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Vol. 96 No. 153

Lawmakers OK
$30M for Lake
Recognizing the urgent
need to expedite recovery
efforts for Lake Okeechobee,
the state Legislature appropri-
ated an additional $30 million
for Lake Okeechobee Protec-
tion Plan projects this year.
Florida Sen. Ken Pruitt will
highlight the recent legislative
actions and discuss additional
plans for expediting projects to
benefit the lake at the South
Florida Water Management
District's Water Resources
Advisory Commission meet-
ing, Thursday, June 2, at 1:30
p.m. at the Jupiter Beach
Resort in Jupiter.

Page 2

Council looks

at grant funding
The Community Collabora-
tive Council convened last
week to take a look at and
administer school board grants
for the coming 2005-06 school
Catherine Blair presented
grants for pre-k programs and
discretionary spending within
the Exceptional Education
Department at the May 24
meeting. Three grants which
come to the school board
through federal dollars are sent
to the state and allocated to
each district.
The district amount is deter-
mined on the number of
exceptional education stu-
dents counted on Dec. 1 of
1998 in the age group of 0-21,
and excludes gifted students. A
special grant for children of
ages 3-5 years is also in place.
Each exceptional and special
education teacher will receive
a new Gateway computer to
teach exceptional education.
Page 6
Military services
tap into NASCAR
Sr. Master Sgt. Thomas
Kichline sees "a tremendous
amount of similarities"
between NASCAR and the Air
Force. Both have high-pow-
ered vehicles run by highly effi-
cient teams who can pack up
and relocate in a hurry.
But that's not why the Air
Force sponsors Ricky Rudd's
Nextel Cup team.
"It's our target market," said
Kichline, the Air Force's super-
intendent of motorsports.
Sports, Page 7

Drought Index
Current: 88
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.00 feet

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


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Scouts enter new ranks

Staff photos/Katrina Elaken
Okeechobee County Cub Scout Pack 964 recently held their end of the year "crossing
over" ceremony, during which Scouts symbolically crossed over a wooden bridge to
enter their new rank. This year's Tiger Scouts (first graders) are the new Wolf Cubs.
Leaders are Randy Parker and Teresa Bell. Scouts are: (left to right) Michael Muros,
Dustin Lowe, Tyler Byerly, James Bell, Nathan Parker and Reese Lamb.

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Rotary donation
Dr. William Olivos accepts a donation from Rotary Club
president, Kristy Crawford for an upcoming project in
Lima, Peru. Dr. Olivos of Okeechobee, and Dr. Hearing of
the Jupiter Rotary Club will travel to Peru on July 10-24
to provide free eye exams and glasses to approximately
1,500 people in need.



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Lake Okeechobee recovery

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Last year's multiple hurri-
canes and associated heavy rain-
fall churned up sediment and
increased the amount of storm
water entering the lake. This
resulted in persistent poor water
quality, murky water and high
water levels that are endangering
the ecological health of the lake.
Submerged plants, which pro-
vide oxygen and habitat for fish,
are vanishing because sunlight
cannot penetrate the mud-col-
ored water. Algae blooms are
also of major concern.
The South Florida Water Man-
agement District is establishing a
special Water Resources Adviso-
ry Commission (WRAC) com-
mittee to recommend actions to
expedite collaborative Lake
Okeechobee recovery efforts.
"While this action is not an
overnight quick fix for the lake, it
will help us complete needed

projects as fast as possible," said
District Governing Board Mem-
ber and WRAC Chair Michael
Committee members will be
recommended for approval at the
June 8 Governing Board meeting
in Miami. The first monthly
WRAC Lake Okeechobee Com-
mittee meeting will be Thursday,
June 30, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
at South Florida Water Manage-
ment District headquarters in
West Palm Beach.
The new Lake Okeechobee
Committee will: review Lake
Okeechobee Protection Plan
projects to recommend improve-
ments and review operational
schedules for Lake Okeechobee,
its tributary basins and lakes, and
connecting estuaries. Opera-
tional improvements will also be
recommended for Governing
Board consideration.

Community Events

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 contests, 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, contact 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. Second 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 pow-
erful 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.


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Recognizing the urgent need
to expedite recovery efforts for
Lake Okeechobee, the state Leg-
islature appropriated an addi-
tional $30 million for Lake Okee-
chobee Protection Plan projects
this year. Florida Sen. Ken Pruitt
will highlight the recent legisla-
tive actions and discuss addition-
al plans for expediting projects to
benefit the lake at the South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict's Water Resources Advisory
Commission meeting, Thursday,
June 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the Jupiter
Beach Resort in Jupiter.
"With strong support from
Gov. Jeb Bush and the Florida
Legislature, I am confident that
the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District and its many part-
ners will work quickly to put this
money to good use," said Pruitt.
"The future of the lake depends
on decisive action now!"


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TALLAHASSEE Officials for
the Florida Department of Health
urged parents today to make sure
their children receive the required
immunizations before the next
academic school year. Immuniza-
tions are vital to the health and
welfare of all Floridians espe-
cially children.
"Our children's health should
be our number one priority," said
DOH Secretary John 0. Agwuno-
bi, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H. "Ensuring
your child's health through proper
immunizations, is the best start
you can give him or her for a suc-
cessful school year."
Before children can register for
school, parents must provide doc-
umentation (Department of
Health Form 680, Certification of
Immunization) showing proof of
vaccination against diphtheria,
tetanus, pertussis, measles,

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mumps, rubella, varicella (chick-
enpox), hepatitis B, and polio dis-
Florida's effort to increase the
number of fully immunized chil-
dren continues to show positive
results. The recent goal of immu-
nizing 85 percent of two-year old
children this year was exceeded,
and new goals are being estab-
State officials point to Florida
SHOTS (State Health Online
Tracking System), the statewide
immunization registry, as a valu-
able tool in helping the state reach
immunization goals. The mission
of Florida SHOTS is to develop
public and private partnerships
between health care providers to
share electronic immunization
data. This information will be
used as a tool to increase and
maintain childhood immuniza-


tion levels, and to help eliminate
vaccine-preventable diseases.
Not only does Florida SHOTS
house immunization data, it also
helps health care providers identi-
fy children who are due or past
due for vaccinations, and facili-
tates providers' quick access to a
child's vaccination history to
determine the vaccines needed on
a particular visit.
For more information on all
back-to-school immunization
requirements, visit the Depart-
ment of Health's Web site at
www.doh.state.fl.us, and click the
immunization services link.
For additional information on
how to obtain required vaccina-
tions, contact your health care
provider or your local health
department. For more informa-
tion on Florida SHOTS, visit

Staff photo/D.Hamilton

Terrific Kids
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee presented awards to 'Terrific Kids' from Central Elementary
School's fifth grade class at Tuesday's awards ceremony. Students awarded the honor
were: (not in order) Jocelin Barrera, Lois Billie, Edith Garcia, Gregory Johnson, Justin
Prevatt, Kyle Shireman, Erik Velez and Andrea Yanez.

Terrific Kids
Fourth graders at Central Elementary School received 'Terrific Kids' awards presented
by the Kiwanis Club at Tuesday's awards ceremonies. Students honored were: (not in
order) Jared Fountain, Austin Hagan, Jessica Humphrey, Ami Nunez, Atalo Palacios, Vic-
tor Pineda, Brooke Snyder, Juan Tinajero, Katherynne Valle, and Katie VanBeek


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Kids say no to drugs
Fifth grade students at New Endeavor perform a skit about the dangers of alcohol, tobac-
co, and drugs at Friday's graduation program on Friday. In no particular order players
were: Judy Lozano, Kayla Agnew, Al Chaisson, Tiki King, Celestino Bucio, Brittany
Stricker, Gaby Aguilar, Ana Hyatt, Travis Torres, Robert Tharp, Ashley Marshall, Maryann
Allison, Sarah Hawthorne, and Tyler Williams.

James Ronald Jones, II
James Ronald Jones, II, age
23, of Canal Point, died Sunday,
May 29, 2005. He was born Sept.
22, 1981 in -
Pahokee. Mr.
Jones had
been a lifetime
resident of II
Canal _Point.
He enjoyed :
computers, y
fishing and
diving. '
He was James Ronald
preceded in Jones, II,
death by his
father,James R. Jones.
Survivors include: his moth-
er, Sharon (David) Sours of
Canal Point; sister, Jennifer
(Keith) Hickman of Okee-
chobee: nieces, Jordan and
Kalyn Hickman of Okeechobee:
grandmother, Cora Barnes of
Trenton, N.J. and a host of
aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family will receive
friends at the Buxton funeral
Home on Friday, June 3, from 10
a.m. until funeral service time at
All arrangements are under
the direction care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Myrtle Friesner
Myrtle Friesner, age 95, of
Burkburnett, Texas, formerly of
Okeechobee, died May 27, 2005.
She was born in Miami on July

23, 1909 and was a retired
Survivors include: grandson,
Nathan Platt and daughter in
law, Margaret Platt both of Burk-
burnett, Texas.
There will be no formal serv-
All arrangements are under
the direction of Owens and
Brumley Funeral Home, Burk-
burnett, Texas.

