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Thursday, February 16,2006


Western Palm Beach County's Hometown Newspaper Since 1923


Vol. 79 No. 36


At a Glance

2006 Harvest
Queen Pageant
The pageant is open to
female residents of (or those
that attend school in) Belle
Glade, Pahokee, or South
Bay Area. She must be at
least 16 years old but no
older than 21 on the date of
the pageant. She must have
never been married, have no
children and not pregnant at
this time. She will have con-
ducted and will conduct her-
self with good citizenship
and good moral character.
Contestant's sponsor may be
from anywhere but must be
of good character. The Belle
Glade Lions Club and the
Glades Campus of Palm
Beach Community College
sponsor the Pageant. Appli-
cations can be picked up at
the Belle Glade Chamber of
Commerce 540 South Main
Street Belle Glade, (561) 996-
2745. The Application Dead-
line for the entry form, spon-
sor form and sponsor fee is:
March 3 at: Fidelity Federal
Bank and Trust 800 S. Main
Street, Federal Bank and
Trust. The Pageant will take
place April 1, at the Dolly
Hand Cultural Arts Center.

Talent showcase
You're invited to come
see the local talent. Area
rhythm and blues singers,
local rap groups, hot dance
groups and much more,
come out and support your
local talent on Thursday,
Feb. 23 from 7-9 p.m. at the
Dolly Hand Cultural Art Cen-
ter. Don't miss out. For more
information call (561) 993-
1169.

Mentor Center
program
We are currently recruit-
ing mentors for our children
in the after-school program.
Lend a hand, become a
mentor. Just two hours a
week a one-year commit-
ment. Center Director: Tina
McNutt Program Coordina-
tor: Cynthia McMillan, Men-
tor Center at Pahokee Ele-
mentary School, 560 East
Main Street, Pahokee (561)
924-6544 or (561) 924-2070.

Group welcomes
entertainers
This year's Black Gold
Jubilee Committee wel-
comes entertainers to the
annual festival. Singers,
dancers, musicians, comedi-
ans and other interested
entertainers who want to
participate in the festival are
asked to stop by the Belle
Glade Chamber of Com-
merce to pick up an applica-
tion to become a part of the
festival.
If you are interested in
learning more, please call
Barbara Milligan, 996-6429,
or the chamber of com-
merce, 996-2745.


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HCD approves new hospital


By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
The Health Care District of
Palm Beach County's Board
voted Wednesday to make the
final approval for the construc-
tion of a new hospital in the
Glades, setting aside $40 million
in cash to pay for the project. The
vote on the issue was unani-
mous.
According to district officials,
the 135,000-square-foot hospital
will serve as the new regional
hospital in the Glades cities of


Belle Glade, South Bay and Paho-
kee and will be centrally located
for easier access to all of their citi-
zens.
"It's going to be different from
what's out there today," said dis-
trict CEO Dwight Chenette. "It
will have the latest technology
and a substantial part of the hos-
pital will have private rooms."
The health care district has
reinforced its commitment to
building the new hospital with
appropriations totaling $40 mil-
lion for the estimated $52 million


project. Officials with the district
are hoping that the shortfall in
the funding will be paid for
through state and federal grants
and philanthropic donations.
By funding 80 percent of the
total cost of the hospital, officials
look forward to fulfilling a promise
made years ago under a previous
health care district administration
for the construction of a new hos-
pital to replace Glades General
Hospital. The $40 million figure is
enough that the facility will not be
saddled by future debt, said Mr.


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INI/Jose Zaragoza
Students at PEPPI Head Start in Belle Glade enjoyed the day playfully at the center.
Each of the children took turns at the swing before heading back to class.


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There is nothing as fun as a child as sliding down into the earth from above. These chil-
dren demonstrate the skill.


Years before
they will ever
drive a car,
these young
ones learn
the craft.


Chenette.
According to Health Care Dis-
trict officials, the construction plan
is now contingent on the procure-
ment of land. Mr. Chenette said the
district is interested in finding a
centralized location for the new
hospital, one of the early sites
being a piece of property near the
C.L. Brumback Center, which is
located between the cities of Paho-
kee and Belle Glade on State Road
80 and 441. The new hospital will
be located on 50 acres of land.
"This plan assumes we could


assume those 50 acres of land," he
said.
Mr. Chenette said the focus of
the district over the next 60 to 90
days will be in negotiating with the
state for the land. "We want to
move as expeditiously as possi-
ble," he said.
The location between the two
largest cities in the Glades ensures
that residents of all three cities are
in close proximity to the site.
After buying the hospital back
See Hospital Page 9


High Lake '0'



levels cause



problems


By MaryAnn Morris
FORT MYERS Commu-
nity members from around
the lake turned out in force for
a meeting of the South Florida
Water Management District
Governing Board (SFWND).
Local people, public offi-
cials and high school students
converged on the SFWMD
Governing Board meeting in
Ft. Myers at Florida Gulf Coast
University Wednesday, Feb 8.
They came from the east, they
came from the west and they
came from the center the
counties and towns around
Lake Okeechobee, the center
of the controversy that has
raged for many months and
years.
Placards held by irate citi-
zens spoke to individual views
of the problem: "Don't Flood
Our Town," "Save Our River,"
"Stop the Muck," "SFWMD is


Sugar Coating the Problems,"
"Stop the Blame" and similar
sentiments.
Reports by SFWMD region-
al officials and engineers out-
lined the situation.
Dr. Susan Gray, Ph.D.
Director of the Lake Okee-
chobee District Watershed
spoke of the worsening condi-
tion of the lake water and loss
of aquatic plants, which
deprive the lake water of
needed oxygen and spawning
beds for-the bass and other
fish in the lake.
"There is no silver bullet,
no one solution," said Cal Nei-
dauer, an engineer of 20 years
with SFWMD. He spoke of,
among other matters, the
schedule, which governs the
amount of water that is held
or discharged from the lake
through locks and flood gates.
See Lake-Page 9


Candidates



qualify for



March elections


By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Heated races are forming for
city commission seats in the
Glades, with the cities of Belle
Glade and Pahokee appearing as
though they can expect to have a
busy election period in March.
The city of South Bay, mean-
while, will have a quiet year this
time, with no candidates filing to
challenge the incumbents.
According to Debra Buff,
Belle Glade city clerk, all of the
incumbents have filed for re-elec-
tion and all are being opposed.
Challenging Mayor Steve Wilson
for his seat, Seat D, on the city
commission is resident and
schoolteacher Shelly Miller. In the
race for Seat C, currently held by


Commissioner Mary Kendall,
Michael Martin has qualified to
vie for the position on the com-
mission. And, lastly, Frank Duane
Mayo will be facing incumbent
Gwen Asia-Williams for Seat E.
In the city of South Bay, the
incumbents will have a smooth
journey to re-election this year,
with no other candidate chal-
lenging either of the commis-
sioners in the March elections.
There will be no election in South
Bay, as longtime Mayor Clarence
Anthony, who began his political
career in the 1980s, will extend
his term once more. Commis-
sioner Joe Kyles will also be auto-
See Elections Page 9


Chief rejects notion of a


short-staffed department


By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
BELLE GLADE Responding
to complaints by residents that
the police department is in dire
need of more staff and is strug-
gling in the wake of so many of its
officers leaving, Belle Glade Chief
of Police Albert Dowdell wants to
ensure the community that his
agency is responding to all calls.
He counters the opinion that,
like the neighboring cities of


"We don't need the sheriff's office to run
our city."
Albert Dowdell,
Belle Glade Police Chief


South Bay and Pahokee, Belle
Glade should begin to think about
allowing the Palm Beach County
Sheriff's Office to handle all law
enforcement duties in the city.
"We don't need the sheriff's


office to run our city," Chief
Dowdell said last week in his
office. "As chief of this police
department, 1 knowwe can do it."
See Chief Page 9


INI/JOSe Zaragoza
Chief of Police Albert Dowdell counters the opinion that the
police department is not able to provide full coverage to citi-
zens. His department is experiencing a staffing problem he
hopes to resolve in the coming weeks.


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Obituaries


Barbara Lee Rudd
Barlara Lee Rudd, age 64, of
( I ,i.., passed away Jan. 29,
2006 at Hospice of the Palm
Beaches.
Barbara was born Feb. 15, 1941,
at Sanford, FL to the late John Eric
Crosby and Mamie Ruby (Teston)
Patterson. She moved to Clewiston
50 years ago from Miami. She and
her late husband Jerry owned and
operated Rudl's Fish Company.
Survivors include her sons,
Jerry Keavon Rudd, Richard Kregg
Rudd, and William Eric Rudd; a
daughter, Kymm Rudd McCall
(Mike) all of Clewiston; brothers,
Ronald Eugene Crosby (Nanelle),
of Clewiston, Gerald Patterson
(Lind) of Cape Coral, A.J. Patterson
of Dalton, GA.; brother-in-law,


Brain Rusling, of Dalton, GA; and
four grandchildren.
She was preceded by her par-
ents, John and Mamie Crosby, hus-
band Jerry Rucdd and a sister Nancy
Patterson Rusling.
Billy Joe Alexander
Billy Joe Alexander, age 75, of
Pahokee, died Saturday, Feb. 11,
2006 in Okeechobee. He was
born in Madison County Sept.
16, 1930. His parents were John
Vance and Karie Alexander. Mr.
Alexander served in the U.S.
Marines and he was self-
employed in the excavating busi-
ness. Mr. Alexander was a Paho-
kee resident since 1950 moving
from Elba, Alabama. He was a
member of the American Legion


of LaBelle.
Survived by his wife of 48 years
Mary E. Alexander of Pahokee;
three sons Timothy E. Alexander of
Moore Haven, Jimmy W. Alexan-
der of Gordonsville, TN and Joseph
A. Alexander of Leigh, FL; two
daughters Janet M. Faulkner of
Okeechobee and Rita D. Ragsdale
of Gordonsville, TN, 18 grandchil-
dren and 3 great-grandchildren,
brother Alexander and sister Laura
Moss both of Jackson, MI.
Visitation was took place
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006 from 6-8
p.m. at Bass Okeechobee Funer-
al Home. Burial will be in Gor-
donsville Cemetery in Gor-
donsville, TN. Local
arrangements entrusted to the
loving care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home & Crematory.


George Harris Gregory
George Harris Gregory went
home to be with his youngest son
Lance who passed away in 1986. A
resident of Moore Haven, he was
born Jan. 7, 2006 at Kindred Hospi-
tal in St. Petersburg, FL. He was a
missionary in Brazil for 21 years, the
Bahamas for three years and El
Paso, TX for six years. He also ran a
guesthouse for missionaries in
Miami for six years. He retired to
Florida in 1992. He is a member of
the First Baptist Church in Moore
Haven. He is survived by his wife
Susan of 57 years, his two sons
Christopher and Mark, his two
daughters Melody Brown and
Rebecca Mintz, one brother
Eugene, 19 grandchildren and six
great grandchildren. He is preceded


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patients aren't completely truth-
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The days of the family doctor
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And one doctor may not be
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.Other people expect their
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and the patient. Doctors need
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patient.
Some things .to remember
when visiting a doctor:
Research your own family
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never told you about. Find out as
much as you can about grandpar-
ents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Give your doctor the names
of other doctors you are seeing,
and the ailments these doctors
are treating.
Make a complete list of all
prescriptions you are taking and
give a copy to the doctor. This is
especially important if you are on
a number of prescriptions.
Make a list of any vitamins,
nutritional supplements and
over-the-county drugs you take
and give a copy of this list to your
doctor. Just because something is
sold over the counter does not
mean it is safe for everyone.
Some prescription medications
interact badly with certain over-
the-counter drugs.
If you are in pain, keep a
"pain diary." Write down how the
pain feels at different times of the
day (sharp? burning? aching?)
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Be honest. If you have been
.cheating on your diet, don't lie
about it to the doctor. Some
foods interact badly with pre-
scription drugs. "Fibbing" about
what you have been eating could
put you in danger. Tell the truth
about other lifestyle factors. If
you smoke cigarettes, admit it. If
you drink, be truthful about how
many drinks you average. The
doctor is not there to judge you.
Questions about your eating,
exercise and other habits can be
important to properly diagnosing
the problem.
The internet is an amazing
source of information. If you are
diagnosed with a health problem,
go online and do a little reading.
Find out as much as you can
about your illness or injury. If sur-
gery is suggested, look it up.
Check out the possible complica-
tions.
If you don't feel comfortable
with the treatment prescribed by
your doctor, don't be afraid to go
to another doctor for a second
opinion. Doctors don't always
agree with each other. It's your
life and you have the right to
make an informed decision
about your treatment.
Before making change in your
diet or exercise plan, consult your
doctor. This is especially impor-
tant if you are on any prescription
drugs.


Olivia Marie Sanford
Michael and Carmen Sanford
of Belle Glade are proud to
announce the birth of their
daughter Olivia Marie Sanford.
She was born Dec. 6, 2005 at
Palms West Hospital in Loxa-
hatchee, Florida. She weighed
eight pounds, 11 ounces and
was 20.25 inches long at birth.
Olivia was welcomed home
by her big brother Trey. Maternal
grandparents are Gustavo and
Carmen Ruiz, paternal grand-
mother is Joyce Smith, and
great-grandparents are Roberto
and Maria Molina, all of Belle
Glade, Florida.
Javian Wyatt Ortez
Courtney Ervin and Richard
Ortez are proud to announce the
birth of their son Javian Wyatt
Ortez.
He was born Dec. 30, 2005 at
5:20 a.m. at Belle Glade Hospi-
tal. He weighed seven pounds
and three ounces and was 20
inches long at birth. Maternal
grandparents are Billy Joe Haith-
cock and Mada Cavazos. Pater-
nal grandparents are Jose Flores
and Maria Ortez. Great grand-
mother Joyce Ervin welcomed
Javian home.

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in death by his father and mother
George E. and Lillian of New Jersey.
William
Alberson Bulifant
William Alberson Bulifant, 78,
of 919 North Berner Road, Clewis-
ton, died Thursday, Jan. 5, at his
residence in Clewiston. Born in
Union, NY, He was the son of the
late Fredrick Churchill and the late
Ruth Marie (Mayers) Bulifant. He
moved to Clewiston at age 37 and
started working for Jones Farm,
eventually becoming partners with
L.S. Jones starting the Jones Ser-
vice Station. He became sole


owner of the station in time and
changed the name to Bill's Citgo &
Wrecker Service.
Survived by his wife Betty Marie
(Adams) Bulifant, one daughter
Sharon H. Gruber (Greg) of Light-
house Point, FL and our sons
Robert Lee Bulifant (Teresa) of
Petersburg, VA, William Fredrick
Bulifant (Mariylin) of Willow
Springs, NC, Ronald A. Hunt of
Clewiston, Donald O. Hunt (Debo-
rah) of Old Town, FL.
Funeral services took place
Monday, Jan. 9, at Akin-Davis
Funeral Home-Clewiston. Inter-
ment followed at the Ridgelawn
Cemetery.


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If I wantiti to be so


much more than now


By Pastor John Hicks
First United Methodist Church
I knew she was seriously inter-
ested in someone else, but I decid-
ed to throw myself into the pot any-
way. I pulled.out all of the stops,
and let her know that I was interest-
ed. The death toll came after our
second date. At her door, she told
me, "Let's just be friends."
I had no interest in being "just
friends". I wanted our relationship
to be much more! All my life I had
had safe brother/sister relationships
with a number of members of the
opposite sex. I was a good brother.
Even when I secretly desired a
deeper relationship, I kept it safe so
we would not strain a good friend-
ship with boyfriend/girlfriend
issues. I was safe.
Well, one day I decided that I
had had enough of this brotherly
platonic relationship stuff. I wanted
more. I'll tell you, it hurts to spend a
lot on someone you care about and
basically have them not care. She
told me I might wait around, and
something might happen down the
road. Yeah, right!
I was still interested, but I set my
mind that I was not going to wait
around. We still did things together
with the singles group, but I also
dated others. What happened? She
decided that maybe she wanted to
be more than just friends after all.
That seemed like a good idea to me
as well, so I married her!
Setting aside the romantic part
of this, I can't help but wonder if
Jesus doesn't want to have a similar
relationship with us. I can imagine
Him saying, "I'm tired of the level of
relationship you've settled for with


Me. I want it to be so much more!"
How many of us have been settling
for a static and platonic brother/sis-
ter type relationship with Jesus
when His desire for us is for some-
thing far more passionate?
The question we need to ask
ourselves is this: Are we ready to
take our commitment to Jesus to a
much deeper level? Do we want
our relationship to be much more
than what it has been? We can set-
tle for the same old level of loving
Him. We can play it safe. Or we can
take it to a deeper passionate level
and enjoy the blessings of what
happens when two become one.
Imagine Jesus standing there in
front of us, looking us in the eyes
saying, "Are you ready to really love
Me? I love you and gave my life for
our relationship to be more than
this."
What will it mean to become
more passionate in our love for
Jesus? First, it would mean us
spending more quality time with
Him not just rushed or occasion-
al time in the margins of our sihed-
ules. Second, more passionate love
means deeper communication -
not just talking to Christ with head
talk, saying what we think we are
supposed to say. More love means
sharing the inner most desires and
concerns of our hearts. Finally, to
go beyond a platonic brother/sister
relationship means giving up indi-
vidual control in order to do things
in union. With Christ, we will find
that we are stronger and more
complete than what we would be
by ourselves.
Dare to go beyond the platonic
to the passionate! You will be
blessed!


Web sites hawking


phone records shut down


TALLAHASSEE Attorney
General Charlie Crist announced
that a company he sued two weeks
ago has shut down four Web sites
that were selling the personal tele-
phone records of unsuspecting
consumers.
Ft. Lauderdale-based 1st Source
Information Specialists, Inc., has
placed a notice on its Internet sites
indicating that the company will no
longer accept new orders and will
not process any pending orders.
Crist filed the state's lawsuit on
Jan. 24, charging that the company
was in violation of Florida's Unfair
and Deceptive Trade Practices Act
and civil conspiracy laws. The litiga-
tion is still active.
"This is great hews for the peo-
ple of Florida," said Crist.
"Stopping the flagrant invasion
of privacy was the goal of this law-
suit and, at a minimum, these out-


rageous Web sites are down. We
will continue to pursue those who
seek to make a buck at the expense
of others."
The sites targeted by the attor-
ney general and now shut down
include: locatecell.com,
celltolls.com, datafind.org, and
peoplesearchamerica.com. Indi-
viduals visiting any of those sites
will now find the following mes-
sage: "Please be advised we are no
longer accepting new orders. All
finished orders will be returned by 5
p.m., Feb. 5, 2006. If by that time
you have not received (sic) results,
your order will not be processed,
and any authorization(s) pending
on your card will not be charged -
they will simply 'fall off' within the
next few days. Thank you for your
patronage, it was a pleasure serving
you. 1st. Source Information Spe-
cialist."


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'Bad words' and why they're bad: Respect


By The Reverend Samuel S.
Thomas, Ph.D.+
Saint Martin's Church, Clewiston
I have followed the burning of
the Danish Embassy by militants of
the Moslem faith. They took great
offense at the portrayal of the
prophet, Mohammed, in a fashion
they regarded as derogatory and
vented their anger against a govern-
ment office whose officials they felt
should have prevented the per-
ceived insult.
Other nations have shown the
portrayals or printed them in the
name of "free speech." It has
always interested me to know what
various groups, peoples and
nations regard as "blasphemous"
or insolent toward God or his mes-
sengers and what is not permitted.
It seems we live where the use
of the name of God in an inappro-
priate fashion is acceptable, but
there are other words that are for-
bidden. "Blasphemy" has been
defined as reviling or cursing God
or scared who were God's repre-


sentatives intentionally offering
indignities toward God or sacred
things. Apparently there are "bad
words" that are really bad and
those that are not so bad, depend-
ing on what you believe and where
you live.
I had a young person call me a
bunch of "bad names" and asked
him what the words meant that he
was using to express his feelings
one day. He didn't know. They pep-
pered his speech, obviously angry
speech, but he still didn't know
what the words meant. I assured
him that my parents were married
when one epithet came sailing in
my direction and he looked at me
with a strange look, as if to say,
"What does that have to do with
anything?"
It was obvious he didn't really
know what the word he used
meant. In fact, there are Biblical
words some might regard as pro-
fane and our literary heritage from
antiquity reflects a change in
speech "bad words" may truly
depend on the context in which


they are used and the intention of
the person who utters them.
What impressed me most
about the perceived insults to
Mohammed, though, was the reac-
tion of people for what they
believed. Their militant response
speaks of a respect for what they
believe to be scared to the point
that they will react very strongly
when desecration happens, even
by persons acknowledged to be
outside of their religion.
I remember a time growing up
when people spoke with respect
about the Lord even if they had no
part of a particular faith or a belief in
God. It had to do with respecting
the beliefs of others even if it wasn't
your belief. There was a time when
religious property was respected
and a time when the command-
ments about misuse of scared
words were taken seriously at all.
We seem to have lost that
respect apparently it may not be
lost in other parts of the world.
When someone causes another
person, he takes to himself some-


thing that is reserved for God alone
to do. He gives himself God's right
to do what only God can do and
that's wrong.
When someone insults God, he
shows no respect for his creator-
redeemor-sactifier; "bites the hand
that feeds him" as it were. He takes
credit for his own creation-redemp-
tion-sanctification; certainly some-
thing well beyond human capaci-
ties. I think that those who do such
things rarely ever have thought
about the implications of their
words or actions, and really don't
know what they are saying.
If they did, perhaps there would
be a lot less "swearing" or insolent
language. I also wonder if those
who are as militant about per-
ceived insults to the things they
hold dear have thought just what it
is that they are defending or what it
is that they perceive as insolent.
Their vehemence about demand-
ing respect, though, reminded me
of something that seems to be lost
in our part of the world and
maybe lost for the worse.


Sheriff's Office transfer in Pahokee completed


By Jose Jesus Zaragoza

PAHOKEE The city of Paho-
kee is no longer patrolled by offi-
cers in blue, but deputies in green.
At midnight on Feb. 12, the city offi-
cially made the switch to the Palm
Beach County Sheriff's Office,
which will be providing its policing
services in the city from now on.
From now on, the deputies will
handle all calls within the city of
Pahokee, as well as surrounding
areas at a cost that is significant-
ly less than the city's current law
enforcement budget. The current
chief, James Blackford, will be
assigned to Pahokee as a Lieu-
tenant and liaison.


A few days before the switch,
the personnel at the police depart-
ment sent off applications to the
sheriff's office and worked along-
side the agency in ensuring a
smooth transition.
One of the larger undertakings
included the review and filing of
the evidence in the police depart-
ment's evidence room. Catalogued
and stored away in protective
material, the evidence was sent off
for storage with the sheriff's office.
Records dating back years were
also taken to be put to microfilm
and stored at the county agency.
Prior to coming in, representa-
tives with the sheriff's office
looked at all of the equipment
used by the police department,


taking special note of the larger
items like cars and special equip-
ment to determine what could be
used and what would have to be
replaced. It is not certain how
many of the vehicles the sheriff's
office will replace.
According to the police chief,
all of the personnel of the former
police department had sent in their
applications to work for the sher-
iff's office. There is no information
as to whether all of the officers will
make it through the sheriff's office
screening process; however, the
sheriff accepted all of the officers
from South Bay when that city
opted to allow it to transfer its
policing services to the sheriff.
Those who are hired will


undergo training that all deputies
with the sheriff's office must pass
before being assigned to the city. It
is expected that at least a few of
the officers will be returning to the
city, though city officials and resi-
dents have expressed concern
with some of the officers now
working for the department.
Indeed it was the public outcry
regarding some of the officers that
prompted city officials to finally
sign the agreement. Historically,
the commission had voted down
the possibility of dissolving its
police department, but spurred by
an increasing number of com-
plaints, especially during city meet-
ings, the commission voted to
approve the agreement.


