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Vol. 97 No. 115 Tuesday, April 25, 2006 504 Plus tax


U.S. arrests
183 fugitives
MIAMI (AP) Federal
immigration authorities
arrested 183 fugitives and
other illegal immigrants
across Florida last week, the
largest total ever in a single
week in the state, officials
said Monday.
Those arrested by U.S.
Immigration and Customs
Enforcement included con-
victed people convicted of
sex offenses, child abuse,
cocaine trafficking and
weapons violations. They
were originally from 26 coun-
tries and most will eventually
be deported back to those
"Anybody who is a fugitive
from justice is a danger to the
community," said Michael
Rozos, the field director in
Miami of ICE's "Operation
Phoenix" effort to find and
deport fugitive illegal immi-
grants. "These operations
have been going on for years,
but they have become more
Page 2

CES students
are busy reading
It's been busy here in
kindergarten. About a week
ago, we were doing our East-
er Egg Hunt out in Okee-
Tantie, which was a lot of fun.
And just recently we went to
Sebring to enjoy the Chil-
dren's Museum The students
were able to use their imagi-
nations and were able to
learn a great deal from the
hands-on museum. If you
haven't been to Central Ele-
mentary recently, our Kinder-
- Garden has been growing
wonderfully. We have all
sorts of foods growing out of
the garden, and we now have
tomatoes blooming. Kinder-
garten is coming to an end
soon, so please keep check-
ing for upcoming events.
Page 3

U.S. advances
to semifinals
(AP) The best weekend in
Jamea Jackson's career
helped the United States over-
come the absence of its stars
and gave the team a place
in the Fed Cup semifinals.
Sports, Page 5

Drought Index
Current: 521
Source Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Bur Ban: None

Lake levels

13.80 feet

Lake level
Last Year:
14.99 feet

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

Classifieds . .9-11
Comics ........... .8
Community Events ... .4
Crossword .......... 9
Obituaries ......... .3
Opinion ............ 4
Speak Out ......... .4
Sports .............. 5
TV ........... ... 10
Weather ............ 2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
Community Links. Individual Voices.

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Airport: plans expansion

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Airport employee Alex Mendoza stands ready to help pilots In the newly renovated
Okeechobee Airport terminal. Extensive work has been done to upgrade the interior of
the building including the addition of granite floors, marble counter tops and paneling.

Airport terminal sports new look

By Pete Gawda.
Okeechobee News
If you haven't been to the
Okeechobee County Airport
recently, you might be amazed at
the recent transformation that is
taking place under fixed base
operator (FBO) Robert Lambert.
The fixed base operator pro-
vides a wide range of airport serv-
ices and is responsible for fuel
sales and renting corporate
hangar space. Eventually, the
FBO will also be responsible for
aircraft repair.
Mr. Lambert's duties are sepa-
rate from the duties of airport
manager Vernon Gray. Mr. Gray is
responsible for overall mainte-
nance, lighting, security and the
government red tape involved in
operating an airport. In essence,
Mr. Gray is Mr. Lambert's land-
Last July Mr. Lambert and his
two partners, Tom Andersen and
Robert Peres, bought out Jim
Confalone's long-term FBO con-
tract with the county. The three
partners also operate a company
in Coral Gables that insures air-

As part of the general renovation of the terminal building
at the Okeechobee County Airport, the lobby area has
been refurbished with granite floors, marble counter top,
cabinets and new furniture. The county seal has been
inlaid in the floor near the door and the restrooms are
undergoing extensive renovation.

Mr. Lambert, from Fort Laud-
erdale, is a rarity these day a
native Floridian who began tak-
ing flying lessons at the age of 12.
"The gateway to Okee-
cholbee" is what Mr. Lambert
calls the Okeechobee airport.

He has made many positive
changes at the airport and more
are in store in the future.
Improvements to the inside of
the terminal building include
See Airport Page 2

MRSA infections pose no threat

By Loma Jablonskid
Okeechobee News
There have been questions
and concerns in the communi-
ty concerning a possible out-
break in staph or MRSA infec-
tions within the Okeechobee
County school system.
"There are only two cases
of MRSA currently in the
school system and these cases
are being treated. Staph and
MRSA infections have been
around for a good many years
and are treatable with antibi-
otics," said Patty Maupin, of
the Okeechobee County
Health Department. "There is
no cause for alarm."
There are 6,964 students in
the Okeechobee County
school system, not counting
those in the four Department
of Juvenile Justice facilities.
Two students are less than
.0003 percent of the school
Staphylococcus aureus, bet-
ter known as "staph" are bacte-

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ria carried on the skin or in the
nose of healthy people. Some-
times-staptfcaf cause infec-
tions. Staph bacteria are one of
the most common causes of
skin infections in the United
States. Most are minor and are
treated without antibiotics. In
some instances, mainly in hos-
pitals or healthcare facilities,
staph can cause serious infec-
tions such as surgical wound
infections, bloodstream infec-
tions and pneumonia.
Some staph bacteria are
resistant to certain types of
antibiotics. Methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
is one type of staph that is
resistant to antibiotics called
beta-lactams. Beta-lactam
antibiotics include methicillin,
oxacillin, penicillin and amoxi-
cillin. These MRSA infections
are treated with antibiotics
other than the "cillin" ones.
Staph infections including
MRSA, are usually found
among people in hospitals and
healthcare facilities who have

weakened immune systems.
These healthcare-associated
staph infections include surgi-
cal wound infections, urinary
tract infections, bloodstream
infections and pneumonia.
Staph or MRSA infections
occurring in those who have
not been hospitalized nor had
a medical procedure within
the past year are called CA-
MRSA infections and usually
show up as pimples and boils.
The infection can be spread by
close skin-to-skin contact,
through openings in the skin
such as cuts or abrasions, con-
tact with contaminated items
and surfaces, crowded living
conditions and poor hygiene.
The best ways to avoid
Staph or MRSA infections are:
Keep your hands clean by
washing thoroughly with soap
and water or using an alcohol-
based hand sanitizer.
Keep cuts and scrapes
clean and covered with a
See MRSA-Page 2

Man jailed

on child

porn charges

By Eric Kopp County Sheriff's Office
OkeechobeeNews (GCSO) received a complaint
from a concerned parent in
A Lakeport man has been the Lake-
booked into the Glades Coun- port area.
ty Jail under a bond of The parent
$915,000 after being arrested said that
on numerous child pornogra- children had
phy charges. viewed sex-
Michael James Tyler, 34, ually explicit
was arrested and charged material at
with: 157 counts of possession Tyler's
of photographs of the sexual home.
performance of a child, six Shortly Michael
counts of transmission of child after this, .James Tyler
pornography: two counts of. GCSOdetec-
distribulinr obscene material; tives Mike Pepitone and Steve
and, one count of obscene Harris arrested Tler on the
ad ncomm unicationvi eo distribution and obscene com-
communication via the corn- munications charges.
The investigation began
April 16 when the Glades See Charges Page 2

Shell pit idea

to be before

county planners

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
When they meet this
evening at 7 p.m. at the Okee-
chobee County Courthouse,
the Okeechobee County Plan-
ning Board/Board of Adjust-
ments and Appeals will face a
relatively short agenda of four
public hearings and one
request for approval of devel-
opment plans.
John Holliday has peti-
tioned the board to be allowed
to install a 1984 doubleWide
manufactured home in a resi-
dential mixed zoning district

on S.E. 25th Street.
Pier II Resorts, Inc has
requested a special exception
to allow for boat rentals and
guide services in a commercial
zoning district on U.S. 441 S.E.
, The board will also enter-
tain a request for a variance
from building setback require-
ments in a residential mixed
zoning district. John and Vir-
ginia Obel requested this vari-
ance to allow them to replace a
carport with a garage on their
S.E. 20th Terrace property.
In addition, Wallace Cham-
See Planners Page 2

Submitted to Okeechobee News/Okeechobee Lions Club
Lions Club makes history
An Okeechobee first, occurred at the Lions Club meeting
on Tuesday, April 18. Although Lions Clubs around the
world have been accepting female members for some
time, the first female members were inducted into the
Okeechobee Lions Club at the April 18 meeting. Joining
the club were, left to right, Dorothy Kinsaul, Shannon
Stripling, and Rose Mary Bass. They were welcomed into
the club by Lions' president Wayne Clark, right.

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bers has requested a variance
from building setback require-
ments to permit him to enclose
an area that includes an existing
block wall 3 feet from the proper-
* ty line. The property in question is
located on S.W. 16th Street.
In the only action that will
probably generate any public
-- response, Oscar Lewis Daniel has
requested approval of his devel-
- - opment plans for a proposed
shell rock mining operation
including a proposed transporta-
tion route. The Daniel property is
located at the end of S.W. 67th
.- Drive.
-- o- At a previous hearing, resi-
dents of S.W 67th Drive had
protested shell trucks on their
street. Nevertheless, Mr. Daniel is
- proposing that the street be used
to haul material from the mine.
.- The planning board is recom-
S- --* mending the use of S.W 67th
- Drive to haul excavated material
- - ,- with certain conditions. These
conditions restrict the transport
-. - of excavated material on the road
- to Monday through Friday from 8
a.m. until 5 pm., and place a limit
of 2,000 tons a day to be trans-
--- ported.
S- The conditions also call for the
section of S.W. 67th Drive south
of S.W. 21st Parkway to be
*- watered as needed to prevent
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witnesses to a fatal crash that occurred March 18 at 8:45 p.m. on S.R.
714 at Fox Brown Road.
Anyone who has information about this crash should contact Cor-
poral Mike Lanam at 800-356-8921, ext. 225'
Rep. Harris keynote speaker at dinner
OKEECHOBEE-- The Republican Party of Okeechobee will hold its
annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday, May 6, at the Shrine Club on
S.R. 78.
U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris will be the featured speaker.
Social time will be from 6 until 7 p.m., with dinner being served at 7.
p.m. Dinner will include a sirloin steak, baked potato, green beans and
a salad.
Tickets are $30 per person. To sponsor a table, contact Dick Ahrens
at (863) 467-5910.
Tickets will only be sold at the door if they are not pre-sold.
Benefit set up for Smalls family
OKEECHOBEE An account has been established at Big Lake
National Bank to help the Smalls family.
Mrs. Smalls and her three children were killed in an automobile
accident Wednesday, Dec. 21.
To donate, simply go to Big Lake National Bank and say you would
like to contribute to the benefit for the Smalls family.
Loans help replace storm-damaged homes
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee Non-Profit Housing, Inc. has
received $500,000 for the HOME Again Loan Program, which helps
homeowners with replacement of their hurricane damaged or
destroyed homes.
The HOME Again Program will help applicants who meet the fol-
lowing criteria:
You owned your home in Okeechobee County and it was your
primary residence during hurricanes Frances and Jeanne in 2004.
You have been unable to fix your home due to a lack of insurance
or other assistance.
Your gross household income is at or below the following levels:
one person in the household $24,000; two persons $27,650;
three persons $31,100; four persons $34,550; five persons -
$37,300; six persons $40,100; seven persons $42,850; and, eight
Interviews for applications for this program are by appointment
only. To make an appointment for an interview, call Jessie Vazquez at
(863) 467-5525. The Okeechobee Non-Profit Housing Inc. office is
open 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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"Detective Pepitone worked
nearly 24 hours a day on this,"
said GCSO Captain Daryl Lewis.
Then, as more victims were
identified and hidden computers
files were retrieved by the United
States Secret Service and the Fed-
eral Bureau of Investigation,
Tyler was charged with the 157
counts of possession of photo-
graphs and the transmission of
child pornography. The captain
said one picture equals one
According to Capt. Lewis, the
Secret Service retrieved photos
reportedly taken by Tyler of him
allegedly having sex with the

children from the hard drive of
his computer. He went on to say
that the Secret Service is current-
ly trying to ascertain where the
photos were sent.
Capt. Lewis said the apparent
victims were all from the Lake-
port area and were boys
between the ages of 14 and 17.
The alleged crimes were all com-
mitted in Tyler's home, the cap-
tain added.
None of the victims were
physically injured, said Capt.
Tyler, said Capt. Lewis, had
only lived in Lakeport for a little
over a year and he's had no prior
"He's clean," said Capt.
Lewis. "He bounces around,
that's why he's stayed under the
radar. He's lived in Broward and

