Vol. 98 No. 51 Tuesday, February 20, 2007 504 Plus tax
A 20-year-old Okeechobee
woman died as a result of the
injuries she received in a two-
car accident on U.S. 98 N. early
Gina B. Walter was pro-
nounced dead by emergency
medical personnel as she was
being transported to Raulerson
Hospital on Feb. 17, stated a
press release from the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
Also injured in the 5:50 a.m.
crash were Brent L. Bower, 21,
and Vernon A. Hughes, 20.
Both men were treated and
released from Raulerson Hospi-
According to the OCSO
release, Mr. Bower was in the
process of passing another
vehicle on U.S. 98 about 1.5
miles south of County Road 68
W. when he saw a 2000
Chevrolet truck coming out of a
patch of fog. Mr. Bower, who
was driving a 1994 Chevrolet
truck, tried to avoid the truck
driven by Mr. Hughes but was
unable to do so.
Ms. Walter was a passenger
in the vehicle driven by Mr.
The accident is still under
for equipment owner
Two heavy duty lift trucks
have been found on S.R. 70 E.
by the Okeechobee City Police
If anyone has information
about the equipment or thinks
they may belong to them, they
are asked to contact OCPD
Detective Bettye Taylor at (863)
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Taxi driver charged in robbery
Man also facing
and no DL charges
By Eric Kopp
A local taxi driver has been
arrested on felony charges includ-
ing robbery and attempted mur-
der after he allegedly stabbed and
beat a man he was taking to a
home in Fort Drum.
Jose Fernando Sanchez, 19,
S.R. 70 W., was arrested Friday,
Feb. 16, and charged with two
counts of armed robbery, one
count of aggravated battery and
one count of attempted murder.
He is being held without bond in
the Okeechobee County Jail.
He was also charged with the
misdemeanor of no driver's
license. His bond on that charge
According to Detective Ted
Van Deman of the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) a
second man is also being sought
in the case.
But, he added,
he fears. the
man may have
fled the state.
he, and the
beat two men who had hired the
driver from Taxi Mexican to take
them home on Saturday, Feb. 10.
Many area homeowners covered their plants as protec-
tion against the weekend frost. These plants around the
base of a mailbox were no exception.
was 32 degrees. By 4:45 a.m.
the temperature had dropped
to 30 degrees. By 7:45 a.m. the
temperature was above freez-
Mr. Hogue said that the tem-
perature has to dip below 30
degrees for four hours to dam-
age citurus trees.
Sonny Williamson said that
there was "negligible" damage
to his citrus trees. While there
was some damage to early
blooms, he said this would not
affect his citrus crop.
He recorded a low of 25
degrees on Monday morning at
his place a few miles north of
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However, Sanchez stopped his
vehicle on a secluded road in the
Fort Drum area and demanded
more money from his two fares,
added the OCSO detective.
Sanchez and his alleged
accomplice 'pulled the men from
the vehicle and again demanded
more money' After being kicked
and struck, one victim gave up his
money, said the detective. The
other man, however, tried to flee.
Sanchez and the other man
caught up to him and began to
kick and hit the man about the
head and body, continued Detec-
tive Van Deman.
The detective went on to say
the man was also stabbed three
times twice below the left axil-
la and once in the right side of his
Besides the stab wounds,
Detective Van Deman said the
man's lips were quite swollen, his
eyes were almost swollen totally
shut and he was bleeding from
his left eye. Besides the cab fare,
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By Chauna Aguilar
The Okeechobee City Coun-
cil will meet Tuesday, Feb. 20,
to finalize several ordinances
including two developments
that have received final
approval from the Department
of Community Affairs (DCA).
One of the two comprehen-
sive plan amendments was
submitted by Craig Hackl con-
cerning just over 21 acres on
S.R. 70 E., which is located
across the highway from the
U.S. Post Office.
At the Aug. 1, 2006, council
meeting the initial develop-
ment plan includes about
200,000 square feet of space.
Approximately 165,000 of that
will be for retail outlets, while
about 25,000 square feet will be
general office space and 10,000
square feet will be for restau-
The second Cycle I 2007
Comprehensive Plan amend-
ment comes from property
owner Frank Altobello, trustee
for CBC Management Corpora-
tion, concerning a large scale
land use plan amendment for a
proposed fishing village.
This property is located
along the west side of Taylor
Creek on just over 32 acres of
land. The proposed develop-
ment is for a residential mixed
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Spring-not quite yet
Homeowners covered their plants and brought in their pets as temperatures dipped
below freezing in Okeechobee County this past weekend. The good news is that it is
expected to gradually warm up this week.
Sunny Florida has not been
so sunny of late. For the second
time in three weeks, area resi-
dents have experienced frost.
There was frost in the area
on the morning of Jan. 30, as
well as frost this past weekend
and again on Monday, Feb. 19.
While homeowners cov-
ered up plants in their yards, no
damage was reported to areas
"It was cold to us, but it
wasn't that bad for the citrus
trees," said Pat Hogue, exten-
How cold did it get?
According to Okeechobee
County Airport Manager Ver-
non Gray, the temperature
dipped to 32 degrees at 2:55
a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17. At
6:55 a.m., it was 30 degrees
and by 7:55 a.m. the tempera-
ture was above freezing.
Although the airport report-
ed a low of only 39 degrees on
the morning of Sunday, Feb. 18,
some area residents reported
Monday, Feb. 19, the tem-
perature reading at 3:25 a.m.
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Jim Wright was seen MIonday morning checking the frost damage to his garden. The
tomato plants that were covered survived, while those that were not covered did not
fare so well.
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use that would allow for business-
es such as restaurants and a pri-
vate marina, as well as up to 297
"This residential mixed use
category will allow flexibility for
the project," said City Planner Jim
LaRue at the city council meeting
for this amendment.
The next step in the process
for approval will be a rezoning for
all of the land involved. There is
currently a rezoning application
in waiting for the H21Odings
Since DCA has approved the
project, H2Oldings will now go
before the planning board on
Thursday, April 19, for their rezon-
ing application that was previous-
ly submitted. Then on Tuesday,
May 1, the council will conduct
the first reading. The final reading
will be done at the council's
meeting on Tuesday, May 15.
The fishing village rezoning
has yet to be submitted by the
The council will also consider
the final reading of an alley clos-
ing application by InSite Develop-
ment Group, LLC in the Southern
Trace development in the north-
west section of town.
As the issue rose during the
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first reading, density is the prime
issue with this application.
The application concerns five
alleys in the northwest section of
town where they are planning to
Density deemed to become
the biggest issue if the alleys are
signed over to the developer. The
current zoning without the closed
alleys would allow the developer
to put 46 units per block. If the
alleys are closed, the developer
would be able to put in 54 units
The board passed the first
reading of the ordinance to close
the alleys by a 4-1 vote, with
Councilman Lowry Markham
The developer will have to
answer the council's questions
concerning density in order for
their application to be approved.
The council will also consider
the final reading of a rezoning
application from property owner
William Mason. Mr. Mason is
requesting the zoning designation
to be changed from holding to
residential single family for prop-
erty located at the west entrance
of the City Commerce Center.
The property consists of just
over 13 acres that currently has a
future land use of residential sin-
gle family but a zoning of holding,
which is no longer in the updated
land development regulations
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The council concerns at the
previous meeting were with the
fact that there is an inconsistency
between the future land use of the
neighboring properties. Accord-
ing to the council these parcels
should also be zoned industrial.
The council previously chose
to pass the first reading and do
additional homework to address
the issues brought forth during
The council will also discuss
Final approval of the rezon-
ing application submitted by
property owners Glenda Bellamy
and Renee Ellerbee for .54 acres
of property located at 203 S.W.
Fourth St. behind BMJ Towing to
be changed from residential sin-
gle family to commercial profes-
a special exception for the
sexual predator ordinance to pro-
vide for the allowance of an insti-
tution, rehabilitation facility, half-
way house, camp, retreat or other
similar lodging offered as a condi-
tion of an organized course of
treatment of sexual offenders to
be permitted within a zoning dis-
trict designated for that purpose
within a heavy commercial or
industrial zoning district.
a change of language from
"occupational license tax" to
"business license tax" in accor-
dance with Florida legislature
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a change of department to
handle all future application,
investigation and issuance of
business licenses for vehicles for
hire and taxicabs within the city to
be handled by the Department of
Finance through the business
a request for a two-hour
parking limit in the 500 block of
South Park Street by Earle Strick-
land of Fantasy Lighting.
a presentation of conceptual
plans for the Courthouse Park
project by Devin Maxwell on
behalf of Okeechobee Main
a motion to approve tempo-
rary street closings in accordance
with the Speckled Perch Festival
by the Chamber of Commerce.
a motion to approve an
agreement with Kimley-Horn and
Associates, Inc. as the consultant
for preparing the school element
for the city's comprehensive plan.
a discussion of new building
elevation requirements by Mayor
a motion to approve the
acceptance of a ladder truck from
the City of Pinellas Park to be pre-
sented by City Administrator Brian
Whitehall and Fire Chief Herb
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the city on U.S. 441 N.
Nearby areas to the south
were not so fortunate.
"We lost .plenty," Steve
Williams, president of Knight
Management, Inc., in Belle Glade
was quoted as saying by the Asso-
ciated Press. "One field of 233
acres of beans is completely lost."
Mr. Williams estimated that
field could have produced
$800,000 worth of beans.
By midmorning Monday,
plants around Okeechobee were
still covered as protection against
the early morning frost that day.
While vegetable gardener Jim
Wright checked his plants Mon-
day, he said the tomato plants that
were covered will survive. Those
that weren't will not, he added.
He said his corn was also dam-
aged, but he didn't know if it
would recover. Mr. Wright was
not worried about his kale and
onions since they are not harmed
The current forecast calls for
warmer temperatures the remain-
der of the week.
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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.
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.
Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
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 information
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 infor-
mation, contact Mike Davis, youth project director, at (863) 462-5863.
Church hosting interaction program
The First United Methodist Church, 200 NW.Second St., will be
hosting God's Time a morning of free organized Christian activities
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.
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Sanchez and the other man took
$130 from the stabbing victim,
added the detective.
Sanchez and the other man
also took $230 from the other
The detective said Sanchez
and his accomplice then got back
in their vehicle and drove away.
"They (the victims) spent the
rest of the cold night laying shirt-
less in the ditch along side the
road," said the detective.
The two victims were found
Sunday, Feb. 11, when a resident
of Fort Drum saw a shirtless Mexi-
can male walking along N.E..48th
Ave. The more severely-injured
man was found later by OCSO
Deputy Augustin Saucedo.
Detective Van Deman said the
stabbing victim was airlifted to
Holmes Regional Medical Center
in Melbourne. He said it took mul-
tiple staples to close the stab
In an interview Monday, Feb.
18, Detective Van Deman said the
stabbing victim has since been
released from the hospital.
The detective's report states
that the man sustained a 2-inch-
long stab wound below the left
axilla and another 1.5-inch-long
wound about 2.5 inches below
the first wound. The third stab
wound was about 1.25-inches in
length and was on the man's right
chest near the top of the rib cage.
