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Vol. 96 No. 6 Thursday, January 6, 2005 504 Plus tax


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in the Okeechobee area, identi-
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Police Department and then
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Manning named
Player of the Year
NEW YORK -Peyton
Manning was a runaway win-
ner of The Associated Press
2004 NFL Offensive Player of.
the Year as if there could be
any doubt.
The Indianapolis Colts' star
quarterback had perhaps the
greatest passing season in
league history. He broke Dan
Marino's 20-year-old record
with 49 touchdown passes
and had a passer rating of an
almost unfathomable 121.1,
shattering Steve Young's mark
of 112.8 set in 1994. Manning
threw only 10 interceptions
and led the Colts to the AFC
South title with a 12-4 record.
Manning earned 35 votes
from a nationwide panel of 48
writers and broadcasters who
cover pro. football. He easily
outdistanced Eagles receiver,
Terrell Owens and Vikings
quarterback Daunte Culpep-
per, who each got four votes.
Sports, Page 6

Drought Index
Current: 439 .
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.56 feet

Lake level
15.69 feet
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

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Fire: Engulfs Oak Lake villa

These few items are all that remains of the Knowles'
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Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
family clothing following a pre-

Weekend fire destroys villa

By Loma Jablonski and
Maria Chandler
Okeechobee News
Timothy and Rebecca
Knowles were abruptly awak-
ened in the wee hours of Sunday
morning by a pounding on their
front door. When Mr. Knowles
answered the door Cody Hard-
en, who was watching a friend's
dog in a neighboring apartment,
told him that there was a fire and
that he should get out of the
Mr. and Mrs. Knowles
jumped up, and dressed only in
a pair of pants and a housecoat,
grabbed their two dogs and exit-
ed from their bedroom window
of their home in Oak Lake Villas,
on S.W. 28th St.
"The young man told us to
get out through the doorway,
but the front porch was already
engulfed in flames. I didn't want
to be caught outside in the patio
area," said Mr. Knowles. "All we
have left is the pair of pants I was
wearing and the housecoat my
wife pulled on as we left the

Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
The Knowles had been remodeling their home one room
at a time when fire destroyed the entire building. These
dishes are all that remains of a new Key West style dining
room suite.

The Knowles had been
remodeling their villa one room
at a time. They had just finished
the dining room.
"We were redoing one room
at a time. Now that the kids are

grown we can have glass top
tables and nice things," he
explained. "The dining room
had a glass top table that looked
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Council members

sworn into office

By Maria Chandler
Okeechobee News
James Kirk and Lydia Jean
Williams were sworn in Tues-
day as members of the Okee-
chobee City Council.
County Judge Shirley Bren-
nan swore in each council
member separately.
Mrs. Williams is the first
woman to serve on the Okee-
chobee City Council. Mr. Kirk
was also elected to serve as
mayor for a two-year term. He
has served as mayor since 1991.
After Mayor Kirk and Mrs.
Williams were sworn in, council
members chose various boards
to serve on as city liaisons.
Lowry Markham will serve
on the Central Florida Regional
Planning Council and the Okee-
chobee County Health and
Healthy Start Coalition.
Mrs. Williams and Noel

Chandler will serve on the
Tourist Development Council.
Mayor Kirk will serve on the
Juvenile Justice Council and
Workforce Regional Develop-
ment Board.
Dowling Watford will serve
on the Okeechobee Develop-
ment Authority, Treasure Coast
Council of Local Governments
and Okeechobee Main Street.
In other business, the coun-
did not approve Ordinance
No. 877. Councilmen Watford
and Markham voted against the
ordinance. Council members
Noel Chandler and Clayton
Williams voted in favor of the
ordinance. Mayor Kirk broke the
tie with his vote against the ordi-
nance. Mr. Williams voted on
the ordinance because it was

See Council Page 2

Staff photo/Maria Chandler
County Judge Shirley Brennan (left) swore in council members James Kirk (center) and
Lydia Jean Williams (right) at Tuesday's meeting of the Okeechobee City Council. Mrs.
Williams is the first woman to serve on the Okeechobee City Council. Mr. Kirk was also elect-
ed by the council to serve as mayor for a two-year term.

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Mega Money
pot rolls over
matched the four winning num-
bers plus the Mega Ball in the Mega
Money game, meaning Friday's
jackpot will be worth $800,000, the
Florida Lottery said Wednesday.
Ten tickets won $936.50 for
picking 4-of-4; 76 tickets won
$270.00 for picking 3-of-4 plus the
Mega Ball number; 1,543 tickets
won $39.50 for picking 3-of-4;
2,224 tickets won $19.00 for pick-
ing 2-of-4 numbers plus the Mega
Ball; and 43,528 tickets won $2.00
for picking 2-of-4; 16,914 won
$2.50 for matching one number
plus the Mega Ball; 34,148 won a
free Quick Pick ticket for matching
the MegaBall.
The numbers drawn Tuesday
night were 1-12-15-27 and the
Mega Ball was 17.
FlIP trooper shot
during altercation
TAMPA A Florida Highway
Patrol trooper was shot during an
altercation with a suspect Wednes-
day morning, officials said.
Details on the trooper's injuries
were not immediately available. A
suspect was in custody, Bay News
9 reported.
The shooting occurred north of
Tampa near the Sulphur Springs
Tampa Police spokesman Joe
Durkin said details of the incident
were not immediately available.
Former officer
sentenced to prison
police officer was sentenced to five
years in prison for having sex with
five teenage girls, including four
participants in the Cape Coral
police explorer program.
John P. Murphy, 37, of Lehigh
Acres, pleaded guilty Tuesday to
five sex offenses during an emo-
tional hearing in which two of his
victims spoke out against him.
Circuit Judge Lynn Gerald Jr.
ordered Murphy to serve five years
of sex offender probation after his
release. Murphy could have faced
up to 75 years in prison if convicted
of the charges.
A jury deadlocked in March on
charges filed in 2001 against Mur-
phy, who was charged with sexual-
ly assaulting a 16-year-old girl at an
explorer camp in Charlotte County.
Another Cape Coral police offi-
cer, Daniel O'Hara, had been
charged with raping a former
explorer. O'Hara, 35, was found
dead in his garage of an apparent
suicide two days after he was
charged in July.

Ex-city manager
accused of spitting
EAGLE LAKE A city council
member in this small citrus belt
town has accused a former city
manager of not just saying it, but
spraying it.
Vice Mayor Dennis Pate said he
wants a new rule to prohibit spit-
ting at council meetings after he
accused former city manager
Linda Weldon of spitting at him fol-
lowing a meeting last month.
Weldon has denied that saliva
ever passed her lips.
The alleged spitting was preced-
ed by an argument between Pate
and Weldon over two minor
No report was filed with the
police department in the Polk
County community about 45 miles
east of Tampa.
Mother sues
over missing son
NAPLES The mother of a
teenager lost at sea more than a
year ago is suing the boat's pilot
and the other person aboard, her
ex-husband, accusing them of neg-
ligence in the boy's disappearance.
NeilAlan Eddleman, 13, and his
father, Neil Wayne Eddleman, 48,
were never found during an air-
and-sea search in the Gulf of Mexi-
co for their boat, the What's Left,
after they departed the Naples area
on a fishing trip on Oct. 17, 2003.
They remain missing.
Their damaged boat washed
ashore Nov. 3, 2003, at Cape
Canaveral, 450 miles from Naples
on the other side of state. The body
of boat pilot Gary Lee Lisk, 61, was
found on board. Lisk's autopsy list-
ed his cause of death as undeter-
mined because of advanced
decomposition, though a medical
examiner noted no evidence of

foul play.
The lawsuit, filed Dec. 22 in cir-
cuit court by Karen Eddleman, the
boy's mother, alleges that Lisk and
her ex-husband were negligent by
driving the boat in inclement
weather. The suit says the two
failed to protect her son while he
"was on the boat and unable to
escape when it experienced great
trauma at sea."
Nathan J. Adler, an attorney rep-
resenting the estate, could not be
reached Tuesday for comment on
the lawsuit, which seeks unspeci-
fied monetary damages.

