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Publication Date: April 3, 2007
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Vol. 98 No. 93 Tuesday, April 3, 2007 50t Plus tax

Lawn watering
restrictions set
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 Thursdays
and Sundays. Odd numbered
addresses can water from 4
a.m. until 8 a.m. on Wednes-
days 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 auto-
matic shut-off nozzle or low-
volume pressure cleaner. Viola-
tors could be subject to a fine.
County-wide burn
ban issued
Due to drought conditions
and heavy frost damage to veg-
etation, a county-wide burn
ban has been issued.
The ban will include, but not
be limited to: campfires, bon-
fires, burn barrels and the burn-
ing 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, imprisonment
in the county jail for a term not
exceeding 60 days, or both.
A burn ban has also been
issued for the City of Okee-
For information, contact
Okeechobee County Fire/Res-
cue at (863) 763-5544 during
normal working hours.

2 charged with
meth trafficking
A traffic stop, followed by a
brief foot pursuit ended with a
local man and woman being
arrested on drug charges,
including trafficking in
According to Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
arrest reports Randall Wayne
Milner, 25, N.W. First St., and
Melisa B. Maldonado, 34, N.E
342nd Trail, were arrested
March 29 and booked into the
SOkeechobee County Jail.
Milner was charged with the
felonies of trafficking in
methamphetamine, posses-
sion of methamphetamine and
leaving the scene of a traffic
crash with injuries.
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Drought Index
Current: 673
Source: Florida Division
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Local Burn Ban:

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Representatives from Martha's House were on hand to receive a food drive donation of
over 1000 pounds of non-perishable groceries from Curves of Okeechobee. (left to
right) Martha's House representatives Desiree Boswell, Shirlean Graham, Irene Luck,
Curves representatives Jan Sterling, Leslee Arnold and Jean Moushey.

Martha's House receives donation

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Martha's House received a
donation of over 1000 pounds of
non-perishable food from Curves
of Okeechobee who held their
annual food drive which nation-
ally donated 10.6 million pounds
of food for local communities last
Curves Waived its normal
service fee for any new member
who donated a bag of non-per-
ishable groceries for the month
of March.
Owners Leslee Arnold and
Jean Moushey and employee Jan
Sterling were on hand to present
the boxes of food to Martha's
Leslee Arnold stated that "the
Curves food drive promotion is
always exciting. We have the
chance to help so many people.
at a time when food banks are

lowest, while we assist more
women in reaching their fitness
and weight loss. goals. It's a win-
win situation for everyone, and
we're very proud to participate."
Martha's House is a non-profit
organization which serves vic-
tims of domestic violence and
other women and children in dis-
They serve victims statewide
through use of their 24 hour hot-
line (863) 763-0202, emergency
safe shelter, counseling and edu-
cation, self-sufficiency assistance,
help in obtaining legal, medical
and financial aid, victim advoca-
cy, children's advocacy, informa-
tion and referral, outreach pro-
grams, community and law
enforcement training and the
Speakers Bureau.
Martha's House offers a week-
ly support group program called
Women in Need (WIN). It is
developed specifically to meet

the needs of women dealing
with, or affected by, domestic vio-
lence and abusive relationships.
The support group offers educa-
tion, networking and a safe and
supportive environment in which
to process issues.
The WIN program is provided
free of charge to all women age
16 and above.
Mental health counseling by
contracted licensed mental
health professionals is available
to victims of domestic violence
(past or present), sexual violence
and to children who have wit-
nessed domestic violence. The
counseling is at little or no cost to
the client.
Counselors are available at
Martha's House offices or on
school campuses. The goal is to
assist victims and their families to
recover, from the trauma of
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code process

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Topping the tonight's meet-
ing agenda for the Okeechobee
City Council will be a discussion
on changing code enforcement
proceedings from a board to a
magistrate process.
The Council is also slated to
discuss proposed land revisions
to the Planned Unit Develop-
ment (PUD) language of the
'and development regulations
with the city's planning board.
The Council chose to remain
neutral on changing to a magis-
trate system at their previous
meeting due to the absence of
City Administrator Brian White-

If you go
WHAT: Okeechobee City Council
WHERE: City Hall, 55 S.E. Third
WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, at 6
hall. The current Code Board
members are expected to attend
the City Council meeting.
The magistrate process is set
up \\ here an attorney is,thsQple,
decision maker who will base
their decisions on codes that are
presently in place. The magis-
trate would give fines that would
be deemed legally appropriate in
See Council Page 2

Man charged

with shooting

pregnant wife

By Eric Kopp
Okeechobee News
An argument between a local
man and his wife Sunday night
escalated to the point where the
23-year-old woman was taken
to a local hospital with a gunshot
wound to her right hand, states
Okeechobee County Sheriff's
Office (OCSO) arrest reports.
A report by OCSO Detective
Shane Altman stated the
woman, who is 5 months preg-
nant, was shot in the right index

finger as she
was trying to
call 9-1-1.
The phone
was near her
head when
the shot was
fired, added
the report.
was Juan
Carlos Mal-
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4 injured as auto, van collide
A Chevrolet Astro van allegedly crashed through the window of Ledferd's, located at 222 South Parrott Avenue, Monday
morning. Okeechobee police officer P.C. Eddings stated that according to witnesses a silver Buick LeSabre pulled out of
an eye doctor's parking lot just down the street from Ledferd's and sideswiped the Astro van as it was attempting to
change lanes. The impact caused the driver of the van to lose control and crash into the window of Ledferd's. Three peo-
ple in the van and one person in the automobile were transported to Raulerson Hospital. The names of those involved
were not available as of press time. The accident is still under investigation.

80 mph chase ends in arrest of local man

With the cooperation of two
different agencies, an Okeechobee
man who allegedly tried to avoid
arrest by driving at speeds in
excess of 80 mph was finally
arrested and booked into the
Okeechobee County Jail.
Arrested Saturday was Michael
Lee Henderson, 36, N.E. Second
Terrace. He was charged with the
felonies of trespassing on a posted
construction site and fleeing and.
attempting to elude a law enforce-
ment officer. He was also arrested
on a misdemeanor charge of reck-
less driving. He is being held with-
out bond on these charges.
Henderson was later arrested
by Melissa Spencer from the
Department of Corrections. He
was charged with violation of
community control litter over

500 pounds/commercial hazard.
He is being held without bond on
that charge.
An arrest
report by
Deputy Antho-
ny Kibler of the
County Sher-
iff's Office
(OCSO) states
that he clocked
driving 70 mph Michael
in a 60 mph Henderson
zone on U.S.
441 North shortly before noon on
March 31.
When the deputy turned
around and activated his overhead
lights, Henderson began to speed
up in an apparent attempt to avoid

the deputy. Deputy Kibler indicat-
ed in his report that he was driving
at speeds in excess of 80 mph and
that Henderson had "run several
vehicles off the road."
The deputy his report
that Henderson turned onto N.E.
102nd St., then began to drive west
where he then turned onto N.E.
First Terrace. Henderson then
turned into a wooded area and
came out on N.E. Second Way.
Deputy Kibler wrote in his report
that he lost Henderson when the
man drove through his backyard
then through a ditch in front of his
By this time OCSO Sergeant
Robert Staton was responding to
the area when he saw the man
drive his blue 2000 Dodge Duran-
go onto N.W. 50th Drive, contin-

Man, woman charged with meth

By Eric-Kopp
Okeechobee News
A traffic stop, followed by a brief
foot pursuit ended with a local
man and woman being arrested
on drug charges, including traffick-
ing in methamphetamine.
According to Okeechobee
County Sheriff's Office (OCSO)
arrest reports Randall Wayne Mil-
ner, 25, N.W First St., and Melisa B.
Maldonado, 34, N.E 342nd Trail,
were arrested March 29 and
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail.
Milner was charged with the
felonies of trafficking in metham-
phetamine, possession of
methamphetamine and leaving
the scene of a traffic crash with
injuries. He was also charged with
the misdemeanors of possession

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Randall Melisa
Milner Maldonado
of marijuana under 20 grams, pos-
session, of drug paraphernalia,
resisting an officer without vio-
lence, fleeing and eluding a law
* enforcement officer and driving
while license suspended. His bond
on these charges was set at
He was later arrested on war-
rants charging him with the

felonies of violation of probation -
possession of cocaine, violation of
probation possession of a con-
trolled substance and violation of
probation driving while license
suspended (habitual offender). He
is being held without bond on,
these charges.
Maldonado was charged with
the felonies of trafficking in
methamphetamine, possession of
methamphetamine and introduc-
tion of contraband into a county
detention facility. She was also
charged with the misdemeanors of
possession of marijuana under 20
grams, possession of drug para-
phernalia and resisting an officer
without violence. Her bond was set
at $214,000.
An OCSO arrest report states
that Deputy Michael Hazellief tried
to stop a vehicle that was reported-

ued Deputy Kibler's report. The
report goes on to state that Sgt. Sta-
ton followed the man until he
turned on to a South Florida Water
Management District construction
site, which is the site of the Taylor
Creek Algal Turf Scrubber..
The deputy's report continues
by saying Sgt. Staton then lost sight
of Henderson, but found the
man's vehicle parked at Taylor
Since no OCSO K-9s were avail-
able, a Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
officer and K-9 were called to the
scene. Henderson was caught and
taken into custody by FWC officers
without further incident.
The FWC officers arid K-9 were
not named in, Deputy Kibler's


ly being driven by Milner. Maldona-
do was arrested after a brief strug-
gle with the deputy, states the
report, and Milner was arrested a
short distance away from the scene
in the 16000 block of N.W. 316th St.
A subsequent search of the area
turned up 32.1 grams of a sub-
stance suspected of being
.methamphetamine, and approxi-
mately 2.9 grams of a substance
thought to be marijuana.
Both substances were field test-
ed and indicated a positive result
for the presence of methampheta-
mine and marijuana, respectively.
Once at the county jail, the
report states an additional .6 grams
of suspected methamphetamine
was found on Maldonado. That
substance was also field tested and
indicated a positive result for the
presence of marijuana.

