management and found
management to be forward and
open," said Mr. Stannel. "We had
no difficulties in preparing the
audit and all information was
provided in a timely fashion."
Mr. Stannel said the audit was
not performed in a manner to
search for any kind of fraud, but
that if there were fraud, the audit
would have discovered it.
"We did not become aware of
any illegal activities or fraud," he
said. "We continue to see inter-
nal improvement over the audit-


ing in the last few years and I
applaud the hospital in their
efforts to improve."
The audit did conclude that
there was some concern at the
continuing loss of money and
while the same loss was not
expected because of this past
year's mitigating circumstances,
Mr. Stannel said the hospital
could ill-afford a similar loss in
the future.
Treasurer Robert. Bengston
See Audit Page 12


MONTURA Hendry County
Sheriff Ronnie Lee announced
that on March 2, Orlando
Yanes, age 28 of 555 North
Palm Avenue in Montura
Ranch, was arrested and
charged with five felony counts
in relation to running a Montu-
ra chop shop.
Thus far, the charges
include one count of a posses-
sion of a vehicle-with altered
numbers a third degree
felony; one count of grand theft
over the amount of $ 100,000 -.
a first degree felony; two
counts of grand theft over the
amount of more than $20,000
but less:than $11JO,000 sec-
ond degree felonies, one count
of grand theft over the amount
of $10,000 or more but less


than $20,000; and aiding and
abetting the operation of a
Shop shop.
Yanes is currently being held
a $400,000 bond.
The discovery of the Montu-
ra chop shop came about
when members of the Hendry
County Sheriff's Office Crimi-
nal Investigative Division con-
ducted an investigation for pos-
sible stolen dump trucks, at the
residence of Yanes.
An Eager Beaer construc-
tion equipment trailer was
seized and it was determined
that the trailer had been stolen
from Hialeah, Fla. Also on the
scene were several semi-truck
parts, which had their identifi-
See Chop Page 12


City to require



slab surveys


Becky Thomas (Hayes) Bond takes her turn during the
1962 Miss Hendry County beauty pageant. The pageant
began in 1955 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary
this year.


By Tracy Whirls
Clewiston -. The Clewiston
Commission at their regular
meeting Feb. 21 voted to
require slab surveys for all
future residential and commer-
cial construction within the
city, after it was discovered that
a newly-built home on West
Sugarland Circle encroaches
on the city's required 10-ft. set-
back by seven inches.
The issue arose when con-
tractor Brian Sullivan
approached the planning and
zoning board with a variance
request to reduce the side yard
setback standard, set at 10-feet,
reducing it to 9.4-feet within the
R-IC residential district after


the final survey revealed that
the new unit encroaches the
setback by seven inches.
The commission accepted
the planning and zoning
board's recommendation to
approve the variance on the
property, rather .than require it
to be demolished, then agreed
to require foundation surveys
of all future construction proj-
ects.
In response to a question
'from Commissioner and con-
tractor Jimmy Pittman, the
commission agreed to require
a slab survey on all new con-
struction, rather than a form
- See Surveys -Page 12


14.79
feet
above sea
level


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Opinion ............. 4
' School . ..... ..9,
Sports ............ .11

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As sweet as sugar


By Mark Young
CLEWISTON There are
only a couple of times a year that
resisting that darn old sweet tooth
just becomes an impossible task
for many.
The holidays provide a virtual
banquet of holiday cookies,
cakes, pies and breads that are
simply too sumptuous to ignore.
But even the holidays d6n't com-
pare to the tantalizing tastes of
Clewiston's annual Sugar Festival:
While the annual sweet cele-
bration doesn't kick into high
gear until April 16, the deadline
for the Sweet Taste of Sugar
Recipe Contest recipes is March
30.
There are seven categories,
which will be judged this year.
They include: Cakes, pies, cook--
ies and brownies, sweet breads,
candies, youth creations (ages 7-
17), and sweet creations, which
include jams, jellies, ice cream,
sauces, puddings, or anything
with sugar.


First through third place in
each category will receive rib-
bons, with the first place winners
moving on to compete for Best in
Show, which, will offer cash
prizes. Best of Show winner will
receive $250, first runner-up, gets
$150, and second runner-up will,
win $100.
Only one entry is allowed per
category, but participants may
enter as many categories as they
wish: Recipes must be submitted
by March 30 either by e-mailing
them to
SweetTasteRecipe@aol.com,
faxing them to 983-7108 or 983-
4316,-or mailing them to: Sweet
Taste Recipe, P.O. Box 1073,
Clewiston, FL 33440.
Prepared entries will need to
be delivered to the Clewiston
Inn's Sugar and Spice Room April
16, between 8-9 a.m. Judging will
begin at 9:30 a.m. It is recom-
mended that the submissions be
'brought in disposable containers.
See Sweet Page 12


Courtesy photo/Clewiston Bass Anglers
'We miss you Stick'
Members of the Clewiston Bass Anglers and friends of James C. Olmstead gathered
at Anglers Marina March 2, 2005. A photo memorial plaque was dedicated in the mem-
ory of Stick, an avid fisherman and longtime member of the Clewiston Bass Anglers.
The plaque will be displayed inside the tackle shop, a favorite place of Jim's.


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Tri Cities work together on EAA issue


By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
PAHOKEE After listening
to both sides on the issue sur-
rounding the Everglades Agricul-
tural Area (EAA), the cities of
Belle Glade, South Bay and
Pahokee will be meeting to for-
mulate a plan on how to
approach the supposed- restric-
tion on development within the
EAA.
With a closer view on the
individual plans of the Audubon
of Florida and the sugar industry
representatives who are
opposed to the plan, the cities
feel that it would be in the best
interest of the three communi-
ties to develop an independent
plan that would benefit resi-
dents.
At a tri-cities meeting held ih
Pahokee Feb. 28, the local repre-
sentatives agreed that the next
meeting of the tri-cities would
involve a workshop, in which
the issue can be hashed out.
It is the latest move in the
continuing issue involving the
EAA.
Earlier this year, the cities
reacted to-the plan by Audubon
of Florida in which the organiza-
tion urged that development in
the EAA, in which all three cities
are located, are restricted to cur-
rent infrastructure. Fearful that
the plan meant that there would


"What they're saying their definition of new
development is, is the coast coming over here
and building these instant communities."

J.P. Sasser, Mayor of Pahokee,


be no further expansion allowed
for any of the three cities, elected
officials met to discuss the plan.
A letter from Robert Coker, a
U.S. Sugar representative,
addressed to Belle Glade Vice-
Mayor Mary Kendall, brought the
issue to the forefront. Mr. Coker
argued that the plan by the
Audubon of Florida would put a
stop to plans for expansion.
Almost immediately, the sugar
industry, provided its counter to
the proposal and argued against
the limitation. The sugar indus-
try has since submitted a pro-
posal to the city of Pahokee with
informational items countering
the Audubon's plan.
According to Mayor J.P. Sass-
er of Pahokee, in discussing the
issue with Audubon representa-
tives, it seems the intent is differ-
ent from the perceived meaning.
"What they're saying their
definition of new development
is, is the coast coming over here
and building these instant com-
munities," he said at the tri-cities
meeting last month.


Without the three cities hav-
ing approached the issue in a
comprehensive way, though,
said Pahokee City Manager Lillie
Latimore, "if we go too far, we'll
wind up in somebody's camp."
Ms. Latimore said it was irfipor-
tant that the Glades cities "devel-
op what's of interest to us, rather
than choose a side. We need to
consider regional planning."
According to Ms. Latimore,
the sugar industry, with its shift
in production, wants the flexibil-
ity to do what they want with
their land, rather than have its
property limited strictly to agri-
culture. It explains their position
in disagreeing with the Audubon
of Florida she said.
"You can say what you want
to, they [sugar industry repre-
sentatives] don't care about the
tri-cities," said Mayor Sasser, not-
ing the lack of the presence of a


representative for the sugar
industry at any of the three meet-
ings held so far for the discus-
sion of the issue in the tri-cities.
"The tri-cities are the only
ones without a plan," he said.
Mayor Sasser said that, at least in
Pahokee, the city is looking to
move away from agriculture and
needs to decide, "Where we
want to go from here."
Belle Glade Commissioner
Gwen Asia-Williams.agreed with
the cities developing their own
plan. She said the freedom of the
cities to expand when necessary
is what each of the cities is inter-
ested in.
"It's important that we go
through some type of develop-
ment if we want funds," she
said.
Commissioner Asia-Williams
made a motion that the tri-cities
league meet again later this
month in a workshop setting to
begin discussing the develop-
ment process for the .Everglades
Agricultural Area.
In the meantime, the tri-cities
will continue to act as a single
entity in informing county and
state representatives on the issue
and the stance of the three cities.


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Obituaries


Virgil Billie
Virgil Billie, age 46, passed
away Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at
Memorial Regional Hospital, in
Hollywood, Fla.
He was born in Broward
County, but a resident of Clewis-
ton., Graveside services were
held March 4, 2005 at Big
Cypress Cemetery, with Rev-
erend Paul Buster presiding.
Akin-Davis Funeral Homes, of
Clewiston was in charge of the
arrangements.
He is survived by his mother
Minnie Billie, of Big Cypress;
brother Leroy Billie, of Big
Cypress, brother James Billie,
Big Cypress; brother Ray Billie,
of Big Cypress, brother Peter Bil-
lie, of Big Cypress; brother Nor-
mal Billie, of Big Cypress; and
his sister Helen Billie, of Holly-
wood, Fla.

Harriet Dorothy
Burns Weeks
Harriet Dorothy Burns
Weeks, 88, of Moore Haven
passed at Grace Health Care of
Clewiston Wednesday, Feb. 17,
2005. The only child of Harry
and Regina Burns of Philadel-
phia, Pennsylvania, she had
resided in Moore Haven since
1942. She was a graduate of
both Salisbury State Teacher's
College, Salisbury, Maryland;
and Florida Southern College in
Lakeland. For. many years, she
was an elementary school
teacher. in Hendry County,
Glades County, and Polk Avenue
Elementary in Lake Wales, Fla.
After her retirement, she:
enjoyed growing roses, tending
to her yard and raising Persian
cats. She was preceded in death
by her husband Roger M. Weeks
and son.Rodney K. Weeks. She is
survived by one daughter, Robin
Weeks. It was her wish to be cre-
mated. Donations may be made
to her church,. First United
Methodist Church of Moore
Haven. Final arrangements were
made by Akin-Davis Funeral
Home of Clewiston.

Jamie Christine Rudd
Jamie Christine Rudd, 25, of
Clewiston, passed away March
4, 2005 at Hendry Regional Med-
ical Center. She was born in
West Palm Beach and was a
homemaker. Survivors include
husband Alan William Rudd, of
Clewiston; son Alan Nickolas
Rudd, of Clewiston; son Jacob
William Rudd, of Clewiston;
daughter Alaina Christine Rudd,
of Clewiston; daughter Julie'
Angel Rudd, of Clewiston; par-
ents Cecil and Laura Mae Dukes,
of Clewiston; grandmother Betty
Lou Pickran, .of Clewiston;
brother Cecil Albert Dukes Jr., of
Clewiston; brother Jeremy
Wayne Dukes, of Clewiston;
brother David Otis Dukes, of
Clewiston; sister .Deleria Diana
Wagers, of South Carolina; and
sister Amanda Jean Dukes, of
Clewiston. Services were held
March 9 at Akin-Davis Funeral
Chapel with burial at Ridgelawn
Cemetery. Officiating was Hugh
TYndall.

Patrick Davis Burke
Patrick Davis Burke, 70, of
Clewiston passed away Sunday
March 6, 2005 at Palms of


Pasadena Hospital, South
Pasadena. Born in Miranda
Cuba, he moved to Florida from
Texas. He was employed as a
Senior Technical Engineer for
Nodarse & Associates, Inc. He's
been assigned to the SFWMD
Everglades Restoration Project
for many years and loved every
day in the field.
He attended Tulane Universi-
ty in New Orleans studying Civil
Engineering and served in the
U.S. Army. He was an avid out-
doorsman, sports enthusiast and
was active with the Boy Scouts
for several decades.
Survivors include three sons,
Patrick of Wilbraham Massachu-
setts; Michael of Alpharetta GA
and Charles "Ed" of Smithfield
VA; a daughter Kelly Freese of
Kenner LA;' a "sister Barbara
Montarnari of Sti Petersburg and
13 grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be
held Friday, March 11 atLutheran
Church of the Cross 4545 Chan-
cellor Street N.E., St. Petersburg,
FL 33703.
Visitation: 12:30
Memorial Svc: 1:30
Please send donations in lieu
.of flowers to: Boy Scouts of
America, Florida Seabase, P.O.
Box 1906, Islamorada, FL 33036
On-line condolences:
www.davidcgross.com
David C. Gross Funeral
Homes and Cremation Center,
Central Avenue Chapel, St.
Petersburg.

Gladys Waldron
Gladys Waldron, 99, of Arca-
dia, passed away March 9, 2005;
Gladys was born in Birming-
ham, Ala. on May 12, 1905. She
came to the Hardee and'DeSoto
County area in 1916 by Ox Cart.
She was one of the last pioneers
of DeSoto County. She is sur-
vived by three sons, Thomas H.
(Daisy) Waldron of White
Springs, Gerald G. (Joann) Wal-
dron of Wiuchula, James Calvin
iLucy) Waldron of Yelm, WA; 1
daughter, Elizabeth Betty (Larry)
Cain of Rogersville, Tenn..; 10
grand children, 19 great grand-
children, and, 11 great-great
grand children.
Services will be on 11 a.m.
Thursday, March 10 at the Arca-
dia Church of the Nazarene.
Robarts Funeral Home is in
charge of the arraignments.
I


Kelly Salvatore and Brian Wool
Woofter Salvatore
David and Linda Woofter, of
Prestonsburg, KY, and Woodie
and Theresa Savlatore, of Paho-
kee are proud to announce the
engagement of Brian Woofter to
Kelly Salvatore.
The wedding is planned for
Nov. 26, 2005, at the First Baptist
Church of Belle 'Glade. The
bride-to-be is a 2000 graduate of
Glades Day School and has grad-


Denault Hoppe
Diane Denault, of Clewiston,
announces the engagement of
her daughter, Sara Carol Denault
to Scott Carl Hoppe, son of Jan-
ice and Carl Hoppe of Franken-
muth, MI. The bride-to-be is a
massage therapist with Chateau


Courtesy photo


after
uated from Florida State Univer-
sity. She is currently employed
by Smith Barney.
The groom-to-be is a 1996
graduate of Johnson Central
High School and graduated from
Morehead State University. He is
currently the Minister of Music at
the First Baptist Church of Belle
Glade.
Following the ceremony, the
couple plans on residing in Belle
Glade.


Elan in Braselton, GA. Sara is
also the daughter of the late
John Denault, of Clewiston. The
prospective groom is a driver
with Tractor Supply, Co., also in
Braselton, Ga. A May 28 wedding
is planned at St. Lorenz Lutheran
Church in Frankenmuth.


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Spaghetti squash is tasty alternative


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The answer to this culinary
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of spaghetti spaghetti squash.
Spaghetti squash is native to
North and Central America. This
member of the squash family
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Spaghetti squash is a good
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plant. If you cook a spaghetti
squash and scoop out the flesh,
it looks like strands of spaghetti.
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An easy way to cook the
squash is in the microwave.
Pierce one side of the squash
several times with a knife -
make the cuts deep enough to
go about half way .through the
squash. This is important. If you
try to microwave a squash that
has not been pierced first, the
squash may explode in your


microwave oven.
How long to microwave it
depends on your oven and on
the size of the squash. I
microwave a spaghetti squash
for five minutes, check it to see if
it is soft, and if it is not soft to the
touch, microwave it another
minute, check again, and so on.
When checking to see if it is soft,
use a potholder or oven mit.
Even the outside of the squash
may be very hot.
Once the squash is soft to the
touch, remove it from the
microwave. Use potholders or
oven mits so you don't burn
yourself. Carefully cut the
squash in half. Scoop out and
discard the inner seeds and the
goopp" around the seeds. The
remaining squash can be


scooped out with a spoon or
fork. It will come out as clumps
of fibers that look very much like
spaghetti. This cooked spaghetti
squash can be mixed with any
sauce you would use on real
pasta.
The spaghetti squash does
contain more moisture than real
spaghetti does, so you may want
to make your pasta sauce a little
thicker than normal to compen-
sate, so it won't be "soupy"
when you mix it together.
Before making any change to
your diet or exercise plan, con-
sult your doctor. This is especial-
ly important if you are on any
prescription drugs. Some drugs
interact badly with foods that
would otherwise be considered
"healthy."


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High school students to hear safety issues


By Mark Young
Sometimes from the ashes of
tragedy there will arise a mes-
sage of hope and inspiration.
Lessons are hopefully
learned and, in some cases, lives
are saved by the sacrifice of oth-
ers. Students at Clewiston and
Moore Haven High- Schools will
hear such a message and lying in
the darkness of someone else's
tragedy, it is the hope that lives
will be saved.
Bruce Barasca will be telling
his story to area students March
17 and it is a story that will drive
home an important lesson for
young drivers because it is a
story that is tragic and true. His
wife and daughter were killed by
a 19-year-old boy, who was
street racing;,arid broadsided the


vehicle in which the mother and
daughter were inhabiting.
Police investigated the acci-
dent, but made no arrests.
Through his own efforts in hiring
a private investigator, Mr. Baras-
ca was able to find a witness
who admitted that the young
boy was street racing when the
accident occurred.
The boy was arrested and
prosecuted on two counts of
vehicular homicide, but the
story just begins. Before the boy
appeared in front of the judge
for sentencing, Mr. Barasca
wanted to meet the young man
who had killed his family.
Through that meeting, Mr.
Barasca discovered that the
young man was not an evil per-.
son that he was basically a
good kid who came from a good


family, but had simply made a
poor decision.
Mr. Barasca made a plea in
front of the judge to not hand
down a harsh sentence, despite
the fact that his wife and daugh-
ter had lost their lives because of
this one poor decision.
Now, Mr. Barasca travels the
country-- talking to high school
students about how one poor
decision can change, or end, the
lives of many. This story is,
unfortunately, not uncommon
and young men and women
who make one bad decision
while behind the wheel of an
automobile very often end up in
prison and have to live with the
fact that their decision has taken
the lives of others.
Mr. Barasca hopes his story
will put that message at the fore-


front of teenagers' minds while
operating a vehicle and make
them understand that. it only
takes one bad decision for a life-
changing or life-ending tragedy
to occur.

And he has been successful
in achieving his new ambition in
life appearing on several net-
work shows, including Dateline.
He will bring his message to
local teens March 17 when he
visits both Clewiston and Moore
Haven High Schools.

He will join the Moore Haven
High School seniors for break-
fast, as part of their Project Grad-
uation and then appear at
Clewiston High School at 12:45
p.m. to address the sophomore
class.


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Nursing program recieves $75,000 award


WEST.PALM BEACH Last
week, on the recommendation
of the Western County Health
Advisory Committee, the Health
Care District Board approved
$75,000 in funding to Palm
Beach Cbmmunity College in
order to establish a Registered.
Nurse Program at the -Belle
-Glade campus. The Health Care
District is the largest health-care
Employer in the Glades with
nurses at Glades General Hospi-
tal, public schools and child
development centers.
"Palm Beach Community
College plays an important role
in providing career opportuni-
ties for Glades residents," said
David Goodlett, vice chairman of


the Health Care District Board.
"Our support of the Registered
Nurse Program will provide
opportunities to the local com-
munity while enhancing the:
availability of health care profes-
sionals for employers."
Palm Beach County, like the
' rest of the nation, faces an acute
shortage of nursing profession-
als working in hospitals. Accord-
ing to the Florida Hospital Asso-
ciation's latest study, .one in nine
registered nursing positions in
Florida's hospitals was vacant in
2004.
While the data indicate
improvements have been made
through some educational and
incentive programs, critical


nursing shortages remain in
Western Palm Beach County. A
major reason for this is the lack
of nursing educators to prepare
new nurses for the field. The
grant will pay for Palm Beach
Community College nursing fac-
ulty and administrative support
for the Glades' Nursing Program
as it "gets off the ground" in the
fall. The boot camp takes place
in the fall, but the nursing pro-
gram itself doesn't :start until
January 2006.
Over the past three years,
.Palm Beach Community College
has accelerated its countywide
efforts to improve access to
nursing programs: Developed a
part-time Registered Nurse Pro-
gram in Lake Worth that began
January 2005; developed the
infrastructure to support dis-
tance learning opportunities at
the Belle Glade campus; solicit-
ed and received funding to sup-
port disadvantaged student
scholarships; received funding
to augment nursing faculty
salaries that will help recruit and
retain faculty; explored recruit-
ment strategies targeting non-
traditional nursing students (for
example, male graduates of the
college's EMT program); con-
ceptualized a "boot-camp" type
program that prepares incoming


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students for the rigors of the
nursing program, which will
begin in the fall term of 2005.

By supporting staff positions
in the Registered Nurse Program
in the Glades, the Health Care
District's grant will help to
advance a program that will
include the following aspects in
the fall: (1) Didactic/Lecture Dis-
tance Learning: In addition to
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skills lab will be available to RN
students to apply and practice
various nursing skills. (3) Clini-
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receive a collect call from
Miami-Dade Metro Correctional
Institute, don't accept it.
That's the advice the Clewis-
ton Police Department is giving
area residents.
"Inmates from the Miami-
'Dade Metro Correctional Facili-
ty will choose a phone number
at random, call collect and say a
family member has been
involved in an accident in
Miami and is in the hospital,"
explained Officer Tito Nieves of
the Clewiston Police Depart-
ment.
He said the scam has been
going on for years, but lately the
frequency is increasing. In the
past week the callers seem to
be targeting Clewiston tele-
phone numbers.
He said some of the inmates
are "Just bored, just playing
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Some of the callers try to
convince the recipient to press
the star button on the tele-
phone pad, followed by a series
of numbers. This allows the
inmate to gain access to your
telephone service, make tele-
phone calls and charge them to
your bill.
"I called Miami Dade Deten-
tion but they were unable to
assist me," said Officer Nieves.
"They say they have too many
phones there and can't trace
it."
He said the Clewiston police
are getting numerous com-
plaints a day about it, but there
is little they can do.
"The best medicine is pre-
vention," said the officer.' "If
you accept one call, they will
keep bothering you. Just don't
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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 want you
    to speak freely, the newspaper reserves the right to edit calls
    for clarity, brevity, relevance and fairness.

