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Vol. 98 No. 113 BOX 117007
Vol. 98 No. 11'3 Monday, April 23, 2007 AINESVILLE FL 32611 7007


U.SA.C.E. plans
workshop on dike
Army Corps of Engineers, Jack-
sonville District will hold a Her-
bert Hoover Dike Business
Opportunities Workshop on
Thursday, April 26, in Belle Glade.
The purpose of the event is to
provide an overview of the Her-
bert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation
Project its goals, timeline and
potential contracting opportuni-
The event will be held from .1
until 5 p.m. at the University of
Florida Everglades Research and
Education Center, 3200 East
Palm Beach Road, in Belle Glade.
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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 until 8 a.m. on Thursdays
and Sundays. Odd numbered
addresses can water from 4 until
8 a.m. on Wednesdays and Satur-
Vehicles and boats can be
washed between 4 and 8 a.m.
and between 5 and 7 p.m. on the
above days. Washing must be
done on, or must drain to, a non-
paved surface. It must be done
using a hose with an automatic
shut-off nozzle or low-volume
pressure cleaner.
Violators could be subject to a
burn ban issued
Due to drought conditions
and heavy frost damage to vege-
tation, 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 fur-
ther notice.
Violation of the burn ban is
punishable by a fine not exceed-
ing $500, imprisonment in the
county jail for a term not exceed-
ing 60 days, or both.
A burn ban has also been
issued for the City of Okee-
For information, contact
Okeechobee County Fire/Rescue
at (863) 763-5544 during normal
working hours.

Drought Index
Current: 624
Source: Florida Division
of Forestry
Local Burn Ban:

Lake levels

9.876 feet

Lake level
13.92 feet

(SOURCE: South
Florida Water
Management District. Depth
given in feet above sea level.)

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Comics ............7
Community Events .... 4
Crossword .......... 8
Opinion ............ 4
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Sports ............. 5
TV ................ 9
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City reclaims past

West Fifth Avenue
renamed Osceola

By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
The City of Okeechobee has
honored the past and present by
renaming West Fifth Avenue to its
rightful name which dates back to
the beginnings of Okeechobee
around 1914, where maps depict
"Osceola" as one of the Seminole
Indian names that adorned the
This renaming of a street in
honor of the Seminole Tribal
members of the Seminole Tribe of
Florida, Inc., which is currently
celebrating their 50th anniversary
of becoming incorporated this
year, is one step in honoring the
connection and history that Okee-
chobee and the Seminole Indians

have held and maintained for
The ceremony began on Satur-
day, April 21, by joining the city
council members: Mayor James
Kirk, Lydia Jean Williams, Dowl-
ing Watford, Lowry Markham and
Clayton Williams with Seminole
Tribe of Florida, Inc. President
Moses Osceola, Brighton Repre-
sentative Andrew Bowers and
Tribal Ambassador Joe Dan Osce-
Other key members of the
presentation who hold extensive
knowledge of the past and present
in Okeechobee were Betty
Williamson of the Okeechobee
Historical Society and former
Judge William Hendry who gave
the spectators a glimpse into the
past of the relationship that exist-
ed between Okeechobee resi-
dents and the Brighton Seminole
Tribal members and how that

relationship has continued over
the years.
While the original person that
Osceola was named after is
unknown, it is thought to have
been named after Osceola the
great warrior of the Seminole
Tribe who was a great warrior in
the second Seminole War.
The city presented a proclama-
tion to Jimmie Scott Osceola in
May of 2006 after councilwoman
Williams happened to meet him
in a local store and hear of his var-
ied accomplishments throughout
his life. They proclaimed May 20,
to be Jimmie Scott Osceola Day.
Jimmie Scott Osceola is a local
Seminole Indian who grew up in
Brighton and attended school in
Okeechobee. He was very active
in school sports and a gifted artist
who did India ink portraits which
See Osceola Page 2

'Big' and 'Little': 1-on-1 program

Okeechobee News/Chauna Aguilar
The City of Okeechobee officially renamed West Fifth
Avenue back to its original name of Osceola at a ceremony
on Saturday, April 21, where members of the Seminole Tribe
of Florida Inc. were present in honor of this recognition of
the past and the connection between the Seminole Tribe and
Okeechobee. (back row, left to right) Joe Dan Osceola,
Lowry Markham, Brighton Representative Andrew Bowers,
2007-08 Brighton Seminole Princess Amber Craig, Lydia
Jean Williams, Dowling Watford, and Clayton Williams; (front
row, left to right) 2007-08 Little Miss Seminole Krysta Burton,
Mayor James Kirk, and Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. Pres-
ident Moses Osceola.

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Seminole Elementary School first grader Jesus Trapero (right) participates in the Big
Brother Big Sister program where his 'Big' Michele Thompson does one-to-one reading
in accordance with the Jump into Reading Program in order to help promote literacy
and build confidence in her 'Little'.

Kick-off for mentoring program slated

teer one must only be able to
donate one hour of time every
week to read to their 'Little'.
This can be done one hour
during one regular school day or
two 30-minute intervals on two
days during the school week.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters
currently serve students at Semi-
nole Elementary School. Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Okee-
chobee currently has seven men-
tors, with other matches in the
The program they are current-
ly working under is the Jump into
Reading Program, which is cur-
rently used with students in
kindergarten through second
grade. This program promotes
literacy and a love of reading. It

also strives to build confidence in
children during the most impor-
tant and impressionable years.
The Okeechobee Big Broth-
ers Big Sisters agency's goal is to
have 25 volunteer mentors by the
end of the 2006-07 school year.
They also want to begin serving
an additional school in the 2007-
08 school year and raise that
number of volunteer mentors to
They are currently working
with Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Patricia Cooper, who has rec-
ommended North Elementary
School for the next school to
implement the Big Brothers Big
Sisters program.
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By Chauna Aguilar
Okeechobee News
Big Brothers Big Sisters, a
one-to-one youth mentoring pro-
gram that has been shown to
have significant and positive
impact on the lives of children
has been brought to Okee-
chobee to allow local students to
benefit from this program.
Big Brothers Big Sisters. is
holding a kick-off luncheon
Wednesday, April 25, at noon at
the United Methodist Church,
200 N.W Second St. The public is
welcome to attend and learn
about the program.
It doesn't take any special
skills or education to become a
'Big', as they call it. It just takes a
caring heart. To become a volun-

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Historic banner
Butch Fields of American Legion Post 64 displays the
flag of the Bedford Minute Men. This Is a reproduction of
the flag that was flown at Lexington, Mass. on April 19,
1775, when the "shot heard around the world" that start-
ed the American Revolution was fired. It is the oldest
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Corps plans workshop on Dike business

JACKSONVILLE The U.S. among many other interesting and ect. Representatives from local gov- nities for involvement, as well as
Army Corps of Engineers, Jack- informative events in the day. ernment agencies, chambers of the rehabilitation project itself."
sonville District will hold a Herbert It is free and open to the public, commerce, community organiza- The mission of the Jacksonville
Hoover Dike Business Opportuni- Registration begins at 12:30 tions, large contracting organiza- District includes a wetland fill per-
ties Workshop on Thursday, April p.m. tions, and the general public are mitting program, beach re-nourish-
26, in Belle Glade. A major rehabilitation project is invited. ment, environmental protection
The purpose of the event is to under way for the Herbert Hoover "The Herbert Hoover Dike and restoration, navigation and
provide an overview of the Herbert Dike, the 140-mile earthen dike Rehabilitation Project is a major flood control. The Corps of Engi-
Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project built by the Corps, of Engineers project of the U.S. Army Corps of neers is leading the efforts to
- its goals, timeline and potential more than 70 years ago. Much of Engineers, Jacksonville District," restore America's Everglades
contracting opportunities, the work for this project will be said Elizabeth R. Myers, acting through the Comprehensive Ever-
The event will be held from 1 conducted through contracts deputy for Small Business for the glades Restoration Plan (CERP).
until 5 p.m. at the University of awarded by the Corps of Engineers. Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville To learn more about the Her-
Florida Everglades Research and The Herbert Hoover Dike Busi- District. "The Herbert Hoover Dike bert Hoover Dike, and to register
Education Center, 3200 East Palm ness Opportunities Workshop will Business Opportunities Workshop online to attend the Herbert Hoover
Beach Road, in Belle Glade. The provide an opportunity for busi- will provide information on poten- Dike Business Opportunities Work-
workshop will feature presenta- nesses in the Glades area and tial contracting opportunities and shop, log on to
tions followed by networking throughout South Florida to learn the contracting process. It is a great; or, call
opportunities in the afternoon, about the dike rehabilitation proj- way to learn more about opportu- (904) 232-1789.


