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Okeec/hobee News

Vol. 96 No. 363

Thursday, December 29, 2005

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Brighton hosts
roping event
Brighton Indian Reserva-
tion is hosting the largest youth
roping competition in the
The Candy Shop Roping
competition got under way
Wednesday, Dec. 28, and will
run through Sunday, Jan. 1,.
Ropers from as far away as
Canada, New Mexico and
Texas as well as several local
cowboys and cowgirls are
entered in this competition.
The Candy Shop Roping is
being produced by Fulford
Roping Productions. This is the
sixth year that Fulford has pro-
duced this event. This year,
however, they are holding the
first ever $5,000 added 10-head
all girl breal:a\\a\ roping and
$3,000 added 101-head all girl
goat tying. There will be events
for all ages from a 13-and-
under tie down roping to a
man's 50-and -over tie down
roping event.
There will be barrel racing
and pole bending loi all ages
on Flida,, night and Saturday.
Steer wrestling \\ill also take
place on Fridad morning.
Sports, Page 7
Palin pills
may be unsafe
popping extra pain pills can't
hurt? Think again. Accidental
poisonings from the nation's
most popular pain reliever
seem to be rising, making acet-
arrinophenri the leading cause
of acute liver failure.
Use it correctly and aceta-
minophen, best known by the
Tylenol brand, lives up to its
reputation as one of the safest
Page 8

Drought Index
Current: 290
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Bur Ban: None,

Lake levels,

15.77 feet

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

Classifieds ... 11-13
Comics ...........10
Community Events ... .4
Crossword ... ... ..11
Obituaries ..........3
Opinion ........ ..... 4
Speak Out . . .4

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.oca..ll Woman thanked for selfless efforts

Special to Okeechobee News
Jessica Laggis (left) met with Kerrie Howard (right) recently to thank her for saving her
life following a serious auto accident shortly before Christmas.

Woman credited with saving life

By Lorna Jablonski
Okeechobee News
The mother of 14-year-old
Jessica Laggis believes that her
. daughter was touched by an
Okeechobee angel named Ker-
rie Howard following a serious
auto accident in Vero Beach
"If it wasn't for Kerrie, my
daughter couldn't have made
it," stated Sandy Laggis.
Mrs. Laggis told the story of
what happened to her two
children, Nicholas, 17, and Jes-
sica, 14, on S.R. 60 in Vero
Beach on Dec. 2.
"A racing car spun in front
of my two children causing
them to spin into a concrete
pole. My son had a broken
nose and severe bruising all
the way to the bone in one
leg," Ms. Laggis recalled. "But
my daughter Jessica was very
seriously injured. She sus-
tained a broken pelvis, two
broken hips and a severe lacer-
ation of her forehead. The
force of the accident was so

severe that a hole was blown
in her heart. Cardiologists are
telling me that it is a miracle
she is still alive."
Jessica is very much alive.
The sophomore at Indian River
Charter High School in Vero
Beach recently met with Kerrie
Howard to personally thank
her for her heroism and disre-
gard for herself when she
stopped to help a perfect
Ms. Howard had been in
Vero Beach on that fateful Fri-
day Christmas shopping. She
was traveling down S.R. 60
when she witnessed the acci-
dent. Without any thought to
her personal safety and legal
liability, she stopped her truck

in the middle of the highway,
jumped out and ran through
traffic to help the injured teen.
"My daughter had a very
bad head injury that no one
could stomach. No one would
come near her because of the
amount of blood. They all

were waiting for the emer-
gency medical team to arrive,"
explained Ms. Laggis.
"When I saw the accident, I
knew that I had to help. When
I saw the condition of the
child, I took a deep breath, got
my stomach under control and
jumped right in," stated Ms.
Howard. "I tore my shirt off
and applied it to her head
wound. The EMTs didn't get
there for 20/minutes. By the
time they did, I was soaked
with blood.,
"They immediately started
spraying me down and wash-
ing me off with water. I told
them to take care of the child
and not worry about me. The
whole time we were waiting
for help, everyone kept
screaming at me not to touch
her, but I didn't care about the
legal ramifications. I just want-
ed to make sure that the child
got help," continued Ms.
See Angel Page 2

Door isn't

yet closed

on Haber deal

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Haber Inc. recently
announced that they had failed
to close on a real estate transac-
tion that would have allowed.
them to open a plant in the
Okeechobee County Airport
Industrial Park.
The company, which
extracts gold from ore and
from electronic wastes, had
previously announced that the
plant would employ 45 people
in two shifts.
WVhen asked if Okeechobee
County Commissioners were
involved in the negotiations,
Commissioner Clif Betts stated
that the commissioners were
not aware of the pending trans-
action until they read the press
release. He said they were
never asked for other options.

Mr. Betts said the county.
would have been willing to
work with Haber on other
options. Possibly, they might
have built a new building in the
industrial park as an incentive
to attract Haber.
Okeechobee County Airport
Administrator Vernon Gray,
who is responsible for adminis-
tration of the industrial park
said after the initial deal fell
through he offered Haber other
options. However, Haber did
not express enough interest for,
him to take a proposal to the''
Peter D'Angelo of Haber
stated that the company was
reviewing its options and the
door was not completely
closed on coming to Okee-

See Haber Page 2

Sheriff cautions

partiers not to

drink and drive

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
"Stay sober, stay alert, and
slow down," cautioned Okee-
chobee County Sheriff Paul May
about the upcoming New Year's
Eve festivities.
"After what happened last
week, with five fatalities out on
441 North, we're being extra vig-
ilant. We will be out and, when
necessary, will take corrective
action," he added.
For some, New Year's cele-
brations include imbibing in
alcohol, which may lead to one
drinking more than is custom-
Chief Ernesto Duarte of the

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP)
said that typically, more
motorists are on the highways
.during the holidays, and a lot of
alcohol is consumed during that
"Unfortunately, some people,
drive after attending New Year's
Eve parties and sometimes they
do not realize that the first part of
the brain to be impacted is judg-
ment," he said.
Chief Duarte said he wants to
remind people to not risk it -
do not drive while impaired by
alcohol or drugs.
He said there will be added
law enforcement officers out
See Alcohol Page 2

Holiday Stroll

winners announced

By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
Winners of the eighth annual Holi-
day Stroll in the Park Christmas card dis-
play \\ere recently announced.
The top award of best in show was
won by the Raulerson Hospital's 3-D
Christmas tree and country church
The winners in the individual cate-
gories were:
Best religious theme: (1) Awesome
Self Storage, (2) DC Ranch; and (3)
Primera Iglesia Bautista.
Best non-religious theme: (1) The
retired Okeechobee troopers Paul C.
May and John M. Koepke; (2) Okee-

chobee Main. Street; and (3) Okee-
Tantie Title.
Most impressive scene: (1) First
Bank of Indiantown; (2) A.E. McHugh;
and (3) Wichman.
Most unique card: (1) Eli's; (2)
North Elementary School; and (3)
Waste Management.
Best school or cMc organization: (1)
Grace Christian School; (2) Raulerson
Hospital peace trees; and (3) North Ele-
mentary School's blue roof.
There were 46 cards entered in the
competition. The proceeds from the
competition go to the Okeechobee
High School band for fees, music, trips
and other band expenses.

Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
The best in show award went to Raulerson Hospital's 3-D entry of a Christmas tree
and country church.

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News Briefs RKepi e hate crlm up 21 perrent In t4

Benefit set up
for Smalls family
has been established at Big Lake
National Bank to help the Smalls
Mrs. Smalls and her three chil-
dren were killed in a automobile
accident Wednesday, Dec. 21.
To donate, simply go to Big Lake
National Bank and say you would
like to contribute to the benefit for
the Smalls family.

Benefit planned
for Dorothy Kinchen
spaghetti dinner will be hosted by
Thrivent at Peace Lutheran Church,
750 N.S. 23rd Lane, on Jan. 14,
2006, from 5 until 7 p.m.
An auction will also be held at
that time with Brian Trimble as auc-
Entertainment during the event
will include Bereavement Blue-
grass at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $10
with all proceeds to benefit
Dorothy Kinchen.
For information, call (863) 763-
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 collection
of taxes for 2005.
Residents of the city and county
can pay their property taxes at the
Okeechobee County Tax Collec-
tor's Office in the Alderman Build-
ing, 307 N.W Fifth Av., Suite B.
Discounts will be allowed as fol-
lows: 3 percent on payments made
Dec. 1 Dec. 31; 2 percent on pay-
ments made Jan. 1, 2006 Jan. 31,
2006; 1 percent on payments made
Feb. 1, 2006 Feb. 28, 2006; and,
net if paid in March.
For information on fire, garbage
and Country Hills road assess-
ments, 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 visual arts, as
well as learning and participating in
the process of painting a large
mural under the direction of profes-
sional artists.
Competition is now open and
will end on Jan. 6, 2006. An entry
and artists' consent form is
For information, contact Bridgett
Waldau, mural and visual arts chair-
person, 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 format. Information
is also online at www.mainstreeto-
Lipizzaner Stallions
will be here Jan. 13
Famous Lipizzaner Stallions will
appear at the Okeechobee County
Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E.,
on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now at Eli's
Western Wear, 907 WN. Park St., in
Okeechobee. Tickets can also be
ordered by calling 800-882-8258 for
Charge-by-Phone; or, ordered at
Adult tickets are $20.50; seniors
aged 60 and over are $18.50; chil-
dren aged 1-12 are $18.50; and,
children under 1 will be admitted
free. Ticket prices also include
parking. Groups of 15 or more will
receive a $5 discount on the adult
For information, call (863) 763-
. 1666.


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According to its website, the
company was founded in 1967 by
Norman Haber and is a publicly
held scientific research and devel-
opment company.
MNi Haber developed the Haber
Gold Process (IHGP). an environ-
mentally friendly gold mining
technology, which unlike most
extraction processes, does not use
cyanide solutions. The company
claims that HGP routinely recovers
more gold than cyanide leaching
at a faster rate at a cost equal to or
less than cyanide leaching,
The proposed Okeechobee site
was to serve both as a production
and pilot faculty, and a training
facility for Haber employees who
be operating other plants. The
original plan was for two precious
metal recovery lines one for
electronic waste and the other for
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"Kerrie did a great job of
doing whatever it took to stop

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the bleeding. She was never con-
cerned about the thought that
she was covered with a
stranger's blood. But, her con-
cern did not end when my
daughter was flown to a trauma
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time. We know that Kerrie
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in nursing and CPR. She
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car that caused the accide
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confirmed that the accidi
occur, but had no other in
tion to release at press tim
"I received the only Chi
present that could possib
ter," stated Ms. Laggis
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day thing with Jessica. S]
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her other injuries heal. B
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during the New Year's Eve week-
end in a "Lights for Life" effort to
deter people from driving while
under the influence.
"If someone is caught drinking
and driving, the chances are good
they will be arrested under zero tol-
erance guidelines," he said.
The 2004 New Year's holiday
experienced the highest fatality rate
per hour with 25 people killed in
the 48-hour holiday period in the
state, according to a report on the
FHP web site. Forty-four percent of
these fatalities had alcohol
involved in the crash.
In addition, the report said that
Florida crash rates for drinking driv-
ers between the ages of 70 and 85-
plus years showed that 71-year-old
drinking drivers had the highest
involvement rate in all crashes
(2.67), and the 79-year-old drinking
drivers had the highest involve-
ment rate in fatal crashes. In the
age group of 15-29 years, 21-year-
old drinking drivers had the highest
involvement rate in all crashes
(31.65) and, also, in fatal crashes
To see the FHP report, visit the
web at
http://www.hsmv.state.fl.us/ and
click on General Information.
To counter the ill-effects of
drinking and driving, the Automo-
bile Associations of America (AAA)
and Budweiser are once again
teaming up and offering potential
drunk drivers a free ride home
through the "Tow to Go" program.
Tow to Go can be accessed by
calling 1-800-AAA HELP (222-
4357) through New Year's Day, and
SAAA will dispatch a tow truck and
take both the driver and the vehicle
home, free of charge.
The program has kept almost
5,000 potential drunk drivers off the
road over the past six years,
according to an AAA news release.
AAA Auto Club South and Bud-
weiser have expanded their part-
nership this year and started Tow to
Go in effect on Thanksgiving and
will run it through New Year's Day
for individuals who have had too
much to drink, the news release
Party Hosting:
Don't rely on coffee to sober
up your guests. Only time can
make someone sober.
Beer and wine are just as
intoxicating as hard liquor. A 12-
ounce can of beer, a 5-ounce glass
of wine, a 12-ounce wine cooler
*d me and an ounce-and-a-half of liquor
iid Ms. contain the same amount of alco-
ter told hol.
bled to Don't rely on someone's
rrie had physical appearance to determine
Kerrie if he or she has had too much to
whole drink.
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or tonic water cause alcohol to be
absorbed into a person's system
more quickly. Fruit juice and other
sweet mixers mask the taste of
alcohol and may cause people to
drink more.
Plan activities like party
games, door prize drawings or
amateur fortune-telling. Planned
activities engage people, make for
less active consumption of alcohol
and ensure that your friends
remember the great event long
after the last piece of confetti has
Provide plenty of food to keep
your guests from drinking on an
empty stomach.
Avoid too many salty snacks,
which tend to make people thirsty
and drink more.
Offer non-alcoholic bever-
ages or mocktails for designated
drivers and others who prefer not
to drink alcohol.
If preparing an alcoholic
punch, use a non-carbonated
base, like fruit juice. Carbonated
drinks absorb alcohol faster.
Be prepared by having the
number of a taxi service on hand
for those who need a ride [or call
Tow To Go] Also, be ready with
some clean linens so you can turn
your sofa into a hotel for guests
who need to sleep it off.