    Why one and not the other?
    I'm calling about the suspects that were arrested on drug
    trafficking in Clewiston. These people sell all these drugs to all
    the kids in town within the city limits. Why weren't their faces
    splattered on the front page of the newspaper like you did last
    week with all those young men that are trying to start their
    new lives? Come on, these people are selling drugs to the kids
    in our town and our community. I want to know the faces of
    the people who are selling drugs to all the kids around, my
    community.
    Editor's note: Thanks for calling. There is one significant
    difference in the drug case and sex offenders. The offenders
    listed in the Clewiston News two weeks ago have already
    been convicted of a sex crime and are listed on the FDLE Web
    site, which is public information. The suspects you are refer-
    ring to have not yet been convicted. However, the names of
    those arrested are often printed, as we receive that informa-
    tion. When the law enforcement agencies release photos
    with the arrest information, we also print the photos if space
    permits.

    Think about the offenders, too
    Are you going to print those young men's faces in front of
    the newspaper when you don't even know anything about
    these men or their families? Do you know how many people
    you have hurt by this? Guess not.
    Editor's note: These photos are on the FDLE web site. It is
    a matter of public record. The purpose of the article was to
    alert residents about the dangers of those who commit these
    crimes.

    Dirty hospital
    Last week I had my son up at the hospital, and there has to
    be something done. That hospital is dirty, nasty and filthy. My
    son was laying on the bed and on the bed there was dried
    blood stains everywhere. It is a disgrace to our community
    that we have to be put through this. I wish there would be
    something done.
    Editor's note: Thanks for calling. In a recent report
    released by the Joint Commission, the hospital received high
    marks for patient care, however, it was noted that the hospi-
    tal did have some maintenance issues.

    Foreign discrimination?
    This is in reference to the March 3 Clewiston News about
    the couple or three stores where they were cutting down on
    alcohol sales to minors. It seems like only one name of the
    Star Food was named in the article. Is it because the owner is a
    foreigner from somewhere else?
    Editor's note: Thanks for calling. As far as we can deter-
    mine, Star Food West was specifically mentioned by law
    enforcement officials because, of the three clerks arrested,
    the owner of Star Food West was directly linked to the sales.
    According to the initial release, the remaining two clerks were
    simply employees of the stores in question.'-:- "'" .


    Letters to the Editor


    Accusations false
    To the people of Montura
    Ranch Estates:
    It appears that another newspa-
    per in Hendry County is printing
    false information about the Montu-
    ra Clubhouse. He has printed that
    the Health Department has shut
    down the pool. That is not true. I
    close the pool every November for
    the winter.
    This is the time that we make
    any repairs and are bringing every-
    thing up to the county health stan-
    dards. In the summer, the pool is
    packed with residents and their
    guests. Sometimes there are so
    many people wanting to use the
    pool we have to ask them to take
    turns because we can have only 40
    persons in the pool at a time.
    I wonder where he gets his
    information he evidently did not
    come to the clubhouse. Our club-
    house sits on 20 acres of land. It is
    well maintained. We have a big
    picnic area that is used dhily. We
    also have a beautiful park that was
    built with a grant and a lot of hard
    work by some caring residents of
    Montura.
    We have a baseball field and
    basketball courts that are used
    daily. We also participate in the
    summer lunch program for the
    children in Montura. Also we are
    involved with Project Harmony. All


    this and he still says we are doing
    nothing.
    This newspaper (the one mak-
    ing accusations) says our club-
    house is a gigantic ancient un-air-
    conditioned building that no one
    wants to use. Some of this true.
    Our clubhouse is gigantic and also
    is un-airconditioned it was built
    in the 1960s.
    But it is also a very pretty and
    well-ventilated and maintained
    building, which is crowded all
    summer and every weekend. I
    wish the people of Hendry County
    would come visit our ancient club-
    house I bet you would be sur-
    prised.
    I wish if this man is going to
    print something, he would make
    sure he has the facts right. I know
    that everything that is printed in
    newspapers is not always the truth,
    but I know the people of Hendry
    County are too smart to believe
    everything they read. So come on
    out and see for yourselves.
    Thankyou.
    Doug Doherty
    General Manager CCWCD

    Health fair a success
    The Hendry/Glades Communi-
    ty Health Fair took place Feb. 20 at
    the Clewiston Middle .School.
    Thanks to so many hard working
    people, this fair was a great success
    and we were able to service more


    people than two years ago.
    There were over 500 people
    attending the fair. The committee is
    grateful to the contributors who
    made it possible for us to purchase
    medical equipment, materials,
    food, and other items to make this
    such a success.
    We wish to thank the Hendry
    County Board of Commissioners,
    the city of Clewiston, the Glades
    County Board of Commissioners,
    the city of Moore Haven, Sugar
    Realty, and Drs. Geake and Studley,
    Labelle Medical Center.
    Many door prizes were donated
    and we wish to thankd the follow-
    ing: Wal-Mart, Bellow, Clewiston
    BPW, Dr. John Geake, A Cut Above,
    Bobby's Hair Design, Di's Country
    Cottage, CVS, Clewiston Chamber,
    Ace Hardware, Royals, Badcocks,
    Everglades AHEC, Lake Okee-
    chobee Rural Health network,
    Make a Wish, Florida A&M, Tampa
    General, and eight doctors.
    Special thanks to the Hendry
    County School Board, Clewiston
    Middlse School, and Mr. Swaggerty,
    Subway, Clewiston Police Depart-
    ment and the Explorers, Hendry
    County EMS, Hendry Regional
    Medical Center, Florida Communi-
    ty Health Centers, Southern Gar-
    dens Citrus Plant, McDonalds,
    Belle Glade Meat market, Quincy
    Westberry, Common Grounds,
    NSU Health Professions Division


    and student and faculty, local
    physicians Dr. John Geake, Dr.
    Mayrene Hernandez, Dr. Becky
    Bernard, Dr. Betty Baker, Dr. Jen-
    nifer Romero, Dr. Lyonel Jean-
    Baptiste, Dr. Fernando Moraflores,
    and Dr. Armando Sanchez and
    Mary Thomas from Clewiston
    High School and her many dedi-
    cated volunteers who were so
    helpful throughout the day.
    Thanks to Hendry Regional
    Medical Center, Hendry Family
    Care Center, and Corporate Health
    volunteers who worked hard to
    register over 500 participants, as
    well as serving food.
    The Clewiston Lion's Club
    spent the entire day cooking hot
    dogs and hamburgers for over 500
    people. Over 35 community organ-
    izations participated in providing
    services and educational informa-
    tion to attendees.
    The local newspapers were
    generous promoting the event.
    Community participation and
    enthusiasm made this event a great
    success. Thank you all.
    Hendry/Glades Community Health
    Fair Committee Jeff Barwick,
    Molly Ferguson, Ellen Hawk
    Geake, LaToya Koger, Rodney Lar-
    son, Kacie Lopez, Toni Pavey-
    McDaniel, Lucia Rivera, Nardina
    Simmons, and ShellyWarshaw.
    Sincerely:
    Ellen Hawk Geake


    Kilometers per hour, kilopascals, meters and parables


    The Reverend Samuel S.
    Thomas, Ph.D
    Saint Martin's Church, Clewiston
    When I worked in a missionary
    church, I had to work with he met-
    ric system. Gasoline came in liters
    and so did milk. Air pressure in my
    tires was in kilopascals and.nobody
    used the inches that were on my
    yardsticks.
    I learned a few shorthand con-
    versions. Fifty kilometers per hour
    were about 30 miles an hour.
    About four liters were a gallon, and
    a meter stick was a little longer
    than a yardstick. The gas gauge in
    my car still told me about half-full.
    or full it didn't care whether the
    tank was filled with gallons or
    liters. The radio frequencies were
    controlled by international treaty
    and all the same for my radios.
    I think I quickly got used to
    working with a system that was
    strange at first, but got along very
    well after a little practice.
    I was getting used to "thinking
    in the system" that'fmade it second


    nature after years in inches,
    pounds per square inch, gallons,
    and miles per hour. I have seen that
    same "thinking in the system" with
    changes in people's live here at
    home too. Someone who gets a
    new job, or someone who is newly
    married, or newly single, or some-
    one who moves to a new location,
    or someone who has to adjust to
    being ill all go through my "mis-
    sionary" change.
    It is not jut filling out an applica-
    tion and being hired, it means
    showing up at the right time each
    day and doing what is needed,
    becoming part of a new team, hav-
    ,ing other obligations and days off,
    living near where the job takes you.
    It is not just going through a mar-
    riage ceremony and filling out a
    marriage license. It is learning to
    spend time in new ways, learning
    what pleases (and displeases)
    another human being, trying to
    hear what is really being said,
    thinking about new ways money is
    spent or children are to be'raised.
    One man described his hospital


    experiences as "a world of contin-
    gencies" and told about the differ-
    ent bed, the P.A. system going 24
    hours a day. Living with odd cloth-
    ing, strange faces that did strange
    things to him, doors that brought
    no privacy and a diet that was
    unlike any other he had ever
    known. He had to get used to a
    whole new way of living that was
    strange and uncomfortable.
    Jesus was asked by his disci-
    ples, "Why do you speak to them
    in parables? (Matthew 13:10)" and
    He answered them, "To you it has
    been given to know the secrets of
    the kingdom, but to them it has not
    been given because seeing they do
    not see, and hearing they do not
    hear (verses 11-13)."
    The disciples didn't have to just
    change from being fishermen to
    disciples, frqm working on boats to
    working on shore, from being in
    one place to traveling, they had to
    change their whole lives, their
    ways of thinking and doing things.
    A 'parable tells of a truth in a'
    new way; things we don't see,


    things we may have heard about,
    but didn't really understand. It
    helps us bridge the gap between
    what we are familiar with and
    what seems strange. It helps us see
    when we really don't seem to see
    or hear when the words aren't
    making sense. The bridge between
    what is known and what is
    unknown lets us go places and
    make a way for new experiences;
    and to grow, share and see other
    faces of God's creation. Parables
    open doors and bring what we
    know to what we can see or hear
    that was closed to us before.
    There is a Lord who teaches us,
    even if it may seem unfamiliar at
    first. If it seemed beyond those
    who listened to Him, He gave them
    a way of understanding. Those
    closest understood best, but He
    opened the door to those who did-
    n't understand as well. That was an
    invitation to all to share.
    Parables are blessings; they
    open doors to anyone who wants
    'to' learn,to see, to hear, to under-
    stand!
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    Harlem Highlights


    News from the Clewiston
    Chamber of Commerce

    New members
    Big News! Our eight newest
    additions:
    Advanced Prosthetics of
    America We welcome
    Advanced Prosthetics of America.
    If you or someone you know is in
    need of a prosthetic, contact Hec-
    tor Padilla or Ken Crooker (Practi-
    tioner) toll free at (866) 962-4148.
    They are based in Hollywood, but
    they come to. you in their mobile
    unit. They accept 75 forms of
    insurance including Medicare
    and Medicaid and have been in
    business 20 years and all of their
    practitioners are prosthetic users.
    Visit their Web site at
    www.advancedpando.com.
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    The Chamber welcomes new
    business member Balon's Pro
    Guide Service. Mike. has been
    guiding on the Big "0" for over 14


    years. He can be reached at 983-
    3461 or by visiting his Web site at
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    Tourism Update
    The construction portion of
    our local segment of the Lake
    Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST)
    has been completed and you can
    now cycle or hike along the top of
    the Herbert Hoover Dike all the
    way from Pahokee to Moore
    Haven.
    Last year, the segment from
    Port Mayaca to the Kissimmee
    River was opened. We are still
    awaiting directional signage in
    the Clewiston area to direct our
    visitors to the trail. And, don't for-
    get that our Clewiston Walking
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    the Chamber and at City Hall)
    offers a good outdoor exercise
    opportunity either by foot or bike.

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    Glades General Hospital; Good
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    Restoration; Smith Barney; South
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    By Emma Dixon
    In-Service Training Harlem
    Academy all child care
    providers in Clewiston are invit-
    ed Monday, March 28, 8 a.m. to 4
    p.m. (half hour lunch break).
    There are several different
    tracks:
    Infant and two-year-old
    teachers (until 2 p.m.): An intro-
    duction to the new standards
    suggested by the Early Learning
    Coalitions. These standards are
    most helpful when teachers are'
    planning activities with the
    youngest children. Practical
    ideas will be given about pro-
    moting the standards and help-
    ing babies and toddlers develop
    successfully.'
    Literacy class: Beginning at 8
    a.m., this active and interesting,
    state approved class helps you
    help children become success-
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    school. The $1'5 charge includes
    extensive handouts.
    Preschool Teachers: Intro-
    duction to Creative Curriculum
    and review of Creative Curricu-
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    emphasis on useful note taking.
    Teachers will learn ways to
    extend children's thinking based
    on observation, reflection, notic-
    ing and provocative questions.
    The issue of a Character Devel-
    opment Curriculum, mandated
    for school readiness, will be dis-
    cussed.
    From 2 4 p.m., Shirley
    Losch, the coalition nurse will
    offer much guidance in dealing
    with medications and she will
    be available to answer your
    health-issue questions.
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    need some? Attend this two-
    hour "block party" and the coali-
    tion will give you a chance to
    take home some genuine hard
    wood blocks.
    It is essential to pre-register
    by March 23. You must tell us
    which track you will follow. Call
    983-7335.' Except for the Litera-
    cy Class, there is no charge. In-
    service credit will be available.'
    Certificates will be issued.

    Brown sugar Festival
    Let's get ready for another
    festivity at the Brown Sugar Fes-
    tival held the first Saturday in
    May. The upcoming event.dto.
    kick off the festival will be the
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    Annual Miss Brown Sugar
    Pageant. The pageant commit-
    tee has been working with the
    contestants to provide another
    "awesome" pageant. More to
    come on the contestants. Good'
    luck ladies!

    Everybody's birthday
    You are cordially invited to
    attend Everybody's Birthday on
    March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Harlem
    Civic Center. Chairperson Ruby
    Williams and the 12-calendar
    month committee has an organ-
    ized and well-planned evening
    for your enjoyment. This invita-
    tion is extended to you from the
    Mount Calvary Missionary Bap-
    tist Church, Rev. Dwayne E.
    Brown, pastor.

    Musical Workshop
    The-Greater Friendship Mis-
    sionary Baptist Church will be


    hosting a Musical Workshop Fri-
    day, March 18. If you attended
    last year, well, she's back to con-
    duct another workshop. Regis-
    tration is $10. All members are
    welcome to come and partici-
    pate. For more information, con-
    tact Regina Gray or Rev. Gary 1.
    McNealy, pastor.

    Death Notice
    Mrs. Lillie B. Levy, a long-time
    resident of Moore Haven passed
    away last week in Stuart. Mrs.
    Levy was a faithful and long-
    time member of First Baptist
    Church in Moore Haven, where
    she sang in the choir. She will be
    sadly missed. Funeral services
    are planned for Saturday,' March
    12. For time and place, please
    contact the family or Reddick
    Funeral home. The community
    sends their heartfelt sympathy to
    the Levy family.


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    Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee


    Arrest report


    Staff photo/Jose Zaragoza

    A sweet meet and greet
    Residents of the Glades Communities had a chance to
    meet Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, with the Palm Beach Coun-
    ty Sheriff's Office, who was officially welcomed at a
    meet and greet at the Sugar Co-Op in Belle Glade on
    Wednesday.


    Staff photo/Jose Zaragoza
    Representatives of Glades Ford were sure to attend the
    sheriff meet and greet event at the co-op last week.


    Traffic deaths increase


    40 percent in January


    TALLAHASSEE The Florida
    Highway Patrol, the Florida Sher-
    iff's Association and the Florida
    Police Chief's Association are con-
    cerned with the alarming 40 per-
    cent increase in Florida traffic
    deaths in January. I
    Preliminary reports show that
    278 people died in traffic crashes
    the first month of the year.
    "Only time will tell if the record
    number of traffic fatalities in Janu-
    ary will continue, however, we
    cannot afford to wait for the
    answer. Curbing the rise of traffic-
    related fatalities is on the top of our
    agenda, as well as that of the Flori-
    da Sheriffs and Police Chiefs," said
    Colonel Christopher A. Knight,
    director of the Florida Highway
    Patrol.
    Motorists must assume respon-
    sibility for their driving behavior,
    especially when it endangers oth-
    ers on the road.
    "Motorists must learn to take
    driving seriously," remarked
    Holmes Beach Police chief Jay
    Romine, president of the Police
    Chief's Association, "This is not
    just about writing tickets it's
    'about changing driver behavior,"
    Chief Romine added.
    'Increases in aggressive driving
    coupled with the failure of many


    motorists to use seat Belts, are jqst
    a few examples of the causes iden-
    tified in a number of recent deadly
    crashes. The single most important
    action motorists can take to help
    insure their safety is to use seat
    belts.
    This past Christmas holiday
    period, 80 percent of the drivers.
    and occupants killed in vehicles
    equipped with seat belts, were not
    using them. That number peaked
    during the New Year's holiday peri-
    od when more than 90 percent of
    those killed were not wearing seat
    belts. If those people had put their
    seat belts on, most would be alive
    today.
    Law enforcement agencies are
    coordinating efforts to reduce the
    increasing crash rate in Florida.
    Intense enforcement will be the
    rule in an attempt to reduce the
    death rate. The results of these
    campaigns will be released to the
    public.
    "We ask the public to please
    help us help you. Our mission is to
    make Florida's roads safer, but it
    begins with each driver and pas-
    senger, motorcyclist, bicyclist and
    pedestrian. Law enforcement can-
    not work alone to keep our road-
    ways safe. We must have the pub-
    lic's help," said Colonel Knight.


    FHP issue over 6,000 citations.


    TALLAHASEE The Florida
    Highway Patrol (FHP) is releasing
    enforcement totals for the fourth
    phase of "Operation Safe Ride," a
    48-hour statewide aggressive driv-
    ing enforcement operation, which
    was conducted Feb. 24-25. Opera-
    tion Safe Ride was conducted in all
    10 FHP field troops throughout the
    state.
    There were 6,065 total citations,
    which included 427 misdemeanor
    citations, 1,171 total warnings, and
    707 faulty equipment notices.
    Troopers covered a total of 107,570
    total miles during the operation.
    Other activity recorded during
    Operation Safe Ride included 3,242
    speed citations, 84 citations for fol-
    lowing too closely, 96 improper
    lane changes, and 69 failure to
    yield right-of-way.
    There were also 46 improper
    passing citations issued, 124 failure
    to obey traffic control device, nine
    move-over citations, 31 driving
    under the influence arrests,. 538
    occupant restraint citations, and
    372 citations issued for aggressive
    driving.
    The FHP launched the first
    phase of Operation Safe Ride, a
    statewide enforcement operation,
    Feb. 26-27, 2004. The campaign
    was created in response to a grow-
    ing concern over aggressive drivers
    and incidents of road rage through-
    out Florida.
    Operation Safe Ride features
    varying traffic themes, seeking to
    not only curb hazardous violations,
    butt to heighten awareness toward
    particular issue 'chosen during
    each enforcement wave. The sec-
    ond phase of Operation Safe Ride
    targeted commercial vehicle viola-
    tions.
    The two-day initiative was held
    May 13-14,2004. The third phase of
    the operations was held Dec. 22-
    23, 2004. Once again, the theme of
    the operations targeted aggressive
    driving violations. FHP troopers uti-
    lized all available resources to track
    violators, including their new Mer-
    cury Marauders.
    During the enforcement details,


    troopers focused their enforce-
    ment efforts on every interstate,
    Florida's Turnpike, and other
    major state roads in Florida where
    aggressive and hazardous moving
    violations are prevalent.
    By implementing enforcement
    initiatives, such as Safe Ride, the
    agency continues to execute inno-
    vative measures aimed at curbing
    the rising number of deaths and
    injuries caused by motor vehicle
    crashes on Florida roadways.


    This column lists arrests, not
    convictions, unless otherwise
    stated. Anyone who is listed here
    and who is later found not guilty
    or has the charges against them
    dropped, is welcome to inform
    the newspaper. We will confirm
    the information and print it.
    The following individuals were
    arrested by the Belle Glade Police
    Department:
    Feb. 28:
    Chavayea Shannon, 29, was
    cagrged wutg possession of mari-
    'juana with intent to sell.
    Ezzard C. Byrd, 54, was
    charged with retail theft.
    A juvenile,12, was charged
    wtih burglary; resisting arrest
    without violence.
    A juvenile, 13, was charged
    with burglary; resisting arrest
    without violence..
    A juvenile, 12, was charged
    with burglary; resisting arrest
    without violence.
    Covey L. McKelton, 33, was
    charged with fraudulent use of ID
    under 18.
    Clinton Wiley, 64, was charged
    with domestic battery.
    Santiago Sanchez, 29, was
    charged with domestic battery.
    March 1:


    A juvenile, 16, was charged
    with obstruction by disguised per-
    son.
    Alan Lee King, 19, was arrest-
    ed on a warrant for aggravated
    battery on Law Enforcement Offi-
    cer; failure to appear warrant;
    corruption by threat.
    Ismogue Jean-Louis, 63, was
    charged with aggravated battery
    with a deadly weapon.
    Timousche Vatenlin, 51, was
    charged with aggravated assault
    with a deadly weapon.
    A juvenile, 17, was charged
    with child abuse; battery; throw-
    ing deadly missile into occupied
    vehicle.
    Chantelle Bryant, 18, was
    charged with Affray.
    March 2:
    Dennis Devose, 27, was
    charged wtih burglary and petty
    theft.
    Donald Grant, 23, was charged
    with dealing in stolen property
    amd petty theft.
    Earl Coney, 25, was charged
    with tampering with a witness.
    Oceila C. Morris, 21, was
    charged with failure to appear
    warrant retail theft; violation of
    probation warrant retail theft.


    Crimestopper

    The Palm Beach County Sher- Glade.
    iff's office seeks information on Rivers is wanted on charges of
    Joequetta Rivers also known as Neglect of a child.
    Joequetta Shunta Rivers, 21, a If.you have information about
    black male. The suspect weighs this suspect or about any crime,
    160 poundsarid is 5 feet, 9 inches contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-
    tall with brown hair and brown 458-8477. For more information
    eyes. online, check www/crimestop-
    Last known address was Belle perspbc.com.