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are done by making small black
dots to make a picture.
He painted the first picture of
the Brahma Bull on the old school
It was during the City Council
meeting where Jimmie Scott Osce-
ola and his brother Joe Dan Osceo-
la were present to receive the
According to council woman
Williams, "Joe Dan Osceola made
the statement to the council that
this was the first time a Seminole
had been attend a city or
county council meeting."
Joe Dan Osceola was also the
first Seminole Indian to graduate
from Okeechobee High School.
This statement weighed on the
council's minds following that
meeting to make a point that the
Seminoles' know that Okeechobee
was and is their home.
Judge Hendry suggested to
council member Dowling Watford
at that time about possibly renam-
ing West Fifth Avenue back to
Osceola. That suggestion went
through the City Council and the
ceremony was presented as the
Seminole Tribe prepares for their
50th Anniversary of becoming
incorporated back in 1957.
Due to the relationship that was
and is present, the city decided to
reclaim some of that history.
Judge Hendry stated that "Osce-
ola is more than just a road con-
necting one point to another. This
area was a gathering spot for Semi-
nole Indians in the 30's and 40's
when they came into Okeechobee
to do their shopping."
Others went on to tell of how
they played in the trees and open
areas while their mothers and
grandmothers shopped for their
weekly needs. They usually came
to town only once week.
When other counties would not
allow Seminole Indian children to
attend their schools, Okeechobee
opened their doors to the Seminole
Indians and allowed their children
to attend their schools and partici-
pate in their school events.
While the Brighton Reservation
is located in Glades County, the
children of the reservation still


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"We really are excited for allow-
ing our students who need tutoring
to be able to get assistance in read-
ing," said Dr. Cooper. "We think it
is going to be a real boost in our
reading scores. We have looked at
the scores in St. Lucie County and
hope that our reading abilities will
improve as theirs have."
Okeechobee County School
Board member Kelly Owens is the
Okeechobee case manager for Big
Brothers Big Sisters. They have also
assembled a board of 10 local indi-


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Ambassador for the Seminole Tribe of Flori-
da, Inc. Joe Dan Osceola (left) and his sister
Lawanna Osceola-Niles (right) were honored
to have their heirs honored by the City of
Okeechobee in the renaming ceremony for
West Fifth Avenue back to its original name

attend the schools of Okeechobee.
According to C.J. Rodriguez
who wrote a poem as a friend of
Jimmie Scott Osceola, "We the
Seminoles have a history here in
Okeechobee this is our town.. .we,
the tribe from Brighton."
Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc.
President Moses Osceola stated on
behalf of the tribe, "we are hon-
ored today to have the name of
Osceola returned back to this
Brighton Tribal representative
Andrew Bowers went on to
express that "this is just another
demonstration of the relationship
between the Seminole Tribe and
Okeechobee.. .and we will do our
part to keep that relationship
Joe Dan .Qceola-presented a
traditional SeIinole- Indian jacket
to Mayor Kirk in appreciation from
the Osceola family line for honor-
ing their ancestors.
Mayor Kirk expressed his appre-
ciation on behalf of the city where
"we strive to make this a better
community for all of us. The two
governments, both county and city
work better together than we ever
have before."
The Mayor went on to demon-
strate that this is just one way that
the city has attempted to preserve
the history and cohesiveness of the
relationship between the Seminole

viduals of various backgrounds.
Nick Blount, Matt Buxton, Gay
Carlton, Kristy Crawford, Regina
Hamrick, Allan Klotsche, Pat
O'Connor, Jenny Pung, Karen
Smith and Sharon Vinson are the
current Okeechobee advisory
board for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Judi Miller, whose offices are in
Fort Pierce, is the CEO over area
Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in
the counties of Okeechobee, St.
Lucie and Indian River. The pro-
gram director for the Jump into
Reading program is Melodee
Daniello, who also works with the
tri-county area.
Big Brothers Big Sisters also rec-
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Former Judge William Hendry reflected on the
past concerning the connection between the
Seminole Indians and Okeechobee. He
showed that his father had a connection with
the Seminoles by a gift that his father received
for a wedding present so many years ago
from Seminole Indian Charlie Snow.

Tribe and Okeechobee.
Councilwoman Williams ended
the ceremony by presenting the fol-
lowing poem entitled "The Man
Who Walked the Streets of Okee-
chobee" written by C.J. Rodriguez,
a friend of Jimmie Scott Osceola:
"The Man Who Walked the
Streets of Okeechobee"
Written by CJ Rodriguez, friend
ofJimmie Scott Osceola
Listen, listen to the wind. I do
not know if it comes or goes...I
only know it blows whenever you
are near...
I can hear the chants in the mid-
night air...and the sounds of dis-
tant drums are everywhere. The
eagle soars and the panther
cries... down in the Everglades.
You've told me the story of the Trail
of Tears...and about the warriors' the Battle of Okeechohee.
You told me about ancestors
past that have walked these streets.
You remember back to another
time and place when Okeechobee
was young. You followed in the
foot prints of your father and moth-
er, just as surely as they followed in
the foot prints of their parents.
These words were spoken to
me by Jimmie Scott Osceola:
We the Seminoles have a histo-
ry Okeechobee.. .this is
our town. My brother ran these
streets and played ball with my little
sister arind all of us

Harwas, Alan Schwartz, Glenda
Phillips, Shelly Batton,' Michele
Thompson, Regina Hamrick and
Bennet Yeilding for their dedication
to the program.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is one
of more than 425 national Big
Brothers Big Sisters affiliates.
During 1992 and 1993 a study
was done that looked at 959 boys
and girls ages 10 to 16 that
were participants in the Big Broth-
ers Big Sisters agencies in Phoenix,
Ariz.; Wichita, Kans.; Minneapolis,
Minn.; Rochester, N.Y; Columbus,
Ohio; Philadelphia, Penn.; and
Houston and San Antonio, Texas.
The results of this study con-
cluded that 46 percent of these stu-


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have...We, the tribe, from
Our foot prints will always be in
the streets of Okeechobee. You
cannot write a story of Okee-
chobee without our rich, strong
heritage being there. I am the man
who walks the streets of Okee-
chobee, as well as my fellow tribe
members do.
But we were first children here.
We ran the streets and climbed the
old oak trees, while our families vis-
ited with our family members. But
now as I look to my 70th year-it
seems as if it was yesterday.. .when
my brother and sister and I waited
for a ride to school and then we
would go to town on Saturday.
Where did the time go?
I feel the wind blowing and I
turn my head.. .and listen closely to
the sounds that are in the
wind... and sometimes I think I
hear my mother calling out my
name.. .or my little sisters giggles as
she played.. .and the people walk-
ing and talking on a summer after-
noon-these the days of my youth.
Yes, I have memories here in my
town of Okeechobee, so listen, lis-
ten to the wind. I do not know if it
comes or goes... I only know it
blows in the streets of Okee-
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dents were less likely to begin
using illegal drugs; 27 percent
were less likely to begin using alco-
hol; 52 percent were less likely to
skip school; 37 percent were less
likely to skip a class; 64 percent
were more likely to develop high
levels of self-confidence; and, 33
percent were less likely to hit
For additional information
about the Big Brothers Big Sisters
agency, contact Kelly Owens at
(863) 763-1669; or, call Big Broth-
ers Big Sisters at (772) 466-8535.
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News Briefs

FAU offering business course
OKEECHOBEE Florida Atlantic University will offer a unique pro-
gram for individuals interested in starting or expanding their own small
Participants in this hands-on course identify and develop necessary
business skills, scan the community for small business opportunities,
and prepare a business plan that includes a marketing plan and finan-
cial projections. This is an eightweek course.
Class will meet Wednesdays from 6 until 9 p.m. Jim Lilly will be the
instructor for the course.
The cost of the program is $100, with $90 refunded upon comple-
tion of the course. The course will begin May 2 at the Holiday Inn
Express, 3101 U.S. 441 South.
For information or an application to participate in the program,
contact Jim Lilly at (863) 840-9923 between the hours of 8 a.m. until 5
p.m. Monday through Friday.
Enrollment is limited to 12 per class.

Realtors establish scholarship fund
OKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee County Board of Realtors will
be offering a scholarship in memory of the late Liz Weisser, a longtime
local Realtor, to any student studying Real Estate.
All scholarship donations can be mailed to the Okeechobee County
Board of Realtors Liz Weisser Scholarship Fund, 326 N.W. Fifth St.,
Okeechobee, FL, 34972.
For information call Toni Doyle, association executive, at (863) 467-
Group providing animal rescue
OKEECHOBEE Florida Wildlife Rescue Service of Okeechobee
is currently providing rescue, pick up and transport of sick, injured,
orphaned or otherwise impaired wildlife.
Anyone who finds a wild animal in need of help is encouraged to
give us a call. A volunteer transporter, licensed by the Florida Fish &
Wildlife Conservation Commission, will be more than happy to help
you and the animal.
This is a free service to the community and to wildlife.
For information, call (863) 634-1755 or (863) 357-7955.

Christian school taking registrations
OKEECHOBEE Registration is now open at Okeechobee Christ-
ian Academy for the 2007-08 school year for Pre-K through 12th grade.
For information, call (863) 763-3072 or stop into the office at 701
South Parrott.

Today's Weather

Okeechobee Forecast
Monday. Mostly sunny, with the high in the lower 80s. The wind will
be east at 10 to 15 mph.
Monday night: Clear, with the low in the upper 50s with east wind
at 5 to 10 mph.
Extended Forecast
Tuesday: Partly sunny, with the high in the mid 80s with east wind
at 5 to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday night: Mostly clear, with the low in the lower 60s.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with the high in the upper 80s.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with the low in the mid 60s.
Thursday. Partly sunny, with the high in the upper 80s.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with the low in the upper 60s.
Friday: Partly cloudy, with a slight chance of showers and thunder-
storms with the high in the mid 80s. The chance of rain is 20 per-
Friday night: Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers with the
low in the mid 60s. The chance of rain is 20 percent.
Saturday. Considerable cloudiness with a slight chance of showers
and thunderstorms with the high in the upper 80s. The chance of
rain is 20 percent.

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The Okeechobee News, Monday, April 23, 2007

Beware of poisonous pasture plants

By Dan Culbert
Extension Horticulture Agent
Welcome to the drought. We
hope area homeowners are adjust-
ing to the two-day a week watering
schedule, and are being careful not
to add stress to their Florida Yards.
Call us if you need landscape
advice on dealing with the drought.
Our office has had quite a num-
ber of office visitors that have
reminded us of another drought
related issue. Everyone knows that
Okeechobee beef and dairy pro-
ducers are very dependent on pas-
tures for animal feed. The forecast
is for rapidly vanishing grass sup-
While recent rains have
greened up the grass a little bit,
they have also perked up a few
other pasture plants that are usual-
ly ignored by livestock. And they
are ignored for good reason they
are poisonous. But with less grass
to eat, hungry cattle and horses will
sample some of these problem
plants, sometimes with disastrous
Today's column is designed to
introduce a few of the offending
weeds that have been noticed by
area ranchers and by Pat our
county's livestock and dairy
agents. Many more local poison-
ous plants could be noted and will
be brought to your attention, as
they become a problem.
Black Nightshade Solanum
nigrum is also called common
nightshade, poisonberry, garden
nightshade, and sometimes deadly
nightshade. It grows from seed
each year, and has alternate, sim-
ple, smooth leaves. Clusters of
small white or pale violet flowers
have five petals that make clusters
of dull black berries. This is a rela-
tive of peppers, tomatoes, egg-
plants and potatoes, which can
also cause similar poisoning symp-
toms if livestock eat these veg-
etable plants. Symptoms of poison-
ing include nausea, vomiting,
salivation, drowsiness, abdominal
pain, diarrhea, weakness, respira-
tory depression; may be fatal. This
plant also hosts pepper weevils
and various virus diseases that
effect vegetable crops other rea-
sons to rid it from your property. (A
related plant called Garden Huckle-
berry looks similar, but it is not poi-
sonous and not likely to be seen in
a pasture.)

