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Because of a critical water
shortage, lawn watering has
been restricted. Residents
whose addresses are even
numbered can water from 4
a.m. until 8 a.m. on Thurs-
days and Sundays. Odd num-
bered addresses can water
from 4 a.m. until 8 a.m. on
Wednesday and Saturdays.
Vehicles and boats can be
washed between 4 a.m. and
8 a.m. and between 5 p.m.
and 7 p.m. on the above
days. Washing must be done
on, or must drain to, a non-
paved surface. It must be
done using a hose with an
automatic shut-off nozzle or
low-volume pressure clean-
er. Violators could be subject
to a fine.
burn ban issued
Due to drought conditions
and heavy frost damage to
vegetation, a county-wide
burn ban has been issued.
The ban will include, but
not be limited to: campfires,
bonfires, burn barrels and
the burning of yard trash"and
fireworks. The ban will 'be in
effect until further notice.
Violation of the burn ban
is punishable by a fine not
exceeding $500, imprison-
. ment in the county jail for a \
term not exceeding 60 days,
A burn ban has also been
issued for the City of Okee-
For information, contact.
Fire/Rescue at (863) 763-5544
during normal working
OHS boys' tennis
shut out by Tigers
The Brahman boys' tennis
team traveled to Martin
Downs Country Club to face
the Tigers of Martin County
High School Tuesday after-
noon and returned to Okee-
chobee with a 7-0 loss on
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Yearling Middle School Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) club was presented
with a proclamation from City Clerk Lane Gamiotea (center) on behalf of the City of Okee-
chobee. Participants, (left to right) are, Cheyenne Smith, Shawn Horvath, Lane Gamiotea,
Calixtro Villapando, and Kayla Aleman listened as Mrs. Gamiotea read statistics about stu-
dents who smoke such as one out of every seven 8th graders are current smokers.
Yearling Middle School celebrates 'ick Butts Day which is an annual national initiative
sponsored by the campaigns for tobacco-free kids that makes elementary, middle, and
high school student leaders in the fight against youth tobacco use and exposure to sec-
ondhand smoke with the help of the City of Okeechobee who presented a proclamation of
support. Participants, (front row-left to right), are Okeechobee County Health Department
tobacco prevention specialist Angela Kelly, Kayla Aleman, City Clerk Lane Gamiotea,
Cheyenne Smith, Calixtro Villapando, and YMS migrant advocate and SWAT advisor Pat
Grant (back row-left to right), YMS Principal Brian Greseth and Shawn Horvath.
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By Eric Kopp
A former Okeechobee
mobile home dealer is free on
bond after a circuit court judge
dismissed 29 grand theft charges
Michael A. Varnum, 56, must
still face a felony charge of tax
fraud. He posted the $10,000
bond on that charge and was
released from the Okeechobee
County Jail on March 12.
Varnum, who formerly
owned and operated Central
Homes of Okeechobee, Inc.,
had been accused of modifying
purchase agreements for mobile
homes for the purpose of col-
lecting more money, indicate
court records.'He is charged'
with tax fraud because when he
allegedly collected money from
customers he failed to pay tax on
the money, continued those
In one case, Varnum collect-
ed $30,000 from an Indiana cou-
ple for a mobile home that has
never been built. The couple,
Daryle and Marlene Hill, entered
into the agreement with Varnum
in 2003 when
him a down
In April of
2004 the cou-
ple gave him
Varnum check for
speed up the building and sub-
sequent delivery of their new
home. A complaint filed with the
Okeechobee City Police Depart-
ment states that Varnum told the
couple he "had pull" with
Homes of Merit, Inc., and could
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By Chauna Aguilar
The City Technical Review
Committee met Wednesday,
March 28, and approved two
applications concerning the site
development for Adron Fence
and Big Lake Title.
LBFH Inc. submitted an
application on behalf of property
owner Travis Chambers for
Adron Fence located off of
Northeast Ninth Street in the
Okeechobee Commerce Center.
This business includes lots 18,19
and 20 and the road and cul-de-
sac between lots 17, 18,19, and
20 which were vacated by the
City of Okeechobee. Zoning for
the property is industrial.
While the entire project is for
all of the lots, the current phase
is only for lot 20.
The applicant proposes site
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Group family photos being taken were not an uncommon
sight on Saturday, March 25, during the Ft. Drum Days
Festival. Mom, Becky holds the pose with Kimberly;
Diane Kelly holds little Sara Kelly, Anita Cole (in front),
Nicole Kelly and Brittany Avant. The festival was held at
the Ft. Drum Community Church where community mem-
bers gathered to enjoy good food, contemporary Christ-
ian music and good family fun.
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development of a 20,250-square-
foot building, associated parking,
driveway areas, open spaces,
drainage, water and sewer servic-
The building will be used as a
manufacturing facility, storage
facility and office building for
Staff approved the application
pending certain contingencies
which require the developer to
provide 51 trees and 154 shrubs
within the landscaping of the prop-
erty as well as meeting a few other
"Although it is not in the code,
you could put in a landscape island
or two about every 10 spaces to
make the property more attrac-
tive," suggested City Planner Bill
This would also accommodate
some of the additional trees and
shrubs that are required in the
Other issues with the property
will need to be addressed prior to
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get their home delivered sooner
with the additional $5,000.
Then in February of 2004, Var-
num called the couple and said he
needed an additional $20,000 to
get their home built. They wrote
him another check, states the
In June of 2004, Varnum was
arrested on a charge of uttering a
forged instrument. He went to trial
and was acquitted of that charge
by Circuit Court Judge Robert
Varnum, who lists a Clewiston
address, was arrested again in
March of 2005 on Okeechobee
County warrants charging him 29
counts of grand theft and one
count of tax fraud.
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the building permit stage.
The developer is providing
parking at a level that is greater
than required by a straight industri-
al use which would be 28 spaces
for the given use. The applicant is
providing 43 regular parking
spaces and five loading spaces that
will accommodate the office relat-
ed impacts of this developments
The site will be connected to
the Okeechobee Utility Authority's
existing sewer main on Northeast
An 8- foot fence will be con-
structed along the whole back end
of the property.
Issues with fire protection will
be addressed by City Fire Chief
Herb Smith and will include a list of
items that will be in use, or stored
on, the property. This list will help
to determine if a sprinkler system is
needed inside the building.
Another option the developer
could implement is to place a riser
inside the building that would pro-
vide an internal location for the fire
department to hook up their hoses
to provide better fire protection.
The loading zones provided will
On March 8, 2007, Circuit Court
Judge Sherwood Bauer, Jr., ruled
that the 2004 charge and the cur-
rent 29 charges are similar. And,
since he was acquitted on that '04
charge then the current charges
should also be dismissed.
Judge Bauer ruled that all the
charges, other than the tax fraud
charge, involve the same general
theme of "defrauding home buyers
out of deposit, escrow or loan
monies and fraudulently creating
or modifying purchase orders."
"Nobody was expecting this,"
said Assistant State Attorney Ryan
Butler in a telephone interview.
"We think the judge was wrong.
There are a lot of upset victims right
Mr. Butler said the state has filed
an appeal with the Fourth District
Court of Appeals but has no idea
on when that court would issue its
be for fork lift loading, not dock
loading. There will also be a diesel
fueling station where fuel will be
stored in above-ground containers.
Requirements of all of these addi-
tional issues will be addressed 'at
the building permit stage, which is
the normal process.
Big Lake Title submitted an
application on behalf of property
owners Renee Ellerbee and Glenda
Bellamy concerning property locat-
ed at 203 S.W Fourth St., where
zoning has been changed from res-
idential single family to light com-
The application is to remodel
the existing single-story residence
for the purpose of creating an
office for the title company and a
This remodel will include two
concrete pads, a gravel driveway
and a new septic tank.
The applicant is proposing five
parking spaces as required.
Mr. Brisson, brought up addi-
tional issues with the site plan that
ultimately had the developer
changing the parking location in
order to accommodate other
Basically, Rule 3.151(c) of the
Florida Rules of Criminal Proce-
dures states: "When a defendant
has been tried on a charge of one
or two or more related offenses,
the charge of every other related
offense shall be dismissed on the
defendant's motion unless a
motion by the defendant for con-
solidation of the charges has been
And since Varnum filed for
bankruptcy in May of 2004, it's
unlikely any of his alleged victims
will be able to hold him civilly
'"A lot of these people took out
mortgages and now they have to
pay them back," said Devin
Maxwell, a local attorney who is
representing some of Varnum's
While their civil suits against
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The city approved the plans
contingent on the following items.
The parking will be reversed to face
the building to provide a 24-foot
drive aisle. The hedge now in front
of the building will be relocated to
front along Southwest Second
Avenue. The hedge will be approx-
imately 2 feet in width with pillars
about every 5 feet to provide safety
for pedestrians, and prevent cars
from backing onto the sidewalk.
The parking location will also
move south to clear the visibility tri-
angle and provide adequate back-
out space for the northern-most
The owner chose to place the
parking in this location on the lot in
order to maintain a buffer to the
neighboring residential uses. By
using the front space as parking, a
10-foot buffer is not possible.
The city administrator will
check to see if a variance or special
exception is needed in order to
accommodate this, or if the TRC
can make that approval on their
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Varnum are "technically still pend-
ing" they have been stayed due to
Varnum's bankruptcy proceedings.
However, Mr. Maxwell said he has
been able to collect a small
amount for his clients through the
state's mobile home protection for-
Basically, he continued, he and
his clients had counted on the
court forcing Varnum to pay restitu-
tion. But, those hopes were dashed
when Judge Bauer dismissed the
grand theft charges against Var-
And while his clients can cling
to their hopes of recouping their
losses via civil proceedings, their
actual chances of collecting are
slim. Even if they were to win in
court, Mr. Maxwell said it's not like-
ly Varnum would ever be able to
pay the damages that the attorney
estimates to be over $900,000.
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Members sought for code/planning board
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee City Council is seeking inter-
ested applicants to serve on the Code Enforcement Board and the
Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals.
Applications must be returned to the City Clerk's Office by 4:30
p.m. on Tuesday, April 10.
Board members, where possible, shall consist of: architects, gen-
eral contractors, Realtors, business persons and lay persons. Board
terms are three years.
To receive an application, contact the City Clerk's Office at 55 S.E.
Third Ave., or call (863) 763-3372, ext. 215. Applications can also be
obtained on the web site, www.cityofokeechobee.com.
No member of a citizen board shall be an employee of, or hold
any elective position of office of the government of the City or Coun-
ty of Okeechobee.
Dance club sponsoring dance
SEBRING The Highlands Social Dance Club will host a dance
from 7 until 10 p.m. on Friday, March 30, at the Sebring Lions Club
on Sebring Parkway one mile east of U.S. 27.
The Johnsons, the current United States Smooth Ballroom
Champions for the Southeastern Region of the USA Dance Competi-
tion, will showcase professional ballroom dancing. Additionally,
they will play ballroom dance music for your dancing and listening
Admission is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. Club
memberships are available. The dance is open to the public.
Free ballroom dance classes continue throughout March with
the tango being featured.
For information call (863) 471-0559 or (863) 385-6671.
VFW Post hosting karaoke contest
OKEECHOBEE VFW Post #4423, 300 N.W. 34th St., will hold
an open house in conjunction with a karaoke contest. The contest is
open to the public.
Preliminaries are on Saturdays, March 31, April 7 and April 14.
Warm up and practice begins at 6 p.m. Weekly winners will go to
the finals on April 21 at 7 p.m.
There is a $10 entry fee and all the fees go to the winners.
For information about the contest and membership call David at
(863) 697-9002, or Bill at the VFW at (863) 763-0818.
Chobee Starz host yard sale
OKEECHOBEE The Chobee Starz will hold a yard sale on Sat-
urday, March 31, in the parking lot of the Brahman Movie Theatre,
1500 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
For information, call Annette at (863) 697-2950.
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Children advocates encourage all to make choices for change
TALLAHASSEE Prevent Child
Abuse Florida, the Florida Depart-
ment of Children and Families,
the Florida Department of Health
and Bikers against Child Abuse
joined together to observe the
24th anniversary of National Child
Abuse Prevention Month and
launch Florida's fourth annual
Winds of Change campaign dur-
ing a press conference at the
Capitol on March 27.
Winds of Change is a national-
ly-recognized statewide aware-
ness campaign highlighting how
parenting has changed over the
years in response to social, cultur-
al and demographic trends. "A lo
has changed in the past two
decades," said Christie Ferris,
director of prevent Child Abuse
Florida (PCA Florida). "Society
has changed, parenting has
changed, and the field of preven-
tion has changed. As advocates,
we have realized that promoting
awareness of the problem of child
abuse doesn't get us any closer to
preventing child abuse. We have
to turn our attention toward the
solution of effective prevention."
Change is evident throughout
Florida. Once considered a retire-
ment haven, the state is now
home to a surging population of
families with young children.
Over 4 million children from a
variety of family formations and
cultural backgrounds now call
Florida home. "Florida's diverse
families present unique opportu-
nities to offer support and every
family deserves to receive the
support they need to help their
children develop through safe,
healthy, nurturing early childhood
experiences," Ferris said. A point
that was echoed by Secretary Ana
Viamonte Ros of the Florida
Department of Health, "In the
health care field, we have long
understood and promoted the
importance of making healthy
choices everyday to prevent phys-
ical illness and debilitating dis-
ease. New research has discov-
ered that common causes of
death and disability such as heart
disease and cancer can often be
traced back to adverse childhood
experiences. This represents a
turning point in our prevention
efforts as we view the prevention
of child abuse and neglect as an
avenue to improved adult health."