    Police briefs

    Deputies arrest burglary suspect
    LABELLE Hendry County Sheriff Ronnie Lee announced that
    in the early morning hours of March 2, Juan Albert Maldonado, age
    19, from 305 Calle Amistad Road in Irhmokalee, was arrested for
    battery,, criminal mischief, burglary of a conveyance, possession of
    narcotics paraphernalia and fraud (providing false information to a
    Law Enforcement Officer).
    At approximately 1.2:30 a.m., on the morning of March 2, Hendry
    County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to Vacaro Street, in
    LaBelle, in reference to a burglary. The victim Jorge Martinez discov-
    ered Maldonado had broke into his vehicle and Martinez detained
    the suspect until the arrival of Hendry County deputies.
    During this time, Maldonado fought with the victim. Maldonado
    was placed under arrest on the above-mentioned charges and his
    bond was set at $12,000.
    Eight accused of drug charges,
    BUCKHEAD RIDGE Glades County Sheriff Stuart Whiddon
    announced that on Feb. 25, members of the Glades County Sher-
    iff's Office Narcotics Task Force assisted by the Okeechobee County
    Narcotics Task Force, arrested eight individuals in Buckhead Ridge.
    The arrests stem from an ongoing investigation and Sheriff
    Whiddon is expecting more arrests in the near future as the investi-
    gation unfolds. According to Sheriff Whiddon, there is a zero toler-
    ance drug stance and;the sheriff's office will continue to investigate
    and arrest those involved with the usage, sale and manufacturing of
    illegal drugs.
    The sheriff has also,enlisted the assistance from the Drug
    Enforcement Administration and will continue working together
    with all outside agencies to fight the war on drugs.
    Those indMduals arrested all provided Okeechobee addresses
    and several had out of state identification. The following suspects
    were taken into custody:
    Nathan Smith was arrested for possession of cocaine, sale of
    cocaine, possession of methadone, sale of methadone, and pur-
    chase of cocaine. '
    Robert Frier was arrested for purchase and possession of
    cocaine.
    Carol A. Celentano was arrested for sale of methadone and pur-
    chase of cocaine.
    Steven J. Warner was arrested for purchase of cocaine and pos-
    session of cocaine.
    Barry W. Warner was arrested for purchase of cocaine and pos-
    session of cocaine.
    Tammy Cowan was arrested for purchase of cocaine and pos-
    session of cocaine.
    John E. Ellis was arrested for purchase of cocaine and posses-
    sion of cocaine.
    Michael Shepard was arrested for purchase of cocaine and pos-
    session of cocaine.


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    Courtesy photo/Florida Archives
    Civilian Conservation Corps planted pine seedlings during
    the depression.


    Courtesy photo/Florida Archives
    Taylor Creek as it was during the Great Depression, is shown
    in this photo from the Florida Archives.


    Settlers worked hard during Depression


    Recollections of
    Frank Chandler
    As told to MaryAnn Morris

    "In Buckhead Ridge in the
    1920s and 1930s there were just
    settlers. It wasn't built up then."
    (One story says Buckhead Ridge
    got its name from the shape of
    the land jutting out in the lake.
    People thought it looked like the
    shape of a buck's head.)
    "Then there was still com-
    mercial fishing on the lake in the
    '20s and they used to go out and
    catch five or ten thousand
    pounds in a trip. The boat they
    used was part house boat, you
    see, and you'd sleep and eat in
    the one part and the other part
    was for cleaning and icing down
    the fish. Going out on the lake
    on a fishing boat was a summer
    treat when there wasn't any
    school. They had 'run boats' for
    running the iced fish back to the
    fish house up Taylor Creek.
    Booth had a fish house up there
    on Taylor Creek by the bridge on
    70 and that's who bought the
    fish.
    , "When the hurricane came in
    '28, in those frame houses up on
    blocks, you'd lie in bed at night
    listening to the wind and feel the
    house sort of shiver and you'd
    think it was going to lift right up,
    but you'd lie there and feel it set-
    tle back down again.
    "Pogy Bill, the sheriff, would
    come over after football at the
    high school and help out the


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    football players by rubbing out
    the Charley horses and he'd'
    make sure they were really gone
    too! He wouldn't let you go until
    he was sure you were all right.
    He was always helping people.
    "After you finished school
    during the Depression, in '33
    and '34, this is boys now, you
    could go to C.C.C. Camp." (Civil-
    ian Conservation Corps, a pro-
    gram of Franklin Roosevelt's
    New Deal. The C.C.C. built nine
    of Florida's state parks including
    Highland Hammock State
    Park in Sebring).
    "Then you could, maybe get
    work with the W.PA.(Works
    Progress Administration, anoth-
    er part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's
    New Deal); maybe one or two
    days a week for a dollar a day.
    But back then you could buy
    groceries for $1.50 to $2 a week;
    you had beans, tomatoes, grits.
    You ate a lot of beans. Nothing
    fancy, but regular food and we
    stayed healthy, too. Everyone
    had a garden, maybe an acre or
    a half acre and you could grow a


    lot of what, you wanted to eat.
    Some people now might starve
    and never think about planting a
    garden.
    "My friend and I used to go at
    night to hunt for rabbits or frogs
    to sell. Big Boy Henry (Henry
    Meat Packers) would buy them
    for a few cents; then you could
    buy the food like flour you
    couldn't raise. We killed the
    frogs with a 'frog swat.' We took
    a piece off a big Cabbage Palm
    and cut all the leaves off. That
    left us with about a four foot
    piece pretty thick on one end.
    You'd swat the frog on the head
    and put it in the 'croaker bag'
    you took with you. Then walked
    back to town and sold them in
    the morning. One time we were
    walking out of the swamp back
    to the road just before sunrise,
    when my friend stepped on a big
    water moccasin. He jumped and
    killed it with his frog swat. I was
    glad he did.
    "After high school, I was in
    CCC camp at Lawtey, up north
    of Starke. We worked digging
    out tree stumps and some of
    them were ten or 12 feet across
    and you'd dig, then get under
    them and cut the roots loose. I
    was there seven months and the
    last two days or so we did get to
    plant seedling pines.
    "There was other work dur-
    ing the Depression. Sometimes
    you'd get a day or two of work at
    some of the big farms. Judge
    Sterns had a farm down by Eagle
    Bay. A day's work was from


    Wildlife officers capture tiger


    WELLINGTON On Feb. 26,
    Fish and Wildlife Conservation
    Commission (FWC) officers suc-
    cessfully tranquilized a 400-500-
    pound male tiger that escaped
    from its cage at the Panther Ridge
    Sanctuary in Wellington. The tiger
    escaped before 10 a.m. and the
    owner responded immediately by
    calling the FWC to report the inci-
    dent.
    FWC investigators and officers
    responded, as did the Palm Beach
    -County (PBC) Sheriff's Office,
    David Hitzig of the Busch Wildlife
    Sanctuary and Lion Country
    Safari representatives.
    The tiger remained within the
    12-foot perimeter fence and
    roamed the horse paddock fence
    line never leaving the five-acre
    property. As a precaution, PBC
    Sheriff's officers secured the
    neighborhood roads in case the
    tiger did make it out of the
    perimeter fence.
    The tiger did investigate some
    horses while out of its cage. It was
    reported that one horse kicked at
    the tiger, which then left the hors-


    es alone.
    FWC officers shot the tiger
    with a tranquilizer dart, which did
    not seem to phase it, then David
    Hitzig darted it a second time. The
    tiger jumped and ran a few steps
    then laid down'. It got up again,
    appeared groggy, then laid back
    down again. It took 10-15 minutes
    for the tranquilizer to take effect,
    and the tiger was never scared or
    spooked.
    The tiger was placed on a tarp
    and hauled back into its cage. The
    owner was cited for escape of
    captive wildlife a first-degree
    misdemeanor, which is subject to
    a maximum of $500 fine and/or
    60 days in jail.
    FWC officers on the scene said
    it was a textbook capture.
    In an unrelated incident Feb.
    27, an FWC officer was on routine
    patrol and observed activity con-
    sistent with animal fighting. The
    officer contacted the PBC Sheriff's
    office for assistance and they
    responded. As both officers
    approached the property, people
    scattered. Upon observation, they


    found evidence of cockfighting. '
    There were 51 felony arrests
    and 159 fighting cocks were
    seized approximately 20-30
    people escaped capture by law
    enforcement officers.
    This is a violation of Florida
    State Statute 828.122 (3). If found
    guilty, those that participate in
    cock fighting are subject to a max-
    imum of $5,000 fine and/or five
    years in jail third degree felony.
    The investigation and evidence
    gathering is ongoing. When com-
    plete, everything will be turned
    over to the State Attorneys Office
    for prosecution. There is no time-
    frame for when this will be done.
    This was another instance of
    great cooperation by agencies
    with a stake in the issue. The PBC
    Sheriff's office assisted with
    arrests and evidence processing.
    PBC Animal Care and Control
    took possession of fighting cocks,
    PBC Fire Department assisted
    with support and Department of
    Children and Families responded
    and opened eight individual case
    numbers.


    sunup to sundown, so you'd
    start early in the morning and it
    was all wet with dew, and you'd
    be wet in the mucky soil the
    tomatoes grew in. Those rows
    would seem like the longest
    rows you'd ever seen. Then
    you'd carry the baskets full of
    tomatoes to the end of the row
    to be picked up and start picking
    all over those rows again 'til sun-
    down for a dollar a day.
    "Dan McCarthy had a grocery
    store in town in the black build-
    ing on the corner on 70. There
    was a man from Henry Meat
    Packers over in Tampa who
    made sausage and smoked
    sausage 'in the back part of Dan
    McCarthy's store. Later, finally
    they decided to expand their ter-
    ritory to sell beef and sausage in
    Canal Point and the towns
    around the lake and they asked
    me to come do that. The first
    truck was like the truck on 'The
    Waltons' on television, but it
    was painted yellow. The meat
    was kept cold by a battery oper-
    ated fan blowing on a big, not as
    big as a 55 gallon, but big drum
    of ice in the back. You really had
    to move that sausage quick
    because that pork was ground
    up and would spoil quicker than
    the beef."
    (Editor's note: Do you know
    a longtime resident in the Lake
    Okeechobee area who would
    agree to be interviewed for this
    column? Contact MaryAnn Mor-
    ris at (863) 763-3134 or email
    mmorris@newszap.com.)


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    Edison College establishes Hendry/Glades Task Force


    Edison College has established
    a Task Force to examine the possi-
    bility of a campus to serve Hendry
    and Glades counties. In addition
    to regular course offerings the
    campus will also offer develop-
    mental classes to assist students
    in college readiness.
    Edison also wants to offer
    professional development cours-
    es for business. Professional
    development course content
    would be developed in response
    to input from local businesses.
    Businessmen and women
    know what they are looking for


    in their employees and their
    responses to a survey being
    mailed this month to area
    employers will give Edison guid-
    ance in setting up future pro-
    grams. Edison will use these
    responses to identify employee
    credit and non-credit education
    needs.
    "Another question is whether
    local businesses might have
    facilities where classes for 15 to
    30students could be scheduled
    during the day, said Pat Gor-
    don, Edison district director for
    Institutional Effectiveness and


    Program Development.
    Enrollment must grow signifi-
    cantly before a campus can be
    justified, even considering the
    possibility of donated land for
    the campus. Currently there is a
    serious lack of facilities for day-
    time classes.
    Formally, this is the Edison
    College Hendry/Glades Task
    Force. Membership consists of:
    Thomas Conner, Superintendent
    of Schools, Hendry County; Ken-
    neth Downing, Member Edison
    College District Board of
    Trustees; Mitch Hutchcraft, Vice


    President, Bonita Bay Group;
    John Huysman, Edison College
    Faculty and Teacher at Moore
    Haven High School, Pat Lang-
    ford, business owner and Mem-
    ber of the Hendry County School
    Board, Molly Chamnlis, Mayor of
    Clewiston and Compliance Offi-
    cer, First Bank of Clewiston;
    Bryan Paul, business owner and
    Member, Edison College Foun-
    dation Board; Julia G. Perry,
    Member Edison College District
    Board of Trustees, Julie Craichy
    Wilkins, Assistant. to the LaBelle
    City Attorney; and Geri


    $30 million designated to build hospital


    BELLE GLADE At their
    March 3 meeting, the Health :"Once the plan is completed for the hospital,
    Care District Board voted to des-
    ignate $30 million of reserves for final decisions will need to balance current and
    a replacement hospital in the future needs of the community and the hospi-
    Glades. The designation of $30
    million follows a previous deci- tal's ability to financially sustain services over
    sion by the Health Care District time."
    and Glades General Hospital
    Boards to develop a master plan David Goodlett,
    for a replacement facility. While vice chairman of the Health Care District Board and
    it is expected that additional Vice President of Government and Community Relations
    funding will be required to build for the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida
    a replacement facility, the desig-
    nation of $30 million establishes
    a financial base on which to and prioritize needs for addition- emergency activities to aid in pri-
    build that additional funding. al physician resources. The oritization of patient care.
    "High quality local health care recent recruitment of Dr. Carlito A "Fast Track" service has also
    services in the Glades is an Arrogante will provide expanded been added where a physician
    important element to support the obstetrical and gynecological assistant or nurse practitioner
    future growth in the region. The (OB/GYN) services and comple- can provide services quickly to
    Health Care District's decision to ment Dr. Ahmed Barhoush who less intensive patients. This serv-
    designate. funding is a reflection has provided OB/GYN care in the ice allows the physician to con-
    of the District's commitment to Glades for many years. An centrate on more critically ill or
    western Palm Beach County," OB/GYN is on call 24 hours a day, injured patients. All of these
    says David Goodlett, vice chair- every day. The hospital also changes have been implemented
    man of the Health Care District employs hospital-based physi- to promote the efficient flow of
    Board and Vice President of Gov- cians who are on-site 24 hours a patients.
    ernrfient and Community Rela- day, seven days per week to see Patient rooms on the third
    tions for the Sugar Cane Growers patients who may not have a pri- floor and rooms for mothers and
    Cooperative of Florida. "Once mary care physician or whose their newborns were remodeled
    the plan is completed for the hos- doctor has transitioned care in 2004 with flat screen TVs, new
    pital, final decisions will need to management for the patient's flooring, artwork and other
    balance current and future needs hospitalization. Once dis- accessories. The hospital.
    of the community and the hospi- charged, these patients follow up believes patients should be as
    tal's ability to financially sustain with their primary care physician comfortable as possible in a
    services over time." for post-hospital care. warm atmosphere for friends
    The Health Care District "Hospital-based physicians and family to visit.
    began operating Glades General ensure that our patients receive Following completion of the
    Hospital May 1, 2004 after the the highest quality medical care projects, the Health Care District.
    prior owner decided to leave the while at Glades General Hospital has funded an additional $2.2
    market. One of its first actions as and.work with the patient's doc- million to support further
    the new owner was to appoint a tor to assure a smooth transition enhancements in 2005. Improve-
    board to be responsible for the from inpatient to outpatient ments will include purchase of
    day-to-day operation of the hos- care," said Dan Aranda, Glades additional state-of-the-art med-
    pital. Glades General Hospital General's Chief Executive Officer. ical equipment, high-tech com-
    Board members include Bryan puter'software, and improve-
    Cross .(chair), Dr. Don Fliehs Facility Improvements ments to the appearance of other
    (vice-chair), Dr. Effie Grear (sec- Glades General Hospital areas of the hospital.
    retary), Richard Bowman, Neil 'maintains a national certification Hospital management is also
    Fogel, Dr. Jim Howell, and John with the Joint Commission on attending to operational
    Lacy. The hospital board and Accreditation of Healthcare improvements, including recruit-
    management provide regular Organizatiins (JCAHO) and on- ment and retention of personnel,
    reports on hospital activities to going compliance with Agency staff development programs that
    the District Board. for Health Care Administration focus on quality outcomes, and
    At a joint meeting with the (AHCA). The hospital is currently patient satisfaction to improve
    Health Care District Board in addressing immediate facility inpatient and ancillary utiliza-
    November of last year, the needs of the hospital to improve tion.
    Glades General Hospital Board operations. Since May, a number immunity Relatio
    presented a list of initiatives that of improvements have been CommnHity RelatlonS
    need to be addressed to ensure made, including renovations to As a critical part of the health
    the future success of the hospital. the emergency room and third care delivery system in the
    These initiatives, which include floor patient rooms. Glades, the hospital has an
    physician relations, facility Glades General Hospital com- important communication role
    improvements, community rela- pleted upgrades to their 6,400- in the community. To better
    tions, financial stability and square-foot emergency room in serve Glades' residents, the hos-,
    replacement of the hospital, will December 2004. Examination pital is planning a number of
    play a critical role in the health rooms, floors, walls, ceiling and activities that will enhance
    care delivery system in the equipment have all been inspect- awareness of services at the hos-.
    Glades. ed and unoraded to ensure hi.h- nital and strengthen community


    Physician Relations
    The hospital places a great
    deal of- importance on its rela-
    tionships with attending physi-
    cians, and the private and public
    providers in the community. The
    hospital will implement a med-

    ical staff development plan in
    concert with the attending physi-
    cians, which is expected to bol-
    ster existing referral relationships


    quality, effective delivery of care.
    In January, the emergency room
    provided services to over 1,600
    patients. A central communica-
    tion area, equipped with below-
    the-counter computer screens,
    has been added for the doctors
    and nurses to document medical
    records. The communication
    center ensures patient confiden-
    tiality and enables the medical
    staff to have clear view of all


    support. The community will
    continue to learn about hospital
    improvements and plans over
    the coming months.
    Glades General Hospital con-
    tinues to enjoy an excellent rela-
    tionship with tri-city, residents,"
    says Dan Aranda. "The support
    that the hospital has received
    from city officials in Pahokee,
    Belle Glade and South Bay has,
    been excellent. The improve-


    ments made during the last year
    are beginning to have an impact,
    and each month new changes
    are taking place."
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    School happenings


    Central Elementary
    School
    Congratulations to all of our
    third, fourth, and fifth grade stu-
    dents who worked so hard tak-
    ing the FCAT!
    We know your hard work
    paid off.
    March Student of the Month
    grade level winners are: Pre-K/K:
    Trevor Wilcher Ms. Williams
    (K), Guadalupe Lopez Mrs. A.
    Jones (Pre-K); First Grade: Ana
    Escobar Mrs. B. Morrell,
    Deryan Baltazar Mr. Busin:
    2nd Grade: Ashley Aiken -
    Ms.Baldwin, Jesus Tovar-Mr.
    Bugaiski; ThirdGrade: Juana
    Rico- Mr. Self, Christian
    Rodriguez- Mrs. Rodriguez;
    Fourth Grade: Andrew Aguilera
    - Mrs. Carter, Rontavius Lane
    - Mrs. Gooch; Fifth Grade: Cas-
    sandra Paniagua' Mr. Alfau,
    Nelkeya Wood Mr. Burlison.
    Over All Students of the
    Month for March are Cassandra
    Paniagua and Rontavius Lane.
    Congratulations to all of these
    students.
    Thanks to Ms. Linda Lawson,
    second grade teacher, for the
    wonderful Black History pro-,
    gram that was presented to the


    school. Students from all grade
    levels participated in the pro-
    gram. Thanks to Mrs. Denault
    and the After School Chorus for
    the music. Black History essay
    contest winners were 1st place:
    Stephanie Zamora; 2nd place:
    Jeremy Grimaldo; and 3rd place:
    Jose Salazar. Poster winner was
    Miss Harvey's Second Grade
    Class. Congratulations to all of
    our winners.
    Fifth Grade Students graduat-
    ed from the program S.T.A.N.D.,
    Students Taking A New Direc-
    tion, taught by Sgt. Barbara
    Brown from the Hendry County
    Sheriff's Department. The pro-
    gram teaches about making
    good choices in various areas
    that challenge today's youth.
    Olivia Rushing, Mr. Burlison's
    class vas the overall winner of
    the essay contest. Classroom
    winners were Brittany Brown,
    Mr. Alfau's class, 'Stacy Cook,
    Mrs. Gary's class, and Erich
    Brinkman Mr. Backes' class.
    Congratulations to all of these
    students!
    Our first family movie night
    was a great success! Over 300
    students and parents came and
    watched the movie, "Shark.
    Tales". Proceeds from the tickets


    and concession go towards the
    new playground equipment.
    Thanks to Mr. Self, third grade
    teacher and chairperson of the
    School Advisory Committee, for
    his hard work organizing this
    event. Thanks also goes to the
    high school students from the
    National Honor Society for help-
    ing that night. As always thanks
    to all the teachers and staff who
    came back out that night to
    work and make sure the evening
    was a great success!
    Mark your calendars for
    Thursday, March 31. Second and
    Third grade classes will be per-
    forming a musical "Go Fish".


    There will be two performances
    that day, one at 9 a.m. and one
    that evening at 7 p.m. Since our
    school theme is "Under the Sea"
    this year, it was decided to carry
    out that theme with a wonderful
    musical. The students have been
    practicing for many weeks
    already. If you ask your child, I'm
    sure he/she will sing their
    favorite song for you! Mark this
    date on your calendar! We look
    forward to seeing you on March
    31. Parents of second and third
    grade students please be sure
    and bring your child back to
    school for the evening perform-
    ance.


    .-, E Courtesy photo
    Courtesy photo Brittany Cotton, winner of
    Stacy Cook, winner of STAND STAND essay contest in Mr.
    essay contest in Mrs. Gary's Alfau's 5th grade class.
    5th grade class.





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    Courtesy photo
    Sgt. Barbara Brown speaks at Central Elementary School's
    STAND graduation.


    Schools celebrate


    National Nutrition Month


    Courtesy photo
    Olivia Rushing overall winner
    for the STAND essays.


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    National Nutrition Month is a
    nutrition education and informa-
    tion campaign sponsored annual-
    ly by the American Dietetic Asso-
    ciation. The campaign is designed
    to focus attention on the impor-
    tance of.making informed food
    choices and developing sound
    eating and physical activity habits.
    This year's theme is -"Get A
    Taste For Nutrition."
    The Department of School
    Food Service wants you to join
    this campaign to practice better
    health through good nutrition.

