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Vol. 97 No. 96 Thursday, April 6,2006 504 Plus tax

Stocks higher
in volatile trading
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks
moved higher in uneven trad-
ing Wednesday as investors
welcomed improvement in
the service sector of the
economy, but worried about
gasoline and fuel supplies for
the coming travel season as
oil prices reached $67 per
The Institute for Supply
Management's service index,
an important barometer of
that sector's activity, came in
at 60.5 for the month, up
from 60.1 in February and
better than the 59 reading
economists expected. The
modest gains were enough
to encourage Wall Street
about that sector's growth,
but did not appear to reignite
the market's interest rate
Yet stocks gave back
much of their early gains
after the Energy Depart-
ment's weekly inventory
report showed lower stock-
piles of gasoline and distillate
fuels, which drove up crude
oil futures. A barrel of light
crude was quoted at $67, up -
77 cents, on the New York
Mercantile Exchange.

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Alvarez could face life

Teen charged
as an adult

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Even if he is convicted on two
counts of first-degree murder,
Mark Anthony Alvarez cannot
receive the death penalty under
state law, said State Attorney Ash-
ley Albright Wednesday.

Alvarez was arrested Monday,
April 3, and
charged with
two counts
of murder in
with the
deaths of
Wayne Lin-
don Tenney, MarkAnthony
18, and Eliz- Alvarez
abeth Ann

Johnson, 19.
Following his arrest, Alvarez,
17, was taken to the St. Lucie
Juvenile Detention Center. How-
ever, the state filed charges of sec-
ond-degree murder against
Alvarez on Tuesday, April 4, and
he was returned to the Okee-
chobee County Jail around 3:30
According to Lieutenant
William Markham of the ,Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office

Speech contest: Students discuss water conservation

Honor roll

students named
Grace Christian School is
pleased to announce the
recipients of honor roll
awards for the third nine
weeks of the 2005-2006
school year.
S .'A' Honor Roll student. ,
from Candy Nelson's kinder
'". garten included. Pierce
Bro%%n, India C, ons, Justin
Drawdy, Ashley Hancock,
Bailey Hansen, Jakob Nel-
son, Jared Phares, Jacob
Reicheribach, and Josiah
Smith. Sunni Bearden
received A/B honor roll, also
from kindergarten.
Students from Lisa Wood-
ham's lirst grade receiving 'A'
'Honor Roll included: Joshua
Hiler, Alexis Kelley, Abby
Lakelnan, Riylie Norton,
John Wilcox, and Maliah
Wright. Also from Ms. Wood-
ham's first grade were Mark
Lanning and Heather White-
head who earned A/B Honor
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Drought Index
Current: 456
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

14.43 feet

Lake level
15.37 feet
South Florida.
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea


Classifieds . . .10- 12
Comics ............ 7
Community Events 4.. 4
Crossword ......... 10
Obituaries .......... 3
Opinion ............ .4
Speak Out .......... .4
Sports ............. .6
TV ...............11
Weather ............ 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
Community Links. Individual Voices.

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Participants in the Soil and Water Conservation District presented their speeches on
Tuesday at the USDA Service Center. Winners of the contest received ribbons and cash
awards and participants including: (left to right) Will Davis, Allison Chandler (front),
Jolanda Cumberland (back), Tiffany Murphy (front), Georgia Hert, Valerie McKee, Han-
nah Rooks and Justin Hoover (not pictured), each received $50 for their efforts.

District hosts speech contest

By D. Hamilton
Okeechobee Nevws
Students from grades six
through 12 had the opportunity
to participate in the Okee-
chobee Soil and Water Conser-
vation District Speech Contest
on Tuesday, April 4, held at the
USDA Service Center on High-
way 98 N.
Each participant prepared
and conducted a six to eight
minute speech on the topic of
Wise Use of Florida's Water
Resources. Eight students par-
ticipated in the event, each giv-
ing their thoughts on how best
to use and conserve our water
Thie first contestant, eighth
grade student Justin Hoover,
gave the judges and audience
tips on how to save water,
reduce pollution and enjoy
more natural landscapes.
The next contestant, Allison
Chandler, the youngest of the
contestants in sixth grade,
talked about salt water intrusion
into freshwater resources. Miss
Chandler told judges in her
speech, "During dry times, the
level of water in the aquifer is
lowered which causes salt

water to invade the fresh water
resources, causing them to be
unusable." She also gave tips on
alternatives to wasting water in
the home.
Tiffany Murphy, an 11th
grader at Okeechobee High
School, told judges, "The limit-
ed resource of water is not a
topic to be taken lightly." She
also reported that Florida is the
third largest consumer of water
with billions of gallons wasted.
She mentioned in her. speech
that the three household areas
which use the most water
include bathrooms, kitchen and
Okeechobee Freshman Cen-
ter student Georgia Hert said in
her speech, "Global water levels
are low and polluted." She also
stated to judges, "Water is the
key to survival."
Miss Hert spoke of the effects
of runoff, which. cause an
imbalance in the environment
due to the chemicals carried
into' ground water. She also
mentioned that agriculture is
the number one usage of water
resources with industrial being
second and household uses
Yearling Middle School

eighth grader and second place
winner in the contest Hannah
Rooks spoke ol sharing conser-
vation ideas and the overuse of
limited resources. She said,
"Within the next 20 years, water
consumption in Florida will
have grown to over 9.1. billion
gallons used every year." She
noted that during the years of
1998 and 2001, Lake Okee-
chobee water levels were at
their lowest ever recorded,
which h depleted the local water
supplies. She encouraged
everyone to take steps now in
conserving water for future gen-
Speech contestant number
six was eighth grade student
Jolanda Chamberland. She
began her speech with the
pounding message of polluted
waters. She noted that spillage
of chemicals from vehicles,
industry, medical waste, and
common household waste con-
taminate the fresh water supply.
She made suggestions in her
speech about ways that every
citizen can help to save water
including: shorter showers, fix-
ing leaky faucets, less running
water, and watering plants and
See Contest -Page 2

(OCSO), Alvarez is being held
without bond in the county jail.
"He's being held in a juvenile
holding area," said Lt. Markham.
Although he was originally
arrested on two counts of first-
degree murder, Mr. Albright said
the state can only file charges of
second-degree murder.
He said the case will be pre-
sented to a grand jury and, if they
so choose, they can indict Alvarez
on charges of first-degree murder.

Lt. Markham said the grand
jury was likely to convene some-
time in early May.
Mr. Albright' said if Alvarez is
convicted, a sentence of life in
prison would be mandatory.
"It cannot be a death penalty
case because he was not 18 at the
time of the (alleged) crime," said
Mr. Albright.
Alvarez, N.E. Eighth Way in
See Alvarez Page 2

Slain teen

was caring,


By Eric Kopp would get it for them. She was
Okeechobee News a good girl."

J As Rebecca Johnson talked
about her ~'
daughter -
Wednesday, r
a soft smile
came across U
"She was .
very outgo- .
ing," said
son. "She .
was very giv- Elizabeth
ing. If she Johnson
saw some-
one that needed something she

She remembered how her
daughter would borrow money
to buy food for a homeless
"She would ask me for $10
and she would get a hamburg-
er, fries and a drink for this
homeless man," said Mrs.
Johnson. "She would do this
once or twice a week. If she
sax him down and out, she
o\ would gel him some food."
Those memories are all she
has left of her daughter Eliza-
See Teen -Page 2

City orders

lien judgment

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee City Coun-
cil decided to put a lien on
property belonging to Geral-
dine Bertram at 902 N.W. 10th
St. in the form of a judgment
rather than foreclosure at their
meeting Tuesday night, April 4.
Mrs. Bertram has accrued
over $1,000 in fines on the
rental property for not provid-
ing trash containers and allow-
ing trash to be thrown on the
street in plastic bags that were
torn apart by dogs, said Code
Enforcement Officer Fred Ster-

The fine of $10 a day for 90
days began on Dec. 6, 2005 and
ended on March 6, 2005. Since
Mrs. Bertram did not pay the
fine, the fine has continued to
grow up to this point. In addi-
tion, she has not provided trash
containers at the site. After their
March 14 meeting, the city's
code board recommended the
city council consider beginning
foreclosure proceedings, a step
that is usual and customary
when one is not in compliance
and does not pay the fine.
However, at their March 21
meeting, the council tabled tak-
See Lien -Page 2

Photo tour shows kids in

need of permanent home

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News
Some people have a special
gift of hearing an unspoken cry
for love and affection, and are
not afraid to respond to an
assumed need. Many of them
live in Okeechobee.
Two of those people have
been invited to share the hon-
orary co-chair spotlight at a
photo project Friday evening,
April 7 that kicks off an exhibit
of 23 adoptable children in the
Treasure Coast.
Local pediatrician, Fred
Brown, M.D., and Zella Kirk, for-
mer assistant superintendent of
instruction with the Okee-
chobee School District, will give
opening remarks at the Heart
Gallery starting at 5 p.m. at Indi-
an River Community College

Dr. Brown has been a prac-
ticing pediatrician for 46 years,
27 of them in Okeechobee. He
has a love of children having
raised three biological children
and two adoptees since they
were ages seven and nine.
"My whole life and educa-
tion have been directed toward
children," he said while seated
in his business office, surround-
ed by an eclectic mix of medical
books, art work, family photo-
graphs, medical certificates, and
a bookshelf full of miniature
statuary of doctors, people and
Dr. Brown continued: "Hav-
ing a family is most important,
whether biological or adoptive.
To adopt a child and raise them
into a caring adult is very impor-
tant, especially if the child is
older or if there is some physical
or mental problem. It is impor-

tant for them to have a family."
Speaking from his own expe-
rience, the doctor recounted
many rewards for both the
adoptive parent and the child.
"But it's a big commitment.
... It is no small thing," he said.
He added that his hope for the
Heart Gallery is that it is very
successful for placing children.
Mrs. Kirk also has a huge
heart for kids, having raised
three daughters and enjoying
eight grandchildren. In addition,
she sits on the volunteer board
of My Aunt's House, which
helps with clothing for families
in need. She retired last year
from her position with the
school district, and prior to that
job she was a high school guid-
ance counselor. She is a strong

See Tour -Page 2

Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Fred Brown, M.D., local pediatrician, will co-chair with Zella
Kirk the Heart Gallery grand opening at Indian River Commu-
nity College on Fri., April 7 at 5 p.m. The Heart Gallery project
is a photo exhibit of adoptable children in the Treasure Coast
whose heart's desire is to be part of a 'forever family.'