,. U N 1\'1- RSITY OF

Lantana (Lantana spp.) There
are several species and hybrids of
this attractive flowering shrub.
They all have similar features
which should help distinguish
them. They are upright spreading
shrubs usually 1 to 3 feet tall.
Leaves generally have a sandpa-
pery feel and grow in pairs. The
flower clusters are often multicol-
ored: pink, yellow, white, orange
and red are common with local
non-native Lantana found in pas-
tures. (Ornamental types might
also be lavender or deep red flow-
ers.) Flowers produce small clus-
ters of green berries that mature to
bluish black. Not only do the leaves
cause skin rashes, eating the fruit,
foliage or stems has caused gas-
troenteritis, diarrhea, jaundice,
photosensitivity, ulcers at the nose
and mouth, peeling skin and,
potentially, death.
Milkweeds (Asclepis spp.) are
common in area landscapes and
pastures, and have become popu-
lar with gardeners as butterfly
attracting plants. There are several
dozen natives and a couple of
introduced species of milkweeds in
Florida. They generally are upright
multi-stemmed annual plants with
pairs of leaves that usually lack leaf
stalks. Break a stem or leaf and
milky white sap will bleed from the
wound. Flower colors can be
white, yellow, orange, or red in
color. Fruits are pods that fill with
seed and lots of silky floss which
allows the seed to spread with the
wind. Symptoms from eating these
plants in livestock include dizzi-
ness, tremors, fever, labored
breathing, and if enough is eaten,
can be fatal. And for the humans,
add skin rashes to the milkweed
Perilla Mint (Perilla frutescens)
was one of the plants that stumped
me this week. I was able to identify
it as a mint. It has pointed pairs of
dull leaves with saw-toothed
edges, had clusters of small whitish
flowers at the top of the stems, and
a distinctive minty odor to the
plant. The Perilla mint also has
leaves that are purple on the lower
sides. The rancher that brought it in

reported his heifers went under
respirator distress and fever.
Common Pokeweed (Phytolac-
ca americana) has many common
names, including pokeweed and
pigeon berry. This succulent peren-
nial herb has green-to-purple
stems and a large, fleshy root stock.
Common pokeweed may grow
into plants six or more feet tall. It is
found in pastures, fence-rows,
fields, and wooded areas. Clusters
of flowers at the stem ends have
one-quarter inch flattened berries
that turn purple black at maturity.
Juices from these fruit are used as a
natural plant dye, and there are
reports that the plant can be
cooked as greens if done at the
right time. However, I would advise
against consumption of Poke-
weed, as it has been known to
cause immediate burning inside
the mouth, and has lead to gas-
troenteritis with cramping, diar-
rhea, and convulsions.
Rattlebox is a common name
give to several species of Crotalaria
and to another member of the
bean family, Sesbania punicea.
These leafy annual herbs are mem-
bers of the pea or bean family. In
Crotalaria, broadly rounded leaves
grow in groups of three and clus-
ters of yellow pea-shaped flowers
grow inside the stems of the plant.
The Sesbania Rattlebox has red-
dish colored flower clusters and
leaves with a more feathery in
appearance. The Rattleboxes pro-
duce a pod that is filled with seeds,
and when dry, the pods rattle in the
wind the source of the name.
When consumed by livestock, Cro-
talaria may result in bloody diar-
rhea, jaundice, rough hair coat,
unthriftiness, and weakness. Ses-
bania produces delayed effects of
difficult breathing and irregular
Preventing poisoning
Prevention of poisoning live-
stock by toxic plants includes pro-
viding an adequate quantity of
quality forages; avoiding situations
of overstocking; and implementing
good pasture management prac-
tices to eliminate toxic plants and
situations leading to toxic plant
poisoning. Check with our live-
stock agents to help you with these
management practices.
For help with positive weed ID,
check the references and pictures
on our website, or bring in a sam-
ple to our office. We can also pro-

Submitted photo/Amanda Van Camp
Top 10 for positive behavior
The winners of the Okeechobee Freshman Campus top 10 award for positive behavior are
(left to right) Frances Bosworth, Austin Pluskot, Mason Waldron, Matt Skipper, Ryan
Osceola, Noemi Palacios, Maci Culligan and Taylor English. Not pictured are Yolani Bor-
roto and Samantha Stersic. These students received gift certificates, candy and special
privileges. They were chosen in a drawing that included the names of all students who
received five positive signatures in the marking period.

Hawaii bound?
Friday, April 20 was Islands Day at Central Elementary School. These kindergarten stu-
dents look like they are on their way to Hawaii. They are (left to right) Tyler Arnold, Jerry
Stalans, Henaysia Ancrum and Ketana Areaga.

Educational Briefs

Christian Academy
registration opens
Registration is now open at
Okeechobee Christian Academy
for the 2007-08 school year for Pre-
K through 12th grade. For informa-
tion call (863) 763-3072 or stop

into the office at 701 South Parrott.

Seminole announces
school events
April 25: Poetry reading on the
lawn from 9 until 10 a.m. at the
flagpole area; May 10, Mother's

Day Tea at 9 a.m. in the cafeteria;
May 11, kindergarten program,
time TBA in the cafeteria; May 15-
16, talent show from 8:30 until
10:30 a.m., in the cafeteria; and,
May 24, fifth grade pool party
from 10 a.m. until noon at the
Sports Complex.

vide University of Florida recom-
mendations for managing these
weeds, including those herbicides
that are legal to use when manag-
ing these pests.
If you suspect that people have
been poisoned by plants, call 9-1-1
immediately, and remember to
take a sample of the plant with you
to the hospital. In the case of live-
stock poisoning, it is highly recom-
mended that a necropsy be done
to establish that the animal was
affected by plant poisoning,
I've placed more information
on our Okeechobee web page, If
you need additional information
on poisonous pasture plants,
please email us at or call
us at (863) 763-6469. Local resi-
dents can stop by our office at 458
U.S. 98 North in Okeechobee, and
visit our Okeechobee County Mas-
ter Gardeners from 1 until 3 p.m.
on Tuesday afternoons.

A Thought To

Someone said years ago, "An
adult who ceases after youth to
unlearn and relearn his facts and
to reconsider his opinions is like
a blindfolded person walking
into a familiar room where
someone has
moved the
L i f e
When we
were chil-
seemed like
Five years
By Paul el a p s e d
By Paul b e t w e e n
Buxton Christmas and
the Fourth of
July. Today we can scarcely turn
around before another year has
passed. This a case of relearn-
ing the facts. It is not that
Christmas is of any less impor-
tance to us, but that each day,
each hour has more value to .us,
and we are more concerned with
the activities of the present than
the months of the future.
The happiest of all people are
those who say "There just aren't
enough hours in the day." It is a
way of saying "I failed to do all
the wonderful and exciting
things today I wanted to do."
Thought to Remember:
Break time into bits and enjoy
every morsel to its fullest.

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Community Events

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Community Events

OSAC outreach panel to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community
outreach/training committee will meet Monday, May 7, from 9
until 10 a.m. at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. The meeting is open to
the public. For information, call Val Marone at (863) 462-0040 or
Ken Kenworthy at (863) 462-5000, ext. 273.

OSAC plans monthly meeting
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's monthly meet-
ing will be Tuesday, May 8, from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at
the First United Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second Ave. Every-
one is welcome and lunch will be served. For information, call
Val Marone at (863) 462-0040. There will also be an evening
meeting on May 8 from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Central Elementary
School Library, 610 S.W. Fifth Ave. for anyone who cannot attend
the afternoon meeting. All parents and PTO members from all
Okeechobee public and private schools are encouraged to
Driver safety course offered
An AARP driver safety course will be held Tuesday, May 8, and
Wednesday, May 9, from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Okeechobee
County Extension office, 458 U.S. 98 N. Both days must be
attended to complete the course. Tuition of $10 covers course
material. Make checks or money orders payable to AARP Driver
Safety Program. No cash please. You do not have to be a mem-
ber of AARP to attend these classes. For information, call Nell
Bostwick at (863) 763-4134.

Masonic Lodge sponsors clay shoot
The Okeechobee Masonic Lodge #237, in conjunction with
Acacia Lodge #163 from Stuart, will hold their first sporting clay
shoot at Quail Creek Plantation on Saturday, May 12. Sponsor-
ships are available. Call Matt Buxton at (863) 357-9992 for appli-
cations and information. Proceeds from the event will go to the
club's building fund.

Church to host Youth Day
First Missionary Baptist Church of Dean's Court, on the corner
of N.W. Ninth St. and Ninth Ave., will host its first Body and Soul
Youth Health Day on May 12, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Activities
will include: motivational speakers who will discuss a variety of
subjects appropriate for teens ages 13-17; a question and answer
session; private counseling will be available; a Spanish and deaf
interpreter will be available; and, a health fair. There is no charge
for this event. Please RSVP to Shirlean Graham at Martha's
House (863) 763-2893 by April 30.