The knife, added the detective,
has been described as being
some sort of a pocket knife with
an overall length of 7 to 8 inches.
Sanchez reportedly charged
each victim $80 to take them from
a bar on S.R. 70 E. in the city limits
of Okeechobee to Fort Drum.
While on the way to Fort Drum,
Sanchez demanded an additional
$25 from each man. Both men
paid the additional charge with
$100 bills but received no change,
stated an arrest report by Detective
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OUA board members are sought
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee City Council is seeking inter-
ested applicants to serve on the Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA)
board of directors.
Applicants are being sought to serve as a regular member for a
term of four years, or as an alternate to serve a two-year term.
Applicants must be residents of the City of Okeechobee and must
live in the OUA service area.
To receive an application, contact the City Clerk's Office at 55 S.E.
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SFWMD to host meeting on water shortage
OKEECHOBEE Due to persistent dry conditions and water
restrictions, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)
will hold a meeting on the current water shortage at the Okeechobee
County Civic Center, 1750 U.S. 98 N., on Wednesday, Feb. 21.
The meeting will be from 6 until 9 p.m.
Marina owners, bait shop owners, fishing guides, campground
operators and other recreation-based businesses are encouraged to
attend to learn more about and discuss the current water shortage
and to learn more about the Aquatic Plant Management Program on
For information, contact Missie Barletto at (863) 462-5260, ext.
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Dance slated for Feb. 23
SEBRING The Highlands Social Dance Club will host a dance
from 7 until 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, located one mile east of U.S. 27.
Admission is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. The
dance is open to the public, with club membership available to all.
Free ballroom dance classes continue through February with the
rumba being featured every Friday at 6:30 p.m.
For information, call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.
Local WVa. day is planned
OKEECHOBEE The annual W.Va. covered dish dinner will be
held on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the fellowship hall at First Baptist
Church, 401 S.W Fifth'St.
Meat will be provided.
For information, call Phyllis Stone at (863) 467-8636.
WVa. day luncheon planned
SEBRING The annual West Virginia Day luncheon will be held
from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Agri-Civic Center
on U.S. 27 in Sebring.
Each family is asked to bring a covered dish. Tableware, bread,
butter and cold beverages will be furnished.
A $3 donation per person will be taken at the door.
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Local students score in
regional science fair
Students, grades six through
12, from Okeechobee and Desoto
Counties participated in the 2006-
07 Heartland Regional Science and
Engineering Fair at Desoto Middle
School in Arcadia. These students
were previous winners in the local
From the regional fair, eight jun-
ior division and eight senior divi-
sion winners will go to the State
Science Fair in Fort Myers, at Gulf
Coast University, April 11-13.
Two winners from the state
competition will automatically
advance to the International Sci-
ence and Engineerin'g Fair in Albu-
querque, N.M. in early May.
Okeechobee County winners
Behavioral Sciences: (1) Amy
Rivero-Osceola Middle School and
Kelsey Burnham-Yearling Middle
School; (2) Heather Menendez-
Okeechobee High School; (3)
Emily Raulerson-Yearling Middle
School and Brittney Ball-Yearling
Botany: (1) Kelsey Burnham-
Y.M.S. and Celena Letcher-Y.M.S.;
(3) Katarina Suarez-Okeechobee
Medicine, Health and Microbi-
ology: (3) Grabiela Borja-Y.M.S.
Zoology: (1) Joy Burnham-
O.H.S.; (3) Benjamin Kielbasa-
O.M.S. and Caitlyn Gaucin-O.F.C.
Chemistry: (1) LeAnna Cotton-
Y.M.S. and Allison Kuipers-O.H.S.;
(2) Joey Barletto-O.M.S.; (3) Jor-
dan Canevari-Y.M.S. and Adriana
Engineering and Mathematics:
(1) Tyler Finney-Y.M.S., Justin
Hoover-O.F.C. and Austin Pluskot-
O.F.C.; (2) Alaina Perviss-O.F.C.
and Ashley Welch-O.H.S.
Environmental Sciences: (2)
Bridget Ewing-O.M.S. and Kenny
Murphy-O.F.C.; (3) Wesley Mims-
Physics: (2) Josh McCall-O.F.C.;
(3) Justin Morgan-Y.M.S., Dalton
Hodges-Y.M.S., Kaitlyn Furphy-
Y.M.S., Timothy Farrell-Y.M.S. and
A certificate of outstanding
achievement was awarded on
behalf of American Meteorological
to Justin Hoover-O.F.C., for having
the best meteorological exhibit in
the fair in grades 9-12.
The American Psychological
Association presented a certificate
of award to Valerie McKee-O.F.C.,
for having a project that demon-
strates outstanding research in
In behavioral and social sci-
ences Justin Hoover-O.FC.,
received the Herbert Hoover
Young Engineer Award. He was
presented with a certificate and
medallion for producing an out-
standing Junior or Senior project
that is outstanding in the area of
engineering. The award was given
to a student who had a good grasp
of engineering fundamentals,
demonstrated competence in one
or more engineering disciplines
and showed good communication
skills by effectively explaining his
or her project.
The National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration pro-
vided a certificate and medallion to
Justin Hoover-O.F.C., for submit-
ting a project that emphasizes
NOAA's mission to understand and
predict changes in Earth's environ-
ment and conserve and manage
coastal and marine resources to
meet our Nation's economic,
social and environmental needs.
The National Society of Profes-
sional Engineers awarded a certifi-
cate and one-year subscription to
"Engineering Times" to Austin
Pluskot-O.F.C., for having an out-
standing engineering project.
Scientific American Magazine
has provided certificates and one
year subscriptions to "Scientific
American". The award for Chem-
istry went to Joey Barletto-O.M.S.
The award for Environmental Sci-
ences was presented to Bridget
Tyler Finney-Y.M.S., received a
$20 award from Showboard, Inc.
for a project that has the best use
of the scientific method and out-
The Discovery Channel Young
Scientist Challenge is a competi-
tion designed to award students in
the fifth through eighth grades for
their knowledge of science and
their ability to communicate effec-
tively about science. Each winner
received a certificate, a lapel pin
and an entry booklet. Nominees
who complete the entry booklet
will receive a t-shirt and will com-
pete to become one of 400 nation-
al semifinalists and one of 40 final-
ists that win an all expense paid
trip to Washington, D.C. and a
share of over $100,000 in scholar-
ship monies and prizes. The nomi-
nees from Okeechobee are Amy
Rivero-O.M.S., LeAnna Cotton-
Y.M.S., Tyler Finney-Y.M.S., Kelsey
Burnham-Y.M.S. and Celena
Joy Burnham-O.H.S. and
Valerie McKee-O.F.C. received an
award certificate, a pad folio, a
thumb drive, a PDA and a pen and
pencil set for outstanding science
fair achievement from the United
States Air Force.
The United States Navy and
Marine Corps provided certificates,
medallions and for senior division
winners, a gift certificate for $50.
These awards were presented to
the most outstanding projects win-
ner in the senior division: Joy
Burnham-O.H.S.; a certificate and
medallion in the junior division
went to Celena Letcher-Y.M.S.
The United States Army provid-
ed certificates, presentation fold-
ers, and polo shirts bearing the
Army's science fair logo for the
most outstanding projects in the
senior division to Joy Burnham-
O.H.S. and Valerie McKee-O.F.C.
The most outstanding of the
winners who received a bronze
medallion was Joy Burnham-
Representatives to the State Sci-
ence Fair were selected. Those
selected in the junior division were
Amy Rivero-O.M.S.; LeAnna Cot-
ton-Y.M.S.; Tyler Finney-Y.M.S.;
Kelsey Burnham-Y.M.S. and Cele-
na Letcher-Y.M.S. Those selected
in the senior division were Valerie
McKee-O.F.C.; Allison Kuipers-
O.H.S.; Joy Burnham-O.H.S.;
Justin Hoover-O.F.C. and alternate
Joy Burnham-O.H.S. will be the
International Science Fair repre-
Some veterans' eligible for
additional property tax break
Under constitutional amend-
ment seven, passed by Florida
voters last years, partially disabled
veterans may get an additional
property tax exemption.
To be eligible, a veteran must
be 65 or older, must have been a
Florida resident when entering
military service, have a certified
-service-related 10-90 percent dis-
ability received in combat, and
have been honorable discharged.
The amount of the exemption
is tied to the veteran's disability
rating. For example, a veteran
with a 50 percent disability will
have his taxable property value
cut in half. This benefit would be
added on top of the $5,000
exemption already granted to all
veterans with a service-connected
disability of 10 percent or more.
Documents that may be
required are discharge papers, VA
service-connected disability rat-
ing letter, awards for combat
wounds, and proof of Florida resi-
dency at time of enlistment, such
as high school diploma.
Eligible veterans must apply
through the county property
appraiser's office by March 1. For
more information or assistance in
obtaining documents, contact the
County Veterans Service Office at
Community Theatre's, next
production to be 'Dearly Beloved'
Fans of comedy and of gospel
music will find a lot to like in the lat-
est production by the Okeechobee
Community Theatre (OCT), "Dear-
ly Beloved," which opens Friday
night, March 2, for a four-night run.
The show not only boasts one
of the funniest scripts ever pro-
duced in the theatre group's twen-
ty-eight year history, but also a
rousing southern gospel perform-
ance at its climax, that guarantees a
"feel good" ending to the play's
Performances of "Dearly
Beloved" are scheduled for Friday
and Saturday evenings, March 2, 3,
9 and 10 at 8 p.m. each evening at
the Okeechobee Auditorium on
S.W. Second Ave. at Seventh St.
Reserved seat tickets are $10 each,
and are on sale now at the Okee-
chobee Chamber of Commerce
during regular business hours.
The gospel music in the show is
so much an integral part of the
action, according to OCT coordina-
tor/director, Ron Hayes, that extra
care has been taken to make sure
that it is among the highlights of the
production. Joyce Moore, a gospel
singer, and former member of a
southern gospel group in North
Carolina, has served as an expert
advisor to the cast to be sure that
everything is right.
Also helping to make the show
a sure bet for an evening's enter-
tainment is the group of local per-
formers which, Hayes says, is
"probably as perfect for their roles
as we've ever had on our stage.
Included in the cast are local
minister, James Garner, and his
brother and sister-in-law, John and
Laurie Garner; Joyce Taylor, and
Pam Chesley, all of whom are
appearing for the first time in an
Among the returning perform-
ers is Paul Buxton of Buxton Funer-
al Home, who will be remembered
from past shows, including "Dearly
Departed," "Carousel," "Cemetery
Club," and "110 in the Shade."
Paulette Wise, manager of the
South Branch office of Bank of
America, starred in the 2001 OCT
production of "Cemetery Club."
Louise Chandler has been seen
in a variety of roles in plays such as
"Annie Get Your Gun," "Dearly
Departed," "G.I. Jukebox," and
"Blame it on the Movies."