"At the Department, we're
working to find more effective
ways for communities and the
child welfare system in general to
provide for children and families.
Prevention and early intervention
efforts like home visitation, edu-
eating parents and encouraging
families to join self-help parent
support groups helps strengthen
families so they can overcome the
challenges they often face," said
DCF Secretary Bob Butterworth.
All of the advocates stressed
that no one agency, organization
or individual can accomplish the
kind of broad social change nec-
essary to ensure children are
safe, healthy and happy in their
homes; but when everyone
makes a conscious choice to do
their part, tremendous change
can be accomplished. John
Lender of Bikers against Child
Abuse said, "I don't know of
anyone who would say they are
for child abuse, but the question
is, what are you doing about it?"
He challenged everyone to make
a choice to get involved in efforts
to support families and prevent
child abuse. "When a child is
denied the kind of safe and
healthy family they deserve, we
have all failed, can you live with
that?" he added.
For more information on pre-
venting child abuse and neglect
in your community, visit
www.ounce.org or call 1-800-
FLA-LOVE to be connected to
family support programs in your
Kindergarten registration begins April 16
The Okeechobee County
School Board will be holding
kindergarten registration at the
following schools: April 16, North
Elementary School (863) 462-
5100; April 17, Central Elementary
School (863) 462-5077; April 18,
Seminole Elementary School
(863) 462-5116; April 19, Ever-
glades Elementary School (863)
462-5108; and, April 20, South Ele-
mentary School (863) 462-5087.
If your child will be 5 years old
on or before Sept. 1, 2007, you
should begin gathering the fol-
lowing information required by
law to enter public school: Legal
proof of birth date; up-to-date
immunization record; health
exam record that has been com-
pleted by a physician since Sept.
1, 2006; and, proof of residence
such as an FPL statement or OUA
Please contact the school your
child will attend to schedule an
appointment for kindergarten
registration. If you do not know
which school your child should
attend, contact the Student Ser-
vices office at (863) 462-5000, ext.
16 de abril, North Elementary
School (863) 462-5100; 17 de
abril, Central Elementary School
(863) 462-5077; 18 de abril, Semi-
nole Elementary School (863)
462-5116; 19 de abril, Everglades
Elementary School (863) 462-
5108; 20 de abril, South Elemen-
tary School (863) 462-5087.
Su nino/a debera tener cinco
de edad en o antes, del primero
de septiembre, 2007, para poder
Antes de que su nino(a) entire
a la escuela, usted necesita traer
los documents siguientes:
Acta de Nacimienta (Prueba
de Nacimiento); Expedientes de
las Vacumas (Estar al dia y docu-
mentadas por un doctor o el
Department de Salud); Un Certi-
ficado de Examen Fisico (Hecho
por un doctor desde el 1 de sep-
tiembre de 2006); Prueba de Reci-
dencia (Cuenta de FPL, Cuenta de
Pongase en contact con la
escuela elemental de su area para
hacor una cita.
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Randy J. Ross, II
Randy J. Ross, II, 30 of Okee-
chobee died March 27, 2007, in
Palm Beach County. Born June
10, 1976, in
he had been a
for the past
Mr. Ross is
survived by his
Michael Ross Randy
of Port Saint J.Ross
Mary (Tim) Ybarra of Okee-
chobee; sisters, Audrey (Pepe)
Esquive of Boynton Beach,
Lydia (Ivan) Rodriguez of
Miami; nephews, 'Chris and
Jose; and niece, Sarah.
Family will be receiving
friends on Friday, March.30,
from 7 until 8 p.m. Services will
be at 8 p.m. with visitation con-
tinuing until 9 p.m., at the Bux-
ton Funeral Home.
All arrangements are under
the care and direction of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. Fifth St., Okeechobee.
Doris M. Frank
Doris M. Frank, 92 of Okee-
chobee died March 26, 2007, at
Okeechobee Health Care Facili-
ty. Mrs. Frank was born Nov. 20,
1914, in Benton County, Iowa to
Chester and Mary Clime. She
was a retired textile worker. Mrs.
Frank came to Okeechobee
from West Palm Beach in 2000.
She was a member of the Com-
munity Christian Church of West
Mrs. Frank was preceded in
death by her husband Lee M.
Frank. She is survived by two
sons, Robert L. (Charlotte)
Frank of Pomona Park and Dean
M. (Beverly) Frank of Okee-
chobee; ten grandchildren; six-
teen great grandchildren; and
seven great great grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 11
a.m. Saturday, March 31, 2007,
at Memory Gardens in Lake
In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to Alzheimer's
Association, 225 N. Michigan
Ave., Fl.17, Chicago, 11. 60601-
Friends may sign the guest
book at www.bassokeechobee-
All arrangements are entrust-
ed to the care of Bass Okee-
chobee Funeral Home and Cre-
matory. 205 N.E. Second Street,
Gayle R. Delorme
Gayle R. Delorme, 78, of
Okeechobee, formerly of West
Palm Beach, died March 25,
2007. She retired in the early
1990s from Palm Beach Com-
munity College where she
worked as a secretary. Before
moving from West Palm Beach,
Mrs. Delorme was very active at
Bethel Assembly of God where
she would often play the piano.
She enjoyed- sewing, crocheting
She was predeceased by her
husband, Armand "Dell"
Delorme in 1992.
Survivors include: her chil-
dren, Alethia (James) Lossing of
Trujillo, Peru, Robert (Dorothy)
Delorme of Woodbridge, Va.
and Marie (John) Kolloster of
Okeechobee; nine grandchil-
dren; nine great-grandchildren;
a sister, Barbara Fischer; a
brother,' Bruce Lamond; and,
nieces and nephews.
The Delorme family will
receive their friends from 6 until
8 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at
Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Funeral
home, 3041 Kirk Road, Lake
Funeral Services will be held
at noon on Friday, March 30, at
Bethel Assembly of God, 4320 S.
Congress Ave., Lake Worth. Mrs.
Delorme will be laid to rest fol-
lowing funeral services at Lake
Worth Memory Gardens.
The following individuals
were arrested on felony or
driving under the influence
(DUI) charges by the Okee-
chobee County Sheriff's Office
(OCSO), the Okeechobee City
Police Department (OCPD),
the Florida Highway Patrol
(FHP), the Florida Fish and
Wildlife. Conservation Com-
mission (FWC) or the Depart-
ment of Corrections (DOC).
Roger Allan Cook, 45, S.E.
Third Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested March 27 by Deputy
Kristin Gray on an Okee-
chobee County warrant charg-
ing him with violation of pro-
bation dealing in stolen
property. He is being held
Michael Brantley, 42, S.
Parrott Ave., Okeechobee, was
arrested March 27 by Deputy
A. Majere on an Okeechobee
County warrant charging him
with violation of probation -
grand theft and violation of
probation dealing in stolen
property. He is being held
Jason B. Kauffman, 27,
N.E. Ninth Ave., Okeechobee,
was arrested March 27 by
Deputy A. Majere on an Okee-
chobee County warrant charg-
ing him with violation of pro-
bation driving while license
suspended (habitual offend-
er). His bond was set at
Lewis T. Gopher, 29,
Okeechobee, was arrested
March 27 by Deputy Donald
Ellis on an Okeechobee Coun-
ty warrant charging him with
violation of probation driving
under the influence. His bond
was set at $5,000.
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Leo Franklin Law, 16, S.W.
23rd St., Okeechobee, was
arrested March 27 by the OCPD
on a felony charge of fleeing or
attempting to elude a law
enforcement officer, and a mis-
demeanor charge of reckless
driving. He was released on his
Michael Clayton Stewart,
26, S.E. 116th Trail, Okeechobee,
was arrested March 27 by
Deputy Mark Margerum on a
charge of aggravated assault
with a motor vehicle. His bond
was set at $7,500.
Lawrence Wendell Wolf,
25, Brynwood Lane, Okee-
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by Detective David Rogers on a
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the opposition thinks. The fears
and the anguish that they feel
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WATER RESTRICTIONS: Do the water restrictions apply to every-
one in the county or just to the people with city water? Are they
going to apply to people who get their water from an electric pump?
Editor's Note: The water restrictions apply to everyone who is a
customer of the Okeechobee Utility Authority (OUA). Residents with
wells are currently exempt from Phase II (severe) restrictions.
NEGATIVITY: There's been nothing but negativity in this paper in
Speak Out since they mentioned the development in Blue Heron. I
believe all the people in Okeechobee would profit greatly from any
of the progress being made around here. Heaven knows we need it,
and specifically about the lake dying from lack of concern. Our lake
is in very bad shape and I think people need to pay a lot of attention
to that. Where is our water supply going to come from if our pre-
cious Lake Okeechobee should just fade away? People need to have
more positive input instead of so much negativity.
DROUGHT: I am calling in regards to the water conservation
which I have no problem with but on a West Palm Beach television
station they inform the viewers that they can water their grass with
sprinklers between 4 and 8 a.m. and use a hand hose to water plants
between 5 and 7 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. My
question is, why is it Okeechobee, who is in the viewing area of that
station, can only water their grass on Wednesday and Saturday from
4 until 8 a.m. and why can we not water our plants with a hose
between 5 and 7 p.m. Also, why are car washes still being used dur-
ing this water conservation time?
Editor's Note: The water restrictions are more severe for the
Lake Okeechobee area since we are in a Phase II water shortage.
The West Palm Beach area is in a Phase I, or moderate, water
shortage. For specific questions, you should call 800-662-8876.
SINS: My brother is gay. He once said to me "even my closets
have closets." The root issue is that homosexuality is sin so is
unforgiveness, adultery, fornication and much more, according to
God's word. The world considers some sins more acceptable than
others. However, God hasn't changed. So, since we all sin and fall
short of the glory of God, we are required to love the sinner (that's
each of us) hate the sin and be thankful God made a way out of sin
through his son, Jesus. I have a wonderful wife, two children, five
grandchildren and I love my brother.
AL GORE: To the person who wrote about Al Gore Al Gore is
not rich. Neither was Carter or Clinton. If they hadn't voted for the
Bush's and Cheney they would have plenty of gas. They are the oil
and gas people.
GAS PRICES: This is in response to the Al Gore comment in
Speak Out about the gas prices going up just recently. Where have
you been, in another world? The gas prices were $3 a gallon and
dropped drastically around the November elections because the
Republicans thought they might gain a few votes which, I might say,
didn't work. I am from Tennessee, too, and I know a lot of people
from there support Al Gore. The only reason Tennessee turned
Republican is because the Bible Belt people switched over 27 years
ago when Ronald Reagan was elected president. I see less family
values today. Tell me a political leader that doesn't own a mansion
- especially compared to my 1,200 square-foot home. I'd call
Bush's ranch a mansion and I am sure he uses a lot of energy. As far
as I'm concerned Al Gore won in 2000. He had 500,000 more votes
than Bush and if he had won I am sure he wouldn't have lied to us
about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to get us in a war we
can't win. You don't sound like any poor working American or you
wouldn't vote Republican.
ROCK: I'd like to know what rock the idiot that stated that Al Gore
caused the price of gas to go up crawled out from under. The price
has been going up since George W. Bush got in office. He had better
retract his Republican wings and crawl under that same rock and
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Moms are making history -- and policy
By Valerie Young
carries crayons in her purse. She
also coordinates the pick-ups and
drop-offs of her children's after-
school activities. Nothing remark-
able in this; certainly, millions of
mothers do this every day. But this
mother of three, a Florida Democ-
rat, happens to be a member of the
United States House of Representa-
tives. And that makes it pretty
Not so long ago, mothers in the
labor force were advised not to
keep family photos on their desks,
or the kindergarten art project
tacked up over the file cabinet.
Almost overnight, it seems, moth-
erhood has emerged as an impor-
tant employment asset, at least in
the political arena. That's because
most households in which chil-
dren are being raised are run by a
working mom. Today, 70 percent
of households with children have
all resident adults employed out-
side the home.
And so, as we celebrate what
leaders of women's organizations
call "Women Making History
Month," we note that Nancy
Pelosi's first few speeches in her
history-making role as Speaker of
the House were full of references
to her status as a mother and a
When Hillary Clinton declared
herself a candidate for the 2008
presidential election making
history in national polls that show
her as a frontrunner she invoked
the phrase "as a mother" almost in
the same breath as "I'm in it to
Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), a
single mom, is raising a 4-year-old
And you just can't get more
obviously maternal than Rep.
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (D-WA),
pregnant and due this May.
Now that mothers are stepping
into positions of political influence,
hope for some real change in our
public policies is spreading.
