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Man, ex-wife
face charges
A man and his ex-wife were.
arrested late last week after
they allegedly conspired to
steal building materials from
her parent's business then sell
those materials at a reduced
Arrested was Charles Wade
Clay, 32, and Tonya Leshawn
Maupin, 31. Both were
charged with grand theft (over
$300) and dealing in stolen
property. Maupin's bond was
set at $20,000. Clay is being
held without bond because he
was already in jail on drug
charges at the time of his
arrest on Friday, Jan. 26.
Detective Ted Van Deman
of the Okeechobee County
Sheriff's Office ((OCSO) said
at the time of his arrest Clay
was on a work release pro-
gram at the Okeechobee
County Jail. He was working
as an electrician.
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Rodeo team
hosts rodeo
The Okeechobee High
School rodeo team, sporting
their new Wrangler Tough
Enough to Wear Pink team
shirts sponsored by the Semi-
nole Indian Tribe of Florida, in
support of breast cancer
awareness, hosted a Florida
High School Rodeo Associa-
tion rodeo this past weekend.
Sports, Page 5

Drought Index
Current: 654
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban: None

Lake levels

11.73 feet

Lake level
15.23 feet

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

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Drama Club: Brings Neverland to life

Okeechobee News/Katrina Elsken
Wendy (Daylet Leyva) agrees to be the "mother" for Peter and the lost boys in Never-
land, in the play "Peter Pan," presented Jan. 27 and 28 in the Okeechobee High School

OHS Drama Class presents Peter Pan'

The Okeechobee High
School Drama Class brought
Neverland to life on the OHS
Auditorium stage Jan. 27 and
28 with their production of
"Peter Pan."
In the title role, Tiffany
Etchison fought pirates, gave
flying lessons and vowed to
never grow up.
Peter's arch-enemy, pirate
Captain Hook was played by
Bryce Emley. Emley's "Hook,"
was more humorous than
menacing, and apparently
took a few tips from Captain
Jack Sparrow of "Pirates of
the Caribbean" fame.
Daylet Leyva was just "dar-
ling" as Wendy, who flies
away with Peter to play moth-
er to the lost boys of Never-
Others in the Darling
household included Nick
Stepanovich as John Darling,
Jeremy Alcock at Michael Dar-
ling, Seth Garner as Mr. Dar-
ling, Benet Russel as Mrs. Dar-
ling and Nicole Sexton.
Megan Schrock was busy
with three roles, playing Nana
(the nursemaid dog), a mer-
maid and the Crocodile.
The lost boys were played
by Janelie Folk, Ashely McRae,
Brittany Haggard, Marbeli
Morejon, Adrian Fanseca and
Heather Wolford.
The pirates were played by
Megan D'Agostina, Jen Wag-
oner, Colton Norsworthy,
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Peter Pan (Tiffany Etchison) shows the Darling children
how to use fairy dust and happy thoughts to fly to Nev-
erland, in the stage production of "Peter Pan" at Okee-
chobee High School. Performances were Jan. 27 and 28
in the OHS Auditorium.


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Man charged

with shooting

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A local man is b
without bond in t
chobee County Jai
allegedly fired one sl
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downtown Ok
Although she was
by the bullet, a 1
waitress who was c
table was slightly inji
she was struck in
back by some debris
of the shooting.
John Birt Lashley
later arrested after h
fired another shot
Ruger handgun into
the Okeechobee Co

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neing held afternoon.
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ceechobee iff's office
and later
not struck arrested by John
7-year-old Patrolman Lashley
cleaning a P.C. Eddings
ured when of the Okeechobee City Police
the lower Department (OCPD). Lashley
as a result was charged with the felonies
of aggravated battery with a
y, 43, was deadly weapon, discharging a
e allegedly firearm from a vehicle and

from his
the air at
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Country duo

headline act

for county fair

Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
Plans for the first ever Okee-
chobee County Fair are well
under way and are going
smoothly, according to fair
association member Terry Bur-
The fair is scheduled to run
from March 9-18 at the Okee-
chobee County Agri-Civic Cen-
ter, 4200 S.R. 70 E.
The fair association has had
to be flexible and change the
site of the midway to another
location northeast of the horse
barn when it became apparent

that necessary work on the
entrance circle would not be
completed in time.
From the grand opening at 3
p.m. on Friday, March 9, until
the gates close at 10 pm. on
Sunday, March 18, there should
be something for everyone.
A Florida group, the Bellamy
Brothers, who have a 20-year
string of hits, will be headlining
the fair with a 9 p.m. concert on
Saturday, March 17.
Entertainment will also be
provided by the Music City
See Act Page 2

Submitted Photo/Mina Coleman
Thank you
Members of the skateboarding community showed their
thanks this past weekend for the Okeechobee County
Board of County Commissioners' decision to re-open the
skateboard park. Those expressing their gratitude were
(front row, left to right) Chad Coleman, Ryan Travers and
Colby Garcla; (back row, left to right) Sergio Hernandez,
Tracy Arnold and Tyler Jurich. The skateboarders are
also wearing their helmets.

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Man, ex-wife face charges of grand theft

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
A man and his ex-wife were
arrested late last week after they
allegedly conspired to steal
building materials from her par-
ent's business then sell those
materials at a reduced price.
Arrested was Charles Wade
Clay, 32, and Tonya Leshawn
Maupin, 31. Both were charged
with grand theft (over $300) and
dealing in stolen property.
Maupin's bond was set at
$20,000. Clay is being held with-

out bond because he was
already in jail on drug charges at
the time of his arrest on Friday,
Jan. 26.
Detective Ted Van Deman of
the Okeechobee County Sher-
iff's Office ((OCSO) said at the
time of his arrest Clay was on a
work release program at the
Okeechobee County Jail. He was
working as an electrician.
"He was checked out in the
morning then returned at 6
p.m.," said the detective.
The detective said Clay was a
former employee of the business

but was fired because he was
suspected of stealing from the
aluminum business, and he was
not to be on the property. His ex-
wife, Tonya, was also working
According to Detective Van
Deman, Clay contacted a confi-
dential informant about buying
some aluminum products. The
informant contacted the owners
of the business about the call
from Clay, who then contacted
the detective.
The informant was then given
the 'buy money' with which to

purchase the items.
"We actually watched the
exchange take place and saw the
informant take delivery of the
goods," said Detective Van
He went on to say the alleged
sale was videotaped and the
informant also wore a wire.
The items were purchased for
$613, said Detective Van Deman.
"It was worth twice that," he
Maupin, he continued, is free
on bond.

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News Briefs

Hospital hosting dinner, program
OKEECHOBEE The January Dine with the Doctor presenta-
tion at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., will be on Tuesday, Jan.
30. Dinner will be served at 4:45 p.m. at a cost of $5. The subject will
be reversal and prevention of memory loss presented by Dr. Leland
Heller at 5:30 p.m. The presentation is free. For reservations, call Bill
Casian at (863) 824-2702.

Agri-Civic Center to host events
OKEECHOBEE A number of events have been scheduled to be
held at the Okeechobee County Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E., in
the coming weeks.
These scheduled events include: Feb 2 & 3 Bureau of Land
Management wild horse adoption sale; Feb. 16 & 17- Tour of Cham-
pions Florida Barrel Racing Series; March 9-18 Okeechobee Coun-
ty Fair; March 13-18 Okeechobee Youth Livestock Show and Sale;
and, May26 & 27- Memorial Day Bike Rally.
For information, call (863) 763-1666.

Social club hosting dance
SEBRING The Highlands Social Dance Club will host a dance
from 7 until 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway located one mile east of U.S. 27.
The G.I. Joe Band will be playing. Admission is $6 for non-mem-
bers and $5 for members.
The dance is open to the public, and membership is available.
Free ballroom dance classes continue this Friday with instruction
on the rumba. Classes start promptly at 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.

Public meeting on Basin use planned
OKEECHOBEE A public meeting dealing with recreational
activities in the Kissimmee River Basin will be held Saturday, Feb. 3,
at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) service
center in Okeechobee from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The service center is located on the second floor of the Bank of
America building, 205 N. Parrott Ave.
The purpose of the meeting is to allow SFWMD to meet with
members of the community who are interested in using the restored
Kissimmee River Valley region for public use and recreation.
For information, contact Kelli Stickrath at (863) 447-1998.

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Brass. This group has performed
at numerous state and county
fairs, and has performed with
such artists as Kenny Rogers,
Porter Wagoner and Travis Tritt.
The Music City Brass will be per-
forming each evening Monday,
March 12, through Friday, March
Hypnotist Simon Sez will be

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shooting into an occupied public
dwelling. He also faces a misde-
meanor charge of discharging a
firearm in public.
He is currently under suicide
watch at the county jail.
A report by OCPD Detective
Bettye Taylor indicates that she
spoke with Lashley's sister. Lisa
Lashley reportedly told the detec-
tive that her brother had been suf-
fering from paranoia, "... but no
one could do anything because
he had never threatened anyone."
"Lisa said she guessed some-
one would finally help," stated
Detective Taylor in her report.
When notified, the man's
mother echoed her daughter's
comments, continued the report.
"She advised she had been so
afraid something like this would
happen," wrote the detective.
"Mrs. (Deloris) Lashley said John
had refused help and they were
told unless he went voluntarily
there was nothing anyone could
do because he was not making
threats to himself or others."
According to Detective Bill
Saum of the Okeechobee City
Police Department (OCPD) Lash-
ley was northbound on Parrott
Avenue shortly before 3 p.m. on

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performing two shows a day Sat-
urday, March 10, through Friday,
March 16, except for Thursday,
March 15, when he will perform
only one show.
The traditional country music
duo of Tucson who has
opened for such artists .as Kenny
Chesney, Montgomery Gentry
and Lynyrd Skynyrd will also
be entertaining fairgoers on
Thursday, March 15, at 8:30 p.m.
Seminoles Indians will be
exhibiting various aspects of their
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S Sarah Johnson, Nicole Sexton,
Megan Whipple, Heather Smith
and Katelynn Sulzer.
Katrina Bettleyoun had the
part of Indian princess Tiger Lily.
Liliana Garcia and Staci Chis-
* tensen were also Indians.
S' Gladys Borel was the director.
Todd Holt and Molly Mitchell
S- were stage managers.
S -. Esperanzo Montoya was in
S-. charge of lighting.
Bryce Emley, Colton Nor-
sworthy and Nick Stepanovich
ys Friday, March 16, through were in charge of props.
nday, March 18. Daylet Leyva, Megan
For the children, there will be a D'Agostina and Heather Watford
ppet show featuring Rowdy handled publicity.
foster and Diesel the Weasel. Sarah Johnson and Megan
Add together all the other Whipple did make-up.
isical groups, livestock and tra- Costumes were by Tiffany
onal agricultural fair exhibits Etcs s riay ar
d the inaugural Okeechobee Etchson, Brittany Haggard,
unty Fair will be a memorable Renea Russell, Megan Schrock
d exciting event, and Heather Smith.
For complete schedule and Todd Holt, Samantha
ket information, go to the fair's Lawrence, Molly Mitchell and
bsite at www.okee- the entire cast helped with the sets.

