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Okeechobee News

Vol. 97 No. 153 Friday, June 2,2006 50t Plus tax


j A note from
the Chamber
A company posing as the
Okeechobee County Cham-
ber of Commerce is making
phone calls and asking busi-
nesses that they renew their
advertising on the Chamber
map or select new advertising.
These people are not associat-
ed with the Okeechobee
County Chamber of Com-
merce in any way. Please refer
any calls from this .company to
the Chamber office at 763-
6464, so Chamber officials can
advise them to cease and
desist using the Chamber's
name and credibility for their
own purposes. The Chamber
of Commerce does not solicit
over the phone. Any Chamber
of Commerce campaign will
be in writing and will deal
directly with the Chamber
office at 55 S. Parrott Ave.
Road closings
County Route 15B will be
closed to through traffic for
repair of the railroad crossing
beginning June 5. Beginning
June 12, C.R. 15A will be
closed for the same reason.
Hwy 78 Eastis
down to one lane
Do to efforts to extinguish
thefire at Curry Island in Lake-
port Highway 78 East is shut
down td one lane of traffic.
Expect delays and exercise

Inside .

Rodeo members to
compete in evetit
Eight members of the
Okeechobee High School
SCOHS rodeo team quairiRd e.:
compete at the state finals in
Kissimmee on, June -. 10
These, young cowboys and
cowgirls had to finish in the
top 15 in each of their events
and also have a school grade
point average of at least 2.0 to
qualify for the next round of
The following team mem-
bers will represent Okee-
chobee at the Florida. High
School Rodeo State Finals:
Bobbie Jo Haberlandt, Brock!
Hancock, Wayfe Peaden, A.J."
Summerford, Chasey Bass,
Logan Coker, Nick Mazzillh
and Jessica Ziglar.
Page 6

Drought Index-
Current: 568
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

12.67 feet

Lake level ,.
Last Year:
4 14.00 feet J.Z1
South Florida
Water Management District.
Depth given in feet above sea
S level.)

Classifieds . . .10-12
Comics .. . . . . .9
Community Events ... .4
Crossword'. . . . .10
QObituaries ......3
Opinion ....... .4
Speak Out . . . .. .4
Sports . . . . . .6

TV .....

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how to contact the newspaper.

Community Links. Individual Voices.

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Local FCAT scores mixed

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Recently released FCAT
scores 'show that statewide the
percentage of students in grades
3 through 10 who scored grade
level or above in reading or
math stayed the same or
increased over last year's,
The only decrease in scores
statewide was in fourth grade
reading which dropped from 71

percent in 2005 to 66 percent in
2006. The Associated Press
reported that statewide students
in -grades 3 through 10 have
made the biggest one-year
increase in reading scores since
2001 and have also improved in
However, the improvement
was not so dramatic among
Okeechobee schools. .
Individual school grade lev-
els showed mixed gains when.
measured against that school's

same grade levels last year. With
some exceptions, Okeechobee
schools scored below the state
average for each grade level this
year. ,.
On the' positive side, Central,
Elementary's third grade read-
ers scored 76 percent, one per-
cent above the state average. r
All of the Okeechobee fourth
grade reading .classes scored
below the state average of 66.
The only fifth grade readers
to score above state average

-were from Central Elementary
School. Central Elementary fifth
grade readers scored 74 per-
cent, the highest reading score
of the district's fifth graders and
several points; above the state
average of 67. .
Okeechobee's sixth graders
scored below the state average
'in redding. However, .Yearling
'Middle School sixth graders
scored a 62, only two, points
below the state average of 64.
Yearling Middle School's sev-

enth grade readers scored 60
percent, one point below the
state average of 61.
Okeechobee's eighth, ninth
and tenth grade readers scored
below the state reading average.
Turning to math, the only
schools matching .or scoring
above state average were North
Elementary School, Yearling
Middle School and Osceola Mid-
dle School.
See FCAT--Page 2

Salazar gets

death penalty

Hatcher to
be retried
By Katrina Elsken
Okeechobee News
Nearly. six years after the
death of Evelyn Jean Nutter, the
fate of the man who shot her is
still uncertain.
Last Friday, a six-person
Okeechobee County jury could
not reach a verdict on the mur-
der and attempted murder
charges facing Julius Hatcher,.
26, who has, under oath in
court, admitted he pulled the
A new trial has been set for
June 12.
In the very early morning
hours of June 27, 2000, armed
mn- m entered the- Fort Dr-um
home of E\elyn Jean Nutter
and Ronze Cummings. Mr.
Cummings and Ms. Nutter
were bound with duct tape
and had plastic bags secured
over their heads before each

was shot in the head.
Julius -Hatcher of Miami,
and Neil Salazar, 38, of
Trinidad, both faced charges
of attempted murder, murder
and grand theft auto in con-
nection with the crimes.
In. a March 2006 trial,
Salazar was found guilty of
first degree murder, attempted
murder and grand theft auto,
and the 12-person jury unani-
mously-recommended Salazar
receivelthe death penalty.
'On May 30, Judge Sher-
wood Bauer sentenced
Salazar to the death penalty.
"With the 12-0 recommen-
dation, we certainly expected
it," said Assistant State Attor-
ney Ashley Albright. "Given
the facts in this case, it was
Ms. Nutter, Mr. Cummings
and their 2-year-old child were
in their Fort Drum home on
June 27, 2000, when two men
See Salazar Page 2



This 145-acre pasture across from the Treasure Island fire
station is being purchased by the state. It is part of the
site of the Battle of Okeechobee and, will be developed
into a park.
came about as a result of dona- She said the Okeechobee
tions from the descendants of. chapter sort of inherited the
Colonel Richard Gentry of the monument from their sister
Missouri volunteers, who was chapters: One of their first proj-
killed in the. battle, and the ects was an attempt to move the
efforts of two (DAR) chapters., monument from its present
Mrs. Wagner said that DAR location to Flagler Park. Howev-
chapter in Fort Pierce and West or, they were unsuccessful in
Palm Beach were instrumental their efforts.
in erecting the monument. Therefore, they decided to
There was no DAR chapter in rededicate the monument
Okeechobee until Mrs. Wagner'
organized one in 1995. See Landmark Page 2

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Located in the parking lot of
an out of business Treasure
. Island restaurant, flanked by a
maibox and serving as a collec-
tion point for garbage cans is a
historical marker pmany"people
piobablv pass each day without
much thought.
The marker commemorates
the Dec. 25, 1837, Battle of
Oke :,chiobee which the text of
the marker proclaims to be, "the
turning point of organized Iridi-
an resistance in Florida."
Now that the state is pur-
chasing a 145-acre site where,
the battle was foughl, several
'people have said that the logical
thing would be to move the
marker to the site. The monu-
ment would compliment, the
planned museum and camp-
sites when rthe site is developed
into a park.
Marion Wagner, past' presi-
dent of the Okeechobee chapter
of the Daughters of the Ameri-,
can Revolution (DAR) is very
definitely in favor of this idea
and thinks her chapter would
support such a move.
The marker, erected in 1939,

By Audrey Blackwell
People taking station drugs to
help reduce their blood choles-
terol count may have heard
about a possible
grapefrtuit/grapefruit juice inter-
While some station drugs
have been found to interact with
grapefruit, not all drugs in the
station class do interact, and this
information is made available to
physicians andipharmacists.
The Florida Department of
Citrus (FDOC) has a grapefruit
juice interaction program that
provides updated facts to physi-
cians and pharmacists, who in
turn talk to patients, according
to Patty Vaccero, in advertising
for FDOC.

While FDOC does not have a
consumer program, a, link on
the FDOC web site, www.flori-, takes the reader to
the Center for Food-Drug Inter-
action Research and Education
where a chart rates the degree
of drug interactions with grape-
fruit as either "strong," "moder-
ate," or "weak."
Denise Taleothodoros, vice
president of GolinHarris Public
Relations, said the FDOC coding
system replicates what the drug
industry uses for rating.
"Thqre is no need to discon-
tinue drinking grapefruit juice if
the drug is coded that it has a
weak interaction. But if one is
experiencing problems with
their medications, they should
tell. their doctor they are drink-
ing grapefruit juice or eating

grapefruit," she said.
Ms. Taleothodoros said the
drug interaction issue is another
issue the citrus industry faces
"Statins are the number one
drug class in America today. It's
a problem when the media and
doctors say to avoid grapefruit
juice and there, is no reason' to
avoid it for all stations she said.
The issue needs clarification.
While there may be some drugs
within a class of drugs that can
interact with grapefruit, such as
stations, other drugs in the class
may have only a minimal or no
interaction. People should
check with their doctors.
Susanne Mertens-Talcott,
Ph.D., at the. University of Flori-
See Drugs Page 2

Class of 2006
Amanda Rodriguez (left) and Luz Rodriguez (right)
arrived together for Tuesday evening's graduation cere-
mony at the Agri-Civic Center. Both are members of the
2006 class of Okeechobee High School.

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Battle of Okeechobee: Historic marker in disarray

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
This marker, commemorating the Dec. 25, 1837, Battle of Okeechobee sits in a vacant
restaurant parking lot flanked by a mailbox. Notice the garbage cans behind the marker. the marker, the battle was "the turning point of organized Indian resistance
in Florida. ",

Historic marker may be moved
By Pete Gawda L I
Okeechobee News lk. -

Some drugs interact

badly with grapefruit juice

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information to the public in
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awareness, and protection.
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this agency's belief that an
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offenders have always lived in
communities. The only change
is the public is now better
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Okeechobee was convicted of

Lewd Lascivious Child under
the age of 16, and Sexual Bat-
tery by Adull tVictim under the
age of 12. If you have any ques-
tions regarding this bulletin
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News Briefs

Survey will help with stormwater plan
OKEECHOBEE The City of Okeechobee and Okeechobee
County are jointly involved in preparing a stormwater master plan to
deal with the overall drainage situation in the county, and they need
your help.
Residents are being asked to fill out a simple six-question form
describing drainage problems with which they are familiar. Addi-
tional comments can be added.
The forms can be picked up at Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E.
Third Ave.; the Okeechobee County Annex, 499 N. W. Fifth Ave.;
and, the South Florida Water Management District, Okeechobee Ser-
vice Center at-205 N. Parrott Ave., Suite 201.
Completed forms can be returned to the above locations or e-
mailed to The deadline for submission
of forms is June 15.

Survey will help business community
O OKEECHOBEE The Economic Restructuring Committee of
Okeechobee Main Street has designed a survey to be used to identify
the needs of the business community. :
Committee members will be delivering the forms to business
owners located in the downtown local planning area (LPA), which
is the: target district for data input. Businesses outside.the LPA,are
urged to participate..
Survey results will be used to assist the committee in prioritizing
projects that will help community direct issues of con-
cern to the proper authorities. :
Survey forms are available at the Main Street website www.main-; or, by contacting Executive Director Lydia
Jean Williams at (863) 357-MAIN.

Business cards needed
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee County Board of County
Commissioners is compiling a collection of material, including busi-
ness cards, to be placed in a time capsule in front of the new Okee-
chobee County Judicial Center.
The deadline for submitting business cards is June 1.
Those interested iniparticipating can mail their business cards to
the Okeechobee County Administrator's Office, Room 106, Okee-
chobee County Courthouse, 106 N.W. Second St., Okeechobee, Fla.
34974; or, take them to Vicki Smith in the county administrator's

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where it was, which they did witi
, elaborate ceremony on Feb
15, 1997. Okeechobee Historica
Society President Belt
Williamson was the feature
The present condition
marker is a far cry from the way
looked in a photograph taken a
the time of the rededication. Mrs
SWagner and some of her.friend
had scrubbed it until it shone lik
the proverbial new penny.
The marker is located at th
edge of U. S. 441 S. E. in the park
- ing lot of Old Habits restaurant

Mrs. Wagner said it was originally,
erected closer to the highway and
had to be moved back when the
highway was widened. .
h A recent visit to the marker
. revealed five garbage cans hud-
El dled behind it.
y The marker commemorates
d an event that took place a half a
century before there were.any
while settlers in the area and ihe
e terrain was much different. _.; .
it During the second Seminole
t War, Colonel Zachary Taylor was
s. commander of the garrison at
s Tampa Bay. He was ordered to
e capture a band of three or four
hundred escaped Indians that
e were headed toward Lake Okee-
k- chobee. .,
t. Colonel Taylor set out with:

1,067 men including regular
troops, volunteers and 70
Delaware Indians, according to
"The Cracker History of Okee-
chobee" by Lawrence E. Will.,
Colonel Taylor left his artillery
and'baggage at a stockade about
18 miles north of Lake Okee-
chobee that he named Fort
Bassinger. Then he proceeded on
to ford Mosquito Creek and do
battle with the Seminoles on-
Christmas Day, 1837. The Indians
were on a cypress hammock and
the troops charged at them across
a sawgrass marsh.
Who won the battle is a matter
of which historian one reads.
"The Guide to the Lake Okee-
chobee Area" by Bill and Carol
Gregware states: "Taylor claimed

Mr. Will says that the Indians
withdrew and "the soldiers
claimed the victory."
The opposite story is,told by
Mrs. Williamson and Twila Valen-
tine in their book "Strolling Down
Country Roads." These authors
claim that the Battle of Okee-
chobee is "one of the few battles
between the Seminole nation and
the U. S. Army in which the Semi- -
noles could claim victory."
However, there is agreement
that the soldiers suffered over-
whelming casualties and the Indi-
ans withdrew in the face of supe-
rior numbers. .
The soldiers did rot pursue the
withdrawing Indians.