    School lunch tips:
    Be adventurous and expand
    your horizons. Variety is the
    "spice of life" in your food choices
    and is key to good nutrition and
    health. Choose foods based on
    flavor, texture and colors that are
    tasty and healthy. Explore the
    wide world of nutrition by trying a
    variety of foods.
    Treat your taste buds. You
    decide how much and how often.
    Choose foods sensibly by looking
    at the big picture; it is what you


    eat over several days, not just one
    meal or day that counts. So enjoy
    all your favorite foods, just try eat-
    ing them in moderate amounts.
    Balance food choices with
    your lifestyle. Choosing the right
    balance of foods helps you get the
    right combination of nutrients. So
    balance your food choices with
    your physical activities to achieve
    and maintain a healthy weight
    and lifestyle.
    Be active. Be creative and
    enjoy a variety of ways to stay
    active to feel your best. There is
    no need for expensive equipment
    or complicated fitness programs.
    Start by making a list of physical
    activities that fit into your lifestyle
    and schedule one every day.
    Good nutrition practice pro-
    motes better .public health.
    Public health is everyone's
    business.
    Working together...we can
    make a difference in the public
    health of our community.
    For more information contact
    Paula Triana with School Food
    Services at 561-383-2026.


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    Thursday, March 10
    Chili with beans
    Grilled cheese sandwich
    Corn
    Pineapple
    Lime Jello
    Friday, March 11
    No school
    Monday, March 14
    Teriyaki wonder bites
    Rice
    California blend peaches
    Homestyle dinner rolls
    Tuesday, March 15
    Cheese Pizza
    Corn
    Tossed salad
    Leaches
    Wednesday, March 16
    Hot dogs
    Hamburgers
    French fries
    Orange juice
    Chocolate chip cookie
    Thursday, March 17
    Spaghetti
    Peaches
    Green beans
    Dinner roll
    Friday, March 18
    Chicken nuggets
    Baked beans
    Mixed fruit
    Cherry Jello


    Secondary Schools
    Thursday, March 10
    Teriyaki wonder bites
    Rice
    California blend peaches
    Homestyle dinner rolls
    Friday, March 11
    No school
    Monday, March 14
    Shrimp poppers
    Macaroni and cheese
    Broccoli
    Diced pears
    Tuesday, March 15
    Breaded chicken
    Yellow rice
    Chicken gravy
    Green beans
    Orange juice
    Biscuit
    Wednesday, March 16
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    Tossed salad
    Pineapple
    Lime Jello
    Dinner roll
    Thursday, March 17
    Nachos with ground beef
    Corn
    Tossed salad
    Sliced pears
    Friday, March 18
    Teriyaki wonder bites
    California Blend peaches
    Homestyle dinner rolls


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    Olivia Rushing with an award for her STAND essay.


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    Tiger track team



    extends perfect season


    Results from
    March 1st
    Congratulations to the boys
    track team for their victory in
    Tuesday's meet in Golden Gate.
    The following boys finished in the
    top 3 places:
    Warren Wood was 1st in the
    300 Hurdles, 2nd in the 110 Hur-
    dles, 2nd in the Long Jump and
    2nd in the Triple Jump.
    John Melton was 2nd in the
    300 Hurdles, 3rd in the Long
    Jump and 3rd in the Triple Jump.
    Lamarcus McGriff was 2nd in
    the High Jump and 3rd in the 300
    -Hurdles.
    Vince Vaughn won the Shot
    Put, Jimmy Filiponi came in 2nd
    and David Pope finished in 3rd.
    James Royal won the Discus
    and Tim Thomas finished in 2nd
    place.
    Jasper Hunter won the Long
    Jump and finished 3rd in the 400
    SMeters
    Ishmael Seymour won the 400
    Meters.
    Lee Thicklin finished 1st in the
    100 Meters
    Jamal Hubert won the 200
    Meters and finished 2nd in the
    100 Meters.
    Jenard Similien finished 3rd in


    Team Scores
    Clewiston
    Charlotte
    Bishop Verot
    Shot Put
    David Pope
    Vince Vaughn
    Discus
    James Royal
    Jamell Moody
    Tim Thomas
    High Jump
    Lamarcus McGriff
    110 Hurdles
    Warren Wood
    Robert Smith
    Jenard Similien
    100 Meters
    LeeThickln
    Jamal Hubert
    David Holligan
    4X100
    Jamal Hubert
    Lee Thickln
    Carl Whitehead
    David Mc Catty


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    114 Okeechobee
    96 LaBelle
    Long Jump
    1st 47'3" Warren Wood
    4th 43'7" Jimmy Filiponi
    Triple Jump
    1ST 128'7" Warren Wood
    3rd 109'10" David McCatty
    6th 100'
    2nd 5'8"


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    Warren Wood
    Lamarcus McGriff
    John Melton
    400 Meters
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    David McCatty
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    The boy's track team has now improved their record to 18-0


    the 110 Hurdles.
    Carl whitehead finished in 3rd
    place in the 200 Meters.
    Daniel Collins finished 2nd in
    the 800 followed by Stanley
    Zupky in 3rd.


    Jamal Hubert, Lee 'Thiklin,
    Carl Whitehead and David
    McCatty won the 400 Meter Relay.
    Sim Putnam. John Melton,
    Waren Wood and Ishmael Sey-
    mour won the Mile Relay.


    SPORTS


    Lady Tigers host McDonalds Invitational


    By Mark Young
    Clewiston High School's Lady
    Tiger track and field team played
    host to five other teams for the
    McDonalds Invitational Track
    Meet, with the Lady Tigers
    emerging from the heated com-
    petition with third place overall.
    Charlotte captured the meet
    with 234 points, Bishop Verot
    took second with 123 points,
    and Clewiston captured third
    with 68 points. LaBelle came in
    fourth with 31 points, Okee-
    chobee finished fifth with 29
    points, and American Heritage
    rounded out the six-team field
    with 26 points.
    The Lady Tigers won three
    events outright with Nicole Pope
    winning the shot put with a dis-
    tance of 32'10". Clewiston's
    Teadra Jackson and Dynisha
    Thomas added team points after
    finishing fourth and fifth respec-
    tively.
    Evelyn Thompson was the
    fleet-footed sprinter in the 100-
    meter dash, racing to first place
    with a time of 12.81. Tequilla
    Weston contributed with a fifth
    place effort.
    Mary Hegley outlasted the
    field in the 400-meter race to
    take first place with a time of
    64.4. Thompson returned to the
    spotlight after taking third place
    in the long jump and added a
    second place finish in the 200-
    meter race, while Alisa Abreu
    helped hier squad out with a fifth


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    Glades Central's Daphlio Success took the podium fol-
    lowing the Florida State high school wrestling champi-
    onships to accept his sixth place medal. Coaches Moore
    and Schultz were on hand to watch their wrestler gain
    high accolades at the championship meet.


    Success for Success at

    wrestling championships


    The Glades Central Raiders
    send Dalphio Success into the
    Florida State championship
    wrestling tournament and suc-
    cess is what Success found
    after the Raider finished the
    tournament in sixth place
    overall.
    Success entered the Lake-
    land tournament in the 119-
    pound weight class and found
    his way onto a podium after
    the dust settled on a grueling
    competition featuring the best


    of the best of high school
    grapplers.
    Success ended the season
    with more than 30 victories,
    was the district championship
    runner-up, as well as the all-
    area all-county runner-up.
    Success was already named to
    the all-conference squad and
    while his accolades are
    respectable for any wrestler,
    Success enjoyed his climb to
    the top as a first-year grappler
    for the Raiders.


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    The Clewiston Ladies Golf
    Association held their annual golf
    tournament Feb. 22. The theme
    for this year's event was "Every-
    thing is Coming up Roses."
    Crystal vases were awarded to
    the teams, which placed first
    through fourth. Crystal bud vases
    were awarded to those individu-
    als who had the longest drive and
    who was closest to the pin. The
    ladies were welcomed by the
    Association's President Etta Kuh-
    ner and Golf Director Adolfo
    Pena.
    Tournament Chairperson Rose
    Epling and all the members
    expressed gratitude to all those
    who helped make the tourna-
    ment a success, as well as to the
    participants, sponsors, and con-
    tributors. A special thank you was
    extended to Mr. Pena for his sup-
    port and donation of prizes and to
    Ronnie Ford and Geraldine Eaton
    for their help.
    First place winners were June
    Pollard, Alice Irwin, Joan Sniffen,
    and Debbie McDuffie. Second
    place winners were Nancy Halde-
    man, Karen Wallen, Bea Christo-
    pher, and LaVerne Redish.
    Third place winners were
    Sheleigh Belongy, Janet Mitzrier,
    JoAnn Waits, and Mary Rose


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    First place team of June Pol-
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    Second place team of Nancy
    Haldeman, Karen Wallen,
    Bea Christopher, and LaV-
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    Celebration of Champions
    The public is invited to a "Celebration of Champions," Saturday,
    March 12, to honor the back-to-back State Championship football
    team, the Pahokee High School Blue Devils.
    There will be food for all, special guest speakers and a D.J.
    Festivities will begin at noon with a parade from Martin Luther King
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    The Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their sev-
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    Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start beginning at 8:30
    a.m. There will be first, second, and third place prizes awarded, as well
    as a hole-in-one prize to the first person who does it on a designated
    hole. The entry fee is $50, holes can be sponsored for $100, and $275
    includes a full foursome and tee sponsorship. Call the pro shop at 996-
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    cation numbers removed.
    Within hours of the initial dis-
    covery, Hendry County Sheriff's
    Office Criminal Investigation Unit,
    along with agents from Dade,
    Lee, and Collier County Sheriff's
    Offices, returned to the residence
    of Yanes. An ensuing search of the
    property revealed that vehicle
    components had been buried in
    three different locations.
    Heavy machinery from Central
    County Water Management Dis-
    trict of Montura Estates and
    Clewiston Towing were brought
    in to assist with the uncovering of
    these vehicle components.
    Members of the Hendry Coun-
    ty Emergency Management Team
    and the Department of Environ-
    mental Protection Agency also
    assisted and will be conducting
    their own investigation.
    Some of the vehicle equip-
    ment already discovered include
    a 2005 Peterbuilt dump truck,
    reportedly stolen from Lakeland,
    worth $140,000; a 1999 Kenworth
    dump truck, reportedly stolen
    from Polk County, worth $75,000;
    and a 2000 Sterling dump truck,


    Audit
    Continued From Page 1
    reported that there has been good
    news within the financial sector
    of the hospital and expects to see
    a decrease in debt from February
    due to some payroll decreases
    and the hospital's continuing
    efforts to develop new revenue-
    creating programs.
    In addition to the new efforts, it
    was also reported that the hospi-
    tal would begin taking referrals
    from Blue Cross, which is expect-
    ed to increase revenues in the
    future.
    . "Now we have Blue Cross and
    will get those references," said Mr.
    Bengston. "It's all part of the
    process of growing pains. We will
    probably see us losing money
    over the next couple of months,
    but we expect that to change."
    Another one of those pro-
    grams expected to increase rev-
    enue is the "swing bed" program,
    which has been an ongoing effort
    by Sue Seely CNO.


    Beauty
    Continued From Page 1
    March 12.
    The Miss Hendry County pag-
    eant will take place at the fair-
    grounds later that night, begin-
    ning at 7:30 p.m. Past queen's will
    be introduced before this year's
    15 contestant vie for the coveted
    title of Miss Hendry County.
    Of the last 50 past winners, 48
    former Miss Hendry Counties are
    still with us and up to 25 of them
    are expected to join this year's
    gala celebration. They also
    include past winners like 1997
    Miss Hendry County Sarah Schef-
    fler, who will use her blessed
    voice to sing to this year's con-
    testants as they take the stage.
    The 1986 Miss Hendry County,
    Joanie Busby, will also be in
    attendance. Ms. Busby gained
    national fame when she was
    named America's Sweetest Girl
    and donned the cover of Life
    Magazine standing atop a mas-


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    Otherwise, contestants must
    .place their name, telephone num-
    ber, and address on the underside
    of the dish.
    If your dish requires refrigera-
    tion during judging, please let
    someone know at the time of sub-
    mission. Each entry should be
    complete and if cookies ahd can-
    dies are being submitted, there


    reportedly stolen from Orange
    County, worth $80,000.
    Sheriff Lee advised that a
    search warrant was served for
    property located at 7525 Flaghole
    Road, Feb. 16, which also resulted
    in the discovery of a chop shop.
    Components were identified from
    vehicles stolen from Highlands,
    Dade, Lee, and Volusia Counties,
    for a total value of $600,000.
    Since Feb. 16, through March
    1, vehicle components have been
    found and identified as being
    stolen from 11. semi-tractor trucks
    reported stolen from Dade, Lee,
    Collier, Highlands, Volusia, St.
    Johns, Polk, Orange, and Hillsbor-
    ough Counties for a total value of
    $1,143,000.
    Sheriff Lee said that it appears
    than an organized dump truck
    theft ring has been operating
    within the eastern part of Hendry
    County for the past six months.
    He continued to say that the.
    investigation is ongoing and that
    future arrests are expected, as
    "well as the possibility of other
    chop shops.
    Anyone having information
    relating to the chop shops is
    asked to contact the Hendry
    County Sheriff's Office at (863)
    675-4357 or (863) 983-1440.


    Under the hospital's current
    system, which is the Acute Care
    System, patients can only be clas-
    sified and treated locally under
    specific treatments. Patients
    requiring additional care, under
    the Skilled Care classification,
    have been required to be sent to
    other facilities.
    Ms. Seely said under the cur-
    rent system, the hospital would
    need approval from the state,
    which would require a complete
    revamping of the hospital's codes
    or to build a completely different
    wing.
    Upon the successful switching
    from Acute Care to Critical Care,
    the hospital would not only be
    able to retain patients needing
    additional care, but wouldn't.
    even have to switch them from
    their existing beds.
    Also according to Ms. Seely,
    the ultimate goal of patient satis-
    faction is exceeding expectations.
    "In our customer feedback
    program we performed an inter-
    nal survey and are seeing consis-
    tently good numbers," she said.


    sive pile of sugar. Ms. Busby's
    fame carried her over to appear
    on national television when she
    did an appearance on the Today
    Show.
    The past queens will be hold-
    ing a luncheon March 12 at the
    Clewiston Inn, at which time the
    current contestants will undergo
    the interview category of the
    contest before taking the stage
    later that evening.
    The interview will. count
    towards 40 percent of their over-
    all score. An additional 40 per-
    cent of their score will be award-
    ed during the pageant for the
    question/answer session and the
    final 20 percent of their score will
    go towards the attire portion of
    the contest.
    The Miss Hendry County pag-
    eant is. open to young ladies
    between the ages of 16-21 and
    Joe Whitehead returns to MC the
    pageant. This year's Miss Hendry
    County will receive several perks
    including a $1,000 scholarship
    from the Hendrv County Fair
    Board and an additional $2,000


    should be at least 24 pieces of
    each one.
    Up to five points will be award-
    ed for presentation or appear-
    ance, up to five points can be
    earned for originality or creatiiti,
    apd up to 10 points \will be award-
    ed for taste. A perfect score would
    be 20 points.
    Judging the contest this year
    will be the Honorable .Denise
    Grimsley, state representative,
    County Commissioner Janet Tay-
    lor; Karl Larsen, 2004 Sugar Festi-
    val Honoree; Mark Young, news


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    Hendry County Sheriff Ronnie Lee hovers over just some
    of the stolen dump truck parts that were discovered in a
    Montura chop shop. Suspicions of an organized ring are
    quickly developing and more arrests, as well as more chop
    shop discoveries are expected.


    "There are some minor things
    such as maintenance, but overall
    patient satisfaction is very good."
    A public report from the Joint
    Commission also confirmed that
    the hospital is providing excellent
    quality care to its patients.
    But at the heart of the contro-
    versy remain the questions as to.
    the hospital's deficit and their
    need to use the 25-percent ad val-
    orem tax increase to fund their
    current deficit. While the audit
    showed no mismanagement,
    area business leaders remain con-
    cerned.
    A blue-ribbon panel of local
    business owners has been investi-
    gating- the hospital's .spending
    record and a new twist was a
    -recent lawsuit filed by U.S. Sugar
    to force the hospital to turn over
    all records relating to public mat-
    ters.
    This action came as a surprise
    to Chief Executive Officer Craig
    Cudworth who told board mem-
    bers that he had just learned of
    the suit that very morning when
    there was a report of the suit in


    scholarship from local business
    owner Jimmy Pittman who has
    been instrumental in the success
    of the pageant for more than a
    decade.
    The local lovelies will take the
    stage at 7:30 p.m., Saturday,
    March 12, at the Hendry County
    Fairgrounds. .
    The Junior Miss Hendry Coun-
    ty pageant will be March 14, at
    7:30 p.m.
    The Hendry County Fair and
    Livestock Show kicks off March
    11, from .6-11 p.m. The parade is
    March 12, at 11 a.m. with the fair
    opening at noon and running to
    11p.m.
    Sunday, March 13, the fair will
    run from 3-1.1 p.m. and,will be
    open from 6-11 p.m. March 14.
    The fair is open from 6-11 p.m.
    March 15; with the cattle show
    beginning at 7 p.m. and the
    princess pageant beginning at
    7:30 p.m.
    The hog show will take place
    March 16-at 7 p.m. with the fair
    being open from 6-11 p.m. It will
    be the same hours of operation


    editor of the Clewiston News,
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    All desserts will be on display
    to the public for the silent auction,
    which will run from 10 a.m.
    through 2 p.m. in the.Sugar and
    Spice room of the Clewiston Inn.
    For information on how to
    obtain an application form, con-
    tact the Clewiston Chamber of
    Commerce.


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    the Clewiston News.
    Mr. Cudworth and other mem-
    bers of the board questioned
    Robert Coker, U.S. Sugar vice
    president and public affairs, as to
    what the hospital had not com-
    plied with. Mr. Cudworth said the
    hospital provided more than 50
    pages of documents to the panel,
    to which Mr. Coker said, "That we
    paid for."
    Mr. Coker continued by saying
    he has a list- of exactly what the
    blue-ribbon panel is seeking and
    would turn that list over to the
    board, "at no charge."
    Humor is still evident among
    the group, indicating that there is
    no animosity on either side. The
    business leaders want a true
    accounting of the hospital's
    actions, and following the audit,
    the hospital appears to have noth-
    ing to .hide and board members
    said they would comply with
    whatever the panel asked for.,
    However, this saga is expected
    to continue until there has been a
    full accountability of the hospi-
    tal's financial future.


    for March 17, with the Little Miss
    Hendry County pageant taking
    place at 7:30 p.m.
    The fair will run from 6 p.m.
    until 2- a.m., Friday March 18,
    with the buyer's dinner sched-
    uled for 6 p.m., the livestock auc-
    tion set for 7 p.m., and the crowd
    will be treated to Southern
    Gospel Singing at 8 p.m.
    The final day of the fair is Sat-
    urday, March 19 and will run
    from 3 p.m. through midnight.
    The. small animal show, horse
    show, and Spanish Band are slat-
    ed for the final day, but times
    have not yet been set.
    Fairgoers will have the oppor-
    tunity to visit the exhibit hall
    weekdays from 6-11 p.m. and
    Saturday from noon through 11
    p.m. Midway specials are avail-
    able. There will be arts and
    crafts, paintings, and baked
    goods available, as well as the
    Youth Livestock Cook Shack.
    Come one and come all. A
    fine time at the Hendry County
    Fair can be had for every one of
    all ages.


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    Easter egg hunt
    There will be an Easter egg
    hunt for children ages 8 and
    under, March 26, 9 a.m. at Wood
    Works Park. Sponsored by the
    Clewiston Recreation Depart-
    ment, the VFW post 4185 and the
    Okeechobee Moose Lodge
    #1753.

    Flu shots available
    Flu Vaccines, are available to
    the public at Hendry Regional
    Corporate Health for $20. Call
    (863) 983-1123 for details.

    Class of '85 reunion
    The Clewiston High School
    Class of '85 is beginning plans for


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    board survey, at the suggestion of
    City Manager Wendell Johnson,
    who noted that form boards can
    be kicked out or otherwise mis-
    placed and a slab survey would
    be more accurate. Even Mr.
    Pittman agreed it would be easier
    for a contractor to trim a slab if it
    accidentally encroached the set-
    backs, as Mr. Sullivan said had
    happened in the cited case, than
    to demolish a new home.
    Mr. Johnson said he would
    immediately begin drafting a
    code revision, in the meantime, a
    policy statement will be posted in
    the building department and the
    building official will give a copy of
    the new policy to all permit appli-
    cants regarding the foundation
    survey requirement on all future-
    construction projects.
    Commissioner Melanie McGa-
    hee asked if the new requirement


    the big 20th class reunion and are
    looking for help in the planning of
    and contacting of former class-
    mates. The reunion is scheduled
    for July 29-30. For more informa-
    tion, contact Chris Wellslager at
    983-8778 or 983-5121 or Missy
    Walker at 983-3169 or 228-2890.

    Please help if you can
    Girl Scout Troop 455 is trying
    to research the history of Girls
    Scouts in Clewiston. If anyone has
    any pictures, memorabilia, etc.,
    please contact Lisa Owens at
    (863) 228-7895.

    Diabetes Classes
    Free Diabetes classes started
    March 3 at Hlendry Regional Med-
    ical Center. Seats are limited. Call
    Toni Pavey-McDaniel at 983-1123
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    ects, which have already been
    permitted.
    Mr. Johnson said financed
    construction projects already
    require slab surveys.
    "I don't think we can go back
    and require projects to retrofit,"
    Mr. Johnson said, implying that
    other variances could be required
    in the short term.
    City Engineer Tommy Perry of
    Johnson and Prewitt Engineering
    said his company can tie in the
    surveys if required, adding that
    they only charge an additional
    $100 if they have to go back in and I
    do it after plans have been
    . approved.
    In a related matter, the com-
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    By MaiyAnn Morris

    The Melaleuca tree has not
    always been a hated invader.
    Back in 1906, John C. Gifford liked
    the interesting little tree with bot-
    tle brush-like flowers and shaggy,
    peeling bark when he visited Aus-
    tralia.
    He liked it so much he brought
    seeds back to Florida and planted
    them at his home on Biscayne
    Bay near Miami. Not to be out-
    done, the Frank Stirling Nursery in
    south Broward County planted
    Melaleuca and sold them as orna-
    mental trees. Another unsuspect-
    ing soul on the west coast of Flori-
    da near Estero also planted it and
    watched it grow.
    In the late 1930s Melaleuca
    was planted along the base of the
    new dike around Lake Okee-
    chobee and at Monroe Station in
    the Big Cypress Preserve.
    It became a very popular tree.
    People used it along fence lines. It
    made a good windbreak. Soon it
    was just about everywhere in the
    state of Florida.
    Why did it
    spread so fast?
    In its native Australia, Melaleuca
    grows well in low-lying wet areas
    and is spread by fire and wind. Fire
    is a natural result of summer light-
    ning. Wind, of course blows the
    seed, but fire? When the Melaleuca
    feels threatened it disperses. its
    seeds. Threats, to a Melaleuca
    include droughts, freezes, saws,
    blows, herbicides and fire.
    Why get rid of it?
    In Florida with no natural ene-
    mies and a favorable environ-
    ment, Melaleuca grows so fast
    and so dense that it chokes out
    every living thing around it -
    including other trees like pine and
    cypress. It disrupts the natural sur-
    face water flow. The Melaleuca
    does not provide habitat for
    wildlife native to Florida.
    Land managers, biologists and
    government officials saw that
    parks, marshes and open spaces
    were disappearing and were


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    Melaleuca around Lake Okeechobee has been
    a combination of methods.


