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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Employees of Project
H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People in
Emergencies) discussed the
details of Hurricane Prepared-
ness Week, May 29'- June 4, and
listened to Okeechobee County
Emergency Management Direc-
tor Gene O'Neill discuss the
county's Comprehensive Emer-
gency Management Plan
(CEMP) at a Tuesday luncheon.
Project H.O.P.E. is a federally
funded, non-profit organization
whose goal is to assist storm
survivors in the recovery

Project H.O.P.E, the Okee-
chobee County of Emergency
Management and R.O. A. D.
(Recovering Okeechobee after
Disaster) jointly sponsor Hurri-
cane Preparedness Week.
R.O.A.D. is made up of repre-
sentatives of local nonprofit and
faith-based organizations
whose goal is to provide coordi-
nated management of long-
term recovery efforts, assist
individuals who do not have
adequate. personal resources
and advocate full ongoing pre-
paredness for future disasters.
One of the goals of Hurri-
cane Preparedness Week is to

pay back some of the local
organizations that helped resi-
dents during the last hurricane
season. To that end, donations
of emergency supplies will be
accepted that week to help the
Salvation Army, Martha's
House, Big Lake Mission, My
Aunt's House and Senior Ser-
Interested persons are asked
to donate such items nonperish-
able foods, water, canned
drinks, flashlights, batteries,
candles, insect repellent and
- clothing.
Each time a donation is
made, the done will receive a

Coffee Klatch: Raulerson PR director introduced

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The Chamber of Commerce board of directors welcomed new Director of Public Rela-
tions and Marketing at Raulerson Hospital, Bill Casian Thursday. Board members
included in the meeting were: (back row, left to right) Gerri McPherson, Bill Casian, Jim
Mclnnes, Darrell Donnelly, Lydia Jean Williams and George Dukes; (front row, left to
right) Beverly Sargent, Pat Tipton and Maureen Burroughs.

Hospital eyes county's growth

By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
The monthly Coffee Klatch
meeting of the Chamber of
Commerce met at Raulerson
Hospital Thursday to welcome
the new Director of Public
Relations and Marketing, Bill
Casian to the board.
Mr. 'Casian, woo previously
was the bio-terrorism pre-
paredness planner for four
years with the Okeechobee
County Health Department,
told guests and board mem-
bers that Raulerson Hospital is
studying the county's growth
"We are. looking at the
growth in Okeechobee Coun-
ty, which is currently at a rate
of 1 percent annually, and
making plans to expand to
accommodate the growing
community," he said. "Rauler-
son Hospital, which is an
acute-care facility that provides
a full range of medical and sur-
gical services for both inpa-
tient and outpatient proce-

Mr. Casian said the hospital
currently has beds for 101
Raulerson Hospital, he con-
tinued, is part of the HCA Cor-
poration network of hospitals,
which is the largest in the
world with over 200 hospitals
in its system.
"Florida and Texas have the
most hospital facilities serving
patients within the HCA sys-
tem," Mr. Casian said, "We
have over 50 doctors with hos-
pital privileges at'this time, and
also there will soon be two
new general surgeons brought
on staff."
Mr. Casian said this month's
'Dine with Doctors' meeting at
Raulerson will feature Dr.
Kumar, who will discuss the
topic of radiation and answer
any questions from guests.
The, 'Dine with Doctors'
dinner is only $3 per person.
The dinner will take place on
Tuesday, May 31, at 5 p.m. and
is open to anyone who would
like to attend.

Another program
announced was the Volun-
teens program that starts in
"This is a program that
allows teens to become volun-
teers in the hospital, much like
the volunteers that the hospital
already has in place," Mr.
Casian explained. "Teens will
assist with patients and experi-
ence hands-on-learning expe-
riences within a hospital set-
He also described a pro-
gram that hospital staff mem-
bers are attending to further
their knowledge on the rights
and responsibilities of patients.
"We believe that the Safety
Fair will enable hospital staff
- including nurses, doctors
and administrators to have
better insight on what patients
should know about their
For more information on
programs and services provid-
ed by Raylerson Hospital, call
(863) 763-2151; or, visit the
Raulerson Hospital web site at

Crystal mine exposes history

By D.Hamilton
Okeechobee News
There is a little known
secret located in Ft. Drum. The
Ft. Drum Crystal Mine has
been in existence since the
early 1990s. Crystal Mine oper-
ator, Eddie Rucks says, "It
holds precious resources for
Dr. Thomas M. Scott, Assis-
tant Florida State Geologist
first visited with Eddie at the
mine and discovered calcite
spar geodes, or crystals
embedded in fossilized clams,
within the large recreational
lake near the, mine camp-
ground. Dr. Thomas also
found thick fossil shell beds
which were especially well-
preserved, containing a large
amount of formations. Since
1993, Dr. Edward Petuch,
Ph.D., who is a professor of
Geology at Florida Atlantic

University has been studying
the exposed geological forma-
tions and has named at least
10 species of fossil shells,
some of which were never
before studied by geologists.
The mine has been touted as
having exposed over 3 million
years of Florida's history and is
considered to be one of the
most important geological and
educational resources in Flori-
Mr. Rucks has only recently,
within the last three years,
begun inviting the public to
take part in mining for crystals
at the mine. It previously pro-
duced aggregate products
commercially for construction
The crystal mine has been
open to the public, encourag-
ing rock clubs, civic groups,
gem societies and individuals
to dig for calcite deposits, fos-

sils and other formations on
weekends. Mr. Rucks stated
that he also holds, "public
digs" four, times each year
where the public is invited to
dig for specimens and partake
in a rock swap and fossil fair.
"Over 3,000 participants from
all over the world came to the
last public dig, said Rucks, to
investigate what the crystal
mine has to discover." Mr.
Rucks also revealed, "A crystal
specimen was, recently uncov-
ered by a miner from Jack-
sonville which was later val-
ued at over $3,000."
Mr. Rucks plans to expand
the public use portion of the
mine to include a new camp-
ground, picnic area, a muse-
um and gift shop and other
amenities. "Hopefully, he said,
the mine will soon be able to
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ticket for a prize drawing to be
held at the grand finale event on
June 4 in Flagler Park. Donated
prizes include a washing
machine and gift cards and cer-
tificates from local stores.
Participating churches will
collect supplies on Sunday, May
29. Collection boxes will be
located at Publix Plaza and
Winn Dixie Plaza on Monday
and Tuesday, May 30 and 31.
Wednesday through Friday,
June 1-3, collection boxes will
be at Plublix Plaza and Wal-
The grand finale event will
feature live music, guest speak-

ers, a puppet show, youth art
awards and prize drawings. The
event will begin at 10 a.m. on
Saturday, June 4, at Flagler Park.
For information call (863)
Mr. O'Neill explained that
each county is supposed to have
a CEMP, which is updated every
five years.
The CEMP for Okeechobee
County is contained in a three-
ring binder that is several inches
thick. He said that all participat-
ing agencies are aware of their
responsibilities and have certi-
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the Ft. Drum Crystal Mine, some of which have only been
found in the Kissimmee Valley region.

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Captains for a great cause
Raulerson Hospital sponsored the breakfast gathering to reward team captains for the
WalkAmerica fundraiser for the March of Dimes. The walk which took place on March 14
included over 300 walkers, raising over $46,000, surpassing their goal of $44,000. Con-
gratulations to all captains and their teams! Captains in attendance from left to right: Don
Grove, Kristy Crawford, Barbara Boling, Betty C. Arthur, Sue Grove, Carol Staley, Sophia
Graves, Patricia McWhorter, Kathleen Shatto, Judine Cole, Dianne Taylor, Laura McCall
and Olive Morgret.


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fied that they are able to carry
out those responsibilities, and
that the CERP is adopted as a res-
olution by the county commis-
Mr. O'Neill stated that the
CEMP is made up of 18 emer-
gency support functions -
transportation, communica-
tions, public works and engi-
neering, firefighting, information
and planning, mass care,
resource support, health and
medical services, urban search
and rescue, hazardous materi-
als, food and water, energy, mili-
tary support, public information,
volunteers and donation, law
enforcement and security, ani-
mal protection and special
He briefly covered each of the
areas, with more emphasis on
the three are that were of most
interest to Project H.O.P. E.
employees transportation,
mass care and special needs.
The Okeechobee County
School District is responsible for
Mr. O'Neill said that prior to
the hurricane season, Dale Bar-
rett; director of operations for
the school system, plans for
transportation needs to trans-
port people to shelters. For large
groups of people in a single area,
school buses are used. For the
bedridden, ambulances are
used. If only one or two people
in an isolated area require trans-
portation, police cars are used.
Mr. O'Neill stressed to Project
H.O.P.E. employees that it is