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North Elementary's third
grader math students tied the
state average of 72 percent of
high achieving students.
Yearling's sixth grade readers
beat Osceola's sixth graders and
tied the state mathematics aver-.
age of 53. "
However, Osceola. Middle
School seventh graded math stu-
dents scored 59; beating.Yearling
seventh graders and they were
Four points above the state aver-
age of 55.
When asked why most Okee-
chobee FCAT scores are below
state, averages, Sharon Suits,
director of K-12 accountability
and assessment for Okeechobee
schools, stated that there are.
several reasons.
One reason, she listed, was
the socio-economic level of the
Another factor is the number
of Limited English Proficiency
(LEP) and Exceptional Student
Education (ESE) students tested.
Ms. Suits noted that Okeechobee
schools test more students in
those categories, than many
schools do. She said that many
schools prefer to do an alterna-
tive assessment for those cate-,
gories of students.
"It's better to assess students
on an even plane to get an idea
of their progress," she asserted.
Ms. Suits said that the scores
of LEP and ESE students are not
taken into consideration when

school grades are calculated.
School grades, which are tied to
funding, are expected to.. be
announced some time next
In those cases where the
FCAT scores are above state
average, Ms. Suits stated that
either the demographics of that
school are different or that
school's faculty has worked hard
to develop a successful strategy.
"The accountability in Flori-
da's school ., grading system
ensures the state measure the
progress of every student in
every school year," stated Gover-
nor Job Bush in a Florida Depart-
ment of Education press release.
"Measuring allows us 'to cele-
brate gains as well as identify
potential problems. This year's
higher scores are evidence that
our reforms are working and our
'students are learning."
"Florida has witnessed what
education reforms can do to
improve student learning as evi-
dence by this recent, success,"
said education commissioner
John Winn in the same press
However, there are some dis-
sonting opinions.
"The latest FCAT results are
nothing to brag about," House
Democratic leader Chris Smith
of Fort Lauderdale was quoted
by the Associated Press.. "The
real measure of Florida's public
schools lies with independent
research groups that-show Flori-
da has the worst graduation rate
in the nation and SAT scores that
languish near the bottom."

Continued From Page 1
broke in,. restrained them with
duct tape and put plastic bags
over their heads. After being
questioned about someone
telling federal agents about a
drug deal, Ms. Nutter-and Mr.
Cummings were taken into sep-
arate rooms and shot. in the
head, Mr. Cummings later told
Ms. Nutter died at the scene.
In testimony in Salazar's trial,
Hatcher said he duct-taped and
shot Mr. Cummings and Ms. Nut-
ter with Salazar holding them all
at gun point and giving the
"He told me if I didn't do it
(duct-tape and.shoot Mr. Cum-
mings and Ms. Nutter) he'd leave
me there," said Hatcher.
He quoted Salazar as saying,
"Ifyou don't want to die here,
you do what Isay:"
He testified to duct-taping
both victims, taping the blue
plastic bags over their heads and
making a small hole in the bag
on Mr..Cummings' head while

Continued From Page 1
da, conducts research on grape-
fruit and is looking at interactions
with beta blockers and stations.
She said the Center for Food-
Drug Interaction Research and
Education compiles their

Salazar's back was turned. He "
told of Salazar's order to drag the
taped yictims back into separate
bedrooms. He said he put a pil-
low over the head of Ms. Nutter
first, then Mr. Cummings and.
shot each through the pillow. He
said Mr. Cummings got .to his
feet screaming after the first
"I started to walk out of the
room but Neil said I had to do it
again,".he said. .
SAfter driving back to Miami,
Hatcher said he went to a motel.
He eventually went to his father
and told the whole story, but left
out the fact that he had actually
done'the shooting. 'His father
advised him to go to the police.
After' his admission of guilt to
police on July 5, 2000, he was
charged with first-degree mur-
He later agreed to testify
against Salazar in exchange for
immunity from.the death penal-
In the trial last week, Hatcher
was found, guilty of grand theft
auto, but the jury was unable: to
reach a verdict on the other

research studies on information
found in scientific journals. -
The research began in 2003
and is ongoing. UF researchers
will add to their studies as more
drugs are developed.
"A lot of phytochemicals react
with drugs, not just grapefruit. It
may be necessary, to extend our
research to other fruits and veg-
etables," she said.


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Grace Christian School looks to the future

By Ashley Hickox
Special to the Okeechobee News
The fate of Grace Christian
School is yet to be decided, as of
press time only 40 students have
enrolled for the 06-07 school year.
However, if GCS will be open next
year there will be many changes
in store. First off, Marie Brooks
who is currently the fifth grade
teacher at Grace Christian School
will change hats beginning June
1. She will be taking over as GCS's
only administrator a position that
is currently being filled by Pastor
Dave Ogden. Mr. Ogden has been
principal of GCS for the past two
years now. When asked if he was
sad to leave, his response was, "I
have enjoyed all aspects of being
principal at Grace Christian
School, especially the interaction
with the children, but I am glad to
be relieved of the headaches from
administrative duties." He also
said that as Pastorof Grace Christ-
ian Church he plans to still be
around campus. In his capacity as
Pastor of Grace Christian Church,
the school current governing
body, Mr. Ogden voiced his con-
cerns for Mrs. Brooks to take over
as principal. He said that in the
last year alone upwards of 70 per-
cent of tuition was not paid and
the church had to take out a loan
on the athletic field to cover the
$100,000.00 that the school did
not have to cover its operating
expenses. That expense was the
result of poor budgeting. For the
first time ever GCS offered its
teachers health insurance this

year, which was $3,000.00 a
month that was not budgeted. Mr.
Ogden also pointed out a few
other things that many people
may not realize. Public schools
get $6,700.00 per students for
education benefits. That money
comes from
property taxes,
which ONLY
public schools
receive. GCS
has been trying
to offer its stu-
dents and
teachers the
same benefits s a
that public Pastor Dave
schools offer, Ogden
-but with Christ-
ian values, for
half of what public schools have
to operate. Plans for Mrs. Brooks
taking over administrative duties
began as early as last Christmas.
Mrs. Brooks is excited about tak-
ing over the position, but is also
nervous. She said at first she was
hesitant to have any part in it, but
the more she began to pray about
it, she felt God was telling her to
take control. She also said the
staff has been very supportive in
her decision, and she thinks all
will work out for the betterment
of the school. I sat down with Mrs.
Brooks to ask her a few questions.
I asked her what she thought
about the rumors circulating
through the school and commu-
nity that GCS will be closing their
doors after twenty-nine years. She
told me that she felt those rumors
were unfounded. According to

Ms. Brooks the current School
Board has set a goal of 100 stu-
dents by July 1. She is also
encouraging parents who plan to
have their children come to GCS
next year, not to hesitate to enroll.
If GCS does not meet its 100 stu-
dent goal, and
the funds are
simply not
there, then, -
sadly. Grace
will have to
close its doors,
and those who :
are already
enrolled will
get their Mrs. Marie
deposit back. Brooks
But don't fret;
Mrs. Brooks.
said that no one wants to see GCS
close its doors, especially after
twenty-nine years of being a light-
house to our community. Stu-
dents and staff WANT to be here!
When I asked her what her plans
for GCS's future she told me
about how in the coming years it
will be more structured. She is
introducing a school wide disci-
plinary program, one for elemen-
tary, and one for Middle/High
school. Mrs. Brooks also stated
that GCS will be attending ACSI
competitions, spelling bees and
speech meets. Next year, the GCS
High School Program will have
Abbeca Books and DVDs avail-
able for students taking Algebra I,
Algebra II, and Geometry stu-
dents. Students taking such class-
es will get the additional help they
need. The most shocking change

Mrs. Brooks informed me of was
that next year will be one of tran-
sition, meaning that instead of
being governed by Grace Christ-
ian Church, they will be breaking
away from them, and becoming
an independent community
school. GCS is currently in the
process of looking for churches
that want to help support Grace.
The new board will be made up
of various church members. If
anyone is interested they are
asked to contact Mrs. Brooks at
(863) 763-3072. In addition, if any-
one would like to make a dona-
tion, either to the general fund, or
to help pay for students tuition,
they will receive a receipt, and
those donations are tax
deductible! There will also be a
few other roles being changed at
GCS. Mr. Jeremy Ellis will be tak-
ing over the High School class. To
take Mr. Ellis's place in fourth
grade, GCS is happy to announce
the appointment of a Mrs. Judy
Jones. Ms, Jones is currently
employed with the Okeechobee
County School Board, but after
much prayer has decided to join
the GCS Family. She is a State of
Florida Certified Teacher with fif-
teen years experience, and is
active in her church. The school is
,still currently looking for a kinder-
garten teacher. The minimum
requirement is a CDA. Grace
Christian School continues to ask
for your prayers for GCS in the
coming months. Remember, if
you wish your child to attend
lease enroll now!

Arrest Log

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving under
the influence (DUI) charges by the
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO), the Okeechobee
City Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP),
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC) or
the Department of Corrections
David Allen Sparks, 34, of
Northeast Sixth Street in Okee-
chobee was .arrested on May 24
and charged with driving under the
influence and driving with driver's
license suspended. Bond was set at
Thomas Shields, 44, of South-
east 39th Avenue, was arrested May
27. He faces charges of battery and
filseTimprison menl. Deputy 'Gra-
cie was the arresting officer.'"Bhnd
was set at $3,500.
Melissa Carnley, 19, of North-
east Second Street in Okeechobee
was arrested on May 25 and
charged with violation of probation

- driving while license suspended.
Bondwas set at $500.
Terry Levine Wright, 45, of
Northeast 14th Avenue in Okee-
chobee was arrested on May 25
and charged with third degree
grand theft. Wright was released on
his own recognizance.
Troy Dwayne Adams of South-
west 21st Street in Okeechobee
was arrested on May 25 and
charged with driving under the
influence. Bond was set at $1,500.
Juan Gonzalez, 34, of Park
Avenue in Lake Placid was arrested
on May 25 and charged with viola-
tion of probation driving under
the influence. No bond was set.
Michael Blaine Frank, 43, of
U.S. 441 S. was arrested on May 25
and charged with violation of pro-
tection order for domestic iolenice,
aggravated stalking and possession
of drug paraphernalia. Bond was
seat $11,500.
Joe Louis Garza, 27, of North-
east 62nd Avenue in Okeechobee
was arrested on May 25 and

charged with two counts of amend-
ed violation of probation felony
battery. No bond was set.
Juan Granados Vera, 20, of
Okeechobee at large was arrested
on May 29 and charged with driving
under the influence and no valid
driver's license. Bond was set at
Danny Ray Bey, 45, of North-
west Fourth Street in Okeechobee
was arrested on May 28 and
charged with violation of probation
- aggravated stalking injunction.
No bond was set.
Jose Gabriel Ruiz, 28, of
Northwest 10th Avenue in Okee-
chobee was arrested on May 28
and charged with driving under the
influence, and no valid driver's
license. Bond was set at $1,000.
William Lee Dimmick, 46, of
U.S. 441 Southeast in Okeechobee
was arrested on May 28 and
charged with driving under the
influence. Bond was set at $500.
Christian Gomez, 23, of Port
St. Lucie was arrested on May 28

Okeechobee News/Audrey Blackwell
Trekking to the movies
Traffic had to be extra careful as the entire class body of Central Elementary took to the
sidewalks and cross streets on the last day of school, May 26, heading to Brahman The-
atres on foot. The kids were accompanied by teachers and parent volunteers. Other ele-
mentary school kids attended the movie earlier in the morning.



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Staff Pastor FOY MUNLIN of

Kenneth Copeland come

Ft. Worth, Texas

and charged with driving under the
influence. Bond was set at $500.
Mark Mongillo, 50, of South-
east 39th Avenue in Okeechobee
was arrested on May 26 and
charged with possession of
cocaine. Bond was set at $5,000.
Robert Detzer, 28, of South-
east 27th Street in Okeechobee was
arrested on May 26 and charged
with grand theft, two counts of
dealing in stolen property and two
counts of defrauding a pawnbro-
ker. Bond was set at $5,000.
David James Sample, 42, of
Southwest Fifth Avenue in Okee-
chobee was arrested on May 29
and charged with possession of
cocaine. Bond was set at $5,000.
S* Thomas Robert Shields, 44, of
Southeast 37th Avenue in Okee-
chobee was arrested on May 26
and charged with violation of pro-
bation DUI. Bond was set at
Cynthia Kay Lightsey, 47, of
Southeast 57th Drive in Okee-
chobee was arrested on May 26
and charged with failure to appear
- aggravated battery great bodily
harm. Bond was set at $10,000.
This column lists arrests and not
convictions, unless otherwise stat-
ed. 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.


