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Vol. 96 No. 313 Wednesday, November 9, 2005 50N Plus tax


Events changed
due to hurricane
The Waldau 14th annual
golf tournament and party slat-
ed for Nov. 4 has been changed
to Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Fair-
ways Golf Course at the KOA
Campground and Resort, 4276
U.S. 441 S.
The Dinner and Dance Party
will be held in the KOA Conven-
tion Center starting at 6 p.m.
The meeting of the Okee-
chobee Library Book Discus-
sion Group on Oct. 27 has been
rescheduled for Thursday, Nov.
10 at 7 p.m.
The annual Skip Bryant
Memorial Golf Tournament has
been rescheduled for Saturday,
Nov. 12, at the Okeechobee
Golf & Country Club.
The Oktoberfest celebra-
tion to be held at Peace Luther-
an Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane,
has been cancelled.
Reopened Businesses
The Market Place Flea
Market 3600 U.S. 441 S. has
D & B Housewares will
reopen in the Trading Post Flea
Market on Saturday, Nov. 12.
(Editor's Note: If your busi-
ness was damaged and closed
due to Hurricane Wilma,
please notify us when you
reopen by calling (863) 763-
3134. Please ask for Dee.)

VFW Post #4423
plans Poppy Drive
The VFW Post #4423 will
be holding their Buddy Poppy
Drive Tuesday, Nov. 8, through
Friday, Nov. 11.
Post members and mem-
bers of the auxiliary will be
posted outside local stores. All
proceeds will go to help less
fortunate veterans and their
programs available
Public assistance programs
will operate seven days a week
from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the
Okeechobee County Agri-Civic
Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E.
The programs are: FEMA
Disaster Recovery for individu-
als; blue roof program, food
stamps, tarps, Small Business
Association (SBA), Project
Hope; and, the Red Cross.
Updated information will be
distributed via www.okee-
chobeeeoc.com, and

Drought Index
Current: 118
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

17.12 feet

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


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Sports ...... ... .14
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Weather ........... .2
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Flagler Park use disputed

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Flagler Park in downtown
Okeechobee has long been used
for numerous functions such as
the Speckled Perch Festival, but
there is the possibility that could
all end.
A proposed Farmer's Market
has the owners of Flagler Park
considering the possibility of put-
ting the park up for sale.
Flagler Park has been owned
by the Hamrick family since 1947.

Following the death of R.E.
'Colonel' Hamrick in 1990, the
park and many other pieces of
property, streets and alleys in
Okeechobee were put into the
Hamrick Trust. That trust is
presided over by co-administra-
tors David O. Hamrick, Col. Ham-
rick's son, and Gil Culbreth. Col.
Hamrick's last will and testament,
which is on file with the Okee-
chobee City Clerk's office, names
David Hamrick and Mr. Culbreth
as his personal representatives in
matters of the trust.

In essence, the park is to
remain open for "free and public
use" and is not to be used by com-
mercial enterprises to make a
In a May 17, 2000, letter to fami-
ly friend Lowry Markham, David
Hamrick states: "I do not think
that the city council has the
authority to grant to any organiza-
tion the use of the parks as a fund
raising enterprise."
Mr. Markham is also a member
of the Okeechobee City Council.
However, in a plan given to the

city council by Okeechobee Main

Street, Inc. on Oct. 1, 19 business-
es are listed that want to take part
in the Farmer's Market that is set to
begin operation Thursday, Nov.
10. Of those 19 businesses, 12 are
from out of town. Some of the
items to be sold by those business-
es include conch salad and fritters,
mixes and dips, seafood, specialty
coffees, gourmet dog treats and
citrus and specialty fruits.
When the idea of the market
was proposed to the city council
and put to a vote at their Oct. 4

meeting, council members voted
3-1 to allow the open-air market to
use Flagler Park. Mr. Markham
voted against the measure. Coun-
cilwoman Lydia Williams, who is
also the executive director for the
Main Street organization,
Council members Dowling
Watford and Noel Chandler voted
in favor of the market. Mayor
James Kirk only votes in the case
of the tie. However, when there is
See Park Page 6

10 percent

citrus losses


By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
Recent calculations of citrus
losses in Okeechobee County
total an estimated 10 percent
as a result of Hurricane Wilma,
according to the Florida
Department of Agriculture
Terry McElroy, press secre-
tary for FDA and Consumer
Services, said on Tuesday, Nov.
8, .li Okeechpbee is doing
fairly well compared with areas
more to the south. He estimat-
ed 3,480 acres of citrus in the
county and said the prelimi-
nary figures show a 10 percent
loss. This translates to a

$3,480,000 loss with a value of
about $1,000 per acre, he said.
The preliminary report is
based on calculations from a
combination of sources,
including the USDA's Farm Ser-
vice Agency and FDA.
An Associated Press (AP)
article on Oct. 31 said the
storm will cause the loss of
$180 million worth of Florida
citrus, or about 35.7 million
boxes of fruit, according to pre-
liminary estimates released by
Florida Citrus Mutual.
"The estimates are limited
to crop damage and don't take
into account the loss of infra-
See Citrus Page 2

Board faces

routine agenda

Meeting set
for Thursday
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Thursday's meeting of the
Okeechobee County Board of
County Commissioners will
be marked by presentations
from four local people on vari-
ous topics, as well as discus-
sion of a number of routine
Okeechobee County Tax
Appraiser Bill Sherman is
scheduled to appear before
the board to request funds be
taken from the total allotted

his office for the fiscal year
and added to the first quarter
budget as a contingency to be
used if necessary in the Flori-
da Power & Light case or
other pending court cases.
Maureen Burroughs of
Okeechobee Main Street will
present the year end report on
her organization's activities
and present a financial state-
ment. Commissioners had
previously requested financial
statements since the board
helps finance Main Street
The much discussed topic
See Agenda Page 2

By Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
"We huddled wet, seasick
and bone weary in a landing
craft that was supposed to
drop us at a beach in Nor-
mandy, France, known as
Omaha. Most of us didn't
know where that was. We did
know that we were being sent
there to secure this and other
Normandy beaches for the
allied forces.
"We eventually learned that
Omaha Beach had 100-foot
high cliffs overlooking 4 miles
of sand. We had come across
the 100 miles of rough English
Channel through strong winds
and 3- to 4-foot waves. As our
landing craft came closer to
shore, we passed men strug-
gling in life preservers and on
rafts. These men were the per-
sonnel from the DD tanks sent
ahead of us to help secure the
According to plans, Compa-
nies B and C of the 741st Tank
Battalion were to lead the first
assault wave onto the eastern
beach areas of Omaha. But,
plans went awry when the

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
It appears that progress has
been made toward financing a
much-needed Okeechobee Util-
ity Authority (OUA) sewer treat-
ment plant expansion.
A good bit of the morning-
long meeting of the OUA board
of directors on Tuesday was
devoted to discussing finance
options. The board also named
current operations manager
John Hayford to be interim
executive director when current
executive director L. C. Fortner's
resignation becomes effective
Nov. 18.
The good news to come out
the meeting was the announce-
ment by chairman Carl Leonard
that the King's Bay project is
done except for minor cleanup.
Mr. Hayford stated that final pay-

tanks were unloaded 6,000
yards off shore. They suffered
damage in broken struts, torn
canvas and flooded engines.
"Our stomachs tightened
into knots and we broke out in
sweats even as the cold chan-
nel spray soaked through our
uniforms. Finally, the landing
craft slowed to a halt and the
ramp fell open. Our battle just
to make it to the beach had
just begun."
No, this is not a scene from
a movie. It is a compilation of
events that occurred during
the D-Day Invasion of June 6,
The D-Day Invasion took
place on a stretch of beach on
the coast of Normandy,
France, from south of Cher-
bourg and the Cotentin Penin-
sula to Caen. It lies between
the mouths of the Orne and-
Vire Rivers.
The allied troops landed
156,000 troops during this
campaign in Normandy -
34,250 on Omaha Beach
alone. The exact amount of
casualties is unknown. The
total casualties from both sides
are estimated at 10,000, includ-

ment would be requested in
The board appointed a
three-member selection com-
mittee to review applications for
executive director and narrow
them to three to be presented to
the board for action. Frank Irby,
an alternate board member was
named to the committee. Rim
Bishop, executive director of
Seacoast Utility Authority in
Palm. Beach County, was
named to the committee
because of his technical and
administrative expertise.
Rounding out the committee is
local businessman Keith Wal-
Jeff Larson, OUA's financial
advisor, gave a lengthy presen-
tation on funding options for
expansion of the wastewater
treatment plant. He noted that
the average daily flow at the

ing 2,500 American fatalities.
Those who lived through
this horrific event have memo-
ries of it forever etched in their
minds. They are living pieces
of history. But, they are dying
at a rate of 1,500 per day.
Filmmaker Larry R. Cappet-
to's life-long interest in the mil-
itary and those who served in
battle led him to produce a
series of documentaries enti-
tled "Lest They Be Forgotten".
These documentaries honor
the sacrifices made by World
War II veterans on Omaha
Beach and Iwo Jima.
Mr. Cappetto chose these
particular battles because they
are considered the turning
points of World War II.
Mr. Cappetto has partnered
with Selected Independent
Funeral Homes to launch its
Veterans Memorial Program by
providing members with a
copy of the first volume of the
Paul Buxton, owner and
operator of Buxton Funeral
Home and Crematory and a
member of Selected Indepen-,
See Remember Page 2

existing wastewater treatment
plant plus existing developer
agreements brings OUA to its 1
million gallon a day (MGD)
maximum capacity and that the
proposed 3 MGD expansion is
estimated to cost $25 million.
Mr. Larson presented three
options. Option one involved
the issuance of OUA fixed rate,
long-term bonds that would be
paid off by projected incremen-
tal capacity and user revenues.
Option two called for short
term or "bridge financing".
Upfront cash from developers
would be used to reduce the
size of financing required. As
further connection fees or incre-
mental scheduled payments are
made, the bridge financing
debit is paid off.
Connection fees would be
See OUA Page 2

Barrel racing
Taylor Lowe, of Okeechobee, on her mustang, Spirit,
competed in the barrel racing event at the Forever Flori-
da Rodeo on Saturday, Nov. 5. Forever Florida is about
65 miles north of Okeechobee off U.S. 441.

Honoring veterans: Documentary to be shown today

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Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory employee Jeff Whitlock gave Matthew Buxton (not
pictured) a helping hand sandblasting the replacement veterans' wall monuments
scheduled to be dedicated in Flagler Park on Friday, Nov. 11.

D-Day, Omaha Beach remembered

OUA board appoints

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dent Funeral Homes, strongly
believes that these World War II
warriors.should be honored and
their stories preserved for gener-
ations to come.
"I feel we have a moral obli-
gation to these brave men and
women who have defended our
freedom. You know we really
don't know how to define free-
dom because we have never
lived without it because of these
heroes. Their memories are our
history and the Buxton Funeral
Home family and staff is com-
mitted to this cause and to pre-
serve their memories," stated
Mr. Buxton.
Because Mr. Buxton's feelings
are so strong, Buxton Funeral


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of trash collection in the Viking
subdivision comes up again
when Susan Williams presents a
proposal from the board of the
Coquina Water Control District
to let the county use two parcels
of land as trash collection sites.
Hopefully, commissioners
will hear some good news when
Benita Whalen, director of the

Home and Crematory will pres-
ent the first documentary in the
series to students of Okee-
chobee High School, the Fresh-
man Center, Osceola Middle
School and Yearling Middle
School on Wednesday, Nov. 9, as
part of the Veterans' Day remem-
The Buxtons have brought
Mr. Cappetto from Denver, Colo.,
to Okeechobee to address all
audiences. There will be a com-
plimentary viewing for the gen-
eral public at the Okeechobee
High School gymnasium at 7
p.m. on the same date. There
will be refreshments served fol-
lowing the presentation.
Following the presentation of
this film, copies will be present-
ed to the schools and the Okee-
chobee Public Library.
Buxton Funeral Home and
Crematory has also undertaken

South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD) Okee-
chobee field office gives an
overview of the Lake Okee-
chobee and Estuary Recovery
Program announced by Gover-
nor Jeb Bush during his Oct. 10
visit to Okeechobee.
The afternoon session will be
devoted a discussion of priority
In other action, the board is
expected to:
conduct a public hearing

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the Veterans' Day program
Friday, Nov. 11.
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the damage to the monu:
last year, I knew what I 1
do," stated Matthew Buxt
immediately contacted the
authorities and told then
we would take care o
replacement of the vet
wall monuments. We
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structure, such as packing houses
and equipment," the AP article
The article said that before the
hurricane hit, the USDA had pre-
dicted that 190 million boxes of
oranges and 24 million boxes of
grapefruit would be produced in
the 2005-06 growing season. This
was compared to the previous
season when Florida growers
produced 149.6 million boxes of
oranges, the smallest crop in 13
years, and 12.8 million boxes of
grapefruit, the smallest since the
1935-1936 season.
Mr. McElroy said those areas
south of Okeechobee, such as
LaBelle, West Palm Beach and
South Miami were hardest hit and
may have experienced anywhere
from a 20 percent to 50 percent
"If 20 or 30 percent of citrus
was taken off the trees from the
wind or rain, that is a significant
loss," he said.
The preliminary figures could
change in the coming weeks as
the USDA's National Agricultural
Statistics Service (NASS) started a
new survey on Monday, Nov. 7.
According to Mr. McElroy, the
new survey will provide FDA with
more information with which to
update their crop loss estimates.
NASS announced its plans to
conduct the special citrus survey
to assess current crop conditions
on Nov. 3 in a news release. Sur-
veyors will recount fruit left on
sample trees in areas affected by
Hurricane Wilma, which struck
Florida on Oct. 24.
The NASS release said the
updated average, along with indi-
cations of fruit size and droppage,
ans of will contribute to a utilized pro-
ey are duction forecast for USDA's
the December "Crop Production"
of the report that will be released on
"ark at Dec. 9.
These Benjamin Klugh, Jr., director of
ill be the NASS Florida field office, was
during quoted in the release as saying:
im on "Although the eye of Hurricane
Wilma passed to the south of the
id saw major citrus producing areas of
ments the state, itwas such a large storm
had to that the effects have been
on. "I observed well to the north of
local Wilma's path. During the next
n that couple of weeks, crews will be
if the busy measuring the effects of the
erans' storm throughout the Southern
have and East Coast regions of the

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on a change in zoning from agri-
culture to residential single fami-
ly for property on U.S. 441 S.E.;
conduct a public hearing
concerning issuance of up to
$75,000,000 solid waste revenue
bond by Miami-Dade County
Industrial Development Authori-
authorize Habitat for
Humanity and Okeechobee
Non-Profit Housing for adminis-
tration of Hurricane Housing
Recovery Program to administer
grant money for the county;

approve a contract with
Craig A. Smith for N.W Second
Street paving and drainage;
approve a grant agreement
for a Community Development
Block Grant to Okeechobee Utili-
ty Authority for expansion of the
S Cemetery Road wastewater
treatment plant to 1.23 million
gallons a day;
consider an ad-valorm tax
exemption for Royal Concrete
approve replacement of
windows for the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office adminis-
tration building;
award a contract for jail
Approve two changes
orders for the new courthouse,
consider a proposal from
David A. Brooks for the dedica-
,rS tion plaque monument for the
- new courthouse or direct staff to
consider other alternatives;
approve a loan from the
Landfill Trust Fund for the
Berman Road widening project
S and award a contract for the job;
determine if the county
Should fund the cost of storm
debris collection from private

