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Vol. 96 No. 57

Saturday, February 26, 2005

504 Plus tax


Tax office to
close March 2
The Okeechobee County
Tax Collector's office, 307
N.W Fifth Ave., will close at
3:30 p.m. on Wednesday,
March 2, for training.
The office will reopen
Thursday, March 3, at 8 a.m.

Stewart leaves
prison next weekend
She will be able to return to
work and start drawing her
$900,000 salary again, and she
will be free to throw lavish
house parties.
Martha Stewart will also be
wearing the must-have acces-
sory for the convicted felon on
the go: an electronic anklet that
will allow authorities to moni-
tor her movements.
After five months in prison
in West Virginia, Stewart will be
released next weekend to her
153-acre estate in the rolling
horse country 40 miles north of
midtown Manhattan. There, for
another five months, she will
serve the home detention por-
tion of her sentence for a stock
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defeat Bulldogs
The Brahmans varsity base-
ball team played their second
game of the season on the road
against the Bulldogs of South
Fork and came away with a 5-2
regular-season win.
Travis Rogers had a coming
out party on the mound. He
pitched sevei strong innings
Wednesday, scattered five hits
and struck out five. He gave up
no earned runs.
On Tuesday, Feb. 22, Okee-
chobee opened their season on
the road against the Port St.
Lucie Jaguars with an 8-3 loss.
Mental and physical errors
led to three runs by the Jaguars
in the fourth, and put the home
club up 3-2, said Okeechobee
head baseball coach Dylan
Blake Marsocci pitched four
innings, gave up three hits and
one earned run.
Port St. Lucie scored four
more runs in the fifth with the
help of a walk and three
straight hits.

Drought Index
Current: 537
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.63 feet

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

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Community Events ... .4
Crossword . . .11
Obituaries ......... 3
Opinion ........... 4
Speak Out ......... 4
Sports ............ 5
TV ............. 12
Weather ...........2
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Parks vow to fight rate change

OUA tentatively
OKs rate change
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
After receiving public input at a
special meeting Thursday night,
the board of directors of the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority (OUA)
voted to give preliminary approval
to a proposed rate change even
though they face the threat of
another lawsuit.

The board also dealt with two
matters concerning the proposed
wastewater treatment plant
expansion. They debated options
for disposal of the increased
amount of treated effluent that
would result from the proposed
expansion. In addition they
authorized execution of a grant
assistance agreement with the
Florida Department of Environ-
mental Protection (DEP).
The group of customers that
would be most affected by the
proposed rate change would be

the master meter class. Mobile
home parks, travel trailer and RV
camps fall into this group. There is
one master meter that serves all
the individual units that uses water
at the facility.
Prior to the Oct. 1, 2003, rate
change, master meter customers
were charged a base facility
charge (the minimum rate if no
water is used) based on the num-
ber of units using the meter.
Then in accordance with a cir-
cuit court ruling against OUA that
was instituted by several RV park

Happy Birthday: Rotary turns 100 on Wednesday

Lot owners
would pay $50
lot assessment
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Trash collection in Viking,
and enforcement of the coun-
ty's sludge ordinance were two
topics of discussion at Thurs-
day's meeting of the Okee-
chobee County Board of Coun-
ty Commissioners.
Commissioners also made a
number of appointments to
various committees and

Staff photos/Maria Chandler
Susan Barber (middle) became a new member of the Rotary Club of Okeechobee
Wednesday on Rotary's 100th birthday. Welcoming her to the club are Kristy Crawford
(left) and Mike Costopoulos (right).

owners, OUA changed master
meter rates.
The Oct. 1, 2003, rate change
charged master meter customers
a base facility charge based on the
size of the meter, rather than the
number of units using the meter.
That rate change resulted in signif-
icantly lower rates for RV parks
and higher rates for residential and
nonresidential customers.
The authority eventually won
the court case on appeal in district
court, which gave OUA the right to
revert back to the old rate system.

The proposed rate change
attempts to bring base facility
charges back to their pre-Oct 1,
2003, levels.
Under the proposed change,
base facility charges for master
metered customers are based on
the number of units using the
meter, while single family and
nonresidential base facility
charges remain based on the size
of the meter.
Henry Thomas, OUA rate con-
See Parks Page 2

County Administrator
George Lohg told the board of
his recent discussions with
Waste Management concern-
ing the thrash situation in the
Viking subdivision. He said that
Waste Management has put
together a proposal with "very,
very, rough cost estimates."
Currently, every occupied
residential lot in the county
pays an assessment of about
$150 a year for garbage collec-
tion. Under the proposal,
Viking residents would be in a
separate assessment district
and would not pay that assess-
ment. All Viking lot owners,
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The Rotary Club of Okeechobee met Wednesday instead of their regular meeting day of
Tuesday at the Golden Corral to honor Rotary's 100th birthday.

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The winner
Six-year-old Gall Sparkman was the first winner of the
day at the second annual Law Enforcement Expo on Sat-
urday, Feb. 19. Her family had came out to the park to
learn all about safety from the different law enforcement
agencies and the Citizens on Patrol when her ticket was
drawn as the winner of this brand new bike helmet.

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Watershed project
team meeting planned
Okeechobee Watershed Project
Team will be meeting Monday, Feb.
28, from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at
the Indian River Community Col-
lege Dixon Hendry Campus,
room 111, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave., in
For information, call Anwar
Khan at (954) 494-2084 or Dave
Unsell at (561) 682-6888.

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Mom not charged
in daughter's death
who allowed her 5-year-old daugh-
ter to ride in the front seat of a car
without a seat belt will not be
charged in the crash that killed the
girl, prosecutors said.
Alexandria Salazar died of
severe neck injuries in October
when the car being driven by her
mother, Lisa Salazar, crashed into
another vehicle at an intersection,
sending the girl into an air bag as it
Lisa Salazar had just picked up
her daughter at an after-care pro-
gram about a mile from their home
when she crashed while moving
slower than 30 mph at the intersec-
tion, which had no stop sign.
A police investigation found
that city officials knew Oct. 25 that
the sign was missing after a minor
two-car crash at the intersection.
Alexandria was killed the next day,
and the sign was replaced after the
crash, the report said.

Woman facing
arson charges
PLANT CITY A woman was
charged with starting a fire that rav-
aged several historic buildings,
which were once among the city's
first banks and department store.
Angelica Ruth Lockett, 58, was
charged Thursday with seven
counts of arson in the blaze that
caused $3 million in losses and
damage to seven businesses, said
Detective Kevin Shireman of the
state fire marshal's office.
Monday's fire destroyed almost
a half-block in this city of about
29,000 people. It started in an elec-
tronics store and fanned through a
common attic.
Lockett used a key to enter the
electronics store, owned by her for-
mer boyfriend, and threw a ciga-
rette on a makeshift bed, Shireman

Doctor charged
with attempted rape
SPRING HILL Police arrested
an anesthesiologist on attempted
sexual battery charges Thursday,
alleging he drugged a woman with
multiple medications and tried to
rape her.
It's the second time Hussam
Armashi has been arrested in con-
nection with allegations of patient
He was arrested on sexual bat-
tery charges in 2001 after four
women said he raped them while
they were drugged. But the
charges were dismissed when the
women elected to seek remedies
in civil court instead of cooperating
with prosecutors.
Armashi, 57, was released on
$20,000 bail after Thursday's
Police also said another patient
had come forward and made simi-
lar allegations.
Grand jury indicts

political activist
BARTOW. A grand jury
charged a political activist with
submitting signatures he knew
were forged for a petition drive,
including the name of Polk Coun-
ty's supervisor of elections.
Dewey, Smith, 76, of Lakeland,
was indicted Thursday on two
felony and two misdemeanor
charges and was released from the
county jail on $7,000 bail. He's also
accused of accepting a $5,000 ille-
gal contribution to his political
action committee.
Authorities began investigating
more than 400 potentially fake sig-
natures last fall, after county elec-
tions supervisor Lori Edwards dis-
covered someone had forged her
own signature on the petitions.

'Spiderman' burglar
gets 15-year sentence
TAMPA The man police call
the "Spider-man" burglar for his
acrobatic approach to robbing
businesses was sentenced to 15
years in prison.
Bobby .Ray Romeo, 34,' was
sentenced Thursday to much less
than the maximum 90 years in
prison he had faced after pleading
guilty in January to burglary, deal-
ing in stolen property and grand
Prosecutors agreed to prose-
cute only 13 charges if Romeo pro-
vided details on other crimes. He
admitted to 97 burglaries of busi-
nesses since 2003, most in south.

Detectives broke the case using
DNA. Investigators tested cigarette
butts, a soda can and a beer bottle
left at crime scenes.


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sultant, contends that this is the
common rate structure in Florida.
According to figures released by
Mr. Thomas, the proposed rate
change would result in a slight
decrease in rates for residential
customers. He said nonresidential
rates would stay the same, and
master meter rates would go up.
The proposed rate change is
revenue neutral. That means that it
would bring the same amount of
money to OUA as the present rate
Board member George Long
noted that the board had made rate
changes in the past that drastically
reduced master meter rates, while
raising the rates for other classes of
customers. He said that the change
was made quickly because OUA
had to make up revenue, and that
the present proposed change
affects master meter customers in
the opposite way.
He asked Mr. Thomas if this rate
change could be phased in to
make it easier on master meter
Mr. Thomas replied that any
concession to master meter cus-
tomers would have to come at the
expense of residential customers.
Mr. Long then asked Mr.
Thomas about the length of time
the proposed rate change would
be-in effect. He noted that rate
changes usually went into effect on
Oct. 1, the beginning of OUA's fis-
cal year. Since it is only six months
until Oct. 1, he asked that if the rate
change were approved could it
stay in place for one year?

If approved the proposed
change would go into effect April 1.
"If we did it April to April you
would lose revenue, but I don't
think it is detrimental," was Mr.
Thomas' answer.
The only member of the public
to address the issue was Charles
Freed, the owner of Zachary Taylor
Camping Resort. He contended
that OUA had gone backwards
since they took over the water sys-
tem in 1995 from Beachwater.
"If we had one rate for every-
one, it would be equal. We are not
equal," he asserted. "Why do we
always get picked on?
"We're going to have to take
this to court. We have been discri-
mated against. If you want to go
ahead, we will continue fighting,"
said Mr. Freed.
Before giving unanimous tenta-
tive approval to the proposed rate
structure, the board decided to
delay the effective date for a pro-
posed increase in wastewater capi-
tol connection charges until Oct 1,
2005. At that time, if approved the
rate would go from $1,500 to
Final decision on the proposed
rate structure will be made after
another public hearing to be held
March 8 at 8:30 a.m. at the OUA
office at 100 S.W. Fifth Avenue.
The board then turned to a mat-
ter that had been tabled from the
last meeting disposal of treated
effluent. The board is currently
seeking ways to finance an expan-
sion of the wastewater treatment
plant that is nearing capacity. An
increase in plant capacity would
result in an increase in the amount
of treated effluent that would have
to be disposed.
Three options were presented

at the last meeting: onsite wetland
and surface discharge into Taylor
Creek; shallow well injection; and,
deep-well injection.
It was noted that the estimated
costs of all three options were
about the same.
Operations Manager John Hay-
ford noted the created wetland
option is still viable and would
require discharge into Taylor
Creek. He said treated water inject-
ed into a shallow well can be
retrieved. The water cannot be
retrieved from deep well injection,
but a deep well would have the
capacity to handle several future
plant expansions, he added.
Mr. Long noted that wells are
terribly costly.
Mr. Hayford stated that with a
constructed wetland, a five-year
permit from DEP is required. He
said that in five years OUA might
face stricter environmental require-
ments for permit renewal.
He went on to say the criteria
for injection wells does not change
much. However, he said, .shallow
well injection might not be an
option because of nearby potable
water wells.
The board agreed to pursue the
idea of a created wetland rather
than injection wells.
They authorized an expenditure
of $40,000 to Applied Technology
& Management, Inc. and $5,000 to
Metzger & Willard for survey, study
and design work on created wet-
With little discussion, the board
authorized execution of a grant
from DEP in the amount of
$135,000. This money would be
used as reimbursement for a por-
tion of the design fees for the
wastewater plant expansion.

