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Crash victims
still hospitalized
Some victims in last week's
single-car accident on U.S. 441
N. are still listed as being in criti-
cal condition in area hospitals.
Heriberto Rojas is still in crit-
ical condition at Holmes
Regional Hospital in Mel-
Family spokesperson Dylan
Tedders said the 18-year-old is
not conscious, "... but is
responding to touch and to
people entering his room."
Anna Dunson was released
from Holmes Regional Hospital
and is recuperating in Okee-
Cecilia Rodriguez is in seri-
ous condition at St. Mary's Hos-
pital in West Palm Beach.
"Cecilia is getting better a lit-
tle more each day, but will be in
the hospital for a long time,"
stated her mother Maria
Information on Amanda
Vlkojan was not available as of
newspaper press time.
Battle re-enactment
has been postponed
The fifth annual Okee-
chobee Battlefield Re-enact-
ment has been postponed until
further notice.
Your patience, understand-
ing and support is greatly
appreciated while many are
working diligently on the acqui-
sition of the Okeechobee Bat-
The site of the Battle of
Okeechobee, fought on Christ-
mas Day in 1837, is greatly
endangered due to encroach-
ing development. Acquiring a
remaining portion of the origi-
nal battlefield site for preserva-
tion is of utmost importance.


Couple receive
powerboat awards
An Okeechobee couple
received Certificates of Achieve-
ment at the annual meeting of
the Powerboat Superleague
tour recently held in Red Top
Mountain, Ga.
Jeff Reno finished ninth
overall in the very competitive
FORMULA 2 class during the
2004 season. He raced against
38 drivers from 14 states and
Canada. Reno, a 15-year veter-
an in tunnel boat racing, won
his first heat this year in Pitts-
burgh, Pa. In 2003, he was
selected as the crew person of
the year by his fellow competi-
tors. "
Sports, Page 8

Drought Index
Current: 499
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.82 feet

Lake level 4 .'
Last Year:
15.41 feet
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District.' Depth given in
feet above sea level.)


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War Birds: Rekindle memories for veterans

Staff photos/Pete Gawda
Sam Adams, a World War II veteran, got to take the controls of an AT-6G for the first
time since 1948. The vintage aircraft, that is visiting Okeechobee this week, belongs to
History Flight, an organization that allows interested persons to take a flight in a World
War II era aircraft.

Vintage planes visit Okeechobee

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
For the past few days, the
skies over Okeechobee have
been filled with the unique
sound of World War II-era War
John Makinson and Steve
Alcorn flew into Okeechobee
a few days ago in two vintage
They work for a company
called History Flight, based in
Marathon, that provides 15, 30
and 60-minute flights to those
interested. The flights include
loops,, rolls and dogfights.
Video cameras mounted on
the right wing, the tail and in
front of the cockpit provide the
flyers with a visual reminder of
their flight.
Although History Flight
tours the east coast, this is the
first time they have visited
The two aircraft were origi-
nally designed to train student
pilots. The trainers have two
sets of controls; .the instructor
sits in the rear seat and the stu-
dent pilot sits in the front seat.

Pilot Steve Alcorn gives a thumbs up as he revs up the
engine of an SNJ-6, a World War II era navy trainer. The
vintage aircraft was in Okeechobee with History Flight, an
organization that allows interested persons to go up in '
vintage aircraft.
The SNJ-6 was built in 1945 Mr. Makinson noted that
and was used as a trainer for while these aircraft were origi-
the U.S. Navy into the late nally built for training flights,
1950s. they were adapted for combat
The AT-6G was used as an use. He said when his compa-
advanced trainer for the U.S. ny acquired the aircraft they
Army. This particular AT-6, had machine guns, bomb
according to Mr. Makinson, racks and rocket launchers.
was built in 1955 for the South He said this type aircraft
'African Air Force and flew for was used in the Korean War as
that organization until 1994.
See War Page 2

Code board

levies fines

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their Tuesday night meet-
ing, the Okeechobee County
Code Enforcement Board
dropped charges against five
property owners that had been
cited for code violations.
The board also tabled seven
items. The panel found three
properties to be in noncompli-
ance and subject to a fine if not in
compliance by March 13. Also,
the board levied fines against
two property owners and
reduced one fine.
Prior to the meeting, code
enforcement officers had found
that the properties owned by
Donald and Kelly Fair Larry
Franklin Frady and Edna Marie
Arant, Darrell and Elizabeth
Brown, Gary Padgett and
Michael Stroud had been
brought into compliance. Since

they were now in compliance,
the charges against them were
Fred Espada, Jr. and Alicia
Espada had been cited for having
a derelict singlewide mobile
him, derelict RV and trash and
debris on their property on N.E.
342nd Trail. Code Enforcement
Officer Beth Albert stated that the
Espadas had made progress in
cleaning up the property. Mr.
Espada produced a letter from a
demolition company and stated
that they had a contract with the
company to remove the mobile
home by March 13. Therefore,
the board voted to continue the
case until its March 15 meeting.
CHL Holdings and Craig
Wells were cited for having an
inoperable vehicle and buildings
without permits on property
See Fines Page 2

Council still

dealing with

storm cleanup

By MaryAnn Morris
Okeechobee News
At Tuesday's Okeechobee
City Council meeting the
council considered the
request of Anita Nunez for
consideration regarding a
code enforcement citation.
Ms. Nunez was cited by the--
city for having large tree
stumps in the right-of-way
adjacent to one of her proper-
Mr. Tom Murphy, speaking

on behalf of Ms. Nunez, point-
ed out that quite a number of
other properties within the
city still had debris from hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne,
but acknowledged that the
debris in the right-of-way was
a more serious problem.
"These remaining stumps
-cannot possibly be moved
without large equipment,"
said Mr. Murphy
"These tree stumps proba-
See Cleanup Page 2

General Charlie Crist warned
consumers again Wednesday
about the financial swindle
known as the "Nigerian Bank
Scam," which has landed a part-
time Florida A&M University
business professor in trouble.
The professor, James Clay
Edwards, faces grand theft and
bank fraud charges after being
duped a second time, local
authorities said.
In Edwards' situation, he
was offered part of an inheri-
tance out of Lagos, Nigeria by e-
After receiving a check with
instructions on when he could
cash them, Edwards deposited
one in his account at the univer-
sity's credit union on Jan. 3 in
the amount of $29,250, and
withdrew $100 although he had
only $55 in his account.
The next day, Edwards

deposited another bogus check,
this one for $37,500, and again
withdrew $100.
Both checks were later
returned as fraudulent.
Edwards was trying to cash a
check for $12,765 Jan. 14 at a
local bank when a teller deter-
mined it was counterfeit and
called police.
He lost no money directly to
the scam, but his account infor-
mation may have been exposed
to the scammers.
In its traditional form, the
scam involves a promise that an
individual will pay the victim
from a large pool of money
being held overseas if the victim
first sends a smaller amount of
money as "security."
Of course the victim never
hears from them again after
sending the money, unless it is
to ask for even more money.
"This is a vivid reminder that

if something sounds too good to
be true, it probably is," Crist said
Crist himself has been target-
ed in one version of the scam.
The attorney general
received two of checks totaling
$21,000 last week. He contacted
the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement, which is now
investigating a new twist to the
original scheme where the vic-
tim receives a cashier's check
through the mail or overnight
delivery on what appears to be a
nationally recognized bank.
If the recipient tries to
deposit or cash the check, their
banking information is returned
to the original holder.
Crist said citizens should
avoid providing their personal
banking information or account
numbers with anyone under
most circumstances.

'You're a Grand Ole Flag'
For the talent show at South Elementary on Tuesday, Feb.
15, Bradley Zabitosky (left) and Alec Smith (right) proud-
ly sang, "You're a Grand Ole Flag" to the other students,
teachers and parents that came to see the premier of the
entertainment that was scheduled for 7 p.m.

AG Crist warns consumers

again of Nigerian Bank Scam

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Priest retires
amid abuse claims
MIAMI A Roman Catholic
priest who gained popularity with
a cable television show abruptly
retired after a newly filed lawsuit
accused him of sexual abuse in
the early 1980s, the Archdiocese
of Miami said.
The Rev. Ricardo Castellanos,
59, submitted his retirement letter
last week and it was accepted,
church spokeswoman Mary Ross
Agosta said Tuesday.
Castellanos, who was fighting
five other abuse allegations by
former altar boys and youths, had
been on administrative leave as
pastor of San Isidro Church in
Pompano Beach since spring
In the new lawsuit filed in
Miami on Tuesday, Castellanos
and six other priests were
accused of sexually abusing a
refugee from the Mariel boatlift
between 1980 and 1983.
Another priest named in Tues-
day's lawsuit, the Rev. Alvaro
Guichard, had been accused of
abuse in four other suits and is on
administrative leave. He denied
the allegations Tuesday, calling
them "absolutely false."

Men charged
in teen's death
his adopted son were charged
Tuesday with murdering a 14-
year-old boy, beating him to
death with fists and a blunt instru-
The body of Joshua Corriveau,
who was missing from his St.
Petersburg home but was known
by his mother to be with the pair,
was found Thursday, bagged in a
closet of the men's rental home.
It was found by U.S. Secret Ser-
vice agents investigating a bank
fraud case.
William Steven Popjes, 37, and
his adopted son, Christopher
James Buist, 20, were each
charged with murder, said Rick
Wood, a spokesman for the Jack-
sonville Sheriff's Office.
The Secret Service agents were
investigating a bank fraud case
out of Grand Rapids, Mich., when
they encountered Popjes and
Buist, said Cary Rosoff, special
agent in charge of the Secret Ser-
vice in Jacksonville.

Students taught
how to make bomb
ORLANDO A high school
chemistry teacher was arrested
after students claimed he taught
his class how to make a bomb,
the sheriff's office said.
David Pieski, 42, used an over-
head projector in class to give
instructions in making explosives
to students at Freedom High
School, including advising them-
to use an electric detonator to stay
clear from the blast, an Orange
County sheriff's arrest report said.
In Pieski's classroom, authori-
ties said they found the chemical
breakdown for an explosive used
by Middle East suicide bombers. It
was not clear if the information
found in a book labeled "Demo"
was shared with students, the
arrest report said.
Pieski was charged with pos-
sessing or discharging a destruc-
tive device and culpable negli-
gence. Pieski, who was booked
into the Orange County Jail on
Monday, declined comment. He
was later released on $1,000 bail.
School district area Superin-
tendent Judy Cunningham said
Pieski was reassigned to a desk
job in her office after he was inter-
viewed by authorities. He is still
earning his salary.
Women get award
in voyeurism suit
women who were secretly video-
taped under their desks by an
office voyeur won $ I million each
in a lawsuit against their former
A Circuit Court jury agreed
Tuesday that Patti Kidder and
Katherine Dean had suffered
mental anguish and emotional
trauma when Ocwen Financial
Corp. managers and co-workers
teased them about the video-
Their torment began in 1999
after a co-worker, Ronald Minnis
Jr., told police he sold the under-
the-desk video to pornographic
Web sites. The women sued the
company for sexual harassment,
permitting a hostile workplace
and job retaliation.
Minnis was arrested in 1999

after he was spotted outside a
woman's apartment. Sheriff's
deputies found a video camera
with images of Kidder, Dean and
other women and showed the
tapes to Ocwen managers.
Ocwen fired Minnis after learn-
ing of the videotapes.
Kidder was fired in June 2000,
after giving a deposition in which
she admitted dancing topless
before working for Ocwen. The
company says she was fired for
not being truthful in her job appli-
cation in 1997. Dean left in
November 2000.