During the Party:
Never serve alcohol to some-
one under the legal drinking age,
and never ask children to serve
alcohol at parties.
Don't let guests mix their own
drinks. A reliable "bartender" will
help track the size and number of
drinks that guests drink.
If a guest appears to be drink-
ing a bit much, offer to freshen his
or her drink with a virgin version.
Do-not push drinks! Drinking
at a party is not mandatory for hav-
ing a good time.
Have fun, but not too much
fun. A good host should stay within
limits in order to make sure guests
stay within theirs.
Close the bar 90 minutes
before the party ends and serve a
great dessert treat with coffee.
Remember, only time sobers
someone who has been drinking.
If, despite your efforts, some
of your guests have had too much
to drink, drive them home, arrange
for a ride with another guest who is
sober, call a taxi, or invite them to
stay over.

Office Parties:
Arrange for discounted or
complimentary rooms when a
party is held at a hotel so employ-
ees won't drive home impaired.
Hire a shuttle or limousine
service to provide transportation
for those that have been drinking.
Promote the designated driv-
er concept in party invitations.
Do not push drinks!
If you provide an open bar, be
sure the bartender has had server
training to prevent over-serving
and serving guests under the legal
drinking age.

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Subrnirtzd 1c. NE-A..; Hospice of Okeechobee
OMS donates to Hometown Hospice
In keeping with their annual tradition, the students of Osceola Middle School's Dolphin
Group made a'generous donation to Hospice of Okeechobee. These students with big
hearts take their donations to school at the end of the year. The monies are tallied and a
check is made to Hometown Hospice for the amount. Theresa Davis of Hospice of Okee-
chobee stated, "The generosity of the students is profoundly heartwarming. I commend
Osceola Middle School as well as the parents and teachers of the students in the Dol-
phin Group for encouraging the spirit of giving in the students. We appreciate the dona-
tion and the work that went into coordinating the effort. The funds will go towards fulfill-
ing Hospice of Okeechobee's 23-year old dream of opening a Hospice Residence in our
Hometown. Thank you Dolphins"

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panther's instinct to chase. Stand
and face the animal. Make eye con-
tact. Pick up any small children so
they don't panic and run. Try to do
this without bending over or turn-
ing away from the Florida panther.
Do not crouch or bend over:
A person squatting or bending over
looks a lot like a four-legged prey
Appear larger: Raise your
arms. Open your jacket, if you are
wearing one. Throw stones,
branches or whatever you can
reach without crouching or turning
your back. Wave your arms slowly
and speak firmly, in a loud voice.
The idea is to convince the Florida
panther that you are not prey and
that you may be a danger to it.
9 Fight back if attacked: While
there has never been a reported
panther attack in Florida, in west-
ern states many potential victims
have fought back successfully with
rocks, sticks, caps, jackets, garden
tools and their bare hands. Since a
Florida panther usually tries to bite
the head or neck, try to remain
standing and face the animal., '

As the population of Florida
continues to grow, more and more
people are moving into Florida's
remaining wildlife habitat. Interac-
fions are sure to increase between
humans and wildlife including
bear, deer, raccoons, coyotes.and
Florida panthers.* Here's what you
need to know about living safely in
"Wild Florida."
Wfldlffe-proof your home or
o Don't hand-feed wildlife: By
feeding deer or other wildlife in
your yard, you may inadvertently
attract predators such'as Florida
panthers, wild dogs and bears.
Take in bird feeders at night.
o Deer- and rabbit-proof
your landscape: Avoid using plants
that deer prefer to eat. If landscap-
ing attracts deer, Florida panthers
and other predators may be close
o Landscape for safety-
Remove dense and low-lying vege-
tation near homes that can provide
good hiding places for Florida pan-
thers, especially around children's
play areas.
o Closely supervise, children:

Watch children playing outdoors
near a wildlife habitat. Make sure
children are inside before dusk and
not outside before dawn. Talk with
children about bears, Florida pan-
ther, coyotes, and other wildlife
and teach them what to do if they
encounter one.
Install motion-sensitive out-
door lighting: Keep the house
perimeter well. lit at night espe-
cially along walkways to keep
any approaching wildlife visible.
9 Keep pets and livestock
secure: Unprotected animals are
easy prey for hungry Florida pan-
thers and coyotes. Either bring pets
inside or keep them in a kennel
with a secure top. Don't feed pets
outside. This can attract Florida
panther prey. Secure livestock at
night. ,
What to do if you encounter a
Keep children close to you.
Do not approach a Florida
panther: Most will try to avoid a
confrontation. Give them a way to
Do not run from a Florida
panther: Running may stimulate a

29, 2005, from 3 until 4 p.m. at Bux-
ton Funeral Home, 110 N.E. Fifth
St., in Okeechobee. Services will
follow directly after the visitation.
Interment will be at Evergreen
Cemetery, Okeechobee.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Funer-
al Home and Crematory.
Charles N. Tucker
Charles N. Tucker, age 84, died
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005,'in Okee-
chobee. He was born April 3, 192 1,
in Waltonville, 111. He formerly
resided in Centralia, Ill., and had
been a resident of Okeechobee
since 1966.
Mr. Tucker served in the U.S.
Army during WWII in Germany;
and, was active in the VFW Moose
Lodge, Shrine Club, American
Legion and Masonic Blue Lodge.
He is survived by: his loving
wife of 65 years Goldie Tucker of
Okeechobee; his son Charles R.
Tucker of Beardstown, Ill.; his sister
Vivaulee Kleeber of Nashville, Ill.,
and his brother FredFucker of Cen-
tralia, 111. He is also survived by his:
granddaughters Charlene (Patrick)
Dewey of Okeechobee, Sherri
Tucker of Centralia, Ill.; his grand-
sons Charles R. Tucker Jr., and
Cody Ray Tucker, both of Beard-
stown, Ill,. and Louis N. Tucker,
from Indiana. In addition, he is sur-
vived b his great-grandchildren
Patricia, Patrick, Mallory, Cherry],
Chrys, Jerrod and Michael.
Visitation will be held Friday,
Dec. 30,2005, from 2 until 4 p.m. at
Buxton Funeral Home, I 10 N.E.
Fifth St., in Okeechobee.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory. For
information about services in Indi-
ana, contact Irvin Funeral Home in
Centralia, Ill., at (618) 532-5511.

He is preceded in death by: his
wife Shirley R. Sullivan; his broth-
ers Thomas and Robert; and, his
sister Eileen.
Mr. Sullivan is survived by: his
son Daniel Sullivan of Corona,
Calif.; daughter Nancy Platt of
Gilbert, Ariz.; three granddaughters
- Karen, Jamie and Danel; and
three great-grandchildren Jen-
nifer, James and Star. He is also sur-
vived by his brothers John Sullivan
of Syracuse, N.Y, Edward Sullivan
of Constantia, N.Y, and Richard
Sullivan of Cicero, N.Y In addition,
he is survived by his companion
Teresa Langley of Okeechobee,
along with dozens of nieces and
In lieu of flowers, the family has
requested that donations be made
to Hospice of Okeechobee.
'There will be no viewing or
'All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Berfie Helen Thompson
Bertie Helen Thompson, age
86, died Monday, Dec. 26, 2005, in
Okeechobee. She was born April
13, 1919, in Anderson, S.C., and
had been a resident of Okee-
chobee for the past 27 years.
She enjoyed fishing and garden-
She is preceded in death by: her
husband Guy Thompson, Sr.; son
Guy Thompson Jr.; and, daughter.
Barbara T. Lyne.
, Mrs. Thompson is survived by:
her granddaughter Elizabeth Lyne
(Scott) Marlowe and great-grand-
children Ashley Marlowe, Scottie
Marlowe and William Marlowe, all
of Georgetown, S.C. In ad dition,
she is survived by several nieces
and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday, Dec.

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James William Conner
James William Conner, age 74,
of Okeechobee, died Sunday, Dec.
25, 2005. He was born June 17,
1931, in Richmond, Ky. Mr. Conner
had been a resident of Okee-
chobee since 1980.
He was a veteran of the Korean
War, and was a charter member of
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
He enjoyed fishing and hunting
and was a masonry contractor in
the construction industry by trade
for over 30 years.
Mr. Conner was preceded in
death by: his wife Bettie Conner;
sons James W Conner Jr., William
Franklin Conner, Donnie Lee Con-
ner and Thomas H. Conner; broth-
ers Harvey Conner, Benny Conner,
sister Nellie Baldwin; and, grand-
son Tommy Clark.
Survivors include: Bonnie (Ash-
berry) Gabbard, Donna 'Deel)ee'
(Rick) Lawson; and Teresa Conner,
all from Richmond, Ky. He is also
survived by seven grandchildren
and, 14 great-grandchildren, also
from Richmond, Ky. In addition, he
is survived by brothers Bob Con-
ner, Roe Jr. (Loreta) Conner, Ray-
-mond (Lucy) Conner, Charles
(Sue) Conner, Walter (Terry) Con-
ner, all from Richmond, Ky., and
Homer (Betty) Conner from'Lynn,
Ind.,, sisters Rosie (Don),Smith,
Louda (Jack) Berry, Rachel Denny,
Katherine Hampton, all from Rich-
mond, Ky.; Mae Edwards from '
Okeechobee; and, Mary Hill from
In lieu of flowers, the family has
requested that donations be made
to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O.
Box 1548, Okeechobee, Fla.,
A memorial service will be held
Jan. 6, 2006, at I p.m. at the Buck-
head Ridge VFW Post #9528.
All arrangements are Under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.
Edward Sullivan
Donald Edward Sullivan, age
77, died Dec. 25, 2005, at his resi-
dence in Okeechobee. He was
born Feb. 2, 1928, in Syracuse, N.Y
He was a resident of Brewerton,
N.Y, for 27 years, then lived in
Okeechobee for 27 years.
He was a WWII veteran of the
U.S. Navy, and was present at the
signing of the Japanese surrender.
He was a member of the American
Legion and the Buckhead Ridge
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GARBAGE MESS: In the Lazy 7 and Southwest 67th area there are a
lot of raccoons, possums, skunks and other critters wandering around,
so don't be so quick to blame the dogs. It might be a wild animal that is
spreading the garbage around. The best way to avoid problems is to
put the garbage out first thing in the morning, instead of the; night
before, and to use garbage cans with lids that lock on so they will not
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NEXT WELLINGTON? I have noticed several large advertisements
in the newspaper for equestrian communities. It seems like it wdn't be
long before our cow town becomes a horse town. This coul4 be a
wonderful thing for Okeechobee. The 'horsey set' has a lot of money
and isn't shy about spending it. Those expensive homes and barns will
add a lot of money to our tax rolls. And they will want lots of space
around their homes for pastures, so these won't be crowded develop-
ments. Okeechobee could become the next Wellington or Ocala. I
think this could be a great thing for Okeechobee. I would much rather
see nice homes surrounded by horse pastures than wall-to-wallthous-
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Community Events

Chamber hosting self defense class
A personal self defense class will be held at the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. ParrottAve., on Jan. 12,2006, and Jan.
14,2006. The gun safety and handling class will be conducted by Joe
Hazellief and Mike O'Connor. There are still openings in the class.
For information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464. The second
portion of the class will be held at the shooting range. Class partici-
pants will meet at the Chamber at 8:30 a.m.

