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By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
On Dec. 16, 1966, a young
man from Donegal, Ireland,
was ordained as a Roman
Catholic priest.
Forty years later, Father
Hugh Duffy, Ph.D., celebrated
his ordination with members
of the Sacred Heart parish,
where he has served as pastor
for over 20 years.
The road from Donegal
wound through various univer-
sities and parishes before end-
ing at the door of Sacred Heart
Catholic Church.
Once ordained, Fr. Duffy
continued his education at the
University College Dublin
where he received his Bachelor
of Arts degree. He continued to
study and eventually awarded

his Masters' Degree and finally
his Ph.D. at the University of
Hull in England.
Father Duffy's first assign-
ment in Florida was at Resur-
rection Catholic Church in
Lakeland. He then served at
the St. Mary Magdalene
Catholic Church in Altamonte
Springs and Our Lady of Lour-
des Church in Daytona Beach.
On Sept. 24, 1984, Father
Duffy was appointed as the
fourth pastor of Sacred Heart
Catholic Church a small
country church in Okeechobee
with only 147 registered house-
holds on their rolls, Upon his
arrival, Father Duffy dedicated
his efforts to bringing the
parish up-to-date and to help-
ing people in the community.
Since then, under his
watchful eyes, Sacred Heart

parish has flourished. There
are now more than 750 fami-
lies registered with the church
- not including many winter
parishioners and a large num-
ber of non-registered mem-
The church now has new
organizations including the
parish finance council, build-
ing committee and pastoral
Through his efforts and the
efforts of those around him,
the religious education pro-
gram has grown to include an
education center with six class-
rooms, an office, storage and a
fully equipped kitchen.
Father Duffy continued to
work with those in need in his
parish and those in need
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In the days when cameras were rare, the only photos take were usually of special
events, like family reunions, such as this 1928 photo of the family of Henry Elsken. If
you don't know the date of a photo, it can be estimated based on the age of the chil-
dren in the photo.

Internet makes research easier

INI Florida
The holidays often bring back
family traditions, rooted in the
family's history.
If your family .is originally
from Germany, stockings may
be hung by the chimney on Dec.
6, the feast of St. Nicholas. Ifyour
ancestors came from Italy, you
might set up a Nativity set under-
neath the Christmas tree.: Holi-
day decorations, participation in
church services and even the
menu for a holiday dinner may
all be traced back to some of
your family's ancestors..
Holiday gatherings provide
an excellent opportunity to gath-
er information about your own
family's history.
To start a basic family history
project, write down what you
know, starting with your self and
your own parents, and grand-
parents. Go as far back as you
can by asking family members,
looking at a family Bible or,going
through old photographs and
Old photos are a great tool for
helping older family members
remember their past. Something,
in a photo may remind them of a
detail they did not tell you
Old cemetery records can
help you pin down birth and
death dates for some of your
ancestors. If you know where

your ancestors are buried and kno\\ \our ancestor's religion,
can travel there. write down all you can try contacting the
of the information from the church directly. If the church has
tombstones of anyone who a web site, \ou may be able to
shares the last name you are contact the church through
looking for. As you do more email If no web site is available,
research, you might find a con ) iou can probably Nt least get the
nection. church's riailingladdress from
When you have collected all an online directory.
of the basic information you can When requesting records
from family members, arid per- from a church, b6 as specific as
sonal research more informa- ) ou can If you are looking for
tion may be available online, information about a marriage,
through historical societies or and can provide the full name of
through a Latter Day Saints at least one member of the cou-
(LCS) Family History Center. pie, and at least the month and
year of the marriage, you will
Researching online have better' luck at obtaining a
A number of genealogical copy of, the marriage docu-
web sites are available on the ments. These documents often
internet. Some are free. Many contain the names of the bride's
require a paid subscription, and groom's parents, and the
Some of the web sites which place where the bride and
charge, such as, groom were born. If you know
offer a free month's trial mem- when and where a person was
bership. Taking advantage of a born, Baptismal records may
trial membership may help you also provide additional informa-
determine whether or not infor- tion about the parents.
mation available through this The largest free online
web site will help your research.' genealogical research web site is
If you know where your, the Web
ancestors lived, you can try site of the Church of Latter Day
checking for web sites for a Saints (LCS) Family History Cen-
genealogical or historical society ters. This web site contains infor-
in that city. Some states even nation on millions of people.
have their old census docu- But you have to be careful with
ments online. any findings there. Many of the
Before 1900, .government records on the LDS Web site
records are often not complete, were input by LDS members

Church records may be a better
source of information. If you

See Ancestry Page 2

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Since the establishment of
Okeechobee County in 1917,
the county has only had three
jails and all three of them have
occupied two adjoining
The first jail, built in 1919,
was the first brick building
built after the esiablishm.nt of
r.le county and served the
county until the mid 1960is.
Before then, according to Beltt
Williamson, president of the
Okeechobee Historical Society,
prisoners were housed in box-

There is a now a movement
under way to try to preserve
the oldbuilding.
"We don't have anchors to
the past. This seems a great
place to start," said county
attorney John Cassels of plans
to restore the old county jail.
. Retired Circuit Judge
William Hendr\ noted that
Okeechobee doesn't have
much heritage and it would -be
good to preserve the lail He
noied that cities on both coasts
developed earlier than Okee-
Cassie Conrad said the old

See Jail-Page 2

Local history

and future

meet downtown

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
A link to the early history of
the county as well as the coun-
ty's commitment to the future
can be seen in the 300 block of
N.W Second Street the
block that houses the county's
two courthouses.
The new courthouse, offi-
cially called the Okeechobee
County Judicial Center, was
dedicated on July 20,2005.
Immediately in front of it
and connected by a plaza is the
old 1927 courthouse that has

been officially designated the
Okeechobee County Court-
In his remarks at the dedica-
tion ceremony for the judicial
center, Chief Judge William
Roby called the new facility"..
the jewel of Okeechobee
Also speaking at the dedica-
tion, architect Rick Buell noted
that the entrance to the judicial
center was a gesture to the old
courthouse while the style of
See Downtown Page 2

OReechobee News/Lorna Jablonski
Father Hugh Duffy took a moment to stop in front of the Sacred
Heart Catholic Church sign monument and fountain to reflect
back on his 40 years as a priest.

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Continued From Page 1
who may or may not have accurate
information about their own fami-
lies. These family trees can be help-
ful, but keep in mind they may
have been down based on guess-
work, with no documentation. In
most cases, you can email the per-
son who put the family tree on the
Web site, and find out exactly what
documentation they have
obtained, or what field work they
may have done.
Only a small percentage of the
records in the LDS family history
archives are available online. Mil-
lions of records are available on
microfilm and can be borrowed
from the main archives in Salt Lake
City. To find microfilm records, go
the Web site at, and
click on "family history." This will
take you to their Family Search
Web page. If you click on "library"
you can review the search options
for finding microfilm. You can do a
place search, surname search, key-
word search, or subject search.
If you are looking for records
from a particular city, it helps to
consult a map. Quite often a coun-
try has more than one town with
the same name. To find the place
your ancestor came from, you
need to be able to narrow it down

Family hi

Why do members of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
day Saints do family history
research? According to the
church's web site, they do it
because they are motivated by
love for their deceased family
members and desire to serve
The Web site offers the fol-
lowing explanation:
"Life does not end at death.
When we die, our eternal spirits
go to a spirit world, where we
continue to learn while we await
the Resurrection and Final Judg-
"Members of the Church
believe that the family can also
continue beyond the grave, not
just until death. This is possible
when parents and their children
make. special promises, called
covenants, in sacred temples.
These covenants, when made
with the authority of God and

as: much as possible. You first
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province or state, then the district
or county narrowing it down
until you find the city.

story important to Mormons

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This library listing will include a
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jail was well built. He should
know since he lived in the build-
ing between 1940 and 1943 when
his father, Louie Conrad, was
sheriff. The jail was built to house
the sheriff and his family.
On the first floor, said Mr. Con-
rad, was a living room, dining
room and a kitchen in which his
mother cooked for the prisoner
as well as her family. Upstairs, the
family members shared three
bedrooms. In the rear of the
building were three levels of cells
- three cells for men and one for
women. -
Mr. Conrad said his father had
no deputies he was a one-man
department that was on call 24
hours a day.
At a special meeting on Feb. 5,
1919, Okeechobee County com-
missioners D.E. Austin, Jerry
Hancock, Alex Thomson, S.H.
Hair and W.W Potter approved
the issuance of $40,000 in inter-
est-bearing time warrants to be
issued in denominations of
$1,000 at 6 percent interest.
These warrants were for con-


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throughout the community
through the establishment of a
community outreach program to
help the needy. He has estab-
lished traditions such as the angel
tree and Christmas around the
World. .... .
When the hurricanes of 2004
and 2005 hit, Father Duffy and
Sacred Heart Church provided
shelter and hope to many in the
community. His programs for the
youth of the parish have given the
children a safe place to learn and
As the parish grew, Father

