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Chasey Bass
wins championship
Chasey Bass of Okee-
chobee and William Smith of
South Carolina shared the sad-
dle bronc championship at
the Florida High School Rodeo
Association first Dixie Chal-
lenge in Jacksonville on Feb.
17. The competition included
riders from Georgia, South
Carolina and Florida.
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Bronson: Termite
season has begun
Agriculture and Consumer Ser-
vices Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson is warning Florida
homeowners that termite
swarming season has begun
and they need to protect their
homes from an infestation.
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Deputy appeals termination

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
Two longtime friends faced off
Thursday morning in an Okee-
chobee County courtroom one
was trying to hide his obvious
embarrassment while the other
was trying to hold onto his job.
The scene was an appeals
hearing held for former Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO) deputy Kenneth Sarros
whose employment had been ter-
minated for violating department

policies and procedures.
While he was trying to mount a
case to reverse his termination, he
put his good friend, ex-OCSO
deputy Eddie Baker on the witness
Both deputies were fired Jan.
26, 2007, based on allegations they
went home with an Okeechobee
woman and engaged in sexual
intercourse with her while they
were on duty.
According to OCSO paper-
work, Sarros was fired for conduct
unbecoming an officer, making a

false statement to a superior offi-
cer and not being truthful. That
same paperwork states that Baker
was fired for conduct unbecoming
and making a false statement to a
superior officer.
Sarrros had been with the
department since Sept. 20, 1999,
when he was hired as a correc-
tions officer. He became a mem-
ber of the OCSO road patrol in
September of 2004. Baker was
hired as an OCSO corrections offi-
cer on Jan. 12,2001, and became a
member of the road patrol on

June 23,2003.
Baker did not fight his termina-
tion. However, Sarros requested
he be allowed to state his case in
front of an appeals board in hopes
he could reverse Sheriff Paul May's
decision to terminate him.
The appeals board was made
- up of three members of the sher-
iff's office Lieutenant Billy
Markham, Detective Sergeant
Jimmy Mills and Jail Administrator
Ronnie White. Sgt. Mills was
selected to sit on the board by Sar-
ros, while Mr. White was selected

by Sheriff May. Lt. Markham was
chosen to moderate and oversee
the hearing.
The appeal board will meet
and render a decision on whether
or not the firing of Sarros should
be upheld, or if the sheriff should
reconsider. The board could also
suggest another form of discipline.
However, regardless of the board's
recommendation the final deci-
Ssion will rest with Sheriff May.
Thursday's hearing of over four
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Final report

on impact

fees delayed

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
The Okeechobee County
Board of County Commission-
ers will have to wait until their
next meeting to receive the
long delayed final report on
impact fees.
Consultant Walter Keller
was scheduled to present his
final report at the Thursday,
Feb. 22, commission meeting.

However, there were still
some unanswered question
which Mr. Keller promised to
clear up by the March 8 meet-
"I apologize; this has taken
longer than all of us want,"
Mr. Keller said.
Mr. Keller has been looking
at impact fees for roads, cor-
rections, fire and EMS for the
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hear plans for

bypass route

By Pete Gawda
Okeechobee News
How many times have you
sat through several traffic light
cycles waiting to go through the
intersection of Park Street and
Parrott Avenue?
Currently, all travelers passing
through the county on U. S. 441

or S.R. 70 pass through this one
major intersection in downtown
Okeechobee, causing a traffic
At their meeting on Thurs-
day, Feb. 22, the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
missioners heard a possible
See Plans Page 2

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda
Informing parents
Dr. Patricia Cooper, Okeechobee County's superintend-
ent of schools, holds a stack of DVDs entitled "Your
Child, Your Public Schools". The school system will soon
be distributing these DVDs to parents. They are offered
by the Florida Department of Education and are designed
to help parents better understand Florida's public
schools from FCAT scores to school grades to home-
work. They also provide parents with information on how
they can take an active role in their child's education.

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Okeechobee Main Street has
presented a Courthouse Park
project to local governmental
bodies and purpose creating a
landscape that will have various
uses and create a desirable envi-
ronment to elaborate the home-
town feel that exists in down-
town Okeechobee.
The property in question is
located on the northern half of
the block south of the Okee-
chobee County Courthouse,
which is a historic and architec-
tural asset to the community.
This property, while within the
city limits, is owned by the coun-
ty. Two vacant buildings are on
this property the old supervi-
sor of elections office and Teeri
The group has presented their
idea to the Okeechobee City.
Council and the Okeechobee
County Board of County Com-
According to Devin Maxwell,
Okeechobee Main Street wanted
to have some input with what
should be done with the property
as it lies within the Main Street
program area.

This picture depicts a conceptual drawing of an
amphitheatre for the proposed Courthouse Park project
by Okeechobee Main Street to be located in the block
north of the old courthouse, which is an historic and
architectural asset to the City of Okeechobee. This
amphitheatre could be used for events such as a political
forum or other cultural events.

"They want to engage in
some long term planning that
would help preserve the view of
the courthouse," he said.
In doing so, Main Street had
an urban planner to draw a con-
ceptual site plan and a 3-D visual
rendering with the old court-

house in the backdrop, as well as
some other components.
Even though the county only
owns the north half of the
block, Main Street wanted to
preserve the opportunity if it
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This conceptual picture displays the fountain that is proposed to be shaped as Lake
Okeechobee, as well as other landscaping designs that are in accordance with the cur-
rent landscape of the old courthouse. This park is proposed t9 be created in the block
just south of the Okeechobee County Courthouse.

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hours was not a court of law, and
was handled differently. While Sar-
ros handled his case, OCSO Detec-
tive Sergeant M.D. Faulkner was
chosen to present the case for the
sheriff's office.
Detective Faulkner also handled
the internal investigation into the
Detective Faulkner and witness-
es indicated that on the night of
Jan. 3, 2007, Baker was seen talking
to two women in the parking lot of
a bar on U.S. 441 S.E. Baker was in
his patrol car and was on duty at
the time. One of the women was
Brittiny Compton.
"It appeared he knew them,"
testified Deputy William Maerki,
who was working the same shift as
Baker and Sarros and was driving
through the parking lot while on
He went on to tell Detective
Faulkner that he saw Sarros pull
into the parking lot in his patrol car
around 2:15 a.m. and park behind
Baker. Later, Sarros followed one of
the women to her home off S.R. 70
E. It was not made clear if the
woman had been drinking.
Around 2:34 a.m., the two
deputies went to Ms. Compton's


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ever arose in the future, however
distant to tie in the historic
courthouse to Flagler Park.
, The current layout has the new
Judicial Center to the north of the
old courthouse and the site for the
park is just south.
Main Street tried to incorporate
some of the components of the old
courthouse architecture and the
newly landscaped components
into the park design.
They did this by incorporating
clay tile roofs, arches, wrought iron
metal work, antique lampposts,
park benches and the same style of
Main Street is also proposing the
park contain a centerpiece fountain
in the shape of Lake Okeechobee,
which will provide a unique state-
ment to the park.
Other proposed additions to the
park are a concession stand area
that could be used for mobile
kiosks, coffee stands or other types
of non-permanent structures.
According to the conceptual site
plan, in the southeastern corner
there is an amphitheatre that could
be used for political forums or cul-
tural events. The wrought iron
designs from the old courthouse
were brought into the design of the
proposed amphitheatre.
Walking paths, gazebo, picnic
tables and landscaping will all be
present throughout the park.
This plan also adds on-street
parking around the perimeter of
the park where parking currently
does not exist, this should help alle-
viate concerns about parking both
for the park and for the adjoining

home. Ms. Compton, 22, testi-
fied that both deputies followed
her into her home, and then into
her bedroom where they had
On the way to her bedroom, the
deputies passed by Casey Johnson
who was on a couch. Johnson, 26,
testified that on a table in front of
him was a "line" of crystal
methamphetamine that was left for
him by a friend. However, it's not
clear if either Baker or Sarros saw
the drugs. Mr. Johnson testified that
he did not use the drug.
Baker testified that Sarros had
sex with Ms. Compton then left the
room. He then told Detective
Faulkner that he and Ms. Compton
had sex.
Ms. Compton told Detective
Faulkner from the witness stand
that Sarros used a condom while
Baker did not.
The detective entered into evi-
dence a photo of a condom wrap-
per found at the scene. On the
wrapper was a fingerprint that later
was learned to be a print that
matched the right thumbprint of
OCSO Detective David Rogers
testified that OCSO crime scene
detectives recovered the condom
wrapper at the home and that there
was only one "retrievable" finger-
print. Because of the situation and a
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testified that he took the print to
Deputy Bobby Gregg of the St.
Lucie County Sheriff's Office.
Gregg, who was referred to as a fin-
gerprint expert, identified the print
as belonging to Sarros.
Sarros told the appeals board
that his print was on the wrapper
because he purchased condoms
for Baker. Sarros, who is married,
said he thought his single friend
was running around too much.
During his testimony Baker
rarely looked at his longtime friend.
Testimony indicated he even tried
to keep detectives working the case
from learning that the two were
allegedly together at Ms. Comp-
ton's home.
When first interviewed by
OCSO investigators, Baker would
not tell them that Sarros was with
"Baker was forthcoming about
the event," Detective Faulkner told
the board in his opening state-
ments. "And, he was consistent
with Ms. Compton and Mr. John-
Still, he did all he could to pro-
tect Sarros by refusing to "give up"
his friend.
Deputy Mark Margerum testi-
fied that the two were so dose that
other deputies referred to them as
"Kenn-Eddy" a mixture of their
two names.
"You did all you could to protect

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee Main Street is proposing this conceptual site
plan for the block just north of the Okeechobee County Cour-
thouse to include an amphitheatre, concession stand area,
picnic tables, a gazebo and many other landscaping features
to create a desirable environment to preserve the downtown
community within the City of Okeechobee.

government uses. This also con-
templates removing the existing
cutouts where driveways now
exist, and would create parking
along the south side of Northwest
Second Street and along Northwest
Second and Third avenues.
Main Street asked that the
design be created so that it may
stand alone or also be amend-
able to being expanded into the
south half, if the opportunity ever
arose, for the purpose ,of con-
necting the parks.
While the razing of an older
building is not something that Main

Street normally condones, these
buildings, while old, were not
deemed by the county to have any
architectural value.
Main Street is trying to prevent
the possibility of a large administra-
tive building or parking garage
being build on that site.
"Where we stand on the project
is in the process of bringing the
conceptual plans to an engineer
and turning them into construction
plans to create estimate costs in
order to seek funding through
grants that are available through
Okeechobee Main Street or other-

Kenny but it just didn't work out as
planned, did it?" Detective Faulkner
asked Baker.
With his head and eyes low-
ered, the former detective
answered softly "No."
Sarros maintained that his for-
mer friend continually changed his
statement and hammered home
his claim that Baker and Compton
talked nearly every day. This, he
told the board, was "to get their sto-
ries straight."
But in the end, it was evident the
friendship of the two deputies had
And depending on the finding of
the appeals board, the two men
could stand to lose even more.
Once the board has issued their
recommendation to Sheriff May
and he reaches a final decision on
his firing of Sarros, all the informa-
tion will be turned over to the state.
The state will review the case and
could possibly revoke the certifica-
tion of the former deputies, which
could put an end to their law
enforcement career.
The board has five days to give
their recommendation to Sheriff
May. He then has an additional five
days to make his final decision.
in the Public Issues Forum at

wise," said Mr. Maxwell.
City Councilman Dowling Wat-
ford stated that, "we have several
grants for parks ... this idea of
connecting the parks has been
around for a long time. I think it is
a wonderful idea and it would cer-
tainly enhance not only the court-
house area, but the whole park
area. I think that if and when we
get to that point, I would like to
suggest that as we apply for grants
that this be something that we
(the council) consider."
"We discussed this years ago,
how nice it would be to stand in the
park and look straight towards the
old courthouse," agreed Mayor Jim
Terry Burroughs of Main Street
stated that "our desire is to be able
to demonstrate the ability to receive
grant funding like we have with the
old jail."
"If we can take a step to pre-
serve the opportunity, in the future
if some use like a park is put into
place the opportunity will remain,"
said Mr. Maxwell. "If another use
such as a building is used that may
have a life expectancy of 50-70
years then the opportunity will be
Councilman Watford added that
there seems to always be grants for
"At some point, there may be
grant money available to purchase
the southern portion as well," said
Mr. Watford.
This would create the desired
end result.
in the Public Issues Forum at Reporter

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county. Impact fees are imposed
upon a builder to cover the costs
to the infrastructure that his
development would cause.
These fees would be paid at the
time a building permit is issued.
Residential and nonresiden-
tial structures would be
assessed impact fees for roads,
EMS and fire. Corrections
impact fees were based solely
on residential dwellings.
While roads, corrections and
EMS impact fees would be
imposed county wide, fire
assessment would only be in the
unincorporated areas.
The City of Okeechobee has
its own fire impact fee.
According to Mr. Keller's pro-
posed figures, builders of new
single-family houses in the
county would pay a total of
$2,432 in impact fees for roads,
corrections, fire and EMS. Resi-
dents of the city would pay $336
less in county impact fees, but
would pay a separate city fire
assessment. This figure would
be in addition to impact fees
imposed by residents of the City
of Okeechobee. The school
board impact fee would be paid
by all county residents.
There was lengthy discussion
as to whether mobile homes
should be treated as any other
single family dwelling, unless
they were in a trailer park.

