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Okeechobee N ews
Vol. 95 No. 258
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merce- 55 S. Parrott Ave.
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1055 U.S. 98 N.
Okeechobee News 107 S.W.
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50 S.E. Second Ave.
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Raulerson Hospital 1796 U.S.
700 A County Store 23302 N.W.
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Thursday, September 15, 2005
City board acts on junkyard
By Audrey Blackwell
The frustration was palpable
as the City of Okeechobee Code
Enforcement Board members
discussed Marvin Brantley's
junkyard on South Parrott
Avenue (S.R. 15) at their meeting
Mr. Brantley was supposed to
have cleaned up the first 50 feet
of the junkyard and installed four
emergency access lanes by Aug.
26. While he has made some
progress, the job is not complete-
ly done and code board mem-
bers expressed frustration that
Mr. Brantley's promises are yet
unfulfilled. They cited years of
battling Mr. Brantley to clean up
the junkyard and are growing
weary of the fight.
In the end, board members
voted that the lack of emergency
access lanes at the junkyard con-
stitutes noncompliance with the
local ordinance and poses a
health and safety risk.
The board will make a recom-
mendation to the Okeechobee
City Council that they take action
at their next meeting on Sept. 20
to enforce the ordinance.
The settlement of a lawsuit
filed by the City of Okeechobee
against Mr. Brantley as owner of
the junkyard had been reached in
early July. In the settlement, Mr.
Brantley agreed to pay $58,750 in
city code violations, bring the
property up to code, install fire
lanes and to install an 8-foot
fence along the western bound-
ary of the property facing S.R. 15
by Aug. 26.
-. i. ... Project a learning experience
On Sept. 7, the Okeechobee
City Council authorized the city
attorney to file an affidavit with
the court stating that Mr. Brantley
had not complied with the judg-
In its recommendation, the
code board will suggest the
council begin .to procure bids
from contractors for manpower
and equipment to abate the
problem and give Mr. Brantley 30
days to clean it up before the city
"The city will have a proce-
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Joy Burnham (right) displays her award winning science fair project "Will Crossbred
Cattle Produce Higher Quality Milk?" Her mother, Ann Burnham, left, proved support for
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Comics . . .9
Community Events ... .4
Crossword ... ..... .10
Obituaries .......... 3
Opinion . .. .4
Speak Out ......... .4
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By Pete Gawda
Campus student Joy Burnham
put her experience growing up"
on her parents' dairy farm to
use on a science project last
year when she was a student at
Yearling Middle School.
Her zoological project, "Will
Crossbred Dairy Cattle Produce
Higher Quality Milk?" won first
place at both the county and
regional science fairs and sec-
ond place at the state science
fair. She also placed second in
her category in state Future
Farmers of America (FFA) com-
Even though she was not
able to prove her hypothesis
that Holstein-Jersey crosses
produce better quality milk, it
was definitely a learning experi-
ence involving a lot of statistical
The experiment took place
every Saturday for six weeks
with milk.sampling. Milk was
then taken to a lab and exam-
ined. She used 14 Holsteins and
14 cross breeds.
Joy's results showed there
was no significant difference in
milk quality between Holsteins
and Holstein-Jersey crosses.
Buddy Mills was her agricul-
ture teacher at Yearling. He said
he helped her some with her
project, but added that most of
the credit for help goes to her
father, Randy Burnham, a for-
mer biology teacher.
"I admire her for going
through with this project," he
said, noting that it took a lot of
time and record keeping.
Joy and her sister Kelsey
were both semifinalists in differ-
ent categories in the Discovery
Channel Young Scientist Chal-
lenge for 2005. Unfortunately,
Joy was not selected as a finalist
in her category.
However, her sister Kelsey's
project "Will Silicon Help Plant
Growth in South Florida Soils"
made it to the finals in her cate-
Through her project, Kelsey
found that not only does silicon
promote plant growth, it pre-
vents phosphorous runoff. Sili-
con is a granular substance
than bonds with phosphorous,
Kelsey, along with 39 other
finalists from around the coun-
try, will go to Washington, D.C.,
to exhibit her project and com-
pete for a scholarship.
Kelsey's project also won
first place in county and region-
al science fairs. She won honor-
able mention in the state sci-
ence fair and first place in state
Mr. Mills said he was proud
of both girls. He said they,were
both great kids with a desire to
be successful and they were
both role models.
dure in place to fix the problem
beginning on the 31st day," said
board member Jamie Gamiotea,
while making the motion.
Quite possibly, the city can
use manpower and equipment
from the city's public works
Code Board chairman Mack
Worley said that four emergency
access lanes are required from
the street along the 500 feet of
junkyard that faces S.R. 15. In
See Junkyard Page 2
Crystal mine secrets exposed
By D. Hamilton
The general membership
meeting of the Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce
invited Ft. Drum Crystal Mine
owner-operator, Eddie Rucks as
Mr. Rucks told members
about the history of the first
excavation of the fossil laden
mine. He stated that the mine
has been in existence since the
early 1990s and that it contains
calcite spar geodes, or crystals
embedded in fossilized clams.
Mr. Rucks also explained to
Chamber members that many
of the extremely rare forma-
tions are from the 'Tami Ami'
formation dating in the millions
"The mine has the distinc-
tion of having the richest and
most varied fossilized shell
species in the world", said Mr.
The former dairy farmer
turned crystal miner told the
audience that the clam and
shell formations were encased
in rock through some cata-
clystnmic event that allowed thick
formations of calcium to grow
over millions of years. Those
calcium formations later
became the 'crystals' that are
mined by Mr. Rucks and also by
geologists, gem societies, rock
clubs and individuals who
come to the mine to unearth
the secrets hidden beneath the
Mr. Rucks has only recently
begun to open the mine to the
individual public. It previously
produced aggregate products
such as shell rock for the coun-
He stated that he encourages
groups and individuals, to
"come out and dig" and men-
tioned that within the next few
months he hopes to have the
beginnings of camping facilities
for groups and individuals who
want to make their dig more of
Anyone interested in digging
at the mine with a group or as an
individual can contact Mr. Rucks
at (863) 634-4579; or, visit the Ft.
Drum Crystal Mine web site at
Other chamber of Com-
merce business included:
Executive Director Brenda
O'Connor reminded members
that the Okeechobee County 4-
H Annual fundraiser will be
held at the Freshman Campus.
Barbeque lunch/dinners can be
ordered on Friday, Sept. 16,
from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and
will be delivered from II a.m.
See Mine Page 2
Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Eddie Rucks owner-operator of the Ft. Drum Crystal Mine was
the guest speaker at this month's Okeechobee County Cham-
ber of Commerce general membership meeting. Mr. Rucks kept
Chamber members riveted with information and samples from
the family-owned mine.
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News Briefs K|b sM I .I % p l Io
All Regions Banks are now
accepting donations to the
American Red Cross disaster
relief efforts. Checks should be
made out to: American Red
Cross Hurricane Katrina Disaster
Relief Fund. Customers will be
given a Red Cross receipt. The
local Regions Bank is located at
305 E.N. Park St. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-5535.
Items for Hurricane Katrina
victims can be donated to the
First Baptist Church Mission
House, 309 S.W. Fourth Ave.,
from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 5
p.m. until 7 p.m., Monday
through Friday. The mission
house will close at 6:30 p.m. on
Wednesday. Cash donations can
be made to the First Baptist
Farm Credit of South Flori-
da is collecting emergency relief
items and supplies at their
branch office in Okeechobee at
403 N.W. Sixth St. The office is
open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Their phone number is (863)
The Florida Baptist Conven-
tion is accepting financial contri-
butions. Checks should be made
out to the Florida Baptist Con-
vention and designated for Hur-
ricane Relief and sent to: Florida
Baptist Convention, Business
Services, Box 5579, Jacksonville,
Fla., 32247. Donations can also
be made by VISA, MasterCard or
Discover by calling 800-226-
8584, ext. 3049.
Donations can be made on
behalf of the City of Okeechobee
at the SunTrust Bank, 815 S. Par-
rott Ave. For information, con-
tact SunTrust Bank at (863) 763-
Association to coordinate relief
efforts ufor churches. Contact
:your church for information.
The Okeechobee Church of
:God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will
take a truckload of donations to
the Mobile, Ala., every Thursday
;starting Sept. 8. For information,
'call (863) 763-4127.
Riverside Bank, 1506 S. Par-
rott Ave., is collecting nonperish-
able items canned food, pack-
aged dry goods, diapers and
'bottled water in their lobby.
'For information, call (863) 824-
There will be a Kool-Aid
,stand fundraiser in front of Wal-
green Drug Store, 100 N.W. Park
'St., Saturday from noon until 4
p.m., proceeds will go to Red
Use the Internet as much as
:possible when trying to locate a
:storm Victim. The phone lines
;are either down or, if operating,
Here are some Internet sites
.that are posting messages with
.information on those found or
The Louisiana State Police
(LSP) has requested that those
seeking information on friends
and loved-ones should contact
2the Red Cross at www.red-
:cross.org, or call 1-800-GET-
!Sept. 17-23 is
to the Okeechobee Chapter
:Daughters of the American Rev-
olution the week of Sept. 17-23 is
Constitution Week, and com-
*memorates the signing of the
:Constitution of the United States.
SThis great document, the
.guardian of our liberties, estab-
lished our republic as a self-gov-
erning nation dedicated to rule
Constitution Week provides
:Americans an opportunity to
recall the nature of limited gov-
!ernment as well as the rights,
'privileges and responsibilities of
in recovery efforts
The Florida Airboat Associa-
'tion asks that the websites --
:www.airboatworld.com -- be
;the primary contact points for
'those interested in volunteering.
:their airboats to assist in Hurri-
cane Katrina recovery efforts.
Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Debbie Clemons of the Okeechobee Livestock Market has
been working non-stop at the VFW hall, making up hun-
dreds of ZipLoves, a Ziploc bag filled with an outfit to wear,
toiletries, shoesand even a small book or toy to be sent to
Franklinton, Okeechobee's adopted town in Louisiana.
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until 2 p.m. on Friday. Food orders
include barbeque pork, coleslaw,
baked beans, roll, cookie with a
cold drink included. A donation of
$6 is requested for each meal
ordered. Orders can be for eat-in,
take-out or call in advance for
delivery at (863)634-3326 or (863)
The Chamber of Commerce
Coffee Klatch meeting will be
hosted by Stardust Lanes, 1465
U.S. 441 S.E., on Thursday, Sept.
22. All Chamber members and
guests are invited to attend this
business social event. Refresh-
ments will be served.
The Okeechobee Democrat-
ic Party Jefferson-Jackson dinner
will be held Friday, Sept. 23, at
6:15 p.m. at the Shrine Club. The
speaker will be Rep. Richard
Machek. Prime Rib will be served
for dinner. The cost for each per-
son is $30. Call (863) 763-0540 or
(863) 467-1686; e-mail okee-
; or get dinner tickets at 710 S. Par-
Continued From Page 1
addition, Mr. Brantley needs to
replace the wooden fence that is
set back 30 feet from the roadway
with proper fencing along the
newly revised 50-foot setback
Steven Brantley, the property
owner's son, told the board they
had installed new fencing 50 feet
back. However, Mr. Worley point-
ed out the new fence could be
seen through and requires cover-
When signing the agreement
with the city, Mr. Brantley assured
the city the fence would be pro-
fessionally built and of a material
one would not be able to see
Most of the board members
agreed that something needs to
Sbe done as soon as possible to
remedy the lack of emergency
access lanes and to clean up the
p property in front of the 50-foot
>s" setback. However, board mem-
S ber Renee Sweda disagreed on
the rush to take action.
