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Vol. 96 No. 97 Thursday, April 7, 2005 50M Plus tax

Amnesty Day
is Saturday
The Okeechobee County
Solid Waste Authority is offering
local residents a chance to get
rid of household hazardous
waste this coming Saturday,
April 9, from 9 a.m. until 3p.m.
Local homeowners may
bring the following kinds of
hazardous materials to the
County Vehicle Maintenance
Facility, located at 306 N.W.
Ninth Ave. in Okeechobee:
paints, pesticides, cleaning sup-
plies, solvents, batteries, includ-
ing nickel-cadmium or lead
acid, motor oil or used oil filters,
chemicals including unla-
beled and unknowns, brake
fluid, mercury containing ther-
mometers or thermostats and
tires limit 4 per household.
Page 2

Judge rules to acquit Varnum

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Because he had reasonable
doubt, Judge Robert Makemson
found Tuesday that a former Okee-
chobee mobile home dealer
should be acquitted of criminal
charges filed against him.
Michael A. Varnum, 55, of
Clewiston went before Judge
Makemson on charges of grand
theft and uttering a forged instru-
ment. Varnum was arrested June
3, 2004, when he owned Central
Mobile Homes of Okeechobee.

While he
has been
acquitted on
these charges, .
Varnum must ,
still face civil lit- \ .
igation, and '
answer to
charges of tax
fraud. He must
also attend an Michael
administrative A. Varnum
hearing with
the Department of Motor Vehicles
(DMV), at which the DMV will be
seeking an injunction that would

keep Varnum from operating as a
mobile home dealer, and operat-
ing without a license.
That hearing was originally slat-
ed for March 29, but was post-
poned because Varnum did not
have an attorney at the time.
However, Varnum was repre-
sented by Robert Watson in Okee-
chobee Tuesday.
"The judge's decision," said Mr.
Watson of the April 5 ruling, "was
the right one."
Prior to Tuesday's trial, both Mr.
Watson and Assistant State's Attor-
ney Lev Evans had agreed to allow

Holocaust survivors: Tell their stories


FWC launches
alligator hotline
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) has launched a new toll-
free telephone number to
report nuisance alligators. That
number is 1-866-FWC-GATOR
and should be the primary tele-
phone number for alligator
complaints, available to cus-
tomers around the clock.
Alligators have shared
marshes, swamps, rivers and
lakes with humans for many
centuries in the southeastern
United States and are found in
all of Florida's 67 counties.
There have been increased
interactions between alligators
and humans as more and more
people are seeking homes on
waterfront property.
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Drought Index
Current: 171
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.38 feet

Lake level
14.49 feet
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South Florida Water Manage-
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Alex Moskovic (left) and Norman Frajman, (right) Holocaust survivors shared their
experiences Tuesday with students at Osceola Middle School.

Holocaust survivors visit school

By Maria Chandler
Okeechobee News
"I do not cry anymore there
are no tears left," said Norman
Frajman, a survivor of the Holo-
caust to students Tuesday at
Osceola Middle School.
He and Alex Moskovic who is
also a Holocaust survivor shared
their ordeals.
Mr. Frajman said he is looking
for young people like the stu-
dents he spoke with, to protect
his grandchildren.
He hopes his message will
serve as a deterrent to prevent
future holocausts from happen-
ing again.
Mr. Moskovic and Mr. Frajman
met through the organization
they are both members of which
is Child Survivors Hidden Chil-
dren Of The Holocaust Palm
Beach County.
Both of these men know
what it is like to be taken by rail-
road in an overcrowded car, be
separated from family and have
only a small piece of bread and
potato skin soup to eat as the
only meal of the day.
Mr. Frajman was just 10 years
old when the Germans occupied
the city of Warsaw Poland in
His family left their home and
traveled at night arriving in a
small town two weeks later.
There Mr. Frajman was

Alex Moskovic shows the number he was issued at Birke-
nau, B14662. He did not choose to have it removed. He
said it is proof that what he went through as a teenager
existed. The jacket was worn by Norman Frajman in the
Buchenwald Concentration Camp. The yellow triangle
represented his Jewish faith while the number above
(68616) was his identity.
enrolled in school. Mr. Frajman, his mother, sister
He and his family were and remnant survivors were
caught by Russian guards and taken to the extermination camp
turned over to the German side of Majdanek where his mother
of Poland. and sister perished.
They returned to their house From there he was shipped to
only to find it occupied by Skarzysko Concentration Camp
strangers. where he worked as a slave
In 1940, the Germans created laborer in an.ammunition facto-
a ghetto. In order to eat, people ry. It was here Mr. Frajman came
had to work so he became a
messenger boy. See Survivors Page 2

Judge Makemson to render a deci-
sion in the case instead of having a
"The defense offered (the idea
to have a bench trial) and we both
agreed," said Mr. Evans. "There
were all kinds of technical aspects
to the case and the state was afraid
we would get a do not understand
verdict, and both of us felt that
Judge Makemson is a very neutral
Mr. Watson concurred that due
to the amount of legal documents
entered into evidence from both
sides allowing the judge to render

a decision was the best thing to do.
"I felt because there were so
many legal documents that some-
one with a legal education was in
the best position to make a deci-
sion," said Mr. Watson.
Another reason he preferred
the bench trial was pre-trial public-
Going into the trial, Mr. Evans
said he felt good about the state's
"Our case looked very strong
prior to trial," he said. "But at trial,
See Varnum Page 2

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Sometimes meetings of the
Okeechobee County Construc-
tion Industry Licensing Board
are routine and dull, but that cer-
tainly was not the case at Mon-
day afternoon's meeting where
the discussion became heated
and personal.
Ferne Bittner of Southeast
25th Drive hired Richard Valente
of R J. Remodeling of Okee-
chobee and Boynton Beach to
repair her storm-damaged
mobile home. She claimed Mr.
Valente was guilty of poor work-
manship and, because of his
work, her home is now in worse

By Maria Chandler
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City Coun-
cil Tuesday awarded a bid in the
amount of $49,278 to Lozano
Builders of Stuart to do work on
five businesses.
Those five businesses to be
worked on are North Park Tire
Center, Park View Plaza, Okee-
chobee Abstract, Los Cocos
Mexican Restaurant and Display
Neon tubing will be installed
along the existing exterior paint-
ed stripes for the sixth business,
CarQuest Auto Parts. This sig-
nage will be purchased through
the city's Community Develop-
ment Block Grant Small Pur-
chases policy.
The work to be done on these
downtown businesses is a Com-
munity Development Block

condition than it was after the
hurricanes. She claimed that her
furniture was ruined and that
nothing was completed.
Ms. Bittner stated that Mr.
Valente removed the siding from
her house and enclosed the out-
side with Tyvek. She claimed the
rain came though the Tyvek and
soaked the insulation under-
Code Compliance Director
Arnold Verwey presented pic-
tures of the house that he had
taken that day. He claimed that
the Tyvek was not properly
attached under' the eaves. He
said it came loose allowing

See Board

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Grant project.
Lozano Builders of Stuart was
the only firm to submit a bid.
A maximum of $15,000 can
be spent on each building. The
business must pay anything over
the $15,000.
Improvements to North Park
Tire Center will cost $15,468. The
business has agreed to pay the
All work is to be completed
by Sept. 28, 2005.
In other business the council:
adopted Ordinance No. 884
closing a portion of Southwest
Fifth Street between Fourth and
Fifth Avenues and the east to
west alleyway within block 194.
The reason for closing the alley is
for future expansion of First Bap-
tist Church facilities with consid-
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Sports violence ideas differ

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
EDITOR'S NOTE: Second in a
Violence in sports has filtered
down from the professional
ranks to youth athletic activities.
This violence has school admin-
istrators, sports officials and law
enforcement personnel con-
cerned. Parents have gone to jail
for inciting riots, battery and even
murder at sporting events where
their children are competing.
There are many different the-
ories as to what actually causes
this violence. With the cost of
college constantly rising every
year, many families can no

longer afford to send one or
more children to college. Athletic
scholarships give young athletes
the opportunity to attend college
even when their grades would
not qualify them for an academic
scholarship. Parents realize this
and will go to any extreme to see
that their child is offered one of
these scholarships.
Another theory is also based
on money. If a young athlete per-
forms well, there are profession-
al scouts watching who can offer
enormous salaries, product
endorsements and perks.
NBA superstar Kevin Garnett
was drafted into the NBA directly
out of high school. He was
named South Carolina's high-

school "Mr. Basketball" in 1994.
In 1995 he was again named as
"Mr. Basketball", this time in Illi-
nois. In the same year he was
named National High School
Player of the Year by 'USA Today';
was a 'Parade Magazine' first-
team All-American, and the Most
Outstanding Player at the
McDonald's All-America Game.
In June of 1995 he made the
cover of 'Sports Illustrated'
before ever playing in the NBA.
He was the first high-school play-
er to be drafted by the NBA in
over 20 years when he was cho-
sen in the first round (fifth pick
overall) of the 1995 NBA draft by
See Sports Page 2

Staff photo/Pete Gawda
Sharing a book
Dylan Ferneau, left, a student at North Elementary
School, and his mother, Doris Darcy share a book at Fam-
ily Reading Night held Tuesday night at the school.

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place this

By DanCulbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
The Okeechobee County
Solid Waste Authority is offer-
ing local residents a chance to
get rid of household haz-
ardous waste this coming Sat-
urday, April 9, from 9 a.m.
. until 3 p.m.
Local homeowners may
bring the following kinds of
hazardous materials to the
County Vehicle Maintenance
Facility, located at 306 N.W.
Ninth Ave. in Okeechobee:
paints, pesticides, cleaning
supplies, solvents, batteries,
including nickel-cadmium or
lead acid, motor oil or used oil
filters, chemicals including
unlabeled and unknowns,
brake fluid, mercury contain-
ing thermometers or thermo-
stats and tires limit 4 per
No propane tanks will be
Disposing these kinds of
materials on Amnesty Day will
not cost residents any money,
and will save lots of dollars by
keeping these dangerous sub-
stances out of the county land-
Hurricanes have damaged
many of our storage sheds
and garages, exposing many
of these substances to rain
and sun. If not properly dis-
posed of, hazardous materials
may wash into ditches, canals
and the lake, causing environ-
mental contamination.
If you have questions on
wl at kinds of materials are
being accepted, please call the
county Solid Waste Depart-
ment during office hours at
(863) 763-1811 during normal
business hours.
If you need additional
information on hazardous
waste management, you can
email the County Extension
office at
okeechobee@ifas.ufl.edu or
call us at (863)763-6469. Local
residents can stop by our
office at 458 Hwy 98 North in

