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Okeechobee News

Vol. 96 No. 301 Friday, October 28, 2005 504 Plus tax

In Brief

We're back
The Okeechobee News is
back operating from its
offices at 107 S.W 17th St.
To add a notice to the Hur-
ricane Recovery Updates,
please fax the information to
us at (863) 763-5901; or, call us
at (863) 763-3134.
Taylor Creek
has crested
Residents who live along
Taylor Creek have voiced con-
cerns about the high water
level in the creek. According
to South Florida Water Man-
agement District Officials, the
creek has crested and is start-
ed to go down.
plans continue
Halloween festivities may
be interrupted by hurricane
recovery problems. Sheriff
Paul May and Police Chief
Denny Davis will announce
the decision about city and
county trick-or-treating on Fri-
day. For updates, see Satur-
day's Okeechobee News.
Golf tourney
The Skip Bryant Memorial
Golf Tournament, scheduled
for Saturday, has been post-
poned. A new date has not
been announced.


Drought Index


Drought Index
Current: 65
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

15.61 feet

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

Classifieds ...... .9-10
Comics ............8
Community Events ... .4
Crossword ....... .9
Obituaries ..........3
Opinion ..... . .4
Speak Out ..........4
Sports .......... .7
TV .............. 10
Weather ........... .2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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Power on to bulk of count

45% of FP&L
customers here
have no power
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Florida Power & Light (FP&L)
is making strides toward restor-
ing power in Okeechobee Coun-
As of 1 p.m. Thursday, 8,900
customers or 45 percent of the
county's customers were still in

the dark. That is a significant
improvement over the 66 percent
of customers who were in the
dark at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. At
the height of the storm, 15,900
customers were without power.
The utility is also making
progress statewide toward
restoring power. Armando Oliv-
era, FP&L president, stated in a
telephone press conference
Thursday afternoon that about
one-third of FP&L customers
statewide had been restored.
Among the places where power

has been restored is Port Ever-
glades, the port where gasoline
arrives in Florida. That fact
should help in gasoline distribu-
"It is really heartbreaking to
see what a hurricane can do to a
community," he said, adding that
most communities in the FP&L
service area have experienced
two hurricanes in the last year.
Mr. Olivera stated that FP&L felt
the effects of the hurricane with
roof damage to 184 of their build-

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Strong winds from Hurricane Wilma toppled this oak tree on S.E. Fourth Avenue. For-
tunately, there appears to be little damage to the mobile home underneath the tree.
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In Wednesday's press confer-
ence, he noted that the storm
had been especially hard on sub-
stations. Most substation damage
was due to windblown debris
and not to the wind itself. As of
Thursday afternoon, he said only
10 substations are out of service
As substations are restored,
attention shifts to individual cir-
cuits. Crews must make a visual
inspection of every line and every
lateral going to customer's

"We are seeing life return to
normalcy," stated Geisha
Williams, FP&L vice president.
She said that currently there
are 9,600 people working to
restore power with crews arriv-
ing daily from 33 states and Cana-
Mr. Olivera urged people not
to interrupt the workers restoring
power by asking them questions.

He said they are assigned a spe-
cific job and do not have the big
See Power Page 2

Flu shots


at the VNA

DOH to have
flu vaccine
after Nov. 1
By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
The fall season ushers in
various forms of celebrations,
usually centered around getting
together to rejoice the fall har-
This time of year also goes
on record for being the time-
health care providers start
administering flu shots to help
ward off this unwanted, some-

times very serious illness.
In Okeechobee, the Visiting
Nurse Association (VNA) has
already begun giving flu shots
to people in special categories.
According to Diane Wood,
R.N., branch manager, up until
Oct. 24 they followed the Cen-
ters for Disease Control's guide-
lines and administered flu shots
to those with a chronic illness
only, those over 64 and those
working in the health care field.
The VNA has administered
more than 250 flu shots so far
this year and plan on giving a
See Shots Page 2

City offices

now open

for business

Okeechobee News/D.Hamllton
Blake Lawrence cuts away at a huge downed oak tree at a property located at S.W.
Twelfth and Second Avenue. Several other trees on the property were also twisted,
mangled and knocked down after Hurricane Wilma made her way through Okeechobee.