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

Coalition offers summer program
The Okeechobee Substance. Abuse Coalition will offer a free
summer program, The Traveling Medicine Show: S.O.S. -- Stu-
dents Offering Solutions performance troupe. Thirty youth
between the ages of 12-18 will be trained to perform
alcohol/drug prevention skits, write skits and learn to give pre-
sentations. 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-

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Upcoming Events

A.A. meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Foster Parent Orientation will be hosted by the Hibiscus Chil-
dren's Center on the last Monday of every month from 6 until 7 p.m.
The orientation is for those interested in fostering or adopting in
Okeechobee County. This meeting requires no RSVP and is a ques-
tion/answer forum. It will be at the IRCC Okeechobee Campus, 2229
N.W. Ninth Ave. For information, call the Foster Care Program at 1-
(800) 403-9311.
Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7 p.m. for open 'discussion at
Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda Road. For information call
(863) 634-4780.
Okeechobee Senior Singers meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Okee-
chobee Presbyterian Church, 312 North Parrott Ave. Everyone who
enjoys singing is invited. For information or to schedule an appear-
ance for your organization or group, contact Marge Skinner at (863)

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 Savior, 200 N.W.
Third St., at 8 p.m.
(A.A.) Closed discussion meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at the Church
of Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Grief and Loss Support Group meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. at
the Hospice Building located at 411 S.E. Fourth St. in Okeechobee.
Everyone is welcome. For information, contact Enid Boutrin at (863)
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 310 S.W. Sixth St. Anyone
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.
Widows and Widowers support group meets at 8:30 a.m. at the
Clock Restaurant, 1111 S. Parrott Ave., for breakfast. For information,
call (863) 357-0297.
Gospel Sing every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. The public is invit-
ed to participate with vocal and/or instrumental music. For informa-
tion, contact Douglas Chiropractic Center at (863) 763-4320.
The Gathering Church Overcomers Group meets at 7:30 p.m. in
the fellowship hall, 1735 S.W. 24th Ave. This is a men's only meeting.
For information, call Earl at (863) 763-0139.
Bible study at the Living Word of Faith Church, 1902 S. Parrott
Ave., at 7 p.m. Informal and informative discussions bring many Bible
truths to life. Everyone is invited.
Community Country Gospel will meet at 7 p.m. at the church
next to Douglas Clinic on North Park St. Any individual or group that
enjoys old time gospel music is invited to participate. For 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 thegroup 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.}
A.A. meeting from 8 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. .W. Sixth St. It will be a closed discussion.

Tantle Quilters meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at
the Historical Society Museum on U.S. 98 N. For information call Mar-
garet at (863) 467-8020, or Belinda at (863) 357-0166.
A.A. Closed big book meeting from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Church of
Our Savior, 200 N.W. Third St.
Family History Center meets from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 3.10 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.
Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee wee will meet from noon until 1 p.m. at
Village Square Restaurant, 301 W. South Park St. All Kiwanisand 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-
4920, for information.
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.
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 meetat 6 p.m. For information, call
(863) 763-2893, or call Shirlean Graham or Irene Luck at (863) 763-
2893 or (863) 763-0202.
Grief Support Group for parents who have lost a child will meet at
7 p.m. The group will meet at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church,
312 N. Parrott Ave. For information, call Stephanie at (863) 763-2893
days, or (863) 467-2480 evenings. If you know of someone that might
need this group, please pass the word.
The Social Security Administration Office has moved to the One
Stop Center, 209 S.W. Park St., in Okeechobee. Representatives will
be available from 9 a.m. until noon.
Free Adult Basic Educatlon/GED and English as a second lan-
guage classes from 7 until 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
701 S.W. Sixth St.
Ongoing Caregiver Support GroupHospice of Okeechobee and
the Area Agency on Aging sponsor a caregiver support group every
Thursday at 2 p.m. Anyone who is caring for an ill family member is

welcome. The group is facilitated by social workers and provides an
opportunity for caregivers to give one another support, information
and ideas. The meetings are held at Hospice, 411 S.E. Fourth St. For
information, call (863) 467-2321.
A.A. meeting will be held from noon until 1 p.m. at the First United
Methodist Church, 200 N.W. Second St. This will be an open meeting.
Narcotics Anonymous meets Thursday nights for a Step Study
meeting at 7 p.m. at the Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, 3 Linda
Road, in Buckhead Ridge. For information, call (863) 634-4780.
ABWA Women of Tomorrow Chapter meets from noon until 1
p.m. at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700 S. Parrott Ave. The cost Is
$6.63 plus tip for lunch. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.
For information, call Marilyn Rinear at (863) 697-1807.
Narcotic Anonymous (NA) meets at Church of God, 301 N.E.
Fourth Ave. at 7 p.m. For information call Monika at (863) 697-6235.
Classic car show at Beef O'Brady's, 608 S. Parrott Ave., from 6:30
until 8 p.m.

Community Events

Garden club plans inaugural meeting
There will be an organizational meeting for a new Okeechobee
Garden Club at the Okeechobee Extension office, 458 U.S. 98
North on Monday, April 23, at 6 p.m. This will be an opportunity to
share ideas, learn more about gardening or just brag about your
landscape. The orchid meeting will follow at 7 p.m. Here is your
chance to learn which ones to grow and how to do it. For informa-
tion, call the Extension office at (863) 763-6469. The garden club is
free and open to the public.

Free nutrition class Is offered
Dr. Edward Douglas of Douglas Chiropractic and Fitness Center,
916 W.N. Park St., will teach a free CRA nutritional analysis class on
Tuesday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. For information, call (863) 763-4320.

Collaborative group will host guest speaker
The Community Collaborative Council of Okeechobee County
Shared Services Network will hold their monthly meeting on Tues-
day, April 24, at 10 a.m. in the board room of the Okeechobee
School Board office. The guest speaker will be Dianne Verner from
Florida Power and Light. The public is invited. For information, call
Sharon Vinson at (863) 462-5000, ext. 257.

Farm Bureau plans speech contest
Okeechobee County Farm Bureau, 401 N.W. Fourth St., will
sponsor the Farm Bureau youth speech contest on Tuesday, April
24, at 6 p.m. The 2007 topic is "How will the global market affect
agriculture in the next five years?" A copy of the speech is due at the
Farm Bureau office by April 18. Prizes will be awarded on the high
school and middle school level. For information and rules, call
(863) 763-3101.

Main Street to hold elections
Okeechobee Main Street will hold elections for its board of
directors Wednesday, April 25, at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 700
S. Parrott Ave. Nominations are being accepted for the positions of:
president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, design chair, promo-
tions chair, economic restructuring chair, arts and culture chair and
volunteer chair. Nomination forms are available at the Main Street
office, 111 N.E. Second St. For information, call Karen Hanawalt,
program manager, at (863) 357-6246; or Paul Mitchell, election
chair, at (863) 763-2111.

Cheerleading clinic slated
Planet Cheer is competitive cheer teams for kids ages 5 and up.
A clinic will be held at Kid Space, 818 E.N. Park Street, on Thursday,
April 26, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. with tryouts on Saturday, April 28, at
noon. For information and to get a try-out a try-out packet prior to try outs,
call (863) 357-4496.

Child CPR class offered by Red Cross
American Red Cross, 323 N. Parrott Ave., will conduct an
infant/child CPR class on Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. For informa-
tion, call (863) 763-2488.

Annual Agri-Council meeting is April 27
The 17th annual meeting of the Okeechobee Area Agri-Council
will meet Friday, April 27, at the Okeechobee County Civic Center,
U.S. 98 N. A covered dish dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The
guest speaker will be Mr. Charles Schinn from the Florida Farm
Bureau. He will speak on the subject of Agriculture and TMDLs.
Please RSVP to (863) 763-5586.
OSAC sponsors drug-free concert
As part of Alcohol Awareness Month, the Okeechobee Sub-
stance Abuse Coalition will sponsor a drug-free concertonert on Friday,
April 27, from 8 until 10 p.m. The concert will be held in the Okee-
chobee Freshman Campus auditorium, and is open to middle
through high school-aged students. Students must present their
student ID in order to attend. The first 300 students who present
their student ID will be admitted. There will be three bands per-
forming The Eighth Hour Romance, Adoration and Redneck
Rampage snacks and giveaways.

Church youth plan car wash,
Treasure Island Baptist Church youth, grades one through six,
will hold a car wash at Taco Bell, 3498 U.S. 441 S., on Saturday,
April 28, from 10a.m. until 2 p.m. for a donation.
Housing is talk show topic
Family Stations, Inc. will host a radio talk show on Saturday,
April 28, startingat7:30 at 7:30 a.m. The showwill be rebroadcast at 1 and
6 p.m. on WWFR 91.7 FM and 100.3 FM. The special guest will be
Donna Carman, executive director, Indiantown Non-profit Hous-
ing, Inc. The topic of the show will be affordable housing, and the
upcoming Cinco de Mayo Festival. For information, call Donna Car-
man or Delia Garcie at Indiantown Non-profit Housing at (772)

Basinger school reunion planned
A Basinger school reunion will be held Sunday, April 29, starting
11 a.m. There will be a covered dish lunch at 1 p.m. Meat, paper
goods and iced tea will be furnished. Please invite anyone you
know who attended Basinger School. For information call Alta Lee
Barber at (863) 634-9735, or Beedie Mae Thomas at (863) 763-

Substance abuse board meeting set
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's advisory board
will meet Wednesday, May 2, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at 1600
S.W Second St. 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.
VFW hosting Loyalty Day
Big Lake VFW Post #10539,3912 U.S. 441 S.E., will hold Loyalty
Day on Saturday, May 5, beginning at 1 p.m. in honor of our fellow
Americans. For information, call (863) 697-2930.

Main Street hosting fun shoot
Okeechobee Main Street, Inc. will hold a 100 target fun shoot on
Saturday, May 5, at Quail Creek Plantation. Course opens at 8 a.m.
Last shooter in by 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded and a barbecue
lunch will be available. For information, call (863) 357-6246.

AARP driver's course offered
An AARP driver safety course will be held Saturday, May 5, and
Saturday, May 12, from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee
Christian Church, 3055 S.E. 18th Terrace. Both days must be
attended to complete the course. Tuition of $10 covers course
material. Make checks payable to AARP Driver Safety Program.