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eration of easements and/or possi-
ble transferring or utility lines to dif-
ferent areas of the block in consid-
eration of safety, covered drive-up
or canopy into or up to the alley so
as to allow church members better
access to church facilities during
inclement weather and parking.
adopted Ordinance No. 887
amending the city general employ-
ees' and Okeechobee Utility
Authority Employees' Retirement
adopted Ordinance No. 888
amending the Police Officers'
Retirement System.
adopted Ordinance No. 889
amending the Firefighters' Retire-
ment System.
adopted Ordinance No. 890
changing the land use on 3.18 acres
of vacant land from single family to
multi-family at Northeast Ninth
Street/U.S. 441 North to Ninth
Street. The reason for changing the
land use is for multi-family
dwellings on the property.
adopted Ordinance No. 891
changing the land use on 9.9
unplatted lands from single family
to multi-family on Southwest Sec-
ond Street. The reason for the land
use change is to develop the prop-
erty as a 96-unit multi-family devel-
approved the first reading of
Ordinance No. 892 and set April 19


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down with typhus. He said a per-
son with typhus runs a fever for 14
days and on the 14th day the per-
son is either dead or alive.
He was selected to die as an
unproductive slave. Mr. Frajman
was hidden and miraculously he
got his strength back.
The next stop was Buchenwald
where he was issued a jacket
which he brought with him to
show the students. From there he
went on a death march.
Mr. Frajman was liberated at the
age of 15.
Mr. Moskovic went back 61
years ago to when he was 13 years
old living in a small town in Hun-
The Hungarian police escorted
Mr. Moskovic and his family to a
synagogue. From there they were
loaded into trucks and taken to a
brick factory where they stayed for
They were taken from the facto-
ry to the railroad station where they
were loaded into over crowded cat-

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the Minnesota Timberwolves. He
signed a multi-million dollar con-
-- tract with the Timberwolves in
1995. In 1997, he signed a $126 mil-
lion contract with the Timber-
wolves, the richest in NBA history.
LeBron James, point guard for
the Cleveland Cavaliers signed a
$10.8 million contract right out of
high school and then signed a $90
million Nike endorsement deal the
same week.
A third theory is that many par-
ents live vicariously through their
o children. These parents will do any-
thing to see their children win. They
have forgotten that sports are sup-
posed to be fun and a way to exer-

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as a final public hearing date. If the
council approves this ordinance on
second and final reading the cur-
rent zoning on property on North-
east Ninth Street would be changed
from residential single family-one
to residential multiple family.
approved the first reading of
Ordinance No. 893 on first reading
and set April 19 as a final public
hearing date. Approval of this ordi-
nance on second and final reading
would rezone property on South-
west Second Street from holding to
residential multi family and amend
the comprehensive plan map from
single family-1 to multi family. The
reason for this rezoning is for the
development of a 96 unit multi
family housing community.
approved Main Street banner
requirements. Interested business-
es or organization wanting, to
advertise upcoming events on
Main Street's banners downtown
will have to follow set guidelines
when designing their advertise-
ments to be placed on the banner.
was made aware that the
Okeechobee City Firefighters made
a unanimous decision to join the
International Association of Fire
Fighters union.
made alternate member Bea
Castorina a full time member on
the City of Okeechobee Code
Enforment Board. Heather Han-
cock will serve as an alternate
member on this board. Mack Wor-
ley and Rennae Sweda will contin-
ue to serve on this board as full
time members.

tie cars.
Mr. Moskovic and Mr. Frajman
recalled that while they were trans-
ported by railway there were two
buckets, one filled with water and
the other was empty and served as
the toilet.
When Mr. Moskovic arrived in
Birkenau he was separated from
his parents and siblings.
Upon arrival at Birkenau many
were told to walk down a platform
and were never seen again.
These people were told to
shower because of the sanitary
conditions on the cattle cars. They
packed the people into a room
with only a peep hole. This room
was not for taking showers it was
the gas chamber. Mr. Moskovic said
within 22 to 25 minutes everyone
would be dead. The peep hole was
so the soldiers could look in and
make sure everyone was dead.
He was separated into the
men's group.
He was given the number
B 14662 which was tattooed on his
arm. At the camp Mr. Moskovic
cleaned the latrines and dumped
the garbage. He said there were 14
harnesses attached to a wagon. He
and other men would attach the

cise. They take it as personal failure
when their child does not perform
to their expectations. Some parents
purchase expensive equipment,
send their children to professional
trainers, and enroll them in equally
expensive sports camps and
schools. The parents push the
young athletes, sometimes well
beyond the child's capabilities, to
win at all costs. Then, when the
children feel that they are in danger
of losing, they become violent to try
to win. They also mimic the behav-
ior they see in adults. When a par-
ent screams at an umpire, judge or
coach, the child believes that this is
acceptable behavior.
Younger and younger athletes
compete in international competi-
tion. Olga Korbut, young gymnast
from Russia, was 17 when she won
her Olympic gold medal. She

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appointed Kenneth Keller and
Devin Maxwell to serve as full time
members on the City of Okee-
chobee Planning Board/Land Plan-
ning Agency/Board of Adjust-
ments/Design Review Board. Made
Terry Burroughs and John C.
Whidden alternate members on
the boards. Sandra Jones who
served as an alternate member will
be replaced by Terry Burroughs.
John Whidden will finish out Devin
Maxwell's term as alternate.
choose not to sell Lots 6 and 7,
Block 5, Royal Oaks Addition,
which is located in the 2100 block
of Southwest Third Avenue. Ty
Hancock was interested in pur-
chasing the property from the city.
City attorney John Cook will meet
with Donnie Robertson, director of
the city's public works department
to discuss plans for the property.
Mr. Robertson said at the meeting
that some pipe was going to be
stored on the property.
approved amending the deed
restrictions for the city's industrial
park as long as it does not effect air
space regulations. The deed restric-
tions limit the height of structures
to 45 feet however silos to be used
as storage stand 60 feet tall.
heard a request from Robert
Meyers, the first business owner in
the city's industrial park to pur-
chase two additional lots in the
park. City of Okeechobee Mayor
James Kirk will meet with Mr. Mey-
ers to negotiate a price for the land
and present it at the next council

harnesses to themselves, pick up
the garbage and then dump it.
While collecting the garbage he
tried to find his mother at the
women's camp.
As the Soviet Army was getting
ready to capture Birkenau, Mr.
Moskovic along with thousands of
inmates were forced to go on a
death march to Gleiwitz, Poland, in
the cold snowy winter of 1945. On
these death marches if someone
fell out of line they were shot to
death. It was at Gleiwitz he found
his older brother and father.
At the end of January 1945 he
and the remaining survivors were
taken in open coal cars to Buchen-
On April 11, 1945, Mr. Moskovic
was liberated by the U.S. Army.
He learned that his older broth-
er could not march anymore and
was shot to death and that out of 41
family members he was the only
one to survive.
Mr. Moskovic and Mr. Frajman
have in recent years returned to the
camps where they were held cap-
tive, forced to do hard labor and
lost many of their family members.

began training as an 8-year-old and
entered the famous Russian sports
school at age 11. Nadia Comaneci
was another gymnast from Roma-
nia who won her Olympic gold at
the age of 14. The success of these
youngsters spurred on parents and
coaches to begin pushing younger
children to compete at world-class
levels, not taking into consideration
the physical and emotional dam-
age that was being done to the
young athlete.
What can be done to curb the
growing violence in sports both by
athletes and by parents and coach-
Sports psychologists state that
parents should not force their chil-
dren to participate in a sport if the
child does not want to play. Parents
should also remember that playing
in the sport is for the child's enjoy-
ment, not theirs.

The psychologists feel that chil-
W dren should be taught that winning
isn't everything. Coaches and par-
& ents should praise their children for
competing fairly and trying their
best. Children should not be yelled
at or belittled for the mistakes they
make when playing a game or
competing in a sport.
Parents should hot question an
official's judgment or honesty in
public. The coach is there to ques-
tion a call, not the spectators in the
stands. It is very difficult to stay
quiet, especially when an official
makes a "bad" call against your
own child. But, in the long run, it is
better for the child and the team to
b have parents keep their opinions of
the officials to themselves.
Q It should be the responsibility of
the coach to see that all players get
the proper instruction and equal
playing time no matter how good
the player is.
s" Remember, coaches and par-
ents are close role models for their
children. What you say and how
you act at a game will be watched
and remembered by your children.
* Do not say or do anything that you
would not want to see your chil-
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the evidence wasn't nearly as
strong as we thought."
At the heart of the charges
against Varnum was the allegation
by a consumer that he had altered a
purchase agreement in an attempt
to collect additional money.
But, said Mr. Watson, that
turned out to be a misunderstand-
"They had a misunderstanding
on the contract," said Mr. Watson.
"They (they buyers) originally
thought the electrician should have
been paid under the bank loan.
But, by the time they got to trial they
understood that they should have
paid the electrician."
The contract, states Mr. Watson,
that the buyers were responsible
for paying the electrician. The origi-
nal contract estimated the cost of
the electrician to be $1,500, but the
cost was actually over $2,000. He
said his client sent an amended
contract to the lending agency
reflecting the actual cost of the elec-
trician. The problem came up that
they buyers were not present when
the amended document was sent
to the lender.
"In a perfect world, I would say
don't ever alter a contract without
the signature of both parties," said
Mr. Watson.
He went on to say the lender
was not going to release any
money to his client, but that the
amended contract simply called
their attention to the changes.
There were also other issues
that came into play in the allega-
tions such as the new stem wall
law and the cost of site preparation
for the modular home.
"They (the buyers) had not
identified the land so Michael could
not put site improvement costs on
the original contract until he knew
what and where the land was,"
said Mr. Watson. "If there's some-
thing to be learned from this it
would be this: when you are enter-
ing into a contract, have a lawyer


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water running off the roof to get
behind it and soak the insulation.
. He further claimed that the plastic
was not properly sealed around the
windows, and allowed water to
damage interior walls.
He added that Mr. Valente could
have taped around the windows to
prevent water from entering the
He claimed that Mr. Valente did
a sloppy job of installing the Tyvek
and that if it had been done proper-
ly he would not be appearing
before the board.
In addition to the outside wall,
Mr. Verway's photographs depict-
ed instances of improper electrical
wiring. Mr. Valente has a general
contractor's license that does not
permit him to do electrical wiring.
"You can tell from the picture an
electrician did not do it (the
wiring)", Mr. Verwey said.
Mr. Valente, who brought his
crew to the meeting to back him
up, admitted that his brother, who
is not a licensed electrician, did the
"This is wrong," board member
William Shockely, an electrician,
said of the wiring. "This will kill
While admitting that he did not
get an electrical permit, Mr. Valente
claimed that the Tyvek was proper-
ly installed. He claimed that Ms. Bit-
tner pulled it loose.
Board member Herb Nix asked
why he didn't put new siding back
on after he removed the old siding.
Mr. Valente replied that the new
siding had not come it at that time.
Board Chairman Chris Scruggs
asked why he didn't put the siding
on when it arrived.
Mr. Valente replied that he had
no one to do the job.

