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Okeechobee News

Vol. 96 No. 265

Thursday, September 22, 2005

504 Plus tax

City OKs $7.1 million budget

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee JNews
The Okeechobee City Council
approved the $7.1 million 2005/06
budget Tuesday following its final
public hearing.
The budget, which includes
$4.8 million in the General Fund,
will become effective on Oct. 1.
The final budget reflects an
increase of $131,110 in General
Fund expenditures from the first
public hearing due to the 6 per-
cent across-the-board salary

increase for city employees over
the 1.5 percent step plan increase.
The tax millage rate is
unchanged from last year's 7.1899
per thousand dollar valuation on
all real and personal property
within the corporate limits of
Okeechobee, excluding property
within the city allowed as home-
stead property. One mill equals $1
for each $1,000 of assessed value.
The proposed millage rate is
13.11 percent over the roll-back
rate. The roll-back rate is the mill-
age that would have to be levied to

raise the money needed for last
year's services if it was based on
this year's tax roll.
During their regular council
meeting that immediately fol-
lowed the budget hearing, the
council heard and approved the
audit report for the 2004/05 fiscal
Deborah Bradley of Hoyman,
Dobson & Co., certified public
accountants, said the independent
audit revealed a clean and quali-
fied report for the city. During dis-
cussion, she pointed out that the

city's total assets had increased
and the pension trust funds are in
a good position.
Financial highlights revealed
the city's total assets exceeded its
liabilities at Sept. 30, 2004, by
$10,313,847. The city's total rev-
enues were $6,461,201 for the
year ending on Sept. 30, 2004,
compared to total expenses of
$4,670,968, which resulted in a
$1,790,233 increase in net assets.
The city's pension funds,
which are controlled by a separate
board, showed an increase over

the previous year. The Municipal
Police Officers' fund went from
$3,404,925 at the beginning of the
year to $3,772,855 at year end a
10 percent increase. The Munici-
pal Firefighters fund grew from
$1,440,798 to $1,604, 550 a 10
percent increase. The General
Employees' Pension Trust went
from $3,551,579 to $3,970,625 -
an 11 percent increase.
Selling property in the Com-
merce Center, also known as the
See Budget Page 2

CAP conducts
orientation flight
On Sunday, Sept. 19, the
familiar red, white and blue,
colors of a United States Air
Force Auxiliary Civil Air
Patrol (CAP) aircraft was
seen landing at the Okee-
chobee Airport. CAP Captain
David Littlefield was conduct-
ing a Cadet Orientation Flight
in the Cessna 172 with two
cadets from the Stuart Com-
posite Unit. Captain Little-
field is the commanding offi-
cer of the Okeechobee
Composite Squadron sta-
tioned here in Okeechobee.
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City paves the way

to put in fire lanes

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
If Marvin Brantley does not
clear paths for four fire access
lanes at his junkyard on South
Parrott Avenue, the city will do it
and charge him for their efforts.
That was the decision of the
Okeechobee City Council Tues-
day after reviewing the request
from the City Code Enforcement
Board following their last meet-
The council passed a motion
authorizing City Administrator
Brian Whitehall to secure bids
for equipment and labor to
remove the pieces of scrap. Mr.
Brantley has 30 days from the
time a notice was mailed. That
notice was mailed sometime on
Sept. 21.
The city will be ready to take
action on the 31st day -which
would be Oct. 21 if Mr. Brant-
ley has not come into compli-
ance by that time.
Mr. Brantley was found not in
compliance by the code board
regarding the lanes after having
made an agreement to create

the lanes. In the pact, he also
agreed to clean up the junk in
front of the 50-foot setback area
running north to south on the
property. In a lawsuit settlement,
Mr. Brantley agreed to bring his
property up to code by Aug. 26
but allegedly has not done so-by
the allotted time.
The lack of fire lanes is a
health and safety issue for the
code board, which prompted
their action. In addition, Mr.
Whitehall said the city attorney
sent an affidavit to the circuit
court stating that Mr. Brantley
was not in compliance with the
overall clean-up and the city is
awaiting a judgment. The circuit
court judge is due in Okee-
chobee on Monday, Sept. 26,
and will hear the case at 9 a.m.
Depending on the decision of
the judge, the city may approach
the junkyard from the code
enforcement issue and the judg-
ment simultaneously, and they
may clean up the entire area and
bill Mr. Brantley, Mr. Whitehall

School grading

programs clarified

for area educators

Drought Index
Current: 521
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.57 feet

Lake level
Last Year:
15.33 feet
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

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By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Michael Monroe, educational
policy analysis specialist for the
Florida Education Association,
told local teachers Tuesday
evening about the provision of
the federal No Child Left Behind
legislation (NCLB) and how it
compares with the Florida A Plus
He spoke of funding, ade-
quate yearly progress (AYP) and
teacher qualification.
Mr. Monroe called NCLB,
which was signed into law on

Jan. 8, 2002, the "cornerstone of
President Bush's domestic agen-
He said it remains to be seen
how students displaced from
Louisiana due to Hurricane Katri-
na will affect the implementation
of NCLB and, more specifically,
how they will affect Florida
"What was promised didn't
match what was given," he said
of funding for NCLB.
Mr. Monroe said that several
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News Briefs

Hurricane Katrina
donations sought
The Brahma Bull Restaurant,
2405 U.S. 441 S.E., will host a bene-
fit Sunday, Sept. 25, starting at
noon. There will be live music
throughout the day, as well as food
for $6.99 per plate. The menu
includes barbecue beef, hot dogs,
hamburgers and all the fixings, as
well as deserts. Donations of food
and money are being accepted. For
information, contact Cathye or
Yvonne at (863) 467-0050.
All Regions Banks are now
accepting donations to the Ameri-
can Red Cross disaster relief efforts.
Checks should be made out to:
American Red Cross Hurricane
Katrina Disaster Relief Fund. Cus-
tomers will be given a Red Cross
receipt. The local Regions Bank is
located at 305 E.N. Park St. For
information, 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., Mon-
day through Friday. The mission
house will close at 6:30 p.m. on
Wednesday. Cash donations can
be made to the First Baptist
The Florida Baptist Conven-
tion is accepting financial contribu-
tions. Checks should be made out
to the Florida Baptist Convention
and designated for Hurricane Relief
and sent to: Florida Baptist Conven-
tion, Business Services, Box 5579,
Jacksonville, Fla., 32247. Donations
can also be made by VISA, Master-
Card 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. Parrott
Ave. For information, contact Sun-
Trust Bank at (863) 763-1903.
Okeechobee Ministerial Asso-
ciation to coordinate relief efforts
for 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 start-
ing Sept. 8. For information, call
(863) 763-4127.
Riverside Bank, 1506 S. Parrott
Ave., is collecting nonperishable
items canned food, packaged
dry goods, diapers and bottled
water in their lobby. For infor-
mation, call (863) 824-0400.

Storm victims
Use the Internet as much as
possible when trying to locate a
storm victim. The phone lines are
either down or, if operating, are
Here are some Internet sites that
are posting messages with infor-
mation on those found or still miss-
http://findkatrina.com/ .

Sept. 17-23 is
Constitution Week
OKEECHOBEE According to
the Okeechobee Chapter Daugh-
ters of the American Revolution the
week of Sept. 17-23 is Constitution
Week, and commemorates the
signing of the Constitution of the
United States.
This great document, the
guardian of our liberties, estab-
lished our republic as a self-govern-
ing nation dedicated to rule by law.
Constitution Week provides
Americans an opportunity to recall
the nature of limited government
as well as the rights, privileges and
responsibilities of citizenship.

Legislative body
will meet Nov. 2
sentative Frank Attkisson, chair-
man of the Okeechobee County
Legislative Delegation, has
announced that the next meeting
of that group will be Wednesday,
Nov. 2, from 1:30 until 4p.m. in the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners chambers,
304 N.W. Second St.
The delegation will hear con-

cerns and ideas for potential legisla-
tion. Members of the community,
as well as local and county govern-
ments, may present their concerns
to the delegation at this time.
If you are want to address the
delegation, contact the Rep.
Attkisson's district office at (407)
943-3078 by Oct. 3:

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

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programs under the act would have
to be cut due to shortfalls in funding.
"We believe NCLB has been
short changed and has not been
fully funded," he added.
He predicated that funding short-
falls would cause the elimination of
24 NCLB programs, and noted that
funding for the current fiscal year is
less than funding for the previous
three fiscal years.
The provisions of the act require
each state to set their own stan-
dards for AYP. Because of that,
states very widely in the percent-
age of schools not making AYP.
The only goal uniform to all
states is that all students reach pro-
ficiency levels in reading and math
by the 2013-14 schoolyear.
Under the different state criteria,
77 percent of Florida schools are
failing while only 5 percent of
Arkansas schools are failing. Mr.
Monroe said that last year only two
Florida School systems Leon
County and Wakulla County -
made AYP
Florida schools are measured
by two different sets of goals the
federal NCLB standards and the


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Industrial Park, was reintroduced
by City Administrator Brian White-
hall. He wanted to set a policy, but
the council would rather have
guidelines and not ga hard and fast
policy that might prove to be inflex-
In June, the council agreed they
needed to settle on a price for the
lots in the center. While initial
acreages were sold at $35,000 an
acre, Councilman Lowry
Markham, a realtor, suggested at
the June 8 meeting that property in
the center could be sold for much
more. Tuesday, the council agreed
to sell the property at $110,000 an
acre with the possibility of offering
incentives to reduce the cost.
After much discussion, the
council asked the city administra-
tor to gather proposals from
.prospective buyers. Manufacturing
was mentioned as a type of pre-
ferred business for the center, but
not the only type. However, the
council agreed they would not like
to see any retail operations in the
Councilman Dowling Watford,
who was in the role of mayor pro
tem while Mayor James Kirk was
out of town, said he would look
more favorably on established
businesses rather than those from
out of town.
Mr. Whitehall said he has pro-
posals from six companies and

state A Plus program which are
both based on FCAT scores..
"They are two different
accountability systems," said Mr.
Standards of the federal system Wi
do not necessarily match standards ..
of the Florida system.
Under Florida standards, stu-
dent achievement is measured
through the academic growth of -L
individual students using a vertical
score scale. Under the NCLB act,
student achievement within a ,- __
school district or state is measured
during the current academic year
and the results compared to the Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
achievementthefollowingyear. .Michael Monroe of the Flori-
In NCLB, special attention is da Education Association
paid to status measurements of ave a presentation to Okee-
subgroups such as race, poverty, chobee teachers on Tuesday
English language proficiency andevening about th No Child
gender which can be limited by e ehindact.e
population sizes at each school. Left. Behind Act.
Under A Plus, special attention After two consecutive years of
is paid to all students who are in not making AYP, a school must
the lowest 25 percentile. develop an improvement plan and
Meeting AYP under NCLB is students are eligible to transfer to a
based on 45 yes/no questions. higher performing school in the
Scoring higher in one area will not district. However, Mr. Monroe said
compensate for low scores in other nationwide only 1 percent of the
areas. students eligible to transfer do so.
Under the Florida plan, schools After three years of not making
are awarded points for students AYP, schools must provide extra
who score high and/or make annu- academic assistance such as tutor-
al learning gains. ing and mediation primarily in

Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
With Okeechobee City Police Department Chief Denny Davis
(right) in full support, Police Officer Victoria Williams (left)
received a five-year recognition award at the Okeechobee
City Council meeting Tuesday evening.

that one company was interested
in taking up the entire east side of
the center. He will gather more
information and present it to coun-
cil members for them to match
with criteria for moving into the
The Commerce Center com-
prises 66 acres in 20 lots. According
to Mr. Whitehall, there are six plat-
ted lots available comprising 22.7
acres and each lot is of a different
"These can be sold as one lot, a
half lot, or one-and-a-half lots," he
In other business, the council
took the following actions:
presented a five-year service

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award to Police Officer Victoria
approved the August warrant
register for $367,122.77;
approved Ordinance No. 907,
an alley closing application for
Believers Fellowship Church;
approved Ordinance No. 908,
an alley closing application submit-
ted by Ronnie and Ellaine
approved rezoning from resi-
dential single family to commercial
on property at 1120 S. Parrott Ave.
for Ronnie and Ellaine Lawrence;
approved Ordinance No. 912,
-a request from Mark Goodbread to
change zoning from heavy com-
mercial to residential multi-family
at the Northwest corner of North-
east 10th St. and Northeast Third
tabled the second and final
reading of Christopher and Gail
Newman's rezoning application,
Ordinance No. 915, until the mayor
is present;
re-appointed Louise Chandler
and Steve Padgett to the Police Offi-
cers' Pension Board of Trustees
and appointed Robert Peterson to
that board;
re-appointed John Koepke to
the Firefighters' Pension Board of
Trustees, appointed Brian O'Cain
to that board, and ratified the
appointment of William Douglas
and Glen Hodges to the board;
appointed Terry Burroughs to
a regular position on the city plan-
ning boards from his alternate,
spot, and appointed Carol Johns in
the alternate position; and,
approved a temporary street
closing, for Central Elementary
School on Oct. 28 for their annual
fall festival.

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reading and math. These supple- glades parents to determine which
mental services must be scheduled option they will choose for their
outside the school day. Tutors used children.
under this system do not have to Osceola Middle School, Okee-
meet the same academic require- chobee Freshman Campus, Okee-
ments as classroom teachers, chobee High School and New
After four years of making AYP, Endeavor High School also failed
NCLB calls for the school to take to make AYP for three consecutive
one of several alternatives such as years. However, since they are not
replacing relevant school staff, Title I schools the above sanctions
instituting a new curriculum, signif- do not affect them.
icantly decreasing management Okeechobee schools did much
authority at school or extending the better this year under the State of
school day or schoolyear. Florida A Plus Plan. South Elemen-
After six years of not making tary School received an A. The
AYP, there are other alternatives other three elementary schools all
presented such as state takeover, made Bs. Osceola Middle School
reopening as a charter school, scored a B and Yearling Middle
replacing all or most of the staff or Schools scored a C. Okeechobee
contracting with private manage- Freshman Campus made a B and
ment. Under private management, Okeechobee High School scored a
schools would not be required to D. New Endeavor High School, an
administer the FCAT. alternative school, failed.
All of the above sanctions for By June 30, 2006, all teachers
not making AYP apply only to Title I have to meet qualifications as
schools. Title I designation is based "highly qualified." A "Highly Quali-
primarily on the number of lower flied" teacher is one who teaches a
income parents. In Okeechobee core academic subject and is fully
County, all of the elementary certified or licensed under state law
schools are Title I schools. and is competent in the subjects
Everglades Elementary School they are teaching.
is the only Okeechobee elemen- New teachers will be required to
tary school that failed to make AYP have certain testing or licensing.
for three consecutive years. In a There are provisions for veteran
few weeks, options for remedial, teachers to become "highly quali-
actions will be presented to Ever- ftied" without additional testing.


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County code board

meeting is cancelled

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Those property owners who
had been cited by code enforce-
ment officers received an unex-
pected reprieve at the Tuesday
night meeting of the Okeechobee
County Code Enforcement Board.
Since only three board mem-
bers were in attendance, there
was no quorum and no business
could be conducted. That particu-
lar board requires four members
present to have a quorum. There
are currently seven members and
one alternate sitting on the code

enforcement board.
Board chairman Tommy
Hoover announced that those
who had received citations would
receive notices that their cases
would be heard at the Oct. 18
meeting, unless code enforce-
ment officers determine that their
properties are in compliance by
Oct. 16.
The properties of Margaret M.
Wright, Richard Pettengill, and
Alvin and Mitzi Clark had been
previously determined to be in
compliance so their cases would
not have been heard anyway.

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Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Happy Birthday
Leona Albritton celebrated her 94th birthday Monday
night at a local restaurant. She was surrounded by 32 fam-
ily members.

Scholarship fund

is being established
A scholarship fund is being ola Middle School, 825 S.W. 28th
established through the Okee- St., in Okeechobee. Contributions
chobee Education Foundation in can also be taken to the Okee-
memory of Joyce Ruth Hacker, chobee County School Board
who recently died of lung cancer. offices at 700 S.W Second Ave.
Ms. Hacker was a physical Checks should be made
education teacher that taught in hecks should be
the Okeechobee County school payable to the Okeechobee Edu-
system for 30 years, national Foundation, and note
To contribute to the fund, mail that it is for the Joyce Hacker
or take contributions to the Osce- Scholarship.

Congratulations to Everglades
students of the week: Mrs.
Hollin's class: Janavise Futch;
Mrs. Murrish's class: Gloria Estra-
da; Mrs. Laskey's class: Kailey
McCain; Wisecarver's class: Rian
Haaka; Mrs. Osuldsen's class:
Marie Eshleman; Mrs. Parrish's
class: Breaira Smith and Mrs.
Bartlett's class: Tyler Lynch.
First Grade
In first grade the students
become real readers and writers.
Here are a few things you can do
at home with your child to help in
the areas of reading and writing.
Listen to your child read books
from school or read to your child
at home. Talk about what you
have read. Ask questions like
who, what, when, where, why
and how. Play word games like
rhyming or blending sounds to
make words. Practice reading
vocabulary and spelling words.
Encourage your child to write let-
ters, notes, lists or stories.
In science, the first grade stu-
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are becoming readers, writers
dents are
studying the
parts of
plants and
how plants
grow. Stu-
dents plant-
ed bean
seeds and
watched them grow. "
Everglades School t-shirts are
now on sale. They are machineWI'
washable with the Everglades
Gator mascot design on the front. ,-,' "-
Wear your new blue Everglades t-
shirt on Fridays to promote schoolA
spirit and pride. Order now! TheOI
price for t-shirts is $8 each.
The Everglades Media Center '-
will host a Scholastic Book Fair
starting Sept 9 and it will run until
Sept. 23. Parent volunteers are
needed to run this book fair.
Please call the school office at
(863) 462-5108 and offer to help .
out. We desperately need volun-

Jeffrey Bernhard's plant grew the fastest and Cady (center)
and Cassandra (right) showing the bean seed sprout.

Special to the Okeechobee News/Everglades Elementary
Eve King was very proud of her bean plant. It grew the tallest.

Arrest Log

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or Driving Under
the Influence (DUI) charges by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, the Okeechobee City Police
Department, the Florida Highway
Patrol, the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission or the
Department of Corrections (DOC).
Georgia Marie ,Moody, 39,
Okeechobee was arrested Sept. 18
by Deputy Willy Post on charges of
burglary of an occupied dwelling

Lt. Gov. ch
Toni Jennings chaired the first
meeting of the Early Learning
Advisory Council at the Rosen
Centre in Orlando on Monday,
Sept. 20. The Early Learning Advi-
sory Council was created to pro-
vide key recommendations on
early learning policy, Voluntary
Pre-kindergarten and school
readiness to the Agency for Work-
force Innovation and the Depart-
ment of Education. Council mem-
bers consist of local Early
Learning Coalition Chairs
appointed by the Governor and
two appointees from the Florida
House andSenate.

with persons within and grand
theft motor vehicle. Her bond was
set at $30,000.
Douglas Eugene Puckett, 19,
N.W. 39th Circle, Okeechobee,
was arrested Sept. 18 by Deputy
Corporal Jack Nash on felony
charges of possession of cocaine
and possession of a controlled sub-
stance (Hydrocodone), and a mis-
demeanor charge of possession of
marijuana under 20, grams. His
total bond was set at $ 16,000.

Douglas Jones, 39, was arrest-
ed Sept. 18 by Deputy Timothy Hig-
gins on felony warrants charging
him with felony battery and tam-
pering with a witness. His total
bond was set at $12,500.
Jeffrey Dean Davis, Jr., 30, S.R..
70 E., Okeechobee was arrested
Sept. 19 by Deputy M. Hazellief on
a felony traffic charge of operating
a motor vehicle while license
revoked habitual offender. His
bond was set at $2,500.

airs the Early Learn

"Improving. student achieve-
ment is a top priority for Governor
Bush. The work of the Early
Learning Advisory Council on
behalf of young children and their
families will have a dramatic
impact on the future of Florida,"
said Lt. Governor Jennings. "The
sharing of expertise and active
participation of those involved in
early learning can ensure Flori-
da's children receive the tools
they need to become successful
students and lifelong learners."
The Council provides a forum
for the chairs of the 31 Early
Learning Coalitions to discuss
best practices and new chal-

lenges. At the same time, it was,
established to guide Florida's new
Voluntary Pre-kindergarten pro-
gram, which began this fall. Near-
ly 96,000 four-year-old children
and. more than 4,000 providers
are now ,participating in the in
Florida's Voluntary Pre-kinder-
garten program. The program
prepares four-year-olds for
kindergarten, building the foun-
dation for their educational suc-
cess. Families can participate in
either a school-year program of
540 instructional hours or a sum-
mer program consisting of 300
instructional hours. The first sum-
mer program will be offered in