    Courtesy photo/Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the U.S.D.A.
    Australian researcher Matthew Purcell (left) and ARS ento-
    mologist Gary Buckingham examine growth of Melaleuca at
    research lab in Gainesville.


    being completely taken over by
    Melaleuca.
    In 1990, the Florida Depart-
    ment of Environmental Protection
    (DEP) estimated that if the spread
    continued, and Melaleuca took
    over, tourists would have almost
    no marshes or forests to visit
    where they could see birds and
    other wildlife,. Sportsmen would
    have nowhere to hunt or fish, and
    it went on from there. The DEP
    estimated the loss in revenue to be
    $161 million a year if nothing was
    done to check the invasion.

    Eradication under way
    In recent years dead Melaleuca
    trunks on the horizon have


    become an increasingly common
    (and welcome) sight. This is
    thanks to a group of scientists and
    government officials who have
    dedicated themselves and their
    lives to the eradication of the
    Melaleuca trees in Florida.
    "We use a strategy that has
    taken many years to develop," said
    Francois LaRoche, a Senior Biolo-
    gist with South Florida Water Man-
    agement District (SFWMD). "First
    we remove the big, seed-bearing
    trees on the outer edges of a
    Melaleuca head, gradually working
    inward. We cut a ring through the
    bark of each tree, all the way
    around, and then treat the opening
    with a herbicide. We use only
    licensed applicators and do not use


    any herbicide that is not approved
    for home use. We pull saplings by
    hand."
    Mr. LaRoche has served on the
    Melaleuca Management Task
    Force, a committee of the Florida
    Exotic Pest Plant Council and is the
    editor of the definitive Melaleuca
    Management Plan (MMP) which
    has been used, with updates,
    beginning in 1990.
    "In the beginning, there were
    some 30 people involved and the
    original plan took a year to write.
    Now we update as needed," said
    Mr. LaRoche. "The MMP has been
    very successful. Even with the
    remaining Melaleucas seeding
    themselves and continuing to
    spread, overall one-third of. all
    Melaleuca is gone."
    The area around Lake Okee-
    chobee was a prime target from
    the beginning.
    "We are continuing. By looking
    back to Australia, we found that
    Melaleuca had many insect ene-
    mies. So we found several which
    would feed on any remaining trees
    and check the spread," explained
    Mr. LaRoche.
    If you see Melaleuca on your
    property, destroy it, biologists
    advise. Pull saplings and destroy
    them. For larger trees, girdle the
    tree, then treat the cut area with the
    herbicide Rodeo, which you can
    buy in most garden supply stores.
    "Right now, the Corps of Engi-
    neers is removing the dead
    Melaleuca trunks around Lake
    Okeechobee," said SFWMD's
    Missy Bartletto. "If they're left
    standing, eventually they'll topple
    over and block the water control
    structures, preventing drainage in a
    storm. They will pile the trunks at
    the base of the dike and burn them
    to be sure they don't.cause another
    problem."
    So the work goes on, all-
    because of a very stubborn Aus-
    tralian tree.
    (Editor's Note: Some informa-
    tion contained in this article
    came from the Melaleuca Man-
    agement Plan, Florida Exotic Pest
    Plant Council and Agricultural
    Research Services, and the U.S.
    Department of Agriculture.)


    Happenings at Senior Connections


    Insurance counseling
    Insurance counseling with a
    trained SHINE counselor is avail-
    able every Wednesday morning
    free of charge at Nobles Center
    and in Moore Haven at Senior
    Connections offices. (No coun-
    selors will be available on
    Wednesday, March 16 due to
    state training)

    Medication assistance
    Medication assistance through
    LEAPS is available March 16 from
    1:00 to 5:00 pm at Senior Connec-
    tions office in Moore Haven. Legal
    help from Florida Rural Legal Ser-
    vices is available at Nobles Senior
    Center in LaBelle on March 9
    from 9-12. (Must call 675-1446 to
    make appointment) and at Senior


    Connections office in Moore
    Haven on March 24 from 9:30 am
    to noon. (Must call 946-1821 to
    make appointment)

    Post disaster help
    Disaster funds are still .avail-
    able to help older adults living in
    Hendry and Glades Counties who
    continue to need assistance with
    such issues as roof repair, debris:
    removal, insurance deductibles,
    appliance repair or replacement,
    chore work, etc. Elders in need of
    help due to the hurricanes of last
    summer can speak with a special-
    ly trained outreach worker in
    Clewiston on Mondays and Tues-
    days,(983-7088) and LaBelle
    Wednesday through Friday(675-
    1446.)


    Upcoming events
    Family Caregiver Support
    Group meetings in March will fea-
    ture discussions with an
    Alzheimer's disease specialist in
    LaBelle and Moore Haven, and a
    hospice care expert in Clewiston.
    All meetings take place from 4-5
    p.m. at local Senior Connections
    offices. March 23 in Clewiston,
    and March 30 in Moore Haven.
    Call 946-1821 in Moore Haven,
    983-7088 in Clewiston, and in
    LaBelle, call 675-1446 for more
    info.)
    Nobles Senior Center exercise
    classes meet M-W-F at 9:30 a.m.
    Come and join this lively group
    for better health.
    Garners come every Monday
    to the L.J. Nobles Senior Center


    starting at 1 p.m. for card playing,
    Scrabble and what-have-you. All
    are welcome.
    Faith in Action
    Faith in Action in LaBelle is
    expanding to Clewiston and
    Moore Haven in
    2005. Residents of any age
    with chronic disease or illness in
    those areas who have a need for
    assistance with everyday tasks of
    living can call Liz at 983-7088 or
    675-1446 for more information.
    Those with a desire to make a dif-
    ference in someone's life by vol-
    unteering are encouraged to call
    the same phone numbers for
    more information on this won-
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    Lake Okeechobee restoration project showing progress


    By Pete Gawda
    LAKE OKEECHOBEE Some
    of those interested in the health of
    Lake Okeechobee believe it is get-
    ting better. Environmentalists, rep-
    resentatives of government agen-
    cies and elected officials gathered
    under a tent at Okee-Tantie Camp-
    ground and Marina on Saturday to
    hear speeches, presentations and
    a proclamation concerning the
    lake. The occasion was "Lake
    Okeechobee Protection Day."
    Dr. Paul Gray of the Audubon


    Society introduced Sen. Ken Pruitt
    as "a great friend of Okeechobee"
    because of his work on the Lake
    Okeechobee Protection Act that
    authorized the Lake Okeechobee
    Protection Plan (LOPP).
    Sen. Pruitt called the day a day
    for acknowledging progress and a
    day for commitment to the next
    stage of restoration.
    "It is our lake and our future,"
    he said.
    The senator alluded to the pol-
    lution of the lake in the past. How-


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    In recognition of State Senator Ken Pruitt's help in promoting
    Lake Okeechobee restoration, David Anderson, president of
    Audubon of Florida presented the senator with a framed print
    of a blue heron. The occasion was Lake Okeechobee Protec-
    tion Day held Saturday, March 5 at Okee-Tantie Campground
    and Marina. On hand for the presentation were (left to right)
    Dr. Paul Gray, Lake Okeechobee Science Coordinator for the
    Audubon Society, Sen. Pruitt, Mr. Anderson, State Represen-
    tative Joe Negron and State Representative Richard Machek.


    ever, he conceded that we have
    "started to turn the corner" in lake
    restoration."
    He said that Lake Okeechobee
    was the lifeblood of South Florida
    and that the LOPP was a step in the
    right direction.
    "We have come a long way in
    the fight to preserve the lake, he
    added.
    The senator compared the
    progress made in lake restoration
    to running a marathon. He said
    that after running nine miles,
    progress has been made but there
    is still a ways to go before finishing
    the 26 mile, 385 yard race.
    He called the $66 million has
    been appropriated by the state for
    lake restoration since 2000 a drop
    in the bucket compared to what
    the total cost will be.
    Paraphrasing the famous words
    of the late President Ronald Regan
    about the Berlin Wall, the senator
    said to the U. S. Army Corps of
    Engineers and the South Florida
    Water Management Distract
    (SFWMD) "Lower this lake now."
    The senator called for all -those
    involved in lake restoration to
    intensify their efforts.
    He referred to the Indian
    proverb that says we don't inherit
    the land from our ancestors; we
    borrow it from our children.:
    "We must preserve our lake
    and our future," he said in con-
    cluding his remarks.
    Representative Richard Machek
    called Lake Okeechobee "the
    heart of south Florida." He said
    that everything that happens to the
    lake affects the areas to the south


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    of Audubon of Florida. To Mr. Anderson's left is Dr. Paul Gary, Lake Okeechobee Watershed
    Science Coordinator for the Audubon Society. The proclamation named March 5 as "Lake
    Okeechobee Protection Day." It recognizecdthe importance of Lake Okeechobee and thanked
    Audubon of Florida, the Friends of Lake Okeechobee, the Lake Okeechobee Business Own-
    ers, and other groups for their work and accomplishments in protecting the lake.


    and to the sides of the lake.
    Like Sen. Pruitt, Rep. Machek
    noted that in the past we have not
    been kind to the lake. Now, he
    said, it is time to do something for
    the lake. He noted that there are 10
    years remaining to meet the phos-
    phorous goal set for the year 2015.
    He said that restoring the lake is
    a tough job that will take a lot of
    money. The representative predict-
    ed that it would take an additional
    120 million dollars of state appro-
    priated funds to complete the job
    As a friend of Lake Okee-
    chobee, he promised to promote
    "bill after bill" to make the project
    work.

    "I'm here to help all can," the
    representative pledged.
    Rep. Joe Negron, Appropria-
    tions Chairman of the Florida
    House of Representatives, was the
    next speaker.
    He spoke of his love for the
    environment that was instilled in'
    him by his grandparents.
    Rep. Negron said that what
    makes Florida special is that we
    have taken care of our parks.
    He pledged that his personal
    priority would be to try to get fund-
    ing for the environmental projects
    affecting Lake Okeechobee.
    He added that he would like to
    see the phosphorus goals met
    before 2015.
    Sen. Pruitt presented David
    Anderson, president of Audubon
    of Florida a proclamation making
    March 5 "Lake Okeechobee Pro-
    tection Day."
    Mr. Anderson in turn presented
    Sen. Pruitt with a framed print of a
    blue heron. He notedthe abun-
    dance of birds he saw as he was
    coming around the lake to the
    park and the number of birds he
    spotted in the park.
    Mr. Anderson said that one
    thing he had learned in 30 years of
    environmental work is that it is not
    easy.
    "It is hard work," he said.
    However, he predicted that the
    hard work is going pay off.
    "Stick with it," he urged.
    Carol Head of the Friends of
    Lake Okeechobee said that the
    Everglades restoration project
    should use a top down and not a
    bottom up approach, noting that
    Lake Okeechobee is at the top of
    the Everglades.
    Gall Powers of Lake Okee-
    chobee Business Owners asked
    for more money for sediment.
    removal and canal cleanup.
    "Our livelihood depends on
    Lake Okeechobee," she said.
    She noted that the problems
    did not occur overnight and they
    will not go away overnight.
    A bill sponsored by Rep.


    Machek and others will be intro-
    duced in the upcoming legislative
    session. It establishes the legisla-
    ture's intent to provide continuing
    funding to implement the LOPP
    for achieving phosphorus reduc-
    tion objectives and provides crite-
    ria for establishing annual funding
    priority. The bill provides for no


    funding.
    A similar bill is expected to be
    sponsored in the Florida Senate by
    Sen. J. D. Alexander.
    According to SFWMD, the total
    estimated cost of the LOPP is
    $341.5 million. That total includes
    funding from other sources in
    addition to state appropriations.


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    Trade mission heads to Puerto Rico


    TALLAHASSEE Florida cattle
    producers will show their livestock
    to prospective buyers from Puerto
    Rico this spring during a reverse
    trade mission organized by the
    Florida Department of Agriculture
    and Consumer Services. Planned
    for April, the reverse trade mission
    is the latest in a series of marketing
    initiatives that began over five years
    ago involving the Commonwealth
    of Puerto Rico and Florida.
    "We look forward to working
    with Puerto Rico's newly elected
    government and Secretary of Agri-
    culture, Sr. Jose Orlando Fabres
    Laboy, in furthering our trade rela-
    tionship," Florida Agriculture Com-
    missioner Charles H. Bronson said.
    "Florida's breeding stock is well
    suited for Puerto Rico's environ-
    ment, and our state's cattlemen


    welcome the opportunity to
    explore new opportunities."
    Representatives of Bronson's
    Division of Marketing and Develop-
    ment will meet with Puerto Rico
    government leaders and members
    of the Puerto Rico Beef Industry
    Board in coming weeks to plan the
    details of the reverse trade mission.
    The trade relationship began in
    March 1999 when representatives
    of the Puerto Rico government and
    the Florida Department of Agricul-
    ture and Consumer Services
    entered into discussions about the
    feasibility of shipping Florida
    breeding stock to the island. While
    the cost of transportation by air
    was a barrier to trade, shipping by
    sea proved to be commercially
    viable and paved the way for the
    first purchase of Florida cattle. The


    Puerto Rico Beef Industry Board
    sent a delegation to Florida ranches
    to select the stock, which resulted
    in sales of over $150,000 for that
    year.
    Since that first sale, Department
    marketing representatives have
    continued to develop contacts with
    Puerto Rico's beef industry leaders
    and government officials to further
    position Florida as a supplier of
    superior quality, tropically adapted
    cattle. Shipments continued gener-
    ating sales of:
    $308,650 in 2000
    $135,000 in 2001.
    $245,200 in 2002
    $200,000 in 2003; and
    $412,500 in 2004.
    Mr. Bronson traveled to Puerto
    Rico in 2002 to further enhance the
    growing trade relationship. He met


    with the Puerto Rico Beef Industry
    Board, the Presidents of the Senate
    and the House and other Puerto
    Rico government officials. That
    same year, the Florida Department
    of Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
    vices purchased a loading chute to
    facilitate the shipping of cattle from
    the Port of Jacksonville. The
    Department also assisted the Puer-
    to Rican livestock industry in the
    research and exportation of "Flo-
    rakirk" bermudagrass (Cynodon
    dactylon), a perennial grass used
    as a high-yielding, high-quality,
    fine-stemmed forage for hay pro-
    duction in Florida. The shipment of
    Florakirk from the University of
    Florida's Cattle Research and Edu-
    cation Center was the result of a
    request by Puerto Rican ranchers
    visiting Florida to buy cattle.


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    Jackman Cane & Cattle Co.
    Inc., "Clewiston, Florida, has"
    been recognized nationally by
    the American Angus Association
    for having one registered Angus
    cow included in the Association's
    2005 Pathfinder Report.
    Only 2,055 of the more than
    34,000 American Angus Associa-
    tion members are represented in
    this year's report, according to
    John Crouch, executive vice presi-


    dent of the Association with head-
    quarters in St. Joseph, Missouri.
    The Pathfinder Program identi-
    fies superior Angus cows based
    upon recorded performance traits
    that are economically important
    to efficient beef
    production. These traits include
    early and regular calving and
    heavy weaning weights, reports
    Bill Bowman, Association director
    of performance programs. More


    than 1,410,000 eligible dams were
    examined to determine Pathfind-
    er status. All registered Angus
    cows that meet the strict Pathfind-
    er standards are listed, along with
    their owners, in the Pathfinder
    Report that is published annually
    by the Association.
    The 2005 Pathfinder Report
    lists 8,400 individual cows and
    221 Pathfinder sires. It is pub-
    lished in the April issue of the


    Angus Journal, and limited copies
    are available from the Associa-
    tion. The reports appear on the
    Web site at www.angus.org. The.
    largest number of Pathfinder
    cows from a single herd this year
    is 75. Started in 1978, the Pathfind-
    er Program continues to recog-
    nize outstanding breeders partici-
    pating in the Angus Herd
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    Court order doesn't


    affect area dairies


    By Pete Gawda
    OKEECHOBEE A recent
    court order on enforcement of
    dairy regulations will have no
    affect on Okeechobee dairy
    farmers and- brought heated
    comments from one milk pro-
    duction official.
    The 1st District Court of
    Appeal recently upheld a lower
    court's decision in favor of envi-
    ronmental groups that had
    alleged the state allowed more
    than 50 large dairies, each with
    at least 700 cows, to discharge
    waste into the ground, and thus
    into groundwater without per-
    mits.
    The ruling orders the Florida
    Department of Environmental
    Protection (DEP) to more force-
    fully go after dairy farms that dis-
    charge water into groundwater
    with a permit.
    The original ruling ordered
    DEP to require large dairies to
    apply for National Pollutant Dis-
    charge Elimination System
    (NPDES) permits.
    However, Art Darling, of Sun-
    shine State Milk Producers, said
    the suit was "much ado about
    nothing."
    Mr. Darling stated that all of
    the dairies named in the suit are
    in complete compliance with
    federal regulations. He said that
    when new regulations are put
    into effect, a dairy would go out
    of business if they were forced to
    comply immediately. He said
    that all the dairies in question
    had been operating under
    administrative agreements that
    allowed a systematic and grad-
    ual compliance.
    As of Dec. 31,2004, he said all
    the diaries in question were in
    compliance. Mr. Darling said all
    the dairies in question did what
    they were supposed to do and
    they did it ahead of schedule.
    He added that neither the
    judges nor the environmentalist
    understood the situation.
    "This is a huge victory for
    Florida waters, which have been
    receiving hundreds of thousands
    of pounds of untreated raw dairy
    waste every day for many years,"
    said Linda Young, a clean water
    activist who was one of the
    plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
    "That's a lie and you can
    quote me on that," was Mr. Dar-
    ling's response to Ms. Young's
    statement.


    "This is a huge victo-
    ry for Florida waters,
    which have been!
    receiving hundreds of
    thousands of pounds.
    of untreated raw
    dairy waste every
    day for many years."

    Linda Young,
    plaintiff


    , The DEP issued a statement
    that read in part: "All of Florida's
    large dairies have already sub-
    mitted applications for NPDES
    permits ahead of the federal
    deadline and prior to the appel-
    late court's ruling. Florida's
    approach demonstrates com-
    mon-sense environmental man-
    agement that goes beyond tradi-
    tional command and control
    mechanism to regulate animal
    feeding operations ahead of fed-
    eral requirements. We remain
    committed to safeguarding Flori-
    da's natural resources and
    ensuring that diary facilities
    manage their operations in
    accordance with environmental
    regulations."
    At any rate, the ruling will not
    affect Okeechobee dairies since
    Mr. Darling said that all dairies in
    the Okeechobee basin have
    been permitted since the early
    1990s.
    Local DEP representative
    Greg Kennedy echoed that state-
    ment.
    "I don't think we have any
    issue in it (the court ruling)," Mr.
    Kennedystated.
    As part of the Dairy Rule that
    went into effect in the 1980s,
    dairy farmers in the Lake Okee-
    chobee basin voluntarily put into
    practice Best Management Prac-
    tices (BMPs), which include a
    wide variety of activities.
    The BMPs could be as simple
    as moving feed troughs to pre-
    vent erosion or as complicated
    as the project at Butler Oaks
    Dairy where, through a chemical
    process, phosphorous in, the
    runoff water forms bonds with
    other elements making a solid
    which then settles out of the
    water.


    Humanities council holds

    Grant Writing Workshop


    The Florida Humanities Coun-
    cil (FHC) invites you to find out
    how to apply for grants and spon-
    sor humanities programs in Flori-
    da communities. The Lee County
    workshop will be held Thursday,
    March 24 from 2-4 p.m. at the
    South County Regional Library,
    21100 Three Oaks Parkway,
    Estero.
    The workshop is free and open
    to members of" all non-profit
    organizations interested in having
    a public humanities program.
    Susan Lockwood, FHC Grants
    Director, will discuss applying for
    . grants, accessing free programs
    that are available from the FHC
    Resource Center, and current


    council initiatives.
    The Florida Humanities Coun-
    cil is an independent, non-profit
    organization and is the state affili-
    ate of the National Endowment for
    the Humanities. Each year, FHC
    funds hundreds of public pro-
    grams throughout the state that
    explore Florida's history, folklore,
    environment, literature, music and
    art. Libraries, civic groups, univer-
    sities, colleges and museums, his-
    torical societies and theaters have
    received grants to sponsor human-
    ities programs.
    Reservations are recommend-
    ed. To reserve space contact Susan
    Lockwood at (727) 553-3807 or by
    email slockwood@flahum.org


    Casey Welch appointed

    National Affairs Coordinator


    GAINESVILLE Florida Farm
    Bureau Federation, .the state's
    largest general agricultural organi-
    zation, has appointed Casey Welch
    to the position of National Affairs
    Coordinator, Mr. Welch joins the
    Farm Bureau staff after serving for
    three years as Rep, AdamPutnam's
    (FL-12) deputy legislative director.
    In -his iew position, Welch will
    maintain contact with Florida's
    congressional delegation and will
    coordinate Florida Farm Bureau's
    'national affairs programs as well as
    the sugar and peanut/cotton advi-
    sory committees.
    "We are delighted to welcome
    Casey to our staff," said Kevin Mor-
    gan, director of.agricultural policy.
    "Florida.Farm Bureau will benefit
    from his insights, education and
    experience as a congressional staff
    :member."
    Mr. Welch is a. 2001 graduate of
    Florida State University, where he
    was awarded a Bachelor's of Sci-
    ence degree in political science
    .and history and a minor in Ameri-
    can and Florida studies. While
    attending 'FSU he worked in the
    Florida House of .Representatives


    and the governor's office.
    Upon graduation he joined Rep.
    Putnam's staff as a legislative assis-
    tant, advising the congressman of
    foreign affairs, homeland security
    and Florida issues. He traveled
    : extensively on behalf of Rep. Put-
    nam, visiting military installations
    around the world, including Pearl
    Harbor and the Ronald Reagan
    Missile Test Range in Hawaii as
    well as the Demilitarized Zone in
    Korea.
    Mr. Welch, a fifth generation
    Floridian, was born and raised in
    Sarasota County. As youth he was
    active in 4-H, football and commu-
    nity activities including Teen Court
    and Leadership Sarasota. He is cur-
    rently a resident of Suwannee
    County.
    The Florida Farm Bureau Feder-
    ation is the state's largest general
    agricultural association with more
    than 152,000 member-families
    statewide. Headquartered in
    Gainesville, the Federation is an
    .independent, non-profit agricultur-
    al organization and is not associat-
    ,ed with any arm of the govern-
    ment.


