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Publication Date: February 5, 2009
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At a Glance

Early dismissal
Hendry County LaBelle Area
Schools will be dismissed early
on Friday, Feb. 20, for Swamp
Cabbage activities. There will
be no lunch served that day
and school bus drivers will be
following their regular sched
ules based upon the schools
early release times.

Mark Black History
February is Black History
Month, a time we celebrate
those past and present who
have helped pave the way and
those who were and are influ-
ential in shaping our lives. Cel-
ebrate Black History Month on
Feb. 28 at the James Singleton
Community Center. Everyone
is welcome.
If you would like to partici-
pate, perform or simply help,
contact Nora Fagin-Ned at 863-

Free HIV testing
Hendry County Health De-
partment, 1140 Pratt Boulevard
(LaBelle) and 1100 Olympia
(Clewiston), and Glades Coun-
ty Health Department, 956 Hwy
27 SW (Moore Haven), will of-
fer free HIV testing for anyone
on Friday, Feb. 6, from 8:30
am-noon and 1:00-4:30 p.m. in
observance of National Black
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. 25
pecent of people with HIV
don't know they are infected.
Get tested.

LHS Library Club
meeting changed
The Friends of the LaBelle
High School Library meeting
has been rescheduled to Feb.
14. We hope to see all interest-
ed individuals on the new date
at 10 a.m.
Refreshments will be avail-
able for a nominal donation.
If you like books and reading,
plan to meet with other mem-
bers of our community includ-
ing students, teachers, and par-
ents. Our goal is to improve the
resources of the LHS Library
and develop a book exchange
program among our members.
Contact Mel Greenleaf at La
Belle High School at 863-674-
4120 with any questions.

Old Timers' Dinner
Make plans to attend and
mark your calendars for the
kickoff event of SCF, the Old-
Timers' Dinner, Thursday, Feb.
19, at LaBelle Civic Center. It's
in HONOR of our Old-Timers,
not just for Old-Timers.
Catering is by Buddy Taylor/
Gator Hammock, and tickets
sold in advance at $15 each
with tables for 10 at $150 avail-
able. Doors open at 4:30 and
dine at 6 p.m. Call the chamber
at 675-0125; 675-0374 or 675-
1338 for tickets.

See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
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Lucy's Angels: Hope in sneakers

Submitted photos
One hundred walkers made their way through the streets of LaBelle January 31 so
breast cancer patients can receive much-needed mammograms.

Submitted photo
Pink balloons fill the air as Lucy's Angels gathered up walkers to support their cause.

Money raised for mammograms
Swing into Action was the theme
for Lucy's Angels for Breast Cancer
Care, Bosom Buddies 3 mile Walk
from Barron Park, on Sat. Jan. 31.
One hundred walkers participated,
The Christ Central Dancers and
Choir, along with the Universal All
Stars entertained afterward. To-
gether with good food, music and
a variety of vendors, the day was
a big success. They all helped to
raise money to pay for mammo-
grams for residents of Hendry and
Glades. By the community, For the
Community is their motto, since all
the money raised stays here for
Breast Cancer screening. To date,
with your help the group has paid
for over 70 mammograms.
Lucie's Angels offer special thanks
to their sponsors who helped de-
fray costs so the funds can be used
for screening: Christian Men's
Gathering, Florida Community
Bank, Gonzales Lawn Service, Pro- Submitted photo
file Gardens Landscape Manage- There was energy galore at the Bosom Buddies
ment, Ragin' Graphics, Sharon's Walkathon Jan. 31 to support breast cancer pa-
Kreations, Southern Excavating. tients.

Veterans memorial taking shape

LaBelle veterans have been
planning a new memorial for
several years to honor this
country's military men and
Ground was broken for
the memorial, which will be
located at the corner of SR 80
and Main Street across from
the Courthouse, in ceremonies
last Veterans Day. This week,
residents should see the begin
nings of the memorial taking
It won't look like much at
first, just ground leveling work
followed by laying limerock
and sand screening, but then
the first paving bricks, engraved
with the honored names of ser-

vicemen and women, will start
to go in. The first bricks are be-
ing made now by Gulf Coast
Pavers. Two hundred and thirty
of them have been ordered.
The memorial will be com-
prised of seven free standing
monuments, one for each of
the most recent major Ameri-
can conflicts. They include:
World War I, World War II, the
Korean Conflict, Viet Nam, The
First Gulf War, Afghanistan and
the Second Gulf War.
In addition, five flag poles
will be erected: one for the
American flag, the Florida State
flag, POW flag as well as the
American Legion, VFW and
DAV flags.

There will be benches
placed throughout the grounds
for people to reflect on the pur-
pose of the memorial. The La-
Belle Rotary Club has already
purchased a number of them.
American Legion Post 130
continues to take orders for me-
morial bricks. If you would like
to purchase one, you may send
a check for $100 to American
Legion Post 130 with an anno
tation that it's for the Veterans
Memorial. You can make out a
form at the Legion Post for your
You may also mail your
check to: American Legion
Post 139, 699 W Hickpochee,
LaBelle, FL 33935.


hear local


By Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
Once again local groups
had their chance to catch the
attention of area state repre-
sentatives before they head off
to tackle Tallahassee's budget.
As throughout the state, legisla
tors are looking for innovative
ways to tighten the budget.
This coming year, local gov-
ernments and programs were
forewarned that it would be
little use to seek funding from
Still, Senator Dave Aronberg
of District 27 and Representa-
tive Denise Grimsley of District
77 made their annual trek to
gather local input. They met
the public Jan. 27 at LaBelle
City Hall. Sen. Larcenia Bullard
was unavailable.
From the City of LaBelle
Mayor Paul Puletti took his cue
from the economy and asked
only for any help they could
muster for its new water treat-
ment plant.
Citing the consent order the
city is under to build the new
water treatment plant, Mayor
Puletti asked for assistance in
securing funding from Rural

Utility Service. Assistance with
in complying with the order
or an abeyance of the consent
order would be a benefit to the
city, he indicated.
Sen. Aronberg seemed ame-
nable to helping, saying he sup-
ported Moore Haven's similar
request with a letter to the fed
eral authorities.
All the Hendry County com-
missioners as well as County
Administrator Judi Kenning-
ton-Korf, were on hand at the
meeting. Ms. Kennington-Korf
took the legislators through the
county's requests. SR 80 wid-
ening remains at the top of that
list. Also of prime importance
to Hendry is the proposed in-
land port particularly with the
loss of some 1,700 jobs if the
USSC purchase by the South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict goes through.
Newly-elected Superinten-
dent of Schools Rick Murphy
told the legislators that the
board had just laid off a num-
ber of employees and would
probably be faced with another
layoff before the year is over.
See Concerns Page 2

By Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
Supervisor of Elections Lu-
cretia Strickland presented a
statement for $6,000 in attor-
ney's fees to the county com-
mission at its Jan. 27 meeting
in LaBelle.
It will be the initial payment
for her defense in former Prop
erty Appraiser Kristina Kulpa's
lawsuit over the Nov. 4 elec-
Ms. Kulpa is suing the Hen-
dry County Canvassing Board,
Ms. Strickland and her former
opponent, now Property Ap-
praiser Phillip Pelletier, citing
what she claims are irregulari-
ties in the voting process.
She filed the lawsuit with
the 20th Circuit Court on Nov.

24, 2008.
Ms. Strickland told the board
she felt the need for the county
to absorb these bills could have
been prevented if the county
attorney would agree to repre-
sent her as a constitutional of-
However, Mr. Lapp said he
checked with other counties
and decided his defense of Ms.
Strickland would be a conflict
of interest.
Besides, he said, if he took
on that additional burden, he
would not be able to take prop-
er care of the county's other
legal business.
Ms. Strickland took the op-
portunity to promise the tax-

See County Page 2

Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant
LaBelle Superintendent of Public Works Michael Boyle,
engineer Larry Bennett and Bill Davis, Legionnaire in
charge of the memorial plans, go over design for the Vet-
erans Memorial in preparation for the installation of the
first bricks.


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FBLA builds winners; local

chapter hosts district conference

LaBelle members rack up awards

Submitted photo
Whisper Creek owners celebrated 20 years in business last weekend. Pictured from left: Walt
and Nita Shirley, Leo Cavin, Janet Cavin, Darryl Christianson, Bill Cavin and Cheri Christian-

Whisper Creek celebrates 20 years of fun

Whisper Creek RV Park and
its residents celebrated 20 years
of operation last weekend with a
big party filled with music, dance,
food and fun.
The park is the dream of Leo
Cavin, who brought his children
into its planning and operation.
The park was built "from the sand
up" and took about two years to
Retired now, Leo has left the
park in the care of his children
and their spouses: William and
Janet Cavin, Nita and Walt Shirley
and Cheri and Darryl Christian-
The park has 475 sites that
pretty much stay filled, two club

houses, a computer room, bil-
liards, exercise room, rec/social
hall, a club with a full commercial
kitchen, heated pool and activities
Rousing games of bingo, shuf-
fleboard and horseshoes are at
the top of the list.
Residents' social calendars
stay full with regular pot luck sup-
pers, Saturday breakfasts, church
services on Sunday, pool parties,
fashion shows, cards and crafts.
They also enjoy tours and other
special activities.
It's clean facilities and grounds
help make it a pleasant retreat for
large numbers of winter visitors
and even some permanent resi-

In fact, Whisper Creek is such
a homey, enjoyable place that
some 20 of its original residents
are still there still loving it.
Whisper Creek RV Park is well
known for its friendly atmosphere
and has always been a vital part
of the larger community.
Residents are happy to sup-
port many charitable causes and
events as well as the local social
Located at 3745 N. SR 29,
Whisper Creek is as proud of its
residents as its residents are of it.
With many younger retirees,
the park remains an enjoyable
community for active people.

By Jodi Higginbotham
On Thursday, Jan. 29, La-
Belle High and LaBelle Middle
School FBLA members attended
the District Conference hosted
by LaBelle Middle School. There
were approximately 250 students
from Collier, Glades, Hendry and
Lee counties in attendance. It
was an exciting afternoon with
great performances, good food,
a great hypnotist show and finally
awards.Congratulations to our
LHS FBLA Winners...
3rd Place Accounting 2 Mike
3rd Place Business Procedures
- Sierra Brown
2nd Place Impromptu Speak-
ing Staci Berg
2nd Place Job Interview -
Jaydee Hull
2nd Place Word Processing 2 -
Lori Spangler
4th Place Word Processing 2 -
Chelsea Lewis
Congratulations to our LMS
FBLA Winners:
Ist Place Computer Slide
Show Sal Carmona and Mat-
thew Cooper
2nd Place Computer Slide
Show -Hipolito Salinas and
Magali Salinas
5th Place Computer Slide
Show -Stacey Carter
3rd Place Middle Level Careers
-Brian DiBernardino
Ist Place FBLA Principles &
Procedures -Tabitha ParkerMany
of these members will be headed
to the state conference in April, so

SCo M Room to grow rthy noted that, at some point in stand how their funds are used.
The board decided it was n the future when the jail is moved, US 27 intersection
SThe board decided it was not the county will get use of the jail
Continued From Page 1 interested in purchasing the Da- site back, so there will be room County Administrator Judi
vis property west of Courthouse, to expand. Kennington-Korf asked and re-
payers that there had been no including the old Long Branch, He also didn't like the idea of ceived the board's blessing on
misconduct by her staff with re- Don's Steakhouse and a storage taking prime commercial prop- moving the SR80/US27 intersec-
gard to the election, building. The board felt the Mc- erty off the tax rolls, tion to the county's number one
She said, "A five is a five and Cormick property south of the Commissioner Tris Chapman transportation issue.
it's a fact of life." Ms. Kulpa lost Courthouse would be more use- called for a breakdown of financ- Realignment must be accom
her bid for reelection by five ful. es for each department so the plished before SR 80 can be wid-
votes. Commissioner Kevin McCa- commissioners can better under- ened.

Continued From Page 1

He sought the legislators's assis-
tance in eliminating mandated
programs and providing more
flexibility in regulations so dis-
tricts can move money around in
their budgets. He also asked that
no new mandates be passed.
Continuing with education,
Florida Gulf Coast University rep-
resentatives explained its partner-
ship with Edison State College.
EC's Matthew Holliday ex-
plained that in education, in con-
trast to other "industries," stu-
dent numbers increase when the
economy is down. The college
hopes to respond to local needs
with specific programs.
Dr. Patricia Land of Edison
College said they plan to increase
interactive technology, and offer
nursing classes on line as much
as possible.
She noted that 13 percent of
local high school students are
currently getting a jump on col-
lege through dual enrollment.
Hendry-Glades Health Depart-
ment Administrator Pat Dob-
bins noted that layoffs and high
unemployment always affects
health department programs.She
asked the legislature to maintain
cost-based reimbursements and
asked them to look at the 33
rural counties in a different light
from the larger, urban counties
by reevaluating funding method-
Ms. Dobbins said initiatives
are needed to deal with a grow-
ing diabetes problem and hoped
"people from the trenches"
would be placed on task forces
to look for the best responses to

various health issues.
Cathy Cortez, Executive Direc-
tor of Healthy Start of Southwest
Florida, thanked the legislators
for minimal cuts from the previ-
ous session, saying the organiza
tion's success is due to a collabo-
ration of partners serving at risk
She noted Hendry County's
high birth rate and pointed out
that this is the most underfunded
coalition in the state. She warned
that a proposed 22 percent cut
to the program which is in the
works would translate into a 26
percent cut to women and chil-
dren's services.
The decline in Medicaid to
pregnant women also concerned
her, saying most Hendry County
birth indicators are headed in the
wrong direction.
Mike Kemp of the Hendry
County Education Association
and a science teacher at Clewis-
ton High School, told the legisla-
tors of the school board's tough
budgetary decisions, saying the
board has done its best to trim
the budget. However, he warned
that now they are cutting into the
meat by losing employees.
He said that Florida was last
in state funding per capita, but
tenth in the nation in education
two years ago and drew dire con-
clusions if already inadequate
funding gets tighter.From 114
paraprofessionals those who
work with the neediest students
-the county is now down to just
57 and there will be only two
school nurses in the county.
School nurses can pick up on
serious problems, he said. He
pointed out that such serious hits
in education jeopardize the stu-
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of us are fighting for education;
some of brightest minds for the
future are in our schools." He
added that he was not opposed
to increasing taxes for educa
From Hope Hospice and Hope
Connections, the message was
to preserve what they have: Med-
icaid reimbursement for hospice;
and the requirement for certifi-
cates of need for hospices.
From Lee Memorial Health
System Board, Sally Johnson said
the hospital lost $60 million last
year, adding that 35 percent of
the total patients must pick up
those costs.
She said it's getting tougher for
people meet co-pays and asked
lawmakers to seek an increase in
federal matches. She also wants
to see an increase of $1 on a pack
on cigarettes to be dedicated to
health care.
Tara Sherrod of the American
Cancer Society echoed that senti-
ment, saying Florida is 46th in the
nation in cigarette taxes 84 cents
below the national average. She
noted that each taxpayer pays an
extra $600 per year for medical
costs to cover tobacco-related ill-
Other requests included sup-
port for the Equal Rights Amend-
ment to ensure equal pay for
women and clarify the status of
sex discrimination.
From the Audubon Society,
Pete Quasius sought support for
the USSC purchase by the South
Florida Water Management Dis-

trict, which he said would ensure
water for agriculture, people and
animals while helping to keep
the river clean.
Hendry County Commission
er Kevin McCarthy also spoke on
the proposed USSC purchase, fo-
cusing on high unemployment,
the county's total millage rate of
over 10 mills, its high number of
under-served residents; and the
need for economic replacement.
He urged the lawmakers to con-
sider the impact of the deal.
Commissioner Darrell Harris
echoed concerns over class size
and Sen. Aronberg pointed out
the difficulty in changing consti-
tutional amendments. However,
he said the legislature may be
able to add some flexibility to the
rules. He also said that the out-
look for an additional tobacco
tax is favorable for this year and
that legislators would be review-
ing sales tax exemptions, rework
Indian gaming and encourage
the collection of taxes on line.
A solar panel manufactur-
er currently building a 20,000
square foot plant in Clewiston
thanked the legislators for sup
porting solar energy but asked
that they require Florida solar en-
ergy businesses to buy the panels
in Florida.

