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Vol. 96 No. 286 Thursday, October 13, 2005 504 Plus tax

In Brief
Local roads
to be closed
The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office (OCSO) has
announced that a portion of
S.W. 32nd Street, from the
700 block to the 1600 block,
will be closed to all traffic
beginning Oct. 10.
This closure will be in
effect for an estimated five
weeks, and detours will be
posted at S.W. Third Terrace
and S.W 16th Avenue.
In other road closures, on
Oct. 15 and 16 the 1200 block
of S.R. 70 W. will be closed to
all traffic for an estimated 12
Detours will be posted
and OCSO deputies and offi-
cers from the Okeechobee
City Police Department will
be manning the intersec-
Westbound traffic will be
detoured to N.W. Ninth
Avenue, then to N.W. Ninth
Street and onto U.S. 98
Eastbound traffic will be
detoured to U.S. 98, then to
N.W Ninth Street and then to
N.W. Ninth Avenue.

study letters
Miss Hudson's and Mrs.
Wolski's class have been
cooking for each letter. Last
week for P they made pizza
and this week for C they are
making chocolate chip cook-
ies. They are also having a
pajama party at school and
will be eating pancakes. Mrs.
Pope's class will learn letters
Nn and Dd this week.
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to be sidelined
Phoenix Suns intend to keep
running while their dynamic
young center heals from
knee surgery.
All-Star Amare
Stoudemire is out for about
four months, and Suns coach
Mike D'Antoni insists the
style will not change despite
the absence of their slashing,
slam-dunking man in the
Page 8

Drought Index
Current: 437
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.60 feet

Lake level 4.!>
Last Year: .
18.01 feet ."
South Florida Water Manage-
ment District. Depth given in
feet above sea level.)

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Boat race: Students learn about buoyancy

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
There were some strange looking boats in the pool at the sports complex Wednesday
afternoon as eighth grade science students at Yearling Middle School launched their
cardboard boats. The students learned about buoyancy by building boats from card-
board, plastic and duct tape. Then they got to see how well their boats held up by pad-
dling them, one at a time, acoss the pool. Of the 27 boats launched, not all made it
across the pool. Those that did participated in a race to see which boat was the fastest.
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Yearling Middle School eighth grade science students got a practical lesson in buoyan-
cy by building boats of cardboard, plastic and duct tape. On Wednesday afternoon, they
tested their creations in the swimming pool at the sports complex. In all, 27 boats
entered the water but not all remained afloat long enough to cross the pool. Those who
successfully crossed the pool participated in three preliminary heats and a final race to
see whose boat was the fastest. These two young lades, Cheyenne Davis, left and
Vanessa Bowman, right were the overall winners.

School board

OKs pay hike

for Dr. Cooper

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
At their meeting Tuesday
night, the Okeechobee County
School Board voted to give a
salary increase of $4,700 to
Superintendent of Schools Dr.
Patricia Cooper.
This figure includes $2,000
for Superintendent Certifica-
tion that Dr. Cooper has com-
pleted. The superintendent
now has an annual salary of
$94,700 that went into effect
July 1. 2005 the same date
that current teacher pay raises
went into effect.
The board also acted on
three requests for expulsion,

took action on two policy
changes and approved a
proclamation on bus safety.
A seventh grader at New
Endeavor was expelled for
defiance of authority and pos-
session of firearms. A ninth
grader at New Endeavor was
expelled for defiance of
authority and violence. Anoth-
er New Endeavor ninth grader
was expelled for defiance of
Turning to policy matters,
the board approved an
amendment to the board poli-
cy on employment require-
ments that would bring ,the

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Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Squadron Commander Captain David Littlefield talks to Cham-
ber of Commerce members on the importance of the formation
of a local chapter of the Civil Air Patrol at Wednesday's gener-
al membership meeting of the Okeechobee Area Chamber of


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Loans help repair
storm-damaged homes
chobee Non-Profit Housing, Inc.
has received $500,000 for the
HOME Again Loan Program,
which helps homeowners with
replacement of their hurricane
damaged or destroyed homes.
The HOME Again Program will
help applicants who meet the fol-
lowing criteria:
You owned your home in
Okeechobee County and it was
your primary residence during hur-
ricanes Frances and Jeanne in
You have been unable to fix
your home due to a lack of insur-
ance or other assistance.
Your gross household income
is at or below the following levels:
one person in the household -
$24,000; two persons $27,650;
three persons $31,100; four per-
sons $34,550; five persons -
$37,300; six persons $40,100;
seven persons $42,850; and,
eight persons $45,500.
Interviews for applications for
this program are by appointment
only. To make an appointment for
an interview, call Jessie Vazquez at
(863) 467-5525. The Okeechobee
Non-Profit Housing Inc. office is
open 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday
through Friday.
Miniature horse
show coming here
OKEECHOBEE The Miniature
Horse Club of South Florida will
hold their Florida Miniature Horse
Show Oct. 22 and 23 at the Okee-
chobee County Agri-Civic Center,
4200 S.R. 70 E.
Gates will open at 9 a.m. both
days, shows will start at 10 a.m.
Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for sen-
iors and $1.50 for students.
The American Miniature Horse
Registry classes will be shown Sat-
urday, and the American Miniature
Horse Association classes will be
shown Sunday. Halter classes will
be held both mornings, while per-
formance classes will be held in
the afternoon.
For information, call: (561) 798-
6129; (772) 341-7610; or, (863)
Historical Society
plans class reunion
chobee Historical Society is plan-
ning a reunion for those graduating
or attending Okeechobee High
School before 1960, which
includes classes 1921 through
1959. The reunion will be Nov. 12
at the Shrine Club on S.R. 78 W.
If you know someone that has
not received an invitation and is eli-
gible to attend, make a copy of
your invitation or contact Betty
Williamson at (863) 763-6226 or
(863) 763-3850.
Reservations should be made
before Nov. 1 no tickets will be
sold at the door.
The get-together will be from 11
a.m. until 3 p.m.
There are a limited amount of
reservation spaces available. Send
your reservation form and a check
in the amount of $25 to: Okee-
chobee Historical Society, P.O. Box
248, Okeechobee, Fl., 34973.

Book on area
currently on sale
"Strolling Down Country Roads" is
currently available at the Okee-
chobee Historical Society, U.S. 98,
N., or the Okeechobee County
Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Par-
The price of the book is $35 per
copy through Dec. 31. After that
date, the per copy price will be $40.
For information, send questions
to: Okeechobee Historical Society,
P.O. Box 248, Okeechobee, Fl.,
34973; or, call Betty Williamson at
(863) 763-3850 or (863) 763-6226.
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 4 p.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 legis-
lation. 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.

Project HOPE
offers counseling
have been displaced to Okee-
chobee due to Hurricane Katrina
can contact Project HOPE (Helping
Our People in Emergencies), 1600
S.W. Second Ave., at (863)634-
1410, for crisis counseling and
referral to various agencies.

Community Events

Grace Christian Schools seek help
Grace Christian Schools has K-3 openings at this time. For infor-
mation, call Grace Christian Schools at (863) 763-3072.

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 Can-
dace at the American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch by calling
(863) 763-2488.

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
The 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. Th y 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. I 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.


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policy into compliance with the
Jessica Lunsford Act. They also
agreed to advertise their intent to
amend the board policy on bid-
ding to provide for maximum
flexibility allowed by law.
To recognize the outstanding
safety record, dedication and
professionalism of members of
the transportation department,
the board adopted a resolution
proclaiming the week of Oct. 16-
22 as Okeechobee School Bus
Safety Week.
Dr. Cooper told the board that
board attorney Tom Conely is
working on an appraisal of the
property containing the old
Basinger School. She said she
was investigating a grant that
might provide funding for pre-
serving the building that she
called "a great piece of architec-
In other action, the board:
recognized Joy Burnham, a
ninth grader at the Okeechobee
Freshman Campus, for being a
semifinalist in the 2005 Discov-

ery Channel Young Scientist
recognized Kelsey Burn-
ham, a seventh grader at Year-
ling Middle School, for being
named as a finalist in the 2005
Discovery Channel Young Scien-
tist Challenge;
recognized Kay Duke, sci-
ence teacher at Okeechobee
Freshman Campus, for her par-
ticipation in the USDA TEACH
(Teaching Educators Agriculture
and Conservation Holistically)
Summer 2005 Program in Costa
honored Pat Lewis, kinder-
garten teacher at South Elemen-
tary School, on her retirement
after 27 years of service to the
school district;
honored Sharon Prescott,
paraprofessional at Osceola Mid-
dle School, upon her retirement
after 25 years of service to the
school district;
honored Mary Walter, bus
driver, upon her retirement after
23 years of service to the school
received the executive sum-
mary of the Final Report of Con-
tinuous Improvement Monitor-
ing of Exceptional Student

Education (ESE) Programs in
Okeechobee County from Mary
Hurley, director of ESE;
approved a change order in
the amount of $27,612 for the
bus loop and covered walkways
at Central Elementary School;
approved a change order in
the amount of $5,876.36 for the
roof top'air conditioning replace-
ment at Yearling Middle School
that reduced the total contract
sum because of tax savings due
to direct owner purchase of the
air conditioning units;
accepted a bid of
$87,858.58 submitted by CML
Communications, Inc. of Okee-
chobee for upgrade of telephone
service at Okeechobee High
renewed an agreement
with DeSoto County for partici-
pation in the Heartland Regional
Science and Engineering Fair;
revised personnel alloca-
tions at North, Central and Semi-
nole Elementary schools from
permanent substitute to teacher
because the people in those
positions recently met the quali-
fication for teacher.


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He said after the 9/11 disaster
of 2001, the Civil Air Patrol was
the first to provide digital imagery
of the damage to the Twin Towers
in New York. He also added that

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since that time, the Civil Air Patrol
has gained respect for their capa-
bilities in emergency situations.
"The Civil Air Patrol has recent-
ly begun sentinel missions at
Kennedy Space Center prior to the
launch of rockets and shuttle mis-
sions and are the eyes and ears of
law enforcement on the ground
for large spectator events such as
the Super Bowl," he said.

The commander of the Okee-
chobee Civil Air Patrol division
told the group that they were cur-
rently seeking senior members to
join the CAP in its officer posi-
tions. Anyone interested in
becoming a member of the Okee-
chobee Civil Air Patrol Squadron
is asked to call Gene O'Neill at the
Office of Emergency Manage-
ment, at (863) 763-3212.


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Students study letters and numbers

Miss Hudson's and Mrs. Wols-
ki's class have been cooking for
each letter. Last week for P they
made pizza and this week for C
they are making chocolate chip
cookies. They are also having a
pajama party at
school and will
be eating pan-
Pope's class
will learn let-
ters Nn and Dd
this week. We will be dancing and
making noise. In math we contin-
ue to review numbers 0 to 5 and

begin learning numbers 6 to 10.
Miss Saine's class has been
reviewing all the letters and words
we have learned so far this year.
On Friday we will wear our paja-
mas to school and eat pancakes
for breakfast.
Mrs. Gubler's class is learning
the letters N and D and practicing
our numbers 0 to 5. Also, this Fri-
day we will be wearing our favorite
pajamas and cooking homemade
pancakes for our Pancake and
Pajama Party.
Mrs. Quann's class will learn
letter Nn and Dd this week. We will
be dancing and making noise. In
math we continue to review num-
bers 0 to 5 and begin learning

numbers 6 to 10.
Mrs. Gable's class has painted a
pumpkin patch for their fall bul-
letin board. They are enjoying their
class computers with Ms. Charity,
their high school intern.
Miss Johnson's class has been
reviewing all the letters this week.
We made a class book "The Very
Hungry Caterpillar". We will be
learning the numbers 6 to 10 dur-
ing the next week. On Friday we
will be having a pajama party.
Ms. Harvey's class has also
been reviewing all of the letters
and sounds we have learned so far
this year! We are also learning our
color words. On Friday we will be
wearing our pajamas and eating

pancakes with the rest of kinder-

Third Grade
Third Grade would like to thank
all the parents who attended our
Parent Night. It was a pleasure to
see you and we hope you found
the evening helpful. We would
also like to offer a huge thank you
to our translators who volunteered
their time and helped us out so
Mrs. Van Deman's class is
working on getting as many AR
points as possible! We are extra
proud of Blake Thomason, who
has 10.2 points. Keep on reading.