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
The City of Okeechobee
offices reopened Wednesday,
Oct. 26, and the city is function-
ing as business as usual.
City Administrator Brian
Whitehall said meetings will go.
on and the city is ready to con-
duct business for the public.
Non-essential city offices
were closed all day Monday
during Hurricane Wilma and
on Tuesday, the day after the

hurricane. Essential services
were open Monday afternoon
and Mr. Whitehall was at his
office after 1 p.m. Power was
out briefly at city hall on Mon-
day, but was restored around 1
p.m., Mr. Whitehall said. Water
is still a problem at city hall, as
it is throughout the community,
without an ample supply from
faucets and toilet bowls.
Debris clean-up began after
the all-clear was given Monday
See Business Page 2

Hurricane Recovery Updates

A midnight to 6 a.m. curfew
will remain in effect from day to
day at the discretion of Okee-
chobee County Sheriff Paul May.
All residents are asked to stay off
the streets during the curfew
period unless on official busi-
A boil water notice is in
effect for Okeechobee until fur-
ther notice.
The meeting of the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority (OUA)
board of directors planned for
Tuesday, Oct. 25, has been
rescheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 1,
at 8:30 a.m. at 100 S.W. Fifth
Okeechobee County
Schools will be closed Friday,
Oct. 28.
The Okeechobee County
Public Library is closed. Call
today after 9:30 a.m. for opening
The only shelter now open

in the county is the Okeechobee
County Civic Center. It is being
operated by the American Red
Cross, on U.S. 98.
e The Okeechobee County
Health Department, 1798 N.W.
Ninth Ave., is open.
The Florida Bandmasters
Association Marching Band Festi-
val scheduled for Oct. 29 at the
Okeechobee High School has
been postponed.
The Florida Community
Health Centers, Inc., Okee-
chobee locations are now open
from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
The Okeechobee County
Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E.,
is the distribution center for
water, ice and boxed meals from
8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The Big "O" Junior Teen
Anglers monthly bass tourna-
ment scheduled for Oct. 29 has
been cancelled.
The annual Taylor Creek

Bass Club's Kids Fishing Tourna-
ment scheduled for Oct. 30 at
Okee-Tantie has been post-
poned. For information contact
Dave Stout, vice-president of the
Taylor Creek Bass Club, Inc. at
(863) 467-2255.
The Brahman Theatre will
be closed until further notice.
Bulk water is available at the
K-Mart plaza and in Ft. Drum.
Please bring your own contain-
ers. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.
until 6 p.m.
The annual Central Elemen-
tary School Fall Festival will be
rescheduled at a later date.
Indian River Community
College in Okeechobee
reopened Wednesday, Oct. 26,
and resumed normal class
Food is available at local
grocery stores and restaurants.
Okeechobee Main Street
will host a Halloween celebration

Monday, Oct. 31, in parks three
and four in Flagler Park. For infor-
mation, call (863) 357-6246 and
leave a message. Your call will be
Garbage collection will run
one day behind this week.
The City of Okeechobee is
picking up debris throughout the
city. Move debris to the curb.
The County of Okeechobee
is making plans for debris
removal. Details will be
announced as soon as informa-
tion becomes available.
The First Baptist Church and
"More2Life" will host a fall fest on
Oct. 31 in park six of Flagler Park.
There will be no charge for any
child. Each child will receive a
free soda and hot dog. Hours will
be 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
The Okeechobee County
Planning and Zoning meeting
has been postponed until Nov. 22
at 7 p.m. in the courthouse.

The South Florida Water
Management District's local serv-
ice center, the West Palm Beach
headquarters and all district
offices in Palm Beach Cointy are
closed through Friday, Oct. 28.
Only those employees who are
scheduled to work in response to
the emergency event should
report for work.
Tryouts for the Lady Brah-
man girls varsity and junior varsi-
ty basketball teams have been
rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 31,
and Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 2:30
p.m. until 5 p.m. in the Okee-
chobee High School gym.
" For information, contact
coach Carey Pung at (863) 462-
The Headturners3.com
bass tournament originally
scheduled for Oct. 29 at the Scott
Driver Ramp has been resched-
uled to Sunday, Nov. 6, at Okee-
Tantie Marina.

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Loans help replace
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
hurricanes 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 follow-
ing levels: one person in the
household $24,000; two per-
sons $27,650; three persons -
$31,100; four persons $34,550;
five persons $37,300; six per-
sons $40,100; seven persons
$42,850; and, eight persons -
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 Okee-
chobee Non-Profit Housing Inc.
office is open 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.,
Monday through Friday.