Shared Services meeting slated
The executive roundtable of the Shared Services Network of
Okeechobee County will hold its monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on
Friday, Jan. 13, in the Okeechobee County School Administration
boardroom, 700 S.W. Second Ave. The public is invited. For more
information, call (863) 462-5000, ext.257.

Entries wanted for MLK parade
On Jan. 16, 2006, the Okeechobee Community Improvement
Association (OCIA) will be sponsoring the Martin Luther King
Parade. We would like for this parade to become community-wide
event, like the Speckled Perch and Labor Day ,arades. Therefore,
we are asking members of the Okeechobee community to place an
entry in the parade. Entries can be in the form of floats, vehicles,
horses or a group on foot. The march will start at 8:30 a.m. at Dou-
glas Brown Park. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. If anyone is inter-
ested in placing an entry in the parade, contact George Roberson at
(863) 610-0973.

Chamber Coffee Klatch is planned
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce Coffee Klatch will be
held Jan. 19, 2006, and will be hosted by R.J. Gators, 102 S.W. 14th
St. The social will begin at 8 a.m. For information, call the restaurant
at (863) 763-2800 or the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

Scouts to honor Phoebe Raulerson
The Boy Scouts of America will honor Mrs. Phoebe Raulerson at
a luncheon on Jan. 19, 2006, at the First Baptist Church R.O.C., 310
S.W Fifth Ave. Friends, FAU President Frank Brogan, Gay Carlton and
Lee Dixon will be on hand to share insights into Mrs. Raulerson's
commitment to this community and state. For information or to
make reservations, call Frank Irby at (863) 357-1639. Proceeds from
the luncheon will support the scouting program in Okeechobee

Book Discussion Group to meet
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group
will meet Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room at
206 S.W. 16th St. The book for discussion is "The Master Butcher's
Singing Club" by Louise Erdich. Anyone who likes to read books
and discuss them is invited. For information, call Jan Fehrman at
(863) 357-9980.

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Upcoming Events

Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call 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 welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and mili-
tary information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863)
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public
are welcome. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
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
questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. will hold weekly support groups for women who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relation-
ships at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Gra-
ham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Social Security Administration Office hours are from 9 a.m. until
noon at the One Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a Second Lan-
guage classes are held from 7 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice 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 wel-
come. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an oppor-
tunity for caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas.
The meetings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information,
call (863) 467-2321.
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, locat-
ed at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for
members and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at (863) 382-6978
or Juana at (863) 471-9795.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. SecondSt. The public is invited. All
persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becom-
ing a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what we are all
about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (863) 467-9766.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This will be an open speaker meeting.
Sobriety in the Swamp Club is a public service group that offers a
place for people in recovery to meet. There are AA and NA meetings
seven days a week, and at different times. The club also offers a safe
place to come and hang out, have coffee and fellowship with others. The
hours of operation are: 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9
a.m. until 11:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday; and, from 11 a.m. until 10
p.m. on Sundays. For information on meeting times, call (863) 763-5385.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles hold a ride every Saturday, weather
permitting. Beginning Dec. 3, the group will meet at 7 a.m. at the
Nazarene Church, 425 S.W. 28th St. The ride will leave at 7:30 a.m. Any-
one interested in riding is invited. For information, contact Holly Stewart
at (863) 610-1251; Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6527; or, Gene Roddenberry
at (863) 610-1841.
Dual Recovery Anonymous meets at noon at Welcome House, 1925
U.S. 441 S.E. It is a self-help group for people with a desire to stop using
alcohol and other intoxicating drugs and a desire to manage their emo-
tional or psychiatric illness. It's an open discussion group. For informa-
tion, call-(863) 467-1026.
A.A. meeting 8 until 9 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Ave. It will be a closed discussion.
A.A. meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace Lutheran
Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, contact David Fox at (863)

Community Events

Gospel pianist to be in concert
Gospel pianist Anthony Berger will be in concert at the First Bap-
tist Church, 410 S.W Fourth St., on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10,
and can be purchased in advance at the church office until Jan 12.
Tickets will also be on sale at the door. For information, call (863)

DOR offering free tax classes
The Florida Department of Revenue will be offering free 2006
intangible tax seminars at the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W Ninth Ave., on Jan 24 and Feb. 14. Classes will be
held at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The classes are
free and open to the public. For information, call the Fort Pierce Ser-
vice Center at (772) 429-2173.

Barbecue and blood drive event slated
The Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce is planning a barbecue
and blood drive in recognition of National Blood Donor Month. The
event will be held in Flagler Park on Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For information, call the Chamber at (863) 763-6464.

Program helps non-profit clubs
The Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, along with Walker
Brothers Circus, has crated a fundraising program designed to assist
local non-profit clubs and organizations in the fundraising goals. The
Walker Brothers Circus will be appearing at the Agri-Civic Center,
4200 S.R. 70 E., on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4 and 5. Local non-
profit organizations seeking fundraising project opportunities
Should contact John Mazzola, Agri-Civic Center director, at (863)
763-1666 for details and information.

Red Class offers training classes
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch will be holding
disaster training classes each month, January through April. Each
class will cover different areas Red Cross disaster training. Interested
parties can call the office to register at (863)-763-2488. All classes are
on Thursday evenings from 6 until 9 p.m. and will be held at 323
North Parrott Ave. in Okeechobee. The class schedule is: Jan. 26,
Feb.23, March23 and April20.

Class of '97 plans reunion
Anyone interested in helping out with planning of the Okee-
chobee High School Class of 1997 reunion should e-mail Josh Har-
vey or Elizabeth Pearce at JJBAR78@hotmail .com, or

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
63) 462-5043.

Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers
Habitat for Humanity, an ecumenical housing ministry working in
partnership with the community and local families in need, is looking
for volunteers to help complete construction on their first house. Con-
struction experience is appreciated but not required. Work days are
Saturday and Tuesdays torn 8 a. until 1 PMyolunteers are also
needed to work on the"followiri commit : public relations,
fundraising, legal advice, family support and volunteer coordination.
An experienced bookkeeper is also needed. Call (863) 357-1371 for
information. .--4iam." i.ww

Community Events

Hospice Country Store has sale
The Country Store will remain open until Thursday, Dec. 29.
Gift items can be purchased from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Monday to
Wednesday. All proceeds from the Country Store will benefit Hos-
pice and patient services.

Girl Scouts collecting toys
The Girl Scouts of Okeechobee, Pegasus Service Unit are col-
lecting baby items to aid local families impacted by the recent hur-
ricanes. Items such as diapers, unopened formula, baby bottles,
baby wipes, baby food, etc. are needed. There are collection
boxes at local elementary 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.

Radio talk show slated
Family Stations, Inc. will broadcast a radio talk show on Satur-
day, Dec. 31, beginning at 7:30 a.m., then rebroadcast at 1 and 6
p.m. on 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The special guest will be Elizabeth
Whittles, president of the Treasure Coast Coordination Coalition.
She will be speaking on the issues that impact the quality of life on
the Treasure Coast. For information, contact Elizabeth Whittles at
(772) 288-5758.

Special New Year's Eve party planned
A safe, supervised New Year's Eve party for young will be held
at The Gathering, at the corner of Old Dixie Highway and Eagle
Bay Road, from 6 p.m. until midnight. There will be free food,
games, music and a car will be given away.

Church hosting Christian singer
Rodeo cowboy and Christian country artist Scott Brown will be
singing and ministering at the Treasure Island Baptist Church,
4209 U.S. 441 S.E., on New Year's Day, Jan. 1, at the 10:30 a.m.
worship service. Mr. Brown's Brand of the Cross Ministries is
based in Ringgold, Ga., and has a children's Rodeo Bible Ranch
where he trains children in horsemanship and all rodeo events.
His daughter Katie, the Georgia state high school barrel racing
champion, will be with him. The public is invited. For informa-
tion, contact Reverend Duane Eatmon at (863) 763-0550.

Blood donations are needed
Florida's Blood Center is the supplier of blood to Raulerson
Hospital. Their blood mobile will be at the Wal-Mart parking lot
on Jan. 2, 2006, from noon until 4 p.m. to accept blood donations
to help replenish their blood supply. The first 25 donors at the
blood mobile on that date will receive a $10 Wal-Mart card. Call
(863) 382-4499 for information.

Church hosting weight loss classes
Registrations for a six-week devotional weight loss journey will
be Jan. 3-6, 2006. Classes will begin Jan. 16 at His House Fellow-
ship Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th St. Seating is limited.
Call (863) 763-3519 information.

Coalition board meeting set
The board of directors of the Okeechobee County Healthy Start
Coalition will meet Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 11:30 a.m. in their office
at 575 S.W. 28th Street. The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is
part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for planning
and implementing services for pregnant women and infants. For
information, contact executive director Kay Begin at (863) 462-
Session on Medicare drug plan offered
Tony Fransetta, president of the Florida Alliance for Retired
Americans, will be at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave., on Thursday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. He will be there to give infor-
mation on the Medicare Part D prescription plans available. The
event is sponsored by the Okeechobee Democratic Executive

Hospice schedules yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale on Friday, Jan. 6,
and Saturday, Jan. 7, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Hospice of
Okeechobee's blue volunteer building located at the corner of
S.E. Fourth Street and Third Avenue. All proceeds benefit patient
care in Okeechobee.

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. 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 you
from potential lawsuits. For information, contact Candi Walker at
(863) 467-6778.

Salvation Army Thrift Store to close
Due to the lack of volunteers, the Salvation Army Thrift Store,
at 420 N.E. Park St., will be going out of business on Jan. 7. Until
then, bargains can be found at the store Monday through Friday
from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The store is looking for a charitable organ-
ization to take over their inventory after they close. Interested
organizations should call the store at (863) 763-6020 during busi-
ness hours.

AARP offering driver safety course
An AARP driver safety course will be held Jan. 7 and Jan. 14 at
the First Baptist Church, 310 S.W. Fifth Ave. Classes will be held
both days from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Tuition is $10 and must be
paid by check. Participants do not have to be a member of AARP
or have AARP auto insurance. All seniors 55 and over are invited.
Participants should consult their Florida auto insurance agent
about their three-year discount upon completion of the class. For
information, contact instructor D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-0351.

Church will host gospel quartet
The Florida Boys Quartet will be in concert Sunday, Jan. 8, at
2:30 p.m. at His House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 425
S.W 28th St. For information, call either (863) 763-3519 or (863)

Free nutrition class offered
There will be a contact reflex analysis and designed clinical

nutrition class by Dr. Edward W Douglas at the Douglas Health
Center, 912-916 W. North Park St., on Jan. 9 and Jan. 23, 2006,
beginning at 5:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-4320.

Members of Chamber will meet
The general membership meeting of the Okeechobee Cham-
ber of Commerce will be held Jan. 11, 2006, beginning at noon.
The meeting will be held at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S.
Parrot Ave. The guest speaker will be Ed Ayen from the Highlands
County Extension Service.

