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Okeeciho bee News

Vol.97 No. 139 Friday, May 19,2006 50M Plus tax


Student to compete
in HOSA competition
Special to Okeechobee
News/Danielle Mears
Okeechobee High School
student Logan Sippert won
the right to compete in
national Health Occupations
Students of America (HOSA)
competition in Anaheim, Ca.
by placing third in state com-
petition in Daytona Beach.
O.H.S. student to com-
pete in national health occu-
t pations competition
Logan Sippert, a 17-year
old junior at Okeechobee
High School, placed third in
the state in nursing assistant
skills at the Health Occupa-
tions Students of America
(HOSA) competition held on
April 6-9 at Daytona Beach.
Ms. Sippert competed in the
nursing assistant skills event
at this state event. Page 3
FWC establishes
boating safety zones
, Boaters who use the
Okeechobee Waterway with-
in Hendry and Glades coun-
ties should begiil slowing
down and obeying signs or
they could possibly receive a
speeding ticket.
Boaters on. the Okee-
chobee Waterway during the
upcoming week should
notice newly installed boat-
ing safety signage at the
Moore Haven city docks,
Clewiston lock structure and
state Road 29 in LaBelle.
Page 5
Braves beat
Marlins 9-1
No need for a comeback
in this one. Jeff Francoeur hit
two more homers and Jorge
Sosa finally earned a win,
leading the Atlanta Braves
past Florida 9-1 on Thursday
to complete a four-game
sweep of the Marlins.
Chipper Jones, who hit a
walk-off three-run homer in
the 1lth inning the previous
night, picked up three more
RBIs. His two-run single in
the fifth gave the Braves a 5-1
lead, then Francoeur and
Matt Diaz put it out of reach
by homering on consecutive
pitches. Page 6

Drought Index
Current: 565
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

12.91 feet

Lake level
Last Year: .''
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South Florida
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea


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Comics . . . . . .9
Community Events ... 4
Crossword . . . . .10
Obituaries . . . . .3
Opinion ............4
Speak Out . . . . .4
Sports ............ 6.
TV .............. 11
Weather . . . . . .2
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
Community Links. Individual Voices.

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Drainage solution sou

Plan in works
for southern
end of county

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Mark Twain said that everybody
talks about the weather but
nobody does anything about it.
Likewise, everybody is talking
about the drainage situation in the

county. But, unlike the weather,
hopefully, something will be done
about drainage.
City and county officials and
interested citizens gathered at the
Okeechobee County Civic Center
Wednesday May 17 to discuss a
solution to area flooding caused
by excessive rainfall.
The purpose of the meeting
was to explain to the public two
processes that are going on simul-
taneously to try to solve the prob-
lem and to solicit public input.

The engineering firm of Craig
A. Smith is formulating a stormwa-
ter master plan to deal with the
overall drainage situation in the
county. This plan focuses on an
area at the southern end of the
county that includes the City of
Okeechobee and encompasses
most of the population of the
Another firm, PMG Associates,
Inc., economic, marketing and
management consultants, is
studying the possibility of creating

Local hero: Photo raising funds
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a stormwater utility as a vehicle for
funding drainage improvements.
Mark Tomczyk, vice president
of Craig A. Smith, said his firm was
tasked with identifying problem
areas, developing conceptual
plans and prioritizing problems.
He said his task includes identify-
ing permitting and easement
issues, doing a funding analysis
and making recommendations to
city and county officials.
Critical to this study is public
input. Participants in the work-

shop were asked to fill out a six-
question form detailing flooding
problems they have observed.
"In order for this to be success-
ful, we need your input," stated Mr.
He asked people to be as spe-
cific as possible and said that addi-
tional comments could be added
to the form.
"We're looking to get as much
input as we can," said Jim Three-
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Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Rafael Pacheco donates 10 photographs of local people for a Red Cross Local Heroes
silent auction. Five photos are at Rustic Ranch, 123 S.W. Park St., and five are at the
Red Cross office at 323 N. Parrott Ave. Bids will be taken on each photo until June 8.

Photo auction to aid Red Cross

By Audrey Blackwell
Okeechobee News .
Professional photographer
Rafael Pacheco can be considered
a local hero since he is donating
the proceeds of the sale of 10 pho-
tographs to the Red Cross Local
Heroes' campaign.
The photos all of local peo-
ple and places are being sold to
the highest bidder in a silent auc-
tion that is going on until June 8.
Five photos are at Rustic Ranch,
123 S.W. Park St., and five are at the
Red Cross office, 323 N. Parrott
He heard about the fundraiser
at a Main Street meeting and
teamed up with Nancy Gagliardi,
owner of Rustic Ranch, to display
his collection for the auction.
"We want to participate in a
fundraising activity that will keep
See Auction Page 2

Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Five portrait photographs created by local photogra-
pher Rafael Pacheco are on display at Rustic Ranch,
123 S.W. Park St., and five more are at the Red Cross
office, 323 N. Parrott Ave. The portraits are on sale
through a silent auction to raise money for the Red
Cross Heroes program that ends June 8.

Man arrested

after trying

to elude deputies

With the help of some con-
cerned citi-
zens, a man
accused of
operating his
vehicle in a
reckless man-
ner was
arrested after
a brief chase
Tuesday Jamie
evening. Smith
Smith, 29,
Okeechobee, was charged with
the felony of fleeing and attempt-

ing to elude a law enforcement
officer, and the misdemeanors of
driving while license suspend-
ed/revoked and resisting arrest
Smith was booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail under a
$15,000 bond. He has since post-
ed bond.
A report by Deputy Randy
Thomas of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
indicates that he was dispatched
to the Okeechobee Sports Com-

See Arrest Page 2

Local boy's

wish is
By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
As Jeremy Brown and his par-
ents, Janice and Glen Brown, pre-
pare for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to
Hawaii they took time to reflect
on the events of the past five plus
years that led up to Jeremy's wish
being granted by the Children's
Wish Foundation.
Jeremy suffers from a rare
blood condition known as idio-
pathic thrombocytopenic perpu-
ra. (I.T.P.) He was diagnosed with
this condition when he was in the
second grade.
"It was Dec. 29," stated his
mother Janice Brown. "We origi-
nally thought he had chicken pox.
His doctor ruled out chicken pox
and sent us to St. Mary's Hospital
in West Palm Beach for tests. That
was when it was discovered that

he had I.T.P."
I.T.P. limits the amount of
platelets that the body produces.
The body of a normal person has
a platelet count of 100,000 to
450,000. In Jeremy's case, his
platelet count has dropped to
Platelets help a person's blood
to clot. A low platelet count
would allow a person to poten-
tially bleed to death with even the
most minor injury. Low platelets
also result in a suppressed

immune system.
Jeremy went through four
years of intravenous medication
treatment, followed by
chemotherapy for one-and-one-
half years. Finally, last November
doctors tried a new treatment.
Jeremy had to spend one day a
See Wish-Page 2

Okeechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Jeremy Brown (center) and his parents, Janice Brown (left) and Glen Brown (right), are busy
preparing for a trip to Hawaii at the end of May. The trip was a wish of Jeremy's, granted to
him by the Children's Wish Foundation.

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wits, deputy county administrator.
"You know what the problems are
in your areas."
He urged people to get their
friends and neighbors to fill out the
These forms are available at the'
City Hall, 55 S.E Third Ave.: the
Okeechobee County Annex, 499
N.W Fifth Ave.; and at the South
Florida Water Management District
Okeechobee Service Center at 205
N. ParrottAve, Suite 201.
Completed forms can be
returned to the above locations,
faxed to (866) 259-5051 or e-mailed
The deadline for submission of
forms is June 15.
Mr. Tomczyk said the study start-
ed about a month-and-a-half ago
and used data from previous stud-
Mr. Threewits said any data the
county has is being consolidated

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Okeechobee County Commissioner Gene Woods, center, in
white shirt, listens to the speakers at a public workshop held
Wednesday, May 17, at the Okeechobee County Civic Center
to discuss drainage problems in the area. To Mr. Woods' left
are City of Okeechobee Mayor James Kirk and City Council-
man Lowry Markham.

into this study.
"We'll probably identify more
problems than we ever thought we
had," he added.
In response to a question, Mr.
Tomcyzk stated that water quality
would also be considered.
Kathleen Gonot president of
PMG, said her stormwater utility

feasibility study would tie in with
the engineering work Craig A.
Smith is doing. She said her firm
would be concerned with fairness
and equity of rates to be charged to
property owners to pay for
drainage. She also said her firm
would assist the county and city in
developing any required ordi-

Although she
not vet come up

- Business cards needed
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee County Board of County
Commissioners is compiling a collection 6f material to be placed in
a time capsule in front of the new Okeechobee County Judicial Cen-

- ter.

They are requesting that people supply their business cards for
that purpose. The deadline for submitting business cards is June 1.
Business cards can be mailed to the Okeechobee County Adminis-
trator's Office, Room 106, Okeechobee County Courthouse, 106
N.W. Second St., Okeechobee, Fla., 34974; or, bring them in person
to Vicki Smith in the county administrator's office.

i r' s" School board to discuss grants
d e rs OKEECHOBEE In conjunction with the Community Collabo-
rative Council meeting, the Okeechobee County School Board will
S be discussing several grants for the 2006-07 school year.
The meeting will be held in the school board office, 700 S.W. Sec-
ond Ave., on Tuesday, May 23, at 10 a.m.
Grants include: IDEA, Part B-Individual Disabilities Education Act;
S- IDEA Part B-Preschool; Title I-Migrant delinquent and homeless child
b- dren; Title II-Teacher and Principal Training Recruiting Fund; Math
lw and Science Partnerships; Enhancing Education through Technolo-
gy Entitlement; Title Ill-English Language Acquisition, Language
Enhancement and Academic Achievement Act; Title IV Safe and
. "- Drug Free Schools and 21 Century Community Learning Centers;
Title V Innovative Programs; and, Title VI-Rural and Low Income
School Programs.
For information or to provide input, please plan on attending the
said her study has meeting or call Cathleen Blair at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255, for grant
with any numbers, contacts.

they have gotten property records
to examine.
It was noted that there are three
components to a stormwater utility
- maintenance, administration
and capital improvements.
Mr. Threewits said the typical
rate would be several dollars a
Ms. Gonot said the cost depends
on the types of drainage problems
and what type of correction is
Pointing to a large map of the
area, Mr. Tomczyk asked partici-
pants as they left to mark where
they live so he would have an idea
of the areas represented at the
He said there would be another
public workshop, possibly in late
summer, to give the public a gener-
al idea of what they have found. In
September, Mr. Tomcyzk said he
would have to report the study's
results to the city and county.