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like bamboo. We even had new
dishes to match."
"Red Cross has helped us
tremendously with vouchers for
food, lodging and clothing," he
The unit the Knowles was liv-
ing in belonged to Mrs. Knowles'


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Authorities capture escaped

Hendry County jail inmate

LABELLE An escaped
Hendry County jail inmate who is
accused of killing a prominent
businessman while on the run
was captured early Wednesday,
authorities said.
James Robert Henderson, 19,
was arrested at about 4:30 a.m.
in Muse', in southern Hendry
County, after being cornered by
sheriff's deputies and officers
from the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement.
Henderson was charged with
escaping from jail last Thursday,
but he's expected to also be
charged with the slaying of hard-
ware store owner Daniel









mother Patricia Frances Bishop.
One of the other units in the build-
ing belonged to Mrs. Knowles'
grandmother Frances Collier. The
third unit belonged to Frances
Gilmore. The occupants of the
fourth unit were unknown as of
newspaper press time.
According to the Okeechobee
County Fire Rescue, they respond-
ed to an alarm at 4:33 a.m. on Jan.
2. They arrived at the scene at 4:39
a.m. and found heavy smoke and


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old business. It was his last act as
a member of the council because
Mrs. Williams no relation will
be taking his position on the
If the ordinance had passed
there would be a change in zon-
ing in the 200 block of N.E. Sec-
ond Street and Northeast Park
Street from heavy commercial to
central business district. The
property owners and applicants
are Christopher and Gail New-
discussed advertising Okee-
chobee Utility Authority (OUA)
appointments which expire on
Feb. 28, 2005, and establishing
guidelines for all citizen board
appointments. City Clerk Lane
Gamiotea will advertise the two
OUA board positions that become,
vacant on Feb. 28. Future vacan-
cies on the OUA board will be
advertised at least three months
prior to the expiration date.
approved the first reading of
Ordinance No. 878 on first read-
ing and scheduled Jan. 18, 2005,,
as the final public hearing date. If

Woosley, 39, at the victim's
LaBelle home.
Woosley lives about two miles
from the jail. He knew Hender-
son and had once taken the teen
into his home, Hendry County
Sheriff Ronnie Lee said.
Henderson walked away from
a work detail at the jail, where he
had been held since Sept. 30 on
two counts of auto theft.
A 14-year-old girl who ran
away from a youth shelter in Fort
Myers about 2 a.m. Friday was
believed to be with Henderson,
but her whereabouts were still
unknown, authorities said.

passed on its second reading, the
ordinance would eliminate cen-
tral business district (CBD) desig-
nation for new zoning applica-
Under CBD zoning a commer-
cial structure can consume up to
85 percent of the lot with no prop-
erty line setbacks, and up to 80
percent reduction in off street
Currently there is a moratori-
um on CBD applications.
made a motion that the city
will participate in the study with
the county regarding impact fees
and fund $27,260 to look at the
areas of transportation, law
enforcement, fire and storm
water management.
e approved the ratification of
an interlocal agreement with the
county pertaining to the 'Home
Again' funding program for post-
disaster housing rehabilitation.
approved the November
2004 warrant register in the
amount general fund
$256,977.47, industrial develop-
ment fund $228,522, capital proj-
ects (vehicles) $17,250 and public
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fire in two of the four apartments.
The fire was brought under con-
trol at 6:30 a.m. with the last unit
clearing the incident location at
10:01 a.m.
The property was valued at
$250,000 and the contents of the
villa had an estimated value of
$100,000. The home was declared
a total loss.
No one from the Okeechobee
County Fire/Rescue was available
for comment as of press time.

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Fred A. Leotta
Fred A. Leotta, age 75, of Okee-
chobee, died Tuesday, Jan. 04,
2005, at Raulerson Hospital. Mr.
Leotta was born June 17, 1929, in
Bronx, N.Y. to Anthony and
Frances Leotta. He was a file clerk
for Mead Westvaco before leaving
the Bronx for Okeechobee. Mr.
Leotta was a devout Catholic, he
played the organ, collected
seashells for special arts and
crafts and loved gardening (main-
Mr. Leotta is survived by: his
nephew, Anthony (Judy) McCar-
ron of New York, N.Y.; cousin,
Tommy of Massachusetts; friend,
Pat Puglia; and, many other close
Funeral mass will be held at 10
a.m., Friday, Jan. 7, at Sacred
Heart Catholic Church with Father
Hugh Duffy officiating. Interment
will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to Sacred Heart
Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth
Si., Okeechobee, Fla. 34974.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-

Lacy Roy Batton, Jr.
Lacy Roy Batton, Jr., age 61,
lovingly known as 'Butch' to
family and
friends, went
home on
wings of
mercy to be
with his Lord
on Sunday,
Dec. 26, 2004.
He peacefully
left this life on Lacy Roy
Sunday after- Batton, Jr:
noon, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Batton was born in Cum-
berland County, N.C., on Sept.
19, 1943. He was a member of
First Baptist Church of Okee-
chobee, where he lived for many.
years and attended Liberty Bap-
tist Church in Lanexa with his
mother. He graduated from
James Blair High School in
Williamsburg and attended
Louisburg Junior College, Louis-
burg, N.C.
After leaving school, he
worked and lived,in Williams-
burg. Since his teenage years, he
had worked during his time off
from school with his father in

Lacy Construction Company.
When the family moved the
business to .Florida, Lacy also
relocated to Florida and became
a partner in the company. At
times, he also had other busi-
ness interests, but remained
with the family business until it
closed. He worked for Thomas
Roofing Company in Newport
.News, Va. for several years and,
most recently, with Parklawn
Memorial Park in Hampton,
where he was a family service
counselor. Just prior to his
death, he had completed the
requirements of becoming a real
estate agent and was waiting for
his license to be issued.
Mr. Batton had a great love
for flying and earned his pilot's
license many years ago. He
enjoyed flying facts and trivia,
and he and his brother were
planning to attend yet another
air show in Florida in the spring
- a yearly tradition for them.
All arrangements are under
the direction and care of the
Bucktrout of Williamsburg
Funeral Home, 4124 Ironbound
Road, Williamsburg, Va. 23188.