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Continued From Page 1
ing action until they could investi-
gate the situation. Councilman
Lowry Markham said he had driv-
en past the residence and did not
see a trash problem at that time.
At the Tuesday meeting, Mr.
Sterling provided the council with
his reports from numerous visits
to the residence and discussions
he had held with Mrs. Bertram, as
well as pictures he had taken at
the scene. After seeking advice
from City Attorney John Cook, the
council voted to reduce the fine
into a judgment that will span
years and allow the $10 per day
fine to continue until she comes
into compliance.
Mr. Cook said the judgment
was an easier and less costly way
for the city to put a lien on the
property, but often takes, them
longer to get the money. Because
of the judgment, Mrs. Bertram
will be unable to sell the property
unless the fine is paid. If she con-
tinues with the code violation and
the fine for another 90 days,
another legal process will be initi-
At the beginning of the meet-
ing, Mayor James Kirk presented
Bettye Taylor with a 10-year serv-
ice award and a jacket.
The council then held public
hearings on five applications for
changes to the city's future land
use map. They denied Ordinance
938, submitted by Jorge and Stella
Fulleda, to change property at 602
S.E. 10th Ave. from single-family


Continued From Page 1
landscape more efficiently using
less water.
Tenth grade student and first
place winner of the contest Will
Davis spoke about wise use of
water being imperative. "It is
advisable and essential for all citi-

Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee Mayor James Kirk (left) congratulates Bettye
Taylor (center) for completing 10 years of service with the
city and presents her with a plaque. City Clerk Lane
Gamiotea (right) presents her with a city jacket.

residential to multifamily, based
on the recommendations of the
city's planning board and the city
planner, James LaRue.
Lytle Raulerson told the coun-
cil that he lives in the Southeast
10th Avenue neighborhood and is
concerned that other single hous-
es had been split in two and had
at least 10 people living there and
coming and going very early in
the morning and in the evening.
He thought there may be more
people than allowed and that it
Might be a code violation. The
council said they will look into the
Council members moved on
to approve four land use change
requests as follows:
Ordinance 939, owner Mark
Brandel, changing property at 309

zens to take responsibility for con-
servation," he said.
Will told contest judges that
even during the dry months of
Nov. May, landscaping only
needs watering in the amount of
one inch every week to ten days.
Also, he referred to 'Smart
watering' when he added that
watering should be done early or
late to avoid evaporation of
water and encouraged home-

N.E. Sixth Ave. from single-family
residential to light commercial;
Ordinance 940, owner
James Frasier, III, changing prop-
erty at 1008 S.W. Second Ave.
from single-family residential to
Ordinance 941, submitted by
Steven Dobbs for InSite Develop-
ment Group, changing lots 1-26,
block 13; and lots 1-26 block 4,
and lot 11, block 29 from single-
family residential to multifamily;
Ordinance 942, owner Susan
Sevier-Sullivan, changing proper-
ty at 804 S.W. Second Ave. from
single-family residential to com-
Under new business, the
council approved the following
three rezoning petitions on first

owners with watering systems to
use rain sensors on every sys-
The last speaker in line to
deliver her speech was Yearling
Middle School eighth grade stu-
dent Valerie McKee. Miss McKee,
who took the third place ribbon
and $300, told her audience that
"improper water use causes less
profit to farmers and lends to run
off of chemical laden irrigation

reading and set April 18 as a final
public hearing date:
Ordinance 943, submitted by
Mark Brandel rezoning property
at 309 N.E. Sixth Ave. from resi-
dential single family to commer-
cial professional office (CPO)
after amending the ordinance
from light commercial. The coun-
cil will change the CPO zoning
district to allow a truck larger than
three-quarter ton to accommo-
date today's larger vehicles;
Ordinance 944, submitted by
James Frasier, III, rezoning prop-
erty at 1008 S.W. Second Ave.
from residential single family-one
to commercial professional
office; and,
Ordinance 945, submitted by
Susan Sevier-Sullivan, rezoning
property at 804 S.W. Second Ave.
from residential single family-one
to CPO. This was a change from
her original request for heavy
commercial since she only wants
to use the property for a commer-
cial office.
The council approved two
housekeeping measures. The first
one was a resolution authorizing
the city administrator, accounts
supervisor, and account clerk to
sign the City of Okeechobee Pub-
lic Depositors Report. The second
was the ranking of a grant admin-
istrator for the Community Devel-
opment Block Grant (CDBG) pro-
gram and selecting Nancy Phillips
and Associates as grant adminis-
trator. The firm ranked 98.3 as
compared with Gardian Compa-.
ny Resource Management, which
ranked 95.

water." Miss McKee explained to
listeners that the rotation of
crops helps to -kep soil in good
condition helping to retain more
moisture in the soil.'
The district winner, Will
Davis, will soon compete at the
area speech contest to be held in
May. Contestant winners of the
area competition will then go on
to state.


Continued From Page 1
proponent of what the Heart
Gallery is trying to achieve.
"Adoption is for all children in
need of a home, but the Heart
Gallery is focusing on children
who are more difficult to adopt -
older or with special needs that
make it more difficult. They are a 'il
not just newborns that everybody
seems to want," she said. ,
As a guidance counselor, Mrs.
Kirk said she had to deal with chil-
dren in crisis.t i ii
"There were tough cases Okeechobee Nevs Audrey Blackwell
when parents would leave their Zella Kirk will co-chair with Fred Brown, M.D. the grand open-
children. I dealt with other agen- ing of the Heart Gallery at Indian River Community College
cies, and the more aware I on Fri., April 7 at 5 p.m. The Heart Gallery exhibit consists of
became ofTheir needs, Isawhow photographs of Treasure Coast children who desire to be
important it is to have a family fordo d
support. When you have a family adopted.
and do so much for your children own; and will share their under- no cost. Event planners are hop-
and your grandchildren, I can't standing with others. ing to attract those considering
imagine my children or grandchil- "If someone is looking to adoption who may find the right
dren in that situation. It would adopt, I hope they can find a child match at the exhibit by viewing
break my heart," she said. to adopt through the program," the children's pictures and read-
Mrs. Kirk's hopes for the exhib- she said. ing their biographical sketches.
it are that people will come to see The photo exhibit at IRCC will The exhibit has already been
the pictures, read about the chil- continue through April 21 and is on display in Indian River and St.
dren who want a family of their open to the public for viewing at Lucie counties, and will travel to


Continued From Page 1
Elizabeth Johnson, 19, along
with Curtis Wayne Tenney, 18,
were found dead on a dead-end
street in the Four Seasons are on
Sunday, Jan. 8 12 days before
Elizabeth was to turn 20.
"We were planning on going
to the coast on her 20th birthday,"
said Mrs. Johnson.
Instead, Rebecca and her hus-
band Roy went to dinner at Light-
sey's Seafood Restaurant with
their son John and his wife Kym-
"It was nice. We needed it,"
recalled Mrs. Johnson of the din-
ner with her 24-year-old son and
20-year-old daughter-in-law.
"That's what she would have
wanted us to do celebrate her


Continued From Page 1
Okeechobee, was arrested Mon-
day, April 3, by OCSO Detective
Sergeant T.J. Brock and Detective
Shane Altman for his alleged con-
nection in the deaths of Mr. Ten-
ney and Miss Johnson.
The two young adults were
found dead Sunday, Jan. 8, in Miss
Johnson's 2004 Ford Mustang
convertible. They had reportedly
been shot. The vehicle was found
at the end of N.E. 11 th St., which is
off of N.E. 70th Ave. The car had
been totally destroyed by fire.
Due to the conditions of the
bodies, it took the Medical Exam-
iner's Office six days to identify the
two bodies. Mr. Tenney and Miss
Johnson were identified by their
dental records.

A 17-year-old Okeechobee
teen Mark Anthony Alvarez -
was arrested Tuesday in connec-
tion with the deaths of Elizabeth
and Mr. Tenney. Alvarez has been
charged with two counts of sec-
ond-degree murder and is being
held without bond in the Okee-
chobee County Jail. He has been
charged as an adult.
"I was happy, but also sad,"
said Mrs. Johnson when she was
told of Alvarez's arrest. "I was sad
because the Alvarez family is
going to lose their son."
The case will be turned over to
a grand jury, which could indict
Alvarez on charges of first-degree
murder. If convicted of those
crimes, Alvarez would receive a
mandatory sentence of life in
prison. He cannot be sentenced
to death since he was a juvenile at
the time of the alleged crime.
"I spend time asking myself
why, but I can't come up with an
answer," said Mrs. Johnson. "I

Alvarez had been arrested
around 1:25 p.m. Monday in the
Whispering Pines subdivision by
OCSO Deputy Michael Hazellief
on a take-and-hold warrant that
charged him with violation of pro-
bation on the misdemeanor
charges of loitering and prowling,
obstruction and criminal mischief.
Those charges stemmed from
Alvarez's April 2005 arrest by
OCSO Corporal Jack Nash for
allegedly spray painting the
entrance wall to Basswood.
As Deputy Hazellief tried to
arrest Alvarez, the teen reportedly
pushed him away and fled on
foot. Alvarez was arrested about
15 minutes later, some five blocks
Deputy Hazellief then charged
Alvarez with battery on a law
enforcement officer and resisting
arrest with violence.

don't think anyone will unless the
boy explains why he did it. From
what I've been told, he's very
remorseful about what he's done.
I don't think he acted alone."
The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office has not released any
information as to a motive for the
alleged killings, or what type of
handgun was used.
Mrs. Johnson said she was
thankful for the efforts of OCSO
Detective Sergeant T.J. Brock and
Detective Shane Altman.
"They worked around the
clock. It (the investigation) went
faster than I expected," she said.
Mrs. Johnson said her daugh-
ter and Mr. Tenney had just begun
to date, and that she had met Mr.
Tenney about four times.
Although Elizabeth quit going
to Okeechobee High School
when she was 18 and a junior, she
wanted to obtain her GED then go
to college to become a teacher.
"She loved kids," said Mrs.

Martin County at a future date.
The Heart Gallery exhibit is a
tool created by Children's Ser-
vices Council of St Lucie County
and the Children's Home Society
to raise awareness of adoption
and to find families for children
who are older or are members of
a sibling group or who have phys-
ical or mental challenges.
According to "Family Matters,"
a newsletter,' of the Children's
Home Society, there are 58 chil-
dren in the Treasure Coast waiting
for a "forever family." The group
of children that are part of the
Heart Gallery of the Treasure
Coast consists of 23 children ages
5-15 who have been a little harder
to place and agreed to have their
pictures taken and to participate
in the gallery project.
The idea for a Heart Gallery
started in New Mexico in 2001
with that state's Children, Youth
and Families Department and is
spreading across the country.
Scripps Newspapers of the Trea-
sure'Coast is the corporate spon-
sor of the gallery and provided
photographers, photographs, and
other needed services.

Johnson. "She wanted to be an
elementary school teacher."
Besides loving kids, Elizabeth
"was obsessed with tigers" and
she loved her Mustang convert-
"She had tiger sheets, tiger pil-
lows tigers everywhere," said
Mrs. Johnson. "I had a specialty
tag made for her car. It had a tiger
and the name of 'Lilly Bit.' Her
grandmother would call her 'Lilly
It was also her 'Granny' who
was one of the first people to get a
ride in Elizabeth's new Mustang
when she bought itin February
"The first thing she did was
give my mom a ride in it," said
Mrs. Johnson. "It was sprinkling,
but Granny had to have a ride in it
with the top down."
Elizabeth's body was found in
the passenger seat of the car that
she loved so much.


Volunteers needed
at the art center
Volunteers are needed to volun-
teer time at Raulerson Art and Cul-
tural Center, Inc., to help with
ceramics for days or evenings.
Raulerson Art and Cultural Center
is a non-profit organization and
proceeds will go towards local ait
scholarships. For information, call
Kelly Raulerson at (863) 357-1199.

