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Vol. 96 No. 340

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

504 Plus tax


If your home is decorated
for the holiday season why
not let everyone in the com-
munity enjoy it?
Simply call us at (863)
763-3134 and ask for Dee or
Eric, then give us your
address and we'll publish it
so that everyone can drive by
and see your display.
Homes decorated for the
holidays can be seen at:
313 S.W. 67th Drive
1475 S.E. 21st St. in
Blue Heron
City to end
debris pick up
The City of Okeechobee
Public Works Department.
will be making their final
round of hurricane debris
All debris is to be moved
to the public right-of-way by
Dec. 8. For those living on
private roads, you must
move your debris to a public
right-of-way for pick up serv-
If there are any questions
or concerns, contact Donnie
Robertson, public works
director, at (863) 763-3372,
ext. 213.
Storm debris
removal to end
The Florida Department
of Transportation (FDOT)
will begin its final pick-up for
hurricane debris in Okee-
chobee County during the
week of Dec. 5, on both state
and local public roads.
If citizens have not
already placed their debris
along roadway right-of-way
by the week of Dec 5, FDOT
cannot ensure their debris
will be picked up. Citizens
may call the FDOT Okee-
chobee Operations Center at
(863) 462-5250 to find out
where final debris pick-ups
have already been made.
After FDOT's final debris
pick-up has occurred, debris
must be discarded in the rou-
tine manner under regula-
tion of the local solid waste
management company.
Once the debris removal
process is complete, local
law enforcement may cite
violators for littering on state

Drought Index
Current: 159-
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

16.57 feet

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

Classifieds ....... 7-9
Comics ......... ...6
Community Events ... .4
Crossword ..........7
Opinion ...........4
Speak Out ......... 4
Sports ............10
TV ...............8
Weather ...........2

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how to contact the newspaper.

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River project starts next month

Sen. Martinez gets
funding to escalate
restoration of river
By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
There is good news for those
environmentalists that have
been eagerly awaiting the com-
pletion of the Kissimmee River
Construction was scheduled
to begin on Phase II in 2007.

However, on Dec. 1 the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers (COE)
announced that construction
would begin in January of 2006.
Phase 1 of the project was
completed in 2001.
COE spokesman Barry Vorce
stated that the timetable for the
project was moved up because
U.S. Senator Mel Martinez was
instrumental in securing fund-
ing for the project.
Original plans had called for
Phase II to begin at the southern
end of the reconstructed area

and proceed downriver. What
will actually happen, according
to South Florida Water Manage-
ment District (SFWMD)
spokesperson Missy Barletto, is
that construction will begin at
the northern end of the com-
pleted reconstruction and go
upriver to the first weir that is
located near the southern
boundary of the Kissimmee
Prairie State Park.
Her organization is responsi-
ble for acquisition of land for
the reconstruction, while COE is

: Local kids enjoy sports

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Okeechobee Cub Scout Pack 94 enjoyed a day of games and activities on Saturday,
Dec. 3, i-i'the field next to the American Legion Hall. The Scouts played touch football,
badminton and volleyball.

responsible for construction
and backfill.
She said that purchase of
land on the southern end of the
reconstruction area was close
to schedule. The recent pur-
chase of a large tract of land
from Lykes Brothers was the last
large tract of land to be bought.
She said there are still some 30
landowners who own smaller
parcels, and that dealing with
them will take more time.
Mrs. Barletto said it would
take about 18 months to com-

plete construction of this phase.
During that time navigation on
the river will be interrupted.
"I am impressed with the
progress I've seen today," said
Sen. Martinez at the conclusion
of a tour of Phase I on Dec. 1.
"As a result of the Corps' (COE)
work, we are seeing the restora-
tion of an environmental legacy
of which we can all be proud.
The Corps calls it Phase I I
call it progress."
See River-Page 2

City in line

to receive

Wilma relief

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
One of the myriad of items
on the agenda for the Okee-
chobee City Council tonight is
a disaster relief funding agree-
ment for federal and state
assistance for Hurricane
Wilma disaster relief.
The agreement is based on
several factors, the first being
that Hurricane Wilma had a
devastating impact upon the
state beginning Oct. 21
prompting Governor Jeb Bush
to proclaim a state of emer-
gency for the severity of dam-
age and losses. Subsequently,
President George W. Bush
declared a Federal Emergency

Management Agency (FEMA)
emergency in Okeechobee
County and 19 other counties,
and a public assistance pro-
gram was created to eligible
applicants in the declared
Another item that stands to
benefit the city is a Depart-
ment of Community Affairs
$10,000 grant application
related to Senate Bill 360 that
amends Florida's Growth
Management Act.
SB360 amendments
include added requirements
to local governments that
must address in their compre-
hensive plans schools, trans-
See City-Page 2

Pursuit ends

when vehicle

runs into lake

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By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A Panama City Beach man
was arrested this weekend
after a high speed pursuit
ended up in Lake Okee-
Hansel Eugene Osborne,
51, was charged with fleeing
and eluding a law enforce-
ment officer, aggravated
assault with a motor vehicle
on a law enforcement officer
and a misdemeanor charge of
possession of drug parapher-
nalia. His total bond was set at
According to a report by

Deputy John Ashby of the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), his depart-
ment began looking for
Osborne because he had bor-
rowed a.2005 three-quarter
ton Chevrolet Duramax pick-
up truck around 9 a.m. Satur-
day morning. The sheriff's
office was called around 7
p.m. on Dec. 3.
When Deputy Ashby and
Sergeant Shannon Peterson
found Osborne they tried to
stop him in the 1600 block of
Berman Road. But he would
not stop and ran the stop sign
See Lake Page 2

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Saturday morning soccer
The Okeechobee Recreation Association Soccer League
season will come to a close next weekend, with the last
Saturday games of the season.

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photos sought
chobee News is seeking photos of
local Christmas celebrations from
1980 or earlier (25 years ago or
older) for use in the Looking Back
feature of this newspaper during
the month of December.
Bring old holiday photos to the
Okeechobee News office at 107
S.W. 17th Street in Okeechobee
during regular office hours, Mon-
day through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5
p.m. and we will copy the photos
while you wait. Or, e-mail photos
as jpg attachments to okee-
Please include as much infor-
mation as you can about when
and where the photo was taken
and who is in the photo.
Photos may be of community
or family celebrations in the
Okeechobee area.

Property taxes
now being collected
chobee County real and personal
property roll has been certified by
the Okeechobee County Property
Appraiser and is open for collec-
tion of taxes for 2005.
Residents of the city and coun-
ty can pay their property taxes at
the Okeechobee County Tax Col-
lector's Office in the Alderman
Building, 307 N.W. Fifth Av., Suite
Discounts will be allowed as
follows: 3 percent on payments
made Dec. 1 Dec. 31; 2 percent
on payments made Jan. 1, 2006 -
Jan. 31, 2006; 1 percent on pay-
ments made Feb. 1, 2006 Feb.
28, 2006; and, net if paid in March.
For information on fire,
garbage and Country Hills road
assessments, call (863) 763-9312.
Office hours are Monday
through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30
For information, call (863) 763-

Young artists
to be selected
OKEECHOBEE Local young
artists between the ages of 10-19
are needed as apprentices to
paint Okeechobee Main Street's
first mural project.
This competition is dedicated
to promote the involvement of
young Okeechobee artists in visu-
al arts, as well as learning and par-
ticipating in the process of paint-
ing a large mural under the
direction of professional artists.
Young-artists chosen will be
taking part in a historical event.
The selection process will be
based on sample works submit-
ted through a juried process.
Competition is now open and will
end on Jan. 6, 2006. An entry and
artists' consent form is required.
For information, contact Brid-
gett Waldau, mural and visual arts
chairperson, at (863) 467-7300; or'
stop by the Okeechobee Main
Street's office at 111 N.E. Second
St. for an entry form, consent
form, rules and art submission

Loans help replace
storm-damaged homes
chobee Non-Profit Housing, Inc.
has received $500,000 for the
HOME Again Loan Program,
which helps homeowners with
replacement of their hurricane
damaged or destroyed homes.
The HOME Again Program will
help applicants who meet the fol-
lowing criteria:
You owned your home in
Okeechobee County and it was
your primary residence during
hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in
You have been unable to fix
your home due to a lack of insur-
ance or other assistance. ,
Your gross household
income is at or below the follow-
ing levels: one person in the
household $24,000; two per-
sons -$27,650; three persons -
$31,100; four persons $34,550;
five persons $37,300; six per-
sons $40,100; seven persons
- $42,850; and, eight persons -
Interviews for applications for
this.program are by appointment
only. To make an appointment for
an interview, call Jessie Vazquez
at (863).467-5525. The Okee-

chobee Non-Profit Housing Inc.
office is open 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.,
Monday through Friday.

Homebuyer classes
held each Wednesday
rural housing service, can now
loan up to $172,632 for housing
mortgages for very low and low-
income applicants.
For prequalification for this
loan, call (863) 763-3345 to
reserve your seat for one of our
homebuyer classes.
Classes are held on Wednes-
days, starting at 9 a.m.