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whether their lots are occupied or
not, would pay an estimated $50
assessment for each lot.
For this assessment, Waste
Management would provide once
a week garbage pickup at the end
of driveways and twice a week lit-
ter pickup on the rights-of-way.
To pick up the trash Waste
Management, will use an ATV
with a trailer attached. The con-
tents of these trailers would then
be dumped into larger trucks.
Mr. Long said that Waste Man-
agement was headed in the right
direction with their proposal.
The county's sludge ordi-
nance, which was adopted some
time ago, calls for inspection and
licensing of all sludge hauling
trucks. To date, no mechanism
has been put in place to enforce
the ordinance.
County Commission Chair-
man John Abney said that Eddie
Trent of the health department
has some put some numbers
together in regard to the cost of
implementing the inspection
"I still believe it's DEP's
(Department of Environmental
Protection) problem," said Com-
missioner Gene Woods.
Commissioner Ray Domer
stated it was his opinion that Mr.
Trent did not have the staff or the
expertise to provide the required
truck inspections.
Commissioner Elvie Posey
asked why the county wanted to
duplicate the efforts of DEP and
the Department of Transporta-
County Attorney John Cassels
replied that there is a feeling that
state agencies cannot enforce
environmental ordinances like
they can be enforced on the local
Mr. Long stated the ordinance
also affects the Okeechobee Utili-
ty Authority (OUA). He said that
OUA might ask the county to help
with effluent disposal at OUA's
wastewater treatment plant.
"I think it would be a reason-
able request," he added.
In an unrelated issue, there
were 23 applicants for the recent-
ly formed Agri-civic center adviso-
ry committee. Mr. Abney stated
that large number of applicants
was outstanding. He went on to
say that the large number signi-
fied the importance of the agri-
civic center.
This committee will investi-
gate, consider and advise the

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commissioners on recommend-
ed opportunities and uses for the
facility. The committee will also

review and make recommenda-
tion as to fee structures and oper-
ational protocols for the complex.
Each commissioner nominat-
ed two committee members and
Mr. Abney was named chairman.
Appointed to the committee
were: Mark Brandell, Renee
Rucks, Frank Cunningham, Jim
Davis, Larry Davis, John Gilliland,
Melody Hodges, Jerry Jones,. Dr.
Randall Mims and
Roberta Sumner.
Continuing with their appoint-
ments, the commissioners nomi-
nated Lydia Wasson to the Chil-
dren's Service Council. The
appointment to the board is made
by Governor Jeb Bush. He
requires three nominees per
vacancy. The nomination of Ms.
Wasson makes a total of seven
nominees to date for the three
Appointments were also made
to the county's code enforcement
Epifano Juarez and Ralph Mar-
tin were reappointed to -the
board. Mr. Juarez is a regular
member. Mr. Martin was appoint-
ed as an alternate. George Suttle
was also named as a regular
member of the board. Their
appointments will expire March
Chris Suggs and Tony Stark
were renamed to the construction
licensing board." Doug Etchison
was appointed as an alternate.
Their terms expire March 1,2008.
Karen Cassels was named to
the Library Advisory Committee
with a term to end March 1, 2009.
Gil Culbreth was reappointed
to the Okeechobee Development
Authority with a term to end
March 1, 2009.
Elder Sumner was reappoint-
ed to the Okeechobee Utility
Authority with a term to end
March 1, 2009. Eddie Trent was
renamed to his position as alter-
nate member with a term to end
March 1, 2007.
Three people were reappoint-
ed to the planning board/board of
adjustment and appeals. Pamela
Newcomer and Jeff Sumner were
renamed as regular members
with a term to expire March 1,
2008. Stan Curran was named as
an alternate member with a term
to expire March 1,2008.
The commissioners appointed
Faye Havelock to the Treasure
Coast Health Council with a term
to expire December 2007.

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Osceola yearbooks will go on sale next month

Congratulations, Osceola Mid-
dle School (OMS) Milers! In PE.
class each week, students run the
mile and compare their times
throughout the nine weeks. This
week's fastest milers:
Sixth grade: Adrian
Valdez, Ashley
Hawes, and Tay- i1
lor Kinman. Sev-
enth grade: Martin Godinez and
Paige Arnold. Eighth grade: Jose
Monjaras, Raunel Denova, Jamie
OMS would like to congratu-
late the following students for
being recipients of an "OMS
Thanks You" card during the last
month. Staff members carry
around these small cards and are
continually on the lookout for
students going above and beyond
the call of duty to do something
kind or courteous. Each month,
the staff holds a short recognition
program where these outstand-
ing students are rewarded with a
treat and a locker magnet picture
frame that says, "I impressed
Miss Manners at Osceola Middle

School." Congratulations to these
outstanding Warriors:
Nicole Futch, Jarrod Hair,
Carla Pacheco, Kristy Bass, Jared
Belcher, Ashley Lawrence, Silvia
Martinez, Heather Menendez,
Esperanza Montoya, Chad
Negron, Craig Norris, Juan Botel-
lo, Cory Pethybridge, Donnie
Bush, Remington Carson,
Kearstyn Clark, Brittany Drawdy,
Michael Eagle, Vianey Pineda,
Taylor Pritchard, Nick Ramsey,
Shakedral Rembert, Clint
Reutebuch, Emily Ritter, Malcolm
Rush, Olivia Skeen, Victor Gan-
darilla, Kelli Streelman, Megan
Travers, R.D. Hall, Zach Viens,
Ashley Wellington, Fabiola Valeri-
ano, Clotious Harris, Kimberly
Young, Jaiden Barnhart, Christina
Close, Michael Cornell, Marshall
Eng, Michael Hernandez, Tony
,owers, Tyler Dickinson, Cruz
Garcia, Justin Gibson, Ashley
Hawes, Taylor Holden, Andrew
Holmes, Jamie Jimenez, Bobby
Lange, Emily Pickering, Blake
Shapiro, Justin Shockley, Mykia
Smith, Brandon Kicklighter, Kyle

Lunt, Farah Lytle, Emma Mar-
shall, Tate McDonald, David
Meara, Zenaida Orozco, Quinton
Smith, Joseph Summerford,
TaDarell Smith, Kera Snyder,
Bryan Walburn, Shelby Spires,
Chris Spruill, Liz Turner, Tommy
Adams, Maddie Welsh, Taylor
Acree, Jessica Albarran, Frank
Baum, Timothy Bearden, Megan
Blue, Jessica Brantley, Brice
Buckner, Abby Castillo, Justin
Chalfant, Dwight Chandler,
Megan Clements, Catrina Clyne,
Jessie Cofield, Keontia Collins,
Roger Duque, Shanice Fowler,
Carla Garcia, Maria Garcia, Shan-
non Gerber, Kayla Goode,
Damon Heater, Miesha Hender-
son, Brittany Houston, Jackie
Jones, April King, Erin Moore,
Daniel Murphy, Austin Pluskot,
Jeshua Power, Kayla Raulerson,
Kristi Reed, Terrance .Spivey,
Katarina Suarez, Greg Thomas,
Jessica Torres and Garrett Tra-
Upcoming Events: March 7
through March 11: Yearbooks on.
sale all week, $20

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Congratulations to the Osceola Middle School Students of the Week! Tony Bowers, John
Velez, Jolanda Chamberland, Ruth Solarzano, Lucas Hawthorne, Luis Torres, Megan Mullin,
Michelle Allison were rewarded with a pizza lunch on Thursday!

Law Enforcement Activity Report

Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office
Feb. 17
Disturbance, N.E. 131st Ln.
Child custody, S.W 19th Terr.
Trespass, S.R. 70 W.
Suicide attempt, N.W 25th
Burglary, U.S. 441 S.E.
Child abuse, N.E 10th Ln.
Feb. 18
Chemical explosion, S.R. 78
Vehicle/House vandalized,
S.W. 23rd St.
Child abuse, U.S. 441 N.
Trespass, S.R. 70 W
Domestic, N.W. Sixth St.
Lewd/Lascivious acts, U.S. 441
Traffic stop, U.S. 441 S.
Traffic stop, U.S. 441 N.
Battery, S.E. 21st Ct.
Traffic stop, S.R.. 70 E.
Traffic crash, N.W Second St.
Traffic stop, Nubbin Slough
Stolen vehicle, S.R. 70 W.
Death investigation, Center St.

Burglary,'U.S. 441 S.E.
Missing juvenile, S.E. 24th
Domestic/verbal, N.W. Third
Traffic stop, S.R. 70 W.
Drunk pedestrian, S.R. 70 W.
Domestic, S.R. 70 W.
Lewd/Lascivious acts, N.W.
268th St.
Prisoner in custody, .N.E. Sec-
ond St.
Prisoner in custody, N.E First
Prisoner in custody, S.E. 22nd
Assault, N.E. 39th Blvd.
Trespass, N.W Eighth Ave.
Trespass, N.W Eighth Ave.
Trespass, U.S. 441 S.E.
Burglary, U.S. 441 S.
Hit and run, U.S. 441 S.E.
Drunk pedestrian, U.S. 441
Drunk pedestrian, S.R. 70 E.
Verbal disturbance, U.S. 441
Assault, N.W. Fourth St.

Okeechobee City
Police Department
Feb. 16
Drug case, N.W. Eighth Ave.
Alarm, N.E. Park St.
Disabled vehicle, N. Parrott
Civil matter/information N.W.
Ninth Ave.
Verbal threats/assist to anoth-
er department, S.W. Fifth Ave.
Roadblock, S.R. 15 S.
Juvenile, S.E. Second St.
Traffic crash, S.R. 15 S.
Information, S.E. Second Ave.
Criminal mischief/civil matter,
S.W. 11th Ave.
Traffic crash, S.R. 70 W.
Lewd/Lascivious acts, S.E.
Second St.
Disturbance, S.W. 10th Ave.
Abandoned vehicle, N.E. Park
Disturbance, S.W. 10th Ave.
Police service call, S. Parrott
Traffic crash, N. Parrott Ave.
Police service call, S.W. Sec-
ond St.

Disturbance, S. Parrott Ave.
Burglary/assist to another
department, N.W. Seventh Ave.
Escort, N.E. Park St.
Criminal mischief, S. Parrott
Disturbance, S. Parrott Ave.
Disturbance, S.W. Park St.
Feb. 17
Alarm, N.W. Park St.
Fraud/Information, S. Parrott
Traffic crash, N.W. Park St.
Hit & Run/traffic crash S. Par-
rott Ave.
Lewd/Lascivious acts, N.E.
Park St.
Mentally ill person/escort N.W.
Park St.
Traffic crash, N.W. Park St.
Juvenile, N.W. 15th St.
Sick person, N.W. Second St.
Juvenile, S.W. 16th St.
N.W 10th St.
Mussing person/runaway S.W.
14th St.
Feb. 18
Intoxicated pedestrian, S. Par-
rott Ave.


Traffic crash, N.E. Park St.
Child/elderly abuse, N.W
Sixth St.
Animal complaint, N. Parrott
Pursuit/prisoner in custody,
N.W. 13th St.
Investigation, S.E. Second Ave.
Larceny/theft, S. Parrott Ave.
Missing person/runaway, S.W.
16th St.
Beverage violatidn/prisoner in
custody, N.E. 12th St.
Beverage violation/prisoner in
custody, N.E Park St.
Beverage violation/prisoner in
custody, S.E. Park St.
Juvenile, S. Parrott Ave.
Traffic stop/seized tag, S.E.
Fourth St.
Disturbance, S. Parrott Ave.
Disturbance, S.W Seventh
Assist to another department,
S.R. 70 E.
Traffic stop/prisoner in cus-
tody, S.W. Sixth St.
Information, N.W Secnd St.
Suspicious person/vehicle,
N.E. 13th St.
Make contact, N.E. 10th St.
Open door/window, S. Parrott
Escort, N.W. 11th St.

Larceny/theft, N. E. Park St.
Traffic crash, S. Parrott Ave.
Lewd/Lascivious act, S.W.
14th St.
Escort, S.R. 15 and S.R. 70
Traffic crash, S.W. 10th St.
Criminal mischief, N. Parrott
Alarm, N.W. Park St.
Disturbance, N.W. 11th Ave.
Traffic stop/prisoner in cus-
tody, N.W. Park St.
Drug investigation/prisoner in
custody, S.W Second Ave.
Send ambulance, S.E. Fifth St.
Prowler/prisoner in custody,
S.W. Third Ave.
Suspicious incident, N.E. Park
Stolen vehicle, N.W. Seventh
Traffic crash/man down, S.
Parrott Ave.
Disturbance, N.W Third St.
Disturbance, N.E. Park St.
Intoxicated driver, N.W. Park
Traffic crash, N.W Second St.
Police service call, S.E. 21st. St.
Animal complaint; N.E. Park
Missing person/runaway, S.E.
11th Ave.