In other action, the board:
tabled action on abandon-
ing a portion of the N.W. 16th
Boulevard right of way;
contracted with MuniFinan-
cial to provide Fire/Rescue
assessment services for $41,750
and with Nabors, Giblin & Nick-
erson, P.A. to provide related
legal services at a cost of
awarded a contract for fuel,
motor oil and lubricants to
Palmdale Oil Company and
awarded a contract to Craig A.
Smith & Associates to provide
surveying and platting services
for the industrial park for
$37,690; -
appointed Carl Leonard as
a regular member of the Okee-
chobee Utility Authority (OUA)
board of directors with a term to
end March 1, 2011;
appointed Eddie Trent as
an alternate member of the OUA
board of directors with a term to
end March 1,2009;
appointed Melody Hodges
and Suzanne Rucks as members
of the agri-civic center advisory
committee with terms to expire
March 1,2011;
appointed Carl Shumate,
Joey Hoover and Carl Ferrero to
the planning board/board of
adjustments and appeals with
terms to end March 1,2010; and,
appointed Sandra Jones to
the construction industry licens-
ing board with a term to end
March 21, 2010.

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Okeechobee Forecast

Friday- Mostly sunny with the high in the mid 70s. The wind will be
from the north at 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast 10 to 15 mph in
the afternoon.
Friday night Mostly dear with the low in the lower 50s. The wind will
be from the northeast at around 5 mph.
Extended Forecast
Saturday: Partly sunny with the high around 80. The wind will be from
the east at 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast 10 to 15 mph in the after-
Saturday night Partly cloudy with the low in the upper 50s.
Sunday: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly cloudy
with a slight chance of showers. The high will be around 80. The
chance of rain is 20 percent.
Sunday night Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight
chance of thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 60s. The
chance of rain is 30 percent.
Monday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight chance
of thunderstorms. The high will be in the lower 80s. The chance of
rain is 50 percent.
Monday night Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and a slight
chance of thunderstorms. The low will be around 60. The chance of
rain is 40 percent.
Tuesday: Considerable cloudiness with a chance of showers. The
high will be in the upper 70s. The chance of rain is 30 percent.

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solution to that problem.
Local realtor Haynes Williams
appeared before the board and
made a lengthy presentation
using maps to describe a pro-
posed 23-mile bypass route link-
ing S.R. 78 W, S. R. 70 W, U. S.
98 N., U.S. 441 N., S. R. 70 E, S. R.
710 and U.S. 441 S.E.
Mr. Williams went to great
lengths to make the point that he
had no financial stake in the pro-
posed route.
"I don't have any property
affected," he stressed several times
during the presentation.
"I do not represent any of these
owners," he said more than once,

referring to property owners along
the route of the proposed road.
Mr. Williams said that he had
talked with all the property owners
along the proposed route and they
all expressed willingness to talk
with the county. He even volun-
teered to be a mediator.
"I would be willing to work with
the county for free," he said, offer-
ing to follow up on his initial con-
tacts with landowners.
Mr. Williams proposed a 200-
foot right of way that could eventu-
ally accommodate four lanes. He
said the road could be built in sec-
tions once right of way was
acquired. Although he talked of a
limited access road, Mr. Williams
suggested that each property
owner along the route have access
to the road.
He stated that there was not a

single home or building along the
proposed route.
"We need this bypass road," he
"This is going to be a tremen-
dous job, as your know, but go
ahead and get started," he urged
"It's becoming more obvious all
the time we need to bypass Okee-
chobee," was the opinion of com-
mission chairman Ray Domer.
"Get the right of way before
more land is developed," Mr.
Williams urged commissioners.
The proposed bypass would
start on S. R. 78 west of Eagle Bay
and proceed in a northwesterly
direction before turning north and
crossing S. R. 70 just west of Lazy 7.
Mr. Williams proposed a rail-
road overpass over the CSX tracks
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would then curve to the east, cross
U. S. 98 N. just north of Basswood
and proceed along the northern
edge of Basswood. It would then
cross U. S 441 N. at Cemetery
Road, and curve to the south,
crossing S.R. 70 E. at the Okee-
chobee County Agri-Civic Center.
From there the proposed route
makes several turns before cross-
ing S. R. 710 and joining U. S. 441
S.E. east of Ancient Oaks.
The proposed route would
include two railroad crossings and
several bridges.
The commissioners took no
action on Mr. William's proposal.
Post your opinions
in thePublic Issues Forum at Reporter
Pete Gawda may be reached

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deadline draws near

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students can register by March 9,
for the next national ACT test
date. The test will be adminis-
tered nationwide on Saturday,
April 14. Students who miss the
March 9, deadline can do a late
registration for an additional fee.
The late registration deadline is
March 23. Students can register
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they can get registration materials
from high school counselors.
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leges and universities that use
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achievement test covering four
subject areas: English, reading,
mathematics, and science. Stu-
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Achieveing excellence at EES
The following students are achieving excellence in the classroom: Kindergarten Beau Rexroad, Daniel Meza, Jimmy Roland,
Zachary Johnson First grade Kobe Crews, Kassie Weldon, Patricia Alexander, Keith Morgan Second grade Morgan Howell,
Cassie Reardon, Rosalio Elias, Kyra Pfingston, Cassidy Giles Third grade Wesley Davis, Valerie Alvarez, Brittani Mellette,
Elizabeth Darko, Kayla Brady Fourth grade Tyler Elliott, Daniel Waller, Matthew Bacher, Scott Barlow, Willie Jervier Fifth
grade Yogesh Utam, Terry Boatwright, Abelardo Yanez, Autumn Wofford. Congratulations to our many outstanding students.

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Arrest Report

The following individuals were
arrested on felony or driving
under the influence (DUI)
charges by the Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO),
the Okeechobee City Police
Department (OCPD), the Florida
Highway Patrol (FHP), the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) or the
Department of Corrections
Raymond Leander Turner,
64, S.E. Sixth St., Okeechobee
was arrested Feb. 20 by the OCPD
on a charge of dealing in stolen
property. His bond was set at
Kimberly Ramaglia, 21, S.W.
28th St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Feb. 21. by Deputy Corporal S.
Green on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging her with aggra-
vated assault. She was released
on her own recognizance.
Gene Preston Woods, 21,
N.W. 20th St., Okeechobee, was
arrested Feb. 21 by Deputy
Sergeant J. Royal on an Okee-
chobee County warrant charging
him with violation of probation -
armed trespass on property. His
bond was set at $10,000.

Emmanuel Preston Knight,
35, S.E. Third Ave., South Bay, was
arrested Feb. 21 by Deputy Cpl. S.
Green on an Okeechobee County
warrant charging him with grand
theft motor vehicle. His bond
was set at $5,000.
Benjamin Dunnam, 18, N.W
Fifth St., Okeechobee, was arrest-
ed Feb. 22 by Deputy Bryan Lowe
on the felony charges of burglary
and impeding telephone trans-
mission. He was also charged
with the misdemeanors of petit
theft, violation of probation bat-
tery and failure to appear no
valid driver's license. His bond on
these charges was set at $22,750.
He was also arrested by Deputy
William Maerki on misdemeanor
charges of battery and trespass of
a structure or conveyance. His
bond on these charges was set at
This column lists arrests and
not convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone listed here who is
later found innocent or has had
the charges against them dropped
is welcome to inform this news-
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Jeanette Elizabeth Stillrich, age
65, a winter resident of Okee-
chobee, died Tuesday,Feb. 20,
2007, at Raulerson Hospital. Born
May 29, 1941, in Frederick, Md.
She had been a winter resident of
Okeechobee for the past five
years and enjoyed church, fishing,
family and traveling. She was a
member of the Araby Maryland
United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband
of 42 years, Frank Stillrich; son,
Erik F. Stillrich (Jen Stockman);
daughters, and Jennifer Stillrich
(Michael McAlister) all of Freder-

ick, Md.; Vanessa (Mike) Cronise
of Boonsboro, Md.; and brother
Richard Ausherman of
Keedeysville, Md.
The family has no plans for
local services.
All local arrangements are
under the care and direction of
Buxton Funeral Home and Cre-
matory, 110 N.E. Fifth Street,

Gina Brea Walton
Gina Brea Walton, age 20, for,
merly of Okeechobee died Feb.
17, 2007, in Okeechobee. She was
born April 30, 1986, in Ft. Pierce
to Gina Joan Plunkett and Brian K.
Walton. Miss Walton was active

duty United States Air Force sta-
tioned in North Carolina. She was
a 2004, graduate of Okeechobee
High School.
Miss Walton
was a dedicat-
ed member of
the Okee-
chobee High
School Band as
well as the
Color Guard.
Miss Walton
is survived by Gina Brea
her mother, Walton
Gina Joan Har-
rell of Boaz, Ala.; father, Brian K.
Walton of Lawrenceville, Ga.; step-
father, Wayne (Juanita) Harrell of
Okeechobee; sister, Samantha

Harrell of Okeechobee; three
brothers, Robbie Harrell and Bran-
don Ashley of Okeechobee and
Eric Raulerson; grandparents,
Marie andJ.T. Plunkett of Cullman,
Ala. and Ron and Memory Walton
of Melbourne; several aunts,
uncles, cousins, and friends.
Visitation will be from I until 2
p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at
Okeechobee Shrine Club on S.R.
78, with funeral services begin-
ning at 2 p.m.
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobeefu-
All arrangements are entrusted
to the care of Bass Okeechobee
Funeral Home and Crematory.
205 N.E. Second St., Okeechobee.

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would like and share your comments (but no personal attacks or pro-
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Comments will be published in the newspaper as space permits.,
TAX ON FOOD: I thought that food items such as bread, milk and
eggs, etc. are considered non-taxable. There is a convenience store that
charges tax on all these items. The cashier said this is how the owner
has it on his cash register. Can someone provide information on that?
Are convenience stores allowed to charge tax on food?

ART FEST: Hooray for the Top of the Lake Art Fest! We need to go,
enjoy, and support the artists with our purchases. Artists who' travel,
bring their artwork, eat, stay in our motels, and set up in the park will
judge us by how well they do financially. Help make them want to
come back to Okeechobee.

MISS OKEECHOBEE: Now that we are finally going to have a county
fair, maybe they could organize a Miss Okeechobee County pageant.
The other counties have pageants as part of their county fairs.

CONSTRUCTION: There was a question in last Friday's Speak Out
about ongoing construction on the Kissimmee River west of the bridge
on S.R. 78. I1 believe you misunderstood the location. It is on the river a
few hundred yards up River Road, not on S.R. 78 itself, and has a sign in
front of the office trailer indicating that work started July 6, 2006. It
appears to be at least a million dollar project. We would appreciate
your revisiting the project in question and enlightening us.

GOLF LESSONS: I would like to know if there is anyone who teaches
golf lessons to children ages 11-up.

CIVIL LIBERTARIANS: I read the commentary by Ronald Fraser
about corrupt cops and I see he got the right answer, like all civil liber-
ties unions. Eliminate the drug war and quit making the cops chase
these bad guys. That way they could just deal with the streets, be more
competitive, prices would come down and they would be respected
citizens like, maybe, Walgreen's. Great work civil liberties. I'm glad my
tax dollars support you.

DONT RESENT THE MONEY: In response to the person who thinks
most northerners are rude...I'll bet you don't resent the money they
bring to the community.

DRIVE THE POSTED SPEED: I need to respond to the article regard-
ing us "Northerners" being rude and driving slow. The fact is, we are
driving the posted speed, not trying to qualify for next year's Daytona.
When you local people barrel upon us from behind, it just seems we
are driving 10 mph. Tune ino o the local news in the morning and take
notice of the number of wrecks, rollovers, etc. on 195. This is caused by
one thing, excessive speed. Also, that little lever to the left of the steering
wheel activates the turn signals! Try it sometime. One more thing,
when you are pushing your shopping cart (you call them buggies for
some reason) around the local markets, you need to watch where
you're going. The aisles are not real wide and most days these stores
are jammed packed. Oh, and if your cart is so full it's about to run over,
please avoid the 20 items or less checkout lanes. Talk about rude!

POST OFFICE: The holidays are long over but the lines at the Post
Office are still out the door. I had a package that I had to sign for, and
tried four different days. The line was always so long that I couldn't
afford to wait. I finally went on Saturday, and the line was out the door
but I waited. It took an hour to pick up one package. They used to have
a window where you could just pick up packages, but they don't do
that anymore. That office seriously needs more help. We should all
write the Postmaster General to complain.

CONCRETE HOUSES: I am responding to the comments about the
concrete houses plant. The paper says the jobs wiliaverag6 salaries of
$40,000. That's good money for Okeechobee. However, sadly, the
housing market went so crazy that a person who makes $40,000 a year
can't afford to buy a house. Five years ago, it would have been no prob-
lem. Now, even a small house is more than $100,000. I am glad that
new concrete housing development will be open to all buyers because
it may be the only way many Okeechobee families will be able to afford
their own homes.