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at the intersection of Berman
Road and S.R. 70 E. The deputy
stated both he and Sgt. Peterson
activated their emergency lights,
but Osborne would not stop.
As the vehicles were west-
bound on S.R. 70 at speeds up to
80 mph, other OCSO units were
notified that a chase was in
Deputy Ashby stated that he
was able to slow Osborne to the
posted speed by pulling in front
of him. He also stated that other
units were going to deploy stop
sticks to end the pursuit.
At the intersection of S.R. 710
and SiR. 70 East at Raulerson
Road, OCSO units were posted
with their emergency lights
flashing. But Osborne reportedly
did not stop and turned onto S.R.
Deputy Ashby's report goes
on to state that the pursuit con-
tinued on S.R. 710 toward
Indiantown until Osborne


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portation and capital improve-
ment planning.
The legislation also provides
for regulatory relief to local gov-
ernments that adopt an urban
service boundary utilizing a
visioning process. The City of
Okeechobee is one of 126 eligi-
ble communities that met selec-
tion criteria related to size, resi-
dent income level and projected
growth rate. The technical assis-
tance funding is available to help
local governments implement
the new planning requirements
in SB360.
The council will hold public
hearings and consider several
rezoning issues, as follows:
Ordinance No. 918, Bertha
Williams to rezone lot three and
the west half of lot two, Block
254, replat of blocks 252 to 254,
from heavy commercial to resi-
dential single family;
Ordinance No. 919, submit-
ted by Barry and Valerie Lewis,
to amend the land use designa-
tion of lots 11-12 of block 105
from single family to commer-
Ordinance No. 920, proper-
ty owners Raul and Kathey

turned onto 15-A. He then con-
tinued to U.S. 441 S.E. where he
turned west, stated the deputy.
Deputy Gary Johnson had
positioned his patrol car in the
Nubbin Slough area to stop traf-
fic in the southbound lane and
had turned on his emergency
lights. As Osborne approached
Deputy Johnson with Sgt. Peter-
son in pursuit, he veered into the
westbound lane and headed
directly toward Deputy Johnson.
But when he was within a few
feet of hitting Deputy Johnson,
he pulled back into the north-
bound lane.
In the 4200 block of. U.S. 441
S.E., Osborne reportedly
swerved and struck another
vehicle, but still he did not stop.
That vehicle, wrote Deputy
Ashby, was damaged to the
point that it had to be towed.
By this time Deputy Rusty
Hartsfield had deployed a stop
stick near King's Bay. Osborne
ran over the stick, which caused
three tires on the truck to go flat.
Still, Osborne kept going, said
the report.
When Osborne approached

Gamiotea, to rezone an unplat-
ted three-acre parcel of land in
the southeast section from hold-
ing to residential single family.
The council will vote to set Jan. 3
as a final public hearing date;
Ordinance No. 921, submit-
ted by Devin Maxwell, to rezone
an unplatted 15.44-acre parcel of
land in the southeast section
from holding to residential single
family. The council will vote to
set Jan. 3 as a final public hear-
ing date;
Ordinance No. 922, submit-
ted by Gerald Lefebvre, to
rezone lots 10-12, block 40, first
addition to South Okeechobee,
from residential single family to
commercial professional office.
The council will vote to set Jan. 3
for a final pubic hearing;
Ordinance No. 923, related
to land development regulations
of signs to include murals. The
council will vote on first reading
of the ordinance and set Jan. 3 as
final public hearing date; and,
Council members will hold
a. public hearing and make a
motion on approving the final
plat for the revised plat of Brent-
wood Estates.
In other business, the council
make a motion to reappoint
Jerry O'Bannon and Jamie



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the entrance to Lock 7 he turned
into the park area and when he
topped the Herbert Hoover Dike,
he nearly hit two people on bicy-
cles a 41-year-old man and a
6-year-old boy. They were able
to get out of the way of the
oncoming truck before being hit,
stated Deputy Ashby.
Osborne continued down the
dike toward the parking area of
Lock 7 but instead of stopping,
he drove the vehicle into the
water at an estimated speed of
25-30 mph, said Deputy Ashby.
The truck ended up about 60 feet
into Lake Okeechobee.
Once the truck came to rest,
Sgt. Peterson, along with Deputy
Matt Hurst, waded into the lake
and helped Osborne to shore.
Deputy Ashby said during the
pat down of Osborne, a silver
deep socket like those used
with a ratchet was found in
Osborne's possession. Deputy
Ashby stated in his report that it
had been converted into a crack
pipe or a smoking device, and
some sort of burnt residue was
allegedly found in the screened
end of the socket.

Mullis as trustees to the City/OUA
General Employees Pension
Fund Board, term ending
discuss flooding in the
southwest section of the city;
consider a request for
mobile vending carts within the
consider approving Feb. 27,
2006, as cut-off for the 2006
comprehensive plan cycle;
consider bids from five ven-
dors on a dump truck bid pro-
posal and make a motion
approving the proposal from
Okeechobee Motor Company in
the amount of $45,067; and,
consider approving a rec-
ommendation from the code
board to start foreclosure pro-
ceedings on Geraldine Bertram
on property at 517 N.W 15th St.
The council will go into a
closed session to discuss pend-
ing administrative proceedings
concerning Governmental Risk
Insurance Trust (G.R.I.T.) and
reconvene in open session.
According to City Administra-
tor Brian Whitehall, a few years
ago the city was part of a pool
that covered liability and proper-
ty insurance and it went bank-
rupt. There is an outstanding
claim that the city is negotiating
a settlement on, and the details
will be discussed in executive
This will be the only meeting
of the city council in December.
They will meet again Jan. 3, 6
p.m. at City Hall.


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Phases II and III of the project
7 will restore an additional 27
miles of the river and reclaim
14,000 acres .of wetland,
increase colonization of plant
and animal species and improve
sport fishing.
* "The U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers is proud to be a part-
ner in restoring this key element
of the central and south Florida
ecosystem," announced Assis-
rs" tant Secretary of the Army John
Paul Woodley. "This project will
not only return the Kissimmee to
its natural state, it will also
reclaim 26,000 acres of valuable
wetlands, enhance habitat and
provide flood protection."

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Community Events

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 northeast
sections of the city. On Dec. 22 Santa will tour the southeast section of
the city. And on Dec. 23, he will tour the southwest portion of the city.

Annual toy drive under way
Big Lake Missions Outreach is sponsoring their 11th annual toy
give-a-way for needy children in Okeechobee. The collection of toys is
currently under way and will end Dec. 22. Toys and gifts for children
between the ages of baby to teerfare needed. Also needed are turkeys,
hams and all the trimmings for Christmas dinners. Families can be
adopted by calling Big Lake Missions at (863) 763-5725. For monetary
donations, checks should be made out to Big Lake Missions Outreach.

Girl Scouts collecting toys
The Girl Scouts of Okeechobee, Pegasus Service Unit are collecting
baby items to aid local families impacted by the recent hurricanes.
Items such as diapers, unopened formula, baby bottles, baby wipes,
baby food, etc. are needed. There are collection boxes at local elemen-
tary schools and at the Okeechobee County Public Library,. 206 S.W.
16th St., where people are asked to see Pat O'Connor. Items will be
collected through Dec. 30, and will be given to the Okeechobee
Healthy Start Coalition for distribution.

New class available at IRCC
A class will be available at the Indian River Community College
Dixon-Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., for coaches, anyone with
physical education on their certification or other interested parties enti-
tled. The class is entitled Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries -
IRCC reference number 86771. The class will run for three consecutive
weekends beginning Jan. 6-7, 2006. This will be a three-credit class
that will cover what to look concerning sports injuries, the prevention
of sports injuries and how to protect yourself from potential lawsuits.
For information, contact Candi Walker at (863) 467-6778.

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.

Toys donations needed
Cowboys for Christ Hand and Hand Ministries is in need of toys for
Christmas to be given to children. Call Denna Scantland at (863)-612-
0640 and we will pick them up or you may deliver them.

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 Sat-
urdays and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Volunteers are also need-
ed to work on the following committees: public relations, fundraising,
legal advice, family support and volunteer coordination. An experi-
enced bookkeeper is also needed. Call (863) 357-1371 for information.

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 contact
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-Thurs-
day, 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Fla. ranks 43rd in keeping kids from tobacco

Washington, DC Florida
ranks 43rd in the nation in fund-
ing programs to protect kids from
tobacco, according to a national
report released by a coalition of
public health organizations.
Florida currently spends $1
million a year on tobacco preven-
tion programs, which amounts to
1.3 percent of the minimum
amount of $78.4 million recom-
mended by the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention
The annual report on states'
funding of tobacco prevention
programs, titled "A Broken
Promise to Our Children," was
released by. the Campaign for
Tobacco-Free Kids, American
Heart Association, American Can-
cer Sodciety and American Lung
The report warns that there is a
growing gap between the inade-
quate amounts most states are
spending on tobacco prevention
programs and the record sums
the tobacco companies are
spending to market cigarettes and
other tobacco products. In Flori-
da, the tobacco companies are
spending a record $967.9 million
a year on marketing, amounting
to 968 times what the state
spends on tobacco prevention.
The report also found that the
states have record amounts of
tobacco-generated revenue to
increase funding for tobacco pre-
Florida this year will collect
$829.2 million from the tobacco
settlement and tobacco taxes, but
will spend just 0.1 percent of it on
tobacco prevention.
Florida once had one of the
nation's most successful tobacco
prevention programs and
reduced high school smoking by
35 percent and middle school
smoking by 50 percent in four
years. However, state leaders
have regularly cut funding for the
program to the current $1 million
a year from a high of $70 million
in Fiscal Year 1999. Public health
groups in Florida are currently
collecting signatures in support of
a constitutional amendment that