OkeechoDee News/Pele Gawda
Plans are under way to restore the county's old jail which is
currently in a bad state of repair.

struction of "a suitable jail, com-
plete in all it details including the
purchase of a suitable lot."
At their April 15 meeting the
same year, commissioners dis-
cussed the location of the jail and
authorized Commissioner Austin
to secure a deed to the property

Duffy saw that there was a need
for parish improvements. He
oversaw renovations to the
parish gift shop, renovations to
the sanctuary, had soccer fields
installed for parish children,
worked with the parishioners to
build the outdoor stations of the
cross, fountain, pavilion, grotto,
Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine,
installation of a new parking lot
and a new church sign and foun-
With his guidance, parish-
ioners are now working toward
the building of a new church.
They have retained an architect,
developed a site plan, a floor
plan and an artist's rendering of
the new church. They have set a

from the Okeechobee Company.
Between 1919 and 1938,
county residents paid a special
tax of 1.5 mils to be collected for
a "special jail fund."
In 1921, commissioners
authorized the sheriff to build a
garage and warehouse at the jail.

goal to raise $3 million over a
four-year period beginning in
2004. They are approximately
halfway through the time allotted
to reach their goal. They would
like to be able to fund the entire
project without going into debt
to do so.
In addition to all of his duties
at the church, Father Duffy has
still found time to teach himself
to speak Spanish and to author
several books including his latest,
"Queen of the Sciences," a book
that discusses the relationship
between religious faith and
rational thought.
With Father Duffy reaching his
40th anniversary and the time
rapidly approaching for the con-

For some time, the jail met the
needs of a growing county. With
passing years, however, that situ-
ation changed.
In 1963, Sheriff J.C. McPher-
son told the commissioners that
because of crowding and lack of
security at the jail he had to trans-
port inmates to St. Lucie County.
By that time, the sheriff's
office had been moved to the
The jail was described as
"medieval" in the May 16, 1963,
issue of the Okeechobee News.
It was in the last days of the
old jail that the only successful
escape occurred, underlying the
lack of security in the outdated
facility. Two inmates used a metal
piece from their bunks to gouge a
hole in the brick wall and escape
at 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 19,
A picture in the April 23, 1964,
issue of the Okeechobee News
showed the hole the prisoner
used to escape. The photograph
revealed a hole three bricks high
and one-and-half bricks wide.
Fortunately for the escapees,
they were small people making it
easier for them to scramble
through such a small hole. One

struction of the new church,
some have nervously asked
about his plans to retire.
"Oh, I'm officially retired now,
but I will continue to stay with
Sacred Heart," he said with a
smile. "With the plans going for-
ward on the building of the new
church, my parishioners feel
more comfortable knowing that I
am still here."
Father Duffy is not ready to give
up the reins of Sacred Heart yet.
But, when he does, it will take
quite a person to fill the shoes of
the silver-haired priest with the
Irish twinkle in his eyes.
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prisoner was described as weigh-
ing 125 pounds and the other
weighed 130 pounds.
The county finally agreed to
the construction of a new jail that
was completed in October of
The old historic jail is getting
closer to being restored. The
grant application for restoration
funds was one of 118 applica-
tions received by the Florida
Department of State, Division of
Historical Resources. That total
was narrowed to 68 with the old
jail still in the running.
Those 68 projects were then
ranked in order of priority. The


old jail ranked 18 on the recom-
mended list. Now it is up to the
2008 Florida Legislature to appro-
priate the requested $296,576.
Lydia Jean Williams, executive
director of Okeechobee Main
Street, said this is the third time
they have applied for a grant.
They would like to see their
offices and the historical society
museum housed in the old jail.
Okeechobee Main Street is solicit-
ing grants and other private funds
for restoration.
Post your opinions in the Public
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the remainder of the, facility
showed that Okeechobee was in
the 21st century.
The old courthouse currently
contains offices for the county
administrator, deputy county
administrator, their staffs, the
clerk to the county commission-
ers and the supervisor of elec-
tions. The commissioners and
most county boards hold their
meetings here. Much of the build-
ing, including the entire second
floor, which houses the main
courtroom, is now vacant.
However, plans call for renova-
tion and restoration of this historic
building to house county offices
that are now scattered in different
When it was completed, the
courthouse included the latest
architectural features of the day.
Since it was built long before air
conditioning, it was designed to
take advantage of natural breezes.
Ventilation was provided in the
main courtroom by large wooden
casement windows on two sides.
In addition, an arcaded porch
shades three sides of the court-
Through the years, the court-
house has housed the school
board, the county surveyor, the
county agent and the sheriff, as
well as private offices. Retired Cir-
cuit Judge William Hendry said
his first law office in 1957 was in
what later became the prisoner,
holding room. The judge said that
the Okeechobee Abstract Compa-
ny and the Department of Trans-
portation once had offices in the
The judge's grandfather was
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Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda taken during the construction of the judicial
The 1927 Okeechobee County Courthouse is a center. The rear of the courthouse is reflect-
classic work of Mediterranean architecture. ed in the glass front of the judicial center.

The courthouse has seen its
share of historic events. When it
was brand new, coffins were
stacked in the corridors because
the ground was too saturated for
grave digging after the 1928 hurri-
cane. The Red Cross estimated
that 2,000 people were killed by
that hurricane.
The organizational meeting of
what is now South Florida Water
Management District took place
at the courthouse in on Oct. 6,
1947. A plaque at the entrance to
the courthouse commemorates
the event.
According to "Strolling Down
Country Roads, A Pictorial Histo-
ry" by Twila Valentine and Betty
Williamson, at least two graduat-
ing classes from Okeechobee
High School in the 1950s held
their commencement exercise in
front of the courthouse.
In 1992, during the celebration
of the county's 75th anniversary,
the courthouse was formally ded-
The ,funeral for long-time
county commissioner Charles
Harvey was held on the court-
house lawn.
In 1997, a pilot for the short-
lived television series "Maximum
Bob" was filmed in the court-
room. The dark paneling behind

the judge's bench was added at
that time to improve lighting for
the move.
Distinguishing features include
the red clay tile roof and white
stucco exterior wall. The most
prominent feature is the colon-
naded and arched two-story
entrance with a pair of concrete
stairs and decorative iron railings.
Enhanced security and more
space are two of the main fea-
tures of the new judicial center.
Everyone entering the front
entrance of the building must
pass through a metal detector.
Security cameras are everywhere.
Judges use a magnetized card to
open the gate of their parking
area in the rear of the building.
Then, they take a private elevator
to their third floor offices and
"I miss the old courthouse,"
said clerk of the court Sharon
Robertson, who has been work-
ing for the county since 1984. The
clerk's office occupies much of
the first floor.
People doing with business
with the clerk's office go to one of
three counters and talk with
employees through a glass parti-
Ms. Robertson said she misses
mingling with the customers.

That is not possible now with the
new security systems.
Because of the physical layout
of the new building, the clerk's
office had to change their system
of operations. Ms. Robertson said
that other counties are now mod-
eling the operation of their clerks'
offices after Okeechobee's.
The rear of the first floor is
devoted to maintenance, storage
and holding cells for prisoners.
The second floor houses
offices for the state attorney and
public defenders.
County Judge Shirley Brennan
has held court in both buildings.
"It's a beautiful facility," she
said of the judicial center. "The
old courthouse had a lot of age
related problems."
She added that the security is
definitely better in the judicial
However, she added that the
way the judicial center is set up it
is rather impersonal.
In time, the judicial center with
all its modern architectural fea-
tures will no:doubt be able to
boast of hosting its share of his-
toric events.
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kept at the center for two weeks,
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ask for an extension.
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The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 26,2006

OMS band host

holiday concert

Congratulations to the OMS
Bands for their enjoyable per-
formance at Tuesday night's holi-
day concert. The beginning band
demonstrated all they had
learned in just three months of
playing, and the intermediate and
advanced bands combined for a
strong, full sound. The evening
was punctuated by a special per-
formance by the OMS Jazz Band,
rocking out on three jazzy ver-
sions of old favorites. All in all, it
was a nice evening of music.
Beginning Band
Bailey, Jesse; Barletto,
Dominick; Crews, Michael; Dou-
glas, Sage; Franklin, Khadija; Gon-
zales, Christopher; Jones, Dillon;
Mailliard; Lacey; Martinez, Beat-
riz; Petersen, Kiersten; Standefer,
Braden; Story, Sierra; Under-
wood, Anthony; Valcaniant, Nick;
Vanbeek, Katie; Watt, Vanessa;
White, Mercedes; Williams,
Band members
Agnew, Kayla; Boggs, Joshua;
Brantley, Stevie; Castilleja,Tiffani;
Cox, Jami; Crawford, Morgan;
Elkins, Brandon; Fusco, Lauren;
Gorham, Samantha; Hans, Eliza-
beth; Hawthorne, Sarah; Hernan-
dez, Ana; Jimenez-Torres, Rosa;

Jolly, Onchelle; King, Teresa;
Mitchell, Nicholas; Mohney,
Amber; Murphy, Christy; Perez,
Rene'; Rowell, Karli; Simpson,
Savannah; Stark, Andrea; Tindall,
Devon; Wolff, Jess.