Historical Society
plans class reunion
chobee Historical Society is plan-
ning a reunion for those graduat-
ing 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
eligible 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.until3 p.m.
There are a limited amount of
reservation spaces available.
Send your reservation form and a
check in the amount of $25 to:
Okeechobee Historical Society,
P.O. Box 248, Okeechobee, Fl.,

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-
rott 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 ques-
tions to: Okeechobee Historical
Society, P.O. Box 248, Okee-
chobee, 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 cham-
bers, 304 N.W. Second St.
The delegation will hear con-
cerns and ideas for potential legis-
lation. Members of the communi-
ty, as well as local and county
governments, may present their
concerns to the delegation at this
If you are want to address the
delegation, contact the Rep.
Attkisson's district office at (407)
943-3078 by Oct. 3.

Homebuyer classes
held each Wednesday
rural housing service, can now
loan up to $172,632 for housing
mortgages for very low and low-
income applicants.
For prequalification for this
loan, call (863) 763-3345 to
reserve your seat for one of our
homebuyer classes.

Classes are held on Wednes-
days, starting at 9 a.m.


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The Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office is disclosing this
information to the public in
order to enhance public safety,
awareness, and protection. This
information is not intended to
increase fear: rather it is this
agency's belief that an informed
public is a safer public.
This bulletin should be used
only for information purposes.
Citizen abuse of the information
to threaten, intimidate, or
harass offenders will not be tol-
erated, in any manner.
The individuals who appear
in this bulletin have served the
sentence imposed on them by
the courts. They are NOT want-
ed by the police at this time.
Sex offenders have always
lived in the communities. The
only change is the public is now
better informed.
Richardson was convicted of
five (5) counts Attempted Capi-
tal Sexual Battery and one (1)
count-Lewd Fondling in Lee

Jerry Richardson, 37100
Highway 441 North, Okee-
chobee, Fla. 34972
County on April 4,1996. The vic-
tims were minors. If you have
any questions regarding this bul-
letin contract Michele or Connie
at the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office at (863)763-3117,
extension 240 or web site at


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lot more. They started giving the
shots on Tuesday, Oct. 25.
A clinic is planned for Saturday
from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
VNA office, 208 S. E. Park St. In
addition, people can go to the
VNA office for a flu shot Monday
through Friday from 9 a.m. until
noon, and from 1 until 4 p.m. The
VNA has a handicap access in the
back of the building and will go
out to the car to give a shot if
someone would have a hard time
coming inside.
"We usually give between
1,000 and 1,500 flu shots a year,"
Mrs. Wood explained. .
The VNA has a supply of 1,200
doses, which should be enough,
according to Mrs. Wood.
VNA only bills Medicare for the
flu shots for those on Medicare,
and they accept what Medicare
pays. Others who go to the VNA


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afternoon, and it continues. Peo-
ple are asked to move their debris
to the curb and extra contractors
hired by the city will do a sweep in
the next couple of days to pick up
the debris. According to Mr.
Whitehall, the contract workers

for a flu shot will have to pay $30
and may want to bill their insur-
ance company for possible reim-
Some physician offices may
offer flu shots, and Mrs. Wood
suggested people call their doc-
tor's office to inquire.
Connie Thacker, R.N., director
of nursing at the Okeechobee
County Health Department, said
they will be able to offer flu vac-
cines sometime after Nov. I.
"We were supposed to get the
vaccine supply in this week, buit it
has not arrived yet," Mrs. Thacker
She surmised that the storm
may have had something to do
with the delay in the vaccine's
arrival, but was not sure. She said
of the 1,000 doses of vaccine
ordered, some will go to veterans
enrolled in the West Palm Beach
Veterans Hospital.
"This will not include the VA
Clinic in Okeechobee, which has
their own supply," she said.

will pick up debris again in anoth-
er week and then trash pick will
go back to the normal routine.
Mr. Whitehall said any sink
holes or street issues found by
people should be called in to the
city at (863) 763-3372. He cau-
tioned people once again to not
touch any downed power lines,
as they may be hot electrical lines,
and to not stand in water because

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According to Mrs. Thacker, the
formula for this year's vaccine is a
composite of the vaccine grown
last year, blood samples from
some who had the flu last year
and perhaps other samples.
The flu expected in the United
States this year has nothing to do
with the Avian flu that has been
much talked about and referred
to as the bird flu.
The bird flu is being watched
because it might be a worldwide
pandemic. Mrs. Thacker said
medical scientists suspect that the
U.S. and the world might be in for
a pandemic in the next 10 years or
so, and they think the bird flu may
be the culprit. According to Mrs.
Thacker, a pandemic occurs
about every 100 years and the last
pandemic occurred around 1918
when a lot of people died from
the flu.
"There is a concern about a
pandemic, but not a panic about
it at this particular point," Mrs.
Thacker said.