would require the state to spend
15 percent of its annual tobacco
settlement revenue on tobacco
prevention programs. The
amendment would appear on the
November 2006 ballot.
"Florida is currently one of the
most disappointing states in the
nation when it comes to protect-
ing kids from tobacco. But Florida
voters can make their state a
national leader again by support-
ing the proposed constitutional
amendment to keep the promise
of the tobacco settlement and
restore funding for tobacco pre-
vention," said William V. Corr,
Executive Director of the Cam-
paign for Tobacco-Free Kids. "It is
also important that the Governor
and Legislature increase the
state's cigarette tax, which is 44th
lowest in the nation at just 33.9
cents a pack. Florida must step up
its tobacco prevention efforts
because the tobacco companies
are spending record amounts to
market their deadly and addictive
products, often in ways that
appeal to kids."
The new report concludes
that, seven years after the 1998
multi-state tobacco settlement,
most states have failed to keep
their promise to spend a signifi-
cant portion of their settlement
money on programs to prevent
kids from starting to smoke and
help smokers quit. The states are
expected to collect about $246
billion from the tobacco settle-
ments over 25 year.
Because 41 states and the Dis-
trict of Columbia have increased
tobacco taxes in the last three
years, the states this year will col-
lect a record $21.3 billion in
tobacco-generated revenue from
the tobacco settlement and
tobacco taxes. However, they are
spending just 2.6 percent of this
total, or $551 million, on pro-
grams to prevent kids from. start-
ing to smoke and help smokers
quit, according to the report. This
amounts to barely a third of what
the CDC recommends the states
spend on tobacco prevention and
cessation programs.
In contrast, the tobacco com-

panics have increased their mar-
keting nationwide by 123 percent
since the tobacco settlement to a
record $15.4 billion a year, or $42
million a day, according to the
Federal Trade Commission. As a
result, the tobacco companies
spend $28 to market cigarettes
and other tobacco products
nationwide for every dollar the
states spend on tobacco preven-
This year's report also finds the
Only four states Maine,
Colorado, Delaware and Missis-
sippi currently fund tobacco
prevention programs at mini-
mum levels recommended by the
Only 11 other states are
funding tobacco prevention pro-
grams at even half the minimum
levels recommended by the CDC.
Thirty states are spending
less than half the CDC's minimum
Another five states, Michigan,
Missouri, New Hampshire, South
Carolina and Tennessee and the*
District of Columbia allocate no
significant state funds for tobacco
The report found that there is
more evidence than ever that
tobacco prevention, programs
work to reduce smoking, save
lives, and save money by reducing
smoking-caused health costs.
Maine, which ranks first among
the states in funding tobacco pre-
vention, has reduced smoking by
59 percent among high school
students and 64 percent among
middle school students since
launching its tobacco prevention
program in 1997. Mississippi has
reduced smoking by 48 percent
among public middle school stu-
dents and 32 percent among pub-
lic high school students. Studies
show California's program, start-
ed in 1990, and has helped save
tens of thousands of lives by
reducing smoking-caused heart
disease, lung cancer and other
diseases. Studies show California
and Massachusetts have saved as
much as $3 in smoking-caused
health costs-for every dollar spent

Arrest Log

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving
under the, influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the
Department of Corrections
Rodriguez S. Hernandez, Jr.,
53, U.S. 441 S.E., Okeechobee,
was arrested Dec. 1 by Deputy
Corporal Jack Nash on a felony
charge of battery, and misde-
meanor charges of battery (two
counts), failure to register as a
convicted felon (within 48 hours)
and obstruction of justice. His
total bond was set at $16,000.
Robert Edward Muller, 26,
Sycamore Avenue, Lake Placid,
was arrested Dec, 2 by Deputy
Justin Akins on a charge of pos-

session of cocaine. His bond was
set at $5,000.
Arnulfo Martinez, 31, S.W.
Third St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Dec. 2 by Deputy M.
Flowers on a warrant charging
him with amended violation of
probation driving under the
influence. He is being held with-
out bond.
Tabitha Yvette Nealis, 27,
N.W. 81st Court, Okeechobee,
was arrested Dec. 2 by Deputy
Donna H. Lee on charges of bur-
glary, grand theft, dealing *in
stolen property, possession of a
controlled substance, prescrip-
tion fraud and reckless driving.
Her bond was set at $37,500.
Nealis was also arrested by OCPD
Detective John P. Zeigler on a
charge of obtaining or attempting
to obtain a prescription (three
counts). Her bond on this charge
was set at $15,000.
Christopher Hughey, 20,

N.W. Fourth St., Okeechobee,
was arrested Dec. 3 by Deputy
Gary Johnson on a charge of
attempted escape. He is being
held without bond on the charge.
Allen Thompson, 34, Pellicer
Road, St. Augustine, was arrested
Dec. 4 by Deputy Randy Thomas
on a Dixie County warrant charg-
ing him with the felony of viola-
tion of probation fleeing a police
officer, and the misdemeanor
charges of violation of probation
- driving under the influence and
violation of probation driving
while license suspended. His total
bond was set at $2,000.
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
paper. The information will be
confirmed and printed.

Holiday Events

Bell ringers needed
The Salvation Army is looking
for volunteers for its bell ringers
program. Bell ringers can sit
down and ring the bell for one
hour or one day, it's your choice.
If you would like to volunteer to
help the Salvation Army, contact
Kip Gardner at (863) 357-0427.
The bell ringer program is the Sal-
vation Army's basic fundraising
program during the Christmas

Hospice Country Store
The Country Store will be held
in the Hamrick House, which is
adjacent to the Hospice Resi-
dence at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information or to donate to the
event, call Theresa at (863) 467-

Santa to visit park
Santa Claus will be in City Hall
Park on Dec. 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.

Christmas concert
The First Baptist Church, 401
S.W. Fourth St., will present a
Christmas concert featuring the
keyboard artistry of Lorne
Matthews on Thursday, Dec. 8, at
7 p.m.

LOAA Christmas Party
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat
Association (LOAA) Christmas
Party will be held at the Fraternal
Order of Eagles (FOE), 9985 U.S.
441 N., Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. A
table has been reserved and you
need not be a member of FOE to
attend. A 16-ounce steak dinner
will be available for a $10 dona-
tion. Entertainment will be pro-
vided by Jimmy Harper. For infor-
mation, contact Dennis Anderson
at (863) 763-6069.

Santa Claus to visit
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, 212,22, 23 and 24 from 6 until
8 p.m. His visits are sponsored by
the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee.

on tobacco prevention.
Tobacco use is the leading
cause of preventable death in the
U.S., killing more than 400,000
people and costing more than
$180 billion in health care bills
and lost productivity every year.
Nearly 90 percent of all smokers
start at or before age 18. Every day
in the U.S., another 1,500 kids
become regular smokers, one-
third of whom will die premature-
ly as a result. In Florida, 15.7 per-
cent of high school students
currently smoke, and 24,700
more kids become regular smok-
ers every year. Each year, tobacco
use claims 28,600 lives and costs
the state $5.8 billion in health care
More information, including
the full report and state-specific
information, can be obtained on
the Internet at www.tobac-
ments or by calling (202)-296-

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Central's Employee of the Year
Judy LaFlam, a paraprofessional at Central Elementary
School, was recently named the school's School Related
Employee of the Year. She will be competing against
school related employees from other schools for the title
of District School Employee of the Year.

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DEADBEAT DADS: I saw where Martin County was having a crack
down on deadbeat parents and rounding them up for non-support and
putting them in jail. What would someone from Okeechobee have to do
to get something like that started in our county? The local child support
office does not enforce support payments. (We contacted the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office with your concern and were told that the
sheriff's office regularly receives and serves warrants for failure to pay
child support. Also, driver's licenses are suspended for non-payment
and a lot of violators are caught this way. Overall, the child support
office does enforce support payments, and the sheriff's office will
enforce and served the arrest warrants as soon as they are received.
But at this point, a special crackdown is not needed.)

THANKFUL: I think that everyone should love the fact that the people
from the North come here and spend their money. I work for two busi-
nesses here in town and I know that without the people from the North
neither would survive. There are a lot of cities in Florida and Arizona and
a lot of other states that these people could go to, but I thank God for
them coming to Okeechobee and helping all of us keep our jobs.
Remember a few years back when they all went home early because of
the drought? The business owners were really upset with the loss of rev-
enue. Keep up the bad service and complaining and maybe the folks
from the North won't come back, then you can complain because you
don't have a job.

TALK TOO MUCH: I take offense at being told that just because I am
from the North I am rude and in a hurry. Did you ever think that if the
service people in this town moved a little faster no one would have to
wait quite as long. I was in a business the other day and it took the person
over 20 minutes to wait on someone, when it should have maybe taken
her 10 minutes. She stopped and talked to five other people while she
should have been waiting on her customer. It drives me crazy to go into a
business and the clerk or waitress is talking to a friend when they should
be waiting on me or another customer. So take a good look at your cus-
tomer service skills and maybe people won't complain.

SERVICE DEPOSIT: OUA is not a very customer-friendly place. You
always get this bad attitude when you go in there to pay your bill or talk to
them on the phone. They've been holding two of my deposits of $250'
each for well over two years. It's time to go through those deposits and
mail them back to the people so that they can draw interest and use that
money. Instead, the money is being held by OUA who gives such terribly
poor service.

BE AWARE: I have been going to the same laundromat for five years. I
think that it is pretty pathetic that you have to be subjected to the profanity
and vulgar foul language used while doing your laundry in a public busi-
ness. I will never go back there again. Business owners need to respect
the people who patronize their businesses on a regular basis and be
aware of what goes on in their businesses so that customers don't have
to be subjected to the vulgar language.