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 insur-
ance or other assistance.
Your gross household income is at or below the following lev-
els: one person in the household $24,000; two persons -
$27,650; three persons $3 1.100; four persons-- $34,550; five per-
sons $37,300; six persons $40,100; seven persons $42,850;
and, eight persons $45,500.
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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plex on N.W 27th Lane where he
was to meet with the person who
had called the OCSO about the
reckless driver.,
The deputy had been notified'
that he was to look for a red Ford
pickup truck, and the person that
filed the complaint even gave the
OCSO dispatcher the truck's tag
Deputy Thomas states in his
report that he was told by the dis-


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week in the hospital for four weeks
as medication was administered to
him. He had his last treatment on
Dec. 2,2005.
The family is now waiting to see
if the treatment worked. According
to his mother, Jeremy's condition is
listed as life-altering, not life threat-
ening. It is not hereditary. But, he
must be very careful that he does
not injure himself. He does bruise
easily and is susceptible to illnesses
due to his low immune system.
Over two years ago, Jeremy
Brown (then 11-years old) got to
take his first ride in an airplane as


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the money in the community," said
Doris Brown, a sales person at Rus-
tic Ranch. She said that each local
hero is trying to raise money that
will stay in Okeechobee.
"That is especially important
with hurricane season coming,"
Ms. Brown said.
With a range in sizes, the pho-
tos carry a minimum bid of $75 for
small pictures and $175 for large
ones. The fundraising goal is
$1,000 for each local hero, and Mr.
Pacheco said he hopes that each
picture will sell for more than the
minimum bid and bring in at least
a total of $1,000 for the project
The pictures are professional

patcher that the truck belonged to
Smith. The deputy's report goes on
to state that Smith's driver's license
was revoked on Feb. 13, 2006, for a
period of five years.
As he entered the sports com-
plex, Deputy Thomas saidhe saw
the red pickup truck leaving the
After stopping the truck, the
deputy approached the. person
who had called in the report. And
as he approached their vehicle,
Smith drove off, states the report.
Deputy Thomas gave chase, but
eventually lost sight of the truck in
the 1500 block of N.W. 36th Ave.

part of the Okeechobee Kiwanis
Club's T.E.R.R.I.F.I.C. Kid program.
Ray Worley coordinated the plane
ride with fellow Kiwanis member
Joe Hazellief, the owner of the
Cessna 172 airplane.
Shortly thereafter, his oncologist
nominated him to have a wish
granted through the Children's
Wish Foundation. At that time,
Jeremy wanted to visit Washington,
D. C., and meet President George
W Bush. Due to elevated security at
the White House, Jeremy has been
waiting to hear if his wish would be
Meanwhile, 13-year-old Jere-
my's physical activities remain very
limited. He has become a comput-
er and video game whiz. His
favorite computer game is "Guild

renditions of snapshots Mr.
Pacheco took at Lake Okee-
chobee, the Okeechobee 2005
Rodeo and at Buckhead Ridge. All
of the photos are first edition and
were sent to a professional photo
lab in Maryland for development.
They are matted and signed by the
photographer, and if a buyer wants
to change the matte, Mr. Pacheco
said he will sign the new matte.
A professional wedding, pet,
portrait and event photographer
for seven years, Mr. Pacheco said
his best photography is more like
art reflected as "emotional por-
A couple of his photos for the
Heroes campaign look like a high
quality mix of photogranbh -nd
painting, af6fi6er-nas a sepiau,,,
others are in black and white or
color to match the setting.

However, other units began
responding and searching side
streets for the truck.
A short time later Deputy
Thomas was told by OCSO dis-
patch that the truck he was looking
for had crashed on N.W 22nd Ave.
When he arrived at the scene, the
truckwas in the ditch and was now
unoccupied. :
As he and other deputies began
searching for the missing driver,
OCSO Detective Ted Van Deman
found Smith in a wooded area
between N.W 21st and N.W 22nd
The deputy's report goes on to

Wars." He does play tennis. He has
been taking tennis lessons for the
past few years from Okeechobee
High School tennis coach Dave
Recently, the Children's Wish
Foundation contacted Jeremy and
explained that security was still
high in Washington, and since he
has been waiting for over two years
to have his wish'granted, they sug-
gested that he might like to make
another wish. Jeremy chose to trav-
el to Hawaii and visit volcano.
His wish was granted. He and
his family will leave Okeechobee
on May 31. A chauffeur-driven lim-
ousine will pick them up and take
them to the airport. They will be in
Hawaii for eight days. During their
stay they will take a helicopter ride

Donating his work for charity
fundraisers is just one of his charac-
teristics, and he will donate prints
for the K-9 unit at the Moose Lodge
of Buckhead Ridge on Sunday, May
21, and for Martha's House and
Arnold's Wildlife in the future.
Mr. Pacheco has lived in the
Okeechobee area for three years
and currently lives in Buckhead
Ridge. He is a native of Puerto Rico
and served in the U.S. Army as a
medical specialist during the first
Gulf war in the 1990s. After his
four-year stint in the army, he
attended the University of Akron,
Ohio, where he found his "passion
for photography."
He said he has two areas of
intense focus in his photography:
wet u j., in. pets. However, he
enjoyed taking the photos for the
Red Cross fundraiser.

state that several bottles of liquor
were found lying on the ground
under the driver's side door of the
Two witnesses then
approached Deputy Thomas and
told him they were in their home
when they heard the truck slide
into the ditch. When they looked
out of their home to see what had
happened, they saw they driver flee
the scene on foot, as did two pas-
sengers in the truck.
One of the witnesses said the
man that had been handcuffed and
taken away was the driver of the
truck, stated Deputy Thomas.

into a volcano, visit Pearl Harbor
and be the guests of honor at a luau
at the Polynesian Culture Center.
Jeremy has definite plans for the
future. He would like to become a
pediatric physician.
"I feel like I would be a good
doctor. I've been through this, and
feel like I can deal with this better
than most kids," stated Jeremy.
According to his parents, his
oncologist is so impressed with
Jeremy's attitude and ability to
cope that he has suggested that
Jeremy be allowed to volunteer in
his office.
Meanwhile, the family counts
the days until Jeremy's wish
becomes a reality.

"Okeechobee is heaven for
photography Lake Okee-
chobee, rodeos and anything that
involves animals," he said.
For more information about Mr.
Pacheco, call him at (888) 595-
9531 or visit the web at www.cre-
The Red Cross Heroes program
is a fundraising campaign that
helps chapters of all sizes raise rev-
enue from new sources, while
allowing chapters to increase local
awareness of the Red Cross mis-
sion, according to a Red Cross flyer.
Every Hero has a goal of raising
$1,000 and the Heroes committee
helps people find a way to reach
the goal. A Hero photograph will
be part of a newspaper ad and all
Heroes are invited to a Heroes cele-
bration picnic on Friday, June 9.

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Submitted to Okeechobee News/Buddy Mills
Yearling Middle School's FFA Opening and Closing Ceremonies team was successful at sub-
district and district competition. They will compete in June in Orlando for state honors. Team
members are: (left to right), Maci Culligan, Valerie McKee, Mandi Harrison, Emily Wherrell,
Kelsey Burnham, Kaley Dees and Austin Harvey.

The Parliamentary Procedure team of Yearling Middle School has won sub-district and dis-
trict competition. They will compete for state honors at the annual State FFA Convention in
Orlando in June. Team members are: (left to right), Valerie McKee, chair, Kelsey Rodriguez,
Sarah Payne, Reno Hunter, Shyanne Prescott and Austin Harvey, secretary.

Yearling FFA teams continue to bring home honors

The Yearlingl Middle School FFA livestock judging team had a highly successful year winning
several first place awards. They finished up their season by taking third place honors in the
state FFA competition in Plant City. Team members were: (left to right), Austin Harvey, Kaley
Dees, Maci Culligan, and (not pictured); Emily Wherrell.

By Loma JaDionsKi
Okeechobee News
The Yearling Middle School
(Y.M.S.) FFA program continues to
have a very successful year. Two
more teams have qualified for state
competition and another one has
already placed third overall in the
state middle school livestock judg-
ing event in Plant City.
The Livestock Judging team
consisted of four members. They
were Austin Harvey, Kaley Dees,
Maci Culligan and Emily Wherrel.
This team is required to have
learned the body parts of beef
breeding, animals, steers and
swine. The members are knowl-
edgeable in muscle/fat ratio, bone
structure, conformation, breed ori-
gin and breed characteristics.
The proper selection of animals
for breeding, market and slaughter
is required in order to rank them in.
a contest. Each team member
must be able to place classes indi-
vidually. They are then given a set of
questions from all classes. The
highest score from all activities is
the event winner.
The Y.M.S. team started their
season at the Okeechobee FFA
Alumni contest in Dec. 2005, where
they finished in first place, with
Kaley Dees being the high point
individual. They went on to com-
pete at the West Palm Beach Fair
and finished in third place. At the:
Osceola County Fair the team fin-
ished in first place, again with Kaley
Dees as high individual. The team
returned to the Okeechobee Alum-
ni Contest in March, during the

annual livestock show, where they
once again place first, with Kaley
Dees as high individual. They finally
traveled to Plant City for the state
FFA contest, where they finished
third overall in the Middle School
Livestock Judging.category for the
State of Florida.
The Parliamentary Procedure
team was made up of members
Valerie McKee-chair, Kelsey
Rodriguez, Sarah Payne, Reno
Hunter, Shyanne Prescott and
Austin Harvey-secretary. The group
learned to properly conduct busi-
ness in a manner so that all voices
are heard. They also learned that
voting is the proper .way of making
decisions. This career development
club teaches students to respect the
opinions of others, how to properly
persuade members to vote in favor
of, or against, a motion. They learn
to amend motions and rules cor-
rectly. It allows each member to
express their thoughts on the
floored motion.
The Y.M.S. Parliamentary Proce-
dure team won sub-district and dis-
trict competitions. They will com-
pete at the state FFA convention in

Orlando for state honors. This team
is available for demonstrations to
business groups or organizations
by calling Yearling Middle School at
(863) 462-5056 to schedule an
The Opening and Closing Cere-
monies team consisted of team
members, Maci Culligan, Valerie
McKee, Mandi Harrison, Emily
Wherrell, Kelsey Burnham, Kaley
Dees and Austin Harvey.
Business- meetings should be
opened and closed properly in
order to have been an official meet-
ing. Many business and groups
have no proper method of begin-
ning or ending a meeting. This
career development club teaches
students the correct method of
opening and closing a business
meeting. It applies parliamentary
law during the meeting. The Y.M.S.
team was successful at sub-district
and district competition. They will
travel to Orlando on June 6 to com-
pete for state honors. They are
available for demonstrations until
then by calling Yearling Middle
School at (863) 462-5056 to sched-
ule an appointment.

Foundation offers health scholarships

CYPRESS, Calif. Seventy-five
$2,000 scholarships are available
" for Spanish-speakirig, bicultural
S high-school students who want to
pursue careers in the health care
The scholarships, funded by
the PacifiCare Foundation, are
offered on behalf of the United
Health Foundation Latino Health
Scholars program, which helps
educate and encourage Hispanic
and Latino students to pursue
career opportunities in health care.
' High-school seniors with a
minimum grade point average
(GPA) of 3.0 and who are fluent in
Spanish and English are eligible.
Applicants must show proof of
acceptance into a university, com-

munity college or accredited tech-
nical college ahd must be enrolled
in ani approved health care pro-
gram at the time they receive the
scholarship. Applications are due
May 29, 2006, and are available
online at
\'\x .pacificar-l]atin,:.cornm.
"The Office of Minority Health
cites a nationwide shortage of
bilingual and bicultural health care
professionals and calls" for
improvements in recruiting and
retaining minority students into
health care professions," said Rus-
sell Bennett, vice president of Lati-
no Health Solutions at United-
Healthcare. For example, in the
nursing field a recent policy report
by the Online Journal of Issues in

Nursing states that the proportion
of Latino nursing students contin-
ues to lag behind the number of
Latinos in the population.
"Nationwide, many Latinos do
not have access to culturally and
linguistically appropriate care, and
this has a far-reaching effect on
their'health and quality of life,"
Bennett added. "Studies show that
patients respond better when care
instructions are delivered in their
own language and their cultural
background is taken .into
Once again, the Latino Health
Scholars program has been
expanded to include in addition
to the seventy-five (75) $2,000
scholarships two $25,000 Free-

dom Awards for the two most
qualified applicants.
Since it was introduced in 2003,
the Latino Health Scholars pro-
gram has awarded $356,000 to 155
students across the country pursu-
ing diverse health care careers
such as Nursing, Pre-Med, Biology,
Psychology, Biomedical Engineer-
ing and other allied health profes-
"We applaud the United Health
Foundation's commitment to help
pave the way for the next genera-
tion of Hispanic health care profes-
sionals," said Elena Rios, M.D.,
president and chief executive offi-
cer of the National Hispanic Med-
ical Association.