there might be downed wires or
something dangerous in the
water that cannot be seen.
Downed power lines should
be reported to Florida Power &
Light at 1-800-40UTAGE.
The curfew within the city is
the same as for the county, mid-
night until 6 a.m. The curfew
changed Tuesday night after city
and county officials realized some
stores were open and people may
have needed to buy food and sup-
plies. Some stores closed at 6:30
p.m. on Tuesday due to a mix-up,
Mr. Whitehall said, when not
everyone may have been aware
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"Leave them alone," he said.
- "They are doing a terrific job.
(And) Let them through traffic."
The northwestern part of the
county is served by Glades Elec-
tric Cooperative. As of mid after-
noon on Thursday, 150 Glades
Electric customers in Okee-
chobee County were without
M power. The utility expected to
have service restored to those
customers by this afternoon.


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Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Early harvest
Hurricane Wilma knocked all the oranges offthis little tree
in Grady Jones' backyard at Town and Country Mobile
Home Park.

Okeechobee News/D.Hamilton
North county
The C.M. Ranch on U.S. 441 is just one of the areas in Fort
Drum section of Okeechobee County that has suffered
through the effects of Hurricane Wilma with many rural
areas flooded.

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Students are participating

in the 100 Book Challenge

Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Fall's colorful bounty
Betty Tankesley, receptionist at the Okeechobee Health
Care Facility, spruced up the reception area with colors of
fall's bounty. She shares her talent for flower arranging
and decorating with Thelma Thomas, certified nursing
assistant (not pictured), in carrying seasonal themes
throughout the 173-bed facility that comprises both a
skilled nursing facility and an Alzheimer's unit.

Ninth graders may be

eligible for scholarship

The 'Take Stock in Children'
scholarship is a full tuition
scholarship to Indian River
Community College followed
by two-years at a public univer-
sity in the state of Florida. Stu-
dents are selected on the basis
of academic performance and
recommendations from coun-
selors and teachers. If your
child is in the ninth grade, has
a minimum 2.0 grade point
average, meets the income.
requirements, and has the
desire to continue education
after high school graduation,

please contact Traci Sills in the
Guidance Department at the
Okeechobee Freshman Cam-
pus at (863) 462-5288 for more
information about require-
ments. If selected, your child
must sign a performance con-
tract and pledge to stay in
school, maintain good grades,
behavior, remain drug and
crime free, and meet with a
mentor. Parents must commit
to continue to be a support
and encouragement to their
child. The deadline for applica-
tion is Dec. 9.

Third Grade
Third grade would like to
congratulate the Students of the
Week for the weeks of Oct. 10
and Oct. 17, from Mrs. Padgett's
class-Lewis Gopher and Hayli
Fehringer, from Ms. Masters'
Rivera and Dylan
Cecere, from
Miss Vibber's
Diaz and Keri Pascarel-
la, from Mrs. McCranie's class-
Ricardo Perez and Catalina Var-
gas, and from Mrs., Lowe's
class-Thaddnesha Roberts and
Dustin Mauldin. All worked very
hard to be great students and
classroom leaders. All third
grade classes report that the 100
Book Challenge is really taking
off in their classrooms. Just a
reminder to parents-count 15
minutes of reading as one step. It
is not one step for each book
read. Also, don't forget about the
Principal's Multiplication Chal-
lenge. By next week, everyone
should have passed the 2's, 5's,
and 9's multiplication facts.

Fourth Grade
Mrs. Tomlinson's reading
class enjoyed writing Haiku
poems and making glittery fall
leaves for our Literacy Day dis-
play. We were "falling" all over
ourselves working on similes
and metaphors to add to our fall
writing activities.
In science class, Mrs. Tomlin-
son's class is working on the
three states of matter. We've
completed three experiments.
Our favorite one was testing den-

sity of matter. We made tin foil
boats along with clay boats to
test the density. Which boat do
you think floats? Ask one of my
students, they can tell you.