Letters to the Editor


To the editor:
The Commissioners that
pushed for the annexation of 715
MHP and Glades Glen should be
ashamed of themselves! They
repeatedly stated that these people
were begging to come into the city
of Belle Glade. If that were so, why
did only 53 people show up to the
poles to vote? Fifty-two of them
voted to be annexed in so they will
be. This should have been put to a
vote to all of the citizens of Belle
Glade since we are the ones that are-
going to incur the $1.5 million cost
of providing services to these newly
annexed areas.
The commission chose to ONLY
ALLOW the residents of 715 MHP
and Glades Glen to get to vote.
Why? Because they knew that we
didn't want to foot the bill for these
areas. WE CANNOT AFFORD IT!
However, they were not looking at
what was best for Belle Glade or
those residents. They were quite
simply LOOKING FOR MORE
VOTES FOR MARCH'S MUNICIPAL
ELECTION!
Since they held the special elec-
tion Feb. 7, they have about a week
to register to vote in Belle Glade's
Municipal election being held in
March. They could have saved us
the money for putting on the special
election and done it in March when
we were already having an election,
but they chose to waste our money,
YET AGAIN, and do it now so that
they could try to get their votes.
I sincerely hope that it backfires.
Our police department is strained
now as it is and the officers are
overworked. We do not have
enough of them to provide services
to these newly annexed areas. Nor
do we have the money to provide
the other essential services to these
areas. Shame on those commis-
sioners! Make your voices heard in
March and vote them out or Belle
Glade is doomed!
Sincerely,
Sherrie Dulany

Seniors deserve
Medicare extension
Dear editor:
It doesn't take an expert to real-
ize that prescription drug prices
have risen dramatically over the
past 20 years. Over and over, seniors
have asked for help from Congress
- help that I believe they deserve.
Seniors in this country should never
have to choose between their meals
and their medications.
But Congress dropped the ball
in 2003 when it presented the pub-
lic with a confusing, complicated
plan. And what followed was
worse the chaotic and ill-
planned implementation of Part D
has left seniors in tears as pharma-
cists deny medication because of
data errors and computer glitches.
This Medicare prescription drug
plan is overly confusing, fails to ade-
quately protect seniors' retiree cov-
erage and does not address the
escalating cost of prescription
drugs.
Seniors' concern and confusion
is understandable as they face
numerous private plan options, a
looming deadline and stiff late
penalties. Across the country, over
40 million Medicare beneficiaries
are grappling with this difficult and
potentially costly decision.
In my home state of Florida
alone, 18 companies are offering a
total of 43 stand-alone prescription


drug plans. In addition, 37 compa-
nies will offer a total of 257
Medicare Advantage prescription
drug plans. Each of these options
differs in terms of premiums, cost-
sharing requirements, drugs cov-
ered and pharmacy access.
Choosing the right plan is a chal-
lenge for all beneficiaries. The task
is virtually impossible for hurricane
victims who still do not have per-
manent addresses.
And seniors must enroll by May
15- or face stiff financial penalties.
Many seniors are not even aware
that this penalty exists. And many
say that a little.more time would be
helpful, allowing them to seek out
additional assistance.
That's why I introduced the
Medicare Informed Choice Act of
2005 (S. 1841). This bill, which now
has 29 Senate cosponsors, will help
protect beneficiaries during the first
year of'the new program. Specifi-
cally, the bill:
Expands the existing six-month
open enrollment period to the
entire year of 2006.
Gives every Medicare benefici-
ary the opportunity to make a one-
time change in plan enrollment at
any point during 2006; and, Protects
employees from being dropped by
their former employer's plan during
the first year of implementation, so
that beneficiaries have time to cor-
rect enrollment mistakes.
Senator Olympia Snowe and I
introduced a similar bipartisan
measure as well, called the
Medicare Drug Benefit Protections
Act of 2005 (S. 2168). Both bills aim
to ensure that seniors aren't forced
to make hasty or regretful deci-
sions.
I'm exploring every avenue to
get this done. I've offered amend-
ments to extend the deadline. My
most recent attempt received a
majority of votes, 52-45, but needed
60 to overcome a parliamentary
hurdle. Although the legislation did
not pass, I was encouraged that a
majority of the Senate voted in favor
of it.
This issue boils down to just one
goal helping seniors. Extending
the deadline for the new Medicare
program is a small, time-limited
step that will help ease the pressure
during the first year of this new pro-
gram. I hope my colleagues will
take action, before it's too late.
Bill Nelson

Good Citizens
of Pahokee
Dear editor:
Let me start this rebuttal to
Mayor Sasser's last written tirade by
asking you to mark the date of
March 14th down on your
notepads, your calendars, your I-
Pods, your day planners and even
your refrigerator door because that
is the day we will all go to the voting
location in Pahokee to rid ourselves
of the dictatorship that has taken
over City Hall. We need to take our
city back!
Personally, I have watched a
man that I trusted and admired turn
into a bumbling idiot who has sin-
gle-handedly made Pahokee the
laughing stock of South Florida. I,
for one, am tired of the lies and
cover-ups that have become the
hallmark of Mr. Sasser's tenure. He
has been protected by not only his
"benefactors", but by a network of
"respected" citizens from our city.
The latest "error" made by Mr.


Sasser happened at the annual
Chamber of Commerce Awards
Banquet this past Saturday evening.
I was not present (remember I was
"fired" from Grassy Waters and all
Chamber activities after I wrote a
letter to the Editor of this Paper), but
have been told of the pitiful actions
of our Mayor. I was personally
attacked several times during his
speech and when one of the Direc-
tors of the Chamber tried to get him
to stop, the mayor angrily told
everyone "I am not finished yet". I
beg to differ Mr. Sasser come
March 14, you will be finished.
I am not going to lower myself to
his level again, but I do want to clari-
fy one item which was printed by
this paper in his last letter-to-the-Edi-
tor. The Mayor told you all that he
and others in town had taken out
restraining orders on me. Although I
have never done anything that
would require such actions against
me, I do know that if such an order
is done that I must be notified of it. I
have never received any such notice
and when I asked the Sheriff's Dept.
and our Pahokee Police, they both
chuckled and said no such order
has been requested. One of the peo-
ple who have tried to "trump things
up" against me is someone whom I
have worked with very closely and
truthfully, someone I trusted, some-
one who always came to me for
help when she needed it, and obvi-
ously now someone who owes
allegiance to "the evil empire" that
rules Pahokee.
I was duped by Mr. Sasser, his
friends, his "benefactor" and his
two "hip-pocket commissioners"
into helping get him elected four
years ago. I was fed a steady stream
of lies and was even told they were
supporting me (I was running for
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their donations and "political pull".
Imagine my surprise when I found
out that some of their money went
to my opponent, whom they were
actually supporting over me. Poli-
tics in Pahokee is nasty and pre-
dictable. I have learned through my
observations while being on the
"inside" of their "political machine"
and I know how it is done.
I will not be running for office
this year, because my talents and
energy will be. spent making sure
that I do all that is nqcessary-0egally
and ethically) to rid City Hall of the
man who single-handedly and pur-
posefully destroyed the fine reputa-
tion of the Pahokee Police Depart-
ment.
I am asking all of you to work
with me as we take our city back
and make it a true Community
again. Most of you know me as "the
traffic man" after hurricane Wilma
or as the guy who kept up the land-
scaping all over town or simply as
that skinny kid who helped Mr. And
Mrs. Wright run the Royal's store
here in Pahokee. My heart belongs
here my involvement is perpetu-
al- and I aim to make a difference
in the present and future of Paho-
kee.
I am willing to speak with any of
you concerning the many lies and
mistruths spread here over the last
four years. I was there I observed
- I listened and I saw some
pretty questionable actions. Please
let me know if you wish to talk.
Most of all, remember to vote
March 14 for our future we can-
not change the past, but we can
remove the cancer that has grown
in City Hall, for years. Give me a call
- I am your neighbor. Together we
can do this.
LarnyWright


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Thursday, February 16, 2006 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee


U.S. Sugar looks to

prevent vandalism; theft


Due to an increasing number of
trespassing incidents including van-
dalism, poaching, equipment theft
and arson on company property,
U.S. Sugar is stepping up efforts to
deal with trespassers. The compa-
ny has asked local, state and federal
law enforcement for assistance
with increased patrol and surveil-
lance of the property as well as help
in spreading the word that all tres-
passers will be prosecuted, regard-
less of circumstances.
U.S. Sugar is particularly trou-
bled with the number of high
school kids involved in trespassing
incidents on U.S. Sugar property.
Two weeks ago, four local high
school students were trespassing
on one of the farms and ended up
driving their truck into a canal. Two
kids were trapped inside the vehi-
cle. Last year, another group of
high school students rolled a jeep
over, narrowly escaping serious
injury. Several years ago, a car full
of kids lost control while trespass-
ing in the Bryant mill area. The car
flipped and one of them was killed.
"The amount of juvenile-related
trespassing and vandalism on our
property has been rapidly increas-
ing, and in some cases has involved
serious vehicular accidents," said
Charles Shide, Vice President of
Human Resources. "Our company
and our community law enforce-
ment are working together to stop
this type of thing before someone
else is seriously hurt or killed."
These incidents not only threat-
en U.S. Sugar property and inter-
ests, but endanger the community
as well. A cane field intentionally
set on fire threatens surrounding


people and property. Community
safety is a concern when out of
town poachers, thieves and van-
dals are in the area.
According to Sheriff Ronnie Lee,
the Hendry County Sheriff's Office
has increased its patrols through-
out the rural areas and has special
Ag deputies on patrol both night
and day.
"We are doing all that we can to
help. Hendry County is a member
of a multi-county Agricultural Task
Force that provides additional man-
power to patrol the farming area
and participate in area sweeps,"
Sheriff Lee said.
"U.S. Sugar is increasing the
posted "No Trespassing" signs on
its property as well as communicat-
ing its intentions and concerns to
both our employees and the com-
munity. We need everyone to be
aware of just how serious this issue
has become," said Fred Dyess, Jr.,
Human Resources Manager.
In addition to trespassing and
vandalism, there have been
increased number of thefts -
equipment stolen from U.S. Sugar
and its contractors. Poaching and
arson have become a real problem
facing not only the company, but
the community as a whole.
"Teenagers, guns and fire could
result in a deadly situation and we
are doing all that we can to prevent
these situations from occurring.
Regardless of who these individu-
als may be or what they may be
doing, anyone caught trespassing
on U.S. Sugar propertywill be pros-
ecuted to the fullest extent of the
law," said Shide.


CrimeStoppers


Crime Stoppers of Palm
Beach County needs the help of
the community to help locate a
waned fugitive as of Feb. 10,
2006.
His name is Alfredo Malen-
dez, also known as Alfredo Sali-
nas. He is described as a white
male, D.O.B: Dec. 31, 1976. He is
5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs
195 pounds he has brown
hair and brown eyes. He has tat-
toos on right arm and wrist. His
last known address is SE G Ave.,
in Belle Glade. His last known
occupation is laborer.
He is wanted for Felony fail-
ure to appear, aggravated stalk-
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school facility; misdemeanor


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registration
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Alfredo Sali- Malendez
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Glades County Sheriff's Department Arrest Report


Editor's note: The following
individuals listed in the arrest
report do not indicate guilt. Anyone
wishing to contact the newspaper
upon final disposition of their case
may do so forpublication.
Feb. 1
Enrique R. Quesada, 27, of
Miami was arrested by Detective
Richard Jones on the charge of
DWLS X4. He was later released
from custody with a $2,000 cash
bond.
Manuel Perez, 36, of Miami was
arrested by Deputy Richard Jones
on an active Dade County warrant.
He remains in custody without
privilege of bond.
Mathew Sanborn, 33, of Buck-
head Ridge was arrested by Deputy
Richard Ermeri on the charges of
battery (domestic violence), crimi-
nal mischief and escape. He was
later released from custody on a
$2,500 surety bond.
Shelton Gilles, 21, of Bradenton
was arrested by Deputy Jason
Griner on the charge of possession
of cocaine. He was later released
on a $20,000 surety bond.


Feb. 2
Billy Rudd, 33, of Okeechobee
was arrested by SPD Officer Good-
man on the charge of Trespass after
warning. He was later released on
a $500 surety bond.
Ramon Montoyo, 27, of Clewis-
ton was arrested by Deputy Jason
Griner on the charge of NVDL. He
remains in custody with bond set at
$500.
Debra McLaughlin, 46, of Cape
Coral was arrested by Deputy
Jason Griner on the charge of pos-
session of controlled substance
without a prescription. She was
later released from custody on a
$10,000 cash bond.
Margarito Flores-Mendoza, 20,
of Plant City was arrested by
Deputy Holly Ramsey on the
charge of DUI. He remains in cus-
todywith bond set at $750.
Domitilio Morales, 27, of Clewis-
ton was arrested by Deputy Jason
Griner on the charge of resisting
officer without violence. He
remains in custodywith bond set at
$1,000.


Feb. 3
Manuel Bolanos, 32, of Moore
Haven was arrested by Deputy
Steven McKinley on the charge of
DWLS. He was later released on a
$1,000 surety bond.
Joseph D. Toneges, 27, of Okee-
chobee was arrested by Deputy
Steven McKinley on an active war-
rant for FTA. He remains in custody
with bond set at $2,500.


Feb. 5
Miguel Hernandez, 20, of
Labelle was arrested by Deputy
Tito Nieves on the charge of NVDL.
He was later released on a $350
surety bond.
Elton L. Hutson, JR., 33, of
Palmdale was arrested by Deputy
Bryan Enderle on the charges of
burglary and grand theft. He was
later released on a $10,000 surety
bond.


Editor's note: The following
individual listed in the arrest
report do not indicate guilt. Any-
one wishing to contact the
newspaper upon final disposi-
tion of their case may do so for
publication.
Crack cocaine found
during traffic stop
CLEWISTON When
deputies from the Hendry County
Sheriff's Office Road Patrol Divi-
sion stopped a white in color
Oldsmobile for running a stop
sign they issued more than a traffic
ticket. Sheriff Ronnie Lee reports
that while the driver was guilty of a
traffic infraction, his passenger,
23-year-old Larry Wayne Sum-
mers had a much more serious
charge. Summers was found to be
in constructive possession of
more than 75 pieces of crack
cocaine. The traffic stop was
made near the intersection of
Sonora and Francisco within 1,000
feet of Clewiston High School
leading to a charge of cocaine
possession with intent to sell with-
in 1,000 feet of a school facility.
Summers was arrested and


Hendry County

Sheriff's Department


booked into the Hendry County
Sheriff's Jail.
Traffic stop leads
to drug arrests
CLEWISTON A traffic stop
by a member of the Hendry Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office Road Patrol Divi-
sion led to the arrest of two people
on drug related charges. Accord-
ing to Sheriff Ronnie Lee, deputies
stopped a gold in color Chevy S-10
pickup truck driven by Amanda
Denise Hutchinson, age 22, of
8016 N. Carey Rd. in Lithia Florida
accompanied by James G.
Hutchinson, age 25, 8013 N.Carey
Rd., in Lithia Florida for running a
red traffic signal at the intersection
of U.S. Highway 27 and Berner
Road in Clewiston at approxi-
mately 12:33 a.m. on Jan. 28.
Actions by the two occupants
prompted deputies being assisted
by the Clewiston Police Depart-
ment to ask for permission to
search the vehicle. Both Hutchin-
son's were charged with posses-
sion of marijuana with intent to
distribute and possession of drug
paraphernalia anhd booked into
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Editor's note: The following
story was written by the late
Twila Valentine, who chronicled
the area's history for the Okee-
chobee News, from 1977 until
her death in 2002.
It took special, unique people
to challenge and overcome the
Florida frontier shortly after the
turn of the century. Today, hus-
band and wife doctors are not
uncommon. It can be said they
are simply following a long tradi-
tion started in the village of
Tantie nearly 80 years ago.
Drs. Anna and Roy Darrow
were physicians from Chicago,
where he had been on the staff
of Cook County Hospital. Illness
and poor health culminated in a.
recommendation that Dr. Roy
move to a "kinder and gentler"
climate. The couple first visited
Florida in 1909 to take the State
Board Exam and Dr. Anna
passed the exam with a grade of
98, the highest grade ever made,
and shocked the examiner when
he discovered this high scorer
was a woman. She was the sec-
ond woman ever to be licensed
as a physician in the state.
In 1911, the Darrows migrat-
ed to Florida in a brand new
Model T Ford. Dr. Roy had never
driven a car, so the Fort Motor
Company sent a driver along to
Jacksonville until the Darrows
learned to drive. The trip from
Jacksonville to Fort Pierce took
five days. "Most of that was
pushing," recalled their daugh-
ter, Dolly, during a talk to the
Okeechobee County Historical
Society back in 1977. "Those
old-timers who have driven
through sand and scrub know
that you cut palm fronds and put
them under your wheels for trac-
tion. Otherwise, the wheels just
spin and dig in deeper."
Accompanying the two physi-
cians on this trip, were Dolly, her
brother, Richard, and a Swedish
grandmother. The car remained
in Ft. Pierce until a grade was
built to 10 mile. From there, it
was low gear to Cypress Creek.
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over Cypress and Mosquito
Creeks, as there were no
bridges. The only bridge they
were able to drive over, was the
one at Taylors Creek. Today, that
same Model T Ford is on display
at the Fort Museum in Dearborn,
Mich.
The Florida East Coast Rail-
road was beginning the rail line
that would link Titusville on the
Florida east coast with the small
village of Tantie, soon renamed
Okeechobee, nestled against the
north shore of Lake Okee-
chobee. Dr. Roy had the position
of physician for the railroad con-
struction company.
Dr. Anna, who became
known as "Doc Anner," had
quickly developed a reputation
as she drove all over the woods
treating patients wherever the
need existed. That old Model T
just wouldn't make it, so most of
her traveling was done with a
horse and buggy. She never
refused to go when she was
called on, and she was as likely
to end up traveling in a motor
boat, or by push-poled canoe or
behind
According to "A Cracker His-
tory of Okeechobee," by
Lawrence E. Will, Doc Anner
charged $1 for an office visit or
$1.00 a mile if she had to travel.
Her fee for delivering babies was
$10, although Will says she later
upped her fee to $25.00 Fisher-
man, trappers, Indians and even
the gangs of outlaws residing in
the area, all called on Dr. Anna,
and no matter the hour or the
distance, she would go.


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This photo of the Darrow family includes (left to right)
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Lake

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"Operational changes will
help," he said.
Rhonda Haag, Interim Direc-
tor of Southwest Florida Water
Management District, made
note of the fact that while water
shortage is a problem in areas of
her District; many areas re-use
100 percent of their waste water
to lessen the need for fresh
water from Lake Okeechobee.
Alternative water sources are
also being developed.
"By working together we will
reach responsible solutions as a
team," said Alice Carlson, of the
SFWMD Governing Board, "We
are a diverse district and I'm
glad to see so many representa-
tives of so many of the district's
factions. The district believes
firmly in open, respectful com-
munication."
A dozen civic/community
presentations followed.
"We have killed Lake Okee-
chobee," said Commissioner
Alvin Ward of Glades County,
"It's staggering to me being
raised on Lake Okeechobee to
see the atrocities that have been
committed. It has become a
cesspool the Lake Okeechobee
has become and the estuaries
have become the drain field for
the cesspool. The Kissimmee
River was man s mistake."
Commissioner Ward recom-
mended dredging the sediment
at the bottom of the lake, saying,
"If we can put men on the
moon, we can put a dredge on
Lake Okeechobee. At the same
time we want to see some type
of program that would take out
undesirable fish so that when a
female bass spawns, 90 percent
of those eggs could be raised,
instead of one or two percent."
A governing board member
advised that there is a cleanup of
Lake Osborne in Palm Beach
County including dredging as
some other areas are and the
sediment from that lake was
being used as the "underpin-
ning" for a county golf course.
Similar projects are underway in
other parts of the country. This
is being looked at as part of the
solution for Lake Okeechobee.
"Substantial amounts of land
have been purchased as part of
panther habitat and Everglades
restoration. When land is pur-
chased by public agencies it is
removed from the tax roll. We
can t lose any more of our
tax base," said Janet Taylor,
Hendry CountyCornmissioner
"You're going to hear a lot of
comments today about 'Stop-
ping the Muck' and 'shared
adversity.' We cannot deal with
these problems one by one,"
she continued. "The central and
southern Florida flood control
system is a micro-system that
cannot be micro-managed. We
must recognize the role that
increased urbanization north of
the Kissimmee (River) and
restoration (channelization) of
the Kissimmee River has played
in worsening the lake's condi-
tion. The system as a whole
needs to be addressed."
"Charlotte County needs a


Hospital

Continued From Page 1
from private owners, the health
care district has invested millions
into rehabilitating the aging facility,
all the while preparing plans for the
construction of a replacement hos-
pital. Officials have maintained that
the current hospital is simply too
old for complete renovation.
By building a new hospital, offi-
cials also hope to attract more


INI/MaryAnn Morris
It was a packed house at the SFWMD Governing Board meeting in Ft. Myers Wednesday, Feb
8 as Glades County Commissioner Alvin Ward outlined Lake Okeechobee's plight.


sustainable potable water sup-
ply," said Tom Moore, Charlotte
County Commissioner. "We are
working with the developer of
Babcock Ranch to preserve 80
percent of that land. That water
will be used exclusively in Char-
lotte County."
"Our runoff has deteriorated
to the color and consistency of
chocolate syrup," said Jim Flem-
ing of Lehigh Acres in Lee Coun-
ty. "Lehigh Acres has 65,000
people on septic tanks and per-
mits continue to be issued. Get
our water out of the Caloosa-
hatchee River. Please help us."
Ray Judah, Lee County com-
missioner, took issue SFWMD
data. He said that the data of the
Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Plan (CERP) used
by SFWMD was flawed and that
there was insufficient water
storage in the CERP plans to the
handle heavy flows of the wet
cycles.
He also said that the econom-
ic impact of the foul waters had
a greater impact on the coastal
counties than the rural counties.
Commissioner Judah has pro-
moted the flooding of the sugar
farms to the south of the lake for
water storage.
"The credibility of the CERP
model (data) has been ques-
tioned. This data has had many
professional reviews, peer
review. It has been brought
before the SFWMD Water
Resources Advisory Committee.
The document that has been
presented has had no peer
review. It is biased," stated Larry
Lindahl, a water resource engi-
neer of 41 years experience who
sits on the SFWMD Governing
Board.
"Carole (Wehle, Executive
Director SFWMD) would like to
get out a response to that docu-
ment," was Mr. Lindahl's final
statement. Ms. Wehle nodded.
But there were other views
from Lee County.
"We know that 80 percent of
the pollution comes from west
of the Franklin Locks. We have
to retrofit and eliminate septic
tanks." said Wayne Daltry, Lee's
Smart Growth Director.