Mary Faye Vinson
Mary Faye Vinson, age 77, of
Okeechobee died Sunday, May
29, 2005 at Raulerson Hospital.
Ms. Vinson was born July 18,
1927 in Alicia, Ark. to A.D. and
Zada West. She was a nurse hav-
ing come to Okeechobee from
Hartford, Mich. in 1988. Ms. Vin-
son worked with the Special
Olympics, Adopted Grandpar-
ents Organization and she was a
foster parent.
She was preceded in death by
her daughter, Bonnie Beth Erb.
Ms. Vinson is survived by:
two sisters, Levada McMahan of
Titusville and Sonya Davis of
Haines City and seven grandchil-
Funeral services will be held
10 a.m. Friday, June 3, at Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home with
interment to follow at Evergreen
All arrangements are entrust-
ed to the loving care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and

Sheriff's Office
Abandoned vehicle, S.R. 710.
Attempt to locate, U.S. 441 S.E.
Several arrest.
Suspicious vehicle, S.W. 22nd
Suicide/attempt, N.W 9th Court.
Assault, EYDC halfway house.
Threats, Style Studio.
Stolen vehicle, N.E. 48th Ave.
Traffic arrest/prisoner in cus-
tody, S.E. 13th Ave.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody,
S.R. 70 E.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody,
N.W 10thTerr.
Attempt to locate, N.E. 11th
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody,

S.E. 35th Ave.
Drunk pedestrian/prisoner in
custody, S.E. 34th Ave.
Traffic stop/prisoner in cus-
tody/prisoner in custody, S.W. 24th
Fight, S.W 15th St.
Vandalism, N.W 45th Terr.
Vehicle fire, S.E. 57th Drive.
Larceny, S.R. 70 E.
Domestic/verbal, S.E. 19th Terr.
Traffic arrest/duVprisoner in cus-
tody, S.E. 24th Blvd.
Armed robbery, N.W Park St.
Domestic/prisoner in custody,
S.E. 30th Parkway.
Burglary/prisoner in custody,
N.W Fifth St.
Traffic accident, S.W 32nd St.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody,
U.S. 441 S.E.

Domestic/prisoner in custody,
N.W 21stAve.
Domestic, Kings Bay.
Deceased person, S.E. 64th Ave.
Runaway, S.W 34th Terr.
Domestic/verbal/prisoner in
custody, N.E. 50th Ct.
Assault, N.E. 39th Blvd.
Trespass/prisoner in custody,
N.W 32nd Drive.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody,
U.S. 441 N..- '
Child abuse, U.S. 441 N.
Vandalized vehicle, S.R..70 E.
Theft/construction equipment,
N.W 32nd Av
Theft/gas/prisoner in custody,
U.S. 441S.
Traffic accident, S.R. 70 E.
Truck fire, S.R. 710.

Assault, Securicor.
Traffic accident, S.R. 70 E.
Trespass, S.E. 34th Ave.
Domestic, S.E. 38th Ave.
Stolen vehicle, N.E. 31st Way.
Domestic, S.W 34th Terr.
Disturbance/verbal, S.E. 32nd
Burglary, N.W. Second St.
Domestic/verbal, S.E. 58th
Domestic, S.E. 34th Ave.
Assault, N.E. 39th Blvd.
Theft/vending machine, Faith
Farm Ministries.
Stolen/trailer, S.E. 42nd St.
Burglary, S.R. 70 W
Vandalism, S.E. 38th Ave.
Attempt to locate, S.R. 70 E.


The following individuals
were arrested on felony or Dri-
ving Under the Influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment (OCPD) or the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP).
Gumercindo Martinez, 27, of
N.W. Fifth St. in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 28 and charged
with burglary and assault. Bond
was set at $21,000.
Larry Smith, 42, of Okee-
chobee was arrested on May 27

and charged with possession of
cocaine. Smith was release on
his own recognizance.
Jose Ventura Arellano, 32, of
Southwest 21st St. in Okee-
chobee was arrested on May 28
and charged with DUI. Bond was
set at $500.
Jesus Valenton, 22, of N.W.
39th Circle in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 29 and charged
with DUI and operating a motor
vehicle without a valid driver's
license. Bond was set at $500.
Richard Ellis Duncan, 38,

was arrested on May 28 and
charged with DUI and resisting
arrest without violence. Bond
was set at $1,000.
Loretta Joy Marr, 47, was
arrested on May 28 and charged
with DUI and resisting arrest
without violence. Bond was set
at $5,500.
Eric Smith, 25, of West Palm
Beach was arrested on May 27
and charged with two counts of
violation of community control
battery on a law enforcement

Jonathan Demaric Collin, 19,
of Pahokee was arrested on May
27 and charged with amended
violation of probation count 1
battery on detainee by detainee.
No bond Was set.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless other-
wise stated. Anyone listed here'
who is later found innocent or
has had the charges dropped
against them is welcome to
inform the newspaper. The infor-
mation will be confirmed and

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Speak Out

Exercise your right to free speech. Speak out is a free 24-hour
opinion line. Call and express your opinion or ask question
about public issues. You are not required to leave your name.
While we want you to speak out freely, the newspaper reserves
the right to edit calls for clarity, brevity, relevance and fairness.
To speak out call (863)467-2033, fax (863)763-5901 or e-mail:
okeenews@newszap.com. You can also mail submissions to
Okeechobee News, P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
(Editor's Note: We recently ran a photo of Okeechobee
County Sheriff Paul May and Detective TJ. Brock taking part in a
skit at the S. TAR.S. graduation. The skit dealt with the dangers
of drinking and driving. There seems to have been some confu-
sion about the photo, and we would like to clarify the cutline
under the photo. Sheriff May, while standing with his detective,
was not wearing a woman's dress. Detective Brock was shown
in the dress and holding a corsage, while the sheriff was
dressed in slacks and a shirt.)

Mobile Home Height
"I just read where it was stated that the higher a building the
more the strength of the wind. Can anyone tell me why in Okee-
chobee County we have to have our mobile homes 36 inches
above the ground? Why would the commissioners and code
people make this a rule when it sets us up in the wind of a
storm?" (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. We contacted the
Okeechobee County Building Department and were told that,
according to Florida administrative code 15-C, there must be a
minimum of 18 inches from the bottom of the I-beam to the soil
that drains. There is nothing that says the home has to be a min-
imum of 36 inches above the ground. We were also told, how-
ever, that some installers have been putting the homes at a
height of20 inches above the groundto make sure there is prop-
er space between the air conditioning duct work and the
ground. The duct work must be a minimum of 4 inches off the

Code Vehicles
"I have a question. There has been a lot of controversy over
code enforcement employees taking their vehicles home with
them. And I was wondering, if they are county employees and
can't take them home, how is it then that the property appraiser
employees can take their vehicles home with them and drive all
over the place." (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. We contacted
the county with your question, and we were told the code
enforcement officials come under the jurisdiction of the county
commissioners. The commissioners' policy is that only those
employees who are likely to be called back to work after hours
take a vehicle home. The property appraiser is a constitutional
officer elected by the people. As such, that officer is not under
the county commissioners and sets his own policy. We also
talked with Property Appraiser Bill Sherman. He said that his
employees sometimes leave their homes and report directly to
their work site or go directly from work to home. He also said he
felt his vehicles were safer parked at an employee's home after
hours, rather than in front of his office.)

"How many of you saw the pictures of this year's seniors in
the special edition of the Okeechobee News? I think that Sub-
way, Arby's, McDonald's and all of the other businesses that hon-
ored their graduating employees should be commended for
doing this for their employees. Thanks to all of them that did so."

"I pray for all of the servicemen over in Iraq, but I don't sup-
port what the president is making them do. He is making the ser-
vicemen fight a losing battle, that the people of Iraq won't fight
themselves. They do not want freedom or democracy, or they
would have gotten it the way America did. They were there over
800 years before America was even discovered. Anyone that dis-
plays one of the ribbons on their car is just the same as saying
they approve of what George Bush is doing."