Mr. Watson added that the situa-
tion was taken care of the buyers
and Varnum. Since the bank paid
the electrician, the buyers paid the
amount owed for the electrical
work to the company that moved
the home, which was Varnum's
When Varnum will go to court on
the tax fraud charge is not known.
Mr. Evans said they are just beginning
to prepare the state's case.
Varnuim was arrested March 17
on charges levied by the Florida
Department of Revenue (DOR) that
he stole over $73,000 in sales tax
that he collected from customers
when he had his dealership in
Okeechobee, but did not send the
money to the state.
Varnum will also have to deal
with civil cases that have been filed
against him.
"My investigation of the cases
indicates that he took around $1
million from more than 40 prospec-
tive homebuyers during just over a
one-year period in 2003 and 2004,"
said Okeechobee attorney Devin R.
Maxwell, who has civil cases pend-
ing against Varnum. "He was able to
persuade people to refinance their
homes and give him, usually
$30,000 to $40,000 a piece as down
payments on modular homes, then
he never delivered the homes."
Mr. Maxwell went on to say one
of his clients has gone so far as to
contact State Representatives
Richard Macheck and Frank
Attkisson about stricter licensing
requirements for modular home
dealers, and to increase the current
bond amount for mobile home
"The current bond requirement
of $25,000 has proven inadequate
to compensate victims of mobile
home dealer fraud," said Mr.
Mr. Watson said he didn't know
if he would be defending Varnum in
the recent cases filed against him.
"We've not come to a
client/attorney agreement on those
issues yet," he said.

Mr. Nix contended that Mr.
Valente had left the house without
protection, noting that Tyvek will
not keep water out.
Mr. Valente claimed all the Tyvek
was properly tucked under the
Mr. Scruggs stated that the pic-
tures revealed that it was not. He
stated that it seemed to him that
Ms. Bittner's complaints were justi-
Mr. Valente said he had fought
with Ms. Bittner's insurance com-
pany for two months to get a settle-
He claimed he gave Ms. Bittner
no trouble and did what she asked,
but added that he did not want to
work with Ms. Bittner any longer.
Mr. Scruggs reminded him that
he had a contract to finish the job
and that he had to use licensed
people to do the work.
He agreed to seal up the house
and find subcontractors to finish
the job.
The matter was tabled until the
next meeting to see if Mr. Valente
was making progress in fulfilling
his contract, repairing the damage
Ms. Bittner claimed he had caused
and repairing the house.
Mr. Valente was given a letter of
reprimand for the improper electri-
cal work.
In an unrelated matter, Mr. Ver-
wey suggested that because of the
increased interest in installing hurri-
cane shutters that the county
license the installers. He suggested
a license for hurricane
shutter/awning contractors.
. He also noted that because the
county commissioners had fol-
lowed the licensing board's recom-
mendation to issue temporary
licenses for demolition, there are
now three licensed demolition
contractors in Okeechobee.

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Tougher laws wanted for insurance fraud

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Chief Financial Officer Tom Gal-
lagher and State Representative
Dean Cannon joined today to urge
support for legislation that would
increase penalties for filing fraudu-
lent auto crash reports that can be
used to bilk insurance companies,
strengthen consumers' rights to
sue operators of unauthorized
insurance entities and enhance
criminal charges for workers' com-
pensation fraud.
Cannon, R-Winter Park, and
Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales,
are sponsoring companion bills.
Senate Bill 2330 is scheduled to be
heard Tuesday by the Senate Bank-
ing and Insurance Committee, and
House Bill 967 is expected to be
heard Wednesday by the House
Insurance Committee.
The proposed legislation would
impose a two-year minimum
mandatory prison sentence for fil-
ing any police report on a fabricat-
ed auto accident. It also would
require medical clinics to post the
department's Fraud Buster hotline
number and reward program
Florida drivers are required by
law to carry at least $10,000 in Per-
sonal Injury Protection (PIP) cover-
age, in addition to $10,000 in prop-
erty damage liability coverage.
"This coverage is intended to
protect our citizens by ensuring
immediate access to medical care,
and ensuring that hospitals -
where most legitimate accident vic-
tims seek care are reimbursed,"
said Gallagher. "Instead, fake med-
ical clinics are springing up for the
sole purpose of fraudulently billing
insurance companies. We have to
stop that and need the help of every
law-abiding Floridian to do that."
"Floridians are getting hit head-
on with higher premiums and
costs due to insurance fraud," said
Cannon. "Insurance fraud has a
direct financial impact on hard-
working Floridians, and the legisla-
tion we are proposing would go a
long way toward stopping these
In 2003, the Legislature enacted
some of the strongest laws against
PIP fraud. That legislation provided
a two-year minimum mandatory
prison sentence for planning,

assisting or participating in the
staging of an auto accident or solic-
iting patients for the purpose of fil-
ing fraudulent insurance claims.
Tougher sentences are the
result of the laws imposed in 2003.
More convictions are the result of
Florida's first dedicated PIP fraud
prosecutor, Nina Vivenzio, whose
position is funded through the
Florida Automobile Joint Under-
writing Association and the Miami-
Dade State Prosecutors Office.
In the last five years, the Depart-
ment of Financial Services' fraud
division, which Gallagher oversees,
has arrested more than 900 individ-
uals associated with more than $25
million in PIP fraud, and more than
70 are facing or serving the mini-
mum prison sentence.
Alexander and Cannon's pro-
posed legislation also would clarify
Floridians' right to sue the opera-
tors of bogus insurance operations.

There is no guaranty fund to cover
unpaid claims should an unautho-
rized insurance company become
Since 2001, the department has
taken action against more than 200
unlicensed entities and agents for
selling fake insurance to thousands
of Floridians, who were left with
more than $18 million in unpaid
The legislation also would
enhance criminal charges that can
be brought against employers who
do not provide workers' compen-
sation coverage, which is required
in Florida for employers with four
or more workers. It would make it
a first-degree felony if an employer
does not provide the coverage and
an employee is killed on the job. It
would be a second-degree felony if
an employer does not provide the
coverage and an employee is hos-
pitalized with an on-the-job injury.

Some 1,800 Florida employers
last fiscal year were fined or crimi-
nally charged for not providing
insurance coverage on more than
13,000 workers. Two workers were
killed in a construction accident
last July on a Hobe Sound work
site, and their employer had no
coverage. The employer was
charged with a third-degree felony
and fined $2.4 million.

"Insurance fraud not only is a
drain on our economy, it also is a
public safety concern," Gallagher
said. "We have people on our
roads looking to have accidents;
we have Floridians being sold
bogus insurance plans, and we
have workers who may not have
access to appropriate medical care
if they afe hurt on the job. I urge
legislators to join us in support of
this legislation."

Awards assembly
At an awards assembly Tuesday at Central Elementary School Kiwanian Noel Stephen
and Assistant Principal Theda Bass presented Terrific Kids awards to fourth graders.
Receiving Terrific Kids awards (in no particular) are: Ty'ronte Files, Chris Garcia, Dillon
Jones, Andrea Maldoando, Beatriz Martinez, D.J. Nunez, Chelsey Perry, Bradley Rath-
bun, Ivana Shelby, Vanessa Watt and Jacob Witt. Beckie Dailey was also a recipient but
was not present.

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Irene E. Strickland
Irene E. Strickland, age 85, of
Okeechobee, died on April 5,
2005, at Raulerson Hospital. She
was a resident of Okeechobee for
35 years moving here from Miami.
Mrs. Strickland was survived by
her husband of 42 years, Carl L.
Strickland; son, Carl L. Strickland
Jr., of Milliageville, Md.; daughter,
Jacqueline Pope of San Diego,
Ca.; and, 11 grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held
Friday, April 8, 2005, at 10 a.m., at
the Bass Okeechobee Funeral
Home Chapel with the Reverend
Arian cook will be officiating:
All arrangements are under the
loving care of the Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
Joseph E. Smith
Joseph E. Smith, age 63, of
Jacksonville, died March 30, 2005,
at St. Vincent's Medical Center in
Jacksonville. Mr. Smith was born

Feb. 23, 1942, in Jacksonville to
Artis Lee and Laura Smith.
Mr. Smith is survived by: three
daughters, Kizzy K. (Terrence)
Boswell of Okeechobee, Lorraine
Smith of Gainesville, and Emma.
Erin Vinence of Hattisburg, Miss.;
two sons, Joseph E. Smith, Jr. of
Hattisburg, Miss. and Charles
Smith of Okeechobee; seven
grandchildren; four brothers,
Peter Smith of Okeechobee, Larry
Smith, Thomas C. Smith and
Frank Smith, all of Jacksonville;
two sisters, Luedella Simmons
and, Betty Seales, both of Jack-
Visitation will be from 4 until 7
p.m. on Friday, April 8, 2005, at
Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be at 11
a.m., on Saturday, April 9, 2005, at
Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home
with Pastor Moore officiating. ,
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-

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"I would just like to say farewell to all the great residents of
Okeechobee. We really enjoyed the fishing this year and I
have a freezer full of fillets to take back to Kentucky. The
weather was great and my wife and I look forward to seeing
you guys again next winter."

School Days
"I was told that some counties in Florida made up their lost
time due to the hurricanes by adding a few minutes to each
school day. Can you tell me if Okeechobee County School
Board chose this option?" (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling.
We contacted the school district and were told they knew
about this option and actually talked about it. However, they
didn't feel it would work as well as having students come to
school on days when they would be off such as teacher
work days and spring break days. According to Assistant
Superintendent of Schools Lee Dixon the district was con-
cerned that keeping students in the classroom longer might
be too much. "We were aware of it and it's not like it is a com-
pletely bad idea," he said. "But we felt it wouldn't be as good
for the students.")

Nice Place
"We came from Michigan to see my friend Lenora and
Okeechobee is a really nice place, .and the flea markets have
low prices."

Social Security
"In spite of mounting evidence to the contrary; with Bush's
insistence of a crisis with Social Security, while ignoring the
problem with Medicare, we see a pig-headed refusal in reality
in a pursuit to reward his contributors."

"I wonder when the American public is going to wake up
and join together and start boycotting this gas at such a high
price? It is as simple as economics. If there is no use, the price
has got to come back down, They can't sit on the gas 'cause it
will go bad within three months if we don't use it. So if we all
stick together and only use what we have to for our life and
business, it will have to come back down."

"Concerning the April 5 article about the search warrants
that led to arrests for guns and drugs in the paper, I find it to
unbelievably biased and racist that the pictures of these sub-
jects were printed in the paper. This is not a common action
by this paper. I am a relative to one of those arrested. I went to
that house as soon as I found out the police were there to
remove two small cousins out of there and, hopefully, not put
them through the trauma of that. A detective arrested my fam-
ily member while I was there in front of the children. It seems
to me that detective suffers from Little Man complex. He was
very rude and very nasty."

Community Events,

Hancock family reunion scheduled
The annual Hancock family reunion is scheduled to take
place at Peace River Park in Fort Meade on April 16. It will be
held at the Peace River Park's large shelter, which is the one
closest to the highway. For information, call, Edith Brown (863)

Library hosting Storytelling Fest
The Okeechobee County Public Library will be hosting the
fourth annual Storytelling Fest on April 16 at 2 p.m. The pro-
gram will start with local storytellers. There will be a break for
refreshments before the featured storyteller and folk musician,
Mrs. Kate Carpenter, brings her delightful Florida stories and
songs to the audience.