Advanced Band
Alford, William; Allen, Ash-
leigh; Barletto, Joey; Boles,
Leaha; Boyd, Dallon; Castilleja,
Alejandra; Chavez, Angelica;
Cooper, Jimmy; Fessl, Amber;
Fraser, Camren; Fraser, Matthew;
Haas, Brittany; Hall, David; Har-
was, Kara; Hernandez, Ana
Maria; Jackson, Jacob; Jackson,
Victoria; Jones, Sarah; Kelly,
Erika; Kuipers, Jayce; Magee,
Samantha; Mccune, Danae;
Mehta, Mishal; Norman, Max; Par-
rish, Kayedee; Penido, Isabella;
Power, Alyssa; Ragamat, Kather-
ine; Rathbun, Amanda; Rios,
Janet; Rowell, Jolene; Runyon,
Kayla; Smith, Tabitha; Turbeville,
Audrey; Turner, Elizabeth; Welsh,

Scholarship program

at OHS needs funding

College costs continue to
increase each year and the stu-
dents of Okeechobee are always
in need of financial assistance.
The Okeechobee High
School Scholarship Program is
currently recruiting to increase
the amount of scholarship funds
available to these students. If you
or your business would like to
offer a scholarship in your name,

OMS beginner band students
Beatriz Martinez, Jesse Bailey, Sage Douglas, Vanessa Watt,
and Khadija Franklin stand for the applause following the
OMS Beginning Band performance.
OMS Jazz ,Band
Jay Adler; Theda Bass; Carl
Cable; Brynne Emley; Robert
Lampi; Brittni Little; Doug McCoy;
Heather Siler-Dobbs; Pam Smith;
Ryan Starnes; Kelly Stepp; Drew
In other news
Congratulations to the top
OMS Milers for this week! From
the Eighth grade, Altis Crowell
and Alexus Peaden topped the
list, as did Seventh graders Dean
Radebaugh and Jessica Wackler.
Due to other events, the sixth
graders did not run this week.
OMS wishes everyone a safe
and restful holiday season!


Barney Madison
Barney Madison Durbin, ;age
74, of Okeechobee, died Friday,
Dec. 22, 2006, at his residence.
Born Feb. 7, 1932 in Lexington,
Ky., he has been a resident of
Okeechobee for the past 30 years
where he was the owner and
operator of Barney's Barber
Shop. He served two terms in the
United States Army and was a
member of the VFW, Moose and
the American Legion.
He enjoyed music, bowling,
softball, horses, fishing and was
an avid Kentucky Wildcats fan. He
was also a member of the Victory
Baptist Church in Okeechobee.
He is preceded in death by

son, Kenny Durbin, three sisters,
and two brothers.
He is survived by his loving
wife of 34
years, ,Mollie
Durbin of
David(Wendy) .
Durbin of
Homestead, -"
Alan -(Kay)
Durbin of
Louisville, Ky., Barney
Tony (Gina) Barney
Ward of Okee- Madison
chobee, Mark Durbin
(Cynthia) Ward of Townsend,
Tenn., and Brian (JoAnn)Ward of
Okeechobee, daughters, Kelly
Durbin of Louisville, Kv., and Kim
(Brian.i Herbst of Efland, N.C.; sis-

ters, Annis (Clark) Bentley of Lex-
ington, Ky., Juanita Donovan of
Lexington, Ky., and Virginia
(Hiram) Smith of Nicholasville,
Ky. In addition, he is survived by
several grandchildren, great
grandchildren, and a host of lov-
ing nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held in the
Buxton Funeral Home Chapel,
110 N.E. Fifth St. Wednesday, Dec.
27, 2006, from 4 until 7 p.m. Ser-
vices will be held at the funeral
home Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006, at
11 a.m. with interment at Ever-
green Cemetery to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions can be made in Mr.
Durbin's name to Hospice.
All arrangements are under the
direction and care of Buxton
Fuhieral'Hoefah d Crematory.-!

or if you have any questions
regarding scholarship contribu-
tions, please contact Bill Black at
(863) 462-5025 ext. 3113.
The scholarship commitment
deadline is Jan. 15, 2007, so new
scholarships can be included in
the scholarship booklets. If this is
not convenient for you please
call and we will work out the

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Community Events

OSAC plans monthly meeting
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meet-
ing will be held Jan. 9, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second Ave. Every-
one is welcome and lunch will be served. For information, call Val
Marone at (863) 462-0040.

Weight loss classes scheduled
The Devotional Weight-Loss Program will have registration
and orientation on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007. There will be 11 weeks
of classes that will end on March 20. Classes will be held each
Tuesday from 9 until 11 a.m. at His House Fellowship Church of
the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St. For information, call (863) 763-

Singer, songwriter to appear at library
Grammy-nominated Florida singer, songwriter Jeanie Fitchen
will be in concert at the Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W.
16th St., on Friday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. Her program, "A Musical Jour-
ney through Florida," will be a treat for the entire family. This pro-
gram is sponsored by a grant from the Florida Humanities Coun-
cil. The program is free and open to the public.

Chamber hosting Big Top Extravaganza
The Under the Big Top European Extravaganza, sponsored by
the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, will be at the
American Legion Fairgrounds Jan. 12, 13 and 14, 2007. There will
be high wire acts, aerial fantasy, clowns, jugglers, a magic show
and an aerial rocket stars thrill show. Adult, senior and children's
advance tickets go on sale Dec. 6 at the Chamber of Commerce
office at 55 S. Parrott Ave. For information, call the Chamber at
(863) 763-6464.

Florida Boys to be in concert
The Florida Boys Quartet will be in concert on Sunday, Jan. 14,
2007, at 2:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene His House Fellow-
ship, 425 S.W.28th St. For information, call (863) 7637,13.

Plans made for MLK parade
Okeechobee Community Improvement Association will spon-
sor the Martin Luther King Day march and parade on Monday, Jan.
15. The march will start at 9 a.m. at Douglas Brown School and
proceed to the Park Street gazebo, where a speech will be heard.
The line up for the parade will start at 9:30 a.m. in front of the First
Baptist Church, 401 S.W. Fourth St., and will follow the traditional
parade route, starting at 10 a.m. After the parade, the marchers will
return to Douglas Brown School where there will be activities. To
place an entry in the parade such as a group on foot, horseback,
bikes, a float or vehicle contact George Robertson at (863) 610-
0973 or Bertha Boswell at (863) 763-4823.

GaL training being offered
The Guardian ad Litem program needs volunteers to help lead
children through the realities of the court and foster care system,
and into safe, permanent homes. The Guardian ad Litem program
will be training volunteers from Okeechobee, Indian River, St.
Lucie and Martin counties on Jan. 16, 18, 23, 25 and 30 from 9 a.m.
until 4 p.m. at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, 350 N.W. Califor-
nia Blvd., in Port St. Lucie. For information, call (772) 785-5804.

AARP driver's safety course planned
An AARP driver safety course will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, and
Saturday, Jan. 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at St. Theresa's
Catholic Church fellowship hall at the corner of Chobee Loop and
S.R. 78 in Buckhead Ridge. Both days must be attended to com-
plete the course. You do not have to be a member of AARP or have
AARP auto insurance. All seniors 55 and over are invited. Consult
your Florida auto insurance agent for your three-year discount
upon completion of class. For information and reservations, call
Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863)763-0351.