Mae P Hendee
Mae P. Hendee, age 81, of
Portland, Mich. passed away on
Friday, Feb. 25, 2005. She was
born on May 26, 1923, in South
Lyon, Mich. the daughter of Ray-
mond and Mabel (Sowers) Dun-
can. Mrs. Hendee was a member
of the Portland VFW Post #4090
ladies Auxiliary and the Okee-
chobee, Elks Club #2558 Auxil-
iary. Mae worked as the book-
keeper for her husband in their
construction and farming busi-
ness for many years.
She was preceded in death
by: her parents; husband, Hal
'Fred' Hendee; son, Gerald
Foote; daughter-in-law Billie
Survivors include: her chil-
dren, Patricia (Dave) McGregor
of Portland, Mich., Donald Foote
of Ononadaga; daughter-in-law
Janet Foote of Jackson, Mich:;
eight grandchildren; 15 great-
The Funeral Service will be
conducted by her grandson Mr.
Rodney Foote at 1 p.m. Monday,
Feb. 28, at th'e' Schrauben-
Lehman Funeral Home, Portland
with interment following at Port-
land Cemetery. The family will
receive friends at the funeral
home from 2 until 4 and from 7
until 9 p.m: Sunday. Pallbearers
will be her grandsons, Rodney
Foote, Jim Foote, Joel Foote,

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and Jeff Kohn.
For those desiring memorial
contributions may be made to
the Portland VFW Post #4090
Ladies Auxiliary in memory of
Mrs. Mae P. Hendee. Online con-
dolences may be made -at
Daniel Marion
Dan McCarthy, age 82, passed
away at home. Feb. 24, 2005,
under the care of Hope Hospice.
He was born Sept. 28, 1922, in
Okeechobee to Daniel B. and
Marie Futral McCarthy. He
attended the University of Flori-
da graduating in 1943 with a
degree in Chemical Engineering.
He was a veteran of the U.S.
Army retiring as a Captain in
1946. He married Ruth Claire
Ottens in 1946 and moved back
to the Lake Area founding
Glades Gas Company in Clewis-
ton in 1947, expanding with
Belle Glade and Okeechobee. He
was a servant to his community.
He was a member of St. Mar-
garet's Catholic Church, The
Knights of Columbus, Knight of
St Gregory, Commissioner of the
City of Clewiston-32 years,
Mayor of Clewiston-2 years,
founding and lifetime member
of Florida Propane Gas Associa-
tion, member Board of Directors

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of Hendry General Hospital for
25 years, founding member of
the American Legion Post at
Clewiston, honorary lifetime
member Clewiston Lions Club,
lifetime member Clewiston
Chamber of Commerce, 25 Gal-
lon Donor Palm Beach County
Blood Bank, 57-year member
Clewiston Volunteer Fire Dept.,
founding director of Clewiston
National Bank now Big Lake
National Bank,
He is survived by: his wife-
Ruth McCarthy of Clewiston;
Children, Daniel, Jr. (Elaine) of
Silver Springs, Md., David (Bar-
bara), Stuart, Jim (Flo), Gasto-
nia, N.C., Claire (Freddy Ulloa),
Davie, Marie (Tim Glass), Deer-
field, Ill. Monica (Jim Clark),
Okeechobee, Dennis (Karen),

Belle Glade, Kevin (Debbie),
Clewiston, Michael (Susan),
Brandon, 24 grandchildren and
one great-grandson.
A Community Memorial Ser-
vice will be Monday evening,
Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at The John
Boy Auditorium.
Funeral Mass will be Tuesday,
March 1, at 11 a.m. at St. Mar-
garet's Catholic Church with
Rev. Thomas Foudy officiating-
Burial will follow at the
Ridgelawn Cemetery.
The family suggests Memori-
als to Hope Hospice or St. Mar-
garet's Catholic Church or the
Clewiston Lions Club.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis
Funeral Home-Clewiston

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opinion line. Call and express your opinion or ask question
about public issues. You are not required to leave your name.
While we want you to speak out freely, the newspaper reserves
the right to edit calls for clarity, brevity, relevance and fairness.
To speak out call (863)467-2033, fax (863)763-5901 or e-mail:
okeenews@okeechobee.com. You can also mail submissions
to Okeechobee News, P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
"U.S. 441 Southeast is hard on the eyes. Litter abounds to the
point that the area is a disgrace with plastic bags, broken bot-
tles, pop cans, etc. Obviously there is no committee interested in
improving the appearance of the area, or we would see a request
for volunteers to pick up litter. It's bad enough that landowners
have piled up refuse, with remnants of the hurricanes and/or
simply cleaning their individual properties. How long are proper-
ty owners allowed to leave that refuse piled up before having it
hauled away? I bet if the powers that be started issuing tickets
that refuse would be removed pronto. It sure doesn't add to the
appearance/appeal of your town. Why don't the businesses
along Southeast 441 hire high school students to clean up the
area across from their individual business, or ask for volunteers
from either earth science classes, civics classes or simply those
. interested in improving the environment in which they live. I bet
the retail and grocery stores would be willing to donate the work
gloves and trash bags because, undoubtedly, their businesses
unwittingly contributed to the trash." (Editor's Note: Thanks for
calling. If the debris is from the hurricanes, it is the property
owner's responsibility to call Waste Management to have it
hauled away. If the debris is construction related, it is still the
property owner's responsibility. There is also a fee that must be
paid before construction and demolition (C&D) debris is
removed. As for how long the debris can remain, that is a code
enforcement issue and we suggest you call county code
enforcement at (863) 763-5548 to lodge your complaint.)

"I am calling about the stores that when you go in and spend
some $60 to $100 for groceries and the clerk stands there while
the person who bought the groceries is putting her own gro-
ceries back in to her cart, do you realize how much these grocery
stores save by having the customers reload their own groceries?
One day, while I was loading my groceries the clerk just started
ringing up the next customer with no consideration to me."

"I was just reading an article in the Glades County Democrat
about a policeman in our police department. Has Okeechobee
picked up on this?" (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. Yes we
were aware of it, but since the lawsuit pertains to a Glades
County deputy we gave the story to our sister paper, the Glades
County Democrat. While it's true the deputy used to work in
Okeechobee, he is now employed in Glades County. If and
when this case goes to federal court, we will covertt)

"I am sick and tired of people talking about the Basswood
sign. Either take it down or put a video camera up. Maybe if the
cops would patrol a little bit more in that area they would have
caught the vandals, 'cause it takes time to do stuff like that. So
tear it down or patrol it better. These are just delinquents, and if
they don't put the cans down and pick up some books they will
be 40-year old delinquents."

Barking Dogs
"I am calling about some dogs that continually bark, night
and day in Taylor Creek Isles. It is to the point where6you can't
even go out in your yard 'cause they are barking so bad."

Plugged Culverts
"I would like to know why 30th through 32nd the culverts are
not cleaned out? We would have never been flooded if this had
been done. We butt up against 70 and all those culverts have
stuff in them so the water can't flow through." (Editor's Note:
Thanks for calling. Have you called the county's road and
bridge department? Their number is (863) 763-3514.)

"I would like to confront the number of deaths of our soldiers
over in Iraq. The number of deaths total 1,126 and 'other causes'
are 358, which is 32 percent of the first number. I would like to
know what the other causes are." (Editor's Note: Thanks for call-
ing. The 'other causes' refer to such incidents as motor vehicle
crashes, as well as airplane and helicopter crashes. In short,
deaths that occurred outside of actual battle.)

"Is there anyone of the Wicca faith in Okeechobee County? If
so, write me."

"I would like to say that I agree with the caller that thanked
the winter residents for coming down. If they didn't come down
we would be paying city taxes and state taxes to make up what
they do for us. I think all the complainers need to sweep around
their own doors, 'cause I bet many of them visit the NFL Hall of
Fame, MLB Hall of Fame and Vegas. This isthe beauty of living in
America-- you can come and go as you please."'

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Looking Back ...
Built at a cost of $3.6 million, this May 14, 1964, photo shows the largest dam in South Florida. It stretches 340 feet
across the improved river channel and brings the fresh water of Lake Okeechobee to Fort Myers. The lock at left is 400
feet x 56 feet and will pass vessels with a draft of 12 feet. It was operated and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of

Upcoming Events

Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House,
which is located next to the driver's license office on U.S. 441 S.E. It is a
self-help group for people with a desire to stop using alcohol and other
intoxicating drugs and a desire to manage their emotional or psychiatric
illness. It's an open discussion group.
The Okeechobee Marshals are a cowboy action shooting club that
will be holding shoots in Okeechobee. Everyone is invited. Just follow
the signs for the sporting days at the Thunder Cross Race Track.

A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour. It
will be an open step meeting.

Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior at 8 p.m.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863) 763-
6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Woman at the Well meet at 7 p.m., at The Gathering in the confer-
ence room for a weekly 12 step recovery and support group meeting for
women overcoming chemical dependency. For information, call (863)
467-1112 or (863) 357-4418.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology and
how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through
extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863)
467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big
Lake Mission's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at the Golden Corral Restau-
rant at noon. All Rotarians and the public are invited. For information,
contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meet at 8:30 a.m. at the
'Clock Restaurant for breakfast. For information, call (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the Fellowship Hall. This is a men's only meeting. For information, call
Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant. Anyone interested in becoming a member is welcome. For
information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths
to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863)

The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American
Legion. The Okeechobee Jaycees would like to welcome all energetic
young people between the ages of 21 and 39, who are interested in
working towards the betterment of our community. For information, call
Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399.
A.A meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour. It's
an open meeting.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys
old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact
Randy or Larese Maycumber at (863) 467-0359.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church. It will be a closed discussion.
Alternative Lifestyle is meeting at the A.A. Clubhouse (Sobriety in
the Swamp), 50 U.S. 441 S.E., at the corner of U.S. 78 and U.S. 441. For
information, call (863) 763-5385.
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the
Wal-Mart parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to show
a car you may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car owners
while you listen to the great oldies music.
The Disabled American Veterans meet at 12:30 p.m. at the V.F.W.
Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St. All service-connected veterans are invit-
ed. For information, call Keith at (863) 357-1335.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, which is located
next to the driver's license office. It is a self-help group that offers sup-
port and education for people who have been diagnosed with clinical
depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or dual
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.
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 Index), 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, 412 N.W.
. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at
Fat Boys Restaurant. All Kiwanis and the public are welcome. For infor-
mation, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.

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Community Events

Busy Vees plan yard sale
The Busy Vees will have a yard sale Feb. 26 from 8 a.m. until 2
p.m. at 9212 S.E. 57th Drive in Larkee Lakes. For information, call
(863) 763-4504.

Auxiliary to hold free boat check
'`The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be doing free a Vessel Safety
Checks (VSC) on Feb. 26 from 2 until 4 p.m. weather permit-
ting at the Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina. You should
bring your registration and your boat outfitted for a trip. Boats
meeting VSC requirements will receive a VSC decal. For informa-
tion, contact a vessel examiner at (863) 467-3085.

Fun Bunch plans dinner/dance
The 'Chobee Fun Bunch will be gathering at the King House
Chinese Restaurant in the Publix Shopping Center at 6 p.m. for
dinner on Saturday, Feb. 26. After dinner, the club will be going to
VFW Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S., for dancing. For informa-
tion, call Altie at (863) 467-6252 or Shirley at (863) 763-8820.

Highwaymen topic of talk show
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
Feb. 26, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at I and 6 p.m.
on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The guest will Lee Drake,
C.E.O.; and Robert Butler, artist and president, Florida Highway-
men. The topic will be the history of the African American land-
scape painters and the exhibition of their work at Harbor Federal
on Second Street in Fort Pierce throughout February. For infor-
mation, contact Lee Drake (772) 595-0914 or (772) 577-2840.
Main Street plans cook-off, auction
Okeechobee Main Street will hold its third annual barbecue
cook-off on Feb. 25-26 at American Legion Post #64. Forty differ-
ent cooks will be competing for over $8,000 in prize money. Main
Street offers additional prizes for local Okeechobee teams. Any-
one interested in competing should call Terry Burroughs at (863)
697-6325 for information. Okeechobee Main Street and My
Aunt's House 'The Closet' will hold a charity auction from 10
a.m. until noon on Feb. 26. They are looking for new or used fur-
niture, pictures, electronic equipment, home accessories, yard
tools, garage tools, etc. Items may be dropped off at the Okee-
chobee Main Street office or My Aunt's House 'The Closet'. Both
organizations are located at 111 N.E.-Second St. in the gray
building with burgundy awnings. They are open Monday
through Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., or arrangements can be
made for items to be picked up by calling (863) 634-2306. Also
needed are items, gift certificates or gift cards from local busi-
nesses. All proceeds will benefit disadvantaged children of Okee-

Church hosting fundraiser
The Resurrection Life World Outreach Church, 1802 S.W.
Third Ave., will hold their third annual bargains and barbecue
sale on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. This event is
being hosted to raise funds for the children's and youth min-
istries, as well as a mission trip to South Africa. For information,
call (863) 763-7770.

Ping pong tourney helps church group
The First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee will be
holding a ping pong tournament singles and doubles in the
Fellowship hall on Feb. 26 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The doors will
open at 9 a.m. for late registration. The entry fee if you pre-regis-
ter is $10 and $15 at the door. Add $5 per additional entries i.e.
doubles and open division). Proceeds from this event are to help
the youth groups of the church. For information, and tourna-
ment rules call Jim at (863) 763-4021.

Church plans free car wash
The Servanthood Ministry of Everglades Baptist Church will
be having a free car wash at 2130 S.R. 70 W on Feb. 26 from 9
a.m. until noon. For information, call Christy Silvas at (863) 697-

Rehab Center dedication scheduled
There will be a Rehab Center dedication on the Brighton
Reservation at the rodeo grounds on Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. until 4
p.m. There will be youth events, live bands, great food and draw-
ings for door prizes. It is sponsored by the First Indian Baptist
Church of Brighton and supported by the Seminole Indian
Nation. For information, call (863) 467-1411.

Church hosting rummage sale
Peace Lutheran Church youth will be holding a rummage sale
in the fellowship hall on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 8 a.m. until 2
p.m. to raise funds for a youth retreat. The church is located at
750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, call (863) 763-5042.

Church hosting gospel music concert
Ron and Sharon Frazier will be in concert at the Parrott
Avenue Christian Church, 8082 S.R. 70 W, on Feb. 27 beginning
at 6 p.m. The public is invited. For information, call (863) 697-

Treasure Island church hosts speaker
Dr. Ben Alpert, a representative of Chosen People Ministries,
will be speaking at the Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S.
441 S.E., on Sunday, Feb. 27, during the 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
services. The meeting is open to the public, and the church
invites the Christian and Jewish community to attend. For infor-
mation, call Duane Eatmon at (863) 763-0550.

The Okeechobee News, Saturday, February 26, 2005 SPORTS 5


Courtesy photos
Dave Jordan (left) and Dave Smith (right) won first place in
the Mayberry's RV and Mobile Home Park's January speck
tournament with 11.14 Ibs.