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paid in full at closing or with an
approved payment plan secured
by a letter of credit,
According to option three,
OUA receives cash up front from
developers representing payment
for full capacity of plant expan-
sion. Developers would then have
the ability to resell capacity at a
future price above what they paid.
Mr. Larson asserted that option
three was neither advisable nor
necessary, and probably not per-
mitted by Florida Statutes, case
law or existing bond documents.
Based on the fact the OUA
2002 bonds were well received,
Mr. Larson predicted that option
one would be a viable option.
He said option two would be
viable with a combination of
loans and grants.
He said that with option two
banks would bid for short-term
loans. He suggested preparing
requests for proposals for five to
10 banks.
Mr. Leonard polled the board
and no interest was expressed in
option three.
The board approved option

Florida Citrus Belt."
While the overall losses for
Okeechobee County are estimat-
ed at only 10 percent, some indi-
vidual producers may have expe-
rienced a greater percentage of
Sonny Williamson, who pro-
duces 600 acres of citrus in north-
ern Okeechobee County, said he
estimates about 30 40 percent of
his crops are on the ground due to
"About 35 percent of grapefruit
is down and about 40 percent of
the early oranges are down," he
Fewer Valencia oranges, which
are still green and smaller, are
down an estimated 35 percent
of the crop.
"A good amount of citrus is
down here, but even more is
down further south. South of the
lake they were hit really hard- -
Clewiston, Belle Glade and Martin
County," he said.
Getting reimbursed for the loss.
may be difficult, according the Mr.
"We carry insurance, but it
only pays if 50 percent or more is
down. We will do a count later to
determine the full extent of our
loss," he said.
On a positive note, Mr.
Williamson listed two factors in
his favor when he goes to market..
"Prices will go up a little on'
what we sell, and the fruit left on
the tree may get bigger. This may
help to lessen the loss," he said.
Mr. Williamson sells his fresh
grapefruit mainly to Japan with
some of it being distributed'
domestically in America, and
some goes to Europe.
"The Japan market pays-
more," he explained.
Most all of his oranges are sold
for juice domestically and some-
are exported.
Ron Edwards, president of-
Evans Properties, Inc., which is
headquartered in Vero Beach and
owns 5,000 acres of citrus groves,
mostly oranges, in Okeechobee
County, said all of their groves
have citrus down.
He estimated about 30 40;
percent grapefruit and 15 20
percent oranges down, which
represents a significant loss in
"We never had hurricanes in
the past, and now we experi-.
enced three in the past year. This,
has had a significant impact on
our operations," he said.

two with a progressive payment
program for paying off capitol
connection charges.
Lobbyist Dale Milita, who is
under contract to OUA, is still con-'
tinuing to pursue grants.
According to the timetable,
adopted by the board, capacity
demands would be substantiated
and a report on financing would,
be presented to the board at a,
special meting on Jan. 24.
In other action, the board:
approved meeting dates for
approved expenditure of,
$9,000 to repair hurricane dam-
age to the roof of OUA's main,
declined to hear a pay dis-
pute, considering it an employ-
ment management problem out-.
side the scope of the board;
delayed approval of the
financial report since it was not
delayed action on appoint-'
ment of one member to the
OUA/City of Okeechobee Pension
Board; and,
authorized advertisement for,
requests for proposal for engi-
neering studies for alternate water
supplies in the case, as happened,
recently, when the water intake,
from the lake cannot be used.

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Check presentation
Major Noel Stephen (left) accepts a $1,000 check for the STARS program and a $1,000
check for the Skip Bryant Memorial Fund from Wal-Mart manager Mike Meyer (right).

CES thanks its guest readers

A big "Thank You" to all forty-
three Guest Readers for taking
time out of their busy schedule to
read to students at Central Ele-
mentary School. The students
enjoyed every book and our read-
ers had a great time.
Second Grade
Mrs. Stephens reading class is
enjoying the 100 Book Club Chal--
lenge. We are beginning our unit
on planets and space. We've
made acorn men and have them
hanging from the ceiling. Our
math class is doing a great job
with graph art. They love it. Don't
forget to come to our Fall Festival.
It has been rescheduled for Nov.
11 from 5 until 8:00. See you
In B.A.S.E., we are getting
ready for Thanksgiving. We just
finished up our bat unit, and even
learned how to do some
research. We wrote a Halloween
narrative and expository. The 100
Book Challenge is going great.
Next week, we are going ,:. -'i:
in Spanish too. Look-for-those
cards and folders ever),.,niihi,
mom and dad. Remember, prac-
tice makes perfect. Students of
the Week are Orbelin Calvillo and
Amber Hood.
Mr. Stanley's reading class will
be starting the last theme in Just
for You, and will be reading the
story "Johnny Appleseed". We'll
also be doing various activities
focusing on space, which is
November's reading unit.
Towards the end of the week, the
class will begin to learn about the
many facts in Thanksgiving's his-
tory. In addition to learning about
Thanksgiving roots, we'll begin
the read the play "The Story of the
First Thanksgiving". We will be
assigning roles in this play, too, as
it is the first play the class will be
doing for a Reader's Theatre
.selection. '
Mrs. Prevatt's Student of the
Week is Mason Smet. Congratula-
tions Mason.
Fourth Grade
Welcome back students. We
are all glad that hurricane season
seems to be over. The students at
Central have settled back into
working their hardest. It is hard to
believe that we have already
passed Day #50 and will soon be
approaching Day #60 before you
know it. Parents, watch for
Progress Reports and the Novem-
ber Newsletter they both will be
coming home shortly. Watch the
paper and notices for any 'make
up' days from the hurricane.
, All the fourth graders recently
received the results of.their first
ACHIEVE test. Parents, you are
encouraged to make a confer-
ence with your child's teacher.
You can talk about new goals for
tlbe present quarter and discuss
hpw your child faired on the
ACHIEVE test. Some students will
also begin some after school
tutoring on their multiplication

Mr. Hall will be conducting
this. Your child received a note if
he/she is going to participate. And
parents, there were several of you
who attended our Writing Parent
Nights. Thank you. Both Mr. Goff
and Mrs. Pritchard were excited to
share with the parents who did
attend and hope it was a help to
you. Some parents requested
information because they could
not attend this was delivered. If
you wish to meet individually
with your. child's teacher -
please write a note in the agenda.
At this point, all of us have some
pretty good ideas to help your
child at home with her or her writ-
Speaking of goals how is
your child's A/R goal at this point.
Almost 50 students were reward-
ed and walked to the Golden Cor-
ral last week for lunch because
they did complete their A/R goal.
The date has been set for the 2nd
quarter how is your goal pro-
gressing? Remember students,
you should be pleasure reading as
well. Perhaps a subscription to a
child's magazine or a new book
from the Book Fair will help that
passion for reading. Parents, your
child needs to see your read as
well. Were you able to digest the
beautiful "Successful Student"
Book that the School Board pro-
vided you with the Report Card.
What a neat book we hope
you save that book and refer to it
- it lets you know exactly what is
expected at each grade level.
and finally the Fourth Grade
Incentive Trip to the ROC- (Recre-
ation Outreach Center) every
child can earn this trip. It will be in
December, at the end of the quar-
ter before our winter break. Stu-
dents who wish to be a part of the
ROC trip must exhibit superior cit-
izenship skills at all times, demon-
strate respect and trustworthiness
and show caring whenever possi-
ble. These students also are time-
ly with their work efforts -
assignments are done neatly and
handed in on time. Students.who
may possess great citizenship
skills but neglected to complete
assignments.or reading goals will
not be able to attend. There will
be a 'free time' room while the
others attend the ROC and there
will also be a 'working hard'
room on that day. If you have any
questions about this incentive trip
- please make an appointment
to conference with your child's
homeroom teacher.
P.S. Parents, your child is
preparing to take the next Holistic
Theme Test in reading, we will take
another achieve test at the end of
the month, and your child is about
ready to take another unit test in
math. As you read each school
newsletter you can keep up on
the tasks and concepts we have
been working on in math and read-
ing as well as writing. Don't forget
about Writing Display Day come
and read their cool stuff.

Mr. Goff's class is glad to be
back in school after Hurricane
Wilma. We are also glad to have
electricity back on and water that is
Safe to drink. We had some good
class discussions on how not hav-
ing these "comforts" affected our
lives. We made a hurricane safety
pamphlet with tips to stay safe as
well as emergency numbers in
case we need them in future hurri-
canes. In writing we are still work-
ing hard on our expository and nar-
rative writings. We are adding
figurative language and "juicy"
words to really spice up our writ-
ings. In science we are studying
ecosystems and learning about
what is unique about the different
eco-systems. In math we have
wrapped up our chapter on the dif-
ferent graphs. We learned how to
construct bar graphs, double bar
graphs, circle graphs, line graphs,
line plots, and stem and leaf plots.
We also learned how to look at a
set of data and decide which type
of graph to represent it in. We will
be starting our chapter on multipli-
cation and division soon. In read-
ing we are wrapping up theme two
and will be testing it shortly. We
will also begin reading our next
novel soon, The Whipping Boy. It is
a story about a spoiled prince who
runs away. He has quite an adven-
ture on his trip. Our recent Stu-
dents of the Week have been Sere-
na Padgett and Cornesha Jarvis.
Keep up the great work ladies.
The fourth grade B.A.S.E.
classes have switched home-
rooms for the second ninepweeks.
For the last nine weeks, 26 out of
28 students made their AR goal.
Each class is working hard on
writing and scores have improved
greatly. Our Students of the Week
are Thaddricka Sanders, Tiffany
Bowers, Linda Betancourt, and
Karina Romero.

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having come to Okeechobee from
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Korean War.
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wife, Dorothea Keller of Okee-
chobee; daughters, Christine Glad-
stone of Hawaii; his mother, Marie
Rhodes of Ohio; two sisters, Diane
Reer of Ohio and Janet Knittle of
Ohio; two brothers, Charles Keller
of Ohio and Robert Keller of Neva-
da; and, three grandchildren,
Drew, Elijah, and Natasha Glad-
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Community Events

Children's council will meet
The Children's Services Council will meet Thursday, Nov. 10, at 5
p.m. in the conference room of the Okeechobee County School
Board, 700 S.W Second Ave. Okeechobee County Commissioner
Gene Woods is a member of the Children's Services Council and will
be participating in this meeting.

Farmers' Market opening postponed
The Farmers' Market start date has been postponed a week due
to hurricane recovery efforts. It will begin on Thursday, Nov. 10, in
Flagler Park #3. For information, contact Maureen Burroughs at
(863) 763-2225 or (863) 697-3110.

Kiwanis to. host Farm-City Week lunch
The Kiwanis will host their 12th annual Farm-City Week Lun-
cheon on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Okeechobee KOA, 4276 U.S. 441
S. Serving will begin at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 each and can be
purchased at Farm Credit, Farm Bureau or any Kiwanis member, or
at the door on the day of the event. Farm-City Week is a nationally-
sponsored program that strives to bring farmers and other agricultur-
ists together with the general public.

Diabetes support group to meet
Raulerson Hospital's diabetes support group will meet Thursday,
Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. This is a free community
program. For information, call Wanda Haas, RN, CDE, at (863)763-

Yard sale aids church mission
The Brighton Baptist Church will sponsor a yard sale to be held
Nov. 11 and 12 at 17516 Brynwood Lane in Kissimmee River Estates,
which is located 11 miles west on S.R. 70 W. Proceeds from the yard
sale will help fund the church's mission trip to Haiti. Among the
items to be sold are: washer/dryer, stove, furniture cement mixer,
interior doors, tools and clothing. There will also be baked goods,
coffee and sodas. For information, call (863) 763-9064.

CES hosts annual Fall Festival
Central Elementary School, 610 S.W Fifth Avenue, will host their
annual Fall Festival on Friday, Nov. 11, from 5 until 8 p.m. Children
are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes. Refreshments will
be available, and children can have their picture taken on a horse-
back ride.

Veterans Memorial Services are Nov. 11
The Okeechobee Veterans Memorial Services will be held in the
Veterans Park on Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. At that time, the new stones
provided by Buxton Funeral Home will be unveiled and blessed. We
ask that all veterans be available to post their colors. The public is

Free parenting classes offered
Free six-week parenting classes for parents of young children are
held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505
S. Parrott Ave. Topics include discipline a family affair, birth to 8
months infants, 8 to 18 months the toddler, 18 to 36 months terrific
twos, 3 year olds, and uncommon sense. Each week parents "earn"
baby bucks to purchase items for their baby at the Center's Baby
Boutique. Childcare is not provided. However, infants in carriers are
welcome. For details call (863) 763-8859 or (863) 697-6320.

Performance standards available
The Florida School Readiness performance standards for 3-, 4-
and 5-year-old children are available from the Okeechobee County
School Readiness Coalition by calling (863) 462-5792. Or, you may
download them directly from the web at www.schoolreadi-

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Looking Back...
Vernon King, shown in the back row, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He died in service at sea. His sister is
Marjorie King, second from right. Their parents were Warren and Ruth King. Their grandparents, Warren W. and Katie
McKee King, came here in the early 1900s. Do you have any old photos of the Okeechobee area or of Okeec obee citi-
zens? If so, bring them by the Okeechobee News office, 107 S.W. 17th St., and we can copy them while you wait. Or, you
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Upcoming Events

A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building, 1600
S.W. Second Ave., from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. For information, call (863)
Lakeside Cruise'n Car Show will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. in the Wal-Mart
parking lot in front of the Garden Center. Just stop by to show a car you-
may have, or check out the cars and visit with the car owners while you lis-
ten to the great oldies music.
The American Cancer Society meets at 7 p.m. at the Raulerson Hospital,
1796 U.S. 441 N., in the north dining room. The meetings are sponsored
by the American Cancer Society and are facilitated by their medical advi-
sor Dr. Heller. For information, call 1-800-224-6844.
Martha's House offers weekly support groups for individuals who are
either directly or indirectly affected by domestic violence, other women's
issues are also addressed. One support group is held every Wednesday
at 5 p.m. in the Okeechobee County Health Department auditorium, 1728
N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call Irene Luck at (863) 763-0202. The
other support group is held on each Thursday at 6 p.m. at Mt. Olive Mis-
sionary Baptist Church, 1057 N.E. 14th Ave. For information, call Shirlean
Graham at (863) 763-2893.

Diabetes Support Group meets at 2 p.m. in the cafeteria at Raulerson
Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N. For information, contact Wanda Hass at (863)
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the His-
torical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret Smith
at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
Family History Center meets from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in finding
who vour ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Inter-
national Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, cali (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-
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 fellowship
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 Thursdays. Call
Joan at (863) 876-4596 or Jeanne at (863) 824-0984, for the next camping
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Village
Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public are
welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask ques-
tions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-4923 for informa-
Cowboys for Christ-will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Second Ave.
Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relation-
ships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion 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
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
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 care-
givers 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-
Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will meet at the home of Diane
and Julian Samborski, 8089 N.E. 12th St., at 7 p.m. For information, call
(863) 357-7954.

Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First Unit-
ed 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) 467-9766.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance every
Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center, located at
S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for members
and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978 or Juana at 471 -
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.

Community Events

11R RVo. Lodge sponsors d -uie
The Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge d 24 7 will sponsor a dinner
on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 5 until 7 p.m. The menu will include:
open face roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy,
green beans, tossed salad and dessert or. tossed salad, spaghetti,
rolls and butter and dessert. The suggested donation is $5 per per-
son. The dinner is open to members and i-heir guests.