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Fire danger
This tomato field on the east side of SR 29 just north of Sears Rd, was part of a recent con-
trolled burn, as the pasture was cleared of dead grass. Still, it's a reminder of the season.
With dead vegetation left in the wake of freezing temperatures, it's prime fire season time
to take extra care.

Task force tackles gang issue

By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Clewiston News
Even before last Friday's fate-
ful shooting in Clewiston, com-
munity members had had it.
The signs of gang activity are
evident throughout the commu-
nity. In some areas, the disagree-
ment among the various gangs
has spilled over to hurting, or
nearly hurting, residents who
have nothing to do with the vi-
cious conflicts.
On streets and on buildings,
graffiti notes the presence of
groups of criminals who seem-
ingly have nothing better to do
with their time than to mark their
Sgt. Justin Spence of the
Clewiston Police Department is
no stranger to it. That much is
clear in the fact that Sgt. Spence
was one of the responding of-
ficers to last week's shooting at
Twin Lakes in Clewiston.
In discussing the problem, he
does not mince words.
"We do have a heavy gang
problem in this area. It's a violent
problem and it's a problem that's
destroying our juveniles," he said.
"We're seeing a more steady in-
crease in gang activity, recruit-
ment and organization," said Sgt.
Spence. "These individuals are a
corrupt organization. Theyare out
to show that they are serious and
they're violent, and they mean to
commit criminal acts."
Sgt. Spence is the chair of the
local chapter of the attorney gen-
eral's gang reduction task force,
a newly created board whose
mission is to stamp out gang ac-
tivity. The task force has separate
groups set up in Charlotte, Mana-
tee and Lee counties.
The group held its first meeting
earlier this month, outlining the
basic premise. Members hope to

identify the specific areas that will
be targeted within the next few
months, outlining specific goals
going forward.
It represents, according to the
sergeant, the first real chance lo-
cals have at eliminating an admit
tedly nasty situation before it gets
any uglier.
Karson Turner, a Hendry
County commissioner, serves as
the co-chair.
"We have to change our vo-
cabulary," said Commissioner
Turner. "There is no such thing as
a want-to-be gangster. You either
recognize someone as a gang
member, or you do not."
The real turnaround will come
in the form of a multi-pronged at-
tack, they said. Yes, law enforce-
ment will be required to find and
arrest the individuals involved in
the criminal organizations, but
so, too, will schools be required
to work more closely with law en
forcement to stamp out and iden-
tify who those members are.
Attacking the issue simply from
a law enforcement standpoint
fails to address the root causes
of gangs in the community. Per-
haps incarceration alone will not
convince most of the criminals to
turn their lives around, members
of the group theorize.
"I hear adults in our commu-
nity say, 'There's nothing for our
young people to do.' Then what is
4-H? What is football, track, soc-
cer? There are so many programs
out there. We have to assess what
our problems are."
Commissioner Turner believes
that the more people who are
involved, the better the chances
that Hendry and Glades counties
can recover those teenagers who
have lost their way.
According to Sgt. Spence, it is
difficult to disrupt the gang sys-
tem when it is so ingrained in the

lives of the gang members.
"We got gang members of all
different ages; they go from gen-
eration to generation," said Sgt.
Spence. "We have 11-year-olds
being supervised by parents who
are gang members, who are su-
pervised by their parents, who are
gang members."
Members understood that
working closely with the neigh-
boring county of Glades County
opens up more avenues to suc-
cess. The two task forces have
joined and will be holding joint
During the first meeting, the
task force noted the presence
of local health departments, lo-
cal representatives, and several
Glades County representatives. It
is a pool of knowledge the group
hopes to tap in coming up with
concrete solutions to the prob
lems facing the community to
One of those answers is the
implementation of a countywide
curfew for anyone under the age
of 18. Though the specifics of the
plan are not finalized, keeping
teenagers away from the streets
by 10 or 11 p.m. is a step in the
right direction, the sergeant and
commissioner agree.
Such a plan would have to be
presented to the county board of
commissioners, though both offi-
cials say early review of the idea
has been met favorably.
"With the assistance of the
community, I feel we can gain
control and get our community
back," said Sgt. Spence.
Facing the fact that a problem
exists is the first step.
"And I think we do have a
gang problem in Hendry County,"
Commissioner Turner said.
News Editor Jose Zaragoza can be
reached atjzaragoza@newszap.

Consumers warned about 'Phishing' seam

culture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is warning the public not to
fall for the latest "phishing" scam
that is fraudulently using the
name of a well-known Internet
service provider.
Consumers are receiving
emails from what claims to be
the "AOL Safety and Security
Team" requesting them to verify
their billing/account information
and indicating failure to do so
will result in their accounts being
closed. The Department's con-
sumer fraud investigators verified
with America Online (AOL) the
emails are fraudulent and that
AOL does not contact customers
and ask for personal information
via email.
The emails are designed to
get personal information from
people in order to steal their
identity. Phishing scams are fairly
common and this is just another
variation of other scams. Howev-

Arrest Reports

Thomas Lee Leal, 28, was ar-
rested Jan. 29 and charged with
possession of marijuana over
20 grams or of a controlled sub-
stance with a prescription. Deputy
J. Garrett was arresting officer.
Ashley Smith, 18, was arrested
Jan. 27 and charged on a warrant
with aggravated battery with a
deadly weapon. Sgt. Marilyn Hol-
Thomas Lee Leal, 28, was ar-
rested Jan. 29 and charged with
possession of marijuana over
20 grams or of a controlled sub-
stance with a prescription. Deputy
J. Garrett was arresting officer.
Albert M. Almonte, 18, was
arrested Jan. 17 and charged as
a fugitive from justice from Lee
County. Sgt. M. Hollingsworth
was arresting officer.

er, Mr. Bronson is concerned that
because AOL is so well known,
consumers may think the email
is actually from the company and
provide their personal informa-
tion. In the past, con artists have
pretended to be banking institu
tions using realistic-looking web-
sites and also requesting personal
Commissioner Bronson is re-
minding consumers that if they
get an email or popup message
that asks for personal or financial
information, do not reply, and do
not click on the link as doing so
likely will connect the person to
a fake website. Legitimate com-
panies do not ask for personal
information through email. Con-
sumers who are concerned about
their account should contact the
business directly by phone or by
typing in the correct web address
in their browser.
"The bottom line is people
should never provide personal
and financial information online,

Ruben Charles Jr., 27, was ar-
rested Jan. 30 and charged as a
fugitive from justice from St. Lu-
cie County, extradition was con-
firmed. Deputy L. Riordan was
arresting officer.
Robert Earl Payne, 38, was
arrested on a warrant from Dela-
ware January28 and charged with
FTA: unlawful sexual intercourse.
Extradition was confirmed. Depu-
ty R. Perian was arresting officer.
Daniel Joseph Kelley, 19, was
arrested Jan. 28 and charged on a
warrant with FTA: felony offense.
Deputy R. Perian was arresting of-
Joaquin Garcia Jr., 20, was ar-
rested Jan. 28 and charged with a
non-moving traffic violation op-
erating a motor vehicle with no

over the phone or through the
mail unless they have initiated the
contact and are certain they are
dealing with a legitimate organi-
zation," Mr. Bronson said. "Re-
sponding to unsolicited emails
will very likely end badly for the
Commissioner Bronson said
identity theft is a multibillion-dol-
lar racket and criminals will con-
tinue devising new ways and new
technologies to separate people
from their hard-earned money.
So it is important that consumers
educate themselves about the lat-
est scams so they can avoid being
To report suspicious activity or
file a complaint, contact the De-
partment's Consumer Hotline at
1 800-HELPFLA (1 800-435-7352),
outside of Florida (850) 488-2221,
or 1-800-FLAYUDA (1-800-352-
9832) for Spanish. Visit online
for additional consumer informa-

valid license and carrying a con
cealed weapon firearm. Deputy
J. Soto was arresting officer.
Maximum Sanchez, 17, was
arrested Jan. 27 and charged
on a warrant with burglary of
a structure/conveyance armed,
larceny grand first degree over
$100,000, burglary with assault
or battery and larceny between
Chris Latrell Fortune, 17, was
arrested Jan. 26 and charged with
aggravated battery causes bodily
harm or disability. Deputy Tim
Alfredo Hernandez, 20, was
arrested Jan. 23 and charged as
a principal in the first degree and
aggravated battery with a deadly
weapon. Inv. Richard Waldron
was arresting officer.

Recent strong cold fronts
passed through the region last
week producing frost that has
killed a lot of tender vegetation.
The dry air behind the fronts
dried out a lot of debris thus add-
ing to the already dangerous wild-
fire hazards.
With little rainfall since Octo-
ber, the wildfire danger has been
increasing steadily. The Keetch-
Byram drought index (KBDI) for
Highlands County has reached
over 700 points, currently the
highest in the state of Florida. In
Glades County the KBDI is 678.
"In recent years the KBDI has
peaked in January, but the fol-
lowing months produced enough
rainfall to moderate conditions,
there is some concern that may
not occur this fire season" says
Melissa Yunas, Wildfire Mitigaiton
Specialist with the Florida Divi
sion of Forestry.
"The primary reason for the
increased KBDI this year is a sig-
nificant lack of rainfall", says Me-
lissa Yunas. "South Florida for the
months of November, December
and January are running a large
rainfall deficit.
The Sebring Florida Automat-
ed Weather Network (FAWN) in-
dicates that Highlands County has
received 3.37 inches of rain since
October 2008.
This lack of rain along with the
recent cold weather has left our
wildland areas extremely dry and
prone to wildfires."
Combine frost-damaged vege-

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Old Timers Dinner Speak Out Response
In response to last week's e-mailer and Old Timers Dinner guests:
When you can plot a way to have everybody sit on the front row and
be served first, please let us know! We've been working on that for
years and it is still unsolved.
Also, to accommodate you, you'd have to reveal your identity! Too
bad you've chosen to miss the good dinner and wonderful visitation
we enjoy.
The museum's Old Timers Committee

Animal issues
VOLUNTEERS ARE AWESOME: I know they have volunteers who
work at the humane society and I have had a wonderful 2 adoptions
from this fine shelter!
They are always cleaning up after the animals or holding spay neu-
ter surgery for people's animals and very busy there. I have never seen
anyone have this type of problems there and I volunteer there too so
I think I would have.
The best thing anyone can do would be to go there and volunteer!

BUSY SHELTER: The last few times I was at the humane society
they were busy with adoptions and someone was bringing them a lit
ter of puppies and the lady who runs the place was giving the owner
of the puppies an appointment to spay their momma dog!
I am sure they could use someone who could answer their phones
but working with the animals takes a lot of their time.
I know some people who have had to use the humane society
when they couldn't keep their dogs or cats and they helped them a
One of my friends took some of her cats in because she couldn't
afford to spay them at the vets and the shelter spayed her cats for free
so she could keep them! She was crying so hard cause she was so
happy she could keep her cats! I think the humane society is doing a
great job!

TRAIN VOLUNTEERS: Volunteering is a great idea but if I answer
the phones without being trained about handling a call then I'm just a
warm body, useless to the people who are calling.

MANDATORY PAY/NEUTER: Here in Florida there has been a man-
datory spay and neuter bill proposed.
This bill is getting more attention from our state reps than helping
out ailing counties and schools! We must ban together to put a stop
to this.
This bill will put big brother a/c on your doorstep and could cost
you a lot of money out of pocket that in this economy we just can not
afford to spend.
Not to mention this bill was not written with any veterinary input
and can be highly dangerous for some dogs. This is just one more step
towards losing our civil rights.
All of you hog hunters be warned, this will hit you too! As well as
ranches with the cattle dogs, and even those who hunt other things for
pleasure. This bill only protects those who hunt for titles and money,
not those of us who hunt for the fun of it!
Please write your state rep! She needs to see the support from
our small communities as well or we could all lose this fight. Tell the
state reps to take care of our state and to stop trying to violate our civil

Weather Forecast

Weather forecast for Hendry County from the National Weather

LaBelle and surrounding area
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 58 and winds from the north
between 5 and 10 mph.
Thursday night: Clear with a low around 33. Winds will be from
the north around 5 mph.

Extended Forecast
Friday: Sunny with a high near 69 and winds from the north be-
tween 5 and 10 mph.
Friday night: Mostly clear with a low around 46 and winds from
the north around 6 mph.
Saturday: Sunny with a high near 76. Winds will be light becom-
ing east between 10 and 13 mph.
Saturday night: Mostly clear with a low around 49
Sunday: Sunny with a high near 78.
Sunday night: Mostly clear with a low around 52.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 80.
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Letters to the Editor

Hard times,
hard choices
The hardest vote I have ever
made was to vote to approve the
recommendation to dismiss be-
tween 50 and 71 school board
employees. These are good, hon-
est, hard working citizens of Hen-
dry County who have families
to support. I have been reading
about all sorts of businesses clos-
ing with thousands of jobs being
cut all over our country. I have
been praying for these people
who have lost their job, but now
it really has hit home.
I am reminded of what the
author of the Book of Hebrews
says in the second chapter, first
verse, that we must listen to the
truth and not drift away. The truth
is that God is in control. He is, al
ways has been, and always will
be. When He tells us he cares
more for us than birds and takes
care of them, so surely He will
take care of us, that is truth. When
He tells us He will never leave us
or forsake us, that is truth.
One of the greatest truths in
times like these is the truth of faith.
Faith is the confidence that what
we hope for will actually happen.
Our hope now is that this econo-
my will turn and we can put our
people back to work. I believe it
will happen if we work together
in this community and if we stay
focused on what God would have
us to do and the way He would
have us do it. One of the things
He would not have us do is point-
ing fingers at one another when
we might really not know all the
circumstances involved. Judging
others and looking at a speck in
the eye of others will not solve
an over $5,000,000.00 short fall.
Believing, praying, working and
trusting will. That is not to say
that there is anything wrong with
questioning, but not knowing all

the facts and making assumptions
is not good business or spiritual
Let us stay focused, continue
to teach our children and show
them that all things are possible
for those who follow Christ. As
Corrie ten Boom said, Let God's
promises shine on our prob-
God bless,
Pat Langford

Looking for another
Dear Community of LaBelle,
I should have seen it coming.
The nation is experiencing cut-
backs and financial woes.
I just did not think it would
happen to me. I should rephrase
that, cutbacks would happen in
LaBelle. There are many people
who received the news lately that
their last day would be Friday,
the 13th of February. I am one of
those people.
I have worked for Hendry
County Schools since 1986, with
a three-year break to be home
with my kids and consider myself
blessed to have worked here this
long. I have met many students,
staff and teachers along the way
as well as people in the commu-
nity. As an Occupational Special-
ist, I have had to ask community
businesses to come to Career Day
and help in Shadow Day. People
in the community were always
there to help students learn about
their jobs and the true environ-
ment of it. The staff at LaBelle
High gave me complete support
when I needed help and man-
power for events held on campus.
I want to thank all the community
members who have stepped up
to the plate when asked, the staff
at LaBelle High who made my job
easier and for the students who
showed an interest in learning

about the careers around them.
I encourage those of you who
may have time on your hands to
help volunteer at the schools as
they will soon be doing so much
more with less. What decisions
are being made now will affect
the kids, parents and employers
of this community. The com-
munity needs to band together
to help each other during these
tough times.
I am now doing what I taught
for 16 years, putting my skills at
hand to find another employment
opportunity. God has shut this
door, only to open another one
somewhere else. I hope soon
rather than later, but as it should
be, God is always on time.
God Bless and it has been a
privilege knowing and working
with you throughout the years.
Jovita Williamson,
Occupational Specialist
LaBelle High School