OHS student to compete in national competition

Special to Okeechobee
News/Danielle Mears
Okeechobee High School stu-
dent Logan Sippert won the right to
compete in national Health Occu-
pations Students of America
(HOSA) competition in Anaheim,
Ca. by placing third in state compe-
tition in Daytona Beach.
O.H.S. student to compete in
national health occupations com-

Logan Sippert, a 17-year old
junior at Okeechobee High School,
placed third in the state in nursing
assistant skills at the Health Occu-
pations Students of America
(HOSA) competition held on April
6-9 at Daytona Beach. Ms. Sippert
competed in the nursing assistant
skills event at this state event.
By placing third at this event,
Ms. Sippert qualified for the HOSA
national competition in Anaheim,


Janaria Sania Fortner
Janaria Sania Fortner, infant girl,
was born and died on Sunday, May
14, 2006 at Lawnwood Regional
Medical Center. Baby Janaria is sur-
vived by her mother, Tiesha
Fluellen, and her sister, Janessa
Fluellen Fortner, both of Okee-
chobee. She is also survived by her
great-grandmother, Katherine

chobee; paternal grandmother
Ester Valencia of Mexico.
The family has decided not to
hold visitation or services at this
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton Funer-
al Home and Crematory.
Billie Jeanne Van Wert

Lewis of Ft. Lauderdale. Billie Jeanne Van Wert, age 81,
The family has decided not to of Okeechobee, died May 18,2006.
hold visitation or services. She was born in Iowa City, Iowa
All arrangements are entrusted and moved to Okeechobee in 1989
to the loving care of Bass Okee- from Pompano Beach. She was of
chobee Funeral Home and Crema- the Methodist faith.
tory. Survivors include, her husband,
Howard Everett Van Wert; her son,
JOSe TlOreS Mark Paul Van Wert of Okee-
Jose Torres, infant, was born chobee; daughters Bonita Coultas
and died on Monday, May 15, 2006 of Tyler, Texas, and Becky Stake of
at Florida Hospital Heartland in Viera. In addition, she had four
Sebring. He is survived by his moth- grandchildren and five great grand-
er, Adela Ruiz of Okeechobee; his children.
father, Jose Torres of Okeechobee; Wiegand Brothers Funeral
maternal grandparents, Rogelia Home is in charge of the arrange-
Garcia and Raul Ruiz of Okee- ments.


"I will be going with my dad,
who is very supportive and just as
excited as I am about this opportu-
nity. I am really looking forward to
this. It is the beginning of an amaz-
ing journey in my life," stated Ms.

HOSA is a national organization
for secondary and post-secondary
students enrolled in health occupa-
tion programs. Students from all
local chapters attend regional and
statewide conferences for leader-
ship training, chapter management
workshops and competitive events
that test and recognize the stu-
dents' competencies in their cho-
sen health occupation. Winners of
state level competition then qualify
to attend the national competition.

Submitted to the
Okeechobee News
Logan Sippert

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Community Events

School board to discuss grants
In conjunction with the Community Collaborative Council meet-
ing, the Okeechobee County School Board will be discussing several
grants for the 2006-07 school year. The meeting will be held in the
School Board Office, 700 S.W. Second Ave., on Tuesday, May 23, at 10
a.m. For information or to provide input, please plan on attending
the meeting or call Cathleen Blair at (863) 462-5000, ext. 255, for
grant contacts.

Okeechobee Main Street to meet
Okeechobee Main Street will meet Wednesday, May 24, at noon
for a general membership luncheon at the Brahma Bull Restaurant,
2405 U.S. 441 S.E.

Learning group panel to meet
The finance operations committee of the Early Learning Coalition
will meet May 24, at 10 a.m. at the One Stop Career Center, 2401 S.
29th St., North Portable, in Fort Pierce.

Early Learning group to meet
A full'coalition meeting is planned for the Early Learning Coalition
of Martin and Okeechobee counties, Inc., on May 24, at 1 p.m. at the
One Stop Career Center, 2401 S. 29th St., North Portable, in Fort

Coalition committee will meet
The executive committee of the Early Learning Coalition of Indian
- River, Martin, and Okeechobee counties will meet Wednesday, May
24, immediately following the coalition meeting at One Stop Career
Center, 2401 S. 29th St., North Portable, in Fort Pierce.

Venus Ministries meeting planned
Venus Ministries will meet Thursday, May 25, at the Venus Club-
house, located off of 731 and Clubhouse Road, beginning at 6 p.m.
The program will include gospel music, including the Celebration
Singers from Okeechobee, food and fellowship. The special guest
speaker will be Mary Lanier.

Youth group sponsors dinner
Smoked chicken dinners will be available for a donation of $6
each at the Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Ave., on Saturday, May 26,
beginning,at 11 a.m. It is being sponsored by the church's youth
group. Dinners will include green beans, scalloped potatoes, rolls
and pound cake. To order, call (863) 763-4127 or (863) 467-1750, for
delivery or carry out. Deliveries will be limited to within the city lim-

Putt-putt tourney aids KOA Kid Camp
The third annual Good Habits and Old Spirits Putt-Putt Golf Tour-
nament will be held Monday, May 29, will be held at the KOA Camp-
ground, 4276 U.S. 441 S. Registrations will be taken from 10 a.m.
until 12:30 p.m. at the Good Spirits Liquors, 245 U.S. 441 S.E. No
entries will be accepted after 12:30 p.m. Play will begin at 2 p.m. The
format will be blind draw, two-man scramble. The tournament is for
adults only no one under 21 can enter. All proceeds will go to the
KOA Kid Camp. For information, contact the KOA Campground at
(863) 763-0231.

Youth summer camp planned
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation Camp will host its annual sum-
mer camp for children between the ages of 7 and 12 during the
month of June. Camp dates are: June 5-9; June 12-16; June 19-23;
and, June 26-30. The cost is $100 per camper, and campers should
provide their own snacks and lunch. For information, contact Sue
Arnold at (863) 763-4630.

Healthy Start group will meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition
will meet Wednesday, June 7, at 11:30 a.m. in their office at 575 S.W.
28th St. their office is located in the New Endeavors High School
building. The meeting is open to the public. The Healthy Start Coali-
tion is part of a statewide network of coalitions responsible for plan-
ning and implementing services for pregnant women and infants.
For information, contact Executive Director Kay Begin at (863) 462-

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Guest Commentary

Bill aids those with disabilities

By Frank Bowe
Almost half of American
households now enjoy the high-
speed, always-on,
voice/video/data communications
known as "broadband". It is revo-
lutionizing their lives. For the first
time, people who are deaf, as I
am, are able to engage in direct,
two-way, "phone calls" by signing
to each other over Internet con-
However, having access to
broadband technologies is costly
for many people. In most parts of
the country, there is only one
provider of broadband-delivered
video the cable company that
owns the local franchise. But
some of us, me included, have
video choice. Here on Long
Island, I can choose between
Cablevision and Verizon. As a
result, my costs for this vital high-
speed service are modest. In fact, I

pay less for DSL today than I paid
for dial-up service just a couple of
years ago.
The benefits of cable-telco
competition are compelling.
That's why it is good news that the
U.S. House of Representatives is
expected to take up a bill that
would foster robust competition
between cable and telephone
The Communications, Oppor-
tunity, Promotion and Enhance-
ment Act of 2006, a bipartisan bill
sponsored by Reps. Barton, Rush,
Upton and Pickering, was report-
ed out by the Energy and Com-
merce Committee last Thursday
by a strong 42-12 vote.
This bill contains strong provi-
sions to aid people with disabili-
ties. An amendment offered by
Rep. Inslee and adopted by the
committee, would apply the same
accessibility rules about products

Upcoming Events

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 information, call
(863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. The public is invited. All per-
sons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming a
part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what we are all
about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center,.locat-
ed at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for
members and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-6978 or
Juana at 471-9795.
A.A meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Business Women's Referral Networking Luncheon will be held on the
third Friday of every month at the Brahma Bull Restaurant, 2405 U.S. 441
S.E., at 11:30 a.m. for networking. The lunch will be at noon. Women
should bring business cards and information to promote their business.
The meeting provides networking opportunities for women in business
and is open to the public. No membership is required. For information,
contact Robin Delgado at (800) 299-8878; or, by e-mail at info@flainjury-
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.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott Ave.'
Itwill be a closed discussion. ..
Okeechobee Christian Cycles meets every Saturday at 7:30 a.m., at the
Nazarene Church, 425 S.W 28th St., and leaves for ride at 8 a.m., weather
permitting. For information on the ride for the week or any questions
contact Gene Roddenberry at (863) 610-1841, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-
1251, or Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257.
A.A meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
(A.A.) open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Children's
Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The orien-
tation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in Okeechobee
County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a question/answer forum.
It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For
information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-(800) 403-9311.
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) 467-2321.
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 mili-
tary information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863)
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)
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 Countly 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.
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 (Inter-
national Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call (863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-

and services to Voice over Internet
Protocol (VoIP) services and
equipment that the Communica-
tions Act already requires for tradi-
tional phone systems. These, plus
the consumer savings created by
more competition, appeal to
Americans with disabilities.
Also being debated is the issue
of "network neutrality." Recently,
a vote on a net neutrality amend-
ment failed to pass the Energy and
Commerce Committee by a 22-34
Network neutrality is a com-
plex and heavily debated issue
that I believe deserves to be
explored in greater depth than it
has been to date. There are good
arguments on both sides of the
issue, and there is much to the
approach that even experts on the
Internet do not yet understand.
Clearly, it is too early to legislate
on network neutrality. Instead, the

House of Representatives should
instruct the Federal Communica-
tions Commission to study the
matter notably its possible
impact on disability access and
services. That would remove the
uncertainty of network neutrality
from the bill and pave the way for
rapid approval of the non-contro-
versial language that promises to
speed broadband accessibility to
all Americans and lower con-
sumer costs for internet services.

(Editor's Note: Frank G. Bowe,
Ph.D., LL.D., is a professor teach-
ing special education, rehabilita-
lion, and technology courses at
Hofstra University since 1989.
Prior to that, he was a regional
commissioner with the U.S.
Department of Education, Reha-
bilitation Services. He has been a
member of the National Associa-
tion for the Deaf since 1965.)

Community Events

Church hosting revival
A revival with Brother Larry Nix will be held May 19 at 7 p.m. at the
Haven of Rest Pentecostal Church, 180 N.W. Third St. For information,
call Pastor Tom Velie at (863) 357-3053.
Bake sale benefits Red Cross
Big Lake National Bank will hold a bake sale at both 1409 S. Parrott
Ave.,and 500 N. Parrott Ave. on Friday, May 19, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
All proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross "Heroes" campaign.
For information, call Teresa Chandler at (863) 467-9219.
Business women group plans luncheon
The Okeechobee Business Women's Referral Networking lunch-
eon meeting will be held Friday, May 19, at 11:30 a.m. at'the Brahma
Bull Restaurant, 2401 U.S. 441 S.E.
Methodist men to host fish fry
The men's group from the First United Methodist Church will host a
fish fry on Friday, May 19, at the church, 200 N.W. Second St. The meal
will include fried fish, grits, cole slaw, hushpuppies and desert for a
donation of $5 per meal. Tickets are available at the church office. For
information, call (863) 763-4021.
Benefit planned for burn victim
Barbecue chicken dinners will be sold Friday, May 19, at 504 N.E.
Sixth Ave. for Jennifer Bussey, who was severely burned. Dinners can
be either picked up or delivered between 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tickets
cost $7 a dinner and can be purchased at the First Baptist Church
office, 401 S.W. Fourth St., or by calling Shannon Lightsey at (863) 634-
U.S.C.G. Auxiliary plans open house
Ll.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 57 will host an open house at the
Okee-Tantie Coast Guard Auxiliary Base Station, Saturday, May 20,
from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in honor of safe boating week.
Elks plan barbecue dinner
Elks Lodge #2558, S.R. 70 E., will host its S.E. District barbecue
chicken dinner Saturday, May 20, at 11 a.m. for a $10 donation. All
past, present and future Elks are welcomed. Games and music will be
provided. For information, call (863) 801-1212.