Dade counties, as well as in Mel-
Glades County Sheriff Stuart
Whiddon.said the investigation is
continuing at both the state and
federal levels. He said the FBI is
currently seeking federal indict-
ments against Tyler.
At the 'federal level, Capt.
Lewis said if convicted of one
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nced to life in prison. bandage until healed.
He went on to state that the Avoid contact with other
vestigation will be continuing people's wounds or bandages.
because "we're sure there are Avoid sharing personal
ore victims out there." items such as towels or razors.
Sheriff Whiddon said anyone 0 Be sure to shower after
giving additional information working out in a public facility.
garding this case should con-Do not let your skin come ncon-
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6-1600. between you and the equip-
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If you develop signs of this
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antibiotics to use at another time.
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Okeechobee Forecast

Tuesday. Partly cloudy with highs in the lower 90s. The wind will be
from the southwest around 5 mph, becoming southeast in the after-
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with lows in the upper 60s. The wind will
be from the south at 5 to 10 mph.
Extended Forecast
Wednesday: Partly cloudy in the, morning then considerable cloudi-
ness with a slight chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.
The high will be in the lower 90s. The wind will be from the south at
10 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Wednesday night: Considerable cloudiness with a slight chance of
showers. The low will be in the mid 60s. The chance of rain is 20 per-
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunder-
storms. The high will be in the mid 80s. The chance of rain is 30 per-
Thursday night: Partly cloudy with isolated showers. The low will be in
the upper 50s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.


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new furniture, granite floors, mar-
ble counter tops, new chair mold-
ing and new cabinets.
The upgrade of the building also
includes the restrooms. Work has
not begun on the women's room,
but the men's room has a flat
screen television and a cabinet
stocked with complimentary shav-
ing gear and toiletries for pilots. In
fact, the men's rooin is so plush
that it has been suggested that a
time limit be placed on its use.
The FBO operates a full pilot's
shop with navigational charts, navi-
gational computers, flight guides,
model aircraft for sale and aviation
The pilot lounge has a coffee
maker with cappuccino and other
exotic coffees and fresh baked
cookies, in addition to access to
weather information and the inter-
The centerpiece of the renovat-
ed terminal is the county seal inlaid
in stone in front of the counter.
Background music is now
piped into the terminal and car
rental is available.
The Okeechobee airport adver-
tises the lowest priced aviation fuel
in the state. Mr. Lambert said Okee-
chobee is the number-one seller of
aviation fuel in Florida. The airport
has a' 12,000-gallon fuel tank,
which is usually refilled once a
The airport has a new aviation

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This drawing depicts the proposed 36,000 square foot terminal building to be built at the
Okeechobee County Airport to accommodate corporate aircraft. It will have an upscale
restaurant, conference rooms, office space, a pilot lounge and dormitory space for pilots and
aviation students.

fuel truck, as well as a new jet fuel
To provide for more efficient
fueling of airboats that use aviation
fuel, Mr. Lambert said there were
plans for two hoses one for air-
boats and one for aircraft.
As part of his airport improve-
ments, Mr. Lambert purchased an
aircraft tug a machine that
serves as a tow truck for aircraft
and can jump-start them.
Mr. Lambert predicts that within
a year or two, a Commuter airline
will be serving Okeechobee. He
has been involved in discussions to
that end.
He intends to install a Global
Positioning System (GPS) for air-
craft approach. He said Okee-
chobee is one of the few airports in
Florida not equipped with GPS.

This feature is necessary, Mr. Lam-
bert believes, to attract corporate
Beside his current renovation,
Mr. Lambert has great ideas for the
future. He proudly pointed out
plans for a new, three-story termi-
nal building to be built in the near
future to accommodate corporate
aircraft. The proposed 36,000
square foot building will have office
space, conference rooms and a
pilot lounge.
The present terminal building
would continue to accommodate
general aviation.
The new terminal will have a
covered canopy so that in rainy
weather the aircraft can taxi right
up to the building and unload pas-
sengers out of the rain. It will have
12 dormitories for pilots and flight

school students, as well as an
upscale restaurant.
The current airport restaurant
would continue in operation in the
old terminal.
In connection with the new ter-
minal, plans call for an aircraft
maintenance shop to repair every-
thing from small piston aircraft to
business jets.
The three-story building will be
built in old Florida style with a wrap
around porch featuring rocking
chairs. The decor will be comfort-
able but nice with a rustic
hunting/fishing camp look.
Mr. Lambert plans to employ
people. Currently, the airport only
has two employees. However, the
expansion plans will require 100
employees, including aircraft

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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Spring finds Central Elementary students reading up a storm

It's been busy here in kinder-
garten. About a week ago, we
were doing our Easter Egg Hunt
out in Okee-Tantie, which was a
lot of fun. And just recently we
went to Sebring to enjoy the Chil-
dren's Museum. The students
were able to use their imagina-
tions and were able to learn a
great deal from the hands-on
museum. If you haven't been to
Central Elementary recently, our
Kinder-Garden has been growing
wonderfully. We' have all sorts of
foods growing out of the garden,
and we now have tomatoes :
blooming. Kindergarten is com-
ing to an end soon, so please
keep checking for. upcoming
Third grade
In Ms. Delprete. and Mrs.
Lopez's B.A.S.E. classes we are
reading Ramona Quimby, Age 8.
We are reviewing cause and effect
and making predictions. In Sci-
ence, we are dissecting owl pel-
lets and comparing the bone
structures we find. We all want to
thank the Okeechobee High,
School Spanish Club for the East-
er Egg Hunt. We had a great time!

Our recent Students of the Week
are Lexie Stripling, Kimberly Her-
nandez, Francisco Bucio, and
Elizabeth Solorzano.
Mrs. Greseth's
Reading class
has been hav- t
ing a great
time reading as
about Tales-
of the West.I
It is really funs
learning about
how they lived back in the "old
days". We all agree we are lucky
to be living in modern times. The
students also had a super time
exploring owl pellets. They
learned all about the pellets, how
they are formed, and discovered
what their owls had eaten. It was
an experience they won't soon
forget! In Math, Mrs. Greseth's
class is working on two-digit mul-
tiplication. The students are doing
'a great job! Congratulations to
our Students of the Week, Austin
Walker arid Chase Asmussen.
Third graders in Ms. Enfinger's
class finished their discovery of
Owl Pellets, and are off discover-
ing 'space. They enjoyed learning
about Cascarones, a Mexican tra-
dition of breaking confetti filled
eggshells on each others head for

good luck. Students are now
doing a study of the Dominican,
Republic for: Culture Day next
month. Congratulations to Des-
tiny Fonseca, Joshua Boromei,
and Kassandra Reed, our Stu-
dents of the Week.
Oh what a week it has been! In
Mr. Bayer's reading class we just
finished our owl pellet experi-
ments. The 'students dissected
owl pellets and discovered the
bones of the animals owls prey
on. We have just finished reading
'"How to Eat Fried Worms"; the
book was very exciting Grammar
lessons are still going on as we
refresh our brains about adjec-
tives, nouns and verbs. In math,
multiplication and division tables
are still a top priority Every Friday
we will be having a small quiz on
times tables. It is very important
that third grade practice their
times tables every night at home.
These skills will be very important
in the remaining lessons for the
year. Have a great week and thank
you for all your support.
Ms. Mateo's reading class is
going to Golden Corral next week
as a reward for working hard on
our AR points. We finished read-
ing "Amber Brown is Not a Cray-
on" and "The Acorn Club". We

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\\.ill\ Post on a chiarce of Arand1
theft. His bond \\ as sel at $2,5.'u
Jerald Hickman, -13, Blos.
sum Circle, Lakeland, was arrest-
ed April 21 by DOC's Miclael
White on a charge of isolationn of
conmmunihi contiol possession
of cocaine He is being held w\ith-t
out bond.
Mark .Jankok-ichi,4, S.E. 29th
St., Okeechobee, v\,as a .ested
April 21 by Deputy P Massunri' on
an Okeechobee Count" warrant
charging hinm iith car~ ring acon-
cealed weapon during the cri.n-
mission of a felony. His bond was
set at $2,500 1) '
Hazel M Crenshaw,37, N.W
12th St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed April 21 b\' Deputy Thomas
Kitchen on an Okeechobee Coun-
t. \\ arrant charging him with vio-
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19, S.W. 24th Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested April 21 -,[y Deputi P.
MlassJug on.a warrant charging
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it card. His bond was set at.
Michael Justinr Porter, 22,
N.W. 30th St., Oketchobee, was
arrested April 22 by Deputy
Michael Hazellief ,on felony\
cliarg-s :of battery' on a law.
trnfoi c rient offie,:r and resisting
iihLest '.itrh i'.l'ence His bond on
tin-,ee clIarg.:s was set at $2,500.
Hie as also ai rested on a %\ arrant
charging him the misdemeanor of
violation of probation resisting
arrest without violence. His bond
on that charge was set at $2,500.
Nicolas Guevera,. 30, N.W
34th St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed April 22 by Deputy Roy
Gilchrist on a felony charge of