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguillar
A local man is held without bond in the Okeechobee Coun-
ty Jail due to allegedly firing one shot from a .357 magnum
revolver into this downtown local restaurant on Sunday,
Jan. 28.

Jan. 28 when he reportedly fired
one round into the front window
on the east side of Beef O'Brady's
Restaurant, 608 S. Parrott Ave.
The round traveled through
the window, through a 1-inch
thick wooden door then into an
interior wall where it when
through the 5/8-inch sheetrock
and became imbedded in a 2x6
wooden board.
Detective Saum said the round
traveled a total of 65-feet, 3-inches
inside the restaurant.
He said there were approxi-

mately 75 people in the eatery at
the time.
Detective Saum said the wait-
ress was taken to Raulerson Hos-
pital where she was treated and
released to her parents. Detective
Saum said some sort of fragment
struck her in the left side of her
lower back.
"It felt hot to her like she
was burning," he said.
He said the teen was bent over
cleaning a table where customers
had just eaten and left.
The detective declined to

release her name at the request of
her parents.
An OCPD arrest report states
the waitress and another employ-
ee went into the bathroom after
the alleged shooting where the
employee wiped the area of the
server's back with a paper towel
and the object fell to the floor.
A short time after this incident,
Lashley allegedly went to the
OCSO and fired one round into
the air. He was taken down at
gunpoint by deputies, stated
Detective Taylor's report.
Detective Taylor's report goes
on to state there were three open
cans of beer in the console of the
vehicle driven by Lashley.
Although it wasn't known
Monday from where Lashley
allegedly fired the round at the
restaurant, Detective Saum said if
it was fired from the inside north-
bound lane of Parrott Avenue the
round traveled a total of 162-ft., 3-
He said he knows there were
at least two cars behind Lashley
Sunday afternoon on Parrott
"We may have a witness out
there who actually saw him shoot
the gun," said Detective Saum.
Detective Saum said if anyone
has any information about this
case they are asked to call him at
(863) 763-5521.

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Keiser College is now Keiser University

Fort Lauderdale Keiser Col-
lege is now Keiser University.
Florida's leading private,
;statewide provider of career-
'focused, post-secondary educa-
'tion announced that it has
achieved university status while
celebrating its 30-year anniver-
The new Keiser University
serves more than 10,000 students
'at its 14 campuses throughout
the State of Florida. It has been
'accredited by the Commission on
Colleges of the Southern Associa-
tion of Colleges and Schools
since 1991. In addition, Keiser
University has international coop-
erative agreements in China and
Moldova to serve international
Keiser University is offering its
,first graduate-level course, an
MBA program at its main Fort
Lauderdale campus, which will
soon be available at other cam-
puses around the state. This
closely follows the establishment
of an international e-campus.
Additionally, Keiser University
is unveiling a scholarship pro-
gram which will amount to $1
million in full tuition scholarships


Items needed
by wildlife center
Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilita-
tion Center, 14895 N.W 30th Ter-
race, is seeking paper towels, old
large towels, blankets, old ken-
nels, gardening utensils, bleach
and laundry detergent. Anyone
wishing to donate any of the
above items is asked to call (863)

You can help
Kids in Distress
In Florida 200,000 children are
abused or neglected each year.
When families fail to care for their
children, the question is whose
children are these? The answer is
they belong to all of us. You can
help abused and neglected chil-
dren by donating your operational
car, boat, truck or other vehicle
and other items to Kids In Distress
by calling (954) 390-7620. Kids In
Distress is a community-support-,
ed agency dedicated to the care,
treatment and'prevention of child
abuse and neglect. They have
locations in Broward and Palm
Beach counties.

Wildlife Center
hosts birthday parties
Treat your child to a wildlife
adventure birthday party at
!Arnold's Wildlife Center, 14895
,N.W. 30th Terrace. You can invite
up to 20 friends to join you for a
wildlife adventure tour, hands on
animal encounter, games and a
especial craft for everyone to make.
[For information on cost and reser-
vations, call (863) 763-4630.

;American Red Cross
needs more volunteers
SThe American Red Cross is
looking for volunteers to be a part
'of our Disaster Action Team
(DAT). DAT is made up of a group
of trained volunteers who respond
to local disasters. If you would like
to give of your time and talents to
help local citizens in time of disas-
ter, please call Debbie Riddle at
the American Red Cross-Okee-
chobee branch at (863) 763-2488.

Red Road Academy
needs more volunteers
Do you have a few hours to
sparer? Would you like to make a
-difference in a child's life? Do you
to teach others? Do you belong to
:a civic organization or religious
organization and would like to
.spread the word? If you answered
:yes to any of these questions,
please contact Karin Aldridge at
:Red Road Academy, (863) 357-
:5905. We are looking for volun-
teers to work a few hours a month
With committed youth.

to thirty-two Florida students
beginning 2007 and each year
forward. A selection committee
will review applications which
meet specific criteria for the
scholarships. Opportunities will
be awarded to recipients seeking
high-demand degrees in health-
care, associate degree graduates
seeking bachelor's degrees, and
employers interested in nominat-
ing a current employee for an
associates degree scholarship.
"This is a testament to the
value of career-focused educa-
tion for young adults," said Keiser
University Chancellor and
founder Dr. Arthur Keiser. He said
the university has doubled in size
over the past six years and is
poised for continued growth.
"Keiser University has suc-
cessfully made the transition
from a career college system to a
career university, and will contin-
ue to dramatically and positively
impact students' lives by prepar-
ing them for well-paying, in-
demand careers while expanding
its curriculum and opportunities
for higher education," Keiser
Keiser University will continue

its long-recognized tradition of
family values and high academic
and ethical standards, Keiser
Keiser University was
launched by the Keiser family in
Fort Lauderdale in 1977 with one
student and two faculty mem-
bers. It now employs 1,600 peo-
ple statewide at locations that
span the state from Tallahassee to
south Miami-Dade County.
Serving a mainly adult student
population, Keiser University pre-
pares its students to achieve their
professional career goals in
diverse and high-demand disci-
plines including business, educa-
tion, computer technology, nurs-
ing and other medical fields,
information technology, graphic
design, and culinary arts. Stu-
dents may also pursue baccalau-
reate degrees in 13 high-demand
fields, and over 30 associate
degree programs.
More than 60 percent of Keiser
University students are adults 25
years or older and 76 percent
work part or full time while they
attend classes. The university has
achieved a job placement rate of
94 percent, with 85 percent of

students finding employment in
their direct areas of study.
"Our students generally have
some life experience and respon-
sibilities, including families and
mortgages," Keiser said. "They
are very focused and know what
they want in education and job-
based goals."
He attributes the continued
success and growth of the univer-
sity to its unique ability to address
the employment needs of today's
economy by providing quality
career education with a hands-on
orientation, small class sizes and
innovative scheduling to accom-
.modate working adults.
Keiser is a nationally recog-
nized expert on career-focused
post-secondary education. He
was appointed by U.S. Secretary
of Education Margaret Spellings
to serve on the board of the
National Advisory Committee on
Institutional Quality and Integrity
(NACIQI). He is the immediate
past chairman of the Accrediting
Commission of Career Schools &
Colleges of Technology.
For more information on Keis-
er University, go to

Submitted photo/NEHS
New Endeavor students of the week
New Endeavor elementary school teacher Joe Dyer joined the faculty and staff in con-
gratulating the Students of the Week for the week of Jan. 15-19, 2007. Students (left to
right) are: Simeon Rodriguez, Dwan Marshall, Mr. Dyer, Joseph LaRue, Ruby Palmer, and
Keith Sharp. Congratulations, students

Boating safety program offered

Join the Coast Guard Auxiliary
on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m.
until 5 p.m. for the ABC (America's
Boating Course) Boating Safety
Program. This is a "must do" pro-
gram for new boaters, an excellent
refresher for experienced boaters
and is state approved for those 21

and under to receive a Florida State
boater ID card.
Learn waterway signs and
markings, knots, basic navigation,
techniques for docking and much,
much more!
Class will be held at the USCG
Auxiliary Building at 1400 Seaway

Drive Fort Pierce, Florida 34949.
Limited space, so register now! For
more information and registration
call (772) 466-6587 or (772) 466
8591 or e-mail stephcgaux@earth- There is a materials fee of
$36.($10 each for additional family

IRCC offers free adult education courses

The Adult Education programs
at Indian River Community College
(IRCC) offer Treasure Coast resi-
dents the chance to earn a GED or
high school diploma while gaining
career skills at the same time.
"Our approach is to help stu-
dents get started on a pathway to
lifelong success," said Dr. Tony
lacono, IRCC associate dean of
developmental education. "We
help our students successfully earn
their high school diploma and
introduce them to college pro-
grams that lead to good paying
IRCC offers GED Preparation,
Adult High School and English Lan-
guage Instruction at no cost to stu-
dents at IRCC campuses through-
out the Treasure Coast and at
several community outreach loca-
Students in GED Preparation
progress at their own pace to
review high school subjects prior
to taking the GED equivalency
exam. For student convenience,
GED preparation is now available
online. Students in the Adult High
School earn high school credits as
competencies are achieved in high
school subjects. Through dual
enrollment, Adult High School stu-
dents have the opportunity to earn
college credits, at no charge, while
still in high school.
During the 2005/06 school year,
over 500 Treasure Coast residents
earned their high school diploma
through IRCC's Adult Education
programs. Adult Education stu-
dents are encouraged to continue
their education to increase their
earning potential. A popular new

option is the Pre-Health Science
Academy, preparing students for
careers in health care.
Students in IRCC Adult Educa-
tion programs have the benefit of
all the resources IRCC has to offer.
Career and guidance counselors,
financial aid advisors, library serv-
ices and many other opportunities
are available. In fact, $75,000 in
scholarship funds is reserved
exclusively for Adult Education stu-
dents to begin their college educa-
tion or job training program at little
or no cost.
English as a Second Language
programs help participants learn to
speak, read and write English. Spe-
cial programs help prepare speak-
ers of English and people learning
English to develop workforce certi-
fication skills that make it easier to
get ajob.
IRCC Adult Education is avail-
able at the IRCC main campus in
Fort Pierce, the Prima Vista Adult
Education Center in Port St. Lucie,
IRCC Northwest Center and St.
Anastasia Elementary School in
Fort Pierce and the St. Lucie West
Campus. In Martin County, IRCC
Adult Education is offered at the
Chastain Campus, The Grace Place
and Hidden Palm Apartments in
Stuart and the Indiantown Educa-
tion Center.
Adult Education services are
available in Indian River County at
the Mueller Campus and Gifford
Youth Activities Center in Vero
Beach and Fellsmere Elementary
School and Our Lady of Guadalupe
Church. In Okeechobee, IRCC
Adult Education is offered at the
Dixon Hendry Campus and Ever-