Base Closures
"The president is saying that he is closing the bases because
they are a waste of money. What does he think giving millions of
dollars to any foreign country that holds out a hand, and all of the
money he is throwing into Iraq is called? We have plenty of
needs for all the money that he is throwing away, right here in the
good old U.S.A. He doesn't know the meaning of the word

Loud Music
"This is to the person who called in about the loud music; you
need to call the police. I have a similar problem with loud music
where I live. It's so loud it rattles the windows. I went to the sher-
iff's office and they told me to call them every time I hear it. Just
keep calling and they will get tired of going out and will either
fine or arrest them. There is an ordinance. In Section 10.2.03 Nui-
sance, Condition or Condition Nuisance reads: '... a certain state
of being or situation located on a property which: A: Injures or
endangers the comfort, repose health or safety of any reasonable
person or offends decency. B: Is offensive to the senses of a rea-
sonable person or interferes with comfort and quiet enjoyment
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like that it would be an awfully noisy place to live."

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Looking Back ...
These energetic cheerleaders representing Okeechobee High School are shown in front of the school auditorium some
time during the 1941-42 school year. This photo is from the 1993 book "Strolling Down Country Roads" by Twila Valen-
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Upcoming Events

Tantle 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
Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. 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, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863)
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive rela-
tionships. 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.E. Fourth St. For information or to reserve
your place in the group, call (863) 467-2321. Free respite care is avail-
able for your loved one while you are in group at Dunklin Assisted 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) 467-2321.

Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is 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.

Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee construction volunteers will
meet in the parking lot of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, N.E.
Third Street and N. Parrott Ave., at 7 a.m. Construction work will be at
a Habitat work site in an adjoining 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 intoxicating 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.
The Okeechobee Chapter DAR will meet at 10 a.m. at the Oakview
Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St. They would like to extend an invita-
tion to anyone eligible for membership in NSDAR to attend, from Octo-
ber through May. For information call regent Ruth Lawson at (863) 763-
2492, or vice-regent and registrar Bonnie Hill at (772) 597-4235.

Community Events

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 speakerwill be FloridaState 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 avail-
able, tickets may be purchased at the door.

Community Events

This is Hurricane Awareness Week
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 sponsoring Hurri-
cane Awareness Week through June 4. Collection boxes will be set
up at different businesses during the week to collect hurricane sup-
plies to be donated to charitable organizations. For each item donat-
ed, 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, Monday 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 Fla-
gler Park and will feature live music, a guest speaker, a puppet show
and youth art awards.

Annual grad party being planned
Plans are under way for the 17th annual Non-Alcoholic Gradua-
tion Party to be held June 2 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., Okeechobee, Fla., 34972.
It is asked that no other graduation party be scheduled for that partic-
ular night. The success of the Non-Alcoholic Graduation Party is
dependent upon total participation and the intent is to provide a safe,
alcohol- and cigarette-free environment. Full cooperation is needed.
For information, contact Paul or Matthew Buxton at (863) 763-1994.

Teen block party planned
The Communities In School's next Middle School Teen Block
Party has been rescheduled for June 3, at the Okeechobee Skate
Park, 300 N.W Sixth Ave., from 8 p.m. until midnight. Admission is $5
per student. This party is for grades six through nine only. All students
who attend will have a chance to win a video game system donated
by Wal-Mart. There will also be games and other giveaways. For infor-
mation, call (863) 462-5863.
Church hosting bluegrass gathering,
The Basinger Brethren Church, 16090 N.W. 176th Ave., is having a
bluegrass gathering on Saturday, June 4, from 7 until 8 p.m. with the
Potter Road Bluegrass Band. For information, call (863) 467-1863.

Hospice will hold yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will be holding ayard 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 Volunteer House
located at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and Third Avenue. All pro-
ceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee.

Lake will be talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday, June
4, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6 p.m. on WWFR
91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The guest will be D. Paul Gray, science coordi-
nator for the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Program for the Audubon
of Florida. The topic will be the health of Lake Okeechobee and, its
vegetation and birdlife. For information, contact Dr. Paul Gray at
(863) 655-1831.

Church plans vacation Bible school
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church, 4212 U.S. 441 N., will
host vacation Bible school June 6-10, starting at 7 p.m. This year's
theme will be extreme adventure. Classes are for adults and children.
For information, call (863) 763-7743.

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 Monday, June
6, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Real Life Chil-
dren's Ranch.

Clown class to begin
Another class of Junior Joeys will be held June 6-10 from 9 a.m.
under the auspices of Toby the Clown Foundation. The class will be
taught at the Highland Shrine Club, 2606 S.R. 17 South, in Avon Park.
Junior Joeys are children between the ages of 8 and 15 who want to
learn to become clowns. The foundation is nonprofit. The Optimist
Club of Sebring and Jim's Auto Salvage are sponsors of the program.
A parent or guardian must sign an application form and must accom-
pany the child to and from classes. Class size is limited and applica-
tions are currently being taken. Applications can be picked-up at the
foundation building at 109 W Interlake Blvd. in Lake Placid, or down-
loaded from the foundation's web page at
www.tobysclownalley.com. For information or enrollment, call Fran-
cis "Choo Choo" Yorio at (863) 465-2780 or Dennis 'Bobber' Koranda
at (863) 382-9560.

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 Raulerson Hospital for a vol-
unteer application. The deadline for submitting an application is June

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.

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Paul Ryan of Stuart built this custom bike from a 1984
Yamaha that he found at the junk yard. He installed a
Volkswagen engine onto the frame and built the bike
around it. It took him 2.5 years to complete. His bike was
entered in the designed by owner category at the Bike
Rally held at the Okeechobee County Agri-civic Center
this past weekend.

Holiday play
Cheyane Leggio, 5, plays on one of the gun mounts at
Veterans' Park on Memorial Day.

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VFW recognizes longevity
Herb Mix (left) was presented a certificate by VFW Post
64 Commander Charles Hart (right) for 60 years' mem-
bership in the VFW. For the past 57 years, Mr. Mix has
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Collaborative Council looks at upcoming grant funding

By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee News
The Community Collabora-
tive Council convened last week
to take a look at and administer
school board grants for the com-
ing 2005-06 school year.
Catherine Blair presented
grants for pre-k programs and
discretionary spending within
the Exceptional Education
Department at the May 24 meet-
ing. Three grants which come to
the school board through federal
ii .11 o !, are sent to the state and
allocated to each district.
The district amount is deter-
mined on the number of excep-
tional education students count-
ed on Dec. 1 of 1998 in the age
group of 0-21, and excludes gift-
ed students. A special grant for
children of ages 3-5 years is also
in place. Each exceptional and
special education teacher will
receive a new Gateway comput-
er to teach exceptional educa-
tion students.
The state has been using the
same figures for eligible students
as were used in 1998.
As the number of children in
both general education and spe-
cial education have increased
since the 1998 school year -
from 1,228 to 2,278 in the 2004-
05 school year an additional
$95.69 per total school popula-
tion is added.
There were 7,575 pre-k-12
students in the 2004-05 school
year. Since equity is provided for
in counties with a higher poverty
rate, Okeechobee County
receives an additional $41.97 per
student eligible for the free and
reduced lunch program. That
supplement amounted to nearly
$13,000 to ensure a minimum 4
percent resulting in a total
amount of $1,538,405.00 for the
coming school year.
"During the 2005-06 school
year, funds will be used to main-
tain support to salaries for staff,"
said Ms. Blair. "The new amount
allocated for pre-k grants for the
coming school year will remain
the same at $86,644.
"In broken down terms," she
continued, "this amounts to
$496.58 per child and the
amount is based on the actual
number of 1,65 preschool chil-,
dren accounted for in 1996. This
-year the preschool head count is
152, which translates to an addi-
tional amount of .51-cents per
"Further funding from the
preschool and discretionary
grants will also be spent for the
salary of a speech and language
therapist and two paraprofes-
sionals who will work with 3-5
year olds," she continued.
The $49,986 available for
2005-06 discretionary spending
grants is up from last school
year. The amount allocated for
this grant is based on the num-
ber of teachers in December of
2004 (85) for the coming school
year, as apposed to 82 for the
2004-05 year. An amount of
$199.14 per teacher is received
in improvements, with an addi-
tional $30,000 being spent on
parent services that include
trainers and pay for social work-
ers to work with parents of spe-
cial needs children.
"All of Title I funds are to sup-
plement additional supplies or
help in staffing. The funding
from Part A of this grant will
ensure that all eligible children
will be entitled to a fair and
equal opportunity to a quality
education," said Mary Hurley.
Ms.Hurley was recently
named assistant superintendent
of schools to replace Zella Kirk,
who will be retiring this year
after 30 years of service to Okee-
chobee County Schools.
Everglades, Seminole, Cen-
tral, North and South Elementary
schools are allocated funds
based on the number of eligible
students 'for free and reduced
price meals as of Feb. 11 of this
year. Fifty percent of children in
those schools mentioned are eli-