aggravated battery and a misde-
meanor charge of battery. 'His'
bond W as set at $10,000.
Ronald Sandoval, 66 Parade
A,\e Kissimmee, was arrested
'April 22 by Deputy John Ashby on
a charge ol driving under the
influence. His bond \%as set at
.* Tamm\ Lou Broughton, 47,
'S.E. 35th Terrace, Okeechobee,
was arrested April 22 by Deputy
Sergeant Shannon Peterson on a
charge of driving under the influ-
ence. Her bond was set at $500..
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the'charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
paper. The information will be'
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Billie Miles
Billie Miles, age 84, of Okee-
chobee died April 23, 2006 at Hos-
pice of Stuart. Mrs. Miles was
born Nov. 10, 1921 in Bradley
Junction to William and Rachael
Bethea. She was a homemaker
and lifetime resident of Okee-
chobee. Mrs. Miles was a mem-r
ber of the First Baptist Church of
Okeechobee. .
Mrs. Miles was preceded in
death by her husband Howard
Miles in 2005. She is survived by
sons Gary (Cathy) Miles of Okee-
chobee, William Miles of Lake-
land, Michael (Gloria) Miles and
Stanley Miles of Okeechobee;
daughter (Becky) Jim Croslyn of
Okeechobee; nine grandchildren,
eight great grandchildren; one
great- great-grandchild; and one
sister, Eva Goins of Okeechobee.
Visitation will be from noon to
2 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2006
at Bass Okeechobee Chapel.
Funeral services will follow at 2

p.m. Interment will be at Ever-
green Cemetery. All arrange-
ments are entrusted to the loving
care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral
Home and Crematory.
Carl D. Snyder Jr.
Carl D. Snyder Jr., of Chat-
tanooga, Tenn., passed away Sat-
urday evening, April 22, 2006. He
was 81.
A native of Conneaut, Ohio, he
lived most of his life in Okee-
chobee, Martin and Palm Beach
counties in Florida.
He recently moved to Chat-
tanooga, Tenn., the childhood
home of his wife, Patricia Man-
ning Snyder.
Mr. Snyder was born in Con-
neaut, Ohio in 1925. He served in
the United States Army during
WWII until a training mission
explosion in Fort Pierce, Florida
injured him and ended his mili-
tary career. He returned home to
Conneaut and opened a lumber

business with his brother-in-law,
George Schatz.
In 1962, Mr. Snyder moved to
Florida to, raise his family. His
work career
included work-
ing in Ohio for
the 'Archer
Daniels Mid-
land in Ashtab-
ula, Ohio, the
Astatic in Con-
,neaut, Ohio;
his employ-
ment in Florida. Carl D.
included Air Snyder Jr.
Products, West
Palm Beach; the Okeechobee
School District; Pratt and Whit-
ney, West Palm Beach, and the
Loxahatchee Water Control Dis-
trict in Jupiter, from which he
retired in 1991.
Mr. Snyder was a proud mem-
ber of the Masonic Lodge and a
faithful member of the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church in Okee-
chobee, and attendee of the

\\'auhatchie United Methodist
Church in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Mr. Snyder was predeceased
by his first wife and high school
sweetheart, Barbara (Stewart)
Snyder in 1979. He was also pre-
ceded in death by his sister Mary
Lou (George) Schatz of Con-
neaut, Ohio.
' In 1985, Mr. Snyder fell ini love
with and married his "sweetie"
.Patricia (Manning) Snyder in
Okeechobee, which ushered her
into instant grandmotherhood.
-Survivors include his wife,
Patricia Manning Snyder; son and
daughter-in-law Karl D. (Elaine)
Snyder of Jupiter; daughters, Deb-
,bie S. McDonald of Jupiter; and
Louise Snyder. of Springfield,
He is also survived by seven
grandchildren; Trever Snider,
Christie Phillips, Andrew Riley,
Jeff McDonald, Jason McDonald,,
Karyn Snyder and Karl Snyder;
and, three great-grandchildren:
.Logan Phillips, Katie Phillips and

Chlase Rile\
Mr. Snyder is also survived by-
his sisters Marilyn (Bill) Conner
of San Jose, Calif., and Marjorie
(Duane) Bacon of Kene, Ohio;
and, several nieces and
Funeral services will be held
Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 in .the
East Chapel of Chattanooga
Funeral Home with Rev. Kenneth
Bailey officiating. Remains will
be.'taken to Okeechobee for
services and interment.

In Okeechobee, visitation %will
be Thursday at Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home from 4 until 7 p.m.,
with Masonic Services at 6:15
p.m .. ,. .. .
Funeral services will be held at
11 a.m. Friday morning at Bass
Funeral Home immediately fol-
lowed by graveside service at
Evergreen Cemetery.', : -
In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to.Dunklin.Memori-
al Camp 3342 'S Hosannah Lane,
Okeechobee, Fla. 34974.

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are working on our owl pellets for
science. We are working on our
"bare books" about ourselves. In
math, we are working on adding,
and subtracting like fractions,
multiplication and division facts.
Fifth Grade
The students in Mrs. Carpen-
ter's class continue to. read up a
storm with "Across the \\'id'e Dark
Sea", a historical, fiction selection
in their basal reader It is a journal
of one of the lirst settlers to cross
the ocean to settle in the New
worldd We have also started our
next novel, either Walk Two
Muons, by Sharon, Creech, or
Brian's Winter, by Gary Paulsen.
In social studies, we' have just
crossed the Appalachian Moun-,
tains to settle in Kentucky. Daniel
Boone led us through the Wilder-
ness' trail to Boonesborough, a
stockade, for protection. The top
AR point earner in Mrs. Carpen-
ter's reading groups is still Adel
Elhindi, a student in Mrs. Steiert's
homeroom. He has already
earned a whopping 410 points.
That's an average of more than
100 points.each grading period.
Saria Gomez is the top AR point
earner in Mrs. Carpenter's home-

room by earning. 144 points.
Devin Hoyle, Vanessa Watt,
Brooke Snyder, Sierra Story, Kylie
Shirley, Caitlyn Stripling, and Ami
Nunez have all. earned over 100,
points this year on the Accelerat-
ed Readei program.
Ms Stcugh's class enijoedhid-
ine E,:ister eggs for Ms. Baker's
first grade class. They also got to
help her class with their recycling
pi ojecs Boy do we accumulate a
lot of stuff In Math we are review-
ing fractions. In Science we are
studying the sun and stars. We
x ill be raking our own constella-
tions and writing stories about the
day "sunflakes" fell in Okee-
chobee. The children are also
working hard on their Science fair
projects. Our Tropicana speech
winners were Katheryne Valle,
Forrestt Petty, and Sage Douglas.
Students of the Week were Diana
Gaona and Garrett Huston. Con-
gratulations to all.
The students in Ms. White's
Reading class will read the novel
"Bud, not BuddY" for the next two
weeks In Social studies we will
study "America's Empire Spills
into the World". \ve w ill also
learn about William McKinley
and The Pacific Ocean. Congratu-
lations to Beatiiz Martinez, Jessica

Humphrey and Destiny Nunez
who placed first, second and third
in my classroom Tropicana
Speech Contest.
, Students of the. Week were
Johnathan Guitron, Cornelius
Jarvis and Atalo Palacios.
Mrs. Steiert and her class are so
very PROUD of the three, young
ladies who represented their class
in the Central's Tropicana Speech
Contest. Darby Jones gave a
thrilling speech on volley ball, its
dynamics and some history on
the sport. Chelsey Perry gave an
exciting speech on her favorite
sport, softball, and included the
topic of good sportsmanship and
also included personal experi-
ences in her speech. Kylie.
Shirlev's speech was patriotic in
theme and full of entertaining sur-
prises. Kylie took first place and
Darby took second place in Cen-
tral's contest and will be the two
students representing fifth grade
for Central in the District Tropi-
cana Speech Contest on May 1.
They will do an outstanding job of
representing Central and we wish
them the best of luck! "Mrs.
Steiert's Student of the Week has
been CaitlIn Stripling Devin the
Great sends his CONGRATULA-
TIONS to you, Caillyn'

The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 25,2006


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SPEEDING TRUCKS: I was run off the road out by Nubbin Slough
the other day by two trucks that were racing. They almost hit me head
on. If anybody has seen or heard anything please notify the sheriff's

SLOW DRIVERS: All of these people need to go back where they
came from they can't drive. They drive 20 miles per hour and the
speed limit is 40.

LOUD MUSIC: I would like to express my displeasure in the music at
the Ag center on Saturday night. I live about one-and-a-half miles away
and it's unbearable in my house.

TAXES: Be a good citizen. Pay your taxes 12 million illegal aliens
are depending on you.

NUISANCE: Attention Pine Ridge Park residents and all others affect-
ed by the loud music at the Agra-Civic Center again this past Saturday
night. After calling Speak Out previously about the same problem, I was
phoned by the sheriff's office that there is something called a nuisance
law and that I should phone in if there is a problem, which I did this past
Saturday evening. To make a long story short, the sheriff's office said
there was nothing they could do until 11 p.m. So I phoned Sheriff May
at home, and apologized for awakening him. He was polite and lis-
tened to me and said he would see if he could do something. He was
aware that this was a problem and was unsure what he could do
except close the civic center down. I replied, just turn the music down.
If I can hear it, surely they can. I left my name, offering any assistance I
could if he needed it. He thanked me. A few minutes later someone
from the sheriff's office called and said that Mr. May asked them to
phone me. They told me that because the county commissioners
approved the permit they could do nothing until 11 p.m. However, Mr.
May would be speaking to the county commissioner first thing Monday
morning, which I also planned to do. Please people call your county
commissioners office at (863) 763-6411 to locate the proper one. Don't
let this continue. We do have rights, and they are elected by us. We
don't have to shut down the civic center just turn the music down.

JUNK: You talk about cleanup in Basswood, how about 18th Street
-all the cars and stuff and junk in the yard.,

Community Events

National Day of Prayer scheduled
Okeechobee's observance of the National Day of Prayer will be
held Thursday, May 4, on the lawn of the Okeechobee County
Courthouse, 304 N.W Second St., at nobn. Everyone is invited as
area ministers will lead prayers for national, state and local leaders.
Hospice hosting yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale on Friday, May 5,
and Saturday, May 6, 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 Ave. next to
the Hospice Residence. All proceeds benefit patient care in
Okeechobee. All yard sale donations will be accepted at this
location. :
Ministry plans ladles meeting
He Died for Me Ministries will present a special ladies meet-
ing Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m. at the St. Lucie Village Town Hall,
located at the corner of Old Dixie and St. Lucie Blvd. A revival
will be held May 4 through May 6 at 7 p.m. For information, con-
tact Ronnie and Becky Trammell at (772) 519-6003.
'77 class reunion being planned
The class of 1977 is planning their to 30-year reunion. All
members of the class of 1977 will meet Tuesday, May 9, at the
Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 S.R. 441 S.E. Dinner will be at 6
p.m. and the meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. For information, call
Karen Williamson Larson at (863) 763-5101; Cindy Bennett
Hortman at (863) 697-9817; or, Toni Bennett Doyle at (863) 634-
Library hosting Medicare Part D classes
Free Medicare Part D Assistance ends May 11. Free classes are
being offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 until 7
p.m. at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St.