IRCC Dixon Hendry Campus to expand

Indian River Community Col-
lege is launching a $2.5 million
fund-drive to build a new Confer-
ence and Educational Center for
economic, community, cultural
and business development at its
Dixon Hendry 'Campus in Okee-
chobee. The public is invited to
learn more about the benefits of
the proposed state-of-the-art facility
and share 'A Vision for the Future"
on Friday, October 21 from 5 to 7
p.m. at the Dixon Hendry Campus
at 2229 N.W 9th Avenue. Okee-
chobee residents will join IRCC
Board of Trustees members Linda
Syfrett and Cheryl Kirton and IRCC
Foundation Directors John Abney,
Susanne Clemons and Frank
"Sonny" Williamson, all of Okee-
chobee, to celebrate this new initia-
tive for expansion of educational
and business opportunities in
Special guest author Alto "Bud"
Adams will autograph his latest
book, Beautiful and Rare Birds of
Florida, a photography collection
of bird life on the Adams' ranches.
The book is published by the Pio-
neer River Press through the IRCC
Foundation and proceeds of the
Oct. 21 event and book sales that
evening will support the Okee-
chobee campus expansion.
The 20,000 square-foot Confer-
ence and Educational Center will
be the only facility of its kind in
Okeechobee County, providing a
technologically sophisticated envi-
ronment for large-scale confer-
ences, courses, seminars, strategic
planning sessions, community.
activities and many other events.
Contributions toward the Center
will be matched dollar-fpr-dollar

Special to Okeechobee News
The 20,000 square-foot Conference and Educational Center will be the only facility of its kind
in Okeechobee County, providing a technologically sophisticated environment for large-
scale conferences, courses, seminars, strategic planning sessions, community activities
and many other events.

with State Facilities Matching
Funds, doubling the contributions
of donors.
"A deep commitment to educa-
tion and helping others is evident in
the Okeechobee community, and
we know we can count on the resi-
dents of Okeechobee County to
make this major expansion a reali-
ty," said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRCC
Designed to address the educa-
tional, workforce, business and
community needs of Okeechobee
County, the Conference and Educa-
tional Center will provide a highly
versatile setting to meet a multitude
of community purposes:
Responding to community
requests, the Center will feature a
175-seat central Multi-Purpose
Auditorium, fully-equipped with
the latest in presentation technolo-
An adjacent professional cater-
ing kitchen will also serve as a com-
mercial teaching laboratory for stu-
dents in the Culinary Arts
Apprentice program.

The Auditorium will open to
an adjacent covered veranda for
receptions, breaks, and networking
A Strategic Planning Room
will provide a high-tech setting for
business meetings with movable,
writable, erasable wall panels and
smart boardsto encourage creativi-
ty and collaborative problem solv-
ing. This unique multi-media room
will be bracketed by two smaller
meeting rooms for break-out ses-
A specially designed Health
Science classroom will enable the
College to serve additional stu-
dents preparing for careers in nurs-
ing and other health care profes-
Students will prepare for clini-
cal internships at area hospitals in
the new Nursing Lab, replicating .a
multi-bed hospital nursing station.
The Biology Lab will serve as
the first fully-equipped scientific
laboratory at the Dixon Hendry
Campus, providing a valuable
learning environment for students

pursuing the Associate in Arts
degree for university transfer, as
well as Health Science students.
The Computer Laboratory
will serve the technology training
needs of area businesses and will
be the site for IRCC's Office Sys-
tems Technology program. Stu-
dents in this open-entry program
proceed at their own pace with
flexible scheduling, developing
professional expertisee in the latest
office software.
The Conference and Education
al Center continues IRCC's expan-
sion of the Okeechobee campus,
which began .in 2000 with the
opening of a second classroom
building, which doubled available
classroom space.
Tickets for the October 21 "A
Vision for the Future" event are $50
per person and $75 per couple,
including an autographed copy of
Rare and Beautiful Birds of Florida,
hors d'oeuvres, soda, wine and
beer. Please call the IRCC Founda-
tion at 1-866-866-4722 ext. 4786 by
October 18 for reservations.



Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Freshman representatives
Cory Rose (left) and Olivia Skeen (right) represented the
Okeechobee Freshman Center at the Brahman home-
coming Friday evening.

Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Homecoming candidate
Asha Dave was another homecoming queen candidate at
Friday night's homecoming festivities at Brahman Stadi-
um. Her escort was Travis Conrad (not pictured), a mem-
ber of the Brahman football team.

Submitted to Okeechobee News
Ritter to sing at cook-off
Melissa Ritter from Okeechobee has been invited to sing
at the 24th annual Chili Cook-off sponsored by the
Exchange Club of Ft. Pierce. The event takes place on
Oct. 14 and 15, at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds off
Midway Road. Ms. Ritter will be singing on the evening of
Saturday Oct. 15, at 6 pm., just prior to the awards cere-
monies. Ms. Ritter, 15, has been singing locally since
she was 11 years old. This will be her first time perform-
ing at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds.

Glenn J. Sneider, Esq.
Ronald B. Smith, Esq. John "Jack" Jordan, Esq.

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Mina Wright
Mina Wright, age 77, of Okee-
chobee, died Tuesday, Oct. 11,
2005, at the Atlantic Health Care
Facility in Vero Beach. Mrs.
Wright was
born June 21,
1928, in
Salzburg, Aus-
tria. She was a
having come

chobee from Mina
Indiantown in Wright
1972. She was
a member of Oakview Baptist
Church and married Jim Wright
on May 13,1950.
Mrs. Wright is survived by:
her husband, Jim Wright; three
daughters, Evelyne (Don)
Stutsman of Okeechobee, Dar-
lene (Steve) Hodges of Sebast-
ian, and Marilyn (Irwin) Wallach
of Grand Rapids, Mich.; three
sons, Randy (Debbie) Wright of
Okeechobee, Neal (Linda)
Wright of Okeechobee, and
Mickey Wright who went home
to be with the Lord in 1983; 15
grandchildren; four great-grand-
children; and, she is expecting
another great-grandchild to be
born soon.
Visitation will be from 4 until
7 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 14, 2005,
at Bass Okeechobee.Chapel.
Funeral services will be at. 10
a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005,
at Oakview Baptist Church with
Pastor John Keith and Pastor
W.L. Bostic officiating. Inter-
ment will follow at Evergreen-

Cemetery. Memorials may be
made to the Oakview Baptist
* Church Building Fund.
All arrangements are entrust-
ed to the loving care of Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and

Glen Edward
Bartle, Sr.
Glen Edward Bartle, Sr., age
83, of Okeechobee, died Tues-
day, Oct. 11, 2005, at his home.
Mr. Bartle was born March 18,
1922, in Hagerstown, Md. to
Thomas and Mary Bartle. He
was a carpet installer having
come to Okeechobee from West
Palm Beach in 1993. Mr. Bartle
proudly served our country in
the U.S. Army during WWII in
the Seventh Armor Division at
the Battle of the Bulge receiving
the Purple Heart. He married
Maggie Evelyn Bartle in 1939. He
was also a member of the VFW
Mr. Bartle is survived: by his
wife, Maggie; son, Ed Bartle;
brother, Robert Bartle; six grand-
children; 14 great-grandchil-
dren; and, four great-great
Funeral services will be held
at 10 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 14, at
Bass Okeechobee Chapel. Inter-
ment will follow at Memorial
Gardens in Lake Worth.
Memorials may be made to
Big Lake Hospice -at 3543, U.S.
Hwy. 441 S., Okeechobee, Fla.
All arrangements are entrust-
ed to the loving care of Bass

Okeechobee Funeral Home and

Marie Weston DeSalvo
Marie Weston DeSalvo, age
95, of Okeechobee, died Tues-
day, Sept. 27, 2005. Mrs. DeSalvo
was born in Illinois to a military
family and traveled around the
country in her youth. She lived in
New York City and Long Island,
N.Y. and was employed as a cos-
metic buyer for the AMC Corpo-
ration until her retirement in
1975. She was a past president
of the Elks Ladies Auxiliary and
for several years had been
involved in the Okeechobee
Community Theater. She was
cherished by many friends.
Mrs. DeSalvo was preceded
in death by: her husband,
Ronald DeSalvo.
She is survived by: several
nieces and nephews; devoted
friends, Helen Belsky, Dr. Stanley
and Rennae Sweda; and, several
other devoted friends.
A tribute will be held at 11
a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 15, at
Parrott Avenue. Christian
Church, located at 8082 Hwy 70
West, Okeechobee.
In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to Big Lake Hos-
pice, 3543 U.S. -Hwy. 441 S.
Okeechobee, Fla. 34974 or the
Parrott Avenue Christian
Church, 8082 Hwy. 70 West,
Okeechobee, Fla. 34974.
All arrangements are entrust-
ed to the loving care of the Bass
Okeechobee Funeral Home and

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share your comments (but no personal attacks or profanities, please).
You can also make a comment by calling our Speak Out 24-hour
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to okeenews@newszap.com. You can also mail submissions to
Okeechobee News, P.O. Box 639, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973. Com-
ments will be published in the newspaper as space permits.
JURY DUTY: Why doesn't the Clerk of Courts check people's ages
when they send out notices to appear for jury duty? (EDITOR'S NOTE:
Potential jurors are selected from people who have a valid Florida ID
card or driver's license. It is not based on registered voters or property
owners. If you have an injury that can keep you from participating as
a juror, you should get a letter from your doctor stating what the
injury is then contact the Clerk of Courts office, you could possibly be
permanently excused. Or, if you are over the age of 70, you should
call the Clerk of Courts office and you could be permanently excused
from serving as a juror. The phone number for the Okeechobee
County Clerk of Courts office is (863) 763-2131.)

ANTS: Recently my husband, ordered a cheese pizza and wings
from a local restaurant. We had been painting the whole weekend and
we thought this would be an easy dinner for our three children. When
the pizza arrived I opened the box, took three slices out then placed
them on paper plates and gave them to my children. I then went back
to the box to take out two more slices for my husband. Much to my
surprise, the pizza box was moving. I picked up the pizza and under-
neath it was a pile of live black ants! They had already begun to help
themselves to the crust of the pizza. As I stared at this pizza box, I real-
ized that the ants had a nest inside the folded down portion of the front
of the box. I was mortified. My kids had already eaten quite a bit of
their pieces before I noticed the ants, because they were underneath
the pizza. I called the establishment. The girl on the phone stated that I
would need to get in my car, though I was covered in paint, drive the
12 miles to town and return the pizza in tact and they would refund my
money. No apologies or anything else. As a business owner, I would
have been embarrassed that my establishment served this to the pub-
lic. Is this what the people of Okeechobee call good customer service?