Doris J. Lassiter, 62, N.E. of sexual activity with a minor. He kn
327th Trail, Okeechobee, was is being held without bond. ai
arrested Sept. 19 by Deputy Patricia Brian James Dansa, 20, S.R. ar
Massung on a warrant charging 70 W, Okeechobee, was arrested to
her with violation of probation Sept. 19 by Deputy Randy Thomas
driving under the influence with on a charge of possession of co
personal injury. She was released cocaine. His bond was set at ed
on her own recognizance. $20,000.
Phillip Caron Whyte, 26, S. Mark James Hull, 23, Lake fo
Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, was Park, was .arrested Sept. 20 by cL
arrested Sept: 19 by DOC's Joseph Deputy Sergeant Robert Coleman w
Cracchiola for violation of commu- on a felony traffic charge of driving pe
nity control on the original charge while license suspended with fir

ling Advisory Council

2006. :
"Throughout the state, four-
year-old children in the Voluntary
Pre-kindergarten program are
developing the skills they need to
become good readers and suc-
cessful students," said Susan
Pareigis, Director of the Agency
for Workforce Innovation. "The
guidance provided by the Early
Learning Council is essential to
the continued success of Volun-
tary Pre-kindergarten and other
programs that give Florida's chil-
dren a significant educational
advantage through quality early
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misdemeanor charge of resisting
n officer without violence. His
tal bond was set at $12,500.
This column lists arrests and not
convictions, unless otherwise stat-
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barges against them dropped is
welcome to inform this newspa-
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Charles F. Scott, Sr.
Charles F. Scott, Sr., age 76, died
Tuesday, Sept. 20 2005, at Rauler-
son Hospital in Okeechobee. He
was born April 14,1929 in Philadel-
phia, Pa., and spent many years in
Worcester, Mass. He had been a
resident of Okeechobee and was a
member of the American Legion
Post #64 in Okeechobee. He
enjoyed computers, astrology,
H.O. trains, science, the Civil War,
and was also a sports enthusiast.
Survivors include his beloved
wife of 52 years, Dorothy A. Scott;
children Carol A. Clarke of Hen-
niker, N.H., Elaine L. Lundberg of
Canaan, N.H., Nancy L. Larson of
Eads, Tenn., Charles F. Scott, Jr. of
Worcester, Mass.; grandchildren
Travis Larson, Catie Larson and
Emily Larson, of Eads, Tenn.,
Heather Clarke, Billy Clarke, and
Erin Clarke of Henniker, N.H., Erik
Lundberg, Fredrik Lundberg, Kari
Lundberg, and Kirstin Lundberg of
Canaan, N.H:; Ryan Scott, Justin
Scott, and Samantha Scott of

Worcester, Mass.
Mr. Scott's remains will be
buried at the New Hampshire State
Veteran's Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton

Mary Ann Boswell
Mary Ann Boswell 92, died on
September 16, 2005 in Willing-
boro, N.J. She was born on August
2,1913 in Coffee, Ga.
She was preceded in death by
her husband Frank Boswell, father
Simon Bryant, mother Mary
Jane Hicks, son David Boswell,
Vera Mae Boswell and Lucy
Survivors include sons Wiley
Boswell, James Boswell, Simon
Boswell, Johnny Boswell, Robert
Boswell all of Okeechobee, Willie
Frank Boswell and
Harry Boswell both of Trenton,
N.J., Ronnie Boswell of Jack-

daughters Gladys Paxton of
Willingboro, N.J. Doretha Hamil-
of Fort
Pierce and
Cassie Munn of

nie Johnson of
St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Boswell is
also survived by
28 grandchil- MaryAnn
dren, 28 great- Boswell
and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
-Services: Visitation will be held
from 3 until 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept.
23, 2005 at The First Missionary
Baptist Church in Okeechobee. A
funeral service will be held at 11:00
a.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005 at
The First Missionary Baptist
Church, corner of Ninth Street and
Ninth Avenue in Okeechobee. The
burial will be in Evergreen Ceme-
tery in Okeechobee. You can sign
the guestbook at

Invitation for Applications for Owner-Occupied

Home Repair or Replacement

Okeechobee County is providing home repair and replacement assistance to home-
owners through the state Hurricane Housing Recovery Program. Financial assistance
is in the form of a zero interest deferred payment loan that does not require repay-
ment if owner occupancy is maintained for the period of years specified in the loan
(depending upon amount of loan). The program staff also develop the construction
contract, and perform inspections of work. Applicant eligibility factors include:
owned and occupied home as primary residence during the 2004 hurricanes, and
home received hurricane damage that is still not repaired. If insurance and/or FEMA
funds were received, must be contributed to repair/replacement cost, with excep-
tions for documented housing expenses related to repair or displacement. Must have
title to property and be current on mortgage / taxes / assessments. Mobile homes are
not eligible for repairs, but are eligible for the replacement program. Modular homes
with the DCA sticker intact may be eligible for repair or replacement.

All participants must be in .the very low, low, or moderate income range, with limit-
ed amounts of funds for each income category. The moderate household income lim-
its are as follows, although lower limits apply to low and very low income categories.

Household Size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
$16,240 $41,520 $46,680 $51,840 $56,040 $60,120 $64,320 $68,400

Potentially eligible owners of homes that are not mobile homes, who think their homes are
repairable, may call Rebuilding Okeechobee After Disaster, Inc. (ROAD), attn: Christina
Santibanez, 357-4177. Owners who believe their homes have damage to an extent that repair
may not be appropriate, and owners of mobile homes that have significant damage, may call
Roumelis Planning and Development Services, Inc. (RPDS), 467-6600. Documentation of own-
ership and income will be required at the time of application. Additional details will be pro-
vided at the time of application.

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Community Events

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 cen-
ter. It will begin at 9 a.m. All proceeds will go to benefit victims of Hur-
ricane Katrina.

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 representatives 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 Terrace.

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 sched-
uled 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)

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:

Friends of library to meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library will meet Monday, Oct 3,
at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room at 206 S.W. 16th St. The purpose
of the meeting is to discuss future library programs and services, as
well as where funds have been spent. Officers will also be elected.
Prayer walk is planned
The Okeechobee Ministerial Association is sponsoring a prayer
walk on Tuesday, Oct. 4. It will be time of praying for our schools, gov-
ernment and leaders. If you are unable to walk, come and pray on the
property. Participants will meet at His House Fellowship (formerly the
Church of the Nazarene), 425 S.W 28th St., at 6:30 p.m. Prayer events
will be held each Tuesday throughout the month of October. Loca-
tions for each walkwill be announced.

Transportation board to meet
The Okeechobee County Transportation Disadvantaged Coordi-
nating Board will meet Oct. 7 at 10 a.m. in the conference room at the
Okeechobee County Health Department, 1728 N.W Ninth Ave. The
meeting is open to the public.

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 daytime grief. and loss support group
meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of each month begin-
ning, 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.

Hospice plans yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale on Friday, Oct. 14,
and Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Hospice of Okee-
chobee volunteer house at the corner of S.E. Fourth St. and Third Ave.
All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee.

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Community Calendar

Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Histori-
cal Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret Smith at
(863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
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 (Inter-
national Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Jndex and military
information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-
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 RayWorley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask ques-
tions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for informa-
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall
at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third Ave.
. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
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 meet at 6 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-2893, or
call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at 7 p.m.
The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Par-
rott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893 days, or (863)
467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might need this group,
lease pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One Stop Cen-
ter, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be available
from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language class-
es from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Gun-Owners of Okeechobee meet at 7 p.m. at the American Legion, 501
S.E. Second St. Anyone interested is invited. For information, contact Merv
Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell at (863) 467-9461.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the Area
Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thursday at 2
p.m. Anyone who is caring for andill family member is welcome to join us.
he group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity for
caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas. The meet-.
ings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863)

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.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from'8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance every Fri-
day, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center 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.

Okeechobee Christian Cycles holds a ride every Saturday, weather permit-
ting. The group meets at 7:30 a.m. at the Style Studio, 1600 S.R. 70 E. Any-
one interested in riding is invited. For information contact Holly Stewart at
(863) 610-1251, or Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841.
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House, 1925 U.S.
441 S.E: It is a self-help group for people with a desire to stop using alcohol
and other intoxicating drugs anda desire to manage their emotional or
psychiatric illness. It's an open discussion group. For information, call (863)

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

Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Children's Center
on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m.The orientation is for
those interested in fostering or adopting in Okeechobee County.This meet-
ing requires no RSVP and is a question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC
Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the Fos-
ter Care Program at 1 -(800) 403-9311.
Chobee ChnstianrCycles will meet at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott
Ave., at 6:30 p.m. For information contact Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-
1841 or (863) 634-1723, or Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.

Community Events

Bake sale funds youth facility
The Okeechobee Church of God-of Prophecy, 102 N.W. 10th
St., will hold a bake sale that includes and encourages county-
wide participation in ordering cakes, fudge, puddings, etc. Pro-
ceeds from the sale will help finance the beginning of a new
youth facility. Order forms have been placed at different busi-
nesses 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 covered 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 call-
ing the Farm Bureau office at (863) 763-3101.

Community Events

Benefit auction is planned
A special auction to benefit the Joshua Matute Transportation
Fund will be held Sept. 22 at Rodney's Auction House on U.S. 441
S.E. The auction will begin at 7 p.m. All of the proceeds will go to
the benefit. To donate items for auction, call Niki at (561) 722-
0401, or Hazel at (863) 763-3617 and they will make arrange-
ments to pick up the items.

Mobile medical unit accepting donations
Over-the-counter medical donations are being taken for Hurri-
cane Katrina victims in Mississippi. His Great Commission, a
mobile medical unit, will be receiving donations until Sept. 23.
Clothing will not be accepted, only medical and first aid supplies.
To donate, contact Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.

Interaction Bible study planned
The Seventh Day Adventist Church, 417 N.W. Sixth St., will be
hosting an interaction Bible study presented by the Bible-based
television show "It is Written". The study will be held Sept. 23-27
from 7 until 8:30 p.m. each evening. For information, call (863)
763-5996 or (863) 763-0763.

Benefit luncheon is planned
The Okeechobee County Tax Collector's Office will hold a
benefit luncheon on Sept. 23 for Chrissie Williams, an employee
of that office. The benefit is to raise funds to help her fight lung
cancer. The lunch will consist of sliced pork, baked beans,
coleslaw, dinner roll and a desert for $6. Lunches will be available
immediately behind the Tax Collector's Office, 307, N.W. Fifth
Ave., from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lunches can also be delivered
upon request. For information, call (863) 763-3421, ext. 150.

Democratic Party dinner is planned
The Okeechobee County Democratic Party Jefferson Jackson
dinner is planned for.Friday, Sept. 23, at 6:15 p.m. It will be held at
the Shrine Club on State Road 78. The guest speaker will be State
Representative Richard Machek. The dinner will be prime rib for
a $30 donation to the Okeechobee County Democratic Party.
Tickets may be purchased at 710 S. Parrott Ave. from 8:30 a.m.
until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; or, call (863) 763-0540 or
(863) 447-0737.

Church hosting women's luncheon
Resurrection Life Church will host a Fall Women's Luncheon
on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and will feature
guest speaker Debra Miller, who is a missionary to Poland. Atten-
dance is by reservation. Please RSVP to (863) 763-7770. Reverend
Jimmy Miller will be the guest speaker at 7 p.m. on Saturday, and
again on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

UNCF topic of talk show
Family Stations, Inc., WWFR 91.7 FM, and 100.3 FM are spon-
soring a local radio talk show event on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 7:30
a.m. with rebroadcasts at I and 6 p.m. Talk show guest Donna
Hildreth, area development director of the United Negro College
Fund (UNCF) from the Miami area office, will discuss the topics
of grants and scholarships. For information about the UNCF from
the Miami area (serving South Florida) office, call (305) 573-8623.

Church plans dedication ceremony
The Cornerstone Baptist Church, 18387 U.S. 441 N., will host a
church dedication ceremony Sept. 25 at 5 p.m. Cornerstone Bap-
tist Church was formerly known as the 441 Baptist Church. For
information, call (863) 763-3338 or (863) 634-7922.