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Guest Commentary

Florida urbanizing in a New York minute

By Andrew H. McLeod
The Trust for Public Land wel-
comes the new study from 1,000
Friends of Florida that offers
sobering evidence of population
growth and statewide urbaniza-
tion that could make the Sunshine
State look more like the Big
Fortunately, this study was
accompanied by a second report
that recommends strategies for
guiding the growth that is com-
The first report "Florida
2060: A Population Distribution
Scenario for the State of Florida"
- projects that, based on current,
development patterns, the popu-
lation of Florida will double in the
next 50 years to about 36 million
- long since passing New York to
become the third largest state -
and that the amount of urbanized
land in the state also will double.
What does that look like?
According to the report, it means
7 million acres that are now agri-
cultural or rural will be devel-
oped. The 1-4 corridor from St.
Petersburg to Daytona Beach will

be one continuous urban block,
as will. the 1-75 corridor from
Ocala to Sebring and the Gulf
Coast from Sarasota to Naples.
Very simply, "Florida 2060"
documents what we all see -
disappearing open land, more
development and fewer natural
places to get outdoors, to recreate
and to simply relax in nature.
The second report from "1,000
Friends of Florida, a Time for
Leadership: Growth Management
and Florida 2060" makes these
Continue and expand the
state's landmark Florida Forever
Program in order to permanently
preserve parkland; natural areas
and other types of highly impor-
tant open space.
Enact new policies that
improve the ways rural lands are
converted to urban uses, utilizing
innovative planning and incen-
tives to landowners.
Create a "legacy plan" to
identify lands to protect from
development as well as those that
should be the site of development
and redevelopment.
Cultivate new, aggressive

Upcoming Events

Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Golden
Corral Restaurant. 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to the public.
For information, contact Lonnie Kirscn at (863) 467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third
St., at 8 p.m.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our
Savior, 200 N.W Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the
Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee. Everyone is
welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of, Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military
information available; For information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the Clock
Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call (863)
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited to
participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, contact
Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For infor-
mation, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at 7
p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life.
Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next to
Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that enjoys old time
gospel music is invited to participate. For information, contact Dr. Edward
Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
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 meeting.
Women of Tomorrow ABWA Women of Tomorrow chapter meets from
noon until 1 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. For
information call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.

Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055
S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another group meets
in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5
until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facilitator. There is another meeting
from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call
(863) 763-2893.}
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.

Tantle Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the His-
torical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret at (863)
467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church, of Our
Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested in
finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census, IGI
(Intemational Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and military
information available. For information, call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
KIwanIs Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Village
Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public are wel-
come. For information, contact Ray Worley at (863) 467-0985.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask ques-
tions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206 or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for informa-
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship
hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at'Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third Ave.
Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relationships.
The support groups meetat 6 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-2893, or
call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at 7 p.m.
The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N. Parrott
Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893 days, or (863) 467-
2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might need this group, please
pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One Stop
Center, 209 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be available
from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second language
classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701 S.W. Sixth
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thursday at
2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is welcome. The group
is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity for caregivers to
give one another support, Information and ideas. The meetings are held at
Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.
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 meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step Study meeting
at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, in Buck-
head Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1 p.m. at
the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost is $6.63 plus tip
for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is welcome. For information, call
Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
Okeechobee Main Street's Farmer's Market will be held every Thurs-
day evening from 4 until 7 p.m. in Flagler Park 3. Any questions and/or com-
ments can be directed to the Main Street office at (863) 357-MAIN.

Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion meet-
ing at7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, in Buck-
head Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First 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 infor-
mation, contact Ollie Morgretat (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church,
200 N.W. Second St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Churth of Our Saviour, 200 N.W.
Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.

leadership from the public and
private sectors, as well as com-
munity groups, to help shape the
landscape of 2060 for the better.
While each of these is a crucial
step, the first goal investing in
Florida Forever can happen
most rapidly and is the surest tool
we have to guide growth. Florida
Forever enables us to create and
protect permanently state and
local parks and greenways and to
preserve the Florida Keys, rivers
and springs. It guarantees protec-
tion for sensitive watersheds and-
aquifers and allows for places to
hunt and fish.
Yet, Florida Forever as
essential as it is is today teeter-
ing under the weight of 18 million
people and ever-more-expensive
real estate across our state:
Florida. Forever's annual
funding $300 million has
not increased since 1990, when it
represented $23 per Floridian.
Today $300 million is the equiva-
lent of $15 per person and is
worth, because of inflation, less
than $200 million.
The average price of land in
Florida has increased from $3,800

per acre in 1990, when Florida
Forever's predecessor was enact-
ed, to $8,700 per acre when Flori-
da Forever was created in 1999, to
over $29,300 per acretoday.
Billions and billions of dol--
lars of unmet needs for local
parks and natural lands have
been documented by The Trust
for Public Land and other groups.
The Florida Forever Coalition
- comprising TPL, 1,000 Friends
of Florida and more than a dozen
other organizations believes
that we must expand Florida For-
ever to $1 billion annually. This
step Would provide incalculable
benefit to the health of our com-
munities, environment and econ-
The Trust for Public Land -
and our partners in the Florida
Forever Coalition are commit-
ted to and excited about working
with all of our leaders Gover-
nor-elect Crist, Senate President
Ken Pruitt, House Speaker Marco
Rubio, and all others to extend
'and expand Florida Forever for
ourselves and all future Floridi-

Community Events

Avon Park hosting special camp
Lake Denton Camp in Avon Park is hosting a Christmas break
camp Dec. 26-30 for grades six through 12. The cost is $70 and
includes meals, lodging and fun. For information and forms, call
(863) 453-3627; or, e-mail phil'

Church hosting Christmas coffee
The ladies of Cornerstone Baptist Church, 18387 U.S. 441 N.,
will hold a Christmas coffee on Wednesday, Dec. 27, from 6 until
7:30 p.m. There will be a brief sharing of the true meaning of
Christmas. Childcare will be provided. For information, call Stacy
at (863) 763-5675.

Oakview plans special services
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St., will hold a special
NewYear's Eve service on Sunday, Dec. 31, at 5 p.m.

Couples, singles invited to event
Danny Tolbert will be hosting a special event based on his new
book "A Woman's Diary." The book is about experiences, rela-
tionships and problems that women deal with in their lifetime
with men. Married couples and singles are welcome to attend the
event being sponsored by Dra Ministries, on Sunday, Dec. 31, at 7
p.m. The event will be held in the conference room at The Flamin-
go Motel, 4101 U.S. 441 S. There will be drawings for gifts and
refreshments. For information, call Mary Tolbert at (863) 484-
0847. :

Red Cross offering various classes
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch will be holding a
first aid class on Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 6 until 9 p.m.; an
infant/child CPR class on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 6 until 9 p.m.;
and an adult CPR class on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 6 until 9 p.m. To
register for one of these classes, call (863) 763-2488.

Substance abuse board to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board
will meet Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at
1600 S.W. Second Ave. This is a brown bag lunch meeting and is
open to board members. For information call Jim Vensel at (863)
357-1977, or Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.

Hospice plans yard sales
Hospice of Okeechobee, 411 S.E. Fourth St., will hold a yard
sale on Friday, Jan. 5, and Saturday, Jan. 6, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Donated items are needed and proceeds benefit patient care,
including services at The Hamrick Home. For information, call
Rhonda at (863) 467-2321 br (863) 697-1995.

Scrapbooking crop party is planned
A scrapbooking crop party will be held Friday, Jan. 5, 2007,
from 6 until 10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Sec-
ond St. All levels of scrapbookers are welcome. There will be a
demonstration on the use of brads and eyelets in your scrapbook-
ing and card-making projects. Carolyn Jones will be available to
assist you with your scrapbooking questions and supplies.
Refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes. For
information call Carolyn at (863) 634-1885, or Joan at (863) 467-

BHRVFD plans pancake breakfast
The Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department on S.R. 78 W
will have an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, including sausage
and a beverage, from 8 until 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, for
a donation of $4. For information, call Pat at (863) 357-1364.

Library hosting special program
SThe Okeechobee County Library and the Florida Humanities
Council will present "Voice of the Everglades: Marjory Stoneman
Douglas" as portrayed by Betty Jean Steinshouer on Sunday, Jan.
7, at 3 p.m. at the library, 206 S.W 16th St. Ms. Steinshouer will
appear in character as Marjory Stoneman Douglas as she served in
the early 1970s as president of the Friends of the Everglades. This
program is brought to you by a grant from the Florida Humanities
Council. The program is free and open to the public.

Hospice board of directors to meet
The board of directors for Hospice of Okeechobee will hold
their annual meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m. The meeting
will be held at the new Hospice residence, The Hamrick Home, at
411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-2321.

OSAC training group will meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community out-
reach/training committee will meet Monday, Jan. 8, 2007, from 9
until 10 a.m. at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. The meeting is open to the
public. For information call Ken Kenworthy at (863) 462-5000, ext.
273, or Val Marorine at (863) 462-0040.

Resource group to meet Jan. 8
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community
resource committee will meet Monday, Jan. 8, 2007, from 11:30
a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. This is a brown bag
lunch meeting and is open to the public. For information call Keith
Stripling at (863) 763-6064, or Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.