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    Boaters:


    Watch for


    manatees
    Florida has more manatees
    than any other part of the United
    States. Related to the elephant,
    they are vegetarians; the only
    aquatic mammal that is. A very
    large animal about 10 feet long,
    weighing nearly a ton, they feed
    on aquatic plants along the bot-
    tom of shallow areas, coming to
    the surface every four minutes or
    so to breathe. Fossils of manatees
    45 million years old have been
    found in Florida. They move from
    place to place in and near Florida,
    traveling some fifty miles a day in
    search of food and warmer water.
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    chobee as a conduit to move
    from one side of the state to the
    other, said Don Fox, Administra-
    tive Biologist with the Florida Fish
    and Wildlife Conservation Com-
    mission, "so we see them all the
    time."
    Manatees can be a real curiosi-
    ty to winter visitors who may not
    realize that federal and state laws
    make "harassing, injuring or dis-
    turbing" manatees a crime with
    stiff penalties.
    "Manatee watching is just
    that," said Mr. Fox, "watch, don't
    feed, don't touch and obey the
    'no wake' and other signs post-
    ed."


    Keenly aware of the delicate
    balance between a fragile ecosys-
    tem and fast growth, Florida Keys
    residents and others who appreci-
    ate the area's uniqueness will cel-
    ebrate sustainable development
    March 12 and 13. That is when the
    first-ever Florida Keys Green Living
    & Energy Expo or GLEE -will be
    held at the new Coral Shores High
    School in Tavernier. The-school is
    located between Key Largo and
    Islamorada in the Florida Keys, a
    short drive from Miami-Dade,
    Broward, Palm Beach, Collier and
    Lee counties.
    The free event, organized by
    the University of Florida's Institute
    of Food Agricultural Sciences


    Courtesy photo/Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
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    but don't try to touch them or feed them.


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    'Dumping' injures citrus commission


    LAKELAND Last week, the
    International Trade Commission
    (ITC) voted to continue the
    investigation of dumping allega-
    tions by ruling preliminarily that
    U.S. growers and processors
    have been materially injured by
    Brazilian imports of frozen con-
    centrate orange juice (FCOJ)
    and not-from-concentrate
    (NFC) orange juice.
    The decision was made in
    response to a petition filed by a
    coalition consisting of Florida
    Citrus Mutual and a group of
    Florida-based orange juice
    processors (A. Duda & Sons,
    Inc.; Citrus World, Inc.; South-
    ern Gardens Citrus), requesting
    that antidumping duties be
    levied to offset the unfair prices


    offered by Brazilian processors
    on orange juice.
    The petition was filed on
    Dec. 27, 2004 and cites unfair
    trade practices, which have
    caused material injury to Florida
    citrus growers and processors
    during the past three years.
    "We are very encouraged by
    this decision," said Andy LaVi-
    gne, Florida Citrus Mutual's
    executive vice president/CEO.
    "We have a very strong case,
    which warrants a thorough
    investigation by both entities."
    On Jan. 19, the ITC held a
    preliminary conference to
    review the data contained in the
    petition concerning the material
    injury suffered by growers and
    processors. On Feb. 8, the U.S.


    Department of Commerce
    (DOC) formally announced its
    decision to initiate an investiga-
    tion in response to the petition.
    Both the ITC and the U.S.
    DOC will continue the investiga-
    tion, with a preliminary determi-
    nation of dumping scheduled
    for July 5, 2005.
    Florida Citrus Mutual, found-
    ed in 1948, is the state's largest
    citrus grower organization with
    more than 11,000 members.
    The Florida citrus industry pro-
    vides a $9.1 billion annual eco-
    nomic impact to the state and
    employs 90,000 people.
    For more information, please
    visit, www.flcitrusmutual.com.


    Monroe County Extension and
    local residents who have built
    "green" homes, is dedicated to
    demonstrating sustainable living
    through ideas and technologies
    that promote renewable energy as
    well as water and .energy conser-
    vation. The expo will feature 30
    workshops on water conserva-
    tion, renewable energy, alterna-
    tive building methods, energy-effi-
    cient architectural design, "green"
    lodging, smart landscaping, eco-
    tourism, clean boating and other
    "green" topics.
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    Legislation to protect consumers


    TALLAHASSEE In the wake
    of a recent acknowledgement by
    data collection company Choice-
    Point that 10,216 Floridians had
    valuable personal financial infor-
    mation stolen, two members of the
    Florida Legislature have proposed
    requiring those companies to noti-
    fy consumers immediately when-
    ever there is a breach of security.
    Senator Dave Aronberg (D-
    Greenacres) and Representative
    Shelley Vana (D-West Palm Beach)
    and are filing an amendment to
    their consumer protection bill, SB
    284, to further protect Floridians
    from the potential financial ruin
    that can occur after an identity
    theft.


    "Consumers trust companies to
    keep their personal financial infor-
    mation safe, and have a right to
    know if their identity has been
    compromised," said Representa-
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    ing consumers when there is a
    problem, we can potentially
    reduce the chance that they will
    become victimm"
    The proposal would require
    immediate disclosure anytime that
    an individual's private personal
    financial information or social
    security number is stolen from' a
    data collection agency.
    "Recent events involving Choi-
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    rent law," said Senator Aronberg,


    who attempted similar legislation
    during last year's legislative ses-
    sion. "We need to ensure that our
    consumer protection laws keep up
    with new data collection technolo-
    gies. Unfortunately, we know that
    the identity thieves are keeping up
    with them."
    The amendment will be added
    to SB 284 in the first week of the
    legislative session. The bill has
    already passed through two com-
    mittees in the legislature.
    An estimated 10 million Ameri-
    cans were victims of identity theft
    last year. According to the Identity
    Theft Resource Center, the average
    victim spends 600 hours to restore
    his or her financial credit.


    Faith in Action volunteers stay busy


    FAITH IN ACTION volunteers
    are found in many ways. Accord-
    ing to national statistics the num-
    ber one reason a person volun-
    teers is because someone simply
    asked them. This month's fea-
    tured volunteer, Brenda Wick-
    enden, was asked and stepped up
    to the plate.
    Born in Wallah, South Caroli-
    na, Brenda has been married to
    her husband for forty-three years.
    She has two children and four
    grandchildren. Brenda stated that
    she has lived all over the United
    States due to her husband being in
    the Navy. They moved to Jack-
    sonville, Florida from California in
    1969. After living there for ten
    years they moved to LaBelle due
    to a career change for Mr. Wick-
    enden. Brenda works ten hours a
    week doing financial duties for the
    First Baptist Church of LaBelle.


    Her favorite pastimes are reading
    and taking her grandchildren on
    trips.
    Brenda learned of the FAITH IN
    ACTION program through a pres-
    entation at the American Business
    Women of America. She signed
    up immediately. She currently is a
    care partner for a widowed lady
    and provides friendship and com-
    panionship to this new resident of
    LaBelle. When asked why she vol-'
    unteers with the FAITH IN
    ACTION, program she states,
    "Because I was asked," and con-
    tinues, "I volunteered in the past
    but had been a little lax in volun-
    teering. I wanted to do something
    to help my community."
    You, too, can help the commu-
    nity by becoming a FIA volunteer.'
    There -is no limit how you can
    make a difference in the lives of
    others. FIA has many volunteer


    opportunities you can participate
    in.
    Information about the pro-
    gram, which is now expanded
    from LaBelle to Clewiston and
    Moore Haven, can be presented to
    area churches and civic groups.
    Call (863) 983-7088 for more infor-
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    need of assistance may also call
    Liz Taylor at the FATIH IN ACTION
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    to join the local coalition.
    Senior Connections of SW FL,
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    services to elders in Collier, Glades
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    ORLANDO The U.S.
    Department of Homeland Secu-
    rity's Federal Emergency Man-
    agement Agency (FEMA) has
    provided more that $495 million
    in reimbursement funds for
    emergency measures, debris
    removal and to repair and
    restore publicly owned facilities
    damaged by the four hurricanes
    that struck Florida last year.
    FEMA obligated the money
    through Feb. 22nd to help the
    state, cities, counties and certain


    non-profit organizations. The
    money was provided by FEMA
    and made available to appli-
    cants as their applications to the
    state were approved. Funds from
    FEMA's Public Assistance Pro-
    gram pay for such things as
    damaged public buildings,
    roads, bridges, utilities, includ-
    ing water distributions and
    sewer systems, debris removal
    and costs of extraordinary over-
    time for police, fire and other
    emergency services agencies.


    FEMA paid 90 percent of the
    costs, while affected entities
    paid the remaining 10 percent.
    A breakdown of the amounts
    of Public Assistance Disaster
    Funding Aid thus far to Florida's
    public agencies and certain non-
    profit organizations thus affect-
    ed is as follows:
    Almost $167 million for 719
    approved requests for public
    assistance to meet costs
    incurred because of effects of
    Hurricane Charley.


    More than $163.5 million
    for 260 requests for assistance
    from damage by Hurricane Ivan.
    Almost $115 million for 924
    requests for assistance from
    Hurricane Frances.
    Almost $50 million for 781
    requests for assistance for dam-
    age from Hurricane Jeanne.
    A final tally of costs is not yet
    available, because the Feb. 28
    deadline is still accounting for
    late applications.
    The State Emergency


    Response Team (SERT) is a col-
    laboration of Florida's. state
    agencies led by the state coordi-
    nation officer. SERT's mission is
    to ensure that Florida is pre-
    pared to respond to emergen-
    cies, recover from them, and
    mitigate their impacts. Visit
    www.floridadisaster.org for the
    latest information on the hurri-
    cane relief efforts.
    FEMA prepares the nation for
    all hazards and manages federal
    response and recovery efforts


    following any national incident.
    FEMA also initiates mitigations
    activities, trains first responders,
    works with state and local emer-
    gency managers and manages
    the National Flood Insurance
    Program, as well as the U.S. Fire
    Administration. FEMA became
    part of the U.S. Department of
    Homeland Security on March 1,
    2003. For information on FEMA
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    Don't buy your


    child a baby duck


    As the Easter holiday fast
    approaches, many parents con-
    template the idea of purchasing
    cute little ducklings as gifts for
    their children. The Florida Fish
    and Wildlife Conservation Com-
    mission (FWC) suggests buying
    your child the stuffed-animal
    variety instead.
    "Although these mallard
    ducks might make nice pets
    while they are young, they can
    live for 10 years or more and
    quickly outgrow the 'cute and
    fuzzy stage,' leaving full-size
    droppings on your patio and out-
    door furniture," said Diane Egge-
    man, FWC waterfowl biologist.
    "When this happens, parents
    and children often grow tired of
    caring for these pets and decide
    to release them into the wild."
    What you may not realize is
    that this is illegal and is putting
    Florida's native wildlife in jeop-
    ardy. Last July, the FWC passed a
    rule clarifying that it is unlawful
    to release captive-reared mallard
    ducks into the wild. This rule
    also requires a permit to buy or
    sell mallards in Florida.
    One reason for this rule is that
    domesticated ducks, once
    released, are capable of trans-
    mitting diseases and compete
    with native wildlife for food and
    habitat. The more important rea-
    son is that releasing these mal-
    lards into the wild threatens the
    existence of the Florida mottled
    duck, a unique subspecies
    found only in peninsular Florida.
    "These domesticated or feral
    mallards are crossbreeding with


    the mottled duck, producing
    hybrid offspring," Eggeman said.
    "This is a serious concern and if
    not stopped, this hybridization
    could result in the Florida mot-
    tled duck becoming extinct.
    Wild mallards are migratory
    birds, inhabiting Florida only
    during the winter months. In the
    spring they fly north to breed and
    are not present by the time the
    mottled duck mating season
    begins in Florida. On the other
    hand, pet. mallards, once
    released, do not migrate and will
    become established, year-round
    residents of our state, and when
    they mate with wild mottled
    ducks, it nudges Florida's mot-
    tled duck toward extinction.
    The Florida mottled duck
    population is relatively small,
    with the breeding population
    estimated at only 30,000-40,000
    and already FWC biologists are
    saying that perhaps as many as
    12 percent of these ducks are
    showing genetic evidence of
    hybridization.
    Today, the future of Florida's
    mottled duck is uncertain, but
    the fate of the subspecies is in
    human hands. The solution
    begins with not buying children
    ducks for Easter and in educat-
    ing others-about the issues and
    consequences of the situation.
    For more information on pro-
    tecting Florida's mottled.duck,
    contact one of FWC's waterfowl
    offices at (850) 488-5878 or
    (321) 726-2862, or visit
    MyFWC.com/duck.


    Free online help a hit with Floridians


    By Mark A. Adams
    Contributing writer
    "Where do I begin researching
    my family tree?"
    "I pulled information from the
    Web for my homework, but how
    do I know if it's reliable?"
    "How many different types of
    snakes are there in Florida's Ever-
    glades?"
    "Where can I find accurate
    demographics for Broward Coun-
    ty online?"
    Not so long ago, questions
    such as these required a trip to the
    library for their answers-
    answers that likely required expert
    help from a librarian. That was
    then, this is now. Today, thanks to
    an exciting new online reference
    service, "Ask a Librarian", that
    library expertise is just a click
    away. And best of all, the service is
    free to everyone in Florida.
    "Ask a Librarian is still a bit of a
    hidden gem among the glut of
    information on the Web today, but
    it's catching on quickly as more
    communities around the state
    hear about it," said Vince Mariner,
    Ask a.Librarian's Statewide Coor-
    dinator. "This service puts a librar-
    ian's help at the fingertips of any-


    "Ask a Librarian is still a bit of a hidden gem
    among the glut of information on the Web today,
    but it's catching on quickly as more communi-
    ties around the state hear about it."
    Vince Mariner,
    Ask a Librarian's Statewide Coordinator


    one who has a question, regard-
    less of age or geographic location.
    Whether you're in grade school or
    a senior citizen, a computer
    novice or a pro, Ask a Librarian
    can meetyour needs.
    "Some people come to the
    Web site with specific questions
    they need answered, while others
    just simply don't know where to
    begin looking for information on
    the Web. Either way, they've
    come to the right place and to the
    information professionals who
    can find their answers and help
    them untangle the Web. There's
    no need to leave your home or
    office to ask your question, just go
    to the service's Web site and a
    librarian is there to help," he said.
    Among Ask a Librarian's most
    appealing features and one that
    helps distinguish it from many
    other reference Web sites is


    that there is no fee to access or use
    the online service. Ask a Librarian
    is a grant funded service designed
    to extend the traditional reach of
    libraries to make expert refer-
    ence service available to everyone
    in Florida. Just as a local library
    operates as a free community
    resource, so too does Ask a Librar-
    ian.
    So give me the details how
    does Ask a Librarian work?
    In order to handle the thou-
    sands of questions Ask a Librarian
    receives each month, the service
    relies upon the collective expertise
    of librarians representing over 80
    public, academic and special
    libraries throughout Florida.
    Those librarians work together to
    offer live chat reference service
    Sunday through Friday from 10
    a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturdays
    from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During


    periods when the live chat refer-
    ence service is not available, or at
    any other time, individuals can
    conveniently e-mail their ques-
    tions to "Ask a Librarian."
    From the Web, just go to
    www.askalibrarian.org and follow
    the simple instructions for enter-
    ing your question. If visiting during
    a time when the live chat service is
    available, you can text chat direct-
    ly with the librarian handling your
    question. Ask. a Librarian uses
    unique software that allows you
    to follow along on the Web with
    the librarian so you can see how
    and where the librarian is locating
    the information. The chat session
    is totally interactive and there is no
    special software to download-
    it's all handled by the Ask a Librari-
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    "At the end you can even print
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    sion in case you need to refer to it
    again," added Mr. Mariner. "It's a
    fascinating way to receive assis-
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    skills at the same time."
    . Libraries or schools interested
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    U.S. Sugar V.P named to SFWMD Board


    On March 1, Governor Jeb
    Bush appointed Malcolm S.
    Wade, Jr., of U.S. Sugar Corpora-
    tion to a four-year term on the
    South Florida Water Manage-'
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    Mr. Wade succeeds Board Mem-
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    agriculture has been represented
    by other members of Florida
    agriculture. Frank "Sonny"
    Williamson, Jr. who previously
    served, as chairman of the
    SFWMD is a citrus grower,
    rancher and aqua culturist.
    Mr. Wade is senior vice presi-
    dent of U.S. Sugar Corporation


    and has been involved in devel-
    oping and overseeing the com-
    pany's environmental responsi-
    bilities. He has served on several
    of SFWMD's advisory groups.
    He was a member of the
    team representing South Florida
    farmers who spent over a year
    negotiating with federal and


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    legal issues in restoration of the
    Everglades. He represented
    farmers on the technical media-
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    Commercial & Residential
    Office: 863.675.6321
    Fax: 863.675.3967
    License Numbers RB29003105 & RC2907104


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    Social Security Disability Wrongful Death
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    Law Offices of
    Robert L. Vaughn, PA.
    Bankruptcy W"ngfill Death
    Pesona Injury Family LawDivorce
    112 W.C. Owen, Clewiston
    863-902-9211
    530 Main St., LaBelle
    863-675-7719
    2080 Collier Ave., Ft. Myers
    239-936-9393
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    370 Holiday Isle Blvd.
    Clewiston
    863-983-3181



    LDiinSfiYFORTHElIFAkMlY
    Alan L. Weiland DDS
    Master of the Academy of General Dentistry
    FAMILY & COSMC DIENISTRY OF THE GLADES
    316 East Trinidad Ave.
    Clewiston, FL 33440
    863-983-6347 or 983-4901
    Toll Free 877-983-6347


    FURNITURE
    CLEARANCE CENTER
    The Blocker Family has turned
    their LaBelle Showroom into a
    Furniture Clearance Center.
    359 W Hickpoochee Ave
    LaBelle, FL
    863-675-2132


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    216 S.Main St,, LaBelle
    1863-67533288
    301 N, 15th St.
    239-657,1600


    Treasure Coast Dermatology
    o hsi i'Hg in e'frt A.t Ski .' 'r
    Tim Ioannides, M.D.
    Rick Romagosa, M.D.
    Robert S. Kirsner, M.D. PhD

    1924 US Hwy. 441 N.
    Okeechobee
    863-467-9555


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    (866) 549-2830
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    Port St. Lucle: (772) 335-3550
    Stuart- (772) 219-2777
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    GOVERNMENT AUCTION-
    520 acres in Columbia, SC
    area- Horse training facility
    and other acreage. Date:
    March 24, 2005. Visit:
    www.ustreas.gov/
    auctions/irs for further de-
    tails.
    LAND & GROVE AUCTION
    Lake Placid, FL 11AM, Sat
    Mar 26 443.9+/- Total
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    BLUE BAIT BAG
    Between Hamey Pond &
    Okeechobee, Hwy 78
    (863)467-0149.
    BLUE PIT PUPS (2)- Male &
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    CAT M, Black, Gold eyes,
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    CHOCOLATE LAB
    Male, 7 yrs. old. Goes
    by the name "Duke".
    Last seen in Bassinger
    on, 1/4. Beloved Pet.
    $2000 Reward.
    561-832-4865
    LLEWELLIN SETTER- (F),
    white w/blk, spots, last
    seen in Civic Ctr/Airport
    area. (863)634-8822.
    LOST DOGS- both 1/ bull-
    dog, 1/2 Cane Corso, broth-
    er & sister, she is light
    brindle, he is dark brindle,
    any info please call
    (863)467-6763 or 634-
    9N
    MALE CAT blk. w/white feet.
    Missing right eye. $200
    REWARD (407)443-1836
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    LABELLE, Huge Sale. Sat
    March 12th 8am-3pm
    1590 Garden St between
    Winn Dixie & Cable TV.
    Tools, Antiques & Variety.


    PORT LABELLE MARINA-
    Fri-Sat, Mar 11th-12th,
    9am-4pm, 3 miles East of
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    VENDERS Hugh supply Yard
    Sale items left over Great
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    SINGLE WHITE MALE,
    50 yrs old: New to area.
    Seeking (F) Companion.
    (863)801-3031.
    Tall Guy secure, 60, to meet
    attractive gal or friends for
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    etc. Call 863-946-3123
    WANTED TO COMMUTE
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    US1 M-F Leave 7:15 Return
    5:30 One or both ways.
    Good pay Call Bruce
    772-597-1121/812-3014
    WM 67 ISO F Non smoker
    likes dining & dancing
    weekend get always,
    (863)763-2990


    DIVORCE$175-
    $275*COVERS children,
    etc. Only one signature re-
    quired! *Excludes 'govt.
    fees! Call weekdays
    ( 800)462-2000, ext.600.
    (8am-7pm) Divorce Tech.
    established 1977.
    NEED AN ATTORNEY AR-
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    fense *State *Federal
    *Felonies *Misdemeanors
    *DUI *License Suspen-
    sion *Parole *Probation
    *Domestic Violence
    *Drugs "Protect Your
    Rights" A-A-A Attorney
    Referral Service
    (800)733-5342 A 24
    HOURS 7 DAYS A WEEK.