PIT BULLS: I was wondering if Okeechobee has any ordinance
regarding pit bull dogs. Is there a leash law in the county? These dogs are
vicious and in some places they have been outlawed. We have a couple
of these dogs in the Taylor Creek Isles area and I am concerned about the
elderly people who walk in the area daily. What kind of county laws are in
place to protect the people from these vicious animals? Could you please
let me know what those laws are regarding pit bulls or any other animals
that are not on a leash or not confined? (Editor's Note: We checked with
the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office and were told there is no specif-
ic county ordinance dealing with pit bulls. Simply put, county ordinance
requires that dogs either be on a leash or confined.)

PRAYERS NEEDED: I know that Okeechobee is growing very rapidly
but there are still lots of good, small town attitudes among us. I saw on
the news about a young couple a woman and her fiance and the
woman is dying of cancer. They also said that due to the bills, the children
will not have a Christmas. I just wanted to ask Okeechobee to pray for
these people and perhaps dig deep to help these children to have a happy
Christmas. The young man who is the fiance, I have seen him personally
helping the elderly people and he never lets his personal problems get in
the way of helping others. I would like for everyone to give them lots of
prayers and help out with taking care of Christmas for the small children,
so that she will know that her children will be taken care of before she

RESTAURANTS: We had an incident at a local restaurant where we
did not get greeted. I spoke to the manager who was a very young man,
who was untrained. That did not do any good. I gave it another chance
went back a'second time and happened to see how they were handling
the food in the back of the restaurant. I know that hairnets and gloves are
not required. I asked to see the manager, who was again a very young
person, and told her that I would not give them another chance. It's really
a shame that Okeechobee does not have a person from our health
department who can check on these things. Apparently, you have to get
online and go through Fort Pierce. I would volunteer to do this on my
own time if I thought that it would make a difference. We should have a
person who can do something about this right now. Just pay attention
Okeechobee to how your employees are handling the food, and what
they are doing with their hands while they are preparing food for cus-

NUDITY: This is for the person who stated that at the club there could
be nudity on the premises. Nudity at any public place in town is in viola-
tion of the law and should be closed down. There are bare-fisted, violent
fights where people get their teeth knocked out and limbs broken. They
need to be investigated.

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Upcoming Events

Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets at the Golden Corral Restaurant,
700 S. Parrott Ave., at noon. All Rotarians and the public are invited. For
information, contact Bill Bartlett at (863) 467-4663.
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology and how to see
your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through extensive. Registra-
tion is $20 and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for informa-
tion. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to
participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, contact
Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763) 4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call
(863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave:.This is a men's only meeting. For infor-
mation, call Earl at (863) 763-0139:'.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member is
welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7
p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life.
The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For informa-
tion, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Bipolar Bears meets at 11 a.m. at Welcome House, 1925 U.S. 441 S.E.
It is a self-help group that offers support and education for people who have
been diagnosed with clinical depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-
affective disorder or dual diagnosis. For information, call (863) 467-1026.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old time
gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Dr. Edward
Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American
Legion Post #64, 510 S.E. Second St. The Jaycees would like to welcome
all energetic young people between the ages of 21 and 39, who are interest-
ed in working towards the betterment of our community. For information,
call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399.
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.
Narcotic 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) 763-
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.
Alternative Lifestyle is meeting at the A.A. Clubhouse (Sobriety in the
Swamp), 50 U.S. 441 S.E., at the corner of U.S. 78 and U.S. 441. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-5385.
The Disabled American Veterans meet at 12:30 p.m. at V.F.W. Post
#4423, 300 N.W. 34th St. All service-connected veterans are invited. For
information, call Keith at (863) 357-1335.
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 Missionary
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 your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI (Interna-
tional Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military infor-
mation available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Prayer Group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center located at 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. at the 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 camp-
ing site.
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 wel-
come. 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-
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relationships.
The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For information call
(863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or
(863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office is open from 9 a.m. until
noon and representatives will be at the One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St.,
in Okeechobee.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second 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) 467-2321.
Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will meet at the.home of Diane
and Julian Samborski, 8089 N.E. 12th St., at 7 p.m. For information, call
(863) 357-7954.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. Any-
one 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 Morgretat (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.

Letter to the Editor


Thank you for a wonderful
tree lighting ceremony and the
innovative opening of South
Park Street to the Main Street
venue. It was a shame that the
weather delayed it one day,
which possibly lessened the
attendance. Word of mouth will,
however, ensure its success next
I must add my voice, howev-
er, to that of many others when I
comment on your apparent suc-
cumbing to political correctness
in the park decorations. Our
group walked the whole, park
and loved the lights, the poster
greeting cards and the general
festive air. But nowhere did we
see a single lighted greeting of

Merry Christmas.
There was Seasons Greetings.
There was Happy Holidays. But
there was no Merry Christmas.
In years past there was a huge
sign on the southeast corner of
our main intersection listing
each church in this town. It real-
ly demonstrated the spiritual
nature of Okeechobee. But,
sadly, now there is not even a
Merry Christmas a term
derived from the name of the
one whose birth we celebrate.
If we are afraid of offending
minorities, then let their sign be
put up, also. But please don't
disrespect the vast majority in
our city by denying them the
acknowledgment of Christ's
birth with a simple Merry Christ-
Raye Marie Deusinger

Community Events

Santa to visit park
Santa Claus will be in City Hall Park Dec. 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

Democratic Party plans meeting
The public is invited and is welcome to bring a friend to the
Democratic Party meeting to be held Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.
at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave. For information, contact
Pat Brennan at (863) 467-0595.

Aging agency plans lunch meeting
The Area Agency on Aging of Palm Beach/Treasure Coast,
Inc., will host its annual meeting and luncheon on Thursday,
Dec. 8, at the West Palm Beach Marriott Hotel. New members of
the board of directors and advisory council will be inducted dur-
ing the meeting that will begin at 9:30 a.m. The luncheon will
begin at noon. The meeting is open to the public. Tickets for the
luncheon are $35 each, and may be obtained by contacting the
Agency on Aging at (561) 684-5885.

Children's council changes meeting date
The Children's Services Council regularly scheduled meeting
for Thursday, Dec. 8, has been cancelled. The next meeting will
be Thursday, Jan. 12, at 5 p.m. in the conference room of the
Okeechobee County School Board office at 700 S.W. Second
Ave. Gene Woods of the Okeechobee County Board of County
Commissioners is a member of the Children's Services Council
and will be participating in this meeting.

Diabetes support group to meet
Raulerson Hospital's diabetes support group will meet Thurs-
day, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. in the hospital's cafeteria. The diabetes sup-
port group is free to the community. For information, call Wanda
Haas, RN, BA, CDE, CPT at (863)763-5093.

ABWA plans holiday luncheon
The Women of Tomorrow Chapter of the American Business
Women's Association will hold its annual holiday luncheon on
Thursday, Dec. 8, from noon until 1 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The luncheon is $6.41 per person,
not including the tip. For more information, contact Bonnie
Kinchen at (863) 467-7100.

Church hosts Christmas concert
The First Baptist Church, 401 S.W Fourth St., will present a
Christmas concert featuring the keyboard artistry of Lorne
Matthews on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.

BHR homeowners association to meet
The November and December meeting of the Buckhead
Ridge Homeowners Association will be held Thursday, Dec. 8. A
pot-luck dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will
begin at 7:30 p.m.

Airboat club plans Christmas party
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association (LOAA) Christmas
party will be held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE), 9985
U.S. 4.41 N., Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. A table has been reserved
and you need not be a member of FOE to attend. A 16-ounce
steak dinner will be available for a $10 donation. Entertainment
will be provided by Jimmy Harper. For information, contact Den-
nis Anderson at (863) 763-6069.

School plans Jingle Bell walk
The faculty and staff of Everglades Elementary School invites
everyone to their second annual Jingle Bell Walk on the Dike at
the Pier along the waterfront of Lake Okeechobee on Saturday,
Dec. 10 from 8:30 until 9:30 a.m. We are encouraging all partici-
pants to wear jingle bells while walking. Come and enjoy the
spirit of the holidays with your child. In making this year's Jingle
Bell Walk a festive event, Jingle Bell Walk T-shirts can be ordered
for $10 each. To order a T-shirt, or for walk information, call
Coach Forde or Coach Ferneau at (863) 763-7205.

Church hosting gospel concert
The public is invited to a gospel music concert to be held Sat-
urday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Parrott Avenue Christian Church
on S.R. 70 West.

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 from 9 a.m.
until 7:30 p.m. in Flagler Park. Vendor applications are available
at the Chamber office, 55 S. Parrott Ave. For information, call the
Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

Christmas parade will be Dec. 10
This year's Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce
Lighted Christmas parade will be held in downtown Okee-
chobee 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.

Sacred Heart Church hosting festival
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will cele-
brate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, Dec. 11.
The outdoor procession will be held in the parking lot prior to
the 12:45 p.m. mass. There will be a special festival beginning at
2 p.m. with ethnic food, entertainment and games for children.
Parking and admission are free. The event is open to the public.
For information, call the parish office at (863) 763-3727.

Church hosting Christmas play

The Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., will
host the musical/drama entitled "A Smokey Mountain Christmas
Change of Heart". The play will be presented Sunday, Dec. 11,
at 6 p.m. and on Monday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Food will be
served following the Sunday night performance for a donation of
$6. For information, call the church at (863) 763-4127.