Church plans dedication ceremony
First Missionary Baptist Church, 811 N.W. Ninth St., will host a
marching, dedication ribbon ceremony on Saturday, May 20, at 11
a.m. The church will host its first Sunday services at 9:30 a.m., with
morning worship beginning at 11:30 a.m. For information, call (863);
763-0716; or, Shirley Johnson at (863) 697-9827.
Church of God hosting revival
The North Okeechobee Church of God, 15949 N.W. 30th Terrace,
will hold a revival with Evangelist Ann Rogers on Saturday, May 20, and
Sunday, May 21. Saturday services will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday services
will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. For information, call (863) 634-0344.
IRCC hosting children's conference
Childcare providers, educators and parents are invited to partici-
pate in the 15th annual Treasure Coast Children's Conference on Sat-
urday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Indian River Community
College, 3209 Virginia Avenue, in Fort Pierce. The keynote speaker will
be Dr. Clarrisa Willis. The topic of her speech is: Hidden Treasures -
What you do makes a difference. To register, contact Linda Provencher
at (772) 595-6424.
Church plans golf scramble
Oakview Baptist Church will host its 11th annual golf tournament
Saturday, May 20, at the Okeechobee Golf and Country Club, 405 N.E.
131st Lane. The format will be a four-man team scramble. The cost is
$40 per person. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at
8 a.m. Hole-in-one prizes include Ben Hogan Irons, a Dell Computer, a
Bose Wave Radio and a 2006 Dodge Charger. A meal will follow the
tournament. For information, visit their website at www.oakviewbap-; or, call (863) 763-1699.
Jimmie Scott Osceola Day slated
Okeechobee City Hall Park will host a celebration honoring Jimmie
Scott Osceola on Saturday, May 20, from 9 until 5 p.m. There will be
Indian crafts, artwork, Indian food and entertainment.
Hurricane preparation talk show topic
Family Stations Inc. is having a radio talk show on Saturday, May 20,
starting at 7:30 a.m. and re-broadcasting at 1 and 6 p.m. on WWFR
91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The guest will be Don Daniels, emergency man-
agement coordinator for the St. Lucie County Department of Public
Safety, Division of Emergency Management.
The topic will be preparing for hurricane season. For information,
contact the St. Lucie County Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
at (772) 461-5201, or call the local OEM.
Jail & Bail helps K-9 unit
The Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge, S.R. 78 W, will host a Jail and
Bail on Sunday, May 21, at I p.m. This fundraiser will benefit the
Glades County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit. There will be food, fun, enter-
tainment and a photographer to take pictures of your pets. The K-9
unit will serve and protect Buckhead Ridge and all of Glades County.
Send your friends to jail warrants will be available.
Free nutrition clinic offered
Dr. Edward Douglas will host a free contact reflex analysis and
designed clinical nutrition class at Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness
Center, 916 W. N. Park St., on Monday, May 22, at 5:30 p.m. For infor-
mation, call 763-4320.
Interviews slated for new director
The executive committee of the Early Learning Coalition of Indian
River, Martin and Okeechobee counties will be holding interviews for
an executive director on Monday, May 22, at 9:30 a.m. at the One Stop
Career Center, 2401 S. 29th St. North Portable, in Fort Pierce.

The Okeechobee News, Friday, May 19,2006

FWC establishes boating

safety zones in

Boaters who use the Okee-
chobee Waterway within Hendry
and Glades counties should begin
slowing down and obeying signs or
they could possibly receive a
speeding ticket.
Boaters on the Okeechobee
Waterway during the upcoming
week should notice newly installed
boating safety signage at the Moore
Haven city docks, Clewiston lock
structure and state Road 29 in
Those uniform waterway mark-

ers are the culmination of a two-
year project by the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission
(FWC) to replace and install mark-
ers in the two newly-configured
boating safety zones. The FWC
worked closely with the U.S. Corps
of Engineers (COE) and the South
Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD), and consulted with city
and county officials to ensure boat-
ing safety concerns were properly
"The signs should all be up by

mid-June," FWC Captain David
Stermen said. "FWC officers will
concentrate on an educational
enforcement approach to allow
boaters a chance to reacquaint
themselves with the reported
zones. But after that, those who
ignore the speed regulations will
risk being cited."
As an added educational tool,
brochures are in development that
shows these areas. They will be
available at local fish camps and
FWC officers after June 1.

Free boat operation test offered online

A lot of boaters have years of,
practical experience spent on the
water. But are you sure you know
everything there is to know about
staying safe while boating? In con-
junction with National Safe Boating
Week, May 20-26, the BoatU.S.
Foundation for Boating Safety and
Clean Water challenges all boaters
to test their boating knowledge
with a free, online safety course at-
The course covers a broad
range of topics for both power and
sailboaters.. Accepted by many
states as a certified boating safety
course, completion can also bring
possible insurance discounts.
* "The best part of this course is
that it's free and can be done any
time of the day or night," said
BoatU.S. Foundation Boating Safe-

ty Director Chris Edmonston.
"While it's great for less-experi-
enced boaters, we get feedback
from older salts who tell us they
have benefited from it as well. They
thank us for learning something
new or reminding them of some-
thing they learned long ago. This is
a great way for all boaters to start.
fresh for the season."
The course is recognized by the
U.S. Coast Guard and the National
Association of State Boating Law
Administrators and is based on 60
multiple choice questions.
Designed as a teaching tool, back-
ground material on question topics
are available throughout the exam
and corrections and explanations
are given when a question is
answered incorrectly.r
Any unfamiliar topics can be
reviewed with a "study topics" but-

ton. Those with 80 percent or more
correct answers are given a certifi-
cate of completion. The course can
also be started and stopped at any-
time -you don't need to complete
it all at once.
The BoatU.S. Foundation for
Boating Safety and Clean Water is a
national 501(c)(3) non-profit edu-
cation and research organization
primarily funded by the voluntary
contributions of 640,000 members
The Foundation operates more
than a dozen programs including a
low-cost EPIRB rental program, the
"Help Stop the Drops" national
clean fueling campaign, a free kid's
Life Jacket Loaner program, and
has awarded hundreds of thou-
sands .of dollars in grants for non-
profit groups for boating safety and
environmental projects.

May 20-26 designated as Safe Boating Week

Jeb Bush and Cabinet members
voiced support of the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) and its partners'
efforts to increase boating safety
awareness and lessen boating
deaths statewide.
Bush and Cabinet members
signed a proclamation designating
May 20-26 as Florida's National
Safe Boating Week.
"By signing this proclamation, I
encourage and challenge all Florid-

ians and visitors to our state to be
cautious and alert while boating,,"
Bush said. "It's always important to
practice safe boating, and that
starts with all boaters, regardless of
their age, wearing life jackets while
FWC Captain Richard Moore
said he is pleased with the gover-
nor and cabinet's support of FWC
and its partners' the National
Safe Boating Council, U.S. Coast
Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
and U.S. Power Squadron- efforts

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City proclamation
Members of the Coast Quard Auxiliary (from left) There-
sa Brook, Jan Sterling and Fred Sterling accept a procla-
mation from Mayor James Kirk (right) on May 16 naming
May 20-26 as Safe Boating Week.

to ensure boating continues to be
one of the greatest recreational
activities in Florida.
The partners endeavor to
increase public awareness about
safe boating practices and the
importance of everyone wearing a
life jacket while on: a small boat.
The proclamation encourages
Floridians and visitors to stay alert
for danger approaching from any
direction; develop a life jacket
habit; take an approved safe boat-
ing course; and, get vessel check.
"Florida leads the nation in reg-,
istered boats, and I am glad to say
efforts throughout the state have
led to dramatic reductions in boat-
ing accident rates in spite of our
growing boating population,"
Colonel Julie Jones, FWC's law
enforcement director, told the'gov-
ernor and cabinet. "Unfortunately,
our boating fatality rates have risen.
We offer our condolence to the
families and friends of the 81 peo-
ple who tragically lost their lives in
boating accidents last year in our
state. They are daily reminders we
still have a lot of challenging work
to do.
"Our staff is committed to work-
ing with partners to incorporate
creative ideas. and emerging tech-
nology to ensure each person's
precious time in Florida is safe and
enjoyable," Jones said. "I believe
we live in the greatest boating state
in the nation. We intend to see it
just gets better and safer for
all of us to enjoy."

Boaters should not use

basin ramp at Okee-Tantie

Boaters are being urged to
avoid using the boat ramp located
in the back basin at the Okee-
Tantie Marina and Campground.
The Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office (OCSO) said due to low

lake levels, use of the back ramp
could damage a boat. Also, it's
doubtful that the lake level is high
enough to allow a boat to leave
the basin and enter the lake.
The sheriff's office did say,

however, that airboaters can still
safely use the ramp.
Boaters are urged to either use
the main ramps at Okee-Tantie, or
the ramps at Scott Driver Memori-
al Park.

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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 20, June 10,
June 24, July 1 and July 15 from
10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The registration fee is $75. In
order to register you must bring
the child's last report card, a cur-
rent year physical rom \ourdoc-
tor and a copy of the child's birth
certificate. .
For information, call co-presi-
dents James Shockley at (863)
634-3482 or Albion Crowell at
(863) 697-2576.

Tennis fundraiser
planned for May 20
The third annual Okeechobee
Junior tennis fundraiser will take
place Saturday, May 20, at the
Okeechobee Sports Complex.
Check-in time is 8:45 a.m. at
the tennis courts. The event will
start at 9 a.m.
The deadline for registration
is Thursday, May 18. The cost of
singles competition is $10 per
play which includes a T-shirt,
lunch, balls and awards. Checks
should be made payable to
Okeechobee High School.
For information, contact Dave
Ellis at (863) 763-4518 or (863)

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Two-run single
Cleveland Indians' Casey Blake singles off Kansas City
Royals pitcher Runlevys Hernandez with the bases
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ans' 6-5 win Thursday, May 18, in Cleveland.

Contractors Assoc.
plans fishing tourney
The Okeechobee Contractors
Association will sponsor a bass
fishing tournament on May 20 at
the Okee-Tantie Marina with all
proceeds going toward youth ori-
ented projects.
The registration fee is $120
per boat (teams of two). There
will be over $3,000 in cash and
prizes paid to the top six places.
There will also be a big fish
For information contact John
at (863) 634-7446, or Lisa at
(863) 697-6541.

Men's softball
tournament planned
A men's softball tournament
with all tournament proceeds
going to the Okeechobee High
School softball program will take
place Saturday, June 3, and Sun-
day, June 4, at the Okeechobee
softball complex across from
Yearling Middle School.
The cost of this tournament is
$300 per team.
The tournament will use ISA
rules with unlimited home runs.
First place will pay $600; second
place will pay $400; and, third
place will pay $200. There will be
a home run derby, and give-
aways throughout the day.
For information contact Kim
Hargraves at (863) 634-6322, or

The Treasure Lake Conference
has released the names of high
school athletes who have made the
Spring All-Conference teams. The
Okeechobee High School Brah-
mans have put several athletes on
these teams. They are:
Baseball-First team: Cody
Storey; Devon Venables. Honor-

Rob Lowe at (863) 634-2694.

O.H.S. hosting
volleyball camp
The Okeechobee High School
volleyball team is hosting a sum-
mer volleyball camp for girls in
grades 4-8. The camp is sched-
uled for June 12-16, from 9 a.m.
until noon at Osceola Middle
School. The cost is $50 per player
and includes a T-shirt and water
bottle with early registration. You
may pick up a registration form
in the O.H.S. main office or call
Coach May at (863) 634-5836.