gible. The preliminary amount
allocated for this grant for the
2005-06 school year is
Part A funding is also used to
support projects involving Ade-
quate Yearly Progress, parental
involvement, professional devel-
opment and others that are
under the No Child Left Behind
Act, which was signed by Presi-
dent Bush earlier this year. Addi-
tionally, funds are used to pro-
vide on-site tutoring services for
children and the Real Life Chil-
dren's Ranch.
Part C of the Title I discre-
tionary grant was presented by
Ms. Hurley, giving a preliminary
amount of $816,856 in grant
money for Migratory Children
Education. Funds are allocated
to serve migrant students who
qualify for 'Priority Services'.
Advocates for migrant stu-
dents are also funded through.
this grant. Two migrant pre-k
units are also funded by this
Part D of Title I Entitlement
grants are to provide supple-
ments to programs for children
and youth in local institutions for
delinquent children. The
amount allocated for this grant is
$216,304, and the emphasis is
given to helping students who
are released from institutions to
transition back to their home
school district and prepare them
for further education.
Title III grants also fall under
the No Child Left Behind Act and
are funds to supplement pro-
grams for Limited English Profi-
cient students and also for immi-
grant student. The amount
allocated for this grant budget in
the 2005-06 school year is
$54,890, and is based on the
number of students enrolled in
the Okeechobee County School
Another Title III entitlement
program for the coming school
year is to fund the Reading is
Fundamental (R.I.F.) Program,
which is a program that puts
books into the hands of pre-k
through fifth grade children
three times each year. This year
the amount for this fund, is
$239,000, which is approximate-
ly 75 percent of the amount
needed to fund the program.
The. addlgonalfunding for R.I.F
is through the ,,iwanis Club,
which donates half of the 25 per-
cent needed. The remaining
amount is paid for by the school
The Reading First program is
funded by Title I Grants. These
are funds that come available
through competitive grants sub-
mitted on behalf of eligible dis-
tricts. Okeechobee County
School District is one of those eli-
gible through the Heartland Edu-
cational Consortium. South Ele-
mentary School just- began a
five-year grant, with $110,400 for
the first year being allocated for
the program. Central Elementary
will receive $95,280, Everglades
Elementary will receive $109,200
and Seminole Elementary an
amount of $86,160. The Reading
First grant funds are used to fund
reading coach positions, profes-
sional development for reading
teachers of first through third
grade students and all excep-
tional education teachers.,
Five percent of the funding
from this grant must be spent on
libraries for individual class-
Title II Grants are entitlement
grants that are funded federally
through the Department of Edu-
cation, who has designated that
at least 10 percent of this funding
must be spent on literacy pro-
grams. The allocation of funding
for Title III Grants is in the
amount of $426,583 projected
for the 2005-06 school year. The
grant provides for staff develop-
ment and the creation of a quali-
ty learning environment for stu-
dents of 5-17 years of age in the
population and poverty demo-
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Staff photo/D. Hamilton
Cathleen Blair (standing) explained the Exceptional Educa-
tion grant for the 2005-06 school year as fellow Community
Collaborative Council members (left to right) Sharon Suits,
Mary Hurley and Zella Kirk listen.

hiring three new teachers in
the secondary education age
professional development
to improve teacher knowledge
in literacy strategies instructional
leadership, classroom manage-
ment, data analysis, skills assess-
ments, positive parental involve-
ment, applied educational
technology, curriculum integra-
tion, communication skills and
addressing student needs;
providing teacher mentor-
training and development
of highly qualified teachers at
each school; and,
alternative certification
opportunities for professional
from other fields which are cur-
rently no-certified teachers.
Title VI Part B is an entitle-
ment grant program that pro-
vides funding for the education
of students in rural and low-
income areas.
The allocation for this grant is
a projected amount of $226,239
for the 2005-06 school year.
The budget is allocated for:
the purchase of corrective
reading materials for all schools;
the printing costs for district
'Parent Guide to Student Suc-
cess' manuals; and,
the purchasing and installa-
tion of updated technology to
Okeechobee High School in the
amount of $160,000.
The 21st Century Community
Learning Center Program is a
competitive grant funded by the

federal government Department
of Education, through the Heart-
land Education Consortium.
Last year's grant of $232,801
was broken down with Osceola
Middle School receiving
$113,106, and Yearling Middle
School receiving $119,695 in its
second year of a five-year pro-
This program will end in the
2008 school year. Beginning in
2007, the base allocation will
decrease by 20 percent per year.
The 21st Century Grant pro-
vides funds for:
improvements of middle
school students FCAT perform-
improvements of atten-
dance rates of targeted students;
integration of enrichment
programs with health screening,
education and social services;
recreational services;
summer school programs
for incoming sixth graders;
telecommunications and
technology education for target-
ed students;
expansion of library servic-
increase of parental
involvement programs; and,
drug and violence preven-
tion programs.
Lonnie Kirsch detailed fund-
ing for the Gaining Early Aware-
ness and Readiness for Under-
graduate Program (G.E.A.R.
U.P.), which is a federally-funded
competitive grant. It was funded
in the 2004-05 school year with

an amount of $736,733. The
grant paid for seven new teach-
ers and other administration and
Mrs. Kirsch is the program
Okeechobee County Schools
have applied for a new grant as
part of the Heartland Consor-
tium and the amount of any new
funding will be announced in
July. The new grant will fund
four facilitators and staff.
The EETT or E2T2 Grant is for
'Educational Enhancement
Through Technology', and is a
federally funded program in the
amount of $50,000. The funding
is used for schools showing the
most need of technology
replacement or for new technol-
ogy. Funding for the 2005-06
school year are allocated for
new technology equipment at
New Endeavor High School.
EETT II or E2T2 II program is
a program for additional funding
of new technology equipment
and intensive staff training for
secondary schools. The funding
for the 2005-06 school year for
this program was not renewed
due to cuts in the budget.
Comprehensive School
Reform Grant(CSR) is a grant for
schools, with at least 50 percent
of students eligible for free and
reduced lunches. Okeechobee
High School received grant fund-
ing in the amount of $140,000.
The grant was also renewed
for the following school year in
the amount of $111,000, and
both amounts will go to pay for
high school reading coaches and
technical aides. It also will pro-
vide staff development for facul-
ty members. Additionally, the
target focus for this grant must
be for reading improvement pro-
"The Okeechobee County
School Board develops a per-
forming arts series for the stu-
dents of Okeechobee with the
assistance of Cultural Grants
from a variety of sources," stated
Mrs. Kirsch.
This year, in conjunction with
the Okeechobee Community
Theater program, every grade
level will get at least one per-
formance per year with evening
shows being scheduled for more
parental involvement.
From the office of Career and
Technical Education Programs,
the Carl D. Perkins Secondary

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Career and Technical Ldi, otion
Programs Grant tor the budget
period of July 1, 2003, tu June
30, 2006, was awarded an
amount of $77,279. This grant is'
for the development of academ-
ic, career and technical skills of
secondary students who elect to
enroll in career technical pr'o-
The Carl D. Perkins Rural and
Sparsely Populated Areas Career
and Technical Education Pro-
grams Grant was awarded fund-
ing for their programs in devel-
oping career and technical
education programs and activi-
ties by promoting high
skills/high wage jobs, distance
learning, information technolo-
gy and priorities of the Regional
Workforce Board in the amount
of $101,404 for. the 2005-06
school year.
The Indian Education Formu-
la Grant in the amount of
$35,717 was awarded in support
of local education agencies in
their efforts to reform and
improve elementary school pro-
grams that serve Indian stu-
Title IV Grants in the amount
of $41,806 was awarded for the
promotion of a safe and drug
free learning environment for
the children of Okeechobee
County School District.
In other business:
e Sharon Vinson asked board
members to make suggestions
for submissions for the commit-
tee who will be attending the
Legislative Summit in Tallahas-
see in August.
Suggestions included the lack
of public transportation within
the community, the lack of
affordable housing, and: afford-
able housing programs that
would entice new job growth
within the community.
Hurricane Awareness Week
was declared by the chairperson
of the Rebuilding Okeechobee
After Disaster (R.O.A.D.) com-
mittee for the week of May 29-
, June 4 with a Grand Finale Event
scheduled for June 4 in Flagler
Park from 10 a.m. until noon For
information on this event, call
(863) 763-5540.
a Teen Block Party is sched-
,uled for June 3 and will be held
at the skateboard park. Chaper-
ones ..and volunteers for the
event are welcomed.

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Will be prepared
Corrie Pope pushes her daughter Olivia on a swing outside their home April 25, 2005, in
Lake Wales. Before last summer, Pope hardly gave a thought to preparing her rural
mobile home for a catastrophic storm. Being a good 60 miles inland, she figured it would
never be necessary. Then came hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne which with-
in six weeks tore up her family's property, knocked out the power and split their dou-
blewide at the center. With a blue plastic tarp still covering her roof, Pope says she won't
be caught unaware when this year's Atlantic hurricane season opens June 1.