* "It is obvious to me that the
junkyard is a safety issue and a
public nuisance. However, why is
it a case now?," she said. "I do not
believe the city wants to do this
job. I have watched the cltm-up
every day, the amount of dump-
sters. They are doing a lot of work
and it is a major nightmare. But
this has always been a safety issue
and a nuisance. What makes the
She concluded by saying that
if the city did the clean up it
would cause the city more aggra-
vation and cost money in legal
fees and labor. She suggested giv-
ing Mr. Brantley another 45 days
Mr. Worley said he disagreed
wholeheartedly with Mrs. Sweda.
"We've been at this for 14
years. He signed an agreement
and said it would be done Aug.
26," said Mr. Worley. "I see
progress, but more needs to be
done. If we give him another
drop-dead date of 45 days, then
he will want another 45 days."
Mrs. Sweda asked the board if
Marvin Brantley still owned the
property that is not in compli-
ance, stating that it may have
Mr. Worley asked' Steven
Brantley if his father still owned
the city's portion of the junkyard,
and he said yes.
However, Steven Brantley said
he had that day received some of
the property in the county's por-
tion of the junkyard.
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The Okeechobee News, Thursday, September 15, 2005 ;
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-
David Sheridan Pickard, 30,
S.E. 34th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Sept. 6 by Deputy Lieu-
tenant K. Murrish on Okee-
chobee County warrants charg-
ing him with amended violation
of probation driving while
license suspended (felony) and
misdemeanor warrants charging
him with amended violation of
probation driving under the
influence (misdemeanor), fail-
ure to appear violation of pro-
bation driving while license
suspended (second conviction)
and failure to appear violation
of probation driving under the
influence. He is being held with-
Donald Christen Wilson,
28, Winter Haven, was arrested
Sept. 6 by Deputy Sam Thomas
on an Okeechobee County war-
rant charging him with amended
violation of probation driving
while license suspended (habit-
ual offender). He is being held
Michael .T. Harris, 41, N.W.
89th Court, Okeechobee, was
arrested Sept 6 by Deputy
Sergeant Robert Coleman on a
felony charge of violation of pro-
bation driving while license
suspended. He is being held
Christopher Hill, 33, First
Place, Vero Beach, was arrested
Sept. 6 by Deputy Patricia Mas-
sung on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
tion. of probation perjury. His
bond was set at $10,000.
*. Toni Leigh Bush, 18, S.E.
35th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested Sept 7 by Officer R. Kale
on a charge of possession of
amphetamine. Her bond was set
Travis J. Goff, 26, S.E. 18th
Terrace, Okeechobee, was
arrested Sept. 9 by Deputy Gary
Johnson on a felony charge of
aggravated assault with a motor
vehicle on a law enforcement
officer and misdemeanor
charges of driving while license
suspended with knowledge and
resisting arrest without violence.
His total bond on these charges
is $23,000. He was also arrested
on Okeechobee County war-
rants charging him with driving
while license suspended
(felony) and failure to appear -
driving while license suspended
second conviction (misde-
meanor). His total bond on the
warrant arrests was set at
Danny Alan Keenum, 41,
S.W. Ninth St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Sept. 9 by Deputy J. Gra-
cie on a felony charge of posses-
sion of a controlled substance
and a misdemeanor charge of
possession of drug parapherna-
lia. His bond was set at $5,000.
Edguardo Flores, N. Sixth
St., Okeechobee, was arrested
Sept. 9 by Officer Allen on
charges of aggravated battery.
His bond was set at $15,000.
Gary Lee Lanser, 50, N.W.
24th Ave., Okeechobee was
arrested Sept. 10 by the OCPD on
a charge of driving under the
influence. His bond was set at
Edwin S. Roberts, 46,
Hansel Ave., Orlando, was
arrested Sept. 10 by the OCPD on
a charge of driving under'the
influence. His bond was set at
Jesus Serrano, 28, N.E. 10th
Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested
Sept. 11 by Deputy R. Hartsfield
on Okeechobee County war-
rants charging him with viola-
tion of probation battery on a
pregnant person (felony), failure
to appear driving while license
suspended (felony), failure to
appear driving while license
Suspended habitual (traffic
felony) and failure to appear -
resisting arrest without violence
(misdemeanor). He is being
held without bond on the bat-
tery charge. His bond on the
remaining charges was set at a
total of $10,000.
Carlos Manuel Arias, 29,
N.E. 80th Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Sept. 11 by Officer
R. Kale on a felony charge of
aggravated battery and a misde-
meanor charge of leaving the
scene of an accident with prop-
erty damage. His total bond was
set at $25,000.
Bobby Dale Hilsheimer, 44,
U.S. 441 S.E., was arrested Sept.
11 by Deputy Richard Durfee on
misdemeanor charges of driving
under the influence, driving
while license suspended and
failure to sign a citation. His total
bond was set at $15,500.
Raymond Edward Arnold,
.38, S. Parrott Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested Sept. 11 by Deputy
Corporal Rosemary Gilkey on
felony charges of theft of a
firearm, dealing in stolen proper-
ty, possession of methampheta-
mine, possession of metham-
phetamine with intent to sell,
possession of drug parapherna-
lia and possession of a con-
trolled substance. His total bond
was set at $30,000.
Arturo Sanchez, 18, U.S.
441 S.E., was arrested by Deputy
Timothy A. Higgins on a felony
charge of interference with child
custody and a misdemeanor
charge of resisting an officer by
obstruction. His total bond was
set at $10,000.
Lotta Star Martin, 28, Okee-
chobee, was arrested Sept 12 by
Detective M.D. Faulkner on a
felony charge of burglary of a
dwelling and a misdemeanor
charge of theft. Her total bond
was set at $11,000.
This column lists arrests and
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
inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed
Eufaula King, 86 went horte to
be with the Lord on Sept: 13, 2005.
She was born in Cullmah County,
Ala.' and lived most bhe~ life in
Immokalee where she was the
United States Post Master for many
years before retiring. She was a
member of First Baptist Church,
Immokalee and recently moved to
Okeechobee to be with family,
where she was a member of the
Northside Baptist Church.
Mrs. King is survived by her
niece Lyda Underhill, granddaugh-
ter Paula Hutchins, sisters; Helen
Davis and Jeanette La Franiere. She
was preceded in death by her hus-
band and three sisters.
Visitation will be held Friday,
Sept. 16, 2005 at Friendship Baptist
Church, Immokalee from 10 a.m.
until the time of the service at 12
p.m. Burial will follow at the Bap-
tist Cemetery, Immokalee. Pastor
Arlen Cook from Northside Baptist
Church, Okeechobee will officiate.
The family entrusted care to
Brister Funeral Home, Immokalee,
Cnce C. Tapley
Cince C. Tapley, 88, died Sept.
12, 2005 in Port St. Lucie.
Mr. Tapley was born in Lyons,
Ga., moved to Okeechobee and
currently resided in Ft. Pierce.
Prior to retirement, he
worked in construction.
Survivors include his brother,
H.D. Tapley of Ft. Lauderdale,
and niece, Diann Kirsch of Plan-
Arrangements are under the
direction of Haisley Funeral
NOTICE OF A FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
OAKS AT SHANNON'S CROSSING LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
OAKS AT SHANNON'S CROSSING
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has received application for financial assis-
tance from Oaks at Shannon's Crossing Limited Partnership through Rural
Housing Service which administers the multifamily housing loan and grant pro-
grams locally. The specific(elements of this action are the development of Oaks at
Shannon's Crossing situated on a 7.155+/- acre parcel and consisting of 100 rental
apartments, leasing office, clubhouse and site improvements. This site is situated
in unincorporated Okeechobee County, FL and is identified as Parcel #1-34-37-35-
As required by the National Environmental Policy Act, RHS has assessed the
potential environmental effects of the proposed project and determined the pro-
posal will not have significant effect on the human environment and for.which an
Environmental Impact Statement will not be prepared. In order to avoid or min-
imize any adverse environmental impacts, RHS will require the applicant to
incorporate the following mitigation measures into the project design:
the project shall be constructed in adherence to all Federal, State of Florida and
Okeechobee County, FL environmental requirements and reviews, particularly
those protections pertaining to construction in areas of 100-year floodplains; and
necessary measures shall be taken to minimize dust, odors, erosion and disrup-
tion of traffic during construction.
Oaks at Shannon's Crossing Limited Partnership has agreed to adhere to all mit-
Copies of the Environmental Assessment can be reviewed or obtained at 750 S.
Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415 or by calling (561) 683-2285 x. 5. For fur-
ther information, contact Mr. Greg Caruthers at (561) 683-2285 x. 5. Persons inter-
ested in commenting on the proposed project should submit written comments to
the above address within 15 days of publication. The general location of the pro-
posed project is shown below:
US HWY 441
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PARTISAN POLITICS: There are some tough questions that need to be
answered by city and state leaders in New Orleans and Louisiana. One:
why did the governor of Louisiana, a Democrat, refuse to relinquish state
control so that the federal government could enter New Orleans and the
surrounding areas to help? Two: when President Bush asked the
Louisiana governor to give control to the federal government so that
troops could step in and help, why did she say she'd have to think about it
for 24 hours? Three: when there were hundreds of school buses available
to move people out of New Orleans, why did Mayor Nagin refuse to use
them? 'Course, the answer to that one is easy they weren't air condi-
tioned. Hurricane Katrina was a catastrophic storm that has claimed hun-
dreds of lives so far. However, when help could have been sent in sooner
that ugly monster called politics reared its ugly head. Partisan politics is to
be blame .for some of these deaths because the Democrats refuse to
work with the Republicans, and the Republican refuse to work with the
Democrats. Doing what's best for Americans is no longer important.
There were going to be deaths in New Orleans it was unavoidable.
However, we'll never know how many lives could have been saved if it
hadn't been for partisan politics.
LOOTERS: Who's the biggest looter of them all? The oil companies! *
GO BRAHMANS: Congratulations to the Okeechobee Brahmans for
beating the Dragons Friday night! Keep up the good work!
ZONING ISSUE: I see our county commissioners completely disre-
garded the wishes of the families who live on 16th Avenue with one
exception, Commissioner Betts. I hope he gets re-elected and I hope the
other commissioners get what they deserve.
TOYS FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS: I read where they are accepting
toys for the children of Katrina. Can someone tell me where to take
them? I have toys that another child could use. (Editor's note: Toys in
new or like-new condition maybe taken to the VFW Post #10539 on U.S.
441 S.E. for donation to the relief effort for Franklinton, La.)
GIVE THEM SELF RESPECT: I'm just reading the Saturday morning
Speak Out. The person who wrote in about self-respect is totally, totally,
100 percent correct. That is exactly what they should do for these people.
As long as you support them and I support them that is the way it
will remain as it has always been in Louisiana. Give them jobs. Give them
ZIPLOVES: I want to thank Debbie Clemons for coming up with the
wonderful idea of putting together Ziploc bags filled with things the hurri-
cane victims need. That is a terrific idea. Anyone can put together enough
for at least one bag and you are helping someone personally. If you
haven't already read about this program, you can drop off the filled bags
at the Livestock Market.