Omaha Beach dou, ii. ,-ii iir to be shown
Buxton Funeral Home & C -, ii._ r, ;ii host the first documen-
tary in the Larry R. Cappetto series "Lest They Be Forgotten" on
Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Okeechobee -Jigh schooll gymnasium at
7 p.m. The film is based on the recollections of veterans who par-
ticipated in the D-Day Omaha Beach Invasion. The public is invited.

Chamber membership meeting slated
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will hold a
general membership meeting on Nov. 9 beginning at noon at the
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. There will be a spe-
cial presentation by Stephanie Locke, executive director for
Martha's House.

Advisory Council will meet
The Okeechobee Advisory Council will meet Wednesday, Nov.
9, at noon at the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1728
N.W Ninth Ave.

Methodist church hosts yard sale
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., will
host a yard sale Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Pro-
ceeds from the sale will go to the church's youth fellowship to use
for their local mission projects during the holiday season.

Beta Sigma Phi i -s cr aft auction
Beta Sigma Phi will hold their annual craft auction on Thursday,
Nov. 10, at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.
Every Okeechobee Beta Sigma Phi member is invited to take part
by bringing a craft and a covered dish. The event raises money for
the Beta Sigma Phi scholarship fund. For information, call (863)

Casian to speak at ABWA meeting
On Thursday, Nov. 10, the Women of Tomorrow Chapter of the
American Business Women's Association will welcome William R.
Casian, director of marketing and public relations at Raulerson
Hospital. Mr. Casian will discuss hospital expansion plans, their
new doctors and procedures offered and the hospital's prepared-
ness for emergencies. Please join this local ABWA chapter for an
informative update on our county hospital The luncheon meeting
will be held in the meeting room at the Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S.Parrott Ave.

Cowboys for Christ to meet
Cowboys for Christ will meet Nov. 10 at the Community Club-
house located on the corner of Fifth and Main Street in Palmdale.
Food and fellowship will be at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., there be gospel
music and a message delivered by Pastor Kenny Cook. Everyone is

Democratic Party to meet
The Okeechobee County Democratic Party will meet Thursday,
Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at Beef O' Brady's, 608 S.
Parrott Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call (863) 3, 7-

NES plans advisory council meeting
North Elementary School will be holding a School Advisory
Council meeting Thursday Nov. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the Media Cen-
ter. For information, contact Judy Demeter at (863) 462-5100.

Airboat group meeting slated
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will meet Thursday,
Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Village Square Restaurant, 301 W South
Park St. Agenda items include a report from the audit committee
and discussion of airboating concerns from around the state, a
new club tent and a Christmas party. Visitors are always welcome.
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The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Healthy Start Coalition

to hold baby shower

Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Still flooded
Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina still shows the
effects of Hurricane Wilma. Water has not yet receded
along the river causing flooding in the park area.

Okeechobee Healthy Start is
planning a Christmas Baby Shower
for our Healthy Start and MomCare
clients. It will be held on Friday,
Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.Am., at
the American Legion Hall. The pur-
pose of the baby shower is to edu-
cate our new and mother's to-be
about safety issues, SIDS, shaken
baby, and infant daily care. We will
have exhibits which will provide
valuable information regarding
prenatal care, crib safety, bathing
babies, dental care for mom and
baby, and availability of car seat,
parenting and childbirth education
The purpose of this letter is to
ask for your help. There are several
that you can help make this
baby shower a success.
Donation of baby items: dia-
pers, blankets, baby nail clippers,
onesies/sleepers, electrical outlet
covers, medicine spoons, baby
towels, cloth bibs, small spoons,
booties/socks, baby care items,
small t-shirts, wet-wipes (travel
pack), books for baby, high chairs,

strollers, diaper bags, cribs, baby
monitors, baby bath tubs, bumper
pads, digital ear thermometers and
diaper pails.
Volunteer your time: We
could use help setting up, decorat-
ing, organizing educational sta-
tions at the shower, serving food,
Cash donations are also grate-
fully accepted to help provide
refreshments, decorations, and to
purchase educational materials.
Cash donations allow the Coalition
to purchase any additional items as
We are certain that each preg-
nant woman who attends receives
great information about taking
care of herself and her family. We
can only do this with the support of
the community as we are a non-
profit agency. If you are able to pro-
vide one or more of the items listed
above, please give us a call (863)
462-5877. If you choose to honor
this request, your name will be list-
ed as one of our sponsors. Thanks
so much for your consideration.
We hope to hear from you soon.

Food for Families food

drive now underway

Raulerson Hospital
is main collection site
Okeechobee The 21st
annual Food for Families food
drive is now underway in
Okeechobee County and will
continue through Saturday,
Nov. 19.
The goal is to collect at least
25,000 pounds of non-perish-
able food, according to Wayne
Cunningham, one of three
coordinators of this year's
community food drive and
senior vice president of United
Way of Palm Beach County.
"Last year, approximately
18,000 pounds of food was
collected and distributed
among many Okeechobee
County nonprofit organiza-
tions, but the drive followed a
severe hurricane season when
so many of us lost so much,
said Cunningham. "We know

we can top last year's totals.
We are a giving community
and we realize that there are
many residents in need, Cun-
ningham said.
Raulerson Hospital, for the
16th year, will be the main col-
lection site for food. Residents
should bring their donation to
the hospital's main entrance.
Okeechobee resident Lacey
Summerall is this year's Food
for Families community liai-
son. Ms. Summerall is coordi-
nating all of the school food
drives and is enlisting local
businesses to be drop-off loca-
tions or display posters in sup-
port of the food drive. Food
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county remains in that county
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6 The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, November 9, 2005

Flagler Park, City Hall Park belong to Hamrick Trust

By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
Many properties used by the
Okeechobee public are not really
public property such as Flagler
Park, the land on which Chamber
of Commerce building was built,
the land on which the City Police
Department building was built
and the small city park to the east
of city hall -- as well as some of
the streets and alleyways in the
city -- belong to the Hamrick
The Hamrick Trust was estab-
lished by R.E. "Colonel" Hamrick,
one of Okeechobee County's
founding fathers.
Col. Hamrick held many jobs
in his lifetime including: teacher,
school principal, superintendent
of schools, lawyer and Real Estate
agent. After making Okeechobee
County his home in 1917, he
invested in property in Okee-
chobee. Among the properties he
acquired were the holdings of the
Okeechobee Company.
The Okeechobee Company
was one of the many Florida
development companies to expe-
rience a "boom" in the 1920s and
then go bankrupt during the Great
Depression. The Okeechobee
Company's holdings included the
land on which the city hall and fire
department had been built; the

Continued From Page 1
no tie his vote automatically goes
to the majority vote. In this case,
since there were only three council
members voting and two of them
voted in favor of the market Mayor
Kirk's vote automatically went to
the yes votes.
"I didn't have a strong feeling
either way with it," said the mayor.
Despite the council's approval,
David Hamrick said these business-
es will be in the park to make a
profit which then violates the spirit
of the Hamrick Trust.
"I find it a little unusual for a
group to grant privileges when they
don't have the right," said David
Hamrick in a telephone interview.
"If they continue, we will put the
property on the tax rolls and sell it.
This (the farmer's market) would
violate the concept of what's good
for the public at large."
However, counters Mrs.
Williams, the businesses taking
part in the market would come
under the non-profit umbrella of
the Main Street organization.
"This is the same thing the
Chamber (Chamber of Com-
merce) has done for many years,"
said Mrs. Williams. "None the less,
that helps the Chamber and the
community. These people are
licensed we won't have people
that aren't checked out and that's
for the safety of the community."
However, one of the local busi-
nesses listed to take part in the mar-
ket does not have an occupational
license. City records indicate
Bobbi's Bakery has never had an
occupational license to do busi-
ness in the City of Okeechobee.
The owner, Bobbi Poole, did apply
for such a license on Nov. 7, state
city records.
Businesses taking part in such
events in the park do not need a
special permit. The permit is issued
to the group holding the event and
covers all vendors taking part.
Mrs. Williams, who worked for
the City of Okeechobee for 22
years, said she was always told that
Col. Hamrick didn't want commer-
cial businesses using the park but
went on to say that "... it's not in

lots between city hall and Parrott
Avenue; the alleys within the city;
and, the property along Park
Street used for Flagler Park.
In 1926, when city hall was
built the Okeechobee Company
retained title to the property. The
agreement states: "Whereas, the
Okeechobee Company does not
desire to part with title to the land
hereinafter described, and the
City of Okeechobee is willing to
accept the use of certain property
owned by the Okeechobee Com-
pany, it is mutually agreed by and
between the Okeechobee Com-
pany and the City of Okeechobee
that the City of Okeechobee shall
have an easement upon the prop-
erty hereinafter described."
The document specified that
property only be used as a city hall
and a fire station.
In 1947, R.E. and Annie B.
Hamrick purchased the assets of
the former Okeechobee Compa-
ny at a sheriff's auction. They
allowed public use of the parks,
streets and alleys, but did not give
up title to the property.
Why didn't the city buy the
City Clerk Lane Gamiotea said
in the early days of the city, offi-
cials were concentrating on basic
services and probably didn't have
money to purchase land. It is also
likely, she said, that Col. Hamrick

black and white."
City Attorney John Cook based
his opinion on just that when the
city council asked him about using
the park for such venture.
"I've seen nothing in writing in
the trust that states that the proper-
ty can't be used for this type of pur-
pose," said Mr. Cook. "What is
public use? What kind of events
can be held? What is non-profit?
None of these are spelled out in the
trust. Main Street is non-profit and
basically for the good of the city."
But for as many as 20 years, it's
been held that the park was not to
be used by for-profit groups.
"I was told by the city we could-
n't have any commercial business-
es in the park," said Brenda O'Con-
nor, executive secretary for the
Chamber and who has been
involved in putting on the Speckled
Perch festival for 20 years. "If things
are going to change, we'll change
with them."
According to the Chamber's
vendor application to take part in
the Speckled Perch Festival in the
park only non-profit, civic clubs
and organizations, Seminole Indi-
an and hand-crafters are allowed.
The application goes on to say that
commercial vendors or individuals
wishing to sell items that have
been purchased for resale will not
be accepted.
Still, the Hamrick family is not
being swayed in their beliefs on
how the park is to be used -
despite statements to the contrary.
"Regina (Hamrick) knew about
it and is in favor of it," said Mrs.
Miss. Hamrick, however,
emphatically denied that state-
"I am not in favor of it, and I see
it as a violation of the trust," said
Miss Hamrick, who is David Ham-
rick's niece. "I am not going to go
against my family's rules. This
whole thing blind-sided me."
In the same interview, Mrs.
Williams stated that the Hamrick
family deeded the park property to
the city.
But according to David Ham-
rick, what the trust did was give
permission to the city that allowed
them to use the park for specific
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was the only civic-minded person
with enough money to buy the
Col. Hamrick's actions in later
years, and the fact that he set up
the trust, indicate that he wished
to preserve Flagler Park for public
Col. Hamrick later sold the site
of City Hall and the City Fire Sta-
tion to the City of Okeechobee,
then donated that money to build
the county's first library.
Over the years, if an alley was
closed, it would require a Quit
Claim Deed from Col. Hamrick in
order for the adjoining landown-
ers to take possession of the prop-
erty. In a 1998 statement, David
Hamrick said he remembered his
father often did these quit claim
deeds at no charge. City records
show some of these were hand-
written by Col. Hamrick.
City records indicate the city
has been at odds with the Ham-
ricks over use of the property at
least once.
In 1954, without consulting the
Hamricks, the City Council passed
a resolution giving the Chamber
of Commerce a city block on
which to build a boat dock. Col.
Hamrick went to court and
obtained an injunction. The city
sued, claiming the city owned the
land as a public user. The Ham-
ricks won the case.

the Hamrick Trust.
When Col. Hamrick was alive
he would often allow non-profit
charity groups to use the park
when asked.
"I insist on these Quit-Claim
deeds to make sure it (the park)
is being used by churches and the
like," said David Hamrick. "I
don't think I have the prerogative
of giving it away as dad did."
Whatever direction this matter
takes, Mayor Kirk agrees that for-
profit businesses should be kept
out of the park. He also said he
doesn't think the city has gone
against the trust with their vote
last month.
"As far as the trust, I don't
understand all the dos and
don't, so 1 must defer to the
attorney. Based on the attorney's
advice, I don't think we are (vio-

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The ruling stated: "No legal
title to the property has ever been
conveyed by instrument to the
City of Okeechobee, neither since
the filing of the plat by the Okee-
chobee Company in 1914 has the
City of Okeechobee formally or
officially accepted the offer of
dedication by the Company."
The city appealed to appellate
court and lost again. In 1955, the
Florida Supreme Court affirmed
the decision of the lower courts.
Col. Hamrick died in 1990. In
Col. Hamrick's will, he set up the
trust which is commonly called
the Hamrick Trust.
According to Trustee David
Hamrick, "If for any reason, it
became necessary for any com-
pelling reason to vacate the
intended use, then the Trustees
would take the unencumbered
title to the property and sell it for
the best possible price and distrib-
ute the money to his heirs at law."
Mr. Hamrick stated that before
his father's death, they discussed
the future of the parks, and his
father's wish that they remain
"We dismissed the possibility
of deeding it to the city or to some
other continuing body for we had
already seen what the city would
have done had they had the own-
ership," said David Hamrick.
City records show that over the

lating the trust)," he said. "My
main concern is if we're going to
do this for Main Street, then we
do it for the Chamber. Whatever
we do, we need to be consis-
David Hamrick said he is
going to abide by his father's
"You can't say it's for the good
of the public at large not for a
group that wants to band togeth-
er under the umbrella of non-
profit," he said. "That would vio-
late the concept of good for the
public at large. We think it's the
best of both worlds and we
would like to see it stay that way."
Editor's Note: For information
and the history of the Hamrick
Trust, please see the companion
story on page 6.


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years when there was any change
to the use of the properties
owned by the Hamrick Trust, a
new Quit Claim Deed for use of
the property was obtained from
the Trustees. For example, in
2000, the old city swimming pool
was taken up and the property
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restrictions on the use of the prop-
erty, "for no other use unless fur-
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Col. Hamrick helped form county government

By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
Col. R.E. Hamrick was one of
Okeechobee County's founding
In a 1989 Okeechobee News
interview, Col.
R.E. Hamrick,
then 100 years -- a
old, recalled
his life in
He said he
came to Okee-
chobee in
time to helpCol
establish the HoI.R.E.
county's first Hamrick
government in
"I came to make my home
here," Col. Hamrick said, adding
that his brother suggested Okee-
chobee as a place to settle.
Col. Hamrick, who was born
in Jefferson County, moved to
Okeechobee with his wife,
Annie B. Hamrick. He had been
a school teacher and principal in
Pensacola, before returning to
school to earn a law degree.
Col. Hamrick helped form
the new county government,
although he recalled that he had
not lived in Okeechobee long
enough yet to vote in the first
county elections.
"I couldn't vote here because
I hadn't lived here long
enough," he recalled. "But I was

in the organizational group. We
all met and were making up the
ticket for all the county officials.
When it came down to the
superintendent of schools posi-
tion, I told them I had experi-
ence teaching school. I said I
would take it until they found
someone else."
He served as superintendent
for six years, practicing law at
the same time. "After I had been
in office six years as superin-
tendent, the principal of the high
school ran against me. I was
practicing law at the same time.
I was in a murder case the day of
the election. He beat me by one
vote," Col. Hamrick recalled.
He continued to practice law,
which he explained is why he
was given the title "Colonel".
"I was never in the military,"
he said. "Colonel is just a Crack-
er term some people called me.
It's a title that was often used for
lawyers in those days. Some
people started calling me
Colonel and after a time, every-
body did."
He said he tried to join the
military during World War I.
"The military turned nme
down. During World War 1, 1 vol-
unteered to go. But they turned
me down, so I served as the
chairman of the campaign to
sell war bonds. I went from Pen-
sacola to Key West, selling Lib-
erty Bonds," he recalled.