The Okeechobee News, Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Young cowboy is a champion

Wins first
buckle in steer
riding competition
By Loma Jablonski
Okeechobee News
While most 10-year old boys
are out shooting hoops or swing-
ing baseball bats, Josh Keese is
climbing on 500-600 lb. steers. The
5 ft., 72 lb. North Elementary
School student is a member of the
All Florida Junior Rodeo Associa-
tion and an active junior rodeo
He recently won'his first cham-
pionship buckle in steer riding
competition at Lady Lake by stay-
ing on the steer for the six-second
time requirement during the sec-
ond day of the junior rodeo. AFJRA
rules require that the contestant
remain on the steer for six seconds
in comparison to high school and
professional bull riding, which
requires the competitor to stay
aboard for eight seconds.
Keese began riding steers in
July after a visit to Freedom Ranch.
"We go to church at Freedom
Ranch where Angela Boney has
some bulldogging steers. Josh saw
some other kids riding the steers
and wanted to try it. Since that
time, he has been riding whenever
he gets the chance," said Andy
Dyer, his dad. "When he first start-
ed riding, his mother was con-
cerned for his safety. But, he wears
a chest protector, mouth piece and
helmet. The All Florida Junior
Rodeo Association is very careful
about the welfare of the young
competitors. Even though they are
a non-profit organization that pro-
motes the interest of children ages
six to 14-years of age to compete in
amateur rodeo competition in the

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Ten-year old Josh Keese spends his free time on top of 500-
600 lb. steers. He recently won his first championship buck-
le in steer riding competition at an All Florida Junior Rodeo
Association rodeo at Lady Lake.

State of Florida, they have very
strict rules to insure thesafety of
their members. A steer rider must
be 10-years old to ride in "rough
stock" competition. Their time
limits are shorter too. The steer
rider in the A.F.J.R.A. must stay on
his ride for six seconds, in compar-
ison to the eight seconds require-
ment of older and professional rid-
In addition to athletic ability, the
A.F.J.R.A. is very strict when it
comes to academics. All members
must maintain a 2.0 grade point

average in order to be qualified to
"All Florida is absolutely
remarkable in instilling life skills,
morals and academic achieve-
ments," said Mr. Dyer. "I couldn't
be more thrilled to have Josh as a
member of this fine organization.
His school work has improved
ever since he became involved.'
with them."
"It has become a great family
activity," explained Mr. Dyer. "It is a
wonderful experience for all of

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Make lifestyle resolutions you can keep throughout 2007

As the New Year approaches,
many people follow the tradition
of making New Year's resolutions.
The most popular resolutions for
Americans are to lose weight and
to exercise more.
Very few people are able to fol-
low through with the resolutions
because they try "fad" diets in the
hope of losing weight quickly.
There are many problems with,
fad diets. They often are not nutri-
tionally balanced, so it is not
healthy to stay on them for very
long. Some are so restrictive that
dieters just can't stick with it. Fad
diets most often fail because even if
the dieter loses weight, as soon as
he or she goes back to his or her
normal eating habits, the weight
comes back.
To lose weight and keep it off,
some healthy lifestyle changes are
necessary. Some easy ones:
Walk. Promise yourself that
you will walk at least a mile every
day. Find a route that you can
measure, some place that will be
pleasant to walk and convenient.
Pick a time of day that will work
best for you, and try to make it a
regular habit. Walking is a great
form of exercise because you don't
need any special equipment.
Drink Water. Get a sports bot-
tle and fill it with water in the morn-
ing and sip on it all day. That is an
easy way to keep track of how
much water you drink. Ideally,,
most adults need eight glasses (64
ounces) of water a day.
Eat a healthy breakfast. Peo-
ple who want to lose weight often
make a big mistake by skipping
meals. Skippinrg meals just slows
down your metabolism and makes
it harder to lose weight. Keeping
your blood sugar level steady all
day will increase your energy and
help you stay trim. A healthy break-
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grain cereal, fruit and coffee; or
one egg with whole grain toast and
juice; oatmeal cooked with fruit,
with a glass of milk; a bagel with
cream cheese, tea and juice you
get the idea.
If you don't always eat right,
take a supplemental vitamin. There
are a lot of different types of vita-
min supplements available. Ask
your doctor to recommend the
best vitamin supplement for you.
Eat saltwater fish twice a
week. Fish is high in omega-three
fatty acids, which are crucial for
good brain function. That's why.
some people say that fish is-"brain
food." If you don't like fish, you can
also find the healthy omega-three
fatty acids in walnuts, eggs or in
Get 'your rest. Most adults
need at least seven to eight, hours
sleep each night. Some need more.
Check with your doctor
before making any changes in your
diet or exercise program. Every
person is different. A diet'that
worked for your friend may not be
right for you. Your doctor should
know your health history and what
prescriptions drugs you are taking
before recommending a diet plan.
Safety tips
As you continue your holiday
celebrations, the American Red
Cross offers the following safety

Beware of holiday candles.
Take special care when burning
candles and make sure they are
never left unattended'
Install and check smoke
alarms. Install smoke alarms on
every level of your home and out-
side each sleeping area. Make
sure everyone knows the sound
of the smoke alarms.
Decorate only with flame-
retardant or noncombustible
materials. Avoid using candles
during parties.
Practice kitchen and food
safety for the little ones. Don't let
children play in the kitchen.
Always turn pot handles inside
where they can't be reached.
Dress appropriately before
going outdoors.
Buckle up. Whether you are
going shopping, off to a holiday
party or running to the corner
store, wearing a seat belt is the
easiest and best way to prevent
injury in a'motor vehicle colli-
Leave children in the hands
of a capable baby-sitter that is
Red Cross certified trained in
basic care, how to spot an emer-
gency, safe play, first aid and per-
haps even certified in CPR.
Designate a driver. When
attending a party, always desig-
nate a sober driver. If you are the
host of a holiday gathering, pro-
vide non-alcoholic beverages for
guests who are driving.
Be cautious with portable
and space heaters. Place heaters
at least 3 feet away from anything
combustible, including wallpa-
per, bedding, clothing, pets, and
people. Never leave portable or
other space heaters operating-
when you are not in the room or
whenyou go to bed. I

You can give someone .in
need the greatest gift of all life
-- by learning to perform CPR
and first aid.
Before making any changes

to your diet or exercise program,
consult your doctor. This is espe-
cially important if you are on any
prescription medications. Some
drugs interact badly with foods
that would otherwise be consid-

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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Dec. 22,
through Thursday, Dec. 28, are as
Theatre- I -"Rocky Balboa"
(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
Theatre II "Charlotte's Web"
(G} Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre III "Night at the
Museum"(PG) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15,7 and9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863) 763-


Ad Litem program
needs volunteers
This year, hundreds of kids on
the Treasure Coast will be
,abused, neglected or abandoned.
If you have as little as two hours
Iper week, then. you can help.
IGuardian Ad Litem volunteers are
:needed to speak up for these chil-
|dren. Training for new volunteers
will be held in your area soon.
Volunteers are needed in St.
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(772) 785-5804 for information
,and an application. Just. two
hours of your time each week will
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These children.

Center offers
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The Pregnancy Resource Cen-
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iHigh School, 575 S.W-.28th St.
!The school is located across the
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Jaquith at (863) 462-5000, ext.
282, or (863) 763-0437.

Foster parents
Desperately needed
i Okeechobee is in desperate
,need of people willing to provide
;foster children a normal family
-life with nutritious meals, good
Daily care and a stimulating envi-
ironment. Foster parents may be
.married, divorced' or single. Their
'most important characteristic is
:that they are caring individuals
,who understand the problems
'and needs of foster children. For
'information call (800) 403-9311.

:EYDC needs
Volunteers do make a differ-
ence. This statement is proven
'daily by hundreds of private citi-
,zens who, as volunteers, enter
juvenile justice programs
throughout the state. The Eckerd
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a difference in the lives of trou-
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Auctions 105
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Found 130
Lost 135
Give Away 140
Garage/Yard Sale 145
Personals 150
Special Notices 155
900 Numbers 160

Bowl XXXVIIII (39) vie of Par-
rot & 6th Ave. Call to ID con-
tents (863)357-7591
MARE & COLT- Call Hendry
County Sheriffs Office Ag Unit
@ (863)674-4630 If you had
lost Mare & Colt.

