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Okeechobee News

Vol. 96 No. 202


Plans to reprint
book under way
Due to recent interest, the
Okeechobee Historical Society
is making plans to reprint the
book "Strolling Down Country
Roads" by Twila Valentine and
Betty Chandler Williams.
The expected cost is $35 to
$40 per copy, and the Histori-
cal Society hopes to have
books available by Christmas.
If you are interested in a
copy send your name, address
and telephone number to:
Betty C. Williamson, P.O. Box
249, Qkeechobee, Fla., 34973.
This will not obligate you to
buy the book, but you will be
notified when they are avail-
You are asked to send this
information to Mrs.
Williamson soon. *

Map company
not with Chamber
If someone has contacted
you in the recent weeks
regarding a county-wide map,
please be advised they are not
associated with the Okee-
chobee County Chamber of
Commerce and their maps
will not be available at the
Chamber office. These com-
panies periodically come into
town to sell ad space and
should not be associated with
your local chamber.
The Chamber is in the
process of gathering informa-
tion to print a new up to date
comprehensive City-County
map that will be made avail-
able to our law enforcement,
firemen, rescue personnel and
individuals. These maps will
only be available in the Cham-
ber office. Any information
regarding these maps will be
done out of the Chamber
Urffict bi staff, with no out of
town interference.


Championship hopes
end for local team
SThe Okeechobee Majors
team was eliminated from the
Dixie Youth State Tournament
Tuesday night when they lost
a close game to Callaway 3-2.
They were the only Okee-
chobee team still alive in the
week-long double elimination
tournament and already had
onrie loss on their record to
East Lakeland (7-0) last Sun-
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Drought Index
Current: 226
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

16.62 feet

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


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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Checkpoint nets arrests

49 tickets
issued to
truck drivers
By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A total of 49 citations were
issued and one truck driver was
arrested Wednesday in a joint
effort to bring tractor-trailer truck
operators into compliance with
the law.
The checkpoint was staged at
Posey's Corner on S.R. 70 E. and
was conducted by the Depart-
ment of Transportation (DOT)
and the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO).
"We've had a tremendous
number of complaints about
trucks excessive speed, not
stopping and excessive loads -
and have had numerous crash-


es," said OCSO Captain Bud Slay
of the reason for conducting the
checkpoint. "We were trying to
correct some of the deficiencies
in the trucks on the roads."
He went on to say he felt the
operation was successful in
reaching that goal.
One truck driver that was
stopped at the checkpoint was
arrested on felony charges and
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail, said Capt. Slay.
OCSO Deputy Brian Hagan
arrested Goncalves Rodrigo, 32,
of a N.W Sixth Ave. address in
Pompano Beach on felony
charges of possession of a coun-
terfeit driver's license and identi-
ty theft. He is also facing a misde-
meanor charge of driving while
license suspended (DWLS). He
was booked into the county jail
under a total bond of $10,400.
A total of 75 trucks were
stopped at the checkpoint

between the hours of 6 and 10
According to David Pearce,
from the DOT's weights division,
a total of 49 citations were issued
- 10 for seat belt violations, 28
for equipment violations, five for
other violations, five for DWLS
and there was one arrest (Rodri-
The officers inspected 21
trucks and 14 trucks were found
to be overweight-- four of those
trucks were put out of service.
This means the drivers were
forced to park their trucks. The
truck driven by Rodrigo %,as
towed, said Capt. Slay.
Mr. Pearce said the toial rev-
enue from-the weight iolalions
was $3,825, which all goes .to
Okeechobee County. This dollar
amount does not include any
See Truckers Page 2

y: Judicial center officially opens


Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Chief Judge William Roby was one of the speakers at Wednesday's ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Okee-
chobee County Judicial Complex. He stated that judges are often accused of having illusions of grandeur. How-
ever, he said the building before them was not an illusion, it was grandeur.

'Jewel of Okeechobee' now officially open

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It was a historic day in
Okeechobee County Wednes-
day when the ribbon cutting
ceremony was held for the
county's third. courthouse,
officially called the Okee-
chobee County Judicial Com-
The new complex is locat-
ed at 312 N.W. Third St.
The new building contains
80,000 square feet and was
completed at a cost of
$13,500,000. Dignitaries used
a giant pair of scissors to cut a
red ribbon symbolically
opening the new facility. The
ceremony was opened and
closed in prayer by Rev. Jim
Hudson, pastor of the Okee-
chobee Church of the
Retired Circuit Judge
William Hendry was the fea-
tured speaker. The crowd
gathered in front of the new
courthouse also heard

remarks from Okeechobee
County Commision Chair-
man John Abney, Clerk of Cir-
cuit Court Sharon Robertson,
Chief Judge William Roby,
Michael Shill, the building's
architect, Rick Buell, another
architect, and David Brooks
the general contractor.
In his welcoming remarks,
Commissioner Abney called
attention to the fact that when
the old courthouse was built
in 1927 the population of the
county was 2,900, while the
current population of the
county has swelled to 38,000.
He said that ground was bro-
ken for the new building on
April 10, 2003, and the build-
ing was completed in two
years and three months.
When the county was
formed in 1917, Judge
Hendry said that the first
courthouse was a rented
space in a building on Park
See Judicial Page 2

Okeechobee News/Debra Smythe
During a joint effort between the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office and the Department of Transportation, a commercial
vehicle inspection took place on Wednesday. Deputy Gary Bell
of the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office is seen here read-
ing the scale weight to Officer Dave Pearce of the DOT.
According to Deputy Bell once all the axle weights are taken,
they are then added up to see if the commercial vehicle is
within its proper weight restriction to be on the roadways.




By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee CityCounci
issued a proclamation setting the
week of Sept. 1-11 as' Oke-h-riobtLe
Firefighter Appreciation Week at
their meeting Tuesday night.
Mayor James Kirk handed a cer-
tificate naming the week to some ol
the firefighters who were present.
Immediately following the pres.
entation, the council heard a briel
See Firemen Page 2



is fined

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their meeting Tuesday night, the
Okeechobee County Code Enforce-
ment Board acted on four cases,
tabled five cases, found four cases to
be in compliance, imposed one fine
and reduced one fine.
The properties of Graig and Leah
Wells, Jason Ferrell, Allen Hampton
and John Guarine were found to be in
compliance and no action was taken.
The case against Bruce Watford
was not heard because of lack of
See Enforcement Page 2

Okeechobee News/ Pete Gawda
These giant scissors bearing the seal of Okeechobee
County were used in the ribbon cutting ceremony on
Wednesday that officially opened the Okeechobee
County Judicial Complex. Retired Circuit Judge William
Hendry was the featured speaker at the ceremony that
also included Clerk of Circuit Court Sharon Robertson,
Chief Judge William Roby, architect Michael Shiff, archi-
tect Rick Buell and general contractor David Brooks.
Rev. Jim Hudson, pastor of the Okeechobee Church of
the Nazarene, offered opening and closing prayers.

City sets budget meeting

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
The-annual planning for the
city's financial future will begin
at city hall on Aug. 16 at 5 p.m.
with a budgetworkshop.
At that time, all city depart-
ments will present their budget
requests to the city and begin to
hammer out details.
At their meeting Tuesday, the
Okeechobee City Council set
Sept. 7, at 5:01 p.m., as the date
of the first budget hearing.
Going into the budget
process, Mayor James Kirk said
he does not foresee an increase
in the millage rate this year. The
mill rate was 7.1 last year and the
proposed rate is 8.1, which looks
like an increase at this time.
However, the proposed rate will
most likely drop when the final

budget is approved.
Mayor Kirk said the city will
probably ask for the 1 percent
increase in the mill rate only
because the rate must be adver-
tised before the budget is set and
during the budget workshop, a
need for more money might
"We can't increase the rate
once it is set, but we can come
down on it," he said.
If the budget works out that
more money is required, after
the mijlage rate is advertised, the
city would not be allowed to
increase the mill levy to get it.
However, the mayor said he
does not believe the city will
need to increase the mill rate.
Property values go up in
Okeechobee, but not that high,
according to Mayor Kirk.
"There are some safeguards

in the legislature preventing a
major increase in property taxes.
In Okeechobee, it's not like in
Port St. Lucie where some-prop-
erty values have gone up 30 per-
cent," he said.
The mayor said that those
who will be hit now with a high-
er tax bill are those with new
"As representatives of the citi-
zens, we try to hold the tax line.
That is important to us. We try to
be prudent," he said.
The city operates on its por-
tion of taxes paid by property
owners in the city. The amount
of tax is based on valuation of
the property and the established
tax levy, or millage rate. The
value of each real estate and tan-
gible personal property is estab-
See Budget Page 2

Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Wooden Jungle
Thomas Garcia and friend Simon Badillo take a trip down
the slide at the Wooden Jungle on Tuesday. Both boys
wanted to slide down at the same time leaving out the
decision of who goes first.

504 Plus tax

2 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, July 21, 2005


Continued From Page 1
possible fines levied due to a traf-
fic citation.
"The driver is responsible for
paying the ticket," said Capt. Slay.
"But, that's not to say the compa-
ny won't pay for defective equip-
ment. Also, the company will pay
the weight penalties."
Capt. Slay said seven deputies
from the sheriff's office took part
in the checkpoint, along with five
officers from DOT's weights divi-
This is not the first time such a
checkpoint has been conducted
and, according to Capt. Slay, it
won't be the last.
"We plan on doing this again
in the early fall," he said.
Editor's Note: Post your com-
ment on this issue at http://news-


Continued From Page 1
lished by the county property
Receipts from city and county
property owners' tax bills are
diwied up among the taxing dis-
tricts, all of which set their own
rate of taxation. Those districts
include the city, county, school
board and the Childrens Council.
Also, those who live in its district
pay taxes to support the South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict. Some, who live in the north-
ern part of the county, pay taxes to
support the St. Johns River Water
Management District. Those who
live in the Coquina taxing district
pay taxes to support that entity.
Property taxes are paid through
the county tax collector. Property
taxes are based on millage, and
one mill equals $1 in taxes for
every $1,000 in value. The tax bill
for a $10,000 piece of property
would be $10.

News Briefs

Governor Oks
Tax Free Days
Bush and the Florida Legislature
have approved House Bill 101,
which provides that the 2005 Tax
Free Days for Sales Tax will begin
at 12:01 a.m., July 23, and end at
midnight, July 31,2005.
House Bill 101 provides for a
sales tax holiday on: clothing and
related items with a sales price of
$50 or less; books with a sales
price of $50 or less; and, school
supplies with a sales price of $10
or less.

Foley's aide
to visit locally
aide to U.S. Rep. Mark Foley (R),
16th Congressional district, will be-
in room 106 of the Okeechobee
County Courthouse on Thursday,
July 28, from 9 until 11 a.m.
Ms. Decker can also be reached
by calling (863) 763-6441.

River panel
meets Aug. 6
OKEECHOBEE --The Kissim-
mee River Valley Advisory Com-
mittee will meet Saturday, Aug. 6,
from 10 a.m. until noon at the
Basinger Community Center locat-
ed on the corner of U.S. 98 and
Micco Bluff Road just east of the
Kissimmee River bridge.
The purpose of meeting is to
provide an opportunity for South.
Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD) staff to meet communi-
ty members that are interested in
using the restored Kissimmee
River Valley region for public use
and recreation.
For information, call Kelli Stick-
rath at (863)447-1998.