Fifth Grade
Fifth graders are continuing
to make improvements and lead
by example. This week the fifth
graders took part in the Play Day
put on by the Specials Teachers.
Miss Walker's entire class was
rewarded with snow cones for
their excellent behavior in the
Specials Classes. Way to go Miss
Walker's class! The other fifth
grade classes had almost every-
one rewarded also. Students are
showing Seminole what it
means to be a good citizen and a
great student.
SThe fifth graders also put on a
lovely display of creative writing
for the October literacy day, "Fall
into Fall" Mrs. Coldiron's class
created poems with beautiful fall
leaves decorating them, and Mrs.
Bailey's class wrote Haikus and
created sponge painted portraits
to illustrate them.
All of the fifth graders are
working hard to earn their pop-
corn and movie party and the
classes seem to be well on their
way to making their goal. Con-
tinue to encourage your child to
complete their homework, turn
off the TV and read, and study up
on those math facts!
Mr. Paige's class had a beauti-
ful fall display on Literacy Day
and students are already having
a wonderful time working on
their literacy projects for Novem-


Robert E. Eaton
Robert E. Eaton, age 59, died
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2005, at his resi-
dence. Mr. Eaton was born June
23, 1946, in Milan, Tenn.; and was
formerly of Ft. Pierce. He was a
resident of Okeechobee for the
past six years. Mr. Eaton served in
the U.S. Navy aboard the USS
Boxer, which recovered the first
unmanned Apollo flight from
space. He also served in Vietnam
where he was awarded two
bronze stars. He was employed
with Lowes in Ft. Pierce prior to
his illness. He volunteered at
Lawnwood Hospital and upon
moving to Okeechobee, he was
part of the Okeechobee Citizen
Mr. Eaton is preceded in death
by: his father, Harold Eaton; and,
his brother, David Eaton.
Survivors include: his mother,
Mary Eaton of Okeechobee; his
daughters, Jessica (Don) McKie of
Portland, Ore., and Kathrin (Sam)
Grossman of Hobert, Ind.; and his
sons, Damon (Cortney) Eaton of
Hobert, Ind., and Aaron Eaton of
Ft. Wayne, Ind. In addition, he is
survived by: his five grandchil-
dren, Sammy Grossman of
Hobert, Ind., Natalie Eaton of
Hobert, Ind., Emma McKie of Port-
land, Ore., Thomas McKie of Port-
land, Ore. and Mason Grossman
of Hobert, Ind. Also surviving is his
sister, Connie Eaton of Pulaski,
Memorial services will be held
on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, at 4
p.m., at the Okeechobee Presby-
terian Church, 312 N. Parrot Ave.
Pastor Sally Bull will officiate.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of the Buxton
Funeral Home.

Audrey Laurie
Audrey Laurie Calhoun, age 73,
died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, at her
residence. She was born Nov. 7,
1931, in Graham, Ga., and was a
resident of Okeechobee for 50
years. She was a member of the
441 Baptist Church in Okee-
chobee and she enjoyed reading.
She is preceded in death by:
her husband, Luther Daniel Cal-
houn; and, her daughter, Debbie
Laurie Calhoun.
Survivors include: her sons,
Danny (Becky) Calhoun of Cody,
Wyo., George Calhoun of Ala.,
Richard (Jessie May) Calhoun of
N.C., James (Helen) Calhoun of
Ky., Roger and Robert Calhoun of
Okeechobee; her daughter, Bar-
bara (Robert) Stewart of Okee-
chobee; brother, Grady Rowell;
eight grandchildren; and, five
Services will be held on Friday,
Oct. 28, 2005, at 1 p.m., at the
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W
32nd Street. Visitation will be
before the service from 11 a.m.
until 1 p.m. Interment will be at
the Evergreen Cemetery.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

Annie Rose Young
Annie Rose Young, age 56, died
Friday, Oct. 21,2005, at her residence
in Okeechobee. She was born
March 21, 1949, in Pellam, Ala., and
has been a resident of Okeechobee
since 1989.
She is survived by: two sons, Billy
(Liz) Young of Miami, and Eric
(Becky) Young of Okeechobee;
daughter, Michelle (Andy) Murphy
of Okeechobee; brother, James
Odem of Ala.; two sisters, Lucille
(Eldon) Williamson of Okeechobee
and Lois (Roy) Capen, also of Okee-
chobee; four grandchildren, Cassie,
Bryan, Chance and Christy; and, a
host of nieces and nephews, all from
The family will hold private serv-
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Josephine Carter
Josephine Carter, age 82, died on
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, in Port St.
Lucie. She was bom Dec. 20, 1922,
in Haines City to Benjamin and Hat-
tie Roby, but grew up in West Salem,
Ill. She was a resident of West Palm
Beach since 1962. ,
She had a successful 25-year
career with Frank Wright Associates
and the Palm Beach Round Table.
She also assisted in events for North-
wood Institute and the Salvation
Army. Mrs. Carter collected John
Wayne videos and memorabilia,
was an avid reader and had been a
very generous and supportive
grandmother to her five grand-
daughters. She was a very active
member of the First Christian
Church of West Palm Beach and
Maranatha Church of Palm Beach
Her husband, Edison F. Carter,