Stimulie or Stimume?
Thrashing around out there,
looking for an explanation of this
proposed "Economic Stimula-
tion" plan, in our new, changed,
"Obamanation," I came across
this possible explanation in a
Q and A format. Q. What is an
Economic Stimulie Payment? A.
It is money that the federal gov-
ernment will send to taxpayers.
Q. Where will the government
get this money? A. From the tax-
payers. Q. So the government is
giving me back my own money?
A. Disproportionately. Q. What
is the purpose of this payment?
A. The plan is that you will use
the money to purchase a high-
definition TV set, thereby stimu-
lating the economy. Q. But isn't
that just stimulating the economy
of China? A. Just trust us and
spend the money, quickly. The
report went on to point out some

possibly helpful ways that could
best help the faltering economy
by spending your stimulie check
wisely. Spending your money at
Walmart will help China, one of
our biggest creditors. Spending it
on a car will help Japan, one of
our biggest contributors. Spend
ing it on gasoline will help the
Arabs, one of our biggest credi-
tors. Spending it on diesel and
fuel oil will keep Hugo Chavez in
power, and from shutting down
Colombian cocaine shipments
to Hollywood. Spending it on a
computer will help India, one of
our biggest creditors. Spending it
on useless crap will help Taiwan
and keep them solvent. Spending
it on citrus, fresh fruit and vegeta-
bles other than organic, will keep
Mexico solvent and South Ameri-
ca's workers south of the border.
After reading this report, it occurs
to me that the "Stimulus Plan" is a
self-unfulfilling, political poultice,
and none of it will "jump-start"
the economy. We need to keep
the money here in America. We
can keep the money here and
see it's immediate impact on the
economy by spending it at and on
yard sales, sporting events, ma-
rinas, casinos, lottery, bordellos,
tattoos, domestic beer and spirits,
Obama memorabilia, bake sales,
Girl Scout cookies, local festivals,
and church bazaars. Inasmuch as
they are the only American busi
nesses still operating in the USA.
Seriously! Don't get caught up in
all of the "crisis" oriented hype be-
ing pumped into the mainstream
by the White House. Don't fall
victim to that "Yes we can" dis-
ease, "intaxication" which is the
euphoria of getting an Economic
Stimulie check, which lasts until
you realize it was your money to
begin with!
T.W. Bill Neville

Guest Commentary

A Letter from God, encouragement to all

By Les Morgan, pastor
Caloosa Baptist Church, LaBelle
A few years ago the U.S. Postal
system had an advertisement on
television. With the introduction
of the internet, and specifically
email, finances
were sagging
as people were
choosing fast
electronic com-
over the tradi-
tional 3 day de-
livery of a letter
and envelop
method. There Dr. Les
was an urgent Morgan
need to enhance the cash flow.
The Jeep driving forces needed
a catchy slogan to generate busi-
ness. Marketing people across the
USA were challenged to bring in
their "best stuff." The situation at
hand was crucial and a solution
was required with or without a
The researchers and advertis-
ing community got to work. The

creativity was coming so fast into
the post office, the post office
could deliver its own mail to itself.
The submissions varied from one
word slogans and snappy-happy-
clappy catchphrases. Each was
hoping to win the contract.
One day someone "rang the
bell" with the following tag:
"There's nothing like getting a
handwritten letter."
When you think about that
statement, isn't that true? Who
doesn't like to go to the mailbox
and find an envelop with their
name and address written on the
middle of it? We all love to get
mail! The bills can slow down,
(and the junk mail can stop com-
pletely!), but the letters, cards and
notes of encouragement from
someone who has been thinking
about us and loves us -bring it
These days, there is further
discussion about the post office
and the financial ailments it is en-
countering. To help relieve some
the economic strain consider-

ation is being given to the idea of
mail delivery moving from a six
days a week to a five days sched-
ule. While that is yet to be deter-
mined what will actually happen,
one thing is certain -encouraging
notes, letters and cards are always
worthy the trek to the mail box.
Recently a lady who attends
the Sunday School class that my
wife and I teach read an unani
mous article entitled, "A Letter
from God." I am sending it your
way this week via my article in the
Caloosa Belle. While it does not
come in a hand-addressed written
envelop, with a .42 stamp on the
upper right corner, I believe you
will find it filled with hope, cour-
age and assurance. Please enjoy.
Dear Beloved,
In case you were wondering...
I AM the Lord your God. Today, I
will be handling all of your prob-
Please remember that I do not
need your help. If the devil hap-
pens to deliver a situation to you
that you cannot handle, DO NOT

attempt to resolve it.
Kindly put it in the SFJTD
(something for Jesus to do) box. It
will be addressed in MY time, not
yours. Once the matter is placed
in the box, do not hold on to it or
attempt to remove it. Holding on
or removal will delay resolution
of your problems.
If it is a situation that you think
you are capable of handling,
please consult me in prayer to be
sure that it is the proper resolu
tion. Because I do not sleep nor
do I slumber, there is no need for
you to lose any sleep.
Rest my child. If you need to
contact me, I am only a prayer
Love eternally,
The Lord your God.
Dr. Les Morgan is pastor of
Caloosa Baptist Church in La
Belle, located 200 yards behind
Flora & Ella's. He likes to get en
couraging, uplifting and kind let
ters. Bills and junk mail are not
preferred smile!

Guest Commentary

For thought: Is religious freedom for real?

I looked at the calendar and
noted that today is the anniversary
of the constitution. The constitu
tion of Mexico, that is. I have one
of those large wall calendars that
list all North
American holi
days. Think-
ing about that,
though, got me
started thinking
about our con-
stitution, and
the argument
dragging on Fr. Alan
in this country Kelmereit
about the sepa-
ration of church and state.
Many of the earliest settlers
to this continent left their homes
because of religious persecution.
They came from countries that
has state established and support-
ed churches. If people chose not
to join, they faced penalties from
exclusion to violence. They came
wanting a place where they could
worship as they believed. Unfor-

tunately, in some places they es-
tablished religious requirements
that mirrored those from which
they escaped.
When the leaders in the colo
nies began to form what would
become a new nation, and to
write the documents that became
the framework for the gover-
nance of that nation, they were
concerned that the government
should be one which governed
all people fairly. Having a good,
biblical understanding of human
nature, they knew they needed
to produce documents which
prevented none from gaining
too much power. That concern
included the issue of religious
practice. Accordingly, they wrote
a constitution which prohibited
the government from establish-
ing a state sponsored, supported
or controlled religion. They in
tended that people of faith would
have the freedom to practice their
faith without interference from
the government.

Today, however, freedom of
religion is being constantly rein-
terpreted to create a nation that
is free from religion, a nation in
which public discussion of re
ligion will not be possible. De-
spite so much of the historical
revisionism that is being written,
the founders of this country were
nearly all people of strong faith,
people whose faith clearly influ-
enced their thinking. Yes, Thomas
Jefferson seems to have been a
Deist, and Benjamin Franklin's
faith is hard to understand. But,
it was Franklin who called the
Continental Congress to prayer
when their task seemed impos-
sible. And Jefferson, while he did
not believe the divinity of Jesus,
reflects biblical principles in his
speaking and writing.
Religious freedom, as we
now find it in the public forum,
is quickly becoming as much of
a government interference, in
the sense of prohibiting religious
practice, as the founders feared

government interference in the
sense of mandating a particular
religious practice. Those who
press this "freedom from religion"
are not doing so out of a genuine
concern for the welfare of others,
but out of a desire to have their
own "theology" of no god and no
religion prevail. Somehow that
seems like nothing more than a
negative version of the same re-
pressive religious environment
our forefathers sough to escape.
If we want to have genuine free-
dom of religion for all, we need
to get serious about holding our
leaders, political and judicial, ac-
countable for their decisions and
their actions.
Fr.Alan is pastor ofChurch of the
Good Shepherd, located one block
south of Rt 80 on Collingswood
Pkwy in Port LaBelle. 863-675-0385.
Send comments or questions to
FaithMarketplace@ embarqmait.

Pertussis, you may remember it as whooping cough

Continuing with the topic
of bacteria, how many folks re-
member hearing their parents or
grandparents talk about whoop-
ing cough? The
clinical name
for whooping
cough is Pertus-
sis. It is a very
contagious bac
terial respiratory
illness caused by
bacteria known Brenda
as Bordetella Barnes
Anyone can get whooping

cough and it can be a very seri
ous disease, especially for in-
fants because it can develop into
pneumonia (lung infection). It is
usually spread when an infected
person coughs or sneezes and
those tiny droplets fly out of their
body and spread to those around
Symptoms may start out simi-
lar to that of the common cold,
with runny nose, congestion,
sneezing, and mild cough or fe-
ver. But after one to two weeks,
the severe coughing begins. The
coughing continues over and

over so rapidly and so violently
that the air is forced out of the
lungs and when the person can
finally inhale, they make a loud
"whooping" noise. Many doctor
visits may be required before per-
tussis is considered as a reason
for their long-term cough.
The best way to help prevent
whooping cough is to make sure
that you and your children have
been vaccinated. Vaccination for
Pertussis became available in the
1940's and it should be part of

Parents, please take time to re
view your family's immunization
records to make sure they are up
to date. If you have questions,
please talk to your healthcare
provider about your family's vac
cination needs.
Remember to wash your
hands, be healthy and be happy!
(Brenda Barnes is the Public Infor-
mation Officer and Planning Con-
sultant for the Hendry and Glades
County Health Departments. Ifyou
would like to read an article about

your family's vaccination sched a particular health topic, please call
ule. 863-674-4047, extension 126)

Caloosa Belle, Thursday, February 5, 2009 5

Sgt. Herrera returns

from inauguration

Serving in the National Guard,
Freddy Herrera returned from the
44th Presidential Inauguration
with a greater appreciation for
his country and of his role in its
Sgt. Herrera was chosen for
the honor from among his com-
rades with the 806 MP Company
at Fort Pierce.
Thankfully he said they were
not needed to handle any civil
disturbance, and were able to do
some sightseeing and enjoy the
Sgt. Herrera was made a squad
Leader and was then given the re-
sponsibility of training 60 troops
for Civil Disturbance/Riot Train-

ing. Inauguration day went well
and the Florida National Guard
shared crowd control and traffic
control point duties with the Ten-
nessee National Guard. He said
the crowd showed great respect
for them and even clapped as they
came and went from the Mall.
Once they arrived back in Florida
Sgt. Herrera was recognized by
the Company Commander for
his leadership during the mission
and was awarded a Meritorious
Service Ribbon. He said, "It was
a great experience and I am so
happy to have been a part of it."
Sgt. Herrera graduated from
LaBelle High School and is em-
ployed by A. Duda & Sons.

Submitted photo
Freddy Herrera in front of the National Mall in Washington

Count for fun

Count for the future

Bird and nature fans through-
out North America are invited to
join tens of thousands of every-
day bird watchers for the 12th
annual Great Backyard Bird
Count (GBBC), Feb. 13-16. Last
year Clewiston reported the
most bird in Florida and was
#5 in the US for the most birds
reported with only 29 checklists.
They reported 121 Species and
143,748 birds. LaBelle submit-
ted 23 checklists and Okeecho-
bee 14 lists.
A joint project of the Cornell
Lab of Ornithology and the Na-
tional Audubon Society, this
free event is an opportunity for
families, students, and people of
all ages to discover the wonders
of nature in backyards, school-
yards, and local parks, and, at
the same time, make an impor
tant contribution to conserva-
tion. Participants count birds
and report their sightings online
"The Great Backyard Bird
Count benefits both birds and
people. It's a great example of
citizen science: Anyone who
can identify even a few spe-
cies can contribute to the body
of knowledge that is used to
inform conservation efforts to
protect birds and biodiversity,"
said Audubon Education VP,
Judy Braus. "Families, teachers,
children and all those who take
part in GBBC get a chance to
improve their observation skills,
enjoy nature, and have a great
time counting for fun, counting
for the future."
Anyone can take part, from
novice bird watchers to experts,
by counting birds for as little as

15 minutes (or as long as they
wish) on one or more days of the
event and reporting their sight-
ings online at www.birdcount.
org. Participants can also ex-
plore what birds others are find-
ing in their backyards-whether
in their own neighborhood or
thousands of miles away. Addi-
tional online resources include
tips to help identify birds, a pho-
to gallery, and special materials
for educators.
The data these "citizen sci-
entists" collect helps research-
ers understand bird population
trends, information that is criti-
cal for effective conservation.
Their efforts enable everyone to
see what would otherwise be
impossible: a comprehensive
picture of where birds are in late
winter and how their numbers
and distribution compare with
previous years. In 2008, par-
ticipants submitted more than
85,000 checklists.
Each year, in addition to en-
tering their tallies, participants
submit thousands of digital im-
ages for the GBBC photo con-
test. Many are featured in the
popular online gallery. Partici-
pants in the 2009 count are also
invited to upload their bird vid-
eos to YouTube; some will also
be featured on the GBBC web
site. Visit to
learn more.
Tally sheets are available
through Hendry-Glades Audu-
bon.Call Margaret England at
863-674-0695 if you don't have
internet access and would like
to receive a tally sheet. Leave
your name and address on the
answering machine.

Barron Library offers

programs for children

In conjunction with 'The Big
Read', Barron Library is offering
Children's Programs during Feb-
ruary. On Feb. 14, Mr. and Mrs.
Bubbles will entertain children
with stories, balloon characters
and face painting. On the 28th,
the library will host Story Time
With the Fire Pup. Both events
will begin at 10:30 a.m., at the li
'The Big Read' is a major initia-
tive of the National Endowment
for the Arts, designed to revital-
ize the role of literary reading in
American culture. The desire is to
unite communities through great

literature, as well as inspire stu-
dents to become lifelong readers.
The selected book for 'The
Big Read' is Fahrenheit 451 by
Ray Bradbury. The LaBelle Book
Club and students at both LaBelle
Middle School and LaBelle High
School are participating in this
event, which consists of reading
the book and joining in book dis-
For more information about
participating in 'The Big Read',
contact Barron Library, at 863-


The family of Sudie Bancroft would like to express
their deep appreciation to everyone who ministered to
us following the loss of our mother and grandmother.
We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and
support we received from our family and friends. We
were so blessed by the flowers, the phone calls, the
cards, the food and especially your prayers. Thank
you so much to everyone who brought food to the
Felda Community Center following the funeral service
especially Buddy Taylor and Mary White and the crew
of Gator Hammock and to Janice Taylor and the ladies
who coordinated the meal. Thank you to Collette
Willis and Double H Livestock 4-H club for cleaning
up afterward. And a very special thank you to Lisa
Tracy for helping in a million different ways. For every
hug, for every word spoken, and for being there in
our time of need we say thank you so much and God
Bless you all.

Las Noticias en Espanol

Muere Policia
La Oficina de La Policia se
encuentra de luto por la muerte
de uno de sus oficiales mas
apreciados. El Sargento Michael
Lee Home's de 45 afios quien
era un veterano en la Ley de
Enforzamiento muri6 cuando
termin6 su turno acerca de las 6
a.m el jueves en la mahana. Por
razones desconocidas su patrulla
no se detuvo en el port6n cerrado
de su casa y el vehiculo peg6 un
edificio de utilidades. Los para
medicos trataron de resucitarlo
pero el no respondi6, por lo que
fue pronunciado muerto en la es
cena. No se conocen los detalles
hasta ahora pero el Alguacil Steve
Whidden dijo que el turno ante-
rior habia sido muy ocupado. Los
Oficiales de La Patrulla de Camin-
os deFflorida estan investigando
el accidente.
Cuando los Oficiales se dieron
cuenta de la muerte del Sargento
fueron a La Oficina para ayu-
dar con la tragedia. El Sargento
Home's comenz6 su carrera con
la Policia en 1998 comenzando
su trabajo como oficial de cor-
recional. Desde el 2001 trabajaba
como Oficial de carretera super-
visando el turno de la mediano-
che. Recientemente habia sido
promovido como Sargento, solo
tres semanas antes.
La Sargento Marian J. Bry-
ants dijo que el sargento Home's
era un profesional en su trabajo
siempre queria las cosas correc-
tas y era un padre maravilloso.
Nombrado Oficial del afio en el
2001-2002 el Sargento Home's
se habia ganado el respeto de la
comunidad y sus compafieros de
trabajo. El Alguacil Steve Whid-
den fue un amigo personal del
sargento. El dijo: "Mike trabaj6
muy duro para esta comunidad,
el estaba dedicad a servir y pro-


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teger a los residentes o aquellos
que pasaron por esta oficina.
El muri6 haciendo lo que mas
amaba."Yo lo amaba a 61 como a
un hermano".
El Sargento Home's deja dos
hijas de 9 y 11 afios. Por el mo-
mento no se sabe nada de los ar-
reglos funerarios.