:Belinda Hood
Belinda hood, age 57, of Okee-
Schobee and formerly of Ft. Pierce,
:died Jan. 25, 2007, at Raulerson
Hospital. Ms. Hood was born
Aug. 13, 1949, in Ft. Pierce to John
:Hood and the late Zelma Hood.
'She was a
and of the Bap-
'tist faith.
Ms. Hood is
survived by her
children, Sher-
rie (Tom)
Wilkes of Lex-
ington, N.C.
and Donnie Belinda
(Kristina) Hood
'Mathis of
dAnderson. S.C.; four grandchil-
dren; two great' grandchildren;

two brothers, John Hood of Okee-
chobee and Dennis Hood of Ft.
Pierce; sister, Debbie (Ron) Garri-
son of Ft. Pierce.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobeefu-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral home and Crematory, 204
N. E. Second Street, Okeechobee.
Clifton L. DeFrates
Clifton "Cliff" L. DeFrates, age
73, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007, in
Highlands County. Born July 10,
1932, in Atlantic City, N.J. he had
been a resident of Okeechobee
for the past 16 years. He served in
the United States Army and was a
member of the Eagles Organiza-
tion. He also enjoyed fishing and

Mr. DeFrates is survived by his
significant other, Ethel Frazier of
Okeechobee; daughter, Nancy
Frazier of Okeechobee; grandchil-
dren; Mandy Frazier, Rodney
Phelps, and Cameron Williams of
Okeechobee. In addition he is
survived by sisters, June DeFrates,
Olive Visco and Gini D'Ascenzo,
all of New Jersey.
The family has decided not to
hold services at this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions can be made to
Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box
1548, Okeechobee, Fla. 34973.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth Street, Okeechobee.

glades Elementary School.
For information about IRCC
Adult Education, contact the IRCC
Information Call Center at 1-866-
866-4722 or the nearest IRCC cam-
Due to the Bank of America's
generous donation of $50,000 to
the IRCC Foundation, qualifying
students majoring or planning to
major in a public safety program at
IRCC for the 2007-08 academic
year may receive funds for tuition,
books, uniforms, housing expens-
es'and supplies.
Interested students can apply
online at for
the Bank of America Public Safety
Education Scholarship.
The application deadline is
March 5. For information, contact
Melissa Tedder, IRCC Foundation
Office, at (772) 462-7249.

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had fallen from the trees before
Isaac Newton came to his certain
conclusion regarding the law of
How many people had
watched a boiling kettle on a stove
with the lid being lifted by steam
pressure? One day the bright-eyed
Watt saw this and began thinking
about a steam engine.
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Watt have that millions before
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just use the ability they had?
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SOCIAL SECURITY: I see there are two ways to collect Social Securi-
ty in this country. You can be a citizen, work all your life, never miss any
payments and hope to live long enough to collect it. Or, you can wait for
Inspector General Patrick O'Connell's bill to go through. The bill states
if you come from Mexico illegally, work 18 months then he wants to
give you Social Security. So if you don't like working, go to Mexico,
come back and work 18 months and he'll pay you.

AGRI-CIVIC CENTER: Concerning the Agri-Center, commissioners
open your eyes. This is not going to work for the Cattlemen's Associa-
tion. They already have an arena. Let them take care of the one they
already have. It is never cleaned. So what are they going to do with the
iew one? They are not responsible. They are not telling you the truth
and they do not need the Agri-Center. My answer to this is: no way.

STREETS: I'm sorry I didn't specify about N.W. 144th Trail. I didn't
realize there were so many different roads in Okeechobee. At least now
1 know where I live. I guess we all learned a little bit about avenues,
trails, roads and streets.

FOREIGN CARS: Does anybody know why Okeechobee does not
have a Toyota or Honda or any foreign made cars here? Is it against
Okeechobee's policy to have foreign car places or have they banned
them? What is the problem?

SKATE PARK: I'm so glad that they caught the boys that did the van-
dalism in the skate park. Now make the parents pay for the damage.
The parents should have supervised a 13. and 1.5 year old and known
where they were. One has been suspended from school for trouble so
they are headed for prison. That's the way it starts out. The parents
should have to pay for the repairs to the skate park.

SNOWBIRDS: It does seem like there are fewer winter visitors this
year. It could be because it has been so far a fairly mild winter in some
parts of the country where the snowbirds live. It could be because fish-
ing has not been good the past few years. Or it could be a trend. As
more of the old RV parks and fish camps are bought by developers,
there will be fewer places for snowbirds to roost in the big lake area.

HIGH PRICES: Part of the problem is that with high taxes, fuel prices,
insurance, there is less discretionary income available to most families.

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Community Events

Church offers religious education classes
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W. Sixth St., will be offering
religious education classes for children. Registrations for Catholic
Christian Doctrine (C.C.D.) are now being accepted. Classes for
children in grades kindergarten through ninth will be held every
Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:35 p.m. For information, call the
parish office at (863) 763-3727.

YMS collecting printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS) is collecting empty printer and
copy toner cartridges. They are sent in for credits that go toward
school supplies to be used by all students. To donate empty print-
er or toner cartridges, they can be dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W.
23rd Lane, or at The Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave. Or call Tracy
Iat (863) 462-5056, or Linda at (863) 467-1484 for free pick up.

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offer-
ing parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant
will receive a gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six,
one-hour classes. You must attend all six classes to get a certifi-
cate of completion. No child care will be available. Call (863) 462-
5877 for registration.

I Center offers parenting classes
The Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505 S. Parrott Ave., Suite D,
offers a continuous ten-week free parenting class on Mondays
frbm 7 until 8 p.m. at New Endeavor High School, 575 S.W. 28th
St. The school is located across the street from Osceola Middle
School. For information, call Al Jaquith at (863) 462-5000, ext. 282,
or (863) 763-0437.

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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 pub-
lic. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
(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)
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the Clock
Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call (863)
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, con-
tact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at,
7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life.
Everyone is invited.
Community 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.
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 meets from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church 200 N.W. Second St. This is an open meeting.
A.A. meeting meets from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. This will be a closed discussion.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meet in the New Horizon building, 1600
S.W. Second Ave., from 7 until 8 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-1191.
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret at
(863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
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)
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412 N.W.
Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public
are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at (863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask
questions. Call Doris at (863) 467-5206, or Hazel at (863) 763-4923 for
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third-
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m. For infor-
mation call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863)
763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 209 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be
available there from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Educatlon/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will meet from
8 until 9 p.m. at th6 Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. For informa-
tion, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRA will meet at
7:30 p.m. at Teen Town, 305 N.W. Second St. Anyone interested may
attend. For information, contact Frank Coker at (863) 467-1941.
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 to join.
The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity for
caregivers to give one another support, information and ideas. The meet-
ings are held at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863)
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 meet-
ing at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Main Street's Farmer's Market will be held every
Thursday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. in Flagler Park 3. Any questions
and/or comments can be directed to the Main Street office at (863) 357-
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First Unit-
ed Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All per-
sons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming a
part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what we are all
about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5 for
members and $6 for guests. For information, call (863) 471-0559 or (863)
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) 467-9833.
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.

Community Events

Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course

Community Events

Baptist church sponsors crusade
Reverend Bill Britt will be preaching at the First Baptist Church,
401 S.W Fourth St. through Wednesday, Jan. 31. There will be a
noon Bible study lunch and a 6:30 p.m. service each day. Call the
church office at (863) 763-2171 for lunch reservations.

Library hosting musical series
lan Nairnsey will be bringing back his Broadway musical series
to the Okeechobee County Library. This year's series is called An
Evening with the Composer, and will feature composers who are
known for their contributions to the musical theater. All programs
are on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the library meeting room at
206 S.W 16th St. The program schedule is: Jan. 30 will focus on
George Gershwin; Feb. 6 will highlight Irving Berlin; and. Feb 13 will
feature Noel Coward. This series is a combination of informative
lecture and pleasurable listening and is free and open to the public.

Church hosting Doerfel Family
The Doerfel Family will be in concert at the Buckhead Ridge Bap-
tist Church, 8 Cypress Street, on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. Tom
and Cheryl and their 10 children play and sing bluegrass. Everyone
is invited. Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church now has an early Sunday
morning service at 8:30 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. The
regular worship service is at 11 a.m.
ROAD boards will meet
The executive board meeting of Recovering Okeechobee After
Disaster (ROAD) will be held Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. That meeting will be
followed by the board meeting at 1:30 p.m. in the meeting room at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St.

Red Cross offers first aid class
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch, 323 N. Parrott
Ave., will hold a first aid class on Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 6 until 8
p.m. For information, call (863) 763-2488.
OHS will host puppet show
Okeechobee High School, 2800 U.S. 441 N., will host the puppet
show "Rip Van Winkle" in the OHS auditorium at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31.
Tickets are on sale at the Main Street office, 111 N.E. Second Ave.
For information, call (863) 357-MAIN.

Legion Free Fair will be Feb. 1-11
The 51st American Legion Free Fair will be held Feb. 1-11 at 501
S.E. Second St. Display booths will be available in the Legion Hall.
For information, call the Post at (863) 763-2950.

Church plans youth revival
The Okeechobee Church of God Cross Fire Youth Ministry, 301
N.E. Fourth Ave., will hold a youth revival Feb. 2-3 starting at 6 p.m.
Programs will be presented by "Ignite" (COG youth band), "Fire
Within" (COG youth drama team) and "Divine Purpose" (COG col-
lege drama team). Concessions will be available from 5 until 6 p.m.
For information, call (863) 763-4127.

Scrapbooking party slated for Feb. 2
A scrapbooking crop party will be held on Friday, Feb. 2, from 6
until 10 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W Second St. All
levels of scrapbookers are welcome. There will also be a card-mak-
ing demonstration. Carolyn Jones will be available to assist you
with your scrapbooking questions and supplies. Refreshments will
be served and there will be door prizes. Bring any scrapbook pages
on which you are currently working. For information, call Carolyn at
(863) 634-1885 or Joan at (863) 467-0290,
Healthy Start board will meet
The board of directors of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition-
will meet Friday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. as part of the board workshop.
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition is part of a statewide net-
work of coalitions responsible for planning and implementing serv-
ices for pregnant women and infants. The Okeechobee Healthy
Start Coalition is made up of citizens interested in promoting
healthy families and healthy outcomes for babies in Okeechobee.
For information about the coalition, contact executive director Kay
Begin at (863) 462-5877.
VNA offers memory screenings
The Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park Street, will conduct
free memory loss screenings sponsored by the Alzheimer's Associ-
ation on Friday, Feb. 2, from 11 a.m. until 2:30. Call Donna True at
(772) 285-6291 or (800) 861-7826 for appointments.
Special healing service planned
The Gathering Church, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave., will be holding a
special healing service on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 a.m. until noon.
Anyone who desires prayer for personal healing is welcome. For
information, call Theresa Brown at (863) 357-3318.