Volunteers for
elderly are needed
The Long-Term Care Ombuds-
man Council is seeking volunteers
to serve as advocates for residents
of nursing homes and assisted liv-
ing facilities. Volunteers are spe-
cially trained and certified to inves-
tigate and resolve resident
complaints and to carry out

inspections of facilities. Licensed
social workers, pharmacists, elder
law attorneys, physicians, nurses
and others with a sincere interest
in the elderly are urged to apply.
Call Linda Slattery at (772) 595-
Foster parents
desperately needed
Okeechobee is in desperate
need of people willing to provide
foster children a normal family life
with nutritious meals, good daily
care and a stimulating environ-
ment. Foster parents may be mar-
ried, divorced or single. Their most
important characteristic is that
they are caring individuals who
understand the problems and
needs of foster children. Please
contact Karissa Richards at 1-(800)

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Four navigation locks along the north shore of Lake Okeechobee
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Grace names honor roll students Arrest Log

C Grace Christian School is
pleased to announce the recipi-
pnts of honor roll awards for the
third nine weeks of the 2005-2006
'A' Honor Roll students from
-Candy Nelson's kindergarten
included: Pierce Brown, India
Coons, Justin Drawdy, Ashley
Hancock, Bailey Hansen, Jakob
-Nelson, Jared Phares, Jacob
-Reichenbach, and Josiah Smith.
.5unni Bearden received A/B
t~ honor roll, also from kinder-
Students from Lisa Wood-

ham's first grade receiving 'A'
Honor Roll included: Joshua
Hiler, Alexis Kelley, Abby Lakel-
nan, Riylie Norton, John Wilcox,
and Maliah Wright. Also from Ms.
Woodham's first grade were Mark
Lanning and Heather Whitehead
who earned A/B Honor Roll.
From Karen Griffith's second
grade class were 'A' Honor Roll
students: Tristen Anderson,
Thomas Bearden, Robert Blitch,
Sam Christian, Kearstin Dorrance,
Ross Laskey, and Ben Pham. A/B
Honor Roll was received by Kayla
Caves and Justin Murphy, also in

second grade.
Third grade students from
Glennetta Ellis' class receiving 'A'
Honor Roll included: Hunter
Boshell, Jessica Drawdy, G.W Jar-
riel, Ly Pham, and Christian
White. Third grade students who
received A/B' Honor Roll includ-
ed: Megan Beard, Cali Pearce, and
Devon Richbourgh.
Fourth Grade teacher, Jeremy
Ellis included students,.Braden
Gerdes and Michael Mayer with
A/B' Honor Roll.
Fifth grade students, Emily
Murrow received A Honor Roll

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their Lanning received arrested on felony or driving
r Roll. under the influence (DUI)
School teacher, Clyde charges by the Okeechobee
luded Angel Conlon and County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
ndell on the list of 'A' the Okeechobee City Police
ill students and (Alissa) Department (OCPD), the Florida
organ, Kayla Bass, and Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida
Kelley on the A/B Fish and Wildlife Conservation
11. Commission (FWC) or the
School teacher, Steve Department of Corrections
ad students, Katie Clay, (DOC).
*vi, John Teresa Maria Landaverde,
avis, John Gomez, Ash- 21, N.W. 47th Terrace, Okee-
Ix and Morgan Mayes chobee, was arrested March 29 by
lived B Honor Roll for the Detective Richard Durfee on
weeks. felony charges of forgery (six
4 counts), uttering a forged instru-
ment (six counts) and grand theft
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arrested on misdemeanor
__. charges of petit theft (two
counts). Her total bond was set at
$38,500. .
Cheryl Ann Rosier, 27, N.E.
15th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested March 29 by.Deputy Paul
Jackson on a warrant charging
her with amended violation of
probation battery 'on a law
enforcement officer and violation
of probation resisting arrest
S. with violence. She is being held
without bond.
Thomas Howard Linn, 21,
N.W. First St., Okeechobee, was
... arrested March 29 by Detective
-_ Rosemarv Farless on a charge of
grand theft His bond w\as set at

.* James Byron Timmons, 21,
I -Fort Pierce, was arrested March
29 by Detective Ted Van Deman
on charges of grand theft, forgery
and uttering a lorged instrument.
His bond was set at $12,000.
Lashay L. Cooper, 18, 35th
-- Ave. Bradenton, i1as arrested
- March 29 by Deputy; Michael
N. .- Hazellief on a charge of battery
, .. ,. on detention staff. His bond was.
set at $5,000.
Juan Antonio Ramirez, 18,
SW. 18th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested March 29 by Deputy
i Augustin Saucedo on a charge of
aggra% ated batter. His bond was
r set at $50,000 '
d s*" Ignacio Cruz, 24, N.W 10th
videAve.,Okeechobee, was arrested
SMarch 30 by Corp6ral Troy Gar ri-
son on a felony charge of posses-
sion o1 cocaine and a misde-
.. meaner charge of no valid
S- -- dii\er's license. His bond was set
at $10,500.
V Gerald Ed%%ard Acheson,. 65,
N E 20ih Lane, Oklechobee, was
- arrested March 30 onp a charge :of
Sd. di i ing whilee license .revoked -
Sh. habitual or:fender. His bond \\as
,. set at $5,000.
S- Robert Walter Friend, 29,
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Wanda Pesterfield
Pellom Cox
Wanda Pesterfield Pellom Cox,
age 69, died Wednesday, April 4,
2006, at Raulerson Hospital in
Okeechobee. She was born Oct. 9,
,1936, in Louden, Tenn.
She is preceded in death by:
parents, Fred and Gladys Russell;
brother, Sam Russell; and, grand-
son, Steven Bivens.
She is survived by: daughters,
Teresa (Bill) Primo, Laura Pellom,
and Destiny Pellom, all of Okee-
chobee; Joyce Touton, Carol Harp,
and Rita McDonald, all of Lenoir
City, Tenn.; sons, James Pesterfield.
of Lenoir City, Tenn. and Tee Ray
Pellom of Okeechobee; sisters,
Geraldine Simmons and Jean
Coker Cox of Okeechobee, Rose
Simpson and Judy Arnett of Lenoir
City, Tenn.; brothers, Gid Russell,
Butch Russell, Jerry Russell, and
Larry Russell, also all of Lenoir City,
Tehnn. In addition, she is survived by

several nieces, nephews, grand-
children, and great-grandchildren.
Local arrangements are under
the direction and care of the Bux-
ton Funeral Home and Crematory.
Arrangements in Lenoir City,
Tenn. are under the direction of the
Click Funeral Home, 109 Walnut

Elaine Hadden
Elaine Hadden, age 75, of
Deland, died Sunday, April 2, 2006,
at Florida Hospital in Deland.
Mrs. Hadden was a homemak-
er for most of her life and was a
devout Catholic. In 1950, she
worked as a dietician at St. Mary's
Hospital in Troy, N.Y Mrs. Hadden
was the proud mother of 17 chil-
Mrs. Hadden was preceded in
death by: her husband, Clarence
John Hadden; daughters, Annina
Blevins and Melanie Lee; and,
sons, Donald Provost and Stephen
She is survived by: children,

Constance Mclntire of Elizaville,
N.Y., John Hadden of Toorington,
Conn., Anthony Hadden of Troy,
N.Y., Lanece Hadden of Ft. Pierce,
Kimberlie Hadden of Camarillo,
Calif., Marcia Brown of Dexter City,
Ohio, Maureen Hadden of Deland
who was also her caregiver, Carol
Presnell of Easley, S.C., Colleen
Thomas of Okeechobee, Daniel
Hadden of Racine, Ohio, Paul Had-
den of Knoxville, Tenn., Jan Had-
den of Fort Pierce, and Lee Hadden
of Los Angeles, Calif.; three sisters,
Eleanor Pailley of Lincolnton, N.C.,
Emily Rosen of Troy, N.Y., and Mar-
jorie Parker of California; two
brothers, Theador Parker of
Menands, N.Y. and Joseph Parker
of Cahoes, N.Y; 35 grandchildren;
31 great-grandchildren; one great-
great grandchild; and, several
nieces and nephews.
No services or visitation will be
All arrangements were entrust-
ed to Constantino Funeral Home
and Cremation Services in Deland.


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was arrested March 30 by Detec-
tive Richard Durfee on charges of
uttering a forged instrument (five
counts) and grand theft (one
count). His bond on these
charges was set at $15,000. He
was also arrested on a warrant
charging him with failure to
appear grand theft (two counts)
and failure to appear forgery
(two counts). He is being held
without bond on these charges.
James Ray Tindell, 24, S.W
13th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested March 30 by Detective
Sergeant T.J. Brock on a charge of
lewd and lascivious battery upon
a minor child under the age of 16.
His bond was set at $100,000.
Bobby L. Arnold, Jr., 27,
N.W 30th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested March 30 by Deputy Paul
Jackson on an Okeechobee
County ,warrant charging him
with violation of probation bat-
tery on a law enforcement officer,
violation of probation fleeing
and eluding a law enforcement
officer and violation of probation
- resisting arrest with violence. He
is being held without bond.
Calvin Bernard Jackson, 19,
N.E. 168th St.r Okeechobee, was.
arrested March 30 by Deputy Paul
Jackson on a warrant charging
him with felony battery. His bond
was set at $10,000.
Maria Antonia Rodriguez, 19,
S.E. 36th A'e., Okeechobee, was
arrested March 30 by Deputy Gary
Johnson on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with amended violation of proba-
tion purchase of a controlled
substance, amended violation of
probation possession of
cocaine and amended violation of
probation possession of drug
paraphernalia. He is being held
without bond
Albert Lee Rosier, 31, N.E.
15th Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested March 31 by Deputy J.
Akins on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with viola-
:ion of probation sale of a sub-.
starice in lieu of controlled sub-
stance. He is being held without
* Candace Johnson, 36, N.E.
13th Ave., ,Okeechobee, was
arrested March 31 by Detective
David E. Rogers on charges of
aggravated battery and aggravat-
ed assault. Her bond was set at
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here %\ho is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
paper. The information will be
confirmed and printed.

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In its 8th year under the direction of Sandy Perry

Will present The


Three Days
& Other Easter Favorites, Including The
Holy City & Handel's Hallelujah! Chorus

United Methodist Church 200 NW 2nd St.

Friday, April 7th 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 8th 7 p.m.

S Sunday, April 9th 3 p.m.

S The glorious selections will be sung by a 50-voice Choir
comprised of singers from the following 15 Local Churches:
/ BR Christian, Church of Our Savior, First Baptist, First Missionary
Baptist of Dean's Court, First United Methodist, KOA Community,
More to Life, Northside Baptist, Oakview Baptist, Okeechobee
Presbyterian, Peace Lutheran, Sacred Heart Catholic, Saint Teresa of
the Child Jesus Catholic, Seventh-day Adventist & Westside Christian.

Soloists: Justin Allen, Pam Gaucin, Doug McCoy, Pastor Emil & Ruth Moldrik,
Tom Murray, Judy Simpson, Leah Suarez, John & Chris Sufficool, Steve Walker,
Kathryn Wilikinson & Victoria Williams.
Quartet featuring: Bob Hansen, Tommy Markham, Doug McCoy & Pastor Moldrik
Organist: Michael Hayes Narrator: Nicolle Wood

Admission is Free.
A Love Offering will be taken to cover advertisement costs.

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RR CROSSING: This is in response to the railroad crossing at 15-A, I
have called them and they told me that the work is scheduled to begin
May 1. So if we don't hear from them or see some progress, we can
start the campaign again.
MARCH OF DIMES: When will the team photos of the March of
Dimes be in the paper? (Editor's Note: Although we covered the event
and took some photos, we did not take team photos. Those photos
were taken by someone else.)