Festival de Cafla de
Este afio el festival de cafia de
azicar sera el mejor de todos. El
evento tendra lugar en Ortona el
sabado 7 de febrero de las 7 hasta
las 10 de la maiana hasta que se
acabe la comida. Hay algunos
que dicen que entre mas afios el
festival se pone mejor. Este aio
se celebran treinta y seis afios de
festival. Habra mucha comida,
m6sica, arte y manualidades.
El maestro de ceremonias sera
Larry Lucky, su hijo Larry Lucky
11 estarA cantando y todos los
Lucky prepararAn el sirope de
Los tiquetes que cuestan $8.00
para adultos y $4.00 para los nifos
se pueden comprar en el parque
de casas m6biles Whisper Creek,
o en La Corte de Moore Haven.
Recuerde traer una silla y ami-
gos para disfrutar el festival de
cafla el 7 de febrero en el Parque
de Ortona. Hay mucho lugar para
estacionar. Cada ano, este festival
es uno de los mas populares para
disfrutar con la familia en el con-
dado Glades. Los fondos que se
recauden seran para el departa
mento de Bomberos de Ortona.
El menu incluye una pieza
grande de polio o cerdo, papa
asada, ensalada de repollo, cafe
o td. Para postres habran galle
tas, pasteles y dulces de sirope de

Atencion mamas nuevas
Baby Shower De La Comuni-
dad Mujeres embarasadas o Nue-
vas mamas con bebes menos de
un ano. Cuando: 24 de Febrero,
11:00-1:00 p.m. Donde: Dallas
B. Townsend Agricultural Center
(infrente de Health Department)
Venga al Baby Shower Juegos
y regalos. Refrescos Patrocina-
dores: Catholic Charities, Com-
munity Coordinated Care for
Children, Early Learning Coalition
of SW FL, Early Steps, Family Ser-
vices Network, Healthy Families,
Healthy Start, Healthy Start Coali
tion, Hendry /Glades Health De-
partments, Hendry/Glades Behav-
ioral Health Kiwanis of LaBelle,
Tobacco Prevention and Educa-
tion, United Way.

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Lutheran Church

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"Where everybody is Somebody ---
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9 a.m Sunday Worship
Lord's Supper
1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday
10:15 am. Bible Study

.4 miles west of Hwy 29
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6 Caloosa Belle, Thursday, February 5, 2009

Church Briefs

Time for a change
Freedom Fellowship Ministries
has made some changes and you,
too, have the power to change
through Jesus Christ. They are
offering many classes and ser-
vices to help you change what
you thought was unchangeable
through the power and grace of
Two new adult Sunday school
classes begin at 10:45 a.m., 1301
SR 29N.
The Construction Zone: helps
in understanding the basics of
faith and learning what your pur-
pose is.
Financial Freedom: helps in
biblical principals relating to fi-
Also available at Freedom
Counseling and Services Center
For the Lord: every Monday
night at 7 p.m. All ages: a small
group setting for sharing every-
day struggles as well as alcohol
and drub abuse issues. You will
be aided in getting the power to
overcome the temptations of the
Overcoming addictive be-
haviors: every Thursday night 7
p.m.. This class is for anyone that

LaBelle The Hendry and
Glades County Health Depart-
ments announce the appoint-
ment of Patricia A. Brownlee as
Executive Community Health Di
rector of Nursing, effective Janu-
ary 09, 2009.
"We are proud of her accom-
plishments and look forward to
working with her in this position"
stated Pat Dobbins, Administrator
for the Hendry and Glades County
Health Departments.
Patricia Brownlee holds a
Bachelor's of Science Degree in
Nursing from Kent State Universi-
ty. She also received her Advanced
Registered Nurse Practitioner's
Certification from the University
of Colorado Health Sciences Cen
ter. Ms. Brownlee is also an Alum-
nus of the University of South

struggles with addictive behavior:
food, drugs, caffeine, TV, alcohol,
tobacco, lying, cheating, worry
ing, gossiping and selfishness are
just a few examples. This class
will help you learn what causes
these behaviors, how to over
come them and to work in the
freedom and excellence that God
intends for you.
"For whom the Son shall set
free shall be free indeed." John
FFM has discontinued Sunday
evening services but does offer
worship services on Wednesday
evenings at 7:30 p.m.
For further information please
contact the office at 863-612-

Forgiveness seminar
Dr. Dick Tibbits, renowned
speaker and best selling author
from Florida Hospital in Orlando
will speak in LaBelle on March 7.
His seminar is based on his book
"Forgive to Live How Forgive-
ness Can Save Your Life" and is
sponsored by Carlson Memorial
United Methodist Church. Every-

Florida Public Health Leadership
Institute. She has practiced pro-
fessional nursing for almost 35
years. Her background includes
Pediatric Nursing, Hospital Nurs-
ing, Long Term Care, Home
Health, School Nursing, and
Community Health. Additionally,

one is invited to attend this com-
munity wide event being held at
the church from 9-4 on Saturday,
March 7. The cost is $25 per per-
son or $30 per couple and in-
cludes a copy of the book, lunch,
beverages and snacks. If there
are concerns about the cost, a
financial "helping hand" is avail-
able. For more information or to
make a reservation please call
Marty Cowen at 863-675-4710,
Joyce Salzmann at 863-675-6314,
Mary McHenry at 863-675-8753 or
email macowen@embarqmail.

Cowboy church Feb. 12
Cowboy church Thursday,
Feb.12, at 6 p.m. Food and fel-
lowship 7 p.m.; gospel music and
the word brought this month by
Frank Woodham of Okeechobee
of the Church of God of Prophecy
in Moore Haven, The church is
located on the corner of 5th and
Main at the Palmdale Community
Center. All are welcome,

Third Sunday sing
Plan to join your friends at First
Christian Church, on the corner

she served on the Board of Direc-
tors for the Healthy Start Coalition
of Southwest Florida, Inc. Ms.
Brownlee has spent over 8 years
of her service with the Hendry
and Glades County Health Depart
ment as the Assistant Community
Health Nursing Director. She has
been with the Hendry and Glades
County Health Department for al-
most 20 years in a wide variety of
programs and is considered to be
the local expert on child immu-
nizations. She has received nu-
merous awards throughout her
career including Service Provider
of the Year, Business Associate of
the Year, and Public Health Nurse
of the Year. She is also a member
of the Florida Association of Pub-
lic Health Nurses.

of Lee and Ford Streets, for dinner
and singing at the Third Sunday
Sing. It happens Jan. 18 at 5 p.m.
There is no charge for dinner and
no offering will be collected. For
more information call 675-1366.

Attention youth
Youth Awakening at Freedom
Fellowship Ministry Friday, Feb.
6 and Saturday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.
both nights. For more information
contact Sara Barnes at 673-7786.
Register Today for "Forgive to

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event is presented by Dr. Dick Tib-
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book "Forgive to Live -How
Forgiveness Can Save Your Life."
The cost is $25 per person and in-
cludes a copy of the book, lunch,
snacks and beverages. If there are
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To register, call Marty Cowen
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Holiday spirit continues into 2009

Recently the personal injury
law firm of Czaia & Gallagher P.A
provided and distributed toys and
refreshments to over 425 children
in LaBelle at the celebration of
Epiphany. The event was held
at Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church. In addition to
their presents, each child was
presented with a family picture
taken with the Three Kings.
The major display of holiday
spirit was a joint effort among
staff members of the Catholic
Church, the Family Health Cen-
ters of Southwest Florida, The
March of Dimes and the Law Firm
of Czaia & Gallagher PA.
With the completion of this
event Czaia & Gallagher has now
distributed presents to over 750
children in southwest Florida.
This was the ninth year in a row
that Czaia & Gallagher has spon-
sored such events and this year it
was further enhanced with chari-
table gifts to Herocare, The March
of Dimes, The Family Health Cen-

Submitted photo
Children had their pictures taken with the Three Kings on
January 6 in celebration of Epiphany at Our Lady Queen of
Heaven Catholic Church.

ters of Southwest Florida, Healthy
Start and AFCAAM. The firm has
adopted a policy of profit sharing
back into community events and

causes to say thank you to our
loyal clients across Florida. These
efforts will continue throughout


Obituaries shouldbe submitted
to the Caloosa Belle by e-mailing Customers
may also request photos and links
to online guest books. A link to the
obituaries is available at www.
Michael Lee Home, 45
LABELLE Michael Lee Home, of
LaBelle, passed away Jan. 27, 2009,
in LaBelle. He
was 45.
He was born
March 9, 1963, in
Dayton, Ohio to
Ellis Roles Home
and Mary Jane
(Booker) Home.
He served in the
Marine Corps. He has served with
the Hendry County Sheriff's Depart-
ment for the past 10 years. He was a
former resident of Naples.
Survivors include two daughters,
Tiffany Horne and Gabrielle Home,
both of Clewiston; mother, Mary
Jane Home of LaBelle; brothers, Ste-
ven (Carol) Home of Idaho, Thomas
(Faye) Horne of West Carrollton,
Ohio, Daniel James Home of Na-

sa, Ariz., Linda (Alex) Mueller of
Charleston, N.H.
He was preceded in death by his
father, Ellis Home and brother, Da-
vid Wayne Home.
Funeral services were held
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, at LaBelle
Civic Center. Interment followed in
Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle.
Visitation was held Friday, Jan. 30,
2009, at the Church of God-LaBelle.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Fu-
neral Home LaBelle.

Hilda Joyee Nees, 67
LABELLE Hilda Joyce Nees, of
LaBelle, passed away Jan. 26, 2009,
in LaBelle. She was 67.
She was born July 26, 1941, in
Glenville, N.C., daughter of the late
Vascar and Maxine Victoria (Bryans)
Moore. She was a resident of Florida
for forty-two years and lived in La-
Belle for the past two years.
Survivors include daughters, Ange-
lina Victoria (Dan) Atkisson, LaBelle,
and Phyllis Halcomb, Tennessee;
son, Anthony (Leah) Nees, LaBelle;

brothers, Reginald Moore, Florida,
and Buck Moore, Michigan; sisters,
Tootsey Wilson, North Carolina, Ra-
chel Vargas, Michigan, and Marga-
ret McDougal, Michigan; ten
grandchildren; and three great-
Funeral services were 11 a.m. Fri-
day, Jan. 30, in Glenville Wesleyan
Church, Glenville, N.C., with Pastor
Ralph Campbell officiating. Inter-
ment followed in Glenville Wesleyan
Cemetery, Glenville.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Fu-
neral Home, LaBelle.

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UES Students of the Month
Row 1- Keila Herrera, Paulina Escobedo, Angel Leal, Geron-
imo Casiano, Ashton Mundy, Rhett Conley, Jose Jimenez;
Row 2- Miles Cole, Daisy DeSantiago, MacKenzie Muniz, Je-
sus Beltran, Sandra Juarez; Row 3- Jessica Beltran, Deanna
Martinez, Thomas Garza, Yasmin Martinez Row 4- Thalia Es-
quivel, Anabel Navarro, Lidianis Rodriguez, Wesley Huffman.
Not pictured- Angeles Moreno.

Submitted photos/Delores Agnew

LES Citizens of the Month
Front row to back row 1--Monica Banda, Jerry Marroquin,
Salvador Gomez, Christopher Jimenez row 2-Maranda Mills,
Carlos Reyna, Lamberto Deras, Maribel Espino, Anthony Cis-
nero row 3--Jessenia Escobedo, Miriam Ruiz, Angel Rangel,
Andrea Deras, Manuela Gomez, Macy O'Ferrell absent--Jorge

Submitted photos/Delores Agnew

LES Safety

Patrol of the

Joanna Flores

Submitted photos/Delores Agnew

Citizens of the Month
Front row to back row 1--Adriana Ramirez, Alexia Figueroa,
Frida Castillo, Rosie Bartolo, William Salas, Diana Avila row
2--Yesenia Ramirez, Rylee Faz, Josue Gonzalez, Taylor San-
chez, Jorge Velasco, Alex Vargas row 3--Gabriel Sands, Raul
Escobedo, Diana Miranda, Madison Carter, Dominic Lee ab-
sent-Sarah Harris

FGCU small business

training opportunities

233 N. Bridge St On the comer of Bridge St & Washington 863-675-0500

1/1 OXBOW DR. Condo $550/M
2/1 AVE. H --Moore Haven w/d $550I/M
/1 MLKIR. Blvd with Carport $600/M

3/2 DERBY LN Mobile $650/M
3/2/1 4006 RYE CT $650/M
32/1 4023 E PALOMAR $750/M
3/2/1 CAR E. SUNFLOWER $750/M
3/2 SEMINOLE on I acre $750/M
2/2/1 TOWNHOUSE $750/M
3/2 340 N. RIVERVIEW ST $750/M
3/1/1 CAR S.EDGEWATER $800/M
2/2 CONDO Furnished Lehigh -$1,000/M
3/2/W/CARPORT on Ft. Denaud $1,200/M
3/2.53 ON RIVER For Sale Also $2,000/M
31/2 CAR on the river/Ft. Denaud -


16730 Jay lTrr 3/2,2
Motivated Sellr Offin 'Wiconma
$149,00 Call isa 863473 i46

3.3 Acres of Commrcial
Property oned C-I
SE 29 south at Evans IRD
Call Randy icres 239 565-8878

4009 S Edgewater Cir
2/2 Spacious Single Family
Call Lisa 863 673-0066

* 1179 Muriel Bivd REDUCED 4/2/2 50 Vero Ave Pioneer 3/2 on 2.5 acres
on 5.0 acres $465,000. Call Lisa $12 0 Cl Cath L
Herrero 863-673-0066 125,0o0o call cathy Lee 863-673-
Herrero 863-673-0066
* 4018 Oak Haven Dr.. LaBelle 3709
Beautiful 3/2/2 Pool home on 25 5323 6th St Clewiston 3/2 Modular
acres $574,900 Call Cathy Lee 863- Home on 2.5 acres. $100,000. Call
* 570 Vero Ave Pioneer 2/1 Modular LAND
on 2.5 acres $75,000 Call Cathy Lee Lots starting at $5,000.
Call or stop by to see more information on all of our listings!