important they be able to relay
transportation information to
their clients.
People with special needs
who require transportation
should register with the Okee-
chobee County Health Depart-
ment or home health agencies.
Elderly people should register
with senior services.
Mr. O'Neill said the trans-
portation system has been used
for several years and it works
"The biggest question we get
is which shelter am I assigned to,
and which is closest?" he said.
He said shelters were opened
as they are needed.
Osceola Middle School and
South Elementary School are
opened first. These are the two
Red Cross-approved shelters.
"Just because it is not a Red
Cross approved shelter doesn't
mean it's not safe," Mr. O'Neill
He went on to say that even
though the term "mandatory
evacuation" is used, no one will
be arrested or forcibly evacuated
against their wishes.
.The emergency management
director said he determines
which shelters to open and if they
are safe.
To determine if a shelter is
safe,,Mr. O'Neill asks, "Is it better
than what you're in?"
As for pets in shelters, he said
that decision is entirely up to the
organization providing the shel-
He said the American Legion
and the Moose Lodge and
churches usually open their
doors as shelters.
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Church has been used as a shel-
ter in the past, but it is uncertain if
it will be used this season since it
sustained structural damage.
For up to date hurricane infor-
mation, Mr. O'Neill suggested
consulting the emergency man-
agement website at www.okee-
As for special needs, Mr.
O'Neill said it is important for
those with special medical prob-
lems to register with the health
department before hurricane sea-
son. The health department will
determine if they can property
care for a person with their limit-
ed facilities. If they determine a
person cannot be cared for prop-
erly with their facilities, they will
send that person a letter asking
them to make other arrange-
However, Mr. O'Neill empha-
sized that in no case would any-
one be turned away from the
health department.
That philosophy was empha-
sized by Michael Hill, director of
the health department. While he
urged people with special med-
ical needs to make other arrange-
ments, he said they would not
turn anyone out into the storm.
Mr. Barrett, who is responsible
for the school shelters, echoed
the same sentiment. Up to a cer-
tain point he would urge that
people go somewhere else
where they can,receive special-
ized medical attention. However,
he said when the winds start to
blow they would take anyone in
and do the best they could to care
for them.
Mr. O'Neill also touched on
the lack of Okeechobee coverage
by coastal radio and television
stations. He said their primary
responsibly is to serve the coastal
Project H.O.P.E. employees
then viewed a video showing the
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accommodate field trips for
school children with the assis-
tance of state grant funding so
that children can learn about
what Okeechobee was like long
before there were any people
The Ft. Drum Crystal Mine is
located approximately 21 miles
north of Okeechobee on Hwy
441, turn right on 304th St.
approximately 3 miles to the
mine on the left. For more infor-
mation on events and private
tours of the mine, call Eddie
Rucks at (863)634-4579 or visit
the Crystal Mine web site at

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Community Events

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 Preven-
tion. Contact the Okeechobee Branch of the American Red
Cross at (863) 763-2488 to find out more.

Church collecting for care packages
The Living Word of Faith Church of Okeechobee would like
to invite the community to participate in a project for Operation
Freedom Iraqi. The church will be sending care packages to .20
servicemen in the Army stationed in Iraq. These soldiers serv-
ing 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 information, contact Chairperson Myra
White at (863) 357-2975.


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Pre-K program now accepting applications

for Workforce Innovation
announced the beginning of the
registration process for parents to
enroll their children in the state's
new Voluntary Prekindergarten
(VPK) program. Eligible children
must reside in Florida and be four
years old on or before September 1
of the 2005-2006 school year. Par-
ents can find the registration form
online at www.vpkflorida.org or
contact their nearest Early Learning
Coalition for a paper copy of the

registration form.
"We are excited that this oppor-
tunity is now available to Florida's
preschool children and that we are
able to continue implementing the
mandate enacted by the voters of
Florida three years ago," said Susan
Pareigis, Director of the Agency for
Workforce Innovation. "This will
give Florida's four year olds the
solid foundation and basic tools
they need to succeed in school."
Early Learning Coalition will
contact each parent who has com-

pleted the registration process
regarding enrollment with an eligi-
ble provider. To locate contact infor-
mation for the nearest Early Learn-
ing Coalitions, parents can visit
www.vpkforida.org and click on
"where do I go for VPK information
in my area." They may also contact
the VPK information line toll free at
1 (866) FL-READY (866) 357-3239.
with any additional questions.
The Voluntary Prekindergarten
program is designed to prepare
Florida's children for kindergarten

and develop the skills they need to
become good readers and success-
ful students.
It includes high literacy stan-
dards, strict accountability, appro-
priate curricula, substantial instruc-
tion periods, manageable class
sizes and qualified instructors.
Early Learning Coalitions will
administer the Voluntary
Prekindergarten program at the
local level, register providers and
provide applications and informa-
tion to parents.

Staff photo/Maria Chandler

Shopping for books
To kick off North Elementary School's Summer Reading
Program a Scholastic Book Fair was held this past week
in the school's library. Students read books of their
choice during the summer and keep track of them on a
record sheet provided by the school. Those students that
participate in the program will be awarded with a field
trip to the bowling alley at the beginning of the school
year. Browsing the many books for sale are (left to right)
Jami Sanchez, Analilia Serrano and Alma Garcia.

Law Enforcement Activity Report

City Police

May 17
Disabled vehicle, main intersec-
Information, S.E. Second Ave.
Suspicious incident, S.W. 11th
Larceny/theft, U.S. 441 N.
Police service call, U.S. 441 S.
Traffic accident, main intersec-
Traffic accident, S.W. 11th Ave.
Hit and run/prisoner in custody,
U.S. 441 S.
Shoplifting/prisoner in custody, S.
Parrott Ave.
Shoplifting/trespassing, S. Parrott
Disturbance, N.W. Fifth St.
Criminal mischief, S.W. 17th St.
Alarm, N.E. Park St.
Suspicious person/vehicle, Indus-
trial Park.
Traffic stop/send ambulance, S.R.
15 N.

Sheriff's Office

May 17
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody,
N.W 18th St.
Fraud, N.W. Second St.
Assault, N.E. 72nd Circle.
Recovered Stolen/John Deere,
N.E. 65th Terr.
Recovered stolen vehicle, U.S.
441 S.E.
Stolen vehicle, U.S. 41 S.E.
Suicide/threats, Okeechobee
Attempt to locate, N.W 160th St.
Burglary, N.W 31st Ave.
Assault/prisoner in custody,
May 18
Domestic, N.W. 37th Ave.
Domestic, U.S. 441 N.
Domestic/v.erbal, S.E. 29th Way.
Theft, S.E. Fifth St.
Suspicious incident, U.S. 441 S.E.
Domestic/prisoner in custody,
N.E. 120th St.


Carmil Leno Box
Carmil Leno Box, age 92, of
Okeechobee, died Monday, May
16, 2005 at Raulerson Hospital.
He was born Nov. 4,1912 in Grant
Parish, La. Mr. Box had been a
resident of Okeechobee since
1945. He served in the U.S. Army
and was a member of the Ameri-
can Legion. He was of the
Catholic Faith and a member of
Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He was pre-
ceded in death
by: his wife of
64 years, Marie
Box, brother,
Leslie Box and
sister, Ola Tate. .
include: his
son, Paul
(Patti) Box; Carmil
daughter, Mar-
garet (Carl) Leno Box
Cable; grand-
son, Jordan Terry; granddaugh-
ters, Elizabeth Box and Lauren
Terry, all of Okeechobee. Addi-
tionally, he is also survived by two
brothers, Lester Box of Shreve-
port, La. and B.J. Wade of Mobile,
Friends may call at the Buxton
Funeral Home on Sunday, May 22,
from 4 until 6 p.m. and Monday,
May 23, at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 SW Sixth St., at 10
a.m. followed by a Rosary Service
at 10:15 a.m. and Funeral Mass of
the Resurrection at 10:30 a.m.
Father Hugh Duffy will officiate
and interment will follow in Ever-

green Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Lamar Lonnie Hunt
Lamar Lonnie Hunt, age 70, of
Okeechobee, died Thursday, May
19, 2005 at Okeechobee Health
Care Facility. He was born May 2,
1935 in Branford. Mr. Hunt, for-
merly of Milton, had been a resi-
dent of Okeechobee since 1991.
He was retired after 32 years with
the U.S. Air Force and was.a
member of the American Legion,
Masonic Lodge and Shriner's
Legion of
Honor. He was
of the Baptist
include: his .
beloved wife,
Betty Jean .
Hunt of Okee-
daughter, Bob-
bie Jean Lamar
(Howard) Ful- Lonnie Hunt
ton of Mel-
bourne; and sons Tim (Linda)
Hunt and Andy A. Hunt of Mel-
Friends may call at the Buxton
Funeral Home on Saturday, May
21, from 4 p.m. until funeral serv-
ice time at 6 p.m. The Masonic
Lodge will officiate and interment
will be in Florida National Ceme-
tery in Bushnell.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
. Funeral Home and Crematory.

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Arrest Log

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or Driving Under
the Influence (DUI) charges by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), Okeechobee City
Police Department (OCPD), or the
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).
Joe Boy Albritton, 24, of N.W
Third St. in Okeechobee was arrest-
ed on May 14 and charged with
possession of morphine. Bond was
set at $500.
Julia Darlene Garland, 55, of
S.R. 78 W. in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 15 and. charged
with exploitation of elderly person,
three counts uttering a forged
instrument and three counts of for-
Gilberto Rodriguez of N.E. Park
St. in Okeechobee was arrested on
May 15 and charged with criminal
mischief, petit theft and burglary of
an unoccupied structure.