Continued From Pagel
Street. The county paid $50 a
month in rent.
In March of 1920, the Okee-
chobee Company donated land
for a courthouse.
In 1925, a contract was
awarded for the new courthouse.
The judge remarked that his
grandfather was one of the con-
tractors. He said the original
plans called for a dome, but that
feature was eliminated. In fact,
he said the courthouse was never
The judge's bench was origi-
nally a concrete platform topped
by a;'large metal desk. Later, he
said, plywood was placed over
the front of the desk.
The judge stated that the
opening of the second court-
house in 1927 was no cause for
joy. He said the Florida building
boom was' over, the area was in
economic decline. and the local
bank had failed. He added that it
took only half a day to move into
the then new building.
Through the years, the old
courthouse has housed the
school board, the county survey-
or, the county agent and the sher-
iff in addition to the courts.
Judge Hendry said that private
businesses also occupied part of


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presentation from Sandra Ingram,
district director of the Muscular
Dystrophy Association, who sup-
ported a request from the city's
firefighters to hold a fundraising
boot drive Aug. 26-28. The coun-
cil approved the drive, which will
be held at the intersection of S.R.
70 and U. S. 441.
Nancy Phillips, grant adminis-
trator, informed the board at their
public hearing for a $700,000
Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) application that the
amount needed to be reduced to
$600,000. One of the two busi-
nesses on the original grant appli-
cation notified the city they were
no longer interested in participat-
ing in the CDBG process, which
reduced the amount required for
water, sewer, street improve-
ments, engineering and adminis-
The grant is to provide eco-
nomic development in the city's
commerce center. There were no
public comments. The council
approved the change and the
grant application.
The council approved rescind-
ing action taken at the July 5
meeting to adopt Ordinance No.
899 because the item was not
properly advertised. The council
later adopted the ordinance.
No public comments were
made at this final public hearing

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Available from Corn

on the ordinance for a small scale
future land use map amendment
from George Goodbread. He
asked to change the future land
use on lots eight to 10 of Block 18,
110 N.E. 12th St., from commer-
cial to multi-family. Jim LaRue,
city planner, said "all criteria for a
public facility are met, with water
After some discussion, the
council adopted Ordinance No.
900, a rezoning petition submit-
ted by David and Anita Nunez.
This was the final public hearing
on the petition that asked to
change zoning on three unplatted
parcels just west of Taylor Creek
from holding to residential single
family for development. No pub-
lic comments were made.
Councilman Dowling Watford
asked Mrs. Nunez if she was
aware that the area is in a place
where the code board does not
issue citations for vegetation
growth, and she said "yes." He
explained that the city approved
that some undeveloped areas not
be made subject to the rule of
clearing the land, and this area is
one of them.
Tom Murphy, business manag-
er for Mr. and Mrs. Nunez, pointed
out a problem with an encroach-
ment onto the city's right-of-way
at the end of Sixth Street by a
garage on the corner. It belongs to
both Mr. and Mrs. Nunez and
another property owner. He said
he was bringing it to the city's
attention because it might be a
problem in the future,

the building. The Okeechobee
Abstract Company once had an
office there, as well as the
Department of Transportation.
The judge said that in 1957 his
first law office was in what is
now the prisoner holding room.
By 1980, he said the courthouse
became so cramped that court
was held in the City Hall, the
Methodist Church and Teen
Judge Hendry spoke of the
difficulties of recording legal pro-
ceedings with rain beating down
on the tin roof of the Teen Town
In the mid 1980s, the judge
said he asked the county com-
missioners to begin planning for
a new courthouse.
He said the old courthouse
was more than just a building: "It
has a heart"
He stated that it was used as a
morgue for victims of the 1928
hurricane, and in World War II
the home guard met at the court-
house. What is now South Flori-
da Water Management District
was formed at the courthouse.
The judge said the local Boy
Scouts held awards ceremonies
in the courtroom and at least two
high school graduations were
held on the courthouse lawn.
As a child, Judge Hendry said
he played football on the west
side of the courthouse.

An application requesting clos-
ing part of the alley behind Dairy
Queen was discussed at great
length. The council agreed to ask
the city attorney to draft an ordi-
nance for it, which would require
two public hearings and give the
council more time to discuss it.
Regarding the closing, Coun-
cilman Watford asked, "Why
Hubert and Rachel Phillips
asked to abandon the alley near
their business so they could
expand 20 feet back to the alley.
They also want to improve the
parking lot.
Councilman Lowry Markham
said he is concerned with closing
an alley, in case the city needs it
for some reason such as
installing a drainage ditch.
"It [alley] would be ours; we
would have that right," he said.
Mr. LaRue said he had just
received the site plan and had not
had an opportunity to go through
it yet.
Steve Dobbs, engineer for Mr.
and Mrs. Phillips, said the site
design could be a requirement of
national Dairy Queen.
City Clerk Lane Gamiotea said
the city's engineer is in favor of
closing the alley.
"He likes the information he
has received about the way they
want to do the parking lot," she
In other business/action, the
approved the June 2005 war-
rant register for $515,610.86;

During the depression, there
was a Works Progress Adminis-
tration (WPA) sewing room
where the jury room is now.
The courthouse was the site
of many weddings, as well as the
funeral of long time County
Commissioner Charles Harvey.
The judge said the open hall-
ways were lined with benches
filled with people solving the
world's problems.
"These experiences made up
an integral part of our communi-
ty," he added.
He said there have been many
newspaper articles on the beauty
of the old building. Now he said
Okeechobee citizens have brag-
ging rights on two buildings.
Ms. Robertson told the assem-
bled crowd that her staff moved
80 years of records and remained
open during the move.
County Judge Shirley Brennan
paid tribute to the "Robertson
and May Moving Company" for
their efforts in moving the judi-
cial system into the new court-
house, referring to Ms. Robert-
son and Sheriff Paul May. She
said she was very blessed to
work with such people.
Chief Judge William Roby rec-
ognized the other judges pres-
ents. He went on to say that
judges were often accused of
having illusions of grandeur.
However, he said the building


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proper notification.
Property that had been owned
by Aline Norman Ramirez has
been sold. Code Enforcement Offi-
cer Beth Albert stated that the new
owners are aware of code viola-
tions charged against the property.
The case was tabled until the new
owners could be cited.
The board determined that
Patricia Ann Julian has been mak-
ing an effort toward bringing her
N.W. Fourth Street property into
compliance. The property was still
m deemed to be in noncompliance,
m 0 o Q O obut Ms. Julian was given another 90
4* m 1 days to rectify the situation.
Ms. Albert told the board that
Eddie and Sheila Neal have turned
in plans and secured a contractor
to make necessary changes to their
N.E. 13th Street property. There-
_-fore, the case was tabled until the
August meeting.
""- _.Code Enforcement Officer Gina
Gehring told the board that Michael
and Billi Rainwater have made
S ,progress in cleaning up their Pio-
neer Estates property. Therefore,
their case was tabled until the
ha August meeting.
SM ate ial- Teresa Ledford was cited by
code enforcement officials for
ited Content --unauthorized occupancy of a recre-
ational vehicle, and having unli-
m Incensed vehicles and trash and
mercial News Providersdebris on her N.W. Second Street
..property. She was given until Aug.
14 to bring the property into com-
S .. pliance or face a fine of $50 a day.

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Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Mayor James Kirk (right) presented a certificate of apprecia-
tion to city firefighter Adam Crum in honor of Okeechobee
Fire Fighter Appreciation Week. Also present (not in order).
were firefighters Karl Holtkamp, Terry Parrish, Jim Fusco and
Fire Chief Herb Smith. Sandra Ingram (left), district director
of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, was present to sup-
port council action for the MDA boot fundraiser to be held in

adopted Ordinance 898,
amending the height regulations
in the industrial zoning category;
approved Ordinance No. 901
to rezone Lot 10 west of 110 N.E.
12 St. from heavy commercial to
residential multiple family.
George Goodbread is planning to
build an apartment complex in
the area. This was the final public
hearing on this ordinance and no
comments from the public were
approved a taxi cab business
permit for A-1 Taxi and All County
Taxi Corporation. Ruth Krieg,
owner, submitted, a check for $56
($6 for investigation fee of two

before them was not an illusion,
it was grandeur.
He added that the new court-
house could fittingly be called
"the jewel of Okeechobee Coun-
Architect Michael Schiff said it
took a team effort to build the
facility. He said for the first time
architects and contractors were
still speaking after the construc-
tion of a building. He claimed his
time working on the building
was an enjoyable experience.
Another architect, Rick Buell,
noted that the entrance to the
new facility was a gesture to the
old courthouse while the style of
the remainder of the facility
showed that Okeechobee was in
the 21st century.
Contractor David Brooks said
that working on the courthouse
was "one of the best experiences
for us."
The clerk of circuit court
moved into her new spaces on
Monday, all except for the official
records section that has not
moved yet.
"We like our new home" Ms
Robertson said. "It's going to be
an adjustment."
Court also was held in the
new building for the first time
this past Monday. Judge Brennan
described the new facility as
"beautiful, very nice and com-

A dilapidated mobile home and
barn on Alvin and Mitzi Clark's
N.W. 80th Drive property was the
reason for their property being
cited. They were given until Aug. 14
to cleanup the property or face a
fine of $25 for every day the mobile
home remains and $25 a day for
every day the barn remains after
that date.
Robert Renard was cited for
having trash, debris and inoperable
vehicles on his S.E. 35th Lane prop-
erty. The board found his property
to be in noncompliance and he
was given until Aug. 14 to bring it
into compliance or face a fine of
$65 per day per vehicle.
Peter W and Janice K. White
and Bill and Susan Stegkemper
were found to be in noncompli-

drivers and $50 for occupational
license renewal). The council dis-
cussed another taxi service that is
county-based and does not
require a city permit, which some
council members thought
seemed unfair for the city-based
service A-1. The council asked
the city administrator to visit with
the county about it.
discussed new stop signs
near the new courthouse. Coun-
cilmen Watford and Markham
said they don't think the signs
heading east and west are neces-
sary and asked the city adminis-
trator to check with the county to
see about having them removed.

The judge said she was
pleased with the security meas-
ures that use the latest technolo-
gy. However, she did express
concern about the seating capac-
ity for defendants and spectators.
The old courthouse will be
renovated in order to accommo-
date county offices that are cur-
rently scattered throughout the
area. The county administrator
will continue to have his office
there and commissioners will
continue to meet in the old build-
The supervisor of elections
will move from the building next
to Teen Town into the spaces that
were occupied by the clerk of the
courts in the old courthouse.
However, it appears that that
change will not take place until
after the 2006 elections.
Supervisor of Elections Gwen
Chandler said at this point it
looks like the renovations will
not be completed in time for her
to move before next year's elec-
tions. Nevertheless, she said she
has a quarter of a million dollars
worth of voting equipment that
will be stored in the vault in the
old clerk's office.
In a few days, the public
defender and the state's attorney
will be moving into their new
quarters on the second floor of
the new courthouse.

ance for having a commercial
dumpster on N.E. 50th Court that is
in a residential area. They were
given until Aug. 14 to remove the
dumpster or face a fine of $25 for
every day that it remained.
The board imposed a fine of $45
a day on Sonya Corbett and Scott
Gabor for failure to demolish a con-
demned mobile home on their S.E.
34th Avenue property.
Mitchell Mosely had been fined
$100 a day for having an unpermit-
ted mobile home on his property.
The property had accrued a fine of
$4,200 by the time the mobile
home was removed. He has sold
the property but the amount of the
fine was held in escrow. He
requested a reduction in fine. The
board reduced the fine to $1,000.