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Low Down Payment and Low Monthly Payments


i 180 N Bridge St LaBelle, FL
(863) 675-6788
Donna Kane, Broker
Trisha Arnold, Denise Walker,
Beverly Curtis, Wayne Simmons

Classic 3/4 iverfront home w/den, full bar central
vacuum, built in desk in kitchen, breakfast bar,
cedar lined closets, office, solar system, electric
drapes in den/living room, irrigation system, secu-
ity lights, paved circle driveway, dock & ramp 4
bay garage w/bathroom & office. REDUCED!
$4a20040 $999,000!
Furnished Intracoastal 3BI2 BA riverfront home
includes a covered boat house w/ 12,000# boat
lift. This home has a den, breakfast room, dining
area, pantry, Corian countertops, screened lanai,
hurricane shutters Buy the home and maybe the
boat too Owners say bring all offers. $450,000
240 ft of navigable creek front River views, access,
and dock permit. Deed restricted community, .72
+/- ac. $399,900
.45 +/ ac cul-de-sac lot w/approx. 175 ft of water
frontage & tons of privacy $149,900
80+/- ac income producing citrus grove w/micro-

let irrigation Can be 80+split for endless possibil-
ities $9,500/ac.
Oak hammock, cypress and palmettos grace this
48.07 +/ ac w/ flowing creek. $960,000
43.32 +/- ac of oaks, pines, cypress trees, & pas-
ture. Well & power on site. $949,000
Celebrate nature on this 40 acre parcel located in
Muse. Wildlife is abundant amongst the pine, oak
and cypress trees. Priced to sell! $480,000
0 +/- ac of serenity in a park-like setting located in
Muse $460,000
20 +/- ac. Backs up to Lykes Brothers, fenced on
three sides. $400,000
3 & 4 ac in Pt LaBelle Ranchettes, some w/rver
iews, $299,000 to $350,000.
5 +/- ac west of LaBelle $224,900
5.74+/ ac South of LaBelle. Zoned RG3M.
Beautiful wooded 5+/ acres on Pine Ave in Muse
5 Acres just off of N. SR 29, beautiful oaks, partial-
ly fenced, great location $80,000
2.5 to 5+/ in Pioneer $19,900 to $65,000.
5 acres on Dancy Rd in Ladeca, priced to sell
Montura 1.10 to 2,5+/- ac tracts. $16,000 to
Privacy pure and simple on these 1.25 to 2.50 +/-
acs parcels. Lehigh Properties priced from
$18,000 & up.
2 br/lba in the city $450/mo
3/2 on 3 ac: $650/mo

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deep water access & direct access to
the Intracoastal Waterway! Home is a
2 story with first floor complete with
Mother n-law and the 2nd floor hav
ing 3/25 baths. Located on 25+/
acres for $239,000

RIVER! Enjoy a fenced yard with
enough trees for shade and privacy a
paved driveway, and fishing dock on
the river! 4/2 located on 66+/ acre
homesite reduced to $299,9001 DEAL

OAKS, this riverfront 3/3 home is pri
vately located in its own tropical gar-
den. Home has loads of potential and
includes his & her hobby/workshop
rooms. Outside enjoy your own pri
vate beach with riprap and a large
dock with 2 slips.$350,000

* What a place to retire! Love your loca-
tion in country quite/city close to
lalaelle! This 3/3 home directly on
the river in the small community of
Riverbend Estates! Located on .91+-
acre with this gated community with
amenities including water, sewer, irri-
gation, clubhouse and pool All for
* WHAT A DEAL! This 3/2 home on a
greenbelt is the deal you have been
looking for! This home boasts a new
roof, new carpet & a fresh coat of
paint inside & out. $73,000
ing area. A green belt in the backyard.
Close to three schools and minutes
from town. Quiet neighborhood
makes good for evening BBQ's.
* THIS IS A GREAI DEAL on a 2 bed-
room stilt home, with balcony, over-
looking 5 +/ cleared and fenced
acres, with a large pond! This is per
fect for a weekend getaway in the
country! Home needs TLC. $119,000
the first, to live in this beautiful 3 bed-
room, 2 hath home! This home has a
spacious open living area and is locat-
ed on 2.5 +- partially fenced acres!
well maintained, Iocated on a quiet
dead end street surrounded by
wooded area. 3/2 CBS quality built
home with upgrades galore! $325,000

CRLL 863-675-4500

I[-mlo Sherri Denning licensed Real Estate Broker
'& Associates: Emily Ankeney, Tony Barnes, ;regory
Sone, Lisa Clcghorn, Ionniec IDnning, Ward
l Dickinson. Paul Meador, Kalie Solomon,
Southern Nancy uLo Smith, Tracey Williams
lan Investments & Real Estate
700 S. Main Street LaBelle, FL 33935

The FGCU Small Business De
velopment Center is planning a
number of business training op-
portunities for the entire area.

Mondays, Feb. 9, 16, 23, March
2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6 6 p.m. to
9 p.m. Rural Entrepreneurship
through Action Learning (REAL,
Florida Community Bank, 155 N
Bridge Street, LaBelle $100, $90
refund upon completion of the
Thursday, Feb. 5 2 p.m. to 4
p.m. How to Recognize and Pre-
vent Fraud and Embezzlement,
iTech Immokalee, 508 Ninth Street,
Immokalee, Free
2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Teneduria de
Libros Para la Pequena Empresa
(Bookkeeping for Small Business),
FGCU Main Campus Lutgert Hall
#2210, 10501 FGCU Blvd S, Fort
Myers, $20
Thursdays, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26,
March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9, 6
p.m. to 9 p.m. Rural Entrepre-
neurship through Action Learning
(REAL), iTech Immokalee, 508
Ninth Street, Immokalee, $100,
$90 refund upon completion of
the series.
Monday, Feb. 9 9 a.m. to noon
Everything You Need to Know
About Florida Taxes, Charlotte
Chamber of Commerce, 2702 Ta-
miami Trail, Port Charlotte, Free.

Thursday, Feb. 12 5:30 p.m. to
7:30 p.m. Business Idea or Busi-
ness Opportunity?, Indian River
State College, 2229 NW 9th Ave.,
Okeechobee, Free.
Friday, Feb. 13 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Finding Your Niche, FGCU Main
Campus Lutgert Hall #2210,
10501 FGCU Blvd S, Ft Myers, $20.
Monday, Feb. 16 3 p.m. to 5
p.m. Credit Management Get
the Facts, FGCU Cape Coral, 1020
Cultural Park Blvd S Unit #3, Cape
Coral, $20.
Tuesdays, Feb. 17, 24, March
3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21 -
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Rural Entrepre-
neurship through Action Learning
(REAL), Indian River College, 2229
NW 9th Ave, Okeechobee, $100,
$90 refund upon completion of
the series.
Tuesday, Feb. 17 9 a.m. to
11 a.m. Reading, Understanding,
and Restoring Your Credit, Florida
Community Bank, 55 N Bridge
Street, LaBelle, Free.
Tuesday, Feb. 17 2 p.m. to
4 p.m. Reading, Understanding,
and Restoring Your Credit, iTech
Immokalee, 508 Ninth Street,
Immokalee, Free.
Thursday, Feb. 19, 26, March 5,
12 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Writing a
Business Plan Series, FGCU Cape
Coral, 1020 Cultural Park Blvd S
Unit #3, Cape Coral, $199, $99
for second person


Real Estate Corp.

********** HOMES *********
* Beautiful custom built home on river w/high
ceilings, split floor plan, stainless steel appli-
ances, caged pool and large patio area Also
includes a 10,000 pound boat lift. $525,000
* Horse lovers welcome! 4/2.5 on 3.24+/- in
Port LaBelle Ranchettes subdivision. 2,500 sq. ft
of living area, 2 car garage, wrap around porch
and lots. lots more. $335,000.
* Corporate owned 4/3, caged pool, steal
buildir R iRA T g
outside of aBelle $151,000
* Corporate owned and priced to sell! In
Clewis mi n a
corner r recimgfm. r ,
* Nice 3/1 CBS in Port LaBelle. Seller says make
offer! $105,000.
* Corporate owned! 3 25 home. Located
close U DER TRA ittle
TIC $79,900.
* Corporate owned in Lehigh Acres! 3/2 CBS
home .....fitrface
county pgW e
* Corporate owned! 3/2 CBS home w/2 car
garageUNDER lC NTRAOTen.
Needs minor cosmetic wor. $74,9
* Fisherman's weekend retreat 3/2 stilt home,
w/covered carport, fenced yard and in move in
condition. $65,000.
* Corporate owned! 4/2 located in Sun-N-
Lakes Subdivision near Lake Placid Needs a

TLC $63,700.
* Corporate owned! 3/2 in Lehigh Acres off of
Gunn glptqfftI i ious
floor pTa "1#ose t9 Nop g sTcools.
S2/2 on oversized corner lot in LaBelle.
Ceramic tile, single car garage. Screened porch
and lots more. $54,900.
* Corporate owned! 4/2 located only a couple
miles away form Lake Placid $49,900.
* Lehi l 0o i on
30 of aal .4 e J.
* Great investment potential! 1BR/1B home on
a corner lot. Homes needs some work.., but is
priced to sell. $25,000
********** MOBILE HOMES **********
* Need more "living" room? 2,152 sq ft of luxu-
rious living. This 4BR/2B home on 10+/- acres
has it all, from it spacious family room w/stone
fireplace, master suite w/ office, covered porch,
and fencing for horses. This one is a steal @
only $250,000
* Size will surprise you! 2BR/2B home on
10+/- acres is very well kept and former mod-
ule home Features a warm comfortable living
room w/gas fireplace, spacious kitchen, front &
real covered porches. $250,000
- Immaculate 4/2 on 9.54 acres Spacious living
room, family room w/firepace, large master
suite, lots, lots of more. $249,900.
* Plenty of room for gardening on these

2.29+/- acres with a 3/2 manufactured home.
Motivated seller $150,000.
* Relax the rural way! Situated on 1.25 acs in
growing Montura, beautiful new 2006 3/2 man-
ufactured home with over 1100 sq ft of living
* Want country living without the long drive to
the city? Get the best of both worlds with this
3BR/2BA home on 2.29+/- acres on Case Road.
Enjoy the quiet & privacy plus a wood burning
fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and Texas sized
rooms' $124,900.
* Let's make a deal! 3 bedroom 2 bath home
features built in cabinets, large master bath,
spacious kitchen, and plenty of elbow room
thru the rest of the house. Outside you will find
a fenced yard and storage shed, $110,000
* Two for the price of one! All on one acre 3/2
well maintained manufactured home plus a 2/2
manufactured home. Plenty of fruit trees and
oak trees. All offers welcome! $10,00,0
* Needing Privacy? Beautiful 4,58 a/c +/- with
older mobile home. (potential rental income)
outside city limits. Priced to sell! $93,000
* Great home, Great price, hard to beat!
Remodeled 3/2 on 50 acre in Horseshoe Acres.
A must see! $77,000.
SStarter home or investment! 2/1 on 1.86 acres with
Florida room and covered porch Priced to sell

* Good starter home located in town. 2/2 with
screened porch enjoying the view of the man made
lake. $59,500.
* Affordable starter or rental home. 3/1.5 on corner
lot in Moore Haven. $50,000.
* Corporate owned! 3/2 just a few miles south of
LaBelle Needs a little TLC. $48,900
Call about our vacant land!
********* LOTS *********
* 29 +/- acre in Belmont S/D. Priced to sell at
only $42,000. Possible seller financing.
* Call about our Port LaBelle lots!
********** COMMERCIAL **********
* REDUCED! Great investment property!
Located just feet from SR8O in LaBelle. The
building has over 1800 square feet of office
space and has plenty of room for parking The
floorplan has the advantage of being able to be
split into 2 separate rental offices, while still
providing a common lobby area $369,900
* Log Cabin BBQ Centrally located in LaBelle
with 167+/- feet of frontage on SR80
* Prime 20+/ acre potential commercial parcel
located near West Glads Elementary in Muse
and just minutes away from downtown LaBelle
$3.50 per square foot.
* Invest now build later! Corner lot outside
city limits near town $155,000.

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8 Caloosa Belle, Thursday, February 5, 2009

Community Briefs

Widows to meet
The Widows Support Group
will meet for lunch at Victoria's
Restaurant on Feb. 19, at 11:30
a.m. All widows welcome.

Alzheimer's Caregiver
On three separate days, start-
ing on Feb. 11, the Alzheimer's
Association will present exciting
and practical programs for care-
givers taking care of a loved ones
with dementia. The workshops
will focus on:
Wednesday, February 11, 10-
11 a.m. When Choosing a Resi-
dential Facility! What to do? and
What not to do? When It's time to
"Share the Care"
Tuesday, March 17, 10-11 a.m.
Activities with your loved ones!
Why it is important?
Wednesday, March 18, 10-11
Communicating with your
Loved One with Alzheimer's
Speaker: Lisa Rodriguez, Program
Alzheimer's Association Flori-
da Gulf Coast Chapter.
Location: Barron Library, 461
North Main Street.
There is no cost to participants:
For more information or to RSVP
please call (863) 385-3444. Seat
ing is Limited.
The Alzheimer's Association
-Florida Gulf Coast Chapter is
part of a national voluntary health
agency dedicated to research,
education and providing support
and assistance to patients and
families living with Alzheimer's
Disease and other memory dis-

Go Kruisin' with Kati
Kruisin' with Kati will have a
meeting for anyone interested
in helping out at the bike event
Feb. 7 at 471 N. Lee St, the white
house across from Barron Park.
For more information call kati at
239-246-3045 or e-mail kruisin

Foster parents needed
The Children's Network of
Southwest Florida will host an
orientation on How to Become a
Foster Parent/Adoptive Parent on
Feb. 17, at the Department of Chil-
dren and Families, 485 E. Cowboy
Way, from 6-7 p.m.
Children's Network of South-
west Florida serves as the lead
agency to oversee foster care and
adoption services in Collier, Lee,
Charlotte, Hendry and Glades. For
information, call 1-800-FAMILY

UES plans advisory
Upthegrove ElementarySchool
will have its School Advisory
Committee meeting Thursday,
Feb. 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the media
center. All parents/guardians and
community members are invited.
At the conclusion, there will be a
PTO meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the
media center. Any parents/guard-
ians are welcome. Call the school
at 612-0750 with questions.

Dr. Paul Gray to speak
The public is invited to attend
Hendry-Glades Audubon Society
program on Monday, Feb. 9, at
7 p.m. at the Clewiston Museum
located at 109 Central Avenue,
across the street from the Clewis-
ton Inn. Dr. Paul Gray, Audu
bon's Okeechobee Scientist, will
present an informative program
on "Okeechobee-Estuary-CERP
Update". For information about
HGAS meetings or bird tours call:
Steve Buczynski, Chapter Presi-
dent 863-902-0856 or Margaret
England 863-674-0695 sta5bird-

Moose Lodge to host
Sweetheart Dance
LaBelle Moose Lodge and
Women of the Moose will be
having their annual Valentine's
Sweetheart Dance on Saturday,
Feb. 14, from 5:30 til....
We will be serving French On
ion Soup, Fresh Garden Salad,
Prime Rib, Baked Potato, & roll
for $12. For members and pro




spective guests only. There will be
live music so bring your sweet-
heart and enjoy the music and an
awesome meal!

Feed the homeless
Florida Community Bank
is partnering with the Hendry-
Glades Homeless Coalition to col-
lect food for the homeless. Please
drop off food items any time in
February in the FCB lobby, 155 N.
Bridge Street. You may also make
a monetary donation to pur-
chase food items. Contact Susan
Vaughan at 675-1313 or sconley@

LHS Library Club
meeting date changed
The Friends of the LaBelle High
School Library meeting has been
rescheduled to Feb. 14. We hope
to see all interested individuals on
the new date at 10 a.m.

Scout fundraiser
Boy Scout Fundraiser Please
join LaBelle's Boy Scout Troop 9
for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser
on Friday, Feb. 6, at Carlson Me
morial United Methodist Church
from 6-9 p.m. The cost is $7 per
person and includes spaghetti,
salad, garlic bread and a drink.
Carlson Memorial United Meth
odist Church is located at 310
Campbell St., LaBelle. For more
info call 863-983-7719.

Car buffs to meet
The South Central Florida Car
Club will present its 3rd Annual
Legends of the Road Super Cruise
on Feb. 21 from 9-4 in historic
downtown LaBelle. This event
will be held in conjunction with
the world famous Swamp Cab-
bage Festival. All car owners are
welcome to come and display
your vintage, street rod, classic,
muscle cars and trucks. Trophies
will awarded to the top favorites
in Participants choice, Spectators
favorite, Visiting club with most
cars and Furthest travel club.
Dash plagues will be offer along
with gift bags. Enjoy hourly draw-
ings for door prizes for show par-
ticipants. So come and enjoy the
music of a live DJ, a 50/50 raffle
along with multiple prize raffles.
More information and direc-
tions contact Club President Tom
Corbitt at 863-234-8343 or Secy
Ellen Beers 863-674-0128 or at
Pre registration $20.00, books
close on 2/20/09. At the gate
$25.00 Event proceeds will be
going to the Hendry-Glades Crisis
Come on out for a wonderful
day in historic old Florida along
the banks of the Caloosahatchie
River under the majestic old oaks.
Enjoy the many other family
events in the park as well.