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    Employment


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


    CHEF WANTED Exp on Char
    Broiler. Nights/days. Also
    exp. waitresses. Apply in
    person Dons Steak House.


    r NOW HIRING
    Glades Ford is looking for the following:
    *Experienced Salespeople
    *Certified Technicians
    *Certified Transmission Mechanic
    *Part-time Retiree's as Drivers
    Office Manager Trainee (knowledgeable in
    accounting and automotive experience helpful)
    Excellent pay plan advancement
    available, great benefits.
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    525 N.W Avenue L* Belle Glade, FL 33430
    Call 561-992-4000


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    CALOOSA BELLE
    22 FORT THOMPSON AVE.
    LABELLE, FL 33935


    IMMOKALEE
    BULLETIN
    22 FORT THOMPSON AVE.
    LABELLE, FL 33935


    MAINTENANCE TECH
    FOR GREENTREE SOUTH APTS
    Must have knowledge in basic


    plumbing
    HVAC.


    electrical


    and


    General carpentry.


    Must be bondable.
    Send resume to:
    Greentree South Apts
    P.O. Box 10293
    Clearwater, FL 33757
    Fax: (727) 447-2252
    Equal Employment Opportunity



    CHEF WANTED Exp on Char
    Broiler. Nights/days. Also
    exp. waitresses. Apply in
    person Dons Steak House.
    Cool Travel Job!!! One
    Month Paid Training! $500
    Sign on Bonus Must be
    free to travel & Start Today
    (800)735-7462.

    DISTRIBUTOR
    ROUTE SALES
    WEEKEND
    MERCHANDISER
    License & credit checked
    Flowers Baking Co.LLC
    Call (561)252-5968
    For Appointment
    DOMINOES PIZZA
    Seeking Good drivers
    with dependable
    vehicles. Apply within.
    Driver- COVENANT TRANS-
    PORT. Excellent Pay &
    Benefits for Experienced
    Drivers, 0/0, Solos,
    Teams & Graduate Stu-.
    dents. Bonuses Paid
    Weekly. Equal Opportunity
    Employer. (888)MORE
    PAY (888-667-3729).
    Drivers- Owner Ops & Co.
    Drivers Needed Now! Run
    SE Only or SE, Mid-Atl,
    MW Regional, 0/0's -No
    Forced Dispatch, Good
    'Pay plus Fuel (866)250-
    4292.

    DRYWALL HANGER,
    &
    Finishing crews needed
    experienced only Call SW Fl.
    Drywall & plastering inc.
    (863)675-0484
    FUN JOB 6 Openings avail.
    Travel required. Travel &
    lodging furnished. Call
    Jack 1-877-632-9123.
    $ GET PAID TO SHOP! $
    Mystery Shoppers needed
    immediately in your local
    area, as seen on TV. Flexi-
    ble hours, complete train-
    ing. Internet access re-
    quired. Call (800)398-
    5791.
    Looking for part time
    housekeeper 1 day a
    week. Bilingual pfd, ref's
    req'd. (863)983-13.09
    Maintenace Technician
    For Greentree South Apts.
    Must be knowledgable in
    basic plumbing, Electtical
    & HVAC. General carpen-
    try Must be bondable.
    Send or fax resume:
    Greentree South Apts.
    P.O. Box 10293
    Clearwater, FL 33757
    FAX (727)447-2252
    Equal Opportunity Employer


    GROUP TREATMENT COORDINATOR
    Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc., a leader in
    alternative treatment programs for youth-at-
    risk, is seeking a Group Treatment coordi-
    nator for our wilderness educational camp
    located in Clewiston. Join us now and help
    us fulfill our mission of improving the future
    of one child at a time! Responsibilities in-
    clude individual, group, and family counsel-
    ing, monitor and document treatment, for-
    mulate and implement family intervention
    plans, prepare parents for camp visits, and
    help children bring camp experiences home.
    Bachelor's degree in a human services field
    and two years experience working with chil-
    dren with serious emotional disturbances or
    substance abuse problems. Computer
    skills.
    Send resumes to:.,Angie Leide, EYA, 100 N.
    Starcrest Dr., Clearwater, FL 33765;, FAX:
    727-442-5911; ONLINE: www.eckerd.org


    The GEO Group, Inc.

    LPN
    RN
    CORRECTIONAL OFFICER
    The GEO Group, Inc., a worldwide leader
    in privatized corrections, offers challenging
    and exciting opportunities.
    Full benefits available.
    MOORE HAVEN
    CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
    1990 East SR 78 NW
    Moore Haven, FL 33471
    Phone 863-946-2420
    Fax 863-946-3437
    EOE M/F/V/H



    CHAMBER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Clewiston Chamber of Commerce is ac-
    cepting resumes for the Chamber Executive
    Director position. The position requires gen-
    eral office and financial management skills.
    Applicants must also demonstrate abilities
    to supervise office staff and to represent the
    Chamber in community and regional for-
    ums. Resumes should be submitted by
    March 11to the Clewiston Chamber of Com-
    merce, Attn: Personnel Committee, P.O.
    Box 275, Clewiston, FL 33440.
    The Clewiston Chamber of Commerce is an
    Equal Opportunity Employer.


    Senior Connections Hiring %
    CASE AIDE & OUTREACH POSITIONS
    Need in busy office. Full-time with benefits.
    Driver needed on-call mornings only for elder
    dining site in Buckhead Ridge near Okeecho-
    bee. On-call personal care aides needed @
    all locations in Hendry & Glades Counties.
    Applications accepted @ Senior Connec-
    tions of SW FL, Inc., offices M-F, 8-5. In La-
    Belle, @ 475 E. Cowboy Way, (675-1446) in
    Clewiston @ 1200 W.C. Owen, (983-7088)
    or in Moore Haven @ 501 First Street NW
    (946-1821) We are an E.O.E.
    All positions open until filled.


    BOOKKEEPER,
    must be experienced in computerized P/R,
    A/P & Excel. Strong accounting background
    & attn. for detail. Fax resume w/salary req.
    to 863-983-5116.


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    CHICKEN & BISCUITS
    is now hiring
    Management positions
    for our
    Clewiston location.
    Benefits include:
    Life, Health,
    Dental & 401k
    Fax resumes to:
    561-992-4165


    UNITED STATES SUGAR CO.

    Servers ... Dishwasher -. )
    Bus Person ... Cooks

    We offer GREAT PAY '
    AND BENEFITS
    If interested in the following positions,
    please apply at our Employment Office lo-
    cated on W.C. Owen Avenue in Clewiston
    between the hours of 8:00-5:00 on Mon-
    day-Friday.


    APPRAISAL POSITION
    Experience preferred. Exp. vith MS
    Word & Excel. Full time with bene-
    fits, located in LaBelle. Applications
    available in LaBelle office. Position
    open until filled.
    Hendry County Property Appraiser
    P.O. Box 1840
    LaBelle, FL 33975-1840
    863-675-5270
    EOE/DFSFWP


    *' FILE CLERK/RECEPTIONIST -
    Needed Immediately
    Everglades Farm Equipment
    in Belle Glade, FL.
    NEEDED: Mature individual that is motivated and can
    work without supervision. Duties included, but are not
    limited to Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable,
    Sales Dept., Filing, Telephone Communications and
    Preparing Statements. Must be dependable and pos-
    sess some previous clerical experience.
    HOURS: 7:30 am. to 5:00 p.m. daily w/1 hour lunch.
    Please call 561-996-6531
    Ask for Brian.


    RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE LENDER
    Must be proficient in sales & customer service
    with attention to profitability.
    Excellent compensation package incl.
    medical dental,life, disability insurance & 401k.
    Commission based unlimited income potential!
    Please mail, fax or Email resume to:
    T.Cline, Big Lake National Bank,
    107 SW 17st., Suite B,
    Okeechbbee, FL 34974
    Fax: 863-467-6166
    Email:tcline@biglakenationalbank.com
    Drug Free Workplace EOE


    STRUCTURAL STEEL CO. SEEKS:
    EXPERIENCED
    IRON WORKERS &
    r SHOP WELDERS.
    Suncoast Industries of Florida
    6133 Idlewild St., Fort Myers, FL
    Call For Personal Interview
    239-936-7887
    Drug Test Required.


    'HEALTHFLORIDA
    Medical center in LaBelle/Clewiston
    seeks FT/PT, Doctors, PA, NP, RN,
    LPN, MA, x-ray techs, diag. test
    techs & receptionist. Fax resume to
    863-675-7020 or email to
    healthflorida@earthlink.net


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    STEEL BUILDINGS. Factory
    Deals Save $$$. 40 x 60
    to 100 x 200. Example: 50
    x 100 x 12 = $3.60 sq ft.
    (800)658-2885
    www.rigidbuilding.com.


    KITCHEN TABLE,
    w/6 chairs. Good condition.
    $100 (863)467-6088


    Biing
    Maeral 5401


    THERAPEDIX

    Outpatient rehab seeks FT/PT
    RPT, PTA, OTR, COTA, CRT,
    aides, MSW. Fax resume to
    863-675-7020 or e-mail to
    healthfloridacearthlink.net


    FULL-TIME REPORTER WANTED


    S HOPE HOSPICE tie reporter wanted for coverage in Hendry and lades Counties
    R 's- FHO Time The successful applicant must be a self-motivated individual with strong

    PATIENT HOME VISITS IN orazaional skills Previous news expeence is preferredndknowledge o
    HENRY & GLADES COUNTIES
    RURAL AREA BENEFITS digital photography is helpful. Duties will include the coverage of government
    AVAILABLE
    Flexible Scheduling Daytime Hours
    Monday through Friday, some weekends meetings in both counties, fulfilling assignments on time, creating communi-.
    Must have Florida RN License
    HOPE HOSPICE PAYS FOR ALL INSURANCE contacts, andcreaing enterprtig etur


    BENEFITS for Full Time employees!
    Health, Dental, and Disability Income Insurance
    in addition to 26 Paid Days Off per year and an
    excellent Retirement Plan! All positions require
    reliable transportation, current auto insurance
    and FL driver's license


    Fax resume to:
    Hope Hospice Human Resources
    (Fax)239-656-5276 or
    Complete an application at our Hope
    Hospice Clewiston office:
    100 W.C. Owen Avenue
    Clewiston, FL 33440
    Local Interviews Available
    EOE www.hopehosnice.orQ/Careers.htm Drug


    Free
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    To apply: Fax resumes to(83)983-7537,


    Resumes can be mailed or dropped off at the Clewiston News office at


    SWest Sugarland HighwayClewiston FL, 334.



    Resufmes should be addressed-to: Mark Young, News Editor,


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    DAILY WORK DAILY PAY
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    Child Care Needed 410
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    Instruction 420
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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


    Merchandise



    Air Conditioners 505
    Antiques 510
    Appliances 515
    Appliance Parts 520
    Beauty Supplies 525
    Bicycles 530
    Books & Magazines535
    Building Materials 540
    Business Equipment 545
    Carpets,-Rugs 550
    Children's Items 555
    China, Glassware, Etc.560
    Clothing 56-5
    Coins/Stamps 570
    Collectibles 575
    Computer/Video 580
    Crafts/Supplies 585
    Cruises 590
    Drapes. nens & Fabrics 595
    Fireplace Fixture 600
    Firewood 605
    Furniture 610
    Furs 615
    Health & Reducing
    Equipment 620
    Heating Equipment/
    Supplies 625
    Household Items 630
    Jewelry 635
    Lamps/Lights 640
    Luggage 645
    Medical Items 650
    Miscellaneous 655
    Musical Instruments 660
    Office Supplies/
    Equipment 665
    Pets/Supplies/
    Services 670
    Photography 675
    Plumbing Supplies 680
    Pools &. Supplies 685
    Restaurant
    Equipment 690
    Satellite 695
    Sewing Machines 700
    Sporting Goods 705
    Stereo Equipment 710
    Television/Radio 715
    Tickets 720
    Tools 725
    Toys & Games 730
    VCRa 735
    Wanted to Buy 740


    MICROWAVE, $20
    (863)467-6088


    MIXER, Sunbeam w/
    beaters & bread hooks.
    Stainless steel, 2 bowls.
    $45 (863)983-1848

    REFRIGERATOR
    Runs good.
    $50. (863)946-6605.
    REFRIGERATOR GE, 18.2
    cubic ft. with Ice maker.
    Good cond. $90.
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    BICYCLE- 24" Huffy, girls
    bike, like new, never used,
    $45. (863)763-0151.


    DROP CEILING TILE- (45)
    2'x4', contractor quality.
    white, $50. (863)763-
    4514.
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    $$$ Buy Direct From Man-
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    $35.
    (863)946-6605.


    CARPET & PAD
    For 4 Rooms, Light beige,
    Very nice. $250
    (863)946-3916

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    256ram, lOgbHD airport
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    ANTIQUE CHINA
    CABINET
    asking $300
    (863)983-8973
    BABY SWING Battery
    powered. Swing 3
    different ways. $35.
    (863)447-0965.
    BEDS (2) Twin,
    California Style w/frames.
    $200 for both Will sep. 863-
    447-0965/357-2816
    COFFEE TABLE
    Oak & glass top Octagon
    shape w/matching end.
    $100. (863)467-1619.
    CRAFTMATIC ELE. Ad-
    just.twin bed w/ortho
    matt. Ele. $500
    (954)966-2041
    DAYBED COVER
    With pillow shams, dust
    ruffle. Light beige. $20.
    '(863)634-0936.
    DINETTE SET
    w/4 matching stools,
    butcher block top, $85.
    (863)763-3535.
    DR SUITE- solid wood, ta-
    ble, 6 chairs, leaf, lighted
    china cabinet, $600.
    (863)697-1991.
    DR TABLE W/4 CHAIRS-
    solid wood, 1940's, good
    cond, $250 neg.
    (863)357-2233.
    ENTERTAINMENT CENTER
    Large, Solid wood. Like
    new. Pd. $1200. Asking
    $350 863-.946-3916
    HEAD BOARD
    Full size, good
    condition. $35.
    (863)946-1083.


    LOVE SEAT SOFA BED
    Castro Convertible.
    Very good cond. $175.
    (863)357-1430.

    QU. Mattress/Foundation
    Serta Perfect Sleeper, Very
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    @ $450 (863)673-2661


    Gol lbs
    Eqipmn 618


    GOLF CART 4 seater w/
    truck bed Good tires/
    battery/charger Dependable
    $1250. 863-697-2033.

    GOLF CLUBS, Wilson &
    Spalding, 2 Sets w/metal
    woods. $190 for both, will
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    GOLF CLUBS
    5 Metal Woods, Jumbo
    Driver & Wilson S.W.
    $115. (863)946-3123.


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    EXERCISE BIKE- good con-
    dition, $50 or best offer.
    (863)763-4491.


    STEPPER- good condition,
    $50 or best offer,
    (863)763-4491.


    FUEL TANK 2000 Gal.
    Double wall. Wielded
    saddles. Like new $2500.,
    (239)695-2724.


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    ELECTRIC CART
    3 wheels. Retail $1695.
    3 mo old $975.
    (863)675-2596


    Earmark Hearing, Okee,
    Standard Hearing Aids
    from 2 for $699.00. Call
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    ELEC. TYPEWRITER- Royal
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    Good condition
    $200. Firm
    (863)357-7852.


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    (863)634-2424
    Chocolate Lab Puppies
    8 wks. old
    $500
    (863)612-4847
    EASTER BUNNIES
    (10), $100. Will
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    or 863-673-0476.
    QUARTER HORSE, Reg. 4
    yr. old Filly. Exc. blood line.
    Doc O'Lena & Zan Par Bar
    Nice Broodmare Prospect
    $1400 863-763-2692
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    JACK RUSSEL- 6 1/2 mos
    old, all white, spotted
    brown, very cute, $250
    (863)697-1645.
    MINIATURE GERMAN
    SCHNAUSER 4 months
    old illness forces the sale
    $300 (863)634-5914
    MININPIN Black/tan, Male,
    AKC, Avail Mar 18, '05.
    $400. Lake Port
    (863)946-3857.
    PEACH DOVES, (2), old
    enough to eat on their
    own, $20 each. (863)675-
    621.4 aft 6 pm.
    PITT BULL PUPPIES
    Ready to go on 03/1.1/05
    Parents on premises. Red
    /Blue $200 863-634-4483.
    TAN DOVES- (8,), 2 barely
    old enough to eat on their
    own, 6 good breeding
    stock, make good pets ,
    $80 will sep. (863)675-
    6214.
    YORKIE PUPPIES 9 weeks
    old, AKC reg., 1 female, 1
    male, $695. Call (561)
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    YORKIPOO MALE PUP- ap-
    ricot, 10 wks old, shot, vet
    cert. "great personality!!"
    $375. (863)357-0037.



    FILTER New Hayward Vari-
    Flo. Valve & top for sand
    filter pool system. $35
    (863)763-2692



    STEREO SPEAKERS Pair
    of Fischer speakers Dark
    brown. 2'x 2'. Exc Corld.
    $40. (863)763-5035.


    SONY, 57", High Defini-
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    KP57WS510, $1500.
    (863)673-0139


    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
    For Dolly Hand Cultural Arts
    Center. If interested please call

    561-993-1160


    FAST CASH FOR ANY-
    THING- campers, boats,
    ATV's, heavy equip, sur-
    plus items, anything of
    value. (863)228-2761.

    I WANT TO BUY- Big Lake
    National Bank Stock, will
    pay top dollar, contact
    (863)610-0965.
    MOBILE HOME/CAMPER
    WANTED Set up on a ren-
    tal lot preferred with Fi/
    room Buckhead Ridge lo-
    cation would be OK.
    Please call 561-924-9339

    Wanted: FL ART
    A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
    Highwaymen Art.
    772-562-5567


    Agriculture

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    Christmas Trees 745
    Farm Equipment 805
    Farm Feed. Products 810
    Farm Miscellaneous 815
    Farm Produce 820
    Farm Services
    Offered 825
    Farm Supplies/
    Services Wanted 830
    Fertilizer 835
    Horses 840
    Landscaping
    Supplies 845
    Lawn & Garden 850
    Livestock 855
    Poultry/Supplies 860
    Seeds-Plants,.
    Flowers 865




    Ben Byrd's
    Outdoor Power Equipment
    Sale & Service
    To Your Door
    Factory Authorized
    Available 7 Days
    Servicing Hendry & Glades
    863-677-0210.




    RIDING MOWER 42"
    Craftsman, rebuilt deck,
    very good condition,
    $600. (863)674-1105.

    WHEEL BARREL, Large,
    Fiberglass. $20
    (863)983-1848

    WHEELBARROW, Large,
    Fiberglass. $20
    (863)983-1848



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


    STAGHORN FERN- extra
    large, buyer must move,
    $200 or best offer.
    (863)983-8976.


    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.
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    Available.
    Call 863-227-6155 or
    863-946-0004.


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    MEDICAL OFFICE
    SPACE For lease,
    Approximately 1200sf
    Close To Hospital
    & next to
    Social Security office.


    PROFESSIONAL OFFICE
    SPACE- 950-1150 sq. ft,
    perfect for Lawyer, CPA,
    satellite offices etc. Call
    (561)996-7727.




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    new management, address
    - 7555 US Hwy. 27 North
    Palmdale. 863-675-5999

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    SHARE HOUSE- Furnished,
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    amenities, single working
    adult, (863)763-9146.


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    Sale 1005
    Commercial
    Property Sale 1010
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    Townhouses Sale 1015
    Farms Sale 1020
    Houses Sale 1025
    Hunting Property 1030
    Investment
    Property Sale 1035
    Land Sale 1040
    Lots Sale 105
    Open House 1050
    Out of State .
    Property Sale 1055
    Property Inspection 1060
    Real Estate Wanted 1065
    Resort Property -
    Sale 1070
    Warehouse Space 1075
    Waterfront Property 1080


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    area $2500 863-824-6720.



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    Weekdays (314)209-9800
    Evenings (314)293-0610.




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    in South Florida! Gorgeous
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    $174,900. Great financ-
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    Moore Haven
    Builders lots still
    available in brand new
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    Caloosahatchie River.
    New Homes currently
    under construction.
    .Pre-construction
    discounts.
    (954) 605-6407


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    942 Virginia Avenue
    Small lot,
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    Cash price $4,000.
    Call 803-407-3333.



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    offering new homesites in
    Phase II at Shine Landing,
    a gated waterfront com-
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    in this upscale community
    with boating access to the
    Neuse River, 'Pamlico
    Sound and Atlantic Ocean,
    plus clubhouse, fitness
    center, tennis, swimming
    pool and private marina.
    Homesites as low as
    $29,900. Financing availa-
    ble. Coastal Marketing &
    Development Company,
    New Bern, NC (800)566-
    5263,
    www.shinelanding.com.

    FORECLOSED GOV'T
    HOMES $0 or Low down!
    Tax repos and bankrupt-
    cies! No Credit O.K. $0 to
    low down. For listings
    800)501-1777 ext.

    FREE LAND LIST- NC
    MOUNTAINS- Custom
    built log homes, river
    frontage and beautiful se-
    cluded land off Blue Ridge
    Parkway. Call now.
    (800)455-1981, ext. 133.


    LAKE VIEW BARGAIN
    $29,900., Free boat slip!
    High elevation beautifully
    wooded parcel. Across
    from national forest on
    35,000 acre recreational
    -lake in TN. Paved roads, u/
    g utils, central water, sew-
    er, more. Excellent financ-
    ing. Call now (800)704-
    3154, ext. 609. Sunset
    Bay, LLC.


    LAND WANTED Land In-
    vestment company seeks
    large acreage in Florida
    and Georgia. Interested in
    waterfront, timber, and ag-
    ricultural lands. Must have
    road frontage or good ac-
    cess. Cash buyer with
    quick closings. Call
    (877)426-2636 or email:
    landyetiveg@aol.com.

    NEW MEXICO-20 Acres
    $24,900. Scenic region,
    views, canyons, trees,
    rolling hills, wildlife. Enjoy
    hunting, hiking, horses,
    great climate. Power, great
    access. 100% Financing.
    Call (877)822-LAND!


    NORTH CAROLINA LAKE-
    FRONT ONLY $39,900.
    Great All Sports lake to
    fish, boat, swim or just re-
    lax. Call for details, MLC
    (866)920-5263.

    Savor Breathtaking Moun-
    tain Views & Golf Living at
    Cherokee Valley, a premier
    mountain golf community
    set amid PB Dye designed
    18 hole course in Carolina
    Mtns. A sanctioned .Golf
    Digest Teaching Facility
    too! Impeccable mtn view
    homesites from $59,900.
    Financing, Call (866)334-
    3253 x822
    www.cherokeevalleysc.c-
    om.