Bass tourney benefits March of Dimes
Seacoast National Bank will hold the fifth annual March of
Dimes bass tournament to benefit the March of Dimes on Saturday,
Feb. 3, out of the Okee-Tantie Marina. Early registration is available
at, or by picking up an application at
any Seacoast National Bank location. The entry fee is $110 per two-
man boat. Tournament hours will be from safe daylight until 3 p.m.
All proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes.
Shrine Club to host show
The Okeechobee Shrine Club on S.R. 78, will present a Las Vegas
style show, "A Rock & Country Revue" on Saturday, Feb. 3, with a
prime rib dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the show. Admission is $25
for the dinner and show. Performers will be impersonating a variety
of artists. For information call Keith or Kathy Tomey at (863) 763-
8072; Harvey or SyMvia Hawkins at (863) 357-0238; or, call the Okee-
chobee Shrine Club at (863) 763-3378 and leave a message.

BHR church plans revival
The Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church, Hunter Road, will hold
revival services on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 8:30 and 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.;
Monday, Feb. 5, through Wednesday, Feb. 7, services will be held
nightly at 7 p.m. Reverend Winston Roberts, pastor of Blackjack
Baptist Church in Franklin, Ky., is the evangelist. There will be spe-
cial music each service. For information, call (863) 763-7532.

Church hosting interaction program
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will be
hosting God's Time a morning of free organized Christian activi-
ties that includes play, instruction and interaction for parents and
their pre-school children. The event will be held each Tuesday from
9:30 a.m. until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during
the class. For information, call (863) 763-4021.

VNA offers flu vaccines

Flu vaccines are now available at Visiting Nurse Association, 208
S.E. Park St., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon and
from 1 until 4 p.m. There is no charge with Medicare Part B; other-
wise, the cost is $30 for the flu vaccine and $45 for the pneumonia
shot. For information, call Anna or Debbie at (863) 357-2197.

Children's ranch plans yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard
sales on Thursday and Friday, every week from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For information, call (863) 763-4242.

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and
advocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term.
Local meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort
Pierce. Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or,

The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch offers a basic
HIV/AIDs instruction course that complies with Florida employment
requirements for individuals working in various vocations. This is a
self-study course that includes text work and the successful comple-
tion of a multiple choice written test. The cost of the course is $15.
Call the local Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488 for information.

Farmer's Market open each Thursday
Okeechobee Main Street's Farmer's Market will be held every
Thursday evening from 4 until 7 p.m. in Flagler Park 3. For informa-
tion call (863) 357-MAIN.

Volunteers needed at skate park
Communities in Schools is in need of volunteers to help man the
skate park during concession hours. Hours are available any day of
the week. We will provide training and background screenings. For
information, contact Mike Davis, youth project director, at (863) 462-

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Lady Brahman Jessica Ziglar placed first in Jacoby Johns of Okeechobee finished in sec-
pole bending competition at last weekend's ond place in bareback competition at the
rodeo at the Okeechobee Cattlemen's Asso- Florida High School Rodeo Association
ciation Rodeo Arena. She also finished in rodeo last weekend at the Okeechobee Cat-
fifth place in barrel competition, tiemen's Association Rodeo Arena.

Brahman rodeo team hosts

high school rodeo; does well

The Okeechobee High School
rodeo team, sporting their new
Wrangler Tough Enough to Wear
Pink team shirts sponsored by the
Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida, in
support of breast cancer aware-
ness, hosted a Florida High School
Rodeo Association rodeo this past
weekend. The team did well, bring-
ing home a championship title in
pole bending and placing well in
many other events. The results of
the individual events were:
Pole Bending-Jessica Ziglar-first
Bareback-Jacoby Johns-second
Saddle Bronc-Chasey Bass-sec-
ond place.
Barrels-Jessica Ziglar-fifth place.
Bull Riding-Newt Mattson-tied
for fifth place.
Goat Tying-Shelby Carden-sev-
enth place.
Calf Roping-Hilliard Gopher-
seventh place. Nick Mazzilli-eighth
Team Roping-JR Gomez and
Hilliard Gopher-eighth place.
With nine rodeos behind them

and nine remaining before State
Finals in June, only the top 15 in
each event will advance to state
The Brahman team individuals
are currently state-ranked as fol-
Barrels-Jessica Ziglar-seventh;
Justina Stokes-13th. ';,
Pole Bending-Jessica Ziglar-sec-
ond; Shelby Carden-15th; Breanne
Breakaway-Breanne Lee-12th;
Jessica Ziglar-22nd; Maci Culligan-
24th and Shelby Carden-28th.
Goat Tying-Shelby Carden-17th
and Jessie Cofield-22nd.
Bareback-Jacoby Johns-sec-
Saddle Bronc-Chasey Bass-first.
Bull Riding-Newt Mattson-third;
Logan Coker-11 th and Sydney Bar-
Calf Roping-Nick Mazzilli-sixth
and Hilliard Gopher-19th.
Team Roping-JR Gomez and
Hilliard Gopher-third; Shelby Car-
den and Breanne Lee-22nd.
The team's next rodeo will be in
Jacksonville, on Feb. 16-18. They

will not only be competing against
the rest of the Florida Associatior
members, but will be competing
against three other state associa
tions-Alabama, Georgia, South Car-
olina and Florida. The Florida Higl
School Rodeo Association will be
hosting this three-day event.
The team has a tough remain.
ing schedule ahead of them. It is:
Feb. 16-18: Jacksonville, Fl. (Tri
state with Ga., Ala., S.C. and Fl.).
Feb. 23-24th: Ocala.
March 10-11: Pierson.
March 24-25: Lakeland.
April 7: Green Cove Springs.
April 28-29: Williston.
May 4 and 5: Live Oak.
June 7-10: STATE FINALS-Silvei
Spurs Arena, Kissimmee.
The Brahman team had several
fundraisers. They sold boilec
peanuts and their new Okee-
chobee High School Rodeo decal
If you are interested in purchasing
one of these decals to show youi
support for the team, contact Dar
lene Bass at (863) 634-5815.

Sports Briefs

Bass club
meeting slated
,, Taylor Creek Bass Club will hold
its monthly meeting on Feb. 8 at
the ,Buckhead Ridge VFW Post
#9528 beginning at 7 p.m.
The club holds its meetings on
the second Thursday of each
month with bass tournaments
being held the following weekend.
New member boaters and non-
boaters are welcome.
For information, contact Dave
Stout at (863) 467-2255.

Adult winter
S softball leagues
An organizational meeting for
all interested managers, players
and officials will take place at 7
.p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the
9Okeechobee Civic Center 1750 U.S.
Men's league fees $350 (plus

$25 annual ISA fee); women's
league $300; Co-ed $300.
Team fees must be paid by 5
p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. Games are
scheduled to begin the . e .of
Feb. 19. Forinformation call Okee-
chobee County Parks and Recre-
ation Department at (863) 763-

Bank will host
annual bass tourney
Seacoast National Bank will
hold the fifth annual Bass Tourna-
ment to benefit the March of Dimes
on Saturday, Feb. 3, out of Okee-
Tantie Marina.
Early registration is available at or by
picking up an application at any
Seacoast National Bank locations.
Advance registration will be closed
on Jan.31.
Anglers will begin at safe light
with aweigh-in at3 p.m.
The entry fee is $110 per 2-man

The public is invited to attend
the weigh in and participate in the
50-50 giveaway to win great prizes.
Adult baseball
players needed
Adult (18 and over) players are
wanted for a men's baseball team.
If interested, contact George at
(863) 634-7657.

weekly results

PI.G. S. League
Jan. 23: First place-Kenny Cur-
ran. Second place-(Tie) Ida Curtis
and Karen Syjud. Last place-Max
Sherry. Closest to pin-(2) Ben
Rodriguez, (8) Eamie Whaley, (11)
Dan Reckley and (17) Jack Forde.

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Health Briefs

Hospital hosting
dinner, program
The January Dine with the
Doctor presentation at Rauler-
son Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N.,
will be on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Din-
ner will be served at 5 p.m. at a
cost of $5. The subject of vari-
cose vein laser treatment pre-
sented by Dr. Luis Rosas will
follow at 5:30 p.m. The presen-
tation is free. For reservations,
call Bill Casian at (863) 824-

Red Cross offers
HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-
Okeechobee Branch offers a
basic HIV/AIDs instruction
course that complies with Flori-
da employment requirements
for individuals working in vari-
ous vocations. This is a self-
study course that includes text
work and the successful com-
pletion of a multiple choice
written test. The cost of the
course is $15. Call the local Red
Cross office at (863) 763-2488
for information.

VNA offers
flu vaccines
Flu vaccines are now avail-
able at Visiting Nurse Associa-
tion, 208 S.E. Park St., Monday
through Friday from 9 a.m. until
noon and from 1 until 4 p.m.
There is no charge with
Medicare Part B; otherwise, the
cost is $30 for the flu vaccine
and $45 for the pneumonia
shot. For information, call Anna
or Debbie at (863) 357-2197.

Girl Scout cookies enjoy them in moderation

It's Girl Scout Cookie time!
These treats -- only available
once a year -- are tempting and
delicious. For many people these
cookies are "comfort foods,"
because they bring back child-
hood memories.
In moderation, a few Girl
Scout cookies can be part of an
overall healthy eating plan. Just
don't go overboard and
remember, they do freeze well.
You don't have to eat the whole
box of chocolate mint cookies
just because it is open.
This year's Girl Scout Cookie
offerings include the traditional
Thin Mints (also known as
Chocolate Mints), Shortbreads
(also called Trefoils), Peanut
Butter Patties and Peanut Butter
Sandwich cookies that are tried
and true favorites. Also back this
year are Caramel deLites, which
are among the most popular
cookies, although some people
may remember them by a differ-
ent name Samoas.
Thanks-a-lot Cookies are a
former cookie in a new shape. A
very similar cookie variation of
this shortbread cookie iced in
chocolate sold in previous years
was called Animal Treasurers.
Thanks-a-Lot cookies are round
and have "thank you" in differ-
ent languages imprinted on the
cookie. Animal Treasures were
square cookies with pictures of
animals on the cookies.
New cookies include Cart-
wheels which are small,
crispy oatmeal cookies and
Lemonades, a shortbread cookie
with lemon icing.
With the annual Girl Scout
Cookie sale comes a tradition at

with Katrina Elsken
the newspaper office the
annual Girl Scout Cookie taste
test. The Scouts generously drop
off sample boxes of cookies for
our staff to "test."
This year's completely unoffi-
cial and unscientific test found
Lemonades to be an instant hit.
These tangy shortbread cookies
have a Lemon coating on one
side. Comments from the testers
"Really lemony"
"Love that lemon!"
"Oh yeah! Right up there with
the Pepperidge Farm Cookies!"
In the popularity test -
which is based on how long it
takes for all of the cookies to dis-
appear from the newspaper
break room the Lemonades
came in second only to the Thin
Mints. The Thin Mints seem to
disappear as soon as the pack-
age is opened. Also going fast
were the Caramel deLites and
the Peanut Butter Patties.
Cartwheels are crunchy bite-
size oatmeal cookies. While they
didn't receive the rave reviews
given to the Lemonades, they
did receive a positive response.
Comments included:
"Crunchy would be good
with milk."
"Nice hint of spice, nice tex-



"On the dry side, need milk or
coffee with them."