PAY RAISE: I read in the paper today how the school board is con-
sidering a $4,700 raise for Dr. Cooper, the superintendent of schools, to
make her salary a whopping $94,700. For what? Our schools are get-
ting worse every year. Programs are being cut, not to mention I am
constantly being asked to sell junk to my friends to raise money for the
schools. I think they should cut her salary by $30,000 and give that to
the schools. We all know the kids deserve it. I'd I ke to know when and
where the next meeting is so I can speak up for these kids and every-
one else should be there. Our kids today only get P.E. a few days a
week because of budget cuts and look at how fat and unhealthy
today's kids look. It's absurd! Of the proposed raise, $2,000 is to reim-
burse her for certification. We all have to pay for our own education,
but we should pay for hers? Give me a break (EDITOR'SNOTE: Dr.
Cooper's raise was approved at the school board's meeting Tuesday,
Oct. 11.)

ASHAMED: I had some friends down from Ocala last weekend and
we went to the Kissimmee Prairie to ride our horses. On the ride out
through the Viking I was really embarrassed, al along the main road to
the park there is trash at every corner and not just a small amount of
trash, there were piles of trash spread out over a large area. It was just
disgusting. I was totally ashamed of Okeechobee County and the resi-
dents of the Viking. I'm not sure who is to blame since I don't live in
the Viking, but you would think the people that live there would care
more about their environment and work with the county to get it
cleaned up. I had to apologize to my friends. I'm sure they didn't form
avery high opinion of Okeechobee County or the residents here.

INFLATION: A message to the employers in Okeechobee County -
prices in our county have increased for everything, but our wages are
shamefully low. How about it, employers? How can we continue to
live with the inflation when we get no increase in our paycheck? The
cost of living here is no less than other counties, but the rate of pay sure

Community Events

Diabetes support group will meet
The diabetes support group will meet in Raulerson Hospital's
north dinning room, 1796 U.S. 441 N., Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. The guest
speaker will be Jean Kearney, a SHINE volunteer, who will talk
about the new federal Medicare drug programs. For information,
contact Wanda Haas, diabetes nurse educator/program coordina-
tor, at (863) 763-5093.

Seminar to deal with Medicare issues
A complimentary luncheon seminar on the recent changes in
Medicare will be held Thursday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at the Clock
Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. Some of the topics to be
explained are the changes made in Medicare, the new prescrip-
tion drug benefit and long-term care. For information or to make a
reservation, call (863) 385-0707.

Grief, 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 beginning 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-

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Guest Commentary

How electric reliability is measured by the PSC

Among the responsibilities of
the Florida Public Service Com-
mission is the assurance of reli-
able, affordable electricity from
investor-owned utilities to the
state's consumers.
In times of skyrocketing oil
and natural gas prices, reaching
consensus on a definition of the
term "affordable" may be a diffi-
cult task. On the other hand, most
consumers have a clear idea of
what reliability means when
they flip a switch and the lights go
on, service is reliable.
Absolute reliability is an elu-
sive goal. This is especially true of
a system that encompasses more
than 130,000 miles of transmis-
sion and distribution lines deliver-
ing service to more than 6 million
consumers. However, the Public
Service Commission has strict
accountability standards for relia-
bility for the state's five investor-
owned electric utilities.
To ensure these accountability
standards are met, the commis-
sion's staff routinely compiles
data on the number of interrup-
tions and the causes of outages.
In addition, audits of utilities are
conducted to determine how
much companies spend to avoid
service interruptions and to iden-
tify what additional steps can be
taken, when necessary, to prevent
further outages.
To understand the methods
used by the commission to meas-
ure electric reliability requires a

brief introduction to the alphabet
MAIFIe: Momentary Average
Interruption Event Frequency
What it means: This is a meas-
ure of the total number of
momentary interruptions relative
to the total number of customers
served. A momentary interrup-
tion is a service disruption lasting
less than one minute and is usual-
ly far less, like a fraction of a sec-
ond. These are the interruptions
that cause consumers to have to
reset their digital clocks, but have
little or no lasting effects.
CAIDI: Customer Average
Interruption Duration Index
What it means: A measure of
the average length of interrup-
tions experienced by a compa-
ny's individual customers.
SAIDI: System Average Inter-
ruption Duration Index
What it means: A measure of'
the average length of interrup-
tions for all the customers served
by a company. In other words,
when power is lost, what is the
average length of time it stays off?
SAIFI: System Average Inter-
ruption Frequency Index
What it means: A way of meas-
uring the average, frequency of
interruptions to the customer; or
put another way, how often, on
average, is power lost?
It is probably important to note
that catastrophic events such as
hurricanes are not included in the

Upcoming Events

Diabetes Support Group meets at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria at Rauler-
son Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N. For information, contact Wanda Hass
at (863) 824-2780.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet 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 interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military' information available. For information, call (863)
763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center located at
412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1 p.m.
-at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost is $6.20
plus tip for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is welcome. For
information, call Bonnie Kinchen at (863) 467-7100.
Travlin' Sams members of the Okeechobee Chapter of Good Sams
meet on the second Friday of each month, with early birds on Thurs-
days. Call Joan at (863) 876-4596 or Jeanne at (863) 824-0984, for
the next camping site.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or
ask questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-
4923 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Second
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863)
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m. until
noon and representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 123 S.W.
Park St., in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes are available at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St., from 7 until 9 p.m.
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 an ill family member is
welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St.
For information, call (863) 467-2321..
Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will meet at the home of
Diane and Julian Samborski, 8089 N.E. 12th St., at 7 p.m. For infor-
mation, call (863) 357-7954.

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

Okeechobee Christian Cycles holds a ride every Saturday, weather
permitting. The group meets at 7 a.m. at the Style Studio, 1600 S.R.
70 E. for the weekly meeting and leaves promptly at 7:30 a.m. Any-
one interested in riding is invited. For information contact Holly Stew-
art at (863) 610-1251, Debbie Izzo at 634-6257, or Gene Roddenber-
ry at 610-1841.
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House,
which is located next to the driver's license office at 1925 U.S. 441
S.E. It is a self-help group for people with a desire to stop using alco-
hol and other intoxicating drugs and a desire to manage their emo-
tional or psychiatric illness. It's an open discussion group. For infor-
mation, call (863) 467-1026.
Teen Talk from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade Mis-
sion, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education
include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic vio-
lence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse;, plus, educational
materials and prevention tools. Call (863) 634-9340 or (863) 357-
6248, for information.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
The Society of Young Magicians will meet from 10 until 11 a.m. at
the First United Methodist Church in Avon Park. For information, call
Dick Laneau at (863) 467-9540 or (727) 345-4323.
Barnyard Buddies meets from 10 a.m. until noon at the County 4-H
Extension office at 458 U.S. 98 N. Everyone who would like to be part
of the Barnyard Buddies is invited, or you can sign up at the Okee-
chobee County 4-H Extension office Monday through Friday from
8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, call the extension office at (863)

indices noted above. In the case
of a documented meteorological
event that adversely affects the
generation of electricity or its
transmission to consumers, a util-
ity can petition the commission to
have specific weather-related out-
ages excluded, but there is no
guarantee of a favorable decision
from the commission.
So now that the jargon used in
measuring reliability has been
explained, what is the value of
these standards in assessing an
electric utility's performance?
Using these reliability indicators
in combination with audits and
field assessments by commission
staff can point to specific areas
where more attention by the utili-
ty may be necessary to improve
Causes of outages can be iden-
tified on a systemic basis and
improvement plans can be devel-
oped. A common finding, for
example, is that a lack of "vegeta-
tion management" (commonly
referred to as tree trimming) is
responsible for outages along
specific circuits. There may be a
number of reasons why foliage
has grown too close to power
lines and the fix is relatively sim-
The extent to which a compa-
ny routinely inspects utility poles
to determine which are most sus-
ceptible to deterioration and col-
lapse another cause for inter-
ruptions can be discerned

from evaluating reliability indices,
as may the need to enhance light-
ning protection measures.
Other reasons for interruptions
may be more difficult to diagnose,
such as the animals on poles or
along wires that result in shorts
and the ensuing interruptions.
Whatever the reason for an
interruption or a series of inter-
ruptions, the diagnostic tools exist
to assist the commission in get-
ting to the root causes of outages.
Once the cause is identified, the
commission can work with the
service provider to develop a plan
to restore the reliable flow of elec-
tricity to customers.
Consumers with questions
about the reliability of electric
service provided by an investor-
owned utility can contact the Pub-
lic Service Commission for
answers. The consumer assis-
tance line is 800-342-3552. Assis-
tance is also available via e-mail at
contact@psc.state.fl.us or
through the commission's web-
site at www.floridapsc.com.
Baez is the chairman of the Flori-
da Public Service Commission.
The PSC sets the rates regulated
utility companies charge for natu-
ral gas, electric and telephone
service within the state. In 36
counties, it sets the price you pay
for the water you drink, if your
water company is privately

Courtesy photo/"Strolling Down Country Roads"/
June Cone Clements
Looking Back ...
Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Cone moved to Okeechobee from St.
Lucie County in the 1940s. They operated a furniture
store in the community and all their children attended
Okeechobee schools. The book "Strolling Down Country
Roads" is now available at the Okeechobee Historical
Society, U.S. 98 N., or the Okeechobee County Chamber
of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave. The price of the book is
$35 per copy through Dec. 31. After that date the per-
copy price will be $40. For information, send questions
to: Okeechobee Historical Society, PO. Box 248, Okee-
chobee, FI., 34973; or, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-
3850 or (863) 763-6226. Do you have any old photos of
the Okeechobee area or of Okeechobee citizens? If so,
bring them by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W.
17th St., and we can copy them while you wait. Or, you
can e-mail the photo and information about the photo to

Community Events

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
Okeechobee volunteer house at the corner of S.E. Fourth St. and

Third Ave. All proceeds benefit patient care in Okeechobee.

Church opens pumpkin patch Oct. 15
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will
again be selling pumpkins from their pumpkin patch. The pump-
kin patch will open Saturday, Oct. 15, at noon and will close at
dark. Regular hours willfbefrom 9 a.m. until dark seven days a
week-until-Oct. 31. Proceeds from pumpkin sales will be used to
help support the church's youth program. For information, call
(863) 763-4021.

Girl Scouts raising funds for trip
The Junior Girl Scout Troop will hold a multifamily yard sale on
Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Central Elementary
School, 610 S.W. Fifth Ave. The troop is raising money for a trip to
Savanna, Ga., which is the birthplace of American Girl Scouting.
For information, call Karen VanBeek at (863) 467-1907.