Traveling at his own expense,
lie visited every county in the
state, raising ionoey for tle war
In Okeechobee, Col. Hamrick
saw opportunities for invest-
ments. One of his professional
specialties was real estate law,
and he bought land in Okee-
chobee and expanded his hold-
ings where ever possible.
"I've owned property in every
section of Okeechobee over the
years," he said, "I bought a lot of
land on the lakefront. I figured
some day it would be devel-
oped. Around that time, if a man
had a few dollars, he was in a
position to pay his way."
Although he was a licensed
Real Estate agent, he rarely
bought or sold property lor any-
one else.
"Most of the time, I repre-
sented myself,"-he said. "1 was-
n't doing business for someone
"Land was the basis of every-
thing then," he said. "It still is."
His friend, Alec Fulford, was
in the cattle business and got
Col. Hamrick interested in rais-
ing cattle. He said raising cattle
was a good use for the land he
had accumulated.
While others herded scrub
cattle, Col. Hamrick bought the
first registered bull in Okee-
chobee County.
"A man who knows what he
is doing, will buy a good bull
and raise a herd from the bull,"
he said.
In addition to his other jobs,
Col. Hamrick served a few years

as county attorney. In 1989, at
the age of 100, he still main-
tained his law practice and was
proud to be the oldest practicing
attorney in the state.
Col. R.E. and Annie B. Ham-
rick helped form the first Baptist
Church in Okeechobee.
"There were only 12 mem-
bers of the Baptist Church when
I joined including my wife
and myself," lie recalled.
The Hamricks had three
sons, R.E. Jr., Harvey and David.
Annie B. Hamrick taught in
Okeechobee County schools for
many years, and at her own
kindergarten. She died in 1970.
Col. Hamrick later married his
second wife, Frieda (also now
Col. Hamrick owned the
property on which were located
the Chamber of Commerce
building, the library, the old
swimming pool and Flagler
Park, as well as many of the
alleys in the city.
The old library building now
houses the Okeechobee City
Police Department. The old city
swimming pool site is now a city
Col. Hamrick said he let the
city use his land for these public
uses at no charge. He sold the
city the site of city hall, but then
donated the money he received
from the city to the library.
He attributed his long life to
hard work.
"I've always worked hard,"
he said. "Hard work is the best
medicine for a man to take."
Col. Hamrick died in 1990.

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Community Events

Photo portraits aid Martha's House
Martha's House will once again be offering the Antiquity Pho-
tographs just in time for Christmas gifts. Pictures will be taken Fri-
day, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12. Photo sitting is $10, and you
will receive a free 8 X 10 portrait. For information, call (863)763-

Church will host yard sale
Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23rd Lane, will hold a giant
yard sale and bake sale Saturday, Nov. 12, from 8:30 a.m. until 1

Okee-Tantie Blast will be Nov. 12
The annual Okee-Tantie Blast will be held at the Okee-Tantie
Campground and Marina on Saturday, Nov. 12. There will be food,
fireworks and games for children. Non-profit groups, organizations
and businesses are invited to be involved. For information, contact
Kathy Scott at (863) 763-3595; or, Susan Baker at 763-2622.

Benefit barbeque is planned
A barbeque dinner benefit will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, from
noon until 5 p.m. at the Coquina Water Control District new barn in
Basinger one half mile east of 700A on C-724, Eagle Island Road.
Each dinner will include pork, baked beans, boiled corn, bread and
iced tea. Meals are $7.50 each with all proceeds going to help with
medical expenses for Darrell Hennon. Donations are also wel-

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 mis-
sionary projects. For information, call (863) 467-2482 or (863) 824-

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 chil-
dren'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 Buxton at (863) 357-9992; or, any member of Okeechobee
Lodge #237, F&AM.

Pre-school plan open house
Okeechobee's newest pre-school, Faith Academy, 1803 S.W.
Third Ave., will host an open house on Monday, Nov. 14, from 6
until 9 p.m. The school is now enrolling children from ages 20 mos.
to 3 years. For information, call (863) 763-8800.

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.

Guardian ad Litem to honor volunteers
The Guardian ad Litem program will host a breakfast buffet on
Thursday, Nov. 17, at Club Med, 4500 Pine Valley St., in Port St.
Lucie to honor volunteers in the program.

Cancer society to host Coffee Klatch
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch
will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, starting at 8 a.m. The event will be
hosted by the American Cancer Society at the First Baptist Church,
310 S.W. Fifth Ave. All Chamber members and guests are invited.
Refreshments will be served.

Chamber hosting self defense class
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott Ave., will
host a class on Thursday, Nov. 17, on personal self defense which
will help participants obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
The cost is $15 and must be paid in advance at the Chamber. Class
size will be limited to the first 20'to pay their fees. Others who wish
to take the class will be placed on the list for the December class.
The November class will be from 7 until 8:15 p.m. On Saturday,
Nov. 19, the class will meet at the Chamber around 8 a.m. to go to
the shooting range. If you do not have a gun or ear plugs they will
be provided. For information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

Chamber to host chicken dinner
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce will hold a bar-
beque chicken dinner on Friday, Nov. 18, in Flagler Park from 11
a.m. until 3 p.m. Curb side pick up will be available for ticket hold-
ers, and deliveries will also be available. Tickets are available at:
Rustic Ranch Furniture, 123 S.W. Park St.; the Chamber of Com-
merce, 55 S. Parrott Ave.; or, any Chamber of Commerce board
member. For information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

Church hosting gospel concert
Allegiance will be in concert on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Church of The Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28 St. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-3519.

VNA hosts training session
A Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder training session will be held
Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse's Building, 208
S.E. Park Street. The training program is sponsored by the Healthy
Start Coalition. The training is free but you must register. Call
(863)462-5877 for information or to register.

Wildlife center sponsors yard sale
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will sponsor a yard and
plant sale on Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2704 S.E.
34th Lane in Taylor Creek Isles from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. All clothing
and shoes will be priced at $1. Plant prices will start at .25 cents.
Donations can be dropped off at Wooley's Sheds in the Airport
Industrial Park, or by calling any of the Arnold's volunteers for pick-
up. Call Ray for northern Okeechobee County at (863) 467-1309.
Call Regina at (863) 634-1207 or Joan at (863) 467-0290 for local
pick-ups. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Arnold's
Wildlife, call Sue Arnold at (863) 763-4630.

Golf tourney benefits United Way
Raulerson Hospital will sponsor the United Way/Raulerson Hos-
pital Greater Open Golf Tournament on Nov. 19 at the Okeechobee
Golf & Country Club on U.S. 441 N. Registration will be from 7 until
8 a.m. Green and tee sponsorships are available for $100 each.
Golfing fees are $50 per person which includes 18 holes of golf,
cart, coffee and doughnuts. A lunch will be held after the tourna-
ment. All proceeds will go to the United Way of Okeechobee. For
information, contact Bill Casian at Raulerson Hospital, (863) 824-

IRCC to expand Okeechobee campus
The program on the expansion of Indian River Community Col-
lege's (IRCC) Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., has
been rescheduled for Nov. 19 from 5 until 7 p.m.

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 Glob-
al 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 information or to pre-register.

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Submitted to Okeechobee News
Janine Stutsman and Cord Poe

Janine Stutsman
and Cord Poe
Don and Evelyne Stutsman of
Okeechobee are proud to
announce the engagement of
their daughter, Janine Stutsman
to Cord Poe of Jacksonville.
The prospective groom is the
son of Tim and Cindy Poe of West
Palm Beach. The wedding is
planned for the fall.

Tommie Hawk
and Derrick Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen D.
Hawk, Alana Glover and the late
Thomas Hawk of Miramar are
proud to announce the engage-

ment of their daughter Tommie
Jumper Hawk to Derrick Smith of
Okeechobee. ..The prospective
groom is the son of John and Tracy
Tanner of Okeechobee and Larry
Smith of Brighton Indian Reserva-
tion. .
The wedding is planned for
Nov. 25, 2005, at the Tree Tops Park
in Davie.
The bride-to-be is a 2001 gradu-
ate of Nova High School. She
attended the University of Miami.
The groom is a 2000 graduate of
Okeechobee High School. He
attended Broward Community
College and he is employed as a
lead commission officer with the
Seminole Hard Rock Casino.
After the wedding, the couple
will reside in Dania Beach.


Submitted to Okeechobee News
Logan Gilstrap
Logan Storm
Robert and Melissa Gilstrap
of Okeechobee are proud to
announce the birth of their son,
Logan Storm Gilstrap. He was
born on Oct. 18, 2005, at Martin
Memorial Hospital in Stuart. He
weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces
and was 22 inches long at birth.
Logan was welcomed home
by his big brother, Dalton.
Maternal grandparents are
Storm and Joyce Wilson of
Okeechobee and Myron and
Kim Redding of Ft. Pierce. Pater-
nal grandparents are Patricia
Gilstrap of Okeechobee and
Robert and Tammy Gilstrap of
Roberta, Ga.
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Spotlight on Okeechobee

Kudos to Roger Bake
children Tyler, 14, and S
who did a fantastic job 1
the county health depart
cial needs shelter during I
Wilma. They did not I
building for up to 24 h
deserve some recognition
were polite, hard-working
they did not ask for mo
reward. This is the second
have helped at this shelter
storm. It takes some kind
to do that. '

In appreciation
Thank you to the t
area for the generous (
tions and donations you
for our second annual 'E
Appreciation Day' cel
Support from the follow
nesses and individual:
make this event a great s
Agri- Flow-Sebring,
Frames and Graphics
Bank of America-Lake
Beef O'Brady's-Lake P1
Lake National Bank-Lal
Bogus Printing, Lake Pla
Boo's Riverhouse-Okee
C.J.'s Wholesale-Okec
Carquest-Sebring, Centr
ty-Lake Placid, Champ
Container-Lake Wales, (
Garden Center-Sebring
Smith-(Partylite (
Sebring, Diamond R Fert
Inc.-Okeechobee, Dup
cultural Products, Orlai
Western Wear-Okee
EMCI Wireless-Sebrin
glades Farm Equipme
chobee, Flora and Ella'
rant-LaBelle, Foliage To
Placid, Gilbert Chevro

chobee, Glade and Grove Supply
Co.-Avon Park, Golden Corral-
r and his Lake Placid, H & R Block-Okee-
hyan, 15, chobee, Heartland Exterminat-
helping at ing-Sebring, Heartland National
meant spe- Bank-Sebring, Helena Chemical
eHave the Company-Tampa, Heron's Gar-
leave te den Restaurant-Lake Placid,
oThe kids Hick's Oil Co.-Sebring, Highlands
kids and Independent Bank-Lake Placid,
ney 'or a Highlands Today-Tampa Tribune-
time they Sebring, Winn-Dixie-Lake Placid,
r during Jayvee Citgo Store-Lake June
of people Rd.,-Lake Placid, Lake Country
Hair Salon-Lake Placid, Lake
JoeHelm Placid Feed and Western Wear-
Lake Placid, Los Cocos Restau-
rant-Okeechobee, Lykes Insur-
ance, Inc.-Tampa, M.D. Jewelry
ri-county Store-Lake Placid, Main Street
contribu- America-Lake Placid, Mike Mil-
provided icevic-Lake Placid, Miller's Cen-
Employee tral Air-Lake Placid, Princeton
ebration. Retirement Group-Atlanta, Ga.,
/ing busi- Quik Lube-Lake Placid, Radio
s helped Shack-Lake Shore and Okee-
uccess! chobee, Radio Shack-Lake Shore
Artistic Mall, Roger Arumugam, M.D., -
-Sebring, Sebring, Safeguard Dental and
e Placid, Vision-Tampa, Seminole Tire Co.,
acid, Big Inc.-Lake Placid, Sherwin-
ke Placid, Williams Co.-Sebring, Somers
icid, Boo- Irrigation, Inc.-Sebring, Spring
echobee, Lake Hardware-Spring Lake,
echobee, Steve & Co,-Sebring, Suntrust-
al Securi- Lake Placid, Syble's Flowers and
:ion Car- Gifts-Okeechobee, Syngenta
Chemical Crop Protection, Inc., Taylor
Couture's Rental Center-Sebring, Ted's CB
g, Deena Sales and Service-Sebring, Tower
Candles)- Restaurant-Lake Placid, Triangle
ilizerCo., Iron Works, Inc.-Lake Placid,
ont Agri- United Health Care-Tampa,
ndo, Eli's W&W Lumber Co.-Okeechobee,
echobee, W&W Supply Co. of Florida-
g, Ever- Okeechobee, Wauchula State
mnt-Okee- Bank-Lake Placid, Wells Motor
s Restau- Co.-Avon Park.


Thankyou again,
Lykes Bros. Inc

Community Event

School readiness programs offered
Please call (866) 273-6340 to begin the eligibility process in
receiving reduced fee childcare/preschool, including school-
based and Head Start. You may also get information at this num-
ber regarding just what early learning programs are available in
Okeechobee County. Many children are currently being enrolled
in school readiness programs.

Jalyn Martinez

Jalyn Marie
Juan Martinez and Melissa
Johnson of New York and Okee-

clhobee are proud to announce
the birth of their daughter, Jalyn
Marie. She was born on Oct. 12,
2005, at Martin Memorial Hospi-
tal in Stuart. She weighed 8
pounds, 6 ounces and was 19.5
inches long at birth. Jalyn was
welcomed home by Jasmine.
Jalyn's maternal grandpar-
ents are Ron and Kim Korbel
and Patrick and Colleen John-
son of Okeechobee and New
Jersey. Paternal grandmother is
Marilyn Diaz of New York and
the great-grandparents are
Maryanne and Sam Zimmerman
and Burnett and William Whip-

Damien Johnson
John and Kymmie Johnson
of Okeechobee are proud to
announce the birth of their son,
Damien. He was born on Oct.
12, 2005, at Lawnwood Region-
al Medical Center in Ft. Pierce.
Damien weighed 9 pounds, 5.4
ounces at birth and was 20.25
inches long.
HIe was welcomed home by
Keyana, Uncle Don, Uncle Max,
Uncle Johnathan, Uncle Star,
Aunt Summer, Aunt Elizabeth,
and Aunt Ashley.
Damien's maternal grand-
parent is Denise Glosson of
Okeechobee and his paternal
grandparents are Roy and Becky
Johnson of Okeechobee.
Damien's great-grandparents
are Lois Johnson, Laverne Glos-
son, Edith Burdick and, his
great-great grandmother is
Francis Collier, all of Okee-
chobee. Damien also has a
great-grandmother, Ann Flateau
of Ocala.