Evening of prayer planned
The Okeechobee Ministerial Association is sponsoring an
evening of prayer Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at His House Fel-
lowship (formerly the Church of the Nazarene) 425 S.W. 28th St.
This will be a time of prayer for our local community, for those
less fortunate and for our leaders on all levels.

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 public is invited. For information, call
Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Meteorologist to speak in BHR
Glades County Emergency Management and the Buckhead
Ridge Community Center will be presenting guest speaker Jim
Reif, chief meteorologist for ABC 7, on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7
p.m. Mr. Reif will be speaking at the Buckhead Ridge Community
Center, 682 S.R. 78 West, in Buckhead Ridge. For information,
contact Glades County Emergency Management at (863) 946-

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CAP conducts orientation

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On Sunday, Sept. 19, the
familiar red, white and blue,
colors of a United States Air
Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol
(CAP) aircraft was seen landing
at the Okeechobee Airport. CAP
Captain David Littlefield was
conducting a Cadet Orientation
Flight in the Cessna 172 with
two cadets from the Stuart
Composite Unit. Captain Little-
field is the commanding officer
of the Okeechobee Composite
Squadron stationed here in
The Okeechobee Squadron
was established in Okeechobee
last June and currently has
eleven senior members and six
cadets. One of the cadet pro-
grams is the Flight Orientation
Program in which cadets can
fly in a Civil Air Patrol Aircraft
with a senior pilot. During the
orientation flight cadets learn
ground handling, preflight
inspection, and after take off
learn the use of flight controls.
They also get to actually pilot
the aircraft.
The Sunday flight was out of
the Stuart Composite
Squadron. On Saturday, Sept.
24, the CAP airplane will revisit

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Special to Okeechobee News
Commanding Officer, Captain David Littlefield of the Okee-
chobee Composite Squadron conducted the first cadet orien-
tation of the newly formed Okeechobee Civil Air Patrol
Squadron. The Cessna 172 plane was used in the initial orien-
tation flight.

Okeechobee for the purpose of
orientation flights for the Okee-
chobee Composite Squadron'
To become a cadet member
of the Okeechobee Composite
Squadron you must be
between the ages of 12 and 18
and have an interest in the mili-

tary and/or aviation. Adults can
become senior members and
be willing to contribute time
and effort towards the better-
ment of the squadron and the
community. Prospective
members can contact Gene
O'Neill at the Okeechobee
County Emergency Opera-
tions Center at (863) 763-3212.

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World War II vets plan overseas trip

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 Nor-
mandy and the drive through

France to the Rhine.
The itinerary will include
London, Portsmouth, Cher-
bourg, Omaha and Utah beach-
es, Caen, St. Mere Eglise, Care-
tan, Argentan, Falaise and Paris.
A memorial service will be
held at the American Military

Service Club Briefs

American Legion
Post #64
e 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 1
until 8 p.m.
e. Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday evenings beginning .t 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
mohth 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.
e 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
starting at 4 p.m.
e Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday, Tues-
day and Thursday.
Starting in September,
euchre will be on Monday and
Wednesday from 6 p.m. Everyone
is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St.
For information, call (863) 763-
Am-Vets #2001
e Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members
are available. Call Ray Disney.at
(863) 357-2138, or Don South at
(863) 763-8954.
Eagles Aeries,#4137
Saturday, Oct. 29: Halloween
party and lava lamp drawing pro-
ceeds go to Snowball Queen
Charities. Our queen and king will
be Diane.and Bill Huston.
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5
and 6: Yard sale at Aeries, rain or
shine, 8 a.m. until? Donated items
are appreciated.
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
Wednesday: bar bingo
from 4 p.m. until? Food will be
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. Cooked to order
for a $10 donation. Music will be
by Jimmy Harper.
Saturdays and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday:
breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.
Call the Aeries for other
events, (863) 763-2552.
Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on

S.R. 70 East. For information, call
(863) 763-6580.
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regu-
lar meeting.
Wednesday: bingo will be at
7 p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. 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.; ~ar,bingo from
2 p.m. until?
Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Rich Sweet
at (863) 824-0262, or Kip Gardner
at (863) 357-0427.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month.
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Eastern Star #128
.* Okeechobee Chapter #128
has many fun activities, planned
on the first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming activi-
ties, contact W.M. Margaret at
(863) 467-8020.
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 wlat
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 off.
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. 24: Karen Charest will
have a beef tips over noodles din-
ner from 5 until 7:25 p.m.
Sept. 29: WO.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
Years Eve Party go on sale Oct. 14.
Seating is limited so get your tick-
ets early. They are $40 per couple
or $20 per person. No tickets will
be sold at the door.
Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. For informa-
tion, call the Lodge at (863) 763-
4954 or Norm at (863) 763-1550.
Monday: bar bingo for
members only at 6:30 p.m. Food
will be served.
Friday evenings: food, fun
and music.
Saturday: at 1 p.m. Moose
races; dinner served at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for

Cemetery at Colleville Sur Mer in

,For information, call Sy Can-
ton at (561) 865-8495; or, send
inquires to 5121 B Nesting Way,
Delray Beach, Fl., 33484.

menu and cook.
Sept. 27: Business meeting.
VFW Post #4423
The post is open noon until 9
p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Events at this post are seasonable
you should call (863) 763-0818 for
information or visit the lodge 300
N.W. 34th St. You may write the
post at P.O. Box 1137 Okee-
chobee Fla. 34972.
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
Every Wednesday during
season karaoke will be held from
5 until 9 p.m.
Every Friday: bingo starts at 1
p.m. for members and guests fol-
lowed by karaoke starting at 5
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at I
p.m. Karaoke will be from 5 p.m.
Sunday: a dinner will be
available from 2 until 5 p.m. and
followed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
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 Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from
noon until 8 p.m., Monday
through Sunday.
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, kartoffelsalat
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 dinner.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
Post meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturday of
the month beginning at 10 a.m.
The main meeting is on the fourth
For information contact Com-
mander Johnnie H: Patent at
(863) 467-2882.
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at
I p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Auxil-
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.

In the Military

Chesser completes
security operations
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class
Matthew A. Chesser, a 2002 grad-
uate of Okeechobee High School
and his fellow shipmates com-
pleted Maritime Security Opera-
tions (MSO) while on a scheduled
deployment in support of the
Global War on Terrorism while
assigned to the amphibious
assault ship USS Kearsarge home-
ported in Norfolk, Va.
Marines and Sailors of the USS
Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike
Group conducted MSO in the Per-
sian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden,
Gulf of Oman and'Indian Ocean.
MSO sets the conditions for
security and stability in the mar-
itime environment, as well as
complements the counter-terror-
ism and security efforts of region-
al nations. MSO denies interna-
tional terrorists use of the
maritime environment as avenue
for attack or to transport person-
nel, 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 July
For more information on the
deployment and high resolution
photographs, visit the USS
Kearsarge Web site at
Endy completes
security operations
Navy Seaman Jacquellen M.
Scarpa Endy, a 2003 graduate of
Okeechobee High School, and
her fellow shipmates completed
Maritime Security Operations
(MSO) while on a scheduled
deployment in support of the
Global War on Terrorism while
assigned to the guided-missile

destroyer USS Gonzalez home-
ported in Norfolk, Va.
Marines and Sailors of the USS
Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike
Group conducted MSO in the Per-
sian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden,
Gulf of Omanan and Indian Ocean.
MSO sets the conditions for secu-
rity and stability in the maritime
environment, as well as comple-
ments the counter-terrorism and
security efforts of regional
nations. MSO denies international
terrorists use of the maritime envi-
ronment as a venue for attack or
to transport personnel, weapons
or other materials. The primary
mission of Scarpa Endy's ship is
to provide multi-mission offensive
and defensive capabilities. USS
Gonzalez is capable of operating
independently or as part of a
strike group. Its flexibility provides
presence with aipurpp o,; ai
strike power to support joint and
allied forces afloat and ashore. For
more information on the deploy-
ment and high resolution photo-
graphs, visit the USS Gonzalez
Web site at http://www.navy.mil.

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Writers' tour designed to make Big 0 'FAM'-ous

Four nationally renowned
travel writers toured the eco-
tourism and cultural attractions
of Florida's Freshwater Frontier
in Glades, Hendry, and Okee-
chobee Counties Aug. 21-25 as
part of a Visit Florida sponsored
Sugar & Spice Media Tour.
Organized by Florida's Fresh-
water Frontier, the tourism arm
of FHREDI (Florida's Heartland
Rural Economic Development
Initiative, Inc.) the familiariza-
tion tour (FAM tour) brought
Karen Eakins, Assistant Editor,
AAA's Home & Away from
Omaha, Neb., Sheila B. Calla-
han, a freelance writer and fre-
quent contributor to New York
Daily News, Emilia Mink, con-
tributing writer for The Traveling
Adventurer, from Knoxville,
Tenn. and Carla Waldemar, a
freelance travel writer and fre-
quent contributor to the Des
Moines Register and others from
Minneapolis, to the area around
the "Big O".
The four writers and VISIT
FLORIDA PR representative Paul
Kayemba joined FFF coordinator
Connie Steele and area tourism
representatives for a whirlwind
tour of attractions in LaBelle,
Clewiston, Glades County and
On day one of the tour, Renee
Platt provided a tour of the
Harold P. Curtis Honey Company
and the writers were given gifts.
of honey bears containing their
choice of honey. Fred and J.R.
Trepper of the Banana Bay Tour
Company provided a relaxing
Caloosahatchee River Cruise for
all to enjoy.
Of course, Debbie Burchard
Klemmer of Flora & Ella's pro-
vided a great southern welcome
for the tour group, offering sam-
ples of just about every pie on
the menu and also provided
some of those great fried green
tomatoes for all to enjoy.
Also, while in LaBelle a quick
stop was made for a sampling of
a Cuban Sandwich and Cafe con
Leche, provided compliments of
Cuban Sandwiches Plus. Many
of the writers had never sampled
Cuban food. Needless to say,
they.were .requesting cafe con
leke the remainder of the trip
and the sandwich was delicious.
In Felda, Buddy Taylor of

Renee Platt of Harold P. Curtis Honey Co. demonstrates
honey process.