No school February 16
There will not be school on
Monday, February 16th, in obser-
vance of Presidents' Day.

FHREDI meeting date
A public meeting of the Board
of Directors for Florida's Heartland
Rural Economic Development
Initiative, Inc. (FHREDI) and Flor-
ida's Freshwater Frontier will be
set for Monday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m.
the the Bert J. Harris, Jr. Agri-Civic
Center, 4509 George Boulevard,
Sebring. Topics to be discussed
include FHREDI and other related
board issues. All interested parties
are invited to attend. One or more
county commissioners may be
present at the meeting. For more
information, please contact Jim
Otterman at 863-385-4900.

Caregiver Trainings
in LaBelle
The Alzheimer's Association,
Florida Gulf Coast Chapter has
announced three upcoming train
ings for Family Caregivers.
Feb 9 Challenging Behaviors,
Do's and Don't's: The Gems of
All Trainings are from 10-11:30
a.m. at Barron Public Library, 461

North Main Street.
For Information and to reg-
ister, please call Lisa Rodriguez,
Program Specialist at 1(863) 385-
3444 (Seating is limited). No cost.

Register for LHS
The annual High School Re
union for anyone who attended
through the 1950s will be held
March 14 at the Dallas Townsend
building behind the airport. Bring
a covered dish of your liking and
join the fun. There will be af-
ghans to raffle off, pictures to look
through. Come early to visit; they
will be eating at 5 p.m. To register,
please call 675-1070 or 673-3482,
or e-mail greer7@embarqmail.

Historians to meet
The regular meeting of the
LaBelle Heritage Museum will
be Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. at
city hall. The speaker/program
is scheduled to feature a LaBelle
"Old timer" Ray Harn, whose
old time lore and knowledge is
always interesting. Please plan
to attend. 2009 dues may be paid
any time. Information on the Old
Timers dinner on Feb. 19 will be

Local Democrats to
meet Feb. 9
Hendry County Democratic
Executive Committee will meet
at Flora and Ella's Restaurant,
Highway 80 West in LaBelle, on
Monday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. Hendry
County's Democrats are planning
a Jefferson Jackson Day event for
some time during the first two
weeks of June.
All precinct committee mem-
bers are asked to bring at least
one guest they believe could be
come an invaluable volunteer for
the Democratic Party in Hendry
County. The public is welcome at
meetings of the Democratic Party
at all levels. For further informa-
tion contact Hendry County DEC
Chair Joe Thomas in LaBelle,
(863)234-1894, or Vice Chair Car-
ol Griggs in Clewiston, (863)228

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Get ready for the 2009 Swamp


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CALL 863-675-2541
or emall

Loefl1E w 0if

All Major
Quality Used Appliances and Repairs
Cell 863-673-8944
Nextell 158*17*61368
Se Habla Espanol
137 S. Industrail Loop Suite 5
863-6733- 137 863-675-3111
Licensed & Insured #2006258472167


Collingswood 1

10 am

30 am
calyptus lBlvd

Cabbage Festival Queen and
Princess pageants at 7 p.m. Fri
day, Feb. 20. It all happens at the
LHS auditorium. Tickets $5 at the

Tahoe raffle deadline
Time is running out to get your
Chevy Tahoe raffle ticket. Only
$25 a chance and only 100 tickets
to be sold. Raffle will be held at
noon on Jan. 30. You can pur-
chase your ticket at the Kiwanis
Thrift Store or at LaBelle U-Save.

Yummy spaghetti
Come to American Legion Post
130, 699 Hickpochee, for a great
spaghetti dinner every third

Computer classes to
Pastor Avery's computer
classes continues with one-hour
classes at 10, 11 and noon. The
classes are based on the need
of the students. Beginner classes
teach how to maintain your com-
puter word processing and digital
film editing. There is an after-
school class in movie making for
students of the school system and
homeschoolers. Moviemaking
class contains: Recording digital
sound, video editing, lighting and
some chromakey effect. To regis
ter for the class call 863-675-0900.
All classes are free to the public
class sizes are limited. Classes are
located at LaBelle Assembly of
God, 123 Fraser Ave. across from
the Edward Upthegrove elemen-
tary school.

Get your flu shot now
Hendry Regional Medical Cen-
ter is offering flu shots for $20. For
additional information call Con
venient Care Center at 675-2356.

Legion bingo
The American Legion, 699
Hickpochee Avenue West, holds
bingo every Monday night start-
ing at 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy
an evening of bingo!

Scout meeting times
Boy Scout Troop 9 meets ev-
ery Tuesday evening from 7-8:30
p.m. at Carlson Memorial United
Methodist Church 310 Campbell

Air Conditioning & Electric, Inc.

803 675,4022
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Serving LaBelle Since 1966


For as little as $15.00
CALL 863-675-2541
or email

A Water Well Drilling Company
Drilling in Lee Co since 1980
Specializing in Replacement
and Residential Wells
Irrigation Wells
Elevator Shafts
Irrigation Systems
Farm Wells
Liscensed & Insured St#2331 o# 1009
Credit Cards Accepted Alan Rivera Owner

St. Boy Scouts are for boys ages
11-18. Call 863-983-7719 for more
Cub Scout Pack 9 meets every
Monday evening from 6-7 p.m. at
Carlson Memorial United Method
ist Church 310 Campbell St. Cub
Scouts are for boys from first to
fifth grade. Call 863-673-4952 for
more information.

Commemorate person,
The LaBelle Heritage Museum
is selling commemorative bricks
for the gazebo at the museum.
For more information call the mu
seum at 674-0034.

Come to breakfast
American Legion Post 130 and
its auxiliary host a breakfast spe-
cial every Sunday from 7:30-11
a.m. at the post home, 699 Hwy.
80W $6 per plate. All welcome.

Classes offered
The LaBelle Adult School will
be offering Substitute Teacher,
class, Computer and possibly a
Conversational Spanish class the

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A/C 6 Heating Services LLC

Sales Service Refrigeraton
Installation Pool Heaters
Stte Certified Class A Contractor

Bush hogging, mowing, lot clearing
or other jobs?

Sally Mae
Disc Jockey
Weddings 9
Dances Reunions f
LaBelle, Florida

Pool Service
Home Watch Pet Setting
Certified Pool Operator
Owned s Operated in LaBelle, FL
Diane 863-673-5256
Seth 239-633-0504
Lic#2006258471992 Insured

second week of January. Sign up
at the LaBelle Adult School. If you
have any questions please con-
tact the LaBelle Adult School at
674-4118 for more info.

Disaster program
sign-up ends Feb. 27
The USDA's Farm Service
Agency (FSA) Administrator Te-
resa Lasseter announced that the
sign-up period for the 2005-2007
Crop Disaster Program (CDP)
will end Feb. 27, 2009. The end-
ing date of Feb. 27 applies to the
receipt of a signed and completed
FSA 840 application along with
all supporting documentation
and required forms at the appli-
cable county FSA office. Sign-up
information and required forms
are available at each county FSA
office. Late filed applications will
not be approved after the Feb. 27
All application determinations
will be made by March 27, 2009.
For further questions about CDP
and the sign-up deadline, pro-
ducers may contact their county
FSA office or visit FSA's website at


Daniel Rennolds, owner
Spanish Line: 865-673-4423
Sc Habla Espafol
P.O. Box 1380 LaBelle, FL
ricenmd & lnred rLic. #CAC18 1461


For as little as $15.00
CALL 863-675-2541
or email


Mobile and Home Repairs
Ceilings, Walls, Floors
OFFICE (863) 675-5919
CELL (863) 673-0861
Owner Roger Alexander, SR.
Lic HCO96.SP and Insured


Tractor Service
Loader Work

All Employees of the following companies
D&K Harvesting and
Gulf Citrus Harvesting
& Hauling
May pick up their 2008 W-2's from 7:00 am to 5:00
pm on Mon. thru Fri. at the following location: 890
Spratt Blvd, LaBelle, Florida.

Doc's Feed Store

1566 North Bridge Street
LaBelle, FL 33935

Monday Friday
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
8 a.m. 3 p.m.
Closed Sunday
Se Habla Espafiol

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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memorial 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160

DOG non-biter, will bark at
strangers, fixed, 3 yrs. old,
gentle w/kids, to good home
only, (863)634-0198


439 Hwy 80 LaBelle FL

Craft and Flea Market
Grandma's Grove 2/12/09
8:30 am -12:30 pm Lunch by
Chef Ray-11 a.m. For tables
call Flo @ 863-255-3759

LABELLE Fri, Sat & Sun,
Feb 6th 8th, 9am-3pm,
42 Howe St.
Next to Hungry Howies.
Buy one Get one FREE,
Special $2 bag sale.
Don't Miss
This One
LABELLE Sat. Feb 7th, 8am-
Noon, 270 S Hickory St.
Childrens items, Women &
childrens clothes, Micro-
wave, Disney VHS, Plants,
Trees & more

Don't Miss

This One
LaBelle, Sat., Feb. 7th, 7am-
?, 312 Caloosa Estates Dr
Large variety of items.
Something for EVERYONE!
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classifieds.


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LaBelle Woods
620 S Main St
Sat. Feb. 7th,
8:00am to noon
Something for everyone
No Early Birds Please

LABELLE Sat. Feb 7th, 8am-
?, 1005 Fort Thompson Ave.
Valentines Day gift items,
and everything under the Sun

Tall Guy- Secure, Semi-Re-
tired, 60, To meet Attractive
Gal or Couples for Dining,
Traveling, etc. (863)946-3123
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items in
the classifieds

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

Citrus Grove
Irrigation Laborer
FT experienced ATV driver;
preferably 1 yr experience
working in a citrus grove
setting wth irrigation. M-F
7A-4P Benefits. Fax resume
to 239-369-2267 or call
Marge@ 239-369-9617.

Citrus Grove
Mechanic Helper
FT Repair & maintain
agricultural equipment.
Inspect, diagnose, & repair
equipment such as buses,
trucks, fruit loaders,
tractors, & other heavy
equipment. Welding
experience a plus. Must
have own tools & a FL
drivers license. Preferably
1yr experience in a citrus
grove setting. Bilingual
preferred (English/
Spanish). M-F 7A-4P
Benefits. Fax resume to
239-369-2267 or call
Marge@ 239-369-9617.

Must have 5 years
experience. Manage a crew
of a 100 plus & mixed
vegetables. Must be willing
to travel. Bilingual a plus.
Send resume to:

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amploy men

Market Car Detailing At Local
Car Wash (Outgoing person-
ality a plus). (239)298-3328

Must have 1 yrs. exp.
Bilingual Spanish/English
pref. Competitive salary and
exc. benefits. Fax resume to
(863)983-9604 or apply at
FCHC, 315 South W.C.
Owen Ave., Clewiston, FL.

for local office. Office experi-
ence required. Must be able
to file, have good computer
skills, answer phones & have
the ability to multi-task.
Call Maria or Noemi @


Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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cases of questionable val-
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true, chances are that it is.
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doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
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numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

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The Tbal Council gives preference in all of its employment practices to Native Americans. First preference in hiring
training, promoting and in all other aspects of employmt is gene to members of te Seminole Tribe of Florida who meet
the job requirements. Second preference is given to other members of federally recognized Native American Tribes who
meet the job requirements
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Department. Qoualications forthe desired position will be reviewed and you may be given an opportunity to interview for
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

Shell, rock, driveways and fill
dirt, tractor work, mowing.
Gardens bui,. reduced rates.
863-675-2473 or 673-3496

Be a Hendry County
School Board Bus
Driver Contact the
Transportation Dept.
at 863-674-4115
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & 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
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Tojs & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

CARRIER 2 1/2 ton condenser
unit. Good condition $150.
CENTRAL A/C unit 4 ton unit
3 yrs old great shape for Mo-
bil home $600/or best offer

COUCH, newly reapolstered,
sage green with a light blue
strpe $900 (863)763-8956

STOVE Ge,white electric very
good condition. $125.
$125 & Up
1yr warranty(239)694-0778

PORTABLE ELEC. heater has
fan with auto. thermostatwill
heat 1 Ig.rm. very good
cond. $13. (863)763-1997
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'Wfhem It'sA S UAbout getting Better"
Full time Laboratory Manager
Must have a min of 5 yrs exp and FL licensure as a Clinical
Supervisor in the areas of Chemistry. Hematology. Serology,
Immunohematology, and Microbiology. Previous mgmt exp
pref Must also possess excellent customer services skills to
interact with patients, staff, and visitors.
Full time Registered Nurse
(Openings for Med/Surg/ER/CCU)
Must possess a valid FL license w/ at least I yr. exp in area
of expertise.
Full time Radlographer/Mammographer
Must be ARRT registered and licensed as a Radiologic
Technologist in Florida
Full time Med/Surg Manager/ADON
Master's degree is desirable, BSN min. (5) yrs of
recent clinical hospital exp. Demonstration of management
communications, interpersonal and financial accountability
skills through increasing job responsibilities and (3) years
prior mgmt position. Licensed as an RN in the State of Florida.
BLS, ACLS, and PALS certification reQ., RNC desirable.
Full time Outpatient Registration Clerk
2 yrs exp in a health care related field pref with prior exp in
registration or business office functions. Knowledge of med-
ical terminology is a plus. Must possess excellent customer
relations skills.
Full time Accountant
Bachelor's degree preferred in accounting or busi-
ness. Previous experience required: healthcare
accounting experience preferred.
Full time Chief Nursing Officer
Previous Nursing management experience required.
Must possess a valid FL RN license; BSN required,
MSN preferred.
Apply Online: www.hendr)
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BOYS BIKE Boys 12" red
bike with training wheels. In
great condition. In LaBelle
15. (239)691-9121
BOTH $125/neg.
(863 )7 6 3 0 3 8 0
cle engine. Cost $900 ask-
ing $400 (863)467-4551

NEW Hardback Patricia
Cromwell book Scarpetta
$15.00 (863)763-7165

COOLER 5 daywheel endu-
rance cooler $15.

HUGE STUFFED animals 30"
Elmo, 42" Eeyore, 28" & 30"
Bears. Like New (Okee area)
$20/will sep. (863)763-6131
LITTLE TIKES basketball/hoop
set, musical sit-n-spin, play-
doh table Excel Cond, Okee
$40/will sep. (863)763-6131
NEWBORN TO 26 lbs Several
white snap t-shirts/onsies.
Clean, spotless, excel cond.
(Okee) $12. (863)763-6131

LADIES suits, dresses & pant-
suits sz 14 to 3X. also tops,
pants & shorts sz med &
up. $200 or sill separate
(863)763-7165 or 697-0206

Upper Deck certified auto-
graph by Antrel Rolle $45.
Fitzgerald Certified Jersey
Card 39/50. $55.
cards in box/great gift $60.
lage and accessories
$700/will sep.

Ram, DVDRW, New "19
LCD! Call Tony $299,
COMPUTER Desktop Family
Computer, Xp ProGames
Etc. Complete. $75.
COMPUTER Fast Dell Desk-
top, XR loaded Call Jose
$125. (561)261-1772

BED mattress,foundation
reg.size w/hdb.and frame
like new $175.
HOLDS 36" TV 53" wide, 3
shelves, light color $50.
GLASS TABLE white iron &
glass table & 4 chairs on
casters. LaBelle $50.
good quality, antique rose,
smaller size for smaller living
room $300 (863)675-4098

seat, wing chair, coffee ta-
ble, 2 end tables $1000 or
best offer. (863)763-5334
L-SHAPE SECT off white,
w/teal/beige throw pillows,
Sm Enter Ctr, holds 32" TV
$250 neg. (863)675-6422
like new, Twin size, $75 or
best offer (863)357-2233
Okeechobee area
Desk 2 Shelves, Kidney
Shape $20. (863)467-7996
WHITE WOOD queen/full
headboard only in good con-
dition. $75/or best offer.