Airboat group will meet
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association (LOAA) will meet
at Village Square Restaurant, 301 W South Park St.,.n Thursday,
Jan. 12, 2006, at 6 p.m. The primary agenda item forthe January
meeting is LOAA officer elections for 2006. Members are strongly
encouraged to attend, and guests are always welcome. For infor-
mation, contact Dennis Anderson at (863) 763-6069 '


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Reunions planned for U.S. Armed Forces veterans

Many reunions have been or
are being planned for veterans of
the U.S. Armed Forces, whereby
they can meet with fellow mem-
bers of their units.
Following are some of the
reunions that have been planned
for 2006.
The Combat Infantrymens
Association will be holding their
next reunion October 2006 in Ft
Benning, Ga. Please contact
Larry Eckard by e-mail at com-
om; by regular mail at PO Draw-
er 11399, Hickory N.C., 28603;
or, by phone at 828-256-6008.
Their Web Site is
ASA Okinawa will be hav-
ing their next reunion Sept. 28 -
Oct. 1, 2006. If you served with
the 111th Sig Svc Co (49-52);
327th Comm Recon Co (1952);
8603rd AAU (1952-1954); 8603rd
DU (1954-1956); or, the 3rd US
ASAFS (1957-1960s) please con-
tact Membership Chairman Paul
Watson at 17 Baker Rd, Salis-
bury, Mass., 01952- 1442; by
phone at 978-465-7473; or, by e-
mail at W562236@aol.com.
The former crewmembers
of the USS AMPHION (AR-13)
will be meeting for their next
reunion May 4-7, 2006, in the
Chicago area. If you served
aboard the Amphion, please
contact Lloyd Stagg, 7407 Lillie
Lane, Pensacola, Fla., 32526; by
phone at 850-944-3302; or, by e-
mail at ltstagg@msn.com.
The former crewmen of the
USS ARCADIA (AD-23) will be
having their next reunion May 4-
7, 2006, in the Chicago area.
Anyone interested in attending
or getting his name added to the
mailing list is asked to contact
Andrew Malone, 38 Croyden
Lane, Hicksville, N.Y., .11801; by
phone at 516-681-0725; or, by e-
mail at arcd23@yahoo.com.
The former crewmen of the
USS BEXAR (APA-237) will be
holding their next reunion in the
fall of 2006 in Chicago, Ill. If you
served on the USS BEXAR,

please contact James Redding at
221 S Joaquin St., Coalinga,
Calif., 93210; by phone at 559-
935-1439; or, by e-mail at
The crew of the USS
BOWEN (FF-1079) is working to
put together a reunion for any-
one who served aboard. The
proposed plans are for June of
2006 in Charleston S.C. If you
served on the Bowen, please
contact Ricky Burke at 925 Char-
ter Club Drive, Lawrenceville,
Ga., 30043; by phone at 770-338-
1069; or, by e-mail at
The crewmen of the USS
BRYCE CANYON (AD-36) will be
holding their next reunion in the
Baltimore/Annapolis area in the
fall of 2006. For information,
contact Mike Nesbit at 9605 Der-
ald Rd., Santee, Calif., 92071; by
phone at 619-562-5690; or, by e-
mail at thenezz@aol.com. Or,
visit their web site at http://freep-
ages. military. rootsweb.com/- u
The former crewmen of the
USS CADMUS (AR-14) will be
having their next reunion May 4-
7, 2006, in Chicago, Ill. Anyone
interested in attending or getting
his name added to the mailing
list is'asked to contact Robert E.
Baschmann, 11231 Bullis Rd.,
Marilla, N.Y., 14102; by phone at
716-655-5415; or by e-mail at
The crew of the USS
CHARLES BERRY (DE-1035) will
be meeting in Dallas, Texas, for
their second reunion in March of
2006. If you are not already on
the mailing list, please send your
contact information to Mac
Christy as soon as possible.
He can be reached by mail at
841 Thomas Rd., Pomona,
Kans., 66076; by e-mail at
machief@direcway.com; or, by
phone at 785-255-4368. Or, visit
their web site at
The former crewmembers
will be meeting in the fall of 2006

in Reno, Nev., for their next
reunion. If you served aboard
the Cleveland, please contact
Lee Hursey, 622 N Young St.,
Wichita, Kans., 67212; by phone
at 316-942-9305; or, by e-mail at
The former crewmen of the
(DD/DDR-838) will be holding
their next reunion in September
2006 in Portland, Ore. If you
served on the USS ERNEST G
SMALL, please contact Ron
Palinkas at 3867 E. Phillips Blvd.,
Pomona, Calif., 91766; by phone
at 909-465-1460; or, by e-mail at
The crew of the USS
EUNICE (PCE-846) is working
on their fourth reunion. It is
planned for April 20-23, 2006, in
Savannah, Ga. If you served on
this vessel, please contact Harry
Kalbach immediately at 613
Sherman St., Menlo, Iowa,
50164; by phone at 641-524-
2811; or by e-mail at
The crewmembers of the
will be having their next reunion
in the fall of 2006 in St. Louis,
Mo. For information, contact
Rod Hoffmaster at 851 Main St.,
Mohrsville, Pa., 19541; by phone
at 610-926-4590; or, by e-mail at
Their web site is
Former crewmembers of
the USS GRIGGS (APA-110) will
be holding their next reunion in
September 2006 in St. Louis, Mo.
If you served aboard the Griggs
and are not on the Griggs
Reunion Mailing List, contact
Charles Forshee at 123 Cullen
Court, Lexington, N.C. 27292; by
phone at 336-357-6476; or, by e-
mail at
Former crewmembers of
the USS GRUNDY (APA-111) will
be holding their next reunion in
September 2006 in St. Louis, Mo.
If you served aboard the Grundy
and are not on the Grundy
Reunion Mailing List, contact

Fenwick Watts, 114 Grand Chase
Dr, Nederland, Texas, 77627; by
phone at 409-724-6464; or by e-
mail at
The crewmen of the USS
be holding their next reunion in
the fall of 2006 in the Newport
R.I./Boston Mass., area. For infor-
mation about this reunion, con-
tact Mike Baker at 109 Dunton
Ave., Holland, Mich., 49424; by
phone at 616-392-3547; or, by e-
mail at
The crewmen of the USS
HUNTINGTON (CL-107) will be
holding their next reunion in the
fall of 2006 in Savannah, Ga. For
information about this reunion,
contact Gene Volcik, 6311 Wal-
nut Hills Dr, Austin, Texas, 78723;
by phone at 512-926-7008; or by
e-mail at evolcik@aol.com.
The former crewmen of the
USS MARIAS (AO-57) will be hav-
ing their next reunion May 4-7,
2006 in Chicago, Ill. Anyone
interested in attending, or getting
his name added to the mailing
list is asked to contact Ray Bower
at 3471 Blackjack Ct, Lake Wales,
Fla., 33853; by phone at 863-676-
4047; or, by e-mail at rabow-
The former crewmembers
(DD/DDR-883) will hold their
next reunion in October 2006 in
San Antonio, Texas. For more
information, contact Roland
Pearson at 6541 Apache Run,
Theodore, Ala., 36582; by phone
at 251-653-7258; or, by e-mail at
rgpearson@bellsouth.net. Or,
visit their web site at
The crew of the USS
working on their next reunion
planned for April 20-23,2006, in
Savannah, Ga. If you served on
this vessel contact Harry Kalbach
at 613 Sherman St., Menlo, Iowa,
50164; by phone at 641-524-
2811; or, by e-mail at

Service Club Briefs

Legion Post #64
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and specials.
Monday, Thursday and Friday from
'11 a.m.. until 2 p.mt.; Wednesday,
tacos served from 11 a.mrtlritil 6
p.m.; Saturday from noon until 8
p.m.; Sunday from 1 until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday evenings' beginning at 6
p.m., for members and-guests.
The second Wednesday of
each month is our birthday party
starting at 4 p.m.; bring a covered
The third Sunday of each
month we have a steak dinner
with the Sons of the American
Legion from 3 until 6 p.m. fro a $9
donation. There will be entertain-
ment from 3 until 7 p.m.
The Legion lounge is open
Monday through Saturday at 10
a.m. On Sunday, it opens at 1 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
There is entertainment in our
lounge every Saturday night start-
ing at 4 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until ?
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday, Tues-
day and Thursday.
Euchre will be on Monday
and. Wednesday from 6 p.m.
Everyone is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64 is
located at 501 S.E. Second St. For
information, call (863) 763-2950.
Am-Vets #2001
e Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at
the Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528, 2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 a.m.
Applications for new members are
available.. Call Ray Disney at (863)
357-2138, or Don South at (863)
Eagles Aeries #4137
Tuesday: bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
Every Tuesday: spaghetti din-
ner with salad and garlic bread by
Lorraine and John from 5 until 7
p.m. for a $3.50 donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo from
4 p.m. until ? Food will be avail-
First and third Thursday:
Auxiliary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. Cooked to order
for a $12 donation. Music will be
by Jimmy Harper.
Saturday and Sundays:
music at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast cooked to order from 9 until
11 a.m. for $5 donation.
Saturday, Dec. 31: New
Year's Eve party- reservations are

required. Call the Aeries for
Saturday, Jan. 14: Snowball
Charities Dinner/Dance for mem-
bers and guests only at the Vero
Beach Heritage Center in Vero
Beach.-Tickets are available for a
$15 donation. Call the Aeries for
Call the AERIES for other
events at (863) 763-2552.
Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
S.R. 70 East. For information, call
(863) 763-6580.
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third, 8 p.m., regular
Wednesday: bingo will be at
7 p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments
will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from
2 p:m. until?
Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Rich Sweet at
(863) 824-0262, or Kip Gardner at
(863) 357-0427.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.
Eastern Star #128
Okeechobee Chapter #128
has many fun activities planned on
the first and third Tuesday of each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact W.M. Margaret at (863)
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W in Buckhead Ridge. The lodge's
phone number is (863) 763-2250.
Each Tuesday: bingo starts at
12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday and Satur-
day night meals will be served
from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call the
Lodge at (863) 763-2250 for the
Saturday night meals will be
served from 6:30 until 9 p.m. Call
for the menu.
Thursday: at 7 p.m. is mem-
ber appreciation and open mike
Friday and Saturday nights
there will be music for dancing
from 7 p.m. until ? Call the Lodge
to see who is playing.
Each Sunday in December
breakfast will be served from 9
until 11 a.m., with many items
being offered.
Reservations for the New
Years Eve Party are on sale now.
Seating is limited so get your tick-
ets early. Tickets are $40 per cou-
ple, or $20 per person. No tickets
will be sold at the door.

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W.
36th St. in Okeechobee. For
information, call the Lodge at
(863) 763-4954 or Norm at (863)
VFW Post #4423
The post is open noon until 9
p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Events at this post are season-
able you should call (863) 763-
0818 for information or visit the
lodge 300 N.W 34th St. You may
write the post at P.O. Box 1137
Okeechobee Fla. 34972.
Washer toss every Wednes-
day starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is
Every Wednesday during
season karaoke will be held from
5 until 9 p.m.
Every Friday: bingo starts at
1 p.m. for members and guests
followed by karaoke starting at 5
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at
1 p.m. Karaoke will be from 5
p.m. until?
Sunday: a dinner will be
available from 2 until 5 p.m. and
followed by karaoke at 5 p.m.
Every third Sunday there
will be a post meeting at 11 a.m.
VFW Post #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78 W in Buck-
head Ridge. For information, call
(863) 467-2882. Post hours are
from noon until 8 p.m., Monday
through Sunday.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner, Men's Auxiliary or
AmVets there will be music.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and
rolls will be served from 5:30
until 7 p.m. for a $10 donation.
Dancing immediately follows the
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.
Post meetings are held on
the second and fourth Saturday
of the month beginning at 10
a.m. The main meeting is on the
fourth Saturday.
For information contact Com-
mander Johnnie H. Patent at
(863) 467-2882.
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m.
Monday through Saturday and at
1 p.m. on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is avail-
able, courtesy of the Ladies Aux-
Thursday: short order food
night from 5 until 8 p.m.

Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
Saturday: dollar dogs,
sausage dogs for $1.50 grilled or
steamed at noon. Live music and
dancing will start at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV.
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.

The former crewmen of the
be holding their next reunion in
May 2006 in Nashville, Tenn. If
you served on the USS PAW-
CATUCK contact David Willis,
15807 Cimarron Drive, Surprise,
Ariz., 85374; by phone at 623-214-
9835;or, by e-mail at
The crewmembers of the
hold their next reunion in October
2006 in Washington, D.C. For
information, contact John C Sey-
mour, 114 E Valleywood Drive,
Collierville, Tenn., 38017; by
phone at 901-853-1450; or, by e-
mail at rebels45@yahoo.com. Or,
visit their web site at
The former crewmen of the
USS Purdy (DD-734) will be hold-
ing their next reunion April 19-23,
2006, in Nashville, Tenn. If you
served on the USS Purdy, contact
Larry DiPasquale at 3744 Surrey
Drive, Allentown, Pa., 18103-
5329; by phone at 610-433-4787;
or, by e-mail at
The crewmembers from the
planning a reunion to be held in
Norfolk, Va., in the fall of 2006.
Contact Richard Hughes to get
your name on the mailing list at
11002 E. Regal Drive, Sun Lakes,
Ariz., 85248; by phone at 480-895-
5611; or, by e-mail at dichugh-
The crewmen from the USS
ROWE (DD-564) will be holding
their next reunion in September
2006 in San Antonio, Texas. For
information, contact Bob Wood
at 1505 Dogwood Drive, Lake-
land, Fla., 33801; by phone at 863-
667-3334; or by e-mail at

The 2006 Reunion for the
USS SELLERS (DDG-11) will be
held Sept 11-14, 2006, in Las
Vegas, Nev. For information,
contact Hilton Roberts as soon
as possible at 634 North Quartz
St., Gilbert, Ariz., 85234; by
phone at 480-892-8033; or by e-
mail at hilton.l.roberts@boe-
33) Association will be holding
its next reunion in September
2006 in Jacksonville, Fla. If you
served on board the Simon
Lake, contact Gordon Sanders at
3330 Ridgefield Ct, Norfolk, Va.,
23518-2338; by phone at 757-
588-2023; or, by e-mail at
The crewmembers from
the USS VESTAL (AR-4) will be
meeting for their next reunion in
October 2006 in Washington,
D.C. For information contact
Arne Brinwall at 13013 Jane
Lane, Minnetonka, Minn., 55343;
by phone at 952-933-0616; or, by
e-mail at abrinwall@mn.rr.com.
The crewmembers from
the USS WABASH (AOR-5) are
getting together for their next
reunion May 18-21, 2006, in
Branson, Mo. If you served
aboard the Wabash, get in touch
with Harold Anderson at 9479
Lake Canyon Rd., Santee, Calif.,
92071; by phone at 619-562-
4696; or, by e-mail at
hnhusker@aol.com. Or, visit
their web site at www.uss-
The former crewmen of the
USS WATTS (DD-567) will be
holding their next reunion in
September 2006 in San Antonio,
Texas. If you served on the USS
WATTS, contact Jim Hanks at
8550 Riverside Drive, Brighton,
Mich., 48116; by phone at 810-
231-2215; or, by e-mail at

Anna Darling Celebrates
80th Birthday!
Anna Jean Darling of 13801 Hwy. 441 SE Lot 51, Okeechobee, FL 34974...
Celebrates her 80H" BIRTHDAY on Dec. 29.
Born Anna Jean Smith, she married Eldon D. Darling on Aug. 27, 1945. He is
deceased. She is the mother of Joyce Conrad of Reno, Nevada; Dale Darling of
Princeville and Don Darling, deceased.
She has six grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, seven great-grandchildren
and four step great-grandchildren.
She helped build her home in rural Edelstein in 1977. She has a large garden
and still cans all her vegetables. She is a great cook and makes the best fried
chicken, goulash and Texas cake in the state.
Happy Birthday to the lady who's hell when she's well, never had a sick day
in her life!
Please feel free to wish her a happy birthday
'by sending a card to her in Florida. o
., We wish you a wonderful day!
Love, Your Family

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Brighton playing host to roping event

Brighton Indian Reservation is
hosting the largest youth roping
competition in the world.
The Candy Shop Roping com-
petition got under way Wednesday,
Dec. 28, and will run through Sun-
day, Jan. 1,2006.
Ropers from as far away as
Canada, New Mexico and Texas as
well as several local cowboys and
cowgirls are entered in this compe-

The Candy Shop Roping is
being produced by Fulford Roping
Productions. This is the sixth year
that Fulford has produced this
event. This year, however, they are
holding the first ever $5,000 added
10-head all girl breakaway roping
and $3,000 added 10-head all girl
goat tying. There will be events for
all ages from a 13-and-under tie

down roping to a man's 50-and -
over tie down roping event.
There will be barrel racing and
pole bending for all ages on Friday
night and Saturday. Steer wrestling
will also take place on Friday morn-
There will be an all around trail-
er awarded to the girl who com-
petes in the most events and wins
the most money. The trailer is

adorned with all the sponsors and
will be presented at the conclusion
of the Candy Shop Roping on Sun-
The Candy Shop Roping is free
to the public and spectators are
encouraged to attend. There will be
vendors with unique western
apparel and accessories. There will
also be a food concession with
authentic western home cooking.

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Men's softball
games scheduled
Okeechobee Parks and Recre-
ation has announced that their
men's adult softball league games
will be played at the adult softball
field across from Yearling Middle
The lower division teams will
play on Mondays and Wednes-
days. Game times are 7 and 8
p.m. each night. The upper divi-
sion teams will play on Tuesdays
and Thursdays.

OHS softball
try outs slated
Try outs for the Okeechobee
High School Lady Brahman soft-
ball team will begin Jan. 9 and 10
at 4 p.m. at the OHS softball field.
All interested players must
have a current physical to try out.
For information, call Kim Har-
graves at (863) 634-6322.
There have been no'games
scheduled for a ladies' softball
league due to lack of teams.

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Is Proud To
Announce Its
New Sales Manager!

Mak Wari,

Mark is excited to join the Gilbert Chevrolet
family. His extensive 24 year career in the
automotive industry makes him a valuable
addition to the Gilbert team. Mark looks forward to
continuing his service to serve the Okeechobee
community. Ifyou have any questions please feel free
to call him directly at (863) 763-3154 or stop by and
visit him at 3550 Hwy 441 South in Okeechobee.

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Board of County Commissioners District No. 3

Honorable Ray Domer
Board of County Commissioners District No. 1

Honorable Elvie Posey
Board of County Commissioners District No. 5

Honorable David Williams
School Board

Honorable Joe Arnold
School Board
The Value Adjustment Board meets each year to review complaints regarding prop-
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The purpose of the board is to enhance fairness in property taxes by correcting
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Number of Number of Total Number Reduction
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the Board Reductions Action
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Dec. 23,
through Thursday, Dec. 29, are as
Theatre I "Chronicles of Nar-
nia" (PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9:25 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:25, 7 and 9:25 p.m. Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2, 4:25, 7 and L
9:25 p.m.
Theatre II "Cheaper by the
Dozen 2" (PG} Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday
at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre III "Fun with Dick and
Jane" (PG- 13) Showtimes: Friday at
7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
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- -


Child Find
helps kids
Your local Florida Diagnostic
and Learning Resources System
(FDLRS) Center now offers a serv-
ice known as Child Find. Child Find
helps find and identify children up
to 21 years of age who may need
special education services. The pri-
mary focus is on 3- and 4-year-old
children not yet in a school setting.
Child Find provides free screenings
on speech and language, develop-
ment, vision, and hearing. For infor-
mation, contact Debbie Wagner at
(800) 358-8525.
Volunteers are
needed at Hospice
Hospice of Okeechobee, Inc.
has volunteer opportunities avail-
able in Okeechobee assisting the
patient care and administrative
teams to provide Hospice services
to Okeechobee area residents. Per-
manent and part-time volunteers
provide direct patient support serv-
ices such as companionship, tele-
phone contacts, letter reading,
main caregiver relief and other
non-medical assistance. They also
assist Hospice in fund raising, cleri-
cal and office support. Age is not a
barrier. For information, visit Hos-
pice of Okeechobee at 411 S.E.
Fourth St., Okeechobee, or call
(863) 467-2321.
Center offers
service to children
The Family Outreach Center at
Sacred Heart, 701 S.W. Sixth St.,
offers a service to youth and chil-
dren by giving free classes in mar-
tial arts. The classes are currently
taught four days a week on Tues-
day, Wednesday and Friday, from 6
until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from
11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Coast Guard Auxiliary
will make house calls
Did y6u know the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary makes house calls?
They will come to your home to
discuss the required safety equip-
ment needed on your boat. This
service is free. You will receive a
cordial, informative and confiden-
tial boat inspection. A vessel safety
check decal will be placed on boats
that meet all the requirements. Call
(863) 467-3085 to arrange a boat
Club will
care for ferrets
The Okeechobee Ferret Club
and Rescue will take in unwanted,
abandoned and injured ferrets. For
information, call (863) 763-4333.
Equipment available
for the handicapped
American Legion Post 64, 501
S.E. Second St. has used handi-
capped equipment such as walk-
ers, portable toilets, crutches,
canes, etc. Anyone requiring the
use of such equipment is welcome
to stop by the post and pick out
what they need. There is no charge
and anyone is welcome. This is not
restricted to veterans. Call the Post
at (863) 763-2950.
Volunteers wanted
for hospital auxiliary
Would you like to make a differ-
ence in the lives of others? Rauler-
son Hospital Auxiliary has many
opportunities of service for adults
seeking volunteer work. Volunteer
as little as four hours a week or as
many as 20 hours. Morning or after-
noon shifts are available. Many
opportunities currently exist and
new programs to begin soon.
Please contact the lobby desk at
Raulerson Hospital for a Volunteer
Application. For information, call
(863) 763-2151, ext. 3312. The hos-
pital's Volunteen Program (ages
14-17) begins in June.

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DOG- Shih-tzu call to describe

CAT 2yo Calico Female Cat,
has ID tags, last seen near
Oak Lake Estates $100 re-
ward (863)634-7402
Chocolate & White, Female,
Vicinity of Oak Park. Reward!
Please call (863)467-8038
male w/blue collar & injured
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w/red collar. Vic of Betther
Acres behind Post Office
(863)763-7813 Reward
LOST PIT BULL Country Hills
Estate Area, his name is Max

CANNING JARS- Lids, rings,
20 qt pot to give away.
Curr/Boxer Mix Puppies-
FREE 8 weeks old,
1863)763-4052 or
863) 634-8691
DOG- mixed breed 8 months
old loving family
Collie fem., would make a
good cow dog.
Hybrid, male, 10 mos. old,
very loveable.
KITTENS (4) Very adorable.
Males & Females. Free to
good home. Ready now!'
Time to clean out the
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garage? Advertise
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your clean up a breeze

LOOKING FOR Someone that
knows how to weave on a
loom Please call
Tall Guy, Secure, Stable. To
meet Attractive Gal or Friends
for Dining, Fishing, Traveling,
etc. Let meet. (863)946-3123

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Employment -
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Employment -
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Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

AFT. 3:30pm
LABORER: Class B CDL req.
863-467-1932 evenings or
954-445-0749 day. EOE.
Carpenter Wanted
must have tools &
transportation, steady
work. 1-800-345-0060
COOKS: Apply in person,
after 2pm @ Pizza Heaven
208 South Parrot Ave.

for busy restaurant
$9.00 per hr to start
Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.