Virgie Lee Scott
Virgie Lee Scott, age 86, of
Okeechobee, died Friday, Dec. 31,
2004, at Westminster Care of
Orlando in Orlando. She was born
Oct. 4, 1918, in Dothan, Ala., Mrs.
Scott, formerly of Fort Pierce, had
been a resident of Okeechobee for
35 years. She was a member of the
Woman of The Moose and her
hobbies were fishing and ham
radio. She was a member of Trea-
sure Island Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by
her first husband, William 'Bill'
Survivors include: her beloved
husband of 25 years, William Scott
of Okeechobee; son, Richard (Mar-
garet) Peterson of Orlando; nine
grandchildren; 11 great-grandchil-
dren; and, two sisters, Eva Bishop
of Sebring and Vernice Humphries
of Brevard, N.C.
Visitation will be at the Buxton
Funeral Home on Saturday, Jan. 8,
from 9 a.m. until funeral service
time at 11 a.m. Reverend Ken
Anstadt will officiate and interment
will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
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direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

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Hurricane Debris
"There are some mobile home parks here that have trash from
the hurricanes piled up several feet by their dumpsters. Whose job is
it to have the trash hauled off, and can the health department do any-
thing to make it get cleaned up? It makes the park look bad and it
appears that rodents and snakes will get into the decaying mess.
People weren't able to haul it all away themselves. Who is responsi-
ble? If the park owners are they need to take more pride in their
property." (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. We contacted Waste
Management and were told it is up to the owner of the park to con-
tact Waste Management about picking up the debris. Waste Man-
agement also told us they have an extensive list of such parks where
debris was not removed by the Department of Transportation. If the
park owner will contact Waste Management to see if their park is on
the list, Waste Management will be able to tell them when they can
be there to dean up the debris.)
"On 441 Southeast three horses tried to graze on food that is not
there, I'm not sure who owns these horses but they are in need of
food and water. Who can I call?" (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling.
You should call Okeechobee Animal Control at (863) 357-3225. If
you get the answering machine, please leave a message. We were
also told that if this is an emergency you can contact the Okee-
chobee County Sheriffs Office at (863) 763-3117. If the emergency is
in the city limits, contact the Okeechobee City Police Department at
(863) 763-5521.)

Community Events

OCRA board members to be elected
The first Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association (OCRA)
meeting of the new year will be Thursday, Jan. 6, at 7:30 p.m. The
meeting will be held at Teen Town. Everyone that was nominated
for the board of directors is expected to attend. Anyone who has
attended at least six regular monthly meetings or three consecutive
regular monthly meetings during the prior 12 months has the right to
vote. Votes will be cast for four officers and 10 members of the board
of directors. All OCRA meetings will be held the first Thursday of
each month at 7:30 p.m. Everyone over the age of 18 is invited. For
more information, contact Media Director Reverend Paul E. Jackson
Sr. at (863) 824-0899
Flotilla plans yard sale
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 57, in conjunction with the
Big "0" RV Resort, will be having a yard sale on Jan. 7 and 8 from 8
a.m. until 2 p.m. in front of the Recreation Center at the Big "0" RV
Resort, 7950 U.S. 78 W
Talk show looks back at '04
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday, Jan.
8, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at I and 6 p.m. on
WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be Joe Crankshaw,
news columnist with Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers.The topic
will be a look back at the good, the bad and the ugly of 2004, and a
look forward to the new year. For more information, call Joe Crank-
shaw at (772) 221-4181 or e-mail Joe.Crankshaw@scripps.com.
Quilt show planned
The ladies of the Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church are sponsoring
a quilt show on Saturday, Jan. 8, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the
Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Everyone is wel-
come. Door prizes will be given away.
Exotic plant program planned
A free program on exotic plants and how to control them will be
held Jan. 8 at the DuPuis Management Area from 9 a.m. until noon.
Fred Burkey, the program extension agent at IFAS/UF, will shed
some light on the foreign invaders. DuPuis is eight miles west of
Indiantown on the south side of Kanner Highway (S.R. 76). Go to
the visitors' center at Gate 5. For more information, call (800) 432-
2045, ext. 3339. Or, visit the DuPuis website at:
http://www.sfwmd.oov/org/clrrnlsd/dupindex. html
DAR meeting planned
The Okeechobee chapter DAR will meet at 10 a.m. on Jan. 8 at
the Oakview Baptist Church, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. They would like to
extend an invitation to women eligible for membership in NSDAR to
attend, from October through May. For more information call Ruth
Lawson, regent, at (863) 763-2494, or Bonnie Hill, vice regent, at
(772) 597-4235.

Crime Prevention

Florida law requires you to carry and exhibit, upon demand,
your driver's license.

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Looking Back ...
Pictures were frequently taken at funerals in previous years. Shown here at Rommy Chandler's (an infant) services are
his parents Sadie and Frank Chandler, his sister Betty Chandler, aunt Ida Chandler King, aunt Mamie Chandler Rauler-
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17th St., and we can copy them while you wait.

Upcoming Events

Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2
p.m. at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. If you need
more information, call Margaret Smith at 467-8020 or Janet
Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 9 until noon at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Insti-
tute), Social Security Death Index and military information
available. For information, call 763-6510 or 467-5261.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412
N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the
fellowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For more information, call
(863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1
p.m. at the Fat Boys Restaurant. All Kiwanis and the public are
welcome. For more information, contact Ray Worley at (863)
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W Fifth Street, is
open for blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more
information, call (863) 467-9360; .
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
Please join us or ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or
Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, everyone
is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence
and abusive relationships. The support groups are held every
Thursday at 6 p.m. For more information call (863) 763-2893,or
call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863)
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to, the
One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Represen-
tatives will be available there from 9 a.m. until noon. Free Adult
Basic Education/GED and English as a second language classes
will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will
meet from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. For information, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRA will
meet at 7:30 p.m. at Teen Town. Anyone interested may attend.
For more information, contact Frank Coker at (863) 467-1941.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family care-
givers, and is facilitated by Paula Baxley, M.S.W. of Hospice of
Okeechobee, and Laura Zel, L.C.S.W. of the Area Agency on
Aging. The meeting is from 2 until 3 p.m. at 411 S.E. Fourth St.
For more information or to reserve your place in the group, call
(863) 467-2321. Free respite care' is available for your loved one
while you are in group at Dunklin Assisted Living/Adult Day
Care, 407 N.W. Second Ave. For more information about
respite care, call Lou at (863) 763-4524. Ongoing Caregiver
Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the Area Agency on
Aging sponsor a caregiver support group that will meet starting
at 2pm. Anyone who is caring for and ill family member is wel-
come to join us. The group is facilitated by social workers and
provides a opportunity for caregivers to give one another sup-
port, information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice
at 411 S.E. Fourth St. Free care for your loved ones is available
at Dunklin Assisted Living/Day Care at 407 N.W. Second Ave.
For more information, call (863) 467-2321.

Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9:30 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The
public is invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach
to losing weight and becoming a part of a caring group are wel-
come to come and see what we are all about. For information,
contact Wanda Kubitz at (863) 357-3775, or Lisa Tatro at (863)
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their
dance every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring
Civic Center, located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in
Sebring. Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for guests. For
more information, call Fran at 382-6978 or Juana at 471-9795.
AA meeting from noon until 1 p.m., Church of Our Saviour.
This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m., Church of Our Saviour. This
is an open speaker meeting.

Thought for the Day

"Try not to become a man of success but
rather to become a man of value."