Vaccine for
rabies required
The Florida State Animal
Law 828.30 Rabies vaccina-
tion of dogs, cats and ferrets.
Okeechobee County Ordinance
Sec. 10-111, Vaccination against
rabies required and Okee-
chobee City Ordinance 4-26,
vaccinations. All dogs, cats and
ferrets 4 months and older must
be vaccinated once a year by a
licensed veterinarian against
rabies with a United States Gov-
ernment approved vaccine.
Animal licenses are purchased
at the Animal Control facility
with proof of current rabies
vaccination. For information,
call Animal Control at (863)
Birth control for
animals is offered
Martin County A.B.C. Pro-
gram is available for Okee-
chobee residents. The rates to
spay/neuter cats and dogs are:
female cat $15; male cat $10;
female dog $25; and male dog -
$25. Applications may be picked
up at the PennySaver, St. Vin-
cent's, Salvation Army or Animal
Control. For information, call


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A veteran looks back at World War II

By Herbert Saltzsieder
Special to the Okeechobee News
On Sunday evening, Dec. 7,
1941, I took a long walk through
Sheepshead Bay with three of my
friends. We were all members of
the choir at Emanuel Episcopal
The others were 18 years old
but I was still 17. They were all
for joining the Army in the morn-.
ing, but the Army doesn't accept
17-year-olds. So I tried to talk
them into joining the Marines.
We all needed parental permis-
sion to join anything and our par-
ents were a tad less eager to have
us shooting people and getting
shot at in return. Buddy Harri-
son's dad was particularly
adamant. He ran away from
home to join the British Army at
15 during World War I. His mom
caught up with him, when he
was 16, and had him sent home.
But, he took off again to rejoin
his unit, so she decided to let it
be as long. as he wanted it that
badly. Anyway, Buddy's dad
offered to let Buddy join the
National Guard. But Buddy
turned down the offer, angrily,
only to kick himself when the
Guard was called up. Then
Buddy joined the State Guard fig-
uring they would go next. It
never happened and he had to
wait until he finally got drafted.
They put him in the Air Corps
where he drove an ambulance in
Texas and crewed on a crash
boat in the Gulf fishing out stu-
dent pilots when they tried land-
ing without pontoons. He never
did get overseas and he was the
gung ho leader of our little
Karl Petersen wound up in the
infantry in Europe someplace
and when his 18 month tour was
over he got on a ship bound
stateside, but the war in Europe'
ended just then and our troops in
the Pacific needed help big time.
We were expecting an all out
effort against Japan complete
with a huge invasion of the home
islands. All available transports
would be needed to move our
forces into position. Karl's ride
home was diverted to the Philip-
pines. The transportation crisis
also delayed my trip back to the
states. Our 18 month tours were
extended to 24 months, but luck-

ily there was room for me on the
S.S. Chirikoff after 21.
Harry Hultz got the measles
or chicken pox in basic training
and was quarantined. I was at
Great Lakes nearby going
through quartermaster school
and was able to visit his base and
talk to him through the window
screen. He was in the Air Corps
Anyway, mom finally agreed
to let me join the Navy; as 1 took
the physical it dawned on me
that I might actually pass it in
spite of needing a waiver for
being eight pounds under-
weight. I really wanted to fly, so I
decided to wait until I was 18 and
could apply. to the Air Corps
cadet program. The one thing I
wasn't worried about was my
eyesight but that was what
stopped me.
I met Harold Kuebler at Grand
Central Station and he was
accepted that day and joined the
cadet program. Our losses in
Europe were less than planned
so they took his whole class of
cadets and retrained them as aer-
ial gunners.
I was upset at being rejected,
so I checked a defense plant and
they offered me a job as an eleva-
tor operator. Now I'm insulted
and go to the Marine recruiter.
They scheduled me for Parris
Island so quickly I got suspicious.
Also, when the physical was over
the recruiter sent me upstairs to a
commercial photo studio where
an ID photo was taken in a cut-
away dress blue uniform. While I
was at Great Lakes a nice proof
of me in a Marine uniform
arrived in mom's mail together
with a price list, oh well.
On Dec. 1, 1942, President
Roosevelt got on the radio to
explain a problem the draft
boards were having. They would
have room in the training camps
for a thousand men so they
would call up 1,500 to make sure
they had enough who would be
acceptable. Only 700 men would
show up and the other 800 men
had already volunteered. After all
if you volunteered you could pick
the service you wanted to enter,
but if you waited until you were
drafted you were in the Army
period. When the draft boards
tried to compensate by calling up
2,500 men for evaluation they

might get twice as many as they
wanted so the president said in
effect, "Don't call us, we'll call
you." Of course this meant the
Marines, Coast Guard and Navy
had to stop accepting volunteers
and take what the draft boards
sent them. There was one excep-
tion to the new rule and that was
if you had already started an
application to join a service and
could complete the process and
be sworn in by the end of the
month you could do that. This
meant I had three choices Navy,
Marines or wait to be drafted. I
picked the Navy and was sworn
in Dec. 15. The old chief petty
.officer at the recruiting station
asked if it took a presidential invi-
tation to get me back. They were
confusing times, decisions, deci-
sions. I left in January on a train
that spent five hours going
through Canada behind the
Great Lakes. I think the Army
was in charge of troop move-
ments. There was a county at
every door to prevent the faint
hearted from changing their
I spent 12 weeks in boot
camp and 16 in service school
before being sent to Receiving
Station, Bremerton, Wash. I wait-
ed five more months for the Navy
to find a ship that needed a new
quartermaster and after awhile
they put me to work in a barracks
post office sorting mail. Some-
times a sailor's mail would start
arriving long before he did, and I
kept waiting to see what a fellow
with a name like Willie Zick-
afoose would look like. He finally
picked up his mail but I was off
duty at the time and never did
find out. If you read this, Willie
please send me a picture.
Finally they put me in charge
of a draft of five men, myself and
four others bound for U.S.S.
YP400 which was based at and
patrolling around Attu, Alaska. I
was seaman first class and there-
fore outranked Ed Partyka who
was fireman first class and the
other three were seamen second
class. Ed was from Blauveldt,
N.Y. and never made it home
again. Slim, Alva Thomas Elling-
ton was from Altus Okla. and
was part Indian. Today he would
be part Native American. Joe
Eicher was from California and
Harry Elder was from Georgia so

he could vote. At the time the vot-
ing age in Georgia was 18, the
voting age in the other 47 states
and U.S. territories was 21, and
that was the number of months it
would be before I left Attu, Alas-
There was one incident on
Attu that left a bad taste in my
mouth. In addition to my regular
duties as a quartermaster, since
our ship was not big enough to
keep a storekeeper busy, I was in
charge of the ship's service store
which consisted of a small locked
cabinet at the starboard entrance
to the crew's quarters. Inside
there was room for a supply of
cigarettes, candy, writing paper
and a book with a page for each
man. All purchases were record-
ed in the book and paid for on
payday. Once a week I had to go
to the Army PX to replenish the
ship's store. One day I noticed
they had a small paperback book
for $0.25 titled "The Battle of
ATTU".I bought it and climbed
some nearby hills looking for
scenes mentioned in the book. I
found a hilltop which had been
the scene of a skirmish between
small Japanese and American
units. The Japanese had been in
foxholes no more than 2.5 feet
deep in the rocky soil. There were
two headless Japanese bodies in
one of the holes. I went back to

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The Okeechobee News, Wednesday, November 9, 2005 1d

Community Events

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 informa-
tion, call (863) 763-6464.
Free nutrition class offered
Dr. Edward W. Douglas will host a free contact reflex analysis
and designed clinical nutrition class on Monday, Nov. 21, at 5:30
p.m. The classes will be held in his office at 916 W. North Park St.
For details and information, call (863)763-4320.
Collaborative council meeting set
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov.
22, starting at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held in the boardroom at the
Okeechobee County School Board office, 700 S.W. Second Ave. Guest
speakers will be: Hospice of Okeechobee; Tom Jones and Lindsey
Mann from Eckerd Youth Alternatives; and Ken Kenworthy, who will
give a Safe and Drug Free School report. The meeting is open to the
public. For information, call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.
Free Thanksgiving dinner planned
Grace Ministries of Okeechobee will serve their 18th free communi-
ty Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, at Grace
Brethren Schools, 701 S. Parrott Ave., from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dona-
tions to help buy food for the free dinner can be sent to Grace Min-
istries, P.O. Box 663, Okeechobee, Fl., 34973. Volunteers are also need-
ed to help cook the food, serve and deliver the meals. To schedule a
delivery or to get more information, call Malinda at (863) 467-5570.
City plans tree lighting ceremony
The City of Okeechobee will hold its sixth annual tree lighting
ceremony in City Hall Park on Nov. 29 starting at 5:30 p.m. Partici-
pating in the ceremony with be the chorus group from Okeechobee
County schools, as well as Santa Claus.
Santa to visit park
Santa Claus will be in City Hall Park Nov. 29 and Nov. 30, and on
Dec. 1,2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 and 15. He will be in the park from 6
until 8 p.m. Goody bags will be given to all the children. Pictures
with Santa Claus will cost $1.
Main Street to host holiday celebration
The Okeechobee Main Street will host a holiday celebration on
Park Street following the tree lighting ceremony in City Hall Park on
Nov. 29. The celebration will be held from 7 until 9 p.m. and will
feature holiday music, carolers, children's activities, arts and crafts
and refreshments.

VFW Post hosting arts & crafts bazaar
VFW Post #10539, 3912 U.S. 441 S.E., will host an arts and crafts
bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Breakfast will
be served until 10 a.m. and will consist of sausage gravy and bis-
cuits. Tables are available for $10 each. For information, call Shirley
Jarrell at (863) 467-9450.
Eastern Star plans fashion show
The Okeechobee Order of the Eastern Star #128 will hold their
ninth annual Holiday Fashion Show on Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning
at 11:45 a.m. The show will be held in the Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave. There will be a tea cup auction, door
prizes and food for a suggested donation of $8 per person. Seating
is limited. For tickets contact Mary Ann Holt (863) 763-5210, Patsy
Black (863) 467-7068 or Margaret Smith (863) 467-8020.
Santa to be in Park #4
Santa Claus will be in Flagler Park #4 on Dec. 10 following the
Lighted Christmas Parade. He will also be there on Dec. 16, 17, 19,
20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 from 6 until 8 p.m. His visits are sponsored by
the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee.
Christmas festival is planned
The annual Christmas festival sponsored by the Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce will be held Dec. 10 in Flagler Park.
Vendor applications are available at the Chamber office, 55 S. Par-
rott Ave. For information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

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Justin Schwier (center) needed help from tournament direc-
tor Pat Malone (left) and Vic Burgess (right) showing off the
32.04 Ibs. of bass that secured another first place win for him
on the Big "O".

Lee McCracken finished in second place at the Headturn-
ers3.com tournament Sunday with 24.08 Ibs. of large mouths.

Justin Schwier is on a winning streak

By Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Justin Schwier of Okee-
chobee is on a definite winning
streak. The winner of the 2004
Everstart tournament brought
32.04 lbs. to the scale at Okee-
Tantie Marina Sunday afternoon
to capture his second win in two
days earning him a $1,600 first
place check in the Headturn-
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tournament series. Schwier has
also qualified for the Headturn-
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Dec. 3-4 on Lake Okeechobee.
"I caught them on Carolina
Rigs and Trick Worms by
Zoom," explained Schwier. "It's
just luck that I caught so many

"I caught them on Carolina Rigs and Trick
Worms by Zoom. It's just luck that I caught so
many big ones. I had boats all around me, but I
kept getting the hits. After I got 30 lbs., I just
moved on and let someone else take my spot."
Justin Schwier

big ones. I had boats all around
me, but I kept getting the hits.
After I got 30 lbs., I just moved
on and let someone else take my
Second place went to Lee
McCracken of Ocala for his 24.08
lb. bag of fish. He took home

$700 in the 39-angler event.
McCracken hooked his catch
on Carolina Rigs and crankbait.
Mark "Rat Boy" Hester of
Okeechobee captured third
place with 23.40 lbs. of fish,
earning him a $500 payback.
Doug Harris of Loxahatchee

finished in fourth place with
21.94 lbs. of Okeechobee large
mouths. He received $300 for the
fourth place finish. He also cred-
ited his finish to crankbait.
Dave Tripp took fifth place
with 21.68 lbs. of fish. His also
earned the Big Fish of the Day
The 2005 Headturners3.com
Classic is set to take place on
Dec. 3 and 4 at the Okee-Tantie
Marina. Headturners3.com has
paid out more than $200,000 in
paybacks during this year's
Trail. The winner of this year's
Classic will receive an all-
expense paid trip to Las Vegas.
The Angler of the Year will have
free admission to all of next
year's tourneys.

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Ed Jennings hooked this exotic Pacu while fishing in a Tampa pro bass tournament on the
Winter Haven chain of lakes this past weekend.

Local angler lands exotic fish

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Ed and Beth Jennings like to
fish. They especially like to fish
for bass. Because of their love of
fishing, they compete in many
bass tourneys statewide. Last
weekend they entered a Tampa
pro bass tournament on the
Winter Haven chain of lakes
hoping to catch a big one. That
they did. Unfortunately, it was
not the type of fish they expect-
"I felt it hit and knew I had a
big one on the line," stated Mr.
Jennings. "As I pulled it in, my
wife grabbed the net. As it broke
the surface we both had the
shock of our lives."
What. Mr. Jennings pulled in
was not a bass or even a catfish.
It was a Pacu. A Pacu is an exotic
omnivore from the Amazon
River in South America.
"When the fish broke the sur-
face, I netted it," stated Mrs. Jen-
nings. "I could not believe what
I was looking at. Then I saw its
teeth. I yelled for Ed not to lip it."
Mr. and Mrs. Jennings had no
idea what they had pulled in.
They did know that it was not a
Mr. Jennings took the fish to
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conser-
vation Commission (FWC) biol-
ogist Don Fox to identify the
20.09 Ib. fish with human-like
teeth. Mr. Fox told them that it
was a Pacu.
"We have these type of fish in
Lake Okeechobee. We shocked
some up when we were collect-
ing data on the lake," stated Mr.
Fox. "They are common and
harmless. They have molars for
eating fruits that fall into the
water. Since it is not native to
Florida and does grow quite
large, it, and others like it were
probably set loose from some-
one's aquarium and have
thrived in Florida lakes."
A Pacu, whose scientific
name is Colossoma macropo-
mum, is a native of the Amazon
River. In the proper environment

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human teeth.

it will'grow to a length of three
feet. It will survive in acidic to
slightly alkaline pH water, soft to
fairly hard. It is an omnivore
whose main diet is fruits and
vegetation. The Pacu is a fish
that is usually only seen in very
largeaquariums (those exceed-
ing 1,000 gallons).

Mr. Jennings pulled this exot-
ic fish in on 15 lb. test, using a
watermelon red fluke. He has
definite plans for this strange-
looking fish.
"This is probably a once in a
lifetime event for us," said Mr.
Jennings. "I plan to have it



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At the Movies .

