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Okeechobee I News

Vol. 96 No. 245

Friday, September 2, 2005

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In Brief

Information for
victims of Katrina
The Louisiana State Police
(LSP) has requested that those
seeking information on friends
and loved-ones should contact
the Red Cross at www.red-
cross.org or call 1-800-GET-
INFO (1-800-438-4636).
The LSP also states that no
one, aside from authorized
emergency personnel, will be
allowed to enter those restrict-
ed areas.
There are websites that are
being maintained by various
individuals including
weather.com. If you decided to
use weather.com click on Once
there, click on Katrina's after-
math, then again on desperate-
ly seeking. Once at this site, fol-
low the directions to find a
particular town. Then, type in
who or what you are seeking.

Items being collected
for victims of Katrina
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office is currently
helping the St. Lucie County
Sheriff's Office gather supplies
that will be sent to the Marion
County Sheriff's Office in Mis-
sissippi that was totally
destroyed due to Hurricane
Items needed include bug
spray, toothpaste, soap, toilet
paper, razor blades, razors
and household items.
Donated items should be
taken to the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, 504
N.W. 504 Fourth St, and given
to either Major Noel Stephen
or Executive Assistant Juanita
A. White by 3 p.m. on Friday,
Sept. 2.

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Special to the Okeechobee News/Mike Rastelli
Professional bullfighter Ben Lee of Warner Robins, Ga., will be one of the featured bull-
fighters at the annual Labor Day weekend rodeo at the Cattlemen's Association Rodeo
Arena on U.S. Hwy. 441 N. in Okeechobee. Lee will go airborne in order to put himself
between an angry bull and a helpless cowboy.

Labor Day weekend spells rodeo

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Labor Day weekend spells
rodeo time in Okeechobee.
Hundreds of professional .1'
rodeo competitors including Jim
Burnett (currently ranked No. I
in saddle bronc riding) and Heith
Crum (currently ranked close to
No. 2 in the Southeast in bare-.
back bronc riding) will make
their way to town to compete for ..
cash and prizes in the Pro Rodeo
Cowboy Association (PRCA) -.
annual event sponsored by the
Okeechobee Cattlemen's Asso-
The popular rodeo now in its
54th season had to be cancelled
last year as Hurricane Frances ,
made its way through Okee-
This year's rodeo will be big-
ger and better than usual, with
mutton bustin', saddle bronc rid-
ing, steer wrestling, bull riding,
barrel racing, calf roping, bare-
back riding, the wild hbrse race Bull riding is only one of the many events that will take
and calf scramble. place this Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the annual
One of the featured bullfight- Okeechobee Cattlemen's Association Rodeo. Cowboy
Joey Baker shows the type of form that wins bull riding
See Rodeo Page 2 events.

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
The annual Labor Day Festi-
val will be at Flagler Park, Sept. 3-
5, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The Chamber of Commerce
and Rotary Club will hold a
"Hometown" barbecue food
booth that will be attended by
Boy Scout Troop 911. Various
vendors will provide arts and
crafts booths, live entertainment,
Seminole Indian crafts and food
specialties. About two-thirds of
the 150 spots available at the
park are filled with vendors.
Habitat for Humanity will
hold a booth in the park and talk
about their activities and plans.

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A contemporary Christian
group will be making their
first Labor Day weekend
appearance in Okeechobee.
Donnelyn Khourie and the
Christ Family Fellowship (CFF)
Praise Team will be perform-
ing between 1 and 3 p.m. Sat-
urday and Sunday afternoons
at Flagler Park.
The praise team, which has

They will have items for sale and
hold a drawing for a limited edi-
tion NASCAR Tony
Stewart/Home Depot/ Habitat
for Humanity car bank.
The Okeechobee Cattle-
men's Rodeo will run through-
out the weekend starting at 2:30
p.m. daily at the rodeo arena on
U.S. 441 N. across from Rauler-
son Hospital. Rodeo tickets are
available at Eli's Western Wear
on S.R. 70 W until 3 p.m. Friday,
Sept. 2. After that time, tickets
will be available at the gate.
The cattlewomen's steak din-
ner and dance will be at 7 p.m.
Saturday at the Elk's Club on S.R.
See Events Page 2

just started doing concerts,
provides music for the wor-
ship services at Christ Family
Fellowship, an independent,
nondenominational church in
Port St. Lucie where Reverend
Gerard Khourie, Mrs.
Khourie's husband, is pastor.
Mrs. Khourie said that
Christ Family Fellowship is the
fastest growing church in Port
See Praise Page 2

Phil Eddings still loves singing

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
Some folks say if you do
something long enough, it
becomes a part of you.
That must be the case for
Phil Eddings, Okeechobee resi-
dent and Country Western
songster. He grew up around
music. His father was a singing
evangelist at a radio station in
Jacksonville, and at age 4 Mr.
Eddings sang across the radio
waves with his 5-year-old sister.
And he never stooped singing.
He recently started promot-
ing a "Country Music Legend"
series of concerts in conjunc-
tion with the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce -
where he is a Chamber board
director and will appear
Sunday, Sept. 4, with Bobby G.
Rice at the KOA Convention
Center on U.S. 441 S. at 7 p.m.
"I had my first full band at
River Ranch Resort at Lake

Wells," he said.
He moved to Tennessee and
in about 1975 lived in Nashville
where he put together a band.
At one point, he won the Mid-
dle Tennessee Entertainer of
the Year award. One of his four
sons, Skip, sang with him there
and the band also won first
place in a band competition..
All of his sons sing and
include Skip, Mike, Scott and
"Three of them still sing, but
not with me," he said.
Skip doesn't sing because
he is presently with the Okee-
chobee City Police Depart-
ment, Mr. Eddings explained.
Tracking his ride along the
musical country roads, Mr.
Eddings said when in Nashville,
he had met some of the greats.
He met Dolly Parton, has been
in her' recording studio and
drove her bus. He worked for
George Jones as a personal
valet and played some music

with him. He opened shows for
Mr. Jones was and also for Don
Gibson, Mel Tillis and Lefty
"I worked with Tommy
Overstreet and Roy Clark at the
Granddaddy of Them All (at
Frontier Days) of Rodeos in
Cheyenne, Wyo.," he said.
Like many musicians, Mr.
Eddings plays a variety of
instruments including gui-
tar, bass, banjo, piano and
While his favorite country
music artists are Merle Hag-
gard, Marty Robbins, Jim
Reeves and Conway Twitty --
with Mr. Haggard being the
only living legend on the list -
Mr. Eddings had kind words for
Garth Brooks. He met Mr.
Brooks when he was practicing
for the New York Mets.
"I had a press pass for pro-
ducing the Big Lake Fishing
See Eddings Page 2

Qkeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Local Nashville recording artist Phil Eddings and Red-
wing will appear Sept. 4 in concert with Bobby G. Rice at
the KOA Convention Center on U.S. 441 S. at 7 p.m. Mr.
Eddings is a long-time Okeechobee resident who has a
love of country music.

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News Briefs

Airboaters helping
in recovery efforts
The Florida Airboat Association
asks that the websites www.flair-
boat.com and www.airboat-
world.com be the primary con-
tact points for those interested in
volunteering their airboats to assist
in Hurricane Katrina recovery

Homebuyer classes
held each Wednesday
rural housing service, can now loan
up to $141,000 for housing mort-
gages for very low and low-income
For prequalification for this loan,
call (863) 763-3345 to reserve your
seat for one of our homebuyer
Classes are held on Wednes-
days, starting at 9 a.m.

to hold checkpoints
County Sheriff's Office (GCSO),
along with the Florida Department
of Transportation (FDOT), will be
conducting safety checkpoints
throughout Glades County on Sept.
The checkpoints are being held
in response to numerous com-
plaints of commercial motor vehi-
cles speeding through Glades
County with uncovered loads and
unsafe equipment.
Glades County Sheriff Stuart
Whiddon asks motorists to please
slow down anytime they see a law

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On the front page of the
Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005, edi-
tion of the Okeechobee News the
article 'Ministry aids battered
women' incorrectly listed the
phone number for the Lighthouse
Refuge. The correct phone num-
ber is (863) 357-2106. We apolo-
gize for any inconvenience this
may have caused.

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enforcement officer conducting a Continued From Page 1
traffic stop. The sheriff also said his 70 E. Tickets are available at the
department will be staging these Rustic Ranch Furniture store, 123
types of checkpoints on a more reg- S.W Park St., and Eli's Western
ular basis. Wear, or at the door. Tickets for the
dinner and dance are $25, or $10
Se for just the dance. Cocktail hour will
be at 6 p.m. with the dinner to fol-
."paw 4a low from 6:30 until 8 p.m. The
dance will be from 8 p.m. until mid-
S. night.
Country music buffs can enjoy
music with a hometown flavor as
Okeechobee resident and Cham-
S-- ber of Commerce board member
Phil Eddings and Redwing accom-
pany country legend Bobby G. Rice
during a concert Sunday, Sept. 4,
starting at 7 p.m. at the KOA Con-
-. vention Center, 4276 U.S. 441 S. The
concert is the first in a Country Leg-
*. ,. end Series that Mr. Eddings and the
Chamber of Commerce are putting
together. For a $10 entry fee, con-
cert goers can hear Bobby Rice sing
his number one hits including "You
Lay so Easy on my Mind," "Crystal
Chandelier," "Mountain of Love,"
and "Sugar Shack". Tickets are
-. available at the Chamber and at the
Mr. Eddings is a renowned
-. Nashville recording artist and will
perform with the group "Redwing"
such songs as "Time on my Hands"
and "Shadows at the Blues."
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Redwing will also entertain in the
park throughout the weekend.
Other groups will entertain as
well, including a praise team from
Christ Fellowship Family in Port St.
Lucie that will sing Christian rock.
Paul Barrett of Hollywood will
perform magic tricks, and the Mini
Horse Club of South Florida will dis-
play the miniature horses -. a real
child pleaser.
The Okeechobee Cattlemen's
Association will sponsor the Labor
Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 5, at
10 a.m. Lineup begins at 9 a.m.
beside the U-Save Supermarket on
Southwest Fourth Avenue, and the
parade starts at 10 a.m.
During the weekend celebration
vendors will sell their wares, includ-
ing handmade wood and leather
products, floral baskets, holiday
crafts, Western hats and acces-
sories, glass, candles, jewelry,
seashells, food items and oil paint-
ings. In addition to local vendors,
individuals have signed up from
surrounding areas such as Webster,
Port Charlotte and Hollywood.
In addition, the Gun Owners of
Okeechobee will hold a cork gun
shoot for children. The Okee-
chobee Firesticks softball team will
hold a dunking booth fundraiser to
earn money for uniforms. The Visit-
ing Nurse Association will be on
hand to provide first aid.
For more information, call the
Okeechobee County Chamber of
Commerce at (863) 763-6464.

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ers will be Ben Lee of Warner
Robins, Ga. Mr. Lee received his
P.R.C.A. card as a bullfighter in
2000. He received the Outstand-
ing Student Award at Rex Dunn's
School of Champions in Warika,
Okla., in 2001.