"We have committed to be
part of the regional solution,"
said Mr. Daltry. "From our
silence we ve consented
to the current situation. We are
no longer silent." Long applause
followed.
"We are committed to reach
across the state to the north to
the south and to the east, that
we are committed to working
with you. We know aren't just
victims of the pollution," said
Tammy Hall, also of Lee County
government.
"Is water storage in the Ever-
glades Agricultural Area feasi-
ble?" asked Chip Merriman
Deputy Executive Director,
SFWMD. "If 400,000 acres of
sugar farms were lost it would
cost the taxpayers $4 to $8 bil-
lion dollars. You have to figure in
the cost of mills, refineries, dis-
tribution systems, farmland and
future income that would have
to be paid to the current own-
ers."
"The Kissimmee River used
to meander 103 miles," he con-
tinued, "until it was channelized
down to 56 miles of straight
canal. When its restoration is
complete it will wander back to
86 of the original 103 miles,"
said Mr. Merriman.
"We must play nice togeth-
er," said Martin County Commis-
sioner Michael DiTerlizzi. "In
Martin County we permit no
wetland mitigation. We are
restoring wetlands. Our sewage
effluent goes into our landfill,
not on our land. We are looking
at ways to pellet the effluent and
sell it for fertilizer. We will retro-
fit. Our citizens voted to tax
themselves one cent to raise
millions to retrofit older storm
water facilities. Communities
must work together. Partner-
ships are critical. Please listen to
us these are our lives."
But the 33 Moore Haven High
School seniors from Mrs.
Drake's Economics and Ameri-
can Government class made the
biggest impact. Their presenta-
tion was so astute, factually cor-
rect and well done, that there
was complete silence in the
meeting room the entire time


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Posters like these lined both
sides of the standing room
only meeting Wednesday, Feb
8 in Ft. Myers about the pollu-
tion problems of Lake Okee-
chobee and Caloosahatchee
and St. Lucie Estuaries.
they spoke. They also received
the most applause and high
accolades from the SFWMD
board.
"I thought the kids were the
best speakers," said Mr. Lindahl,
"and they were the only speak-
ers who never used the wrong
terms."
"Thank you for letting us do
this," said Kayla Lee, one of the
students to Mrs. Drake after the
meeting. "We feel like we
accomplished something."
"We need to find neutral ter-
ritory," said John E. Wilson, City
Commissioner of South Bay,
who attended the meeting,
"Then we can find solutions that
benefit everybody. The city offi-
cials from the lake area should
visit these other areas. Let their
city officials show us their prob-
lems, so we can see for our-
selves the problems they have.
Then they can come here and
see out problems. Then we can
all sit down together."
"The most important thing,"
said Mali Chamness, Mayor of
Clewiston by telephone after the
meeting, "is to be really aware
and to stay informed. Go to the
SFWMD Web site, read the
newspaper, read several news-
papers."


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matically appointed to his seat.
Pahokee, like its sister city Belle
Glade, will also be going to the polls
in March. Mayor J.P. Sasser, who
has filed for re-election, will be fac-
ing the most competition out of all
the Glades candidates for his seat.
The mayor will face former Mayor
Alvis Davis and Henrietta Johnson


Chief

Continued From Page 1
The chief has recently been
busy fielding concerns on all fronts
in regards to the status of the police
department. Citizens question
whether there are enough officers
to safely patrol the area and point to
a rash of burglaries on the rise.
"The city of Belle Glade has 12
police officers," resident Shelly
Miller said earlier this month in
front of city commissioners. "The
police officers can do no more. The
Belle Glade Police Department can-
not handle the crime."
The chief challenges the state-
ment.
After residents from the north-
east section of Belle Glade com-
plained about poor coverage in
their neighborhood, the chief com-
piled a listing of all the calls respond-
ed to in that area within the last year,
narrowing it to less than 15 calls
total. The reports of widespread
robbery that citizens pointed to at a
recent city commission meeting, he
said, were either never reported to
the police department or are "just
lies." He encourages concerned citi-
zens to step up and volunteer with
the citizens' patrol unit.
Kenneth Holley, the city's public
safety director, gave a presentation
on the status of the department's
recruitment effort. To date, the
department has hired six new offi-
cers, he said, and is continuing the
interviewing process, including
completing background checks for
the applicants that have expressed
an interest in working in Belle
Glade. Officials believe they will
once again be fully staffed by May
15.
The information did not pacify
residents who say the department
is in one of the worst conditions
that they can remember. They
asked city leaders to gather in
responding to the critical issues sur-
rounding the police department.
A number of the residents pro-
posed the idea of the sheriff's office
taking over in Belle Glade, an idea
that the chief vehemently opposes.
"South Bay and Pahokee had


physicians to the area and serve
residents who now drive 30 min-
utes to West Palm Beach for their
healthcare needs.
The decision on the part of the
board of directors of the health care
district comes as welcome news to
the residents of the area, including
the leaders of the Glades cities. The
cities of Belle Glade, South Bay and
Pahokee supported the move to
construct a new hospital, offering
written proclamations or resolu-
tions in favor of the district's deci-
sion.


for the position. Allie Biggs, current
commissioner in Group 2, will be
challenged by Diane Walker. And in
the race for Group 1, newcomer
Camella Slydell will be running
against Commissioner Gary McEn-
tire.
The municipal elections, admin-
istered under the supervisor of elec-
tions of Palm Beach County, will
take place March 14. The run-off
date, if necessary, is to take place
March 28.


reasons to bring the sheriff's office
in: They were experiencing finan-
cial and personnel problems. We
don't have those problems. We
don't need the sheriff's depart-
ment." He did, however, say that he
will do as the commission tells him.
"If it's proven that it will be benefi-
cial (transfer to sheriff) we'll
explore that."
The citizens at the meeting
recalled two cases specifically as
examples that the police depart-
ment is having trouble getting the
job done: One was an incident in

which an officer was shot in the
arm, the other the homicide of a
woman that happened at the end
of last year.
"Sure we had a police officer
shot and a lady killed, but it's not an
everyday occurrence," said Chief
Dowdell. "I'm going to do my job. If
I have to take calls myself, that's
what I'll do. I'm not above that."
One such incident is the "ongo-
ing" investigation into the Belle
Glade Marina where a large sum of
money came up missing. The pri-
mary "person of interest" in this
case has a direct connection to
Chief Dowdell and as opposed to
handing over the investigation to
any other investigator, Chief
Dowdell assumed control of the
investigation himself.
The last information that Chief
Dowdell released to the media was
that the marina computer was in
the hands of the sheriff's office, and
has not provided any new informa-
tion on the case for several months.
Community members have been
demanding answers as to what
happened to the money in what
some community members have
labeled, "a simple case of theft" and
yet no answers have been provided
back to the community in which
the chief serves.
Many still question why the chief
assumed control of the investigation
considering the possible personal
connection he has to the case.
Despite the criticisms, Chief
Dowdell said he finds comfort in
the job he does. "I ask myself if it's
worth it," he said, "but when I see
the people out there (who need
help) I say, yes, it's worth it."


March 1, 2006 will end the exemption filing period for the 2006 tax year.
Applications for tax exemptions can be made in the Property Appraiser's Office
in the new courthouse third floor in LaBelle during office hours (8:30 a.m. till
5:00 p.m.) Monday thru Friday and at the Clewiston sub office at 100 E El Paso
Ave. (Satellite Office at the corner of Central Ave. and El Paso Ave.) during
office hours (8:30 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m.) Monday thru
Friday.

YOU COULD QUALIFY FOR THE FOLLOWING EXEMPTIONS:
1. Homestead $25,000
2. Disabled Veteran's Exemption $5,000
3. Widow's and Widower's Exemption $500
4. Non Veteran Disability $500
5. Additional Exemption
65 Years of Age or Older
(documentation required)
6. Agriculture Exemption $25,000

Homestead exemptions and Agricultural Classification (greenbelt exemption)
are NOT transferable. New applications must be filed in the event if any changes
or deed transfers.
TO FILE FOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION PLEASE FURNISH
1. Florida Driver's License/Florida I.D.
2. Florida Vehicle Registration
3. Hendry County Voter Registration or Declaration of Domicile
4. Social Security Number.

If making an application for Homestead Exemption for the first and you live in
a mobile home, bring a copy of your mobile title or registration in order to pur-
chase the permanent "RP" LICENSE.




Kristina A. Kulpa, CFA, ASA
Hendry County Property Appraiser
PO Box 1840, LaBelle, FL 33975
In LaBelle: 863-675-5270 In Clewiston: 863-983-3178
Fax 863-675-5254


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BELLE GLADE When U.S.
Housing and Urban Development
Secretary Alphonso Jackson and
The Ad Council launched the
"There is hope, there is help" cam-
paign last month, they wanted to
inspire, reassure and educate fami-
lies displaced by last season's hurri-
canes. For home-ravaged residents
of the Glades, NOAH became a
very visible and active part of that
campaign.
NOAH was contacted by Hous-
ing Finance Authority of Palm
Beach County and awarded a grant
of up to $1.2 million to find homes
for families displaced by Hurricane
Wilma and jobs for workers unem-
ployed because of the Oct. 24
storm.
"We have assisted maybe 40
families into housing," said George
Kinsler, director of Residential Hous-
ing Services for NOAH. "They were
living with relatives or in motels or


other forms of shelter. I have a wait-
ing list of probably 50 more. The
problem we're having is finding
places for them to move into.
"We're not ruling out anything
in the Glades. Most folks don't want
to leave the area. Their families live
here; they've lived here all their
lives. We're even asking residents if
they know housing that's vacant,
they can contact the landlord and
what we are going into a lease
agreement between the landlord
and NOAH, so the landlords won
t have a second thought about get-
ting their money."
The Housing Finance Authority
and municipal governments sub-
mitted lists of families in shelters,
and NOAH agents went down that
list first. As word of mouth spread,
NOAH was contacted by other
agencies. County instructions were
to give assistance to anyone who
qualifies, so when others asked for


help, "we said by all means,"
Kinsler said.
While the hunt for homes con-
tinues, residents live in stifling con-
ditions, but through resiliency, are
getting by.
"They're living with three or four
families in one household," Kinsler
said. "All of the cousins, aunts and
uncles and everybody are living
together. That's what they do in this
community, they pull together."
The difficult search rears inher-
ent frustrations, but it also yields
rewards.
"We went out and we inter-
viewed a few families we placed
and asked them about their situa-
tions, and they were overwhelmed
with joy," Kinsler said. "The first
thing that overwhelmed them is
they were out of a congested envi-
ronment, and the second most
important thing that really struck
them was that, financially, they


were going to be able to save
money for a year and get back on
their feet."
Also helping residents gain foot-
ing is a work development program
through The Workforce Develop-
ment office. NOAH hired 27 work-
ers to clean up after Wilma.
"What we tried to do was hire
workers who were unemployed
because of the hurricane," Kinsler
said. Maybe the place they were
working at was destroyed."
Workers have cleared debris,
cleaned mold and mildew, cleaned
and painted damaged properties.
Each worker can earn a maximum
of $12,000 in six months or 1,040
hours.
Kinsler said he also is struck by
support coming to the area. He
grew up in the Glades and is aware
of its condition and the struggles of
residents.
"They feel as though no one


Medicare assistance available at fairs


Anyone eligible for Medicare
can take advantage of the Medicare
Prescription Program through
Medicare Part D. Signing up for
Medicare Part D has been difficult
for many people due to the various
types of plans and confusing
instructions.
"My Medicare Matters" is a serv-
ice sponsored by the National
Council on the Aging. "My Medicare
Matters" is a new, comprehensive
national education program to help


people with Medicare and their
families understand the new
Medicare Prescription Drug Cover-
age. They have the ability to assess
anyone's personal situations,
understand their choices, compare
plan options and make the enroll-
ment decision that is right for their
health and their financial situation.
"My Medicare Matters" will
make their technology available to
our community during the Rural
Health Fairs being held this week-


end. The Belle Glade REACH fair
will take place Saturday, Feb. 18, at
Belle Glade Elementary School
from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The
Hendry/Glades Community Health
Fair take place Sunday, Feb. 19, at
the Clewiston Middle School from
10a.m. to4 p.m.
Participants will be able to take
advantage of various services and
educational materials. Area physi-
cians will be on hand to provide
exams, assisted by medical stu-


dents from Nova Southeastern Uni-
versity Health Professions Division.
On site health services include,
medical exams, optometric screen-
ings, HIV testing, occupational and
physical therapy, Asthma, Diabetes
and Tuberculosis testing, dental
exams, women's health issues, flu
shots, pneumonia shots, osteo-
porosis screening, prescription
assistance programs, mammogram
vouchers, vouchers for free eye-
glasses, and many more services.


cares," he said. "They feel like
everything trickles down to the
Glades from West Palm Beach. So
this is very rewarding for me to see
we are getting money from the
county. We are grateful."
Established in 1983 to address
the need for adequate, safe hous-
ing in the Glades, NOAH provides
residential, social and family and
child development services for


local residents. NOAH's mission is
to improve housing in the Glades
area of Palm Beach County, which
includes Belle Glade, Pahokee and
South Bay; to empower disadvan-
taged individuals toward self-help
and self-sufficiency; and to build
bridges among the diverse racial,
ethnic and economic groups. Its
main offices are located at 601
Covenant Drive in Belle Glade.


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$155,000 2BD/1BA spacious home, features a
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MOBILE HOMES:
* REDUCED TO $850,000 Mini ranch in Alva. This
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includes barns, ponds & much more!
* $475,000 Spacious 3BD/3BA mobile home in
Muse sits on 5+/- acres. This spacious home features
an addition with it's own entrance and much more.
The property has a pond with an island and bridge, an
above ground pool, 2 barns and more.
* $300,000 3BD/1BA mobile home in Muse
which rests on 5+/- acres features a new well and
roof. Property is also fenced with a shed and pond.
* $139,400 to $151,900 There are (4) available
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* You can hear the birds chirp...the crickets
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* STOP DREAMING AND START LIVING! This
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3BR/2B manufactured home. Featuring ceramic tile,
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Location of a Lifetime! Generations will file past
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20+/- acres in Muse on CR720. Partially cleared
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Only $119,900.
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Paved road access.
* $650,000- 2+/- acre in the heart of Alva on busy
SR 80.
* PRICE REDUCED $450,000 Build your dream
country home on these 4.4+/- acres. Great location!
Close to LaBelle, Alva & Fort Myers!
* $349,000 5.76+/- acres on a tropical setting in
Moore Haven. Property features all sorts of exotic
fruit trees and plants. Pole barn and 1930's home
are located on the property. Home is to be sold "as
is."
* $272,000 10+/- acres with pines, a pond and
shed.
* $135,000 REDUCEDI 4.70+/- acres. The per-
fect placM .EBeaGC UIRnA lI rity is
secluded, yet close to town.
* $98,900 2.5+/- acres. Cleared in Montura. There
is a single wide mobile home included with the prop-
erty. The mobile home is to be sold "as is."
HOMESITES:
* $25,500 $72,900 Call for more information
about 3 available lots in Fordson Park. The lots have
been nicely maintained and are dose to everything
in LaBelle
* $29,900 $34,900 Mobile home lots available
in 55 and older Community located in Moore Haven
Yacht Club. Call for more information.
CALL FOR AVAILABLE HOMESITE
IN PORT LABELLE, MONTURA
AND LEHIGH ACRES


the dream lot for your new home look no fur-
ther. Located in the sought after Belmont S/D
in LaBelle. This .37+/- acre is truly a dream
come true. Only $84,900.
* .29+/- acre in the Belmont S/D. Priced to sell
@ only $72,900. Possible seller financing.
* 2 Lehigh Acre lots zoned for duplex. Great
investment property! Only $67,000 each
* Corner lot in Port LaBelle Unit 102 ready for
your new home. $64,900.
* Corner lot in Unit 102 w/large oak. Beautiful
lot for your dream home. $54,900.
* Triple lot in Unit 6. $49,900 each
* Double lot in Unit 9. $49,900 each.
* Beautiful wooded 1+/- acre homesites!
Outside LaBelle limits but only minutes from
town! Just off E Road. Don't miss owning
acreage close to LaBelle. $46,900.

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Loaded with possibilities! 2 steel buildings with
over 5,800 sq ft of work area on 1+/- acre. Zoned for
Heavy Indclustrail use. Currently is fully rented out to
3 businesses. Listed at only $525,000.
1.18+'- acres zoned C-l commercial just South of
LaBelle with I75+/- feet of frontage on SR29 and
frontge on l.uckey Street. Asking $450,000.
Investor's dream! By purchasing this com-
miercial corner lot with 3BR/2B mobile home
for rental income could multiply your invest-
ment! Grah this site now! $165,000.
Beautiful .25+/- acre corner lot in downtown
LaBelle w/great potential. Currently zoned for
duplex or single family w/a possibility of rezon-
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Now a familiar sight to passerby, the partially submerged remains of Capt. Justin have been
parked in the rim canal at Clewiston's Lake Okeechobee public access for a very long time.


Who is Captain Justin?


Shipwreck abandoned
and left unclaimed

By Bill Fabian

CLEWISTON A very large
boat has been capsized for a
very long time in Lake Okee-
chobee, and the owner of the
boat does not seem to care.
The boat, which appears to
be have been used for commer-
cial fishing at one time, is now
an eyesore partially submerged
in the rim canal in front of the
public lake access in Clewiston.
Little is known as far as how
the boat was sunk, and nobody
in the Clewiston city offices, the
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District, or the Army Corps
of Engineers has any idea who
owns the boat.
In the meantime, other
boaters cannot tie their crafts to
the pylons occupied by the
abandoned watercraft. Even
Hurricane Wilma, which man-
aged to topple and displace
nearly every other structure and
human being in Clewiston three
months ago, could not muster
the proper force to move the list-
ing vessel from its resting place.
Some have suggested that
maritime law dictates any aban-
doned boat can be taken under
new ownership by anyone who
chooses to board the craft and
claim the vessel as his own.
Indeed, the Maritime Law Asso-
ciation of the United States


describes a lengthy legal prece-
dent (dating back to the Byzan-
tine Empire, ca. 330 AD) that a
salvager is entitled to at least a
reward for unclaimed ship-
wrecked property, if not full cus-
tody of the shipwreck in ques-
tion.
Though it is unclear as to
whether any one person has yet
laid claim to ownership of the
vessel under the "shipwreck sal-
vage law", one must wonder if
there is anything valuable on the
ship, among other questions.
Such as...
How did the original occu-
pants/crew of the vessel return
to their home, which may or
may not be in Tampa, FL?
What agency is responsible
for keeping the rim canal clear
of reasonably detectable obsta-
cles such as the Capt. Justin?
Clewiston City Commissioner
Jimmy Pittman raised public
attention to the submerged ves-
sel during a regular commission
meeting. "Captain Justin why
is he still in the rim canal,
swamped?" was his question to
other commissioners and atten-
dees in general. It was likely that
everyone in attendance was
familiar with the shipwreck of
discussion. After all, anyone
with no particular destination in
mind has to have at one time or
another gravitated to, the Lake
Okeechobee public grounds
(during daytime hours, of
course), where pavilions and
boat ramps have been set up for
years. So, there is no doubt that


just about anyone would recog-
nize the name of Capt. Justin
from Tampa, FL.
Clewiston City Manager Wen-
dell Johnson indicated that the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission had issued a
general order to remove the ves-
sel. Other calls by city staff have
been made to the Game and
Fish Commission and to the
United States Army Corps of
Engineers kindly asking to
remove the boat. The calls were
unsuccessful, but Mr. Johnson
promised to further pursue the
matter.
A dispute has grown over
contention as to where the ves-
sel is precisely located; since it is
behind the pylons, Army Corps
officials deny that the wreck is
within their jurisdiction, accord-
ing to Mr. Johnson. Despite
being located less than 200 yards
away and armed with very large
barges equipped to collected
very high volumes of tree trunks
from the rim canal, the Army
Corps has not made a move as
of yet to remove the ship-
wrecked Capt. Justin.
Some have grown so accus-
tomed to the sight that.it may be
a distress to ride by and not see
the familiar sight. However, time
will tell whether the infamous
Capt. Justin from Tampa, FL will
continue its stay in Clewiston, or
if it is destined to be claimed by
salvagers or perhaps its
namesake, whoever that may
be.


Goodwill Industries receives grant


to create transition program


TALLAHASSEE The Able
Trust awarded $40,000 in grant
funding to Goodwill Industries
of Southwest Florida, Inc. to
expand the existing Florida High
School/High Tech (HS/HT) site,
a transition program designed to
motivate and prepare high
school students with disabilities
for college, jobs and careers of
the 21st century.
The Goodwill Industries
HS/HT site will provide for 20 to
25 students within the counties
of Hendry and Glades to partici-
pate in job shadowing, mentor-
ing opportunities, and summer
internships, among other work-
based experiences.
"The Able Trust is proud to
support Goodwill Industries as
they reach out to students with
disabilities in the area, in order
to ensure their success in the
future," said Eladio Amores,
Board member of The Able
Trust.


HIGHLANDS


863-314-0999

8X10
$1,500.00

10X10
$1,899.00

10X12
$2,059.00

10X14
$2,259.00

12X16
$2,999.00

12X20
$3,499.00

12X24
$3,999.00

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PAYMENTS START
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The Able Trust is the
statewide sponsor of Florida
HS/HT, which is a national initia-
tive of the U.S. Department of
Labor Office of Disability
Employment Policy (ODEP).
Currently more than 500 stu-
dents are enrolled in 20 HS/HT
sites throughout Florida.
The goals of HS/HT are to
help reduce the dropout rate of
youth with disabilities, increase
their enrollment in college and
improve participation in educa-
tion, vocational and employ-
ment related activities for young
adults with disabilities. Funding
for the Goodwill Industries grant
is made possible through collab-
oration between The Able Trust
and the Florida Department of
Education Division of Vocational
Rehabilitation (DVR). Florida's
Vocational Rehabilitation Pro-
gram serves youth with disabili-
ties transitioning from school to
work and has partnered with the


HS/HT initiative to meet the
needs of these students.
Goodwill Industries is one of
eight nonprofit agencies to
receive grant funding from this
collaboration to implement
HS/HT sites statewide, providing
for an additional 200 students
with disabilities to be served.
The program shows proven
results for students with disabili-
ties, with more than 90 percent
of Florida HS/HT graduates
entering post-secondary educa-
tion, vocational training or
securing employment in 2005.
For more information about
the Goodwill Industries HS/HT
site in Hendry or Glades County,
contact Carla Craver at (239)
995-2106 ext. 229. For more
information about the Florida
HS/HT program, visit www.flori-
dahsht.org http://www.flori-
dahsht.org/.