along with two brothers and two sis-
ters, precedes her in death.
Survivors include: her daughter,
Cindy (Jorg) Menningmann and
their children Carena, Michelle and
Ashley of Palm Beach Gardens, and
daughter, Vicki (Ronald) Bloeser
and their children Summer and
Leah Fortner and Ronnie and Kathy
Bloeser ofWest Palm Beach.
A graveside service for the imme-
diate family will be held on Friday,
Oct. 28, 2005. All arrangements are
under the direction and care of the
Buxton Funeral Home and Crema-
toryof Okeechobee.
RussellE Boyd
Russell F.
Boyd, age 76, of
died Sunday,
Oct. 23, 2005, at
Raulerson Hos-
pital. Mr. Boyd
was born June
15, 1929, to Rus-
sell James and
Frances Boyd. Russell F.
He was a sales- Boyd
man for Sysco
Food Service.
Mr. Boyd was a former resident of
Minneapolis and proudly served our
country in the U.S. Army. He came
to Okeechobee from Ft. Lauderdale
in 1995.
Mr. Boyd is survived by: his wife
of 18 years, Lorraine E. Boyd of
Okeechobee; four sons, Gregory
Boyd of Stuart, Mark Boyd, Russell J.
Boyd, and Jason Boyd all of Min-
neapolis, Minn.; three grandchil-
dren, TYavis, Adam, Samantha Boyd;
and, his brother, Robert Boyd of
Placervilla, Calif.
A memorial service will be held
at 4 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 29,2005,
at Bass Okeechobee Chapel with
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God officiating. Memorials may be
made to Hospice of Okeechobee,
P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, Fla.
All arrangements are entrusted
to the loving care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Crema-
Christine "Chris" Vick-Ver-
schuere, age 64, of Lutz, died at Car-
rollwood Community Hospital in
Tampa, on Oct. 24, 2005. A native of
Tampa, and a lifelong resident, she
was a floral designer with Carroll-
wood Florist in Tampa and was a
member of Grace Family Church in
She is survived by: her husband,
Sonny of Tampa; two sons, Larry
(Sonia) Verschuere of Plant City and
Jimmy (Joyce) of Tampa; two
daughters, Teresa McClain of Tampa
and Vicki (Maxwell) Harrell of Land
O Lakes; her mother, Irene Vick of
Okeechobee; a brother, Horace (
Lois) Vick of Okeechobee; ten
grandchildren, J.D., Wayne, Donnie,
Kim and Christina Verschuere,
Danny, Kari, Casey, Cody Harrell and.
Audrey McClain; one great-grand-
child, Alexa Verschuere; several
nieces and nephews; and, friends.
Visitation will be from 3 until 4
p.m., Saturday afternoon, Oct. 29,
2005, at Grace Community Church,
at5101 Van Dyke Road, Lutz witha4
p.m. service with Pastor Dee Corbin,
Graveside services are at 1 p.m.,
Sunday afternoon, Oct. 30, 2005, at
the Evergreen Cemetery in Okee-
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Veterans Funer-
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enjoyable experience. We also strive to be your one-stop supply
supermarket for any lumber, fencing needs, animal feed and
supplies you may need. That is why we take time out every year for
our annual "Customer Appreciation Days"; letting us pass super
savings right to you. We at Walpole Feed & Supply hope to continue
our services and make your future visits quick and satisfying for the
next 26 years. Thank you all for letting us, the Owner and Staff at
Walpole Feed & Supply, cater to each and every one of you
throughout the years!

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Community Events

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.

Church to host annual bazaar
The First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee will hold their
annual bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the
church fellowship hall at 200 N.S. Second St. There will be a variety
of items including crafts, quilted items, knives, nuts, baked goods,
white elephant items and a silent auction. A lunch consisting of soup
and sandwiches will be available from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Proceeds
from the bazaar will to mission projects. For information, call (863)

Girl Scouts to host Reunion Tea
The Okeechobee Girl Scouts Pegasus Service Unit is hosting a
special 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 infor-
mation, contact Laurie Pharr at (863) 634-0465.

Bazaar helps aid missionary projects
The Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave., will
host an old-fashioned bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 12, beginning at 9
a.m. There will be many hand-crafted items, white elephant items
and baked goods for sale. The event is sponsored by the ladies of the
church, with the proceeds going toward their support of missionary
projects. For information, call (863) 467-2482 or (863) 824-0013.