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accordance with the violation at
The process would remain the
same as it is when coming before
the code board. The code enforce-
ment officer would present the
case, and the person who was
cited would then have the opportu-
nity to speak before the special
The board now discusses the
issue and makes a collective deci-
sion by vote. However, under the
new system the magistrate would
make the sole decision on the
extent of the fines or any other
issues involving the case.
City attorney John Cook said he
has obtained a copy of the City of
Homestead's ordinance regarding
the magistrate process and is using
it to draft a similar ordinance for
"They have a list of typical viola-
tions with particular amounts (of
. fines) for the violations. This cre-
ates consistency of enforcement,"
he told the board.
Mr. Whitehall stated that "...
from a management prospective, it
(magistrate process) is more
streamline and efficient.".
The magistrate could hold
meetings twice a month if neces-

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N.W. 18th St., Okeechobee. He was
charged with aggravated battery
with a deadly weapon on a preg-
nant person, aggravated assault
and false imprisonment. He was
booked into the Okeechobee
County Jail under a bond of
The detective's report indicates
the man and wife began to argue in
their bedroom and at one point
Maldonado reportedly went to the

sary in order to speed up the
.The Council made a collective
point at a previous meeting that the
current code board has done a very
good job at creating a sense of con-
sistency and they were reluctant to
approve the change until first hear-
ing the response from the board
members themselves.
"The code board has served us
well," said Mayor James Kirk. "We
need to, at some point, take a
stronger stance. When people
come up here we (the City Coun-
cil) have a tendency to cut fines or
do awaywith them."
Mr. Cook went on to tell the
Council that the reduction of fines
would also be held by the magis-
Okeechobee County is currently
using the magistrate system to han-
dle their code cases. In this
instance, the person cited could
appeal the magistrate's decision.
According to county ordinance, the
appeal must be taken to circuit
court within 30 days of the magis-
trate's ruling.
This, too, could be written into
the city ordinance by the Council.
The council will also have a
workshop with the Planning
Board/Board of Adjustments to dis-
cuss the PUD language of the land
development regulations.
The city will discuss all the
issues brought up by the local citi-

closet where he retrieved a .38 cal-
iber handgun.
The woman reportedly told the
detective she tried to leave the bed-
room several times but her hus-
band would "... block the doorway
and point the gun at her, keeping
her from leaving," indicated Detec-
tive Altman's report.
Then, when Maldonado turned
his back, the woman tried to leave
the room again, stated a report by
OCSO Deputy Susan Morrison. As
she tried to leave, Maldonado
apparently swung around and
pointed the gun at his wife's head,.

zen planners and developers as
well as the revised suggestions of
the city planners Jim LaRue and Bill
The PUD regulations are being
revised due to the antiquated codes
that are currently present. The City
Council placed a moratorium on
any planned unit developments
until the regulations are updated.
Mr. LaRue has said he did not
believe the city's current PUD regu-
lations adequately safeguard the
city's interest to promote improved
development patterns.
At the last City Planning
Board/Board of Adjustment and
Appeals meeting they chose to
have a workshop with the Council
in order to still have input in the
writing of the PUD regulations.
In an unrelated matter, the
Council will hear a presentation
from Dr. Edwin Massey from Indian
River Community College (IRCC)
concerning a Public Safety Com-
plex that is going to be built on the
school's main campus in Fort
According to Michelle Abaldo,
IRCC's director of institutional
advancement, seven buildings
totaling 101,000 square feet will
serve as a national model for public
safety and disaster relief training.
The complex will provide state-
of-the-art training for professionals
and community members, and
coordinated response in all kinds of

continued the deputy's report.
SThe woman, with the phone in
her hand, reached up to push the
gun away but Maldonado pulled
the trigger, continued her report.
Deputy Morrison's report indi-
cated the round from the .38-cal.
handgun went through the
woman's finger, the telephone and
lodged in an inside wall.
While the detective was at
Raulerson Hospital with the
woman, a search for the gn ',r~
pected of being used in the shoot-
ing was being conducted in the

emergencies. It will combine law
enforcement, fire science, disaster
preparedness, humanitarian aid
and forensic education in one
place for organized effective emer-
gency readiness.
The complex will also provide
continuing education in public
safety technology, procedures and
preparedness and will house the
19th Judicial Circuit crime lab.
It will serve as a base for IRCC's
new disaster relief and humanitari-
an assistance program.
The city will be asked to consid-
er financial support to this com-
In other business, the city:
will consider the final reading
of an ordinance to correct a
scrivener's error in the legal land
description of the alleyways on a
previous ordinance that was
passed pertaining to a partial alley
closing from Brad Goodbread on
behalf of property owner George
Goodbread, GAGBEE, Inc, and G-4
Land N Cattle Company. The alley
is located in lots four and 10 of
block 46, which is located on the
south side of Southwest 21st Street.
will discuss Main Street's
acquisition of the CSX railroad
will discuss the excavation
and sale of excavated material from
the wetlands in the Okeechobee
Commerce Center.

OCSO Detective Sergeant
Jimmy Mills and K-9 Widgen were
summoned to the. scene. The
detective and K-9 began to search
and in about 20 minutes Widgen
found a .38-cal. handgun buried
under some brush about 19 to 20
blocks from the scene of the argu-
ment, said Sgt. Mills.
"She's trained to find anything
with a human scent," explained
Sgt. Mills.
Detective Altman's report also
stated that the couple's 2-year-old
child was in the bedroom while the
itieged agumentwas taking place.

*n i through Martha's House, include
DonaIluIo Teen Alternatives to Violence
(TATV), Rape Prevention and
Continued From Page 1 Education Program and the Rural
abuse, to prevent further occur- Initiative Latina Program.
rences and to help young people For more information about
avoid the traps of abusive relation- any of these programs, or to
ships. receive services, contact Crystal
Royal or Irene Luck through the
Other programs offered hotline (863) 763-0202.

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Today's Weather

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Okeechobee Forecast,
Tuesday. Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 80s. The wind will be
from the south around 5 mph, shifting to the southeast at 5 to. 10 mph
in the afternoon.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with lows in the lower 60s. The wind will
be from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph, shifting to the south around 5
mph after midnight.
Extended Forecast
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with highs in the mid 80s. The wind will be
from the southwest around 5 mph, shifting to the south at 5 to 10 mph
in the afternoon.
Wednesday night Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers.
Lows will be in the upper 50s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Thursday: Partly sunny, with a slight chance of showers. Highs will be
in the lower 80s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Thursday night: Mostly clear, with lows in the lower 50s.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with highs in the lower 80s.
Friday night Partly cloudy, with lows in the mid 50s.
Saturday: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers. Highs will be
around 80. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Saturday night Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers. Lows
will be in the lower 50s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with highs around 80.

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SES studies Great Depression
Mrs. Hamlen's fifth grade class at South Elementary has been studying about the Great
Depression in history class. Frank Davino spoke to the class about what it was like living
in the era of the Great Depression.

The 2-1-1 helpline: Help is here

You might be asking yourself,
what is 2-1-1? 211 is the nation-
wide number to call for informa-
tion on health and human serv-
211 Palm Beach/Treasure
Coast has been in operation
since 1971 in Palm Beach Coun-
ty and since 2002 on the Trea-
sure Coast, providing informa-
tion & referral, as well as
telephone counseling for people
experiencing personal prob-
lems, emotional distress or any
other type of crises.
211 is for any individual in
our community who find them-
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obtain information or answers
to the problems they are facing.
Everyone from teenagers,
adults, seniors, professionals,
neighbors, and even concerned
relatives or friends call 211 for a
wide variety of reasons.
211 has recently incorporated
the use of instant messaging for
the teenage population via AOL

knowing who to contact to Instant Messenger services. A

teen who feels more comfort-
able "chatting" online, can sim-
ply log in using one of the two
screen names provided,
TEEN211PBTC2, and "chat"
with one of our highly trained
staff members, from the hours
of 3 until 11 p.m.
211 is available 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week, 365 days a
year for individuals to call
anonymously, without the fear
of being judged.
For more information, call 2-
1-1 today or check us out on the
web at www.211 treasure-