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/2 +/- acre creek front lot with frontage on
CR 78 would make an ideal site for a spec
home! $89,900
Immaculate 3/2 DWMH w/ sunroom addi-
tion located on a lake! It sparkles inside w/
new carpet & paint! $116,900
Unique 3/2 multi-level home located on a
/2 +/- acre in town lot with beautiful oaks!
$199,000
Old Fort Denaud Subdivision, 1 +/- acre
homesite for your perfect home. $215,000
PORT LABELLE
Reduced to Sell! 4/2 home located on an
oversized corner lot boasts a new roof & a
fresh coat of paint inside & out! $168,000
MUSE
2/2 MH on /2 +/- acre in a rapidly growing
area. Ideal for investment! $59,000
4/2 DWMH located on a manageable V +/-
acre. $79,900
2/2 MH located on a beautiful 1 +/- acre
homesite. $154,000
MONTURA RANCH
2/1 MH located on 2.5 +/- fenced & gated
acres just off a main thoroughfare. $124,900
PIONEER PLANTATION
Brand spanking new 3/2 DWMH located
on 2.5 +/- acres on the main thoroughfare.
$170,000
3/2 DWMH in "as is" condition located on
5 +/- private & pristine acres. $160,000



LABELLE
1940's home receives an extreme makeover
to transform into a 3/2 beauty with a loft!
$224,900.
3/2 CBS in town home, located on a /2 +/-
acre fenced & landscaped lot, is within walk-
ing distance of downtown dining & shopping
attractions. $239,000
River accessible /2 +/- acre Bee Branch
Creek front homesite. Quiet & scenic!
$239,000
V2 +/- acre, located in Indian Hills, on a
deep water canal w/ access to the intUa-
coastal! $249,000
3/2 CBS home, located in Laurel Oaks S/D,
boasts spacious rooms & a great floor plan!
$249,900. MOTIVATIVE SELLER!!!!!
Contemporary 3/2 split floor plan home
offers informal & formal living areas, a
fenced back yard & much, much more.
Located in Laurel Oaks S/D! $259,900
Beautifully maintained 3/2 DWMH boasts
many luxury upgrades & is situated on 3.5
+/- fenced & gated acres. $285,000
Renovated & centrally located office
building w/ room to expand! $299,900
Home on acreage 3/2 DWMH on 2 +/- acre
completely fenced located just outside of
town. $299,000
PORT LABELLE
Brand new 3/2 CBS home, located close to
schools & parks, boasts fantastic upgrades at
an economical price! $225,000
PIONEER PLANTATION
2003 large 4/2 DWMH with cathedral ceil-
ings, working fireplace and garden tub in
master on 2.5+/- acres. $ 225,000



LABELLE
Custom built 3/2 two story, located on an
immaculately maintained homesite in the
prestigious Caloosa Harbor S/D. $359,900
Beautiful 3/2 two story home, located on
4.5 +/- acres just outside of town. Bring
your horses to this one-of-a-kind country
retreat. $399,900
Brand new 4/2 luxury home, located in one
of LaBelle's best neighborhoods, is nestled
on a beautifully landscaped +/- acre
homesite! $430,000
ORTONA
* 2/1 handicapped accessible DWMH locat-
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famed Caloosahatchee River! $425,000


700 S. Main Street
LaBelle, FL. 33975
863.675.4500
Realtors: Emily Ankeney
Tony Barnes
Gregory Bone
Lisa Cleghorn
SBonnie M. Denning, CPA
Ward Dickinson
Art Fry Joyce Gerstman
Yvonne Hallman
Lisa Herrero
Phyllis Kelley-Miller
Wayne McQuaig
SPaul Meador
Dan Pool
Katie Solomon
Synda Williams
Tracey L. Williams


* Seller Motivated!! Handy man special on a
beautiful lot located in Turkey Creek. Best
hurricane hole around! Make an offer.
$325,000

* Turkey Creek 3/2 DWMH located on a
deep water canal with a fabulous dock.
$450,000

FLAGHOLE

* Astounding 5.32 +/- acres, backs up the
Girl Scout camp, and includes a 3/2 mobile
home with addition. Bring all offers!
$385,000

PIONEER PLANTATION

* Custom built home, located on 6.25 +/-
private & pristine acres, offers country sol-
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Seller!!!!

JOV: R$ E00.00


+ acre riverfront acre located in the
prestigious Riverbend S/D. $515,000

1 +/- acre w/ 100' +/- of intracoastal
frontage located in LaBelle's only gated com-
munity! $529,000

1 +/- riverfront acre located on one of the
most scenic roads in Hendry Co.! $585,000

Fairy tale 3/2 two story home, located 5 +/-
fenced & gated oak-graced acres minutes
outside of LaBelle. Additional acreage avail-
able! $585,000

40 +/- acre, subdividel unit per 10 acres,
JUST REDUCED TO $17,000/ACRE.

3/2 CBS home offers a smart family-
friendly floor plan & is located in presti-
gious Riverbend S/D. PRICE REDUCED
AGAIN TO $675,900

1.75 +/- riverfront acres located in an area
of beautiful riverfront estate homes!
$759,000

3/2 home located on 20 +/- private acres
just a short distance from town! $700,000

Riverfront Paradise! 3/2 in deed restricted
Riverbend Estates. $775,000

Custom 2,500 +/- sq. ft. home located on 1
+/- tropical riverfront acre inspires awe!
$799,900

Spacious 4/3 Riverfront home in beautiful
Caloosa Estates subdivision. Completely
remodeled has boat dock with 10,0001b lift.
$799,900

Interior decorator's contemporary 3/2
CBS riverfront home is "picture perfect"
and located in a great neighborhood!
$899,900

1.8 +/- riverfront acres located in town in
one of LaBelle's top neighborhoods!
$899,000

PORT LABELLE

New Listing! Magnificent 3/2 two-story
riverfront home located on 2.5 + acres in
"The Ranchettes" $845,000

6.5 +/- riverfront acres located in the
upscale residential acreage S/D, "The
Ranchettes." $995,000

ORTONA

* Spacious 5/3 custom pool home located on
5 +/- riverfront acres in a booming area!
One of the few riverfront parcels that allows
horses! $998,500

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$700,000


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My Medicare Matters
CL Brumback Community Health Center
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Health Care District of PBC
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Glades Initiative Management Board
Quantum Foundation, Inc.
Finlay Clinical Labs
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Glades Community Development Corp
Boca Raton Sunset Rotary Club
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


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Lake Okeechobee Rural Health Network (LORHN)
Child Outreach, Inc.
Triple J Promotions
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Smith qualifies for state after taking 2nd at regional


By Mark Young

Clewiston's Kris Smith ended a
controversial regional wrestling run
with the runner-up championship
title after losing a 7-6 decision while
still in the run for the regional title
with just over two seconds left to
wrestle.
An apparent controversial call
on the mat led to Smith being
dropped into the loser's bracket
where he was able to fight back to
claim second place and guarantee
him a trip to the state finals and the
opportunity to wrestle for the state
championship in one of the tough-
est, most competitive weight class-


es in high school wrestling.
The 140-pound Smith was the
only Tiger to qualify for state after
an overall tough outing for the
Tiger grapplers who can still be
proud of a very successful season
after fielding an overly young squad
this year. Smith, a junior at CHS this
year, made headlines last year after
a highly successful sophomore sea-
son and was expected to make an
impact this year as one of a handful
of upperclassmen on the squad.
Smith did not disappoint after
claiming the team's only individual
district title last week and will now
compete for state glory.
That journey kicks off today at


the Lakeland Civic Center.
The rest of the Tigers saw their
successful season come to a bitter
end, but the squad came very close
to giving Smith plenty of company
at the state tournament. Bryon
Holmes (112 pounds) had a
respectable showing at regionals
with a 2-2 record and was one
match away from qualifying for
state. It was the same scenario for
Jared Bacallao (119 pounds) who
finished with an identical record
and was also a victory away from
the big show. Bacallao went
through day one undefeated, but
suffered his first defeat to a return-
ing state champ before eventually


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Wrestling
Feb. 16-18: State finals at Lake-
land

Spring Sports
Schedules

Glades Day
Baseball
Feb. 16: At Seminole Ridge 7
p.m.


Feb. 17: Hosts Jupiter Christian
3:30 p.m.
Feb. 21: At King's Academy 4
p.m.
Feb. 23: Hosts Benjamin 3:30
p.m.
March 1: Hosts American Her-
itage (Delray) 3:30 p.m.
March 7: At Jupiter Christian 7
p.m.
March 9: At Summit Christian
3:30 p.m.
March 11: Hosts St. Edwards 1
p.m.
March 13: At Dwyer 7 p.m.
March 16: Hosts King's Acade-
my 4 p.m.
March 17: At St. Edwards 7 p.m.
March 28: At American Heritage
(Delray) 7 p.m.
March 30: At Benjamin 4 p.m.
April 4: Hosts Summit Christian
4p.m.
April 6: At John Carroll 6 p.m.
April 11: Hosts Clewiston 4 p.m.
April 12: Hosts Moore Haven 4
p.m.
April 15: At Palm Beach Lakes 1
p.m.
April 19: At Pahokee 4 p.m.
April 20: Hosts Seminole Ridge
4p.m.
April 21: At Glades Central 7
p.m.


Softball
Feb. 17: At Okeechobee 7 p.m.
Feb. 21: Hosts King's Academy 4
p.m.
Feb. 24-25: At Park Vistatourney
SFeb. 27: At Summit Christian
3:30 p.m.
Feb. 28: At Benjamin 4 p.m.
March 2: At Jupiter Christian 4
p.m.
March 7: Hosts Summit Christian
4p.m.
March 9: At King's Academy 4:30
p.m.
March 17-18: At South Florida
Slam Fest 2006
March 28: Hosts Jupiter Christian
4p.m.
March 30: Hosts Benjamin 4 p.m.
April 6: Hosts Clewiston 5 p.m.
April 14-15: Bill Longshore tour-
nament
April 18-21: District champi-
onship tournament
Track and Field
Feb. 28: At Clewiston 5 p.m.
March 7: At American Heritage
(Plantation) 3:30 p.m.
March 16: At Moore Haven 3:30
p.m.
March 30: At Palm Beach Qualifi-
erTBA
March 31: At Clewiston Invitation-
al 3:30 p.m.


Rodeo is centerpiece of festival


The Field Days Festival and
$100,000 PRCA Rodeo, to be held
at the Brighton Seminole Reserva-
tion Feb. 18 and 19, is adding
another national event to the
already crowded festival line up.
The National Team Bronc Riding
Association, commonly called the
IWild Horse Racers, will be holding
ir n '.'.',rid finals 'luiiing the festi-
val-, i:.je,- T'airis iom i across the
1..r h 'American continent will be
competing for the championship in
The wild horse racing is the wildest
and perhaps the most dangerous
event in rodeo, even eclipsing the
bull riding in the total number of
injuries suffered by the contestants.
The $100,000 PRCA Champi-
onship Rodeo will once again be
the centerpiece of the Field Days
Festival. In addition to the wild
horse racers, top professional
bronc riders, bulldoggers, barrel
racers, ropers, and bull riders from


across North America will compete
for a share of $100,000 in prize
money. This competition has
become one of the largest paying
rodeos on the east coast, with the
result that in any given year, over
80% of the top 15 cowboys in each
event will enter.
The Indian Festival.will be held
be held in the unique environment
of the Brighton Seminole Reserva.
tion; a combination of modern
covered arenas and an authentic,
turn of the century Seminole village
Approximately one hundred
venders will offer Native American
art, crafts and fopd to festival visi-
tors. Entertainment will include
Native American Dancers, alligator
wrestlers, Seminole Tribal clothing
exhibitions, a snake and reptile
show and country cloggers.
This year the featured dance
groupswill be New Mexico s
Mescalero Apache Dancers and the


Haskell Performance Dancers from
Lawrence, Kansas. Other activities
will include the Seminole tribal
clothing contests and exhibitions,
pole peeling, sack racing, turtle rac-
ing, men's archery contests,
women's skillet throwing contest
and a baby contest.
The Brighton Field Days Festival
Gates will open Saturday, Feb. 18.at
9 a.m., and Sunday, the 19th at 11
a.m. Rodeo performance times are
p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday.
Rodeo tickets are $10 advance and
$12 at the gate, and include festival
admission. Admittance to the fes-
tive alone will be $5 at the gate.
Advance tickets are available local-
ly at Elis Western Wear, Rustic
Ranch and Eddie Accardi. More
information can be found at
www.rezrodeo.com or by calling
(863) 273 1125.


being eliminated from the regional
tournament.
Brandon Caulkins, a freshman
upstart at the 125-pound weight
class, finished his first regional
competition with a 1-2 record and
has caused some excitement this
season as .a young up and comer.
Joey Cordova (135 pounds) had
the misfortune of taking the mat
against the well publicized grappler
from Moore Haven, Trey Toms.
This one-man Terrier wrestling
team, coached by his mother, was
too much for Cordova who fin-
ished the tournament with a 1-2
record.
Smith's battle through the


Sports Briefs


Youth Baseball and
Softball sign ups
MOORE HAVEN The Glades
County Youth Association is
announcing sign ups for this
year's youth baseball and softball
*seasons. Sign ups will be Feb. 18
at the city ball fields from 9 a.m.
until 1 p.m. A registration fee of
$35 is required for the first child
and the fee is $25 for each child
thereafter. For more information,
call (863) 227-1201.
Coast Guard
makes house calls
SOUTH LAKE Did you
know the U.S. Coast Guard Auxil-
iary makes house calls? They will
come to your home to discuss the
required safety equipment need-
ed on your boat. This service is
free. You will receive a cordial,
informative and confidential boat
inspection. A vessel safety check
decal will be placed on boats that
meet all the requirements. Call
467-3085 to arrange a boat check.


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regional tournament was flawless
until the final match where an
unknown grappler from Riverdales
took the 7-6 championship deci-
sion from Smith, who noted that he
certainly wouldn't mind meeting
up with the regional champ during
the state tournament.
"Forget about this past week-
end," said Smith. "All that counts is
this coming weekend at the state
tournament, although i would like
to meet up with (Fellows) again at
state."
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finished the regional tournament
with a respectable 2-2 record in a
very tough weight class.



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and manage the land in the inter-
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jog, fish, mountain bike and hike
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Cows R Us
Ten dairy club members par-
ticipated this past weekend in
the dairy show at the South
Florida Fair. The youth compet-
ed in a fitting and grooming con-
test, dairy judging, showman-
ship, the youth dairy show, and
the open dairy show. Fitting and
grooming is where the partici-
pants have one and a half hours
to clip and groom their animals.
They are judged on the clean-
liness, and overall appearance of
their animals. The dairy judging
contest consists of six classes of
animals and the youth have to
place the animals how they feel
they rank. In the showmanship
contest the youth are judged
against other exhibitors in their
age categories on how well they
exhibit their animal. r
Glades County really shined
this year. They had four
exhibitors compete in the fitting
and grooming contest. They
were Kelsey Ahern and Dustin
Chapman in the Jr. division,
Teale Humphries in the Int. divi-
sion, and Heather Simmons in
the sr. division.
Dustin Chapman placed third
in his group, and they each
received new show halters for
participating. We also had a Glade
team in the junior division and a Florid
team in the sr. division of dairy
judging. The jr. team was made team
up of Kelsey Ahern, Dustin team c
Chapman, and Nathan Sim- Aft(
mons. Kelsey finished 10th over- and d&
all, Dustin was fourth overall, shown
and the team finished third high Jr. tea
team in the contest. Ahern
The sr. team was made up of Chapn
Amy Lundy, Jessica Stafford, mons.
Heather Simmons, and Dusty ple did
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s County youth had a promising showing at The South
a Fair, with most placing in the top five.


also finished fourth high
overall.
er fitting and grooming
airy judging it was on to
nanship. First up were the
am. They were Kelsey
, Cooper Bartley, Dustin
nan, and Nathan Sim-
Each of these young peo-
very well. Next in the ring
the intermediates. Teale
hries and Dusty Wilson


were the exhibitors from Glades
County in this age group. They
competed against 19 other
exhibitors and Teale came out
on top. She was awarded the
belt buckle for being the top
showman in the class.
Next it was Amy Lundy, Jessi-
ca Stafford, and Heather Sim-
mons turn in the sr. division.
There were quit a few compet-
ing for this award, and after the


Youth Show
Heifer Classes
Class 1 Brown Swiss
2nd Teale Humphries & Kulp Terra
Turmoil Sonya ET
4th Kelsey Ahern & FTE Driver
Daisy
Class 1 Holstein
2nd Amy Lundy & Amythust
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4th Jessica Stafford & Sugar Baby
6th Nathan Simmons & Heart
7th Dustin Chapman & Star
8th Heather Simmons & Zayda
11th Kelsey Ahern & Milky Way
12th Chloe Ahern & Jewels
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5th Dusty Wilson & Cowgirl
7th Dustin Chapman & Sunshine
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2nd Teale Humphries & Round Hill
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Class 13 Brown Swiss
3rd Teale Humphries & Turnpike
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first cutAmy was the left in the
top six, although she did not win
she did an outstanding job..
Our heifers and cows did not
do so bad either. The following
is a summary of how each heifer
and cow did in each class. Con-
gratulations to Amy Lundy for
exhibiting the Reserve Jr. Cham-
pion Holstein in the'Youth Show,
Milking R Cooper Meisha! All of
the youth did an outstanding job
of representing Glades County
and the 4H program. Next the
group is off to Kissimmee for the
State 4H Dairy Show, let's wish
them Good Luck!


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Weight loss helps bladder control in diabetic women


Losing a modest amount of
weight through dietary changes
and increased physical activity
reduces the occurrence of urinary
incontinence (UI) in women with
pre-diabetes, a condition in which
blood glucose levels are higher
than normal but not yet diabetic.
This finding comes from a new
study, published in the February
issue of "Diabetes Care", of
women who participated in the
Diabetes Prevention Program
(DPP), a landmark clinical study
funded by the National Institutes of
Health (NIH).
Launched in 1995, the DPP's
main results were announced in
2001 and reported in 2002: losing
5 to 7 percent of weight through
diet and a consistent increase in
physical activity (e.g., walking five
days a week, 30 minutes a day)
reduced the onset of type 2 dia-
betes by 58 percent. Treatment
with the drug metformin lowered
the chances of developing dia-
betes by only 31 percent.
"To combat the dual epidemics
of obesity and type 2 diabetes,
Americans need to know about the
proven benefits of losing some
weight through calorie reduction
and increased physical activity," said
NIH Director Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.
The DPP randomly assigned
3,234 overweight people with high-
er-than-normal blood glucose levels


to one of three approaches to pre-
vent type 2 diabetes: dietary
changes and increased physical
activity aimed at a 7 percent weight
loss; treatment with the oral dia-
betes drug metformin; or placebo.
The last two groups were also given
standard medical advice about diet
and weight loss. In the study, 660
women were randomly assigned to
intensive lifestyle changes, 636 to
metformin treatment, and 661 to
placebo. Their average age was 50
years old, with an average body
mass index of 35 (e.g., a 5' 4"
woman weighing 204 pounds).
Women who implemented
intensive lifestyle changes and lost
5 to 7 percent of their weight had
fewer episodes of weekly inconti-
nence compared to those in the
metformin or placebo groups (38
percent vs. 48 percent vs. 46 per-
cent, respectively.)
"Our findings reinforce the
DPP's good news about the bene-
fits of modest weight loss. A 200-
pound woman who loses 10 to 15
pounds not only lowers the risk of
developing type 2 diabetes but also
improves bladder control," said
lead author Jeanette S. Brown,
M.D., of the University of California,
San Francisco. "If you're a woman
at risk for type 2 diabetes, prevent-
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lifestyle changes."
Weight loss was particularly
effective in reducing episodes of
stress incontinence leakage of
small amounts of urine during
physical movement, such as
coughing, sneezing, and exercis-
ing. Stress incontinence results, in
large part, from a weakening of the
pelvic floor muscles that support
the bladder. Though researchers
do not fully understand all the fac-
tors contributing to stress inconti-
nence, it is linked to obesity, dia-
betes, and other conditions, such
as pregnancy, which increase pres-
sure on the pelvic floor. In the DPP
participants, weight loss did not
alleviate urge incontinence -
leakage of urine at unexpected
times. Urge incontinence is more
closely linked to overactive nerves
that control the bladder, some-
times triggering inappropriate con-
tractions.
Some studies have reported that
increased physical activity worsens
incontinence, but DPP participants
randomly assigned to lifestyle
changes, who typically chose walk-
ing as their physical activity, did not
have increased problems with
incontinence.
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Repository (https://www.nidd-
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data collected in large clinical trials
funded by the Institute, made data
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Swindle family endowments honor two friends


GAINESVILLE Two student
programs at the University of
Florida's Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences will soon
have more financial support,
thanks to two $70,000 gifts
pledged by a Plant City family to
establish two new endowments.
Larry and Debbie Swindle
and their family made the
pledges to honor two friends
who are now top UF administra-
tors. State matching funds are
expected to add another $35,000
to each endowment.
The Jimmy G. Cheek Ambas-
sadors Enrichment Endowment,
named for UF's senior vice presi-
dent for agriculture and natural
resources, will support the Col-
lege of Agricultural and Life Sci-
ences Ambassadors, a group of
outstanding students who make
public appearances to educate
audiences about agriculture and
careers in agribusiness.
The Larry R. Arrington Exten-
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dean for extension and director
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mer program that enables under-
graduate and graduate students
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classes for local residents.
Both endowments are new
sources of funding for these two
programs, said Ken DeVries,
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for development. Endowments
are permanent, named funds
that provide annual support for
academic programs in perpetu-
ity.
"This is very exciting, because
the endowments will enhance
the quality of both student pro-
grams and provide stable sup-
port for the future," DeVries said.
"Internships and extracurricular
activities add a new dimension to
students' education and we
encourage other donors to con-
sider endowment support of this
type."
The endowments were
announced at the college's annu-
al "TailGATOR" barbecue before
the UF Homecoming football
game, he said. Though the Swin-
dles had previously discussed
their arrangements with Arring-
ton, the announcement concern-
ing the endowment in Cheek's
name was kept secret from
Cheek to surprise him.
"Not only was I surprised, I


was stunned," Cheek said. "It's a
wonderful honor to be recog-
nized by the Swindle family.
Their friendship means a great
deal to me personally, and these
endowments will mean a great
deal to our student ambassadors
and interns."
The family chose to support
student programs because they
want to inspire future genera-
tions of agribusiness leaders,
Debbie Swindle said.
"The programs we're sup-
porting also educate the public
and we feel good about that,"
she said. "Agriculture touches
everybody's lives, and people
need to know it."
The Swindle family includes
Larry and Debbie Swindle, son
Jonathan Swindle and his wife
Lori, daughter Stephanie Conrad
and her husband Jason Conrad,
and granddaughters Anna Beth
Conrad and Madilyn Claire Con-
rad.
The family owns Rocking S
Farms, a beef cattle operation in
Plant City, Debbie Swindle said.
They also own timberland in
North Florida and are involved in
a Tampa-based commercial
insulation business.