Children's council seeks volunteers
The Children's Services Council of Okeechobee is in need of
a few fine people to submit an application to the Okeechobee
County Board of County Commissioners to be a part of the
council. Governor Jeb Bush makes the final appointments with
terms of two or four years. The council meets monthly to dis-
cuss programs and needs of the children in the community.
6nce a year, agencies request funds through a grant process.
Each council member "adopts" an agency or two as their own
and monitors the programs' services that they provide to our
children. Those interested in completing an application should
contact Cathleen Blair, executive director at (863) 462-4000,
ext. 255

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Upcoming Events

Tantie Quilters meet 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. in the fel-
lowship 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
the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth Street, is open
for blood donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call (863)
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m.
at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or
ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-4923
for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial Everyone is
invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863)763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will
be available there from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will meet
from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. For
information, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRA will meet
at 7:30 p.m. at Teen Town, 305 N.W. Second St. Anyone interested
may attend. For information, contact Frank Coker at (863) 467-1941.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family caregivers,
and is facilitated by Enid Boutrin, M.S.W. of Hospice of Okeechobee,
and Laura Zel, L.C.S.W. of the Area Agency on Aging. The meeting is
from 2 until 3 p.m. at 411 S.E1. Fourth St. For information or to reserve
your place in the group, call (863) 467-2321. Free respite care is avail-'
able for your loved one while you are in group at Dunklin Assisted Liv-
ing/Adult Day Care, 407 N.W. Second Ave. For information about
respite care, call Lou at (863) 763-4524.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group, Hospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group that
meets at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for and ill family member is wel-
come to join. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides
an opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice At 411 S.E. Fourth St.
Free care for your loved ones is available at Dunklin Assisted
Living/Day Care at 407 N.W. Second Ave. For information, call (863)

Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invit-
ed. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what
we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (863) 467-
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center,
located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978
or Juana at 471 -9795.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.

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.
I Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade Mis-
sion, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited to come out and join us.
Topics of education include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal
issues; domestic violence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse;
plus, educational materials and prevention tools. Call (863) 634-9340
or (863) 357-6248, for information.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p:m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information, call
Dick Laneau at (863) 467-9540 or (727) 345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County 4-
H Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to be part
of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at the Okee-
chobee County 4-H Extension office Monday through Friday from 8:30
a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the extension office at (863) 763-
6469. .

Community Events

Early Learning Coalition will meet
The Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okee-
chobee counties will host a meeting for all early childhood edu-
cation providers on Friday, April 8, at 9:30 a.m. in the conference
room of the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W
Ninth Ave. Issues to be discussed include voluntary pre-k. Door
prizes will be given away. For information, call (863) 462-5792.

Fun Bunch planning dinner, dance
The Fun Bunch will meet for dinner at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S. 78, on Friday, April 8, at 6 p.m. Fol-
lowing dinner, the group will go to the Buckhead Ridge Moose
Lodge #2417, 2 Linda Lane, off U.S. 78 W., for dancing. You do
not need to be a member of either of these organizations to
attend the dinner and dance. For information about the group,
callAltie at (863) 467-6252 or Shirley at (863) 763-8820.

Earth Day is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
April 9, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6 p.m.
on WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be Sandra
Bogan, superintendent of the Oxbow Eco-Center. The topic will
be fostering an awareness and appreciation of the natural world
and sustainable living, and Earth Day celebrations. For informa-
tion, call Sandra Bogan at (772) 785-5833 or (772) 785-5834.

Girl Scout adventure planned
A Girl Scout adventure will be held Saturday, April 9, from 10
a.m. until noon in Flagler Park #2. There will be camping with a
campfire, songs, games and crafts for girls ages-5 through 17. Par-
ents are encouraged to come. You can join now only $10. For
information, call Kay Mathis at (863) 763-4631 or Laurie Pharr at
(863) 763-7000.

Church hosting anniversary celebration
Believers Fellowship Church, 300 W. Sixth Ave., invites every-
one to the celebration of their 30th anniversary on April 10. Ser-
vices will begin at 10 a.m. with guest speaker Rev. Lester Tankers-
ley, founding member and our first pastor. There will be special
music by Leo Fannin, formerly of Celebration Singers. There will
also be a shared pot luck carry-in dinner, to which you can bring
your favorite covered dish or dessert. There will also be a special
ordination service for the new pastor, .Reverend James Fannin.
For information, call Linda at (863) 763-2938.

Airboat group plans meeting
Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will meet at Goody's
Restaurant, 2114 S. Parrott Ave., on Sunday, April 10, at 11 a.m.
Agenda items include discussion of the Citrus County noise ordi-
nance; restocking the supply of T-shirts, caps, mugs, etc.; and, ini-
tiation of some adjustments to the association's by-laws. Immedi-
ately following the meeting, club members will hold a ride.
Members are expected; prospective members and visitors are
welcome. For information, call Dennis at (863) 763-6069.

Big Lake Genealogy Society to meet
The Big Lake Genealogy Society will meet Tuesday, April 12, at
the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., at 7
p.m. Anyone interested in tracing his/her family history is encour-
aged to attend. Membership is $15 annually. Visitors are wel-
come. For information, call (863) 467-2036.

Classic car and motorcycle show planned
A free classic car and motorcycle show will be held Wednes-
day, April 13, from 5:30 until 8 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christ-
ian Church, 3 Linda Rd. There will be street rods, muscle cars,
classics and motorcycles. There will be live music, as well as hot
dogs and drinks. For directions or information, call Doug Martin
at (863) 697-6077.

Chamber members' luncheon planned
The Chamber of Commerce general membership luncheon
will be held April 13 at noon at the Golden Corral Restaurant. The
guest speaker will be Diego Chiriroga of LaVoz Spanish Newspa-
per. For information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

Chamber hosting personal defense class
The Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly civilian
personal defense gun.class on April 14 at 7 p.m. There are open-
ings still available by calling (863) 763-6464. The second segment
of this class will be held on April 16, at the shooting range located
at Joe Hazellief's ranch. Everyone will meet at the Chamber
office at 8:30 a.m. on that day.

Juvenile Justice Council will meet
The Okeechobee Juvenile Justice Council will hold their
mornhly meeting Friday, April 15, at noon at the Okeechobee
County Library, 205 S.W. 16th St. The purpose of the meeting is to
enhance prevention and intervention of at-risk youth in Okee-
chobee County. The public is invited. For information, call Pat
O'Connor at (863) 763-3536.

Sorority offers scholarship
Beta Sigma Phi scholarship applications are now available at
local schools, the public library, Indian River Community College
and HRS. The scholarship is open to women who wish to
enhance their career opportunities through further training or
education and need financial assistance to reach this goal. Appli-
cants must already have their high school diploma or G.E.D.
Applicants may not be Beta Sigma Phi members. The deadline
for returning applications is April 15.

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Colson graduates
from basic training
Air Force Airman Crystall M.
Colson has graduated from basic
military training at Lackland Air
Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
During the six weeks of train-
ing, the airman studied the Air
Force mission, organization, and
military customs and courtesies;
performed drill and ceremony'
marches, and received physical
training, rifle marksmanship, field
training exercises and special
training in human relations.
In addition, airmen who com-
plete basic training earn credits
toward an associate degree
through the Community .College
of the Air Force.
Colson is the daughter of Roy


Airman Crystall M. Colson
Colson of 58th Ave. Drive, W, in
She is the granddaughter of
Lola Parker of S.E. 80th Ave. in
Okeechobee, and is a 2003 gradu-
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Rumsfeld questions arms sales to Venezuela

MIAMI Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld believes Spain is
making a mistake by selling mili-
tary planes and boats to Venezuela,
and he questions Russian plans to
sell assault rifles to the Latin Ameri-
can nation.
"I personally think that Spain is
making a mistake,". Rumsfeld told
The Miami Herald for Wednes-
day's editions. "I guess time will
tell. The problem is that, if one
waits till time tells, it can be an

unhappy story."
Spain agreed to sell Venezuela
10 transport planes and eight patrol
boats last week as the countries'
leaders signed a series of accords
pledging to boost trade and
strengthen political ties.
On Russia's larger weapons
sale, Rumsfeld said in a telephone,
interview, "You have to ask the
question, 'What are they going to
do with them?'"
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by saying President Hugo Chavez's
government intends nothing of the
Chavez has repeatedly said
there is no cause for concern in
Washington, claiming Venezuela is
simply buying new equipment to
replace outdated weapons.
Rumsfeld declined to respond.
to claims by other U.S. officials that
Venezuelan arms purchases may

aid leftist guerrillas in neighboring
Colombia, the closet friend of the
United States in Latin America, and
militant groups in Bolivia and
But he said, "If you ask which
countries are being helpful (to.
Colombia), you would not put
Venezuela on that list."
Rumsfeld said he has raised the
issue of the planned sale of 100,000
Kalashnikov rifles with Russian offi-

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Service Club Briefs

American Legion
Post #64 '" --
*Steak dinner on Sunday, April
17, from 3 until 6 p.m. for a $9
donation. The menu will be steak,
baked potato, salad, roll and
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and specials.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and
Friday from II a.m. until 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos served from 11
a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday from II
a.m. until 8 p.m.; Sunday from I
until 8p.m.
Bar bingo for members and
guests will be held on Monday
starting at I p.m., and on Thursday
evenings beginning at 7 p.m.
Second Wednesday of each
month is our birthday party starting
at 4 p m.; bring a covered dish..
e Third Sunday of each month
we have a ribeye steak dinner with
Sons of the American Legion from
3 until 6 p.m
The Legion lounge opens
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at I p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturda.%
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
e Wednesday: tacos and mar-
garitas frorn I Ia m. until 6 p m..
Entertainment in our lounge
every Saturday night starting at 4
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. for a $6
donation. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until '
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday
through Thursday.
e Our monthly birthday party
on the second Wednesday starts at
4 p.m. Entertainment will be by
Janet Certain bring a covered
Euchre will be on Monday
and Wednesday from 6 p.m. Every-.
one is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64 is
located at 501 S.E. Second St. For
information, call 863'. 763-2950.

Am-Vets #2001
Am.-VeLs, No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W., at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members are
available. Call Ray Disne, at 1,863)
357-2138, or Don South at 1863)

Eagles Aeries #4137
Tuesday: bingo at I p.m.;
food \\ill be aiadlable for a dona-
\\ednesda\s: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until ?; food \\ill be avail-
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $10 donation.

Music \ ill be byJimmN Harper.
Saturday: karaoke by Jimmy
Saturday, April 9: Eagles dis-
trici seven picnic and membership
drive, music, food, fun and games.
First and third Thursday: Au.x-
iliary at 4 p.m.; Aeriesat 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast from 9 until I11 a.m. for $4
Second and fourth Saturday:
16 ounce ribeve steak cooked to
order from 5 p.m. until ? for a $10
donation. I.
Call the AERIE for other
events, (863) 763-2552.