Albert Einstein (1879 1955)

Community Events

County spelling bee planned
The Okeechobee County spelling bee will be held on Monday,
Jan. 10, at 9:30 a.m. at South Elementary School. Students from Cen-
tral, Everglades, Seminole, North, South, Yearling, Osceola and Grace
Christian schools will be competing for the opportunity to represent
the county in West Palm Beach in February.
Hospice to elect officers
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold its annual meeting on Monday,
Jan. 10, at 5 p.m. The newly elected officers for the board of directors
will be inducted during the meeting. For more information, call (863)
Chamber meeting scheduled
A Chamber of Commerce general membership luncheon will be
held Jan. 12 beginning at noon at the Golden Corral. A special pres-
entation is planned.
Library hosts state history program
On Friday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. singer/storyteller/writer Judy Gail will
present her unique program on Florida's history at the Okeechobee
County Library. She will tell about the courageous men and women
who made the Sunshine State what it is today. Bring the family for an
entertaining and educational evening This free program is spon-
sored by a grant from the Fli',rida Hun-iarnrai7ies Cou ncil, and is open to
the public., ... I
Flotilla to host GPS workshop
The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 57 will be conducting a four-
hour Global Positioning System (GPS) workshop on Jan. 15, starting
at 1 p.m. Seating is limited so pre-registration is required. All interest-
ed persons should contact the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary at (863)
467-3085 to make reservations.
4-H plans fundraiser barbecue
Members of the Okeechobee County 4-H club will hold a
fundraiser barbecue on Jan. 17,from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Fresh-
man Campus. You can eat in, take out or deliveries will be available
from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The menu will include sliced pork,
coleslaw, baked beans, roll, cookie and a cold drink for a $6 dona-
tion. For delivery, call (863) 763-6469 in advance. Or, on the day of the
barbecue call (863) 634-3326 or (863) 634-3327.
AARP needs volunteer tax preparers
The AARP Tax aide program needs volunteers who have only one
wish, a willingness to effectively help others. We are looking for vol-
unteers who will work directly with people who need tax assistance,
with an emphasis on the tax laws affecting seniors. You will be
trained in basic tax preparations and work with experienced tax
counselors. Your commitment will be for a one week course, Jan.
17-21, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. given by an IRS certified instructor and
then a minimum of four hours per week, from Feb. 14 until April 15.
No specific educational or career background is required -'just your
willingness to give your time and effort to help others. For more infor-
mation, call Margaret Burns at (863) 357-2247 or e-mail
Library hosts programs on Broadway
Ian Nairnsey will present Broadway Blockbusters, the latest in his
Broadway musical series at the Okeechobee County Library. Mr.
Nairnsey, an expert on the music and lore of the Broadway musical
theater, will give his audience a glimpse into the hits of the Broadway
stage. These programs will be on the following Tuesday nights and
will begin at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room: "Phantom of the
Opera" Jan. 18; Walt Disney on Broadway Jan. 25; "Les Miser-
ables" Feb. 1; Current Broadway Scene Feb. 8; and, Cy Coleman -
Feb 15.
Red Cross needs DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part of
their Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a group of
trained volunteers who respond to local disasters such as structure
fires, floods, etc. If you would like to give of your time and talents to
help local citizens in a time of disaster, please contact Andy or Can-
dace at the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch by calling
(863) 763-2488.
Historical mug and book on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society now has mugs that have an
image of the old Okeechobee County Courthouse on two sides of
the mugs. You can purchase the cup with a paper telling some of the
history of the beautiful old building for $6. These are available at the
Chamber of Commerce. The Historical Society has reprinted the
small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of Okeechobee County Flori-
da" that sells for $4. It, too, is available at the Chamber of Commerce.
Both are also available at the Historical Museum, which is open each
Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. except for holidays.
Childbirth education classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be presenting the
January series of childbirth education classes at the Okeechobee
County Health Department. All pregnant women are encouraged to
attend the classes. For information, or to register for this informative
class, call the Healthy Start office at 462-5877. Every baby deserves a
healthy start.
Faith Farm Thrift store reopens
The Faith Farm Thrift Store, 1852 S.R. 70 W. has now reopened.
Store hours are from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday

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One diet does not 'fit all'

What's the number one New
Year's resolution in the United
States? That's not hard to guess.
Americans want to lose weight.
Since a third of Americans are so
overweight that it is a health haz-
ard, that resolution is understand-
Have you noticed the ads for
diet programs seem to be all over
the place this time of year? These
ads, featuring trimmed and toned
models, promise that you too can
lose unwanted pounds if you just
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weight loss. At best, those who
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which can make you jittery, cause
you to lose sleep, contribute to
dehydration and contribute to a
wide variety of health problems.
Exercise is a wonderful,thing.
The "miracle" exercise machines
promise you will lose inches. But
is the type of exercise the
machine requires right for you?
Do not make any changes in your
exercise routine or diet plan with-
out consulting your doctor. Stren-
uous exercise, without the proper
warm-up, can put too much
stress on your heart.
Every new year also brings
new "fad" diets. Some of these
are even endorsed by doctors.
The question you need to ask is,

has it been endorsed by your doc-
tor for your particular needs?
A few years ago, a low-carb,
high fat diet was prescribed for
some obese patients. That didn't
make it safe for everyone else.
Those patients were on the diet
under their doctor's supervision,
with regular tests for blood pres-
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following an extreme diet while
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have food allergies. Some people
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If losing weight is at the top of
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help you make sure -that you
chose a diet and exercise .plan
that is right for you.

Health Briefs

Free pregnancy
tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, is now available to
offer free pregnancy testing to girls
and women of all ages. We offer
free and confidential pregnancy
tests, peer counseling, referrals for
a free ultrasound, parenting classes
and abstinence education. Operat-
ing hours are from 10 a.m. until 5
p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays,
and from 1 until 5 p.m. on Tues-
days. We are located at 1505 S. Par-
rott Ave., across from the movie
theatre. We are going to start par-
enting classes in January so if you

would like more information on
this or set an appointment for a free
pregnancy test please call 763-

Childbirth education
classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start
Coalition will be presenting the
January series of childbirth educa-
tion classes at the Okeechobee
County Health Department. All
pregnant women are encouraged
to attend the classes. For informa-
tion, or to register for this informa-
tive class, call the Healthy Start
office at 462-5877. Every baby
deserves a healthy start.

Free memory
screenings offered
On Jan. 28, free memory loss
screenings will be held at the Visit-
ing Nurse Association of Florida,
Inc. (VNA), from 11 a.m. until 2:30
p.m. The VNA is located at 208 S.E.
Park St. in Okeechobee. The
screenings are being offered by the
Alzheimer's Association and the
Memory Disorder Center at St.
Mary's Hospital. For more informa-
tion, call Donna True, licensed clin-
ical social worker, at (800) 861-
7826, or (772) 344-6047. Please call
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best defensive player won't be
around for the Urban Meyer.
Linebacker Channing Crow-
der said Wednesday he will
forgo 'his final two years of eli-
gibility and enter the NFL draft.-
.The 6-foot-3, 245-pound
sophomore from Atlanta was
third on the team in tackles last
season with 73 despite missing
three games with a sprained
arch in his right foot. He fin-
ished his. career with 179 tack-
les, including 13 1/2 for a.loss.
He also -had two sacks,
.three fumble recoveries, two
forced fumbles and one inter-

"This has been a very diffi-
cuLIl -ecisio:,n for me to make,"
said Crowder, who led the
nation in tackles by a freshman
with 106 in 2003. "I felt like it
was best for me and my family
to pursue a professional
Crowder joins running back
Ciatrick Fason. as the team's
lone early draft entries. Fason,
'.' ho has a wife and two chil-
dren, announced he was turn-
ing pro in mid-December.
Uirnderclassrrienr have until
Jan. 15 to declare for draft and
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Sports Briefs

Youth basketball
sign ups under way
Sign-ups for the Okeechobee
County Parks and Recreation's
',ouih Baskeiball League will be
held Monday through Friday
from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at 309
N.W. Second St.
The cost is $25 per child..
Sign ups will end Friday,
Jan.7, 2005.
The league wil consist of
three age groups: 14 and under;
12 and under; and, 10 and under.
Parents will need to present a
copy of the participant's birth
certificate.at time of registration.
Participant's age as of March 15,
2005, determines the age group.
Games are played locally --
primarily at the Yearling Middle
School gym -- and are sched-,
uled to begin Saturday, Jan. 22.
Sponsors, coaches and volun-
teers are needed. -. '
For more information, call
(863) 763-6950.