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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Dec. 2,
through Thursday, Dec. 8, are as
Theatre I "Harry Potter and
the Goblet of Fire" (PG-13) Show-
times: Friday at 2, 4:45 and 7:30
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:45 and 7:30 p.m. Monday at 3,
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:45 and 7:30
Theatre II "Walk the Line"
(PG-13} Showtimes: Friday at 2,
4:20, 7 and 9:20 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:20, 7 and 9:20 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:20,7 and 9:20 p.m.
Theatre Ill "Yours, Mine and
Ours" (PG) Showtimes: Friday at 2,
4:15, 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, 7and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5:50 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4:50; senior
citizens are $4:50 for all movies;
and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-


Rescue accepts
unwanted horses
Horse Heaven Rescue in St.
Lucie County takes in all unwant-
ed horses. If you can't keep them,
donate them by calling (772) 467-
0400. For information, ask for
You can help
Kids in Distress
In Florida 200,000 children are
abused or neglected each year.
When families fail to care for their
children, the question is whose
children are these? The answer is
they belong to all of us. You can
help abused and neglected chil-
dren by donating your opera-
tional car, boat, truck or other
vehicle to Kids In Distress by call-
ing (954) 390-7620. Kids In Dis-
tress is a community-supported
agency dedicated to the care,
treatment and prevention of child
abuse and neglect. They have
locations in Broward and Palm
Beach counties.
Wildlife Center
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife
adventure birthday party at
Arnold's Wildlife Center, 14895
N.W. 30th Terrace. You can invite
up to 20 friends to join you for a
wildlife adventure tour, hands on
animal encounter, games and a
special craft for everyone to
make. For information on cost
and reservations, call (863) 763-
VA vans are
running daily
Okeechobee County has
increased the days the VA vans
transport veterans to the West
Palm Beach VA Medical Center.
The VA vans are now running
Monday through Friday. All veter-
ans needing a ride to the VA Med-
ical Center should call the County
Veterans Service Officer at (863)
763-8124 several days ahead of
time and provide name, last four
of social security number, date
and time of appointment and
whether a wheelchair/scooter lift
is needed. All appointments must
be before noon. If there are any
questions, please contact Betsy
Grinslade, the county veterans'
service officer.
Free pregnancy
tests are offered
The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
ter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, offers free pregnan-
cy testing to girls and women of
all ages. We offer free and confi-
dential pregnancy tests, peer
counseling, referrals for a free
ultrasound, parenting classes,
and abstinence education. Oper-
ating hours are from 10 a.m. until
4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thurs-
days. We are located at 1505 S.
Parrott Ave., across from the
movie theatre. For information or
appointments call (863) 763-
Free parenting
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Free six-week parenting class-
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are held at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays at
the Pregnancy Resource Center,
1505 S. Parrott Ave. Topics
include discipline a family
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infants, eight to eighteen months
- the toddler, 18 to 36 months -
terrific twos, three year olds, and
uncommon sense. Each week
parents "earn" baby bucks to pur-
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center's Baby Boutique. Child-
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Team Operation to
California, Home
Weekly. 2 yrs.
verifiable exp.
Benefits after 90 days
& Bonus Incentives.
For info call:
between 9am & 5pm
Looking for Field Supervisor
for sugar cane operation. Exp.
with farm equipment req'd.
Exc. benefit package. Fax
resume to 561-996-8559.

For Okeechobee County
to work w/children &
adolescents for in-home,
school based & office. M-F
Master's degree required.
Fax resume to 863-763-9898

HELP WANTED, Carpenter
work...on my porch & floor
area inside my front door.
Looks like maybe two days
work for knowledgeable per-
son. I will pay decent price
of your quote. Cor & look at
job & I will shop for the ma-
terials you list. 23 mi S of
Okee. on #441 phone Janet
at (772)597-5547..-
Part Time
Must be able to work week
days & weekend evenings.
Apply at the American Legion
501 SE 2nd St. (after 10 am).
Must be proficient in
Microsoft word and excel.
Good people skills.
Fax resume to (863)467-3050

ASSIST.- I am looking for
F/T employment. Exp. in
Medical Secretarial, Front &
back office. Need work
ASAP (561)261-6166


Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or consid-
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of questionable value, such
as promises of guaranteed
income from work-at-home
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that it is. If you have ques-
tions or doubts about any ad
on these pages, we advise
that before responding or
sending money ahead of
time, you check with the Bet-
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Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an ex-
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distance toll costs. We will do
our best to alert our reader of
these charges in the ads, but
occasionally we may not be
aware of the charges. There-
fore, if you call a number out
of your area, use caution.

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doing you in, it's time to
look for a helper in the

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Come in and fill out a contractors
information sheet at the Circulation office
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Call Janet Madray at 863-763-3134 Ext. 233

Merchandise 1

Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 5-'0
Books & Magazines 53
Building Materials5-40
Business Equipment 5-45
Carpets. Rugs 551
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins. Stamps 570
Collectibles 57
Computer Video 530
Crafts 'Supplies 585
Cruises 5'0
Drapes. Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture u 10
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry '335
Lamps-Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 1355
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies
Equipment 5
Pets. Supplies,
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television..'Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

AIR COND- 10 ton, Carrier,
heating & cooling, asking
$1300 (863)763-2663 or
801-1245 cell.

3.5 ton package unit w/heat
$1075 (954)309-8659
AIR HANDLER, 2 Ton, in good
condition. $150 or best offer.
WINDOW & WALL A/C's (10)
- 120V & 220V, Some w/heat.
Good condition. $500 for all
will separate. (772)971-9474

FLY ROD Vintage, split bam-
boo. 3 tips, $40
of Antique furniture.
Quality service.
Call (863)763-4149
or (561)758-4337
Treadle. Include original ac-
cessories. Excellent condi-
tion. $150. (863)467-8050

ROASTER OVEN, For Counter,
For roasting or bread. Brand
new, never used. $50.
STOVE Glass top, white, like
new. $265. (863)675-0310
WASHER, Kenmore, White,
Used. Heavy duty. Excellent
condition. $200.
point, white, heavy duty,
4yo, like new, $200 for both
It's never too late to find
the perfect gift. Look
for it in the -: l, ,'- ,l',1

TRAILMATE, 2-Adult 3 wheel-
er, Hand brakes w/baskets.
Like new. $250 See Dec
10th YS Ad in Caloosa Belle

Popular Authors. $40 for all.
will sep. (863)357 0575

I BusinIsI

i~ i-a Not i

dows. $1500. (863)634-5826
(triple) & KITCHEN CABI-
NETS- good cond. $900 for
all will sep. (863)763-2476.

w/silver beads Size 14 $250,
bought 7/05 new, slip available

Peace Dollars in circulated
cond. from '22-'24. $300 will
sep. moljam()mvway.com

COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $1500 all or
best offer.. 863-824-3358
CARDS late 80s early 90s
excellent condition $500/
neg. (863)763-8943

Monitor, keyboard, mouse,
LEX Z12 printer w/ desk. $150
neg. will sep. (863)824-8787
COMPUTER Gateway, com-
plete, all disks, $300 or trade
for Pistol. (772)461-8822 Ft.
COMPUTER- Pentium 3, win-
dows XP, MS Works, key-
board, mouse, monitor,
$175. (863)843-0158
SCSI CD-ROM External, 24x
max, for Mac OS comp Comes
complete with all cables, etc.
$15 (863)675-5981

filled with designer fabric
samples $20
BLANKET King size. In good
condition. $15 (863)763-9135
QUILT- Pink Ribbon Design
(Breast Cancer Awareness).
Hand made 48"x74", $200.
off white, for sliding or dbl
doors $40 (863)763-4098

24" & 1 Small. By: Cooper.
Beautifully matted/framed. Exc..
cond. $500863-467-7659 ,
BUNK BED wood and metal,
top twin, bottom futon sized,
not used much. $150.
CHAIR- Claret colored, Wing-
back with matching foot-
stool. $50. (863)763-1861
Leave msg if no answer.
solid oak w/ burlwood doors,
72"t, 72"w. Beveled glass drs
$400 neg. (863)357-1741
Desk & China Cabinet $175
for all,- will sep.
DESK Large, great for com-
puter. Solid wood. $50 or best
offer. (863)467-1777
DINETTE- 30"x40" With 6
chairs, Light natural
wood/white legs Exc cond
$125. (863)357-7406
DINING TABLE glass top,
Italian marble base, 4 chairs.
$200 or best offer
76x41, light wood, cost
$1200 new asking $325
Glass front. Holds 27" TV.
$75. (863)801-3412
FUTON New, wooden, with
beige cushion, paid over
$200 asking $150
Queen size, With foundation,
Like new $100.
SOFA Like new. Paid $1000
only asking $400

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Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

model. Needs crank. All there.
$1300 (863)357-3981

jumper $700 or best offer.