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Community Events

Church presenting Easter musical
Oakview Baptist Church Music and Drama Ministries, 677 S.W.
32nd St., will present an Easter outdoor musical event entitled
"Pathos '06" on Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 9, at 7
p.m. This will be an outdoor presentation of the death and resur-
rection of Jesus Christ. Everyone is invited. For information, call
(863) 763-1699.
Heart Gallery presentation planned
The Heart Gallery, a presentation of pictures of children that
are available for adoption, will be held Friday, April 7, from 5 until
7 p.m. at. the Indian River Community College(IRCC) Dixon'
Hendry Camps ,2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. Children's Home Society
will provide a short program with co-chairs Dr. Fred Brown and
Zella Kirk. Snacks will be served.
Ashley Gang to appear
The Ashley Gang.will be appearing at the Okeechobee County,
Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. This free con-
cert is sponsored by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council.
and is open to the public.
Library hosts Storytelling Festival
The Okeechobee County Library will be holding its fifth annual
Storytelling Festival Saturday, April 8, from 2 until 4 p.m. The pro-
gram will start wit stories by local storytellers Alisha Pearce, Pat
O'Connor and Margo Taylor. After a break for refreshments, the
award-winning musical comedy team The Battersby Duo will per-
form .a variety of music, poetry and interactive theatrics that
demonstrate the power of the written word.
Masons host garbage can chicken dinner
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., will host
their annual garbage can chicken dinner on Saturday, April 8,
from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Lodge. The suggested donation will be
$6 for adults and $3 for children under 10. For tickets or informa-
tion, contact Jose Verano at (863) 634-2071, Bucky Yoder at (863)
467-7342 or any Lodge member.
Yard sale aids Hospice patient care
Hospice of Okeechobee will be host ayard sale on Friday, April
7, and Saturday, April 8, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will be
held at the Hospice of Okeechobee big blue volunteer house
located at the corner of S.E. Fourth Street and Third Avenue, next
to the Hospice residence. All proceeds benefit patient care in
Okeechobee. All yard sale donations are accepted at this location.
Barbecue proceeds help Smalls family
A barbecue to help the Smalls family will be held in Flag!er.
Park Saturday, April 8, from 11:30 until 4 p.m. Dinners will consist
of cabbage, green beans, roll and choice of one-fourth chicken or
three ribs. Call Jeff Robinson Electric at(863) 763-2525 for dinner
Benefit fish fry is planned
VFW Post 9528,2002 S.R. 78 W in Buckhead Ridge, will host a
fish fry Jail and Bail on Sunday, April 9, from 12:30 until 3 p.m. All
proceeds will go to the Glades County Sheriff's Office to help start
a K-9 unit. The costwill be $6.
Holiness church plans revival
New Life Holiness Church in Basinger, 17025 N.W. 190th Road,
will host a revival April 10-14 starting at 7:30 p.m. each evening.
Rufus C('arawa' from Arcadia will be the guest speaker. For infor-:
mation call (863) 763-6989, or (863) 357-1171.

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Upcoming Events

Farmer's Market every Thursday from 4 until 7:30 p.m. in Flagler
Park. For information, call (863) 357-MAIN; (863) 763-2225; or, (863) 697-
Tantle Quilters meet 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 is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
(863) 467-5261.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412 N.W.
Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
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. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike (863) 357-
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For.
information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at
(863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be
available there from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will meet from
8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. For infor-
mation, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRA will meet at
7:30 p.m. at Teen Town, 305 N.W. Second St. Anyone interested may
attend. For information, contact Frank Coker at (863)467-1941.
A Special kind of Caring is a support group for family caregivers and
is facilitated by Enid Boutrin, M.S.W. of Hospice of Okeechobee, and
Laura Zel, L.C.S.W. of the Area Agency on Aging. The meeting is from 2
until 3 p.m. at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information or to reserve your place
in the group, call (863) 467-2321. Free respite care is available for your
loved one while you are in group al Dunklin Assisted Living/Adult Day
Care, 407 N.W. Second Ave. For information about respite care, call Lou
at (863) 763-4524.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thurs-
day at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is welcome to
join. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportu-
nity 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.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All
persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and 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 (800) 932-8677.
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, oc t-
ed at S.E. Lakeview and Center. Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for .
members and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978 or
Juana at471-9795.
A.A. meets from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St.This is an open speaker meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous NA meets at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge
Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For information call (863) 634-4780 or
(863) 467-5474.,
Worship in Song at the Living Word of Faith Church of Okeechobee,
1902 S. Parrott Ave., on the second Saturday of the month beginning at 6
p.m. There is no charge to attend and all Christian singers and musicians
are welcome to take part. For information, contact the church at (863)
763-6869; Pastor Lee Minton at (863) 763-3373; or, Sister Yvonne Price at
(863) 467-6657.
Okeechobee Christian Cycles meets every Saturday at 7:30 a.m., at
the Nazarene Church, 425 S.W. 28th St., and leaves for ride at 8 a.m.,
weather permitting. For information on the ride for the week or any ques-
tions contact Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841, Holly Stewart at
(863) 610-1251, or Debbie Izzo at.(863) 634-6257.
STeen Talk from 6 until 8 the Jesus Holy Ghost Crusade Mis-
sion, 1401 N.E. Park St. Every teen is invited. Topics of education
include: AIDS; free HIV testing; STDs; personal issues; domestic vio-
lence; abstinence; abuse of drugs; sex abuse; plus, educational materi-
als and prevention tools. Call (863) 634-9340 or (863) 357-6248, for infor-
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a closed discussion.

Community Events

Free nutrition clinic offered
Dr. Edward Douglas will host a free contact reflex analysis and
designed nutrition class at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Cen-
ter, 916 W. N. Park St., Monday, April 10, and Monday, April 24, at
5:30 p.m. each day. For information, call (863) 763-4320.

Class of '77 planning reunion
The class of 1977 is planning their 30-year reunion. All mem-
bers of the class of 1977 will meet on April 11 at 6:30 pm at Beef
O'Brady's Restaurant,608 S. Parrott Ave. For information call
Karen Williamson Larson at (863) 763-5101, Cindy Bennett Hort-
man at (863) 697-9817 or Toni Bennett Doyle at(863) 634-9491.

Substance abuse coalition to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will hold an
open general membership meeting Tuesday, April 11, at 1.1:30
a.m. at the Chiurch of the Nazarene Fellowship Hall, 425 S.W

28th St. Lunch. reservations should be made by Friday, April 7.
RSVP for lunch by Friday, April 7. To RSVP call (863) 763-9800, or
(863) 697-4903.

Advisory/provider group to meet
The Okeechobee County advisory and provider meeting will
be held Wednesday, April 12, at 12:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee
County Health Department, 1728 N.W. Ninth Ave.

Healthy Start board to meet
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition board of directors
will meet Wednesday, April 12, at 11:30 a.m. at the New Endeav-
ors School building, 575 S.W 28th St. For information, contact
Kay Begin at (863) 467-5877.

Democrat party to meet
The Okeechobee Democratic Party will meet Thursday, April
13, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott

Community Events

Church offering special Easter eggs
Church of God of Prophecy, 102 N.W. 10th St., will be taking
orders for their annual chocolate peanut butter eggs for Easter.
Call (863) 763-4654 to place your order.

Class of '87 plans 20th reunion
The class of 1987 is planning their 20th year high school
reunion for October 2006. Addresses are needed from all class
members. Please send information via, e-mail to:

Center looks to expand activities
Okeechobee Senior Services Center located at the Lottie
Raulerson Service Center, 1019 W. South Park St., has arts and
crafts for seniors at the service center each Tuesday and Thursday
and bluegrass and gospel music every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.
The center would like to expand its activities to groups that would
like to play board games, card games and bingo. If anyone is inter-
ested or has any ideas, contact Sheila at (863) 462-5180 or Debbie
at (863) 462-5183, or just come down and talk to us. Activities are
held from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. This is a free service to sen-
iors age 60 and over.

Ornament sales benefits scholarships
The Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE) are selling a limited
edition 2006 Christmas ornament. The ornament is 24,karat gold
on brass and includes a numbered certificate and historical infor-
mation. Each ornament is $15. All proceeds from the'sale of the
ornaments will go to the ORE scholarship. To purchase call: Kay
McCool, (863) 763-2829; Gay Carlton, (863) 763-5755; Paulette
Whipple, (863) 467-2487; Marion Davis, (863) 763-3991; or Regi-
na Hamrick, (863) 763-8865.

Martha's House office has moved
Martha's House Administrative and Outreach Office have
moved to their new location at 103 N.W. Fifth St., Suites 4 and 5,
hext door to the Medicine Shoppe.

CAP looking for senior members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee
Composite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior
members and cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths
between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are
needed to administer the unit and provide supervision for the
cadets. The three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol are emer-
gency services, aerospace education and cadet programs. Senior
members and cadets work side by side to accomplish these mis-
sions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior member
contact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations
Center, (863) 763-3212.

Class of '97 plans reunion
Anyone interested in helping out with planning of the Okee-
chobee High School Class of 1997 reunion is asked to e-mail

Regions accepts Red Cross donations
All Regions banks can now accept donations to the American
*-Red Cross disaster relief efforts. Cash and checks will-be accepted
at any Regions bank. Locally, Regions Bank islocateddat 305 E: N;,-
Park St. Checks must be written to the American RedlC tss Hurri-
cane Wilma Disaster Relief Fund, and the customer will be given a
Red Cross receipt.

Martha's House collecting cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for
money. Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for
participants. If you have any used cell phones to donate call (863)
763-2893, or drop them off at their administrative office at 103,
N.W Fifth St-.

Help with Medicare Part D offered
Free help with Medicare Part D will be offered at the Okee-
chobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., on Tuesdays and
Thursday from 5 until 7 p.m. Volunteers will be available to assist
Medicare recipients in selecting and enrolling in Medicare Part D
programs. Those taking part will need to bring their complete list
of all prescription medications and dosages, along with their
Medicare card. Anyone who feels that may be eligible for govern-
ment assistance in paying premiums must bring proof of income.:

Church offers program for families
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. will
hold classes on Tuesday mornings from 10 Until 11:30 a.m. for
.parents and pre-school children. The curriculum will explore
God's word through activity centers. There will also be a special
class for parents. For information or to register, call Angela at
(863) 763-4021.

Parenting classes are offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be presenting
parenting education classes. All pregnant women and parents are
encouraged to attend. For specific dates, information and to regis-
ter for the class call the Healthy Start office at (863) 462-5877. .

Church offering study sessions
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St., is
offering a short term study program. The Forty-Sixty is based on
Discipleship Resources literature by Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. and
Craig Kennet Miller. The study will take place each Tuesday from
6:45 until 7:45 p.m. at the church. The study is open to everyone,
and will be led by Rev. Bruce Simpson and Rev. Jim Dawson. For
information or to register, call (863) 763-4021.

Poker tourney aids My Aunt's House
American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., will host a
fundraising Texas Hold 'em poker tournament on Thursday, April
6. Proceeds from the charity event will go to My Aunt's House.
Check-in time for players will be from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. The
tournament will begin at 7 p.m. The buy-in for players is $75. The
winner will receive $1,000. There will also be drawings for prizes
throughout the evening. Participants are also asked to bring a new

pack of children's socks, underwear or a pair of boys or girls jeans
for the annual Back-to-School drive for area children put on by My
Aunt's House. Seating is limited. Entry checks should be made
payable to My Aunt's House Texas Hold 'em Tournament; and
sent to P.O. Box 2066, Okeechobee, Fl., 34973. For information
contact Cindy at (863) 644-0024, or The Closet at (863) 634-2306.