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bly weigh a ton, to a ton and a
half," agreed City Code Enforce-
ment Officer Jim Byrd. Mr. Byrd
agreed that these tree trunks
were extraordinarily large and
too; large to be moved without
special heavy equipment.
The council expressed con-
cerns about granting considera-
tion, especially after Mayor
James Kirk pointed out that the
Federal Emergency Manage-
ment Agency (FEMA) had made
a "final sweep", marking and
removing storm debris left for
pickup on the last day of their
Mr. Murphy admitted that Ms.
Nunez's debris was not out
when the well-publicized dead-
line came.
This means that no funding
currently exists for additional
debris removal, Mr. Byrd
acknowledged that other prop-
erty owners within the city have
similar problems.


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air forward controllers to mark
targets foj the then-new jet
bombers.'He saidthe jets did not
have the fuel capacity to slow
down and locate targets so the
smaller, slower aircraft located
targets and dropped smoke
bombs in order for the jets to
locate them.
He said these type aircraft
were the main attack aircraft of
some NATO countries until the
late 1980s.
Mr. Makinson began flying
with his father in 1973 when was
10 years old. He moved to Alas-
ka in 1986 and became a bush
pilot. By 1996, he was in Opa
Locka flying World War II-era
cargo planes.
Mr. Alcorn, who has flown in
air shows, said he grew up at an
airport and has been flying since
he was 11. He enjoys meeting
the veterans who fly in his air-
Both men are mechanics and

The city, however, has a con-
sultant performing an evaluation
of storm damage to city-owned
Councilman Dowling Wat-
ford, Jr. requested that City
Administrator Bill Veach ask the
consultant to check the avail-
ability of additional outside
Mr. Veach will make the
inquiry on Wednesday 'and
advise the City of his findings.
As of newspaper deadline, no
additional funding is available.
In other business, the coun-
Approved March las the
final public hearing date for pro-
posed Ordinance No. 880, which
grants a subsequent franchise to
Florida Power and Light to sup-
ply power within the city limits
for an additional 30 years.
Approved for first reading a
street and alley closing applica-
tion submitted by the First Bap-
tist Church.
Approved the appointment
of George Long as a regular
member of the Okeechobee
Utility Authority Board, with

they travel with a support crew
of two, who carry spare parts.
Both aircraft .were built by
North American, the company
that also built the famous P-51
Mustang a fighter aircraft
used for escort duty.
Mr. Makinson said these air-
craft were considered among
the most difficult of the World
War. II aircraft to fly. He said they
were especially difficult for stu-
dent pilots to land and were
called "pilot makers" because
many student pilots washed out
trying to qualify on these train-
Mr. Makinson said everything
is original except on the aircraft
except for the radios and video
Two of the veterans who
came to Okeechobee to relive
old memories were Don Feheley
and Sam Adams.
Don Feheley served in the
82nd Airborne as a paratrooper.
However, Tuesday was his first
time in the cockpit as he flew in
the AT-6. He said the flight was
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Frank Irby as an alternate mem-
ber of the board.
Approved the waiver of a
performance bond for J & R
Construction, Inc. Jerry Miller,
owner of the company, attended
the meeting and will post a
cashier's check or other security
satisfactory to the city in place of
the bond. The contract is for a
"baffle box" for the boat ramp
on Taylor Creek. It is required by
and paid for by the Department
of Environmental Protection,
but required to be let out for bid
by the city.
Councilwoman Lydia
Williams brought one of the 20
new Main Street banners to be
installed on Park Street to show
the council. The new banners'
message area can have an alter-
nate message installed over the
existing one with Velcro to
advertise other organization's
events as well. The council
members and city staff were
enthusiastic in their approval.
The versatile, two-sided ban-
ners will be installed by the city's
Public Works Department today.

do and he said it brought back a
lot of memories.
Mr. Feheley noted there was
quite a lot of difference between
flying in the after section of an
aircraft, as he did as a paratroop-
er, compared to flying in the
cockpit. He was able to see a lot
more from the cockpit.
Mr. Feheley never saw com-
bat because the atomic bomb
was dropped as he was finishing
jump training.
Mr. Adams, a winter visitor
from Vermont, was given a one-
hour flight as a Christmas pres-
ent by his four sons.
Mr. Adams began his military
aviation career by training at
Avon Park and then for
advanced flight training he flew
the AT-6 at Army bases in Geor-
gia and Alabama before graduat-
ing to the P-51 at Punta Gorda.
Then, like Mr. Feheley, he was
about to go into combat when
the atomic bomb was dropped.
He said he had mixed emotions
about the end of the war; he was
ready to go but happy not to
have to go.
Once airborne, Mr. Makinson
turned the controls over to Mr.
Mr. Adams said the experi-
ence was not quite like remem-
bering how to ride a bicycle, but
he said his previous training
came back to him. However, he
said he was not as smooth as he
would like to have been. With
time, he said, the fine tuning
comes back.
He added that after a few
more hours in the air, he would
have felt confident taking off and
landing the aircraft.
During the flight, Mr. Adams
flew over Fort Pierce and then
southward along the coast
before returning back toward
Okeechobee and doing some
loops and rolls on the west side
of the lake.
"This takes me back a long
way," he said, adding that it was
"... fantastic the experience
of a lifetime."
He had not been in an AT-6
since 1948.

Winning Lottery
Winning Lottery numbers
MIAMI Here are the win-
ning numbers selected Tuesday in
the Florida Lottery:
Cash 3
Mega Money
6-44-25-28, Mega Ball: 15
Fantasy 5


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located on N.W. 310th Street. That
item was tabled until the March
meeting because the owners had
not received proper notice of the
alleged violations.
Peter W. and Janice K. Whit,
and Bill and Susan Stegkemper had
been cited for having a dumpster in
a residential district. At the request
of Housing Officer Bill Royce, the
issue was tabled.
Patricia Ann Julian told the
board that she was having difficult
to getting her N.W. Fourth Street
property cleaned up and asked for
a continuance. Code Enforcement
Officer Blanco Saucedo noted that
the owner has been working on
clearing up the violations and some
progress had been made. The
board decided to table the issue
until next month's meeting.
In the case of Betty Mountain
and Elvis N. and Beryle Under-
wood, Mr. Underwood presented a
signed contract stating that the
property had been sold but the
unsafe structure he was cited for
had to be demolished two days
before closing. The board voted to
continue the case until its March
John and Linda Ogilvie were
given another 30 days to bring their
N.W 74th Terrace property into
Eddie James Neal had previous-
ly been directed by the board to
have plans drawn up for renovating
his property. He brought those
plans to the board but said he was
having trouble finding a contractor
to do the work.
The board delayed a final deci-
sion and stated that he must have a
signed contract and have applied
for a permit by the time the board
meets in April.
John Sellers addressed the
board on behalf of property owner
Vera Young. He said he has been
working on cleaning up Ms.
Young's N.E. 12th Lane property,
adding that he would need at least
30 days to complete the job. The
owner had previously been cited
for having derelict buildings on the
premises. The board ruled that the
property must be.in compliance by

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March 13 or the owner would face
a fine of $25 a day.
Lonnie Craft and Karen Wine
were given until March 13 to bring
their N.W. 160th Street property
into compliance, or face a $50 day
a day fine.
Marie Pittman's property was
also found to be in noncompli-
ance. The board stated that she had
to bring her N.W. 33rd Avenue
property into compliance by March
13, or face a fine of $25 a day.
Code Enforcement Officer Gina
Gehring stated that Harry Behr has
not removed the three mobile
homes and two sheds from his S.E
.39th Avenue property as the board
had ordered him to do. Therefore,
he was fined $250 a day for every
day of noncompliance.
Ms. Albert testified that David
Hunter had not removed all the
debris from his property as instruct-
ed. She admitted there had been
some clean up but not a whole lot
. on the N.W 74th Terrace property.
The board found him to be in non-
compliance and levied a fine of $25
dollars a day for every day of non-
Robert and Sena Treadway
appeared before the board to
request a reduction of the fine
imposed against the property they
had recently purchased in Bass-
wood on N.W 37th Avenue.
They stated that they did not
know until after the purchase that
there was a lien against the proper-
ty because of an unpaid code viola-
tion fine. They wished to have the
matter cleared up so they could
secure financing to build a house
on the site.
The property in question
accrued a fine in 1995. By 1999 the
unpaid fine had increased to
$73,100. The owner at that time
persuaded the board to stop the
fine from.accruing. However, the
fine was never paid and the proper-
ty was never brought into compli-
After considerable debate, the
board voted to reduce the fine to
$10,000 if the property were
cleaned up and a building permit
secured by March 13. It was noted
that the property would have to be
brought into compliance before a
building permit could be issued.

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The Okeechobee News, Thursday, February 17,2005

Get your preschoolers off the couch and dancing!

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Staff photo/Pete Gawda

Super speller
After winning first place in the county spelling bee, Sarah
Murrow, a seventh grader at Osceola Middle School,
holds the plaque she received for taking third place in the
regional spelling bee in West Palm Beach.