GAS AND INSURANCE HIKES: I think it is a shame how the oil compa-
nies and the insurance companies have exploited these people over this
hurricane. This has been going on for the past five or six years the poor
people just being nailed by the big corporations. I think it is just a shame.
LAKE LEVEL: To the South Florida Water Management District, I am
not an engineer but I thought of this and this would work put a series
of gigantic pipes at the south end of the lake where it should be. The
pipes should go down like a drain pipe and 'thWditlfoe bdkhcil0 'so you
are not disturbing the farmers or anybody. And as they comlp, the verti-
cal pipe stays at a certain level so it makes the lake sty at a certain level. If
the lake gets higher than it is supposed to be, the water can go out
through these pipes into the Everglades. That wouldn't disturb anybody
and the water would flow to the Everglades as it should. That way there
would be no controlling the level of the lake as it could not get higher
than a certain level.
HIGH TAXES: I am calling about the Saturday paper showing how
much money the county would have in taxes this year. Way more than it
should be. It says the sheriff is going to have a budget of $15 million and
the sheriff is going to hire 17 new people to run the jail and the patrolmen
that he promised the voters he would hire. It's not going to happen.
There is no way the sheriff's department needs more than $12.5 million
to operate properly. County commissioners, we voted for new guys to get
things changed. You are not changing it, you are making it worse. Think
about this before you approve this budget.
CONTAMINATED CAGE: This is for the thief who stole my big black,
wrought iron bird cage off of 34th Street. I just wanted to tell them that
cage was contaminated. Ifyou have small children around that cage, they
can catch that disease. And they could get very sick. My bird died. That's
why the cage was outside. I was going to just let nature take its course,
but my husband said if they've got little kids, I had better warn them.
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At Your Service On Page 2
Letter to the Editor
At times like this, in the after-
math of Katrina, I am so happy to
be from a town like Okeechobee.
As Monday, Aug. 29 came around,
my husband and I sat and prayed
that our family in Seminary, Miss.
would be all right. We talked to
our family until the eye was just
about on top of them. At that time
late Monday evening we had lost
all communications with them.
My husband said they should be
OK. I remember Hurricane
Camille in 1969 and my parent's
house was fine. We sat and wait-
ed to hear from anyone in that
area and no luck at all. As pictures
started to come on the TV we
were getting very worried about
our family. On Tuesday and
Wednesday we talked to them for
about a total of 5 minutes
between the two days and it was
horrifying to hear what was
wrong. All the trees that were set
out for future Moines (sic) were
gone, no power, barns were flat-
tened to the ground, roofs miss-
ing, trees all over the place and in
the streets. My family is OK, but,
no one has heard from my sister-
in-law that lives in Hattiesburg,
Miss. We got our heads on
straight and set out to help. We
knew what they needed. We had
done this not once, but twice in
one year. We get on the phone to
see who can give us a hand in get-
ting supplies together so my hus-
band can leave on Thursday. My
family here in Okeechobee and
Fort Pierce helped pack boxes of
canned goods, water, Gatorade.
Many of our friends were here
and brought more supplies than
what I needed. Our hearts are so
full of pride to be from this small
town but not as small as Semi-
nary, Miss, Thanks to all that sent
your well wishes and many nights
of prayers to our family in Semi-
Bob Riedel for your time that
you gave us to get supplies ready
Dudley Kirton for getting this
off the ground and running.
Randy and Charlotte Padgett of
Arcadia that sent so many sup-
plies and chain saws.
Joe and Tina O'Dell for all your
supplies and prayers.
Dewey and Sheri Daniel for
your monetary contribution.
Robbie Pate of Helena Chemi-
cals for your coolers and water,
Gatorade and much needed pro-
tein bars and gas cans full of gaso-
CJ's Wholesale for all the
paper supplies: paper plates, cups
and toilet paper. Thanks Pam
Ray and Sissy Parker for the
use of your trailer.
Cory Kirton and Judd Shirley
for your time to drive two more
truck and trailers to Seminary,
Miss. after you raised $40,000 to
buy supplies to take up there. The
two of you are angels in the eyes
of the people in Seminary. I hope
to take on another small town
that has yet to see a Red Cross
truck. I will be here to help you all
that I can.
To the many and I mean many
friends that prayed for my family
and the town of Seminary thank
you from the bottom of .our
hearts. To my parents and my
family here, thank you for every-
thing that you did to help up there
while Stan was gone for 10 days.
P.S. All is fine in Seminary.
They still have no power. As for
my sister-in-law, she is safe and
Kimberly and Stan Speed
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
at the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information
call Margaret Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863)
Cowboys for Christ Range Rider for Jesus Ministries will meet
for a pot luck supper at 6 .p.m. with services at 7 p.m. at the
Basinger Civic Center. For information, call Doyle McDuffie at
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to
attend. There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index),
Social Security Death Index and military information available.
For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center at 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fel-
lowship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m.
at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis
and the public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley
at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No: 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30
p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please
join us or ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at
(863) 763-4923, for information.
AA. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It's a closed book study.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for
women who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence
and abusive relationships. The support groups are held every
Thursday at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call
Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m.
until noon. Representatives will be at the One .Stop Center, 123
S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W Sixth St.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family care-
. givers, and is facilitated by Enid Boutrin M.S.W. of Hospice of
Okeechobee, and Laura Zel, L.C.S.W. of the Area Agency on
Aging. The meeting is from 2 until 3 p.m. at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information or to reserve your place in the group, call (863) 467-
2321. Free respite care is available for your loved one while you
are in group at Dunklin Assisted Living/Adult Day Care, 407 N.W.
Second Ave. For information about respite care, call Loil at (863)
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee
and the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group
every Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family
member is welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers
and provides an opportunity for caregivers to give one another
support, information and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice
at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321..
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is
invited. All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing
weight and becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to
come and see what we are all about. For 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 Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be
held on the third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull
Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The
lunch will be at noon. Women should bring business cards and
information to promote their business. The meeting provides net-
working opportunities for women in business and is open to the
public. No membership is required. For information, contact
Robin Delgado at (800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at info@flainjury-
Courtesy photo/Okeechobee Historical Society
Noel Chandler, was an Audubon officer, as was his father,
Rod and uncle, Glen, and great uncle Marvin Chandler. A
part of his duties included patrolling the bird habitat on
Lake Okeechobee. 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-
Children's Service Council to meet
The Children's Service Council will have their first public budget
hearing for the year 2005/06 on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 5:01 p.m. in the
conference room of the Okeechobee County School Board, 700 S.W
Second Ave. Gene Woods of the Okeechobee County Board of Coun-
ty Commissioners is a member of the Children's Services Council and
will be participating in this meeting. For information, contact Cath-
leen J. Blair at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255.
Volunteer training class offered
The American Red Cross Okeechobee branch is holding a new
Volunteer Orientation and Disaster training class on Sept. 15 from 6
until 9 p.m. in their offices at 323 N. Parrott'Ave.All volunteers inter-
ested in being deployed on national disasters as a Red Cross volun-
teer must complete disaster training. If you are interested in becom-
ing volunteer 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.
OFC selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts
The Okeechobee Freshman Campus (OFC) will be selling Krispy
Kreme doughnuts for $5 per dozen as a fundraiser for the school. All
orders must by placed by 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. Orders can be
picked up at the school, 610 S.W Second Ave., on Sept. 23 from 7:30
until 9:30 a.m. To place an order, contact Amy Shurley at (863) 462-
Women's business luncheon slated
The Okeechobee Women's Business Networking luncheon will
be held at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441 S.E., on Sept. 16.
Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Par-
ticipants are asked to bring brochures, flyers and giveaway items.,
Also bring a friend, associate or neighbor to experience friendship
networking. For information, contact Robin Delgado at www.flain-
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.
BLNB plans Katrina fundraiser
Big Lake National Bank and WOKC are joining together to hold a
Hurricane Katrina fundraising event at the bank's main branch, 1409
S. Parrott Ave., on Sept. 17. Activities will include pony rides, bounce
house, bake sale, car wash and more. All donations will be given to
the Red Cross. For more information, call Teresa Chandler at (863)
The Savannas are talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday, Sept.
17, 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 Tasha Weinstein,
park service specialist at Savannas Preserve State Park, and Delores
Meyerholz, a member of the Savannas Reserve Endowment citizens
support organization. The topic will be educating the public to the
beauty and importance of the Savanna freshwater marsh system. For
information, contact the Savanna Education Center (772) 398-2779.
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
program on Thursday, Sept. 29. Learn to get more out of your GPS
equipment 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 boating 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 information or to pre-register.
The Okeechobee News, Thursday, September 15,2005
The Okeechobee News, Thursday, September 15, 2005 5
Other Area News
Quorum faults misleading information in report
By Mark Young
Special to the Okeechobee News
Editor's note: This is the sixth in
a seven-part series exploring the
dispute between Hendry Regional
Medical Center and U.S. Sugar.
CLEWISTON Misleading and
outright deceptive, were just a few
of the words described by Quorum
Health Resources CFO Nick Bracci-
no for Hendry Regional Medical
Center (HRMC) in regards to the
information released in the Blue
Ribbon Committee's final report on
the financial health of the hospital.
The U.S. Sugar sponsored com-
mittee launched an exhaustive
effort into looking into ways to help
the hospital's alleged financial
downfall and despite delving into a
complicated maze of numbers,
documents, and reports in a matter
of a few weeks, was able to aid the
hospital in cutting $1 million from
The committee and U.S. Sugar
subsequently targeted Quorum's
management abilities and labeled
the hospital's board of directors as
ineffective in not taking into
account all of the committee's rec-
ommendations and accused the
hospital of "hiding something".
U.S. Sugar has accused the Quo-
rum and the board of directors as
"dragging their feet" and being
"uncooperative" in providing the
committee with everything they
needed to make recommendations
and have further accused Quorum
in mismanaging the hospital and
leading into a negative direction.
"The problem with HRMC is
they have become stuck in the rut
of continuing to do the things they
have been doing with a manage-
ment company that provides no
leadership," said U.S. Sugar Vice
President Robert Coker in an earlier
interview while also stating that the
hospital has provided no informa-
tion to the public as to how they
intend to resolve their problems.
U.S. Sugar has complained that
the strategic plan for the hospital
has not been outlined. Mr. Braccino
and Craig Cudworth stated in a
recent interview that the strategic
plan for the hospital will be com-
pleted within the next eight to nine
weeks. The official response from
the hospital as to the recent ad cam-
paign from U.S. Sugar is very sim-
ple: "There is no crisis at Hendry
Regional Medical Center. U.S. Sugar
has cleverly created the crisis! U.S.
Sugar has switched their traditional
support of HRMC and advertised
that they intend to build a new hos-
pital in Belle Glade. Perhaps that is
the cause for the 'crises'," the
"There is concern by the
employees of HRMC that the public
will be mislead by the U.S: Sugar
Ads. Those ads are craftily present-
ed with subtle wording that grossly
misstates the true financial -picture
"The most recent ad by U.S.
Sugar suggested that there were
double-digit increases in expenses
in ONE YEAR. The data in reality
represented four years of financial
data taken directly from the 'Blue
Ribbon. Report' from 2001-2004.