COUNTY FAIR: People are asking why they picked those dates for
the County Fair. The fair has to be scheduled for the week of the Live-
stock Show, and the Livestock Show can't be changed because it has to
be in a certain time frame to meet the 4-H and FFA rules.

FREE FAIR: I know the Free Fair is the American Legion's big
fundraiser every year. I was wondering if someone from the Legion
would give the breakdown on how much they raise each year what
they use the money for. I think people might support the Fair more if
they knew the money was going to a good cause.

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Upcoming Events

Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or
(863) 467-5474.
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly #669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited.
All persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and
becoming a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see
what we are all about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800)
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. It will be an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St. It will be an open speaker meeting.
Highlands Social Dance Club welcomes the public to their dance
every Friday, from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. at the Sebring Lions Club on
Sebring Parkway, one mile east of U.S. 27 in Sebring. Tickets are $5
for members and $6 for guests. For information, call (863) 471-0559
or (863) 385-6671.
Nar-anon Helps the family of the drug user attain serenity and a
more normal home. life, regardless of whether or not he or she has
stopped sing. We meet every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead
Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863)
Okeechobee Christian Cycles will meet every Saturday at 7:30
a:m. at the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave. A ride will follow a
short business meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice before join-
ing. For information, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247;
Debbie Izzo at (863) 634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.
A.A. meets from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour,
200 N.W. Third St. It will be an open step meeting.
A.A. open 12 step meeting from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Children's
Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m. The ori-
entation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in Okee-
chobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a
question/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus,
2229 N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program
at 1-(800) 403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at Buck-
head Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For information call
(863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okeechobee
Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys
singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for
your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at (863) 532-
Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at Gold-
en Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The meetings are open to
the public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-0158.
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
A.A. Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863)
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 inter-
ested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There
is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510..
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
call (863) 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,
contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott Ave.,
at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church next
to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For informa-
tion, 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 meet-
Women of Tomorrow ABWA Women of Tomorrow chapter meets
from noon until 1 p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott
Ave. For information call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian
Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator.
Another group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Depart-
ment, 1798 N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the
group facilitator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with
Shirlean Graham as the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.
Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone inter-
ested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There
is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security
Death Index and military information available. For information, call
Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412 N.W.
Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at (863) 357-
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 information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863)
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 209 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will
be available there from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will meet
from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St.
For information, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.

Okeechobee Historical Society/Marie Brantley
Looking back ...
In 1964 Robbie Brantley and his grandfather William
Brantley stood in front of what is now known as Marvin
Brantley's property on South Parrott Avenue. After you
look at the huge string of speckled perch, notice the small
cottages in the background. This was known as Page's
Auto Court. Before motels, travelers had a choice of
hotels or auto courts where you could sleep and cook
inside and park your car at the front door. If you have an
old photo to share, email it to,
or bring it by the newspaper office, 107 S.W. 17th Street
(behind Porters Cleaners) during office hours (8 a.m. to 5
p.m., Monday-Friday) and we will copy it while you wait.

Community Events

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 through Saturday, Feb. 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 sum-
mer camp for kids with cancer.

Church hosts gospel sing
Believers Fellowship Church, 300 S.W. Sixth Ave., will host a
gospel sing on Friday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
For information, call (863) 612-0640.

Christian church will host revival
Westside Christian Church, 8082 S.R. 70 W, will hold their 2007
revival services on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at 6 p.m. Ser-
vices on Sunday, Feb. 25, will begin at 6 p.m. The guest speaker will
be Reverend Louis Hall of Patrick Springs, Va. For information, 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 informa-
tion, call (863) 763-1699.
4-Hers to clean saddles
The Bits and Spurs 4-H Club will hold a saddle cleaning and
oiling fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, at
Eli's Trailer Sales on State Road 70. Bring your dirty saddles, and
let the 4-Hers clean and oil them. Funds raised will be used for 4-
H programs. For more information, contact Paula Daniel at 763-
8185 or 447-1919.

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-
da's bats and their importance to our ecosystem at the Visitor's Cen-
ter, 23500 S.W. Kanner Highway, Canal Point, on Saturday, Feb. 24,
at 10 a.m. Cynthia W. Marks, co-founder of the Florida Bat Conser-
vancy, 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,
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 informa-
tion, 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 Live-
stock 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 Flagler
Parks #3 and 4, and will be Okeechobee's first juried art show. For
information, contact Okeechobee Main Street at (863) 357-MAIN.
Radio program on Zora Neal Hurston
Family Stations, Inc. will host a radio talk show on Saturday, Feb.
24, starting at 7:30 a.m. The show will be rebroadcast at I and 6
p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3FM. The special guests will be
Jody Bonet, director of St. Lucie County Cultural Affairs and Marjorie
Cook-Harrell, first chair of the Zora Festival committee. The topic of
the show will be Zora Neal Hurston, her connection with Fort
Pierce, books to read, Zorafest 2007 and the Zora Neal Hurston Dust
Tracks Heritage Trail. For information, contact Jody Bonet, St. Lucie
County Cultural Affairs at (772) 462-2548 or Marjorie Cook-Harrell
at (772) 468-2525 or visit
Easter cantata rehearsals scheduled
The Okeechobee Community Choir, under the direction of
Sandy Perry, will begin rehearsals for its eighth annual Easter can-
tata on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 2 until 4 p.m. at the Seventh Day
Adventist Church, 412 N.W. Sixth St. This year's cantata "Lord
of Lords" will be presented on Palm Sundayweekend, March
30 and 31 at the KOA Convention Center, 4276 U.S. 441 S. Singers
should be able to match pitch and read music a little. Rehearsals
are fast-paced, challenging and loads of fun. Winter residents are
always welcome and there are no auditions. For information, call
Sandy at (863) 634-7714.

The Okeechobee News, Friday, February 23,2007



The Okeechobee News, Friday, February 23, 2007

Brahman rodeo team brings home awards A

The Brahman rodeo team
brought home a first place cham-
pionship in pole bending, as well
as awards in other events at last
weekend's three-state Dixie
Challenge high school rodeo.
The team traveled 200 miles
north to Jacksonville to compete
against cowboys and cowgirls
from across Georgia, South Car-
olina and Florida. Even though
the arena was covered, it was
not heated and with tempera-
tures dipping into the low 20's
and 30's, it made the competi-
tion more difficult.
The results of the individual
events were: pole bending- Jes-
sica Ziglar-first place; goat tying-
Maci Culligan-sixth place and
Shelby Carden-eighth place; bar-
rels-Jessica Ziglar-fifth place;
bareback-Jacoby Johns-second
place; bull riding-Logan Coker-
second place and Sidney Barber-
third place; calf roping-Nick
Mazzilli-10th place and team
roping-J.R. Gomez and Hilliard
Gopher-sixth place.
The team has 10 rodeos
behind them and six rodeos
remaining before state finals in
June. With only the top 15 in
each event advancing to state,
the leader board can change
drastically from rodeo to rodeo.
Here are the Brahman team's
current state standings:
Barrels: Jessica Ziglar-sixth
and Justina Stokes-15th; pole
bending: Jessica Ziglar-second,
Shelby Carden-17th and Breanne
Lee-26th; breakaway: Breanne
Lee-ninth, Jessica Ziglar- 17th,
Maci Culligan-19th and Shelby
Carden-23rd; goat tying: Shelby
Carden-15th and Jessie Cofield-
25th; bareback: Jacoby Johns-
second; saddle bronc: Chasey
Bass-first; bull riding: Newt Matt-
son-fourth, Logan Coker-eighth
and Sidney Barber-14th; calf rop-

Submitted photos/Darlene Bass
Jessica Ziglar placed first in
pole bending and fifth place in
barrels at last weekend's
Dixie Challenge in Jaick-
sonville. Ziglar is currently
ranked in second place in
pole bending, sixth place in
barrels and 17th in breakaway
in the Florida state rankings.

Logan Coker took second
place in bull riding last
weekend at the Dixie Chal-
lenge in Jacksonville. He is
ranked eighth in the state in
the event.
ing: Nick Mazzilli-sixth and
Hilliard Gopher-19th; Team rop-
ing: J.R. Gomez and Hilliard
Gopher-third and Shelby Carden
and Breanne Lee-22nd.
The team's next rodeo will be

Brahman rodeo team member
Jacoby Johns placed second
in bareback riding at last
weekend's Florida High
School Rodeo Association
rodeo in Jacksonville. He is
currently ranked second in the
state in bareback competition.

Sidney Barber finished in
third place in bull riding last
weekend at the Dixie Chal-
lenge in Jacksonville. He is
currently ranked 14th in the
state in bull riding.
Feb. 23 and 24 in Ocala. The
team still has a very busy sched-
ule ahead of them. The remain-
ing schedule is: Feb. 23 and 24-
Ocala; March 10 and 11-Pierson
(cutting on the 10th only after
the night performance); March
24 and 25-Lakeland; April 7-
Green Cove Springs; April 28 and

la w .

Shelby Carden finished in
eighth place in goat tying at
the inaugural Dixie Challenge
in Jacksonville last weekend.
She is currently ranked 15th
in the state in goat tying and
23rd in breakaway.

Maci Culligan tOOK sixtn
place in goat tying at the
Dixie Challenge held last
weekend in Jacksonville.
29-Williston and June 7 through
10-State Finals-Silver Spurs
Arena, Kissimmee.
The team is selling their new
Okeechobee High School Rodeo
decal. If you are interested in
purchasing one of these decals
to show your support for the
team, please contact Darlene
Bass at (863) 634-5815.

OHS Baseball Schedules

Varsity Baseball
Head coach: Dylan Tedders
TLC-Tteasure Lake Conference
game. District-district game.
Feb. 23: vs. Glades Central
Raiders-7 p.m. (District)
Mar. 2: vs. Lincoln Park-7 p.m.
(District and TLC)
Mar. 3: vs. Fort Pierce Central- 11
Mar. 6: vs. Forest Hill-7 p.m.
I Mar.9: vs. Jensen Beadh-7 p.m.
(District and TLC) i! i:
:Mar. 10: at Treasure Coast-1
p.m. (TLC)
Mar. 13: at Westwood-3:30 p.m.
(District and TLC)
Mar. 16: at Glades Central-7 p.m.
Mar. 17: vs. St. Albans-5 p.m.
Mar. 27: at Jensen Beach-7 p.m.
Mar. 30: at Forest Hill-7 p.m.

Apr. 3: at Lincoln Park (Lawn-
wood)-7 p.m. (District) *
Apr. 5: vs. Westwood-7 p.m.
Apr. 7: at Port St. Lucie-12 noon
Apr. 10: at Suncoast-7 p.m. (Dis-
Apr. 12: vs. Sebastian River-6:30
p.m. (TLC)
Apr. 13: vs. Suncoast-7 p.m.
Apr. 17: vs. TLC Championship
Round-7 p.m.
Apr. 18: vs. Glades Day-6:30
Apr. 23: at Lawnwood District
Round One-G1 (2 vs. 7) and G2 (3
vs. 6)-4 p.m.
Apr. 23: at Lawnwood District
Round One-G3 (4 vs. 5)-7 p.m.
Apr. 25: at Lawnwood District
Round Two-G4 (1 vs. WG3) G5
(WG1 vs. WG2)-7 p.m.

Apr. 26: at Lawnwood District
Championship-4 and 7 p.m.
May 1: Regional Quarter-Final-
May 4: Regional Semi-Final-TBA
May 8: Regional Championship-
May 18: State Series Semi-Final-
May 19: State Title Game-Sara-
Junior Varsity
"A" Team
Head coach: Tim Jenkins
Feb. 24: vs. Centennial-11 a.m.
Mar. 1: at Jensen Beach-6 p.m.
Mar. 3: vs. Sebastian River (dou-
ble header)-l :30 p.m.
Mar. 6: at Lake Placid-6 p.m.
Mar. 8: at South Fork-6 p.m.
Mar. 10: vs. Jensen Beach-1

Mar. 13: vs. Westwood-5 p.m.
Mar. 16: vs. Lake Placid-6 p.m.
Mar. 17: vs. St. Albans-2:30 p.m.
Mar. 19: vs. Sebring-5 p.m.
Mar. 28: vs. South Fork-6 p.m.
Mar. 31: at Jensen Beach (dou-
ble header)-I 1 a.m.
Apr. 3: vs. Lincoln Park-5 p.m.
April 5: at Lincoln Park (Lawn-
wood)-5 p.m.
"B" Team
Head coach: Phil Spearow
Feb. 24: at Lincoln Park (Lawn-
wood)-1 1 a.m.
Mar. 3: at Westwood-1 p.m.
Mar. 10: vs. Jensen Beach-11
Mar. 13: at Glades Day-4 p.m.
Mar. 15: vs. Martin County-6
Mar. 17: vs. St. Albans-12 noon
Mar. 27: at Moore Haven-5 p.m.
Mar. 30: vs. Moore Haven-6 p.m.