Josh VanWormer and Cassie
Chesley are both back following
appearances in the fall OCT pro-
duction of "The Melody Lingers
Terry Auriemma comes back to
the OCT stage for the first time
since her role in the musical,
"Dearly Beloved" follows the
comic misadventures of a southern
family as they prepare for the wed-
ding of their daughter to the son of
"what passes for high society in
Fayro, Texas." The arrangements
for the "Gone with the Wind"-
themed affair begin to fall apart
when the mother of the bride
learns that her sister has tried to
save money by planning an alter-
native to an expensive catered din-
ner-a potluck supper with cov-
ered dishes brought in by the
guests, and a main course donated
by Clovis Sanford's House of Meat.
To top it all off, just minutes before
the nuptials are to begin, no one
can find the bride and groom, so a
highway patrolman is sent to track
them down, while every attempt is
made to keep the unsuspecting
guests in their pews.
"The OCT performed the pred-
ecessor to this play, 'Dearly Depart-
ed,' about seven years ago," said
Hayes, "and it proved to be one of
the best received plays we've ever
done. This one is sure to be anoth-
er big hit with audiences. The
group'has worked on. it for more,
than two months, and .we still
laugh our way through each
The Okeechobee Community
Theatre, an all-volunteer organiza-
tion, is a member of the Florida
Theatre Conference, and the Amer-'
ican Association of Community
Theatre. More information can be
obtained by calling Ron or Jacque
Hayes at (863) 763-1307.
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; 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.
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.
Childbirth education classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will hold childbirth edu-
cation classes at the Florida Community Health Center, 308 N.W.
Fifth Ave. For information, call the Healthy Start office at (863) 462-
Arts and crafts judges
The American Legion Fair arts and crafts division was judged by (left to right), Sheriff Paul
May, Major Noel Stephen, Dowling Watford,' Cliff Betts, and Noel Chandler.
The following individuals was arrested Feb. 14 by Deputy' S.W. Fifth St., Okeechobee, was
were arrested on felony or driv- Bryan Lowe on a felony charge arrested. Feb. 16 by Deputy G.
ing under the influence (DUI) of fleeing or attempting'to elude Popovich on a warrant charging
charges by the Okeechobee a law enforcement'officer, and him with capital sexual battery.
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO), misdemeanor charges of driving His bond was set at $100,000.
the Okeechobee City Police under the influence and resisting Charlotte: Carmona, 63,
Department (OCPD), the Florida arrest without violence. His bond' Wilbur Avenue, Vero Beach, was
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Flori- was set at $1,000. arrested Feb. '16 by Deputy G.
da Fish and Wildlife Conserva- Terry Donald Woodrum, 35, Popovich on an Okeechobee
tion Commission (FWC) or the U.S. 27, Clewiston, was arrested 'County warrant charging her
Department of Corrections Feb. 16 by Deputy K. Gray on an with violation of probation -
(DOC). Okeechobee County warrant driving under the influence and
Janie Denice Davis, 27, charging him with grand theft violation of probation driving
N.W. 300th St., Okeechobee, was auto. His bond was set at $2,500. while license permanently
arrested Feb. 12 by Deputy Justin Jose Aranda, 18, N.E. Fifth' revoked. Her bond was set at
Akins on an Okeechobee County St., Okeechobee, was arrested $1,000.'
warrant charging her with viola- Feb. 16 by Deputy G. Popovich Wesley Clay Reaves, 46,
tion of probation possession of on a warrant charging him with N.W. 304th St., OkeechQbee,.was
a controlled substance. She is child abuse. His bond was set at' arrested Feb. 17'by the OCPD on
being held without bond. $2,500. a charge of driving under the
Adam Scott Mowery, 28, Jimmy Geathers III, 27, influence. His bond was set at
was arrested Feb. 14 by Deputy Apple Avenue, Pahokee, was $5001. '
G. Popovich on Okeechobee arrested Feb. 16 by Deputy G. Sergio Valdez, 41,.Beechnut
County warrants charging him Popovich on a warrant charging Street, Houston, Texas,, was
with violation of probation him with aggravated assault on a arrested Feb. 17 by Deputy Bryan
driving while license suspended, law enforcement officer with a Lowe on a charge of driving
violation of probation resisting deadly weapon, aggravated under the influence. His bond
arrest without violence, violation assault on a law enforcement was set at $2,000.
of probation fleeing and elud- officer, attempted aggravated This column lists arrests and
ing a law enforcement officer, battery on a law enforcement not convictions, unless other-
violation of probation driving officerwith a deadl\ weapon and w\ise stated. Anyone listed here
while license suspended habit- aggravated battery on a law who is later found innocent or'
ual offender (two counts). 'He is enforcement officer with a.dead- has had the charges against them
being held without bond. ly weapon. His bond was set at' ,dropped'is welcome to inform
James D. Johanningsmeier, $100,000. this newspaper. The information
47, E.S. Park Street, Okeechobee, Brian Stephen Geary, Jr., 27, will be confirmed and printed:
Dorothea (Dot) Pittman
Rickards died Jan. 16, 2007. She
was born Jan. 20, 1930, in
Greenville, Ga., to Caro Ellis
Pittman and Warren William
Pittman. She grew up in Dania.
She was preceded in death by:
her third sister, Joyce Pittman
Odom of Waynesboro, Ga. who
died in 1999 and her beloved hus-
band, H.A. (Rick) Rickards who
died Sept. 22, 2006. They are
together again, as they were for'
fifty-seven years of marriage.
She is survived by her son,
Rick Rickards, Jr., his wife, Nancy,
grandson, Bryan Rickards of
Cocoa; and, sisters, Mary Pittman
Loepp of Tallahassee and Fe
Pittman Brittain, of Tucson, Ariz.
Mr. and Mrs. Rickards lived in
Dania, Daytona Beach, Kenans-
ville and Kissimmee, before mov-
ing to Cocoa to be near their son,
Ricky, his wife Nancy, and their
She was always very outgoing,
loving, friendly, and loved by so
many. Mr. and Mrs. Rickards
made a great number of friends
as they moved about the state of
Florida. They were both active in
the Sheridan Hills Baptist Church
in Hollywood, Fla. They loved life
and each other.
A memorial service will be
held irt Hollywood, Fla., at the
Sheridan Hills Baptist Church on
Sunday, Feb. 25,2007, at 3 p.rim.
In lieu of flowers, the family\
recommends a donationrto the
hospice Vitas of Brevard County
NES jumps for a healthy heart
Students of different ages came together at the North Elementary School Jump Rope for
Heart event on Friday, Feb. 16. A total of 249 students from Kindergarten through fifth
grade participated and rose over $8,200 to help fight heart disease.
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FAIR: Okeechobee's first county fair is coming up in March. I am
happy Okeechobee County will finally have a county fair. As a rural, agri-
cultural community it has always seemed wrong that we did not have a
county fair in conjunction with the annual livestock show; However, I
noticed that the fair will overlap the weekend of the Speckled Perch Festi-
val. I am wondering if that will be a good thing have more events and
bring more people into town or will it be a bad thing and hurt atten-
dance at both events.
ANNA NICOLE: I will be so glad when Anna Nicole Smith is put away
and forgotten about. She has no respect for the people and the children
that are looking at her on television. I am just so sick of that woman.
Enough is enough. Let's move on. We don't need that kind of garbage on
television. I turn it off and go to another station when I see her on there.
CANDIDATES: Can anybody tell me what's going on with the Democ-
rat and Republican parties? They haven't got anybody that is running that
I would even put out the effort to vote for. The people that could really do
the job, and would be more interested in the country than fame or popu-
larity, are not even running ; I'll stay home and not vote if I have to if that's
all that's running.,Obama is so bad he and Hillary. Then you've got
Guiliani and McCain on the other side who aren't any better.
TEACHERS: I really thought you had more sense than this. Are teach-
ers overpaid? This is on top of headlines in recent weeks about how well
our teachers are going, how outstanding they were in the competition for
Teach of the Year, etc. Then you publish an article, "Are teachers better
paid than average?" right above "Employees are honored by the school
board." This beats all I've ever seen. You talk about the hours that teach-
ers work. Well I sit every night and watch my wife grade papers. Do you
think she gets paid for that? No. She has the pure joy of teaching children
and that's one of the reasons she is a teacher. That is something you can't
compensate her for. I really can't believe the Okeechobee News did this.
You want to get the American public, the local Okeechobee public upset
with comments from the Manhattan Institute for policy for research?
Your own local statistics are in question, let alone using something from
the Manhattan Institute. If you think teachers are so well paid, why isn't
everyone knocking down the door to get in and be a teacher?
CONDOS: I live on the east side of town and I notice they have built a
new subdivision with a lot of beautiful homes. I was just wondering why
they don't build some -condos over there for the young teachers who
can't afford those big houses'-- nor do they need them. Or even the eld-
erly people, or the tourists who come down and make their home here.
Why aren't condos being built in Okeechobee instead of these homes
that no one can afford? Can somebody tell me that?
CREDIT CARDS: It seems like the credit card companies are making it
awfully easy for people to steal your identity but then that's more money
in their pocket. They can sue you for monies that you don't owe and stuff
like that. You can even go on the computer and not even have to sign for a
credit card. It seems like they are making it easy for them to rip off your
identity. My advice is don't buy a credit card and don't even mess with the
BAD EXAMPLE: Kudos to the response of the woman who wrote in
Friday's paper concerning the nude bar the one who thinks she and
her daughter look like Marilyn Monroe and they need that job. What a
horrible mother she must be to want her daughter to strip to satisfy the
tastes of mentally deranged men who can't get dates and have to settle
for nude bars. Don't you and your daughter have any more brains that
that? Did either of you graduate from high school? Get a real job. She is
notagood example ofagood mother.
DISABLED PARKING: I would like to comment that I have seen sever-
al Speak Outs about people using disabled parking spaces so that there
are none left. They think most of the people are young people who are
using their parent's stickers, or vice versa. Not everybody that is young
that gets out of a car and walks normally is using a disabled sticker just so
they can use it. I know, for one, I'r young and I use one and I have a dis-
ability. Some people might have asthma or other problems that are not
visible on the outside. Please think twice before you think that somebody
that has a disability that they might not be able to function normally just
because they look OK on the outside.
LOAN: I remember a few months ago that Bush was to go into Red
Chinese to borrow money from the Red Chinese. I was wondering. Did
he make that loan? And how much was it?
WINDY: Today is windy and I mean really windy. There is a lake advi-
sory so I went to church and the preacher went on and on and on. Why
don't churches have "long service advisories?"
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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.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
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)
The Camera Club meets every other Tuesday from 5:30 until 6:30
p.m. Learn types and uses of film; speeds and technology; and, how to
see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic through extensive.
Registration is $20, and each class is $10. Call Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for
information. Some of the proceeds will go towards Big Lake Mission's
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information, call
(863) 763-5887 or (863) 357-0297.'
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invited
to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For information, con-
tact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the
Fellowship Hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting. For
information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Corral
Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a member
is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863) 763-6076.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., at
7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible truths to life.
Everyone is invited.
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.
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.