Mayberry's RV

holding monthly

speck tournaments

Mayberry's RV and Mobile
Home Park on S.R. 78 in Okee-
chobee are holding monthly
speck tournaments.
The first place winners in Jan-
uary were Dave Jordan and. Dave
Smith with a total weight of 11.14

had the big fish, which weighed
1.6 lbs.
The first place winners for
February were Glenn Lawrence
and Joe Lawrence with a total
weight of 11.15 lbs. They had a
1.7 lb.-speck that also took the

D.L. Thomas and Larry Tharp big fish award.

. &. -

D.L. Thomas (left) and Dave Smith (right) won the big fish
award for their 1.6-lb. speck in January's tournament at May-
berry's RV and Mobile Home Park.

Glen Lawrence (left) and Joe Lawrence (right) won first place
in total weight (11.15 Ibs.) and big fish (1.7 Ibs.) in'the Feb-
ruary speck tourney at Mayberry's RV and Mobile Home

Rogers, Davidson

hurl Brahmans

past Bulldogs

The Brahmans varsity base-
ball team played their second
game of the season on the road
against the Bulldogs of South
Fork and came away with a 5-2
regular-season win.
Travis Rogers had a coming
out party on the mound. He
pitched seven strong innings
Wednesday, scattered five hits
and struck out five. He gave up
no earned runs.
On Tuesday, Feb. 22, Okee-
chobee opened their season on
the road against the Port St.
Lucie Jaguars with an 8-3 loss.
Mental and physical errors
led to three runs by the Jaguars
in the fourth, and put the home
club up 3-2, said Okeechobee
head baseball coach Dylan Ted-
Blake Marsocci pitched four
innings, gave up three hits and
one earned run.
Port St. Lucie scored four more
runs in the fifth with the help of a
walk and three straight hits.
Offensively, Marsocci, Brian
Duenas and Chris Cyr had the
only hits for the Brahmans.
"I was disappointed in our
approach at the plate," said Ted-

In their outing Wednesday,
Okeechobee's Myka Davidson
threw two no-hit innings to get
the win for Okeechobee.
At the plate, Duenas was
three-for-five with three RBI and
two doubles. His two RBI dou-
ble in the top of the ninth with
two outs sealed the win.
Mike Wise was also three-for-
five with a double and one RBI.
Okeechobee pounded out 12
hits. Ironically, No. 12 is the uni-
form number of Berto Rojas
who was moved from the I.C.U.
to his own room in Holmes
Regional Center in Melbourne
Thursday night.
Rojas was severely injured in
a Feb. 11 car crash on U.S. 441
N., in which two other teens
were killed and three others
"We played like warriors and
competed for nine complete
innings. I was proud of Travis
and Myka Davidson and our
offensive lineup. I was also
proud to share the information
on Berto with the team after the
game," state Okeechobee head
coach Dylan Tedders, who is
also the spokesperson for the
Rojas family.

Brahman boys net team falls to John Carroll, FPW BNEY &
The Brahman boys' tennis Spelts (Okee.) 8-2 nis team 7-0 at the Okeechobee Cabansay (Okee.) 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.
team met the boys of John Car- Eddie Humerik (JC) def. Elj Sports Complex. Results of doubles competi-
roll at the Lawnwood tennis Cabansay (Okee.) 8-4. The results of singles compe- tion: B N E Y
courts Wednesday, Feb. 23, Results from the doubles tition were: Bourbon and Cline (FPW) G ONyUCTO i
afternoon and lost 4-3. competition were: Cruz Cline (FPW) def. Ryan def. Bailey and Ellis (Okee.) 8-6. I
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Ryan Bailey (OKee.) def. Ryan
McGlynn (JC) 8-4
Joey Ellis (Okee.) def. Brent
Beringhaus (JC) 8-0
James Taylor (JC) def. Ryan
Fulford (Okee.) 8-3
Matt Guettler (JC) def. Bobby


Fishin' Lini

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Congratulations go to Jim
Medlin for his first place finish in
the Headturners3.com tourna-
ment last weekend.
Kudos also to Bill Rose for his
second-place finish, and to Craig
Smith for his third-place finish.
Medlin pulled in a total of
23.30 lbs.; Rose had 22.86 lbs.;
and, Smith had 21.94 lbs.
Also, congratulations to Har-
vey Ford, a well-known local
angler, and Mary Alley of Sebring,
his partner for the day, for finish-
ing in fourth place with 16.41 lbs.
in the recent Guys and Dolls bass

Sports Briefs

Bass club hosts
benefit tourney
The Taylor Creek Bass Club will
hold their fourth annual Kid's Day
benefit bass tournament on
March 20 at the Okee-Tantie Mari-
Boats will take to the water at
safe light and return for weigh-ins
at 2 p.m.
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 morn-
ing 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 sever-
al 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 sec-
ond-place big fish winners.
Wrestling club
to start sign ups
The Chobee Wrestling Club
will begin their spring season in
The club is open to both boys
and girls, ages 5-18. Sign-ups for the
club will be March 1,3,8 and 10 with
elementary school-age wrestlers
practicing from 6 until 7 p.m. and
middle school wrestlers practicing
from 7 until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and
Thursday of each week.
For information, contact coach
Bruce Jahner at (863) 462-5025.

wMcGlynn and eringhaus (JC) o-
Taylor and Guettler (JC) del
Fulford and Spelts (Okee.) 8-1.
On Tuesday, Feb. 22,,the Pan-
thers of Fort Pierce Westwood
defeated the Brahman boys' ten-


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tourney on Lake Istokpoga.
Before the rain hit, specks
were being pulled in at Cody's
Cove, Tin House Cove and the
west side of King's Bar. Anglers
are catching them on dirty yellow
or green jigs. They are also biting
on fluorescent redheads and min-
Okee-Tantie will be busy Satur-
day morning as the BFL comes
back to town. Last month they
had over 138 boats at the ramps
before dawn. It was not yet
known how many entries were
expected for this tourney as of
newspaper press time.
Weather reports state that the

.teve Ritter (rFPW) def. Joey
Ellis (Okee.) 6-1, 6-4.
Robert Bourbon (FPW def.
Ryan Fulford (Okee.) 6-1, 6-1.
Andrew McNutt (FPW def.
Bobby Spells (Okee.) 6-0, 6-0.
Shane Smith (FPW) def. Elj

weather will be cloudy with a 20
percent chance of rain on Satur-
day and increasing to 80 percent
. on Sunday. So, hopefully, the tour-
nament will be finished before
the really bad weather hits.
Many anglers at last weekend's
tourney had trouble locating the
bigger largemouths. They had
plenty of smaller fish, but only a
few brought the big ones to the
It has been reported that bass
are being pulled in from Fisheat-
ing Bay, Indian Prairie, the Mon-
key Box and Moonshine Bay. The
fish are hitting on spinnerbaits
and topwater baits fished in shal-
low, clear water if anglers can
find clear water.
There have already been
reports that the rain we've had is
having a positive effect on the
water in Fisheating Creek.
Bass are still hitting on plastic
Make plans to attend the Chris-
tian Team Trail on March 5, the
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The Brahmans will meet Port
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es will begin at 3:30 p.m.

March 12 and 13 and the Taylor
Creek Bass Club benefit tourna-
ment on March 20. The Taylor
Creek tourney is to benefit their
20th annual Okeechobee Kids'
Day Fishing Festival to be held
later this year.
Enjoy the fishing and stay safe.

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Licensed Real Estate Brokers:
Bobby Tucker 634-8677 & Brandon Tucker 772-201-8722
Lori Mixon 634-1457 W.S. "Bill" Keene Sr. 634-6797 John Pell 357-8769
Sharon Johnson 634-6241 Jeri Wilson 634-6056 Sheryl Coonfare 634-1343
Ron Staley 697-6221 Keith Pearce 634-7007

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3/2 River Oak Acres Home. In-ground
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porch and much more. Call Bill to see
this lovely home. $699,000. 634-6797.

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Kissimmee Riverfront cypress log home has
granite, sautillo & wood flooring. Vintage fixtures
& reclaimed wood. 4Bds, each w/private bath, 4
entrances for guests. Spacious loft opens to
rooftop deck, galvanized roof. Storage/fenced.
$380,000. Call Jeri 634-6056. (#87882)

RANCHETTE & HOMES: both places -
20 acre oak paradise. 5Bd, 3MH's, 2
barns, bunk house, bath house, pavil-
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property for retreat. Reduced/
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PRIME LOCATION 1/2 acre off 441. 5
lots (150x142), 3 bldgs/offices. Zoned
C-1. $455,000. #306A/88571. Call Lori
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77 unit RV Park with 100
docks. Beautifully
manicured grounds.
Immediate access to
lake, no locks.
Call John 697-0413.

Spacious 5/2 home for ycur growing
family.. Serene SW location. Newly
remodeled. Fenced, oak trees, ready
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excellent location for those who enjoy
birding in a State park. -On canal
w/stocked pond. Super nice 3/2 Palm
Harbor home w/vaulted ceilings, gar-
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$149,900. (#88151/207A)

IN LAKEPORT: cabin appeal 3/2 log
home on 1/2 acre @ $142,500. Full
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E.iremel.m-1i. .ndwrtil k-pi DWMH.
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bar in living room area This home is
being sold 'rnishecd092,500. Call
Sheryl 634-1343. #205B/88163.

3/2 DWMH with large family room nd
office, 26x26 carport with 10x26 work-
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acres. $149,900. #214B. Call Sharon.

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view! $135,000

2400SF 3/2 on 1.2 acres near town. 2
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* Beautiful homesite in SW on cul-de-sac.
$82,000. #103 Call Lori 634-1457.
* Zoned Commercial, two lots with high visibility
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* Ideal business location near Lakeport. Six
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* We have MANY lots in the VIKING area. 1.25 -
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Fenced & cross fenced, 3 wells and working windmill, 80ft. barn, tack room, bath-
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and dock. Two storage sheds. Owner financing possi- pole barn with stall and fenced in area for horses or fruit trees and a 10x40 covered raised deck. Call store, some inventory and equipment can be includ-
ble. Call me for. more details. $179,000. (#88341) cows. $138,000. (#87665) Chuck to see. $59,900. (#88496) ed. Call for more details or to see. $399,000. (#88788)

1his very nice and clean DUVMH is on the water in
BHR with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Lots of storage
space! Must see, call Barbara Coleman for more
details. $130,000. (#88737)


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and watching the ducks. Asking
$150,000. (#88641)

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hearing this sensational con- selections, solos, trios and
cert with the singing group southern gospel quartet.
known as Friendship Singers. In today's press, we read
Friendship Singers is a min- regularly about turmoil
istry of Friendship Internation- around the world. But many
al Ministries, an American who have heard Friendship
based mission organization in Singers have commented that
Colorado Springs. Colo., that it was truly a "breath of fresh
.works primarily in air" and a "shining light" for
Central/Eastern Europe and those who are searching for
Chile. hope and peace in the midst of
The members of Friendship -.tress and despair.
Singers are from across -the Friendship Singers' pur
U.S. There will be special Frendship Singers pur
U.S. There will be special pose is to be an encourage-
guests in the group from our poe is to be an enorage-
missions in Chile, Hungary ment and challenge to those
and Romania dressed in tradi- who take advantage of this
tional folk costume. They will truly fantastic event. Their
be sharing some information concert theme is Poured Out.
about their countries in the All are invited to attend this
first part of the program. The free, culture and gospel music
second half will feature concert. There will be a free
Friendship Singers. All of the will collection for the group
members of the group are a taken at the end of the con-
vibrant 55 + who love life, cert.
have a message to share, and Performances will be at 8
come from various areas of a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at
the U.S. They will be perform- First United Methodist Church,
ing a variety of styles of music 200 N.W. 2nd St.

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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Feb. 25,
through Thursday, March 3, are as
Theatre I "Because of Winn-
Dixie" (PG-) Showtimes: Friday at
7 and 9 p.m., Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 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 Ill "Are We There Yet"
(PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
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-


Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free
classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a
week on Tuesday, Wednesday and
Friday, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on
Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12:30
Coast Guard Auxiliary
will make house calls
Did you know the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary makes house
calls? They will come to your
home to discuss the required safe-
ty equipment needed on your
boat. This service is free. You will
receive,a cordial, informative and
confidential boat inspection. A
vessel safety check decal will be
placed on boats that meet all the
requirements. Call 467-3085 to
arrange a boat check.
Club will
care for ferrets
The Okeechobee Ferret Club
-and Rescue will take in unwanted,
,abandoned and injured ferrets.
For more information call 763-
Equipment available
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, has
used handicapped equipment
such as walkers, portable toilets,
crutches, canes, etc. Anyone
requiring the use of such equip-
ment is welcome to stop by the
post and pick out what they need.
There is no charge and anyone is
welcome. This is not restricted to
veterans. Call the Post at 763-2950.
looking to expand
The Just for Kicks barbershop
quartet group is looking for men
who like to sing. Tenors, baritones,
leads and basses are all invited to
join our group. We practice on
Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Okee-
chobee Health Care Center, 1646
N Hwy. 441. Join us in singing
some old time songs and commu-
nity entertainment. We are looking
to expand our group. Good clean
-fun and a great sound are our
objectives. For more information,
please call 763-0175 or 467-6347.
Volunteers wanted
for hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a dif-
ference in the lives of others?
Raulerson Hospital Auxiliary has
many opportunities of service for
adults seeking volunteer work.
Volunteer as little as four hours a
week or as many as 20 hours.
Morning or afternoon shifts are
available. Many opportunities cur-
rently exist and new programs to
begin soon. Please contact the
lobby desk at Raulerson Hospital
for a Volunteer Application. For
more information, call (863) 763-
2151, ext. 3312. The hospital's Vol-
unteen Program (ages 14-17)
begins in June.
Big Lake Missions

in need of clothes
Big Lake Missions Outreach is
in need of clothes, Jackets and
blankets. To donate any of these
items, call 763-5725 or 697-6433.
We will be glad to pick them up.
Items needed
by wildlife center
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center is seeking paper tow-
els, old large towels, blankets, old
kennels, a push lawnmower, gar-
dening utensils and laundry deter-
gent. Anyone wishing to donate
any of the above items is asked to
call (863) 763-4630.