The Swindles have a long his-
tory of supporting agricultural
education at the elementary
school, middle school, high
school and college levels, Arring-
ton said.
"They believe in Florida agri-
culture and are always eager to
share their success with others,"
he said. "I'm humbled that the
Swindles think enough of me to
make me a part of their efforts."
Arrington's friendship with
Larry Swindle dates back to boy-
hood, when both attended Cork
Elementary School in Plant City,
Swindle said. The two remained
close after high school, when
Arrington left his hometown to
pursue a career in academia.
The Swindle family became
acquainted with Cheek in the
1990s, as a result of their support
of agriculture programs at UF,
Swindle said.
"Larry and Jimmy are both
very likeable, personable people
who give a great deal of them-
selves to promote agriculture," he
said. "Our family wanted to show
some appreciation for the work
they do, that's what inspired us to
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As Congress explores the
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surveillance program, I believe it is
important to keep in mind that the
program was authorized in the
wake of the terrorist attacks of 9/11,
that it is a very targeted program
used when people in our country
are talking with members of al
Qaeda, and it is a critical tool in
fighting the war on terror.
On Sept. 14, 2001 when Con-
gress authorized the president to
"use all necessary and appropriate
force," it came at a time when our
country was under attack and there
was great bipartisan unanimity
about giving the president whatev-
er tools he needed to keep our
country safe. I think the imminence
of another attack was on all of our
minds. And at that time, in that con-
text, and at that moment in history,
I don't believe there would have
been too many questions raised
about the president putting in place
a program that would provide the
opportunity to connect the dots -
as we know we didn't connect
prior to 9/11 and allow us to
monitor the conversations
between a known terrorist organi-
zation outside the United States
and someone within the United
States.
But when confronted with alle-


gations of a domestic surveillance
program, Congress must gather the
facts. And as we have begun this
process, the facts are quite different
than they might have appeared on
the first day this program came to
light. The facts are that it was not a.
widespread domestic surveillance
program; it is a very limited pro-
gram, very narrow in its scope, and
focused purely on terrorist organi-
zations making calls into the United
States.
With that context, I believe that
this program is an integral part of
the war on terror and it is a part of
the battlefield plan that the presi-
dent is carrying out under his con-
stitutional authority as commander
in chief- to respond in a time of war
with timely intelligence. The fact is
that this surveillance is not being
done for any purpose other than to
be utilized as early warning intelli-
gence for us to respond to potential
attacks on the United States.
It is terrible that we have to talk
about this program at all because
such talk might be of assistance to
those abroad who seek to harm the
United States. It is too bad that we
might, even as we go forward in
this process of hearings, discuss
something that ought to not be dis-
cussed. As I recall, in World War II
there were things we were able to


do through our intelligence agen-
cies that no one would dare talk
about; because they were so
secret, so instrumentally valuable
to the United States that such pro-
grams were best left un-discussed.
So I hope that as we go forward to
discuss this program, we keep in
mind the necessity for national
security, the necessity for discre-
tion, and the necessity for secrecy.
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try, I have always prided myself on
the fact that when it comes to
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to the security of this country, our
nation speaks with one voice. Just
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Immediate restaurant management
openings in Lake Placid, Moore
Haven, LaBelle, Clewiston and
Okeechobee. We are a franchise with
27 restaurants throughout South
Florida and are hiring energetic,
honest, and responsible individuals.
We offer:
-Excellent Salaries
-MeaiLt.u:, r Life Insurance
-Dental Insurance
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For an interview please call:
863-983-4224
or mail your resume in confidence to:
Pauline Alvarez
Southern Management Corporation
1014 W. Sugarland Hwy.
Clewiston, FL 33440



Assistant Chemist

$15.87 per hour
(plus benefits)

Primary Function: Collect, deliver, prepare and perform la-
boratory analysis to control the refinery process such as but
not limited to Brix, pH, Color, Sediment, etc.
Responsibilities:
*Perform simple analysis and operate laboratory equip-
ment.
*Maintain equipment and work area in accordance with
CGMP
*Participate in training sessions related to the position.
*Capable of working with minimum supervision.
FAX 863-902-3186
United States Sugar Processing is an Equal Opportunity Em-
ployer committed to a diverse workforce. Women and mi-
norities are encouraged to apply. We maintain a drug-free
workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse
testing.


LABELLE COMPANY
NEEDS A DRIVER
We have a position in our
small company that requires
a driver with minimum of a
CDL "B" with Hazmat en-
dorsement. We offer good
starting wages, benefits and
an exciting opportunity. If
you are ambitious, and are
looking for a job with a future
please call today at
800-330-1369
Mace Welding is now
accepting applications for
WELDERS
Apply within at:
90 Evans Rd, LaBelle
(863)675-6683
Managers Position
available at local
produce company.
Mechanical experience
needed. Please call
(561)992-7768.
PARTS/INVENTORY CLERK
Clerk wanted $10. hr,
knowledge of Quicksbooks
req. Some clerical duties,
understanding of how
mechanical parts work very
helpful. No phone calls,
pick up applications
1100 Fox Lane, Moore Haven
Thomas Grinding, Inc.
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Drivers
License
Required
Experience
a plus

Palmdale
Sod, Inc.
863
673-1491

TRUCK DRIVERS NEEDEDI!
Must have Class A CDL.
We have Benefits, Paid
Vacation, Paid Insurance &
Bonuses. Home every night.
Apply at: Syfrett Feed Co.,
3079 NW 8th Street, Okee
Wanted: Plumbers/Plumber
Helpers/Service Tech. Call
for appointment
(863)675-1155
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SDuda Farm Fresh Foods. has several job openings
with different levels of experience: fuel truck driver,
welder, mechanic and mechanic helper. Will train
right individual. Drug Free Work Place. Pay com-
mensurate with experience. Medical/dental/vision
plans, 401K, vacation, holiday pay, plus other bene-
fits. Apply in person or call for appointment (863)
675-0545 ext. 3135 EOE


Duda Farm Fresh Foods busca un camionero,
soldador, mecinico y ayudante mecAnico con various
niveles de experiencia. Entrenamiento esta disponible. Sitio
libre de drogas. Pago a seg6n experiencia. Planes
medico/dental/visi6n, 401K plan de retire, pago de vaca-
ciones y dias feriados, mis otros beneficios.
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ARNP (Registered Nurses L-3)

(#64082772) ARNP working in
HIV/AIDS outpatient primary care with
HIV/AIDS Specialist Physician. Must
have valid Florida Driver's License,
ability to travel & flex schedule.
Pre-employment Drug Testing,
Background screening/fingerprinting
required. Bi-lingual English/Spanish
helpful. EEO/AA

Apply on line:
https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com or
Call Glenn @ 863-674-4041 x133
for more details.

FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER
(Social & Human Service Assistants L1)

Two Positions (#64082236 &
#64081974) home visitor position with
Healthy Families Program at Hendry
County Health Department in
Clewistion; must have ability to travel &
flex work schedule when needed;
Bi-lingual English/Spanish helpful;
Background screening/;fingerprinting
required. EEO/AA

Apply on line:
https://peoplefirst.myflorida.com or
Call Jeannie @ 863-674-4041 x167
for more details.



Competitive pay, 401K, medical, dental.
Walk in to apply at ACE Hardware,
310 E. Sugarland Hwy., Clewiston.
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Mechanic I. Basic mechanic knowledge, experience as an au-
tomotive service worker or mechanic's helper preferred.
Mechanic II. Graduate from an approved course in heavy &
diesel mechanics, three years experience.
Both Mechanic positions require class B driver's license. Must
have a High School Diploma or GED. Both located in Clewiston.
GSI Coordinator for the LaBelle office. Must have Bachelor of
Science from an accredited college or university in computer
science, geography, or related field with considerable experi-
ence in the use of geographic information systems or 8yrs
equivalent experience.
Emergency Management Planner for the LaBelle office. Must
have computer skills, experience with Microsoft programs &
excel. Must be able to work independently, be self motivated &
organized. A High School Diploma or GED required.
Building Inspector for the LaBelle office & one for the Clewiston
office. Must have 8 yrs. experience with a licensed contractor.
Field Service for Pt. LaBelle Utilities. A valid drivers license is
required. The job consist of installing & reading water meters,
laying water lines, operating equipment in the field. On the job
training & possible job advancement.
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and vacation leave.
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applications can be obtained in the Satellite Office in Clewiston
and the Courthouse in LaBelle in the HR Department.
Vet Pref. EEO. Drug free. Applicants needing assistance in the
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Mechanics and Welders

$19.67 per HR
Mechanics
5+ years of experience as a journeyman level mechan-
ic with the ability to install, maintain, troubleshoot and
repair industrial equipment such as pumps, motors,
conveying systems, hydraulics, turbines, gear boxes
and related equipment.
Welders
Perform welding on various types of steel structures,
pressurized vessels and pressurized piping. Able to
weld with mig and tig. Ability to use a plasma cutter, air
arc and acetylene torch.
Fax: 863-902-3168
Email: Jdooley@ussugar.com
Employment Office on WC Owen in Clewiston
US Sugar is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed
to a diverse workforce. Women and minorities are en-
couraged to apply. We maintain a drug-free workplace
and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing

Lykes Bros. Inc Ranch Division has an
opening for the following position:


o WELDER/MECHANIC


Applicant must have one (1) year prior ex-
perience with farm and diesel equipment,
have own tools and a valid Florida Driv-
ers license. Applications accepted Mon-
Fri., 8am to 3pm at 106 SW County Road
721, Okeechobee, FL.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Employer. Drug Free Workplace M/F/D/V



Central County Water Control District is
now accepting applications for a Club-
house Maintenance Person. This is a full
time position with full benefits. Must be
able to work flexible hours, nights and
weekends, some holidays. This is a drug
free workplace. Apply in person at the
Montura Clubhouse, located at 255 N.
Hacienda Street, Montura Ranch Estates,
Wednesday thru Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4
p.m.


DWARF RABBIT- white, to
good home, comes with
cage and food. If interested
call (239)464-6136 Kim
FREE PUPPIES- mixed breed,
good homes only, will deliver
(239)841-0262
FREE PUPPIES! TO GOOD
HOME ONLY! 6 weeks old.
(863)357-2147
ROTTWEILER- 2yr, Female,
Free To Good Home Only!
(863)763-3910
ROTTWEILER- 3 yrs old, Male,
Free To Good Home Only!
(863)763-3910



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Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Employment
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230



CITRUS WORKER-
EQUIP OPERATOR
-Provide transportation with
valid drivers licence.
Great Benefits
Call Anixa at 772-473-5576
Se habla espanol
Exp'd Plumbers & Helpers
Needed, commercial/resi-
dential, full time starting im-
mediately. Paid Holidays and
vacation. (561)996-1159
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COMPUTER LAB
TECHNICIAN
Will supervise computer-
based educational
programs in a K-6 school.
SFax resumeto:
561-993-5001 or call
561-993-5000

CUSTODIAN
Experience in school or
institutional setting preferred.
Must know how to use floor
machines. Only those with a
clean record need to apply at
Lakeside Academy
716 S. Main St.
Belle Glade
Customer Service
Representative
Must have strong analytical,
oral & written skills. High
School Diploma with 5 years
experience in Customer
Service/Purchasing or AA or
BA. Send Resume and
salary requirements to
jobs@oceanboyfarms.com.

DRIVERS
Local P & D and Dedicated
Road Opportunity Now
Avail! CT/JWA seeks driv-
ers for local P&D/dedicat-
ed road runs: Miami and
Pompano Beach. Excellent
Wages/Opportunity.
*Home daily/no weekends!
*Local-$14.50/hr starting.
Road-$.40/mi starting w/
certification. 2300 + mi/wk.
Vacation/Holiday Pay.
Health Benefits. CDL-A
w/hazmatreq. Local-
6-12mo. Exp. req.
Road-Min lyr doubles &
4yrs Tractor/Trailer Exp.
(24hrs) 800-331-1176
email:
jwacorp@yahoo.com
ESTABLISHED
LaBelle Company
Seeks full time warehouse
worker. Competitive pay
and great benefits for the
right career minded
individual. FL DL required
Some heavy lifting.
Forklift exp. preferred
Call 800-330-1369
FLORIDA WATER
TREATMENT
Needs outside sales person.
Some office work & clean-
ing. Commission, car
allowance and more.
Call (863)983-1341 or
599-5900.

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A worldwide leader in privatized corrections

OFFERS CHALLENGING AND EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES.

FULL TIME POSITIONS & EXCELLENT BENEFITS

CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS
COOK SUPERVISOR
LPN
RN (2 availalbe)
MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM
LIFE SKILL INSTRUCTOR

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1990 East SR 78NW
Moore Haven, FL 33471

Phone 868-946-2420
Fax 863-946-2487

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Water Master: Operate entire Water Control Sys-
tem. Supervise operation & maintenance staff.
Exp. in all areas of operation & general maint. of
water pumps/systems. HS dip/GED. FL Drivers lie.

Water Control Structure Operator: Work w/local
agricultural operators to determine structure set-
tings. Set boards in risers, asst. w/maint. of water
control system & rights of ways. Cleaning & clear-
ing as needed. Mech. abilities pref. HS/dip/GED.


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tion skills. Grant writing experience i preferred. Send
development and implementation in the areas of hous-
ing, education, direct assistance casework based in
Clewiston. A college degree or equivalent, experience
organized, self-motivated and able to work indepen-
dently, with excellent written and verbal communica-
tion skills. Grant writing experience is preferred. Send
resume to:
Catholic Charities
Guadalupe Social Services
PO BOX 5034
Immokalee, Florida 34142
Attn: Director of Rural Services
or Fax to 239-657-7761


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STUDENT
Development Advisor
To provide guidance to
students regarding programs
and services of the
college. Bachelors degree
& related exp. reqd.
Learn more or
apply on -line at
www.pbcc.edu or submit
your completed application
package no laterthan
3/15/06 to the Office of
Human Resources, Palm
Beach Community College,
4200 Congress Avenue,
Lake Worth, FL 33461.
fax 561-868-3131
EOE/AA/VP/ADA



DENTAL HYGIENIST NEEDED.
for LaBelle Office,
(863)674-0799 or fax re-
sume to (863)-674-0899




MOBILE HOME
INSPECTOR
P/T

Internet access
and Digital Camera
required.
Fax Name, Phone
number, email ad-
dress, City & State
to: 770-345-9287




CHILOCARE Fundraising Di-
rector. National fundraising
company seeking energetic
phone person. Work from
your location to call child-
cares to help them raise
money. $15/Avg.
(813)862-2769.
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Florida Local & National OTR
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no hazmat, no pumps, great
benefits, competitive pay &
new equipment. Need 2
years experience. Call By-
num Transport for your op-
portunity today.
(800)741-7950.
Drivers- Flatbed, Reefer &
OTR. Recent Average
$1.27-1.47 per mile. No Ex-
perience? On the Road
Training Available.
(800)771-6318 www.pri-
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AGE POSTAL EMPLOYEE
EARNS $57,000/YR Mini-
mum Starting Pay $18.00/hr.
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Needed (800)584-1775 Ref
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Server $5.50 plus grats
Cocktail Server $5.50 plus grats
Tad Clerk $21.00 avg. w/grats
Poker Brush $8.00/hour
Housekeeper $8.00/hour
Players Club $10.00/hour
Security Officer $10.00/hour
Line Cook $10.00/hour

Apply in person or download application from
www.theseminolecasino.com
or mail or fax resume to:
Seminole Casino, HR Dept., 506 S. 1st St., Immokalee, FL 34142
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Case managers needed
Community Rebuilding Ecumenical Workforce (CREW) is seek-
ing full time case managers to assist families in Glades and
Hendry Counties affected by Hurricane Wilma. Applicant
must be a high school graduate/GED. Strong verbal and writ-
ing skills, reliable transportation required. Bilingual preferred.
Applications can be picked up at 352 W. Arcade, Clewiston.
For more information phone (863) 983-5269.
Executive Director
Community Rebuilding Ecumenical Workforce (CREW) is seek-
ing a full time executive director to coordinate long term re-
covery activities to assist families in Glades and Hendry
Counties affected by Hurricane Wilma.
The director will coordinate rebuilding, case management and
volunteer efforts, prepare materials for monthly meetings,
seek grant funds, donations and volunteers. Ability to com-
municate effectively both orally and in writing. 3iihiinjull a
plus.
Successful candidate should have a bachelor's degree and at
least two years in an administrative management capacity.
Long term recovery experience a plus. Salary range $40,000
to $60,000 plus benefits, contingent on experience. Re-
sumes may be submitted at 352 W. Arcade, Clewiston. For
more information phone (863) 983-5269.

FOAM INSULATION Company based out of Clewiston now hir-
ing installers, South Florida travel required. Company vehicle
provided; Monday through Friday. Piece work. Guaranteed
minimum $550 a week during training period. Benefits, bo-
nus, and travel cost paid. Must be 21 years or older with
clean drivers license. We are a drug free workplace. Inter-
views will be conducted every Monday morning from
8-10a.m. at our Clewiston Facility. Call 800-683-3155 to
line up an interview time. Directions to our facility will be giv-
en to you at that time.


FOREMEN to lead utility con-
tract field crews. Outdoor
physical work, many entry-
level positions, paid training.
$14/hr plus bonuses after
promotion, living allowance
when traveling., company
truck and good benefits.
Must have strong leadership
skills, a good driving history
and be able to travel in Ten-
nessee and nearby states.
Email resume to Recruit-
er3@osmose.com or fax
(985)871-0605 www.Osmo-
seUtilities.com EOE M/F/D/V.


If You Can Drive, You Can
Buy! No Credit? No Problem!
New Lease Purchase Pro-
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needed for 48 States & Re-
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(800)895-0017.
Parts and Service Coordina-
tor needed for Tom Johnson
Camping Center at our Con-
cord, NC Dealership. Com-'
puter experience helpful,
work well with other employ-
ees and able to work with the
public. Benefits are included.
Experienced RV Technician.
RV Dealership in the heart of
Race Country needs experi-
enced RV Techs. Great
benefits. Pay based on expe-
rience. Hourly shop. Please
fax resume to:
(704)455-1439. No phone
calls please.


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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
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Instruction 420
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Insurance 430
Medical Services435



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children, etc. Only one sig-
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800)462-2000, ext.600.
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Referral Service
(800)733-5342 24 Hours.


PROFESSIONAL RESUMES
Cover Letter, Resume &
References Provided.
Contact Diane at
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NEW SELF STORAGE
46 units 7x15, 8x15, 10x15,
10x30, 12x30,15x25. Full
electric, secure on Commereio
St. 350 ft. from Clewiston
Police Dept. 863-983-6663,
863-983-2808, after hrs.
863-983-8979




Merchandise|

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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Eruipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins 'Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer.Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, inens & 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 8 Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740




WINDOW UNIT 7000 BTU,
works good $30
(863)635-7987


FARM-ALL CUB Circa 1948.
Good shape. $2150
(863)673-9200


COFFEE SET- Farberware
55yr, Old polished 44 perco-
lator, sugar, creamer, tray.
Like new $55 863-763-8149
ELECTRIC STOVE, Whirlpool,
2 yrs. old, white, asking $75
or best offer.
(863)675-0107/675-2234
LENOX ANGEL- Very beautiful,
in box w/certificate. Will sac-
rifice below cost $50.
(863)763-8149
STOVE- self cleaning, good
condition, $125
(863)675-2627


ADULT Tricycle wide seat,
new tires, $50
(863)467-7792
BICYCLES- 1 mens like new
cond. $60 (863)357-3779


Applicant must have one (1) year
prior experience with farm equipment
and a valid Florida drivers license.
Applications accepted Mon-Fri.,
8am to 3pm at
106 SW County Road 721
Okeechobee, FL

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
Employer. Drug Free Workplace M/F/D/V


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Mens 26" 10 speed Bicycle.
Roadmaster Climber $35.
(863)357-1927



GOING OUT OF BUSINESS-
Used book store, all books
$1.00 each. 412 NE Park St.
Okeechobee.(863)467-2210



BUILDING SALE! "Rock Bot-
tom Prices!" 20x26 Now
$3340. 25x30 $4790. 30x44
$7340. 40x66 $11,490. Fac-
tory Direct...26 Years. Many
others. Ends/accessories
optional. Pioneer
(800)668-5422.



METAL ROOFING SAVE $$$
Buy Direct From Manufactur-
er. 20 colors in stock with all
Accessories. Quick turn
around! Delivery Available
Toll Free (888)393-0335.


PAGEANT DRESS- Little girls
Pastel green w/sequins. Size
4 $45. Call (863)763-5918
after 5:30pm
PURSES (6) Dooney, Guci,
Summer leather bag, silver
evening bag w/other leather
bags $75 firm (863)675-3888


OLD RECORDS-(45 records)
78's Joni James, Sarah
Vaughn, Bill Haley,Doris
Day,Guy Lombardo, Mills
Bros, Nat King Cole, Frankie
Laine & more. In albums. All
for $200. (302)674-4149
Delaware. Will ship



COMPUTER, good working
computer $100 internet
ready (863)357-2271
DELL NETWORK COMPUTER-
Pentium Ill Win. XP, Word,
Games, Complete $150.
(866)855-0158
MONITOR- 17" Flat screen
CRT, Color. $50.
(863)635-3465 Frostproof
SCHOOL COMPUTER Win-
dows XP, Microsoft Works &
games. Complete system.
150 (239)464-3260


CERAMIC KILN like new,
with over 100 molds, $1200
or best offer (863)634-9513
CERAMIC KILN- good Terra-
gon, $250 (863)675-0550
DRAFTING TABLE & CHAIR-
30x42 w/slide, like new $60
(863)824-0835


BOOK SHELF Like new. 4
shelves. $25 (239)810-3312


EFIoment


Do-It-Yourself Ideas


Wooden Puzzles
If you're handy with a jigsaw or scrollsaw, here are
three easy puzzle projects to please any child. The
puzzle pieces are traced from full-size patterns, so
the projects require just five steps: trace the patterns
onto wood, saw, sand, stain or paint and assemble.
The map of the U.S. is 28 inches by 19 inches. The
T-Rex stands 11 inches tall, and the Pentaceratops
measures 10 inches long by 5 inches tall.

Wooden Puzzles plan (No. 778) ... $8.95.
Wooden Toys Package (No. C125)
Three other projects... $19.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds of projects) ... $2.00
Please add $3.00 s&h (except catalog-only orders)

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5pc BR SUITE- black & gold,
like new, $350
(863)675-3793
CEDAR CHEST- New with tray
Solid cedar, $125. Call
(863) 467-4328
CHINA CABINET Glass front,
lighted, old, $200 firm.
(863)763-6336.
CHINA- Mahogany, 34" olass
shelves, lights inside $300
(561)704-3690
COUCH & LOVESEAT, black,
leather, exc. cond., like new,
$550. (954)931-9946
CRAFTMATIC BED 4 years
old, rarely used, massage
unit, $500. 863-461-5800.
DINETTE SET- table, 4 capt.
chairs, mauve, good condi-
tion, $150 (863)467-9054
DINING TABLE & 4 CHAIRS-
wicker, glass, $50
(561)704-3690
FOLD UP COTS (2) new mat-
tresses $40 will separate
(863)467-7792
GLASS TOP DINING TABLE w/
6 chairs, $525
(239)537-4253
RECLINER large, leather,
hunter green, $50 or best of-
fer. (863)763-6346
SOFA- 2yrs old, wine colored,
with recliners at each end.
$300 (863)675-0777
SOFA- beige, blue, mauve,
less than 1 yr old, new $500
asking $250 (863)635-3918
(863)528-0825 Frostproof
SOFAS (2) like new 76" long,
firm support, $500 will sell
separate (863)467-0670
TABLE & CHAIRS- custom
made 42" sq oak table, 4
Windsor chairs, very good
cond $350 (863)763-2458
Tan cloth 3 pc Sectional sofa,
matching over stuffed swivel
chair, 2 end and 1 coffee ta-
ble, $1500 (239)537-4253



GOLF CLUBS- full set, metal
fairways, 1,3,5, excellent
condition, $150
(863)467-9892
LADIES CALLAWAY- Woods
D-2, 3, 4, 5 & 7, Putter, PW
8, 7, 6, 5, 4 & 3 Irons All
$400. neg. 863-467-1910


GOLF CLUBS- Ladies, Ping,
with bag Great condition
$100. or best offer
(863)357-6703
TOMMY GUN- .45 ACR $900
(863)697-1443



DUMB BELL SET- with rack,
$40 (863)467-5299
WEIGHT BENCH- $10
(863)467-5299.