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In the Military

Chesser returns
from deployment
(FHTNC)- Navy Petty Officer
3rd Class Matthew A. Chesser, a
2002 graduate of Okeechobee
High School, and his fellow ship-
mates returned from a scheduled
deployment while assigned to the
amphibious assault ship USS
Kearsarge homeported in Nor-
folk, Va.
Chesser's unit conducted Mar-
itime Security Operations (MSO)
for the U.S. Fleet a'nd Theater
Security Cooperation while
assigned to the Kearsarge Expedi-
tionary Strike Group.
MSO sets the conditions for
security and stability in the mar-
itime environment and comple-
ments the counter-terrorism and
security efforts of regional
nations. It further denies interna-
tional terrorists use of the mar-
itime environment as venue for
attack or to transport personnel,
weapons or other material. These
operations pressurize the mar-
itime environment by using coali-

tion ships to detect, deter and
deny illegal use of high seas.
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 dentists, nurses
and corpsmen.
Chesser joined the Navy in July
Endy returns
from deployment
(FHTNC)- Navy Seaman
Jacquellen M. Scarpa Endy, a
2003 graduate of Okeechobee
High School, and her fellow ship-
mates returned from a scheduled
deployment while assigned to the
guided-missile destroyer USS
Gonzalez, homeported in Nor-
folk, Va.
USS Gonzalez conducted Mar-

time Security Operations (MSO)
for the U.S. Fleet and Theater
Security Cooperation Fleet while
assigned to the Kearsarge Expedi-
Strike Group.
MSO sets the conditions for
security and stability in the mar-
itime environment and comple-
ments the counter-terrorism and
security efforts of regional
nations. It further denies interna-
tional terrorists use of the mar-
itime environment as venue for
attack or to transport personnel,
weapons or other material. These
operations pressurize the mar-
itime environment by using coali-
tion ships to detect, deter and
deny illegal use of high seas.
The primary mission of Scarpa
Endy's ship is to provide multi-
mission offensive and defensive
capabilities. USS Gonzalez is
capable of operating independ-
ently or as part of a strike group.
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with a purpose and strike power
to support joint and allied forces
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Service Club Briefs

Legion Post #64
Sunday, Oct. 16: The Sons of
the American Legion will host a
steak dinner from 3 until 6 p.m.
The dinner will consist of steak,
baked potato, salad, roll, dessert,
coffee and tea for a $9 donation.
There will also be live entertain-
ment from 3 until 7 p.m.
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.
Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday evenings beginning at
6 p.m., for members and guests.
The second Wednesday of
each month is our birthday party
starting at 4 p.m.; bring a covered
The third Sunday of each
month we have a ribeye steak
dinner with the Sons of the.
American Legion from 3 until 6
The Legion lounge is open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
There is entertainment in
our lounge every Saturday night
starting at 4 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday,
Tuesday and Thursday.
Euchre will be on Monday
and Wednesday from 6 p.m.
Everyone is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St.
For information, call (863) 763-

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

Eagles Aeries #4137
Saturday, Oct. 29: Hal-
loween party and lava lamp
drawing proceeds go to Snow-
ball Queen Charities. Our Queen
and King will be Diane and Bill
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.
Saturday 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. Refresh-
ments will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo
from 2 p.m. until?

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 activ-
ities, 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. The
lodge's phone number is (863)
In October: meals will be
served Wednesdays and Fridays
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. and on Sat-
urdays from 6:30 until 9 p.m. Call
the Lodge to see what they are
Tuesday, Oct. 18: Moose
membership meeting at 8 p.m.
Members are urged to attend to
learn what is planned for the
coming months.
Saturday, Oct. 22: Moose
Lodge anniversary from 5 until
7:15 p.m. W.O.T.M. will have a
dinner of bratwurst and sauer-
kraut, mashed potatoes and
assorted desserts for a donation
of $6. Karaoke will follow.
Tuesday, Oct. 25: Moose
enrollment meeting at 7 p.m. All
prospective members should
Saturday, Oct. 29: WO.T.M.

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WWII vets plan trip

DELRAY BEACH The bourg, Omaha and Utah beach-
Association of Sons and Daugh- es, Caen, St. Mere Eglise, Care-
ters of WWII Veterans will lead tan, Argentan, Falaise and Paris.
a group to England and France A memorial service will be
during April 2006 to commem- held at the American Military
orate the 62nd anniversary of Cemetery at Colleville Sur Mer
the D-Day landings, the Battle in France.
for Normandy and the drive For information, call Sy Can-
through France to the Rhine. ton at (561) 865-8495; or, send
The itinerary will include inquires to 5121 B Nesting Way,
London, Portsmouth, Cher- Delray Beach, Fl., 33484.

will serve dinner from 5 until
7:15 p.m. The dinner will consist
of broccoli cheese soup, baked
pork chops/apple walnut stuff-
ing, orange-brown sugar glazed
carrots, spiced apples and
banana supreme for a donation
of $6. Karaoke will follow.
Saturday night: karaoke
from 8 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. is
member appreciation and open
mike night.
Friday nights there will be
music for dancing from 7 p.m.
until? Call the Lodge to see who
is playing..
Sunday morning breakfast
is served from 9 until 11 a.m.,
with many items being offered.
Reservations for the New
Years Eve Party go on sale Oct.
14. Seating is limited so get your
tickets 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
information, call the Lodge at
(863) 763-4954 or Norm at (863)
Sunday, Oct. 16: turkey
shoot, 9 a.m. until noon.
Tuesday, Oct. 25: business
Monday: bar bingo for
members only at 6;30 p.m. Food
will be served.
Every Friday night and Sun-
day afternoon: special function
just for kids and families -- check
the bulletin.
Every Friday evening: easy
listening and fun dancing with
the music of Michael Lee Scott.
Friday evenings: food, fun
and music.
Every Saturday: at 1 p.m.
Moose races and washer toss.
Dinner will be served at 3 p.m.
Check the bulletin board for
menu and cook.

VFW Post #4423
The post is open noon until 9
p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Events at this post are season-
able you should call (863) 763-
0818 for information or visit the
lodge 300 N.W. 34th St. You may
write the post at P.O. Box 1137
Okeechobee Fla. 34972.
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is
Every Wednesday during
season karaoke will be held from
5 until 9 p.m.
Every Friday: bingo starts at
1 p.m. for members and guests
followed by karaoke starting at 5
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at
1 p.m. Karaoke will be from 5
p.m. until?
Sunday: a dinner will be
available from 2 until 5 p.m. and
followed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
Every third Sunday there
will be a post meeting at 11 a.m.

VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at'2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buck-
head Ridge. For information, call
(863) 467-2882. Post hours are
from noon until 8 p.m., Monday
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, kartoffel-
salat and more. There will be
music by Alex and Johnny B.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner, Men's 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 Wilt be served from 5:30
until 7 p.m. for a $10 donation.
Dancing immediately follows the
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
Post meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturday
of the month beginning at 10
a.m. The main meeting is on the
fourth Saturday.
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
1 p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Aux-
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
1* Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing will start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.

Report on 2005 FCAT Reading

Grade Number of Students
Tested Level 1 Level 2
Number Percentage Number Percentage
3 563 138 25 85 15
4 495 94 19 74 15
5 545 125 23 115 21
.6 ......... 567 153 27 124 22
7 539 146 27 124 23
8 526 184 35 174 33
9 525 221 42 137 26
10 480 216 45 154 32

2004-05 Third Grade Students Scoring Level 1 FCAT Reading

Number of
Number of Students Passed to fourth grade for Good Cause
Students retained
1 2 3 4 5 6
138 72 3 1 16 0 43 2

Explanation of Good Cause Reasons
1- Limited English proficient students who have had less than 2 years of instruction
in an English for Speakers of Other Languages program.
2 Students with disabilities whose individual education plan indicates that partici-
pation in the statewide assessment program is not appropriate.
3 Students who demonstrate an acceptable level of performance on an alternative
standardized reading assessment. (The FCAT norm-referenced test and the test
administered at the conclusion of Summer Reading Camp are acceptable assess-
4 Students who demonstrate, through a student portfolio, that the student is read-
ing on grade level as evidenced by demonstration of mastery of the Sunshine State
Standards in reading equal to at least a Level 2 performance on the FCAT.
5 Students with disabilities who participate in the FCAT and who have an IEP or
504 Plan that reflects the student has received intensive remediation in reading for
more than 2 years but still demonstrates a deficiency in reading and was previously
retained in K-3.
6 Students who have received intensive remediation in reading for 2 or more years
but still demonstrate a deficiency in reading and who were previously retained in K-
3 for a total of 2 years.

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City of Belle Glade seeks rural designation

Special to Okeechobee News
Lt. Joe Lee and Sheriff Ronnie Lee check out the latest mar-
ijuana growhouse found in Hendry County, this one on Kirby

HCSO busts

pot operations

By Patty Brant
Special to Okeechobee News
The Hendry County Sheriff's
Office is seeking three or four
Dade County residents in connec-
tion with marijuana growhouse..
They are believed to be the care-
takers of the latest marijuana
growhouse uncovered by the
Hendry County Sheriff's Office.
The Hendry County Sheriff's
Office put the sophisticated mari-
juana growhouse out of business
Oct. 5 when officers served a war-
rant at 5900 Kirby Road. Inside
they found 108 marijuana plants,
all 3-4 feet tall.
This was. another hydroponic
marijuana growhouse, a techno-
logically advanced system of plant
growing. Deputies estimated
each plant to be worth $1,000;
each capable of several harvests
for an estimated street value of
some $500,000. The plants were
estimated to be 3-6 months old
and producing high grade THC -
a hallucinogenic compound.
Sheriff Ronnie Lee said a tip
kicked off the investigation which
culminated in the discovery the
night of Oct. 4. The following
morning officers executed a
search warrant for the property
located outside of LaBelle, signed
by Judge James Sloan.
Sheriff Lee said the main* elec-
tric distribution frame was exten-

sive and set up by someone who
obviously knew what he was
doing. The irrigation system used
conservation methods and the
entire structure was insulated, air
conditioned and well lighted. The
HCSO discovered a Ford work
truck crammed with tools and
equipment. The caretakers were
also stockpiling heavy plywood,
possibly preparing to expand the
Sheriff Lee said this is the
eighth growhouse the sheriff's
office has busted this year, confis-
cating over 33,000 .marijuana
plants. He offered a conservative
estimate of over $60 million for all
the marijuana plants HCSO has
confiscated thus far this year.
On Oct. 10, HCSO personnel
dismantled a marijuana operation
just off SR 80, west of LaBelle.
This time they came up with 50
plants, 3-4' tall in plastic pots scat-
tered in 50' sections throughout a
wooded area. Sheriff Lee said
investigative work led to the find
and a helicopter from Palm Beach
County Sheriff's Office assisted in
pinpointing the plants through
the brush. Several bags of fertiliz-
er were also confiscated. Again,
these plants are estimated to be
worth about $1,000 each.
If you have information on this
or any suspected drug activities,
please call Capt. Joe Johnson or
Lt. Joe Lee at 674-4060.

By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Special to Okeechobee News
BELLE GLADE In an effort
aimed at reducing the overall bur-
den of cost of the future Lake
.Region Water Treatment Plant on
its residents, the city of Belle Glade
is making its appeal to Washing-
City officials recently visited the
capitol to make their case on
receiving the rural designation for
their community. Under the desig-
nation, the city can apply for grant
funding from the United States
. Department of Agriculture -
monies that officials hope may
reduce its present debt by as much
as 75 percent.
If accomplished, the city looks
forward to the opening of the
plant, without resorting to shifting
the cost of the construction of the
plant to taxpayers, who already pay
the highest water rates in the coun-
Up to this point, the city of Belle
Glade has reached out for help in
reducing its debt.
The city of Belle Glade has
entered into an agreement for the

construction of the water plant that
sees it assuming 70 percent of the
cost of the plant South Bay and
Pahokee, on the other hand are
responsible for 15 percent each.
Following the county and other
organizations stepping up their
efforts to secure funding for the
plant, the cost to the three cities has
been halved. Still, with the project
cost at $44 million, the three cities
continue to face millions in debt.
One recourse for the cities of
Pahokee and South Bay is a grant
opportunity offered by the USDA.
Under that loan, the cities, which
are both eligible because they are
rural communities, look at the pos-
sibility of significantly reducing
their final cost by millions of dol-
The city of Belle Glade is look-
ing at that same grant opportunity.
When the grant funding was
presented earlier this year at a tri-
cities meeting, officials with the city
of Belle Glade said the city did not
qualify for the funding as its popu-
lation prevented it from receiving a
rural designation that would be
required in order for the USDA to
make its funding available.