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A/C Company looking for
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benefits, 401k. DFW.
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Computer exp. a MUST &
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Resolve customer complaints in timely, professional manner
Performs multi-function operation of fuel console, lottery
machine and Register
Maintain site cleanliness inside and out, and basic
upkeep / cleaning or all equipment
Completes Price Changes
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Full Time Office position,r
good phone skills, interof-
fice sales, general office
procedures, .benefits, va-
cation, sick & health Insu-
rance. Apply in person,
2762 NW 4th St., 8am-
3pm ..

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Full Time
RV Mechanic
Benefits. Salary based,
on exp. Call Travel
Easy RV863-467-0131
Ask for Chris.
Good Pay,. steady work
plus benefits.: Turnpike
Citgo is now hiring cash-
iers, fuel attendants and
drivers. Apply at Ft. Drum.
Citgo mm 184, FL Turn-
pike (863)763-9383.

Exp'd Cook & Walt Staff
Ranchers Restaurant

Must Be.Forklift Certified
& Computer Literate.
Bi-lingual a plIs.
Call 863-357-6622
for Interview,
Fax Resume to:
863-357-1162 or
Apply In Person @
8751 NW 240 St.,
Okeechobee, FL

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man!s treasure. Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad in the classi-



Seeking mature,
person to work full
time in laundry.
Must be Bilingual.
Apply In Person At:.
406N.W. 4th St.

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Construction Company
Looking for person
Sin framing, roofing,
carpentry, drywall,
painting & trim work.
Class D license required.
Oldcastle Greenleaf Inc.
Company and. Owner
Operators Wanted
Class A CDL, with flatbed
experience. Deliveries to
major chain stores
Call Janfette 'Martin
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any item you may be sell-
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S. Light house keeping,
cooking. Reference avail.

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

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online at .
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Property Maintenace-Sat &
Sun mornings only. 4-5
hrs. a day Involves clean-
ing the parking lot & com-
mon areas of a large shop--
ping center Salary $325
per mo.

Receptionist, F/T, pleasant
-telephone manner, w/
Excel & Word exp. DFWP,
Fax res. 863-763-6337

Seeking Proj. Manager/
Proj. Superintendent,
Skilled Operators &
Laborers for upcoming local
project. EOE-M/F,DFWP.
Call (954)321-9336 or Fax

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

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

Highly motivated team
player for busy Dental
office. Fax resume to -

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

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

R Local Provider
Has -Immediate
.Full Time Openings.x
Excellent s
Benefits & Pay. F
Mail Resume To: .
S PO. BP.r: 1548 S
ONr-':rot.e FL 3L1973 F

Assistance experienced pre-
fered 1-front/back office
skills 30hrs. wkly: 1-back
office ,ionly 8nr i *Hy.
Call (i'79; .3 61 or
fax resume to

Part time, Call for interview

Part time,
Fax resume to:

Seasonal, Part Time
SFax resume to:

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

Part Time Kitchen help.
Must be able to work
weekend evenings,
will train. Must apply in
person. 863-763-2950
or 863-763-5309

SOkeechobee News

The Okeechobee News is currently seeking an
energetic, self-motivated FULL 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
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Benefits Package
Generous time off pro ram


Opportunities' 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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cases .of' questionable
value, such as promises
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are that it is. If you have
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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

Reading a .newspaper
helps you understand the
world around you. No
wonder newspaper read-
ers are more successful

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

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
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical HItems 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys 9 Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

Window type, 8000 BTU's,
Fedders, Approx. 3 yrs. old.
$100 (863)357-6229

Ton Package Unit w/Heat.
Never installed. $1150.

Mauve, velvet, Good
Condition. $100.

color good cond. $200

black, roll around, w/
countertop, $75.
Electric Dryers, (2) &
stackable washer & dryer,
$150 will sell sep.
2yrs. old used very little
$200 (863)946-0117

Good Condition $10.
After 5pm.
Electric, older model,
but works $25.
cubic ft. with ice maker.
Good cond. $90.
STOVE, Frigidaire,& Ken-
more Refrigerator, $75
will sell separately.

1 x 12' long
$228 or will sep.
Approx. 150, $150 for all.

DOORS: 16', Bi-Fold, used
as room divider w/track &
hardware. $300. 863-

LOONEY TUNES Crib sheet,
bumper guard, diaper bag,
mobile, lamp & bed posit.
$40 (863)763-6131

"Alexandria" salad plates

82 pcs. shirts pants, short's
dresses, sin. sz. $300
Womens Size 12, like new,
exc. cond. $10.

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


Workstation Pentium III,
Win XP, office, complete,
$175. (239)728-5227.
Win-XP, office, DSL read
kybd, mouse, monitor
100 (239)728-5227.
HP Computer Pentium II
192 Mg Ram 17". Monitor
Desk Trade for Pistol ask-
ing $300 (772)461-8822

BEmloymn Employmen Emloent

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:

....... ....

Okeechobeeh Must have a dependable
AL,.Jl car and provide excellent
T service to our customers
SN w everyday.

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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Now has openings for: .,
Full Time and Part Time
Clerks/Cashiers who are looking g
for opportunities to grow.
We are looking for friendly, sincere :.
candidates who want the opportunity S
to succeed. We have openings in P,
the Okeechobee area. -
Benefit packages available to ,
Full-Time and Part-Time candidates. :
Apply at the store located at -
2790 Highway 441 S.,
Okeechobee, FL.


For the Okeechobee Utility Authority. Minimum class
"C" Certification required. Only those having a valid
Florida Class C or higher operator certification should
apply at this time. Must possess a vailid FL Drivers li-
cense. Only those with a three year clean driving record
need apply. Shift work @ week-ends are required. Will
consider training in the absence of Class C appli-
cant. Applications will be accepted until opening is
filled at the Okeechobee Utility
Authority located at
100 SW, 5th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL. 34974.
An Equal Opportunity
Drug Free Work Place.

Food Service Associate/Cook
Big Cypress Reservation

Excellent communication skills, good
manual skills, cash handling experience.
Exp. as a fast order cook pref., positive
customer service attitude, High School
diploma or GED, Flexible working hours.
Salary: $9/hour based on exp. Fuel &
food allowance, incentives. Excellent
benefits (medical, dental, 401K).
Fax resume to: 954-967-3477

Sales Associate
Gas/Convenience Store, P/T & F/T
Big Cypress Reservation
Excellent communication skills, good
manual skills, cash handling experience,
positive customer service attitude.
High School diploma or GED, flexible
working hours. Salary: $8+ staring based
on experience. Fuel & food allowance,
incentives. Excellent benefits (Medical,
dental, 401k) Fax resume to:

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.irr weeks" Next
cl begin -O n irAov trruat.r R.N poteiced ,-mat:her lar'
a very .sghG cNA-exam passing rate. Qualitoed 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

Is looking for experienced apprentice
& license electricians for local work
long term employment benefits,
top pay. Call (561)433-4994 or
fax resume 433-5194
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PARLOR CHAIRS- (4) old, bles, Glass & wrought iron
cane seats, good cond 6 mo old. Pd $550 asking
$175. (863)763-1997. $450 863-697-1702

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almost anyone.
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The right applicant must have:
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The Daily Okeechobee News offers:
Potential for advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benefits
Benefits Package
Generous time off program
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DESK, blonde, real wood,
well used but solid, $10.

DINETTE SET, 7pc, cherry/
oak, paid $5200 asking
$2500. (863)801-1719.

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-
Entertainment Center,
49"Wx68"H, holds up to
32" TV, dark finish, $65.
drawers, $25. (863)946-

& Book shelf $100.
neg. Will separate
Brown tone like wrought iron
6 mo old Pd $550 asking
$450 863-697-1702
pcs Endtables & Shelf
Queen/Twin beds $575 neg
, Will. sep 863-983-8973
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.
After 5pm.
SOFA/BED & matching chair
beige background w/
burgundy navy print
$150 (863)467-1110
Good condition. $75

Outdoor Furniture.
W/matching coffee table
$65. (863)610-0020.
W/drawers, Great
shape $40.

Cleveland Tour Irons, 3
thru PW, Big Bertha driver
& Cleveland cart bag,
$250. (863)763-3724
5 Metal Woods, Jumbo
Driver & Wilson S.W.
$115. (863)946-3123.
GOLF CLUBS Lynk Predator
9 irons 2 woods Plus 2
custom woods Sand &
putter $80 (772)461-
GOLF CLUBS, 100 Misc.,
Sets, Wedges, Woods.
$990 for all, will sep.

Pre WW II, Call for Info.

new, never used, includes
stack & base. $75.
Propane used 1yr. $150

Fair shape.

Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:

in good condition, $45.

CARRIER- hooks up to rec
hitch, $250. (863)763-
3 wheels. Retail $1695.
3 mo old $975.

AWNINGS, (4), used, excel-
lent condition, call for siz-
es. Call Bob, (863)357-
Canoe, $200, Patio Set,
$100, Coffee Table & End
Table Set, $100, 20 gallon
fish tank & stand w/all ac-
cess., $100, English sad-',
die & starter kit, $100 and
much more. (863)467-

14 ft long, $1000 or best
offer, 545 E. Obispo Ave.
BIk. wash pot
Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:

acoustic w/deluxe padded
case, deluxe stand & bow.
$950 (863)675-2596

GUITAR, Stella, Harmony, 6
string, late 40's early 50's,
made of Birchwood, orig.
bag case. $350 863-467-
boards, footpedals &
bench $150 neg.
PIANO- Kimball Spinet,
must sell, very good cond,
recently tuned, $550 neg.

CHAIR- for computer
never used, still in box
bluish/black, $35
like hew,; 'hardly used,
$200 or best offer.

ft long, with 10 gal glass
aquarium, $100.
Chocolate Lab Puppies
8 wks. old
DONKEY- Young Jack,
$200. (863)467-0613.

MIX PUPS- wormed,
shots, $25. (863)610-
SCHNAUSER 4 months
old illness forces the sale
$300 (863)634-5914
Red Nosed, males
$150, females, $125.
Call 863-634-0119.
Ready to go on 03/11/05
Parents on premises. Red
/Blue $200 863-634-4483.
Red & Blue Heeler Pup-
pies, beautiful, males &
females, 11 wks. old,
2, females, All shotsNet
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.

Seats 4-5, $1000. Or
best offer. (863)763-5439
or (863)610-2038.

Fits into a 2" Trailer Receiv-
er. $75. (863)675-3312

54 in. Big Screen

$30. (863)763-6901



Part Time

Full Time "I I


cordless framing nailer 2"-
3/" Nails $250 (863)674-
Craftsman 10"

lectors tapes, signed by
Darth Vader. $60 Firm.

CAMPER Used Ultra
Light Max. 20', Good
cond. $5000. or under
Wanted: FL ART
A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art.


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

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

Zero Turn, 52 in cut, 18hp,
runs good, new parts,
'$1500. (863)697-2032
Snapper, BS, Tesch, Mur-
ray, all new, $350 for all.
man, 42" cut, running or-
der, $200. (863)675-
40" cut, good condition,
$100. (863)675-1043.

ARIENS 1440, Z turn
14hp, B/S motor
40" cut, good cond
front mounted eng. 38" cut
mulching kit -& blades
$400 (863)763-6257
UTILITY RAKE Vassar, for
a small tractor.
5'wide $30.


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses- Rent 920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property.
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent. 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

2 Bdrm. Newly remodeled.
Avail. 3/1. $600 mo., 1st,
last & sec. 863-467-2784
2 BR, 2BA, on quite street.
Kids & pets welcome.
$750 mo. & $2000 Moves
you in. 561-795-1965
**** *"*
Waterfront, Avail Mar.
15th. Immaculent 2BR
1r/ BA. No pets.
$795. mo + 1st, last

$900 mo. 2 mo. sec. must
have good credit rating.
3/2/2, $1200/mo, non
smoking environment,


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/NA/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

FEMALE 63 yrs looking for
a (M) 50-65 yrs. $250 mo
+ help around the Apt.
Call Faye 863-610-0509.

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1U20
Houses Sale 1026
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 Propertyl1080

Okeechobee, 3BR/2BA on 3
city lots, lots of extras,
must see, asking $180k

"2000" Like New
w/Florida Room
on Deeded Lot in
Ancient Oaks.
w/Many Extra's.
RIM CANAL, 2 Br., 2 Ba
w/Garage & 500 Sq. Ft.
Cedar Lined Rec Rm. w/
10x20 indoor heated pool.
Ready to move in. Call for
list off all new items.
Willing to accept
Hurricane Damaged
($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
R-BAR ESTATE, 2.96 Ac.
Horses ok. Close to shop-
ping, schools & hospital.
$129,000 227-979-0767

OKEE 75'x100' Septic, shed
Ready for Double Wide M/
H 5774 NE 3rd Ln Gagnon
Realty 954 675 0629

Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
AB 111 AU 237
Wanted in Taylor Creek or
Rim Canal. In any condition.