An updated forecast by
William Gray and his team at Col-
orado State University, released a
day before the hurricane season
officially started Wednesday, pre-
dicts 15 named storms, with eight
of those becoming hurricanes.
Four of the hurricanes are expect-
ed to be intense, with sustained
winds of 111 mph or greater.
An earlier forecast predicted a
total of 13 named storms and
seven hurricanes, three of which
were expected to be intense.
"We have adjusted our fore-
cast upward from our early April
forecast and now expect tropical
cyclone activity to be about 170
percent of the average seasonal
activity," said Gray, an atmos-

winds reach 74 mph.
Continued warming of the
Atlantic Ocean and the decreased
likelihood of an El Nino this sum-
mer and fall prompted the team
to revise its prediction upward,
forecaster Philip Klotzbach said.
The team also said there is a
77 percent chance of at least one
major hurricane making landfall
in the United States this year. The
long-term average is 52 percent.
The forecast said the probabil-
ity of an intense hurricane hitting
the East Coast, including the
Florida Peninsula, is 59 percent,
compared with the long-term
average of 31 percent. For the
Gulf Coast, from the Florida Pan-
handle to Brownsville, Texas, the

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chance is 44 percent, compared
with the long-term average of 30
In the last 10 years, the Atlantic
Basin has experience 137 named
storms, 77 hurricanes and 38
major hurricanes. During that
period, only six of the 38 major
Atlantic basin hurricanes crossed
the U.S. coastline In 2004, three
major hurricanes made landfall.
Gray and his team will issue
more updates on Aug. 5, Sept. 2
and Oct. 3.

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'The Twilight Zone'
Jerry Hagn leans against his sailboat on April 29, 2005,
in his yard at Pensacola Beach. His boat never budged
during Hurricane Ivan, but the storm washed the three
yachts behind him into his house, totaling it. It took near-
ly seven months of what Hagn likened to being in "The
Twilight Zone" before he finally got an insurance settle-
ment. Thousands more claims remain unresolved from
the four hurricanes that hit Florida last year as another
hurricane season began Wednesday, June 1. Property
owners also can look forward to insurance rate increas-
es as a result of the 2004 storms.

2004's major hurricanes at a glance

Four big hurricanes hit:
Charley, Frances, Ivan and
. The storms caused about
130 deaths in the U.S.
e They are blamed for a total
$22 billion in damage.
e Those four hurricanes dam-
aged one out of every five homes
in Florida.
Other 2004 hurricanes: Hurri-
cane Alex was a Category 1 when
it came within 9 miles of the Outer
Banks, N.C.

Charley, Aug, 13. Hit Florida's
west coast.
Frances, Sept. 5. Landed on
Florida's east coast, crossed the
* Ivan, Sept. 16. Landed in
Alabama, hit Florida panhandle
and moved north.
Jeanne, Sept. 25. Landed on
Florida's east coast, similar path to

Deadliest in the U.S.: Hurri-
cane Ivan killed 52 people.
Costliest: Frances is estimat-
ed to have caused $9 billion in
Most powerful: Charley land-
ed as a Category 4 storm, with 145
mph winds.
Deadliest internationally:
Jeanne killed more than 3,000 peo-
ple in Haiti. Many people drowned
after rains raised rivers and caused
mudslides. Haiti has largescale
deforestation problems which con-
tributed heavily to the disaster.

* Hit Punta Gorda, Florida on
Florida's west coast on Aug. 13.
* It was a Category 4, with
winds of 145 mph winds.
31 people died in the U.S.
*It's estimated to have caused
$6.8 billion.
Charley caught people by
surprise for two reasons: it gained
strength hours before hitting
shore, becoming a Category 4,
and it took a late, sharp turn which
pushed the storm farther south
than experts had predicted.
Charley came from the Gulf
of Mexico to hit Florida's west
coast. It then crossed through
Florida, coming out into the
Atlantic Ocean. It made a second
landfall in North Carolina and
moved up the outer East Coast.
Severe flooding and drownings
happened as far north as Virginia.
International deaths: 4 in
Cuba, 2 in Bahamas, 1 in Jamaica.

Came ashore on Florida's
east coast (Stuart) on Sept. 5 -
Labor Day weekend.
Frances was a Category 2
with 105 mph winds.
33 people were killed in the
It caused some $9 billion in

Frances landed on Florida's
east coast, crossed the state and
then went out into the Gulf of Mexi-
co before turning north. It marched
through the panhandle and north
through western Georgia. As a
storm system, Frances made it as
far north as New York.
International deaths: 2 in the
It damaged the Kennedy
Space Center.

Hit in Alabama on Sept. 16.
52 people were killed in the
United States.
It caused $7.1 billion in dam-
age, according to insurance esti-
Ivan was a strong Category 3
with 130 mph winds.
Ivan first came ashore in
Alabama then hit the Florida pan-
handle and moved up the central
East Coast.
It caused serious damage as
far north as Pennsylvania.
International deaths: 4 in
Dominican Republic, 3 in Haiti, 2 in
Cayman Islands, 1 in Barbados, 1
in Trinidad and Tobago.

Hit the Florida east coast
(near Stuart) on Sept. 25.
Jeanne first hit the east coast
of Florida, crossed to the western
side of the state, then curved north
to touch the panhandle. It moved
through Georgia and western
South Carolina ultimately going
back to sea after hitting Virginia
and the Delmarva peninsula.
Jeanne was a Category 3,
with 120 mph winds.
Six people were killed in the
It's caused on estimated $6
billion in damage in the U.S.
International deaths: more
than 3,000 people killed in Haiti.

Hurricane Alex: It was a Cate-
gory 1 when it came within 9 miles
of the Outer Banks, N.C., in
August. Alex turned out to sea but
strengthened and became a Cate-
gory 3 near Nova Scotia. It did no
damage, but made history as only
the second hurricane to become
so strong so far north.
Hurricane Danielle: formed in
the middle of the Atlantic and had a
short life, spinning north.
Hurricane Gaston:
Researchers have upped this
storm to hurricane status after tak-
ing another look at data. It hit in
late August, coming ashore north
of Charleston, S.C.
Hurricane Karl: Was a cate-
gory 4 storm that lived only in the
open ocean.
Hurricane Lisa: The storm
had a long life, existing from Sept.
19 to Oct. 3 but it was only a hurri-
cane for 12 hours. It never left the
Atlantic Ocean.
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YMS girls host
golf tournament
The Lady Yearlings' volleyball
team will host a golf tournament
on Saturday, June 4, at the Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club
with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
The fee is $50 per person
($200 team of four), which
includes a rib dinner after play is
completed. Buddy Mills and the
FFA will be grilling the food.
There will be plenty of prizes,
including prizes for the best
score, longest drive, closest to
the pin and the worst score.
Contact Bruce Conrad to
make reservations for your four-
some at (863) 697-0952 or (863)
467-0130; or call Yearling Middle
School (YMS) at (863) 462-5056
for information.

Slate for tennis
lessons announced
Dave Ellis, a USPTR certified
tennis pro and high school
coach, is offering five weeks of
recreational tennis lessons at
the Okeechobee Sports Com-
Classes will meet Monday
through Friday starting on Mon-
day, June 6, and ending on Fri-
day, July 8. Classes are deter-
mined by the grade in which the
student will be enrolled in the
Each student will have three
lessons a week for five weeks.
The cost will be $40. Private les-
sons are available during the
summer for $90 for six, one-
hour sessions.
For information, contact
Dave Ellis at (863) 763-4518 or
(863) 532-9316.

Swim lessons
being 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
For information, contact the
pool office at the Sports Com-
plex (863) 467-7667.

Junior golf clinic
will be June 13-17
Waldau's junior golf clinic,
hosted by Waldau's Junior Golf,
Inc. and the Okeechobee Golf
and Country Club, will be held.
June 13-17 from 8 a.m. until
noon each day.
The clinic is open for junior
golfers between the ages of 7-12
only. Adam White, head golf
instructor, Bubba Mullins and
Jim Waldau will head up the
clinic, which will include golf
instruction, practice and golf
games. There will be a tourna-
ment competition on the final
The clinic is limited to the
first 20 junior golfers. Beginner
to intermediate players will be
taught all aspects of the game,
including rules of golf and golf
etiquette. The clinic will also
provide education literature,
shirts and prizes.
Contact Adam White at (863)
763-6228 or Bridgette Waldau
(863) 467-7300 for information,
price and clinic application
forms. Or, visit their website at
www.floridajuniorgolf.org for

Golf tournament
will benefit CIS
Communities In School (CIS)
and the Police Athletic League
(PAL). are hosting their sixth
annual golf tournament on Sat-
urday, June 18, at the Okee-
chobee Golf & Country Club.
There will be an 8 a.m. shot-
gun start.
Entry fees are $45 per person,
or $180 per team. Sponsorships
are available. The cost of a hole

sponsorship is $150; a tee spon-
sorship is $75; and, a team spon-
sorship is $180.
There will also be chicken
and rib barbecue dinners.
Prizes will be given to the
first, ninth and next-to-last place
All proceeds will help fund
CIS projects: Mentoring Charac-
ter Counts and Youth Center.
,For information, call CIS at
(863) 462-5327.