Gustavus Fernan Owens, 30, of
Sebring was arrested on May 16
and charged with trafficking in
cocaine. Bond was set at $400,000.
Jennifer Larson, 32, of U.S. 441
S.E. in Okeechobee was arrested
on May 12 and charged with viola-
tion of probation grand theft auto.
Larson was arrested on an Okee-
chobee County warrant. Larson
was released on her own recogni-
Louis James Vestal, 32, of N.W.
39th Circle in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 12 and charged
with grand theft. Bond was set at
Daniel Johnson, 30, of Okee-
chobee was arrested on May 12-
and charged with violation of pro-
bation burglary of a
structure/grand theft. No bond was
Chancy Leola Vines, 25, of

N.W Fourth St. in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 12 and charged
with violation of probation pos-
session of cocaine. Vines was
arrested on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant. No bond was set.
Joao Ribeiro, 41, of Boca Raton
was arrested on May 15 and charged
with DUI. Bond was set at $500.
Teresa Landauerde, 20, of N.W.
47th Terr. in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 14 and charged
with violation of probation pos-
session of forged notes or bills, vio-
lation of probation possession of
cocaine and violation of probation
- petit theft. Bond was set at $1,000.
Jessie Henry Futch, 22, of N.E.
15th Ave. in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 13 and charged
with criminal mischief under $200.
Herman Wesley Kaufman, 44,
of N.W 17th Ave. in Okeechobee
was arrested on May 13 and

charged with two counts of aggra-
vated assault with a firearm.
Herbert Lynn Woods, 39, of
Cedar Springs was arrested on May
13 and Gharged with failure to
appear- possession of a firearm by
a convicted felon and failure to
appear arraignment. No bond
was set.
Chancy Leola Vines, 25, of
N.W Fourth St. was arrested on
May 12 and charged with violation
of probation forgery and violation
of probation uttering a forged
instrument. Vines was arrested on
an Okeechobee warrant.
This column lists arrests and not
convictions, unless otherwise stat-
ed. Anyone listed here who is later
found innocent or has had the
charges dropped against them is
welcome to inform the newspaper.
The information will be confirmed
and printed.

Fire Calls

Okeechobee City


Fire Department County Fire/Rescue

May 12
Medical call, S.E. Eighth Dr.
Firefighters stood by for Fire/Res-
Wash down, N.W. Fifth Ave. S.R.
70 W
Oil was on the roadway. Sand was
put on the oil.
Vehicle fire, S.W Fifth Ave. and
S.W Second St.
Smoke was coming from an oil

May 13
Medical, S.W Eighth St.
Firefighters assisted Fire/Rescue
with preparing a patient for trans-
port to Raulerson Hospital.

May 15
Medical call, N.W 10th St.
Firefighters assisted with a patient.
Automobile accident, S.R. 70 E.
and N.W Eighth Ave.
Firefighters assisted with a patient.
Automobile accident, N.E. Park St.
There were no injuries or hazards.

May 12
Motor vehicle accident rollover,
N.E. 144th St.
There was a commercial semi
hauling trash turned on its side and
a broken telephone pole with lines
laying on the ground. The driver
was taken to the emergency room.
Vehicle on fire, N.W. 36th St.
Smoke was coming from the
engine compartment. The fire was
extinguished and the state fire mar-
shal was notified.
Automobile accident, Florida Turn-
No hazards were found.
Medical assist, 38th Ave.
Fire/Rescue assisted the medical

May 13
Automobile accident, Durrance
Fire/Rescue extricated a patient
from an SUV and assisted the med-
ical crew.
Power line down, 144th Dr.
Fire/Rescue found two power lines
down and a large oak limb smol-

during under the line. Power was
cut from the lines. The limb was
Automobile accident, U.S. 441 S. 15B
Fire/Rescue assisted the medical crew.
May 14
Medical assist, S.E. 96th Circle
Fire/Rescue assisted the medical
crew with a patient.
Medical call, U.S. 441 S.E.
Fire/Rescue assisted the medical
crew with a patient.

May 15
Accident, U.S. 441 S.
Fire/Rescue assisted the medical
crew with a patient.
Automobile accident, N.W First St.
The call was canceled.
Automobile accident, U.S. 98 N.
No injuries or hazards were found.

May 16
Automobile accident, U.S. 98 N.
Fire/Rescue assisted the medical
crew with a patient.
Automobile accident, S.R. 78 W.
No hazards were found.
Multi vehicle crash, U.S. 441
Fire/Rescue assisted the medical
crew with extrication and treatment
of multi patients for transport.

May 17
Helicopter standby, Raulerson
The helicopter landed and took off
without any complications.
Brush fire, S.W 48th Ave. and S.W
Eighth St.
The fire was extinguished.
Helicopter standby, Raulerson Hos-
The helicopter landed without inci-
Person struck by golf cart, Zachary
Taylor Camp Ground
Fire/Rescue assisted the medical
crew with the patient.

May 18
Fire alarm, U.S. 441 S.
It was a false alarm.
Motor vehicle accident rollover,
seven miles N. of S.R. 78
There were no hazards. Fire/Res-
cue assisted the medical crew with
treatment and packaging of
patient. The landing zone for the
helicopter was set up by the Buck-
head Ridge Fire Department and
sheriff's office deputies.
Medical assist, U.S. 441 S.E.
Fire/Rescue assisted the medical crew.
Automobile accident, 68 E.
Fire/Rescue assisted the medical crew.

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While we want you to speak out freely, the newspaper reserves
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Something Smells
The O.U.A. soap opera continues. I read where the sewage spill
was caused by electrical problems, hogwash. The board and
George Long were never told, informed or advised that Waste
Management and other non-approved outlets were dumping toxic
runoff into our sewer system. Mr. Fortner and crew said they were
trying to be good neighbors. Well, the pumps probably burned out
when the entire pump-out lines were blocked with non sewage
items. Debris was allowed to be dumped at $50 per thousand gal-
lons. With bills that could reach $80,000, this doesn't sound like
such a great return on this investment. How about basic math
when operations reported only 100,000 gallons spilled as stated by
OUA. If 800 to 1,200 gallons a minute ran into the facility and it
started at 11 a.m. on Wednesday and was under control at, say 3
p.m. on Thursday, I would venture to say that more that 800,000 to
1 million gallons might have leaked out. The fact here folks is that I
smell a smoke screen or, sewer. This should not be put to sleep
until the factual reports and truth come out. Wake up townsfolk,
we pay big dollars for water and sewer service here and this is a
total breakdown of the OUA leadership to be open and truthful
about what really happened. Speak Out needs input on this so
people can read about this matter and judge for themselves."

O.UA. Honesty
"While at the baseball diamonds two weeks ago OUA was hav-
ing some problems at their fenced area sewer location, and we
were forced to drive away from the area. Through the night the
odor and stench was terrible. We saw what looked like tankers
going back and forth as fast as they could and noticed that the peo-
ple were letting sewage run into the wetland/marsh area to the
east. They dug out trenches to let the runoff go in the pond area
and even were running a big blue pump into the woods. A friend at
the hospital said there were about 15 worried employees that had
come to the hospital for emergency tests and that the word was
there was something else spilling at the site. I also heard that it was
not 100,000 gallons spilled, but more like 800,000. Didn't OUA
send out a warning or a notice? Here we go again, just like the boil
water issue. It seems to me that the people running things at OUA
need to be put out and responsible leaders that care for the pub-
lic's well being be put in charge. We are not getting our money's
worth in water, sewer or honesty here. Maybe if some kids at the
field get sick, or the EPA deems that the action of the OUA was
criminal or their employees sue them, change might come. Let
code enforcement see my yard in a mess and I'm in hot water with
a fine. Dump sewage at the rates they did and word is there was
more than sewage here and there is no telling what damage to
the environment and our health took place that night."

Thank You
"Regarding the traffic lights issue, thank you Speak Out for fol-
lowing through and thank you DOT for resolving the problem. We
are all quick to complain and criticize, but never quick enough to
say thank you."

Good Job
"I would like to thank the sheriff's office for finally standing up
and trying to stop this drug infestation and drug epidemic in this
county. I give Paul May a lot of credit for doing this. Thank you very

Youth Football
"Someone had some questions about Pop Warner, maybe this
will help. The team does travel half of their games will be in
Okeechobee, and the other half will be on the Treasure Coast. The
ages are from 5-15, and all games will be played on Saturdays.
There is a football clinic at the Okeechobee Civic Center on May 21
and 22 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. for $25 per day. The cost includes a
barbecue lunch for the kids as well as coaches and players from
OHS, a guest college player and a guest player from the NFL. They
will also be selling barbecue dinners for $6 to help raise money for
the league, to help with the cost of uniforms and equipment. Any-
one who would like to help or make any donations, are asked to
call Albion Crowell at (863) 697-2576, or James Shockley at (863)

Traffic Lights
"I went down U.S. 441 today and the first light was on caution,
and that was good. I got to the second light and it was operating
normal, and there is one car that comes out of there every half an
hour to an hour. That light is useless. They have no right wasting
my money in gas for this."

"I am calling about managers being hired to operate businesses
in this town. It seems that they all hire relatives and don't give any-
one else a chance, and I don't think that's right. I think everyone
should have an equal opportunity. It is wrong for someone to be
hired to do the hard work just because family members were hired
to do the easy work."