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

Mobile Homes

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

DOUBLEWIDE- with 90x120
lot, remodeled in and out,
$89,000. (863)467-7101.

Doublewide Mobile Home
for sale, 4BR/2BA on
leased lot, (863)763-
PARK MODEL, 37 Ft., 1 BR,
1 BA, Full length window in
FL Rm. on Leased lot in
park w/access to lake.
completely furnished.
$17,500. 863-467-4348

Creek 1911 SE 29th St.
New trailer, 2BR, 3BA,
dock & screen in porch in
the water.$198,000. Firm


Boeat 3005
Campere/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVa 3035

12' Aluminum % Deckover.
Motor runs good. 125 Ly-
coming w/trl. $5000 or
best offer (863)697-6054
AQUA SPORT, '72, 19',
115hp Mercury eng., with
trailer, needs TLC,$2000.
BASS BOAT- fully equip..
garage kept, 150 HPEvin-
rude, 360 hrs, $5700

Waterproof fits up to
22' boats $75
DEEP "V" Hull, unfinished
project. Td in great shape
No Title $2,000
Glasstream, '86,
inboard, outboard, 16 ft.,
$2500 or best offer.

MOTOR, Honda 5 hp, Out-
board. Brand new, less
than 30 hrs. $1000 Firm.
Please call 863-697-1645

good cond. $525

Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:
io, 20 ft w/35 hp Johnson
0/B. No trailer. $1500
(863)610-1716, --
Pontoon Starcraft Sta -
fish,180,'03, w Ltrlr, 40_-
Merclow hrs., exc. cond.,
$10,900. (863)610-1674
SCOTTIEC '67- 27ft, with
trir, cutty cabin, engines
do not work, $2400 neg.

SKEETER '77 16' 140
Evinrude motor, As is
$4000. Cell
TIDE CRAFT '83 16'8" Fi-
berglass 140HP suziki
eng. w/trl. Fish finder
$2000 (863)946-1481
ZODIAC BOAT- 10ft, fiber-
glass bottom, $150.

Winnebago, '98, 35', 460
Ford, slide out, exc. cond.,
39,600 mi., $37,000.
(804)898-1717 Lakeport.

Fifth WhI. Hitch, Li'l Rock-
er, like new cond., lost
camper due to hurricane
$425. (863)467-0290
I Savanna '98 5th wheel I
3 slides W&D exc.
cond. neg $25,000
(417)581-6849 "

Aluminum, 7'x11', w/trlr
and fuel cell, $1200 neg.

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.

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


Automobil'ii 4005

lAutomobiles 4005 1


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 DblI 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.

Trailer 33', w/FI. rm. Fum.
w/washer & dryer
& freezer. Very Nice!



CHEV CAPRICE, '67- 2dr,
hardtop, 327 CID, 300HP,
all original, $5000.

Raced at Thunder Cross in
Bomber. $1800 Call Scott
B. 863-763-2622 Iv. msg.
6 2.8 runs good $1000
firm (863)763-8763 or
White, tinted windows,
5 spd A/C. $1250.
good shape 4dr. burg.
64,600 mi. $1800 neg
'93, 5 speed,
$2500. (863)357-3633
After 6pm.
302 eng. runs $75

Black, 4dr, Heat, New
brakes, good cond. $750.
neg. (863)634-8024.
4 door, needs transmis-
sion, $350. (561)449-
Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:
$550. Or
best offer.
No engine. New tires. As Is.
$500 (863)763-2501

CHEVY PU, '68- stepside,
..Aft.bed, rebuilt trans, driv-
--.:n daily, rare model,
$6000. (863)697-6433.
'48- 3 window Business
Coupe, Street Rod, 455 ci,
$2500 (863)634-0526.

engine needs work
CHEVY TAHOE '91 runs
ood will trade for pick up
2350 or best .offer
Classic Jeep Cherokee '85
runs & in good shape
$1250 or best offer
89,000 mi. Int. clean,
Runs Good. $5,500.
Auto, Loaded, 94k, Exc
cond. $7,750. Firm Bill

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,

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

BEDLINER for Ford Ranger
PU with accessories, good
condition, $50. (863)467-

Rui Notic 500

The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.


In Good shape. $450.

DODGE short bed cover 6
mon. o!d $175

FIRESTONE Airbags-com-
plete kit will fit Super Duty
Ford & Dodge Pu's $200
Needs transmission
$200 neg
GM Positive Traction Unit
8.5/373 Gears, F/
Differential, $150 or best
offer. (863)467-8856
Runs, $550. Or
best offer.
GERS (39.5) & RIMS-
good condition, $800 for
all 4. (863)634-6428.
(33) & RIMS fits Jeep,
good condition, $600.
TIRES- (4) Firestone Affinity
LH30, P215/70R/15,
brand new, $200 or best
offer. (561)252-1371.
glass, fits '97 up Ford
F150 shortbed, $350 neg.
TOOL BOX, Alum. w/side
rails & custom Tonneau
Cover, Fits '73-'87 Chevy
Short bed. (863)634-4291

V6, 4.3 liter, AC, auto,
runs good, $2500"firm.
(850)228-7773 Andy.
MAZDA P/U 1995
w/Truck Cap. Good
condition. $3,500.

3 axle, metal floor, ramps,
Goose neck, $1600.
Enclosed 6'x10', Barn
doors, side door. Like new.
$2000 (863)634-4291
built sides front & back.
Tilts & swivels extra wheel
& tire $350 863-763-8449.
4'x 8', Good
Condition. $50.


CASE NO. 2004 CA 248
730 Aubumdale Street
Memphis, Tennessee 38197
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to quiet title to the following property
in Okeechobee County, Florida.
E1/2 of E1/2 of S1/2 of S1/2 of
Tract 24 29 34S 33E 1.50 acres
has been filed against you, and ou are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on ICHARD A. MCCLAIN, the Plaintiffs at-
tomrney, whose address is 6167 Haddon road. West Palm Beach, Florida
33417, on or before the 21st day of March, 2005, and file the original
with the clerk of this court higher before service on the Plaint ffis attorney
or Immediately th ereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you
for the relief demanded in the complaint.
DATED on this 17th day of Feb., 2005.
Sharon Robertson
,As Clerk of the Court
By: Beatrice Rodriguez
Deputy Clerk
555247 ON 2/19,26:3/4,11/05



14 The Okeechobee News, Saturday, February 26, 2005




s259 amo
for 39 mo with

$1,984 due at signingT
Tax, title and license extra.

L. }
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3.3LV6 engine
* Dual zone air conditioning


s199 a mot
for 39 mo with

S1,749 due at signing
Tax, title and license extra.

3.7L Magnum V6 engine
17-inch wheels
4-wheel disc antilock brakes
Remote keyless entry

$279 a mot
for 39 mo with
1,539 due at signing
Tax, title and license extra.

3.7 Magnum V6 engine
16-inch steel wheels
40/20/40 bench seat
Rear-wheel antilock brakes

$199 a mol
for 39 mo with

2,549 due at signing
Tax, title and license extra.



$1,000-$2,000, DEPENDING ON MODEL.

$750-$2,000, DEPENDING ON, MODEL."t

-FOR- T 000
ON 2005 DODGE RAM 1500**







*Ram 1500: For qualified lessees based on MSRP example with a 24G package, after $2,500 lease cash allowance and $2,000 lease loyalty. Total due at lease signing is $1,984 which is the
first month's payment of $259 and a down payment of $1,725. Offer requires dealer contribution of $2,550. 39 monthly payments total $12,085. When financed through Chrysler Financial.
tCaravan: For qualified lessees based on MSRP example-with a 28H package, after $1,500 lease cash allowance and $3,000 lease loyalty. Total due at lease signing is $1,749 which is the
first month's payment of $199 and a down payment of $1,550. Offer requires dealer contribution of $1,210. 39 monthly payments total $9,510. When financed through Chrysler Financial.
*Durango: For qualified lessees based on MSRP example with a 24A package, after $2,500 lease cash allowance and $2,000 lease loyalty. Total due at lease signing is $1,539 which is the first
month's payment of $279 and a down payment of $1,260. Offer requires dealer contribution of $1,640. 39 monthly payments total $8,520. When financed through Chrysler Financial. Dakota:
For qualified lessees based on MSRP example with a 24A package, after $1,000 lease cash allowance and $1,500 lease loyalty. Total due at lease signing is $2,549 which is the first month's
payment of $199 and a down payment of $2,350. Offer requires dealer contribution of $800. 39 monthly payments total $10,310. When financed through Chrysler Financial. Security deposit
is waived for qualified lessees. Tax, title, and license extra. Pay for excess wear and mileage of $.20/mile for each mile over 12,000 miles per year plus a $300 lease turn-in fee, if vehicle is
returned at end of term. Option to buy at lease end at pre-negotiated price plus a $150 purchase option fee. Each participating dealer's actual terms may vary. Lease offer through Chrysler
Financial. Residency restrictions apply. Must take retail delivery from dealer stock by 2/28/05. **Not all buyers will qualify. Financing and bonus cash for qualified buyers through Chrysler
Financial. Residency restrictions apply. ttBased on package value vs. package MSRP. **$3,083 $9,000 estimated savings based on cash allowance and Chrysler Financial average finance rate
for Ram 1500 financed 10/04-12/04 for applicable term by Chrysler Financial. Actual savings vary with loan amount.


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Published: Saturhdati February 26. 2005

2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4WD is grand

By Greg Hendriks

It's time to welcome third-
generation Grand Cherokee. It
builds on the strengths and suc-
cess .of its eminently-successful,
class-benchmark forebears. Only.
the model designations Laredo
and Limited remain the same.
With growth of more than
three inches in wheelbase, five in
overall length, and one in width,
there is a little more room inside,
particularly in width. But the new
styling interestingly makes it look
smaller than the 99-04 models.
As important as the new room
and styling is what's new under-
neath that really counts. The
chassis structure is more rigid for
improved ride and handling char-
acteristics anywhere and lower
noise levels. The suspension has
been completely re-worked, and
there are three new four-wheel
drive systems (rear-wheel drive is
also available).
The reliable pushrod 4.0-liter
line six-cylinder base-model
engine has finally given way to
the Liberty's 3.7-liter overhead
cam V6 with more power (210 hp
"1to 195) and torque (23.5, lb..-ft to
230). While the 235-hp 4.7-liter
V8, optional in the Laredo and
standard in the Limited, remains
unchanged, those with a need for
serious power can now get par-
ent Chrysler's new 5.7-liter
"Hemi" in the 4x4 Limited com-
plete with 330 horsepower and'
375 lb-ft of stump-pulling torque.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee cre-
ated quite a stir when it made its
debut in the 1993 model year.
Rather than the body-on-frame
construction that had been a sta-
ple of serious off-road vehicles
since before the days of the origi-
nal World War II Willys, the
Grand Cherokee had a unibody
structure, just like a car.
And it could be outfitted in
positively posh fashion. Old-time
off-road enthusiasts were initially
miffed, and figured that Jeep had
sold out. But many more people
looked at the Grand Cherokee,
larger and more. comfortable
than the Cherokee, liked what






Jeep welcomes the third-generation Grand Cherokee.

they saw, and voted with their
The Grand Cherokee was a
success, and quickly became the
class benchmark. To. no one's
surprise, it proved to be as capa-
ble off-road as it was comfortable
on pavement. Jeep should also
feel flattered as unibody SUVs are
no longer a rarity among its com-
I've spent time in all three gen-
erations of Grand Cherokee,
most recently with a new Laredo
4x4 with the 4.7 V8 and regard-
less of the conditions, the 2005
Grand Cherokee passed with fly-
ing colors. There was no shortage
of power from the "little" 4.7-liter
V8, its great off-road or on. If you
don't need the extra power for
towing or off-road use, the V6 will
provide you with more than
enough power. For those who
demand big power, the Hemi is
there for the truly serious. In any
form, the new Grand Cherokee is
the best of its line, and one of the
best mid-sized SUVs ever made.
Though no body panels are
shared with any previous Grand
Cherokee, there is no doubt as to
-the 2005 model's identity. The
new Grand Cherokee is stylish
enough for a night in the city, and
rugged-looking enough for a
week on the trail.