Volleyball team
hosts summer camp
The Okeechobee High
School volleyball team will host
a summer volleyball camp for
girls in grades four through
The camp runs from 9 a.m.
until noon, June 20, 21, 23 and
24 at Osceola Middle School.
The cost is $45, and includes a
free T-shirt and water bottle.
The camp is for experienced
and beginning level players. Par-
ticipants will be divided by skill
level and will work in groups
with. players of similar ability.
Experienced players will be
challenged by a quicker, more
aggressivelstyle of-play. Both
groups will be led by experi-
enced coaxes and assisted by
varsity, level players.
You may pick up an applica-
tion in the main office of Okee-
chobee High School, or call
head coach George May at (863)
634-5836 for information.

Youth football
sign ups planned
Sign-ups for the new Pop
Warner football league and
cheerleading program will take
place on June 25, July 2, 9 and
16 at Teen Town from noon until
Parents must provide copies
of the child's birth certificate,
their most recent report card
and a current physical at regis-
tration. The cost of registration
will be $75.
For information contact
James Shockley at (863) 634-
3482, Albion Crowell at (863)
697-2576 or Kristen Barker at
(863) 697-6073.

Team Trail
slate announced
The Okee-Tantie Team Trail
has announced its 2005 tourna-
ment schedule.
The remaining tournament
dates are June 26, July 10,
Aug.7, Sept. 11 and Oct. 9.
* The trail's classic will take
place on Nov. 19 and 20.
The tournaments will all be
held at Okee-Tantie Marina and
Campground. Registrations for
the memorial tourney and the
trail can be made at the Wanta-
Linga Motel or at the dock on
the day of the tournament.
For information, contact
Larry Crossman at (863) 763-

Hours announced
for community pool
The Okeechobee Sports
Complex swimming pool hours
of operation are: May 3 June 1,
Tuesday Friday from 4 until 7
p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. until
5 p.m.; Sunday from 1 until 5
p.m.; June 2 Aug. 7, Tuesday -
Saturday from 12:30 until 6:30
p.m., Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m.,
Tuesday and Thursday evenings
from 7 until 9 p.m. (family night
swim); Aug. 8 Oct. 30: Tuesday
through Friday from 4 until 7
p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until
5 p.m., Sunday from 1 until 5
p.m. The pool is not open during
school hours. When school is in
session the pool is used for phys-
ical education and other school-
related activities. For informa-
tion, contact the pool office at
(863) 467-7667.

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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
III. I .

Movie times for Friday, May 27,
through Thursday, June 2, are as
Theatre I "Star Wars Episode
III" (PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2, 4:30, 7 and
9:30 p.m.
Theatre II "Madagascar" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at2, 4:15,7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "The Longest Yard"
(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 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; .chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior cit-
izens 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 currently
taught four days a week on Thes-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from 6
until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from
11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Coast Guard Auxiliary
will make house calls
Did you know the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary makes h6use calls?
They will come to your home to
discuss the required safety equip-
ment needed on your boat. This
service is free. You will receive a
cordial, informative and confiden-
tial boat inspection. A vessel safety
check decal will be placed on boats
that meet all the requirements. Call
(863) 467-3085 to arrange a boat

Club will
care for ferrets
The Okeechobee Ferret Club
and Rescue. will take in unwanted,
abandoned, and injured ferrets. For
information, call-(863) 763-4313,,

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 welcome
to stop by the post and pick out
what they need. There is no charge
and anyone is welcome. This is not
restricted to veterans. Call the Post
at (863) 763-2950.

looking to expand
The Just for Kicks barbershop
quartet group is looking for men
who like to sing. Tenors, baritones,
leads and basses are all invited to
join our group., We practice on
Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Okee-
chobee Health Care Center, 1646
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 objec-
tives. For information, call (863)
763-0175 or (863) 467-6347.

Volunteers wanted
for hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a differ-
ence in the lives of others? Rauler-
son 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 after-
noon shifts are available. Many
opportunities currently exist and
new programs to begin soon.
Please contact the lobby desk at
Raulerson Hospital for a Volunteer
Application. For information, call
(863) 763-2151, ext. 3312..The hos-
pital's Volunteen Program (ages 14-
17) begins in June.

'Items needed
by wildlife center
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center, 14895 N.W 30th Terrace, is
seeking paper towels, old large
towels, blankets, old kennels, a
push lawnmower, gardening uten-
sils and laundry detergent. Anyone
wishing to donate any of the above
items is asked to call (863) 763-


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unwanted horses
Horse Heaven Rescue in St.
Lucie County takes in all unwanted
horses. If you can't keep them,
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20 yrs old, runs, makes
noise, $200 neg.
(863)763-8833 days,
(863)763-4169 eve.
nut .and cane, $350.
Victorian Games Compendi-
um: Cards, Chess, Backgam-
mon, Horse Racing, etc. Rules
book. $1500 (863)532-9013

Almond, 16 1/2 cu ft Clean,
Runs Good. $125.
Side by Side w/auto. ice
maker. Like new. $300
STOVE- Electric, Harvest
gold, Works well. $50.
STOVE, Gas, White. $150 Or
best offer. (863)357-3639

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-VINYL SIDING- 1 full box,
covers 200 sq ft, color is
Sunny Maize, $100 or best
offer. (863)635-0433.

COOLER 6x8 walk in cooler
w/ floor, good for drinks,
produce or hunters game
$2500 (239)657-3316
3 door, good for drinks or
produce $800 (239)657-3316

Area Rug, 5x7, Safari Palm,
exc. cond., $50.
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classified.

FANT SWING- Great condi-
tion. $30. 863-763-2413
BABY CRIB Oak color, grows
w/child into youth bed $75
BOY'S CLOTHING- 4 boxes,
Premature to 9 mo. $150.
Will separate. 863-763-2413
CRIB, beautiful, dark wood,
sleigh style w/ mattress. $80
STROLLER Limo, double
baby stroller $40
Toddler Bed, kids & infants
furniture & toys, newborn
clothes & up, $150. will sell
sep. (863)801-6031

3000. Few NBA & Football.
95% is Major League. $250.
or best offer (863)634-6565
RARE STAMPS-Legends of
the West error & corrected
sheets, in original collectors
cover $199 (863)532-9013
78's & 33's $100 for all or will
separate (863)763-6291

COMPAQ- '2000, HP 825
printer, access. $200. Great
eall (863)467-1704.
SCANNER- Colorado Primax
600p, brand new with cable.
$25. (863)983-4915.

Assorted styles in good
shape, $50 for all or will
separate. (863)763-6291

BAKERS RACK, Wrought lion,
Antique Blue. $75
BED, King Size, Complete.
$50 (863)983-7996
BR SUITE- head/foot board,
dbl. dresser, armoire, 2 nite
stands, $750.
Lighted. 57W x 78H x 17D.
$200 (863)675-4990
gray, must see, will deliver
locally, $60. 983-0950 Cle-
DINETTE SET, 4 chairs on
caster wheels. $50
Black Lacquer Table w/4 grey
upholstered chairs. Good
cond. $250 (863)467-6550
Dining Room Set, 7 pc., like
new, $2500 or best offer.
oak, asking $125 or best of-
fer. (863)357-3773.
DR SUITE- glasstop table, 6
chairs, lighted China cabinet,
Loveseat, 6mos old, $250
will sep. (863)357-0916.
6' long, light oak color, $75
QUEEN SIZE BED- mattress &
, boxspring, frame & cream
colored wood headboard
$125. (239)728-9996.
$150 (863)674-0405 or
SLEEPER SOFA- Overstuffed
blue w/ floral print, Gently
used, Clean & comfortable,
$150 (863)357-0060.
Leather, light brown, fairly
new, great cond. $800
WATERBED- King size, ready
to set up. No heatiboard
$100. (863)763-6909.
WICKER SOFA- Coffee table &
chair. Good quality furniture.
$125. (863)467-6573

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- Lincoln Town-
car, Good cond. Lights & ra-
dio $1600. Or best offer.
763-4149 or 561-758-4337

Semi automatic, .380
$185 (863)763-4961
.32, 6 shot, leather holster
$185 (863)763-4961
SMITH & WESON 357- Model
66, Stainless, Like new in
original box. Asking $500.