Florida's mottled duck is on the brink

Well, I hope all you turkey
hunters in the South Hunting
Zone took a nice bird or two this
year, as your season's coming to
a close. For those of us in the rest
of the state, we still have until
April 22 to bag us a good long-
beard. But after spring gobbler
season, there's really not much
hunting to talk about, so I'd like
to tell you about another bird -
one that really needs our help -
the Florida mottled duck.
As Easter approaches, many
parents buy mallard ducklings
for their children. We've done
that for generations, but conse-
quences have caught up with us.
These ducks can live 10 years.
They might make nice pets while
they're still small enough to fit in
your hand, but when they
become full-grown and the nov-
elty wears off, people often grow
tired of caring for them and
decide to turn them loose. Most
don't realize that it is against the
law, and these mallards pose a
serious threat to Florida's native
Besides making it illegal to
release mallards, Florida law
also requires anyone possessing,
buying or selling mallards to
have a permit from the FWC,
and the birds must be kept in a
cage as long as they live.
One reason for this rule is that
domesticated ducks can trans-
mit diseases and compete with
native wildlife for food and habi-
tat. It's actually illegal to release
any animal into the wild if it
poses a disease hazard. But the
most important reason is releas-
ing domesticated mallards into
the wild threatens the existence
of the Florida mottled duck.
The Florida mottled duck,

also called the Florida duck, is a
unique subspecies found only in
peninsular Florida. It keeps to a
small home range in inland and
coastal wetland ecosystems.
To hunters, the mottled duck
is a highly: prized game bird
found in many ponds, lakes,
rivers, marshes and canals in
Central and South Florida. They
are large ducks, brownish 'in
color, with both sexes being
darker than a mallard but slightly
lighter than a black duck.
This species is one of only a
few nonmigratory ducks in
North America. The mottled
duck spends its entire life within
In the spring, wild mallards
fly north to breed and are not
present when the mottled duck
mating season begins. On the
other hand, store-bought mal-
lards don't migrate and instead
become established, year-round
residents of Florida. These
domesticated mallards cross-
breed with mottled ducks and
produce hybrid offspring. The
offspring are fertile, which fur-
ther compounds the problem.
Each year, there are fewer pure-
bred mottled ducks left, and the
trend is driving the Florida mot-
tled duck toward extinction.
Communities around the
globe have seen similar prob-
lems. In New Zealand, domesti-
cated mallards, released to pro-
vide hunting stock, have
devastated the local grey duck
populations. Now, 95 percent of
the grey ducks in New Zealand
are crossbreeds.
The Hawaiian duck is. another
example. This endangered bird
has been all but completely
hybridized and may be geneti-

cally intact only on the island of
Meller's duck in Madagascar
is yet another example.
The fate of the Florida mot-
tled duck could be similar, as its
population is relatively small,
estimated at only 30,000-40,000
breeding birds. FWC biologists
say between 7 and 12 percent of
the state's mottled ducks are
showing genetic evidence of
Floridians purchase more
than 12,000 mallards a year, and
many of them make their way
into nearby waters. Given these
alarming figures, plus the fact
the population of mottled ducks
is small, it wouldn't take long for
the Florida mottled duck to dis-
The solution starts with not
buying your child a mallard duck
for Easter.
To go a step -further, don't
feed or shelter domesticated
mallards, help spread the word
and consider requesting permits
to remove any that may live on
your property.
For more information on pro-
tecting Florida's mottled duck or
to obtain permits for removing
domesticated mallards, contact
one of the FWC's waterfowl
offices at (850) 488-5878 or
(321) 726-2862, or visit the mot-
tled duck Web site at
Tony Young is a media rela-
tions coordinator for the FWC's
Division of Hunting and Game
Management. You can reach
him with questions about hunt-
ing at

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Antonio Rossi
Antonio Rossi, 84, of Okee-
chobee, died Friday, March 30,
2007, at the Hamrick Home in
Born Jan. 15, 1923, in Cam-
den, N.J.; he had been a resident
of Okeechobee for more than 40
years. He enjoyed fishing and was
a member of the VFW #10539.
He is survived by a son, Toni
Rossi; daughters, Carol Mainor,
Stevi Taylor, Dianne Stover all of
Brooksville; sister, Louise
(Renne) Cavelerio of Philadel-
phia, Pa.; and, nieces, Renne
Caverio of Philadelphia, Pa., and
Betty Vucelich of Okeechobee.
A memorial service will be
held at a later date at the VFW.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of Buxton
Funeral Home and Crematory,
110 N.E. 5th Street, Okeechobee.

Clarence Richard
Clarence Richard Skeens, 77, of
Okeechobee, died Friday, March
30, 2007, at the Hamrick Home in
Born Dec. 25, 1929, in Kentucky
he had been a resident of Okee-
chobee since 1982. He retired from
the United States Navy in 1977 after
serving for 21 years and enjoyed
reading, crossword puzzles, fishing
and talking. He was a member of
the Buckhead Ridge VFW.
He is survived by his wife Gar-
nett R. Skeens of Okeechobee;
sons, Donald A. Skeens, Robert H.
Skeens, both of Okeechobee, John
R. (Barbara) Skeens, Ronald C.
(Claudia) Skeens, all of Sarasota;
daughters, Mary E. Seniuk of Ft.
Pierce, Jeanette (Kenneth) Pedigo,
Linda (Roy) Hale all of Okee-
chobee. In addition he is survived

by eight grandchildren.
The family has no plans for a
service at this time.
All arrangements are under the
care and direction of Buxton Funer-
al Home and Crematory, 110 N.E.
5th St., Okeechobee.

Irland Lester Fetty
Irland Lester Fetty, 85, of Okee-
chobee and Milton WVa. died Fri-
day, March 30,2007, at Lawnwood
Regional Medical Center in Fort
Pierce. Mr. Fetty was born in
Lawence County, Ohio.
He was the son of Dim Ivan and
Ida Ethyl Fetty. He served in the U.S.
Army during WWII and the Korean
conflict, a retired truck driver. Mr.
Fetty loved being around people,
he enjoyed laughter and fun.
He is survived by his wife of 60
years Wilma Peyton Fetty; two
sons, Forest Lester and Larry
(Joyce) Fetty of Milton, WVa.; six

daughters, Brenda (Terry) Wom-
ack, Janet (Ron) Yates, Barbara
Ragland, Gail (Dale) Eggelton all of
Milton, WVa.; Reda Jarrell of South
Point, Ohio; and Dee (Chris) Eber-
sole of Okeechobee. In addition,
he is survived by 17 grandchildren,
and 30 great- grandchildren; broth-
ers, David Fetty of Williamstown,
WVa.; Kenneth Fetty of Hunting-
ton, WVa.; and Earl Fetty of Ona,
WVa.; sisters, Doris Neal of Milton,
WVa.; Eloise Hinkle of Ford, WVa.;
Betty Miller of Columbus, Ohio;
and Lucille Bostick of Hurrican,
Funeral services and burial will
be in Milton, WVa. Arrangements
by Heck Funeral Home.
Friends may sign the guest book
at www.bassokeechobeefuneral-
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DROUGHT: Here we are in a terrible drought and my neighbors are
watering the lawn, with sprinklers, at 5 in the afternoon. Because we
are not on OUA water system, they won't be fined. But I think it is a
shame that people won't voluntarily conserve water. Watering the
lawn with a sprinkler in the heat of the day means about half of the
water is lost to evaporation. They are just wasting that water, and just
because they have a well they should not be using water like that. The
well water comes from the aquifer and other people draw water from
that same place. The water-does not belong to just one well owner.
Everyone should pitch in and do all they can to conserve water..The
best time to water is very early in the morning when the ground has
cooled off. Set the sprinklers on a timer to go off at 4 a.m. It's better for
the grass and for the environment.

CONSERVE WATER. We really need to watch our water use now.
There are no signs of any large amounts of rain in our forecast and the
drought is getting worst. My sprinkler system pulls from my waterway
behind my house, but the water level is so low that my intake line is
above the water line now. So I have done a little hand watering early in
the morning before work. I have seen many people watering in the
peak heat of the day and this is only going to add to the water issues.

NO WATER. As evidenced by the photo in the Okeechobee News
on Saturday, the drought is here and it is serious. You can walk nearly
all the way to the end of the pier at Lock 7 walk under the pier that is
on dry land. Canals are dry. Boats that were left tied to docks are sitting
on dry ground because the water is gone. Every day the lake goes
down a little due to evaporation. There is no rain predicted for another
month so it is only going to get worse. Everyone needs to conserve
water now. Even if you are not in a zone that is on mandatory water
restrictions, everyone in the community has a moral responsibility to
conserve water. Watering grass in the middle of the day is wasteful.
Half the water evaporates because the ground is hot by then and so is
the air. We don't have water to throw away like that. If you have a well,
that does not mean you have unlimited water to use as you wish. What
will you do if the well runs dry, or if so much water is lost that your well
has salt water intrusion? All of the water in this area comes from-rain-
fall. The water in the wells comes from rainfall that goes through the
ground to the aquifers. If you use up more water than is going in, you
will wind up in trouble.

RESTRICTIONS: I don't understand why the cops are doing any-
thing about people who are breaking the water restrictions. I live in the
Lazy 7 area and people are watering their lawns in the middle of the
day and nothing happens to them.
Editor's note: Currently in Okeechobee County the only areas on
mandatory Phase II water restrictions are those whose water comes
from the Okeechobee Utility Authority. Those who are on well water
are not under mandatory restrictions at this time. However, as the
drought continues that may change. Those not already under manda-
tory water restrictions are encouraged to voluntarily conserve water.
Watering laws in the heat of the day wastes water because the evap-
oration rate is higher at that time. To conserve water, use sprinklers
only in the early morning hours when the ground and the air is cool.
Xeriscaping planting native Florida plants is also encouraged as
these plants can survive Florida's weather extremes even if you do
not water them.

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Community Events

Outreach training committee meets
Okeechobee Substance Abuse Committee community out-
reach/training committee 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 Kenwor-
thy at (863) 462-5000, ext. 273.