Minnie Sellers Perry
Minnie Sellers Perry, age 74, of
Okeechobee died Saturday, May
27, 2006 at her residence. Born
May 7, 1932, Mrs. Sellers had been
a resident of Okeechobee since
1968. She enjoyed gardening.
She is preceded in death by her
husband, Elmer Perry; sister, Maga-
lene Pratt; brothers, Virgil Sellers
and Jay Sellers.
She is survived by her son,
Elmer Perry of Okeechobee;
daughter, Brenda Lowe Perry of
California; brothers, Jessie Sellers,
Frankie Sellers, and Robert Sellers,
all of Knoxville, Tenn.; sisters, Sylvia
Smith and Nancy Pratt both of
Knoxville, Tenn. In addition, she is
survived by five grandchildren, and
three great grandchildren.
The family has decided not to
hold visitation or services at this
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of the Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory.

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"Strolling Down Country Roads" is a pictorial history of
Okeechobee County.

Historical Society offers

Father's Day Special

The Okeechobee Historical
Society will have a book signing
for their book entitled,
"Strolling Down Country
Roads, Okeechobee County"
on Saturday, June 3. Co-author
Betty Chandler Williamson (the
other author Twila Valentine
passed away in 2003) will be at
Riverside Bank from 10 a.m.
until noon and from 1 p.m. until
4 p.m. at Eli's Western Wear
Store. "Miz Betty" will be inter-
viewed on WOKC, June 1, from
8 .m. until 9 a.m. This unique
book about our area is in its
second printing since first pub-
lished in 1993. The Riverside
Bank sponsored the re-printing.
It sells for $40 per book.
Funds from the book sales
assist with the projects that the
Okeechobee Historical Society
sponsors. One such project will

begin this summer when a local
artist, Kathy Scott, will paint a
large historical mural on a
downtown building using funds
generated from book sales and
other projects of the society.
This will be the third mural the
Historical Society is responsible
for in the downtown area. The
first is the 140 ft. by 16 ft. high
historical painting on the old
school gymnasium. The second
one is the city seal painted on
the north side of City Hall to
commemorate the city's 90th
birthday in 2005. Historical
Society members enjoy remem-
bering the history of Okee-
chobee through murals, books
and various other ways. They
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WARRIORS: I have watched on television and read about how
they intend to punish our troops for killing so called innocent Iraqis.
How about them killing our innocent troops that are over there
dying to give them a better way of life? When we decide to go into a
foreign country, our troops should be allowed to play by the same
rules that their opponents do. Our politicians should either volun-
teer to go over there and fight this war or better yet keep your
mouths shut. The politicians are the ones who caused us to lose the
war in Vietnam and their the ones who will cause us to lose this one.
Their children remain safe at home, because they have parents who
can keep them out of harm's way. I don't hear of any of them losing
their children. Let the warriors do what our country trained them to
do. Has anybody ever heard the term, "All is fair in love and war"?
Iraq is turning into another politicians' war.

LOVE BUGS: I am a native from Michigan, and we call them May
flies or fish flies. They are not only a pain in Florida, but in Michigan
also. (Editor's note: According to the University of Florida, May flies,
which are native to the United States, are similar to love bugs. The
love bugs that plague Florida highways are originally native to Cen-
tral America.)

FLOODING: Who do we call about the flooding in the Palm
Creek area? The drains do not work. The west drain that goes from
north to south, does not work at all. The garages, the driveways are
full of water, the next day. I would like to know who do we call and
who is going to check this out. It is very important for us in Palm
Creek to know what to do and how to handle it. Editor's note: The
City of Okeechobee and Okeechobee County are jointly involved in
preparing a stormwater master plan to deal with the overall
drainage situation in the county. Residents are being asked to fill out
question form describing drainage problems with which they are
familiar. Additional comments can be added. The forms will be pub-
lished periodically in the newspaper or can be picked up at Okee-
chobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave.; the Okeechobee County Annex,
499 N. W. Fifth Ave.; and, the South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict, Okeechobee Service Center at 205 N. Parrott Ave., Suite 201.
Completed forms can be returned to the above locations or e-
mailed to The deadline for submission
of forms is June 15.

DAVINCI CODE: About people calling about "The DaVinci
Code"? This is all false. Jesus rounded up his apostles and asked
fhem drop everyone they owned, their jobs, wives arid girlfriends to
follow him. Do you think they would put up with Jesus having a girl-
friend and follow him as the Lord? No way, that's proof right there. It
is all pure fiction and them that believe it I feel sorry for you. Our
Jesus was our Messiah and our Lord and the Lamb of God. He died
for forgiveness of sins and all you have to do is accept him into your
heart, he could change your life. Amen.

SPORTS: I attended an end of the year party for a kids' sports
team. I was offended to find it was an open bar party. Who was the
party for? The adults or the kids? Is it right for the kids' celebration to
benefit a parents' habit? I think this sets a very poor example.

,a The DAVINCI CODE: DaVinci was mad at God because he
never had a masterpiece as far as his art and then he got into invent-
ing things. No one would buy his things and take him serious. And
then Michelangelo came. around and he was jealous of him.
Michelangelo sculpted the David statue and painted the Celestin
chapel. DaVinci was mad at God that is why he painted the last sup-
per with a woman in there. Who are you going to trust a man that
lived 1100 or 1200 years after Jesus? Or men like Matthew, Mark,
Luke and John that lived with Jesus. I believe the ones that live with
Jesus that is who I am going to believe.

SEATBELTS: About seatbelts, in the Thursday paper. Excuse me,
you put the seatbelt on before you put the car in gear, and drive
down the road. That way you won't hit somebody when you put
your seatbelt on.

FICTION: I have been reading where people are so upset about
"The DaVinci Code." People, it's fiction. The book is a novel. The
author made it up. He does not claim that any of it is true. It's just for
entertainment like any other novel. The same goes for the movie. It's
just a story. No one is claiming that it is true. It's make believe:

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Letter to the Editor

Cleaning up Viking
My name is Susan Williams. I
am on the Board of Supervisors of
the Coquina Water Control Dis-
trict and I live on a ranch that bor-
ders the Viking area. I travel East
Line Road daily and I am amazed
at how quickly the road has been
restored to its former pristine
state. The reason: The Viking
Convenience Center has been
opened for over a month and the
Viking residents now have a cen-
tral location to take their trash for
disposal four days a week. As a
result, the roadsides are free of
mounds of trash bags, unclaimed
trash cans, unwanted furniture
and junked appliances.
Recognizing a need for an
alternative to weekly roadside
trash pickup, in November 2005
the Board of Supervisors of the

Coquina Water Control District
offered to the county two parcels
of land to be used for trash collec-
tion centers- one parcel located
on East Line Road and the other
parcel located on the Peavine
Trail. After discussions between
representatives from the county
and Waste Management, the deci-
sion was made to open one cen-
ter on the Peavine Trail since the
west side of Viking had the most
residents and visitors.
I want to acknowledge and say
thank you to the many people
who worked hard to make the
Viking Convenience Center a real-
To Coquina Water Control Dis-
trict, I thank my fellow board
members for .the decision to
approach the county with a pro-
posal to locate a trash collection
facility on Coquina-owned prop-

Upcoming Events

Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited.
All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
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,
located at S.E. Lakeview and Center Avenue in Sebring. Tickets are
$5 for members and $6 for guests. For information, call Fran at 382-
6978 or Juana at 471-9795.
A.A meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
.Church 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. This is an open speaker meeting.
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)
Narcotics Anonymous meets and will have a guest speaker and
also 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.
Okeechobee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is an
organization of descendants of those who won our freedom in the
American Revolution and promote pride in America. They will hold
their monthly meeting on the first Saturday of each month. The next
meeting will be Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006, at 10 a.m. at Oakview Baptist
Church, Building B, 677 S.W. 32nd St. If you are interested, we wel-
come your visit. For information, contact Kenna Noon at (863) 763-
2815 or (863) 634-5669.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott
Ave. It will be a dosed discussion.
The Okeechobee Chapter DAR will meet at 10 a.m. at the
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St., October through May.
An invitation to attend is extended to.anyone eligible.for member-..
ship in NSDAR. For information call secretary Kenna Noonan at
(863) 763-2815, or registrar DonnaWebster at (863) 763-7056.
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 Izzoat (863) 634-6257.
A.A meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Sav-
iour, 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 First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meet-
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace Luther-
an Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, contact David Fox
at (863) 763-3296.
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 Saviour, 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.
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 inter-
ested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There
is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
(863) 763-6510 or (863) 467-5261.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will
go towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For informa-
tion, call (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at
(863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many
Bible truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For informa-
tion, 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 Depart-
ment, 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)

To the county, I thank the
board of county commissioners
for accepting Coquina's proposal
and to Commissioners Ray
Domer and Gene Woods for see-
ing to it that the Viking residents'
needs were met. Special thanks
goes to George Long, County
Administrator, and Russell Row-
land, County Solid Waste Admin-
istrator, and their staff for the
hours they spent coordinating
with Waste Management and
Coquina to ensure a smooth tran-
sition from trash pick-up to trash
drop-off. Sheriff May and his
deputies are working hard to
make sure everyone complies
with the new trash disposal
method and I thank them for their
To Waste Management, I thank
Jeff Sabin, Director of Public Ser-

vices, and Jenny Stewart, Com-
munity Outreach Representative,
for all their time and effort spent
designing a waste collection facili-
ty that is user-friendly, convenient
and meets the county's approval.
In addition to Jeff and Jenny, I
thank Joe Fasulo, landfill opera-
tions, Chris Hickman, hauling
manager, and Christina Foisey,
attendant at the Viking Conve-
nience Center.
Most of all I thank the residents
and visitors themselves for using
the Viking Convenience Center.
They have proven my belief that
the residents never wanted to
leave their trash along the side of
the main road for pickup and they
would rather have a place to take
it, even if it meant delivering their
trash to a drop-off facility.
Susan Williams

Community Events

Women's ministry plan fashion show
Women's Ministry of Resurrection Life Church, 1803 S.W. Third
Ave., will host a "GLitz and Glam" fashion show and luncheon on
Saturday, June 3, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The cost is $15 per per-
son and tickets must be purchased in advance. For information, call
(863) 763-7770.
Book signing Saturday
A book signing will be held by Betty Chandler Williamson, co-
author of Strolling Down Country Roads, Saturday, June 3 at River-
side Bank, 1506 S. Parrott Ave. from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1
p.m. until 4 p.m. at Eli's Western Wear store, 907 W. N. Park St.
Discussing the DaVinci Code
A discussion on the DaVinci Code will be held at the Okeechobee
County Library, 206 S.W. St. on Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, and 27 at
6:30 p.m. For information call Everglades Baptist Church at (863)
Vacation Bible School planned
Okeechobee Missionary Baptist Church will hold their Vacation
Bible School from June 5 through June 9 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
The theme for this years' event 'Boomerang Bonanza.' There
will be classes for all ages. For information call (863) 763-7743.
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-
IRCC will present comedy
IRCC will present Ira Levin's devilish clever comedy, Deathtrap
from June 8 through June 10, at 8 p.m. and as a Saturday matinee,
June 10 at 2 p.m. at the McAlpin Fine Arts Center, 3209 Virginia Ave.
in Fort Pierce. The cost is $12. For information call 1 (800) 220-9915.
Airboat Association monthly meeting slated
The Lake Okeechobee Airboat Association will hold its monthly
meeting Thursday, June 8, 6 p.m., at the Pier II Meeting Room, 2200
Highway 441 SE. Plans are being made for Labor Day, summer fun,
and legislative activity. All members are encouraged to attend.
Hospice hosting yard sale
Hospice of Okeechobee will 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 bene-
fit patient care in Okeechobee. All yard sale donations are accepted
at this location.
Peace Lutheran yard sale scheduled
Thrivent of Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W 23 Lane, will hold a
yard sale, Saturday, June 10 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the PLC Fel-
lowship Hall.
Mr. and Miss Firecracker pageant planned
The Okeechobee County Fire Rescue Volunteers will sponsor-
their annual Mr. and Miss Firecracker beauty pageant on Saturday,
June 17 at the Okeechobee High School Lecture Hall. We will have
the same coordinators as in the past, Donnie Arnold (863) 634-6464
or Darlene Stokes (863) 763-3430. This contest is open to Okee-
chobee residents only. Deadline to enter will be Sunday June 11 at 5
p.m. Applications can be picked up at Kids Corner/Outpost, Brid-
gette Waldau Studio Graphic Design, Carolyn's Coiffures and the
Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce.
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
nurserywill be provided for helpers and those taking part in the adult
class. Dinner will also be provided. For information, call (863) 763-
Benefit golf tournament planned
A benefit golf tournament for Danny Allison will be held Saturday,
June 17, at the Okeechobee Golf & Country Club. The tournament
will get under way at 8 a.m. Tournament format will be a four-per-
son scramble, 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 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 reg-
istered 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 Vaca-
tion Bible School June 19-23 from 6 until 9 p.m. This year's topic is
Artic Edge, Where Adventure Meets Courage. Classes will 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 information, call (863) 763-1699.