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At Your Service On Page 2

Letter to the Editor

Thanks, from a
former airboat pilot
Sunday, May 1, started out as a
normal relaxing day spent play-
ing with my son, doing chores
and just resting around the
I met up with my close friend
Jerry around 1 p.m. in the after-
noon and we decided to try our
luck cast-netting for tilapia in
Eagle Bay. We tried throwing the
net from the boat and wading the
shallow water, seeing many fish
but not managing to land any in
the boat. Having spooked these
fish, we set out down a narrow
airboat trail through the cattails in
search of more game.
As bad luck and timing would
have it, the small trail made a
sharp turn to the right and as we
proceeded around the corner we
were met with another much
larger airboat on the same trail
rounding the blind corner from
the opposite direction. We both
swerved to avoid a collision, but
the impact was unavoidable.
The weight and speed of the
other boat caused my much
smaller boat to stop on impact,
ejecting both myself and my pas-
senger. I flew into the cage of the
other boat, and then landed in
the water badly injuring my
leg. Fortunately, Jerry landed in
the water unharmed, and the
passengers of the other boat all
remained in their seats, unin-
Jerry and Capt. Don of the
other boat lifted me onto the bow
of the second boat, where I was
able to call 9-1-1 and give them
directions to where we would be
able to meet with the ambulance
on shore. We then drove to
shore, where I was met by law
enforcement and an ambulance
team who quickly arranged for a
helicopter to land and fly me to
St. Mary's Hospital for treatment.
I had surgery that night for
treatment to my broken femur,
knee and ankle. Seven days later I
was released back home, where I
now sit to recover and start to
walk again.
To the gossips, rumors and
Speak Out callers I want to make
clear that this misfortune was in
no way alcohol related or even
caused by my actions. Neither I,
nor my passenger was drunk,
intoxicated or impaired .in any
way. The incident was the direct
result of bad luck and traveling
down a small trail with a blind
I know that because of who I
am certain people want to
believe the worst as it makes for
better conversation, than the
truth, and I cannot change their
uninformed beliefs. I can say,
however, that I voluntarily
released my medical records,to
law enforcement as I have done
nothing wrong and have nothing
to hide.
I want to take the time now to
do what so few people ever do

for civil servants and good
Samaritans, and sincerely thank
each person who assisted me in
my time of need.
Thank you to the sheriff's
office communications division-
and the dispatcher for taking my
9-1-1 call and getting assistance
to me in such a timely manner.
Thank you deputies Lester Yeates
and Marty Faulkner for arriving so
quickly and helping to keep me
calm and arrange for the helicop-
ter to land nearby. Thank you
Deputy Rick Voss and all the
other deputies who I could not
see for taking care of my wife and
son on scene and making sure
that they were all right.
Thank you to the E.M.T. work-
ers both in the ambulance and
the helicopter for cautiously treat-
ing me and getting me to safety.
Thank you Dr. Steven Saslow for
performing the surgery on my leg
that evening, and best wishes to
you on your recall to active mili-
tary duty.
As I have laid here for the last
two weeks with another eight
to 10 weeks to go I have had
lots of time to reflect on how
lucky I was to have not been
more seriously injured, and how
lucky I am to live in a community
as wonderful as Okeechobee
with such good people to come
to your aid in a time of need.
Thank you to the state's attor-
ney office, the city police depart-
ment, the sheriff's office,
C.O.R.E. Probation, the office of
Glenn Sneider and my morning
high school law class for the
cards, gifts and flowers.
Special thanks to Ben Benson
and my brother Aaron for build-
ing me a handicap ramp to get in
and out of the house. Also, thank
you Bob and Betty Bartle for pro-
viding me with a wheelchair and
crutches to use upon my release
from the hospital.
Thank you to all of my many
friends for your calls, prayers,
best wishes and offers to do
everything from moving my fur-
niture; to mowing the grass; to
driving me to the doctor.
: Thank you to everyone at my
office for being my second family,
and for carrying the burden of
extra work in my absence.
Finally, a very special thanks to
my wonderful wife, Eng, for lov-
ing me so much and taking such
great care of me while I am
unable to move.
In closing, let me say to all
who care to listen, don't wait for
a tragedy to realize how wonder-
fully, important friends, family
and a close and caring communi-
ty like Okeechobee can be.
I greatly look forward to
returning to work and repaying
all those who have helped me so
much with thanks, hard work,
and my dedication to helping
protect the community we all
Thank you from the bottom of
my heart.

Upcoming Events

Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All per-
sons 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) 467-9766.
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 -
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W.Third St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held on the
third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S.441
S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch will be at noon. Women
should bring business cards and information to promote their business,
The meeting provides networking opportunities for women in business
and is open to the public. No membership is required. For information,
contact Robin Delgado at (800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at info@flainjury-

Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee construction volunteers will meet
at the parking lot of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott
Ave., at 7 a.m. Construction work will be at Habitat work site in an adjoin-
ing county. Wear comfortable clothes suitable for working. Call (863) 357-
1371 for information.
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House, which is
located next to the driver's license office at 1857 U.S. 441 S.E. It is a self-
help group for people with a desire to stop using alcohol and other intoxi-
cating drugs and a desire to manage their emotional or psychiatric illness.
It's an open discussion group:
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church,312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.

Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Children's Cen-
ter on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m.The orientation is
for those interested in fostering or adopting in Okeechobee County. This
meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/answer forum. It will be at
the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information,
call the Foster Care Program at 1-(800) 403-9311.

Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third
St. at 8 p.m.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee. Everyone
is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Woman at the Well meets at 7 p.m. in the conference room at The Gath-
ering, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave., for a weekly 12-step recovery and support
group meeting for women overcoming chemical dependency. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-1112 or (863) 357-4418.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and mili-
tary information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863)
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the Clock
Restaurant, 111 S. Parrott Ave. for breakfast. For information, call (863)

Community Events

Children's Ranch yard sales closing
Real Life Children's Ranch yard sales are closing for the sum-
mer, but will be open Friday, May 20. Their final dates will be
May 26 and 27. They will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., and
everything must go. The ranch is located at 7777 U.S. 441 S.E.
For information, contact Rosie at (863) 763-4242.

Oakview hosting Bible school
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W.32nd St., will host a vaca-
tion Bible school June 20-24, from 6 until 9 p.m. The school will
be titled "Ramblin' Road Trip" a trip across America to learn
how to make right choices. It will be for ages 3 through adult.
Registration kick-off will be Saturday, June 18, from 9 until
11:30 a.m. and will include games, crafts, food, fun and fellow-
ship. For information, call the church at (863) 763-1699.

Juvenile Justice Council meeting planned
The Okeechobee Juvenile Justice Council will hold their
monthly meeting on Friday, May 20, at noon at the Okeechobee
County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. The purpose of the meeting is
to enhance prevention and intervention of at-risk youth in
Okeechobee County. The public is invited. For information, call
Pat O'Connor at (863) 763-3536.

Women's business luncheon planned
A networking luncheon will be held at the Brahma Bull, 2405
U.S. 441 S.E., on May 20. Networking will start at 11:30 a.m.,
and lunch will be at noon. Bring your business cards, flyers,
brochures and a give-a-way. Bring a new associate you do busi-
ness with to introduce them to our group.

Pop Warner grid clinic is planned
A Pop Warner youth league football clinic will be held at the
Okeechobee Civic Center on May 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. until 3
p.m. The cost is $25 per day. The cost includes a barbecue
lunch for the kids as well as coaches and players from OHS, a
guest college player and a guest player from the NFL. They will
also be selling barbecue dinners for $6 to help raise money to
defray the cost of uniforms and equipment. Anyone who would
like to help or make any donations, are asked to call Albion
Crowell at (863) 697-2576, or James Shockley at (863) 634-

Bike Rodeo planned for May 21
The Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, under the direction
of Sergeant Keith Stripling, will hold their third annual Bike
Rodeo on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Wal-Mart Store, 2101 S. Parrott Ave. The bike
rodeo is to help educate kids of all ages on bicycle safety. There
will be hourly giveaways courtesy of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office, Okeechobee Wal-Mart and the Okeechobee
County Health Department.

Habitat for Humanity plans fundraiser
A car wash will be held Saturday, May 21, beginning at 8:30
a.m. in the Wal-Mart parking lot to raise funds for the local Habi-
tat for Humanity affiliate. Habitat has one home under con-
struction in Basswood and plans to build more. Funding is
needed so get your vehicle washed for a cost that you decide.

Airboat club plans meeting
Big Lake Airboat Club Meeting May 21, at 9am Alvin Ward
Boat Ramp in Moore Haven. Anyone interested in becoming a
member or just want to come out for a ride, come on out.

Flotilla 57 kicks of Safe Boating Week
This year's National Safe Boating week is from May 21-28.
USCG Flotilla 57 will kick off safe boating week with Vessel
Safety Checks (VSCs) and a membership drive at Okee-Tantie
campground and Marina May 21-22. Vessel examiners and
other auxiliary volunteers will be on site from 9 a.m. until 2
p.m. Everyone is invited to bring their boat by for a VSC, and to
visit the station. Boat owners passing a VSC during this time will
receive a coupon for a free T-shirt from West Marine. The auxil-
iary is made up of volunteers interested in boating and promot-
ing boating safety. If you can't make it on the weekend, give us a
call at .(863) 467-3085. We'll be glad to make arrangements to
check your boat or speak with you about the auxiliary at a more
convenient time.

Prayer week focuses on military personnel
The Pentecostals of Okeechobee, along with other churches
worldwide, are participating in weekly focused prayer during
the week of May 22. The focus of our prayer will be our men
and women serving in the military. If you have someone in the
military that you would like us to pray for, e-mail it to penteofo-
kee@yahoo.com; or mail it to 13333 N.E. Seventh Terrace,
Okeechobee, Fla., 34972. For information, call (863) 467-1611
or (863) 634-4554.