Dietary exchanges
Can those on restricted diets
still enjoy a seasonal treat like
Girl Scout Cookies? If you are on
a restricted diet, ask your doctor.
In some cases, you can still eat a
few cookies, if you balance them
with other foods. In many cases,
moderation is the key. But
always consult your doctor
before making any change in
your diet or exercise plan.
ABC Bakery, which supplies
the Girl Scout Cookies sold in
Florida, provides the following
information about Dietary
Exchanges for Girl Scout Cook-
ies: Exchange Lists are foods list-
ed together because they are
alike. Each serving of a food has
approximately the same amount
of carbohydrate, protein, fat and
calories as any of the other foods
on that list. One "exchange" or
food on one list can be
exchanged or traded for any
other food item on that same list.
Exchange lists include:
The carbohydrate group -
starch, fruit, milk, other carbohy-
drates and vegetables;
The meats and meat substi-
tutes group, and,
The fat group.
A carbohydrate or an
exchange from the other carbo-
hydrates list is a food that, on
the average, has the same
amount of carbohydrate in it as
one starch, one fruit or one milk
exchange (approximately 15
grams of carbohydrate). The
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drates such as starches and sug-
ars both added sugars and
naturally present sugars turn
into blood glucose. It is the total
amount of carbohydrate in daily
meals and snacks that needs
monitoring for consistent blood
glucose control.
One way to label a food is to
simply use words like "1 carbo-
hydrate, 1 fat" instead of stating
"1 starch exchange and 1 fat
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Serving Size: 2 cookies
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Cookies for
the Military
If you don't want to buy cook-
ies for yourself, consider buying
some for the troops overseas.
"Cookies for the Military," is in its
second year as a council-wide
project for the Girl Scouts of the
Palm. Glades Council, Inc.:At
each Girl Scout Cookie booth
through Feb. 5, customers will
have the opportunity to buy
extra boxes of cookies which
will be sent to troops serving
overseas. Last year, the Council
sent more than 3,000 boxes of
cookies to service men and
women in Iraq.
All cookies designated for the
troops will be sent by the Girl
Scout Council via Soldiers'
Angels, a non-profit group that
sends care packages to the
For more information, con-
tact Holly Policy at (561) 427-
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Remember, before making
any change to your diet or exer-
cise plan, consult your doctor.
This is especially important if
you are on any prescription
medications. Some drugs inter-
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At the Movies

The following movies are
now showing at the Brahman
Theatres 111.
Movie times for Friday, Jan.
26, through Thursday, Feb. 1, are
as follows:
Theatre I -"Flags of our
Fathers" (R) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9:10 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:10
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at2,4:15, 7 and 9:10 p.m.
Theatre II "We are Mar-
shall" (PG} Showtimes: Friday at
7 and 9:10 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9:10
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thurs-
day at 2, 4:15,7 and 9:10 p.m.
Theatre III "Stomp the
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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 and9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
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DEAR ABBY: I couldn't
believe my eyes when I read your
reply to "Second-Guessing
Myself in S.C." (Dec. 18), who
reported her son and his friends
for getting high on campus. You
said she should have informed
the boys' parents so they had the
option of dealing with the matter
themselves and she owed
those parents an apology.
As a drug prevention profes-
sional, I know that "Second-
Guessing" was correct! Drug use
is unlikely to stop unless there is
an intervention. At the school
where I work, a suspension for
substance abuse is followed by a
mandatory use assessment and,
if recommended, substance
abuse education and/or counsel-
ing. The anger that the friends'
parents directed toward the
writer of that letter needs to be
seen for what it is enabling. If
those boys were caught high on
a job, they'd be fired.
Please let your readers know
that you made a mistake.
Encourage parents to take a
stand, talk with their children
often about the dangers of drugs,
and let their children know that if
they use drugs, they'll be held
fully accountable. Middle
school drug prevention special-
ist, Fairbanks, Alaska
SPECIALIST: Perhaps this col-
umn can be used as a starting
point for that conversation. A lot
of folks were upset about my
response to that letter, in which I
told the writer I thought she had
jumped the gun in reporting the
problem to the school adminis-
tration, and that she owed those
parents an apology for jumping
the gun. What I failed to take into
consideration was that teachers
are mandated by law to report
anything they see that they know
to be against the law. Mea culpa!
Read on:
DEAR ABBY: Would you
have criticized that parent if the
students were driving drunk?
Shoplifting? Committing acts of
vandalism? I think she should

have reported them to the police
as well as the school.
That the other parents were
upset because their children
were punished administratively
is one of the reasons that so
many kids get into trouble today.
Their parents excuse the mis-
deed and fault the person who
does take some positive action.
Certainly, I expect parents to
stand by their kids when they're
in trouble, but being supportive
does not mean excusing or cov-
ering up illegal behavior. Stu-
dents need to learn accountabili-
ty for their misdeeds, and not
expect parents to bail (no pun
intended) them out of their
wrongdoings. Retired state
trooper, Allentown, Pa.
DEAR ABBY: As the mother of
a boy who died of a drug over-
dose, I reacted strongly to your
answer to "Second-Guessing
Those teens were breaking
the law, and eventually their drug
use could result in their own, or
someone else's, death. Those
students were using illegal drugs
on school grounds. That mother
did her son a favor by not putting
him in a position where he had
to rat on his friends, and believe
me, the police would have put
plenty of pressure on him to do
They did the crime. They need
to be responsible for their behav-
ior. She did the right thing. Still
grieving in the East

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RED NOSE PIT : Vic. of Ber-
ger Clinic. Older Dog. Really
misses her people. Call to
identify. 863-697-3913
Labelle, vicinity of Hedges
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good home. (863)801-1302
JUICE ORANGES- approx 2/3
buckets left on trees, you
pick (863)467-0007
KITTENS (2), 1 orange, 1 cali-
co. To good homes.
KITTENS, 3 Orange, 1 Dark
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to dogs. Free to good homes
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MAPLE TREE, Red veined, sil-
ver leaf, from Indiana, approx.
12-15ft tall, you dig & fill hole.
(863)763-0346 after 3pm
adults, must go together,
free to approved farm

room on moving truck com-
ing from Akron, Ohio. Back
to Okeechobee. Rt 77 via Rt
75. End of February. ALSO-
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March from Maine via Inter-
state 95. All points in-be-
tween. Call for low price
quote. (863)763-6591
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Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

Class A CDL required. 6 days
a week, local run. Good pay.
Call (863)467-2982 9a-3p
Domino's Pizza in Okeecho-
bee is now hiring Assistant
Managers! Get in on a
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*Starting pay based on
experience, min. $10 per hr
*Guaranteed overtime
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Vacation Benefits
If you are self motivated,
have positive attitude and
good people skills, we invite
you to visit us at the Okee-
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for medical office.
Full Time. Fax resume
to 863-357-4539.
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($15.00 HR. TOSTART)
For Busy Restaurant
Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.

for medical
Full time. Fax
Resume To

For experienced Waitress.
Ranchers Restaurant.


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w/ HAZMAT & Tanker.
Medical Benefits,
Retirement, Vacation &
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Care, Services.
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Needed, for the second shift,
experience with management a must,
benefits available. Contact:
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3079 NW 8th Street, Okeechobee

Immediate Openings CNAs
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Energetic, Personable Medical
Assistant Needed. Full Time
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The most important
20 minutes of your day
is the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.

Pressure Washing &
Minor repairs.
Roof coating, Repair to
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
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Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
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Children's Items 555
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Tickets 720
Tools 725
TOs Games 730
VRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

A/C, Carrier, 4 ton, 12 Sear,
whole house. $500
AC W/HEAT- Central package
unit, 3.5 ton, York, never in-
stalled, $1500.
AMANA, 3 ton, With K.W.
heat. Package unit. Cleaned
& serviced. Will run for buy-
er. $350. (863)675-1053
can see run, $400 or best
offer (863)357-1784

ROEPER: 10,000 BTU, 110
unit. $75.863-357-2873

new! $125. (863)763-2747
good condition. As Seen On
TV. $50.(863)675-3401
Small, $15. (863)467-4567
RANGE, GE: Electric. Like
new. Only used twice. $200.
RANGE HOOD- Kenmore,
White, 3 yrs old. Excellent
condition. $75. or best offer.
ROPER DRYER- like new con-
dition, asking $180
STOVE: GE, electric. Oven
does not work but burners in
excellent condition. $75.
STOVE, GE, like new condi-
tion, $125. Call Brandi
WASHER & DRYER: $200 for
both or will sell separately.
Call 863-234-1235.
good condition, $300
Sears Kenmore, heavy duty
& Magic Chef gas range.
$250 for all. (863)763-5372

10 yr collection. $200

metal, various sizes, enough
for 6 windows, $250 or will
sep (863)697-1077

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.
Installation ofStorm
Shutters & Seamless
Rain Gutters
Licensed & Insured
1551 N.W. 24th
License #765

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White, in frame, new, never
used, 71x76. $385
containers, Exc. for wood
fences, decks, New, $75
STYROFOAM- 5 sheets,
4'x8'x1" & CDX plywood 5
sheets 4'x8'x1/2". $50. for all.
Will sep. (863)763-5081 Okee
plete w/ 300 gal ariator, sof-
tener, and many extras.-Like
new. $800.863-674-0467

slide and Playschool Play-
house $100 firm
TRI-CYCLE, Like new, never
used. $15 (863)634-7905

COWBOY BOOTS: Ladies 8 -
8.5, rattle snake skin. Paid
$350, asking $70.
formal, Alyce, Joli, Several to
choose from. Sz small $125.
Neg. (863)635-6677

Mint, Unused. $900.
(863)635-5387 Frostproof

3.5'Tx2.5'W. Holds up to 48
cans or bottles. Very good
cond. $125. (863)467-0627
items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $350
neg: (863)467-0627
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $1000 all or
best offer. 863-824-3358
TORS- 53, $50.

peutic mattress pad, dual
control, paid $1600 asking
$600 firm (863)467-0007
BUNK BED, Loft style, dresser,
desk, great for small bed-
room, exc. cond. $450
(863)763-6430 Iv. msg.
BUNK BED- Red Metal, Single
Top, Full bottom, w/mat-
tress, like new exc cond.,
$150 neg. (863)634-8795
W/computer desk, book shelf,
7 drawers, 2 beds, TV hutch
incld. $875. (863)697-6464
Okeechobee 863-763-6336
drawers, very good cond.,
antique, $30.
(863)635-0474 Frostproof
CHINA CABINET: Light wood,
glass enclosed, old. $200.
Okeechobee 863-763-6336
COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops. $250/all.
with hutch & separate file
cabinet. $75 (863)634-5236
COUCH- Micro Fiber, Beige,
Excellent Cond., only 1 yr
old., $350 or best offer
wood, dresser attached. $70
or best offer. Call
DAY BED, with trundle bed,
wrought iron frame, nice.
$200 (863)675-1138