Experienced MatureTeachers
Needed Building Blocks
Academy F/T & P/T positions
avail., Great pay, working envi-
ronment & benefits
Now hiring 10 sharp people to
work and travel with unique
business group.
Two weeks training.
Transportation and
lodging furnished.
Return trip guaranteed.
Dally and weekly bonuses
For more info call Mike.
Experienced Bartender &
Kitchen help
Call 863-634-3245

Local Homebuilder
needs qualified
Salespeople. Must be
organized & able to work
well with others. Flexible
schedule a must.
Call 863-763-6376
PIT orF/T,
Immediate Opening
Apply in person @
Pier II 2200 S.E. Hwy
441, Okeechobee
Ask for Chris
*Tow truck driver
*Fuel 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
w/Air Brake. Competitive
Salary, Company
benefits. Paid Vacation. Health
Insurance, 401K. Apply in
person: W&W Lumber,
Hwy. 710, Indiantown.
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forklift operators. The position requires off-loading and
delivery of drums, pallets, and other raw materials to pro-
cessing area. Also palletizing, banding, and/or stretch
wrapping of product and other warehouse duties. Must be
able to work in a cold environment and have previous lift
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work any shift and weekends.
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If you possess the above qualifications please apply as
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Computer'Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & 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 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys 8 Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

works good $30
(863)635-7987 .

ART PIECE- Solid copper with
an Indian in front & a Buffalo
in the back. Dated '1842
$500.cash 863-763-2965
round oak-unique, beautiful
$400 (863)763-4982
of Antique furniture.
Quality service.
Call (863)763-4149

DISHWASHER, Hotpoint, un-
der the counter, used very
little, $65. (863)763-5081
tric range, microwave & self
cleaning oven. In excellent
cond. $100 (863)763-5081
RANGE- Maytag, electric,
white, excellent condition,
condition, $175 for set

30"; Oak, with sink and fau-
cet, $100 (863)675-1634
ROOF PANELS, Pro Panel, (6),
18'x4'x3" thick, like new,
$1800 will sell separately.
ROOF PANELS, Pro Panel, (6),
18'x4'x3" thick, like new,
$1800 will sell separately.
WELL SYSTEM fairly new,
$800 for total system

tery compartment broken),
for boy, $10 will sell separ-
ately. (863)697-1925

AVON, old, 2 big boxes,
figurines, cars, etc., $50 for
both boxes or best offer.

CARDS Racing & Comic.
late 80s early 90s Exc. cond.
$500neg. 863)763-8943

plete, lots of programs,
$175. (866)855-0158

GAS FIRE PLACE 48"wx43"t,
brick style, $1000

CEDAR CHEST- New with tray
Solid cedar $125
nice, Lighted, medium wood,
$300. or best offer Moving
Must Sell (239)645-3620
CHINA CABINET, old, 2 pc.,
yellow, hand painted, Ig.
glass shelves, nice, $450.
print, green burgundy & gold
$250 (863)467-5032
DINING TABLE- Oval, all wood
w/big pedestal blonde/white,
end tables fruitwood & glass
$100. (863)357-0037
END TABLES, (2), curvy legs,
between light & medium ma-
ple, very nice, $50.
white oak color, excellent
condition, $50.
CHAIRS- Leather, Nice,
$225. (863)674-5770
TRIPLE DRESSER, ivory color,
w/2 nitestands & Ig. mirror,
Must Sell! asking $50.
$100. (863)763-8943 ask
for Tracy

CLUB CAR, '97- Exc. cond.,
good batt/charger, $1599.
GOLF CART Club Car, 2001,
Gas, Reconditioned w/alumi-
num bed, top & windshield.
$2795. neg. (863)675-1472
GOLF CLUBS- 30 Misc, sets,
2 bags incl/Odyssey 990, Wil-
son 8813, Cook M1-X, Lynx.
$700willsep. (863)946-3123.

PISTOL, 9mm, w/case & 2
magazines, less than 50
rounds shot, exc. cond.,
$400. (863)227-0396
SHOT GUN- Winchester, 12
age, Deer Gun w/scope.
335. (863)467-7838

w/rack. $100.
WEIGHT BENCH w/leg lift,
160lbs of weights, additional
weight lift bar $80


CERAMIC heater

- $10

Like new condition. $600
EARRINGS Ladies, Peacock
design. Hand made in Hong
Kong 24K, 100yr old. $500
neg. (863)634-9620 Okee
POCKET WATCH- over 100
yrs old, $300 neg.
(863)634-9620. Okeechobee

LAMPS, (2), brand new, never
been used, cream & gold,
$35 for both.

ELEC SCOOTER- Victory, 3
wheel, new batt., light & bas-
ket, swivel cloth seat, runs
good $600 (863)634-5095
HOSPITAL BED electric foot
& head board, good cond.
w/2 rails $150
HOSPITAL BED- electric,
works good no mattress
$145 or best offer
SCOOTER, Alanti 2002, Elec-
tric w/basket on back & 2 bat-
teries. Good cond. Holds up to
300 Ibs. $725 (863)763-7697

DIESEL TANK- 260 gallon,
3'Tx2.5'Wx5'L Brand new
Aluminum. $1000/neg. Call
Keith (239)872-3714
GENERATOR, Harley, used,
2500 watts, starts first try,
$250. (863)634-7098

NEW, a steal at $800
ERY- '98, by Estey $500.
asking $700,
TAYLOR GUITAR, 614-ceab,
25th Anniv. model, maple
back & sides, spruce top,
$2,000. (863)467-9859

wks, $500 (863)946-1279
male, 1 female. $150.
24x24x27, playpen on top
shelf under cage detachable
seed $100. (863)357-0037
PITBULL Pups Full blooded
everything up to date, 1 male 1
female, also avail, huge dog
kennel $250 (863)227-0396
PUG, ACA, Rare, Black, 1F/2M
Ready 12/22-8wks. Shots, pa-
pers/health cert. $700-$800.
REX BUNNY, baby, $10.
(863)675-4981 LaBelle area
YORKIES, ACA Reg. Small/
Adorable, Born 11/25th, Avail.
Feb. 1st. Parents on premises.
$500. (863)763-6778
ZEBRA FINCH: Adorable. $8.

asking $250.

$50.00 or best offer

er, Vintage, Good shape.
$25. (863)946-3123
POOL CUE w/case in excellent.
condition $40

RCA Color VCR/TV with re-
mote, new in box, $80.
(863)467-1891 Iv. msg.
TOSHIBA, color, 19", used, re-
mote & manual included,
$50. (863)467-1891 Iv.

continuous watt, new never
used, $2000 (863)467-5756
3000psi, whose, wand & tips,
on wheels, 11hp B/S engine,
$350 863-697-9704
gauges, & oxygen tanks. Also,
drill press & 2 grinders. $700
for all (863)763-9527

EAGLE ISLAND RD- 80 acres,
deep well for irrigation, ready
to plant, Call (561)951-3544

Office Space for Rent
West side of new
courthouse, Available Now!
Available Late Spring
If Interested, Call Judy

OKEECHOBEE Furnished Rm.
Single occupancy. Utilities in-
cluded. $125 wk. + 1st & last
mo. sec. dep. (863)467-0771

OKECHOBEE- 1.25 acres in
the Vikings. High & dry, near
46K acre State Preserve.
Buy now, prices are going up!!
$38,000 (877)262-6884


ADULT VIDEOS, (20), $75 or
best offer. (863)634-3783

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

old. Beautiful. Calm. Quiet.
Green broke. To good home
only. $750 (863)763-7727
32" tall, child broke, incid,
. saddle & tack, 2yrs old,
$700. (863)227-0367.
quiet, exc beginner horse,
$2500 or best offer
QUARTER/Thoroughbred lyr
old stud, halter broke $600
"Billy Cook". w/Breast strap
& tie down. $450.

BUSH HOG: TSC, 5 Ft., 2
years old. $500.
863-610-1219 after 9pm or
14.5 HP, 38" cut, runs good,
$700 (863)673-3620
wheels, like new, 6hp B/S
engine, $175 or trade
Great for a flower bed. $5.

COWS- some calves at side

SADDLE- asking $100

Rentals I

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

N. of OKEE 2br, ba. 12 mi.
north of Okeechobee. $500
mo. 1st & sec. No Pets!
(863)467-1717 8:30-3:30

BASSWOOD- 3br, 2ba, new
home, 2964 NW 35th Ave,
$1000/mo, 1st, last & $500
sec. dep. (863)467-0128.
Brand new 3/2/2, quiet neigh-
borhood, great location, min-
utes from ramp & close
commute to coast, $1300
mo. incl. lawn & water sof-
tener service, avail in Jan.,
1st, last & $1,000 sec. dep.
1 Car garage. C/Air & Heat. On
water w/boat house & lift. W &
D. D/W. Screen porch. In-
cludes lawn service & trash.
No pets. $1300 mo. 1st, last &
$500. sec. dep. 863-
357-2240 or 561-324-8509
OKEECHOBEE, 3 Bedroom 2
Bath, 2 car garage, Avail.
Jan. 1.863-634-9330
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Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 10-10
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

OKEE.- Remodeled 2br,1.5ba,
2 Story Apt., Bldg. 90, Oak
Lake Apt's. $93,900.
863-763-8391 or 634-3313
Okee, remodeled, 2BR/1BA, 2
story apt, building 40, Oak
Lake Apts., $88,900.
Si s- Sae 02
42ft. Park Model w/8 ft. Florida
Rm., Car Port & Storage Shed.
Water Softner & RO System,
All apple Washer & Dryer, TV.
2br,2bth, hse, 162' WF in,
BHR, dock, seawall, out bldgs,
$279,500 (863)467-1077
in ground pool,1'A acre,
completely remodeled, ce-
ramic tile, $242,000.
(863)634-6545 or 634-2728
New 4 Bed/2 2Bath, 2 Story
Waterfront Home!
energy efficient, Great
Location! Family room,
eat-in kitchen, lots
of storage, 2 car garage,
$325,000. MUST SEE!
Waterfront, 3B/R, New homes
available. Close to town.
Split plans, Owner suites,
large kitchens, 2 car garage.
Won't last! (863)763-6376

OVER SIZED LOT- 161x125,
close to .5 acre, high and dry
in Basswood Estates, 31
Ave. in Okee. $42,500 Alexia
Realty, Martha Mareno,
(786)306-8465 or
$30,000. or best offer. Financ-
ing possible. (305)240-2847

LAKE PORT- .5 ac. lot, '87
Fleetwood S/Wide, 2br, 2ba,
2 carport's, 2 bldg's, Paved
drive Call 863-763-6572

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Mobile Homes

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

Blue Cypress RV &
Golf Resort, 1BR/1BA, fully
furn., pool, golf course, boat
ramp, seasonal or annual.
RV FOR RENT, 1 or 2 adults in
Western St. Lucie $750 mo.
includes utilities.
Mobile home w/ boat dock,
furnished, $1000/mon Nice
1st last and $500 No pets
Adults only (954)587-2644 or

Avion Trailer, 35', w/45' Fla.
room, 2BR/2BA, w/walk in
shower, incl. free lot & cable
rental from Jan. to May, golf
cart, tricycle & bike, fur-
nished, located in KOA Adult
Park, $24,000.
Models on Display, Homes
available for immediate
delivery. Save $1,000's now!
Call us today. 863-494-4010,
2br/2ba, 12x24 FL Room, Full
Car port. Lot 86, Town &
Country Park (863)467-8551
MOBILE HOME, 2005, 16x80,
w/shed. 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba. Lot in-
cluded. (863)357-9662
Palm Harbor
Modular & Mobile
Home Specialists.
Call our Factory for
Free Color Brochures.
Palm Harbor Factory
Liquidation Sale
2005 Models must
go. Call for Free
Color Brochures.