An escalating obesity rate
among small children has
caught the attention of con-
cerned parents all over the coun-
try. According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention,
ten percent of American children
between the ages of 2 and 5 are
overweight. This is a trend that is
not likely to be reversed anytime
soon. In fact, the CDC considers
today's youth to be the most
inactive generation in history.
Time that children used to
spend playing outside is now
spent in front of the television.
Typical television watching pro-
motes a sedentary lifestyle and
discourages exercise. An inac-
tive lifestyle, learned when
young, can set bad habits in
stone leading to poor physical
fitness now and down the road.
While the easy answer may
be to ban your children from the
television, it is part of the popu-
lar culture and is not easy to
ignore. Using the TV wisely is an
important skill which takes guid-
ance and practice. Television can
be used as a tool to actually help
your children to learn. Television

viewing starts earlier than other
forms of media, often starting as
young as two years old. Quality
programming can help form
good habits and even aid in the
development of preschoolers
and young children.
The popular Wee Sing series
for children has been developing
quality children's entertainment
for over 25 years and acts as a
tremendous aid for parents
wanting to get their kids off the
couch. "Our goal is to get kids up
and moving as they experience
the wonderful world of music,"
says Pamela Beall, co-founder of
Wee Sing. Beall and her partner,
Susan Nipp, decided to form
Wee Sing because they wanted
to do something that they
believed in, something that they
could throw their hearts into.
By integrating their personal
experiences as mothers with
their professional music teach-
ing backgrounds, they have set
national standards for children's
quality, educational entertain-
ment. "Everything that comes
from Wee Sing comes from our
concern for and love of chil-

dren," says Nipp. "As former
music educators, we are true
believers in the value of music
for small children."
Wee Sing's latest offering is a
series of musical DVDs, many of
which are available for the first
time on DVD. "The Wee Sing
DVDs not only keep a child's
attention, they encourage a child
to join in with the colorful char-
acters as they sing and dance to
catchy upbeat tunes, rhymes,
and rhythms," says Beall. "While
coordination and language skills
are being enhanced, creativity
and imagination just seem to
pour out of the kids."
The "Wee Sing Ladies," as
they are popularly known,
receive letters and e-mails all the
time from parents and fans who
love the Wee Sing series. "We
have all the DVDs and our
daughter laughs and sings and
dances to all of them," one par-
ent writes. Fans of the series
admire the way that the DVDs
combine music and movement.
"Attention span, concentra-
tion, and memory are all
enhanced when children sing,

chant, and move to the music,"
says Nipp. "When singing songs
like 'Head and Shoulders,' the
brain works to match the words
and melody with movement,
which not only gets kids off the
couch, but helps build minds
and bodies."
A widespread phenomenon,
Wee Sing has captured the
hearts and voices of kids and
parents all over the world. Over
the years, the Wee Sing series
has had more than 60 titles cre-
ated in different formats includ-
ing DVDs, songbooks, cassettes,
CDs, coloring/activity books,
toys, board books, and videos.
Over 50 million product items
have been sold around the
world. Wee Sing has been
applauded by critics in the pages
of the Wall Street Journal, the
New York Times, People Maga-
zine, USA Today, TV Guide, and
Entertainment Weekly.
For information, please con-
tact Cassie Chenevert at (727)
443-7115, ext. 205 or at

Law Enforcement Activity Report

Queen Mothers
During the Red Hats Co-vention held Saturday, Feb. 12,
Queen Mothers Freida Drinka (left) and Elaine Snyder
(right) gathered together as the first co-vention was
underway. Elaine Snyder decided to have a co-vention to
bring exposure to Okeechobee in which over 500 women


Nieves G. Bermea
Nieves G. Bermea., age 86, of
Waco, Texas, died Saturday, Feb.
12, 2005, at a local nursing home.
He was born
Aug. 5, 1918, in
Mission, Texas
to Flavio and
Julia Garza '
Bermea.. He
was a very ,
faithful and
active member
of the First
Spanish Nieves G.
Assembly of Bermea
God Church
who loved singing at his church.
Manuel Acevedo from Donna,
Texas sang Mas Aya Del Sol at the
service in his honor.
Mr. Bermea was preceded. in
death by: his wife, Ramona
Cortez Bermea; his parents; his
brother, Jose Maria Bermea; and,
his sister-in-law, Eusebia.
Survivors include: his daugh-
ters, Alicia Muniz of Uvalde, Lupi-
ta Bermea and her husband, Tim
Coppage of Waco, Texas, Candice
Bermea of Pearsall, Rosemary
DeLeon and her husband, Brig of
Kingwood, Minnie Gonzales and
her husband, Henry of Waco,
Texas and Lydia Bermea of
Niceville; sister, Santos Cortes of
McAllen; 14 grandchildren; 20
great-grandchildren; one great-
great-grandsof'; several nieces;
nephews; and, numerous other
relatives and friends.
The family received friends
and had a rosary on Tuesday,
Feb. 15, at the funeral home.
Funeral services were held
Wednesday, Feb.16, at Brook
View Funeral Home Chapel with
Reverend Frank Alvarado officiat-
ing. Interment followed at Oak-
wood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to
ones favorite charity.

Bruce Halcomib, Sr.
Bruce Halcomb, Sr., age 50, of
Avon Park and formerly of Okee-
chobee died Sunday, Feb. 13,
2005 at Florida Hospital in
Sebririg. He was born April 21,
1954, in Hazard, Ky. to Orbin and
Pollyana Smith. He was an air
condition/technician and contrac-

tor who loved to play and teach
music., Mr. Halcomb was of the
Pentecostal faith and had served
our country in the U.S. Marines.
Mr. Halcomb is survived by:
two sons, Bruce 0. Halcomb, Jr.
of Okeechobee and Joe E. Hal-
comb of Avon Park; four daugh-
ters, Linda Ball and Malanda Hal-
comb, both of Okeechobee,
Shlanda Halcomb of Fellsmere
and Michelle Lee Alston of Land-
caster, Ky.; two brothers; three sis-
ters; and, seven grandchildren.
Visitation was on Wednesday,
Feb.16, at the Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home. Graveside funeral
services will be at 10 a.m., on
Thursday, Feb.17, at Basinger
Cemetery with Gentry E. Widner
All services are entrusted to
the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-

Jennie Lynn Swigert
Jennie Lynn Swigert, age 43, of
Okeechobee, formerly of Pecks
Mill, W.Va., was born on Aug. 22,
.1961, at Bainbridge, Md. She
departed this life on Sunday, Feb.
13, 2005, at North Ridge Medical
Center, Fort Lauderdale. Ms.
Swigert was a registered nurse
and of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by:
one brother, James Anderson;
and, grandparents, Edna Clay, Ira
and lnaAdkins.
She is survived by: parents,
Lucian and Dorothy Louise Clay
Adkins of Pecks Mill, W.Va.;
grandfather, Abel Clay, Sr. of
Lenore, W.Va.; one sister, Sherrie
Browning of South Point, Ohio;
two nieces, Hailey Louise Brown-
ing and Machala Rae Anderson; a
host of other relatives; and,
Friends may call from 6 until 9
p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 17, at
Evans Funeral Home at Chap-
manville, W.Va.
Services will be conducted at 2
p.m., on Friday, Feb. 18, at Evans
Funeral Home at Chapmanville,
WVa., with Rev. Tony Vance offici-
Interment will follow at

Lenore Memorial Gardens at
Lenore, WVa.

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City Police
Jan. 31
Alarm, N.W Ninth St.
Alarm, S.R. 70 E.
Traffic accident, N.W. Fifth St.
Juvenile problem, S.W. 14th St.
Drugs/prisoner in custody, S.E.
Park St.
Service call, S.E. 12th St.
Traffic accident, N.W Park St.
Traffic accident, Main light.
Traffic accident, S.E. Park St.
Information, S.E. Second Ave.
Worthless checks, N.W Park
Traffic accident, N.W. Seventh
Feb. 1.
Stolen/vehicle/civil matter,
N.W 13th St.
Prowler/building check, S.W.
Fifth St.
Information, N. Parrott Ave.
Information, N.E. Park St.
Disturbance, N.E. Park St.
Traffic accident, N.E. Park St.
Lost/found property, N.E. Park
Trespassing, S. Parrott Ave.
Standby, N.W. 11th Ave.
Suspicious person/vehicle, S.
Parrott Ave.
Traffic stop/prisoner in cus-
tody, N.E. Park St.
Feb. 2
Worthless checks, N. Parrott
Illegal trash dumping, N.W.
13th St.
Disabled vehicle, S.E. 10th Ave.
Service call, S.E. Second Ave.
Assist another department,
S.W. Second St.
Traffic accident, N. Parrott Ave.
Information, N.W. 11 th Ave.
Alarm, N.E. Fifth St.
Information, N.E. Ninth St.
Traffic accident, S. Parrott Ave.
Attempt contact, N.E. Third St.
Feb. 3
Unwanted guest, S. Parrott
Alarm, S. Parrott Ave.
Information, N.E. Ninth St.
Disabled vehicle, N.W Park St.
Information, N.E. Park St.

Disturbance, N. Parrott Ave.
Forgery, N.E. Park St.
Disturbance, N. Parrott Ave.
Forgery, N.E. Park St.
Traffic accident, S.E. Eighth

Disabled vehicle, S. Parrott
Police service call, U.S. 441 N.
Traffic accident, N.E. Fifth St.
Child/elder abuse, S. Parrott

Ave. Ave.
Lost/found property, S. Parrott Traffic accident, N.W. Ninth

Civil matter, N.W. 11th Ave.
Child/elder abuse, N.W. Ninth
Service call, N. Parrott Ave.
Feb. 5
Reckless driver, N.W. Ninth
Traffic accident, N.E. Park St.
Escort, S.W Fourth St.
Suspicious person/vehicle,
S.W. Seventh Ave.
Traffic accident/prisoner in
custody, S. Parrott Ave.
Traffic accident, S. Parrott Ave.
Disturbance/prisoner in cus-
tody, S.W Second Ave.
Escort, N.E. Second St.
Animal complaint, S.W. Fifth
Larceny/theft, N.W Seventh St.
Alarm, N.W Seventh Ave.
Larceny/theft/information, S.
Parrott Ave.
Disturbance, S.E. 11th Ave.
Disturbance, S.E. 10th Ave.
Information, N.W. Ninth Ave.
person/runaway, N.W. Seventh
Suspicious person/vehicle, S.
Parrott Ave.
Suspicious person/vehicle,
N.W. Park St.
Traffic stop/prisoner in cus-
tody, S.E. Sixth St.
Information, S.E. Fourth St.
Fight/juvenile problem, S.W.
Second St.
Disabled vehicle, N.E. Park St.
Assault/battery, S.E. Second St.
Traffic stop/prisoner in cus-
Feb. 7
Alarm, S.W 14th St.
Missing person/runaway, S.W
14th St.
Disabled vehicle, N.W Second.

Traffic accident/prisoner in
custody, N.W. Ninth Ave.
Traffic accident, S. Parrott Ave.
Traffic accident, N.W. Park St.
Specific information, S.W.
Sixth St.
Reckless driver, S.W. Second
Reckless driver, S.E. Seventh
Information, S.W 14th St.
Child/elder abuse, S.E. Second
Police service call, S.E. 10th
Prowler/peeping tom/building
check, S.W. 17th St.
Feb. 8
Juvenile problem, N.E. Park St.
Traffic accident/prisoner in
custody, S.W. 15th St.
Police service call, S. Parrott
Worthless checks, S. Parrott
Traffic accident, S.W Park St.
Information, N.W. Park St.
Traffic accident, S Parrott Ave.
Traffic accident, N. Parrott Ave.
Information, S.E. Second Ave.
Information, S.E. Second Ave.
Police service call, N.W Sev-
enth Ave.
Roadblock/obstruction, N.W.
Park St.
Disturbance/neighbor prob-
lem, S. Parrott Ave.
Roadblock/obstruction, City.
Police service call, Industrial
Man down/sick person, N.E.
Park St.
Larceny/theft, S.E. Second St.
Suspicious incident, N.W
Third St.
Fight, S.E. Second St.
Unwanted guest/prisoner in
custody, N.E. Park St.