The following movie is now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Nov. 11,
through Thursday, Nov. 17, are as
Theatre I "Chicken Little" (G)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4; senior
citizens are $4 for all movies; and,
matinees are $3.50.
For information, call (863) 763-


Donations needed
for Hospice yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee is
seeking donations for their next
yard sale. Hospice welcomes all
clean useable items and is cur-
rently seeking such items as baby
clothes, furniture, small appli-
ances, tools, as well as golf and
fishing equipment. Call Hospice
at (863) 467-2321 for pick-up, or
deliver items to 411 S.E. Fourth

classes being offered
The Okeechobee Healthy
Start Coalition will be presenting
childbirth education classes at
the Okeechobee County Health
Department. All pregnant
women are encouraged to
attend the classes. For informa-
tion or to register for this inform-
ative class, call the Healthy Start
office at (863) 462-5877. Every
baby deserves a healthy start.
Entries wanted
for Realtors program
The Okeechobee County
Board of Realtors is accepting
entries for their n :,-a hi .. :
beautification awards program.
The property does not have to be
for sale and is open to residential
and commercial property
throughout the county. For infor-
mation or to obtain entry forms,
contact Dale Ann Watford, secre-
tary of the board at (863) '34-
7311 or (863) 763-8222.
Public recycling
drop-off bins open
Public recycling drop-off bins
are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance
Facility, 306 N.W Ninth Ave., and
the Okeechobee Landfill, 10800
N:E. 128th Ave. The vehicle
maintenance facility is open
from 8 a.m. until noon and from
1 p.m. until 5 p.m., Monday
through Friday. It is closed on
weekends and holidays. Only
recyclable materials such as
newspaper, aluminum and metal
cans, corrugated cardboard,
glass jars and bottles and plastics
#1 through #7 are accepted at
the public facilities. Items not
accepted include: plastic shop-
ping bags; commercial business
items; tires; appliances; electron-
ic devices; yard trash; household
trash; oil, gas, paint or household
hazardous waste; and, batteries.
For more information: contact
Russell Rowland, county solid
waste manager, at (863) 763-
1811, or Waste Management of
Okeechobee at (863) 357-0111,
or (863) 763-4818.
Red Cross
needs instructors
Have you saved a life today?
Volunteer as an American Red
Cross Instructor and teach others
the skills they need to save lives.
You can help the American Red
Cross reach people in your com-
munity with lifesaving training,
including CPR, First Aid, Auto-
mated External Defibrillation,
and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Con-
tact the Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross at (863)
763-2488 to find out more.
Volunteers for
elderly are needed
The Long-Term Care
Ombudsman Council is seeking
volunteers to serve as advocates
for residents of nursing homes
and assisted living facilities. Vol-
unteers are specially trained and
certified to investigate and
resolve resident complaints and
to carry out inspections of facili-
ties. Licensed social workers,
pharmacists, elder law attorneys,
physicians, nurses and others
with a sincere interest in the eld-
erly are urged to apply. Call Linda
Slattery at (772) 595-1385.
Club has
quilts for sale
The Tantie Quilters now have
baby and regular size quilts for
sale. For information, call Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Janet
at (863) 467-0183.

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front subdivision on Watts
Bar Lake off 1-40, Kingston,
TN. Saturday, Nov. 19,
12:00 Noon. Furrow Auction
Company, (800)-4FURROW
or www.furrow.com TN Lic.

BEAGLE- Male with collar
found in Frostproof on North
Lake Reedy approx 1 week
ago (863)635-2565
DOG: Chocolate Lab call
FOUND: Many Animals Due
To The Storm.
Around Lehman Auto Body
on Hwy. 98. around circle K.
Call to ID. (863)634-1796
KITTEN- male, 7 wks old, grey
t8bby, vic of NW 6th St.
PIGEON- Off white & rusty red.
Banded (Blue), Found in Ft
Drum area Cemetery Road
vic of Ft. Denaud Rd., wear-
ing collar, (863)673-0655

CALF, Black & White Spotted.
Last seen Okeechobee Little
Farms. (863)467-8844
CELL PHONE Silver Nextel
lost at Okeechobee Halloween'
Festival. Reward offered.
Please call (863)697-3074
GLASSES, prescription, in red
case,, behind Rodeo
grounds, 15th or 16th St.,
PIT BULL MIX-4 mo. old fe-
male. White, w/ two freckles
on right ear. Purple collar w/
bell. 4yr old daughter can't
sleep with out her!! Please call
w/ any info. (386)864-3043 or

CURR DOG, Female, 1 year
old. Kind of small. To good
home only. Will not hunt, I've
tried. (863)634-0971
CURR PUPPIES- 7, There go-
ing to be large dogs. To
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Lykes Bros, Inc., Ranch Division has an
opening for PF to assist in the operation of
approximately eight tractors for the plant-
ing/production of pasture land, fertilization
programs, chemical applications, weed con-
trol and pasture maintenance programs.
Successful candidates would have prior ex-
perience with pasture grasses and a valid
Florida drivers licence. Accepting applica-
tions Monday-Friday 8am-3pm.
Lykes Bros, Inc.
Ranch Division
106 SW County Rd. 721
Okeechobee, FL 34974
AAIEOE/M/F/DIV A drug Free Workplace

PUPS- 6 wks old, free to
good homes (863)763-5178
KITTENS- 2 Adorable, Free to
great loving homes.
KITTENS- 2, Bobtail, Gray,
Free To Good Only!

OKEE-Sat 11/128am-2pm
306 SW 15th Street.

EmT lyment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

A/C company seeks exp'd me-
chanic. Valid drivers license
a must. Top Pay. Applica-
tions avail., 406 SW 2nd St.

AFT. 3:30pm
A/C Company
looking for motivated
Good pay, benefits.
DFW. (863)763-8391
Daily work Daily pay
Report to Labor Finders 6am
105 SW 3rd Ave.

$31,200 to start, for
Okee location. Fax resume
to 863-467-2402 or
apply within.
for busy restaurant
Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.
DWFP W & W Lumber of
Okeechobee, 1601 Hwy. 70 E.
Apply in person.
P/T or F/T position.
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classified.

National Company
now hiring 18-25 guys
& gals to travel U.S.
with fun company.
MTV road rules
atmosphere. Paid
training if you can
start immediately. Call
Ask for Jelka
Mon.-Fri., 9am-5pm

Salary neg.
based on
& tools. Call

Journeymen or exp.
Mechanics. Only seri-
ous self motivated
need apply. Must
have good driving
record. Weekly travel
required in FL. Paid
travel time, overtime
per diem. DFWP.
Benefits, 401k, paid
holiday & vac.
Wilson's Petroleum
Estimator, exp. for local con-
struction company. Knowl-
edgeable in commercial
work, must know how to
read plans & do take-off.
Benefit pkg. incl., paid holi-
days, vacations, 401k &
health ins. avail. DFWP.
(863)'467-0831 or fax re-
sume to (863)-763-6337.
For experienced Cook. Call
Sandy @ Ranchers
Restaurant. (863)763-8115

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Help Wanted
Salary commensurate
with experience.
Call Mr. Lonny Griggs,
800-523-1630-Ext. 131

Local Homebuilder
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Salespeople. Must be
organized & able to work
well with others. Flexible
schedule a must.
Call 863-763-6376
For a Busy Child Care Center
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Okeechobee Discount Drugs
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Okeechobee,. Florida 34972

Skips BBQ is now opening for
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Lykes Bros, Inc. Ranch Division
has an opening in our
Forestry Division located in .
Palmdale, FL
Successful candidates will supervise 1 to 3 har-
vesting crews, coordinate product orders, pro-
motion and collections. Individuals should be
experienced in horticulture, employee supervi-
sion and general business practices. Computer
and good communication skills a valuable as-
set. Salary is dependent on experience and
qualifications. Send resume to:
Lykes Bros, Inc.
Attn: Jim Bryan
S 15440 N. Island Rd/Hwy 29
Palmdale, FL 33857
S AA/EOE/MI/FD/VA Drug Free Workplace


Immediate restaurant management
openings in Lake Placid, Moore
Haven, LaBelle, Clewiston and
Okeechobee. We are a franchise with
27 restaurants throughout South
Florida and are hiring energetic,
honest, and responsible individuals.
We offer:
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-Dental Insurance
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For an interview please call:
or mail your resume in confidence to:
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Southern Management Corporation
1014 W. Sugarland Hwy.
Clewiston, FL 33440

Apply in person at
Emory Walker Co., Inc.
208 S.W. 5th Ave. Okeechobee

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

A leader in therapeutic educational programs for youth-
at-risk, seeks a Teacher and Licensed Clinical Profession-
al for program in Okeechobee.
Teacher- requires a BA degree & must be eligible for
state teaching license. 2yrs teaching exp. prefer.
FL Licensed Clinical Services Coordinator- Requires
MA degree and licensure in Mental Health Counseling.
Iln. lin,: ilj Work, or Marriage & Family therapy. Exp.
in Medicaid provider environment pref.
Send resumes: Angie Leide, EYA, 100 N. Starcrest Drive,
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Lykes Bros, Inc. Ranch Division
has an opening in our
Forestry Division located in
Palmdale, FL
Successful candidates will oversee a Palm Tree
production crew. Individuals should have
some experience in the harvesting and loading
of Sabal Palm Trees. A valid Florida drivers li-
cence and communication in English required.
Accepting applications
Monday-Friday 8am-3pm at:
Lykes Bros, Inc.
Ranch Division
106 SW County Rd. 721
Okeechobee, FL 34974
A Drug Free Workplace

S Full & Part Time



Housekeeping Full Time
Dietary (Kitchen Help)

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

Immediate Openings CNAs
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
Apply In Person To:
406 N. W. 4th Street. (863) 357-2442

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

Consumer Lender
Underwrite and analyze credit worthiness,
excellent sales and communication skills, and
superior customer service! Competitive salary,
incredible incentives, and complete benefits
packages are only one reason to join our family.
Interested? Fax your resume to 863-824-2297.

Area's Fastest Growing
RV Dealership
Great American RV's is in
search of individuals
interested in selling RV's.
Experience with RV's
or in sales helpful, but
not necessary. Will Train
the right candidate. 6 day
work week, Mon thru Sat.
9-5, Sun. 12-4 with
week day off. Excellent
pay with Benefits.
Apply in person:
4300 Hwy 441 South
Okeechobee, FL 34974
Located beside
The KOA Campground
Class B CDL
Mid-Florida Portable Toilets
WANTED: Experienced
Dump/Roll-off Drivers
Top pay to the right person.
Benefits. Please call
Experience required.
Full Time position avail. Please
fax resume to 863-824-0802.
When doing those chores is
doing you in, it's time to
look for a helper in the

Now Hiring!
*Tow truck driver
SFuel attendant/stock
Training will be provided
for responsible people.
We offer good pay, re-
warding work, benefits
and a substantial mileage
reimbursement. For a
limited time, qualified ap-
plicants who are hired
will receive a $200 sign-
up bonus. Apply at:
Ft. Drum Citgo
mm 184 FL. Turnpike

Needed Part Time.
Part Time Receptionist for
plumbing company. Some
computer exp. Start immedi-
ately. (863)763-6461
It's never too late tb find
the perfect gift Look
for It In the classified.


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P/T Motel Housekeeper.
Weekends a must. Only re-
liable, honest, energetic need
apply. (863)763-1020

Available for private duty.
Cooking, laundry & light
cleaning. 863-634-0322

$600 WEEKLY Working
through the government part-
time. No Experience. A lot of
(800)493-3688 Code J-1 4.
Bulk Tank and Refrigerated
Divisions. Performance
based pay. Experienced Op-
erators. Independent Con-
tractors or Company Drivers.
CDL Instruction Program
available. (800)771-6318.
100% DROP & HOOK
Company Drivers. $.32-.41
per mile. 1/2 raise every six
months. Lease purchase,
0/0 .90cpm. National Car-
riers The Elite fleet.
(888)707-7729. nationalcar-
PORT. Excellent Pay & Bene-
fits for Experienced Drivers,
0/0, Solos, Teams & Gradu-
ate Students. Bonuses
Available. Refrigerated Now
Available. (888)MORE PAY
FIED DRIVERS for Central
Florida Local & National OTR
positions. Food grade tanker,
no hazmat, no pumps, great
benefits, competitive pay &
new equipment. Need 2
years experience. Call By-
num Transport for your op-
portunity today.
Heavy Equipment Operator
CERTIFIED. Hands on Train-
ing. Job Placement Assis-
tance. Call Toll Free
(866)933-1575. ASSOCIAT-
5177 Homosassa Trail, Le-
canto, Fl. 34461.
$75-$250/day. All ages and
faces wanted! No exp. Re-
quired. FT/PT!
Now Hiring for 2005 Postal
Pos it i o n s
$17.50-$59.00+/hr. Full
Benefits/Paid Training and
Vacations No Experience
Necessary (800)584-1775
Reference #5600.
S/E & 3-State Run: T/T Driv-
Mileage Pay, Benefits, 401K.
Trainees Welcome. Miami
area- exp. req. 21 min
age/Class-A CDL Cypress
Truck Lines (800)545-1351.
TEAMS! $1000 sign on bo-
nus/ea. Approx $1100/wk.
2yrs OTR, No DUI/DWI. Jax,
FL area. Excellent Equip-
ment! Excellent Lanes! Great
Benefits! Home Weekends!
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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

NESS- $10,670 HURRY
(800)836-3464 #B02428.

STOVE- GE, 2V2 yrs old, excel-
lent condition, white, $150.
'02, 11.7 cu. ft.., excellent
condition, $125.
WASHER, $75.
large capacity, upright. Both
work well. $300 for both
(850)519-2160 LaBelle

'1/ 1

SCHWINN, 1955- Original
condition, $900.

"Last Chance!" 20x26 Now
$3995. 25x30 $5700. 30x40
$8300. 40x60 $12,900. Oth-
ers. Meets 140 M.PH. High-
er available. One end
included. Pioneer
SHED-8xl10, wired, vinyl
siding, windows, 1 yr old, a
must see!! $1295

CERAMIC TILE, 190 sq. ft.,
light beige, 16 1/4"x16 1/4",
w/3 bags of mortar & grout,
$325 neg. (863)467-9443
Buy Direct From Manufactur-
er. 20 colors in stock with all
Accessories. Quick turn
around! Delivery Available
Toll Free (888)393-0335.
ROOF PANELS (8), Aluminum,
used, 8 ft. long. $30 takes all.
Windows, Aluminum, 50x52
in. w/3 louvers, (2) alum.
doors w/windows, $230.

piece, Great for pictures,
Size 0-3 mo, (6-121bs) $5.
Find it faster. Sell it sooner
In the classifieds

COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $1500 all or
best offer.. 863-824-3358
Football & Baseball Card Col-
lection. Mid 80's & 90's
$500 or best offer. Call
(863)763-8943ask for Tracy

COMPUTER running Win-
dows XP & Microsoft 2003.
17" monitor. Complete sys-
tem. $250 (863)763-2034
Win. XP, Word, Games,
Complete $150.

/Oxygen tanks, hoses & gaug-
es, drill presses, multi grind-
ers, $2000 (863)763-9527

BEDROOM SET- 5 piece,
dresser w/hutch, bureau,
nightstand, head/foot board
$500 neg (863)824-8703
Cabinet, oak finish, for DVD &
VHS tapes, 19"wx39"hx31"d,
locking dbl. doors, $50.
nice, Lighted, Light wood,
$300. (239)645-3620
$1000 will sell separately.
(863)763-4248 or
DINETTE SET- 7 pc. glass top
table, 6 chairs, 36x60, Rat-
tan, $150. Must sell.
CHAIRS, $100.
DOUBLE BED- Box spring &
mattress & frame. Good
condition $40.
DRESSER, w/ Ig. mirror, light
brown, 3 sm. drawers & 4
Ig. drawers, w/nightstand,
$150. (863)763-8562
Little Tykes Fire Engine Tod-
dler Bed, w/mattress, exc.
cond., $150. (863)634-9373
Mattress & Box Spdng, queen
size, $100. (863)697-0951
SHELVING UNIT, oak finish,
w/4 glass shelves,
31"wx16"dx6' tall, $60.
wood, glass door, 20" wide,
48" tall. $15 (863)467-8681

you earn $800/day? 30 Ma-
chines, Free Candy All for
$9,995. (888)629-9968
802000033. CALL US: We
will not be undersold!

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If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
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you check with the Better
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we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

Roof & Interior Framing
All Home Repairs
Lic. #2603

When you want some-
thing sold, advertise in
the classified.