Boats 3005
CampersRVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles ATVs 305

Bass Boat, 20' Storm Boot
Legger, 200hp motor, 24v
trolling motor, Eagle fishfind-
er 3D, w/trailer, asking
$4500. (863)467-0837
BASS BOAT 20ft, 200hp Merc.
05 trailer, excel, running
condition. $4400/neg.
85 hp Force, Stereo & Fish-
finder. $1500 or best offer.
19ft, w/05 115HP Yamaha, 4
stroke engine, galv trlr., Must
sell due to health, Paid
$26,500 asking $18,000 or
best offer. (863)467-4493.
KAYAK- Hobie Lanai, used,
roomy cockpit, drink holder,
storage, good size for
kids,$185 (863)467-1790
KAYAK- Perception Swifty,
9.5, used highback'seat,
good cond, yellow, $150
neg. (863)467-1790 Iv msg
Pontoon Boat, '94, Starcraft,
1995 40hp Mercury, low hrs.,
no trailer, fish ready, $4000.
Powerwinch, model 315, trlr
winch for boats to 4,000 lbs.
used very little, $80.
TRI HULL BOAT, 16', walk thru
windshield, 60 hp Mariner
outboard motor & trir, $1500
firm. (863)467-8038
V BOTTOM BOAT 12 Ft., Alu-
minum. Very good condition.
$300. (863) 824-0801

MOTOR HOME 30 Ft., 1989
w/454, $4000. Firm.
(863)610-1219. after 9pm &
RV with FL room, Very
nice/clean Many extras! Quick
poss. Washer, A/C. 9100 78
W $6900.317-243-3313 Okee
good condition, can be seen
at 1495 Garden St.
$1500/neg (772)224-1132

Fifth-Wheel Hitch 15k. GM
rails included, like new, $780
new yours for $375
863)946-3269 or

- Steelflex 2000 SUPER
SLICK Epoxy coating, 1 gal-
Ion $100 (863)467-6696
SEA PRO SEAT- With pedestal
$100. (863)610-0440

Okeechobee News, Thursday, December 29, 2005

AIRBOAT PROP, wood, new,
72LXL36, w/Combee prop
plate & 6 new bolts, $600.
BOAT SEAT- Springfield Ma-
rine #3 with rod gimbel &
pedestal $100.
(863)610-0440 (Okee.)


The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.

Motorcycle Transport Trailer
"Chariot' Enclosed, Fiberglass,
w/rear door ramp & interior
light. $950. (863)467-5207

GO KART, single person with
roll bar, $200 or best offer.
GO KART, Yerf, only used 15
hrs or less, Cash Only $900
or best offer. (863)675-2093
ask for Ashley
SUZUKI LTZ 400 2003 Race
Bike. $2400. Firm.


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Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4050
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

'94, rebuilt trans., V6 3.8 litre
eng., auto, a/c, cruise,
$1500. (863)467-4352
miles. Looks & Runs good.
Well maintained. $2500
FORD PROBE GT- '93, Sports
model, Great on gas & runs
good. 73K, $3500.
(219)309-5544 (Cell) Ivmsg
GEO PRISM, '90, Christmas
Carl runs good, good gas
mileage, parts reasonable,
$1499. (863)467-1535
HONDA ACCORD '87- $1200
or make offer
(863)467-5401 or
ed. 128K mls. Raisin Pearl col-
or, rear Euro lights. $4500 or
best offer. 863-675-3470 Mel
Runs exc. Needs trans. &
brake work $300 or good
parts car. (863)801-3310
OLDS CUTLASS '96- needs
transmission work, $500
Needs work. $250 or best
offer. (863)467-8856

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PREME SL '94, 2 Dr., Tinted,
sound system. P/L, P/W. P/S,
P/B. $2500 (863)447-0651
TOYOTA MR2, '88, white, sun
roof, runs great, 32-35 mpg,
am/fm/cd, very dependable,
$1500. (561)924-2208

TRUCK 1955 500 cu. in.
motor. $2500 or best offer.
'48- 4dr asking $2500
CHEVY TRUCK 1955 auto
and tilt steering, needs work
$2500 (863)357-3633
DODGE ASPEN '74 Slant 6,
runs great. Needs minor res-
toration. $500 (863)697-6731
MGB 1973 Convertible 4cyl., 4
sp. Sell or trade Make some-
one a real deal, Nice car
TLE 1971, Brand new motor.
Needs restoration. $1000 or
best offer. (863)763-4826

GMC 7000 CAB OVER 1979,
427 cu. in., Air Brakes, Good
tires. Good shape. $4000 or
best offer, (863)801-1620

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

EASY GO 2 seater w/top and
windshield and charger
$1250/neg. (863)675-1472

CHEVY 350 ENGINE, with
stand, 30 over, low miles,
tranny rebuilt w/shift kit,
$1500. (772)618-0607
RIM 16" Dodge Truck Rim
$100 or best offer
fits Chevy S10 or 6 ft bed
truck Excellent condition $300.
Firm (863)697-6731
350, Rebuilt, $350 or best
offer. (863)467-8856

CHEVY 4x4- 72 & '85, no mo-
tors, $1000 863-6973895
CHEVY S10, '03, 3 dr., stan-
dard shift, 4 cyl., 13k mi.,
under factory warranty,
$9900. (863)357-3413
DODGE RAM- '87, 4X4, Auto.
318, 33" tires Long bed.
Runs good. $1800. neg.

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Pursuant to Ch 713,585(6) F.S. United American Lien & Recovery as agent with
power of attorney will sell the following vehicles) to the highest bidder subject to
any liens; net proceeds deposited with the clerk of court; owner/lienholder has
right to hearing and post bond; owner may redeem vehicle for cash sum of lien:
all auctions held in reserve
Inspect 1 week prior @ lienor facility; cash or cashier check; 15% buyer prem; any
person interested ph (954) 563-1999
Sale date January 20, 2006 @ 10:00 am 3411 NW 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL
15601 1993 Toyota Corolla 4dr Vin#: 2T1AE04E3PC021260 RIO/0 Jamo T. Taffe, 44
Leonard Ave., Freeport, NY cust: Anton J. Taffe, 4200 Fletcher Ave. #403, Tam-
pa, FL lienor: Mikes Garage & Towing, 2855 W Hwy 60, Okeechobee, FL lion amt
15602 1993 Honda Accord 4dr Vin#: 1HGCB765XPA043771 R/0O Charm Fred
Pierre Jr, 846 NE 40 St Apt 1, Oakland Park, FL Stephanie Crystal Kiser, 11588
NW 60 Ave. Reddick, FL lienor: Mikes Garage & Towing, 2855 W Hwy 60, Okee-
chobee, FL lien amt $2447.50
15603 1992 Mercury Grand Marquis 4dr Vin#: 2MECM75W1NX624095 R/0O Terry
Lee Blithe, 3700 Montgomery Rd, Mims, FL lienor: Mikes Garage & Towing, 2855
W Hwy 60, Okeechobee, FL lien amt $2422.75
15604 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2dr Vin#: 1G1GZ37G1 GR184193 R/0O Christian
Orthodox Catholic Church, 3832 N University Dr., Ft. Lauderdale, FL L/H Che-
quered Flag Auto 9 Sales Inc., 1001 E. Lincoln Ave., Melbourne, FL cost: Alfred
Louis Oeleo, 3832 N. University Or, Sunrise, FL lienor: Mikes Garage & Towing,
2855 W Hwy 60, Okeechobee, FL lien amt $2390.00
15605 1996 GMC Sierra Pk Vin#: 1GTGC29FXTE541458 R/0O Terry Lee Blithe,
3700 Montgomery Rd., Mims, FL lienor: Mikes Garage & Towing, 2855 W Hwy
60, Okeechobee, FL lien amt $2494.00
15606 1992 Cham Econline Bu Vin#: 1FDKE30GXNHA47873 R/0O The Ultimate
Martial Arts Academy, 23078 Sandalfoot Plaza Or, Boca Raton, FL American De-
velopment Corp., 6010 Singleton Rd. #210, Norcroes, GA cost: American Main-
street Mortgage C/O Raphael Amah Okere, 6010 Singelton Rd #210, Norcross,
GA lienor: Mikes Garage & Towing, 2855 W Hwy 60, Okeechobee, FL lien amt
Sale date January 27, 2006 @ 10:00 am 3411 NW 9th Ave #707, Ft. Lauderdale,
FL 33309
15626 1994 Infiniti G20 4dr Vln#: JNKCP0103RT507723 R/0O Kenneth Leonard
Burns, 3681 NE 41st #B, Ocala, FL A/H Sibley Used Cars, PO Box 3324, Ocala,
FL lienor: Michael Garage & Towing, 2855 SR 60, Okeechobee, FL 772-569-0516
lien amt $2829.06
Licensed & bonded auctioneers Flab 422 Flau 765 & 1911
105835 ON 12/29/05

INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE, in compliance with the Consultants Com-
petitive Negotiations Act, FS 287-055, desires engineering services for the design
and supervision of the following project:
Firms desiring to provide Professional Services for the subject project shall submit
one ") n a o psk, clearly indicating the project for which you
are submitting. Please submit the following information in the order listed:
1. Letter of Interest
2. GSA Forms 254 and 255
3. Consultant Questionnaire Form (Can be obtained by calling the IRCC Facilities
Planning Office at 772-462-7360 or by e-mailing your requestto pivey@ircc.edu)
4.Three (3) letters of recommendation from owners with whom you have had
experience in the pastthree (3) years
5. Copy of firm's current Florida Professional Registration License
6.If your firm is a corporation, please provide a copy of your current Florida Cor-
porate Charter
Submittal documents will be accepted in the Indian River Community Colleae Fa-
cilities Plannino Office Buildino "S" Room #233 3209 Virainia Avenue Fort
Pierce FL 34981-5596 no later than 12,00 Noon on Thursday January 5 2006
Submittals received afterthattime/date will not be considered
Scope of services include, but are not limited to the design, permitting, and con-
struction services of a 3000 +/- foot road extension and canal crossing.
The subject project will be constructed at the Vero Beach Mueller Campus, 6155
College Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32966. Please direct inquiries to the IRCC Fa-
ciltiies Planning Office by calling 772-462-7360. Thank you for your interest in
our project.
102782ON 12/15,22,29/05

cyl., 5 spd., $1200 or best
.offer. (772)359-2923 or
GMC-'86, 22' Dry van body,
New eng. & tires, Less than
30K, 5 spd. $4500 neg.
(941)416-5571 Clewiston
TOYOTA Pick Up T-100 '95,
Xtracab. 20 mpg. Reliable.
Good shape. $3000. Firm..
863-610-1219 after 9pm.