CAP looking for senior and cadet members
The Florida Wing of the Civil Air Patrol United States Air Force
Auxiliary has formed a CAP unit in Okeechobee. Okeechobee Com-
posite Squadron 458 currently has 26 members. Senior members
and cadets are being recruited for the unit. Youths between the ages
of 12 and 18 are eligible. Senior members are needed to administer
the unit and provide supervision for the cadets. The three main mis-
sions of the Civil Air Patrol are emergency services, aerospace edu-
cation and cadet programs. Senior members and cadets work side
by side to accomplish these missions. If you are interested in
becoming a cadet or senior member contact Gene O'Neill at the
Okeechobee Emergency Operations Center, (863) 763-3212.

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Guest Commentary

It's time to revisit Equal Rights Amendment

By Paula Xanthopoulou
Lists of top issues facing Flori-
da legislators are filled with many
things important to many people.
Alas, those priority lists do not
include ratification of the Equal
Rights Amendment (ERA) a
moral imperative that has been
haunting the Florida Legislature
ever since it narrowly voted
against it in 1982.
Bills for ratification have been
filed anew in Tallahassee every
year since 2003, but progress has
been next to non-existent.
So far 35 states have ratified
the ERA, and only three more
states are needed. Ratification of
the 27th "Madison Amendment"
in 1992 203 years after being
first proposed -- provides a prece-
dent for overriding the 1982 dead-
line set by Congress for ratifying
the ERA.
The rest of the world is passing
us by, even as we continue to call
ourselves the world's greatest
democracy. Every constitution
written since World War II

includes equal rights for women.
The American people seem to
have abandoned the issue. Local-
ly, we seem to be more interested
in baseball stadiums and the lat-.
est county scandal. The biggest
scandal of all is that U.S. women
are not protected equally under
the U.S. Constitution.
In an article written for the
"Harvard Women's Law Journal"
in 1976, Supreme Court Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg showed that
our Founding Fathers never
intended to provide for equal
rights. "Without the Equal Rights
Amendment," she wrote, "the
judiciary will continue to be
plagued with a succession of
cases challenging laws and offi-
cial practices that belong in histo-
ry's scrap heap." Thus women
continue to be saddled with the
burden of proof, including expen-
sive lawsuits, Piecemeal anti-dis-
crimination gains on any level,
moreover, can be taken away in a
Meanwhile, discrimination

Upcoming Events

Rotary Club of Okeechobee meets each Tuesday at noon at
Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The-meetings are open
to the public. For information, contact Lonnie Kirsch at (863) 467-
Alanon meeting will be held at the Church of Our Saviour, 200
N.W. Third St., at 8 p.m.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
Camera Club meetings will be every other Tuesday, from 5:30
until 6:30 p.m. Learn types and uses of film, speeds and technology
and how to see your world and capture it on film. Class is basic
through extensive. Registration is $20 and each class is $10. Call
Bobbi at (863) 467-2614 for information. Some of the proceeds will go
towards Big Lake Mission's Outreach.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Widow and Widowers Support Group meets at 8:30 a.m. at
the Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For informa-
tion, call (863) 357-0297.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139. 4
The Okeechobee Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. at the Golden Cor-
ral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. Anyone interested in becoming a
member is welcome. For information, contact Elder Sumner at (863)
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. The public is invited.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building, 411 S.E. Fourth St. Everyone is welcome. For
information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863) 467-2321.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For information,
contact Dr. Edward Douglas at (863) 763-4320.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Martha's House support groups meet each Wednesday. Spanish
groups meet from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Okeechobee Christian Church,
3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Ana Romero is the group facilitator. Another
group meets in the Okeechobee County Health Department, 1798
N.W. Ninth Ave., from 5 until 6 p.m. with Irene Luck as the group facili-
tator. There is another meeting from 6 until 7 p.m. with Shirlean Gra-
ham as the facilitator. For information, call (863) 763-2893.
The Okeechobee Jaycees will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the American
Legion Post #64, 510 S.E. Second St. The Jaycees would like to wel-
come all energetic young people between the ages of 21 and 39, who
are interested in working towards the betterment of our community.
For information, call Margaret Bowers at (863) 763-7399.
A.A meeting from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist
Church 200 N.W. Second St. It's an open meeting.
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.

Tantie Quilters meet every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
interested in finding who your ancestors are is welcome to attend.
There is Census, IGI (International Genealogical Index), Social Secu-
rity Death Index and military information available. For information,
call Robert Massey at (863) 763-6510.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Prayer group meets at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 412
N.W. Sixth St. For information, call (863) 763-5996.
Christian Fellowship Prayer group meets at 9:30 a.m. in the fel-
lowship 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
Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanis and the
public are welcome. For information, contact Frank Irby at (863) 357-
Take Off Pounds Sensibly No. 47 will meet from 5 until 6:30 p.m.
at the United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. Please join us
or ask questions. Call Phyllis at (863) 467-8636 or Hazel at (863) 763-
4923 for information.
Cowboys for Christ will meet at Dunklin Memorial, 407 N.W. Third
Ave. Everyone is invited. For information, call Mike Fletcher at (863)
Martha's House Inc. sponsors weekly support groups for women
who are, or have been, affected by domestic violence and abusive
relationships. The support groups are held every Thursday at 6 p.m.
For information call (863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene
Luck at (863) 763-2893 or (863) 763-0202.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 209 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will
be available there from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Education/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes will meet from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, 701 S.W. Sixth St.
Okeechobee Outreach Hope Narcotics Anonymous will meet
from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church of Our Saviour, 200 N.W. Third St. For
information, call Hugh Lambert at (863) 763-7185.
Okeechobee Citizens Recreation Association, OCRA will meet
at 7:30 p.m. at Teen Town, 305 N.W. Second St. Anyone interested

against women continues here
and everywhere. And for those
who belong to the "Show me!"
Brigade, your challenge is to
prove that there is no discrimina-
tion against women. You may
start with unequal pay.
The ERA bills have garnered
bi-partisan support from a majori-
ty of the members of the Miami-
Dade Legislative Delegation, but
there has only been one commit-
tee hearing in all of the five years.
In 2003 the Senate Judiciary Com-
mittee voted the bill out in the
affirmative by 6-3, but it went no
farther. No House committee has
ever scheduled a hearing and no
floor vote has ever been held.
Our new governor has another
golden opportunity to forward an
issue important to many people,
namely the 51 percent female
population of Florida and their
families. He could help persuade
the Florida Legislature to ratify the
ERA once-and-for-all in truly bi-
partisan fashion and on the side
of what is fair and just for all.

The ERA will cost the state of
Florida absolutely nothing. In fact,
Revision 9 to the Florida Constitu-
tion regarding equality for men
and women was overwhelmingly
approved in 1998, making pas-
sage of the ERA bills consistent
with the will of Florida voters.
Ratification of the ERA by the
Florida Legislature would send a
powerful message that Florida
government is serious about
making our state and our country
a better place for women.
There will always be big issues
of all kinds important to many
people, and there will never be a
"good time" to sit back and pon-
der the ERA. But what is there to.
ponder, anyway? It's critical, nec-
essary and long overdo.

Editor's note: Paula Xan-
thopoulou is the legislative chair
of the Miami-Dade County Com-
mission for Women and past
president of the National
Women's Political caucus of Flori-

Community Events

Basinger church hosting revival
The Basinger Church of God will present the Pooler Family Min-
istries in revival April 3-6. Services start at at 7:30 p.m. For informa-
tion, call (863) 467-1503.

Church hosts Holy Week presentation
His House Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th
St., will present a 45-minute dramatization reflecting each day in
Holy Week brought to life with music and narration. 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
mother of a little girl who sat on Jesus' knee, the carpenter, the tan-
ner, the temple guard and the Roman soldier. Everyone is wel-
come. There will be no charge.

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 selling peanut butter eggs
The Church of God of Prophecy is taking orders for their annual
Easter peanut butter egg sale. Orders will be taken until Friday,
April 6. To place orders, call (863) 763-4654 or (863) 634-4361.

Vision impairment is talk show topic
Family. Stations, Inc. will host a radio talk show on Saturday,
April 7, starting at 7:30 a.m. The show will be rebroadcast at 1 and
6 p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The special guests will be
Ron Andrini, acting director and president of the board of directors,
and Cindy Greenwell, program director of 20/200 Fellowship, Inc.
The topic of the show will be advancing the independence of per-
sons who are blind or visually impaired through resources and
education. For information, contact 20/200 Fellowship, Inc. at
(772) 220-0095 or
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 Sat-
urday, 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 Fri-
day, 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 tradition-
al barbecue menu will be served and the dinner is open to the pub-
lic. For information, call Jim Green at (863) 634-4401 or Jose Vera-
no at (863) 634-2071.

Kiwanis host Easter morning breakfast
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee will host their 36th annual
pancake breakfast on Easter Sunday, April 8. Breakfast will be pan-
cakes, homemade sausage and fresh squeezed orange juice.
Breakfast will be served from 7 until 10:30 a.m. at the Freshman
Campus Cafeteria, 610 S.W. Second Ave. Donation is $5. Tickets
may be purchased now and are available at Syble's Flowers, 119 S.
Parrott Ave. Tickets may be purchased Easter morning at the Cam-
pus. Takeout is also available. For information, call Maureen at
(863) 763-2225.
Church offers special Easter service
Larry Ford, a Grammy award winning tenor, will be ministering
at Abundant Blessings Assembly of God, 4550 U.S. 441 N., on East-
er Sunday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. For information, call the church at
(863) 763-3736.