The Lighthouse Refuge support group meets at Believers Fellowship
Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave. from noon until 2 p.m. then from 6:30 until
8:30 p.m. Women who need emotional support or someone just to care
are welcome. For information call the hot line (863) 801-9201 or (863) 697-
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another group
meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798 N.W. Ninth
Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facilitator. There is
another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Graham as the facilitator.
For information, call (863) 763-2893.}
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
The Okeechobee Jaycees invites everyone to their meetings each
month at the American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St., at 7:30 p.m.
They are always looking for new people and new ideas. For information,
call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399 or 610-9176.
Tantie Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret at
(863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call Robert Massey at (863)
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 Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive rela-
tionships. The support groups meetat 6 p.m. For information, call (863)
763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at 7
p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church, 312 N.
Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893 days, or
(863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might need this
group, please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 209 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will be
available from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 701
S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thursday
at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is welcome. The
group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity for care-
givers to give one another support, information and ideas. The meetings
are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-
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.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1 p.m. at
the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost is $6.63 plus tip
for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is welcome. For information, call
Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
Okeechobee Main Street's Farmer's Market will be held every
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-
Eastern Star hosting breakfast
Okeechobee Chapter #128 Order of the Eastern Star will hold
an all-you-can-eat breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 8 until 11
a.m. at the Okeechobee Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., for a
donation of $5. The breakfast is open to the public. For informa-
tion, call Mary Ann at (863) 634-8087.
Church hosting gospel meetings
The Okeechobee Church of Christ, 1401 S. Parrott Ave., will
hold gospel meetings every night through Wednesday, Feb. 21.
Guest speakers will be: Tuesday, Feb. 20, David Sproule of West
Palm Beach at 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 21, Taylor Hagood of
Stuart at 7 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-4477.
Blackwood Brothers will be in concert
The Okeechobee Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace,
will present the Blackwood Brothers Quartet in concert on Tues-
day, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. For information, call (863) 467-7858.
Red Cross hosting classes
The American Red Cross will hold the following health and
safety classes at the Okeechobee Branch office, 323 N. Parrott
Ave.: adult CPR Wednesday, Feb. 21; adult CPR Wednesday,
March 7; first aid basics Monday, March 12; and infant/child CPR
- Wednesday, March 28. All classes run from 6 until 8:30 p.m.
Volunteer training session is slated
Treasure Coast Hospices will hold a volunteer training session
on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at their Big Lake
Branch located at Marketplace, 3543 U.S. 441 S., in Okeechobee.
Lunch will be provided. For information and to register for train-
ing, call (863) 763-0707.
Show benefits camp for ill kids
The KOA Variety Show "A Wonderful World" will have the Bob
Roberts Society Band at the Orange Grove, the Happy Hoofers
and other variety acts Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 22, 23 &
24, at the KOA convention center, 4276 U.S. 441 S. Doors will
open at 6 p.m., and the show will start at 7 p.m. Admission is $6
at the door. All proceeds benefit the KOA Care Camp Charity, a
summer camp for kids with cancer.
Local fair group to meet Feb. 22
The Okeechobee County Fair Association will be meeting
Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Okeechobee County Extension Office on
U.S. 98. All those interested in the upcoming county fair are invit-
ed. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m.
Chamber hosting gun safety class
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, 55 S. Parrott
Ave., will host a gun safety and handling class in their offices on
Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. The second segment of the class will
be held at a shooting range on Saturday, Feb. 24. Class partici-
pants will meet at the Chamber office at 8:30 a.m. and go to the
range from there. For information, contact the Chamber office at
Chamber plans Coffee Klatch
The Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce Coffee
Klatch will be held Thursday, Feb. 22, starting at 8 a.m. at Big-
Lake Hospice, 3154 U.S. 441 S. For information, call (863) 763-
Book discussion group sets schedule
Friends of the Okeechobee Library Book Discussion Group
will meet at 7 p.m. in the library board room, 206 S.W 16th St.
The group's schedule is: Feb 22 "My Family and Other Animals"
by Gerald Durell; March 22 "Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant
Child" by Elva Hart; April 26 "The Americanization of Benjamin
Franklin" by Gordon Wood; May 24 "Girl in Blue Hyacinth" by
Susan Vreeland; and, June 21 "Howard's End" by E.M. Forester.
For information, call Jan Fehrman at (863) 357-9980.
Church hosts gospel sing
Believers Felloi ship 'Church, '300 S.W.' SLxh Ave., \%ill host a
gospel sing on' Friday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is \welcome.
For information, call (863) 612-0640.
Juvenile justice group plans meeting
The Okeechobee Juvenile Justice Council will conduct their
monthly meeting on Friday, March 23, at noon in the meeting
room at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave. The purpose of the
meeting is to enhance prevention and intervention of at-risk
youth in Okeechobee County. The public is invited. For informa-
tion, call Pat O'Connor at (863) 763-3536.
Christian church will host revival
Westside Christian Church, 8082 S.R. 70 W, will hold their
2007 revival services oh Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at 6 p.m.
Services on Sunday, Feb. 25, will begin at 6 p.m. The guest speak-
er will be Reverend Louis Hall of Patrick Springs, Va. For informa-
tion, call (863) 467-2278.
Oak-Fest slated for Friday, Feb. 23
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St., will hold a free
family fun night at Oak-Fest on Friday, Feb. 23, from 6 until 8:30
p.m. Oak-Fest will provide food, crafts and games for everyone.
There will also be hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, balloons, face
painting, rock-climbing wall, inflatables, horses, petting zoo,
clowns, live musical entertainment and more. For information,
call (863) 763-1699.
Church hosting ping pong tourney
The First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St., has
scheduled their third annual Ping Pong Tournament. The doubles
tournament will be Friday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m. Singles divisions
will be played on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. There will be cash
prizes for each division. Entrance fees are $20 for each team
(doubles) and $10 for each in the single division. Tournament
rules can be picked up at the First United Methodist Church. To
sign up call Jim at (863) 763-4021 or (863) 447-2715.
DuPuis to host program on bats
DuPuis Management Area will present a program about Flori-
dca's bats and their importance to our ecosystem at the Visitor's
Center, 23500 S.W. Kanner Highway, Canal Point, on Saturday,
Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. Cynthia W. Marks, co-founder of the Florida
Bat Conservancy, will share the true nature of Florida Bats. The
event is free. For information call Kim Kanter at 1-800-432-2045,
ext. 3339; or, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links tourney benefits Ranch
The Peoria Investment Group (P.I.G.S.) League of the Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club will sponsor a benefit 18-hole golf
tournament for Real Life Children's Ranch on Saturday, Feb. 24.
The tournament will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start. The cost
to enter is $50 per person, or $200 per team. Sponsorships are
available at $100 per tee. Entry fees will include golf and lunch.
All proceeds will go directly to the care and operation of the
Ranch. For information, contact Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club at (863) 763-6228.
Sale benefits D.A.R. scholarship fund
The Okeechobee Chapter of the D.A.R. will hold a yard sale to
supplement the annual scholarship fund on Saturday, Feb. 24,
from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The sale will be held at the Okeechobee
Livestock Market, 1055 U.S. 98 North.
Art festival slated for Feb. 24-25
The Top of the Lake Art Fest will be held Feb. 24 and 25 in Fla-
gler Parks #3 and 4, and will be Okeechobee's first juried art
show. For information, contact Okeechobee Main Street at (863)
Church hosting Brian Free concert
Brian Free and Assurance will be in concert on Sunday, Feb.
25, at His House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W.
28th St., at 2:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-7113.
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 playing traditional instruments during the first
half of the concert. The second half will focus on the tremendous
way God has been working in their country and the challenges of
being a witness for the Lord.
Collaborative council meeting set
The Community Collaborative Council, a part of the Shared
Services Network, will meet Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. The meet-
ing will be held in the auditorium located next to the Okeechobee
County school district offices at 610 S.W Second Ave.
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Second place-Ben Rodriguez.
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hold its monthly meeting on
Thursday, March 8, at the Buck-
head Ridge VFW Post 9528 begin-
ning at 7 p.m. The club holds its
meetings on the second Thursday
of each month with bass tourna-
ments being held the following
weekend. New member boaters
and non-boaters are welcome.
For information contact Dave
Stout at (863) 467-2255.
A 100 target fun shoot will be
-held Saturday, March 24, at Quail
Creek Plantation, 1907 N.E. 224th
St., to benefit Hospice of Okee-
chobee. Gorge and Mary Beth
Cooper will. provide lunch, and
Davey Raulerson will provide the
swamp cabbage. There will also
be prize giveaways. Fax registra-
tion requests to (863) 763-7856;
or, call Hospice of Okeechobee at
(863) 467-2321 for information.
The Peoria Investment Group
(P.I.G.S.) League of the Okee-
chobee Golf and Country Club
will sponsor a benefit 18-hole golf
tournament for Real Life Chil-
dren's Ranch on Saturday, Feb.
The tournament will begin at 8
a.m. with a shotgun start.
The cost to enter is $50 per
person or $200 per team. Spon-
sorships are available at $100 per
tee. Entry fees will include golf
All proceeds will go directly to
the care and operation of the
For information, contact the
Okeechobee Golf and Country
Club at (863) 763-6228.
Dodge Bulls tour
to be at Brighton
The Dodge Xtreme Bulls Tour
will make its first-ever stop in
Okeechobee at the Brighton
Seminole Reservation's Fred
Smith Arena on March .10 at 8
p.m. Forty of the world's top bull
riders will compete for a $60,000
purse. Ticket prices are $25 for
general admission and $35 for
premium seating with children
under 5 admitted free. They may
be purchased at Eddie Accardi
Dodge on U.S. 441 South or Eli's
Western Wear on S.R. 70. Direc-
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Homemade pizza simple and healthy
Pizza can be a quick and easy
meal, but it can also be hard on
the diet and on the budget.
It's not hard to make a healthi-
er pizza at home.
The hardest part of making
pizza is making the bread dough.
If you don't have the time or the
skill to make your own bread
dough, you can buy it frozen.
On days I plan to make pizza, I
take the frozen bread dough out
of the freezer in the morning. I
put a little flour on a cutting
board, place the frozen dough on
it, sprinkle the top with flour and
cover it with a clean kitchen
towel. During the day, the dough
will thaw and rise and be ready to
bake for dinner.
First, I preheat the oven to 400
degrees Fahrenheit. I grease the
bottom of a cookie sheet or pizza
pan with extra virgin olive oil.
Olive oil is a staple in Italian cook-
ing, and it is one of the "healthy"
oils that help production of the
"good" cholesterol, which helps
clean the body of the "bad" cho-
I roll the dough as flat as I can,
using a rolling pin, then place it
on a greased pizza pan or cookie
sheet and push the dough to the
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edges of the pan. It takes a little
practice to do that without mak-
ing any holes in the dough. If you
accidentally make a hole, just
pinch it back together.
I put the pizza dough in the
oven for five minutes, just to let it
bake a little. That keeps the
dough from getting soggy with
the pizza sauce.
Take the partially baked pizza
dough out of the oven, and
spread with tomato sauce,
cheese and toppings.