OHS Brahman Spring Sports Schedules

Head coach (girls): Jay Huff-
Head coach (boys): Dave Ellis
Feb. 27: vs. Treasure Coast H.S.
(Okee. Sports Complex)-3:30 p.m.
Mar. 1: at Ft. Pierce Westwood
(Lawnwood)-3:30 p.m.
Mar. 6: vs. Avon Park (Okee.
Sports Complex)-4 p.m.
Mar. 7: vs. Jensen Beach (Okee.
Sports Complex)-3:30 p.m.
Mar. 8: vs. South Fork (Okee.
Sports Complex)-3:30 p.m.
Mar. 13: at Ft. Pierce Central
(Lawnwood)-4 p.m.
Mar, 14: vs. Sebastian River
(Okee. Sports Complex)-3 p.m.
Mar. 27: at Martin County (Mar-

tin Downs Country Club)-3:30 p.m.
Mar. 29: at Clewiston (Down-
town Clewiston)-4 p.m.
Mar. 30: vs. Hardee (Okee.
Sports Complex)-4 p.m. .
Apr. 3: at Port St. Lucie High
School-3:30 p.m.
Apr. 5: vs. Ft. Pierce Central
(Okee. Sports Complex)-3:30 p.m.
Apr. 10: Treasure Lake Confer-
ence Championship (boys-home,
Apr. 12: at Sebring (boys)
(Country Club of Sebring)-4 p.m.
Apr. 12: at Sebring (girls) (Sun
and Lakes)-4 p.m.
Apr. 16-17: Districts-TBA-8 p.m.
Flag Football
Head coach: TBA

Mar. 15: vs. Pahokee-7 p.m.
Mar. 26: at Seminole Ridge H.S.-
7 p.m.
Mar. 28: at Glades. Central H.S.-
Apr. Wellington H.S.-TBA
Apr. 13: at Royal Palm Beach

Head coach (boys): Ty Smith.
Head coach (girls): Brian
Feb. 27: Port St. Lucie Invitation-
al at PSL-3 p.m.
Mar. 3: Wildcat Open at Winter
Mar. 6: Freshman/Sophomore
girls meet at Lawnwood-TBA
Mar. 8: Moore Haven Meet at

Sports Briefs

Rodeo tickets
now on sale
Reserved seat tickets for the
Okeechobee Cattlemen's spring
rodeo are now on sale at Eli's West-
ern Wear, 907 West North Park
Street. Tickets are $13 in advance
and $15 at the gate. The rodeo is
scheduled for March 13 and 14 at
the Cattlemen's Rodeo Arena on
U.S. 441 North. Both performances
will begin at 2:30 p.m. The rodeo is
sponsored by the Okeechobee Cat-
tlemen's Association, the Profes-
sional Rodeo Cowboys' Associa-
tion and the Women's Professional
Rodeo Association. For ticket infor-
mation, call (863) 763-2984.
Lil Brahmans baseball
Sign-ups this weekend
Chobee Lil' Brahmans baseball,
Little League ages 5-14 year old
sign-ups will be held at Beef
O'Brady's on Saturday and Sunday,
Feb. 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. until 4
For information call James
Shockley at (863) 634-3482; or
Albian Crowell at (863) 697-2576.

Golf 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 tour-
nament 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 per-
son or $200 per team. Sponsor-
ships are available at $100 per tee.
Entry fees will include golf and
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 Xtreme Bulls
to be at Brighton
The Dodge Xtreme Bulls Tour
will make its first-ever stop in Okee-
chobee 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 chil-
dren 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-
tions to the arena can be found at

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

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
Hospice of Okeechobee at (863)
467-2321 for information.
Adult baseball
players needed
Adult (18 and over) players are
wanted for a men's baseball team.
If interested, contact George at
(863) 634-7657.

Moore Haven-TBA
Mar. 10: Bill Wilson Relays at
Sebastian River-TBA
Mar. 17: Treasure Lake Confer-
ence Championship at Jensen
Beach High School-9 a.m.
Mar. 28: Tentative home meet-
Mar. 30: Trinity Prep Invitational
at Trinity Prep-TBA
Apr. 3: Ft. Pierce Westwood
Meet at Lawnwood-TBA
Apr. 5-7: Florida Relays-TBA
Apr. 10: Astronaut Invitational at
Apr. 16-20: District Meet-TBA
Apr. 26-27: Regional Meet-TBA
May 4: State Meet-TBA


Submitted photo/Darlene Bass
Chasey Bass of Okeechobee showed the form that earned
him a championship in the Dixie Challenge in Jacksonville.

Local saddle bronc rider

wins championship

Chasey Bass of Okeechobee
and William Smith of South Caroli-
na shared the saddle bronc cham-
pionship at the Florida High
School Rodeo Association first,
Dixie Challenge in Jacksonville on
Feb. 17. The competition included
riders from Georgia, South Caroli-
na and Florida.
In Saturday night's perform-
ance, Bass watched three other
riders score before he climbed
into the chute. He knew that he
had to be aggressive-in his ride
and it paid off.
With three competitors
remaining in the event, Bass was-
n't sure if his 70 score would hold
up for first place.
William Smith was awarded a
re-ride and ended his ride with a

score of 70, tying Bass for the
championship. Both .earned the
Dixie Challenge championship title
in saddle bronc and both earned a
championship buckle. With only
one buckle present at the awards
ceremony, Bass did not want to flip
for the buckle (a standard practice
when two or more tie for first
place). He told the FHSRA state
president and secretary that since
Florida was the hosting state to give
the buckle to Smith and Bass
would wait until his was ordered.
Bass is currently holding first
place in saddle bronc and second
place in boys' cutting in the FHSRA.
With six rodeos left in the season
before state finals, Bass will have to
work hard to bring home another
state championship title.

Submitted photo
Tennessee buck
James Sharpe, 14, killed his first buck near his grandpar-
ents' home in Altamont, Tenn. His grandparents are Otis
and Ann Hampton of Altamont, Tenn. His parents are Bo
and Staci Sharpe of Okeechobee.

Lady Brahman

Softball Schedule

Head coach: Kim Hargraves
Junior varsity game times list-
ed first.
Varsity games follow Junior
Feb. 23 and 24: TBA-Caloosa
Mar 1: at Jensen Beach H.S.-
5/7 p.m.
Mar 2 and 3: Fourth Annual
JV Classic-TBA

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Developers promise to build new affordable homes

By Ideybis Gonzalez
INI Florida
CLEWISTON A new devel-
opment project is underway for
the construction of new homes in
Montura, which according to
Executive Coordinator of Sales for
Montura Ranch Developers, LLC,
Claudiangela Ramirez "will be
affordable but with above-stan-
dard materials."
For the last few months, mem-

Montura Ranch Developer's, LLC
have been studying the needs, and
economic situations of the resi-
dents in Montura, with the help of a
long time resident Cecilia Braun-
stein, to help the developers better
meet the communities desires and
possibly offer homes at a reason-
able and affordable range.
The project's general contrac-
tor, Carter Construction and
Development Inc., promises to
build single family homes with

and others in the area interested
in buying a home.
"We want to keep the cost of
these custom built homes especial-
ly for the essential workforce pro-
fessions in education, law enforce-
ment, fire protection and medical,"
said Hume M. Rennick, with Mon-
tura Ranch Developers, LLC. "The
project is quite simple and promis-
es to be a fast, easy, and least
expensive way to build a home," in
the Montura area, he said.

working in drumming up interest
in its properties, which serve to
meet a population of the commu-
nity that is now struggling to find
good housing options. For many
who currently commute to work
in the Clewiston area, the hous-
ing may just be the thing they're
looking for.
The price of the homes will
range from $139,500 to $254,900
depending on whether the lots are
purchased with or without lots.

than six months from beginning to
the end," said Mr. Rennick. "We
will also help the client with all the
financing from start to finish
despite your credit, we will help
you," he added.
The plan now is to have the first
phase of the construction begin in


about a month's time.
For more information about
the project, contact Claudiangela
Ramirez at (786) 239-9301 or
(863) 983-2834.
Staff writerIdeybis Gonzalez
can be reached at

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Maureen Kleinman Uc. Real Estate Broker' (863) 7634356

bers of the development team of top quality materials for families The organization is currently "The homes will take no longer

Corps studies dike repairs' impact

By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Corps of Engineers does not want
to tear up anyone's property.
Responding to concerns of
property owners with homes
located along the edge of the
Herbert Hoover Dike, the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers is hop-
ing to assuage residents' fears
that their property will not be
torn up to make repairs to the
aging structure.
One of the goals of the corps at
this point, according to Susan
Jackson, public affairs specialist
for the organization, is minimiz-
ing the amount of work that will
have to be carried over onto per-

sonal property.
Work at the moment is
focused on finding ways around
"negatively impacting homes out
there," Ms. Jackson said.
The issue with the impact on
personal property has only
recently been brought to the fore-
front after some in the Pahokee
community found out about the
plans which would mean buy-
ing personal property along the
dike to allow for a construction
project to strengthen the dike.
Last year, all eyes seemed to
focus on the condition of the
levee, built in the early half of
the 1900s to provide flood pro-
tection. Today, the dike has
seepage and piping problems
that some fear can compromise

the levee's integrity.
At a meeting in Pahokee sever-
al weeks ago, residents were very
vocal about opposing any plan to
purchase real estate property, up
to 150 feet of it, from property
owners to extend construction
work relating to the levee.
But corps officials say the work
may be necessary, although any
current plans to move forward in
that direction are certainly not set
in stone, they said.
Currently, the first reach of
work is being broken into four
separate sub-reaches that are
being worked on simultaneously,
according to Ms. Jackson. To keep
the community well informed,
the corps is planning meetings to
hear the community's input on

the progress of the project.
"We don't want to surprise
anybody with what we're doing,"
The corps hopes a topography
study will reveal more informa-
tion about the extent of the work,
and how far that may affect
homeowners. The corps won't
know for sure until later this year,
possibly summer, if that work will
be necessary.
"What determines everything
is the geology," said Ms. Jackson.
Some options remain.
"If we can save people's prop-
erty by doing a little deeper," that
is what the corps will do, said Ms.
Jose Zaragoza can be reached at

Glades County approves development plans

By Nena Bolan
INI Florida
County Commissioners meeting
Feb. 13 focused on land develop-
ment, which has been an issue for
several months. Construction
projects from the Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation were also
Larry Hilton proposed an
amendment to the Glades County
Land Development Regulations.
These proposals ask the county to
adopt revisions to the regulations.
The first revision involves
keeping explosives on agricultur-
al land. Currently the county does
not have a category specifically
for the storage of explosives.
The revised table of zoning dis-
trict uses established guidelines
for the location of land where
explosives may be stored. Specifi-

cally, the location of storage may
not be accepted if it is within one
mile of an area where the future
land use is not agricultural open
flood plain, agricultural open, or
The second revision creates
planning developments for
parcels of land less than ten acres.
Reducing the minimum number
of acres will ensure that the
Planned Unit Development zon-
ing district is available to, and
usable by, developers of smaller
A third revision addresses an
observation of the Community
Development Department. They
have noted the difficulty many
residents have in regards to the
placing of accessory buildings on
smaller lots. This results from hav-
ing to meet the setback require-
ment for a principal structure.

There is now a revised table of
requirements called Minimum
Dimensional Standards for Devel-
opment. The table establishes set-
backs for accessory structures of
five feet in the side and rear yards
of a property.
A fourth revision concerns the
nuisance ordinance which has
been amended to define the term
nuisance as the doing of an act, or
the omitting to perform a duty, or
the suffering or permitting of any
condition to exist, or tends to
depreciate the property value of
others. The ordinance's language
relevant to the keeping of domes-
tic livestock specifically states,
"Pertaining to the keeping of any
animal; shall not create a nui-
sance with regard to noise, odor,
vectors, dust, vibration, or other
nuisance effects beyond the prop-
erty lines of the parcel upon

which the use is located."
Representatives from Florida
Department of Transportation
were present at the meeting to
discuss construction in. Muse.
This will be the widening and
resurfacing of C.R. 731 and C.R.
720, and a bridge replacement.
Since a bridge closure is neces-
sary, the Florida Department of
Transportation has decided to
work in cooperation with Glades
County School District to ensure
that the closure will not affect
school bus transportation. The
project will be done during the
summer of 2008 when school ses-
sions are closed.
FDOT representatives also
briefed the county commission-
ers on the project status of bike
paths and sidewalks in Ortona
and Lakeport.
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Mahoney promises to promote economic development

videotape prepared for the Glades
County Economic Development
Council's annual luncheon, held
Jan. 26 at Maine's Best Seafood at
the Port LaBelle Inn, freshman
Congressman Tim Mahoney
pledged to work with local officials
to work to protect the rural quality
of life while helping to find oppor-
tunities to help Glades County
The Venus Democrat expressed
his regrets at being unable to
attend the luncheon, having visited
Glades County during the annual
legislative delegation luncheon
hosted by the EDC in November.
The former businessman and
entrepreneur said he ran for Con-
gress to help ensure America's abil-
ity to compete and win in a global
"Today, America is just waking
up to the threat of global competi-
tion. We see it at the super Wal-
Mart where the majority of prod-
ucts come from the Far East. We
see it when our husbands and
wives shop on ebay and purchase
products made in Britain that are
delivered to our door by UPS the