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The Okeechobee News, Friday, June 2, 2006

Main Street group organizing HOW~zaMGI

Street Moore Haven, Inc. will
hold its organizational meeting
Thursday, June I at 6 p.m. at the
Marina RV Resort, 900 CR 720.
Refreshments will be provided
courtesy of Joyner Development.
According to Main Street
Moore Haven part time program
manager Tracy Whirls, while the
purpose of the meeting is to
elect officers and directors and
establish committees, the meet-
ing is especially important as it is
the first Main Street meeting held
separately from the Economic
Development Council.
"This meeting will launctl
Main Street as an entity apart
from the EDC," Ms. Whirls said,-
noting that only four EDC direc-
tors may also serve on the Main
Street board to maintain compli-
arnce with rules regulating 501 c
3 charitable organizations.
, So far, EDC members have
led the vanguard in joining Main
Street Moore Haven. United
States Sugar Corporatidn, a plat-
inum level EDC member, is the.
latest EDC member to join. Main
Street as a partner.
In the letter accompanying
the $1500 check from USSC
Charitable Trust, USSC senior
Vice President for Public Affairs
Robert Coker expressed the
company's continued commit-
ment "to help preserve the his-
toric core of Moore Haven."
Also joining Main Street
Moore Haven this month are
Stanley Planty, Patty .Register,
John Ahern, Paul Beck, David

Aquatic park construction continues

By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Special to the Okeechobee News
officials had hoped to have the
aquatic facility in Pioneer Par.:
open b\ early June, actual' con-
struc~ion of the anticipated pi oj-"
ect will push it back to later in
the summer.
Crews at the site have almost
finished construction of the pool
itself, but it does not seem as
though they will complete the
construction of the bathhouse
building until perhaps the end of,
July or the beginning'ofr August,
according to Bill Wilshire with"
the 'county's plairri'(fl andI
design department.
"I .don't ikno\ that we can
open the pool without the build-
ing," said Mr. Wilshire last week.
He said he expected a revised
schedule from the contractor

assigned the job.
According to Eric Call; the
county's assistant director of
parks and recreation, when fin-'
ished, the facility should be,one
more attraction for Pioneer Park'
and the first aquatic park for the
"It'll be a wonderful place for
families," said Mr. Call..
With summer here and local
children almost out of school,
locals are anxiously waiting for
the new park. The $2.5 million
park is on a much smaller scale
than other aquatic facilities on
the coast, but provides a good
outlet-for children in the area. *
First proposed by Palm Beach
County Commissioner, 'Tony
Masilotti, who wanted residents
to have a park all their own
instead of having to drive out to
the coast the park, will feature
a 25-meter swimming pool and.

slides. A splash pad for smaller
children will also be in the facili-

the American Red Cross to pro-
vide swimming lessons to chil-
dren in the Glades at the Lake

,Belle Glade officials have shore Pool. With the new aquat-
publicly thanked Commissioner ic facility, county officials are
Masilotti for expanding the initialhopingto have an of those
concept .for a splash pad at Pio- e th se
neer Park into the .full aquatic same services offered at the new
park. park,perhaps on abigr scale
The aquatic park will comple- With Lake Shore Pool the
ment many of the amenities now only such facility in the area, it
available at Pioneer Park: sports has been in tremendous
fields, picnic areas, playgrounds demand by recreational pro-
and a walking trail used daily by grams and the public.
many residents. The aquatic park is one of
SThe county will also take .three aquatic projects in' the
charge of maintaining the facili- Glade' sp1arh1.ded by the Palm
ty,Since it is lboted on count- Beach Count
owned' land.'Officials with the In Pahokee, the splash pad.
city of Belle Glade had previously paid for by the ountyisfully
said that maintaining the facility paid for the county is fully
with city resources would be operational and the city of.South
impossible. Bay continues talks with officials
In recent years, the city of about where to locate its own
Belle Glade has partnered with splash pad.

U.S. Sugar, hospital reach settlement

By Jose Jesus Zaragoza financial documents necessary
Special to the Okeechobee News to rrn.ake a d lerri"nation.,.
.. .. Accoiijding to U.S. Sugar offi-
CLEWISTON After a year of cials, the request came after the
back-and-forth legal wrangling, hospital's 25 percent raise in ad
Hendry Regional Medical Center v yaiorem taxes that executives
and U.S. Sugar have reached a with the company, Senior Vice
settlement. : President Robert Coker includ-
Hendry Regional has. agreed ed, criticized. They said the taxes
to pay U.S. Sugar $50,000 to were meant toIcover a growing
reiburse a portion of the cm- deficit that seemed to spiral out
pany's legal expenses associated of control.
with a legal battle that pitted the o conto.
two entities against one another H hospital officials, meanwhile,
with the financial solvency of the said the growing deficit at
hospital at the center of the dis1 Hendry Regional was fueled by
cussion. tethe rising numbers of non-pay-
The issue stems from a public ing customers. Hendry Regional
records request that U:S. Sugar Director of Public Affairs Rodney
filed with Hendry Regional last Larson said the hospital, forced
year for information about the to treat all patients regardless of
hospital's financial records. their' ability to pay, must expect
Representatives with U.S. some bad debt to continue.
Sugar stated their concern for Recently, 'both U.S. Sugar and
what they claimed to be mis- Hendry Regional agreed to a set-
management of the hospital and tlement to put an end to the
sought answers by ordering issue. ,
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As many EDC members are
also Main. Street members, Ms.
Whirls, who is also the EDC
executive director, said creating
the separate board doesn't mean
the EDC is abandoning Main
Street or the effort to revitalize
Moore Haven.
"This will give us an opportu-
nity to broaden our experience
base and bring fresh blood and
new ideas to the table," Ms.
Whirls said, adding, that she
hopes the Main Street board and
committees will attract city prop-
erty and business owners, city
officials and potential investors-
the key stakeholders in the
process of redesigning' the
city and rebuilding the city's
"Moore Haven is the only city
on Lake Okeechobee or on the
Caloosah,atchee this side of Ft.
Myers that was designed to front
on the river. We have naturally
here what othet communities in
Florida are trying to create artifi-
cially a waterfront communi-
ty," Ms. Whirls said.
The goal, the economic
development director said, is to
create a thriving riverfront with
dining, shopping, lodging and
entertainment on the water, in
the historic commercial center
as well as vacant areas north of
US 27 and include in that mix
,.e x r -eidential and office space.
During the business meeting,,
Main Street members and

prospective members will hear
about plans to meet with an
urban planner during the sum-
mer to begin devising street,
sidewalk, parking and other
improvements aimed at accom-
modating motorists, boaters and
pedestrians visiting the revital-
ized riverfront. Dockage,
streetscaping, landscaping and
greenspace will also be consid-
ered, with the goal of devising
drawings for what a new down-
town will look like going for-
"Typically, redevelopment
projects begin with improve-
ments to infrastructure side-
walks, parking spaces and the
like. Once investors see that the
city is willing to invest its
resources in the needed
improvements, they become
more willing to' invest in the
property. Then the retailers will
Ms. Whirls said the consult-
ant, funded by a technical assis-
tance grant from Florida Main
Street, will also assist Main Street
Moore Haven and city officials in,
identifying funding to help pay
for needed improvements.
Plans also call for Main Street
Florida coordinator Joan Jeffer-
son and a four member site
review team to visit the city the
week of August 1-3, to meet with
Main Street members, property
owners, city officials and others
to complete an action plan. That
plan will be unveiled at a dinner,
hosted by Joyner Developmient
at the Marina RV Resort, Thurs-

day, Aug. 3.
To give folks attending the
organizational meeting a pre-
view of the kinds of attractions
Main Street Moore Haven hopes
to offer, Banana Bay Cruises will
bring the Coconut Woman, a 50-
passenger catamaran to the
Marina RV dock to give those
attending the event an opportu-
nity to view the city from the
"We hope by taking folks out
on the Lake, through the locks
and a ways down the river,-we
can give them a new apprecia-
tion forwhat they have and a
new perspective on what the
future could bring," the EDC
director said.
The organizational meeting is
open to the public, although vot-
ing will be restricted, to Main
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is a 501 c 3, making member-
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OHS sends 8 rodeo members to state finals

Eight members of the Okee- .
chobee High School (OHS)
rodeo, team qualified to compete I
at the state finals in Kissimmee *
on June 8-10. These young cow- AX '
boys and cowgirls had to finish in i
the top 15 in each of their events
and also have a school grade Y' ip
point average of at least 2.0 to
qualify for the next round of
The following team members |'. .
will represent Okeechobee at the "1 ..1
Florida High School Rodeo State .. ': :"-"
Finals: Bobbie Jo Haberlandt, -J
Brock Hancock, Wayne Peaden,
A.J. Summerford, Chasey Bass,
.Logan Coker, Nick Mazzilli and
Jessica Ziglar. ,
Bobbie Jo Haberlandt is a 17-
year-old senior. She has earned
the chance, to compete in three
events at state; barrel racing in
eighth position, goat tying in sev-
enth position and girls' cutting in
sixth, position. Besides a great .
performance in the rodeo arena,
Ms. Haberlandt has also '
achieved excellence in the class-
room. She completed her senior Submitted
year at OHS ranked 17th in a Okeechobee High School ro
class of 314. Although she has Haberlandt will compete in theI
been accepted to the University finals in three events-barrel rac
of Florida, Ms. Haberlandt has
opted to stay at home and attend
Indian River Community College. '. .. ,
Upon graduation from I.R.C.C., .. t'i
she will attend the University of
Florida to complete her pre-med- ,,
icine requirements and hopefully
gain acceptance in their medical
program pursing a-career in
Sports Medicine. She is the '.
daughter of Bob and Tracy
Brock Hancock is an 18-year- -.
old senior. He earned his chance
at State Finals in the calf roping .'
event by finishing in 14th posi- "
tion in state rankings, Brock was
born into a rodeo family with his A.J. Summerford will compe
mother Kim performing as a trick Rodeo State finals in the bo
rider in the' 70's. She rode with Reserve State Champion in 20
the Roberts family from pion in 2005. He is currently
Indiantown. His father, Ricky, into the State Finals.,
was a calf roper in the 80's and
early 90's. Ricky competed in the. earned his way into Slate c-rnipe
Florida Cowboy Association. tition by finishing the season fifth
Brock's great uncle Eugene position in bull riding. Wayne not
Matchett was a bull rider in 1966 only competes at the high school
and 1967. His grandfather, level, but also in several profes-
Harold Matchett, was a bareback sional circuits for bull riding and
and bull rider in 1958, 1959 and calf hoping. He.plans to compete
1960. Great uncle Tige Waldron professionally following high
and Stanley Waldron competed school. He is the son of Kevin
in steer wrestling. Brock is and MissyPeaden.
employed by Lake Cattle Compa- A.J. Summerford, is yet anoth-
ny, owned and operated by Buck er 18-year-old OHS senior. He is
Daniels. Brock took courses dur- going to State in first position in
ing high school in carpentry and the boys' cuti-irig eerit He was
wotild like to pursue this career the Reserve State Champion in
following high school. 2004 and won the title in 2005.
Wayne Peaden. is another He will continue cutting in the
OHS senior. The 18-year-old NCHA, FCHA and Goldcoast Cut-

to Okeechobee News/Michael Rostelli
deo team member Bobbie Jo
Florida High School Rodeo State
;ing, goat tying and girls' cutting.

te in the Florida High School
'ys' cutting event. He was the
004 and the Florida State Charn-
ranked in first position going

ting Association. He will be
attending Embry.Riddle Aero-
nautical University in Daytona
Beach beginning in January
2007. He is the son of Leslie and
Annette Summerford.
Chasey Bass is a 16-year-old
sophomore. He earned the
chance to go to the State Finals in
two events; first place'in saddle
bronc and third place in boys'
cutting. Chasey competed in
State and National Finals his
freshman year in saddle, bronc'
He not only competes at the higli
school level, but he also- actively
competes in the PCA (Profes-
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IPRA (International Professional
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bronc riding. He will be compet-
ing at the International Youth
Finals Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla.
. this July. He is the son of Keith
and Darlene Bass.
Logan Coker is a 16-year-old
sophomore. He earned his
chance to go to State Finals in
bull riding in llth position.
Logan qualified last year for State
and National Finals in the saddle.
bronc event, but due to a severe
injury wag not able to compete.
He ended last year fourth in the
state in saddle bronc. This year
Logan will be competing at state
and will be leaving at the end of
June to go out west to attend a/
Mike Lee Bull Riding School.
From there he will be competing
at the International Youth Finals
Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla. Logan
is another one of the OHS team
who competes outside of high
school competition in bull riding.
He is the son of Marshal Coker
and Amie Neese.
Nick Mazzilli is a 16-year old
sophomore: Nick earned his
chance to go to the State Finals in
calf roping in 10th position. Nick,
like other cowboys, competes
professionally in calf arid team
roping in other professional
associations. He is the son of
Matt and Trisha Mazzilli.
Jessica Ziglar is a 16-year-old
sophomore. Jessica has earned
the chance to go to the State
Finals in,two events. She is
ranked in third place. in pole
bending arid 10th place in girls'
cutting. Jessica went to state and
National Finals her freshman
year. She qualified in State in
three events. and Nationals in two
events. She is another one of our
cowgirls who competes profes-
sionally in several different asso-
ciations. Jessica will be,compet-
ing in July at the International
Youth Finals Rodeo in Shawnee,
Okla. She is the daughter of
Tommy and Katrina Ziglar.
The State Finals will be held at
the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissim-
mee on June 8-10 with the ban-
quet on the 11th. Only the top
four in each event will advance to
the National Finals July 24-30 in
Springfield, Ill. Several of the
team members will be compet-
ing at the International Youth
Finals Rodeo in Shawnee, Okla.
before going heading to Spring-
For information about the
team contact Darlene Bass 'at
.(863) 634-5815.