Mr. Lee is not just a rodeo
bullfighter. He was a Southeast-
ern Circuit qualifier in saddle
bronc riding in 2001, 2002, 2003
and 2004. In 2004 he became the


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St. Lucie. The church, which was
founded in 2000, went from 78
to 800 members in two years.
The praise team, which was
formed in 2003, consists of
about 20 people including
singers, two drummers, three
guitarists and two keyboard
players. Mrs. Khourie said their
music has been compared to the
contemporary Christian group
Hillsongs. Although she said, the
similarities were not intentional.
The praise team recently put


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Magazine," Mr. Eddings
explained. He said Mr. Brooks
talked with him and signed a Bo
Glover guitar for him.
"He talked to us like he knew
us. He is really a nice person," he
For all of his travels, Mr.
Eddings calls Okeechobee his
home. He has lived here for 26
years and said, "I consider Okee-
chobee my home; I will spend
the rest of my life here."
As proof of his deep-seated
connection to the community,
Mr. Eddings has recorded songs
about the town. Some of those
songs are, "Okeechobee on my
S Mind" by Sam Thompson, and
"Okeechobee Stomp". The song
"Hold Back the Waters" was
about the 1928 flood. State poet
laureate Will McClean is credited
with the lyrics for the last song.
His album also includes a song
written by his first wife, Shirley,
titled "If Okeechobee Dies".
Mr. Eddings said the upcom-
ing concert with Bobby G. Rice is
the first planned concert of his
Country Legends Series.
"I hope in the future to book
Jack Green and various other liv-
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Champion for saddle bronc rid-
ing. That same year he also
made the Southeastern Circuit
.bullfighter finals.
In addition to his many rodeo
appearances, Mr. Lee and his
wife Stacy own Christ Bar None
Custom Leather, a shop that cre-
ates custom made chaps, plan-
ners, tack, Bible covers and
much more. He also enjoys start-
ing colts in his spare time.
During the three rodeo per-
formances this weekend, the
Cattlemen's Association will be
giving away six pairs of Justin

out a CD called "This One
The concerts will be filmed to
be shown as part of the CFF tele-
.vision program that is seen at 8
a.m. on Sunday on WTVX chan-
nel 34.
In 1989 Mr. Khourie was
signed to Screengem-colgems
EMI music group as a songwriter
with a song called "Cynthia".
Mrs. Khourie recorded her
first album "Love One Another"
at Sound -smith Productions and
released it independently in
1995. Her compositions include
"Here I am to Worship", "My All
in All" and "I Believe".

chobee about every three
months," he said.
There are a lot of good points
to being a country western enter-
tainer, but one of the best things
is their applause.
"I like to play for an audience
who likes what you are doing,
and the applause shows that they
like it," Mr. Eddings said.
He and his band Redwing
recently received a lot of
applause at a club in Vero Beach.
"We got eight standing ova-
tions and two encores," he said.
Is he satisfied with his life so
far in the country western venue?
"I have done fencing, cook-
ing, ran a bus station and worked

boots as part of a fundraiser for
the Justin Crisis Fund. This multi-
million dollar fund gives 100 per-
cent of all donations to the reha-
bilitation of cowboys injured
during rodeos. Winners will be
able to choose from several
styles of Justin boots from the
George Strait collection.
The mutton bustin' will begin
at 2:10 p.m. each day. The offi-
cial rodeo will start at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are available at Eli's
Western Wear, 907 W. North
Park Street, now and will also be
on sale at the gate prior to each

Special to the Okeechobee News
Donnelyn Khourie and the
CFF Praise Team will be per-
forming in Flagler Park Satur-
day and Sunday afternoons,
Sept. 2 and 3.

in concerts with big artists. I've
been in every city in the U.S. and
Canada, except for Alaska and
Hawaii. I have done in my life
everything I ever wanted to do,"
he said..
When he says that to some
people, often they will ask him,
"Yeah, but have you ever gone
skydiving," he said. His reply is
simply, "No, and I don't want to
go skydiving."
Mr. Eddings said he will cele-
brate his 60th birthday on Sun-
day. Apparently, he will be
spending his birthday doing that
which it second nature to him -
entertaining the people through
Country Western music.

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Sheriff's Office
Warrant/prisoner in custody,
N.W. 34th St.
Burglary, N.E. 39th Blvd.
Fraud, S.E. 24th Blvd.
Burglary, N.E. 300th St.
Burglary, U.S. 441 S.E.
Juvenile problems, N.W. Sec-
ond St.
Domestic, N.W. Sixth St.
Theft/cell phones, U.S. 441 N.
Burglary, N.W. 42nd Ave.
Abandoned vehicle, N.E. 24th
Burglary, S.E. Eighth Ave.
Traffic accident/prisoner in cus-
tody, U.S. 441 N.
Larceny/theft, U.S. 441 S.E.
Larceny/theft, N.E. Fifth St.
Burglary, N.E. 64th Ave.
Trespass complaint, N.E. 104th
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody,
N.E. 60th Ave.

Trespass complaint, S.R. 70 E.
Domestic, S.E. 74th Way.
Traffic arrest, N.E. 13th Ave.
VWarrant/prisoner in custody,
N.W. Third St.
Death, S.W. Third Ave.
Traffic accident, N.W. Second
Burglary, N.W. Fourth Ave.
Juvenile problem/prisoner in
custody, S.E. 23rd Court.
Domestic/prisoner in custody,
S.E. 23rd Court.
Suspicious incident, S.W. 18th
Domestic/prisoner in custody,
S.E. 13th St.
Assault, N.E. 168th St.
Vandalism, N.E. 39th Blvd.
Domestic, S.E. 58th Drive.
Traffic stop/prisoner in custody,
S.R. 70 W.

Kindergarten students are learning the letter 'M'

Mrs. Noonan's class chose
Jenna Thompson as "Student of
the Week." She likes lots of ani-
mals. We are learning the letter
"m" and its sound.
We are learning

counting tog
Joyner is "Stu-
dent of the
Week" in Miss Snyder's class. In
circle time we are learning how
to read from left to right with
daily kindernews.from Miss Sny-
der. The boys and girls like to see
their names in sentences. Also,
we are learning how to label pic-
tures. The class can readily recog-
nize their colors and shapes.
Please practice with your child
the upper and lower case "Mm"
and "Ss" and the decoding words
at home.
Mrs. Moore's class recognizes
Rangel Martinez-Palacios as their
"Star Student." We enjoyed learn-
ing about Rangel. We are also
enjoying all the books we have
read about school. We are learn-
ing the letters "Mm", "Ss", and

"Tt." We are having fun thinking
of words that start with these let-
ters. We'made a special placemat
with all our sight words on it to
help us practice. We know that
"The more we practice, the better
we get.",
Kindergarten students are learn-
ing the letter "m". We have been
making lots of art projects using
these letters. Our classes are also
learning about friendship. We have
discussed how to be a friend and
good ways to handle anger. We are
all practicing our friendship skills.
First grade
Everglades Elementary first
grade students are finishing up
their unit on Being Special and fol-
lowing directions with Busy and
Betsy Bear. Parents remember
reading and spelling words should
be reviewed each night. You will
find that your child will be expect-
ed to learn a lot of words in first
grade. It is amazing how fast they
learn and how exciting learning
Student of the Week were: Eve
King, Saira Najera, Bronze Bishop,
Cassidy Giles, Laura Jimenez,
Zachery Arcuri and Nolyn Clay-

Third grade
Ms. Jasper's class is identifying
the place value of digits in five
and six digit numbers. We are
also working to include only
interesting details in our writing,
as well as, having a main idea in
our stories. In science we are fin-
ishing a chapter about how
plants grow and we are starting
to learn more about our favorite
animals. We are busy, busy, and
Miss Laker's class is learning
about plants in science class also.
We have just completed a class
experiment to find out the role of
a stem in a plant by using celery
and food coloring. In writing we
have been creating concept webs
in order to collect our thoughts
and focus on a main idea with
supporting details. The second
chapter in our math book is
almost complete. We have been
working hard to learn about
place value and number sense.
We are excited for what the rest
of the year has in store and to
continue learning!
Student Council
Everglades School T-shirts are
now on sale! They are machine

washable with the Everglades
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Media Center
Also the Media Center will
host a Scholastic Book Fair on
Sept. 9, and it will last until Sept.
23. Parent volunteers are needed
to help out the school and the
students. Please volunteer! Flyers
will be sent home with the stu-
dents about the September Book
Everglades Elementary is very
excited to open our new Extend-
ed Daycare Program for students
in grades K 5. It is open each
school day until 5:45 p.m. and
provides an after school snack
time for completion of home-
work and playtime. The cost is
$20 per week with discounts. for
additional children. Proof of
insurance is required for partici-
pation in the program. For infor-
mation call (863) 462-5108.


Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Swine projects take honors
Okeechobee County 4-Hers were honored at the 2004-
3005 Okeechobee County 4-H Awards Banquet, Aug. 27
at Okeechobee High School. Those with the top scores
on their swine project record books included: (left to
right) Shiloh Anuez (first place, junior division), Sarah
Davis (third place, junior) and Jeremy Strenth (second
place, senior division.) Not pictured are: Jessica Brantley
(second place, junior), Jana Mullis (second place, jun-
ior), Randi Barnes (first place, senior), Logan Coker
(second place, senior), Kristi Butts (second place, sen-
ior) and Rebecca Barnes (third place, senior.)

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
4-Hers honored
Okeechobee County 4-Hers were honored at the 2004-
3005 Okeechobee County 4-H Awards Banquet, Aug. 27
at Okeechobee High School. Those representing Okee-
chobee County at the Florida 4-H State Congress includ-
ed (left to right) Christina Talley, Ashley Goggans,
Samantha McKenna, Joy Burnham, Lindsey Rucks,
Rachel Rock, Kelly Buchanan, and Jamie Burnham. Not
pictured are Rebecca Barnes and Brooke Stokes. Chap-
erones were Denise Burnham and Debbie Clements.

Carolyn Stanley Lloyd
Carolyn Stanley Lloyd, age 84,
of Buckhead Ridge' in-Okee-
chobee,. died Sunday, Aug. 28,
2005 at Lakeland Regional Med-
ical Center in Lakeland. She was
born June 15, 1921 in Baltimore,
Md., She had been a resident of
Okeechobee for 40. years. She
retired at the age of 80 as vice
president of Professional Book-
keeping and Tax Services, Inc.
She was a member of the Buck-
head Ridge Christian Church.
Additionally, she was a charter
member of P.D.G. Women of the
Moose, a Star Recorder, and past
president and Mother of the Year
of the Fraternal Order of the
Eagles No.4137. She was an avid
reader and loved to crochet for
her family.
Survivors include: four chil-
dren: daughters, Pat (Joe) Han-,
nan of Brunswick, Ga., Jeanne
(Ray) Disney of Lakeland, Nancy
(Sean) Shurtleff of Tequesta and
son, David (Sherri) Stanley of
Lake Worth; 12 grandchildren; 12
great-grandchildren; and one
A memorial service will be
held on Sunday, Sept. 4, at 3 p.m.
at Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 2 Linda Road in Okee-
chobee. Pastor David Robertson
will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions in her name may be
made to the "Earl Roosa" Scholar-
ship at Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 2 Linda Road, Okee-
chobee, Fla. 34974.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

James D. Hutcherson
James D. Hutcherson, age 64,
of Okeechobee, died Thursday,
Sept. 1, 2005 at St. Lucie Medical
Center. He was born Nov. 28,
1940 in Truman, Ark. to Jim and
Heneritta Hutcherson. He was a

member of the Teamster-Truck
Drivers having come to Okee-
chobee from Jupiter in 1988.
He was preceded in death by
his brother, Dub Hutcherson.
Survivors include: four broth-
ers, Dennis E.. Hutcherson of
Okeechobee, Larry Hutcherson
of Tucker, Ark., Billy Hutcherson
of Walnut Ridge, Ark. and Eddie
Hendricks of South Bend, Ind.;
two sisters, Carolyn Pociask of
Clarksville, Tenn. and Rose Speak-
man of Scotts City, Mo.
No visitation or services will be
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-

James Franklin Luckey
James Franklin Luckey, age 89
of Okeechobee, died Aug. 31,
2005 in Okeechobee. He was
born Nov. 17,1915 in LaBelle.
He was preceded in death by:
his parents, Samuel A. and Anna
Luckey; brother, Herbert M. Luck-
ey; sisters; Alma Birdwell, Clara
Wilkinson and Louise Ketrin.
Survivors include: his wife of
70 years, Lela S. Luckey; sons,
Gary Wayne (Betty) Luckey of
Okeechobee and Vernon Glyn
(Pam) Luckey of Murphy, N.C.;
brother, Sherman C. Luckey; sis-
ter, Evelyn Hancock; eight grand-
children: Libby Luckey, Sheryl
(Rickard) Soderstrom,. James
Tifton (Kimberly) Luckey, Nikole
(Brad) Brothen, Rene Pauley,
Scott (Sheri) Luckey, Danile (Kat-
rina) Luckey and Tammie (Mike)
Patrick; seven great-grandchil-
dren: Jonathan, Justin, Sean, J.T.,
Tiffani, Dakota and Ernie.
Visitation will be Saturday,
Sept. 3, from noon until 2 p.m. at
the Akin-Davis Funeral Home in
LaBelle, funeral services will fol-
low at 3 p.m. with Reverend Sher-
man Swan officiating.
Interment will follow at Ft.
Denaud Cemetery.