Disabled vehicle, N.E. Park St.
Feb. 9
Traffic accident, S. Parrott Ave.
Suspicious person/vehicle, S.E.
Sixth Ave.
Suspicious person/vehicle,
N.E. Park St.
Police service call, S. Parrott
Larceny/theft, S. Parrott Ave.
Disturbance, S.E. 10th Ave.
Traffic accident, N.W. Ninth
Larceny/theft, N.E. Seventh
Traffic accident, N.W Park St.
Suspicious person/vehicle,
N.W. 10th St.
Information/obscene- phone
call, S.E. Second Ave.
Roadblock/obstruction, S.W.
14th St.
Traffic accident, S. Parrott Ave.
Disturbance, N.W. 11th St.
Police service call, S.W Sixth
Alarm, N.W Park St.
Domestic/disturbance, N.E.
Park St.
Disturbance, S.E. Eighth Ave.
Suspicious person/vehicle,
N.W Park St.
Shooting/criminal mischief,
S.W. Third Ave.
Suspicious incident/hit and
run, S.E. Eighth Ave.
Disabled vehicle, S.E. Second
'Sheriffs Office
Feb. 9
Burglary, S.E. 26th St.
Suicide/attempt, U.S. 78 W
Suspicious vehicle, S.E. 57th
Alarm/prisoner in custody,
U.S. 441 S.
Law Enforcement Activity Log
Sheriff's Office
Feb. 10
Attempted theft of airboat,
N.W 254th St.
Domestic, S.E. 34th Ave.
Disturbance/verbal, U.S. 441

4 OPINION The Okeechobee News, Thursday, February 17, 2005

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No Beer
"I don't want my grandkids or great-grandkids going to a
skating rink that serves beer. Where do these people get this?"
Fish Limits
"You have printed in the past that it didn't matter how many
fish was in one's freezer, because once fish are cleaned they are
no longer fish. Has the law changed?" (Editor's Note: Thanks
for calling. It was a caller that made that statement. But, accord-
ing to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
that is not the case. A licensed angler can only have a two-day
possession limit-- it doesn't matter if they are cleaned or not. In
the case of specks, that would mean a total of 50. For a husband
and wife, the law states they may have a two-day possession
limit per license holder. In that case, the couple could legally
have 100 in their possession. It must also be kept in mind that
we are referring to these fish being caught on Lake Okee-
chobee. Also, please remember that while 25 specks is the state
limit, there could be different limits in another area. In that
case, the possession limit for that area would apply. For
instance, if the speck limit for a specific area is 15 that does not
mean that an angler can catch 15 from that area then go to
another area and catch 10 more to have a state limit of 25. That
is illegal. If the limit is 15 for that area, that is all an angler is
allowed. If you see or know of a law being broken, call FWC at
1-888-404-3922. You can remain anonymous if you choose.
However, if a case is made you could potentially receive a
No Threat
"Without these illegal aliens picking the fruit, who else is
going to do it? People need to back off. It's not the Mexican peo-
ple or the borders, that you have to worry about because they
are not terrorists. They are out there working hard."
Family Concert
"I would like to know the location of the American Legion
where John Knight and his family will be singing Sunday after-
noon. I noticed in the paper that there are three American
Legions." (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. According to the
story, the family will be playing at American Legion Post #64,
located at 501 S.E. Second St., from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m.)
No Guarantee
"This is in response to the second roofer. The out-of-town
roofers will have people sign a contract but there are no dates
guaranteeing when the work will be completed. This happened
to me, so you people have to careful."
Price Gouging
"I would like to know if the Okeechobee News could find
out if there's a number for contractor price gouging in the
state." (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. The price gouging hot-
line is 800-646-044. You can also call 800-435-7352.)

Community Events,,

Chamber Coffee Klatch slated
The Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will be held Feb.
17 starting at 8 a.m. It will be hosted by Elite Title, 1120 S. Par-
rott Ave. All Chamber members and their guests are invited. For
information, call (863) 824-0800.
Baptist church sponsors concert
Loren and Gloria Wissman and their 12 children from
Seward, Neb., will be in concert on Feb. 17 at the First Baptist
Church. Their Christian-based music comes in many flavors -
gospel, bluegrass, traditional and contemporary hymns along
with patriotic songs. Thfe concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The
church is located at 410 S.W. Fourth St. For information call
(863) 763-2171.

Golden Age Group to meet
The Golden Age Group will meet on Feb. 17 at American

Legion Post 64, 501 S.E. Second St., at noon. The group will also
have a covered dish luncheon. Members and guests are invited.
The Okeechobee Senior singers will provide the entertainment.
For information, call Lillian at (863) 763-96393.
Hospice will hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will be holding a yard sale on Thurs-
day, Feb. 17, from noon until 3 p.m.; on Friday, Feb. 18, and Sat-
urday, Feb. 19, from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The sale will be held
at the Hospice of Okeechobee Volunteer House located at the
corner of S.E. Fourth St. and Third Ave. All proceeds benefit
patient care in Okeechobee.

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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. For information, call
Margaret Smith at (863) 467-8020 or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet for
a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. and services at 7 p.m. at the Basinger Civic
Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-2285.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. 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 Cen-
sus, IGI (International Genealogical Institute), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863)
763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412
N.W Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W Sixth St. For more information, call (863)
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee meets from noon until 1 p.m. at the
Fat Boys Restaurant. All Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For
information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
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.
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W Fifth St., is open for
blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call
(863) 467-9360.
AA meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour. It's
a closed book study.
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) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m. until
noon. Representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park
St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W Sixth St.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family caregivers,
and is facilitated by Enid Boutrin 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 information or to reserve
your place in the group, call (863) 467-2321. Free respite care is avail-
able for your loved one while you are in group at Dunklin Assisted
Living/Adult Day Care, 407 N.W Second Ave. For information about
respite care, call Lou at (863) 763-4524.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group that
will meet starting at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill family
member is welcome to join us. The group is facilitated by social
workers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one
another support, information and ideas. The meetings are held at
Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. Free care for your loved ones is avail-
able at Dunklin Assisted Living/Day Care at 407 N.W Second Ave. For
information call (863) 467-2321.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 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 welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret 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. Lakeviewand Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are
$5 for members and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-
6978 or Juana at 471-9795.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour.
It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour. It
will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held
on the third Friday of every month at the Clock Restaurant at 11:30
a.m. for networking. The lunch will be at noon. Women should
bring business cards and information promoting their business. The
meeting provides networking opportunities for women in business
and is open to the public. No membership is required. For informa-
tion, call Robin Delgado at (800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee construction volunteers will
meet at the parking lot of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, N.E
Third Street and N. Parrott Ave., at 7 a.m. Construction work will be
at Habitat work site in an adjoining county. Wear comfortable
clothes suitable for working. Call (863) 357-1371 for information.

Crime Prevention Tip

To prevent shoplifting, keep racks and counters low so
employees can see customers at all times.

Community Events

Ladies ministry plans chicken dinner
The Church of God Ladies Ministry will be preparing a
smoked chicken dinner on Feb. 18 beginning at 11 a.m. for a
donation of $5 per meal. There will be carry out or free delivery
within the city limits. The dinner will consist of a quarter
smoked chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, roll and
pound cake. To order, call (863) 763-4127 or (863) 467-1750.
You can pick up your meal a 301 N.E. Fourth Ave. Call early for
delivery at a specific time.
Ladies group plans bake sale
The Northside Baptist Church ladies group is having a bake
and yard sale on Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 1801 U.S.
441 S.E. For information, call (863) 763-2472.
Hospice hosting blood drive
Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth St., will be hosting a
blood drive on Friday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. All
donors will have the opportunity to win a weekly drawing for a
Sweetheart's Package, which includes a pair of movie tickets,
dinner for two and a floral arrangement. Five winners will be
contacted weekly. For information, call Theresa Davis at (863)
Women's business luncheon planned
The Okeechobee Women's Business Luncheon is scheduled
for Feb. 18 at the Brahma Bull. Networking starts at 11:30 a.m.,
and lunch is at noon. Bring flyers and business cards to share,
and also a giveaway item. For information, call (800) 299-8878.
Southern gospel concert scheduled
Brian Free and Assurance will be in concert Friday, Feb. 18, at
7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Recreational Center, 310 S. W
5th Ave. Tickets are $10 at the door only. For information, call
(863) 763-7113.
Sheepdog Trials benefit FFA
The annual Sheepdog Trials will be held Feb. 18-20 at The
Tindall Place, 8400 N.E. 120th St. from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Pro-
ceeds from the event will benefit the local FFA chapter. For
information, call (863) 467-0423.
Valentine's dinner/dance planned
The Knights of Columbus Council #11284 will host a St.
Valentine's dinner dance at the Buckhead Ridge Community
Center on Feb. 19 from 6 until 11 p.m. Come and dance to a live
band and enjoy your choice of prime rib or chicken. Dress is
casual, but no shorts or T-shirts please. The cost is $15 per per-
son. Call (863) 763-8639 by Feb. 12. Only 150 tickets will be
Church to hold food distribution *
S.H.A.R.E. food distribution and March sign-ups will be held
at the Resurrection Life World Outreach Church, 1803 S.W.
Third Ave., on Saturday, Feb.19, from 10 until 11 a.m. Anyone
interested in saving money on their grocery bill is invited to stop
by and check out the program. S.H.A.R.E. is free and everyone
qualifies for the savings. For information, call (863) 763-7770.
Health and safety classes offered
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch health and
safety classes for February are: Saturday, Feb. 19, infant/child
CPR from 9 a.m. until noon; and Thursday, Feb. 24, first aid
basics from 6 until 10 p.m. Each class is $25 for the first class
and $5 for each class after that up to three classes. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2488.
Bluegrass band plans concert
The Florida Bluegrass Express will be in concert Feb. 19 at
the Elks Club, S.R. 70 E., from 6 until 8:30 p.m. For information,
call Darlene Bass at (863) 763-1443 or (863) 634-5815.
Auxiliary to hold free boat check
The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be doing free a Vessel Safety
Checks (VSC) on Feb. 19, and again on Feb. 26 from 2 until 4
p.m. (weather permitting) at the Okee-Tantie Campground and
Marina. You should bring your registration and your boat outfit-
ted for a trip. Boats meeting VSC requirements will receive a
VSC decal. For information, contact a vessel examiner at (863)
BHR church hosting revival
The Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church will host a revival begin-
ning on Sunday, Feb. 20, with services held at 8:30, 11 a.m. and
7 p.m. On Monday, Feb. 21, through Wednesday, Feb. 23, night-
ly services will begin at 7 p.m. The church is located on Hunter
Road about one mile from U.S. 78.
Apple Family in concert
The Ken Apple Family will be in concert Sunday, Feb. 20, at
the Okeechobee Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St., at
10:30 a.m. The church is located on Wolff Road, approximately
two blocks behind the Pizza Hut. For information call (863)
763-3519. A nursery for children between the ages of 6 months
and 3 years will be provided.