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Arrest Log

Law Enforcement Activity Log

The following individuals were
arrested on felony of Driving
Under the Influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, the Okee-
chobee City Police Department,
the Florida Highway Patrol or the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission.
James Paul Mullin, 32, N.W.
36th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested July 14 by the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office on
a felony charge of possession of
methamphetamine, a misde-
meanor charge of resisting arrest
without violence and a felony traf-
fic charge of driving while license
suspended/revoked habitual
offender. His bond was set at
Alex G. Lopez, 35, Sandy
Run Road, Jessup, was arrested
July 14 by Deputy S. Green on a
charge of unemployment com-
pensation fraud (felony), non-
payment of child support and a
misdemeanor charge of battery.
His total bond on the fraud and
battery charges was $7,500. A
$750 cash-only bond was levied
against Lopez on the non-pay-
ment of child support charge.
Eric Lee Gaucin, S.W. 10th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested

July 14 by the OCPD on a charge
of possession of cannabis under
20 grams (misdemeanor) and a
felony traffic charge of driving
while license suspended habitu-
al offender. His total bond was set
at $1,500.
James David Hatfield, 29,
N.E. 28th Terrace, Okeechobee,
was arrested July 15 on warrants
charging him with violation of
probation possession of
cocaine and violation of proba-
tion possession of drug para-
phernalia. No bond was set.
Anthony Todd Summers, 25,
S.W. 11th Way, Okeechobee, was
arrested July-15 by Deputy Troy
Garrison and charged with five
counts of uttering a forged instru-
ment and one count of violation
of probation possession of a
controlled substance without a
valid prescription. His total bond
was set at $70,000.
Robert Friend, 29, N.E. 101st
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
on July 15 by Detective Ted Van
Deman and charged with three
counts of forgery, three counts of
uttering a forged instrument and
three counts of grand theft. His
total bond was set at $150,000.
Adam Troy Venters, 35, N.W.
Third Ave., Okeechobee, was

arrested July 15 by Detective Ted
Van Deman on a charge of unau-
thorized transmission to public
radio. His bond was set at $2,000.
Jody Nichols, 42, S.E. 40th
Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed July 16 by Deputy Augustin
Saucedo on a charge of aggravat-
ed battery. His bond was 'set at
Terry R. Johnson, 38, N.E.
23rd Way, Okeechobee, was
arrested July 17 by Deputy Donna
Lee on charges of possession of
cocaine and possession of
methamphetamine. His total
bond was set at $5,000.
Tara K. Spence, 27, N.W.
36th St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed July 18 by the OCPD on a
felony charge of possession of
cocaine and a misdemeanor
charge of possession of marijua-
na under 20 grams. Her total
bond was set at $1,500.
Jeffrey Wayne Allen, 20,
N.W 17th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested July 18 by Detective
Shane Altman on a charge of
credit card fraud.
Michael Dwayne Asbery, 29,
Okeechobee, was arrested July 18
by Officer Victoria Williams on a
felony charge of aggravated
assault and misdemeanor

charges of petit theft and resisting
a merchant. His bond was set at
Frederick Williams, 23, S.R.
70 W, Okeechobee, was arrested
July 19 on a charge of possession
of cocaine. His bond was set at
Jose Guadalupe Tijerina, 26,
N.W 23rd Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested July 19 by Deputy Lt. K.
Murrish on a warrant charging
him with grand theft. His bond
was set at $7,500.
Christopher Charles Miller,
19, S.R. 78 W, Okeechobee, was
arrested July 19 by Joseph Crac-
chiola from the Department of
Corrections on charges of viola-
tion of community control/viola-
tion of probation fleeing to
elude a law enforcement officer
and violation of community con-
trol burglary of a conveyance
(two counts). No bond was set.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
paper. The information will be
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Water conservation areas reflect district's dilemma

In the aftermath of the closure
of Everglades Water Conservations
Areas by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) at 12 a.m. on July 18, water
managers are exploring every pos-
sibility of moving water out of the
system to alleviate the problem.
However, recurring rain events and
physical limitations of drainage
structures from the Water Conser-
vation Areas have prevented the
movement of water quickly.
The extremely high water levels
in most of the Everglades have
prompted thejimmed4iate closing
of public access to 730,000 acres,
including Water Conservation
Areas 2B and 3 (WCA) by FWC,
which provides law enforcement
to state lands. The immediate goal
of the closure is to protect wildlife
in those areas. With near record
water levels in these areas continu-
ing to rise, deer and other animals
are forced to move onto levees and
tree islands for food and shelter. .In
an additional measure, the South
Florida Water Management District
has suspended all levee mowing
activities in the WCAs.

In some cases water levels are
five feet higher this year than in July
2004. All appropriate water release
structures and flood control struc-
tures available to lower water lev-
els in the WCAs and the entire sys-
tem are running non-stop to
control the large build-up of water.
In addition to direct rainfall, the
WCAs receive inflows from the
north in the form of partially treat-
ed stormwater from the Everglades
Agricultural Area. Sometimes
excess water from Lake Okee-
chobee is released to the WCAs
when the water is desirable or has
minimum impacts. Releases from
Lake Okeechobee to the WCAs
have not been made during the
past few months due to high WCA
water levels.
The entire 16-county South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict's system is currently saturated,
and each rainfall event increases
the need to move more water out
of the system. Because this is a
rain-driven system, inflows into the
WCAs will continue. The outlets
from WCA-3A to Everglades
National Park are fully open.
Lake Okeechobee, at the center


Wesley L. Turner
Wesley L. Turner, age 90, of
Okeechobee, died Wednesday,
July 20, 2005, at Okeechobee
Health Care Facility. He was born
June 24, 1915 in Detroit, Mich. Mr.
Turner had been a resident of
Okeechobee for 18 years.
He was preceded in death by:
his brother, Eugene; sisters, Doris
and Norma; and stepson, Michael
David Hudelsoi.
Survivors include: his beloved
wife of 30 years, Mary Dean Turn-
er of Okeechobee; stepsons,
Robert (Barbara) Hudelson of
South Sioux Cjity Neb., Richard
(Donna) Hudelson of Tuscalousa,
Ala., Randy (Susan) Hudelson of
Rialto, Calif. and Darrell Hudelson
of Hollywood; stepdaughters,
Marsha (Dale) Thompson of Fort
Lauderdale and Susan (Doug)
Wilder of Brookwood, Ala.; 20
grandchildren; several great-
grandchildren; brothers in law,
Alvin Story of Sioux Falls, S.D.,
James Story of Hartford, S.D. and
John Story of Del Rapids, S.D.;
and sister in law, Pam Peterson of
Del Rapids, S.D.
A memorial service will be

conducted at the Buxton Funeral
Home on Saturday, July 23, at 11
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
All arrangements are under the
direction and caW of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Landis H. Ward, Jr.
Landis H. Ward, Jr., age 63, of
Buckhead Ridge, in Okeechobee,
died Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at his.
residence. He was born June 29,
1941 in Chicago, Ill. and had been
a longtime resident of Buckhead
Ridge. He was a member of the
VFW and Moose Lodge of Buck-
head Ridge.
Suvivors include: his wife,
Trudy Kroll of Buckhead Ridge;
sons, Dale (Shirley) Ward and
Scott Ward; several grandchildren
and uncle, Joe Thran of Buckhead
There will be no visitation or
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

of the South Florida Water Manage-
ment District, reached its highest
level for July in 70 years at 16.69
feet earlier this month. This has
prompted larger releases to protect
the health and safety of the public
and prevent possible flooding. Cur-
rently, releases of excess water are
not being sent to the WCAs since
the operating criteria prevents
these releases when the WCA
water levels are high. The excess
water in the lake is being released
to tide via the lake's primary out-
lets: the St. Lucie Canal and the
Caloosahatchee River. '

"The Water Conservation Areas
(WCAs) reflect what is happening
throughout the South Florida
Water Management District sys-
tem", said Carol Wehle, District
Executive Director. Water levels are
reaching record highs from north
to south following last year's hurri-
cane season and the extremely
heavy rainfall events of this year.
With more than three months
left in the wet season, the possibili-
ty of a much wetter than usual
summer and potential for future
hurricanes are taxing the system to
its limits.

Coloring safari
Allison and Audra Meara were two of the youngest chil-
dren to attend the Vacation Bible School program at the
Buckhead Ridge Christian Church on Monday. The girls
enjoyed some coloring pages while they wait their turn to
participate in other planned activities at the church. The
children attending the bible school will practice a play
with a safari theme throughout the week and present the
program to parents and guests on Friday evening at 7
p.m. at the church.

Sheriff's Office

July 15
Burglary, Center St.
Burglary, S.E. 128th Ave.
Theft/mailbox, S.E. 46th St.
Theft/camera, U.S. 98 N..
Abandoned vehicle, Eagle
Island Rd.
Recovered stolen property,
.N.E. 80th Ave.
Forgery, N. Parrott Ave.
Lewd and lascivious, S.E. 34th
Fraud, S.W. 11th Way.
Domestic/prisoner in custody,
N.E. llth St.
Disturbance, S.R. 70 E.
Domestic/prisoner in custody,
S.W. 32nd St.
Trespassed, U.S. 441 S.E.
Traffic accident/prisoner in
custody, U.S. 441 S.E.
Vandalism/prisoner in custody,
U.S. 441 S.E.
July 16
Theft, U.S. 441 N.
Traffic stop/prisoner in cus-
tody, U.S. 441 N.
Neighbor problems/prisoner
in custody, S.E. 27th St.
Assault, S.R. 710.
Disturbance/verbal, N.E. 40th

The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) is ready for the
next round of feedback on the
state's action plan for keeping
fish and wildlife populations
healthy. The second draft of the
strategy, a component of Flori-
da's Wildlife Legacy Initiative,
is on the FWC's Web site and
ready for people to review and
make suggestions for improve-
The goal of Florida's
Wildlife Legacy Initiative is to
sustain all fish and wildlife in
Florida and keep common
species common. Public par-
ticipation is a crucial element
in developing the plan.
When the FWC posted the
first draft online, in June, the
Web site received more than
30,000 hits. Staff hopes to
maintain that level of interest
with the second draft.
"We know that great ideas
can come from the people of
Florida, pgpple who know the
areas they 'live in and want to
provide something wonderful
for future generations," Flori-
da's Wildlife Legacy Initiative
leader, Thomas Eason, said.

Theft/bicycle, N.E. 17th Ave.
Suicide/threats/verbal, Rt. 1.
Reckless driver/prisoner in
custody, N.W. 37th Ave.
Fight/ prisoner in custody, S.E.
74th Way.
Assist another agency, N.E.
342nd Trail.
Prisoner in custody/warrant,
S.E. 14th Ave.
Traffic arrest/ prisoner in cus-
tody, S.R. 70 E.
Fight, Lock 7.
Stabbing, N.E. Seventh St.
July 17
Infant drowning, N.W 20th St.
.Burglary, U.S. 441 S.E.
Domestic/ prisoner in custody,
N.W First St.
July 18
Welfare check, S.E. 46th St.
Disturbance/verbal, S.W Third
Burglary, S.W 15th St.
Disturbance/verbal, N.E. Ninth
Assault, U.S. 441 N.
Assault, U.S. 441 N.
Disturbance/verbal, S.E. 14th
Traffic stop/ prisoner in cus-
tody, S.R. 70 E.
K9 utilization, S.R. 70 E.
Burglary, S.E. 34th Ave.

"We have received an abun-
dance of high-quality ideas and
'feedback, so far. Now we need
help with fine tuning the strate-
The FWC has worked with a
broad cross section of Floridi-
ans to develop the wildlife
action plan, including profes-
sors, hunters, anglers, conser-
vationists, farmers, ranchers
and the general public. Partici-
pants have proposed diverse,
and sometimes conflicting,
ideas for managing wildlife.
Eason views this as a positive
part of the process, which is
why the agency is producing
the document in an open
"It is vital that people stay
involved in the process so we
can work through the chal-
lenges and finish with a solid,
well-balanced plan that will
serve Florida well," Eason said.
To review and comment on
the action plan or learn more
about Florida's Wildlife Legacy
Initiative, visit MyFWC.com
and click on "Wildlife Legacy."
The second draft of the strategy
is available for comment July
18-Aug. 1.