next day," Congressman Mahoney
said. "It takes the form of cheap cit-
rus from Brazil, or beef from
"Three weeks ago I was a busi-
ness man and entrepreneur with
over 25 year experience in the
computing and financial services
industry. As the founder of several
businesses and a nonprofit, I've
spent my life working to create
jobs, dedicated to fostering innova-
tive entrepreneurship to making
sure America continues to be on
the cutting edge of innovation and
the world economy."
Congressman Mahoney
pledged to work with local leaders
"100 percent" to foster economic
development in Glades County and
throughout the district.
Congressman Mahoney specifi-
cally cited the FPL power plant.
"I congratulate you on your
efforts to bring the power plant to
Glades County, knowing it will
bring jobs, build infrastructure and
provide a tax base on which you
can build," Congressman
Mahoney said. "Your efforts to
recruit businesses and tourism are
the kind of economic development

model which will produce results
now and in the future."
The Florida representative said
by working with industry and gov-
ernment, Glades community lead-
ers are on the path of success and
financial security.
"As the father of a 20-year-old
daughter, I understand the impor-
tance of a strong economy that
offers good paying jobs, jobs with a
future. You have enormous poten-
tial here in Glades County and
already have many accomplish-
ments to celebrate.
"Earlier this week I had the
honor of attending the President's
State of the Union address and I
was happy that he agreed with us
that energy security should be a top
priority, by calling for a reduction in
U.S. gasoline usage by 20 percent
in the next ten years."
The freshman Congressman
noted Glades County stands to
benefit greatly from the increased
demand for alternative fuels.
"By diversifying our energy sup-
ply through production of citrus
and sugar based ethanol and other
alternative and renewable ener-
gies, we'll make America more

secure, our environment cleaner,
our pocketbooks fuller and our
communities stronger," Mr.
Mahoney said. "It has the potential
to give our children the opportunity
to compete in the global economy
without having to leave home."
Saying his job in Congress is to
make sure his constituents get
what they pay for with their taxes,
Mahoney pledged to be a strong
advocate for Glades County.
"I'm committed to working
with you every step of the way in
this coming year," Mahoney said.
Echoing the Congressman's
remarks, Glades County manager
Wendell Taylor told the bankers,
real estate agents and other busi-
ness people attending the lunch-
eon about new projects on the
horizon in Glades County,
announcing plans to build a new
yacht storage facility in Ortona,
plans to develop a 2000-unit
planned unit development near
Moore Haven, and anticipated start
of construction at Muse Rural Vil-
lage, a 3,500 unit mixed use devel-
opment by Lykes scheduled to
break ground this year.

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Narcotics Anonymous meets-
Mondays at 7 p.m. for open discus-
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Christian Church, 3 Linda Road,

Buckhead Ridge. For more infor-
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Calling all
The Black and Gold Jubilee will
sponsor a photography contest for

the upcoming April 21, festival. The
deadline for entrants to submit
photos is Friday, March 23, at 5 p.m.
The entrant must be the photogra-
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counties surrounding Lake Okee-
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Glades, Okeechobee and Martin

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Bronson urges homeowners to prevent termite infestation

culture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son is warning Florida homeown-

ers that termite swarming season
has begun and they need to pro-
tect their homes from an infesta-
tion. Termites cause millions of

dollars in damage to houses in
Florida every year.
Swarming season occurs
when termites begin to "swarm"

Traveling by train
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portation. On Feb. 12, Ms. Marilyn and Ms. Sylvia and the class traveled on the train to
Sebring and had a picnic.

or leave their colonies to search
for new nesting sites. Many
homeowners discover that they
have a termite problem when
they find termite swarmers
(winged, black insects about
1/4-inch long) in their homes.
Although termites can be
found throughout Florida, at
least half of the homes in this
state have no termite protection.
The Department regulates and
licenses pest control companies
and conducts regular inspec-
tions to ensure the businesses
are adhering to the rules and reg-
.ulations governing pesticides.
Consumers can contact the
Department's Division of Agri-
cultural Environmental Services
to find out whether a pest con-
trol company is properly
licensed and to find out how
many consumer complaints
have been filed against a particu-
lar business.
"Most pest control operations
in Florida have the proper train-
ing and have good business prac-
tices," Mr. Bronson said. "But
there are unlicensed companies
out there, and when you are deal-
ing with something as serious as
termite infestations you want to
be sure the business is following
the law, and that employees are
properly trained and provide
effective and safe pest control."
The two types of termites that

are predominant in Florida are
subterranean termites, which live
in soil and attack structures from
the ground up, and drywood ter-
mites, which can live in wood in
a building and can go undetected
until they cause extensive, visible
damage. Licensed pest manage-
ment professionals have the
expertise to inspect buildings and
treat them to prevent an infesta-
tion or provide treatment when
the insects are found.
Steps that consumers can take
to protect their homes from this
destructive pest are:
Remove wood piles and
other cellulose sources from
areas under and next to their
Have an annual inspection
of their homes by a licensed pro-
fessional pest control company.
Direct water sources, such
as air conditioner drip lines and
roof downspouts, away from the
structure's foundation.

e When purchasing homes,
carefully check the termite pro-
tection history of the home.
Obtain a termite protection
contract and renew it annually.
Mr. Bronson said consumers
also need to be sure to read a ter-
mite protection contract before
signing it. Some contracts only
require that the company retreat
a home if termites are found.
Bronson says it's better to have a
"retreat and repair" contract,
which requires the pest control
business to repair any damage
caused by termites after a home
has been inspected and treated.
All Floridians are urged to take
advantage of information avail-
able from the Department about
how to protect their homes and
businesses against this destruc-
tive pest. Information is available
from the Department's web site
http://www.FloridaTermite- or by calling 1-800-
HELPFLA (1-800-435-7352).

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convention center, 4276 U.S. 441 S., nightly through Feb: 24 at 7 p.m. This year's production is full of fun with music,
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8 The Okeechobee News, Friday, February 23,2007

Community Events

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 telephone service
in Okeechobee. IWo 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 contact Bridgette Waldau
at (863) 467-7300 for information.
Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of Okee-
chobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and are good
for one year at selected businesses. Cards can be purchased at Car-
Quest, 300 N.W. Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. Proceeds
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 completion 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 Thurs-
day 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 N.W. Second St., will be host-
ing 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 9:310 a.m.
until noon. Child care will be provided for infants during the class. For
information, call (863) 763-4021.
VNA offers flu vaccines,
Flu vaccines are now available at Visiting Nurse Association, 208 S.E.
Park St., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon and from 1 until
4 p.m. There is no charge with Medicare Part B; 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 informa-
tion, call (863) 763-4242.
Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and advo-
cate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs. Volun-
teers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Local meetings
are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort Pierce. Call Penina
Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or, visit
Church offers religious classes
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 901 S.W Sixth St., will be offering reli-
gious education classes for children. Registrations for Catholic Christian
Doctrine (C.C.D.) are now being accepted. Classes for children in grades
kindergarten through ninth will be held every Sunday from 11:30 a.m.
until 12:35 p.m. For information, call the parish office at (863) 763-3727.
YMS collecting printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS) is collecting empty printer and copy
toner cartridges. They are sent in for credits that go toward school sup-
plies to be used by all students. To donate empty printer or toner car-
tridges, they can be dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W. 23rd Lane, or at The
Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave. Or call Tracy at (863) 462-5056, or Linda
at (863) 467-1484 for free pick up.
Childbirth education classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will hold childbirth educa-
tion classes at the Florida Community Health Center, 308 N.W. Fifth Ave.
For information, call the Healthy Start office at (863) 462-5877.

Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering
parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant
women and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will
receive a gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-
hour classes. You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of
completion. No child care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877 for
Center offers parenting classes
The Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505 S. Parrott Ave., Suite D,
offers a continuous ten-week free parenting class on Mondays from
7 until 8 p.m. at New Endeavor High School, 575 S.W. 28th St. The
school is located across the street from Osceola Middle School. For
information, call Al Jaquith at (863) 462-5000, ext. 282, or (863) 763-
Blood donors are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors in Okee-
chobee. The blood mobile will be at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S.
441 N., on the second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. until 1
p.m. The mobile unit will be at the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Par-
rott Ave., on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2
p.m. The month of August may be skipped. For information, call
(863) 382-4499. All blood types are needed. There is no upper age
limit, and most medications and conditions are acceptable. Dia-
betes and blood pressure donations can also be accepted. A picture
ID is needed for all donors.
Career Center aid in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., has services avail-
able at no charge to help people in their search for the right employ-
ee or job. For more, visit their web site at; or, call
(863) 462-5350.
CAP looking for new members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron 453 currently has 26 members. Senior members
and cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages
of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer
the unit and provide supervision for the cadets. The three main mis-
sions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace edu-
cation and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side
by side to accomplish these missions. If you are interested in
becoming a cadet or senior member contact Gene O'Neill at the
Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.
Martha's House needs cell phones
Martha's House is collecting used cell phones to return for money.
Martha's House can also have them 9-1-1 activated for participants. If
you have any used cell phones to donate call (863) 763-2893, or drop
them off at their administrative office at 103 N.W. Fifth St.
My Aunt's House seeking volunteers
My Aunt's House, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization is looking for two
to three volunteers to work in our Closet any day, or days, Monday
through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are also
looking for a volunteer to become the director and a board member
of The Clothes Closet. The volunteer should communicate well with
the.public and should be able to seek support from city and county
officials, business executives and other organizations. Work days and
hours are flexible. Call (863) 634-2306 for information.
Free pregnancy tests offered
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Okeechobee, a non-profit
organization, is now available to offer free pregnancy testing to girls
and women of all ages. We offer free and confidential pregnancy
tests, peer counseling, referrals for a free ultrasound, parenting
classes and abstinence education. Operating hours are from 10 a.m.
until 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parenting classes are held
at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. We are located at 1505 S. Parrott Ave., across
from the movie theatre. If you would like more information on this
or set an appointment for a free pregnancy test please call (863)
Free GED classes being offered
Indian River Community College will be offering free adult basic
education/GED and English as a second language classes at these
locations: Dixon Hendry Center, 2229 N.W. Ninth Ave., English as
second language classes, Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until
noon, adult basic education/GED, Monday through Thursday from 8
a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; Yearling
Middle School, 925, N.W. 23 Lane, English as a second language
classes, Monday -Wednesday 5:30 until 8:30 p.m.; Everglades Ele-
mentary, 3725 S.E. Eighth St., English as a second language classes,
Tuesday and Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m.

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

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The Okeechobee News, Friday, February 23, 2007

At the Movies

The following movies are
now showing at the Brahman
Theatres Ill.
Movie times for Friday, Feb.
23, through Thursday, March 1,
are as follows:
Theatre I -"Bridge to Ter-
abithia" (PG) Showtimes: Friday
at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Theatre II "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
Theatre III "Ghost
Rider"(PG-13) Showtimes: Fri-
day at 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday and
Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15,7 and9 p.m. o
Tickets are $5".50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
For information, call (863)

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CLASS RING-lost 14 ct gold,
2008 Okee HS, purple stone,
vie of More to Life Church
(863)763-6780 Reward
EYE GLASSES, at Bobby Un-
derwoods Perfect Cut.
HEARING AID, Blue, in Wal-
mart or Dollar Store in Okee-
chobee on 2/20/07.
(618)841-4261 REWARHD!!!!
JACK RUSSELL (f): Black &
white, lost on prairie.
Hound. Looks like a big Bea-
gal. Okee. Little Farms area.
(Westie), 6 yrs old, ma6 yrs olde, an-
swers to "Baxter", $2K RE-
WARD! (905)466-4478

ADOPTION- Boxer mix, Gold-
en Retriever mix, Eng Setter
mix, Choc Lab mix. Must
qualify (863)763-4333
good home. (863)801-1302
Okeechobee area
BLACK LAB (f): Full-blooded,
1 yr, great with kids, needs
lots of room to run. Free to
good home! 863-467-8896
BLACK LAB, Full blooded, 11
mos. old, male, all puppy
shots & wormed, needs a
good home. (863)634-5298
COON HOUND (m): Black &
tan, very lovable but likes to
dig, free to good home.
LAB MIX PUPPY: 13 weeks
old, to good home only.
PINE LOGS, You Cut & Haul.
Treeing Walker Coonhound,
looks like a tall beagle, tri
colored, $700 REWARD!