Pentecostal church hosting revival
Haven of Rest Pentecostal Church, 180 N.W. Third Avenue, is
hosting a revival with Jerry Cottrell from West Virginia. Services will
begin at 7 p.m. April 13 through 15. On Sunday, April 16, he will speak
at the 10 a.m. service. For information call Tammy Gibson at (863)
634-5757, or Pastor Tom Velie at (863) 357-3053.
Church plans Good Friday program
New St. Stephen A.M.E. Church, 1001 N.E. 16th Ave., is hosting a
Good Friday program on April 14 at 7 p.m. For information, call (863)


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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, March
31, through Thursday, April 6, are
as follows:
Theatre I -"Ice Age 2" (PG)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Failure To
Launch" (PG-13} Showtimes:.Fri-
day at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7and9p.m.
Theatre III "Hills Have Eyes"
(R) 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


Redirection Center
needs more volunteers
Do you have a few hours to
spare? Would you like to make a
difference in a child's life? Do you
have a job skill that you would
like to teach others? Do you
belong to a civic organization or
religious organization and would
like to spread the word? If you
answered yes to any of these
questions, please contact Karin
Aldridge at Okeechobee Redirec-
tion Center, (863) 357-5905. We
are looking for volunteers to
work a few hours a month with
committedyouth. -

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

Childbirth education
classes being offered
The. Okeecnh-obee Healtl: Sla:t
C aliatio.Q y1ilbhepresenting child-
birth education" class.' the
American Red Closs All pregnant
women are encouraged 1o attend
the classes. For information or to
register for this informative class,
call the Healthy Start office at
(863); 462-5877. Every baby
deserves a heallhi sta I.-

Entries wanted
for Realtors program
The Okeechobee County
Board of Realtors is accepting
entries for their monthly property
beautification awards program.
The property does not hai e to be
for sale and. is open to residential
and commercial property
throughout the county. For infor-
mation or to obtain entry forms,
contact, Dale Ann Watford, secre-
tary of the board at (863) 634-
7311 or (863) 763-8222.

Public recycling
drop-off bins open
SPublic recycling drop-off bins
are located at the Okeechobee
County Vehicle Maintenance
Facility, 306 N.W. Ninth Ave., and
the Okeechobee Landfill, 10800
N.E. 1 28th Ave. The vehicle main-
tenance facility is open from 8
a.m. until hoori and from 1 p.m.
until 5 p.m., Monday through Fri-
day. It is closed on weekends and
holidays. Only recyclable materi-
als such as newspaper, alu-
minum and metal cans, corrugat-
ed cardboard, glass jars and
bottles and plastics #1 through
#7 are accepted at the public
- facilities. Items not accepted
include: plastic shopping bags;
commercial business items; tires;
appliances; electronic devices;
yard trash; household trash; oil,
gas, paint or household haz-
ardous waste; and, batteries. For
more information: contact Rus-
sell Rowland, county solid waste
manager, at (863) 763-1811, or
Waste Management of Okee-
chobee at (863) 357-0111, or
(863) 763-4818.

Red Cross
needs instructors
Have you saved a life today?
Volunteer as an American Red
Cross Instructor and teach others
the skills they need to save lives.
You can help the American Red
Cross reach people in your com-
munity with lifesaving training,
including CPR, First Aid, Auto-
mated External Defibrillation,
and HIV/AIDS Prevention. Con-
tact the Okeechobee Branch of
the American Red Cross at (863)
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Okeechobee 453rd Composite Squadron exhibited Its
own scaledown CAP 172 at a fundraising event.
Squadron Commander, Captain David Littlefield stands
in front of Okeechobee's own 172. Captain Littlefield is
also a Group IV 0 Flight pilot.

In the Military

Service Club Briefs

Legion Post #64
Our kitchen is open daily,
serving regular menu and spe-
cials. Monday, Thursday and Fri-
day from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.;
Wednesday, tacos served from I11
a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday from
noon until 8 p.m.; Sunday from 1
until 8 p.m.
Bar bingo will be held on
Monday starting at 1 p.m., and on
Thursday evenings beginning at 6
p.m., for members and guests.
The second Wednesday of
each month is our birthday party
starting at 4 p.m.; bring a covered
The third Sunday of each
month we have a steak dinner
with the Sons of the American
Legion from 3 until 6 p.m. for 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
Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
There is entertainment in
our lounge every Saturday night
starting at 4 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m.-for a dona-
tion. Karaoke by Bruce will be
from 7 p.m. until?
SHappy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday,
Tuesday and Thursday.
Euchre will be on Monday
and Wednesday from 6 p.m.
Everyone is welcome.
The American Legion Post 64
is located at 501 S.E. Second St.
For information, call (863.1 763-

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

Eagles Aeries #4137
Every Tuesday and Thurs-
day: bingo at 1 p.m. Food will be
available for a donation.
.* Every second Tuesday:
spaghetti- dinner with salad and
garlic bread from 5 until 7 p.m.
for a $3.50 donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo
from 4 p.m. until? Food will be
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
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:

breakfast cooked to order from 9
until 11 a.m. for $5 donation.
Saturday, April 8: Eagles dis-
trict picnic. There will also be
food, music, fun and games
Saturday, April 15: Chil-
dren's Easter party. Call (863)
763-2552, to "sign up children
before Friday, April 10. The party
will be. from noon until 2 p.m.
Food and drinks for children will
be available.
Call the AERIES for other
events at (863) 763-2552.

Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on
SS.R. 70 East. For information, call
(863) 763-6580.
Tuesday: .trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third. 8 p.m., regu-
lar meeting.
* Wednesday: bingo will be at
7 p.m. The public is invited.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Refresh-
ments will be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
and guests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from
2 p.m. until?

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
*'.The Okeech(kee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information about the
club and events, call Buckv Yoder
at (863) 467-7342 or Matt Buxton
at (863) 357-9992.
Saturday, April 8: annual
garbage can chicken dinner from
4 until 7 p.m. at the Lodge. The
suggested donation will be $6 for
adults and $3 for children under
10. For tickets or information,
contact Jose Verano at (863) 634-
2071, Bucky Yoder at i863) 467-
7342 or any Lodge member.
The Masonic Lodge holds
their meetings on the second and
fourth Mondays of each month
starting at 7:30 p.m.

Order of the Eastern
Star Okeechobee
Chapter #128
The Order of the Easter Star
has many fun activities planned
on the .first and third Tuesday of
each month. For upcoming activi-
tiesi contact W.M. Margaret at
(863) 467-8020.

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78
W. in Buckhead Ridge. The
lodge's phone number is (863)
Saturday night, April 8 Offi-
cers Ball and Dinner Dance,
Prime Rib or Cordon Bleu Danc-
ing starts at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday night
meals will be served from 5 until
7:15 p.m. Call the Lodge at (863)
763-2250 for the menu.
Thursday and Saturday is
karaoke night starting at 7 p.m.
Friday night, and Saturday

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night starting at 7 p.m. there will
be music for dancing. Call to see
who is playing.
* Tuesday., April 18, Moose
Elections of Officers, from 9 a.m.
until 6 p.m. Membership meeting
to follow, at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m.
Moose enrollment meeting. All
prospective members should
attend this meeting.
Saturday April 29, at 3 p.m.
Installation of new officers. Bring
a covered dish, Roast beef will be
provided, Karaoke by Sandy at 8
Saturday night meals will be
served starting at 6 p.m. Call for
the menu.
Each Sunday of April break-
fast.will be-served from 9 until 11
a.m., with many items being

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Famil\ Center
#1753 is located at 159 N.W. 36th
St. in Okeechobee. For informa-
tion and meal menus, call the
Lodge at (863) 763-4954,
Saturday, April 8, dinner will
be served at 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 9 breakfast
will be served at 8 a.m.
Saturday, April 15, an Easter
egg party will be held at 1 p.m. ,
Breakfast will be served
from 9 until 11 a.m. at the Moose
Patio on the second Sunday of
every month.
Meals will be served on
Wednesday and Fridays from 5
until 7:15 p.m.; and from 6 until?
on Saturday.
There will be music for
dancing each Friday and Saturday
night starting at 7 p.m.
Each Thursday will be
karaoke night.

VFW Post #4423
The post is open noon. until 9
p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Events at this post are seasonable
you should call (8631 763-0818
for information or visit the lodge
300 N.W. 34th St. You .may write
the post at P.O. Box 1137, Okee-
chobee, Fla., 34972.
\\Wsher toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
Every Wednesday during
the 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
will be followed by karaoke at 5
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting at 11 a.m.

VFW Post #9528
The \T\V Post #9528 is locat-
ed at 2002 S.R. 78W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
,1467-2882. Post hours are from
noon until 8 p.m., Monday
through Sunday.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxil-
iary dinner, Men's Auxiliary or
Anm ets there will be music.
Every Thursday is bar bingo
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch will be avail-
Every Friday a steak dinner
wilh baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7
p.m. for a $10 donation. Dancing
immediately follows the dinner.
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.
All games and special events
are shown on three televisions.
The game room has a regulation-
size pool table.

VFWPost #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 Auxil-
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.

Shrine Club
The Okeechobee Shrine
Club, S.R. 78 W, members will
meet the first and third Thursday
of each month at 8 p.m. For infor-
mation, call the club at (863) 763-
3378, Kip at (863) 610-6659, or
Keith at (863) 634-2682.

basic training
Army Reserve Spec. Desmond
D. Grace has graduated from basic
combat military training at Fort Sill,
Lawton, Okla.
During the eight weeks of train-
ing, the soldier studied the Army
mission and received instruction in
drill and ceremonies, rifle marks-
manship, weapons, map reading,
tactics, armed and unarmed com-
bat, military courtesy, military jus-
tice, physical fitness, first aid, Army
history, core values and traditions,
and special training in human rela-
Grace is the grandson of Jessie
Grace Sr. of N.W. 14th St., Okee-
chobee and a 1997 graduate of
Okeechobee High School.

Diaz deployed
on USS Decatur
I FHTNC) Navy Petty Officer
2nd Class El'rain Diaz, son of
Viviana and Pedro Diaz of Okee-
chobee, and his fellow shipmates
assigned to the guided-missile
destroyer USS Decatur are in the
middle of a scheduled deployment
as part of the Ronald Reagan Carri-
er Strike Group 7 homeported in
San Diego. Diaz's unit made port
\isits to United Arab Emirates and

Australia while conducting mar-
itime security operations (MSO) in
the Western Pacific. The port visits
were opportunities for sailors to
participate in community service
projects, visit tourist attractions
and experience different cultures.
MSO sets the conditions for
security and stability in the mar-
itime environment, and supports
the counter-terrorism and security
efforts of regional nations. MSO
denies international terrorists use
*of the maritime environment as a
venue for attack or to transport
personnel, weapons or. other
materials. The primary mission of
Diaz's ship is to provide multi-mis-
sion offensive and defensive capa-
bilities. USS Decatur is capable of
operating independently or as part
of a strike group., Its flexibility pro-
vides presence with a purpose,
and strike power to support joint
and allied forces t and ashore.
Diaz is a 1992 graduate of
Okeechobee High School of Okee-
chobee and joined the Navy in
April 1996. He is a 2005 graduate of
University of Maryland, College
Park, Md. with an associate's
For more information on the
'deployment and high resolution
photographs, visit USS Decatur
Web site at

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Mature, responsible
person needed
to clean the
parking lot &
common areas of
the Winn Dixie
shopping center
in Okeechobee.
$325 per month

Praxair, A World Leader in
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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

*Seamless Aluminum
Uc. # CSLI2732-01

Pressure Washing &
Minor repairs.
Roof coating, Repairto
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-467-2917
Lic. # 2349 &# 5698


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550';
Children's Items 555,
China, Glassware, Etc. 560:
Clothing 565;
Coins/Stamps 5701
Collectibles 575;
Computer/Video 580:
Crafts/SuppHles 585
Cruises 590
Drape Liaens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600i
Firewood 6051
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 860
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supples 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 71S
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

3.5 ton package unit w/ heat,
new in box
$1250 (954)309-8659
room, $175.
13,000 BTU. Brand new
$500 (514)710-0094 be-
tween 5pm-9pm
AIR HANDLER, Trane, 2.5 ton,
220 volt, with heat, $100-.