ENGAGEMENT RING GOLD
3/4K diamond Solitaire, W/
band, Appraised $1800 sell for
$1000/neg (863)763-3765


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$219,900 located on the North Side
New 7It ignI Nf-Iali' '98
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Prime Location This 3/2 w/ over 2100 sq.ft. Ranchette
Styled home sits on almost a 1/2 acre corner lot on I of
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Brand new CBS 3/2 most appliances incl.
943 Gerace Ct, Moore I laven, $168,375
Lovely 3/2 Home on 3 Lots, 414 Avenue
0, Moore I Iaven. $224,900
Large Lot 1I city Limits, Moore Haven,
Just reduced from $93,000 to $87,000
Vacant land I Acre, Moore Haven, $52,900


Lot for sale, 1/4 acre tract, Moore
I l.vcn,$25,0100
Beautiful Lot for sale 956 Watson Way,
Moore I lavel $45,000
Lovely Lot lor sale, 954 Gcrace Court,
Moore I laven, $40,000

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Single Family Home, 669 Park Avenue,
Moore I-Iaven $245,000
Singlewide Mobile Home, -00 Pine
crest, Moore lHaven $55,000
Doublewide Mobile Home, 921 Yacht
Club Way, Moore I laven $132,750
Moore Haven River Gardens lots start-
ing at $38,000
"Coming Son" RIVIER-S EDGE 1/3 acre
tracts, Iliver view (quiet colnimunity close
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R. Berner

863-228-3265

1) Grw& aa~rWl.~ L6~ik CBS
olnd
%lartVI N 19 Back
N r, Tiled Throu 11-01.41
Potential for 4th Begroom.
$209,9K.
2) W.Ventura 2bd/1 ba. in Brand
New Condition Ready to Move in.
Hard wood Flooirs, New
Appliances, 8ft. Privacy Fence,
Big Back Yard. Don't Miss On This
Great Deal! $97K.
3)Red ce tir~ Srae: '.0'
AC s, 2b i nll(l ~ MRE.
Wal g C yl'ro n Mary
LOU'N Store. Price Red~uced to
$60K.
4) New Listing! 3bd/2ba MH in
MRE on 1.25 Ac. Land is Cleared
With Beautiful Pines. Home is
Very Spacious With Great Floor
Plan. Place is Immaculate!
$108,5K.
5) Moore Haven Yacht Club
2bd/2bja MH wl extra lot,
*Included in Purchase Price*
Partially furnished & Squeaky
Clean! 55 & older community.
Reduced to $129,900 for quick
sale.''


Maribel
Gonzalez

561-722-7347
Se ffil Espanol
REDUCED! YOU MUST SEE TODAY!
Tell your wife to quit looking around
because you have found the perfect
place located on a quiet street in
Country Side Meadows, Moore Haven.
Double-Wide 3 bedroom 2 bathroom
mobile home features a garden tub in
master bath, formal living room, and
family room, and it even has a fenced
yard with lots of trees.
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pigs, o~;.?alC;1n ce
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Definitely Not Nice, In fact it's a 2
8d disaster! Fix it Up and it may just
be livable. Anyway, you can buy this
cloublewide mobile home in Seminole
Manor for not much more than the lot
value at $39.9K<

Looking for peace &1 quiet? Step into
this 4bd/2ba dbwide mobile home
located in MRE. Home features formal
living room and separate family room
with a fireplace. Garden tub in master
bedroom only $152K
New Listing! 2bd/2ba dbwide mobile
home walking distance to local ele-
mentary schools and high school.
Home has new carpet throughout and
new flooring. Located in Seminole
Manor you can't pass this up @ only
$79.9K!!


Charles
III

B~305-968-2262
New Listing! Established
commercial upholstery
business and p ro perty
$250K

New Listing! Beautiful
building lot/investment
property in Port LaBelle
$655K

New Listing! 1.25 Acre Lot
located in Montura Ranch
Estates going 9 $45K

As a new home owner and
full time resident of
Clewiston it will be my
pleasure to assist you with
your commercial and resi-
dential real estate needs.
With over 30 years of land,
home & commercial prop-
erty sales experience I am
looking forward to serving
the business and residen-
tial community.


Luan B.
Walker

~i~863-677-1010

CBS New Construction Only X~ 9 avail-
able. 3 bd/2 ba/I garage Texas Ave.,
Harlem S/D 1673 sq ft. Special Loan
Pkges. LUTZ BUILDERS $151,300 Why buy
old when you can get Brand New?
No Other Listing compares to this North
Side~ on Avenida Del Rio 3bd/2ba home, 2
car garage,, Tile through out, New alu-
minum roof Hurricane shutters, Irrigation.
System, Move in turn key Pristine Clean
going @ $264.9K<
New Listing! 2bd/2ba home located in
Pioneer Plantation sits on 7.5 acres. it
has a front porch and the whole prop-
erty is completely fenced. Call Luan
for more information!
Acreage-in Pioneer Plantation (4) 2.5
Acre Tracts
1. Tampa Ave This property is fenced
and has many mature native trees, which
include FL Pine, Oak and several 35-40 ft.
tall treasured Sable Palms.
2. 155 Union Ave. This property is
secluded, heavily wooded w/ native Pine,
Oak and Palms. Wildlife wanders freely
and the quietness of these woods is awe-
some.
3. Sweetwater Ave. This property has
many beautiful trees that include wild
maple and oaks. Small man-made lake
hidden in thick trees & brush. There is an
abundant of wildlife.
4.195 Union Ave. This property is
untouched and very private. Heavily wood-
ed with paths throughout created by
Florida's native wildlife.


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P. Wood Acosta

863221132305-506-5876

Great starter home or invest- New Listing! 3BD/2BA
men e Itra Nice Kept,Many Fruit
Ran i 4.. Trees,New A/C,
splitti -iI be Horseshoe Ac. 9 $145k<
just !fr
Start your New Year off right Montura Ranch 3bd/2ba
with country living at its best. MH looks like a log
1.25 ac., priced to sell at only cabin, on paved roaT,
$89,900. appt, today!! tenant occupied,fenced,
new septic @) $124,900
1 have the time to list, show
and sell your property. 11.25 ac IMPROVED FREE
pledge to you the most cus- home with purchase of
tomer service any Realtor can land, sinile-wide MH
offer. just ask my past cus- offered 9 68,900
tomers! (References avail-
able) Ca~ll Today!!!! Pioneer Plantation!!!!
2.5 acres wow! Cc
Sugar Realty is proud $89,900
to announce our spon-
sorship of the 2006 New Listing! 2bd/1 ba
Miss Sugar Pageant on huge lots in
Horseshoe Acres. Bring
all offe rs. Seller
Call for more Motivated $165K
information!


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SSmith

863-983-3508

1) Home Improvement Business! Established
Horne improvement business and oxm~ience stome
on 2.5 acres. Fully equipped and permitted caf readyto
be opened. Located near the Clulbhouse in iwm
Ranch. AI fumiture, fixtures, equipment and imnentory
included. Be youro~n boss!! Call fiorlenn @ 677-1 441
for oreinformation. MLS-P 200530488
2) Moore Haven 3 br/2 ba mobile home
Oversize Living Room with Cathedral Ceilings.
Large open kitchen and formal dining room.
Large rear deck with built in bbq and gazebo.
Must see at $124,900 MLS# 200540984
3) Reclucedfl 4 bedmcm/2L batl-Ker 2400 scift
mobile home in Moore HmNn. Home was newI in 04
-Spit floo plan. Cathedral ceilings, large open kitchen
With island. Beaufful home reduced forquicksale. Must
see @ $129,900 ML5 200521690
4) Reduc dill .? ; ontura.no~~
Ranch. ftii btI~~d~lgd sale.
Mustsee@ $70,000 MLS#200521640
5)'05 Homes of Merit 3 Bedroom/2 Bath home on

newwhen this one is only $134,900 MLS#200514068
6) Port Labelle Build able Lot ready foryour new
home $59,900 MLS# 200512627
7) Land Ho!! Beautiful 10 acre parcel located on
Al Don Farming Rd. just Y mile off of Highway
80. just a short ride from Labelle and Ft. Myers.
High and dry and waiting for your new home.
$299,900 MLS#t 200533528
8) New Listing!! 2.5 acres in Pioneer
Plantation. Great location-just 1 Block
south of Tampa on Hendry Isles Blvd.
Property will not last long at $74,900
MLS# 200614840


SCharmaine A.

Mor lntgomery
863-6971-0189
,J~a~~Re Hab Etpnol
Looking for the impossible?, Opportunity
seldom knockts twice! 5 acres on US 27 on
the Palm Beach/ Hendry County line. Over
937 feet on US 27 for easy access priced
riht for a quick sale @ $275K< Don't let
tv's one get away.
One of a kind!!! 3 bedroom 2.5 bath home
on Del Monte. Almost 3500 sq. ft. under
air. Caged pool &1 Spa with poolside
kitchen. Separate office building with half
bath. Could easily be converted to a 4 or 5
bedroom home. Too many extras to list.
Photos &1 info on realtor.com
MLS#200521 924.

Moore Haven River Gardens
7 Lots Available. New Construction in
Growing Area. Build Your Dream
Home Here!
Meyerchick Drive, Lot #15, on the
pond @$662K<
Thatcher Blvd., near the river
@$68,000.00
Thatcher Blvd., Lots 6 &1 7 or 8,
$58,,500.00 each
Thatcher Blvd., Lots I I or 12, @$60K
each
MUSE
Absolutely Perfect for your dream
homle. 20 Fenced Acres w/ pond. Lots
of 10 year old pines w/ some oaks.
Priced below recent sales. Will Go
Fast! Only $409,900.00


~e~BBJerry W.


~a~8~ 561-261-3444

30 acres of pasture and woods in
Ladeca. $25,000.00 /acre. Rare
combination of seclusion in a natural
setting!
5 wooded acres in Ladeca. $1SOK
Call me for vacant land. Lots or
acreage.
2.5 acres in Montura, cleared and
fenced $92K<
2.5 Acres in Montura going CY $85K
2.5 Acres in Montura going Ca $90K
5 Acres in Pioneer going 0 $1 79.9K<
Bring the kids & dog! This is a
big lot. 3bd/2ba brick home,
pool & fenced $319,000.00
New Development! Call me for
sky valley lots.
Handy man's special! Bring your
tools. Located in Moore Hav~en
an As is frame house going for
$65K


Sam J. RT" _' Cathy. S.
Walker Garcia

3 863-228-4798
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Montura Tracts, I List Show and Sell Very Nice 3 bedroom 2 1/2
1.25Acre Tracts Call For Information or bathroom home with large
Appointment! Florida room. This home

Ne ed a -Building? We have a also has an efficiency-and is
12 '500sq.ft. Engnered Steel located very close to our local
Building on 5 Ac. d @ ed $2.15K elementary schools. Give me
Tower Lakes! DBLWDE 3/2 1782 and call I would love to show
Sq.Ft. Liberty Home. On a Large this home to you. This home
Fenced Corner Lot with is being off erred at
Lakefront. 9 $94.91K $149,900.

Mor-TUSAW YENDINUlRI P~Erm~~ f Cathy S. Garcia is a life-
long resident of Clewiston
Pioneer Beautiful Cabin on 2.5 and
acre 0 $49.9newest member of our
10 Acres Al Don Farming Rd. 9 team.
$299K<

5 Acres on Highway 27 going @)
$275K<

just Outside of Town!
Fleetwood Home on a beautiful Y
acre. The property has a 24x3O
shop with office listed at
$1 74.OK Call for an appointment
today!


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1) New Listing!! 8 Acres in Monltura
Ranch7 buildabllr lots-4 01 ? 5 arrI-
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2) Del Monte Ave 3 Bedroom/2 Bath


M~4.~: 1~hLS- 200520398
3) Montura Ranch Estates Large
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4) Pioneer Plantation
bath HIM~
nice r.n'
MustSAENIG:.
MLS# 2005 144 139
5) Pioneer Plantation 2.5 wooded
acres on Riviera. Listed at $84,900
MLS# 200604536
6) PiollmEl.~j r"FAIDIMDFpricede
for quick sale. Partially cleared and
listed at $124,900 MLS# 200603592
7)Your Home Here!! Call the
Smith/Williams team!! Let us show
you how we can market your home to
over 6 million potential buyers a
month!!









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LAMPS (3) $10 for all.
(863)357-4831.



PATIO BAR- with 6 chairs,
pewter color wrought iron
frame, ceramic tile top, exc
cond. $500 (863)467-4253
PICNIC TABLE custom built,
seats 8, 2" lumber was $850
now $450 slight hurricane
damage (863)467-6875
PICNIC TABLE custom built,
seats 8, was $850 now
$450 slight hurricane dam-
age (863)467-6875
Medial I.s I0

ACTION SCOOTER, Heavy
Duty. Excellent condition.
$650. or best offer
(863)675-2596
LIFT CHAIR- Like new condi-
tion. $425. (863)467-4328
MOBILITY SCOOTER, Pride
Revo SE63, 3 Whl. Like new.
Used indoors only. Pd. $1995,
now, $800. (863)517-1708
RAMP "Moving On Mobility".
Aluminum, 5 Ft. w/cover. For
Hover-Round Wheel chair
$225 or best offer.
(863)675-2596
WHEEL CHAIR- Extra large, up
to 5001bs, asking $100
(239)657-2427 Angel
WHEEL CHAIR LIFT Hydraulic-
electric, for van or mini bus
$300 (863)357-1632 ask for
Gene
WHEELCHAIRS, good shape
oversized, new, $250.
863-357-8788, leave phone
#.
WHEELCHAIRS, regular adult
size $175. 863-357-8788,
leave phone #.


Complete Screen room, 30'x9'
$1000 (863)697-2434
CRUISE- 7 NIGHTS, EASTERN
CARIBBEAN. Brand new ship
sailing r/t from Ft. Lauderdale
November 2006- March
2007. From $499 (port taxes
included) with FREE BUS!
(800)741-1770, www.alla-
boardtravel.com.
FLEA MARKET ITEMS New
& used. Large inventory.
Bring lots of boxes. $350 for
all. (863)357-0037
MOBILE HOME DOOR 32x76
Left hand no window $40
(863)357-1657
PAINTING -Framed 28x40
Couch sized painting, Moun-
tain water, trees scene, Must
sell! $85 (863)824-0801
T-CLOTHES POLES- (2) heavy
duty, steel, excellent cond no
rust, $40 (863)675-0550



ELECTRIC PIANO- Korg P80,
LIKE NEW, a steal at $800
or best offer (863)763-3229.
IBANEZ AK85 GUITAR- like
new, $500 or best offer
(863)763-3229.


ORGAN- Freedom II with all
instruments and stool, exc
cond. $1500 or best offer
(863)467-4253


BABY MINI POT BELLY PIGS
$50 each. Call Debbie
(863)983-7702
CANARY- red frosted female,
$80 (863)357-3639
CHIHUAHUA, Toy puppy,
Shots current, Health Cert.
$350. (863)675-3729 or
(863)675-2541
JACK RUSSELL PUPS- color-
ful, shots, wormed, $250
(239)340-8503
PIT BULLS, 2, Male, White,
Red Nose. Less than 1 year
old. $150 each or both for
$250. (863)673-2354
YOUNG DOVES- various col-
ors $15 each.
(863) 675-6214 after 6 pm.
LaBelle area.


PAINT BALL GUN- with 2
tanks, mask, Tipman Pro
Lite, $80 (863)697-1443
PITCHING MACHINE- Louis-
ville Slugger, like new, $50
firm! (863)467-1574
RIFLE, 22 cal., Single shot.
$100. (863)467-9892



High Power CD player, Pio-
neer, AM/FM, detachable
face, retail-$300 sell $200 in
box (863)357-0448


AIR COMPRESSOR- upright,
220 V. w/pressure regulator,
filter & long hoses, $200
(863)675-3357
BAND SAW- 1 hp, Sears,
stand, tilt head, 12", $140
(863)674-0467
BENCH DRILL PRESS w/ bits,
10" table saw, 4" belt disc
sander, 6" grinder w/stand,
Bench band saw w/ cabinet,
36" wood lathe w/tools, 6"
joiner planer, assorted
clamps, wood chisels, router
and table, air compressor, 4
dr tools chest on wheels,
box of tools & misc. also
rough cut wood.
(863)674-5770 after 4pm
COLEMAN POWERMATE
GENERATOR 5-6,000 watt
surge, used 1 week, $500
(863)692-2229
GENERATOR- new, $375 firm,
(772)201-8932


PACHINKO MACHINE- me-
chanical vertical Japanese
pinball, good cond $70 or
best offer (863)357-7406


DAEWOO VCR- like new $25
or best offer (863)467-0670


WANTED: FLART
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567


READING A
NEWSPAPER ...
mokes you a more informed
and inleresfing person. No
wonder newspaper roders
are more successful


Agriculture



Christmas Trees 7-15
Farm Equipment ',s15
Farm Feed Products 1310
Farm Miscellaneous t'1
Farm Produce e20U
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies-
Services Wanted .."O
Fertilizer b35
Horses 8-Ju
Landscaping
Supplies 841
Lawn 8 Garden B50
Livestock 855
Poultry, Supplies 860
Seeds.,Plants,
Flowers R.



HORSE- 5yr old, Gelding,
Palomino, Rides good. $800
or best offer. (863)697-2412
Tennessee Walker/Appaloosa
Gelding, red roan, gaited,
15.2 hands, 15 yrs. old,
$1100.(239)353-7517



Snapper mowers, 12hp, 42"
and 30" $1200 both or will
separate LaBelle
(863)517-2077



LAWN CART- Pull behind, tilt-
ing, $50 (954)629-3257
LAWN EDGER- Briggs & Strat-
ton, gas engine, $40
(954)629-3257
LAWN TRACTOR- Craftsman
#DLT3000, 18.5 hp, 42"
cut, elec start, auto trans,
$1050 (863)599-0887
RIDING MOWER- Murray, 42"
cut, hydrostatic transmission
$600 (863)763-8548
TRACTOR restored Gilson.
11h/p, 4spd. New tires, tubes,
battery & seat. Rebuilt eng.
$350 (863)467-6696


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


$38,000 Carolyn Thomas
Realty Inc. (863)946-1957
OCALA/ ORLANDO, FLORIDA
AREA. $15,000 DISCOUNT.
1.7- 21 Acres from
$149,900. Rolling hills,
views, trails. Only 2 miles-
1-75. Discount ends 2/28.
Broker/Owner.
(352)330-0022.


Port LaBelle, 2 vacant bldg.
or investment lots- 80x125,
Moss Circle or Hob Court.
New homes on street, phone,
elec., water. Owner may con-
sider financing. Your choice
$39,900 (941)924-5120 or
email rabj64@yahoo.com
Port LaBelle Off RT 80, Ranch
area. Location: Aspen Blvd. &
March Ln. Block 68, Lot 73.
$71,500. (561)790-0053


Mbeo


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960



El





-Build To Suit-

Up To 10,000 SQ. FT.

Belle Glade Area








PLATTS BLUFF, 3br Home,
washer/dryer, all utilities in-
cluded $400. mo., 1st, Last
&Sec. req. 863-357-4453


Real Estate



Business Places -
Sale 105
Commercial
Property Sale 1011:1
Condos
Townhouses Sale I 1lO
Farms Sale 10,'I,
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 10i5
Land Sale 04JO
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 10150
Out of State
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted l i65
Resort Property -
Sale 1:70
Warehouse Space 175
Waterfront Property 10.3',




Belle Glade, Muti-Unit
CBS Apartments. 1 & 2 Bdrm.
Call Thompson-Broker
(561)996-5264


CLEWISTON, 4br, 2ba, 2 car
gar. Brand new on a large
lot. $326,900.
(786)326-3502
DUPLEX 3/1 & 1/1, on 2
lots, new roof, Great income
property $160,000/neg.
(863)599-0611
MONTURA, 3br, 2ba, New
Home. 1 + ac. Owner financ-
ing. (863)675-6129
MOTIVATED SELLER. Lake
Port Mobile Home, 1.1
acres, detached garage, 2
sheds, Sunsetter awning,
wood deck, Ig alum car port,
on public water, near fish
eating creek. $139,900,
Call Frank (954)347-5604
NEWER HOME- 3/2 on 5
acres, between Labelle &
Clewiston, Partial fencing,
many extras, $249,000
(239)297-5864
PORT LaBELLE 3br, 2ba. 1
car garage. On Greenbelt. Nice
condition. For more info,
(863)675-3699/673-4828
PORT LaBelle: Unit 4, Modern
3/2, Newly renovated, Large
lot. $1400 mo. + sec. dep. &
ref. Call 863-673-5071.
REMODELED 2BR/2BA house,
$135,000 537 E. Ventura
Owner/Realtor (863)228-0221
or(863)805-0066

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MOORE HAVEN 33471
~ TOP LOCATION -
Will Divide
City block next to court-
house, government center,
high school, 500 feet on US
#27,Ideal for Bank,Fast
Food, Law, Medical, Retail,
Realtor, Insurance, etc.
Call owner Pat


Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the
classified.



MONTURA, 1.25 acres,


$159,900. Gorgeous
acreage, great views, pristine
shoreline & deep boatable
water! Near Bath NC. Enjoy
access to ICW, Sound, At-
lantic. Paved road, under-
ground utilities, well water,
septic approved. Excellent fi-
nancing. By appointment on-
ly. Call now (800)732-6601
x1497.
Waterfront Land Sale! Direct
Waterfront Parcels from only
$9,900! 2 acres dockable
with Log Cabin Pkg. from
$89,900! 4.5 acres dockable
waterfront only $99,900! All
properties are new to the
market! Call toll-free
(866)770-5263 ext. 8.
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classified.