After visiting representatives in
Washington, the city is hopeful that
it will qualify for the monies.
Staff in Belle Glade researched
the issue and found that another
city in Florida, Plantation, with a
larger population than Belle Glade,
had been officially designated as
rural just the precedent Belle
Glade needed to approach legisla-
In September, Belle Glade City
Manager Houston Tate wrote to
Representative Alcee Hastings on
the issue. "I feel that my communi-
ty is unfairly impacted by the popu-
lation threshold applied by the
USDA in awarding USDA grants
and low interest project loans that
could be applied for the new Lake
Region Water Treatm nt Plant,"
Mr. Tate said in the Itter. "I am
seeking the assistance of both state
and federal legislators to assist in
changing our designation to rural
so that Belle Glade meets the
requirements for this program."
The manager met with Mark
Foley's office, as well as with the
director of the USDA recently, the
result being a proposed appropria-
tion bill in 2006 that may change

the city's designation in Washing-
ton. All indications at the moment,
according to Mr. Tate, point to likely
possibility that the designation will
be approved.
What that means for the city is
that it will now be eligible for the
low interest loan provided through
the USDA. Under that program, the
city receives 75 percent in grant
funding, with the rest of the fund-
ing being provided through a loan.
The loan would help the city meet
its goal of reducing as much of its
debt relating to the plant as possi-
If all goes well, the city would
have two years until the comple-
tion of the plant to secure funding
for the remaining debt. City leaders
and officials have made public
their intent to see the project com-
pletely funded before the plant
If the city is able to obtain the
rural designation and the grant
funding is provided, Mr. Tate said, it
will be "a historical accomplish-
ment. We're certainly happy to find
ways of removing the burden," he

State, county governments assess shelter safety

By Bill Fabian
Special to the Okeechobee News
- Horror stories of rape and
murder have become common
knowledge after stories were told
by those housed in emergency
shelters in New Orleans, during
and after the devastation of Hurri-
cane Katrina.
News reports were especially
inundated with controversy
when news cameras were able to
find ways into the crowds of sur-
vivors, many of whom shared
stories of truly despicable human
Similar controversy erupted
when a report estimated that
more than 4,500 registered sex
offenders in New Orleans and
throughout the Gulf Coast were
scattered and misplaced by the
established system for keeping
them accountable.
The mass confusion and
destruction caused by the
ruinous hurricane led to damage
and possibly, the complete
destruction of all records of thou-
sands of sex offenders and sexual,
predators. Therefore, not only is
there no way to track the offend-
ers, but most of the criminals

may never be found or identified
by the authorities again.
Other reports generally
revealed that while displaced hur-
ricane evacuees were sheltered in
the hurricane-ravaged areas,
women were being raped. Sto-
ries of women unable to go into
bathrooms without bringing
someone else for protection from
rapists were among the dreadful
These accounts have raised
red flags about who in particular
should be allowed to enter an
emergency shelter. In fact, before
Hurricane Katrina, a Florida state
policy took effect on June 1, the
beginning of hurricane season,
which banned sex offenders
being tracked by the state from
public emergency shelters, and
required them instead to be shel-
tered in prisons during an emer-
The policy was established to
ensure the safety of sheltered citi-
zens, who would be kept in close
proximity to large numbers of
strangers over long periods of
time. Also, the policy allows for a
safe area to be available for the
sex offenders, whom officials
would not want to be kept out-
side in danger on the street dur-

ing a major storm.
Many offenders still on proba-
tion would have to remain in a
certain area to keep from violat-
ing their probation, something
this new policy will allow,
according the Department of Cor-
Representative Mark Foley
was unavailable for comment
and unable to provide any back-
ground information about the
Glades County officials have
addressed the subject of shel-
tered sex offenders, and held a.
hearing to consider the adoption
of "an ordinance providing for
the registration of sexual preda-
tors and sexual offenders at tem-
porary emergency shelters."
If adopted, the county ordi-
nance would establish better
means for keeping emergency
evacuees out of close proximity
to dangerous individuals. There
may be a slight redundancy of the
law, since the state of Florida
already bans such individuals
from emergency shelters. How-
ever, this was not addressed by
the commission, which voted to
approve the 6rdinanre. The ordi-
nance had been passed in High-

lands County. The draft of the
ordinance from that county was
presented to the Glades BOCC,
with just a simple name change
from Highlands to Glades.
A similar ordinance is in action
in other nearby communities,
where concerns over sex offend-
ers have also become too much
to ignore. A proposed ordinance
for the city of Clewiston will
establish residency prohibition.
Hendry County Sheriff Ronnie
Lee asked the commission to
consider adopting an ordinance
that would require registered sex
offenders to reside at least 2,500
feet away from a school or any
other place where children are to
be regularly present. The ordi-
nance would also prohibit sexual
predators from using public shel-
ters during hurricanes or other
disasters, providing them shelters
at the county jail instead. -
There are currently eight regis-
tered sex offenders in Glades
County. These include one sexual
predator, Nathaniel Kelly, who
has been charged with lewd
assault and sexual battery to a
victim under age 16. Kelly is
.being held in the Glades County
Jail in Moore Haven.

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Brahmans take on the Panthers

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee Brahmans
will host the Ft. Pierce West-
wood Panthers Friday night at
Brahman Stadium. This will be
an important conference match-
up for the Brahmans who are
currently 0-1 in conference play
and 3-4 overall. The Brahmans
looked strong earlier in the sea-
son but have dropped their last
three games, including a close
conference loss to Sebastian
River (28-21) two weeks ago.
They lost their homecoming
game last Friday against to the
Sebring Blue Streaks 21-0.
The Panthers will come to

the game with a 1-0 conference
record and are 1-4 overall. Their
conference win took place
against Martin County (13-10)
on Sept. 30. They will take to the
field against the Brahmans after
losing to Kissimmee-Osceola
44-7 last week.
"Last week we practiced the
worst we've practiced all sea-
son. The kids' minds were on
everything but football. With all
the activities going on all week
for homecoming they were just
not focused on football. But,
earlier in the week we ran for
over an hour to get it out of our
systems. We are now practicing
as well as we did prior to meet-

ing Sebastian River. The kids
played very well that game with
the teams evenly matched," stat-
ed Brahman head coach Chris
Branham. "The team's mentali-
ty is back. We have several
injuries, but we'll be playing this
game with a vengeance. The
kids don't want to leave fans
with an impression that the way
we played Friday night is how
we play football."
This will be the Brahmans'
last home game of the 2005 reg-
ular season. Their remaining
schedule is Oct. 21- open date;
Oct. 28-at Martin County (con-
ference game)-7 p.m. and Nov.
4-at Clewiston-7:30 p.m.

Brahman boys bowling team win match

The Brahman bowling teams
took on the Jensen Beach Eagles
Monday afternoon at the Jensen
Beach Bowl in a makeup match.
The Lady Brahmans lost all
seven points to a very good team
of Lady Eagles. The loss leaves
the Lady Brahmans in eighth

place with a 3-6 record. The
team was led once again by
team captain Christy Perry.
The Brahman boys won their
match by taking five of seven
points. This win kept them in
fourth place with a 5-4 record.
The team was led by two 600

series; one from Michael Min-
nick with a 681 series and two
246 high games. Robert
Rodriguez had a 608 series with
213 and 224 high games. Also
contributing to the win with a
205 high game was Kerwin

Sports Briefs

Taekwondo school
hosts golf tourney
Russ Adams Taekwondo will
host a golf tournament on Oct. 15
to raise money to send their stu-
dents to the national tournament.
The tourney will begin with an
8 a.m. shotgun start, and will be a
four-person scramble. The fee is
$45 per person and includes 18
holes of golf and lunch. There will
be trophies for first, second and
last place, as well as door prizes.
Hole sponsorships are $100.
Donations are also welcome.
For information or to register,
contact the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club at (863) 763-6228;
or, Sunni Adams at (863) 697-
Softball league
meeting scheduled
An organizational meeting will
be held for all interested man-
agers, players and officials of the
Okeechobee County Parks and
Recreation 2005 fall adult softball
leagues at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.
19, at the recreation department,
309 N.W. Second St.
Fees are $375 per team for the
men's league (which includes an
annual $25 ISA sanction fee) and
$300 for the women's league. Fees
must be paid no later than 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 21, to be in the league..
Games are scheduled to begin
the week of Oct. 24.
For information contact the
Okeechobee County Parks and
Recreation Department at 309
N.W. Second Street, or call (863)
Tourney to help
Kids in Distress
The Big Reel Bassmasters of
Margate will hold their 22nd annu-
al Ghost & Goblins open bass tour-
nament to benefit Kids in Distress
on Sunday, Oct. 23, in Clewiston.
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 informa-
tion. Or, entry forms can be down-
loaded at
Bass club sponsors
kids fishing tourney
The Taylor Creek Bass Club will
sponsor its 20th annual Kids' Day
Fishing Festival on Oct. 30 at the
airboat ramp area of Okee-Tantie
Campground and Marina.
This festival will run from 10
a.m. until 4 p.m. A Bassmaster
Casting Kids competition will take
place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., fol-
lowed by a live fishing competition
from I until 4 p.m.
All children between the ages
of 7-14 are encouraged to com-
pete in the Bassmaster Casting
Kids competition. Children
between 4-14 are invited to com-
pete in the live fishing competition.
Both events will be broken down
into different age groups.
There is no charge for this fun
day of fishing.

Refreshments will be available
to competitors and spectators.
For information contact Dave
Stout, vice-president of the Taylor
Creek Bass Club, Inc. at (863) 467-
OHS bowlers
host fundraiser
The Brahman bowling team
will host its inaugural bowling
tournament fundraiser on Nov. 6
at the Stardust Lanes, 1465 U.S.
441 S.E., at 1 p.m.
The tournament format will be
a three-game match with scratch
scoring. Teams will consist of four
members two male and two
female. The entry fee is $60 per
team, or $15 per member. All entry
forms and fees must be turned in
by Oct. 24. Checks should be
made out to the O.H.S. bowling

There will be trophies for first,
second and third place, high game
and high series plus a special tro-
phy for last place team members.
T-shirts will be on sale for $5 each
for team members and $7 each for
For information, contact coach
Howard at (863) 462-5025 (days)
or (863) 763-2305 (evenings).
OHS alumni bowlers
are sought for team
Okeechobee High School
(OHS) alumni bowlers are cur-
rently being sought to form a team
to compete in a tournament
fundraiser on Nov. 6.
If you bowled for OHS and
would like to participate as part of
the alumni team, contact coach
Gary Howard at (863) 462-5033
during the day, or (863) 763-2305
after 4 p.m.

Ronde Barber fined
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber (20)
talks with field judge Bill Lovett during the second quar-
ter after Barber inadvertently hit umpire Butch Hannah
during a scuffle with New York Jets' Kevin Mawae Sun-
day, Oct. 9, 2005 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford,
N.J. Barber was fined $30,000 by the NFL on Wednesday
for punching an official during last Sunday's game with
the New York Jets.

Taylor Creek Bass Club, Inc.
October 30, 2005 Okee-Tantie Back Ramp
Name Age:___
A responsible adult must accompany the participants.
General Release
The Contestants, parents or guardians hereby agree
to indemnify and hold harmless all members, officers
and officials of Taylor Creek Bass Club for any liability
and/or damages arising from the contestants
participation in the Kid's Day Fishing Tournament.

Signed: Date:
Mail Registration Form By October 20, 2005 To:
Taylor Creek Bass Club c/o Bill Seitz
2315 SE 31st Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974
or drop off at any school, Okeechobee News Office,
The Pennysaver or Pogey's Restaurant on S. Parrott Ave.