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84" Toro Turfmaster Diesel w/
hyd mower lift and hydrostatic
drive. $4000 (863)675-2392

$20. @.

Gentle, $900 (863)675-3032

8 circuit, w/2 single & 2
double circuit breakers, $50.

prox 2 yr, Neutered Male,
Good w/children. House
broke. $250. 863-634-6565.
BIRD CAGE- large outdoor
hanging wire cage with
wood roof. 22x25x38 $25.
BOAR- Poland China, pure
breed, 15 months old, about
400lbs. $350
CHIHUAHUA, Male, 5 months
old. All shots & wormed. CKC
papers. $250 (863)763-2749
(863)610-9812 Iv. message.
CUTE KITTENS- Some 7 toed,
Free To Good Home.
males, Blue parents on site,
$500-$750. (863)763-7045
or (863)634-2502.
DOG HOUSES- for medium to
large dogs. 2 for $30.
(863)763-7497 Okeecho-
AKC reg., 5-males, Ready
June 9th $400. Cash only.
Like new w/all accessories.
$30. (863)467-5756
PITBULL, Male, Brindle, 8
months old. Neutered w/all
shots. County license. $300
W/furnished breeding cage
$50 (863)675-3032

WADING POOL, Vinyl. 10 Ft. x
4 Ft., 18"D. $20

Table top, portable
$30 (863)467-5477

BOWLING BALL- Ladies, Ayr-
way Mustang, Tan/Gold, mar-
bleized, ex. con $12.5 lb.
w/bag. $40 (863)357-3779
BOWLING BALL- Men's, Black
Columbia 300, 16lbs, Good
condition. Black bag,. $30.

SPEAKER- 10" in a box, 300
amp. $150. Or best offer.
SPEAKER- Planet Audio, 10"
in a box. 2 Air horns. $100.
Or best offer.

COLOR TV- 19", Good condi-
tion. $30. (863)532-8158

30-225 Amps. $80
BAND SAW- Wilton, Good
condition. $200.
McCullach, new in box,
never used $11.0
GENERATOR 5500 watts, 110
& 220 volts, electric start,
batt. charger, like new cond.
$1150 (863)467-4328
TOOLBOX, very Ig. Maximizer,
top, bottom & side cabinet,
as is including tools, $5000.

Scooter, $500. Or best of-
for. (863)610-1500.

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

Agriculture |

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

12yrs old, 14 hds, retired from
playing polo, perfect for old-
er child $400(863)467-0247

6ft offset, heavy duty
$1200 (863)763-4982
FLAG POLE- 20', 4 sections
Beautiful condition. $60.
firm. (863)675-6556
Massey Furgeson
$1500 (863)763-4982
Approx. 200. $1400 for all,
will sep. (863)357-6202
RIDING MOWER- Craftsman,
6 spd, 12.5HP, 38" deck,
$450, (863)357-0916.
RIMS (2) 12-20", Off of Front
of Massey Ferguson 253 4x4.
$300 for both. (863)674-5744
AG Tread, High traction, lug
size 14.9-28. $600 for the
pair. (863)234-1230

Custom built, 16" seat, used
less than 25 times $600


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

OKEE- 2br/2ba, Oak Lake Vil-
la's New apple. W/D Central
A/C/Heat $850. mo 1st/last
avail 06/06 772-579-7562

Recreation i

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

AIR BOAT- 440 engine, Runs
good. $2495.
BASS BOAT- 18' Fiberglass,
with custom hauler trailer.
115 HP Mercury motor. New
seat, pumps, trolling motor.
$3500 Neg. Call
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva-
nized. Good shape. $250.
Includes trailer & canopy to
cover boat. No motor.
$800 (863)675-6738
GHEENOE 16.5 FT, '91- w/'91
40 HP Johnson, trolling mo-
tor, trir, very fast, local boat,
$2500 (863)926-0296.
MERCURY '01, 25 HR electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
MON-ARK 17 Ft. Includes
trailer & canopy to cover
boat. 1st $800 takes it.

behind. $1200. Or best offer
sleeps 6, Fair condition
$1800. 772-287-3602 or

1100 CC w/trailer. $2500
Firm. (863)467-5672

BOAT TRAILER, Galvanized
Steel, for 21-24' boat w/tan-
dem surge brakes, wash out &
spare. $550 863)824-0459
MATRIX 97 Hummin Bird,
GPS/fish finder, color
screen, new in box, pd $800
sell for $650 (302)284-0124
MOTOR, Motor Guide: Trol-
ling, 12 volt, 47 lb. thrust.
Like new. $150
TRAILER For airboat 14'
good condition, new tires
600 or best offer
(863)634-8960 after 5pm
Shop here first!
The classified ads

HONDA BIG RED 200 1983,
$600 (863)675-3038
STATE- mint condition,
5750 miles, $2500
miles, 500 CC, $1200 or
trade. (863)612-0090


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks -14020
Equipment -')05
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks400)
Parts Repairs 4(45
Pickup Trucks 4650
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 410:70)

Ice cold a/c & tow hitch
$1800 (863)675-4540 or
Good condition, a/c,
runs good. $450.
(772)460-6488 after 6pm
'79, 4 CYL, Runs good with
little gas. $500.
(863)675-2598 Lv msg
Runs good, good gas mileage
$500 (863)675-6423
EL CAMINO- '83, white, Runs
good. Many new parts. New
Tires & CD player $1500.
work, $500. or ,make an of-
f e r
1991 Runs good, 128k mi,
asking $1000 or best offer
Cold A/C, T-Tops, Runs
great! 110K, $3800.
TOYOTA TERCEL '89, $200.
or best offer.

CHEVY 1991 3/4 Ton Pickup,
4x4, 4 spd., $1500 or best
offer. (863)675-6214 after 6

FORD BRONCO, '87 runs,
needs some work, $2500 or
trade for boat or 4 wheeler.

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

Chevy 6 lug 22 in. KMC Venon
rims, with Toyo 305/40R22
tires, $1800. 863-634-3304
new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
or Kawasaki Mule. $900.
draw tite, for full size Ford.
$40. (863)697-6812.
RIM- Low Profile Custom, Off
Honda Civic. 4 lugs, $250.
RIMS & TIRES- see at Play-
time Car Audio. Dakkar
Blades, 22x9 u12, brand new,
$2400 neg. (863)357-6000.
RIMS- 22", Spinner wire
wheels. $2000. or best offer
2 doors, w/ keys, like new
$200 (863)357-6202
TIRES, 2 New BFGoodwrench,
R1 AG Tread, Power Radial -
80. Size 11.2R-20. $400 for
both. (863)674-5744

Tagged. Racing motor.
Clean. Must see! $2500.
Firm. (302)335-3442
FORD F150- '91, 4X4, With
tool box. Good shape.
$2500. Neg. (863)697-1198
FORD F250 DIESEL, '97- 4x4,
ext. cab, lifted, $12,000.
FORD RANGER '92- V6, cold
AC, solid body, replaced
motor, has 67K, $1750 neg.
(863)634-9620 Okeechobee

FORD EXPLORER, '97- 4x4,
runs great, $4500.

14 x 52, zoned for workshop
in Glades Co. wired 220.
$2,000 neg. (352)754-8514.
TRAILER- Heavy duty, tires in
good condition. Side rail
ramps. $1500.