Tennis lessons
will be offered
Dave Ellis, a USPTR certified
tennis pro and Okeechobee High
School coach is offering five
weeks of recreational tennis les-
sons at the Okeechobee Sports
Classes will meet Monday
through Friday starting on Mon-
day, June 5, and ending on Fri-
day, July 7. Each student will
have three lessons a week for five
weeks. Classes are determined
by the grade you will be in this
Private lessons are also avail-
able during the summer.
For information, contact Mr.
Ellis at (863) 763-4518 or (863)

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Softball-First team: Kelley Smi-
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Honorable mention: Alisha Clax-
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By Ideybis Gonzalez According to the language in the ers. review. It will be discussed again at
and Jose Zaragoza ordinance, concerned with the The effect of such an ordinance a future meeting of the Clewiston
Special to the Okeechobee News manner by which sex offenders in would, in essence, keep most of City Commission, when it is Community Links. Individual Voices.
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CLEWISTON Clewiston city
officials considered a measure this
week that would have reduced the
likelihood of a sexual predator or
sexual offender moving into the
area through an ordinance that
proposes tougher restrictions
against their living here.
While current offenders living
within the city limits would have
been unaffected by the proposal,
the ordinance sets forth strict guide-
lines that essentially shut out any
new sex offenders from moving
The item was strongly support-
ed by the Hendry County Sheriff's

Ule dJ area anU e state iave ueein
released from custody and gone on
to repeat "unlawful acts," the ordi-
nance seeks to ensure "maximum
protection of the lives and persons
in the City of Clewiston."
The major point of the ordi-
nance deals with barring sex
offenders from living within 2,500
feet of specified locations in the city.
The locations include: schools,
public libraries, day care centers,
parks, playgrounds and other loca-
tions where children are regularly
The ordinance also maintains
that property owners whose build-
ings are located inside the 2,500-
foot zone cannot rent to sex offend-

1e c lLy Uo -III s to sex e Ler/llslll
looking to make Clewiston their
home. Only a few scattered loca-
tions would not be included in the
Penalties for violating the ordi-
nance include a maximum fine of
$500, or imprisonment for up to 60
days, or a combination of the two.
A second violation can land a per-
son in jail for up to one year.
The ordinance states clearly that
the ordinance will not affect sex
offenders living in Clewiston prior
to the adoption of the proposed
measure should the measure pass.
The commission voted to table
the item at Monday night's city
meeting, pending further legal

first reading of the ordinance.
The commission will then hold
a public hearing to allow the com-
munity to provide its input before
making a final determination on
the proposal.
With hurricane season quickly
approaching, the ordinance also
seeks to keep sex offenders out of
public shelters where children may
be present during hurricanes and
other natural disasters.
Sex offenders will have the
option, in the event of a hurricane,
to take temporary shelter in the
county jail.

Water woes will cost Pahokee millions to fix

By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Special to the Okeechobee News,
PAHOKEE "We know we
have lousy plumbing, what are we
doing to fix it?" asked Pahokee
Mayor J.P. Sasser.
At the May 9 Pahokee City
Commission meeting, city officials
discussed the increasingly prob-
lematic water system.
When Public Works Director
Jim Vaughn got up to retrieve
something from his office nearby
- an old, weathered pipe, rusted
and oxidized and held it high so
that everyone could see, the com-
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was up against.
According to City Manager Lil-

The following individuals
were arrested on felony or driv-
ing under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Glades County
Sheriff's Office (GCSO), the
Seminole Police Department
(SPD), the Florida Highway
Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) or the Depart-
ment of Corrections (DOC).
Mario S. Jelks, 25, Spring
Hill, was arrested May 6 by FHP
Trooper Wilcox on a Hernando
County warrant charging him
with possession of marijuana
over 20 grams and possession of
marijuana with intent to sell. His
bond was set at $92,000. ---,
Chad Garner, 18, Okee-
chobee, was arrested May 6 by
Deputy Jason Griner on a felony
charge of possession of cocaine
and a misdemeanor charge of
possession of marijuana under
20 grams. His bond was set at
James Carter, 34, Eustis,
was arrested May 6 by Detective
Mike Pepitone on felony charges
of possession of cocaine, pos-

River Rally
set for June 3
Planning is under way for the
second annual River Rally spon-
sored by the City of Moore
Haven, Main Street Moore Haven
Inc. and the Christian Motorcy-
cle Association. The events are
slated for Saturday, June 3, from
10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the his-
toric Tom Perry Park, Riverside
Drive, in Moore Haven. Follow-
ing the blessing of the bikes,
enjoy live music, food, games
and door prizes. Door prizes are
sponsored by Fort Myers Harley-

lie Latimore, a number of years
ago the city estimated that the cost
to repair and modernize its aging
infrastructure was $80 million, a
figure that seems quickly headed
toward the $100 million mark -
and that amount is for only 50 per-
cent of the total infrastructure.
With the regional water plant
coming online in a few months,
city officials are now interested in
correcting the issues with the sys-
Several projects have focused
on the more necessary repairs
throughout different sections of
Pahokee, but Ms. Latimore still
believes that 80 percent of the
city's infrastructure is in poor con-

session of cocaine with intent to,
sell and possession of marijuana
over 20 grams. He was also
charged with the misdemeanor
of possession of drug parapher-
nalia. Carter was also arrested
on a warrant issued out of Lake
County. His bond was set at
Tony Cherenfant, 22,
Miami, was arrested May 6 by
Deputy Richard Ermeri on felony
charges of possession of cocaine
and destroying/tampering with
evidence, and a misdemeanor
charge of driving while license
suspended. His bond was set at
Michael Sinith, 24, Fort
Myers,, was arrested May 7 by
Deputy Don Cresswell oil a
felony charge of grand theft. His
bond was set at $5,000.
Reynaldo Villareal, 39,
Frostproof, was arrested May 9
by Deputy Tito Nieves on
charges of driving under the
influence and no valid driver's
license. His bond was set at
Jessie Grace, 50, Okee-

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Davidson. For information, call

Prepare now
for hurricanes-
In preparation for the upcom-
ing hurricane season that starts
on June 1, Glades County Emer-
gency Management is beginning
its hurricane awareness by host-
ing several seminars throughout
the county. The seminars are
free of charge.
Some of the topics include
hurricane preparedness, debris
before and after, after the storm,

edition and requires immediate
To fully understand the condi-
tion of the water system, city offi-
cials say there are plenty of areas
where the piping is as old as the
city itself. The pipes are bright
orange from the deep oxidation.
The City of Pahokee ordered
the installation of new water
meters to be placed at all residen-
tial and commercial properties
within the city, a million-dollar
project, but the implementations
do snot address the rusty piping
running underneath much of
The meters can identify leaks in
specific areas, but not all of them,

chobee, was arrested May 10 by
Sergeant Ronnie Baker on a
charge of driving under the influ-
ence. His bond was set at $750.
Gumario Moreno, 18,
Okeechobee, was arrested May
10 by Deputy Bilinda Pottorff on
a warrant charging him with
armed burglary and failure to
appear. His bond was set at
Nicole Murphy, 39, Moore
Haven, was arrested May .11 by
Sgt. Ronnie Baker on a charge of
possession of cocaine. Her bond
was set at $.10,000.
Felix Reyes, 24, Moore
Haven, was arrested May 12 by
Deputy Richard Ermeri on a
charge of aggravated battery. His
bond was set at $35,000.
This column lists arrests and
.not convictions, unless other-
wise stated. Anyone. listed here
who is later found innocent or
has had the charges against
them dropped is welcome to
inform this newspaper. The
information will be confirmed
and printed.

shelters and much more. The
dates and locations are:
Doyle C6nner in Moore
Haven, May 22 at 7 p.m. Chief
Meteorologist Jim Rief from
ABC7 News will be a guest pre-
Buckhead Ridge Communi-
ty Center, May 25,,at 7:30 p.m.;
Indian Hills Volunteer Fire
Department, May 31 at 7 p.m.;
Palmdale Community Cen-
ter June 13 at 7 p.m.
For information, contact the
office of Emergency Manage-
ment at (863) 946-6020.

and then when leaks are identified
there is only so much that city staff
can do to permanently address
the problem.
A study two years ago revealed
a loss of about $75,000 primarily
from leaks, without taking into
account the water that is not regu-
lated by meter such as water used
by the fire department. The figure
serves to underscore the extent of
the leaks.
The city has contracted with
technical experts to help it secure
grants in the future. Part of that
focus will be the infrastructure
needs of the city, with the water
system a high priority on that list.
Ms. Latimore is hopeful that
the assistance will go far in help-
ing the city get to its feet.
"The pipes aren't going to get
any better," said Ms. Latimore.
"We've got big, big infrastructure
problems, but they didn't start yes-

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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, May 19,
through Thursday, May 25, are as
Theatre I -"Over The Hedge"
(PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and
7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2,4:15,7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "RV" (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 p.m.
Theatre III "The Da Vinci
Code"(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:30,7 and 9:30 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 help
Kids in Distress
In Florida 200,000 children are
abused or neglected each year.
When families fail to care for their
children, the question is whose
children are these? The answer is
they belong to all of us. You can
help abused and neglected chil-
dren by donating your operational
car, boat, truck or other vehicle to
Kids In Distress by calling (954)
390-7620. Kids In Distress is a com-
munity-supported agency dedicat-.
ed to the care, treatment and pre-
vention of child abuse and neglect.
They have locations in Broward
and Palm Beach counties.

Wildlife Center
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife
adventure birthday party at
Arnold's Wildlife Center, 14895
N.W. 30th Terrace. You can invite-
up to 20 friends to join you for a
wildlife adventure tour, hands on.
animal encounter, games and a
special craft for everyone to make.
For information on cost and reser-
vations, call (863) 763-1630.

Free pregnancy
tests are offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center
of Okeechobee, a non-profit organ-
ization, offers free pregnancy test-
ing to girls and women of all ages.
We offer free and confidential preg-
nancy tests, peer counseling, refer-
rals for a free ultrasound, parenting
classes, and abstinence education.
Operating hours are from 10 a.m.
until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thurs-
days. We are located at 1505 S.. Par-
rott Ave., across from the movie
theatre. For information or appoint-
ments call (863) 763-8859.

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 disci-
pline- a family affair, birth to eight
months infants, eight to eight-
een months the toddler, 18 to 36
months terrific twos, three 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-

American Red Cross
needs more volunteers
The American Red Cross is
looking for nurses and Action Team
Volunteers to be a part of our Disas-
S ter Action Team (DAT). DAT is
made up of a group of trained vol-
unteers who respond to local disas-
ters. If you would like to give of
your time and talents to help local
citizens in time of disaster, please
call Debbie Riddle or Candace at
the American Red Cross-Okee-
chobee branch at (863) 763-2488.

Head Start Project
accepting applications
Okeechobee I Center, located at

726 N.E. 16th Ave., is currently
accepting applications for migrant
children and children with disabili-
ties in our Head Start Program. We
believe all children can benefit
from receiving educational, health
and social services offered by the
program. We serve children 6
weeks to 5 years. To qualify the
family must have migrated in the
past 24 months, worked in agricul-
ture and their primary income
must come from agriculture. We
encourage families of children with
disabilities to apply, as well as evac-
uees from hurricanes Katrina and
Rita. For information, call (863)
467-0702 and ask for Sylvia, Ella or
Page; or, (863) 467-6959 and ask
for Bethzaida or Priscilla.