The report was constructed outside
of normal auditing protocols and
contained $6.5 million in account-
ing errors," the response also read.
Mr. Braccino and HRMC Direc-
tor of Public Affairs and Human
Resources Rodney Larson have
insisted that if the hospital had fol-
lowed all of the committee's rec-
ommendations, which contained
false accounting information, the
hospital would surely have to close
its doors forever. Quorum offered
several examples of what they con-
sidered to be misleading informa-
tion. Their official response to those
ads, as well as providing a list of
counterpoints in the committee's
reports is as follows:
"U.S. Sugar has resorted to full-
page classified ads to use a public
forum to raise the alarm and make
allegations that the hospital is mis-
"The concern should be for the
public to fully investigate U.S.
Sugar's motives as well as those of
the 'Blue Ribbon Committee'
before the community endorses
any recommendations. The 'Blue
Ribbon Committee' made recom-
mendations to cut costs without
considering the effects on the rev-
enues and operations:
1. Showed Worker's Compen-
sation as the hospital's highest rev-
enue generator at $6,255,000.
Corporate Health is the com-
munity's primary Workers' Com-
pensation service, but is also the
hospital's smallest revenue produc-
er at $625,500. This misstatement
was a $5,629,500 error in their
2. The report showed our Indi-
gent Care Expense at $192,000. ,
This is not our Indigent Care
expense. This represents a Federal
tax paid to the Medicaid program
for state indigent care assessments.
However, the indigent care tax is
used as a reference and is subse-
quently matched by the federal
Medicaid program. So the expense
mislabeled by the committee as
indigent care is actually a source of
revenue later returned to the hospi-
tal in higher Medicaid rate reim-
(The Indigent Care Expense for
'04 was $841,000 and was a signifi-
cant portion of uncompensated
care. The committee again grossly
misstated values, in this case by
3. Assumed we were collecting
only 15 percent to 25 percent of
charges for Physical Therapy
Collection rates for physical
therapy services are 42-51 percent.
This represents another mis-
statement by the committee of
4. Recommended closing the
The inpatient unit is a revenue
producer that is a key ingredient to
maintaining seven-day/week; 24-
5. The report stressed the
decline of inpatient admissions
over the years and compared lower
inpatient volumes to increased
It ignored the dominant trends
for increased outpatient services
nationwide for small hospitals.
(The hospital's outpatient serv-
ices increased dramatically over the
years and at the end of fiscal year
2004 outpatient revenues were
almost double inpatient revenues.
The push to reduce costs has
forced health care providers to pro-
vide more and more services on an
outpatient basis, which is a less
costly alternative to inpatient servic-
6. Recommended removing
nurse practitioners from Hendry
Family Care Center and replacing
with certified medical assistants.
This would have disqualified
the clinic from rural health center
status and would have resulted in
approximately $500,000 in lost rev-
enue instead of saving $200,000.
7. Recommended decreasing
outside services and cutting bad
These two items, estimated at
from $900,000 to $4,600,000 in sav-
ings, were submitted without
details to accomplish such an enor-
mous change without seriously
diminishing community medical
8. Recommended closing the
Corporate Health facility and move
it into Family Care Center.
Moving Corporate Health,
which includes Workers' Compen-
sation care for local businesses,
would have jeopardized revenues
from Medicare because Corporate
Health does not qualify for a rural
health care center.
9. Recommended closing the
home health program for a net sav-
ings of $400,000.
We had already decided to sell
the service, but nevertheless the net
savings were closer to $100,000
rather than $400,000 after the loss
of revenues was calculated.
"Their report contained more
than $6.5 million in misstated val-
"When hospital management
computed the actual effects of the
committee's recommendations, it
was discovered that the loss to rev-
enue might have been as high as
$650,000 $1,000,000 as opposed
to their estimated savings,
$2,593,529 to $4,801,662, by cutting
services without regard to revenue.
"In conclusion, the 'Blue Rib-
bon Committee' and the represen-
tatives from U.S. Sugar offered
faulty recommendations based on
financial miscalculations and
assumptions from individuals not
experienced in hospital administra-
"It is the fiduciary responsibility
of the Hospital's elected Board of
Directors to regularly review the
hospital's finances and work with
administration to make changes,"
the response concluded.
Quorum representatives have
sat down with the Clewiston News
to answer direct questions and fur-
ther accusations that have been laid
upon them. In this series' finale,
those questions will be answered,
however, as of press time, there is
also a press conference scheduled
from community members who
are attempting to provide a "united
front" in helping the hospital rid
themselves of alleged mismanage-
We Help CDC helps
communities in distress
By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Special to the Okeechobee News
BELLE GLADE On Monday,
the staff at We Help Community
Development Corporation in
Belle Glade prepared for their
trek to Gulfport, Miss.
With supplies filling their
office, boxes piled high across
the walls inside, and a separate
warehouse at another location
well stocked by the donations of
people from the coast and in the
Glades, the staff was ready to set
out to. deliver the go'ds"to' the
victims of Hurricane Katrina
along the Gulf Coast.
According to representatives
of We Help, there was never a
doubt as to whether they should
help the non-profit agency
seeks to meet the needs of com-
munities in distress. "Why?,
Because it's in our name, We
Help," said Dr. Dorothy Walker.
At the same time,, the CDC is
preparing for the start of con-
struction on its homes in its Abid-
jan Estates project, an effort that
represents years, of work for the
According to Executive Direc-
tor Dr, Walker, the project is now
nearing its much-anticipated
construction phase, following
the installation of the infrastruc-
ture at the sprawling site behind
the Winn Dixie store along Main
St. She hopes that before Christ-.
mas, the first of the families will
move in to the new homes.
According to Dr. Walker, the
multi-million dollar project is set
to provide hundreds of new
homes for local people and those
who work in the area and now
drive each day to and from the
coast. Plans call for 177 single-
family homes and 168 multi-fam-
ily units, to also include-specialty
shops and a movie theater. The
single-family homes run about
$168,000 each, We Help repre-
sentatives say, including all the
"bells and whistles."
From the onset, since, 1997,
the CDC has worked toward
achieving ils goal of helping resi-
dents to become homeowners.
Since that time, through a num-
ber of different programs in part-
nership with various agencies,
including the state and federal
government, We Help has been
able to offer prospective home-
owners large subsidies for use in
the purchase of their new
Several programs have gotten
off to a good start already, includ-
ing the scattered site housing
program offered in South Bay
and Pahokee that makes use of
several sites some donated by
the city governments to con-
struct new homes for families.
Coming down the pike is a self-
help housing program that
involves the future owners in the
construction, in the vein of Habi-
tat for Humanity, all programs
that fit well into the Glades com-
munities Dr. Walker said.
While several housing devel-
opment projects have been pro-
posed recently in the Glades and
several have failed, Dr. Walker
said the Abidjan Estates project
continues to move forward slow-
ly but surely. Having to interact
with a large number of partners
in the project to allow clients to
take advantage of thousands of
dollars in subsidies for the pur-
chase of the new homes, has
made the road a little longer than
staff at the CDC would have
hoped, but it seems that the hard
work is paying off.
"It required a long, complicat-
ed financing scheme," Dr. Walk-
er said last week, referring to the
partnership of many organiza-
tions, including the city of Belle
Glade, has made the project pos-
sible. "We're charting new terri-
tory. This has never been done
Among the agencies that We
Help works with are the Palm
Beach County Housing and
Department, the Florida Housing
Corporation and the federal
home loan program.
Last week, the CDC and its
staff also looked forward to mov-
ing into new quarters at Abidjan
Estates, moving from a building
that for years served as their
office. The company also wel-
comed a new employee on
board, Fanuen Ephraim, who
will serve as accountant. Mr.
Ephraim, who came to the coun-
try from his native India with
only $50, said he understands the
plight of people in the area who
sometimes do not have enough
money. Resorting in his early life
in America to accepting a few
dollars from a kind stranger -
moving on later to working on
projects with NASA, he said he
would like to return the favor. He
sees the mission of We Help as
that opportunity. "I believe in this
country, if you work hard, you
will definitely succeed," he said.
Moore Haven man faces
charges of sexual battery
MOORE HAVEN A 37-
year-old Moore Haven man is
currently in the Glades County
Jail following his arrest in con-
nection with the sexual battery
of an adult woman.
Lee Alan Breeding has been
charged with possession of
cocaine, home invasion rob-
bery and sexual battery. His
bond has been set at $500,000.
According to a Glades Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office (GCSO) press
release, on Sept. 9 Breeding
forced his way into the
woman's home while she was
in the shower. He reportedly
sexually battered and beat the
woman, then took a small
amount of currency and checks
before leaving her home.
The woman notified the
sheriff's office by calling 9-1-1.
Breeding was arrested a
short time later in the 500 block
of Fifth Avenue in Moore. Haven
by GCSO Detective Ray Van-
Houghton without incident.
Glades schools discuss, question Lunsford Act
By Bill Fabian
Special to the Okeechobee News
MOORE HAVEN A growing
trend of well intended, milestone
legislative acts have produced
some controversial results on both
state and federal levels. Recent fed-
eral acts, of which some incited
immediate contention (Patriot Act),
as well as others that established
vague, unattainable goals disguised
as landmark social reform (No
Child Left Behind Act) have drasti-
cally altered the structure, and
goals, of state and federal regula-
tions on school performance, law
enforcement; public safety, and
national security, each in varying
degrees of positive or negative
A similar act on the state level in
Florida may become recognizable
within this trend, as it has raised
many new questions about school
security, and left many of those
In response to the despicable,
horrific kidnapping, rapeand mur-
der of Jessica Lunsford in February,
the Florida House of Representa-
tives passed the Jessica Lunsford
Act, which is definitely designed
with the vital responsibility of
ensuring proper school security as
a primary goal.
However, many question its
effectiveness if it is implemented as
it currently reads in the Legislature.
House Bill 1877 (Jessica
Lunsford)., which replaces Florida
Senate Bill 1012.465, reads as fol-
lows: "Requires background
screening for all contractual per-
sonnel who are permitted access
on school grounds when students
are present or for those who have
direct contact with students."
In order to sort out the complex-
ities of what the act may mean to its
schools, the Glades County School
Board held an extensive discussion
about the act at the regular meeting
on Thursday, Sept. 8. The board
heard a thorough explanation by
Board Attorney Gavin O'Brien of a
few of the numerous areas the act
O'Brien reminded the Board
that Jessica Lunsford was a nine-
year-old pulblic school student in
Homosassa, who was kidnapped
by a 46-year-old roofer employed
through his company's contract by
the school board in Homosassa.
Tragically, neither the school board,
the elementary school, nor any law
enforcement agency were aware
that the roofer, John Evander
Couey, was a registered sex offend-
er working in very close proximity
to hundreds of children.
"This is a very emotional issue,
with many angles that are all quite
difficult to discuss in the wake of
such a tragedy," said O'Brien.
"With that in mind, there are some
important aspects of the act which
(the school board) should discuss
and be aware of," he said.