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WHO WON: Can you find out who won the big screen TV for the
Pop Warner Football? I have purchased many tickets and nothing has
been announced. (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling. The television
was won by Tonya Gopher.)

LAKE LEVELS: It sure must be nice to operate a paper and be able
to just keep running the same articles year after year. The same applies
to Speak Out cry, cry, cry and cry some more about the lake level.
Why don't you try doing something about it? There's only one thing
that will change this. Every election, vote out all the incumbent politi-
cians and judges or vote for independents. They'll start listening when
they don't have all that money pouring into their pockets. And maybe,
just maybe, somebody will run for office with an agenda to put an end
to all the lying we get from Corps of Engineers and the South Florida
Water Management District.

office needs to update their online records in a more timely manner.
Everyone understands that they're very busy with real estate changing
hands at such a fast pace. However, it's at times like this that the com-
munity needs access to accurate information in order to stay abreast of
sales records. Mr. Sherman: please rein in your staff, have them do
their work and get the information out to the community more

EMINENT DOMAIN: We would like to know why in the world the
state of Florida would sell Taylor Creek Lodge for $585,000 when they
could have sold it for $2.4 million? Something isn't right. Who was
paid off in Tallahassee? I understand they didn't even go through the
proper channels to sell that property. Why can't the state take over that
portion of the property that has the ramp and trail as eminent domain
and give it back to the county so people can use it as they have done
for many, many years, This is a law that Florida just passed. Let's get
Tallahassee to do this folks.

WHERE DO THEY COME FROM: Does anyone know if the folks in
the FEMA trailers at Okee-Tantie are from Okeechobee or not? Some-
one told me that some of them are hot even from our county. If they
aren't even from here, how are they ever going to find housing? Why
would they even want to look for housing here? Shouldn't they be
looking in their home community? (Editor's Note: Thanks for calling.
While some of the people living in the trailers at Okee-Tantie are from
Okeechobee, there are people from other counties and even other
states that live there. We were told, however, some of those people
have moved back to their home communities.)

BOAT RAMP: The Okeechobee County commissioners need to do
something ab6ut the Taylor Creek boat ramp situation. The county
paid to have that ramp fixed more than once. People have been using
it as a public boat ramp for 50 years. Surely there is some kind of legal
recourse. There should be some public right-of-way, since we had the
use of it all this time and public money was used to maintain it. The
county attorney should get on this. Maybe if they were facing a lawsuit,
the owners would agree to sell it to the county at a reasonable price so
it could stay a public ramp.

CALL IT IN: In answer to BAD ROADS in Buckhead Ridge, we also
had that problem and called the Glades County Road Department of
Glades County, first at (863) 946-0771. Since that didn't work, we
called our Glades County Commissioner Robert Giesler and our roads
were fixed the following week. Try the Road Department first and if
that doesn't work, try Mr. Giesler. Needless to say, we're happy.

Letter to the Editor

and dismayed
The recent chaos caused by
the closing of the ramp at Taylor
Creek seems so unnecessary. My
husband and I have watched
boaters use that ramp and we
have used it as well and never
saw any 'liability' problems what-
We have observed the use of
the Scenic Rim Canal trail by the
public and think it is a great public
resource that is much used, need-
ed and appreciated.
My husband I live in Clearwa-
ter and we had our 32-foot Carver
boat in the marina at Taylor
Creek, off and on, for three years.
Recently, we were presented
with an ultimatum by the new
owners that forced us to move
The way we were treated dur-
ing the process was so un-Okee-
chobee-like, that we were insult-

ed and dismayed to encounter
such in your city and town.
As we native Floridians know,
there is a right way and a wrong
way to do anything.
Everything connected to this
transaction by the new owners
has been accomplished in a very
crass, unprofessional and sim-
ply rude -way.
People understand that
changes are necessary whenever
new owners take over any enter-
prise and usually look for ways to
cooperate and work toward a
common objective.
Sad to say, the people affected
by these vast changes i.e.
ramp, trail etc. were never
allowed a dialogue with the deci-
sion makers, nor were they ever
taken into consideration it seems.
Your newspaper 'is now
becoming a public dialog forum
and we applaud your continuous
coverage of this issue.
In appreciation,
Faith and Charlie Femandez

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Upcoming Events

Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Histori-
cal Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret Smith at
(863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet for a pot luck
supper at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the Basinger Civic Center. For
information, call Doyle McDuffie at (863) 763-2285.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Interna-
tional Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military informa-
tion available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412 N.W. Sixth
St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the Fellowship
hall at 412 N W Sixtin 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 wel-
come. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask ques-
tions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for informa-
Okeechobee County Blood Bank, 300 N.W. Fifth St., is open for blood
donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-9360.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.Third
St. It's a closed book study.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women who are,
or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relationships. The
support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For information call (863)
763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863)
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m. until noon.
Representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okee-
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family caregivers, and is
facilitated by Enid Boutrin M.SW. 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 available for your loved one while you
are in group at Dunklin Assisted Living/Adult Day Care, 407 N.W. Second
Ave. For information about respite care, call Lou at (863) 763-4524.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and the Area
Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thursday at 2
p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is welcome.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. For information, call (863) 467-2321.

Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All persons
interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming a part of a
caring group are welcome to come and see what we are all about. For infor-
mation, contact Ollie Morgret at (863) 467-9766.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. It will be 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.
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 orJuana at 471-9795.

Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House, 1925 U.S.
441' S.E., which is next to the driver's license office. 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 discus-
sion group. For information, call (863) 467-1026.
The Okeechobee Marshals are a cowboy action shooting club that will be
holding shoots in Okeechobee. Everyone is invited. Just follow the signs for
the sporting days at the Thunder Cross Race Track.

Community Events

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.
Bake sale funds youth facility
The Okeechobee Church of God of Prophecy, 102 N.W 10th
St., will hold a bake sale that includes and encourages county-
wide participation in ordering cakes, fudge, puddings, etc. Pro-

ceeds from the sale will help finance the beginning of a new
youth facility. Order forms have been placed at different business-
es so that the church can fill the orders. For information, call (863)
763-7227 or (863) 763-4654. Orders will be taken until the end of

Community Events

Coffee Klatch canceled
The monthly Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch planned
for July 21 has been cancelled due to illness. For information, call
(863) 763-6464.

Sandwich fundraiser planned
The youth of the First United Methodist Church will sponsor a
sub sandwich fundraiser on Friday, July 22, from 11 a.m. until 1
p.m. Sub choices are: turkey, ham, roast beef or club (combina-
tion of two meats). Every sub includes a choice of cheese pro-
volone or yellow American lettuce, tomato, pickles, mayon-
naise or mustard. The sub also comes with a bag of chips and a
12-ounce soft drink for $5 per order. Orders can be delivered.
Orders can be placed by fax at (863) 763-2481, or by phone (863)

River restoration is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
July 23, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at I and 6 p.m.
on 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The guest will be Louisa Kerwin, assis-
tant director of Florida Atlantic University's Center for Environ-
mental Studies and director of Riverwoods Field Laboratory;
Casey Trent, field coordinator, FAU Center for Environmental
Studies; and Ken Huser, Riverwoods Field Laboratory Facilities
manager. The topic will be the Kissimmee River Restoration, edu-
cational and scientific aspects.

Mexican rodeo and concert planned
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will host a
Mexican rodeo and concert on Sunday, July 24, at the Fred Smith
Arena on the Brighton Reservation. Ms. Alicia Villarreal will be in
concert from Mexico, and there will be a special presentation by
Alejandra Mendoza. The master of ceremonies will be Rossana
Parodi. Also sharing the stage will be the San Martin Band and the
Habil De Michoacan group. The entertainment is coordinated and
provided through Morgan Renee Entertainment and Radio Fiesta.
Besides the entertainment, there will be great food and drinks. If
you would like to have a booth at the festival, call Patti at (863)
983-8923 or the Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464. Tickets
for the event are available at Azteca II and the LaFiesta Store in
Okeechobee, and Azteca stores around the lake. Tickets will also
be available at the arena. Children under the age of 10 will be
admitted free. Other tickets are available for $35 for a fun-filled
day beginning at noon and ending around 8:30 p.m.

Free hearing loss screenings
American Hearing Center will host free hearing loss screenings
at the American Vision and Hearing Center, 3545 U.S. 441 S., next
to Publix on July 25-29. Screenings are available for adults over
the age of 18. Appointments are required. For information, call
Betty at (863) 467-5333.

Advisory council to meet
The Seminole Elementary School Advisory Council will meet
Wednesday, July 27, at 9 p.m. in the media center. The public is
invited to attend.
Laescuela Seminole Elementary van a tener su junta del Con-
sejo Consultivo para la escuela, miercoles, el 27 de Julio, a las 9
p.m., van a juntar en el bibliotea. Todo el public estan envitadoes
de asistir.

Free memory loss screenings
The Alzheimer's Association will host free memory loss
screenings at the Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park St., on
July 29, Sept. 16 and Nov. 4. Since appointments are required, call
Donna (800) 861-7826 to make your appointment. Screenings are
for anyone (any age) concerned about memory loss. The screen-
ing is done by a nurse or social worker from St. Mary's Memory
Disorder Center.

Habitat for Humanity plans meeting
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee County will be holding a
public organizational meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The meet-
ing is to update everyone on our progress and to prepare for the
future. We need volunteers to help in the organization and con-
struction of new homes. Volunteers are needed for the board of
directors to provide leadership and direction to the committees.
The committees need people to help in fund raising, site selec-
tion, family selection, public relations, volunteer coordination and
construction. This is not an orientation meeting for potential
applicants. Those who wish to apply for a Habitat house are wel-
come to volunteer to work on any of the committees other than
family selection. Contact the Habitat office at (863) 357-1371 for

Free nutrition clinic offered
Dr. Edward Douglas will host a free contact reflex analysis and
designed clinical nutrition class at Douglas Health Center, 916
WN. Park St., on Aug. 8 and Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. For information,
call (863) 763-4320.

Church hosts Family Fun Day
The Okeechobee community is invited to a Family Fun Day on
Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the First
United Methodist Church fellowship hall at 200 N.W Second St.
Sign ups and activities for children will begin at 10:30 a.m. The
show will begin promptly at 11 a.m. After the show there will be a
lunch for everyone and a few door prizes for the children who
sign up. All children will receive a helium balloon or small gift. We
are pleased to announce Reverend Mabrey, a Methodist minister
and illusionist, will be performing.

Agri-Civic center hosts horse show
The Miniature Horse Club of South Florida will be presenting
their Okeechobee show on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20 and 21,
at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E. Both
show days begin at 10 a.m., with gates opening at 9 a.m. Tickets
at the gate will be $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1.50 for stu-
dents. The American Miniature Horse Registry classes will be
showcased on Saturday and the American Miniature Horse Asso-
ciation classes will be highlighted on Sunday. Halter (conforma-
tion) Classes will be held in the mornings and Performance
(jumping, obstacle and driving) Classes will be held in the after-
noon. For Miniature Horse Show event information, call (561)
798-6129, (863) 763-7724 or (772) 341-7610.

Back to school collections under way

Big Lake Missions Outreach is currently sponsoring their annu-
al school supplies drive for the needy children in our county. They
will be collecting items until Aug. 12. Let's work together on this
project and make sure every child of school age has what they
need to start school this year. Also, if your child needs supplies,
they can help. Proof of eligibility is required to qualify. For infor-
mation or to make a donation, call the Mission at (863) 763-5725.