Submitted to Okeechobee News
Belt advancement
Sept. 30 was the testing for belt advancement at Russ Adams Taekwondo America. The
following students tested and graduated to the next color belt. Students at the advance-
ment ceremony included: (in no particular order) McKayla Skinner, Rocky Chauhan, Jay
Krall, Bailey Tedder, Maliah Wright, Brooklyn Smith, Byron Byrd, Samual Weaver, Celib
Weaver, Cole Irwin, R.J. Tedders, Payton Byrd, Kayla Simpson, Trey Howard, Mickael
Lazaro, Kristopher Hert, Cody Fulwider, Isaac Weaver, Dalton Hodges, Alex Smith, Sean
Chauhan, Naresa McLaren, Johnathan Guitron, Billie Osburn, Cody Raulerson, Brooke
Krall, Christopher Gonzalas, Mr. Adams, Sr. instructor, Mr. Joyce, instructor trainee. Oth-
ers not pictured who earned a belt advancement included: Sarah Weaver, Andres
Sanchez and Ricardo Sanchez.

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At the Movies
The following movie is now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Oct. 7,
through Thursday, Oct. 13, are as
Theatre I "The Cutse of the
Were-Rabbit" (G) Showtimes: Fri-
day 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-


Coast Guard Auxiliary
is active in community
Since its creation by Congress
in 1939, the U.S. Coast Guard Aux-
iliary has served as the civilian,
non-military component of the
Coast Guard. Today, the 33,000
volunteer men and women of the
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary are
active on the waterways and
classrooms in over 2,000 cities
and towns across the nation. Each
year, Auxiliarists (folks just like
you) save almost 500 lives, assist
some 15,000 boaters in distress,
conduct more the 150,000 cour-
tesy safety examinations of recre-
ation vessels and teach over
500,000 students in boating and
water safety courses. The results
of these efforts save taxpayers
hundreds of millions of dollars
every year. For information, call
(863) 467-3085.

EYDC is in
need of volunteers
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven
daily by hundreds of private citi-
zens who, as volunteers, enter
juvenile justice programs through-
out the state. The Eckerd Youth
Development Center (EYDC)
needs you to share your skills or
special talents in making a differ-
ence in the lives of troubled youth.
Volunteers are needed as tutors,
translators, arts and crafts instruc-
tors, mentors, job preparation and
search instructors, recreation
aides and assistance in developing
a youth choir. Wouldn't you like to
make a difference? If so, please
contact Rick Hargraves at EYDC,
7200 U.S. Hwy. 441 N., Okee-
chobee, Fl. 34972. (863) 763-2174,
ext. 234.

Read library
books online
The Okeechobee County Pub-
lic Library has announced a new
service for those patrons with e-
mail accounts. You can join the
Chapter-A-Day Online Book Club
sponsored by the Friends of the
Okeechobee County Library. All
you need to do is visit the library's
web page at
www.heartlineweb.org/oke and
choose the link to the Online Book
Club. Simply follow the directions
on the page. You will start receiv-
ing chapters from popular books
in your daily e-mail. After you have
read two or three chapters from a
book, you will begin receiving
chapters from a new one. Each
Monday you will start a new book.
There is no charge for this service.
You don't even need a library card.
All you need is an e-mail address
and five minutes a day to sample
the wonderful world of reading.
Subsidized childcare
enrollment under way
The Okeechobee County-
School Readiness Coalition is cur-
rently enrolling eligible children
into subsidized childcare. The pro-
gram is currently serving children
age birth to kindergarten age.
Both parents must be working or
attending some type of school or
training. There is an income limit
based on family size. Call 1-(866)
273-6340 to be placed on the wait-
ing list.

Food Pantry
has re-opened
Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church Food Pantry is open again.
We are located at 312 N. Parrott
Ave. in the back parking lot of the
church. Our 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 Thurs-
day from 9 a.m. until noon.

Make a difference
through mentoring
Making a difference through
mentoring needs you! You can
make a difference in the life of a
teen by mentoring. Adolescence is
a time of risk and opportunity. The
youth in Okeechobee County
need you. If you have a caring
heart and one hour a week to
share in the life of a teen, you can
be a mentor. For information, call
Toni Doyle at (863) 462-5863.

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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
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person at: Wooley's Sheds
2570 NW 16th Blvd
People skills & references
necessary. Living
accommodations avail.
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405 N.E. 131" Lane
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Looking for someone with
experience in Sprinkler
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have valid FL. driver's
license and be willing to
work hard. Please call
or Fax resume to
physicians office. Experience
necessary. Excellent benefits.

Only Qualified and Experienced
need apply.
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Top Pay, 401K,
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Must have own bass boat. Call
(863)946-1742 for more info.
P/T & F/T Position
Need CDL Driver, clean MVR,
mechanical skills, that likes a
variety of local work.
Exp./skill pays more.
Must be 21 yrs of age.
Excellent benefits. Apply at:
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10800 NE 128th Ave
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Praxair, A World Leader in In-
dustrial Gases is now hiring
for various positions in our
fill plant facility. Exc. health-
care benefits, matching
401K retirement & profit
sharing (paid quarterly),
must be able to pass back-
ground check. Please apply
in person at 2534 NW 16th
Blvd., Okee. No phone calls
please. DFWR

Looking for Field Supervisor
for sugar cane operation. Exp.
with farm equipment req'd.
Exc. benefit package. Fax
resume to 561-996-8559.
Truck Drivers Needed
Must have Class A CDL
license. Benefits Available.
Apply at:
Syfrett Feed Co.,
3079 NW 8th Street, Okee
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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

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Dietary (Kitchen Help)
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
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Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street

For a 3 acre Resort in Lake Port. Highly motivated and a
self starter. Advertising and Marketing skills required. No
physical limitations. Great communications & computer
skills. Must love nature & animals. Able to travel the U.S.
(optional). Fax resume to Tim at Adventure Tour of South
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Training will be provided
for responsible people.
We offer good pay, re-
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and a substantial mileage
reimbursement. For a
limited time, qualified ap-
plicants who are hired
will receive a $200 sign-
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LPN/MA full time needed for
busy derm. office, great
salary & benefits. Fax re-
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License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Florida Rooms
Aluminum Roof Over

I Tractor w/Loader for Hire

Call (863)763-4149
or (561)758-4337
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Call 863-467-4734


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials5'40
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Carpets 'Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
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Crafts Supplies 555
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Drapei, Linens & Fabrics 595
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Furniture 610
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Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment.'
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Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies,'
Equipment 665
Pets. 'Supplies,"
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Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television.'Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

A/C, 31/2 ton with air handler,
$250. (863)467-7101
3.5 ton package unit w/ heat
$1075 (954)309-8659
BTU's, Works good $150.
BTU's Works good $75.
AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $150-.
3'/2 Ton w/10KW Electric Heat,
50' of 14" Flex duct. Used 3
mo's. $999 (863)357-0240
MAYTAG ac/heat, window or
through wall, 12K BTU cool,
10200 heat, 220V. Like new.
$375 (863)675-3017
ton unit, 2yrs new, $1000

at least 100 yrs old. $500
over 100 collectibles inside.
Mostly knives. Asking $250
of Antique furniture.
Quality service.
Call (863)763-4149
or (561)758-4337

antique, not in cabinet, in car-
rying case, $75.
Treadle, beautiful, with table,
asking $100

more. Like new. $200.
tubs. Works good. $50
TOASTER OVEN Large, good
condition. $10
dles large loads, very good
condition, $225
WASHER & DRYER- excellent
condition, $125 for the set
WASHER & DRYER: Large ca-
pacity. Like new. $200.
Washer & Dryer, Stackable,
white, Westinghouse, exc.
cond., $175. (863)467-6423

TANNING BED, Sunquest Pro
16S. Good condition. $600.
(863)467-1788 / 634-9119

Students, 23 volume set +
atlas. $40 (407)436-1901

$40 for both or will separate.
GARAGE DOOR 7x9, insulat-
ed w/ stain glass windows &
remote opener. $300 or best
offer (863)467-1965

6-9 mos., Excellent condi-
tion. $20 takes all.
CARSEAT Infant w/ base, ex-
cellent condition, Pd $100
asking $35 (863)763-6297

senthal China, w/all additional
pieces, wheat pattern, $400
neg. (863)357-2233

18mo.-2year Excellent con-
dition $15. takes all.

COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $1.500 all or
best offer.. 863-824-3358
Football & Baseball Card Col-
lection $500 or best offer
Call (863)763-8943

Compaq- Pentium 3 desk pro
Win. XP many programs &
Game video card & DVD
player $200. (866)529-0057


Win. XP, Word, Games,
Complete $150.
dows 98+, printer & all at-
tachments. $75. For more
details call (863)467-1445
LAPTOP- Dell Inspiron, $400
with all in one printer, never
used, all paperwork & disc
w/cd burner (863)233-1140.
LAPTOP- Dell, Pentium 4, In-
spiron 9100, 17", 100gb,
with extras, $1700 or best
offer (863)467-7076 Iv msg.

BED, Canopy: King Sz w/ Sim-
mons Beauty Rest xFirm Mat-
tress. Paid over $1600, Asking
$500 (863)357-2110 .
BED- King size, Serta mat-
tress, Box springs & frame.
Good condition $250.
BED- Mechanical, $95 or best
offer (863)697-0333.
couch is bone leather, $350
for all will sell separate
er. $300 (863)467-2999
DAVENPORT antique, white.
Gold Chair & Daybed. $550
for all, will separate.
DINETTE SET antique, white,
6 chairs, 2 leaves, full pad,
buffet & china cabinet. $350
END TABLES, (2), heavy,
wood, $30 will sell separate-
ly. (863)675-1070
Mahogany, $200
SPRING- Pillow top, asking
$200 (863)467-1309.
brown plaid, $300
7 pc. Qu. Bdrm. Set, wood &
brass $600., Oak Dinette w/4
chairs $150., Dinette Set,
wood Antique White w/6
chairs & matching hutch
$1000 Firm. & Many items For
info. 863-467-8660
Queen Bed, brass headboard,
$100. (863)467-9413
Queen Size Bed, mattress, box
spring, metal frame, $150.

used, Rd DR Table, w/4
chair, 4 bar stools, tall lamp,
$650 for all (239)707-4404.
Brown, Swivel. Very good con-
dition. $85. (863)357-1560
'Nice. 7 Ft. Long. Like new.
$225. (863)357-2110
leather, matching, $250
SOFA, LS & CHAIR- good
condition, like new paid
$750 asking $175
Triple Dresser, w/ Ig. mirror,
light brown, 3 sm. drawers &
4 Ig. drawers, w/nightstand,
$150. (863)763-8562
TWIN BED- light pine color,
wood w/laminate, includes
mattress $45
Twin Sleigh Bed, solid wood,
whitewash, w/mattresses,

CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
GOLF CART, Gas, Teal w/hard
top. Excellent condition. $2500

Simmons 3x9 Clear View
Scope. Excellent shape, $275
Firm. (863)763-3551
RUGGER, MINI #14, Early
Pre Ban. Very low serial
number w/30 round mag.
$495 Firm. (863)763-5110
ga pump w/vented rib, very
good cond. $300 or trade for
pistol (772)461-8822.

dition. Powerhouse fitness.
$1300 or best offer.
styler 40. 1 00ibs concor,
40+ exercises, triad leg syst.
$40 (863)763-3365
Style Cardio Fit, Low impact. &
AB Doer, Pro-AM. $85. for
both, will sep. (863)763-4952
PRO-FORM 920S, Exercise
Bike w/silent magnetic resis-
tance. Used, but in good
cond. $50 (863)763-3365

WATCH, Citizen Blue Angels &
Citizen Eco-drive watch,
$295 for both will sell sep.
Hers, white gold, paid $800
asking $350 (863)634-8530

LIGHTS, (2), stained glass,
swag, $30 will sell sep.