Collaborative Council meets May 24
The Community Collaborative Council will meet Tuesday,
May 24, at 10 a.m. in the boardroom of the Okeechobee County
School Board Office at 700 S.W. Second Ave. The purpose of the
meeting is to allow the community to identify issues, collabo-
rate, and share information regarding services for children and
their families. New or slightly used back to school supplies
including suitcases and back packs for Okeechobee children in
foster care will be collected. For information, call Sharon Vin-
son at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Teen Pregnancy Task Force to meet
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force of the Okee-
chobee Healthy Start Coalition will meet Tuesday, May 24, at
1:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St.
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force meets the last Tues-
day of each month. For information about the coalition or join-
ing the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force, contact execu-
tive director Leslie Spurlock at (863) 462-5877.

School board to discuss grants

In conjunction with the Community Collaborative Council
meeting, the Okeechobee County School Board will be dis-
cussing several grants for the 2005/2006 school year. The meet-
ing will be held Tuesday, May 24, beginning at 10 a.m. in the
school board office, 700 S.W. Second Ave. Grants include:
IDEA, Part B; Preschool and Discretionary, Title 1 grant, Part A-
Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged;
Title 1, Part C-Education of Migratory Children, Tile 1, Part D;
RIF, Local Delinquent; Title IIl-No Child Left Behind LEP/Immi-
grant; BASE program, Reading is Fundamental; Carl Perkins
Vocational Grant; Safe Discipline and Drug Free, Safe Schools
Grant; Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT); Title
V (Innovative Programs; Title VI (Rural and low income School
Programs); Indian Formula Grant; and, Title II. Any person who
would like information or to provide input, please plan on
attending the meeting or call Cathleen Blair at (863) 462-5000,
ext. 255, for grant contacts.

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The Okeechobee News, Friday, May 20, 2005

Community Events

Wildlife center hosts summer camp
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will host its annual sum-
mer camp during the month of June. This wildlife education camp is
open to campers ages 8-12.
There will be four separate sessions: June 6-10; June 13-17; June
20-24; and, June 27-July 1. The camp will be open from 8 a.m. until 5
p.m. The cost is $100 per camper. Campers will learn about wildlife
and the environment. There will be a day devoted to survival in the
wild. Florida Wildlife Conservation officers Kevin Losee and Sean
Smith will teach the young campers how to survive in the wilder-
ness. There will also be daily crafts, one large take-home craft, ice
cream parties, and a field trip to and a pontoon boat ride at River
Since enrollment is limited, it is important to sign up as soon as
possible. For information contact Sue Arnold at (863) 763-4630.
Swimming lessons are offered
Registration for swimming lessons will be held June 7-10 from 8
a.m. until 6 p.m. Lessons are $25 and will be on a first-come, first-
served basis. For information, contact the pool office at (863) 467-
Frank Attkisson to speak at dinner
The Republican Party of Okeechobee will be hosting its annual
Lincoln Day Dinner on Friday, June 10, at the Shrine Club on U.S. 78.
Social time will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
This year's keynote speaker will be Florida State Representative
Frank Attkisson, District 79. Dinner will include a sirloin steak served
with a baked potato, green beans and a salad. Tickets are $30 per
person. If you or your business would like to sponsor a table for this
event please call Joe Arnold at (863) 357-6507 or (863) 610-1639. If
available, tickets may be purchased at the door.
Wal-Mart hosts bubble blowing contest
The Double Bubble Gum national bubble blowing contest will
be held at the Okeechobee Wal-Mart Supercenter, 2101 S. Parrott
Ave., on Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The contest is
open to children ages 12 and under. From these preliminary con-
tests, five finalists from across the country will compete in the
national finals in August. These five kids will compete for a grand
prize of a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond and a $1,000 donation in the
winner's honor to Children's Miracle Network. For information, con-
tact Erin LaBarge of the Salmon Borre Group Communications at
(847) 295-4235.
Methodist church hosts Bible school
The First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee, 200 N.W. Sec-
ond St., will hold vacation Bible school June 13-17 from 5 until 8:10
p.m. daily. The theme this year is the Circle G Ranch: Ask, Seek,
Knock. Each adventure is filled with a powerful Bible story and fun
crafts, games and music. There is also an adult Bible study, which
will be led by Reverend Bruce Simpson and Reverend Jim Dawson.
A light meal will be served each day. Registration fee is $5 per child,
with a $10 maximum per family. Call the First United Methodist
Church office at (863) 763-4021 for information.
Martha's House plans training session
Martha's House will offer eight hours of training on June 22, in
the South Florida Water Management Auditorium, located in the
Bank of America building, 205 North Parrott Ave., from 8 a.m. until 4
p.m. The cost for the training is $10. Certificates will be given. For
information, contact Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.
Guardian ad Litem training offered
You can be the difference to a child in need. The Guardian ad Litem
program will be training volunteers from Okeechobee, Indian River, St.
Lucie and Martin counties to represent the best interest of abused,
abandoned and neglected chili-itn in ,-ourt. This meeting will be June,
27-30 and July 1 from 9 a.m. until p ..q. tie South County Annex, St.
Lucie Wesltoufthouse, 250'N.W Country Club Drive, Port St. Lucie,
on the second floor meeting. For information, call (772) 785-5804.
Headstart now accepting applications
The Economic Opportunities Council Headstart is accepting
applications for the 2005/06 school year. Children turning 3 on or
before Sept. 1, but not yet eligible for kindergarten, may apply at
Northside Headstart, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave. For appointments, call
Sheryl Heater at (863) 357-8677 or Antonia Nunez at (863) 357-2242.
Headstart opens as early as 7 a.m. Qualifying children may stay as
late as 5:30 p.m.

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At Tuesday's Okeechobee City Council meeting City of
Okeechobee Mayor James Kirk (right) proclaimed May
21-27 as "Safe Boating Week." Accepting the procla-
mation are members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Fred
Sterling (left), vice flotilla commander and Pamela
Ernst (middle), flotilla commander. The Coast Guard
Auxiliary will offer free vedsel examinations May 21-22
at Okee-Tantie. .

Unusual assignment
On Tuesday evening, law enforcement officers from the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office and the City of Okee-
chobee Police Department were seen doing some things
they don't normally do waiting on tables. They volun-
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Cub Scouts from Pack 964 and their siblings visited the Okeechobee News office recent-
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Foxy Divas
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The co-owner, Ann O'Connell Rust, was awaiting our arrival and warmly welcomed us.
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Office was busy cleaning tables at the Golden Corral on
Tuesday evening. Detective Brock and other law enforce-
ment officers from the sheriff's office and the City of
Okeechobee Police Department volunteered their time to
help the Miracle Children's Network.

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Identifying the grandchildren
Ellen Winkler took her grandchildren to the Masonic Lodge
on Saturday to take part in the child ID program. They are,
(left to right) Kyle Bryner, 8, Aaron Suarez, 13 and Haley
Bryner, 5. Children were videotaped, photographed and
fingerprinted for identification purposes.

Community Events

History Center closes for summer
The Okeechobee Family History Center of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St., will be closed from May
2 until Aug. 31. They will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 11:30
a.m. until 3 p.m. The center will also be open Friday, Sept. 9, from
11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. It will then be open every Wednesday and Fri-
day. Please call ahead one day to reserve any specific equipment you
may need. For information during working hours call (863) 763-
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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.

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Marsocci, Williams win

athlete of year honors

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee High School
cafeteria was a bittersweet place
to be Wednesday evening as grad-
uating four-year letter winners and
other outstanding athletes were
honored for their contributions to
the Brahman athletic program.
This was to be the final time
many of these athletes would
stand together as Brahmans.
Coaches came to the podium
to extol the virtues of their four-
year letter winners, athletes of the
month and the male and female
athlete of the year.
Brahman pitcher Blake Mar-
socci was named the Male Athlete
of the Year by his coach Dylan Ted-
ders and received a $500 scholar-
ship from Publix.
Lady Brahman softball team
member Christie Williams
received the Female Athlete of the
Year award and a $500 scholar-
ship from Publix. She was pre-
sented with her award and schol-
arship by her softball coach of 10
years Kim Hargraves.
Those athletes receiving four-
year letter winners awards were:
Rachel Grinslade-bowling; Court-
ney Adler-bowling; Rachel Dear-
born-soccer;' Danielle Witter-
swimming; Debbo
Underhill-swimming and soccer;
Linda Robles-soccer; Maria Guer-
rero-soccer; Manual Sanchez-soc-
cer; Thomas Landgren-wrestling;
Peritz Samuels-wrestling; Cory
Wright-wrestling; Davisha Moore-
volleyball, basketball and track;
Carlos Portocarrero-track; Jose
Nunez-track; Christie Williams-
softball; Blake Marsocci-baseball;
and Mike Wise-baseball.
Athlete of the Month winners
were: Kelley Smiley-volleyball;
Blake Marsocci-baseball, golf;
Danielle Witter-swimming; Kenny
Spencer-football; Omar Guererro-
soccer; Tierra Allen-basketball;
Cory Wright-wrestling; Candi
Rivero-wrestling; Tommy Land-
gren-wrestling; D'Anna Osceola-
softball; Devon Faison-basketball;
Christie Williams-softball; Alicia
Kibler-track;'and, Travis Rogers-

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Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee High School Principal Gary Kirsch (left) pres-
ents senior Blake Marsocci (middle) with the Male Athlete of
the Year Award and a $500 scholarship from Publix as OHS
Athletic Director Mike Radebaugh (right) looks on. The pres-
entation took place at the annual Brahman Athletic Banquet
held Wednesday in the OHS cafeteria.