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 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
Friday. Please call ahead one day to reserve any specific equip-
ment you may need. For information during working hours call
(863) 763-6510. During hours the center is closed call (863) 467-
5261, or (863) 357-7711.


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Army PI-L Melinda Arrieta
Arrieta graduates
from basic training
Army Private First Class Melin-
da Arrieta graduated from basic
combat training at Fort Leonard
Wood, Mo., on April 30.
During her nine weeks of train-
ing she studied Army mission, his-
tory, physical fitness, basic com-
bat skills, military weapons,
chemical welfare and various
Prior to her enlistment she
graduated, with honors from
Okeechobee High School in June
2003. Then she earned her AA
degree from IRCC in Dec. 2004.
And is currently a member of
Magna Cum Laude.
Army PFC Arrieta is the daugh-
ter of Robert and Elida Arrieta and
the sister of Robert 'Robbie' Arri-
eta, who are very proud of her

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Daniel Blackwood poses with
his wife Brittany in New York
just before he left for Kos6vo.

promoted to E-5
Larry Johnson of Okeechobee
is proud to announce that his son-
in-law Jason Daniel Blackwood,
also of Okeechobee, currently
serving in the 25th Light Infantry
Division, Unit 114 Bravo Compa-
ny in Schoefield Barracks in
Hawaii, was just promoted to E-5
on July 8.
Blackwood has already served
in Kosovo, and spent two terms in
Iraq. He is also preparing to return
to Iraq for a third time.

Thomas Landgren

Landgren joins
U.S. Marine Corp
Thomas Landgren of Okee-
chobee, a former 2005 Okee-
chobee High School graduate
enlisted in the United States
Marine Corp and left for Paris
Island, S.C. on July 11, to com-
plete 13 weeks of basic training.
Mr. Landgren is the son of Ann
Hoskins and Joey Landgren.

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Service Club Briefs

American Legion
Post #64
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and spe-
cials. Monday, Thursday and Fri-
day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos served from 11
a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday from
noon until 8 p.m.; Sunday from I
until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday evenings beginning at 6
p.m., for members and guests.
Second Wednesday of each
month is our birthday party start-
ing at 4 p.m.; bring a covered dish.
The third Sunday of each
month we have a ribeye steak din-
ner with the Sons of the American
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 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
There is entertainment in our
lounge every Saturday night start-
ing at 4 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday, Tues-
day and Thursday.
Starting 'in ,September,
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) 763-2950.
Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members
are available. Call Ray Disney at
(863) 357-2138, or Don South at
(863) 763-8954.
Eagles Aeries #4137
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until? Food will be avail-
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 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 Harp-
er. .
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast from 9 until 11 a.m. for $4
Call the AERIE for other
events, (863) 763-2552.

Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
SS.R. 70 East. For information, call
(863) 763-6580.
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regular
Wednesday: bingo will be at
7 p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers will
be served from noon until 2 p.m.;
'bar bingo from 2 p.m. until?
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge
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 W.M. Margaret at
(863) 467-8020.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge.
July 23: From 5 until 7:30
p.m. there will be a summer pic-
nic with Kare Charest fixing fried
chicken, potato salad, baked
beans and dessert for a $5 early
ticket donation or a $6 donation at
the door. Music for dancing by
Saxrnan and the Posse.
July 26: LOOM enrollment
beginning at 7 p.m. All prospec-
tive members should attend this
July 30: Moose Legion picnic
from noon until 4 p.m. Come
bring the family and help support
the legion activities.
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
Friday nights there will be
music for dancing from 7 p.m.
until? Call the lodge to see who is
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

Weapons training
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Minnie Hiller, 50, prepares to shoot her M-16 from a foxhole dur-
ing weapons training at Fort Dix, N.J.,. July 11. Hiller has been the Family Assistance
Coordinator as part of the Rear Detachment of the National Guard 50th Main Support
Battalion since they were deployed in January. Now she must qualify with her gun before
deploying with her unit in Iraq.

St. in Okeechobee. For informa-
tion, call the Lodge at (863) 763-
4954 or Norm at (863) 763-1550.
Sunday July 24: Lodge
anniversary barbecue and cov-
ered dish with Don West music.
Enrollment is at 2 p.m.
Aug. 6: Rock and roll dinner
and dance. Ham dinner by Mary
Ann. Music by DJ Michael Lee
Scott from WOKC costume and
jitterbug contests, prizes.
Sunday: Live entertain-
ment featuring: Lisa, Dawn and
Donnie sometimes together,
sometimes not, but always good
music and fun.
Aug. 7: Dawg days, family
water party from 2 until 4 p.m.
Everybody gets wet, hot dogs,
hamburgers, and ice cream for
sale. Music all day.
Thursday: bar bingo has
been cancelled
Monday: bar bingo for
members only at 6:30 p.m. Food
will be served.
Friday evenings: Food, fun
and music.
Saturday: at 1 p.m. Moose
races and dinner served at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for
menu and cook.
Aug. 14: District meeting at
Buckhead Ridge.
Aug. 10: LOOM meeting
Aug. 9: WOTM chapter
Aug. 23: Business meeting.
S Aug. 3: WOTM social and
Stop by and visit and watch
our progress as construction has

VFW Post #4423
The post is open from 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 Okeechobee Fla. 34972.
washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is
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.
Sunday: A dinner will be
available from 2 until 5 p.m. and
followed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
e Every third Sunday there,
will be a post meeting at 11 a.m.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buck-
head Ridge. For 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
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
available at (863) 467-2882.
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 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
variable. Call (863) 763-2308 for
the schedule of events. Darts
begin at 7 p.m.

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Special to the Okeechobee News
These people helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of Okeechobee Presbyterian Church.
They are (left to right, first row) David Ashley, Dorothy Fleeger, Ann Brough, Rev. Sally Bully
pastor of the church, (second row) Joe Turner, Maureen Thomas, Mary Cornett, and Rev. Bill
Sistar, founding pastor of the church.

Special to the Okeechobee News
These people made up the committee to plan the 25th anniversary celebration for Okee-
chobee Presbyterian Church. They are (left to right) Su George, Joyce Ashley, Hazel Higgins,
Ann Brough and Delores Anchors.

Presbyterian church celebrates its 25th anniversary

The Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church was organized as a
church on June 29, 1980. That
was confirmed through a June 29,
1980 charter membership list and
a dedication service bulletin dated
June 29, 1980. However, our
church had a much earlier history.
According to the 1924 Minutes of
the Synod of Florida of the Presby-
terian Church, a recommendation
to organize a Presbyterian church
in Okeechobee was approved on
Oct. 21, 1924 with the Rev. A. J.
Coile, DD of Tenn. to serve as pas-
tor. Sadly, the Okeechobee Pres-
byterian Church was dissolved in
1933 according to the minutes of
that meeting. No mention is made
of the reason or the problems.
The candle flickered for over 30
years but didn't completely die out
for a church to be located in Okee-
chobee and in March 1954, the
Presbyterian Church in the United
States began a small evangelic
work in Okeechobee. This work
bore fruit and on Feb. 13, 1966, the
St. Mark's Presbyterian Church
was chartered with 72 charter
members. Rev. Orlow Rusher was
the organizing pastor. With slow
growth, a mostly seasonal mem-
bership and the prospects of
requiring long-term financial aid
from the denomination, the
church was dissrlk ed as an inde-

pendent congregation in July
1969. At that time with the help of
the First Presbyterian Church of
Sebring, the Okeechobee Chapel.
of the Sebring Church was initiat-
ed and meetings were held where
the old Masonic building was,
which is now at the corner of Fifth
Street and S.R. 70. A number of
retired ministers served to supply
the pulpit. Rev. John J. Myers
served during the winter months
as supply pastor. Rev. Ryan L.
Wood, Memorial Presbyterian
Church of West Palm Beach,
George Beachem, Richard Brandt,
Harry Harding, Walter Ohman,
Harold Ogilvie, and others served
as supply during the remaining
In March 1967, five acres of
property was purchased from
Hamrick & Sons between the cur-
rent high school and the hospital
for $7,500. A memo acknowl-
edges the existence of a manse
and three lots there. In June 1974
the manse and lots 4 and 5 block
122 was purchased. That is the
location of our current fellowship
hall. The congregation remained a
chapel for the next six years. On
June 29, 1980 the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church was organ-
ized as an independent church.
The name was changed from St.
Mark's because another church in
the presbytery was using that

name. Rev. William Sistar accept-
ed the call as the organizing pas-
tor, working part-time. Six elders
were ordained to serve as the con-
gregational leaders. Rev. Sistar
was called to full time ministry in
1983; he accepted another call
and left Okeechobee in December
1985. Before he left in 1985, two
lots to the east were purchased.
Rev. David W. Turner was
called to Okeechobee Presbyter-
ian Church in January 1987. The
church was incorporated on July
14, 1987. Two additional adjoining
lots to the south were purchased.
Rev. Turner accepted a call to
another church in July 1992.
The church called Dr. Scott A.
Leslie in May 1993. Several
changes to the building were
made to accommodate program
changes. The old friendship hall
was modified to accommodate a
pre-school in the fall of 1997. Dur-
ing the summer of 1998, extensive
renovations were made to the
kitchen. In Jan. 2000, a new sanc-
tuary building was dedicated.
Included in the new 5,040 square
foot building was the sanctuary,
nursery and conference room.
Further, the old sanctuary building
was modified to provide a larger
fellowship hall, classrooms, larger
pre-school classrooms, offices
and a food pantry. The old annex
building was torn down and the


Special to the Okeechobee News
Harold and Ann Brough are charter members of Okeechobee Presbyterian Church.

shed was reduced in size. Dr.
Leslie accepted a call to a church
in Texas in November 2001.
In March 2003, Rev. Sara Ann
Bull was called to Okeechobee
Presbyterian. Church. The food
pantry joined the commodities
program in June of 2004 and
greatly expanded its service to the
community. In September 2004,
Hurricane Frances blew off the flat

roof section of the fellowship hall
and Hurricane Jeanne rained into
the building rendering it unusable.
We lost our fellowship hall, our
kitchen facilities,, our preschool,
our food pantry, and our offices.
Now in 2005 we face new chal-
lenges. A quotation from Ulysses
says, "Though much is taken,
much abides.'"Our faith in God is
stronger than ever, even ih,: ug r

we face challenges, we know He
will not forsake us. We will
replace what was lost with the
hurricanes, our people will
endure and our church will still be
a beacon to draw people to God.
We have new ideas, new things to
pursue. We celebrated our 25th
anniversary in June 2005 and,
with God's help, we will celebrate
many more after that.

Religion Briefs

Sandwich fundraiser planned
The youth of the First United Methodist Church will sponsor a sub
sandwich fundraiser on Friday, July 22, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sub
choices are: turkey, ham, roast beef or club (combination of two
meats). Every sub includes a choice of cheese provolone or yellow
American lettuce, tomato, pickles, mayonnaise or mustard. The
sub also comes with a bag of chips and a 12-ounce soft drink for $5 per
order. Orders can be delivered. Orders can be placed by fax at (863)
763-2481, or by phone (863) 763-4021.