Dodge Caravan, '91, for parts
only, $400 or best offer.
er steering, AM/FM, 96K,
Runs good. $2500.
FORD E150- '01, Club Van
Traveler. Fully loaded, Mint
Cond. 38K mi. $16,500.
7 passenger van, good condi-
tion, nice family vehicle
$4400 (863)763-2692
Minvan '98, 7 pass. 68K,
A/C, Auto, All Power, Exc
cond. $6300 863-467-0031


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YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Maria
Guadalupe Desantiago whose address
Is RO. Box 2557, Okeechobee, FL
34973 on or before June 19, 2005,
and file the original with the clerk of
this Court at 304 NW 2nd St., Okee-
chobee, FL 34972, before service on
Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If
you fail to do so, a default may be en-
tered against you for the relief de-
manded In the petition.
Copies of all court documents in this
case, Including orders, are available at
the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office.
You may review these documents
upon request,
You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit
Court's office notified of your current
.address. Future papers in this lawsuit
will be mailed to the address on
record at the clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and Information. Failure to
comply can result In sanction, Includ-,
Ing dismissal or striking of pleadings.
DATED: May 11,2005
By: Adene Neslis
Deputy Clerk
56112 ON 5/19,26;6/2,9/05


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The Okeechobee County Agd-Civic Center Advisory Committee is seeking twenty-
five (25) persons who are residents and qualified electors of Okeechobee County
who wish to form an association not for profit for the purpose of chartering a
county fair.
AppllcatIons can be obtained from the County Administrators Office at 304 NW 2nd
Street, Room 106, Courthouse, Okeechobee. All applicants must complete a
board/committee application form.
Applications must be submitted to the County Administrators Office no later than
4:00 p.m. on June 21, 2005.
John W. Abney, Sr., Chairman
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Advisory Committee
59780 ON 6/2/05

Case No.: 2005-DR-331
Maria Guadalupe Desantlago,
Roman Martilnet Gl


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Sealed bids will be received by THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 up to 3:00 p.m.
June 29, 2005 for all materials and labor necessary for:
Bus Loop and Covered Walkways
Central Elementary School
Okeechobee, Florida
Bidder shall complete a list of sub-bidders with whom he will sub-contract work in
connection with this project. This list shall accompany the contractors bid. Fail-
ure to provide a list shall be grounds for rejection of the bid,
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
Okeechobee County School Board
700 SW 2nd Avenue, Room 110
Okeechobee, FL 34974
863-462-5000 ext. 236
BMK Architects, Inc.
323 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Archi-
tect or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $100.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
Each bid shall be accompanied by a Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum
bid, payable to the School Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good
faith and guaranteeing that the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the
School Board of Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as
required by Florida Statute Section 1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% of the es-
calated amount of the contract guaranteeing the performance of said contract;
and a payment bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Flonda Stat-
utes, guaranteeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each bid shall be
accompanied by a sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a), Florida Stat-
utes, on Public Entity Crimes and the Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Each bond shall be issued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do busi-
ness in the State of Florida having a general bond holders rating of A+ -excellent
and a financial rating of BBB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the Owner,
within ten (10) days after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said
bonds to be paid by the Contractor. Said bonds to be recorded in accordance
with School Board instructions.
All Bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for
said project.
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: June 8, 2005, 1:00 p.m., prevailing time at
the office'of Dale Barrett, Director of Operations, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Room
110, Okeechobee, FL 34974 .
The Contractor will be required to build and have the project substantially complet-
. ed January 1,2006 and have the actual site work, including punch list items and
site clean up, totally completed within 30 days thereafter Failure to do so will re-
sult In liquidated damages in the amount of $500.00 per day for each day the
date of actual substantial completion exceeds thescheduled date of substantial
completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liquidated damag-
es for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the scheduled date of
final completion.
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all
bids and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30
days after the date of opening.
By: Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
54833 ON 5/19,26;6/2/05

Service Club Briefs

Legion Post #64
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and spe-
cials. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
and Friday from 11 a.m. until 2
p.m.; Wednesday, tacos served
from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Satur-
day from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.;
and, Sunday from 1 until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday evenings beginning at 7
p.m., for members and guests.
Second Wednesday of each
month is our birthday party start-
ing at 4 p.m.; bring a covered
The third Sunday of each
month we have a ribeye steak
dinner with the Sons of the Amer-
ican Legion from 3 until 6 p.m.
The Legion lounge is open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at .6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Wednesday: tacos and mar-
garitas are served frot6 11 a.m.
until 6 p.m.
There is entertainment in
our lounge every Saturday night
starting at 4 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. for a $6
donation. Karaoke by Bruce will
be from 7 p.m. until,?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday
through Thursday.
Our monthly birthday party
on the second Wednesday starts
at 4 p.m. Entertainment will be by
Janet Certain bring a covered
Euchre will be on Monday
and Wednesday from 6 p.m.
Everyone is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St.
For information, call (863) 763-

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10,
a.m. Applications for new mem-
bers are available. Call Ray Dis-
ney at (863) 357-2138, or Don
South at (863) 763-8954.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
Wednesday: bar bingo
from 4 p.m. until ? Food will be
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 4 p.m.; Aeries at 7
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $10 dona-
tion. Music will be by Jimmy
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast from 9 until 11 a.m. for
$4 donation.
June 26:.Father's Day break-
Call the AERIE for other

events, (863) 763-2552.

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

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

Eastern Star #128
Okeechobee Chapter #128
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third ,Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming activi-
ties, contact WM. Margaret at
(863) 467-8020.

B.H.R Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge.
June 14: LOOM member-
ship meeting at 8 p.m. All mem-
bers should plan to attend.
Saturday night: karaoke
from 7 p.m. until?
Wednesday, .Friday and Sat-
urday nights: meals will be
served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call
for the menu.
Friday and Saturday nights
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 9 until 11 a.m.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. For informa-
tion, call the Lodge at (863) 763-
4954 or Norm at (863) 763-1550.
e SundaysfLive entertainment
featuring: Lisa, Dawn and Donnie
sometimes together, some-
times not, but always good music
and fun.
Thursday: bar bingo has
been cancelled
.* Monday: bar bingo for
members only at 6:30 p.m. Food
will be served.
Saturday: at 1 p.m. Moose
races and dinner served at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for
menu and cook.
Wednesday, June 8: LOOM
meeting at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 14: Chapter
night '
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our progress as construction has

VFW Post #4423
The post is open noon until 9
p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Events at this post are seasonable
you should call (863) 763-0818
for information or visit the.lodge
300 N.W. 34th St. You may write
the post at P.O. Box 1137 Okee-
chobee Fla. 34972.
washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
Every Wednesday during
season karaoke will be held from
5 until 9 p.m.
Every Friday: bingo starts at
1 p.m. for members and guests
followed by karaoke starting at 5.
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at 1
p.m. Karaoke will be from 5 p.m.
until ?
a Sunday: A dinner will be
available from 2 until 5 p.m.. and
followed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting at 11 a.m.

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

VFW Post # 10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday,-at 10 a.m:
and Sunday, 1 p.m.
Happy hour is from 4 until 6
p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Monday: hot soup day
beginning at noon. A bowl for a
Tuesday: volunteer chef's
dinner special. Serving begins at
5 p.m. Call (863) 763-2308 for the
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able. Darts will be 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
Sunday: every third Sunday
we will host a pot-luck birthday
dinner. All other Sundays are vari-
able. Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events. Darts begin at

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Bryan Sherman and Gerald Turner performed at the Memorial Day Service at Veterans'
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Sealed bids will be received by THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
FLORIDA, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 up to 2:00 p.ra.
June 29,2005 for all materials and labor necessary for:
Yearling Middle School
Roof Top Unit Replacement
Okeechobee, Florida
Bidder shall complete a list of sub-bidders with whom he will sub-contract work ipn
connection with this project. This list shall accompany the contractors bid. Fail-
ure to provide a list shall be grounds for rejection of the bid.
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
Okeechobee County School Board
700 SW 2nd Avenue, Room 110
Okeechobee, FL 34974
863-462-5000 ext. 236
BMK Architects, Inc.
323 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Archi-
tect or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $100.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
Each bid shall be accompanied by a Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum"
bid, payable to the School Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good'
faith and guaranteeing that the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the
School Board of Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as"
required by Florida Statute Section 1013.47 in the penal sum of 100% of the es-
calated amount of the contract guaranteeing the performance of said contract;
and a payment bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Stat-
utes, guaranteeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each bid shall be
accompanied by a sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a), Florida Stat-"
utes, on Public Entity Crimes and the Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Each bond shall be issued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do busi-
ness in the State of Flrida having a general bond holders rating of A+ -excellent
and a financial rating of BBB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the OwneC
within ten (10) days after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said
bonds to be paid by the Contractor. Said bonds to be recorded in accordance
with School Board instructions.
All Bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board'
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out:
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for
said project.
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: June 8, 2005, 10:00 a.m., prevailing time at
the office of Dale Barrett, Director of Operations, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Roorn
110, Okeechobee, FL 34974.
The Contractor will be required to build and have the project substantially complete!
ed January 1,2006 and have the actual site work, including punch list items and
site clean up, totally completed within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so will re-"
suit in liquidated damages in the amount of $500.00 per day for each day thff
date of actual substantial completion exceeds the scheduled date of substantiaF
completion; and'a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liquidated damag.-
es for each day the date of actual final completion exceeds the scheduled date of
final completion.
The successful bidder, ff any, will be notified within i i.-, i r,, : ,:,:,'.
The School Board of Okeechobee Courr ,,i:-,-.:. Ir, ,-ihl in irl,: 1,i ,yA '.] ll
bids and to waive any informalities. Al i.irJ, :. ,,l .r,1 i,: ,,in, i, .,- r,.i :'0
days afterthe date of opening.
By: Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
54823 ON 5/19,26;6/2/05



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