Women in groups such as Mother-
National Association of Mothers'
Centers, Mothers & More, Mom-
sRising, and the Mothers Move-
ment Online have been advocating
for paid family leave, accessible
and affordable child care, health-
care reform, and better family poli-
cies in the workplace, among other
Congress appears be tuning in,
evidenced by a recent Senate com-
mittee hearing on a paid sick leave
bill, the Healthy Families Act and by
the floating of numerous plans for
universal healthcare. On March 27,
the Congressional Action Day of
the Women's Equality Summit,
women from a broad range of
organizations converged on law-
makers to press a family-friendly
As women legislators bring the
sum total of their experiences to
Capitol Hill, we are certain that
today more members of Congress
than ever before know what it's
like to have a sick child at home on
a day you absolutely have to get to
work; to spend way too much of
your income on childcare, if you
can find it; as well as other care-giv-
ing dilemmas encountered mil-
lions of times a day in households
around the country.
If only they could learn what it's
like to put off filling your own pre-
scriptions so you can pay for medi-
cine for your kids; thanks to the
comprehensive health insurance
they enjoy as members of Con-
gress, they'll have to take my word
Almost three-quarters of Ameri-
can mothers work outside the
home for money, and the majority
are working full-time. With house-
hold income virtually stagnant in
recent years, women's wages are
critical to making ends meet. The
lack of adequate support for care-
giving in the United States is
appalling, and mothers aren't they
only once who suffer the indiffer-
Americans are living longer
and, with pensions, savings and
retirement benefits shrinking, will
be working longer and caring for ill
or disabled parents, in-laws, spous-
es and others all at the same
time. That's why we, as a nation, so
badly need the paid family leave
advocated by mothers' rights
The legislator-mothers current-
ly serving in the House and Senate
are singularly placed to tackle these
critical public policy issues, and
bring to them a certain practical
expertise not typical among mem-
bers of Congress.
The healthcare delivery system
is in shambles, with 46 million
Americans uninsured. The Family
Medical Leave Act is currently
under threat, in the process of a
review being conducted by the
same Department of Labor that
has implemented other cutbacks
in worker protections and com-
pensation. As it is, the act covers
only half of the private sector work-
force. The well-being of most
Americans will depend in the
future on the enforcement and
expansion of the act to include all
workers, and to provide paid leave,
so eligible workers can actually
afford to take it.
The women currently making
history in Congress know this, see
this, and live this. To Debbie
Wasserman-Schultz, I say sharpen
your crayon. It's time for some seri-
Editor's Note: Valerie Young is
the advocacy coordinator at the
National Association of Mothers'
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Tantle Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Margaret at
(863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone interested
in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend. There is Census,
IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Security Death Index and
military information available. For information, call Robert Massey at (863)
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fellow-
ship hall at 412 N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at Vil-
lage Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the public
are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at (863) 357-1639.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at
the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us or ask
questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636, or Hazel at (863) 763-4923, for
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863) 357-6257.
Martha's House Inc. will hold weekly support groups for women who
are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive relation-
ships at 6 p.m. For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Gra-
ham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Social Security Administration Office hours are from 9 a.m. until
noon at the One Stop Center, 209 S.W. Park St.
Free Adult Basic Educatlon/GED and English as a Second Lan-
guage classes are held from 7 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support Group Hospice of Okeechobee and the
Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every Thursday
at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is welcome. The
group is facilitated by social workers and provides an opportunity for care-
givers to give one another support, information and ideas. The meetings
are held.at Hospice at 411 S.E. Fourth St. For information, call (863) 467-
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step Study meet-
ing at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Unda Road, in
Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth
Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 697-6235.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30
until 8 p.m.
Narcotics Anonymous meets each Friday for an open discussion
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Unda Road,
in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780 or (863) 467-
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)
Tops Take off Pounds Sensibly No. 669 meets at 9 a.m. at the First
United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. The public is invited. All
persons interested in a sensible approach to losing weight and becoming
a part of a caring group are welcome to come and see what we are all
about. For information, contact Ollie Morgret at (800) 932-8677.
A.A. meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This 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. This will be an open speaker meeting.
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
using. We meet every Friday at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian
Church, 3 Linda Road For information, call (863) 467-9833.
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 busi-
ness meeting. Anyone is welcome to ride twice before joining. For Infor-
mation, contact: Roland Spencer at (863) 697-2247; Debbie Izzo at (863)
634-6257; or, Holly Stewart at (863) 610-1251.
A.A. meeting 8 until 9 p.m. at Grace Christian, 701 S. Parrott Ave. It will
be a closed discussion.
The Gathering Church will hold its monthly healing service on the first
Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. Anyone desiring to
receive personal prayer for healing is welcome to attend. The Gathering is
located at 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. For information call Theresa Brown at (863)
A.A. meeting 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
pur Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Okeechobee Model Airplane Club will meet at the Peace Lutheran
Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane. For information, contact David Fox at (863)
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open discussion at Buck-
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Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who enjoys singing
is invited. For information or to schedule an appearance for your organiza-
tion or group, contact Marge Skinner at (863) 532-0449.
Chamber hosting handgun safety class
.A handgun safety and handling class will be held Thursday,
March 29, at the Okeechobee County Chamber of Commerce, 55
S. Parrott Ave., at 7 p.m. The second part of the course will be held
at the shooting range on Saturday, March 31. For information, call
the Chamber of Commerce at (863) 763-6464.
Healthy Start officers will meet
The executive officers of the Okeechobee Healthy Start Coali-
tion will meet Thursday, March 29, at 8:30 a.m. in their office locat-
ed at 575 S.W. 28th St. For information about the coalition call Kay
Begin, executive director, at (863) 462-5877.
Library plans storytelling event
Singer, songwriter and storyteller Bob Patterson will be appear-
ing in storytelling concert at the Okeechobee County Library, 206
S.W. 16th St., on Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m. With a distinctive voice
and 12-string guitar technique, Mr. Patterson will take you on a trip
through the real Florida. His stories will tie you back to the land, to
the plants and animals, to Florida's precious water and to Florida's
real people. This program is sponsored by a grant from the Florida
Humanities Council and is free and open to'the public.
Prom dress rescue under way
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 fit-
ting 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. For
those who wish to donate a gown, arrangements can be made to
pick up dresses. For information, call Pam Chesley at (863) 946-
2736 or (863) 634-7158.
Church plans Easter drama
Oakview Baptist Church, 677 S.W. 32nd St., will present an East-
er musical drama "Pathos 2007" on Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m. and
on Sunday, April 1, at 6 p.m. The presentation is open to the public.
For information, call (863) 763-1699.
Easter cantata set for March 30 & 31
This year's cantata "Lord of Lords" will be presented by
the Okeechobee Community Choir on Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m.
and Saturday, March 31, at 2 and 7 p.m. at The Gathering, 1735
S.W 24th Blvd. For information, call Sandy Perry at (863) 634-7714.
Consumer issues on radio show
Family Stations, Inc. will host a radio talk show on Saturday,
March 31, starting at 7:30 a.m. The show will be rebroadcast at I
and 6 p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The special guests
will be Sonia McCabe, assistant supervisor for the Bureau of Con-
sumer Assistance, and Don Dietrich, consumer complaint analyst,
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The
topic of the show will be complaints, scams, fraud and identity
theft. For information call 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) or visit
DuPuis hosting lecture series
Participate in Florida Archaeology Month this March by attend-
ing DuPuis Management Area's nature lecture series on Saturday,
March 31, at 10 a.m. Grace Larson, president of the Southeast Flori-
da Archaeological Society, will give a presentation on the contro-
versial topic, Clovis vs. Pre-Clovis. The presentation will be held at
DuPuis Management Area Visitor's Center, 23500 S.W. Kanner
Hwy., Canal Point. There is no admittance fee. For information, call
Kim Kanter at 1-800-432-2045, ext. 3339; or, email@example.com.
Activity guide being prepared
The Shared Services Network (SSN) is preparing the 2007 Sum-
mer Activity Guide to assist you in selecting activities appropriate
for your children. The deadline for submitting your activity is Friday,
March 30. The hope is that this guide will assist parents in finding
activities to keep your children safe, supervised and active this
summer. SSN is looking for activities to promote for children in
Okeechobee this summer in this guide. If your organization, club,
church or neighborhood is sponsoring a camp, day program or
supervised activity for local children please call Sharon Vinson at
(863) 462-5000, ext. 257, to submit your information. There is no
charge to submit your activity.
Eastern Star plans yard sale
Okeechobee Chapter #128, Order of the Eastern Star, will hold
an indoor yard sale on Saturday, March 31, at the Okeechobee
Masonic Lodge, 107 N.W Fifth Ave. Coffee and donuts will be avail-
able in the morning and hot dogs and sodas will be sold for lunch.
Doors will open promptly at 8 a.m. For information, contact Jesse
Black at (863) 467-7068.
yard sa benefits scholarship fund
The Okeechobke Yatchette Club will hold a yard sale on Satur-
day, March 31, starting at 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Good Spir-
its Lounge, 245 U.S. 441 S.E. Proceeds will benefit the club's schol-
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The Okeechobee News, Thursday, March 29, 2007
Brahman boys' tennis team
shut out by Tigers 7-0
The Brahman boys' tennis O'Neil (MC) def. Elj Cabansay (Okee.) 6-0,
team traveled to Martin Downs (Okee.) 6-2, 6-0; Scott Steger ger (MC) d
Country Club to face the Tigers of (MC) def. Kyle (Okee.) 6-2,
Martin County High School Tues- Walker "We ca
day afternoon and returned to (Okee.) 6-0, 6- r .break to facE
Okeechobee with a 7-0 loss on 0; John in Martin Ce
their record. The results of the Christen- c in Martin Cc
individual matches are as follows: son (MC) coach Dav
Singles: Joe Curet (MC) def. def. Bhevesh Patel (Okee.) 6-1, 6- played well
Bobby Spelts (Okee.) 6-0, 6-0; 2. was too g
Denny Rinaldi (MC) def. Corey
White (Okee.) 6-1, 6-1; Matt
Doubles: Curet and Rinaldi
(MC) def. Spelts and Cabansay
6-0; O'Neil and Ste-
ef. White and Patel
ne back from spring
e a very talented team
)unty," said Brahman
e Ellis. "Our boys
, but Martin County
ood. We travel to
today to get back on a
What's next for Phelps
after another world record?
By Paul Newbeny
MELBOURNE, Australia The
red line lapped at Michael Phelps'
feet, as if pushing him to another
A superimposed TV gizmo that
demonstrates just how close
swimmers are to record pace, the
red line was actually moving along
BEHIND Phelps as he approached
He wasn't chasing the mark. It
was chasing him.
"That was amazing," said
Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman.
At this point, Phelps is just rac-
ing himself and the records he
already holds. On Wednesday at
the world swimming champi-
onships, he set his second world
mark in as many days and showed
no signs of slowing down with five
more races to go Down Under.
"That's basically what he
always does," Bowman said.
"That's how you improve the
Can this be right? Phelps swam
the 200-meter butterfly in 1
minute, 52.09 seconds. In a sport
where records are documented in
hundredths of a second, Phelps
broke his own record by a stagger-
ing 1.62 seconds the biggest
drop in the record since 1959.
For those who thought the
lanky American was at his peak
during the 2003 worlds in
Barcelona or the following year for
the Athens Olympics, think again:
He's better than ever, at the ripe ol'
age of 21.
Phelps shattered the record he
set just six weeks ago in Missouri.
With the crowd at Rod Laver
Arena rooting him on, he surged to
the wall nearly two body lengths
ahead of anyone else.
Whirling around and flipping
up his goggles to get a better look
at the scoreboard, Phelps squinted
his eyes when the time flashed.
"I shocked myself," Phelps
said. "I heard the crowd the last 50
(meters). I didn't know how close
I was or how far I was under it. You
could tell by the expression on my
face. I was shocked."
In the stands, Bowman had a
Phelps' coach was keeping up
with the split times, fully aware he
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was well below the pace of his
previous record-breaking swim.
But Bowman didn't truly grasp just
how fast his star pupil was going
until he glanced at the video board
on the final lap.
The red line told it all.
"That was," Bowman said,
struggling to find the right word,
For Phelps, it seems like he's a
kid again, breaking personal bests
- a.k.a. world records in sec-
onds, not fractions of a second.
"I feel like I'm 12 years old,
being able to drop more that a sec-
ond off my best time," he said. "I
feel like an age-group swimmer
Phelps can be downright bor-
ing when he speaks, rambling on
about split times and underwater
But it's that singular focus that
makes him the champion that he
is. He gets up every morning think-
ing about the next swim, not the
last one. Then, he blows everyone
"When I go into a race, I swim
my own race," he said. "I definitely
do have competitors. I do have
people that I want to race, people I
want to beat. But when I get in the
water, I'm trying to do a best time.
I have to swim my own race to do
a best time. I can't swim with
No worries, Michael. No one
can swim with you.
Just one day earlier, Phelps
took down a swimming icon by
beating Ian Thorpe's 6-year-old
record in the 200 free in Thor-
pey's home country, no less. After
celebrating with a couple of sleep-
ing pills, he was back at the pool
early Wednesday for a preliminary
swim in the 200 individual medley.
When he returned in the
evening for the 200 butterfly final,
but he didn't feel right.
"I actually felt like crap," Phelps
said. "I felt horrible in the warmup
pool. I said to Bob, 'I can still feel
my arms from last night."'
When it counted, Phelps blew
everyone away, beating silver
medalist Wu Peng of China by 3.04
seconds, an eternity in swimming
"He is simply way.too fast, way
too fast," Wu said through a trans-
lator. "I couldn't see him."