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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.
9 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 p.m. 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. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members
are available. Call Ray Disney at
(863) 357-2138, or Don South at
(863) 763-8954.
Eagles Aeries #4137
Saturday, Feb. 19: farewell
party for Caroline Lloyd at 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 12: Speck-
led perch, Eagles in the park,
baked good, face painting by
SSiunday, March 13: Eagles
district meeting at 1 p.m. food
available for a donation.
Saturday, March 19: 'Kid's
Easter party at 2 p.m. Must call the.
AERIES (863) 763- 2552 and sign
up children for the party. Food
and face painting by Susan.
Saturday, March 26: Florida
Eagles state picnic, food, music,
fun and games.
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.;
food will be available for a dona-
Wednesday: bar bingo
from 4 p.m. until ?; food will be
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $10 dona-
tion. Music will be by Jimmy
Saturday; karaoke by
Jimmy Harper.
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.
Every second and fourth Sat-
urday: 16-ounce ribeye steak
cooked to order from 5 p.m. until
? for a $10 donation.
Call the AERIE for other
events at (863) 763-2552.

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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?

enrollment starting at 1 p.m. All
prospective members should
Bingo: Tuesdays starting at
12:30 p.m. Lunch.is available.
Karaoke nights starting at 7
p.m. Feb. 17 and 24.
Every Wednesday, Friday
and Saturday nights meals will be
served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call
for the menus.
Every Friday and Saturday
night there will be music for danc-
ing starting at 7:30 p.m. Call the
lodge to see who is playing.
Each Sunday morning
breakfast is served from 8 until
10:15 a.m.

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Lodge #237
a 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.
Eastern Star #128
Is held at the Masonic Lodge,
107 N.W Fifth Ave.
For information, contact
Georgia Gerren Worthy at (873)
467-4349 or Clyde Calloway at,
(863) 467-9892. Everyone is wel-
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge.
Feb. 20: NASCAR Daytona
500 race day starting at noon.
There will be board and card
games in the dinning room.
Feb. 26: The Moose Legion
sponsors a tribute to Elvis show,
from 7 until 11 p.m., featuring
Johnny Derose and the Heart-
breakers for a $10 donation.
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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. for members only; .25-
cents; using paper sheets; and,
bring your dauber.
The patio is now open every
day from noon until 8 p.m.
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Every Wednesday: karaoke
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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 information call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from
noon until 8 p.m., Monday
through Sunday.
Feb. 19:will be the yearly
garage sale. We are looking for
donations of items to sell. For
more information, call (863) 467-
0840 or (863) 467-2882. We will
pick items up.
e 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
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The game room has a regulation-
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Post meetings are held on
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Commander Don South is avail-
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VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday, at 10 a.m.
and Sunday, 1 p.m.
Happy hour is from 4 until 6
p.m., Monday through Thursday.
9 Monday: hot soup day
beginning at noon a bowl for a
Tuesday: volunteer chef's
dinner special; serving begins at 5
p.m. Call (863) 763-2308 for the
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able. Darts at 7 p.m.
Thursday: short order food
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Best overall
Fawn Barr won best overall with this acrylic painting dur-
ing the American Legion Free Fair Arts contest.

This painting of an alligator looking through the lilies
took second place at the American Legion Free Fair Arts
contest for Susan Dodson.

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The Ocean to Lake Greenway
Equestrian Event, Feb 19 and 20 is
an exciting example of Greenway
connectivity. Representatives from
seven equestrian communities will
carry a Connectivity Ring from the
eastern most community of Palm
Beach Country Estates to the west-
ern destination of Lake Okee-
chobee. This historic Ring is being
handcrafted by Seminole represen-
tatives of Riverbend Park, symboliz-
ing the Native American culture
and a history of the area dating over
6,000 years. The presentation of the
Ring will be made by a Seminole
representative in full native dress
on horseback to equestrian resi-
dents of Palm Beach Country
Estate who will then carry the Ring
on horseback to residents of
Jupiter Farms who will carry it to
Wind in the Pines and so on.
The Celebration Ceremony will
commence with the final Ring con-
nectivity between DuPuis and Lake
Okeechobee followed by a presen-
tation by the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection Office of
Greenways and Trails, acknowl-
edgments, dedication of the Con-
nectivity Ring and a barbecue for
registered riders and RSVP digni-
This historic Ring, intended to
go on display in the proposed Inter-
pretative Center at Riverbend Park,
will preserve the legacy while pro-
viding an opportunity for future-
enjoyment and appreciation by res-
idents and parkvisitors.
The Ocean to Lake Greenway is
a swath connecting communities,
parks and preserves. The portions
used during the event will follow

ECP sign-u
chobee County has been granted
an extension for the Emergency
Conservation Program (ECP),
according to Diane Conway,
County Executive Director for
Okeechobee County Farm Service
Agency. Producers may apply for
assistance through March 11.
USDA Farm Service Agency's
(FSA) Emergency Conservation
Program provides emergency
funding and technical assistance
for farmers and ranchers to reha-
bilitate farmland damaged by nat-
ural disasters and for carrying out
emergency water conservation
measures in periods of severe
drought. Funding for ECP is
appropriated by Congress.

event ties communities

the C-18 Canal connecting com-
munities bordering Riverbend
Park, the Loxahatchee Slough,
Hungryland Slough, J.W. Corbett
Wildlife Management Area and
into the DuPuis Management Area
ending with the connection of Lake
Okeechobee. Although the focus of
the upcoming event is equestrian
each land manager will-implement
an appropriate land use plan incor-
porating other low impact activi-
The Ocean to Lake Greenway
Equestrian Event is a celebration of
the state designation. According to
Capehart Perkins with the Florida
Department of Environmental Pro-
tection Office of Greenways and
Trails, "Designation, as part of the
statewide system of greenways and
trails, raises public awareness of
the Greenway and provides it and
its partners added recognition. The
Ocean to Lake Greenway joins
approx. 700,000 acres of land in
Florida that are already designated
as part of the statewide system.
Other state designated greenways
and trails include sections of the
Florida National Scenic Trail, multi-
ple state parks and the Marjorie
Harris Carr Cross Florida Green-
Our focus as an equestrian
event is intended to tie together cul-
tures, peoples, preserves and
parks, creating a legacy of our rural
lifestyle for future preservation.
Our passion and intent is to save
what could be lost of our rural exis-
tence which ties us to the natural
world. A connection to nature
through opportunities for recre-
ation adds value in protecting the

outdoors while building healthier
communities and respect for the
environment, because we can
become a part of it as portions of
Riverbend Park reach completion,
designated trails will provide
equestrian connectivity to border-
ing communities, linking into the
Greenway as well as the County
Equestrian Center, planned in
Jupiter Farms.
When one reads that two acres
every minute is how fast agricultur-
al land-including farm and ranch
land, Stable land and pastures is
disappearing in the U.S. ("Practical
Horseman, January 2005") the
appreciation for the Greenway and
preservation of land becomes
shockingly apparent.
On Nov. 18, 2004, National Day
of the Horse was passed in Wash-
ington D.C. on the senate floor by
unanimous vote (S.Res. 452). The
resolution provides that the horse
"is a living link to the history of the
United States "that horses "contin-
ue to permeate the society of the
United States as witnessed on
movie screens, on open land, and
in our own backyards." The pur-
pose of the Resolution was for des-
ignating and "encouraging the peo-
ple of the United States to be
mindful of the contribution of hors-
es to the economy, history, and
character of the United States,"
Resident equestrians strive to pre-
serve these rights, as part of their
daily lives and are proud to honor
these values as they represent
adjoining equestrian communities
in the upcoming Ocean to Lake
Greenway Equestrian Event 2005.

ip extended to Mar. 11

The County FSA committee
determines land eligibility based
on on-site inspections of damage,
taking into "account the type and
extent of damage." For land to be
eligible, the natural disaster must
create new conservation prob-
lems that, if untreated, would:
impair or endanger the land;
materially affect the land's pro-
ductive capacity; represent
unusual damage which is not the
type likely to recur frequently in
the same area; and be so costly to
repair that Federal assistance is or
will be required to return the land
to productive agricultural use.
Conservation problems exist-
ing prior to the disaster are ineligi-
ble for ECP assistance.

Eligible producers may receive
cost-share assistance of up to 75
percent of the cost of the
approved practice; as determined
by the county committee.
. There are four Emergency
Conservation Practices available
to Okeechobee County produc-
Debris Removal from farm-
Restoring permanent fences.
Restoring conservation
Grading, shaping, and re-lev-
For information, visit the Farm
Service Agency office in Okee-
chobee at 450 U.S. 98 N. or call
(863) 763-3345, ext. 501.

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Health, safety
classes offered
The American Red Cross
Okeechobee Branch health and
safety classes for February are:
Saturday, Feb. 19, infant/child CPR
from 9 a.m. until noon; and
Thursday, Feb. 24, first aid basics
from 6 until 10 p.m. Each class is
$25 for the first class and $5 for
each class after that up to three
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location of the classes or to sign
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Blood drive
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Couple earns national powerboat

Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
Josh Borgstrom (left) tied up with one of his opponents
during district championship competition Saturday, Feb.
5, at Okeechobee High School. Borgstrom finished third
in the 160-lb. weight class to earn the right to compete
in the regional tournament to be held this weekend in

11 Brahman wrestlers

to compete
The Brahman wrestling
team finished third in the district
tournament last weekend and
will send 11 wrestlers to region-
al competition this weekend in
Okeechobee finished
behind Sebastian River and Fort
Pierce Central in the district
The Brahmans were led by
senior captains Tommy Land-
gren and Cory Wright. These
grapplers both came home
with a championship title and
will go into the regionals as the
top seed in there respective
weight divisions.
The Brahmans were not
done there as Josh Raulerson
made his first appearance in the

at regional
finals. Raulerson has really
turned it up the last month of
the season, and the hard work
was evident with a second
place finish.
The Brahmans had a tough
go around in the semi-finals but
came back and placed in the
qualifying round.
The final results were: 112
lbs. Tyler Lamb, third; 119 lbs.
- Troy Widdows, third; 130 lbs.
- Tommy Landgren, first; 135
lbs. Peritz Samuels, third; 140
lbs. Cory Wright, first; 145 lbs.
- Chuckie Suarez, third; 152 lbs.
- Scott Bush, fourth; 160 lbs. -
Josh Borgstrom, third; 189 lbs. -
Josh Raulerson, second; 215
lbs. Matt Kelly, third; Heavy-
weight- Jonathan Suarez, third.