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 assemble 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 information,
call Debi at (863) 634-3525.
Substance abuse resource committee meets
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community
resource committee will meet Monday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m.
until 12:30 p.m. at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. This is a brown bag
lunch meeting and is open to anyone interested in attending. For
information call Val Marone at (863) 462-0040 or Deputy Keith
Stripling at (863) 763-6064.

Brahman boys' tennis team defeats Hardee

The Brahman Boys' tennis
team picked up another win on
Friday, March 30 when they
defeated the Hardee High School
boys' tennis team 6-1 at the
Okeechobee Sports Complex
tennis courts.
The results of the individual

matches were:
Singles: Bobby Spelts (Okee.)
def. Josh Ready (Hardee) 4-6, 6-3
(13-11); Corey White (Okee.)
def. James Olliff (Hardee) 6-3, 6-
0; Elj Cabansay (Okee.) def. Joe
Porter (Hardee) 6-3, 6-2; Bhevesh
Patel (Okee.) def. Holden Nicker-

son (Hardee) 6-0, 6-2 and Drew
Macias (Hardee) def. Kyle Walker
(Okee.) 6-4, 3-6 (10-5).
Doubles: Spelts and Cabansay
(Okee.) def. Ready and Olliff
(Hardee) 8-5 and White and Alex
Neilson (Okee.) def. Porter and
Nickerson (Hardee) 9-2.

"The team had a good win
over Hardee. They had a few
close sets, but then our boys
showed their talent. The next
two weeks will test us for district
competition coming up on April
16 and 17," stated coach Dave

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* Sign-ups start
for youth teams
Chobee LiPl Brafmans base-
ball Little League ages 5-16 and
softball Little League ages 8-16
sign-ups are on going.
For information, call James
Shockley at (863) 634-3482 or
Albion Crowell at (863) 697-2576.
ACS plans
bass tourney
American Cancer Society
breast cancer bass tournament
will be held on Saturday, April 21,
from safe light until 3 p.m. at
Okee-Tantie Campground, 10430
S.R. 78W.
Entry fee is $130 per two per-
son 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. Registra-
tion forms can be obtained at: Fishing" Headquar-
ters, 5286 S.W. 16th Ae ,- Gar.-
rard's Tackle Shop, 4259 U.S. 441
S.; or, call Chrissy at (863) 634-
8927 or Crystal at (863) 634-9483.

Bass club
meeting slated
The Taylor Creek Bass Club
meets at the Buckhead Ridge
VFW Post 9528, 2002 S.R. 78 W,
on the second Thursday of each
Tournaments are held the fol-
lowing weekend.
New member boaters and
non-boaters are welcome.
For information, call Dave
Stout at (863) 467-2255.

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Don't use real eggs

for holiday hunts

Easter will soon be here, so
here's a warning for parents. Don't
hide real eggs.
Hard boiled eggs should be
kept refrigerated. An egg shell is a
good barrier against bacteria and
dirt. A raw, unfertilized egg in the
refrigerator has a shelf life of about
two weeks. But when you boil the
egg, the heat creates tiny holes in
the shell. The holes are too small to
see, but these tiny holes can allow
in bacteria.
If you dye hardboiled eggs for
Easter, you might notice that some-
times dye gets on part of the egg
white. This can be due to a crack in
the egg or simply because boiling
the egg makes the egg shell pene-
trable. If the egg white had dye on
it, it is still safe to eat. The commer-
cial dyes sold for coloring eggs are
food dyes.
It's safe to have the eggs at
room temperature long enough to
color them. That only takes a few
minutes. But once the egg dye
dries, they should be returned to
the refrigerator.
Hardboiled eggs can be stored
safely in the refrigerator for a week,
according to the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA).
One advantage of dying them is
that it makes it easy to tell the raw
eggs from the hardboiled ones.
If you are planning an Easter
Egg Hunt this year, plastic eggs are
a safer idea than real eggs. It does
not take long for hardboiled eggs to
go bad in the Florida heat. Besides,
if the kids fail to find a plastic egg,
it's not a big problem. If they fail to
find a hardboiled one, it will even-
tually create quite a stink.
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hardboiled eggs from an egg hunt
or party, it might be wise to throw
them away if you don't know how
long the eggs have been out of the
refrigerator. Eggs cost less than .10
cents each. Why take the risk of
food poisoning just to save a few
If you use plastic eggs at an egg
hunt, be careful what you put
inside them. Any candy placed
inside the eggs should be wrapped.
The-inside of the plastic eggs may
not be sterile. Unless you plan to
wash the inside of each egg before
the hunt, use wrapped candy. It's
also a good idea to avoid any candy
that melts easily. The inside of the
plastic eggs gets pretty warm in the
Florida sun.
If the egg hunt is for very small
children, parents should closely
supervise and make sure the par-
ents help open the eggs. Items in
the plastic eggs such as candies,
coins or small toys might be a
choking hazard for very young chil-
Before making any change to
your diet or exercise plan, consult
your doctor. This is especially
important for those on prescription
medication. Some drugs interact
badly with foods that would other-
wise be considered "healthy."

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*Classes offered
to stop smoking
The Okeechobee Healthy
Start Coalition will be offering
smoking cessation classes at
Florida Community Health Cen-
ters, Inc., 1100 N. Parrott Ave.
Call Leah Suarez at (863) 763-
1951, ext. 24, for class dates.

Red Cross offers
HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-Okee-
chobee Branch offers a basic
HIV/AIDs instruction course that
complies with Florida employ-
ment requirements for individuals
working in various vocations. This
is a self-study course that includes

text work and the successful com-
pletion of a multiple choice writ-
ten test. The cost of the course is
$15. Call the local Red Cross office
at (863) 763-2488 for information.
VNA offers
flu vaccines
Flu vaccines are now avail-

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

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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, March
30, through Thursday, April 5, are
as follows:
Theatre I -"Meet the Robin-
sons" (G) Showtimes: Friday at 7
and 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9 p.m. Monday at
3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
and Thursday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
Theatre II "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 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, 7and 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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male w/black training collar.
"Paco".'Lost in vic of Lazy 7.
Child's pet. (863)634-0727
tween Cantanie & Hwy 441
South. Reward offered
TOY POODLE: Chocolate, neu-
tered, no tags, answers to
Gator. Vic Town & Country
MHR 863-634-3690

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Treeing Walker Coonhound,
looks like a tall beagle, tri col-
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dresser, mirrors etc. Good
condition. FREE! You haul!
MIX (m): lyr, house broken,
black & tan, friendly, free to
good home. 863-610-0569
DASCHUND: Male, 7 months
old, purebred, no papers.
Free to good home.
302-677-1628 or 450-6478
KITTENS, 2 males, 3 females,
to loving home only.
MOTOR HOME- With 440 en-
gine. No title. Ready to
picked up! (863)699-9701
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HS diploma or GED equivalent
Previous food service. Exp. and
training. Previous experience in a
school setting or working with
children. Assist cook in the
preparation and serving of meals.
Fax resume to 954-967-3477

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Start a new career in the much needed field of
nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Complete the
Hospitality Assistant course/training at Okeechobee
Healthcare Facility and become a CNA in 4 weeks. Next
class begins soon. Instructor RN/experienced teacher has
a very high CNA exam passing rate. Qualified CNAs are
then eligible for LPN training. Good benefits.
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Immediate Openings All Shifts
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Competitive Pay and Benefits based on experience
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BA in Early Childhood Education.
FL Teachers Certificate for Kindergarten.
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experience in public school setting.
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Valid FL Driver's License. $25 per hour
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Flexible working hours. Fuel & food
allowance, incentives. Excellent
benefits (medical, dental, 401 K)
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Minimum 1 yr supervisory experience.
Excellent communication & computer
skills. Good leadership skills, positive
attitude. Flexible hours, Florida Drivers
License. High School Diploma or GED.
Excellent benefits incl. medical, dental
& 401K. Salary based on experience.
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High School diploma/GED.
Minimum 2 years Kindergarten
experience in public or private
school setting. Knowledge of
Kindergarten curriculum. Assist
teacher in carrying out duties.
Valid FL Driver's License.
$18.00 per hour. Fax resume to:

Only serious self-
motivated need
apply. Must Have
good driving record.
Weekly Travel
required in FL, Paid
travel time, overtime,
per diem. DFWP,
Benefits, 401K, Pd
Hol. & Vac.
Wilson's Petroleum

has a new exciting
position open for a
Multi-Task person
for Equipment &
Parts Sales.
Must be
computer literate.
Full benefits: 401K
Health Insurance
and paid holidays
Drug Free Workplace
Apply in Person
No phone calls, please

has a new position
available for a
Service Technician.
Having experience
with small engine
repair a plus.
Full benefits: 401K
Health Insurance
and paid holidays
Drug Free Workplace
Apply in Person
No phone calls, please
Plumbers & Helpers Needed
with exp. Valid Drivers Lic.
Good pay & benefits. Call
M-F 863-763-6461. DFWP
Electronics & telephone
equipment, lifting req'd.
Ceeco 863-357-0798
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Okeechobee. 35 hrs/wk.,
Approx. $27k. Benefits.
or fax: 806-352-3982
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benefits offered. Call
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Antiques 510
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Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
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Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China. Glassware. Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
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Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
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Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
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Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
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Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
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Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
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Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

23 cu ft, works excellent.
$225 or best offer.
home. 18" wide, 21" high.
$80 (863)983-7661
Exc. cond. (863)467-8681
GAS STOVE- New, 36", 6
burner, with gridle. Black &
stainless. $2000.
RANGE, Electric, Maytag,
good shape. $125
side by side, 22 cu. ft., ice
maker, works well. $250
REFRIGERATOR, white, works
great, perfect for extra fridge
in garage, $40.
WASHER & DRYER, Kenmore,
excellent condition. $280 for
both or will separate.
WASHER: GE, large capacity,
heavy duty, multi cycle,
good condition. $65. Call af-
ter 5pm. 863-763-2232

MICROWAVE, Over the coun-
ter style, Maytag. $35

+/- Ft. New. Sell for half price.
$250. for all. (863)467-1456
PLYWOOD, 50 sheets, $300
(561)762-4620 Jupiter area

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Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.

good condition. $25.
CRADLE SWING, Fisher-Price,
Nature's Touch. Like new,
used 1 month. Paid $150,
asking $100 (863)763-8622
CRIB, cherry wood, brand
new, never used, still in orig.
box, no mattress, $150.