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Arrest Log

The following individuals
were arrested on felony or Dri-
ving Under the Influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office, the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment, the Florida Highway
Patrol, the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion or the Department of Cor-
rections (DOC).
Sirleaner Consandra
Nobles, 28, Salvatore 'Court,
Pahokee, was arrested Aug. 29
by the OCPD on charges of
grand theft and forgery. Her
bond was set at $10,000.
Janette Dwarka, 37, Fourth
Ave. N., Lake Worth, was arrest-
ed Aug. 29 by Deputy Bryan
Smith on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant charging her with fail-'
ure to appear aggravated bat-
tery. She is. being held without
Laura Maria Gonzalez, 24,
S.E. 74th Way, Okeechobee, was
arrested' by Corporal Paul Ferrell
on a charge of child abuse. Her
bond was set at $10,000.
Robert James Petrizzo, 42,
N.E. Seventh St. Okeechobee,
was arrested Aug. 30 by Detec-
tive Shane Snyder on a felony
charge of possession of cocaine
and a misdemeanor charge of
resisting arrest without violence.
His bond was set at $5,500.
Jai.,:J a.i jin Warburton, 20,
Boca Palr,4, was arrested Aug.

30 by Detective John Ziegler on a
charge of grand theft. His bond
was set at $5,000.
Jeremy Rhymes, 30, N.W.
33rd Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Aug. 31 by Deputy M.
Stripling on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation -
driving under the influence
(amended). He is being held
without bond.
Brian Miller, 39, S.W. 72nd
Terrace, Okeechobee, was
arrested Aug. 31 by Deputy M.
Stripling on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation -
driving under the influence. His
bond was set at $10,000.
e Tony Corwin, 39, S.E. 21st
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Sept. 1 by Deputy Richard Durfee
on a felony charge of possession
of cocaine, and misdemeanor
charges of possession of drug
paraphernalia and attaching an
unassigned tag. His total bond
was set at $6,000.
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not convictions, unless other-
wise stated. Anyone listed here
who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against
them dropped is welcome to
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IS THIS LEGAL: I sold my property and moved into my new resi-
dence, OUA kept billing me service at the old location, even though
the water was physically turned off and was not used. They said they
would keep billing me until the new owner came in and applied for
service. How can OUA have this policy-it does not seem legal to me.
Editor's Note: As a quasi-governmental agency, the Okeechobee
Utility Authority (OUA) does not come under the authority of the
Florida Public Service Commission or any other regulatory agency.
Therefore, in order to question thelegality of their policies it is nec-
essary to go through the court system. A recent example is lawsuit
KOA brought against OUA.

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION: I was wondering how the residents of
Okeechobee can be treated fairly and be treated with justice when
we have deputies that are openly being racially discriminatory
against residents of Okeechobee? This has been brought to our
attention several times in this community.

OKEECHOBEE LEVEE: My heart goes out to those poor people in
New Orleans. And it makes you think. The levees around New
Orleans were monitored carefully and taken care of but due to the
hurricane, they breached. How can anyone say the levee around
Lake Okeechobee won't breach if we ever get a storm that bad? The
south end leaks already.

GAS PRICES: I just want to say that this is to all the Republicans
here in Okeechobee. Your leader George W. has allowed gas prices
to get to over $3 a gallon. How do you like paying that, and for a gas
war over in Iraq that we didn't even need to be in. Did you all forget,
or think that we did, about bin Laden? Our 2,000 young people that
have given their lives haven't either and neither has their families.
You people need to see the light and impeach this guy. We are about
to suffer more loss of life and more precious, we will be paying $10 a
gallon for gasoline. You people need to wake up and get rid of him.

RAISING CHILDREN: This is in reference to the stupid question:
"What does Okeechobee want me to do with my children?" Get a
life. They are your responsibility. You are supposed to teach them
and guide them and show them the way in life, the right way. Don't
expect Okeechobee to raise your children.

CODE ENFORCEMENT: This is regarding code enforcement.
Okeechobee city and county is in need of code enforcement. Some
people just don't care about the life they lead, what their houses and
yards look like as well as others around them. With the city and
county's turtle-like movement, it could take years to clean it up. We
are very proud of the Citizens on Patrol and what they do for our
neighborhoods perhaps while they are patrolling they would not
mind writing down the addresses when they see code offenses. One
area in particular is Dixie Ranch acres. Violations there include farm
animals, lawns not being mowed, vehicles without tags, boarded
windows and trash in the carports. One major violation is a mobile
home in which a business is being operated. Oh excuse me, I forgot
that the county approved this mobile home even though the devel-
opment is not zoned for it. Maybe the homeowners should sue the
county or maybe we should buy a trailer and put it in Blue Heron.
Gee, I wonder what the county would do then.

DISASTER RESPONSE: Can you imagine how much better our
government's response could be to the hurricane aftermath if so
much money, so many resources and so many young men and
women weren't involved in Bush's mess in Iraq?

neers said the reason the levees breached was not because of the
water it was holding but due to the storm surge eroding the top of
the levee and "digging" holes that made the material unstable and it
could do nothing but break. Nothing man makes is unbreakable. I
heard their levees have a lot of rock in them. I don't know about
Lake Okeechobee, but when the levees in the Everglades were built
they used muck, or as some call it peat, mixed in with rock and it is
much stronger. But nothing is going to hold if you have waves crash-
ing over the top of it eroding it and making it weaker with every slap
of water. If we get a storm like that here all I can say is I am heading
north before it hits Okeechobee because it is going to go like the
Louisiana dikes did. There is no stopping rushing water until Mother
Nature says so no matter how many rip-rap bags you throw in
front of it.

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Guest Commentary

VPK: a quality beginning

By Ted Granger
In November 2002, Florida vot-
ers overwhelmingly approved an
amendment to the Florida Consti-
tution requiring implementation
of a high quality Voluntary Pre-
kindergarten (VPK) program by
the 2005 school year for all 4 year
olds whose parents want them to
On the heels of fervent advoca-
cy, and after passing a low quality
bill in early 2004 that was subse-
quently vetoed by Governor Bush,
Sthe Florida Legislature passed leg-
islation implementing the state's
new Voluntary Pre-k program
during a special session last
December. Nine months later the
program has become a reality in
for-profit, non-profit, faith-based
child care centers, family child
care homes and schools across
the state.
After all of the hoopla, how
has implementation actually
Overall, it has gone surprising-
ly well. Kudos go out to early
learning coalitions, the Agency for
Workforce Innovation (AWI), the
Department of Education and
school-based, faith-based and for-
profit and non-profit providers
who have worked so diligently to
implement the program. They
have prevailed in the face of
daunting time constraints, .and
have maintained a "can do" atti-
tude in the face of staggering -
mostly time-related obstacles.
Of course, there have ,been
numerous communications
gaffes between and among the
state, coalitions and providers,
but that is to be expected when
implementing a program of this
scale. Hopefully, most of those
"issues" will resolve themselves
Sin time.
Perhaps, the most exciting
spin-off of the fledgling VPK pro-
gram at this time appears to be a
growing awareness among par-
ents and caregivers that quality is
important and that they do have
options in deciding what early
care and education environment
will be best for their children.
Tens of thousands of parents have
made inquiries of providers, early
learning coalitions and AWI con-
cerning issues of quality and child.
development. This gives great joy
to all who recognize that the foun-
dation upon which a child's
development and education rests
is the parent.
The fact that fewer children
have shown up at pre-school
doors has also been a blessing in
disguise. There are 96,624 chil-
dren enrolled/registered in the
program now, about 50,000 fewer
than the projected 147,235 chil-
dren (66 percent of the state's 4

year olds) used in legislative esti-
mates. As the program took
shape, some had grave concerns
that there would not be enough
providers and qualified teachers
to accommodate the influx of
new students.
As it turns out, the 4,300 VPK
providers have space for 117,000
4 year olds, about 28,000 more
then needed at this time. While
available classrooms appear for
the most part to be in locations
that accommodate family needs,
there are places in the state where
the capacity does not match the
need. This will have to be
addressed as the program
Of course, other challenges
remain: only about 43 percent of
the state's 223,000 4 year olds are
participating. How do we expand
this opportunity so more are able
to participate? More importantly,
is the program serving the chil-
dren who need it most?
The "universal" nature of Flori-
da's VPK program is greatly val-
ued, but the fact is that at-risk chil-
dren benefit more from such early
care and education programs
than their more nurtured peers. Is
the program serving the greatest
number of at-risk children possi-
ble and, if not, how can it serve
There is also no assessment to
determine if VPK providers are
doing their jobs. The kindergarten
screening tool used by teachers
when students enter kindergarten
tells whether or not the child is
ready for school, it does not indi-
cate if VPK graduates progressed
as they should have during their
time in the VPK program.
Insufficient funding promises
to plague the program during its
early years, at the least. The paltry
$2,500 annual per student allot-
ment provided by the Legislature
is insufficient to provide the signif-
icant benefits that high quality
VPK has the potential to provide,
and that are expected from the
program. It has compelled many
providers who insist that they
cannot provide a quality program
for that amount of funding to
stay out of it.
Nevertheless, Florida's VPK
has had a successful launch. It is
creating a new and exciting ener-
gy within the early care and edu-
cation arena.
While many issues remain, it
has been a solid start that will set
the stage for its continued evolu-
tion and improvement.

Editor's Note: Ted Granger is
the president of the United Way of
Florida/Florida Success By 6 Part-

Upcoming Events

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 becom-
ing a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what we are
all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (863) 467-9766.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30' p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center,
located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978
or Juana at 471-9795.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.'

Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee construction volunteers will
meet in the parking lot of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, N.E.
Third Street and N. Parrott Ave., at 7 a.m. Construction work will be at a
Habitat work site in an adjoining county. Wear comfortable clothes suit-
able for working. Call (863) 357-1371, for information.
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House,
which is located next to the driver's license office at 1925 U.S. 441 S.E.
It is a self-help group for people with a desire to stop using alcohol and
other intoxicating drugs, and a desire to manage their emotional or
psychiatric illness. It's an open discussion group. For information,
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Okeechobee Chapter DAR will meet at 10 a.m. at the Oakview
Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St. They would like to extend an invita-
tion to anyone eligible for membership in NSDAR to attend, from Octo-
ber through May. For information call regent Ruth Lawson at (863) 763-
2492, or vice-regent and registrar Bonnie Hill at (772) 597-4235.

A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.

Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace Lutheran
Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, contact David Fox at
(863) 763-3296.

Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863) 763-
6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30 until
6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology and
how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through
extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863)
467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big
Lake Mission's Outreach.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at the Golden Corral Restau-
.rant, 700 S. Parrott Ave., at noon. All Rotarians and the public are invit-
ed. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For informa-
tion, call (863) 357-0297.