Fpecta I-Ap ft

OAK TABLE Custom made,
square, 42x42, 4 spindle back
oak chairs in very good cond.
$350 (863)763-2458
SECTIONAL beautiful, dark,
w/2 recliners, great cond,,
Must sell, asking $1000/neg.
SLEEPER SOFAS -2 matching,
74" long, extra slip covers, full-
size mattress covrd w/plastic
$200 will sep(863)763-0691
SEAT, $80. (863)357-3509
SOFA- 7' curved, Ethan Alleh,
Slip covered in jewel tones.
$100 or best offer.
(863)763-1861 Leave msg
SOFA BED, Log Cabin, custom
cushions, wildlife scenery,
cost $1200, asking $425.
SOFA, love seat and chair,
Brown flowers good condi-
tion $150 (863)467-7664
after 5pm .
STOOLS Windsor Back, (4)
oak, $100 (863)675-1634
$200. (863)763-8943 ask
for Tracy

gauge w/choke tubes, and
aluminum carrying case
BRARY 32 leather bound vol.
$300 (863)697-2033
RIFLE- 22 Cal. with scope Ex-
cellent condition $125. Cell
SHOTGUN, high standard
pump, 12 gauge, good
cond., $300 or trade for pis-
tol, $300. (772)461-8822

Styler 2000, Dual Action,
Electronic, Ergometer. $50.
for leg work out $40
all digital, brand new, $50
TREADMILL Pro-Form 350s
Cross Trainer w/weights.
Like new $200
TREADMILL, Weslo Cadence
840, electronic, w/digital
readout, exc. cond., $150
neg. (863)357-1082
WEIGHT BENCH w/leg lift,
1601bs of weights, additional
weight lift bar $80

EARRINGS Ladies, Peacock
design. Hand made, 24K,
l00yr old. Asking $575 nego-
tiable (863)634-9620 Okee

TABLE LAMP- built in, shade
is taupe velour, $35

BED- Craftmatic, twin, electric
adjustable bed. Good work-
ing condition. $300. Pioneer
Plantation (954)966-2041
$500 (863)634-9536 or
condition. With cover. $400
SCOOTER, Motorized, Inside
/Out w/handle bars & Toshiba
Modem. Like new. Pd. $850
Now $400 neg 863-634-9620

& in boxes. Talking fish, Angel
& Fisherman. All Mechanical.
$20 for all. (269)251-2581
ous items. Will sell for $100
or will separate.
1355, new in box, with boost
sim card, $125.
LEAF BLOWER $40., Roto-Til-
ler $450., 20" Bansaw (old)
$250, Shore jacks $20, scroll
saw $30 (863)675-2992
pedic, King size, Good cond
Pd $600. Asking $300.
(863)763-8115 or 824-2607
MINI BLINDS (40) Like new,
various sizes. $50 for all, will
separate. (772)971-9474

DRUM SET- 5pc, excellent
condition, $200
GUITAR, Electric, Fender
Statocaster w/Fender 15R am-
plifier. $300. (863)673-3860
sional, oak, for organ/piano.
Excellent condition. $350 or
best offer (863)675-2596
ORGAN Baldwin Interlude.
Works. Good condition. Full

90hp Yamaha engine w/less
than 100 hrs. Like new
$8500. (863)697-2658
V BOTTOM BOAT 1948, 12
Ft., Aluminum. Very good con-
dition. $300. 863-824-0801

DODGE -Class C, older model,
new radials, brakes & tune up.
Sleeps 6. Great shape. $3500

25 FT., 39K mis., Fully self
contained w/twin beds. Must
see! $16,000. (863)763-7161
LEVELERS Lynx, w/ carrying
case, excellent condition, $30
or best offer (863)675-2596

$100 each. Call Debbie
COCKATOO- Likes to be held,
Young, Large cage & perch,
Talks, Great for Christmas!
$1500. (863)634-6483
DOG KENNEL, 6x10x6, like
new, $100. (863)634-2998
holds 29 gallon tank w/stor-
age $10 (863)763-4098
old male, 4 yr. old female.
$50 each (863)763-8318/
white paint, *asking $400
NEED to sell all variety breeds,
fancy pigeons & also Black
Java Chickens. In good health
$8 each. (863)674-0156
goat- $100 (863)675-0247
YOUNG DOVES- various col-
ors $25 e-ach.
(863) 675-6214 after 6 pm.
LaBelle area.

camera. Great for weddings &
birthdays. $25

base & faucet. New. $100
Shower Stall, Medicine Cabi-
net w/light, Sink & Base, Toilet
& Seat, Water Heater, 220 volt.
New! $450. (937)418-7005
asking $250.

HOT TUB Leisure Bay, 2 per-
son 51x82 inches New heater
elements $1500/neg.
(863)467-0071 before 8 pm
HOT TUB- Like new, Excellent
condition, 18 jets, Seats 6
adults $1499.

BOWLING BALL- Ladies, Ayr-
way Mustang, Tan/Gold, mar-
bleized, ex. con $12.5 lb.
w/bag. $40 (863)357-3779
BOWLING BALL- Men's, Black
Columbia 300, 16lbs, Good
condition. Black bag. $30.
left handed, Pollinton laser
scope, quiverarrows, re-
lease, target & case, asking
S$550 neg (863)467-9101.
case & accessories. Will
trade for shot gun. $175
(502)931-8101 cell.

new but old vacuum $50 will
separate (863)763-7989
SANYO 25" color. Works
fine. Replaced w/ a newer
model. $125 (863)357-6799

Rand, Commercial, $500
MISSION JACK- like new,
$200 (863)675-4409
GENERATOR- 2500 watt,
Used one time. $300. or best
offer. (863)610-1000
GENERATOR, Like new. Only
used a couple times. $700
or best offer. (863)241-1793
GENERATOR- Onan, 5000
watt, 2 cylinder, $500
TOOLS, Various w/life time
warranties, 3/8 & 1/2 drive.
$300. (863)763-3551

Afi HOCKEY TABLE- asking
$75 (863)674-0539.

A.E. Backus, H. Newton, G.
Buckner, E. Buckner, L. Rob-
erts, A. Hair, R A. McClen-
don, S. Newton, J. Gibson
BIG $$ (772)562-5567

7.5 feet, easy to assemble,
short needle, full, real look, ex-
cel cond. $75 (863)763-0691
NOBLE FUR- 7.5 ft, with pine
cones, and all the tdmmings,
$50 (863)763-2234.


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed 'Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825

2 Story Apt., Bidg. 90, Oak
Lake Apt's. $93,900.
863-763- 391 or 634-3313

75ft waterfront. Private boat
ramp, dock, fish cleaning
tables. Lake access. Home
features 3br, 2ba.
Large living room, family rm.
Fenced yard. $279,900.
Lawrence Associates
42ft. Park Model w/8 ft. Florida
Rm., Car Port & Storage Shed.
Water Softner & RO System,
All appl., Washer & Dryer, TV.
2 Bdrm., 2 Ba, House 2V1 Lots
in BHR. Dock, Seawall, More!
$279,500. (863)467-1077

size w/ peddles. Very pretty.
$100 (863)357-1867
TAYLOR GUITAR, 614-ceab,
25th Anniv. model, maple
back & sides, spruce top,
$2,000., (863)467-9859
TENOR SAX- Conn, with case,
Asking $450.
(863)675-4098 evenings

ER- Female, asking $200,
good hog dog
W/large cage
PIES, mother is red, father is
blue, both on premises.


Babysitting -405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 4120
Services Offered 4?5
Insurance -130
Medical Services435


O'Connell Construction
License # CBC055264
Screen Rooms, Carports
Room Additions
Florida Rooms
Aluminum Roof Over


wonder newspaper
readers are more popular

* $25 For Trimming.
* $70 For Shoes.
Call Mauro
7 Days A Week.

12 yrs. old, 14.3 hands, gen-
tle, $1500. Weekends
(561)767-7263 aft. 8 am
HORSE Pasafina Gelding,
loves attention, does not
spook. loves trails $2500.

28", Snapper, Liked new.
Rear eng. $275. See Dec
10th YS Ad Caloosa Belle
Machine, 42" cut, 15h Kohler
eng., runs & cuts great. Steal
at $325.(863)697-9884
LT 1000, Standard. Works
great. Well maintained. $800
or best offer. (863)241-1793
approx. 70 hr. on engine.
$800 (863)675-3074

GOATS For sale $75
GOATS- $70 call evenings
(863)675-4098 La Belle


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

OKEECHOBEE-In the country
Furn., 1br,1ba, on the river,
dock, all util furn, newly
renovated, $800/mo
(863)634-5864 Iv msg
S. W.InTown
2BR, 1 Bath Duplex, $600
Lease, No Pets 357-8303

OKEE- 3br, lba, CBS House
with gar. W/D, Nice area. Near
Blue Heron. No pets $1100.
mo. + 1st, last, $500. sec
dep to move in
OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 1.5ba,
waterfront, 804 SE 6th
Court, $950/mo, 1st, Lst,
$500 Sec, (863)467-5965.
water, w/shed, $900 mo. +
sec. dep., 4/2 on water
w/above ground pool & 2,stor,-
age sheds, fenced in, $1'2'0
mo. + sec. dep.

OFFICE SPACE -900 sq. ft.
Close proximity to new
court house. $700 mo.
Please call (863)763-4740
BUILDING, 1275 s.f., Limit-
ed Parking, $2000 mo.
Available Late Spring
If Interested, Call Judy

Free to travel. No kids. Move in
today Call (863)610-1716 for
more info.
ROOMMATE Wanted: in Okee-
chobee Area; in upscale neigh-
borhood. Full house privileges.
$400 mo., 863-697-9074


Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms. Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

OKEE.- Remodeled 2br,1.5ba,

MOORE HAVEN, Riverfront
Beautiful 2br, 2ba, 2 car gar-
age $299,900. Steve C21 All
Professional 772-240-2213

MUSE, Wild Wonderful SW
Glades County, 2-20ac par-
cels. Great area to build your
Dream Home. Weekdays
863-634-1791 or Weekends

LOTS (3) Banyon Village, Port
LaBelle, $35,000 each, Own-
er/Agent (239)472-9570.
125 Ft. x 125 Ft., Basswood
Area. $32,000. or best offer.
Cell # (561)329-3064
RUNWAY LOTS, (2), 0.8 acre,
Lots 5 & 6, River Oak Grove
subdivision, $200,000 ea.