Phelps was under world-record
pace the entire race and extended
his lead at every turn. At 100
meters, he dipped 1.65 seconds
under his old mark. He stretched it
to 1.78 seconds through 150
meters as the Aussie fans cheered
louder and louder.
This is reminiscent of Phelps'
performance at the '03 worlds,
where he set five world records -
two of them in different events on
the same day, a feat no other
swimmer had accomplished.
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Head coach: Dylan Tedders
TLC-Treasure Lake Conference game
March 30: at Forest Hill-7 p.m. (District)
April 3: at Lincoln Park (Lawnwood)-7
April 5: vs. Westwood-7 p.m. (District)
April 7: at Port St. Lucie-12 noon
April 10: at Suncoast-7 p.m. (District)
Head coach: Tim Jenkins
March 31: at Jensen Beach (double
April 3: vs. Lincoln Park-5 p.m.
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Head coach: Phil Spearow
Mar. 30: vs. Moore Haven-6 p.m
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March 30: vs. Glades Day H.S.-5/7
April 4: at Port St. Lucie (junior varsity)
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Head coach (girls): Jay Huffman.
Head coach (boys): Dave Ellis
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The fourth annual Russ Bring-
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will be held Sunday, April 1, at the
Scott Driver Boat Ramp (across
from Okee-Tantie Marina) on S.R.
The cost to enter is $145 per
boat which includes a pork butt
dinner. Early registrations are tak-
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Experimental drugs to raise 'good' HDL fail key tests
By Marilynn Marchione
AP Medical Writer
NEW ORLEANS The hot
new strategy of trying to prevent
heart disease by raising good
cholesterol had more setbacks
Monday as new studies showed
that experimental drugs didn't
work and also had safety prob-
The news follows Pfizer Inc.'s
abandonment in December of an
$800 million investment in torce-
trapib, the leading contender in
this class of drugs, because it
raised the risk of heart attacks
Heart specialists have been
anxious to know whether the
problems extend to all such
drugs and doom this approach.
"A lot of people think it's the
next big thing, and we'll need to
understand what went wrong
with torcetrapib to move for-
ward," said Dr. Steven Nissen, a
Cleveland Clinic heart specialist
who is president of the American
College of Cardiology,
The new studies, reported at
the group's conference, gave a
mixed answer. The Pfizer drug
seems uniquely risky, but other
drugs have problems, too.
And even though they and the
Pfizer drug raised HDL good cho-
lesterol as intended, that made
no difference in the odds of heart
attacks or deaths, or key meas-
ures of cholesterol buildup in
Doctors long have focused on
lowering LDL, or bad cholesterol,
to cut heart attack risk. Statins,
sold as Lipitor and Zocor and also
in generic form, lower LDL,
which ferries fats from food into
But many station users suffer
heart attacks anyway, so doctors
have been trying to boost HDL, or
good cholesterol which trans-
ports fat from the blood to the
liver to be disposed of to fur-
ther lower risk. .
An extended-release niacin
drug called Niaspan, sold by Kos
Pharmaceuticals Inc., does this.
But it can cause a prickly hot sen-
station called flushing that some
people find intolerable. Pfizer,
Merck & Co. and Swiss drug
maker Roche Holding AG are
testing drugs that boost HDL in a
On Monday, scientists report-
ed the results of several studies
on torcetrapib. In one, the drug
boosted HDL by 61 percent, but
trends in death, hospitalization
and heart attacks "are all going in
the wrong direction," Nissen
An experimental diabetes
drug by Eli Lilly and Co. that is
10,000 times more potent than
fibrates, a current cholesterol
treatment, also proved disap-
pointing. The new drug raised
HDL but also raised the risk of
kidney, heart and other serious
problems, Nissen reported.
Finally, infusions of a reconsti-
tuted form of HDL developed by
CSL Ltd., an Australian company,
made no big difference in the
burden of artery buildups in a
study led by Dr.' Jean-Claude
. Tardif of the Montreal Heart Insti-
In several of these studies
there were hints of some
improvements in less important
measures of artery buildup,
which provides "a glimmer of
hope for future development of
this class of drugs," Dr. Alan Tall
of Columbia University writes in
an editorial in the New England
Journal of Medicine.
That journal and the Journal
of the American Medical Associa-
tion published several of the new
"The bar has been raised a lot
for this entire class, but I do not
think we can abandon this entire
approach," Nissen said.
If Baycol had been the first
station tested and research had
stopped after safety problems
emerged, there wouldn't even be
this class of drugs, he noted. Bay-
col, sold by Bayer AG, was with-
drawn from the market in 2001
after reports of a severe and
sometimes fatal muscle disorder.
Red Cross offers
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.
The Okeechobee Healthy
Start Coalition will hold child-
birth education classes at the
Florida Community Health Cen-
ter, 308 N.W Fifth Ave. For infor-
mation, call the Healthy Start
office at (863) 462-5877.
VNA offers flu vaccines
Flu vaccines are now avail-
able at Visiting Nurse Associa-
tion, 208 S.E. Park St., Monday
through Friday from 9 a.m. until -
noon and from 1 until 4 p.m.
There is no charge with
Medicare Part B; otherwise, the
cost is $30 for the flu vaccine and
$45 for the pneumonia shot. For
information, call Anna or Debbie
at (863) 357-2197.
Florida's Blood Centers is
looking for blood donors in
Okeechobee. The blood mobile
will be at Raulerson Hospital,
1796 U.S. 441 N., on the second
Tuesday of each month from 9
a.m. until 1 p.m. The mobile unit
will be at the Wal-Mart parking.
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fourth Saturday of each month
from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The
month of August may be
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(863) 382-4499. All blood types
are needed. There is no upper
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and conditions are acceptable.
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Dr. Robert Fafalak discusses the medication Exubera in
his New York office, Tuesday, Feb. 27. The inhaled form of
insulin is marketed by Pfizer. Exubera, a powdered form
inhaled through a special device, was introduced last year
in a targeted launch to specialists, a debut analysts
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MOAA invites congressional candidates
Although the next Congression-
al elections are still almost two
years in the future, candidates are
already starting their campaigns.
The local South Central Florida
Military Officers Association of
America (MOAA) is taking notice of
that fact and is inviting candidates
to address their membership.
Invitations have been sent to
recently elected Congressman Tim
Mahoney (D-16) and Gayle Harrell,
who presently represents Florida
State Representative District 81, has
initiated her campaign for Repre-
sentative Mahoney's seat in the
MOAA Chapter president retired
Colonel Roy P. Whitton announced
that the MOAA chapter will be par-
ticularly interested in the candi-
dates' views on all veterans' issues
as well as support for the military
both active and reserve forces.
Lieutenant Colonel Tor Roth-
man, MOAA chapter legislative
chairman, announces that Repre-
sentative Harrell has accepted the
chapter's invitation and will be
addressing the group at the chap-
ter's April 21 luncheon meeting at
the Candlelight Restaurant of the
Sebring Sun 'n Lake Golf and
"Although we have not received
a reply to our invitation to Con-
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ing forward to a favorable reply
soon," said Colonel Whitton.
Service Club Briefs
The American Legion Post #64 is
located at 501 S.E. Second St. The
Post phone number is (863) 763-2950.
American Legion Post #64 is
open Monday to Saturday from 10
a.m. until 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1
until 9 p.m.
Our kitchen is open daily serving
a regular menu. The hours of operation
are: Monday, and Friday from 11 a.m.
until 3 p.m.; Wednesday, tacos and
margaritas served from 11 a.m. until 6
p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 1
until 8 p.m.
Sunday NASCAR on big screen
TV. Quarter-pound hot dogs, pizza and
$1 draft beer will be offered. David
Copper from 3 until 7 p.m.
Happy Hour in the lounge is from
4 until 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday and Saturday from 11 a.m.
until 5 p.m. draft beer $1
Bar bingo will be held each Mon-
day starting at 1 p.m., and on Thursday
nights beginning at 6 p.m. for mem-
bers and guests.
Friday night dinner is served from
4:30 until 6 p.m. Music will be from 4
until 7 p.m.
Bingo is held every Saturday and
Sunday night starting at 6:30 p.m.
Doors open at 5 p.m.
The Sons of the American Legion
steak dinner will be held on the third
Sunday of each month from 3 until 6
p.m. for a $10 donation. The dinner will
include steak, baked potato, salad,
dessert, coffee and tea. There will be
entertainment from 5 until 8 p.m.
The Veteran's Memorial, Park
Committee is taking applications for
names to be engraved into the Wall of
Honor until April 15. The per-name cost
is $60. Call the post at (863) 763-2950
Am-Vets No. 2001 will hold a reg-
ular informational meeting on the first
Saturday of the month at the Buckhead
Ridge VFW Post #9528, 2002 U.S. 78
W., at 10 a.m. Applications for new
members are available. Call Johnny
Patton at (863) 467-2882 or Jerry Lee
Shields at (863) 467-8779 or (863)634-
Am-Vets Ladies Auxiliary-meet-
ings are the first Saturday of the month
at 10 am. Contact the Post at 467-2882
Eagles Aeries #4137
E Aeries #4137 is located at 9983
U.S. 441 N. For information on events,
call (863) 763-2552.
Every Tuesday bingo at 1 p.m.
Food will be available for a donation.
Wednesday: bar bingo starting
at4 p.m. Food will be available.
Every Thursday: washer toss at 1
First and third Thursday: Auxiliary
at 6 p.m.; Aeries at7 p.m.
Friday: steak night (16-oz.) start-
ing at 5 p.m. for a $12 donation. Music
will be by Jimmy Harper.
Saturday and Sundays: music
First and third Sunday: breakfast
cooked to order from 9 until 11 a.m. for
Saturday, April 7: children's East-
er party. Call Aeries at (863) 763-2552
to sign up children before March 31.
Party from noon until 2 p.m. Food and
drinks for children.
Saturday, April 14: District 7 pic-
nic, food, music, fun and games.
The Okeechobee Masonic
Lodge is located at 107 N.W. Fifth Ave.
For information about the club and
events, call Matt Buxton at (863) 357-
The Masonic Lodge holds their
meetings on the second and fourth
Monday of each month starting at 7:30
Saturday, April 7: annual hog
(domestic pork) roast from 4 until 7
p.m. Eat-in or take-out will be available
for a suggested donation of $6 for
adults and $3 for children. A traditional
barbecue menu will be served and the
dinner is open to the public. For infor-
mation, call Jim Green at (863) 634-
4401 or Jose Verano at (863) 634-
Order of the Eastern
Star Chapter #128
The Order of the Eastern Star has
many fun activities planned on the first.
and third Tuesday of each month. For
upcoming activities, contact Mary Ann
Holt at (863) 634-8087.
B.H.R. Moose Lodge
The lodge is located on U.S. 78 W.
in Buckhead Ridge. The Lodge's
phone number is (863) 763-2250.
Sunday breakfast will be served
from 9 until 11-a.m.
Tuesday bingo at noon.
Wednesday cards and games
social at 7 p.m. If you have a game you
wish to play, bring it.
Thursday night meals will be
served from 5 until 7:15 p.m. Call the
Lodge at (863) 763-2250 for the menu.
Thursday is karaoke night start-
ing at 7:30 p.m.
Friday at 7:30 p.m. there will be
music for dancing. Call to see who is
Saturday night meals will be
served from 6 until 7 p.m. Call for the
Sunday karaoke from 5:30 until
Saturday, March 31: Western
Spring Roundup at 5 p.m. Dress up in
your western duds and enjoy a chuck
wagon dinner. Karaoke to follow at 8
Moose Family Center
The Moose Family Center #1753 is
located at 150 N.W. 36th St. in Okee-
chobee. The lodge opens weekdays at
10 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m. For
information and meal menus, call the
Lodge at (863) 763-4954. Guests are
invited to enjoy the activities and con-
sider membership. The main hall and
kitchen are nearly completed. The next
step will be to install the kitchen equip-
Breakfast first Sunday of every
month from 8 to 11 a.m.
LOOM meets every second
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
WOTM meets every second and
fourth Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
WOTM Officers meetings are the
first and third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
LOOM officers meeting First and
Third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Horseshoes Thursday and Sun-
Free pool games, Sunday at 2
Dinners Friday at 5 p.m. for $3
Bar bingo Friday at 6 p.m. Food
Call Janet Madray, Circulation Manager
Dinners each Saturday at 5:30
p.m. for a $7 donation, with music to
dance by at 7 p.m.
Moose Races Saturday at2 p.m.
Saturday, April 7: children's East-
er party from 2 until 4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11: election of
officers for the coming year from 1:30
until 6:45 p.m. with general meeting to
Saturday, April 14: open enroll-
ment at 1 p.m. Charles and Nancy
Lowe party from 3 until 7 p.m. with beef
roast and barbecue ribs for a donation
VFW Post #4423
The VFW North Post #4423 is
located at 300 N.W. 34 St. Events are
seasonal, contact the Post 'at (863)
763-0818 for information or write the
Post at RO. Box 1137, Okeechobee Fl:
34973. The Post opens at noon Mon-
day through Sunday.
Monday through Thursday:
happy hour from 4 until 6 p.m.
Monday: .50-cent hot dogs
Washer toss every Tuesday start-
ing at 1 p.m. Food will be available.
Everyone is welcome.
Friday: bingo starts at 1 p.m. for
members and guests. Food will be
available. Karaoke will be from 6 until
Friday: hot food by David Lee
from 4 until 6 p.m.