BARBER CHAIR, Antique, Mfg.
by Emil J. Padair Co. Pat #
1594408-1594409. Good
cond. $1000 (863)697-0328
Antique, 3/4. $50.
er, Runs great, Good batts,
$800 Or best offer. Tom
863-467-7500 days

DISHWASHER-top of the line
Haler, portable, RV size,
18"W, used less than 10
times, $250 (502)644-2018
FREEZER, white, small, chest
type. $99. (863)467-9363
White, Good condition.
$100. (863)675-3356
RANGE- 30" Whirlpool, self
cleaning $100
GE, $50. (863)467-1120.
REFRIGERATOR, 18.8 cu. ft.,
Brand new, includes ice
maker, $500 or best offer
good condition. $150.
more, white, $150 for the
pair. (863)467-1120.
WASHER & DRYER- $100 For
both (863)675-3038

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Stackable, heavy duty, good
working cond. $200
WASHER & DRYER- Whirlpool
Duette, with storage pedes-
tals, 1 yr old, paid $2200
asking $900 (863)261-1932

BICYCLES. his & hers mon-
goose oikes w/access, $50
lor Doth will sell separate

w/ilauce. $30.
style, 36": White. $50.
MH STEPS (2) 35" Fiber
glass steps w/3x3' platform.
metal handrails $600 or will
sep. 1(863)357-0615
.SCREEN ROOM- permanent or
portable. 8'20, roof system,
28,.8, 2 doors, eax cond.
$1800 (502)644-2018
SHUTTERS- 1-pr. 12"x24",
2-pr 12-48-, & 2-pr 14"x39"
All need 1 oe painted. $25
Will sep. (863)763-1997
TRUSSES (17) POLES 16' (6)
ASKING $1000 lor all
(863)302-1059 ,
WINDOWS, Vinyl, For Screen
Porch. All tinted. (5) 49x78,
(5) 58x82 (1) Glass window
2x63. $500 (863)357-0201

BABY CRIB- Brand new, no
mattress. $40.
PETER RABBIT Baby Carriage,
Cosco, Never used $50 or
best offer (863)467-2474
SASSY SEAT: Infant/Toddler,
$20. (863)763-6131
with mattress & bedding,
$50 (863)675-6829

WHEAT DISHES- Service for
8, Complete set incl. plat-
ters etc.Like new. $750.

HOMECOMING/Pageant Dress,
Black dress white trim size 3-4
$50 & Small Navy/Royal Blue
'$50 (863)675-3659 .

COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.

old. Rare items. $1000 all or
best offer.. 863-824-3358
CARDS(3-400 Racing &
Comic. late 811s early 90s
Exc. cond, $400 neg.
Stadium Club '92 & '06, Topps
Series I Baseball Cards, card
$750 (863)467-1484

LAP TOP, Compaq Armada
E500, 40gb, DVD Player, CD
Burner & much more, $550.
(863)227-0263 anytime
Player, CD Burner, disquette
w/many extras, exc. cond.,
$650. (863)227-0263

BED SET- Twin, 6 pieces,
Beige w/large pink flowers.
$50. (863)763-8146

ARMOIRE: Pine. New, in box.
63"x36". Drawers, shelves &
closet Cost $575. Now $400.
BAKERS RACK- wrought iron
with wood counter. Very sol-
id, $35 (863)675-3944
BEDROOM SUITE, white dbl,
w/1 6-drawer dresser and 1
w/3drawer night stand, $100
or best offer (863)675-3659

BENCH & BARBELL set, ad- new $50 or best offer
justable bench w/leg next's, (863)634-5914
400# Iron weights, weight GENERATOR, 2 1350 watts,
rack, $175. 863-805-0272. gas, B/S engine, Onan 6.3 two
EXERCISE BIKE- Schwin Air cylinder, propane. $500 for
Dyme, like brand new, $150 both, will sep. (863)697-9704
(863)983-2255 GENERATOR- Craftsman,
WEIGHT MACHINE, pulley, 3600 watt, 4 gal., 7.0Ohp,
200# on guides, change wt. 5300 surge watts. Still in
with peg. $35. Call box. $500. (863)763-9527

VCR, DAEWOO like new $20
Treadmill, DC motor, $75 (863)467-0670
phone (863)763-7072
WATER HEATER- 40 gal, 1 yr
old, $75. or best offer. NEW COIN COLLECTOR want-
(863)4 95 ing to add to my collection.
IN -il I, I Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891
WHEEL CHAIR, Motorized w/2 WANTED:
heavy duty batteries. Good Small Garden Rototiller.
cond. $550. (863)675-0104 (863)763-2053

A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L; Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567

Sonic Pride Mobility, elec lift,
$* U$1200 or best offer
LIFT CHAIR, Good condition.
$350. (863)801-4949

COCA-COLA Comforter set,
1ldbl comforter, flat & fitted
sheets, pillow, cases, shams
& 1 dbl bed skrt $50
NITROGEN, 3 Large Cylin-
ders $150 (863)467-2267
Like new,
RELAX & ENJOY, the outdoors

SAMP & Drum & Bass ma-
v, uI d r J Jf chine, $525 will sell separate
riders" (863)763-0072

COPIER- Konica 7033, comm.
with 3 drawers, duplicator,
sorter, collates, little used,
$2500 neg.(863)7693-1550

AQUARIUM- 55 gal w/stand,
$175 (863)467-9298 or
BABY GEESE (4) LaBelle area
$40 will separate.
male, complete w/tank,
stand & access. $250
Funir (863)467-9298/697-0377
BR SUITE- 9 pc Broyhill, king rno's old w,'1arqe play top
size, white washed oak. cge..i1000 (363J)763-0449
lighted hdbd & Oksnivs, enier DOG BOX (2) door' in good
cab $500 (863)261-1932 snape $300 or best offer
CEDAR CHEST: New, in box. (954)520-6707
36 ". Cost $250, lnforDOVES 1 pair, LaBelle area
$150. 863-467-7996 or (863)675-4981
863-610-3000 -
lighted. $150 spayed, 3yrs old, To good
(561)704-3690 home only $50
56)704-390 (863)357-3026.
BLES, oilrie, w,vherry MATED PAIR CONURES- One
wood tops & glass inserts, black headed, one red head-
$50. (863)763-8146 ed, + lyr old baby in Ig
cage $550 863)843-2495
excellent condition, asking SEVERE MACAW- 6 mio UOl
$20 (863)357-6922 Hand led & verv loving. Irncis
cage & 2 perchs n $800 or
CORNER CABINETS (21 beau- OesToMer 1863)357-1992
tlul, cnerry wood, must se, FI
$2500 or best of- SOCIETY FINCH:
fer(863)763-0072 Makes great Foster Parent.
tUHbuImaer- $20. (863)610-2126
COUCH, blue & mauve priiiow-
top ends $300. ZEBRA FINCH: Adoradie. $10
(8631763-3982 Iv. msg 863)357-3639
DINETTE TABLE w/2 chairs.
excellent condition. $20 S ie 06
DINING ROOM TABLE- Solid COMMODE; new, white, $25,
wood.,4 chairs& 1 bench. or best offer (863)467-1032
Seats 6, $100. or best offer.
DINING TABLE- Oval, 2-leaf's,
6-chairs w/cushions All nero JUCUZZI- Large, Seals 6 wilh
wood. radl6onal slve $300. matching isolated top.
(863)467-6543 $250. (863)675-0104
DRESSER SET, 1 long w/mir- SPA HOT TUB- Vita, person,
ror, 1 narrow tall, 1 night SPA HOT TUB it, person,
stand $60(863)467-6984, work great63)763-6834 200
Entertainment Center, 2 pc. .6) 3-8
Lighted w/ secretaries desk,
shelves, etc. Must see to ap- Ma is 7
preciate. $250 863)763-3423
Hutch style, white washed, With attachments $25.
$100. (863)467-9363 (863)763-0557
FOLDING TABLES (2) 3 Ft.x8 x 8 IU em I
Ft $20 lor bothn, will sep.
(863)467.6797 KARATE PADS- approx. 10,
KING BED SET- headboard, Great shape. $150.
dresser w/mirror, 2 n.stands, (863)675-3356
2 black floor lamps, $250 TRAMPOLINE- asking $75
(863)467-9625 (863)675-2627
Limed Oak King bed set, .
chest, trpi dresser w/mirrors
& tempered glass, night Eqipmet
stands $750 (937)335-0877
SECTIONAL- 2 recliners, L SETTE- plays, records, syn-
shaped, black w/pin strips. chronized motors, new cond
Great cond., $750 or best of- $80i(863)675-2596
fer (863)634-2094$80(863)675-2596
SOFA- full sizep1ike new ,XM SATELITE RADIO- Used 2
SOFA- full size, Like new, wks. Excellent condition $50.
Light blue, beige, white & grey wks elen46condition
striped. Reduce to $225. (863)697-1846
TABLE wicker, glass top, a
with 4 chairs. $35.
(561)704-3690. CABINET STYLE- 52", Color
TABLE, w/butcher block top, 2 does wrk $200
stools, w/white legs on table (863)675-7105
& stools, $75 or best offer. TV, 13", Color & VCR Player.
(863)983-6319 Both are like brand new. $65
Wicker Queen bed set, chest for both, will sep.
of drawers, 2 night tables, (863)357-4831
w/tempered glass on top TV, Color, 13" & VCR: $60 for
$550 (937)335-0877 both. (863)634-5038

GOLF CART- E-Z-GO, 4 GENERATOR 5-6,000 watt
Wheeler, Lights, Horn Mir- surge, used 1 week, $500
rors,Charger, Blue. $850. Iw(863)692-2229
(863)697-2033 (69-222
GOF PC L S complete, COMPRESSOR- Small, $25.
matched set, metal woods, as is. (863)843-0079
irons, bag, putter. $95. CUT OFF SAW- Black & Deck-
(863)946-3123 er, 9", Extra 9" blades, Excel-
lent condition $75. Or best
offer. 410-228-7137

UKeeCrlUL)VU NUMi, I I lul Ifuay, ^P1 11 %J, rvvu

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

TACK- $1500 i863467-1421
OR k863),269-1316
blk,'whiie asking $850
SADDLES (3) Western, 2 Adult
& 1. Child. $650 for all oi
best offer, will sep
Your new car could be In
today's paper. Have you
looked for it?

$10. (954)629-3257.
MOWER 42 incn cul $900 o
trade for golf cart
HOUSE 28 urnils wilelescop-
ing pole $75
Craftsman LT 1000. 42" cut
About 6mos. old. Asking
$900. (863)697-3212
Wheel Horse,-44" cut, $650

CALVES all kinds, healthy
shots, wormed, wil deliver,
$200 & up. Spring Sale, buy
10 get 1 free (863)235-0829.