Gator Hammock provided a
demonstration on selection and
preparation of Swamp Cabbage.
Also, several sauces and spices
were available for tasting, as part
of a wonderful cracker-style
lunch consisting of pulled BBQ
pork sandwiches and all the
trimmings including a
mango-guava desert. Gator
Hammock also provided alu-
minum gift buckets, which
included their gator sprinkle,
gator sauce, and several recipes.
SDay two of the tour brought
the writers to Clewiston for an
airboat ride on beautiful Lake
Okeechobee, compliments of
Captain Terry Garrels. Two of the
writers, Sheila Callahan and
Emilia Mink, opted for an early
fishing trip, compliments of
Roland & Mary Ann Martin's
Marina, fishing licenses compli-
ments of Florida's Freshwater
Frontier. They were delighted to
catch several bass in the range of
5-6 pounds while writers Karen
Eakins and Carla Waldemar
opted for a spectacular sunrise
bike ride on the LOST (Lake
Okeechobee Scenic Trail). Also,
what would a visit to Clewiston
be without a catfish dinner at the
Tiki Bar compliments of Mary
Ann Martin.
Big Cypress
Earlier Tuesday, Cindy Malin
of the Big Cypress Seminole Indi-
arn Reservation provided Swav -p
Buggy Eco Tours, an airboat
tour, and swamp critter shows

courtesy of Billie's Swamp
Safari. The group toured the
renowned Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Muse-
um, and lunched at the Swamp
Water Cafe the Seminole
Burger was a big hit!
Hotel accommodations for
three nights were provided along
with breakfast daily, compli-
ments of Ms. Krista Hill of the
Clewiston Inn. A scrumptious
dinner with an absolutely beauti-
ful presentation was provided by
the Clewiston Inn, prepared by
Chef Tim Grayson (former Chef
at Churchill Downs), on Tuesday
night, followed by local history
lesson, courtesy of Hunter Lath-
am in the historic Everglades
Glades County
Day three of the tour brought
the writers to gloriously natural
Glades County, where they
enjoyed a canoe trip on Fisheat-
ing Creek, courtesy of Fisheating
Creek Campground. Tom Gask-
ins III gave a history of the
Cypress Knee Museum, a time-
honored tourist attraction,
which is hoping to make a
comeback. Grant Steelman of
Florida's Fish & Game Commis-
sion gave a brief orientation on
the eco system and the creek
area and plans to open a hiking
trail to Fort Center. Lunch was
provided compliments of Joyner
Next on tap was a guided tour
through Vaishirig. Species,
Palmdale, compliments of
owner Jeff Harrod. A sanctuary

Submitted to INI
Writers on the tour from left to right are: Emilia Mink, Carla Waldemar, Sheila Callahan, Karen
Eakins, and Visit Florida Rep., Paul Kayemba.

for lions, tigers and even alliga-
tor snapping turtles. Vanishing
Species also boasts a gift shop
and museum of artifacts collect-
ed over the years.
Day four of the tour brought
the writers to Okeechobee
where Sue Arnold treated the
group to a tour of Arnolds
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
The group especially enjoyed
touring the butterfly garden,
which is being expanded to
accommodate scores of butter-
The next stop was the Ft.
Drum Crystal Mine, where
owner Eddie Rucks, owner, set-
up displays of calcite and fossils
in his home dining room (due to
weather). He explained how he
found the mine and his future
intentions for use of the land,
i.e., opening a campground with
mining opportunities, with all
amenities. The weather tem-
porarily cleared and they went to
the mine. Mr. Rucks showed
everyone what to look for and
helped a few of the writers find
really beautiful pieces. He gave
samples to all (some of the
whole shells with calcite sell for
about $200 each). He helped the

writers' cleanup their finds.
Everyone enjoyed meeting Mr.
Rucks and had a great time min-
The group then made an early
visit to Freedom Ranch, where
owner John Glenn and his family
treated the group to a swamp
buggy ride through 200-plus
wooded acres. During the tour
wildlife, wild fruit, and other edi-
ble plants were pointed out
along the way. A presentation on
rancher life, explaining all items
carried on horseback in earlier
settler days. Then they showed
us why they were called "crack-
ers" -wow! Demonstrations on
how to lasso then followed.
They were all given the opportu-
nity for some hands-on training
and had a great time trying -
looked so easy!
Freedom Ranch ladies, Sandi
Glenn (John's wife) and mother
prepared steaks with all the trim-
mings, topped-off with home-
made sour orange pie. After eat-
ing, they saddled up some
horses and brought out cattle to
give demonstrations of roping
and riding and'how they get the
cattle to go where they want
them to go and how they are
able to give shots/medicine.

The writers had to cut theii
tour short, as Hurricane Katrina
approached the Florida shores,
but they all expressed interest in
coming back for another visit to
Florida's Freshwater Frontier.
Florida's Freshwater Frontier
would like to take this opportu-
nity to thank each and every par-
ticipant, all Chambers and
T.D.C.'s who helped coordinate
this tour. We have such natural
beauty in, our region with warm-
hearted, friendly people who
make tourists feel welcome.
Thank you for your support.
Anyone interested in visiting
attractions listed in this article -
contact the local Chamber of
Commerce or TDC for attraction
Glades County EDC (863)
Hendry County TDC (877)
Clewiston Chamber of Com-
merce (863 -983-7979
LaBelle Chamber of Com-
merce (863) 675-0125
Okeechobee Tourist Develop-
ment Council (800) 871-4403
Pahokee Chamber of Com-
merce (561) 924-5579
Florida's Freshwater Frontier
(Region) (800) 467-4540

Citizens group gains backing of local political leaders

By Mark Young
Special to the Okeechobee
CLEWISTON The recent
controversy between U.S. Sugar
and Hendry Regional Medical
Center (HRMC) has drawn the
attention of city and county lead-
ers stretching across Hendry
County from. Clewiston to
Some government leaders are
acknowledging that a legitimate
problem exists, but are more
concerned over the negativity of
the dispute and are throwing
their weight behind a new.move-
ment coming in the form of a
group called "Citizens to Save
Our Hospital."
Spearheading this effort is
Darren Smith, a former member
of the Blue Ribbon Committee
who is publicly disassociating
himself from U.S. Sugar and
pledges that this movement will
remain "100-percent positive" in
its efforts to help resolve the hos-
pital's financial future.
"I am not U.S. Sugar," said Mr.
Smith. "I do not attend their
meetings and it's unfortunate
that I've been aligned with the
unfortunate things that have
been done. I've voiced my opin-
ion to (U.S. Sugar Vice President
Robert) Coker and said to him
that what (U.S. Sugar) was plan-
ning to do would have a negative
Mr. Smith addressed con-
cerned citizens and several
members of the Hendry County
Commission and some mem-:
bers of the Clewiston City Com-

mission at a Sept. 14 press.con-
ference announcing the inten-
tions of the group. Mr. Smith
claimed the group had the back-
ing of local political leaders, but
those leaders made their inten-
tions very clear.
"I will not align myself with
anything that appears to be neg-
ative," said County Commission-
er Kevin McCarthy whose repre-
sentation in the newly formed
group marks a significant impor-
tance since Mr. McCarthy's dis-
trict stretches from Clewiston all
the way to LaBelle.
Mr. McCarthy's father spent
25 years serving on the hospital's
board and he has both a person-
al and professional vested inter-
est in ensuring the hospital's
future success. As a political
member of the newly formed
group, Mr. McCarthy, as well as
other government leaders have
been tasked with.the challenge
of finding two people each, who
. are willing to serve this group
with a sincerity of heart to move
the hospital in a positive direc-
tion through open communica-
tion and a spirit of working
together with the community.
But this represents a chal-
lenge to the political leaders
who acknowledged that the spir-
it of participation within Hendry
County could be better. Mr.
McCarthy cited the recent city
elections, which did not take
place because no one was inter-
ested in running for the commis-
sion and cited the same problem
with the current hospital board,
which are duly elected represen-

Glades County Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or Driving
Under the Influence (DUI)
charges by the Glades County
Sheriff's Office, the Seminole
Police Department, the Florida
Highway Patrol, the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission or the Department of Cor-
rections (DOC).
Jamie Hewitt, 25, of Okee-
chobee was arrested Sept. 16 by
SPD Detective Negrinelli on the
charge of robbery. Her bond was
set at $10,000
David Graves, 26, of Okee-
chobee was arrested Sept. 16 by

SPD Detective Negrinelli on the
charge of robbery. His bond was
set at $10,000.
Michael Harvey, 21, of Lake-
port was .arrested by Deputy
Bryan Enderle on charges of car-
rying a concealed weapon and
possession of methampheta-
mine. His bond was set at $9,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
paper. The information will be
confirmed and printed.

"I don't think we've had an
election for the board, unfortu-
nately due to a lack of interest,"
he said. "It's the same thing we
saw for the city commission
where we didn't have any quali-
fied applicants submitted. It's-
important to get this community
involved and it's important that
both sides of the county are rep-
The group is in its infancy and
the press conference was held
primarily to announce the for-
mation, but has already formed
a mission statement, which
reads, "Seeks to raise awareness
and encourage strong citizen
involvement and effective action
to address the serious financial
and leadership issues facing our
county's only community hospi-
tal, to ensure its stability and
safeguard the physical and eco-
nomic health of our communi-
The statement also points out
five measures in which to com-
plete this goal.
Create a unified approach
to problem solving.
Inform and educate the citi-
zens of Hendry County.
Guide a positive and con-
structive community dialogue.
Stimulate citizen participa-
Create a talent pool for
future elections.
Unification across the board
is a positive goal, stimulating citi-

zen participation and creating a
talent pool for future elections
may be the biggest two chal-
lenges within the mission state-
-ment, according to those pres-
That's why Mr. Smith has
issued a challenge to political
leaders within the county to draft
the assistance to two qualified
people each and many of those
leaders are taking on that chal-
lenge. Mr. McCarthy was the only
to address the crowd in publicly
throwing his support into the
movement. However, County
Commissioner Janet Taylor, as
well as city commission mem-
bers and LaBelle commissioners
were said to offer their support
as well.
The Citizens to $ave our Hos-
pital group is pledging this cam-
paign will remain a, positive
approach to resolving any
remaining issues.
"The hospital weaves its way
through our life, no matter what
we do," said Mr. Smith. "For that
reason, we cannot allow this to
on the way it has. We are not get-
ting where we can be, but can
get there by approaching it in a
different way."
Mr. Smith used the "Edison
Approach" to clarify his mean-
ing, which is to keep trying until
you have success.
"All this is going to take is to
bring everyone to the table to
communicate," he said. "And to
find people in the community

who have a good, clear commit-
ment to get involved who have a
passion for this kind of commit-
The general consensus of
those in attendance agreed that
now was the time to fall back
and regroup from the recent
negativity surrounding the hos-
pital's, financial condition, as
well as expressing concern as to
this group separating itself from
U.S. Sugar.
"I'm only going to get
involved in this if this is a back-
ing up from the Blue Ribbon
Committee," said Commissioner
McCarthy. "This is going take the
whole community. I won't be
involved in finger pointing and I
only agreed to be a part of this
group because of its positive
Commissioner McCarthy reit-
erated that this conference was
just an announcement that a
group was forming and that the
challenge was laid out to recruit
quality people into creating a
positive approach to the prob-
lems at hand, but also said, "Any-
body elsp willing to step up to

the plate is certainly invited to
get involved," he said.
An announcement in the near
future is expected as to when the
group will meet next and in the
coming weeks plans on holding
town hall meetings in their quest
to inform the public while hold-
ing scheduled public meetings
with the hospital board to create
an open, honest, positive dia-
In the meantime, the hospital
has just paid a $20,000 fee for a
consultant who is currently help-
ing the hospital with its strategic
plan, which has been pledged to
be released within the next eight
Much will depend on the out-
come of that strategic plan and
this group is moving quickly to
form in order to work with the
consultant, as well.
But many in the audience,
including Mr. McCarthy said their
ultimate goal is to see a new hos-
pital built and that the projected
growth rate of Hendry County
over the next 10 years should
include a new hospital in Clewis-
ton, as well as one in LaBelle.


Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005 Starting at Noon
Music Provided By: Hard Livin' Band,
Brad Brock & the Renegades and Millie & Friends
Cost: 6.99 per person*
*Includes Chicken, BBQ Beef, Hot Dogs,
Hamburgers and All the Fixins', as well as Dessert.
The Brahma Bull Employees will be donating their time and wages
for the day to the benefit. It is hoped that the rest of the community
will join us for a day of fun and entertainment and fundraising for
those people who were helping us last year during our Hurricane
problems (which were much smaller in comparison).
Everyone Welcome! Bring your lawn chairs!
Donations of food and money accepted at the Brahma Bull
if you can't attend. Call 467-0050 and ask for Cathye or
Yvonne for more information.

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Sports Briefs

Tourney to help
Kids in Distress
The Big Reel Bassmasters of
Margate will hold their 22nd
annual Ghost & Goblins open
bass tournament to benefit Kids
in Distress on Sunday, Oct. 23 in
The entry fee is $120 per two-
person team. There will be pay-
outs for first through fifth places.
The big bass award is $7,850
(based on a 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
bigreeljim@aol.com for infor-
mation. Or, entry forms can be
downloaded at

Touchdown Club
seeks new members
The Okeechobee High School
Touchdown Club is seeking new
members. The purpose of this
club is to promote pride,
respect, spirit and unity among
the O.H.S. players and student

body, staff, coaches, families and
the business community.
Anyone interested in the foot-
ball program at O.H.S. is invited
to join. Bronze membership is
$300; silver membership is $600;
gold membership is $900; and,
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.

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At the Movies -
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres

Movie times for Friday, Sept. 16,
through Thursday, Sept. 22, 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 p.m.
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 p.m.
Theatre II "Just like Heaven"
(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-

Briefs .

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

Club will
care for ferrets
The Okeechobee Ferret Club
and Rescue will take in unwanted,
abandoned and injured ferrets. For
information, call (863) 763-4333.

Equipment available
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walk-
ers, portable toilets, crutches,
canes, etc. Anyone requiring the
use of such equipment is welcome
to stop by the post and pick out
\w hat they need. There is no charge'
andtanyone is welcome. This'is hol
restricted id 'fte(ans. CAf the Post
at 1863) 763-2950.

looking to expand
The Just for Kicks barbershop
quartet group is looking for men
whd like to sing. Tenors, baritones,
leads and basses are all invited to
join our group. We practice on
Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Okee-
chobee Health Care Center, 1646
U.S. 441 N. Join us in singing some
old time songs and community
entertainment We are looking to
expand our group. Good clean fun
and a great sound are our objec-
tives. For information, call (863)
763-0175 or (8631 467-6347.

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

Items needed
by wildlife center
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center, 14895 N.W 30th Terrace, is
seeking paper towels, old large
towels, blankets, old kennels, a
push lawnmower, gardening uten-
sils and laundry detergent. Anyone
wishing to donate any of the above
items is asked to call (863) 763-
4630. '

Rescue accepts
unwanted horses
Horse Heaven Rescue in St.
Lucie County takes in all unwanted
horses. If you can't keep them,
donate them by calling (772) 467-
0400. For information, ask for

Wildlife Center

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.

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tion to Evergreen Cemetery,
$500 (352)493-0440.

BROWN BRINDLE- male, me-
dium size, vic of U-Save,
nice dog. (863)674-0537.
Original manuscript by J. K.
Rowling "Harry Potter & The
Jester's Javelin" ?? Please
call to identify 714-999-0083

ANY INFO- on '95 Ford Dually
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Trak John Deere mower
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in Immokalee on 9/6 call Ar-
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BOXER- male, rusVwhite, 6yrs
old, purple collar, vic of
SR70 & 80th Ave. Little girl
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HUSKY DOGS- Male & Fe-
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old. No papers. 1 Home great!
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good w/kids. Odd match but
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very gentle w/ kids. Free to
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steady work. Call Florida
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Needed For Local RV Park
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Supervisor. Experienced in
Fresh Fruit preferred.
Interested please fax resume
to 239-369-2267
Looking for a Mechanic.
Interested please fax resume
to 239-369-2267

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Call 561-845-7233
Cell 561-722-9651
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Ideal applicants will have
customer service & route
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& Wed. HS diploma or
equivalent. Great benefits.
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resume 407-843-4559 or
call 800-226-5110 ext 146

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Daily Routine. No exp. needed.
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experience. Class A preferred but will train the
right candidate. Competitive starting wages w/
great benefits package.
Apply in person at:
710 NE 5th Ave.
Okeechobee, FL



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Babysittlng 405
Child Care Needed410
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Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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* $70 For Shoes.
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7 Days A Week.

Shell Rock &.
Bob Cat Work.
Call 863-467-4734


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Li nes Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment,/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies,/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools 9 Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools .725
TEbR& Games 730
Rs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

TEMPSTAR 5ton, heat pump,
12 seer, brand new never
been used. $1000

works good $30

KITCHEN SINK w/faucet, old,
cast iron, $25.
SEW MACHINES (3)- Antique,
need some work, $125
takes all (863)467-1574.

DEEP FREEZE 5 cu ft. Only
antiqued aboue, not 6 months. Pd.
carry$159 selling for $75.

DRYER/WASHER like new,
$250 for both

more. Like new. $200.
used about 6 months. Pd.

4yrs. 23cu ft, ice/water dis-
$159 selling for $75

4 Burners, Oven storage
drawer. Works great! $75.

Basic models. White. 5 yrs.
$250old. Work great $1
(863)467-43 634-233
more. Like new. $200.

4yrs. 23cu ft, ice/water dis-

penser.good condition, $15050
4 Burners, Oven storage
drawer. Works great! $75.


BIKE, 3 Wheel, very goods.

condo. also 2 wheel Schwinn
Bike. 150 for bother will.
WASHER, $75.

separate. (573)517-2577
SCHWINN, 1955- OriginalMaytag,
ood condition $900.
(863)467-5756 or

CLOSET MAID: Closet System
BIKEParts,All brand new. Left very good
cond, also 2 wheel Schwinn
Bike. $ 150 for both.or will
separate. (573)517-2577
SCHWINN, 1955- Original
.condition, $900.

CLOSET MAID: Closet System
Parts,.All brand new. Left over
from new construction. $150.
(863)675-3944 LaBelle.

w/track. $25. (863)675-3944
in LaBelle.
RV PORT- Storm damaged,
20x40 plenty of material to
make 20x10 $1100
tent, $20. (863)763-6901

BABY CRADLE, white, like
new, $50. (863)467-1325
bom-2T Lg assortment, Exc
cond. $155. takes all or will
separate. (863)763-6131

back, sequin detailed, 6ft train,
perfect cond. Pd $900 asking
$200 (863)673-4942

COLLECTION: Approx. 44
yrs. old. Rare items. $2500
all. 863)824-3358
Football & Baseball Card Col-
Slection & $500 or best offer'
Call (863)763-8943
ID BRACELETS- (2) not alike,
gold finish, engraved "Eliza-
beth" 1950's, $20 will sell
sep. (863)983-1848.

COMPAQ LAPTOP 477- All ac-
cess, Window XP, Leather
carrying bag. Exc cond.
$350 neg. 863-467-5616

COMPUTER, complete, every-
thing you need to get started,
whole unit, works great,
$150. (863)467-68051
HP Pavilion, windows 98,
mouse, monitor, speakers,
printer, keyboard, $375.
burner, 17" monitor, wireless
keybrd/mouse, $450 neg

wireless remote. Only used
a couple months. $600
BARSTOOLS, (4), all wood,
with backs, $100.
BLES, off white, w/cherry-
wood tops & glass Inserts,
$150. (863)763-8146
ing set. Multi Colored. $150
DINETTE SET & sleeper sofa,
2 gls end tbls & coffee tbl,
stereo sys. w/ spkrs. $200 all
will sep. (863)675-0483
SEntertainment Center, So-
fa/Sleeper, Rocking Chair,
Recliner, Hutch, $150 will
sell sep. (863)675-1621aft 6
Solid oak, w/hideaway
doors, $150.
wood frame, $200
FUTON SOFA BED, Full sized
w/decorative cover. Wooden
frame. Very nice. $40.
KING SIZED BED- California,
Headboard, Mattress, com-
plete, Very nice $100
FRAME, King Size, $300.
RECLINER, Mauve, Wood din-
ing room table & 4 chairs &
5 drawer dresser. All $130,
will sep. 863-675-0256
SOFA, Hide A Bed, good con-
dition, $150. (863)983-4743
SOFA, LS,CHAIR- Clean, ask-
ing $350. (863)763-5741
SOFA, Sectional, 5 pc., Ends
recline. Blue multi color.
Good shape. $125.

CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO Good cond: good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
GOLF CART EZ Go electric,
'04 Freedom SE series. Like
new, only driven twice. Many
xtras $3,795 (561)818-1482
GOLF CART- Club Car, '91,
Electric, Great condition.
$1250. (863)675-1472
GOLF CART- Club Car, '97,
Body shell, no frame. $175.

AR 15 Stainless Steel Match
Barrel, $200,
BROWNING B-80 SL, 3" bar-
rel, 1 modified, 1 full, great
shape, $400.
RIFLE: Antique-Stevens Old
Action, 22 cal. Tube feed 12
shot, org. finish. Exc. cord.
$275 863-675-8465 LaBelle.
SHOT GUN: 8 Shot, "Parker-
ized" Mossberg, 12 ga pump -
1000 rounds-most 00 Buck.
$450. (863)675-8465 LaBelle.

with back, adjustable height,
$19. (863)357-8788

CAL/STEPPER- used very lit-
tle. $100(8963)674-0098.
TREADMILL- Works great.
$75,. Call Jon @
WEIGHT SET, Universal: In-
cludes Bench Press & Lower
Body Work Out. Asking $325

RICE MAKER, Hardly used.
$8. (863)447-0002

1, red/grey. Used very little
$600 (863)675-3764
LIFT CHAIR- electric, excellent
condition, $350
Loft works in car trunk, van or
truck. Rotates 360, 2501b lift
WHEELCHAIR, new, light
weight, wide seat, 17x17.5,
with seat pad, pd. $575,
now $325. (863)357-8788
for wheelchair or scooter.