EARN DEGREE online from
home. *Medical, *Business,
*Paralegal, *Computers. Job
Placement Assistance. Com-
puter & Financial aid if quali-
fy. (866)858-2121

Is Stress Ruining Your Life?
Read DIANETICS by Ron L.
Hubbard Call (813)872-0722
or send $7.99 to Dianetics,
3102 N. Habana Ave., Tam-
pa FL 33607.
OXYGEN USERS: Enjoy more
freedom! Travel without can-
isters, Oxlife's lightweight,
Oxygen concentrators run off
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(800)780-2616 www.oxli-

for your parent or elder
relative in cozy home. Ex-
perienced Care Giver
w/Refs. 863)467-9439 or

ALL Accidents & Injury
JURIES. "Protect Your
Referral Service
children, etc. Only one sig-
nature required! *Excludes
govt. fees! Call weekdays
(800)462-2000, ext.600.
8am-7pm) Alta Divorce,
LLC. Established 1977.

SHOT GUN- Remington, 1187
semi auto. New deer gun
$435. (863)467-7838
WINCHESTER- 12,12 Gauge,
Scoped, Excellent condition
$400. (863)467-4328

417 W.S. Park
Call 863-467-1243

EARNINGS Ladies, Peacock
design. Hand made, 24K,
100yr old. Asking $575 nego-
tiable (863)634-9620 Okee

LAMPSHADES (3) nice. $12
for all or will separate.

ROCKERS (2), Loveseat (1),
chaise lounge (1) bar stools
w/ backs (4). $400 all, will
separate. (863)763-9608

SCOOTER "Action". New.
Bought as demo. Retail
$1695. Now $995.

Honda powered Generators at
everyday low prices! Ready
for immediate shipment.
3,000 kw to 15,000 kw. Call
888)483-8722 or
877)807-8722.24 hours.
NEON SIGN- 3'x8', Aluminum,
Lights up, Nearly new,
$1000. (863)634-1909
Power Pole, w/150 amp ser-
vice, $100. (863)634-9373
good for carpenter or me-
chanic $25 (863)801-5353
Store Display Fixtures: quads,
cash register, walk in cooler
w/front display, 4 burner cof-
feemaker, microwave oven,
table w/4 chairs, air cleaner,
etc. (863)357-6525

DRUM SET- 5pc, excellent
condition, $200
GUITAR, IBANEZ, Left handed
$200. (863)763-9527
GUITARS (2) 1 black Austin
6 string. 1 Secova 6 string
Spanish style. $225 for both
or will sep. (863)467-1910
sound & beautiful pc. of furni-
ture. Moving. Pd. $4800, sac-
rifice $1200 (863)763-9608

BUCK GOAT for pet. 9 md4
old, $65 LaBelle area.
old, neutered. Needs room to
run & someone to play with.
$275 neg. (863)824-0703

CURR PUPPIES: Only 3 left!!
$100 each. Call Hoss @
with tray, asking $20.
very sweet, $160 with cage.
PET SHEEP- 3 mos, female,
$75 (863)675-0247.
RABBIT (10) $100 for all, will
sep. (863)635-4690
RABBIT CAGES (10) $100 for
all, will sep. (863)635-4690
YOUNG DOVES- various col-
ors $25 each.
(863) 675-6214 after 6 pm.
LaBelle area.

HOT TUB- Like new, Excellent
condition, 18 jets, Seats 6
adults $1499.

NOW (866)500-4056.

BOW- High Country Com-
pound/case/extra string draw
29-30, pull 60-751bs 65%
let/off $100 863-763-7609

SONY VEGA 36", 2yrs old,
paid $2200 asking $1000 Firm
or trade for Pistols. Ft. Pierce
TOSHIBA 50", wide screen,
HD. Still under warranty. Pd
$1800 asking $800

ATV RAMPS- Only used 2
times. $200 or best of-
NR83A, asking $150
(863)675-0104. La Belle
GENERATOR Portable, 1280
watt. New in box. $250
GENERATOR- Coleman, 5000
watt, 10 HP, new in box,
wheel kit included. 220 plug
$515. (863)763-0944.

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

TABLE SAW Rigid, heavy du-
y, 10". New, only used once.
400 (772)216-5092 or

$75 (863)674-0539.
PLAYHOUSE, Welcome home
2 Step, outdoor, will deliver
locally, $150.

VCR, Sharp, 2 yrs. old, like
new, w/32 factory pre-re-
corded tapes & 2 new blank
tapes, $80. (772)461-8822

419 W.S. Park
Call 863-763-5553


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

MARE AQHA, child safe.
Good for beginning barrels.
$1000 (863)675-4981

50' cut, low hours, zero turn,
$1100 (863)447-2130
per, Murray, MTD, Briggs &
Stratton. All new. $300.
good condition. $75.
Deer, 38" cut.
14hp. 42" cut, engine good,
deck fair, good for parts, or
co cart $100 (863)357-1236
ROTO TILLER- Troybilt, 6HP,
$499 excellent condition,
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classified and make
your clean up a breeze

ROUND PEN- galvanized, 2"
pipe rails, 15 panels with
gate, purchased in '05, $995
neg. (863)801-6220.

Do-It-Yourself Ideas

NEED A LAWYER? All Criminal
Defense & Personal Injury.
*Felonies *Domestic Vio-
lence *Misdemeanors *DUI
*Traffic *Auto Accident
*Wrongful Death. "Protect
Your Rights" A-A-A Attorney
Referral Service

Ellinor : Qui Fri,
419 W.S. Park
Call (863)763-5553

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


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets,' Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 565
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens 9 Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment,
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies,'
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 600
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

3.5 ton package unit w/heat
$1075 (954)309-8659

Size, Electric, New Paid
$325 asking $200. neg.
Okee (863)357-2233
DRYER- GE, white, runs good,
$75 (863)675-0104. La
DRYER, Kenmore, Extra Large
Capacity. $75 (772)215-9168
MICROWAVE Works good.
$10 (863)763-5120 aft. 3
stove is self cleaning & elec-
tric: $150 both or will separ-
ate. (863)673-3620
REFRIGERATOR, 2 Door w/ice
maker. STOVE, 30", Electric
w/black glass door. $325 for
all, will sep. (772)215-9168
patio, $20. (863)467-2011
& RANGE, Continuous clean-
ing. Almond. Both Kenmore.
$200 will sep. 863-467-8254

To order, circle item(s),
clip & send w/ check to:

Please be sure to
include your name,

U-Bild Features address and the name of
P.O. Box 2383 this newspaper. Allow
Van Nuys, CA 91409 1-2 weeks for delivery.

Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
Money Back Guarantee

new, Dark blue, $200. Will
separate. (239)645-3620

CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
EASY GO Good cond. good
battery & charger. $799.
Neg. (863)697-1350 or
GOLF CART- Club Car, 2000,
Gas, Reconditioned. Low
hours w/top & windshield.
$2450. (863)675-1472
GOLF CART- Club Car, '90,
Electric w/36 volt battery
charger. Reconditioned.
$1295. (863)675-1472
GOLF CLUBS- Smith with bag
$200. or best .offer.

Stenciling for Beginners

Stenciling can be used to decorate almost any sur-
face, and you don have to be an artist to have fun
and make quality stencil prints. All you need is a
full-color, 27-page guidebook, "Stenciling Made
Easy For Beginners." The book features all of the
information you need to get started, plus step-by-step
instructions for nine projects. You'll learn tech-
niques such as swirling, pouncing and shading, what
types of paints and brushes to use, how to cut your
own stencils plus much more.
The projects include a French flower bucket, a
wooden planter (pictured above), a canvas vest,
designs for stenciling on walls, a tablecloth and nap-
kins plus four others.

Stenciling Made Easy for Beginners guidebook
(No. P9280)... $8.95
Also available:
How to Stencil If You Think You Can't guidebook
(No. HP2015)... $5.95
Please add $3.00 s&h

119 SE 8th
(Next to Zippy's


18 Okeechobee News, Wednesday, November 9, 2005


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

VILLA, 2 Bdrm., 2 Ba., Unfur-
nished. $700 mo. + 1st., last
& sec. dep. No pets. Avail.
Dec. 1st. (863)763-4034

Okeechobee 2br, 2ba, No
pets, Privacy fence. Very
nice. $950. mo. + $950.
Sec. dep Call 863-467-1005

House for Rent, 3BR/2BA, 13
miles west of Okeechobee
on Hwy. 70, $1300.

OKEE, Female preferred, 3br,
1 ba Oak Park, Furn., Kit.
priv. Must like dogs. $425
incl until. (863)467-6251

OKEECHOBEE- 1br, 1ba
house, stove, refrig, W/D,
open porch, dock, fish clean-
ing station, $850/mo + elec,
1st & sec dep.
(772)221-8354 or

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
6 Condos
qTownhouses Sale1 015
Farms Sale 1020
t Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 10:~0
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 10140
Lots Sale li-45
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
, Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 107);
Waterfront Property 1080

OKEE, Taylor Creek, 3br, 2ba
DWMH w/attached Gar. &
Lanai, Pool & Dock, Many
extras. 379K (863)763-6701

MALONE Farmhouse & barn
on 3% acres. Oak, pecan &
peach trees. On FL/AL line.
$98K Owners are realtors.
(863)634-3572 or 634-7547

New 4 Bed/2/2 Bath, 2 Story
Waterfront Home!
energy efficient,
Great Location! Family
room, eat-in kitchen, lots
of storage, 2 car garage,
$325,000. MUST SEE!

Seminole Cove, 2br, 2ba, new
screened room/carport, new
roof, $95,000.

Waterfront, 3B/R, new homes
available starting at
$310,000. Close to town.
Split plans, Owner suites,
large kitchens, 2 car garage.
Won't last! (863)763-6376

w/ 2400' plus SR78 Hwy
frontage. Across from full
service marina & retail
center Improved pasture &
oak/cabbage hammocks.
Great investment potential at
$9 million Drew Drake & Co.
RE Broker(239)433-0433

LARGE LOT: Located on
SE 28th St., Seawall/Boat slip.
Serious Inquires only.

TAIN ACREAGE Spectacular
gated riverfront mountain
community bordering Pisgah
Nat'l Forest. 1-8 acre build-
ing sites from the $50s.
Community lodge/ recreation
center & river walk. Call

Mountain Properties, spec-
tacular long range views of
surrounding Pisgah National
Forest, minutes to downtown
Asheville and the Blue Ridge
Parkway. Only 65 carefully
sculpted homesites offered
in 175+ acre gated commu-
nity w/ Clubhouse, outside
hearth, and nature trail. Pre-
Construction Pricing, Huge
savings, Excellent financing!
This extraordinary opportu-
nity won't last long! Call
Now: (888)670-5263.

WESTERN NC. Homes, Cab-
ins, Acreage & Investments.
Cherokee Mountain Realty
GMAC Real Estate, Murphy
ty.com Call for Free Bro-
chure (800)841-5868.

Coastal Living at it's Best-
Brunswick County, North
Carolina. Homes and home-
sites. CALL NOW!
(800)682-9951 Coastal
arolina Lifestyle Inc

East Alabama Mountain Prop-
erty For Sale One hour west
of Atlanta in Piedmont, AL
Great for enjoyment or in-
vestment 19.5 acres-$6,142
down $510/Monthly. Infor-
mation Call Glenn
at $7,500+. Hot Springs Vil-
lage, Arkansas. No Credit
Check. Owner Financed,
20% down. GA Coast & Mia-
mi Waterfont Pre-Construc-
tion. Realtor (877)468-5687.
FROM 3 to 1000 ACRES ALL
www.farmandtimber.com or
Call (866)300-7653.
2ba. 1945 sq ft. Approx. 1 ac
land. New roof, appliances, &
flooring. Above ground pool.
30x30 metal shop, 8x10 shed
both w/ electric, sunroom,
screened porch, carport.
$98,500 (912)487-0814
Must Go 25x20, 30x40,
40x60, 40x80 other sizes
available FREE shipping if or-
dered by November 14th
Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Mountain lots $4995 each.
Water, Electric, Paved
Streets. Ready 'o build on.
Large fresh water lake w/ac-
cess. Call 864 647 0817 or
NC MOUNTAIN 2.87 acres on
mountain top, view, trees,
waterfall & large public lake
nearby, paved private ac-
cess, $19,500 owner
( 8 6 6 7 8 9 8 5 3 5
tains. New shell on secluded
mountain site. $89,900.
Hardwood forest. Great fall
colors. Paved road. Near
parks & lakes. Acreage & fi-
nancing available.
NEW MEXICO -16 acres
$24,990 Scenic region,
views, canyons, trees, rolling
hills, wildlife. Enjoy hunting,
hiking, horses, great climate.
Power, great access. 100%
financing Call
North Carolina Gated Lake-
front Community 1.5 acres
plus, 90 miles of shoreline.
Never before offered with
20% pre-development dis-
counts, 90% financing. Call
Pre-construction condos and
Land opportunities. IMME-
units available. (Florida,
Georgia, Mississippi, Texas,
Nevada) www.beachclubin-
vestments com
(877)BCI-5020 Financing
Options www.allpointe.com
FREE NO Obligation Financial
Tennessee Waterfront Sale!
2.4 Acre Waterfront $9,900!
Dockable Building Lots from
$14,900! Cabin Package
$54,900. Call Now!
(866)770-5263 Ext. 8.

Serene Mountain Golf Home-
site $69,900. Breathtaking
views. Upscale golf commu-
nity set amid Dye designed
18 hole course in Carolina
Mountains. Near Asheville
NC. A sanctioned Golf Digest
Schools teaching facility! Ex-
cellent financing. Call toll-
free (866)334-3253 x. 993
ACREAGE New lakeside
community close to Chatta-
nooga & Knoxville. Commu-
nity lake access, boat ramp
and amenities. Limited num-
ber private boat slips. 1/2+
acres from $30k. Call
community on the TN/KY
border. Just 1-1/2 hours to
Nashville. Spectacular views
of Lake Barkley. 1 to 6 acres
from the $40s. No time re-
quirement to build. Call
ed Waterfront Community
Riverfront and Mountain
Views Available, Prices Start-
ing Low as $46,900. Final
Phase Limited Lots Call
Now! No Closing Costs Buy
Direct From Developer SAVE
(800)559-3095 ext 327
www.rivercrest.com *Some
restrictions apply.

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots 200i5
Mobile Home Parts i010i
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 20?)

For Sale or Rent, Oasis Village
Senior 50+ park, double
wide Mobile Home.
(863)467-4234 for appt.
OKEECHOBEE, 1br, full ba,
34', $475 mo. + 1st & Sec.
dep. Includes City water &
electric. Adult Park. Seasonal
$700., 3 mo. min.
OKEECHOBEE- nice 2be, iba,
$500/mo, 1st, last, sec dep.,
No Pets, (863)763-6232.
Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks lrlni v,.
sell your used items in
the ;: : .lts l

For Sale or Rent, Oasis Village
Senior 50+ park, double
wide Mobile Home.
(863)467-4234 forappt.
Hurricane damaged 2br, 1ba.
Lake access. Great lot. As-is.
$150K Owner is realtor


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 103c
Sport Vehicles ATVs ':35

Dual aluminum trailer, 150 hp
Evenrude. $5900. Call for
more info. 239-498-3136
TRI HAUL- 14', 40hp Mariner,
Trailer, Live well, Fish finder,
Trolling motor $1695.