What kind of sauce you use is
a matter of personal preference.
You can make your own by
sauteing chopped onions, celery,
garlic and tomatoes and adding
spices. You can use any canned
or bottled pasta sauce or Italian
I use part-skim mozzarella
cheese, but you can use any
cheese you like.
The toppings can be anything
you and your family like. I usually
make half vegetarian pizza with
mushrooms, green peppers,
onions and tomatoes and
leave half plain cheese.
Put more of the cheese and
toppings around the edge of the
pizza. As the pizza bakes, the
cheese and toppings will slightly
move toward the center of the
pizza pie, so you don't want to
load up the center.
Once you finish adding the
toppings, put the pizza back in
the oven and make until the crust
is gold brown. When you take it
out of the oven, let it cool a few
minutes before cutting.
My "homemade" pizza is pop-
ular with my children and their
friends, and some say they like it
even better than take out.
Before making any change in
your diet or exercise plan, consult
your doctor. This is particularly
important if you are on any pre-
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Submitted photo/Big '0' Boats
This 16-foot, tri-hull fiberglass boat has just been intro-
duced by local boat manufacturer Big 'O' Boats. The boat
is ideal for shallow water or use in some saltwater areas.
The boat is rated for a 70hp outboard motor.
Local boat builder
introduces new boat
Big '0' Boats has just intro-
duced a new 16-foot fiberglass
boat that's ideal for shallow
water, or for use in some saltwa-
Big '0' Boats owner H.M.
'Mac' Simpson said his new line
comes with a livewell, front stor-
age box, two rear storage boxes,
steering and lights. Although the
base model has a non-skid sur-
face on the inside, it can be car-
peted if desired.
The boat is rated for a 70
The new line is built in addi-
tion to Big 'O's 18-foot bay boat
and 20- foot bass boat. Big '0'
Boats also builds hulls for air-
The new tri-hull weighs in at
600 pounds, unrigged, and
comes in either white or gray.
However, it can be cus-
tomized to the buyer's specifica-
tions the same as any of the
manufacturer's lines. Although
the boat does not come with a
trailer, Simpson said one can be
As with his other lines, Simp-
son said the new 16-footer is all
"It's just a good all-around
fishing boat," he said. "And, it's
For information on the new
16-foot tri hull, or any boats man-
ufactured by Big '0' Boats call
Simpson at (863) 763-8650; or,
go to their website at
www.bigoboats.com. Big '0'
Boats is located at 1000 N.W
Ninth St. in Okeechobee.
Rare Steinbeck book
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LOS ANGELES A rare edition
of "The Grapes of Wrath," John
Steinbeck's epic 1939 tale of
Depression-era poverty, sold at
auction for $47,800.
A number of other first-edition
copies of Steinbeck works were
sold Sunday at an auction held by
Bonhams & Butterfields. A copy of
"Of Mice and Men" sold for $7,768,
"East of Eden" for $8,365 and "In
Dubious Battle" for $11,353.
The books were owned by the
author's sister, Elizabeth Stein-
beck Ainsworth, who died in
1992. The Steinbeck family chose
to sell the books to finance reno-
vation of a Pacific Grove bunga-
low where Steinbeck wrote some
of his books, said Catherine
Williamson, director of fine
books and manuscripts for Bon-
The collection sold for more
Five of the Steinbeck titles were
bought by Jim Dourgarian, a Bay
Area antiquarian bookseller who
specializes in Steinbeck's work.
Bonhams believes the $47,800
price for the Pulitzer Prize-winning
"Grapes of Wrath" is the world
record for an at-auction sale for a
Steinbeck novel, Williamson said.
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, Feb.
16th, through Thursday, Feb.
22nd, are as follows:
Theatre I -"Bridge to Ter-
abithia" (PG) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
,Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "Norbit" (PG-13)
;Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
"and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7
'p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
' Theatre III "Ghost
'Rider"(PG-13) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sun-
"day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Mon-
day at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
,Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15,7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4. .
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transportation Good' starting
pay based on experience.
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operating equipment and be
able to communicate in
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then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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including portable water, steam, compressed air,
ammonia refrigeration, and waste water systems.
Also need mechanics with working knowledge of
hydraulics, pneumatics, conveyors, and citrus process-
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DEAN'S COMPUTER SERVICE
Affordable Computer Repair
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All work guaranteed,
Free pick up & delivery.
Call Dean at 863-447-1155
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Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, ULinens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys& Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
DUCTLESS 10K BTU AIR
COND- Brand new still in
box, on wheels, $350
SLIDE PROJECTOR- Screen, 3
slide cases. All excellent
. condition. $60.
WANTED: FLORIDA ART
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567
DEEP FREEZER: Frigidaire, up-
right, 17.5 cu ft, excellent
condition, auto defrost,
white. $175. 863-763-1055
REFRIGERATOR- 18 cu ft,
Maytag, with ice maker,
$175 or best offer
works great. $175
REFRIGERATOR- Maytag, 2
years old, with ice maker,
paid $700, asking $200.
REFRIGERATOR- White, Ken-
more side by side w/ice mak-
er, dispenser & water. Exc
cond. $450. 863-824-6712
STOVE- White with black front,
Kenmore, Electric, Excellent
cond. Needs 1 top burner.
WASHER & DRYER, Whirl-
pool, over 10 years old but in
good working condition.
I Ge e al I
FORMICA COUNTER, 16',
Stainless sink, facets, spray-
er, garbage disposal & 12'
bar. $500. (863)467-8681
HALF CULVERTS- $600 or will
sell separate. Size 18x20ft,
METAL FLOOR FRAME, for
10x12x14' utility shed, $30.
Licensed & Insured
1551 N.W. 24th Drive
STAIN & SEALENT- 5 Gallon
containers, Exc. for wood
fences, decks, New, $65
STEPS- M/H Fiberglass, with
aluminum handrails. 35"h x
38"w. Like new. $75.
COACH LEATHER BUSINESS
BAG w/ laptop compartment,
men's, black, barely used.
$100 neg. 863-447-0002
BABY SWING, $35
HIGH CHAIR, $25
STROLLER, Cool Stride Jog-
ger, aluminum, $100
PROM DRESSES- Precious
formal, Alyce, Joli, Several to
choose from. Sz small. $300
or sell sep. (863)635-6677
WOMEN CLOTHES- Size 7-9.
$100. or will separate.
COCA COLA COOLER:
3.5'Tx2.5'W. Holds up to 48
cans or bottles, Very good
cond. $125. (863)467-0627
DOLL COLLECTION: Crystal
and Fenton Glass. $200 of
will sell separately.
ELVIS RECORD & SOUVENIR
COLLECTION: Approx. 44 yrs.
old. Rare items. $1000 all or
best offer. 863-824-3358
COMPUTER: Dell Dimension
4550, Windows XP, Pentium 4,
30GB, 256K RAM, CDRW,
speakers & more. $400.
COMPUTER DESK: Large, with
adjustable height, good con-
dition $50 or best offer
BOOKSHELVES/ENT. CTR., 3
interlocking units, 30"x72",
dark oak w/rattan doors,
$450 neg. (863)635-6905
BR SET, 5 pc., 2 nightstands,
headboard, tall dresser &
dresser w/mirror, $250 or
best offer. (863)634-1358
BR SET, king sz., 4 poster bed
w/pillow top mattress, Ig.
dresser w/mirror & chest,
$1200 neg. (863)635-6905
KING SIZE BED- complete, 1
yr old, $250 (863)697-8731
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COFFEE TABLE, 2-End tables
& Sofa table, chrome &
brass w/glass tops. $250/all.
DAY BED: With trundle bed,
wrought iron frame, nice.
$200. LaBelle area.
DINING ROOM SET, Broyhill,
oak, with 6 chairs, exc.
cond. $300 or best offer.
DRESSERS- 3 piece set with
mirror, Bassett, solid oak,
Never used. Asking $1000.
HEADBOARDS / RAILS (2):
Wrought iron, 1 king, 1 queen,
exc cond. $125 or will sell
LIVING ROOM SET: Couch,
chair & ottoman. $300.
LIVING SET: Sofa sleeper,
chair & ottoman, 2 end ta-
bles & sofa table. Excellent!
LOVESEAT FRAME, Custom
made, cypress, $300
MATTRESSES (2), Queen,
Serta, brand new in plastic.
$1000 for both or will separ-
RECLINER, Burgundy, $15 or
best offer. (863)946-3622
RECLINER, Medium gray with
thin blue lines. $60
TV STAND- solid wood,
bought at Rustic Furniture
TWIN BED- headboard, Sealy
mattress & boxspring, bed-
spread, $40 (863)357-1499
WOLF COFFEE TABLE, Limit-
ed edition, 2 large gray
GOLF CLUBS- Complete set,
metal woods, irons, putter &
Callaway BB #1, ladies 10
GOLF CLUBS- Kid size, Good
UP M11-1 MI.
LLAMA PISTOL, MiniMax II,
45 auto., .10 shot, 2 clips,
satin chrome, like new. $400
PISTOLS: Smith & Wesson &
Winchester: 22 cal., semi au-
to., Shot Gun: Stevens 410 ga.
$600 will sep. (606)219-3890
REVOLVER 32 & 22 RIFLE-
asking $275 or will sell sep-
RIFLE- All original Romanian
AK 47 Like new condition.
RIFLE- Custom built AR15,
Brand new Paid $2800.
Ruger Carbine, 44 Magnum,
semi auto, old style, $450.
SMITH & WESSON- Highway
Patrolman model 28, 357
mag, 4" bbl., target sights
NORDIC TRACK, Back &
stomach machine. $60
TREADMILL- ProForm 585,
Electric. Good condition
TREADMILL- Proform Ad-
vanced. Heart rate monitor,
cool air fan, cushioned deck
WEIGHT BENCH, Dual Station,
3 yrs. old $100.
ELECTRIC COOLING FAN-
24"w X 17't, 16" blade. Built
in shroud. Works great.
TABLE LAMPS- 3, Excellent
Ipca- Not -ic
PATIO FURNITURE, Redwood,
includes slider & 2 seatees.
$75. 863-763-6220 or
PATIO TABLE- 42"x60" & 4
chairs. $100. or best offer.
PATIO TABLE- Oval, with six
green & white stripe chairs.
150. 863-763-6220 or
BUZZ AROUND SCOOTER-
Max weight 300 Ibs. Orig.
cost $1395. Barely used.
ELEC SCOOTER RAMP 7 1/2
ft, Asking $150
HOVEROUND elec 3 wheel
scooter, used once, like
SCOOTER, CRAFTMATIC 4 whi.
electric, barely used, new bat-
teries. Pd. $5,000, asking
$1500. 863-532-0399 aft 5pm.
SCOOTER- Handicap, Very
good condition. $350.
AUTO LUGGAGE CARRIER-
18cu ft Sears Excargo. Ex-
cellent condition. $65.
BANJO, Harmony 5 string,
Made in USA, brand new,
very pretty. $100
CUSTOM BUILT GUITAR
CABINET: 77"T x 42"W, 2
solid doors & shelf, $350 or
PIANO: Digital, KO.RG, 76
keys. Good condition. $75.