Sports Briefs

Chobee bulls announce sign-ups
The Chobee Bulls football program will hold sign-ups on June 3
from 9 a.m., until 2 p.m. at the New Endeavor field house. For informa-
tion contact Kim Cline at (863) 467-9580 or (863) 447-6063.
Summer softball meeting scheduled
Okeechobee County Parks & Recreation Department has scheduled
an organizational meeting for all interested managers, players and offi-
cials.. It will take place on Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m. at the Okeechobee
Civic Center, 1750 Hwy. 98 North. Team fees will be: men's league-$375;
women's league-$300 and co-ed-$300. Team fees must be paid by 5
p.m. on Friday, June 16 to be included in the league. Games are sched-
uled tp begin the week of June 26. For information call (863) 763-6950.

Pop Warner grid sign-ups slated
Pop Warner football and cheerleading sign-ups will take place at
the Okeechobee Sports Complex on 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 current year physical from your doctor and a
copy of the child's birth certificate.
For information, call co-presidents James Shockley at (863) 634-
3482 or Albion Crowell at (863) 697-2576.

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Management District are currently in the process of identifying problem areas and potential
solutions with regards to. flooding and conveyance of Storm Runoff in the City and the County.
We would like to get your input on this subject.and have a few questions that will only.take a
couple of minutes of your time to answer.

OPTIONAL: Although not required, providing your name, address and telephone number will
make it possible to locate thearea of concern. Thank you for your assistance,

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Stormwater runoff is rainfall that can accumulate after a storm event. Many times due to the
severity or length of the storm, runoff accumulates to a level which floods private property and

With this in mind, have you:

1. Noticed any ponding or flooding problems in your immediate area (where you work or
live) after a storm? For example, significant amounts of water in the streets, parking
lots, on right-of-ways? Please be specific: provide a street address.
Yes No

2. Where have you seen other problems? Please provide an address, name of a
building or cross streets where the problem is located. If you are aware of more than
one problem area, please provide a numbered listing of locations:

3. When do these problems occur? Please check one. If more than one problem was
identified in question #2 above, use that same number to answer questions #3 and #4 also
'____ (a) After a short rain (up to an hour)
__ (b) After 2 hours of rain
(c) Only after an intense storm

4. Can you identify the cause and duration of the problem and/or a possible solution?

5. If the only way to correct the problems) that you have listed above was to pay a
stormwater fee, would you support a City/County-wide fee on all businesses and
residents to correct these problems and maintain the solutions?
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Service Club Briefs

Legion Post #64
*The American Legion lounge is
open Monday through Saturday, at
10 a.m. On Sunday, it opens at I
p.m. The post address is 501 S.E.
Second St. For information call (863)
Our kitchen is open daily, serv-
ing regular menu. Monday, Thurs-
day and Friday from 11 am. until 2
p.m.; Wednesday, tacos served from
11 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday from
noon until 8 p.m.; Sunday from 1
Happy Hour in the lounge is
from 4 until 7 p.m., Monday, Tues-
day and Thursday
Bar bingo will be held on Mon-
day starting at 1 p.m., and on Thurs-
day evenings beginning at 6 p.m., for
members and guests.
The third Sunday of each
month we have a steak dinner with
the Sons of the American Legion
from 3 until 6 p.m. for a $10 dona-
tion. The dinner includes steak,
baked potato, salad, dessert, coffee
and tea, There will be entertainment
from 3 until p.m.
: Bingo is held every Saturday
and Sunday night starting at 6:30
p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Friday night dinner is served
from 4:30 until 6 p.m. Music from 4
p.m. to 7p.m.
Tuesday, June 13: Election day
for the Post from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.
All Post #64 Legion members with
paid up 2006 dues are eligible for
nominations for all officers and to

Am-Vets #2001
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a
regular informational meeting on
the first Saturday of the month at the
Buckhead Ridge VFW Post #9528,
2002 U.S. 78 W, at 10 am. Serving
veterans who have served us. Appli-
cations for new members are avail-
able. Call Chuck Gillespie at (863)'
697-1451, or Jerry Lee Shields at
(863) 467-8779 or (863)634-9563.

Eagles Aeries #4137
Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a dona-
Every second Tuesday:
spaghetti dinner with salad and gar-
lic bread from 5 until 7 p.m. for a
$3.50 donation.
*Wednesdays: bar bingo from 4
p.m. until? Food will be available.
Every Thursday: washer toss
at 1 p.m.
First and third Thursday: Auxil-
iary at 6 p.m.; Aeries at 7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.)
starting at 5 p.m. Cooked to order
for a $12 donation. Music will be by
Jimmy Harper.
Saturday and Sundays: music
at 7 p.m.
First and third Sunday: break-
fast cooked to order from 9 until 11
a.m. for $5 donation.
Call the AERIES for other
events at (863) 763-25522

Elks Lodge #2558
The Elks Lodge is located on S.R.
70 East. For information, call (863)
Elks plan barbecue dinner
Tuesday: trustees meet at 7
p.m. First and third; 8 p.m.,, regular
Wednesday: bingo will be at 7
p.m. The public is invited. Doors
open at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will
be available at 6 p.m.
Friday: dinner and entertain-
ment starting at 6 p.m. Members
andguests are invited.
Saturday: hamburgers from
noon until 2 p.m.; bar bingo from 2
p.m. until?

Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge #237
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W Fifth
Ave. For information about the club
and events, call Bucky Yoder at
(863) 467-7342 or Matt Buxton at
(863) 357-9992.

Walking flag,
Tim Libby, a member of the VFW Auxiliary of Buckhead.
Ridge, was decked out like a walking flag for the Memor-
ial Day Program held in Veterans' Park.

The Masonic Lodge holds their
meetings on the second and fourth
Mondays-of each month starting at
7:30 p.m.

Order of the Eastern
Star- Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star
has many fun activities planned on
the first and third Tuesday of each
month. For upcoming activities,
contact WM. Margaret at (863) 467-

B.H.R. Moose Lodge
. The lodge is located on U.S. 78
,W in Buckhead Ridge. The lodge's
phone number is (863) 763-2250.
Wednesday and Friday night
meals will be served from 5 until
7:15 p.m. Call the Lodge at (863),,
763-2250 for the menu.
* Thursday and Saturday is
karaoke night starting at 7 p.m. Fri-
Friday night at 7:30 p.m. there
will be music for dancing; Call to see
who is playing.
Saturday night meals will be
served starting at 7 p.m. Call for the

Moose Family
Center #1753
The Moose Family Center #1753
is located at 159 N.W. 36th St. in
Okeechobee. For information and
meal menus, call the Lodge at,(863)
Breakfast will be served from 9
until 11 a.ri. at the Moose Patio on
the second Sunday of every month.
Meals will, be served' on
Wednesday and Fridays from 5
until 7:15 p.m.; and from 6 until? on
There will be music for danc-
ing each Friday and Saturday night
starting at 7 p.m.
Each Thursday will be karaoke

VFW Post#4423
The post is open noon until 9
p.m., Monday through Sunday.
Events at this post are seasonable
you should call (863) 763-0818 for
information or visit the lodge 300
N.W 34th St. You may write the post
at P.O. Box 1137, Okeechobee, Fla.;
34972. "
Washer toss every Tuesday
starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is wel-
Every Wednesday during the
season karaoke will be held from 5
until 9 p.m.
Every Friday: bingo starts at 1
p.m. for members and guests fol-
lowed by karaoke starting at 5 p.m.
Saturday: .25-cent bingo at 1
p.m. Karaoke will be from 5 p.m.
Sunday: a dinner will be avail-
able from 2 until 5 p.m., and will be
followed by karaoke at 5 p.m.*
Every third Sunday there will
be a post meeting at 11 a.m.

VFWPost #9528
The VFW Post #9528 is located
at 2002 S,R. 78 W. in Buckhead
Ridge. For information, call (863)
467-2882. Post hours are from noon
.until 8 p.m., Monday through Sun-
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary
dinner, Men's Auxiliary or AmVets
there will be music.

Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner
with baked potato, salad and rolls
will be served from 5:30 until 7 p.m.
for a $10 donation. 'Dancing imme-
diately follows the dinner.
Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. The
main meeting is on the fourth Satur-
For information contact Com-
mander Johnnie H. Patent at (863)
All games and special events are
shown on three -televisions. The
game room has a regulation-size

pool table.

VFWPost #10539
The VFW will be open Mon-
day through Saturday at 10 a.m.,
and Sunday at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m. Mon-
day through Saturday and at 1 p.m.
on Sunday.
Wednesday: bar .bingo will
start at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is available,
courtesy of the Ladies Auxiliary. ,
Thursday: short order food,
night from 5 until 8 p.m.
4. Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8
p.m. along with live music and
Saturday: dollar.dogs, sausage



dogs for $1.50 grilled or steamed at
noon. Live music and dancing will
start at 7p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with
the big-screen TV
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.

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

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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
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Movie times for Friday, June 2,
through Thursday, June 8 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.
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Theatre II- XA IMEN-3O Yu-O13
Showfimes: 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
at2,4:15, 7and9 p.m.
-Theatre III "The Break Up"
(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 at2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4.50; senior
citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-


Church offers
lending library
You are invited to become a
patron of the Family Church
Lending Library at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W.
Second. St. Entertain or educate
yourself, using 486 audiocas-
settes, including audio books,
plus Christian romances and 575
videos. Prepare a paper on com-
parative religion, a book report,
programs for men, women or
children, a craft project or a Sun-
day school lesson. We use the
Dewey Decimal System, the
same as school and public
libraries. As a private library we
can and do preview our media.
Currently, the library is staffed
Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until
12:30 p.m., and Wednesday
evening from 6 until 8 p.m. Con-
tact-Doris Entry at (863) 467-
1548. :

Free adult GED
classes are offered
Indian River Community Col-
lege will be offering free adult
basic edUcation/GED'd'iiEnglish
as a second language classes at
these locations: Dixon Hendry
Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave.,
English as second language
classes, Monday -Wednesday
from 9 a.m. until noon, adult
basic education/GED, Monday
through Thursday from 8 a.m.
until 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8
a.m. until 4 p.m.;One-Stop, 123
S.W. Park St., adult basic educa-
tion/GED, Monday through Fri-
day, from 8 a.m. until noon; Year-
ling Middle School, 925, N.W. 23
Lane, English as a second lan-
guage classes, Monday through
Wednesday, from 5:30 until 8:30
p.m.; Everglades Elementary,
3725'S.E. Eighth St., English as a
second language classes, Tues-
day and Thursday from 6 until 8

Library hosting
computer classes
The Heartland Library Co6p-
erative is a six library cooperative
serving Highlands, Hardee, DeS-
oto and Okeechobee counties.
The Heartland Library Coopera-
tive will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes
throughout the six libraries in the
four-county area. A technology
information trainer will take a
mobile computer lab to each
location four times per month to
teach computer classes. The
classes will teach basic computer
skills such as how to start up and
use a computer, how to log-on to
the Internet and how to commu-
nicate via e-mail with friends and
relatives. The more advanced
computer class will teach how to
keep.the computer clean and
how to send pictures. You may
also contact your local libraries
for these same classes. In Okee-
chobee, call (863) 763-3536 or
contact Gabriell Turner, informa-
tion tech trainer, at

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

information, contact Debbie
Wagner at (800) 358-8525.


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Auctions 105
Car Pool 110
Share a ride 115
Card of Thanks 120
In Memoriam 125
Found 130
Lost 136
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals ,A50
Special Notices. f55
900 Numbers 160

2 PLOTS- in Silver Hill Ceme-
lery in Fro iprool $600

DOG, Bloodhound. Call to
dentitry (863)357-3225
DOG- vicinity of Kings Bay.
Call to ide rirly
(863)634-022 .
day May 22nd.. -141 S .
Please call to identify.
PUG, Female, in Tues, May
23d,. in vicinity or SE 26th St..
Okeecnobee. Call to idenufy.
(863)357-1812 ..
PUPPY. Female, cnocolate
colored, on SR 80 in Iront of
Jorinson Enginering Call to
idenldy. ?319)625-3534
1/4/06 on me Lake Okeecho-
bee Scenic rail Tay/or Creek
/Jaycee Park 863-357-04-48
ZIPPO LIGHTER, engraved,
ILoun i, Oikeec:nolee DOF
par.:ing lot Call to identify.