OCAto host
fishing tourney
The Okeechobee Contractors.
Association (OCA) will hold their
third annual fishing tournament
on Saturday, Jan. 22, from safe
daylight until 3 p.m. at the Scott.
'Driver Boat Ramp, across from.
Okee-Tantie Campground and
All proceeds go toward youth'
oriented projects.
For more information, con-
tact John O'Connell at 634-7446,
or Tony Stark at 186.3 ) 467-0541.

BLNB tourney
aids March of Dimes
Big Lake National Bank will
sponsor its third annual bass
tournament to benefit the March
of Dimes on Saturday, Jan. 29.
Tournament hours will be
safe light until 3 p.m. The tour-

rnament will be fished out of the
Okee-Tantie Marina.
The entry fee is $ 110 per two-
man boat. Based on a field of
100 boats, first place will pay
$3,000: second place $1,500,
third place $750; fourth place
$500 and fifth place $250. There
will also be a biggest fish award
of $1,000, also based on a 100
boat field. A smaller field will
result in lower, prorated payouts
with 60 percent of the entry fees
being returned as prize money.
Advance registration closes
on Jan. 26. Entries will be taken
on the morning of the tourna-
ment, but must be paid in cash
For more information, con-
tact Kathleen Shatto at (863)
467-4663, ext. 1820.

OCRA sign ups
to start Jan. 29
The 2005 Okeechobee Citi-
zens Recreational Association
(O.C.R.A.) will be starting soon
and baseball and softball sign-
ups will be held at Teen Town on
Saturday, Jan. 29, from 9 a.m.
until 3 p.m. Registrations will
also be held Feb. 5, 12 and 19
from 9 a.m. until 3 p.rn'.
Feb. 19 will be the last day for
sign-ups. Anyone signing up
after that date will be placed on
a waiting list.
A birth certificate for proof of
age will be required. League
ages lor the 2005 season are:
baseball: Tee-ball- 5 and 6 years
old; rookie 7 and 8 years old;.
AA-A- 9 and 10 years old; Majors-
II and 12 years old; and, Dixie
Boys 13 and 14 years old. Soft-
ball: Darlings 7 and 8 years old:
Angels- 9 and 10 years old; Pony-
tails- 11 and 12 years old; Belles-
13, 14 and 15 years old; and
Debs -18 and under. The official
playing age of all children \% ill be
determined by their age on July
.31, 2004, for baseball and May

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at (863) 824-0899 or Treasurer
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Kids' casting
event plaillted
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
and Okeechobee Marine Center
will hold a Bassmasster Casting
Kid's Competition on Sunday,

Jan. 3,,, trom 10 a m. until 2 p.m.
This free ei ent will be held at the
Okeechrcbee Marine Center,
1552 Li.S 78 West, and is open to
girls and bo.s in Rk-o age groups
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Winners in each age group,
will receive a medal and a rod
,:ind ieel winnerss will advance
to the state competition. State
winners then advance to the
semi-finals and potentially the
National Bassmaster Casting
Kid's Championship for a share
of over $20,000) in scholarships.
Additionally, each contestant
at the local competition \\ill
receive a certificate of participa-
lion, plus free hot dogs and a soft
diirink courtesy of Okeechobee
MarineCenttr .
A parent or guardian must
accompany the child.

Ted Schiff, M.D. and the professional staff at
Water's Edge Dermatology will treat you with all
the care and expertise you expect.
Adult and Pediatric Dermatology
Diseases of the Skin, Hair and Nails
* Surgery of the Skin, Skin Cancer Treatment
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New patients are welcome.
Medicare and most insurance accepted.

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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Dec. 31,
through Thursday, Jan. 6, are as
Theatre I "Meet the Fockers"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre II "Lemony Snickets"
(PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre III "Spanglish" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For more information, call
(863) 763-7202.

Wildlife Center
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife
adventure birthday party at
Arnold's Wildlife Center. You can
invite up to 20 friends to join you
for a wildlife adventure tour,
hands on animal encounter,
games and a special craft for
everyone to make. For more
information on cost and reserva-
tions, call 763-4630.
VA vans are
running daily
Okeechobee County has
increased the days the VA vans
transport veterans to the West
Palm Beach VA Medical Center.
The VA vans are now running
Monday through Friday. All veter-
ans needing a ride to the VA Med-
ical Center should call the County
Veterans Service Officer at (863)
763-8124, several days ahead of
time and provide name, last four
of social security number, date
and time of appointment and
whether a wheelchair/scooter lift
is needed. All appointments must
be before noon. If there are any
questions, please contact Betsy
Grinslade, the county veterans'
service officer.
Free pregnancy
tests are offered
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, offers free pregnan-
cy testing to girls and women of
all ages. We offer free and confi-
dential pregnancy tests, peer
counseling, referrals for a free
ultrasound, parenting classes,
and abstinence education. Oper-
ating hours are from 10 a.m. until
4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thurs-
days. We are located at 1505 S.
Parrott Ave., across from the
movie theatre. For more informa-
tion or appointments call 763-
Free parenting
classes offered
Free six-week parenting class-
es for parents of young children
are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at
the Pregnancy Resource Center,
1505 S. Parrott Ave. Topics
include discipline a family affair,
birth to eight months infants,
eight to eighteen months the tod-
dler, 18 to 36 months terrific
Stwos, three year olds, and
uncommon sense. Each week
parents "earn" baby bucks to
purchase items for their baby at
the Center's Baby Boutique.
Childcare is not provided, howev-
er infants in carriers are wel-
come. For details call 763-8859 or
American Red Cross
needs more volunteers
The American Red Cross is
looking for nurses and Action
Team Volunteers to be a part of
our Disaster Action Team (DAT).
DAT is made up of a group of
trained volunteers who respond
to local disasters. If you would
like to give of your time and tal-
ents to help local citizens in time
of disaster, please call Andy or

Candace at the American Red
Cross-Okeechobee branch at
(863) 763-2488.
Subsidized childcare
enrollment underway
The Okeechobee County
School Readiness Coalition is cur-
rently enrolling eligible children
into subsidized childcare. The
program is currently serving chil-
dren age birth to kindergarten
age. Both parents must be work-
ing or attending some type of
school or training. There is an
income limit based on family
size. Please call 1-(866) 273-6340
to be placed on the waiting list.


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Auctions 105
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Special Notices 155
90 Numbers 160

Older man needs a ride
from Fort Drum to town
at least once a month.

Female, Please call
to identify

White found in
Plates Bluff

BLACK LAB, Neutered Male,
Viking Area. Just moved
here, children heart brok-
en. If found please call
863-763-3134 ext. 242

CAT black & white neutered
male. On medication. Ap-
prox. 18-20 Ibs. Call

CAT pure light orange. Ap-
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Call (863)675-3256.

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

Small chocolate Point Neu,
tered Male lost 12/23/04

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

with 6 55 gal. drums &
steps. (863)357-1775,
Buckhead Ridge.

Free to good home: 2 Tiger
w/white kittens, 4V2 mos.
old, male, wormed.

Free to good home: 9 pup-
pies, 7 wks. old ready to
go, pit bull & red nose.

HAMSTERS- (3), 1 to 1V
mo old, to good home
only, (863)357-0346 Tina,
cal times 11am-10pm.