PIANO- Kimball Spinet, Upright
with bench. Good condition.
BROTHER FAX/COPY MA-
CHINE- in great condition,
asking $50 (863)763-0669
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BULL MASTIFF PUPS- 4 mos
old, 2m, 2f, red fawn, AKC,
Vet Cert. Champ bloodline,
dame & sire on location
COCKATIEL, Home bred &
hand fed, very tame. $40
CRITTER CAGE- for hamster
or small critter, metal/plastic,
w/all accessories, pd. $25,
FISH TANK- 55 gal. Red oak
stand, Large filter. Ready, to
go. Just needs fish. $250.
FISH TANK, 75 Gallon, Salt or
Fresh, 1 yr. old. Paid $850...
Asking $550 or best offer.
FISH TANK STAND- Wood, 2
doors & shelves. Fits 25 gal.
tank. $20. Call
FISH TANKS, (2), 10 gallon,
with 9 fish & all accessories,
FLOPPY EARED RABBIT, 8
mos. old, large, red &
brown. $150 includes cage,
food, etc. (863)357-1310
Lady Gouldian Finch, beautiful
colors, $80. (863)610-2126
NETHERLAND DWARF RAB-
BIT: $15. (863)610-0843
REDBONE PUPPIES, UKC,
SUANA: Cedar, infrared, by
Airwall, 2 seater, like new.
Paid $3400, sacrifice $1695.
POOL TABLE- regulation size,'
rack, balls & que, $600
SOUND EQUIPMENT, Profes-
sional, Optimus, Peavey,
RCA, cassette duplicator &
more. $500 (863)763-3551
SPEAKER BOXES- For 10"
speaker. Good condition.
SUB WOOFERS- 4, Memphis
12's in a custom ported box.
Brand new. $400. or best of-
BIG SCREEN 42", works
good, just needs a home.
SONY XBR: 40", picture tube,
with stand. $600.
863-763-1884 or 697-1040
GENERATOR, Briggs & Strat-
ton, 7350 watts, $450.
HONDA GENERATOR- 3500
watt, good working condi-
tion, has wheels, $350 neg
(419)566-3796 cell (Okee)
SPOT WELDER, with 13"
tongs, 220 amps, good con-
dition, $225. (863)357-5754
TABLE SAW, 10" with stand.
$75 or best offer.
TABLE SAW, Craftsman, 10",
with stand, $125.
WELDER, Hobart, portable,
260 amp, $600
PLAY STATION II- Used. $30.
or best offer. (863)634-8708
MP3 PLAYER- Samsung 2gb,
brand new, '$125
MOUNTED FISH & WILDLIFE
older sports things, wooden
statues,& anything interest-
ing, etc (863)946-3123
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed.'Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
FORD TRACTOR: 9-N, original,
great condition, $2500 firm
ARAB / PAINT COLT: 3 yrs.
Will sell for $4000 or trade
for registered older Arab
BAY THOROUGHBRED- Mare
15 yr old rideable with 4 mo
old filly. $1500.
CHILD HORSE- 10 yrs old.
13.2, Dapple Palomino. Very
GILDING: 4 yrs, AQHA, broke /
trained, roam, for 4H Club.
$1500 neg. 954-805-5133
PAINT MARE- 3yrs old, have
been broke, $1900
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Fixer Upper, selling as is, well
& septic incl., 3BR/2BA, on
private lot, good neighbor-
FOR SALE BY OWNER: 3/2/2
CBS home on canal in Palm
Creek Est. Owner must sell!
Reduced price $249,900.
863-357-1452 after 7pm.
GLADES CO: 100 acre land
auction on 03/31/07. Owner
/ agent brokers welcome.
OKEECHOBEE, 3BR/3BA, on 3
acres. Newly remodeled.
$1000/mo. 1st, last & se-
HART GOOSENECK TRAILER,
'91, 3 stalls needs some
body work, $1800 or best
MARE, 12 yrs. old. Rides well.
Coggins & All Shots. Good
disposition. $2000 or best of-
fer. 863-675-2215 LaBelle
MINI MARE, very cute, current
on all shots, easy keeper,
$600. (863)763-3253 or
QH Filly, 10 mos. old, halter
broke, very sweet, gentle,
$500. Call Sharon
CHIPPER SHREDDER- Crafts-
man, 5 hp Briggs & Straton
engine. Good condition.
LAWN MOWER: Craftsman,
rear engine, snapper, many
new parts, old but runs
YARD ROLLER- 2ftx4ft.
39 Braford Cows
150 Black Cows(ages 3- 6)
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
OKEECHOBEE: Lg lbr & 2br
In town, water access to lake,
No pets, $750/mo + util. 1st
& sec. (863)634-0322
RESTAURANT & BAR SPACE
FOR RENT: 5800 sq. ft. in
Okeechobee County, just
outside of town. Heavy Traffic
Area. Formerly BarloWs Rest.
For more info. 561-662-3169
BHR, DWMH, 2+BR/2BA,
pool, jacuzzi & sunroom,
lake access w/boathouse,
nice Fla. rm., $1200 mo., 1st
last & sec., possible rent to
BRAND NEW HOMES FOR
RENT Be the first ones in!!
3/2, W/D, lawn & water
maint incld, $1100, 1st, last
& $500 sec. 2 avail in. Bass-
wood, 1st week in March
Small pets ok. Call
HOUSE FOR RENT: 2br/lba by
Kissimmee River. $500/mo.
1st mo & sec dep to move in.
No Dogs! Call 561-746-5852
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1 Ever-
lade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets
OKEECHOBEE: 3br/lba, cen-
tral air. $800 / mnth.
OKEECHOBEE: 3BR/2BA, CBS,
Kings Bay. $1150,/month.
Call Rick (863)697-3096 or
OKEECHOBEE- lbr/lba cot-
tage on canal, stove, refrig,
WV/D, open porch, dock, fish
cleaning station, $950/mo.
incl. utilities, 1st mos. rent &
$950 sec. dep. required.
Real Estate "
Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
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
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
CHOICE OF 3BR OR 2 BR DBL
WIDES. No pets, yearly lease,
starting @ $650/mo + se-
curity deposit. 863-763-4031
OKEE., On Rim Canal 1br
$150. per wk. Min. down &
2br $200. per wk. Min. down
Brand new, waterfront, all new
apple's incl. w/d, lake access.
SOUTH OKEECHOBEE: Trailer
for rent on Rim Canal. Call for
BASSINGER: Kissimee River,
2 BR, 1 BA, New Firs. & Kitch-
en, Tiled Screen Rm., Carport,
New shed, load ramp & docks.
$69,900. or best offer. Call
BHR on the Water 3BR/28A,
w/new oak kitch., oak firs., Ig.
screen rm., metal roof, all
appl., shed. Must see! $30K
under market. $99,900. best
offer. Must sell! 863-227-0162
BHR Resort, 12x40, Fla. room
20x12, furnished, $38,000,
land rent $300 mo. on Rim
LARKEE LAKES, Single wide
on 2 lots, 2br, lba. $85,000.
or best offer. (863)467-2156
OKEECHOBEE, 2BR/1BA, with
FL room, 14x48 concrete car-
port, 8x12 outbuilding w/dou-
ble sink & washer/dryer, fish
cleaning station, grapefruit,
orange & banana trees, a/c
with heat, furniture included,
immediate possession in adult
park. Inquire at Lot 134 at
Town & Country Park.
PARK MODEL'89: Very clean,
fully furnished. $11,500 or
make an offer. 863-467-6300
REDUCED!- 2/1 Fully furn,
many extras, new CA/Heat, 40'
decked screen rm, 40' carport,
12x12 shed w/W/D, in adult
park on rim canal w/dock,
$28,000 neg. 863-357-1784
Find It aster. I ell It soon-
per In the classmeds
JUST ON THE MARKET
3BR/2BA/2 car garage, CBS
home on 1.15 acres, Lazy 7
area, built 2001,1,774 sq. ft.
living area. Owner motivated
to sell. 7775 SW 9th St,
Buckhead Ridge, not far
from Rim Canal. Can be
seen at 4 Canal Way. Sold
AS IS. Can inquire at
21 Canal Way, Okeechobee.
CARRIAGE '03: 32', 2 slides,
GelCoat, loaded, many extras!
CHEVY DURAMAX '03: 57K,
w/ PullRite attachment.
$52,000 total or $25,500 for
FIFTH WHEEL HITCH- Excel-
lent condition. $500. or best
Jet Skils 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
ALUM LOWE: 14' w/ trailer,
New tires & wheel bearings,
15hp, merc, MK troll mtr.
$2000 firm. 863-224-5017
BASS BOAT '88: 16' Lowe,
40ho Johnson, with galva-
nized trailer. $2500. or best
BASSTRACKER, '87, Tourna-
ment TX 17, Classic 50
Merc., outboard mtr., w/trlr.,
BOAT- 17.6 ft, center console,
115 Mariner, T-top, Trailer,
Good condition. $2000.
DEEP V: 12ft, aluminum, like
new 15 hp mercy, trolling mo-
tor, has oars and good trail-
EVINRUDE ENGINE- Outboard,
35 HP, good runner, all con-
trols, elec. start, $500 or
best offer (937)215-0307
NITRO BASS BOAT- 21' on
dual axle. 175 Evin motor.
Extras. $2000. or best offer.
POLAR '98- Saltwater series,
90hp Yamaha, centercon-
sole, Bimini top, trolling mo-
tor, trlr, $6500 neg
PONTOON BOAT, '89 Lowe,
18.9ft. long, trolling motor,
livewell, fishfinder, 50hp John-
son. $2000 (863)357-6709
STARCRAFT: Aluminum, 18ft
center console, 90 hp Johnson
motor & troll motor, full elec &
td. $2000 (863)763-0728
CAMPER '88: Pop-up, sips 6,
stove, porta-potty, solid
sides w/real windows, awn-
ing, $1295. (863)805-0272
Fifth Wheel Terry, '98, 27.5',
13 ft. slide, $10,000 will ne-
gotiate. See at KOA Camp-
ground, Lot 40, Louisiana.
FORD E350 '82 MOTO-
RHOME- good running cond.
under 50K, $1900 neg
NEAR LaBelle, 30 Ft.Fumished
w/built up roof. Must be
moved. $1500. 863-675-1891
or (540)616-7319 (Cell)
RV BOUNDER '87: 35', 41.5k
mi, new tires, awning & frig,
screen/rm, gen, lots ex/int stor-
TRUCK CAMPER'94: Like new
condition, self contained,
shower, toilet & kitchen.
$3500 neg. 863-634-2362
This decorative Dutch windmill makes an attractive
lawn and yard ornament and a good project for both
amateur and experienced do-it-yourselfers. Many of
the pieces are traced from full-size patterns. The fin-
ished project stands 35 inches tall from the base to
the top of the rotating turret.