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CHAIRS- glass top, black
upholstered chairs, $300
w/glass top. No chairs. $50.
Round table, 4 chairs. $40
DINING TABLE, Round, old,
with 4 captains chairs. $125
DRESSER, Mahogany, Long
with 3 drawers on each side,
open doors in middle w/2 1g.
mirrors. $150 (239)324-2115
ICECREAM TABLE & 2 chairs.
Good condition. $65.
LIVING SET: Sofa sleeper,
chair & ottoman, 2 end ta-
bles & sofa table. Excellent!
$475/all! 863-673-5256
LOVESEAT- Blue, burgendy
pin strip, Exc. Cond. $150 or
best offer (863)634-5977
MIRROR- 3 ft. x 6 ft., $100
leather, very pastel creamy
green, $500 or best offer.
(863)357-2233 Okee area.
SOFA BED: Rust & Light
Brown Color, Full size. Light
weight. Good condition. $50.
thomedic mattress & box
springs. Top of the line. With
dresser $200. (863)983-4743
THOMASVILLE: Long, solid
wood, older but in good con-
dition. $50.863-635-0079

GOLF CLUBS- Complete,
matched set, metal woods,
irons, bag, putter & Callaway
BB #1. $135.863-946-3123

caliber, Almost new, synthet-
ic stock, Cap lock, $100 or
best offer. (863)467-2148
DEER RIFLE- Sporterized .303
British, Synthetic stock, Peep
sights, $175.
MIL; AUTO. 9 mil. (2) 380
automatics, $1100/will sep-
arate. Call (606) 219-3890.
RIFLE M1, Carbine Replica, 30
caliper, By Tompson Machine
Guns, Extras, Exc cond $700.
Call 863-610-0632 Okee.
RIFLE- Remington model 700,
SPS Stainless. 7mm Rem-
ington magnum. $500.
RUGER 77- 22-250 cal, lami-
nated, bull barrel, scope,
case, exc cond., $650 firm
TAURUS (2) PT-92-AF, Semi
Auto, 9 mm. & TAURUS .38
Ultra Light Titanium, $600
WINC. AUTO 380- Model 100,
a Marlin 30-30 carb., & a 22
Auto Pistol, $1050 will sep

cal, rarely used, Paid $500
asking $200,(863)634-2354

FUEL TANK- 150 gallons, alu-
minum. $150. or best offer.

wave. $25.863-697-0499

COREL SET (2 pc): 2.5 quart
and 1.5 quart, black & white,
newly $15.863-467-7659
MICROWAVE: Large, Pana-
sonic, works great! Only
$50. 863-763-8828
POT SET: 10 pieces with lids,
stainless steel, excellent
condition. $50.

NECKLACE: 18 kt., 20" with
ruby stone, like new, $1100
or best offer. (863)357-2233
Okee. area.

LIGHT BARS (2), For bath-
room, 24", with 3 decor.
bulbs. $15/both.
TABLE LAMPS (2) 29", Green
tumbleweed design, exc
cond $40 or will sell separ-
ate (863)467-8607

PATIO SET- white with glass
top & 4 chairs. Wrought Iron.
5ft long, $145 neg

Jazzy or Hoveround, New
$5000 asking $875 or best
offer (863)675-2596
POWER CHAIR- Jazzy 1103
Ultra, asking $1100 or trade
electric, barely used, new bat-
teries. Pd. $5,000, asking
$2000. 863-532-0399 aft 5pm.
WALKING CANE- 4 prong feet.
$25 (863)635-0474
Scooter. Pd. $5500. Asking
$2500. (863)675-3107

4.80, with rims, hardly used,
$60 pair(863)763-8518
fiberglass tub, holds 5 bags
of 801b mix. Paid $1100,
asking $650.863-6997904
ICE MAKER: Hoshizaki, Model
KM500. $1500.
SHELVES (7), Heavy duty,
4'x4'x8', 5 levels, $250/all or
will separate (863)763-5062
2". 6000 Ibs. Good condi-
tion. $150. (863)763-4596

Reduced!! $1000
Epiphon Guitar, by Gibson w/
amp, John Lennon Limited
Ed., sunburst cherry & black,
$400. (863)763-6595

ADOPTION- Boxer mix, Gold-
en Retriever mix, Eng Setter
mix, Choc Lab mix. Must
qualify (863)763-4333
BAY GELDING: 17 months old,
med size, good tempera-
ment. $750.863-946-0912
BULL DOG PUPS- 10wks old,
mom on premises, all shots,
health cert., Must see! $300
tan male $200
Barb M-F, 9-6
CRITTER CAGE- Dazzle, plas-
tic/metal, includes wheel,
condo, foodbowl, $10.50
choose from. Must qualify to
adopt (863)763-4333
Male, 11 wks. old. Weighed
1 LB 9 oz at 8 wks. of age.
$850. (863)697-1229
Adorable bundle of personality,
shots & vet checked. $700
(863)357-0037 Okeechobee

fect condition, 26 ft. x 54". 6
months old. Paid $800, ask-
ing $500 (863)697-6634

Electric. In beautiful wooden
cabinet. Asking $65.
SINGER, 3 Arm, case &
attachments, $450

LP HEATER- Coleman, elec-
tronic, for camping or out-
doors, Uses bottled gas, new
cond $20 (863)675-2596

AKAI, 52" HD TV, $500
MITSUBISHI, 36", very large,
w/original remote, great pic-
ture, $200. (863)801-1491
excellent condition $500 firm
TELEVISION- 20", Philips
Magnavox, with remote,
$100 or best offer
TV- Hitachi Wide Screen. 52",

Like new. Less than 2 years
old. $600. or best offer.

with full set of sockets, $35

for all, will sep.
(863)465-9470 Lake Placid
MODIFIED XBOX- stores over
25 games on harddrlve. 1
controller & power cords,
$150 (239)826-7518
new, never opened, $700.
863-675-6961 after 3 pm

with tools on board, $15
ORECK: Upright, w/ handheld
for furniture or blinds, almost
new. $400 for both.
PHANTOM (2), 1 Fury & 1
Thunder. Works good. $125
for both, will separate.

Medium Size
older sports things, wooden
statues,& anything Interest-
ing, etc (863)946-3123
Bernina or Viking
exc. shape, will consider
others. (863)763-2276


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

BRED- Gelding, 22 mo. old.
Halter broke. Very friendly.
$700. Neg. (863)673-4881
COLTS(2) can be registered,
$1000 for both or will sell
sep. (239)841-0922
Big stock room, 3 stall. Sad-
dle/rm in back. Needs work.
$1800. Neg. (863)201-3492
MARE, 12 yrs. old. Rides well.
Coggins & All Shots. Good
disposition. $2000.
863-675-2215 LaBelle
Angle Iron with cattle door
$900 (863)357-1365

BUSH HOG- King Cutter, 4ft,
used 4 hours, like new,
w/PTO shaft, $450
$140. (863)357-5754
2004, L120 Auto., 20hp eng.
w/46 hours, 48" cut, bagger.
54" cut, G110 auto., $2000
or best offer. (863)634-8290
2004. 10hp,30" cut, $600

SADDLE, 16", brown leather
w/silver trim, w/bridle, blan-
ket & stand, $575.


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

BEAUTIFUL Samantha's Gar-
den Apartment, 2 BR., 2 BA,
W/D, $950 mo. + 1st, last &
OAK LAKE APTS., Remodeled
2BR/1BA, screened porch,
$800 mo., 1st, last & sec.
No pets. (863)634-3313

1br/1ba, partially furnished.
Call for details.

KINGS BAY- 2br,lba duplex,
full appliances, no smoking ,
no pets, $700/mo, 1st, last,
sec, Call 772-283-2438
leave msg. or email:
2bd/2ba, Brand New,$1200
mo. + 2 month's Sec. dep.
Call Roland (863)634-7722

BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA house in
Kings Bay. Lakeview, W/D,
A/C, swimming pool. $900.
mo. plus until. 561-255-4377.

$750/month. Call Jane or
Bob at 863-357-7711.

We have access to
many rentals.
We also will help
you rent your
Rentals starting at
$750.00 monthly.
Furnished &

KINGS BAY, 2BR/1BA, 1 car
garage, central a/c & heat,
dishwasher, washer/dryer,
access to pool & tennis.
$850/mo. & security. Avail.
2/5/07. (863)467-8434
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1 Ever-
lade Estates, tile throughout,
1395/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 1ba, Lg
yard, Inside city limits, $900.
mo. + Util. 1st & Last mo.
sec. dep. (863)990-3294
newly renovated, 2/1, fenced
yard, unfurn, all appliances
700/mo (239)707-5155
Unfurnished, 2/2,
Dock & Boat Ramp
$950 mo. plus 1st& last

Located on West side of new
Courthouse. Now Available.
Call Judy at (863)467-0831
North of the Court House. 405
NW 4th Ave. (863)763-0500

house in country. 12mi W. of
Okee. $400. mo. + lmo. sec.
(863)634-8671 Lv. msg & #
OKEECHOBEE, Smoker ok,
must like dogs & cats. Cable
included. $500/mo. & sec.
Internet neg. (772)214-0600

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses -Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property laspectionl060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sae 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

3br, 2ba
on 1/4 acre,
Above ground pool
C/Air & Heat
New: Kitchen,
Carpet & Tile.
Must see to
Reduced to
Call Maureen @

OKEE., Reduced below apprai-
sal. CBS 2/1, Carport, Appl. in-
cluded util sheds 1-10x12 &
1-6x12. (863)610-1724

PLACID, FL., New 2BD cottag-
es on Lake Placid, 300' white
sand beach, dock & addl.
amenities. Call (863)441-2659
Nightly, wkly & mth rentals
also avail. Call (86365-2135

front lot, 95 ft frontage, cor-
ner w/chainlink fence, elec
gate, $135,000 neg. Fort
Lauderdale (954)989-7881
leave message

Mobile Homes

dbl wide, CA, heat, No pets,
Yearly lease, $650/mo
$1200 sec (863)763-4031
DOUBLEWIDE: 3br, 2ba, sits
on 5 acres, well fenced.
$1200/mth. $1900 sec dep.
Pay weekly or monthly. Call
863-467-4982 or 634-4742
for more info.