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Immediate restaurant management
openings in Lake Placid, Moore
Haven, LaBelle, Clewiston and
Okeechobee. We are a franchise with
27 restaurants throughout South
Florida and are hiring energetic,
honest, and responsible individuals.
We offer:
-Excellent Salaries
-Medical and Life Insurance
-Dental Insurance
-401K Savings Plan
-Paid Vacations
-Advancement Opportunities
-Training Program

For an interview please call:
or mail your resume in confidence to:
Pauline Alvarez
Southern Management Corporation
1014 W. Sugarland Hwy.
Clewiston, FL 33440

Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
Apply In Person For Further Details:
406 N.W. 4th Street (863) 357-2442

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

W&W Lumber Co. is
growing & we have several
openings available. We are
looking for team players for
the following positions.
*YARD HELP Unloading
trucks, forklift experience
needed, putting up stock.
Certified, Class B, clean
driving record.
Sick pay, Health Ins., 401K,
Vacation & Holiday Pay.
Call Jon at 863-763-3173.
Drug Free Workplace.

Construction Company
seeking someone with at
least 3 years experience in
the construction and/or
building material industry.
Product knowledge,
computer skills,
professionalism andan
outgoing personality a must.
Must be able to work closely
with customers.
Excellent pay and benefits
Fax resume to

9 Local cleaning
company seeking
employees. GOOD PAY.
3 Shifts, 3:30pm-11pm,
4-11pm, 5-11pm. Mon. -
Fri., 1 Sat. per mo. day-
time. Must have valid FL
DL, trans. to & from
work, no criminal record.
For Application call
Sod Truck Driver for hauling
Sod, need CDL License.'Ap-
ply in person at Tap Sod,
9045 NE 48th St.
Starting @ $7.75

6Okeechobee Newsi
The Okeechobee News is currently seeking an
energetic, self-motivated FULL or PART TIME
circulation a~-.i.tant.
Cte right applicant inust hae:
Ca.;h Handling Expenence
The Daili. Okeechobee News offers:
Potential tor advancement
A unique work environment where
employees are trusted and empowered
Competitive pay and benehti.
Beneft.; Package
Generous nirne off program
T1,, DuI L ',:', 0 ,.. -N i 4,, ^. l .l rr. t'nfr .,,, r

Clas A CDL For Wrecker &
Low Boy eTmi Apply aiBMJ
mm 419 lSW 2r, lAve

Must have
knowledge in
Walpole Feed
& Supply
Hwy. .98 North
Complete Underground
Utility Pipe Crews.
Top pay.
Se necesitan
trabajadores para tuberia.
Buen salario.
Must have own tools
Full time- Benefits
Apple Machine
5900 Orange Ave., Ft. Pierce
WELDER-Heavy Equipment
Must have own tools.
Full time- Benefits
Apple Machine
5900 Orange Ave., Ft. Pierce
How do you find a Job In
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

We have immediate
openings for LPN's on
our home care team and
in the Hamrick Home.
FT, PT and Per Diem.
Come in to
Hospice of Okeechobee,
411 SE 4th Street,
or call 467-2321,
and ask for Brenda.

Head Ridge Area for 4V yr.
old child. Light Housekeeping
required. (863)227-4434
Exerciser: Experienced English
pleasure rider for exercising
orses needed 3 days a week.
Mornings only. Call M-F
6am-3pm (863)763-4723
Monday-Friday evenings.
In Clewiston. Good pay.
START TODAY! 800-922-1433

Companion/Caregiver, for you
or loved one. Will do house-
keeping. Low rates & exc. refs.
Call Karen (863)763-2990


Opportunities 305
Mohey 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-
ue, such as promises of
guaranteed income from
work-at-home programs if
it sounds too good to be
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.


Chil Care eeded410
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

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

Fill Dirt available.
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734


3.5 ton package unit w/ heat,
new in box
$125019541 309-86,9

TRIC STOVE working condi-
tion, both for $175 or best
offer (863)467-8339
DISH WASHER- Estate, Good
condition. Top basket need
to be replaced. $40.
FREEZER- Kenmore upright,
excellent condition, works
great. $125 (239)690-2055
Good condition. 1-3/4 hp &
1-1hp. $195.
more 22 cu ft. Bottom freez-
er with ice maker, Exc cond,
$150. cash 863-357-3026
9 cu ft, GE, runs good, $35
STOVE- Modern Whirlpool,
self cleaning oven, Good
condition. $80
washer & Kenmore Dryer.
$100 for both. (863)357-6315
WASHER & DRYER- Kenmore,
white, greatshape, $125
mos. $200 or best offer.
(863)634-7109 ask for
hannon. :
pool, white, 2 yrs old, good
condition, $1400
(863)801-3358 .
All from Whirlpool, $100.
Will separate.
WASHER- needs belt $50
Stacked, Large cap. Like
new. Moving, Paid. $1000.
Asking $400. Okee.
863-634-9620 -

METAL ROOFING: 12 or more
sheets. $10. Some Free Scrap
Metal Also Avail.

Various sizes, 12 to 4', Ask-
ing $500 for all
(10) 21/2 in Diameter x 13.6
Long. (863)763-8872
CHAIN LINK GATE, 15ft. with
post & hanging hardware.
5 @ 10'x4', 1 @ 10'x18",
$600. Call 863-634-8608.
SHINGLES, (10) bundles 3-
tab. $75 (863)805-0272
WINDOW SILLS- (13 pc)ltal-
ian marble, 3/4" x 5" x 36",
white, $40 for all

SIGNS: (1) 4'x10' &
(1) 20"x8'. $400 for both,will
sep. (863)763-8872

BABY BLANKETS, $50 for all
or will separate.
boys & girls, $30 will sell
separately. (863)467-8723
PLAYPEN, Eddie Bauer Pack
'n Play w/vibration, bassinet,
changing table & play center.
Like new. $80 (863)763-4271


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, ULins en& 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
To ys & Games 730
VCWRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

SOFA, 5 ft., fair condition. $25
TABLE SET, 3-piece w/2
matching lamps. Brand new.
$300 or best offer.

AUTOMATIC Blue Belguim
Browning Baby. Stopped mak-
ing in 1968. Asking $400. Firm
(863)357-2233 Okeechobee
12ga, like new, $400

GAZELLE- Tony Little, top of
the line, absolutely brand
new, 6 work out CD's $150

PROM GOWN, Full length,
baby blue, size 20. Still has
tags on it. Paid $400, will sac-
rifice $175. (863)763-3451
WEDDING GOWN, new, sz. 4,
corset bodice, cathedral
train, halter neck, Dulciana
silk, $500. (863)634-2957

best offer. (863)467-6943

CARDS(3-400 Racing &
Comic. late 80s early 90s
Exc. cond. $400 neg.
JEANS: Sears, Mens, 9 pairs,
36x29 & 36x30. Some new.
$90 for all, will sep.
Run Card, Stand & Plaque.
$28 will sep. (863)467-1484

Win XP + lots of programs
& games. $175.
DURON 1300- 12gb HD, 256
Mem, keybrd, mouse, burn-
er, spkrs, Corel Draw 8, ex
cond. $239 (863)763-4376
LAPTOP, 1995 Toshiba
330CDX 64mb ram. $300
Your next job could be In
today's classltleds. DiI
you look for It?

w/matching sleigh bed, $200
(863)357-1867 "
BAR L-shaped with 2 bar-
stools. Wood and leather. 44"
high, 22" wide, 7' and 5'
lengths. $150 (863)612-9233,
BEDROOM SET, 5-piece, baby
girl. Solid wood, white & pink.
Good condition. $650 email:
BEDROOM SUITE, Beautiful, 6
c. w/Sealy Posturepedic
mattress. Antique Beige Col-
or. $1000. (863)763-9410
BOOK CASE- Custom built for-
mica, w/sliding glass doors.
$100. or best offer.
BOOK SHELF $25 or best of-
fer. (863)467-6943
BR SUITE- Ethan Allen, pine, 2
chest w/bookshelf, desk, 3
position bed, bunk, trundle,
twin $395 (863)675-7664
BR SUITE- Wicker, queen size,
headboard, nite stand, chest
w/mirror, $250
BUNK BED- beautiful, custom
made, all in one, w/desk &
dresser, solid wood $750
BUNK BED, Twin, over desk,
steel frame, no mattress, like
new. $100 (772)597-4305
CHINA CABINET, Solid wood,
3 shelves, 2-piece. $650
ing. Good shape. $160
DINETTE SET, 7 piece, heavy
pine. $400 (863)673-3585,
ble w/3 leafs, seats 4-10, 6
chairs, buffet & hutch. $550.
(239)822-5955 LaBelle
DINING ROOM SET, table w/6
chairs on coasters, beige,
w/brown print, $100.
yrs. old, $1500 or best offer.
Oak, 4 x 4. $35.
(863)228-7204 4
CHAIRS- brand new, $125
3/4, antique, with rails, $50.
HEADBOARD, Queen. Nice
shape, light wood in color.
LIFT CHAIR, electric and bat-
tery powered, blue, excellent
condition. $340
seat'& chair. Hunter green and
burgandy striped. $250
FRAME: King Size. $175 or
best offer. (863)675-6142
top. Very modern and beautiful
to look at. $125.
pair, $75 (863)675-4981 La-
Belle area
SEAT- w/coffee table, $450
Sleeper-Sofa- Queen, Castro
Convertible & 7-ft couch.
$250. Will separate.
LaBelle 239-822-5955
SLEIGH BED- complete, no
mattress, $50

$25. (863)763-3302

Craftsman, router, 1.5HP,
$50 or best offer
TRIMMERS (6) Weedeaters.
Need work. $75 for all.
GENERATOR, Coleman, Pow-
er Mate Maxa 3000, on cart,
will demonstrate. $225
AC/DC, asking $500

HARD CORE GYM cable sys-
tem, w/weights, flys,
down/up bars, legs, nice
$300 neg (863)697-252
HOME GYM- 2 position, Wel-
der Pro 9940 asking $100,
Call Mac (863)675-3889
La Belle


SWING, 2 seat, with cover.
Good condition. $50
(863)675-6556 after 3 p.m.

TOR- Digital, Wrist, Brand
new. Never been used.
$34.99 (863)467-1120
Alante', 3yrs old, cost $5000
new will sell for $1400
Sonic Pride Mobility, elec. lift.
Excellent cond., hardly used.
$1150 neg. (863)675-2596
SCOOTER- Rascal, motorized,
new batt., Bruno Van mount-
ed curbside lift, exc $1195
will sep (856)451-3331
WHEEL CHAIR, Electric, Like
new. Originally Cost $5500,
Asking $900. (863)675-0122
LaBelle .

side open for burning $80 for
all will sell separately
Pac Man & Galagh Stand Up
Machines. $1100 will sell
separately. (863)357-2773
CANNING JARS- 12 dozen,
$25 for all (863)675-7306
$1000 or will separate for
parts. (863)983-9908
stainless steel, runs on LP
gas, real money maker,
$2500/neg. 863-634-5820.
WOOD BAR, with stem glass
& wine bottle holders, $100.

SNARE DRUM- with stand,
asking $50 (863)675-4098
Labelle evenings

Learning to talk. Can be han-
dled. $500. (863)634-9228
(863)675-4981 LaBelle area
male, 2 female, 8 wks. old,
$375. (863)467-1000.
DOG PENS, (2), Large w/gate.,
$100 or wil separate. Call
Rick (239)410-3784 in La-
on premises w/papers. $400.
PUPPIES, AKC, $350. each.
male & 1 female, purebred.
$400 (863)673-3585
$150 each. (863)763-2668
,Champ. lines. All shots. Mom
on site. Conscientious Breed-
er. $700. (772)778-6849

Double Sink, Stainless steel,
33" x 22", w/all hardware,
hoses & garbage disposal.
$45. neg. (863)763-6216
SOLAR PANELS (12), for hot
water heater. $600 or will
separate. (239)810-2821

Round, all equipment Includ-
ed, good cond, $200


disc CD changer, dual
cassette, etc. $300

TV, 19", color, no remote. $25
Zenith System 3 Space Com-
mand, 19". needs remote,

I Tools

PEDALS- computerized for
Windows 95 or dos. $25 ne
(239)657-4348 .
Whtenm you wo1 11 u M 1
ld, gadvrinfth

Ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell cins & .
paper money 239-693-891.
WANTED: Small/Older, u
Model, Diesel Tracto w/front.
end loader. Needed work ..
.m I3 763 --2053 .