BEAUTIFUL NORTH CAROLI-
NA. WINTER SEASON IS
HERE! MUST SEE THE
BEAUTIFUL PEACEFUL
MOUNTAINS OF WESTERN
NC MOUNTAINS. Homes,
Cabins, Acreage & Invest-
ments. Cherokee Mountain
Realty GMAC Real Estate,
Murphy www.cherokee-
mountainrealty.com Call for
Free Brochure
(800)841-5868.
E Tennessee Lake Properties
Homes from $200,000 to
$1,000,000. Lakefront lots
from $100,000 Lakeview
lots from $35,000 Call Lake-
side Realty (423)626-5820
or visit www.lakesiderealty-
tn.com.
EAST TENNESSEE Mountain
Property. Only minutes from
Gatlinburg, TN. 7 acres &
Stream $39,900. 20 acres
Wooded $79,900. Opening
March 4th. (800)770-9311,
ext.321.
EASTERN TENNESSEE MOUN-
TAIN HOMESITES Gated
lakeside community. 1 to 5
acre wooded and lake view
sites from the $40s. Planned
amenities. Minutes from
Chattanooga. Call today
866)292-5769 Gates of the
river.
GEORGIA BLAIRSVILLE IN
THE NORTH GEORGIA
MOUNTAINS. Lahd, Homes,
Commercial & Investment.
"EVERYTHING WE TOUCH
TURNS TO SOLD" Jane Baer
Realty, (706)745-2261,
(800)820-7829 www.jane-
baerrealty.com, jane-
baer@alltel.net
HORSE FARM LIQUIDATION
20 acres- $59,900 Lush
pastures, beautiful trout
stream, spectacular upstate
NY setting! Ideal summer
home site! Terms avail! Call
now! (877)909-5263
www.upstateNYland.com
Large Mtn. Land Bargains,
High Elevation. Adjoins Pris-
tine State Forest, 20+ AC to
350 AC. Sweeping Mtn.
Views, Streams. www.live-
inwv.com.
MOUNTAINS OF NORTH GA.
The Very Best of Riverfront,
Lakefront, Acreage Tracts,
Building Parcels From 1 to
195 Acres Direct From Own-
ers (706)276-7773.
MURPHY, NORTH CAROLINA
AAH COOL SUMMERS MILD
WINTERS Affordable Homes
& Mountain Cabins Land
CALL FOR FREE BROCHURE
(877)837-2288 EXIT REAL-
STY,'li-iTllIHl VIEW PROP-
E R T I E S
www.exitmurphy.com.
NC AND VA Mountain Land
Available. 4 ac. Alleghany
Co. NC Stone Mtn. State
Pk. Area A-Frame. Apt. &
Garage Lake Guest House
-3 golf courses nearby Just
$249,900.00- Call Susan
336)789-2926. 49 ac. -
Surry Co. North Carolina -
Bottom Land 4,000 ft on
Fisher River Beautiful wood
land & home site Private lo-
cation- Springs & Branches -
$225,000.00 -Call Bracky
(336)789-2926. 86 ac. -
Lowgap Surry Co. North
Carolina Beautiful remod-
eled house all fenced -
stream old cabin timber -
private outbuildings -
$499,000.00 Terms
available Call Susan
(336)789-2926. 70+/- ac. -
Beulah Community Surry
Co. North Carolina All
cleared, grassed & fenced -
panoramic view of surround-
ing mtns. pond fabulous
views $6,250.00 per ac. -
call Bracky (336)789-2926.
215+/- ac. -Carroll Co., Vir-
ginia Hwy. 52 just north of
Mt. Airy, North Carolina -
Brick home needs updating
county water long hwy.
frontage possibly commer-
cial $1,300,000.00. Owner
financing Call Mark
(336)789-2926.
NC MOUNTAINS 10.51 acres
on mountain top in gated
community, view, trees, wa-
terfall & large public lake
nearby, paved private ac-
cess, $119,500 owner
(866)789-8535
www.NC77.com.
NEW TO MARKET! DEEP WA-
TER LOTS Beautifully situat-
ed on 50 acres with 2,800
feet of magnificent frontage
on Battery Creek in Beaufort,
SC. Offering deep waterfront
dockable, tidal creek and pri-
vacy wooded lots starting
from $59,900 Call
(877)929-2837.
North Carolina Gated Lake-
front Community 1.5 acres
plus, 90 miles of shoreline.
Never before offered with
20% pre-development dis-
counts, 90% financing. Call
(800)709-5253.
TENNESSEE LAKEFRONT RE-
TREATS Newly released
lakefront, wooded and
mountain view sites. 5 to 50
estate acres from the
$39,990. 90 minutes to
Nashville. Don't miss the
sunsets over the lake! Call
(866)339-4966. Eagles
Ridge.
WATERFRONT! 2 acres +/-


HANDYMAN SPECIAL
~ Deep Waterfront -
Great Investment
239-823-2587


Mobile Homes



Mobile Home Lots 2'j0:i
Mobile Home Parts i010O
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020




Mas de 40 trails san-
clas in envertario. Listas
para ser sentadas en su
propidad. Bajo encunche
y baja pago de Mensu-
aledad. Llamme para
mas information.
(863)234-9804.
MOBILE HOME- '75, 1br, Fully
Furnished $1500. or best of-
fer (863)675-1891 -
MOBILE HOME & LAND '93
Homes of Merit 2BR/2BA
w/detached garaged,
on.3 acre 863-983-6002
OKEE., 35' Tara, Fl rm, Shed, 2
slides, 25" TV, Chest Freezer
Completely furnished.
$10,000. (863)467-5472


Recreation



Boats .3A5
Campers RVs :l010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 30"0
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles !,i")"
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035



ALUM BOAT W/TRLR- 12ft,
9.5 hp Johnson motor, $600
(863)763-3451
ALUM WOLVERINE '57- 35hp
Merc, elec start, steering
wheel, full windshield $1650
(863)214-1286
BASS BOAT- 16', 1 Owner,
Evinrude 115hp, Trolling mo-
tor, Depth finder. $3000.
(863)824-0197
BASS BOAT- 16'9" Challenger,
140 Evinrude, w/trir, trolling
mtr, too much to list $2500
firm (863)467-4646
CAROLINA SKIFF 16'- '97
Evinrude, 30HP, w/stainless
prop, trolling mtr, fish finder,
trlr, $2250 (863)612-9200
DECK BOAT- '93 Sea Nymph,
19' w/120 hp Evinrude, trail-
er, good cond, $5000 firm
(863)634-9100
FORCE OB 85- 125hp, LOW-
ER UNIT, 20", $250
(863)467-5736
JON BOAT 12ft, V bottom, w/
trailer $300 (863)763-8415
KAYAK- sit inside, 17' Pursuit
Rotomolded Sea kayak,
good condition $600
(863)357-7406
Mercury Outboard 1984
7.5hp, used very little, tank
and hoses included, $385
(863)946-3269
RINKER '83, 16'- Wilma dam-
aged, 90hp Merc, controls,
trlr, as is $450
(863)946-1728

Don't Miss

Tlis One
SEA NYMPH 17', Aluminum,
Trolling motor, 40 hp mercury,
trim & tilt. D/F & Trlr. $1850
863-634-5609/357-4837
Sports Boat, 10'5", Mercury
WaterMouth & trailer,
$2,500. (863)612-0159
STARTER- $75
(863)467-5736
WANTED BOAT TRAILER for
20ft Pontoon (863)467-8567



FIFTH WHEEL- 30', w/screen
room, in Lake Port, $3500,
lot rent $140 (863)465-5944
HUNTER or FISHERMAN'S
dream, travel trailer w/Florida
room, you move $2500 neg.
(863)467-6604
POP-UP CAMPER 2001 Star-
craft, O1ft, nicely equipped,
perfect cond. $3000
(863)467-1077
SUNLINE T2653 '95, 27 Ft.,
Deluxe front kitch., full ba, rear
bdrm., sofa, hitch, load leveler.
$7900 neg. (772)291-3206


Carriage Fifth Wheel, '93, 40',
new awning, carpet, micro-
wave, fridge, w/d, walk
around queen bed, all oak
wood, lots of storage, $6000
or best offer. (561)845-7934


POLARIS 750 WAVE RUNNER
'94- asking $600 no trailer
(863)674-0467


BOAT MOTOR, Johnson, 15
hp., Electric Start. $550.
Firm. (863)674-1065
When you want some-
thing sold, advertise in
the classified.



AIR BOAT BOTTOM COATING
Steelflex 2000 SUPER
SLICK Epoxy coating, 1 gal-
lon $90 (863)467-6696


HONDA SHADOW VT 750- '05
Silver, Brand new, 243 mi.
Accessories included.
$7800. (863)675-3469
HONDA VALKYRIE 2001 V6,
14k miles, great cond. Lake
Port, $8,000 (706)338-0653
MOTORCYCLE HELMETS-3,
2-Shortys, 1-Full face. $70.
Will separate.
(863)763-7854
VULCAN 750, '03, 4,202 mi.,
windshield & saddlebags,
$4000. (863)673-4314 after
5pm
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ATV 110CC NEW 2006-
4stroke eng, w/rev, elec
start, lights, w/warr, many
colors avail, cash or credit
ON SALE $1399. Labelle
(863)674-1944 or Naples
(239)293-6670
ATV 150CC new 2006- 4
stroke eng, w/rev, elec start,
lights, w/warr, many colors
avail, cash or credit ON
SALE, $1599, LaBelle
(863)674-1944 or Naples
239)293-6670
ATV 250CC New 2005- 4
stroke eng., w/rev, elec start,
lights, cargo racks front &
rear, w/warr, many colors
avail, cash or credit ON
SALE $2299 Labelle
863)674-1944 or Naples
239)293-6670
ATV 90CC New '06- 4 stroke,
engine, remote kill switch,
elec start, many colors avail
w/warr, cash or credit, ON
SALE $1199, LaBelle
863)674-1944 or Naples
(239)293-6670.
ENGINE, KAWASAKI, brand
new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
Gator or Kawasaki Mule. Never
ran. $900. (863)692-2229.
HONDA RECON-'02, Low
hours, Senior ridden, Electric
shift $2400. (863)675-0349
LeBelle area
POLARIS PREDATOR '03
500cc, has motor work,
$4000 (561)798-3674


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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



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Northstar White Diamond
Looks & runs good $4400
Call for detail 772-343-0012
CAMARO Z28 80- auto, all
original, nice restoration pro-
ject, $2000 neg.
(863)634-6601 Ive msg.
DODGE INTREPID -'93, 69k,
Runs good. Good shape
$2500 (863)467-1046
FORD ESCORT LX 1995 4dr
sedan, cold air, pwr steering
& brakes, 56k miles, excel.
cond. $2500 (863)635-1139
FORD TAURUS SHO '96- V8,
black, 2dr, tan interior, runs
good $4250 (561)358-2628
FORD THUNDERBIRD 1997-
Runs and looks good, $1800
neg. (863)801-9441
JEEP 2004, 4x4, 6 cyl., 9,800
miles. Willys Military Edition.
Limited Edition. $14,400.
Call (863)675-3278
LINCOLN TOWN CAR, '91,
Cartier, silver, 126k miles,
sun roof, well kept, $800.
needs trans work drive able
(863)467-6060
MERCURY SABLE WAGON, in
Montura, engine needs work,
$900 neg. (863)805-8786
MUSTANG '02- V6, auto, PW,
PL, white w/tan inter. 39K
mi, exc cond., $9200
(302)245-0401 Dover
PONTIAC FIERO, '88, good
tires, 4 cyl., 5spd., good on
gas, $1500. (863)467-0030
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CHEVY SILVERADO 1986, V8
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bed. Like new. $875.
(239)872-7793
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condition. $200. Call
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very low miles,
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dows all around, $300
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Public Notices




Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500



LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE OF SALE
TO: Bibiana & Salva Gonzalez
212 S.Lopez Street
Clewiston, FL 33440
You are hereby notified that the property
stored by you with S & E Properties,
Inc. Self Storage of Clewiston, 600
Block of East Obispo Avenue, Clewis-
ton, Florida believed to be household
and miscellaneous will be sold to the
highest bidder for cash at 600 Block of
East Obispo Avenue, Clewiston on
February 25, 2006. At the hour of
10:OOAM to satisfy rental in the
amount of $668.75
We reserve the right to refuse any and all
bids.
114504 CGS 2/16,23/06
NOTICE OF MEETING
The Barron Water Control District Board
of Supervisors will meet at 10:00 am
on Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at the
office of the District, 3293 Dellwood
Terrace, Port LaBelle, Florida.
The purpose of the meeting is to conduct
routine business which may require
Board action.
This meeting is open to the public.
Mark Colbert, Chairman
113518 CB/CGS 2/16/2006


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE
TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR HENRY COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION
GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC F/K/A
GREEN TREE FINANCIAL SERVICING
CORPORATION,
Plaintiff
vs CASE NO 05-992-CA
CARLOS M CRUZ; THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF CARLOS M. CRUZ; JAC-
QUELINE CRUZ, THE UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF JACQUELINE CRUZ: IF
LIVING, INCLUDING ANY UNKNOWN
SPOUSE OF SAID DEFENDANTSS, IF
REMARRIED, AND IF DECEASED, THE
RESPECTIVE UNKNOWN HEIRS, DEVI-
SEES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES,
CREDITORS, LIENORS, AND TRUS-
TEES, AND ALL OTHER PERSONS
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR
AGAINST THE NAMED DEFEN-
DANTS), UNKNOWN TENANT #1; UN-
KNOWN TENANT #2,
Defendants)
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a
Final Summary Judgment of Foreclo-
sure entered in the above-styled
cause, in the Circuit Court of Hendry
County, Flonda, I will sell the property
situate in Hendry County, Flonda, de-
scribed as:
THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE SOUTHWEST
1/4 OF THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF THE
NORTHEAST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHWEST
1/4 OF SECTION 14, TOWNSHIP 44
SOUTH RANGE 32 EAST, HENDRY
COUNTY, FLORIDA. SUBJECT TO AN
EASEMENT FOR AN ACCESS ROAD
OVER THE WEST 30 FEET THEREOF.
ALSO KNOWN AS LOT NO. 2799,
MONTURA RANCH ESTATES.
To include a:
1998 MERI HS;
VIN#FLHMLCB118517742A;
TITLE #74071354
1998 MERI HS;
VIN# FLHMLCB118517742B;
TITLE #74071355
A/K/A
625 NORTH JINETE STREET
CLEWISTON, FLORIDA 33440
at public sale, at 11:00 o'clock, A.M., or
as soon thereafter as same can be
done, to the highest bidder, or bidders,
for cash, in the front office of the Clerk
of Circuit Court in the hendry County
Courthouse (being the second floor
hallway of the Hendry County Courts
Building), LaBelle, FL 33935, on
March 8,2006.
DATED THIS 10th DAY OF Feb.., 2006.
CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT
By: R.DeLaCruz
Deputy Clerk
THIS INSTRUMENT PREPARED BY:
Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra
9204 King Palm Drive
Tampa, FL 33619-1328
Attorneys for Plaintiff
In accordance with the American with
Disabilities Act of 1990, persons need-
ing a special accommodation to par-
ticipate in this proceeding should
contact the ASA Coordinator no later
than seven (7) days prior to the pro-
ceedings. If hearing impaired, please
call (800) 9559771 (TOD) or
(800) 955-8770 (voice), via Florida
Relay Service.
115129 CGS 2/16,23/06
NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE
CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL
DISTRICT
You are hereby notified that the Regular
Meeting of the Board of Supervisors of
the Central County Water Control Dis-
trict will be held on Wednesday, Febru-
ary 22, 2006 at 7 p.m. at the Montura
Clubhouse, Montura Ranch Estates,
State Road 833, Clewiston, Florida.
The purpose of this meeting is to
transact any and all business which
may come before the Board. If a per-
son decides to appeal the decision of
the Board of Supervisors with respect
to any matter considered at the public
meeting or hearing herein referred he
or she may need to insure that a ver-
batim record of the proceedings is
made, which record includes the testi-
mony and evidence upon which the
appeal is based.
114864 CGS2/1.6/06
LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE OF SALE
TO: Maia Llorea
215 Avonida Del Centro
Clewiston, FL 33440
You are hereby notified that the property
stored byyou with S & E Properties,
Inc. Self Storage of Clewiston, 600
Block of East Obispo Avenue, Clewis-
ton, Florida believed to be household
and miscellaneous will be sold to the
highest bidder for cash at 600 Block of
East Obispo Avenue, Clewiston on
February 25, 2006. At the hour of
10:OOAM to satisfy rental In the
amount of $428.00
We reserve the right to refuse any and all
bids.
114498 CGS 2/16,23/06
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
The Area Housing Commission of Cle-
wiston, LaBelle and Hendry County will
hold the Regular Monthly Meeting on
Thursday February 16 2006 at 52O
EM. at The Greentree South Commu-
nity Center at LaBelle, Florida, Hendry
County.
The purpose of the meeting is to conduct
the general business and consider any
other matter that may be brought be-
fore the Housing Commission. Any
person or persons wishing to appeal
any decision made at such meeting
must ensure that a verbatim record is
made upon which the appeal is to be
based.
The meeting will include any business
before the "Hendry County Non-Proft
Housing, Inc."
115080 CB/CGS 2/16/06
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR HENRY COUNTY, FLORIDA
STANFORD W. FREEMAN, TRUSTEE,
Plaintill
v Case No 06-58 CA
JOYCE A. JAUHOLA, as petitioner of the
Estate of MILTON c. JAUHOLA and in-
dividually as the sole beneficiary of the
Estate of MILTON C. JAUHOLA, de-
ceased, and MUSSETTE L JAUHOLA,
her devisees, hers, grantees, creditors
and other parie ,,i ,,,,,,*
under or again '
natural person. i living, or if dead,
their unknown spouses, heirs, devi-
sees, grantees and creditors, or other
parties cialniing by, through or under
these unknown natural persons, and
all lalies having or leaning to have,
any riglt, title or interest in and to the
leal property herein sought to have title
quieted
Defendants
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE
To Defendants JOYCE A. JAUHOLA, as
petitioner of the Estate of MILTON C.
JAUHOLA and individually as the sole
beneficiary of the Estate of MILTON C.
JAUHOLA, deceased, and MUSSETTE
L, JAUHOLA, her devisees, heirs,
grantees, creditors and other parties
claiming by, through, under or against
her and all unknown natural persons, if
living, or if dead, their unknown spous-
es, heirs, devisees, grantees and
creditors, or other parties claiming by,
through or under these unknown natu-
ral persons, and all parties having or
claiming to have, any right, title or in-
terest in and to the real property herein
south to have title quieted, AND ALL
OTHERS WHOM IT MAY CONCERN'
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
quiet title on the following real property
in Hendry County, Florida:
Lot 16 and 17, Block 2329, Port LaBelle
Unit 9, according to the map or plat
thereof as recorded in Plat Book 3,
Page(s) 159, Public Records of Hend-
ry County, Florida. Less and except
Gas, Oil, and Mineral rights not owned
by prior owner Subject to existing
easements and right of ways of
record.
has been field' against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Alison C.
Hussey, Pavese Law Firm, Attorneys
for Plaintiff, whose address is Post Of-
fice Drawer 2280, LaBelle, FL 33975,
on or before March 6, 2006, and file
the original with the Clerk of this Court
either before service on the plaintiff's
attorney or immediately thereafter; oth-
erwise a Default will be entered against
you for the relief demanded in the
Complaint.
Dated on this the 30th day of January,
2006.
BARBARA BUTLER
Clerk of Circuit Court
/S/ S. Hammond
Deputy Clerk
112455 CGS 2/2,9,16,23/06
NOTICE TO-PUBLIC
The Hendry County Hospital Authority Fi-
nancial Committee will conduct their
monthly business meeting on Thurs-
day, February 23, 2006 at 10:30 a.m.
in the Conference Room at Hendry Re-
gional Medical Center, 524 West
Sagamore Avenue.
114799 CGS 2/16/06
PUBLIC NOTICE
Public notice is hereby given that Fergu-
son Towing will sel at public Auction,
free from all prior liens, the following
vehicles that remaining unclaimed in
storage with charges unpaid, pursuant
to Florida Statutes 713.78, to the high-
est bidder at 12065 Lakeshore Drive,
Canal Point, FL 33438 on February 20,
2006 at 9'00 A.M.
1998 4-door (WHI) Chevrolet
Vin# 1G1JF52T7W7110298
114729 CGS 2/16/06
PUBLIC NOTICE
The Board of Directors of the Housing
Authority of the City of Belle Glade an-
nounce that their regular monthly
meeting is scheduled for 5:00 PM. on
February 21, 2006 at the Administra-
tion Office in Osceola Center, 1204
NW Avenue L Terrace, Belle Glade, FL.
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CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT
CLEWISTON, FLORIDA
REQUEST FOR BIDS
Bid No. 2006-1
Furnish and Install two pumps, #1 & #2 on Hunting Club Avenue
Sealed bids for the manufacture and insta latlon of two complete purps will be re-
ceived by the Board of Supervisrsors Central District Water Control District,
hereinafter referred to as "DISTRICT'" a
475 S. Cabbage Palm St. Montura Ranch Estates Clewiston, Florida
Until 10J: am local time on February 20, 2006 for furnishing labor and materials
and performing all work set forth in the Invitation to Bid, i i 11
Bid Form, Construction Contract, Detailed Specification: ., i i
comprise the Bidding Documents. Immediately following the scheduled closing
time for tire reception of bids, all bid proposals which have been submitted in ac-
cordance with the conditions of the Initation to Bid, Instructions to Bidders and
any Addenda, if any, i d in relaio this Project will be publicly opened and
read aloud. Bidder is responsible for the delivery of bid and bids received after
the specilled day and time will not be opened. The Work to be bid upon is de-
scnbed as the manufacture and installation of two diesel powered engines with
vertical lilt pumps capable of pumping 25,000 gpm each as specified in the de-
tailed drawings and specifications prepared by Rock Aboujaoude, PE. A pre-bid
meeting shall be held on February 2006 at the Clubhouse at 10:00 am. Con-
struction drawings and specifications may be obtained from Rock Abougaoude,
PE. (contact person) at 180 N. Bridge Street, LaBelle, FL 33935 or from CCWCD
office at 475 S. Cabbage Palm Street. Rock's telephone is (863) 012-0011.
CCWCD phone no is (863) 983-5795.
Each bd must be sbmed, in duplicaes, on the prescribed bid form and accom-
panied by bid security on the prescribed form, payable to the District, in an
amount not less than five percent (5%) of the bid anrount. All subcontractors shall
be declared on the prescribed Subcontractors Declaration Form.
All bids shall be opened and read aloud on February 20. 2006, at 10:00 am in the
Club House located on 255 N. Hacienda Avenue, Clewiston, Floida. All bidders
are welcome to attend. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish the nec-
essary additional bonds) for the faithful performance of the Contract, as pre-
scribed in the Contract Documents.
The Bid may be withdrawn prior to the date and time of bid opening. Bids shall re-
main open and subject to acceptance for a period of thirty (30) calendar days af-
ter the date of bid opening but the District at its sole discretion may release and
Bid and Bid secuinty. No bidder may withdraw his Bid for a period of thirty (30)
calendar days after the date of Bid opening. In order to pe p public work, the
successful Bidder shall have all licenses and permits required by federal, State,
and local statutes, regulations and ordinances.
Before a Contract will be awarded for tie work contemplated herein, the District wil
conduct such investigations as are necessary to determine the performance
record and ability of the apparent low Bidder to perform the size and type of work
specified under this Contract Upon request, the bidder shall submit such informa-
tion as deemed necessary by the District to evaluate the bidder's qualifications.
lhe District reserves the right to reject any oll Bid(s) not conforming with the in-
tent and purpose of the Contract Documents, and may postpone tie award of the
Contract for a period of time which, however, shall not extend beyond thirty (30)
calendar days from the bid opening date.
DATED this 26 day of January, 2006.
ATTEST: Central District Water Control District
By: Carolyn Hester
112027 CGS 2/2,9,16/06


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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE
TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENRY COUNTY, FLORIDA
Case No.: 06-03 CP
IN RE. The Estate of;
ROBERT B. TILLITT, Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
(Summary Administration)
TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE:
You are hereby notified that an Order of Summary Administration has been entered
in the estate of Robert B. Tllitt, deceased, File Number 06-03 CP by the Circuit
Court for Hendry County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is PO.
Box 1760, LaBelle, FL 33975; that the decedent's date of death was April 18,
2000; that the total value of the estate is $41,000.00 and that the names and ad-
dresses of those to whom it has been assigned by such order are:
Name Address
Barbara T Phillips 6830 Darlington Ct, Cumming, GA 30040
Donna Mare Smith 3494 Navigator Point, Knoxville, TN 37922
Albert Hill Smith 3494 Navigator Point, Knoxville, TN 37922
Robert Bruce Tillitt 1470 Goshawk Lane, Fairbanks, AK 99709
Patricia I Wright 18 Wright Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Scott W. Tillitt 725 ChartiersStreet, Bridgeville, PA 15017
Jean T Rosile 10095 Hounsdale Drive, Pickerington, OH 43147
Gretchen M. Tillitt 1844 West North St., Bethlehem, PA 18018
Anne Williams Tillitt 3670 Rivendell Lane, Cumming, GA 30083
ALL INTERESTED PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED THAT:
All creditors of the estate of the decedent 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 FLORIDA 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 February 9, 2006.
Person Giving Notice:
Barbara T Phillips
Attorney for Person Giving Notice:
Alison C. Hussey
Florida Bar No. 0116165
PAVESE LAW FIRM
PO. Drawer 2280
461 South Main Street
LaBelle, FL 33975
Telephone No.: (863) 675-5800
Fax: (863) 675-4998
113529 CGS 2/9,16/06