Church hosts Family Fun Day
The Okeechobee community is invited to a Family Fun Day on Sat-
urday, Aug. 13, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the First United
Methodist Church fellowship hall at 200 N.W Second St. Sign ups and
activities for children will begin at 10:30 a.m. The show will begin
promptly at 11 a.m. After the show there will be a lunch for everyone
and a few door prizes for the children who sign up. All children will
receive a helium balloon or small gift. We are pleased to announce
Reverend Mabrey, a Methodist minister and illusionist, will be perform-

Bake sale funds youth facility
The Okeechobee Church of God of Prophecy, 102 N.W. 10th St.,
will hold a bake sale that includes and encourages county-wide partici-
pation in ordering cakes, fudge, puddings, etc. Proceeds from the sale
will help finance the beginning of a new youth facility. Order forms
have been placed at different businesses so that the church can fill the
orders. For information, call (863) 763-7227 or (863) 763-4654. Orders
will be taken until the end of September.

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.

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 serving our country have
requested items not only for themselves, but they also give items to the
Iraqi children while on patrol and visiting. We would like to invite the
community to help us with this project. For more information, contact
Chairperson Myra White at (863) 357-2975.

Free 10 Commandments signs
The Living Word of Faith has 10 Commandment yard signs with
stands for anyone wishing to put them in their yards. For information
call Lee Minton at (863) 357-3442, or John White at (863) 357-2975.

Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott Ave.,
is open again. It is located in the back parking lot of the church. The
temporary gray box is stocked and ready for anyone who needs food.
All you need is an I.D. The hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.

Church offers summer activities
Activities are now available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W Sixth St. These activities include: a food bank that is open Monday
and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon; a martial arts class held Tuesday
through Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday afternoon from 3
until 4 p.m.; Boy Scouts meet every Monday from 6 until 8 p.m.; Immi-
gration Assistance is available on the third Thursday of every month.
from 1 until 5 p.m.; and, soccer is every Tuesday and Thursday

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Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Drew Selvey came to the mound in the third inning for the
Okeechobee Majors Tuesday night against a strong team from
Callaway during the Dixie Youth State Tournament. Okee-
chobee lost 3-2, eliminating them from further competition.

Noah Wilcox of Okeechobee put everything he had into his
swing in the Okeechobee/Callaway game Tuesday evening.

Okeechobee Majors' championship hopes end

By Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Majors team
was eliminated from the Dixie
Youth State Tournament Tuesday
night when they lost a close
game to Callaway 3-2. They were
the only Okeechobee team still
alive in the week-long double,
elimination tournament and
already had one loss on their
record to East Lakeland (7-0) last
The two close'-matched teams

held each other at bay until the
bottom of the second inning
when Callaway scored on a dou-
ble by Michael Dutton. They
scored again when they stole
home on a bunt attempt bringing
the score to 2-0.
Okeechobee attempted to
fight back but could not connect
with the ball. Okeechobee sent
Drew Selvey to the mound to
replace the injured Brandon Far-
The teams remained locked
up with the score at 2-0 until the

top of the fifth when Okee-
chobee's Tyler Finney earned, a
free pass to first after being hit in
the head by a wild pitch. Farless
came to the plate still sore from a
pulled muscle and slammed a
double into center field to bring
the speedster Finney home and
put Okeechobee on the board 2-
Callaway came to the plate in
the bottom of the fifth. With two
out, Clint Williams of Callaway
blasted a double to center. As his
team mate stepped up to bat,

Williams took off for third, then
raced for home to put.Callaway
up 3-1.
In the sixth inning, Justin Mor-
gan made it to first on a high
base hit to right field, followed by
a base hit down the right field
line by Jonathon Kemp. Finney
earned an RBI when his hit
brought Morgan home. The
score was now 3-2. The final out
came with two men left on base
ending Okeechobee's hopes for
a state championship.

Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Majors team
The Okeechobee Majors team had their game faces on
when they arrived at the Okeechobee Sports Complex to
take on Callaway Tuesday night in the Dixie Youth State

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Xavier Payne swings for the fence at Tuesday's game
against Callaway. Payne plays for the Okeechobee

Sports Briefs

Program ad space
is still available
Ads are now available in the
Okeechobee High School Athlet-
ic Association All-Sports pro-
The deadline to submit an ad
is July 25.
The cost of an ad is: one-
eighth page (business card) $50;
one-fourth page $100; one-half
page $150; and, a full page -
$2510. Color ads cost the same as
black and white ads.
Your ad will appear in 300
issues that will be distributed at
all home varsity football games.
Proceeds will directly benefit all
sports at O.H.S.
Since there are other advertis-
ing agencies offering ads and
sponsorships, keep in mind that if
your check is not made directly to
O.H.S. the money will not go to
benefit the school's sports pro-

To place an ad or receive infor-
mation, contact Mike Rade-
baugh, OHS athletic director, at
(863) 462-5025.
OCRA hosts Dixie
state tourney
OCRA will host two divisions
of the 50th anniversary Dixie
Youth Baseball State Tournament
July 16-24 at the Okeechobee
County Sports Complex.
The AAA division will play on
fields 3 and 4. Game times for the
Saturday and Sunday games are
1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.
The Majors division will play
on fields 1 and 2 at the same

Admission charges are, daily
pass $5; weekly pass $20; and,
kids 12 and under will be admit-
ted free.

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You can be a
volunteer mentor
Help encourage a middle or
high school student to reach his or
her full potential and become avol-
unteer mentor for .the President's
Challenge to SOAR/Take Stock in
Children Scholarship program. It's
a proven life-changing program
that provides four-year college
scholarships to deserving sixth and
ninth graders in local communi-
ties. The mentor meets with the
student one hour per week at
his/her school. Volunteer opportu-
nities are available in Indian River,
Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee
counties. Please call the Indian
River Community College Founda-
tion at (772) 462-4786.
Halfway House
looks for volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House, 800 N.E.72nd Circle N., is
looking for volunteers to work with
our adolescent boys. If you have
any free time or talents you would
like to share, call Ed Wimes at
(863) 357-0047.
Consumer credit
counseling offered
If debt threatens you, talk with
your creditors about developing a
revised payment schedule or call
Consumer Credit Counseling Ser-
vice for a free and confidential
appointment. For information, call,
(561) 434-2544 or (800) 330-2227.
Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church Lend-
ing Library, on the corner of north-
west Second Street and Second
Avenue. Entertain or educate your-
self, using 486 audiocassettes,
including audio books, plus Christ-
ian romances and 575 videos. Pre-
pare a paper on comparative reli-
gion, a book report, programs for
men, women or children, a craft
project or a Sunday school lesson.
We use the Dewey Decimal Sys-
tem, the same as school and public
libraries. As a private library we can
and do preview our media. Cur-
rently, the library is staffed Sunday
from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.,
and Wednesday evening from 6
until 8 p.m. Contact Doris Entry at
(863) 763-4021.
Free adult GED
classes are offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult basic
education/GED and English as a
second language classes at these
locations: Dixon Hendry Center,
2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as
second language classes, Monday
and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until
noon, adult basic education/GED,
Monday through Thursday from 8
a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday from 8
a.m. until 4 p.m.; Seminole Reser-
vation, Brighton, Adults basic edu-
cation/GED, Tuesday and Thursday
from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.; Church
at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, Eng-
lish as a second language, Tuesday
and Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.;
One-Stop, 123 S.W. Park St., adult
basic education/GED, Monday
through Thursday, from 7 a.m.
until noon; El Centro Santa Fe, 115
S.W. Fifth Ave., Citizenship class,
Thursday, from 6:30 until 9 p.m.;
Yearling Middle School, 925, N.W
23 Lane, adult basic
education/GED and English as a
second language classes, Monday
through Thursday, from 6 until 9
p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725
S.E. Eighth St., English as a second
language classes, Tuesday and
Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.; and,
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W Sixth St., English as a second
language, Tuesday and Thursday
from 7 until 9 p.m.

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The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, July 15,
through Thursday, July 21, are as
Theatre I "War of the Worlds"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9:10 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:10 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:30, 7 and 9:10 p.m.
Theatre II "Fantastic Four"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre IIIl "Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory" (PG) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Sat-
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9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
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Starta new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/ training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs-are
i then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.'
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

Grounds Maintenance Personnel.
Experience helpful but NOT necessary.
/ Apply at Okeechobee Golf &
County Club, 405 NE 131st Lane.

Professional Cook
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Full Time. (Fri., Sat., Mon., Tues., Wed.)
Good Benefits
Apply At: 406 N.W. 4th Street

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Contact Ben at McArthur Farms, Inc.,
Maintenance Shop, 1550 N.E 208th St.,
Okeechobee, FL 34972. 863-763-7233.
Benefits include group health insurance,
profit sharing, and 401 (k).
Drug Free Workplace. E.O.E.

Seeks an individual with previous laboratory experience.
Minimum High School or GED required. Good computer and
math skills needed. Good pay, benefits and a 401K. Contract
HR Dept. @863.902.4133, fax 863.902.4315, or

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


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Employment -
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Employment -
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Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

Come Join the
RentWay Family!
Representative I
Delivery Technician
Apply in person at
408 EN. Park St.
Okeechobee, FL
(across from McDonald's)
Ask for Andy
or Fax Resume to
(863) 357-2488 or e-mail
We proactively promote
inclusion in our workplace
and are an equal
opportunity employer.
To learn more about us
visit www.rentway.com
High School Diploma &
Valid Drivers License required.
Good Driving record a must.
Call (863)467-1200
Ask for Carlos or Jeneane.
Class A CDL Required.
Benefits Available. Apply @
Walpole Feed & Supply
2595 NW 8th Street

Be your own boss in the Okee-
chobee, Belle Glade and Cle-
wiston areas. Flexible week
day hours, must have 1995
or newer 4 door Sedan, Cell
Phone or Nextel a plus. Call
(800)685-4789 Ext 1197

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IElectrician: I
1Journeymen or experienced I
Mechanic's. Only serious,
'self motivated need apply.'
IMust have good driving
Record. Weekly travel I
required in FL. Paid travel
time, overtime Per diem,,
DFWP Benefits, 401k, Pd"
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I Wilson's Petroleum I
1(772)468-3689 I
Form Carpenters, Equipment
Operators & Labors Needed
for construction in Port St.
Lucie. Call: 954-818-2521
w/clean license, will train
right person. (772)464-2582

Local Construction Company
is currently seeking Skilled
Foreman &
Carpenters ASAP
Top Pay. Must have own
transportation. Call Shaun
@ (863)634-7428

For Busy Tire.Store in Palm
City. Salary & Benefits.
Call David @ (772)287-1213
Mill Manager Needed
Needs to be Experienced with
Machinery and Equipment.
Apply at Syfrett Feed Co,
3079 NW 8th Street
Office Manager, exp'd in con-
struction industry, Mail re-
sume to 3157 Hwy 441 N,
Okeechobee, FL 34972. No
Phone Calls, No Walk Ins.
Experienced only
Must have transportation
Hazemat & Tanker. Medical
Benifets, Retirement, Vaca-
tion & Bonus Programs.
Call (863)763-3617
Pipe Layers & Pipe Laborers
for local road construction.
(954)321-9336 fax 321-0621
When you want some-
thing sold, advertise in
the classified.

Receptionist/Clerical position
for professional office. Typ-
ing & computer skills a
must. Send your resume to
PO. Box 2430, Okeechobee,
FL 34973.

We are now accepting
applications for Fuel
person and night shift
Wrecker Driver
position. Training will
be provided for
responsible people..
We offer good pay,
rewarding work,
benefits and a
substantial mileage
reimbursement. For a
limited time, qualified
applicants who are
hired will receive a
$200 sign-up bonus.
Apply at:
Ft. Drum Citgo
mm 184 Fl. Turnpike
Super Cuts is looking for Sty-
list in various locations. Join
a great team and get further
training, exp. and get paid.
$200 Sign On Bonus
Free shears, continuing
education. Clippers and
tools provided. Student loan
reimbursement plan. 401 K,
stock options, dental and
health ins. paid. vacation.
promotion possibilities.
Call today 1-888-888-7778
ext 1548.
Truck Drivers Needed
Benefits Available. Must have
Class A CDL license. Apply at:
Syfrett Feed Co.,
3079 NW 8th Street
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
In the classifleds

Is currently taking applica-
tions for the position of
Preschool Teacher. CDA
and experience in Chris-
tian schools preferred, but
will consider training the
right candidate. Those
who are interested in this
part-time salaried position,
should apply at:
Peace Lutheran Church
750 NW 23rd Lane,
between 9:00am -3:00pm,
Monday Friday.