Vm.'; 'V

ER, 5 Ft Cut.
ty. Looks roue
h/up. $450 (86


Extra Heavy Du-
h. Cuts good. 3.
763-51.10 ,

APPA. GELDING- wh./leopard .
spot,' 12yo, easy keeper,
good feet, good ground .
manners .-$1200 4'
BAY TB GELDING- 8yrsdid,
15.2 hands Quiet, Easy to '
tide but not for beginner .
$1800. (863)357-19764' .
el, 2 horse, New floor. $650
(863)357-1976 '
PALOMINO- 5 yrs, 5.3 hand, .
Barn & pastured, Not a. be- .
Sinner horse. $1800.. .
863)357-1945. Evenings .
PONY Small Gray mare 6 "':
yrs old, rides & drives, "
$900/neg. 863-634-5820;. .:. -
SADDLE, Bob Marshall, 15.5" '
treeless barrel. Chocolate : '.
suede. 2 mos; old. $750 e ..
(772)263-1178 : ;:
SADDLE, Bridle & Blanket. ;
$250 (863)675-4098 even.
Wings, LaBelle

TroyBilt Tiller 8hp, $600, :
Lesco SS Pro Ferltllizr ''
spreader $200 (2) R : .
.Max Trimmers $95 eact, "
(2) Echo Stick Ed ge$75
each, 1 Red Max Back Pack
Blower$200, lack Max l
gal 220 Air Compressor
1525, Miller ac/de 220 Mip
220 V, elect Stick Weldor .
$200, Triple lawn trailler :
racks $50 (863)234-1230 .
Model FTH600, 5ft; wide ex-
cellent condition. $1100or -
best offe. (863)763-5137
John Deere Garden Tractor. ,'
Good condition. $100 .
DET #107, w/mower deck,
antique, exc.cond., $59.5 .
(863)467-6696 ;...
elec dump bed, motor uvst
tuned and serviced $1995
LAWN TRAILER: New, 3x4 Ft.
Stainless Steel w/Balloon
Tires. $150. (863)357-5754
MOWER, 5fL Bush HoO'finish.
Excellent condition. Side dis-
charge. $1100 or best offer ..
42" Cut, 17.5 hp. Only 1 year
old. 6 spd. $700 or best Offer. "
RIDING MOWER, Yard Knig .'.
w/grass catcher. 38W cut 12hp ..
Brings & Stratton engine. $275 ". "*
(863)763-5062 :'^
ROTOVATOR- 6hp, Troy- -
Bilelec start,' runs exce = fl .': :" .
$350 (863)763-9020,or, *.. ,
SNAPPER 30"- $500 Call
(863)517-2077 LaBelle

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2000 PSI, 6HP engine, $100
(863)763-7989 -
SAW- 10", Makita Laser, Slide
compound, Telescopic slide
stand: $500. 863-447-5649/-
772-713-6822 .. .
SAW- Craftsman 10" com-
pound radial. On table stand.
$200, 863-447-5649 or
hoses, cutting torch & braising
tip, $400.(863)763-9527.
SHOP VAC- Sears, heavy duty
12 gal, with attachments, 4
HP, wet/dry, exc cond $30
(863)675-2596 .
TABLE SAWS, (2) Craftsman,
10", w/extensions & extra
blades. $199 for both..




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12 Okeechobee News, Friday, May 19, 2006


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

N. of OKEE- 2 Br, 1 Ba
12 mi. N of Okeechobee. $575
mo. 1st & sec. No Pets! Non
smoking envi. (863)467-1717
8:30am- 3:30pm, or email
& 1BR/1BA for lease, No
pets or smoking. Call

OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 2ba, all
S appliances, privacy fence &
patio, $1100 mo + $1100
sec (863)467-1005

BASSWOOD- 3br, 2ba, new
house, freshly painted, pets
okay, $1 250/mo.
CBS, 2 Bdrm., 1 Ba. House on
Rim Canal. Large kitchen.
$900 mo 1st., last & sec.
Please call (863)763-8711
3bd, 2 baon Canal
$1,300 per mo.
1st, last + sec.
Call 863-763-2262
KINGS BAY, 2BR/2BA, 1 car.
garage, CBS home, W&D,
1100/mo. + 1st, last & sec.
NEW HOME: 3 Bdrm 2 Ba
Tile Lv. Rm.. No HOA. $1295
* mo. .-.iawrence Asso iate3s.
3BR/2BA, pool & tennis 3v3iil
'icluaes waler & lawn service.
$,1250,mil 1863763-5137
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No wonder newspaper
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cessful people

RIM CANAL, 2BR/1BA avail.
6/10, Furnished, water view,
dock, pool, tennis, no pets.
$1,100 mo. + 1st, last &
Call (863)634-8757
4 BR, 2 Ba., CBS House
on the Water. $1425 mo. +
$1925 sec. dep.
2 BR, 1 Ba. House
$800 mo. + $1200 sec. dep.
Please call 863-467-1788 or

OKEECHOBEE, 12.25 Acres
monthly rent $100/acre. Pond,
barn. Call 561-798-1960 or

2BR/1BA, Single female pref.,
No kids. $561/mo. Util. incl.
Ref. req. 863-946-0371 Okee.

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale.. ,1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhounes Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots ,Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property-Sate 1055
Property Inspecton1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale .1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

2ba dbl wide on lake, new
metal roof, new carpet
throughout, 18ft above
ground pool, Fla room &
screen room w/jacuzzi, boat
house w/lift, fenced rear
yard, full .sprinkler system.
Asking $160,000
edaarders onaedandersori.ui
CBS, '03, 4BR'2BA, 4.73
acres, upgraded, 1375,000
Call 561-718-7557. Century
21 AmeneriCnooice
CBS, 3 BR, 1BA, Newly Re-
modeled House DI1 L01.'
Owner Financing. 1150K. Call
lor more into (8631467-1967
NEW 3/2/2 in Everglades Es-
tates. Qualiy Buill. Screen
Porch. Sprinklers, Alarm Sys.,
Central Vac. Granite Kitchen.
Gas or Electric. $249,000.

home, quiet residential area,
new appliances, heat/ac, roof
& vinyl fence. Professionally
landscaped, wellirrigation
system, 2 fountains, Florida
room, 2 sheds & carport.
$240,000 (863)532-9007
for the price of 11.64 ac. Open
House Fri & Sat. $499,000
Cash 772-418-0018
Palm Village Ranch, 3/2,
55+, Royal Wall const., car-
port, storage shed, $265k.
2 Ba. 2002 Homes of Merit
w/lot Carport. Nice quiet area.
$105,000. 863-467-1501

Buildable @ Good prices.
Okeechobee & Sebrng Area.
Marrero Real Estate, Lic.
Okee, 2.5 wooded acres, near
Hwy. 441 North, horses 10
min. from Okee $110,600.
OKEE., Corner lot, 1 ac. +,
Cleared, Septic & Well.
Ready to build. $85,000.

Dbl. Lot on Kissimmee River
w/Lake Okeechobee access.
Electric, Water, Septic Tank &
Older MH on Nice Level Lot
w/Huge Live Oak Tree.
$160,000. or best offer.
Call 260-799-4254 or

One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. lTan
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classi-

Meile Homes|

Mobile Home Lots: 2005
Mobile Home- Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Reio 2015
Mobile Homes. Sale 2020

LaBelle, '80, 24x56, 3br, 2ba
In Great shape. New Kit.
cabinets & floor.$10,000
2BR/2BA Dbl. Wide., Okeecho-
bee. Nice lot. Owner financing.
$179K. Cal 863-467-1967

When doing those chores
Is dolnj you In, It's time
to look for a helper In
the classlfleds.


Boats 3005
Cam ers/RVs .301
et Skiie 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Mscellaneous 3025
Motorcycle 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

Excellent cond. Includes trailer,
70hp Suzuki 4 stroke motor.
$5900 neg. 863-634-2342
25ft, w'/twin Yamaha salt wa-
ter fuel in. 250 hp 0/B's,
w/float on trailer, $12,000
JAVELIN- 17', 150 hp Mercury
motor. Trailer Included.
$4500. or best offer.
Jet Boat, Project; 22ft., Bies-
meyer, 454 engine, recondi-
tioned. Matching galvanized
trailer. $9700 (863)674-0898
PLASTIC BOAT, 10ft., 2-man,
swivel seats, live well, bat-
tery box & galvanized trailer.
$500 (863)635-5550
PROCRAFT 1978, 140 HP
w/trdr, & 78 Challenger II, no
motor, both for $2500.
(863)467-5770 Must Sell!
PROJECT BOAT, Mustang 24'
with metal cradle it sits on.
Need to move, its in the way.
$500 neg. (863)612-9233
Sea Ox, 20', c/c, fish finder,
175 Suzuki, w/trlr., good
cond., $5700 or best offer.

DODGE '78, Working gas stove
and refrigerator, inside lights
work. Good condition. $2000
firm. (863)675-6511
Ft., 2001, Diesel, Freight liner
chassis, 6 spd., Allison trans..,
2 slideouts, Loaded, Garage
kept. 24,500 mis. $105,000.
(863)634-3340 ,

5TH WHEEL PLATE- for pick-
up truck, $125

great, new trailer. $1000.
YAMAHA 550 '87, Wave Run-
ner w/trailer, runs good. $575
(863)674-0874 or
1100 CC w/trailer & cover.
$2250 (863)467-5672

BOAT TRAILER, Double axle
with title.$200 (239)410-3784

round nose fiberglass hull,
(Combee, big 0, etc.), $25.


rhe morem popIli

APRILIA RS50 '03- eng.
swaped'for a 250 2 stroke,
run and drives exc. $2500
BMW K75 RT '92- 70K miles,
paid $3500 asking $2500 firm
(863)634-9620 Okee area
GAS TANK- For Boss Hoss
Motorcycle. $150. or best
offer. (863)447-5193 or
HONDA 250 Crusier, 2003,
90 mpg, excellent condition
$1800. Call (863)517-2077
La Belle
HONDA SHADOW V4 500 '85-
runs, needs work, $600 or
best offer, clear title
8 6 3) 6 1 2 0 0 9 0

Sat. & Sun.
May 20 & 218t
Patches & Minor
TJ's Leather
The Market Place
Hwy. 441,

YAMAHA TTR 125 2002,
Great'shape. Well maintained.
Kick, start $1650. or best of-
fer. (863)634-7675
YAMAHA TTR 225 2004,
Looks & Runs like new.
$1995. or best offer.

FOUR WHEELER, 110 Rocketa
BMX. $1300 or best offer
w/reverse. Runs great. $1000
WOODS JEEP, 4wd, auto ,
runs goodit' $1500



good, needs some work. Ask-
ing $800 or best offer.
good on gas, clean, must be
seen!! 3602 SE 23rd Ave
$2495 (863)763-5987 1
FLEETWOOD '92-2dr, SW edi-
tion, new starter, brakes &
headliner. Runs, looks great.
$2400.neg. (772)284-1194
FORD FOCUS '02, Green,
great condition. Manual trans-
mission, 31k. Must sell!!
$4300 (561)452-8247
'86, colda/c, good transpor-
tation, can be seen at JJ Au-
to, $700. (863)946-3570
NEONS '96- (2) $800 FOR
,BOTH (863)983-9908
Low mi, Leather, Loaded. All
power, Prem. wheels, Spoil-
er $9000. (863)697-2906 -
New paint job. Needs nans-
mission. $300

Loolkng to buy Antque Car /
Convertible / Truck. Please call

'80, $2500 or best offer.