AARP membership is not a requirement. All seniors age 55 and
over are invited. Consult your auto insurance agent for your three-
year discount upon completion of the class. For information, call
Mrs. D.J. Bryan at (863) 763-0351.

OSAC resource group to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition's community
resource committee will meet Monday, May 7, from 11:30 a.m.
until 12:30 p.m. at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. This is a brown bag
lunch meeting and is open to the public. For information, call Val
Marone at (863) 462-0040 or Keith Stripling at (863) 763-6064.

OSAC resource group to meet
The Okeechobee Substance Abuse Coalition'sibmmunity
resource committee will meet Monday, May 7, frori 11:30 a.m.
until 12:30 p.m. at 1600 S.W. Second Ave. This is a brown bag
lunch meeting and is open to the public. For information, call Val
Marone at (863) 462-0040 or Keith Stripling at (863) 763-6064.

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6 BUSINESS The Okeechobee News, Monday, April 23, 2007

Medicine Shoppe awarded top

honors for customer satisfaction

ST. LOUIS Medicine Shoppe
pharmacies, franchised by Medi-
cine Shoppe International, Inc.
(MSI), a Cardinal Health company
(NYSE;CAH), have been awarded
top honors for customer satisfac-
tion among retail pharmacy chains
by J.D. Power and Associates.
The inaugural "J.D. Power and
Associates 2007 Retail Pharmacy
Satisfaction Study" was'conducted
online in October and November
2006 among 6,543 consumers
nationwide who filled a new pre-
scription or refilled a prescription
in the three months prior to the
survey. This syndicated study
examined the full experience of
typical retail pharmacy customers
by exploring a variety of factors,
such as convenience, the pharma-
cist and non-pharmacist staff,
availability of medications and
information, layout and design of

the store of Web site, and competi-
tiveness of pricing among oth-
J.D. Power and Associates
results show Medicine Shoppe
pharmacies' customer satisfaction
score as an 866 (out of 1000).
"This not only the high-
est-scoring chain, but also the
highest-scoring pharmacy across
all factors: chain, supermarket,
mass merchandisers and mail
order," said Terry Burnside, presi-
dent of MSI. "Our pharmacists
pride themselves on spending
time counseling customers about
their medications and their health
concerns. This high level of cus-
tomer service and personalized
care is what sets Medicine Shoppe
pharmacies apart, from other
chains and pharmacy providers."
Medicine Shoppe pharmacies
scored very well in many of the

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Four-wheeler give away
Riverside National Bank, in conjunction with Great Amer-
ican RVs sponsored a drawing for a four-wheeler to ben-
efit the March of Dimes. Pictured (left to right) Mike Bra-
man from Great American RV's; seated on the four-wheel-
er is the winner, Robert Staton; Kristy Crawford and Cecil-
ia Elliott from Riverside Bank and Laura McCall from the
Law Offices of Cassels and McCall.

study's factors. In fact, 90 percent
of those surveyed "definitely will"
return to their Medicine Shoppe
pharmacy for their next prescrip-
tion, compared to a 72 percent
average for surveyed chains over-
all. Also, 68 percent of those Medi-
cine Shoppe customers surveyed
"definitely will" recommend
ordering a prescription from a
Medicine Shoppe pharmacy, com-
pared to 43 percent average for all
chain customers surveyed.
Locally The Medicine Shoppe
Pharmacy (home of fast and cour-
teous prescription service) owned
by Blair Kuhlewind and Tom Ben-
bow, has been serving customers
for 18 years and has been in their
new location at 105 N.W Fifth
Street for four years. The pharma-
cy is open Monday through Friday
from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Satur-
day from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Business course at FAU
Atlantic University will offer a
unique program for individuals
interested in starting or expanding
their own small businesses.
Participants in this hands-on
course identify and develop neces-
sary business skills, scan the com-
munity for small business opportu-
nities, and prepare a business plan
that includes a marketing plan and
financial projections. This is an
eight week course.
Class will meet Wednesdays
from 6 until 9 p.m. Jim Lilly will be
the instructor for the course.
The cost of the program is $100,
with $90 refunded upon comple-
tion of the course. The course will
begin May 2 at the Holiday Inn
Express, 3101 U.S. 441 South.
For information or an applica-
tion to participate in the program,
contact Jim Lilly at (863) 840-9923
between the hours of 8 a.m. until 5
p.m. Monday through Friday.
Enrollment is limited to 12 per

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Riverside Bank offers scholarship

Bank will provide a $1,000 schol-
arship to a local student on or
about July 15. The program,
started four years ago by River-
side Bank, is designed to grant
funds annually to assist individu-
als in the hometowns the bank
serves. This year's program will
offer 18 scholarships worth a
total of $18,000 throughout the
ten Florida counties in River-
side's service area.
Community members are
encouraged to submit applica-
tions online at Riverside Bank's
web site at on behalf
of friends and family who are
high school seniors or under-
graduate college students. Appli-
cations must be submitted on or
before midnight June 1, 2007.
"We are very proud of this
program," said John Williams,
Regional President of Riverside
Bank. "We feel .there is nothing
more important than helping the
citizens of the hometowns we
serve. One way we can lend a
hand is by providing financial
assistance to talented students."
The recipient will be selected
based on his or her academic

goals and community service.
Chances of receiving a scholar-
ship will depend on the number
of eligible entries received. The
student must be a high school
senior or undergraduate college
student currently attending a
school in the United States and
accepted to an accredited post-
secondary educational institu-
tion in the Unites States for the
academic year 2007/2008. In
addition, the student must be a
legal resident of Okeechobee
County. Winners do not need to
be Riverside Bank customers and
no purchase or loan is required.

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At the Movies

The following movies are now
showing at the Brahman Theatres
Movie times for Friday, April 20,
through Thursday, April 26, are as
Theatre I -"300" (R) Show-
times: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Satur-
day and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7 and 9
p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m. Tues-
day, Wednesday and Thursday at 2,
4:15,7 and9 p.m.
Theatre II "Disturbia" (PG-13)
Showtimes: Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2, 4:15, 7
and 9 p.m. Monday at 3 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
at 2, 4:15, 7and 9 p.m.
Theatre III "Are We Done
Yet"(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
Tickets are $5.50 for adults; chil-
dren 12 and under are $4.50; senior
citizens are $4.50 for all movies;
and, matinees are $4.
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Lykes Bros. Inc.
Ranch Division has an
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saddle, experience helpful.
Applications accepted
Monday Friday,
8am to 3:30pm
106 SW County Road 721
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needs experienced agents.
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Bahysit'i 405
ChildCar Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

Ron's Pressure Washing
Roof coating, Repairto
Mobile Homes & more.
No job to big or small. Free
estimates. 863-261-1565
Lic. # 2349 &# 5698


The most important
20 minutes of your day is
the time spent reading
with your child from
birth to age nine.

Fill Dirt/Shell Rock
& Bob Cat work.
Call 863-467-4734

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Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys & Games 730
VCRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

A/C UNIT- 2.5 ton, Brand new.
$1500. (863)517-2106

CHEST FREEZER: Sears, 5 cu-
bic ft. Asking $75 or best of-
fer. (863)885-1026
new. $50.863-467-7721
side by side, 22 cu. ft., ice
maker, works well. $250
electric, white, front loaders,
2 yrs. old, like new, $600.

FOLDING BIKE: New tires &
tubes. Exc cond. $55 or best
offer. 863-675-2596 or cell

SHED, 12x24 w/siding. Wired
for electric. Good condition.
$2000. or best offer.
(863)228-7230 LaBelle

(2), 20"x50' & 18"x50'. $40
for both, (863)763-5762
GUTTER, Extruded, aluminum,
3x4, 2 pieces, 23'2" & 22'7",
for patio, good shape. $65
HEADER, Alum., self mating,
2x6, 52ft., used, good
shape, for patios. $100 firm.
PLYWOOD (50 sheets): $300
(561)762-4620 Jupiter area

Shutters &
Gutters, Inc.

Licensed & Insured

1551 N.W. 24th Drive
License #765
WINDOWS- Anderson, Double
pane, Crank out. 1-60"x28",
1-60"x34", 2-60"x 48". $150.
(315)528-5771 LaBelle

BABY ITEMS Great condi-
tion, $300 or best offer. Call
239-243-1588, LaBelle.
BABY ITEMS, Portable swing,
bouncer, playpen, exersau-
cer & much more. $200/all,
will sep. (863)673-2726

39 pieces, China, assorted
items, ie: plates, cups, sau-
cers etc $300. 863-946-1896

(3). Size 22 (1), red, never
worn, tags still on. $65 for
all. 863-763-3982 (b4 noon)
PROM GOWN- beautiful, black
& white, floor length, size 3
petite, $50 (863)467-0139
Sunburst National Award
Winning Pageant Dresses,
Sports Wear & Western Wear
Original, One Of A, Kind.
Available to rent. Size 3 to 12.
Pageant Training
also available.
Call (863)517-2465
white w/silver beading. $250
or best offer (863)634-6601
Strapless, Organza Silk
w/pearls & sequins. $500.