Courtesy photo/Okeechobee Historical Society

Looking Back...
Gertrude (Bras) a native of Oklahoma, married John
Glen Pearce in 1917. She came here as a school teacher.
The couple had two sons, J.O. Pearce, Jr. and Forrest
(Hunky) Pearce. They have several grandchildren, and
great grandchildren. Do you have any old photos of the
Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee citizens? If so, bring
them by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St.,
and we can copy them while you wait. Or, you can e-mail
the photo and information about the photo to okee-

Community Events

Veteran's Service closed Sept. 1-9
The County Veteran's Service office will be closed Sept. 1-9.
The VA vans will continue to run to West Palm Beach VA Medical
Center, Monday through Friday. To schedule a ride on the van, call
the Veterans' Service Office at (863) 763-8124 a couple days
ahead of time and leave your name, the last four digits of your
Social Security number along with the date and time of your
appointment (morning appointments only). During this time peri-
od, if you need to speak to a service officer reference a claim call
the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs Benefit Office at the
West Palm Beach VA Medical Center at (866) 383-9036. The Coun-
.ty Veterans' Service Office will reopen on Monday, Sept. 12, at 8
Labor Day rodeo tickets on sale
Tickets for the Cattlerfen's Association Labor Day weekend
rodeo are now on sale at'Eli's Western Wear, 907 W. North Park
Street. The price of a rodeo ticket is $14. The rodeo will be held at
the Cattlemen's Arena on U.S. 441 N. on Saturday, Sept. 3; Sunday,
Sept. 4; and Monday, Sept. 5. A parade will be held Monday, Sept
5, at 10 a.m. in downtown Okeechobee. The Chamber of Com-
merce, 55 S. Parrott Ave., is now accepting float registrations. For
information, call Perri L. Giafaglione at (863) 697-3113.
Identity theft is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday,
Sept. 3, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6 p.m.
on WWFR 91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest will be Jessica
Cecere, president of the Consumer Counseling Service (CCCS) of
Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast. The topic will be identity
theft. For information, call 1 (800) 330-2227 for the National Foun-
dation for Credit Counseling.

Habitat for Humanity will be in park
Habitat for Humanity Okeechobee County will be in Park 2,
booth #218, during Labor Day festivities. They will be there Satur-
day, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 3-5. In addition to telling what they
are doing and their plans for the future they will have items for
sale as well as a drawing for a NASCAR Tony Stewart/Home
Depot/Habitat for Humanity car bank. The sticker on the box reads:
Tony Stewart, #20 Home Depot, 1999 Pontiac, Limited Edition
Adult Collectible 1:24-scale stock car, I of 8,000, #c249903308-3.

Labor Day Festival scheduled
The annual Labor Day Festival will be held Sept. 3-5 in Flagler
Park from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. Among the festivities
planned is the Chamber of Commerce hometown barbecue, arts
and crafts booths and food specialties. Please join Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce for an exciting weekend. Applica-
tions are available at the Chamber. For information, call (863) 763-
LOAA raising funds for scholarships
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will be participating
in the 2005 Labor Day Festival, Sept. 3-5, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Prizes such as a guided fishing trip and a .22 magnum Savage rifle
with hard case will be given away. There will also be daily drawings,
and new camouflage T-shirts will be f6r sale. Proceeds from the
sales will be used to provide scholarships for Okeechobee High
School students, to support Grad Nite and to fund other community
projects and charities. For information, call (863) 763-6069.

VFW presents'Womenless Wedding'
The VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, will present the theatre of
performing arts "WomenlessWedding" on Labor Day, Sept. 5. The
wedding will start at 3 p.m. All females in the wedding will be played
by men. See your commander as Nellie Clampett, bridesmaid; and,
imagine Al Crank as Lulu Jasper, the flower girl. Food will be pre-
pared by chefs Morgan and Ritchie. The menu will be hot dogs, chili
dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers and baked beans. Eat all you
want for a donation. No take outs will be available on this day. Food
will be served from 12:30 until 3 p.m.

Food donations help Children's Ranch
Radio station Reach FM will hold a Labor Day food collection to
benefit Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E. Until Sept. 5,
non-perishable food items can be left at: Badcock & More;
Costopoulos and Helton, CPA; Morton Agricultural Construction;
Nature's Pantry; Okeechobee Land Company; Okeechobee Mort-
gage; Pritchard and Associates and GMAC Real Estate; Rustic Ranch
Furniture; Sun Realty; and, Travel Easy RV While you're there, reg-
ister to win one of Reach FM's Labor Day give-away prizes. The
grand prize is a trip to Orlando and includes theme park tickets.
Many other prizes including a gift certificate to a local store,
dinner for two, and more will also be given away. Check out
www.reachfm.org for a full list of details; or, call (863) 467-8080.

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Marina repair grants

available for 2004 damage

Bronson sends personnel

to help with relief efforts

The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) encourages marina own-
ers whose properties were dam-
aged during last year's hurricane
season to apply for aid.
The Governor and Florida
Legislature approved grant fund-
ing to help rebuild marinas that
provide public access to Florida
waterways. The FWC will man-
age the program based on crite-
ria jointly developed with the
marina industry and the Florida
Department of Environmental

ties, debris removal, equipment
repair or replacement or to reim-
burse insurance deductibles.
To be eligible to participate,
applicants must meet the follow-
ing criteria:
The marina may be publicly
or privately owned, but 90 per-
cent of the in-water slips and
upland dry-stack slips must be
available to the general public
on a first-come, first-serve basis
with no qualifying requirements,
such as club memberships,
stock ownership or equity inter-

The FWC will accept grant The marina must be in a
applications by mail from Sept. 1 county declared an emergency
through Oct. 31. Grants will pro- area in 2004.
vide funding for repairing or Damages to the marina
rebuilding structures and facili- must have occurred during hur-

ricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan or
The marina must agree to
continue providing access to the
public for at least five years.
Grantees can receive reim-
bursement for costs paid to date
or for future costs, but the FWC
cannot disperse funds until a
grant agreement has been exe-
cuted by both parties.
Go to
inas to download an application,
guidelines and the list of desig-
nated counties. For information,
call FWC at (850) 488-5600 or
email Marinas@MyFWC.com or
contact the Marine Industries
Association of Florida at (305)
663-1911 or miaf@att.net.

FEIVIA aids Fla. counties

affected by Hurricane Katrina

Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson has dispatched more
than 180 forestry personnel with
the Department's Division of
Forestry, 21 law enforcement
personnel from the Agricultural
Law Enforcement Office, and a
team with the Division of Animal
Industry to assist in hurricane
response efforts in Mississippi as
well as in central and southeast
The Division of Forestry has
sent more than 60 personnel to
the six southernmost counties in
Mississippi to help with search-
and-rescue efforts, coordination
of incoming response agencies,
and setting up systems to distrib-
ute emergency supplies. Agricul-
tural Law Enforcement will be
assisting with search-and-rescue
and other law enforcement func-
tions. In addition, a forestry team
has been located at the Palm
Beach County Fairgrounds since
Friday coordinating the arrival of
and distribution of water and ice

to numerous PODs, or points of
distribution, in impacted areas of
southeast Florida. From Saturday
through this morning the team
has dispatched 60 semi-truck-
loads of ice and 55 semi-truck-
loads of water. Forestry person-
nel have been in Live Oak
coordinating the distribution of
emergency supplies around the
The Division of Forestry has
four special Incident Command
Units that respond not only to
wildfires but other emergencies
as well. One team has been
working with the National Guard
at the Palm Beach County Fair-
grounds to coordinate distribu-
tion of supplies that have been
requested by local emergency
operations centers to the state
emergency operations center.
Two teams'en route to Mississip-
pi were requested by state offi-
cials there to help in hurricane
recovery. Incident Command
teams are trained to work alone
or within the structure of other
agencies responding' to a disas-

"Many people know that our
forestry personnel are out in
force during wildfires but they
may not realize they are also on
the scene when other disasters
strike," Bronson said. "I'd like to
commend our hardworking
employees for leaving their fami-
lies during a disaster so that vic-
tims of storms and other crises
can get the help they need."
Mississippi has also asked for
help with animal issues and the
Department's Division of Animal
Industry has assembled a team
experienced in animal and agri-
culture issues. They will be
working with the Mississippi
state emergency operations cen-
ter helping to establish response
activities as they pertain to ani-
mals, including livestock, equine
and pets.
The forestry personnel will
remain in Mississippi for two
weeks and Animal Industry per-
sonnel will be in Mississippi for
at least seven days.

ORLANDO- The Department
of Homeland Security's Federal
Emergency Management Agency
announced that federal disaster
assistance for public infrastruc-
ture damaged by Hurricane Katri-
na has been expanded in south
Florida to include Monroe County.
In addition, "Public Assis-
tance" aid was expanded for all
three counties Miami-Dade,
Broward and Monroe to
include additional categories.
FEMA aid will now include funds
to repair or replace damaged
roads and bridges, water control
facilities, public buildings and
their contents, publicly-owned
utilities, and parks and recreation
areas. The counties are also eligi-
ble, as was announced earlier for
Miami-Dade and Broward, for
funding for emergency services
and debris removal costs related
to the storm.
"FEMA continues to support
local response and recovery
efforts through Public Assistance,
and appreciates state and local-
collaboration in assessing Floridi-
ans' needs," said Scott R. Morris,
director of FEMA's Long Term
Recovery Office in Florida. "The
good news is that the uninsured
damage caused by Katrina in
Florida is not-more than, state,
local and volunteer resources will
be able to address. And for that,
we are all grateful."
Following the Katrina's first
landfall along Florida's southeast
coast, FEMA, State Emergency
Response Team (SERT) and local
officials sent out 20 teams to
assess damage to homes and
businesses in Miami-Dade,
Broward and Monroe counties.
The teams looked at damage, as
well as how much of the damage
will be covered by insurance or

other assistance.
The teams visited areas identi-
fied by local officials and jointly
determined that the sporadic
uninsured damage, in the three
counties does not rise above what
local, state, volunteer, and other
federal resources could address.
Therefore, "Individual Assis-
tance" is not warranted.
The "Public Assistance" pro-
gram allows FEMA to supplement
state and local funds to assist gov-
ernment agencies and certain
non-profit organizations in these
counties. FEMA pays 75 percent
of the cost of projects and the
state and/or applying agency is
responsible for the remaining 25
percent. This aid is in addition to

the water, ice, and Meals Ready to
Eat supplied by FEMA and distrib-
uted in Homestead and Miami by
the State Emergency Response
Team (SE'RT) and local officials.
People with damage from the
hurricane who do not have insur-
ance may be able to get assis-
tance from the Small Business
Administration and other federal
agencies, volunteer agencies,
faith based organizations or
organizations such as the Florida
Hurricane Relief Fund. Moreover,
the Public Assistance announced
today frees up resources that
would have been necessary for
infrastructure repairs to aid indi-
viduals affected by the storm.

Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Car wash benefit
Niki Salmon (with water hose) and a group of friends and
family members held a fundraising carwash Saturday,
Aug. 27 to benefit her nephew Joshua Matute who has
Down syndrome. This is the first of many fundraisers
planned to help raise funds for the purchase of a van for
Josh's mom.