7a.m. to 2p.m.
Sat., Feb. 24th
Rain or Shine
Zachary Taylor Resort
"Rec Room"
2995 Hwy 441 SE

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7am Feb 24/25
1697 SW 23rd Terr.'
Okeechobee (1st St E 8 S of
Old Dixie Hwy & Eagle Bay
Dr) Corner table, glass
dining table, copper/glass
chandelier, Lg BBQ, drapes,
bedding, bric-a-brac, VERY
to 11/12, Respectfully Worn:
Ladies Slacks on Hangers,
Blouses, Shirts, Skirts,
Suits, Shoes, Pullovers,
Dresses JEANS- Lawman-
Ozark Mountain-Rocky
Mountain-Rough Rider-
Ropers & more Sz 0/1,2
ladies. Jackets/coats/
sweaters-1 LONDON FOG
14R It bm ladies lined
1115 SW 10th St.
Okeechobee, FL
Fri.- Sun., Feb. 23rd- 25th
9a.m. 4p.m.
Yard Sale to Supplement our
annual scholarship fund.
Sat Feb 24th 8am-2pm
Okeechobee Livestock Market
1055 Hwy 98 North. No Early
Arrivals Please. Contact Ken-
na Noonan for info
OKEECHOBEE, Sat. Feb. 24th,
8am-?, 204 NE 3rd Ave.
Next to State Farm Office,
Furniture, Dining/rm & coffee
table, Lawn mower, Clothes
& Lots Of Great Stuff!
3707 SE 27th Street
Feb. 23rd & 24th, 8am to ??
Tools, lots of pictures &
paintings, picture frames &
lots of miscellaneous items.

OKECHOBEE Sa (0/24, 9jm-
?, Treasure Island (4071 SE
24th St). Appl, bikes, boats,
furn, misc. 863-532-8542

Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise your
yard sale In the classi-
fleds and make your
clean n a breezel

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meet Attractive Gal or Friends
for Dining, Traveling, etc. Call
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Employment -
Full-Time 205
Employment -
Medical 210
Employment -
Part-Time 215
Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

Call for details.
Beautician Needed Full or Part
Tim for Barneys Barber &
Beauty. (863)763-9626
(Home Phone)
Full-Time, Clean CDL
Class B License
Call 772-597-3755
or 772-220-9939
Indiantown Sanitation
At Gator Feed Co., Inc.,
class A or B w/airbrakes.
Must be willing to do physical
labor. You may pick up an
application at the Mill
located on Hwy 98 N. right
past the livestock market.
5+ Yrs exp.
3 phase motor knowledge
+ motor control
Call Tom: 561-667-2399
Supply/Inventory Clerk, full
time with Benefits. Comput-
er and organizational skills
required. Does involve lifting,
moving inventory. Apply in
person, 406 NW 4th Street.
Feed Wagon
Operator Needed
Must have experience
operating equipment and be
able to communicate in
English. DFWP Call
(863)763-2279, 9am-Noon
On-the-job training.
Drivers license a must!
Benefits available.
Apply in person to:
Adron Fence Co
2762 NW 4th St
17 31II iT 3 I0 3 pIf
Pier II Resort Hiring
*Front desk
Experience required
Apply Within (863)763-8003

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

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

Delivery Driver
Full time 401K, Insurance
Class B CDL w/hazmat
Apply at
South East Milk Suppl
1005 West North Park St
Okeechobee, FL

For experienced Waitress.
Ranchers Restaurant.

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



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experience a must
No exceptions
Please Fax
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Must bb able to assemble,
install, alter, and repair
pipelines or pipe systems
that carry water, steam,
air, or other liquids or gas-
es. May :install heating
and cooling'equipment and
mechanical control sys-
tems. Contact Armitage
Plumbing LLC, at
(386)423-5800, 1502 In-
dustnal Rd., Edgewater, Fl
32132. Armitage Plumb-
ing, LLC is an equal op-
portunity employer."
Full Time, Weekly Pay.
Call Dave @ (863)634-1118

(up to $15 hr.)
For Busy Restaurant
Apply Within
1111 S. Parrot Ave.

Shirley's Personal
Care, Services.
Now taking applications
for Certified Nursing
Assistants. Please call
Bookkeeper Call
Days 863-634-7552
Night 863-763-5321

One man's trash Is anoth-
eor man's treasure. Turn.
your trash to treasure
with an ad in the classl-

Needed for busy medical
office. Full Time with benefits.
S Experience preferred.
Fax-resume to: 863-467-1156

w/children programs required.
Top pay. (954)931-05.15



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Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

Affordable Computer Repair
Home/small office.
All work guaranteed.
Free pick up & delivery.
Call Dean at 863-447-1155

2 hours for $50
In your home
SNetwork& Office PC's
Ask for Ron

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

Nursing Home Alternative
Will care for your loved
one. Private room from
light assistance to full
assistance. 24 hr. Eight
yrs. exp. References
provided. 863-697 6383

Do-It-Yourself Ideas

Princes and princesses of all
ages will love this do-it-your-
self castle doll house. The
project features a working
drawbridge, realistic battle-
ments and bright pennants. It
measures 36 in. tall by 30 in.
wide by 20 in. deep.
Castle Doll House plan
(No. 794)... $7.95
Victorian Doll House plan
(No. 671)... $9.95
Catalog (pictures hundreds
of projects)... $2.00
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(except catalog-only orders)
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Antiques 510
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books Magazines 535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
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Clothing 565
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Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
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Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
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Miscellaneous 655
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Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
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Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
vRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

AMANA, 3 ton, With K.W.
heat. Package unit. Cleaned
& serviced. Will run for buy-
er. $350. (863)675-1053
COND- Brand new still in
box, on wheels, $350
(863)983-4314 Clewiston

slide cases. All excellent
condition. $60.
(863)357-0835 Jonnie
A.E. Backus, J. Hutchinson
H. Newton, G. Buckner, E.
Buckner, L. Roberts, A. Hair,
R A. McClendon, S. Newton,
BIG $$ (772)562-5567

works fine. $40
DEEP FREEZER: Frigidaire, up-
right, 17.5 cu ft, excellent
condition, auto defrost,
white; $175. 863-763-1055
small. $20. (863)467-4567
Maytag, with ice maker,
$175 or best offer
(706)273-0190 Okeechobee
years old, with ice maker,
paid $700, asking $200.
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.
$75. (863)824-6712

heavy duty, super capacity,
approx. 3 yrs. ole, $375.
pool, over 10 years old but in
good working condition.
$100/both. (863)763-2458

Stainless sink, facets, spray-
er, garbage disposal & 12'
bar. $500. (863)467-8681
HALF CULVERTS- $600 or will
sell separate. Size 18x20ft,
10x12x14' utility shed, $30.

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.

Insaslution ofStafm
Shutters & Seamless
Rain Gudters
Licensed & Insured

1551 N.W. 24th Drive
License #76:5
containers, Exc. for wood
fences, decks, New, $65
(863)697-2032 Okeechobee

BAG w/ laptop compartment,
men's, black, barely used.
$100 neg. 863-447-0002

CARPET- Used 14'x15.5' Gray
burber. Like new condition.
$100. (863)467-6060


formal, Alyce, Joli, Several to
choose from. Sz small. $300
or sell sep. (863)635-6677

and Fenton Glass. $200 of
will sell separately.

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
DELL- 4400 Pentium 4 Pro-
cessor, 17" monitor, Incld CD-
RW drive & more upgrades
$450. (863)634-4888

BED King Size, Sealy Posture-
pedic $150. (863)467-8464
BED: TRUNDLE w/2 Twin, Like
new mattresses. $45.
DAY BED: With trundle bed,
wrought iron frame, nice,
$200. LaBelle area.
oak, with 6 chairs, exc.
cond. $300 or best offer.
Wrought iron, 1 king, 1 queen,
exc cond. $125 or will sell
separately. 863-983-7011
KING SIZE BED- complete, 1
yr old, $250 (863)697-8731
chair & ottoman. $300.

LIVING SET: Sofa sleeper,
chair & ottoman, 2 end ta-
bles & sofa table. Excellent!
$425/all! 863-673-5256
made, cypress, $300
MICRO RECLINER, (2), camel,
end tables & coffee table,
$150 will sell separately.
RECLINER, Medium gray with
thin blue lines. $60
(863)612-9831 Labelle
TV STAND- solid wood,
bought at Rustic Furniture
$300 (863)634-7629
TWIN BED- headboard, Sealy
mattress & boxspring, bed-
spread, $40 (863)357-1499

GOLF CLUBS- Complete set,
metal woods, irons, putter &
Callaway 88 #1, ladies 10
clubs. $185.863-946-3123

BB GUN: 760 pellet, pump w/
scope, new. $40.
863-675-3032 (Labelle)
45 auto., 10 shot, 2 clips,
satin chrome, like new. $400
neg. (863)763-7161
PISTOLS: Smith & Wesson &
Winchester: 22 cal., semi au-
to., Shot Gun: Stevens 410 ga.
$600 will sep. (606)219-3890
asking $275 or will sell sep-
RIFLE- All original Romanian
AK 47 Like new condition.
$800. (863)467-1958
RIFLE- Custom built AR15,
Brand new Paid $2800.
Asking $1400.
Ruoger Carbine, 44 Magnum,
semi auto, old style, $450.

BOW FLEX SPORT- Great con-
dition. $400. (863)635-7616
stomach machine. $60
(863)612-9831 Labelle
TREADMILL- ProForm 585,
Electric. Good condition
$150. (863)697-1486
TREADMILL- Proform Ad-
vanced. Heart rate monitor,
cool air fan, cushioned deck
$475 (863)763-0625
WEIGHT BENCH, Dual Station,
3 yrs. old $100.

Great condition. Only a few
months old. Fits 36" window.

TABLE LAMPS- 3, Excellent
condition. $30. will sep.

includes slider & 2 seatees.
$75. 863-763-6220 or
PATIO SET- white with glass
top, 4 chairs & teal color
cushions, metal. 5ft long,
$125 neg. (304)582-2116
PATIO TABLE: 42" x 60" & 4
blue chairs. $50.
PATIO TABLE- Oval, with six
reen & white stripe chairs.
150. 863-763-6220 or

ft, Asking $150
HOVEROUND elec 3 wheel
scooter, used once, like
new, $550 (561)670-3636
electric, barely used, new bat-
teries. Pd. $5,000, asking
$1500. 863-532-0399 aft 5pm.

SCOOTER- Handicap, Very
good condition. $350.
(239)986-0296 Immokalee

used one time, MR7, Mag-
num, Books, Asking $500.
or best offer. (863)697-9704
Tanning Canopy. $300. or best
offer. 863-634-5888

BANJO, Harmony 5 string,
Made in USA, brand new,
very pretty. $100
CABINET: 77"T x 42"W, 2
solid doors & shelf, $350 or
best offer(561)633-1371
PIANO: Digital, KORG, 76
keys. Good condition. $75.
PIANO- Kimball Spinet, Upright
with bench; Good condition.
$475. (863)763-2601

CHINESE PUG, miniature,
$500. (863)634-6087
COCKATIEL, Home bred &
hand fed, very tame. $40
FISH TANK- 55 gal. Red oak
stand, Large filter. Ready to
go. Just needs fish. $250.
all (863)763-4098
FISH TANK, 75 Gallon, Salt or
Fresh, 1 yr. old. Paid $850...
Asking $550 or best offer.
doors & shelves. Fits 25 gal.
tank. $20. Call
mos. old, large, red &
brown. $150 includes cage,
food, etc. (863)357-1310
Parents are hip certified.
Blacks & Meries avail. Ready
3/26. $1200-$1500. Now tak-
ing deposits. 863-447-3357
Lady Gouldian Finch, beautiful
colors, $80. (863)610-2126
male, 9 mos old, $350
BIT: $15. (863)610-0843
POODLE PUPPY: Black male,
10 wks, shots, vet cert,
adorable lil bear! $475 cash.
$200. (863)673-3894
WANTED: Female Cur to raise
1 litter of puppies w/my male
dog. (863)634-7023

SUANA: Cedar, infrared, by
Airwall, 2 seater, like new.
Paid $3400, sacrifice $1695.

POOL TABLE- regulation size,
rack, balls & que, $600
(863)983-4314 Clewiston

sional, Optimus, Peavey,
RCA, cassette duplicator &
more. $500 (863)763-3551

ered w/dual tanks. Asking
$250. (863)634-7706
Honda, wheelbarrow type,
factory reconditioned. 1yr
warr $495 (863)763-4149
GENERATOR- 4 stroke, 600
watts, small, very quiet,
$200 (863)610-1120
GENERATOR, Briggs & Strat-
ton, 7350 watts, $450.
SPOT WELDER, with 13"
tongs, 220 amps, good con-
dition, $225. (863)357-5754

Ha I

FOR RENT: 5800 sq. ft. in
Okeechobee County, just
outside of town. Heavy Traffic
Area. Formerly Barlow's Rest.
For more info. 561-662-3169

newly renovated, $825/mo.
1st, last & security deposit re-
quired. (561)818-7380
p ool, jacuzzi & sunroom,
ake access w/boathouse,
nice Fla. rm., $1200 mo., 1st
last & sec., possible rent to
own. (863)763-1673
OKEECHOBEE- 3/2/1 Ever-
Slade Estates, tile throughout,
1295/mo, 1st & sec, No pets

TABLE SAW, Craftsman, 10",
with stand, $125.
WELDER, Hobart, portable,
260 amp, $600

or best offer. (863)634-8708

MP3 PLAYER- Samsung 2gb,
brand new, $125

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
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 835
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

FORD TRACTOR: 9-N, original,
great condition, $2500 firm

$25 each, 4 bale minimum,
Floralta Hay, Located on the
Prairie, (863)610-1616

Will sell for $4000 or trade
for registered older Arab
mare. 863-357-3369
15 yr old rideable with 4 mo
old filly. $1500.
CHILD HORSE- 10 yrs old.
13.2, Dapple Palomino. Very
gentle. $1100.
GILDING: 4 yrs, AQHA, broke /
trained, roam, for 4H Club.
$1500 neg. 954-805-5133
Big stock room, 3 stall. Sad-
dle/rm in back. Needs work.
$1800. Neg. (863)201-3492
MARE, 12 yrs. old. Rides well.
Coggins & All Shots. Good
disposition. $1800 or best of-
fer. 863-675-2215 LaBelle

LAWN MOWER: Craftsman,
rear engine, snapper, many
new parts, old but runs
good. $550.863-983-7807
ROTO TILLER- Huskee, brand
new, never used. Tills 13,
22, 24" width. $300 or best
offer (863)801-3291
SUPER AV '49: Farmall Trac-
tor, 4 parts w/ plenty of im-
plements. $500.
YARD ROLLER- 2ftx4ft.