Study: WNBA leads

pro sports in diversity

again is America's best pro
sports league at achieving
racial and gender diversity,
from the front offices down to
the court, according to study
released Thursday.
The A grade given by
Richard Lapchick of the Uni-
versity of Central Florida's
Institute for Diversity and
Ethics in Sport came after he
examined data from the 2004
season. The WNBA matched
the grade it received in the
2001 Racial and Gender Report
Among men's leagues, the
NBA ranked the highest in
diversity with an overall grade
of B-plus. The NBA and WNBA

both earned As for race; the
WNBA also got an A for gen-
der while its older brother was
given a B.
In Lapchick's studies, an A
for race is achieved if 24 per-
cent of the positions were held
by racial minorities; to earn
the same grade for gender, 40
percent of the employees must
be women.
Two-thirds of the WNBA's
players were minorities, while
there were five of the league's
13 head coaches are women
and four are black.
In the WNBA league
offices, 90 percent of the
employees were women,
while 40 percent were minori-
ties. The league president in

2004, Val Ackerman, has since
stepped down, and she was
replaced by another woman.
Donna Orender is the only
female president of a major
pro sports league, as Acker-
man was.
The WNBA employed three
black general managers at
23 percent, this was the best
mark among the six leagues
studied by Lapchick. There
were eight female GMs.
Along with the WNBA and
NBA, the Racial and Gender
)Report Card also studies the
National Football League,
Major League Baseball, the
National Hockey League,
Major League Soccer and col-
legiate athletics departments.

We report,

but YOU decide.


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Staff photo/Lorna Jablonski
Senior Lady Brahman Christie Williams was presented the
Female Athlete of the Year Award and a $500 scholarship
from Publix at the Brahman Athletic Banquet Wednesday
evening in the Okeechobee High School cafeteria. OHS Prin-
cipal Gary Kirsch (left) makes the presentation to Christie
Williams (center). OHS Athletic Director Mike Radebaugh
(right) was the master of ceremonies for the annual athletic

Dolphins re-sign WR Boston

MIAMI The Miami Dolphins,
re-signed troubled wide receiver
David Boston to a one-year deal
Wednesday, two months after
the team cut him for failing a
physical as he recovered from
season-ending knee surgery.
Boston missed all of last sea-
son after injuring his left knee
during a training camp practice
in Houston on Aug. 6., He spent
the entire season on injured

Sports Briefs

Sign ups start
for Chobee Bulls
Player registration for the
Chobee Bulls football team will
be held Friday, May 20, from 5:30
until 7 p.m. in the Yearling Middle
School gym.
Boys entering the sixth, sev-
enth or eighth grades are eligible
to sign up.
A copy of the child's birth cer-
tificate and an insurance card

reserve before he was released in
While recovering, Boston ran
into trouble off the field.
In December, the NFL sus-
pended the 6-foot-2 receiver for
four games for testing positive for
steroids. Unable to play, Boston
instead lost $1.34 million, one-
fourth of his $5.35 million salary.
Boston has 'denied using

must be presented in order to sign
Youth football
clinic planned
A Pop Warner youth league
football clinic will be held at the
Okeechobee Civic Center on May
21 and 22 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The cost is $25 per day. The
cost includes a barbecue lunch
for the kids as well as coaches

Then in February, he pleaded
no contest to a charge that he
struck a ticket agent at the
Burlington International Airport
four months earlier. He had been
rehabilitating the knee in Ver-
mont, where he had the surgery.
Boston was acquired from
San Diego before last season in
exchange for cornerback Jamar
Fletcher and a 2005 sixth-round
draft pick.

and' players from OHS, a guest
college player and a guest player
from the NFL.
Barbecue dinners will also be
sold for $6 each to help raise
money to defray the cost of uni-
forms and equipment. Anyone
who would like to help or make
any donations, are asked to call
Albion Crowell at (863) 697-2576,
or James Shockley at (863) 634-

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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, May 20,
through Thursday, May 26, are as
Theatre I "Star Wars Episode
IIr".(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at
7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Theatre II "Kicking and
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day 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 p.m.
Theatre III "Monster-In-Law"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-


Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart 701 S.W Sixth St.
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in
martial arts. The classes are cur-
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Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday,
from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Satur-
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(863) 467-3085 to arrange a boat

Club will
care for ferrets
The Okeechobee Ferret Club
and Rescue will take in unwant-
ed, abandoned and injured fer-
rets. For information, call (863)

Equipment available
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walk-
ers, portable toilets, crutches,
canes, etc. Anyone requiring the
use of such equipment is wel-
come to stop by the post and
pick out what they need. There is
no charge and anyone is wel-
come. This is not restricted to
veterans. 'Call the Post at (863)

looking to expand
The Just for Kicks barbershop
quartet group is looking for men
who like to sing. Tenors, bari-
tones, leads and basses are-all
invited to join our group. We
practice on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at
the Okeechobee Health Care
Center, 1646 U.S. 441 N. Join us
in singing some old time songs
and community entertainment.
We are looking to expand our
group. Good clean fun and a
great sound are our objectives.
For information, call (863) 763-
0175 or (863) 467-6347.

Volunteers wanted
for. hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a dif-
ference in the lives of others?
Raulerson Hospital Auxiliary has
many opportunities of service for
adults seeking volunteer work.
Volunteer as little as four hours a
week or as many as 20 hours.
Morning or afternoon shifts are
available. Many opportunities

currently exist and new pro-
grams to begin soon. Please con-
tact the lobby desk at Raulerson
Hospital for a Volunteer Applica-
tion. For information, call (863)
763-2151, ext. 3312. The hospi-
tal's Volunteen Program (ages
14-17) begins in June.

Items needed
by wildlife center
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center, 14895 N.W. 30th Ter-
race, is seeking paper towels, old
large towels, blankets, old ken-
nels, a push lawnmower, garden-
ing utensils and laundry deter-
gent. Anyone wishing to donate
any of the above items is asked to
call (863) 763-4630.






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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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never accept any advertise-
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sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
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guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance .430
Medical Services435

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Carpets, Windows.
Call (863)357-6005
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garage? Advertise
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Room Additions
Aluminum Roof Over

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Reasonable Rates
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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets. Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins 'Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer 'Video 580
'Crafts Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment,'
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
LampsLights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies,,
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/ Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
To1 s & Games 730
VIRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

20K BTU Reverse Cycle,*
window unit, $300 or best
offer (863)674-0467.
AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $150-.

20 yrs old, runs, makes
noise, $200 neg.
(863)763-8833 days,
863)763-4169 eve.
Century, mint condition,
$700 neg. (863)357-2233.
Victorian Games Compendi-
um: Cards, Chess, Backgam-
mon, Horse Racing, etc. Rules
book. $1500 (863)532-9013

$50 or best offer
(863)763-3679 after 6pm
Like new, in excellent
condition $150 Call
DRYER, Kenmore, $80.
FREEZER- 15 cu. ft. $100. or
best offer. (863)763-3679.
Elec. stove w/ glass top.
$450 for both, will sep.
Almond, 16 1/2 cu ft Clean,
Runs Good. $125.

2 door, white, runs great $75
Good condition. $150 or best
offer. (863)467-7180
WALL UNIT- KitchenAid, Self
Cleaning Imperial. Excellent
condition. $300.
heavy duty, super capacity,
2 yrs. old, work great, $425.

LADIES BIKE, good condition,
$20. (863)763-6936

Nice. $250 or best offer
(863) 634-1715
10 Sheets 46"x46"
50 for all ll Sor i arjlp

TYPEWRITER, Memorywriter,
Xerox 6010 w/correction fea-
ture. Exc. cond. Works fine.
$35 (863)357-3779

Sandbox, pic. table, & house.
Bounce walker, carseat, etc.
$200 will sep (863)801-6031

Econo Kiln 22'x25", Double
layer, runs great, easy to
move $450 (561)662-3335
MENT, cutting tools, sten-
cils, how to books, patterns,
etc., $500 (863)467-8580

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BAHAMA BED w/ corner table
sheets/spreads. $150 or
best offer (863)357-1577
8pc all wood, king size
Good condition $600
Dresser, Mirror, Hd/bd new
mattress Moving must sell
COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops.
$300./all. (863)674-0467:
Single w/vibration mode
CUTTING BLOCK- roll around,
Good condition. $25.
DESK, Roll Top. Fair condi-
tion. $50 (863)467-4192
Seating for 6, Full sz. lighted
china cabinet. $2000. or
best offer. (863)674-0377
Good condition. $50.
DR Table- w/ leaf and 4 chairs
$100 or will trade for 2 cap-
tains chairs & 2 side chair.
contemporary, light wood,
lighted, $200
(863)675-1634 evenings
(2) 1 light oak, other dark.
Both w/ glass doors. $80 for
both will sep.(863)824-8749
Good condition. $36. Will
separate (863)467-5477.
LEATHER CHAIR- reclining,
swivel, w/ottoman, Ivory
color, exc cond, $120.
(863)357-6660 Ive msg.
w/sofa bed, white $500. or
best offer. (863)674-0377
desk and bookshelf, $450.
(863)357-7075 AFTER 6PM

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

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SPRING- King size, $275.
Leather, light brown, fairly
new, great cond. $800
SOFA BED & matching chair,
w/cushions, blonde rattan,
very pretty, great cond.,
$125. (863)763-9410
SOFA BED- light sea foam
green, w/full size mattress
(Flexsteel) exc cond. $70.
SOFA, Sectional. New. Very
clean. $700. (863)634-7359
SOFA, Sectional. New. Very
clean. $700. (863)634-7359
SOFA'S (2)- 6' off white, leath-
er, and a 6' off white fabric.
$400 will sell separate.
Early American, over 40 yrs
old, $100 or best offer
VANITY/DESK- brand new,
$100 neg. (863)357-2233.

CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
stored, $2200.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
GOLF CART, Electric, 4 Seater
w/box bed. Work or Pleas-
ure. 36 V charger. $1000.

New in box, will sacrifice
for only $40-firm. Cleaning
made easy! (863)763-8149
Beige-taupe beaded 2 king
shams, 2 throw pil. like new
$50 (863)634-1893
FLORAL peach/rose/sage
comforter, full sz., complete
set w/matching trash can
$75 (863)634-1893
Pro. Strength w/ ex. blades &
access. blend, grind & juice
$50 firm (863)763-8149

vehicle, FREE to person with
need. (863)675-4990.

DRAFTING TABLE, great con-
dition, $25. (863)763-6936
biss/Hankscraft, works
great, $10. (863)763-9410
Top of the line.
Paid $560, will sell for $360
TOWBAR, Reese 6000 lb.,
with 2 inch baHl, $45.

BASS GUITAR, chord, stand,
case, amp & tuner, mike &
amp, all new, $900.
GUITAR- Ovation Celebrity
Deluxe, 12 string Acoustic,
electric, w/custom hardshell
case. $700 (863)610-3489.
ORGAN, Large, Lowery, Holi-
day. Asking $200 or best of-
fer. (863)610-0521

prox 2 yr, Spayed, Good
with children. House broke.
$250. (863)801-1724
ARACANA CHICKS- (5) all for
$10. (863)675-4981.

BASSET HOUND w/papers. 9
mo. old., Female. House-
broken. All shots. Tracking
Chip. $650 (863)634-3841
5 mo old, shots to date. $300
(863) 467-7825
5 mos -old., $150
DOG KENNEL- Used, Assem-
bled, $50. You pick up.
FERRET, albino, spayed, neu-
tered, descented, with cage,
$50. (863)467-2702
FERRET- comes with cage
and food, 15 wks, female,
descended and and spayed, $150
neg. (863)261-3108.
BIT- asking $6.
(863)675-4981, .....
PARROT CAGE- iron, lound, 2'
diameter, 5 '/2 tall.-on roll-
ers, $80. (863)357-1741.
PITBULL, Male, Brindle, 8
months old. Neutered w/all
shots. County license. $300
Don't Miss

This One
CKC, 6 Males, all blue eyes,
$500 each (863)763-2749
Leave message.
Male approx 6 wks $75. or
best offer. (863)763-2749

NIKON N70 w/Nikkor 20mm
3.5 lens + 5 lenses. Nikon
flash kit/ext. 2 mono pod. Kiwi
case. $500 863-532-9013

TOILETS (2), New, never
used, $100 will sell separ-
ate. (863)227-6210.

W/ two filters. In good condi-
tion. Must sell. $750 or best
offer. (863)946-3888

er, with attachments, $200.

BOWLING BALL- Ladies, Ayr-
way Mustang, Tan/Gold, mar-
bleized, ex. con $12.5 lb.
w/bag. $40 (863)357-3779
Electric w/canopy and charg-
er, excellent condition.
$1600 (863)635-4268

COLOR TV- 19", Good condi-
tion. $30. (863)532-8158
RADIO, Old Fashioned Look
Thomas Collectors Edition,
w/cassette. (863)467-4192
120 or 12 volt. 9", all attach.
Carrying case. Great for car
or Van. $95.863-763-6757

Welder generator, used only
60hrs, kept out of weather.
$3000 (863)634-3787
BAND SAW- Wilton, Good
condition. $200.
Floor model 1600, 3/4 h/p, 16
speed. $100 or best offer
W/ allum. spool gun. 2 tanks
w/flow meters. Asking
$1200 (863)697-9704

W/new leads & extra Ups
Asking $1200

A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art.

Agriculture I

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

falfa, 70-80 Ib square bales.
(863)467.-1383 or
734)637-9713 Ralph

CHICKEN COOP, (4), 10x10,
all pressure treated wood,
$3500 value, asking $1200.
You Move. 863-634-1343

HORSE Pasafina Gelding,
loves attention, does not
spook. $2500.
/2 yrs old, green broke, very
sweet, $1500.

Craftsman w/ Briggs & Strat-
ton 5 h/p eng. $250

GRILL- Weber, Large Bar-B-
Que Grill. Good condition.
$30. (863)467-5477
9 h/p, Wizard 6 h/p push
mower, Yard Machine weed
eater $500 (561)662-3335
Snapper, $200.
B&S motor, 46" cut, great
condition, $450.
ROTO TILLER- Good shape,
heavy duty, 5hp motor,
$200. (863)357-3065.


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Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

Apartment located just 12
miles north of Okeechobee,
2BR, 1BA, $475 per mo.,
. first & security, no pets.
LAKE WORTH, Intercostal
55+, 1Br 1Ba, fully furn.
No pets. $800. mo. Yearly.

Okeechobee, 3BR/1BA, Ig liv-
ing rm, kit. & dining rm, 1
car garage, $825 mo. +
sec. Ref's req'd. Call Kamal
(561)792-9431 7am-1Oam
or 5pm-11pm

Office Space
For Lease, needs build
out completed. Approx.
2000 sq. ft. willing to di-
vide into 2 separate of-
fice spaces, close to
hospital. For information

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 10.50
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

'04 CBS HOME 4/2/2
Tile, sec. sys., jacc. tub, near
Everglades Elem. $210,000
(863)357-4844 / 610-2153
GAINESVILLE- College dorm
house, 4/2, good location,
fenced backyard, glass patio
room, lyr home appliance
warranty. Avail 6/15,
S$168,000. (863)763-6002

On water, 2br, 1ba w/ screen
room & elec. boat lift.
Comp. furnished w/new
roof & a/c. $185,000 or best
offer (863)763-6886 or

TAYLOR CREEK- Nice 1 acre
lots, ready for mobile home
our house. Water & sewer
paid for. $68000.
Roberto's Realty

Cash for your property
Any Condition, fast closing.
Jacobson Auction
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Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes- Sale 2020

Four risers w/aluminum rail
$100 for both, will sep.
glass, 5 risers, 2 aluminum
rails, $350. (863)467-0506

3br, 2ba, family room
No pets, yearly lease
$700 mo + $1000 sec. dep.

OKEE. IN TOWN 2BR, 1 1/2
BA Adults only. $600. mo.
1st, Last & Sec. Dep. re-
quired. (863)467-1967.

OKEE COUNTY, Rent to own.
2BR, 1BA, Large shed,
$2000, Down, $300. mo.
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information sheet at the Circulation office
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Boats 3005
Campers RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicle&.'ATVs 3035

Aluminum, w/ trailer. $500
W/trailer, vinyl top & 35 h/p
Evinrude motor. $1500
Evinrude 15hp, Elec. start,
trolling motor Galvanized
trailer $1450. 863-763-1527
AVENGER '86- 17' Bass boat
& trlr, 150 HP Johnson, runs
great, $2500 firm or trade
for ATV, etc..
1986 with 150 h/p Mercury
Opti Max, low hrs w/trailer
$6000 (863)946-0307
BOAT- 15' Walk thru Tri Hull,
w/tdr, 50HP Johnson, $500.
GOLF CART- Yamaha Gaso-
line motor, Very nice.
$2000. (863)801-1666.

MERCURY '01, 25 HP, electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
Mitchell Craft- '84, 151'/2
Fiberglass, '2001 50hp John-
son. Ask about the trailer.
$2500 239-821-3170 Okee
No motor, no trailer $800
REGAL, '80, 18', with
'94 150hp Mariner outboard,
minor work needed, $2200.

'93- 27', excellent cond,
$5000. (863)697-2180.
FORD F350 CAMPER, '75, A
Classic, great mechanical
condition, come check it
out, $2000 (863)824-0402
MOTORHOME, Itasca, 27.5
foot, 57,000 actual miles,
fully self-contained, $5000.
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified

BOAT TRAILER- 12-14ft, ask-
ing $150 or best offer.

Airboat Engine, Ground Pow-
er Unit, with 520 jugs, needs
modifying, $2000.
T-TOP TOWER, with storage
bin, for center console boat,
stainless steel, $750.