Consumers warned about scams

culture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bronson
is urging people to check out chari-
ties before donating money to vic-
tims of Hurricane Katrina. There is
a potential for scam artists posing
as relief agencies for the storm vic-
tims in Florida and elsewhere.
In Florida, most charities are
required to register with the Florida
Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services and provide
financial information, such as how
much is raised, and how much is
spent on administrative costs,
fundraising and on the program
services. Charities that solicit in Flori-
da are included in this requirement
even if they are located out of state.
The Department has received
complaints in the past about
organizations seeking help for dis-
aster victims and pocketing the
money. It is difficult to investigate
these crimes because the scam
artists often disappear from an area
by the time consumers realize they
have been conned. Out of state
charities are especially difficult to
follow up on so it's important that
people take the time to check the
background of a charity prior to
making a donation.
"I certainly support the idea of
people helping those who have
been victimized by this terrible hur-
ricane but I also want to ensure
that their generosity goes to the
purpose for which it is intended,"
Bronson said. "By taking the time
to do a little research, people can
make sure that they don't become
victims of scam artists."
Consumers can call the Division
of Consumer Services hotline at I
(800) HELPFLA (1-(80QO) 435-7352)
to verify that a charity is properly
registered or exempt from registra-
tion, find out how an organization
spends its donations, and check on
the complaint history of a charity.
Charities that are located out of
state and do not solicit in Florida do
not have to be registered. Bronson

says people who get.a phone num-
ber of an out-of-state charity from a
satellite news broadcast or the
Internet may not be able to do a
background check on the organi-
zation. He encourages consumers
who want to help stortn victims
outside of Florida to donate to
charities that are well known and
have established reputations.
Bronson also provides the fol-
lowing tips to consider when decid-
ing whether to donate to an organi-
Don't judge an organization
based on an impressive sounding
name. Find outwhat it actually does.
Be wary of emotional appeals
and organizations that have only
vague plans for spending the funds
they collect.
Never give cash. Write a

check payable only to an organiza-
tion, not to an individual.
Be wary of organizations that
offer to send a "runner" to pick up
your donation. Reputable charities
are willing to wait for your contri-
Consumers have the right to
ask for an organization's financial
report and its federal tax identifica-
tion number, the latter of which
you'll need to claim your contribu-
tion as a tax deduction.
If an organization is not regis-
tered, contact the Department.
Consumers who have addition-
al questions or want to report a
potential scam should also call the
Department's hotline at 1 (800)

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TAMPA With Interstate 10
closed through portions of Alaba-
ma, Mississippi and Louisiana,
AAA Auto Club South offers the
following route for westbound
auto travelers.
Westbound traffic on 1-10
west of Tallahassee should take
exit 130 at S.R. 231 and proceed
north to Dothan, Ala. and contin-
ue toward Montgomery. At Mont-
gomery, remain on S.R. 231 and
head west to U.S. 80. Remain on
U.S. 80 to Alabama/Mississippi
state line. Continue west on 1-20/1-
59, remaining on 1-20 through
Meridian, Mississippi and proceed
to planned destination.
Motorists planning to travel for
the upcoming Labor Day holiday
weekend need not thwart their
vacation plans, but should pay
close attention to their gas gauge.
"Once that gas gauge reaches the
halfway mark, start to look for a
gas station right away. This should
give anyone plenty of time to
locate a station," said Randy Bly,

director of community relations
for AAA Auto Club South. "In
addition, be prepared for 'sticker
shock' at the pumps and budget
your trip to compensate for the
higher prices," Bly said.

AAA Auto Club South is the
third largest affiliate of the AAA
federation with nearly 4 million
members in Florida, Georgia, the
western two-thirds of Tennessee
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Over 120 employers

to be at Sept. 8 job fair

By Dick Wilson
Governor Bush has just pro-
claimed "Workforce Develop-
ment Week in Florida" to be
from Sept. 4-10. This statewide
event has evolved out of "HELP
the Unemployed Week," which
was created by Christian HELP,
an employment ministry in Cas-
selberry, in 1994 and first pro-
claimed for Central Florida by
Governor Chiles. The first week
included a number of events
including a Job Fair with 29
employers meeting with 256 job
seekers and resulting in 85 hir-
ing's. ,
It continued to grow until
2001 when Governor Bush
agreed to the first Governor's Job
Fair as the centerpiece of the
renamed "Workforce Develop-
ment Week in Central Florida."
This time 65 employers met with
2760 job seekers resulting in 462
hiring's. By this time Christian
HELP and its subsidiary,'Central
Florida Employment Council,
were placing around 4,000 peo-
ple in jobs annually and ranked
as the number one Private Per-

manent Placement Agency in
Central Florida by the Orlando
Business Journal.
Last year the Governor
allowed the President to have his
first Central Florida Job Fair on
"Workforce Development Week
in Central Florida." The results
were 697 people hired by 85
employers. The job seekers
attending peeked at 4,200 in the
high unemployment year of
2002. The President's Job Fair
moved to July in 2005.
This year the Governor's Job
Fair is back on Sept. 8 at the Cen-
tral Florida Fairgrounds as the
centerpiece of the Governor's
extended "Workforce Develop-
ment Week in Florida." A record
of over 120 employers have
signed up to participate and a
record number of hires is expect-
ed, based on the first four
CFEC/Christian HELP job fairs of
2005 averaging 1120 placements.
Workforce Central Florida is
cosponsoring the Sept. 8 event
with -Christian HELP and the
CFEC. Full details of this Job Fair
are available at www.cfec.org

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The Okeechobee High School
Touchdown Club is seeking new
members. The purpose of this
club is to promote pride, respect,
spirit and unity among the O.H.S.
players and student body, staff,
coaches, families and the busi-
ness community.
Anyone interested in the foot-
ball program at O.H.S. is invited to
join. Bronze membership is $300;
silver membership is $600; gold
membership is $900; and, plat-
inum membership is $1,200.
A portion of each membership
goes to the general athletic fund,
and another portion goes ihto a
scholarship trust.
For information, call Brahman
head football coach Chris Bran-
ham at (863)462-5050.

OHS sports
seats on sale
Gold seats and reserved seats
are now on sale for O.H.S. sports.
The cost of a gold seat is $100
and entitles the holder to admis-
sion to all home Brahman games
with the exception of state-spon-
sored activities such as bowl
games, jamborees or playoffs.
Reserved seats entitle the hold-
er to admission to all home Brah-
man football games. The cost of
the reserved seats is $40 per seat.
For information on where to
obtain tickets, contact Mike Rade-
baugh at (863)462-5025.

Soccer sign ups
will end today
Registration for the Okee-
chobee County Parks & Recre-
ation Department's Youth Soccer
League will be held from 8 a.m.
until 5 p.m.
Sign-ups will end today. All
sign-ups will be held at the recre-
ation department office, 309
N.W. Second St.
The registration fee is $25 per
child. Parents will need to pres-
ent a copy of their child's birth
certificate at the time of registra-
tion. The child's age as of Dec.
31, 2005, will determine their
age division.
Age divisions will be: 14 and
under; 12 and under; 10 and
under; 8 and under; and, 6 and
The minimum number -of
participants in each age division
is 30 players.
Games will be played locally,
and will start Oct. 1 and end
before Christmas.
For information, call the
recreation department at

Rodeo tickets
are on sale now
Tickets are now on sale at
Eli's Western Wear, 907 W. North
Park St., for the Cattlemen's
Association Pro Rodeo Cowboy
Association (PRCA) rodeo that
will be held at the Cattlemen's

Rodeo Arena on U.S. 441 N.
Rodeo performances will be
Saturday, Sept. 3; Sunday, Sept.
4; and Monday, Sept. 5.
The price of tickets for this
Labor Day weekend rodeo is $14
per ticket. There will also be a
parade on Monday, Sept. 5, at 10
a.m. in downtown Okeechobee.
The Chamber of Commerce is
accepting registrations for parade
For information, contact Perri
L. Giafaglione at (863)697-3113.

Team Trail
slate announced
The remaining tournament dates
for the Okee-Tantie Team Trail bass
tournaments are Sept. 11 and Oct. 9.
The trail's classic will take place
on Nov. 19 and 20.
. The tournaments will all be
held at Okee-Tantie Marina and
Campground. Registrations can be
made at the Wanta-Linga Motel or
at the dock on the day of the tour-
For information, contact Larry
Crossman at (863)763-1020.

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4-H Banquet Awards

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee County 4-Hers were honored at the 2004-2005 Okeechobee County 4-H Awards
Banquet, Aug. 27 at Okeechobee High School. Those earning the County Achievement Medal
included: Elyse Matteo, Nathan Candler, Jamie Burnham, Taylor Robbins, Sarah Davis, Kayla
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4-H Awards Banquet on Aug. 27 at Okeechobee High School. Club officers were President
Jennifer Cletzer, Vice President Savannah Higgins and Reporter Chelsea Higgins.

Okeechobee County 4-Hers were honored at the 2004-2005 Okeechobee County 4-H Awards
Banquet, Aug. 27 at Okeechobee High School. Those earning the County Agriculture Medal
included: Damon Heater, Elyse Matteo, Tyler Mills, Jess Wolff, Rachel Muros, Megan Mullin,
Ashley Goggans, Joy Burnham, Matt Walker, Kelsey Burnham, Logan Coker, Cristin Shelton,
Todd Lanning, Brianna Spier, Daniel Jansen, Emily Wherrell, Cory York, Matthew Dorriety, Wil
Hayes, Sarah Hall, Wesley Mims, CarJie Lanier and Rachel Rock.

Okeechobee County 4-Hers were honored at:the 2004-2005 Okeechobee County 4-H Awards
Banquet, Aug. 27 at Okeechobee High School.' Those earning the County Citizenship Medal
included: Celena Letcher, Jenna Wolff, Kelsey. Burnham, Clayton McClure, Shiloh Anuez,
Carly Enfinger, Teal Sheffiled, Sarah Anderson, Austin Pluskott, Caitlyn Albers, George
Menendez, Brianna French, Katie Brummett, Lane Whitehead, Raychel Raybon, Matthew
Jansen, Chelsea Higgins, Allison Trimble, Nathan Candler, Weston Thomas, Randi Barnes
and Erin Hudson.

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Members of the Okeechobee County 4-H Dairy Judging Team were honored at the 4-H
Awards Banquet on Aug. 27 at Okeechobee High School. Left to right are: Fallon Curren,
Lindsey Rucks, Raychel Rabon, Jamie Burnham, Austin Pluskot, Kelly Buchanan and Garret
Rucks. Not pictured are: Hannah Bishop, Nichole Burden, Dorothy Burkhardt, Cassie Col-
gan, William Curren, Alicia Lewis, Ali McDowell, Rachel Rock, Lacy Rock, Katie Walker and
Matt Walker.

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T.A. Aliapoulios, D.D.S.
and Associates
6390 W. Indiantown Rd.,
Chasewood Plaza near RJ Gators

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24 Hour On-Call Staff
for the Big Lake Area.
300 NW 5th St., Ste. 302
Phone: (863) 467-9997
Fax: (863) 467-7322
Lic. #108060

Complete Adult Healthcare
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( Dee Patton, A.R.N.P.
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1105 N. Parrott Ave. 467-1117
Office Hours: Mon., Tues, Thurs. 8 AM TO 6 PM
& Wed. 8 AM TO 4:30 PM

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Rick Romagosa, M.D.
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Sept. 2,
through Thursday, Sept. 8, are as
Theatre I "Skeleton Key" (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 II "Transporter 2"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre Ill "Brothers Grimm"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12.and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-


Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart 701 S.W. Sixth St.
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in mar-
tial arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Tues-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from
6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday
from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

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

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

Equipment available
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walk-
ers, portable toilets, crutches,
canes, etc. Anyone requiring the
use of such equipment is wel-
come to stop by the post and pick
out what they need. There% is no
charge and anyone is welcome.
This is not restricted to veterans.
Call the Post at (863) 763-2950.


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

Volunteers wanted
for hospital auxiliary
' Would you like to make a dif-
ference in the lives of others?
Raulerson Hospital Auxiliary has
many opportunities of service for
adults seeking volunteer work.
Volunteer as little as four. hours a
week or as many as 20 hours.
Morning or afternoon shifts are
available. Many opportunities cur-
rently exist and new programs to
begin soon. Please contact the
lobby desk at Raulerson Hospital
for a Volunteer Application. For
information, call (863) 763-2151,
ext. 3312. The hospital's Volun-
teen Program (ages 14-17) begins
in June.

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

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NEED: Child Care for my chil-
dren (9 ro,.& 3yr old) 4-6hrs
a day oa Mon./Wed./Fri., Need
It's nevertoo,4ate to find
the r.perfect --gift. Look
for itin -theclassifieds.