Elks Lodge #2558
jThe Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
*' Tuesday: trustees meet.at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regular,
'meeting. :
S.*Wednesday: bingo will be at 7
p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
will be a ailable at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.: bar bingo from 2
pm until?

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Rich Sweet at
(863) 824-0262, or Kip Gardner at
(863) 357-0427.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and

fourth l-onda\ s ol each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.

Eastern Star #128
Meetings are held at the Mason-
ic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., on
the third Tuesday of the month.
Meetings start at 7:30 p.m.
For information, contact
Georgia Gerren Worthy at (863)
467-4349 or Clyde Calloway at
(863) 467-9892: Everyone is wel-
*, Okeechobee Chapter # 128
installed their officers for the 2005-
2006 year on Saturday March 5.
Installed as Worthy Matron and
Worthy Patron, respectively, were:
Margaret Smith and Robert Wood.
A team of 16 other officers make
up the corps for the coming year..
Eastern Star has many fun activities
For upcoming activities, con-
tact W.M. Margaret at (863) 467-
8020 or (863) 634-1487; or W P.
'Bob' Wood at .(863) 467-6283 for
The Chapter will recess for
the months of July, August and

B.II.R. Moose Lodge,
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W in Buckhead Ridge.
April 2: W.O.T.M. will host an
old fashioned Sadie Hawkins Din-
ner at 5 p.m. You are asked to bring
a complete basket (picnic type)
dinner to be donated for the dinner
auction. Dinners will go to the
highest bidder. Dress up for this fun
night. Pictures will be available.
April 19: from 9 a.m. until 6
p.m. election of Moose Officers. All
paid up members should come to
the lodge and vote.

April 30: at II a m installation
of WO.T.M. and L.O.O.M. officers
and a pot luck lunch will follow.
Bingo: Tuesdays starting at
12:30 p m. Lunch is available.
Karaoke night: April 14, 21
and 28 frorn 7 p.m. until ?
Wednesday, Friday and Satur-
day nights meals will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call for the
Friday and Saturday night:
there will be music for dancing
from 7:30 p.m. until ? Call the lodge
to see who is playing.
Sunday morning: breakfast is
served from 8 until 10:15 a.m.

Moose Family
Center #1753
Located at 159 N.W. 36th St. in
Okeechobee. For information, call,
the Lodge at (863) 763-4954 or
Norm at (863) 763-1550.
Every Thursday: bar bingo for
members only at 1 p.m.; .25-cents;
using paper sheets; bring your
Monday: bar bingo for mem-
bers only at 7 p.m. food will be
Saturday: at 1 p.m. Moose
races and dinner served at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for menu
and cook.
LOOM meeting: April 13, elec-
tion of new officers.
WOTM: Chapter night on
Tuesday, April 12.

Yard sale \\as canceled due to
the funeral of Jack Stevard. It Will
be held at a later date.
Stop by and %isit and %watch
our progress as construction has

VFW Post #4423
Every Wednesday: Karaoke
will be held from 5 until 9 p.m.
washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
*, Every Friday: bingo starts at 1,
p.m. for members and guests fol-
lowed by karaoke starting at 5.
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at 1
p.m. Karaoke from 5 p.m. until ?
Every Sunday, dinner will be
served from 2 until 5 p.m., andwill be
followed by karaoke starting at 5 p.m.
All events are seasonal and you
should call the lodge at (863) 763-
0818 for further information and
event dates.

VFWPost #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge.' For more information call
(863) 467-2882. Post hours are
from noon until 8 p.m., Monday
through Sunday.
e Wednesday Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, call for more information.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m.; lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls



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will be served from 5:30 until 7
p m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
Post meetings are held on the.
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. Com-
mander Don South is available at
(863) 467-2882.

VFWPost #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.;
and, on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Happy hour is from 4 until 6
p.m., Monday through Thursday.
e Monday: hot soup day begin-
ning at noon. A bowl for a buck.
o Tuesday: volunteer chef's din-
ner special. Serving begins at 5
p.m. Call (863) 763-2308 for the
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able. Darts at 7 p.m.
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m., along with live music and
Saturday: dollar dogs at noon.
Live music and dancing at 7 p.m.
Sunday: ev ery third Sunday is
a pot-luck birthday dinner All other
Sunday are vanable. Call to (8631
763-2308 for schedules and
menus. Darts begfn at 7 p.m.

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Links tourney
benefits EYDC
The Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club will host a golf
scramble to benefit the Eckerd
Youth Development Center
(EYDC) youth on April 16.
The 18-hole scramble tourna-
ment will begin at 8:30 a.m. with
a shotgun start.
The cost is $45 per player or
$180 per team. This includes the
round of golf, a cart, lunch and
There will be team gift certifi-
cate prizes for merchandise at the
pro shop. Cash awards include:
$500 for first; $300 for second;
$200 for fifth; $100 for ninth; and,
$100 for the next-to-last place
Links tourney aids
Arnold's Wildlife Center
Arnold's Wildlife, Rehabilita-
tion Center will host its annual
golf tournament at the Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club on
April 23.
The scramble will begin at 8
a.m. and will be followed by a
luncheon and the presentation of
trophies and prizes.
The cost is only $45 per golfer
and includes the round of golf,
cart, lunch and prizes.
For information, contact Bon-
nie Matteo at 634-6805.
plans new bass trail
Headturners3.com has
announced its new one-man,
one-boat, one-day bass tourna-
ment trail beginning on April 24.
The kick off event for this new
trail will take place on Sunday,
April 24, at Roland and Mary Ann
Martin's Marina and Resort in
Information is available on
their website at www.headturn-

hosts bass tourney
Headturners3.com will host its
two-day bass tournament on
April 9 and 10 at Okee-Tantie
Marina. Anglers may sign up at
Garrard's Tackle Shop in Okee-
chobee or at the ramp on Satur-
day morning.
Kiwanis Club hosts
annual golf tourney
The Kiwanis Club will host its
10th annual golf scramble on Sat-
urday, April 30, at the Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club,
beginning at 8 a.m. with a shot-
gun start.
The $50 entry fee includes a
continental breakfast, cart, prizes
and lunch.
Team prizes are: first place -
$100 gift certificate each player;
second place -$75 gift certificate
each player; eighth place $50 gift
certificate each player; next-to-
last place $25 gift certificate each
player. The first hole-in-one wins
a $25,000 Dodge Ram Quad Cab
Truck donated by Eddie Accardi
Dodge. Hole sponsorships are

$150 for a tee or Green.. Corporate
sponsorships are $300 for a four-
some and one tee sponsorship.
All proceeds will benefit the
youth of Okeechobee County.
For information, contact Ben
Sims at (863) 467-8118.-
Junior tennis
tourney slated
The second annual Okee-
chobee Junior Tennis Tourna-
ment will be held Thursday, May
19, at the Okeechobee Sports
Complex tennis courts.
Check in time is 8:45 a.m.
Tournament play will start at 9
There will be separate boys
and girls divisions. The divisions
will be broken down into age
groups. They are: boys-10; boys-
12; boys-14; boys-16; and, boys-
18. The girlO' division will have the
same age groups as the boys.
The cost will be $10 per player
which includes a T-shirt, lunch,
balls and awards.
For information, contact Dave
Ellis at (863) 763-4518 or 532-

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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, April 1,
through Thursday, April 7, are as
Theatre I "Million Dollar
Baby" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2,4:15,7 and 9 p.m. Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and
Theatre II "Miss Congeniality
2" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at
2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre III "Guess Who" (PG-
13) Showtimes: Fjiday 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 at2, 4:15,7 and 9 p.m.
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-


You can be a
volunteer mentor
Help encourage a middle or
high school student to reach his or
her full potential and become a
volunteer mentor for the Presi-
dent's Challenge to SOAR/Take
Stock in Children Scholarship pro-
gram. It's a proven life-changing
program that provides four-year
college scholarships to deserving
sixth and ninth graders in local
communities. The mentor meets
with the student one hour per
week at his/her school. Volunteer
opportunities are available in Indi-
an River, Martin, St. Lucie and
Okeechobee counties. Please call
the Indian River Community Col-
lege Foundation at (772) 462-4786.
Halfway House
looks for volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House, 800 N.E. 72nd Circle N.,
looking for volunteers to work
with our adolescent boys. If you
have any free time or talents you'd
like to share please call Shelly Bat-
ton at (863) 357-0047.
Consumer credit
counseling offered.
If debt threatens you, talk with
your creditors about developing a
revised payment schedule or call
Consumer Credit Counseling Ser-
vice for a free and confidential
appointment. For information, call
(561) 434-2544 or (800) 330-2227.
Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church Lend-
ing Library, on the corner of north-
west Second Street and Second
Avenue. Entertain or educate your-
self, using 486 audiocassettes,
including audio books, plus Christ-
ian romances and 575 videos. Pre-
pare a paper on comparative reli-
gion, a book report, programs for
men, women or children, a craft
project or a Sunday school lesson.
We use the Dewey Decimal Sys-
tem, the same as school and pub-
lic libraries. As a private library we
can and do preview our media.
Currently, the library is staffed Sun-
day from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30
p.m., and Wednesday evening
from 6 until 8 p.m. Contact Doris
Entry at (863) 763-4021.
Free adult GED
classes are offered

Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic education/GED and English
as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., Eng-
lish as second language classes,
Monday and Wednesday from 10 w
a.m. until noon, adult basic educa-
tion/GED, Monday through Thurs- *
day from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and
Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.;. .
Seminole Reservation, Brighton,
Adults basic education/GED, Tues-
day and Thursday from 4:30 until
6:30 p.m.; Church at Larson Dairy,
S.R. 70 East, English as a second
language, Tuesday and Thursday,
from 4 until 8 p.m.; One-Stop, 123
S.W. Park St., adult basic educa-
tion/GED, Monday through Thurs-
day, from 7 a.m. until noon; El
Centro Santa Fe, 115 S.W. Fifth -
,Ave., Citizenship class, Thursday, -
from 6:30 until 9 p.m.; Yearling
Middle School, 925, N.W. 23 Lane,
adult basic education/GED and
English as a second language
classes,-Monday through Thurs-
day, from 6 until 9 p.m.; Everglades
Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., -
English as a second language .
classes, Tuesday and Thursday -
from 6 until 9 p.m.; and, Sacred *a
Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W.
Sixth St., English as a second lan- -
guage, Tuesday and Thursday -
from 7 until 9 p.m. *



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Auctions 105
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In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160

FORD KEY- found in Wal
Man parking lot has com-
puter chip inside,
86 3)69;-3539

CAT, Wrnie Calico, Female,
Vic. ol Wolt Ru. & Eagle
Bay Drive. Lost on Easier
Sunday. (8631)763-1457

LOST WALLET Outside of
Ine Dollar General sore
441. Brownish red. Please
call 863-697-6129.

while, has limp. last seen
Hwy 98 by St Lucie Bat-
ltery & Tire. (863)634-.
3689 or 763-5151 or 467-

CATS, 2, Female, All under
1 yr. old They love kids In-.
doors pels. To good home
only. (863)763-3753