12x45 2bd/rm must

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

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

please fax resume' to
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restoration & repair-
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For Growing
Construction Company.
Experience a MIST.
Benefit Package.
(863)467-0831 D/F/W/P
Needed for new restaurant.
High starting salary.
Fax application/resumes
to (863)763-9019.
Needed: Wed.- Sat. Nights
Call 863-763-9983 or
Apply in person @
105 hwy. 98 N.
after 2pm.
Server &
Hostess Needed
1111 SParrottAve.
Clock Restaurant
B w/tanker & hazmat
endorsement, clean
driving record re-
quired EDE.
Experienced Cook/
Dishwasher, Drug Free
Environment, mUst apply
in person at Pat's Lakeside
Cafe, 2117 Hwy 441 SE
across from Pier 2.

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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
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then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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be hard working & be
able to do heavy lifting.
Apply in person:
3157 Hwy 441 N.
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Must be Bilingual.
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Lykes Citrus Management at its Brighton
Grove has openings for an Equipment Opera-
tor; this position involves operating and ser-.
vicing equipment; performing hand labor as
needed. Grove Laborer; this position involves
repair to drip irrigation systems and perform-
ing weed and vine removal; hand tasks as
Lykes offers a competitive wage and benefit
package. Interested applicants should come
to the office listed below between 8:00 A.M.-
4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.
Southern Operating Division
106 S.W.C.R. 721
Okeechobee, FL 33974
Call 863-763-3041 for directions
Affirmative Action Employer
A Drug Free Workplace Company M/F/D
Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Hiring Citrus Packers
SunBrite Citrus Inc.
Orange Avenue
miles west of 1-95
Fort Pierce, FL.
Special Incentives
for Tangerines
Will to Train

Must have excellent phone
skills. Collections experi-
ence a plus. Fax resume
to: 863-357-6737.

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PT Maintenance Help
at local RV Park.

w/20 yrs. exp. & ref. is
avail. 7 days wk. in your
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Wood Burning, exc. cond.,
$450. (863)675-4858

BED- matching dresser w/
mirror, $450. Other an-
tiques, (863)763-4982.

only 6 times, excellent
condition, $45. (863)467-

FREEZER- Small, 6 cubic',
good condition, $125,

side white 23.6 cu. ft. w/
ice maker/dispenser $350
(863)763-1884 aft.4pm

white, $60, (863)675-

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

STOVE- white, electric,
works fine $25,

pool, heavy duty, super
capacity +, $225.


BIKE, Whizzer, Moterized
w/120 mis. Like new cond.
$1500 (863)467-2491

vent, dbl/drs, insulated
r,:,,, : 6 ,.,X i7 2 inX 4"h
111 ri 86s : 5 4-37.3t60l

FING- 28 sheets, used,
13'1X 32"w, U haul, $150
PANELING, 4 Sheets,
Insulated, Snap & Lock.
3"Thick, 4x16' Pd. $1083.
$1000 neg. 863-357-1821
SCREEN New Enclosures. 3
rolls charcoal sun guard.
Ea. roll 72"x100' $829.57

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

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

Hewlett Packard- Approx 8
mo old, Little use, Paid
$950, asking $300,

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

loveseat & over stuffed
- chair, fair condition, $150,
BR SET, incl. dresser, nites-
tand, full size bed, no
mold, $250. (863)467-
COUCH-'9, scotch guard,
exc cond, $165,

Good mattresses
Dining Room Table, w/4
chairs & 2 leaves, solid
wood, good cond., $275
neg. (863)357-2233
Chairs, Light wood, Broy-
hill, Fontana. Like new!
$400. (863)763-4982
w/ 6 chairs & server.
Excellent condition. $225
DRESSER dbl. white tall
chest & desk w/hutch &
chair $400 for all

Full Time 201

DRESSER, w/full mirror,
chest of drawers, 2 nite
stands, light almond w/
gold trim, $250.

Entertainment Center
Broyhill, (Fontana). Light
wood. Like new. $400 best
offer. 863-763-4982.
& Dresser
Good cond. $500
Call (863)357-1522
LOVE SEAT brown & white,
walnut trim. $30. Call

King size, with individual
$50, (863)612-0974.
CHAIR, neutral print, no
mold, $250. (863)467-
SOFA full size, solid oak &
beige corduroy. $75. Call

TV 19 inch ;
* 4 head VCR with remote

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

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

SHOT GUN, Mossberg, 410
gage. Single shot. Excel-
lent condition. $155.
30-06 w/four power Bush-
nell scope. Like new. $450
(863)467-9506 '

Body by Jake Ab & Buns
Buster, $50 or trade for
good exercise bike.
netting enclosure, good
cond, Asking $500,
(863)357-6825 .
Michael Thumond's 6-wk.
body makeover, NIB sup-
port videos, $125

Large 3 way lamp
All for $25.
Mahogany, Formica,
Top and Bottom,
$150, (863)467-3645.
Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:

used 1 time

AIR HANDLER with heater,
Tiane, 220V, 2.5 ton ca-
pacity, $100. Call
Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:
PORTABIKE, made in Italy,
foldable, great for travel-
ers, $60. (440)622-5989

PUMP/SPRAYER, 25 galon,
12V, for 4 wheeler, $65.

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

I- Spca Noi

Tubeworks RT 2100-ES
DRUM SET- 6pc, all wood
finish, excellent condition,
all accessories, $250 neg.
(239)410-8799 Iv msg.

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

w/rolls, exc. cond.

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

6 weeks old
female $40
CAT Free to a good home
or (863)634-6596

LAB MIX, Male, 1 V2 yrs. old.
Loveable & Friendly. $50
To good home only.
LOVEBIRDS, (2), with cage,
$50. (863)357-0232

female, ready to go, $30
each. (863)763-4566.

SADDLES West./Eng.
$290. harness $50. 2
carts $1,000. sprd.
$850 (863)824-0522
old, AKC reg., 1 female, 1
male, $695. Call (561)

full size, like new. Cost
$800 selling for $100.

HOT TUB Hydro Spa tub w/
7 digital system 7V
square w/4 seats $2500

PONTOON Boat tri. 18-22"
Galvanized Boxed con-
struction, Single Axle,
$995 (863)467-8629

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

W6 10", & a Bandpass
Box $200, (863)697-
STEREO, Console w/record
player, 8 track and Radio.
orks well. Good cond.
$50 neg. (863)763-1782

TV (2)
Philco 29", Sanyo 32"
colored w/remote. $350 or
will sep. (863)763-9135
TV VCR-COLOR w/remote
RCA13" & toshiba 19" w/
remote $175

14 hp Kohler Engine.
30 gallon tank. $1100


I S e i

BOAT COVER- Waterproof,
fits up to 22', $75,

new, 46 lb. thrust, $200.

HONDA 1982 mint condi-
tion. Runs & looks great.
$1000 or best offer. Call

I. Spca oic

WANTED BUY Propane gas/
electric refrigerator for
camper please call
(863)467-2423 after 5pm



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed 'Products 81)
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 86')
Seeds Plants.
Flowers R65

HORSES 2 Mare's Incl.
Cackle, Tamed, 1/
horse bay. $2000
KETS- 2 canvas & cotton,
camo 72" new $60, will
separate, (863)763-0981.

Missouri Fox Trotters, Fully
trained wonderfully gated,
western trail horses. 3 four
yr old mares, 1 four yr
gelding, $1400. each. neg.
1 six year stallion Beauti-
ful, $3,000; 1 awesome
9yr Mare. $2,200; 1 10yr
awesome Mare. $22,000;
1 16 yrs Tennessee Walk-
er $1,000. All healthy &
ready for a holiday ride.
561-723-2414 or 561-

dles $190, Meadowbrook
cart $900 manure spread-
er $750 (863)824-0522

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

Apt., Located just 12 mi.
North of Okee., 2BR/1BA,
$435/mo., 1st & sec.,
No Pets. (863)467-1717.