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
The Southwest Florida Resource Conservation and Development Council, a not for
profit agency, will be holding a public meeting on March 15th to discuss the Gull
Citrus Best Management Practices (BMP) cost-share program. The meeting will
be held at 10:00 a.m, at the Dallas Townsend Agricuural Center located at 1085
Pratt Blvd. in LaBelle.
The Gulf Citrus BMP cost-share program has been established to promote agricultu-
ral best management practices in order to achieve water quality and quantity
benefits in the Gulf Citrus Production Area of Southwest Florida. Through the pro-
gram, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) will
provide reimbursement for selected agricultural practices that have potential water
conservation, sediment control and water quality benefits.
Applications for the Gulf Citrus BMP cost-share program can be obtained by calling
the Hendry Soil and Water Conservation District at (863) 674-4161. Applications
will be accepted through March 1,2006.
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PUBLIC NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE AIR PERMIT
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Draft Air Permi No PSD-FL-3330
ProlectNo 0510003-030-AC
U.S. Sugar Corporation Clewiston Sugar Mill and Refinery
Hendry County, Florida
Applicant i i. ,' pI r project is the ,' T' 'i 'I
c an t's I .... 1 a n d m ailin g ,* ,
Vice President of Sugar Processing Operations; U.S Sugar Corporation Clewis-
ton Sugar Mill and Refinery, 111 Ponce DeLeon Avenue, Clewiston, Florida
33440.
Facility Location: U.S. Sugar Corporation operates an existing sugar mill and refin-
ery, which is located in Hendry County at 111 Ponce DeLeon Avenue in Clewis-
ton, Florida
Project: The applicant proposed the following revisions to Permit No. PSD-FL-333
for newly constructed Boiler No. 8: add the primary requirements of NESHAP
Subpart DDDDD; include the "alternate pH monitoring procedure" (i e. no pH
monitoring) as authorized by EPA Region 4 in a letter dated September 4, 2005;
revise the original particulate matter BACT standard from 0.026 Ib/MMBtu to
0.025 Ib/MMBtu (final NESHAP standard) as requested by the applicant; replace
the "non-BACT" CO limit (0 3 Ib/MMBtu based on a 12-month rolling average)
with the final NESHAP CO standard (400 ppmvd based on a 30-day rolling aver-
'.r i ii, i, ,,,1 ..' wood chips as a supplemental and alternate fuel; and al-
low Uie Ilnng ul bagasse and wood chips used to remedlate spills or leaks of on-
specification used oils in any of the boilers. Details of the project are provided in
the in the application and the Department's "Technical Evaluation and Preliminary
Determination".
Permitting Authority: Applications for air construction permits are subject to review
in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 403, Florida Statutes (FS.) and
Chapters 62-4, 62-210, and 62-212 of the Florda Administrative Code (FA.C.).
The proposed project is not exempt from air permitting requirements and an air
permit is required to perform the proposed work. The Bureau of Air Regulaton is
the Permitting Authority responsible for making a permit determination for this
project. The Permitting Authority's physical address is: 111 South Magnolia Drive,
Suite #4, Tallahassee, Florida. The Permitting Authority's mailing address is:
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #5505, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400. The Per-
mitting Authority's telephone number is 850/488-0114.
Project File: A complete project file is available for public inspection during the nor-
mal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (except le-
gal holidays), at address indicated above for the Permitting Authority. The
complete project file includes the Draft Permit, the Technical Evaluation and Pre-
liminary Determination, the application, and the information submitted by the ap-
plicant, exclusive of confidential records under Section 403.111, F.S Interested
persons may contact the Permitting Authority's project review engineer for addi-
tional information at the address or phone number listed above.
Notice of Intent to Issue Air Permit: The Permitting Authority gives notice of its in-
tent to issue an air permit to the applicant for the project described above. The ap-
plicant has provided reasonable assurance that operation of proposed equipment
will not adversely impact air quality and that the project will comply with all appro-
priate provisions of Chapters 62-4, 62-204, 62-210, 62-212, 62-296, and
62-297, FA.C. The Permitting Authority will issue a Final Permit in accordance
with the conditions of the proposed Draft Permit unless a timely petition for an ad-
ministrative hearing is filed under Sections 120,569 and 120.57, F.S. or unless
public comment received in accordance with this notice results in a different deci-
sion or a significant change of terms or conditions.
Comments: The Permitting Authority will accept written comments concerning the
proposed Draft Permit for a enod of fourteen (14) days from the date of publica-
tion of this Public Notice Written comments must be provided to the Permitting
Authority at the above address. Any written commentsfiled will be made
available for public inspection. If written comments received result in a significant
change to the Draft Permit, the Permitting Authority shall revise the Draft Permit
and require, if applicable, another Public Notice.
Petitions: A person whose substantial interests are affected by the proposed permit-
ting decision may petition for an administrative hearing in accordance with Sec-
tions 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. The petition must contain the information set forth
below and must be filed with (received by) the Department's Agency Clerk in the
Office of General Counsel of the Department of Environmental Protection at 3900
Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station #35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000.
Petitions filed by any persons other than those entitled to written notice under
Section 120.60(3), F.S. must be filed within fourteen (14) days of publication of
this Public Notice or receipt of a written notice, whichever occurs first. Under
Section 120.60(3), F.S., however, any person who asked the Permitting Authority
for notice of agency action may file a petition within fourteen (14) days of receipt
of that notice, regardless of the date of publication. i a,-iii,, n i n l .n .I:II
of the petition to the applicant at the address indicated iAu. ., t4 m u rin. ,LI 1IiI iI
The failure of any person to file a petition within the appropriate time period shall
constitute a waiver of that person's right to request an administrative determina-
tion (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, FS., or to intervene in this
proceeding and participate as a party to it. Any subsequent intervention will be
only at the approval of the presiding officer upon the filing of a motion in compli-
ance with Rule 28-106.205, FA.C.
A petition that disputes the material facts an which the Permiting Authority's acton
is based must contain the following information: (a) The name and address of
each agency affected and each agency's file or identification number, if known;
(b) The name, address and telephone number of the petitioner; the name address
and telephone number of the petitioners representative, if any, which shall be the
address for service purposes during the course of the proceeding; and an expla-
nation of how the petition substantial rights will be affected by the agency de-
termination; ( A statement of how and when the petitioner received notice of the
agency action or proposed achon; (d A statement of all disputed issues of mate-
rial fact. If there are none, the petition must so state; je) A concise statement of
the ultimate facts alleged, including the specific facts the petitioner contends war-
rant reversal or modification of the agency's proposed action; (f A statement of
the specific rules or statutes the petitioner contends require reversal or modifica-
tion of the agency's proposed action; and, (g) A statement of the relief sought by
the petitioner stating precisely the action the petitioner wishes the agency to take
with respect to the agency's proposed action. A petition that does not dispute the
material facts upon which the Permitting Authority's action is based shall state
that no such facts are in dispute and otherwise shall contain the same information
as setforth above, as required by Rule 28-106.301, FA.C.
Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final agency
action, the filing of a petition means that the Permitting Authority's final action
may be different from the position taken by it in this Public Notice of Intent to Is-
sue Air Permit. Persons whose substantial interests will be affected by any such
final decision of the Permitting Authority on the application have the right to peti-
tion to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the requirements set
forth above.
Mediation: Mediation is not available forthis proceeding.
115207 CGS 2/16/06


PUBLIC NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE AIR PERMIT
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Draft Air Permit No. PSD-FL-333B
Project No. 0510003-030-AC
U.S. Sugar Corporation Clewiston Sugar Mill and Refinery
Hendry County, Florida
Applicant: The applicant for this project is the U.S ,:, 'r" ,,i,'", The appli-
cant's authorized representative and mailing addre r 1' .'ii' A. Raiola,
Vice President of Sugar Processing Operations; U.S. Sugar Corporation Clewis-
ton Sugar Mill and Refinery; 111 Ponce DeLeon Avenue; Clewiston, Florida
33440
Facility Li..ican ii ,,i., r,,.,, i;,,,, operates an existing sugar mill and refin-
ery, I i. n.I .,,:, .11..'r; at 111 Ponce DeLeon Avenue in Clewis-
ton, Florida.
Project: The applicant proposed the following revisions to Permit No. PSO-FL-333
for newly constructed Boiler No. 8: add the primary requirements of NESHAP
Subpart DDDD; include the "alernate pH monitoring procedure" (i.e., no H
monitoring) as authorized by EPA Region 4 in a letter dated September 4, 2005;
revise the original particulate matter BACT standard from 0.026 Ib/MMBtu to
0.025 Ib/MMBtu (final NESHAP standard) as requested by the applicant; replace
the "non-BACT" CO limit (0.38 b/MMBtu.based on a 12-month rolling average)
with the final NESHAP CO standard (400 ppmvd based on a 30-day rolling aver-
age); allow the firing of wood chips as a supplemental and alternate fuel; and al-
low the firig of bagasse and wood chips used to remediate spills or leaks of on-
specification used oils in any of the boilers. Details of the project are provided in
the in the application and the Departments "Technoical Evaluation and Preliminary
Determination .
Prrmininiig Auihuii .'uiilications for air construction permits are subject to review
., ,. i., iii, r,, provisions of Chapter 403, Florida Statutes (F.S.) and
Chapters 62-4, 62-210, and 62-212 of the Florida Administrative Code (A.C.).
The proposed project is not exempt from air permitting requirements and an air
permit is required to perform the proposed work. The Bureau of Air Regulation is
the Permitting Authority responsible for making a permit determination for this
project. The Permitting Authoritys physical address is: 111 South Magnolia Drive,
Suite #4, Tallahassee, Florida. The Permitting Authority's mailing address is:
2600 Blair Stone Road, MS #5505, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400. The Per-
mitting Authority's telephone number is 850/488-0114.
Project File: A complete project file is available for public inspection during the nor-
mal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (except le-
gal holidays), at address indicated above for the Permitting Authority. The
complete project file includes the Draft Permit, the Technical Evaluation and Pre-
liminary Determination, the application, and the information submitted by the ap-
plicant, exclusive of confidential records under Section 403.111, FS. Interested
persons may contact the Permitting Authority's project review engineer for addi-
tional information at the address or phone number listed above.
Notice of Intent to Issue Air Permit: The Permitting Authority gives notice of its in-
tent to issue an air permit to the applicant for the project described above. The ap-
plicant has provided reasonable assurance that operation of proposed equipment
will not adversely impact air quality and that the project will comply with all appro-
priate provisions of Chapters 62-4, 62-204, 62-210, 62-212, 62-296, and
62-29, F.A.C. The Permitting Authority will issue a Final Permit in accordance
with the conditions of the proposed Draft Permit unless a timely petition for an ad-
ministrative hearing is filed under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, ES. or unless
public comment received in accordance with this notice results in a different deci-
sion or a significant change of terms or conditions.
Comments: The Permitting Authority will accept written comments concerning the
proposed Draft Permit for a penod of fourteen (14) days from the date of publica-
tion of this Public Notice. Written comments must be provided to the Permitting
Authority at the above address. Any written comments filed will be made
available for public inspection. If written comments received result in a significant
.r ,, I,. it, i-,, ii n r,m the Permitting Authority shall revise the Draft Permit
Jld leulicr, l I.ppIILable, ajmotherPublic Notice.
Petitions: A person whose substantial interests are affected by the proposed permit-
ing decision may petition for an administrative heariin accordance with Sec-
tions 120.569 and 120.57, FS. The petition must contain the information set forth
below and must be filed with (received by) the Department's Agency Clerk in the
Office of General Counsel of the Department of Environmental Protection at 3900
Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station #35, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3000.
Petitions filed by any persons other than those entitled to written notice under
Section 120.60(3), F.S. must be filed within fourteen (14) days of publication of
this Public Notice or receipt of a written notice, whichever occurs first. Under
Section 120.60(3), F.S., however, any person who asked the Permitting Authority
for notice of agency action may file a petition within fourteen (14) days of receipt
of that notice, regardless of the date of publication. A petitioner shall mall a copy
of the petition to the applicant atthe address indicated above, at the time of filing.
The failure of any person to file a petition within the appropriate time period shall
constitute a waiver of that person's right to request an administrative determina-
tion (hearing) under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S., or to intervene in this
proceeding and participate as a party to it Any subsequent intervention will be
only at the approval of the presiding officer upon the filing of a motion in compli-
ance with Rule 28-106.205, EA.C.
A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Permitting Authority's action
is based must contain the following information: (a) The name and address of
each agency affected and each agency's file or identification number, if known;
(b) The name, address and telephone number of the petitioner; the name address
and telephone number of the petitioner's representative, if any, which shall be the
address for service purposes during the course of the proceeding; and an expla-
nation of ow the petitioners substantial rights will be affected by the agency de-
termination; (c) A statement of how and when the petitioner received notice of the
agency action or proposed action; d) A statement of all disputed issues of mate-
rial fact. If there are none, the petition must so state; e) A concise statement of
the ultimate facts alleged, including the specific facts the petitioner contends war-
rant reversal or modification of the agency' proposed action; () A statement of
the specific rules or statutes the petoner contends require reversal or modifica-
tion of the agency's proposed action and, (g) A statement of the relief sought by
the petitioner, stating precisely the action the petitioner wishes the agency to take
with respect to the agency's proposed action. A petition that does not dispute the
material facts upon which the Permitting Authority's action is based shall state
that no such facts are in dispute and oeie shall contain the sme information
as set forth above, as required by Rule 28-106.301,EA.C.
Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final agency
action, the filing of a petition means that the Permitting Authority's final action
may be different from the position taken by it in this Public Notice of Intent to Is-
sue Air Permit. Persons whose substantial interests will be affected by any such
final decision of the Permitting Authority on the application have the right to peti-
tion to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the requirements set
forth above.
Mediation: Mediation is not available for this proceeding.
115260 CGS 2/16/06


Estimate orange




crop unchanged


LAKELAND, Fla. The U.S.
Department of Agriculture
(USDA) released its fourth crop
forecast for the 2005-2006 sea-
son, Feb. 9, which indicates no
change from its Jan. 12 crop
estimate. The USDA expects
the state's orange crop to pro-
duce 158 million boxes during
the 2005-06 season.
Grapefruit estimates remain
unchanged at 16 million boxes.
For specialty fruit, the USDA
predicts 800,000 boxes of Tem-
ples; 1.2 million boxes of tan-
gelos; and 5.2 million boxes of
tangerines, including 2.8 mil-


lion boxes of early varieties and
2.4 million bpxes of Honeys.
The yield for frozen concen-
trate orange juice (FCOJ) was
increased from 1.55 to 1.58 gal-
lons per 90-pound box.
The Florida citrus industry
has a $9.1 billion economic
impact to the state, employs
nearly 90,000 people and cov-
ers more than 650,000 acres in
the state. Florida Citrus Mutual,
founded in 1948, is the state's
largest citrus grower's organi-
zation with nearly 11,000 grow-
er members.


Bronson lauds USDA



for cankeer funding


TALLAHASSEE Florida
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson last week applauded
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Secretary Mike Johanns and
S the.Bush Administration's deci-
S sion to make an additional
$100 million available to com-
pensate Florida citrus growers
who have lost trees to citrus
S canker.
The funds come on top of
$200 million that USDA made
available in December to com-
pensate growers for losses
From the bacterial disease that
Afflicts citrus.
"I want to express my grati-
S tude to Secretary Johanns for
responding to the needs of our
growers who have been hit
hard by this devastating dis-
ease," Mr. Bronson said. "Since
USDA announced in January
that eradication of canker was
no longer possible, Florida cit-
rus growers are understand-
ably anxious to know the pro-
cedures they will have to
implement to sustain citrus
production. While I know there
are more questions than
answers right now, I have given
Secretary Johanns my personal
commitment to make all


"I want to express my,
gratitude to Secretary

Johanns for respond-
ing to the needs of our
growers who. have
been hit hard by this
devastating disease."
Charles H. Bronson,
Florida Agriculture
and Consumer Services
Commissioner


resources of the Department
available to USDA so that this
information can be provided to
our growers as quickly as pos-
sible. I am sure that the Secre-
tary's announcement will pro-
vide many in our citrus
community with some much
needed relief and
reassurance."
Mr. Bronson reiterated his
commitment to homeowners
who have lost citrus trees to
canker, saying he will seek
funding from the Florida Legis-
lature this spring to reimburse
homeowners whose trees have
been destroyed.


Researchers work to manage canker


By Tom Nordlie
University of Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The
fight to eradicate citrus canker
from Florida ended last week
when federal officials
announced they'd stop funding
removal of exposed trees, but
researchers with the University
of Florida's Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences are confi-
dent that in time the disease can
be managed to ensure the future
viability of the $9.1 billion Flori-
da citrus industry.
The decision was spurred by
scientific projections that the
bacteria responsible for citrus
canker disease had become
much more widespread due to
Hurricane Wilma in October
2005. The news will shift UF's
research priorities, said Jimmy
Cheek, UF senior vice president
for agriculture and natural
resources.
"Up until now, we've had
canker research proceeding
along several tracks, one orient-
ed toward eradication, others
focused on detection, preven-
tion and management prac-
tices," Mr. Cheek said. "Since
eradication will no longer be the
strategy, we need to make sure
we're putting our resources
where they'll do the most good."
Some existing UF canker pro-
grams will be enhanced, new
options will be explored and
time lines will be accelerated, he
said.
"We are working closely with
growers, as well as state and fed-
eral regulatory officials, to make
sure their needs are addressed
appropriately," Mr. Cheek said.
"Our overall goal is minimizing
the impact canker and other dis-
eases have on Florida's citrus
industry."
UF extension faculty in citrus-
producing counties will play a
key role in the effort by commu-
nicating regularly with growers
to obtain feedback and discuss
new research developments, he
said.
Canker is spread primarily by
wind and rain, and causes citrus
trees to develop small brown
lesions and produce less fruit,
said Harold Browning, statewide
coordinator for UF citrus pro-
grams in teaching, research and
extension. The current canker
outbreak, discovered in 1995,
was being contained until sever-
al hurricanes in 2004 and 2005


"We have been collaborating with citrus
researchers in South America for the past 30
years, and we will try some of their canker-sup-
pression strategies. Brazil has a different cli-
mate, but their growers have been somewhat
successful protecting groves with a combination
of windbreaks, copper-based chemical sprays
and decontamination procedures for personnel
and equipment."
Harold Browning,
statewide coordinator for UF citrus
programs in teaching, research and extension


spread the bacteria over a much
larger area.
UF experts are working with
the Florida Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Services,
the U.S. Department of Agricul-
ture; representatives of other
agencies and the citrus industry
to develop a statewide canker
management plan and deliver its
elements to the industry, said Mr.
Browning, who also directs UF's
Citrus Research and Education
Center in Lake Alfred.
The management plan will
emphasize disease prevention,
he said. Top priorities include
protecting healthy trees in nurs-
eries and- groves, and ensuring
proper sanitation during harvest
and processing.
"We have been collaborating
with citrus researchers in South
America for the past 30 years,
and we will try some of their
canker-suppression strategies,"
Mr. Browning said. "Brazil has a
different climate, but their grow-
ers have been somewhat suc-
cessful protecting groves with a
combination of windbreaks,
copper-based chemical sprays
and decontamination proce-
dures for personnel and equip-
ment."
Canker's effect on Florida cit-
rus production for the 2005-2006
growing season won't be known
for months, said Tom Spreen,
chairman of UF's food and
resource economics depart-
ment. Researchers are still
assessing how far Hurricane
Wilma spread the disease, and
lawmakers must decide whether
growers will be allowed to har-
vest fruit from exposed trees pre-
viously slated for destruction.
Mr. Spreen and his colleagues
were completing a report on the


future of Florida's citrus industry
when it was announced the
eradication program would end.
A revised report, updated to
address the latest canker devel- -
opments, will be issued in early
March.
"We know there are a num-
ber of ways canker could have a
negative economic impact on
the industry," Mr. Spreen said.
"Reduced yield and increased
production costs are possibili-
ties. There could also be implica-
tions for the export market."
Ensuring the quality of Flori-
da's citrus exports will be easier
with the help of genetically mod-
ified canker bacteria that glow
bright green when examined
under special microscopes, said
Jim Graham, a soil microbiolo-
gist at the Lake Alfred center
who has tested a wide range of
canker control strategies since
1999.
Along with post-doctoral
associate Jaime Cubero, Mr. Gra-
ham led a research team that
modified the bacteria with a
gene derived from a species of
jellyfish. The glowing microbes
are far easier to detect than their
normal counterparts, enabling
faster, more accurate evaluation
of sanitizing procedures.
"To test a sanitizing system,
you can apply the bacteria to a
test batch of citrus and simply
run it through the system," Mr.
Graham said. "The bacteria only
glow if they're alive, so it's easy
to spot survivors and determine
how well the system's working."
The modified bacteria will
also help researchers learn how
long canker bacteria survive out-
side citrus plant tissue, he said.
This information will lead to
more effective quarantine and


grove-care practices to keep
canker bacteria under control.
Citrus trees do not contain
genes that specifically fight
canker, but they have genes pro-
viding broad-spectrum disease
resistance, said Gloria Moore, a
UF professor of horticultural sci-
ences. She is determining how
citrus trees could be coaxed into
expressing those genes more
strongly, giving them a better
chance of resisting canker and
other pathogens.
In another study, Ms. Moore
and Fred Gmitter, a horticultural
sciences professor at the Lake
Alfred center, lead a research
team that has examined natural
canker resistance in the
kumquat, a fruiting plant closely
related to citrus.
"One of our graduate stu-
dents has isolated some of the
genes that are responsible," said
Ms. Moore, who has researched
canker genetics for the past five
years. "By transferring those
genes to citrus trees, we may be
able to provide canker resist-
ance."
Rice is another plant with dis-
ease resistance UF researchers
have borrowed for use in citrus,
said Jude Grosser, a horticultural
sciences professor at the Lake
Alfred center. The grain has a
gene that provides protection
from rice bacterial blight, a dis-
ease closely related to citrus
canker.
Doctoral student Ahmad
Omar, working with Mr. Grosser,
Mr. Graham and UF assistant
professor of plant pathology
Wen-Yuan Song, transferred the
resistance gene to Hamlin
orange trees, a project begun in
2000. The first of these trees is
being assayed at a state Division
of Plant Industry quarantine
facility to determine if it can
resist the most common strain of
citrus canker bacteria.
If the test proves successful,
the trees will be field-tested to
evaluate their ability to resist
canker and produce fruit in a
real-world environment, Mr.
Grosser said. Eventually they
could become the first canker-
resistant citrus variety UF makes
available to growers.
"Genetics research has great
potential to help the citrus indus-
try overcome this threat," he
said. "We're confident it will
happen, and we've got a running
start, thanks to all the work that's
been done already."


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