Saturday: bar bingo at 1 p.m. for
members and guests. Karaoke will be
from 6 until 10 p.m. Food will be avail-
Sunday: dinner will be available
from 2 until 5 p.m., and will be followed
by karaoke from 6 until 10 p.m.
Every third Sunday there will be a
post meeting and ladies auxiliary meet-
ing at 11 a.m.
The post membership drive is
under way, and the post is striving for
100 percent. For information, contact
the quartermaster at (863) 763-0818.
Big screen TV for all events.
Monday, April 2: pontoon boat
tickets one for $5 and five for $20.
Call (863) 763-0818 for time of draw-
Open house in conjunction with
a karaoke contest: preliminaries on
Saturday, March 31, April 7 and 14.
Finals are on April 21. Entry fee is $10.
HOME PHONE PLUS
The VFW Post #9528 is located at
2002 S.R. 78 W. in Buckhead Ridge.
For information, call (863) 467-2882.
Post opens at noon, Monday through
We are taking applications for new
members for the VFW, Ladies Auxiliary,
. Male Auxiliary, AMVETS and AMVETS
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary din-
ner and Men's Auxiliary or AmVets.
Music will be available.
Every Thursday is bar bingo at
12:45 p.m. Lunch will be available.
Every Friday a steak dinner with
baked potato, salad and rolls will be
served from 5:30 until 7 p.m. for a $10
donation. Dancing Immediately follows
Post meetings are held on the
second and fourth Saturday of the
month beginning at 10 a.m. The main
meeting is on the fourth Saturday.
For information contact Comman-
der Don South at (863) 467-2882.
All games and special events are
shown on three televisions. The game
room has a regulation-size pool table.
VFW Post #10539
The VFW will be open Monday
through Saturday at 10 a.m., and Sun-
day at 1 p.m.
Lounge opens at 10 a.m. Mon-
day through Saturday and at 1 p.m. on
Wednesday: bar bingo will start
at 12:45 p.m. Lunch is available, cour-
tesy of the Ladies Auxiliary.
Thursday: short order food night
from 5 until 8 p.m.
Friday: fish fry from 6 until 8 p.m.
along with live music and dancing.
Saturday: dollar dogs, sausage
dogs for $1.50 grilled or steamed at
noon. Live music and dancing will start
at 7 p.m.
Sunday: open at 1 p.m. with the
Call (863) 763-2308 for the
schedule of events.
The Okeechobee Shrine Club,
S.R. 78 W., members will meet the first
and third Thursday of each month at 8
p.m. The club is also available for wed-
dings and parties. For information call
the club at (863) 763-3378, or Keith at
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'Healthy Eating Campaign'
TALLAHASSEE Florida Agri-
culture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bronson
helped unveil a new health initia-
tive designed to get Floridians to
eat more fruits and vegetables.
At an event in the Capitol Plaza,
Bronson touted the nationally-
sponsored "Fruits and Veggies -
More Matters" campaign and told
those in attendance that eating
Florida produce is one of the easi-
est ways to improve one's health.
"The message is very simple -
most people benefit from eating a
variety of fruits and vegetables,"
Bronson said. "And we're truly
blessed in Florida as we grow
more than 280 commercial crops
that feed Floridians, consumers
throughout the country and citi-
zens around the world."
Bronson's Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Services,
the Florida Department of Educa-
tion and the Florida Department of
Health hosted the event, whose
national sponsors include Produce
for Better Health Foundation
(PBH) and the U.S. Centers for Dis-
ease Control and Prevention
(CDC). The program is housed in
the Florida Department of Health's
Bureau of Chronic Disease Preven-
tion and Health Promotion.
The "Fruits and Veggies More
Matters" message is the next gener-
ation of PBH's 15-year-old "5 A Day
for Better Health" program a cam-
paign encouraging consumers to
eat at least five servings of fruits
and vegetables each day.
Dr. William Dietz, director of the
CDC's Division of Nutrition and
Physical Activity, said that healthy
diets rich in fruits and vegetables
may reduce the risk of cancer, dia-
betes and other chronic diseases,
as well as help people manage their
weight. However, roughly 9 of 10
consumers do not consume the
recommended number of servings.
"Our mission is to change con-
sumers' behavior over the long
term and close this consumption
gap," Dietz said.
For more information on the
"Fruits and Veggies More Matters"
campaign, consumers are encour-
aged to visit the campaign's inter-
active website www.fruitsandveg-
The site offers recipes, serving
ideas, shopping advice and
includes activities for getting chil-
Master Sno-Cone maker, Zadoc Simmons readies a supply of freshly shaved ice for Lea
Cole at the Ft. Drum Festival held on March 24 and 25. Kids had lots of activities to par-
ticipate in during the weekend long community festival including a bounce house, games,
music, balloons, food, fun, and time to spend with other community children.
It's a proven life-changing pro-
gram that provides four-year col-
lege scholarships to deserving
ninth graders in local communi-
ties."The mentor meets with the
student one hour pler week at
his/her school. Volunteer oppor-
tunities are available in Indian
River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okee-
You can be a
Help encouraged a high school
student to reach his or her full
potential and become a volun-
teer mentor for the President's
Challenge to SOAR/Take Stock in
Children Scholarship program.
chobee counties. Please call the
Indian River Community College
Foundation at (772) 462-4786.
with drug addiction
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Community Service Through Journalism
Special to Okeechobee News/D. Hamilton
Ft. Drum Community Church Pastor, Fred Hodges (front right) talks with church members
while enjoying homemade barbeque during the Ft. Drum Days Festival held on the church
grounds on March 24-25.
The Okeechobee Community Choir
in its 9th year under the direction of Sandy Perry,
will present the Easter Cantata,
Lord of Lords
and Other Easter Favorites, Including
The Holy City and Handel's Hallelujah! Chorus
Presented at The Gathering
(former location of Oakview Baptist)
1735 SW 24th Ave
Friday, March 30 at 7PM
Saturday, March 31 at 2PM & 7PM
The heavenly selections will be gloriously sung by a 59-voice choir
comprised of singers from the following 13 local
churches: Church of Our Saviour, First United
Methodist, His House Fellowship Nazarene,
SKOA Community, More to Life, Northside
Baptist, Okeechobee Presbyterian, Peace
Lutheran, Sacred Heart Catholic, Seventh-day
Adventist, The Gathering, Treasure Island
Baptist and Westside Christian
Solos, Duets, & Trios Sung or Performed By:
Justin Allen, Dorothy Anderson, Betsy
Cheney, Faye Haverlock, Mary Hurley, JoAnn
Kane, Lonnie Kirsch, Pastor Emil & Ruth
Moldrik, Wynnefred Shepard, Darle Lou
Simmons, Leah Suarez, John & Chris Sufficool,
Sydney Thacker, Kathryn Wilkinson Victoria
Accompanist: Michael Hayes Narrator: Nicolle Wood
Admission is free A Love Offering will be taken
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At the Movies
The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, March
23, through Thursday, March 29,
are as follows:
Theatre I -"The Last Mimzy"
(PG) Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9
p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 2,
4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at 3
and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre II1 "Wild Hogs" (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 "Teenage Mutant
Ninja Turtles"(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 Thurs-
day at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m.
Tickets are $5.50 for adults;
children 12 and under are $4.50;
senior citizens are $4.50 for all
movies; and, matinees are $4.
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FAMILY PLOTS(8) Perpetual
Care Cemetery, Ortona. Price
negotiable. Will separate if
ORTONA., 2 lots. $2000
CAT- black and white, male,
very pleasant. Vic of East
State Rd 70. Call to identify
CHILDS SMALL BLACK ZIP-
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LAB: Light Yellow, 6 mths old,
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TOY POODLE: Chocolate, neu-
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Job Information 225
Job Training 227
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Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
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Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys K Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
CHEST FREEZER: Kenmore,
23 cu ft, works excellent.
$225 or best offer.
DISHWASHER, For RV or
home. 18" wide, 21" high.
black, works great, $50
GARBAGE DISPOSAL, $20
Exc. cond. (863)467-8681
RANGE, Electric, Maytag,
good shape. $125
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excellent service to our readers.
Must have a dependable car and provide excellent
service to our customers everyday.
Come in and fill out a contractors
information sheet at the Circulation office
107 S.W. 17th St., Suite D, Okeechobee, FL.
GAS STOVE- New, 36", 6
burner, with dridle. Black &
REFRIGERATOR / FREEZER:
Almond, good working con-
REFRIGERATOR, Kenmore, al-
mond, great condition, slide
out shelves, auto ice maker.
side by side, 22 cu. ft., ice
maker, works well. $250
REFRIGERATOR, white, works
great, perfect for extra fridge
in garage, $40.
STOVE: GE, electric, white,
with complete hook-up and
WASHER & DRYER, Kenmore,
excellent condition. $280 for
both or will separate.
WASHER & DRYER- Sears,
Large capacity. $100. or
best offer. (863)357-0262
WASHER: GE, large capacity,
heavy duty, multi cycle,
good condition. $65. Call af-
ter 5pm. 863-467-2040
MICROWAVE, Over the coun-
ter style, Maytag. $35
Your new home could be
In today's paper. Have
you looked tlop It?
FOLDING BIKE- New tires &
tubes. Excellent condition.
$85. (863)675-2596 or
ALUMINUM WIRE 3/0, 400
+/- Ft. New. Sell for half price.
$250. for all. (863)467-1456
PLYWOOD, 50 sheets, $300
(561)762-4620 Jupiter area
Licensed & Insured
1551 N.W. 24th Drive
CHILDREN'S DRESSER- Whit.
good condition. $25.
CRADLE SWING, Fisher-Price,
Nature's Touch. Like new,
used 1 month. Paid $150,
asking $100 (863)763-8622
BRICKS / PATIO PAVERS
(400 pcs): Will cover about
15 x 15 area. You haul. $150
for all. 863-697-2032 Okee
JACKET: Harley Davidson Du-
rango, leather, exc cond, like
new, never worn, women's
sm. $325. 863-673-0980
MENS DRESS SHOES, Black,
size 11, by Bass, good con-
dition. $12 (863)467-0987
PRINTS- 3, Famous FL West-
ern artist. Cedar frame & mat-
DELL P4 COMPUTER SYS: XP
Pro, monitor, keyboard,
mouse & speakers. $249.
E MACHINES: With 17" flat
screen monitor, 2.5 yrs old.
HP COMPUTER, w/flat panel
monitor, corner computer
desk, Lexmark 4-in-1 Printer.
SCHOOL COMPUTER, Com-
plete system, educational &
games. $99 (863)843-0158
FIREPLACE MANTEL- Brand
new. Mantel only. $200. or
best offer. (863)763-6747
BEDROOM SET- 4 pcs. Gray.
2 nightstand's. Armoire,
Dresser w/mirror. Good cond.
BEDROOM SET: Chest,
dresser, mirrors etc. Good
condition. FREE! You haul!
BUNK BEDS- w/mattresses,
ladder, student desk, like
new, $150 (863)467-2040
CANOPY BED- White, Twin,
Metal w/box spring & mat-
tress. Excellent condition.
CHAIR & OTTOMAN, Match-
ing, upholstered, very good
COUCH, Victorian Parlor &
Matching Chair. Needs re up-
DAYBED, Cypress, custom
made. $175 (239)340-8503
DINING TABLE & 4 CHAIRS,
Good shape. $50
TURE: Couch, tables, crib,
etc. $100 for all or will sep-
tate. 863-673-4540 Labelle
SLEEPER SOFA SETS- 2, With
matching Loveseats. $175.
Good condition. Will separ-
SOFA BED- Castro Con-
vertible, light tan, asking $65
SOFA, Sectional w/2 lounge
chairs, like new, burgundy.
TABLE: Wrought Iron, new,
42" glass top, beautiful with
4 upholstered chairs. $150.
TWIN BED- White, with mat-
tress.- Good condition. Ask-
ing $150. (863)675-1957
WALL UNIT: Solid wood, cup-
boards and shelving, suitable
for a garage. $75.
GOLF CLUBS- 100 misc.
clubs, Calloway, Lynx, Ping,
Etc. Good quality. $800. Will
BERETTA STORM- Carbine 40
cal., like new, 10 shot mag.,
BROWNING: 22-250, lever ac-
tion, never fired. $700.
COLT Civil War Commemora-
tive Pistol, S&W 22 Escort,
Winchester Mdl. 77, 22 cal.,
COLT DEFENDER 45 ACP,
stainless steel, 8 shot, like
new, $900 (863)763-3210
FIREARMS LIBRARY: Com-
plete hand gun and long gun
info- 32 leather bound vol-
PISTOL: Spring Filled Armory,
XD 40 cal., compact & tacti-
cal, high cap. mags. Like
new. $450 (863)634-4798
RIFLE: Marlin Camp, Folding
stock, 45 ACP, 25-round
mag, like new. $650
SHOTGUN: A. Harrigton Da-
mascus Dbl. barrel 16 gauge
SHOTGUN, Savage 410/22,
over & under. $450 or best
SHOTGUN, Savage Double
Barrel Fox, 2 3/4" 3". $500
or best offer. (734)777-4495
S&W MODEL- 640 Snub Nose
357 mag. Stainless. Asking
$450. or trade for Ft. Pierce.