Details may be different, the
shape of the dual headlights is
carried into the front fenders in
the manner of the smaller Liber-
ty's single lights (or the front
styling of its distant relatives in
Stuttgart) and the general .body
shape is lower, leaner, and more
muscular than Generation 2, but
the familiar seven-slot gfrilTeancf-
angular wheel arches and side
styling remain.
The Laredo's grille is body-col-
ored, while the Limited's is
chromed. All have car-like body-
colored, integrated bumpers. The
tailgate glass can be opened sep-
arately, for easy access to small
It may be rugged underneath,
but the new Grand Cherokee,
even in Laredo trim, is upscale
and comfortable inside. Access is
easy, just open the door -and,
unless you're under five foot-
three, slide right in, the unibody
construction allows a lower step-
in height than a separate frame
with the same clearance and sus-
pension travel.
The interior styling is all-new.
With a. sculpted look and materi-
als of varying textures and colors,
it would not be out of place in an
entry-luxury sedan. The trim on
the instrument panel and around
the window lifts is real alu-

minum, not a cheap-looking
plastic imitation, a nice touch if I
may say.
The center section, with the
audio, climate, and optional navi-
gation system controls, is posi-
tioned closer to the driver and
front passenger for better con-
venience. This also angles the
two center vents toward the front
occupants for better heating or
The front seats are comfort-
able, with good support. The
steering wheel is tilt-adjustable,
and optional power-adjustable
pedals make it easy for anyone to
find the perfect driving position.
There are numerous convenient
storage spaces for the front pas-
The rear seat features a higher
cushion for better passenger visi-
bility. Call it "theater seating" if
the optional DVD-based enter-
tainment system is purchased.
The rear seat folds 60/40, and a
reversible tray in the cargo area
has carpet on one side and bare
plastic on the other, presumably
for carrying wet or messy items.
As for safety, the 2005 Grand
Cherokee's chassis structure is
designed to protect passengers in
the event of an accident. Multi-
stage airbags, managed by the
Occupant Classification System,

The interior styling of the new Grand Cherokee is all-new.

protect front-seat occupants;
side-curtain bags are available as
an option. A tire-pressure moni-
toring system and four-wheel
antilock disc brakes are standard.
The ESP electronic stability pro-
gram system is also available.
The worse the road, the happi-
er the Jeep. Credit is due to .the
new, more rigid unibody struc-
ture and new front and rear sus-
pensions. At the front is an inde-
pendent short-and-long arm
system with coil springs, for
major improvements in ride and
handling over the previous live
A coil-sprung live axle is still
found in the rear, but new locat-
ing geometry keeps it civilized. If
the suspension tuning feels a little
soft at speed on the highway, it
feels just right at lower speeds on
bumpy surfaces.
The Laredo comes standard
with "Quadra-Trac 1", a single-
range full-time four-wheel drive
system designed for year-round
pavement and light-duty off-road
use. Specification of the 4.7-liter
V8 in the Laredo brings the
"Quadra-Trac II" system, stan-
dard in the Limited. It features a
dual-range, electronically-con-
.trolled transfer case, for use in
more serious conditions.
Limited models with the Hemi

get the sophisticated "Quadra-
Drive II"(r) system, which adds
electronically-controlled front
and rear limited-slip differentials
for maximum traction in just
about any condition.
I I doubt that you can go wrong
.with any of the engine choices for
the new Grand.Cherokee. The
4.7-liter "Power Tech" V8, an
iron-block, aluminum-head sin-
gle overhead cam design with
235 horsepower at 4500 rpm and
305 lb-ft of torque at 3600 rpm on
regular unleaded gasoline.
Helped by the new five-speed
automatic transmission, it had no
problems in acceleration or pass-
ing. Manual-shift mode is stan-
dard, but unnecessary in normal'
driving, although it could come in'
handy off-road or towing.
Choose your engine by your:
towing requirements: capacity is-
3,500 lbs. with the V6, 6,500 with.
the 4.7 V8, and 7,200 with the 5.7'
So, if you have always wanted:
to ride off-road in a suit, or cruise
through downtown New York in-
a pair of jeans, here's your ride.
The 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
allows you to dress it up or down,
and it does both admirably.

Good driving skills will save lives

By Tim Topping

Question: You have men-
tioned in previous columns that
you are a race driving instructor.
I presume that means that you
are, or were a race car driver.
What does racing have to do
with driving safely on the road?
Don't we have enough speeders
out there already?
Answer: We have some rules
in racing that are speed related.
We are not allowed, for example
to exceed sixty miles per hour in
a pit lane. If we go 61 we're
penalized. There is no luck of the
draw: You break the rule, you're
penalized. Period. The reason
for the rule is general safety.
We feel the same way about
the rules of the road. If you break
the rules you're subject to penal-
ty. Period. I personally do not
advocate speeding on the public
roads. Speeding is often fraught
with peril and it's scary enough
out there on the road without
adding extra speed..
In fact, people have often
asked what is the most danger-
ous thing about road racing
(closed course circuit where
the road changes in elevation
and turns both left and right). I
always reply the same way. The
most dangerous thing about a
race weekend is driving to the
track. Statistically, it is far more
dangerous on the road than it is
on the track and it feels that
way too.

Everyone we share the race
track with is a trained profes-
sional. We all travel in the same
direction. While the desire to
win does inspire one to take cer-
tain risks, the extensive safety
equipment in the cars and on the
courses is more than commen-
surate with the need. Injury
occurs only rarely.
I will say that after driving a
race car all weekend, driving my
street car home feels awfully
slow. I have to use cruise control
to ensure I do not break the
speed limit,
There are many skills which
are transferable from race cars
to street cars. All of them have to
do with operating the vehicle
more safely. Take the speed out
of the equation for a moment.
-On the race track, precise car
control is paramount among
desirable skills. A skilled race
driver will be able to. accurately
anticipate what the vehicle will
do when he or she inputs steer-
ing, acceleration or braking.
The same skills are useful for
a street driver as well. Admitted-
ly, driving in a straight line at the
speed limit is not likely to require
one to come up with great meas-
ures of expert car control, but
what happens when the barrel
.falls off of the truck in front of
you? In that situation you'd want
a strong background in vehicle
For example, can you imag-
ine that in a very same scenario

that you may be required to aim
your car directly at the object
that you don't want to hit in
order to miss it? Racers know
that a spinning car directly in
front of them is traveling on its'
own path. Assuming the follow-
ing car is on the limit of adhesion
to the road, a rapid input to the
steering wheel %may indeed
cause the following car to lose
control. The trick is to have the
discipline to hold the course
because the spinning car one
sees out front is not likely to be
there when you get there. Do
nothing miss the obstacle.
Sounds crazy but in most cases it
The same goes for that barrel.
It is counter-intuitive to see a
barrel fall off of a truck and to do
nothing or indeed to actually aim
at it! Sounds kind of nutty at first
blush. Let me explain.
Especially if the road is slip-
pery, you want to avoid rapid
inputs such as ramming on the
brake and spinning the steering
wheel. If anything you want to
do things that will improve your
control not compromise it. So
it's best to calmly observe the
trajectory the barrel is taking and'
more importantly what it is likely
to do next and plan and execute
a route around the trouble
which requires the least amount
of input to get the job done.
That may indeed, require you
to do nothing but lift off of the
throttle and hold the course as

the barrel bounces in another
direction. If you do intuitively
steer sharply away from the bar-
rel you may find that your front
wheels have lost traction, or
because of you've hit the brakes
too hard, begun to lock up.
To regain control, you need to
point the wheels more or less
straight ahead and lift off of the
brakes. This will get' the front
wheels turning again and allow
you another chance to more
gently steer around the barrel. To
regain control, you've actually
aimed the car at the object
you're trying NOT to hit.
Skills learned in racing
schools help a driver come to
terms with that type of maneu-
ver. In fact, in our advanced road
driving schools we simulate that
very barrel scenario. Experi-
enced race car drivers have no
problem with the exercise.
We teach road drivers what
are essentially racing type skills
to get through the exercise but
more importantly to heighten
their awareness about what they
and their car are actually capable
of. Then we ask them to practice
those skills on a regular and dis-
ciplined basis.
Finally, when a race car driver
climbs in his or her car, the task
at hand gets 100 percent of their
attention. If everyone on the
road did that, we'd have a lot
fewer problems to deal with.

Loss of power may be

tied to exhaust system

By Ian McDougall

Question: My 1993 Cougar
doesn't have as much power as
it used to. I think the catalytic
converter may be plugging.up.
Is there any way of checking
without having to remove it?
Answer: There are two easy
ways to check for a. plugged
exhaust system. The first is to
use an exhaust back pressure
gauge. This is an accurate low
pressure gauge that screws into
an oxygen sensor hole. Remove
the oxygen
sensor from the exhaust
pipe, install the gauge, and run
the engine at 2,000 rpm. If the
gauge shows more than three
psi, then the exhaust system is
blocked and should be repaired.
Remove the exhaust pipe
behind the converter and test
again. If the pressure is still high,
then the converter is usually at
A second method of check-
ing for blocked exhaust is to use
a vacuum gauge connected to
intake manifold vacuum. Again
run the engine at 2,000 rpm and
the engine vacuum should stay
above 16 inches of vacuum. If
the vacuum drops when the
engine speed goes up, or the
reading is below 16 inches of
vacuum, then replace the
blocked exhaust part.

Question: The valve cover
gasket on my 1988 Ford Tempo
four cylinder engine started
leaking so I replaced it. About
two weeks later it started leaking
again. This time I noticed the
gasket had been pushed out.
What am I doing wrong?
Answer: The way you
replace the valve cover gasket
may be fine, but a leaking gasket
may only be a symptom of
another problem: a blocked
crankcase ventilation system.
When pressure inside the
crankcase cannot be vented, it
will force oil past seals and gas-
kets or force them out of place.
Replace the PCV valve and
inspect the PCV system hoses. If
there is a lot of moisture in the
hoses, then it may be freezing
and blocking the system. Short
trips that do not allow the
engine to completely warm up
and infrequent oil changes are
two causes of excessive mois-
ture in the PCV system.
---Another cause of freeze up is
a malfunctioning hot air induc-
tion system in the air cleaner
housing. A temperature con-
trolled valve directs air warmed
by the exhaust manifold into the
air induction system when out-
side temperatures are cold. The
PCV system pulls some of this
warm air into the crankcase. If
the air is not warmed, then
moisture in the hose can freeze.

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Kia Sportage returns as bigger, safer, more powerful SUV

By Ann M.Job

Kia kept the Sportage name but
changed just about everything else
in readying its compact sport utility
vehicle for a return to the United
States this year.
Arriving now at dealerships, the
2005 Kia Sportage is bigger, more
powerful and has more safety fea-
Indeed, with a starting manu-
facturer's suggested retail price,
including destination charge, of
$16,490, the new Sportage ranks as
the lowest-priced vehicle with six
curtain airbags, stability control,
traction control and four-wheel
disc brakes with antilock brakes
and electronic brake distribution all
It also comes standard with an
industry-leading, 10-year/100,000-
mile limited powertrainwarranty.
Competitors include the 2005
Toyota RAV4, which has a starting
MSRP, including destination
charge, of $19,115, and the seg-
ment-leading Ford Escape, which
starts at $20,050.
Introduced in 1995 as Kia's first
SUV, the Sportage was sold for
eight years with minimal updates
and then was dropped from the
Kia added the larger, mid-size
Sorento SUV in calendar 2002. Its

starting price is $19,665 for a 2005
The new, five-passenger
Sportage is based on the same plat-
form as the 2005 Hyundai Tucson
SUV that launched in the United
States recently with a starting price
of $18,094.
South Korea-based Hyundai
owns Kia, but the Sportage sheet
metal and interior are different
from the Tucson's.
In fact, the Sportage's main-
stream, pleasant looks seem simi-
lar to those of the larger Toyota
Highlander and Honda Pilot.
The Sportage uses the same
underlying engines, transmissions
and car-based platform that
Hyundai's Tucson has, but Kia offi-
cials tuned the Sportage suspen-
sion for a different kind of ride.
Where the Tucson feels softer
and more compliant, as it handles
mountain roads and city streets,
the Sportage has a sportier feel. It's
not necessarily a stiffer ride, but
there's a sense that the motions of
this 5.6-foot-tall vehicle are within a
tighter range.
I also noticed a bit more road
noise coming through to the pas-
. senger compartment of the
There are two engines for the
The base 140-horsepower, 2-

liter four cylinder does well in city
driving, some merging into traffic
and on flat and mildly hilly terrain.
But when passing others on
country roads, I had to plan ahead
to give the engine time to develop
the needed power.
There also was some buzzing
when the engine was pressed.
Maximum torque is 136 foot-
pounds at 4,500 rpm.
A five-speed manual and a four-
speed automatic are available with
this four-cylinder engine, but Kia
officials expect 85 percent of
Sportages sold to have the uplevel,
2.7-liter, double overhead cam V6.
This 173-horsepower engine
comes only with a four-speed auto-
matic and provides good power for
a variety of conditions, including
passing, merging onto highways
and traveling on mountain roads.
Peak torque is 178 foot-pounds at
4,000 rpm.
Still, the Sportage's engines are
less powerful than those in the
main competitors.
For example, the RAV4's sole
engine is a 161-horsepower four
cylinder with 165 foot-pounds of
torque at 4,000 rpm, while the
Escape's uplevel V6 produces 200
horsepower and 196 foot-pounds
of torque at 4,850.
Both two- and four-wheel-drive
Sportages are offered, the latter

with a locking center differential.
Fuel economy is estimated
between 19 and 22 miles a gallon
in city driving and 23 to 27 mpg on
the highway, depending on the
Sportage engine and drivetrain
This is about middle-of-the-
pack rating for comparably
equipped SUVs.
But where the Sportage seems
most likely to impress buyers is in
improved roominess and thought-
ful features.
The new model is longer, wider
and taller than the old Sportage
and offers commendable rear-seat
legroom of 37.2 inches. This is up
6.1 inches and better than the 32.6
inches in the back of the RAV4 and
the 36.3 inches in the Escape.
Hiproom for back-seat riders
has grown by 4.2 inches, topping
that of the RAV4 and Escape, too.
Rear seats in the Sportage
recline for a comfortable sitting
position and are especially easy to
fold down when additional cargo
room is needed. With one hand, a
latch at the top of the Sportage rear
seat is released and the setback
begins to fall forward. As, this
occurs, the seat cushion automati-
cally adjusts itself for positioning
beneath the folded setback.
You don't fuss with the seat
cushion at all. The next thing you

know, the seat is down and there's
a flat loading floor available for use.
Maximum cargo room is 66.6
cubic feet.
Another nice feature: The tail-
gate has small words indicating
which latch opens just the rear
window glass and which latch
opens the entire rear door. A cou-
ple other SUVs have this, too, and
more should copy it.
I liked how the handle on the
Sportage dashboard in front of the
front-seat passenger is recessed
into the dash. Some General
Motors Corp. vehicles have a simi-
lar handle, but it protrudes, earning
it the nickname of "towel bar" by
some critics.
The Sportage also has features
not normally expected in low-
priced SUVs.
For example, the Sportage
glovebox door and overhead han-
dles are damped, so they don't
bang noisily when used.
The center console between
the front seats has a height adjust-
ment on the top so it can better
serve as an armrest for both tall
and shorter drivers.
Still, with only 10 years in the
U.S. market, Kia is looking to
improve its quality ranking in some
For example, in last year's Initial
Quality Study (IQS) by auto

researcher J.D. Power and Associ-
ates, Kia ranked sixth from the bot-
tom based on consumer reports of
the first three months of ownership
of their vehicles.
Kia officials note they are mak-
ing improvements with each new
model they introduce and said
their goal is to post IQS scores that
beat the industry average by 2006.
Company officials also look to
sell some 52,000 Sportages annual-
ly. But they added the Sportage's
popularity in South Korea and
Europe means the United States
may not get enough vehicles to
meet demand.
Target buyers include first-time
SUV buyers who drive a small car
now, Kia said.
They're expected to be in their
30s, with annual median house-
hold income in the $50,000 to
$60,000 range. Sixty percent are
likely to be women, 60 percent will
be married, and 55 percent will be
college educated.
There has been no safety recall
of the new Sportage, and the
National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration has not reported
crash test results. Because the 2005
Sportage is a new model, Con-
sumer Reports did not provide a
reliability rating.