Small Windmill plan (No. 912)... $9.95
Windmills Package (No. C147)
Three projects incl. 912 ... $21.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds of projects)... $2.00
Please add $4.00 s&h (except catalog-only orders)
To order, circle item(s), Please be sure to
clip & send w/ check to: include your name,
U-Bild Features address and the name of
15241 Stagg St. this newspaper. Allow
Van Nuys, CA 91405 1-2 weeks for delivery.
Or call (800) 82-U-BILD
Money Back Guarantee
REESE SLIDER 16k FIFTH
WHEEL HITCH, all reels &
hardware, fits any full sz.
truck, $500. (863)357-1784
BOAT TRAILER: For 16 18
Ft. Boat. New bunks & paint.
Good condition. $450.
HARLEYS- garage kept,
1999 883 Hugger $4000,
1993 Dyna Wide Glide
KAWASAKI 600 NINJA 1995,
Red & Silver, New tires,
Runs great! $2000 or best
KAWASAKI Eliminator 250 '01
clean bike, runs great.
$1400 or best offer.
MINIBIKE, old school, runs,
SCOOTER- '04 RC Moto,
50cc, Yellow, No license re-
quired. Excellent condition
45-50MPH, Goo.d cond.
$550 or best offer.
DIRT BIKE, 2005 TTR 125,
with after market muffler,
exc. cond. $1600 or best
GO-PED, not running, $50.
SUZUKI OZARK 250, '02, 4
wheeler, garaged, runs like
new, turn key ready, $2400
Damon, 1999: 21 ft., never
traveled, kept under roof in
LaBelle, Must See! $6500.
NOMAD- '92, 32', New FL/rm,
Furnished. Lot #19 on Canal
in Fijian Park. $6500. Neg.
PULL TRAILER: 30ft, good
cond, new fridge, gas stove,
Ir, dinette, br, ba. $2500.
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
BMW 5351- '86, Brand new
18" chrome rims. Needs new
J&J BUILDING CONTRACTORS
- '' Screen Rooms Carports
1 Room Additions Florida Rooms i
R o Garages Seawalls
Ernest Lancaster (863) 634-2044
I Houses Sale I
12 Okeechobee News, Tuesday, February 20, 2007
CADILLAC DEVILLE '90, Runs,
needs minor work, $400 or
best offer. (863)763-4333
CAMARO Z28 '80: all original,
350 auto, power windows.
Great restoration project. $1200
(863)634-6601 Iv msg.
CHEVY CAVALIER '97- must
sell, great condition, cold
AC, $2400 or best offer
CHRYSLER LEBARON- '92,
Convertible, New tires & top.
Runs. $500. (863)902-0477
DODGE NEON 1997, 50 K mis.
$2500 or best offer.
(863)674-3314 LaBelle area.
FORD ESCORT 1995 Wagon,
Runs very good. $1400
Ford T-Bird '94 & Mercury
Cougar '88: excellent body,
bad motors, have motors.
$600 neg. (561)676-0427
HONDA ACCORD, '89, 2 door,
stick shift, white, runs great,
priced to sell FAST! $600.
HUNTING BUGGY: 1984 Ford
F150 Deck Buggy, excellent
condition. $2500 firm.
PONTIAC SE, '88, full power,
a/c, orig. owner, $1200 or
best offer. (863)697-8507
Shop here first
The classified ads
BOB CAT ATTACHMENT, ATI
Tree Boom Attachment. Heavy
Duty. Like new. Asking $850
CONST. SCAFFOLD- 2 story,
with trailer, $1200 neg
CHEVY SUBURBAN '89, 350,
auto., 4" lift, 36" Super
Swampers. $2500 or best
DODGE DURANGO '98- 4x4,
SLT, some body damage,
can be repaired, runs great
DODGE RAM CHARGER- '86,
V-8, 360, 4x4, Very good
JEEP CJ5 '81, 4 cyl., 4 spd.,
soft top & doors. $1700 or
best offer. (772)370-0776
CLUB CAR '03, 48 volt, lights,
mirrors & windshield. $2500
Granny, 4 speed, flywheel,
clutch & bel housing, $450
FRAME MOUNT TRAILER
HITCH, Trailer weight limit,
3500 Ibs. $75
HOOD: Fits 80's 90's Ford
Van, new in box. $75.
PLATE & BALL, For goose-
neck hitch mount in bed of
truck, fits bed of Ford F350.
RIMS, 22", 6 lug, with tires,
good condition, $1200.
63-634-4886 Iv. msg. .
TIRES (4) Super Swamper
LTB, 34 10/50 17's. $450.
CHEV 1 TON '92- with Reading
Utility body, low miles, runs
great, $3500 neg.,
CHEVY 810 '02: 6cyl, ac, new
front end tires, toolbox. Ask-
CHEVY SILVERADO 1500 '98:
Extended cab, 350, V8, auto,
w/ tow pkg, all pwr, am/fm,
CHEVY STEPSIDE, '97, runs
great, red, 1114k mi., lots of
extras, $5500 or best offer.
CHEVY SUBURBAN, '95, 4
whl. dr., exc. cond., 90k ml.,
one owner, new tires,
DODGE 1500 QUAD CAB
'2005: V8, 16k mi, exc, fully
loaded. A must see trucks
DODGE DAKOTA '06: 4WD,
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. $23,900
DODGE RAM 150 PU '91- new
paint & tires, $2500 or best
DODGE RAM 1500 MAG., '96,
AC, pwr steering & brakes,
auto overdrive, tow pkg, good
cond. $2500. 863-674-0467
FORD F350 1990 Dually, 360
engine, gas, single cab.
$1500 Firm. (863)763-3451
NISSAN FRONTIER '02- V6,
auto, 2wd, 40K mi., cold air,
new tires, grey cloth Interior
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE, '98,
Limited Ed., 4x4, 5.21, 99k
ml., $5000. (863)763-5372
JEEP PICKUP, '90, needs mi-
nor rear end repair & battery,
4300. (863)467-5401 or
CHEVY LUMINA 93 Van, 3.1,
Runs good. $1600
CHEVY LUMINA VAN '94,
3.1L, runs good, $1500 or
best offer. (863)447-5213
DODGE CARAVAN 1994,
$1200. or best offer.
(863)674-3314 LaBelle area
DODGE CARAVAN, '93, blue,
auto, a/c, new tires, brakes
& battery, 185k mi., $1300
or best offer. (863)885-1026
TOYOTA PREVIA VAN- '91,
Good running condition.
$800. If interested, call
863-610-1266. Van in Okee.
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
The Okeechobee County School Board
will meet In special session on Tuesday,
February 27, 2007, at 6:00 p.m., in
Room 303 of the School Board Adminis-
trative Offices at 700 S.W. 2nd Avenue,
Okeechobee, to discuss and consider ac-
tion on the Special Teachers Are Re-
warded (STAR) plan. The meeting Is
open to the public.
Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.O.
Superintendent of Schools
193282 ON 2/20/07
The most important
20 minutes of your day
Is the time spent read-
Ing with your child from
birth to age nine.
I Puli Noice
SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
PUBLIC NOTICE OF FINAL AGENCY ACTION
The South Florida Water Management Districir Iuirlri ulves notice of its final
agency action Issuing Environmental Resource Perma (Perma #47-00785P; Appli-
cation #050920-4) to Freshwater Development Company, LLC, 12765 Forest Hill
Blvd, Suite 1305, Wellington, Florida 33414 and Coker Cattle Corporation, 2201 SW
28th Street, Villa 40, Okeechobee, Florida 34974. The final agency action approved
a environmental resource permit for conceptual approval of a surface water man-
agement system to serve 470.6 acres of mixed use development including a 130
slip marina and an additional 100 slip dry storage facility to serve a project known
as Freshwater Village located in Section 27, 34, 35/Township 37S/Range 35E in
iOkeechbee County, Florida. The proposed project Is a development consisting ot
approximately 1,100 residential units (single family and multifamifly), commercial
areas, parks, and a marina along with associated infrastructure.
A person whose substantial interests are affected by the Districts permit decision
may petition for an administrative proceeding (hearing) in accordance with Section
120.57, Florida Statutes or for mediation pursuant to Section 120.573, Florids Stat-
utes. The petition must contain the information set forth below and must be filed
with (received by) the District Clerk at 3301 Gun Club Road, P.O. Box 24680,
West Palm Beach, Florida 33416-4680, within 21 days of publication of this public
notice. Petitioner shall mall a copy of the petition to h applicant at the address in-
icated above at time of filing. Failure to ile a petition within timeperionsd shall
constitute a waiver of any right such person may have to request an administrative
determination (hearing) under Section 120.57, Florida Statutes.
The Petition shall contain the following information; (a) The name, address and
telephone number of each petitioner, the applicant's name and address, the District
Permit Number and the county In which the project Is located; (b) A statement of
how and when each petitioner received notice of the Districts action; (c) A state-
meat of how each petitioners' substantial interests are affected by the Districts ac-
tion; (d) A statement of the material facts disputed by Petitioner; if any; (e) A
statement of facts which petitioner contends warrant reversal or modification of the
Districts action; (f) A statement of which rules or statutes petitioner contends war-
rant reversal or modification of the District's action; and (g) A statement of the relief
sought by petitioner, slating precisely the action petitioner wants the District to take
with respectto the Districts action.
agency action. Accoringly, mhe 'snnaaca maye differetrom me posl-
tiontaken by it in this Notice. Persons whose substantial interests will be affected by
any decision of the District with regard to the application have the right to petition to
become a party to the proceeding. The petition must conform to the requirements
specified above and be filed (received) within 21 days of publication of this notice
with the District Clerk, at thve address of the District. Failure to petition within
the allowed time frame constitutes a waiver of any right such person has to request
a headin under Section 120.57, Florida Statutes, and to participate as a party to this
proceeding. Any subsequent intervention will only be at the approval of the presiding
officer upon motion tiled pursuant to Chapter 28-106, FA.C.
The permit JIl.lIs avaible .for public inspection during normal business hours.
:eo a.m. to :00 p.m., Monay rough eaGy, except legas noldays, at me bosursn
Florida Water Management District, 3301 Gun Club Road, Regulatory Information
Management Division, West Palm Beach, Florida 33416-4680.
193399 ON 2/20/07
Annual Indiana snowbird lunch slated
The annual Hancock County, Indiana snowbird lunch will be held
Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Homer's in Sebring starting at 11 a.m. Reservations
are not required. The group will be in the large dining room.
SSN council meeting scheduled
The Community Collaborative Council of the Okeechobee County.
Shared Services Network will conduct their monthly meeting on Tues-
day, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the Okeechobee Freshman
Campus, 610 S.W. Second Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to allow
the community to identify issues, collaborate and share information
regarding services for children and their families. The guest speaker will
be Cathy Viggiano, from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation with
the Department of Education. The public is invited. For information, call
Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.
Library hosting annual book sale
The Friends of the Okeechobee Library annual book sale will be held
at the Okeechobee County Public Library, 206 S.W. 16th St. Sale days will
be: Thursday, March 1, from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.; Friday, March 2,
from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. until 2
p.m. Hardcover books are $2 and paperbacks are $1. Library discards
are half price. For information, call the library at (863) 763-3536.