The bill achieves a certain goal
in that any individual under con-
tract (or employed by a contract-
bound company) by a school or
school district would undergo a
thorough and complete back-
ground check, referred to as a Level
2 screening. A provision more
recently added on to the law adds
vendors to the list of screened per-
The advantage of the screening
is that those specific, contractual
personnel will be verified against
sexual predator, probation and FBI
However, according to O'Brien,
the law is flawed in the sense that it
only applies to contractual person-
nel, and does not account for non-
contractual visitors to school sites,
which could include volunteers
who are not contractually obligat-
ed, but are regularly allowed access
The drawback to potentially
expanding the reach of the law is
that the Level 2 screening costs $61
per individual, and would open the,
door to increased liability risk on
the part of the school board in cer-
tain cases. For example, fingerprint
identification records belong to cer-
tain agencies, affecting privacy laws
governing those records when
school boards need access to them.
Therefore, a school board is not
always protected in certain cases in
which a fingerprinting mistake
could potentially occur, after which
a school board may inadvertently
enter a liability suit, according to
Another cost issue is the redun-
dancy of screening certain person-
nel, especially prisoner laborers.
"What if you wanted to employ
a large group of prisoners at or near
a school there would be no
point in spending the money on a
Level 2 screening on each of then,
and yet the law absolutely requires
it," O'Brien said.
The Gladesschoo6tpard mem-
bers were concerned about the
effectiveness, and indeed the
necessity, of the law.
"This is a concern for those who
could come into harm's way like
Jessica Lunsford's case, butwe lose
.children like her, the same age, far
more often in automobile acci-
dents, and things of that nature, and
nothing seems to be done about
those children," said District 3
board member Tom Gaskins, Jr.
"Who is going to ever take a stand
and see that a lot of questions are
being left un-addressed, and take a
stand and repeal this?" he asked
"I'm not sure, but that would
involve putting one's career on the
line," said O'Brien.
O'Brien said that the law is still
in direction, so the opportunity to
find alternatives to potential prob-
lems is still on the table on the state
"A lot of vendors are trying to
comply, they're just saying, 'tell us
what you want,' and they'll be will-
ing to do it," O'Brien added. He
concluded that if there is yet some-
one who is so opposed to the law
that they would take a stand
against the law on the legislative
floor, and say "great idea, but bad
implementation," that there is still
time to do so.
Countless Internet articles pro-
vide more information on the Jessi-
ca Lunsford act. For more informa-
tion, log onto
tech.com/jlmain.htm or contact
your local state representative or
Glades County Arrest Log
The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges by the
Glades County Sheriff's Office
(GCSO), the Seminole Police
Department (SPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol, the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission or the Department of Cor-
Heath Halley, 32, Moore
Haven, was arrested by Deputy
Don Salo on the charges of leaving
the scene of an accident with prop-
erty damage, driving under the
influence and fleeing and eluding a
law enforcement officer. His bond
was set at $1,000.
Oscar Alarcon, 46, Hialeah,
was arrested by GCSO Detective
Terence Deese on the charge of
possession of cocaine. His bond
was set at $10,000.
Charlene Hunsinger, 33,
Okeechobee, was arrested by SPD
Officer Koloske on an Okeechobee
County warrant. Her bond was set
Ruben Villeda, 27, Crescent
Acres, was arrested by GCSO
Detective Terence Deese on the
charges of kidnap of a minor/inter-
ference with custody and sexual
assault. His bond was set at
This column lists arrests and not
convictions, unless otherwise stat-
ed. Anyone listed here who is later
found innocent or has had the
charges against them dropped is
welcome to inform this newspa-
per. The information will be con-
firmed and printed.
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Service Club Briefs
In the Military
Sunday, Sept. 18: The Sons of
the American Legion will be host-
ing a steak dinner from 3 until 6
p.m. The dinner will consist of
steak, baked potato, salad, roll,
dessert, coffee and tea for a $9
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and spe-
cials. Monday, Thursday and Fri-
day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos served from 11
a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday from
noon until 8 p.m.; Sunday from I
until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday evenings beginning at 6
p.m., for members and guests.
The second Wednesday of
each month is our birthday party
starting at 4 p.m.; bring a covered
The third Sunday of each
month we have a ribeye steak din-
ner with the Sons of the American
Legion from 3 until 6 p.m.
The Legion lounge is open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
There is entertainment in our
lounge every Saturday night start-
ing at 4 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday, Tues-
day and Thursday.
Starting in September,
euchre will be on Monday and
Wednesday from 6 p.m. Everyone
The American Legion Post 64 is
located at 501E S second St. For
information, call (863) 763-2950.
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the. Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528,2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members
are available. Call Ray Disney at
(863) 357-2138, or Don South at
Eagles Aeries #4137
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until? Food will be avail-
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. for a $10 dona-
tion. Music will be by Jimmy Harp-
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast from 9 until 11 a.m. for $5
Call the AERIE for other
events, (863) 763-2552.
Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regular
Wednesday: bingo will be at
7 p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from
2 p.m. until?
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Rich Sweet at
(863) 824-0262, or Kip Gardner at
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Eastern Star #128
Okeechobee Chapter #128
has many fun activities planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming activi-
ties, contact WM. Margaret at
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W in Buckhead Ridge.
Meals served Wednesdays,
and Fridays from 5 until 7:15 p.m.
and on Saturdays from 6:30 until 8
p.m. Call the Lodge to see what
they are serving.
Saturday night: karaoke from
7 p.m. until?
Wednesday, Friday and Sat-
urday nights meals will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call for the
Thursday: at 7 p.m. there
will be member appreciation,
Dave Padgitt will host an open
mike night. Drinks will be 25 cents
Friday nights there will be
music for dancing from 7 p.m.
until? Call the Lodge to see who is
Sunday morning breakfast is
served from 9 until 11 a.m.
Sept. 17: Moose enrollment
meeting will begin at 3 p.m.
Sept. 20: Moose membership
meeting will begin at 8 p.m.
Sept. 24: Karen Charest will
have a beef tips over noodles din-
ner from 5 until 7:25 p.m.
Sept. 27: Business meeting.
Sept. 29: W.O.T.M. college of
regents ceremony in honor of
Becky Bennett will begin at 7 p.m.
Please bring a covered dish.
Reservations for the New
Year's Eve Party go on sale Oct. 14.
Seating is limited so get your tick-
ets early. The tickets are $40 per
couple or $20 per person. No tick-
ets will be sold at the door.
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. For ipforma-
tion, call the Lodge at (863) 763-
4954 or Norm at (863) 763-1550.
Monday: bar bingo for
members only at 6:30 p.m. Food
will be served.
Friday evenings: food, fun
Saturday: at 1 p.m. Moose
races; dinner served at 3 p.m.
Checkithe bulletin board for menu
The post is open from noon
until 9 p.m. Monday through
Sunday. Events at this post are
seasonable, you should call
(863) 763-0818 for information
or visit the lodge 300 N.W. 34th
St. You may write the post at P.O.
Box 1137 Okeechobee, Fla.
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is
Every Wednesday during
season, karaoke will be held
from 5 until 9 p.m.
Every Friday: bingo starts at
1 p.m. for members and guests
followed by karaoke starting at 5
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at
1 p.m. Karaoke will be from 5
Sunday: a dinner will be
available from 2 until 5 p.m. and
followed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
Every third Sunday there
will be a post meeting at 11 a.m.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buck-
head Ridge. For information, call
(863) 467-2882. Post hours are
from noon until 8 p.m., Monday
Saturday, Oct. 15: Oktober-
fest 2005. will start at 1 p.m. for a
$7 donation. There will be Ger-
man food: schnitzel, bratwurst,
sauerkraut, rotkraut, kartoffel-
salat and more. There will be
music by Alex and Johnny B.
Wednesday Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, men auxiliary or AMVETS
there will be music.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and
rolls will be served from 5:30
until 7 p.m. for a $10 donation.
Dancing immediately follows the
All games and special events
.are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
Post meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturday
of the month beginning at 10
a.m. The main meeting is on the
For information contact Com-
mander Johnnie H. Patent at
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at
1 p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Aux-
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
part in project
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
Chesser takes part in community
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
Matthew A. Chesser, a 2002 grad-
uate of Okeechobee High School
and his fellow shipmates took
part in a community relations
project during a port visit to
Dubai, United Arab Emirates,
while on a scheduled deploy-
ment in support of the Global
War on Terrorism while assigned
to the amphibious assault ship
USS Kearsarge homeported in
Marines and Sailors of Chess-
er's unit volunteered for the proj-
ect at City of Hope, a women's
shelter in Jumeirah. Volunteers
painted hallways and performed
general repair work, while some
of the service members played
with the children staying at the
USS Kearsarge is conducting
maritime security operations
(MSO) in the Persian Gulf. MSO
sets the conditions for security
and stability in the maritime envi-
ronment, as well as comple-
ments the counter-terrorism and
security efforts of regional
nations. MSO denies internation-
al terrorists use of the maritime
environment as a venue for
attack or to transport personnel,
weapons or other materials.
USS Kearsarge supports
amphibious assault operations
using Landing Craft Air Cushions,
which are specially-designed
Hovercraft that travel above land
and sea surfaces to deliver vehi-
cles and equipment. The ship
also has conventional landing
craft and helicopters embarked,
and is equipped with medical
facilities staffed by Navy doctors,
dentists, nurses and corpsmen.
Chesser joined the Navy in
For more information on the
deployment and high resolution
photographs, visit the USS
Kearsarge Web site at
WW I avetm pema tr aipw
DELRAY BEACH The Asso-
ciation of Sons and Daughters of
WWII Veterans will lead a group
to England and France during
April 2006 to commemorate the
62nd anniversary of the D-Day
landings, the Battle for'Normandy
and the drive through France to
The itinerary will include Lon-
don, Portsmouth, Cherbourg,
Omaha and Utah beaches, Caen,
St. Mere Eglise, Caretan, Argen-
tan, Falaise and Paris.
A memorial service will be
held at the American Military
Cemetery at Colleville Sur Mer in
For information, call Sy Canton
at (561.) .865-8495; or, send
inquires to 5121 B Nesting Way,
Delray Beach, Fl., 33484.- -.
SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
COMBINED STATEMENT OF PROJECTED REVENUES AND BUDGETED EXPENDITURES'
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR OCTOBER 1, 2005 TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2006
THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
ARE 43.6% MORE THAN LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES
Ad Valorem- District
Ad Valorem- Okeechboee Basin
Ad Valorem- Big Cypress Basin
Ad Valorem- Everglades Restoration
Agricultural Priveleges Taxes
Licenses, Permits & Fees
Loan Proceeds/Capital Leases
Fund Balance: Designated
TOTAL PROJECTED REVENUES
Operating Transfers (Net)
Encumbrances Funded by Fund Balance
Encumbrances Funded by Future Revenue
TOTAL PROJECTED REVENUES,
BALANCES AND TRANSFERS
Operation & Maintenance Resources
CERP Indirect Costs
Tax Collector/Property Appraiser Fees
TOTAL BUDGETED EXPENDITURES
TOTAL BUDGETED EXPENDITURES
193,658,074 327,640,914 431,168,021
3,266,682 46,057,136 53,100,528
196.924.75 6 373.698,050 484.0268.549
(55,672,643) (92,404,217) 148,456,690
141.252.113 281,293.833 632.725.9
18,110,082 64,408,782 76,421,677
$159.362.195 $357.555.141 $755.431.225
3,932,750 163,350 956,563,109
3.93250 379830 1.059.203.935
5,031,019 48,506,363 12,258,814
5,616,175 5,435,891 1,949,852
141252113 281,293,833 6320725,2398
18,110,082 76,261,308 122,705,986
$159.362,195 $357.555.141 $755.431.225
NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASE
The South Florida Water Management District has
tentatively adopted a measure to increase its property
Last year's property tax levy:
A. Initially proposed tax levy
B. Less tax reductions due to Value
Adjustment Board and other assessment
changes ............... .$
C. Actual property tax levy .... .$388,470,908
This year's proposed tax levy
. . .$462,501,424
This tax increase is applicable to all or portions of the
All concerned citizens are invited to attend a public
hearing on the tax increase to be held on Tuesday,
September 20, 2005, at 5:15 p.m. at the South Florida
Water Management District, Building B-1 Auditorium,
3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, Florida.