BEAGLE, Male, Found in vic.
of Hwy. 70 W & Platts Bluff
Rd. Call to ID.
Ranchers, 4x4, 350's. 1 red w/
elec shift. 1 orange w/ foot shift.
$500 reward! 239-250-2205
REWARD- Calico catf), 2 yrs,
white belly, black & orange
back & top of head, long
black tail. 2338 SE 38th
Trail. Okee. 863-467-0704
SET OF KEYS- Vicinity of
Orange Ave. & 308th St.
Please call (863)763-8944

good home. (863)801-3942
COCKATIEL w/cage, free to
good home. Moving and
cant take it with me. Please
call me @239-564-8232.
PUPS- 7 wks old, Beautiful
& friendly. Free to good
homess. 863-537-1203
ORGAN- Gulbransen, needs
tuning, inclds 2 manuals, full
pedals, FREE, you must haul

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DANCE PARTNER- Looking for
60+, Male, Ballroom/Coun-
try Dancer, Call for more in-
--formation (863)763-27-73 -
Tall Guy, Secure, Stable. To
meet Attractive Gal or Couples
40-60 yrs. for Dining, Travel-
ing, etc. (863)946-3123
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today's competitive
market? In tihe employ-
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Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

A & D Water Systems is
looking for a Truck Driver that
has a Class B and Hazmat.
This is a Must.
ing for Experienced Front Re-
ceptionist with computer
skills, medical billing exp.
helpful. Fax resume with ref-
erences to (863)582-9800.
Express Tax Service is look-
ing for a full-time TAX PRE-
PARER. Apply inperson at:
407 S Parrot Ave / Okeechobee


Needed for Home
Medical Company
Delivery of Oxygen,
DME, and patient
education. Experience
preferred but will train.
Interested candidates
please fax resumes to:
863-763-5191 or call
Angel 863-763-7337

($15.00 HR. TO START)
For Busy Restaurant
Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.
Mature & Experienced
Ranch Bookkeeper
Night 863-763-5321 or
Day 863-634-7552
Single Copy Delivery
in Okeechobee
The Ft. Pierce Tribune is
looking for someone to
deliver newspapers to
racks & stores in the early
morning hours as an
independent contractor.
Van, Truck or Large
SUV is required.
Valid FL Driver's License &
auto insurance is required.
Must be able to work 7
nights a week with some
daily collections. Must be
able to lift 30 Ibs. Apply to:
Roshwanda Walters at the
Ft. Pierce Tribune at 600
Edwards Rd. or call
for more information.
For a busy Okeechobee Tax
Office. Excellent top pay for
the right individual. Great
work setting. No evenings.
Apply in person at:
One Stop Carrier Center
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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.
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Preferred: High School Diploma or GED, Commercial Driving
License (class A or B), with P & S endorsement. School Bus
Driver Certificate of Training and one year experience driving a
bus. Bilingual (Sp/Eng or Creole/Eng). Accepted: High School
Diploma or GED, Commercial Driving License (class A or B),
with P & S endorsement. School Bus Driver Certificate of
Training. Starting salary $14.00 per hour. Personal Leave and
employer-matched retirement plan. Sign on "BONUS" of
$1000. Closing date: 12/27/06. Send resume/letter of
interest or apply at: 726 NE 16th Ave Okeechobee, FL. 34973,
Tel. 863-467-0702, EDE, ADA, License # C150K0005.

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Okeechobee Health Care Facility
All shifts: Full/Part Time. Good Benefits.
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Noeded 410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

Provided In a Loving Home
by experienced RN.
Only 1 opening remaining
Call 863-801-9497

Princes and princesses. -IIll
ages will love this do-it-iout-
self castle doll house. The
project features a workingi
drawbridge, realistic bajule-
ments and bright pennnams Ii
measures 36 in. tall b., 31.1 in.
wide by 20 in. deep.
Castle Doll House plan
(No. 794).. $7.95
Victorian Doll House plan
(No. 671)... $9.95
Catalog (pictures hundre.'J
of projects)... $2.00
Please add $4.00 s&h
(except catalog-only ,order%
To order, circle item(s), clip
and send with check to:
U-Bild, 15241 Stagg St.,
Van Nuys, CA 91405.
Please be sure to include
your name, address, and the
name of this newspaper.
Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call(800) 82-U-BILD
Money Back Guarantee

Now has a50 Ton Landoll
with a 20,000 lb. winch.
Great for moving equipment,
containers & large sheds.
Call 863-763-7976
When you wain somethIng
sold, advertise In the

Do-It-Yourself Ideas

Doilies With Flair
It's easy to create a collection of lacy heirlooms for
yourself or someone special this holiday season. All
you need is a set of crochet hooks, some size-10,
bedspread-weight cotton thread and the help of a 14-
page guidebook, "DOilies With Flair."
The book features complete round-by-round
instructions and materials lists for eight delicate clas-
sics that will add a touch of old-fashioned charm to
any room.
Doilies With Flair guidebook
(No. LA3215) ... $6.95
Also available-
Popcorn Stitch Doilies guide
(No. AN 1326)... $7.95
Please add $4.00 s&h
To order, circle item(s). Please be sure to
clip & send w/ check to: include your name.
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15241 Stagg St. this newspaper. Allow
Van Nuys, CA 91405 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
SMoney Back Guarantee


Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510
Appliances 5'15
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books & Magazines 35
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Unens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
'Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys 9 Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

AC W/HEAT- Central package
unit, 3.5 ton, York, never in-
stalled, $1550

ears old. Fire engine, car,
600 will separate,
tique, 6'x8', Appraised @
$500, asking $400.

DISHWASHER- White, Works
very well. $50.
Like new! $250 for both, will
sep. (863)634-2514
MICROWAVE- Hot Point, Good
condition. $15.
RANGE, GE: Electric. Like
new. Only used twice. $200.
Bar-B-Que: As Seen On TV:
Very good. $50. or
863-675-3401 LaBelle area
STOVE- Hotpoint, like new,
$125 (863)612-5457

BICYCLE- Men's 21 speed.
Good condition. $35.

College book, 2nd edition,
great condition, $80

CHAIN LINK GATE- 4 ft. with
Stood latch and all hardware
20 (863)467-1642
Brand new, 10 x 12, $600

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.

SRain Gutters
Licensed & Insured

1551 N.V. 24th Drive
License #765

Elliott's Pawn Shop

HEELIES, Worn twice, brown.
while & orange siie 9 Pd
$95. asking i.60

BOY'S CLOTHING. Si:e 10,12,
41-snirls, dress T & T-shirts
5-snorts & 5-ieans $65
DRESS- Turquoise, 2 piece.
Laced bodice & chirton skirt
3/'4 lengiri. Size 14. Pd. $150
Sell $50. 18631763-0634
HEELYS SHOES- Size 6. black
6 red. single whi~e etellnei l
condiltion, $25

il -mi liguriies comilorlei.,
anri more. 1200 lor all. Will
separate. 239-340-8503
Items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $350
neg. (863)467-0627
'96,97,'98, still in box. $175
for all or will sell separate

COMPUTER- 1 GHz Proces-
sor, 448MB of ram, 89GB H/D,
CD burner, 17" mon. Win2000,
Etc. $250. (863)902-0960

$150 (863)357-3240

new. Mantel only. $200. or
best offer. (863)763-6747

Armoire Ladies, Blonde with
.gold accents, 5 doors w
sweater comp.,solid wood
$150 (863)46.7-4572
45 x 41 x 12, glass doors
and shelf with light, $35
tional. Tan, Like new condi-
tion! $500. (863)634-5943
COMFORTERS (2): King size,
brand new, pictures of
wolves on them. $60 or will
separate. 239-340-8503.
COUCH- 3 cushion, Gray, Sil-
ver & Black. Like new. $100.
or best offer. (863)467-1532
ny, With drawer. Rough con-
dition. Needs refinishing.
$200. (561)261-0766
LIVING RM SET: 3 pcs, Glass
Top Dining Rm. Tbl & 6 chairs,
Brand new dbl. bed/mattress.
$1000 for all! (863)447-0921
Sealy Posturepedic Pillow
Top, Queen size, 2 months
old,$200 (772)812-3300
Oriental DR Set- Large, China
Cabinet, table, 8 chairs,
serving cart, $1500 or best
offer (863)467-4871
Chairs & 2 Benches, Dark
Wood, $50 (863)467-5709

toman Maple. Removable
cushion Good condition
WALL UNIT- 3 P'ece w/glass
doors, large, $100
Tables, 1 Coffee Table $250

GOLF BAG- Hooters w/digital
-core. (2) pro velvet grips,
like new, $150
GOLF CART: Easy Go, Electric,
Complete canvas w/windows,
lights horn. Like new cond.!
$1950. neg (772)971-9474
GOLF CLUBS- Complete,
matched set, metal woods,
Irons, bag, putter & Callaway
BB #1. $150.863-946-3123
IRONS, Men's, 1 Set. Stiff
Graphite Shafts, $.100
right handed, McGregor bat-'
tie sticks incld woods, bag
$125 (863)467-7703

COLT- 1903, Type 1III, 32 Auto-
malic Pistol,' $400
GUN CABINET- Made of wood
& glass. Hold 8 rifles with
storage drawer. $95. Okee.
(863)610-0632 ,
Remington 700PSS
W/Cal. Leopolt scope $1350
Smith & Wesson
Model 22A-1 -$300
Model 351PD -$375
SHOT GUN: Mossberg Mari-
ner, 12 gage, all weather
model, extra's. $475.
(863)610-0632 Okee

AB LOUNGE, As seen on TV,
already assembled w/video.
Pd. $199, never used. Asking
$125. (863)697-6472
From Sears, like new, only
used once. $125.
best offer. (863)467-6088

decorative country, kitchen,
holds 13 gallons. Only $20.