An Okeechobee couple
received Certificates of Achieve-
ment at the annual meeting of the
Powerboat Superleague tour
recently held in Red Top Moun-
tain, Ga.
Jeff Reno finished ninth over-
all in the very competitive FOR-
MULA 2 class during the 2004
season. He raced against 38 driv-
ers from 14 states and Canada.
Reno, a 15-year veteran in tunnel
boat racing, won his first heat this
year in Pittsburgh, Pa. In 2003, he.
was selected as the crew person
of the year by his fellow competi-
Carole Reno finished fourth in
the FORMULA 3 class where 24
boats competed in 2004. Carole
and Jeff are the only

husband/wife team to compete
in outboard boat racing. The
Okeechobee couple has been
regulars on the tour since 1992.
For further information on this
team and boat photos, go to
www.aprsuperleague.com and
click on Formula 2 Driver Profiles.
Powerboat Superleague is the
oldest, privately-owned boat rac-
ing circuit.,where tunnel boats
perform at top speed as drivers
pursue points and prize money.
From the opening race in Chatta-
hoochee, Fla., and concluding at
Buckeye Lake, Ohio, superleague
attracted the nation's hottest For-
mula Two and Formula Three
boats, drivers and fans.
In 2004, the tour celebrated its
110 th racing event.

Carole Reno

Jeff Reno

Courtesy photo

O.G. & C.C. Results

P.I.G.S. League George Guydosh, Closest to the
Feb. 9: 1. Harry White, 2. Pin (2) John Nickelson, (8)
Randy Ketcherside, Last Keith George Guydosh, (11) Harry
Ormen, Closest to the Pin'- (2) White and (17) Harry White.
George Guydosh, (8) Dan West,, Feb. 15: 1. Penny King, 2. Ida
(11) Bob Bain and (17) Bill. Curtis, Last Russ Adams, Sr.,
Beaton. Closest to the Pin (2) Kenny
Feb. 11: 1. Randy Ketcher- Currai'r, (8) John Moore and
side, 2. Harry White, Last (11) J.W Cain.

Courtesy photo

Sport Briefs

OCRA sign ups
to end Saturday
The 2005 Okeechobee .Citi-
zens Recreational Association
(O.C.R.A.) will hold their final
day of baseball and softball sign-
ups Saturday, Feb. 19, from 9
a.m. until 3 p.m. at Teen Town.
Anyone signing up after Sat-
urday will be placed on a wait-
ing list.
A birth certificate for proof of
age will be required. League
ages for the 2005 season are:
baseball: Tee-ball- 5 and 6 years
old; rookie 7 and 8 years old;
AAA- 9 and 10 years old; Majors-
11 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 will be
determined by their age on July
31, 2005, for baseball and May
31, 2005, for softball.
Sign up fees are $60 for the
first child, $55 for the second
child and $50 for every child
after that in the same house-
If you would like to sponsor a
team or purchase a banner or
volunteer to help, contact Media
Director Rev. Paul E. Jackson Sr.
at (863) 824-0899 or Treasurer
George Dukes at (863) 467-9996
from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For more information, check
the O.C.R.A. website at
Bass club hosts
benefit tourney
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
will hold their fourth annual
Kid's Day benefit bass tourna-
ment on March 20 at the Okee-
Tantie Marina.
The weigh-in will begin at 2
The entry fee into the team
tournament will be $110 per
team. This fee includes entry
into the big bass pot. The entry
fee can be paid at the ramp on
the morning of the tournament.
Entries can also be paid by
check in advance. To do so,

make the check payable to the
Taylor Creek Bass Club and mail
it to: Bill Seitz, 2315 S.E. 31st St.,
Okeechobee, Fla., 34974. Entry
forms are available at several
local bait and tackle shops, as
well as businesses and restau-
rants; or, by contact Bill at (863)
The total payout will be for
the top six places, and first- and
second-place big fish winners.
The tournament will have a 70
percent payout.
The remaining 30 percent
will be used to help fund the
club's 20th annual Okeechobee
Kid's Day Fishing Festival to be
held later this year.
Hunters can apply
for license online
Beginning July 1, 2005, the
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission will revise the
method in which hunters may
apply for regular and special
quota hunt permits.
The current paper-based sys-
tem has been in place for at least
25 years. With the new method
hunters will be able to apply for
regular and special quota hunt
permits through their Total
Licensing System (TLS) at
license vendors statewide or
from their website MyFWC.com.
For information, contact
Eddie Whi)e of the FWC at 850-
488-8573, ext. 17336.

Bass Anglers
plan meeting.
Big "0" Bass Anglers will
hold their monthly meeting on
Friday, Feb. 25, at Pogey's
Restaurant at 7 p.m.
One of the topics of discus-
sion will be their second bass
tourney, scheduled for Feb. 26 at
the back pond at Okee-Tantie
Marina and Campground.
For information, call Charlie
Hays at (863) 763-2332.
Team Trail
slate announced
The Okee-Tantie Team Trail
has announced its 2005 tourna-
ment schedule.
The trail will kick off with the
Russ Bringger Memorial Tourna-
ment on May 28. The official trail
will begin on May 29. The dates
for the rest of the trail are June
26, July 10, Aug.7, Sept. 11 and
Oct. 9.
The trail's classic will take
place on Nov. 19 and 20.
The tournaments will all be
held at Okee-Tantie Marina and
Campground. Registrations for
the memorial tourney and the
trail can be made at the Wanta-
Linga Motel or at the dock on the
day of the tournament.
For information, contact
Larry Crossman at (863) 763-



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The Okeechobee News, Thursday, February 17, 2005

At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Feb. 11,
through Thursday, Feb. 17, are as
Theatre I "The Aviator" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 p.m.
only, Saturday and Sunday at 2
and 7 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2 and 7 p.m.
Theatre II "Hitch" (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 III "Hide and Seek"
(R) 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 information, call (863) 763-


Club has
quilts for sale
The Tantie Quilters now have
baby and regular size quilts for
sale. For more information call
Margaret Smith at (863) 467-
8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863)
Birth control for
animals is offered
Martin County A.B.C. Pro-
gram is available for Okee-
chobee residents. The rates to
spay/neuter cats and dogs are:
female cat $15; male cat $10;
female dog $25; and male dog -
$25. Applications may be picked
up at the PennySaver, St. Vin-
cent's, Salvation Army or Animal
Control. For more information,
call (772) 283-4137 or (772) 336-
Vaccine for
rabies required
The Florida State Animal Law
828.30 Rabies vaccination of
dogs, cats and ferrets. Okee-
chobee County. Ordinance Sec.
10-111, Vaccination against
rabies required and' Okee-
chobee City Ordinance 4-26,
vaccinations. All dogs, cats and
ferrets 4 months and older must
be vaccinated once a year by a
licensed veterinarian against
rabies with a United States Gov-
ernment approved vaccine. Ani-
mal licenses are purchased at
.the Animal Control facility with
proof of current rabies vaccina-
tion. For more information, call
Animal Control at 357-3225.
Narconon brings
hope to addicts
Narconon means no drugs or
narcotics none. The Nar-
conon drug education and pre-
vention program has brought
hope to the field of drug addic-
tion and rehabilitation. Nar-
conon of Oklahoma Inc. is a
non-profit 501(c)(3) public ben-
efit organization. Through our
800 line we provide free assess-
ments and over 11,000 local
referrals to people across the
country. What this means is that
we can actually find help for
those that need it. On a daily
basis our web-site can be used
as an accurate source of infor-
mation as well as education on
the specific drugs that affect our
community. Right now educa-
tion is the best weapon that we
have against addiction. For ques-
tions or comments please e-mail
Volunteers needed
for school program
The Olivet Community Ser-
vices Corporation is looking for
dedicated volunteers for it's after
school program. The program
meets weekly, Monday Thurs-
day, from 3 until 5 p.m. We need
full-time and part-time help
once a week or every day. Volun-
teers need no minimum level of
education. For more information

call Leroy or Sarah Alexander at
(863) 763-3304 or 467-9355.
Jaycees need
energetic people
The Okleechobee Jaycees
would like to welcome all ener-
getic young people between the
ages of 21 and 39, who are inter-
ested in working towards the
betterment of our community
and to have fun. Meetings are
held on the first and third
Wednesday of each month at
the American Legion, beginning
at 7:30 p.m. For more informa-
tion, call Marcia Crane-at 634-
7376. ,

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The Okeechobee News has immediate
opportunities for New Independent
Delivery Agents who want to provide
excellent service to our readers.

Opportunities Now Open in these Areas:

4 N

Southern Gardens Citrus seeks an individual with pre-
vious experience operating and maintaining centrifug-
es and pumps. Some mechanical abilities required
along with good math & organizational skills. Will be
performing heavy manual labor while working in a
noisy and wet environment. Must be able to function
in a team environment and work a flexible schedule
including nights, weekends, and holidays. High
school diploma or GED preferred. Employment in-
cludes 401-K, benefits, bonus opportunity, and week-
ly overtime potential. For additional information call
(863)902-4133 or apply in person at 1820 CR 833.
lewiston, Fl.

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
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

Part-Time Pharmacist
Pharmaceutical Services
Located at
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
(863) 357-2442
for more information

Needed for large dairy. Contact Ben
at McArthur Farms, Inc. Maintenance
Shop, 1550 N.E. 208th St.,
Okeechobee, FL 34972. (863)763-7233.
Benefits include group health insurance,
profit sharing, and 401(k).
Drug free workplace. E.0.E.

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N.W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442

Must have a dependable
car and provide excellent
service to our customers

Must be 18 yrs of age
Apply in person

Estimator on road & in
office. Must have computer
experience, Excellent
driving record. salary +
Commission. Vac., Sick &
Health Ins. Apply in
person. 2762 NW 4th St.,
Okeechobee. 8am-3pm.

Secretary Receptionist
position well spoken pro-
fessional attire must have
computer skills benefits
avail, fax resume to

Seeking applications for
Full/Time position in a well
established Okeechobee
Family Agricultural
Business. Must be
computer literate &
proficient in Microsoft
Excel, Microsoft Word,
Quick Books, Accounts
Receivable Excellent Pay,
Retirement(401 K) and
Health Insurance Provided
Send Resume to P.O. Box
249 Okeechobee, Fl 34973

Tank Wagon Driver
Palmdale Oil Company
Must have a class B
hazmat and tanker
endorsement. Benefits,
insurance, vacation,
IRA available.
Call 863-763-3617 or

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helps you understand the
worlndaround you. No
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ers are more successful

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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time. Must Have Experience
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street

Housekeeping ~ Full Time
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street

Over 3 Decades Established.
Looking for a Controller & Bookkeeper.
Must have min. exp. 15 yrs. Top pay.-
Fax resume 954-781-0403.