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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

Roof & Interior Framing
All Home Repairs
863-357-6018 (Office)
772-215-2728 (Cell)
Lic. #2603

License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Florida Rooms
Aluminum Roof Over

Tractor w/Loader for HireJ

Call 63763-4149
or (56 58-4337

Shell Rock & Bob
Cat Work. Call


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
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 810
Furs 615
Health Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys 9 Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

unit, very cold air, only $50.
600 NW 17th St., behind
Rodeo Arena.

BED- good condition w/mat-
tress, $300.
Large collection of old An-
tiques. $2500. will separate.
Lots of goodies, Must see.
of Antique furniture.
Quality service.
Call (863)763-4149
or (561)758-4337
VANITY- 2 drawers & flip up
mirror with storage inside.
$40. (863)634-9626
VANITY, Antique, Tri-Fold.
$200 or best offer.

DISHWASHER- Maytag, great
working condition, looks
good, $150.
FREEZER, used only 6 mos.
chest type,- $100. 600 NW
17th St., behind Rodeo Are-
Maker & STOVE: 30" Elec-
tric. $275. for both, will sep.

Side by Side w/ice & water in
door. Will deliver in Okeecho-
bee. $150 (863)357-3830

DR table, stove, sofa bed,
chrome table w/refrig below,
$1700 for all will sep.
Works, good condition.
WASHER & DRYER, Kenmore,
Super Capacity, Asking
,$225 for the pair.
pool, Matching set. Used
less than 6 months. $300.
Both great condition. $200
for both or will separate
wave- Good condition. $125
will separate.

Protects wind
140mph '

Sears shed.
gust up to

Men's (1) Women's (1) 26"
Huffy's Brand New. $100.
for both will separate

For mobile home. 4 risers.
$250 or best offer.
w/frame and hardware. $40.
PLYWOOD, 5 Ig. pcs., multiple
smaller pieces, $30 neg.

Clothes Premmie-12mo's,
Bouncers, Etc. All for $150,
will sep. (863)763-2413
CLOTHES 0-15mo., Lots of
toys, etc. $75 for all, will sep
863-357-7136 Aft 7pm
CLOTHES, infant seat,
swings, bouncer, rocker,
carseat w/carrier, porta crib
'$225 will sep.

GOWNS (3) Formal, From Da-
vid's Bridal. New, never
worn. All size 20. $300 for
all, will sep. (863)697-2813
SCRUBS- 6-Shirts & 5-pair of
pants. Sizes small & Medi-
um. $60. (863)697-8319
formal Collection, Ivory,
new, never worn, Euro size
18, $250 (863)675-2624.

Football & Baseball Card Col-
lection & $500 or best offer
Call (863)763-8943
num & wood. With redwood
finish. $10. (863)983-1848

HO TRAIN SET, 10, comp.
5x10, elaborate layout, Nas-
car theme, 100+ cars, $600
neg. (863)675-3394
lection, 1700+ Cards. $1500
or best offer. (863)610-1082

printer, $250/neg. Call

AMAZONS 2,2 yr old, Orange
Winged. Need TLC $600. for
the pair or will sep.
863 634-2842 or 634-1987

BED, Queen, Complete w/mat-
tress, box springs & frame.
Good condition. $60.
BEDROOM SET 5pcs, full
size bedw/ mattress $300
BEDROOM SET, Full or Queen
(Adjustable) w/Lg. chest, dbl.
dresser w/dbl. mirrors, night
stand. $1500 (863)824-8703
Headboard, Dresser, Mirror,
2 side tables & hutch. $500
ing set. Multi Colored. $150
CRIBS, (2), like new, w/mir-
rors & plexi glass, light
wood, $100 neg. will sell
sep. (863)467-9908
person high top) w/matching
hutch & 4 chairs. $500
wood with 2 leafs, 6 High
back chairs. Very nice $700.
(863)634-9842 Okee area
DR table tinted mirror glass
w/center leaf $50
DRESSER- Good condition.
$30. (863)634-9626 Call
$75 or best offer.
full size, wood frame & bed-
ding, $250. (863)357-2988
chairs, $200. Call
.king size, $325.
Oak finish, roll around, w/
doors & sliding drawer. $45
TABLE- Dark Oak, veneer top,
with 4 chair, leaf, Very stur-
dy. $75. or best offer.
TABLE, Palm Tree Design.
Round, Wrought Iron. Includes
'2 matching chairs. $100.
TV, 32" w/Entertainment Cen-
ter. Asking $400 neg.
TV CABINET, Oak. Also holds
VCR or DVD Player. $100..
(863)357-2211 I'
WATERBED- King size, Every-
thing included. No head-
board. Great condition.
$100. (863)763-6909.

CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,,
good batt/charger, $1599:
CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
SComplete rebuin engine:&
clufche. Clan Gordo'd i
$2200. (863)692L2229.
, EASY GO Good cond. good
.battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or

GOLF CLUBS, Callaway
Woods, Ladies, Right hand,
Driver, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 7. $350
for, will sep. 863)467-1910
handed, woods, 1,3,5 & 7,
Irons 4 thru wedge, graphite
shaft, $125
WORK CART- 4 seater, bed w/
Slift gate, 36V charger, work
or pleasure. Good condition,
$925. (863)697-2033.

BOWFLEX, '05, Sports Model,
never been used, selling due
to illness, $1000 neg.
w/ extras, $175 or best of-
fer. (863)983-2246.

$250 firm for 2. Call
WICKER SET -2 chairs & a
table OK condition $25

brand new, never been used,
$25. (863)467-5709
SCOOTER Space Saver, 3
,wheel, good condition $650
WALKER, Deluxe: 4 Wheel
w/seat & basket. $75
WALKER, Senior Citizen,
brand new, $30.

File Cabinet, metal, 4 drawer,
like new condition, $50.
LIFT CHAIR Electric, in very
good cond. $350
For Okeechobee Area
Christian Blues Band
Call Jerry (863)467-6793

Elec. Guitar, Harmony, stand,
tuner, carry case & 2 Har-
mony amps w/chord, never
used, $350. (863)673-2465
PIANO- Remington, needs
tuning & key pads. $695.
PIANO, Upright. Must sell.
$600 or best offer.

OFFICE SAFE- Shaw Walker,
2'x2'x4 1/2' $795.
561-449-9635- ,

hand fed, with cage, $75.
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FALPACKA --$500 or trade
1(863)673-1567 I
ANIMAL CAGE, Small, 2x2
squared. Shelf, Ramp. Ex-
cellent condition. $35.
$50 (863)983-7702
,.cludes large cage $300.
Approx. 8 wks. old. Pure bred.
Males. Shots/Wormed. $350.
Ready August 6th. Adorable.
$35.(863)7.6W ,
Female, Very tame. $300 or
best offer. (863)228-7230
FISH TANKS (25) 2/2, 5's &
10's. Including Accessories.
$150. (863)357-1775


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

CHOCOLATE LAB- 1 yr old fe-
male. Greats kid. $200. or
best offer
ILLAMA-$500 or trade
RABBITS (2) Medium Size.
Huge cage & feed included.
Free to good home only.
male, Great pet. Very lovable
w/large cage & access. $1800
neg. (863)228-7230

HOT TUB, Command, works
good, 5 people, $1000 or
best offer. (863)647-0959
JACUZZI, 8x8 6 Person. Good
condition w/ cover. $1000
or best offer 863-634-5943
POOL- 4ft, ladder and all ac-
cessories, like new, $150 or
best offer. (863)824-8749..
above ground pool, $125 or
best offer. (863)946-1794

CD/MP3 PLAYER, Alpine,
w/XM Satellite Radio tuner &
Antenna, $300.
5 Disk, CD Changer. 2 Tower
& 2 small speakers Good
cond $400 neg 863-634-6737
new in box & Alpine Equaliz-
er, new in box, $225 will sell
sep. (863)763-9756
STEREO with CD/double deck
player, AM/FM, $40/neg.
Call 863-674-0304.
Sony, 100 country cassettes
$50 (863)697-2033

CB RADIO- Uniden brand,
missing microphone, $20.
plete w/mast & rotor. Good
shape. $100 or best offer.
TELEVISION- 19", Sanyo, re-
mote, antenna, good picture,
$50. (863)674-0098.
TV Floor Model, 27" Walnut
grain, $75. (863)357-8788
The classified are the
most successful sales-
person in town.

2400 PSI, 51/2 h/p, Honda :
Engine $300 (863)763-3599
WELDER, Electric, Miller Blue
Star 2E. & Small .electric air
compressor on 2 wheel trail-
er. $1500 (863)675-8074

Arcade Style. $200 or best
offer. (863)763-6369
X BOX- With- 4,games, 1 Con-
troller, 3 mo Old. $175.
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something,
deer? Pick up some'
extra bucks when you
sell your used items in
the classifelds.

f US Coins & Currency
collections. Please call
UNOPENED surplus diabetic
test strips, etc.


Christmas Trees 7415
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
Seeds 'Plants
Flowers 865

AQHA STALLION'1 6.1 hands,
by Hint of Conclusive, '.,re-t
Sire, Very gitle. Mus : '-i
$5000. firm (561)795-9657
Gelding, Great personality.
Experienced rider. $1800 or
best offer. (863)357-3325
HORSE TRAILER- 2 horse, all
aluminum, good tires, extra
tall, new floor, needs paint.
$2500 neg (561)719-3641.
PAINT GELDING, 2 years old.
Approx. 14 hands. Not
broke. $400 (954)520-6707
PALOMINO- Registered Mini
Stud. $500. (863)697-6713
12 yrs old, Experienced rid-
er. $1500. (863)634-7769.
Quarter Horse Mare, 8 yrs.
old & Quarter Horse Gelding, 3
yrs. old. $3000 for both, will
sep. (239)694-56.11
12yrs old, smooth gait, does
it all, $2300 (863)763-1504.

TOP SOIL, $1.25 cu. yd.
Loaded on your truck or
can arrange hauling
@ your expense, 3 mls. from
Okeechobee City. Call Tony
@ (561)721-5770

Garden Tractor, buy 1 get 2
free, 11hp Murray, good
cond., needs battery, $100.
Toro Z Master, 10mph Echo
Weedeater & Bio,,r w'
/trailer $5000(863 l46. 8'250
' MOWER- Scott, Auto, 25HP
Kohler. Needs transmission.
$8,00. or best offer.
psi's whose & wand. $250.

2200 PSI, Honda Engine, 5.0
hp., New power head. Asking
$300. (863)467-7404
Approx. 200. $1400 for all,
will sep. Will Deliver
(863)357-6202 / 261-4999
44" cut, sun top, bumper &
extras. Pd $3000 asking
$1400 (863)763-8449
36" cut, good condition,
runs great, $500.
Snapper, 18hp vanguard, j-
stick steering, 2yrs, warran-
ty, 0-radios, used 1 season,
new set of blades, New
$4,500. Asking $3,000.