WEATHERBY: Mark V, 257
Weatherby Mag, like new, w/
BODY BY JAKE- Very good
BOWFLEX- Top of the line ex-
ercise machine. Moving
don't have room. $1000. or
best offer (239)464-6136
TREADMILL: Sport Craft,
brand new, fully assembled.
Paid $265, asking $200 neg.
863-674-0057 after 5pm
TREADMILL- Vita Spa, with
inclinenew condition, ask-
ing $150 (863)983-4940
WEIGHT BENCH, Welder Club,
w/300 lb. sports authority
olympic weight set, $300
FUEL TANK, 150 gallons, with
pump & 2 hoses. $250
HEAT PUMP- Nordyne, 3 ton
seer with air handler & head
element. New. $1200. or
best offer. (302)423-8827
CAST IRON KITCHEN SINK
W/drain board & CAST IRON
TUB $40 for both will sell
ICE CUBE MAKER: Magic
Chef, portable, almost new.
MATTRESS & SPRINGS,
Queen, Pillow top, Nearly
new. $200. or best offer.
CEILING FANS (4), White
w/light kit. $120 for all, will
PENDENT LIGHTS (2) brand
new, $30 for the pair
PATIO FURNITURE, brand
new, firepit with tables, 4
chairs, all covers incl., $400.
HANDICAPPED CARRIER: To
carry wheelchair or scooter.
POWER WHEELCHAIR- De-
luxe. Like new. Excellent
operated, used twice on car-
pet, cherry red, exc cond.
$1000 neg. (863)357-5988
JACUZZI SPA: Seats 8, like
new, easy lift cover. $2300
or best offer. 863-467-8548
ALTO SAXOPHONE- Only
CUSTOM BUILT GUITAR
CABINET: 77"T x 42"W, 2
solid doors & shelf, $350 or
PIANO: Kimball, artist console,
like new, jniuiiJul sound.
SNARE DRUM, Used, with
stand. $50 (863)675-4098
EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE TA-
BLE: Oak mica w/4 quality
chairs. $200. Call Mon Fri,
FISH TANK: 55 gal, w/ wood-
en stand, Whisper Power fil-
ter, lObs stone, tubing & air
GREAT DANE PUPPIES: AKC,
1st shots, HeartGuard & health
cert. incl., ready now, $1,000.
JACK RUSSELL PUPS, Fe-
males, very colorful, shots &
wormed. $250 each.
Lady Gouldian Finch, beautiful
colors, $80. (863)610-2126
PIT BULL, Red nose, Male, 4
mo. Big head. $350..
PIT BULLS (2): $100 for both
or will sell separately.
YORKIES, For Sale. 5 males.
Will be ready June 2nd.
TOILETS (2) like new, 1 beige,
1 white, $20 for both will sell
JACUZZI- blue, 4 person, 4
yrs old, with cover, excellent
condition, paid $3500 ask-
ing $1000 (863)946-3333
JUGS PITCHING MACHINE,
Electric. $700 Call anytime.
KNEEBOARD Hydro Slide
POOL TABLE Imperial Sharp-
shooter, 4' x 8'. resulailion,
slate, good cond, w/access.
JUGGERNAUTS (2), 15", Cus-
tom made by MMATS, 6000
watts peak each. $1200 neg.
SUB WOOFER BOX, For 2- 15"
Subs. Huge box. $200. or
best offer. (863)634-6476
SANYO, 17", with remote. $50
ARBOR PRESS, Bench model,
3 ton, like new. $75
CEMENT MIXER: $200.
CUTTING TORCHES: Complete
set, on a dolly. $450.
DIFFERENT NAILS for air nail-
ers, Siemens breakers, dry-
wall tools, $200 will sell
ELEC AIR COMPRESSOR- Em-
Glo, used, $50
LADDER: Louisville, 28 foot,
PORTABLE AIR COMPRES-
SORS (2) 1- 3hp vertical
tank, 1- 2hp 20 gal tank,
$370 or sep (561)676-0427
TABLE SAW- 10", portable
with stand, $70 or best of-
WELDING MACHINE, very
good condition, $150.
VCR- Sharp, like new plus 35
movies. Asking $150.
CB RADIO: With antennae,
works well. $25.
DVD PLAYER: Brand new in
VIDEO TAPES (10): Sony,
8mm, hi grade, 120 mins,
new, still in box. $80 for all.
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed.'Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
Poultry,, Supplies 860
TRACTOR, John Deere '48,
Model A, good shape, $2500
or best offer. (863)673-0848
ARABIAN MARE & OH GELD-
ING, Reg. $2500. To good
home only. (863)467-6147 or
MARE- 16 yr. old. $300.
863-634-6087 Call anytime.
MARE- Born '03 APH, Daugh-
ter of Barlink Cadillac Kid.
Shown halter in FL & GA
PASO FINO MARE: to good
home only, $1800 or best
offer. 863-357-2111 or
SADDLE- 141/2" Bob Marshall,
Treeless, Barrel, Floral pat-
tern, With silver. Asking
YOUTH SADDLE: Good condi-
BUSH HOG: 6 ft, needs some
work. $150. 239-340-4758
DUMP YARD CART: $100.
FORD 800 TRACTOR, runs
GAS GRILL, BBQ Pro, 3 tier
shelf w/side burner. $100
GENERATOR: Onan, 2 cylin-
der, 5000 watts, great condi-
tion. $500. 863-675-1754
GENERATOR: Onan, 2500
watts, w/ Briggs & Stratton
LAWN MOWER, Gas Edger,
Shovels, Rakes, Hoes, 2
Tree Trimmers, $500.
MOWER: Swisher, 44", pull
behind, 10.5 Briggs & Strat-
ton, runs great, used 24 hrs.
$500 neg. 239-340-4758
RIDING MOWER, Gravely Pro
Master 300, 60" cut, hydro-
static drive, zero turn. $1800
RIDING MOWER- Sears, 17.5
hp, 42" cut. Runs good.
SCREENHOUSE, 10x10, good
BUCKLING: 3/4 Nubian, 1/4
Alpine, born 03/12, disbud-
ded, excellent Full Nubian
sire. $100. 863-467-8844
BULL, Registered &
2 Expecting Belted Galloway
Cow's in Palm Beach Co.
$2,750. Bob 609-247-9328
NUBIAN BUCKLING: ADGA
Reg, born 03/11, Broken
Fawn, disbudded, exc milk
prod. $200. 863-467-8844
RIDING MOWER: MTD, 12 hp,
38" cut. $150 or best offer.
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Townhouse, no pets.
$750/mo. 1st & last.
OKEECHOBEE: 606 NW 3rd
Ave, 2br/2ba, no pets.
$800/mo. 1st & last req'd.
Call Debbie at 863-763-3173
11055 Hwy 441 North/
Okeechobee, FL. 2520 sq ft.
$1000/mo. 1st, last & sec.
Beautiful 2BR/2BA house in
Kings Bay. Lakeview, washer
& dryer, a/c, swimming pool.
$900/mo. plus utilities. Call
IN TOWN, large 4BR/2BA, 2
car garage, $1500 mo., 1st,
last & security,
OKEECHOBEE- 2br, 1ba, small
pet okay, Four Seasons area,
$800 moves you in. Will
work on Sec Dep. House will
be ready April 1st. Can see
FARMS- 2 acres, fenced,
3/2, $1400/mo, Rent w/op-
tion (863)610-2126 vlye
-BRAND NEW OFFICES-
Hurry! Only a Few Left!
BASSINGER- to share mobile
home, single/quiet, male/fe-
male, non smoking, no pets
CLEAN PROFESSIONAL MALE
Seeks Same to share 4 BR,"2
BA. East of Okeechobee. $125
wk. Call (863)824-6112
OKEECHOBEE- New house in
town, 3br, 2ba, inclds all
elec appli., $600/mo & $600
sec dep. (863)447-3287
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Business Places -
Property Sale 1010
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
CLEWISTON, New home. By
Owner. 3/2, Garage, Big Lot.
$299,000. w/down payment.
GLADES CO: 100 acre land
auction on 03/31/07. Owner
/ agent brokers welcome.
JUST ON THE MARKET
3BR/2BA/2 car garage, CBS
home on 1.15 acres, Lazy 7
area, built 2001,1,774 sq. ft.
living area. Owner motivated
to sell. 7775 SW 9th St,
R-BAR ESTATES: 2004 CBS
home, 3 br plus office, 2.5
ba, 3 car garage on 2 acres.
3/2 home plus small apart-
ment on 2 beautiful acres.
125 ft dock. 1893 No. Lake
Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes. Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
RESIDENT OWNED CO-OP be-
ing formed. Mobile / Park /.
RV Lots. For mor more informa-
tion, call 863-465-9666.
2BR/1BA SW $625/mo.
3BR/2BA CBS MH $625/mo.
1 room Cottage $490/mo.
32ft RV/BA $490/mo(inclelec)
1st, last & sec. IncI city water.
CHOICE OF 3BR OR 2 BR DBL
WIDES. No pets, yearly lease,
starting @ $650/mo + $1000
sec. deposit. 863-763-4031
OKEECHOBEE: 2br/2ba, par-
tially furnished, located off
15A, no pets. $700/mo.
OKEECHOBEE: 3br/2ba, brand
new, waterfront, all new appl's
iricl. w/d, lake access.
TAYLOR CREEK ISLES:
DW MH, 2br, 2.5ba, Lake
access, Dock, Sea Wall, Fully
furnished. FL Rm. & Lg.
screened porch. C/Air & Heat.
W/D, D/W, $1200/mo + 1st,
last & sec. (863)467-8005 or
OKEECHOBEE- Large dbl
wide manuf home, 3/2, den,
fireplace, 5 acres, and ex-
tras. $150,000 neg. Call for
Park Model, 42x12, new roof,
completely furnished, incl.
REDUCED! 2/1 Fully furn,
many extras, new CNHeat, 40'
decked screen rm, 40' carport,
12x12 shed w/ W/D, in adult
park on rim canal w/dock,
Jet Sidls 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
BASS BOAT- '98 Hydro Sport,
115 Mercury, Fish Finder,
$4700 or trade for travel
BASS BOAT: Lowe, mariner
eng., exc. cond., fish finder,
trolling mtr., with trailer,
BASS BOAT TRAILER: For 16
18 Ft. Boat. New bunks &
paint. Good condition. $450.
BASS TRACKER- '89, 35hp
Merc. Stick steering. New 24
volt trolling motor. New floor-
ing. $1800. (863)467-8580
BOAT: 17.6 ft, center console,
115 Mariner, T-top, Trailer,
Good condition. $2000.
JON BOAT, 14ft., aluminum, 1
padded seat, no trailer or
motor, like new. $700 or
best offer. (863)763-8937
New Canvas Room for pon-
toon with rollup windows &
screens, $800 or best offer.
PONTOON BOAT: '89 Lowe,
18.9ft. long, trolling motor,
livewell, fishfinder, 50hp John-
son. $2000 (863)357-6709
RIVIERA BOW RIDER: '91, 15
ft, w/ trlr, '03 50hp Yamaha,
tilt/trim, bimini top & more.
$2500 firm. 863-763-0452
ROW BOAT:w/oars, 14 Ft., 2
hp, Suzuki 0/B Motor & 21 Ft.
galvanized trailer. $700 for all.
SAIL BOAT: Mini Sunfish.
SAIL BOAT: Sunfish, with trail-
er. $200. 863-612-1044
SKEETER BOAT-.1979, 15 ft,
70hp Johnson, trolling mo-
tor, $600 or best offer
V Bottom Boat, 12 Ft., 9 spd.
troll, mtr., marine bait. an-
chor & paddles work. $750
WILL TRADE- '86 Smoker
Craft, foam filled bottom, like
new, 90 hp Merc, new
carbs, new tune up, '05 trir,
$4500 or trade for auto
COUNTRY CHARM '00, Exc.
(863)467-7563 after 5:30 or
DODGE MINI HOME- '77, 21',
Rebuilt 360 engine.
w/11,000. ml., 68,000mi on
RV. $2500. (402)203-7653
MeadowLark Campgrnd: 30ft,
fully furn, built up roof must
be moved. Reduced to $12001
TOYOTA HERITAGE- '80,
Brand new A/C, New tires,
Everything works. 32K orig.
ml. $3900. 352-572-3700
CARBURETOR, Airboat, re-
built, for ground power en-
gine, original equipment.
LONG RAM JACK: 8 ton.
LOW PROFILE TIRES
(4) 205/40/17, (2) 90%
tread (2) 25% tread, $100
MUD TIRES- 4, 36", 5 lug Ford
rims. $300. (561)722-5289
(2) 425/65R22.5, 80% rub-
ber, $175 for both or will sell
RIMS & TIRES (4), BF Goo-
drich, LT265/70R/17, almost
new, only 1500k on them.
RIMS & TIRES (4), GM, 8 lug,
steel rims w/LP245/75/16
tires with centers. $150 or
best offer. (863)467-5616
TIRES, (4), BUCKSHOT,
31/1050/R15, on 6 lug rims
$450 neg. (863)634-9547
WATER SKIS- 67", O'Brien Ce-
HONDA CB350 1973, 4 cyl.,
Excellent condition. $1300.
KAWASAKI 440: $770
ATV, MX 260cc, adult, elec.
start, rarely used, less than 1
yr. old, $2400.