East Coast Migrant Head
Start Project seeks Trans-
portation Specialist to ad-
minister services to 10
Florida centers ensuring
compliance w/Headstart
Transportation Stds & ap-
plicable govt. regulations.
Preferred : AA Degree in
Mgmt/Business field &
exp. w/Head Start trans-
portation Stds. & approp
state regs for transporta-
tion of pre-school children.
2 yrs exp. in fleet transport
mgmt, Class A CDL Lic
with P/S endorsements.
Current School Bus Driver,
Passenger Seat Techni-
cian, & DOT Medical Cer-
tificates required. Exten-
sive travel throughout Flor-
ida. Competitive salary,
excellent benefits. Position
located in Okeechobee,
Florida. Send resume by 2/
Marty Hillary
Director of HR
4901 Glenwood Ave
Ste 300
Raleigh, NC 27612

WOMAN To live in & be a
companion to a 90 yr old
woman. Free room &
board + salary.

Place your help wanted ad
online at
classfl.html or
mailto: classad@newszap.com

Day/Nights must have own
transportation Call Mon-Fri
9am-3pm (863)467-2982

P/T, Computer experience
a MUST. Call Barbara
@ (863)763-4114

Place your help wanted ad
online at
classfl.html or
mailto: classad@newszap.com.

Light house keeping,
cooking. Reference avail.

for a F/T Job W/Bene Has
GED/Computer Exp.

Place your help wanted ad
online at
classfl.html or
mailto: classad@newszap.com


Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

Independent Newspapers
will never knowingly ac-
cept any advertisement
that is illegal or consid-
ered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable
value, such as promises
of guaranteed income
from work-at-home pro-
grams if it sounds too
good to be true, chances
are that it is. If you'have
questions or doubts
about any ad on these
pages, we advise that be-
fore responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at 772-
878-2010 for previous
Some 800 and 900 tele-
phone numbers may re-
quire 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.


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

SHED- 12x16, Wooley, tile
floor and. ceiling fan,
$3500 neg. (863)610-

Set-up and maintain,
bank reconciliations
financial & all tax re-
Semi-retired CPA now.
accepting limited
accounts. Mike, cell
office (863)465-1124

We Clean:
Homes, Offices,
Carpets, Windows
Licensed & Bonded
Call 863-467-0380n

Okeechobee News
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The Okeechobee News is currently seeking an
energetic, self-motivated PART TIME circulation
The right applicant must have:
Class D CDL
Cash Handling Experience
The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
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Competitive pay and benefits
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New Vinyl Skirting
Installed. Avail Now!
Bob 357-3141

Shell Rock &
Bob Cat work


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials 540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets-Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc.560
Clothing 565
CoinsStamps 570
Collectibles 575
ComputerVideo 580
Crafts 'Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes. Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 611
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment.'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps.'Lights 640
Luggage 64.5
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies.'
Equipment 665
Pets Supplies.'
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
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

ton, heat and cool, good
shape, $500. (863)763-
ton, heat and cool, good
shape, $400. (863)763-

HALL TREE Dark Oak org.
finished bench seat twin
Umbrella stand Ajustable
$400 (863)467-9413
Antique, 28x17/", Exc.
cond. Original painting on
front. $400 863-763-4982
oak, with swivel chair,
60x34, 6 drawers, $800.
great shape, has minor
water damage, $50.
(863)467-7999 Iv msg.

BLENDER Food Proc. juicer,
rinder All-N-1 Ex. Blades
68 (863)763-8149

white, like new,
GE RANGE Electric
exc. cond. $75

Good Condition $10.
After 5pm.
Electric, older model,
but works $25.
RANGE, GE, Elec. Good
shape. $75. 863-467-4124

6x9 JBL car 2 new $25

For stove
Almond, $10
WASHER/DRYER, like new,
very good condition, $200
or best offer. (863)673-

(75) $12.00
will separate or swap.

40'x100'+ "Like Bar Joist"
bldg frame, 1 or multi bldg
$4000 609-802-2762

70 sheets, 20'L $350.
Used. Call Gary

Size 12, like new,
exc. cond. $10.

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with leather collar, original,
size large, new, $100.

monitor, keyboard,mouse,
Wind Xp, MS Ofc, $150.
board, mouse, monitor,
Win XP, MS Ofc, $150

BABY ITEMS Greco, Travel
sys, pack & play w/extras.
Full sz. swing. $300 863-
BEDS (2) Twin,
California Style w/frames.
$200 for both, will sep.
Wall unit
BOOK STANDS rattan light
wood (2) $40 or will sep.
(863)357-1794 or
Brass Headboard, Toddler
Bed & set of Twin Beds,
$215 will sell separately.
white w/mirror $75

bles, Glass & wrought iron
6 mo old. Pd $550 asking
$450 863-697-1702
brator, good condition,
$150. (863)467-6512.

cowhide seat chairs
$2500 (863)634-5732

DINING RM SET, seats 10.
w/6ch's., lighted hutch.
Sacrifice for $1,000. in
Okee. (863)467-2132.
58 inches wide, fits 33
inch TV, $50. (863)357-
Armoire w/storage $100
(863)697-6274 or
3 pcs. real wood, glass
door & shelves $100
Brown tone like wrought iron
6 mo old Pd $550 asking
$450 863-697-1702
KING SIZE Temtur-pedic
matt & boxspring $1000

built in recliners. Coffee,
end tables & lamps. $450
Will sep. (863)467-0290.
LR SET- grey, w/pull out
bed, matching loveseat, 2
glass top end tables. $250
neg. (863)946-0503.
LR SET- peach, with sleeper
bed in sofa, includes cof-
fee table. $175 neg.
European Health Concept
Magnetic. Twin, $350.
METAL DESK 62x32 in-
cludes 2 large file drawers.
$75. (863)357-1078.

Blue, $40.
After 5pm.
RECLINERS (2) blue La-Z-y
Boy & 1 sleeper sofa blue
& white $200
Leather, Light tan, 2 yrs
old. Exc. cond., $200.
Must go!! (863)674-0078.

I- Spca Noi

2, females, All shots/Vet
checked Good temperament
$1000. (772)220-2153.
old, AKC reg., 1 female, 1
male, $695. Call (561)

CAMERA, Sony Mavica
CD400, all accessories,
new $800, sell for $400.

BIG SCREEN TV W/oak cab-
inet casing no remote con-
trol, does have a picture
$250 (863)467-0184

I- Spca oic



Come in and fill out a contractors
information sheet at the Circulation office
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D, Okeechobee, FL.
Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233

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new $180, used 2 nights
sell for $100
king sz. & Sofa sleeper w/
matching chase chair.
$500. (863)675-3915.
Good condition. $75

flowers 6 mos. old $699
new will sacrifice. $225
Lrg. coin made $35

forters, skirts, pillow
shams, covers, sheets,
$300 (863)467-2315
W/drawers, Great
shape $40.

stored $2200
5 Metal Woods, Jumbo
Driver & Wilson S.W.
$115. (863)946-3123.
MEN'S & LADIES left hand-
ed golf clubs, New & used
$150 (863)467-0504

Pre WW II, Call for Info.
Remington 700 ADL SYN
7mm Rem Mag NIB $375

ness Equip. all attach-
ments icld. Good cond.
$99 Neg. 863-357-8751

new, never used, includes
stack & base. $75.

Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:
SCREENS, (1) 41x39 & (5)
29x33, good condition,
$12. (863)634-5405

3 wheels, Exc cond see Bill
at American Roofing $850.

AWNINGS, (4), used, excel-
lent condition, call for siz-
es. Call Bob (863)357-
Enclosed Porch or Shed,
Aluminum, 4 Win., 2 Drs,
carpet on cement slab.
8x19 $600 863-357-0863
Fifth Wheel Base & 2100
PSI Powerwash, $325 will
sell separately. (863)946-
Good condition
$200. Firm
KILN 18", EvenHeat, w/
stilts, shelves & posts.
$400 Or best offer.
Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:

GUITAR, Stella, Harmony, 6
made of Birchwood, orig.
bag case. $350 863-467-
Beautiful, Full size.
Excellent cond. $500.
PIANO- Kimball Spinet,
must sell, very good cond,
recently tuned, $550 neg.

2, (F), 8 wks old,
Purebred.Shots up to date.
$250. (863)675-3915.
Dachshund Puppies, 3
males, (2) blk. dapples,
(1) solid choc., 1st shots,
350 ea. (863)634-5112
DONKEY- Young Jack,
$200. (863)467-0613.

,54 in. Big Screen

14 hp Kohler Engine.
30 gallon tank. $1100
cordless framing nailer 2"-
31/2" Nails $250 (863)674-
TOOLBOX- 7 drawer Snap-
On roll away, like new
cond, 3'Hxl8"Dx26"W,
$450. (863)467-7753.
TOW BAR Blue Ox Adenta
class ID 10,000 Ibs. 2" re-
clever $300 or best offer

MOP-VAC Dirt devil new in
box, Great item & easy to
use $45 (863)675-8149

STAR WARS 1,11, II, I Col-
lectors tapes, signed by
Darth Vader. $60 Firm.

I I I : I
Shed, Semi Trailer.
Whatever! Reasonable!
Wanted: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art.
On a rent buy bases a Home
or DBL. wide in the Okee-
chobee area & does have
a down payment


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 705
Farm Feed Products I 0
Farm Miscellaneous F i5
Farm Produce 3120
Farm Services
Offered E25
Farm Supplies
Services Wanted a.c'
Fertilizer 835
Horses 2-10
Supplies 45
Lawn & Garden 250
Livestock '355
Poultry Supplies 560
Seeds Plants
Flower' 3

Okeechobee AG Center.
Tack 11am Registered
Horses 1:30pm. Can Con-
sign 478-627-2727 Now
FL# 2122.