Glass. Good condition. $150.
DRIVE ON RAMP- You disas-
semble & move $200.
GARDEN TUB- Large, Perfect
Sfor a corner spot. Fiberglass,
excellent condition. Call
(863)697-6507 Leave msg
RUG YARN- cut packages,
75+ unopened and many
part pkgs all colors, $25
SHUTTLE BUS, Ford Econo-
line, 91, 25 passenger, a/c,
$5000 or best offer.
WATER COOLER- Zephyr Hills,
holds 5 gal bottle, like new,
white, $75. (863)447-2130.
WebTV Internate Terminal,
Battery operated keyboard &r
Electric keyboard $50.

new symbols & stands.
$650 or best offer.
ORGAN Hammond, double
keyboard. Pd over $4000
asking $100 (863)675-0235

AQUARIUM- 55 Gal & acces-
sories $50. (863)763-0280
BABY PIGS, Muse area. 1
Pair. $20. (863)675-4981
BABY QUAKER & Black head-
ed Counard, $170 will sell
sep. (863)673-2483
BIRD FEEDER, including pole
& screw in support, $7.50.
years old. $200.
BULLOXER (Pit Bull/Boxer)
New breed. (F). 8 mo. Loves
kids. Not good w/smaller ani-
mals. $100.863484-0313
male, 2 female, all black &
white. Parents on prem. $150
ea. (863)675-3915 PIs Iv msg
DACHSHUND, Chocolate, Full
Blooded. 10 months old.
Male. Good w/kids. $150
tan, 8 weeks, 1st shots,
$250 (863)467-4728.
FERRETS, 1 Male, 1 Female,
Extremely Tame w/Extra
Large 2 Story Cage. $200 or
best offer.(863)763-3765
Male, Approx. 8 mos., C.K.C.
papers. Loves kids. $100.
Call (863)484-0313
$20. Muse area.

PARROT CAGE Large. Asking
$300 (863)674-0205
PIT BULL PUPS- 5 mos. old,
2M-1F, UTD on all shots,
$150 (863)763-7446
PITBULL Female, 8mos,
needs family without small
pets. Loves kids, very alert
RABBITS (2) house trained,
$10.00 each
RED HEALER- 2 years old
Full blooded, no papers $100
call anytime (863)697-3346
ROOSERTS (3) Rhode Island
Red. Well fed, penned. $30
for all or will separate.
YORKIPOO PUPS- tiny, abso-
lutely adorable, 8 wks,
shots, $600 cash only

POOL 31/2 x 16%/ in good
condition w/ all accessories.
Practically new. $100

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Sew/Embroidery Machine,
babylock, Ese, hoops, cards,
software, $2500.

GOLF CART-Yamaha, '96,
Gas, Excellent condition.
$1500 or best offer
man, 3 air tanks, 2 helmets,
all for $400 (863)467-0668.
after 4pm.

ER- Sony, With 100 country
Cassettes $40

SANYO 17" color, Panason-
ic, 17", color. $50 for both,
will separate (863)357-4831

GENERATOR- Coleman Pow-
ermate w/wheel kit installed,
10 HP 5000 watt, 120/240v
$450 FIRM (863)763-4297

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

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

on the water. No utilities, un-
furnished. $1.000 mo.
by Kissimmee River, $500 mo.
1st mo & sec. dep. to move
in. No Dogs (561)746-5852
KINGS BAY, 2 Bdrm., 2 Ba., 2
Story. Community Pool/Ten-
nis. $800 mo., 1st mo's. sec.
dep. & ref. (863)467-5221
Okeechobee's Nicest! New
1&2 BR homes-waterfront,
clean & quiet, from $700.
Ba on water. No util., unfur-
nished, cathedral ceiling, shed,
carport. $1000. mo.

area, 2/2, Lake access,
$575, 1/2 util, Sec Dep, Refs
'Req (561)763-4800leave
LAKEPORT Full house priv.
W/D. $100 wkly. Utilities incl.
References required. Female
preferred. (863)946-0371 m


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Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1044)
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection10'i
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 7 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

CBS Home, 2/1.5, concrete
driveway, screened porch, 2
sheds, Southwest Section,
$169,000. (863)763-2388
3br, 2ba. Lg sc. rm, cleared &
fenced, beautiful trees &
Idscpg. Horses OK, Ig barn &
arena. Subdiv. into 4 sep. lots.
$475K (863)824-8793
OKEECHOBEE- For sale by
owner/agent, 3br, 2ba, block
home, w/lake access,
$225,000, (863)634-5792.
Time to clean out the
attir basement anrd/onr

LADDER- 40', aluminum, Wer- garage? Advertise
ner, good working cond. your yard sale in the
$150 neg. (863)467-6434. classiffeds and make
SAWS (4) 2 Radial & 2 Table. your dean up a breeze!
$200 or best offer for all.
863-675-1816 or
TOOL BOX, Snap On, Black, Lot in town, off Eagle Bay Dr.
24"x54"x40"H Approx. 1% yrs. $475,000 or best offer
old. Pd. $4000, Asking $1600 Interested parties call:
neg. 863-467-7097 after 6pm (207)288-8597 or Cell

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Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies B60
Flowers 865

31" tall, child broke, incld,
saddle & tack, 2yrs old,
$1000. (863)227-0367.

DIXON- Zero turn, 38" cut,
Great shape, new tires, $700
or best offer. (863)467-5616
PUSH MOWER Self propelled
clean, reliable $100 or best of-
fer (863)467-7428
RIDING MOWER, Murray, 14.5
hp, 42" cut. Auto trans. $550.
RIDING MOWER, Snapper, In-
dustrial Model. 11 hp. 32" cut.
ROTOTILLER, Craftsman,
$200. (863)763-7358

GOATS- $100 call evenings
(863)675-4098 La Belle

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

BHR, 2BR, 2BA Doublewide,
c/a, no pets. $600 mo yearly
lease, $1000 sec.
ON CANAL: 2/2 w/Easy Lake
Access & Dock. $800 mo. +
sec. inclds lawn maintenance.
Okeechobee 3br, 2ba, Lake
access, No pets. $1100 mo

LARKE LAKES- 2000 3br, 2ba,
dbt wide, furnished, 7274 sq
ft lot, (863)467-2414
LeBelle- '80, Vougue, 14'x60'
has roof over, Zone II Free de-
livery Set up & permits extra
$6000 (863)-675-5000
MOBILE HOME '91 SW 14x66,
3 Bdrm., 2 Ba, Zone II, You
must move. $4500. N. Ft.
Myers. 239-543-5102.
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
$12,500. (863)675-5000
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.

Recreation An h
r....f YAMAHA 250, '03, 4 wheeler,
I m less than 10 hrs., $2200.
Boats 3005 i
Campers. RVs C01
Jet Skiis 3',1,
Marine Accessories 2C0 MONTANA- '2001, 30', 12'
Marine Miscellaneous 30125 Slide. Excellent condition.
Motorcycles 3030 $13,500.863-675-6135
Sport Vehicles.,ATVs 3103 TRAILER MOBILE- '74, 48',
Good shape $2500 or best
Offer. (863)675-6822
AIR BOAT 12' Needs motor AIutomoilAe
$1,200. or best offer, will AIUItIIUmoil
trade. (863)467-7415
BASS BOAT, 17 Ft. w/150 hp
Force Motor. Runs good, but
needs lower unit. $1800 or
trade. (863)673-0072 Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
BASS BOAT- '97, 20ft, Stratos, Classic Cars 4015
w/'98 Evin. 225, exc. cond., Commercial Trucks 4020
low hrs., $14,000. Steve, Construction
(561)745-2372/339-0960. Equipment 4025
BASS TRACKER '89, 16Ft., 35 Foreign Cars 4030
hp Minnkota. 24 volts. 5 5 Four Wheel Drive 4035
Hummingbird. Live well. Runs Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
good. $2000 (863)763-6065 Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
BAYLINER- 17', 85 HP, with Sport Utility 4055
trailer. Runs great $500. Tractor Trailers 460
(410)228-1849 Utility Trailers 4065
BOAT, 16 Ft. w/115 hp motor. Vans 4070
$300 or will trade for equal
value Riding Mower. ils II
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva- BUICK REGAL, '86, cold air,
nized. Good shape. $175. $1200. (863)357-2623
863-674-1105. CADILLAC BROUGHAM '91 -
GAME FISHERMAN 12ft, fiber-" Runs great, cold air. $950
glass, w/16ft aluminum Magic (863)467-8013
Tilt trailer. $700 or best offer Chevy Corsica, '94, runs
(863)467-9877 good, needs TLC, $500 or
JOHNSON OUTBOARD, best offer. (863)447-5540
1.15hp, w/throttle cable, CHEVY LUMINA, '93, good air,
$1200fter. (772)342-7304 runs good, new tires, 87k
$1200.(772)3427304 miles, $2400 neg.
JON BOAT 10', good canal (863)467-5680
cleaner. No leaks, in good CHEVY MONTE CARLO, '96,
shape. $100 or best offer leather interior, cd player,
(863)467-7428 $2500 or best offer.
-MONARCH ALUM BOAT, 15'- (863)634-7646
Front platform, 30HP Evin- DODGE SPIRIT '92 Runs-
rude, tiller trlr, $1800 neg. Needs Head Gasket, cold
(863)697-2969. AC, New tires/ exhaust. $300
PONTOON BOAT 91, 75 John- neg. (863)467-7415
son O/B, Generator, Lights, FORD ESCORT, '91 needs
GPS, F/F Poles & Holders. No RD ESCORT, 91, needs
GPS, FF Poles& Holders. No clutch, will start & run, $200
trlr. $3500 (863)357-6406 orbestoffer. (863)801-3158
PRO CRAFT 170 COMBO '98 FORD TAURUS '9 good for
Excellent condition $7900 or FORD TAURUS, 92, good for
Uri: i 0` 15i 1:1-4742 fixing or parts, asking $175.
bil 2n 4 5 .,.742i (863)983-4694
REINELL- 24' jatil Cruiser, Honda Civic DX Hatchback,
5 M',r i ly b ridge, Bi- '89, wrecked but did run, for
t, 1':)n_' i 2 00 3925 parts, $300 or best offer.
SEAN:lYMPH 16 FT5 863)447-5540
MIe',joj ,,t:rij d r, ds minor cd, runs great, great on gas.
,,ir *,iHi ., -i67-1300. 900 (863)983-559
WAHOO- 19. I'.elel console LINCOLN TOWNCAR, 1988 -
1,inp Mariiine Aluminum Good cond., black rag top,
iri:p Mr P. Ath fmindm new tires, cold a/c, $1300.
Irjil,!r GP'.: ., de, th finder.
u0 '1 ~-67-9298 863-801-6033
M V8, Runs good. $800 or best
offer. (863)528-2486.
Trjvd Trfi lr vwi .? '0' Florida MERCURY SABLE-'93 -,white,
hRoom A L Sl.ive F Full size tinted windows, cruI: ,:o'lIroj
irlol 1.8100 86~,1 :57-6406 runs great & great on gas.
Sl$900 (863)983-5597
VIKING- 95, lide in camper, R
Ultra light, sleeps 3, stove & MERCURY TRACER, '91- A/C
frig, Gas or electric. $5000 not working, runs good. Al-
or best offer (863)697-6398 most new tires. $1000 or
best.offer (863)675-1621.
Nissan Sentra, '94, runs good
with cold a/c, $2000 or best
GAS'SCOOTER- stand up, o f f e r
good condition, $125 or best (863)763-8286/801-3364
offer (863)228-2828
HONDA SHADOW 500- '85,
Good condition, Runs great
$1500 or best offer.
(863)634-7046 NISSAN STANZA 1985, good
YAMAHA 2002 PW50- cranks work car, strong motor,
on 1st kick, great starter $1295 cash. (561)358-6307
bike, $600 (863)467-6434 PLYMOUTH- '95, 4cy, good
YUMBO CRUISER, only 50 condition, $2400
miles, 200cc, good beginner (561)992-8692.
bike, $2500. (863)801-5353 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE-'02,
: S t e lLoaded, 4 new tires, Good
I paint/no rust, $10,000. Neg
561-996-6017 or 996-2076
HONDA 350X- 3 Wheeler, '86, PONTIAC GRAND AM, '95,
$1200 or best offer. white, $2500
(863)357-1577 (863)467-0987
JEEP, '68, Mud Buggy, V6, 3 SATURN SUPER COUPE, '01,
spd, new clutch pkg., runs 35 mi + per gal., 3 dr., load-
good, lifted 36 in. tires, ed, exc. cond., $6000 neg.
600. (863)634-7977 (863)357-0060
MANCO 90 cc'03- runs great TOYOTA COROLLA 1992, 4
like new, lyr warranty remain- Door, Auto., 4 cyl., A/C.
ing. $1000 (863)357-7566 Runs excellent. $1800 or
SUZUKI 4 WHEELER- Ozark, best offer. (772)461-4044
'03, 250cc, Nearly new, VOLVO, '88- 4cyl, low miles,
Good tires, Must sell $2200. perfect cond., $2200
(863)357-2494 (561)992-8692.