White, 4x4, All power, Very
clean $8500. or best offer

:'TRAILER- G.A.W.B. 2980,
asking $1675

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Sealed bids will be received by THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 up to 2:00 p.m. FEb-
ruar 1.2006 for all materials and labor necessary for:
Kitchen Renovations & HVAC Replacement
Yearling Middle School
Okeechobee, Florida
Bidder shall complete a list of sub-bidders with whom he will sub-contract work in
connection with this project. This list shall accompany the contractor's bid. Failure
to provide a list will be grounds for rejection of the bid.
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
Okeechobee County School Board
700 SW 2nd Avenue, Room 100
Okeechobee, FL 34974
863-462-5000 ext. 236
BMK Architects, Inc.
323 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Archi-
tect or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $100.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return n of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
Each bid shall obe accompanied by a Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum
bid, payable to the SchoolI Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good
faith and guaranteeing that the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the
School Board of Okeechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as
required by Florida Statute 1013.47 In the penal sum of 100% of the escalated
amount of the contract guaranteeing the performance of said contract; and a pay-
ment bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Statutes, guaran-
teeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each bid shall be accompanied
by a sworn statement under Section 287.133(3) a), Florida Statutes, on Public
Entity Crimes and the Drug Free Workplacea Certificason.
Each bond shall be issued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do busi-
ness In the State of Florida having a general bond holder's rating of A+ -excellent-
and a financial rating of BBB+ or beer in Florida satisfactory to the Owner, with-
in tei (10) days after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said bonds to
b paid by the Contractor. Said bonds to bae recorded in accordance with School
Board Instructions.
All Bids shall be placed In an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-
side of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for said
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: JanuarU 18. 20. l10:00 a.m., prevailing
time at the office of Dale Barrett, Director of Operations, 700 SW 2nd Avenue,
Room 110, Okeechobee, FL 34974.
The Contractor will be required to build and have theproject substantially completed
October 1, 2006 and have the punch list hems and site clean up, totally complet-
ed within 30 days thereafter. Failure to do so will result in liquidated damages In
the amount of $500.00 per day for each day the date of actual substantial com-
pletion exceeds the scheduled date of substantial completion; and a further sum
of $100.00 per calendar day in liquidated damages for each day the date of actual
final completion exceeds the scheduled date of final completion.
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days af-
ter the date of opening.
By: Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
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Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Public notice is hereby given that Fergu-
son Towing will sell at Public Auchon
free from all prior liens, the following
vehicles that remaining unclaimed in
storage with charges unpaid, pursuant
to Florida Statutes 713.78, to the high-
est bidder at 12065 Lakeshore Drive,
Canal Pt., FL 33438 on January 2nd,
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Sealed bids will be received by THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY
FLORIDA, 700 SW 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 up to 2:00 p.m.
January 25, 2006 for all materials and labor necessary for:
Re-roofing Building 6 at
Okeechobee High School
2800 Highway 441 North
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Bidder shall complete a list of sub-bidders with whom he will sub-contract work in
connection within projecL This list shall accompany the contractor's bid. Failure
to provide a list will be grounds for rejection of fithe bid.
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
Okeechobee County School Board
700 SW 2nd Avenue, Room 110
Okeechobee, FL34974
863-462-5000 ext.236
BMK Architects, Inc.
227 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Archi-
tect or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $100.00 for one set of plans
and specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of
said plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide
Each bid shall be accompanied by a OlBid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum
bid, payable to the School Board of Okeechobee County, as evidence of good
faith and guaranteeing that the successful bidder will execute and furnish to the
School Uoard of Ohechobee County a good and sufficient performance bond as
required by Florida Statute Section 1013.45 in the penal sum of 100% of the es-
calated amount of the contact guaranteeing the performance of said contract and
a payment bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Statutes,
guaranteeIng the payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each Bid shall be ac-
companied by a sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a), Florida Statutes,
on Public Entty Crimes and Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Each bond shall be issued by a surety company licensed and authorized to do busi-
ness In the State of Florida having a general bond holder's ratig of A+ -excellent-
and a financial rating of BBB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the Owner, with-
in ten (10) days after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said bonds to
be pai by the Contractor, Said bonds to be recorded in accordance with School
Board instructions.
All bids shall be placed in an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okenechobeea County, and the name of the project should be placed on the out-

The Contractor will be required to build and have the project substantially completed
Monday, May 1, 2006 and have the actual site work, including punch list items
and site clean up, totally completed 30 calendar days thereafter. Failure to do so
will result in liquidated damages in the amount of $500.00 per day for each day
the date of actual substanial completion exceeds the scheduled date of substan-
tial completion; and a further sum of $100.00 per calendar day in liquidated dam-
ages for each day the date of actual completon exceeds the scheduled date of
final completion.
The successful bidder if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
The School Board of Okeechobee County reserves the right to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days af-
terthe date of opening.
By: Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
1047520N 12/22,29/051/5/06

Public notice is hereby given that Fergu-
son Towing will sell at Public Auction
free from all prior liens, the following
vehicles that remaining unclaimed in
storage with charges unpaid, pursuant
to Florida Statutes 713.78, to the high-
est bidder at 12065 Lakeshore Drive,
Canal Pt., FL 33438 on January 9th,
1991 Chevrolet 4 Door Blu
1993 Nltsan 4Door Whl
Vin# JN8HD17S6PW126816
19860 Oldsmobile 2 Door Dk Blu
1992 Plymouth Statioen Wagon WhI
Vin# 2P4GH2535NR577914
1993 Chevrolet 4 Door Gry
Vin # 1G1LT53T5PY118752
1996 Chevrolet Pick UP Gm
Vin# 1GCCS19W1T8209032
1988 Buick 4DOorSit
Vin# 1G4AH51W9JT463604
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Request for Plant Capacity
Okeechobee Utility AutthorIty
The Okeechobee Utility Authority
(OUAP) is pursuing the design and
construction of a 3.0 MGD waste-
water treatment plant expansion.
This plant expansion will provide
additional capacity to serve apprxi-
mately 12,000 equivalent rdential
connections, The OUA has issued
a Request for Plant Capacity
("RFPC") from businesses and
qualified builder developers. The
RFPC's are due on February 17,
If you would like to receive a RFPC
packet, please contact either:
Jeff Larson, Senior Vice President,
Regional Manager
Bill Spiwey, Investment Banker
Tel: 407-482-2326
105498 ON 12/2605 -.1/1/06
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Police Dept. investigate murder

By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Special to the Okeechobee News
Glade Police Department contin-
ues to investigate a shooting
death that claimed the life of a
woman earlier this month.
Police officials say a conflict
between two warring "factions"
erupted in a shoot out, with the
woman caught in the middle of
the gunfight. Lanetra Brown was
hit by a bullet and later died as a
result of the injury.
Police have arrested two in
connection with the shooting.
According to Police Chief
Albert Dowdell, the woman hit
was not a part of the argument
between the two sides two
brothers and a former football

player for the Glades Central
Raiders but she ended up pay-
ing the biggest price over it.
The shooting happened near
downtown Belle Glade, at the
loading ramp, a popular late-
night hang out. That's when wit-
nesses say the two Holland
brothers, Eddie and Malcolm,
pulled up in a car, armed and
ready to draw fire on Roosevelt
Moments before the shots
rang out one of the brothers
asked Lanetra to move her car
from the road. Lanetra didn't
have time to do anything.

"Before she could move, the
shots started," said Chief
Witnesses say the Holland

brothers opened fire first, with
Roosevelt, armed with a friend's
gun, shot back.
The ambulance arrived to
transport Lanetra to the hospital
after she was hit, but were
unable to save her.
The police department appre-
hended Roosevelt at the hospi-
tal. He was reportedly there to
check on Lanetra's condition
when officers took him into cus-
Officers also made a second
arrest in the case.
The police arrested one of the
Holland brothers shortly after
the incident.- Malcolm Holland
was found by eagle-eyed officers
who spotted him in the audience
during Roosevelt's first court

The department continues to
search for his brother, Eddie Hol-
land, Jr.
According to Chief Dowdell,
the Holland brothers are no
strangers to crime, with a long
list of offenses to their names.
Both have been suspected of
carrying out shootings through-
out the city in previous cases.
The department continues its
"The most horrific part of it is
that those babies are left without
a mother," Chief Dowdell said of
the children Lanetra leaves
behind in the wake of her death.
"She was there just hanging out.
The people who were involved
were not injured that's always

Librarian brings knowledge, ideas

By Bill Fabian
Special to Okeechobee News
ton Public Library and Hendry
County Public Library System
have built a quality, dependable
foundation of libraries in Clewis-
ton, Harlem, and LaBelle.
Maintaining that level of qual-
ity and extending the reach of
the library system is one of the
primary concerns of new Library
Director Barbara Oeffner, who
now serves as the director and
head librarian of the county's
public libraries. Oeffner was
installed as the new library direc-
tor in November, after the depar-
ture of Chris Kuechmann to
Louisiana in October.
Oeffner, a native of New York,
received an MLAS degree in
Library and Information Studies
in December of 2000 after com-
pleting the graduate program at
Florida State University. She
studied as an undergrad at the
Medill College of Journalism at
Northwestern University, and
received her undergraduate
degree in Journalism before
returning to live in her home-
town of East Hampton, NY.
While living in East Hampton
and later in Cape Cod, MA,
Oeffner wrote and edited various
books and literary magazines,
including "Sanscript", a literary
magazine she edited and man-
aged in Cape Cod. She also

INI/Bill Fabian
Library Director Barbara Oeffner has settled nicely into her
role as the head of Clewiston and Hendry County public
libraries. Oeffner is also a writer, having published "Chief -
The Champion of the Everglades", and edited a literary mag-
azine, "Sanscript".

wrote a book, "Chief The
Champion of the Everglades",
which she researched by visiting
the area in the years leading up
to the book's publication in

The librarian has served at
the Belle Glade Library for the
past five years since completing
her master's degree, and has

worked also in Pahokee, South
Bay, and Moore Haven.
"I am very pleased to have the
opportunity to work for the
Clewiston and Hendry County
Libraries," said Oeffner. "The
staff has proven to be very
knowledgeable and enthusias-
tic, and seem to love working for
the library and providing a great
service to the community," she
Oeffner now lives with her
husband in Moore Haven, where
she has been living and writing
for 10 years after falling in love
with the area while conducting
research for her book.
She looks forward to expand-
ing the reach of the library's pro-
grams, which include readership
promotions, the "-One Book,
One Community" program, and
plans for a "Florida Room" set
aside for literature and materials
devoted to Florida history and
"The role of the library has
evolved in the last several years
- instead of being just the place
to go for books, it has also
become a major tool in commu-
nity outreach, especially as a
way to promote reading among
the youth in the community,"
said Oeffner. "I am impressed by
the various programs being used
already by the Clewiston library,
and I intend to make sure those
programs keep accomplishing
these goals," she said.

Zoning to change

for new houses

By Bill Fabian
Special to Okeechobee News
takable sign of rising housing
needs and trends of accelerat-
ed growth and development
will be apparent on a certain
parcel of land in the Clewiston
city limits, even before anyone
breaks ground to build on the
A request by a reputable
housing developer seeking to
build homes in Clewiston asks
for a categorical zoning
change to a vacant field on
South Francisco Street. The
property located south of the
Hendry County Fairgrounds
and north of Seminole Manor
is currently designated to be
developed for mobile homes.
The change request is a
zoning land use change.
Instead of development of
mobile homes and recreation-
al vehicles, the land would be
designated to become a sin-
gle-family residential housing
The change request has
been made by Lennar Homes,
Inc., a Miami-based developer
who has expressed a fervent
desire and intent to build qual-
ity, modern homes in Clewis-
ton and the surrounding
The nationally known
developer has already
unveiled plans to build 80
town homes on a 7.75-acre
parcel behind the former K-
Mart store, a project
announced in November that
joined a wave of additional
residential and commercial
development plans, all set to
begin within the next year.
Successful development of
single-family housing in the
proposed parcel south of the
fairgrounds would demon-
strate the progression of the
types of homes being built in
Clewiston, and would
arguably reflect the growing
percentage of Americans who
own homes.
According to a report to the
Clewiston City Commission,
Lennar Homes has outlined a

plan to build 76 single-family
houses in a private subdivision -
on the Franscisco Street prop-
erty. The report indicated that
the property is or has been
owned by United States Sugar
Corporation, and encompass-
es more than 26 acres of unde-
veloped land in a very accessi-
ble residential location.
According to the report,
each of the lots within the pro-
posed subdivision is to be a,
minimum of 10,000 square:
A name for the proposed.
subdivision was not
announced, but the develop-
ment will be similar to the
town house development to
be constructed on Berner
Road. The development, slat-
ed to be named, "Sweet Lake
Villas", will be comprised of -
mixed one- and two-story -
town homes, with varying
numbers of rooms per unit.
Tile roofs and hurricane shut-
ters are also part of the design
In addition, the complex
will include a clubhouse,
pool, and cabana patio area.
The proposed homeowners'
association would be in
charge of maintaining the
complex, including the inner
road servicing the units, and
landscaping designed as
buffers from nearby commer-
cial centers.
Lennar Homes would be
responsible for more than
$600,000 in impact fees to the
city and county, which would
be used according to the city
and county inter-local agree-
ment. The developer could
have submitted plans for the
villas before the deadline for
impact fees, but chose not to
rush the project.
As for the proposed Fran-
cisco subdivision, the Clewis-
ton City Commission voted
unanimously to adopt the
ordinance providing for the
land use change, with the rec-
ommendation to the City Plan-
ning and Zoning Board who
met on Dec. 12 to discuss the
zone change.

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