Attached to a Tandem
Axle Trailer. $350.
GRILL, Gas w/2 extra
tanks. $125 863-357-2757

Snapper, BS, Tesch, Mur-
ray, all new, $350 for all.
Lawn Mower, Dixon ZTR,
52 in cut, 18hp, runs
good, new parts, $1500.
3.75 Briggs & Stratton $30


Apartments 9Os
Business Places 91u
Property 9 25
Townhouses Rent '20
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent i30
Land Rent '35
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 95i
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 95

2/2, Townhouse
$950 mo, 1st/last,
$500 sec. (863)467-5965

Medical Office Space
For Lease, needs build out
completed. Approx. 2000
sq ft, located on 441N.,
close to hospital, For
information 467-0831.
In City Limits. 2000 Sq. Ft.
2/3 Private Offices.
New Carpet, C/A/H,
Parking. (863)763-5593

COUPLE w/2 small dogs
looking for a rental within 10
miles N. of Okee. 2BR. is
preferred 863-261-1968

RM for rent in beautiful
home $60 wk. non-s-
moker must like dogs

Full -Time 205


12 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, February 17,2005

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property o-Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
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 Property1080

brick home on 23 acres,
many huge oaks, close to
town, extremely private, 1/
2 mi from new Equestrian
Ctr, (863)634-6071 or
tRRq1R F-Ri1n
RIM CANAL, 2 Br., 2 Ba
a.,'Gaage & 500 Sq. Ft.
Crlar i inod P" Rni. w/
10x20 Inuu,-, ited pool.
Ready to move in. Call for
list off all new items.'
Willing to accept
Hurricane Damaged
($163,000.)reduced to
$145,000 772-597-6158
or 954-801-6158

Builders lots still
available in brand new
community next to
Caloosahatchie River.
New Homes currently
under construction.
(954) 605-6407

OKEE 75'x100' Septic, shed
Ready for Double Wide M/
H 5774 NE 3rd Ln Gagnon
Realty 954 675 0629
How do you find a job in to-
day's competitive mar-
ket? In the employment
section of the classi-

Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
AB 111 AU237

LOT RENTAL, Quiet, Adult
Community. Ocean & Gulf
access. 561-744-8387

Mobile Homes

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

2/2 on Waterfront Lot Lake
access, boathouse, 2
Carport, C/A, fenced yard
$139,000. 863-634-3451.,

2/2 on Waterfront lot in Pri-
vate Park furnished land-
scaped, Many extras Call
Jay 863-634-3451.

90 Redman Dbl Wide
'28x70 4/2 w/many up-
grades. Need to move.
(863)983-9428 $30,000

DBL WIDE 2BR/2BA. needs
little work as is. 100x100
lot all for $58,000 neg.

WOODLAND 1999, Park
Model, 401'L w/2 tip outs.
Completely furn. w/W&D.
KOA Lot #2 on Tennessee.
Time to clean out the attic,
basement and/or gar-
age? Advertise your yard
sale in the classified
and make your clean up a


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

AQUA SPORT, '72, 19',
115hp Mercury eng., with
trailer, needs TLC,$2000.
BIMINI BOAT top new in
box fits pontoons & boats
up to 8' wide $175
BOAT, V-Bottom, aluminum,
needs TLC, $100.

GROVE BOAT loader also
transport wheels & hitch
see on my boat $75
KAYAK- 2 person Ocean
Kayak, w/paddles and
seats, $450. (863)673-
LUND 2001 16'6" w/'03
Suzuki motor & trailer. Used
very little. $11,000 neg.
good cond. $525

Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:
RANGER, '01, 16 ft., 5hp
Mercury mtr, w/trlr, exc.
cond., low hrs., $8000 or
best offer. 772-621-9792
Ranger Bass Boat
90hp motor, w/trailer
Asking $3,000
See at Uncle
Joe's Fishhouse
SCOTTIEC '67- 27ft, with
trlr, cutty cabin, engines
do not work, $2400 neg.
w/trlr, late model Evinrude
48HP, trolling motor,
many extras, boat cover, 2
new batteries,) $2500,

TRI HILL 16', Fiberglass,
30HP Evinrude, trlr, depth
finder & extras. $1,100.
Call (863)357-3203.

fit up to 22' boats $75
*** "

ZODIAC BOAT- 10ft, fiber-
glass bottom, $150.

crankup, like new, AC,
awning, outside shower,
$4295 (863)946-1219.

LCD, 16 Naut. Point Miles,
brand new, in orig. box
$890. (863)382-3557.

For Weather &
Communication $40.

HONDA HELIX 250 1986
24K Original miles.
Asking $1275 or best offer.

BIKE, '02- 4 stroke, good
cond, hardly ridden,
$1300 (863)261-2263.

4-WHEELER ATV, 160 rear
rack ele. start w/reverse
great shape $850

36' DUTCHMAN 01'
W/expando kit, & Living
rm. w/10x20 Deck on
Canal @ Uncle Joe's
fish camp access
boat ramp @ Rim
Canal has roof AC,
Cent, gas heat fully
furnished storage
building 8x10 on
Cement pad.

FRANKLIN '05- 38ft, 3 slide
outs, loaded, Must Sell!!,
$19,800. (941)448-5606.

PACE ARROW '84: 27' GM
chassis, 56K, 4000 KW,
Onan generator, new tires/
batt., $3995 863-697-2724

Trailer 33', w/FI. rm. Furn.
w/washer & dryer
& freezer. Very Nice!
'33, Florida room. Fully
Furnished. Very Nice!


Automobiles 4005;
Autos Wanted 4010O
Classic Cars 4a05
Commercial Trucks 402)
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4103')
Four Wheel Drive 40357
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 40-15
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers .106(i
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

All power. Factory top.
Good condition. $2000
CAMARO, 1994- ,asking
$1300 or best offer.

CHEVY CAMRO 88' needs
trans. work $500
(863)763-7217 or
(863)697-8662 cell

'96, 2 door, auto, loaded,
w/options, $2500.
black, runs great, 108K
mi, asking $1000 or best
offer. (863)467-1110.
Reading a newspaper helps
you understand the world
around you. No wonder
newspaper readers are
more successful people!

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


FORD TAURUS, '98- 6cyl,
cold AC, all power, $3700
or best offer. (863)673-
GEO METRO, '94, 2 dr, cold
a/c, exc. cond. $1300.

LINCOLN 1997, 4 Door,
1 Owner, Good condition.
$4000 or best offer.
4 door, needs transmis-
sion, $350. (561)449-
Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:
$550. Or
best offer.

CHEVY PU, '68- stepside,
8ft bed, rebuilt trans, driv-
en daily, rare model,
$6000. (863)697-6433.

CHEVY S10 1987 4x4 Ta-
hoe. Runs but needs work.
Topper incl. $1000. (863)
763-4032 or 763-7144.
Ford Bronco '89, cold a/c,
mud tires & alum rims, 4
whl dr., great cond.,
$4500. (863)447-0941

runs, needs some work,
$450 or best offer.

JEEP Grand Wagoneer 88
Runs good. Ideal For Dune
Buggy or Can be fixed up.
$600 863-673-0920.

CLUB CAR,Good cond.
..good batt.& chgr. $1299
Neg. (863)697-1350

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

Melex Golf Cart
36 volt,

DODGE short bed cover 6
mon. old $175
****** **** **

new, 10 hsp, fits John
Deere or Kawasaki Mule.
$900. (863)692-2229.

FIRESTONE Airbags-com-
plete kit will fit Super Duty
Ford & Dodge Pu's $200

lAutomobiles 4005 1

lAutomobiies :5:1

Community Events

'His Story' planners will meet
The "His Story" planning committee will meet on Feb. 21 at 7
p.m. in the Fellowship hall at the First United Methodist.Church. If
you are interested in helping with the production for 2005, please

Brighton Baptist Church hosts revival
Joe H. Bishop will be the speaker during revival services at
Brighton Baptist Church. Reverend Bishop is the pastor of Foun-
tain of Life Church. Revival services have been scheduled for Feb.
21-25, with worship beginning at 7 p.m. The Brighton Baptist
Church is located at 24050 S.R. 70 W. For information, call (863)

Collaborative council will meet
The Community Collaborative Council will meet Tuesday, Feb.
22, at 10 a.m. in the Freshman Campus Auditorium, 610 S.W Sec-
ond Ave. The auditorium is directly north of the school board

Healthy Start sponsors Lunchbox Lectures
Parents, providers and the public are cordially invited to attend
a Lunchbox Lecture, featuring psychotherapist Dr. Brenda Garma,
Ph.D., LMHC. Her first lecture will be Feb. 22 on Post Traumatic
Stress Syndrome. The free lecture will be presented at the Visiting
Nurses Association, 208 S.E. Park Street, from 11:30 a.m. until 1
p.m. Please bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. Lunch-
box Lectures are presented by the Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Task Force and sponsored by the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion to inform and heighten the community's awareness of topics
that surround the increasing problem of teen pregnancy in Okee-
chobee. Upcoming lectures will focus on Sex Education for
Teens/Parents, Sexual Predators, Adolescence and Sexual Bound-
aries and Techniques to Use for Children that Are Self Mutilating.
The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the lecture will begin
promptly at noon. For information, call the Healthy Start Coalition
Office at (863) 462-5877.

Viking community meeting slated
Okeechobee County Sheriff Paul May and Okeechobee County
Commissioner Gene Woods will meet with Viking residents on
Feb. 23 at the Basinger Community Center. The public meeting
will begin at 7 p.m. Law enforcement and garbage collection will
be discussed.

Book discussion group will meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group
will continue to meet at 7 p.m. in the Okeechobee Library meeting
room: Everyone who lives to read and discuss books is invited to
attend. The group's schedule is: Thursday, Feb. 24, "The Time Trav-
elers Wife" Audrey Niffenegger; Thursday, March 24, "The Other
Bolelyn" Phillipa Gregory; Thursday, April 21, "Come Tell Me How
You Live", Agatha Christie-Mallowan; Thursday, May 26, "Yellow
Raft, Blue Water" -,Michael Dorris; and Thursday, June 23, "Before
Women Had Wings" Connie Fowler. If you have questions or
would like more information, call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

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Singing 'Life Goes On'
On Tuesday, Feb. 15, Chandler Varnadore, age 6, sang
"Life Goes On" for the South Elementary Talent Show.

Baton routine
On Tuesday, Feb. 15, Clara Golliher did a baton routine to
7 "Cinderella" for the talent show at South Elementary.

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Case No.: 2004 OR 771
Division: Domestic Relations
Genaro Garcia
Evelyn C. Garcia
TO: Evelyn C. Garcia
240 SomGrero Bch Rd. 12D
Marathor, FL 33260
an action has been filed against
you and that you are required to
serve a copy of written defenses, if
any, to it on Genaro Garcia whose
address 320 NW 38th Terrace on
or before March 19, 2005, and file
the original with the clerk of this
Court at 354 NW 2nd St., Okeecho-
bee, FL 34972 before service on
Petitioner or immediately thereaf-
ter. If you fail to do so, a default
may be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court documents in
this case, including orders, are
available at the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office. You may review
these documents upon request.
You must keep the Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court's office notified of your
current address. Future papers in
this lawsuit will be mailed to the ad-
dress on record at the clerk's of-
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida
Family Law Rules of Procedure, re-
quires certain automatic disclosure
of documents and information.
Failure to comply can result in
sanctions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings.
Dated: February 8, 2005
By: Beatrice Rodriguez
Deputy Clerk
553312 ON 2/17,24;3/3,10

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