MALE- 57 yrs old, seeking
Female Companion, non
dnrnKing. 1863)763-2990

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Employment --
Medical, 210
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A/C COMPANY looking for
Service TecH/Installer
w/min. 5 yrs. exp. Good
pay, company truck,
benelils. 401k DFW.
For large cooler operation
Must be aole to operate a
forklift. H S Diploma. Com-
pelitive salary based on
experience Apply in person
al Cabbage lorida. 8751
NW 240in St or fax resume
to 863-357-1162
Experienced with some
diagnostic skills. Apply:
A&B Towing & Repair,
712 N. Parrott Ave., Okee-
ch6bee. 8a-5p, Mon-Fn.
FT/PT $30 Chair rent or
30% Commission Rocky
Must be 18 yrs of age
Apply in person
Daily Work/Dally Pay.
Report 6am @ 105 SW 3rd
Ave @ Labor Finders.
Competitive pay, benefits
and mileage reimburse-
mert Will train responsi-
ble person Apply at Ft.
,Drum Citgo, mm 184, Fl.,
Turnpike (863)763-9383
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Knowledge and ability to perform routine roadway
maintenance practices and procedures. Skill and ability.
in the safe operation of motor vehicles and other mech-
anized equipment.
This position requires a valid State of Florida "Class B",
Commercial Drivers License with an air brakes en-
SALARY: $742.50 Bi-Weekly
Applications must be submitted electronically thru Peo-
ple First at https://jobs.myflorida.com/index.html or
call the People First Service Center for assistance at 1 -
Applications must be submitted no later than Mon-
day, April 18, 2005. The Florida Department of
Transportation is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative
Action Employer and Drug Free Workplace. New em-
ployees must sign and consent to required testing.
refusal voids any job offer. Females and minorities
are encouraged to apply.

Real Estate Department
in RIiy Law Office
Seeks: Secretary/Legal Assistant.
Seeking Responsible, Well-Organized
Individual with Real Estate/Legal
Experience. Good typing skills a must;
knowledge of Word Perfect preferred.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Call Susie at 863-763-3131
for information.

Established business seeking Experienced
office help. Must be responsible & dependa-
ble. Computer skills necessary.
Interview in person.
Fri., 4/8/05, 8am-5pm.
or Sat., 4/9/05, 8am-1pm.
6600 Hwy 70 East
Fax 863-467-8301
Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
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then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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Part-Time Pharmacist
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Located at
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
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Dump Truck
Driver Needed
Clear Class A or B CDL
Apply at
Rock-A-Way Inc.
2308 S. Parrott Ave.

Service Electrician &
Petroleum Technician
Clean driving record,
DFWP, 401k, paid
Wilson Petroleum

Certified Dietary Manager'
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time w/Benefits
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street

Professional Floor Maintenance
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time w/Benefits
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street

Title Insurance
Closer Needed
Must have experience
and be energetic &
friendly. Fax resume to:

Wanted for construction job
for Underground Utilities,
streets & sewer.

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CDL Licensed A or B.
Experienced. Mon.-Fri.
9am-5pm (772)464-2582,

Prenatal/Infant health coali-
tion seeks Exec. Dir. with
experience in contracts,
fiscal mgmt, program
planning, MCH issues..
Masters degree in related
field and three years man-
agement experience pre-
ferred. OR Bachelors with
five years experience.
Closing April 15. Mail re-
sume to Healthy Start Coa-
lition, PO Box 2560, Okee-
chobee, FL. 34973 or fax
Needed fuli chrvrg, book-
keeper, i.n. 5 yr.-. experi-
ence, Must have Quick-
book Knowledge, $30K+
and benefits, Fax resume
to (863)467-9396 for
appt. (863)467-0400 ask
for Laura at Travel Easy

East Coast law firm, serving
the Treasure Coast for 29
years, is expanding its firm
to Okeechobee. Applicant
must be experienced in
Real Estate or Civil Litiga-
tion, preferably both. Sala-
ry commensurate with ex-
perience.-Send resume to
Wes Harvin, c/o Harvin,
Harvin & Pinnock, LLP,
Suite 210-B, Stuart, Fl.
HELPER Needed For install-
ing Hurricane Shutters.
$10 hr to start, will train
Call 863-467-4442 6-9p

For Saturdays & Sundays
only. Mature & responsible
person needed to clean the
parking lot & common
areas of the Winn Dixie
shopping center in
Okeechobee. $325. per
month. (561)261-1021.

Must be able to work
nights and weekends
Apply in person at
Northlake Washbowl
next to Publix


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$26,000.00/YR. TO START


Assistant Managers to train at the Okeechobee

location. We have 16 locations in Florida and we

are seeking motivated and ambitious individuals

looking for a career in restaurant management.

Management experience preferred, but not

always needed. Will train the right person.

Must have High School Diploma or equivalent.

By starting in this position, you could be making

$36,000 $40,000 within one year after only

your first promotion! The opportunity starts here.

FAX RESUME TO 467-2402

Pharmacy Consultant
Pharmaceutical Services
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Call (863) 357-2442 for more information



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

Parts Counter
Sales Person
Okeechobee is a growing
RV Dealership Seeking a
parts counter sales person
with good customer rela-
tions. Computer experi-
ence necessary. Auto in-
dustry knowledge a plus.
Fax resume to
863-357-3905 or Call Amy
at 863-357-3900

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

train. Apply in person at
Brahman Theater III 1605
S Parrot Ave.

Truck Driver Wanted
CDL Class A req'd.
Local Hauling

Place your help wanted ad
online at
classfl.html or
mailto: classad@newszap.com
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand the
world around you. No
wonder newspaper read-
ers are more successful

Must like animals
Great for students after
school. (863)634-3452.

home for 8 mo. old child.
Mon. & Wed. 5:30p-8:30p
Call 863-801-3364

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

For Weekends/12 hr. shifts.
To care for profoundly
handicapped woman in
Okeechobee. Smoke free
environment. References,
Background check & drug
testing req. 863-634-5765

Place your help wanted ad.
online at
classfl.html or
mailto: classad@newszap.com
Time to clean out the attic,
basement and/or gar-
age? Advertise your yard
sale in the classified
and make your clean up a

Independent Newspapers
will never knowingly ac-
cept any advertisement
that is illegal or consid-
ered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable
value, such as promises
of guaranteed income
from work-at-home pro-
grams if it sounds too
good to be true, chances
are that it is. If you have
questions or doubts
about any ad on these
pages, we advise that be-
fore responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at 772-
878-2010 for previous
Some 800 and 900 tele-
phone numbers may re-
quire an extra charge, as
well as long distance toll
costs. We will do our best
to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads,
but occasionally we may
not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.
Want to retire in 19 Mo,
Making $7119. a Mo.?
FREE INFO: 800-788-5207


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

for Mobile Homes. Call
Now! Bob 357-3141

How do you find a job in to-
day's competitive mar-
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section of the classi-


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Shell Rock &
Bob Cat work

Specializing in difficult
tree removals. Broken
limbs & power lines.
Call (863)261-5358.


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 5201
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books 9 Magazines535
Building Materials 540i
Business Equipment 54-15
Carpets 'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China. Glassware, Etc.560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer Video 580
Crafts..Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment.'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies.'
Equipment 665
Services 6 70
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710.
Television 'Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

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

AIR CONDS- (1)- 3 ton, (1)-
5 ton, used 6 months,
$750 for both will sell sep-
arate. (239)243-6083.

the Plains Indian. Museum
quality. $2500. (863)763-

DRYER, Gas, Like new.
$100. (863)635-3439

more, good shape, $75.

FREEZER, Upright, 11 cu. ft.
$50. (863)763-5422

Whirlpool, 19 cu. ft. $300
or best offer. (863)635-

Side By Side w/3rd door.
Works really good. $125
neg. (863)675-2440


GENERATOR, Hobart 4500,
140 amp AC welder with
lead,. Gas, still in crate.
$900. (561)662-3335.
SAW, Table Style, Crafts-
man, 10". 27x40" Table.
$150. (863)763-7584

TABLE SAW (2) Beachtop
w/stands. $200 for both,
will sep. (863)697-9704

MACHINE- that will run off
12 volt or 110. (863)357-
Neck Pedal in good condi-
.tion. Please call (863)763-

Refrigerator, Commercial,
8x79x32, 3 dr, see thru,
$500 neg. You Haul. 863-
STOVE, GE, Electric, All
works well. $100 or best
offer. (863)675-2440

ft, freezers very good,
body in good condition,
$75. (863)983-4694.
WASHER (Whirlpool) &
DRYER (Frigidaire). Good
cond. Moving must sell.
$100 (863)763-2958

shopping bags full, $20 for
all will separate.

125 amp, with breakers,
$65. (863)467-8160.

LUMBER, Pressure Treated,
4x4x10. Approx. 150.
$1500 value. $900 for all,
will sep. (863)843-0058
RIDGE CAP- new, brown,
steel, 60 feet, 26 gauge,
$120. (863)357-5754.

PET-Sears, new, 8.5x12,
teal blue, UV protected,
$50. (863)674-1695.

Car Seat w/base, Exer-sau-
cer, baby bath & much
more. $125 for all, will
sep. 863-357-7136
to Day bed & then to a
double bed. $125. Or best
offer. (863)357-3575.

SHOES, Dress, Sz. 9, Name
brand, never worn. Pd
$65, Now $20. Taylor
Creek. 863-763-0867

366c Tower complete all
books & disks, 17" moni-
tor, $200. (772)461-8822
PAINTING of Loxahatchee
River by I. Fletcher of Jupi-
ter'50's. $200. (772)461-

complete, loads of soft-
ware/programs, all for
$100. (863)612-0900.

5pcs. Antique white stain
w/pink floral design $400
BED SKIRTS, (2) Twin, light
green, $6. (863)467-

BUNK BEDS Twin, Solid
wood w/bunky boards.
Rarely used. $225 863-

$50. (863)763-9647

CHEST, Dark wood. Grdat
for blankets. Good condi-
tion., $45. 863-763-0634

Coffee Table, 2 end tables
& sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops. $300/
all. (863)674-0467.
CHAIR, $50 for both, will
sep. (863)763-1059
set, Floral design. $150 for
both. (863)467-0924

Finish, 6 Chairs, Table &
China Hutch. $400
Dining Room Set, oaktable,
2 leafs, 6 chairs, matching
hutch, solid wood, $500.
DININGTABLE with 4 chairs
good condition $100

Antique, 4 chairs, excellent
condition, $300.863-634-
leafs, solid wood, 1940's,
good cond, $175. neg.
black, fits 27" TV, good
condition, $50. (561)252-
1371 (cell)
needs cushions, $10.