1500 1998, Back rest, wind-
shield, floorboards, Vance &
Hines Pipes, New tires, Exc.
condition. $6145 or best offer.
2005 Single Rail. Fen-
ders/Lights. $1500
CC, Black/Silver. Out of stor-
age. $2500 (863)674-0898
YAMAHA VIRAGO, '87, runs
good, looks good, $2500 or
best offer. (863)441-7675

HONDA 300- 4 Wheel Drive.
Runs excellent. $2,200.
RAIL BUGGY: New motor.
Exc. shape. Needs finish work.
Tons of spare parts. Engine
Block. $3000 (863)675-6214


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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive .1035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

Ice cold a/c & tow hitch
$1800 (863)675-4540 or
5spd, gd. tires & brks, title,
nds head gasket, not run
$400 (863)612-0515 msg.
newer tires, gd brakes, runs
good, nds head gasket $600
neg. (863)612-0515 Iv. msg
Good condition, approx 71 k
mi, $800 (863)763-5418
'85 FORD F150
4x4, 6cyl, 4spd, cold a/c, very
clean, runs good. $3500

'99 Vulcan Classic 1500
exhaust system free w/ pur-
chase of new seat set $20
BUICK REGAL- Presidential
Edition '88, 81K orig mi., 2.8
V6, auto, A/C, Nice car
$1250. firm 772-461-2629
hauled engine, exc. cond.,
A/C, white, 4 dr, $2500. Call
CHEVY MALIBU, '98- 4cyl,
with AC, all power, great
condition & MPG, 155K,
$2000 (863)763-8963.
170k miles, extra clean, CD,
all power, $2500.
5 lug $200
(239)657-4687 call after 4pm
DODGE COLT 1989 Station
Wagon, Very small car. Ex-
cellent on gas. $600 or best
offer. (863)467-0376
FORD TAURUS 1989, 4 Door,
Runs great! $700. or best
offer. (863)447-0384
FORD TAURUS, '87 no air,
auto, new tires, low miles,
rebuilt mtr, new batt, $800
neg. (863)763-6396
Runs good w/air. Needs
shocks. $1000 firm.

1992, Runs great, ice cold
air. Minor body damage.
$2200 (863)467-8166
Clean, runs great, ice cold air.
$2900 (863)801-9228
asking $2500 or best offer.
863-675-4107 or
863-673-6681 for more info
SATURN '95- 4door, 5spd, a/c
Runs well, good condition &
-clean. $1500
TRANS AM-'85, Need to be
r e d o n e

CHEVY 1991 3/4 Ton Pickup,
4x4, 4 spd., $2500 or best
offer. (863)675-6214 after 6
CHEVY Z71, '94, 4x4, runs
great, needs transmission
work, $2250.
cab, 5.9/360, auto, 109K, all
power, $9500.
JEEP Grand Wagoneer, '84,
Camo paint job runs & looks
good $2500.

FORD F600 UHAUL IT- exc.
running cond. 24' box, good
for const., flatbed for stor-
age, $2000 (561)844-5757.

On-car, new, never used
$2500 or best offer
parts. $75. (863)675-7471
ENGINE -350, Needs head
work, Edlebrock intake,
Chrome dress up kit, New
starter $400. 863-946-0868
new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
or Kawasaki Mule. $900.
Engine stand & Cherry picker,
.Good condition.$150.
FLAT BED- for work truck,
steel, w/2 tool boxes, $350
or -best offer.
FORD F150, '91- 302, auto,
good for parts, $300.
(928)202-0013 (cell)
GRILL GUARDS- for 94-01
Dodge & 99-02 F150/250
LD & Expedition $700 will
sep. (863)697-1877.
RIM- Low Profile Custom, Off
Honda Civic. 4 lugs, $250.

TIRES General, like new set
of P255/70R17 or
P205/75R15, $200.

CHEVY 1/2 ton, V8, auto Flat
bed/Utility. Runs good.
$1000 or best offer.
FORD F350 CAMPER, '75, A
Classic, great mechanical
condition, come check it
out, $2000 (863)824-0402
FORD RANGER- '92, 2 Wheel
Drive, V6, A/C $1000.

$1000 (863)634-6596
'99, Full tow package. Runs
good. $2500

mark 8x20, with dovetail
ramp, pulled twice locally,
$4,000. (863)673-6566
12'x6.5' Heavy duty Bobcat
hauler. Not enclosed. $900
(863)763-3451 .
tool box. $150 call

SE, '90, red, nice body,
good condition, $2000
WINDSTAR- '95, Dual air, 7
passenger. $1200.

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet
in regular session on Tuesday, June
14, 2005 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority Offices, 100
S.W. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Flori-
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida
Statutes, if a person decides to appeal
any decision made by the Authority
with respect to such meetings, he or
she will need a record of proceedings,
and for such purpose, may need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the
proceedings is made, which record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based. Such
person may provide a court recorder,
stenographer, or a tape recorder for
such verbatim record.
Landon C. Fortner, Jr.
Executive Director
56774 ON 5/20/05

Community Events

Public invited to Lunchbox Lecture.
The parents, providers and the public are invited to attend a
Lunchbox Lecture, .featuring psychotherapist Dr. Brenda Garma,
Ph.D., LMHC, on May 24 at the Visiting Nurses Association, 208
S.E. Park St. The free lecture, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., will
address sexual predators. The lecture will begin at noon. Bring
your lunch beverages will be provided. Lunchbox Lectures are
presented by the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Task Force and
sponsored by the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition. Future lec-
tures will focus on sex education for teens/parents, adolescence
and sexual boundaries, and techniques to use for children that are
self mutilating. For information, call the Healthy Start Coalition
office at (863) 462-5877.

Main Street membership meeting slated
Okeechobee Main Street, Inc. will hold its monthly member-
ship meeting at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E.,
on Wednesday, May 25, at noon. This meeting is open to the pub-
lic. For information on Main Street, call (863) 357-6246.

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, May 26, "Yel-
low Raft, Blue Water" Michael Dorris; and Thursday, June 23,
"Before Women Had Wings" Connie Fowler. If you have ques-
tions or would like more information, call Jan Fehrman at (863)

Memorial Day bike rally planned
Okeechobee's first Memorial Day Bike Rally and Corvette
Show will be held at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center on
S.R. 70 E. on May 28, 29 and 30. Everyone is welcome. The cost is
$5 a day or $10 for the weekend, and children under the age of 12
are free. There will be live music, games and food. Come see out-
rageous machines, custom paint jobs and lots more. Vendors for
T-shirts, face painting and more will be there. This is a time to
honor those who have served and are currently serving this great
nation. Gates are open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. For information,
check out www.fl-bike-rally.com; or, call (863) 634-8980.

Hurricane Awareness Week starts May 29
The Okeechobee County Office of Emergency Management,
Rebuilding Okeechobee After Disaster (R.O.A.D. and Project
Helping Our People In Emergencies (H.O.P.E.) are jointly spon-
soring Hurricane Awareness Week, May 29 through June 4. Col-
lection boxes will be set up at different businesses during the
week to collect hurricane supplies to be donated to charitable
organizations. For each item donated, the donor will be entered.
into a drawing for donated prizes. The drawing will be held at the
grand finale. Collection boxes can be found at: Publix Plaza, Mon-
day through Friday; Winn Dixie Plaza, Monday and Tuesday; and
at Wal-Mart, Wednesday through Friday. The grand finale will take
place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, at Flagler Park and will fea-
ture live music, a guest speaker, a puppet show and youth art

Annual grad party being planned
Plans are under way for the 17th annual Non-Alcoholic Gradu-
ation Party to be held May 31 .at Stardust Lanes from 11 p.m. until
5 a.m. The community is-urged to support this event with cash
and gift donations. Those who would like to continue their annual
support of this event are asked to make checks payable to Grad-
Nite, and mail it in care of Paul M, Buxton, 110 N.E. Fifth St., Okee-
chobee, Fla. 34972. It is asked that no other graduation party be
scheduled for that particular night. The success of the Non-Alco-
holic Graduation Party is dependent upon total participation and
the intent is to provide a safe, alcohol- and cigarette-free environ-
ment. Full cooperation is needed. For information, contact Paul or
.Matthew Buxton at (863) 763-1994.

Hurricane sales tax seminars offered
The Florida Department of Revenue will be offering a free 2005
hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday seminar located at sev-
eral locations on the Treasure Coast. The classes for Okeechobee
County will be held at the Okeechobee Department of Health,
1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., on May 31, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3
p.m. These classes are for the laws and regulations concerning
the 2005 hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday June 1 through
June 12. Classes are free and open to the public. For information,
contact the Fort Pierce Service Center at (772) 429-2173.

Hospice will hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will be holding a yard sale on Friday,
June 3, and Saturday, June, 4 from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The sale
will be held at the air conditioned Hospice of Okeechobee Volun-
teer House located at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and Third
Avenue. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee.

Free Hair Cut Day aids ranch
Eddie Accardi Dodge is sponsoring the second annual Free
Hair Cut Day at Chuck's Barber Shop, 3651 U.S. 441 S.E., on Mon-
day, June 6, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. All proceeds will go to the
Real Life Children's Ranch.

Hospital looking for volunteers
Attention students between the ages of 14-17: would you like
to make a difference in the lives of others? Raulerson Hospital
Auxiliary has many opportunities of service for students seeking
volunteer hours during the summer. Volunteer as little as four
hours a week or as many as 16 hours a week. Morning, afternoon
and evening shifts are available. Contact the lobby desk at Rauler-
son Hospital for a volunteer application. The deadline for submit-
ting an application is June 7.

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Retirement honors
Friends and coworkers of Ann Manson (seated) director
of food service for Okeechobee County schools, gath-
ered Wednesday to honor her upon the occasion of her
retirement. Dale Barrett (standing) director of operations
for the school system, recounted some of the highlights
of her 30-year career with Okeechobee schools. Mrs.
Manson started out as an elementary school teacher and
served as assistant principal at North Elementary
School, principal at North Elementary and principal at
South Elementary before becoming director of food serv-

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