OKEECHOBEE: Nice 2br/1ba
$500/mo + 1st, Last & Sec.
Dep. In town. No pets.
RV lot for rent on Rim Canal.
Call for details.
EDEN" on the Rim Canal.
Kibs Fish Camp has1 & 2
Bdrm. Homes n a tropical
oasis. Monthly, Annual &
Seasonal Rates. Call today!
PLATTS BLUFF, 2br, 2ba. un-
furnished. 1.5 acres lawn, 3.5
pasture. All fenced & gated.
$900. mo. (239)707-5155
on canal, fenced in, $750
dep, $250/wk, Please call
Missy (863)634-8674

AVAIL NOWII- 2/1 Fully furn,
many extras, new CAHeat, 40'
decked screen rm, 40' carport,
12x12 shed w/'W/D, in adult
park on rim canal w/dock,
$30,000 neg. 863-357-1784
BHR, 3BR/2BA, Doublewide
on water. Spacious, with metal
roof, large FR & DR, 25x12
screened room, shed, motivat-
ed seller. Priced to go,
$109,000 (863)227-0162
12x24 Carport, 12x12 Florida
Room, 8x12 Storage. Central
air/heat. Adult park. Low lot
rent. Very nice. Mostly
furnished. $20,000 Neg.
wiht 20ft side room. Shed,
Washer/Freezer, furnished +
extras, flush toilet, inner-
spring mattress, 2-AC's, 2
Refrigs, Ig water heater. On
Stephens Resort on Hwy 78
in Okeechobee. $9,400
OKEE.- 2br, lba, Insulated 10
x 36 FL/Rm, 13 x 46 Carport,
Laundry/Rm, Furnished, Shed,
$19,500. neg. (863)467-0284
Mobile Home on 1 acre.
Crown Molding, Wood
Flooring, All New Appliances
and Cabinets. Screened Patio.
Beautiful Neighborhood.
A Must See!! $150,000
Call (772)519-0417


AIR BOAT, 10.5 ft., 4 cyl. Con-
tinental GPU, 2 blade wood
prop, fiberglass, with trailer.
$2200 neg. (954)520-6707
Aluminum, 4 ft. $200 or best
offer. 863-234-1235
ALUM LOWE: 14' w/. trailer.
New tires & wheel bearings,
15hp, mercy, MK troll mtr.
$2000 firm. 863-224-5017
mann, 20hp Johnson, tiller,
w/trailer, bimini top, $900.
Aluminum V Boat, 12' x 52",
$300. (863)675-1132 Orto- .
BASS BOAT'88: 16' Lowe,
40hp Johnson, with galva-
nized trailer. $2500. or best
offer. (863)763-3660
Force motor, 16'6". Good
shape. $1500. or best offer.
JON BOAT- 14', flat bottom,
trl, 20hp Johnson, trolling
motor, $1000 or best offer
JON BOAT- '95, Lowe 1 9ft,70
HP Johnson '96, with trailer,
$3995 (863)467-5059
KAYAK- Wilderness System
Piccolo. 14', Good shape.
asking $300.
Outboard Motor, 1980s, Evin-
rude 120 V4, low hrs., stain-
less steel prop, all.controls,
$900 neg. (863)824-6720
28hp, elec. start, w/control,
no steering cable, $275.
PONTOON: 24', w/trailer, good
motor, set up for fishing.
Moving, sell cheaply $2000.
423-502-2214 Lodda
Merc, new deck & seat cov-
ers, bimini top, w/trlr, $2500
Neg (614)452-1600 LaBelle
PONTOON BOAT, 24', 60hp
Evinrude, $1900. or best of-
fer. (863)763-9998
24 ft with 50 hp motor.
Only $40001
27ft, dual axles, $925 -.
ROW BOAT: 14 Ft., 2 hp, Su-
zuki 0/B Motor & 21 Ft. galva-
nized trailer. $800 for all.
SEA EAGLE 8, Like new. w/34
Ib, new electric motor. Can
use up to 3 hp O/B. $300.
STARCRAFT w/'85 Chrysler
motor. $600. or best offer.
TRI HULL BOAT, 15', 70hp
Johnson, fiberglass, runs
good, w/trailer, $1200 or
best offer. (863)763-2276
YAMAHA R1, '01, lots of
chrome, 69k miles, runs per-
fect, $450. (863)467-9511
Shop e awstl
he classll ast

"" Screen Rooms Carports
I Room Additions Florida Rooms i
Garages Seawalls
Ernest Lancaster (8631634-2044

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ALLEGRO 32BA '03- work
horse, 20K, 2 slides, no
smoking/pets, exc cond.
$55,000 neg (317)431-9567
CAMPER '88: Pop-up, sleeps
6, refrigerator, propane
stove, icebox, dinette, solid
sides. $1495. 863-805-0272
great cond., & layout, must
move quick, $3950
COACH 1987, 34 Ft., & Florida
rm, RV 172 Hickory Ct. in
Whisper Creek. Must be move
after March. $2000. will sell
separate. (330)807-1425
ROGU '78: Hunter's special!
28", everything goes, must
be moved. $1000.
TRUCK CAMPER '94: Like new
condition, self contained,
shower, toilet & kitchen.
$3900 neg. 863-634-2362
COACHMAN '04- 38' TT, w/12'
power slide, 20x10 carpeted
la room, 6x8 shed w/W/D,
Magic Chef refrig w/top
freezer, & 3 burner w/oven
$25,000 (863)675-6817

NOMAD '2000 26',w/large
slide out. All hardwood int.
New TV w/DVD, Elec. jacks,
.micro. Like new. Must sell this
mo. $11,500. (319)290-8705
May sell truck also.

Model # 3375 Deluxe. 34 Ft.,
2 Slide Outs. Very good cond.
$11,500. (863)634-1130

JET SKIIS (2), 1 is '93 Yama-
ha 1 is '87 Kawasaki, stand
up, run good, 650cc, no trail-
er. $1000 neg.

BOAT MOTOR, Evinrude, 9'/2
hp, short shaft. Needs work.
$100 or best offer.
Guide, 1998 model. Entirely
rebuilt. $450.

HONDA- Superhawk VTR-996.
Needs engine work. Racing
bars. Red. Otherwise great
shape. $1500. (863)801-147
KAWASAKI 440: Not bad.
$770 or will trade for motor
scooter. 863-675-3401
New tires, like new, priced to
sell. $3250 or best offer.
863-763-5500 or479-619-5121
of steel folding ramps. Ask-
ing $100 (561)262-1390

GO CART- Murray, 2 seats,
runs, $300 (863)634-7706
Electric Start, Gas, Hi & Low
Range. $850 (863)697-2032
after 4pm
VIPER Jr. '05, Exc. cond.
Great for the beginner. $700
(863)763-6430 Okeechobee
When you want something
sold, advertise In the

MOTOR HOME- 50' long bus.
Fully furnished. To many ex-
tras to mention! 65KW Honda
generator. 8'-2 axle trailer in-
cluded $3500.
407-683-9515 or 683-9516

mokes you amoe infom ed
oad Intereting person. No
wonder newspaperreadeis
are more suessfull


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 1030
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

needs minor work, $700 or
best offer. (863)763-4333
CAMARO- '92, Green. Needs
work. Great for parts or me-
chanic. $500. Firm.
(863)801-1407 or 801-1408
Leather, T-Top, Runs great.
Good condition. $9500.
FORD ESCORT 1996: $800. or
best offer, (863)763-0039
FORD TAURUS 1998: Great
condition inside & out, load-
ed. $2400. 863-234-3470

FORD TEMPO 1992, Runs
good. Dependable. $250. or
best offer. (863)983-4694
HONDA ACCORD '00- 156k
hwy miles, 5 spd, 35 mpg,
Loaded, CD chger/Cass, exc
cond, $2500 (772)360-7373
HONDA DESOL '94 White,
convertible, Standard. 195K
mis. $2000 or best offer
JAGUAR XJ6 '83: Runs, good
body, moon roof, original en-
gine. $2000 or best offer.
to., Exc. cond. $1500. or
best offer. 863-763-5679 or
SATURN 1995: Manual, needs
little work. $700 or best of-
fer. 863-655-0125 or

DUMP TRUCK, 1 ton, 8'x12'
bed. 4' sides, Strong truck.
$2000. (863)509-3260

with trailer, $1200 neg
It's never too late to find
the perfect gift. Look for
It In the classifinds.

JEEP CJ7- '1956. Runs good.
4 cyl., Needs body work. No
title. Bill of sale. $600.
JEEP WRANGLER '97, Sahara,
V6 auto., a/c, good cond.,
$4500 (863)675-2404
racing pkg., 77K, 4x4,
$14,000 or best offer

GOLF CART, 4 passenger,
$975. 863-946-3822 or
GOLF CARTS (2) electric, with
battery chargers, $1200 for
both or will sell separate

30 amp, voltage booster &
surge protection. $275.
CHEVY CAPRICE '86- selling
for parts, have title, $500
Granny, 4 speed, flywheel,
clutch & bel housing, $450
full size, good cond, no dents
or rust. Junkyard price $300.
Asking $175.863-610-1120

FUEL TANK: L shaped, 110
gallon, w/12 v pump, hose &
nozzle. New paint (white).
$450 neg. 863-697-9704
for a Semi Truck. $200.
RIMS- 22", Helo Hawk, 1/5 yrs
old. Good low profile tires,
$1000. or best offer.
pickup, 6ft. bed. $50
SEATS for S10, grey on dark
grey interior, good shape,
40/60 console, $125
TIRES (4) Super Swamper
LTB, 34 10/50 17's. $450.

F150 pickup. $150 or best
offer (561)262-1390
Laramie, silver, loaded.
"Ready to tow" behind a mo-
tor home. Blue ox hitch
adaptor, M&G air brake sys-
tem, awesome telescoping
tailgate ramp for easy load-'
ing of motorcycle, air bag
leveling. 6500 mi, over $35k
invested. Must sell. $27,500
negotiable. 239-898-6396
FORD F250- '94, 4x4, Runs
good. $2000. or best offer.

I Pb ic -oice

DODGE RAM '05, 1500 SLT
Quad Cab, all power, cd
player, 25k, asking $19,500
DODGE RAM 1500 1994: 3/4
ton, good engine but bad
transmission. $450 or best
offer. 863-610-1964
FORD F100, '83, auto, air, 300
6 cyl., 2 tone blue, new tires,
Runs but needs work. $600.
Neg. (863)467-8464 Okee.
FORD F250 '86, No bed. $600
GMC SONOMA '99, Ext. cab,
runs great, cold a/c, new
tires. $4000 or best offer.
Dodge pickup, bright blue,
$300 or best of-

I Ic-oic

TONNEAU COVER- fiberglass,
for S10, includes bedliner,
$350 or will sell separate
TOYOTA PICKUP, '85, with
shell cover, needs work,
$500 firm. (863)801-1601

UTILITY TRAILER, '06, 4x8, tilt
w/reinforced sides. For Motor-
cycles or lawn mowers. Ask-

SE model. Runs good, new
brakes. $1000 (863)467-6475

How do you find a job hi
today's competitive
market? In the employ-
ment section of the clas-

Community Events

Northern Friends Day is planned
The Browns will be in concert Sunday, Feb. 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the
Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., in celebration of
Northern Friends Appreciation Day. Following the concert there will be
dinner on the grounds. Everyone is invited. For information, call (863)

Trailriders' plans February horse show
The Big Lake Trailriders' January horse show has been cancelled.
The series will be a nine-month series this year due to the outbreak of
Rhinopneumonitis. The first show date is Feb. 17. The exhibition starts
at 2 p.m. and the saddle series at 4 p.m. Information can be found at

Library to host writers workshop
A writers workshop will be held Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in
the Okeechobee County Library board room, 206 S.W. 16th St. Anyone
who writes fiction including mainstream, mystery and romance, as
well as memoir or poetry is invited to attend to read and offer con-
structive criticism to the group. Bring two pages of your work to read.
For information, call Lesley Diehl at (863) 763-2074 or Jan Fehrman at
(863) 357-9980.