A FINAL DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the
budget will be made at this hearing.
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First-Gary Lee and Ed Bobbitt.
Second-Mike White and Gary
White. Third-Russ Adams and
Second flight winners: First-
Kevin Platt and Robert Coleman.
Second-Paul Whitiker and Reid
Whitiker. Third-John Smith and
Ladies: First-Vickie Owings
and Connie Hall. Second-J. White
Headturners3.com returns to
Okeechobee this weekend for a
one-day, one-angler fishing tour-
ney. The tournament will take
place on Saturday, Sept. 17 at
Okee-Tantie Marina. Spectators
are invited to attend the weigh-
ins which begin at 3 p.m. There
will be covered seating for a
comfortable afternoon of bass
to hold car wash
The Big "0" Teen Anglers will
hold a car wash on Saturday,
Sept. 17 beginning at 9 a.m. All
proceeds from this fundraiser
will be donated to the Red Cross
for the victims of Hurricane Kat-
rina. The car wash will take
place at the Handy Store in the
old K Mart Plaza.
Swim team hosts
The Shock Wave swim team
will celebrate the end of the
summer season with a swim
"party on Sept. 17 from 3-5 p.m.
at the Okeechobee Sports Com-
plex, 580 N.W. 27th Lane. Coach
Walker has reserved the pavilion
on the pool side of the complex
for this end of season get togeth-
er. All Shock Wave swim. team
members and their families are
invited. Bring your swim suits for
a final' practice prior to the pizza
party. Awards will be handed out
during the party. Contact the
Sports Complex pool at 467-
7667 for information. This party
will take place rain or shine.
and S. White. Third-Ida Curtis and
Closest to Pin: Men: Ronnie
Sept. 11: First flight winners:
First-Russ Adams and Randy
Ketcherside., Second-Gary Lee
and Ed Bobbitt. Third-Bobby
White and Kori Stephen.
Second flight winners: First-
John Smith and Sam Smith. Sec-
ond-Ben Burdeshaw and Don
The Lady Brahman soccer
team will have an informational
meeting at the Okeechobee High
School cafeteria on Sept. 19 at 7
p.m. Parents and all interested
students are invited to attend.
For information contact coach
Brian King at (863) 462-5056.
Tourney to help
Kids in Distress
Big Reel Bassmasters of Mar-
gate is proud to announce their
22nd annual Ghost & Goblins
open bass tournament to benefit
Kids in Distress. It will be held
Sunday, Oct. 23 in Clewiston.
The entry fee is $120 per two-
person team. There will be pay-
outs for first through fifth place.
The big bass award is $7,850
(based on 125 boat field) plus an
additional $3,520 guaranteed
donated by various sponsors.
Contact Jim Pollock at (954) 695-
6035 or e-mail him at
email@example.com for infor-
mation or download an entry at
seeks new members
The Okeechobee High School
Touchdown Club is seeking new
members. The purpose of this
club is to promote pride,
respect, spirit ity among
the O.H.S. players and student
body, staff, coaches, families and
the business community.
Anyone interested in the foor-
ball program at O.H.S. is invited
to join. Bronze membership is
$300; silver membership is $600;
gold membership is $900; and,
Health. Third-Paul Whitiker and
Ladies: First-Vickie Owings
and Connie Hall. Second-Ida Cur-
tis and Penny King. Third-Sahm
Curran and Sunni Adams.
Closest to Pin: Men-Kori
Stephen. Ladies-Ida Curtis.
Overall combined two-day:
First-Gary Lee and Ed Bobbitt.
Second-Russ Adams and Randy
platinum membership is $1,200.
A portion of each member-
ship goes to the general athletic
fund, and another portion goes
into a scholarship trust.
For information, call Brah-
man head football coach Chris
Branham at (863)462-5050.
seats on sale
Gold seats and reserved seats
are now on sale for O.H.S.
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-sponsored activities such
as bowl games, jamborees or
Reserved seats entitle the
holder to admission to all home
Brahman football games. The
cost of the reserved seats is $40
For information on where to
obtain tickets, contact Mike
Radebaugh at (863)462-5025.
The remaining tournament
date for the Okee-Tantie Team
Trail bass tournament is Oct. 9.
The trail's classic will take
place on Nov. 1.9 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 tl e dock on the day
of the tournament.
For information, contact
Larry Crossman at (863)763-
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At the Movies
The following movies are
now showing at the Brahman
Movie times for Friday, Sept. 9,
through Thursday, Sept. 15, are as
Theatre I "40 Year Old Virgin"
(R) 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 III "Red Eye" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9.p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to .a wildlife
adventure birthday party at
Arnold's Wildlife Center, 14895
N.W. 30th Terrace. You can invite
up to 20 friends to join you for a
wildlife adventure tour, hands on
animal encounter, games and a
special craft for everyone to make.
For information on cost and reser-
vations, call (863) 763-4630.
VA vans are
Okeechobee County has
increased the days the VA vans
transport veterans to the West
Palm 'Beach VA Medical Center.
The VA vans are now running
Monday through Friday. All veter-
ans needing a ride to the VA Med-
ical Center should call the County
Veterans Service Officer at (863)
763-8124, several days ahead of
time and provide name, last four
of social security number, date
and time of appointment and
whether a wheelchair/sgooter lift
is needed. All appointments tnust
be before noon. It theseerany.
questions, please contact Betsy
Grinslade, the county veterans'
tests are offered
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, offers free pregnan-
cy testing to girls and women of all
ages. We offer free and confiden-
tial pregnancy tests, peer counsel-
ing, referrals for a free ultrasound,
parenting classes, and abstinence
education. Operating hours are
from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. or Tues-
days and Thursdays. We are locat-
ed'.at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across
from the movie theatre. For infor-
mation or appointments call (863)
Free six-week parenting class-
es for parents of young children
are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at
the Pregnancy Resource Center,
S1505 S. Parrott Ave. Topics include
discipline a family affair, birth to
.eight months infants, eight to
eighteen months the toddler, 18 to
36 months terrific twos, three year
-')lds, and uncommon sense. Each
week parents "earn" baby bucks
to purchase items for their baby at
the Center's Baby Boutique.
Childcare is not provided, howev-
er infants in carriers are welcome.
For details call (863) 763--8859 or
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DOG- Female Beagle, Black.
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LOST COCKATIEL- Yellow with
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Life and Disability Insurance
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at the Okeechobee location!
Syfrett Feed Company
3079 NW 8th Street
;I Ep. workers needed for
I Petroleum Industry I
'1Pipe Fitters I
f Electrician's Helpers
*I Laborers & Helpers
Only serious, self motivated I
'I need apply. Clean driving
record. Weekly travel req'd
in Fla. DFWP 401K,
I Paid HolidaysNacat ion
Il Wilson's Petroleum Equip I
I 772-468-3689 I
Looking for a Harvesting
Supervisor. Experienced in
Fresh Fruit preferred.
Interested please fax resume
Looking for a Mechanic.,
Interested please fax resume
*Cook- Full Time Exp.
Prep Cook- Part Time
Apply in person after 11:00am
Brahma Bull Restaurant
2405 Hwy 441 SE
M sS nllb tast
FISHING GUIDE WANTED:
Must have own bass boat. Call
.(863)946-1742 for more info.
Experienced only need apply.,
For nights, weekends &
some weekdays (6pm-6am).
Smoke free environment.
Must be CPR Certified & able
to pass drug & TB tests.
Background check also req'd.
Fax resume to (863)763-9302
BASINGER AREA, P/T Horse
Exerciser: Experienced English
pleasure rider for exercising
horses needed 3 days a week.
Mornings only. Call M-F
Must be computer literate and
able to perform general office
duties. Weekend work req'd.
Call Jodie at 763-5593 or
email resume/information to
Your new car could be in
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you looked for it?
P/T PHARMACY TECHNICIAN
Exp. preferred. Weekday after-
noons to 6pm & Saturdays to
2pm. ContactThe Medicine
Shop w/you resume at
105 NW 5th St.
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315
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Time to clean out the
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your clean up a breeze!
The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offeredi 15
License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Aluminum Roof Over
7 Days A Week.
JACK'S TOP SOIL
Shell Rock &
Bob Cat Work.
Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines 535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China. Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $150-.
TEMPSTAR 5ton, heat pump,
12 seer, brand new never
been used. $1000
WINDOW UNIT 7000 BTU,
works good $30
ANTIQUE PIANO- Turn of'the
*Century, have appraisal,
beautiful, moving must sell,
$2000 neg. (863)983-1654.
SEW MACHINES (3)- Antique,
need some work, $125
takes all (863)467-1574.
SINGER SEWING MACHINE,
antique, not in cabinet, in
carrying case, $75.
CHEST FREEZER, small, $60.
CROSLEY STOVE- Apartment
Size, Electric, New Paid
$325 asking $250. neg.
DEEP FREEZE 5 cu ft. Only
used about 6 months. Pd.
$159 selling for $75
good condition, $150.
BOOKS- (150 Crystal Creek
Series included, asking $75
for all. (863)946-1494.
BABY CRADLE, white, like
new, $50. (863)467-1325
WEDDING DRESS open
back, sequin detailed, 6ft train,
perfect cond. Pd $900 asking
ELVIS RECORD & SOUVENIR
COLLECTION: Approx. 44
yr; old. Rare items. $2500
Foolball & Baseball Card Col-
ie,: on & $500 or best offer
COMPAQ LAPTOP 477- All ac-
cess, Window XP, Leather
c irrying bag. Exc cond.
;,350 neg. 863-467-5616
COMPUTER, complete, every-
ihing you need to get started,
wrholie unit, works great,
GATEWAY COMPUTER with
printer, $250/neg. Call
ADJUSTABLE BED Twin w/
wireless remote. Only used
j c couple months. $600
BARSTOOLS, (4), all wood,
wirh backs, $1.00.
BED FRAME Wooden, twin
good condition $20
BED IN BAG.- Twin size, Ha-
waian Theme 5pcs $15
BOOK SHELF 6ft tall, oak
COFFEE TABLE & 2 END TA-
BLES, off white, w/cherry-
wood tops & glass inserts,
COUCH & LOVESEAT, Match-
ing set. Multi Colored. $150
DINETTE SET & sleeper sofa,
2 gs end tblis & coffee tbi,
stereo sys. w/ spkrs. $200 all
will sep. (863)675-0483
Dining Table, 42" round,
glass, 4 cushioned chrs. on
Brown, Good condition. $25.