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Upcoming Events

Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Beef
O'Brady's Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the
public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-
Family History Center meets from noon until 3 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or
(863) 467-5261.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call
(863) 357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited
to'participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, con-
tact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to
life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old
time gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Dr.
Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W.
Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facilitator.
There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the
facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.}
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
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-
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret
Smith at (863) 467-8020, or Janet Rinaldo at (863) 467-0183.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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.
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
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.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected,by domestic violence and abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups meetat 6 p.m. For information, call (863)
763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or
(863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at 7
p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312
N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893 days, or
(863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might need this
group, please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 123 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be
available from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St.
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.
The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity for
caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas. The meet-
ings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863)
Gunowners of Okeechobee will meet at 7 p.m. at the American
Legion, 501 S.E. Second St. All interested parties are invited. For infor-
mation, contact Merv Waldron at (863) 467-5744 or Dan Fennell at (863)
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday except the first Friday of
the month for an open discussion meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead
Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For informa-
tion, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
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 Oilio Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sabring Civic Center at
S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for mem-
bers and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978 or Juana at
471-9795. "
Nar-anonHelps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a more
normal home life, regardless of whether or not he or she has stopped
using. We meet every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863) 467-9833.

Community Events

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. There will be a
special tribute for Johnny Mack Kinsaul 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.

Church's pre-school is expanding
Peace Lutheran Pre-School, 750 N.W. 23 Lane, has expanded
their services to include kindergarten for the next school year. Regis-
tration is limited to 15 students who will be age 5 on or before Sept.
1, 2006. You can register by calling (863) 763-7566, or at the church.
Parents must furnish birth certificates, shot records and health certifi-
cate for students.
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 Okee-
chobee Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464.
Help with electric bills available
Okeechobee Senior Services has limited funds through the
EAHEAP program for help with electric bills for seniors 60 and over.
Call Kim Senna at (863) 462-5180, for information.

Community Events

OHS offers free seminar
The Okeechobee High School Academy of Finance will pres-
ent a free seminal on establishing good credit on Tuesday, April
25, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Freshman
Campus auditorium, 610 S.W. Second Ave. The first 25 attendee
will receive a free T-shirt. Door prizes will also be given away,
and refreshments will be provided. For information, contact
Daryl Roehm at (863) 462-5025, ext. 7022.
Hospital hosting dinner, speaker
Raulerson Hospital, 1798 U.S. 441 N., will host Dine with the
Doctor on Tuesday, April 25, in the hospital cafeteria at 5 p.m.
Dr. Young, a urologist, will be the guest speaker.
Martha's House honors Victim's Rights Week
Martha's House will host a dinner in honor of National
Crime Victim's Rights Week at the Okeechobee County Civic
Center, U.S. 98 N., on Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m. Dr. Brenda
Garma will be the keynote speaker. There is no charge for the
dinner. For information, contact Martha's House at (863) 763-
2893, or (863) 763-0202,.
Collaborative council will meet
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee
County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly
meeting Tuesday, April 25, at 10 a.m. in the boardroom of the
Okeechobee County School Board at 700 S.W. Second Avenue.
For information call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000 ext. 257.
Main Street to hold elections
Okeechobee Main Street will hold a general membership
meeting and elections on Wednesday, April 26, at noon at the
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave.

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 committee will meet following the coalition meeting.

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

Advisory board will meet
Community Services Grant/Treasure Coast Community
Action Agency advisory board will meet Thursday, April 27, at 2
p.m. at 437 N. Seventh St. in Fort. Pierce. For information, call
Kim at (863) 462-5180.

Sorority plans Founders Day celebration
The annual Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Founder's Day will be
held April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church,
200 S.W. Second St. All members of the local Beta Sigma Phi
chapters will come together to honor the founder and some
outstanding women in the community. For information, call
Linda at (863) 467-1070.

First Aid class is offered
First Aid Basics class will be given at the American Red
Cross, 323 North Parrott Ave., on Thursday, April 27, from 6
until 9 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-2488.
Healthy. Start planning baby shower'
A baby shower for Healthy Start clients will be held Friday,
April 28, at the American Legion, 501 S.E. Second Ave. Healthy
Start is still requesting donations of baby items for the shower
including clothing, toys, diaper bags, and safety items. If you
can help, call (863) 462-5877.

CCC to host guest speakers
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee.
County Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly.
meeting on Tuesday, April 28, at 10 a.m. in the boardroom of
the Okeechobee County School Board office, 700 S.W. Second
Avenue. The purpose of the meeting is to allow the community
to identify issues, collaborate and share information regarding
services for children and their families. The guest speaker will
be Tammy Jansen with the Boy Scouts, and Christina Kaiser
from United for Families. For information, call (863) 462-5000,
ext. 257.

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. I or (772) 285-6291.

Glades Co. Historical Society to meet
The Glades County Historical Society will meet Saturday,
April 29, at noon at the home of Anne Deuschle., 800 Riverside
Drive, in Moore Haven. For information, call (863) 946-0974.
SFWMD meeting on recreation planned
The Kissimmee River Valley Public Use and Recreation
meeting will be held Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. until noon
at the Basinger Community Center on U.S. 98. The purpose of
meeting is to provide an opportunity for South Florida Water
Management District (SFWMD) to meet with community mem-
bers that are interested in using the restored Kissimmee River
Valley region for public use and recreation. Learn about the
Kissimmee River Restoration Project and the recreational
opportunities available for you on SFWMD lands.
GPS class is offered
A U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 57 G.P.S. program will be held
Saturday, April 29, from 1 until 5 p.m. in room 232 of the Osceo-
la Middle School, 825 S.W. 28th St. Participants must pre-regis-
ter. Materials cost $25. For information, call (863) 467-3085.
5th Sunday Celebration planned
The 5th Sunday Celebration will be held Sunday, April 30, at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., begin-
ning at 6:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-4021.
Basinger School reunion planned

The Basinger School reunion will be held at the. Basinger
Community Center on U.S. 98 N., Sunday, April 30, at 11 a.m.
Lunch will be at 1 p.m. Please bring a covered dish. All students
that attended Basinger school and their families are encour-
aged to attend and enjoy the fellowship with their friends. Call
Breedie Mae Thomas at (863) 763-3579, or Altal Lee Barber
(863) 634-9735.

Church hosting gospel group
Believer's Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave., will host
a gospel sing featuring New Ground on Sunday, April 30, at 6:30
p.m. For information, call Mickie Slayton at (863) 467-6654.
Red Cross offering first-aid class
The American Red Cross Okeechobee Branch is offering a
basic first-aid class to be held Thursday, May 4, from 6 until 9
p.m. For information or to sign up for the class, call (863) 763-

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team met defeat at the hands of
the ladies of Satellite Beach Fri-
day by a score of 7-1.
The results of singles com-
petition were Courtney Sargent
(SB) def. Catherine Spangler
(Okee.) 6-1, 6-1; Melissa Tim-
son (SB) def. Alyssa Wright
(Okee.) 6-1, 6-0; Molley Shapiro
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Sports Briefs

Pop Warner grid
sign-ups slated
Pop Warner football and
cheerleading sign-ups will take
place at the Okeechobee Sports
Complex on May 6, May 20,
June 10, June 24, July 1 and
July 15 frorq 10 a.m. urtijl 2.
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The registration fee is $75. In
order to register you must bring
the child's last report card a
current year physical from your
doctor and a copy of the child's
birth certificate.
For information, call co-
presidents James Shockley at
(863) 634-3482 or Albion Crow-
ell at (863) 697-2576.
Chobee Starz
tryouts planned
The Chobee Starz competi-
tive cheerleading squad is plan-
ning to hold' tryouts for next
season. There will be a meeting
on April 25 at 6:15 p.m. at the
Okeechobee Skate Park, by the
picnic tables, located on Fourth
Street near the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office. All
interested parents and children
who will be in grades 3 through
9 next year should attend. Prac-
tice will be May 1, May 2, and.
May 4 from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Tryouts will take place on Fri-
day, May 5 from 6 until 9 p.m.
Coaches are needed.:If you love
kids and have a cheerleading or
gymnastic background, we
need you.
Summer play camp
registrations slated
Sign-ups for the Okee-
chobee County Parks and

Recreation Department's 2006
summer play camps will begin
Monday, May 1, at 8 a.m. at the
department's new office at the
Okeechobee County Sports
Complex, 640 N.W. 27th Lane.
Enrollment is limited and
slots will be filled on a first-
come, first-served basis.
./ Campers musetb,e,6.toa 12
years of age.
Camps will operate Monday
through Friday, Jutine 12
through July 28, except for
Tuesday, July 4. Camp hours
will be from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30
p.m. Camp locations are: the
Douglas Brown Community
Center, the Okeechobee Civic
Center and Central Elementary
The regular camp fee is $50
per week, per participant, plus
fees for field trips and special
activities. Special rates have
been set at $25 per week for a
child on the reduced school
lunch program, and $10 per
week for a child on the free
school lunch program within
the Okeechobee County school
system for the 2005-06 school
A letter of participation from
Okeechobee County school
food service must be presented
at the time of registration in
order to qualify for these spe-
cial rates.
Camp fees include lunch
and an afternoon snack for
each camper.
Extended hours of 7:30-8:30
a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. will be
available at both the Civic Cen-
ter and Central Elementary for
af additional fee of $T0 per
week, per student.

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Tropical papaya are packed with fiber and nutrition

I noticed at the grocery store
this week that papaya is in season.
Papaya is one of nature's
"superfoods." Papayas are good
sources of carotenes, vitamin C
and flavonoids; the B vitamins,
folate and pantothenic acid; and
the minerals, potassium and mag-
The fruit is also a good source
of dietary fiber.
Papaya is also good for your
digestion. It has long been used as
the "health food" remedy for
ulcers. Papaya enzyme helps
break down foods. For this rea-
son, papaya enzyme is often an
ingredient in meat tenderizers.
Papayas are a tropical fruit.. In
the United States, they are grown
in Hawaii, California and Florida.
The following information
about papayas came from the
University of Florida Institute of
Food and Agricultural Services.
The papaya was first described
by the Spanish chronicler Oviedo
in 1526 from the Caribbean coast
of Panama and Colombia. It was
soon grown throughout the trop-
ics, its distribution undoubtedly