GOLF CLUBS, Wilson &
Spalding, 2 Sets w/metal
woods. $190 for both, will
sep. 863-946-3123

professional power mas-
sager, $250 or will separ-
ate. (863)357-2233.
Task Upright weight
bench, must see, $200
neg. (863)467-2292.
WEIGHT SET, Welder Pros-
tack. $300 863-673-2671

Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:

white gold, diamonds,
$600. (863)467-0108

whls. Will hold person up
to 300 Ibs. & Bath tub
stool. $75 863)763-1 059

LOW (2)- beautiful pattern,
$200 neg. (863)763-7584
after 5.
Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:

ORGAN- Hammond, Model
Elegante, 2 manual, full
pedal, Best offer, Free to
church or non profit.
ORGAN, Lowery, Big Holi-
day 1st, Must See!. $300.
(863)610-0521 ask for

RIERS- ABA Reg, all col-
ors, 8 wks old, (863)697-
old, some training, $600
or best offer. (863)763-
Baby Bunnies for Easter,
different colors to choose
from, $5. (863)357-1035

Ti-Color, 3 Female, 3
Male. Parents 'orr-premis-
es. Vet checked, 1st
shots, Ready 3/30 $256(
ents hold Jr Test Title
Ready to go 4/1/05 $600
CATAHOULA, reg. 12-wks,
housebroken, doggy door,
some commands. $100.
each. (863)467-0380.
(10), $100. Will
separate. 863-673-1364
or 863-673-0476.
MACAW- Blue and gold,
3yrs old, $780 or best of-
fer. (863)234-9553.

4 (M) Puppies & Mother.
CKC reg. Colors vary.
$425 Neg. 863-357-2250
pepper, 3 1/2 yrs old, good
w/older kids & adults,
$300, (863)357-0147.
Peach & White Doves, (2),
old enough to eat on their
own, $20 each. (863)675-
6214 aft 6 pm.
Ready to go, $100.

5yrs. Couch potato. Needs
loving home. Great com-
panion. (863)467-0380.

SPA, VITA, 4 Person, Needs
new water pump. $500. &
Go cartfor free. (863)447-

Old, 401 Slantimatic, Sews
good. $20. (863)675-

round, hold 6 rods, asking
$15. (863)763-1997.


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

HORSE Pasafina Guilding,
Loves Attention. Does not
spook. $2500. 863-843-
Registered, Leo-3 Bars,
Rides, Barrels, Child safe.
$2500 (863)675-4981
GELDING- 11 yrs, buck-
sskin color, smooth gait,
$2500 (863)447-2395.

16HP, Cub Cadet, Power
Plus, 42" cut, 37HRs,
$1950. (863)467-5933.
28" cut, 10 hp Briggs &
Stratton. Exc. cond., $600
best offer. 863-983-4397
ROTO TILLER, Craftsman,
6.0 hp, 17", Used approx.
8 times. Like new.Asking
$600. (863)763-2775
plicity, rotary, sickle bar,
plow, $850. 863-674-

Rentals |

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

OKEECHOBEE- 2/2, fully
-furnished, $875, 1st, last
& Security. |1863)634-

pletely fum. w/all ameni-
ties. No pets. Kings Bay

FORT DRUM, 2 Bdrm., 2
Ba, garage. Quite country
setting. Small pet okay.
Fenced yard Monthly or
seasonal. (305)944-

1ba, screen room, boat
lift, on water, Still Availa-
ble, (863)763-6886 or
Fairly new home Unfur-
nished $900. mo 1st/Last
mo 863-697-3096.

Office Space
For Lease, needs build out
completed. Approx. 2000
sq ft, willing to divide
into 2 separate office
spaces, close to hospital
For information 467-0831.

Private BR/BA incl. all util.
& phone (except long dis-
tance) $500 ma.

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025

Johnson Motor & galva-
nized trailer. $1200 for all.
17FT- take $1200 or trade
for economy car.
SingllAxle, Holds 14-16
ft. boat. $250. (863)763-
BOAT, Trihull & Trailer,w/
50HP Johnson. Set up for
nite fish. Gr. cond. $2,200.
tri 140HP I/O Exc. cond.
$1500 (863)467-6876

One man's trash is another
man's treasure. Turn your
trash to treasure with an
.ad in the classified.

Historic Frame House
on 9 acres w/pond, paved
road & city water. Oaks &
Citrus Tree's on property.
$300,000. 863-946-0189
2 Bdrm, 2 Ba, NEW:
Appl., C/Air, Carpet & Tile.
New heated pool.
Must see! $180,000.

scale Golf Community set
amid Dye designed 18
hole course in Carolina
Mountains. Breathtaking
views. Near Asheville NC.
A sanctioned Golf Digest
Teaching Facility! Call toll-
free (866)334-3253 ext
om Price: $59,900, 10%
down, balance financed
12 months at 4.49% fixed,
one year balloon, OAC.

Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
AB 111 AU 237

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

4' wide 54" high

FLEETWOOD '93, 14'x 50',
2br, 1 ba, Needs to be
moved. $2500. 863-675-
6651 aft 6pm

2005 HOME
Enjoy you home, lot
and clubhouse in
Palm Village Ranch
3/2 with many
upgrades. Raised
screened front porch,
carport & shed.


OKEECHOBEE '93, 14'x48',
2br 1ba w/20'x 42' FI/Rm
by Canal. $24,000 firm

Ready for you and
your toothbrush.
Fully furnished with
addition and your
own private dock.
Looks like a model.


Park Trailer. 32' W/Fl/rm,
C/A, Sm. Adult Park. Fum.
5940 HWY 441 SE lot 12
$12k 863-467-8830
Park Trailer, 32', w/Fla.
room, adult park, fur-
nished, Hwy 441 & SR 70,
$15,000. 917-836-8628.


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marne Accessories 3020
Marine Micellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehioles/ATVs 3035

- I^m^

set. Sofa, Recliner & Love-
seat. Tan. $300. 863-612-
RECLINER, LANE, w/rocker
& swivel, cream with light
green stripes, $250.
queen size have photo for
email on request $200

GOLF CLUBS- 30 Mise,
clubs, incld sets, $6.00
each, 2 bags $7 each.



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 Property10BO

2BR/2BA w/in house
pool located @ J & S
fish camp on lake
Okeechobee today re-
duced to $140,000
(772)597-6158 or



12 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, April 7,2005

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2Bd/2Ba in Taylor Creek Isles for Rent
$1,000 a month. First, last and $600 security.
Furnished optional.
3Bd/2Ba in Taylor Creek Isles for Rent
$900 a month. First, last and $600 security.
Washer & Dryer. NO PETS PLEASE!
Call Kristy Cantrell-Ichimura, 763-3566

Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:

PROLINE 153- 15'3", runs
good, 70HP Johnson, trir,
lots of gear, $500 neg.

Franklin Royal Executive
Park model '83, 12'x 35',
Very reasonable park
$7000. 239-612-0332.

low Stone, 30'. Exc. cond.
New awning. $6000/best
offer. 863-675-7145

How fast can your car go?
It can go even faster
when you sell it in the

BOAT LIFT: You move.
$500. (863)763-7022

cury 9.8, runs good, ask-
ing $400 or best of-

cury 125HP, 2002, Merc.
Warranty until 8/08,
$4000, (954)553-5140.

PELLER, for 40 50 hp.
Mercury motor, 101/4 x 12.
$125. (863)763-7609.

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

l y leads you to the best
products and semvkes.


I Houses-Rent

KAWASAKI '77 750 Black &
Wine, AM/Fm Cassette &
leather Saddle bag $1500
neg (863)452-6561

FLEETWOOD '99, 21', Hy-
brid, A/C, Bunkbeds,
sleeps 7, Good Cond Ask-
ing $8500 863-467-2773


Automobiles 40W1
Autos Wanted 401 U
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 40(20
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 41030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

needs minor work, $550.

Dodge Dart Swinger, '73,
blue, raised rear, orig.
slant 6, $1500. (863)635-
4357 aft 5.

vertible, Red w/black top.
Air bags, CD, V6. Loaded!
$12,000 863-697-6541

FORD TAURUS, '95, dcark
green, nice body, cold a/c,
minor work, $1500.

MAZDA 626, '00, V6, 50k
miles, leather, auto, alloys,
all power, $8100.
Reading a newspaper helps
you understand the world
around you. No wonder
newspaper readers are
more successful people!

OLDS. DELTA 88, '86- 2dr,
90K orig miles, excellent
condition, $1000 or best
offer. (863)946-0564.
Place your ad online at
classfl.html or mailto:
runs, needs some work,
body in good shape, $600.
Door, White. $1000

new tires, new brakes, ex-
cellent condition, $1400,

'85 runs & in good shape
$1250 or best offer
4x4, $1800 neg. Call for
more information.

GOLF CART, '97, Take off
Club Car Body, $175. Or
best offer. (863)675-
GOLF CART, Club Car, late
model, reconditioned, gas
& electric, $1495,
Golf Carts,
Gas or Electric
Buy and Sell
Call (863)824-0878

new, 10 hp, fits John
Deere or Kawasaki Mule.
$900. (863)692-2229.
FORD BRONCO, '79 parts
only, $300. ISUZU PUP
'85- parts only, $150.
manual trans, 5 spd over-
drive, $600 neg.
Need a few more bucks to
purchase something deer?
Pick up some extra bucks
when you sell your used
items in the classified.

Needs work. Nice body.
Doesn't run. $200 best of-
fer. (863)467-0987
TAILGATE for Ford F250
Pickup, navy blue, New
$424 Now $350. or best
offer. 863-677-1407
204R Rebuilt Installation
avail. $250. (863)467-
700 Rebuilt Installation
avail. $300. (863)467-

short bed pickups w/
wedge design & ladder
bars. $400 863-634-2975
Chevy C10 Stepside, '67,
solid body, 350 eng., runs,
needs some work, $1000.
FORD F1O0 '82, gd. cond.,
straight 6, 3 sp., cap,
Class III hitch, $1500 firm.
FORD F150, '82, 4 wheel
drive, 6 in. lift, runs, many
new parts, $1800 neg.
parts only. $800 or best
offer. (863)763-2775.

LAREDO 1996, Good con-
dition. All power. $3000

MATTRESS- new, for Trac-
tor Trailer sleeper, 36x78,
plus sleeper pad mattress,
$60. (863)674-1695.

GOOSENECK '95 Stock/
Horse TrIr., 12 Ft. long w/
tandem axles. Exc. cond.
$1995 863-983-7734
How do you find a job in to-
day's competitive mar-
ket? In the employment
section of the classi-

File No.: 2005-CP-033
The administration of the estate of
whose date of death was October
21 2004, is pending in the Circuit
Court for OKEECHOBEE County,
Florida, Probate Division, the ad-
dress of which is Okeechobee
County Courthouse, Attn: Probate
Dept., 304 NW 2nd Street, Okee-
chobee, FL 34972. The names and
addresses of the personal repre-
sentative and the personal repre-
sentative's attorney are set forth
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this notice is
required to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
The date of first publication of this
notice Is
Attorney for
Personal Representative:
Chester B. Griffin, Esq.
Attomey for Steven J. Finder
Florida Bar No.-031836
Neill, Griffin, Tiemey,
Neill & Marquis
Post Office Box 1270
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Telephone: (772) 464-8200
Personal Representative:
Steven J. Finder
144 N.E. 60th Avenue
Okeechobee, FL 34974
558020 ON 3/4,11/05

HD TRAILER 14x7, new
tires, good for cars or
heavy equip. $1000 neg.