BLOOD HOUND, Lost in Treas-
ure Island (behind Brewski's).
Black & Tan. Missing 05/21.
Missing from Otter Creek
area 05/23/06. Needs Med's.
(561)723-2654 Reward
Color & name. Family Pet. Vic.
of SE 36 Terrace off Hwy.
710. 863-634-1492 Rewardl
daughters horse, tan &
white, vic of SW 10th St. &
SW 6th Ave. near the Victory
Baptist Church. Reward
634-7711 or 467-2888
WALLET, Black, mens, on
5/24/06 near Ed's Auto Parts
in Okeechobee. LIBERAL
REWARD! (863)467-5571

AKITA Adult male, free to
good home, must know the
breed. Email at:

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Presenting a T.M. Radflower Auction
to be held @ The Cypress Hut Flea Market
(4701 Hwy. 441 South in Okeechobee)
Saturday, June 3rd @ 3:00 pm
Preview 1:30pm-3:00 pm (Day Of Sale)
Lots include a very old secretary desk, drop leaf Duncan
Phyte table, old tools, collectibles in glass & silver plate.
"Today's Collectibles Are Tomorrow's Antiques".
Some cool toys and Dikes, hardware including 24-22" top
rail for chain link fence. box lots including a mega lot and
many other interesting dems to numerous to mention.
.Real Lite Children's' Rairln Wishes
to Thank the partiqipa'as of the; .I
May 20th T.M. Raflower Auction.
50/50 drawing for their generous contribution.
We had a great crowd at our Debut Auction. We are really
looking forward to seeing you all again, Saturday @
3:00pm. Lots of goods, good blood & good fun for
everyone. Come on down!
Terms: Visa/MC, Casn/Good Check. 10% Buyers Premium
on all ilers.
Robert A. Dufresne
AU# 3485 AB# 2518


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signs and
inventory sheets!

Call Classifieds,

old, F, spayed, lovable, great
w/kids. Needs room to run.
KITTEN, Black & white male. 8
weeks old. (863)763-8318 or
MALE CAT- 4yrs old, med
hair, neutered, soft paws, to
- good home only
gal., 2 -6 gal tanks, perfect
cond., you dispose of old
gas. (772)260-4898
PUPPIES, 5 weeks old,
American Bulldog & Red Nose
Pit mixed, (863)635-3918
Babson Park.
Free, You haul.

Comea & Gpet I1
30252 Hwy 441 N., Fort Drum
Fri.& Sat., June 3 &4
8am to ??
Hunting & archery items,
bugtamer jacket, desk & misc.

Don't Miss
This One
MOVING SALE !1 Day Event.
Everything Must Gol
No reasonable offer refused.
Okeechobee, Sat, June 3rd,
9am-4pm 812 SW 2nd. St.

Fri., 6/2 & Sat.,6/3
1925 SE4 St.
Lots of Everything!

Okeechobee, 2991 SE 59th
Blvd., off Hwy. 710
Near Hilo Acres
Fri. & Sat, June 2nd & 3rd'
8am to 3pm
Too much to mention.

Okeechobee, 407 NE 5th St.
Sat & Sun:, June 3rd & 4th
7 4p.m.
Furniture, children's clothing &
odds & ends.



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Dependable, Clean DL, DFW,
Good pay, Benefits, 401K.
Also takingappl's for Helpers

With experience & training.
Position requires a strong
electrical background,
knowledge of materials,
methods & tools involved
in all aspects of tenant im-
provements for residential,
commercial & industrial.
Must be able to trouble
shoot, and repair all phas-
es of electrical. Valid &
clean driving license.'Re-
liable & prompt atten-
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Contact Human Resources
Tel: 863-763-2525
Fax: 863-763-1772
For Automotive Equipment
Repair business ie. Lifts air,
compressors etc. Must be
mechanically Inclined, self
motivated and have a clean
driving record. No Experi-
ence necessary, will train:
Call (863)357-1555
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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

Immediate Openings All Shifts
Full Time/Part Time RN's & LPN's
Apply In Person To:
Okeechobee Health Care Facility
1646 Hwy. 441 North

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

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w&W Lumber Co. iu
Growing & we rjave several
OPelifnis avaijolb We are
looking for leaM piavyers for
ihe ilowrj ing pin.iioris
*YARD HELP Unlra:ing
Irucks. loi ti e.pi erir:nc
needed puning, up slock
Ceriified, Class B, clean
driving record
: Sick pay,;Health Ins., 401 K,
Vacation & Holiday Pay.,
Call Jon at 863-763-3173.
Drug freer

Energetic,Self motivated.per-
son who loves children to
work or busy inid(ije Cen-
S le 863-467-5588 or la .
resume to 863-467-7560

Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look no
further than the classi-
fleds. .. ,

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

Night Shift
Fl Drum Citgo needs overnight staff for the ser-
vice station on Florida's Turnpike. Applicants
must have a clan motor vehicle record. Benefits
include; higher pay for night shift, gas reim-
bursement, paid tolls, health insurance vaca-
lions, 401 K and a pleasant work environment
We will train all work responsibilities. Advance-
ment opportunitieslere available for people who
show initiative. South of Yeehaw Jet., we are ac-
cessible from Ft. Pierce, Okeechobee and Vero
Beach. Grab a job in the lane with Ft Drum Citgo
mm 184 FL. Turnpike. 863-763-9383 DFWP


Okeechobee Health Care Facility
Apply In Person Only At
Business Office, 406 N.W. 4th Street

Okeechobee County Health Department
Currently has openings for
Viewthe job announcements and apply online
at:, https://peoplefirst.myflorida.dom/logon.htm
For assistance withe People First website, you. may contact
the applicant customer service via telephone at
1-877-562-7287, TTY users call 1-866-221-0268.'
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Hazemat & Tanker.
Medical Benefits, Retirement,
Vacation & Bonus Programs.
Call (863)763-3617

Complete Underground
Utility Pipe Crews.
Top pay.
S Senecesitan
trabajadores paratuberia.
Buen salario.
863-634-7070 ,

Must be honest, have great
work quality, be.flexible &
presenlable--occasional nights
& weekends Conlaci between
83m-5prri io set up interview.
(772) 597-3565 or email
Available lor Call Center.
$8.00/nour starting.
462-5195 for further derails

Opportunities 305
Money Lendi n' 310
1Tx Preparation 315

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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 thai 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 ot the
charges. Therefore, if you
call a number out of your
area, use caution.

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helps you understand
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.Child Care Of1ered15
Instruction 420
S Ales, Offaer 9'S.
Inmrance "e.. 430
Modlical8 o rv smll.is4

eSuimates -97
Call Bouzz Crane Service, Inc.
For all your lifting needs.
Reasonable Rates..

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

Buying a car? Look hi the
classifleds. Selling a
car? Look hi the dinsl-.

Pressure Washing &
Minor repairs.
Roof coaling. Repair ito
Mobile Homes & more .
No'0ob to big or small. Free
estimates 863-467-2917
bc # 2349 & # 5698


A* Condi ns 505S
tZ "es 510.
Appl e 515
Alliance Parts 520
Beauty Suppie, 5

dg t M540

Children' Items 555

CruiE s 59 ,
Dksuedhest F a s 595
Fe ac ture 600

Fiar 6e.
Fiwt . 657
Health A RtaluifeBd.

usea .t.Gmes 6730

Lapnhed to sy 740

A/C- For Travel Traler. Dual
Fee Suppies 6-5$

Therm. 05 120v nt1 phase.

1500 BT6 Used 1/2 yr.
A/C UNITS- 3 on Ar & eat.
USe wremoe. Both new 70

both or will separate.
luxe black. $0 or 5est offer
tere(863p 7677-0010

Good BonUdlion. 50.


Wanted to Buy _h740

new condition. Beige, $125.
TheWm.H05, 12Q, I phase,
1500 BTU Use. 112 yr.

RERIGERATO- irgood condo & heal.
350.1863)674-99 ld, white, $200

FISTOVE- E, Newer model

w/ove;1-12.000 BeTUge' Works good.1-8,000
BTHarU'ly usedole. $75.Both new
2.5 tonton $700 for

(863)4675-8182 :30 .
$100 for both. (863)357-6315

sepool, separate (863)pacit, 3yrs75-0550
luxe black. $100 or u estofer

old excelentcondition $350.

STORAGE SHED- 8'xl12,Some
storm damage. You haul.
$500.(561)714-9827 .

like new, asking $700.

30', $100 (863)677-0010
ing fiberglass R-11. 5 rolls,
$25. Or will separate.
200 amp service. Cost $700,
used 1 month. Asking $500

TODDLER BED: Pink, White &
Blue, Little Tykes. House
Shaped headboard w/11
board. $50. (863)467-7295
The classillods are the
most uccosui sane-
person in town

AVON PRODUCT- big box ol
older items $50
(3-400)- Racing & Comic. late
80s eany 90s Exc. cond. $400
neg. 863-763-8943
STAR WARS: Toys & Col-
lectaole's. $100 or best offer
takes entire collection.

XR with mouse & keyboard.
$95. (863)357-6303
98, Just upgraded New CD
Burner, etc. $175.
LAP TOP- Compaq Armada
E500, Win XP Home Ediion.
DVD PlayerCO Burner, dis-
Kette $550 (863)946-3769
LAP TOP- Sony, Vaio, exc
cond.. Win XP Pro, DVD plyr,
CD burner, many extras
$450 neg (863)946-3769
Printer 6100 Minolta, Qus,
magicolor. $400.

ARMOIRE, Hand Painted,
Cream w/tlowers. Luv it, but
must sell. $850.
BED, Twin: Good condition.
No stains. $50. or best offer
Black wTgray, contemporary
Style. Lots or mirrors, Nice.
$800 neg. (863)634-7895
BUNK BEDS, Wooden w/built
In desk & set ol drawers. Very
good condition $800.:
CHAIRS (4), Dining or game
table, nice off white fabric,
casters, swivel/tilt w/oak arms
& lnm S100 (863)357-3779
CHEST, 3 Drawer, Pine. $40
CHINA CABINET, Solid wood,
2 pc. w/5 shelves. Hand
Made Must seel $650
background, Burgundy &
white flower. Gold fringe at
bottom $150. 863-763-2756
COUCH, 8 Ft. w/floral design.
Very nice & clean! $80
COUCH, Tan. Very good con-
dition. $125 LeBelle
meni cir & Living room set,
$650. Will separate.
DINING SET with 4 chairs,
iron and glass. 750.
(863)467-1020 after 6pm.
Havertys white washed oak.
$350. (863)467-1020 aher
6pm. :. : -'
wood, Lighted & lots o1
shelves 6 5x6.5 Like new,
$150. Neg. (863)467-7838
LIVING ROOM SET. 3-piece, 2
loveseats & 1 chair Good
condition. $400
FRAME: King Size. $175 or
best offer. (863)675-6142
MATTRESS- King Size. $25
RECLINER- Barca Lounger,
Retail $900. Like new. Wood
arms.&'side. Light tan.
$150. (863)763:0582.
ored. $150. (863)946-0749
Like new 6 mo old Cost over

$500; Asking $250.
SLEIGH.BED-Twin complete'
no. mattress, $50
(863)675-7105 *
SOFA, 90",-CHAIR;-41", OTTO-
MAN, .34", 2 end tables,
5'x24" & 2 lamps, $7,00' or.
best offer. (863)467-8494
Table, 6 chairs & China cabi-

bination, .22 rifle, S/S w/
ammo and case. $125.

wide, (2) 60" wide. $25 or will
separate (863)763-3901

w/surrounding diamonds,
$500 48631675-7105 or
DIAMOND RING, Ladies, Euro-
pean Cut, 30 point 14kt white
gold. $650. neg.
1863)357-2233 Okee area.

ered. $100 tor all. will sep.

WHEELCHAIR, Power, with leg
attachmeni, foot plate, battery
operated w/plugin. Great cond.
$1200 neg. (863)801-6149

Pac Man & Galagh Stand Up
Machines. $1100 will sell
separately. (863)357-2773
CAR HAULER- Hauls up to 4
cars, Needs axles. 700.
$1000 or will separate for
parts (863)983-9908
71. Tilt deck, Dual tandems,
Holds up to 18,000 lbs.
$2000. (863)357-3981
POLE. meler box, braker box,
51h wni.-hookup, $250.