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being aided by an abundance of
seed of relatively long viability -
up to three years under cool, dry
conditions. It has become natural-
ized in many tropical regions, par-
ticularly in areas with fertile soils
and abundant rainfall.
Papayas are giant herbaceous,
dicotyledonous plants which may
produce fruit for more than 20
years. When cultivated, plants
usually have a single trunk, but
several branches may develop as
the plants become older.
Trees growing in fertile, well
drained soils with sufficient mois-
ture may reach a height of 30 feet
or more. The grayish trunk is
marked by characteristic large leaf

scars and has soft, pulpy wood.
The large, deeply lobed leaves,
sometimes reaching 3 feet across,
have hollow, soft petioles 2 feet or
more in length. The melon-like
fruit varies considerably in size
and shape, and hangs from short,
thick peduncles at the leaf axils.
The papaya thrives best under
warm conditions with abundant
rainfall or irrigation. It cannot tol-
erate strong winds, flooding or
frosts and it recuperates very
slowly if it has sustained consider-
able leaf or root injury.
Temperatures of 30F or lower
usually cause severe damage or
Seeds are produced abundant-
ly and germinate readily (in 10 to
15 days) and uniformly. Under
suitable growing conditions fruit
can be harvested in eight to 10
Seeds should be obtained from
ripe fruit, washed to remove the
gelatinous aril, planted in small
pots and germinated under full
sunlight. Peat pots are ideally suit-
ed for this, since they can be set
directly in the field without remov-

ing the plants from individual con-
tainers. Two to three seeds are
sown per pot to compensate for
low germinations, damage by
insects and removal of male
Planting distance depends on
soil fertility, irrigation facilities and
location. The homeowner should
space his plants 8 to 10 feet apart.
The use of machinery in commer-
cial operations requires rows to
be 12 to 15 feet apart, but plants
should be 6 to 8 feet apart in the
row. Seedlings are set in the field
when 6 to 8 inches tall. They begin
flowering after five months, and
only one vigorous bisexual or
female plant is allowed to grow in
each site.
In south Florida, if plants are
set in the field in February or
March it is possible, with good
care, to harvest fruit in October or
November. This requires starting
seedlings in a greenhouse or
under plastic, and protecting them
against frosts by heating or sprin-
kler irrigation. In cooler areas of
the state, May and June are better
months for field planting and

good yields cannot be expected
before the following April or May.
The soil should have good
drainage. Papayas are very sensi-
tive to even short periods of flood-
ing. If not killed, they lose their
vigor and regain it very slowly.
Irrigation should be provided
during dry spells because a fluctu-
ating water supply may cause
growth retardation, flower abor-
tion, and dropping of young fruits.
Papayas are fast growing plants
that require an abundant supply of
nutrients if they are to be highly
productive. Supplemental fertiliza-
tion .is particularly important in
infertile soils. Nitrogen and phos-
phorus are especially important.
In Florida, young plants should
be started with /2-lb. of a 10-10-10-
5 mixture (with 30 percent of the
nitrogen from natural organic
sources) at planting time or short-
ly after. This amount of fertilizer is
applied every two weeks and
should be increased gradually to
1 /2 lb. until the plants are 7 to 8
months old.
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izer should be reapplied under
these conditions.
Green, papaya ripens at room
temperature in about three to five
days. Ripe papaya can be refriger-
ated for week.
A food safety note: If you still
have colored hard-boiled eggs in
your refrigerator from Easter, it is
time to throw them away.
According to the USDA food
safety guidelines, refrigerated hard
boiled eggs may not be safe to eat
if kept longer than a week. Hard
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ator for more than 30 minutes
should also be discarded. Boiling
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These holes are too tiny to see, but
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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, April 21,
through Thursday, April 27, are as
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, 7and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Larry The Cable
Guy (PG-13} Showtimes: Friday at
7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2,4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre III "Scary Movie 4"
(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and
9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15, 7and9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4.50; senior
citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
and, matinees are $4.
, For information, call (863) 763-


You can be a
volunteer mentor
Help encourage a middle or
high school student to reach his or
her full potential and become a vol-
unteer mentor for the President's
Challenge to SOAR/Take Stock in
Children Scholarship program. It's
a proven life-changing program
that provides four-year college
scholarships to deserving sixth and
ninth graders in local communities.
The mentor meets with the student
one hour per week at his/her
school. Volunteer opportunities are
available in Indian River, Martin, St.
Lucie and Okeechobee counties.
Please call the Indian River Com-
munity College Foundation at (772)

Halfway House
looks for volunteers
Eckerd Intensive Halfway
House, 800 N.E.72nd Circle N., is
looking for volunteers to work with
our adolescent boys. If you have
any free time or talents you would
like to share, call Jordan Bernay at
(863) 357-0047.

Consumer credit
counseling offered
If debt threatens you, talk with
your creditors about developing a
revised payment schedule or call
Consumer Credit Counseling Ser-
vice for a free and confidential
appointment. For information, call
(561) 434-2544 or (800) 330-2227.
Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church Lend-
ing Library at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W Sec-
ond. St. Entertain or educate your-
self, using 486 audiocassettes,
including audio books, plus Christ-
ian romances and 575 videos. Pre-
pare a paper on comparative reli-
gion, a book report, programs for
men, women or children, a craft
project or a Sunday school lesson.
We use the Dewey Decimal Sys-
tem, the same as school and public
libraries. As a private library we can
and do preview our media. Cur-
rently, the library is staffed Sunday
from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.,
and Wednesday evening from 6
until 8 p.m. Contact Doris Entry at
(863) 467-1548.

Free adult GED
classes are offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege 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
second language classes, Monday -
Wednesday from 9 a.m. until noon,
adult basic education/GED, Mon-
day 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 educa-
tion/GED, Monday through Friday,
from 8 a.m. until noon; Yearling
Middle School, 925, N.W. 23 Lane,
English as a second language class-
es, Monday through Wednesday,
from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.; Ever-
glades Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth
St., English as a second language
classes, Tuesday and Thursday
from 6 until 8 p.m.

Child Find
helps kids
Your local Florida Diagnostic
and Learning Resources System
(FDLRS) Center now offers a serv-
ice known as Child Find. Child Find
helps find and identify children up
to 21 years of age who may need
special education services. The pri-
mary focus is on 3- and 4-year-old
children not yet in a school setting.
Child Find provides free screenings
on speech and language, develop-
ment, vision, and hearing. For infor-
mation, contact Debbie Wagner at
(800) 358-8525.


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Brown & 1 dirty white fiber-
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old, on 4/17/06, vic. of Bet-
ter Acres. (863)467-1211

BEAGLES (2) to good home,
must have fenced yard,
spayed, good w/kids & other
animals (863)634-2191
DOG- small female, mixed
breed, spayed, hsebrk, good
w/kids & other animals.
PIT BULL MIX- male, brindle,
free to good home.
(863)675-4697 LaBelle
WATER FILTER includes large
outside pump. Free, you
haul. (863)467-9228

are and employee of the
emergency of this hospital in
January 1969, please con-
tact Dwain Tucker

Em lment ,

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

w/Min. 3 yrs. exp.
Dependable, Clean DL, DFW,
Good pay, Benefits, 401 K.


Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.

Opening for F/T Sales Person.
Apply in person @512 WN
Park St. No phone calls pis.
All shifts. $7/hr-and up.
Also Management
Opportunities Available
Also Taking applications
for Subway at
2398 Hwy 70 West
Call 772-370-1779
COOK: Needed for childcare
center. Call (863)467-5588
or stop by Tender Care
@604 SW 5th St.
Exp./Bllingual Preferred
House, Phone, Lights
Provided. Call
634-1758 or 634-1756
Dickerson needs experienced
Loader/Trackhoe Operator.
Call 772-429-4465
Shop skills required
General repairs for farm equip:
Including heavy equip. Exp
with tools, Valid drivers li-
cense. Drug Free Work
Place. (863)634-9446

Highway 710 West
Call Mr. Lonny Griggs,
Extension 131
For experienced Cook.
Call Sandy @ Ranchers
Restaurant. (863)763-8115
Survey Crew Chief
Hourly pay range $20-$25/hr.
40+ hours/week. Must have
valid D.L. and transportation.
Call 863-357-6688
Must have own bass boat.
863)946-1742 $750 wk +tips
For Infants & Toddlers
Call Wendy at Faith Academy
PreSchool (863)763-8800

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cannot work daytime hours. Must have
clean driver's license. Good pay, benefits
and gas allowance. Advancement
opportunities exist for good people.
Become a part of the Turnpike Team.
Apply at: Ft. Drum Citgo mm 184 Fl.
Turnpike (863)763-9383 DFWP.

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nursing'as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
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View the job announcements and apply online
For assistance with the People First website, you may contact
the applicant customer service at 1 -877-562-7287,
TTY users call 1-866-221-0268.
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Pressure Washing &
Minor repairs.
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
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Urgently needed, attractive
pay and benefits offered.
Call (863)467-9400 or
fax resume to

(2) Must be Highly Experi-
enced. Must have own tools &
references. Will pay $20 per
hour. Call 863-763-8449
HELP NEEDED: Saturday &
Sunday a must. Contact
Barbara at (863)763-4114
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items in
the classified

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and interesting person. No
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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

Independent Newspapers will
never accept any advertise-
ment that is illegal or con-
sidered fraudulent. In all
cases of questionable val-
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guaranteed income from
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true, chances are that it is.
If you have questions or
doubts about any ad on
these pages, we advise that
before responding or send-
ing money ahead of time,
you check with the Better
Business Bureau at
772-878-2010 for previous

Some 800 and 900 telephone
numbers may require an
extra charge, as well as
long distance toll costs. We
will do our best to alert our
reader of these charges in
the ads, but occasionally
we may not be aware of the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.


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

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

*Seamless Aluminum
LIc. # CSL2732.01

Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bic)'6 530
BOKs 9 Magazines535
Building N|.terials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware. Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies.
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy '710

A/C WALL UNITS- 2, 5000
BTU's, Works well, $130. or
will separate.
hardly used. As is. $800 Call
Steve (239)564-2173 La-
. Belle
room, $175.

1800's, Excellent condition,
$500. or best offer.
BARBER CHAIR, Antique, Mfg.
by Emil J. Padair Co. Pat #
1594408-1594409. Good
cond. $800 (863)697-0328
ROCKER- Solid, Walnut, Fold-
ing. Seat 14/2", Back 19",
Padded seat & back $50.
About 100 years old. $1200
or best offer for both or will

$50, (863)675-2404 after
freezer, white, exc cond,
$250 cash (863)357-3026
cf, Frost free. glass sliding
shelves, 18 mo old, $200
863)635-5826 Frostproof

cu ft, $100 (863)946-3822
old, like new, $400

COFFEE POT- 10 cup Farber
Ware, like new, $20

Heavy Duty, Metal. $220.

1-9X2X13.5FT, 1
9x2X15.5FT, 5 2X2X8FT Up-
rights $150 (863)467-8830
Type. Fits opening 21V2 x
53'/2. $50. (863)675-5929
21" Marble, w/sink & faucet.
$30. (863)763-8548.
w/handles & hinges, 1 pr
. 24x20, 5pr 32x20, 1pr
32x28, $45 (863)763-1997
PLYWOOD- Hurricane Ready
various sizes, full and half
sheets, with 3/4 -1/4, $200
takes all (863)467-8.681
ROOF SHINGLES- 10 packs,
$150. will separate.
assembled walls & 4x8x10
roof panels. $500.
(772)579-1322 Okee.
SHUTTERS, Heavy, Wooden,
4 panels. 171/2x61. $50.
WINDOWS (6) aluminum
crank outs 29.5W x 52"L
with screen, $25

STEPS, w/rail 3 risers, $30.

BABY CRIB- Brand new, no
mattress. $40.

CLOTHES, Little Girls, size.
6-8, Designer. 502items. All
for $500 or Jilll sell sep.