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

$825 mo. which includes wa-
ter bill. Pets okay upon ap-
proval. Call 561-255-4377
pets. $700/mo. 1st, last &
$400 sec. to move in. 2 units
available. (863)763-9225

Professional Building North
East Section of city limits,
1916 sq. ft., 4/2 private
offices, conference room
area, C/NH. Excellent terms.
Contact Robin Chesser at
863-763-5593 or

WIDES. No pets, yearly lease,
starting @ $650/mo + se-
curity deposit. 863-763-4031
No pets. $700/mo. & $550
sec. (863)763-0648
Brand new, waterfront, all new
appl's incl. w/d, lake access.
$1200/mo. (954)610-5345
for rent on Rim Canal. Call for
details. (863)763-7783

BHR on the Water 3BR/2BA,
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

RENT Be the first ones inl!
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
CBS Home for Rent
North East Section of city
limits, 1916 sq. ft., 3/2 with
family room and sitting
room, C/A/H. Contact Robin
Chesser at 863-763-5593 or
3 BR, 2 BA, Lots of tile! Large
yard. $1100. mo. Immediate
Occupancy. Call Lawrence
Associates 1-800-543-2495
Kings Bay. $1150 / month.
Call Rick (863)697-3096 or
Sammy (305)775-6579
acres. Newly remodeled.
$1000/mo. 1st, last & se-
curity. (863)634-3650
Everglades Elem area, 3/2/2,
Bruised Credit Okay. $3000
down. $1500 mo. with $300
going towards down payment.
Call 863-467-0128
nice & spacious. $950/mo.
& 1st, last & sec.

OKEECHOBEE- lbr/lba cot-
tage on canal, stove, refrig,
W/D, open porch, dock, fish
cleaning station, $950/mo.
incl. utilities, 1st mos. rent&
$950 sec. dep. required.
(772)221-8354 or

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale'1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspectionl060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

CBS home on. canal in Parm
Creek Est. Owner must sell!
Reduced price $249,900.
863-357-1452 after 7 pm.

GLADES CO: 100 acre land
auction on 03/31/07. Owner
/ agent brokers welcome.

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,
Okeechobee. (863)467-8539
NEW HOME On Your Lot!
3br, 2ba, Garage, Lg. Liv. Rm.,
Maintenance Free Exterior.
$115K. Lawrence Associates
OKEECHOBEE: 2br/2ba manu-
factured home & lot. Home is
in good condition, includes all
appliances, central air & heat
new kitchen and bath cabinets,
new carpeting, flooring, light-
ing, and completely repainted
inside. Large laundry & utility
room, covered porch & car
port, new metal roof and con-
nections for stay over RV.
$85,000 negotiable.
813-453-6990 813-376-4537
Sat. Feb 24th, 10am-3pm
4280 SW 8th Way Palm
Village Ranch (863)467-0187

Buckhead Ridge, not far
from Rim Canal. Can be
seen at 4 Canal Way Sold
AS IS. Can inquire at
21 Canal Way, Okeechobee.

Mobile Homes

Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home- Parts 2010
Mobile Homne s- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020


HARLEYS- garage kept,
1999 883 Hugger $4000,
1993 Dyna Wide Glide
$9500 (863)634-9474
Red & Silver, New tires,
Runs great! $2000 or best
offer. (863)612-1357
KAWASAKI Eliminator 250 '01
clean bike, runs great.
$1400 or best offer.
863-634-2423 Iv.msg.
low mi., liquid cooled shaft
drive, w/2 helmets, $975
neg. (863)946-3196
SCOOTER- '04 RC Moto,
50cc, Yellow, No license re-
quired. Excellent condition
$650. (304)667-7855
YAMAHA 750 Special 1979,
Dry Shaft, Runs great. $500
Lost title. (863)467-2609 af-
ter 3pmr

BHR Resort, 12x40, Fla. room
20x12, furnished, $38,000,
land rent $300 mo. on Rim
Canal. (863)467-8269
LARKEE LAKES, Single wide
on 2 lots, 2br, 1ba. $85,000.
or best offer. (863)467-2156
or 634-7126
MOBILE HOME, 1br, w/d incl,
12x36, w/10x30 FI/room,
C/A & heat, 12x24 carport,
new kit., in adult park, hot
tub! Part/furn. $14,000. neg
Must See! 863-532-9224
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
own & Country Park.
(615)804-2474 or
PARK MODEL '89: Very clean,
fully furnished. $11,500 or
make an offer. 863-467-6300
REDUCEDI- 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
SW Mobile Home, 2BR/2Ba,
'05 Model on lot in Treasure
Island, all appl's incl.,
$98,000. 863-634-6114


Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Sklis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles.ATVu 3035

220 Motor, 15x8 Apache
Hull with rod lockers,
carbon prop, double
seat plus single seat
and a Ram Line Trailer.
Excellent condition.
Complete package is
$6,500 firm.
Please call
in the evenings.
BASSTRACKER, '87, Tourna-
ment TX 17, Classic 50
Merc., outboard mtr., w/rlr.,
$2300. (863)635-5039
DEEP V: 12ft, aluminum, like
new 15 hp merc, trolling mo-
tor, has oars and good trail-
er. $1100.863-467-4328
17', 70hp Evinrude w/troll.
mtr. & trlr., other access.
incl., $3300. (863)946-0112
dual axle. 175 Evin motor.
Extras. $2000. or best offer.
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 &
tri. $2000 (863)763-0728
racing sale, fiberglass center-
port $1500 (863)467-7336

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/nrm, gen, lots ext/int stor-
age, $8000.863-675-2339
TRUCK CAMPER '94: Like new
condition, self contained,
shower, toilet & kitchen.
$3500 neg. 863-634-2362

CARRIAGE '03: 32', 2 slides,
GelCoat, loaded, many extras!
w/ PullRite attachment.
$52,000 total or $25,500 for
carriage. 574-215-2663
lent condition. $500. or best
offer. (863)697-0158

Ft. Boat. New bunks & paint.
Good condition. $450.
n'[f .fl^^^

CHEVY S10 '02: 6cyl, ac, new
front end tires, toolbox. Ask-
ing $6500.386-559-0537
Extended cab, 350, V8, auto,
w/ tow pkg, all pwr, am/fm,
cd. $4800.863-677-3100
great, red, 114k mi., lots of
extras, $5500 or best offer.
'2005: V8, 16k mi, exc, fully
loaded. A must see truck!
DODGE RAM 150 PU '91- new
paint & tires, $2500 or best
offer (863)467-7520
FORD E350, '98, 16' cargo,
38,700 mi., exc. cond.,
$12,900 or best offer. Cle-
wiston (313)319-3039.

YAMAHA YZF-R6 '03- black &
silver, low miles, $4000 or
best offer (561)436-9225
45-50MPH, Good cond.
$550 or best offer.

DIRT BIKE, 2005 TTR 125,
with after market muffler,
exc. cond. $1600 or best
offer. (863)697-9649

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.
Cell# 765-617-0015

Automobiles |

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

BMW 5351-'86, Brand new
18" chrome rims. Needs new
alternator. $2500.
needs minor work, $400 or
best offer. (863)763-4333
sell, great condition, cold
AC, $2400 or best offer
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
F150 Deck Buggy, excellent
condition. $2500 firm.
X Racing auto. trans., looks
& runs good. $1800
PONTIAC SE, '88, full power,
a/c, orig. owner, $1200 or
best offer. (863)697-8507
SATURN '93- needs AC, runs
well, $650 (239)690-2055
Alva, FL

Tree Boom Attachment. Heavy
Duty. Like new. Asking $850
(863)697-2032 Okeechobee
with trailer, $1200 neg
-Ue 4

CHEVY '87, 4 speed, new
clutch, good toy. $500
V-8, 360, 4x4, Very good
condition. $2500.
FORD BRONCO, '89, 4x4, 6"
lift, 33x12.50R16, $1500 or
best offer. (863)634-3878
Iv. msg.

CLUB CAR '03, 48 volt, lights,
mirrors & windshield. $2500
GOLF CARTS (2) 4 Wheel EZ
Go, electric, w/battery charg-
ers. Need some work. $1000
for both. (863)634-7706

4L80E, $200.
(863)467-5401 or
Fifth Wheel Hitch for back of
truck & 3 sway bar sets,
$300 for all will sell separ-
ately. (863)763-9626
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.
$250 Neg(863)517-0519
RIMS, 22", 6 lug, with tires,
good condition, $1200.
63-634-4886 Iv. msg.
n~ffiil I

Screen Rooms Carports
Room Additions Florida Rooms i
Garages Seawalls
ErnestiLancaster (863) 634-2044


12 Okeechobee News, Friday, February 23, 2007

I Pb ic N

Sealed Bid Proposals, in triplicate, will be received by the Coquina Water Control
District at the office of the Distrct's accounting firm of Wicks, Brown, Williams &
Co., 504 NW 5th Avenue. Okeechobee, Florida 34972 for the subject FProject until
3:00 p.m local time, March 16, 2007, then opened. However, the Bid Proposals
will not be announced at the opening nor will copies of the Bid Proposals then be
provided to attending Bidders; rather the successful Bidder will be contacted by the
District within ten (10) days following the Bid opening.
The Owner forttie Project is the Coquina Water Control District.
ii,. Ei. ,. for the Project t is Agricultural Englneering, RA. All Contract and Tech-
iucai iiqiuiiii should be directed to Malcolm Johnson. RE., at the Engineers offices,
whose phone number is (863) 465-7058.
Ti,.- P o,-'ii described as follows: Canal Maintenance and Remedial

Contract Documents may be obtained by contacting the District's Engineer, Agricul-
inni Finginrini RA. (863) 465-7058 at the following prices, which are ndn-re-

Complete Project Manual Set: $30.00
Packaging & Mailing Charges/Set 10.00
Total $40.00
This Contract will be a Unit Price contract.
A mandatory prebid conference will be held at 10:00 a.m. on the 5t day of March,
2007 at the District's Headquarters located at 17429 N.W. 242 Street, Okeechobee,
Florida 34972. Representatives of the Owner and Engineer will be present to discuss
the Project. Specific Project requirements will be outlined at this Conference.
A person or affiliate who has been placed on the convicted vendor list following a
conviction for a public entity crime may not submit a Bid on a Contract to provide
any goods or services to a public entity, may not sut a Bid on a Contract with a
public entity for the construction or repair of a public building or public work, may
not be awarded or perform Work as a Contractor, Supplier, Subcontractor, or Con-
sultant under a Contract with any public entity, and may not transact business with
any public entity in excess of the threshold amount provided in Section 287.017,
Florida Statutes, for Category Two for a period of 36 months from the date of being
placed on the convicted vendor list.
Bid Proposals must be accompanied by a Bid Security in the form of a certified bank
check made payable to the Owner, or a Bid Bond. the amount of the security shall
not be less than five (5) percent of the Bidders total price indicated in the Bid Propo-
sal Form.
No Bid Proposals may be withdrawn for a period of 60 days after the scheduled
closing date for the receipt of Bid Proposals.
The successful Bidder, who is awarded the Contract, shall be required to furnish a
100% Construction Performance Bond and a 100% Construction Payment Bond.
Bidders should anticipate that Owner may negotiate some or all of the aspects of a
Bid Proposal with one or more of the Bidders in order to obtain the lowest negotiated
The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all Bid Proposals, to waive infor-
malities, and to readvertise.
194012 ON 2/23;3/2/07

PLEASE TnE NOeIC -,vtt I iiy Council of the ity oOkeechoee, ida,w
on ruesuayMarcn ,, d at :uo p.m. or as soon thaser possible, ar ll,
55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to
.. ...I .1 h.,,i 1, o. ,, of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 978: AN ORDI-
All member of he public are encouraged to attend.and participate in sei hearing
The proposed Orinance may e inspeced in 0s etraety sy members or e pulic
in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:3pm,
except for holidays.
PLEASE TA ENOTICE AND BE AV[iSED that it any ersondesires t a el ann
decision maa by tf City ouncifwit respect ao any manner consilele at tlis
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
4,i ,'", ... ii iin.. Aerica'ns ith Disabili Act (ADA) and Florida Staes
r. ., i h.eeating special cco oto ion to parcipa n
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamlotea no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call
TODD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or t1-888-447-5620 (TITY).