6x14, rear & side ramp,
spare tire, $1100.
How fast can your car go?
It can go even faster
when you sell it in the
Buying a car?
Look in the classified.
Selling a car?
Look in the classified.

Community Events

Learning Coalition to meet in Fort Pierce
The first meeting of the Early Learning Coalition of Indian River,
Martin and Okeechobee counties will be Monday, April 18, at 10:30
a.m. in the Community Room at the St. Lucie School District offices in
the Orange Blossom Business Center, 4204 Okeechobee Road, in Fort
Pierce. Please enter the main school district entrance (south west side)
and the receptionist will direct you to the community room. For infor-
mation, call the local Early Learning office at (863) 462-5792.

Chamber Coffee Klatch scheduled
The Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will be hosted by Her-
itage Financial Services, 309 S.W. Park St., on April 21 starting at 8 a.m.
For .information, call (863) 467-8899. All Chamber members and their
guests are invited. Refreshments will be served.

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

Gospel sing celebration planned
Cowboys for Christ will be having a gospel sing on April 21 with
Mery Lanier as Celebration, at the Basinger Civic Center on U.S. 98 N.
The evening will start with a pot luck dinner at 6 p.m. Everyone is
asked to bring a covered dish. The gospel sing will start at 7 p.m. For
information call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-2285, or Kim Davis at
(863) 467-2855.

Inaugural LOST Ride and Run planned
The Rotary will be hosting its inaugural LOST Ride and Run on April
23, starting at 8. a.m. It will begin and end at Nubbin Slough. Refresh-
ments and bathroom facilities will be provided along the route. Certi-
fied bicycle helmets are required. Orientation and sign-ins will begin at
7 a.m. Registration fees will be $15 for adults and $10 for children
under 10. Riders, runners and walkers under the age of 18 must be
accompanied by a parent of guardian. Send registrations to Jim
McInnes, Farm Bureau Insurance Co., 401 N:W. Fourth St., Okee-
chobee, Fla., 34974. Make checks payable to Rotary's LOST Ride and
Run. All proceeds of this event will be donated to Martha's House.

Flotilla offers boating program.
I Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 57 will be starting a boating safety and
seamanship program on May 5. Participants will learn: to outfit their
boat safely; the boating Rules of the Road; tips on trailering; and, how
to use a boat safely and efficiently. The last program was packed with
people from 12 to over 60 years in age, and all had good things to say
about the experience. Seating is limited so call (863) 467-3085, for
information or to pre-register.

County hosts Cinco de Mayo event
Okeechobee County will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E., on Saturday,
May 7. Events planned include live music, dancing and family-themed

Chamber plans Cinco de Mayo celebration
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce will host a Cinco de
Mayo celebration on May 7. Updates on artists, bands and the venue
will be announced in the near future. For information, contact the
Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

Free help with tax returns offered
AARP Taxaide is the nation's largest, free, volunteer run, tax coun-
seling preparation service. Their free service can answer most of the
tax issues faced by middle- to low-income taxpayers, with special
attention to taxpayers age 60 or older. Your tax returns can be filed
electronically. Taxaide will be working now through April 15, on Mon-
days and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the American Legion
Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St. You need to bring last year's tax return
and the necessary papers needed to file your 2004 tax return. Taxaide
does not prepare state income tax returns. For information contact
Margaret Burns, district coordinator instructor, at (863) 357-2247.

Grace Christian Schools seek help
Grace Christian Schools need the help of the community and are
seeking tax deductible donations to help rebuild their playground
that was damaged during the hurricanes. For more information, call
Grace Christian Schools at (863) 763-3072.

Red Cross needs instructors

Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can
help the American Red Cross reach people in your community with
lifesaving training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External
Defibrillation, and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the Okeechobee
Branch of the American Red Cross at (863) 763-2488 to find out

Church collecting for care packages
The Livinig Word of 'Faith Church of Okeechobee would like to
invite the community to participate in a project for Operation Free-
dom Iraqi. The church will be sending care packages to 20 service-
men in the Army stationed in Iraq. These soldiers serving our country
have requested items not only for themselves, but they also give
items to the Iraqi children while on patrol and visiting. We would like
to invite the community to help us with this project. For more infor-
mation, contact Chairperson Myra White at (863) 357-2975.

Historical mug and book on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society now has mugs that have an
image of the old Okeechobee County Courthouse on two sides of the
mugs. You canpurchase the cup with a paper telling some of the his-
tory of the beautiful old building for $6. These are available at the
Chamber of Commerce. The Historical Society has reprinted the
small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of Okeechobee County Flori-
da" that sells for $4. It, too, is available at the Chamber of Commerce.
Both arealso available at the Historical Museum, which is open each
Thursday from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. except for holidays.

FWC launches


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Wildlife Conservati
mission (FWC) has
a new toll-free te
number to report
alligators. That num
866-FWC-GATOR an
be the primary t(
number for alligat
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ish and tionary measures people
on Corn- should take to reduce the
launched potential for conflicts with
telephone alligators. To learn more of
nuisance the "dos and don't" of deal-
nber is 1- ing with alligators, download
id should the "Living with Alligators"
telephone brochure from
tor com- MyFWC.com/alligator.
to cus- Many Floridians have an
lock. appreciation for these
shared ancient crocodilians and
rivers and have learned to coexist with
for many them. However, if you do
theastern encounter an alligator that
ire found poses a threat to people or
counties. property and is more than
increased four feet in length, the FWC
en alliga- urges you to call the new Nui-
more and sance Alligator Hotline. All
seeking alligator complaints will be
it proper- forwarded to this newly dedi-
cated hotline.
annually Alligators are an important
n 15,000 part of Florida's heritage and
mplaints. play a valuable role in the
'es more ecology of the state's wet-
ors each lands. Visit MyFWC.com/alli-
es pose a gator for more information
or their on alligator behavior and
about the Alligator Manage-
precau- ment Program.

CASE NO. 2003-DP-117
J.C., DOB: 06/28/02
Father of the minor child:
Sean Brown
TO: Mother of J.C.,
Residence & Address Unknown
You are hereby notified that a petition
under oath has been filed by the
Department of Children and Family
Services in the above-styled Court
for the termination of parental
rights relative to J.C., a female
child, born on the 28th day of
June, 2002. The child was bom in
the County of St. Lucie, in the State
of Illinois. You are commanded to
be and appear before a Judge of
the Circuit Court, Juvenile Division
in the above-styled Court located
Okeechobee Conty Courthouse
304 N.W. 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972
At 1:30 P.M. on the 12th day of May,
2005, for hearing and to show
cause why said Petition should not
be granted.
Failure to personally appear at this
advisory hearing constitutes con-
sent to the termination of your pa-
rental rights to this child. If you fail
to appear on the date and time
specified, you may lose all legal
rights as a parent to the child
named in the petition attached to
this notice.
Be advised that you have the right to
have an attorney represent you in
this matter. If you cannot afford an
attorney, one may be appointed for
Witness my hand as the Clerk of said
Court and the seal thereof, this
30th day of March, 2005.
Sharon Robertson
Clerk of Court
By: Heather Simmons
Deputy Clerk
564745 ON 3/31;4/7,14,21/05

Dodge Caravan, '92, good
mtr, 3.3 V6, needs trans.,
$800 neg. 863-261-2369/
GMC High Top Conversion
Van, '93, good motor &
trans, 5 new tires, will
trade for 3/4 ton Chevy or
GMC Pickup of equal val-
ue. (863)763-6083
How do you find a job in to-
day's competitive market?
In the employment section
of the classified.

The Department of Environmental Protection gives notice of its intent to
issue a Formal Determination of the Landward Extent of Waters of the
State (File No.FD-47-0233131-O01)to Dickerson Florida, Inc., c/o Mr.
James Milleson, biologist, Mlleson Environmental Consulting Inc., 4630
121st Terrace North, West Palm Beach, FL 33411 for the Dickerson -
Murphy Mine Project property located in Section 20, township 34 south,
Range 36 East, in Okeechobee County. The Department's file on this
matter is available for public inspection during normal business hours,
8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays, at
the Department of Environmental Protection, Wetlands evaluation and
Delineation Section, Mail Station 2500, Room 530, Twin
Towers Office Building, 2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee. Floida
Persons whose substantial interests are affected by the above proposed
agency action have a right pursuant to Section 120.57, Florida statutes,
to petition for an administrative determination (hearing) on the proposed
action The petition must contain the information set forth below and
must be filed (received) ir the Department's Office of General Counsel,
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, Flodda32399-2400, with-
in 21 days of publication of this notice. A copy of the petition must also
be mailed at the time of filing to the formal determination petitioner at the
address indicated. Failure :o file a petition within the 21 days constitutes
a waiverof aany right such person has to an administrative determination
(hearing) pursuant to Secton 120.57,F.S.
The petition shall contain the following information: (a) The name and
address, and telephone number of each petitioner, the pettioner's name
and address, the Department's File Number and the county in which the
project is proposed; (b) A statement of how and when each petitioner re-
ceived notice of the Department's action or proposed action; (c) A state-
ment of facts which petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification
of the Department's action or proposed action; (d) A statement of materi-
al facts disputed by petitioner, if any; (e) A statement of facts which peti-
tioner contends warrant reversal or modification of the Departments ac-
tion or proposed action; (f) A statement of which rules or statutes peti-
tioner contends require reversal or modification of the Department's ac-
tion or proposed action; and (9) A statement of the relief sought by peti-
tioner, stating precisely the action petitioner wants the Departmentto take
with respect to the Department's action or proposed action.
If a pettition is filed, the administrative hearing process is designed to
formulate agency action. Accordingly, the Departments's final action
may be different from the position taken by it in this Notice. Persons who
substantial interests will be affected by any decision of the Department
with regard to the formal determination have the right to petition to be-
come a party to the proceeding. The petition must conform to the require-
ments specified above and be filed (received) within 21 days of publica-
tion of this Notice in the Office of General Counsel at the above address of
the Department. Failure to petition within the allowed time frame consti-
' tutes a waiver of any right such person has to request a hearing under
Section 120.57,F.S., and to participate as a party to this proceeding. Any
subsequent intervention will only be at the approval of the presiding offi-
cer upon motion filed pursuant to Rule 28-5.207,F.A.C.
566019 ON 04/06/05

The Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA) will receive Sealed Bids, for the
purpose of purchasing the following:
Septic tank effluent pumps
Automatic float assemblies
Altemators/Switches/Pump control assemblies
Miscellaneous pump appurtenances
Detailed specifications are available upon request from the office of the
Executive Director, at 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, Phone Number 863-763-
9460, Fax Number 863-763-763-3746. The OUA reserves the right to reject
any or all bids and to waive formalities in any bid wherever such rejection
or waiver is determined to be in the best interest of the OUA.
The Sealed Bids must be delivered to the Executive Director's office, lo-
cated at Okeechobee Utility Authority Office, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, on or
before 3:00 PM on April 11, 2005.
Landon C. Fortner, Jr.
Executive Director
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