SADDLES (2) 1 Adult & 1
child, never been used. $350
for both will sell separate


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

APTS. 2BR/1BA, $800 mo.
1st, last & $400 sec. dep. t
move in. Call (863)763-9221
or stop by 406 SW 2nd St.
Fully furnished w/util., dishes
linen, etc. $800 mo. + 1st
last & sec. (863)801-4949

Turn Key, good business yea
round in Flea Mkt, $400'
Available Approx. 6/1/06
West Side of New Courthouse
Call Judy (863)467-0831

BHR, On Canal w/Lake ac
cess. 3 Bdrm., 2 Ba., $110'
mo. + sec. & ref's. 561
718-1113 or 863-763-3631
CBS-2BR/2BA,onwater w/
lake access, Irg. screen patios
newly remodeled, non smok-
ing, no pets, $1250/mo, 1st8
sec.w/optionto buy
Call Brandi at 863-261-2762
CBS 3BR 1BA W/D updt'
bath, kit. & flrng. lncI City wa
ter in town. Adult park. $110
mo. +Sec. 561-346-4692
OKEE- 3BR, 2BA, Gar., all til
floor, 5265 SE 43rd St., in
side Kings Bay, $1025/mo
$1500 sec dep
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1- Brand
new, tile throughout,
$1295/mo,1st & sec,Nopets

Real Estate
PROCRAFT 17' 140HP Mer-
cury with trailer, very fast.
| | | .l Asking $2500. Call Nick,
VM X...-77W7..77"... 863-697-8108.
26.1sine 1e~~~ SEA EAGLE, '01, 121/2 ft., '02
Sale 1005 15hp Mrcury, low hours, in-
Commercial cludes equipment, $1295.
Property Sale 1010 (863)467-0187
Condos/ SEA KAYAK- 17' Prijon Kodiak,
Townhouses Sale1015 red, with paddle, $535.
Farms Sale 1020 (863)357-7406
Houses Sale 1025 (
Hunting Property t030 V-Hull 12ft, aluminum boat
investment w/trailer & 1948 Johnson
Property- Sale 1035 motor, motor needs Water
Land Sale 1040 pump $600 (863)467-0436
Lot -Sale. 1045 ,
Open House 1050 a e 3I0I
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055 CAMPER SCREEN ROOM 25'
Property Inwpectonl060 privacy panels w/zippers,
Real Estate Waited 1065 size can be adjusted, $375.
Resort Property 1070 863-634-3107/634-5471.
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075 ELECTRIC ROLL UP BAR- 18'
Waterfront Property 1080 for awning. $50. or best of-
fer. (772)201-8932
MOTOR HOME- 27ft, Class A,
Hoflse ale10Ui2 Itasca, generator, tires, mo-
tor, running gears fine, drives
CBS, 3 Bdrm./1 Ba. New roof, great, well worth price,
garage, large fenced in yard. $3500 423)502-2214
NW area. $155,000. For ap- SCOTTIE CAMPER '79- cold
pointment. (863)467-6984 AC, sips 4, .$500
CBS, 3 BR, 1 BA, w/Pool (863)467-2795
Newly Remodeled. Must see TRAVEL TRAILER, 8x34 w/ 4
inside. Under appraisal ft. extension. $6000 invested.
$179,000. (863)697-8654 Older. Some Hurricane Dam-
LAZY 7, CBS 3br, 2ba w/of- age. $2500. (863)675-6105
fice, lyr old, 1 acre, Ceramic' r
tile. Price reduced $265,000. Ac s i 3
863-634-6706 or 634-6545
Palm Village Ranch, 3/2, EVINRUDE 28 SPL Elec start,
55+, Royal Wall const., car- all controls, exc runner,
port, storage shed, $265k, $600 or best offer
561-236-0293. (863)610-1674
New 3 BR, 2 Ba, on large lot. l5hp, very clean, low hours
Circular driveway. 2 car gar- $450 or best offer
age. All appliances & new car- (863)236-0100
pet. (863)467-5509, STAINLESS STEEL CHAIN,
VILLA 2BR/2BA, 240 Ft., 3/8Inch. $2400
Remodeled $130,000 (863)467-2267
(863)763-4350 .
By .ppoinment only 'illi
Los GSXR750 '04- great shape,
garage kept $6500
2 LOTS $39.000 each neg, 2 (863)634-8828/763-4132
ACRESb $35,000 eacn neg.,
t Searing area' HONDA 450 1982, Peanut
r (561)329-3064 tank. Good starter bike Tran-
OKEE. BIKING 1:5 ac Near ny has overdrive. $900.
paved Rd/Park. Trees, power, (863)675-0556 LaBelle.
uplands. Photos $49,900. Pat
'at Coastal RIty (561)357-0554 RM 125, '01, FMF Shortie fac-
ing exhaust, race ready,
ie. power band every gear,
S $2000.(863)763-2730
S2500 :all for details
-- .. .. YAMAHA TTR125, 2001, off
Mobie Home -Lots 2005 road. e C cl :or $
r Mobile Home Parts 2010 i863l761-498.-
Mobile Homes Rent 2015 SrtVeil/* -
Mobile Home's Sale 2020

.new, 10 hp, fits John Deere
RGator or Kawasaki Mule. Never
1. BR, 1 BA, Filly furnished. No HONDA FOREMAN 450- '04,
g pets. NonSmok.Env. $650 ES 44', Good condition.
'miob + sec. (561)741-7701 $4 5010 ) r oest offer.
OKEECHOBEE- nice 2br, 1ba, 863673-60
0 $600/mo, 1st, last, sec dep., Honda Forman ATV, '00, 4x4,
No Pets, (863)763-6232. wrecked, for parts or can be
repaired, 400 hrs., $1800.
WATERFRONT, 1 Bdrm., $450 (863)634.3350 Iv.msg.
mo. includes electric. $300 msg.
sec. dep. 863-824-8718 or i r I
y ie HoCHEROKEE '03- 30 ft, great
Sl 2121 condition, Trs Ext Serv thru

MOBILE HOME- Lake access, (863)447-0126
2br, 2ba, on 160x80 lot, TRAVEL TRAILER 33ft Impa-
shed, 2 screen porches, boat la, 1983, needs soine work.
0 ramp,'dock, Call for more $1850 (401)625-5223 in
3 info (561)793-6086 Okeechoee
PARK MODEL 8X35, W/2 tip ,A
outs, center tip out closed in,
8x35 screen room, Adult Pk, AUtUoiles
Vantage Oak, Lot 83, $6000
(863)763-7613 [ El III

Automobiles 4005
SALE Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
2/2 Split Floor Commercial Trucks 4020
Plan Construction
Equipment 4025
Screened Patio Foreign Cars 4030
Carport & Shed Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Low Lot Rent Parts Repairs 4045
O Pickup Trucks 4050
Ob -4 l- 1Sport Utility 4055
g Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

| provide vocational training
1for someone in a recovery
o program or transportation for
5 a single parent family.
, '95, 2 dr, New tires Nice in-
t, side & out. Well maintained.

I Buick Skylark Limited 1997-
4dr sedan/6cyil, excel cond.
[ it can be financed, $4100
SAIR BOAT 12ft fiber glass, BUICK STATION WAGON, '88,
everything but prop & motor, needs transmission, $250.
$750 or best offer (863)357-1938
(954)2-670 ,nt n CAOILLAC BROUGHAM 1990,
SAQUASPORT- '99, Center con- Electronic Everything. Just
sole, 40hp Yamaha Brand needs TLC. $1500 or best of-
new,, Only ,used once fer (863)467-4998

0UUU.03 8o-06 //34 U"8"
$3OE,8 17 Ft. Fi6r34 8 CHEVY CAVALIER- '96 4 dr,
CANOE, 17 Ft., Fiberglass. 86K, Auto. A/C, Orig. owner.
- $50. Call (863)675-0369 af- Good cond. $2500.
0 ter 5:15 pm or on weekends. (863)612-1648
hp Suzuki 4 stroke. Lots of ex- AC, auto, new brakes, $2000
tra's & trailer. $6500. or best or bestoffer(810)625-4270
offer. (863)634-2342
Soffer.(863)634-2342 TCHRYSLER TOWN & COUN-
FOLDING BOAT 2005, 12 Ft, TRY '98, 62K mIs. Good con-
Electric motor, oars & wheels., dition. 1 Owner. Book=$6850
$1200 Firm. (717)377-1465 Asking $5800. 863-467-1301
d PONTOON, 24, 90hp John- 5spd., Runs good. Good on
Sson, bimini top, no trailer, as. Minor right side damage.
0 readytofish or cruise, $40010 1200.(863)467-7720
or best offer. (863)634-3107
e or (863)634-5471 email: FORD TAURUS '89- Runs
- needs front & rear bumper
0, PONTOON- 28', 50hp, New $800(863)612-5255
. deck & carpet. Very good FORD TAURUS WAGON- '89,
condition, On water, $3500. Good running car. $400.
(863)467-1720 (863)675-1907
galvanized tandem axle, good, Needs brakes. $1000.
6 $850 (561)723-1690 or best offer. (863)763-2307

12 The Okeechobee News, Thursday, April 6, 2006

I-Pbi Noice

good tires, 120K, windshield
cracked, have new one. runs
great $2000 (863)763-2730
HONDA CIVIC 1992, 4 Dr., 5
spd. manual. Good condi-
tion. NC. Runs great $2500
'90 Station Wagon, $1000.
Mitsubishi Gallant ES, '95, 4
dr., 4 cyl., auto, cold a/c,
runs & drives new, $2500 or
best offer. (772)461-3276
SATURN SC2, 1995 5 spd.,
2 dr., white, nice shape, a/c
blows cold, $1400/best of-
fer. Call Rob, 863-634-7299.
'96, SW2, Good cond. Look
excellent. Great gas mi.
$1600. (863)228-2185

Looking to buy Antique Car/
Convertible/Truck. Please call

BRONCO, 4x4, 1978, orig.
owner, $2495

BRONCO 11 '89 perfect en-
gine, rebuilt trans, 0 miles,
needs paint but no rust, $1750
firm. (863)805-8789
CHEVY BLAZER, '84, 4x4,
runs but engine knocks,
$300. (863)357-2395 after
CHEVY BLAZER K5- '93, Auto,
4x4, A/C, New CD player,
Runs great. $5000.
Clean! 82K mls. Leather, All
options. AM/FM/CD Player.
Cold A/C. Perfect for hauling
small loads & workman.
$12,000. (561)272-3447

GOLF CART- 1987 Gas Yama-
ha G1, 2 cycle, needs minor
elec work. Asking $400
GOLF CART- 1999 Club car,
gas, reconditioned 1995,
1995. (863)675-1472.
GOLF CART- Club car, green,
electric, with charger,
$1295. (863)675-1472.