ROUND, Never used. $1500.

half moon design, w/ 4 panes
of glass, 2" high, 24" wide.
$30 (863)763-0625
TION, $75. (407)436-1901 or
email rhetthat@yahoo.com
Rusty Wallace '92. Miller car.
$100 (863)675-1033

ORGAN Yamaha, excellent
shape $500 (863)675-0235
PIANO Gulbransen Spinet, in
good condition w/ bench $400

Orange wing, $350.
$20 in LaBelle area
BEAGLE- female, tri color, 9
mos, CKC, good w/kids &
other dogs, doesn't dig or
run away $100
shots, ACA registered, parents
on prem. $350 Call Monica
CHINCHILLA'S 1 Male & 1 Fe-
male w/cage & accessories.
$300 Must go as pair.
Cockatiel, female, 4 mos. old,
cage, book, toys & food, can
wolf whistle, $200.
(863)983-7288 Iv. msg.
Tan & White w/papers & micro
chip. Needs more time than I
have. $500 (863)983-51.89
Looking for Stud for Miniature
Pinscher. Call Janet for more
details. (863)610-0255
with tray, asking $20.
MINI DOXIE- male, neutered,
2yrs old, Dapple, $200 seri-
ous inquiries only.
MINI DOXIES- AKC, blk/tan,
M/F, taking deposits, ready
November, $450.

old female, red, long hair, AKC
& CKC reg. Wonderful inside
pet $350 (863)675-7662
9 wks. Adorable. Black/Tan, 2
M. Tails docked, 2nd shots.
$350 863-946-3857 Lake Port
PIT BULL PUPS- great around
horses & cows, 2M-1 F, UTD
on all shots, $150
PITBULL Female, 8mos,
needs family without small
pets. Loves kids, very alert
$100 neg. (863)484-0313
Male, with papers. $600
$100, call anytime
olive green, $250 for both or
will sep. (863)946-3585
wks. old. Females. Brown &
White. $250.863-675-7105
SUGAR GLIDER- Male, $65.
YORKIE PUPPY- Male, 9wks
old, CKC reg., 1st shots,
wormed $700 to Good Home
Only! (863)467-6778

for buttons. Commercial
grade. $50. Call

GOLF BALLS (100) $40.

DEH-P47DH, fits GM-Chrys-
lers, retails $300, sell $200

Flat Screen TV, Phillips, 32",
$250. (863)634-5943
TV, Magnavox, Color, Con-
sole. 27"? Works & Looks
good. $75.(863)357-1560

PSI, 6.5 h/p. $150
TOOL BOX: On Wheels w/vice
& some tools. $250

VHS TAPES 50-75 $300 for
all (863)763-8943

A.E. Backus, H. Newton,
Highwaymen Art. Paying
$200-$5000 (772)562-5567
For 14' boat. (863)467-7606


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Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

Bosal with horse hair reins.
$850. will separate.
Passer Wintec $650 Will
separate (863)675-2106
PALOMINO- Registered Mini
Stud. $500. (863)763-3631

LAWN TRAILER- 3x4, 6" tires,
new, $300 (863)357-5754.
PUSH MOWER- Self propelled,
clean, like new, runs good,
$100 or best offer
Snapper, 34" cut, 8hp, $250.
RIDING MOWER, Murray, 14.5
hp, 42" cut. Auto trans. $475.
gas, good shape, $100 or
best offer. (863)467-7428
Scag, 52" cut. $2000 or best
offer. (863)697-0419


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 9-15
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

Remodeled, 1BR/1BA, at Oak
Tree, $650, 1st, last, $600
security. 863-634-3340.

OKEECHOBEE 2br, 2ba. 1st
& last months rent. Please call
for more info. (863)634-2121
Now, Fully furnished, pool,
tennis. 2 BR, $1000 + util.

OKEECHOBEE on Hwy. 70 W.
3 Bdrm., 2 Bath. on 10 Acres.
Horses & Pets Welcome.
$1300. mo. (863)634-3262

scale Neighborhood. $575 mo.
+ V2 util. Cable/Internet incld.
Utilities included. $450. mo.
Call (863)610-1077

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

BU.CKHEAD- DW, '99, 3/2,
garden tub, $85,000 Up
Properties, (866)877-6733
NEW!!! Waterfront 3B/R
homes available starting at
$310,000. Close to town.
Split plans, Owner suites,
large kitchens, 2 car garage.
Won't last! (863)763-6376
Seminole Cove, 2br, 2ba, new
screened room/carport, new
roof, $109,000.
VENUS, Log Cabin home, 3br,
2ba, 1 1/4 acre, New front
porch & roof. Exc water sys,
$137,000. (863)465-2281
3/2, 2003, W/seawall,
$260,000 USA Properties
Waterfront Home, NEW!
2 story, 4 Bed / 2/2 bath,
energy efficient,
Great Location! Family
room, eat-in kitchen, lots
of storage, 2 car garage,
$325,000. MUST SEE!
LAND- 3/2, 60' seawall,
$193,000 USA Properties

Mobile Homes !

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

OKEE- D/W, 3br, 2ba, on the
water. $1100. mo. + 1st,
last $600. Sec dep., 2547
SE 32nd St.(863)634-3312
2BA. Dbl wide. No pets, non
smoking. .Available now.
Please call (863)357-1517
nished. Winter Rental Very pri-
vate lot w/screen porch, etc.
$900 mo. 863-357-3639

Okeechobee 3br, 2ba, Lake
access, No pets. $1100 mo
1st& sec.dep. 561-236-9003

AQUA ISLES Lot J-10. All
appliances included, furnished,
Walking distance to river.
$7500 (863)885-1053
2BA, New Roof on 2 lots.
2627 NW 1st St. Rent or op-
tion to buy. $83K 697-6397
Park Model, w/Fla. room &
carport, Lot 26, Vantage
Oaks, immed possession,
3/1.5, w/EFF Apt, & Family
Room, $130,000, USA Prop-
erties (866)877-6733.


Boats 05
Campers. RVs 3 10
Jet Skiis ~,J Is
Marine Accessories 31.1,)
Marine Miscellaneous 'IJ2,
Motorcycles ','li
Sport Vehicles ATVs ?['5

BASS TRACKER aluminum,
17', 40HP, new all galv. trail-
er, excellent condition $1500
BAYLINER 18 Ft., Inboard/
Outboard Motor. Motor needs
work. $500 or best offer.
BOAT TRAILER, 14 Ft. Galva-
nized. Good shape. $150.
BOAT TRAILER, galvanized,
good shape for 18' boat,
350. (772)342-7304
JON BOAT: 12 Ft. w/Trailer.
$300 (863)228-2123
Magic Tilt Alum. Boat Trailer,
16', exc. cond., $495 or best
offer. (863)467-9877
MOHAWK CANOE 16'- with
trailer & gas 1.5HP engine,
$850 (863)763-7695.
PONTOON BOAT, 20' w/Brand
new trailer & new seats. 55 hp
motor w/power tilt. Canopy
top. $4000 (863)467-1552
Fisherman Deluxe, 20'. 40 hp
Mercury, Trolling motor, trir. &
more. $6000.863-763-2203
PONTOON BOAT '99 20ft,
Smoker Craft, 50hp Johnson
o/b. Trolling motor w/ trailer
$8000 (863)357-0028
POWER WENCH- 12volt, nev-
er used, ball hitch adapter
plate, 10' remote control,
$275 (863)675-8420.

COACHMAN '81, 31' 5th WhI.,
Sleeps 6, Full Ba., Heat & A/C
w/hitch. Great shape. $6000
/best offer. (863)532-0088
25', w/ bunks, excellent condi-
tion, ready to use w/ extras
$6999 neg. (863)674-0785
TARA RV- '76, 35' Furnished
w/8'x35' FL/rm attached, new
tile & carpet. Full size Frig &
stove. W/outside storage/rm,
$7500. (863)532-0063 or

800 XL, 3 sweater, good condi-
tion. $3500 call Monica

HONDA Dirtbike CRF 100, '04,
used 1 mo., paid $3100, sell
for $2000 firm.
'85-Gd cond., 61K mi, blue,
am/fm/cd, full dress. Must sell
$2400 neg. (863)634-4754

HONDA XR50 Kids dirt bike,
new MX Tires, well maintained,
garage kept, low hours $800
or best offer (863)467-6434
Jia series. Like new. Pd.
$450 asking $250 neg.
(863)357-2233 Okee area
11K, New tires, Garage kept,
Black/purple, Nice bike $2500.
YAMAHA Dirt Bike, YZ175
Two stroke, runs but needs
work. $300 (863)763-3110
200ccw/ many modifications
and low hours $2500 or best
offer (863)763-2546

31ft, recent new roof top AC,
vic of West Palm Beach
91405, Reward if found
Comfortable to live in. New
tires good cond. No slides


Automobiles 40105
Autos Wanted 40101
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive -1035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4-050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

5TH AVENUE '89- runs good,
needs brakes, $600 neg.
A DONATED CAR, truck, boat
or trailer. (any kind) can
mean vocational training for
someone in an alcohol &
drug program or transporta-
tion for a single parent fami-
ly. Tax deductible, prompt
pick up. (866)855-0902.
Stepping Stones Christian
coup, extra, clean, noisy mo-
tor that needs replacing.
$475 (863)673-1635
Runs great, cold air. $950
door, A/C, Tinted windows
approx 135K, $2500.
good, 4 door $1500
auto, pw, pl, V6, cold AC,
96K, $3000 (863)467-7076
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DODGE NEON- '2000, 4 dr,
72K, Tinted windows, Clean,
A/C, Runs good. $6000.
Honda Accord DX, '89, manu-
al, 4 door, runs well, $850.
Good cond., new tires, cold
a/c, asking $1000.

MERCURY SABLE '93 white,
tinted windows, cruise control.
runs great & great on gas.
$900 (863)983-5597

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MERCURY SABLE, '99, load-
ed, sunroof, 78k miles,
$5,750. (863)357-3181

NISSAN NX 2000 '93 Wht,
5spd, ac/pf, t bar roof, tinted
win, cd, 140K ml, rebuilt trans.
$1250 863-677-0459 An-

good on gas, excellent con-
dition, $2500 or best offer.

$700 or best offer.

very good condition, asking
$4500 (863)697-8679.

BRONCO II '89- good shape,
problem w/trans, eng rebuilt
45K miles, good tires, new
parts $1200 (863)805-8789

4x4, Parts or As Is. Asking
$950. Call (863)357-3107
after 5pm.

FORD BRONCO 1978, Make
good buggy. $650 or best
offer. (863)697-0220
FORD EXPLORER, '98, 4x4,
59k mi., new suspension,
$6900 or best offer.
FORD F350, '84, very good
cond., 4 whl. dr., runs,
$2500 or best offer.
condition, Runs good. $500
or best offer. (863)675-8074

CHARGER- automatic,
48volts, Club car, $175

E350 FORD VAN 85- w/6.9
diesel, exc. motor & drive
train, new tires, rusty body,
$1200 neg (561)684-9007.