PLEASz T0 OIthat the City Council of the CtY ofObkeechohee, Fl dd" witl
on uesaay, Marc ui at 6:O"p.m. or as soon Iereafer possible, at eeiilail,
55 SE 3rd Ave., Okeechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and thereafter to
consider final reading of the following Ordinance into law: NO. 977: AN ORDI-
All members of ie public are encouraged to attend participate in saihearig.
The proposes Orinance may oe inspecTed in enirety sy members or me public
in the Office of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm,
except for holidays
PLEASE TA ENOIC AN BE AVED that ny erso desires a
decision ma e by the vity bounctPwi respect do ay mater consded s t
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such
purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
City Clerk tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of the Clerk.
-,' .' ,,,i, .... ,11i, ir,: Anericans with Disabilty Act (ADA anFldoBtidda States
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamlotea no later than two (2) working days
prior to the proceeding at 863-763-3372 x215; it hearing or voice impaired, call
TDD 1-800-222-3448 (voice) or 1-888-447-5620 (TT).

FORD F350 1990 Dually,-360
engine, gas, single cab.
$1500 Firm. (863)763-3451
TRUCK CAP: For Ford Ranger
pickup, side entries. $150.

FORD EXPLORER 2000: 4x4,
transfer case & motor ONLY,
just pulled, runs good. $650.
863-763-0547 Okeechobee
end damage, good motor,
$500 (863)675-6432
Limited Ed., 4x4, 5.21, 99k
mi., $5000. (863)763-5372
JEEP PICKUP, '90, needs mi-
nor rear end repair & battery,
4300. (863)467-5401 or

TOW DOLLY- '04, Like new.
Good tires & straps. Pulls &
looks good. $800. or best
offer. (863)697-9704


0 o wonder newspaper
readers are more popular

CHEVY LUMINA 93 Van, 3.1,
Runs good. $1600
3.1L, runs good, $1500 or
best offer. (863)447-5213
$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
VAN '99, Cold a/c, runs
excellent, 196k. Below blue
book. $3500 (863)763-3451
miles, blown head gasket,
rest is good, as-is. $500
Good running condition.
$800. If interested, call
863-610-1266. Van in Okee.

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

A public auction will be held at BMJ Tow-
ing, Inc. Lot at 419 Southwest 2nd
Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
on Friday the 16th day of March,
2007 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant
to Florida statute 713.78 for unpaid
towing and storage. Year, Make, Model
&Vin's as follows:
2000 White Pontlac Grand Am
2001 Green Chevy Silverado
Terms of sale are cash, and no checks
will be accepted. The seller reserves
the right of final bid. All sales are final.
No refunds will be made. Said automo-
biles will be sold in "AS IS" with no
Notice is hereby given that the under-
signed, Sharon Robertson, Clerk of the
Circuit Court of Okeechobee County,
Florida, will on the 1st day of March,
2007, at 11:00 a.m., at the front steps of
the Okeechobee County Courthouse,
Okeechobee County, in the City of Okee-
chobee, Florida, Offer for sale, and sell at
public outcry to the highest and best bid-
der for CASH the following described
property situated in Okeechobee County,
Flondato wit:
A parcel of land lying In Section 23,
Township 38 South, Range 36 East,
Okeechobee County, Florida, being more
particularly described as follows:
Commencing at the southerly most cor-
ner of that parcel of land as described in
Exhibit "A" of Official Record Book 0421,
Page 1635, of the Public Records of
Okeechobee County, Florida, said point
of commencement also being on the
Northerly right of way line of State Road
15 as shown on the Right Of Way Map
Section No.8905-S.R. No. 15; tence
bear N 48 Deg 46'14'W along thIe South-
westerly line of said parcel and the said
Northely right of way line a distance of
798.13 feet; thence bear N430eg35'59"E
a distance of 760 feet to the point of be-
ginning; thence bear N43Deg35'59"E a
distance of 150.00 feet; thence bear
S48Deg46'14"E a distance of 100.00
feet; thence bear S43Deg35'59"W a dis-
tance of 150.00 feet; thence
N48Deg46'14"W a distance of 100.00
feet to the point of beginning.
Pursuant to the Final Judgment of Fore-
closure entered in a case pending in said
Court, the style of which is
and the Docket Number of which is
WITNESS my hand and the Official Seal
of said Court, this 16th day of February,
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Okeechobee County, Florida
Attorney for Plaintiff
1515 Ringling Boulevard
10th Floor
Sarasota, Florida 34236
PH 941-957-1900
192782 ON2/16,23/07

Find it lasted. Sell it soon-
er In the classifieds

I Pb ic o ice

I Pbi o ice

Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, SHARON ROBERTSON, Clerk of the Cir-
cult Court o Okeechobee County, Florida, will on the 91th day of March, 2007, a,
11:00 A.M., at the Okeechobee County Juridical Center, 312 Northwest 3rd
Street, Jury Assembly Room, Second Floor, Okeechobee, Florida 34972, In thf
Ciy of Okeechobee, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest and bes
bidder for cash, the following described property situated In Okeechobee County
Florida, to-wit:
BERS 44053641 AND 43991503, RESPECTIVELY.
pursuant to the final decree of foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court
the style of which is:
MICHAEL ROTH, a single man and LORI DICKSON, a single woman,
and the docket number of which is: 2006-CA-297.
WITNESS my hand and the official seal of said Court, this 13th day of February,
Circuit Court of Okeechobee
County, Florida
Law Offices of Cassels & McCall
John D. Cassels. Jr., Esquire
Post Office Box 968
Okeechobee, Florida 34973
192672 ON 2.16,23/07

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Council of the City of Okeechobee, Florida will
on Tuesday, March 62007 at 6:00 p.m. or as soon thereafter possible, at City
Hall, 55 SE 3rd Ave., Okechobee, FL conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on and there-
after to consider final reading of the following Ordinance Into law: NO. 979: AN
The ordinance Is regarding Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map
Amendment Application No, 07-003-SSA nubmitted by property owners Sylvester
and Penny Btler. The request is to change the Future Land Use designation from
No Designation to Multi-Family MF) for property located at 700 NW 9th Street.
The proposed Ordinance may be inspected in its entirety by members of the pub-
lic in the Onice of the City Clerk during regular business hours, Mon-Fri,
8am-4:30pm, except or holidaysa.
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED that if any person desires to appeal any
decision made by the City Council with respect to any matter considered at this
hearing, such interested person will need a record of the proceedings, and for
such purpose may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal Is to be
based. City Clerk tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for official records of
the Clerk.
In accordance with the Americans with Disability Act ADA) and Flodda Statutes
286.2, persons with disabilities nediing special accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact Lane Gamiotea no later than two (2) working days
por to the proceedings at 863-763-3372 x215; if hearing or voice impaired, call


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Okeechobee Utility Authority will meet in regular
session on Tuesday March 13, 2007 at 8:30 A.M., at the Okeechobee Utility Au-
thority Offices, 100 S.W. 5th. Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.
Pursuant to Section 286.0105, Florida Statutes, if a person decides to appeal any
decision made by the Authority with respect to such meetings, he or she will need a
record of proceedings, and for such purpose, may need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is based, Such person may provide a court recorder,
stenographer, or a tape recorder for such verbatim record.
John F Hayford
Executive Director, OUA
194198 ON 2/23/07

There will be a meeting oi the Tourist Development Council (TDC) of Okeechabee
County on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. in the Planning & Development
Conference Room of the County Annex Building located at 499 NW 5th Street, Okee-
chobee, Florida.
Any person deciding to appeal any decision made by the TOO with respect to any
matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that
for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is to be based.
Kathy Scott, Tourism Coordinator
Okeec8.obee County
uri0st Oe elio2 80 1,o Stmenet Ceuncil
194075 ORN 2/23/O

Community Events

Annual Indiana snowbird lunch slated
The annual Hancock County, Indiana snowbird lunch
will be held Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Homer's in Sebring start-
ing 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 Okee-
chobee County Shared Services Network will conduct their
monthly meeting on Tuesday, 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 fami-
lies. 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.

Hospice volunteers hosting yard sales
Hospice of Okeechobee volunteers will hold yard sales
on Thursday, March 1, from 8 until 11 a.m.; Friday and Sat-
urday, March 2 and 3, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.; and Thurs-
day and Friday March, 8 and 9, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. All
monies raised at yard sales help with care at Hospice of
Okeechobee and The Hamrick Home. For information,
call Rhonda at (863) 467-2321 or (863) 697-1995.

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.

OCT presents 'Dearly Beloved'
The Okeechobee Community Theatre (OCT) will pres-
ent "Dearly Beloved," a new comedy that includes a bonus
gospel music performance. Curtain times will be 8 p.m. on
Friday and Saturday, March 2, 3, 9 and 10, at the theatre on
S.W. Second Avenue at Seventh Street, behind the Golden
Corral Restaurant. Reserved seat tickets are on sale at the
Chamber of Commerce office, 55 S. Parrott Ave., or, if avail-
able, at the door on the night of the performance.

KOA to host Speckled Perch contest
The annual Speckled Perch Beauty Contest, sponsored
by the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, will
be held Friday, March 2, at the KOA Convention Center on
U.S. 441 S. For information, call (863) 763-6464.

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

Library hosting play on Florida
The Okeechobee County Library, 206 S.W. 16th St., will
host actor/playwright J.D. Sutton on Saturday, March 3, at 7
p.m. Mr. Sutton will portray 18th Century naturalist William
Bartram in the one-man play "William Bartram: Puc
Puggy's Travels in Florida." Mr. Sutton will share tales of Mr.
Bartram's adventures including his encounters with the
Seminoles, his battles with alligators and.his awe at the
beauty of Florida. This program is sponsored by the Florida
Humanities Council, and is free and open to the public.

Yard sale benefits genealogical group
The Genealogical Society of Okeechobee will hold a
yard sale on Saturday, 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 Okeechobee 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 pub-
lic and will be held from 5 until 6 p.m., prior to the concert.
This concert will precede a week of revival meetings, 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 Saturday, March 3, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Peace
Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. Pro-
ceeds will benefit the Okeechobee community Grad Nite
and other projects. Donated items can be dropped off dur-
ing the week of Feb. 25 in room 205 in the Fellowship Hall.
For information call (863) 763-5042, or Debbie at (863)

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 information, 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
building on Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. ,

Guardian ad Litem to have training
The Guardian ad Litem program will be training volun-
teers from Okeechobee, Indian River, Saint Lucie and Mar-
tin 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 com-

munity room at 3001 Ocean Drive in Vero Beach. For infor-
mation and reservations, call (772) 785-5804.

Widow & Widowers group to host speaker
The Widow & Widowers group will host a discussion
on crime prevention 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 pro-
gram will be presented by Wayne J. Picone. Mr. Picone
is the regional 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 possible
scams, but to aid them in disputes of overcharging,
scams and other problems that confront them. The pub-
lic is invited. Non-members should make a reservation
by caline (863) 763-2004.

Health screening at Civic Center
Life Line Screening will be at the Okeechobee Civic Cen-
ter, 1750 U.S. 98 N. on March 7. Residents living in and
around Okeechobee can be screened to reduce their risk of
having a stroke. Appointments will begin 10 a.m. and pre-
registration is required. A complete vascular screening pack-
age, which takes less than an hour to complete, is $109. A
complete vascular package plus the osteoporosis screening
is $129. For information regarding the screenings or to
schedule an appointment call 1-800-697-9721 or visit

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 infor-
mation 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 Dis-
order Center staff for anyone, of any age, who might be con-
cerned about memory loss. The screenings are free of
charge and results are immediate. For information, call
Donna True at (772) 285-6291.

Contests planned for county fair
The Okeechobee County Fair Association is seeking
contest participants in our inaugural fair to be held March
9-18, 2007. The contests consist of quilting, sewing, paint-
ing, drawing, photography and woodworking. There will
also be food competitions such as home baking and
canned goods; and vegetable competition featuring cate-.
gories 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 information, 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.

OSAC 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 SecondAve. 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 meet-
ing 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) 697-8517.

Church hosting guest speaker
Janet Folger will be speaking at the First Baptist Church,
401 S.W. Fourth St., on Saturday, March 17 from until 4 p.m.
She will be speaking on many current events. Everyone is
welcome. There is no charge. For information, call Debi at
(863) 634-3525.

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. ParrottAve. The pur-
pose of the meeting is to enhance prevention and interven-
tion of at-risk youth in Okeechobee County. The public is
invited. For information, call Pat O'Connor at (863) 763-3536.

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 Hos-
pice of Okeechobee. Gorge and Mary Beth Cooper will pro-
vide lunch, and Davey Raulerson will provide the swamp
cabbage. There will also be prize giveaways. Fax registration
requests to (863) 763-7856; or, call Hospice 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 location. 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
Summer 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 activities to keep your children safe,
supervised and active this summer. SSN is looking for activi-
ties to promote for children in Okeechobee this summer in
this guide. If your organization,, club, church or neighbor-
hood 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 submit your activity.

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