Deck, 1992 over 3000 mint
cond., $45 (863)697-8547
Merry Wanderer, Apple Tree
Boy, Just Resting (handle
broke) $225 (863)801-3344
S 1041 Sets) asking $2500

Win XP + lots of programs
& games. $175.
WEB TV- computer w/2 key-
boards, $75 (863)902-0257

BR SUITE- 5pc, Golden Har-
vest, Simmons bedding, bed,
2 dressers, stands, mirror,
chest, $800 (863)467-8481
$60. (863)763-0486 After
$25. (863)467-9228
ble w/3 leafs, seats 4-10, 6
chairs, buffet & hutch. $600.
(239)822-5955 LaBelle
DINING TABLE Drop leaf sol-
id wood, circa 1950's. $100
(863) 467-7676
DRESSER Large, 9 drawers.
Antique handles, exc. cond.
Hard wood. $30

D/RM TABLE- Claw foot, leaf,
4 chairs, China cab. hutch
$175. 863-635-0843 or
Bush, for 32" tv. Like new.
$125. (863)697-6077
FUTON BUNK BED, w/match-
ing desk. Full sz bottom &
single sz on top. 8" mattress.
$225. (863)357-3863
HIDE-A-BED: Queen, Green &
White w/matching chairs.
Good condition. $125.
MEXICAN BAR Light green
wood w/ overhead stem
glass holder. $150.
QUEEN BED- light wood, Sea-
ly Post matt, dresser w/mir-
ror, chest, 2 nite stands
$1300 (863)763-9410
RECLINER- Lazy Boy, Mauve.
Like new. $60.
(763)763-0486 after 6pm
ing, cream w/black bkgrd.
5'x2'6, $100 for both.
SOFA & 2 CHAIRS- cream col-
or, dark oakwood trim, good
cond. Need cleaning, you
move, $125 (863)467-8112
SOFA- full length, light colors.
Used only 3 months. Like new!
Reduce to $225. Please call
old. Pd. $2000, asking,
$1500 or best offer.
(863)634-5821 call any-
w/mattress. White, $40 or
best offer. (863)467-8723
WALL UNIT Cherry wood,
has curved glass doors; paid
$1500.sell $350 or best of-
fer (954)448-8253
$75. (863)763-8943 '
ask for Tracy

new, has leg extension, paid
over $2000, will sell for
$800. (863) 467-7676

w/surrounding diamonds,
$500 (863)675-7105 or
EARRINGS Ladies, Peacock
design. Hand made in Hong
Kong 24K, 100 yrold. $450
neg. (863)634-9620 Okee .

TOR- Digital, Wrist, Brand
new. Never been used.
$39.99 (863)467-1120
LIFT CHAIR, Good condition.
$350. (863)801-4949
LIFT CHAIR- Pride. Great con-
dition $375. Firm
POWER CHAIR- Jet 3, Fairly
new, Works great. Excellent
condition $400.

very little. Like new $100.
PENS & PENCILS (2) asking
$15 (863)634-1374

gig bag and electric hook up,
$1200 or best offer
GUITAR, Electric, Fender
Statocaster w/Fender 15R am-
plifier. $250. (863)673-3860
ORGAN- Galbransen Electron-
ic, $250 (863)946-3822
Organ, Hammond Model 134,
Composer Series, w/bench
& instruction books, $130.
PIANO: SAMICK, White, w/
Bench & music. $500. or
best offer. 863-763-0867

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PAINT MARE- 4-5yr old, green
broke. Sweet disposition.
$1000 or best offer.
GELDING- 14yrs old, 15.2,
great disposition, gentle, kid
safe $1800 (863)763-4257
SADDLE- 13" All around, Used
4 times, out grown, Like new
$250. (863)261-1932

of 5' fencing, (2) 6' gates,
some poles. $100 Must take
all. (863)357-6315
of 4ft. w/ (2) 3ft. gates and
approx. 12 poles. $100 must
take all. (863)634-0465

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CHINCHILLAS 2 males, 2 fe-
males. $75 each.
AKC, 8 wks. old. Ready to go
w/health certificates. 1 Female,
5 Males. $625.863-674-0474
DACHSHUND, Male, 6 months
old. Indoor Dog. Pure Bred.
$375. For more info. please
call (863)763-3349
spayed, 3yrs old, home must
have fenced yard $50
AKC, 4 male,'1 fem., 1st shots
& wormed, blk/tan, parents on
prem., $600. (863)447-6619
PUPPIES, AKC, $350. each.
playpen on top. Good condi-
tion $85. (863)357-0037

POOL TABLE- 8', Full size pool
table, great cond. Burgundy
felt, Pool sticks, Many ac-
cess. $675.neg. 634-2094
Garage / Outdoors. Holds Bas-
ket Balls, Baseballs / Bats. Etc.

900 watt max. $120
per tuner car stereo, $150
(863)763-7036 or
(863)697-8906 Paul or Jen
in sealed or ported box.
$120 (863)824-0776

Model AV-32F475, 1 yr old,
perfect condition. $325-Must
Sell. (863)697-6077
TOSHIBA- 31" w/remote
$200. neg. (863)634-9620
Okee area
ft sections, with base, mast
& hardware. $400. or best
offer. (863)675-4201

COMBO SET Ryobi 18v, drill,
circular saw, recip. saw, 2
batts chrgr, & more. Like
new. $100 (863)467-0668
4500 watt, 8.5 hp, 120/240
volt, 142 hrs. $450
GENERATOR: Craftsman,
3600 watt, 4 gal., 7.0hp,
5300 surge watts. Still in
box. $500. (863)763-9527
1-3100w & 1-1500w $525.
Firm. 863-763-7950 or
SCROLL SAW, 16". $75
TOOLS- Hand tools, Ladder,
Yard tools & more! Take all
for $150.(863)635-0474
WELDER, Hobart: 49 hrs. on
Hobbs Meter. $2500.

AWNINGS, will remove,
(863)824-2248 ask for Kurt
ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell coins &
paper money 239-693-4891
WANTED- Used trailer for 20ft
Pontoon boat, in good cond.
reasonably priced


Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm FeedProductes 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn 6 Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

Deere 440, w/shuttle, $200

BAY MARE 8 yrs. old. Thor-
oughbred, rides good, up to
date on shots, loads, clips.
$2500 neg. (863)509-3446

LAWN TRAILER: New, 3x4 Ft.,
Stainless Steel w/Balloon
Tires. $150. (863)357-5754
MTD CLASSIC- 46" cut, needs
lower deck & battery, $100
PUSH MOWER- Briggs &
Stratton, 5.0 HP, Gold Se-
ries, $50 (863)675-2404 af-
.ter 4:30 pm.
RIDING MOWER- 6 mos old,
asking $800 (863)467-6030
Wheel Horse, 44" cut, $650
42", with 15HP Kohler mtr,
$225 (863)675-0548
TURF ROLLER- 4ft, asking
$100 (863)357-3981

HOGS (3) domestic, ready to
butcher. $450 for all or will
separate. (863)467-6960.


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. to
move in. Call (863)763-9225
or stop by 406 SW 2nd St.
EFFICIENCY: Off Hwy. 70.
Fully furnished w/util., dishes,
linen, etc. $800 mo. + 1st,
last & sec. (863)801-4949
Utilities paid. Adult Commu-
nity. No pets Call between 9-4
pm daily (863)357-2044
$450. mo. includes electric.
$300 sec. dep.

Immediately, Newly furnished,
New carpet. Pool, Tennis &
Boat dock. 1 br, 1 ba, $800
+ until. Annual lease
215-359-7779. Really Nice!

3/2 also 3/1 avail, new cond.,
Ig yards, good neighborhoods,
$1400 &$1300/mo.
B.H.R.- CBS, 2br, 2ba, 2 car
gar. New carpet, Tile, Kit. w/2
boat cover slip $1400. mo +
1st & sec. 863-467-7562
OKEE., 2br, 2ba, Lg Family rm.
on water. Community pool
$1000. 1st, Last & Sec.
OKEECHOBEE- 2/1, in town,
new tile/carpet, 1st, last,
sec, $800/mo:
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1- Brand
new, tile throughout, -
$1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets

Professional Office space for
rent, HWY 441 North, Approx
1200 sq ft: For more info
Call (863)763-6496
When you want something
sold, advertise In the

OKEE. Female preferred. Privi-
leges Kit. Internet access.
W/D, Big yard. $400. mo. +
util. 561-317-8428

OKEECHOBEE Furnished Rm.
Single occupancy. Utilities in-
cluded. $150 wk. + 1st & last
mo.sec dep (863)467-0771

Real Estate |

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
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CITY: 2BR, 1BA 1106 NW 3rd
St. Wood Frame Home. City
Water & Sewer. $47,000.
Cash. (863)467-8038
Five acre fenced property on
paved road. Energy efficient
poured concrete construc-
tion. 2BR/2BA, 1 car garage
w/porch & heated spa. Lg.
pond, steel outbuildings
w/workshop & 2 fenced pas-
tures. Hurricane shutters
incl., $439,900. Sellers will
look at all offers! Call Vicky
Yatsko, Monarch Realty
Group. (772)485-5222
J & S ESTATES- 11 yr old
frame house 2BR/2BA, w/gar.
500 sq ft. Rec. room, Pool,
Steam cabinet, Sauna cabinet
Treadmill & Weight equip
$155,000. Broker protected.
(772)597-6158 or
Bdrm., 2 Ba., Garage, In the
city. Large yard. $1000. mo.
$144,900. Convert SWMH
2br 2ba New roof & paint on
private lake Only minutes
from lake Okee. Bring offers
Call Levi Von Zamft
Keller Williams Realty
2 Ba. Homes of Merit. Has
carport. Nice quiet area. Call
or more info. (719)325-9595

40 ACRES- Near town, High
Iroujrni w ,i 1 frontage &
?li.Inci 3v)ioible Great buy
at $575,000. Call Tom
OKEE. 5 ac on Airpark Strip,
Paved road. in Cul-De-Sac 5
Bay gar. W/well, pump, tank.
Lg house pad & driveway.
Fenced / X-fenced. Pond,
Beautiful neighborhood
$243,950. 561-222-9204

WANTED- vacant land to lease
monthly for responsible
couple to target shoot. Have
refs (772)336-6093

Mobile Homes

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

LaBelle, '80, 24x56, 3br, 2ba
In Great shape. New Kit.
i lbirirel I loo, r .10 (110
' ."63'GTS- 665
MOBILE HOME: '91 4/2 Wind
Zone. Fixer upper. Must be
moved. For more info. $5500
or best offer. (863)228-6822
PARK MODEL -furnished
8X35, W/2 tip outs, center
tip out closed in, 8x35
screen room, Adult Pk, Van-
tage Oak, Lot 83, $6000

2/2 Split Floor
Screened Patio
Carport & Shed
Low Lot Rent


Boats 3005
Campers/RVsa 3010
Jet Skits 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Spo,-t Vehioles.ATVs 3035

Challenger2 exc shape
needs motor & seats. $800.
ask for Nick 863-697-8108
PONTOON, 24', 90hp John-
son, bimini top, no trailer,
ready to fish or cruise, $3000
or best offer. (863)634-3107
or (863)634-5471 "
PONTOON BOAT- 2Oft, trir
incid, 60HP Yamaha, new
CD, ready to fish, $5000 neg

1986, 27', exc. cond., $900.

Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1 060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

22 Ft., Dual Axel w/Air Condi-
tioning. $2500 or best offer.
MOTORHOMES, (2), not run-
ning but good drive train,
You Haul. $100 will sell sep-
arately. (863)465-6248

Sunline, '05 T2499, 0 trip
miles, exc. cond., $19,000
or best offer. (863)357-2891
after 3pm
ST225-75R15 D Rated. Good
tread. Look new. $150 for all,
will sep. (863)467-6696

2002, 55 Ibs. thrust Excellent
shape. $300. or best offer.
651b thrust; w/foot controls,
never used still in box, $350.
neg (561)744-9031

HONDA 400R '00, 4 cycle Dirt
Bike, Never raced. Excellent
shape. Many extra's! $3100 or
best offer. 863-801-1620
MINI CHOPPER- really good
cond, paid $800 asking
$500 (863)673-1877
SCOOTER- '04 Honda Elite 80,
Excellent condition. 1300ml.
Red, $1700 (863)763-6646
YAMAHA TTR125, 2001, off
road, excel. cond. $1300

SUZUKI LT 80, 4 wheeler,
runs good, very good cond.,
oversized tires, $650.
2005, Under warrantee.
$1700 or best offer.

SKYLINE, Nice, Sleeps 6,
$2500. (772)579-1322


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utmity 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

or best offer. (863)467-1484
Ask for Linda :i leave mess
CADILLAC '92-high miles,
very go o condo. $2000

runs good, needs bodywork,
$1000 or best .offer
TRY '98, 62K mls. Good con-
dition. 1 Owner. Book=$6850
Asking $5800.863-467-1301
JAGUAR '02 X-type, great
condition, 33,200k, loaded,
w/rims. Needs tires. $18,000
neg. (239)462-2678 Felda
V6, auto, good shape, needs
transmission, $400.
MAZDA MIATA, '01, red, 23k
mi.,, $15,500.
a/c, V6, auto, nice in & out,
good tires, $3000 neg.
NISSAN 300TX 1990, Asking
$4000 or best offer.

NISSAN STANZA 1985, Cherry
condition. Runs good for 20
year old car. $1200 cash.
Low mi, Leather, Loaded. All
power, Prem. wheels, Spoil-
er $9500. (863)697-2906
runs good, needs brakes,
$1000 or best offer
(863)697-6384 after 5pm
PT CRUISER- '02, 5 spd, CD,
Tape, Radio, fog lamps,
cruise, AC, Silver, $8400
SATURN SC1 1995 $3500 &
CHEVY NOVA 1977 w/New
Motor & Trans. $6000. Call
(863)634-3797 for moreinfo.
and int. in good cond. Engine
needs work. Good for parts.
$300 (863)673-0645
TOYOTA CAMRY, '95, needs
work or good for parts, body
in good cond., $300 or best
offer. (863)673-0645
cyl, auto, good tires, cold
a/c, $1500 or best offer.




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

Okeehobe Neues~ aws, I ~uesy, Arie-o.,mui co

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New mufflers, Battery, Tune
Up. Exc. cond. Beautiful car.
$8500 863-357-7214 after 5p

BRONCO, 4x4, 1978, orig.
owner, $2495
JEEP CJ5 1973, 4x4, V8.
Original condition. $8000.

CLUB CAR, '03, new condi-
tion, windshield, curtains,
fans, $2500. (863)697-1350
or (863)763-2063
EZ GO, '97, 3 wheeler, good
cond, good batt & charger
$750 (863)697-1350 or
GOLF CART- Club car, electric,
green w/ top no charger,
1095 (863)675-1472

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classi-
fleds and make your
clean uo a breeze

CAR DOLLY, '04, like new,
used 2 times, $875 or best
offer (863)697-9704
ENGINE & TRANS- '97 Toyota
Corrola 1.8, runs good cond.
low miles, $600
FORD F150 '79- 351 Windsor,
engine good for rebuild,
good trans, body rough,
300 (863)675-2759
Blown trans. New tires, cold
a/c, new exhaust, p/w,
cruise. $500 (239)368-6771
parts. You tow. $300 firm.
(863)467-1484. Ask for
Linda or leave mess.
POSI DIFF 8.5" GM, $150 or
best offer. Call
RIMS & TIRES (4) Off Audi, 4
lug, 50% tread, asking $50
RIMS (4) 16 x 8Dodge, 8lug,
stock alloy rims, w/center
caps, $150 (863)675-0188
TIRES, (4), Dunlop GT Qualifi-
er, P255/70/R15, $100.

TIRES- (4) brand new
7.00-15LT. Power Kings
Mud Tires, $200 firm
a Geo Metro. $150 or best
offer. (863)735-1753
TOW BAR- Stowmaster, Used
on a Saturn, Can be adapted
to any vehicle. $150.
7004R, $300 or best offer.
Call (863) 467-8856

CAMPER TOP- For a Ford
F-150. In. Great cond. It is
not the aluminum type.
$250. (863)674-0825 LaBelle
DODGE 1500, '03, auto, a/c,
tow pkg., 27k mi., $17,500.
DODGE RAM 25001997, Ext.
Cab w/Cummins diesel. Long
bed w/goose neck hitch.
$5995 (863)673-0648
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the world around you.
No wonder newspaper
readers are more suc-
cessful people

FORD F150 '87 Runs good.
Need to sell! $900 or best
offer. Call Deanne anytime.
FORD PU '90- 302 eng, needs
minor work, $700 or best of-
fer (863)673-1625 LaBelle
4.3 V6, Cold A/C. $1500 or
best offer. (863)697-8136
cond, Needs motor & trans-
mission. Good Cab, bed, in-
terior,$1,500 772)519-3979
GMC SONOMA PU, '92, 6 cyl.,
auto, cold a/c, economical &
well maintained, $2450.
TONNEAU COVER- Hinged, for
full size PU, short box, $150
-TOYOTA- '87, 2WD, 4 cyl, Au-
to, A/C; Excellent condition
$2500. (863)632-9166

GMC YUKON '02- fully loaded,
59K, $14,000,
Runs good, cold a/c. $2000
or best offer. (863)467-8723

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w/3' dove tall, tandem axle,
electric brakes. $1500.
EQUIP TRLR- 20ft, 5th wheel,
ramps, tool box, 8 x 14.5
tires, 2 axle, $2200
Love the earth Recycle
your used Items by sell-
ing them In the classi-

99 Some damage/mech.
probs., am/fm/cd, p/l, p/w,
a/c. $600 (863)763-0920
Runs Great. Dependable.
Asking $800.
VAN 1993, Excellent transpor-
tation. Very cold A/C. Asking
$2000 neg. (863)357-6847

Need a few more bucks to
purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
sell your used Items In
the classilfelds.

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 560

To Jose Lopez & Cheny Auto Sale:
Your vehicle a 1997 Chev Blazer VIN
#1GNOT13W3V-2259731 will be sold
by A&B Towing & Repair, 72 N. Parrott
Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972. Pursu-
ant to Florida State 713.18 for unpaid
Repairs & Storage. Sale will be within
30 days.
130108 ON 4/25/00

There will be a meeting of the Okeecho-
bee County Agri-Civic Center Advisory
Committee on Thursday, April 27,
2006 at 6:00 p.m. In the County Ad-
ministration Aonex meeting room, 456
Highway 98 North, Okeechobee, Flor-
Any person deciding to appeal any deci-
sion made by the Committee / Task
Force with respect to any matter con-
sidered at such meeting will need a
record of the proceedings, and that,
for such purpose, he or she may need
to ensure that a verbatim record nf the
proceedings Is made, which record In-
cludes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal sto be based.
Mark Brapdel, Chairman
Agd-CMvc Center Advisory Committee
130234 ON 4/25/06


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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet In regular
session on Tuesday May 9, 2006 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee Utility Au-
thority Offices, 100 S.W. 5th. Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, If a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need
a record of proceedings, and for such purpose, may need to ensure that a verba-
tim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal is based. Such person may provide a court re-
corder, stenographer, or atape recorderforsuch verbatim record.
JohnI. Hayford
Executive Director, OUA
129892 ON 4/25/06

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Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell

Playing a game of soccer
Fourth grade students at South Elementary School play a
game of soccer ball during Field.Day on Friday, April 21.

Career Day
Thursday, April 20, was Career Day at Central Elementary
School. Local business and professional people came to
the school to speak to the students and put on demon-
strations. Here Candice Pope with the American Red
Cross shows first grader Austin Margerum around the
Red Cross disaster relief van.

Lake Okeechobee has

reached target elevation

Army Corps of Engineers, Jack-
sonville District announced that
the target elevation of 14.0 feet
on Lake Okeechobee was
reached this week. The Corps'
goal was to reach the 14-ft. ele-
vation by May 1.
Jacksonville District achieved
this goal under a deviation to the
Lake Okeechobee regulation
schedule, authorized by its
South Atlantic Division. The devi-
ation allowed the use of up to
Level 1 pulse releases, which
mimic rainfall event flows, from
Lake Okeechobee. Additional
contributing factors included
normal water supply releases
performed by the South Florida
Water Management District
(SFWMD) and dry weather pat-
terns over the last four months.
"We- are pleased to have
reached this milestone well in
advance of our goal. Based on
projections for rainfall and sur-
face evaporation, this puts us on
track to be well below 14 feet by
June 1," said Col. Robert M. Car-
penter, commander of Jack-
sonville District. "This achieve-
ment is indicative of the
management decisions we make
every day, as we listen to the pub-
lic's concerns and as we prepare
for the 2006 hurricane season.
Achieving the 14-ft. level now
minimizes the need for subse-
quent larger regulatory releases
later in the season, improves eco-
logical conditions for both Lake
Okeechobee and the St. Lucie and
Caloosahatchee estuaries, and
provides for public safety."
The Corps is currently studying
and considering changes to the
Lake Okeechobee regulation
schedule, with the intent to
improve management of the lake

based on data collected over the
past few years. As.part of its ongo
ing analysis, the Corps has
received and listened to public
concerns for the environmental
health of the lake and estuaries
and is considering near term
changes to address environment
tal needs. The Comprehensive
Everglades Restoration Plan
(CERP) contains future projects
that will contribute significantly to
the goal of lowering lake levels.
"An interim change to the
Lake Okeechobee Regulatiol
Schedule will maximize the
potential for flood protection ant
provide better ecological balance
for the ecosystem, yet will no
impact navigation and water sup
ply," said Carpenter. "It will pro
vide more opportunities for the
kind of decision-making tha
allowed us to set and reach ou
goal of 14-ft. elevation, and main
tain lake elevations within thei
optimum range."
It is expected that the current
dry season will result in a contain
ued drop in the lake's level ove
the next month or two. The Corp
will continue to utilize pulse
releases authorized under the cur
rent deviation, as necessary, to
'further ensure the environmental
health of the lake and the stability
of the Herbert Hoover Dike a
hurricane season approaches.
Further information, including
water level data and flows for Lak
Okeechobee and the Central and
Southern Florida Project, can b
found on the Jacksonville Distric
web site, water management page
For further information, pleas
call the Jacksonville District Corpo
rate Communication Office at 904
232-2236 or (cell) 904-614-4976.