Large American cars are going the way of the dinosaur

By John Brooks

The traditional American large
car, most often a rear-wheel-drive
sedan powered by a V-8 engine, is
facing extinction.
As recently as 1990, sales for big
cars routinely topped one million
units annually, but sales have
steadily dropped, falling 25 percent
in 2004 alone, to 379,000. Even
with the success of the Chrysler
300 sedan, the introduction of the
Ford Five Hundred, and the resur-
gence of Cadillac, the days of the
full-size sedan as America's favorite
family hauler are numbered.
"I don't think (the large car mar-
ket) will grow beyond where it is
today," said Gary Cowger, presi-
dent of General Motors North
America. The big American land
yacht is a victim of changing family
needs, demographic shifts and
even tougher fuel economy

Average new car
now costs $28,127
The total cost of an average-
priced new vehicle during the
fourth quarter of 2004, including
financing charges, came to $28,127
in the fourth quarter of 2004, 1.8
percent up from third quarter 2004,
and 2.0 percent above year-earlier
levels, according to the Auto
Affordability Index, which is com-
piled by Detroit-based Comerica

Bank from Commerce Department
and Federal Reserve data.
Meanwhile, median family
income rose 2.6 percent from the
third quarter, and is up 6.4 percent
from year ago; it took 20.6 weeks
of median family income, before
taxes, to buy a new car, making it
0.2 weeks more affordable than
third quarter's 20.8 weeks.
'Although financing costs are
beginning to rise, strong competi-
tive pressures are still holding
down the all-in costs of buying
cars. As a result, auto affordability
continued to improve during
2004," said Dana Johnson, chief
economist at Comerica Bank, in a

Auto insurance
rates increases slow
This year's auto-insurance rates
are expected to climb 1.5 percent,
the smallest increase since 2001,
according to the Insurance Infor-
mation Institute.
In 2005, the average auto-insur-
ance policy will cost about $870,
up about $13 a vehicle from last
year, estimates the New York trade
group. The increase follows a 2.8
percent rise in auto-insurance rates
in 2004.
Although auto-insurance
rates have been rising for six con-
secutive years, a recent slow-
down in rate increases is being
attributed to a declining number
of car accidents and thefts, along

with safer vehicles.
Rates continue to climb, how-
ever, because claims are more
costly on average, vehicle repairs
have gotten more expensive, and
medical-claim costs are up,
according to the insurance insti-
Accidents are expected to con-
tinue to decline in coming years as
an aging population of nearly 80
million baby boomers begins
"moving into their safest driving
years," said Robert Hartwig, the
insurance institute's chief econo-

New Mustang
convertible available
Ford will begin selling a convert-
ible version of its new Mustang as
Ford began shipping the car to
dealerships from its plant in Flat
Rock, Michigan.
Ford, which saw its U.S. sales
fall 4.9 percent last year, has
declared this the "year of the car"
and launched the large Five Hun-
dred car, Freestyle wagon, Mercury
Montego sedan and redesigned
Mustang coupe. All but the Mus-
tang have yet to meet targets.
A Ford spokesman said the
company has so far sold more than
33,000 of the new Mustangs, with
nearly 12,000 orders, many for the
convertible, still waiting to be filled.
The Mustang convertible, with a

4-liter V-6 engine or a V-8, starts at
around $24,500.

International debuts
huge new pickup
International Truck and Engine
Corporation debuted the RXT, a
more than five-ton, 22-foot-long
commercial pickup truck at the
Chicago Auto Show.
The International RXT was built
for business owners who want a
truck that promotes themselves as
much as their businesses. Howev-
er, just as people have unique per-
sonas, the International RXT is
designed for business owners who
prefer a strong and athletic look
rather than a vehicle as big and
bold as the International CXT.
Standing eight feet tall, the Inter-
national RXT is a 4x2 pickup truck.
It features an eight-foot-long bed,
great hauling and tow capability
and commercial hydraulic brakes
for stopping large loads or trailers.
Its exterior design is set off by full-
body side skirts, a low step-in
height and aerodynamic hood. The
truck's crew cab seats five.
The RXT is powered by an Inter-
national VT 365 diesel V-8 engine
with 230 horsepower and 540-lb.-
ft. of torque.
International said that orders for
the RXT can be placed through
International dealers throughout
North America in fall 2005, with a
starting price just under $70,000.

GM releases self
adjusting airbag
General Motors introduced a
passenger-side frontal air bag that
customizes restraint by deploying
in two different sizes and at differ-
ent pressures, depending on seat
position, safety belt usage, and
crash severity, according to a com-
pany news release.
The "dual depth" air bag
deploys from the front passenger
side withinthe instrument panel.
When the small air bag is required,
a tether holds the air bag back to
the smaller size, and gas is vented
from the module housing. For the
larger air bag deployment, the teth-
er is released, the module-housing
vent is shut off, and the air bag is
allowed to expand to its full size.
The new airbag will be avail-
able on the 2006 Buick Lucerne
and 2006 Cadillac DTS. Including
the dual depth bag, six air bags are
standard on each vehicle.
The dual depth air bag, which
GM says represents the next gener-
ation of air bag technology, can
help restrain front-seat passengers
in a greater variety of seating and
crash situations. A conventional
dual-stage air bag inflates to a sin-
gle shape with different pressures.

Toyota recalls
Tacoma pickups
Toyota is recalling 22,228 Taco-
ma pickups because the parking

brake may not function, according
to Toyota and the National High-
way Traffic Safety Administration.
The move affects Tacoma's
from the 2005 model year with
automatic transmissions. Eight
complaints about the condition
have been received, but no injuries
have been reported due to the
Toyota said the lock nut on the
parking brake cable may not have
been properly tightened. If it
becomes loose and comes off, the
truck could roll if it's stopped on a
slope and the transmission isn't in
Toyota will notify owners of the
recall. Dealers will tighten the lock
nut for free.

New models fuel
Chrysler profits
Chrysler had its best year since
1999 in 2004, reporting a $1.9 bil-
lion operating profit as compared
to a $637 million loss in 2003.
Chrysler's gains were fueled by
a 10 percent increase in revenues to
$67 billion, a 5 percent increase in
worldwide vehicle sales and lower
incentives, the company said.
For the fourth quarter, Chrysler
posted $523 million in operating
profit, up from $180 million in
2003, as the automaker began to
cash in after launching nine new
vehicles, including the popular
Chrysler 300 sedan and Dodge
Magnum wagon.

Toyota makes Tacoma pickup bigger, bolder and more powerful

ByAnn M. Job

For 2005, Toyota joins the trend
toward bigger compact trucks with
a larger-than-ever 2005 Tacoma
that's upgraded inside and more
powerful and better handling than
The new Tacoma, recently
named 2005 Motor Trend Truck of
the Year, also is offered in more
configurations than ever. There are
18 models available, using 4X2 and
4X4 drive trains, three cabs. Regu-
lar, Access and Double and two
bed lengths. There's a choice of
engines, too: A new, 164-horse-
power four cylinder and a 245-
horsepower V6.
Toyota still doesn't offer a V8 in
the Tacoma. Buyers must move up
to the full-size Tundra pickup for
But Toyota retained the base,
two- to three-passenger Regular
Cab, which helps explain why the
starting manufacturers suggested
retail price, including destination
charge, is just $13,980 for a base,
2005 Tacoma. This is a Regular Cab
4X2 model. with four-cylinder
engine and manual transmission.
In comparison, the 2005 Dodge
Dakota, which no longer offers a
regular cab or a four cylinder, starts
at $19,510 for a base Club Cab 4X2
with V6 and manual transmission,
and Nissans base 2005 truck is a
King Cab 4X2 with four-cylinder
engine and manual transmission
and starts at $16,060.
Consumers may not be able to
tick off the fact the Tacoma is some
4 inches wider and some 2 inches
taller now and has an unheard-of
maximum length of 208.1 inches.
But they can quickly see that the
Tacoma looks beefier than its pred-
ecessor. The test Tacoma, a Pre-
Runner Double Cab with TRD
sport package in bright Speedway
Blue paint, even sported an air
intake on the hood and rode on 17-
inch tires.
There was no lag in the engine
power of this V6 truck. I moved
through traffic without fuss and
passed others on the freeway with-

out exertion. I heard confident
engine sounds every time I pressed
on the accelerator. Yet, the Tacoma
wasn't overtly brawny or difficult to
Note this 4-liter V6 is the same
one used in Toyotas 4Runner sport
utility vehicle, and the 245 horse-
power generated with premium
gasoline is close to the 250 horse-
power of the 4.7-liter, high-output
Magnum V8 that's the top engine in
the Dodge Dakota.
The Tacomas torque is a bit
less, though.282 foot-pounds at
3,800 rpm vs. 300 foot-pounds at
3,600 rpm in the Dakota. Nonethe-
less, the Tacomas towing capacity
now is up to 6,500 pounds with the
V6, compared with 5,000 pounds
in the 2004 truck. The Tacomas
towing capacity is 3,500 pounds
with the 2.7-liter, four-cylinder
engine that generates 183 foot-
pounds of torque at 3,800 rpm.
As you would expect, this base
powerplant gives the best gas
mileage: A combined 23.5 miles a
gallon in mixed city/highway travel
for a 4X2 model, according to gov-
ernment figures. The best com-
bined mileage rating for a V6 Taco-
ma is 20 mpg for a 4X2 with
automatic transmission.
Both the five-speed automatic,
which was on the test truck and
worked well, and the six-speed
manual, are new and are offered
with the V6.
The four cylinder has a choice
of five-speed manual or four-speed
Nissans Frontier, which also is
redesigned and larger for 2005, is
offered with four- and six-cylinder
engines, and the Frontiers new 4-
liter V6 ranks as the most powerful
V6 in the segment with 265 horses
and 282 foot-pouhds of torque at
4,000 rpm.
The Tacoma continues to ride
like a truck, with jiggles and vibra-
tions that came through to passen-
gers in the PreRunner 4X2. It didn't
matter if the Tacoma was off road
or on uneven pavement in town.
But remember this truck had an
optional sport package that includ-
ed a sport-tuned suspension and

Bilstein sport shock absorbers, so
models without this combination
will ride softer. And no matter the
sport package, it was evident the
new Tacoma has less flexing and
overall loose feel in the body,
thanks to the fact the Tacoma now
rides on the more modern plat-
form of the 4Runner and Lexus GX
The PreRunner comes only
with rear-drive, but it sits up off the

road as high as a 4X4 truck. So I
had to climb up to get inside. Once
there, I found the seats were rather
low to the floor. I didn't sit in bus-
like fashion. Instead, my legs jutted
out in front of me. This provided
great headroom. I estimated at
least 8 inches of clearance above
my head, but wasn't the most
comfortable riding position.
In fact, I preferred the back seat,
which, besides getting more shoul-

der room because of the new,
increased cab size, sat up a bit
higher than the front seats do. The
high-riding position gave good
views out, and I noticed the sepa-
rate front seats had nice, long cush-
ions that reached all the way to the
backs of my knees.
The dashboard has been
dressed up with some silver
accents in the center. The upgrad-
ed stereo in the test truck had

strong sounds, but many of the
other amenities also were optional,
including the keyless remote entry,
cruise control and intermittent
wipers. Thus, the test truck topped
more than $27,000.
In addition, the material on the
ceiling of the Tacoma is the old-
style, fuzzy stuff and not real rich-
looking, and there was a good
amount of head bob over bumps
and in curves.

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20 The Okeechobee News, Saturday, February 26, 2005

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