Substance abuse board to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board will
meet Wednesday, Feb. 7, 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 board
members. For information, call Jim Vensel at (863) 357-1977 or Val
Marone at (863) 462-0040.

Ministry hosts special speaker
Hand and Hand Ministries will meet Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Palm-
dale Community Building on the corner of Fifth and Main for food and
fellowship at 6 p.m. and gospel music and the word at 7 p.m. The word
will be brought this month by David Miller of LaBelle. Also joining us
will be the praise and worship team from the Freedom Fellowship Min-
istries of LaBelle.

Washington County reunion planned
The annual Washington County Pennsylvania reunion will be held
Thursday, Feb. 8, at Homer's Original Smorgasbord in Plaza Square,
Sebring. The Manatee Room will open at 10 a.m. for fellowship with
lunch starting at 11 a.m. The price for lunch for seniors is approximately
$7 which includes tax. Bring a stamped, self-addressed legal size enve-
lope for the 2008 mailing. For information, call Don or Shirley Swan at
(813) 684-1636.

Library to host 'Legendary Florida'
On Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. the Okeechobee County Library, 206
N.W. 16th St., will host artist Jackson Walker and historian Gary Mormi-
no in their presentation "Legendary Florida," which is based upon Mr.
Walker's series of paintings by the same name. This series of paintings,
part of the collection of the DeLand Museum of Art, depicts 400 years of
Florida's history. Mr. Walker will present the paintings from an artistic
standpoint while Dr. Mormino will comment upon their historical sig-
nificance. This program is sponsored by a grant from the Florida
Humanities Council and is free and open to the public.

Lodge plans spaghetti dinner
Okeechobee Lodge No. 237 F&AM, 107 N.W Fifth Ave., will:sponsor
a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 4 until 7 p.m. The cost is
$5 and eat-in or take out is available. Tickets will be available at the door
or by calling Matt at (863) 357-9992, Rick at (863) 763-5210 or the Lodge
at (863) 763-1610. The event is open to the public.

Yard sale benefits Habitat for Humanity
There will be a yard sale to benefit Habitat for Humanity on Satur-
day, Feb. 17, in the parking lot of Tractor Supply, 3371 U.S. 441 S., from 9
a.m. until 3 p.m. Call the Habitat office at (863) 357-1371 and leave a
message to make arrangements to pick up donations. The deadline to
receive donations is Feb. 10.

Church hosting steak dinner
His House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th St., will
present "Cupid's Cafe" a romantic candlelit steak dinner on Satur-
day, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. for $11 per person. The deadline for reservations
is Feb. 11. Childcare will be provided. For information, call (863) 763-

Church hosts gospel group
His House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W 28th St., will
present Southern gospel group The Perrys in concert on Sunday, Feb.
11, at 2:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-3519 or (863) 763-7113.

OSAC committee meeting slated
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community resource
committee will meet Monday, Feb. 12, 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 Val Marone at (863) 462-0040
or Keith Stripling at (863) 763-6064.

AARP offers free tax service
AARP-Taxaide will hold a free tax counseling preparation service
each Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 12 through April 16, from 9 a.m. until 1
p.m. at American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St. Last year's tax
return, all financial documents for 2006, picture ID, Social Security card
and birth dates are required for everyone listed on the return. For infor-
mation, call Neile Foreman at (863) 357-1694.

Habitat for Humanity taking applications
Habitat for Humanity of Okeechobee County is accepting applica-
tions for the opportunity to partner to help build and purchase a fami-
ly's first home. The applicant must be a legal resident of Okeechobee
County,.have suffered damage during the hurricanes of 2004 or 2005,
qualify within the income limits set by Habitat and the HHRP and meet
other requirements. Applications are available in the waiting room of
the Habitat's local office. Return the completed application no later
than Friday, Feb. 16. You should call for an appointment to drop the
application off, or mail the application to: Habitat for Humanity of
Okeechobee County, Inc. 1600B S.W Second Ave., Okeechobee, FL,
34974. If you have any questions call the office at (863) 357-1371 -
leave your name and phone number and your call will be returned.

OSAC training group to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community out-
reach/training committee will meet Monday, Feb. 12, from 9 until 10
a.m. at 1600 S.W Second Ave. The meeting is open to all interested
parties. For information, call Val Marone at (863) 462-0040 or Ken Ken-
worthy at (863) 462-5000 ext. 273.

Art festival slated for Feb. 24-25
The Top of the Lake Art Fest will be held Feb. 24 and 25 in Flagler
Parks #3 and 4, and will be Okeechobee's first juried art show. For
information, contact Okeechobee Main Street at (863) 357-MAIN.

Methodist church hosting concert
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., will hold a
concert Sunday, Feb. 25, at 8 and 9:30 a.m. presented by A New Song
International. The group is made up of members from Chile, Hungary
and Romania and will be in their national dress while singing and play-
ing traditional instruments during the first half of the concert. The sec-
ond half will focus on the tremendous way God has been working in
their country and the challenges of being a witness for the Lord.

Main Street plans annual barbecue
Okeechobee Main Street will host its fifth annual barbecue March 2
and 3. Those wanting to take part in the event should call (63) 357-

Give-away benefits March of Dimes
Tickets are available at Riverside National Bank, 1506 S. Parrott
Ave., for a 2006 90 CC Adley four-wheeler. Tickets are $10 each and the
proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes. The drawing will be held
April 2.

Quilt show planned for March 3
Tantie-Quilters will hold a quilt show at the Historical Society build-
ing on U.S. 98 N. on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admis-
sion will be a $3 donation at the door. Tickets are available for a donat-
ed quilt by calling (863) 357-0166, or (863) 467-2473 and at the
Historical building on Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Contests planned for county fair
The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking contest partici-
pants in our inaugural fair to be held March 9-18, 2007. The contests
consist of quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, photography and wood-
working. There will also be food competitions such as home baking
and canned goods; and a vegetable competition featuring categories
such as garden vegetable, fruit and vegetable and largest vegetable.
Entry forms and rules are available at the Okeechobee County Exten-
sion Office, 458 U.S. 98 North. For information, contact Linda Syfrett at
(863) 763-6232 or Dianne Spann at (863) 634-3327.

Bike rally benefits local charities
Splinter Productions will present an Okeechobee Memorial Day
Bike Rally on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, at Okeechobee
Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R. 70 E. Gates open both days from 9 a.m.
until 9 p.m. Events include live music, food, drawings, bike show, con-
tests, vendors, poker runs ard motorcycle events. Children 12 and
under are free. Tickets are $10 per person on Saturday and Sunday. A
full weekend pass is $15 per person. A percentage of the proceeds will
support Big Lake Missions, the Pregnancy Resource Center and More 2
Life Ministries. Vendors, bands, sponsors, parking attendants, cleaning
crews and security personnel are currently being sought. For informa-,
tion call (863)-634-8980 or (863) 634-4151; log onto; or by mail at Splinter Productions, P.O. Box 623,
Okeechobee, FL 34973.

Martha's House in need of help
Martha's House Domestic Violence Shelter is in need of your help!
The screen porch at our shelter needs to be enclosed with windows.
We need a contractor, handyman or someone that could perform this
service and donate all or part of the supplies. We are also in need of
two new or gently used stoves. If you can help us out, we would be
very grateful. All donations are tax deductible. Contact Stephanie or
Kim at (863) 763-2893 or Stephanie at (863) 610-9192.

Free summer program offered
A Child's World Childcare and Preschool will be offering a free sum-
mer program for 4-year-old children. Space will be limited so register
early. To qualify for the program the following requirements must be
met: the child must have turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2006; the child could not
have participated in a VPK program during the school year; and, the
parent must obtain certificate of eligibility from the Early Learning
Coalition located at the One Stop Career Center. For information, call
Malissa at (863) 763-5453.

OSAC plans monthly meeting Martha's House offers workshop
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting will Martha's House will offer a workshop called Deafening Silence,
be held Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the First which deals with providing services to deaf and hard of hearing sur-
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second Ave. Everyone is welcome vivors of domestic violence. The date and time will be announced at a
and lunch will be served. For information, call Val Marone at (863) 462- later date according to community interest and response. Contact
0040. Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.

Healthy Start group seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is accepting donations of baby items
such as furniture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and
other items for infants and toddlers. Proceeds from the sale of donated
items will be used to benefit infants and pregnant women in the com-
munity. For information, call (863) 462-5877.

Artists wanted for mural project
Okeechobee Main Street's Mural and Visual Arts committee is seek-
ing an experienced mural artist to paint an outside mural. The building
the mural will be painted on is the Embarq/Sprint building located in
the heart of the City of Okeechobee at 110 S Parrott Ave. The expected
size of the mural should cover the front of the two-story by 30-foot
building. The theme of the mural will feature the history of the tele-
phone service in Okeechobee. Two portraits will be required for this
project. The mural committee is accepting designs and proposals for
this mural project. Project is to begin in the spring of 2007. Please con-
tact Bridgette Waldau at (863) 467-7300 for information.

Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of Okee-
chobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and are good
for one year at selected businesses. Cards can be purchased at Car-
Quest, 300 N.W Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. Pro-
ceeds will go toward youth activities in our community.

Childbirth education classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will hold childbirth educa-
tion classes at the Florida Community Health Center, 308 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information, call the Healthy Start office at (863) 462-5877.

Blood donors are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors in Okeechobee.
The blood mobile will be at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., on
the second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The
mobile unit will be at the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on
the fourth 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 pres-
sure donations can also be accepted. A picture ID is needed for all

Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W Park St., has services avail-
able at no charge to help people in their search for the right employee
or job. For more, visit their web site at; or, call (863)

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

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

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

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

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

Center offers service to children
The Family Outreach Center at Sacred Heart offers a service to
youth and children by giving free classes in martial arts. The classes are
currently taught four days a week on Monday, Wednesday,and Friday,
from 6 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

The Okeechobee County Board of County Commissioners hereby requests propo-
sals from qualified entities to develop rental housing in Okeechobee County (includ-
ing the City of Okeechobee), to be ownedand managed by the developer Hurricane
Housing Recovery Program (HHRP) funds from the Florida Housing Finance Corpo-
ration will be used to fund the development. Approximately $1,000,000 is available
for rental housing for low and moderate income Okeechobee County households.
An additional $100,000 may become available for extremely low income rental
housing construction.
The County may award funding to more than one proposer. Proposals must be re-
ceaved at the Okeechobee County Administrator's Office, 304 N. W. 2nd Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972, by 4:45 p.m. on February 20, 2007. For additional informa-
tion and instructions, call Deborah Belcher of Roumelis Planning and Development
Services, Inc., HHRP Administrator for Okeechobee County, at 850-893-0694.
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