FLUTE, with case. Excellent
condition. Paid $600. asking
$200 (863)635-3918 Babson

Smith Corona display dic-
tionary. Like new, $50

BICHON FRISE, Male, born
10/9/05, purebred w/papers.
Up to date on shots & tags.
$500 (863)674-1574
Rare, sweet & bonded. 8
mths. Cageinesting box incl
$1200/pair. (863)673-4716
CANARY, beautiful singer,
$55. cage available.
CHIHUAHUA- male, CKC reg.,
1 yr old. cocoa color, hse
broke $350 (863)634-0517,
CHINCHILLA'S -2 males, 2 fe-
males. $300 for all, will sep.
COCKATIELS, 1 male & 1 fe-
male. Good for breeding. $80
will separate. (863)634-8118
old Black & Tan, Male.
$200. (863)634-5060
DOG HOUSE, Large, Igloo
style. $65. (863)357-1560 '1t.'
MIN-PIN PUPPIES- 8wks old,
CKC reg & they have Health
papers. $375.
(863)763-4052 or 634-8691
POMERANIAN, Wht. male, 3
yrs, 8 lbs, shots current,L no
papers. $125 neg.
(863)763-8318 or 532-0680
air, $75 (863)675-4981
aBelle area
PUPPIES; Miniature Dachs-
hunds, parents on premises,
w/papers, ready to go 6/27/06
$700 (863)634-2479 anyti.
PUPPY, Puggle, female, hon-
ey tan w/black on face, w/pa-
pers. 6 mos. Playful. House
trained. $400 (863)634-6184
$150 each. (863)763-2668
to good home only! 6 wks.,
litter trained. 4 left,. kid
friendly. (863)447-0390
CICIHLIDS $2000. Will sep-
arale. (863)467-9621
Adorable, snots & vet
checked. $475
(863)357-0037 Okeechobee
ZEBRA FINCH, (2), cage
available, $20.

$125, (863)634-6597

DoubleoSink, Stainless steel,
33" x 22", W/all hardware, hos-
es & garbage disposal. $45.
neg. (863)763-6216

model, Felt needs to be re
placed. $150.
(863)467-3051 ",
CROSSBOW, Bardett com-
mando $75 (239)246-3549
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Type S. in box with amp.
$450. (863)610-_121
DEH-P47DH,.Super Tuner,
Retail $300 Sell $200. (in
Box) (863)3.57-0448
Goodies, Approx 60 $29.
disc CD changer, dual
cassette,.etc, $300. Call
(863) 357-6315.

Sharp, 25N, with remote,
needs reprogramming, $30.
TV, Toshiba, BIG SCREEN: 55,
Floor Model w/remote. Ask-
ing $600 or best offer.

w/pedals. For Windows or
DOS computer games. $20.

Vacuum/shampooer, includes
all attachments. $500

uppers & lowers, for garage
use. (863)467-4646
MRE's: Meals Ready To Eat
Buying All-Top Dollar Payed
Call Anytime-
ing to add to my collection.
Please call to sell. coins &
paper money 239-693-4891
TRAILER, Used 35' flat bed
gooseneck. (863)763-2838 or

curry. coggins, shots current
NOT begginers/childs horse.
Trailers/ties. (772)201-7633
yrs., very gentle, no bad hab-
its, saddle & bridle broke, all
shots. $1000 (863)673-0065
very gentle, good for any rider,
trailers well, all vaccinations.
PAINTED GELDING, 5 yrs. old,
Bay Color. Broke, but no be-
ginners. $750. (863)467-7295
Palamino Paint Gelding, 6
years old, 15 hands, used for
trail, loads, ties good ride.
$1000 neg. (863)634-9314
Flaxen main & tail, 8 years old.
$1800 (863)467-5726
SORREL 1YR.- wht paint colt,
'Out of Dash For Cash". 16.1
hand TB,NIce hunter/lumper
$1200. (772)201-76331
(2) black, lots of silver, 15,
seat. & 17" seat $1000 will
sep/trade (239)465-1393
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2 BR, 2BA, on quite St.
Kid& & pdts welcome.
$850. nmo.& $2200 Moves
you in. (561)795-1965
$850 & 1BR $750 for lease,
No ets or smoking. Call
(863)634-74 09.

$950/mo. plus 1st, last &
$500 see. No pets.
OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 2ba, all
appliances, privacy fence &
patio, $1000 no. + $1000.
sec. dep. (863)467-1005
Houses -Bent 0930

CBS 2B3R'BA, W/D, Patio,
Boat Launch, Private Lagoon
on Rim Canal. $1700 mo. +
sec..1 yr. lease 561-346-4646
Duplex in town, 2BR/1BA.
$650/mo. No pets,
no solng. Call
(863)357-8303 Lv. message.
plex. $850 mo.'Call David @
ritchards GMAC Real Estate.
KINGS BAY, 3br, 2ba, Pool,
Tennis courts, W/D. Lawn
serv. $1150 rmo. + 1st, &
Last sec dep 863-697-3008
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1-Brand
new tllehirdughout
$1395/mo, Ist&sec,Nopets
Okeechobee, 3BR/1BA com-
pletely renovated. new bath &
cehiral ar. $1400/mo. 1st, last
& sec. (561)723-2226
RIM CANAL, 2BR/1BA avail.
6/10, Furnished, water view,
dock, pool, tennis, no pets.
$999 Mo. + 1it last & sec.
Call (863)634-8757
www.okeelnfo co entl

OKEECHOBEE,.12 Acres near
Hwy 441 & 98, monthly rent
$100/acre. Barn Ponds, Well
water, Fenced. 561-798-1960.

West Side oNow Courthtml
Ca Juy .(863)467431
lease, 1600 sq. ft., avail.
now, CGall Judy

OKEECHOBEE- male pre-
ferred, kids ok, full house
privile es', 450/mo.


John Deere Garden Tractor. i I
Good condition. New $350, a tI '-
Now $100. (772)971.9474 s "
KEE- 22", 5hp, alum deck, -'s
elect start Runs perfect. "
$250. (863)517-2077 La-
Belle Pop rII .
LAWN MOWER, Craftsman, t I! i 1 -on
LT 2000, 18' hp, 421. Bought a I o I I i '
5/05. Used 6 hrs. $900 or gof pg m li 1 O
cart trade. (863)467-4735
MURRAY 21" 5 HP- self pro-
pelled mower, new blade, -
synth. oil, well maint. Like
new $75. (863)484-0110
RIDING MOWER, Allis Chalm-
ers, 42" cut, 16hp, Bolins
cast Iron eng., $550. OKEE. Remodeled 2br, 11
(863)763-3451 ba, 2 Story, Feed patio. Oak
RIDING MOWER- Snapper, Lake Apartmbnts. $91,900.
42" cut, Good condltlon. 6-1
Needs a starter. $175.,! -
(863)447-g2130.. ., i.
MOWER, WheelHorse,42- 2b'6dbl.wlde oAlias,- eW
cut,$756.A(863)763.-3451.:. ttitl.ro0f, neow, t rt
th0r.uhoutI' oft ibo ..
SNAPPER- 1 9HP Reairengine. thgr>ho Utnldo t aBOVl "oI'
(Great 5-20pe. L1$550 screen rooth w/]acul, bo
(863)517-2077 Laelle house w/lft, fenced rear
TroyBIIt Tiller Shp. $600, In- yard, lull sprinkler system.
co SS Pro Fertilier speaker Asking $160,000
$200, Rid Max Trimmer $95 (863)763-1673 .
Red Max Back Pack Blower at dand1
$200, Black Max 10 gal 220 OKEECHOBEE 2BR/2
Air Compressor $525, Tdi le-, 2-tdryon1E25aCrIBAN
lawn trallet racks.$S 0' dryI n 001.%o25"nfw
863)234-1230" lived In. A2ltpllie central
Livetcc $155,00(863184-2603
.. .. or (877)511-0624.
$200 & up. Alto Cows: Young CBS. Fixer-upper. 2,500 sq. ft.
& Healthy. $400& Up. $115,000 or bestOfferfor
Will Deliver. 863-235-38 quick closing (863)801-3155

metal housing w/port, cabi-
net. Extra blades. $125.
(853)674-1404 eves.
4500 watt, 8.5 hp, 120/240
HOIST, A-Frame, Heavy Duty
2 ron w/8 solid steel cast-
MAC TOOLBOX- Economizer
4000, asking $800 or best
offer (863)634-0856
Master Sli.m Jim Kit: Books,
R as, Shirbs. Unlock cars, FURNISHED APT- On Water.
tr cks or imports. New. $300, Utlities paid. Adult Colmu-
Now $100. (863)763-3551 tity No pets CallbetCen 9-4
SETTLING TORCH w/oxyen Pm daily (863)357-2044
hoses, cutting torch & braising ..O r
tip, $400. (863)763-9527 N oN1OKeechobee. $575r, 1 a
12 1m. N of Okeechobee. $575
TABLE SAW, CRAFTSMAN,10 Mo. 1st & sec. No Pets Non
w/Extensions & Fence. $95. smokingenvl,4f)467-1717
(863)763-6629 8:30ah- 3:36Ori, or email




'..easure island Lot SE 27iri S
5" 80,000. Craig Eaton. Realir
|, United ouuitry-Pipoiii
: Properties (863)69'-0964
. craigeatoriieartrinkr net

1528 SW 35n Circle
Sarutday. June 3r,
12 p.m.o10 4pm
Seminole Cove An Adull
IOM do you find a lob in
Stlday's competitive
inlrklt? In the employ-
ant section of the clas-

sNb pets, year ceaie required
$650/mo + $i200 e,:
Mobile Home, BHR, 2/1. lur
nished, no pels. $700 iTO
1st. last & security
.(863)763 6932

Okeechobee, Otter Creek
- Eatdes. 5BR/28A once. iruln
- &back porn very rie orn
1 + acres $150.000 For monr
infloTriat0in ca11



Boats 3005
Camrrs/RVs 3010
Jet Skil 3015
Marine Accessorl q 3020
Marine Micellansous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
SportVehicl/ATVa 3035

AIR BOAT- ashng price
16000 13 fiberglass laser
null polymer boltom, 220
bPU, all 6 lugis shoip rebjuil
(86 3i697-0008 or
Aluminum Boat, 146', long.
25np mir. w/itailer $750
Aluminum boat Irailer made
uy Pioneer, will nold up to a
20tl Do03 single a.le, 14- lires
$850 (8631763-7609
BOAT, 14 Ft. Alum Low rirs
Late Model 15 np Evinrruil.
Minkoa Trolling w, galv trailer
$i800 Firm 863-167-4992
BOAT, Aluminum, 13 Ft
w/iars. Greal sriapei No Irjit-
er $30 01or best olier
(863)697-8507 aner 6pm
srape, $500
FISHING BOAT, 14 Fl. Fiber-
glass. Swivel seals 9 9 Manrt.
ner eng on gjalv Irailer $1500
or bestl orter (3631763-3551
OUTBOARD, 10hp Jorisuon
real good shape. $1500 or
Oest oner. 18631467'-5725
PRO CRAFT 1984, 17 FI 6 Ir,
w,150. Jorinson GT .12500


Seville Searay, 86 20'. cuiTy
C313rn. amilmi 'C i 7hp1
Merc irmiOu i'OulbOiad,
$2495. (863467-6,25

FLAGSTAFF 86, 23nt pop up
central air and neat reirgerj-
lor sleeps, 6 $4250
MOTOR HOME: Low miles
Nlew ihns Very good cundl.
tlon. $2000 or be :. oier'
Ft., 2001, Diesel, Freigit liner
thiNss' 6 spa AllLson Lr3ns
2 slideouis Loaded Gariage
kept 24 500 mis 1105.000

er. 99 New rarpel Fndg'e &
lires Very good rinape
$12.000 1863)357-5986

fine 2 wpy $125

APRILIA RS50 2003 irig
swaped lot a 2.0 .' siroie.
run & drives ec': $2500
863-.612-0090/239. -810-0U22
BMW K75 RT '92- 70K miles
pain 1.3500 asking $2500 hirm
(863). 634-9620 0eeariaa
Sportsier Bell drive. alol cat
crirome. Dig lark & rig seal
f15000 i772i485-8103
SUZUKI 85L '04-. Orri hle
new. $2000 i83634-0856


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

ACURA LEGEND '92, 3.21, V6,
5 speed, 4 door, needs some
work. $2500 or best offer.
needs transmission, $250.
Cadillac Deville, '92,
looks/runs good, interior per-
tict,:leak in trans. line,-
$1200 neg. (309)472-1561
CAMARO Z28- '93, Needs',
work, $1800. Or best offer.
matic, V6, 2.4L, 2dr, green,
c0, a/c, $1250. Call
1239) 657-4348.
DODGE NEON- '98, 4, new
tires. Good condition. Runs
good $1500.
matic, A/C works. Asking
$1500 or best offer.
NEONS '96- (2) $800 FOR.
BOTH (863)983-9908

FLEETWOOD '92- 2dr, SW
edition, new starter/headliner.
Runs, Looks great. $1500.
neg. (772)284-1194
V6, auto, good shape, needs
transmission, $250.
(239) 657-4348.
V6, auto, good shape, needs
transmission, $300. Call
(239) 657-4348.
NISSAN STANZA, '90, needs
transmission, 38k mi. on en-
gine, asking $1000 or best
offer. (863)467-8494
PONTIAC SE 1988, Original
owner. Full power, A/C, $2500
or best offer. (863)697-8507
after 6 pm.