LADIES RING, European cut,
1/3ctw, white gold. $475
neg. (863)634-9620 Okee
ban link. $500 neg.
(863)634-9620 Okee

Beige chain & shade, $50 for
both/best offer. Call
cent. 2'x2' with cover &
bulbs. Great for kitchen. Still
in box: $10. (863)763-1997

$50. (863)357-2891 Leave
cellent condition, $750 neg.
(863)675-6630 LaBelle
new, cost $2000 will sell for
$695 (863)467-8683
(863)357-2891 Leave mes-

Powered Pressure Washer,
3200 psi Honda, w/11hp
Honda eng., 200' hose,
Extra motor & pump. $200.

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12 years old. Shots up to date.
For intermediate rider. $900
(863)763-0367 / 801-9494
FILLY- 6 mo old. Registered
Quarter Horse, Running bred,
Gray, Very gentle. $600.
HORSE TRAILER- '91, Hart, 3
. stalls, small tac room in
back. Large stock room.
$2000. (863)201-3492
seat, brand new $275 or
best offer (863)467-7295

BASS GUITAR, Fender Jazz,
Marcus Miller Signature
model, Like new, $575.
Black, excellent tone, seldom
used, like new, soft case,
$95 (863)634-9316
very good cond., $300

$50 (863)983-7702
Males, ready Feb. 1st for
Valentines Day, Parents on
Premises, Will have shots
and Cert., Taking Deposit's,
$300 each (863)697-2936
CAT- Siamese Lynx Point
Snow Shoe. With white
paws. Male. 3 mo. $500.
old on Christmas, 3 white, 3
beige, all shots, beautiful
$450-$600 (863)983-7211
DACHSHUNDS- w/papers, 7
months old, $300
(863)634-2479 anytime.
reg.,; call for details
weeks. CKC Reg. Shots &
health papers. $400 each;
(863)634-1062 .
PIT BULL PUPS (9): 3 male, 6
female. Mother is registered.
Available wk after Christmas.
$300 each. 863-763-1001 .
Your new home could be
in today's papep. Have
vou looked for It?

POOL TABLE, 8" Regulation,
$300 1863)357-3240
POOL TABLE, Slate w/acces-
sones $450 or best orIer.

CAR AUDIO: 4 Memphis 12"
,speakers in Custom Porled
Box & JBL 1201 amp. $800.
(2) 12" subwooters 1200w,
Dox. 1800w arrp, 1600 or
best orier (239)503-5020

WED TV- (2) New, in box,
Magnavox Plus, Sony, (1)
Magnavox Classic, $75 will
sell separate (863)763-2773

Tools 0725fi^

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Lantl Hent - 93
Resort Property -
Rent 94$
Roo.m .,. 3 .
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

N. oflOKEE 2 Br, 1 Ba
12 mi. N of Okeechobee.
51150 moves you in.
io Pets' Nor, smoking envi
(863)467-1717 8.30am-
3:30pm. or e-mail
vldossurfinthenet net
OAK LAKE APTS., Remodeled
2BR/1BA screened porch,
$800 mo 1st. last & sec.
Io pets. 1863)634-3313
OKEECHOBEE: 2br. 2ba, In
Kings Bay. No pets $850.
mo + $850. Sec. Dep.
Efficiency. 1 year lease. $600
mo. + sec. Furnisned,includes
utilities. (863467-516

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LAWNMOWER- Snapper, Rid-
ing, Runs but needs battery
$150 (863)517-1574
14hp, 2 cyl, 42" deck, many
new parts, w/new utility cart,
$500 (863)763-3551


Rim Canal, 2BR/1BA Fur-
nished, water view, dock, pool,
tennis, no pets. $1000 mo. +
1st, last & sec. Seasonal
Call (863)634-8757
Reading a newspaper
helps you understand
the wormd aWeound you.
No wnd newIpapeS
readers are more suc-
Messu people

Located on West side of new
Courthouse. Now Available.
Call Judy at (863)467-0831
Office Space Needs a Build
Out. 2,000 Sq. Ft. Could
be ready within 6 months.

Real Estate

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Waterfront CBS
Home for rent,
3/2/1, $1,300 a
month. First, last.&
security with pet

Ancient Oaks
(Over 55 community)
Pool, hot tub, shuf.
fleboard, marina,
boat ramp Lake
access $650 rnm.
First, last & sec.
includes electricity.

Waieriront, LG. 3 BR, 2 BA
w/Sea Wall 863-634-5236
3br/2ba, waleriront. C/A, city
water. $950/mn, 1sl & last
front 3 Barm, l'I ;Ba. 2 Story
w/Lake Okeechobee access &
boeat ramp. Wrap around
porch Fenced yard. Pets wel-
come' $1100. mo. + 1sl. last
& sec 561-346-3620
House for Rent. 3BR/2BA Lg
yard. Horses welcome. 70 W
12mi. out of town $1000.
mo. (8631634-3262
appliances, cabinets, W/D &
floonng Screened porcn, lawn
service. Nor, smkg env. Small
pel considered $850imo. 1st.
lasi & sec 1941)504-3954
OKEE: 3 BR, 2 BA, Waterfront
1 car garage. $1200 mo. +
1 st mo. &sec. Possible rent to
own, $149,900. Owner/Agenl
Call Cnades 863-634-0584
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2 remodeled.
CBS, 4 acres fenced, 5151 SE
1281n Ave., $1100/mo. 1st,
ast & sec.. (561)756-3724
OKEECHOBEE: 3213 SE 24th
St. 3br/2ba, waterfront, C/A,
city water. $950/mth, 1st &
last. 863-634-0663-
OKEECHOBEE, 3br. iba, Lg
,yard, Avail. 12/18/06 $900.
mo. + Ltil 1st & Last mbo
sec. dep. (863)990-3294
OKEECHOBEE, 30r. 2ba 2 car
garage, calnearal ceilings,
quiet neignoorhood.
our new car cou be In
today's pale'. Have yon
lookdl afp It?

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OAK LAKE, 1br, 1ba. Apt. on a
corner $87,500. or best of-
fer. Will sell tasrl.

2ba, waterfront, pool, jacuzzi,
florida room, screen room,
new medal roof, fenced yard
w/spnrnkler, Owner rrmolvated,
Price reduced $149,000
Possible Rent to Own
Ready to move In!
Spacious 3/2 wliake access.
Owner financing avail.
$185,000. (863)634-5236'
LAKE PORT, Combined FLRrr
& RV Shelter on leased site
#296 Northlake Estates RV
Resort. Sheller accommo-
Sdates 32' RV 12'H. Rm
12'x40' Fully furn. $35,000.
Nice 5th Wheel on site
home on 2 acres, in Spot in
the Sun. $175.000
(8631201-9175/ 443-9239


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Mobile Homes Recreation

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For rent or sale. 3br, 2ba
$800. mo. (863)634-3262.
EDEN" on the Rim Canal.
Kibs Fish Camp has 1 & 2
Bdrm. Homes in a tropical
oasis. Monthly, Annual &
Seasonal Rates. Call today!
One man's trash Is anoth-
er man's treasure. ITurn
your trash to treasure
with an ad In the classl-

12x24 Carport, 12x12 Florida
Room, 8x12 Storage. Central
air/heat. Adult park. Low lot
rent. Very nice. Mostly
furnished. $20,000 Neg.
adult park. Fully furnished.
Cent.A/C-heat, 60' carport,
scm. rm. 10x30'. Shed 12x14'.
$20,500. (863)763-2318

aBrine manllelneoen aw.
Motorcycles "3030
Sport Vehicl/ATVe 3035

AIR BOAT-. 12', 2 seater with
trailer. No motor. $350. or
best offer. (863)357-1038
ALUMINUM, V Bottom, 14',
Smokercraft w/like new trail-
re & 18hp Tohatsu motor.
$1850 (863)763-4680
much to list. $2500
(863)824-6781 anytime
PONTOON BOAT, 24', 60hp
Evinrude, $1900
RANGER- 14', .50hp Johnson.-
Trailer included Great gift.
$1400. or best offer.
RANGER 354V 1992, 150 hp
Evinrude XP SS Prop., Com-
plete rebuild w/less than 75
rs. 36 v. motor guide, 3 bank
charger, tournament rigged.
Ranger trailer w/new wheels &
tires. Cover. Always garaged.
Excellent condition. $10,000.
SAILBOAT- 22.8', Sails & 9.9
motor w/swing kill. 3 sails
w/spinker & pole. $1900. or
best offer. (863)467-7336

SEA KAYAKS- 2, 17', Pursuit
& Kodiak, $900. Will separ-
ate. (863)357-7406
TRI-HULL, 15ft., 55 hp John-
son Motor, $1000 or best offer
(863)357-0406 or