Fundraiser aids Hospice residence
Hospice of Okeechobee is currently raising funds for their residence,
The Hamrick Home. They are selling tickets for a 2006 20-foot Shearwa-
ter boat complete with a 150hp, four-stroke EFI Suzuki outboard and an
aluminum trailer. Tickets can be purchased for $50 each at Eli's Western
Wear, Elite Title, Gilbert Chevrolet,-Lakeshore Marine, Don's Appliance,
Riverside National Bank, Quail Creek Plantation and Hospice of Okee-
chobee. Only 1,500 tickets will be sold. Drawing will be held on July 4. For
information, call Theresa Davis at (863) 467-2321.

Fundraiser benefits burn center
Tickets for a 2006 Cadillac CTS that will be given away at 7 p.m. on
Dec. 15 at the Amara Shrine Center are now available at the Okeechobee
County Chamber of Commerce office at 55 S. Parrott Ave. Donations for
the benefit are not tax deductible. For information, contact the Chamber
of Commerce at (863) 763-6464. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to
Shriner's programs.

Church changes its name
Parrott Avenue Christian Church is now known as the Westside Chris-
tian Church of Okeechobee, and is located at 8082 S.R. 70 W. The minis-
ter is Richard Barker and the Associate Minister is Willard Delaney. Sun-
day services begin at 10 a.m., while Sunday Bible School starts at 9 a.m.
Wednesday night prayer meetings begin at 6 p.m. A nursery is provided.
For information, call (863) 467-2278.

Groups planning Halloween celebration
Okeechobee Main Street, in conjunction with the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office, Okeechobee City Police Department, Okeechobee
Board of County Commissioners, Okeechobee City Council and the
Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce, are organizing an alternative to
door-to-door Trick-or-Treating. If your group or organization would like
to be a part of this community-wide Halloween alternative to be held
downtown in the park areas please e-mail Toni Doyle, promotions direc-
tor for Okeechobee Main Street Inc., at promotion@mainstreetokee- Please provide a contact name and phone number. If you
are interested in making a monetary or prize donation, please call (863)

Upthegrove family reunion planned
The Liplhegrove family reunion is being planned and will be held in
Fort Pierce. If you are a member of the Upthegrove family in Okee-
chobee, please call Pat Adams at (615) 89.3-3236.

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 interested 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
seniors 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
e includes a numbered certificate and historical information. Each orna-
- ment is $15. All proceeds from the sale of the ornaments will go to the
s ORE scholarship. To purchase call: Kay McCool, (863) 763-2829; Gay
c Carlton, (863) 763-5755; Paulette Whipple, (863) 467-2487; Marion
I Davis, (863) 763-3991; or Regina Hamrick, (863) 763-8865.
n Martha's House office has moved
- Martha's House Administrative and Outreach Office have moved to
e their new location at 103 N.W Fifth St., Suites 4 and 5, next door to the
s Medicine Shoppe.

o CAP looking for senior members
e The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force Auxil-
n iary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Composite
e Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members and cadets
d are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18 are
e eligible. Senior members are needed to administer the unit and provide
)t supervision for the cadets. The three main missions of the Civil Air Patrol
- are emergency services, aerospace education and cadet programs.
- Senior members and cadets work side by side to accomplish these mis-
e sions. If you are interested in becoming a cadet or senior member. con-
It tact Gene O'Neill at the Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center,
r (863) 763-3212.
ir Class of'97 plans reunion
Anyone interested in helping out with planning of the Okeechobee
it High School Class of 1997 reunion is asked to e-mail
s Regions accepts Red Cross donations
e All Regions banks can now accept donations to the American Red
r- Cross disaster relief efforts. Cash and checks will be accepted at any
o Regions bank. Locally, Regions Bank is located at 305 E. N. Park St.
l Checks must be written to the American Red Cross Hurricane Wilma Dis-
y aster Relief Fund, and the customer will be given a Red Cross receipt.
Martha's House collecting cell phones
g Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
i Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If you
e have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop them off
et at their administrative office at 103 N.W. Fifth St-.
e, Church offers program for families
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. will hold
e classes on Tuesday mornings from 10 until 11:30 a.m. for patents and
pre-school children. The curriculum will explore God's word through
4- activity centers. There will also be a special class for parents. For informa-
tion or to register, call Angela at (863) 763-4021.

Parenting classes are offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be presenting par-
enting education classes. All pregnant women and parents are
encouraged to attend. For specific dates, information and to register
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 offer-
ing a short term study program. The Forty-Sixty is based on.Disciple-
ship Resources literature by Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. and Craig Ken-
neth 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.

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) 763-4242.

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, Mon-
day through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are
also looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board
member of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate
well with the public 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 informa-

Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, is now available to offer free pregnancy testing to girls
and women of all ages. We offer free and confidential pregnancy
tests, peer counseling, referrals for a free ultrasound, parenting
classes and abstinence education. Operating hours are from 10 a.m.
until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parenting classes are held
at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. 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)

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
second 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 Fri-
day, 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
internet. For the dates and times of these classes, contact the Okee-
chobee County Library at (863) 763-3536.

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

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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Pursuant to Section 287.055, Florida Statutes, the State of FIlrida's Consultants
Competitive Negotiations Act, and the State Requirements or Educational Fa-
cilites (SREF), tDie District Board of Trustees of Indian River Community College
wi consider contracting of a CONSTRUCTION MANAGER (CM) for providing
professional services tforthe following construction project:
The project will consist of:
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Business eess en Interested In providing construction managementservices to Indian
River Community College (IRCC) are hereby notified that their Statement of
Qualifications for providing the required services must e received by the deadline
o200 om localt time Tuesday May 16 2006 in the IRCC Facilities Plannino
Officeat 3209 Virainia Avenue Building 'S"' Room 233 Fort Pierce Florida
Instructions for completion and submission of the Construction ManagementState-
ment of Qualifications may be obtained at the IRCC Facilites PlnninOffice,
3209 Vlrgtnia Avenue, Building IS', Room 233, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981-5596;
oe preferred to e-mail your request to oivevalr.efdu ; r by calling the Facilities
Otce at 772-462-7360.
IRCC reserves the right to waive any informality In the selection process and to re-
ject any or all Statements of Qualficatons.
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12 The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 25,2006

Airboat muffler education

continues through June 30

Florida airboat owners have a
few more months to ensure their
crafts have automotive-style muf-
flers installed on the boats' engine
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) approved the enforce-
ment protocol last year, effective
June 30.
An education campaign for air-
boat owners will continue
through June 30. After that date,
FWC officers have the option to
issue written warnings or cita-
tions for failure to use the appro-
priate muffling devices.
Registered airboat owners in
Florida should have received a let-
ter and brochure explaining in
detail the law enforcement proto-
col airboats must have automo-
tive-style mufflers or a muffling
system designed and installed to

abate exhaust sounds and gases
emitted from an internal combus-
tion engine.
Anyone who has yet to receive
a letter and brochure, or who
needs additional copies, should
call Brian Rehwinkel at (850) 488-
5600; or, e-mail him at
State law requires vessels'
engine exhaust to be muffled
effectively in a reasonable man-
ner. Individual counties may
enact additional ordinances to
restrict vessel sound to 90 deci-
bels at 50 feet.
Researchers examined sound
levels from different styles of muf-
flers including exhaust and
intake manifold mufflers and dif-
fering propeller designs at vari-
ous operating speeds and dis-
tances from an observer. They
determined that several compo-

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nents, when used together, could
provide the needed incremental
improvements to reduce airboat
sound levels significantly. They
include mufflers, wide-blade pro-
pellers and prop-speed reduction.
Historically, flex-pipe flexi-
ble tubing that diverts engine
exhaust behind the boat has
been widely accepted as a rea-
sonable device for muffling
sound. Newly released scientific
research reveals flex-pipe does
not meet Florida's muffling'
requirements. ,
"Your Guide to Safe and Cour-
teous Airboat Operation," a
brochure included with the letter,
discusses additional methods to
further reduce sound levels and
includes the Airboater Code of
Ethics, tips on courtesy and prop-
er outdoor stewardship.


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Contractors symposium
Contractors and vendors gathered at the Okeechobee High School Auditorium on Thurs-
day, April 20, for an AccelerS Construction and Business Outreach Symposium spon-
sored by the South Florida Water Management District. Contractors and venders learned
the procedures and requirements for bidding to provide goods and services in connec-
tion with the $1.5 billion Acceler8 construction program that involves accelerating the
funding, design and construction of eight projects that are part of the overall Everglades
restoration project. Information was also presented on job training for the specific jobs
required. Frank Ferrano, construction services manager for Acceler8, gave those assem-
bled an overview of the various projects involved in the program.

Report: Boating deaths increased

in '05 by people falling out of boats

Florida saw boating deaths previous year and resulted in 29
rise in 2005 to the highest num- incidents and 30 victims. Of
ber reported in 10 years. those victims, 79 percent of fatal
The majority, of the increase falls overboard involved an
was victims falling overboard, open motorboat or some other
according to the Florida Fish small, unstable craft.
and Wildlife Conservation Com- Additionally, 69 percent of
mission's (FWC) newly fatal falls overboard occurred
released 2005 Boating Accident on calm, inland waters; 93 per-
Statistical Report. cent of the victims drowned (63
Eighty people lost their lives percent of those reportedly
in 69 incidents last year, a. 15 could swim); none of the
percent increase from 2004. drowning victims were wearing
"We are very concerned or using a life jacket; and, 53
about the upward trend in boat- percent were at least 51 years
ing fatalities," said FWC Captain old.
Richard Moore. Florida's boat- "As for the deaths." Moore
ing law administrator. "Espe- said, "the simple act of wearing
cially given the fact the vast a life jacket is your best insur-
majority of these are easily pre- ance on the water. Our stats
ventable. show that it's mostly s\vimmers
"Paying attention to what's who are drowning when they
going on around your boat is unexpectedly end up in the
very. important, -since many water."
accidents are the result of a col- Sandy Morone and Gay Kite
lision with another vessel or of Ocala outlived their sons,
fixed object," he added. who drowned in a boating acci-
In 2005, falls overboard dent Dec. 19, 2004, on Half
increased 53 percent over the Moon Lake in the Ocala Nation-

al Forest. Their sons, Allan
Michael Morone, 22, and John
Edward Ray, 23, failed to wear
life vests. Their bodies-were not
recovered for more than a
"You don't think it will hap-
pen to you," Morone said. "You
think it will happen to someone
else. I'm living, but I'm not liv-
ing the same- ay."
Kite agrees with Morone on
the importance of wearing a life
"I do know, as a mother who
has lost her son, these accidents
caanbe prevented," she;said.
The report documents statis-
tics for. each county, including
the number of accidents sepa-
rated by type of vessel; number
of registered vessels for each
county; accidents by time of
month and day; cause of inci-
dent; operator education; and,
various other information.
The report is available online
through the FWC Web site at

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