GMC Sonoma, lots of parts
$400 or best offer

shape. Purchased in '04,
used 1 time. $500.
Glasstek Topper, w/sliding
glass window on front and
sides fits, 8ft bed on Ford
truck $300 (863)697-8906
GMC '% ton, 1974, short bed,
good cond, no engine or
trans. Can supply $1500
neg. (772)519-3979
POSI DIFF 8.5" GM, $150 or
best offer. Call
SUPERCHIP- For 6.0 Ford Die-
sel Truck, '04-'05. Asking
$350. or best offer.
(863)634-3296 Cody
w/EGR Valve & Starter. Fits
Early 90's Dodge or Plymouth
2.5 eng. $100(863)467-7953
TIRES, (4), Dunlop GT Qualifi-
er, P255/70/R15, $100.
TIRES- (4), 250 '99 & up Ford
8 lug, 16", Alum. rims w/Ctr.
covers Exc. cond. $150. or
best offer. (863)763-6216
TIRES, Cooper Discoverer, A-
T, 31757-R16, 95% tread,
$350. (863)634-3251
7004R, $300 or best offer.
Call (863) 467-8856

CHEVY 1/2 TON PU '83- 350
auto, 40K miles, needs some
work $1500 or best offer
Diesel. Very good condition.
$1350 (863)357-7214 after
CHEVY S-10 '94- V6, auto,
power windows & locks,
good tires, runs great $1800
DODGE DAKOTA '94- needs
engine rebuilt, & trans work,
good body, tool box $500
neg (863)76302379
DODGE RAM 250, '90- runs
good, new parts; fiberglass
work body w/ladder rack.
$600 (863)655-0030.
FORD F100, '83, auto, air,
300ci, new tires, two-tone
blue, $1700. (863)697-3306
FORD F150- '02, 4x4, Auto.
A/C, 80K, Runs excellent.
FORD F150- '78, Slant 6, Re-
built Trans & Motor. Needs
TLC $400. or best offer.
GMC 70 TRUCKS 1985 &
1986. $4500 each or both for
$8000. neg. (239)657-2114
or (239)-229-5796

MITSUBISHI "88 2x4, mighty
Max, pick up, 30 mpg, need
head and battery, rest ok.
$800 (863)805-8789
TONNEAU COVER- Fiberglass,
For full size truck $600 or
best offer. (863)357-2111 or

closed w/ramp door. Like
new. $1800 (863)763-4982
Trailer, deck over, dove tail,
92" wx20'l, $1500 or best
offer. (863)610-1797
Mounted on single axle.
Manual engine hoist, 2 5/16
ball. $1000. (863)697-9704
Very good shape, $375.
dumps, $300

CHEVY- 3/4 Ton Van '88, 7
passenger, good tires, rides
good on hwy, $690
Shop here first
The classified ads

'96, Seats 7, NC, New tires,
Runs Great. $2500.
DODGE RAM '89, 250, Con-
version Van High top, $6000
firm (863)763-0214 or
Fnd It later. ell It soon-
er In the classlfleds

Public Notices


Public Notice 5005
State Public
Legal Notice 5-500

The Okeechbee County Board of Couty
Commissioners will conduct a public
hearing to obtain public input on
amending its hurricane recovery
CDBG. The public hearing will be held
during the April 13, 2006 regular
Board meeting, which begins at 9:00
a.m. in the Commission Meeting
Room (103), County Courthouse, 304
N.W. 2nd Street, Okeechobee, FL
34972. Persons requiring special ac-
cessibility assistance should contact
Sthe County Administrators office, tele-
Sphoe (863)763-6441. For additional
information call Deborah Belcher,
126098 ON 4/6/06

Okeechobee County
School Board Meeting
The regular monthly meeting of the Okee-
chobee County School Board will be
held on Thursday, April 13, 2006. at
6:00 p.m. in Room 303 of the School
Board Administrative Office at 700
S.W. 2nd Avenue, and is open to the
public. There will be no meeting on
tuesday, April 11, as previously
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
124629 ON 4/6,10/08
Okeechobee County School
Board Executive Session
Union Negotiations
The Okeechobee County School Board
will meet in closed Executive Session
on Monday, April 10, 2006, at 2:30
p.m., in the of o f the Superinten-
dent of Schools located at 700 S.W.
2nd Avenue, Okeechobee. The meet-
ing is between the School Board, their
attorney, negotiator, and Superinten-
dentaof Schools in preparation for con-
tract negotiations with the Okeechobee
County Education Association #1604
regarding specified issues pertaining
to Transportation/Bus Drivers and an
Effectiveness Compensation Plan.
At 4:00 p.m. on April 10, 2006, the
School Board will enter negotiations
with the Union and continue as needed
on April 11, 2006. Negotiating ses-
sions are open to the public and will be
held in Room #303 of the School
Board Administrative Office at 700
S.W. 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.O.
Superintendent of Schools
125811 ON 4/4,6/06

Shop from a gift catalog
that's updated regulaly:
the classified.

Thir f:......), B..., ,i ii, South Florida Water Management District intends to
,..,iiI, r,,. ,.,,. ,,f 001371 Assistant Deputy Executive Director, 000380
Assistant Deputy Executive Director, 000859 Assistant Deputy Executive Director,
and 001287 Director Government Affairs as members of the Districts Senior
Management Service Class for the purposes of the Florida Retirement System.
The Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District hereby deletes
the positions of 000631 Dept. Dir. Regulation, 0001546 Dept. Dir. Env. Moni-
toring, 001232 Dept. Dir. Field Ops, 000808 Dept. Dir. Ops Control, 000263 -
Dept. Dir. Field Ops, 000506 Dept. Dir. Human Resources, 000229 Dept Dir.
Land Management & Operations, 001864'- Dept. Dir. Land Acquisition Program,
000327, Dept. Dir. Public Information, 001338 Dept. Dir. Watershed Manage-
ment, 001381 Dept. Dir. Project Implementation, 000036 Dept. Dir. Procure-
ment, 002199 Asstl Deputy Executive Director.
This designation will take effect on April 27, 2006, as allowed for by section
121.055, ES and with the approval by the Distdricts Governing Board atthe meet-
ing oft April 12,2006
124048 ON 3/30;4/6/06

Public notice is hereby givi. tli Fri.-i,
son Towing will sell at Fo,, r.ri i:,,,
free from all prior liens, the following
vehicles that remaiining unclaied in
' storage with charges unpaid, pursuant
to Florida Statutes 713.78, to the high-
est bidder at 12065 Lakeshore Drive,
Canal Pt., FL 33438.
1998 GMC Truck (Red)
1996 Chrysler Convertible (Whi)
Sale Date: April 24, 2006 @9:00 AM
126242 ON 4/6,13/06

Find it faster. Sell it soon-
er in the classifieds
One man's trash is anoth-
er man's treasure.Turn
your trash to treasure
with an ad in the classi-


makes you a more Infomed
and Irterling person. No
wonder newspapertreaders
are more successful!

Okeechooee News,,D. Hamilton

Festival art
Local Fort Drum resident, Bonnie Roehm helped children with art projects during the
Fort Drum Days Festival on Saturday. The children, Anita Powell, Amber Kelly, Veronica
Ellerbee and Victoria Bostic were all local residents enjoying the day playing games, lis-
tening to music, and enjoying great food.

Game time
Children enjoyed games set up at the Fort Drum Days weekend long festival at the Fort
Drum Community Church on Saturday. Local residents (not in any particular order)
Michelle Dorta, Aaron Gomez, Veronica Ellerbee, Tobias Simmons enjoyed playing
games while Mrs. Roxanne Watson helped children with the games.

Community Events

Amateur Radio Club sponsors test session
The Okeechobee Amateur Radio Club will sponsor a testing ses-
sion for all classes of amateur licenses on Saturday, April 15, at 6 p.m.
at 1010 N.W. Sixth St. You must bring: a test session fee of $14,
payable in cash or by check; existing amateur license; photo I.D.; and,
FRN number. For information contact Harry Robbins at (863) 467-
7457; or, by e-mail at redbirdsin'

Church hosting Easter egg hunt
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will hold
their annual Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 15, at 10 a.m. The chil-
dren of Okeechobee and their parents are invited to take part in the
activities and have lunch. Everyone should bring their own baskets.

Eagles Club hosting benefit
The Eagles Club on U.S. 441 N. will host'a benefit for Larry Shrader
on Saturday, April 15, beginning at 2 p.m. There will be food, fun, auc-
tion and music. Donations can be made to a special account that has
been set up at Big Lake National Bank. For information, call Steve
Cates at (863) 634-2061.

Ranch hosting fundraiser
Mi-CIN Ranch. 1000 N.W 50th Drive, will host a fundraiser for the
Bits and Spurs 4-H Club and Indian River Community College (IRCC)
Scholarship on Saturday, April 15, from 3 until 10 p.m. Activities will
include a barbecue, an Easter egg hunt on horseback, a regular Easter
egg hunt for small children, relay races both on and off horseback,
pony rides, a Chinese auction and a horseshoe tournament. There
will also be live entertainment. The events are open to the public.
Those bringing horses must show negative coggins. Those who plan
to bring horses are asked to call in advance, so plans can be made to
accommodate the number of horses participating. For information,
call (863) 467-2483 or (561) 236-8990.

Children's Ranch plans yard sales
The Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard
sales every Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Funds from the
sales help support activities for the children. Usable donations are
always accepted and should be taken to the ranch on U.S. 441 S.E. Pick-
up service is not available. For information, contact Rosie at (863) 763-

Free tax counseling service offered
AARP-Taxaide will be available each Monday and Tuesday begin-
ning through April 17 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the American Legion
Post #62, 501 S.E. Second St. This service is a free, volunteer run, tax
counseling preparation service that can answer most of the tax issues
faced by middle to low income taxpayers, with special attention to
taxpayers 60 years old or older. Please bring last year's tax return, all
W-2s, 1099s, interest, dividend, broker and Social Security statements
for 2005. Picture ID, Social Security card and birth dates are required
for everyone that is to be listed on the return. A blank check for direct
deposit of refund is also required. AARP-Taxaide does not do state
income tax returns. For information, call Neile Foreman, district coor-
dinator, at (863) 357-1694.

UF/IFAS plans career fair
The University of Florida/IFAS Environmental Management Career
Faiir will be held Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Uni-
versity of Florida/IFAS Indian River Research and Education Center
(IRREC) at 2199 South Rock Road in FOrt Pierce. The event is being
held because IRREC has launched a new bachelor's degree program
in environmental rnanag nierit and enrollment is increasing greatly.
For information, contact Kimn \V'ilson bN calling (772) 468-3922, ext.
126-;or, by e-mail at

Driver safety course planned
An AARP driver safety course will be held Saturday, April 22, and
Saturday; April 29, at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.,
from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. You do not have to be an AARP member
or have AARP auto insurance to attend. All seniors 55 and over are
invited. Consult your auto insurance agent for your three-year dis-
count upon class completion. For information, contact the instructor,
Mrs. Bryan, at (863) 763-0351. The cost of the class is $10, and must
be paid by check only.

Early Learning Coalition to meet
Early Learning Coalition of Martin and Okeechobee counties will
meet Wednesday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at the One Stop Career Center,
2401 S. 29th St., North Portable, in Fort Pierce. The executive commit-
tee will meet following the coalition meeting.

Main Street board nominations sought
Faye Huffman will be accepting nominations for all board posi-
tions on the Okeechobee Main Street until April 26. For information,
contact Ms. Huffman at (863) 697-2054.

Free memory loss screenings offered
The Visiting Nurses Association, 208 S.E. Park St., will host free
memory loss screenings on Friday, April 28, from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
Appointments are needed for the screenings, and the screenings are
open to any age group. The screening will be completed by the St.
Mary's memory disorder staff and immediate results will be given. For
information, call Donna True at (800) 861-7826 ext. 1 or (772) 285-

Reunion planned for '60s classes
There will be a '60s reunion at the KOA Convention Center, 4276
U.S. 441 S., from 6 p.m. until midnight on June 24. If you are a member
of a class from 1960-1969 you are invited to attend. For information, call
(863) 763-6464 or (863) 763-8865.

Labor Day Festival, rodeo planned
The annual Labor Day Festival, Parade and PRCA Rodeo will be held
Sept. 2-4 in Okeechobee. For information, contact the Okeechobee
Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464.

Church plans Easter sunrise service
The First United Methodist Church will hold Easter sunrise services
at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 16, on the banks of Lake Okeechobee.
Seating will be limited, so please bring a chair. The offering will be
given to Big Lake Missions to help them raise funds to replace one of
their vehicles.

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

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

Free adult GED classes offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic
education/GED and English as a second language classes at these
locations: Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as sec-
ond language classes, Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until
noon, adult basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday from 8
a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. One-Stop, 123
S.W. Park St., adult basic education/GED, Monday through Friday,
from 8 a.m. until noon; Yearling Middle School, 925, N.W. 23 Lane,
English as a second language classes, Monday -Wednesday 5:30 until
8:30 p.m.; Everglades Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a
second language classes, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.

Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be, holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206
S.W. 16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word processing sills'
will be demonstrated, as well as how to access and navigate the inter-
net. For the dates and times of these classes, contact the Okeechobee
County Library at (863) 763-3536.

Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach, Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes
are currently taught four days a week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Fri-
day, from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

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

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