Ideal for horses & livestock
$500 (561)236-8708 anytime

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

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Srn, b iy !' 1 mo +
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r,,ngmri i,7.72) 3703.3752
Okeechobee, 2BR/1BA within.
city limits, professional of-
fice, $750 mo., 1st, last &
sec. (863)763-6513
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Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State.
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Laundromat, a/c, exc. equip-
ment, good lease space,
very good gross, located on
441 SE, priced to sell at
$225,000. Call
863)634-6300 or

We will buy your house or
take over payments. Please
call cell # (561)301-5055
KINGS BAY: 5265 S.E. 43rd
St. 2 BR, 2 BA., 1 Car garage,
FL Rm., Tile Firs. Solid Con-
struction. City Water/Sewer.
Fresh paint. Community Pool.
LARKEE LAKES- 2br, 2ba,
well kept home, on canal,
Wont last at only $120,000,
MUST SEE I Open House
July 24th, (561)236-1109.

Okeechobee 5T Acres,
2 Buildable Lots. Cleared.
Well & Electric. $350,000.
(863)610-0219 5pm-7pm

OKECHOBEE- 1.25 acres in
the Vikings. High & dry, near
46K acre State Preserve.
Buy now, prices are going up!!
$31,000 (561)262-6884

1 mi of River frontage 1/4 mi
creek frontage Exc Deer &.
Turkey hunting approx 150
ac. approved pasture & 150
ac. timber Contact Trey
Faulk (334)898-7187

Mobile Homes

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

In MHP in Town: 2 BR, 1 BA,
Near shopping. New roof &
new tile. $12,000 or best of-
fer. (863)763-6456
Mobile Home, Singlewide,
'93 12x64, 3BR/1BA, must
be moved, asking $2800.
2BA, New Roof on 2 lots;
$100,000. or best offer.


Boats 3005
Campers/RV9 3010
Jet SElis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine MiscellanSous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehlctes/ATV" 3035

tbr, 2 motors, 2 trolling mo-
tors, fish finder, anchors,
swivel seats, $2000
BOAT, 17 Ft., Completely
remodeled, 135 hp Mariner,
Bimini Top. $3900
Carolina Skiff, '05, 21', DLX,
trir, 90hp Yamaha, biminy
top, great white trolling mo-
tor, live well, misc. equip-
ment, exc. cond., $8,995.

16' 6" w/115 hp. Evinrude &
Trolling Motor. $1800 or best
offer. (863)632-9166

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The Okeechobee News, Thursday, July 21, 2005

JON BOAT- New Wide Lund
14ft, with trailer, $1500 or
best offer. (863)467-8161.
MERCURY '01, 25 HR electric
start, O/B.Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
Pontoon Boat, '04 Crest Ex-
plorer, 18', 50hp Evinrude,
40 hrs., $10,000 neg.
SEA-NYMPH- '84, 17" Alumi-
num, Runs good. Boat, Mo-
tor & Trailer. $700 or best
Offer (863)763-1431

Itasca Winnebago, '84, 27V/2
ft., sleeps up to 8, new gen-
erator, runs good, $6300.
(863)467-2480 2
MOTORHOME- '1990, Kountry
Star, Class C, 30', new tires
generator batteries. 49K,
13,000. (863)763-5870
RV'S (2) one w/ screened in
porch. For rent or for sale.
For more information call
WILDERNESS, 32', like new,
a/c, heat,sleeps 6, storage,
$9000 or best offer.

MARINER- Outboard motor,
Runs. 40HP $800. or best
offer. (863)983-2255

TRAILER HITCH- for boat or
trailer, off a '95 Windstar,
bolts on, cost $120 asking
TRAILER, Mastercraft '01, fits
boats, 190, 197 & 209, & 20-
21' Long. New cond. $2000

good condition, $600 or
best offer. (772)418-5671

rode twice. $475
SCOOTER- '04, 50cc, 4 cycle,
$975. (863)674-0360.
black, $2500.

GO CART, 2 Seater, 5.5 hp en-
gine. $,350 or best offer.
GO CART, 2 seater, 5hp
Briggs &',Stratton mtr, roll
cage & pads, $250 or best
offer. (863)675-2236 Iv msg
YAMAHA PW80- '95, Dirt Bike
runs good, $350.
(863)357-1960 or


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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

white, 4dr, leather, clean,
$2500 (863)674-0898.
Small amount of damage, 97k
orig mi, 3 owner car, runs
gd $2500 (772)971-7660
'89, 4dr, 83K mi, good cond.
white, $1000 or best offer

vertible: Needs work. $1200
or best offer.
KAR KADDY- Tow dolly, steer-
ing chassis, surge brakes,
used very little $1250.
MERCURY-' 89, Grand
marque Nice cond. Very de-
pendable. Tan w/white top.
$2200. neg 863-675-3726
Needs fuel pump, $600 or
best offer. (863)357-3633
OLDS CUTLASS, '77, V8, red,
2 door, w/hardtop, exc.
cond. in & out, runs great,
$3000. (863)675-3774
80,870 miles, Reliable. A/C
compressor bad, $500 neg.
OLDSMOBILE, '97- 4dr, 54AK
miles, all power, like new,
$5000 (863)675-2392.
$8000, some warranty left,
Needs some engine work,
has four new tires & a/c.
VW BEETLE '71 Attn Collec-
tors, runs great, nds re-
stored, $1800 or best offer
(863)675-6214 after 6pm

trans. $500. (863)634-0305
4x4, 2.8 V6, Runs good. Own-
er purchased new truck. Must
selL $1300 (863)381-0432

CAMPER SHELL, for full size
Dodge pickup, 6r/2 ft. bed,
$400 or best offer.
new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
Gator or Kawasaki Mule. Nev-
er ran. $900. (863)692-2229.

FORD RANGER- '98, Wrecked,
Hit on the drivers front side.
No damage to motor, Low
mi. $1000. 863-634-2077
JEEP '91- parts only, was run-
ning, $500 or best offer.
For parts, no title $250
good condition $800 or best
offer (863)763-3349 Ask for
TIRES (4) 235/75/R15, Fits
most SUV or P/U Trucks, Day-
ton all terrain, good cond.
$40. (302)222-2592 Jim.
TIRES (4) Bart Wheels,
14x15, 8 lug w/36" Swam-
pers. $600. (863)528-1894

TRAILER HITCH- for boat or
trailer, off a '95 Windstar,
bolts on, cost $120 asking
$80. (863)610-0521.
bo, 200R4, w/GM converter,
$200 or best offer.
Chrome, Fits any 6 lug pat-
tern 2003 & up. $1400 or
best offer. (863)227-0263
WHEELS & TIRES (4) 20",
chrome, w/285/50 Good-
year Eagle tires, $800 neg.

CAMPER TOP-. 8', P/U Long
bed. $150. (863)697-9113
CHEVY- '1955, Original en-
ine, rough but restorable.
800. or best offer
CHEVY- '89, V8, Runs excel-
lent condition. $1400.
FORD Ranger, '98 Club Cab.
Flare side. ac/auto/new
trans. $6299 or can finance
$1800 dwn. 60/wkly.
. (954)587-2644 or 260-1933

CHEVY S-10 '94 Club Cab.
A/C, Auto, Stereo, C/C.
$3299 cash or finance
w/$1200 down. $60/wkly.
CHEVY S10 PICK UP 1995, 2
wd., 5 spd., 4 cyl. New tires
& engine! $1995 or best of-
fer (863)528-4372
FORD F250, '88- Lariat, Ex-
tended cab, PW,PS, runs,
$1200. or will trade for good
4 wheeler. (863)634-7706.
FORD F350 1984, Dually flat-
bed. $1000 or best offer.
cyl., 5 spd., pwr. looks/win.
Runs good. $1800 Call Matt
@ (863)673-0354
FORD XLT F-250'93, V-8, au-
to, a/c, pwr window, p/s, tilt,
cc, tool box, 126K mi.
$4500.neg. (863)634-2578
MAZDA B2000, '87- w/cap,
good A/C, runs good, 98K
miles. Asking $1800

Trailer for Sale: 2005 Hawk-
line Lowboy Gooseneck, 18'
Deck, tandem axle, elec.
brakes, 7000# capacity.
Call Tom at All Coast Tractor

Chevy Gladiator G20 Van,
'93, w/new trans., 50k mi.
on rebuilt 350, runs great,
$2400. (863)673-2465
'88- full power, runs good,
AC not working, 2nd owner,
$1800 (954)584-7912.
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze!

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet in
S p e c i a I
Session for a workshop on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 7:00 PM., at the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority Offices, 100 S.W. 5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. The
purpose of this meeting is to address the following:
Projects associated with the wastewater treatment plant expansion
Pursuant to Section 266.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal an
decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or show 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 includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court
recorder, stenographer, or a tape recorderfor such verbatim record,
Landon C. Fortner, Jr.
Executive Director
71191 ON 7/21/05

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5-500

On June 9, 2005, in Okeechobee
County, Florida the Sheriff seized and
held Two Thousand and One Dollar,
$2001.00), in United States currency.
A complaint will be filed in the Circuit
Court in Okeechobee County, Florida
Sgt. John Rhoden
Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office
71424 ON 07/21,28/200541)763-3117

Case No.: 2005 DR 466
Division: Domestic Relations
Roger Dale QuInLin
Tracy Lynn QuinLinL
TO: Tracy Lynn QuInLIn
310 N.E .4th St.
Okeechobee, FL 34974
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action has
been filed against you and that you are
required to serve a copy of your wdt-
ten defenses, if any, to it on Roger
Dale OuinLin, whose address is 3821
S.E. 32nd Lane, Okeechobee, FL
34974 on or before August 11, 2005,
and file the original with the clerk of
this Court at 304 NW 2nd St., Okee-
chobee, Florida, before service on Pe-
titioner 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 Courts 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 atthe clerk's office.
WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family
t Law Rules of Procedure, requires cer-
tain automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure to
comply can result in sanctions, in-
cluding dismissal or striking of plead-
Dated: July 5, 2005
By:/s/Beatrice Rodriguez
De6792 21,28;8/4/o puty Clerk
67942 ON 7/14,21,28;8/4/05

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the following
applications) for permit have been received for projects) in Okeechobee
Dickerson Florida Inc (304th St Quarry Project) PO Box 910, Port St Lucie, FL
34954, has submitted Application 050602-30 for a Water Use Permit to dewater
182 acres of undeveloped lands. The water will e thdrawn from key ditches
in the mine pit floor and the project is located in Section 20, Township 34 South,
Range 36 East
Atlantic Blue Trust Inc (Owens Sod Field) 122 E Tillman Ave, Lake Wales, FL
33853, has submitted Application 050701-4 for an Environmental Resource Per-
mit for 1031 acres of agricultural lands. The water will be discharged to Fisheat-
ing Creek and the project is located in Sections 6,7,18, Township 36 South,
Range 28 East.
KIrton Ranch (Hidden Oak Acres) PO Box 1832, Okeechobee, FL 34973, has sub-
mitted Application 050706-17 for modification of Environmental Resource Permit
47-00458-P for 950 acres of residential lands. The water will be discharged to
Taylor Creek and the project is located in Sections 28,29,32,33, Township 36
Sooth, Range 36 East.
Interested persons may comment upon the application or submit a written request
for a copy of the staff report containing proposed agency action regarding the
application by writing to the South orda Water Management District, Att: Envi-
ronmental Resource Regulation, PO Box 24680, West Palm Beach, FL
33416-4680, but such comments or requests must be received by 5:00 PM
within 21 days from the date of publication.
No further public notice will be provided regarding this application. A copy of the
staff report must be requested in order to remain advised of further proceedings.
.Substantially affected persons are entitled to request an administrative hearing
regarding the proposed agency action by submitting a written request there for
after reviewing the staff report.
70636 ON 7/21/05


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