200136.5 Ft., Front Bedroom,
bunk beds in rear, jackknife
couch & slide out. $10,000.
863)467-2309 or email,
MOTOR HOME: Argosy, 1978,
air stream product, 28 ft
long, AC, fridge, and more.
$6000. 561-261-0766
RIALTA '99- 23mpg, non
smoke, 1 owner, 40K miles,
tow pkg, $35,000
TRAVEL TRAILER- '95, 26ft.,
5th Wheel, Exc. cond. Very
clean, $3000 863-763-7727
or 772-263-1803

ROYALS INTER'L- 40', 2 slide
outs. Rear kit. Corian tops.
New carpet/blinds. $14,500.
(828)890-3202 or 691-2425

1993 with trailer. Runs good.
$1000 (863)467-5299

ANCHORS, Fenders, outrig-
gers, $50 for all or will sep-
arate. (863)674-0281

DIRT BIKE- '02 Honda XR80R,
Excellent condition. $1000.
Firm. (863)634-2475
HONDA 2004 Arrow Shadow
750: Windshield, Low mileage,
premium bags, garaged. Ex-
tra's. $4,400. (863)983-9585
HONDA CR85R '06- very good
condition, runs great, $2200
or best offer (863)599-0788
KAWASAKI KZ1 000 82-
Runs and looks real good.
Asking' $2500 or best offer
YAMAHA 750 Special 1979,
Dry Shaft, Runs great. $600
Lost title. (863)467-2609 af-
ter 3pm
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look no
further than the classi-

GO CART, 1 Seater, 5 hp,
Briggs & Stratton,.Runs
good. Nice Christmas Gift!
350. (863)801-3890
GO CART, Large, runs & looks
good. New $1200, asking
600 (863)467-8849
GO CART- runs, $300
HONDA "03, 4 wheeler, re-
con., 250 ES, excellent
cond., $1800
How fast can your cap
go? It can go even faster
when you sell It In the


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

1-'95 Good trans. & body &
1-'96 Good motor. $300. for
both. (239)867-1558
cond. CD Player, A/C, 4 Door.
Auto. White. 1 Owner. $850
or best offer. (863)357-1692
DODGE NEON '95,A4 door, au-
to., a/c, 4 cyl., good on gas,
new tires, needs minor work.
$750 neg. (863)634-8506
thing works! $2000 or best
offer. 863-612-5558.
speed, new AC, runs good,
white w/gray interior, $1800
neg. (863)805-2822
shape. Runs good. 1.2500

I~bi Noice

MR2 1988, Hard to find. Fun
car! Sunroof, manual, white,
great mileage, FM/CD, Good
shape. $1500 (561)924-2208
2 door. Good on gas, All
power. Exc. cond., $2500 or
best offer. (863)763-6747
PONTIAC FIERO '88, 4 cyl., 5
speed, Pioneer CD player,
sunroof, great on gas, good
tires. $1200 (863)447-0270
SATURN 2000: AC, runs
great. Asking $3000 or will
trade for small truck.

FORD F150 '79, 351 motor,
C6 Holley, flowmasters, lots
of new parts. $2500 firm.
1991, 4x4, Good for work.
Approx. 80K org. mls. $1200
or best offer. 863-675-4079

FORD- '86, F350, Diesel
parts, truck, $800
King Pin Locks w/ keys (2), to
lock down trailers. Also an-
tennas for radios (2). $100
for all. 772-812-3300
Dakota '94 '04. Black UWS
diamond plate. $100 neg.
Rockford sub in box. Alpine
320 wall 5 nrinnel amp.
$200 neg. 863-801-1683.

SUPERCHIP #3714- Fits '03
Dodge Hemi 5.7. $150. Call
Jess (863)634-5020
TIRES & RIMS- 4, New,
LT275/65R20 on 20" Spoke
rims. Fits Fords & GM's $950.
(863)357-1784 or 634-2454
TIRES(4): 355x65x18, Nitto
Terra Graplers, still have abt
25% tread, equiv to 36" tire.
TIRES(6): 35x1250x16.5, Su-
per Swamper TSL Radials, 4
w/ good tread, 2 spares.
$300 neg. 863-634-1890.
TONNEAU COVER, Fiberglass,
gray, fits '02 current Dodge
Ram short bed. $700 Call
Heather (863)697-0328
TOOLBOX, Aluminum, for
small, truck. $75
-Century. Good condition..
$75. (863)357-1580
S10, w/4.3 engine. Will de-
liver from Ft Pierce to WPB
area. $500. 863-763-2389.

CHEVROLET P/U 1993: Great
work truck! $1400. For more
info call 863-357-5906.
CHEVY- '83, 1 ton Dually, Au-
tomatic, w/hydraulic lift
dump bed. $1000. or trade.
CHEVY '83, 1/Ton, 350 auto.,
2wd, new motor, only 36K
mi. Must see! $1100 neg.
FORD F150- '90, no A/C,
1120 i8631763-5422 Of

I Pb ic No ice

s onn 19? 3( Fobna Sas, mo ;so ,ro onusethe uloiMr m
:ollecting non-ad valorem special assessments to be levied within fie unincorporat-
ad area of Okeechobee County, Florida, and within the corporate limits o the city of
Dkeechobee, Florida; for the cost of expansion and improvements to Its wastewater
collection and treatment facilities and its water treatment and distribution facilities
:ommenclng for the fiscal year beginning on October 1, 2007. The OUA will con-
sider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting
such assessments authorized by Section 197.3632, Fordda Statutes, at a public
rearing to be held on January 16,2007 at 8:30 am. at the OUA offce at 10 S.W.
5th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida. Such resolution will state the need for the levy
and will contain a legal descriptn ofa the boandaries of the renal prperty subject to
he levy. Copies of the proposed form o resolution, which contains the legal de-
scription of tlie real property subject to the levy, are on file at the office of the clenr
of the OUA. All interested persons are invited to attend
In the vent rs decd to a ean deci by .OU with rsctt
any maateor n o n re solutionaelec n g to usesenontato oe a ove-llectnce
public hearing, a record of the proceeding may be needed and in such an event,
such person may need to ensure that a verbatim recordof the.public hearing It
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal Is tc
be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act, persons needing a
special accommodation or an interpreter to paritcpate in this proceeding sheoulc
contact Lyn Lowe at (863) 763-9460 at least seven (7) days prior to the date of the
Dated thisl4th day of December, 2006
John F. Hayford
Executive Director, OUA
1818490N 12/16,21,26/061/5/07

CHEVY PICK UP '93: Dually,
white, clean, 2 door,
custom, big block/ auto.
DODGE RAM 2500- '05, 4 x 4
Quad Cab, diesel, auto, load-
ed w/ leather, 100 K Warran-
ty $29,500 (863)697-0424"

made, new condition (new
floor, paint, lights, etc). $550
or best offer (863)763-3735
Grab a barpgaint om your
neighbor's garage,
attic, basement or clos-
et In today's classifieds.

& VCR, White w/blue trim.
Asking $2250. neg.
SPORT 1998, Runs good.
Rebuilt engine & trans.
$2300 (239)495-0052
Excellent cond. Ice cold a/c,
p/w, p/l, new battery, 158k,
$2000 (863)697-6680

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Senior artist
Sandra McClurg (left) joined her aunt Pauline Tuttle (right)
who tied for second place for the most ppiptings in her art
class at Okeechobee Health Care Facilityyvhere she com-
pleted ten paintings. Throughout the year she painted
many things from roses to scenery landscapes. Calen-
dars are available for $20 at OHCF 1646 Hwy 441 N or by
calling 86P 634-7714. All monies received support the art
program at the facility.

uKeecnooee iNewsr/nauna Mguilar
Family time together
Family members of all ages joined Willa Sherman, a resident at the Okeechobee Health
Care Facility for the annual calendar presentation from their art class. (back row-left to
right) Melissa Harris, Lacy Forbes. Kathy Sherman (middle row-left to right) Mary Miller,
Evelyn Seczawa, Eljay Miller (front row-left to right) Brendon Forbes, Willa Sherman. C.J.
Forbes, Miranda Forbes. Brandon Bozich and Cher Bozich. Calendars are available for
$20 at OHCF 1646 Hwy 441 N or by calling 863 634-7714. All monies received support the
art program at the facility.



Shared Services
panel will meet
The executive roundtable
meeting of Shared Services Net-
work of Okeechobee Countywill
meet Friday, Jan. 12, from 1:30
until 3 p.m. in the board room of
the Okeechobee County School
Board. office, '700 S.\\. Second
Ave. The topic will be Building
Developmental Assets in Youth.
For information call Sharon Vin-
son at (8631 -162-5000, ext. 257.

S. Florida Fair
tickets on sale
South Florida Fair advanced
tickets- are on sale now at the
Okeechobee County Chamber of
Commerce office, 55 S. Parrott
Ave. The South Florida Fair will
be held Jan. 12-28, 2007, at the
South Florida Fairgrounds in
West Palm Beach. Advanced
tickets will only be available
through Jan. 11.


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