Mason's to host turkey dinner
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., will host
their annual turkey dinner on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 4 until 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the dinner will benefit distressed worthy brothers. Eat
in or take out will be available. The suggested donation for adults is
$6, and for children under the age of 10 it is $3. The children's plate
will not be available for take out. For ticket information call Rich
Sweet at (863) 824-0262; Kip Gardner at (863) 357-0427; Matt Bux-
ton at (863) 357-9992; or, any member of Okeechobee Lodge #237,

Church to host Blackwood Legacy group
The Blackwood Legacy group will be in concert Wednesday,
Nov. 16, at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S.-Parrott Ave.,
beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Blackwood Legacy features
Rick Price, former lead singer of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet,
and Perry Jones, formerly of the group Mercy Me. For information,
call (863) 763-6869..

GPS training program offered
Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla 57 will host a newly revised GPS
training program Saturday Nov. 19. Boaters will be taught the Global
Maritime Distress and Safety System and how it can get you out of
trouble. Anyone considering buying new electronics for their boat
should attend this program and learn how the GPS unit, marine
radio, and how the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon are
linked together. Seating is limited. Call (863) 467-3085 for informa-
tion or to pre-register.

Chamber plans fall festival
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will hold their
annual fall festival in Flagler Park Nov. 19-20. Vendor applications are
available at the Chamber office, 55 S. Parrott Ave. For information,
call (863) 763-6464.

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Courtesy photo/"Strolling Down Country Roads"/John Williams
Looking Back ...
The Kissimmee River Valley Farmer's Market drew local people from the agricultural community as well as business and
civic leaders to a barbeque that celebrated the opening of the market. The market was one of the moves toward expand-
ing into a peacetime economy after World War II. The market opened on April 14, 1948, and according to a report in the
Okeechobee News more than 1,000 people attended and watched as the first vegetables were sold through the market.
Approximately 1,800 boxes of tomatoes were sold during the afternoon to buyers from the northern markets. 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, P.O. Box 248, Okee-
chobee, Fl., 34973; or, call Betty Williamson at (863) 763-3850 or (863) 763-6226. Do you have any old photos of the Okee-
chobee 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 okeenews@okeechobee.com.

Upcoming Events

Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited.
All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (863)
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W Third St. It will be an open meeting.
AA meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center at
S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for mem-
bers and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978 or Juana
at 471-9795.

Okeechobee Christian Cycles holds a ride every Saturday, weather
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. Anyone
interested in riding is invited. For information contact Holly Stewart at
(863) 610-1251, Debbie Izzo at 634-6257, or Gene Roddenberry at
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House,
1925 U.S. 441 S.E. It is a self-help group for people with a desire to
stop using alcohol and other intoxicating drugs and a desire to man-
age their emotional or psychiatric illness. It's an open discussion
group. For information, call (863) 467-1026.
A.A meeting 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian
Church, 312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.

A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 200 N.W. Third St. This will be an open step meeting.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W Third St., at 8 p.m.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at the Golden Corral Restau-
rant, 700 S. Parrott Ave., at noon. All Rotarians and the public are invit-
ed. For information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W Sixth St. Anyone interest-
ed in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is
Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death
Index and military information available. For information, call (863)
763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology,
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will
go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763) 4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For informa-
tion, call (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863)
SBible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. ParrottAve.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, 1925 U.S. 441
S.E. It is a self-help group that offers support and education for people
who have been diagnosed with clinical depression, bipolar, schizo-
phrenia, schizo-affective disorder or dual diagnosis. For information,
call (863) 467-1026.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys
old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, con-
tact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American
Legion Post #64, 510 S.E. Second St. The Jaycees would like to wel-
come all energetic young people between the ages of 21 and 39, who
are interested in working towards the betterment of our community.
For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399.

Community Events

VNA to give flu shots
The Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) will be giving flu shots in
their offices at 208 S.E. Park St. The shots will be given from 9 until
11 a.m. and from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. They will
also be given on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. There is
no charge for Medicare patients. For those who do not have
Medicare, the charge will be $30.

Civil Air Patrol plans fundraiser
The Okeechobee Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron is
attempting to raise funds for basic operations of the unit, equip-
ment and uniforms for cadet members. The squadron will be hold-
ing an aircraft wash at the Okeechobee County Airport'from 9 a.m.
until 2 p.m. on Oct. 29. For information on the fundraiser, contact
Deputy Commander Gene O'Neill at (863) 7-63-3212.'"
Fundraiser will be held
The Joshua Matute Family Transportation Benefit will hold a
fundraiser in the Okeechobee City Park on Oct. 29. There will be
arts and crafts vendors, food, drink and entertainment. There will
also be a baking contest and prize giveaways. For information, con-
tact Niki Salmon at (561) 722-0401, or Hazel Wetherington at (863)

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 competi-
tion from 1 until 4 p.m.'All children between the ages of 7 andl4 are
encouraged to compete in the Bassmaster Casting Kids competi-
tion. 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
operation are: Aug. 8 Oct. 30, Tuesday through Friday from 4 until
7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 until 5
p.m. The pool is not open during school hours. For information,
contact the pool office at (863) 467-7667.