TOYOTA 4 RUNNER- '86, 4x4,
Auto, complete 22RE engine.
Needs work $800. or best
FLEETWOOD '77- 21ft, travel
trailer, asking $1000 or best
HOLIDAY RAMBLER, 35', with
attached FL room, set up in
Figian RV Park, lot 23.
$2500 neg. (952)807-6634
TRAVEL TRAILER: 2002 For-
rest River Salem, 32ft, w/
15ft slideout, like new.
TRAVEL TRAILER: '93 Terry
Resort Fleetwood, 2BR, in
Palmdale, with one slide-out,
33 ft, great cond. $4000.
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Care 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utilty 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4085
CHEV TRACKER '93- Cold AC,
4cyl, 2wh drive, runs great
new everything,, $2500 neg.
CHEVY CELEBRITY '86, Runs
good. $700 firm.
CHRYSLER FIFTH AVENUE,
'92, Good body & int. Runs
well. 100K mi. $1500..
CHRYSLER LEBARON: '92,
Convertible, New tires & top.
Runs. $500. (863)902-0477
GEO TRACKER- '84, 2 WD 5
spd. $1500. or best offer.
HONDA ACCORD: 1993, cold
A/C, runs good, new Miche-
lin tires. $2000.
HYYNDAI ACCENT- '02, 5 spd,
Great A/C. 35mpg. Great
MERCURY SABLE, '88, needs
trans. work, a/c, new bump-
ers & radiator, eng. runs
good, $600. (863)674-4757
NISSAN PULSAR '87- needs
work, asking $300
OLDSMOBILE: 1998, V6,
30mpg, 1 owner, excellent
condition, all options.
OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS, '87,
2 door. G6od on gas, All
power. Exc. cond., $2500 or
est offer. (863)763-6747
PONTIAC SE, '88, full power,
..a/c, orig. owner, $1200 or
best offer. (863)697-8507
VW GTI: 1997, 2 door, 5
speed. $2500 or best offer.
YAMAHA- '91, Electric.
$1200. or best offer.
BEDLINER, For 2007 long bed
Silverado. No tailgate piece.
$150 or best offer.
ENGINE, AUTO TRANS &
TRANSFER CASE, fits Ford
Explorer, 4.01, 4x4, runs
good, $550. (863)763-0547
FACTORY CHROME WHEELS,
4)& TIRES, P5570R16, fit
Trucks '99-07, 1/2 ton,
FLAT TOPPER, For Chevy
truck. $250 (863)697-5623
FORD F150 1988, 4x4, 5.8 II-
ter. Runs. Good for parts.
HAULER RACK, aluminum, for
full size pickup, $350 neg.
HOOD: Fits 80's 90's Ford
Van, new in box. $75.
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TRUCK ENGINE & TRANS: 2.2
liter, 4 cyl, w/ hp chip, head-
ers orig chip, k & n intake,
5spd. $1400. 863-675-2557
UTILITY TRUCK BED, Stahl, 8
Ft., $200. (863)634-7706
WHEELS & TIRES, from 2005
Dodge Ram. Chrome, 17", 5
lug & 245/70/R17, Michelin.
CHEVY 1 TON: 1996, clean,
excellent condition, new
tires, cold ac, runs great.
$4500 neg. 239-268-7291
CHEVY- '80 good mechanical
condition. Cold A/C. Good
tires. $1000. (863)763-7584
CHEVY DUALLY FLATBED '79-
rebuilt engine, 6 new tires,
$1200 or best offer.
CHEVY EXT CAB: 1996, sui-
cide door, Voortech 350,
auto $2400. 863-447-0270
CHEVY PICK UP 1965, Short
Bed, 4x4, 350 hp., 95% re-
stored. New paint. $12,000.
DODGE DAKOTA '03- W/ ext
cab, camper shell, low miles,
(863)763-5586 (Fran) days
or (863)763-0469 evenings
DODGE DAKOTA, '92, 4X4,
New radiator, 4 new Dunlop
tires. Good 5.2 V8. $500. or
best offer. (812)968-4858
DODGE QUAD CAB '01- Red
53K miles, 318 eng, 230hp,
posi traction rear end, load-
ed, $9000 (863)610-7725"
DODGE RAM F1500 '02-
white, single cab, 5.9L, V8,
58,500 miles, 20" rims, bed
liner, chrome grill, dual ex-
haust, cold air intake, tinted
windows, great cond. $9500
or best offer. Must sell, kid
going to college. Call Rhonda
(239)986-3417 Ive msg.
DODGE TRUCK- '86, Running
condition. Asking $1500. or
best offer. Call evenings
FORD F150: '02 XLT, ext cab,
4x2, 83k mi, am/fm/cd, p/l,
good tires, tool box, very
clean! $4700. 863-675-0057
FORD F150, '86, 5.0 auto,
runs good, $900.
FORD F250 FX4 PKG- '05,
Black, Pwr stroke diesel. 4 dr,
4x4, Leather, 45K mi. Tow
pkg. $32,000. (863)983-7213
FORD RANGER, '86, 4x4, 4
spd., auto with air, V6, new
tires, toolbox, very nice
FORD RANGER, '88, 4x4, lift
* kit, very clean, needs minor
work, $1200 as is.
TRUCK RACK- Aluminum, Like
new. Asking $350.
CHEVY SUBURBAN 1500 Se-
ries 1996, 5.7 Vortex, Excel-
* lent condition. New tires.
CHEVY SUBURBAN: 1986,
4x4, runs good. $2000 or
best offer. 863-763-0605
JEEP, '81 with new Hummer
fiberglass body, all new
parts & tires, $2295 or best
JEEP CJ7 '78 304, V8,
37X13.00-15 Super Swam-
per Boggers, hard top,
JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE: '98,
Ltd Ed, 5.9L, serviced regu-
larly, loaded, comfy! $7000.
863-983-6298 after 6:00 pm
TOW DOLLY- Like new condi-
tion. good tires, lights &
straps. Asking $800. or best
DODGE CUSTOM VAN, '94,
runs great, new tires, $2500.
FORD WINDSTAR- '1998, En-
gine problems. $1500. More
details. (863)675-0485 or
GMC VAN- '89, Full size, Runs
good. $900. or best offer
PubHc Notie 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
PUBLIC AUCTION WILL BE HELD AT
JOHN'S TOWING SERVICE STORAGE
LOT LOCATED AT 704 NORTHEAST
2ND AVENUE, OKEECHOBEE, FL
34972 ON APRIL 6, 2007 AT 9:00
AM. PURSUANT TO FLORIDA STAT-
UTE 713.78 FOR UNPAID TOWING
AND STORAGE CHARGES. YEAR
MAKE MODEL AND VIN ARE AS FOL-
1989 Ford Taurus
1996 Ford Probe
TERMS OF SALE ARE CASH, AND NO
CHECKS WILL ACCEPTED. SELLER
RESERVES THE RIGHT OF FINAL BID.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL! NO REFUNDS
WILL BE MADE I SAID AUTOMOBILES
WILL BE SOLD "AS IS" CONDITION
WITH NO GUARANTEE'S
200309 ON 3/29/07
SOUTH FLORIDA WATER
MANAGEMENT DISTRICT PUBLIC
NOTICE OF APPLICATION
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to
Chapter 373, Florida Statutes, the
following applications) for permit
have been received for projects) In
Horizon Aggregates LLC (Horizon Ag-
gregates) 795 12th Avenue SW,
Vero Beach, FL 32962, has sub-
mitted Application 070228-12 for
an Environmental Resource Permit
for 496.09 acres of mining opera-
tion lands. The water will be dis-
charged to an offsite ditch and the
Project is located In Section 15,
township 35 South, Range 36
Interested persons may comment
upon the application or submit a
written request for a copy of the
staff report containing proposed
agency action regarding the appli-
cation by writing to the South lod-
da Water Management District,
Attn: Environmental Resource
Regulation, PO Box 24680, West
Palm Beach, FL 33416-4680, but
such comments or requests must
be received by 5:00 PM within 21
days from the date of publication.
No further public notice will be provid-
ed regarding this application. A
copy of the staff report must be re-
quested in order to remain advised
of further proceedings. Substantial-
ly affected persons are entitled to
request an administrative hearing
regarding the proposed agency ac-
tion by submitting a written request
200231 ON 3/29/07
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BID SOLICITATION NOTICE
STATE OF FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Advertisement No. 1
CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS
Sealed bids will be received at District 1, State of Florida Department of Transporta-
tion, 801 North Broadway Ave., Bartow, Florida. Sealed bids will be received until
2:00 RM (Bartow Local Time) on Thursday, April 19, 2007 and will be opened and
publicly read aloud in the Professional Services Conference Room. Bids received
after the deadline will be returned unopened to the bidding firm. Bidders may obtain
preliminary bid results at htto://www.dot.state.l.us/cc admin. Click on "Letting Re-
sults' and D1.
ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS: BIDDERS' MAY OBTAIN PLANS, SPECIAL PROVISIONS
AND/OR BID DOCUMENTS BY FILLING OUT A FAX ORDER FORM AND FAXING IT
TO (863) 534-7172. THIS FORM MAY BE DOWNLOADED AT
BID SUBMITTAL: Submittal of these documents should be directed to the District
Contracts Administrator, District Contracts Office. Mail Station 1-18, Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, Florida 33830, or PO Box
1249, Bartow, Florida 33831, Phone: (863) 519-2559. Checks should be made
payable to the State of Flonda Department of Transportation. No refund will be
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS & PROPOSAL HOLDER LIST: Proposals will not be is-
sued after 2:00 RM. (Bartow Local Time) on Wednesday, April 18, 2007. Plan
holders list will not be issued after 5:00 pm on Friday, April 13,2007.
CONTRACT NO. ElF95) COUNTY: Desoto (TRIP FUNDS): FINANCIAL PROJECT NO:
20986-1-52-01 The improvements under this contract consist of median modifica-
tions and signing & pavement markings in State Road 70 at 14th Avenue easterly
0.015 miles to east of 15th Avenue in Arcadia. (Aprox 30 Calendar Days) NOTE:
PROJECT MANAGER: AlanAutry. BUDGET AMOT $101,307.00.
NO CHARGE FOR PLANS AND SPECS,
S(CONTRACT NO. E1GO02) COUNTY: Okeechobee (TRIP FUNDS): FINANCIAL
PROJECT NO: 420984-1-52-01 The improvements under this contract consist of
milling, resurfacing, widening, guardrail construction, drainage Improvements, and
signing & pavement markings on State Road 70. (Approx 80 Calendar Days)(Se-
cial Start Time: July 29, 2007). NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Alan AMry BUDGET
AMOUNT $814,192.00. NOTE: BIDDERS MUST BE PREQUAUFIED IN ORDER FOR
BID AMOUNT TO EXCEED $250,000 ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. MUST BE
PREQUALIFIED IN ASPHALT. COST FOR PLANS AND SPECS $5.00.
(CONTRACT NO. E1G03) COUNTY: Okeechobee (TRIP/DS FUNDS): FINANCIAL
PROJECT NO: 420985-1-52-01 The improvements under this contract consist of
milling, resurfacing, uarnrail construction, drainage improvements and signing &
pavement markings on State Road 70. (Approx 80 Calendar Days)(Specal Start
Date: July 29, 2007) NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Alan Auntry. BUDGET AMOUNT
825,023.00. NOTE: BIDDERS MUST BE PREQUALIFIED IN ORDER FOR BID
AMOUNT TO EXCEED $250,000 ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. MUST BE PRE-
QUALIFIED IN ASPHALT COST FOR PLANS AND SPECS $5.00.
(CONTRACT NO. E1G04-RO) COUNTY: Highlands (D FUNDS): FINANCIAL PROJECT
NO: 414016-1-72-01 The work specified in this contract consists of roadway
mowing and litter removal. (Aprox 365 Calendar Days). NOTE: PROJECT MAN-
AGER: Gary Burnett. BUDGET AMOUNT $280,000.00. NO CHARGE FOR PLANS
FUNDS ARE CONTINGENT UPON LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL.
(CONTRACT NO. E1611-RO) COUNTY: Polk (D FUNDS): FINANCIAL PROJECT NO:
14892-1-72-01 The work specified in this contract consist of roadside mowing
and litter removal. Approx 365 Calendar Days) NOTE: PROJECT MANAGER: Mike
Yencso. BUDGET AMOUNT $800,000.00. NO CHARGE FOR PLANS AND SPECS
PREQUALIFICATION: ** NOTE: A contractor desiring to bid for the performance
of any construction contract in excess of $250,000 must be certified by the Depart-
ment as qualified in accordance with Section 337.14(1), Florida Statutes and Rule
14-22, Florida Administrative Code. Any bid for the performance of any construc-
ton contract in excess of $250,000 submitted by a contractor not certified by the
Department as qualified shall be declared "IRREGULAR and will be REJECTED.
Orders for these documents should be directed to the District Contracts Administra-
tor, District Contracts Office, Mail Station 1-18, Florida Department of Transporta-
tion, 801 North Broadway, Bartow, Florida 33831. Phone: (863) 519-2559.
Checks should be made payable to the State of Florida Department of Transporta-
tion. No refunds will be made. The right is reserved to reject any or all bids.