KOA to host Speckled Perch contest
The annual Speckled Perch Beauty Contest, sponsored by the Okee-
chobee County Chamber of Commerce, will be held Friday,. March 2, at
the KOA Convention Center on U.S. 441 S. For information, call (863)
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-
Yard sale benefits genealogical group
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will hold a yard sale on Sat-
urday, March 3, at the Trading Post Flea Market, 3100 U.S. 441 S., starting
at 8 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the genealogical section of the Okee-
chobee County Library. Donations will be gratefully accepted. Call Eve
Olson at (863) 467-2674 to arrange for a pick up.
Church hosting gospel concert
Brighton Baptist Church, 24050 S.R. 70 W, will present McMillan &
Life in a Southern gospel concert on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. A free
potluck supper is open to the public and will be held from 5 until 6 p.m.,
prior to the concert. This concert will precede a week of revival meet-
ings, with guest speaker Reverend Richard Pickup. Services will be held
nightly at 7 p.m. with special music beginning at 6:45 p.m. A nursery will
be available. For information, call (863) 763-6626 or (863) 763-9377,
Yard sale benefits Grad Nite
Thrivent Financial for Lutheran Church will hold a yard sale on Satur-
day, March 3, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church Fellow-
ship Hall, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. Proceeds will benefit the Okeechobee
community Grad Nite and other projects. Donated items can be
dropped off during the week of Feb. 25 in room 205 in the Fellowship
Hall. For information call (863) 763-5042, or Debbie at (863) 610-1738.
Fire volunteers to host breakfast
The Buckhead Ridge Volunteer Fire Department on S.R. 78 will have
an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast served with sausage, juice and
drinks on Saturday, March 3, from 8 until 11 a.m. for a donation of $4. For
information, call (863) 357-1364.
Women's Ministry plans quilt show
The Women's Ministry of Buckhead Ridge Baptist Church, 8 Cypress
Street/Hunter Road, will be having their second quilt show on Saturday,
March 3, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-2106 or (863) 763-1555.
Quilt show planned for March 3
Tantie-Quilters will hold a quilt show at the Historical Society building
on U.S. 98 N. on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Admission
will be a $3 donation at the door. Tickets are available for a donated quilt
by calling (863) 357-0166, or (863) 467-2473 and at the Historical build-
ing on Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Guardian ad Litem plans training sessions
The Guardian ad Litem program will be training volunteers from
Okeechobee, Indian River, Saint Lucie and Martin counties to advocate
for the best interest of abused, abandoned and neglected children on
March 6, 8, 13, 14 and 20 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Training sessions will
be held at PNC Wealth Management, in the third floor community room
at 3001 Ocean Drive in Vero Beach. For information and reservations,
call (772) 785-5804.
Widow & Widowers group to host speaker
The Widow & Widowers group will host a discussion on crime pre-
vention for seniors at their Tuesday, March 6, breakfast meeting at 8 a.m.
The meeting will be held at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrot Ave. The
program will be presented by Wayne J. Picone. Mr. Picone is the region-
al director for Seniors vs. Crime, a special project of the Florida Attorney
General. The purpose of the project is to not only inform seniors of pos-
sible scams, but to aid them in disputes of overcharging, scams and
other problems that confront them. The public is invited. Non-members
should make a reservation by calling (863) 763-2004.
AARP driver's course scheduled
An AARP driver safety course will be held Wednesday, March 7, and
Thursday, March 8, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church of the
Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St. Both days must be attended to complete the
course. The $10 tuition covers course material. Make checks or money
orders payable to AARP Driver Safety Program. For information, call Nell
Bostwick at (863) 763-4134.
OSAC board meeting slated
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board will
meet Thursday, March 8, 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.
VNA hosting memory screenings
The Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E. Park St., will host free
memory loss screenings sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association
on Friday, March 9, from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The screenings will
be conducted by St. Mary's Memory Disorder Center staff for anyone,
of any age, who might be concerned about memory loss. The
screenings are free of charge and results are immediate. For informa-
tion, call Donna True at (772) 285-6291.
Contests planned for county fair
The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking contest par-
ticipants in our inaugural fair to be held March 9-18, 2007. The con-
tests consist of quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, photography and
woodworking. 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 Extension Office, 458 U.S. 98 North. For information, contact
Linda Syfrett at (863) 763-6232 or Dianne Spann at (863) 634-3327.
Bake sale helps missionary projects
The Ladies of the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church USA, 312 N.
Parrott Ave., will hold a bake sale on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m.
until noon. Proceeds will go towards support for several missionary
projects. For information, call Eleanor Newhouse at (863) 763-6128.
Speckled Perch Parade scheduled
The annual Speckled Perch Parade will be held Saturday, March
10, in downtown Okeechobee. A car show will also be held in Flagler
Park. The annual festival, sponsored by the Okeechobee County
Chamber of Commerce will continue on Sunday, March 11. For infor-
mation, call (863) 763-6464.
OSAC training group to meet
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community
outreach/training committee will meet Monday, March 12, from 9
until 10 a.m. at 1600 S.W Second Ave. The meeting is open to the
public. For information call Val Marone at (863) 462-0040, or Ken
Kenworthy at (863) 462-5000, ext. 273.
OCAC panel schedules meeting
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community resource
committee will meet Monday, March 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 Keith Stripling at (863)
763-6064, or Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.
Prevention tops OSAC meeting plan
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting will
be held Tuesday, March 13, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the
First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second Ave. Discussions
will include prevention needs in the community, as well as gathering
data to submit for further funding. The meeting is open to the public.
For information, call Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.
Sharron King in concert March 17
The Living Word of Faith, 1902 S. Parrott Ave., will present Sharron
Kay King on Saturday, March 17, at 7 p.m. Ms. King was nominated
for Christian music's Top Vocalist of the Year and Christian Bluegrass
album of the year. For information, call Lee Minton at (863) 697-
Church hosting guest speaker
Janet Folger will be speaking at the First Baptist Church, 401 S.W.
Fourth St., on Saturday, March 17. She will be speaking on many cur-
rent events. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge. For informa-
tion, call Debi at (863) 634-3525.
Fun shoot benefits Hospice
A 100 target fun shoot will be held Saturday, March 24, at Quail
Creek Plantation, 1907 N.E. 224th St., to benefit Hospice of Okee-
chobee. Gorge and Mary Beth Cooper will provide lunch, and Davey
Raulerson will provide the swamp cabbage. There will also be prize
giveaways. Fax registration requests to (863) 763-7856; or, call Hos-
pice of Okeechobee at (863) 467-2321 for information.
Prom dress rescue is being formed now
A prom dress rescue is being organized for girls who want to
attend their high school prom but cannot afford the price of a dress.
The Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W Third St., will be the fitting loca-
tion. Girls can come here to select and try on dresses on Friday,
March 30, from 3 until 6 p.m. The plan is to assemble all the beautiful
gowns that were worn once and are now sitting idle in closets, and
make them available free to those who need them. Arrangements
can be made to pick up the gowns. For information, call Pam Chesley
at (863) 946-2736 or (863) 634-7158.
Activity guide being prepared
The Shared Services Network (SSN) is preparing the 2007 Sum-
mer Activity Guide to assist you in selecting activities appropriate for
your children. The deadline for submitting your activity is Friday,
March 30. Our hope is that this guide will assist you in finding activi-
ties to keep your children safe, supervised and active this summer.
SSN is looking for activities to promote for children in Okeechobee
this summer in this guide. If your organization,, club, church or
neighborhood is sponsoring a camp, day program or supervised
activity for local children please call Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-
5000, ext. 257, to submit your information. There is no charge to sub-
mit your activity.
Masonic Lodge hosting hog roast
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237 F&AM,. 107 N.W. Fifth Ave.,
will hold their annual hog (domestic pork) roast on Saturday, March 31,
from 4 until 7 p.m. Eat-in or take-out will be available for a suggested
donation of $6 for adults and $3 for children. A traditional barbecue
menu will be served and the dinner is open to the public. For informa-
tion, call Jim Green at (863) 634-4401 or Jose Verano at (863) 634-2071.
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 pro-
ceeds will benefit the March of Dimes. The drawing will be held April 2.
AARP offers free tax service
AARP-Taxaide will hold a free tax counseling preparation and e-filing
service each Monday and Tuesday through April 17, 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.
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, contests,
vendors, poker runs and motorcycle events. Children 12 and under are
free. Tickets are $10 per person on Saturday and Sunday. A full week-
end pass is $15 per person. A percentage of the proceeds will support
Big Lake Missions, the Pregnancy Resource Center and More 2 Life Min-
istries. Vendors, bands, sponsors, parking attefidants, cleaning crews
and security personnel are currently being sought. For information call
(863)-634-8980 or (863) 634-4151; log onto www.splintpro.com; or by
mail at Splinter Productions, P.O. Box 623, Okeechobee, FL 34973.
SFWMD stages photo contest
The. South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Ser-
vice Center is seeking Lake Okeechobee area photographs for the 2008
Lake Okeechobee calendar. Winning images will be published as the
featured monthly photos. Applications will be taken until July 31 and
entry forms and complete contest rules are available at
www.sfwmd.gov7okee select "Info & Education. This contest is open
to amateur photographers only. Individuals may submit up to three
photos. For information, call (863) 462-5260.
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.
Children's Ranch hosting yard sales
The yard sale at Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., is
now open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2
p.m. Please bring us all your unwanted treasures. Tax receipts are
available at the office. For information, call Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPL's
Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share pro-
gram is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL corporate
funds. The program provides emergency assistance funds to cus-
tomers who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their FPL electric
bill. There are rules and guidelines that must be met to quality. If you
are a FPL customer and need help call (863) 763-6020 to leave your
name and number. Your call will be returned and an interview will be
done over the phone to determine if you qualify. Interviews with your
local Salvation Army are by appointment only, no walk ins are accept-
Healthy Start can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help. For information, call Becky Smith at
Martha's House offers workshop
Martha's House will offer a workshop called Deafening Silence,
which deals with providing services to deaf and hard of hearing sur-
vivors of domestic violence. The date and time will be announced at a
later date according to community interest and response. Contact
Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.
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. 'ITwo 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.
The Workforce Development Board of the
Treasure Coast Region 20 and the
Treasure Coast Job Training Consor-
tium announces a public meeting of
the Youth Council to which all persons
Datae&Tme: Tuesday, February 27,
2007- 8:15 a.m.
Place: Workforce Development Board
of the Treasure Coast
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100
Port St.Lucie, Florda 34986
PURPOSE: To discuss matters concern-
ing the Workforce investment Act,
Workforce Employment Opportunities,
the Welfare-Transtion Program, One-
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Srj It Ut.-vljpiTti. t s,:,ia] copy of
the agenda may be obtained by con-
Wodsre Develomeant Board
o ie Isrea oast
584 NW University Blvd., Suite 100
PortSt Lucie, Florida 34986
Should any person wish to appeal any
decision made by the Board with re-
spect to any matter considered at the
above referenced meeting, they will
need to ensure a verbatim recording of
the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is based, in or-
der to provide a record for judicial re-
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