'01-'02 Chevy Heavy Duty,
6.0 Engine. $200 or best of-
fer. (863)634-1668
American Racing Wheels- 4,
For F250, 8 lug Mojave
w/teflon. Caps/tuner lugs, +
Spare $325 863-610-1000
for parts. $100

WHEELS (5) 8" wide & '69 Ca-
mero 3 core Radiator $120
will sep. (863)634-0526
Chrome Whis, Ultra, 17x9, 8
lug for '04 Dodge, 305/70/17
buckshots & fender flares,
$1500. (863)634-8802
for '97-'03 Ford F150, Step-
side, White, Exc. cond.
$350. (863)610-1000
SUPER CHIP- #2715 fits '96-
'03 Chevy 4.8L, 5.0, 5.3,
5.7, 6.0, 7.4 & 8.1 $200. or
best offer (863)634-1668
TIRES (4) like new, Firestone
P235/75R16, $225
cab, 4x4, V6, Wrecked in
front. Parts or all $1000. or
best offer. (863)990-9256
TRUCK TOPPER for small
p/u, excellent condition. $70
RVT, 33x12.50x15, on 6 lug
aluminum wheels. $400

CHEVY 3/4 350 TBI, '87-
Crewcab, 4x2, runs good,
rusty but trusty, $2000 neg.
Chevy Cheyenne 1500, 1991,
4.3, V6, auto, air, $1250.

CHEVY S10 '84 w/ rebuilt
350, 4x4, too many extras to
list. $3800 or best offer
(863)444-0371 Leave msg.
Chevy S10, '94, 2x4, 4 cyl., 5
spd., $1800 or best offer.
FORD F150 2002 Club Cab, 1
Owner. 71K mls. Looks &
Runs great, Must see!
$12,000. (772)569-6285
FORD F150 '91 XLT, auto,
V8, cold ac, runs great, many
new parts including new tires
$2500. neg. (863)697-2032
FORD F350 '84-Flatbed dually.
Moving, must selll!! $1000 or
best offer (239)369-3550
truck is in LaBelle
FORD RANGER, '90, runs
great, camper top, clean,
good body, $1500 or best
offer. (954)775-7517

TILT TRAILER 5x8, w/ re-
movable custom cap. Good
condition. $550
TRAILER 14', heavy duty,
tandem drop axle, flat deck,
4x4 channel frame, 2x4 box
$1400 neg. (772)342-7304
TRAILER, Flat Bed, 8x20,
triple axle. $2500.

good, clean van. $1150

tires, runs good, needs trans
work, $300. (863)655-0030.
top dual air, tv/vcr, pw, pl,
power doors, elec, bed, tires
like new, tow pkg., $4500 best
offer 863-675-2499 cell

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State Public -
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Public notice is hereby given that Fergu-
son Towing will sell at Public Auction
free from all prior liens, the following
vehicles that remaining unclaimed in
storage with charges unpaid, pursuant
to Florida Statutes 713.78, to the high-
est bidder at 12065 Lakeshore Drive,
Canal PL, FL 33438 on October 17th,
2005 at 9:00 AM.
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CASE NO.: 2005-267-CA
($45,530.00) IN U.S. CURRENCY
DOLLARS ($45,530.00) IN
NOTICE is given to Sections 932.701 to
932.707, Florida Statutes (2204), that
PARTMENT), acting through its divi-
sion, the Florida Highway Patrol,
seized the above-described personal
property on the July 27, 2005, in
keechobee County, Florida, and is
holding the personal property sending
the outcome of forfeiture proceedings.
All persons or entities who have a legal
interest in the subject property may re-
quest a hearing concerning the seized
property by contacting the under-
signed. A complaint has been filed In
the Circuit Court of the NINETEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, in and for Okee-
chobee County. The trail court on the
September 20, 2005, entered an order
finding probable cause. If no claimants
appear, the DEPARTMENT will be
seeking a final order of forfeiture.
Respectfully Submitted,
Valerie J. Martin
Assistant Attorney General
Florida Bar No. 0124133
110 S.E. 6th Street, 10th Floor
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954) 712-4600
Facsimile: 954)712-4700
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A representative of the Okeechobee County School Board will convene a joint work-
shop session with a representative of the Okeechobee County Commission and
the City of Okeechobee, Florida on Friday, October 21, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. at the
Okeechobee County School Board, Room 306 to discuss the Interlocal Agree-
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the representative with regard
to the matter considered at this meeting will need a record of the proceedings and
that for such purposes, he or she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of
such proceedings is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be based. _
Dale Barrett
Director of Operation
Okeechobee County School Board
90537 ON 10/13/05
FILE #04-J-211
CASE # 115-05
In the Interest of
LI., SEX: Female, DOB: 8/17/1993,
Achild under18yearsof age
TO: Patrick Thomas
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
with the Clerk of Court and serve upon
B. Jean Crane, petitioner's Attorney,
216 Main Street, Cedartown, Georgia Ar
30125, an Answer to this Petition RA IN A
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Community Events

Cut-a-Thon aides breast cancer foundation
Stafford's Salon, 3268 U.S. 441 S. in the Winn-Dixie Plaza, will hold
a Cut for the Cure Cut-a-Thon on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. until 3
p.m. The event is being held to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast
Cancer Foundation. Stafford's will donate 20 percent of the funds
raised on this day .to the Komen foundation. For information or to
make an appointment, call (863) 763-3933. While appointments are
recommended, they are not required.

Collaborative council meeting planned
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday,
Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held 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. Guest speakers will be Lonnie Kirsch, homeless liaison
for Okeechobee County; Tom Jones and Lindsey Mann, from Eckerd
Youth Alternatives, and Ken Kenworthy will present the Safe and Drug
Free report. The public is invited. For information, call Sharon Vinson
at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Book group's schedule announced
The Okeechobee County Library book discussion group will begin
meeting. on Thursday, Oct. 27. The group's schedule is: Thursday, Oct.
27, "Reading Lolita in Tehran" by Azar Nafisi a memoir and literary
criticism by a former Iranian professor who secretly teaches western
literature in her living-room.; Thursday, Nov. 17, "Kite Runner" by
Khaled Hosseini. This novel tells the story of Amir, the son of a wealthy
businessman and of his father's servant's son, Nassan. Amir grows up
in 1970s Afganistan, leaving during the war and returning there to live
as a man.; Thursday, Dec. 15, "Nickels and Dimes"' by Barbara Ehren-
reich a journalist records how difficult it is to sustain oneself on min-
imum wage.; and, Thursday, Jan. 26, "Master Butcher's Singing Club"
by Louise Erdrich. This is a novel woven with intrigue, romance and
humor, and is an emotionally .complex tale of European immigrants
who have settled in the fictional town of Argus, N.D. All meetings
begin at 7 p.m. at the Okeechobee Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. For infor-
mation, call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.

Pet costume contest planned
Okeechobee Main Street is hosting a pet costume contest at the
Oct. 29 Fall Festival at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center on S.R.
70 E. Dress your pet for Halloween and enter them into the contest. For
information, call Lydia Jean Williams at (863) 357-MAIN.

Church plans Oktoberfest celebration
Peace Lutheran Church, 750.N.W. 23rd Lane, will host their 15th
annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 29. Lunch will be served from 11
a.m. until 3 p.m. and will include bratwurst, sauerkraut, baked beans,
German potato salad, apple streusel and a beverage. Tickets are $5
each. There will also be a white elephant sale, cake walk, 50/50 draw-
ing, prize giveaways, kids games and a country store. For information,
call (863) 763-5042.

Vendors needed for benefit
The Joshua Matute Family Transportation Benefit needs vendors to
set up in the Okeechobee City Park on Oct. 29. Vendors needed
include arts and crafts, food, drink and entertainment. There will also
be a baking contest and prize giveaways. For information, contact Niki
Salmon at (561) 722-0401, or Hazel Wetherington at (863) 763-3617.

Church hosting concert
Rayz of the Son will be appearing at Living Word of Faith Church,
1902 S. Parrott Ave. on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. Mary Lanier will also
be performing. There is no charge for the concert. Everyone is invited.
For information, call the church at (863) 763-6869.

Bass club plans free fishing tourney
The Taylor Creek Bass Club will sponsor its 20th annual free Kids'
Day fishing Festival on Oct. 30 at the airboat ramp area of Okee-Tantie
Campground and Marina. The event will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
A Bassmaster Casting Kids competition will take place from 10 a.m.
until 1 p.m., followed by a live fishing competition from I until 4 p.m.
All children between the ages of 7 and14 are encouraged to compete
in the Bassmaster Casting Kids competition. Children between the
ages of 4 and 14 are invited to compete in the live fishing competition.
For information, contact Dave Stout at (863) 467-2255.

Benefit barbecue is planned
The Good Spirits Lounge, 245 U.S. 441 S.E., will host a barbecue on
Oct. 30 from 2 until 8 p.m. to benefit John and Connie Stanley, who
recently had their mobile home destroyed by fire. Pork, cole slaw,
potato salad, green beans and baked beans will be served. The cost
will be $5 per plate. For information, contact the Good Spirits Lounge
at (863) 763-2734.

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 I until 5 p.m. The
pool is not open during school hours. For information, contact the
pool office at (863) 467-7667.

Alternative Halloween festival slated
The First Baptist Church and More-2-Life Ministries will host their
annual Fall Fest in Flagler Park #6 on Monday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 until
7:30 p.m. This year's Halloween alternative festival is open to all ages
and appropriate costumes. There will be games, food and candy pro-
vided. For information, call (863) 763-2171.

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.

Chamber hosting chicken dinner
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will host a barbe-
cue chicken dinner on Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. in Flagler Park
#2. A drive-up curbside area will be designated. The dinner will
include: barbecued chicken (white meat $6 and dark meat $5) with
baked beans, potato salad, roll and a cookie. Tickets are available at
the Chamber office, 55 S. Parrott Ave.; Rustic Ranch Furniture, 1,23
S.W Park St; or, from any Chamber board member. Orders can be
faxed to (863) 763-3531 and paid for when the meal is picked up. For
information, contact the Chamber office at (863) 763-6464.

VFW Ladies group plan garage sale
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary is now accepting your donations for their
Nov. 4 and 5 garage sale to be held at the VFW Post #10539, located
3912 U.S. 441 S.E. There will be sausage, biscuits and gravy served for
breakfast at the sales, as well as Sloppy Joes for lunch at the Nov. 4

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) 385-7025.

Girl Scouts to host Reunion Tea
The Okeechobee Girl Scouts Pegasus Service Unit is hosting a spe-
cial Adult Tea Party for current and former Girl Scouts and Girl Guides.
All adults who have been involved in Girl Scouting or Girl Guides over
the years and those who were Girl Scouts in their youth are invited.
The tea will be held Sunday, Nov. 6, from 2 until 4 p.m. at the Episcopal
Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St. The Scouts are also looking
for old uniforms and books for a display. For information, contact Lau-
rie Pharr at (863) 634-0465.

Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers
. Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical housing ministry working in
partnership with the community and local families in need, is looking
for volunteers to help complete construction on their first house. Con-
struction experience is appreciated but not required. Work days are
Saturday and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteers are also
needed to work on the following committees: public relations,
fundraising, legal advice, family support and volunteer coordination.
An experienced bookkeeper is also needed. Call (863) 357-1371 for

Regions accepts Red Cross donations
All Regions banks can now accept donations to the American Red
Cross disaster relief efforts. Cash and checks will be accepted at any
Regions bank. Locally, Regions Bank is located at 305 E. N. Park St.
Checks must be written to the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina
Disaster Relief Fund, and the customer will be given a Red Cross

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.

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. -. 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
information, call (863) 763-2492.

Children's Ranch plans yard sales
The Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard
sales every Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Funds from
the sales help support activities for the children. Usable donations are
always accepted and should be taken to the ranch on U.S. 441 S.E. For
information, contact Rosie at (863) 763-4242.

Civil Air Patrol is forming
The United States Air Force Auxiliary is forming a Civil Air Patrol
unit in Okeechobee, and senior members.and cadets are being
recruited. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior
members are needed to administer the unit and provide supervision
for the cadets. The three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are
emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.
:Senior members and cadets work side by side to accomplish these
missions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior member,
contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations Cen-
ter, (863) 763-3212.