EARRING; Eondtih purse pur-
chased atrlocat consignment
shop (863)763,-7210
FOUND: Earrifg.dn dyke be-
tween Lot 7 & Taylor Creek.
LADIES, RING.'- found vic. of
Subway in taBelle. Please
call 1to identify.
(863)885-1422' .
SIAMESE ediilt dat, vic. of
1695 NW!4th\St.( off of Hwy
98, Calll to identify.
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Utility .Tailervic. of L-Cross
on 8/21',:if rightful owner
please'oall to identify.
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LOST: man that bought L
shaped computer desk,
please call regarding miss-
ing items. (863)467-1104
RED NOSED PIT- F, 5mo old,
Vic. of Treasure Island area.
Missing. since eve of Aug 30th
863-697-2650 Reward
REWARD! Missing Tan &
White male pitbull, neutered,
cropped ears, Fri., 8/26, on
441 near Hester Aluminum,
answers to Tank, Beloved
Pet. (863)699-1918

BLACK MIX- Female,.6 mo.
old, Great disposition, Very
friendly, To Good Home
Only! (863)697-1745
CUR MIX, 5 males, 2 mos.
old, free to good home.
KITTEN Neutered, shots, lit-
ter trained, very cute, to
good loving home.
KITTENS 2 Males & 2 Fe-
males, Litter Trained. Grey
and White. Free to good
homes. (863)357-8751
Free, -.you haul.
& Orange. Free, you haul.
USED CAR BED, Stroller, High
chair, More. 863-675-4216
WATERBEDS- 2, King size,
Complete. (863)675-4216


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9am-5pm, 1300 SE 8th Drive.
Household Goods, Tools,
Collectable's & Much Morel

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on Monday,
September 5, 2005
in observance of
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Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

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A Hi-tech company needs:
w/good hardware,
computer & Internet skills.
Pick up application
@ 100 SW 15th St. or
Fax resume to 863-467-0816

$31,200 to start, for
Okee location. Fax resume to
863-467-2402 or
apply within.
Competitive Wages.
Apply Within

Must be mechanically
inclined. Apply in person
Lehman Auto Body
265 Hwy. 98 North
NO phone calls please!
Experienced only need apply
Please call (863)763-2838
Is looking for help on
2nd shift for a
Call (863)357-6663
to fill out an application.
Local Work. Transportation a
MUST! Call (863)357-6018
or (772)-215-2728
Minimum 2yrs experience
w/ clean driving record.
Apply in person 9am-4pm M-F
503 NW 9th.St. DFWP
Clean CDL Class B License
Call 772-597-3755 or
Indlantown Sanitation

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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


Class A CDL Required.

Benefits Available.
Apply @

Walpole Feed &

2595 NW 8th Street

Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/trainitg 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
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

Land Clearing Co. seeking
Immediate openings, Good Pay
w/Bonuses. (561)784-8525 or email
- aelanclearing@aol.com .

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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aw office needs legal secretary.
Seeking responsible, well-organized individual
with excellent typing & phone skills.
Must be familiar with Word Perfect.
Prior legal experience preferred but not required.
Call Susie at (863)763-3131 for information
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Lawn Service Now Hiring
Must have min.- 1 yr.exp.
w/commercial lawn service,
valid dr. lic., over 18, willing
to work long hours. Call
863-467-8001, 9-5

Needed Immediately
Call 863-634-4583

For Hair Stylists and
Nail Technicians
Exp. pref but not necessary
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.

IElectrician: I
1Journeymen or experienced
_Mechanic's. Only serious
'self motivated need apply.'
'Must have good drivingil
Record. Weekly travel I
required in FL. Paid travel
time, overtime Per diem,,
IDFWP Benefits, 401k, Pd
Shol & vac. I
I Wilson's Petroleum I
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Wanted F/T & P/T Positions
Available (863)610-0852
DOG GROOMER. Must have
ref. Also a Bather (will train)
Please call (863)467-7785.
Class B, Hazemat & Tanker.
Medical Benefits, Retirement,
Vacation & Bonus Programs.
Call (863)763-3617
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the

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tions of ranch cattle pasture. Responsibilities include supervision
of all tractor operators, tractor maintenance, scheduling/recording
fertilizer and spraying operations, regulatory and company policy
compliance and any other duties assigned. Successful candidates
would have a Bachelor's degree in Agronomy, Animal Science or at
least three years experience in related fields. We offer competitive
salary, bonus potential and an excellent benefits package.

Accepting applications
Monday-Friday 8am-3pm
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Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
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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 I Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health 8 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 6800
Pools 9 Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Togs & Games 730
Rs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

TEMPSTAR 5ton, heat
pump, 12 seer, brand new,
never been used. $1200

DESK- Heavy solid wood, 5
drawer, Small, Adult size,
Good condition. $30.
DESK- Heavy solid wood, 5
drawer, Small, Adult size,
Good condition. $45.
1940 With chain, holds 2"
pictures. $25
in grams. Very accurate. An-
tique. $275. (863)467-4328

DRYER, white, like new, great
condition, works good, $65.
FREEZER, Frigidaire, Upright,
Excellent condition. $200.

Good condition. $300 or
best offer. Call Ramses at
TV, Brand new, still in box,
$75 (863)467-2112
pane), Kenmore, Just over 1
yr. old. Large capacity. $300
for both. 561-723-4466 Cell.
WASHER, Whirlpool, heavy
duty, 6 cycle, almond, very
good cond., $75.
wave- Good condition. $125
will separate.
Super Capacity Plus, white,
2 yrs. old, $375.

moved, 40'x60', $1255 or
best offer (863)675-0349
Shop here first!
The classified ads

TANNER- Soliel, 28 Sport.
$2250. New never used, Call
Cathy 863-697-1123

MIAMI SUN- 3 Wheel bike,
Excellent shape. $150.

like new, asking $1000.

Used, (12) 20ft panels. $60
for all or will sep.
(863)675-8760 LaBelle
Steel, 26 gauge, 50ft. $120.
Approx. 50, 60", 99" $500 for
all (863)357-1340
STEPS, Aluminum w/railing, 3
steps high. $60. neg.

Professional machine to re-
move ceiling insulation.
$4500 (863)357-1340

Large assortment, Exc cond.
$100. takes all or will separ-
ate. (863)763-6131

Full Time 0205

Full Time 0205

Buiness I

TANKS 55 gal. on aluminum
stand, 10 gal. on wrought
iron stand & 20 gal. $125 for
all will sep. (863)675-0247
YOUNG DOVES- various col-
ors $20 each.
(863) 675-6214 after 6pm.

WATER HEATER: Just 1 yr.
old. 40 gallon. Pd. $270,
Asking $125 or best offer.
561-723-4466 Cell.

diameter, all accessories,
must take down & haul.
$550 (863)675-3236
HOT TUB- Like new, Excellent
condition, 18 jets, Seats 6
adults $2500.

ment size. Like new w/pucks
& handles, etc. Pd. $1100,
now $550. (863)357-1572
AQUATIC ITEMS 3 life vests,
3 comp. snorkeling sets, &
40" Maui surf board. $90 for
or will sep. (863)675-4792
POOL TABLE World Leisure
Championship Tournament sz.
w/all accessories. Good con-
dition, $550 (863)357-1572.

JVC CD Remote, SMXJ101,
$15 or best offer.
STEREO with CD/double deck
player, AM/FM, $40/neg.
Call 863-674-0304.

TV, 32" Toshiba, 1 yr. old,
$300. (863)467-6821

GENERATOR 5500 watts, 110
& 220 volts, electric start,
built in battery charger, Exc
cond $995. (863)467-4328

GENERATOR- Makita, brand
new, never used, cost
$2000 sell for $1200

battery, Good condition
$100. (863)673-2754

new, Cost $140. Sell $70.

DVD's (85) & 20-40 VHS
$500 or best offer
VCR MOVIES- 150, $200. or
best offer (863)610-1082

WANTED: Horse Round Pen
or Panels. (954)214-8877 or

SETS, 17 Proof '60-88, 14
Mints '62-92. Lincoln Pennies
& more. $500 561-924-8292

Football & Baseball Card Col-
lection & $500 or best offer
Call (863)763-8943

COMPUTER, 16" monitor,
printer, lots of discs, works
great, $150. (863)467-6805
COMPUTER- Pentium 3, win-
dows XP, MS Office, key-
board, mouse, monitor,
$175. (863)843-0158
printer, $250/neg. Call
PRINTER Cannon, brand
new still in box, $40

table & Mixer. $300 for all,
will sep. (863)467-8177

BED FRAME Wooden, twin
size, headboard/footboard,
good condition $20

BR SUITE-5pc, tall oval
hdbd/ftbd, 5 drawer chest,
dresser w/swinging mirror,
carved legs, very sturdy, $500:

BUNK BEDS, Wooden, Built in
shelves, 5 drawers & desk.
$350 863-467-9027 or
863-634-2937 after 5pm.
camouflage, w/ blanket,
sheets, pil. cases; curtains &
shelves $100 863-447-0965
COMPUTER DESK- real wood,
very good shape, $75.
ded chairs, excellent condi-
tion $600. (863)357-1175
Dining Table, 42" round,
glass, 4 cushioned chrs. on
casters, $100.
$50 for both, will sep. Nice
shape. (863)467-6088
DR SUITE- Ashley, Oak, round
table, no leaf, 4 chairs, $200
or best offer.
END TABLES (2) solid wood,
w/ pull out drink/plate hold-
ers $180 or best offer
board, Mattress, complete,
Very nice $100
chairs $50 (863)467-2532
SECTIONAL SOFA, 2 pc. with
end tables, coffee table & 2
foot stools & corner table.
$350 (863)467-9228
TABLE w/ 6 Chairs & 1 leaf.
Very good condition. $100.
WATERBEDS- King (full set)
& Queen $500 Will separ-
Wine Rack, 31x78, 4 shelves,
black metal & oak counter,

CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
PARTY CART seats 4 peo-
ple, 1 dog & plenty of cool-
ers, 36v charger, $900

si, IeI

cal. carbine, custom trigger,
accessory rail, A2 style. $800,
leather bound vol. (history,
gun smithing, ballistics) like
new $450 863-697-2033
REMINGTON 1100- Automatic
shot gun w/ 26" Remchoke
barrel & synthetic stock.
$250. (863)902-0381

gal. $500. (863)763-4600

Space Saver, Runs great.
Good condition. $500.
LIFT CHAIR- electric, excellent
condition, $350
SCOOTER- Golden Alante
motorized chair. New w/ war-
ranty papers, pd $6K asking
$1300 neg (863)357-2233.

BIRDFEEDER, $38 or best of-
fer. (754)367-1761
Blue mini lights, balls & tree
skirt. $35. for all
FUEL TANK, 300 gallon, with
pump, $400 or best offer.
(863)675-6568 leave mes-
NEXTEL i275 Camera
Phone only 3 months old
$80 or best- offer
digital cam. Wrks w/ cx6000,
7000,dx6000, 7000, Is600;
700. $100 (863)697-2422
Sears, programmable, 2 yrs.
old, pd $1257, sell for $600.

new symbols & stands.
$800 or best offer.
cellent condition, with case.
asking $200. or best offer.

great for senior home, $200.
Hand fed $900
Hand Fed $650
Australian Blue & Red Heeler
Pups, 10 weeks, working
parents on premises, $300.
BEAGLE- Tri-colored, Female,
8 mo old, CKC reg. Loves
Kids $200. Call
863-763-2749 or 801-4193
BOA SNAKE- Red Tail & rats,
$150. Please call
863-763-8380 after 5pm
Ask for Susan
FERRETS, 1 Male, 1 Female,
Extremely Tame w/Extra
Large 2 Story Cage. $300 or
best offer. (863)763-3765
FISH TANKS (20) 2/2, 5's &
10's. Including Accessories.
$150. (863)357-1775
PARROT- Congo African Gray
Baby. Hand tamed, 3 mo.
old. $950. neg.
POMERANIANS- 1-male lyr
old, 1-Female 2 yrs old,
Breeding pair. AKC, F-$600,
M-$600. (863)675-4216
old, all shots up to date
$400 (863)447-0965
Champion bloodline, Great
w/kids. Sacrifice for $300 or
best offer (863)467-8896

Buiness I

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

Opportunities Now Open in these Areas:



Skeechobee Must.have a dependable
O k eeC hobee car and provide excellent
X T .- service to our customers



ISpecial Notice 01551

BASSWOOD, 2BR/1BA, newly
renovated, incl. washer/dry-
er, 1st, last & sec. dep,
$800 mo. (561)793-4860
BASSWOOD, 3BR/2BA, $1200
mo., 1st, last & security, Call
for appointment
OKEE- 2br, lba in Ancient
Oaks No pets. Non smoking
envr. $775. mo, util. + Sec
dep & ref. 772-708-4422
screened room, elec. boat lift,
on water, completely furn.,
$1100 mo. + sec. dep.
Okeechobee, 2BR/2BA,
Ig. fam. rm., screen rm. on the
water w/dock, club house,
$1100mo. (863)381-6937

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 105
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

Hurricane Wind Zone 3
Manufactured &
Modular Homes
Land/Home Packages
Complete Double Section,
Setup & A/C.
From $45,000

OKEECHOBEE 3br, lba.
New roof, new flooring, fenced
yard. $99,900. Please call


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

POWER CORD- For a Mobile
Home. 4 wire, 22' long. $60.

OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 2ba,
$750, 1st, last & sec, Small
pets okay, (863)467-6309
eve & wkends.
nished. Avail. now. Very pri-
vate lot w/screen porch, etc.
$875 mo. 863-357-3639

Furnished Mobile in Mobile
Home Park, 3BR, 1 1/2BA,
Fla. rm., storage room, new
a/c, very clean, asking
$15,500. Call (772)879-2879
1800 s.f., Double lot, 2-Living
rooms, 2-Carport's, $120K
neg. 863-467-4449
Buy Here Pay Here
Marginal Credit OK
Clewiston Stanton Homes


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

MARE 14yrs old,, broke. Nice
horse. $800 (863)697-6713
STALLION, 28" High. Show
quality. $1 800.
w/leather harness. $1200.
(561)798-3674 -.
MUSTANG- Mare, 5 yr old,
* halter broke $700.
REG. MINI, 5 mo. old stallion.
Chestnut w/white. Very pretty
w/exc. build. Big build in small
pckg. $950 (863)824-0522
REG. MINI, Tricolor paint
yearling mare, Gorgeous mare
w/blk eyeliner/hazel eyes. 30"
Gentle. $1500 863)824-0522

LAWN MOWER Poulan Pro,
17h/p'Briggs & Stratton eng.
garage kept $1150 or best
offer (863)467-0987
Approx. 200, $1400 for all,
will sep. Will Deliver
(863)357-6202 / 261-4999
Snapper, Runs good, like new
condition $600 or best offer
SDeere Hydra, Sears gas edg-
er & Scotts lawn mower.
$700 will sep 863-357-6456
Snapper, electric start. $450
'05, Used once. 33" cut,
15hp engine. $1300. Call

,healthy and de wormed
$350 (305)807-2500.


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930 '
Land Rent 9J5
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

FURNISHED APT- all utilities
paid, mature adults only, No
pets, on water, Call between
9-7 pm daily (863)357-2044
furnished, elec. & water pro-
vided, $600 mo., 1st & sec.'

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

New & Used
Manufactured Homes
Fleetwood, Jacobsen,
Scotbilt, Townhomes.
Best Deals Anywhere.
Clewiston, LaBelle,
Okeechobee, Punta Gorda

OKEE- 3BR, 28A 1/2 acre
Garage, fenced yard.
1850 NE 103rd Ave.
$140,000 (863)634-3009
Park Model, '96, on private lot
in Ancient Oaks, with 2 add
ons & 2 tip outs, 800 sf.,
water filter, all.appl's incl.,
c/a & heat, $60,,000.


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

ARROW GLASS, '84,18', cen-
ter console, 115hp Yamaha,
clean mtr., solid boat,
$2500. (561)924-8292
BASS BOAT, Ranger 83, 18'
Ft., 150 hp Mercury, 651b trol-
ling motor, 2) fish finders, 3)
new batteries, new lower unit
& additional new items. $4000
or best offer. (863)467-6621
w/ troller motor & trailer, no
motor, rated for 50h/p $1000
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva-
nized. Good shape. $200.
CATFISH BOAT, 21' long,
70hp Tohatsu, new trailer.
Good condition. $2500.
(863)357-4595 ask for Ron.
'92, 50 hp, Trailer, Trolling
motor w/pedal control Depth
finder $3500 941-426-3781
JON BOAT, 10 Ft. w/trailer,
motor & trolling motor. Extra's
included. $800. or best offer.
Call (863)763-0280 anytime.
JON BOAT, 14 Ft. w/ galv.
trailer. 9.9 Johnson, New
seats, Live well. Runs great.
$650. (863)801-3527
MERCURY '01, 25 HP electric
start, 0/B Motor, 2006 war-
ranty. Perfect cond. $2000.
PONTOON BOAT '91, 24', 120
hp motor; full bimini w/storage
cover; new trir., needs a little
work. $4250 772-263-2555
How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified

OKEE 32' Franklin, w/ F/Rm,
Very good cond. Taylor
Creek, Lot 87 $1500.'Must
be moved. (314)293-2227

BOAT MOTOR, Johnson 5 hp,
Brand new condition.' Only
used 4 hrs. Pd. $1500; Ask-
ing. $500. (863)697-6109
Very low hours, runs excellent.
$600. 863-763-3153 Mon. -
Fri., 8pm-5pm Call Pete.

YUMBO, starter motorcycle,
200cc, good beginner bike,
$2500. (863)801-4949

SUZUKIE 125 3 Wheeler w/re-
verse. $500. (863)634-3p29

Do-It-Yourself Ideas

Lawn Ornaments
These eight adorable lawn
ornaments are sure to, sur-
prise and delight everyone.
Ideal for beginning do-it-
yourselfers, all that
required is some scrap lum-
ber, a saw, sandpaper and
paint and sealer. Simply
trace the patterns onto wood,

and interesting person. N~o
womfor newspaper readoes
're aoesaccessull

cut out, sand, paint and seal.
The lawn ornaments range in
size from 12 to 16 inches tall.
Lawn Ornaments plan
(No. 14) ... $9.95
Lawn Fun Package
3 other plans
(No. Cl 10)..: $19.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds
of projects)... $2.00
Please add $3.00 s&h
(except catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), clip
and send with check to:
U-Bild, P.O. Box 2383,
Van Nuys, CA 91409.
Please be sure to include
your name, address, and the
name of this newspaper.
Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
Money Back Guarantee

The Okeechobee News, Friday, September 2, 2005


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

4 Door, 71K mls., Good on
Sas. Clean inside/out. Asking
2450. (863)467-4043
FORD F150 XLT 2001, 4 Dr.,
2wd, 91K mis., Power every-
thing. $15,000 or best offer.
FORD T-BIRD- 93, 6 cyl, Au-
to, Pwr windows/seats, Tilt
wheel, Cruise, Cold A/C,
$1800. 863-632-9166
FORD TEMPO 1992, Rebuilt
engine, 48K mis. 30+ mpg.
Good condition. $800.
Runs good. Need minor cos-
metic work. $1500. neg. 863-
634-7556 or 561-758-5295.
good, Good tires, cold A/C.
1200 or best offer.
Exc. cond., black rag top, new
tires, cold a/c., $1800.
863-357-2834 / 891-6033.

a bl o ice

V8, PW/PL/PS, new trans,
cold AC, new spare, $2500
neg. (863)528-3749
'91, All power, low miles, 4
door, Runs great. $1500.
RA WAGON, '89, runs good,
good shape, $800 neg.
Pontiac Bonneville, '92- full
power, AC, reliable car, call
for details, $1800 or best of-
fer. (863)675-2598 Iv msg.
Runs great. A/C, Needs
shocks $600.
conv., 4 cyl., cold air,
$2500. (863)381-0432
TOYOTA CAMRY- '93, Needs
some work, $1000. or best
offer. (863)467-8038
transmission. $250 or best
offer (863)234-1757

vertible. Needs work. $500.

FORD RANGER 1984, 2.8 V6,
4x4, Runs great, owner pur-
chased newer vehicle.
$1300. (863)381-0432
JEEP Grand Wagoneer- '84,
Camo paint job runs and
looks good $2000.
The classified are the
most successful sales-
person in town.

FORD 1 TON '86 lift gate,
PTO, 11ft utility body $1200

CAR DOLLY, fits all vehicles,
$450. (863)382-9222
ners for '98 Expedition,
$125. Call 239-634-9339.
MISC. PARTS off of '80's
Mustang, $2500 for all will
sell separately.
parts or repair, good trans,
tires, a/c blows cold, $450
neg. (863)467-8856
RIMS, 17" Manta Ray, Uni-
versal four lug. Brand new!
Very Nice! $600. or best offer.
Call Ramses (863)673-0645
TIRES (4) Mastercraft Courser
SE, A/T. P265/75R16's. $40
for all. (863)674-1906
TIRES (4)- new, M+S
LT245/75R17 Continental
Contrac $240 (863)763-6131
after 6p M-F, anytime weekend
TOOL BOX diamond plate for
full size truck & L shape 110
gal fuel tank, (2) 12v fuel
pumps $500(863)763-8415
TOOL BOX, For Full Size Pick
Up. Diamond plated. $75.
(863)634-3029 .
TRAILER HITCH- Class 3, Fits
Mercury Grand Marquis,
Ford Crown, Vic. & various
Lincoln $150 863-467-8589

CHEVY 350 '94- 4dr, 1 ton,
good work truck, $2500
FORD F350, '86, 6.9L Diesel,
dually, flatbed, $2500 or
best offer. (772)215-8202

DODGE RAM 250, '90- runs
good, new parts, fiberglass
work body w/ladder rack.
$1500 (863)655-0030.

FORD F150 '91 XLT, auto,
V8, cold ac, runs great, many
new parts including new tires
$2500 (863)697-2032
FORD F150, '95, extended
cab, V8, aluminum topper,
runs good, $2500.
FORD PICK UP 1977, Runs.
$500. (863)634-0433
camper top, auto, runs good,
cold air, new tires. $950
FORD RANGER XLT, '87, with
extra cab, runs good, 5 spd.,
$800. (863)382-9222
'85, runs good, body & in-
terior in good shape, $2500
neg. (863)634-7098
MITSUBUSHI- '86, 2 W/D, 4
cyl, Standard $850. or best
offer. (863)632-9166
NISSAN PICKUP 1997, 2 wd.,
5 spd., Ice Cold Air, 4 cyl.
Excellent condition. $2500
Toyota Pickup, '85, ext. cab, 4
whi dr., lifted on 35x12.5,
system, custom paint,
$1800 neg. (863)801-9441

condition, runs, great. 4door,
auto, 4x2 $2000 or best of-
fer (863)673-0645 Ramses

'91 97K mi, V8, auto, fully
equipped. AM/FM cass. $2K
(863)675-7878/ 234-1933.

tires, runs good, needs trans
work, $300.