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
bolt action rifle, all matching
numbers. Great for collec-
tors! $550.863-467-1958

screen monitor, 2.5 yrs old,
perfect condition. $350.
Must Sell! 863-824-0801
tium 4, XP Pro, monitor, key-
board, mouse & speakers.
$249. (863)517-2782 Tony
Pad, CD & DVD Rom. Wire-
less card. $200. or best of-
fer. (863)634-7598
LAPTOP, Fast, Win XR wire-
less card, power adapter,
etc., for school or business.
$325 (863)674-0212
plete system, educational &
games. $99 (863)843-0158

Queen size, Reversible.
Green pin stripes/Green.
plaid. $15. (863)467-8681

BABY CRADLE: Wooden, good
condition. $75. Call
BED FRAME: Metal, universal,
double to California King.
$50. 863-634-7905

BED: Full size, complete w/ all
parts. $75.863-634-6160
BED: King size, excellent con-
dition. $300 or best offer.
BEDROOM SUITE: King, 2 nt.
stands, dresser w/mirror &
armoire. Very nice. $800.
BOOKCASES (3), White, also
wall shelves & 3 drawer Bas-
sett Credenza. $175 for all,
or will sep: (863)763-7989
BRASS BED, Full size, from
60's. $400 (863)763-6507
metal frame with computer
desk on bottom. $450, will
separate. 863-634-9622
CHINA CABINET, Drexel, large,
medium wood, asking $250
will consider trade.
(561)793-9463 lv. msg.
oak, with shelves. Excellent
condition. $125.
COUCH & CHAIR: Leather,
cream colored. $100.
CURIO CABINET- wooded, an-
tique, $100 or best offer
DINING RM. SET: Pennsylva-
nia House, Solid Cherry,
Save $1,000's. $1000. or
best offer. (207)557-0557
pc., Cherry w/custom glass
top, 4 side & 2 arm chairs.
queen & king, brand new,
still in plastic, $189.
Ctr, DR, BR, access., TV's
VCR's, DVD's, $25-$700 per
item (270)617-1556
temporary. Florida colors
Aqua, Pink & Cream Exc.
cond. $50. (863)467-8681
TV ARMOIRE, Fits up to 32" tv.
Broyhill. $250

RIFLE: All original AK47. Call
for details. $700

old. Barely used. Paid
$1000, Asking $450.

1100 watts, with turn table,
like new condition. $35.

LAMPS (20): $20 takes all!

new, firepit with tables, 4
chairs, all covers incl., $350.

$100. 863-447-3409

ics, "Cadillac of wheelchairs"
Immaculate, used very little on
carpet only. Paid $5000, asking
only $1000.863-357-5988
25% 50% off on all
prescription drugs
at most pharmacies.
No costly No catch!
Call Toll Free
MOBILITY LIFT, Trustlift Ram,
550 lbs max capacity,
$3860 new, asking $1850

POWER CHAIR, Pride Jazzy
#1113 w/joystick. Exc. cond.
Small turn radius. New $5800,
Now $1600 (863)763-6907
AL030 Power Tote, for fold-
ing manual wheel chair.
$350 (863)467-0755

COMBO: 15x15, Great condi-
tion. $2500 (863)228-2440
or (863)675-1113 LaBelle
CELL PHONE: Cingular,
LGC2000, camera phone,
used but in box w/ chargers.
FLAG POLE, Approx. 20 Ft.
Tall. $400. or best offer. You
take down & haul.
KENDON: Single bike stand up
trailer. Good condition.
T850, 8/2'. Facia & sheet
metal brake. Used very little.
$800. (863)763-5373-

CABINET: 77"T x 42"W, 2
solid doors & shelf, $350 or
best offer(561)633-1371
DRUM SET- With double bass
drum. Great for beginner.
$175. (863)357-6930
DRUMS, Ludwig, professional,
5 piece, 5 symbols, double
base pedal, steel driven.
$2400 neg. (863)697-6132

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

FISH TANK: 55 gal, w/ wood-
en stand, Whisper Power fil-
ter, 10lbs stone, tubing & air
pump. $200. 863-801-3344
asking $300, ready to go
14 wks old, all shots, $300.
black males, 1st shots, Heart-
Guard, ready now! $800.
Reg, w/cage, toys and ac-
cessories, asking $600 or
best offer(863)673-3076
old, 2 males. $175 each.
UKC, Purple ribbon bred,
Health cert. Included. $500
each. (863)467-4149
RING NECK DOVES, (4), nor-
mal color, $30 for all.
SHIH TZU, Male, Adorable, 13
mo. old, Reg. Intact, Moving,
must sell. $250. Firm.
ing deposits. Black & White.
1st shots & wormed. $350.

HOT TUB: As is, you haul.
$300. 863-673-1981
HOT TUB: Seats 5-6 people,
needs heating element. $250
or best offer. 863-228-7230

gomery Ward, with accesso-
ries and solid wood cabinet
$225 (863)233-0114

SKI TUBE: 2 person, tows be-
hind boat. $50.
TREE STANDS (2): For hunt-
ing. $70 negotiable or will
sell separately.

15", $100 (863)634-6476

DIRECT TV-(5) receiver, $50
for all (863)801-4635

CHAINSAW, on extendable
pole, $60. (863)357-6930
CRAFTSMAN 25HP 48" deck,
used twice, 2005 model,
$1500. Call 239-540-8078.
set, on a dolly.' $450.
DRILL PRESS: Ricon, stand
up, new, still in box, 1 HP,
3/4" chuck. $300.
Good condition. Needs han-
dle. Does work. $25. or best
offer. (863)675-7504
LADDER: Louisville, 28 foot,
aluminum. $80.
Comm., Elec., On wheels
whose & gun. Works per-
fect. $400. (863)357-1784
SORS (2) 1- 3hp vertical
tank, 1- 2hp 20 gal tank,
$370 or sep (561)676-0427

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

ADULT DVD's (10): New, only
opened to test. $65 or best
offer. Call (863)634-3783
VCR MOVIES, war, horror, ac-
tion & comedy, $250 will sell
separately. (863)465-9470
VIDEO TAPES (10 pack): So-
ny, Hi-8, 8mm, digital, new,
still in box. $75 for all.

bee Co., must be a 1957
plate w/the 57 prefix In good
condition, followed by the
number 57, 270, 283 or
1957. I will pay $250 for one
of the listed tags. Call Dale
collect at (941)795-5701


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

800. $2000. 863-763-5921

ING: 15 years old. $1000.
MARE: 12 yrs old, riding
horse, $850 or best offer.
863-675-2215 Labelle
QUARTER HORSE, Mare, 4 yrs
old, great disposition. Comes
w/companion (sheep).
$2000. (561)798-3674

SADDLE: Sydney treeless,
never used, 15". $350.

BUSH HOG: 6 ft, needs some
work. $100. 863-675-1816
MOWER: Swisher, 44", pull
behind, 10.5 Briggs & Strat-
ton, runs great, used 24 hrs.
$500 neg. 863-675-1816
psi's whose & wand. $200.
or best offer. (863)675-7504
PUSH MOWER: Craftsman 6
HR with grass catcher. $300
or best offer. 863-634-9622
runs great. $250?
Deere SX-85. 13 hp, 30 iul
Looks & runs great. $400..
Call Joe (863)697-9881
runs excellent, asking $25.0
Rear Engine, 30" cut, 45.0
ROTOTILLER, Craftsman,
5HP 17" CRT, self prop rear
tine, great shape, $250'ri-
239-634-4040 LaBelle.
SCREENHOUSE, 10x10, good
condition, $100.


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

Very clean, 11 miles N. of
Okeechobee. 2BR/1BA.
$590/mo. 1st& security. No
pets. Call only M-F 9a-3p.
city limits. Very clean. $800.
mo. + 1st., last & sec. dep. of
$300. 863-634-3572

OKEECHOBEE, 2br/1.5ba,
$850/mo. $2550 moves you
In, Includes 1st & 2 mos.
sec. (863)634-7722

DOUGLAS PARK, (4) individu-
al houses for rent, 4/1,
$725 mo. + $425 sec. dep.
Call about move in special
2 Ba., $1200 mo. + 1st, last,
sec. dep. & refs. Call for more
info. Call Barry 772-216-1461
OKEE., 3BR/2BA Lg yard.
Horses welcome. 70 W 12mi.
out of town $800. mo. + 1st,
Last & Sec. (863)634-3262
OKEECHOBEE, 3br, 2ba, with
New 2br, 1ba. 2 acres,
Furnished. Complete tile. Lg
Kit. & Bath. $800. mo. +
Electric. (772)597-0964 or
Cell (561)662-9421
Waterfront, Clean & Quite,
Okeechobee Nicest. From
$750. mo. (772)215-0010

TOWN- 2br/2ba, W/D, porch,
lawn serv. Pets considered.
Non smkg. envi. $800. mo.
+ Sec. (941)504-3954

OFFICE SPACE- large space
for lease. Taylor Creek Build-
ing. (863)447-0416

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 Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

BRAND NEW- 3br/2ba, Unique
Cracker style, 1724 total sq
ft, Ig front porch, Fla Rm,
Laundry, tiled, $1200/mo. 1
yr. all rent pd to be used to-
wards down pymt. Reducing
price to $179,100.
3375 NW 40th Dr. Basswood.
BUY NOW! Brand new CBS
4 Bdrm., 2 Ba., 3698 NW 7th
St., $995 mo. $145,000.
OAK LAKE, 2br/2ba Apt. New
wood patio fence. 2 story.
Alum. roof. Carpet & tile.
$79,000. 863-697-2462
Acre, Manufactured Home,
New 40 year roof. New A/C.
New Dry wall. New Carpet.
New Kitchen. New Water
System. New Bathrooms.
$165,000. Owner financing
avail. (863)824-6112

Mobile Homes

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

AXLES (5) & WHEELS (10),
From 14x70 FEMA 2005
trailer, $200 this week.

2 BR 2BA No pets, yearly
lease, $650/mo + $1000 sec.
deposit. 863-763-4031
CABIN- Okeechobee, in Audit
park, $500/mo + util, 1st,
last sec dep. (863)763-7164
NEAR 128TH ST: Dble Wide,
4BR/2BA, private on large par-
cel. $1000/mo + 1st, last &
sec. No pets. 863-697-3247
Newly Remodeled,
2BR/1.5BA, w/front edition,
$750 dep., $200 weekly.
441 S.E., appl.& some furn
incid. $600/mo + sec dep &
refs. (863)447-0431
acres, horses & pets wel-
come, $1200/mo. 1st, last &
sec. (863)697-1339


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XR250R K&N '96- air filter,
good tires, new chain &
sprockets, runs good $600
Windshield, saddle bags,
king/queen seat, great on as!!
$2400 neg. (863)357-3773
YAMAHA 1982: 1100 cc's,
good condition. $1350 nego-
tiable. 812-987-2669

ATV 90cc, great condition,
only 4 hours of use! $500.
DIRT BIKE, 100 cc, Great 1st
bike! $400. (863)824-0402
for more info.