Looking to bLy Anhique Car'
Convertible /luii Piejeocrall

'auto, very good cond, $6300
Reduced to $5500,or best
offer, can be seen at E & E
Automotive, 3585 N 441.
FORD F150 '89, Single cab,
'runs great. Minor body work
needed. .1 $250,0
FORD F350 '93, 4 door, dual
tanks, long wheel, base, excel-
lent condition, everything
works. $7000 (863)467-1180
JEEP CHEROKEE 1990, 4x4,
Auo10 wv Good corndi-
tion Runs good. Cldr A'C[.
JEEP CHEROKEE, '86, good
running gear, good motor,
4x4, good buggy $500

F250/350, w/caps 8 lug,
4/set 4x4, almost new,
$350. (863)673-1404 eves.
BEDLINER for full size Ford
Pick up Truck, excel, $50
COMM'L TOPPER- w/shelving,
full rear doors, fits 88-98 full
sz. Chevy 8'. Bed great cond.
$800 neg. (772)-370-5709
DRIVE ON RAMP- you must
remove and haul $125
chrome, w/light guards for
'98 Chevy Tahoe & more,
$125 neg. (863)675-0705-
Runs good, New tires. Front
end damage. $400 or best'
offer. (863)697-3008
,RIMS, 22" & TIRES, fits late
, model Chevy full size, 65%
tread on tires, asking
$1900. (863)634-4376 ,
RIMS, (4) 16! Alum., w/covers
for '99-and up Ford, 8 lug.
$75. (863)763-6216
STEP BARS Tube type for ex-
tended cab for truck, Summit
#fey-23-1430, $100. Call
bqrglass, Fits '01-'03 Dodge
Dakota,Quad Cab, white. $500
neg. (863)697-0328 '
TONNEAU COVER, Fiberglass,
fits 2001-03 F150 Super
Crew. Asking $450 neg.

CHEVY '88- 3!4 ton 4-4, 400,
sm block, 4spd w/low 1st
gear, $1500 (863)634-5421
DODGE RAM 250, '90- runs
good, needs fuel pump, fi-
berglass work body w/ladder
rack $300 (863)655.0030

DODGE RAM 50 P/U 1985, 4
- spd., 4 cyl., 7K org. mis. Good
tires. Just needs a little TLC.
$1400 neg. (863)675-6142
FORD F150 1979, 4x4, Brand
new 35" tires, 4 spd. trans.,
351 engine. Runs great $2500
FORD F150 '89, Runs good,
needs body work'. $900 or
best offer. (863)357-0223
after 6 p.m.
FORD F250 '91, With Reading
utility bed. Rebuilt motor, as is.
$3500 neg. (863)674-0416
runs & looks good, $1500,

Runs good. Cold A/C.
$2500. 863-634-0512 or
JEEP '95, 4 cyl., 5 speed. 8"
lift kit, custom bumpers. 8,000
.pound wench, tow bar,
38.5x12.5 swamper buggers,
488 gears. This Jeep will, go
anywhere. Asking $7500

Limited. .$2500

4FT sides, tailgate ramp, ex-
tra heavy duty, elec 'brakes
$1600 (863)234-1230 .
rear let down ramp, front tool
compartment, $750.

TRAILER, For motorcycle or 4
wheeler, lowrider. $300

165K mls., FM/CD. Looks
great. Runs a little'rough. Ask-
ing $1800 (863)467-1000
VAN, TV, VCR, Play Station,
Captains Seats, A/C. Good
cond. $2400 (863)634-8854,
FORD AEROSTAR '94- needs,
rocker.panels, $1500
FORO VAN 1500- $350.
(46 6 1)90

John W. Abney,Sr., Chairman
Board of County Commissioners

ER SE 1996,7 Pass. Mini Van.
114K. New tires. Very good
cond. FM/Cass. A/C, P/W, V6,
C/C, Tilt. Silver w/grey int..
$3450. (863)6,75-4212

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale in the classl-
fleds and make your
clean un a breeze

Community Events

: Realtors host benefit links tourney
*. The Okeechobee County Board of Realtorr \\ill host their annual
olf tournament on Saturday, June 24, at 8 a.m. at the Okeechobee
.off and Country Club. Proceeds will benefit the Okeechobee High
hool Scholarship Fund and Habital for Humanity. The Board of Real-
-tors is looking for learns, sponsors and an one interested in donating a
>door prize Call J.D MLxon for details at i863) 76-0999.
union planned for '60s classes
There will be a '60s reunion at the KOA Con\ention Center, 4276
'U.S. 44I S from 6 p.m until midnight on June 24. There will be a spe-
.dal tribute for Johnny Mack Kinsaul If you are a member of a class
from 1960-1969 vou are invited to attend. For information, call (863.)
-763-6464 or (863'. 763-8865.
lass of'77 Class plans 30th reunion
The Class of 1977 is planning their 30 class reunion A meeting is
scheduled for Tuesday, June 27 at R.J Galors, at 6 p.m. II you are a
'class of 1977 alumni or know of any classmates, please alltend this
meeting. For information call Cindi Bennett Hortman ('863.i 697-9817,
aren Williamson Larson at (863) 763-5101 or Toni Bennett Doyvle at
_(863) 634-9491.

LRaulerson Hospital seminar slated
Raulerson Hospital,1796 N. Highway 441, will host "A Medical Hur-
'icane Preparedness" seminar, Friday, June 30, at 5:30 p.m. in the
a;Irth dining room This session will take the place of the "Dine with the
doctor" series for June, in preparation for hurricane season. Dinner
service will be at 5:p m Please RS\VP 863 1 824-2702 Public Relations

,Martha's House offers weekend getaway
Martha's House is selling tckets for a weekend getaway for two.
.-'. Ticket are $5 each and includes a tw o-night stay at the Oceanside Holi-
' day Inn Express in Juno Beach and a full breakfast each morning;'a
S'$50 dinner gift certificate, and, twvo movie tickets for the Brahman The-
,-ater All proceeds \will benefit shelter and outreach programs at
artha's House Domestic Violence Services. To purchase a ticket, call
eir Outreach Office at 1863) 763-2893. The drawing will be held July
and you need not be present to win.

Day Care offers free program
A Child's W\orid Day Care, 703 S.\V. Sbxth St will offer a free sum-
i-ervolunlary pre-kindergarten iVPK) program from May 29 until Aug.
.i, from 7:30 a.m until 5:30 p.m. Limited spaces are a\ ailable. To reg.
ter your child you \\ill need a birth certificate. Social Security number
andprbof of Florida registry. This program is for children who turned 4
Years ol age before Sept. 1. 2005. and have not already participated in
the VPK program this year. For information, contact Malissa or Sharon
at (1863) 763-5453.

Headstart offers free program
.. The Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River and Okee-
chobee Counties is accepting applications hor Head Start and \olun-
tlary Pre-Kindergarten program. On going recruitment will be held at
1'798 N.W. Ninth Ave. Parents must provide a birth certificate, social
securityv number, proof o:l family income, and Florida residency. Call
the Northside Head Start office at (863) 357-8677 or .863.) 357-2242 for
an appointment and additional information.

,Labor Day Festival, rodeo planned
The annual Labor Da\ Festival, Parade and PRCA Rodeo will be
'held Sept. 2-4 in Okeechobee. For information, contact the Okee-
.. chobee Chamber of Commerce at i S631 763-6464.

y Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 1ci 1.31 organization is looking for two
^to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
rlth'ough Friday during the hours of9 a.m. until 2 p.m. W\Ve are also look-
.ing fora volunteer to become the director and a board member of The
.Clothes Closel. The \ volunteer should communicate well with the pub-
lic and should be able to seek support Irorn city and count, officials,
.'-business executives and other organizations. \\ rk days and hours are
flexible. Call t8631631-2306 for information.

ree pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnanct Resource Cernter of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organizationon is no\\ available to offer free pregnancy testing to girls
iand women of all ages. \\e offer free and confidential pregnancy rests,
peer counseling, relerrals for a free ultrasound, parenting classes and
-.abstinence education Operating hours are from 10 a.m. until 4 p m
-on-Tuesda\s and Thursda\s. Parenting classes are held at 7 on
Tuesday We are located at 15105 S. ParrUtt Ave., across fromn- the
iovie theatre. If you would like more information on this or set an
appointment for a free pregnrancy test please c-all .1863 763-8859

Free adult GED classes offered
'.:' Indian River Communrity College \\ill be offering free adult basic
,.education GED and English as a second language classes at these loca-
&.-lions: Dixon Hendr\ Center, 2229 N.A. Ninth Ave., English as second
.language classes, Monday and \Vednesday from 9 a.m. until noon,
I:edult basic education GED, Monday through Thursday from 8 a m
,'"intil 8-30 p.m. and Friday froni 8 a.m. until 4 p m One-Stop, 123 S W.
.' Park St., adult basic education GED, Monday through Friday, from 8
a.m. until noon, Yearling Middle School, 925, N W 23 Lane, English as
second language classes, Monday -Wednesday 5-30 until 8.30 p.m ;.
.Tverglades Elementary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a second lan-
Sguage classes, Tuesdal and Thursday from 6 until 8 p rm

Library hosts computer classes
The Heartland Library Cooperative will be holding basic and
advanced computer classes at the Okeechobee County Library, 206
S.W. 16th St. Basic computer knowledge and word processing sills will
be .demonstrated, as well as how to access and navigate the internet.
For the dates and times of these classes, contact the Okeechobee Coun-
t Library\ at (863) 763-3536.' .

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

ACS walk is planned
The American Cancer Society/Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
committee is currently seeking individuals interested in helping with
the event. The 5K,walk will be held in October of this year, which is
Breast .Cancer Awareness Month. Ifyou are a cancer survivor or would
like to be a team leader or volunteer, contact Pattie Mullins at (863) 634-
4054 or Carrie Heineman at (863)634-6012.1

Salvation Army offers financial help
Ifyou 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 returned 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 4 p.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 "pur-
chase" items from their Baby Boutique. Classes will not be held during
the month of July. For information, call (863) 763-8859; or, (863) 697-

Volunteers needed to plan parade
People are needed from a cross section of the community o 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-

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
ihe 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 Saturday 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 needed. 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.

Help with electric bills available
Okeechobee Senior Services has limited funds through the EAHEAP
program, for help witf electric bills for seniors 60 and over. Call Kim
Senna at (863) 462-5180, for information.

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Okeechobee Senior Services (OSS) under tse auspices of Okeechobee County is the
contracted lead agency for the Community Care for the Elderly grant in Okeecho-
bee County. OSS is partially funded with the Community Care for the Elderly
(CCE oarant. .
Tri ., ,,,i i i j,,,ii i ,,i the State Department of Elder Affairs and
ir ,:.U : i A" ,,A'j A, r,. ,6 ],,,, Treasure Coast/Palm Beach, Inc.(AAA).
ub is seeKmig poposaP0i hum lsui ed Home Health Care'Agences/ Nurse Reg
stories These agencies must also be be licensed per FS. Chapter 400 Part IV,
under the Medicaid Red Book and DOEA Medicaid Waiver Guidelines for client eli-
gibilfty and billing procedures. -
These agencies must be able to provide high quality Homemaker, Respite, and Per-
sonal Care'Services"
The Purpose o thi quest forProposal (RFP) is to select and subcontract with
a primary and one or more secondary providers for the nenexcluslve provision
of services as outined in this proposal to assist in meeting the needs of ell-
gible seniors ( sixty years and older) residing in Okeecobee County, Florida.
Any subsequent contract award by OSS as a result of this RFP is contingent upon
OSS'S continued contractual designation with the AAA as the Lead Agency un-
der the CCE grant program tor OKEECHOBEE COUNTY. Okeechobee County/
OSS reserves the right to revise and/or terminate any subcontract as a result
of any increase or decrease of available grant funding or termination of grant
funding. Okeechobee County/OSS makes no guarantee to any Proposer as to
the number of units given during any time of the Contract term. OSS has set
the unit ratds within the RFP.
Copies of the full RFP maybe obtained at thN address below or by calling
(863) 763-9312.PIease include al requested information the proposal submit-
ted to the County Proposals are due no later than June19, 2006 at 2:00 RM.
Eastern Standard lime, All proposals received after this time will not be opened
or considered. Three bound copies of the proposal should be submitted in a
sealed envelop and clearly marked "HOME HEALTH CARE SERVICES RFP.
SAny questions or inquiries should be directed to Sheila Savage at (863) 462
-51,0. Proposals should be addressed to:

*r i r ',- I, ',-,, ,

The County reserves theright to waive formales ,,, -i... ,' ,"'. : i l I
reject any and l proposals, orto negotiate fuort awin i i ple ,'.''. 1i"
accepts no responsibility for the expense, preparation, or delivery of proposals to
the County. ..
Okeechobhe County is an EOE/Drug Free Workplace..

Sharon Robertson, Clerk
Board of County Commissioners
138783 ON 6/2/06

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