CLUB CAR Used, Good con-
dition, charger, $900 or best
offer. (863)697-1350

12 GUAGE side/side stevens
12 guage 18.5 double barrel
from 1970s $375/neg.
COLT AR15 Match Target -
24" Stainless Bull Barrel
2.5X10 Scope (TRADE)
$2000. (772)461-8822
MAK 90 includes 20 mags
and 1200 rnds. $1200/neg.
ized Model 1895 7MM Bolt
Action $200.

GOLD'S GYM squat bar comes
w/300 Ib of weights & olym-
pic bar. Excellent condition.
$900/neg. (863)697-1247
Large Trampoline 14 feet in
diameter Lots of FUN! Great
Exercise! $150 or best offer.
Call Shawn 863-840-0301
cond. tracks time, distance
& spd. For home use. $300
best offer (863)697-1247

only used twice, like new
$50. (863)467-2456

Surround New In Box $40.

POWER WHEEL chair 2006 -
for extra large person. Like
new condition. $1200/or
best offer. (863)634-5225
SCOOTER Merits S541 Pio-
neer$695 (863)983-7949


$50. Call

10,000 watt, 20 hp Kohler
motor $2,500.
(863) 840-0505 LaBelle

MOBILE HOME Has lot rent
$300 month includes utilites
GREAT DEAL!! $3000.

Cond. $300/or best offer.
8 6 3 ) 3 5 7 5 7 7 3

$0. (863)697-6690
MIX PUPPIES very cute &
adorable, $100 each.
KITTENSIII Kittens free! 3 BIk
& Wh, 2 Gray Tiger, 1 BIk.
Beautiful & full of person-
ality! $0. (863)634-0567
RAT TERRIERS Born Nov. 2nd
$99 Cockatiels, Love Birds &
Finches also available. Call
Sandy @ (863)983-2148
SALT WATER Tank 75 gal. -
Everything but rock & fish!!
$500/or best offer.

feather weight, very good
cond., case & attachments,
$345 (863)697-9704
200 Embroidery Machine -
plus 4 hours lessons $450.

AMP/12" L7/fairy cap/like
new in boxes $350.
SPEAKERS 2 15" Kicker CVR
speakers in box with 2000
watt amp $600.

COLOR TV Cable ready/con-
sole/25"/Sylvania $100.

6300 watt9100 watt surge
Must sell. $500.
SEARS Craftsman table type
router. Good condition $50.

WANTED: Aluminum awnings,
2-5'x5', 1-5'xl0', 2-5'x5'. Call
863-675-4475 (LaBelle)
How fast can your car
go? It can go even
faster when you sell it
in the classifieds.
Buying a car? Look in
the classifieds. Selling
a car? Look in the
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classifieds and make
your clean up a breeze!

We Offer Seminole Feed, Lakeland Feed, Alfalfa, Timothy,
Orchard, T-85, Jigs, Compressed, Round & Square Bales
Call Al Curry at 239-872 0998
275 Kirby Thompson Rd, LaBelle FL. 33935


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

for standard size horse. Sells
for $500, Asking $150. neg.
Never used. (863)675-4098

BRIGGS 5.5 hp 2" pace water
pump. Used 1 time $150. or
best offer (863)610-2993
BUSHHOG T, 3pt, hevy du-
ty, like new, $1300 or best
offer. (863)517-0470
CRAFTSMAN Lawn mower
6.25, 22" power propelled,
great engine, spare blade,
needs deck $65.00
Full size. Excellent condition.
Like new. $150.

Okeechobee Livestock
Market Sales
Every Monday-12pm & every
Tuesday-11am. 763-3127

WESTERN HAT Bailey beaver
)XXXX size 71/4 like new
stored in box $40.


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
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

Collingswood Apartments
Units Available
with rental assistance.
Mon. &Thurs.- 8am-4pm

Equal Housing Oppor-

Totally furnished villa at Ox-
bow & Port LaBelle Marina,
lawn maint provided. Pool on
premises $700mo 675-0104
Find il faster. Sell it sooner
in the classified

Clean 3 bd, lba home in town,
close to everything.
$650/mo. + security. Call
LABELLE 2br/2ba dblwide,
pond front. 1295 sq ft. Nice
setting. $660 me + dep.
239-247-1053 or 997-1069
lived in. 3/2, private lot, 2 car
garage, excellent location,
800/mo. (239)369-9567
Oak Ave. 2BR/1BA Duplex,
c/a, nice, non-smkg. env.,
no pets, lease, $500 mo. +
$500 sec. (863)675-2392
2BA, CBS home, close to
elementary sch. Immed.
move-in. $900/mo. 1st, last
& sec. 863-675-1380 or
3 bedroom, 2 bath
home, double garage,
lanai, like new.
Security deposit &
References required.
single family house, w/gar-
age, $650 mo. plus sec.
dep. 863-634-2975.

Rent the Best
In LaBelle!
-Riverfront Home-
471 Old CR 78
Newly refurbished
3 bedrooms 2 baths
w/brand new kitchen!
Extra large dock & 3/4 acre
On the Caloosahatchee
Reduced to only
$1100 mo!
1st, last & 1 mo
security required
-Great Family Home-
460 Grant St
3 bedrooms 2 baths
Large family rm & garage
Big yard w/privacy fencing
Reduced to $890 a mol
1 st, last & 1 mo
security required
Call Broker Owner
(863)675-3433 or
Move into your dream
home tomorrow!
2/1, $575 or 2/2, $650
3/2, $750
Laminate wood/tile floors,
newer kitchens, nice yards
(863 673-8862
863 673-0081
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, atic,
basement or closet in
today's classified.

New Ig. units avail.,
air conditioned &
non-air, each unit
alarmed, area
fenced & well lighted,
space for boats,
RV & trucks.
Manager on-site,
1025 Commerce Dr.,
LaBelle. 863-675-1025.

Cowboy Way & Kennedy Blvd.
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8'x10' $53.50 mo. incl. tax.
10'xl 0' $58.85 mo. incl. tax.
8'x25' $96.30 mo. incl. tax
24 hr access $25 returnable
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right! Visit White's
Furniture & Appliances
1060 Highway 29
South LaBelle
$139,000 or best offer Call

acres of producing orange
grove, avail, as 13, 40, 51, 90,
132, or 145 acres. $6000/ac.

$125,000. LaBelle area. Call
Andres, 863-673-4537


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

2000 75 HP Mercury Mari-
ner, SS PROP Minnkota
55LB Trolling motor,2 fish-
finders, battery charger, up-
graded seats, Trailer, many
extras $5500.
hp., 24V trolling motor w/
auto pilot & remote, depth
finder, trailer Very good con-
dition. $6,995 Call
863-634-7021 Okeechobee
Fish & cruise pontoon boat
(2000) & trailer equipped
with many extras. $6000.
674-1171 or 863-517-2085
FISHING BOAT Morgan, 24',
diesel, $4500.
LOWE 24' PONTOON Select -
50 hp, hard top, needs some
work $2500.
MERCURY 6 cyl, 175 hp
mere on 17.5' hydra sport
bass boat Trailer included,
$3200 (863)467-2267
2004 Ready to go Fishing:
Here is a Complete Three
Item Set Located in Labelle.
1976 1611ft Aluminium Boat
recently renovated with Trail-
er & 2004 Mercury 9.9 HP in
perfect condition (less than
80 hours use). Just hook it
behind your car! $1500/or
best offer. (863)675-3642
ROW BOAT 12', with pair of
7' oars, $50. Call
SAILBOAT Irwin, 37cc,
needs some work, $5,000.
SEARS 14'BOAT Select -
$475/or best offer
1987 Excellent condition,
V8 Ford Inboard, low
hoursTop, depthfinder, ra-
dioTrailer. Fresh water run
$11500. (863)824-0801
exc.condition $3000/or
best offer (863)675-7897
ft w/bimini top, marine radio,
new antenna, fish/depth find-
er needs outboard motor
only $1500. (863)634-7524

'87 Bonder 35' onan genera-
tor, self contained, new tires
& roof. Low miles, 20' scr
rm. $2000 239-770-5729
DUTCHMAN 2002, 5th
wheel, Sleeps 6, 35', Queen
bed, 2 bunk beds, 1.5 bath,
a/c/heat, 2 slide outs
$12000 or best offer
KAR KADDY Select Car dolly,
like-new condition with
brakes $1000.
MALLARD 2002, 26 ft, travel
trailer, sleeps 3, good conrd,
very clean $3900 or best of-
fer (518)469-0990
REESE HITCH for travel trailer,
all included, stabilizers, etc.
$60.00 or best offer
When you want some-
thing sold, advertise in
the classifieds.

inch square bumper, like
new $25.00 or best offer

EVENRUDE 6 hp Six horse
outboard with Tank and
hose. Runs great. $350/or
best offer (863)763-5150
engine w/kill switch. Recent-
ly serviced. Exc. cond. $395
or best offer 863-467-9800
best offer (863)634-1545

low miles, New $1200 ask-
ing $ 800 (863)467-4551
TER 883 1998, Low miles,
nice condition $5000
4400 miles. Loaded
w/chrome & extra's. Excel-
lent condition. $12,500 or
best offer. (863)763-5933
HONDA 600 SHADOW 2000 -
Like new only 7000mi,new
tires & Batt $3000,

ATV 260CC 2005 GREAT
COND. $1500/or best offer
S863 ) 3 5 7 5 7 7 3
250 CC, Fast, Good Condi-
tion $900 (863)610-2993
SUZUKI 80 CC 4Wheeler -
Very good condition. $1100
(863)634-7021 Okeechobee
SUZUKI VINSON 500 2006 -
Warn winch, Kodiak storage,
heated grips, delivery pos
$4000/firm. (772)204-2821


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
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

ED 1994 Custom Rims
A/C blows cold $3000/or
best offer (239)878-4026
BUICK SKYLARK, '91 4 cyl.,
cold air, new tires, muffler &
alternator, exc. cond., $1350
or best offer. (863)677-1742
good, 24 mpg, good tires,
Ither interior, 103K, $1850
Black,leather int.Cal Jesus
spanish. $2500.
V-6, a/c, auto. CD $3200/or
best offer (863)634-4056
tomatic, Air $1900

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Houses S le2


Caloosa Belle, Thursday, February 5, 2009 11

Ford Taurus -1995, Auto, a/c,
clean, good condition $2000


SUBMITTED BY: R Scott Cooper DATE: 2/24/09
SUBJECT AREA: 520 Deferred Compensation Plan (IRS Code 457)
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF PURPOSE: Te proposed rule establishes Mte policy for
deferred compensatioanlan (IRS Code 457)
THORITY: 11221, 1001.41, 100149, 100151, 1001.42,
and 1001.43 ES
CITATION OF SPECIFIC LEGAL REFERENCE: 112.21, 1001 41, 100149, 1001.51,
100142and 1001.43F S
FULL TEXT: A copy of the full text of the proposed rule may be btained, without
cost, at ite Office of the Superintendent of Schools,
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The proposed rule establishes the policy for deferred com-
pensaoan plan (IRS Code 457)
STATEMENT OF REGULATORY COSTS: The proposed policy revision will create no
additional district economic impact in excess of $100.00 except for the costs of
printing and distributions.
LOCATION OF MEETING, TIME AND DATE: Hendry County School Board Meeting
Room, 25 E Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL at 5:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as
he matter may be heard on February 24, 2009
Notice: Any person who wishes to provide the School Board with information re-
ganing the statement of estimated regulatoy cost, or to provide a proposal tor a
lower cost regulatory alternative must do so in writing within 21 days after publica-
ton ofths notice
Notice: If requested in writing and not deemed unnecessary by The Agency Head, a
Rule Development Workshop will be held at a time and date to be advertised in the
Notice: e procedure for obtaining a public hearing on his proposed rule is to re
quest, in writing a hearing The request shall be sumitted to te Supeintendent of
Schools, in wrting, within 21 days after publication of this notice Tme request shall
specify how the person requesting the public hearing would be affected by the pro
posed rule The School Board, upon apopropate request, shall give affected persons
an opportunity to present evidence and argument on the issues under consideration
Notice: Inspecton and copying of all written materials constituting public records
submitted to the agency regarding draft rules may be obtained by request in writing,
to the Superntendent of Schools
Notice: The School Board may recognize any material which may be judicially no-
liced and to incorporate them into the record of the rule making proceeding The
School Board may incorporate material by reference into the proposed rule.
Notice: you need an accommodation in order to participate in this process, please
notify the Superintendent of Schools at (863 674-4642 or at the Hendry County
Courthouse, LaBelle, lorida 33935 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting or work-
Notice: If he School Board adopts the proposed rule, one certified copy of the pro-
posed rule shall be filed in the Office of the Superintendent of Schools pursuant to
120 54(3)e), F S
308422 CB/CN 1/29:2/5,12/09

SUBMITTED BY: R Scott Cooper DATE: 2/24/09
SUBJECT AREA: 519 Income Sheltered Programs (IRS Code 403(b))
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF PURPOSE: The proposed rule establishes the policy for
income sheltered programs (IRS Code 403(b))
CITATION OF LEGAL AUTHORITY; 112.21, 100141, 1001.49 100151, 1001,42,
and 1001.43 S.
CITATION OF SPECIFIC LEGAL REFERENCE: 112.21, 1001.41 104 100149, 100151,
1001,42 and 1001.43 FS
FULL TEXT A copy of the full text of the proposed rule may be obtained, without
cost, at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The proposed rule establishes the policy for income shel-
tered programs (IRS Code 403(b))
STATEMENT OF REGULATORY COSTS: The proposed policy revision will create no
additional district economic impact in excess of $100.00 except for the costs of
printing and distribuions
LOCATION OF MEETING, TIME AND DATE: Hendry County School Board Meeting
Room, 25 E Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, IL at 5:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as
the rmater maybe heard on February 24, 2009
Notice: Any person who wishes to provide Mte School Board with information re-
garding the statement of estimated regulatory costs or to provide a proposal for a
lower cost regulatory alternative must do so in writing within 21 days after publica-
tg er ofthis notice.
Notice: If requested in writing and not deemed unnecessary by The Agency Head, a
Rule Development Workshop will be held at a time and date to be adverised in the
Notice: The procedure for obtaining a public hearing on this proposed rule is to re
quest, in writing, a heaing. The request shall be submitted to the Superintendent o
Schools, in writing, within 21 days after publication of this notice The request shall
specify how the person requesting the public hearing would be affected by the pro-
posed rule The School Board, upon appropriate request, shall give affected persons
an opportunity to present evidence and argument on the issues under consideration
Notice: Inspecton and copying of all written materials constituting public records
submitted to te agency regarding draft rules may be obtained by request in writing,
to the Superintendent of Schools.
Notice: The School Board may recognize any material which may be judicially no-
iced and to incorporate them into the record of the rule making proceeding The
School Board may incorporate material by reference into the proposed rule
Notice: f you need an accommodation in order to patiite in this process, please
notify the Supeintendent of Schools at (863) 674-4642 or at the Hendry County
Courthouse, LaBelle, lorida 33935 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting or work-
Notice: If the School Board adopts the proposed rule, one certified copy of the pro-
posed rule shall be filed in the Office of the Superintendent of Schools pursuant to
308097 CN 1/2229;2/5 CB 2/5/09