    WE DO RENTALS! Southern
    Vermont's rental center.
    Mount Snow, West Dover,
    Vermont. By week/
    weekend/month or sea-
    son! Includes recreational/
    cultural activities. We offer
    hillside condos, town
    houses, chalets, (large/
    small homes.) Mountain
    Resort Rentals, P.O. BOX
    1804, West Dover, Ver-
    mont 05356.
    www.mountainresortrent-
    als.com, email: rent-
    verm@sover.net.
    (888)336-1445, (802-
    64-1445).,

    WESTERN NC MOUNTAINS
    North Carolina Where
    there is: Cool Mountain
    Air, Views & Stream,
    Homes, Cabins &
    Acreage. CALL FOR FREE
    BROCHURE OF MOUN-
    TAIN PROPERTY SALES.
    (800)642-5333. Realty Of
    Murphy 317 Peachtree St.
    Murphy, N.C. 28906.
    www.realtyofmurphy.co-
    m.




    WATERFRONT PROPERTY -
    Wanted in Taylor Creek or
    Rim Canal & Tr. Island In
    any cond. 772-370-6252



    MOBILE WORKSHOP
    14x52, zoned for workshop
    in Glades Co. wired 220.
    $2,000 neg 352-754-8514


    Mobile Homes


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



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


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


    HANDY MAN SPECIAL '93
    Fleetwood 14'x 50' 2BR,
    1BA,(863)675-6651 Call
    after 6pm or leave msg.


    LOT W/MOBILE HOME
    3BR/2BA cent. AC/Heat
    fenced yard w/w carpet
    $80,000 (863)983-7457



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    Appliances,
    Screen Room
    & Shed
    $69,900.



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    Tropical #228
    DW, 3/2, Lg.
    Screen Room,
    10x14 Shed
    $38,900


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    Land & Home
    Packages in
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    NowAvailable


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    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


    PARK MODEL 40' 93'
    In Aqua Isles full in-
    closed Fl. rm. w/
    jalousie & work area
    w/shed move in cond.
    $17,500
    (863)675-1206 or Inq.
    @ J31 Aqua Isles


    SKYLINE Custom built park
    model. 12', Screen room.
    Furn. Lot 8 on Little Big
    Land Marina, Lake Port.
    Bargain $18,000.
    (863)946-0975


    Trailer, '93, 33 ft., w/Fla.
    room & bedroom addition,
    carport for boat storage,
    nice landscaping, located
    in Fisheating Bay Condo in
    Lakeport, You own your
    own lot, w/clubhouse,
    heated pool, boat ramp w/
    Lake Okeechobee access.
    Great Park! Only $35,000
    863-946-3718
    859-391-8733


    YELLOW STONE 30'
    Mobile. Fl/room, Water front
    $5800 (865)924-9228


    Grab a bargain from your
    neighbor's garage, attic,
    basement or closet in to-
    day's classified.


    (863)612-0258.



    WANTED; Plymouth, GTX,
    Road Runner, 70-71 Cuda.
    Dodge, Coronet R/T, Chal-
    lenger R/T or Super-Bee.
    Day 866-223-5440 John
    Eve. 215-947-1567




    CHEVY '83, 3/4 ton, Long
    bed, 350 build, 400 trans.
    38.5 tires. $5000.
    (863)634-0936.
    CHEVY BLAZER 79'
    engine needs work
    $900
    (863)673-2350


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    AXLES- (2) 2 1/2 ton GMC
    Military, asking $1200.
    (863)612-9891.


    BEDLINER- for New '05
    Dodge Ram, $100.
    (863)467-9077.

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    Recreation



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


    BOAT COVER
    Waterproof fits up to
    22' boat. $75
    (863)824-0455
    DECK BOAT, '92
    26ft, with trailer, $7000
    (863)675-4691

    JOHN BOAT
    14' & trailer. $475.
    Call (863)675-6214
    after 6pm.
    Place your ad online at
    http://www2.newszap.com/
    classfl.htmi or mailto:
    classad@newszap.com


    PONTOON OAT, 20'- new
    trailer, new floor and
    carpet, hardtop, '86 70hp
    Johnson motor, call for info.
    $4000. (863)674-1105.

    PONTOON Sweetwater, 20'
    45hp, With trailer $5000.
    863-467-7136 or
    Cell 515-321-8338.
    STARCRAFT DEEP V 15'
    w/trlr, Evinrude 48 hp,. trol-
    ling, extras, cover, 2 new
    batt. $2000 863-824-0048


    FREE INTERNET ADVERTI-
    SING- if your item is worth
    over $100 and priced to
    sell, I will advertise it for
    Free on the Internet.
    Campers, boats, RV's,
    bulk items, motorcycles,
    or anything any condition.
    (863)228-2761.


    NATION'S #1 SELLING RV
    BRANDS-Florida's Moto-
    rHome & Towable Head-
    quarters. Great Service-
    Fair Prices. Giant Recrea-
    tion World. *Melbourne-
    (800)700-1021.
    Orlando- (800)654-8475
    *Daytona- (800)893-
    255255.
    www.grwrv.com.
    RIVERFRONT in Meadow
    Lark Campground, 35 ft
    trailer, 10x30 rm. addition,
    car port & shed. Boat dock-
    age avail. 863-675-3474




    AIRBOAT HULL- Thurman
    Aluminum, 7'x1l1', w/trlr
    and fuel cell, $1200 neg.
    (863)612-9891.
    BOAT TRAILER
    New wheel jack, New tires,
    carpet lift runners. $300.
    (863)357-4604.
    PROPELLER, Air Boat Pad-
    dle, 72-34. Good condi-
    tion. $350 (863)946-3857
    Lake Port.


    WILDWOOD LITE,'00- 21ft,
    very good condition,
    $7000. (863)983-8602.



    Automobiles




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


    FORD GRANADA '82,
    needs battery & tires.
    reliable. Clean title.
    $200. Firm (863)805-8789
    JEEP CHEROKEE, '91- need
    work, $500 or best offer.
    (863)467-6122.

    SMERC TOPAZ '90, For
    parts only $500. or
    best offer. You haul.
    (863)983-4154:
    Place.your ad online at
    http://www2.newszap.com/
    classfl.html or mailto:
    classad@newszap.com
    TOYOTA COROLLA LE '01
    Under 50K mIs. Exc. cond.
    Loaded, All pwr.. 1 Owner.
    $10,000. 863-675-1376
    TOYOTA CORONA
    '69, Runs, Needs some
    TLC. $500. Or best offer.
    (863)946-0992.
    TOYOTA PREVIA, '93- as is,
    $1000 or best offer.


    IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
    20TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND
    FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA
    CASE NO. 04-885-CA
    WACHOVIA BANK, NATIONAL
    ASSOCIATION F/K/A
    FIRST UNION NATIONAL BANK
    Plaintiff
    vs.
    HERBERT L. DAVIS, A/K/A
    HERBERT A. DAVIS, ET AL
    Defendants
    NOTICE OF SALE
    PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45
    NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant
    to the Summary Final Judgement in
    Foreclosure dated February 28th,
    2005, and entered in Case No. 04-
    885-CA of the Circuit Court of the,
    20th Judicial Circuit in and for
    HENDRY County, Florida, wherein
    WACHOVIA BANK, NATIONAL AS-
    SOCIATION F/K/A" FIRST UNION
    NATIONAL BANK is Plaintiff and
    HERBERT L. DAVIS, A/K/A HER-
    BERT A. DAVIS; UNKNOWN
    SPOUSE OF HERBERT L. DAVIS Al
    K/A HERBERT A. DAVIS; JUANITA
    DANIELS AS THE JOHN DOE, OR
    ANY OTHER.PERSON IN POSSES-
    SION; H.L. BENNETT; HOMESTAR
    MORTGAGE LENDING CORPORA-
    TION; BENNIE L. HALL, JR.; all un-
    known parties claiming by,
    through, under or against the
    named Defendant(s), whether liv-
    ing or not, and whether said un
    known parties claims as heirs, de-
    visees, grantees, assignees, lien-
    ors, creditors, trustees, or in any
    other capacity, claiming by,
    through under or against the
    named Defendant(s) are the Defoten-
    dant(s), I will sell to the highest and
    best bidder for cash at the 2ND
    FLOOR IN THE HALLWAY OF THE
    COURTHOUSE, of the HENDRY
    County Courthouse, in HENDRY
    County, Florida, at 11:00, on the
    30th day of March, 2005, the fol-
    lowing described property as set
    forth in said Order or Final Judge-
    ment, to wit:
    LOT 11, THE EAST 1/2 OF LOT 12,
    WEST 1/2 OF LOT 13, AND LOT
    14, BLOCK C, SUNSENT PARK
    SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO
    THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS
    RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2,
    PAGES IS) 1, PUBLIC RECORDS
    OF HENRY COUNTY, FLORIOA.
    Street Address:
    821 Seminole Avenue
    LaBelle, Florida 33935.
    WITNESS my hand and the
    seal of the Court this 2nd
    day of March, 2005.
    BARBARA S. BUTLER
    As /S/ Hammond
    559230 CGS 3/1017
    IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
    THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL
    CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
    HENRY COUNTY, FLORIDA
    Case No.: 2005-034-CP
    IN RE: Estate of
    MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS,
    Deceased
    NOTICE TO CREDITORS
    (Summary Administration)
    TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS
    OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE
    ABOVE ESTATE:
    You are hereby notified that an Or-
    der of Summary Administration has
    been entered in the estate of Mary
    Elizabeth Williams, deceased, File
    No: 2005-034-CP, by the Circuit
    Court for Hendry County, Florida,
    Probate Division, the address of
    which is PO Box 1760, LaBelle,
    Florida 33975; that the decedent's
    date of death was August 5, 1999;
    that the total value of the estate is
    $50,000.00 and that the names
    and addresses of those to whom it
    has been assigned by such order
    are:
    Name: Address
    Minnie Williams
    3004 W. Briarwood Circle
    LaBelle, Florida 33935
    ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE
    NOTIFIED THAT:
    All creditors of the estate of the de-
    cedent and persons having claims
    or demands against the estate of
    the decedent other than those for
    whom provision for full payment
    was made in the Order of Summary
    Administration must file their
    claims with this court WITHIN THE
    TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN
    SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORI-
    DA PROBATE CODE.
    ALL CLAIMS AND DEMANDS NOT
    SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER
    BARRED.
    NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER
    APPLICABLE TIME PERIOD, 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 March 10,2005.
    Alison C. Hussey
    Florida Bar No. 0116165
    PAVESE LAW FIRM
    Attorneys for Minnie Williams
    SP.O. Drawer 2280
    LaBelle, FL 33975
    Telephone: 863-675-5800
    Fax No.: 863-675-4998
    Minnie Williams
    3004 W. Briarwood Circle
    LaBelle, FL 33935
    559083 CGS 3/10,17/05

    PUBLIC NOTICE
    Public notice is hereby given
    that Ferguson Towing will
    sell at public Auction, free
    from all prior liens, the fol-
    lowing vehicles i' ,i ,.,.ii,
    unclaimed in .i.,i, i ,,II
    charges unpaid, pursuant to
    Florida statutes 713.78, to
    the highest bidder at 12065
    Lake Shore, Canal Point, FL
    33438 on March 14, 2005 at
    9:00 a.m.
    1995 Ford Grn 2-Door
    1FALP4044SF121994
    1992 Ford Unknown
    2FACP75W7NX206462
    1989 Buick Whi 2-Door
    2G4WB1 4TOK1h461670
    1998 NIssan 4-Door
    1N4DL01DXWC118919
    1990 Chevrolet Whi 4-Door
    1G1BL5476LA131641
    1986 Chevrolet Bik 2-Door
    1G1YY0788G5122165
    1981 Chevrolet Red Pickup
    CDC14G7BJ161822
    1986 Toyota Blu 2-Door
    JT25T64CXG7076584
    557316 CGS 3/3,10/05


    CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS


    Sealed :,, il i r ,''-; ,,i-i l ri 0) P.M. (Bartow Local Time) on
    Thursday, March, 2005 at the District Office, State of orida Depart-
    ment of Transportation, 801 North Broadway Ave., Bartow, Forida 33830
    for the following work. Bids received will be opened and publicly read
    aloud in the Planning Multi-Purpose Conference Room. Sealed bids may
    be mailed and must be received prior to bid opening to State of Florida
    Department of Transportation, 801 North Broadway Ave., Attn: District
    Contracts MS 1-18, Bartow, FRorida 33830. If the bid amount is greater
    than $250,000.00 on construction projects, the Contractor must be pre-
    qualified as required by Florida Statute 337.14(1) and Rule Chapter 14-
    22.
    PLEASE CHECK THE SPECIAL PROVISIONS FOR INSTRUCTIONS FOR
    SUBMISSION OF DBE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION PLAN.
    -----NOTE-----
    Proposal Forms will not be issued after 2:00 P.M. (Bartow Local Time)
    on Wednesday, March 23, 2005. Plan holders list will not be issued after
    5:00 pm on Friday, March 18, 2005.
    NOTICE TO BIDDERS: YOU MAY OBTAIN PLANS, SPECIAL PROVISIONS
    AND/OR BID DOCUMENTS. BY FAXING A FAX ORDER FORM TO (863)
    534-7172. THIS FORM MAY BE DOWNLOADED AT
    WWW.DOT.STATE.FL.US/CONTRACTSADMINISTRATIONDISTRICT1.
    FIRST TIME BIDDERS MUST ATTEND AN ORIENTATION MEETING IN
    ORDER TO RECEIVE BID DOCUMENTS FOR MAINTENANCE PROJECTS
    ONLY. YOU MUST INDICATE ON THE FAX ORDER FORM OF YOUR IN-
    TENT TO ATTEND.THIS MEETING. NEW BIDDERS ORIENTATION MEET-
    ING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2005 AT 2:00
    P.M. FOR TECHNICAL QUESTIONS REGARDING SPECIFICATIONS OR
    PAY ITEMS, CONTACT THE PROJECT MANAGER LISTED.
    (CONTRACT NO. E1E75) (THIS IS A REBID OF E1E58) COUNTY HEND-
    : (DS FUNDS): FINANCIAL PROJECT NO 412013-1-52-01; Improve-
    ments consists of drainage improvements on State Road 29 (Bridge St)
    from a point north of SR 80 northerly 0.076 miles to a point north of SR
    80 northeasterly 0.076 miles to a point east of SR 29, in Labelle. (Approx
    75 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: SHARON HEDRICK
    (863) 519-2382. BUDGET AMOUNT $140,000. NOTE: THERE IS NO
    CHARGE FOR PLANS ANO SPECS.
    (CONTRACT NO. E1E76-RO COUNTIES GLADES & HENRY: (D
    UNgS): FINANCIAL PROJECT NO418585-1-72-01 & 418584-1-72-01;
    Work consists of mechanical sweeping of Primary Roads. pprox 365
    Calendar Oays). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: JOHN ANDERSON (863)
    674-4027. BUDGET AMOUNT $25,000.00. NOTE: THERE IS NO
    CHARGE FOR SPECS.
    (CONTRACT NO. E1E77) COUNTIES GLADES & HENDRY: (D FUNDS):
    consists of TV viewing and desilting of pipes. (Approx 365 Calendar
    Days). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: JOHN ANDERSON (863) 674-4027.
    BUDGET AMOUNT $200,000.00. NOTE: THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR
    SPECS.
    Orders for these documents should be directed to the ODistrict Con-
    tracts Administrator, District Contracts Office, Mail Station 1-18, Florida
    Department of Transportation, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, Florida
    33830, or PO Box 1249, Bartow Florida 33831, Phone: (863) 519-2559.
    Checks should be made payable to the State of Florida Department of
    Transportation. No refund will be made. The right is reserved to reject any
    or all bids.
    Cheryl Sanchlous
    Distnct ContractsAdministrator
    555590 CGS 3/3,10/05


    CHEVY MOTOR, 350, 4 volt ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
    main, 4 barrel carburetor, new, 10 hsp, fits John
    runs good, $600. Deere or Kawasaki Mule.
    (863)675-1862 $900. (863)692-2229.




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    PUBLIC NOTICE

    Notice is hereby given that The Hendry County
    School Board's approved 2004-05 Student
    Progression Plan is available on-line at the fol-
    lowing internet address:

    Student Progression Plan
    httD://www.hendry-
    schools.org/education/sctemp/
    646f83624c86d40ed9e56227bb5eabda/
    04-05
    Student Progression P.pdf

    AIP Math Criteria Matrix
    http://hendry-
    schools.org/education/sctemp/
    646f83624c86d40ed9e56227bb5eabda/
    AlP Math
    Criteria Matrix.pdf.

    AIP Reading Criteria Matrix
    http://hendry-
    schools.org/education/sctemps/
    646f83624c86d40ed9e56227bb5eabda/
    AlP Read
    Criteria Matrix.pdf

    Persons that do not have internet access can
    review this document at the Assistant Super-
    intendents' Office, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave.
    (Hendry County Courthouse, 2nd Floor), La-
    elle, FL 33935
    557233 CB/CGS 3/10/05


    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,
    SPlaintiff,
    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, FL.
    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 en-
    trance of the courthouse, 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, Fl 33471, at
    11:00 a.m. on the 24th day of March 2005.
    Dated this 1st day of March, 2005.


    CHEVY S10 1987 4x4 Ta-
    hoe. Runs but needs work.
    Topper incl. $600. (863)
    763-4032 or 763-7144.

    CHEVY SURBAN, 1982
    1 owner, good condition,
    $2,500.
    Call 863-675-4317.

    JEEP CHEROKEE SPORT
    Auto, Loaded, 94k, Exc
    cond. $7,750. Firm Bill
    (863)467-4663/467-0169

    JEEP Grand Wagoneer 84
    Camo paint job
    runs & looks good
    $1000.(863)673-0920


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

    * a.


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    THIS INSTRUMENT PREPARED BY:
    Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra
    9204 King Palm Drive
    Tampa, FI 33619-1328


    CLCL ur UIF UII 0URUT
    By: Jennifer Bevis
    Deputy Clerk


    "In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons
    needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding
    should contact the individual or agency sending the notice not later
    than seven days prior to the proceeding at the address given on the
    notice.n If hearing impaired, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771 or 1-800-955-
    8770 (voice), via Florida Relay Service"
    558312 CGS 3/10,17/05

    BID SOLICITATION NOTICE
    STATE OF FLORIDA
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION


    Bartow, Florida
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    TIRES & RIMS 4,'04-'05,
    6 lugs, Michelan
    255/65/R17 $700
    863-357-4604.


    Chevy 150 Pickup, '89,
    new V8 motor, trans, radi-
    ator, front end parts, tires,
    a/c, $2500 neg.
    (863)763-3679 aft 6.

    CHEVY PICKUP, '84, % ton,
    4 wheel drive, 6.2 diesel,
    runs & works $1500.
    (863)675-1862
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    FORD EXPLORER '92 new -
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    $2500 (863)357-1078

    Ford F250, '85, 6.9, Diesel,
    4x4, new motor, transmis-
    , sion & brakes, 800 watt
    stereo system, $3000
    neg. (863)763-3679


    FORD RANGER '95
    5spd. good cond. $2500
    (863)357-3413
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    FORD STEP SIDE P/U '80
    6 cyl. Runs good. Needs
    tires & battery. $750/best
    offer. 863-983-1865


    LEGAL NOTICE
    The following vehicles will be sold at
    public auction on March 21 at 8:00
    a.m. at 2190 NW 16th St.
    1998 Ford Windstar
    VIN #2FMZA5142WBD24329
    1991 Mazda 4Dr
    VIN #JM1BG2265M0229832
    1984 Buick 4Dr
    VIN #1G4AL19ROG64869
    559060 CGS 3/10/05


    FORD STEP-SIDE P/U '80
    6 cyl. Runs good. Needs tire
    & battery. $750/best offer.
    863-983-1865
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    when you sell it in the
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    NOTICE
    AUCTION
    Friday, March 11, 2005
    9:00 a.m.
    1233 NW Avenue L
    Belle Glade, FL
    Property of Tamica McRae
    Living room set, chest of drawers,
    stereo with speakers, misc. Items.
    Property of Iris Walker
    Sofa, framed prints, chandelier,
    artificial plants,
    Property of Dalnlka Ashley
    Kid's headboard, artificial plant.
    557425 CGS 3/3.10/05


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    NOTICE OF SALE
    TO: Robble Roland
    You are hereby notified that the prop-
    earty stored by you with Randy
    Coyle & Rena Blissett, Unit #8 lo-
    cated at 1801 Red Road, Clewis-
    ton, FL 33440. The Items are be-
    lieved to be household and miscel-
    laneous items and will be sold to
    the highest bidder for cash at the
    above address on March 11th,
    2005 at 11:00 a.m., along with the
    advertising costs in the amount of
    $148.87 plus $34.72. We reserve
    the right to refuse any and all
    bids.
    556265 CGS 3/3,10/05


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    NOTICE OF MEETING
    GERBER GROVES WATER
    CONTROL DISTRICT
    The annual meeting of the landown-
    ers ofGerber Groves Water Control
    District will be held at 10:00 a.m.
    on Friday, March 25, 2005 In the
    meeting room of the Hendry
    County Extension Office, Labelle,
    Florida. A meeting of the Board of
    Supervisors will be held immedi-
    ately after the landowners' meet-
    ing.
    The purpose of the meeting is to elect
    a board member, approve a budget
    for fiscal year 2005/06 and con-
    duct other business as necessary.
    Bryan Beer, Chairman
    559192 CGS 3/10.17/05

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    PUBLIC SALE
    Notice is hereby given that on March
    19, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at FORT
    KNOX SELF STORAGE, 1025 Com-
    merce Dive, LaBelle, FL, (863)
    675-1025, the undersigned, FORT
    KNOX SELF STORAGE, will sell at
    Public Sale by competitive bidding
    the personal property heretofore
    stored with the undersigned by:
    Alan Jumper, 613
    Sofa, chairs, coffee table,
    large rug and misc. Items.
    William G. Robinson, L-33
    Pot belly stove, misc. items
    Armandina Flores, M-1
    Misc. items
    558063 CGS 3/10.17/05
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    Bob Black
    Store Manager


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    Moore Haven

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    Amanda Tracy
    Third Manager


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    Dairy Manager


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    Market Manager


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    Produce Manager


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