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The Okeechobee News, Thursday, September 22, 2005

BOOM TRUCK, w/bucket,
$2000 or best offer.

GOLF CART, '02, EZ Go, low
hrs., with charger, $2000.

Chevy Dually 350, '84 nds
some bdy wrk, gd bed & 454
eng. 400 turbo trans. Xtra gas
tank $2200 (863)697-8227
GMC, '88, w/eng. work,
18,280 gvwr, 24' waterproof
van body, w/attic, good tires,
$6000. (863)532-0079

BUCKET SEATS- 2, $50. Will
separate (863)675-0969
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
Chevy truck Rally Wheels (5)
$200 for all or will sep.
Trans, '69 Camaro Radiator,
like new. $200 both, will sep.
DODGE OMNI '89 for parts
only. Good tires, engine has
42K orig mi. $300
3.84, 4,000 miles, $500.
gears, $300 or best offer
RIMS/TIRES low profile, 4
post lock lug nuts, off of Hon-
da Civic. $250 (863)532-8158

RUBBER MATS- Heavy duty,
fits '01 F150 Truck, Good
condition. $30.
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
TOOLBOX full size, like new
condition, diamond plated,
single lid, $120
$300 (863)467-8856.
TRUCK TOPPER- Fiberglass,
full size, maroon, asking
$150 or best offer
WHEELS & TIRES (4) 20",
chrome, w/285/50 Goodyear
Eagle tires, $800 neg.

new motor, runs good, good
body, parts only, no title,
$900. (863)673-6738
Side- AC, new tires & brakes,
350 motor, w/camper top.
$4000 neg. (863)697-6618
DODGE RAM 50 1983, P/S,
Tool box, bedliner, 5 spd,
easy on gas, $1250.
FORD F100 1974, 2 wd.
$1200 or Trade.
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
$2500 Firm. (863)697-2032

FORD F150 '92 Ext cab, V8,
cold a/c $1000
Ford Pickup, '77, body good
cond., stick shift in steering in
column, come drive it away,
$500. (863)634-0433
GMC- '89, 1 ton, Flatbed, King
cab, 6 wheel pull, 4x4,
$2500. (863)801-1666
NISSAN -'90, 4 cyl, Runs
good, $1000. or best offer
cyl., -4 spd., A/C. Gas saver!
Runs excellent. $2000 or best
offer. (772)461-4044
Shop here first!
The classified ads

KAISER JEEP '67- Military
M715, 4x4, 6 cyl, runs,
$650 neg. or will trade

asking $250 or best offer
ble axle, $1500 or best offer
TILT TRAILER 5x8, w/ re-
movable custom cap. Good
condition. $550
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
open, like new, used once,
$850. (863)467-1547 or
WELLS FARGO- Closed in with
loading ramp. $2000.

runs great, low mileage,

Dodge 2500 Mark III1, '96,
runs good, rides great, needs
transmission work, $2500.

runs good but needs transmis-
sion. A/C. Body in great shape.
$600 (239)693-7949

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

The Workforce Development Board of the
Treasure Coast Region 20 and the
Treasure Coast Job Training Consor-
tium announces a public meeting of
the Legislative Committee to which all
persons are invited:
Date Time: Thursday, September 29,
2005 8:00 a.m.
Place: Lawnwood Medical Center
1700 South 23rd Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
PURPOSE: To discuss matters con-
cerning the Worforce Investment Act,
Workforce Employment Opportunifies,
the Welfare Transition Program, One-
Stop Career Centers and the Work-
force Development Board. A copy of
the agenda may be obtained by con-
Workforce Development Board of
the Treasure Coast
City Center
9350 S US Highway #1
Port St. Lucie, Florda 34952
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Board with re-
spect to any mater considered at the
above referenced meeting, they will
need to ensure a verbatim recording of
the proceedings is made, which record
Includes the testimony and evidence

85349 ON 9/22/05

Okeechobee County hereby requests proposals from qualified banking institutions to
provide "Bank Qualified" financing for te Nerman Road South Widening Project
The Okeechobee County Berman Road South Widening Project from S.R. 70 to S.R.
710 will provide widening, resurfacing, replacement of guardrail, striping and sod-
ding of approximately 8.34 miles of roadway; project cost is estimated at $2M.
The County desires fixed rate financing for $2,000,000 on a level debt service basis
over 10 to 15 years with no prepayment penalih'es. Closing costs shall be included
in the proposed "all-in" financing rate.
(863) 763-6441. Proposals must be received by the County at the following location
not laterthan 10:00 a.m. October, 2005;
304 NW 2nd Street, Room 106
The County reserves the right to waive formalities or informalities in proposals, to
reject any and all proposals, or to negotiate further with any or all proposers and ac-
cepts no responsibility for the expense of preparation or delivery of proposals to the
County. Proposals will be reviewed by the County with a financing award by the
County Commission anticipated on October 13, 2005 or as soon thereafter as pos-
John W. Abney, Sr, Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
County Commission
86017 ON 9/22/05

FILE #04-J-211
CASE #115-05
In the Interest of
KI., SEX: Female, DOB: 8/17/1993,
A child under 18 years of age
TO: PatrlckThomas
You are hereby notified that the above-
styled action was filed in said Court on
September 15, 2005 petitioning the
Court for Non Reunification with re-
gards to the above child. You are here-
by commanded and required to file
withhe Clerk of Court and serve upon
B. Jean Crane, petitioner's Attorney,
216 Main Street, Cedartown, Georgia
30125, an Answer to this Petition
within sixty (60) days of the date of
this Order for Publication.
WITNESS the Honorable Judge Robert
Monroe of said Court, this 20th day of
September, 2005.
Debbie Bright, Clerk
Juvenile Court of Polk County
86334 ON 9/22,29;10/6,13/05

Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE,
Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of
stored items on September 28,2005.
Unit #310 Causey
Unit #18 Cotton
84849 ON 9/15,22/05

How do you find a job
in today's competitive
market? In the
employment section
of the classified

Bid No. 2005-16
I.equests s alurd bids
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For more information contact loiy Ard, Facilities lMaintenance Director at
(863) 357-7007.
The sealed bids shall be delivered to:
Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners
304 North West 2nd Street, Room 106
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Deadline: Tuesday October 4th, 2005 at 3pm.
Bids received after that time will be unopened.
Okeechobee County accepts no responsibilities for any expense related to prepaa-
tion or delivery (,i i, ,, i ,,, i I I .,1 1. i, ,, i, I .. all proposals, to
waive errors or ,,u i,,,, m . .. 11 1 ,I h, I, in its judgment,
best serves the County's needs.
Okeechobee County is an EOE/Drug Free Workplace.

Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Okeechobee Board of
County Commissioners
86376 ON 9/22/05

John W. Abney, Sr, Chairman
Okeechobee Board of County Commissioners

Find it faster. Sell it sooner Find it faster. Sell it soon-
in the classifieds er in the classifies .


leads you to the bes .I
products and services.

CASE NO.:1995-DP-526
C.B. 00: 09-23-89
Mother of the minor child:
Cathy Bias
TO: Father of C.B., Robert Martin
Residence and Address Unknown
By: Heather Simmons
85175 ON 9/17,22,29;10/6/05

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/ur
,garage? Advertise your
yard sale in the classi-
lieds and make your
clean un a breeze!

Community Events

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.

AARP drivers safety course planned
The Crime Prevention Unit of Okeechobee will sponsor an AARP
driver safety course on Oct. 15 and Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. until 12:30
p.m. both days. Tuition is $10 and must be paid by check. The event
will be held behind the office of the Okeechobee County Tag Agency,
307 N.W. Fifth Ave. Registration for these classes should be done in
advance. Participants do not have to be members of AARP, or have
AARP auto insurance. All seniors 50 and over are invited. For infor-
mation, contact instructor D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-0351.

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.

L.O.A.A. to host ride
The Lake OkeechobeeAirboat Association (LOAA) will host a ride
at Cornwell on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. Participants are to meet at
- the boat ramp. All area airboaters are welcome to bring their lunch
and spend the day riding with us. Cornwell is northwest of Okee-
chobee off U.S. 98. For information, contact the Andersons at (863)

Vendors needed for benefit
The Joshua Matute Family Transportation Benefit is needing ven-
dors to set up in the Okeechobee City Park on Oct. 29. Vendors need-
ed include arts and crafts, food, drink and entertainment. There will
also be a baking contest and prize giveaways. For information, con-
tact Niki Salmon at (561) 722-0401,.or Hazel Wetherington at (863)

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 dorothy.l.harris@dep.state.fl.us for information or to request a
vendor packet. Interested food vendors should contact Nancy Davis
of the Hammock Inn directly at (863) 385-702.5.

Benefits help available for vets
Veterans and their family members that have been displaced due
to Hurricane Katrina and have moved to the Okeechobee may con-
tact the County Veterans Service officer for benefits assistance at
(863) 763-8124. The County Veterans Service Office is located at 462
U.S. 98 N. in the County Administration-Annex. The office is open
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m.
until 3 p.m.

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,
Sunday 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 a.m.

DAR opens essay contest
It is again time for the National Society Daughters of the American
Revolution to sponsor their annual American Essay Contest. The 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 arid 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, Mon-
day through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are
also looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board
member of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate
well with the public 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 informa-

New historical mugs on sale
SThe Okeechobee Historical Society has a new shipment of histor-
ical Okeechobee County Courthouse mugs and mugs with a picture
of the old High School for $6 each on sale at the Chamber of Com-
merce. They also have a small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of
Okeechobee" 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 Volun-
tary Prekindergarten (VPK) program. Eligible children must live in
Florida and be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of the 2005-06 school
year. Parents can find the registration form online at www.vpkflori-
da.org; or, they can contact their nearest Early Learning Coalition for
a paper copy of the registration.

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 Mon-
day and Friday from 9 a.m. until noon; a martial arts class held Tues-
day 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.; Immigration Assistance is available on the third Thursday of
every month from 1 until 5 p.m.; and, soccer is every Tuesday and
Thursday evenings.

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