Mobile Homes

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

Attachment Complete Kit. For
pulling house trailers. Used lx.
$300. neg. (863)697-3070

Very clean, No hurricane
damage. $4000. you move
Models on Display, Homes
available for immediate
delivery. Save $1,000's now!
Call us today. 863-494-4010,
Indianwood Gulf CC.,
$55,000, Adult park 45+,
Call Steve (772)240-2213
OKEE 2BR, 1BA On the wa-
ter. 40x12, park model w/
30x9 enclosed Florida room.
Covered pier, shed, carport.
Central air, new roof. Com-
pletely furnished. Barlow's
12626 Hwy 441 SE. lot 34.
$27,500 (765)609-3480 or


Boats 3005
Campers 'RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles. ATVs 3035

BASS BOAT 17 ft, 150 hp,
troller motor, lots of extras w/
trailer everything you need
$2500/neg. (772)559-8558
hp Force, Stereo & Fishfind-
er. $1500 or best offer.
BOAT new motor, good
shape w/fishing equipment
$1500 (863)467-9358
Cajun Bass Boat, '87, 16' Fi-
berglass, w/trlr, troll, mtr.,
bimini top, 125hp Evinrude,
$3850. (863)763-6854
Don' Miss

This One
Fishing Barge Pontoon, '97,
21' Suntracker, Merc., 50hp,
very low hrs., Signature Ser.,
$8700. (863)763-0944
LOWE- 14', Aluminum, Cover,
35hp Johnson, Troll motor,
Fish finder. Trailer New tires.
$2000. (352)206-1193
w/ trailer. Trolling motor
Johnson 15 hp, fully equipped.
$1995 (863)467-7340
POLAR 1998, 17 Ft., Salt Wa-
ter Series. 50 hp Johnson &
Aluminum Trailer. $5000. or
best offer. (786)395-7080
PONTOON BOAT 1991, Fully
Loaded w/Trailer. $3500.
PONTOON BOAT 1996 20ft,
runs great, 60hp Yamaha
stroke, w/trailer $5500
(863)357-0274 Iv. message
PONTOON BOAT, 20', 50hp
Evinrude, ready to go fishing,
runs good, $3500.
SAILBOAT-Hobie, 14', A lot of
new parts, needs TLC $400
or best offer. Call
SEA KAYAKS- 2, 17', top de-
sign, Good condition. $1200.
Will separate.
SEA RAY 24'- cabin cruiser,
w/trlr, twin in/outboard, fair
condition, $2500 or best of-
fer (863)673-6615

The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Many extras. Quick poss.
1/2 block E of Okee-Tantie
$6900. (317)243-3313 Okee
35ft, w/Florida room,
furnished, $2500
(863)467-7122 or

SEADO'S XP's 1995 & 1996
w/dual trailer. Run excellent.
$5400 for both. Port St. Lucie.

Sport 20+, 20 amp., 3 bank.
New, in box. $150.
does run, for parts
$350/neg. (863)634-4818
Genesis 74 bowmount power
stow & deploy, foot control,
auto pilot $150 941-255-2195

FISHING BOAT- '85, Gregor
18' V, Aluminum, 50hp Yama-
ha, Exc. Cond. $2100. Buck-
head Ridge 606-584-8462
GOLDWING '84 Classic. New
tires. 2 helmet intercom/stereo
CB. Grt cond $3500
(863)467-8186 /946-1331
HARLEY- Road King, '06, Lots
of extras $23,500.
II -

GO CART 2005 w/Roll Bar.
Like brand new! Paid $1200,
Asking $750.

new, asking $125
65cc, new motor, all new
parts, runs great $1800/neg.
SUZUKI'LTZ 400 2003 Race
Bike. $2900 Firm.
YAMAHA PW80 1993, Runs
good. Looks good. FMF.
Pipe. $700. 954-275-8111


Automobiles "410s
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment ,425
Foreign Cars 41030
Four Wheel Drive 40.35
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040)
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 40.0
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 40-j5
Vans 4070)

Runs great, cold air. $750 or
best offer (863)467-8013 after
7 pm
battery, alternator, good tires.
Dependable. 1st $550 takes it.
(863)532-9700/ 467-1547
lice packages, 1 runs 1
doesn't, clean titles, $2500
, for both (239)348-1825.

coupe, 2door, red. 18" chrome
rims, sunroof, cd, runs great
$2500 w/ rims (863)983-7876
FORD CONTOUR '95- stereo
system, 5spd, runs good,
$1500 (561)924-9161
Really good, reliable transpor-
tation. $2500 or best offer.
FORD ESCORT- '95, 5 spd,
$1000/neg (863)357-6775.
dr., auto, burgundy, good
condition, runs good, $1800.
to, cold air, real clean, runs
good, $1800 (772)461-4044
LINCOLN CONT. '91 -,light
pink, burgundy leather interior.
Needs transmission & wind-
shield $500 (239)657-4348
nice, very clean Must see to
appreciate $4500
Cartier, silver, 126k miles,
sun roof, well kept, $1950.
Needs work. $250 or best
offer. (863)467-8856
white, $2000 or best offer
PONTIAC Parissanne seat
covers new, good paint, tires
fine $800 (863)467-9358
SATURN SL '92, 5 speed, ac,
new tires, battery & cool fan
runs great $2000/neg.
Convertible. 70K mi. New
top. Excellent cond. $8500

CHEVY '48 Must sell! $2500

wheel drive, 3/4 ton, runs
good, $3800.

GOLF CART '00, Yamaha, gas,
w/winter top, $1950.

3RD SEAT- for Ford full size
van, $45 (863)357-3751.
Pusher, off a '93 Chevy P/U.
Good shape. $75
CAMPER TOP new condition,
fits Ranger Flare-side p/u.
$275 (863)467-8186 or
ELITE RIMS- (4), 4 lugs, 16",
No tires. $500 or best offer.

makes you u more Informed
and interesting person. No
wonder newspaper readers
are more successful

RIMS & TIRES- 20", Came off
a Dodge. $1000.
TIRES (4) Truck/SUV Pirelli
LT265/75/16 good tread left.
350, Rebuilt, $350 or best
offer. (863)467-8856

CHEV CREW CAB '91- runs
good, asking $2500
Ford F100, '74, ext. cab, short
bed, $1000 or best offer.
FORD F150 2002 Club Cab, -
Long bed, good condition,
$10,500. (772)569-6285'
FORD F150 '95- 4x4 good
condition, with camper top,
AM/FM, 10 CD changer $5800
neg. (863)675-8999.
Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
the classified.

TRAILER, Flat Bed, 8x20,
triple axle. $2500.
Heavy Duty w/Ramp & Tilt.
$950. (863)357-5754

CHEVY 1 Ton Van 1996 Runs
good. New tires. 900.
RAM 250, 3/4 ton, cold a/c
runs great $2500
Good condition. $1995.

The Board of County Commissioners of Okeechobee County, Florida is seeking in-
terested applicants for appointment to one (1) vacancy on the Toudst Develop-
ment Council (TDC).
The TDE, campsed of nine (9) members, makes recommendations to the Board of
County Commissioners for the effective operation of special projects or for uses
of the tourist development tax revenue andperforms such other dues as may be
prescribed by county ordinance(s) or resolutions).
The vacancy must be filled by a person who s an owner and/or operator of a motel,
hotel, recreational vehicle park, or other tourist accommodations in the county
subject to the tourist development tax. All members of the council shall be elec-
tors of Okeechobee County.
Applications may e obtained from the County Administrators Office at 304 NW 2nd
Street, Room 106, Courthouse, Okeechobee. All applicants must complete a
board/committee application form.
Applications must be submitted to the County Administrators Office no later than
4:00 PM on January 4,2006.
John W. Abney, Sr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
101474 ON 12/6/05

2007 INTERNATIONAL 4300 SBA LP 4X2 (MH025)
Notice Is hereby given that Okeechobee County, Florida is requesting bids one 2007
Intemational 4300 SBA LP 4x2 (MH025) chassis to be used as an ambulance.
Complete specifications may be obtained In the County Administrators Office,
304 NW 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, (863-763-6441)
Interested firmsshall submit a bid In a sealed envelope bearing the name and ad-
dress of the bidder and the words "BID FOR INTERNATIONAL CHASSIS" by 3:00
p.m. local time on December 13, at the County Courthouse, Attn: County Admin-
ratrator, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 106, Okeechobee, FL 34972. Bidsreceived
after the time and date specified will not be considered
Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related to preparation
or delivery of bids, reserves the right to make an award to other than the low bid-
der or reject any/all bids, to waive technical errors and informalities, and to accept
the bid which, in Its judgment, best serves the public Interest. -

Okeechobee County, Flonda the "County" hereby provides notice, pursuant to Sec
tion 197.3632(3)(a), Flida tut, of its intent to use the uniform method of
collecting non-ad valorem special assessments to be levied within the unincorpo-
rated area of the County, for the cost of providing any or all of the following ser-
vices: drainage road improvements street lohting canal cleaninO and canal
maintenance enhanced o substitute solid waste collection and dis osal com-
mencing for the fiscal year beginning on October 01, 2006. The County will con-
sider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting
such assessments authorized by Section 197.3632, FloridaStatutes, at a public
hearing to be held on Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 9:00 am., at the Okee-
chobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, Florida. Such
resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description of the
boundaries of the real property subject to the levy. Copies of the proposed form of
resolution which contains the legal description of the real property to the levy, are
on file at the Office of the County Clerk of Okeechobee County, Floda. All inter-
ested persons are invited to attend.
In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the Board with respect to
any matter relating to the consideration of the resolution at the above-re nced
public hearing, a record of the proceeding may be needed and in such an event,
such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the public hearing is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is
to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act, persons need-
ing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding
should contact Debbie Jenkins at (863) 763-2131 at least seven (7) days prior to
the date of tehe hearing.
Dated this 11th day of November, 2005.
John W.Abney, Sr., Chairman
Sharon Rohertson, Clerk
97789 ON 11/15,22,29;12/6/05