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bee, 28ft, $400/mo, 1st &
last dep. Adult Park only.
chobee, Adult park only,
32ft, w/slideout, $600/mo +
until, 1st, last (863)763-7164

Owner. 3br/2ba, kitchen appls
incl'd, 28 x 48. 863-234-9617
days or 863-675-3827 nights.
PARK MODEL, $2500. or best
offer. Taking offers through
April 28th. Call
(863)801-9266 to see.
REDUCED! 2/1 Fully furn,
many extras, new CA/Heat, 40'
decked screen rm, 40' carport,
12x12 shed w/ W/D, in adult
park on rim canal w/dock,
'94 or newer, Wind Zone 3
I will move.


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles.ATVs 3035

ANGLER '82, 21ft, walk
around cuddy, 140hp John-
son, nice boat. Asking
$5,300 (561)670-3636
APACHE '93, .17', fiberglass,
center console, 115hp Evin-
rude outboard, tilt trailer.
$2500 (863)467-4149.
AQUA SPORT 1998, 16 Ft., 90
hp. Johnson, Top, Trolling
Motor, Live Well w/trailer.
$5000 Firm. (863)673-1606
18 Ft. Boat. New bunks &
paint. Good condition. $450.
BOAT, 41" Wide & 109" Long
$30. (863)675-8760
BOATS (2): 16ft cat hole, alum
w/ 50hp evinrude. 12ft alum
v-hole Jon boat w/ 15hp.
$750 will sep. 863-357-2816
CANOE- aluminum, 14ft, Syl-
van, with flat back and all ac-
cessories. $300
GHEENOE:15'4", new seats &
trolling motor, trailer, 5hp
Nissan 4 stroke outboard.
$1900 neg. 863-697-9704
New Canvas Room for pon-
toon with rollup windows &
screens, $500 or best offer.
tracker Party. Cruiser. Less
than 100 hrs. Merc 90
pwr/trim eng. Clean, Loaded
w/extras. More details
suntracker. $26,000. Neg.

CAMPER, 32', good shape,
aluminum roof, $1200.
CAMPER TOP: Fiberglass,
High rise, fits 01-up Chevy
F/S P/U 8 ft. bed. Pewter col-
or. $400 (863)946-0863
DODGE MINI HOME- '77, 21',
Rebuilt 360 engine.
w/11,000. mi., 68,000mi on
RV. $2500. (402)203-7653
MOTOR HOME: 2002,Class A,
25k mi, w/ warranty & many
extras. Must see to appreciate!

MOTORHOME: 1995 Bounder,
35 ft, Class A gas, 62k mi.
Can be seen at Grandma's
Grove Lot 46. $24,900. Call
REGAL 1982- 34', Set up in
55+ park in Okeechobee.
Needs some work. $3500.
or best offer. (561)575-0522
RV's (7) w/ FL Rms., in quiet
park on Rim Canal. $1500 -
$4500. each. Lot rental from
$200 per mo. avail, w/back-
ground check. No Sub-Let.

BMW,1996 K1100LT,
22k miles, Aspen Silver,
$5,600. Call 863-697-2065.
HEAD 1977, Runs and Looks
good! $2500. Cash... Trade ?
(239)357-6889 LaBelle area
HONDA VTX:'02, 1800 cc's,
low miles, king / queen seats
& saddlebags. Exc shape.
$7900 neg. 812-9987-2669
SCAFFOLD: On Motorcycle
trailer, two story. $1000.
Runs great. $2000 or best
offer. (863)634-2974

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HONDA 400 EX 2002, 4
Wheeler, Jetted & Exhaust.
Adult driven, garage kept.
$3000. (863)763-0449
fairing, with race stand, like
new. $450. 863-216-9905
[2) Low hours. Adult Driven.
oth for $6000. or will sep.
Call (863)357-7075


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

work, some body damage,
runs good, newparts. $2000
(863)357-2413 / 447-6424
needs trans rebuilt, asking
$750 9863)674-0342
CAMARO Z28: '80, 350 auto, pwr
windows, re-upholstered seats.
Runs. Orig. Needs body & eng
work. $1200 (863)634-6601
2 door, Runs and Looks
great. 121 K mis. $2500.
running condition. $1000.
JXI, convertible, loaded, excel-
lent condition, white, 80k mi.
$7500 neg. 863-467-5286

condition. $1200. or best of-
fer. (863)763-7060
FORD ESCORT- '1995, Wag-
on, Runs very good. $1200.
863-675-7758 or
HONDA CIVIC '01, 4 door,
70k, a/c, tinted windows,
one owner. $8000
1 Owner, female, 17K mis.,
Excellent condition. Blue.
$3800 neg. (772)215-0316
HYUNDAI 1995, $700 or best
offer. (863)467-7721
Executive Series, Leather,
good cond. $4200 or best
offer. Call (863)763-7854
Runs, $600. 863-509-3028
ask for Erie. LaBelle area
Mint condition, runs great.
$3000 or best offer.
1995, 4.6L, V8, exc power
train, a/c, new ball joints &
more, $1975. 863-465-8135
OLD'S DELTA 88- '85, 72K
mi., Cruise, P/W, P/L. Lock
wire hub caps 5 almost. New
tires $700. (863)763-6079

TOYOTA CAMRY- '92, Nas is,
$1000. Call for info
772-359-2923 or
VW '89, sunroof, good a/c, 4
door, in LaBelle, sacrifice
price $950 (239)297-3270

CHEVY PICK-UP, '55, Cadillac
500 cc engine & transmis-
sion. Lots of rust. Asking
$1250. (863)467-4328

Ford Dump Truck'91
Tri Axle $10,000
Ford F700'92, Diesel. $5,000

TRAILER, 48 Ft. w/Thermo
King Unit. Used for storage.
TK unit last'started 1 year
ago. $500. (772)321-8960

Tree Boom Attachment. Heavy
Duty. Like new. Asking $1000
(863)697-2032 Okeechobee

4wd, one owner, $2500 or
best offer. (863)902-9855
TSL Boggers, 12" Mickey
Thompson wheels, $3500.
(239)633-7173 Ask Sam
cab., 4x4, V-6, 5 spd, Light
damage on front. $4500.
(239)633-7173 Ask for Sam

24"x17", Great for Swamp
buggy, hot rod or any vehicle
$100. (863)697-3865
From 1993 Grand Am. $400.
Call 863-467-5401 or
FORD F150: Tailgate, chrome
step, bumper with tail lights.
$350 for all, will sep .
HARD TOPPER: For 6 Ft. Pick
Up. $100. (863)824-0402,
HOOD: Fits 80's 90's Ford
Van, new in box. $75.
JEEP BRA- black, with Jeep
logo sewn in, with square
headlights. $50
MUD TIRES- 4, 16", Brand
new, Goodyear. $150.
OIL COOLER KIT, New, large,
for airboat or GM cars. Re-
duced to $50.
Ft., $300. (863)634-7706

Hypertech, for '01 GM
truck/suv, different litres,
$250. (863)697-3865
(2) 425/65R22.5, 80% rub-
ber, $175 for both or will sell
sep (561)676-0427
TIRES- 6, for a Pick-Up truck.
Load Range E 235/84R/16.
90% tread. $450. or best of-
fer. (863)824-0735
Mustang, Rod Lights, 4"
fronts, 8" rears, 28 x 10.5 x
15. $1200.863-216-9905
WHEELS- 22.5" Aluminum, 2
driver & 2 rears. Aloco Hub
piloted. $650.

CHEVY- '1942, '2004 frame
off from rebuild. 4.3 V6, au-
to. POSI, P/S, P/B, Burgundy
$12,500. (863)805-2877
CHEVY 4X4 '83- 350 eng, 4
speed, 39.5 Super Swam-
pers, $3500 (863)673-0951
CHEVY S10: '86, long bed, 4
cylinder, stick. Motor bad but
many new parts. $300 or
best offer. 863-467-6277
CHEVY TRUCK '86- with tool
bed, has keys, $200
FORD F150 XL- '02, V-6, Au-
to. Cold A/C, LWB, 113K mi.
$4000. (239)633-7173 Ask
for Sam
1Oft, recent carb, start-
er/clutch. Run/drives good.
$1000 neg (203)290-1220
NISSAN '90, 5 spd., 4 cyl.,
$900 or best offer.
TRUCK TOOL BOX- alum. from
Tractor Supply, for full size
pickup, deep bottom, great
cond $125 (863)763-4992

FORD BRONCO 111989, A/C &
Stereo, 2wd, standard trans.
$1000. (863)558-4437

GMC SUBURBAN: 1997, runs
& looks good, minor interior
cosmetics. $5000 .or best
offer. 239-825-3007

JEEP SAHARA: '99, 4x4, 4.0 li-
ter, 6 cylinder, 11Ok mi, runs
great, a/c, p/s, p/b & extras!
like new, loaded, 21K,
$16,500, 863-467-1829 or
634-5530 Cell. Okeechobee

AXELS (2) 2000 Ib w/hubs,
58" centers, 70" face. $100
for both, will sep.
DUMP TRAILER '01, Goose-
neck, 7X12, double axle.
$2500 (863)697-2032
FLATBED TRAILER, 16ft., dual
axle, brand new tires, electric
brakes, with ramps. $950 or
best offer. (863)634-7210
Big stock room, 3 stall. Sad-
dle/rm in back. Needs work.
$1000 neg. (863)201-3492
UTILITY TRAILER, '06, 4x8, tilt
w/reinforced sides. Like new.
Asking $530. (561)670-3636
UTILITY TRAILER: 21' x 7' 6",
Flat Bed, Tandem Axel.
$250. (863)612-5676 Ask
for Charie.
UTILITY TRAILER: 24' x 7' 7",
2 Ft. Sides. Tandem Axel.
$750. or best offer. Ask for
Chadrlie (863)612-5676
duty, 5 x 8 with ramp.'$625.