400 pcs): Will cover about
5 x 15 area. You haul. $150
for all. 863-697-2032 Okee

ing price guides $200 or
best offer (863)824-3358
standing, holds up to 48
cans or bottles. Very good
cond. $125. (863)467-0627
items, Rare items, items from
Graceland, memorabilia. $350
neg. (863)467-0627
PRINTS- 3, Famous FL West-
ern artist. Cedar frame & mat-
ted. $300. 863-674-5753

CNPS7700AICu, huge! Gam-
ers, Home Studio. $20.
Pro, monitor, keyboard,
mouse & speakers. $249.
(863)517-2782 Tony
E MACHINES: With 17" flat
screen monitor, 2.5 yrs old.
keyboard, mouse & speak-
ers, $450.863-824-0801
HP COMPUTER, w/flat panel
monitor, corner computer
desk, Lexmark 4-in-1 Printer.
$325 (863)697-2032
HPB COMPUTER: Multimedia,
Intel / Pentium, monitor, key-
board, 612C printer, Astra
plete system, educational &
games. $99 (863)843-0158

BEDROOM SET- 4 pcs. Gray.
2 nightstand's. Armoire,
Dresser w/mirror. Good cond.
$200. (863)674-5753
dresser, mirrors etc. Good
condition. FREE! You haul!
BR SET- Queen headboard,
triple dresser, chest, 2 nite
stands, $250
BUNK BEDS- w/mattresses,
ladder, student desk, like
new, $150 (863)763-2232
CANOPY BED- White, Twin,
Metal w/box spring & mat-
tress. Excellent condition.
$200. (863)675-1957

ing, upholstered, very good
condition. $75
COUCH, Victorian Parlor &
Matching Chair. Needs re u -
holstering. $10
DAYBED, Cypress, custom
made. $175 (239)340-8503
Good shape. $50
wood, mint condition, $40.
KITCHEN TABLE, wood, with
leaf, plus chairs with arm-
rests & wheels, $60.
green, 5 pc. Must go! $700 or
best offer. Call Kristina before
5:30 pm 863-357-0391 Okee
LOVESEAT / BED: $50 or trade
for Desk w/Chair or Sewing
Machine. (863)467-8432
TURE: Couch, tables, crib,
etc. $100 for all or will sep-
tate. 863-673-4540 Labelle
SOFA BED- Castro Con-
vertible, light tan, asking $65
SOFA, Sectional w/2 lounge
chairs, like new, burgundy.
$800 (863)675-3793
TWIN BED- White, with mat-
tress. Good condition. Ask-
ing $150. (863)675-1957

cal., like new, 10 shot mag.,
$625 (863)763-3210
BROWNING: 22-250, lever ac-
tion, never fired. $700.
stainless steel, 8 shot, like
new, $900 (863)763-3210
plete hand gun and long gun
info- 32 leather bound vol-
umes. $300. 863-697-2033
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
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/
scope. $1750.

BODY BY JAKE- Very good
condition. $150.
Flyer. Very goo condition.
$75. (863)675-4432
TREADMILL- Vita Spa, with
incline, new condition, ask-
ing $150 (863)983-4940

HEAT PUMP- Nordyne, 3 ton
seer with air handler & head
element. New. $1200. or
best offer. (302)423-8827

W/drain board & CAST IRON
TUB $40 for both will sell
separate (863)467-2148
Chef, portable, almost new.
$120. 863-763-4596
Queen, Pillow top, Nearly
new. $200. or best offer.

w/li ht kit. $120 for all, will
sel separately.
new, $30 for the pair

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The Okeechobee News has immediate
opportunities for New Independent
Delivery Agents who want to provide
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.

PATIO FURN.- Round table, 4
chairs, Loveseat, lounge chair
(beautiful cover) 2 sm end ta-
bles $150. (863)763-9410
new, firepit with tables, 4
chairs, all covers incl., $400.

luxe. Like new. Excellent
condition. $2000.
WHEELCHAIR: Metics,Battery
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

$150. (863)697-1443
CABINET: 77"T x 42"W, 2
solid doors & shelf, $350 or
best offer(561)633-1371
ORGAN- Double keyboard Es-
trey Freedom II. Great condi-
tion. $500. (863)676-7156
PIANO: Kimball, artist console,
like new, beautiful sound.
SNARE DRUM, Used, with
stand. $50 (863)675-4098
LaBelle, evenings

BLE: Oak mica w/4 quality
chairs. $200. Call Mon Frid,
9am-3pm. (863)467-1717

COCKATIEL: Home bred, hand
fed & very tame. $20
(863)634-8863 Okeechobee
FISH TANK: 55 gal, w/ wood-
en stand, Whisper Power fil-
ter, 10lbs stone, tubing & air
pump. $300. 863-801-3344
1st shots, HeartGuard & health
cert. incl., ready now, $1,000.
males, very colorful, shots &
wormed. $250 each.
Lady Gouldlan Finch, beautiful
colors, $80. (863)610-2126
PIT BULL, Red nose, Male, 4
mo. Big head. $350.

gomery Ward, with accesso-
ries and solid wood cabinet
$250 (863)233-0114

BUGGY, Runs good. $2500 or
best offer. (863)634-0582
HUNTING BOW, with all ac-
cessories. $150
863)763-3631 or
Electric. $700 Call anytime.

CAR SPEAKERS- Sony 2-10",
2-8", & 3- amps. Great con-
dition. $250.
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
DIFFERENT NAILS for air nail-
ers, Siemens breakers, dry-
wall tools, $200 will sell
separately. (863)675-1138
LADDER: Louisville, 28 foot,
aluminum. $80.
SORS (2) 1- 3hp vertical
tank, 1- 2hp 20 gal tank,
$370 orsep (561)676-0427
TABLE SAW- 10", portable
with stand, $70 or best of-
good condition, $150.

KIRBY G4, 80th Anniversary
Edition, with some attach-
ments, $400.

VCR- Sharp, like new plus 35
movies. Asking $150.

lite dishes and 4 receivers.
$200 or best offer.
VIDEO TAPES (10): Sony,
8mm, hi grade, 120 mins,
new, still in box. $80 for all.

Please call (863)467-7095


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

ING, Reg. $2500. To good
home only. (863)467-6147 or
MARE: 12 yrs old, riding
horse, Coggins, all shots.
$1000 or best offer.
863-675-2215 Labelle
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
$2500. (863)236-0118
home only, $1800 or best
offer. 863-357-2111 or
SADDLE- 141/2" Bob Marshall,
Treeless, Barrel, Floral pat-
tern, With silver. Asking
$1500. (863)697-2022
YOUTH SADDLE: Good condi-
tion. $125. 863-599-0774


GAS GRILL, BBQ Pro, 3 tier
shelf w/side burner. $100
LAWN MOWER, Gas Edger,
Shovels, Rakes, Hoes, 2
Tree Trimmers, $500.
SCREENHOUSE, 10x10, good
condition, $100.
is, needs moderate work;
$100 (863)467-9369

BUCKLING: 3/4 Nubian, 1/4
Alpine, born 03/12, disbud-
ded, excellent Full Nubian
sire. $100. 863-467-8844
Reg, b:,,-, 3 1i 1 en
Fawn, 1; iui:,L rJ ,p .: Tmii ..
prod. $200. 863:467-8844

38" cut. $150 or best offer.
863-357-2111 or

barrel saddle, used only a
few times, 15". $1500


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

Recently updated, 11 miles N.
of Okeechobee. 3BR, 2BA.
$690/mo. 1st & security. No
pets. Call only M-F 9a-3p.
Very clean, 11 miles N. of
Okeechobee. 2BR/1BA.
$590/mo. 1st& security. No
pets. Call only M-F 9a-3p.
Townhouse, no pets.
$750/mo. 1st & last.