Notice is hereby given that Okeechobee County, Florida is requesting bids for re-
mounting an reconditioning one Southern type I ambulance module. The module
will be removed from a 1994 International chassis and reconditioned and re-
mounted on a 2007 Internaticnal chassis to be supplied by the County. Complete
specifications may be obtained in the County Administrators Office, 304 NW 2nd
Street, Okeechobee, FL 34972, (863-763-6441)
Interested firms shall submit a bid in a sealed envelope bearing the name and ad-
dress of the bidder and the words "BID FOR REFURBISHING AMBULANCE" by
3:00 p.m. local time on December 13, at the County Courthouse, Attn: County
Administrator, 304 NW 2nd Street, Room 106, Okeechobee, FL 34972. ids re-
ceived afterthe time and date soecified will not be considered
Okeechobee County accepts no responsibility for any expense related topreparation
or delivery of bids, reserves the right to make an award to other than the low bid-
der or reject any/all bids, to waive technical errors and informalities, and to accept
the bid which, in its judgment, best serves the public interest.
John W. Abney, Sr. Chairman
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florida
Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
Okeechobee County, Florda
1019290ON 12/6/05

Community Events

Free nutrition class offered
Dr. Edward Douglas will host a free contact reflex analysis designed
clinical nutrition class in his office at 916 W.N. Park St. on Monday, Dec 12,
beginning at 5:30 p.m. The class is free to the public. For details or infor-
mation, call (863) 763-4320.

ad Litem toy drive under way
The Guardian ad Litem Program is collecting new unwrapped gifts for
children ages birth through 18. The local drop-off box is located in the
new Okeechobee Judicial Center, 312 N.W. Third St. Boxes will be picked
up Dec. 15. For information, call (772) 785-5804.

Grace Christian presenting holiday play
The Grace Christian School Drama Production Program will be pre-
senting the play '"A Holiday Carol" on Thursday, Dec. 15. The first per-
formance will be at 8 a.m., and the evening performance will begin at 7
p.m. Both performances are free, and will be held in the Grace Christian
School Chapel. The cast will be made up of students from the third
through 12th grades.

Church hosting Christmas musical
Oak\ie\v Baptist Church,:Music and Drama Ministries, 677 S.W. 32nd
ST., will present an outdoor musical event entitled "Wondrous Gift: The
Treasures of Jesus" on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday,
Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-1699.

Live nativity presented by church
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W 32nd St., will present an outdoor
drive through live nativity on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 7 until 8:30 p.m.
For information, call (863) 763-1699.

Alumni soccer game slated
An alumni soccer game and barbeque chicken dinner in honor of
former Okeechobee High School soccer player Yolanda Torres will be
held Dec. 17 at Brahmans Stadium on the OHS campus. All OHS soc-
cer alumni are invited to take on the Lady Brahmans in a game. Dinner
tickets will be $5, with all proceeds going to the Yolanda Torres memo-
rial scholarship fund and the OHS girls soccer team. Please RSVP by
Dec. 1 to Kristen Raulerson at (863) 467-4828.

Lighted Boat Parade is planned
The annual lighted boat parade sponsored by the Okeechobee
Yacht Club will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, starting at 6 p.m. in Taylor
Creek behind Burger King. The parade will continue down Taylor
Creek and turn left at Lock 7, then continue to the VFW and Butch's
Fish Camp. This year Butch's Redneck Yacht Club will join in the
parade. Anyone interested in joining
the parade should call Bette Mold
enhauer at (863) 467-4782; or, Terry
Burroughs at (863) 697-6325. PUI

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. 17. 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.

Church hosting Christmas cantata
The Brighton Baptist Church, 24050 S.R. 70 W, choir will present their
Christmas cantata on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 10:45 a.m. The program, "He's
Still the King of Kings", was written by Mosie Lister and is a musical wor-
shipping the Christ of Christmas. For information, call (863) 763-6626.

Special Christmas celebration planned
The annual Christmas Around the World celebration will be held Sun-
day, Dec. 18, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., from
5 until 7 pm. There will be a live nativity pageant, live animals, booths and
gifts for children. Santa will also be there. For information, call the parish
office at (863) 763-3727.


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FDOT Hurricane Debris Pick-up Begins

Final Pass in Okeechobee County

In Okeechobee County, the Florida Department of

Transportation-(FDOT) will begin final debris pick-

up for hurricane debris the week of December 5,

2005 on both state and local public roads.

If citizens have not already placed their debris along

roadway right-of-way by the week of December 5,

2005 FDOT cannot ensure their debris will be picked

up. Citizens may call the FDOT Okeechobee

Operations Center at (863) 462-5250 to find out

where final debris pick-ups already have been


Please note: After FDOT's final debris pick-up has

occurred, debris must be discarded in the routine

manner under regulation of the local solid waste

management company.

Once the debris removal process is complete, local

law enforcement may, cite violators of section

403.413, Florida Statutes, which prohibits littering

on state right-of-way.

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10 SPORTS The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Morse takes Headturners3.eom Classic

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Tom Morse hung on Sunday
afternoon to take the inaugural
Headturners3.com Classic bass
tournament with a two-day total
of 31.92 lbs. He won an all-
expense paid trip for two to Las
Vegas to attend the I Cast fishing
convention in July 2006. He was
also presented with a plaque
commemorating the win.
Morse left the parking lot of
Okeechobee Fishing Headquar-
ters Saturday evening in the lead
in the two-day inaugural Head-
turners3.com Classic bass tour-
nament with 22.36 lbs. His clos-
est competition at that point was
Robert Duvall, with 16.70 lbs. and
Doug Harris with 16.24 lbs.
Morse and Duvall's positions
were seriously challenged Sun-
day afternoon when Dallas Hen-
kle came to the weigh-in scale
with 23.54 lbs. Henkle had been
in 46th place with 2.70 lbs. fol-
lowing Saturday's weigh-in, and
surprised everyone when he
placed his sack of fish on the
scale. It registered 23.54 lbs. giv-
ing the young angler a two-day
total of 26.24 lbs.
It wasn't until the top five
anglers from the previous day
weighed in that the final results
would be known.
With one of the top anglers
disqualified for inadvertently

bringing six fish to the scale
instead of the limit of five, one of
the top spots was up for grabs.
Robert Duvall stepped up to
the scale with 10.56 lbs. When
added to his Saturday total of
16.70 lbs., his two-day total came
to 27.26, enough to sew up sec-
ond place and earn him a check
for $2,000.
Henkle held on to claim third
place and a check for $1.,500.
Dave Turner was in ninth
place with 12.72 lbs. following
weigh-ins on Saturday. He also
came from behind adding anoth-
er 11.94 lbs. to his total to capture
fourth place with a two-day total
of 24.66 lb. He took home a
check for $1,000.
Local angler George Green
ended the tournament in fifth
place. He had 12.20 lbs. on Satur-
day and 12.36 lbs. on Sunday for
a total weight of 24.56 lbs. He
took home $750 for his efforts.
Sixth place went to Tim Feller
for a two-day total of 22.64 l1bs.
He received a check for $650.
Arnie Lane's total of 22.44 lbs.
earned his seventh place and a
check for $500.
Eighth place went to the
Headturners3.com two-day trail
Angler of the Year, Jim Medlin. He
took home $500 for his 22.10 lbs.
of bass. Medlin also earned an all-
expense paid trip for two to Las
Vegas to attend the I Cast conven-
tion for receiving the two-day trail

Angler of the Year award.
The big fish of the day award
for Saturday went to John Supley
for his 8 lb. catch. He received a
check for $1,000.
The big fish of the day award
and the $1,000 check for Sunday
was won by Rob Burns for his
7.68 lb. bass.
Pat Malone, president of
Headturners3.com also
announced the winner of the
one-day trail Angler of the Year
award. It went to Troy Olivier. He
received a gold membership for

his efforts. The gold membership
privileges include all 2006 entry
fees paid, including the one, two
and three-day events, website
and magazine coverage through-
out the year and other prizes.
Mr. Malone also announced
that the Rookie of the Year was
Dean Herdman.
Mr. Malone also announced
that there were 404 fish weighing
a total of 737.48 lbs. brought to
the scale over the two-day tour-
ney with 100 percent being
returned to the lake alive.

Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Tom Morse of Port St. Lucie will be on his way to Las Vegas
later this year after winning the first place prize in the Head-
turners3.com two-day Classic bass tournament held on Lake
Okeechobee this past weekend. He brought a two-day total
of 31.92 Ibs. to the scale for the win.

Local angler George Green finished the weekend in fifth
place at the Headturners3.com Classic. Green had a two-day
total weight of 24.56 lbs. He took home a check for $750 for
his efforts.

Dallas Henkle (right) of Venus came from behind to take third
place at the Headturners3.com Classic Sunday afternoon. He
was in 46th place after the first day of competition with 2.70
Ibs. and came back Sunday with 23.54 Ibs. for the third place
finish. He needed the assistance of Vic Burgess (left) to show
off his catch to the audience.

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Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Kids' Day fishing contest
Kayla Smith showed off the two fish that she caught while
fishing in the Taylor Creek Bass Club's annual Kids' Day
fishing contest at Okee-Tantie Campground and Marina

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