Solid oak, w/hideaway
KING SIZE BED- Head board,
Couch & Love seat, Animal
print, Great cond. $400. Will
sep. (863)674-9063 -
SOFA, Hide A Bed, good con-
dition, $150. (863)983-4743
KING SIZED BED- California,
Headboard, Mattress, com-
plete, Very nice $100
MATTRESS & BOX SPRING,
King size w/frame. $50.
MATTRESS, BOXSPRING &
FRAME, King Size, $300.
SOFA, LS,CHAIR- Clean, ask-
ing $350. (863)763-5741
TABLE w/ 6 Chairs & 1 leaf.
Very good condition. $100.
AR 15 Stainless Steel Match
DEER RIFLE Husqvarna,
6.5x55MM, 4X Bushnell-
Scope, synth. stk, ammo $275
POWER CHAIR- Golden Alante
New, still have manual/war-
ranty Pd $6000 asking
$1200 neg 863-634-9620
WEIGHT SET, Universal: In-
cludes Bench Press & Lower
Body Work Out. Asking $325
LOCKET, gold, heart shaped,
holds 2 pictures, engraved
from the 40's, $20.
ELECTRIC SCOOTER- used
only 1 month, battery charg-
er, basket, 4 wheel base,
LIFT CHAIR- electric, excellent
PORTABLE COMMODE- ad-
justable height, sits over toi-
let or with pail, $55
Your next job could be in
today's classifieds. Did
you look for it?
GARDEN TUB- Large, Perfect
for a corner spot. Fiberglass,
excellent condition. Call
(863)697-6507 Leave msg
HURRICANE SHUTTERS- Ply-
wood, 9 sheets, assorted
sizes $25 for all.
SHUTTLE BUS, Ford Econo-
line, '91, 25 passenger, a/c,
$5000 or best offer.
TANNING BED, Wolfe Ovation,
24 bulb, $1600.
WATER COOLER- Zephyr Hills,
holds 5 gal bottle, like new,
white, $75. (863)447-2130.
WebTV- nternate Terminal,
Battery operated, keyboard &
Electric keyboard $50.
BASS GUITAR- New Tradition
5 string, Pearl white, Brand
new $250. 954-275-8111 or
AMERICAN PITBULL PUPPIES
6 males, 6 females.
Call 863-634-3508 or
AQUARIUM- 55 Gal & acces-
sories $50. (863)763-0280
BABY PIGS, Muse area. 1
Pair. $20. (863)675-4981
BIRD CAGE, large, with
wheels, gray, good cond.,
$100 or best offer.
BLACK SILKIE CHICKS, $5
BOSTON TERRIER- 1 1/2
years old. $200.
8mos, needs family without
small pets. Loves kids, very
alert $100 (863)763-2749
CHIHUAHUA'S (2)' beautiful
males, 10 wks, first shots &
health cert. $300 ea.
DACHSHUND PUP- mini, (F),
tan, 8 weeks, 1st shots,
FINCH BREEDING CAGE -
large, 4'/x3x2, pd $80 will
sell for $55 or best offer
FISH TANK 75 gallon w/ light
& -accessories $100
MINI REX BUNNIES, 1 pair.
$20. Muse area.
PIT BULL PUPS- 5 mos. old,
2M-1F, UTD on all shots,
POINTER PUPPIES AKC -
Champion bloodline's. Pet,
show, hunting, companion.
'Will go quick! (863)467-6388
RABBITS (2) house trained,
RED HEALER- 2 years old
Full blooded, no papers $100
call anytime (863)697-3346
WANTED AKC STUD- Brittany,
or Vizsla, (305)281-7264.
HOT TUB- Like new, Excellent
condition, 18 jets, Seats 6
POOL 31/ x 161/ in good
condition w/ all accessories.
Practically new. $100
PAINTBALL GUNS- (2) Titp-
man, 3 air tanks, 2 helmets,
all for $400 (863)467-0668.
PING PONG TABLE- $40.
CAR CD PLAYER- Pioneer,
DEH-P47DH, fits GM-Chrys-
lers, retails $290, sell $200
ER- Sony, With 100 country
STEREO with CD/double deck
player, AM/FM, $40/neg.
makes you a moe Infom ed
ad interesng pemrsov No
wonder Iw Wpaper readers
oare moe .ucceeafuU
GAS POWERED GOLF CART-
CALL (863)763-4545 OR
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
MARE 14yrs old,, broke. Nice
horse. $800 (863)697-6713
DIXON- Zero turn, 38" cut,
Great shape, new tires, $700
or best offer. (863)467-5616
LAWN MOWER Poulan Pro,
17h/p Briggs & Stratton eng.
garage kept $1150 or best
RIDING MOWER, Snapper, In-
dustrial Model. 11 hp. 32" cut;
ROYAL & QUEEN PALM
TREES- Gorgeous" up to
1811 rii gn. $400 ior 311 wil
.,ll p3rd i l?.f.3|h7 i6 l 04 .-
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
CBS Home, 3/2, 1 yr. old,
pool/tennis court access,
furn/unfurn., Must See!
$1400 rmo. (863)634-0779
HOUSE FOR RENT 2 BR 1 ba,
by Kissimmee River, $500 me.
1st mo & sec. dep. to move
in. No Dogs (561)746-5852
OKEE- 2br, 1ba, on 2 city lots
w/ oak trees. $850 mo. 1st,
Last & Sec. 920 NW 4th St.
Okeechobee's Nicest! New
1&2 BR homes-waterfront,
clean & quiet, from $700.
LAKEPORT -Full house priv.
W/D. $100 wkly. Utilities incl.
References required. Female
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
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
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Wfareahose Space 1075
DIXIE RANCH ACRES, 5.6 ac,
3br, 2ba. Lg sc. rm, cleared &
fenced, beautiful trees &
Idscpg. Horses OK, Ig barn &
arena. Subdiv. into 4 sep. lots.
OKEECHOBEE- For sale by
owner/agent, 3br, 2ba, block
home, w/lake access,
BHR, 2BR, 2BA Doublewide,
c/a, no pets. $600 mo yearly
lease, $1000 sec.
OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 2ba,
$750, 1st, last & sec, Small
pets okay. Adults only.
(863)467-6309 eve & wkends.
OKEECHOBEE- 3br, 2ba, Lake
access, No pets, $1200 mo
1st, Last & Sec dep
TAYLOR CREEK, D/W 3br,
2ba, on water, dock, covered
parking, furn. $1500 mo
LeBelle- '80, Vougue, 14'x60'
has roof over, Zone II1 Free de-
livery Set up & permits extra
Mobile Home, w/attached Fla.
room, must be removed
from park, may be seen at
Taylor Creek Lodge, Lot #6,
3865 SE 27th Way, Okee-
chobee. Best Offer. Call
Kenny 863-357-7309 or
618-655-0312 for appt. to
view and/or bids.
OKEE- 3BR, 2BA 1/2 acre
Garage, fenced yard.
1850 NE 103rd Ave.
SINGLE WIDE 12x50 w/
screened room. You Must
Move. $1500 (863)675-2331
SKYLINE- '90, 26'x40', New
roof/carpet. Free delivery to
Zone II. Set up & permit extra
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3C020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles ATVs 3035
AIR BOAT 12' Needs motor
$1,208. or best offer, will
BASS BOAT, 17 Ft. w/150 hp
Force Motor. Runs good, but
needs lower unit. $1800 or
BASS TRACKER 89, 16Ft., 35
rp Minnrr't3 24 volts. 535
Hummingbird. Live well. Runs
good. $2000 (863)763-6065
BAYLINER- 17', 85 HP, with
trailer. Runs great $500.
BOAT, 16 Ft. w/115 hp motor,
$300 or will trade for equal
value Riding Mower.
BOAT TRAILERS (2) -Tandem,
galvanized. $1600 for both
or will sep. (954)868-6518
DRY BOAT 11ft, 30h/p Mari-
ner, full cover, 'trailer, similar
to a jet ski full cover. $2500
GRUMMAN ALUMINUM- 14',
V Haul, Trailer, 25hp Merc,
Trolling motor. $1500
115hp, w/throttle cable &
shifter, plus steering cable,
JON BOAT, 14 Ft. w/ galv.
trailer. 9.9 Johnson, New
seats, Live well. Runs great.
MONARCH ALUM BOAT, 15'-
Front platform 30HP Evin-
rude, tiller trlr, $1800 neg.
PRO CRAFT 170 COMBO'98
Excellent condition $7900 or
best offer (561)670-4742
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Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
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Proline, '86, 17', 90hp Yama-
ha 1998, center console, t-
top, trir like new, $6500.
REINELL- 24' Cabin Cruiser,
305 Merc, I/0, Fly bridge, Bi-
mini, with trailer $1000 or
best offer (772)465-3925
TRI HULL BOAT, 16', walk thru
windshield, 60 hp Mariner
outboard motor & trir,
WAHOO- 19', Center console,
150hp Mariner, Aluminum
trailer, GPS & depth finder.
HUNTING CAMPER, 20 foot
Star Craft, needs work, You
Move, $100. (863)697-3869
MIDAS MINI '83- 24ft, Chev
350, dual AC, 4KW Onan
Jen, runs good $2495 cash
WINNEBAGO MOTOR HOME,
'93, 34k mi., like new,
GAS SCOOTER- stand up,
good condition, $125 or best
HONDA CBR HURRICANE,
'90- approx 43K miles,
$1500 firm. (863)467-1189
SUPER POCKET YAMAHA R6
replica, practically brand new,
with al stickers $700 or best
HONDA 250 FOURTRAX '87, 4
Wheeler, Runs excellent.
New tires & brakes. $1500.
JEEP, '68, Mud Buggy, V6, 3
spd, new clutch pkg., runs
good, lifted 36 in. tires,
MANCO 90 cc '03 runs great
like new, lyr warranty remain-
ing. $1000 (863)357-7566
YAMAHA 250, '03, 4 wheeler,
less than 10 hrs., $2200.
TERRY- '91, 25', Rear double
bed, A/C, Awning, Exc.
cond. $5250 neg 863-801-
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
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
BUICK REGAL, '86, cold air,
CADILLAC BROUGHAM '91 -
Runs great, cold air. $950
CHEVY LUMINA, '93, good air,
runs good, new tires, 87k
miles, $2400 neg.
CHEVY MONTE CARLO, '96,
leather interior, cd player,
$2500 or best offer.
DODGE SPIRIT '92 Runs-
Needs Head Gasket, cold
AC, New tires/ exhaust. $300
FORD ESCORT, '91, needs
clutch, will start & run, $200
or best offer. (863)801-3158
FORD TAURUS, '92, good for
fixing or parts, asking $175.
KIA SPECTRA, '03, standard
w/warranty, $7000 or best
MERCURY COUGAR 1995,
V8, Runs good. $800 or best
Okeechobee News, Thursday, September 15, 2005
LINCOLN TOWNCAR, 1988 -
Good cond., black rag top,
new tires, cold a/c, $1300.
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MERCURY COUGAR, '99, sil-
ver, 189,000 miles, $4000
or best offer. (863)634-0779
Pontiac Bonneville, '92- Sport
Edition, new battery, Full
power Good clean car $1600
or best offer 863-675-2598
PONTIAC GRAND AM, '95,
PONTIAC SUNFIRE, '97,
conv., 4 cyl., cold air,
SATURN SUPER COUPE, '01,
35 mi + per gal., 3 dr., load-
ed, exc. cond., $6000 neg.
SUBRU, OutBack 2004 All
wheel drive, Good Cond.