Cheryl L Sanchious
District Contracts Administrator
199745 ON/CGS 3/29;4/5/07
AARP-Tax-aide will hold a free tax counseling preparation and e-filing service
each Monday and Tuesday through April 17, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at American
Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St. Last year's tax return, all financial docu-
ments for 2006, picture ID, Social Security card and birth dates are required for
everyone listed on the return. For information, call Neile Foreman at (863) 357-
ACS hosting bass tourney
.. The American Cancer Society breast cancer bass tournament will be held Sat-
urday, April 21, from safe light until 3 p.m. at the Okee-Tantie Marina, 10430 S.R.
78 W The entry fee is $130 per two-person team, plus $5 entry into the give away
drawing, or $135 at the ramp. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the weigh-in.
Registration forms can be obtained at Okeechobee Fishing Headquarters, 5286
S.W 16th Ave.; Garrard's Tackle Shop, 4259 S. U.S. 441 S.; or, by calling Chrissy at
(863) 634-8927 or Crystal at (863) 634-9483.
Church hosts Holy Week presentation
Beginning Palm Sunday night, April 1, His House Fellowship Church of the
Nazarene will present a 45-minute dramatization reflecting each day in Holy
Week brought to life with music and narration. Services on Sunday will begin at 6
p.m. On Monday, April 2, through Friday, April 6, services will begin at 7 p.m. You
will hear reflections of each of the day's events by Nicodemus, Thomas, the moth-
er of a little girl who sat on Jesus' knee, the carpenter, the tanner, the temple
guard, and the Roman soldier. The church is located at 425 S.W 28th St, two
blocks behind Pizza Hut. Everyone is welcome. There will be no charge.
Church presents drama
The First Baptist Church, 401 S.W Fourth St., will present a praise and worship
Easter program entitled "Lion of Judah-Calvary's Lamb" on Sunday, April 1, at 4
and 6 p.m. The program will be presented by the combined choirs and drama
ministry of First Baptist Church.
Give-away benefits March of Dimes
Tickets are available at Riverside National Bank, 1506 S. Parrott Ave., for a 2006
90 CC Adley four-wheeler. Tickets are $10 each and the proceeds will benefit the
March of Dimes. The drawing will be held April 2.
Substance abuse board meets
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board will meet
Wednesday, April 4, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. This is a
brown bag lunch meeting and is open to board members. For information, call
Jim Vensel at (863) 357-1977 or Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.
Horse trainer to visit
Cornerstone Christian Home Educators will host horse trainer Skip Calder on
Thursday, April 5, from 2 until 4 p.m. The event will take place in the empty lot at
the corner of S.W Fourth Street and S.W Fifth Ave., across from the First Baptist
Church and the ROC. Mr. Calder will be presenting horse training techniques
along with sharing how living for God has many things in common with horse
training. The event is open to the public.
Church hosting special Easter events
An Easter egg hunt will be one highlight of a full Easter schedule at the First
United Methodist Church at 200 N.W. Second St. On Saturday, April 7, at 10 a.m.
parents are urged to bring the kids for an egg hunt and hot dog lunch. Please bring
a basket to collect the eggs. Other Easter services include: a Good Friday service
on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m.; an Easter Sunday contemporary worship service at
9:30 a.m.; and, two traditional services at 8 and 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday Easter
Sunrise Service will be held at 6:30 a.m. at Lock Seven. You are asked to bring a
chair. For information call (863) 467 2557.
Masonic Lodge hosting hog roast
Okeechobee Masonic Lodge No. 237 F&AM, 107 N.W. Fifth Ave., will hold their
annual hog (domestic pork) roast on Saturday, April 7, from 4 until 7 p.m. Eat-in
or take-out will be available for a suggested donation of $6 for adults and $3 for
children. A traditional barbecue menu will be served and the dinner is open to the
public. For information, call Jim Green at (863) 634-4401 or Jose Verano at (863)
Easter Sunrise Service planned
A community-wide Easter Sunrise Service will be held Sunday, April 8, at Lock
7 beginning at 6:30 a.m. Each person is asked to bring their own chair and assem-
ble near the pier.
Church hosting Choose Life Ministries
Cornerstone Christian Home Educators will be hosting Choose Life Ministries.
The family comes to teach the whole family about pro-life issues. The event will
be on Monday, April 9, from 7 until 8 at the ROC. There will be sessions for adults,
teens and children 4 years of age up to the fifth grade. The event is free. For infor-
mation, call Debi at (863) 634-3525.
Substance abuse resource committee meets
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community resource commit-
tee will meet Monday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at 1600 S.W. Sec-
ond Ave. This is a brown bag lunch meeting and is open to anyone interested in
attending. For information call Val Marone at (863) 462-0040 or Deputy Keith
Stripling at (863) 763-6064.
Outreach training committee meets
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Committee community outreach/training com-
mittee will meet Monday, April 9, 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.
Substance Abuse Coalition meets
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting will be held
Tuesday, April 10, from 11:30 until 12:45 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church, 200 N.W. Second Ave. Everyone is welcome and lunch will be served. For
information call Val Marone at (863) 462-0040. There will also be an evening
meeting on April 10, from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Central Elementary School Library
for anyone who can not attend the afternoon meeting. All parents and PTO mem-
bers from all Okeechobee public and private schools are encouraged to attend.
Job fair will be hosted by OHS
Okeechobee High School's Career Center will sponsor an occupational aware-
ness (job fair) program for 11th and 12th graders on Friday, April 13, from 9 a.m.
until 1 p.m. in the Okeechobee High School Gymnasium. Businesses interested in
participating in the job fair should call Bill R. Black at (863) 462-5025, ext. 3113; or,
e-mail him at email@example.com 2.fl.us.
Scrapbooking crop party planned
A scrapbooking crop party will be held on Friday, April 13, from 6 until 10 p.m.
at the First Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. All levels of scrapbookers are
welcome. This month, Carolyn will give a tea-bag folding demonstration. She will
also be available to assist you with your scrapbooking questions and supplies.
Refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes. Bring any scrapbook
pages on which you are currently working. For information, call Carolyn at (863)
634-1885 or Joan at (863) 467-0290.
TV personality to speak at church
Tom Lester, who played Eb Dawson on the television series "Green Acres," will
be appearing at Treasure Island Baptist Church, 4209 U.S. 441 S.E., at 6 p.m. on
Saturday, April 14. Mr. Lester, has also appeared on "Petticoat Junction," "Beverly
Hillbillies," "Marcus Whelby," "Little House on the Prairie," "Knight Rider" and
two Disney movies, he is a dynamic Christian speaker who addresses banquets,
youth conferences, youth rallies, worship services and prayer breakfasts.
Martha's House annual banquet scheduled
Martha's House will host its annual victim's rights banquet on Monday, April
16, at the Okeechobee Civic Center on U.S. 98 at 6 p.m. The banquet is free to the
public but reservations are required and can be made by calling (863) 763-2893.
AARP offers free tax service
Healthy Start group seeks donations
The Healthy Start Coalition is accepting donations of baby items such as furni-
ture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and other items for infants and tod-
dlers. Proceeds from the sale of donated items will be used to benefit infants and
pregnantwomen in the community. For information, call (863) 462-5877.
Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of Okeechobee have dis-
count cards available. The cards are $10 and are good for one year at selected busi-
nesses. Cards can be purchased at CarQuest, 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 instruc-
tion 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.
Farm Bureau plans speech contest
Okeechobee County Farm Bureau, 401 N.W Fourth St., will sponsor the Farm
Bureau youth speech contest on Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. The 2007 topic is "How
will the global market affect agriculture in the next five years?" A copy of the speech
is due at the Farm Bureau office by April 18. Prizes will be awarded on the high
school and middle school level. For information and rules, call (863) 763-3101.
Church to host Youth Day
First Missionary Baptist Church of Dean's Court, on the corner of N.W. Ninth St.
and Ninth Ave., will host its first Body and Soul Youth Health Day on May 12, from 11
a.m. until 9 p.m. Activities will include: motivational speakers who will discuss a
variety of subjects appropriate for teens ages 13-17; a question and answer session;
private counseling will be available; a Spanish and deaf interpreter will be available;
and, a health fair. There is no charge for this event. Please RSVP to Shirlean Graham
at Martha's House (863) 763-2893 by April 30.
Bike rally benefits local charities
Splinter Productions will present an Okeechobee Memorial Day Bike Rally on
Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, at Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center, 4200 S.R.
70 E. Gates open both days from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Events include live music, food,
drawings, bike show, contests, vendors, poker runs and motorcycle events. Chil-
dren 12 and under are free. Tickets are $10 per person on Saturday and Sunday. A
full weekend pass is $15 per person. A percentage of the proceeds will support Big
Lake Missions, the Pregnancy Resource Center and More 2 Life Ministries. Vendors,
bands, sponsors, parking attendants, cleaning crews and security personnel are cur-
rently being sought. For information call (863)-634-8980 or (863) 634-4151; log onto
www.splintpro.com; or by mail at Splinter Productions, P.O. Box 623, Okeechobee,
FL 34973. -
Coalition offers summer program
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition will offer a free summer program,
The Traveling Medicine Show: S.O.S. Students Offering Solutions performance
troupe. Thirty youth between the ages of 12-18 will be trained to perform
alcohol/drug prevention skits, write skits and learn to give presentations. The pro-
gram will run for six weeks from July 6 through Aug. 10 and there are two sites from
which to choose: First Baptist Church and. Douglas Park Community. Center. For
information and an application, call Val Marone at (863) 462-0040.
SFWMD stages photo contest
The South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Service Center is
seeking Lake Okeechobee area photographs for the 2008 Lake Okeechobee calen-
dar. Winning images will be published as the featured monthly photos. Applications
will be taken until July 31 and entry forms and complete contest rules are available
at www.sfwmd.gov/okee select Info & Education. This contest is open to ama-
teur photographers only. Individuals may submit up to three photos. For informa-
tion, call (863) 462-5260.
Classes offered to stop smoking
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be offering smoking cessation
classes at Florida Community Health Centers, Inc., 1100 N. Parrott Ave. Call Leah
Suarez at (863) 763-1951, ext. 24, for class dates.
Senior Services offering assistance
Okeechobee Senior Services is currently taking applications for the EHEAEP
grant. You must be 60 and over to qualify for assistance with electric bills and you
must have a shut off notice. Call Kim at (863) 462-5180 for the required documenta-
tion needed to apply.
Ladies FOE auxiliary forming
Treasure Island Fraternal Order of Eagles in now forming. Ladies Auxiliary mem-
bers are being sought to sign up as charter members. The time and place for meet-
ings will be announced. For information call Bill at (863) 763-1187, or Diana at (863)
Reunion for OHS class of '98 planned
Any and all graduates from the Okeechobee High School class of 1998 are asked
to please submit your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include
your maiden name if appropriate, address, phone number, etc. We are in the
process of planning our 10-year reunion. More details will be published as they are
ORE offering special Christmas ornaments
Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE) are offering their second limited edition
Christmas 2007, 24 karat on brass, ornament including a numbered certificate with
historical information. Ornaments are $15 and proceeds fund the ORE scholarship.
The 2007 ornament will be the Southland Hotel. The 2006 ornament was the first
brick school 1916. A limited quantity of the 2006 ornaments is available. Those who
purchased ornaments last year and would like the same ornament numbers) and
quantity please call one of the following members: Gay Carlton at (863) 763-5755;
Kay McCool at (863) 763-2829; Paulette Whipple at (863) 467-2487; Marion Davis at
(863) 763-3991; or, Regina Hamrick at (863) 763-8865.
Martha's House in need of help
Martha's House Domestic Violence Shelter is in need of your help! The screen
porch at our shelter needs to be enclosed with windows. We need a contractor,
handyman or someone that could perform this service and donate all or part of the
supplies. We are also in need of two new or gently used stoves. If you can help us
out, we would be very grateful. All donations are tax deductible. Contact Stephanie
or Kim at (863) 763-2893 or Stephanie at (863) 610-9192.
Free summer program offered
A Child's World Childcare and Preschool will be offering a free summer program
for 4-year-old children. Space will be limited so register early. To qualify for the pro-
gram the following requirements must be met: the child must have turned 4 by
Sept. 1, 2006; the child could not have participated in a VPK program during the
school year; and, the parent must obtain certificate of eligibility from the Early
Learning Coalition located at the One Stop Career Center. For information, call
Malissa at (863) 763-5453.
Children's Ranch hosting yard sales
The yard sale at Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., is now open every
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please bring us all your
unwanted treasures. Tax receipts are available at the office. For information, call
Rosie at (863) 763-4242.
Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPL's Care to
Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share program is funded by
Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL corporate funds. The program provides
emergency assistance funds to customers who are in a crisis situation and unable to
pay their FPL electric bill. There are rules and guidelines that must be met to quality.
If you are a FPL customer and need help call (863) 763-6020 to leave your name and
number. Your call will be returned and an interview will be done over the phone to
determine if you qualify. Interviews with your local Salvation Army are by appoint-
ment only, no walk ins are accepted.
Healthy Start can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you been turned down for Medicaid? Healthy Start may
be able to help. For information, call Becky Smith at (863) 462-5877.
Martha's House offers workshop
Martha's Houise will offer a workshop called Deafening Silence, which deals with
providing services to deaf and hard of hearing survivors of domestic violence. The
date and time will be announced at a later date according to community interest
and response. Contact Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.