BASSWOOD: New home,
3br/2ba, garage, lots of tile,
pets welcome. $1200/mo
Lawrence Associates
Beautiful 2BR/2BA house in
Kings Bay. Lakeview, washer
& dryer, a/c, swimming pool.
$900/mo. plus utilities. Call
BRAND NEW: 3/2/1, split plan,
patio upgraded, master suite,
3993 NW 37th Ave. $1250
F&S. 561-307-2502
For rent, newly remodeled.
11 miles N. of Okeechobee.
3BR/1.5BA. $790/mo. 1st &
security. No pets. Call only
M-F 9a-3p. (863)467-1717
lots of tile, large yard. $1100
per mo. mmed occupancy!
Lawrence Associates
IN TOWN, large 4BR/2BA, 2
car garage, $1500 mo., 1st,
last & security,

15 iaI

trolling motor and seats.
$150. 863-763-6216
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.
18.9ft. long, trolling motor,
livewell, fishfinder, 50hp John-
son. $2000 (863)357-6709
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 0/8 Motor & 21 Ft.
galvanized trailer $700 for all.


LCENSE #459109
S Screen Rooms Carports
1 Room Additions *- Florida Rooms 1
Ro Garages Seawalls
Ernest Lancaster (863) 634-2044

OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
garage, (863)467-2541

DOWNTOWN, 1,800 sq. ft.
Water, sewer & A/C mainte-
nance included. $1800 per
month. 863-634-7353
Roommate 0950-

BASSINGER- to share mobile
home, single/quiet, male/fe-
male, non smoking, no pets
$150/week (863)697-1494
OKEECHOBEE- New house in
town, 3br, 2ba, inclds all
elec appli., $600/mo & $600
sec dep. (863)447-3287

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale1015
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 -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

CLEWISTON, New home. By
Owner. 3/2, Garage, Big Lot.
$299,000. w/down payment.
NEW HOME On Your Lot!
3br, 2ba, Garage, Lg. Liv. Rm.,
Maintenance Free'Exterior.
$115K. Lawrence Associates
OAK LAKE, 2br/2ba Condo,
New wood patio fence. Alum.
roof. Carpet/tile throughout

Mobile Homes

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

ing formed. Mobile / Park /
RV Lots. For 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 (incl elec)
1st, last & sec. Incd city water.
2 BR 2BA No pets, yearly
lease, $650/mo + $1000 sec.
deposit. 863-763-4031
OKEECHOBEE: 2br/2ba, par-
tially furnished, located off
15A, no pets. $700/mo.

wide manuf home, 3/2, den,
fireplace, 5 acres, and ex-
tras. $150,000 neg. Call for
information (561)620-9967
CHARM '00, Exc. condition.
$9000 (863)467-7563 after
5:30 or leave message.


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skils 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehices/ATVs 3035

tom, With trolling motor
Good condition. $225.
BASS BOAT: Lowe, mariner
eng., exc. cond., fish finder,
trolling mtr., with trailer,
$2500. (863)675-6882
BASS TRACKER- '89, 35hp
Merc. Stick steering. New 24
volt trolling motor. New floor-
ing. $1800. (863)467-8580
BOAT TRAILER: 3500 ca-
pacity, single axle, good tires
& lights. $425.

Okeechobee News, Tuesday, April 3, 2007

SAIL BOAT: Mini Sunfish.
SAIL BOAT: Sunfish, with trail-
er. $200.863-612-1044
V Bottom Boat, 12 Ft., 9 spd.
troll. mtr., marine batt. an-
chor & paddles work. $750
neg. 863-824-0899
WILL TRADE- '86 Smoker
Craft, foam filled bottom, like
new, 90 hp Merc, new
carbs, new tune up, '05 tdr,
$4500 or trade for auto

CAPT. CHAIRS (2) for van or
RV, teal green, never used,
$400 or best offer
2001,36.5 ft, front bedroom,
bunk beds in rear, jackknife
couch & slide out. $9000.
(863)467-2309 or email
DODGE MINI HOME- '77, 21',
Rebuilt 360 engine.
w/11,000. mi., 68,000mi on
RV. $2500. (402)203-7653
Brand new A/C, New tires,
Everything works. 32K orig.
mi. $3900.352-572-3700
Lite, By R-Vision. 1 slide out.
31 Ft. Great cond. $8500 or
bestoffer. (863)517-0894

FIFTH WHEEL: 2001, 29 ft, 2
slides, sleeps 6, entertain-
ment center. $11,0000 or
best offer. Call
863-675-1098 on weekdays
or 234-8050 on weekends,

POLARIS JET SKI, '03, 3 seat-
er, 100hp, 31 hrs., $5,000.

CARBURETOR, Airboat, re-
built, for ground power en-
gine, original equipment.
$100 (863)610-1120
Evinrude & Johnson motors,
$110 (270)210-9385
Buying a car? Look in the
classlfleds. Selling a
car? Look hi the clasl-

Davidson HAR FDX1450,
chrome, asking $100.

HD '97 1200 CUSTOM-
teal/wh, $4K in chrome &
extras, wide'glide/wiid-
shield, show bike, $6500
neg (863467-6886 or
(561)723-0257 "..
HONDA CB350 1973, 4 cyl.,
Excellent condition. $1300.
SUZUKI- '86, Wrecked. Good
for parts. $245. or best offer.

ATV, MX 260cc, adult, elec.
start, rarely used, less than 1
yr. old, $2400.

attached FL room, set up in
Figian RV Park, lot 23.
$2500 neg. (952)807-6634
PRIDE: '02, 33ft, top of the
line, 1 super slide out, load-
ed, like new, heated bsmnt.
$19,900. 863-265-0175.
rest River Salem, 32ft, w/
15ft slideout, like new.


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

4cyl, 2wh drive, runs great
new everything,, $2500 neg.
(863)763-2605 Vince
'92, Good body & int. Runs
well. 100K mi. $1500.
(863)946-1126 Lakeport
DODGE NEON 1998, Runs
well, No A/C. $2100 or best
offer. (863)885-1314

GEO TRACKER- '84, 2 WD 5
spd. $1500. or best offer.
HONDA ACCORD: 1993, cold
A/C, runs good, new Miche-
lin tires. $2000.
air ride, all orig, good rubber
$1500 (863)447-1808
Whole car or parts. No title.
$400.(772)359-2923 or

CHEVY DELRAY, '58, good
body, needs restored,
$2500. (863)357-4446

FORD BRONCO II- '89 4x4,
2.9, V-6, 6" lift 33x12.50R16
& 35x12.50R15 needs work
$1000. Neg. 863-634-3878

GOLF CART, Battery operated.
$700 (270)210-9385

BEDLINER, For 2007 long bed
Silyverado. No tailgate piece.
$150 or best offer.
Explorer, 4.01, 4x4, runs
good, $550. (863)763-0547
FORD F150 1988, 4x4, 5.8 lI-
ter. Runs. Good for parts.
$800. (863)634-5421

HOOD: Fits 80's 90's Ford
Van, new In box. $75.
(4) 205/40/17, (2) 90%
tread (2) 25% tread, $100
neg (863)763-8797
MUD TIRES- 4,36", 5 lug Ford
frms. $300. (561)722-5289
REAR AXLE- For Chevy P/U
Truck. complete. $200.
(772)359-2923 or
(2) 425/65R22.5, 80% rub-
ber, $175 for both or will sell
sep (561)676-0427
RIMS & TIRES (4), BF Goo-
drich, LT265/70R/17, almost
new, only 1500k on them.
$400 (863)634-1746
RIMS & TIRES (4), GM, 8 lug,
steel rims w/LP245/75/16
tires with centers. $150 or
best offer. (863)467-5616
Will fit '94 '03 Ford 7.3 liter
diesel. $250 or best offer.
31/1050/R15, on 6 lug dms
$450 neg. (863)634-9547
liter, 4 cyl, w/ hp chip, head-
ers orig chip, k & n intake,
5spd: $1400. 863-675-2557
Ft., $200. (863)634-7706
WHEELS & TIRES, from 2005
Dodge Ram. Chrome, 17", 5
lug & 245/70/R17, Michelin.
Earn some extra cash.
Seo your used items in
the classilteds

rebuilt engine, 6 new tires,
$1200 or best offer.
CHEVY EXT CAB: 1996, sui-
cide door, Voortech 350,
auto $2400.863-447-0270
New radiator, 4 new Dunlop
tires. Good 5.2 V8. $500. or
best offer. (812)968-4858
DODGE PU '82- 318 engine
automatic, good condition,
asking $400 (863)673-5883
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 ml, am/fm/cd, p/l,
good tires, tool box, very
clean $4700.863-675-0057
FORD F150, '86, 5.0 auto,
runs oood, $900.
FORD F150 PICKUP 1995,
Power Windows, Power
Steering. $5,000.
FORD F250 FX4 PKG- '05,
Black, Pwr stroke diesel. 4 dr,
4x4, Leather, 45K ml. Tow
pkg. $32,000. (863)983-7213

FORD RANGER, '86, 4x4, 4
spd., auto witri air, V6, new
tires, toolbox, very nice
truck, $2800.863-2$4-9901
FORD RANGER, '88, 4x4, lift
kit, very clean, needs minor
work, $1200 as Is.
NISSAN '86: Great motor &
transmission, no a/c or heat.
Needs TLC on looks. $600
TRUCK RACK- Aluminum, Like
new. Asking $350.