BRONCO '90- 4x4 runs good,
prev police vehicle, $3800 or
best oiler (863)697-1897

CLUB CAR, '03. new conoi-
tion, windshield, curtains,
tans, $2500. (8631697-1350
or (863)763-2063
EZ GO, '97, 3 wheeler good
cond, good batt & charger
$750 (8631697-1350 or

BEDLINER for full size Ford
Pick up Truck, excel. $100
or best offer (863)763-6747
BUGGY PARTS, 4spd. trans.,
new 12 1/2 ft. step-in frame &
4 tires with rims, 38x12.5x15.
$1000 neg. (863)673-1501
and winston, winner gets tires
P215/60R/14, asking $150
plete, with motok Fits '94
Saab 2 door. Great condi-
tion. $500. (863)697-0328
DRIVE ON RAMP- you must
remove and haul $125
MIRRORS: Set, Stock, Electric
w/defrost. For 2004 Dodge
Truck. $100. (772)201-5689
HEAD, engine &-transmis-
sion, $1200. (863)467-4328
POSI DIFF 8.5" GM, $150 or
best offer. Call
RIMS For S-10 truck, 18" x
7 1/2", brand new, never on
truck, asking $700.
Third Seat, brand new, for '99
Ford Expedition, $200.
TIRES (5) 17", Michelin,
Heavy Duty, for Dodge 2004,
8 lug. wheels. Less than 20K.
$600 (772)201-5689
7004R, $300 or best offer.
Call (863) 467-8856,
UTILITY BED, lift gate, '82
Chevy truck, all apart $400 or
best offer br trade.
VOLVO GLE 740 '85- body
good, engine needs wiring,
parts only $300 firm

CHEVY 3500 1990, 1 Ton,
Crew Cab 8 F Ultility Bed.
new paint & clean. $4750.
CHEVY '83, 1/2 Ton, 350 au-
to., 40k, needs work. $1000 or
best offer. (863)697-3805 or
DODGE, '78 WD, runs & looks
great. air, needs minor work,
2500/neg. 863-763-2227
or 863-634-4221.
DODGE RAM 50 P/U 1985. 4
spd., 4 cyl.. 7K org. mis. Good
tires. Just needs a litle TLC
FORD F150 1992, Exi. Cab,
300, 6 cyl, 5 spd. Good work
Iruck. $1500. or best offer.
FORD F150 '97- V8, new mo-
tor/trans. 7' iftt, 35" tires,
step bars, ligtnis, brush
guard, cnp,. exhaust, rear
springs, sound system, tool
box, tlinie. Great conaiiion
$9500 neg. (7721409-3182
FORD F150 XLT. -89, 2wd,
new tires, clutch, greal
shape, $2500

FORD F150 XLT '91- runs &
looks good, new tires &
brakes, AC, tool box, long
bed, $2500 (863)467-7838.
FORD F250- '85, 4x4, Runs
good. Has Super Swamper
tires. $1000. or best offer
FORD F250, '86, runs great,
new tires, a/c, $1400.
(561)202-4136 Okeechobee
runs & looks good, $1700.
NISSAN- '94, Red, Chrome
wheels, Bed liner, hitch.
Needs transmission. $500.
TOOL BOX- diamond plate,
good shape, silver, $50
TOYOTA '88, 4X4, Fat bed, 4
cyl., 5 spd., good work or play
truck. 57k. $950 neg.
TOYOTA PU '88- 4X4, 5 SPD
with air, $2500
TRUCK BED- '95, F350, Dual
wheel. Excellent shape.
$500. or best offer.

FORD BRONCO, '93, engine
trouble, $800 as is.
863-675-2759 or
FORD BRONCO, '94, blue, exc.
cond., $3300.
FORD EXPLORER '01, 5 spd.,
Pioneer CD/radio, p/w, p/. Ex-
cellent .condition. $5500 or
best offer. (863)467-4680

M105 single axle 900x20
tres $700. (863)675-1490
4FT sides, tailgate ramp. ex-
tra neavy duty elec brakes
$1600 (863)234-1230
ramps, iool box, goose neck,
2 axles $2200 or besi offer

channel, heavy tandem a.2le
$950 (772)342-7304


INTERSTATE 2006, 7x16, En-
closed, Rear Ramp, Dual Axel,
4 brakes. As New. $4800.
x 7' flat bed truck body on it,
hand winch, 2 5/16 ball.
$700 neg (863)697-9704
TRAILER, 16 ft. long, 14 ft.
loading space, 7 1/2 ft. wide,
2 toolboxes, loading ramp.
$600 (863)675-4706
TRAILER, 42 inches wide, 7 ft.
long, new tires, rims, lights &
hitch w/hand wench. $200
TRAILER, plywood deck 4x8,
tires 4.80 x 8, 1 7/8 coupler.
$80 (239)357-5984

CHEVY VAN' 87- cold air, new
tires, $790 (863)673-0782
or (863)674-0837

ton, White, Runs well.
$1200. 561-798-1960 or

Ford Hightop Van, '89, V8,
sofa bed, tow pkg., 178k
miles, $2000. LaBelle Area.
(863)675-4970 lv. msg.
GMC VAN 1986, New tires,
Needs transmission. $500.

Public Notices

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Public notice is hereby given that Feru-
son Towing will sell at Public Auction
free from all prior liens, the following
vehicles that remaining unclaimed In
storage with charges unpaid, pursuant
to Florida Statutes 713.78, to the high-
est bidder at 12065 Lakeshore Drive,
Canal PL, FL 33438.
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Sale Date: May 29,20106 @9:00 AM
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Community Events

Hospice hosting yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee %\ill be host a yard sale on Friday, June 9, and
Saturday, June 10, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the
Hospice of Okeechobee big blue Volunteer House located at the corner
of S.E. Fourth Street and Third Avenue. All proceeds benefit patient care in
Okeechobee. All yard sale donations are accepted at this location.

Church hosting Bible school
,The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will host their
annual vacation Bible school June 12-16 from 5 until 8 p.m. This year's
theme is Treasure Seekers, exploring God's promises. A nursery \\ill be
provided for helpers and those taking part in the adult class. Dinner will
also be provided. For information, call (863) 763-4021.

Benefit golf tournament planned
A benefit golf lournarnent for Danny Allison \\ill be held. Saturday,
June 17, at the Okeecriobee Golf & Country Club. The tournament will
get under %ay at 8 a.m. Tournament format will be a four-person scram-
ble, make your own team. The entry fee will include green fees, prizes
and a barbecue. Proceeds from the tournament will help defray medical
expenses incurred by Mr. Allison. For information or to enter, call (863)
763-1921, ext. 11. The deadline for paid entries is Saturday, June 10.

Lake Denton Camp dates slated
Summer camp is back at Lake Denton Camp in Avon Park. Camp for
grades six through eight will be held June 18-24. Reduced rates are avail-
able if registered by May 28. For grades nine through 12 camp is July 16-
22. Reduced rates are available if registered before June 15. The camp for
grades two through five will be July 23-27, and reduced rates are available
if registered before July 1. Call Pam at (863) 634-9280, or the camp at
(863) 453-3627 for information and an application.

Church schedules Bible school
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W.32nd St., will host their Vacation
Bible School June 19-23 from 6 until 9 p.m. This year's topic is Artic Edge,
Where Adventure Meets Courage. Classeswill be from age 3 to adult. A
class for the deaf will also be available. Child care for 2 and under will be
provided for parents attending VBS. A kick-off event is scheduled for June
17 from 9 until 11:30 a.m. Registration forms may be downloaded at, or picked up at the church office. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-1699.

April Brown (Yates) benefit will be June 24
A memorial benefit has been scheduled for April Brown (Yates) on
Saturday, June 24, from noon until 4 p.m. at Good Spirits, 245 U.S. 441 S.E.
Spaghetti dinners will be $5 per plate. There will also be a live band,
karaoke and an auction to help raise funds for funeral expenses. A trust
fund has been set up at Big Lake National Bank. For information, call April
Selph at (863) 447-1141.

Realtors host benefit links tourney
The Okeechobee County Board of Realtors will host their annual golf
tournament on Saturday, June 24, at 8 a.m. at the Okeechobee Golf and
Country Club. Proceeds will benefit the Okeechobee High School Schol-
arship Fund and Habitat for Humanity. The Board of Realtors is looking
for teams, sponsors and anyone interested in donating a door prize. Call
J.D. Mixon for details at (863) 763-0999.

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 trib-
ute 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.

Martha's House offers weekend getaway
Martha's House is selling tickets for a weekend getaway for two. Ticket
are $5 each and includes a two-night stay at the Oceanside Holiday Inn

Express in Juno Beach and a full breakfast each morning; a $50 dinner gift
certificate; and, two movie tickets for the Brahman Theater All proceeds
Will benefit shelter and outreach programs at Martha's House Domestic
Violence Services. To purchase a ticket, call their Outreach Office at (863)
763-2893. The drawing will be held July 4, and you need not be present to

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. Registration 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 fur-
nish birth certificates, shot records and health certificate for students. The
deadline for registration is May 31.
Labor Day Festival, rodeo planned
The annual Labor Day Festival, Parade and PRCA Rodeo will be held
Sept. 2-4 in Okeechobee. For information, contact the Okeechobee
SChamber of Commerce at (,863") 763-6464.

Salvation Army offers financial help
If you are in a financial bind due to a crisis, call the Salvation Army -
Okeechobee Service Unit office at (863) 763-6020 and leave your name
and phone number. Calls are retumed Monday through Friday. Help is
available for referrals, rent, electric, water or sewer, prescriptions and
other necessities of life. Appointments .are on the first four Thursdays of
each month, from 1:30 until 4p.m.

Center offers parenting classes
The Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505 S. Parrott Ave., Suite D, offers a
continuous 10-week free parenting class on Tuesdays from 7 until 8 p.m..
Attendance each week earns participants an opportunity to "purchase"
items from their Baby Boutique. Classes will not be held during the
month of July. For information, call (863) 763-8859; or, (863) 697-6320.

Volunteers needed to plan parade
People are needed from a cross section of the community to be part of
a committee that will plan the Martin Luther King Day parade. To become
a part of the committee, call George Robinson at (863) 610-0973.

Blood donors are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors in Okeechobee.
The blood mobile will be at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., on the
second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The mobile unit
will be at the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on the fourth Sat-
urday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The month of August may
be skipped. For information, call (863) 382-4499. All blood types are need-
ed. There is no upper age limit, and most medications and conditions are
acceptable. Diabetes and blood pressure donations can also be accepted.
A picture ID is needed for all donors.

Real Life continuing yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will continue having
yard sales throughout the month of May on Thursdays and Fridays only.
Sale times are 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The yard sales help support activities for
the children. Usable donations are always accepted, but must be deliv-
ered to the Ranch.

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.

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 Shearwater
boat complete with a 150hp, four-stroke EFI Suzuki outboard and an alu-
minum 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 1863) 467-2321.

Fundraiser benefits burn center
'Tickets for a 2006 Cadillac CTS that will be given away at 7 p.m. on
SDec. 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 Christ-
ian Church of Okeechobee, and is located at 8082 S.R. 70 W. The minister
is Richard Barker and the Associate Minister is Willard Delaney. Sunday
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 County
Sheriff's Office, Okeechobee City Police Department, Okeechobee Board
of County Commissioners, Okeechobee City Council and the Okee-
chobee Chamber of Commerce, are organizing an alternative to door-to-
door 'Tick-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 director for Okee-
chobee Main Street Inc., at
Please provide a contact name and phone number. If you are interested in
making a monetary or prize donation, please call (863) 634-9491.

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: ohs

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. Activ-
ities are held from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. This is a free service to sen-
iors age 60 and over.

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

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

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