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 provided. 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.

Training for GaL volunteers offered
Training sessions for Guardians ad Litem volunteers will be held
on three Fridays in November Nov. 4, 11 and 18. Training ses-
sions will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at St. Bernadette's Catholic
Church, 350 N.W California Blvd., in Port St. Lucie. Volunteers must
be 21 years of age, submit an application, submit to a criminal back-
ground check, submit to a personal reference check and attend 30
hours of training that includes courtroom observation and inde-
pendent study.

VNA hosting free memory screenings
The Visiting Nurses Association (VNA), 208 S.E. Park St., will
host free memory loss screenings on Friday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m.
until 2:30 p.m. Screenings will be done by appointment. To make
an appointment, call Donna True at 800-861-7826, ext. 1, or (772)
285-6291. The screenings will be done by a nurse or social worker
from St. Mary's Memory Disorder Center. Screenings are open to
anyone concerned about memory loss.


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Ad Litem program
needs volunteers
This year, hundreds of kids on
the Treasure Coast will be abused,
neglected or abandoned. If you
have as little as two hours per
week, then you can help.
Guardian Ad Litem volunteers are
needed to speak up for these chil-
dren. Training for new volunteers
will be held in your area soon. Vol-
unteers are needed in St. Lucie,
Indian River, Martin and Okee-
chobee counties. Call the
Guardian Ad Litem program at
(772) 785-5804 for information
and an application. Just two hours
of your time each week will make
a difference in the lives of these
Foster parents

desperately needed
Okeechobee is in desperate
need of people willing to provide
foster children a normal family life
with nutritious meals, good daily
care and a stimulating environ-
ment. Foster parents may be mar-
ried, divorced or single. Their
most important characteristic is
that they are caring individuals
who understand the problems
and needs of foster children.
Please contact Karissa Richards at
1-(800) 403-9311.
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.
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-
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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.

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vis @ (863)634-0102

Local Homebuilder
needs qualified
Salespeople. Must be
organized & able to work
well with others. Flexible
schedule a must.
Call 863-763-6376
Hibbet Sports, a full line
sporting goods store, is hiring
in Okeechobee. Apply at: 2105
South Parrott Ave., Suite 103,
Okeechobee, FL 34972.
Hibbett Sports conducts drug
testing. www.hibbett.com
Payroll experience a plus
Contact Chris Shirley
Wanted for local job
Call (863)697-3622
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Housekeeping Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)

Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street

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

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classifleds and make
your clean up a breeze

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in today's competitive
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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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sidered fraudulent. In all
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guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
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before responding or send-
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long distance toll costs. We
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Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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P N & O'Connell Construction
P IN & License # CBC055264
A s s ist t Screen Rooms, Carports
SSlStanlt Room Additions
Florida Rooms
Aluminum Roof Over
Dermatology (863)634-2044
(863) 467-1919 HlCl

nings- CNAs LOVING COUPLE- to care
anings CNAS 'for your parent or elder
Ith Care Facility relative in cozy home. Ex-
Sperienced Care Giver
ie. Good Benefits. w/Refs. (863)467-9439 or
person To: (863)634-812.
ft. (863) 357-2442

Love the earth Recycle Tra LoaderforHre
your used items by I il
selling them in the
classifiedsCall 863763-4149
declassified. or (561)758-4337

er Works, Inc.
ng for an
lent Benefits and
ion Package.
E MEN must have CDL Lic.
person at
er Works, Inc.,
, Okeechobee FL.

Troy's Pressure
Cleaning, Yard
Maintenance &
Yard Fertilizing.
Free Estimates

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


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Wanted to Buy 7-10

AIR COND- 10 ton, Carrier,
heating & cooling, asking
$1300 (863)763-2663 or
801-1245 cell.
AIR COND. PARTS- Going out
of business, Win A/C repair
shop. Motors, front covers,
etc. Sacrifice $1800 or best
offer. (561)684-9007.
15,000 btu, paid .400, sell
for $250.
BTU's Works good $60.
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