CHEVY BLAZER '94- white,
Tahoe pkg, nice & clean,
$2500 firm (863)467-6886
or (561)723-0257
ries 1996, 5.7. Vortex, Excel-
lent condition. New tires.
$6500. (863)467-5415
4x4, runs good. $2000 or
best offer. 863-763-0605
Ltd Ed, 5.9L, serviced regu-
larly, loaded, comfy! $7000.
863-983-6298 after 6:00 pm

lights on inside & out,
21'lx5'9"w, $550.
TOW DOLLY- Like new condi-
tion. good tires, lights &
straps. Asking $800. or best
offer. (863)697-9704

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to ;.1 Tri .,1 ir f aund property ringe from F Druary 1 2007 intil preser
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Found Property:
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4. Necklace
6. Eye glasses
7. Car keys
By: Detective Bettye Tayor, Evidence Custodian
C tyofOkeechobeePolce0Department

duty, with ramp, $625 TIME BY HELPING YOU
1863)357-5754 PLAN YOUR TIME
-m J WISE it
runs great, new t es, $2500
VAN '99: Cold a/c, runs
excellent, 196k.,Below blue
book. $2500 (863)763-3451
gine problems. $1500. More \,-
details. (863)675-0485 or
FORD MINI BUS '89- diesel,
16 passenger, dual wheels,
.ear storage racks, $1990
GMC VAN-'89, Full size, Runs
good. $900. or best offer tH
Find It fasten,. s6 In It aon-
m. in O11 0 asIeSdS

Community Events-

Substance Abuse Coalition meets
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meeting
will be held Tuesday, Apnl 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 members from all
Okeechobee public and private schools are encouraged to attend.

-School Board plans special meeting
The Okeechobee County School Board will conduct a public hear-
ing on participation in the Indian Education Grant-on Thursday, April
12, at 9 a.m. in room 302 of the School Board office building, 700 S.W.
Second Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to explain the goals of the
grant and activities associated with the Title VII program. For informa-
tion, call Leslie Lundy at (863) 462-5000, ext. 242.

Job fair will be hosted by OHS
Okeechobee High School's Career Center will sponsor an occupa-
tional awareness (job fair) program for 11th and 12th graders on Fri-
day, 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

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 lev-
els 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 Dawso0non 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. Mr.
Lester 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 Mon-
day, 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
AARP-Tax-aide will hold a free tax counseling preparation and e-fil-
ing service each Monday and Tuesday through April 17, from 9 a.m.
until 1 p.m. at American Legion Post #64, 501 S.E. Second St. Last
year's tax return, all financial documents for 2006, picture ID, Social
Security card and birth dates are required for everyone listed on the
return. For information, call Neile Foreman at (863) 357-1694.

ACS hosting bass tourney
The American Cancer Society breast cancer bass tournament will
be held Saturday, 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..

Farm Bureau plans speech contest
Okeechobee County Farm Bureau, 401 N.W. Fourth St., will spon-
sor 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 mid-
dle 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 appropri-
ate for teens ages 13-17; a question and answer session; private coun-
seling will be available; a Spanish and deaf .interpreter will be avail-
able; 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. Children 12 and under are
free. Tickets are $10 per person on Saturday and Sunday. A full week-
end pass is $15 per person. A percentage of the proceeds will support
Big Lake Missions, the Pregnancy Resource Center and More 2 Life Min-
istries. Vendors, bands, sponsors, parking attendants, cleaning crews
and security personnel are currently being sought. For information call
(863)-634-8980 or (863) 634-4151; log onto; 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 sum-
mer program, The Traveling Medicine Show: S.O.S. Students Offer-
ing 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 program 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 Set-
vice Center is seeking Lake Okeechobee area photographs for the
2008 Lake Okeechobee calendar. Winning images will be published.
as the featured monthly photos. Applications will be taken until July 31
and entry forms and complete contest rules are available at select Info & Education. This contest is open
to amateur photographers only. Individuals may submit up to three
photos. For information, call (863) 462-5260.

Classes offered to stop smoking
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be offering smoking
cessation classes at Florida Community HealthCenters, 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 documentation needed to apply.

Ladies FOE auxiliary forming
Treasure Island Fraternal Order of Eagles in now forming. Ladies
Auxiliary members are being sought to sign up as charter members.
The time and place for meetings will be announced. For information
call Bill at (863) 763-1187, or Diana at (863) 357-2009.

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 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 available.

ORE offering special Christmas ornaments
Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE) are offering their second lim-
ited 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 sum-
mer program for 4-year-old children. Space will be limited so register
early. To qualify for the program the following requirements must be
met: the child must have turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2006; the child could not
have participated in a VPK program during the school year; and, the
parent must obtain certificate of eligibility from the Early Learning
Coalition located at the One Stop Career Center. For information, call'
Malissa at (863) 763-5453.

Children's Ranch hosting yard sales
The yard sale at Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., is
now open every Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please
bring us all your unwanted treasures. Tax receipts are available at the
office. For information, call Rosie at (863) 763-4242.

Help to pay electric bill available
The Salvation Army Okeechobee Service Unit is administering FPL's
Care to Share Program in Okeechobee County. The Care to Share pro-
gram is funded by Okeechobee's FPL customers and FPL corporate
funds. The program provides emergency assistance funds to cus-
tomers who are in a crisis situation and unable to pay their FPL electric
bill. There are rules and guidelines that must be met to quality. If you
are a FPL customer and need help call (863) 763-6020 to leave your
name and number. Your call will be returned and an interview will be
done over the phone to determine if you qualify. Interviews with your
local Salvation Army are by appointment only, no walk ins are accept-

Healthy Start can provide help
Are you pregnant? Have you been turned down for Medicaid?
Healthy Start may be able to help. For information, call Becky Smith at
(863) 462-5877.

Martha's House offers workshop
Martha's House will offer a workshop called Deafening Silence,
which deals with providing services to deaf and hard of hearing sur-
vivors of domestic violence. The date and time will be announced at a
later date according to community interest:and response. Contact
Shirlean Graham at (863) 763-2893.

Healthy Start group seeks donations
.The Healthy Start Coalition is accepting donations of baby items
such as furniture, shoes, clothing, maternity clothes, strollers and
other items for infants and toddlers. Proceeds from the sale of donated
items will be used to benefit infants and pregnant women in the com-
munity. For information, call (863) 462-5877.
Discount cards aid youth activities
Communities in Schools and the Police Athletic League of Okee-
chobee have discount cards available. The cards are $10 and are good
for one year at selected businesses. Cards can be purchased at Car-
Quest, 300 N.W. Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. Pro-
ceeds will go toward youth activities in our community.
Red Cross offers HIV/AIDS course
The American Red Cross-Okeechobee Branch offers a basic
HIV/AIDs insftuction course that complies with Florida employment
requirements for individuals working in various vocations. This is a
self-study course that includes text work and the successful comple-
tion of a multiple choice written test. The cost of the course is $15. Call
the local Red Cross office at (863) 763-2488 for information.

Volunteers needed at skate park
Communities in Schools is in need of volunteers to help man the
skate park during concession hours. Hours are available any day of the
week. We will provide training and background screenings. For infor-
mation, contact Mike Davis, youth project director, at (863) 462-5863.

VNA offers flu vaccines
Flu vaccines are now available at Visiting Nurse Association, 208
S.E. Park St., Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until noon and from I
until 4 p.m. There is no charge with Medicare Part B; otherwise, the
cost is $30 for the flu Vaccine and $45 for the pneumonia shot. For
information, call Anna or Debbie at (863) 357-2197.
Children's ranch plans yard sales
Real Life Children's Ranch, 7777 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold yard sales
on Thursday and Friday, every week from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. For infor-
.mation, call (863) 763-4242, .. .

Advocacy group seeking members
The Florida Local Advocacy Council in this area has openings for
membership. The members of the volunteer council protect and advo-
cate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs. Volun-
teers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Local meet-
ings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort Pierce. Call
Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or, visit www.flori-
YMS collecting printer cartridges L
Yearling Middle School (YMS) is collecting empty printer and copy
toner cartridges. They are sent in for credits that go toward school.sup-
plies to be used by all students. To donate empty printer or toner car-
tridges, they can be dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W 23rd Lane, or at The
Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave. Or call Tracy at (863) 462-5056, or;.,
Linda at (863) 467-1484 for free pick up.
Childbirth education classes offered
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will hold childbirth educa-
tion classes at the Florida Community Health Center, 308 N.W. Fifth
Ave. For information, call the Healthy Start office at (863) 462-5877.
Parent education classes offered
The Okeechobee County Healthy Start Coalition will be offering
parenting education classes for infants to age 3. All pregnant Women
and parents are encouraged to attend. Each participant will receive a
gift. This adults-only parenting class consists of six, one-hour classes.
You must attend all six classes to get a certificate of completion. No
child care will be available. Call (863) 462-5877 for registration.

Center offers parenting classes
The Pregnancy Resource Center, 1505 S. Parrott Ave., Suite D, offers
a continuous ten-week free parenting class on Mondays from 7 until 8
p.m. at New Endeavor High School, 575 S.W. 28th St. The school is
located across the street from Osceola Middle School. For information,
call Al Jaquith at (863) 462-5000, ext. 292, or (863) 763-0437.

Blood donors are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors In Okeechobee.
The blood mobile will be at Raulerson Hospital, 1796 U.S. 441 N., on
the second Tuesday of each month from 9 a.m. until I p.m. The mobile
unit will be at the Wal-Mart parking lot, 2101 S. Parrott Ave., on the
fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The month of
August may be skipped. For information, call (863) 382-4499. All blood
types are needed. There is no upper age limit, and most medications
and conditions are acceptable. Diabetes and blood pressure donations
can also be accepted. A picture ID is needed for all donors.

Career Center helps injob search
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able at no charge to help people in their search for the right employee
or job. For more, visit their web site at; or, call (863)

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