FORD AEROSTAR, '91, 4x4,
good motor & trans., for
parts only, $350 or best of-
fer. (863)763-0812

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pro-ldkng io.1n-foron
about bIet buys,
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Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

A public auction will be held at BMJ'
Towing, Inc. Lot at 419 Southwest
2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida
34974 on the 16th day of September
2005 at 10:00 A.M Pursuant to Flori-
da statute 713.78 for unpaid towing
and storage. Year, Make, Model &
Vin's as follows:
1995 Burgundy Chevrolet S-10 Pickup
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said auto-
mobiles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
80652 ON 9/2/05

a~i Notice

The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners will convene a public
hearing on Thursday, September 8,2004 at 5:01 p.m. in the County Commission
Chambers, Courthouse, 304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Rorina to consider
adoption of the tentative county budgets) and millage rates) for fiscal year
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the board with respect to any
matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and
that for such purpose, he or she must ensure that a verbatim record of t pro-
ceedings is made, which record shall Include the testimony and evidence upon
which Ote appeal is to be based.
Clif Bets, Jr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
81336 ON 9/2/05






Iubi Noice

*,ui Notice

The Department of Environmental Protection on February 11, 2005, received a re-
quest for an exemption under Rule 62-560.520, Florida Administrative Code,
from two secondary drinking water standards, color and iron, from J & S Fish
Camp for its public water system, located at 9500 SW Conners Highway, Okee-
chobee, Florida 34974. The Department gives notice that it has issued an Intent
to grant the exemption for a period oftwo years.
A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Departments action may
petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) under sections 120.569 and
120.57 of the Florida Statutes. The petition must contain the information set forth
below and must be filed (received by the clerk) in the Office of General Counsel
of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahas-
see, Florida 32399-3000.
Mediation is not available.
If a timely and sufficient petition for an adminalstrtive hearing is filed, other persons
whose substantial interests will be affected by the outcome of the administrative
process have the right to petition to intervene in the proceeding. Intervention will
e permitted only at the discretion of the presiding officer upon the filing of a mo-
tion in compliance with rule 28-106.205 ol the Flnda Administrative Code.
In accordance with rules 28-106.111(2) and 62-110.106(3)(a)(4), petitions for an
admnisrative hearing must be filed within 30 days of publication of the notice or
receipt of written notice, whichever occurs first Under rule 62-110.106(4) of the
Florida Administrative Code, a person whose substantial interests are affected by
the Department's achon may also request an extension aof me to file a petition
for an administrative hearing. The Department may, for good cause shown, grant
the request for an extension of time. Requests for extension of time must be filed
with the Office of General Counsel of the Department at 3900 Commonwealth
Boulevard, Mail Station 35, Tallahassee, Flionda 32399-3000 before the appli-
cable deadline. A timey request for extension of time will toll the running of the
time period for filing a petition until the request is acted upon. Upon motion by
the requesng party showing that the failure to file a request for an extension of
time before the deadline was the result of excusable neglect, the Department may
also grant the requested extension of time.
The petitioner shall mail a copy of the petition to the applicant at the address indi-
cated above at the time of tiling. The failure of any person to file a petition for an
administrative hearing within the appropriate time period shall constitute a waiver
of that right.
A petition that disputes the material facts on which the Departments action is
based must contain the following information:
(a) The name and address of each agency affected and each agency's file or iden-
tification number, it known;
(b) The name, address, and telephone number of the petitioner the name, address,
and telephone number of the petitioner's representative, If any, which shall be the
address for service purposes during the course of the proceeding; and an expla-
nation of how the petitioner's substantial interests are or will be affected by the
agency determination;
(c)A statement aof when and how the petitioner received notice of the agency deci-
(d) A statement of all disputed issues of material fact If there are none, the petition
must so indicate;
(e) A concise statement of the ultimate facts alleged, including the specific facts
the petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification of the agency's proposed
(f) A statement of the specific rules or statutes that the petitioner contends require
reversal or modification of the agency's proposed action; and
(g) A statement of the relief sought by the petitioner, stating precisely the action
that the petitioner wishes the agency to take with respect to the agency's pro-
posed action.
A peftion that does not dispute the material facts on which the Departments action
Is based shall state that no such facts are in dispute and otherwise shall contain
the same information as set forth above, as required by rule 28-106.301.
Under sections 120.569(2)(c) and (d) of the Florida Statutes, a petition for adminis-
trative hearing shall be dismissed by the agency if the petition does not substan-
tially comply with the above requirements or Is untimely filed:.
Complete copies of all documents relating to this determination are available for
public Inspectionduringnormal business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday, at Flonda Department of Environmental Protection, 400 North
Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, Florida, Please call Michele Ow-
ens at 561/681-6700 to set up an appointment or for more information about
this exemption.
81641 ON 9/2/05

Community Events

Diabetes support group to meet
Raulerson Hospital's diabetes support group will meet Thursday,
Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. in the hospital's cafeteria, 1796 U.S. 441 N. This pro-
gram is offered free to the community. For information, call Wanda
Haas, RN, CDE at (863) 763-5093.

Airboat group to meet Sept. 8
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association (LOAA) will meet
Thursday, Sept. 8, at 6 p.m. at the Village Square Restaurant, 301 W.
South Park S.. Agenda items include selection of an audit committee,
an update on the 2006 jamboree, additional charitable giving and
report on Labor Day. Visitors are welcome. Call the Andersons at (863)
763-6069 for information.

Governor's Job Fair is Sept. 8
The Governor's Job Fair will beheld Sept. 8 from noon until 4 p.m.
at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando. The job fair is being pre-
sented by the Central Florida Employment Council and Workforce
Central Florida. Admission and parking are free. The Governor's Job
Fair is expected to draw over 140 employers offering job openings in
all types of Central Florida industries. To pre-register, go online to
DFEC.org.-For nrcteFnformation, .call (407) 834-4022.

Shared Services Network meeting slated
The executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of Okee-
chobee County will meet Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the Okeechobee Coun-
ty School Administration boardroom, 700 S.W. Second Ave. This
forum provides a mechanism for dialogue and problem solving in the
community through the collaborative efforts of local decision makers.
The public is invited. For information, call (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Hospice hosting yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will host a yard sale Sept. 9 and 10 from 8
a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the air conditioned Hospice of
Okeechobee Volunteer House at the corner of S.E. Fourth St. and Third
Avenue. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee.

Services for deaf is talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday, Sept.
10, starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6 p.m. on WWFR
91.7 FM and on 100.3 FM. The guest'will be Richard Kottler, Jr., execu-
tive director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of the Treasure
Coast. The topic will be challenges confronted daily by the deaf and
hard of hearing. For information, call Richard Kottler, Jr. at (772) 335-
5546 or TTD (772) 335-9966; or, by e-mail at dsctc@bellsouth.net

Barnyard Buddies plan meeting
The Barnyard Buddies is a small animal noncompetitive 4-H club
for children five to 18 years old. Members learn how to select and care
for small animals, including rabbits, poultry, dogs, cats, fish, snakes,
gerbils and hamsters. The club members are not required to sell their
animals, but do show them at county events. The members also take
field trips, do community service and take part in most 4-H functions.
Meetings are usually held the second Saturday of each month from
10a.m. until noon. The first meeting of this year will be Saturday, Sept.
10, at 10 a.m. at the County 4-H Extension office, 458 U.S. 98 N. At this
meeting the Buddies will be electing officers, planning their year and
discussing small animals. Everyone who would like to be part of the
Barnyard Buddies is invited. New members can join at the meeting or
by signing up at the Okeechobee County 4-H Extension office Monday
through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the
extension office at (863) 763-6469.

AARP driver safety course planned
An AARP driver's safety course will be held Sept. 10 and 17 at 307
N.W. Fifth St. from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Registration is at 8 a.m. on
Sept. 10. Tuition for the class is $10 and must be paid by check. These
classes are four hours each day and total one eight-hour class. You do
not need to be a member of AARP to attend. This class is for seniors
aged 50 and over. For information, call Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-

Volunteer training class offered
The American Red Cross Okeechobee branch is holding a new Vol-
unteer Orientation and Disaster training class on Sept; 15 from 6 until 9
p.m. in their offices at 323 N. Parrott Ave. All volunteers interested in
being deployed on national disasters as a Red Cross volunteer must
complete disaster training. If you are interested in becoming a volun-
teer or registering for this class, call (863) 763-2488.

Children's Ranch plans yard sales
Real Life. Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will begin their
weekly yard sales on Sept. 15 and 16. The yard sales help support the
children. The yard sales will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Usable
donations are always accepted. Donated items should be taken to the
ranch since pick-up service is not available. For information, call Rosie
(863) 763-4242.

4-H plans fundraiser
The Okeechobee County 4-H annual fundraiser barbecue
lunch/dinner will be held on Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. There
will be delivery from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. from the Freshman Campus.
The lunch/dinner will include sliced barbecue pork, coleslaw, baked
beans, roll, cookie and a cold drink for a $6 donation. You can eat in,
take out or call for delivery. Call (863) 763-6469 in advance; or on Sept.
16 call (863) 634-3326, or (863) 634-3327.

GPS training course offered
Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla 57 will be holding GPS training Satur-
day,-Sept. 17, and will be starting a boating safety and seamanship pro-
gram on Thursday, Sept. 29. Learn to get more out of your GPS equip-
ment and enhance your boating experience. The course is also a must
for anyone considering buying new GPS equipment for their boat. The
boating safety and seamanship program will teach you to outfit your
boat safely and be in compliance with the rules. You will learn the boat-
ing rules of the road. Pickup tips on trailering and using your boat safely
and efficiently. The last program was packed with people from 12 to
over 60 years in age. Seating is limited. Times for both programs will be
announced soon, but seating is limited. Call (863) 467-3085 for informa-
tion or to pre-register.

OFC advisory council to form
The Okeechobee Freshman Campus will hold their organizational
School Advisory Council meeting Monday, Sept, 29, at 2 p.m. in the
Freshman Campus auditorium, 610 S.W. Second Ave. During this meet-
ing, membership and officers will be elected for the 2005-06 school year.
All parents are invited. For information, call Toni Wiersma, principal, at
,(863).462-5288. .

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. Proceeds from the salewill 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:

Dates for fall bazaar announced
The annual Fall Bazaar Arts and Crafts Show and Sale sponsored by
Xi Nu Sigma, the Avon Park Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi is scheduled for
Saturday, Oct. 1, at Donaldson Park in Avon Park. Proceeds from this
fundraiser are used throughout the year for community projects. Past
proceeds have been used to purchase canned goods and blankets for
the Sun Room, Avon Park Church Service Center,. scholarships and
donations to the juvenile diabetes fund. Vendor applications are now
being accepted. Contact Linda Dalke, 1608 Booth Drive, in Sebring; or,
call Lynn Cloud at (863) 382-4487 or (863) 381-5680.

St. Theresa's will host Sunday school
The St Theresa Catholic Church Buckhead Ridge. Sunday School
(CCD) will begin Oct 2. Please call Ann at (863) 467-1516 or Fr. Dan at
the Parish Office (863) 946-0696, for information.

Church hosting Christian speaker
The First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, 401 S.W. Fourth St., will host
the best selling Christian author and speaker Beth Moore, who will be
delivering messages via satellite, on Oct. 7 from 7 until 9:30 p.m. and on
Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. To register for the event, call the First
Baptist'Church at (863) 763-2171. Tickets for the two day event are $25.

Swimming pool hours announced
The Okeechobee Sports Complex swimming pool hours of opera-
tion are: Aug. 8 Oct. 30, Tuesday through Friday from 4 until 7 p.m., Sat-
urday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m. The pool
is not open during school hours. For information, contact the pool office
at (863) 467-7667.

Hammock State Park hosts festival
,Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring will hold their 20th Annu-
al Civilian Conservation Corps Festival Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
There will be an antique car show, arts and craft vendors, live music,
kids activities, tram ride, hayrides, CCC Alumni Reunion, a cracker cow-
boy poet, -pony rides, living history re-enactments and more! Park
admission is $4 per-carload (up to eight people). Arts and crafts vendors
are needed. The rticipation fee is $10.70 for the entire day. Contact
Dorothy L. Harris at. (863) 634-7695; or, by e-mail at
dorothy.l.harris@dep.state.fl.us for information or to request a vendor
packet. Interested food vendors should contact Nancy Davis of the Ham-
mock Inn directly at (863) 385-7025.

Church celebrates open house month
September is open house month for the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Any one in the community who is looking
for a church home or who is interested in knowing more about the Unit-
ed Methodist Church is invited to attend worship services. Services are at
8 a.m. on Sunday, 9:30 a.m. for praise and 11 a.m. for traditional servic-
es. Fellowship time is held in the fellowship hall at 9 and 10:30 a.m.

DAR opens essay contest
It is again time for the National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution to sponsor their annual American Essay Contest. The contest
is open to public, private and parochial schools and those who are
home schooled and will start on the first day of school. The essays have
to be turned in by Dec. 1. This year's subject for grades five through eight
is "Benjamin Franklin- More than a Revolutionary". Jan. 17, 2006, marks
the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth. "The Santa Maria to
the New World and the Apollo Mission to the Moon: Christopher Colum-
bus and the Astronauts'! is the subject chosen for grades nine thought
12. American Essay Contest Certificates and Excellence in History
Medals will be presented to the contestants. The winner from each
school will receive a monetary award. For information, call (863) 763-

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