Okeechobee City 1 Br/1Ba
Duplex. $500 mo. + 1st.,
last & sec. No pets. Non
Smk. Env. 863-467-5203

OKEECHOBEE- Waterfront
1BR & 3BR, 2BA
weekly, seasonal, yearly
doublewide, on Taylor
Creek Isles, furnished w/
family rm & boat dock, No
pets, Seasonal or
?,(954)587-2644 or 260-
1933 1st & last + securi-

Medical Office Space
For Lease, needs build out
completed. Approx. 2000
sq ft, located on 441 N.,
close to hospital, For
information 467-0831.


Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property. Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1i35
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 080

CBS House for sale- 3BR,
2BA, large master suite w/
french doors out to 34'
patio, open floor plan w/
french doors off LR to pat-
io, all appi incid, gas stove
& hot water heater& dryer,
1600 sq ft living space w/
oversized 2 car garage, 1
mi from 710 & 70,1 block
from elem school, 1 yr old,

144 Builders lots/30 re-
maining in Moore
Haven next to the riv-
er. Builders/Investors
dream. 10 CBS
Homes currently un-
der construction. Pre-
construction dis-
counts. Lots start at
$16,999. Buy before
next price increase.

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

Bank financing avail.
Jacobson Realty at
For this & other proper-
ties www.jacobson

PARK! Equestrian/
Investment $195,000 firm
Coastal Realty &
Management Inc.

55 & older RV condo park,
great Moore Haven loca-
tion. Own your own site
near some of the worlds
best fishing full pad, full
hook up. Beautifully main-
tained park with great
swimming pool & club
house facilities. All sites
are priced for quick sale!
Call Jay for info.
HALF ACRE Spot in the Sun.
$25,000 or best offer
(863)763-6930 or

Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
AB 11 AU 237


Boats 3005
Campers RVs 3010
Jet Skiis .3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles ".0311
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3'0:r5

Approx. 18'
Motor & Trailer.
$2500 (239)784-9118
BASSBOAT 20' Pearl Craft
equipped 200 HP Yamaha
w/trl. (863)467-4892 or
FIBERGLASS- 14', electric
start, 30hp, $950,
(863)763-8352 Leave
Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:

CAMPER, '95- Dutchman,
needs new home, in adult
fishing camp, $7000

home 28 ft. all the exm, ..
Needs very little good
shape. 454, V8, Awnings
all around $5,500.

Minn-kota, Runs good. $50.

Kota 40lb., Bow mount,
excellent condition, $135,

BHR 2BR/2BA Doublewide,
yearly lease, no pets,
$550 rent, $1000 sec.
Nice 3BR/1.5BA,
$500/month. $500 deposit
No pets. 863-763-6232.

AC, W/D, 10 acres of land,
paved road, $895, 1st, 1st,
Sec Dep. (863)610-1171.

Kota 40lb., Power Drive,
excellent condition, $135,

The South Florida Water Management District will receive sealed bids
through the Procurement Office, 2nd Floor, B-1 Bldg., 3301 Gun Club
Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33406, for Loxahatc ee Slough Resto-
ration, Palm Beach County, FL on Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at
2:30 p.m. local time, at which timely submitted bids will be opened and
publicly read. This project involves the construction & installation of two
60' culverts under Northlake Boulevard in Northeast Palm Beach County,
using the jack & bore method. The culvert outflow will meander through a
channel (which will also be a component of this contract), connecting to
culverts on Beeline Highway, & the C-18 canal. An OPTIONAL pre-bid
conference will be held on Monday, January 10, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. on-
site at the intersection of Northlake Boulevard & Beeline Highway. For di-
rections call (561) 682-2813. A site visit will immediately fallow.
All bids must conform to the instructions in the Request for Bidders
(RFB). Interested respondents may obtain a copy of the complete RFB
by downloading it for free from our website www.sfwmd.gov, by pur-
chasing a set for $80.00 at the above address, by calling (561) 682-
6391, or by calling the 24-hour BID HOTLINE 800-472-5290. The pub-
lic is invited to attend the bid opening. Information on the status of this
solicitation can be obtained at our web site www.sfwmd.gov.
544660 ON/CGS 1/6/05

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

RV TRL. 24' Yellowstone,
Sleeps 6 fair cond. $1700
or best offer (863)824-


Automobiles 40i5
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 40i5
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4(i45
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 1055
Tractor Trailers 10l60
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 1070

'86, runs good,$800,

'86, 4X4, runs good,
1997, Excellent condition.
Auto, power windows.
$5,500 863-946-1382.
FORD F250- '85, Diesel,
4x4, runs good, $2200 or
trade, has gooseneck
.hook up (863)697-9704.


BIk. 5 spd. 70k mi. $3300
Won't last, call now!

FORD SHO-'97, Black, 4dr,
V8, auto, A/C, CD, runs
great, $8500, or best offer,
'94,4 Dr., V6, Auto. Runs,
nice. $1000.
HONDA CRX 1991 2 door
automatic, Runs excellent.
$2500. (863)357-1805.

Signature Series, All pwr.
Exc. cond. New tires. $3500.
/best offer. 863-801-1363
red, blue book $5,200,
asking $4,000. (863)763-
Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:
limited air, sunroof, CD,
5 spd. $9000
Toyota Corolla, '92, 4dr,
auto, 30 miles to the gal.,
looks & runs exc. $1000.

4wh dr good
woods buggy w/parts $450

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

BEDLINER for Ford Ranger
6' bed 1997 & tool box
incl. $200 or best offer.
Call (863)467-0987.
350 Olds V8 (not 307), re-
built auto trans $800 will
separate, (863)467-8856.


Don't Sweat It!
Even if you've had credit problems in the past,
the Wallace Automotive Group can help put
you on the good credit highway today!

Call Ray at the Wallace Credit Hotline
for your confidential pre-approval
Toll Free 1-866-217-2800


Custom Air Dam w/driving
lights for 95-99 Chevy
GMC P/U/SUV. New. $75.

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

White, Exc. cond. Fits Newer
Ford 61/2 ft. bed. $400.
863-634-6099 After 4pm

HITCH, Reese, 5th Wheel
Easy Slide, 15 K lb. cap.
w/mounting rails. $325
772-285-8405 Okeechobee

TOW BAR- For Ford Ranger
truck, $30, neg.,
S863)467-5467. Ask for
ob or Lv msg.

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

long wheel base dually,
very good shape $1000

'94 CHEVY S-10,
4.3L, A/C, Runs good,

Chevy Pick Up, '92
4x4, V-8 350 engine, auto
trans., a/c, good condition.
$4,000 or best offer.
7-5, Mon-Fri.

GMC 1973 PU
for parts. Titled,
good tires $200.
Call 239-357-5984

Florida Line. Fits all Chevy
trucks '99-'03. Metallic

gray. $450. Call

dual axle 16-6

HITCH, Reese, 5th Wheel
Easy Slide, 15 K lb. cap.
w/mounting rails. $325
772-285-8405 Okeechobee

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

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Treasure Coast Educators
Coalition Meeting
A Treasure Coast Educators Coalition
meeting will tie held on Thursday,
January 13, 2005, at the St. Lucre
County School Board located at
4204 Okeechobee Boulevard,
Orange Blossom Mail, Ft. Pierce,
Floda. The Superintendent of
Schools and Okeechobee County
School Board members will be in
attendance. The purpose of the
meeting Is to discuss legislative
and educational issues affecting
the member counties.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
544524 ON 1/6/05

[Automobiles 4005]


I Automobiles

no damage w/hurricanes,
$214,900, Call Dee at
863)467-7751 or
863)447-0496 for walk
through. Open House Jan
8th, 9am-1pm.