TOYOTA CAMRY- '93, Needs
some work, $1000. or best
VW RAIL BUGGY & PARTS -
needs work, will run, $350
or best offer (863)675-6214
TOYOTA COROLLA 1992, 4
Door, Auto., 4 cyl., A/C.
Runs excellent. $1800 or
best offer. (772)461-4044
TOYOTA SOLARA- '01, 1
owner, White w/tan int.
Loaded, Low mi, $10,000
or best offer (561)202-8461
VW RAIL BUGGY Street le-
gal, $1500. Call
FORD BRONCO, '87- 4x4,
Runs needs work & paint job.
Plays hard in mud. Tough
truck $1500 (863)763-8725. "
FORD RANGER 1984, 2.8 V6,
4x4, Runs great, owner pur-
chased newer vehicle.
Your new home could be
in today's paper. Have
you looked for it?
GOLF CART, '02, EZ Go, low
hrs., with charger, $2000.
CHEVY DUALLY 350 nds
some bdy wrk, gd bed & 454
eng. 400 turbo trans. Xtra gas
GMC, '88, w/eng. work,
18,280 gvwr, 24' waterproof
van body, w/attic, good tires,
CAMARO '85- Z28, good for
parts only, $250
CAR HAULER 18', Dual axle.
New 20001b elec. winch, tie
downs & hitch. $850. or
best offer (863)763-3551
CONVERTIBLE BOWS- Fits
Jeep Wrangler '97 & up$60.
POSI TRACTION UNIT- with
gears, $300 or best offer
TIRES & RIMS (4) 31575R16
tires, 8 lug, fits '00 Dodge 4x4
w/ Ram center cap & Beauty
Ring $350 (863)357-7566
TIRES set of 4, 23575R17
TRANSMISSION- Rebuilt GM,
WHEELS & TIRES (4) 20",
chrome, w/285/50 Goodyear
Eagle tires, $800 neg.
DODGE D50 1988, Good con-
dition. New motor. New tires &
rims. Good paint. New brakes.
DODGE RAM 50 1983, P/S,
Tool box, bedliner, 5 spd,
easy on gas, $1250.
FORD F100- '74, Ext cab,
Short bed, 460 C6 trans., 35"
tires $1500 Neg.
FORD F150 2002 Club Cab, 1
Owner. 71K mis. Looks &
Runs great. Must see!
FORD F150 '81 Good 6 cyl.
engine, new trans. Good tires.
Sell whole or for parts. $300
FORD F150 '88 Short bed,
power win/doors, dual fuel
tank, topper & cold a/c $2000
or best offer (863)675-4557
FORD F150 '91 XLT, auto,
V8, cold ac, runs great, many
new parts including new tires
FORD F250, '83- 351 Wind-
sor, 8" lift, body in good
shape, $2000 or bet offer.
Ford Pickup, '77, .body good
cond., stick shift in steering in
column, come drive it away,
GMC- '89, 1 ton, Flatbed, King
cab, 6 wheel pull, 4x4,
NISSAN '90, 4 cyl, Runs
good, $1000. or best offer
TOYOTA PICK UP 1988, 4
cyl., 4 spd., A/C. Gas saver!
Runs excellent. $2000 or best
TRAILER, Flat Bed, 8x20,
triple axle. $2500.
TRAILER, heavy duty, 6x20,
tandem axle, 3x5x1/4 frame,
w/3x3x3/16 side rails,
$2400 neg. (772)342-7304
WELLS FARGO- Closed in' with
loading ramp. $2000.
UTILITY TRAILER- 8x10,
open, like new, used once.,
$850. (863)467-1547 or
Chevy Cargo Van Express,
'00, exc. cond., not previ-
ously used as work van,
$8750. Okee (863)357-0037
DODGE CARAVAN '93 Motor
runs good but needs transmis-
sion. A/C. Body in great shape.
Dodge Cony. Van, '00, loaded
w/ captain's chairs, TV, VCR,
stereo & fold out couch.
FORD VANS 1989 & 1990
w/Wheel Chair Lifts. $3400 &
HI TOP CONV VAN '93- great
shape, beige, tow pkg,
MAZDA MPV VAN, '90, 7 pas-
senger, V6, all power, new
tires, no rust; needs eng.
work. $500. (863)467-6805
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Collaborative council will meet
The Community Collaborative Council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 27,
at 10 a.m. in the boardroom of the Okeechobee County School Board
Office, 700 S.W. Second Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to allow
the community to identify issues, collaborate, and share information
regarding services for children and their families. The guest speaker
will be Connie Ribakoff, for the TATS Program, and Dr. Moll. The pub-
lic is invited. For information, call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000,
Bake sale funds youth facility
The Okeechobee Church of God of Prophecy, 102 N.W 10th St.,
will hold a bake sale that includes and encourages county-wide partici-
pation in ordering cakes, fudge, puddings, etc. Proceeds from the sale
will help finance the beginning of a new youth facility. Order forms
have been placed at different businesses so that the church can fill the
orders. For information, call (863) 763-7227 or (863) 763-4654. Orders
will be taken until the end of September.
Farm Bureau plans annual dinner
The Okeechobee County Farm Bureau is hosting their annual
membership meeting/dinner on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 4 until 7 p.m. at
Quail Creek Plantation on Highway 68 E. The event will be a family fun
day with music, games, bounce house for the kids, sporting clays and
entertainment for all ages. Members are being asked to bring a cov-
ered dish, a vegetable, salad or a dessert. The Okeechobee County
Farm Bureau will provide meat and drinks. Please R.S.V.P. to Charlene
or Lisa by Sept. 26, by calling the Farm Bureau office at (863) 763-3101.
Car wash to aid Katrina victims
The 4-H Beef 'n Bacon Raiser club will hold a fundraising car wash
on Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Wal-Mart parking lot near the garden center.
It will begin at 9 a.m. All proceeds will go to benefit victims of Hurri-
Homeowner applications available
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee County can help you become
the owner of a new home. To find out how, Habitat for Humanity rep-
resentatives will be at the R.O.C., 310 S.W. Fifth St., on Oct. 1 and Oct.
3. On Oct. 1 they will be at the R.O.C. from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. On Oct.
3, they will be there from 7:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Applications to
become a homeowner must be turned in by'Nov. 1,-between the
hours of 5 and 7 p.m. For information, call (863), 357-1371. Habitat for
Humanity of Okeechobee County is located at 2825 S.W. Third Ter-
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.
Grief and loss support group to meet
Big Lake Hospice will hold grief and loss support group meetings
on the second and fourth Thursday of each month beginning Thurs-
day, Oct. 13. The group.will meet at the Big Lake Hospice office at 3543
U.S. 441 S. in the Northlake Village Plaza. The meetings are free. For
information, contact Karla at 800-299-4677.
Oktoberfest hosted by VFW Post #9528
VFW Post #9528 will host an Oktoberfest celebration Saturday,
Oct. 15, starting at 1 p.m. for a $7 donation per person. German food
will include schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerkraut, rotkraut, kartoffelsalat
and more. Music will be provided by Alex and Johnny B. For informa-
tion, call (863) 467-2882.
Martha's House to hold Health Fair
Martha's House will be hosting a Health Fair on Saturday, Oct. 15,
from 8 a.m. until noon at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second St.
(behind the City Fire Department). There will be booths from various
organizations in our community. This fair is one of the events held in
October to highlight "domestic violence awareness month". If you
would like to participate, call Martha's House at (863) 763-2893.
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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.,
Saturday 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.
4-H and FFA Club enrollment under way
All youth planning to participate in the 2006 Okeechobee Youth
Livestock Show may enroll now but must be enrolled by Oct. 31, and
be in good club standings by attending monthly club meetings to be
eligible to participate in the livestock show.
Hammock State Park hosts festival
Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring will hold their 20th
Annual 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 cowboy 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 participation fee is $10.70 for the entire
day. Contact Dorothy L. Harris at (863) 634-7695; or, by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org;fl.us for information or to request a vendor
packet. Interested food vendors should contact Nancy Davis of the
Hammock Inn directly at (863) 385-7025.
Baptist Church opens library
First Baptist Church Library invites everyone to check out books,
tapes, CDs, DVDs and Christian materials. They are open Tuesday from
10 a.m. until 1 p.m.; Wednesday, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.; and, Sun-
days from 6 until 6:30 p.m. They are located at 401 S.W. Fourth St. For
information, call (863) 763-2171.
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 look-
ing for a church home or who is interested in knowing more about the
United 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
services. Fellowship time is held in the fellowship hall at 9 and 10:30
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 con-
test 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 Columbus and the Astronauts"' is the subject cho-
sen for grades nine through 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 infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2492.
Civil Air Patrol is forming.
The United States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air Patrol unit
in Okeechobee, and senior members and cadets are being recruited.
Youths between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are
needed to administer the unit and provide supervision for the cadets.
The three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services,
aerospace education and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets
work side by side to accomplish these missions. If you are interested in
becoming a cadet or senior member, contact Gene O'Neill at the
Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.
Grace Christian Schools seek help
Grace Christian Schools has K-3 openings at this time. For informa-
tion, call Grace Christian Schools at (863) 763-3072.
Red Cross needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can
help the American Red Cross reach people in your community with
lifesaving training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External Defib-
rillation, and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross at (863) 763-2488 to find out more.
Red Cross seeks DAT volunteers
The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to be part of their
Disaster Action Team (DAT). The DAT is made up of a group of trained
volunteers who respond to local disasters such as structure fires,
floods, etc. If you would like to give of your time and talents to help
local citizens in a time of disaster, please contact Debbie or Candace at
the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch by calling (863) 763-
Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott Ave.,
is open again. It is located in the back parking lot of the church. The
temporary gray box is stocked and ready for anyone who needs food.
All you need is an I.D. The hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also look-
ing for a volunteer to become the director and a board member of The
Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with the pub-
lic and should be able to seek support from city and county officials,
business executives and other organizations. Work days and hours are
flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.
New historical mugs on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society has a new shipment of histori-
cal Okeechobee County Courthouse mugs and mugs with a picture of
the old High School for $6 each on sale at the Chamber of Commerce.
They also have a small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of Okee-
chobee" which sells for $4.
Enrollment starts for VPK program
The Agency for Workforce Innovation is starting the registration
process for parents to enroll their children in the state's new Voluntary
Prekindergarten (VPK) program. Eligible children must live in Florida
and be 4 years old on or before Sept. I of the 2005-06 school year. Par-
ents can find the registration form.oriline at www.vpkflorida.org; or,
they can contact their nearest Early Learning Coalition for a paper copy
of the registration.
Yard sale closed for summer
Real Life Children's Ranch yard sales are closed for the summer,,
and they are no longer accepting donations. For information, call
Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
Church offers summer activities
Activities are now available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W Sixth St. These activities include: a food bank that is open Monday
and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon; a martial arts class held Tuesday
through Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday afternoon from 3
until 4 p.m.; Boy Scouts meet every Monday from 6 until 8 p.m.; Immi-
gration Assistance is available on the third Thursday of every month.
from 1 until 5 p.m.; and, soccer is every Tuesday and Thursday
County plat directory offered
The 2005 Okeechobee County Plat Directory is now for sale at the
Okeechobee Soil & Water Conservation office on U.S. 98 N. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-3619, ext. 502.