Runs great. New battery and
brakes. $1500.
CHEVY G/20 VAN: 1986, V6,
new transmission, complete-
ly gone over, including new
radio. $1995. 863-763-3551

I Pu li No -ice

I Puabl ice ii

Sealed bids will be received by THE SCHOOL BOARD OF OKEECHOBEE COUNTY,
FLORIDA, Operations Department, 938 NW 34 Street, Okeechobee, Florida 34972
up to 2:00 p.m. May 31,2007 for all materials and labor necessary for:
Bus Garage Paving/Drainage
Multipurpose Building
3150 NW 1Oth Terrace
Okeechobee, Florida 34972
Plans and specifications are on file in the office of:
Dale Barrett, Director of Operations
938 NW 34th Street
Okeechobee, FL 34972
863-462-5083, e-203
BMK Architects, inc.
323 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
Copies of said plans and specifications may be obtained at the office of said Archi-
tect or the office of Dale Barrett, upon the deposit of $50.00 for one set of plans and
specifications; said deposit will be returned to the contractor upon return of said
plans and specifications in good condition, and upon receipt of a bona fide bid.
Each bid shall be accompanied bythe following:
List of Sub-Bidders with whom the contractor will sub-contract work in
connection with this project.
Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the maximum bid, payable to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, as evidence of goodfaith and guaranteeingthat the
successful bidder will execute and furnish to the School Board of Okeechobee
County a good and sufficient performance bond as required by Florida Statute
Sectio n the penal sum of 100% of the escalated amount of the
contact guaranteeing the performance of said contract,
Payment Bond as required by Section 1013.45 and 255.05, Florida Statutes,
guaranteeing the payment of all debts pertaining thereto. Each bond shall be
issued by a surety company licensed and authorizedto do business in the State
of Florida having a general bond holders rang of A+ excellent l and a
financial rating of eBB+ or better in Florida satisfactory to the Owner,within ten
(10) days after being awarded the contract, the premiums of said bonds to be
Said by the Contractor. Said bonds to be recorded In accordance with Schoob
Board Instructions.
SPublic Entity Crimes sworn statement under Section 287.133(3)(a), Florida
Drug Free Workplace Certification.
Trench Safety Affidavit, If applicable. "
Signature Acknowledgement ofthe Jessica Lunstord Act, Section 1012.465,
Flodda Statutes.
Fallure to provide any of the documents ou/tlied above will be grounds for re-
ect/on of the bid.
All bids shall be placed In an envelope, sealed, and addressed to the School Board
of Okeechobee County, and the name of the project should be placed ionthe outside
of the envelope and words indicating that the envelope contains a bid for said pro-
MANDATORY PRE-BID CONFERENCE: Thursday,; May 17, 2007,1:00 p.m., prevail-
ing time at the office of Dale Barrett, Director'of Operations, 934 NW 34th Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34972.
The Contractor will be required to have the "existing padding area" paving complete
August 8, 2007. At no time after August 8, 2007 can the Contractor or Sub-Contrac-
tor i impede the operaon of Bus Garage, The balance of the project shall be substan-
oally completed 90 days thereafter. Punch list Items and site clean up shall be
totally completed 30 calendar diays thereafter. Failure to do so will result In liquidated
damages In the amount of $500.00 per day for each day the date of actual substan-
tial completion exceeds the scheduled date of substantial completion; and a further
sumr of $100.00 per calendar day In liquidated damages for each day the date of ac-
tual final completion exceedsthe scheduled date of final completion.
The successful bidder, if any, will be notified within 15 days after the bid is accept-
The School Board of'Okeechobee County reserves the dght to reject any and all bids
and to waive any informalities. All proposals shall remain in force for 30 days after
the date of opening.
By: Patricia G. Cooper, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
206424 ON 4/23,30;5/7/07


VAN '99: Cold a/c, runs
excellent, 196k. Below blue
book. $2500 (863)763-3451
$2500. (561)723-1690
Okeechobee area

Love the earth Recycle
your used Items by sell-
Ing them In the classi-

Public Notices

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

Awesome Self Storage, 6489 US 441 SE,
Okeechobee, FL 34974 will dispose of
stored items on May 4,2007.
Owners Un21
ClayAllen 212
BillyDavis 213
Hosea Girtman 104
Joel & Mary King 250
Dawn Martin 488
Alicia Sherbourne 328
206396 ON 4/23,30/07

Buying a car? Look In the
classifieds. Selling a
car? Look In the classl-


Adams Robinson Enterprises is seek-
ing bid proposals and quotes from
Minority and Women Business En-
terprises (MBE/WBE) subcontrac-
tors and suppliers for the
Okeechobee Utility Authority Waste-
water Treatment Plant Expansion
which bids on Tuesday, April 24,
2007 at 2:00 PM. Plans may be
viewed at Adams Robinson Enter-
prises, 919 West S.R. 436, Suite
210, Altamonte Springs, FL; Central
Floridda Builders Exchanges, 340 N.
Wymore Rd., Winter Park, FL; Reed
Construction Data, 30 Technology
Pkwy S., Ste. 500, Norcross, GA;
CDC Plan Room, 8810 Commodity
Circle Ste. 22, Orlando, FL; and
McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge
Plan Room, 5102 W. Laurel St.,
Ste. 500, Tampa, FL,
Submit written proposals until 1:00
P.M. Tuesday April 24, 2007, at
Adams Robinson Enterprises, 2735
Needmore Road, Dayton, OH
45414, Phone 937) 274-5318; Fax
(937J 274-8770.
205672 ON 4/19-23/07


Community Events

SFWMD stages photo contest
The South Florida Water Management District's Okeechobee Ser-
vice Center is seeking Lake Okeechobee area photographs for the
2008 Lake Okeechobee calendar. Winning images will be published
as the featured monthly photos. Applications will be taken until July
31 and entry forms and complete contest rules are available at select Info & Education. This contest is
open to amateur photographers only. Individuals may submit up to
three photos. For information, call (863) 462-5260.

Realtors establish new scholarship fund
The Okeechobee County Board of Realtors will be offering a-
scholarship in memory of the late Liz Weisser, a longtime local Real-
tor, to any student studying Real Estate. All scholarship donations
can be mailed to the Okeechobee County Board of Realtors Liz
Weisser Scholarship Fund, 326 N.W. Fifth St., Okeechobee, FL,
34972. Call Toni Doyle, association executive, at (863) 467-0004 for

Classes offered to stop smoking
The Okeechobee Healthy Start Coalition will be offering smoking
cessation classes for pregnant women, women, or family members
living in the household with children 0-3 years old at Florida Com-
munity Health Centers, Inc., 1100 N. Parrott Ave. Call Leah Suarez at
(863) 763-1951, ext. 24, for class dates.

Senior Services offering assistance
Okeechobee Senior Services is currently taking applications for
the EHEAEP grant. You must be 60 and over to qualify for assistance
with electric bills and you must have a shut off notice. Call Kim at
(863) 462-5180 for the required 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 appropri-
ate, address, phone number, etc. We are in the process of planning
our 10-year reunion. More details will be published as they are avail-

ORE offering special Christmas ornaments
Okeechobee Retired Educators (ORE) are offering their second
limited edition Christmas 2007, 24 karat on brass, ornament includ-
ing 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 win-
dows. We need a contractor, handyman or someone that could per-
form this service and donate all or part of the supplies. We are also
in need of two new or gently used stoves. If you can help us out, we
would be very grateful. All donations are tax deductible. Contact
Stephanie or Kim at (863) 763-2893 or Stephanie at (863) 610-9192.

Free summer program offered
A Child's World Childcare and Preschool will be offering a free
summer program for 4-year-old children. Space will be limited so
register early. To qualify for the 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.

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

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.

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 donat-
ed items will be used to benefit infants and pregnant women in the
community. 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 selected businesses. Cards can be purchased at Car-
Quest, 300 N.W Park St. For information, call (863) 462-5863. Pro-
ceeds will go toward youth activities in our community.

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

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

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
advocate for a better quality of life for Floridians with unique needs.
Volunteers are appointed by the governor for a four-year term. Local
meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month in Fort Pierce.
Call Penina Popper at (800) 342-0825 for information; or, visit

YMS collecting printer cartridges
Yearling Middle School (YMS) is collecting empty printer and copy
toner cartridges. They are sent in for credits that go toward school
supplies to be used by all students. To donate empty printer or toner
cartridges, they can be dropped off at YMS, 925 N.W. 23rd Lane, or at
The Stitchin' Post, 620 S. Parrott Ave. Or call Tracy 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 edu-
cation 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 patenting 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. 282, or (863) 763-

Blood donors are needed
Florida's Blood Centers is looking for blood donors in Okee-
chobee. 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. Dia-
betes and blood pressure donations can also be accepted. A picture
ID is needed for all donors.

Career Center helps in job search
The One Stop Career Center, 209 S.W. Park St., has services avail-
able at no charge to help people in their search for the right employ-
ee or job. For more, visit their web site at; or, call
(863) 462-5350.

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

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

Okeechobee Family Health/ Healthy Start Coalition
Request for Proposals
2007-2008 Healthy Start Care Coordination Program
The Okeechobee Family Health/Healthy Start Coalition invites all quali-
fied and Interested parties wishing to provide Healthy Start Care Coordi-
nation services in Okeechobee County to submit proposals for
Written sealed proposals shall be accepted at the Coalition office until
4:00 PM, Eastern time Monday, May 7, 2007, 575 SW 28th Street,
Okeechobee, FL 34974.
A copy of the Request for Proposals which outlines responsibilities and
selection criteria, can be obtained until 4:00 pm, Friday, May 04, 2007
from the Coalition office, 575 SW 28th Street, Okeechobee, FL 34974,
06000 ON 4/20 30/07

Okeechobee News/Pete Gawda

Kindergarten teacher Sharion Jennings and her student
Roderick Williams wave as-if they were off to Hawaii. Fri-
day, April 20 was Islands Day at Central Elementary
School and students came dressed appropriately.

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