New 3BR/2BA CBS 1100
sq. ft. home on 1/4 acre,
apple's incl., $120,000.

RIM CANAL, 2 Br., 2 Ba
w/Garage & 500 Sq. Ft.
Cedar Lined Rec Rm. w/
10x20 indoor heated pool.
Ready to move in. Call for
list off all new items.
Willing to accept
Hurricane Damaged
Property in Trade.
$163,000. 772-597-6158
or 954-801-6158


10 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, January 6, 2005

Opening of veterans cemetery delayed
BOYNTON BEACH A vet- Beach sits on wetlands that are military veterans in the 10-
erans' cemetery designated for home to an endangered county area the cemetery is
a 313-acre site in Palm Beach species, the wood stork. expected to draw from, most of
County will not open until late The U.S. Department of Vet- them World War II soldiers and
2005 or early 2006 at the earli- erans Affairs purchased the sailors in their 80s.
est, officials said. land for $11.2 million in 2002, "Our anticipation, if every-
Construction has yet to predicting back then that it thing goes as it should and the
begin on the cemetery, which could open as early as mid- permits do come into place as
would be the first of its kind in 2004. Currently, the nearest vet- they should, I'd still like to be
South Florida. Delays have erans' cemetery is in Bushnell, under construction by
been blamed on the summer's about 240 miles away in central midyear," said project manager
four hurricanes and concerns Florida. Richard Kollar of the National
that the land west of Boynton There are nearly 500,000 Cemetery Administration.

Service Club Briefs

American Legion
Post #64
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and spe-
cials. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
and Friday from 11 a.m. until 2
p.m.; Wednesday, tacos served
from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Satur-
day from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.;
Sunday from 1 until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday evenings beginning at 7
p.m., for members and guests.
Second Wednesday of each
month is our birthday party start-
ing at 4 p.m.; bring a covered
Third Sunday of each month
we have a ribeye steak dinner
with Sons of the American Legion
from 3 until 6 p.m.
The Legion lounge opens
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Wednesday: tacos and mar-
garitas from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Entertainment in our lounge
every Saturday night starting at 4
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. for a $6
donation. Karaoke by Bruce will
be from 7 pnm. until?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday
through Thursday.
Our monthly birthday party
on the second Wednesday starts
at 4 p.m. Entertainment will be by
Janet Certain bring a covered
e Euchre will be on Monday
and Wednesday from 6 p.m.
Everyone is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St.
For information, call (863) '763-

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528,2002 U.S. 78W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members
are available. Call Ray Disney at
357-2138, or Don South at 763-
Saturday, Feb. 5; special elec-
tion of officers will be held start-
ing at 10 a.m.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.;
food will be available for a dona-
tion. Music by Jimmy Harper will
start at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until ?; food will be avail-
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $10 dona-
tion. Music will be by Jimmy
Every first and third Thurs-
day: Auxiliary at 4 p.m.; Aeries at
Every first and third Sunday:
breakfast from 9 until 11 a.m. for
$4 donation.
For the other Saturdays and
Sunday of the month call the
lodge for the menu at (863) 763-

Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
(863) 763-6580.
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regu-
lar meeting.
Wednesday: bingo will be at
7 p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from
2 p.m. until ?

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Rich Sweet
at (863) 824-0262, or Kip Gardner
at (863) 357-0427.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W in Buckhead Ridge.
Bingo: Tuesdays starting at
12:30 p.m. Lunch is available.
Every Wednesday: Italian
dinner and another entree, from 5
until 7:15 p.m.
Every Thursday: karaoke
from 7 until 10 p.m.
Every Friday and Saturday
night there will be music for danc-
ing starting at 7:30 p.m. until ? Call
the lodge to see who is playing.
Each Sunday morning
breakfast is served from 8 until
10:15 a.m.

Moose Family
Center #1753
Located at 159 N.W. 36th St. in
Okeechobee. For information,
call the Lodge at (863) 763-4954
or Norm at (863) 763-1550.
Every Thursday: bar bingo at
1 p.m. .25 using paper sheets,
bring your dauber. (members
The patio is now open every
day from noon until 8 p.m.
Every Saturday at 1 p.m.
Moose races and dinner served at
3 p.m. on the Jan. 7 -roast beef;
Jan. 15 -hot dogs and chili; Jan. 22
-Italian dinner; and Jan. 29 -pizza
Sunday Jan. 16: special hog
roast at 2 p.m. for a $4 donation
with music by Prime Time Coun-
Sunday: Jan. 23 and 28th
music by Donnie Martin.
Sunday, Jan,,9: district meet-
ing at Jensen Beach.
Tuesday, Jan. 11: WOTM
chapter enrollment at 8 p.m.
Next LOOM meeting for all
members will be Wednesday,
Jan. 12, at 8 p.m.
Jan. 12: WOTM pep dinner
and social at the Clock Restau-
Jan. 19: legion meeting at
7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 25: business
meeting at 8 p.m.

Stop by and visit and watch
our progress as construction has

Shrine Club
Bingo will resume as soon as
the damage that the building sus-
tained from the hurricanes has
been repaired. For more informa-
tion, call (873) 763-3378.

VFW Post #4423
Every Wednesday: karaoke
will be by Sandoone from 5 until 9
washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 12:30. Everyone is wel-
Every Friday bingo starts at 1
p.m. for members and guests.
Saturday breakfast is from 8
until 11 a.m., and will be followed
by .25-cent bingo at 1 p.m.
Every Saturday night the
Triple H Band will play from 5
until 9 p.m. Every Sunday, dinner
will be served from 2 until 5 p.m.

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead
Ridge. For more information call
(863) 467-2882. Post hours are
from noon until 8 p.m., Monday
through Sunday.
Wednesday Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, call for more information.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m.; lunch will be avail-
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
Post meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturday of
the month beginning at 10 a.m.
Commander Don South is avail-
able at (863) 467-2882.

VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Wednesday from 10
a.m. until 8 p.m.; Thursday, 10
a.m. until 10 p.m.; Friday and Sat-
urday, 10 a.m. until 11 p.m., or
later; and Sunday, 1 until 8 p.m.
Happy hour is from 4 until 6
p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Dinner is served at 5 p.m. on
Tuesday evenings.
Bar bingo will start at 12:45
p.m. every Wednesday. Lunch
will be available.
Singles darts every Wednes-
day at 7 p.m.
Cafeteria open from 5 until 8
p.m. every Thursday night.
Friday at 7 p.m. there will be
live music and dancing.
On Saturday, hotdogs with
kraut are served at noon.
Saturday dart doubles begin
at 7 p.m.

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In the Military

Joshua D. Brought Gulf, while assigned to the guid- ongoing operations in the global
ed missile cruiser USS Vicks- war on terrorism.
(FHTNC)-Navy Petty Officer burg, homeported in Mayport, Cruisers like the USS Vicks-
2nd Class Joshua D. Brough, a Fla.
1999 graduate of Okeechobee Brough is one of more than burg are multi-mission surface
High School, Okeechobee, and 7,600 Sailors and Marines combatants equipped with Tom-
his fellow shipmates recently aboard the ships of the USS John ahawk cruise missiles, giving
returned from a routine sched- F. Kennedy carrier strike group them additional long-range
uled deployment to the Arabian deployed to carry out America's strike capability.

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