SUBMITTED BY: R Scott Cooper DATE: 2/24/09
SUBJECT AREA: 230 Injury or illness in Line of Duty (with compensation)
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF PURPOSE: The proposed rule establishes the policy for
injury or illness in line of duty (with compensation)
CITATION OF LEGALAUTHORITY: 112.63, 1012.22,100142 and 1001.43 S.
CITATION OF SPECIFIC LEGAL REFERENCE: 1012.63, 101222, 100142 and
FULL TEXT: A copy of the full text of the proposed rule may be obtained, without
cost, at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The proposed rule establishes the policy for injury or illness
in line of duty (wth compensation).
STATEMENT OF REGULATORY COSTS: The proposed pocy revision will create no
additional district economic impact in excess of $10000 except for the costs of
printing and distributions
LOCATION OF MEETING, TIME AND DATE: Hendry County School Board Meetng
Room, 25 E Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL at 5:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as
he matter may be heard on February 24, 2009.
Notice: Any person who wishes to provide the School Board with information re-
garding the statement of estimated regulatory costs or to provide a proposal for a
lower cost regulatory alternative must do so in writing within 21 days after publica-
otonf this notice
Notice: If requested in writing and not deemed unnecessary by the Agency Head, a
Rule Development Workshop will be held at a time and date to be advertised in the
Notice: The procedure for obtaining a public hearing on this proposed rule is to re-
quest, in writing, a hearing The request shall be submitted to the Supeintendent of
Schools, in waiting, within 21 days after publication of this notice The request shall
specify how the person requesting the public hearing would be affected by the pro-
posed rule The School Board, upon appropriate request shall give affected persons
an opportunity to present evidence and argument on the issues under consideration
Notice: Inspection and copying of all written materials consulting public records
submitted to the agency regarding draft rules may be obtained by request, in writing,
to the Supeintendent of Schools,
Notice: The School Board may recognize any material which may be judicially no-
School Board may incorporate material by reference into the proposed rule
Notice: f you need an accommodation in order to participate in this process please
notify he Superintendent of Schools at (863) 674 4642 or at the Hendry County
Courthouse, La e, e Florida 33935 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting or work-
Notice: If the School Board adopts the proposed rule, one certified copy of the pro-
posed rule shall be filed in the Office of the Supeintendent of Schools pursuant to
120.543 fie., S
3009C N 1/22,29,2/5 C 2/5/09

TRY '05 39K mls. Loaded!
Garage kept. 1 Owner Im-
maculate condition. $12,500
(863)675-0215 LaBelle
FORD F100 1979 Runs
good, 302 V8, 4 speed.
Some rust, daily drver
$2500. (239)634-2699
TIONS. CD, a/c, tinted win-
dows $15000/or best offer

Leather, VB, autoalloy whis,
cold a/c, antilock brks, pow-
er $2500 (863)763-8027
HONDA CIVIC 1995 runs
good $3000.
8 6 3 ) 2 01 3 4 9 2
$3550/or best offer.
$4550/or best offer.
$2800/neg. (863)697-2032

PbIc Notice

I Pubic Noice

One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classifieds.


SATURN SL2 1994 runs
great; cold a/c; excellent gas
mileage; 120K miles.
$1500. (863)610-0084

1978 Antique, 6 cyl, roll
bar, grill guard, magwheels
$5600. (863)763-3966
unrestored car, was running.
or best offer $800.

GOLF CART Club Car, 48
volt, elec, sun roof, used
very little, $1850

CHEVY 3 TON '95, Flat Bed
truck with dump and moffit.
Call for prce (863)674-9900

hoods, doors, door mirrors,
2 wings (1 is roush wing)
$600/or best offer.
R/C REPAIR Repair for all
types of R/CIG, Traxxas, Dura-
trax, HPI, Etc. Call Chris
$20. (863)801-1683
Set of stock Ford 18" rims
with 2 good tires
863-673-2697 LaBelle
$150. (886)382-4764
TOOL BOX, Cross Over, Dia-
mond Plated. Full Size. $125

CHEVROLET 1500 1993 -
4-wd $1800/or best offer.
CHEVY 1500 1989 Auto,
4x4, $1500 (863)634-6601
CHEVY 3500 1980 4x4,no
title,runs great,new clutch,
flatbed $1500/or best offer.
DODGE RAM 1500 4X4 1997
Good cond. 5-Speed Club
cab. $4800. (239)839-3455
Great running truck. A/c, al-
loy whls. CO, auto. Loaded
$4800. (863)763-3966
FORD F150 1992 302 V8
Extended Cab Power Win-
dows/Locks Good Condition.
$1200. (863)634-6601
FORD F150 1996 Extened
cab cold ac $2500/or best
offer. (863)532-9846
FORD F250 1989 4X4, 5
Speed, V8351, Run Great,
120K, $2100/or best offer.
GMC 1988, C70 Dump Bed
366 Engine $1500 Firm
OTHER Select Delta Packer
Sport tool box for full size
pick up like new $100.
1994 Ext cab, sportside bed,
V8, loaded, new paint in 05,
matching fiberglass topper
$3900 (863)697-2724

RANGE ROVER 1995 runs
good, clean, 4x4, power win-
dows/locks, 6 disc changer.
$4000/neg. (863)228-7102

w/ramps, 20' long, 93' wide,
8000 # 12 volt warn winch
$2500 (863)697-9704
gle Axle. Spare new tire &
wheel. $600/or best offer.
Wood floor, rear ramp, full
size tires $750 or best offer
Utility Trailer 5x9 wood
floor, 12" wheeles with
spare, 13" sides $500 or
best offer (863)763-3036
ENCLOSED 6x12 vent, lights,
side, rear door $2300.

box. made from sm truck
bed; new tires and spare
$175. (305)394-4906

TRY MINI VAN '94 well
maintained, $3500
(941)524-8932 LaBelle
20K mis. on new engine.
Must sell. $1300 best offer
(561)254-7458 Clewiston
OLDSMOBILE 1993, 7 pas-
senger, cold ac, heat, new
tires, Good shape $1550

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Notice is hereby given hat the Hend-
ry County insurance Advisory oard
will hold a meeting Monday, February
9, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.. at the Hendry
County Courthouse Square, Roomr
#A- 18, 165 South Lee Steet, La-
Belle, Florida
If a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the Hendry County
Auditing Committee with respect to
any matter discussed at such meet
ing, he/she will need a record of the
peceedings, and that, for such pr-
pose, he/she may need to ensure that
a verbatim record of the proceedings
is made, which record includes the
teshmony and evidence upon which
the appeal is to be based.
Hendry County Insurance
Advisory Board
309634 CB/CN 2/5/09




BID NUMBER: 2009-12
OPENING DATE AND TIME: February 1,, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
Sealed Bids will be received by the Board of County Commissioners of Hendry
County, Floda, Mowing Roadways in the Sky Valley M S..U. In order to be con-
sidered, bids must received by the Board of County Commissioners at the CE. Hall
Building (Clerk s Office) in the Hendry County Courthouse Complex 25 E Hickpoch-
ee Avenue, LaBelle, Floida by February 19 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at which time all re-
sponses to this request will be recorded in the presence of one or more witnesses,
A copy of the Instructions and Bid Documents can be obtained from the Hendry
County Purchasing Department, located at 165 S Lee Street, LaBelle, Florida (for
pick upi, Post Office Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975 (mailing address) or by calling
(863) 675-5220 or (863) 983-1585
Bidders are encouraged to attend the Pre-Bid Conference* on *Thursday, February
12, 2009, at 10:00 am.* at the Special Districts Department, 3300 Utiiy Drive, La-
Belle, Florida 33935.
This solicitaten does not commit Hendry County to award any contracts, to pay any
costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this Bid, or to contract for any ser-
vices The County reserves te right to reject any or all submittals received as a re-
suit of this solicitation, or to cancel in part or in its enrety this Bid, if i is in the best
interest of ite County to do so
Hendry County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug/Smoke Free Work Place
Janet B. Taylor, Chair
Board of County Commissioners
309656 CBCN 2/5/09

Pittman Contracting, Inc will be accepng bids for The Hendry County Jail-9 Bed
Addition project Bids will be due no later than 2:00 PRM, March 3, 2009. A pre-
bid meeting wil be held o-site at 10:00 AM February 12, 2009 The project
consists of the following: Pre-Engineered Metal Building, pre-fabricated steel-
cells, concrete work, masonry, metal studs, drywall, fire aarm/spinkler system
generator site-work.
Bids should be delivered to Pithman Contracting, Inc 531 E. El Paso, Clewislon
Florida 33440 or e-mail to For any additional in-
formation call 863-983-6300 during normal working hours. All Subcontractors
are required to carry Commercial General Liability insurance. Automobile Liability
and Workers Comp in compliance to Hendry County Statutory Limits Local Ven-
dor Workshop will be held in conjunction with pre-bid meeting Feb. 12, 2009
308881 CB/CN 1129:2/5/09

Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant

Jr. Pro A Team

Front row from left: Isaac Lopez,
Jose Lopez, Danny Robinson,
Manny Taylor. Back row: Dalton
Longenecker, Alton Burton, Dylan
Hinson, Cathavius Adams, Ryan
Hellard, Robin Huff, Coach Joe

Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant

Jr. Pro A Team

- Runners Up
Front row, from left: Sal Molina,
Christian Gause, Brandon Baha-
mundi, Nick Aguilar, Bob Williams,
Victor Calvo. Back row: Coach Al-
berto Molina, Coach Spence Hull,
both of the Gators, Joshua Pala-
cios, Dontae Brown, Marcus Cas-
tillo, Tapan Patel, Coach Anthony

Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant

Jr. Pro Girls

Front row from left: Tabby Garza,
Macy O'Ferrell, Judy Hernandez,
Amber Barnett. Back row: Coach
Lori Perkins, Jasmine Chavez,
Alicia Martinez, Jasmine Armour,
Jamease Mosley, Miranda Garza.

Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant

Jr. Pro Girls

Runners Up
Front row from left: Olivia Molina,
Myaa Barnhart, Veronica Perez,
Stefani Guijosa. Back row: Coach
Rick Pena, Teresa Callejas, Ma-
riah Molina, Victoria Bass, Kayla
Renaldi, Angel Cornelius, Coach
Eric Molina.

Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant

Jr. Pro B Team

Front row from left: Oscar Russ,
Joey Leon, Humberto Perez,
James Cuttino, Rubin Perez.
Back: Coach Ken Kirtley, Mark
Hernandez, Joseph Kennedy,
Tommy Ray, Jeremiah Devisme
and Coach TJ. Barrett.

Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant

Jr Pro B Team

Runners Up
Front row from left: Jordan Lo-
pez, Jeffrey Harris, Bryce Hall,
Marcellous Mitchell, Matthew
Reyna. Back row: Coach Mario
Gonzalez, Angel Vasquez, Teofilo
Pequeno, Dane Mourfield, Cam-
erino Guzman Jr., Hugo Vargas
Jr., Michael Lopez, Coach Jesse

Jr. Pro Three

Point Winners
Top shooters were: Girls Mariah
Molina with five; Boys A Juan
Neely with four; and Boys B Jor-
dan Lopez with five.


12 Caloosa Belle, Thursday, February 5, 2009

Fair organizers promise

'greenest' event yet

Hendry County Fair
kicks off tomorrow

By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Clewiston News
CLEWISTON -In light of all the
major advancements throughout
the world in fostering green ener-
gy products -- the hybrid cars, LED
lightbulbs, recyclable materials -
this year's Hendry County Fair has
taken its own measure in promot-
ing a world that is cleaner.
Although residents will have to
see it for themselves, the parade,
in addition to being touted as the
"biggest and best parade you
have ever laid eyes on," also has
aspirations for being "greenest
parade ever."
Festival organizers aren't say-
ing what we can expect. A hy-
drogen-powered float that gets 50
miles to the gallon of water? Cos-
tumes woven using only recycled
material gathered for the band?
Perhaps a new crop of sugarcane
that, when it matures, harvests
Who knows?
What is certain is that there

will be plenty to see and plenty to
do, not to mention plenty to eat,
when the fair comes to town to-
morrow. The fair will also mark
the crowning of a new queen,
and will feature young men and
women who will be placing their
best livestock on display at the
fairgrounds in Clewiston.

The Schedule:
The gates officially open to-
morrow at 6 p.m., and don't close
until 11 p.m.
On Saturday, Nov. 7, the pa-
rade sets the tone of the day, at
2 p.m., followed by the events at
the fairgrounds from 3 to 11 p.m.
The fun continues on Sunday,
Nov. 8, from 6 to 11 p.m.
On Friday the 13th, the festi-
val will open at 6 p.m., but won't
close until 2 a.m. for the midnight
madness event.
The fair wraps up on Saturday,
Nov. 14, with the bull bash bo
nanza. Gates open at 6 p.m. and
close at 11 p.m.

Key Events:
Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. Miss Hendry
C'nntv Paopant

Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m. -Junior Miss
Hendry County Pageant
Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Livestock
show (Pee Wee Heifer show,

beef, steer)
Feb. 11, 7 p.m.

- Market Hog

Feb. 13, 7 p.m. Youth Live-

stock auction
Feb. 14, 7 p.m. -

Bull Bash Bo-

Organizers seem most excited
about that latest event -- the Bull
Bash Bonanza.
They promise some of the best
rodeo action you'll find, led by
"some rough-riding, hard-hitting,
bull-riding cowboys."
Reviving your love for that
significant other while watching
grown men avoid getting tram-
pled seems like the start of a per-
fect annual tradition.
Organizers are hoping for a
good number of festival-goers
this year.
News Editor Jose Zaragoza can be
ronrhcard nt inraon'n~anwnnn o c m

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Local boy in hockey championships baseball, softball
Baseball and softball s
A local boy from LaBelle is have begun. If you have
heading to the State Amateur between the ages of 4
Hockey Association's Champion- years of age for girls and 4
ships at the end of February. On years of age for boys, brir
February 28 and March 1, Caleb by to register. Volunteers
Stitt, a third grader at Country at the Winn Dixie Shoppi
Oaks Elementary, will be playing ter every Saturday from 9
for the Florida Eels as a starting noon and every Sunday fi
defenseman, in the squirt divi- p.m. through the month
sion. dary.

Teams from across the entire
state will be competing for the
coveted state championship titles
and banners. Games are sched-
uled to take place across the state
in Orlando and Tampa.
Caleb has played ice hockey
since he was four years old. He
has played competitive travel
hockey for the Florida Eels since
2007. This season he has one goal
and ten assists.
Caleb is a straight A honor
student, a member of Colts Con-
serve, Math and Science Club
member, and plays baseball for
LaBelle Little League. He has a
five-year-old sister, Kyleigh, who
is the team's cheerleader and as-
sistant manager.
The Florida Eels belong to the
Florida Amateur Hockey League,
which includes the Jr. Everblades,
Miami Little Torros, Palm Beach
Predators and Glacier Sharpshoot-
ers. Teams play on both the east
and west coasts from September
to February. The home rink for
the Florida Eels is located at the
Skatium in downtown Fort Myers.
They have teams that range from
Mites to Juniors and travel nation
ally and internationally.

Submitted Photo Submitted Photo
Miss Hendry County contestant Ashley Pitt- Junior Miss Hendry County contestant
man. Sponsored by Pittman Air Condition- Tayler Choban. Sponsored by Flying B
ing. Cattle.

Sport Shorts

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The last day to register is Sun-
day, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. at Davis
Pratt Park. You may also sign up
on-line by going to this website: or
stop by Ragin' Graphics located
@ 84 N. Hickpoochee Ave.

Volunteer for
Little League
LaBelle Little League, Inc., is
currently accepting applications
for volunteer coaches for softball
and baseball. For baseball coach
ing applications please contact
Ricky Bass at 863-673-1940. For

softball coaching applications
please contact Kim Marroquin at
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The Lee County Archers are
registering new participants. The
following events take place at the
Nalle Grade County Park Range in
North Ft. Myers:
Thursday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Monthly Membership Meeting
and 20 Yard Target League.
Sunday, Feb. 15, 3D Archery
Shoot. A roving field range con-
sisting of 203D target stations, and
a 14 station N.F.A.A. field course.
Sign up 8:-8:30 a.m.; shotgun
start at 9 a.m. A $10 shooting fee
applies. Info: Ben Brown (239)

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