Pk- w/AC sunroom, free boat
slip w/access to river/ lake.
Best offer (863)467-6782

SPORTSTER 1992, Lots of
chrome. Must see! Garage
kept. $5000. (863)467-5489
HONDA SHADOW 500- '85,
Good condition, Runs great
Gas saver. $1500 or best of-
fer. (863)634-7046

GO CART: Yerfdog, 2 seater
w/roll bar. $550 firm.
Excellent condition. $3300 or
best offer $24.
(863)357-1382 after 4pm'


Automobiles 40r5
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 40iu
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4,030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tracor Trailers 4Jl.&e
Utility Trailers 45
Vans 4070

Runs great, cold air. $750 or
best offer (863)467-8013
CHEVY GEO '90- 3cyl, runs
good, needs TLC $350
FORD TEMPO, '88, 46k mi., 6
cyl., auto, runs good, needs
TLC, $1200. (863)467-8449
TOYOTA MR 2 1988, Red w/
T-Tops. Great motor (redone).
Nice car, good on gas. $2000
best offer. (863)447-6305
VOLVO 740 ,'91- excellent
shape, cold AC, $2500

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N O T IC E T h e L a n .i i .. i i ., .. ^i I ,. e t o n T u e s -
day, November ,
The meeting wil tL i ', l .. I Chambers,
Room 200, Okeechobee, Florda. Item to be considered at this oubic meeting is
Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider Comprehensive Plan Small Scale Future
Land Use Map Amendment Application No 05-012-SSA submitted by Barry and
Valerie Lewis The application is to change the ,, I .... rom
Single Family (SF) to Commercial (C) for prope i .* 4th
Street. Legal description being Lots 11 and 12 of Block 105, City of Okeechobee,
Plat Book 5, Page 5, Public Records, Okeechobee. County. Flonda and is approxi-
mately 0.321 acress. The proposed use of the property is for a Public Accounting
The LPA will also consider any proposed amendments, submitted by City Staff or
citizens, to the Comprehensive Plan, which include the Land Development Regu-
lations (LDR's) and render a recommendation to the City Council for consideration
and final adoption
A copy of the entire applica, .. .i j i ii .., ,
Office,Room101 at City il i i .1 1 1
tension 218. Please be i I ii,, .... ....... .. .
board All items considered are forwarded with their recommendation to the City
Council forfinal PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday, December 6 2005
THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Land
Planning Agency with respect to any mater considered at this hearing will need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based.
General Services Department tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official
records of the department. in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Acl
(ADA) and Florida Statute 286,26, persons with disabilities needing special ac-
commodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Katrina Cook no lat-
er than two (2) working days pnor to the proceeding at (863) 763-3372 x 218 for
assistance; if hearing is impaired telephone the Florida Relay Service Number
1-800-955-8771 (TD) or 1-800-955-8770 (VOICE) for assistance.
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
93485 ON 10/28;11/9/05

LOADER- Massey 44, front
end loader, $2200 or trade
for Grapple Boom,

FORD BRONCO- '81, Full size,
needs motor, has some rust.
Great for hunting' or play.
$500. (239)248-7960

V8, A/C, Dependable. $1500
firm. (863)697-1223

(3) 20", 2 on tires, $500
Transmission. $400. or will
separate. (863)675-2558
LEER TRUCK CAP- for full size
short bed, alum, sliding win-
dows $150 (863)467-6805
tor parts. Lower unit, dis-
tributor & other parts. $100 or
best offer (863)675-6738
TIRES (6) Good Year, Wran-
gler HT 235x85R16. Load
range E. Like new. $600 for
all, will sep. (239)898-1916
350, Rebuilt, $350 or best
offer. (863)467-8856
Rebuilt, $350. or best offer.

Auto, All Power, CD, A/C,
CC, Bedliner, Reese hitch
$2500. 863-763-7609
FORD F100 TRUCK, '80, has
title, doesn't run, $250 or
best offer. (863)634-6708

FORD F150 2002 Club Cab, 1
Owner. 71K mis. Looks &
Runs great. Must see!
$12,000. (772)569-6285
FORD F150 '95- good condi-
tion, with camper top,
AM/FM, 10 CD changer
$6300 neg. (863)675-8999.
FORD F250, '85, crew cab,
351 Windsor engine, runs
great, $1000.
FORD RANGER, '88, runs
good, $600. (863)357-2395
GMC 1500 -'85, runs good,
body & interior in good
shape, $1500 neg.
(863)634-7098 aft. 5pm
RAM 50 '82, red, 2.61tr 5
speed trans, good cond.
$950/neg. (863)447-2130

SUBURBAN '86 new tires,
rims & exhaust. Runs good.
$1500 or best offer

(1) 5x10 w/end gate,
(1) 5x10 w/dump & end
gate, $1800. (863)357-5754
TRAILER, Flat Bed, 8x20,
triple axle. $2500.
Heavy Duty. $450.
dem axle, heavy duty, $800
or best offer (863)781-0484

CHEVY VAN '89 Runs good
$1095 (863)673-3620
A/C, Good gas mileage,
Good condition $1800.

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NOTICE t 1 r. I the City of Okeechobee will meet on Tuesday, No-
vember or as soon thereafter as possible The meeting will
be held at City Hall 55 SE 3rd Avenue, in the Council Chambers. Room 200,
Okeechobee, Flonda Items to be considered at this public meeting are.
Conduct a P u 1. i. .. , I .. ,1. 11 1i R sub-
m it ed by ,i .. .. .. i G arm o-
'r, T,- ;-- is to change the zoning'designation from Holding (H) to
i .. family One (RSF-1) for vacant property located at 1109
Southeast 9th Drive Legal description being all the North-Half of the Northwest-
Quarter of the Southwest-Quarter of the Southeast-Quarter of Section 22. Town-
ship 37 South, Range 35 East, less and except the North one hundred thrty-tvo
(132) feet thereof, together with an ease- 'a-. -r --, and egress over the
West 30) feet of the South two hundred I i feet of the Solle-Hail
of the Southwest-Quarter of the Northwest-Quarter of the Southeast-Ouarter of
Section 22, Townshp 37 South, Range 35 East and over the West thirty (30) feet
of the North one hundred thirty-two (132) feet of the Northwest-Quarter ol the
Southwest-Quarter of the Southeast-Quarter of Section 22, Township 37 South,
S i.... i .. I 1 ... ,,*1 3 acress. The proposed use of the

Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider a Rezoning Application No 05-013-R sub-
mitted by Oevn Maxwell on behalf of property owner Frank Altobello, Trustee The
-ii.l,--n u- ,- change zoning designation from Holding to Residential Single
S, for unplatted vacant property located between Southwest 9th
Street, 10th Avenue and 15th Street. Legal description being. All o that portion of
the lands describe below lying South of a line being parallel to and 695 62 feet
North of (as measured at nght angles to} the North right-of-way line of Southwest
15th Street. All that part of Section 21, Township 37 South, Range 35 East, Okee-
chobee County, Florida, lying West of Blocks 248 and 249, and Southerly exten-
sion thereof, First Addition to the City of Okeechobee; South of Southwest 9th
Street; North of Soathwest 15th Street, and East of Block 202, and Southerly ex-
tension thereof, First Additiont the City of Okeechobee and East of Southwest
10th Avenue, within the City Limts of Okeechobee, Florida. Less and except from
the above the described parcel the following. beginning at the intersection of Hop-
kins Meander Line and the South boundary line of Section 21, Township 37
South, Range 35 East, and run Northeasterly along said Hopkins Meander Line
28.6 for a point of beginning; thence East paralleling said South line of Section
21, aforesaid 56 6 feet; then North 175 feet; thence West 240 feet; thence South
175 feet; thence East 183 4 feet to the point of beginning, said land lying in and
comprising a part of government Lots 3 and 5 of Section 21, Township 37 South,
Range 35 East. Sad parcel containing 15 44 acres, more or less. The proposed
use forth property is for single family residences.
Conduct a PUBLIC HEARING to consider Rezoning Application No 05-014-R sub-
mitted by Philip Y Berger on behalf of property owner Gerald A Lefebvre. The ap-
plication is to change the zoning designation from Residential Single Family-One
(RSF-1) to Commercial Professional Office (CPO) for vacant property located in
the 1900 block of Southwest 2nd Avenue. Legal description being: Lots 10, 11
and 12 of Block 40, First Addition to South Okeechobee, Plat Book 1, Page 17,
Public Records, Okeechobee, County, Flonda and is approximately 0.48 acress.
The proposed use of the property is fora Commercial Office.
A copy of the entire application s) and agenda are available in the General Services
Office, Room 101 at City Ha or by calling Katrina Cook at (863) 763-3372, ex-
tension 218 Please be advised that this board serves as a recommendation
board. All items considered are forwarded with their recommendation to the City
Council for final PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday, January 3,2006.
THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Plan-
ning Board with respect to any matter considered at this hearing will need to en-
sure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record
includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based
General Services Department tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official
records of the department in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) and Florida Statute 286.26, persons with disabilities needing special ac-
commodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Katrina Cook no lat-
er than two (2) working days prior to the proceeding at (863) 763-3372 x 218 for
assistance; if hearing is impaired telephone the Florida Relay Service Number
1-800-955-8771 (TOD) or 1-800-955-8770 (VOICE) for assistance.
BY: Brian Whitehall, Zoning Administrator
93488 ON 10/28;11/9/05

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) gives notice of its prep-
aration of a draft permit for C&M Rucks Dairy, to be issued to C&M Rucks Dairy,
Inc. The proposed permit authorizes operation of the waste managements system
in accordance with an approved Nutrient Management Plan, which also limits the
herd size and management practices. The permit will also provide coverage under
the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), ad delegated to the
state by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The dairy is located at 22400
N.W. 144th Ave., Okeechobee, Florida 34972, in Okeechobee County
Any interested person may submit written comments on the draft permit of the De-
partment or may submit a written request for a public meeting to Tim Powell,
FDEP Southeast District, 400 North Congress Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm
Beach, FL 33491, in accordance with rule 62-620.555 of the Flonda Administra-
tive Code. The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the infor-
mation set forth below and must be received in the Office within 30 days of
publication of this notice. Failure to submit comments or request a public meeting
under Rule 62-620.555, Florida Administrative Code.
The comments or request for a public meeting must contain the following informa-
(a) The commenters name, address, and telephone number, the applicant's name
and address, the Department Permit File Number and the county in which the pro-
ject is proposed;
(b) A statement of how and when notice of the Department action or proposed ac-
tion was received;
(c) A statement of the facts the Department should consider in making the final deci-
(d) A statement of which rules or statutes require reversal or modification of the De-
partment action or proposed action; and
(e) If desired, a request that a public meeting be scheduled including a statement of
the nature of the issues proposed to be raised at the meeting. However, the De-
partment may not always grant a request for a public meeting. Therefore, written
comments should be submitted within 30 days of publication of this notice, even
if a public meeting is requested.
If a public meeting is scheduled the public comment period is extended until the
close of the public meeting, If a public meeting is held any person may submit
oral or written statements and data at the meeting on the Department proposed
action. As a result of significant public comment the Department final action may
be different from the position taken by it in this draft permit.
The permit application file and surrounding data are available for public inspection
during normal bus ness hours, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday,
except legal holidays, at the DEP Southeast District office, 400 North Congress
Avenue, Suite 200, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, Tel. (561) 681-6600.
96608 ON 11/9/05

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Community Events

Christmas parade will be Dec. 10
This year's Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce Lighted
Christmas parade will be held in downtown Okeechobee on Dec. 10,
beginning at dusk. Applications are available at the Chamber office,
55 S. Parrott Ave. For information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

Elks will host Law and Order awards
The Okeechobee Elks Lodge #2558, S.R. 70 E., will hold it annual
Law and Order Awards Night on Dec. 16. Social hour will start at 6
p.m. and the dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 per person
and are available at the Elk's Lodge, the Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office, the Okeechobee City Police Department and the Okeechobee
County Fire/Rescue Department. For information, call Tom Elmore at
(863) 763-7370 or (863) 801-3142.

Santa to tour city
Santa Claus will tour the city of Okeechobee on a fire truck begin-
ning on Dec. 21. On that date, he will tour the northwest and north-
east sections of the city. On Dec. 22 Santa will tour the southeast sec-
tion of the city. And on Dec. 23, he will tour the southwest portion of
the city.

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
'*Saturdays 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 contest
is open to public, private and parochial schools and those who are home
schooled and will start on the first day of school. The essays have to be
turned in by Dec. 1. This year's subject for grades five through eight is
"Benjamin Franklin- More than a Revolutionary". Jan. 17, 2006, marks
the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth. "The Santa Maria to
the New World and the Apollo Mission to the Moon: Christopher Colum-
bus and the Astronauts" is the subject chosen for grades nine 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.

OHS teams selling discount cards
The OHS Brahman boys and girls basketball teams are selling their
annual discount cards for $10 each. The card offers continuous dis-
counts to 18 various businesses throughout the year. If you would like
to purchase your discount card, contact coach Enrico or coach Pung at
(863) 462-5043.

VNA giving 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. There is no charge for Medicare
patients. For those who do not have Medicare, the charge will be $30.

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 inter-
ested in becoming a cadet or senior member, contact Gene O'Neill at
the Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.

Red Cross needs instructors
Have you saved a life today? Volunteer as an American Red Cross
Instructor and teach others the skills they need to save lives. You can
help the American Red Cross reach people in your community with
lifesaving training, including CPR, First Aid, Automated External Defib-
rillation, and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Contact the Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross at (863) 763-2488 to find out more.

Food pantry reopens
Okeechobee Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, 312 N. Parrott Ave.,
is open again. It is located in the back parking lot of the church. The
temporary gray box is stocked and ready for anyone who needs food.
All you need is an I.D. The hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon.

My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also look-
ing for a volunteer to become the director and a board member of The
Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with the pub-
lic and should be able to seek support from city and county officials,
business executives and other organizations. Work days and hours are
flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.

New historical mugs on sale
The Okeechobee Historical Society has a new shipment of histori-
cal Okeechobee County Courthouse mugs and mugs with a picture of
the old High School for $6 each on sale at the Chamber of Commerce.
They also have a small booklet entitled "Pictorial History of Okee-
chobee" which sells for $4.

Enrollment starts for VPK program
The Agency for Workforce Innovation is starting the registration process
for parents to enroll their children in the state's new Voluntary Prekinder-
garten (VPK) program. Eligible children must live in Florida and be 4 years
old on or before Sept. 1 of the 2005-06 school year. Parents can find the reg-
istration form online at www.vpkflorida.org; or, they can contact their near-
est Early Learning Coalition for a paper copy of the registration.

County plat directory offered
The 2005 Okeechobee County Plat Directory is now for sale at
the Okeechobee Soil & Water Conservation office on U.S. 98 N. For
information, call (863) 763-3619, ext. 502.

Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, is now available to offer free pregnancy testing to girls
and women of all ages. We offer free and confidential pregnancy tests,
peer counseling, referrals for-a free ultrasound, parenting classes and
abstinence education. Operating hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
on Tuesday and Thursdays. Parenting classes are held at 7 p.m. on
Tuesday. We are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across from the
movie theatre. If you would like more information on this or set an
appointment for a free pregnancy test please call (863) 763-8859.

Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic edu-
cation/GED and English as a second language classes at these locations:
Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W Ninth Ave., English as second language
classes, Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon, adult basic
education/GED, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and
Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Seminole Reservation, Brighton, Adults
basic education/GED, Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.;
Church at Larson Dairy, S.R. 70 East, English as a second language, Tues-
day and Thursday, from 4 until 8 p.m.; One-Stop, 123 S.W Park St., adult
basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. until noon;
El Centro Santa Fe, 115 S.W. Fifth Ave., Citizenship class, Thursday, from
6:30 until 9 p.m.; Yearling Middle School, 925, N.W 23 Lane, adult basic
education/GED and English as a second language classes, Monday
through Thursday, from 6 until 9 p.m.: Everglades Elementary, 3725
S.E. Eighth St., English as a second language classes, Tuesday and
Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m.; and, Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St., English as a second language, Tuesday and Thurs-
day from 7 until 9 p.m.